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  • VIDEO: Change That We Never Really Believed In From the Beginning

    03/25/2009 12:03:59 PM PDT · by Selkirk · 1 replies · 326+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 3/25/2009 | Selkirk
    I just stumbled across this very well done summary of the Obama Administration so far, as viewed through the lens of his own rhetoric. Surely this won't be the last thing said about the disconnect between his rhetoric and his performance, but it is poignant nonetheless. Is is 2012 yet? Video after the jump.
  • Family who are 'too fat to work' say £22,000 worth of benefits is not enough

    Philip Chawner, 53, and his 57-year-old wife Audrey weigh 24st. Their daughter Emma, 19, weighs 17st, while her older sister Samantha, 21, weighs 18st. The family from Blackburn claim £22,508 a year in benefits, equivalent to the take-home pay from a £30,000 salary.
  • Burke: Good Samaritans shouldn't have to think twice

    03/02/2009 1:11:41 PM PST · by Miykayl · 3 replies · 585+ views
    Redding.com (The Record Searchlight) ^ | Sunday, March 1, 2009 | Alana Marie Burke
    ...Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger... showed that Americans are hungry for good old-fashioned heroism and happy endings. Thanks to our convoluted legal system, however, they may not get what they crave. A case in point involves Nigel Haskett, an employee at a McDonald's in Arkansas. In August, Haskett came to the rescue of a woman inside the restaurant being beaten in the face by a man...
  • There is a RAT hiding inside the stimulus bill

    02/22/2009 6:05:54 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 5 replies · 1,161+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 22, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    There is a RAT hiding inside the stimulus bill. Just when you think you could not be any more shocked by the things that got secretly stuck in the stimulus bill, Senator Charles Grassley finds a RAT has been "snuck" into the bill. RAT is an acronym for Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. A provision of the bill creates this board which will have almost total control over Inspector Generals. This board will have the power to force investigations or halt investigations they do not like. The Chairman of the board will be appointed by(drum roll) President Barack Obama. The...
  • Setting the bar high

    02/19/2009 3:45:02 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 387+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | February 18, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/02/18/Setting-the-bar-high/ THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 3:28 pm Setting the bar high Just looking at Recovery.gov, it might not be immediately clear what an enormous undertaking it will be to ensure that the transparency and accountability that the President expects will be upheld. It's going to require an unprecedented level of vigilance, a fundamental shift in the way the federal government spends your tax dollars, from the Oval Office down to every department and agency awarding funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. That's why Peter...
  • Help writing a petition?

    02/18/2009 1:19:30 PM PST · by Ellendra · 4 replies · 269+ views
    vanity
    I've been talking to several people offline, and it seems there is a great deal of frustration with the fact that congress often votes for bills that no one has read. This frustration is all over the political spectrum. So, I'm asking for help in writing a petition, for which I think there is already a groundswell of support for: that all pieces of legislature must be read OUT LOUD before Congress can vote on them. (Personally, I also think that congresscritters who aren't there for the reading shouldn't be allowed to vote on said legislature, but that could lead...
  • President Obama: We've got your accountability right here!

    01/23/2009 10:15:12 PM PST · by Polarik · 62 replies · 822+ views
    polarik.blogtownhall.com ^ | 01/24/09 | Polarik
    Before the election, and all throughout his campaign, Barack Obama claimed that "secrecy dominated government actions in the Bush administration," and that Bush "ignored public disclosure rules by invoking the state secrets privilege more than any other previous administration to get cases thrown out of civil court." Mr. Obama, no one, but you, knows more, and has done more, to abuse the legal system as a Presidential candidate and President-elect, to get cases regarding your Constitutional eligibility thrown out of court on technicalities, and not on their merits. Where is the openness you promised? Your Campaign website touted how you...
  • Introducing the Obameter to track campaign promises

    01/15/2009 9:02:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 766+ views
    tampabay.com ^ | 1/15/09 | Bill Adair,
    Barack Obama has often said Americans need to keep a close eye on their leaders. "I learned long ago, when working as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago, that when citizens join their voices together, they can hold their leaders accountable," he said in a campaign blog last summer. "I'm not exempt from that. I'm certainly not perfect and expect to be held accountable too." He made the same point in a September campaign speech on education. "I want you to hold our government accountable," Obama said. "I want you to hold me accountable." Okay, we will. PolitiFact,...
  • Obama to include accountability in economic plan (promises an open and accountable administration)

    01/06/2009 10:02:09 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 603+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/6/09 | Liz Sidoti - ap
    WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan won't include money for politicians' pet projects and will include provisions aimed at ensuring his administration is open and accountable to taxpayers and Congress, a transition official said Tuesday. As part of the package likely to cost as much as $775 billion, Obama plans to establish an oversight body to meet publicly and issue reports to Congress on how the money is being spent. The president-elect also plans to create a user-friendly Internet site to allow people to track the flow of dollars.
  • Ministry Watchdog Releases 2008 'Donor Alert' List

    12/24/2008 9:24:05 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 882+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/21/2008 | Eric Young
    An independent organization that reviews Christian ministries for financial accountability and transparency has released its annual list of the top 30 most exemplary ministries and, for the first time, a list of 30 “donor alert” ministries. Though Matthews, N.C.-based Wall Watchers for years has released its list of “Shining Light” ministries and a regular bulletin of "donor alerts" concerning potential frauds and pitfalls for donors, this year marks the first time it has released an official list of “30 Donor Alert Ministries” through its website, MinistryWatch.com. “Most donors expect charitable organizations to act on behalf of others and not for...
  • Obama Paid ACORN $800,000 & Failed to Report

    10/09/2008 9:44:41 PM PDT · by GOPbabe · 75 replies · 5,008+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 2008 | David M. Brown
    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/election/s_584284.html
  • Pelosi: After bill passage, hearings set to begin (a new "light of scrutiny and accountability")

    10/03/2008 2:21:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,120+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 10/3/08
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Following the passage of the economic bailout bill Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said congressional hearings are planned to find the causes of the crisis and to determine "where we go from here." "We were dealt a bad hand; we made the most of it," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Friday. She said Congress will shine a new "light of scrutiny and accountability" on the nation's financial system to try to prevent a replay of the problems that plunged the nation into an financial crisis. Reps. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, and Henry Waxman, D-California, plan to...
  • Politicians Priorities: Investigating Steroids vs. Responsibility for the Economic Crisis

    09/28/2008 12:35:09 PM PDT · by Proud2brwAmerican · 2 replies · 159+ views
    Our politicians have spent alot of time investigating steroids use this year, a ridiculous waste of our time, although apparently it kept our incompetent leaders entertained. Please tell me if I missed something. I've seen nothing about the bailout that suggests that there will be a fair and impartial investigation of the cause of this crisis, except for a few stories that an anonymous source said the FBI will investigate "some of the companies involved". Does this mean no one will take a look at the involvement of our politicians and hold them accountable for this mess? With Nancy Pelosi...
  • A Word About Accountability and Leadership [McCain & Palin to subordinates: results or resign]

    09/20/2008 5:14:39 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 11 replies · 91+ views
    The Baseball Crank ^ | September 19, 2008 | The Baseball Crank
    A lot of conservatives are up in arms about John McCain's call for the firing of Chris Cox as SEC Chairman due to the collapse of numerous Wall Street firms on his watch. There is a more than fair argument against McCain's position: that Cox is a smart, capable conservative and expert in the area who hasn't really done anything wrong, or at least hadn't until the recent move against short sellers (I don't buy that Cox is above criticism, but I don't think this mess is in any way his fault). But there is also a case to...
  • Wall Street is a financial Head-Smashed-In, where ego carries the hordes over the precipice

    09/16/2008 7:06:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 189+ views
    Times of London ^ | 09/17/08 | Carl Mortished
    Wall Street is a financial Head-Smashed-In, where ego carries the hordes over the precipice Carl Mortished: World business briefing Head-Smashed-In is a buffalo jump in Alberta, Canada, a communal kill site where the Plains Indians drove herds of North American bison off the edge of a cliff. Over thousands of years, the Plains tribes developed the skill of goading buffalo towards a precipice. As the animals thundered towards the drop, those in front would try to stop but the sheer weight of the stampeding herd pressing from behind would force the buffalo over the edge. Unesco has designated the buffalo...
  • Judicial Corruption Seen and Lamented by Jefferson in Early 1800's

    08/25/2008 9:09:27 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 11 replies · 966+ views
    The Patriot Post ^ | 1823 | Thomas Jefferson
    "At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has...
  • Kucinich introducing 35 Articles of Impeachment

    06/09/2008 5:17:44 PM PDT · by ROCKLOBSTER · 253 replies · 847+ views
    C_SPAN
    Dennis Kucinich is currently on the floor of the House presenting his bill to impeach President George W. Bush. C-SPAN, 8:00 PM 9 Jun 2008.
  • Security Clearances? No, no, no, not for the Elite.

    05/02/2008 6:46:33 PM PDT · by Bowtie52 · 33 replies · 174+ views
    4/2/08 | Bowtie52
    Both Houses of Congress and the Executive Branch are exempt from security or background investigation for a Security Clearances as are elected Officials and / or Appointees. All Police Departments and a plethora of Governmental Security Agencies, intelligence as well as investigative, rightfully scrutinize their employees, counterparts and support staff in an effort to assure maximum security. This legal enforcement of passing Security criteria extends to all branches of the Military, their support Contractor’s staff and the Judicial System. This also extends to the State and County as well as any governmental agency that deals in anyway with any information...
  • Where does personal responsibility start? (21yo woman dies on binge and mom's suing her friends)

    03/01/2008 7:50:51 AM PST · by jdm · 32 replies · 102+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 01, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    A lawsuit in Minnesota will start a debate on whether adults should have responsibility for the actions of other non-relative adults. Amanda Jax died in a drinking binge on her 21st birthday, a tragedy that occasionally occurs in the US. Her parents filed an expected lawsuit against the nightclub where Jax drank, but surprisingly included Jax’s friends, who accompanied her on the binge: The family of a woman who drank herself to death at a Mankato nightspot while celebrating her 21st birthday is suing not only the establishment but also the friends who bought her a steady stream of drinks.The...
  • A Pay Raise for Poor Performance

    01/13/2008 4:43:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 78+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2008 | Robert Bluey
    Members of Congress return to Washington this week $4,100 richer. During their three-week vacation, the annual cost-of-living adjustment kicked in, bringing the salary of a congressman to $169,300. At a time when partisan bickering has dragged congressional approval ratings to just 25 percent, Democrats and Republican can agree on one thing: a pay raise for poor performance. Any American workers who had such dismal reviews would be fired. But in the case of lawmakers in Washington, it’s business as usual. Support for the pay raise was among the most bipartisan issues Congress grappled with last year. An attempt to block...
  • Personal Accountability and the U.S. Health Care Problem

    11/06/2007 8:46:44 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 137+ views
    Aleksandra Rebic
    PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE U.S. HEALTH CARE PROBLEM Every time the issue of Health Care comes up these days, the elephants fill the room but remain largely ignored. The issue of "rising costs" is hotly debated, yet key factors are not honestly addressed, among them that dirty 14 letter word: Accountability. The personal kind. Blame is thrown at the insurance companies who are often able to negotiate the medical bills down from where they would have been for a patient had there been no insurance company intervention. You hear complaints about employer based health insurance coverage that makes no sense...
  • Defending The 17th

    10/29/2007 7:14:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 349+ views
    Redstate ^ | December 2006 | Dan McLaughlin
    It's a hardy perennial in the more philosophically-oriented conservative circles, despite its manifest political infeasibility: the argument that the Seventeenth Amendment should be repealed or should never have been passed. While this argument does have its virtues, I disagree. Regardless of whether it was a good idea at the time, repealing the 17th Amendment today would only weaken the mechanisms that are essential to conservative policies and conservative philosophy. Specifically, restoring to state legislatures the power over the election of Senators would make the Senate less directly accountable to the people and insulate the federal courts even further from public...
  • The two Americas

    06/24/2007 6:16:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,287+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2007 | Paul Jacob
    Could Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards actually be right about something? Not where to go to get a haircut, mind you, I mean about there being two Americas. There is the vibrant America . . . and the stagnant one. There is the America of ever-increasing wealth, innovation, creativity, of a dynamic economy, new jobs, new products and services. Choices galore. Information overload. The abundant work product of freedom. And there is the politician's America: The regulated America, the subsidized America, the earmarked America. The failing America. In one America it is what you produce that gets you ahead. In...
  • S1348 (amnesty bill)-related Votes (Vanity)

    06/13/2007 1:20:58 PM PDT · by bt_dooftlook · 4 replies · 586+ views
    me
    Excel 2007: http://www.sendspace.com/file/0aqtmz Excel 2003: http://www.sendspace.com/file/oqc1sf Here is the updated link for a spreadsheet rating how your senator voted on various S1348-related amendments and motions. Features: 1. Contact info (phone, fax, toll-free, email, etc.) for all senators 2. A list of each amendment and vote 3. A voting breakdown for each vote and each senator 4. A ranking of each senator (+100 - 1-)
  • Congressional panel sees spike in foreclosures (Open your wallet)

    04/11/2007 7:39:44 PM PDT · by Libertarian444 · 19 replies · 587+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11 APR 2007 | John W Schoen
    Amid continued signs of deterioration in the nation’s mortgage market, a Congressional panel Wednesday forecast a sharp rise in housing foreclosures, and several Democratic lawmakers called for a federal bailout for borrowers who are at risk of losing their home
  • Duffy Wants School Aid Tied to Results

    03/27/2007 5:53:57 AM PDT · by PissAndVinegar · 4 replies · 205+ views
    13 WHAM ^ | Mar 27, 2007 6:47 AM | Rachel Barnhart
    Was it a threat or not? In his second State of the City address, Mayor Robert Duffy said he will tie the city’s $119 million annual school aid to results. “I care about our children graduating from school and that should be and will be our funding criteria for our schools,” he said. Duffy honed in on the district’s 50 percent four-year graduation rate. The graduation rate in Rochester is worse than in Buffalo, which spends less money per pupil. “We have the worst graduation rate in the state and that has to change. Clearly money is not the issue...
  • New law to create online budget database

    09/26/2006 6:44:24 PM PDT · by yhwhsman · 7 replies · 324+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sep 26 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday that Americans will now be able to "Google their tax dollars," as he signed a law to create an online database for tracking about $1 trillion in government spending on grants and contracts. The law is aimed preventing wasteful spending by opening the federal budget to greater scrutiny. The information is already available, but the Web site would make it easier for those who aren't experts on the process to see how taxpayer dollars are being spent. "Information on earmarks will no longer be hidden deep in the pages of a federal budget bill,...
  • The Necessary Accounting (Caroline Glick On The Need For The Olmert Government To Go)

    08/25/2006 8:10:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 508+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Caroline Glick
    Today two groups of protesters are gathered outside the Prime Minister's Office. The Movement for Quality Government is demanding the establishment of an official commission of inquiry, headed by a Supreme Court justice to investigate the handling of the war in Lebanon. Down the road, IDF reservists are demanding that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz resign. The critical question arising from the separate protests is whether or not the country's current political and military leadership are capable of drawing the proper lessons from the war. If Israel's...
  • In Israel: Time for the Firing Squad?

    08/19/2006 9:34:56 AM PDT · by John Carey · 21 replies · 925+ views
    Peace and Freedom ^ | August 19, 2006 | John E. Carey
    My friend Amir Taheri asked, “Was it Tacitus who said, ‘Defeat is an orphan while victory has a thousand fathers’?” In fact, that Roman historian had it just about right. Argue, if you will, that Israel is the victor in all of this. Meanwhile, we’ll assemble the firing squad. Even Saddam Hussein has said he prefers the honor of the firing squad to the other more ignominious forms of death meted out as judgment for conduct unbecoming. There are some simple rules of accountability in the U.S. military and in other places in the world. These can be rather ruthless...
  • College Students with No High School Diploma

    06/12/2006 3:55:21 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 7 replies · 448+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 12, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    AACRAO reports that about 400,000 students - 2 percent of all college students, 3 percent of students attending community colleges, and 4 percent of students in fopros - do NOT have a high school degree! But, how can they get in without a high school degree, and what difference does it make anyway? Well, they can get in with a GED, of course, but that is not the case here. These students get in by old-fashioned 'fudging.' I have had students in my classes at the fopro where I teach who did NOT have high school diplomas. NO! I didn't...
  • CA: Task force blames UC pay flap on failed oversight, accountability

    04/13/2006 8:50:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 246+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/13/06 | Louise Chu - ap
    The University of California's procedures for reporting executive pay are "wholly unacceptable" and must be overhauled, a task force said Thursday. More financial oversight and public accountability is needed after reports showed UC gave executives millions in bonuses and other perks while student fees were raised to offset funding cutbacks, according to findings presented to UC's governing Board of Regents. The report pointed to a university culture of secrecy, further complicated by vague policies and lack of oversight. The report blamed President Robert C. Dynes and other leaders for failing repeatedly to fully disclose executive packages to regents and said...
  • Principals Face Review in Education Overhaul [Is Jeb's school grading "a sword of Damocles" ?]

    04/12/2006 7:12:47 PM PDT · by summer · 67 replies · 785+ views
    Th NY Times ^ | April 12, 2006 | Elissa Gootman
    Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein yesterday accelerated his drive to hold educators accountable for student achievement, announcing that New York City's more than 1,400 schools will be graded each year just like students, from A to F. Principals whose schools persistently fail could be removed, he said. Mr. Klein said schools' grades would be determined largely by a more sophisticated analysis of annual standardized test scores. In addition, officials would look at a new set of satisfaction surveys, to be completed by parents, teachers and students. Any effort to remove principals based on the new grades could require changes in...
  • No more 'entitlements' (PM: Bill aims to 'change way business done in Ottawa')

    04/12/2006 6:55:15 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 7 replies · 375+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Wednesday, April 12, 2006 | Allan Woods
    No more 'entitlements' PM: Bill aims to 'change way business done in Ottawa' Allan Woods CanWest News Service Wednesday, April 12, 2006 OTTAWA - Stephen Harper introduced his government's first piece of legislation -- the Federal Accountability Act -- yesterday in an attempt to position his party as an agent of change and close the ethical loopholes that sank the previous Liberal government. The bill, which the Tories outlined during the election campaign, bans corporate and union donations to federal parties, cracks down on lobbyists, protects whistle-blowers and gives more power to officers of Parliament, such as the ethics...
  • Minister Tells Media to Fall In Line(Media Inciting Terror Propaganda Will Be Arrested)

    02/26/2006 6:30:20 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 19 replies · 2,438+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/26/2006 2:54:49 | The Peninsula On-line
    BAGHDAD: Iraqi newspapers inciting violence will be suspended and their journalists arrested, Defence Minister Saadun Al Dulaimi said yesterday, unveiling a new security plan for the violence-wracked country. "This is a warning to media working in Iraq," he said in a press conference. Dulaimi also slammed the media for exaggerating violence since the blowing up of the Al Askariya shrine in Samarra on Wednesday which sparked days of sectarian violence, saying the official death toll was 119 civilians. "After verification on the ground, 119 civilians were killed since Wednesday, not 183 as reported in the media," he said. "The government...
  • School Competition Remains "Unproven" (sarcasm)

    02/08/2006 8:35:21 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 19 replies · 872+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 8, 2006 | John Stossel
    When Mark and Jenny Sanford moved from Charleston to Columbia, S.C., they had a big concern: Where would their kids go to school? They wanted to send their kids to public school, but the middle school near their new home was not particularly good. But it turned out that this wouldn't have been a problem for the Sanfords because the reason they had moved to Columbia was Mark had just been elected governor. While students are normally assigned to schools based on where their house is located, Gov. Sanford's family was offered special options: People from better school districts invited...
  • Lobbyist Scandal An Opportunity for Taxpayers - Abramoff scandal will increase public accountability

    01/31/2006 2:51:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 377+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 1/31/06 | Jon Coupal and Jim Lacy & HJTA
    The scandal in Washington, D.C., surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff has exposed a level of pay-to-play influence in our nation's Capitol which exceeded even our suspicions, which were numerous. Abramoff has pled guilty to trading campaign contributions and perks such as free meals at posh restaurants and international golf trips to Scotland in exchange for congressional votes for his clients. As layers of this odious onion are pealed away, the public is becoming all the more skeptical about the performance of their elected officials. However, there may be a silver lining to the scandal. Advocates of lower taxes and less government...
  • Mayor Makes Pledge of Accountability in Girl's Death

    01/18/2006 4:33:35 AM PST · by ecsredeye · 4 replies · 394+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 17, 2006 | MIKE McINTIRE and AL BAKER
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg vowed yesterday to punish any city workers who are found to have mishandled the case of a 7-year-old Brooklyn girl who the police say was killed by her stepfather. It was the strongest sign yet that the mayor is dissatisfied with the city's actions in the events leading to the death of the girl, Nixzmary Brown, and officials say it also reflects his concern that there was a communication breakdown between child welfare caseworkers and police detectives involved in the case.
  • Answering Back to the News Media, Using the Internet

    01/02/2006 4:25:30 AM PST · by infocats · 48 replies · 1,636+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 2, 2006 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel, or so goes the old saw. For decades, the famous and the infamous alike largely followed this advice. Even when subjects of news stories felt they had been misunderstood or badly treated, they were unlikely to take on reporters or publishers, believing that the power of the press gave the press the final word. The Internet, and especially the amplifying power of blogs, is changing that. Unhappy subjects discovered a decade ago that they could use their Web sites to correct the record or deconstruct articles to expose...
  • County Slavery-Accountability Law Fails (Oakland, CA)

    12/22/2005 1:35:17 AM PST · by CAWats · 6 replies · 448+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/22/2005 | Michelle Maitre
    County Slavery-Accountability Law Fails Supervisors who vote against plan want to focus on future, not what companies did in past By Michelle Maitre, STAFF WRITER Alameda County supervisors narrowly defeated a proposed law Tuesday that would have required companies doing business with the county to disclose whether they ever profited from slavery. The ordinance, authored by Supervisor Keith Carson, failed on a 3-2 vote. Supervisors Gail Steele, Scott Haggerty and Alice Lai-Bitker voted no, with Carson and Supervisor Nate Miley supporting the measure.
  • Who Holds the New York Times Accountable?

    12/20/2005 9:12:16 AM PST · by Coastal · 55 replies · 1,411+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 12-20-05 | Lee Ellis
    The New York Times keeps printing "news" that aids and abets those who hate the USA. The most recent example of this is the recent propaganda using a misleading story written by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau which reads in part, "Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying." This has proven to be wrong, and is taken from a book to be released next week by a...
  • Blogs Hold Talk Hosts Accountable: RADIO'S RABBLE-ROUSERS

    12/15/2005 10:07:54 PM PST · by chuckpez · 6 replies · 467+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | December 16th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Is talk radio really just an entertainment medium, or do listeners expect bona fide activism from air personalities? In the past, I'd always believed it was about appealing to a segment of the radio audience and primarily reflecting that group's political viewpoints. It's now clear, however, that faced with an increasing number of new media choices, talk radio listeners want quite a lot more. Simply being entertaining, timely and compelling isn't enough: led by the blogosphere, there's a sense that if the Internet can hold Dan Rather accountable, why can't talk radio? Blogs have raised the bar and hosts are...
  • Grassroots Revolution for Change!! Getting ready for 2006

    10/18/2005 5:25:40 PM PDT · by bu9418 · 182+ views
    MarkBureau.us ^ | 18October2005 | Mark Bureau
    MarkBureau.usTo initiate change in our great nation in the effort to restore a constitutional government originally created to preserve the liberties and freedoms granted by our creator, it takes individuals en masse to simply stand up for themselves and demand accountability from their elected officials on the local, state and national levels. It must come as no surprise that the only thing that professional politicians fear while in office is losing their jobs. We the People must hold them accountable. How do we do that? By listening. By researching. By learning who our representatives are and by dictating to...
  • New initiative in South Dakota holds judges accountable

    09/16/2005 1:25:31 PM PDT · by anonymous_user · 8 replies · 921+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 16, 2005 | Marilyn Barnewall
    An organization by the name of J.A.I.L. (Judicial Accountability Initiative Law) is shaking-up the status quo in South Dakota. What is happening in the Mount Rushmore State may end up being of great benefit to all of us… unless you live in a state with higher quality judiciary than is apparent in most other states. We’ve all heard the stories on cable news (you’d never hear them on network news). A man rapes and kidnaps an underage girl and is sentenced to a few months in prison (despite his criminal history). Children die because social workers say they have checked...
  • Neumayr: Republic Requires Personal Accountability; Little Shown in New Orleans

    09/08/2005 2:11:11 PM PDT · by Jacksonville Patriot · 7 replies · 552+ views
    American Spectator Online ^ | 9/8/05 | George Neumayr
    A Civilizational Vacuum By George Neumayr Published 9/8/2005 12:09:11 AM A republican form of government presupposes self-government -- the capacity of citizens to govern themselves according to reason -- and does not, if it intends to survive, champion them as "victims" when they don't. But the shocking lack of self-government demonstrated by New Orleanians is the one area of government that our republic's vapid media won't scrutinize in their post-mortems on the city's collapse. Reporters keep shaking their fists at "the government," as if America were not a republic but a statist autocracy in which remote rulers can snap their...
  • Let form a Republic of Canada

    09/03/2005 12:16:35 PM PDT · by Reform Canada · 24 replies · 557+ views
    The only way Canada has any hope of exixting in the long run is to Reform the constitution and creat a Republic. Sign sign this petition to take Canada in this new direction. http://www.petitiononline.com/CRO/petition.html
  • Sign this petition to help put an end to Corruption in Canada's gov't.

    08/23/2005 9:19:51 PM PDT · by Reform Canada · 2 replies · 267+ views
    All Canadians Please sign this petition to let the Canadian gov't know that enough is enough and we want all gov't funds audited. http://www.petitiononline.com/cdsmith/petition.html
  • Truths About Terrorism

    07/19/2005 8:46:55 AM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 5 replies · 664+ views
    TheFactIs.org ^ | 7/18/05 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    It's touching, in a way. When a terrorist does something unspeakable, people in the English-speaking world wonder aloud what we did to offend him. In the aftermath of the bombings in London, the realization is dawning that we must get beyond sentimental ideas about terrorists. [snip] Globalization opens up new realms for envy. Terrorism beckons, glorious and fulfilling, when the envious encounter good things they don't know how to create, profit from, or compete with. It seems odd to imagine Saudi citizens as crude vandals and terror financiers—after all, they love to shop in Paris. But without oil, the Middle...
  • Musharraf sets up Islamic Accountability Committee

    07/13/2005 4:56:14 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 7 replies · 384+ views
    12 July 2005: The Pakistan army has set up an in-house Islamic accountability committee (IAC) that will monitor religious matters and enforce regulations on the general public and institutions, and General Parvez Musharraf will head this committee. The IAC was set up on 6 July after almost three weeks of deliberations at a corps commanders’ conference at the Rawalpindi GHQ presided over by General Musharraf, and ever since, the developments have been closely monitored by Western diplomats. The official Pakistani explanation is that the IAC will prevent misrepresentation of Islam in cases such as the Mukhtar Mai rape case, which...
  • Media Expect Accountability Only of Others

    07/11/2005 3:24:12 PM PDT · by baystaterebel · 8 replies · 398+ views
    Carolina Journal. ^ | July 11, 2005 | Jon Ham
    The media like to see themselves as society’s accountability police, constantly on the alert to prevent government officials or corporate leaders from getting off the hook. Whatever the issue, the media want answers. They want explanations. They want consequences. The public must understand what went wrong, they say, if only to prevent it from happening again. Funny, though, how that doesn’t apply to them. Take for example The Associated Press’ story of July 9 that reported British Prime Minister Tony Blair had said the Arab-Israeli conflict was partly to blame for the London bombings. Here’s what AP reported: "I think...
  • Journalists Say Threat of Subpoena Intensifies

    07/04/2005 3:38:50 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 14 replies · 484+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | 07/04/05 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Journalists Say Threat of Subpoena Intensifies By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE In 1991, when Timothy Phelps, a reporter for Newsday, and Nina Totenberg, a reporter for National Public Radio, broke the news that Anita Hill had accused Clarence Thomas, then a Supreme Court nominee, of sexual harassment, a special Senate counsel tried to subpoena the reporters' telephone records to unmask their confidential source. The accusations prompted a second round of highly contentious confirmation hearings, but Senate leaders ultimately refused to give the special counsel permission to pursue the records, and eventually the matter was dropped. Mr. Phelps, who is now Newsday's...