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The New American

Not long ago, Americans feared and ridiculed the police states cursing too many parts of the world. We worried that they might one day conquer us despite their poverty and general misery even as we mocked their totalitarian tactics — especially their “Papers, please” mentality. Indeed, being forced to prove one’s identity to a bureaucrat on demand, having to carry and produce documents with personal information for his approval — or condemnation — seemed especially horrifying. One of our classic films, Casablanca, revolved around the deadly hassles of obtaining or forging such papers under the Nazis; episodes of Mission Impossible in the 1960s often featured the same detail as American agents outwitted sinister Slavic tyrants. What tragic irony, then, that the U.S. government increasingly compels us to identify ourselves. And it’s an even greater tragedy that this command no longer terrifies Americans, let alone goads them to protest. Until now. While the president and his cro

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Wired

Albert “Segvec” Gonzalez has been indicted by a federal grand jury in New Jersey — along with 2 unnamed Russian conspirators — on charges of hacking into Heartland Payment Systems, the New Jersey-based card processing company, as well as Hannaford Brothers, 7-Eleven and two unnamed national retailers. Gonzalez, a former Secret Service informant, is already awaiting trial over his involvement in the TJX hack.

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CNS

Americans had to work from January 1 until August 12 this year just to cover the cost of government. That is 26 days more than they had to work last year to cover the cost of government. “Cost of Government Day” this year fell on Wednesday, August 12, according to Americans for Tax Reform, the conservative group that calculates when the day occurs. Cost of Government Day is the day in the year when the American people have earned enough income to pay the total cost of the spending and regulatory burden imposed by government at the federal, state, and local level.

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Freedom Fighter Radio

Yes, Michelle Bachmann the latest FAKE Conservative that had recently had TOO swift a rise to national notoriety and gained popularity within the Patriot community with her Academy Award Winning floor speeches pretending to attack the Federal Reserve voted AYE on HR2749 Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009.  I have looked at two different sources of the voting record of this bill.  

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AP

A former state employee responsible for some of Texas' most vulnerable residents was convicted of injuring them during orchestrated fights at a state facility for the developmentally disabled.

Jesse Salazar, 25, was one of six former employees at the Corpus Christi State School charged in an abuse scandal that police described as a "fight club."

The jury found Salazar guilty of intentionally causing injury to a disabled person, a third-degree felony. The trial immediately moved into the penalty phase. Prosecutors asked for the maximum of 10 years in prison, while Salazar requested probation. The jury did not reach a decision on the sentence before the end of the day and was to resume deliberations Friday.

 

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Forbes

The government's profligacy could spell doom for the U.S. History is littered with examples of major economic and financial crises in countries that have engaged in profligate public spending. These sad experiences should be raising red flags in the U.S. Public finances suggest that the country could very well be on the path to either a destructive burst of inflation or an outright government debt default.

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Statesman

For the second time in recent weeks, the Texas state auditor's office says it cannot determine whether a state financial regulatory agency has been doing its job properly because federal officials in Dallas refused to allow access to state records critical to the audit. Now, State Auditor John Keel is asking for immediate release of the records, which his office originally sought five months ago.

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abcnews.go.com/

TARP Special Inspector Says Treasury Is Keeping Taxpayers in the Dark. 

"The total potential federal government support could reach up to $23.7 trillion," says Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, in a report released today on the government's efforts to fix the financial system.

Yes, $23.7 trillion.

"The potential financial commitment the American taxpayers could be responsible for is of a size and scope that isn't even imaginable," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

"If you spent a million dollars a day going back to the birth of Christ, that wouldn't even come close to just $1 trillion -- $23.7 trillion is a staggering figure."

To be sure, we aren't there yet.

The government has about 50 different programs to fight the current recession, in

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Washington Post

LaHood said he will convene a meeting Sept. 30 to formulate "concrete steps . . . to make drivers think twice about taking their eyes off the road for any reason."

LaHood is counting on frightening numbers -- cellphone use is a factor in an estimated 342,000 auto accident injuries and costs $43 billion each year in property damage, lost wages, medical bills and loss of life -- to help win support.

"The public is sick and tired of people being distracted and causing accidents," he said last week.

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Economic Policy Journal

Probably one of the best ways for an average to small investor to participate in the ecommodities markets is through exchange traded funds. By using ETF's you can limit your risk and trade with small sums. So what is the government up to? Changing rules in a manner that will make it difficult for commodity ETF's to operate.

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www.votehemp.com

[Hemp being "against the law" is more stupid than the Federal Reserve Ed]  The Industrial Hemp Farming Act has been introduced two times previously, in the 109th and 110th Congress. It has never received a committee hearing before. In this, the 111th Congress, H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Committee members are from California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. If you are in their district it is especially important that you write to them and ask for their support by co-sponsoring H.R. 1866 and working to get a hearing for the bill.

We already have the support of companies that produce hemp products that would be able to present testimony before a committee in Congress. Your letters will help us get a hearing for the bill. 

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Washington Post

Governor Sanford has said he plans to serve out the rest of his second term, ending 2011. He is not eligible for reelection for three successive terms under the South Carolina Constitution. Governor Sanford has said he plans to serve out the rest of his second term, ending 2011. He is not eligible for reelection for three successive terms under the South Carolina Constitution.

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John Cornyn

In a letter to President Obama, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, expressed serious concern about the White House's new program requesting Americans to forward email chains and other communications opposing the President's health care policies. Sen. Cornyn is seeking assurances that the program is being carried out in a manner consistent with the First Amendment and America's tradition of free speech and public discourse.

Sen. Cornyn's letter also inquires about the collection of names, email addresses, IP addresses, and private speech of U.S. citizens that will be reported, which raises the specter of a data collection program.

"I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy' or otherwise inimical to the White House's political interests," Sen. Cornyn wrote. "You should not be surprised that these a

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rollcall.org

Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies. But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.

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Star Telegram

Great News if you live in Kentucky make sure to exercise your right to vote for him! A Kentucky ophthalmologist who has been eyeing a U.S. Senate campaign says he will run for the seat now held by Jim Bunning. Republican Rand Paul of Bowling Green ended months of speculation Wednesday when he told The Associated Press in an interview that he is entering the race. Paul told the AP of his decision in advance of a series of planned media events, including an appearance on national television Wednesday evening. Paul had been considering running even before the 77-year-old Bunning announced last week that he intends to retire when his second term ends next year. Paul is the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, a Texas lawmaker who ran in last year's Republican primaries.

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Washington Post

More than twice as many D.C. children as previously reported by federal and local health officials had high levels of lead in their blood amid the city's drinking water crisis, according to congressional investigators, throwing into doubt assurances by those officials that the lead in tap water did not seriously harm city children.

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Postal agency is facing a nearly $7 billion potential loss, spite of a 2-cent increase in the price of stamps.  A pillar of U.S. communities since the nation’s founding, the post office is facing the prospect of closings or consolidation of services at hundreds of locations amid a sharp decline in business due to e-mail.

Post officials sent a list of nearly 700 potential candidates for closing or consolidation to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for review.

Some of the offices could be closed while others could have some of their functions consolidated with other offices. For example, in some cases preparing mail for delivery may be shifted from Office A to nearby Office B, but the first office might still offer such services as selling stamps and mailing parcels and letters. In other cases one of the offices might be closed.

Postal Vice Pre

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Carli Brosseau, Tucson Citizen

Michael Dimenstein, an employee of Hawkins and E-Z Messenger Legal Support Providers, filed false affidavits of service in about 1,000 photo traffic enforcement cases with the Tucson City Court. Although the Dimenstein was terminated, Hawkins and E-Z Messenger is still contracted with Redflex, American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and several municipal governments. The contract with Hawkins and E-Z Messenger is that American Traffic Solutions only pays when the serve is successful. Hmmmm…so I wonder how often this happens.

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