Monday, June 29, 2009

TEA Party Debate- Zero tolerance of Breach of the Public Trust


The topic of this debate revolves around tolerance and intolerance of moral, ethical, legal and political trespasses by elected officials. In this story, I may sometimes refer to these collectively as "ethos* Further, I may refer to breaches of any one of these aspects of American ethos as Breaches of the Public Trust. Broadly the four major perspectives on this issue are:

1) Biblical Mandate - That we must permit/practice tolerance, because politicians have the same failings of average people (Let ye without sin cast the first stone);

2) Political Reality - That politics attracts a certain element of society with a propensity to, for lack of a more secular and less offensive term, sin;

3) Political Loyalty/alliance/allegiance/expediency - Some of these folks that "sin" share our same political beliefs and/or party and therefore we should overlook their trespasses to achieve our political goals;

4) Zero Tolerance - If a Politician breaches the Public Trust, their oath of office, or otherwise betrays the moral, ethical and/or legal beliefs of their constituency, the constituencies support for them should end, period.

Before I say more, I wish to thank all of you TEA Partiers that posted on or discussed this issue with me. I appreciate your thoughtful, reasoned dialogue. It is so much more pleasant and constructive to discuss the issues fully and freely without it degenerating into personal attacks. To the extent possible, I am going to make my arguments in in favor of Zero Tolerance without attacking the other perspectives. Let whatever position that prevails, prevail upon its own merits. This, as opposed to the dismantling of its competitors, as a show of contempt for the intellectual dishonesty that has become political tradition in America these days.

With that back drop, I am for Zero Tolerance. I do not arrive at this position with religious considerations. I come to it from a practical perspective. My position evolves from the following beliefs, thoughts, arguments and premises:

Source : Examiner Independent Politics : TEA Party Debate - Zero Tolerance of Breaches of the Public Trust

Portions of this article also appear at Nowpublic.com

This is a portion of a long article that I wrote as part of a debate occurring at ReTEAParty.com - The Vote No Confidence Group.


I encourage you to read the entire article for perspectives and incites as to the problems with our government, many of which you have probably never considered before.


Respectfully,


Don Mashak


The Cynical Patriot


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Friday, June 26, 2009

Iranian Cleric Urges Harsh Punishment - Where is Obama?




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EDITOR'S NOTE: Iranian authorities have barred journalists for international news organizations from reporting on the streets and ordered them to stay in their offices. This report is based on the accounts of witnesses reached in Iran and official statements carried on Iranian media. (June 25, 2009) —

Iran's increasingly isolated opposition leader effectively ended his role in street protests, saying he'll seek permits for future rallies. A leading cleric demanded in a nationally broadcast sermon Friday that leaders of the unrest be punished "strongly and with cruelty." Iran's ruling clergy has widened its clampdown on the opposition since a bitterly disputed June 12 presidential election, and scattered protests have replaced the initial mass rallies.






I have reserved comment until recently.  I waited to see if Obama's strategy and overtures to Moslems and Countries in the Middle east were going have a positive effect. I waited for improvement.  I gave President Obama the chance and time to succeed as so often has been called for my his supporters.


I can wait no longer wait, when our President Obama, the leader of the free world, stands idly by and allows a true, grassroots protest in Iran be violently crushed. 


President Obama, the Carrot has not worked.  It is time for something other than the carrot.


The Arab's have a saying.  My Enemy's Enemy is my friend.


Iran's Ruling Elite have been ignoring pleas to compromise on nuclear issues. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been recalcitrant in these matters.  


And now we do not even know if he truly represents the will of the Iranian people.


In this case, the right thing to do happens to coincide with the best interests of the USA.


It is time for President Obama to call for a REVOTE with foreign observers from the UN to make sure it is a fair vote.


Before we are led into another World War, Am i unreasonable to suggest that we should know whether that confrontation is the desire of the Iranian People rather than a few Tyrants who only continue to rule through fraudulent elections?


What will be President Obama's response when the TEA Partiers take to the streets on the 4th of July, 2009? Already, local Obama supporters have tried to use the bureaucracy to kill the gatherings.  They have refused to allow public property to be used for the demonstrations. They have required expensive permits and/or permits that include expensive plans to be approved. And they have done many other beaurocratic and/or otherwise underhanded tactics to prevent the expression of free speech and freedom of  Association. President Obama's Homeland Security has lumped the TEA Partiers in with the White Supremicists and the Returning War Veterans as Security and Terrorist Risks. Does President OBama's initial turning of a blind eye to the brutality of the Government of Iran forbode what his plans for the TEA Party Movement are?


These thoughts were on my mind.


Respectfully,


Don Mashak


The Cynical Patriot


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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Buffett's gloomy economic predictions




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The Oracle of Omaha says the worst is yet to come.




Warren Buffett doesn't see the "green shoots" Ben Bernanke and other bullish investors have spoken of in recent months. In fact, the billionaire investor believes the economic picture will grow darker before things improve.


 "Everything I see about the economy is that we have had no bounce," Buffett told CNBC anchor Becky Quick in a televised interview Wednesday. "There were a lot of excesses to be wrung out and that process is still under way, and it looks to me that it will be under way for quite awhile. In the annual report, I said that the economy would be in shambles this year and probably well beyond, and I think that is true."







Pick your number : 2 Trillion, 2 Trillion or 10 Trillion...


Return on Investment appears to be not was expected nor promised.


And future generations till get to pay off the debt.


And, unlike others, I hope the man's stimulus plan succeeds.


It would prevent a lot of suffering by ordinary people.


Respectfully


Don Mashak


The Cyncial Patriot


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Friday, June 19, 2009

Why Obama’s big economic gamble is failing?




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A string of new polls seems to show that America’s belief in the wonder-working power of Obamanomics has begun to fade. A Pew poll found President Obama’s economic approval rating has fallen to 52 percent from 60 percent in April. A Wall Street Journal poll found 53 percent disapprove of his handling of GM and Chrysler vs. 39 who approve. And the New York Times found that 60 percent don’t think Obama has a “clear plan” to deal with the monstrous budget deficit.


Okay, here’s the thing: Obama took a tremendous economic and political gamble last January. The new president had the option of putting forward a stimulus plan that would attempt to reverse or significantly dampen America’s terrible economic downturn ASAP. ......


.......The gamble appears to have failed miserably, both economically and politically. The terrible tale of the tape: a) the current downturn is arguably the worse since the Great Depression; b) household wealth has fallen by $14 trillion during the past two years,.........






                                                                                                     Posted by: James Pethokoukis

Summary:


A string of new polls seems to show that America’s belief in the wonder-working
power of Obamanomics has begun to fade. A Pew poll found President Obama’s
economic approval rating has fallen to 52 percent from 60 percent in April. A
Wall Street Journal poll found 53 percent disapprove of his handling of GM and
Chrysler vs. 39 who approve. And the New York Times found that 60 percent don’t
think Obama has a “clear plan” to deal with the monstrous budget deficit.


The economics facts are beginning to seem to be make the politics of fear a factor in future elections.  I just report the facts.


Respectfully,


Don Mashak


The Cynical Patriot


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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Obama sets WH immigration reform meeting June 8, 2009 NO AMNESTY

From Don Mashak's Political Ponderings

The following is my reply to a comment made on my article posted on NowPublic. After reading this post, I hope you feel compelled to visit the original article and comment. A majority of people on NowPublic seem to be of opinion that we should just open the boarders to illegals. It has been a very lively and generally civil debate. This is my response to someone I percieve to be pro Amnesty open immigration....

I guess I cannot even understand what thought process goes into saying you are tired of my differentiating legal citizens such as myself with illegal immigrants. Where does this thought premise come from ? Does it come from "not keeping score" in team sports so nobody has hurt feelings? Does it come from public schools sheltering you from the thoughts of winner and loser? I just don't understand your entire internal thought process to make the arguments you have here. I am not making fun of you, I just cannot grasp how you do not incorporate reality into all of your feel good, happy happy joy joy sentiments.

Everything in life is not warm fuzzies. Life is not fair. Resources are limited.

However you believe this world came into existence; there is one unchangeable universal truth, there are limited resources facing potentially unlimited human demand. Because of this, some system of dividing up those limited resources must be devised or chaos will be the result. Most likely, might will make right.

I wish this was not true. I wish that everyone could have everything they wanted, but that one universal truth of limited resources gets in the way... But it does not make me a bad person to propose policies that address this unchangeable reality.

All you folks with the big hearts filled with warm fuzzies seem to want to let everyone in, and just don't want to acknowledge reality of what will come next. Our sewage systems capacity will be exceeded, the USA will become over crowded, our land will become fouled and our resources will be exhausted much sooner.You seem to want to find fault in myself and others, who can anticipate the next move in the chess game of life, and prefer to address it before it happens rather than after.

I have posted the analogy elsewhere in these comments, but I guess I have to post again. Using your logic that it is unfair for me to differentiate between legal and illegal, and that we are all decent human beings entitled to freedom, How do you feel about me coming to your house, breaking in and taking your computer, ipod, car and food in your refrigerator? How dare you differentiate you from me by saying you bought and and paid for that stuff and I am just taking it. How dare you say, that was all that you had, and it is not fair because you now have none of those items left. Further, using your argument, I am not a bad person for taking yourself without your permission, it is the government's fault for not having enough police to catch me. Or it is your fault for not having a stronger door. Is that the Freedom you are trying to tell me the Founding Fathers were fighting for? Do you see the point I am raising ? This concept that applies on the micro level also applies to the macro level.

If those feelings you are feeling about me breaking into your house and taking what I want are valid when you feel them on that personal level, then it is equally valid for a group, in this case, the Citizens of United States to have those same valid feelings when someone breaks into our Country. In your version of the macro situation, our country has more than enough for everybody so anybody is justified to break into our country and take what they want. And i counter with, then it is equally valid for me to break into your house because you have more than I have and I am entitled to break in and take what I feel I want to balance the distribution of resources. Checkmate.

And if that micro situation of your home does not drive home the point, how about an even bigger macro example. If aliens from outer-space show up and just start settling all over the entire world without permission, tell me what your true feelings of me and mine, yours and ours and them and theirs becomes? Is your first thought that it is not right that they come to our world and start settling without our permission; that it just is not right? And the fault will be ours, because we didn't invent and install some giant force field for keeping the outer worldly invaders out, right?

I don't work 40 hours a week I work 60-80 hours per week, and I don't work for someone else, I work for my own company. I don't blame immigrants for any of my problems. So your assumptions and assertions are misplaced in that regard.

Believe me, I know how good Americans have had it in the past. But now the rest of the world has come to covet what we and our ancestors have built and according to you, that is not fair and the rest of the world should be free to come here and take what they want....

Can you now tell me how the reform you propose will address the reality of limited resources facing unlimited human demand?

Please read the book: "Collapse: How Societies choose to fail or Succeed".

Then post an response that answers the issues your proposed unlimited unregulated immigration would cause.


I hope you feel compelled to visit the original article and comment. Please keep a civil tone, as my intent is to create constructive dialogue and consensus.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Respectfully,

Don Mashak

The Cynical Patriot

USA: Minnesota Auto Mogul Hecker HQ Raided for Possible Fraud

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Denny Hecker - Good people help good people facing fraud charges

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June 2009 by Eric Kelsey

The Minnesota State Patrol raided Denny Hecker Automotive Group headquarters in St. Louis Park, along with two car dealerships and three of Denny Hecker’s homes, on Wednesday morning.

Government agents arrived at 9 a.m. at the company headquarters to execute a search warrant, according to Hecker’s criminal lawyer, Marsh Halberg.....

...Skoogman said that consumers have told the state that Hecker Automotive failed to pay off lender liens on trade-in vehicles and failed to turn over sales tax paid by consumers on vehicle sales.

Both allegations are felony crimes for which Hecker Automotive will be prosecuted in Minnesota District Court if a criminal complaint is filed.

>Source: tcbmag.com

This is how capitalism is suppose to work. Risk and Reward. Success and Failure. It is a sign of the times. If you have purchased a vehicle from the Hecker Group but have not received your title yet, please see my related article, "Buyer in the Ordinary Course of Business"


Denny Hecker has been an Automotive Car Dealership Mogul in the Minnesota for more than a decade. Now, in these trying times, his empire is collapsing in the most ugly way.

The unpaid sales tax and unpaid trade in liens, are a symptom of human nature. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. I have seen it happen before. A car dealership runs into hard times financially. They don't know how long the down turn will last. They take funds that should go to one set of expenses and apply them to something more pressing like payroll, insurance, the title transfer that should have already been done before the latest one, the lien on a previous trade in that should have already have been paid and before you know it, all hope of continuing business is financially impossible and it all collapses leaving many Pauls empty handed because Peter got paid.


I am not excusing the situation. I can just understand how a person gets into this position of not intending to break the law or hurt anybody.


How many times before when there was a cash flow problem did Denny Hecker, or any other car dealer, put off transferring titles or paying of liens on trade-ins so they could make payroll. How many times did this Cash management scheme work, allow the dealer to hold on for a better day or the next sale, that kept him in business.

I don't know if Denny Hecker intended for this to happen, or it snuck up on him. I don't know if Denny Hecker at some point in time knew it was all over, and pulled money out for himself.


The point of the matter is we should wait before we pass judgment.

The point of the matter is Denny Hecker should make those innocent consumers whole. The state should make repaying the liens on transfers and completing title transfers a priority over collecting sales tax. The State has far more leverage over Mr. Hecker in recovering its collected but unpaid sales tax, than any common consumer does in forcing Mr. Hecker to pay off their trade in liens and/or transfer titles for vehicles that have already been sold. The financial impact on a family being put back under the yoke of a debt they thought they had taken care of upon trade in, may be the straw that breaks the financial back of many more already struggling Minnesota families.


Capitalism is messy. It has been reported that several Hecker homes and properties have been seized through foreclosure. It is rumored that a private jet has recently been recovered. Some of his children and grandchildren have withdrawn from prestigious private schools. So those who were injured and wanted some portion of a pound of justice and those person who simply feel better at the realization of Shadenfreude, should now feel fulfilled.


But, at least no taxpayer money was used for a bailout.

Respecfully,


Don Mashak

The Cynical Patriot


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US LAW FOR TOUGH TIMES - BUYER IN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF BUSINESS




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336.9-320 BUYER OF GOODS.


(a) Buyer in ordinary course of business. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (e), a buyer in ordinary course of business, other than a person buying farm products from a person engaged in farming operations, takes free of a security interest created by the buyer's seller, even if the security interest is perfected and the buyer knows of its existence.







DISCLAIMER - BEFORE I BEGIN, DO NOT RELY UPON OR ACT UPON ANYTHING I SAY HERE WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING YOUR OWN ATTORNEY.


With the rash of business failures and forced closing in this economy, i am surprised that major media has not taken the time to address some of the most likely issues that the economic fallout is likely to cause.  Though "goods" can mean any product, for this article we be addressing only goods that require titling. There are huge numbers of people who have bought vehicles from car dealers that are suffering financially or that have went out of business. This has left a lot of innocent consumers "holding the bag", unable to get title to vehicles they purchased.


Hopefully, what follows will provide some relief and guidance to those persons who find themselves in this circumstance.  The above law applies not just to vehicles, but to any good, except farm products, intended primarily for personal family use.


The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) law quoted above applies specifically to Minnesota USA, but it is likely it will also apply to any state in the Union[1].  


The above law basically says that if you have bought any goods (cars, trucks, motorcycle, lawnmower, etc) primarily for your home use from a seller (dealer), but the seller still owed money to a vendor or a finance company (floor plan) and did not pay of the lien, you own the goods. The seller's lender cannot force you to pay or give up the goods, as long as you purchased the goods primarily for your own personal or your family's personal use.


This rule does not apply to sales that were not the "ordinary course of business" e.g. You are the dealers best buddy; he knows he is going out of business and he sells you a car with the intent that you and he will split the proceeds because the seller's lender must give you the title.


One more time, without all the caveats and generalities: If you bought a car, and the dealer went out of business but seller did not pay any person he owes money for the car,  the seller's lender can not make you pay them the money the seller owed them nor make you return the car.  (This does not apply to Farm Products.)


THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY THE CAR LOAN YOU USED TO GET THE CAR!


If you bought something and can not get the title you can have the Court's force the transfer of the Car title into your name. Consult your own attorney!


May I suggest you find out the highest amount you can sue for in small claims court.  If the amount you purchased your vehicle for is less than the maximum small claims court amount; sue the dealer in small claims court. Ask that the court force the seller refund all of your money plus expenses and damages or produce title to the vehicle in your name. Include a request that your state's "Department of Motor Vehicles" (or whatever the appropriate state agency for the unit in question is called it in your state) be court ordered to provide you a title to the goods in your name.(in some states, snowmobiles, atvs and boats are handles through the DNR) Take all of your documents that evidence the transaction with you to court. Make sure in your closing statements to the court that you reiterate that you want the judge to provide you an order forcing the state to put the vehicle in question into your name. ASK YOUR COURTS IF YOU CAN DO THIS IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT BEFORE TRYING.


If the purchase of your vehicle is greater than the small claim limit, you can do the same thing in district court, but it is more expensive to file and much more complicated and formal.  Consult an attorney.


I hope that knowledge of a process to provide relief to your situation lowers your frustration level and brings you eventual resolution.


Respectfully,


Don Mashak


The Cyncial Patriot


[1]There are a group of Federal Rules, Laws and Regulation designed to create a uniform standard for doing business in the USA.  These rules were created long ago to address the enormous number of disputes in business transactions that were overwhelming the courts and regulatory agencies of the USA.  These disputes were even more complex when transactions crossed state lines. 


The Federal Uniform Commerical Code (UCC) was created to provide basic, uniform set of business principles and standards to simplify business trade. The states all adopted the Federal UCC but made some changes to them as they saw fit.  Therefore, It is likely in the case of protections afforded an "Buyer in the Ordinary Course of Business" in Minnesota, also protect you in your particular state in the USA. But you will have to check yourself online or consult with your own attorney General.


PS, The State Legislatures have been watering down the consumer protection in the UCC, call your state representative and admonish them to stop watering down and removing consumer protection aspects of the Uniform Commercial Code.


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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sovereign Citizens As our Founding Father's intended!




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"A Time for Choosing" by Ronald Reagan


In my various writings I have made reference to a Concept of the Founding Father's known as Sovereign Citizens.  Based on the feedback I have gotten, especially from younger persons, it appears our government has instructed to Public Schools to further "dumb-down" and "Cuckold" the Citizens of American by leaving out the Founding Father's concept of "Sovereign Citizens"


Briefly, before the drafting of the American Constitution previous governments had vested Sovereignty in the hands of one or a few people. With the American Constitution, American Citizens became the Sovereigns by their ability to vote for politicians and with the provision that certain human rights were inalienable. [For the Record, the United States is not a Democracy, it is a Representative Republic. (The American Republic form of government acknowledges that the sovereign power is founded in the people, individually, not in the collective or whole body of free citizens, as in a democratic form. Thus no majority can deprive a minority of their sovereign rights and powers.)]


I was moved to right this article after viewing this YouTube Video "Ronald Reagan - A Time For Choosing (October 27, 1964)"  Please pay close attention at 2:59m-6:25m.  This is a speech by former President Ronald Reagan long before he was president.  If time permits, please also listen to the entire tape and see if you hear any similarity to current situation and the situation the USA was in then. Though I heard this speech for the first time today, I think you will find it compatible with thoughts I have been promoting.


I hope this reference to Sovereign Citizenship by a former US President will convince your that the concept of Sovereign Citizenship is real and proposed by the Founding Fathers of our Country.  I hope this speech serves to edify those of you that the Public Schools deprived of learning and knowing the POWER the Founding Father's intended you to have! It should also help you to understand this is not a concept that I made up out of thin air.  Finally, you should know that your teachers and the public schools intended to deprive you of power and knowledge when they failed to educate you upon this subject.

Your can learn more about Sovereign Citizenship, as intended by the Founding Fathers here.


All that having been said, I say to you: My loyalty to my principles and my Country transcend party loyalty; where do your loyalties lie?


As a Sovereign Citizen it is your duty to put loyalty to Country and your personal principles over loyalty to party.


These thoughts were on my mind.


Respectfully Yours,


Don Mashak
In Propia Persona
Your Fellow Sovereign Citizen
The Cyncial Patriot


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Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Twitpocalypse is Nearly Upon Us




Are we in the final days of Twitter?

That's right, the Twitpocalypse is almost here.

Before you rush out for canned food and medical supplies, let’s take a closer look at the Twitpocalypse.

The Twitpocalypse is predicted to be this monstrous event that will ravage Twitter and leave all Twitterers without a place for their 140 characters of text... and we are mere days from it happening.

Are you nervous about the Twitpocalypse? Tell us.

The Twitpocalypse will happen on June 14, 2009 @ 7:10:53 GMT (at the time of this writing).


Below is an explanation of how and why the Twitpocalypse will go down...

The Twitpocalypse is similar to the Y2K bug. Very soon the unique identifier associated to each tweet will exceed 2,147,483,647

"For some of your favorite third-party Twitter services not designed to handle such a case, the sequence will suddenly turn into negative numbers. At this point, they are very likely to malfunction or crash."


I'll see if I can explain this a little further for you. Each Tweet has a unique number assigned to it, for identification purposes... and those numbers are about to cross the threshold where they can be given a 32-bit integer, which only go from -2,147,483,648 to 2,147,483,648. So this means that about two billion Tweets have been sent!

What's ironic about this whole thing is people are Twittering about the Twitpocalypse, and by doing so, they're adding to the problem that is the core of the Twitpocalypse. Talk about irony.






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LOCAL RADIO FREEDOM ACT GAINS SUPPORT




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The TEA Party Movement - Pondering the future




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Pardon my absence - Life intruded upon my intentions to do extensive research on the plans of the leadership of the TEA Party movement. And the research itself was more difficult than I expected. This article was intended to be a report on the more or less concrete plans of the unified leadership of the TEA Party Movement. I could find no such document nor source.  So instead, this article will be more about myperceptions about the personalities and issues I found in my quest for future plans of the bonafide TEA Party Leadership concluding with broad suggestions of possible directions for the Movement.


I began where most of us begin these days to find information: the Internet. Numerous extensive searches of the internet yeilded no one single authority addressing the future plans of the Movement. Patiently I waited for Google to transmit reports of my searches to the Republican Mothership(tongue in cheek), but noone contacted me with the party's instructions for the alleged TEA Party Republican Loyalists.


What I found was discord, contradictions, randomness and the lack of a single focal point of leadership.  Dissapointing to some, reassuring to me - a True Independent Political Process Participant(TIP3). Long before the TEA Party movement began, I was trying to express my frustration with the erosion of liberties, broken campaign promises,corruption of politicians, government overspending, ever growing taxes and other breaches of the Public Trust. My current iteration of one of myfirst attempts to express myself can be found here : Are you happy? The original version of this document was posted before the November 2008 elections.


Let me assure you that if I find the TEA Party Movement is, in fact, a Republican ruse to regain power... I will be the first to let you know and I will feel betrayed and severely dissapointed.  And if that last sentence was not clear enough, I have recieved no input from any Republican Leadership in preparing this article.







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Monday, June 8, 2009

Net neutrality gains political traction




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Free and open access to the Internet helped the technology grow and thrive. The political fight to maintain robust access for all has picked up strength in Washington, D.C. That is good news for consumers.


The shorthand for the field of battle is net neutrality. Proponents argue that a network provider should not restrict users for reasons against their interests, such as to deny them the right to use certain services because those services are owned by somebody else.


An early pitched battle defeated legislation that would have allowed Internet access providers to charge customers variable rates by speed of service. The stakes for consumers were bluntly defined.


President Obama recently invigorated the pursuit of net neutrality in a speech about the security of U.S. interests in cyberspace. He promised to work with private industry to protect Internet technology from attack and manipulation, and at the same time protect the privacy of Americans.







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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Obama on Clinton: A 'Loose Cannon' Who Tells 'Bald-Faced Lies'




It's not exactly a man-bites-dog story when someone accuses Bill Clinton of stretching the truth, but when it's a president of his own party, and when what he calls Clinton is "bald-faced" liar, and when that president happens to employ Clinton's wife as the Secretary of State, well, yes, that's kind of newsworthy. That's one of the juicier morsels in Renegade: The Making of a President," a new campaign book by Richard Wolffe, who covered the 2008 presidential race for Newsweek. Wolffe also quotes Barack Obama as referring during the campaign to former President Clinton as "a loose cannon." These quotations are sourced directly to Obama himself,





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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Obama administration supports Saudi immunity in 9/11 lawsuit




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The Obama administration has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to protect Saudi Arabia and four of its princes from being held accountable for their alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States that killed almost 3,000 Americans, according to a report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.


Through its solicitor general, Elena Kagan, the Obama administration has asked that the Saudis be held immune under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, or FSIA, even though there is ample U.S. evidence of complicity by the Saudi government and the named princes in support of al-Qaida's attack.







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