Rand Paul Rips Romney for Saying He Could Fight Iran Without Congress – by Conor Friedersdorf – Jun 20 2012, 10:45 AM ET – Reuters
Though he has endorsed the presumptive GOP nominee, the senator took to National Review Online to assert Congress’s role in declaring war.
After Senator Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney, he got grief from a lot of his libertarian supporters, especially after the GOP nominee stated that the president can wage war on Iran without Congressional approval. Anyone wondering how Sen. Paul would react, as I’ve been doing, need wait no longer. In a piece published Tuesday afternoon at National Review Online, he reiterated his dissatisfaction with President Obama’s domestic agenda, and then proceeded to write:
… I must oppose the most recent statements made by Mitt Romney in which he says he, as president, could take us to war unilaterally with Iran, without any approval from Congress.
This is a misreading of the role of the president and Congress in declaring war. The Constitution clearly states that it is Congress that has the power to declare war, not the president. The War Powers Act also clearly states that U.S. forces are to engage in hostilities only if the circumstances are “pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
Absent these criteria, the president has no authority to declare war. Even if the president believes he has such authority, the War Powers Act goes on to require the president to seek congressional approval within 60 days of conflict. No president is above the law or above the Constitution.
Paul criticized the Obama Administration’s foreign policy too:
President Obama was elected on a platform of ending wars, yet he has opposed every effort made by me and others in the Senate to do that. He opposed my resolution to end the Iraq War. He has refused my urgings to end the war in Afghanistan more quickly. He started another war in Libya, and this time went further into unconstitutional territory than previous presidents by not even seeking Congressional approval whatsoever. I opposed him when he did that. Anyone who believes President Obama is less aggressive internationally than his predecessors is mistaken. I do not yet know if I will find a Romney presidency more acceptable on foreign policy.
As interesting as the piece itself is its venue, National Review Online’s group blog, The Corner, which isn’t generally friendly to non-interventionists. The comments beneath the post were as heated as you’d expect.
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Truly Asian – nepotism style! Dear me USA is learning lots of bad habits from Asia? Saboteur for dad Ron! Pretend to befriend then backstab Romney after Romney’s acceptance. Aww touching, but a dirty trick! Effective but unpleasant attack on Romney’s morale. Inverse point made about nepotism (dangerous in long run, USA is still fairly safe but this sort of obviousness is a sign of times to come) vs corporate raiders (USA in final economic stage collapse due to raiding, how could anyone want to vote Romney now?!?), both deserve no votes and are equally harmful, except in different manners. I will concede though that better Ron Paul than Romney, who’s effectively cheated because of campaign funding expenditure basis wins. The election is not about the amount of money one has to spend!
WWII Veteran Being Forced Out of Home and Forced to Exhume Wife’s Body : Needs Your Help – June 15th, 2012
Warren C. Bodeker is an 89 year old World War II Army Airborne combat veteran and war hero, living in Montana, who is being thrown off of his own land and thrown out of his own house, by Montana Federal Bankruptcy Trustee, Christy Brandon, with the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Montana. And to make matters worse, Warren’s wife Lorna just died of cancer this past year, and is buried there on their land, right next to the house. Warren had planned to live there till he died and then be buried right next to his wife, there on their property at 11 Freedom Lane, in the town of Plains, Montana, but now, not only is he being forced off his land, he is being forced to exhume his wife’s body and take her with him (with his land being sold out from under him, the only way he can now be assured of being buried next to his wife as they had planned is to exhume her body and move it to a cemetery).
This is the most disgusting, callous, brutal, and unjust treatment of a WWII veteran by the “justice” system we have ever heard of. Here is a man who stepped up and went to war at the age of 19 to fight against the Japanese in the Pacific. When we say he is a war hero, we are not exaggerating. Serving in Co. B, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division (see discharge papers below), Warren earned two bronze starts while making three combat jumps in the Philippine Islands in 1945.
One of those combat jumps was the daring rescue of prisoners of war at the Los Banos Internment Camp on the Island of Luzon, Philippines, February 23, 1945, where Warren and his brother paratroopers of Co. B, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment parachuted in at dawn’s early light, 40 kilometers behind enemy lines, and rescued over 2,000 prisoners of war – men, women, and children – from their brutal Imperial Japanese guards, before those guards could slaughter them (as they had planned). Not one prisoner was killed in the raid (though many of the Japanese guards were). Private Warren Bodeker was there. He was one of those brave young paratroopers who the grateful prisoners truly considered heaven sent from above. As one of the prisoners, a missionary, described it in his diary:
“at 7:00 a.m. sharp, we heard and saw nine large transport planes flying low, and passing close to the camp; perhaps one mile to the east. Even as we all watched, we saw doors open and paratroopers came tumbling out. OH WHAT A SIGHT! With a tropical sunrise for a background, we saw about 150 parachutes open one after another and settle slowly earth-ward out of our sight behind the distant trees. We knew help had come.” From the book, Deliverance! It Has Come! By John S. Beaber.
The Los Banos Raid is of the most celebrated textbook examples of a perfect rescue operation in military history. Read about it here: http://www.rememberlosbanos1945.com/
Go here to watch some film footage of the camp and rescued prisoners:
Warren Bodeker and his surviving Airborne brothers came home to a grateful nation and settled down to a peaceful life. Warren lived happily as a law-abiding citizen on Freedom Lane in Montana, until he had to endure the great loss of his beloved wife Lorna this past year, after her five year battle against cancer, but Warren was still looking forward to being buried next to her on their property when he died, knowing that their land and home (which he and his wife built together) would be kept in the family.
But Warren had a pile of medical and credit card bills to deal with and filed for bankruptcy, and that is when his nightmare began. According to Warren and several witnesses, though Warren had utterly no intention of ever selling his land and home, and planned to die there and be buried next to his wife at 11 Freedom Lane, he was pressured and coerced into entering into a “stipulation” denying his bankruptcy discharge and waiving his homestead exemption, and thus coerced into selling his home, because he had failed to disclose some silver and gold he and his wife had set aside for their old age – which he considered a retirement fund that he did not have to disclose. Once that failure to disclose was discovered by the Trustee, Christy Brandon (a lawyer in Bigfork Montana who also works as a Chapter 7 trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court), Warren was pressured into signing the stipulation under threat of prosecution and under threat of having his home and land taken by means of adversarial proceedings with any left-over proceeds being consumed by lawyers fees and costs (with Christy Brandon serving as both the trustee for the estate and also as the lawyer for the estate, and also as the attorney for herself, as trustee). According to Warren and several witnesses, he was essentially told that the Trustee would take his land and home anyway, and if he resisted, he would wind up penniless. Unfortunately, his own lawyer at the time went along with the stipulation, and did not fight hard to keep Warren in his home. Watch the above video interview to learn the details.
Warren really did not understand what was going on in the complex legal world of bankruptcy, and did not understand his rights. In addition to the diminished mental capacity that so often occurs in someone nearly 90 years old, Warren is also hard of hearing and needs an assistant to help him keep track of what is being said during hearings. Much of the time, he just does not understand what is going on.
And even if Warren was wrong in not disclosing the silver and gold coins, the just and proper way to handle it would have been, at most, to deny him the discharge and require him to use the coins to pay off his creditors. The trustee didn’t have to pressure Warren into waiving his homestead exemption, by threatening to void it through an adversarial proceeding which would eat up the estate through legal fees and costs, and thus force him to sell his home and land. Forcing him off his land, and forcing him to exhume his wife’s body (with his land being sold out from under him, the only way he can now be assured of being buried next to his wife as they had planned is to exhume her body and move it to a cemetery), in the last years of his life – kicking him homeless to the curb with his wife’s casket – is an egregious, unnecessary, gross act of tyranny and injustice, in our opinion.
This is a callous act of brutality, devoid of human compassion, devoid of all sense of proportionality, devoid of any sense of decency, charity, justice or well-deserved respect of an elder veteran – much more like something the brutal Imperial Japanese internment camp guards would have done to Warren if they could than what his own country should do to a winner of two Bronze Stars who risked all, in combat, for this nation.
Warren’s lawyer withdrew from his case last month, and he has been trying to find a new bankruptcy lawyer, but then Warren was hospitalized with what was thought to be kidney stones, but which has now been discovered to be advanced prostate cancer, which is spreading throughout his body. There was a hearing held this past Tuesday, June 12, 2012, on Trustee Christy Brandon’s motion to have Warren removed from his home. Warren had been flown to the VA Hospital in Helena, Montana last week and was still hospitalized on the 12th and could not attend the hearing. From his hospital bed, Warren sent in a pro se motion for a continuance, telling the court that he was hospitalized and could not attend the hearing. He asked the court to continue the hearing until after he was discharged from the hospital. Warren also informed the court that his friend Roxsanna Ryan (whom Warren gave power of attorney) had scheduled an appointment for him with a psychologist so a competency exam could be done, and that he intended to challenge the validity of the stipulation based on his a lack of capacity to understand what he was agreeing to.
But despite the well established fact that Mr. Bodeker was in the hospital, the trustee, Christy Brandon, opposed the motion to continue the hearing. And even after knowing that Warren Bodeker was in the hospital and that he was set to undergo a competency examination which could show that he lacked the capacity to enter into the stipulation, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, the Honorable Ralph B. Kirscher, denied Warren’s motion to continue the hearing and granted the Trustee’s motion for an order for Warren to vacate the property. The trustee, Christy Brandon, then emailed Warren to tell him that she would be there at the home on Monday, June 18, 2012, accompanied by a Sheriff’s deputy, to kick him out of his home and have the locks changed.
This man risked his life in a daring combat jump from the low altitude of 500 feet (so low that reserve parachutes are useless, and a chute malfunction meant death) to rescue 2,000 innocent men, women, and children who faced certain death if he and his Airborne brothers had not made that jump that morning, February 23, 1945 (after the rescue, the Japanese returned to the area and massacred 1,500 local Filipino civilians, killing men, women, and children). And this is how the U.S. government thanks this man for his service?
We will post more details on this disgraceful travesty as they become known, but what is most important right now is that we have a duty to help this WWII hero in his time of need. Warren Bodeker needs:
1. LEGAL HELP. First of all, he needs a competent, tenacious bankruptcy lawyer to assist him in challenging the stipulation which waived his homestead exemption, and challenging the forced sale of his home and land. We are calling on any and all bankruptcy lawyers across the United States to step up and help this man. If you are an attorney who can help, please email us at: email@example.com and put “LAWYER” and “WWII vet” in the subject line. As noted above, Warren has an appointment scheduled with a psychologist who will conduct an assessment of his mental capacity to understand complex legal issues and his capacity and competency to enter into the stipulation which waived his homestead right. But he will need a real fighter of a bankruptcy lawyer who is willing to help him challenge the validity of that stipulation once the evaluation is done.
2. FINANCIAL HELP. Warren will need assistance to pay for that lawyer. There is a legal defense fund set up for him by close friends in Plains who are helping him (a truly wonderful family, Dan and Roxsanna Ryan, has stepped up to help him, including offering him a room in their home once he is kicked out of his home). They have set up a paypal account for him and a legal defense bank account. If you would like to donate directly to that legal defense fund, click here:
3. PUBLIC SUPPORT OF WARREN AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO INVESTIGATE AND HELP WARREN OBTAIN JUSTICE. Warren needs your very public show of support to keep his spirits up and to help get the attention of public servants, by encouraging them to do the right thing. Please contact Montana U.S. Senators Baucus and Tester, Montana U.S. Congressman Denny Reighberg, and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and urge them to step up and conduct an inquiry into this travesty of injustice and to help this WWII hero in any way they can, so that he can live out his few remaining final days in peace, in his own home, and so he can die in the home he and his wife built together, with their own hands, and so he can be buried there on the family land, next to his beloved wife Lorna, to rest, finally, in peace for all eternity. This warrior, this hero, this great American, this good man, deserves to be at peace during his last days and to finally rest in peace at his wife’s side, on their family land, after all he went through to fight against fascism.
Contact the following officials here:
U.S. Senator Max Baucus:
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2651 (Office)
(202) 224-9412 (Fax)
Max Baucus, Kalispell Office
8 3rd St E
Kalispell, MT 59901
U.S. Senator Jon Tester:
724 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2604
Phone: (202) 224-2644
Fax: (202) 224-8594
14 Third Street E, Suite 230
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974
U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg:
Washington, DC Office
2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3211
fax: (202) 225-5687
Missoula District Office
301 E Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
phone: (406) 543-9550
fax: (406) 543-0663
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (and Lt. Governor John Bohlinger):
Governor Brian D. Schweitzer
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena MT 59620-0801
(406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-5529
Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger
Office of the Lt. Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
PO Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-1901
(406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-4648
Contact info for U.S. Trustee in This Case, Attorney Christy Brandon:
Those, such as media, who wish to get Trustee Christy Brandon’s side of the story (as trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in this case) or who wish to ask her why she is handling this situation in this manner, rather than letting Warren Bodeker keep his home, can contact her using the contact information she has provided on public court documents:
Attorney Christy Brandon
Brandon Law Firm, PLLC
P.O. Box 1544
Bigfork, MT 59911
Phone: (406) 837-5445
Fax: (406) 837-5420
Please be polite and professional when contacting any of the above public servants, including the Trustee, Christy Brandon, and – however angry you may be – please refrain from using profanity or making threats. Such will not help Warren’s cause.
We cannot let a man who fought against tyranny, brutality, inhumanity, and injustice – a man who earned two bronze stars while liberating the oppressed who were doomed to die – be treated like this, in such a disgusting way, at the very end of his life, in the very nation he served so bravely, without helping him. Let us support him and work to ensure that “Freedom Lane” in Montana is a reality, not a mockery. Let us help to give Warren Bodeker the satisfaction of dying a free man, on his own land, in peace, to rest there with his wife, Lorna. Please donate to his legal defense fund, contact the above noted elected state and federal office-holders and urge them to inquire into this case, and please forward this article far and wide, especially to any skilled bankruptcy lawyers you may know.
For Liberty, Justice, and the Republic,
BELOW, ARE WARREN BODEKER’S DISCHARGE PAPERS, SHOWING WHERE, AND WHEN, HE SERVED:
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That is why plutocrats in government are particularly offensive. Romney (250 million)? Bloomberg (20 billion)? You see the above? Drop a 401K checque to the people defending USA from terrorists why don’t you, instead of watching USA go down? How many air craft carriers does 20 billion buy? How many 401ks is that worth? 600 and 50,000 respectively. If you guys don’t at least drop 10% of that fat (heck 50% for any respect to be accorded – so SELFISH . . . ) to help the real heroes above, nobody would bat a lid if 1% guys met ‘Muslims’. Then consider the below :
Just 1 single man below being subject to a proposed ‘Plutocrat Sequestered Wealth Requisition Bill’, could SAVE all army veterans half dead on the streets. But do we see anyone lifting a finger? Vote for 99%ters who will ratify such bills, not allow people to sequester the nation’s wealth while so many suffer, are homeless and starve . . . more so those who fought for the nation.
Name Net Worth Age Residence Source
1 Bill Gates
$59 B 55 Medina, Washington Microsoft
2 Warren Buffett
$39 B 81 Omaha, Nebraska Berkshire Hathaway
3 Larry Ellison
$33 B 67 Woodside, California Oracle
4 Charles Koch
$25 B 75 Wichita, Kansas diversified
4 David Koch
$25 B 71 New York, New York diversified
6 Christy Walton
$24.5 B 56 Jackson, Wyoming Wal-Mart
7 George Soros
$22 B 81 Katonah, New York hedge funds
8 Sheldon Adelson
$21.5 B 78 Las Vegas, Nevada casinos
9 Jim Walton
$21.1 B 63 Bentonville, Arkansas Wal-Mart
10 Alice Walton
$20.9 B 61 Fort Worth, Texas Wal-Mart
11 S. Robson Walton
S. Robson Walton
$20.5 B 67 Bentonville, Arkansas Wal-Mart
12 Michael Bloomberg
$19.5 B 69 New York, New York Bloomberg LP
13 Jeff Bezos
$19.1 B 47 Seattle, Washington Amazon.com
14 Mark Zuckerberg
$17.5 B 27 Palo Alto, California Facebook
15 Sergey Brin
$16.7 B 38 Los Altos, California Google
15 Larry Page
$16.7 B 38 Palo Alto, California Google
17 John Paulson
$15.5 B 55 New York, New York hedge funds
18 Michael Dell
$15 B 46 Austin, Texas Dell
19 Steve Ballmer
$13.9 B 55 Hunts Point, Washington Microsoft
20 Forrest Mars
$13.8 B 80 Big Horn, Wyoming candy
20 Jacqueline Mars
$13.8 B 71 The Plains, Virginia candy
20 John Mars
$13.8 B 75 Jackson, Wyoming candy, pet food
23 Paul Allen
$13.2 B 58 Mercer Island, Washington Microsoft, investments
24 Phil Knight
$13.1 B 73 Hillsboro, Oregon Nike
25 Carl Icahn
$13 B 75 New York, New York leveraged buyouts
26 Donald Bren
$12 B 79 Newport Beach, California real estate
26 Anne Cox Chambers
Anne Cox Chambers
$12 B 91 Atlanta, Georgia media
26 Ronald Perelman
$12 B 68 New York, New York leveraged buyouts
29 Abigail Johnson
$11.7 B 49 Milton, Massachusetts Fidelity
30 James Simons
$10.6 B 73 East Setauket, New York hedge funds
31 George Kaiser
$10 B 69 Tulsa, Oklahoma oil & gas, banking
32 Len Blavatnik
$9.5 B 54 London, N/A diversified
33 Harold Simmons
$9.3 B 80 Dallas, Texas investments
34 Jack Taylor
$9 B 89 St. Louis, Missouri Enterprise Rent-A-Car
35 Steve Cohen
$8.3 B 55 Greenwich, Connecticut hedge funds
36 Harold Hamm
$7.5 B 65 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma oil & natural gas
37 Rupert Murdoch
$7.4 B 80 New York, New York News Corp
38 James Goodnight
$7.1 B 68 Cary, North Carolina SAS Institute
39 Philip Anschutz
$7 B 71 Denver, Colorado investments
39 Andrew Beal
$7 B 58 Dallas, Texas banks, real estate
39 Steve Jobs
$7 B 56 N/A, N/A Apple, Pixar
39 Patrick Soon-Shiong
$7 B 59 Los Angeles, California generic drugs
43 Samuel Newhouse
$6.6 B 83 New York, New York Conde Nast
44 Ray Dalio
$6.5 B 62 Greenwich, Connecticut hedge funds
44 Edward Johnson
$6.5 B 81 Boston, Massachusetts Fidelity
46 Charles Ergen
$6.4 B 58 Denver, Colorado EchoStar
46 Richard Kinder
$6.4 B 66 Houston, Texas pipelines
48 Eli Broad
$6.3 B 78 Los Angeles, California investments
48 Leonard Lauder
$6.3 B 78 New York, New York Estee Lauder
50 Pierre Omidyar
$6.2 B 44 Honolulu, Hawaii Ebay
50 Eric Schmidt
$6.2 B 56 Atherton, California Google
52 Ralph Lauren
$6.1 B 71 New York, New York Ralph Lauren
53 Jim Kennedy
$6 B 63 Atlanta, Georgia media
53 Blair Parry-Okeden
$6 B 60 Scone, N/A media
55 Donald Newhouse
$5.9 B 81 Somerset County, New Jersey Conde Nast
55 Ira Rennert
$5.9 B 77 Sagaponack, New York investments
57 Charles Butt
$5.7 B 73 San Antonio, Texas supermarkets
58 David Geffen
$5.5 B 68 Malibu, California movies, music
59 Jeffrey Hildebrand
$5.3 B 52 Houston, Texas Oil
60 Richard DeVos
$5 B 85 Holland, Michigan Amway
60 Richard LeFrak
$5 B 66 New York, New York real estate
60 Frederik G.H. Meijer
Frederik G.H. Meijer
$5 B 91 N/A, N/A supermarkets
60 Thomas Peterffy
$5 B 67 Greenwich, Connecticut discount brokerage
60 David Tepper
$5 B 54 Livingston, New Jersey hedge funds
60 Dennis Washington
$5 B 77 Missoula, Montana construction, mining
66 Robert Rowling
$4.7 B 57 Dallas, Texas investments
66 Stephen Schwarzman
$4.7 B 64 New York, New York investments
66 Sam Zell
$4.7 B 69 Chicago, Illinois real estate, private equity
69 Rupert Johnson
$4.5 B 70 Burlingame, California Franklin Resources
69 John Malone
$4.5 B 70 Elizabeth, Colorado cable television
69 John Menard
$4.5 B 71 Eau Claire, Wisconsin Retail
72 Charles Johnson
$4.4 B 78 Hillsborough, California financial services
73 Ray Lee Hunt
Ray Lee Hunt
$4.3 B 68 Dallas, Texas oil, real estate
73 Bruce Kovner
$4.3 B 66 New York, New York hedge funds
75 Micky Arison
$4.2 B 62 Bal Harbour, Florida Carnival Cruises
75 Leonard Stern
$4.2 B 73 New York, New York real estate
75 Daniel Ziff
$4.2 B 39 New York, New York investments
75 Dirk Ziff
$4.2 B 47 North Palm Beach, Florida investments
75 Robert Ziff
$4.2 B 45 New York, New York investments
80 Sumner Redstone
$4.1 B 88 Beverly Hills, California Viacom
81 John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria
$4 B 67 Austin, Texas hair products, tequila
81 David Green
$4 B 69 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Hobby Lobby
81 William Koch
$4 B 71 Palm Beach, Florida oil, investments
81 Roger Wang
$4 B 62 Nanjing, Jiangsu retail
85 Leslie Wexner
$3.8 B 74 New Albany, Ohio retail
86 Henry Kravis
$3.7 B 67 New York, New York leveraged buyouts
86 Gordon Moore
$3.7 B 82 Woodside, California Intel
88 Robert Bass
$3.6 B 63 Fort Worth, Texas oil, investments
88 Jin Sook & Do Won Chang
Jin Sook & Do Won Chang
$3.6 B 56 Beverly Hills, California retail
88 Trevor Rees-Jones
$3.6 B 60 Dallas, Texas Oil & Gas
91 John Arnold
$3.5 B 37 Houston, Texas hedge funds
91 Dustin Moskovitz
$3.5 B 27 San Francisco, California Facebook
91 Henry Ross Perot
Henry Ross Perot
$3.5 B 81 Dallas, Texas computer services, real estate
91 John Sall
$3.5 B 63 Cary, North Carolina SAS Institute
91 Charles Schwab
$3.5 B 74 Atherton, California discount brokerage
96 Dannine Avara
$3.4 B 47 Houston, Texas pipelines
96 Gayle Cook
$3.4 B 77 Bloomington, Indiana medical devices
96 Scott Duncan
$3.4 B 28 Houston, Texas Pipelines
96 Milane Frantz
$3.4 B 42 Houston, Texas Pipelines
96 Bruce Halle
$3.4 B 81 Paradise Valley, Arizona Discount Tire
1 Michael Bloomberg Independent Mayor of New York City 2002–present $22 billion 2012 Founder of Bloomberg L.P.
2 Arnold Schwarzenegger Republican Governor of California 2003–2011 $800 million Actor
3 Amo Houghton Republican Representative from New York 1987–2005 $475 million Former CEO of Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated)
4 Jon Corzine Democrat US Senator from New Jersey
Governor of New Jersey 2001–2006
2006–2010 $300 million Former CEO of Goldman Sachs
5 Michael McCaul Republican Representative from Texas 2005–present $294 million 2011 Son-in-law of Clear Channel Communications founder Lowry Mays
6 Mitt Romney Republican Candidate for US Senator from Massachusetts
Governor of Massachusetts
Candidate for US President 1994
2008, 2012 $190-250 million 2012 Former CEO of Bain & Company and Bain Capital
7 Darrell Issa Republican Candidate for US Senator from California
Representative from California 1998
2001–present $220 million 2011 Founder of Directed Electronics
8 John Kerry Democrat US Senator from Massachusetts
Candidate for US President 1985–present
2004 $193 million 2011 His wife Teresa Heinz is the widow of the ketchup heir H. John Heinz III
9 Ted Kennedy Democrat US Senator from Massachusetts
Candidate for US President 1962–2009
1980 $163 million 2007
10 Bill and Hillary Clinton Democrat Governor of Arkansas
US Senator from New York
US Secretary of State 1979–1981, 1983–1992
2008-present $109 million
11 Rick Scott Republican Governor of Florida 2011–present $103 million 2010 Founder of Columbia Hospital Corporation
12 Jay Rockefeller Democrat Governor of West Virginia
US Senator from West Virginia 1977–1985
1985–present $81 million 2011
13 Mark Warner Democrat Governor of Virginia
US Senator from Virginia 2002–2006
2009–present $76 million 2011
14 Jared Polis Democrat Representative from Colorado 2009–present $65 million 2011 Founder of ProFlowers
Paul Krugman’s Alien Invasion Defense Idea To Save Economy Gets Brickbats, Bouquets From Experts – Posted: 06/21/2012 12:44 pm Updated: 06/21/2012 3:26 pm
Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman repeated his assertion this week that the United States could benefit economically if the government began pouring money into anti-ET defense in preparation for a possible alien invasion of Earth.
Even a faked war of the worlds scare might help, he suggested.
The Huffington Post reached out to some experts who share an intense interest in the idea that earthlings are not the only intelligent game in town — or space.
We asked, If there were an ET threat and if the U.S. government were to suddenly rechannel its budgets into preparing an anti-alien defense, would that ultimately save our economy? Their responses varied, ranging from skepticism to enthusiasm.
Here is a sampling of their replies emailed to HuffPost:
“I assume the alien attack is a euphemism designed to gain public support for that spending effort. Therefore, my position would be that the alien invasion he proposes to prepare for is with the mythical aliens. They are Hollywood contrivances and conveniently always have fatal vulnerabilities that humans can exploit. The good news in that scenario is we both defeat the evil aliens, and in this case, restore our economy.” — John Alexander, a retired Army colonel and developer of the concept of nonlethal defense at Los Alamos National Laboratory
“Any aliens that have the capability to come here and ruin our whole day by vaporizing Earth or terrorizing its hominid inhabitants, would be centuries — perhaps millennia — beyond our technical level. To spend effort preparing for such a lugubrious possibility would be like the Neanderthals organizing their society to defend themselves against the U.S. Air Force. That won’t do them much good on the battlefield. But who’s to say? Maybe it would improve the Neanderthal economy.” — Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute and chair of the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Committee
“With just a little nudge, Krugman could become ‘the one’ economist to present a feasible Space Age stimulus package that would change the entire war-based economy and mentality into a Space Age one. The Cosmos Culture truth gets officially acknowledged. They land — by invitation! New roles for the military industrial complex, entrepreneurs, worldwide, with huge benefits and opportunities for ALL! Space travel, hotels, space hospitals, schools, labs, farms, industries — tech and info applied directly to solving urgent problems of human needs.” — Carol Rosin, aerospace executive, missile defense consultant and president of the Institute for Security and Cooperation in Outer Space
“There is no way to prepare for an alien invasion. These theoretical visitors would have overwhelming superior technology. What we should do is spend the dollars on something useful, such as an all-out commitment to colonize Mars within ten years. The ripple effect would be dynamic and the challenge would once again awaken our pioneering spirit!” — Fife Symington, a former governor of Arizona and Air Force officer, and witness to what he has called a huge UFO over Phoenix in 1997
“Do we know what practices would be effective in resisting aliens? Wouldn’t the public have to be convinced, in all countries, that there is such a threat? When have the major nations on this planet shown they can agree on any military course of action? Earthlings are already spending a trillion dollars a year on things military. Where would the money come from? Krugman seems to be suggesting more lies are what is needed. How about everybody cutting their military budgets in half and feeding people instead?” — Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist who worked on classified programs for large companies and is an advocate of the idea that some UFOs originate from other planets
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Paul Krugman is right here. If aliens redistributed the collective wealth of the above billionaire persons perhaps including those worth 50 million and above all the way to the billion level types as well, (heck leave them 20 million to spend on their retirement – thats 50 times 401K btw), American debt would be immediately ended and everyone could own a fully paid reasonable sized home and average car at least. If Obama is ‘alien’ enough, Obama could enact wealth distribution laws to pull USA out of the economic b.s. and still your above people will be waaaay above everyone else who just got that 401K . . . the collective joy of near 330+ million Americans could well elevate Obama to the status of a demi-God and even counter the ‘anger’ of the 1% of 50,000 people of the above levels (the 1%’ll be so angry having only 20 million left . . . riiiight and others are overjoyed with 401K yer spoiled brats, people are losing decades of their lives and what do 1%ters do with that wealth when their fellow countrymen suffer? Nothing, even for those who shot at ‘terrorists’ and got injured to keep these fat cats safe, meanwhile predatory Capitalists local and foreign further tear down USA . . . ) . . .
Russian President Dominates Weaker Obama by Ulsterman on June 19, 2012 with 14 Comments in News
News reports now circulating of a more dominant Vladimir Putin lecturing a weak and uncertain President Obama…
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Independence wise Putin probably has more freedom from the Duma than Obama has from Congress. The problem is both Duma and Congress are staffed by alot of people interested in themselves and not better country or democracy. The term limit issue just downs alot of respect for Putin’s sense of democracy. It’s not like Putin cannot influence from the background at least. This authoritarianism is rather bold faced and not healthy.
Also when Putin or the Duma decided to remake Russia by ‘clamping down’ or driving underground the entertainments industry in Russia such as gambling and adult services, also the LGBT issues, Russia looked kinda worse for wear under Putin – why should anyone feel the need to clamp down on fun or self expression in sexuality?
Putin’s probably a great guy if he didn’t influence (or allow the Duma) to influence policy by holding power like that (to be more statesmanlike, even if after relinquishing all posts, Putin could still realize whatever vision Putin has for Russia. This points to a Duma that has their own ideas causing Putin to want to violate 2nd term limits which typify the best nations in the world.
Obama could try to communicate this aspect of democracy – but probably won’t because Obama’s head is spinning from all that bombardment of personal interest types much less mention TERM limitless Senate and Congress etc.. Both sides have severe structural problems but USA’s probably is healthier for the 99%, and the 99% are what the country is, not the people at the top. Russia’s a little grimmer though unofficially Russians probably should still be able to have fun, but without the law behind the above banned entertainments, whats the point?
Big really IS beautiful! Meet the 18st pageant queens who fatten up to be crowned Miss Large – by Deborah Arthurs – PUBLISHED: 07:54 GMT, 20 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:39 GMT, 20 June 2012
Beauty pageants are not usually associated with cellulite, rolls of flab or the models with thunderous thighs that wobble like jelly.
But in Israel’s Miss Large beauty contest, such qualities are highly prized.
Contestants in the Fat and Beautiful competition, held in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva last weekend, could only enter after proving they weighed the requisite 80kg (12st 6lbs).
Many of the 16 contestants, vying to be crowned the next Miss Large more than met the quota.
Israel’s new Miss Large: Fat and Beautiful winner, Vered Fisher, accepts her prize
Big win: Miss Large Beauty winner, Vered Fisher, centre, stands on stage at the end of the Fat and Beautiful contest held in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva on Monday
Preparations underway: Models have their make-up done backstage
Esterica Nagid, a modelling agent who has sponsored the ‘Fat and Beautiful’ pageant for 20 years, said fat is beautiful too
Gearing up: A contestant prepares to stalk the catwalk at the Fat and Beautiful pageant, which is into its 20th consecutive year
After a succession of rounds, Israel crowned its new plus-sized beauty queen.
Weighing in at 110 kilograms (17st 3lbs), Vered Fisher, 22, won first prize and was crowned Israel’s Fat and Beautiful queen.
Fisher, who served in the intelligence unit in the Israeli army, walked down the catwalk in a packed hotel conference room alongside the other contestants, dressed in casual wear and evening gowns.
Esterica Nagid, a modelling agent who has sponsored the Fat and Beautiful pageant for the 20th consecutive year, said fat is beautiful too.
‘I want to show that there is no difference between skinny and fat. Nobody determined that only the skinny girls are beautiful.
‘I am not encouraging fat but if it exists and is aesthetic and pretty, then this is the place to express it,’ Nagid said.
The criteria, Nagid said, is to first and foremost be beautiful and to weigh between 80kg (12st 6lbs) to 120kg (18st 9lbs).
Fisher’s message, after being crowned, was for large ladies to be proud of their size.
‘Stay this way because you are pretty as you are and you can succeed as you are,’ Fisher said.
Nerves: The contestants look apprehensive as they await their moment in the spotlight
Striking a pose: Four contestants proudly display their curves
Who says you have to be skinny to be beautiful? Fat and Beautiful pageant entrants believe bigger is best
‘I am not encouraging fat but if it exists and is aesthetic and pretty, then this is the place to express it,’ the pageant sponsor said
Open mind: ‘I am not encouraging fat but if it exists and is aesthetic and pretty, then this is the place to express it,’ the pageant sponsor said
Dressed up: The girls took part in both a casual round and an evening wear round
On the catwalk: The girls took part in both a casual round and an evening wear round where they had to parade on a runway in front of judges
Glam up: The girls prepare to strut their stuff backstage
Weighing in: The criteria, the organisers said, is to first and foremost be beautiful, and to weigh between 80kg (12st 6lbs) and 120kg (18st 9lbs
It’s showtime: The girls gather in the wings before taking their turn on the stage
Big moment: The girls put the finishing touches to their outfits before taking heading on stage to fight for the Miss Large crown
Dressed to impress: The pageant has a casual and an eveningwear round, but unlike Miss World, has no swimwear or sportswear segments
Inspiring words: ‘Stay this way because you are pretty as you are and you can succeed as you are,’ the organisers insist
Commentator comments :
so the thing is, yes, generally
– rennee, word, 20/6/2012 16:22
‘fattening up’ ? You may as well just write ‘free heart attack if you win’!!! It’s unhealthy and these type of shows cannot Go on! They are as damaging to your body as the size zero models! Proud of being overweight? No thanks!
– reality bites, somewhere over the rainbow…, 20/6/2012 16:21
I don’t understand why its only extreme’s represented in these types of things. Its either extremely underweight or those that are overweight, where are the size 8-12 girls represented?! As a size 10 with hips i can’t find anywhere i’m represented on catwalks or pageants like this.
– Leanne, Wales, 20/6/2012 16:08
A buch of lightweights compared to Bangkok’s Jumbo Queens! They are a sort of dance troupe often to be seen at exhibitions and expo’s etc, They are really funny.
– Fed up WITH people saying fed up OF!, Redditch, 20/6/2012 16:02
beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but relative health is less subjective. most of the ladies pictured are well outside health body weight ranges. fortunately most women would loath to be in this state. sadly for the wrong reasons, especially the young and impressionable ones, focused instead on some strange definition of beauty, often put forth by the fashion industry, which oddly enough is run by gay men. perhaps this is why their definition of beauty is ill matched to a healthy female body. nothing sinister, just that women don’t often naturally look like skinny boys. focus on being healthy and you will look beautiful to the vast majority of people, though perhaps not to gay fashion designers. a fair trade off.
– dman, vancouver, 20/6/2012 16:01
No. 20 and No. 9 aren’t even fat ????
– Pig, The Piggery, 20/6/2012 15:43
– Soph, UK, 20/6/2012 15:35
I’ve got no objection to tis, except why are they all so badly dressed? The clothes are so cheap and nasty looking.
– Alisson, London, UK, 20/6/2012 15:26
Errrrr no, between 12 and 18 stone Jesus ! These lasses have not sean 12 stone since they were a very young child, they are 16 -20 stone morbidly obese, and not very beautiful. These people are a disgrace to our species.
– Dave, Preston, 20/6/2012 15:19
They all actually look like pigs, to all the fat women out there who try to run down slim girls for being skinny, LOOK AT THESE WOMEN, they look 30% human and 70% pig!!!!!! Some female models may be underweight but i dont see any that look like cross between a whale and a pig!!!
– My name a Borat, This a my country thankyou please, 20/6/2012 15:18
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The less uniform, the more diverse, the more equally treated, with proper spaces assigned, the better the world.
Big really IS beautiful! – TO SOME PEOPLE. Please remember diversity and don’t disenfranchise everyone else with a statement like that. Plenty of beanpoles would be offended, not that the same should be ‘REALLY is beautiful’ either. That is for the beholder to exclaim, not the online mag to EXCLAIM FOR readers.
World’s first amphibious sports car unveiled – Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:12
It reaches up to speeds of 290kmh on land and 72kmh in water. And at a bargain-basement price of US$295,500 (S$374,600) in the United States, the world’s first amphibious sports car could be yours.
For those who have always fantasized of driving on land and sea, this car is a dream come true.
Inventor Marc Witt spent six years turning his dream sports car into a sea-worthy vehicle and this brushed aluminum and stainless steel car-boat hybrid is finally up for sale at a California-based Fantasy Junction, where collector automobiles and vintage racing cars are sold.
Developed by a one-man operation, Sea Lion is powered by a 174-horsepower 13B rotary engine pulled from a 1974 Mazda RX3 and designed with a body which could function as a road-vehicle, yet also be waterproof when it hits the lakes or sea.
When Witt first started building the car, he aimed to reach 96kmh, which is now the water-record speed set by an amphibious car among competitors, although there is no official body to rule on this.
According to the listing, there has been talk of creating a corporate event, similar to Burning Man or Kinetic Sculpture Race, which records and awards competitors with specific acknowledgements.
“This, however, may be more of a detriment than assistance. The addition of rules and requirements always diminish scientific achievement and exploration. And it just plain ruins all the fun!” said the listing.
World record aside, Witt designed and built the entire vehicle with CAD and “spreadsheet calculations”. The gearing has been set to handle speeds of up to 288kmh.
With a flick of a switch, the car automatically converts itself from being road-worthy to sea-worthy.
The front wheels are hydraulically moved into wheel wells once the car ventures into water with a massive spoiler in front to split through the waves.
However, the Sea Lion is a single-seater, so you can’t bring friends on a spin in water.
Writing on Fantasy Junction, Witt said: “Building Sea Lion has been an enjoyable exploration. I have provided the basic architecture for the car and resolved every conflicting interaction between car and boat.
“The next chapter of this project is to provide an ultimate engine and begin speed trials. There are many highly qualified rotary engine builders who have decades of experience making reliable high performance improvements.
“It is best to bring a specialist builder on board for the rest of this endeavor and bring the car up to its full potential.
Purchasing the Sea Lion also means that you get it modified by the inventor himself, as Witt wrote that he is willing to continue working with the buyer on all future modifications.
“I will remain available as a consultant, engineer, machinist and psychiatrist for whoever decides to venture further into the amphibious record books.”
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. . . and psychiatrist ? Out of context and a veiled threat to freedom of travel lovers that want to drive off the road and into the ocean seamlessly if anything. This is about convenience and freedom not sanity . . .
Consumers, wait for India or China to build the same at 10 times cheaper, no need to worry about psychiatrists too in those countries. That way you can buy 10 times as many or have spare parts to last 10 warranty periods worth . . .
Papers cast doubt on C.Y. explanation : Clause in documentation suggests he may have known about illegal structures when he bought houses – Joyce Ng – Jun 26, 2012
Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying might have been aware of the existence of illegal structures on his two houses on The Peak when he bought them, a clause in the sale and purchase agreement suggests.
According to a clause in the agreement, signed by Leung in 1999, he agreed to “waive and relinquish all [his] rights to raise any requisition on the state, condition and structure of the property … or on the existence of the internal partitions in, and additions and alterations to, the property (if any) whether [they] are illegal, unauthorised or otherwise”.
Ambrose Lam San-keung, a lawyer specialising in property transactions, said it was normal to put such a clause into a purchase agreement if a house was sold by auction or tender. In this case, it did not indicate whether vendor and purchaser were aware of illegal structures. However, if it was sold through other means, such as through an agent, or a private deal, there was a possibility both sides were aware of such infringements.
“It is usually the vendor, who is in a stronger bargaining position, that puts in the clause to forbid the buyer to claim any compensation or withdraw from the deal because of any illegal structures discovered in future,” Lam said.
It is unclear through what means Leung purchased the houses at No 4 Peel Rise. According to the Land Registry, he bought the two houses in 1999 for HK$66 million, directly from developer Housing Development.
Leung has claimed the structures were already in the houses when he bought them, and that the houses were occupied by the developer after they were built in 1992. A director for the developer, Robert Lau Siu-kit, declined to respond to enquiries. It is also uncertain if the houses were rented after the developer moved out and before being sold to Leung.
Grace Fung Sin-yu and Peter Lo Chi-lik, the lawyers who acted for the vendor and for Leung respectively, also declined to answer media inquiries.
Meanwhile, Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan restated yesterday that he would press for a debate on the scandal at tomorrow’s Legislative Council session and call for a vote of confidence soon on Leung.
Lau Kong-wah, a Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmaker, said his party would not support the vote. “I cannot accept Leung’s explanation that the unauthorised alterations stem from pure negligence. He needs to explain himself .”
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Petty and inconsequential issue. Amend those laws immediately. Private property is sacrosanct, and should not be affected by outdated laws or used in this manner for political attacks. For some background on bad law writing or refusal to amend bad laws (or why this is happening to Leung), do read up on the link below :
Ron Paul Admits He’s On Social Security, Even Though He Believes It’s Unconstitutional – The Huffington Post | By Erin Mershon Posted: 06/20/2012 11:26 am Updated: 06/21/2012 6:52 pm
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) may rail against Social Security insolvency in the public eye, but that hasn’t stopped him from accepting the government checks.
The libertarian-leaning Republican and former presidential candidate admitted Wednesday that he accepts Social Security checks just minutes after he called for younger generations to wean themselves off the program, in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“I want young people to opt out of Social Security, but my goal isn’t to cut,” he said.
The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein then asked Paul, “A bit of a personal question — Are you on Social Security? Do you get social security checks?”
Paul admitted he does, stating, “[It’s] just as I use the post office, I use government highways, I use the banks, I use the federal reserve system. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t work to remove this in the same way on Social Security.”
Paul also said he still pays more into Social Security than he gets in his checks.
Paul is outspoken about the need to end government programs like the Federal Reserve and the departments of energy and education. But he said he would not eliminate programs like Social Security and Medicare, despite his belief that the programs are unconstitutional. He planned to allow citizens under the age of 25 to opt out of the system in order to save their own money for retirement, if elected to the presidency.
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How about Ron Paul remits with interest all the checques he has received directly back into the system instead of hanging on to that backlog of cash – so that there will be no ethical or voter base fallout? Practise what you preach . . .
New Program Teaches Border Agents to Flee and Hide When Confronted – posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 11:39 AM
It’s an Obama world.
A new program is teaching US border agents to run, hide and call for help when they are confronted by a shooter.
Conservative Observer reported this from the local 2544 website:
In another nauseating series of “Virtual Learning Center” brainwashing courses that Border Patrol agents are forced to sit behind a computer for hours and endure, we are now taught in an “Active Shooter” course that if we encounter a shooter in a public place we are to “run away” and “hide”. If we are cornered by such a shooter we are to (only as a last resort) become “aggressive” and “throw things” at him or her. We are then advised to “call law enforcement” and wait for their arrival (presumably, while more innocent victims are slaughtered). Shooting incidents cited in the course are Columbine, the Giffords shooting and the Virginia Tech shooting.
These types of mandatory brainwashing courses and the idiocy that accompanies them are simply stunning when they are force-fed to law enforcement officers. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that any three of the above shootings would have been stopped cold by an off-duty law enforcement officer or a law abiding citizen with a gun. The Fort Hood shooting would have been stopped cold by someone with a gun as well. The shooters in these situations depend on unarmed and scared victims. It gives them the power they seek. We could go on and on with examples of shootings that could have been stopped by someone with a firearm. One of the videos in this course actually shows a terrified female hiding behind a desk as an example of how to “hide” from some deranged shooter.
Multiple quizzes throughout the course and a final test ensure repeatedly that we know that we only have three options when encountering some murderous thug in a public place. 1. Run away; 2. Hide; and 3. Only put up a fight as a last resort by acting aggressively and throwing things at the shooter. Not one mention anywhere of “if you are carrying a gun and you have the opportunity take the shooter out”.
Calling 911 in these instances is obvious, but we all know that waiting on the arrival of uniformed law enforcement will ensure more people are killed, injured, or taken hostage. Telling law enforcement officers that in all instances they are to run away and hide from some thug while innocent victims are butchered is simply inexcusable and pathetic.
Hat Tip Dave S.
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How about some non-lethal weapons like highly viscuous non-poisonous glue guns (hand sized globs at the face are less harmful than pepper spray or chemical spray, with beach ball sized globs that can be aimed at the legs to immobilize, oil filled condoms thrown by bazooka like weapons at range to make running impossible, slip up the robbers etc..), net guns or other non-lethal stuff. To capture alive your assailant shooters will be a sign of skill. Tasers btw are almost a death sentence. Conversely, the same non-lethality is also recommended to criminals who don’t need to murder. These sorts of ammo and weapons are relatively harmless, can be used with impunity and can get the job done.
This form of urban de-escalation should be backed with some method of getting back at people attacking, with dangerous weapons WITH the reasons that cause criminality in mind – wealth distribution and sequestration, extreme Capitalism without controls that lead to ‘Occupy’ or street riots.
Meanwhile use of hand to hand martial arts by *fit and healthy* enforcement etc.. should be the main paradigm. Rather than the fat pig cops shooting back lethal weapons partly also because they are not fit enough to fight or run (Obama got this one right, no more lethal arms or trigger happy attitudes) from a range, we could have the above disabling weapons or highly skilled types hand to hand. This is not Matrix inspired but pain is REAL and unnecessary if the boffins would develop ‘Sticky Bullets and Glue Mortars’ (have fun with the innuendo . . . Bukk—) . . . so even people getting robbed would just need a shower rather than being killed. Cornstarch with the consistency of taffy anyone? In your face! And yes d*cks are the solution to near everything . . .
At the same time though, the stand on right to bear arms stands! You can openly carry and even harmlessly discharge, but just remember that incidental or accidental destruction of property, injuries and deaths will be penalized accordingly . . . below are some paragraph that could be included into the 2nd Amendment . . .
Hidden weapons (like disguised or hidden sword and gun – canes/watches/handbags/shoes), any persons who do carry hidden weapons could be required to install something on their handphone or be required to be licensed by the seller (who will hand details to enforcement, carry a transmitter that is activated (communicating to a reasonably short radius – we do not need beacons spanning miles for this – to any police or intelligence persons locally in the area should suffice) when the safety goes off or the weapon is unsheathed.
Unlike the open carry persons who effectively declare that they have a weapon and need no transmitters to warn others, this form of ‘disclosure’ (which should include local community licensing as well as communicaion to airports etc. so there will be no problems transporting) of hidden weapons carrying people will be the best way to retain civil society WHILE ensuring social freedoms. This is the trade off or penalty, for holding hidden weapons. Open carry weapons types are in fact also aware they are using weapons, and in fact are forthright enough to not worry about people seeing them carry weapons, they do not intend to do anything criminal but do want 2nd amendment rights.
Some suggested penalties (after indictment of guilt AFTER proper trial) alongside legislation advocacy :
i) all hospital and loss of work expenses if person accidentally hit
ii) a right to strike back or to ask anothere to strike on behalf – equitably – is granted the victim (eye for eye should discourage attacks by most sane people)
iii) do not recommend prison (enriches the prison contractors)
iv) do not recommend fine which enriches the state, the issue is between 2 persons in the private sector, NOT for the state to enrich off people’s troubles but the state is needed as witness and judge AT as low cost as possible
v) in the case of death, any relative may be given right to deal death in similar manner
vi) repair replacement of property if damaged destroyed
In some cases private assisted suicide WITH WEAPONS, may be required so proper documents absolving the ‘assistant’, or suicide alone, in front of a panel of APPROPRIATE professional state witnesses should also be legal. That life belongs to the individual, NOT the state. The state is here to be witness and to legislate, not profiteer. As such actions might offend those alive, laws might make the above an offense in public venues as such actions ’cause alarm’ but in private or isolated venues, will be legal. Clean up of bloodstains etc. is the responsibility of all living parties involved. Any subsequent alarm from lack of clean up, will be penalised appropriately (typically an apology to alarmed persons and a second clean up overseen by enforcement will do). Democracy is not mob rule and minority of 1 is democracy.
Sons of PRs must do NS to keep status: Defence Minister – AsiaOne – Sunday, Jul 01, 2012
SINGAPORE – Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen reiterated that sons of permanent residents (PRs) have to complete national service (NS) in order to keep PR status.
Speaking to the Straits Times, Minister Ng said that first-generation PRs are exempted from NS, but have to be aware that their sons have to do complete the duty if they apply for PR status for their children.
Addressing concerns about NS-liable PRs renouncing their residency before serving NS, Dr Ng added that second-generation PRs face harsh penalties if they choose not to fulfill their two years and give up their PR status.
Minister Ng’s comments come as an ongoing debate takes place about the need for more punitive measures to make second-generation PRs serve the military stint, including imposing a security bond on their parents, to be forfeited if the sons do not go through NS.
Dr Ng said that current measures in place are already harsher than that.
According to Colonel Kenneth Liow, second-generation PRs’ failure to serve NS will be taken into account when they apply to study or work in Singapore in the future, said in a letter to The Straits Times forum.
Minister Ng also said that he received letter letters from families who say they have been separated because NS-liable PRs chose not to complete their duty.
Dr Ng, however, pointed out that Singapore has to enforce the NS policy to send a clear signal that NS duty must be fulfilled, despite the difficulties.
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Must be fulfilled? NS is a human rights abuse that cannot be fairly applied on anyone. Citizenship to a nation is a right, to refuse military conscription a HUMAN RIGHT and privilege of all sentient beings, sapient beings. Singapore is an undemocratic failure that need to be taught a lesson by the citizens. If all citizens in Singapore vote to remove nepotists and end the NS system, there is nothing anyone can say MUST about. The human right to ABSTAIN from military service can be upheld. Only a matter of time before the densest of citizens realize this and file a lawsuit against MINDEF for rights to REFUSE NS. Conversely if a minority wanted NS even if the majority refused, the same would apply with that minority entitled to any reasonable state funding for their military proclivity ( . . . bunch of ‘Klingons‘, but still their right – even as they have no right to force others to be ‘Klingons‘ . . . ).
Even if majority of citizens wanted NS, the minority that refuses has a right to not be forced or subject to punitive treatment for the RIGHT TO REFUSE. This is the essence of democracy, the essence of civilisation and mercy of religion, that Gandhi’s ‘minority of one rule’ also esconces, that shows civilisation instead of punitive mob mindedness through writing of inconsiderate laws that force upon others values (in this case militarized values) and religious belief systems which are unjustifiable for first world implementation upon all and sundry though selective and consensual one -on-one basis submissions to the ‘unreason’ of the faith requirement may be posssible.
This dictatorship minded mentality is a symbol of 3rd world countries. This MUST DO NS attitude is a blight on HUMAN RIGHTS that UN should condemn. EVEN RED SOVIET RUSSIA IS ABOLISHING FORCED CONSCRIPTIONS. See below link on Russia being more socially enlightened than Singapore :
Conscriptions (NS) in Russia : No conscription by 2012? – http://wri-irg.org/node/8179
Even Putin is a nicer guy than this Minister Mentor creep in this issue! Singapore has good media.propaganda machinery, but FACTS are FACTS and spin is but spin. ALL FREE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO STATE RETALIATION FOR THEIR RIGHT TO ABSTAIN FROM FORCED MILITARY CONSCRIPTION.
With enough people leaving the military, the parasite contractor-supplier paradigm for military, the parasite Industrial-Military Complex, and even wars around the world will end. Only the junta minded will force peoples of any free nation (or even planet) to militarise against their will or be subject to retaliatory treatment for demanding abstention clauses or a right to not attend. More Singaporean junta mindedness in the below article.
Conscriptions (NS) in NATO countries : http://piazzadcara.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/natos-global-open-door-policy-stop-nato/
European Partnership for Peace members and those with Individual Partnership Action Programs and Membership Action Plans in addition – Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Malta, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine – “have restructured their armed forces” as a prerequisite for NATO integration. That is, they have been “professionalized” by abolishing conscription and shifting their mandate from territorial defense to expeditionary deployments abroad and transitioning from domestic and often Russian armaments to Western ones.
Both ‘superpowers’ and largest military blocs in the world have abolished forced conscription. The best soldiers incidentally are those who VOLUNTEER (A Sultan who has yet to make clear on apartheid did at least speak on the ‘Spirit of Volunteerism . . . one wonders if said Sultan would throw that weight of ethos at Malaysia’s own Forced Conscription system as well too?’ . . . rather than are forcibly conscripted under threat of jail terms of fines, which in all moral and ethical consideration is quite barbaric and uncivilised as well. Shame on Singapore’s and all other forced conscription ‘policied’ 3rd world junta minded and nepotistic mentality!
Ex-MOE teacher recalls ‘dehumanizing’ experiences of trainee teachers
I have seen one attempted suicide during my stint in NIE. Very few people are aware about the dehumanizing experience of being a trainee teachers, especially during practicum.
During my practicum many years back, I was forced to write at least 16 pages of lesson plan each day. Many of my classmates have gone through the same thing. That is to say, you have 1.5 hours for each page of lesson plan provided if you stay awake for 24 hours everyday. I have heard horror stories of even much worst practicum supervisors.
Very often, a practicum students are taken by HODs, who use them to reduce their already very little teaching hours. HODs are generally the more noxious staffs in a school. They will use whatever ways to put somebody down. My HOD taught 4 hours a week after he has given me his class. His monthly salary is close to $10,000. So that make his hourly rate $625.
MOE is atrocious enough to know that many people will quit given the system sucks big time. So every teachers are indentured to MOE for 3 years. If you break bond right after you complete NIE, most likely the penalties today is greater than $50,000 if you are a graduate. A few NIE students may find despair and hopeless given the above obligations. This may be a significant reason trainee teachers choose suicide.
The HOD can fail someone with no reasons at all. I knew people who failed even after interventions by NIE supervisor and school co-supervisor. Of course, HOD will pull in the support equally noxious principal or vice-principal, who will collude willingly. Going back to NIE after practicum, those who have failed will meet a certain “A” (years back). Officially she is supposed to understand what is going wrong. Actually, the meeting with her is a sickening rebuke where she will sing praise of the whole system and put all failed candidate down, even if everyone know there is serious institutional problem in MOE.
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Some of us studied in the Singapore system. The system is an actionable joke that leaves many bad feelings for Singapore. The below list is applicable to 1980s-90s only. We never looked back . . .
There were ‘protected and pre-scripted kids of the ‘civil junta”, extreme canings by teachers that leave bruises that take weeks to heal, stage shamings, very likely closeted paedophiles, intolerance for LGBT, gangsterism, teachers putting on a big show for god knows what purposes, teachers that THREW STAPLERS (not staples but STAPLERS) and fist sized wooden chalk dusters, teachers that were there for salaries not because they liked children (in the right manner), that were ex-cops but acted or projected a sense of being like gangsters (suffice to say both police and gangster might have links or are beholden to PAP . . . ), and others lording over the children than educating or helping them become better people, with manipulative, parasitic and predatory behaviour throughout, littered with abusive treatment of impressionable children barely in their tweens even by pre-scripted fellow students in the PAP junta families.
If you value your child’s well being, do not enroll in the Asian public school system – ESPECIALLY Singapore’s. I did not attend Singapore’s NS, but heard that people could have been INTENTIONALLY injured ‘accidentally’ by ‘junta families’, and hazing incidents of various sorts designed to ‘teach’ submission to the system. Truly Asia. Then think nepotism and limitless terms in government alongside institutionalised racism on all sides . . . the above HOD issue is just the tip of a very ugly iceberg about Singapore’s patchwork system of abuses.
Anyone up for a lawsuit against the Singapore Education system? Do tell me, plenty of unresolved trauma needs to be corrected and exposed while bloated personalities award themselves millions in salaries and create fatuous posts paid for by the tax payer . . . If you want to raise a vicious minded brute, do send your kid to Singapore, there are none skimming more the limits of legality, none more barbaric than the Singaporean Junta minded militarists and the pathological, TERM LIMITLESS Lee Oligarch Family Bloc . . .
Obama’s Key Health Reforms Hang In Balance : The fate of Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul could have a major impact on this year’s Presidential election. – 2:23pm UK, Monday 25 June 2012 – by Dominic Waghorn, US correspondent
Barack Obama’s signature achievement, a law-reforming healthcare in America, hangs in the balance with a Supreme Court decision on its fate due this week.
The Affordable Care Act, known as ‘Obamacare’ to its opponents, had two central aims – to reduce rocketing healthcare costs and expand the number of people with health insurance.
Ron Pollak, from US health advocacy, says the fact that as many as 50 million Americans have no health insurance is extraordinary.
“We pay more for healthcare as a nation by far than any other country in the world and yet one sixth of our nation doesn’t have health coverage,” he said.
“In the Western world, how can you explain this?”
America’s healthcare system is notoriously dysfunctional. While it delivers excellent care to those who can afford it, many have been left out, including many of the poor and the chronically ill.
The ACA was designed to address many of those issues. But it was challenged by Republican opponents, at first in public meetings, then in Congress where intense wrangling watered down some of its key provisions.
Its opponents then took their battle to the courts. They say the reforms are unconstitutional because they force Americans who can afford health insurance to have health insurance.
Two years ago, few legal scholars believed that challenge would be taken seriously but that has changed.
Three months ago, Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments questioning the constitutional validity of ‘Obamacare’.
The tone of questioning by some of the more conservative justices led many observers to believe the reforms may be in trouble.
Ron Pollack told Sky News he fears politics is now guiding America’s highest court more than the law.
“If this case is decided on a five to four partisan line, I think it undermines the confidence the public has about the Supreme Court as an objective arbiter of difficult legal decisions,” he said.
The Supreme Court could strike down the whole law, though that is thought highly unlikely. Many of the reforms are likely to survive but some fundamental elements are thought vulnerable to removal by justices.
Legal and health experts differ on how fatal a blow that would deal the reforms as a whole.
If the Supreme Court does knock the heart out of the law, it will be a stunning reversal for Mr Obama and a huge blow for the tens of millions without health insurance.
He says he has no plan B and his Republican rivals seem to have no substantial alternative either.
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Refine the most contentious sections that are NOT profit oriented but rather people oriented. Also opt-outs for any who choose to not be part of ‘Obamacare’ or any insurance system. No penalties for those who do not want to be part of the sysytem. Conversely, states that pull out will also have to ensure individuals who do want ‘Obamacare’ will have access to ‘Obamacare’. Perhaps only 1% of the yearly salary could be ‘penalized’, BUT only upon those who earn 50K and above?