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As I mentioned to one blogger recently, if you have topics that are not directly related to local issues, and may relate to a particular political ideology, instead of inundating the SAC blogs with blog posts on those topics, why not combine them into one substantive post every now and then instead of providing for “blam” - blog spam?

Well, that’s exactly what I am doing with this blog post. I’m providing an update on the only two members of the Gang of 535 on Capitol Hill I strongly support (there are a few members of the House I also like).

Rand Paul has just completed his first month as a U.S. Senator.

It certainly is refreshing to see a member of the Senate who has never run for political office before or been involved in establishment politics in any way, shape or form.

The first big issue Rand got to speak about on the floor was the failed Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare.

What I like about what Rand had to say here is not so much about whether Obamacare is a good thing or a bad thing, but how Rand spoke about the Constitution and what the role of government should be.

I liked Rand’s points on how the Commerce Clause and the General Welfare Clause do not mean the U.S. government can do anything it wants to.

SAC blogger outtathere has this post at the end of each post he makes:

"The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference." - Ralph Nader

I found This Opinion Piece comparing Ralph Nader to Ron Paul (Rand’s father who is member of the U.S. House of Representatives) in reference to corporatism most interesting.

Nader and Ron Paul are on the opposite ends of the spectrum on many issues, but one thing you can’t say about either of them is that they are members of the establishment political elite, and I find it interesting in regards to how much common ground these two individuals have. Traditional liberals and traditional conservatives have far more in common than people would think. Establishment Republicans and Democrats just pretend to be different. Their ideology is the same, which is self-preservation and catering to special interests and the status quo.

From the above linked article:

What is American politics coming to? I just watched a joint interview with Ralph Nader and Rep. Ron Paul -- and they were mostly on the same side!
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And yet it makes total sense. What's so exciting is that their common cause shines the spotlight right where it's needed: on corporatism -- the constellation of government policies that primarily benefit wealthy and well-connected business and banking interests at the expense of the rest of us. While much of the Right Wing sees the danger of the Obama administration in Marxism and state socialism, Paul and Nader realize that that makes no sense. Bill Daley, Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, Paul Volcker, and Jeff Immelt are not the men a Marxist would pick as advisors. But they are the picks of a president who believes that economic stability can exist only if government and major businesses manage the economy together. Corporatism is the opposite of free markets, competition, and full individual liberty.

In reference to Big Government at home, I can’t help but think of Big Government abroad with Egypt.

Yet another country gone haywire as its people revolt against a bought-and-paid for U.S. dictator.

If the people of countries like Iran and Pakistan with previous rulers and now Egypt despise the puppets who rule them, is it any wonder why they do not like the U.S. when the U.S. government is the puppet-master pulling the strings?

I found Rand Paul’s inaugural speech most interesting.

Establishment Democrats in Kentucky, across the country and in the media did their best at playing their typical card in trying to paint Rand Paul as a racist, and I like how Rand not so subtly addressed that.

Former Kentucky Senator Henry Clay was known as the "Great Compromiser", but Rand Paul makes the point that there are some things you just don’t compromise on - like slavery.

Unlike just about everybody who ends up in Congress, I don’t expect Rand Paul to compromise his principles.

I like how Rand references abolitionists Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, amongst others.

Douglass and Garrison were on Nantucket for a week in August of 1842 for an anti-slavery convention where women‘s rights supporter and abolitionist Stephen S. Foster denounced churches, and particularly those in the south, as the "Bulwark of Slavery," its clergy "a designing priesthood," and its membership a "Brotherhood of Thieves", in turn causing the Riot of 1842 on the island of Nantucket.

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While Newt wins South Carolina, Paul campaign celebrates

Since RP essentially bypassed SC and will bypass FL in order to focus on future states and their delegates where RP is better positioned, I am pleased with the results.

The RP campaign hardly did anything in SC, yet RP more than quadrupled his vote total from 2008 based the efforts of the grassroots.

RP is in it to win, but it is otherwise about staying in it to end to rack up delegates and demand some real change at the RNC convention, with Rand Paul waiting in the wings as the future of the liberty movement.

RP results so far, and future considerations:

Iowa - more than double
2008: 11,841 votes (10%)
2012: 26,036 votes (21%)

New Hampshire - more than triple
2008: 18,346 votes (8%)
2012: 56,848 votes (23%)

South Carolina - more than quadruple
2008: 16,154 votes (4%)
2012: 77,993 votes (13%)

Florida
2008: 62,887 votes (3%)
2012: likely 9-12%

If the "more than triple" trend holds true for other states, here are states to look forward to where the RP campaign will have a strong presence:

(2008 percentages listed in parentheses)

• District of Columbia (8%)
• Washington (8% listed as primary, 22% listed as caucus)
• Rhode Island (7%)
• Vermont (7%)
• Pennsylvania (16%)
• Indiana (8%)
• North Carolina (7%)
• Kentucky (7%)
• Oregon (15%)
• Idaho (24%)
• New Mexico (14%)
• South Dakota (17%)
• Kansas (11%)
• North Dakota (21%)
• Montana (25%)
• Minnesota (16%)
• Colorado (9%)
• Alaska (17%)
• Maine (18%)
• Nevada (14%)

As for the title of this post, some very salient points from this article from The Examiner:

I am sure many don't understand why the Paul campaign would be fairly happy with the results of the South Carolina primary tonight. Sure a stronger showing would have been a happier occasion but considering the portrait of Romney being the inevitable nominee has just been toppled, it is cause to not be too unhappy about their 4th place finish in the state. The other reason to not be crying in their soup may be quite interesting for many voters that are not aware of the current situation. Not only did Romney go down to defeat in South Carolina but he got beaten by someone that mathematically has no possibility of being able to win the nomination before the convention anyway.

You see, both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are not on several states' ballots as it seems maybe they were mostly running for book sales or better name recognition or possibly propping up their lobbyist credentials and speaking fees. Oh, I know many will be upset with that analogy but quite frankly it is the only plausible explanations to ponder as Newt Gingrich was not even able to get on the ballot in Virginia which is his home state.
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If Newt or Santorum really had integrity, they would be the ones explaining this situation to the voters and preferrably just drop out as Huntsman and Perry did recently. To do anything else, when they can not even compete for 564 delegates shows their failure to plan should be looked at as either a lack of organizational ability or lack of real leadership ability. The bottomline here is that they both did not have sufficient real support or organizational ability to even accomplish the minimum things necessary to lodge an honest campaign for the Republican nomination which is being able to achieve ballot access in enough states to actually win it.

All the other campaigns had this same problem except Ron Paul and Mitt Romney, the two campaigns that were obviously the only ones serious about this contest from the very beginning. I would hope that more news sources would finally get this story out but I am not exactly holding my breath to see that develop. In the meantime, these 2 gentlemen are the only ones in the field that deserve to eventually receive the nomination as they each took running for the Office of President, seriously.

With Romney, Gingrich and Paul fighting it out for delegates (Santorum has no organization, money or staying power) it could well be a brokered convention.

I expect the Grinch to win FL, but as he gets out of the south he will lose steam and all three will be fighting for delegates, and remember, the Grinch is not eligible for 564 of them.

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Ron Paul Highlights in 1/23/2012 Presidential Debate

Only candidate with supporters waiting outside the debate, and there were hundreds of RP supporters spreading the word to those attending the debate…

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Yet another GOP debate last night

Right before the debate, RP supporters took over the CNN outdoor roundtable.

RP is bypassing having an official campaign in FL to focus on upcoming caucuses and Super Tuesday, but this is impressive. Not many official campaign signs, but homemade ones by these young voters, who are talked about after the three minute mark in the YouTube.

Ron Paul Highlights CNN Florida Debate 1/26/12

RP had some great one-liners while Santorum went off on one of his obsessive Jihadist rants that Iran (which can’t even refine its own gasoline from oil) is going to take over South America.

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Ron Paul on CNN’s State of the Union this Morning

RP’s pre-Super Tuesday caucus strategy discussed, RP states he is in it to the end to gain delegates for the RNC convention, RP’s issue with endorsing any other GOP candidate, Tea Party Herman Cain just endorsing the quintessential Washington insider in Newt Gingrich, RP’s Big Tent is drawing in supporters of all political stripes, Obama’s neocon, warmongering policy with Iran, and some talk about the TSA.

From this Yahoo News article on RP’s strategy:

When asked in front of a national audience this week to defend his ability to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Ron Paul responded by emphasizing the real contest: the race for delegates.
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"Absolutely," we will be at the convention, campaign manager Jesse Benton told Yahoo News. "We have a comprehensive plan to win 1,144 delegates. We're going to scrap all the way."
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By picking up delegates in nearly every state, Paul and his supporters could potentially wreak havoc at the Republican nominating convention this August.
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But experts and observers agree that Paul has a lot to gain by remaining in the race and keeping his delegates. (Others say not to count Paul out of a third party bid until he officially decides against it.)

Yet even when delegates are awarded and even if they are directed by their candidates to support a nominee, that also doesn't mean they will listen.

Richie said it's always possible for a potential fight to break out at the convention if many of the delegates are uncomfortable supporting the presumed nominee.

"Delegates are not as bound as people think," Richie said. If delegates representing candidates other than the presumed frontrunner outnumber the presumed nominee's supporters, chaos could ensue on the convention floor.

Viva la rEVOLution!

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The words of an American born Jew, who has chosen to settle in Israel, regarding Ron Paul.

Rafi Farber’s goal is to raise money and support a Jewish homeland on the West Bank while his organization, Settlers of Samaria, seeks charitable donations where your donation towards an interest free mortgage loan is paid forward by the recipient to other Jewish charities in Israel.

They intend to raise enough funds to buy houses in Israel (and particularly the West Bank) for financially sound young couples who then pay the principle which you or your charity donated, forwarding it, through their charity, to other Israeli charities over time.

What this creates is the following:

1) Mortgage payments through Settlers of Samaria stay constant every month until the entire loan is paid off, and are typically half the amount of a mortgage through an Israeli bank for the same house.
2) Young couples actually begin to be able to afford a home.
3) Instead of banks pocketing interest payments, everything goes to charity.

Not a bad free market idea of old where communities work together to solve their problems as opposed to relying on government involvement (which inevitably drives prices up and takes away your freedom), and Rafi explains in his own words why he supports Ron Paul in the below YouTube in reference to your soul and your freedom:

To further Rafi’s point he made months ago:

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Ron Paul Donations from Military Twice as much as GOP rivals and Obama Combined 4Q

Especially Notable is that Paul raised about triple the amount Obama received and about six times that of all currently-competing Republicans—Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Buddy Roemer, and Rick Santorum—combined for the fourth quarter.





Since RP is the only candidate calling for a non-interventionist foreign policy and an end to all these wars, what are our brave soldiers who are putting their lives on the line for our country telling us?

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No Surprises Here

The GOP wants its establishment candidate at all costs so the White House will be owned by the lobbyists and special interests whether it is Obama or Romney.

Seems Ron Paul won Maine – even if you don’t count Washington County, which he won in a landslide in 2008, which is why the Washington County votes won’t be counted.

Can’t speak for the Democratic party, but it is painfully obvious that the Republican party fixes and rigs entire state elections.

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Are Elections Rigged?

Certainly when it comes to the Republican party.

Note the problems are being seen in the caucus states. It’s a much more open process where local groups openly count their votes and can call out the state GOP for ignoring or changing their votes.

Makes one wonder what happens in primary states where there is no open voting. Note that Rachael Maddow indicates the states with the most reported problems are caucus states, and that’s because voters were able to see the irregularities from their open group votes and report it to and call out the state GOP.

You ask me, there should be criminal sanctions for such acts, but since the two parties are private organizations, they do whatever they want and democracy becomes an after-thought.

Yes, it’s the delegates that count and Ron Paul campaign and the grassroots has a great strategy and ground game in regards to racking up delegates across the country per GOP rules, but it helps to get the publicity of winning the vote in a state – and RP won the popular vote in Maine, but most people who just listen to the news think Romney did.

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”Ron Paul Is Secretly Taking Over The GOP — And It's Driving People Insane”

As reported by Business Insider:

"People feel threatened — they don't want to see a bunch of kids who may have voted for Barack Obama take over," Wead said. "They feel a sense of ownership over the party — but there has to be an accommodation."

But state party machinations are already starting to backfire. The Paul campaign believes it has won the majority of Maine's delegates — and the perceived election fraud has galvanized Paul supporters to demand their votes be counted in the state's straw poll 'beauty contest.'

Caucus chaos has also proved to be fertile ground for Paul's quiet takeover of the Republican Party. Since 2008, the campaign and Paul's Campaign for Liberty PAC have made a concerted effort to get Paul sympathists involved in the political process. Now, tumult in state party organizations has allowed these supporters to rise up the ranks.

"We like strong party leadership when it comes from us," Paul campaign chair Jesse Benton told Business Insider. "Our people work very hard to make sure that their voice is heard."

The fruits of this labor are evident in Iowa, where Paul's former state campaign co-chair A.J. Spiker was just elected as the new chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. Spiker replaces Matt Strawn, who stepped down over this year's Iowa caucus dustup. In Nevada, the state chair has also resigned over caucus disaster, and several Ron Paul supporters are well-positioned to step up to fill the void. These new leaders not only expand Paul's influence at the state level, but also help protect Paul and his hard-won delegates from state party machinations as the delegate-selection process moves to district and state conventions, and eventually the Republican National Convention this summer.

"We are always trying to bring people into the party," Benton said. "I think that is a very positive thing for Republicans. Ron is the person who can build the Republican base, bring new blood into the party. That's how you build the party."

In Maine, the caucus disaster has made the state GOP prime for a Ron Paul takeover. And that means that Paul's hard-won delegates will be protected as the delegate selection process continues.

"We are taking over the party," Wead told BI. "That's the important thing — and that is what we are doing in Maine."

Needless to say, Ron Paul does not have to win the nomination to win. It’s already fixed by the GOP and the mainstream media anyway.

The establishment GOP will need to learn that this is a movement that not only is not going away, but will return the GOP to the People.

Ron Paul – Uniting All People:

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Ron Paul Grills Fed Chair Bernanke on Inflation and Competing Currencies

Does Bernanke think American citizens are idiots? He states:

On alternative currencies, nobody prevents you from holding silver or gold if you want to.

Bernanke who have you think gold and silver is money with his evasive answer, but you will get arrested on a felony (and Americans have been recently) if you use gold or silver as money (in accordance with the U.S. Constitution) for commerce in competition with the fiat dollar.

Bernanke was just deflecting from Nobel Laureate Austrian school economist F.A. Hayek’s proposal in the 1970’s to float a commodity back dollar (gold or silver) in accordance with the U.S. Constitution to compete with the existing fiat dollar and let the free market decide.

Art. I Sec. 10 Cl. 1 of the U.S. Constitution (which Bernanke swore and oath to support and defend) states:

No State shall ... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts

Ah, but Bernanke has an answer from previous questioning by RP which contradicts his most recent evasive answer that gold is an “alternative currency” and that contradicts the U.S. Constitution:

Tradition!? Has Bernanke read the U.S. Constitution that he swore an oath to support and defend!?

Given that the dollar has lost close to 98% of its value since the Federal Reserve was formed 99 years ago to protect that value, and given how inflation is far above what you can get in returns on safe investments like money markets or CD’s (thanks to the Federal Reserve setting interest rates so low), why not have a gold currency that does not lose its value to inflation compete with the existing fiat dollar and let the free market decide?

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Who runs this country, our state and our township? The People or the government?

Unfortunately, the People have become apathetic and politicians and government agents have become as greedy and lawless as Wall Street investment bankers.

Regardless of your political views, educate yourself and get involved as a citizen in support of other citizens. That is the only way you will maintain your freedom and protect your rights.

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The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)


Posted on Thu, Mar. 15, 2012
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say
By James Bramford
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(Click highlighted green above to go to article)

Per the YouTube in the previous post, the Patriot Act that Bush implemented and Obama extended, gives the federal government the ability to do all the below warrantless wiretapping, eavesdropping and spying on U.S citizens who are under suspicion of nothing – except for being a U.S. citizen who is supposed to have privacy rights under the Constitution.

This type of advanced eavesdropping technology is just ripe for abuse. This, together with the drone spying on U.S. citizens as described in the above YouTube, means the government can read every email you send, listen to every phone call you make, and watch your every movement from a drone you can’t see thousands of feet in the air, look at all your financial transactions, what books you buy with a credit card, what personal items you buy anywhere with a credit/debit card, etc., etc. – and all without probable cause or a warrant.

Quite simply, Big Brother has really arrived. So much for being a free person who can go about his or her business in privacy. This country could not be further from its founding principles, and that makes it ripe for all sorts of tyrannical abuses by government – and that’s where I see this going.

Binney left the NSA in late 2001, shortly after the agency launched its warrantless-wiretapping program. “They violated the Constitution setting it up,” he says bluntly. “But they didn’t care. They were going to do it anyway, and they were going to crucify anyone who stood in the way. When they started violating the Constitution, I couldn’t stay.” Binney says Stellar Wind was far larger than has been publicly disclosed and included not just eavesdropping on domestic phone calls but the inspection of domestic email. At the outset the program recorded 320 million calls a day, he says, which represented about 73 to 80 percent of the total volume of the agency’s worldwide intercepts. The haul only grew from there. According to Binney—who has maintained close contact with agency employees until a few years ago—the taps in the secret rooms dotting the country are actually powered by highly sophisticated software programs that conduct “deep packet inspection,” examining Internet traffic as it passes through the 10-gigabit-per-second cables at the speed of light.

The scope of surveillance expands from there, Binney says. Once a name is entered into the Narus database, all phone calls and other communications to and from that person are automatically routed to the NSA’s recorders. “Anybody you want, route to a recorder,” Binney says. “If your number’s in there? Routed and gets recorded.” He adds, “The Narus device allows you to take it all.” And when Bluffdale is completed, whatever is collected will be routed there for storage and analysis.

According to Binney, one of the deepest secrets of the Stellar Wind program—again, never confirmed until now—was that the NSA gained warrantless access to AT&T’s vast trove of domestic and international billing records, detailed information about who called whom in the US and around the world. As of 2007, AT&T had more than 2.8 trillion records housed in a database at its Florham Park, New Jersey, complex.

Once the communications are intercepted and stored, the data-mining begins. “You can watch everybody all the time with data- mining,” Binney says. Everything a person does becomes charted on a graph, “financial transactions or travel or anything,” he says. Thus, as data like bookstore receipts, bank statements, and commuter toll records flow in, the NSA is able to paint a more and more detailed picture of someone’s life.

The NSA also has the ability to eavesdrop on phone calls directly and in real time. According to Adrienne J. Kinne, who worked both before and after 9/11 as a voice interceptor at the NSA facility in Georgia, in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks “basically all rules were thrown out the window, and they would use any excuse to justify a waiver to spy on Americans.” Even journalists calling home from overseas were included. “A lot of time you could tell they were calling their families,” she says, “incredibly intimate, personal conversations.” Kinne found the act of eavesdropping on innocent fellow citizens personally distressing. “It’s almost like going through and finding somebody’s diary,” she says.

And if you pay in cash to protect your right to privacy, here is what the Department of Homeland Security wants American citizens to do to other American citizens per this DHS video distributed to hotels, amongst many, many types of businesses.

And who to blame for all this? Not just government, but both political parties as they both agree with and endorse all of this.

And what this abuse on the federal level does is give state and local governments carte blanche to do whatever they want.

Just look at how entitled Lower Merion Township management staff and most commissioners feel about flouting the law and doing things in secrecy.

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Here is another Wired Article on the same topic as above that I want to relate to Lower Merion township and its illegal, unauthorized and secret pay.

From the article:

Drake heard from colleagues that the surveillance involved special “arrangements” that were being made with telecom and credit card companies to collect data on customers. Drake says he tried to raise concerns about the legality of the program with the NSA’s general counsel but was told not to worry about it, that it was legal and none of his business.

“The mantra was ‘Get the data!’” he told The New Yorker.

He discussed the issue with Maureen Baginski, his superior at the NSA and the third-highest-ranking official in the agency. She reportedly told him presciently that she feared the NSA would be “haunted” by the surveillance program. She left the agency in 2003 in part because she was uncomfortable with the program, The New Yorker reports.

Drake also confided in Diane Roark, a staff member on the House Intelligence Committee. She wrote a series of memos in February 2002 warning of the potential legal violations and gave them to Intelligence Committee staffers who worked for committee chairman Porter Goss and Democratic minority Whip Nancy Pelosi. But nothing happened.

Instead, Roark drew the wrath of Hayden who pleaded with her to stop agitating against the program and seemed to suggest to Roark he had assurances that the Supreme Court would back the program. The New Yorker:

“”He conceded that the policy would leak at some point, and told her that when it did she could “yell and scream” as much as she wished. Meanwhile, he wanted to give the program more time. She asked Hayden why the N.S.A. had chosen not to include privacy protections for Americans. She says that he “kept not answering. Finally, he mumbled, and looked down, and said, ‘We didn’t need them. We had the power.’ He didn’t even look me in the eye. I was flabbergasted.” She asked him directly if the government was getting warrants for domestic surveillance, and he admitted that it was not.””

Roark tried to contact Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist but got no response. When she contacted a judge on the FISA court to express concern that the NSA and government were doing an end-run around the court, she was referred to the Justice Department, which had approved the surveillance program in the first place.

“This was such a Catch-22,” Roark told The New Yorker. “There was no one to go to.”

So a concerned staff member of the House Intelligence Committee got the run-around on the legality of intrusive, warrantless spying on U.S. citizens from members of Congress, judges, NSA and the Justice Department.

What have we with the illegal, unauthorized and secret pay for township management staff that costs LM taxpayers over $300,000 a year to the enrichment of township management staff when they already receive single-dollar-digit co-pays on their awesome healthcare package, excellent salary, an exceptional, ongoing longevity bonus, a great taxpayer funded pension and Social Security?

Well, we have BOC President Liz Rogan, who used to work for the township in management in the 1990’s and who received this secret pay that has never been spelled out in any budget and was never authorized by any BOC over the years, cover this up based on her massive conflict of interest that motivates her to cover for her own wrongdoing in the past on this very issue.

We have BOC VP Paul McElhaney seeking to cover it up when he has a serious conflict of interest in that his brother is a member of township management staff – and we have the majority of commissioners backing their “leaders”.

So, if the township management staff and the commissioners are going to cover this up, who do you call?

Well, I emailed Deputy Montgomery County District Attorney Thomas McGoldrick (a Lower Merion native and who has worked on recent county grand juries) about the illegal, unauthorized and secret pay for township management staff that has cost LM taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars.

His emailed response to me about this and other concerns?

Don't bother to respond with more of your nonsense. Lose my email. I am done with you.

So a Deputy District Attorney and a key member of DA Risa Ferman’s staff thinks the illegal, unauthorized and secret pay for township management staff that has cost LM taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars is “nonsense” in what is an extremely unprofessional email response.

So much for Ferman’s vaunted Government Corruption Unit run by Assistant District Attorney John Gradel.

If you are a county commissioner they don’t like, they will have an extremely expensive, taxpayer-funded grand jury to try and get Jim Matthews on a summary offense (no more than a traffic ticket) Sunshine Law violation they can’t prove, yet they will trump up perjury charges that have since been dismissed by a judge – all while ignoring the crime of campaigning out-of-his-office for favored county commissioner Bruce Castor, and even after Castor admitted to this crime under oath in the Vince Fumo trial.

And the illegal, unauthorized and secret pay that has enriched township management staff and has cost LM taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars? Deputy DA McGoldrick had no way of having had time to look into this at all as I emailed him right after it became public knowledge, and he immediately dismissed it as “nonsense” and told me to “lose” his email as he obviously does not want citizens complaining to him about government misconduct (sorry Tom, I just emailed you again today about this and I won’t stop until I get a response). The DA’s office obviously only wants to go after government agents they specifically don't like, while giving all other government agents a free pass for their unethical and criminal behavior.

That’s disgraceful and it’s no different than what we see on the federal level with illegal spying on American citizens.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely and citizens become after-thoughts as government entities do whatever they want, and regardless of legality or statutory authorization by the People. It happens all the time with government in Lower Merion, Norristown, Harrisburg, and Washington, D.C. – and regardless of political party.

As with the above congressional staffer complaining about illegal wiretapping/spying on U.S. citizens, with the theft-by-deception by township management staff of millions upon millions of our tax dollars, it’s a “Catch-22” and “there is no one to go to” as government covers for its own illegal behavior.

What we have here is the inmates running the asylum and the crooks running the prisons – by our very own government that could care less about those they are elected to serve, but rather only about protecting and consolidating their own power and control over those they were elected to serve -- while covering for their own misconduct, inclusive of the illegal, secret and unauthorized enrichment of Lower Merion township management staff to the tune of millions upon millions of tax dollars.

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What real transparency is like, and where Lower Merion government can learn a lesson (though they no doubt will not listen as the hubris permeates the township building)

Under FEC guidelines, presidential candidates only have to report expenses over $200 to vendors or individuals.

Even though that is the law, it does not cut it for Ron Paul. Just because it is the law does not make it right.

Obama, Romney, Santorum and Gingrich generally only report the legally required $200 and above.

Ron Paul reports everything – even expenses in the pennies to show he is diligent with the money his campaign contributors gave to him and entrusted him with.


Posted on Mon, Apr. 2, 2012
Ron Paul is really serious about transparency
By Kim Barker
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His campaign’s hyper-vigilance is notable, verging on fanatical.

Every bank fee, every 22 cents at a FedEx, every $1 toll on the Florida turnpike, every $5.09 pit stop at any Starbucks anywhere, every doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts and Dough Nutz–it’s all right there, itemized in the Paul campaign’s copious expenditure reports. In 160 instances so far, the campaign has reported purchases costing a single dollar or less.
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The Paul campaign tracks every cent like no other, which Paul campaign officials say is deliberate.

“We take the trust our donors place in us very seriously and are deeply committed to transparency and accuracy in our reporting,” wrote Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, in an email response to ProPublica.

Deeply, indeed.

Indeed.

If only Lower Merion Township felt the same way about reporting back to citizens millions upon millions of dollars of taxpayer funded township management staff pay that has been kept secret from the citizens of Lower Merion.

The FEC requires candidates, by law, to report expenses over $200. In Lower Merion, secret pay of $300,000 dollars a year to township management staff does not have to be reported to the taxpayer-owners of the township.

Anybody see anything wrong with this picture as the majority of LM commissioners approve of secretly ripping-off the taxpayers of Lower Merion of their hard-earned money without any real transparency?

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Well, he only polls about 13% nationally, but no other GOP candidate can bring out large crowds of supporters like Ron Paul just did in Los Angeles.

This is the future of the GOP, in my view. The vast majority in this crowd of over 6,000 was under the age of 30.

No other candidate has such fervent support. Romney will be the nominee (and he will lose to Obama unless the economy tanks), but could Romney even get a crowd of 500 out that is this enthusiastic about him?

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Well, we know Bush and Obama have flouted our rights with endless unconstitutional executive orders.

We know Congress passes unconstitutional laws all the time.

While the U.S. Supreme court has also followed suit, this one really takes the cake and further demonstrates we live in a banana republic.


Posted on Fri, Apr. 6, 2012
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It might seem that in the United States, being pulled over for driving without a seat belt should not end with the government ordering you to take off your clothes and "lift your genitals." But there is no guarantee that this is the case -- not since the Supreme Court ruled this week that the Constitution does not prohibit the government from strip searching people charged with even minor offenses. The court's 5-4 ruling turns a deeply humiliating procedure -- one most Americans would very much like to avoid -- into a routine law enforcement tactic.

This case arose when a man named Albert Florence was pulled over by New Jersey state troopers while he was driving to his parents' house with his wife and young son. The trooper arrested him for failing to pay a fine -- even though, it turned out, he actually had paid the fine. Florence was thrown into the Essex County Correctional Facility, which has a strip search policy for all new arrestees.

Florence -- who had not even violated the law -- was subjected to one of the more degrading interactions a citizen can have with his government. He was made to disrobe, lift his genitals for the guards to show that he was not hiding anything, and cough in a squatting position. Florence said he was strip searched twice.

Many courts have said just what Florence argued -- that the Constitution prohibits strip searches of people arrested on minor offenses unless there is individualized suspicion. That includes at least seven U.S. Courts of Appeals -- the powerful federal courts that are just one rung below the Supreme Court. Ten states -- including Florida and Michigan -- actually make suspicionless strip searches illegal.

But the Supreme Court, by a 5-4, has now given its blessing to strip searches of people who are charged with minor crimes -- even if the government has no specific reason to believe they are concealing anything.

And what’s this about? In my view it’s all about government power and control – and indoctrinating citizens to be subservient to government when it is supposed to be the other way around in this country.

Drive without your seatbelt? You will be arrested and strip searched.

The message that sends is of an iron fist of authoritarian government and that we are not free people.

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Ron Paul will be speaking at Independence Hall on Sunday, April 22

Event details and list of speakers by Clicking Here.

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Our Tax Dollars Hard at Work

Below is One Of Several videos that have surfaced that were done by the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) federal employees in the office and with taxpayer funds.

Do these government employees actually work? I’d suggest they don’t work very hard while they get paid with our tax dollars given the free office time they have to make these videos and given the exotic places they go to for conferences.

Wonder if they get free and secret taxpayer bonuses of 7-10%?

I have to agree with House Rep. Darell Issa and the above linked article:

"This is not just about a single convention, but a festering culture of entitlement and wasting taxpayer money within the federal bureaucracy," Issa, R-Calif., wrote in a statement. "Taxpayer's time should be used for real work and not a high school musical like production on the Obama administration's stimulus spending spree.

"Eleven months after the GSA inspector general briefed the Obama Administration on the facts about waste and wrongdoing, we are still looking for accountability and answers about delayed action that does not fully address the underlying problem."
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The House committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released new details last week from a report showing that GSA spent nearly $440,000 on "lavish gifts" such iPods and digital cameras for an incentive program for its employees.

The GSA was under fire a day earlier for a video featuring a U.S. General Services Administration employee joking about excess government spending.

Even before that video came to light, the agency was being criticized for spending about $823,000 on a Las Vegas convention in 2010 for 300 employees, which included thousands of dollars spent on items such as a commemorative coin set, a mind reader, a comedian and a clown.

Here we have federal employees hard at work getting paid with our tax dollars in taxpayer funded facilities and getting an award in a taxpayer funded trip to Las Vegas for doing this on taxpayer time:

No wonder so many people are flocking to work for the government. They hardly work and get great perks as they rip hard-working and struggling Americans off.

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Santorum drops out, Ron Paul staying in as he promised while his supporters continue their grassroots fundraising for him

Romney will be the nominee.

For Ron Paul and his supporters, this is about a movement and fighting on to make more people aware that there is an alternative to what the two political parties tell you that you have to believe.

This won’t stop after Romney gets the nomination (and loses to Obama), but for now the goal is for RP to have a enough delegates at the RNC in Tampa in August to make a lot of noise and position for the future – though the GOP will use every dirty trick in their playbook to prevent RP supporters from becoming delegates and to silence them at the GOP convention – and that will only further motivate RP supporters for the future and expose the GOP for what it is.

And, witness the future and the power of an idea while hardly anybody shows up for the campaign rallies of future GOP nominee Romney:

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Rachel Maddow – “I Think Ron Paul Just Won Iowa”

As well as several other states such as Minnesota, Missouri, Maine, Nevada by delegate count – and more TBD.

Maddow also mentions how over 4,000 showed up at Independence Mall on Sunday in Philly and stood in a pouring rain to hear Ron Paul speak and she has a video clip of those hearty soles.

Romney has the nomination, but this is all about spreading the message and educating people for the future…

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OK, this is absolutely off topic (in my off topic thread), but I just had to post it due to the inanity of getting charged with a felony for stealing a $1 soda and for the hilarity and irony in the Yahoo comment section.

Remember, there is a bit (often a lot) of truth in every joke.


Posted on Mon, Apr. 23, 2012
Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDonald's
By Suzan Clarke
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From the Yahoo comment section:

Steal a coke, get charged with a felony. Steal a billion, get elected to the Senate.
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A Mcfelony ?
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If he went back and refilled it, it would be the death penalty.
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Petty criminals go to prison while the real crooks get elected.
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Steal a soda, go to jail. Steal people's stocks, bank accounts and houses... get a bailout and a 10 million dollar raise.
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Now if only he ran an investment bank, looted it for billions, got a taxpayer bailout, and paid himself an eight-figure bonus, he wouldn't have to spend a single day in jail.
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Jon Corzine stole 2 billion of depositors money from MF Global, he's still free.
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Sorry, this action taken cost the tax payers 100x the cost of the coke, they can't be that stupid?
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The average bill per day to house an inmate in state prisons is about $129. How do you even try to understand this felony? Insanity combined with absurdity creates a parallel universe.
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Congress steals BILLIONS and this guy spends time in jail? We're fiddling while Rome burns.

And it goes on and on. Thousands of comments along these lines.

Common sense really seems to have left this country.

And happy Election Day on trying to decide on which self-serving bozo to vote for.

I will actually feel good about one of the votes I cast today. A pleasant and rare situation indeed.

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Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman

Ron Paul debates Keynesian, Nobel Laureate economist, Princeton professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Bloomberg TV.

Taking into account RP is a medical doctor by training and a Congressman, I’d say he did very well if you look at without an ideological perspective.

Needless to say, I agree more with the Austrian School of economics and not Keynesian economics – though the Keynesian view does have a couple of points I agree with.

The argument at its most base level is we have an economy the government manages through a Keynesian perspective and how well has that been working out the past few decades?

Why is it Krugman views the Federal Reserve as a great savior from recessions but never explains how the Fed never sees the recessions coming or how its low interest rate/easy money policies facilitate the boom/bust cycle?

Interesting that after the commercial break, Krugman did not return to debate RP. He only returned when he had the floor to himself.

The Bloomberg YouTube is almost 30 minutes long. I will post that second for those who really have an interest.

First is a 3 minute YouTube of Ron Paul v. Paul Krugman quotes about the housing bubble and other recent economic issues.

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The only chance Romney has of beating Obama is to win over Ron Paul supporters

I expect chaos at the RNC in Tampa in August if RP supporters are treated with the same disrespect they were four years ago at the GOP nominating convention.

How the GOP and Romney handle it, and whether they take on at least some of RP’s platform, will go a long way to determining if Ron Paul supporters will vote for Romney – which is the only chance Romney has of beating Obama.

Either way, the GOP establishment is being turned on its head – and I see this as a good thing.

As reported on the Rachael Maddow show, RP continues to rack up delegates. RP has now won eight states – and counting. Heck, RP even won the majority of delegates in Romney's home state of Massachusetts.

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Young or Hispanic? You can’t be a GOP delegate

While I have no respect for either party, this takes the cake. The GOP will implode by turning away all the young people who consider themselves Ron Paul Republicans.

The Grand Old Party really, truly is the Old White People party.

While there are a lot of baby boomers who can keep the GOP somewhat afloat for the time being, it’s just a matter of time before the liberty movement takes over the GOP.

Ron Paul won over half the delegates in Mitt Romney’s home state – at least until the dirty GOP tricks started. This is being played out in many states (RP has the majority of delegates in 7 states and close to half in many more) and these corrupt party machinations will only make things ugly at the GOP convention in Tampa come August.

The GOP just does not get that they are only going to make it worse for the future of the party by messing with Ron Paul supporters, but then political parties and the government only know how to do one thing when they feel they are losing control or power – lie, cheat, steal and try to intimidate.

Thing is, Ron Paul supporters only fight back that much harder when the GOP or the government tries to cheat and intimidate.

That’s why the liberty movement is not going away. True liberty means having no fear of the government or its bought-and-paid-for political parties.

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I'm interested to hear about this but could you describe the issue? The only way I can read this old long thread is by filtering out the videos. If I leave the videos on it never fails to crash my computer.

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He is a bit about it From Boston.com.

This Boston Herald article also gets into the cheating by the GOP. “I have seen the future of the Republican Party in Massachusetts — and he’s an 18-year-old kid who just got screwed by Mitt Romney”.

The reason I mentioned Hispanic delegates is the young woman who was one of the 17 Ron Paul supporters who were removed as GOP delegates in Mass. was interviewed in the above YouTube by a Fox News affiliate where she specifically mentions her parents were born in Columbia and she is first generation Columbian to this country.

It’s primarily because of Ron Paul that the GOP has people of color (RP has more than a few African American and Hispanic supporters) registered to vote Republican while seeking to be delegates, yet the GOP seeks to disenfranchise them because they are Ron Paul supporters.

Part of the grassroots strategy in caucus states by RP supporters was to become delegates under the radar – without promoting your support for RP because it was known from last election that the caucus delegate voting would be rigged against known RP supporters by the GOP.

So, in order to ferret out RP supporters this time around, the GOP has been going after newcomers who have been elected by various state caucus delegations who also tend to be young or people of color.

If you are young, new to being a delegate and especially a person of color, you are singled out by the GOP as someone who should not be at the Republican National Convention in Tampa because odds are you are a Ron Paul supporter.

Way to grow the party!

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Will Ron Paul Force a Contested GOP Convention and Rain on Mitt’s Coronation?

I don’t think RP’s name will be on the ballot as the GOP will cheat and use every dirty trick in the book to make sure RP does not get a plurality of delegates in Nebraska Saturday, but there sure will be a lot of RP supporters in Tampa and at the convention, so it will be interesting regardless.

Why am I convinced the GOP will cheat and use dirty tricks in Nebraska? Well, Rachael Maddow explains further how RP delegates were screwed over in Massachusetts.

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GOP Continues With Dirty Tricks - Now seeks to remove Ron Paul delegates from Maine.

Any wonder why Americans are fed up with both political parties? We are at a point where more Americans are registered independent than for with either other party, but what they don't realize is that this just gives the two parties more control during the primary process where they make the rules - and break them.

So why have any rules? Congress and the president hardly follow any rules, so the parties follow suit. However, if you are an everyday citizen - you had better follow the rules or else.

Well, I for one beg to differ on the "or else" and will continue to stand up.

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Mitt Romney and RNC Break Rules and Rig The Nomination Process

Fox News reporter: "To say the Republican National Convention is a mess would be a huge understatement..."

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