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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 (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 ^ | February 18, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 3:28 pm Setting the bar high Just looking at, 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
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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, “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
  • 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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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...