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Republicans always hated the press. The press tells the truth and truth is the anathema to Republican politics.
So when the Democrats after the War on Terror was over. proposed to curtail some of the stringent powers which the Federal Government held over the press, the Republicans naturally refused. ”We can’t have that”, they screamed. ”National Security.” What they were truly concerned about was their own political security. A press that was not intimidated by them, could do their party harm…
The Democrats countered with this: … ‘but when it’s a Democratic President who is intimidating a Republican Press, you’ll come to your senses then”….
Lindsey Graham, the Republican icon from South Carolina, is proposing that we now pass the law he was previously against…. It protects journalists from being investigated…. For you see, now Fox news was investigated, in his mind that changes things.
Our press, for better or worse, is a big part of the people’s hold over their government. A press needs to be free to publish what it will, and let then public debate determine whether or not it has merit. For example. All three of these current scandals do not involve illegality. All three were accomplished completely within the law. It is because we have the press, we can know this.
At first one side publishes the accusations. This person is guilty their headlines scream, and to a point when only one side is allowed to offer up arguments, it sort of does look like that person is guilty… But then the other side dug up stuff too. What they found were only the current accusations, with nothing substantial to back them. Simple posturing, finger pointing, and nothing else. No crimes were committed. In fact, all the alleged activities were sanctioned by law. If one didn’t do what one was accused of, one could have gone to jail for probably breaking the existing law…..
It is just that now that Republicans aren’t the ones in power, they don’t like the actual existing law, Even though it was them, who passed and enforced it back when they held the White House and both branches of Congress, even over the democrat’s vocal opposition..
So, now that the Democratic prediction has come true, Republicans are coming on board.
And if it protects the press and allows them to print the news, America ultimately in the end, prospers. And that is a good thing….
So if you see a republican walking down the street, laugh hysterically at their stupidness, pettiness, and inability to think outside their box… Roll on the sidewalk clutching your sides, point at them the whole times… Get your friends to do the same…..
Then thank them, for finally coming to their senses, realizing Democrats were right all along, and jumping on the bandwagon of Democratic policy, to do their part and help make America a much better place….
It is a crime when individuals are found tamping with evidence. Tampering may include a manipulation or movement of the evidence during or after the crime. Individuals can in fact be charged with being an accessory after the fact, if they manipulated evidence in any way.
Did a crime occur in the Republican caucus surrounding Darrell Issa.
ABSOLUTELY. Evidence was tampered…..
CBS News reported that at least two of the Benghazi e-mails that were leaked by Republicans last Friday were altered.
One of the altered e-mails was from Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. The other altered e-mail was from U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
Here’s the Republican version of the Rhodes e-mail: We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.
Here’s the White House version of the Rhodes e-mail: We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.
Here’s the Republican version of the Nuland e-mail: The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of al-Qaeda.
Here’s the White House version of the Nuland e-mail: The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings.
Evidence was tampered to imply a crime. Under all state codes this can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. We need these investigated… The law was broken. Congressional Hearings are in place to get to the bottom of the truth. They are not intended to be kangeroo courts to make up evidence that doesn’t naturally exist….
The law was broken. Arrests need to be made… This is not about Democrats or Republicans… This is about the trust and truthfulness of the United States of America.
If Congress were run as were DC’s Schools? Darrell Issa would be thrown out of Congress…. From the DC school manual…….
Tier IV behaviors result in off-site Suspension.
(a) The following behaviors shall be considered Tier IV behaviors:
(1) Acts of vandalism, destruction of property, or graffiti (tagging);
(2) Documented theft of school or personal property without force;
(3) Interfering with school authorities or participating in a major
disruption of the school’s operation.
(4) Tampering with, changing, or altering an official record or
document of a school;
Here is the Texas’s definition of tampering. Darrell Issa would be in jail if this took place in Texas….
A person commits an offense if, knowing that an investigation or official proceeding is pending or in progress, he:
(1) alters, destroys, or conceals any record, document, or thing with intent to impair its verity, legibility, or availability as evidence in the investigation or official proceeding;
(2) makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent to affect the course or outcome of the investigation or official proceeding;
(3) knowing that an offense has been committed, alters, destroys, or conceals any record, document, or thing with intent to impair its verity, legibility, or availability as evidence in any subsequent investigation of or official proceeding related to the offense; or
(4) observes a human corpse under circumstances in which a reasonable person would believe that an offense had been committed, knows or reasonably should know that a law enforcement agency is not aware of the existence of or location of the corpse, and fails to report the existence of and location of the corpse to a law enforcement agency.
In Texas, this is a felony in the third degree.
The evidence brought forth a week ago that inflamed the nation, was a fabrication. “Directly it was an attempt to make, present and use a record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent to affect the course or outcome of the investigation or official proceeding….”
18 USC § 1001 – Statements or entries generally
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.
In their quest to call it terrorism –and it is– the republicans just opened themselves up to a crime.
I demand an immediate arrest of Darrell Issa for breaking the law…. Full Censure by the House of Representative of this common criminal is called for immediately…..
That study caused the leading Republican Hispanic in charge of the Florida’s outreach to Spanish speaking American citizens, to switch parties. He is now a Democrat. And he was in charge of convincing Hispanics to vote Republican!!!…
What caused the shift? A Republican study that specifically was aimed at the redneck hillbillies inside the Republican Party, but wound up hitting mainstream. The undeniable truth is it this what the Republican Party really does think about what it calls behind closed doors, it’s dirty little problem….
“No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”
So says the Republican Party of the United States of America.
Proving once again… that this party is nothing but the harshest racists..(Just watch Rick Jensen try to defend it by saying “he” is not a racist.) Truth is… he isn’t. He’s actually a great guy.. But the party he supports (though he does not represent) is undeniably racist…
A fact so driven home that the single most important Republican in charge of Florida’s Hispanics, NOT ONLY FELT COMPELLED TO RESIGN… BUT FELT IT NECESSARY TO ACTUALLY SWITCH PARTIES PUBLICLY….
Is every Republican a racist? No. But every racist is a Republican and the Republican Party of the United States of America is beholden to do whatever those racists want! ABSOLUTELY!!!
Every Hispanic Republican out of self respect, NEEDS RIGHT NOW TO CHANGE THEIR PARTY.... There can be no such thing as a Hispanic Republican from now on. Just Spanish speaking Uncle Toms… who should appropriately hitherto be called…. La Malinches
OH SHUT UP YOU STUPID OLD FARTS!
Since the rampage at Connecticut, less than five months later — this list includes 137 accidental shootings, 57 of which were fatal. These children and teens were accidentally shot by themselves, by parents, siblings, relatives, friends, neighbors, and caregivers. In other words, these shootings were not by strangers. Many of the guns used in these shootings were obtained by family members for personal protection.
Isn’t that far more important? 137 accidental shootings because we can’t responsibly handle weapons of mass destruction?
137/ 57 fatal Guns in the US are the log in our eye. Meanwhile we try to take splinters out of the eyes of others!
And we’re wasting yet another day of Congress to rehash what the last 17 hearings on the same topic have dug up? One that killed just 4 Americans in a terrorist ambush, something of which we have no control over? And we want to get down to the bottom of who is to blame? But 137 actual shootings occur, and these same people drink champagne and eat caviar while whooping and rejoicing that background checks got defeated?
We have got to rid ourselves of these outdated farting Republicans, either one way or another….. Maybe give them some Beano. For heavens sake, let’s get our nation’s priorities in order.
There was a very strange pamphlet that showed up in Sussex County, sanctioned by the REPUBLICAN sheriff down there.. Here is the quote…
Fact: Sheriffs in Delaware are not law enforcement officers. They are paper pushers. Their only duty is to serve court papers such as divorce proceedings and the auction of houses… By law, they are not allowed to form “posse’s”
I can remember however, a long, long time ago, when rural people who didn’t agree with Federal guidelines that was being imposed upon them, would arm themselves, gather in the middle of the night under a certain tree, or a bend of the road, and ride out to perform their own particular brand of justice.
We called them the Klu Klux Klan…… Is Sheriff Christopher trying to revive them…..
Where do you draw the line? This piece will philosophically roam a little I’m afraid because there is no set answer, just an amorphous mess that defies confinement if that makes sense. If it doesn’t…. here is hoping it will near the end of this writing… :)
If you can’t guess what the image is in the heading, try imagining a horizontal volume control like what is displayed in most car radios these days. On it we have unlimited choices across the realm of what we can hear and we choose where we want to draw the line….
I was reminded of this by a soon to be famous video about Seattle’s schools standing up to Kafkaesque craziness the wealthy and corporate America are foisting upon education. The video starts out with a teacher giving this analogy….
It is as if a mechanic’s boss told his mechanic to put on an inferior brake instead of one the customer had requested. The customer will not take off the wheels to inspect. The mechanic says those brake shoes have problems, they fail. they could kill. The boss says, that’s just hype. They work in China all the time. Put them on….
Now look at the scale above…… In a child’s world of right and wrong we would all expect the mechanic to say “that was wrong” and refuse to do it…. So what if he loses his job? A child would say he should still not do what was wrong and cause someone’s death… But how many of you have had to do what the boss wanted because you were in no shape to state otherwise?
That is where the sliding scale begins to come in play…. If the mechanic refuses, and boss comes out and says, “leave right now, You were insubordinate and I just fired you”…. his spouse is going to say…”What, now we have no money. Why didn’t you just put the damn things on!” His parents are going to say..” Kid, sometimes an adult has to make adult decisions. It doesn’t matter what right or wrong is; it matters what right or wrong is for you. Sorry, can’t help you”. His future job interviewer is going to say; “your former boss said he fired you for insubordination and you have a no re-hire attached to your name. Sorry, can’t hire you.” And your drinking buddies are going to say; ”Oh as soon as you left, he got Jacobson to put those cheap brakes on anyway. You lost your job for nothing…” The arbitrator at your unemployment hearing is going to say “We found the charges of insubordination substantiated; repeal denied.”…. No job. No money. Hungry family.
So standing up for what is right really doesn’t pay in today’s corporate controlled world, now. Does it? It is good story, but works lousy in real life.
So on the slider above, where would you fall? Where would you be? If you try to act like you would refuse to do wrong, you are probably a liar. If you swear you will always do the right and moral thing, you are naive, and probably also a liar. If you insist you would stand up to that boss, you are a simpleton who really doesn’t know much about life, and don’t need the job to survive.
So on the slider unit above, if the far left is standing up for what is right and immediately refusing and the far right is willingly follow the bosses direction right away… which would be you?
Probably for the most part you would be somewhere in the middle, you will say so if you are being true to yourself… You would probably argue once, twice, or maybe three times against it, and you might agree in theory, but in work, not follow through with that agreement, or you might just say “ok boss” and then still install the good brake pads.
But if you did, what about the next time. What about the discrepancy in inventory? Sooner or later it will catch up to you… And then you’ll be fired.
Or you could decided that you follow orders and if your boss made such an order, all results would have to fall on him and not you, and if anyone was to be liable and get caught up if any harm came out of it, it would be him; so you would follow his command and install the inferior parts…
If you are trying to figure out a way to win this, to come up with a perfect spot on this horizontal dial whether it is the far right, far left, center, middle right, middle left, sadly there isn’t a right way… For depending on which way you view the problem, both are right…. As you go to the right, you look bad from the left. As you go to the left, you look bad from the right. If you are in the middle, you look bad to both, just not as bad as the others at the far end of the spectrum…
There is no way to win.
Except to have the boss never ask you to substitute cheap parts instead of ones ordered by the car’s owner….
That is the trick.
Now here is what we are being asked to do.
- Lower our standards of education for all students.
- Eliminate tuition for all veterans returning from Afghanistan.
- 125,000 individuals and families put at risk of becoming homeless
- 100,000 formerly homeless people might be removed from emergency shelters or other housing arrangements
- Defer maintenance and leave highly necessary staff vacancies open.
- Because rents are so high, many of these families may, quite literally, find themselves out on the street.
- Significant cuts, including ones that deliver hot meals to the elderly and another that helps pregnant women.
- Cuts to the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children known as WIC, which provides food and baby formula for at-risk families. 775,000 low-income women and their children might lose access to or be denied that aid because of the mandatory cuts…
- Cuts to programs that aid children with special needs; job-training programs that help unemployed people find a new career; foreclosure prevention services; and programs that help 150,000 veterans every year make the transition into the nonmilitary work force.
- Reduction in jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed..
- Cut 20% of every military person’s pay.
And why are we being asked to do this? So the financier’s of the Republican Party like the brake business owner, can make more money……
But this time we do have a choice…. We hire and fire the boss…. Should we fire the Republican bosses? And replace them with those who have still carry American morals, and not third world ones?
Where do you want your children to see you, when they look at the sliding moral scale above?
“If you deprive the military of the ability to train, the ability to have flight hours for our pilots and air crews, the ability of our people to have the right kind of equipment to fight with, then you are putting us in danger in my view,” John McCain said.
Here is a clip of McCain speaking with Lindsey Graham alongside, correctly assessing the harm the sequestration will cause our armed forces… No repairs? Mothball fleets? 20% pay cuts for all military personnel? What will that do to morale?
So, dude, why didn’t you do anything to stop it?
All you had to do was vote for an additional tax of one single penny on every dollar earned over $1 million…..
This sequester then would never have happened? Why did you singlehandedly cause this sequestration by your own inaction, when you and your party could have so easily prevented it?
And then you go on television to say it is really bad? America is looking at you like you are the dumbest person alive….