I love how this little girl is being brought up! Teach them young!
Judge Orders Release of ‘Fast and Furious’ Docs
federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Justice Department to give Congress a list of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that the Obama administration is withholding under claims of executive privilege.
The Washington Post reports:
In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential, and President Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure.
In Operation Fast and Furious, federal agents intentionally allowed roughly 2,000 guns to illegally cross the border into Mexico and end up in the hands of violent drug cartels. The intent was to follow the weapons, but federal agents lost track of them. The guns have since turned up at crime scenes, including the 2010 murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Congressional Republicans subpoenaed thousands of documents from the Obama administration as part of their investigation into the scandal and eventually held U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn all of them over.
“This administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said in a statement. “The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”
Yes. This is real.
No reason to stand on your feet waiting to get your welfare check. Just put your flip-flops next in line and go back and sit on your butt and play games on your iPhone.
Is this a great country or what?
I actually found this article because a friend whose brother is a police officer posted it as if it were a good thing.
A cop penned an op-ed in the Washington Post, and this is the actual headline:
The article is as bad as the title suggests. It’s always the victim’s fault they got…
Harry Reid to Fundraise for Gary Peters in Lake Tahoe
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold a retreat in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, this weekend with donors to boost two Democratic Senate campaigns: Rep. Gary Peters’ bid in Michigan and Sen. Al Franken’s re-election in Minnesota.
According to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call, the Lake Tahoe Retreat runs from Aug. 15 through 17 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village. The required contribution to attend is $10,000 with checks made payable to Searchlight Lake Tahoe Victory Fund, Reid’s joint fundraising committee.
So far this cycle, Searchlight Lake Tahoe Victory Fund has contributed $19,698 to Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and $20,888 to Sen. Mark Begich, D-Ala., both of whom have competitive re-election bids this cycle. It also gave $27,060 to the Searchlight Leadership Fund, Reid’s leadership PAC.
A spokeswoman for Franken confirmed he would be attending. Peters’ campaign could not immediately confirm his attendance, and did not respond to further inquiries.
Laura Matthews, who is listed as the contact on the invitation, did not return request for comment.
Roll Call - by Alexis Levinson
"We don’t have to follow the constitution."
I want to say to lobbyist Pete Hoekstra, you’re a disgrace. I’m glad we can hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance.
Border patrol agent has a stunning moment of honesty.
Agent: How are you doing? U.S. Border Patrol. How many people are on board?
Agent: Are you a citizen?
Driver: Yeah, but does it really matter?
Agent: Not any more, unfortunately. Thank you.
This is a sad reality.
This is how cops in Boston generate revenue. Welcome to america…and the police state.
Q:Do you think Jews are greedy?
I guess you didn’t read my answer. As stated previously, I believe that all humans are born with greed, selfishness and malice in their heart.
Q:What's your opinion about 9/11?
I believe that inherently, all humans are born with selfish and greedy desires. From a young age we learn how to manipulate and exact power over others. This can be seen in a simple transaction between two toddlers fighting over a toy. I believe that the only thing restraining evil in this world is the acts of righteous men through the grace of God. I believe when a society’s basic moral code is broken down, or replaced with moral relativism, it is much easier for evil and power hungry men to exercise their natural born desires over others. I believe that although government is a necessary evil, it is still an evil. I believe that ultimately, the elites that control government function, are not there to function for my benefit. As seen throughout our american history, in well documented cases, people within government have purposefully created chaos, neglected to act on international and domestic threats, and even lied, cheated, and stole to accomplish their self rewarding interests.
With all of that in mind, I do not know nearly enough about 9/11 to make a statement about what happened on that day with 100% certainty. But looking through the lens of my beliefs stated above, there is not much that I would exclude from the realm of possibility due to the overwhelmingly addictive appetite men have for power over others. I hope that answers your question.
Q:With regards to Michigan's Proposition 1, where do you stand on it (Angela Rigas)? This is Dean G. so you can answer me on FB if you like. Thanks.
Here is the actual text of the proposal:
APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF AMENDATORY ACT TO REDUCE STATE USE TAX AND REPLACE WITH A LOCAL COMMUNITY STABILIZATION SHARE TO MODERNIZE THE TAX SYSTEM TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GROW AND CREATE JOBS
The amendatory act adopted by the Legislature would:
1. Reduce the state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share of the tax for the purpose of modernizing the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs in Michigan.
2. Require Local Community Stabilization Authority to provide revenue to local governments dedicated for local purposes, including police safety, fire protection, and ambulance emergency services.
3. Increase portion of state use tax dedicated for aid to local school districts.
4. Prohibit Authority from increasing taxes.
5. Prohibit total use tax rate from exceeding existing constitutional 6% limitation.
I have many issues with this proposal. We are phasing out a tax and creating a $500 million dollar budget deficit that has to be filled. This proposal does not state WHERE that is coming from. In my experience, if it is vague, it is bad. I need a very specific location in the tax structure that this money will come from. If we read between the lines, we see that under Public Act 86 (2014) the LCSA has the right to levy and collect tax, as well as make expansion decisions for telecommunication companies in the local areas. Also the LCSA board will be appointed by the governor, and not elected by the local citizens. The board members will directly report to the Dept. of Treasury (“The tax rate of the local community stabilization share would be calculated annually by the Michigan Department of Treasury to equal the rate necessary
to generate specific revenue targets contained in the
legislation.”) Ultimately, there is no guarantee that the state or local bodies will not RAISE tax through this policy shift if need be.
Here is some additional info on the wording of points 4 and 5 that seem to suggest that the tax will never increase:
"Another important element of the plan to reimburse local governments is the creation of a new Local Community Stabilization Authority (LCSA). The authority is established in Public Act 86 of 2014 and is considered a local unit of government, with the act specifically declaring that the authority is “not an agency or instrumentality of state government”.
The LCSA is established under authority granted in Article VII, Section 27 of the Michigan Constitution, which reads in part:
…the legislature may establish in metropolitan areas additional forms of government or authorities with powers, duties and jurisdictions as the
legislature shall provide.
Although defined as a local unit of government established under this constitutional authority, the LCSA will be quite distinct when compared to what an average citizen might consider a local unit of government. Its boundaries will be the same as those of the state as a whole – essentially making the LCSA a statewide local unit of government. As
with other local governments, the LCSA will have a governing body made up of a five-member authority council. However, council members will be appointed by the governor, rather than popularly elected by
voters within its jurisdiction. The LCSA will have taxing authority. However, while most local taxes are expressed as a percentage or millage readily understandable to a taxpayer, the LCSA’s local community stabilization share tax rate, as noted above, is determined through a calculation by the Michigan Department of Treasury in accordance with statutory guidelines.
Finally, the LCSA will exist to fulfill two specific purposes:
(1) to administer the distribution of local community stabilization share tax revenues to local governments; and
(2) to exercise the powers and duties of the former Metropolitan Extension Telecommunications Right-of-Way Oversight Authority, which was established in 2002 to streamline the permitting processes involved with acquiring rights-of-way to facilitate expanded telecommunications services. This latter function was transferred to the
LCSA as part of the PPT legislation.
Despite how it is defined in the legislation, the LCSA may look to an average citizen more like a component of state government that will receive a dedicated portion of state use tax revenues for distribution to
local units of government. The unusual nature of both the LCSA a and the local community stabilization share tax seems to be driven by the need to assure local government officials that promised state reim-
bursement for PPT losses will actually be realized.
Through the creation of a local tax with proceeds distributed by a unique statewide local authority, the legislation provides some limited protections for those concerned that revenues dedicated for
reimbursement will be diverted for other purposes by future legislative action. For instance, revenues from the local share tax would be deposited directly with the LCSA, not with the state. Further, the
revenues would not be subject to the annual state appropriations process because they are local revenues accruing to and distributed by a local authority.
This arrangement does not, however, prevent a future legislature from making changes directly to the authorizing statutes to accomplish this goal, so these protections are not fail-safe.