title>Lady Liberty Defended: September 2009
According to Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-CA, the new top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Obama told Central Command head Gen. David Petraeus and Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal to "scrub" their assessments because he "wasn't inclined to send troops over there."Look folks. What you want, as President of the United States, is the truth from your warriors. You want to know exactly what they expect. You want to know what they know. You don't want them second guessing what you want to hear. What the President is doing is teaching people to tell him only what he WANTS to hear OR what he wants us to THINK he heard so that he can blame them for his failure (should that happen). Of course, you can't make a good decision if you don't have the facts, so he wouldn't and then he will have a failure... Jeez...
If McKeon's claim is true, Obama's instructions, relayed to McKeon through Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, show how resistant the president is to doubling down on the war in Afghanistan and how Republicans are prepared to take their push for an increased commitment of resources to the public.
The story in a nutshell:The President, Barack Obama, has played dumb regarding A.C.O.R.N.'s funding despite being a former employee/worker for A.C.O.R.N. If nothing else, this points up the concept that the President is lying.
* Bertha Lewis is the CEO of ACORN.
* In a review of Lewis’s contacts list, which was leaked to RedState, Bertha Lewis has the office, cell phone, home number, and private personal email address of Patrick Gaspard.
* Patrick Gaspard holds Karl Rove’s position in the White House and was Obama’s Political Director during the campaign.
* In addition to Patrick, Bertha has Patrick’s brother Michael in her rolodex. She lists Michael as working at the Advance Group.
* The Advance Group is ACORN’s lobbying organization.
* In other words, besides having Obama’s political director’s contact info, the political director’s brother works for ACORN via its lobbying shop.
The level of detail Bertha Lewis has for contacting Patrick Gaspard suggests a closeness between the two.
Ms. Lewis has Patrick Gaspard’s office number, home number, and cell phone number. Patrick’s information still contains the 212 area code, which suggests it has not been updated since he moved to Washington, D.C. However, only 131 of the 1,894 contacts, or 7% of the total, list home phone numbers, let alone home, office, and cell phone numbers. For perspective, only 31 of the 1,849 contacts have home, office, cell phone, and business email addresses listed. Patrick Gaspard makes that list.
Gaspard’s contact information also contains his private personal email address making him among the most detailed contacts on the list. Only Wade Rathke, the founder of ACORN, and a handful of others have as much personal information in Lewis’s contacts list as Patrick Gaspard.
Bertha Lewis also has Michael Gaspard’s office number and cell phone. In addition, as noted above, Michael Gaspard works for ACORN’s registered lobbying organization and with ACORN’s national spokesman.
Other Administration Connections
A cursory view of Ms. Lewis’s contacts lists shows a couple of other obvious administration contacts too.
It will come as no surprise that Ms. Lewis keeps up with Shaun Donovan. Mr. Donovan is now the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Before that, Mr. Donovan was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In New York City, he worked on affordable housing initiatives right up ACORN’s alley. His contact information has not been updated since he left the HPD.
Then there is Karine Jean-Pierre. She originally worked for John Edwards. In fact, Ms. Lewis’s contacts list still has her listed with John Edwards’ campaign, but also has Ms. Jean-Pierre’s personal and presumably still working personal email address, etc. Ms. Jean-Pierre left there to work for Congressman Anthony Weiner, then became Barack Obama’s regional political director.. She is now the White House liaison for the Department of Labor. That’s a handy contact.
The web of connections from Ms. Lewis’s contacts list goes straight into the White House and out the other door into the Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development, circling back to ACORN’s lobbying operation.
With the White House trying to distance itself from ACORN, Ms. Lewis’s contacts there might make it more difficult. She has clear ties to Patrick and Michael Gaspard, the President’s fixer and the man who gets ACORN projects and money.
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A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Wednesday announced an effort that would force Democratic leaders to give members of Congress -- and the public -- 72 hours to review legislation before a bill is brought to the floor for a vote.
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Brian Baird, Oregon Democrat, and Republican Reps. John Culberson of Texas and Greg Walden of Oregon, would require House leaders to post all non-emergency legislation online, in its final form, three days before a vote.
The lawmakers have begun circulating a discharge petition that would force House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a vote on their bill, which has been stuck in committee for months.
GOP lawmakers in particular have hammered Mrs. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders for rushing long, complex bills through the House.
"The American people are angry that Speaker Pelosi didn't allow the public and their elected representatives to read the trillion-dollar 'stimulus' bill or the national energy tax before they were rammed through the House," Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Wednesday. "Congress can, and must, do better."
Rushed floor votes on the stimulus bill and the cap-and-trade energy bill -- both of which totaled more than 1,000 pages -- have fueled calls from the public that lawmakers read bills before voting on them. The House resolution is supported by several public-interest groups, including the Sunlight Foundation, which point out that hasty votes can result in unintended consequences, such as the provision tucked into the stimulus bill that had the effect of authorizing executives of bailed-out insurance giant AIG to receive retroactive bonuses.
Earlier this summer, Mrs. Pelosi told a reporter she would allow a 48-hour waiting period prior to bringing health care legislation up for a vote.
The discharge petition, which requires 218 signatures to force a vote on the bill, has 98 co-sponsors. There are currently 256 Democrats and 177 Republicans in the House.
John Richard Lott Jr. (born May 8, 1958) is a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has previously held research positions at other academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, and his areas of research include econometrics, law and economics, public choice theory, industrial organization, public finance, microeconomics, labor economics, and environmental regulation.
Lott is an author in both academia and in popular culture. He is a frequent writer of opinion editorials, has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals related to his research areas, and has authored five books, including More Guns, Less Crime, The Bias Against Guns, and Freedomnomics.
Outside of academia, Lott is best known for his participation in the gun rights debate, particularly his arguments against restrictions on owning and carrying guns. He is also known for taking conservative positions on a wide range of political issues.
FBI Director Robert Mueller conceded to Congress Wednesday that turf fights persist between his agents and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.The disturbing thing about this is that it can impede our counter-terrorist operations. The good thing is that it might impede persecution of otherwise lawful gun owners.
Mueller was asked at a Senate hearing about a report by The Associated Press on Tuesday that government investigators had found persistent feuding between the two law enforcement agencies, despite repeated efforts by the Justice Department to settle the conflict.
A draft report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General, an internal watchdog, found the conflicts have led agents to race each other to crime scenes, withhold information from each other and refuse to train together.
• In December 2008 the FBI protested a local prosecutor's request to use the ATF to investigate a blast that killed a local bomb technician in Woodburn, Ore.
• In March 2008 both agencies responded to a bombing near a U.S. military recruiting station in Times Square. ATF sought to have the suspect charged immediately in what the inspector general called a "race to the courthouse" to take the case from the FBI, which was already pursuing the suspect in a different state.
• In November 2007 the FBI was notified of a pipe bomb found in a truck at the Palo Verde nuclear plant in Arizona and claimed jurisdiction as a terrorism case. Notified several hours later, ATF disputed any connection to terrorism in a confrontation in front of local law enforcement officials.
The Nevada Cancer Institute, in Las Vegas, may not have a national reputation as a clinic or a research facility. But it does have the ear of its state’s senior senator, Harry Reid, the Democratic leader. And that is why the four-year-old institute could reap a big gain in federal reimbursements as part of the health care overhaul.I wonder what other pork is hidden or going to be hidden in the bill...
After months of noisy public debates over big policy ideas like universal coverage and a public insurance option, the health care legislation is getting down to the fine print. This is the time when powerful members of Congress customarily tuck in their pet projects, either to please their constituencies or as sweeteners to win the votes of lawmakers who may be sitting on the fence.
Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, a wavering Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, has proposed expanding Medicare coverage of home infusion therapy, a form of treatment for a variety of purposes that is championed by a medical entrepreneur in her state. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a Utah Republican on the panel, is seeking a health care tax break for any state that “begins with the letter U.”
But few proposed amendments to the health care bill now before the Finance Committee better exemplify the process than one that would help out the Nevada Cancer Institute. Known in Congressional parlance as a “rifle shot” — the narrowly focused tax or policy equivalent of a spending earmark — the proposal would provide more favorable Medicare payment rates to just a handful of specific medical facilities.
Three of them — a hospital under construction in Cleveland, a venerable center in Detroit and, apparently, another in New Jersey — are among some 40 “comprehensive cancer centers” that have received grants with that designation from the government’s National Cancer Institute. The young Nevada institute has not earned that status. It aspires to it, though, its Web site says.
In addition to the favor of the top Senate Democrat, the amendment has the sponsorship of two other members of the party leadership, Senators Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, suggesting it is a rifle shot with some velocity. A spokesman for Ms. Stabenow called the provision a “typical rifle shot.”
The identities of the beneficiaries are hard to determine on first reading. The text of the amendment describes its purpose only as ensuring “access to high quality cancer care.”
Then, in classic rifle-shot style, the text masks the names of the beneficiaries by using, in a kind of code, the dates they first received “comprehensive cancer center” grants from the National Cancer Institute. The amendment would cover “certain hospitals” if they “received N.C.I. comprehensive cancer care designation on July 27, 1978, February 17, 1998, June 13, 2000.”
The first date turns out to refer to the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit. A government relations official there said the hospital had been seeking such an exemption for about six years through Senator Stabenow and its local congressman, Representative Sander M. Levin. Mr. Levin, a Democratic member of the House Ways and Means Committee, is among the outspoken supporters of a public insurance plan whom the president and Senate leaders may try to woo to a compromise.
The second date refers to University Hospitals in Cleveland, which is building a new cancer hospital and has lobbied hard for such treatment. (One of Ohio’s senators, Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, helped write the public insurance option in the Senate health committee’s bill.)
The third date is more of a mystery, or perhaps a result of a drafting error. A spokeswoman for the National Cancer Institute could find no record of a hospital that received a “comprehensive cancer center” grant on June 13, 2000. But the date appears intended to refer to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and an affiliate, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
A spokesman for the institute’s congressman, Representative Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat who heads the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, said he believed the Stabenow-Menendez amendment covered that cancer center. Mr. Pallone has long tried to win such treatment for the center, to help it compete with regional rivals.
The amendment also covers one more cancer center, in similar code: “designated on June 10, 2003, as the official cancer institute of its state.” That is the date the Nevada Legislature voted to assign that title to the Nevada Cancer Institute, which was then still under construction.
The substance of the amendment would exempt each of the centers from the Medicare “prospective payments” system, which compensates hospitals on the basis of diagnoses rather than treatments they actually provide. The exemptions would add to these centers’ income and the cost to taxpayers, although, in an apparent nod to the narrow scope of the amendment, the authors note that it would be unlikely to add much to that cost, because it “is unlikely to affect a large number of hospitals.”
Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in loan proceeds, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.Please note that he is an Iranian. That he used the proceeds to, in part, make donations to political campaigns. That President Obama has apparently acquiesced to Iranian nuclear weaponization.
The announcement follows last month's indictment of Nemazee, head of a private equity firm and an Iranian American Political Action Committee board member, on one count of defrauding Citigroup's Citibank.
The new indictment adds allegations that he defrauded two other banks, Bank of America and HSBC Bank USA, in a similar fashion by falsifying documents and signatures to purportedly show he had hundreds of millions worth of collateral.
The office of the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the FBI said he used the proceeds of his scheme to make donations to election campaigns of federal, state and local candidates, donations to political action committees and charities.
Nemazee, 59, typically donates more than $100,000 annually to Democratic political candidates. He is listed as one of the top "bundlers" of contributions to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org, a website run by the Center for Responsive Politics research group.Didn't Secretary of State Clinton have some fella, a foreigner bundling donations and wasn't he also convicted of fraud?
"For more than 10 years, Hassan Nemazee projected the illusion of wealth, stealing more than $290 million so that he could lead a lavish lifestyle and play the part of heavyweight political fundraiser," United States Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan said in a statement.
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Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."Read the note yourself!
The note was a follow-up to Ensign's questioning at the markup.
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The Prince, who has two Jaguars, two Audis, a Range Rover and still drives an Aston Martin given to him by the Queen on his 21st birthday, said developers had a duty to put public transport and the pedestrian at the heart of their housing schemes.Why? Because he's one of the privileged classes. He is "royalty" (in the UK) and it is clear that he knows his place. This is the point.
Speaking about the “domination of the car over the pedestrian”, the future King said: “We must surely be able to organise ourselves... in ways in which we are not dependent on it to such a great extent for our daily needs."
President Barack Obama said tougher financial regulations are needed worldwide to protect consumers, provide economic stability and prevent future crises.We get an idea of just what he wants in this...
With the leaders from the Group of 20 nations set to meet next week in Pittsburgh, Obama said in his weekly address on the radio and Internet that international cooperation has “stopped our economic freefall.”
“We know we still have a lot to do, in conjunction with nations around the world, to strengthen the rules governing financial markets and ensure that we never again find ourselves in the precarious situation we found ourselves in just one year ago,” Obama said.
The administration has proposed an overhaul of U.S. financial regulations including oversight of the systemic risk large financial institutions pose to the economy, new ways for the government to dismantle failed companies and a regulator to oversee financial products for consumers.
Obama reiterated his calls for Congress to act on his regulatory proposals, which he also made in a speech on Wall Street Sept. 13.
“As I told leaders of our financial community in New York City earlier this week, a return to normalcy can’t breed complacency,” Obama said in today’s address. “Our government needs to fundamentally reform the rules governing financial firms and markets to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
Obama said a central element to this regulatory overhaul is a new agency to oversee consumer products, including mortgages and credit cards.So, it was the government mandate to make house loans/mortgages to those who couldn't pay that precipitated the recession why should we try this again? Why should we accept control from other countries?
“We need clear rules, clearly enforced. And that’s what this agency will do,” Obama said.
Obama said lobbyists for financial institutions are already fighting against new regulations.
“We cannot let the narrow interests of a few come before the interests of all of us,” Obama said. “We cannot forget how close we came to the brink, and perpetuate the broken system and breakdown of responsibility that made it possible.”
The United States will urge world leaders this week to launch a new push in November to rebalance the world economy, but there are doubts national governments will bow to external advice.
A document outlining the U.S. position ahead of the September 24-25 Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh said exporters, which include China, Germany and Japan, should consume more, while debtors like the United States ought to boost savings.
The United States envisages the IMF playing a central role in a process of "mutual assessment" by making policy recommendations to the G20 every six months.You have to remember that the words "United States" now means President Barack Obama.
Following a public hearing with no residents speaking for or against the proposal, the Board of Supervisors voted to increase the $5 fees for unneutered dogs to $10, the $3 license fee for neutered dogs to $6 and the $25 kennel fee to $50.
ACORN and two former employees of its Baltimore office filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed the employees giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute.
The liberal activist group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland law requires the consent of both parties to record private conversations.
The employees seen in the video, Tonja Thompson and Shera Williams, were fired after it was posted online. Thompson and Williams are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which says they suffered "extreme emotional distress with attendant physical symptoms and injury to their reputations."
The lawsuit names James O'Keefe III and Hannah Giles, who played the pimp and prostitute in the video, as defendants. It also names conservative columnist and blogger Andrew Breitbart of Los Angeles, who posted it on his Web site, biggovernment.com.
The IRS says it is severing ties with ACORN, the community activist group involved in a scandal after employees were caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp.
The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax assistance program. The program offered free tax advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income tax filers this spring.
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.There is more...
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal says emphatically: "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."
His assessment was sent to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Aug. 30 and is now being reviewed by President Obama and his national security team.
The assessment offers an unsparing critique of the failings of the Afghan government, contending that official corruption is as much of a threat as the insurgency to the mission of the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, as the U.S.-led NATO coalition is widely known.So the upshot is that we are being stupid Americans and failing to realize that Afghans of whatever ethnic background just don't think like Americans. After 30 years of continuous warfare they have been hardened and conditioned to accept whichever strongman (and have no doubts that women are NOT treated well there) is in control. Most would be happy to pursue a better life IF they believed they could do so without being marked for murder and IF their security was continuous and not based on the patrol "schedule" of the U.S. forces.
"The weakness of state institutions, malign actions of power-brokers, widespread corruption and abuse of power by various officials, and ISAF's own errors, have given Afghans little reason to support their government," McChrystal says.
The result has been a "crisis of confidence among Afghans," he writes. "Further, a perception that our resolve is uncertain makes Afghans reluctant to align with us against the insurgents."
McChrystal is equally critical of the command he has led since June 15. The key weakness of ISAF, he says, is that it is not aggressively defending the Afghan population. "Pre-occupied with protection of our own forces, we have operated in a manner that distances us -- physically and psychologically -- from the people we seek to protect. . . . The insurgents cannot defeat us militarily; but we can defeat ourselves."
McChrystal continues: "Afghan social, political, economic, and cultural affairs are complex and poorly understood. ISAF does not sufficiently appreciate the dynamics in local communities, nor how the insurgency, corruption, incompetent officials, power-brokers, and criminality all combine to affect the Afghan population."
Coalition intelligence-gathering has focused on how to attack insurgents, hindering "ISAF's comprehension of the critical aspects of Afghan society."
And the commander of the state police post handling the case told the Lexington Herald-Leader today that the police hadn't confirmed it was a homicide. "There are too many unanswered questions for us to lean one way or the other," she said. "Every scenario is still on the table. We have not ruled this is a hate crime against a federal employee."
Authorities said a U.S. Census worker died by asphyxiation but were releasing few other details about the mysterious case nearly two weeks after Bill Sparkman's body - with the word "fed" scrawled on the chest - was found hanging from a tree near a family cemetery secluded by Appalachian forest.
The word appeared to have been written with a felt-tip pen, Clay County Coroner Jim Trosper said Friday. He did not elaborate.
Authorities for the first time Thursday said the preliminary cause of death was asphyxiation, but even the details behind that were murky. According to a Kentucky State Police statement, the body was hanging from a tree with a noose around the neck, yet it was in contact with the ground.
The word "fed" had been scrawled on his chest, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case.
There was no visual evidence of any crime - or even any police investigation - at the Hoskins family cemetery, which includes dozens of tombstones, many bearing the Hoskins name. It sits on a steep hill less than 200 yards from the narrow road that cuts through the forest.
(AP) The Manchester and Clay County Heritage Pavilion sits between two streets in downtown Manchester,...
At the entrance to the path leading there were two white rubber gloves, and there was other litter on the ground, including discarded soda cans and a children's toy.
TABOR CITY, N.C. — A sheriff says a North Carolina state senator shot one of two intruders at his home and hospital officials say the man is in fair condition.But, it seems, there is more to the story... Tabor City residents ponder investigation of Sen. Soles
Multiple media outlets reported that Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said that 74-year-old Sen. R.C. Soles of Tabor City shot Kyle Blackburn late Sunday afternoon.
A spokeswoman at Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina said Monday that Blackburn was in fair condition.
Batten says the shooting occurred when two men went to the senator’s house and tried to kick in his front door. No charges have been filed.
The sheriff’s office said the State Bureau of Investigation was handling the case. A call to an agency spokeswoman was not immediately returned. There was no answer at a number listed for Soles’ home.
The Democrat has been in the Senate 32 years.
TABOR CITY - A handful of young men chase R.C. Soles Jr. all over town.You need to read the rest of that article. Is Sen. Soles a long-time pedophile or homosexual who has been preying on young men? But, wait! There's more! UPDATE: Teen with ties to Sen. R.C. Soles in Columbus County jail
If he's eating breakfast downtown at Mama's Restaurant, the teens and 20-somethings - former clients of the lawyer and state senator - will often wait on the sidewalk for him to exit.
They've camped out by his car to wait for him to leave church on Sunday mornings, and they often park in the cemetery at the end of his road so they can see when he heads home.
If he ignores them, the young men yell and cause a scene. When he leaves, they follow him like he's leading a parade.
Soles has acknowledged giving some of the men thousands of dollars. Many people around town assume they are hounding him for more, flocking to the 74-year-old, never-married lawmaker like sea gulls to bread.
Soles, a member of the General Assembly since before any of these former clients were born, built his reputation in Raleigh as an effective politician who avoids the spotlight.
The longest-serving lawmaker in the state, he's known for supporting legislation that helps his home district, a poor pocket of southeastern North Carolina.
"He doesn't play to the public. But he does play to the people in his home county, and he's in with the inner circle - you know, the power circle - in the legislature," said Zeb Alley, a longtime lobbyist and former state senator who has known Soles since 1971.
But that reputation as a legislative powerhouse has been overshadowed recently by Soles' relationship with his former clients.
On Sunday, authorities say, Soles shot one of two young men who were trying to kick in the door of his home. Kyle Blackburn and B.J. Wright, both former clients who have served jail time, were allegedly trespassing at Soles' estate when he shot Blackburn in the leg.
District Attorney Rex Gore said a report by the State Bureau of Investigation on the shooting may be complete next week.
The shooting is the latest in a string of strange occurrences involving Soles and his former clients. A stack of police reports shows that in the past two years, young men have repeatedly trespassed at Soles' home and offices.
Blackburn was accused last year of trying to break into the senator's house.
On other occasions, Soles has used pepper spray and a shoe to fend off young men.
In a television interview taped last year but aired this month, Stacy Scott accused Soles of molesting him when he was 15. Scott recanted the story soon after it aired, saying he was high on drugs during the interview. Soles has publicly denied a sexual relationship with any of the young men. The SBI was already investigating the allegations made by Scott when the shooting occurred.
The Tabor City teen with ties to state Sen. R.C. Soles is in the Columbus County jail, and a judge has ordered that the 17-year-old’s Corvette stay in storage until he can provide proof of ownership and a valid driver’s license.But that's NOT all! List of young men linked to Sen. R.C. Soles
Chief District Court Judge Jerry Jolly set Allen Strickland’s bond at $500,000 Monday morning.
Strickland was arrested Sunday night on charges of fleeing to elude arrest, reckless endangerment and driving without a license. He had just posted a $100,000 bond Thursday after being arrested for allegedly burning his own house.
The house on March Avenue was paid for, at least in part, by Soles.
Strickland posted a bond of about $8,000 set by a magistrate Sunday night. But during the teenager’s first court appearance on the charges Monday morning, the state asked the judge to revoke what Strickland posted and raise the bond, District Attorney Rex Gore said.
The chase that led to Strickland’s arrest spanned several streets on the west side of Tabor City and reached speeds of at least 75 mph, officials said.
Soles, 74, is facing his own investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation. One stems from another young man’s allegation, which was later retracted, that Soles attempted to molest him years ago. The other inquiry, police say, is into Soles’ shooting of another young man who confronted him at his home in Tabor City on Aug. 23.
Gore said his office has received some information from the SBI on the shooting investigation and expects to get more information later this week.
His office will determine whether anyone is charged in that incident.
Soles has denied buying a Corvette for Strickland but has said he helped the teenager financially, with the agreement he would finish school.
Soles has said Strickland dropped out of school but also said he was trying to take early college or GED classes. It’s unclear if Strickland is continuing his education.
Officials at Soles’ law office in Tabor City said the Senator was directing all press inquiries to his lawyer Joe Cheshire, who did not return a phone message by press time.
Gore said under North Carolina law, a person cannot obtain a driver’s license if he has dropped out of school and is younger than 18.
A Corvette and a truck are registered in North Carolina to Strickland, DMV Spokeswoman Marge Howell said. She said records show Strickland has a North Carolina identification card but does not appear to have ever had a valid driver’s license.
She said to get a car registered in his name he could use the state ID.
Strickland has said he paid for the Corvette with money he has saved up, but according to police records he does not have a job.
Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless said Strickland also has a truck, a trailer, two four-wheelers and three mopeds.
Soles has said Strickland’s parents are not in the picture and he has lived in and out of foster homes.
Strickland also used his own bank card to post bond on the arson charge last week, according to Jamil Best of Powell Bail Bonds in Whiteville. Bondsmen usually charge 10 percent of the bond amount, but Best would not disclose how much Strickland paid.
Best said Monday afternoon he had been contacted by Strickland’s “people” about posting the $500,000 bond. He would not say who Strickland’s people are.
If Strickland is able to post bond this time around, he will be under house arrest and have to wear a monitor, Gore said.
The following is a list of young men linked to state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus. The senator has admitted to giving money to some of these men. All have connections to the longtime lawmaker. Some have made accusations. Most have been charged with trespassing on his property and at his law firm. But Soles has dropped all the charges and often calls the police on these young men but then asks that they not be arrested.The reason I got interested in this was that I though, I was told, that State Sen. Soles was an anti-gunner who had used a gun in self-defense. Apparently that's true too as it is so reported by Grass Roots North Carolina.
Allen Wayne Strickland, 17, of 99 March Ave., Tabor City, law client: Soles has acknowledged giving money to Strickland for a house and school supplies. The teenager is in jail now facing two arson charges as well as fleeing to elude arrest, reckless endangerment and driving without a license. One of the arson charges stems from the burning of his own house on March Avenue, a house paid for at least in part by Soles. The other arson charge came after a fire at the home of Soles' former law partner's father. Strickland has referred to Soles as a father figure. But the teenager has been charged with trespassing on Soles' property and has gotten into public arguments with the lawmaker. Though Soles has dropped the charges, one trespassing charge stuck a little more than a year ago, according to Tabor City police. Soles' former law partner Bill Phipps called the police on Strickland and got him banned from the law office.
Stacey Scott, 27: In a televised interview, Scott accused Soles of trying to molest him when he was 15 years old. That accusation prompted a now ongoing State Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Soles. Scott later recanted his allegation. Soles has said he has given money to Scott and his wife over the years to help them out. And Scott's wedding was held on the senator's property. Scott was also charged in September 2008 with trespassing on Soles property. He was previously charged with filing a false police report that Soles hit him with his car.
Kyle Blackburn, 22, law client: Shot in the leg by Soles on Aug. 23 after he and another man allegedly tried to break into the lawmaker's house. He has a history of being charged with attempted breaking and entering and trespassing at Soles' property.
B.J. Wright, 23, law client: Soles reportedly gave Wright thousands of dollars while he was in prison. Wright was with Blackburn the night he was shot on Soles' property.
Deary Jason Fowler, 28: Has been charged with trespassing on Soles' property. The Friday before Blackburn was shot, police were called to Soles' property because Fowler was suspected of trespassing. According to the Tabor City Police report, he smelled of alcohol. He told police he was there about a case.
Jackie Jordan, 33, of Tabor City: Has been charged with trespassing on Soles' property. He is also Strickland's uncle.
Jerry Dwayne Stanley, 46, of Tabor City: Charged with second-degree arson in the fire at Soles' former law partner's father's house. He is also Strickland's uncle.
Daniel Lee Floyd, 32, of Tabor City: Was charged with trespassing on Soles' property in April of this year.
This guide estimates where candidates stand on gun issues by comparing their views with those of a control group of gun owners. As noted below, a "4-STAR" candidate agrees with pro-gun voters on at least 90% of gun issues, a 3-STAR agrees on least 80%, a 2-STAR on at least 70%, a 1-STAR on at least 60%. A 0-STAR candidate agrees on less than 60% of gun issues.Sen. Soles is a one star voter.
The president said he is "happy to look at" bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.Newspapers as "nonprofits"? This is insane...
"I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them," Obama told the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade in an interview.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called "Newspaper Revitalization Act," that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin's Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).
The sun releases energy through deep nuclear fusion reactions in its core and has surface temperatures as hot as 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NASA's Web site.and
Not cool at all.
But the sun's recent activity, or lack thereof, may be linked to the pleasant summer temperatures the midwest has enjoyed this year, said Charlie Perry, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Lawrence.
The sun is at a low point of a deep solar minimum in which there are little to no sunspots on its surface.
In July through August, 51 consecutive days passed without a spot, one day short of tying the record of 52 days from the early 1900s.
As of Sept. 15, the current solar minimum ranks third all-time in the amount of spotless days with 717 since 2004. There have been 206 spotless days in 2009, which is 14th all-time. But there are still more than 100 days left in the year, and Perry expects that number to climb.
Perry said there is a feeling from some in the scientific community the Earth may be entering into a grand minimum, which is an extended period with low numbers of sunspots that creates cooler temperatures. The year without a summer, which was 1816, was during a grand minimum in 1800 to 1830 when Europe became cooler, Perry said. Another grand minimum was in 1903 to 1913.Come on folks. The sun decides our planet's climate. Can you control the sun? You'd best put the effort you've put into reducing our industrial output into adaptation. A cooling planet is going to negatively affect food availability far more than a warming climate.
Perry said there is anecdotal evidence the Earth's temperature may be slightly decreasing, but local weather patterns are much more affected by the jet stream than solar activity.
However, Perry said snow in Buenos Aires and southern Africa, the best ski season in Australia and a cooler Arctic region are some of the anecdotal evidence for a cooling period.
So, Perry said, sunspots may have a far greater impact on weather than previously thought.
Americans who slap $1 pricetags on their used possessions at garage sales or bazaar events risk being slapped with fines of up to $15 million, thanks to a new government campaign.So, let's dump these things in the landfill?
The "Resale Round-up," launched by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, enforces new limits on lead in children's products and makes it illegal to sell any items that don't meet those limits or have been recalled for any other reason.
The strict standards were set in the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after a series of high-profile recalls of Chinese-made toys.
The standards were originally interpreted to apply only to new products, but now the CPSC says they apply to used items as well.
"Those who resell recalled children's products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children's lives at risk,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Resale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children."
In order to comply, stores, flea markets, charities and individuals selling used goods — in person or online — are expected to consult the commission's 24-page Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Resellers (pdf) and its Web site for a breakdown of what they can't sell.
Violators caught selling anything on the enormous list face fines of up to $100,000 per infraction and up to $15 million for a related series of infractions.
CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson says the fines are intended for large companies with serious infractions.
"CPSC is an agency that has used its penalty powers over its 30-year history against companies," Wolfson told FOXNews.com. "CPSC is not seeking to pursue penalties against individuals hosting a garage sale or yard sale, we are encouraging them to take the right steps to not resell recalled products."
But FOX News Legal Analyst Bob Massi says the law makes no distinction for families and small resellers.
President Barack Obama, still with no fear of being overexposed, made the rounds on five Sunday morning talk shows on Sept. 20 to make another attempt at winning the hearts and minds over on his vague health care proposal.but he apparently had to take some time to bust on the government media (mainstream media) by saying:
"I think it's important for the media, you know - not to do any media-bashing here - to recognize that right now, in this 24-hour news cycle, the easiest way to get on CNN is or Fox or any of the other stations, MSNBC is to say something rude and outrageous," Obama said on CNN's Sept. 20 "State of the Union." "If you're civil and polite and you're sensible and you don't exaggerate the-bad things about your opponent and you know, you might get on one of the Sunday shows. But you're not going to be on the loop. And, you know, part of what I'd like to see is all of us reward decency and civility in our political discourse."I suppose he has to take this view since he/his administration has failed to sell bigger government and government control over every person's health (except for himself and Congress) to include another $1-trillion in federal deficits...
Seven former CIA directors asked President Barack Obama on Friday to quash a criminal probe of harsh interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration.At a time when it seems that nobody in power will do so, these men have said what needed to be said. That is, quit risking our security in pursuit of a political agenda.
The CIA directors, who served both Democratic and Republican presidents and include three who worked under President George W Bush, made their request in a letter sent to the White House.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced last month that he was appointing an independent counsel to investigate possible incidents of abuse by CIA personnel during interrogations that went beyond guidelines imposed by the Bush administration.
The incidents were referred by the CIA inspector general to the Justice Department during the Bush administration, but Justice officials at the time prosecuted only one case.
"If criminal investigations closed by career prosecutors during one administration can so easily be reopened at the direction of political appointees in the next, declinations of prosecution will be rendered meaningless," wrote the former directors.
The seven former CIA directors included Michael Hayden, Porter Goss and George Tenet, who served under Bush; John Deutch and James Woolsey, who worked for President Bill Clinton; William Webster, who served under President George HW Bush; and James Schlesinger, who ran the agency under President Richard Nixon. Tenet also served under Clinton.
They urged Obama to reverse Holder's Aug 24 decision to reopen the investigation of interrogations following the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing criticism for her handling of federal stimulus money, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she would not start any new border construction projects while the department reviewed how projects were selected.
Napolitano has faced questions since The Associated Press reported last month that Homeland Security officials did not follow their internal priority lists when choosing which border checkpoints would get money for renovations. Under a process that is secretive and susceptible to political influence, officials planned to spend millions at tiny checkpoints, passing over busier, higher-priority projects.
The criticism peaked Wednesday when a senior Senate Democrat, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, said that, despite Napolitano's assurances, he felt Homeland Security was treating the economic stimulus plan like a "bottomless pit" of taxpayer money. It was unusually pointed criticism from a member of the president's own party about how the administration is handling economic recovery spending.
"There's no common sense at all to a requirement that says you've got to put up a $15 million facility for a small port of entry that's host to about five vehicles an hour," Dorgan, whose state stood to receive $128 million for checkpoint improvements, said in a telephone interview.
Homeland Security has already signed many construction contracts, including low-priority projects such as the $15 million renovation for the sleepy border checkpoint at Whitetail, Mont.
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A plea by California Representative Laura Richardson that House Democrats respond after Republican Joe Wilson shouted “you lie” at President Barack Obama last week helped spur her party’s leaders to action.They didn't do this when a Democrat House member called President Bush a liar, several times.
The “careful but passionate” words delivered at a House Democratic caucus the morning after Wilson’s outburst by a black lawmaker who rarely speaks at such meetings carried such an impact that “you couldn’t ignore that message and that input,” Representative John Larson, the Democratic caucus chairman recalled yesterday.
In 2007 Republicans unsuccessfully introduced a censure resolution against Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., for saying during debate that U.S. troops were being sent to Iraq "to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement." Stark later apologized to his colleagues.Former President Carter has weighed in with this
"I think it's based on racism," Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."I think there are, no doubt, a number of people, far outside the mainstream, who feel that way. Certainly many people will buy this because they believe that other people are racist. The truth is that most people don't care about race. They daily work with and associate with people of common interest regardless of race, income level, religion or national origin.
"There is no reason to believe that in the face of statutory ambiguity, the meaning of federal law should be settled by the inclinations and predispositions of federal judges. The outcome should instead depend on the commitments and beliefs of the President and those who operate under him," argued Sunstein.You really need to read the rest of this. This man is a danger to this country!
Boston Globe September 6, 2009
He Could Not Leave A Comrade Behind
- Sgt. Jared C. Monti of Raynham, who braved fatal fire in Afghanistan, will receive the nation’s highest honor By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff
The sound of feet shuffling in the woods, high on a ridge in remote Afghanistan, was the only warning that Sergeant Jared C. Monti and the 15 men under his command were about to be attacked. Before they could even react, they were bombarded with rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire.
The ambush by mountain tribesmen allied with the Taliban came so suddenly and with such ferocity that some members of Monti’s unit “had their weapons literally shot out of their hands,’’ according to an Army report.
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch. Please be assured your comments have been successfully submitted.You see, his software or whatever hasn't recognized the subjects. It did previously. One wondered if he really wanted to hear from us.
There seemed little question after the argument in an important campaign finance case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the makers of a slashing political documentary about Hillary Rodham Clinton were poised to win. The open issue was just how broad that victory would be.I wonder how this will turn out. I'd love to see McCain/Feingold gutted. We might not be able to yell "fire" in a crowded theater but we should be able to yell "you lie" at a town hall... or anywhere else.
In a re-argument of a case involving “Hillary: The Movie,” Solicitor General Elena Kagan all but conceded victory to Theodore B. Olson, a lawyer for the producers of the movie.
The argument was extraordinary in its timing, length and participants. It took place during the court’s summer break, almost a month before the start of the new term in October; lasted more than 90 minutes instead of the usual hour; and featured the Supreme Court debuts of Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the solicitor general, Elena Kagan.
It was, moreover, a rare re-argument. When the case was first heard in March, it centered on whether the restrictions on corporate spending in the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law applied to the documentary “Hillary: The Movie,” which was produced by a nonprofit advocacy corporation called Citizens United. In the request for re-argument, the court raised the much broader question of whether it should sweep away restrictions on political speech by corporations.
Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008.and
So far that is roughly 9,076,205 gun bought this year! The total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.
This latest jump in background checks show that Americans are solidly in-favor of keeping firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens and clearly shows that proponents claiming the USA wants more gun control are blatantly wrong.
The bulk of the buying has been concentrated on the following types of guns or calibers:and
* Semi Auto Handguns
* Ar15s and all variants of the Black Rifle
* .50 Caliber
The most stunning in all of this is that we have not seen an increase in crime, murder rates have fallen across most of the USA and Americans have shown that they can be trusted with firearms ownership. This is directly in contrast to what the national media and gun control supporters would have us believe.Which pretty much says it all, doesn't it? Americans see the current administration as being opposed to them and to them exercising their rights. They are seeking to exercise those rights (just as they have at the town halls) and are buying guns (and ammunition). Furthermore, this is an extended buying "rush" and they are buying those guns they believe are most likely to be the first to be controlled/banned. They are also buying guns best suited to concealed carry.
Authorities have charged an Owosso, Michigan, man with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the Friday shooting deaths of an anti-abortion activist and another man, a prosecutor's office said.And the administration does nothing to calm tensions...
Activist Jim Pouillon was shot and killed Friday while protesting outside Owosso High School.
Authorities say the suspect, Harlan James Drake, was offended by anti-abortion material that the activist had displayed across from the school all week.
Drake, 33, is accused of shooting anti-abortion activist Jim Pouillon, 63, and Michael Fuoss, 61, who were killed in separate locations Friday morning, the prosecutor's office in Shiawassee County said.
Several U.S. Senate Democrats, including a top leader, on Wednesday questioned whether it would be possible to vote on a climate change bill this year, especially with healthcare reform eating up so much of the lawmakers' time.It is too bad that they aren't going to oppose it based on the fact that pseudo-science supports the premise or that it will kill our economy...
"It's a difficult schedule" with many members already "anxious" about healthcare reform, Senator Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat, told Reuters when asked about prospects this year for a bill to cap emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
President Barack Obama is engaged in the toughest fight of his presidency in trying to win passage of expanded healthcare. Obama also has called on Congress to approve legislation this year to control climate change by reducing pollutants from utilities, oil refineries and factories.
Besides the need to pass the complex healthcare bill this year, which Durbin said was "first in the queue," he also noted the need to tackle legislation imposing stricter rules on the U.S. financial industry.
Durbin said it was unclear whether the climate bill or financial industry reform would be a higher priority in 2009.
With most Senate Republicans expected to oppose a climate change bill in the 100-member Senate, nearly all of the 60 seats controlled by Democrats would have to line up in favor of the legislation for it to clear procedural hurdles.
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EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS TONIGHT:It is because of this President and his party taking from the producers of this country and giving to the non-productive while skimming for their own (like Pelosi ensuring her husband's business interests get their tax breaks and wage exceptions in the stimulus bill) that have precipitated the growing deficit (at record rates), the families going bankrupt, the closing of businesses, etc. He tries to scare us by saying that Americans will die as a result. What he fails to mention is that the "reasonable" Senator Max Bacus from Montana wants to tax and fine those same families and businesses into oblivion to pay for a plan he doesn't even forsee as having a "public option".
I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last. It has now been nearly a century since Theodore Roosevelt first called for health care reform. And ever since, nearly every President and Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, has attempted to meet this challenge in some way. A bill for comprehensive health reform was first introduced by John Dingell Sr. in 1943. Sixty-five years later, his son continues to introduce that same bill at the beginning of each session.
Our collective failure to meet this challenge – year after year, decade after decade – has led us to a breaking point. Everyone understands the extraordinary hardships that are placed on the uninsured, who live every day just one accident or illness away from bankruptcy. These are not primarily people on welfare. These are middle-class Americans. Some can't get insurance on the job. Others are self-employed, and can't afford it, since buying insurance on your own costs you three times as much as the coverage you get from your employer. Many other Americans who are willing and able to pay are still denied insurance due to previous illnesses or conditions that insurance companies decide are too risky or expensive to cover.
During that time, we have seen Washington at its best and its worst.
We have seen many in this chamber work tirelessly for the better part of this year to offer thoughtful ideas about how to achieve reform. Of the five committees asked to develop bills, four have completed their work, and the Senate Finance Committee announced today that it will move forward next week. That has never happened before. Our overall efforts have been supported by an unprecedented coalition of doctors and nurses; hospitals, seniors' groups and even drug companies – many of whom opposed reform in the past. And there is agreement in this chamber on about eighty percent of what needs to be done, putting us closer to the goal of reform than we have ever been.
But what we have also seen in these last months is the same partisan spectacle that only hardens the disdain many Americans have toward their own government. Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise. Too many have used this as an opportunity to score short-term political points, even if it robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long-term challenge. And out of this blizzard of charges and counter-charges, confusion has reigned.
Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care.
The plan I'm announcing tonight would meet three basic goals:
It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don't. And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government. It's a plan that asks everyone to take responsibility for meeting this challenge – not just government and insurance companies, but employers and individuals. And it's a plan that incorporates ideas from Senators and Congressmen; from Democrats and Republicans – and yes, from some of my opponents in both the primary and general election.
Here are the details that every American needs to know about this plan:
First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.
What this plan will do is to make the insurance you have work better for you. Under this plan, it will be against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. As soon as I sign this bill, it will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it most. They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick. And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies – because there's no reason we shouldn't be catching diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer before they get worse. That makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.
That's what Americans who have health insurance can expect from this plan – more security and stability.
Now, if you're one of the tens of millions of Americans who don't currently have health insurance, the second part of this plan will finally offer you quality, affordable choices. If you lose your job or change your job, you will be able to get coverage. If you strike out on your own and start a small business, you will be able to get coverage. We will do this by creating a new insurance exchange – a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at competitive prices. Insurance companies will have an incentive to participate in this exchange because it lets them compete for millions of new customers. As one big group, these customers will have greater leverage to bargain with the insurance companies for better prices and quality coverage. This is how large companies and government employees get affordable insurance. It's how everyone in this Congress gets affordable insurance. And it's time to give every American the same opportunity that we've given ourselves.
This is the plan I'm proposing. It's a plan that incorporates ideas from many of the people in this room tonight – Democrats and Republicans. And I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead. If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen. My door is always open.
But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.
Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.
That is why we cannot fail. Because there are too many Americans counting on us to succeed – the ones who suffer silently, and the ones who shared their stories with us at town hall meetings, in emails, and in letters.
JERICHO, Ark. (AP) - It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps.Follow the link to read the rest of the story.
The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court.
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DETROIT (AP) - The popular Cash for Clunkers program boosted Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales in August by 17.2 percent over last year, but shortages of smaller vehicles weighed on rival Chrysler Group LLC.
The program, which ended on Aug. 24, drew hordes of buyers into quiet showrooms by offering up to $4,500 toward new, more fuel-efficient cars and trucks. The hefty rebates gave automakers and dealers a much-needed lift, spurring 690,114 new sales, many of them during August, at a taxpayer cost of $2.88 billion.
Other automakers are expected to release U.S. sales figures later Tuesday. Combined, the results are likely to mark the first year-over-year monthly sales gain since October 2007.
Ford sold 181,826 cars and light trucks compared with 115,117 in August 2008, when high gas prices and growing economic uncertainty kept people away from showrooms.
Two of Ford's vehicles—the Focus and Escape—were among the top selling cars under the clunkers program. Sales of the Focus rose 56 percent while those of the Escape crossover vehicle climbed 49 percent.
Meanwhile, low supplies of fuel-efficient vehicles at Chrysler kept the automaker from benefiting more from the clunkers program, whose rebates encouraged customers to buy gas sippers in exchange for guzzlers with gas mileage of 18 mpg or less.
Chrysler sales fell 15 percent to 93,222 units.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Charles Rangel failed to report as much as $1.3 million in outside income -- including up to $1 million for a Harlem building sale -- on financial-disclosure forms he filed between 2002 and 2006, according to newly amended records.and
The documents also show the embattled chairman of the Ways and Means Committee -- who is being probed by the House Ethics Committee -- failed to reveal a staggering $3 million in various business transactions over the same period.
When normal people happen to "find" their own money, it might mean a twenty left in a winter coat, or discovering change beneath the sofa cushions. But if you're Charlie Rangel, it means doubling your net worth.He is a crook, pure and simple and he's trying to force YOU to pay more in taxes.
Earlier this month the Chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee "amended" his 2007 financial disclosure form—to the tune of more than a half-million dollars in previously unreported assets and income. That number may be as high as $780,000, because Congress's ethics rules only require the Members to report their finances within broad ranges. This voyage of personal financial discovery brings Mr. Rangel's net worth for 2007 to somewhere between $1.028 million and $2.495 million, while his previous statement came in at $516,015 and $1.316 million.
After spending weeks dogging George W. Bush's presidential vacations, anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan is now trying to make life uncomfortable for President Barack Obama.I noted that there was a "band" accompanying her. Now that was a surprise, too! I thought there was a monolithic support by the crazy wackos of our fearless leader.
Sheehan used to pitch a peace camp near Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, becoming a symbol of the anti-war movement after her son Casey died in action in Iraq.
On Thursday, she and a band of anti-war protesters turned up outside the media center used by journalists covering Obama's vacation on the well-heeled east coast resort island of Martha's Vineyard.
"The reason I am here is because ... even though the facade has changed in Washington DC, the policies are still the same," Sheehan told a handful of journalists, against a backdrop of her "Camp Casey" banner.
She told US peace activists to wake up and protest Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan, and complained that despite the president's anti-war stance, US troops remained in Iraq.
1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.What is that oath? The oath of the armed forces of the United States is:
2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people
3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.
4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.
5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control."
9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.Note the order in which those standards appear. Note also that it is a matter of training and expectation that servicepeople will NOT obey ILLEGAL orders from any source.
A criminal complaint indicates the charges stem from a Friday evening fight at Sirbaugh's home.I'm sure that was constructive. But then not all ATF Agents are ATF agents...
It alleges Sirbaugh slashed tires on a vehicle and threw items from a second-floor window during the argument.
OAK RIDGE - A man who allegedly posed as a federal agent and invaded a home, threatening the residents at gunpoint early Saturday, remained in the Anderson County Jail today in lieu of bonds totaling $425,000.
Ricky Eugene Cofer, 42, of Rockwood is charged with four counts of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, evading arrest, criminal impersonation and possession of pot for resale.
Cofer and another man, identifying themselves as Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, knocked on a couple's Hendrix Drive door shortly after 4:20 a.m. and displayed what they said was a search warrant, police said.
Both men were armed with handguns and wore police-style ball caps, and one wore a badge, according to reports.
Cofer and his cohort then demanded drugs and money, and one resident was hit in the head with a handgun and beaten after his hands were restrained with zip ties, warrants state.
EL PASO — The FBI agent charged with illegal arms trading has been linked to a rifle found at a gunbattle that killed seven people, including a captain in the Mexican army.
John Thomas Shipley, 39, was indicted in federal court last week on charges that he sold weapons without a dealer's license on several Web sites and at gun shows.
An ATF search warrant unsealed Tuesday stated that Shipley sold a .50-caliber rifle to Luis Armando Rodriguez for $8,300 in 2007. At the time, Rodriguez was a detention officer at the El Paso County Jail.
By The Associated PressSometimes though, the FBI is caught trying to incite crime.
Authorities charged an FBI agent with negligent homicide on Friday in the alleged “friendly fire” shooting death of a Puerto Rican policeman during a gun battle with kidnappers last year.
Justice Secretary Antonio Sagardia told reporters that special agent Jared Hewitt is accused of shooting 12-year police veteran Orlando Gonzalez Ortiz during a joint raid to rescue a kidnap victim.
Sagardia said Hewitt is no longer in Puerto Rico, but FBI commanders have assured local authorities that he will soon travel to the U.S. Caribbean territory for the prosecution.
“We are working shoulder to shoulder with the federal authorities, hand in hand,” Sagardia said in the capital, San Juan.
A notorious New Jersey hate blogger charged in June with threatening to kill judges and lawmakers was secretly an FBI “agent provocateur” paid to disseminate right-wing rhetoric, his attorney said Wednesday.Does that sound familiar?
Hal Turner, the blogger and radio personality, remains jailed pending charges over his recent online rants, which prosecutors claim amounted to an invitation for someone to kill Connecticut lawmakers and Chicago federal appeals court judges.