Saturday, February 07, 2009

Artful Tax Dodger Dogs

Obama said after Sen Tom Daschel withdrew his name from nomination as HHS Secretary, "Ultimately it’s important for this administration to send a message that there aren’t two sets of rules. You know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes."

Lost in the tax evasion/honest mistakes revelations of now confirmed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Daschel, and White House budget czarina Nancy Killefer there is has-been-comedian Al Franken who recently fessed up to being another tax dodger.

Franken, the Minnesota Democratic senatorial candidate, admitted to owing more than $70,000 in back taxes, interest, and penalties in 17 states.

Last April, the California Tax Franchise Board revealed that Franken owed the state $5,800 in taxes, fines, and penalties because he did not file returns in 2003 through 2007. Franken then admitted that he owed more than $50,000 in back taxes to 17 states.

Franken blamed everything on his accountant of 18 years, saying he failed to report the income from the comedian’s celebrity appearances and speeches in those states where he made money outside of Minnesota and New York, where he lives. Franken claimed he overpaid taxes in those two states and will file for refunds.
(...)

On top of failing to pay taxes in 17 states, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board hit Franken’s corporation with a $25,000 penalty for failing to carry worker’s compensation insurance for his employees in New York. Yet Franken ran as an advocate of middle-class voters.
Franken's accountant specializes in multi-state tax filings and claims "unique expertise in all aspects of tour accounting and reporting." It's ludicrous to say the accountant didn't understand or was confused by tax law.

Other Democrat Congressional office holders are also tax cheats and/or ethically deficient. Charlie Rangel has

myriad of personal financial problems related to Rangel's homes and campaign fundraising over the summer. Rangel was found illegally using a Harlem rent-stabilized apartment for campaign purposes, improperly sending letters on congressional letterhead to solicit donations for his pet projects and owing somewhere around $75,000 on his beach house at a yacht resort in the Dominican Republic. “Every time I thought I was getting somewhere, they’d start speaking Spanish," he said as an excuse. Rangel rented the beach house for as much as $1,000 a week to tourists in the high season.

He was even illegally storing his vintage Benz in the House parking garage. The plates had been over the unmoved car for years. Technically, Rangel was supposed to report this parking perk as a gift on his financial disclosure forms, but he never bothered.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised a House Ethics hearings concerning Rangel's lapses of judgement.
A report by a non-partisan group says House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel failed to report acquiring, owning, or disposing of assets — a total of 28 times during the past 30 years.

Researchers with the Sunlight Foundation say "Assets worth between $239,026 and $831,000 appear or disappear with no disclosure of when they were acquired, how long they were held, or when they were sold."
The New York Times reported on Feb 4, 2009

In some cases, Mr. Rangel listed assets without stating when he acquired them. For instance, his disclosure form for calendar year 2006 lists 13 mutual funds with values from $54,013 to $286,000 but omits any acquisition date.

In other instances, assets disappear from his disclosures, with no suggestion of whether they were sold or exchanged. Investments he had valued in 2004 at $95,004 to $250,000 were omitted in a later filing with no indication of whether they had been sold or at what price.

The Sunlight Foundation report also noted that Mr. Rangel did not list any royalties or advances he may have received from his book “And I Haven’t Had a Bad Day Since” (MacMillan 2007). Mr. Milne said Mr. Rangel received no proceeds.
A resolution was introduced in the House by Rep. John Carter, R-Tex, to temporarily remove Rangel from the House Ways and Means Committee chairmanship.

Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd was recalcitrant in the release of his mortgage deal paperwork that he promise to release immediately. The loan was obtained while he was overseeing the housing industry bailout. The lack of transparency led many, even among his own race of Democrats, to wonder about his ethics. A review of the mortgage record revealed nothing untoward or extraordinary about the deal, Dodd still felt compelled to apologize "... for not sharing his mortgage information sooner, saying he wanted to wait for the Senate Ethics Committee to finish its review," reported ProPublica.

One could come to believe that if Democrats in Congress would only pay their tax bills, the economic crisis would dissolve in a nanosecond. Of course, that's not likely to happen. The Democrat race fully believes paying taxes is for everyone else, i.e., Republicans. Democrats don't pay taxes, they only spend the collected taxes.





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Friday, February 06, 2009

File Under: Way Too Much Information

Unabashed worship of Obama is disturbing enough. Now we are pummelled by unrestrained sex fantasies involving Obama being printed in the long ago respectable New York Times. And, of course, reprinted here (I gave up on shame Jan 20th.)

James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, comments on Judith Warner's wetdream,

I Have a Dream

"All the news that's fit to print" is the New York Times's slogan, and columnist Judith Warner's nocturnal reveries somehow make the cut:

The other night I dreamt of Barack Obama. He was taking a shower right when I needed to get into the bathroom to shave my legs, and then he was being yelled at by my husband, Max, for smoking in the house. It was not clear whether Max was feeling protective of the president's health or jealous because of the cigarette.
Then a friend--unnamed, in one of journalism's small mercies--tells Warner that she is "miserable" because whereas she loathes her husband, Michelle Obama seems devoted to hers.

Warner, her journalistic appetite whetted, sets out to do some reporting:

Many women--not too surprisingly--were dreaming about sex with the president. In these dreams, the women replaced Michelle with greater or lesser guilt or, in the case of a 62-year-old woman in North Florida, whose dream was reported to me by her daughter, found a fully above-board solution: "Michelle had divorced Barack because he had become 'too much of a star.' He then married my mother, who was oh so proud to be the first lady," the daughter wrote me.

There was some daydreaming too, much of it a collective fantasy about the still-hot Obama marriage. "Barack and Michelle Obama look like they have sex. They look like they like having sex," a Los Angeles woman wrote to me, summing up the comments of many. "Often. With each other. These days when the sexless marriage is such a big celebrity in America (and when first couples are icons of rigid propriety), that's one interesting mental drama."
Does anyone remember when Bill Clinton was president and he forcibly groped a woman and carried on a tawdry affair with an intern, all in the Oval Office, and we were told to mind our own business because it was his "private life"?

The Obamas actually have a private life. Why is it acceptable for frustrated middle-aged women to air their feelings about it on the pages of the once-respectable New York Times?

Ladies, you asked for hope and change, and you got it. Now please, for the love of God, get a life.
As Leo DeCaprio said in that movie with the title I can't remember, "I concur."





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Senate Agrees to Stimulus Package

Senate Republicans have, with reason and logic, convinced the passionate and hysterical Democrat Majority of Harry Reid to lop $157 billion from the economic stimulus package. When the 'take-it-or-leave-it' package strongly backed by Obama was introduced on the floor of the Senate, the price tag was a staggering $937 billion. After the stellar negotiating and firm, but gentle stance taken by the Senate Republican leaders, the total is now only $780 billion. Wow!

YIPPEE! Hooray for our guys!

Hey, wait just a doggone minute... $780 billion is still a ridiculous ton o'money!

Why, yes, yes it is. And the negotiating and voting isn't over, yet. No, not even close. The bill must pass with 60 votes and Democrats have only 58 Senators. Sixty votes are required to raise the federal deficit. All votes must be cast in-person. Sen. Ted Kennedy is recuperating in Florida after collapsing(swooning?) at the Presidential inauguration lunch. Kennedy has been brain dead for the last couple of decades.

Bloomberg's Brian Faler writes:
“This is our best chance,” said California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, saying the plan “seems to have brought people together.” Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota, asked how many Republicans are expected to vote for the plan, said, “Certainly enough to win,” meaning, “at least three.”
Two days ago, the nonpartisan CBO (Congressional Budget Office) and official legislative scorekeeper, concluded that "Obama's economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in the long run than if he were to do nothing" as reported by the Washington Times.

...the House and Senate bills will help in the short term but result in so much government debt that within a few years they would crowd out private investment, actually leading to a lower Gross Domestic Product over the next 10 years than if the government had done nothing.

CBO estimates that by 2019 the Senate legislation would reduce GDP by 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent on net. [The House bill] would have similar long-run effects ...

For every $1.00 of additional debt, the CBO assumes the stimulus package will remove about 30% of a dollars worth of private domestic capital. In the short term, there reduction would not be significant and would benefit the economy in 2009 and 2010.
The agency projected the Senate bill would produce between 1.4 percent and 4.1 percent higher growth in 2009 than if there was no action. For 2010, the plan would boost growth by 1.2 percent to 3.6 percent.
(...)
CBO did project the bill would create jobs, though by 2011 the effects would be minuscule.
Whoa! Those are huge projection gaps 1.4% - 4.1%, 1.2% - 3.6%? Whenever I see experts with percentage spreads as large as these, it's a big indicator that the experts have no clue what they're talking about.

Smoke and mirrors. Smoke and mirrors.

If passed, the StimPak returns to the House for reconciliation where the same old tired Democrat arguments will be made to increase the dollar total.



Cartoon - Michael Ramirez, IBD.




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Putin Hates ABBA (or so he says publicly)


Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is denying he secretly had Bjorn Again, a not very good ABBA tribute band, spirited to a secret military compound for a private concert. Putin denies the concert took place.

Dmitry Peskov, a Putin spokesman, said, "I can tell you officially and for sure Vladimir Putin never took part in any concert of the kind. He wasn't there."

Right. More likely Putin is trying to hide the fact that he is a closet ABBA fan especially in light of news that President Dmitry Medvedev, Putin's replacement in that office, is a known Deep Purple fan. It's a guy thing.

Vlad, Vlad, Vlad. It's okay to be an ABBA fan or even a Carpenters fan. It okay to be a little bit sensitive, dude. Let's just agree to draw that line in the sand at Donny and Marie, shall we? But, really, now, who doesn't secretly like Dancing Queen?

ABBA has been around for a long very time and has had a long and friendly relationship with Russia. It's nothing to be ashamed of. For example, in this video, ABBA performs for Catherine the Great.






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Republicans Tried to Kill Cher


Grammy and Oscar winning singer/actress/activist Cher told the media that Republicans almost killed her. The diva/slut declared that Obama's intelligence and spirit makes him able to do "more than anyone could possibly do." I think she meant he can stop flying ballistic missiles with his bare hands and cause little lambs to willingly walk into the open mouths of wolves.

Cher gushed (ready the umbrella),

"I just think he’s totally the right person at this time in our history. He brings something more in his spirit than maybe another president could be even with the same intelligence. There’s something about him that brings more with his spirit, and that’s what Americans need right now.
Republicans almost killed me."
When pressed on how Republicans tried to kill her, the High School dropout incisively and coherently explained,

"You know what? I have so – I try to be charitable and there are some really good Republicans, but I just don’t understand how anyone would want to be a Republican. I just can’t figure it. I don’t understand. If you’re poor, if you’re any kind of minority – gay, black, Latino, anything. If you’re not a rich – I don’t know. If you’re not a rich born-again-Christian, I don’t get it."
So there you have it. Just the facts, Ma'am, just the facts. The names, dates, locations of the attempted sanctions with extreme prejudice. After Obama has fired all of the US Attorneys and installed his own political cronies, heads are going to roll... possibly with laughter, but, they will roll because that's how Obama rolls.

Oh, how I would love to slap her upside the head and say, "SNAP OUT OF IT!" She would probably like it too much and there would be no change. Sigh.




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American Style Democracy Comes to Iraq

A vote recount is scheduled in Iraq's Anbar Province after last the provincial voting last Saturday.

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials moved Wednesday to quell rising tensions between rival Sunni Muslim factions in once restive Anbar province, by recounting some of the votes cast in last weekend's provincial elections — even before offcial results are known.

The Independent High Electoral Commission sent a committee from Baghdad Wednesday to recount ballot boxes from some polling stations in the province after tribal leaders accused the Iraqi Islamic Party, IIP, which currently controls the provincial council, of rigging the vote.

The accusations of vote rigging came from an especially important source, Ahmed Abu Risha, the head of the province's Awakening Council, which is widely credited with bringing calm to Anbar.

At a news conference in the provincial capital, Ramadi, Abu Risha brandished polling center result forms that he said had been altered.

"We will not fight with weapons, we will fight with these documents," he said.

Read more.
And American Liberals said Iraq could never be a full-fledged democracy. Boy, were they wrong!





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Thursday, February 05, 2009

LOST - Totally

No one, apparently, who watches "Lost" knows what is going on. There are lots of questions without answers. So, there is now "Lost Untangled" that tries to explain the twisted plots. The weekly recaps are probably a help to most fans and the action figures are actually better actors.

Personally, I stopped watching sometime during Season 1, Episode 2 with the comment, "This is really stupid."

The ultimate "Lost" question remains, "Why are people still watching this crap?"





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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Washington Chosen President


Two hundred twenty years ago today, February 4, 1789, the Electoral College met for the first time. By unanimous vote, George Washington was elected President of the United States of America. On April 16, 1789, Washington was sworn as the first President of the United States of America.

In the John Ramage miniature, a portrait which Washington commissioned as a keepsake to give to Martha in the fall of 1789, the year in which his sole remaining tooth was extracted, the shape of the mouth graphically reflects the Father of Our Country's toothless state. But he did not find anything wrong with the depiction, which Martha kept and treasured for the rest of her life.





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Charlie Rangel: Captioned Photo


It's practically standing still now. They've dropped ropes out of the nose of the ship; and (uh) they've been taken ahold of down on the field by a number of men. It's starting to rain again; it's—the rain had (uh) slacked up a little bit. The back motors of the ship are just holding it (uh) just enough to keep it from— It's burst into flames! It burst into flames, and it's falling, it's crashing! Watch it! Watch it! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Get this, Charlie; get this, Charlie! It's fire—and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my! Get out of the way, please! It's burning and bursting into flames; and the—and it's falling on the mooring-mast. And all the folks agree that this is terrible; this is the one of the worst catastrophes in the world. [indecipherable] its flames... Crashing, oh! Four- or five-hundred feet into the sky and it—it's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It's smoke, and it's in flames now; and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring-mast. Oh, the humanity! and all the passengers screaming around here. I told you; it—I can't even talk to people Their friends are out there! Ah! It's—it—it's a—ah! I—I can't talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest: it's just laying there, mass of smoking wreckage. Ah! And everybody can hardly breathe and talk and the screaming. Lady, I—I—I'm sorry. Honest: I—I can hardly breathe. I—I'm going to step inside, where I cannot see it. Charlie, that's terrible. Ah, ah;—I can't. Listen, folks; I—I'm gonna have to stop for a minute because [indecipherable] I've lost my voice. This is the worst thing I've ever witnessed.

– Herbert Morrison, describing the
Hindenburg Crash, as broadcasted to WLS radio May 6, 1937.



Props to Amy Proctor Bottom Line Up Front



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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Obama's Better Mouse Trap

Obama's picks for major offices didn't do so well today.

Tom Daschle, former Democratic Senate leader, withdrew his name from nomination to head the Dept of Health and Human Services after admitting he didn't pay taxes on $95,000 for charitable contributions and car services, and $45,000 in delinquent tax interest.

Nancy Killefer, nominated by Obama to be Chief Performance Officer and Deputy OMB Director, withdrew from the process when her tax evasion was made public. Killefer did not pay employment taxes for a year and a half on her household servants. The District of Columbia levied a $946.69 tax lien against her home for failure to pay the unemployment compensation tax.

Timothy Geithner was nominated and confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury despite his failure to pay a $34,000 tax debt. It's being suggested that Geithner step down, too. Larry Kudlow pointed out today that Geithner not only failed to pay his taxes, but also failed to answer the question of Senators Kyl and Bunting. If he were not nominated to run the Treasury Dept, would he have paid his back taxes?

Frankly, I've got to hand it to Obama. In the first 15 days on the job, he has caught three high level tax evaders and collected over $150,000 in unpaid taxes. Not bad for a beginner Messiah.




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Monday, February 02, 2009

National Emergency Centers Establishment Act, or 1984 Redux

Since the attacks of 9/11, with a bare whisper of notice, the federal government has assumed wider authority to declare marshal law without need of disaster or insurrection, arrest large swaths of the population (citizen and non-citizen alike), detain people sans legal or constitutional recourse in case of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."

Sect. 1042 of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies," gives the executive the power to invoke martial law. For the first time in more than a century, the president is now authorized to use the military in response to "a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order."

The Military Commissions Act of 2006, rammed through Congress just before the 2006 midterm elections, allows for the indefinite imprisonment of anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on a list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies. The law calls for secret trials for citizens and noncitizens alike.

Also in 2007, the White House quietly issued National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51), to ensure "continuity of government" in the event of what the document vaguely calls a "catastrophic emergency." Should the president determine that such an emergency has occurred, he and he alone is empowered to do whatever he deems necessary to ensure "continuity of government." This could include everything from canceling elections to suspending the Constitution to launching a nuclear attack. Congress has yet to hold a single hearing on NSPD-51.
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has been reassigned from combating America's enemies abroad to an "on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks." Their redeployment from Iraq to Northern Command on American soil is a major change in the role of the military since the Posse Comitatus Act(18 U.S.C. § 1385) was passed on June 16, 1878 which was intended along with the Insurrection Act of 1807 to substantially limit the powers of the federal government in the use the military for law enforcement.

There's a new bill before the House of Representatives right now called the National Emergency Centers Act or HR 645 (h/t Janie7 at My Auburn.) The bill will establish national emergency camps, known as FEMA facilities, on military installations. After Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, was placed under the Dept. of Homeland Security.

HR 645

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 645

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish national emergency centers on military installations.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 22, 2009

Mr. HASTINGS of Florida introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish national emergency centers on military installations.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘National Emergency Centers Establishment Act’.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.

(a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations.

(b) Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure--

(1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;

(2) to provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of Federal, State, and local first responders;

(3) to provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of government, private, and not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations; and

(4) to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

The legislation says that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations. This means that the Secretary of Homeland Security can setup as many FEMA camps within military installations as they want, it just has to be more than 6 of them. On top of that, it also states that the facilities will be used to meet other appropriate needs as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. This could mean anything. If the Secretary of Homeland Security thinks it is appropriate to kill large groups of people like the Nazis did in World War II Germany, than it looks as if this bill would give them the authority to use these facilities for that purpose.

SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF MILITARY INSTALLATIONS AS NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.

(a) In General- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate not fewer than 6 military installations as sites for the establishment of national emergency centers.

(b) Minimum Requirements- A site designated as a national emergency center shall be--

(1) capable of meeting for an extended period of time the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian and other transition needs of a large number of individuals affected by an emergency or major disaster;

(2) environmentally safe and shall not pose a health risk to individuals who may use the center;

(3) capable of being scaled up or down to accommodate major disaster preparedness and response drills, operations, and procedures;

(4) capable of housing existing permanent structures necessary to meet training and first responders coordination requirements during nondisaster periods;

(5) capable of hosting the infrastructure necessary to rapidly adjust to temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance needs;

(6) required to consist of a complete operations command center, including 2 state-of-the art command and control centers that will comprise a 24/7 operations watch center as follows:

(A) one of the command and control centers shall be in full ready mode; and

(B) the other shall be used daily for training; and

(7) easily accessible at all times and be able to facilitate handicapped and medical facilities, including during an emergency or major disaster.

(c) Location of National Emergency Centers- There shall be established not fewer than one national emergency center in each of the following areas:

(1) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions I, II, and III.

(2) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV.

(3) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions V and VII.

(4) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VI.

(5) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions VIII and X.

(6) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX.

(d) Preference for Designation of Closed Military Installations- Wherever possible, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate a closed military installation as a site for a national emergency center. If the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Defense jointly determine that there is not a sufficient number of closed military installations that meet the requirements of subsections (b) and (c), the Secretaries shall jointly designate portions of existing military installations other than closed military installations as national emergency centers.

(e) Transfer of Control of Closed Military Installations- If a closed military installation is designated as a national emergency center, not later than 180 days after the date of designation, the Secretary of Defense shall transfer to the Secretary of Homeland Security administrative jurisdiction over such closed military installation.

(f) Cooperative Agreement for Joint Use of Existing Military Installations- If an existing military installation other than a closed military installation is designated as a national emergency center, not later than 180 days after the date of designation, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Defense shall enter into a cooperative agreement to provide for the establishment of the national emergency center.
(g) Reports-

(1) PRELIMINARY REPORT- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the Secretary of Defense, shall submit to Congress a report that contains for each designated site--

(A) an outline of the reasons why the site was selected;

(B) an outline of the need to construct, repair, or update any existing infrastructure at the site;

(C) an outline of the need to conduct any necessary environmental clean-up at the site;

(D) an outline of preliminary plans for the transfer of control of the site from the Secretary of Defense to the Secretary of Homeland Security, if necessary under subsection (e); and

(E) an outline of preliminary plans for entering into a cooperative agreement for the establishment of a national emergency center at the site, if necessary under subsection (f).

(2) UPDATE REPORT- Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the Secretary of Defense, shall submit to Congress a report that contains for each designated site--

(A) an update on the information contained in the report as required by paragraph (1);

(B) an outline of the progress made toward the transfer of control of the site, if necessary under subsection (e);

(C) an outline of the progress made toward entering a cooperative agreement for the establishment of a national emergency center at the site, if necessary under subsection (f); and

(D) recommendations regarding any authorizations and appropriations that may be necessary to provide for the establishment of a national emergency center at the site.

(3) FINAL REPORT- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the Secretary of Defense, shall submit to Congress a report that contains for each designated site--

(A) finalized information detailing the transfer of control of the site, if necessary under subsection (e);

(B) the finalized cooperative agreement for the establishment of a national emergency center at the site, if necessary under subsection (f); and

(C) any additional information pertinent to the establishment of a national emergency center at the site.

(4) ADDITIONAL REPORTS- The Secretary of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the Secretary of Defense, may submit to Congress additional reports as necessary to provide updates on steps being taken to meet the requirements of this Act.

PDF: HR 645

All of the security measures taken one at a time and individually look to be nothing more than our government providing for the common defense. When taken all together and seen through skeptical eyes, it looks like the preparation for a general take-over by marshal law, the suspension of civil liberties for the foreseeable future, and the probable abandonment of the Constitution. With the establishment of FEMA camps inside military installations, one must ask, is it to keep the citizenry safe, or to keep us fighting back?

I have a bad feeling about this.



(h/t to brother-in-law Dukedog)





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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Live National Anthem Faked at Super Bowl XLIII



Super Bowl XLIII ended with an improvised 6-yard touchdown with 35 seconds on the clock. With their sixth victory, the Steelers return to Pittsburgh after beating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. But, did they really? Can we be sure we saw what we think we saw?

During the pre-game show, Faith Hill sang a "America the Beautiful" before Jennifer Hudson sang the National Anthem. Being invited to sing the Anthem at America's great secular holiday is a great honor and every performer invited tries to out perform Whitney Houston who sang during Gulf War I. Of course, everyone remembers Roseanne Barr and her live performance. Disgraceful and disgusting.

The performances of both Hill and Hudson were lip-synced. Pre-game show producer Rickey Minor

...said Hudson was very calm and prepared, and he counseled her to take the deep breath before she began so she could put herself in the moment. Although entertainers can perform live, Minor insisted that Hudson and Faith Hill, who sang "America the Beautiful" before the national anthem, use the tracks the NFL requires them to submit a week before the game.

"That's the right way to do it,"
Minor said. "There's too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance."
Isn't anything true, real, and believable anymore. The little girl at the Beijing Olympics was lip-syncing, the melting glaciers in Al Gore's movie were ripped-off computer generated images, Palestinian dead and wounded are actors from central casting, US Cabinet Secretaries are tax scofflaws who only made a simple mistake, and the office of US President is occupied by a usurper.

Faith Hill said of Hudson's performance,
"I believe to come and perform the national anthem, which is this country's favorite song, at a time that our country is stepping up and moving forward for future generations - I think it's just the perfect choice."
In the Land of Make Believe formerly known as the United States of America, where words are just words and all else is hope-n-change, what better and appropriate way to start Super Bowl XLIII than with a couple of lies? It was the perfect choice to fake the work.

Now, was Springsteen live or Memorex?




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