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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Obama Rhetoric: MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, Era of Compromise is Over

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Obama to GOP: Act on jobs or get run out of town 

 October 6, 2011
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A combative President Barack Obama challenged a divided Congress on Thursday to unite behind his jobs bill or get ready to be run "out of town" by angry voters. Hoping to use public frustration and economic worry as leverage, he called his proposal an insurance plan against a painful return to recession.
In a news conference long on restatements of his ideas, Obama laid bare the dynamic that now is Washington: The era of compromise is over.
Frustrated over getting nowhere with Republicans, Obama demanded that they explain themselves to the country and promised to keep "hammering way until something gets done."
Despite Obama's taunts, Republicans showed no signs of switching positions. Instead, they pressed unsuccessfully for a symbolic vote later in the day so they could demonstrate their opposition to the bill the president submitted three weeks ago. They also predicted they would prevail next week when Democrats try to advance a reworked version, which Obama supports, with a tax on millionaires.
Speaking at a forum just about the same time as Obama, House Speaker John Boehner said the president had decided to "give up on governing, give up on leading." Said Boehner: "We're legislating. He's campaigning."
Obama's news conference marked a continuation of his recent feistiness, and his party's pre-election-year attempt to depict Republicans as protectors of the rich at the expense of the jobless. Obama plans to keep it up through his campaign as he seeks a second term amid persistently high unemployment.
Lamenting political gamesmanship, Obama defended his own tactic of campaigning for a jobs bill that appears to have no chance of passing as it is. When asked about his willingness to negotiate to help the millions of unemployed, he said he had gone out of his way every time with Republicans, to little avail.
"The question, then, is, will Congress do something?" the president said. "If Congress does something, then I can't run against a do-nothing Congress. If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them. I think the American people will run them out of town, because they are frustrated."
Obama conceded that voters have grown deeply exasperated and cynical, and he put the responsibility largely on Congress as unresponsive to public opinion. At one point Obama even told his media questioners to accept a "little homework assignment" and "go ask Republicans what their jobs plan is."
The political positioning came with the American economy weakening and at a risk of sinking as a consequence of Europe's debt crisis. Nearly one-third of the unemployed people in the United States - almost 4.5 million people - have been out of work for a year or more.
Obama would not say whether he agreed with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's warning this week that the economic recovery "is close to faltering." The president said the country stands to face deeper problems without action, particularly if a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits are not extended.
He has presented a $447 billion plan to jolt the economy by cutting taxes and increasing spending on schools, roads and other public projects. He has proposed covering the cost of that, and therefore avoiding another pile of public debt, in part by raising taxes on wealthier people and corporations.
It is likely Congress will eventually pass Obama's proposal to extend and expand the Social Security payroll tax cuts that took effect on Jan. 1, the costliest part of the overall jobs plan. Other elements could also clear Congress by the end of the year, including a renewal of unemployment benefits.
Yet Republicans strongly oppose Obama's proposed spending and also are against raising taxes - on anyone. Giving a bit of ground on his own plan, Obama endorsed a new proposal by Senate Democrats to tax millionaires - not households making $250,000 or more - to pay for his jobs program.
"If the goal is to create jobs, then why are we even talking about tax hikes?" said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Republicans also shrugged off Obama's complaints that they have not explained their opposition or proposed alternatives, saying they had done both.
About 392,000 households would get hit by the Senate Democrats' proposed 5.6 percent tax on income above $1 million, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank. In 2013, the first year the tax would take effect, those households would see their taxes increase by an average of $110,500, according to the analysis.
Obama's session with reporters centered on economic themes.
He was also pressed to defend his administration's handling of two matters: a multimillion-dollar federal loan guarantee to a solar company that now has declared bankruptcy, and a Justice Department program aimed at building cases against major weapons traffickers in Mexico that lost track of numerous guns.
The president said his jobs bill could guard against another economic downturn if the situation in debt-laden Europe worsens. Ramping up his language, Obama called his plan "an insurance policy against a possible double-dip recession."
The overarching theme of Obama's news conference was frustration - on the part of Americans with Washington, and on his part with Congress. It fit with his campaign of late as he moves around the country raising money for his re-election and promoting his jobs plan on the home turf of Republican foes.
"We have a democracy, and right now John Boehner is the speaker of the House and Mitch McConnell is the Republican leader" in the Senate, Obama said. "And, you know, all I can do is make the best arguments and mobilize the American people so that they're responsive."
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Associated Press writers David Espo, Andrew Taylor, Julie Pace, Erica Werner, Jim Kuhnhenn, Stephen Ohlemacher and Gerry Bolander contributed to this story.




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100 Years in Prison for Franklin County Man Producing Child Porn

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Franklin County man gets 100 years in prison for producing child porn

stltoday.com
October 6, 2011
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ST. LOUIS • A man from Franklin County has been sentenced to 100 years in prison on federal child pornography charges, authorities said Thrusday.
Jeffrey Greenwell, 39, of Sullivan, Mo., received 20 years each on five counts of production of child pornography, federal prosecutors say.
Greenwell pleaded guilty in June to allegations he photographed five children engaged in sex acts between January 2007 and October 2009.

Jeffrey Greenwell, 39, formerly of Sullivan, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Shaw to 20 years on each of five felony counts of production of child pornography between 2007 and 2009. Judge Shaw ordered the terms be served consecutively. 
Greenwell was part of the so-called "Lost Boys" network that distributed child porn to members around the world.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, Greenwell will serve 85 percent of the 100-year sentence, a detective with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said.


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Slumming on Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger

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Things Are So Bad In America That Now Even Sesame Street Muppets Are Poverty-Stricken And Hungry

endoftheamericandream.com
OCTOBER 6, 2011
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Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie are about to get a new friend.  This new character comes from a family that is poverty-stricken and that struggles to get enough food.  She is going to teach the other residents of Sesame Street the facts about hunger in America.  Her name is Lily, and she will be appearing on a special one hour primetime special of Sesame Street that will focus on the plight of hungry children all over the nation. 
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This is yet another sign that things are so bad in America that nobody can really deny the reality of what is happening anymore.  When you have more than one out of every five children living in poverty and one out of every four children on food stamps, it would be an injustice to call it anything less than a national crisis.  Our economy is dying because of our foolishness and our children are paying the price.
But a new Sesame Street character that is poverty-stricken and hungry is not the only unusual sign that things have changed in America.
-Things are so bad in America that now Hallmark is actually offering a 6 card line of "job loss" greeting cards.
-Things are so bad in America that now gangster rappers are actually making rap videos about using food stamps.
-Things are so bad in America that the number of Americans that are submitting applications for temporary work visas in Canada has approximately doubled since 2008.
-Things are so bad in America that thieves are now stealing air conditioners, drain covers, hair extensions and even embalming fluid.
But things are especially bad for children.
The following are some jaw-dropping statistics about how children are faring in our declining economy....
*The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010.  That means that tonight more than one out of every five U.S. children is living in poverty.
*Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.
*There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.
*In Washington D.C., the "child food insecurity rate" is 32.3%.
*More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.
*Approximately one-third of the entire population of Alabama is now on food stamps.
*The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.
*It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.
*Last year, the number of Americans living in poverty increased by an all-time record 2.6 million.
*It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.
*More than 45 million Americans are now on food stamps.  The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.
Sometimes it is hard to believe that this is still the United States of America.
Aren't we supposed to be the most prosperous nation on the planet?
It is almost as if we are under some sort of a curse.
As I have written about previously, the average American family is having a harder and harder time surviving in this economy.
Unemployment is rampant, and the number of good jobs continues to decrease.
Right now, there are actually fewer payroll jobs in the United States than there were back in 2000 even though we have added 30 million extra people to the population since then.
Sadly, it looks like things are starting to take a turn for the worse once again.  U.S. employers announced 212 percent more job cuts this September than they did last September.
That is not a good sign.
Also, everywhere you look the cost of living is going up.
For example, according to the Daily Beast utility bills across the country are about to go up significantly....
Already weary of high gas prices and 9.1 percent unemployment, many Americans are about to get another kick in the wallet thanks to large increases in their electricity bills.
From Alaska to Georgia and Wyoming to Florida, utilities are seeking permission to pass on hundreds of millions of dollars in new charges to customers to help upgrade aging infrastructure and build new or retrofitted power plants that comply with tougher environmental regulations, a Daily Beast review of regulatory filings has found.
Another example is the rising cost of health insurance.  The cost of a health insurance policy for the average American family rose by a whopping 9 percent last year.
But those that actually still do have health insurance should consider themselves to be fortunate.  Things have gotten so bad that an all-time record 49.9 million Americans do not have any health insurance at all at this point.  Not only that, the percentage of Americans covered by employer-based health plans has fallen for 11 years in a row.
So what is Barack Obama doing about all this?
Not much.
Actually, one thing that Barack Obama is doing is that he is pressuring Congress to pass legislation that will make it much easier for private debt collectors to badger people on their cellphones about delinquent student loans.
According to the Obama administration, this change "is expected to provide substantial increases in collections, particularly as an increasing share of households no longer have landlines and rely instead on cellphones".
Instead of focusing on ways to make it easier for debt collectors to bug us, perhaps he should start thinking about ways to get the economy moving in the right direction.
Up to this point, Obama's economic proposals have been a bad joke.
Right now, millions of Americans are incredibly frustrated with the economy.  People want to be able to feed their children and pay their bills.  When you don't have enough money you start to think about it constantly.  Tonight, millions of Americans will lay in bed and stare at the ceiling and wonder where their lives went wrong.
As the economy continues to crumble, we are going to see millions more Americans fall into poverty and struggle with hunger.
Hopefully the rest of us will be kind, compassionate and generous.  The truth is that any of us could catch a bad break and end up without any money.  We should remember to treat others the way that we would like to be treated if we were in desperate circumstances.
America is changing, and not for the better.
Unless fundamental changes are made, our economy is going to continue to deteriorate and a lot more people are going to suffer.
Let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

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Dictator Obama Repeals the 5th Amendment

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Obama Repeals the 5th Amendment

 October 6, 2011
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Rarely in my long life’s experience have two news items been published on the same day that demonstrated such palpable irony.
The two stories that appeared in The New York Times last Friday (Sept. 30) and when read together, they present a sharp incongruity and discordance that far exceeds the simple and evident intention of the words and actions recounted.
Due Process: 1945
Item #1: In a column entitled “The Nuremberg Scripts” Joe Nocera told how, in November 1945, six months after Nazi Germany’s surrender to the victorious Allies, a 24-year-old Army combat engineer named Harold Burson was handed a new assignment: daily reports on the Nuremberg trial of the top Nazis leaders for the American Armed Forces Radio Network. For the next five months, Burson was one of two soldiers who reported on the trial and produced a daily “script,” read over the air by the AFRN announcers.
Mr. Burson, who is 90 now, is the co-founder of Burson-Marsteller, one of the world’s largest public relations firms, says that every five years or so, he goes back and re-reads those old scripts, marveling at the remarkable experience he’d been afforded at such a young age.
Nocera says there was an aspect to Burson’s scripts he “…found quite endearing. They have an earnest, idealistic quality that reminds you just how full of hope America was after World War II.
“Though we had fought a brutal war, we were determined to act generously to the vanquished. That even applied to the Nazi brass who had committed reprehensible crimes against humanity. “G.I.’s have one stock question,” reads Burson’s very first 1945 script. “Why can’t we just take them out and shoot ’em? We know they’re guilty.”
Due Process: 2011
Item #2: In a “news analysis” in the same Times edition, Scott Shane reported: “The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen struck on Friday by a missile fired from a drone aircraft operated by his own government, instantly reignited a difficult debate over terrorism, civil liberties and the law.”
In a statement my former U.S. House of Representatives colleague, Rep. Ron Paul, said President Obama was “appointing himself judge, jury and executioner by presidential decree” and was acting outside “the Constitution or the rule of law” He added: “Awlaki was a U.S. citizen. Under our Constitution, American citizens, even those living abroad, must be charged with a crime before being sentenced.” He suggested the president could be impeached for the killing.
“In any way destroyed…”
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, one of the most important protections in our Bill of Rights says in part: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”
The United States Supreme Court has held: ”It is now the settled doctrine of this Court that the Due Process Clause embodies a system of rights based on moral principles so deeply imbedded in the traditions and feelings of our people as to be deemed fundamental to a civilized society as conceived by our whole history. Due Process is that which comports with the deepest notions of what is fair and right and just.” Solesbee v. Balkcom, 339 U.S. 9, 16 (1950);’ Snyder v. Massachusetts, 291 U.S. 97, 105 (1934).
The concept of due process goes all the way back to Magna Carta, (1215) in which King John promised that ”[n]o free man shall be taken or imprisoned or disseized or exiled or in any way destroyed…except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.”
Evidence
Pressed to justify the constitutional law professor/president’s open defiance of the Fifth Amendment in ordering the murder of a U.S. citizen without trial, the White House press secretary refused to respond. As the Washington Post put it, “The administration officials refused to disclose the exact legal analysis used to authorize targeting Aulaqi, or how they considered any Fifth Amendment right to due process.”
Glen Greenwald said it: “That is the mindset of the U.S. Government and its followers expressed as vividly as can be: we can spy on, imprison, or even kill anyone we want – including citizens – without any due process or any evidence shown, simply because we will tell you they are Bad People, and you will trust us and believe us.”
Deeply Embedded Hypocrisy
A writer from Bangor, Maine commented: “…we target and kill an American citizen without trial. I’m not saying this man’s actions didn’t deserve punishment. But why even bother to pretend anymore? Why bother? Maybe with Obama’s latest drone kill we can let the hypocrisy go. But remember, Americans. Remotely-controlled drones can fly and kill over American cities just as easily as they can fly and kill over Yemen.”
Ask yourself this question: In the 66 years from the Nuremberg Trial 1945 to the White House 2011, what has happened to America’s belief in what the Supreme Court described as those “moral principles so deeply imbedded in the traditions and feelings of our people as to be deemed fundamental to a civilized society…”
The next time you hear what sounds like a small plane flying overhead, look up. If the president decides you are one of those Bad People, it might be the last thing you ever see.


October 5, 2011
Robert E. Bauman is a former Member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland, (1973–1981). He is also a former federal official and state legislator; Member, Washington, DC Bar; Graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (1964) and the School of Foreign Service (1959), Washington, DC. Robert currently serves as legal counsel for the Sovereign Society.
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GMO Giant Monsanto Caught Cooking It's Books

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Monsanto reports 4th quarter loss, will restate earnings

  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 6, 2011
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ST. LOUIS • Monsanto's fourth-quarter results beat Wall Street expectations. But the company says it has to restate the last two year's earnings because of a federal investigation into its herbicide sales.
The world's biggest seed company on Wednesday said a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will prompt it to restate earnings irregularities arising from incentives it paid dealers of its Roundup Herbicide.
The St. Louis company said it had a net loss of $112 million, or 21 cents per share, for the quarter ended Aug. 31. Monsanto Co. said that adjusted for one-time items, the loss was 22 cents per share. Revenue rose to $2.25 billion from $1.95 billion last year.
Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected an adjusted loss of 27 cents per share on revenue of $1.91 billion.

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