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« Reply #1750 on: March 18, 2013, 02:58:08 PM »

I'm sure the trucker at the rest stop will appreciate it. 
good one, bro; hats off to your developing sense of humor.
And it never gets old or fails me......

walk around the truck stop, see a hot trucker, go over, kick a tire and say...
"you got a heavy load?"

they are muchly appreciative.
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« Reply #1751 on: March 18, 2013, 03:03:06 PM »

good one, bro; hats off to your developing sense of humor.
And it never gets old or fails me......

walk around the truck stop, see a hot trucker, go over, kick a tire and say...
"you got a heavy load?"

they are muchly appreciative.

Once people get to know me they appreciate my jokes and sarcastic nature.  Im every bit the sarcastic jokster in person
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« Reply #1752 on: March 18, 2013, 03:04:26 PM »

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Obama DOD: Use Humor & Dialogue When Confronting Violent Rapists (Video)
 The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/18/13 | Jim Hoft

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 6:01:38 PM by Nachum

A new video released last month by The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, an arm of the Defense Department, instructs bystanders on how to react in case of violence, rape or harassment. The video offers a number of actions including using humor and dialogue during an attack. Counter Contempt reported:

The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) is an arm of the Department of Defense created in 1971 (and reorganized in 1979 under President Carter). It’s stated mission is to fight “intolerance.” The DEOMI commandant, a political appointee, answers to Obama’s new Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Jessica L. Wright. Wright, you may recall, recently complained to congress about the “devastating” impact of sequester cuts on the “quality of life” of military personnel.

The latest DEOMI video instructs you to use humor and dialogue during a violent attack.


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« Reply #1753 on: March 18, 2013, 08:17:19 PM »

The Obama administration is demanding the nation’s two biggest shipping companies police the contents of Americans’ sealed packages, and a FedEx spokesman is warning that the move “has the potential to threaten the privacy of all customers that send or receive packages.”

FedEx and UPS are in the Justice Department’s cross-hairs for not flagging shipments of illegally prescribed drugs the companies say they had no way of knowing were in their possession.

Criminal charges could be coming against the carriers, even though the government has not alleged any deliberate wrongdoing by the companies.

FedEx spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald said his company has a 40-year history of actively assisting the government crackdown on any criminal conduct, but he told WND this probe was very different from the start.

“What is unusual and really disturbing is it became clear to us along the way that FedEx was being targeted for some level criminal activity as it relates to these medicines that are being shipped from pharmacies, and we find it to be completely absurd because it’s really not our role,” Fitzgerald said. “We have no way of knowing what is legal and not within the packages that we’re picking up and delivering in this situation.”

“At the heart of the investigation are sealed packages that are being sent by, as far as we can tell, licensed pharmacies. These are medicines with legal prescriptions written by licensed physicians. So it’s difficult for us to understand where we would have some role in this. We are a transportation company that picks up and delivers close to 10 million packages every day. They are sealed packages, so we have no way of knowing specifically what’s inside and we have no interest in violating the privacy rights of our customers,” Fitzgerald said.

In addition to the unrealistic expectation that the federal government seems to have for the companies to know what’s in every package, Fitzgerald said protecting the rights of customers is paramount and the issues go hand-in-hand.

“They clearly are attempting to put some responsibility for the legality of the contents of these packages. That’s why for us it goes far beyond even just the online pharmacy situation. This really has a chilling effect. It has the potential to threaten the privacy of all customers that send or receive packages via FedEx because the government is assigning a role on us as law enforcement or taking on their role in a way that is not appropriate,” Fitzgerald said.

FedEx sought to diffuse the standoff by offering to stop doing business with any pharmacies that the government suspected to be involved in illegal activities. The Justice Department declined, citing the potential for the pharmacies to sue over a lack of due process.

“If the government were to come to us and give us the name of a customer that’s engaged in some level of illegal activity, we can immediately stop shipping for that customer. We will not tolerate any illegal activity within our networks,” Fitzgerald said. “What we want here is a solution that will apply for the entire industry and serve the public’s interest. That’s why we find it completely absurd and, to a large degree, stunning that the government is not working with us on that solution as they have with other problems in the past. As long as they’re not doing that, there’s really no solution even if they were to pursue an investigation or criminal charges against a specific company. There needs to be an industry-wide solution that will put a stop to this problem.”

That leaves FedEx and UPS with the task of stopping illegal shipments from sources the government will not divulge.

“The comparison that we’ve made is a no-fly list. It’s as if the government were to go to major commercial airlines and accuse them of some level of criminal activity if they were to allow somebody on the no-fly list onto one of their planes without providing them a no-fly list,” Fitzgerald said. “What we want here is the no-fly list for online pharmacies. If they are aware of some level of illegal activity by some number of pharmacies, simply provide us that list and we will stop providing service. It’s a very simple solution.”

Fitzpatrick said no other private carriers are being targeted by the Justice Department, and he has no evidence to suggest this probe is designed to boost the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service at the expense of private competitors.

UPS is currently negotiating a settlement with the government, but FedEx is fighting this all the way.

“Settlement is not an option for us when there’s no illegal activity on our part,” Fitzpatrick said.






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« Reply #1754 on: March 22, 2013, 09:14:05 PM »

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« Reply #1755 on: March 30, 2013, 05:23:22 AM »

Lanny Breuer Cashes in After Not Prosecuting Wall Street Execs, Will Receive Approximate Salary of 4 Million Dollars



 
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It's official, and former Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division Chef Lanny Breuer is bragging about it.  He'll return for the third to time the white collar (now expanding its clients internationally) legal defense firm of Covington & Burling, but this time at a whopping salary.

According to the New York Times: "Mr. Breuer is expected to earn about $4 million in his first year at Covington. In addition to representing clients, he will serve as an ambassador of sorts for the firm as it seeks to grow overseas."

As BuzzFlash at Truthout has speculated before, one can argue (and the same holds true for Eric Holder, also a Covington & Burling alumni appointee), Breuer was building his value in the marketplace at the DOJ, while Wall Street executives who nearly destroyed the American economy went unprosecuted.  And his future value to his old white collar defense firm was dependent, in large part, on him not angering the people who would be the clients of Covington & Burling when he left the Department of Justice. The result, one can contend: no prosecutions of banks "too big to fail" execs as publicly stated as a policy by both Breuer and Holder.

This isn't just a revolving door; one can argue it's a dereliction of legal responsibility by an employee of the people of the United States.  One can proffer that it's a cash-in career move by a resume climber who was careful not to bite the hands that will write the checks that will feed him on a lavish scale.

BuzzFlash at Truthout has written more than fifteen commentaries on the failure to prosecute Wall Street execs in recent months. These include: "Consigliere Lanny Breuer, Head of the DOJ Criminal Division, Leaves Without Prosecuting One Made Man on Wall Street" ; and "The Covington & Burling Trio Overseeing the Department of Justice Criminal Division: An Injustice."

Breuer isn't the least bit sheepish about grabbing the brass ring after failing to hold those responsible for nearly sinking the economy criminally accountable. According to the website Main Justice,

Breuer said that he will also maintain his white collar clients, which he hope to grow following his stint as the Criminal Division's longest-serving leader in recent history. Moving forward, he expects to have individual and corporate clients in areas such as foreign bribery, money laundering, export control and securities law and whistle blower cases. 

Breuer has spent a combined total of approximately two decades at Covington & Burling.

According the Corporate Crime Reporter:

At Covington, Breuer will work with a corporate criminal defense team that includes:

Robert Amaee, the former Head of Anti-Corruption and Head of Proceeds of Crime at the UK Serious Fraud Office.

Bruce Baird, former Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Tom Barnett and Deborah Garza, both a former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division.

Michael Chertoff, himself a former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division before becoming Secretary for Homeland Security.

Steve Fagell, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor in the Criminal Division.

Jim Garland, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Nancy Kestenbaum and Lynn Neils, both former Chiefs of the General Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Ethan Posner and Jean Veta, both former Deputy Associate Attorneys General.

Alan Vinegrad, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

And numerous other former federal prosecutors and enforcement officials, including Stephen Anthony, David Bayless, Casey Cooper, Haywood Gilliam, Geoffrey Hobart, and Simone Ross.

Criticism of Breuer’s exit through the revolving door came quickly from Dennis Kelleher, a former partner at Skadden Arps in Washington, D.C., and currently president of the public interest group Better Markets.

Kelleher told Corporate Crime Reporter that “nothing is more corrosive to the American people’s trust in government than the revolving door where too many officials turn their so-called public service into multi-million dollar riches unimaginable to most Americans.”

“This blatant cashing-in is destroying faith in government and government officials,” Kelleher said.

“Lanny Breuer’s spinning through it is only the latest example: partner at big DC law firm representing corporate clients before the Department, then becomes a senior official at the Department making decisions whether or not to prosecute those same or similar corporate clients, then leaves to go back to private practice representing those same or similar corporate clients with legal issues before, bingo, the Department of Justice,” Kelleher said.

As we noted in one of our previous BuzzFlash at Truthout commentaries deploring the systemic injustice of people who use government service to raise their cash value in DC, this is quite possibly a crime against the American people for personal enrichment.  We are certain Lanny Breuer would deny anything but the purest motives, and that is his right. As he told Main Justice: "So, I love the advocacy system. I'm a zealous advocate, and I look forward to being a zealous advocate for our [Covington & Burling] clients again."

But BuzzFlash at Truthout has a different perspective. At a reported $4 million a year, much of Breuer's salary will have been earned at the expense of not prosecuting justice.

And a lot of perps are riding around in chauffeured limousines because Lanny Breuer didn't lift a finger to take away their keys. Now they are his clients again.

How do you imagine that happened?


Some additional BuzzFlash commentaries of interest on the lack of Wall Street prosecution:

This commentary, "Holder Admits that Department of Justice Believes Big Bankers Are Above the Law," contains hyperlinks to many of the recent BuzzFlash commentaries on the DOJ's negligence in prosecuting Wall Street campaign donors and executives of banks too big to fail.

Also see, "Eric Holder Enables Dishonesty, Fraud and Likely Criminal Activity on Wall Street"; and "In Bank Tax Cut for Job Scheme, Another Bank Gets Immunity by DOJ."

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« Reply #1756 on: March 30, 2013, 06:00:57 AM »

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« Reply #1757 on: March 30, 2013, 06:04:11 AM »

WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2013 - President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law, the “Monsanto Protection Act,” that strips federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns.

“The provision would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop while the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) assesses those potential hazards,” explains a letter to the House that has been signed by dozens of food businesses and retailers, as well as interest groups and agencies representing family farmers. “Further, it would compel USDA to allow continued planting of that same crop upon request, even if in the course of its assessment the Department finds that it poses previously unrecognized risks.”

Why does Monsanto and other GMO companies need this protection? The corolary question is has there ever been a safe, healthy, non-complicated genetically modified organism?

Genetical engineering is the process of putting genetic material from one species into another in a form that does not exist in nature. In every case of genetic engineered organsims, the product has been less naturally healthy overall than the original host organsims. There may be a single trait that is superior, but the overall health of the organism is less than found in nature. From animals like the sheep Dolly, to the Flavr Savr tomato, to the products you are eating today and don’t even know it, there are inherent problems consuming altered DNA.

In 1994, Dr Joseph Cummins, Emeritus Professor of Genetics at the University of West-Ontario warned that the inclusion in Flavr Savr tomatoes of a genetic sequence from the Cauliflower Mosaic Virus could create virulent new viruses. In October 1991, Dr Edwin Mathews from the Department of Health and Human Services and of the FDA's Toxicology Group wrote to the FDA Biotechnology Working Group saying: “Genetically modified plants could also contain unexpected high concentrations of plant toxicants”.

Modified proteins, new proteins never before eaten by humanity, exist in GE foods. In 1992, Dr. Louis J. Pribyl of the FDA's Microbiology Group warned  that there is "a profound difference between the types of expected effects from traditional breeding and genetic engineering."

There are many explanations of why genetic engineering becomes faulty, but for starters here are two:

DNA does not always fully break down in the alimentary tract. Gut bacteria can take up genes and GM plasmids, opening the possibility of the spread of antibiotic resistance.
Insertion of genes into the genome can also result in unintended effects. Some of the ways the inserted genes express themselves in the host or the way they affect the functioning of the crop’s own genes are unpredictable. This may lead to the development of unknown toxic/allergenic components.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, "Substantial equivalence is the embodies the concept that if a new food or food component is found to be substantially equivalent to an existing food or food component, it can be treated in the same manner with respect to safety."

Many GM and parental line crops fall short of the definition of “substantial equivalence.” In any case, this crude, poorly defined and unscientific concept outlived its possible previous usefulness and we need novel methods and concepts to probe into the compositional, nutritional/toxicological and metabolic differences between GM and conventional crops and into the safety of the genetic techniques used in developing GM crops if we want to put this technology on a proper scientific foundation and allay the fears of the general public. We need more science, not less.

There are processes that are locking the agricultural farmer into a business relationship with the seed producers.

"Technology Protection," is how they sell it. "Terminator" technology makes plants that would produce sterile seeds after one season. This means, farmers have to buy more seeds for the next harvest.

"Traitor" technology is a trait-specific technology that develops traits which would remain dormant in crops. Farmers can choose to activate this trait by spraying their crops with a proprietary chemical compound. This means, they'll have to buy the proprietary compound to treat their crops in order to activate it. There are even biochemical companies requiring farmers to sign agreements to not save any of their seeds for re-planting. This means that instead of using the seeds for the next planting season, they have to get rid of them and buy more seeds.

Other possible effects might come from the spread of genes from modified plants to unmodified relatives, which might produce species of weeds resistant to herbicides. 

There are numerous problems with the genetically modified fods you eat. 

CORN- Two research studies independently show evidence of allergenic reactions to GM Bt corn, and farm workers exposed to genetically-modified Bt sprays exhibited extensive allergic reactions.

POTATOES - A study showed genetically-modified potatoes expressing cod genes were allergenic.

PEAS - A decade-long study of GM peas was abandoned when it was discovered that they caused allergic lung damage in mice.

SOY - In March 1999, researchers at the York Laboratory discovered that reactions to soy had skyrocketed by 50% over the year before, which corresponded with the introduction of genetically-modified soy from the US. It was the first time in 17 years that soy was tested in the lab among the top ten allergenic foods. 

A four-year study at the University of Jena in Germany conducted by Hans-Hinrich Kaatz revealed that bees ingesting pollen from transgenic rapeseed had bacteria in their gut with modified genes. This is called a "horizontal gene transfer." Commonly found bacteria and microorganisms in the human gut help maintain a healthy intestinal flora. These, however, can be mutated.

Mutations may also be able to travel internally to other cells, tissue systems and organs throughout the human body. Not to be underestimated, the potential domino effect of internal and external genetic pollution can make the substance of science-fiction horror movies become terrible realities in the future. The same is true for the bacteria that maintain the health of our soil - and are vitally necessary for all forms of farming - in fact for human sustenance and survival.

It is a well-know fact that fish proteins happen to be among the most hyper-allergenic, while tomatoes are not. Thus not labeling such genetically modified tomatoes, with hidden alien or allergenic ingredients, is completely unconscionable. The same applies to the typical GMO that has novel bacterial and viral DNA artificially inserted. 

Superviruses: Viruses can mix with genes of other viruses and retroviruses such as HIV. This can give rise to more deadly viruses - and at rates higher than previously thought. One study showed that gene mixing occurred in viruses in just 8 weeks (Kleiner, 1997). This kind of scenario applies to the cauliflower mosaic virus CaMV, the most common virus used in genetic engineering - in Round Up ready soy of Monsanto, Bt-maise of Novaris, and GM cotton and canola. 

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on 'Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.' They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM’s position paper stated, 'Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,' including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, 'There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,'as defined by recognized scientific criteria. 'The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.' 

Most countries have banned GMOs. Not the U.S. This happens because of public unawareness and politics. 

If you are concerned ask your grocer which foods they carry are GM foods. If you plant foods, ask the seed manufacturer which seeds are GMO. Stop purchasing known GM foods. Contact your state and national congress representatives and voice your concern on this subject. 

GMO’s have never occurred in the history of the world until the past several decades. The timeframe is far too short to understand their impact on nature and human health. 

 

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« Reply #1758 on: March 31, 2013, 05:53:10 PM »

Hillary Clinton snagged in Benghazi cover-up
 WorldNetDaily ^ | Mar 31, 2013 | Aaron Klein

Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2013 6:37:59 PM by wesagain

"New reports prompt questions about perplexing security decisions after attack"

JERUSALEM – As media reports present evidence the U.S. has played a central role in arming Syrian rebels, new questions now emerge about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the controversial scheme.

The questions prompt a second look at the perplexing security decisions made by Clinton and other top Obama administration officials the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on American facilities in Benghazi.

One of those key decisions reportedly delayed an investigative FBI team from arriving at the Benghazi site for 24 days. The site was widely reported to have contained classified documents.

WND raised the Thursday of whether Clinton was telling the truth when she claimed in a Senate hearing that she had no information about whether the U.S. mission in Libya was procuring or transferring weapons to Turkey and other Arab countries.

Her claim appears to contradict a New York Times report that the CIA has been aiding Arab governments and Turkey in obtaining and shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels.

The goal of the alleged weapons shipments was to arm the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Any training or arming of the Syrian rebels would be considered highly controversial. A major issue is the inclusion of jihadists, including al-Qaida, among the ranks of the Free Syrian Army and other Syrian opposition groups

Now a closer reading of two separate reports from the New York Times paints a picture of Clinton as the ring leader of the plan to arm Syrian rebels.

Confirming WND’s exclusive reporting for over a year, the New York Times last week reported that since early 2012.........


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« Reply #1759 on: March 31, 2013, 07:51:40 PM »

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Being president of the U.S., the most powerful man in the world, is often most about perception. The man (or, one day, woman) in the job takes actions large and small every day, but it is the perception of the man that seeps into the everyday lives of working Americans.
 
That's why presidential candidates always hit Philadelphia for a cheesesteak during campaigns (Democrats to Pat's, Republicans to Geno's). Sure, they're running billion-dollar operations trying to win the White House, but one picture of them wolfing down a Cheez Whiz-covered glob of meat on a Philly street hits home with millions of voters: "Hey, that guy's just like me! He loves him a Pat's [or Geno's] cheesesteak, too!" (Unless you're John F. Kerry and order Swiss cheese — then everyone hates you.)
 
Sometimes, that perception cuts to the core. Like when President George W. Bush stopped playing golf in 2003, at the height of the Iraq War.
 
"I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," he said years later. "I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them."
 
That's also why Mr. Bush did two other things, without fanfare or praise. First, he never headed home to his Texas ranch until after Christmas, instead going to Camp David for a few days. That way, the hundreds of people revolving around him at all times — White House staff, Secret Service agents, reporters, photographers, all the others — could spend the holiday with their families in and around Washington, D.C. No one ever reported that — until this column.
 
Second, he rarely attended sporting events, although he once owned a baseball team and was a self-confessed stats junkie. His thinking there was the same: If he went to a baseball game (right down the street from the White House), his mere presence would mean hours and hours of extra security for fans. He once stopped off at the Daytona 500 and the metal detectors through which every fan had to pass left thousands outside in line when the green flag fell; he didn't attend many sporting events after that.
 
But something remarkable has happened with these occupants of the White House: Neither President Obama nor first lady Michelle appear to give a damn about perception. They won the White House and, by God, they're going to enjoy their time there, no matter the cost. And who cares what you think, anyway?
 
How else to explain the nonstop vacations the pair keep taking during what Mr. Obama calls the "worst financial crisis since the Great Depression"? In 2013, the First Family has already enjoyed three vacations — that's one a month. (Sorry, Joe America, you might have to forget your week at the beach again this year, but make sure you get those taxes in on time!)
 
The Obamas ended 2012 and kicked off 2013 in an $8 million, 6,000-square-foot house in Hawaii (they left well before Dec. 25, by the way). There, the president played five rounds of golf (breaking the 100-rounds-as-president threshold). Scarcely a month into Term 2, Mrs. Obama headed off for Aspen, taking along the couple's daughters. Vice President Joseph R. Biden also hit the Colorado slopes. While the girls (and Joe) were gone, Mr. Obama nipped down to Florida for a four-day boys weekend of golf, teeing it up with his buddies — and Tiger Woods. He hit the links again this weekend, then dropped in for an NCAA tournament game in Washington.
 
Jumpin' Joe, for his part, spent New Year's in the Virgin Islands and popped off over the Easter weekend for a golf outing at the glorious Kiawah Island, S.C. (where rounds of golf on the spectacular Ocean Course run $353 — nearly $20 a hole). His third vacation of the year came the same week as reports that he and his entourage spent $460,000 for a single night in London and $585,000 for a night at a five-star hotel in Paris.
 
Then, last week, reports emerged that the Obama girls were kicking it in the Bahamas for spring break. Days later, a Colorado news station, KMTV, reported that the girls were now skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho. The White House flacks didn't like that one bit.
 
"From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest," said Kristina Schake, communications director to the first lady. "We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls."
 
At their demand, the station scrubbed the report without explanation. What losers.
 
To be clear, this has nothing to do with the daughters. Never has. They are wonderful girls. The issue is use of taxpayer money, especially since Mr. Obama has shut down the White House to visitors, citing the cost of security. All these trips cost millions for Secret Service protection; couldn't they just skip a few vacations so taxpayers could visit "America's House"?
 
But no, the Obamas don't care a whit about that, or the perception of them living high on the hog while many hardworking Americans are struggling to get by — and hoping to save enough for just one vacation this year.
 
And that perception, juxtaposed with reality, more than nearly anything else, tells you an awful lot about this president.
 
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« Reply #1760 on: April 01, 2013, 02:25:45 PM »

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Top Environmental Protection Agency officials used computer instant messages to try to circumvent open-records laws, according to a new lawsuit filed late last week by a researcher who has been demanding the agency comply with the law.
 
Christopher C. Horner, the researcher who earlier uncovered that EPA officials were using private email addresses to conduct official business, said that in going over some of those earlier records he discovered the agency was using instant messages, too. He now is suing to get a look at those records, which he said EPA has refused to release.
 
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“It seems we have uncovered yet another major transparency scandal in that either EPA is destroying instant messages against the law, or it is withholding them in defiance of its legal obligations to produce,” Mr. Horner said.
 
The lawsuit says EPA“has never produced an instant message in response either to a request under [the Freedom of Information Act], or in response to a congressional oversight request, despite numerous requests from both for ‘records’ or ‘electronic records.’”
 
The complaint was filed late Thursday and was being served on EPA on Monday by Mr. Horner, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the American Tradition Institute's Environmental Law Center.
 
EPA’s press office didn’t reply to a request for comment, while the lawyer who acknowledged receipt of the FOIA requests said Monday morning that she would look over the complaint.
 
Mr. Horner is trying to get instant-message records of two former EPA officials, one-time Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and former senior climate adviser Lisa Heinzerling, and of current Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy.
 
President Obama has nominated Ms. McCarthy to be the next administrator, but congressional Republicans have said questions over the email records could hurt her chances for confirmation.
 
Several House committees launched investigations into how EPA is complying with open-records laws after Mr. Horner revealed that Ms. Jackson, the former administrator, used a private email address under the alias “Richard Windsor” for much of her official correspondence. Mr. Horner also revealed that another high-level employee used his private email to conduct agency business — a violation of the law.
 
Monday’s complaint is over fees. Under the Freedom of Information Act, agencies can assess fees for searching and producing records, but those filing the requests can ask for a waiver if it’s in the public interest. Mr. Horner said EPA has waived fees for less important requests in the past.
 
He said the agency’s denials now appear to be retaliation.
 
Mr. Horner also said EPA has missed the deadline to respond to his fee waiver appeal, so he had to go to court.


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« Reply #1761 on: April 03, 2013, 05:45:59 AM »

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Obama's EU Trade Deal Would Include New Political Powers For Corporations


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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is pursuing a free trade agreement with the European Union that would grant corporations new political power to challenge an array of regulations both at home and abroad, according to an administration official involved in the negotiations.

While the plan is still in its early stages, the effort alarms consumer and environmental advocates who worry it will lead to a roll-back of important rules and put multinational companies on the same political plane as sovereign nations.

If states are unable to pass and enforce laws within their borders, it could change the nature of their community and government, nonprofit groups emphasize. Exactly how broad these corporate political powers will be is undetermined, but one aspect of the agreement, known as "investor-state dispute resolution," would allow a company to appeal a regulatory rule or law to an international court, most likely the World Bank. The international body would be given authority to impose economic sanctions against any country that violated its verdict, including the United States.

A spokesperson for the Office of the United States Trade Representative confirmed to HuffPost that the agency, "will seek the inclusion of procedures for expeditious, fair and transparent investor-state dispute resolution" under a new pact with the E.U., but said that the new legal framework will be "subject to appropriate safeguards and the protection of legitimate government regulatory interests."

The investor-state resolution is opposed by many public interest groups.

"These provisions elevate corporations to the level of nation states and allow them to sue governments over nearly any law or policy which reduces their future profits," said Ilana Solomon, trade specialist for the Sierra Club, an environmental protection group.

She said investor-state resolution is "terribly risky for communities, the environment, and our climate."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been advocating for a new trade deal between the U.S. and E.U. for more than a year, and President Barack Obama endorsed the project in his 2013 State of the Union address.

Since E.U. nations and the U.S. are already party to World Trade Organization treaties, there are relatively few tariffs that could be eliminated among the countries. In written reports, the Chamber, a lobbying group representing large corporations, has pushed for increased "regulatory compatibility" and "updated and comprehensive" investment terms to "prevent discrimination against investors" in the trade pact. The Chamber declined to discuss the deal for this article.

Investor-state resolution has been a common component of U.S.-negotiated pacts with individual nations since the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. But such resolution is not currently permitted in disputes with the U.S. and E.U., which are governed by the WTO. All trade deals feature some kind of international resolution for disputes, but the direct empowerment of corporations to unilaterally bring trade cases against sovereign countries is not part of WTO treaties. Under WTO rules, a company must persuade a sovereign nation that it has been wronged, leaving the decision to bring a trade case before the WTO in the hands of elected governments.

Traditionally, this proposed political empowerment for corporations has been defended as a way to protect companies from arbitrary governments or weakened court systems in developing countries. But the expansion of the practice to first-world relations exposes that rationale as disingenuous. Rule of law in the U.S. and E.U. is considered strong; the court systems are among the most sophisticated and expert in the world. Most cases brought against the United States under NAFTA have been dismissed or abandoned before an international court issued a ruling.

But companies have grown increasingly ambitious in recent years, with major outfits including Exxon Mobil and Dow Chemical challenging Canadian rules that apply to offshore oil drilling, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and the use of pesticides. In December, drug giant Eli Lilly brought a NAFTA case against the Canadian government after it invalidated a patent for one of the company's medications.

"The Chapter 11 investor state arbitration mechanism provided for in NAFTA has been used more than 60 times
since the treaty was signed," Eli Lilly spokesman Michael McDougall told HuffPost in a written statement. "Many trade treaties have dispute resolution and compensation mechanisms. We believe the current test for determining whether an invention is 'useful' under the patent statute in Canada has become deeply flawed, inconsistent with international norms and treaties, and needs correction."

Companies have won some of those rulings, but opponents of investor-state rules argue that the mere threat of an international case can be enough to dissuade governments from adopting or enforcing important rules.

"The dirty little secret about [the negotiation] is that it is not mainly about trade, but rather would target for elimination the strongest consumer, health, safety, privacy, environmental and other public interest policies on either side of the Atlantic," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "The starkest evidence ... is the plan for it to include the infamous investor-state system that empowers individual corporations and investors to skirt domestic courts and laws and drag signatory governments to foreign tribunals."

The Obama administration is also pursuing an aggressive investor-state resolution system under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal with several Pacific nations.

Talks with the E.U. are at the earliest stages and will take several months to conclude. A USTR spokesperson told HuffPost that it will consult with public interest groups and Congress before pursuing any specific language for the treaty.
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Dear President Obama, We understand you have a busy schedule and have laid out a direction for our nation that is extraordinary in its breadth and scope. Now you have to find a way to get something done. If we don't have jobs there is not much we can do to help you. We used to be middle class, we are now living in poverty. We have heard you talk about jobs, we have even heard the opposition party talk about it.
 
At this point talk may be cheap, we can't afford it so we don't look anymore. We were destroyed financially, literally completely destroyed, many of us. All the talk does not buy food for our children, it does not allow anyone to pay rent, it can't buy health insurance. Talk is talk you can't trade it for anything, well I guess you can if you are a politician, most of us are not.
 
We are looking forward to your actions to improve the possibility we can find a job, we can help but not if the wages we are offered aren't worth the words of a politician.
 
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« Reply #1763 on: April 03, 2013, 06:14:38 PM »

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/04/03/pol-us-ambassador-to-canada-obama.html




Obama picks Goldman Sachs exec for ambassador to Canada
 
If approved, new ambassador would replace David Jacobson
 
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Bruce Heyman, a partner at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, is U.S. President Barack Obama's pick to be the next ambassador to Canada. Heyman and his wife Vicki are well-known Obama fundraisers. (Daniel Dubois and Kerry Dahlen/vanderbilt.edu)
U.S. President Barack Obama has selected a partner at the investment firm of Goldman Sachs in Chicago to be the new U.S. ambassador to Canada, CBC News has learned.
 
Sources tell CBC News Network's Power & Politics that Bruce Heyman has accepted the job but still has to pass a vetting process in order to be be formally nominated. His confirmation will be up to the U.S. Congress.
 
If he is approved, Heyman would replace David Jacobson, who has held the position since 2009. Jacobson is also from Chicago.
 
Well known as a high-level fundraiser to Barack Obama, Heyman and his wife Vicki, also a fundraiser, raised more than $1 million for Obama and were on his national finance committee.
 
Heyman runs the private wealth fund at Goldman Sachs and his areas of responsibility include parts of Canada.
 
Sources tell CBC News that although Heyman is Obama's top choice he still has to pass a rigorous vetting process.
 
Another powerful Chicago fundraiser for Obama, Penny Pritzker, was reported to be Obama's pick for Commerce secretary four years ago but pulled out during the vetting process. Pritzker is now being mentioned again as Obama's likely nominee for Commerce.
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« Reply #1764 on: April 03, 2013, 06:50:31 PM »

http://www.therightscoop.com/i-need-a-gun-to-protect-myself-from-the-govt-obama-mocks-gun-owner-concerns-as-ginned-up-fears

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« Reply #1765 on: April 03, 2013, 07:01:47 PM »

I find it treasonous to tell us that we do not have the right to take up arms against an oppressive government. Isn't that what Obama said was good about Egypt a couple of years ago?


And Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan right? 
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« Reply #1766 on: April 03, 2013, 07:05:28 PM »

That's what I recall... Yes.

My best buddy is a west point grad who asks the same question daily in regards to obama  and 2nd amendment
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« Reply #1767 on: April 03, 2013, 07:50:48 PM »

GAO Foreclosure Report Finds Bank Regulators Failed To Provide 'Key Oversight'


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NEW YORK -- In abruptly ending a case-by-case review of hundreds of thousands of foreclosed home loans early this year, federal regulators said the process had become simply too costly to be worthwhile. But an audit of the program by an independent government agency suggests another likely reason for abandoning the program: the reviews were simply too flawed to be reliable.

The draft report by the Government Accounting Office, an independent arm of Congress, obtained Wednesday by The Huffington Post, describes "ambiguous" guidance by bank regulators to the consultants reviewing the loans. It also cites a failure of "key oversight mechanisms" installed by regulators, led by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a result, the report concludes, "regulators risked not achieving the intended goals of identifying as many harmed borrowers as possible."

Even if the reviews had continued to conclusion, there is no guarantee that wronged homeowners would have received any compensation, the report says.

"The report confirms that the Independent Foreclosure Review process was poorly designed and executed," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said in a statement Wednesday evening. The "report confirms what I had long suspected -– that the OCC’s oversight of the supposedly independent consultants hired by the servicers was severely deficient. The report should serve as a wake-up call.”

Waters is one of a handful of legislators, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has called on the OCC and the Federal Reserve to disclose more details about the reviews.

Warren and another legislator, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), sent those regulators a letter with questions about how the process had broken down. The regulators have not answered those questions, a Cummings spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The OCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening. In a brief response letter included with the audit, the agency said it would take the report’s recommendations into account when designing programs in the future.




In a more detailed response letter, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the other regulator involved in the foreclosure review, defended its actions to correct deficiencies. The Fed said it “significantly expanded its planning and monitoring efforts" while the reviews were underway and has taken pained efforts to improve communication since the settlement was announced.

The Independent Foreclosure Review grew out of a legal deal struck in 2011 between bank regulators and 14 mortgage companies, known as servicers, to resolve widespread allegations of foreclosure abuse. The reviews required the companies, which included Wells Fargo and Bank of America, to hire independent consultants to look over the case files of individual home loans and then decide whether a mistake was made that would require the homeowner to be compensated.

The program was troubled from the start. Though any homeowner who received a foreclosure notice in 2009 or 2010 was eligible to apply, few did, and the application deadline was extended repeatedly. Homeowner advocates blamed poor efforts by regulators and banks to effectively communicate with potentially eligible borrowers.

Although the OCC focused on improving its communication strategy after a previous GAO report criticized its lack of outreach to minority communities, in the end, the communication was still poor.

“The absence of timely and useful communications at certain stages of the process -- for individual borrowers as well as the general public -- hindered transparency and undermined public confidence in the processes and results,” the report noted.

 Eventually, about 450,000 borrowers applied. But those who did had little faith in a process that a ProPublica report suggested was neither as independent nor fair as promised. In January, HuffPost reported that contractors hired to review loans were poorly or inconsistently trained and it wasn't always clear whether they were sufficiently independent from bank influence. Many of these former contract employees said that the process was so compromised by mistakes and misconduct that the results of the reviews were not reliable.

In January, the reviews were scrapped in favor of a blanket $9.3 billion settlement between regulators and 11 of the mortgage companies. At the time, the OCC cited the mounting cost, blaming the independent consultants for billing much more than had originally been planned.

“The consultants provided original engagement letters with estimations that were far off” the eventual scope and cost of the project, Bryan Hubbard, the OCC spokesman, said in January. By the time the reviews were stopped, consultants had charged nearly $2 billion -- or roughly $20,000 per loan, according to Warren and Cummings.

Hubbard also contended the settlement was a better deal for borrowers than the foreclosure review and would mean higher payouts. “I can guarantee that the amount paid out would have been much less than the amount of the [current] settlement,” he said.

As part of the settlement, the mortgage companies said they will make $3.6 billion in direct payments to foreclosed borrowers. All of the 4.4 million homeowners in the qualifying period will receive some payout, ranging from $250 to $125,000. Instead of an outside consultant, the banks themselves will determine who gets what -- a process that bank regulators say they will oversee.

The foreclosure reviews were meant to identify specific errors made by the banks, which following the housing crash were swamped with millions of defaulting mortgages they were not equipped to handle. The most common mistakes include failure to process an application for a government-sponsored mortgage modification, which often turned into a nightmare of lost paperwork and unexplained rejections that sometimes led to unnecessary foreclosures.

Mary Diab, a consultant in Mission, Kansas, claimed JPMorgan Chase illegally foreclosed on her in May 2010. After a car accident in 2009 left her temporarily disabled, she said, the bank approved an agreement that forgave her mortgage payments for a few months. But then, Diab said, Chase repeatedly tried to foreclose on her during the "forbearance" period and “never let up.”

 Even before the independent foreclosure review process began, Diab said she logged a complaint with the OCC. When the review process was announced, Diab said the federal regulator rolled her case into her review application.

 “I was really excited. I thought, 'Oh good, at least someone’s doing something about it.' I’m thinking maybe I’m going to get a little bit of justice with this independent foreclosure review.”

 Now, Diab said, “I just view this as one more opportunity to get kicked in the teeth.”

 “Do I have any hopes at this point of getting anything out of it? Not really. Mostly I just want it to be over before it kills me,” she added.
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« Reply #1768 on: April 03, 2013, 07:52:53 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/gao-foreclosure-report_n_3010360.html


and liberal idiots want single payer health are?  LOL!!!!
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« Reply #1769 on: April 04, 2013, 06:35:13 AM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/04/obama-san-francisco-fundraiser_n_3011459.html#comments


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« Reply #1770 on: April 04, 2013, 09:27:31 AM »

I don't see this connection.

I think allowing people to spend very little money and buy into medicare would be a good thing.

The govt has proven itself completely unable to deal w things of this scope and size.  I posted the article to show what a disaster having the govt run anything is in terms of oversite, etc. 

Medicare is broke as it is.

 
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« Reply #1771 on: April 05, 2013, 02:25:35 PM »


Obama budget to target wealthy IRAs
 
By Bernie Becker - 04/05/13 11:45 AM ET





President Obama’s budget, to be released next week, will limit how much wealthy individuals – like Mitt Romney – can keep in IRAs and other retirement accounts.

The proposal would save around $9 billion over a decade, a senior administration official said, while also bringing more fairness to the tax code.
 
The senior administration official said that wealthy taxpayers can currently “accumulate many millions of dollars in these accounts, substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving.”
 

Under the plan, a taxpayer’s tax-preferred retirement account, like an IRA, could not finance more than $205,000 per year of retirement – or right around $3 million this year.














Romney, Obama’s 2012 opponent, had an IRA several to many times that amount, leading to questions about how the former Massachusetts governor was able to squirrel away so much money in that sort of retirement account.
 
The president’s budget, expected Wednesday, has several revenue-raising proposals that come as Democrats and Republicans continue to spar over whether more tax increases are needed to reduce deficits.
 
Obama’s framework also includes higher taxes on cigarettes, as a way to pay for expanded access to pre-kindergarten. Congressional tax writers in both parties and both chambers are currently examining the code in hopes of a broad tax-reform package.


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« Reply #1772 on: April 05, 2013, 07:53:29 PM »


The government-backed electric car company Fisker Automotive laid off about 160 workers Friday, or roughly 75 percent of the automaker's staff, as it has struggled to find financial backing that would allow it to continue building its high concept clean cars.
 
The layoff announcement came as the innovative start up faces a looming repayment on a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, and as reports have swirled that it could be preparing to file for bankruptcy. As with the failed solar firm Solyndra, the green car company was once an early pick by the Obama Administration to be part of America's clean energy future. The Obama Energy Department had approved Fisker for a government loan up to $529 million.
 
Stunned workers filed out of Fisker's Anaheim headquarters Friday morning with their belongings in boxes. One told ABC News that the employees had no advance notice the layoffs were coming, and they were told they would received no severance.
 
Among Fisker employees, the worker said, there was an overwhelming sense of sadness Friday that even after building a new, environmentally-focused line of gracefully-designed, high-end American cars, they had not been able to find financial success.
 
READ: Is Fisker Headed for a Solyndra-Like Collapse?

An Energy Department spokesman said today that early signs of the company's distress prompted officials there to freeze payments to Fisker after having provided the company with nearly $200 million to produce its first car, the $97,000 Fisker Karma.
 
"The Department of Energy stopped payment on the federal loan in 2011 after Fisker stopped meeting their milestones, and is committed to the best outcome for taxpayers," the Energy Department statement said, before defending other green investments by the Obama administration.
 
"Despite Fisker's difficulties, our overall loan portfolio of more than 30 projects continues to perform very well, and more than 90 percent of the $10 billion loan loss reserve that Congress set aside for these programs remains intact," the department said.
 
Among those laid off by Fisker Friday were the company's team of spokespeople. The head of that team, Roger Ormisher, told ABC News earlier this week that he could not address reports that the automaker had hired a law firm to prepare it for bankruptcy.
 
"We are not offering any official comment on the speculation around bankruptcy at this stage," Ormisher said.
 
Even before the layoffs, the Anaheim, Calif.-based company disclosed that it had furloughed non-essential U.S. workers in March, a move made as the company is "in the process of identifying a strategic partner... [but] continuing to manage its day-to-day operations," Ormisher had said.
 
Fisker Automotive entered the electric car market with hefty support from the U.S. Energy Department and backing from such celebs as Justin Bieber and Leonardo DiCaprio, but the company and its high-priced Fisker Karma have continued to skid financially.
 
If the California-based luxury carmaker goes bust, it will be the most high profile failure of an alternative energy firm backed by the Obama administration since the solar company Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in 2011.
 
ABC News Investigation: The Fall of Solyndra

Financial Deadline Looms
 
In April 2010, Fisker started receiving payments on a loan of up to $529 million from the Department of Energy as part of the Obama administration's push to bolster alternative energy firms. Fisker has been making repayments on the loan interest for several years, but the first sizeable repayment of the principle – an amount the company has not disclosed – is due at the end of April.
 
The loan to Fisker was part of a $1 billion bet the Energy Department made in two politically-connected California-based electric carmakers producing sporty -- and pricey -- cutting-edge autos. Fisker Automotive, backed by a powerhouse venture capital firm whose partners included former Vice President Al Gore, predicted it would eventually be churning out tens of thousands of electric sports sedans at the shuttered General Motors factory it bought in Delaware. The other major recipient of financial support, Tesla Motors, is backed by PayPal mogul Elon Musk.
 
Fisker launched the Karma with great fanfare, showing off prototypes of its sleek, quiet-running sports sedan at major auto shows and opening showrooms around the globe.
 
But in October 2011, ABC News aired reports revealing that the government loan to Fisker raised concerns among industry observers and government auditors, and added to questions about the way billions of dollars in loans for smart cars and green energy companies were being awarded.
 
In a 2011 interview with ABC News, Henrik Fisker, the renowned Danish auto designer who founded the company, issued a promise to U.S. taxpayers that they had no reason to worry about the more than $500 million in federal funds the government was getting set to bet on the company.
 
"No, I don't think they need to worry about it," Fisker said. When asked if Fisker might be the next Solyndra, he said, "Absolutely not."
 
When Henrik Fisker resigned from the company in March, the auto maker released a statement saying, in essence, that nothing had changed: "Mr. Fisker's departure is not expected to impact the company's pursuit of strategic partnerships and financing to support Fisker Automotive's continued progress as a pioneer of low-emission hybrid electric powertrain technology."
 
But the outlook has only appeared to get worse.

In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that Fisker board members had discussed the prospect of filing for bankruptcy, citing unnamed sources. Company executives responded by saying they were seeking larger partners for the small automaker.
 
For weeks following, there were widespread reports of a possible deal involving Chinese automakers. But a major Chinese manufacturer said those talks had fallen through. Last week came word in a report by Reuters that Fisker Automotive had begun consulting with bankruptcy lawyers.
 
That news came with less than a month before Fisker must make a significant payment on its U.S. Energy Department loan, which comes due April 22.
 
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« Reply #1773 on: April 05, 2013, 07:55:52 PM »

White House Fights Catholic Church Subpoena On Birth Control


Reuters  |  By David Ingram Posted: 04/05/2013 8:17 pm EDT



WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) - The Obama administration has gone to court to try to block a subpoena from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York seeking White House documents about the government's requirement of insurance coverage for birth control.

The subpoena requesting documents from President Barack Obama and his senior advisers would be burdensome to fulfill, the administration said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the suit also argues that civil subpoenas of the president's executive office are inappropriate except in extraordinary circumstances.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday and released on a court website on Friday.

Religious organizations, individuals and corporations have filed scores of suits to block a planned mandate that employers generally include coverage of contraception in health insurance plans they offer workers.

Though the mandate has some exceptions for religious employers, the New York archdiocese, one of the largest in the United States, said it expected to incur nearly $200 million each year in penalties if it refuses to comply.

The Catholic Church teaches that artificial birth control is sinful because it violates natural law.




A judge in Brooklyn federal court allowed an archdiocese lawsuit over the mandate to move forward in December, over the administration's argument that it was premature.

A lawyer for the archdiocese declined to comment on Friday on the administration's court action.

Obama has been trying to negotiate a settlement of the highly charged dispute, which pits advocates for women's health against those who say a mandate would violate the religious freedom of employers who oppose birth control.

A version of the mandate released in February would not apply to churches and other places of worship even when they operate schools and social services.

It would apply to others, including religiously affiliated nonprofit groups. But in those cases, it calls on private insurers to cover contraceptives through separate plans for employees, not through the employer's group plan.

The mandate was part of the 2010 healthcare law championed by Obama and congressional Democrats.

The Justice Department is representing the White House in the subpoena fight. A department spokeswoman had no immediate comment. (Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Xavier Briand)
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« Reply #1774 on: April 08, 2013, 02:04:35 PM »

Obama Overrides Congress to Buy $690 Million Worth of Russian Choppers for Afghan Air Force

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Apparently America has too many jobs so Obama will be spending taxpayer money to support Russia’s defense industry on behalf of Afghanistan. And he’s doing so over the bipartisan objections of Congress from both the right and left and a ban on buying them written into the NDAA.

 


The US Department of Defense said Thursday it plans to sidestep a Congressional ban to purchase 30 helicopters from Russian state-owned defense firm Rosoboronexport, despite objections from US lawmakers who allege that the firm has equipped the Syrian government to commit brutal crimes against civilians.
 
The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, approved by Congress last year, includes an amendment that prohibits financial contracts between the United States and Rosoboronexport, except when the Secretary of Defense determines that such arrangements are in the interest of national security.
 
The contract totals $690 million, most of which would go to the Russian arms maker, he added.
 
Aside from throwing almost $700 million to a company owned by the Russian government at a time when Obama has taken a chainsaw to the United States military, subsidizing the Russian defense industry helps it develop more weapons that will be sold to America’s enemies.
 
That money will help fund R&D for the next generation of weapons that an American military dismantled by Obama will be facing on the battlefield.
 
Rosoboronexport was originally under US sanctions for doing business with Iran until the ban was lifted. Rosoboronexport is still selling advanced weapons to Iran.
 
And oh yeah, this was a no bid contract.
 

The Pentagon didn’t solicit bids from any other company for the helicopters. That “seems just plain stupid,” says Texas Senator John Cornyn, one of nine Republican and eight Democratic senators pressing the U.S. Department of Defense to cancel the deal.

 

John Pike, director of national security think tank GlobalSecurity.org, says Russia sold Mi-17s to other countries during the Cold War, and that companies other than Rosoboronexport should have secondhand models that could be refurbished: “The notion that you can’t come up with a couple dozen of these puppies in the used helicopter market is hard to believe.”
 
Well why bother when Barack is willing to be so flexible for Vladimir.
 

A bipartisan Congressional group wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week in which they objected to the ongoing business relationship between the Russian arms company and the Pentagon. “What is the national security justification of continuing business with Rosoboronexport?” they asked in the letter. “Russia continues to transfer weapons through Rosoboronexport to the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria,” they continued. “Since the Syrian uprising began, Russia has continued to serve as the Assad regime’s chief supplier of weapons, enabling the mass murder of Syrian citizens at the hands of their own government.”
 
When you’ve got John Cormyn and Rosa DeLauro on the same side, that’s as close to a consensus that you can imagine.

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