BREAKING – S510 passes, another Jab from Big Brother

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from Natural News:

(NaturalNews) Senate Bill S 510 – the “Food Safety Modernization Act” – was passed by the U.S. Senate today.  If signed into law, it would unleash a new era of FDA tyranny over farmers, food producers and even small family farms, many of which already exceed the “small farms exclusion” written into the bill.

Here’s the list of US Senators who voted to approve final passage of S.510. Remember these names when the next election comes around:

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Notably, there was not a single Democrat who opposed the bill. This bill was also supported by Food, Inc. authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, who have become the favored food commentators of the left. It’s now clear why: In supporting this bill, they have aligned themselves against Constitutional freedoms and in favor of increased Big Government (FDA) authority over food, seeds and farmers.

Congress is gonna help us…

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And one wonders who is “helping” them, and caring about their constituents? What you should wonder is how soon you can send them packing…

From HotAir.com

While Rome Burns, Congress Members Get Richer

November 28,  by Howard Portnoy

If you are among the 2 million Americans who lost their home to foreclosure in 2009 or have been struggling to make ends meet, maybe you’re just in the wrong line of work (assuming you have a job).

There is one segment of the workforce that has seen its aggregate wealth increase by 16 percent. It has managed this feat, moreover, despite employer evaluations so negative as to be immediate grounds for dismissal in any other industry. That group is Congress.

A recently released study by the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that between 2008 and 2009, members of the U.S. House of Representatives enjoyed a 19-percent increase in wealth, from $645,503 to $765,010. During the same period, senators settled for a more modest raise of 5 percent, from $2.27 million to $2.38 million.

The report further shows that nearly half of all federal lawmakers—261—are millionaires, a financial distinction shared by only 1 percent of the general populace. Of those congressional millionaires, 55 have an average calculated wealth of $10 million or more, and 8 are in the exclusive $100 million-plus club.

Lest you think the inequity follows party lines, it is worth noting that the richest Congress member is a Republican, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, who in 2009 reported holdings in excess of $303.5 million. Next comes fellow Californian, Rep. Jane Harman, a Democrat, who reported $293.4 million. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) finishes in third place with a mere $238.8 million.

Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics, explains the phenomenon of Congressional wealth thus:

Few federal lawmakers must grapple with the financial ills—unemployment, loss of housing, wiped out savings—that have befallen millions of Americans.  Congressional representatives on balance rank among the wealthiest of wealthy Americans and boast financial portfolios that are all but unattainable for most of their constituents.

Should you be wondering about those portfolios, seeking investment tips, the companies most heavily invested in were those that spend the most money lobbying federal officials, the amounts in some cases reaching into the tens of millions of dollars. Topping the current list of corporations in which Congress members have a personal stake is General Electric, stock in which is held by 82 members. Next comes Bank of America, (63 members), followed by Cisco Systems (61), Proctor & Gamble (61) and Microsoft (54).

At least 20 current members of Congress hold shares in companies that were targets of congressional or federal agency investigations, including Goldman Sachs and BP. Other companies that are favorites among Congressional investors are, not surprisingly, those at the center of legislative initiatives. At a time when Congress was putting the final ink on its 2,700-page health care reform bill before sending it to the president for his signature, a whopping 205 members of the legislature owned stock in the health care industry. As noted here, eight members of Congress own stock in a company that produces the full-body airport scanners at the center of an ongoing controversy.

It should be pointed out that not all members of Congress are sharing the wealth, if you can believe their personal financial disclosure reports. Among the anomalies is the financial report of Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FA), whose average calculated wealth for 2009 was minus $4.73 million. Equally puzzling is the case of Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), whose 2009 personal financial disclosure report appears to indicate a decline in wealth of 368 percent. Then again, since parts of Stark’s handwritten federal report are illegible, it is impossible to know his true financial picture.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the greatest legislators in the nation’s history, believed that servants of the people in government should receive no fee or reward for their services above and beyond personal expenses. Maybe it’s time to follow that sage’s sage counsel.

Debating with a Progressive, is there a point?

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On October 25th, I reposted a news article, and entitled the blog post “Relaxing on Illegals Voting, Here’s the Way that the Dem’s sneak In. Here is the original link to the post.  It unleased a war with a blogger named the other Mike on The Odd Blog.  You can read what he said originally by clicking the name of the blog.  I don’t repost often,..but I want you to see just how the twists on what I said were done to appease his view.

I appreciate that he has an opinion, albeit a warped one, and the resort to name calling to make a point.  I respectfully call for his comment on this article, and a debate, but when it goes beyond debate and becomes unsubstantiated rhetoric, it’s useless.

See for yourself:

Steve Hilton said

29/10/2010 at 12:18 am

Maybe you need to read it again. I didn’t post it, I reposted it from Fox news. This is what I wrote: This is an outrage, it’s a slap in the face of people who want to be citizens, who are citizens and those who fought and died for the right to be called a citizen. Oh, you noticed I said Dems…well, if allowed to vote, read WHO they would vote for…no reason other than I like.. Other than that line, and a few expletives that I won’t print…I know of nothing else to say, except this is from Fox News:

Get your facts right before you try to trash something. To many people forget what legal immigration is…it isn’t just another handout. Take it for what it’s worth, because you’re probably going to try to rewrite this again…but you might look at what the Constitution really says instead of what you want it to say.

Mike sez: I saw what you wrote, pal. I have reading comprehension skills, and I can certainly read well enough between the lines to know what you meant. You’re scared of minorities voting to begin with, and you’re extra scared because they might vote for Democrats. Goodness knows why they wouldn’t feel like voting for your chosen candidates; could it be the history of open racism and bigotry? Why, yes, it just might be!

And as for Constitutional meaning… Heh. At least you made me laugh. I’m not the one who’s a Teabagger, chief, and that goes hand in hand with ignorance, practically by definition.

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30/11/2010 at 12:28 am

Really Mike, had you gleaned what you read…only if you read further than what you supposed it meant, then you would realize that I’m not scared of a minority…the conservatives have been that. It’s also looking like those folks that you classify as “teabaggers” are actually stepping up and voting against Democrats, and Republicans…well, at least the progressive ones.

The only thing that scares me is people like you who like to twist everything into something bad for this country while watching it fall around you Then you react by reaching back to blame someone else or bad mouth something you don’t choose to understand. Democrats did more to harm the racist movement than you’re willing to research to find out.

My chosen candidates? Ha…there’s my laugh. Until you and your friends realize what the Constitution allows and means…then, uh, chief, it’s you that has no comprehension of ignorance.

Idiocy of the Obama Tax Panel

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I overheard Megyn Kelly this morning on Fox bantering how good it would to be able to choose the coverage if she were a “healthy, non-smoker” with the acceptance of removing the “tax exempt” status of health care plans.  The Obama panel has discovered how huge the influx of money would be to retax health care benefits as provided by employers.  Ms. Kelly then added that Fox provided her insurance, so it really didn’t make a flip whether  that tax exemption was removed.

When will these talking heads and pundits listen to the people?  We didn’t set in motion this wave of Washington change to have another tax shelter for the government!!! We voted for LESS government, less taxation, and more representation.  Until they figure out that we don’t want a bigger government, or more ways to steal money from us, the more of them will come home election time.

Leave my tax exempt status alone on my health care…matter of a fact, leave my health care alone period.  Do what you were sent there to do…repeal, remove, unfund…whatever has to be done to get the monkey off OUR backs.

You can begin to recover the government by abolishing waste.  Quit talking about earmarks.  While that’s one of many things that can be eliminated, this government has plenty of fat to cut before trying once again to milk a dollar more out of us.  Listen to what the people said, no taxes, less government, quit spending our grandkids money and if you want more movement of dollars…start cutting in DC.

I get so tired of saying just how simple this is.  I keep hearing that the new people who are coming into Washington don’t know how things work there.  Obviously, there needs to be some retraining, because the ones who are there now forgot how it works too.  It’s not the government, it’s the people.

Forget us again, we’ll prove to the rest of you fat cats that you can come home. Obama is done in 2012,  and yes, eventually Barney and Harry, folks will get enough of you too.

Naked Body Scanners and Pat Downs For Public Transportation, Sports Events, Malls

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Well for all you boys and girls that want the government to keep you safe, your wish will come true shortly. Get ready, when you ride a train, bus, subway or go to your favorite sporting event and even when you visit your favorite shopping mall for your safety you’ll have to go thru a naked body scanner and possibly be patted down as well……all for safety of course from those pesky “terrorists”. All the while those “terrorists” can waltz across the border and maybe bring a shoulder fired missile with them and shoot down what ever they want without getting close to it at all, even an airplane.

Under the new TSA memo, those who choose to opt-out or are perceived as being troublemakers will be detained, questioned and processed for further investigation as ‘domestic extremists’.

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a
little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty
nor Safety”……….Benjamin Franklin

Body Scanners and Pat Downs For Public Transportation, Sports Events, Malls

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano admitted yesterday that body scanners would eventually find their way into U.S. public transportation, trains and boats, but Janet Napolitano is already beta-testing technology that goes even further, by forcing Americans to undergo a behavioral interrogation before they are allowed to enter sports events, rock concerts and shopping malls.

“I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?” said Napolitano, indicating that naked body scanners and invasive pat downs will eventually become a necessity in order to merely catch the subway or ride a bus.

Indeed, mobile body scanners have already hit the streets, with “more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents” having been sold to government agencies,” reports Forbes. (plus they can peer thru the walls of your home too….all without a warrant as prescribed by the 4th amendment….for your safety of course.)

American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold many of the devices to U.S. law enforcement agencies, who are already using them on the streets for “security” purposes.

Homeland Security is already implementing technology to be enforced at “security events” which purportedly reads “malintent” on behalf of an individual who passes through a checkpoint. The video below explains how “Future Attribute Screening Technology” (FAST) checkpoints will conduct “physiological” and “behavioral” tests in order to weed out suspected terrorists and criminals.

Janet Napolitano wants to know if there are any evil thoughts inside your head before they allow you to go about your business.

The clip shows individuals who attend “security events” being led into trailers before they are interrogated as to whether they are terrorists while lie detector-style computer programs analyze their physiological responses. The subjects are asked about their whereabouts, and if they are attempting to smuggle bombs or recording devices into the “expo,” proving that the technology is intended to be used at public events and not just airports. Individuals who do not satisfy the first lie detector-style test are then asked “additional questions”.

(Do you find this hard to believe? Well here’s a video to show you how it will work)

Americans will be mandated to prove to the government that they are well-behaved slaves before they are allowed to do anything. (Hitler and Stalin would have loved this high tech stuff)

The use of such technology is not only a complete violation of the Fourth Amendment, it also eviscerates the notion of innocent until proven guilty, and therefore totally undermines everything America stands for. Given the widespread abuse witnessed in the first year alone after the roll out of airport body scanners, Americans need to boycott the companies producing these systems and also resist their deployment at every turn.

Janet Napolitano has made it clear that everything we see in the airport, from invasive groping to body scanners to iris scans, is eventually destined to be rolled out on the streets. When this happens, people who thought they could avoid such treatment by simply refusing to fly will instead discover that their apathy has greased the skids for a total surveillance society that outstrips anything they read about in George Orwell’s 1984 or saw in movies like Minority Report.

Washington Politics News

Joe Biden thinks America should “just put up with” the new TSA groping policy

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Just more arrogance from this bunch in Washington,D.C. whom many of which have been exempted from the naked body scans and groping unconstitutional pat downs by the gestapo TSA who are just following orders like a former TSA person told me this week, even tho many don’t like doing it. I told her that’s the excuse the SS people used after WWII during their trials, but it didn’t save them from their sentences.

Joe & Jill Biden think America should “just put up with” the new TSA groping policy

Also here’s Hilliary Clinton’s view on the “pat downs” that she is exempt from.

Then to end such a serious subject we have the Saturday Night Live crew.


Government Leaders Can Skip- Security TSA Says

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Well the TSA continues it’s assault and insults toward the American traveler in airports assuming they are all criminals or terrorists. But now Government leaders will be exempt from all the hassle. So I guess we can add to the violation of the 4th amendment when searching travelers at airports, now by exempting Pilots and Government leaders they are violating the 14th amendment of ‘equal protection’.

Government Leaders Can Skip Security, TSA Says

(CBS/AP) While the rest of the country enters a “Constitutional Twilight Zone” every time they step into an airport, many top politicians and government officials have their rights to privacy fully protected when they fly, reports the Associated Press.

Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

In a way, by exempting government officials and politicians, it is a kind of reverse of the profiling some politicians have begun to promote.

The new, tough security procedures, which involve either an invasive body scan or an enhanced pat-down, have caused some uproar in the American public and the media. While a majority of Americans support them, the support for the procedures may be slipping.

CBS News

NBC Names Ground Zero Mosque Developer a “Person of the Year”

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This just gets crazier and crazier doesn’t it?

NBC Names Ground Zero Mosque Developer a “Person of the Year”

NBC and its affiliates have been trounced in ratings over the last several years.  With stations like MSNBC under their belt and liberals such as Matt Lauer and Keith Olbermann hosting programs, NBC is clearly disconnected with the average American.  Another clear sign of their mismanagement: naming Sharif El-Gamal, developer of the Ground Zero Mosque, one of their “People of the Year.”

In an interview set to air on Thanksgiving Day, Matt Lauer sat down with El-Gamal and discussed the “Park 51 Project.”  El-Gamal, who was apparently pleased to be named one of NBC’s people of the year, seemed very comfortable answering questions.  The excerpt released so far shows that Mr. Lauer gave El-Gamal a decidedly softball interview.  Here is a partial transcript of El-Gamal’s opening statements:

“There’s going to be a facility here that’s going to provide aquatics, uh, uh, uh, a gym, just like a Jewish community center or, or a YMCA.  It’s going to provide, uh, much needed facilities to the residents of Lower Manhattan.”

Lauer responds that there is “one major exception” to El-Gamal’s statement, describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  However, El-Gamal’s quickly responded:

“Not once have I held my faith accountable for the horrific events of 9/11.  I am an American.  I am an American who has a specific belief system, and my belief system, in order to be a Muslim you have to be a good Jew and a good Christian.”

After the interview, “Park51,” a Twitter page set up in support of the Ground Zero Mosque, believed the interview went well and asked people to watch the entire interview on Thursday

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Sharia Law: An Oklahoma judge rules against the public vote

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This is an excellent common sense article below…I hope Oklahoma remembers this judge when the Judicial  Retention Elections come up there and vote this judge out like they did in Iowa earlier this month. The judge that unconstitutionally  put a stay on the “peoples vote” up held her verdict today. No Federal Judge has the Constitutional authority to rule in ANY State cases, only the Supreme Court can Constitutionally do this.

Hamas linked CAIR says they are not trying to impose Sharia Law in America. Then I must ask….why do they want this vote overturned if that is true?

What was it CAIR founder Omar Ahmad stated?

“The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America”

Sharia Law: Coming Soon to a Courtroom Near You

If you thought only U.S. laws ruled the land, you thought wrong — at least according to a crazy decision recently handed down by a federal judge in Oklahoma.

On November 2, Sooner State voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum that directs courts to “rely on federal and state law when deciding cases” and forbids “courts from considering or using international law” or “Sharia law.” Muneer Awad responded by filing suit, and Judge Micki Miles-LaGrange, a Clinton appointee, promptly issued a temporary restraining order, putting the people’s voice on hold.

The plaintiff asserted that his First Amendment rights would be violated if Oklahoma’s constitution was amended to implement this ban against consideration of Sharia law. The amendment, he claimed, would constitute official “disapproval” of his religion. Moreover, it would invalidate his last will and testament, which incorporates various teachings of Mohammed.

Judge Miles-LaGrange bought the argument that banning foreign law would inhibit the practice of religion — in this case, Islam — and lead to excessive government entanglement with religion. She confused the practice of religion — which is not banned under the referendum — with the imposition of a foreign body of law derived from Islam.

In coming to these erroneous conclusions, the judge misunderstands the purpose of the First Amendment, as expressed by the Founders. The Establishment Clause was solely intended to prevent a national church from being funded with tax dollars, and to prevent the government from favoring any particular religious sect.

James Madison, the chief proponent behind the enactment of our Bill of Rights, said the Establishment Clause meant that “Congress should not establish a religion, and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any manner contrary to their conscience.” Judge Miles-LaGrange does not explain how Oklahoma’s amendment would “inhibit” a Muslim from worshiping in his own way as dictated by his own conscience. Nor does she explain how it would prohibit a Muslim from abiding by Sharia law if he chose to do so.

To appreciate how strange the judge’s decision is, imagine if Oklahoma had passed a law saying that state courts could not substitute Roman Catholic canon law for state and federal law. No serious person would protest that this somehow inhibited Catholics in the practice of their religion.

This thought experiment also illustrates the broader point that only state laws passed by legislatures or referenda — and U.S. laws passed by Congress — provide the rule of decision for issues that are properly before our courts.

National Review Online

Ground Zero Mosque Applies for $5M Federal Grant

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Can you believe this? Here’s something to raise your blood pressure again Carl and everyone else I”m sure as well. The brass these people have. Build a mosque at ground zero isn’t enough insult, now they want us to help pay for it.

Audacious: Ground Zero Mosque Applies for $5M Federal Grant

Developers of the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and mosque located one tenth of a mile from Ground Zero earlier this month applied for roughly $5 million in federal grant money set aside for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11th, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The audacious move stands to reignite the embers of a divisive debate that dominated headlines surrounding the 9th anniversary of the attacks this fall, say people vested in the issue.

The application was submitted under a “community and cultural enhancement” grant program administered by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation (LMDC), which oversaw the $20 billion in federal aid allocated in the wake of 9/11 and is currently doling out millions in remaining taxpayer funds for community development. The redevelopment board declined to comment on the application (as did officials from Park51), citing the still ongoing and confidential process of determining the grant winners.

Entire article at The Daily Beast

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