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Senate moves Patriot Act toward extension

Government never willingly gives up any power. Never has and never will. Despite all the talk about freedom from the parties, they hold unrecorded voice votes, don't bother to read the claptrap they vote on, and have orwellian titles directly opposite the the true intent of the bill. Some speak of term limits, and I believe they should be limited to two terms. One in senate or the house, and one in prison for what they just did while serving(themselves ) to be served concurrently. All lobbyist funds to be paid on the national they just incurred while "serving " and no more government service ever, even as lobbyist. All appointees to be removed at election. Alphabet agencies may not write compliance rules, and all laws shall be read aloud on the floor prior to vote. They should also be able to pass a test on the Constitution prior to the election as qualification. Now it's simply a populist vote; whoever can promise the most or lie the best without consequence. Oh. And their hair must be perfect. I've had a gut full of all of them. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session - Mark Twain  (Oct 8, 2011 | post #62)

Bryson City, NC

Bryson City fire chief resigns amid investigation

How much will all those full time firemen cost and where does that money come from? They are volunteers, right? As for the ABC store manager, I am still wondering WTH the state ALE has any business in alcohol sales except to reward ANOTHER state control board for incompetence. I don't think the manager did anything illegal, but the state can always gin up something to cover themselves. DSS investigation is still a failure and will likely continue to be. You know, that commissioner guy recieving a grant/loan signed by the director while a sitting commissioner, a relative, and business owner. So what happened with that? Big fish little pond and all that... All about appearance of doing something while doing nothing, but it sounds good.  (Sep 29, 2011 | post #7)

Bryson City, NC

Duke Energy rate hike: out of necessity or greed?

minor update to BULB act. Lightbulb Act still in play. Amendment defunds DOE standards approved by voice vote. It goes to Senate for simple majority vote attached to a spending bill. http://www.america nthinker.com/blog/ 2011/07/house_pass es_light_bulb_bill .html  (Jul 16, 2011 | post #2)

US Politics

Obama: Social Security checks 'not guaranteed'

Forget Fox, you are deflecting issues. If anything goes away it would be NPR, after all they don't need tax payer money right? That's what they said. Fine, cut it out along with the corporate welfare to unions or is that somehow a different corporate welfare? Pelosi and democrats et al said SSA should not be on the table for any budget or deficit talks because it is completely self funding? Zero threatens to cut it because the money isn't there. But it's completely self funded. Which is it? Is he using it pay for Libya, a european problem? Oh wait, their poor socialist asses are broke too and busy bailing out Ireland and Greece on the backs of Germany. The socialist european union is tottering... After all, he did cut MediCare by 500 billion over 10 years, adding it zerocare to be spent, and called it savings? Spend it but save it? How does that work? Remember who passed that healthcare bill.  (Jul 14, 2011 | post #258)

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'Enough is enough,' Obama says, calling for deal

It is attention grabbing to threaten and hold hostage a high profile expenditure than to actually cut a bloated and overweight government. Why not threaten to cut the policy writing division of forestry service or the Silly Specifications for Highways and Ditches? Because no one would care and there's no political profit. Its the same tactic used when cities and states piss away tax money buying shimmy dampers and twonky farkles. They first threaten to cut law enforcement and fire depts, meals on wheels, other high profile expenditures. You never hear them threaten to cut the Dept of Redundancy Dept or abolish the Catchbasin of Exiles and Incompetents Dept. Always a threat to make people cry out for more taxes while diverting attention away from two burning questions: 1)So where did the money go and why can't you account for it? 2)You created the same the same problem you now promise to fix?  (Jul 14, 2011 | post #117)

US Politics

'Enough is enough,' Obama says, calling for deal

An incompetent zero traded for an incontinent doll hair biden? "That's a big effing deal" There would be lotsa LULZ from gaffey joe.  (Jul 14, 2011 | post #7)

US Politics

Administration to propose steps on gun safety

QUOTE who="Highland er"]<quote d text> But it ~has~ happened here. . Proof: The Nisei Japanese during WWII. They were American citizen, born and bred. Yet they were rounded up and put into concentrations camps. . One can't help but wonder what would have happened to THEM had the war gone terribly. . One is also inclined to enquire: Why weren't Italian and German first generation citizens ~also~ rounded up and put into prison camps too? . I mean, there were ~plenty~ of first, second, and even third generation Italian-Americans and German-Americans who were discovered to be spies and agents working for the NAZIS right here in this nation. . [/QUOTE] Oh I am well aware it has happened here. Whiskey rebellion, Bonus Army protesters put down by no less than the heroes McArthur, Patton, and Eisenhower at Anacostia Flats, the Business Plot and Smedley Butler, Waco, Ruby Ridge. Omitted by most history books, revised by the winners as happens. FDR stacking courts, executive orders attempting contravention of written laws, price controls and fixing, Truman's attempt to nationalize steel mills, and currently Patriot Act, National Security Letters, secret indictments. Lets not forget laws that apply to citizens but not the political class, qualified immunity and administrative "laws." Executive fiat is rule by decree. There's lots more that escape me at present. Mention these to people and they will look at you like you have two heads. It has happened before, it IS happening now, yet people seem to be more concerned with American Idol and their new smart phone (with gps for your current location). A complete failure of citizens and due diligence. Candidates selected by media hacks that's mistaken for reporting. Media opinion couched as fact, repeated often and loudly. Schools teaching that we are a democracy when in fact we are a representative republic. It's the dumbing down of a citizenry, carefully.  (Jul 14, 2011 | post #157)

US Politics

Light Bulb Ban Riles Up Lawmakers

Roll call vote here at GovTrack HR 2417, BULB Act Listed by state http://www.govtrac k.us/congress/vote .xpd?vote=h2011-56 3&utm_source=@ HouseFloor It's pretty much a party line vote  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #21)

Bryson City, NC

Duke Energy rate hike: out of necessity or greed?

"When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket…even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I’m capping greenhouse gasses, coal power plants, natural gas…you name it…whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retro-fit their operations. That will cost money…they will pass that money on to the consumers." el presidente zero-2008 ------------------ --------- So without any such legislation, the EPA has moved ahead with rulemaking. Who needs congress? Everyone was told rates would increase if zero was elected. He also said he would bankrupt the coal industry. So, they got what they voted for. Also, Duke always asks for more than they get. NC Public Utilities Commission will probably grant a rate increase for compliance costs. Who knows how much that will be? Depends on how good their lobbyists are. Coal is about 57% of total energy production in the US with nothing to replace it even close to cost. Wind turbines and solar were heavily lobbied by GE along with the curly light bulbs. Jeffrey Immelt is chairman of the board and CEO of GE. Immelt is also zeros jobs czar and makes curly lightbulbs in China; they closed their last incandescent bulb plant in Oct 2010. New light bulb law takes effect next year. Shuler voted yesterday against its repeal. HR 2417, vote 563, Electric cars are coal powered.  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #1)

US Politics

Light Bulb Ban Riles Up Lawmakers

Won't be able to afford electricity either Quote: (el presidente zero, 2008) "When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket…even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I’m capping greenhouse gasses, coal power plants, natural gas…you name it…whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retro-fit their operations. That will cost money…they will pass that money on to the consumers." ------------------ ------ It won't matter. The left will have us all living in mud huts and eating grass soup before its over.  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #13)

US Politics

Obama: Social Security checks 'not guaranteed'

had to fix that  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #128)

US Politics

Administration to propose steps on gun safety

But it can't happen here. I'm told that a lot. When I ask what special immunity we have from such, why it can't happen here... >crickets<  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #136)

US Politics

New Powers Could Mean Big Chemical Bans

Maybe so, where's their supporting documentation? Would it be worse than mercury laced flourescent lightbulbs in a landfill? How long before there's some federal disposal fee for those things which will be required next year? My point is that they are becoming something they were never meant to be. Their rulemaking power should be curtailed right now if not years ago. Let congress make the laws. Not that congress is doing a good job (they are not), but because that power is actually granted them by our founding document and its still law.  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #38)

US Politics

Administration to propose steps on gun safety

I like it, but you are suggesting that the 10th Amendment actually mean something. Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. As the feds gathered power unto themselves and became a money dispenser for highways and other projects (all the while skimming money) the states sold themselves as would whores on the street. They willingly gave up any sovereignty they may have had, and complicit federal courts have aided and abetted the feds with ruling favoring anti federalists and central control of all matters. It is no small wonder that those who want control of all things... ALL things find for themselves in the courts on which they rely for control. Then they speak in mundane terms like "rule of law." That's only as long as its in their favor which is almost always. The only thing that keeps it law is a citizens willingness to abide by it, the fine line between law and anarchy is voluntary. It would be no small thing to restore states rights; first you need a state and a population that wants a measure of freedom from a corrupt central power. That old quote, something like One tyrant 3000 miles away or 3000 tyrants one mile away... They want it all  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #131)

US Politics

New Powers Could Mean Big Chemical Bans

The EPA has also suffered from mission creep, declaring CO2 (that stuff you exhale and that plants use to produce O2) as a pollutant for political purposes. Water vapor is far more a warming hazard than CO2. So much for hydrogen cars. They also declared farm dust a pollutant. Farm dust? I am not saying they have not done some good. I am saying they have diverted from their original purpose and taken up politics. For that they need bitch slapped and their budget cut so they can concentrate on their original mission. Removal of current management might help their focus as well. Rinse and repeat as necessary.  (Jul 13, 2011 | post #36)

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