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Posts Tagged ‘USA’

Country First

Posted by italco on October 18, 2010

What if evryone put their “Country First” ?? We can now vote early! Please Vote!!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Country-First/117189105008784

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Governors Collaborate to do their part!!

Posted by italco on May 19, 2009

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In September NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty launched the 2007-2008 NGA Chair’s Initiative – Securing a Clean Energy Future, proclaiming “America is ready for bold, innovative energy policies that will make us safer, more independent and better stewards of the planet. We’ve been asleep at the switch for too long – the time for action is now.”

 Securing a Clean Energy Future (SCEF) is designed to: 

  • Identify new opportunities for states to save energy, support clean alternatives and encourage deployment of new technologies;
  • Convene high-profile events and stakeholder meetings to advance this agenda;
  • Produce toolkits and guides that analyze and examine current best practices;
  • Establish state challenge grants for enhanced energy planning;
  • Explore state compacts and state-industry partnerships that address initiative policy goals.
  • Raise state and national awareness of the importance of clean energy; 

In November, Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty and SCEF Taskforce co-chair Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced a groundbreaking public-private partnership with Google and Intel Corporation’s Climate Savers Computing Initiative, that aims to reduce energy use from computers, servers and related equpment. 

In December, the SCEF Initiative held the Governors’ Summit on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Advanced Vehicles, in Tampa, Florida. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist joined Gov. Pawlenty, Gov. Sebelius, and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer during a Governors’ Roundtable to discuss alternative transportation fuels, clean vehicles and other technologies and policies that offer the potential to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

At the Governors Summit the governors released A Call to Action, a report outlining the current energy challenges the United States faces, defining the role of states in developing clean energy in the future and presenting a roadmap for states interested in achieving the goals of the SCEF Initiative. 

For more information on the Securing a Clean Energy Future initiative, please visit www.nga.org/ci. To speak with one of NGA’s experts on this issue, please contact the NGA Office of Communications at 202-624-5301. 

http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.ef1a671e4253877ae8ebb856a11010a0/

This is an informational post with links to various places of interest. I hope you enjoy. I find it interesting to see what different government groups are doing. I am happy to see the Governors Association come together in an effort to address our concerns.

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This is “OUR” President!!

Posted by italco on May 17, 2009

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“President Barack Obama strode head-on Sunday into the stormy abortion debate and told graduates at America’s leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing one another.Obama acknowledged that “no matter how much we want to fudge it … the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.” But he still implored the University of Notre Dame’s graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop “reducing those with differing views to caricature.

Obama entered the arena to thunderous applause and a standing ovation from many in the crowd of 12,000. But as the president began his commencement address, at least three protesters interrupted it. One yelled, “Stop killing our children.” The graduates responded by chanting “Yes we can,” the slogan that became synonymous with Obama’s presidential campaign. Obama seem unfazed, saying Americans must be able to deal with things that make them “uncomfortable.”

The president ceded no ground. But he said those on each side of the debate “can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions. “So let’s work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term.”

He said he favored “a sensible conscience clause” that would give anti-abortion health care providers the right to refuse to perform the procedure.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obama_notre_dame

President Obama does not shrink away from controversy or opposing views. Here is a man who will walk into a room where he knows there is oposition to his own veiws and still give value to those who opose him. What is there not to respect. He shows us respect. He shows respect to the conservatives, the republicans, the moderates, the liberals, the christians, the muslims, the jews, the athists, and the world.

That is what I voted for and that is what I expect.

It is ok to disagree and we should at least be able to reach consensus on that. We are all different people with differing cultures. We all have our own set of perceptions that are based on where we live and how we were/are raised.

We should all be able to get behind “our” president and put country first. The issues, we can work out and find compromises that are win/win for all sides.

This should be the expectation of all our leaders.

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End Corruption In Congress! “Beat The Drum”

Posted by italco on May 14, 2009

 

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“Beat The Drum”

It is time to end corruption in government!

How can “We The People” make a difference?

First, We need to demand that accepting gifts is an not an acceptable practice. This is where corruption starts. We must end the practice of accepting gratuities as common place in congress and our government agencies.

Then, We need to vote wisely in 2010, pick the candidate based on ethics not on just their moral values.

Open secrets is a web sight that will let you view any and all contributions received from any politician in congress. Go here and research those you will be voting for in the up coming 2010 elections http://www.opensecrets.org/elections/index.php.

Another great website is “Congress Merge”. This website allows you to click on your state and view the contact info on any candidate that is up for re-election, their phone numbers, and their voting history http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm this is an absolute must when making an informed decision on the candidates in your voting area. Another resource sent in by blogger ( Ann Nonomus) http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ is an excellent tool in canidate research.

We can get involved in our Party!! Go to your party website and help them out. http://www.gop.com/ / http://www.democrats.org/ /or any one of the political parties that participated in the 2008 election http://2008election.procon.org/viewresource.asp?resourceID=001570

We can also, Demand our ethics laws to be enforced; 

Beat The Drum…lets force them to be ethical.

Write to your White-house http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

The House of Representatives https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Senator’s http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

The congressional Oversight Panel http://cop.senate.gov/contact/

The Office of Government Ethics http://www.usoge.gov/contact_us/contact_oge.aspx

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                    TITLE 5–ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL
                CHAPTER XVI–OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS
PART 2635_STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH–
                      Subpart G_Misuse of Position
Sec. 2635.702  Use of public office for private gain.
     An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the
employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. The specific prohibitions set forth in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section apply this general standard, but are not intended to
be exclusive or to limit the application of this section.
    (a) Inducement or coercion of benefits. An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that is intended to coerce or induce another person, including a subordinate, to provide any benefit, financial or otherwise, to himself or to friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.

Corruption isn’t going away on it’s own, Demand ethics reform in Congress!!

https://italco.wordpress.com/politics-anti-government-corruption/

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California For Sale?

Posted by italco on May 14, 2009

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Arnold…what are you doing? You can’t sell the State of California!

Oh, you are having a city block sale…well thats different then.

I am kidding of course. Looks like a good oportunity for Property Investors to buy some State Owned property at bargain prices. Check out the story written on Reuters

“California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning the sale of some state properties including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, San Quentin State Prison and the Orange County Fairgrounds to raise cash, the Los Angeles Times said, citing a copy of a proposal. The sale would raise $600 million to $1 billion, and is likely to be included in the governor’s revised budget plan on Thursday, the paper said.” http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE54D17X20090514

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Don’t Be A Dick, Cheney!

Posted by italco on May 13, 2009

 

 

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney may have largely stayed under the radar during his time in the Bush administration, but he is not going softly into that good night, seemingly launching a one-man campaign to fight for his legacy and — in his view — the safety of the nation.

He took his case to the airwaves again Tuesday, and lashed out at the Obama team’s decision to soon hand over 44 photos showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan to the American Civil Liberties Union as a judge had ordered. Cheney said releasing the photos would only make the country less safe.

The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act court case by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees. Courts had ruled in favor of releasing the photographs into public view even though Bush administration officials argued that releasing the photographs would violate the Geneva Conventions, which protect prisoners of war and detained civilians “against insults and public curiosity” and it would also violate U.S. obligations toward detainees and could even prompt outrage against the United States. http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=7574605&page=1

Where have you been VP Cheney? The outrage was going on the entire time you were in Office! Now, you want to protect the detainees? You are just trying to cover your own ass. Go back to sleep, sir. You were and are, continuing to be an embarassment to your party and this country. Don’t worry, President Obama will clean this one up for you too.

UPDATE: President Barack Obama is seeking to block the release of hundreds of photos showing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan being abused, reversing his position after military commanders warned that the images could stoke anti-American sentiment and endanger U.S. troops. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_pentagon_abuse_photos

No one wants to create problems but we need to be careful we are not doing this just to cover up past administrators mistakes. Our troops have my toal support!

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