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GLOBAL WARMING: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION

The easiest way to demonstrate the dishonesty and chicanery surrounding the global climate change issue is to ask the right question ...

Can man provably, reliably, and safely alter the global climate so that the input signal of man's efforts can be measured against the background noise of climate's natural variability?

If not, and there appears to be no scientist willing to say man can provably, reliably, and safely alter the global climate, why are we spending billions of taxpayer and consumer dollars and enacting onerous legislation that appears to curtail man's freedoms?

Is this entire matter related to the pursuit of a political agenda and attempting to control man's behavior and social interactions?

Nature is what it is ... and forecasting earthquakes in nature's naturally chaotic system is akin to forecasting global climate changes.

Something to think about in the voting booth when you see progressive socialist democrats and their RINO (Republicans In Name Only) cohorts on the ballot when conservatives are available to help restore the rule of law and constitutionality to our America.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



OPEN DOOR DATA POLICIES: HOW MUCH SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT KNOW ABOUT YOUR LIFE?

 

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Government corruption appears increasingly to be the rule rather than the exception …

It is a sad fact of life that our government has become overwhelmingly corrupt. With politicians pursuing their self-interests by selling access to non-public information as well as their votes in return for campaign funding, voter support, media attention, and future perks, privileges, and profits for themselves, their families, and the special interest friends. Not to mention the bureaucracy of the government itself, where bureaucrats are trying to enlarge the size and scope of their activities, not only for job security, but for the same type of personal enrichment – albeit at a smaller scale – than the political class.

To this end, many have subverted the Constitution of the United States and turned a document that specifically limits the powers of the federal government into a document used to justify the unwarranted usurpation of power. Aided and abetted by a Supreme Court that has moved far beyond ruling on the Constitutionality of cases and providing redress for grievances to becoming a partisan political group that usurps the sole law-making power of Congress by imposing bright-line tests that effectively become law.

Even worse, we are seeing the federal government pursue unconstitutional pathways and exerting power over the states, in violation of the Tenth Amendment, by re-distributing illegally collected and unnecessary tax money only to those states and entities that conform with their political agenda.

Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

By using their intrusive and coercive powers, the government continues to violate the Constitution and there does not appear to be any quest to restrict, restrain, or repeal the government’s unconstitutional activities.

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From surveying the wants and needs of their constituents to the type of surveillance that is a violation under the Fourth Amendment, we are seeing more and more data being collected from citizens directly, and without their knowledge or consent. The creation and use of information databases that would be prohibited under federal law if they were maintained by the government is now overcome by purchasing access to commercial databases. Many of these databases collect the data surreptitiously and without the consumer’s knowledge under the guise of improving the consumer’s “user experience” and authorized by those long unilateral “click to agree” user agreements and terms of use. 

Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Post facto prosecution …

One of the greatest dangers of government information collection appears to be the warehousing of data that is collected, but not accessed without a warrant. Upon suspicion of the commission of a crime, a warrant is duly obtained and the data accessed. Unfortunately, while it may be legal to access information under the law with a warrant, this gives rise to the government’s ability to manufacture a case out of whole cloth. Selecting information that supports the elements of the crime, namely “intent” and allows the government to weave a case using factoids that may be taken out of context. Seeing a rising degree of corruption and malfeasance within both law enforcement and prosecution, there is no guarantee that exculpatory information will be divulged to the defense not the defense being given access to the entire datastore to craft a suitable and compelling defense. Likewise, there are little real protections over information leaked to journalists who are not compelled to reveal their sources or information that appears to be simply thrown over the transom without attribution.  

Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Bottom line …

With the increasing corruption of politics, it is time for “We the People” to respect and reinforce the Constitution of the United States by using the only tool available short of rebellion and revolution. We need to remove those politicians who appear to have grown fat at the government’s smorgasbord and to investigate and prosecute those who are corrupt or cover-up corruption. Including, but not limited to, those who direct the country’s law enforcement and prosecutorial efforts. 

It is time to codify protections over electronic data that may be misused by government employees, their agents, informants, and others for political, personal, profit-making, or any other unlawful usage. That the penalties be harsh, swiftly imposed, and un-modifiable by plea bargain, parole, or time off for good behavior. And, that the government be held accountable for damages, provable in a court of law, for the harm that comes to any individual occasioned by the misuse of electronic information held by the government and misused by its direct and indirect representatives.

And, above all, limit the types of data that can be collected without an individuals knowledge, purchased from a third party, or otherwise obtained by the government. Restoring sanctity to medical and financial information that was heretofore hard to obtain because the records resided in geographically dispersed places and in non-searchable paper formats.

Sad as it is to day, a citizen can no longer trust their government to represent “We the People” over the political and financial special interests. Especially, in the case of the progressive socialist democrats who appear to have gone beyond acting upon their personal self-interests, to becoming a clear and present danger to the safety and security of America and Americans by acting as a fifth column to destroy our country from within – to the benefit of our enemies, both foreign and domestic.

While I will not tell you how to vote, I will suggest that the greatest danger facing our nation today is the imbalance of political power between the branches of government and the overwhelming danger that may arise from inappropriate information collection and abuse. To that extent, it appears that the progressive socialist democrats and their RINO (Republican In Name Only) cohorts appear to represent a clear and present danger to the Constitution, their constituents, and “We the People” and our standard of living.

Time to vote for your freedom, not your corrupt political party or politician.

-- steve

P.S. You may wish to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org) that is protecting consumers and citizens during the transition from analog to digital laws.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THE GRAPHIC THAT EXPLAINS WHY CHILDREN CROSSING THE BORDER ARE A HUGE PROBLEM

The easiest way to explain the danger of allowing unaccompanied minors into the United States is to consider the following graphic …

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A relatively small inflow of unaccompanied illegal alien minors overwhelms a bureaucracy that is not designed for handling children and the system is rapidly overwhelmed. As a rational response to this growing problem, the children are consigned to “relatives” who themselves may be illegal and who will be given a pass in return for taking care of these children. Over time, the media playing upon the “broken families” theme, will encourage our legislators to allow the illegal alien parents or relatives into the United States; again, in return for taking care of the children. Then we will be asked to show compassion for aging parents and other relatives … and the locusts will be welcome to plague our land.

It matters little to anyone that this so-called humanitarian crisis was engineered by the Obama Administration and possible authored by Cass Sunstein, the progressive legal scholar who, along with co-author Richard H. Thaler,  gave us “Nudge” – a book showing how to use very small efforts to produce very large effects.

Bottom line …

An old Arabian proverb sets the stage … “Once the camel gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” And, there we are: the camel has his nose in the tent and our progressive socialist democrat politicians are feeding him rather than pushing him out of the tent. Unconstitutional, illegal, and an abuse of power as they disregard the rule of law.

Time to throw the progressive socialist democrats and their damn camel out of the tent – especially the House and the Senate in the upcoming 2014 elections.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



POLITICAL SURVEYS -- THEY WANT YOUR E-MAIL AND MONEY, NOT YOUR OPINION!

More and more organizations, especially blogs, newsletters, and publishers are seeking your opinion about some of the hottest topics of the day …

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But, how many of these surveys are actually “lead generation” devices to capture your e-mail and then your money?

Pick any selection and you will be given partial poll results and a pitch in return for your e-mail address and signing-up for their publications. Do you really want to know the unqualified and unscientific results?

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Bottom line …

Like the political surveys that always end with a donation form, it is hard to believe that any of the poll actually want your opinion or use the unqualified and unscientific data for any purpose.

Be careful with your opinion and e-mail address. Sometimes the opposition uses the very same tactics to target individuals for political spam.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THE COST OF CONGRESSIONAL CORRUPTION IN THE ERA OF OBAMA AND HIS CADRE OF PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS

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Today’s legislation is dense and defective by design …

Consider the current status of our nation, where legislation may be labeled honestly or, most often, dishonestly with a misleading title that reduces to a cute acronym. Legislation written in a hyper-technical language that consists mainly of removing or replacing words, clauses, paragraphs, sections and subsections of other existing legislation. Incomprehensible to the average citizen, and even to the legislators who are given scant time to read, digest, and understand the legislation before voting on something that will affect the entire nation. In many cases, loopholes for special interests are knowingly included in the bill and are simply waiting to be exploited by both individuals or industry groups that have paid handsomely for these corrupt clauses.

In many cases, the majority of legislators may not even know that the legislation is defective by design …

I would be reluctant to say that the majority of legislators in Congress are stupid or incapable of reading and understanding the legislation upon which they vote, but that appears to be precisely the case. In many cases, there just isn’t time enough to read, understand, and react to legislation that is being pushed by the political leadership. In many cases, the rank-and-file legislator is not even privy to deals being struck by bi-partisan leaders unless they have the proverbial dog in the hunt.

Illustrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi comments on a 2000+ page bill, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” Of course, Pelosi was referring to one of the most dishonest bills ever written, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; which neither protected patients nor provided affordable care. A bill crafted in secret, in the backrooms of the progressive socialist democrats, with only progressive organizations and industry lobbyists present; no republicans were allowed input, directly or in the form of Amendments. A bill so odious that no republican voted for the measure, bribes to remaining legislators had to be proffered by the party’s leadership, and the legislation was passed using a twisted Senate rule that still could be constitutionally challenged.

The voter’s problem, of course, is to identify the relatively honest legislator who acts on behalf of their understanding of the constitution, their constituents, and their conscience. Not an easy task as legislators may knuckle-under to their leadership simply to get office space, staff, and committee assignments.

The very presence of corrupt and dishonest legislators in Congress who are willing to sell out the nation, their constituents, and their very soul in return for special interest campaign contributions and voter support tends to drive more honest legislators out of the Congress, unable to raise funding in this “go along to get along” atmosphere of horse-trading votes in the best “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” practice.

Beyond corrupt politicians, corrupt political parties and the corruption of the entire system …

The real cost of this political corruption goes far beyond the amount to which the taxpayers are cheated, but must include the loss of citizen trust when honest legislators are driven from the political system.

Therefore, it is my conclusion that the progressive socialist democrats, people like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, cannot be trusted to pursue the “people’s business” in an honest and ethical manner, and that the majority of their cadre of underlings are so odious as to represent a clear and present danger to America and all Americans as the continue to destroy our nation from within. Acting as a fifth column to confer benefits on our enemies with they disadvantage our friends.

Best practice dictates that we remove these progressive socialist democrats and their RINO (Republican In Name Only) cohorts from Congress and return to the constitutional checks and balances anticipated by our founding fathers. Unless “We the APATHETIC people” take action to restore our freedoms and to preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution, we will slowly turn into a cross between Mexico, ruled by the uber-wealthy oligarchs and criminals, and socialist France, ruled by the unions and an underground of wealthy tax dodgers.

Even voting for progressive republicans is not the answer, because they only slow the slide to socialism with their crony capitalism. We must elect traditional conservatives and explain to the people – ALL THE PEOPLE – why we are different from progressive socialist democrats and will not knuckle-under to those who pander to illegal aliens as a source of future prosperity. A ludicrous assumption because most of the 12 million aliens living in the United States still have loyalty to a foreign sovereign nation, place their culture over American assimilation, and reproduce the crapistan they left on American shores. It is stupid to import poverty, illiteracy, disease, crime, and socialism.

Wake up people. Time is getting short to influence your neighbor and find a suitable candidate who is not willing to sell out their nation for the proverbial thirty pieces of silver.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Pattern of Behavior: Hillary: Was Hillary Clinton a liar and a thief before she ran for her first office?

There is little doubt that progressive socialist democrats represent a clear and present danger to America and all Americans. And, few typify the threat as the two Clinton kleptocrats who turned political corruption and cronyism into a fortune for themselves and a misfortune to our country.

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Now we are finding out that Hillary Clinton’s pattern of lying and stealing documents may have been readily apparent before she assumed her first public office …

Clinton was fired for obstructing Nixon probe: book

Hillary Clinton might be hoping no one buys “Nixon’s Secrets” — Roger Stone’s new book marking the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal.

Stone — a Nixon staffer who is so partisan he has a tattoo of his old boss’ face on his back — reports that Clinton was fired as a staff lawyer for the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee for “writing fraudulent legal briefs, lying to investigators and confiscating public documents.”

Yale Law School grad Clinton was 26 in 1974 when she started working for the committee that was investigating whether or not there was enough evidence to impeach or prosecute President Nixon for the Watergate affair.

Clinton’s boss, Jerry Zeifman, the general counsel and chief of staff to the Watergate Committee, claims he fired her because she was working to impede the investigation and undermine Nixon’s defense.

“Hillary’s lies and unethical behavior goes back farther — and goes much deeper — than anyone realizes,” Zeifman told Fox News earlier this year. When asked why he fired Clinton, Zeifman responded, “Because she is a liar.”

In 2008, after Hillary campaigned in his home state of Connecticut, Zeifman wrote that he regretted “I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations…Nixon clearly had right to council, but Hillary…wrote a fraudulent legal brief and confiscated public documents to hide her deception.”

Source: Clinton was fired for obstructing Nixon probe: book | Page Six

Bottom line …

You can’t trust the progressive socialist democrats and especially the political dynasties of the Kennedys, Clintons, and Bushs, It is about time to elect an honest conservative with a well-developed sense of right and wrong – and the only one that comes to mind now is Trey Gowdy from South Carolina.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WHY MARIJUANA IS THE NEXT BIG THING IN THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA

There is little doubt in my mind that the progressive socialist democrats will do everything in their power to legalize marijuana while giving the appearance of social rectitude and reluctance on the subject …

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  1. We are a consumer economy driven by the desire to have the newest and shiniest toys in the toy box. How else can you explain successive seasons of fashion that simply serves the purpose of covering the body? How else can you explain new generations of phones that do little or nothing to improve the actual speed and/or quality of communications? But, there comes a time when the credit runs out and people cannot pay their bills.
  2. We have tolerated progressive employee unions that have destroyed public K-12 education as surely as they have destroyed the automotive industry in Detroit and the clothing industry in the Carolinas. We have devolved to the point where high school graduates cannot do simple math or write a simple paper without the expert assistance built into computer programs. Students who lack historical perspectives and can hardly tell the difference between right and wrong.
  3. We have allowed our nation to become so highly polarized that a small cadre of progressive socialist democrats have taken over the nation and imposed political correctness, multi-culturalism, and moral equivalency that is every bit as bad as the republican’s laissez-faire policies.
  4. The President of the United States has sworn to implement transformative policies in America that would increase the size and scope of government and central planning; while simultaneously downsizing our nation and reducing our standard of living.
  5. We are militarizing our local and state law enforcement agencies as if they were preparing to combat civil insurrection – perhaps as a consequence of the government’s failed policies, both foreign and domestic, as well as their disregard for the United States Constitution as the continue to abuse the power of their offices.

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So the only rational methodology available to the progressive socialist democrat to implement demonstrably damaging policies is to produce an apathetic citizenry; to alter expectations by failing to teach history, civics, and the difference between right and wrong. Accepting that the radical Islamic jihadists have every right to treat their people any way they wish. Accepting corruption and cronyism as an endemic condition of politics. And,  other than prosecuting the most egregious cases of political corruption in show trials, claiming nothing can or should be done to remedy the situation that favors politicians who pander to the special interests.

To this end, we see that the progressive socialist democrats have removed a number of men from the educational process, treating boys as criminals, to be isolated, incarcerated, or drugged if they do not behave as polite little girls.

Today’s students can hardly tell you who the Vice President of the United States might be, let alone the surface area of a cone. All  measued against those politicians and educators who prattle on about producing competitive students who can compete in a global economy – a sad, sick joke at best.

But, the only thing that is guaranteed to produce apathetic, unproductive, and uncaring citizens is marijuana. Sit back and enjoy that sitcom instead of creating the next big thing. Sit back and accept the pronouncements of the ruling elite as they tell you how to live your life while they bask in power, privilege, perks, and profits.

Bottom line …

Drugs surely are the next big thing in the progressive socialist agenda. And, it matters little if they are connected to organized crime. After all, aren’t most of the largest unions affiliated in some way with criminal activities?

But, nothing compares to the organized crime that is progressive socialist democrat politics.

We need to remove progressive socialist democrats from all levels of government: local, state, and federal. Starting with the House and the Senate.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Hurricane (Tropical Storm) Sandy: What is the RED CROSS Hiding?

It appears that the Red Cross is fighting a ProPublica public records request for information detailing how they spent donations that were received for victims of Hurricane Sandy – which was actually a tropical storm by the time it hit land. 

It’s YOUR money, YOU decide. Yes or No?

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  According to ProPublica …

Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a ‘Trade Secret’ -- The charity is fighting our public records request for information on how it raised and spent money after the superstorm.

Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy? The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a "trade secret."

The Red Cross' "trade secret" argument has persuaded the state to redact some material, though it's not clear yet how much since the documents haven't yet been released.

As we've reported, the Red Cross releases few details about how it spends money after big disasters. That makes it difficult to figure out whether donor dollars are well spent.

The Red Cross did give some information about Sandy spending to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who had been investigating the charity. But the Red Cross declined our request to disclose the details.

So we filed a public records request for the information the Red Cross provided to the attorney general's office.

That's where the law firm Gibson Dunn comes in. An attorney from the firm's New York office appealed to the attorney general to block disclosure of some of the Sandy information, citing the state Freedom of Information Law's trade secret exemption.

The documents include "internal and proprietary methodology and procedures for fundraising, confidential information about its internal operations, and confidential financial information," wrote Gabrielle Levin of Gibson Dunn in a letter to the attorney general's office.

If those details were disclosed, "the American Red Cross would suffer competitive harm because its competitors would be able to mimic the American Red Cross's business model for an increased competitive advantage," Levin wrote.

Source: Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a ‘Trade Secret’ - ProPublica

Bottom line …

The real trade secret that the Red Cross does not want you to know is not how they fundraise, but that they may withhold a significant portion of donations that are destined for disbursement to victims. Perhaps the it is the paucity or timing of its donations that they fear will stem the tide of cash flowing into their “disaster relief” efforts. Or perhaps they are worried that the public might look at the Red Cross as a licensing and franchise play that benefits its management rather than being a monolithic charity?

The ONLY real competition between charitable agencies should be to see who can efficiently and effectively give the most money in the fastest time period as to maximize the relief of stricken victims.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



OBAMA: EXTORTING THE NATION OVER IMMIGRATION, HOLDING THE NATION CAPTIVE WITH HEALTHCARE

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Once again we see President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats acting in an unconstitutional and unlawful manner to coerce Congress into screwing the American people over immigration – in reality an invasion of foreign nationals that are destroying our social safety nets and the character of our nation as they re-create the crapistan they left on American soil.

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The Administration created this crisis and knew its dimensions …

We know that the current “humanitarian crisis” that sees thousands of children flooding over the border was orchestrated by the Administration that claims to be shocked – shocked I tell you – that they were caught unprepared. Unfortunately, a bid request form preceded the flood of immigrants and requested contractors to serve as child escorts and laid out the number of children who were likely to be involved.

Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children

Solicitation Number: BERKS-RFI

Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Location: ICE-OAQ-DM

Added: Jan 29, 2014 3:19 pm

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has a continuing and mission critical responsibility for accepting custody of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) from U.S. Border Patrol and other Federal agencies and transporting these juveniles to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelters located throughout the continental United States.

ICE is seeking the services of a responsible vendor that shares the philosophy of treating all UAC with dignity and respect, while adhering to standard operating procedures and policies that allow for an effective, efficient, and incident free transport.

The Contractor shall provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for non-criminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year.

Transport will be required for either category of UAC or individual juveniles, to include both male and female juveniles. There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50% via commercial air.

Escort services include, but are not limited to, assisting with: transferring physical custody of UAC from DHS to Health and Human Services (HHS) care via ground or air methods of transportation (charter or commercial carrier), property inventory, providing juveniles with meals, drafting reports, generating transport documents, maintaining/stocking daily supplies, providing and issuing clothing as needed, coordinating with DHS and HHS staff, travel coordination, limited stationary guard services to accommodate for trip disruptions due to inclement weather, faulty equipment, or other exigent circumstances. In emergency situations, the Contractor shall be called on to provide temporary shelter locations (such as trailers) with shower facilities for juveniles who are pending placement with HHS when bed space is unavailable nationwide for extended periods of time. The Contractor shall provide temporary guard services and other support as necessary during these emergencies.

In addition, the Contractor shall have personnel who are able to communicate with juveniles in their own designated language(s). While this may not require each employee to be fluent in all of the encountered languages, personnel should have access to and knowledge of translation services.

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The Administration lied about the border being secured as evidenced by this mass influx of children and other illegal aliens, many of whom are criminals and/or terrorists.

The illusion of border security and the faithful execution of the laws of the United States has been shattered forever. No longer can any rational human being believe that our federal laws will be enforced as written or that our elected officials are bound by the law.

Now we see blackmail, extortion, and coercion as the President and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats threaten the entire nation with their lawless behavior – threatening to continue it if they are not given a legislative pass to continue their unlawful actions.  

Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration

The Obama administration is "not bluffing" in its intent to take executive action on immigration policy if House Republicans don't act soon, top Democratic leaders warned Thursday.

President Obama has delayed any potential changes to his deportation policy to allow House GOP leaders time to bring legislation to the floor this summer. But if the Republicans don't act in July, the Democrats say, unilateral changes by Obama are inevitable.

"We're at the end of the line," Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. "We're not bluffing by setting a legislative deadline for them to act. "Their first job is to govern," Menendez added, "and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions."

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) piled on. Noting that a year has passed since the Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill with broad bipartisan support, he urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring a similar bill to the floor. "I don't know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today," Durbin said. "And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration."

Source: Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration | TheHill

The GOP is scared to act …

Even worse, the nation is so polarized and at a tipping point, that anything that the GOP might do might possibly endanger their electoral chances in the upcoming 2014 election. So rather than upholding their sworn duties to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, they are preserving, protecting, and defending their own self-interests.

They are so afraid of being labeled as racists for standing up to President Obama and holding him accountable that they simply will not act in the best interests of America and their constituents. \

Bottom line …

There is only one course of action. DO NOT REELECT ANY PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS AND THEIR RINO COHORTS IN THE 2014 ELECTION. Restore the Constitutional checks and balances by impeaching Eric Holder and the head of the Department of Homeland Security. Impeach every elected official that has left fingerprints on these unconstitutional and unlawful actions.

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Demand that Nevada recall their Senator, Harry Reid who is acting as a one-man roadblock in the Senate as he excoriates the GOP and attacks American citizens from the well of the United States Senate.

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Send a message to the democrats that Hillary Clinton, with all of her history of corruption and cronyism, cannot be elected to high office. Especially since she is a proven liar, invented the “war on women” by defending her sexual predator husband, and is culpable for the Benghazi cover-up.

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And, above all, send King Obama a message that our nation does not tolerate Kings and that he will be held accountable for his actions. Here is a man who has damaged America more than our enemies, both foreign and domestic, could have even wished for in their wildest dreams.

Time to restore the rule of law in America.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



California's Governor: Jerry Brown vs. Neel Kashkari: What difference does it make?

What difference does it make?

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Don’t get me wrong, there is no way in hell that I would support a radical progressive socialist democrat, Jerry Brown, over a reasonably moderate Neel Kashkari …

Truth-be-told, the Governor of California is merely a figurehead and manifestation of his politial party.  A leader whose sole veto power can speed up or slow down the political agenda created in California's legislature.

And, the sad truth is that what ails California is political corruption that is mostly driven by the progressive public employee unions and the moneyed special interests seeking to make or increase their fortunes at the taxpayer’s expense.

To illustrate why California is in such a bad state only requires an examination of California’s formerly great freeway system where massive amounts of public money provided massive benefits for a mobile population in a geographically diverse state.

Under Jerry Brown, we saw funds designated for the repair and replacement of our aging freeway infrastructure frittered away on such non-productive features as decorative sound walls – which confine and concentrate the heat, noise, and fumes of an automobile-culture back on itself as traffic backs up. We saw financial chicanery used to divert funds meant for highway construction and repair to social programs to aid illegal aliens who were openly welcomed to this state by Jerry Brown and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats. And, in my neighborhood, we see millions used to widen a freeway overpass bridge to accommodate a bike path for the relatively few bikers in the area, and forcing them to navigate through a freeway on-ramp. Just waiting for the first lawsuit over a biker vs. car encounter that will point to design issues.

Under Jerry Brown, we see re-tread and termed-out politicians appointed to commissions, boards, and panels – some of which pay six figure salaries and per diem perks in return for a few days of service of a highly dubious value.

And, we see massive amounts of state money siphoned-off to backfill un-funded or under-funded state employee pension funds and to build additional infrastructure built under union workrules that guarantee that the project will be completed late and massively over budget.

Bottom line …

The real problem in California is the corruption of politics by the public employee unions and special interest lobbying. Something beyond the ability of a governor to control. One solution is to remove the progressive socialist democrats from both the California Assembly and the Senate and make their jobs a part-time affair. Enacting term policies that keep professional politicians from simply changing venues and legislature chambers – and off paying boards, commissions, and panels. Slamming the revolving door in state regulatory agencies and reducing the influence of lobbyists. Starting with killing those lobbyist-funded non-profit foundations that pick up the travel, lodging, and entertainment costs for legislators – knowing that the taxpayer gets screwed in the end when the lobbyists secure lucrative contracts for their clients and treat their non-profit donations as the cost of doing business.

But, the real solution is to reprioritize projects in California so that all California residents benefit from the expenditure of funds. Such as new dam and waterway construction to eliminate or mitigate future droughts and to insure a vibrant agriculture industry in California. No more water diversion to keep migrating fish cool or placing the delta smelt over the needs of Californians. We need to expand our electrical grid to insure that outages can not cascade or be manipulated by Enron-type evildoers. And, as every Californian knows, we need to increase the state’s gas refinery production to the point where the summer/winter blend changeover does not give rise to outrageous profits driven by real or artificial scarcity.

We need more money flowing into the state – not from the taxpayers who are already burdened by some of the nations highest tax rates, but from income from off-shore oil and other natural resources.

And, we need to prosecute those who have stolen assets belonging to California taxpayers through financial or political chicanery.

This requires a Kashkari not a socialist Jerry Brown. This requires Californians to look out for Californians, and not import poverty, illiteracy, disease, and crime to satisfy the Mexican activists and special interests.

I am not telling you how to vote, but to look at what the progressive socialist democrats have done to our state and decide whether or not you can continue to live here in our formerly golden state; a state where productive individuals and companies are leaving in record numbers – dooming the remaining taxpayers, you and me, to pay more of the “fair share” taxes that keep the progressive socialist democrat nightmare alive.

Think carefully and vote.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS