09/19/11

American Jobs Bill Extorts States to Give Up More Sovereignty

Gulag Bound

The Naath (or Nuer) of the Sudan bleed as well as milk their cows, then mix both together in a soup.

This alert was posted by conservative legal analyst, “Toddy Littman” in his blog ChangingWind.org and suggested by Gulag Bound intel agent Heather. I suggest perusing it and sharing it with your representatives, if you have such things, in Congress. (Whom of them, do you suppose, are reading the bill?)

Pay to play, where states pay by giving up their sovereignty in wildly expanded areas affected by this act? — like Esau giving up his birthright for a bowl of soup?

This is just the kind of operation we are used to seeing from the Obama-Reid-Pelosi regime. It is the insane and classic Alinsky and Cloward-Piven stratagem of overrunning of our ability to fund our republic, on the one hand, to lead to collapse and revolution, and on the other, the building up of anti-American, authoritarian central government, to be the “revolution.” As if that were anything new in the world.

The result, of course, is Animal Farm, where the People and the States exist to feed the Ruling Class and their financiers.  Meanwhile, their dupes chant, “Eat the rich!” meaning, unbeknownst to them, the formerly Sovereign, free, and prosperous American Citizenry, exceptional in world history (as opposed to the mega-wealthy and mega-powerful, who do the eating).

Beware loosely worded usurpations of our most essential rights.  Let us make this known. – AW

 

American Jobs Act: “The Illegal Alien & Unemployed Civil Rights Act”

Posted by Toddy Littman | Posted on 16 Sep : 15:43 |c


Okay, so I go to the White House web link for the “American Jobs Act,”http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/reports/american-jobs-act.pdf (Please try to get a copy of the act, as when I posted this to the website, the indentation and such is lost). A friend pointed out that section 376 mentions that States lose their Sovereign Immunity under this section, and it appears this is true. First the relevant text, and please note that all emphasis hereinafter is mine (I’ll be noting to you what I am drawing from this in Quick Summaries, with a final Conclusion at the end. If you wish to skip down to that, that’s fine):

SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY.

(a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not be immune under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution from a suit brought in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this Act.

(b) Waiver of State Immunity-

(1) IN GENERAL-

(A) WAIVER- A State’s receipt or use of Federal financial assistance for any program or activity of a State shall constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity, under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution or otherwise, to a suit brought by an employee or applicant for employment of that program or activity under this Act for a remedy authorized under Section 375(c) of this Act.

(B) DEFINITION- In this paragraph, the term `program or activity’ has the meaning given the term in section 606 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d-4a).

Here’s a link to 42 USC 2000d-4a,http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/42/usc_sec_42_00002000—d004a.html, which defines program or activity, in relevant portions:

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term “program or activity” and the term “program” mean all of the operations of

(1)

(A) a department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality of a State or of a local government; or

(B) the entity of such State or local government that distributes such assistance and each such department or agency (and each other State or local government entity) to which the assistance is extended, in the case of assistance to a State or local government;

And also….(I am trying to keep this as easy as possible, believe me):

any part of which is extended Federal financial assistance.” is said uncapitalized, and not as another sentence, but as an extension of the actual citation of the general section itself, unindented.

And now, continuing section 376 in the “American Jobs Act:”

(2) EFFECTIVE DATE- With respect to a particular program or activity, paragraph (1) applies to conduct occurring on or after the dayafter the date of enactment of this Acton which a State first receives or uses Federal financial assistance for that program or activity.”

First Quick Summary

Essentially, according to subsection 2, of Section 376, of the American Jobs Act, cited above, States who have received, according to subsection 1 (A), Federal Financial Assistance from the National Government for “any program or activity of a State” will immediately be subject to this section of the American Jobs Act, where State Sovereign Immunity is waived, “after the date of enactment of this Act.”

Again continuing section 376:

(c) Remedies Against State Officials- An official of a State may be sued in the official capacity of the official by any employee or applicant for employment who has complied with the applicable procedures of this Act, for relief that is authorized under this Act.

(d) Remedies Against the United States and the States- Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, in an action or administrative proceeding against the United States or a State for a violation of this Actremedies (including remedies at law and in equity) are available for the violation to the same extent as such remedies would be available against a non-governmental entity.

Cumulative Second Quick Summary

An officer of the State of Arizona, for instance, is subject to lawsuit, according to subsection “c” above, on the basis of their State taking Federal Financial Assistance for any program. The same officer can be subject to criminal penalties, “including remedies at law and in equity”) and has no immunity, under subsection “d.”

So now we must know what this section is relating to, explain what a “violation of this act” is, and this is defined quite a bit more, so I’ll post what gives the gist of it, from Section 374:

SEC. 374. PROHIBITED ACTS.

(a) Employers- It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to–

(1) publish in print, on the Internet, or in any other medium, an advertisement or announcement for an employee for any job that includes-

(A) any provision stating or indicating that an individual’s status as unemployed disqualifies the individual for any employment opportunity; or

(B) any provision stating or indicating that an employer will not consider or hire an individual for any employment opportunity based on that individual’s status as unemployed; or

(2) fail or refuse to consider for employment, or fail or refuse to hire, an individual as an employee because of the individual’s status as unemployed;

(3) direct or request that an employment agency take an individual’s status as unemployed into account to disqualify an applicant for consideration, screening, or referral for employment as an employee. 

Conclusion

So a State, nor any other employer, may use the current employment status of the employee as any criteria for their employment, and that includes the State Government as well (You’ll notice no waiver of Federal Sovereign Immunity).

Now, what’s a really fun thing to do when reading the document, press and hold the “Ctrl” key (“clover” key on Macs I believe), then tap the “F” key, and the search menu pops up in acrobat reader. Type in “Citizen,” “Illegal,” “Alien,” and “undocumented.” Isn’t it fascinating that there’s no provision to make sure those who are in this country illegally, and have no record of employment, and thus would only show up as unemployed, due to their illegal hiring even when they have worked, are not exempt from being able to impose the above legal provisions of this act.

And this is without mentioning how from section 371 to 376, the American Jobs Act, treats the States as vassals of the Federal Government, Noble Houses, whose Financial situation is to be exploited for the sake of the President of the United States’ National Government & Political goals.

Abhorrent entirely to American government, ignoring entirely Our Constitution, except to make specific reference to losing ancient immunities that took an act of a Constitutional Amendment to secure, being assumed able to be undermined by a mere statutory act of Congress, while our nation and people are under economic duress.

Persistence it is to “never let a crisis go to waste,” our Illustrious leader puts out a plan in an appearance of moving toward bipartisanship, while assaulting the very fabric of American Government once more. The entire Democratic Party, at this point, is merely a charade, a feigned patriotism, a feigned concern for the American People, anything to be able to pass legislation that destroys the foundation of the American Republic.

Imagine illegal aliens going to a U.S. Attorney to file charges against Governor Brewer, or any other Governor who has signed an immigration law, on the grounds that the law was used to demonstrate that the applicant was unemployed, and unemployable, due to not being legally in the United States of America. The ACLU would grab these up by the bunch, suing every State, eventually with a class action lawsuit, totally breaking the bank. And that’s just using illegal aliens.

Lawyers, at least this used to be the case, were required to do 2 pro bono (“for the public good” and thereby the client isn’t charged) cases every year. I can see them grabbing every case where someone was unemployed and applied for a job, to make it into “how the poor are being kept poor,” and using this legislation as a “Worker’s Civil Rights Act” (just look at how many times reference to the “Civil Rights Act of 1964” is found when searching the American Jobs Act.).

The American Jobs Act is a set-up, is something that is antecedent to the formation of this “Politburo” super Congress, and therefore should not be given ANY consideration in how or what they cut, either.

By the American Jobs Act, what you are witnessing, is that 4th Quarter “Hail Mary” football pass in trying to finally destroy the structure, as well as liquidate the body politic, of America and our individual resources to fight back, being carried on by the “Progressive-Terrorist-In-Chief,” to leverage our desire for jobs against our desire to keep our Freedom, hoping we’ll be so desperate that we’ll choose not to keep what is left of the check and balance power of the States.

As much as people need employment, I, for one, do not believe that sacrificing our form of government over a Progressive-created economic crisis, what appears to be the true purpose of the “American Jobs Act,” is in the best interest of America, and that we must weather this storm as best we can until we can remove Barack “Hugo Chavez Jr.” Obama from office.

Thank you for reading,

Toddy Littman

09/19/11

‘Social Justice’ Subversion – Neo-Marxist Infiltration of the Church in Wisconsin

Gulag Bound

The following article demonstrates how neo-Marxism adulterates Christian churches and saps their funds, using many churches in Wisconsin as examples. To the other forty-nine, how does it compare to your state? One operation cited is the Gamaliel Foundation, former employer of Barack Obama in Chicago.

–  G u l a g  –  B o u n d  –

by Nancy Kormanik
Wisconsin Christian News

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind, and to set the downtrodden free”
– Luke 4:18

Jesus quoted the above from Isaiah 61 in speaking of Himself while preaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath, but He also calls us, by way of His gospel, to do the same. There are organizations, however, that manipulate this Scripture and others to effect change in churches and society that has nothing to do with the gospel. These “neo-Marxist” (a term broadly used to describe opposition to social inequalities such as status and power) groups work their way into churches in a seemingly noble attempt to fix social inequalities among the people mentioned in Luke 4:18. But what is lacking is an emphasis on the gospel. They twist the meaning to garner support for their social and political causes, and churches have bought into their deception.

Groups such as the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the Gamaliel Foundation, and their affiliates seem well-intentioned in portraying themselves as Christian, faith-based organizations that want to form relationships with churches and religious organizations to bring about social justice, as they approach them for financial contributions. They even have Bible verses on their websites.

Many people believe that social justice is simply helping the poor and needy; thus, moved by the desire to help vulnerable populations, they are led to believe that their monetary support to these groups will assist those in need. In actuality, the broader scope of the term “social justice” involves much more than this, and helping the poor and downtrodden is only a fraction of these groups’ social justice teaching. “People in the pew” who contribute money are ignorant of the fact that their support is really used to train leaders and pay lobbyists to lobby against biblical values. The groups exist as a vehicle by which people can “bargain, strike, struggle to advance their agendas; create a power-oriented community organization willing to use militant, confrontational tactics; and promote a democratic organization where organizers develop local leaders.”

These organizations exist for themselves and use churches to advance their political agenda. While they and their affiliates have biblical acronymic names, what they do has little to do with the Bible.

The IAF, established by Saul Alinsky (a self-proclaimed satanist/Luciferian) around 1939, focuses on “creating independent organizations, inventing and establishing new social realities.” IAF leaders and organizers build organizations whose primary purpose is power and whose chief product is social change.

Common Ground is one organization in a national network affiliated with the IAF. Common Ground targets clerical leaders, small business owners, health care providers, corporations, and government officials. Launched in 2004 with $700,000 raised by the Greater Milwaukee Council from various Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and United Church of Christ churches, as well as foundations, individuals, and unions, it aims to “achieve positive changes in the community” by focusing on nationalized health care, low-income housing, soft mortgages, schools, immigration, and prison reform programs.

Saul Alinsky, strategist of neo-Marxist revolution

The Gamaliel Foundation (Gamaliel) is named after Gamaliel, a biblical wise man and teacher to St. Paul (Acts 5:38-39). Gamaliel was founded in 1968 under the direction of Ed Chambers, a friend and disciple of Saul Alinsky from the IAF. Gamaliel calls itself “a community of people living out our faith and values to collectively transform our society and bring about justice locally, nationally, and globally.”

While Acts 5:38-39 is quoted on Gamaliel’s website, the following also appears, showing that the foundation hardly adheres strictly to the gospel of Christ in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those it helps: “Gamaliel’s organizing work draws on struggles for justice by people of faith stretching back thousands of years and spanning many nations, faiths, and cultures. Our work draws on Biblical Scripture, Christ’s life and teaching, the Torah, the Qur’an, Catholic social teaching, the founding principles of American democracy, the U.S. civil rights movement, and many other sources.” Gamaliel trains and develops leaders in low-income communities. Their goal is “to assist local community leaders to create, maintain, and expand independent, grassroots, and powerful faith-based community organizations that have power to influence political and economic decisions that impact cities and regions.”

Over the years, Gamaliel has refocused its efforts from neighborhood organizations to coalitions that can influence metropolitan areas. Gamaliel’s long-range goal is to establish metropolitan organizations in every major population area in the United States. Its affiliates focus on nationalized health care, driver certificates for illegal aliens, tuition for children of undocumented illegal aliens, and other issues.

Gamaliel’s Wisconsin organization is WISDOM, headed by former Catholic priest David Liner. WISDOM’s local affiliates throughout the state are:

• JONAH (Eau Claire) – “Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope;” John Stedman, organizer;

• ESTHER (Fox Valley) – “Empowerment Solidarity Truth Hope Equality Reform;” Gwen Gibson, president; Stephanie Gyldenvand, organizer;

• JOSHUA (Green Bay) – “Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action,” led by Emily Gaumer; a coalition of clerical leaders from churches such as St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish, Divine Temple, Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, St. Bernard Catholic Church, and First United Methodist Church;

• SOPHIA (Waukesha) – “Stewards Of Prophetic, Hopeful, Intentional Action;” a coalition of 12 Waukesha faith communities supervised by Joel Gaughan, president, and Sister Barbara Pfarr, SSND;

• MICAH (Milwaukee) – “Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope;” Martha Tempesta, organizer; a coalition of clerical leaders from 20 congregations including Gesu Catholic Church, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Santa Fe Lutheran, and Ascension Lutheran Church;

• NAOMI (Wausau) – “North Central-Area Congregations Organized to Make an Impact;” led by Rabbi Dan Danson, Father Steve Brice, and Pastor Gary Froseth;

• RIC (Racine) – “Racine Interfaith Coalition;” a coalition of clerical leaders from various churches under the direction of Lutheran pastor Reverend Michael Mueller; Joe Ellwanger is the main organizer;

• CUSH (Kenosha) – “Congregations United to Serve Humanity;” led by Susan Larkin;

• AMOS (LaCrosse) – “Advocating, Mobilizing, Organizing in Solidarity;” involves clerical leaders from the Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches organized by Curtis Miller.

from wisdomwi.org

MICAH’s website states: “The Scripture tells us in Romans 13 to submit to authority because God Himself ordains and appoints it. This is in reference to righteous authority that honors the will of the people, and not the agenda of an empire.” But the Bible doesn’t say we are to submit only to righteous authority.

Romans 13:1 says, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” God has put all governing authorities in place for His purposes and we are to submit to them unless they command us to disobey His Word, not just because they’re doing something we disagree with. Upon further reading of MICAH’s website, the organization seems to be twisting this verse to use it for its own political agenda.

JOSHUA’s website quotes part of Joshua 1:7: “Be strong and very courageous.” Adding a Bible verse and claiming the organization is “faith-based” or an “interfaith coalition of faith communities” can be appealing to people of faith who believe these organizations support biblical values. But JOSHUA’s mission statement reads: “JOSHUA deepens relationships within and among congregations and empowers people to act together for justice in pursuit of their individual and collective interests.” This doesn’t sound like anything having to do with biblical faith.

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In their respective areas of the state, these groups get local churches to become member congregations who pay dues to WISDOM, based on the number of congregants and ranging from $1,500 to $14,000 per year. WISDOM turns this money over to Gamaliel which in turn gives it to various unions (AFL-CIO, WEAC, SEIU, ACLU), foundations, media, and corporations to lobby for legislation that doesn’t always comply with biblical mandates. (Since Gamaliel and its affiliates are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, they technically cannot lobby for legislation.)

To date, there are at least 350 Wisconsin churches that are member congregations of these social justice groups. But some clerical leaders are unaware of what these groups actually advocate and do. For example, millions of dollars have been funneled through various Catholic churches to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to support WISDOM affiliates that promote abortion. While these groups claim to be faith-based, they often contradict biblical teachings that churches who support them uphold, and churches don’t even know it.

Consequently, people are often unaware of where their tithes and offerings are going and don’t think to question it because they trust their church leaders and cannot imagine that their money would be supporting causes they would openly oppose if they knew.

What can Christians do to stop these groups?

(1) Pray for our pastors, ministers, deacons, elders, bishops, and priests to return to the true teachings of Jesus Christ that they vowed to follow.

(2) Write letters to the clerical leadership to express dissatisfaction with how the money is spent.

(3) If all else fails, switch churches and attend another church that follows the gospel of Jesus Christ.

(4) Pay attention to where the money is going. No longer write checks or open your wallet until you investigate the organization that wants your money. To make sure the group is a legitimate non-profit organization, check it out on www.irs.gov or www.capitalresearch.org.

(5) Volunteer on church committees where you can follow the money. The organizations are multi-layered and often change their name and Employer Identification Number (EIN). Follow the group to another group to another until it is traced back to the parent organization to determine what they support and where your money is going.

Common Ground’s website states: “We created Common Ground to address critical social issues. Our members come from all races, religions and political backgrounds, but we share a common mission: To replace despair with hope in our community.” Christians know that the only true hope to replace all despair is in the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we only meet people’s physical and social needs and not their spiritual need of salvation through Christ, then we are doing them the greatest disservice for eternity.

Jesus warns about deceivers when He refers to Himself as the good Shepherd in John 10. Remember this before giving to organizations that may sound good but in actuality defy biblical principles: “Truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

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09/19/11

Bipolar Barry; Will the Obamunists AttackWatch The Onion?

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

One eye of AtttackWatch? Someone's 'Eye of Soros,' anyway

The Onion has just leapfrogged the mysterious Ulsterman/Insider reports, to diagnose Barack Obama with an acute and unmanageable bipolar disorder.

Will the Eye of AttackWatch.com now cast its stink-eye gaze upon The Onion?

If so, how many tears will it shed?


White House Reveals Obama Is Bipolar, Has Entered Depressive Phase

Here is both a diagnosis and treatment for America’s political bipolar disorder, from Gulag Bound:

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Tea Party Striving to Break the Polemic Paradigm of Global Financiers & their Tycoons

September 1, 2011 by Robert F. Beaudine · 4 Comments (Edit)

The Doom of History

The ancient Roman rhetoricians developed rules for their oratory. They began with “the exordium,” an emotional or ethical appeal to put the audience in a receptive mood. The “narratio” followed, a narrative of the events leading to the situation to be discussed and an explanation of their manner of treatment. The main body of their speech delivered the proof of their argument, confirming … read more

09/19/11

Day of Rage… Like White House Snoop Site Both Big Leftist Flops

Ask Marion

After promoting the Day of Rage for months it seems in the end the protest attendance on Wall Street ended up being between 700 and 1000 people even though their site on facebook touted 100,000+ people in attendance. And the mainstream media again tried to help them out when few reported on the lack of participation. One person tried to promote that story that there were 50,000 people at the event on Saturday… Watch Live – Happening Now – 50,000 Protestors On Wall Street Ignoring NYC Police Orders To Disperse

Reported on radio Saturday night from an attendee:

Caller – around 1,000 were there at there at the peak today
200 will stay overnight
2 were arrested for having bandanas on

Just like with the WH’s attempt to get Americans to spy and report on each other through the WH’s snitch website, their day of rage and hate fell flat.

Conservatives Generally Used Obama’s ‘AttackWatch’ Site to Make Fun of Obama and the Site

And there are increasing reports that only 700 people showed up for the ‘hatefest’ or USDayofRage. Yawn… The Wall Street Protest Failed

Protesters blocked in bid to ‘occupy’ Wall Street

Hundreds of people marched near Wall Street in New York in a failed attempt to occupy the heart of global finance to protest greed, corruption and budget cuts.

Plans by protesters to turn Lower Manhattan into an “American Tahrir Square” was thwarted when police on Saturday blocked all the streets near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan.

The demonstrators had planned to stake out Wall Street until their anger over a financial system they say favors the rich and powerful was heard.

“The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99 Percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent,” said a statement on the website Occupy Wall Street.

By noon, about 700 people, many carrying backpacks and sleeping bags, had gathered near Wall Street to search for a place to camp amid a heavy police presence.

That was far less than the 20,000 people that the online magazine Adbusters, which launched the movement in July, had hoped to see “flood” the neighborhood for a months-long occupation.

The protesters who did arrive were full of zeal and righteous indignation.

“This is a protest against corporate greed and we come to Wall Street because Wall Street is the Ground Zero for corporate greed,” said Julia River Hitt, a 22-year-old philosophy student.

“We are here just to say we are fed up, we are not gonna take it anymore.”

The protesters gathered in Trinity Place, some some 1,000 feet (300 meters) from Wall Street, which they hope to turn into the US version of the famous square in Cairo that became the focal point of protests that led to the ouster of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak in February.

“No more corruption,” read one sign a demonstrator brandished. “Wall St Greed, New Yorkers Say Enough,” read another.

“I will sleep here. A lot of us we will sleep here,” said Steven Taylor, 24 a protester who arrived equipped with a backpack and a sleeping bag.

Youths shared food and discussed the economic crisis in groups of 15 and 20. Others marched around the square.

Among the group was Javier Dorado, a law professor from Spain who compared the protesters with the mass “indignant” demonstrations in his country against high unemployment, welfare cuts and corruption.

“This is a global phenomenon that is taking place in Europe and many countries,” Dorado said.

The protest came as the United States struggles to overcome an economic crisis marked by a huge budget deficit that has triggered cuts in the public service sector while unemployment hovers stubbornly above nine percent.

“There’s a war in Libya, there’s a war in Afghanistan, there’s a war in Iraq and we have cuts in education, social programs,” said a masked protester who declined to be identified.

“We know where the money is going! Revolution in America!”

Source: Yahoo

By the time I arrived at the Wall Street Day of Rage around 2:00 PM, the NYPD had Wall Street on total lockdown, with barriers at both ends, uniformed NYPD officers standing shoulder-to-shoulder, and plastic flexcuffs hanging in bundles from their belts. Clearly, the NYPD was not messing around. So the anti-capitalists and comrades and anarchists had to move their march south.

The leftist smorgasbord of a few hundred gathered on the nearby front steps of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. It was here that the Day of Rage protest hit full swing.

While its “Occupy Wall Street” concept was thwarted by the fact that they couldn’t even walk on Wall Street, the protestors remained enthusiastic about their plan to camp out for months, and their cause.

But what that cause is remains anyone’s guess. The Days of Rage protest was sort of a leftist outcry a la carte, a mishmash of grievances vaguely anti-capitalist, and anti-government. The main rallying cry was anti-banker, and there was much talk of ‘fat cats.’ After that, the message was unified only in its hatred for our current government, and the promise that we would all be better off if the system collapsed.

I spoke with many of the Day of Rage protestors. They were clearly fired up, but there was widespread insistence that this event remain non-violent. Whenever a protestor took a bullhorn out and tried to get the crowd fired up, the speech tended to drift into shapeless platitudes about ‘banksters,’ corportate greed, and references to socialism. A few secondary characters yelled out about stopping the “Tea Party,” but this passed without much noise from the crowd.

In the single most enthusiastic crowd moment, one of the organizers took the bullhorn and summarized the message of the whole event: ”The system is going to collapse,” he said, “we are here to make it collapse faster.”

There were many Guy Fawkes masks in the crows, and some more bizarre, homemade costumes milling about. The anarchists were mingling freely with the socialists. The anti-war group “Code Pink” sent a small delegation (in pink, of course). They all agreed our government should crumble, but nobody seemed to wonder if that happened, who would take the reins? Doesn’t somebody have to implement socialism?

There were a few Ron Paul fans in the crowd holding up signs that mostly supported the Congressman‘s ’end the wars’ stance. A deceptively well-groomed Larouchite handed me a flyer with “Seven Necessary Steps” outlined for America that focused on economic reform and forcing Barack Obama to resign.

Around 3:00 PM, The protest moved north up Broadway to the Chase Manhattan Plaza, not far from the site of Ground Zero.

The same organizers took to the bullhorn and repeated their slogans for a while. People started to look tired, bored, and hungry.

Then, in perhaps the most surprising turn of events all day, a counter-protest erupted from the other side of the Plaza. A full brass band bellowed out patriotic tunes, including “The Marine Corps Hymn.” This clearly stole the protestor’s thunder for a while. The best they could do in response was yell out play the Internationale” a few times.

A little after 4PM, the protestors broke up into discussion groups. They sat crossed-legged on the ground. A few turned into drum circles. In others, the more vocal members of the crowd lectured others on socialism, and Wall Street greed, and the need to ‘do something,’

The few hundred participants in the protest already appeared to be losing steam at that point. As organizers began to bring in food, one of them asked me to help him distribute sandwiches. I had avoided shaving for the better part of a week, and felt my scruffy look was validated by this. I politely declined.

I concluded that the moment the Skippy peanut butter runs out, most of these self-styled radicals will hop a bus back to campus, or their parents’ suburban basements.

This was not a Tahrir moment. Not even close.

But it is worth asking why. This was supposed to be a 20,00 person occupation to shut down Wall Street. They meant to show the world that the ‘banksters’ can be brought down, and with it the entire system of U.S. governance.

This crowd looked more like Ben and Jerry’s hippies than communist storm troopers.

From what I saw, the NYPD played no small role in keeping things in check.

When it comes to crowd control, the NYPD is widely considered the most capable police force in the country. After the U.K riots burned down whole neighborhoods, it was a former NYPD Commissioner they brought over to consult on new tactics and procedures.

The NYPD may have been the main reason the ‘Day of Rage’ protest appeared much more like a college sit-in for Earth Day, or Free Palestine, or whatever the grievance du jour might be, than a surging Madrid or Cairo riot.

Every interaction with protestors was courteous but firm. The robust NYPD presence was essentially a promise to the protestors: as long as they obeyed the city’s rules, they could yell and shout and rail against capitalism to their hearts’ content. And they did.

With my experience in both the intelligence community and law enforcement, it was obvious to me that if someone had picked up a bottle or started a fight, they would have been flex-cuffed within seconds. It was clear at all times who was in charge. The NYPD made sure even anarchists played by the rules.

That in itself may provide a critical example to other cities. The Day of Rage protests are supposed to occur in across the country, and go on for months. Politicians and police forces in other cities would be well-served to take a look at how the NYPD handled the Day of Rage as a blueprint for their own law and order efforts.

And remember– this was just a first ‘Day of Rage,’ as the protestors themselves said. “This is just a practice,” they yelled from the steps, over and over. They plan to continue these ‘direct action’ events. Perhaps next time, more radical groups will join. All it takes is a city with less police resources that fails to pay attention, or overreacts. We already have seen, in Madrid, London, and Cairo, what is possible.

The protestors say they will sleep on the streets for months. Based on what I saw, I doubt it. Maybe a core group will make it a week.

But among the signs and chants, there was real anger. And as the United States and the global economy stare at the possibility of a second recession in the months ahead, these ‘Day of Rage’ protests will probably get bigger, and their participants more brazen.

Video: #OccupyWallStreet – Saturday 17th September 2011 – Anonymous – I guess 20,000 occupying Wall Street for several months equates to 700 to 1000 for 2 to 3 days?!? They called for 20,000, tried to report 50,000 and got about 1,000. Looking at those numbers. jokes instead of reports sent to the White House snoop website and the results of the special elections last week… I’m smelling a regime change in D.C.

In the course of monitoring a number of protests around the world for the “Days of Rage” events on September 17th, I did note that there was a demonstration of sorts in Seattle. Apparently the folks at @USDaysofRage were pretty sure Glenn Beck would be interested.

The actual videos are pretty standard stuff. Semi-hearted chanting: “Corporations…are not people.” Most of the participants, I would note, seem to have purchased their clothing, and perhaps their printed demonstration materials, from actual corporations and the, um, individuals involved in the manufacturing. Particularly Mr. Dockers right in the front center.

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Posted by Ask Marion! – h/t to my Powder Puff Patriot Buds for all the links and info (TMH and AJ from the NoisyRoom, J. Stoner and )

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Through the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it seems the anarchists are determined to bring the Arab Spring to the shores of the United States. Sites like #Occupy Wall Street, and US Day of Rage have been encouraging the disaffected to seize back control of the banks. “The Occupation Has Begun!”, states one site… “Beginning on September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.”

Others like Real Democracy Now!, herald a world-wide occupation of banks and ‘banksters’, and implore people to take to the streets to send their government a message. Isn’t it great to know that our government spent millions of dollars to pass out free cellphones to these folks? Read more of this post

09/19/11

Comprehensive List of All 14 Tax Hikes in Obama’s “Stimulus 2.0” Plan

Knowledge Creates Power

National Debt: $14,683,910,471,706 – Increased by $4,057,033,422,793 since Obama’s Inauguration because of unbridled spending, bad decisions, and agenda to transform the U.S. into a second rate country and incompetence. So now he wants more money to up the debt even further through another failed stimulus. Call Congress and tell then NO!!

There are fourteen new or higher taxes in President Obama’s “Stimulus 2.0” plan he wants Congress to pass. Permanent tax hikes for new spending.

President Obama has asked Congress to pass his “American Jobs Act,” a bill which is a series of permanent tax increases funding temporary tax relief and new spending programs. The overall act is a net tax increase (score pending). All tax hikes are scheduled to take effect in 2013. Below is a comprehensive list of the 14 tax hikes in the bill (in order of appearance in Stimulus 2.0):

Spectrum Tax (Sec. 278): A new $4.8 billion hidden tax on wireless consumers. Levied on users of licensed spectrum, the tax will hit consumers who use mobile phones, tablets, and other wireless devices. Worst of all, the Federal Communications Commission could raise or punitively-target this Spectrum Tax at whim from this $4.8 billion floor.

28% Limit on Itemized Deductions and Employer-Provided Health Insurance (Sec. 401). Under the Stimulus 2.0 tax hike, no matter what tax bracket you fall in, you can only benefit from deductions as if you are in the 28 percent bracket or less. This denies taxpayers in the top two brackets the full deduction for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, and state taxes that other taxpayers can claim. In addition, this tax increase limits most non-itemized deductions and exclusions for these taxpayers, in particular those for employer-provided health insurance, health savings accounts (HSAs) and self-employed health insurance premiums. Moving expenses and the foreign earned income exclusion would also be limited. For taxpayers in 2013’s top bracket of 39.6 percent, this would chop 30 percent of the value of all these exclusions and deductions.

“Carried Interest” (Sec. 411). Under current law, capital gains earned by managers of investing partnerships are taxed (properly) as capital gains. This bill would tax them instead as ordinary income, raising their tax rate from 15 percent today to 39.6 percent in 2013.

Airplane Tax Hike (Sec. 421). Businesses should be able to expense all equipment in the year of purchase (President Obama would seem to agree, since he called for an extension of 100% “bonus depreciation” which does precisely that). However, Stimulus 2.0 inconsistently also calls for a longer “depreciation” (slow deduction over time) of one business expense—airplane purchases. The bill calls for the depreciable life of aircraft (not just “corporate jets”) to be extended from 7 to 12 years. This is a tax hike that will kill jobs, just like the 1990 yacht tax killed that industry a generation ago.
Intangible Drilling Costs (Sec. 431). Current law allows energy companies to deduct most (only 70% of these costs for the larger companies) of the costs associated with drilling. All expenses should be deductible in the year they are incurred. Stimulus 2.0 would repeal this and make companies deduct the costs very slowly over fifteen years.

Tertiary Injectants (Sec. 432). Current law allows energy companies to deduct the cost of injecting materials into older energy reservoirs in order to keep them productive. This is the proper tax treatment of this cost. Stimulus 2.0 would replace this very ordinary deduction with precisely nothing. Energy companies would simply have to eat the cost with after-tax dollars.

Percentage Depletion (Sec. 433). This refers to a provision of law that allows taxpayers to recover their lease investment in a mineral interest through a percentage of gross income from a well. Stimulus 2.0 would repeal this provision ONLY for investments in oil and gas wells. Interestingly, the largest oil companies don’t benefit from this today, so this tax increase is targeted only at smaller energy companies and their investors.

Manufacturer Tax Deduction (aka “Section 199”) (Sec. 434). All employers are today allowed to deduct up to 9% of the cost of domestic manufacturing—all employers, that is, except energy companies, who can only deduct 6% of such costs. Stimulus 2.0 would deny this deduction entirely to energy companies, singling them out by picking winners and losers in the tax code.

Oil and Gas Passive Losses (Sec. 435). In general, “passive” (trade or business activities without active participation) losses are not allowed to be claimed by taxpayers. There is an exception for investment in oil and gas extraction. Stimulus 2.0 repeals this exception, which will tend to hit small energy companies and their investors the hardest.

Geological and Geophysical Costs (Sec. 436). Currently, small energy companies can deduct the costs of exploring for new sources of energy over two years (again, the proper treatment should be to expense in the first year). Stimulus 2.0 would stretch this period to seven years. This only affects small, independent energy employers as larger companies are ineligible for the two-year treatment under current law.

Enhanced Oil Recovery Credit (Sec. 437). This credit, intended to spur oil production even when prices are low, can only be claimed when oil is less than $42 per barrel. Oil is currently about $87 per barrel, so this credit is nowhere near claim-able. Nonetheless, Stimulus 2.0 repeals the credit just to raise taxes while scoring cheap points against energy employers.

Marginal Well Production Credit (Sec. 438). This credit is the same as the Enhanced Oil Recovery Credit in Sec. 437, but it is only use-able when oil prices drop to $27 per barrel. Stimulus 2.0 repeals this credit for similar reasons.

Dual Capacity Rules (Sec. 441). The U.S. is one of the only nations which attempts to tax on a “worldwide” basis—even on income which has already faced income taxation in other countries. When combined with the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, “worldwide” taxation is an uncompetitive jobs killer. In order to avoid international double taxation, employers can claim a tax credit for income taxes paid overseas. Stimulus 2.0 makes it more difficult for energy companies to claim this tax credit, exposing their worldwide income to international double taxation—potentially shipping jobs overseas to avoid paying taxes twice.

Dual Capacity Discrimination Against Oil and Gas Employers (Sec. 442). In addition to the dual capacity rule repeal of Sec. 441, this provision of Stimulus 2.0 makes it even more difficult for oil and gas employers to avoid double taxation than it does for all other taxpayers to avoid double taxation. It adds insult to the injury of dual capacity rule repeal.

What do you think?

Will any of these 14 tax hikes help create jobs?

Source: Americans for Tax Reform

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