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Another Government Shutdown Shakedown? (Yawn!)

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Marti Oakley

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It made absolutely no difference who won the 2016 presidential election. We can vote all we want, but the flight plan doesn’t change. We are being steered to a predetermined end with the only difference being which road we take to get there. This translates into …who will be allowed to profit most from the journey? We already know who will pay the bill.

Trump’s biggest problem was and is that he thought he was actually going to be running things…he’d be the “boss”. He’s obviously had his butt handed to him and now has back peddled on EVERY campaign promise he made. And we are just verging in the end of the first 100 days of his administration.

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Here we go again. The threat of a so-called “government shutdown”. IF only that would happen on a level beneficial to the country. But it won’t. Nothing that affects the daily grinding of federal agencies as they mismanage employees, programs and massive amounts of money will be affected. Both houses of congress will continue to gather and to collect their pay checks, their golden fleece insurance perks and, bribery from special interests hand delivered by lobbyists. Of course, we don’t dare call it bribery; we call it “campaign donations”, “political contributions” and other euphemisms meant to disguise the pay-to-play business of government.

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2013/10/01/whats-affected-government-shutdown

Checking a list of government agencies affected in 2013 and 2015, it is apparent that the only people and agencies affected to any degree, are low-level staffers and even lower level employees of agencies.

A sample from that list:

  • Vital services that ensure seniors and young children have access to healthy food and meals may not have sufficient Federal funds to serve all beneficiaries in an extended lapse.
  • Call centers, hotlines and regional offices that help veterans understand their benefits will close to the public.
  • And, veterans’ compensation, pension, education and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended shutdown.
  • Every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, will be immediately closed.
  • New applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will be immediately halted.
  • Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Work to protect consumers, ranging from child product safety to financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities, will cease. The EPA will halt non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.
  • Permits and reviews for planned energy and transportations projects will stop, preventing companies from working on these projects.
  • Loans to rural communities will be halted.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees including many charged with protecting us from terrorist threats, defending our borders, inspecting our food, and keeping our skies safe will work without pay until the shutdown ends.
  • Hundreds of thousands of additional Federal workers will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay.

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Congress repealed FCC privacy rules for the internet

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It’s already begun. Just days after Congress voted to kill Internet privacy, Verizon has announced plans to install spyware on every Android phone on their network [1][2].

Protecting and encrypting your online life is more urgent than ever before.

Lawmakers who have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Cable companies [3] used a Congressional rule that gave them a small window to repeal the FCC privacy rules, which would have protected Internet users from some of the creepiest things their Internet service providers (ISPs) can do. But Congress just let ISPs like Verizon and Comcast in on:

  • Your health history
  • Your financial status & how much money you make
  • Where you go
  • Your political and religious views
  • What products you buy, and so much more

Apathy is no longer an option.

The time to start securing your most private information online is right now.

Our easy, 6-step guide, #GetSafe, shows you how.

Congress voting to kill Internet privacy is bad– but there are still really meaningful things that you can do to increase your privacy, and if you’re not doing them, you’re leaving yourself completely vulnerable.

Through #GetSafe, we’ll walk you through some basic steps that will dramatically increase the safety of the personal information stored on your phone and computer. It’s quick, you don’t need to be tech savvy, and it’s more important now than ever before.

Visit https://www.letsgetsafe.org to start protecting yourself and your community today!

Thanks,

Laila at FFTF

P.S. We’re crowdfunding to put up billboards with the name of every lawmaker who voted to kill Internet privacy in their home districts. Chip in what you can!

[1] http://www.newsweek.com/congress-killed-internet-privacy-fight-back-576619

[2] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/first-horseman-privacy-apocalypse-has-already-arrived-verizon-announces-plans

[3] http://www.vocativ.com/411479/senators-online-privacy-money/

 

Fight for the Future works to protect your rights in the digital age.

HR 1215: Congress Voting to Gut Elder Abuse Protections – Call Today!

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Click here for a fact sheet on H.R. 1215 

Congress is considering a devastating anti-justice wish list in H.R. 1215. The bill would federalize (so long states’ rights!) health care malpractice lawsuits, severely limiting victim’s access to justice. Aside from imposing price caps on justice, the bill would eliminate state protections, including California’s elder abuse statutes. H.R. 1215 represents a craven effort to immunize health care providers from accountability for malpractice and terrible care.

Click here to find your Congressperson and their contact information

Call your Congressperson today and tell them to vote no on H.R. 1215.
Your call can make a difference!

4th OF July Celebrations Cancelled Indefinitely

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The first question I want to ask the president and all the members of congress is, why did you hate the way America was? The saying goes ‘love it or leave it’. Why are you still living here?   Why did you tell us you wanted to serve and represent your fellow citizens, then turn your back on us and our country? We did not plan or carry out the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001, but you have treated us like we did.”

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Traditionally, the New Years holiday is marked by the hope of a fresh start, turning over a new leaf, and high hopes of a better year ahead. We make resolutions to right the wrongs in our life and promise ourselves we’ll be a better person to all the people we know, and treat ourselves better as well. But just as we were saying a private prayer that we could indeed achieve our goals, our president, the man that the entire world placed the deepest of faith, trust, and hope in, delivered a crushing, sickening, blow to our gut. He chose to ring in the New Year with a razor sharp dagger to the American heart, by signing legislation called the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA. The most UNAmerican, cold blooded, and brutal piece of legislation ever to cross a president’s desk. The fact that he would choose the holiday season to betray the oath he made to America and her citizens, screamed louder than words. With his signature he revealed a shocking lack of basic decency, and displayed the true feelings he has towards the country he leads. As a real American, I have some questions I would like answered.

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What law says the text of the TPP must remain secret?

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              What law says the text of the TPP must remain secret?

By Jon Rappoport
May 15, 2015

To the US Congress: reveal the contents of the TPP now

It seems like a case of mass hypnosis. People claiming they can’t say what’s in the TPP trade agreement. And mainstream media accept this premise.

“That’s right. Congress must stay silent.”

Pop quiz: who says the text of the TPP must remain secret?

Under what authority?

Members of Congress are scuttling around like weasels, claiming they can’t disclose what’s in this far-reaching, 12-nation trade treaty.

They can go into a sealed room and read a draft, but they can’t copy pages, and they can’t tell the public what they just read.

Why not?

If there is a US law forbidding disclosure, name the law.

Can you recall anything in the Constitution that establishes secret treaties?

Is there a prior treaty that states the text of all treaties can be hidden from the people?

I see no authority anywhere that justifies withholding the text of the TPP.

Government legislators in the other 11 nations: why can’t you reveal what’s in the TPP?

Mass silence around the world. “Sorry, we can’t say what’s in the treaty. We’ll vote on it, but you the people have no input. You have to take what we do on faith.”

Who says so? By what authority?

If a US Senator held a press conference today and explained everything he read in that sealed room about the TPP, what exactly would happen to him? Would he be arrested?

Would he be charged with a federal crime?

What crime?

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Urgent! Congress moving to kill net neutrality

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The Internet rose up and we are closer than ever to winning net neutrality, but now Congress is trying to kill it.

Click here to call congress and the FCC!

Today, the House and Senate are holding hearings to hijack the FCC’s debate on whether to save net neutrality or let ISPs create Internet slow lanes. The Chairmen of the committees, who receive large contributions from the cable industry, want to pass legislation (called the Thune/Upton proposal) to derail the FCC’s net neutrality efforts. This is happening today, tell them to stop now.

The House and Senate hearings on the Congressional plan to destroy net neutrality will be held at 10AM EST and 2:30PM EST respectively. Stay tuned on this page to watch the livestreams below.

The State of My Union

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new-logo25By Richard Amerling, M.D.

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“In closing, allow me to quote from my friend and mentor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright: ‘God damn America.’ Goodnight.”

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Our clandestine agent in the White House has obtained a first draft of President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address to Congress. We were told that Mr. Obama wrote this himself, though we cannot be certain. Somehow we doubt that Valerie Jarrett will permit much of this to reach 10-15-2013-5-26-05-PMthe President’s TelePrompTer.

“My Americans, my Members, my Press, my guests, welcome to the halls of my Congress. With two short years remaining in what many of you think is my last term as president, there is much yet for me to accomplish. After winning in 2008, I promised to fundamentally transform the nation. I am well on my way, but I am not yet there. FDR, who was the most successful nation-transformer before me, had four terms and a compliant Congress. Now that those of you sitting on the right side of the aisle nominally control Congress, my task is harder, and may require an additional term or two as president. The Office of Legal Counsel and the Attorney General are looking into ways we can make that happen. More

Congress Doesn’t Create Free Markets—It Only Destroys Them

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new-logo25 Jane M. Orient, M.D.,

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If some people like their government healthcare, let them keep it. But let the people go if they prefer freedom.”

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When people clamor for Congress to pass a “free-market health plan,” they1619098_10202643451221752_1414455253_n are forgetting two things: Congress only does laws, which restrict freedom. We need fewer laws, not more. And the free market is by nature not a plan.

Big laws like ObamaCare are designed by special-interest groups, such as the “insurance” (managed care) cartel, Big Hospitals, Big Pharma, and influential groups that want their benefits (abortion, contraception, drug and alcohol rehab, AIDS therapy, etc.) paid for by people who would never use them. More

The morning after election: Is there a pill for this?

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Mid-term elections: America loses again

We just swapped one bunch of crooks, liars and thieves for the other bunch of crooks, liars and thieves. The country just went “red” more from embarrassment than anything else. You should be embarrassed and turning beet red from being duped yet again. 2/3 of us didn’t even bother to show up to vote. What’s the point?

fascismamerica01About last night…..

I scoured the usual lineup of cable news shows to see what the response was there to the mid-terms. At one point on MSNBC where Rachael Maddow was predictably finding humor in the elections, I wondered out loud what was wrong with this woman? According to Maddow, the elections weren’t really as bad as they seemed on the surface and we should just laugh them off. They really didn’t mean anything or at least not what we thought they did. This wasn’t really a political shellacking, it was just a rub & buff…nothing more. HaHaHa….Isn’t this funny? No, it isn’t.

The remainder of the scripted reality shows we call news on MSNBC also pandered to the “its not what you think” line. Yes it was what we think. More than that, its what we know. We just traded one old man for another old man; both of them nested up for years inside the beltway and so detached from the public that neither of them try to hide their disgust for “We the People”. We just opened the door to another neo-con assault on the nation. Pardon me for not laughing.

Faux news was ready to implode as one hack after another jubilantly reported the shellacking of America via the elections and what is nothing less than the return of the neo-cons. Already they are talking about “deregulation”.

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Its All For Sale!

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FOR SALE – CHEAP

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FOR SALE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
Will Sub-Divide To Suit Foreign Interests

The Owners Are incompetent And
Incapable Of Its Proper Maintenance

The Extremists and Kooks are in the Government

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new-logo25Marti Oakley

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“Fortunately for Mr. Holder, most of these extremists and kooks are easily located and identifiable as they are assembled almost daily in Congress and government in general. In no other place in the USA is the anti-American sentiment more prevalent than within “government”. 

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LEGISLATION BY REGULATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

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Rnee Nal – The Brenner Brief

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It is past time for Americans to take another look at the process which allow rules and regulations to be regularly imposed on Americans without proper representation.

Government mandates in the form of rules equal legislation without representation. “Agencies get their authority to issue regulations from laws (statutes) enacted by Congress,” according to the government’s Federal Register website. “Typically,” the fact sheet continues, “when Congress passes a law to create an agency, it grants that agency general authority to regulate certain activities within our society.”

1461111_657716987585122_125931567_nThe Federal Register Act received approval on July 26, 1935 under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Since then, “the Federal Register system expanded and evolved as the nation’s leaders gained experience using the system to conduct the business of government in times of peace and war.”

Not surprisingly, there is a lack of transparency in the rule making process, as not every rule is in the Federal Register, thanks to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which called for the public commenting process, yet “permits agencies to finalize some rules without first publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register,” such as when “for good cause [an agency] finds that notice and public procedure thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.”

Why would any rule ever be “contrary to the public interest?” And who makes that determination? And why would taxpayers ever agree to a rule that is “contrary to the public interest”? More

About those congress people…..

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IT’S TIME FOR THE ARTICLES OF FREEDOM TO BE THE BASIS FOR A NATIONALIST THIRD PARTY IN AMERICA

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new-logo25By John W. Wallace – NY OathKeeper
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“Let the facts reveal – the Federal Government of the United States of America, which was instituted to protect the rights of individual citizens, instead – threatens our life, liberty and property through usurpations of the Constitution; and emboldened by our own lack of responsibility and due diligence in these matters, has exceeded its mandate, and abandoned those founding principles which have made our nation exceptional;”
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I believe that our individual Freedoms and Liberties, as well as our nation’s sovereignty, are in danger because of the unconstitutional actions of our federal government, both Republicans and Democrats. I was a New York delegate to Continental Congress 2009, held in St. Charles, Illinois from November 11th to November 22nd, 2009 and I am also a signer to the “Articles of Freedom.”

I firmly believe that the time has come to establish a third party, a nationalist party, whose members and elected representatives truly support the United States Constitution. Like millions of my fellow Americans, I have raised my right hand and took an oath “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

How could anyone who has pledged to support and defend the Constitution, reconcile the following violations of the Constitution that are destroying America? 

1. For many, many decades, our Government has been meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, without any Constitutional authority, causing foreign nationals to direct their hostilities towards us, which has given us a War on Terror and a growing Police State at home that is repugnant to the Fourth Amendment and the General Welfare of a Free People; More

About that government shutdown…..

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If wishes was horses then beggars would ride,

but, if turds was biscuits they’d eat til they died.

If only this dialogue box would actually appear………

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