Saturday, May 9, 2009

In Honor of America's Greatest...with an 'Honor Flight'

Posted (including photography) by Norman E. Hooben, CPT, Alabama State Defense Force
"And if we're not careful, if we don't personally take the time to record these precious WWII memories, then these fascinating personal stories, and the greater histories which they entail, will be lost to us forever." Those are the words a friend, Roger Gardner, writes at the introduction to his story, "Lest We Forget: The Heroic Saga Of The Philadelphia V". An excellent epic based on a chance encounter with an 86 year old former seaman...or veteran, if you will, of the United States Navy; just one element of the greatest generation.

Today I had the oportunity to meet a number of those veterans and unsung heroes...and to take part, in a small way, by providing assistance to the good people over at the Wiregrass Honor Flight Hub an all volunteer unit that takes WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial...and at no cost to the veteran! Great people!

The following pictures were taken at the Dothan, Alabama airport as our heroes prepare to depart. This is their Honor Flight...and if we're not careful, if we don't personally take the time... Believe me when I say it, "Thes heroes are worth every minute of our time!"

Many walked to the aircraft....

Some needed a lift...


Some had stories to tell...

They wore their hats proudly...
...although I saluted many others I put a little extra snap into the salute I gave this honored veteran. No others who have served their country gave as those who gave their all.
.... and then there were the POW's.

Several members of my unit watch as the Honor Flight departs for Washington, D.C.

Water Gun Salute...a well deserved send-off!

States Rights...a REVOLUTIONARY idea !

Montana, Montana,
Glory of the West
Of all the states from coast to coast,
You're easily the best.
Montana, Montana,
Where skies are always blue
M-O-N-T-A-N-A,
Montana, I love you.

The above stanza is taken from state song of Montana. It's a chorus to be proud of!
Montana has something more to be proud of in that it seems to be the first state to openly defy the federal government and it's unconstutional gun control laws. Good for them! Monatana, Montana, we all love you! - Norman E. Hooben

Montana Governor Signs New Gun Law

Executive Summary – The USA state of Montana has signed into power a revolutionary gun law. I mean REVOLUTIONARY. The State of Montana has defied the federal government and their gun laws. This will prompt a showdown between the federal government and the State of Montana. The federal government fears citizens owning guns. They try to curtail what types of guns they can own. The gun control laws all have one common goal – confiscation of privately owned firearms.

Montana has gone beyond drawing a line in the sand. They have challenged the Federal Government. The fed now either takes them on and risks them saying the federal agents have no right to violate their state gun laws and arrest the federal agents that try to enforce the federal firearms acts. This will be a world-class event to watch. Montana could go to voting for secession from the union, which is really throwing the gauntlet in Obamas face. If the federal government does nothing they lose face. Gotta love it.

Important Points – If guns and ammunition are manufactured inside the State of Montana for sale and use inside that state then the federal firearms laws have no applicability since the federal government only has the power to control commerce across state lines. Montana has the law on their side. Since when did the USA start following their own laws especially the constitution of the USA, the very document that empowers the USA.

Silencers made in Montana and sold in Montana would be fully legal and not registered. As a note silencers were first used before the 007 movies as a device to enable one to hunt without disturbing neighbors and scaring game. They were also useful as devices to control noise when practicing so as to not disturb the neighbors.

Silencers work best with a bolt-action rifle. There is a long barrel and the chamber is closed tight so as to direct all the gases though the silencer at the tip of the barrel. Semi-auto pistols and revolvers do not really muffle the sound very well except on the silver screen. The revolvers bleed gas out with the sound all over the place. The semi-auto pistols bleed the gases out when the slide recoils back.

Silencers are maybe nice for snipers picking off enemy soldiers even though they reduce velocity but not very practical for hit men shooting pistols in crowded places. Silencers were useful tools for gun enthusiasts and hunters.

There would be no firearm registration, serial numbers, criminal records check, waiting periods or paperwork required. So in a short period of time there would be millions and millions of unregistered untraceable guns in Montana. Way to go Montana.

Discussion – Let us see what Obama does. If he hits Montana hard they will probably vote to secede from the USA. The governor of Texas has already been refusing Federal money because he does not want to agree to the conditions that go with it and he has been saying secession is a right they have as sort of a threat. Things are no longer the same with the USA. Do not be deceived by Obama acting as if all is the same, it is not.

Text of the New Law

HOUSE BILL NO. 246

INTRODUCED BY J. BONIEK, BENNETT, BUTCHER, CURTISS, RANDALL, WARBURTON

AN ACT EXEMPTING FROM FEDERAL REGULATION UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A FIREARM, A FIREARM ACCESSORY, OR AMMUNITION MANUFACTURED AND RETAINED IN MONTANA; AND PROVIDING AN APPLICABILITY DATE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

Section 1. Short title. [Sections 1 through 6] may be cited as the "Montana Firearms Freedom Act".

Section 2. Legislative declarations of authority. The legislature declares that the authority for [sections 1 through 6] is the following:

(1) The 10th amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the states and their people all powers not granted to the federal government elsewhere in the constitution and reserves to the state and people of Montana certain powers as they were understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889. The guaranty of those powers is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(2) The ninth amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the people rights not granted in the constitution and reserves to the people of Montana certain rights, as they were understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889. The guaranty of those rights is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(3) The regulation of intrastate commerce is vested in the states under the 9th and 10th amendments to the United States constitution, particularly if not expressly preempted by federal law. Congress has not expressly preempted state regulation of intrastate commerce pertaining to the manufacture on an intrastate basis of firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition.

(4) The second amendment to the United States constitution reserves to the people the right to keep and bear arms as that right was understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889, and the guaranty of the right is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(5) Article II, section 12, of the Montana constitution clearly secures to Montana citizens, and prohibits government interference with, the right of individual Montana citizens to keep and bear arms. This constitutional protection is unchanged from the 1889 Montana constitution, which was approved by congress and the people of Montana, and the right exists, as it was understood at the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

Section 3. Definitions. As used in [sections 1 through 6], the following definitions apply:

(1) "Borders of Montana" means the boundaries of Montana described in Article I, section 1, of the 1889 Montana constitution.

(2) "Firearms accessories" means items that are used in conjunction with or mounted upon a firearm but are not essential to the basic function of a firearm, including but not limited to telescopic or laser sights, magazines, flash or sound suppressors, folding or aftermarket stocks and grips, speedloaders, ammunition carriers, and lights for target illumination.

(3) "Generic and insignificant parts" includes but is not limited to springs, screws, nuts, and pins.

(4) "Manufactured" means that a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition has been created from basic materials for functional usefulness, including but not limited to forging, casting, machining, or other processes for working materials.

Section 4. Prohibitions. A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Montana and that remains within the borders of Montana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce. This section applies to a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured in Montana from basic materials and that can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state. Generic and insignificant parts that have other manufacturing or consumer product applications are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition, and their importation into Montana and incorporation into a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured in Montana does not subject the firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition to federal regulation. It is declared by the legislature that basic materials, such as unmachined steel and unshaped wood, are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition and are not subject to congressional authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition under interstate commerce as if they were actually firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition. The authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made in Montana from those materials. Firearms accessories that are imported into Montana from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in Montana.

Section 5. Exceptions. [Section 4] does not apply to:

(1) A firearm that cannot be carried and used by one person;

(2) A firearm that has a bore diameter greater than 1 1/2 inches and that uses smokeless powder, not black powder, as a propellant;

(3) ammunition with a projectile that explodes using an explosion of chemical energy after the projectile leaves the firearm; or

(4) a firearm that discharges two or more projectiles with one activation of the trigger or other firing device.

Section 6. Marketing of firearms. A firearm manufactured or sold in Montana under [sections 1 through 6] must have the words "Made in Montana" clearly stamped on a central metallic part, such as the receiver or frame.

Section 7. Codification instruction. [Sections 1 through 6] are intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 30, and the provisions of Title 30 apply to [sections 1 through 6].

Section 8. Applicability. [This act] applies to firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition that are manufactured, as defined in [section 3], and retained in Montana after October 1, 2009.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

America Under Attack...and that's the way it is, Friday, April the 8th 2009

Cross posted from: Right In A Left World

Political Terrorist Attack On America


For nearly three decades, America and America’s interests abroad have been under attack from radical elements of extremist Islam, culminating in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and 3,000 innocent people being murdered.

Each successive attack often came without warning; catching the victims off guard and causing much damage and lives, in spite of our best efforts at gathering intelligence on this band of radicals.

For an even longer time, America has been under assault by another group of radicals who desire to eliminate our freedoms and liberties and replace them with government control and restrictions. Life, Liberty and pursuit of happiness to them mean what they deem necessary or worthy for the American citizenry.

Much less bloody that radical Jihadists, this group of terrorists is no less brutal or controlling of those they seek to overpower and dominate. They do not follow any Holy Book but instead follow another book they hold in reverence, the writings of Karl Marx, a 19th century socialist philosopher and as considered by many, the father of modern communism.

The only problem for this Domestic Political Terrorist group has been the American people and the Republican Party, who will not knuckle under to them and who continues to stand up to them, for the most part. Seeing the power of this Political Terrorist group increasing, many within the Republican Party abandoned the base and “crossed the aisle” to join forces with the Terrorists on the other side as they trumped up accusations and vitriol against a Republican President they made unpopular by their incessant assault upon him, his character, his family and his ability to lead us through the worst radical terrorist attack ever upon our soil.

Yes, I am speaking of today’s Democratic Party, the party of attacks. The party of big government. The party of ever increasing taxes. The party of hate and discontent. The party of class warfare. The party of socialism and eventually, communism.

Television shows began broadcasting the left’s message almost from the time TV’s popularity began. The movie industry also released movies showing how great and grand socialism was and actually disparaging the very people who have defended America, Veterans.

Losing control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, 1994 came as a shock to them. The narrow victory of President Bush in 2000 sent them over the edge and set off their all out assault on America and the Republican Party as they cannot fathom that many people simply don’t agree with their views of government control.

Through an unprecedented campaign of vitriol and usurpation of a sitting president and members of his party, helped greatly by spineless members of the Republican Party, total control of the government was once again seized by 2008. Instead of ending the assault this only gave them cause to increase the attacks and prevarications leveled.

We now see government under the Democrats deciding who will run private corporations and what products they will manufacture. We see banks coming more under government control as they too are directed by government as to what their practices may be.

Advertisements are released, as this one against the Republicans over Credit Card Companies. They tell us how the Republicans are blocking reining in the Credit Card Companies and many people fall for it.

What they don’t tell you is that in 2008, Credit Companies donated to Democrats over Republicans by a 56% to 44% margin.

The Democrats also don’t tell you that this legislation passed in the House 357-70 and that Democrats hold a great majority in the Senate, guaranteeing passage with their near filibuster proof majority.

They also don’t tell you that even once this measure passes and these so-called restrictions are placed on consumers, easy credit may begin drying up, but card holders will still end up head over heels in debt to the credit card companies, contributing to economic troubles still seen.

Could we expect anything else from those who think borrowing trillions of dollars from foreign nations will get us out of debt to them?

Aided by groups such as Moveon.org, Socialist Democrats are attempting to steamroll a bill they refer to as “Universal Healthcare,” scaring citizens into believing they receive no medical care under Republican administrations, but will under the Democrats.

Again, the truth of their intent is hidden in the vitriolic assault upon any who disagree with the political terrorists.

Political Terrorists have spared no effort at the ‘Greening of America,’ a thinly disguised effort at Socialistic control.

This terrorist attack on America is seen no clearer than the attacks on Rush Limbaugh and on Miss America runner-up, Carrie Prejean. Their only crime being thinking outside the groupthink and publicly expressing their thoughts.

In the case of Carrie Prejean, the assault upon her is due to answering a question on same-sex marriage in an honest way and stating she feels marriage should be between a man and a woman.

In return, she is referred to as a bitch, homophobic, assaulted over breast implants and wearing a bikini and now, even her parents divorce when she was a small child is drug into the fray. Free thought and expression is stifled in communist countries and as seen with Ms. Prejean, no longer tolerated in America under these Political Terrorists.

The Christian God is ridiculed and forced into hiding by these Political Terrorists as they impose their secularism on schools and the public sector, yet they also declare Islam Day.

Don’t mistake this for me condemning all of Islam, as I do not. Mainstream Islam is not the ones responsible for the terrorist attacks around the globe, but a small minority from the fringe takes that responsibility.

But, were is a ‘Christian Day,’ or even a ‘Judaism Day?’ Why only Islam? Do they not realize that Islam is even more critical of homosexuality than are Christians?

Political Terrorists seek only power with little regard for individual freedom and liberty, the cornerstone of America’s success and creation. They desire us to be their servants as they dole out what they say we may have, as seen in Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and which brought about the fall of the Soviet Union and East Germany, where the public had little, but the government had all.

Radical Jihadists attack to strike terror in the hearts of people and be able to impose radical views of Islam on all.

Political Terrorists strike terror in the hearts of American citizens to grab total and unrelenting power over the once free nation.

Unless you stand up, you will be witnessing the unprecedented destruction of the last vestige of freedom and liberty for mankind. America has been a beacon of hope for the world. The “Hope and Change” offered by the Political Terrorists is anything but.

Our Military can and will fight the radical Jihadists, but only we can fight the Political Terrorists. Ignore the premature cries of the Death of the Republican Party. Conservatives, you have become disillusioned with GOP leadership, but come back and take your stand to reclaim the Republican Party. That will be easier then building a new party while the Political Terrorists reform America into a Communist Nation.

We are the party, not the moderates and liberals who got into power. We can effect the needed change and defeat the Political Terrorists, including those who sit under the GOP flag.

Every generation has stood to fight for our freedom and liberty. We must continue that fight and defeat the Domestic Political Terrorists that currently have a strangle hold on America.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

This Generation...very clever!

You have to read along with the narrator or else you'll miss the point...

Climate Change Will Take More Than Your Pocket Change...The UN is trying to bankrupt us with levies, fees, tariffs, and taxes!

Click on picture to enlarge.

U.N. 'Climate Change' Plan

Would Likely Shift Trillions

To Form New World Economy


Friday, March 27, 2009
By George Russell


A United Nations document on "climate change" that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.

Those and other results are blandly discussed in a discretely worded United Nations "information note" on potential consequences of the measures that industrialized countries will likely have to take to implement the Copenhagen Accord, the successor to the Kyoto Treaty, after it is negotiated and signed by December 2009. The Obama administration has said it supports the treaty process if, in the words of a U.S. State Department spokesman, it can come up with an "effective framework" for dealing with global warming.

The 16-page note, obtained by FOX News, will be distributed to participants at a mammoth negotiating session that starts on March 29 in Bonn, Germany, the first of three sessions intended to hammer out the actual commitments involved in the new deal.

In the stultifying language that is normal for important U.N. conclaves, the negotiators are known as the "Ad Hoc Working Group On Further Commitments For Annex I Parties Under the Kyoto Protocol." Yet the consequences of their negotiations, if enacted, would be nothing short of world-changing.

Getting that deal done has become the United Nations' highest priority, and the Bonn meeting is seen as a critical step along the path to what the U.N. calls an "ambitious and effective international response to climate change," which is intended to culminate at the later gathering in Copenhagen.

Just how ambitious the U.N.'s goals are can be seen, but only dimly, in the note obtained by FOX News, which offers in sparse detail both positive and negative consequences of the tools that industrial nations will most likely use to enforce the greenhouse gas reduction targets.

The paper makes no effort to calculate the magnitude of the costs and disruption involved, but despite the discreet presentation, makes clear that they will reverberate across the entire global economic system.

Click here for the information note.

Among the tools that are considered are the cap-and-trade system for controlling carbon emissions that has been espoused by the Obama administration; "carbon taxes" on imported fuels and energy-intensive goods and industries, including airline transportation; and lower subsidies for those same goods, as well as new or higher subsidies for goods that are considered "environmentally sound."

Other tools are referred to only vaguely, including "energy policy reform," which the report indicates could affect "large-scale transportation infrastructure such as roads, rail and airports." When it comes to the results of such reform, the note says only that it could have "positive consequences for alternative transportation providers and producers of alternative fuels."

In the same bland manner, the note informs negotiators without going into details that cap-and-trade schemes "may induce some industrial relocation" to "less regulated host countries." Cap-and-trade functions by creating decreasing numbers of pollution-emission permits to be traded by industrial users, and thus pay more for each unit of carbon-based pollution, a market-driven system that aims to drive manufacturers toward less polluting technologies.

The note adds only that industrial relocation "would involve negative consequences for the implementing country, which loses employment and investment." But at the same time it "would involve indeterminate consequences for the countries that would host the relocated industries."

There are also entirely new kinds of tariffs and trade protectionist barriers such as those termed in the note as "border carbon adjustment"— which, the note says, can impose "a levy on imported goods equal to that which would have been imposed had they been produced domestically" under more strict environmental regimes.

Another form of "adjustment" would require exporters to "buy [carbon] offsets at the border equal to that which the producer would have been forced to purchase had the good been produced domestically."

The impact of both schemes, the note says, "would be functionally equivalent to an increased tariff: decreased market share for covered foreign producers." (There is no definition in the report of who, exactly, is "foreign.") The note adds that "If they were implemented fairly, such schemes would leave trade and investment patterns unchanged." Nothing is said about the consequences if such fairness was not achieved.

Indeed, only rarely does the "information note" attempt to inform readers in dollar terms of the impact of "spillover effects" from the potential policy changes it discusses. In a brief mention of consumer subsidies for fossil fuels, the note remarks that such subsidies in advanced economies exceed $60 billion a year, while they exceed $90 billion a year in developing economies."

But calculations of the impact of tariffs, offsets, or other subsidies is rare. In a reference to the impact of declining oil exports, the report says that Saudi Arabia has determined the loss to its economy at between $100 billion and $200 billion by 2030, but said nothing about other oil exporters.

One reason for the lack of detail, the note indicates, is that impact would vary widely depending on the nature and scope of the policies adopted (and, although the note does not mention it, on the severity of the greenhouse reduction targets).

But even when it does hazard a guess at specific impacts, the report seems curiously hazy. A "climate change levy on aviation" for example, is described as having undetermined "negative impacts on exporters of goods that rely on air transport, such as cut flowers and premium perishable produce," as well as "tourism services." But no mention is made in the note of the impact on the aerospace industry, an industry that had revenues in 2008 of $208 billion in the U.S. alone, or the losses the levy would impose on airlines for ordinary passenger transportation. (Global commercial airline revenues in 2008 were about $530 billion, and were already forecast to drop to an estimated $467 billion this year.)

In other cases, as when discussing the "increased costs of traditional exports" under a new environmental regime, the report confines itself to terse description. Changes in standards and labeling for exported goods, for example, "may demand costly changes to the production process." If subsidies and tariffs affect exports, the note says, the "economic and social consequences of dampening their viability may, for some countries and sectors, be significant."

Much depends, of course, on the extent to which harsher or more lenient greenhouse gas reduction targets demand more or less drastic policies for their achievement.

And, precisely because the Bonn meeting is a stage for negotiating those targets, the note is silent. Instead it suggests that more bureaucratic work is needed "to deepen the understanding of the full nature and scale of such impacts."
But outside the Bonn process, other experts have been much more blunt about the draconian nature of the measures they deem necessary to make "effective" greenhouse gas reductions.

In an influential but highly controversial paper called "Key Elements of a Global Deal on Climate Change," British economist Nicholas Lord Stern, formerly a high British Treasury official, has declared that industrial economies would need to cut their per capita carbon dioxide emissions by "at least 80% by 2050," while the biggest economies, like the U.S.'s, would have to make cuts of 90 percent.

Stern also calls for "immediate and binding" reduction targets for developed nations of 20 percent to 40 percent by 2020.

To meet Stern's 2050 goals, he says, among other things, "most of the world's electricity production will need to have been decarbonized."

Click here for Stern's paper.

By way of comparison, according to the U.S. Department Of Energy, roughly 72 percent of U.S. electrical power generation in 2007 was derived from burning fossil fuels, with just 6 percent coming from hydro-power and less than 3 percent from non-nuclear renewable and "other" sources. And even then, those "other" non-fossil sources included wood and biomass — which, when burned, are major emitters of carbon.

Click here to see the Department of Energy report.

George Russell is executive editor of FOX News.

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Torture 101 - by tenured professor (that should be 'sheik') from the Saudi Royal Family

Would I be correct in saying that the Saudis complained about Abu Graib?
Abu Graib was nothing worst than some college hazings! But the Saudi royal family can teach us a few lessons in how torture is suppose to be accomplished. Pay attention now, this will be on the next exam covering Torture 101 ...




Now you may not have seen it all in the above video... So that you might improve your grade point average may I suggest you view the ABC News version here: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7407186

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ACORN - The shady side of Obama...naah, he's too slick to let a few nuts get to him.

Cross Post From: WakeUpAmericans - If you didn't read it there; it's here!

Charges Filed Against ACORN For Registration Fraud

The undersigned, CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO, Attorney General of the State of Nevada, by and through Chief Deputy Attorney General, Conrad Hafen, complains and charges the above named defendants, ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR REFORM NOW INC.(ACORN), CHRISTOPHER HOWELL EDWARDS AND AMY ADELE BUSEFINK, with having committed the crimes of COMPENSATION FOR REGISTRATION OF VOTERS (26 Counts), a Category E Felony, in violation of NRS 293.805, and PRINCIPAL TO THE CRIME OF COMPENSATION FOR REGISTRATION OF VOTERS (13 Counts), a category E Felony, in violation of NRS 195.020 and NRS 293.805 in Clark County, State of Nevada as follows;

That the Defendant, ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR REFORM NOW INC. (ACORN), did unlawfully provide compensation for registering voters that is based upon the total number of voters a person registers to wit: That from August to September, 2008, the defendant employed Eartha Jackson to register voters in Clark County, Nevada and conditioned her pay upon submitting twenty (20) registration cards per shift. In addition, Defendant, through ACORN Las Vegas Field Director Christopher Howell Edwards, paid Eartha Jackson a bonus of five dollars ($5.00) for submitting twenty-one (21) or more voter registration cards per shift.


That is the start of the 18 page, 39 count criminal complaint against ACORN and two of it's employees. (Full PDF file linked at the bottom of this post.)

The Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) has been in the news consistently for illegal activities.

ACORN was supposed to be a way to help low-income families find a voice, register to vote and become involved and instead, news story after news story showed them registering dead people, children, sending registrations for pets..etc..

People claimed the dead might have been registered, but that didn't mean they actually voted...yet in one case news came out that over 300 of them did.

On and on it went during the each election cycle and now, via the Las Vegas Sun, we see that 26 counts of Compensation for Registration of Voters, and 13 counts of Principle to the Crime of Compensation for Registration of Voters, both of which are felonies in Nevada, have been filed against ACORN and two of it's employees.

The investigation into the scheme stemmed from a complaint filed with Miller's office by Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax. Lomax's office received a significant number of voter registration application forms that appeared to be fraudulent, although none of the irregular forms ended up in the November election.

"Nevada will not tolerate violations of the law by individuals nor will it allow corporations to hide behind or place blame on their employees when training manuals clearly detail, condone and, indeed, require illegal acts in performing the job for the corporation," Masto said during a media conference today.

"This investigation is the direct result of our aggressive response to those safeguards," Miller said, referring to a state task force formed in July.

State investigators, armed with a search warrant, sought evidence of voter registration fraud at ACORN's Las Vegas office on Oct. 7.

The investigation began in July, as soon as the task force formed.


Review Journal has some of the startling figures:

Larry Lomax, the Clark County registrar of voters, said his office reviewed the 91,002 voter registration forms turned in by ACORN, verifying that information on the form matched information attached to the voter’s driver’s license number or Social Security number.

If it didn’t, those registrations were tagged as requiring identification at the polling place.

There were 28,097 forms that were duplicates or changes of name, party or address, leaving 62,905 new voters.

Of those, 23,186 actually voted in the 2008 general election, according to a report prepared by Lomax’s office.

That means almost 40,000 of the new voters registered by ACORN didn’t vote, and of those, almost 19,000 had information on file that didn’t match what was turned in on the forms.

“That’s 48 percent of those forms that I believe are clearly fraudulent,” Lomax said.


MSNBC:

Masto identified Edwards as the ACORN Las Vegas office field director in 2008, and said timesheets indicate that ACORN corporate officers were aware of the "blackjack" bonus program and failed to stop it. The attorney general said Busefink was ACORN's deputy regional director.

The complaint filed in Las Vegas Justice Court accuses ACORN and Edwards each of 13 counts of compensation for registration of voters, and Busefink of 13 counts of principle to the crime of compensation for registration of voters. Each charge carries the possibility of probation or less than 1 year in jail, Masto said.

A court hearing was scheduled June 3 in Las Vegas, prosecutor Conrad Hafen said.


Nevada is not the only state with investigations into ACORN either. Back in October, the Buckeye Institute, a Columbus-based think tank, filed a Rico action against ACORN and we have previously listed trouble throughout the years with this exact type of behavior throughout the country, showing it is not just individual employees, but a systematic problem with ACORN themselves.

# In Ohio in 2004, four ACORN employees were indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms.

# In January 2005 two Colorado ACORN workers were sentenced to community service for submitting false voter registrations. ACORN's regional director said, "we find it abhorrent and do everything we can to prevent it from happening."

# On November 1, 2006, four part-time ACORN employees were indicted in Kansas City, Missouri for voter registration fraud. Prosecutors said the indictments are part of a national investigation.] ACORN said in a press release that it is in part responsible in these individuals being caught, has fired them, and has cooperated and publicly supported efforts to look into the validity of the allegations.

# ACORN was investigated in 2006 for submitting false voter registrations in St. Louis, Missouri. 1,492 fraudulent voter registrations were identified.

# In 2007, five Washington state ACORN workers were sentenced to jail time. ACORN agreed to pay King County $25 000 for its investigative costs and acknowledged that the national organization could be subject to criminal prosecution if fraud occurs again.

According to King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, the misconduct was done "as an easy way to get paid [by ACORN], not as an attempt to influence the outcome of elections."

# In 2008, the Michigan Secretary of State office told the Detroit Free Press that ACORN had been submitting a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications to vote.


The Pittsburgh Tribune recently reported the Barack Obama campaign recently amended their Federal Election Commission report to reflect $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal ACORN group, called Citizens Services Inc., which is a subsidiary of the ACORN group.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat's campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports.

An Obama spokesman said Federal Election Commission reports would be amended to show Citizens Services Inc. -- a subsidiary of ACORN -- worked in "get-out-the-vote" projects, instead of activities such as polling, advance work and staging major events as stated in FEC finance reports filed during the primary.


You can see the 39 count, 18 page complaint for yourself, here. (PDF file)
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"...you Union-heads have got exactly what you wanted, the power to destroy the companies that employ you."

From: Extreme Wisdom

"It will be a dismal paradise, with stagflation, British style health care, and stupid lazy people acting like they are working, but hey, you won"

Unions breaking the first rule of a successful Parasite

I don’t know if there is an earlier reference, but the credit for the quote below goes to Spock (really some script writer) in the old “Star Trek” series.

I can’t remember the exact story line, but somewhere in the episode, Spock stated, “The truly successful parasite lives in harmony with its host.”

Unions are bleeding the taxpayers and industries dry. This will not end well.

The Truth About Cars and Trucks

The two parties that turned the Big Three into a perennially limping freak of unwritten industrial policy now will take formal ownership of their handiwork. The United Auto Workers (UAW) would own 39% of GM. The federal government would own 50%. The creditors will be shafted with just 10%. (In the Chrysler plan being discussed, labor would own 55%, making it effectively a subsidiary of the UAW.)

The day after any such settlement is finalized, the clock will start ticking down to the next collective-bargaining session between a monopoly UAW and what remains of the Big Three — though now the UAW would be sitting on both sides of the table.

Lately some have doted, with wonderment and admiration, on the Obama administration’s apparent willingness to drive a hard bargain with the UAW as it tries to impose a stage-managed replica of bankruptcy on GM and Chrysler. Please.

In a real bankruptcy, which is the natural fate of companies unable to meet their obligations, Chrysler and GM would be run (or liquidated) for the benefit of their creditors, not their workers. But, here, “pattern bargaining” will remain the law of the Detroit jungle. The UAW will continue to use its unnaturally augmented clout to extract uncompetitive pay and benefits (it can do no other given its internal incentives). As it has for 40 years, Washington will pitch in with one improvisation after another, disguised as energy policy, trade policy, health-care policy or environmental policy, to stop the rivets from popping off. Politics, especially Democratic electoral politics, will play a more dominant role than ever.

When I read about these auto bailouts, I get depressed. I’m proud to be Anti-Union. I can honestly say that I’ve never understood the collective mindset, and regardless of how I may be outnumbered, I’m damn glad I’ve never suffered from it.

You want to bargain collectively? Fine. But you Union-heads have got exactly what you wanted, the power to destroy the companies that employ you. Once your “public union” counterparts finish off the rest of the productive sector through their pension and tax greed, you can all celebrate in your socialist paradise.

It will be a dismal paradise, with stagflation, British style health care, and stupid lazy people acting like they are working, but hey, you won.

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"The Census (Bureau) is a nonpartisan, non-political agency..." - NOT ANYMORE! ACORN IS IN CONTROL!

ACORN to Play Role In 2010 Census


The U.S. Census is supposed to be free of politics, but one group with a history of voter fraud, ACORN, is participating in next year's count, raising concerns about the politicization of the decennial survey.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States -- currently believed to be more than 306 million people.
A U.S. Census "sell sheet," an advertisement used to recruit national partners, says partnerships with groups like ACORN "play an important role in making the 2010 Census successful," including by "help[ing] recruit census workers."
The bureau is currently employing help from more than 250 national partners, including TARGET and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to assist in the hiring effort.
But ACORN's partnership with the 2010 Census is worrisome to lawmakers who say past allegations of fraud should raise concerns about the organization.
"It's a concern, especially when you look at all the different charges of voter fraud. And it's not just the lawmakers' concern. It should be the concern of every citizen in the country," Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, R-Ga., vice ranking member of the subcommittee for the U.S. Census, told FOXNews.com. "We want an enumeration. We don't want to have any false numbers."
ACORN, which claims to be a non-partisan grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, came under fire in 2007 when Washington State filed felony charges against several paid ACORN employees and supervisors for more than 1,700 fraudulent voter registrations. In March 2008, an ACORN worker in Pennsylvania was sentenced for making 29 phony voter registration forms. The group's activities were frequently questioned in the 2008 presidential election.
ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson told FOXNews.com that "ACORN as an organization has not been charged with any crime." He added that fears that the organization will unfairly influence the census are unfounded.
"It will be the Census Bureau that determines the role and scope of its 300 national partners. ACORN is committed to a fair and accurate count," Levenson said.
The census is an official count of the country's population mandated by the U.S. Constitution. It is used to determine distribution of taxpayer money through grants and appropriations and the apportionment of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Every U.S. household unit, including those occupied by non-citizens and illegal immigrants, must be counted.
Westmoreland and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House census subcommittee, said the panel has held hearings to make sure the penalties for census takers committing fraud are clearly defined.
"I feel fairly confident that the penalties for an individual manipulating the count are pretty severe," Chaffetz said. The penalty for any fraudulent activity can be up to five years in jail.
Westmoreland said he hopes the Census Bureau will maintain its measures to ensure an accurate report.
"I feel comfortable right now with the people at the census department that they're going to put forth their best effort to have a fair count," he said.
The U.S. Census Bureau has refuted any suggestions that ACORN or any other groups will fraudulently and unduly influence the results of the census.
"The Census (Bureau) is a nonpartisan, non-political agency and we're very dedicated to an accurate account," bureau spokesman Stephen Buckner told FOXNews.com. "We have a lot of quality controls in place to keep any kind of systemic error or fraudulent behavior to affect the counts."
Buckner said the bureau received an overwhelming number of qualified applicants -- more than 1 million -- for the 140,000 census taker jobs filled to complete the first phase of the effort. Each applicant, he said, must take a basic skills exam, which includes reading a map and entering data into a handheld computer. Applicants are also subject to an FBI background check, he said.
But Buckner acknowledged that it is difficult to track an applicant's political background.
"I have no way of tracking any of that information," he said. "If somebody comes in to a position with a political agenda and their work exhibits that, there are rules against that," he said.
Buckner stressed the need for organizations like ACORN to assist in the effort, saying that "any group that has a grassroots organization that can help get the word out that we have jobs" is helpful.
In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau had 140,000 partnerships from "national organizations to local and community organizations to elected officials," he said. "The list is as broad as the phone book."

ACORN to Play Role in 2010 Census

By Cristina Corbin
The U.S. Census is supposed to be free of politics, but one group with a history of voter fraud, ACORN, is participating in next year's count, raising concerns about the politicization of the decennial survey.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States -- currently believed to be more than 306 million people.

A U.S. Census "sell sheet," an advertisement used to recruit national partners, says partnerships with groups like ACORN "play an important role in making the 2010 Census successful," including by "help[ing] recruit census workers."

The bureau is currently employing help from more than 250 national partners, including TARGET and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to assist in the hiring effort.

But ACORN's partnership with the 2010 Census is worrisome to lawmakers who say past allegations of fraud should raise concerns about the organization.

"It's a concern, especially when you look at all the different charges of voter fraud. And it's not just the lawmakers' concern. It should be the concern of every citizen in the country," Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, R-Ga., vice ranking member of the subcommittee for the U.S. Census, told FOXNews.com. "We want an enumeration. We don't want to have any false numbers."

ACORN, which claims to be a non-partisan grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, came under fire in 2007 when Washington State filed felony charges against several paid ACORN employees and supervisors for more than 1,700 fraudulent voter registrations. In March 2008, an ACORN worker in Pennsylvania was sentenced for making 29 phony voter registration forms. The group's activities were frequently questioned in the 2008 presidential election.

ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson told FOXNews.com that "ACORN as an organization has not been charged with any crime." He added that fears that the organization will unfairly influence the census are unfounded.

"It will be the Census Bureau that determines the role and scope of its 300 national partners. ACORN is committed to a fair and accurate count," Levenson said.

The census is an official count of the country's population mandated by the U.S. Constitution. It is used to determine distribution of taxpayer money through grants and appropriations and the apportionment of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Every U.S. household unit, including those occupied by non-citizens and illegal immigrants, must be counted.

Westmoreland and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House census subcommittee, said the panel has held hearings to make sure the penalties for census takers committing fraud are clearly defined.

"I feel fairly confident that the penalties for an individual manipulating the count are pretty severe," Chaffetz said. The penalty for any fraudulent activity can be up to five years in jail.

Westmoreland said he hopes the Census Bureau will maintain its measures to ensure an accurate report.

"I feel comfortable right now with the people at the census department that they're going to put forth their best effort to have a fair count," he said.

The U.S. Census Bureau has refuted any suggestions that ACORN or any other groups will fraudulently and unduly influence the results of the census.

"The Census (Bureau) is a nonpartisan, non-political agency and we're very dedicated to an accurate account," bureau spokesman Stephen Buckner told FOXNews.com. "We have a lot of quality controls in place to keep any kind of systemic error or fraudulent behavior to affect the counts."

Buckner said the bureau received an overwhelming number of qualified applicants -- more than 1 million -- for the 140,000 census taker jobs filled to complete the first phase of the effort. Each applicant, he said, must take a basic skills exam, which includes reading a map and entering data into a handheld computer. Applicants are also subject to an FBI background check, he said.

But Buckner acknowledged that it is difficult to track an applicant's political background.

"I have no way of tracking any of that information," he said. "If somebody comes in to a position with a political agenda and their work exhibits that, there are rules against that," he said.

Buckner stressed the need for organizations like ACORN to assist in the effort, saying that "any group that has a grassroots organization that can help get the word out that we have jobs" is helpful.

In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau had 140,000 partnerships from "national organizations to local and community organizations to elected officials," he said. "The list is as broad as the phone book."

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The 2010 Census...we should have seen it comming!

All the hulla-balloo over this census thing has been around for awhile. Who knew? Did they cover-up this story? Or were we too tied up with the elections and campaigning that was going on at the time. You know, on a second thought, isn't that the time they release the news that you don't want to hear? When you're too busy paying attention to something else... Well here it is from July nof 2006:

Census Bureau Adopts GPS to Find American Homes

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A Map to Save Lives

Mapping to save lives: Intense mapping of Delaware County helped Shoreh Elhami assemble this flood map. The red dots show the locations of homes in low-lying areas of Delaware County that were expected to flood.

All Things Considered, July 31, 2006 ·
Two-and-a-half years from now, in early 2009, the Census Bureau plans to send an army of 100,000 temporary workers down every street and dusty, dirt road in America. They will be armed with handheld GPS devices.

Robert LaMacchia, head of the Census Bureau's geography division, says they'll capture the latitude and longitude of the front door of every house, apartment and improvised shelter they find.

"We will actually knock on doors and look for hidden housing units," he says. "We will find converted garages; from the outside, it may not look like anybody lives there."

But census workers will add each dwelling, legal or not, to the Census Bureau's Master Address File.

Recent proposed budget cuts have put part of this plan in jeopardy. But if Congress restores the money, the census will end up with the geographic coordinates — accurate to within 10 feet — for about 110 million residences.

But the Census Bureau can't, by law, share that list with anyone, even local governments. LaMacchia says the information has to be treated as confidential. Otherwise, people might lie, and the census wouldn't be accurate.

"People would not tell us about hidden housing units," LaMacchia says. "People would not respond to the questionnaire if they believed that that information would be turned over to law enforcement or code enforcement and become public information."

Mapping Might Save Lives

Shoreh Elhami, director of Geographic Information Systems in Delaware County, Ohio, says this sort of information can save lives.

"Having a geographic dataset that is accurate, comprehensive and current is priceless," Elhami says.

Her passion and devotion have made Delaware County, a fast-growing area just north of Columbus, one of the most meticulously mapped areas of the country.

At her computer, with a few clicks of the mouse, Elhami can pull up a complex, multi-layered picture of Delaware County. Standard commercial software lets her highlight sewer lines, flood plains or real estate tracts. She can pick any address and retrieve pictures of that building from overhead and from the street, along with information about its owner.

The map can answer questions you never expected to ask, she says. Last year, a big storm came through. A reservoir on the Olentangy River, just upstream from the town, was in danger of overflowing, and authorities thought they might have to release water through the dam.

Nobody knew how many people in the town of Delaware might be flooded out of their homes. Elhami rushed to her electronic map. She added a new layer to the picture — an image she'd received from the Army Corps of Engineers showing low-lying areas that would end up under water.

The image showed the outline of the "inundation zone," and within it, lines and clusters of little red dots. Each of those dots was a house that lay within the potential flood zone.

"The software allows you to do a count of every one of those residences and produce a file of those addresses," she says.

Elhami delivered that file to emergency managers, and they quickly called the people at each address. Fortunately, the storms subsided, and no flood came.

Every address in the county is in a database, complete with geographic coordinates so it will show up accurately on a map.

Assembling that data is a time-consuming effort. On one recent summer morning, Caleb Gutshall and Sheri Feasel trudged down North Winter Street, in Delaware, checking each address on this commercial strip and making sure that the county's list of occupants was accurate. They also take pictures of any new buildings. One door was unnumbered and locked. Gutshall peered in the window, but learned nothing. "It doesn't look like anybody's in there," he said.

Now the Census Bureau is planning to undertake much the same kind of effort, on a massive scale, covering the entire country. Elhami says that the Master Address File could be a priceless resource for many counties that don't have the resources to collect that information on their own.

Private Companies Push for Data

Pressure is growing to change the law and make this information available. Demand for geographic data is booming.

Private companies would love to get their hands on the Census Bureau's data. Web sites like Mapquest.com or maps.google.com, usually show addresses within the correct city block, but they will point to the correct house less than half the time.

Don Cooke, an executive from the mapping company TeleAtlas, says the Census Bureau's database would immediately solve that problem, and he'd like to use it.

"The laws basically say the intellectual property that's generated by the government belongs to us citizens, so I'd like to get it," he says. "Because I don't want to spend the money to go out and compile it!"

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Commission Reinstates Beach Yoga Permit

by Tim Wood

CHATHAM --- The park and recreation commission Tuesday reinstated a permit for Valerie Twomey’s popular Lighthouse Beach yoga program.

After two failed votes to lower the permit fee, the commission voted to stick to the $1,000 permit fee it had approved in February. The commission also asked Twomey to circulate a sign-in sheet at her daily sunrise yoga classes in order to gauge attendance. Commissioners pointed out several times at Tuesday’s meeting that they had continually asked her for attendance records in order to help determine a fair permit fee.

After Tuesday’s meeting at the community center, Twomey said she will pay the fee and go ahead with her classes, which are scheduled to begin June 21. However, she said she will not use a sign-in sheet.

“My income is none of their business,” she said.

Twomey established the beach yoga program about seven years ago. At first she did not have a permit. When the beach came under the jurisdiction of the park and recreation commission, a $150 permit fee was charged. In 2007 the fee climbed to $300, and then to $600 last year.

After the permit was granted in February, Twomey questioned the fee. She later received an e-mail from Chairman Gary Anderson stating that because she questioned the fee, she had not accepted permit and it would be revoked. The commission was also town by town counsel that the use of the beach for a for-profit yoga program should be placed out to bid.

Twomey told the commission Tuesday that she was confused when her questions about the fee resulted in its rejection. “Freedom of speech is a right in this country, the First Amendment. No resident should be afraid to ask questions with fear of repercussions,” she said.

She added that it was not necessary to bid the program, since the beach is large enough to accommodate many similar classes. There are also other beaches in town where such a program could be run.

Commission members supported the program, but said they needed to know attendance figures in order to determine a fair permit fee. Unlike one-day events, the program is a for-profit business using town property seven days a week during the summer. Vice Chairman Chris Cannon said Twomey has not been forthright with the commission about how many people attend the sessions. The potential is there “to make an awful lot of money,” he said.

“I’m happy to see you teach the class. You created it, you deserve to teach it. But until you give us information, it’s fair for you to pay what we ask,” he said.

“We have been very fair. But quite honestly, I don’t feel very generous, because I don’t feel you have been generous to us,” he said.

Use of the beach should not be free, added Commissioner Joyce Reynolds. “If you had a building, you’d have to pay rent,” she said.

Basing the fee on her income was tantamount to leveling an income tax, which she already pays to the state and federal governments, Twomey said.

“My income is not the concern of the park and recreation commission and the commission has no legal right to impose income taxes on anyone,” she said.

Anderson first proposed that the permit fee be rolled back to last year’s $600. His motion lost. Cannon then proposed that the fee be set at $800, and that Twomey be required to provide the commission with copies of sign-in sheets. That motion also lost. Reynolds motion to set the fee at the original $1,000 passed; it also included the proviso that sign-in sheets be provided.

The commission also agreed to review the fee on Aug. 1. If the weather has been poor, they could lower the amount. That’s why they need the attendance sheets, commissioners said.

Nearly a dozen beach yoga participants crowded into the small meeting room at the community center to show their support for Twomey.

“It’s more than just a yoga class,” said Cheryl Kain, summing up the feelings of many in the room. “It’s a community thing.”

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[...and you know what the sorriest part of this story is? The same commissioners will be re-elected next go around!]

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