Sotomayer Press Release #2 |
May 29, 2009 |
For further information, contact:
Charles Orndorff, 703-938-9626
QUESTIONS WHICH JUDGE SOTOMAYOR SHOULD BE
Howard Phillips, Chairman of The Conservative Caucus, has
called upon members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to probe
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor regarding the following
1. What relation, in your view, does the Declaration
of Independence bear to the Constitution of the United
2. Do you agree with the statement in the Declaration
that "all Men…are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights"?
3. The Preamble of the Constitution asserts that "We
the People of the United States, in Order to form a more
perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic
Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the
general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the United States of America." Do you
agree that "We the People" are the source of
authority for the Constitution and everything in it?
4. How do you interpret the term "promote the
5. Article I, Section 1 says "All legislative Powers
herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United
States". Do you believe that legislative powers
may be exercised by entities other than the Congress? What
about the Federal Reserve? May it exercise legislative
powers? What about regulatory agencies? What about the Civil
Service? What about Presidential Executive Orders? What
about international organizations such as the World Trade
Organization (WTO)? What about NAFTA? What about the
6. In the event of a national calamity, it is possible
that many members of Congress may suffer death or
disability. Article I, Section 5 asserts that "a Majority
of each [House] shall constitute a Quorum to do
Business". In your view, how ought such a majority be
defined? Would it be a majority of the living? A majority of
those physically and mentally capable? What would it be?
7. Do you attach any religious significance to the
language in Article I, Section 7 which, in defining the time
available to the President to consider whether he shall veto
a piece of legislation which has arrived on his desk,
permits him "ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall
have been presented to him". Is there a Christian
premise to this language in the Constitution?
8. Article I, Section 8 says "The Congress shall have
Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises,
to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and
general Welfare of the United States". Do you believe
that the power of Congress, as stipulated, is limited to
those matters set forth in Article I, Section 8?
9. Article I, Section 8 says "Congress shall have
Power…To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations". Did
Congress violate this provision in accepting U.S.
participation in the WTO, in NAFTA, and in CAFTA?
10. Article I, Section 8 says "Congress shall have
Power…To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of
foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures".
Does this not imply that our money shall be of fixed value,
not subject to regulation by an entity such as the
11. Article I, Section 8 says "Congress shall have
Power…To declare War". To what extent can the
President intrude on this authority?
12. Article I, Section 8 says "Congress shall have
Power…To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute
the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel
Invasions". What is your understanding of the term "the
13. Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution
asserts that no State shall "make any Thing but gold
and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts". How
do you interpret this requirement and its current
14. Article II, Section 1 sets forth the oath to be taken
by the President: "Before he enter on the Execution of
his Office … ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I
will faithfully execute the Office of President of the
United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve,
protect and defend the Constitution of the United
States.’ " In your opinion, has President Bush
faithfully, consistently, and without exception defended the
Constitution of the United States?
15. Article II, Section 2 states that the President "shall
have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the
Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the
Senators present concur". Do you believe that U.S.
participation in NAFTA and the World Trade Organization
should have required, as treaties, a two thirds vote of the
Senators present and voting?
16. Do you regard as valid Executive Agreements
which may be entered into by the President of the United
17. Article III, Section 1 says "The Judges, both of
the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices
during good Behaviour". (a) How do you define "good
behaviour"? (b) If a judge is found to have violated
standards of "good behaviour", may such a judge be removed
from office by simple majority vote of the Senate, which
confirmed his appointment to office?
18. Article III, Section 2 says "The judicial Power
shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under
this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and
Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their
Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public
Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and
maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United
States shall be a Party;—to Controversies between two or
more States;… —between Citizens of different States,
—between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under
Grants of different States…. In all Cases affecting
Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those
in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall
have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before
mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate
Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions,
and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make."
What restrictions, if any, do you think are permissible on
the authority of Congress to limit the appellate
jurisdiction of the Supreme Court?
19. Article III, Section 2 stipulates that "The Trial
of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment; shall be by
Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the
said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not
committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place
or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed." The
U.N.’s proposed International Criminal Court (ICC)
treaty seems to be in clear violation of these provisions.
Do you agree that it would be un-Constitutional for the
Senate to ratify the International Criminal Court (ICC)
20. Article IV, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution says "Full
Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public
Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other
State; And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the
Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be
proved, and the Effect thereof." In your opinion, does
this language require other states to recognize the
Massachusetts "same sex" marriage procedures?
21. Article IV, Section 4 says "The United States
shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican
Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against
Invasion". In your view, what is the Federal government
required to do in response to the invasion of illegal
aliens which has particularly affected such states as
California, Arizona, and Texas, among others?
22. Article VI says "This Constitution, and the Laws
of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance
thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made,
under the Authority of the United States, shall be the
supreme Law of the Land". In your view, does this
require that treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate are
the "supreme Law of the Land", even when such treaties are
in conflict with provisions of the U.S. Constitution?
23. The First Amendment to the Constitution stipulates
that "Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion". (a) Do you agree that
this language was included in the Constitution to prevent
any interference by the Federal government in the
establishments of religion which existed by authority of the
legislatures of the several states which had joined in
ratifying the Constitution? (b) In your view, are different
interpretations of this clause valid for purposes of
24. The Second Amendment says "A well regulated
Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be
infringed." Do you believe that in light of this
language any or all of Federally enacted gun control
laws are Constitutionally valid?
25. According to the Fourth Amendment, "The right of
the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,
shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon
probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and
particularly describing the place to be searched, and the
persons or things to be seized." (a) Do you believe that
any branch of the Federal government has the authority to
violate the Fourth Amendment for any reason whatsoever? (b)
Do you believe that the requirements of the Fourth
Amendment have ever been violated by the Federal
government, if so, when, by whom, and in what circumstances?
26. The Fifth Amendment says that "nor shall any
person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in
jeopardy of life or limb". Was not this provision
set aside in the Rodney King case when law enforcement
personnel were prosecuted for the same alleged offense under
both state and Federal law?
27. The Sixth Amendment requires that "In all criminal
prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a
speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the
State and district wherein the crime shall have been
committed". (a) How do you interpret the term "speedy"?
(b) When, in accordance with your definition, this provision
is violated, what should be the remedy?
28. The Eighth Amendment says that "cruel and
unusual punishments" may not be inflicted. How would
you define a cruel and unusual punishment?
29. The Tenth Amendment says that "The powers not
delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people." (a) When powers which
Constitutionally ought be reserved to the states are usurped
by the Federal government, what remedy is available to
states thus aggrieved? (b) Is nullification a valid
response? (c) Is interposition an appropriate
30. The Thirteenth Amendment says that "Neither slavery
nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime
whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall
exist within the United States, or any place subject to
their jurisdiction." In your view, does adherence to this
amendment preclude the possibility of a military draft?
31. Many people have questioned the inclusion of the
Fourteenth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution, inasmuch
as part of a conditional readmission to the Union, certain
southern states were required to ratify this amendment. In
some cases, ratification was enforced at the point of a gun
by occupying military troops. (a) Do you think the
Fourteenth Amendment was properly ratified? (b) If not, do
you believe it should be enforced?
32. The Fourteenth Amendment says that no state may "deprive
any person of life, liberty, or property, without due
process of law". (a) In your view, at what point does
the unborn child qualify for consideration as a
person? (b) At such point, does it become unconstitutional
to deprive any such person of life without such person
having been duly convicted of a crime by a jury of his or
33. The Fourteenth Amendment also says that no person
shall be denied "the equal protection of the laws".
In your view, does this make affirmative action laws
34. The Sixteenth Amendment says that "The Congress
shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes,
from whatever source derived, without apportionment among
the several States, and without regard to any census or
enumeration." How do you define the term "incomes"?
35. The Nineteenth Amendment says "The right of
citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or
abridged by the United States or by any State on account
of sex". Does this use of the word "sex" refer
exclusively to gender, or can it be construed to cover
36. The XXVII Amendment to the Constitution says "No
Law, varying the compensation for the services of the
Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an
election of Representatives shall have intervened." This
language seems to preclude members of Congress from
accepting pay increases recommended by commissions or
operating in reliance on changes in the cost of living.
What is your view?
Sotomayer Press Release #1 |
May 29, 2009 |
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charles Orndorff, 703-938-9626
EMPATHY, IMPARTIALITY, AND JUSTICE: WHY SONIA
SOTOMAYOR IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE OUR NEXT U.S. SUPREME COURT
Bob Renaud, a member of the Board of Directors of The
Conservative Caucus, has issued the following analysis of
President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to
serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:
"President Barack Obama was just past his first ‘100 days in
office’ when David Souter’s retirement gave him the opportunity
to submit his first Supreme Court nominee to Congress. He had
been planning for this moment. During his campaign for the
presidency, Obama explained what he would look for in a nominee
to the high court:
" ‘We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to
recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy
to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African American, or
gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m
going to be selecting my judges.’
"President Obama reiterated his commitment to ‘empathy’ last
week when he commented on Justice Souter’s resignation. He
promised to seek someone ‘who understands that justice isn’t
about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook.’
Apparently, to President Obama, a basic understanding of the
plain text of the Constitution is now ‘abstract legal theory.’
But empathy, he says, will produce justice.
"Once again, President Obama has demonstrated that the
‘change we can believe in’ is not the change we need in this
country. What we need is a change towards constitutional and
"Writing in 1833 in his famous Commentaries on the
Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story explained that
empathy is not the same as justice. Justice must be ‘freely,
fully, and impartially administered.’ Without impartial justice,
‘neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be
protected. And if these, or either of them, are regulated by no
certain laws, and are subject to no certain principles, and are
held by no certain tenure, and are redressed, when violated, by
no certain remedies, society fails of all its value; and men may
as well return to a state of savage and barbarous independence.’
"By seeking to nominate to the high court, judges who ‘got
the heart, the empathy’ — as opposed to judges who are faithful
to the law of the land — we are heading toward that ‘state of
savage and barbarous independence’ that Justice Story warned
about. That was two centuries ago. Justice Story wasn’t the
"Writing 3,500 years ago in the book of Leviticus, the
ultimate Law-giver explained the proper role of judges:
" ‘Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not
respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the
mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour’
"In this text of Scripture, there is no reference to how
judges feel about a matter, or how judges should ‘empathize’
with the parties to the case, or even how judges should use
their own ethnic background to decide the matter before the bar.
The command is to ‘not respect the person of the poor, nor honor
the person of the mighty.’ Not feel their pain!
"Contrary to what the ACLU or even the president himself
might want, our legal system has codified this biblical command
not to respect either the ‘poor’ or the ‘mighty’ in our own
republic. The United States Code prescribes the oath that all
federal justices or judges are to swear or affirm before
performing their duties. The oath states:
" ‘I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will
administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal
right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully
and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent
upon me as [job title] under the Constitution and laws of the
United States. So help me God.’
"President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia
Sotomayor, was picked for her empathy rather than her
impartiality. In fact, Judge Sotomayor has a record of showing
partiality both in her written opinions and as well as outside
"In a 2001 speech at the University of California at
Berkeley, Judge Sotomayor said that the ethnicity and sex of a
judge ‘may and will make a difference in our judging.’ She went
on to declare that ‘I would hope that a wise Latina woman with
the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach
a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that
"Fast forward to 2008, where we see how Judge Sotomayor
applies her judicial philosophy of ‘empathy’ in the case of
Ricci v. DeStefano (now before the U.S. Supreme Court). In that
case, local firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, took an
examination in hopes of getting promoted. When the results came
out, the majority of those who took the test and passed were
‘white.’ The town decided to disregard that exam. The
firefighters who passed the test were passed up for promotion,
and they sued the town for reverse discrimination. On appeal to
the Second Circuit Court where Judge Sotomayor sits, Judge
Sotomayor refused to examine the issues of the ‘white’ firemen
and threw out the case. So much for Judge Sotomayor’s ‘empathy’
for both sides.
"And finally, one cannot forget the gaffe committed in 2005
in which Judge Sotomayor explained at a Duke Law School forum
that it is at ‘the court of appeals is where policy is made.’
Isn’t that the job of the legislature? Judge Sotomayor caught
her mistake and quickly said, ‘We don’t make law, I’m not
promoting that, I’m not advocating that, you know.’ However, you
have to ask yourself, how does an ‘extremely qualified’ judge
make a mistake like that?
"Jesus Christ said that ‘out of the abundance of the heart
the mouth speaks.’
"I think it’s clear where Judge Sotomayor’s heart is — she
thinks that her job is to ‘empathize’ with the parties before
her as opposed to judging ‘in righteousness . . . thy neighbour.’
And this is why she is disqualified to be our next U.S. Supreme
1. A widely quoted 2007 speech that
then Sen. Obama gave to Planned Parenthood. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/supreme-court/2009/05/obamasempathystandard_drawin.html?hpid=news-col-blog
3. Title 28 chapter 21 § 453.
Mr. Renaud is in his final year of law school at the Oak
Brook School of Law in Fresno, California and is an official of
Vision Forum Ministries in San Antonio, Texas.
OBAMA FASCISM PUNISHES THE PRODUCTIVE
"My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of
Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in
Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this
automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second
generation to manage this business.
"We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic
slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active
in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with
several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more
during a month. All depend on our business for part of their
"We are financially strong with great respect in the market
place and community. We have strong local presence and
stability. I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours
a day. I know most of our customers and all our employees.
Sunshine Dodge is my life.
"On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge
franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my family
on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given
to another dealer at no cost to them.
"My new vehicle inventory consists of 125 vehicles with a
financed balance of 3 million dollars. This inventory
becomes impossible to sell with no factory incentives
beyond June 9, 2009. Without the Dodge franchise we can no
longer sell a new Dodge as "new," nor will we be able to do any
warranty service work.
"Additionally, my Dodge parts inventory, (approximately
$300,000.) is virtually worthless without the ability to perform
warranty service. There is no offer from Chrysler to buy
back the vehicles or parts inventory.
"Our facility was recently totally renovated at Chrysler's
insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar debt in the form of
a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank.
"HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?
"THIS IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS NOT A GOVERNMENT ENTITY
"This is beyond imagination! My business is being
stolen from me through NO FAULT OF OUR OWN. We did NOTHING
"This atrocity will most likely force my family into
bankruptcy. This will also cause our 50+ employees to be
unemployed. How will they provide for their families? This
is a total economic disaster.
"HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY IN THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA?
"I beseech your help, and look forward to your reply. Thank
George C. Joseph
President & Owner
Source: tothepointnews.com, 5/26/09
ACORN Born in Leftist Revolution |
May 26, 2009 |
"GREAT SOCIETY" FUNDED GRASSROOTS LEFTISTS
When I was Director of the U.S. Office of Economic
Opportunity (OEO) in 1973, I cut off the money to all of the
entities promoted by Richard Cloward and Francis Fox Piven.
For example, prior to my tenure, under Sargent Shriver, Don
Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney, more than 500 chapters of the
National Welfare Rights organization were created at taxpayer
expense to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy.
Despite my efforts to Defund the Left, when I resigned as OEO
Director, following President Nixon’s decision to continue
funding the agency and its programs at an even higher level, the
Left was refunded by my successors under Presidents Nixon and
"ACORN, the radical organization charged with voter fraud in
several states, owes its origin to a revolutionary strategy
developed by two Columbia University sociologists in the 1960s.
"After completing his legal education at Harvard, Barack
Obama returned to Chicago to work in an ACORN-funded voter
registration project that developed directly out of this radical
"On … May 2, 1966, Columbia’s Professor of Social Work
Richard A. Cloward, and his then research associate Frances Fox
Piven, wrote a pivotal article in The Nation,
articulating ‘a strategy to end poverty.’
"In what became known as the Cloward-Piven strategy, the
article argued a revolutionary approach to mobilizing the poor
in the form of class warfare against capitalist forces viewed as
exploiting labor and oppressing the poor. …
"Cloward and Piven argued a ‘guaranteed annual income’ should
be established as an entitlement for the poor, a right the poor
could assert and demand to be paid.
"Arguing for massive registration of poor in existing social
welfare programs, Cloward and Piven sought to create a crisis
that could be exploited to obtain a fundamental redistribution
of power in favor of the ‘have-nots.’
"Advancing their socialist revolutionary aims, Cloward and
Piven explained the crisis they sought ‘can occur spontaneously
(e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of
demonstration and protest which either generate institutional
disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public
"The Cloward-Piven strategy sought to apply the tactics of
the revolutionary civil rights movement, including urban riots,
to the poor as a whole, transcending interest-group politics
defined by race to involve interest-group politics defined by
"Radical black activist George Wiley created the National
Welfare [Rights] Organization, or NWRO, to implement the
"Sol Stern, writing in the City Journal, noted that
foot soldiers hired by the NWRO were successful in expanding
welfare rolls from 4.3 million to 10.8 million by the mid-1970s.
The result was that in New York City, where the strategy had
been particularly successful, ‘one person was on the welfare
rolls … for every two working in the city’s private economy.’
"James Simpson, a former White House staff economist and
budget analyst, asserts in American Thinker that the
‘vast expansion of welfare in New York City that came of the
NWRO’s Cloward-Piven tactics sent the city into bankruptcy in
"William Radke, the founder of ACORN, was a member of the
radical Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, before he
dropped out of Williams College in 1968 to join the anti-draft
movement protesting the Vietnam War.
"He next worked for George Wiley’s NWRO in Springfield,
Mass., before leaving for Little Rock, Ark., in 1970. In Little
Rock he formed the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform
Now, an organization whose name he morphed into the Association
of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, to form a
"With ACORN, Radke resolved to apply the Cloward-Piven
strategy as a ‘community organizer’ in an effort to recruit
radicals to register to vote as Democrats, often fraudulently,
in local, state and national elections.
"Radke’s idea was to create a crisis in voter registration
similar to the crisis in registration for welfare benefits that
Cloward and Piven had initially sought to cause.
"Funded heavily by George Soros through his Open
Society Institute, ACORN has followed a three-point strategy
that James Simpson described as follows:
- "Register as many Democratic voters as possible, legal
or otherwise, and help them vote, multiple times if
- "Overwhelm the system with fraudulent registrations
using multiple entries of the same name, names of deceased,
random names from the phone book, even contrived names.
- "Make the system difficult to police by lobbying for
minimal identification standards required of voters arriving
at polling stations to vote.
"In 1992, while he was working as a community organizer in
Chicago, Obama headed the Chicago operations of Project Vote!,
an ACORN effort to register voters nationally. In Chicago, Obama
had his biggest impact registering African-American voters on
Chicago’s South Side." Source: WorldNetDaily, 5/14/09,
Jerome R. Corsi
Outrageous Spending |
May 21, 2009 |
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
(CNSNews.com, 5/4/09) – "The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
is funding a study that seeks to discover a link between
drinking and having sex among homosexuals in Argentina.
"The study will send researchers to six bars in Buenos Aires
to interview both patrons and proprietors in an effort to
discover what it is about those bars that may encourage the
"The study began on Sept. 30, 2008, and runs through Aug. 31,
2010. It already has cost taxpayers $198,776. By the time the
project ends, it will have cost $403,902, according to NIH.
"The grant, awarded to the New York State Psychiatric Institute,
was provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism (NIAAA), the division of NIH that studies the effects
of alcohol and alcoholism.
"The study’s primary focus is to determine the relationship
among drinking, bars frequented by homosexuals, and risky sexual
behavior to see if certain bars in Argentina might be good
targets for HIV-prevention campaigns.
" ‘Targeting public venues in Buenos Aires where men meet,
alcohol is consumed, and sexual behavior occurs, the goal of
this two-year exploratory study is to understand the various
factors that contribute to the creation of a high-risk sexual
space,’ the study’s abstract explains.
" ‘To that end, the study seeks to describe the relative
contribution of physical characteristics of the place, patron
characteristics, type and level of alcohol consumption, and
social dynamics that are at play and potentiate each other to
result in sexual risk behavior.’
"The study has six goals, including the collection of
information on six specific bars in Buenos Aires; the
appearance, of those bars, alcohol availability, patrons, and
types of sexual behavior taking place. The study also seeks to
identify which factors contribute to alcohol consumption and
sexual behavior in the bars.
" ‘The specific aims of this study are to … 2) identify factors
that contribute to alcohol use and high-risk sexual behavior in
the venues,’ says the abstract.
"Researchers will interview 48 of the men who patronize the
bars, as well as the bar staff to gather information on the
types of alcohol consumed and sexual behavior engaged in. …
"While the study is being conducted in Argentina, it is being
funded with U.S. tax dollars. The grant recipients--who
could not be reached for comment--say in the abstract that
information gathered in the bars in Argentina might help inform
similar efforts in America. …
"The study is among a number funded by the NIAAA to examine the
relationship between drinking and the spread of HIV, including a
study of tourism, prostitution, and HIV in the Dominican
Republic and another study examining drinking and HIV among
prostitutes in China."
North American Union Pass |
May 20, 2009 |
ANOTHER STEPPING STONE TO NORTH AMERICAN
"Signs showing an integrated North America have begun
showing up on U.S. Interstate highways for NORPASS, a new
electronic system that allows participating truckers in Canada
and the U.S. to by-pass roadside weigh stations through the use
of a transponder mounted on the windshield.
"The NORPASS website describes the organization as ‘a
partnership of state and provincial agencies and trucking
industry representatives who are committed to promoting safe and
efficient trucking throughout North America.’
"Truckers that register to participate in NORPASS receive a
small transponder that signals to a computer in participating
"As the participating truck approaches the NORPASS weigh
station, a roadside reader detects the transponder and a
computer in the weigh station checks the truck’s credentials.
"If the truck is certified, the NORPASS transponder signals a
green light, allowing the driver to bypass the station.
"If a problem is detected, a red light flashing on the
transponder indicates a need for the truck to stop and be
"Participating NORPASS truckers are charged $45 to purchase a
windshield transponder directly from NORPASS.
"Melanie Coon, a spokesperson for the Washington Department
of Transportation, or WaDOT, told WND the purpose of the
system is to contribute to the state’s efforts to introduce
‘automated intelligence systems to assist trucks and people in
crossing the U.S.-Canadian border more efficiently.’
"Along with Washington, states participating in NORPASS
include Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, South Dakota, New York,
Connecticut, Kentucky and North Carolina.
"Two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Quebec, are
"A map on the NORPASS website indicates NORPASS weigh station
by-passing is also compatible with the transponders issued by
BestPass, another U.S.-Canadian truck transponder system."
Source: Jerome Corsi, WorldNetDaily.com, 5/15/09
Kill the Death Tax! |
May 19, 2009 |
TCC’S "MAKE THE DEATH TAX REPEAL PERMANENT
TO: MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
the American people are already overtaxed; and
it is grossly unfair to impose punishing taxes on
the loved ones of relatives who have passed away; and
after taxing a person throughout his or her lifetime, it
is double taxation, to tax them again at death; and
eliminating the tax on inheritances and bequests will
energize the economy by keeping family businesses and
farms working; and
taxing away the lifetime assets an individual hopes to
pass on to his or her loved ones is morally wrong; and
taxing inheritances is another example of government
changing the rules to punish those who played by the
rules all of their lives.
I urge you to immediately reintroduce, vote on,
and pass the "Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act",
vital legislation to finally and permanently abolish the unfair
Federal Estate Tax ("Death Tax").
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