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  • Turning the Twin Cities Into Sim City

    05/20/2014 6:27:33 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-19-14 | Katherine Kersten
    The Met Council, as it's known here, was founded in the 1960s to coordinate regional infrastructure—in essence, to make sure that sewers and roads meet up. Over the years, its power to allocate funds and control planning has expanded. Now, under Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton—who appointed all 17 current members—the council intends to play Sim City with residents' lives. Thrive MSP 2040 is part of a nationwide movement called "regionalism." Regional planning of infrastructure is important, of course. But regionalism, as an ideology, is about shifting power away from local elected officials and re-engineering society on behalf of "equity" and...
  • US nun, 84, jailed for nuke protest

    02/19/2014 3:49:41 AM PST · by fruser1 · 33 replies
    The Belfest Telegraph / AP ^ | 19 February 2014 | AP
    An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a US nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws. Two other activists who broke into the facility with Megan Rice were sentenced to more than five years in prison yesterday, in part because they had much longer criminal histories of mostly non-violent civil disobedience... ...On July 28, 2012, the three activists cut through three fences before reaching a 548 million dollar (£328 million) storage bunker... ...They hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small...
  • Domestic Spying Revelation Could Be Devastating For The Obama White House

    06/06/2013 5:30:26 AM PDT · by blam · 118 replies
    TBI - The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-6-2013 | Peter Foster
    Domestic Spying Revelation Could Be Devastating For The Obama White House Peter Foster, The Telegraph June. 6, 2013, 6:46 AM The Obama administration will be bracing itself for a torrent of hostile questions this morning following the apparent revelation that the National Security Agency has been data-mining the phone records of tens of millions of ordinary Americans. Not to be confused with eaves-dropping, or bugging the phones of those suspected of conspiring to commit a terrorist or criminal offence, the top secret court order published by The Guardian appears to show that the NSA has been trawling the anonymous 'metadata'...
  • Report: Gov't scooping up Verizon phone records

    06/06/2013 3:46:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 98 replies
    MyWay ^ | 6/6/13
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper.</p> <p>The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, the newspaper reported Wednesday. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.</p>
  • JANET NAPOLITANO RESPONDS TO REPORT OF DEPORTATION : ‘NOT WORTHY OF AN ANSWER’

    04/18/2013 11:00:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 181 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 18, 2013 12:58pm | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A visibly irritated Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer a Republican congressman’s questions about the possible deportation of the Saudi national questioned as a witness in the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Benghazi: Unaware, Unresponsive, Unaccountable

    04/10/2013 9:31:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/10/13 | OPSECTeam
    Nearly seven months after the Benghazi attacks there are still more questions than answers about the Obama Administration's response. Time is running out to find the truth. Absent a special investigation, the American people will never discover the truth about why Americans were simply left to die in Benghazi. More than 70 House Republicans have cosponsored H. Res. 36 to create a Select Committee on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi - but more than 160 still haven't signed on. We need your immediate help to contact Members of Congress and urge them to join OPSEC's effort today at www.opsecteam.org. Use...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Trouble in paradise: Maldives and Islamic extremism

    02/12/2012 9:21:03 PM PST · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 26 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | February 12, 2012 | Amal Jayasinghe
    At the Maldives' National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination. On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artefacts from the nation's pre-Islamic era. "They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past," a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety. "We lost all...
  • Obama to help unveil "realistic" military plan

    01/04/2012 1:23:50 PM PST · by Justaham · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-4-12 | Laura MacInnis
    President Barack Obama will join top Pentagon commanders to unveil a new "more realistic" vision for the military, including cuts to ground force numbers as a result of budget strains, officials familiar with the plans said on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will hold a news conference fleshing out the contents of the strategic review of U.S. security interests after Obama's brief remarks on Thursday at the Pentagon, the officials said. They said the review would emphasize military investment in Asia as well as air and maritime power, while...
  • Occupy Wall Street as law of the land [ Elizabeth Warren's creation ]

    11/19/2011 5:04:38 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 5 replies
    washington examiner.com ^ | Nov 19 2011 | By: Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Think Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is just non-peaceable assembly of malcontents and miscreants literally infesting American cities? Think again. The OWS agenda is now law of the land in the form of a government agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB was created under the Dodd-Frank financial -- ahem -- "reform" legislation when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress in 2009. The law was signed by President Obama, who simultaneously manages to be Goldman-Sachs’ best friend and an OWS sympathizer. Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is now running for the senate seat held by Sen. Scott...
  • The Accountable Care Fiasco (Even the models for health reform hate the new HHS rule)

    06/20/2011 5:31:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/19/11
    The Obama Administration is handing out waivers far and wide for its health-care bill, but behind the scenes the bureaucracy is grinding ahead writing new regulations. The latest example is the rule for Accountable Care Organizations that are supposed to be the crown jewel of cost-saving reform. One problem: The draft rule is so awful that even the models for it say they won't participate. *** The theory for ACOs, as they're known, is that hospitals, primary-care doctors and specialists will work more efficiently in teams, like at the Mayo Clinic and other top U.S. hospitals. ACOs are meant to...
  • You've Got to Get this Book! ("We've Been Had" by James Keena)

    08/07/2010 9:08:18 AM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Amazon.com ^ | James Keena
    Editorial Reviews Review James Keena has done a superb job of reconstructing Barack Obama's carefully obscured past and documenting his network of radical connections. The result is an unsettling, detailed portrait of the first anti-American President. --Scott Sweet, Author of To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry This book will awaken those outside of the 20 percent far-left demographic who still somehow believe the narrative that Barack Obama is a post-partisan, post-racial, all-American politician. James leaves hardly a stone unturned exposing the true identity of the man behind the lofty...
  • Where the Press Conference, Mr. President?

    05/16/2010 8:36:22 PM PDT · by IncPen · 31 replies · 869+ views
    Free Republic.com | 5.16.2010 | IncPen
    Barack Hussein Obama has not held a press conference in 9 months. Beat the drum, America. Speak up Barry, we can't hear you.
  • Kagan, Obama, and the Harvard Legacy of Literary Fraud

    05/12/2010 10:40:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 2,729+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 13, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    When Barack Obama’s two faculty mentors at Harvard Law got in trouble for plagiarism, they were rescued by Dean Elena Kagan. In 1989, Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe hired first-year Harvard law student Barack Obama as his research assistant.  After Obama was elected president, Tribe would gush, "His stunning combination of analytical brilliance and personal charisma, openness and maturity, vision and pragmatism, was unmistakable from my very first encounter." Obama had one other prominent mentor among the Harvard faculty, Professor Charles Ogletree, an African American.  In the run-up to the election, Ogletree would enthuse, "I'm so excited about this candidacy...
  • Top Secret: Bush Told the Truth About WMD

    09/07/2007 7:01:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 69 replies · 3,800+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 9/7/2007 | Deborah Weiss
    The secret’s out: on August 24th, 2007, UN weapons inspectors found 6 to 8 vials of chemical weapons sitting in an office at the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) headquarters in NYC. They found the vials when archiving files due to the fact that UNMOVIC is closing down its mission. They placed the vials in a sealed package and put them in a safe located in a secured room. Subsequently, on August 29, 2007, UNMOVIC employees discovered the inventory list which listed the content of the vials. The vials contained the chemical phosgene, which according to the...
  • Medical overseer takes no prisoners

    04/23/2007 7:42:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 591+ views
    MediaNews via CoCoTimes ^ | 4/23/7 | Edwin Garcia
    SACRAMENTO -- One of the most powerful figures in state government is a cranky authoritarian who can spend unlimited amounts of taxpayer money, overrule high-ranking bureaucrats and sidestep long-standing laws. From a nondescript office building in San Jose, Bob Sillen uses his unprecedented authority to tackle one of the toughest jobs in California: rebuilding the medical care system for the state's 172,000 prison inmates. Sillen, who earns $500,000 a year, was appointed by a federal court judge to bring prison medical services up to "constitutional standards." He has, in effect, replaced the governor, Legislature and top corrections officials as chief...
  • PETER PAUL v CLINTON - 5 year anniversary of demand letter; need D.C. FReeper help for the movie

    07/06/2006 4:14:15 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies · 406+ views
    HillCAP.org ^ | 7-6-06 | Doug from Upland
    FREEPERS: do you have a good movie camera? Are you in the D.C. area? Would like to have some fun delivering a letter to Hillary and getting it on film for the documentary, INDICTING HILLARY? If you are available to deliver Peter Paul's demand letter to Hillary's office or anywhere else you might catch her, we want to hear from you. It is the fifth anniversary of the demand letter, which you see below. Hillary has still refused to acknowledge any mention of Peter Paul giving her money. She has filed four false FEC reports. Come one, someone wants to...
  • Paid Speech in our Classrooms

    03/09/2006 3:27:31 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 25 replies · 854+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/9/2006 | Todd Manzi
    Jay Bennish is a teacher who collects paychecks for teaching Colorado high school students about geography. Here is a sample from one of Bennish’s classes: “Do you see how this economic system [capitalism] is at odds with humanity? At odds with caring and compassion? It is at odds with human rights. Anytime you have a system that’s designed to procure profit, when profit is the bottom motive, money, that means money is going to become more important potentially than what? Safety, human lives, etcetera.” According to Tustin Amole, Public Information Officer for the Cherry Creek School District, the above statement...
  • And when the great wave fell back, the UN stood revealed, Notably Useless

    01/02/2005 4:26:03 PM PST · by saquin · 30 replies · 1,916+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 1/3/05 | Tim Hames
    ADLAI STEVENSON once argued that a politician is a statesman who “approaches every question with an open mouth”. If the performance of Jan Egeland, of the UN’s Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is an indication, the same is true of those paid by the United Nations. A week ago, despite just one day having passed since the Asian tsunami, with the reported death toll one tenth of what it is now believed to be, and ignoring the fact that public holidays are never the easiest times to start organising an aid effort, Mr Egeland saw fit to dismiss...
  • Consultants trying to prove county flood maps are wrong (Abusive FEMA rip-off)

    05/21/2003 10:43:07 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 48 replies · 1,976+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | 05-21-03 | By DIANNA SMITH
    A consulting firm is still trying to prove that Collier County flood maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are wrong. Collier County Commission and Naples City Council hired Tomasello Consulting Engineers Inc. to study FEMA's flood maps and prove that the maps were inaccurate and outdated when they were presented to officials in 1998. Although local officials have argued with FEMA that the maps are incorrect, FEMA still intends to implement the maps on Oct. 2. The new maps drastically change the flood zones in parts of Collier County, which will cause some flood insurance premiums to increase...
  • Should government employees be exempt from being fired?

    03/18/2002 2:15:15 PM PST · by Howie66 · 16 replies · 636+ views
    18 March 2002 | Self
    Should we (the TAXPAYING Public) stand by as our government employees are allowed to foul up by the numbers and never be held accountable? In the most recent example of government employees ineptitude, 2 of the now deceased 9/11 hijackers were awarded (posthumously) student visas by our wonderful and "dedicated" INS. An INS employees was dispatched (with a prepared subpeona) to the Florida flight school to retrieve the documents. The lastest news out of Washington is that some INS employees are going to be reassigned rather than fired for this SNAFU. My question is simple. Why the devil are government...