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Sensible Thinkers In Utah

Posted by italco on March 31, 2012

Do you live in Utah? Are you tired of an Un-Ethical Congress that won’t work together? Are you tired of a Congress that doesn’t hold itself accountable? Would you like to network with other sensible thinkers in Utah?? Come join us and let’s send Representatives to Congress who will work with our President, hold themselves Accountable, end the Corruption in Congress!!  Here is a network list of other sensible thinkers in Utah…let’s send a clear message!! Beat The Drum!!

Utah State Democratic Party, PRIDE In Utah, Carbon County Democrats, Wasatch County Democrats, Utahns for Ethical Government, Obama for America – Utah, Iron County Democrats, Juab County Democratic Party, Davis County Democratic Party, Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Coffee Party USA – Utah, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Democrats, Latinos In Utah, Utah State Hispanic Democratic Caucus, Young Democrats of Utah, Utah House Democratic Caucus, Utah Senate Democrats, Summit County Utah Democrats, Salt Lake County Democratic Party, Stonewall Democrats of Utah, Democratic Women of Utah County, Weber County Democrats, Cache Democrats, The Utah County Democratic Party, Washington County Democratic Party, LDS Dems, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Occupy Utah General Assembly, Occupy Moab, Occupy the United States Postal Service, Occupy Provo, Occupy SLC, Country First, Democratic National Committee, Occupy Ogden, Occupy Logan, and Occupy Park City

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Returned Census Form…Again??

Posted by italco on July 24, 2011

They sent my Census form back! AGAIN!!! In response to the question: “Do you have any dependents?” I replied – “12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 8.5 million unemployed people, 7 million in prisons; millions in every state collecting welfare and/or food stamps with no intentions of ever working;  535 Useless people in the U.S. House and Senate. and all of my wealthy dependents on Wall Street….Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer!! ~ Paula Wilstead Clark & Vikki Barnett (Wall Street added by me)

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“In the United States, our destiny isn’t written for us—it’s written by us.” ~ President Barack Obama

Posted by italco on October 15, 2010

I Support President Obama. Thank you for your efforts, sir!

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Can You Say “Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor”?

Posted by italco on July 1, 2010

“President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. immigration system “offends our most basic American values” and blamed Republican opposition for thwarting crucially needed change.
It was the third time in as many days that Obama singled out Republicans as an obstructionist force, blaming them in his earlier appearances for defending oil giant BP in the aftermath of the Gulf Coast oil spill and for opposing stronger financial regulatory legislation.

The president’s remarks this week represented the clearest preview yet of the message the White House intends to highlight in this year’s midterm election: Republicans’ stubborn refusal to help solve national problems.” http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-immigration-20100702,0,6120193.story

Back in January of this year, I wrote an article called “2010 In Da House” https://italco.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/2010-in-da-house/ 

The article describes the hispanic and minority vote effect on the 2010 elections. It also factors in the influence Sarah Palin would have on the outcome. It will be interesting to see if these factors hold true….

If only Utah had strong Democrat Candidates that could reach out to their minority voters and hear their side of the “Immigration Reform Bill”.

Can they forgive the GOP for their party line “NO” vote against Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor?

Don’t take their vote for granted!!

 

“Beat The Drum”

Register to vote and let your voice be heard!

 

 

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“Tories to Obama: Bugger off” WTF?

Posted by italco on June 11, 2010

          

 This is what greed and corruption looks like…..

“It seems the conservatives in Britain are not amused at the Americans’ criticism of BP, and particularly Obama’s. Former Conservative chairman Lord Tebbit judged Obama to be “despicable.”

Here in America, where BP’s oil has wrecked the Gulf Coast and caused ecological and financial calamity, we have a word for people like Lord Tebbit: wanker.”

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/roughsketch/2010/06/goat_spears_rep_weiner_bushs_i.html

This is the direct result of “corruption”. BP paid our government agency to look the other way and our “Fellow Americans” took their money and allowed the Gulf of Mexico to become an Oil Slick…SHAME ON YOU!!

As for any Britain who thinks we are being to hard on BP…Quit hidding from your responsiblities…accept fault and help us get it fixed!! This is what happens when you are un-ethical and corrupt.

As for our Government agency who accepted their gifts and cash…you bear 50% of the blame….I hope they prosecute you to the full extent of the law. This attitude of “entitlement” needs to stop!

 

Update:

 BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill!

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/7804922/BP-chief-Tony-Hayward-sold-shares-weeks-before-oil-spill.html

 

“Beat The Drum”

 

 

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“Happy 4th Of July”

Posted by italco on July 4, 2009

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Over the centuries, there have been many great Americans who share in the honor and glory of our freedom.  I wish “ALL” Americans a happy 4th of July.

I would like to pay a special tribute to the Military personnel who are serving our country right now and can not be home with their families on America’s Independence Day!

Thank You!!

Thanks to all our Military personnel (serving now, future, and past) for the freedom and liberties me and my family take for granted on a daily basis. May you and your families be blessed for your sacrifice!!

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Congress and the “Conflict Of Interest”

Posted by italco on June 13, 2009

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Almost 30 key lawmakers helping draft landmark health-care legislation have financial holdings in the industry, totaling nearly $11 million worth of personal investments in a sector that could be dramatically reshaped by this summer’s debate.

 Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), for instance, has at least $50,000 invested in a health-care index, and  Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), a senior member of the health committee, has between $254,000 and $560,000 worth of stock holdings in major health-care companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck.

The family of  Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee drafting that chamber’s legislation, held at least $3.2 million in more than 20 health-care companies at the end of last year.

While no congressional rules bar members from holding financial stakes in industries they regulate, some ethics experts suggest that it often creates the appearance of a conflict of interest, particularly if there is a chance that the legislation could result in a personal financial boost.

The first big congressional moment on health care comes Tuesday in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which will consider a liberal-leaning proposal that includes the creation of a “public plan” meant to be a government-administered alternative to private health insurance.

On that 22-member panel, at least eight senators have financial interests in the health-care industry worth a minimum of $600,000 — and potentially worth as much as $1.9 million. The investors include  Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), a senior member of the panel, who holds at least $165,000 in pharmaceutical and medical stocks, and freshman Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who holds at least $180,000 in investments in more than 20 health-care companies. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061204075.html

Let’s think about this for a minute. Our elected officials, the ones we put in congress, have “personal” holdings in companies they pass laws on and govern.

I guess I am naive, because I thought that would be illegal. Even an attorney won’t represent a client he/she has a conflict of interest in representing and a Judge will abstain from hearing a case he/she has a personal involvement with.

Yet, our elected officials not only get a handsome salary, benefits not available to us, retirement compensation for life, gifts from lobbyist, and they get to govern the rules for companies they have personal holdings in.

Makes me wonder how many received “stocks” in companies in exchange for their votes in congress. They are not required to disclose this information so it would be easy to hide!

Why are we tolerating this?

“Beat The Drum”

(go here to get info on your representatives)  https://italco.wordpress.com/politics-anti-government-corruption/ 

 

 

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Rep. Eric Cantor Compares President Obama to Russian Dictator!!

Posted by italco on June 11, 2009

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The No. 2 Republican in the House on Thursday compared President Barack Obama’s plans for the auto industry to the policies of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, saying the White House has stripped credit holders of rights and given them to Democratic allies.

“They said, ‘Set aside the rule of law, let’s strip secured creditors, bondholders, of their rights. Take them away outside of the bankruptcy process and give them to the political cronies and the auto workers’ unions,” Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“It’s almost like looking at Putin’s Russia,” added Canton, the GOP’s House whip. “You want to reward your political friends at the expense of the certainty of law?” http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2009328187_apuscantorobama.html

I almost fell over when I read this…does he hear himself? Just in case, let me show you all why this is such a hypocritical statement.

Bank Employing GOP House Leader’s Wife Got Bailout Bucks

The Treasury Department used $267 million of taxpayer funds to buy preferred stock in a private banking company that employs Cantor’s wife.

The bailout for New York Private Bank and Trust (NYPBT)[2] came earlier this month as part of a Treasury Department program to boost “healthy banks” with extra capital. NYPBT is the holding company for Emigrant Bank [3], a savings bank with 35 branches in and around New York City. Diana Cantor runs the Virginia branch of Emigrant’s wealth-management division, called Virginia Private Bank & Trust, which targets an ultra-rich clientele. http://www.propublica.org/article/bank-employing-gop-house-leaders-wife-got-bailout-bucks-090123

Stop with the rhetoric Mr. Cantor…at least he doesn’t “personally” gain by trying to save the auto industry…lets hear what else Mr. Cantor has to say, shall we?

In a wide-ranging interview, Cantor said that Obama’s economic rescue plans and Democrats’ sweeping overhaul of the health care system will sour with recession-weary voters before the 2010 midterm elections. He predicted Republicans will retake control of the House.

While acknowledging that Democrats may well have the votes to push Obama’s health plan through Congress with few or no Republican votes, “it will be at a huge political cost,” Cantor said.

“The Democratic agenda is unraveling,” he said, elucidating what’s become the Republicans’ main talking point in recent weeks. “My sense is by November of 2010, (there will be) an electorate that really wants to see a check and a balance on unfettered power.”

Democrats enjoy a 256-178 majority in the House, with one vacancy. Republicans would have to have a net gain of 40 seats in November 2010 to reclaim a majority. Cantor said they would begin by looking at the 49 districts that voted for Republican John McCain for president last year but are represented by Democrats.

Republicans are in a titanic struggle over who speaks for the GOP and what the party stands for, conservative principles alone or a “big tent” approach that can accommodate centrist members in the name of growth. Focusing on conservative principles cost the GOP a Senate seat when Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched from the GOP to the Democratic Party, putting Obama’s party in reach of a crucial 60-seat Senate majority.

The most visible Republicans at present have been deeply unpopular outside the GOP’s conservative base: former Vice President Dick Cheney, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“The issue for us is rebuilding a governing majority that is comfortable with differences that can transcend the divisiveness and unify behind the principles that we know our party has succeeded on,” namely limited government and individual rights, Cantor said. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2009328187_apuscantorobama.html

I Guess Mr. Cantor isn’t aware that America knows about his “unethical behavior” and will be lucky to hold on to his seat in 2010!!

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President Obama debuts ‘global populism’

Posted by italco on June 7, 2009

President Obama spoke with French President Nicolas Sarkozy (second l.) Saturday at the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery before a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

The American president took his case straight to the people on his trip this week, spending limited time with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, and France. The American president started with a nuanced bid for US-Muslim understanding and Mideast peace at the storied Cairo University – and ended in front of a soaring statue at the American cemetery at Omaha beach in Normandy titled, “The Spirit of American Youth, Rising from the Waves.”

The trip, unusual in its limited time with state leaders in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, and France – was a sweeping bid for the possibility of progress in long-intractable conflicts and standoffs, and a recasting of America’s role in that effort. It was an appeal to reason, history, values, remembrance, and common aspirations of humanity, in a populist fashion rarely seen on the world stage, say diplomats and specialists.

“What we are seeing is not spin, but a sincere effort to reach out to hearts and minds, appealing to better instincts, to the reasonable nature of others. It is a revolutionary approach,” says Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.

Mr. Kuchan argues that Obama’s popularity allows him to try and create a new dynamic: “Obama is doing this because he can. But also because he believes that in an age of polarization and economic distress, this will work.

“If there is a deal with Iran,” Kupchan continues, “it won’t be because of back-room negotiations with Ahmadinejad, but because of an appeal to the broader Iranian polity that will build support for a new relationship with the US. His key interlocutors are not his counterparts, but people in Egypt and the Middle East.

“I’ve never seen anything like this on the Middle East,” says a former senior US diplomat who was responsible for Europe and the Mideast. “He’s [Obama] started something for Muslims, Israel, Europe, and the US, and it is something that can grow. He’s legitimizing a new discussion, saying other ways of thinking are possible, that if you change the psychology the policy will follow.

In a further challenge to Holocaust doubters, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president suggested a visit to the camp would provide the “ultimate rebuke” to such views. With allied leaders including Fresh President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in attendance, along with veterans of the fateful invasion, the president continued his public appeal for a broader vision of humanity: “We live in a world of competing beliefs and claims about what is true,” Obama said. “In such a world, it is rare for a struggle to emerge that speaks to something universal about humanity. The Second World War did that.”

Spokesmen for the Lebanese militant group, Hizbullah, and Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood offered skepticism, and Osama bin Laden’s No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, flatly opposed Obama and his policies in two audio recordings that coincided with the president’s trip.

But Essam Derbala, a leader of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya who was imprisoned by Egypt amid the group’s insurrection in the 1990s, said the US president deserved a hearing. He told Reuters: “I call on the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan and Al Qaeda to look at this solution and put the American side to a real test of the extent of its sincerity in achieving peace with the Muslim world.” http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0607/p06s01-wome.html

The spin on this doesn’t come from the camp of President Obama. It comes from Conservative extremist bloggers and media outlets like Fox who try to put a negative spin on anything President Obama does or attempts to accomplish.

I was watching Fox last night and saw Ann Coulter and a few others attempting to say that President Obama was snubbing the elite dignitaries in France and Germany. What they don’t understand is this trip was not about the leaders (which proper respect was given)…it was an appeal to the people. An appeal to hundreds of years of mindsets that had festered into hatred and mistrust. Believe it or not…they show President obama more respect than the American Conservative extremist do. My question to the conservative extremist is this, Did doing it your way work?

 

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FBI and CIA Combine Anti-Terror Efforts!

Posted by italco on May 31, 2009

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I have never understood the separation of the CIA and the FBI. It always seemed to me that America would be much safer and much better off if the Justice Department and the CIA worked in harmony with one another. I am glad to see we have a President who agrees. After all, we are all on the same side. Why have two agencies working separately and not sharing vital information with the other. A combination of resources only makes sense.

Upon taking office in January, President Obama shut down the CIA’s secret “black site” prisons and forbade the use of coercive interrogation techniques.
That opened the door for an increased role for the FBI, which for the last year has deployed more agents and analysts overseas to work alongside the CIA, U.S. military and foreign governments. The initiative would mean even broader incorporation of the FBI and Justice Department into global counter-terrorism operations. Many national security officials said it is a vindication of the FBI, which before Sept. 11 had played a leading role in international terrorism investigations.
 
FBI agents for years had used non-coercive interrogations to thwart attacks, win convictions of Al Qaeda operatives and gain an encyclopedic knowledge of how the terrorist network operates. But they withdrew from questioning important suspects after the bureau opposed the tactics being used by the CIA and military — often by inexperienced civilian contractors. The harsh interrogations provided such bad information that U.S. agents spent years chasing false leads around the world, former FBI agent Ali Soufan testified before Congress two weeks ago. “It was one of the worst and most harmful decisions made in our efforts against Al Qaeda.”
 
Before Sept. 11, the FBI model of “informed” interrogation — knowing everything about a suspect to get them talking — was the preferred method of intelligence and military interrogators. Even veteran CIA agents said that abandoning that approach after Sept. 11 was counterproductive. “To use a contractor to ask the questions and not let the FBI guy who’s collected all the evidence and knows all of the intelligence about these guys, it makes no sense at all,” said former CIA counter-terrorism case agent Robert Baer.
One intelligence official said the FBI’s expanded role in the global fight against terrorism was a natural outgrowth of the Obama administration’s new priorities. “It stands to reason because, by executive order, the CIA is out of the long-term detention business,” the official said, referring to Obama’s closing of overseas prisons. Richard Clarke, a senior counter-terrorism official in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, said the turnabout was long overdue. http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-fbi28-2009may28,0,3584591.story 

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