Jun 29, 2009
-Blogged by Cato
Today at 9:58am
There is no official word on this yet, but according to Inside Higher Ed the Obama Administration is putting the finishing touches on a proposed “National Skills College”that will include federally designed — and owned — courses:
The funds envisioned for open courses — $50 million a year — may be small in comparison to the other ideas being discussed. But in proposing that the federal government pay for (and own) courses that would be free for all, as well as setting up a system to assess learning in those courses, and creating a “National Skills College” to coordinate these efforts, the plan could be significant far beyond its dollars.
Darn rightit couldbe significant! Washington would for all intents and purposes be on the way to creating a federal university, and not one like the service academies that is constitutionally justifiable underfederal defense powers. No, this one would be completely and utterly unconstitutional, and would unfairly compete with lots effective private — including for-profit –institutions. And, of course, there’s the little matter of how this would be paid for.
I’ll have more on this as details become available.
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 25, 2009
The TCE Blog - Scientists speak out on CL Report: Disappointed, Dismayed, Disagree; Should Not Stand as Final Word (NC)
Statement in response to National Research Council report on Camp Lejeune:We are disappointed and dismayed at the report titled, “Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune – Assessing Potential Health Effects,” released by the National Research Council (NRC) on Saturday, June 13, 2009. This report was two years in preparation by scientists, many of whom we know and respect, that reached puzzling and in some cases erroneous conclusions. continue
Jun 24, 2009
On June 13, 2009, a committee of the National Research Council (NRC) released a report on its independent review of the available scientific and medical information to determine whether adverse health outcomes are associated with past contamination of the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina prior to 1987. The report assesses the strength of evidence associating exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water to adverse health effects in prenatal children, children, and adults.
To download the "Report in Brief," view the full report, or to download a free copy of the executive summary, please visit the National Academies website. Additionally, on April 28, 2009, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced that they were removing the 1997 Public Health Assessment (PHA) for Camp Lejeune from their website.
According to ATSDR, the PHA should have mentioned benzene contamination and stated the extent of exposure to benzene was unknown.
ATSDR is currently conducting water modeling as part of an ongoing study to determine if past exposure to VOCs from contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune is associated with certain birth defects and childhood cancers. After the water modeling for this study is complete, ATSDR will re-analyze and update the PHA. Persons interested in reading the 1997 PHA may request a printed copy by contacting the ATSDR Records Center at (770) 488-0707 or by email.
The Marine Corps is dedicated to taking care of our Marines, Sailors, civilians and their families. Thank you again for your service to our Nation.
Jun 22, 2009
Monday, June, 22, 2009 4:10 PM
Only In America
ONLY IN AMERICA..WE SPEND BILLIONS BECAUSE WE CAN'T LET GM AND CHRYSLER GO BANKRUPT, AND THEN, LET GM and CHRYSLER GO BANKRUPT.
ONLY IN AMERICA..CAN CONGRESS FORCE FANNIE AND FREDDIE TO BUY SUBPRIME LOANS, AND THEN BLAME FANNIE AND FREDDIE FOR BUYING SUBPRIME LOANS. THEN FIRE THE CEO's WITH GIANT SEVERENCE PACKAGES AND NATIONALIZE THE COMPANIES SO THE TAX PAYERS CAN PAY OFF ALL THE DEBT!!
ONLY IN AMERICA..A FINANCIAL CRISIS REQUIRES SWIFT ACTION BY CONGRESS TO PASS A BILL WITHOUT READING IT, THEN THEY GO ON VACATION FOR THREE DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT FINDS THE TIME TO SIGN IT.
ONLY IN AMERICA..YOU CAN BE LEGALLY ILLEGAL.
ONLY IN AMERICA..CAN CONGRESS MAKE LAWS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO, OR INTEND TO, FOLLOW.
ONLY IN AMERICA..THE VICE PRESIDENT DECLARES 'JOBS' A 3 LETTER WORD. ONLY IN AMERICA.... CAN YOU GET A TAX REFUND FOR TAXES YOU DIDN'T PAY.
ONLY IN AMERICA.... CAN POLITICIANS BLAME OTHERS FOR THEIR OWN FAILURES..
ONLY IN AMERICA..... YOU HAVE MORE RIGHTS BEING ILLEGAL, THAN YOU DO IF YOU'RE LEGAL
ONLY IN AMERICA.... CAN YOU BE 13 AND HAVE AN ABORTION WITHOUT TELLING YOUR PARENTS, BUT YOU MUST HAVE A WRITTEN NOTE FROM YOUR PARENT EXPLAINING WHY YOU MISSED SCHOOL.
ONLY IN AMERICA..DO WE WORRY ABOUT 3 GUYS THAT GET WATER UP THEIR NOSES, WHILE THEIR ASSOCIATES ARE BEHEADING CAPTIVES AND BLOWING UP CROWDS OF PEOPLE WITH SUICIDE BOMBERS.
ONLY IN AMERICA..YOU CAN BE PRESIDENT WITHOUT HAVING A BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
ONLY IN AMERICA..... WHATEVER GOES WRONG WILL ALWAYS BE PRESIDENT BUSH'S FAULT.
Townhall.com Blog : Michele Bachmann : ACORN By Any Other Name Is Still ACORN
By: The Associated Press
06/20/09 5:20 PM PDT
Key events in the investigation of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
_October 1980: Tests through March 1981 show water at the Hadnot Point treatment plant is "highly contaminated" with chlorinated hydrocarbons. A lab chemist urges further analysis. Officials do not test individual wells to find the contamination source.
_May and July 1982: Tests identify TCE and PCE as contaminants in water systems for Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace, which served housing, schools, other buildings and swimming pools at Camp Lejeune.
_July 1984: The base begins testing individual wells and by February 1985 shuts down 10 contaminated wells. One drinking water sample measured 1,400 parts per billion of TCE. The U.S. government eventually set 5 parts per billion as the maximum safe level for TCE at the tap.
_January 1985: A fuel spill closes a clean water system. Homes and a school are connected on an emergency basis to the Hadnot Point system for 12 days. They receive contaminated water.
_March through April 1985: A contaminated well that had been shut down is turned on to pump water to residents on four nights to ease a temporary water shortage.
_April 1985: The base commander, Maj. Gen. L.H. Buehl, urges families in Tarawa Terrace to conserve water. He says wells were closed as a precaution over "minute" amounts of organic chemicals. He does not mention that contamination exceeded maximum recommended exposure limits several times over.
_March 1987: The water treatment system for Tarawa Terrace is shut down and homes are connected to a new water treatment plant.
_October 1989: Camp Lejeune is added to the Superfund list of the nation's highly contaminated hazardous waste sites.
_August 1997: The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry concludes that adults had little or no increased cancer risk from the past contaminated water, but raised concern about effects on developing fetuses. It recommended studies on the fetal effects.
_August 1998: The health agency finds a link between toxic water and low birth-weight babies born to some women at Camp Lejeune during the years of contamination. The study undercounts mothers who were exposed because it assumes a clean treatment plant provided water for four years before it was constructed.
_1999: The health agency begins searching for leukemia cases and birth defects among babies who were in utero at the base from 1968, when birth records first were computerized, until 1985, when contaminated wells were believed to have been shut down.
_2003: The health agency begins to study whether Camp Lejeune's contaminated water is linked to birth defects and elevated leukemia rates in its survey of 12,600 children.
_October 2004: An outside panel convened by the Marines determines that Camp Lejeune did not understand the significance of its water contamination early on and that Navy environmental advisers were "not aggressive" in assisting them. However, the panel concludes that Marine leadership acted responsibly and provided water quality consistent with general practices at the time.
_April 2005: Criminal investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency find no illegal actions or cover-up in Camp Lejeune's handling of its water contamination. The Justice Department declines to prosecute.
_June 2007: House Energy and Commerce Committee hears testimony from what it calls "poisoned patriots," families who blame their cancers on Camp Lejeune water.
_ October 2007: The Senate directs the military to find former Camp Lejeune residents and workers and notify them they may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water.
_June 2008: The federal health agency concludes it is feasible to do cancer and mortality studies of adults who were exposed to the tainted water. The agency is laying groundwork for the studies while completing its study of fetal health effects.
_April 28, 2009: The health agency withdraws its 1997 public health assessment, stating it contains omissions and inaccuracies.
Sources: Marine Corps chronology, Environmental Protection Agency, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Marine Corps documents.
Jun 20, 2009
The recently released report on whether links exist between tainted drinking water at Camp Lejeune and health problems experienced by Marines and dependents living there years ago raises more questions than it answers.
According to National Research Council investigators, too much time has passed to draw accurate conclusions. Although the report didn't rule out a connection, it says spotty and incomplete data make it unlikely.
At issue is whether chemical solvents that infiltrated wells at the Jacksonville base caused sickness that showed up years later. At risk were schools, a hospital, barracks and dependent housing before the system closed 22 years ago.
More than 1,500 claims seeking $33.9 million already have been filed by ex-residents alleging a variety of health issues, including birth defects.
Further research, the report concludes, won't shed much more light and it suggested that the Department of the Navy proceed accordingly.
Yet that may not be the last word. Our state's U.S. senators, Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Kay Hagan, are unhappy with the results.
They want answers and should be able to get them. Both serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee while Burr is the ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee.
Marines who honorably served their country, and their families, deserve closure. It's a cop-out to say all of this is just too complicated to decipher. The stakes are deceptively high, considering 1 million people may have been exposed to these toxic contaminants.
It's worth noting that relief through the courts is unlikely. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a lawsuit blaming tainted base water for an illness, saying the suspected solvents at the time weren't regulated as dangerous substances.
And the Department of Veterans Affairs has a record of denying medical benefits to Marines who believe drinking and bathing in the water made them sick.
So, a Senate hearing may be their best hope for relief. Burr and Hagan can and should make that happen.
Jun 18, 2009
Burr said. “Former Marines, their families, and former employees at Camp Lejeune have waited far too long for answers, and we need to start working toward a resolution.
Thank you Senator Burr!
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 8, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a Marine's lawsuit blaming the government's dumping of toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for his son's illnesses.
The high court declined to hear an appeal by Donal McLean Snyder Jr. of a lower courts' dismissal of his lawsuit.
A Marine Corps spokesman had no immediate comment on the legal ramifications of the ruling, but said the corps is concerned about the water situation.
Health officials think that as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to water toxins over a span of about three decades before the wells were closed 22 years ago.
Jun 16, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"The NAS study released Saturday is simply a review of previous scientific literature on hydrocarbon solvents, reports on Camp Lejeune water contamination, and published epidemiologic and toxicological studies," said Hagan. "However, it failed to take into account the conclusions of previous epidemiological studies that found an association between volatile organic compounds (VOCs) exposures and childhood leukemia, and presents some direct contradictions to the EPA's maximum containment levels of VOCs in drinking water. Moreover, the NAS study barely mentioned benzene and vinyl chloride and severely downplays the established links between adverse health effects and exposure to VOCs that were present in the water at Camp Lejeune. For these reasons, I cannot stand behind the validity of the NAS study. Former personnel and residents of Camp Lejeune need closure on this issue and one way to help facilitate that is through a hearing in the Armed Services Committee."
The NAS study neglected to address key historical documents, also omitted in previous studies, regarding verified high levels of benzene found in an operating well on July 6, 1984 in the Hadnot Point water system and the 1979 leak of 20,000-30,000 of fuel at the near-by Hadnot Point fuel farm.
"The resolution of this issue cannot be held hostage to additional scientific studies that may not tell us anything more than we already know. The time has come for Congress, the Department of the Navy, and the Marine Corps to work together to develop a plan to resolve the longstanding issue of water contamination at Camp Lejeune. We already know that exposure to VOCs in drinking water is linked to adverse health effects," Hagan continued. "While it is important that we allow the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to complete its water modeling simulation and pending epidemiological studies for personnel and residents affected at Camp Lejeune, ongoing work on these simulations and studies need not foreclose action by Congress and the administration to reach an appropriate resolution."
Last week, Hagan sent a letter to the Navy along with Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) asking 14 detailed questions to determine if there was prior knowledge of TCE (trichloroethylene), PCE (perchloroethylene), benzene, and vinyl chloride in the water supply before the wells were shut down. The Navy and Marines Corps have until June 25th to respond. Hagan and Burr plan to meet with the Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to address these questions and the conclusions of the NAS study before August.
It is being debated right now on the house floor.
The ACLU should be held liable for wanting those pictures open to the public. Liable for every bruise and scrape that America's citizens suffer if those pictures are released. It is obvious to me that the ACLU could care less about the safety and security of our troops or this country.
I am so sick of these organizations sticking their stuff shirts in our lives.
Vote 2010--incumbents out--Patriots in!
In her letter she points out all the horrors of getting laws and regulations shoved down our throats and how the taxpayers (that be us) are being pillaged by the likes of ACORN and the many organizations affiliated with them, as well as other organizations who seem to think they need our American dollars to take away more of our American liberty.
He hits upon the core belief for most of the Patriots of this country... we entrusted you to uphold our Constitution. Do it already!
Every word of her letter I have thought and believe totally. Everyday that goes by I see our government abusing their powers. Firing an Attorney General? For what reason? Surely he wasn't taking money under the table or maybe he was fired for tax evasion or the likes? Oh that can't be it, I forgot we have one of those in the treasury already and a few in congress.
Argh! Enough of this crap already!
We are coming... we are oh so coming to take our nation back. Be afraid Washington, be very afraid for your jobs and be happy to get away with your life, cause personally, y'all belong in prison for the remainder your lying, scheming, treasonous lives.
This letter is the best thing I've read in months... share it.. send it along...thanks Glenn!
You can read the full content of the letter here: Glenn Beck : The Letter
And as always- Vote 2010--incumbents out--Patriots in!
Jun 15, 2009
Send this letter along with your personal stories to as many representatives as you can.
You are not alone. There are millions of us, we just have to work together and spread the news, write letters, and keep advocating for water survivors to those who have the power to help us.
And as always- Vote 2010--incumbents out--Patriots in!
Letter To Send To Representatives Listing Our Expectations As Survivors.
Outline of Expectations
1. Health Care and Compensation (at government expense) for Camp Lejeune’s sick survivors (veterans and their dependents and civilian support personnel and their dependents).
A. Health screenings, at government expense, for Camp Lejeune’s victims.
B. If health issues (as documented by a doctor or through health screenings) are found to exist in any Camp Lejeune Veteran (no matter his/her discharge status), his/her VA Claim should be accepted under VA Presumptive Disability.
In the words of the ATSDR, Vinyl Chloride “can be formed when other substances such as TCE, trichloroethylene, and tetrachloroethylene are broken down."
Vinyl Chloride causes behavioral changes in humans. Vinyl Chloride causes “sensory- motor polyneuropathy; pyramidal, extrapyramidal, and cerebellar abnormalities; neuropsychiatric symptoms such as sleep disorders, loss of libido, headaches, and irritability...”
As you can see, Vinyl Chloride causes damage to the brain. One might say that it causes traumatic brain injury. It also causes behavioral changes.
2. The men and women who served at Camp Lejeune followed orders, when they were required to clean (while wearing no protective gear) their equipment with full strength TCE. By its nature, TCE would have begun to break down into Vinyl Chloride, when used to clean the surfaces of jeeps, trucks and fork lifts which had been heated by the sun. By their devotion to duty and through no fault of their own, they were exposed to full strength TCE and its breakdown components.
By the nature of Vinyl Chloride, behavioral changes were to be expected.
In a highly structured atmosphere such as the United States Marine Corps, Vinyl Chloride induced behavioral changes are not well tolerated by superiors.
The behavioral changes exhibited by contaminated Marines are, once TCE and Vinyl Chloride are considered into the equation, the result of COMMAND FAILURE.
If illness (as documented by a doctor or through the health screenings mentioned in section 2) is found to be present in any civilian support personnel, their children or grandchildren of military personnel who were aboard Camp Lejeune, Presumptive Social Security Disability should be provided.
The medical community should be informed by the CDC that contamination at Camp Lejeune is real.
3. Medical professionals should not be allowed to refuse treatment to survivors of Camp Lejeune and places like it.
4. Qualified professionals should train doctors (at government expense) in proper treatment methods for victims of severe contamination.
5. A call center, staffed (at government expense) by trained toxicologists and other appropriate qualified experts, should be established and operated 24 hours a day seven days a week. Contact information for the call center (including a toll free phone number) should be provided to all health care professionals (the AMA, IRS, Medicare and Medicaid should help with that effort).
The call center should be accessible to all health care providers at all times, in the event that they need advise on properly treating survivors of Camp Lejeune and places like it.
The experts who staff the call center should (with one exception, Dr. Gerald LeBlanc) have no connection to the DoD, the Department of the Navy, the United States Marine Corps, the EPA, the CDC, the ATSDR (which is part of the EPA and whose Camp Lejeune budget is funded by the DoD) or the State of North Carolina.
The Poisoned Patriots of Camp Lejeune would be pleased to have Dr. LeBlanc involved with the call center.
6. Qualified experts (who have no connection to the agencies listed in section 8) should be required to end the backlog of risk assessments now bogging down the Integrated Risk Assessment System (IRIS).
According to Congressman Sensenbrenner, at the IRIS Hearing in June 2008, IRIS is assessing chemicals at a rate of 2 per year. With 70 chemicals on the list to be assessed, that is a 35 year backlog.
If a chemical were put on the IRIS list today, it would take about 35 ½ years to complete the assessment. Many more people could be contaminated in that time.
7. Bonuses for VA personnel should be (if they haven’t already been) suspended until the backlog of VA Claims is reduced and claims are paid. Shredding claims should not be an acceptable method of reducing claims.
8. Independent qualified experts (who have no connection to the agencies listed in section 8) should, at government expense, test all NEW WELLS in the nation for the presence of COCs.
If contamination is found, the home should be connected to the public water supply, if that public water supply contains fewer parts per billion of COCs than the homeowner’s water sample. Because the EPA and other government agencies which were supposed to protect the public from COCs failed to do so, municipal water system connection fees should be paid by the EPA.
If an existing well is found to be contaminated with COCs, the home should be connected (at EPA expense) to the municipal water supply, if that municipal water supply contains fewer parts per billion of COCs than the homeowner’s water sample.
9. An investigation should be launched into the agreement (concerning Camp Lejeune, North Carolina’s contamination) which was reached by the EPA, the Department of the Navy and the State of North Carolina. That investigation should determine what the agreement says and whether the agreement impacts the way the EPA, other federal agencies, state agencies and local agencies across the nation respond to contamination cases.
The fact that The Department of the Navy and the State of North Carolina involved the EPA in an agreement concerning Camp Lejeune’s COCs potentially impacts all Americans.
The EPA is a federal agency which is charged with protecting all Americans and the environment in which they live. If the agreement was not intended to influence the way the EPA responds to contamination issues (enforcement and remediation in particular), then there would have been no reason to involve the EPA in the agreement.
Is it acceptable for the State of North Carolina, the EPA and the Department of the Navy to enter into an agreement (which has the potential to influence EPA policy and remediation procedures) without consulting those who represent all Americans?
Is it possible that The Department of the Navy, the EPA and the State of North Carolina have set EPA policy which harms all Americans?
The bottom line is that all Americans have a right to know, if that agreement impacts enforcement and remediation of their contamination issues.
10. After decades of watching Camp Lejeune’s Survivors struggle with “lost” military records, “lost” studies, delayed studies, delayed funding of studies, denied claims, inaccurate information, inadequate medical treatment and generalized apathy, Congress can make a decision to pay the tort claims of Camp Lejeune’s Survivors.
11. Presumptive Disability should cover cancers (all males & females), lymphomas, tumors, skin disorders, thyroid and parathyroid disease, cysts, miscarriages, anxiety disorders, neurological, spastic colon, fibromyalgia, gastric antrial vascular estasia, adrenal cortial carcinoma, muscle deterioration, bone deterioration, kidney disease, heart disease/ cardiac, lupus, bowel disorder, teeth deterioration, reproductive disorders, ADD, ADHD, urinary disorders, learning disabilities, lung diseases, spasams, gall bladder, club foot, spinal bifida, scoliosis, diabetes, fibroid disease, parkinsons disease, anemia, migraines, endometriosis, and bladder and other numerous illnesses and diseases not mentioned which have been a common thread among the survivors of Camp Lejeune.
Friday's "20/20," featuring interviews with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert and Fox News' Glenn Beck averaged 5.98 million Total Viewers - making it ABC's #1 show for the night. The program beat a re-run of CBS's Numb3rs, but came in second to NBC's Stanley Cup final. This was also 20/20's best performance in more than a month. If you missed John Stossel's interview with Beck, here it is in its entirety:
20/20's Glenn Beck Interview Brings High Ratings - mediabistro.com: TVNewser
Glenn Beck rocks!
If you don't know Glenn Beck, you should. He is a true American Patriot! Watch the video of the ABC video to get a glimpse of what he is all about. I watch him everyday... and listen to his radio show when I can. He speaks for me (98%), that much I can say.
Visit and join your local chapters of the THE 9-12 PROJECT to learn more about what other American Patriots are doing.
Vote 2010--incumbents out--Patriots in!
- Contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune -- Report release June 13
Not that they will tell us anything ... and who is it they are recommending for testing and studying?
Will it be in a form? A questionnaire that ALL of us complete or will they just pick and choose who they will consider to be part of the study.
A friend of mine went to this meeting she says: Terry Fristoe Dyer, who has been working on this issue for years says...."THEY" didn't study anybody! It wasn't even a study....it was a report and they used the same data the ATSDR used with the public health assessment that was kicked to the curb! This report will end up on the same curb when the real "EXPERTS" get hold and dissect this thing! This week should prove very interesting in the media. The over weight lady is not done singing yet!
None of us are done singing... and we are watching, and more of us are learning.
Jun 13, 2009
Support Free Speech in America!
Vote 2010--incumbents out--Patriots in!
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 12, 2009 -- Sungevity.com offers free quotes on residential solar power
While much of the world has embraced alternative forms of energy, we're still playing catch-up in America.
The problem for homeowners has been figuring out how to implement technologies like solar, wind and geo-thermal. You can't exactly just call around for quotes.
That's where the power of the Internet comes in.
Sungevity.com allows you to enter your street address and get a guaranteed quote on installation of a home solar system. The assessment is done by satellite mapping, so no visit to your home is required.
In addition, there's federal and state money available as part of the stimulus law to install alternative energy at your home or business. Clark predicts this will be a real growth area for entrepreneurs who can do energy-efficient retro-fitting on homes.
Jun 11, 2009
Quote of the Day:
"We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people." -- Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator Source: speech in the Senate, 1833
Subject: Trillions of reasons to audit the Federal Reserve
Since last September the Federal Reserve has made $9 trillion in transactions that are not reflected on its balance sheet. This compares to $2 trillion in transactions that is reflected on the Fed's balance sheet.
What was the purpose of this $9 trillion? Who got how much, and why did they get it? No one knows. Congress doesn't know, and neither does the Inspector General charged with monitoring the Fed, as you can hear for yourself in the video embedded in a blog post by David Theroux of the Independent Institute.
Likewise, neither Congress nor the Inspector General knows anything about the profits or losses the Fed may have experienced from the $2 trillion that is reported on its balance sheet.
Add up the numbers -- the Fed has done things in your name with $11 trillion. This is only a few trillion shy of the total annual gross domestic product of the United States.
It's also several times the total annual spending of the federal government. Would it be an exaggeration to say that the Federal Reserve has become a shadow government, several times the size of the entity that's supposed to be our real government?
If we can judge by the resources involved then we would have to answer yes. The Federal Reserve seems to be disposing of more of your wealth than even your cancerous elected government does.
But apparently, neither you nor the people you elected is even allowed to know what the Fed is doing, let alone exert any control over it. This is a strong argument in favor of Congressman Ron Paul's bill to audit the Fed -- the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 (HR 1207).
There's good news in this regard. HR 1207 now has 200-cosponsors, which is 46% of the entire House of Representatives.
But there's also bad news.
The companion bill in the Senate, S. 604, has ZERO cosponsors. It seems like your Senators are asleep at the switch, or perhaps complicit in the scam. Who will watch these supposed watchmen if not you? Here's what you can do.
First, find out if your House Rep. needs to be thanked for being a cosponsor, or encouraged to become one.
* Go here http://thomas.loc.gov/
* Click on the radio button for "bill number"
* Type in HR 1207* Look for the link for cosponsors, and click on it
* See if your House Rep is listed.
Then go to DownsizeDC.org's "Audit the Fed" campaign to send a message to your Rep. and your two Senators. If your Rep. is a cosponsor then acknowledge your Rep., and thank him or her so that the Senators can see it. If not, encourage your Rep to co-sponsor HR 1207.
Either way, tell your two Senators to co-sponsor S. 604.Use your personal comments to mention the fact that neither Congress nor the Inspector General knows anything about what the Fed has done with $9 trillion in off-balance sheet transactions, or anything about the profit or loss from $2 trillion in on-balance sheet transactions.
Tell your Congressional employees that this is unacceptable, and that you will hold them personally accountable for failing to audit the Fed.
To exceed the 36,512 messages we sent last month we need to send at least 1,672 messages today.
Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how we're growing, check out the Keeping Score report below my signature.
We grew by 20 net new subscribers over the past two days, which brings us to 1,198 net new members for the year. The Downsize DC Army now stands at 25,547 -- nearly 55% of the way from 25,000 to 26,000!
YOU can make the army grow even faster by following our quick and easy instructions for personalized recruiting. We can also grow faster by doing more outreach to potential DC Downsizers. Please help us do this by starting a monthly credit card pledge -- it can be as low as $5 a month (which is just 17 cents per day).
You can start your pledge using our secure online contribution form. Please let us know if its okay to advertise your support here:
NEW MONTHLY PLEDGERS IN JUNE: Dwight E. Baker, David H. Abernathy, John Murphy, Jeremiah J Blanchard --
IN MAY: Don Matesz, Silvy Berman, David Jones, Barbara Baxter, Nancy Kovar, Ryan Ackroyd, WM Michael O'Brien, John C Houghton, James Alan Speedie, THREE unlistedOr, you could make a one-time donation. Please let us know on our secure contribution form if its okay to advertise your support here:
NEW ONE TIME DONORS IN JUNE: Edward J Krieger, Jan Berridge, FOUR unlisted -- IN MAY: Dorothy Davis, Arlene Lindstrand, Dee Clary, Joan Garro, Jennifer Tarling, Richard Linchitz, Steven Palmer, Bruce N. Liddel, Ernest P. Eusea, Chris Reulman, David Anthony, Christopher T Wagner, Thomas Sartwelle, Jr, EIGHT unlisted
D o w n s i z e r - D i s p a t c his the official email list of DownsizeDC.org, Inc. & Downsize DC FoundationNormally published 3 - 6 times per week. CONTRIBUTE in support of the "Educate the Powerful System" http://www.DownsizeDC.org is sponsored by DownsizeDC.org, Inc. -- a non-profit educational organization promoting the ideas of individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets, and small government. Operations office: 1931 15th St. Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223, 202.521.1200
IF you have difficulties or inquiries, simply hit reply to this message. We're eager to help, including with requests to unsubscribe.
The Downsize DC Team would like to thank you for subscribing to the Downsizer-Dispatch, which you did by going to http://www.downsizedc.org/page/newsletter or by using our Educate the Powerful System to send a message.
You are encouraged to forward this message to friends and business associates, and permission is hereby granted to reproduce any items herein as long as attribution is provided for articles and the subscription instructions above are included.
Jun 10, 2009
Well said Tabitha! My thoughts exactly!
By: Examiner Editorial-06/10/09 5:40 AM EDT
U.S. Navy officials have severed ties with a defense contractor under suspicion in connection with an on-going federal investigation of fraud allegations against PMA Group (Paul Magliocchetti and Associates), a defense lobbying firm that was shut down following an FBI raid last year of its office. But the Navy would not be able to do that if Rep. Barney Frank’s logic on behalf of the Association of Community Activists for Reform Now (ACORN) were applied to defense contracts.
ACORN is being investigated for voter registration fraud in least 14 states. At the same time, a dissident group of present and former members and officials known as the ACORN8 are raising multiple questions in the media and before Congress about the organization’s internal finances. Frank says ACORN should have the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. We don’t recall hearing the Masschusetts Democrats call for the same treatment when the Pentagon barred a defense contractor suspected of wrong-doing.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has introduced the Taxpayer Protection and Anti-Fraud Act to bar the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from giving tax dollars to groups like ACORN that have been indicted for violations of state or federal laws. ACORN has received at least $53 million in federal funds since 1994 mostly through HUD, and the controversial group is eligible for over $8 billion in additional taxpayer funds under the Obama administration’s economic stimulus program. Bachmann’s bill faces bleak prospects in the House where more than 200 House members voted recently with are on record for supporting a measure introduced by Frank to assure ACORN’s ability to keep getting federal tax dollars.
Frank attached an amendment to $140 million dollar Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act last month that lowered the bar for groups under criminal investigation to receive federal funding. Only four Democrats opposed Frank’s amendment in a vote that essentially gutted an earlier amendment offered by Bachmann. Her new bill would block pending allocations from the HUD budget. “No one has right to federal funds,” she said. “We have a fiduciary responsibility as members of Congress to establish criteria by which groups can gain access to federal dollars. Federal funding is a privilege that must be earned. This in no way denies someone their due process rights in court.” The U.S. Navy and Bachmann have the right idea when it comes to setting standards. We look forward to hearing Frank explain why he applies different ones to different groups.
Jun 9, 2009
News about Move America Forward’s upcoming Troopathon continues to spread quickly—especially with the help of Fox News and the powerful conservative blog community.
Fox News’ “Red Eye” featured Troopathon co-host and “Red Eye” regular Andrew Breitbart Monday night. Impressed by what Andrew had to say about our upcoming Troopathon, “Red Eye” then invited Melanie Morgan to appear on the show Tuesday night. Melanie’s segment covered many exciting details about the Troopathon and you can check it out on our website here.
And not to be outshined by Fox News—we’re proud to announce that esteemed bloggers and fellow troop supporters Michelle Malkin, Ron Winter, Matt Lewis, Ed Morrissey and Robert Spencer will appear on the Troopathon. The influence of these bloggers is undeniable and we believe their participation indicates that “Honor Their Service” is a real web event with a strong online presence!
But, if we’re going to send the largest shipment in history to our brave troops serving in harm’s way, we’re still going to need more help to spread the word! Please check out our banner ads here and post one to your blog.
Lastly, stay tuned as we prepare to launch of our blogger care package competition. To increase your involvement in this year’s Troopathon we will be hosting a blogger referral competition to see which blog’s followers contribute the most for care packages. Teams will be established and prizes will be awarded!
We will continue to keep our website http://www.troopathon.org/ updated with the latest on this great event. Thank you! Erica Anderson Move America Forward email@example.com (916) 441-6197, ext. 315
This afternoon I got this one..
A million heartfelt thanks goes to Gary Senise and Kelsey Grammer!
TROOPATHON WELCOMES KELSEY GRAMMER AND GARY SINISE!
Kelsey Grammer and Gary Sinise will participate and appear on this year’s Troopathon—adding a little more sparkle to our already star studded guest lineup!
Both Kelsey Grammer and Gary Sinise are great patriots and longtime supporters of our troops. Grammer, best known as “Dr. Frasier Crane” on the sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, has also appeared in numerous other television shows and major motion pictures. Sinise portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor in the Academy Award winning movie Forest Gump and has since directed and starred in other movies and television shows including his now starring role in the television show CSI: NY.
Blogger Competition Update: Stay tuned for our blogger care package competition announcement coming later this week. We will organize teams by the end of this week to launch the competition starting Monday June 15. More information will be released with the competition announcement. And remember, our banner ads and media appearances are posted to the Media Kit.
Please help us bring attention to this great effort and post a banner ad on your blog. More exciting guest announcements are sure to follow.
For the latest check out our website http://www.troopathon.org/.
Thank you! Cheers!
Move America Forward
(916) 441-6197, ext. 315
Jun 6, 2009
Jun 5, 2009
***This article has been chosen as a discussion topic on PFP Movement Radio, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pfpmovementradio Friday night at 5:30pm-7pm. THE CALL IN # IS (347) 633-9636. COMMENTS will be included in the show so feel free to discuss or ask questions here on current.com as they will be addressed during the show.***
Biden: Obama to Announce Plan Monday to Ramp Up 'Stimulus' Over Summer - Political News - FOXNews.com
Biden: Obama to Announce Plan Monday to Ramp Up 'Stimulus' Over Summer - Political News - FOXNews.com
Posted by: Michele Bachmann at 11:48 AM
One of the many problems with the federal government controlling a private company like GM is that each Congressman in Washington will be looking our for their own state or district's interests -- even if that works against the interest of the company they are running.
Take, for instance, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. Congressman Frank put a call into GM CEO Fritz Henderson on behalf of a GM distribution center in Norton, MA that was slated for closure as part of GM's restructuring plan. After talking with the Congressman, the decision to close the center and put about 90 people out of work was reversed. I'm not faulting Barney Frank for his actions--no Representative wants to see closures in his or her district, but this exemplifies how unsuited the federal government is in running private enterprise.
Here's what the Wall Street Journal had to say about it:
"Mr. Frank's spokesman, Harry Gural, says the Congressman discussed, among other things, 'the facility's value to GM.' We'd have thought that would be something that GM might have considered when it decided to close the Norton center, but then a call from one of the most powerful Members of Congress can certainly cause a ward of the state to reconsider what qualifies as 'value.' A CEO who refuses the offer can soon find himself testifying under oath before Congress, or answering questions from the Government Accountability Office about his expense account.
"Not only will decisions like plant closures be made now by politicians – politicians vulnerable to political influences particularly when they’re up for re-election every two years – but so will such decisions like what kind of technology to use in manufacturing.
In a great editorial by the Washington Post this week, GM's New Owner: What kind of deal did you get?, the editors write:
"In practice, the political manipulation of the company has probably only just begun; Democratic Rep. Eliot L. Engel (N.Y), for example, has declared that the government should require GM to install "flex fuel" technology in its cars. If GM still isn't profitable enough to attract private investment a couple of years from now, the pressure will be intense to shovel even more public money into it. Administration officials say they hope and expect that this $30 billion for GM will be the last. But they don't promise, because they can't."
We need to take a good hard look at this government power grab. Not only is it unprecedented and unconstitutional, it will ultimately prove disastrous.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist signs bills for Wounded Warriors!
There were four bills to benefit Florida’s military and veteran community. The bills included:
Senate Bill 316, High School Diplomas/Vietnam War Veterans, which granted the Florida Commissioner of Education the authority to grant high school diplomas to Vietnam veterans who were unable to finish high school because of their military service.
House Bill 509, Veterans, which waives several permit fees for disabled veterans undertaking safety and accessibility renovations to their homes; removes the cap on license tag fees that assist Florida’s Veterans Nursing Home Trust Fund; and integrates the new national GI education benefit into Florida’s laws.
House Bill 685, Educational Dollars for Duty Program, which expands the educational benefits available to Florida National Guard Members in return for their service.
House Bill 635, Military Affairs, which strengthens legal protection for Florida’s National Guard members in the workplace by affirming their right to re-employment and fining any employers who discriminate against individuals on the basis of their Florida National Guard service.
On June 25th, Move America Forward will be holding our 2nd annual “Troop-a-thon” titled “Honor their Service.”
Honor Their Service - Move America Forward
The goal of this charity fundraiser is to send the largest ever shipment of care packages to our brave men and women of the armed forces serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay.
Jun 4, 2009
Bachmann introduced the Taxpayer Protection and Anti-Fraud Act, which would prohibit any organization that has been indicted for violations of state or federal election laws from getting HUD money.
Minnesota Independent: Bachmann renews ACORN attack with new bill, petition
Some of the 9/12 Candidates for upcoming elections can be heard on the Patriot's Pipleine Radio Show. He graciously gave the 912Candidates.org facebook group the following post:
David A Hill (Dallas / Fort Worth, TX) wroteat 12:43am on May 30th, 2009
As host of the Patriot's Pipeline Radio Show, I am proud to promote and give air time to the candidates and organizers here at the 912 Candidates Project.
http://blogtalkradio.com/patriotsheartnetwork Our interviews over the past 3 weeks have lifted my spirit and I have a renewed faith in our great country.Here are the links to our past 4 9:12 guests:
Chris Lewis (Maryland) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PatriotsHeartNetwork/2009/05/30/Patriots-Pipeline-with-David-Melissa
Chris Sloan (California) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PatriotsHeartNetwork/2009/05/23/Patriots-Pipeline-with-David-Melissa
RJ Harris (Oklahoma) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PatriotsHeartNetwork/2009/05/16/Patriots-Pipeline-with-David-Melissa
Franciene McDonald (Texas) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PatriotsHeartNetwork/2009/05/09/Patriots-Pipeline-with-David-Melissa
Learn more about http://912candidates.org/. We the people have a voice and we the people need to put forth people and vote for the candidate who will live by and vote by the values and principles the States of America was founded on.
Jun 3, 2009
According to Capitol Hill newspaper, Politico, the President has some other non-troop items to add to the war supplemental, including $2 billion to address future bouts with swine flu and an extra $200 million for refugee aid in Pakistan.