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Assad says he had nothing to do with attack

Comment By Bob L.
Sept. 8th 2013

I would like to know why Obama and his Administration is in such a BIG HURRY to get involved in Syria, there is some thing rotten going on some where in our Government.

To do what Obama did in Egypt, is sounding just like what he did for the Muslim Brother Hood by helping them get a foot hold and take over that Country by giving them Plains and tanks, now this is where Obama should be held for what happen there, with all the rioting and death of their people, the same goes both ways. 

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Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad’s permission: paper

Reuters
Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Angus MacSwan
09-08-2013

BERLIN (Reuters) – Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar al-Assad, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence.

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Here We Go Again

Comment By Bob L.
Sept. 1 2013

Here we go again, just another way to take over another Country when they don’t EVEN know for sure who is really behind it, this sounds just like the Iraq war, throw some one out so they can put in who they want to run the Country, this happen before and look what happen, they went back a couple of years later and took them back out because they did not do what they wanted them to do.

Now here we go again, Obama want his Muslim Brother Hood put in power here just like he did to put them in office in Egypt, it is time that this Country stays out of these wars in other countries unless the are on their way here to this country by Air, Land, or Water, and not their land, this land through Canada, Mexico or the Oceans.

It looks like they are sticking their heads up their asses again to put some one else in to power, when they do not have positive prof that it was not some one else trying to take over that country and blame on the current people in power of that Country.

Obama is going to do just as he has in the past, he does not care if the Republicans, or the Democrats will authorize it, he will do as always, do it with out them with an Executive Order.

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Associated Press

JULIE PACE
09-01-2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a week, the White House had been barreling toward imminent military action against Syria. But President Barack Obama’s abrupt decision to instead ask Congress for permission left him with a high-risk gamble that could devastate his credibility if no action is ultimately taken in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack that crossed his own “red line.”

The stunning reversal also raises questions about the president’s decisiveness and could embolden leaders in Syria, Iran, North Korea and elsewhere, leaving them with the impression of a U.S. president unwilling to back up his words with actions.

The president, in a hastily announced statement Saturday in the White House Rose Garden, argued that he did in fact have the power to act on his own. But faced with the prospect of taking action opposed by many Americans, the commander in chief tried to shift the burden and instead round up partners on Capitol Hill to share in that responsibility.

“While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective,” Obama said. “We should have this debate.”

The consequences for Obama’s turnabout could be sweeping, both at home and abroad. If Congress votes against military action, it would mark a humiliating defeat for a second-term president already fighting to stay relevant and wield influence in Washington. It could also weaken his standing internationally at a time when there are already growing questions about the scope of American influence, particularly in the Arab world.

But the White House sees potentially positive political implications in punting the strike decision to Congress. Obama could make good on the promises he made as a senator and presidential candidate, when he called for restraint and congressional consultation by White House’s seeking military force. And with the American public weary of war and many opposed to even modest military action against Syria, Obama could share with Congress the burden of launching an attack.

An NBC News poll conducted last week suggests the use of chemical weapons has not shifted public opinion in favor of taking military action against Syria. About 50 percent said the U.S. should not take military action against the Syrian government in response to the use of chemical weapons, while 42 percent said the U.S. should. Just 21 percent say military action against Syria is in the U.S. national interest.

Obama’s advisers wouldn’t say what the president will do if Congress does not approve military action. If he presses on with military action despite their opposition, he would likely cast Congress as obstructionists allowing an autocrat to kill civilians without consequences.

“Here’s my question for every member of Congress and every member of the global community: What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?” Obama asked Saturday.

It’s unclear how effective that approach would be given that Obama himself has been deeply reluctant to get involved in Syria’s lengthy civil war. More than 100,000 people have died in more than two years of clashes between the government and rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. But Obama declared last year that the one thing that would cross his “red line” would be if Assad deployed his stockpiles of chemical weapons.

U.S. officials say that has now happened multiple times this year, most recently on Aug. 21 in the Damascus suburbs. According to the Obama administration, more than 1,400 people were killed by the deadly gases, including 426 children.

For Obama, the stakes for responding after the most recent attack were already heightened, not only because of the scope, but also because of the scant response from the White House when Assad used chemical weapons earlier this year. While Obama approved shipments of light weaponry and ammunition for the rebel forces fighting Assad, the bulk of the arms are yet to arrive.

Throughout much of the last week, it appeared Obama was ready to make good on his promises to act in the face of chemical weapons use. Five Navy destroyers armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles were put on standby in the Mediterranean Sea. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared that the military was “ready to go” once Obama gave the order. And the president dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry twice last week to make a vigorous and emotional case for a robust response to a reluctant public.

As the week dragged on, Obama’s international backing began to erode. Russia again opposed action against Syria, this time during private discussions involving the five permanent U.N. Security Council members. NATO declared that the alliance would not launch coordinated military action. And in the strongest blow for the White House, Britain’s Parliament voted against military action, a stunning defeat for Prime Minister David Cameron, a key ally who had expected to join Obama in taking military action.

Despite the setbacks, Obama and his team were prepared to move forward without any authorization from the U.N. and Capitol Hill. But on Friday, aides said the president simply changed his mind. After a long walk around the White House’s grounds with his chief of staff, Obama summoned some of his top aides and told them he now wanted to hold off on launching an attack until Congress had its say.

In shifting the debate to Capitol Hill, Obama is ensuring that a military strike will be pushed off for at least another week. Lawmakers aren’t due back from their summer recess until Sept. 9. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he expected the House to consider the force resolution that week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he, too, will hold a vote no later than the week of Sept. 9, with public hearings beginning next week.

Even before Congress decides, Obama will have to directly confront the international implications of his decision. He’s set to travel abroad next week for a visit to Sweden and a meeting of world leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia.

There, he’ll come face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of Assad’s strongest supporters. Putin, in a pointed jab, made a plaintive plea for Obama to take more time to consider the full implications of a strike on Syria, appealing, he said, not to another world leader, but to a Nobel Peace laureate.

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Julie Pace has covered the White House for The Associated Press since 2009. Follow Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC

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Battle Over Jobs And who Can Have Them

Comment By Bob L.
Aug. 20th 2013

If this is what the Union wants then charge them any and all delays and over runs in the cast of the project, not the Taxpayer.

This project is not just being paid for by Seattle, it is being paid for by all of Americas taxpayers, and if there are added cost then the Seattle mayor and Seattle City Council should also be held responsible for cost any cost over runs, this should be for any projects that is being done, and all contractors should not get a bonus for getting done sooner, if done sooner that means that it was done by cutting corner, and any added cost should be the responsibility of the contractor who falsely under biding just to get the job, and these people who are supposed to be qualified to over see the project should be fired.

If a person wants to get picky then Long Shore Man should not be able to do any thing that is on land, that means driving trucks to move containers, loading or unloading ships or moving them around the port because they are on land, not on water, they should not be able to handle any thing in a Warehouse, that would fall under another union, here again it is ON LAND, so what gives them the right to take jobs away from other unions or organizations.

Like they say Long Shore Men are on the WATER not LAND, they would scream bloody murder if the Teamsters Complained that they were taking their jobs, Crane Operators should fall under Operating Engineers because it is on land, not on the water, how about the people who move these products on the water from place to place, see it can go both ways.

Things could get pretty ugly if all the unions complained about others taking their jobs, and they would have the right to, just like what is happening now.

Contractor should be able to hire who ever they want with out Harassment from any one, I think this is what the Government calls Profiling, and saying who can work and who can not, Profiling is not just Racial, it is any one who is Denied or Excepted.

Now how many are going to lose their job for the sake of people who already have a job, and are greedy and want to have control of who can get a job and who will not, because they are not in a union, now this is harassment and profiling backed by our Government Agencies.

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Longshoremen picketing Seattle tunnel site

by KING 5 News
Posted on August 20, 2013

Members of the longshoreman’s union are picketing at the site of the new State Route 99 tunnel project under Seattle and blocking workers from going in.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 said it secured a deal with Seattle Tunnel Partners to do work on the tunnel terminals. Two-to-four of the jobs were supposed to be union jobs.
The ILWU says that agreement is not being upheld, so they are picketing and not allowing workers to enter the site. The two sides have been in negotiations for the past week, according to ILWU.

There was no immediate response from Seattle Tunnel Partners.

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Back to the 18th Century, Banning What You Can Say!

Comment by Bob L.
Aug. 5th 2013

When people came to America, they did it to get away from tyranny and dictators, now speed a head to America today, laws are going back to earlier days when this Country was getting started.

Today this Country thinks that they are in merry old England, France, Germany, you name the Country and you will see what this Country is looking like, go to Seattle, England puts up a Ferris Wheel on the River, Seattle just had to spend money to put one up on Puget Sound, that money could have been used for public safety, like pot holes, drive down many streets in this Country and you will see Traffic Circles, or an accident looking for a place to happen.

Take these States, they want tourist to come and spend money, so what do they do, well Washington State wants to Charge more for gas so that would raise prices to the tourist that they want to bring in, and if it does then they would take that money and blow it like a gambler in Las Vegas.

Now it is Banning words that have been used for years is now Racist, Offensive, or they just don’t like that word because it sounds mushy, like Mailman, Fireman, Milkman, Policeman, you can go on and on, and people today will not be happy and will always find some thing they don’t like, if you are not suppose to say man, then what do you call a Woman or Women, if you are not able to use the term man when it comes to Wo— or Wo— what do you call them then to make them Happy.

This is just like the Days when Wo— were burning their Bras, how long did that last, people have to forget about words and start getting this Country back from haters, ever since this administration got in to power, every thing Martin Luther King stood for has been wasted on to days society who only want to create problems, so what did Mr. Kings words mean, or did he lose his life for nothing? I think he was right, but to many people on both sides that don’t want to see change, it seems that people today want to see this Country go back to Foreign Rule and have the Government tell you what to do and take care of you.

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Seattle City Hall Considers Banning ‘Offensive’ Words

By Gillian Mohney
Aug 4, 2013

City Officials in Seattle are defending an internal memo that questions the use of certain terms such as “brown bag” (as in “brown-bag lunch”) or “citizen” in a government setting.

According to the Seattle Office of Civil Rights, those terms can be deemed offensive or have a history of being offensive and therefore should not be used.

“Luckily, we’ve got options,” Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo. “For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?’”

Banning Offensive Words in Government

The Office for Civil Rights contends that city government serves all residents of Seattle whether or not they are citizens.

In addition, the use of “brown bag” could unintentionally bring up racist connotations, according to Bronstein.

“It used to be a way people could judge skin color,” Bronstein said in a phone interview with ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. According to the memo, other options are available to city employees such as “sack lunch” or “lunch-and-learn.

The memo comes after the state legislature voted to remove gender specific words from official records, meaning words such as “freshman” and “journeymen” will be replaced by “first-year” and “journey-level” respectively.

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What Next For Other Cities Under This Administration, and Last?

 

Comment By Bob L.
July 19th 2013

Detroit files for largest-ever bankruptcy in U.S. history, they say that it started Sixty years ago, this shows just what will happen when you got to have the best of every thing and not spending money wisely.

This is going to happen all over if these Cities and States don’t learn to spend money where it is needed and not on frills, what chased businesses out of there? Why did people move out? They say that sixty-three percent moved out, could it be because of wanting to much and not taking care or business?

I don’t know about you, but I would call it spending too much on Public Servant pay and perks, that is what happen in Detroit, could this happen in your State, Cities, and Counties?

If you don’t want this to happen where you live, you better ratchet in your Governments spending and taxing, they love to spend money, but they don’t want to repair what they have, they think that new is better, Oh wait that sounds just like our schools, they would rather spend it on Wages, schools, but not on an education for our Children.

$1.25 Billion can be spent to out source to an organization to administer Obamacare, what is it $1.8 Billion to support the Muslim Brotherhood, and how much more in aid to other Countries, but when it comes to the United States where it is needed, but the same thing goes for there are no homeless people, or starving Children in this Country.

It seem to be able bail out the rich so they can give them selves Bonuses every year, the same goes for the Bonuses that they gave the IRS people.

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Detroit files for largest-ever bankruptcy in U.S. history

Reuters
By Nick Carey
07-19-2013

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history on Thursday, setting the stage for a costly court battle with creditors and opening a new chapter in the long struggle to revive the city that was the cradle of the American auto industry.

The bankruptcy, if approved by a federal judge, would force Detroit’s thousands of creditors into negotiations with the city’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to resolve an estimated $18.5 billion in debt that has crippled Michigan’s largest city.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said he saw no other options for Detroit and approved Orr’s request to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

“Detroit simply cannot raise enough revenue to meet its current obligations, and that is a situation that is only projected to get worse absent a bankruptcy filing,” wrote Snyder, a Republican, in a letter accompanying the filing.

Detroit’s creditors are expected to face huge losses, and the future of retiree pension and health benefits for thousands of city workers hangs in the balance.

Anticipating the filing on Thursday, investors drove prices of Detroit bonds and notes lower, sending their yields to record highs on Thursday.

In some respects, Detroit’s legacy as a model for American innovation is at stake as well. Its crippled condition threatens to overwhelm its image as the home of Henry Ford’s pioneering assembly line and Motown’s 1960s soul-music hit machine. More recently, the city has become an incubator for efforts to repopulate and reinvigorate an urban relic of a bygone, industrial age.

New York, Cleveland and Philadelphia previously teetered on bankruptcy, but Detroit is the first major U.S. city to go over the edge.

Detroit has lost 25 percent of its population in the last decade, with just 700,000 residents remaining. The ranks of retirees outnumber the city’s active workers by more than a 2-1 ratio. With a quarter of its buildings abandoned in some neighborhoods, no other American city has borne the brunt of deindustrialization so heavily.

In his July 16 letter to the governor making the case for a bankruptcy filing, Orr laid bare the scope of the city’s decline.

“After decades of fiscal mismanagement; plummeting population, employment and revenues; decaying City infrastructure… Detroit today is a shell of the thriving metropolis that it once was,” Orr wrote.

Detroit’s bankruptcy filing: http://r.reuters.com/tuj79t

WHITE HOUSE MONITORING

Snyder named Orr in March to tackle the city’s spiraling long-term debt, which is estimated at $18.5 billion.

A White House spokeswoman said Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama and his senior team were monitoring the situation in Detroit closely. But unlike after the economic collapse of 2008, in which the federal government injected billions in cash into U.S. auto makers General Motors Co (NYS:GMNews) and Chrysler as the first step of a quick turn through a managed bankruptcy process, Obama made no promises this time.

“While leaders on the ground in Michigan and the city’s creditors understand that they must find a solution to Detroit’s serious financial challenge, we remain committed to continuing our strong partnership with Detroit…,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said.

Detroit was once synonymous with U.S. manufacturing prowess. Its automotive giants switched production to planes, tanks and munitions during World War Two, earning the city the nickname of the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Now the city’s name has become synonymous with decline, decay and crime. A population that peaked at 1.8 million in the 1950s has fallen steadily since then. Manufacturing job losses and an exodus of white residents to the suburbs, which accelerated after race riots in the 1960s, have left huge swaths of this 80 percent black city blighted and crime-ridden.

Pay cuts and job reductions in the city’s police and fire departments have added to the sense of insecurity. Budget cuts have left streetlights broken, fire hydrants out of order, and cop cars and fire trucks badly in need of repair.

The city’s murder rate is at its highest in nearly 40 years; only a third of Detroit’s ambulances were in service in the first quarter of 2013; and an estimated 5,000 buildings a year intentionally are set on fire.

To compound the challenges, a crime wave in city government has compromised efforts to recover. In just one high-profile case, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in prison, after he and associates were convicted of public corruption and systematic bid rigging.

The private sector has sought to make inroads against the crushing problems. Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert in 2010 began moving more than 7,000 jobs downtown, and several Detroit-based foundations have begun targeted investment in small local firms, neighborhoods and public schools.

But despite high taxes, the city’s coffers have continued to dwindle.

In June, the city’s emergency manager, Orr, presented a proposal to creditors offering them pennies on the dollar. His plan had met with resistance from some creditors, most notably Detroit’s two pension funds representing retired city workers. The funds recently filed lawsuits in a state court challenging the governor’s ability to authorize Orr to file for bankruptcy.

LONG ROAD AHEAD

Creditors are expected to mount a stiff challenge to the bankruptcy, which was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Douglas Bernstein, a bankruptcy attorney at Plunkett Cooney in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, said he expected the case would last one to three years and would be very costly.

“This could run to tens-of-millions to hundreds-of-millions of dollars,” he said.

Orr has said previously that he hoped Detroit could emerge from bankruptcy in a year or less. During a press conference in Detroit on Thursday after the bankruptcy filing, he said he hoped Detroit would emerge from bankruptcy by late summer or fall in 2014.

“We are planning to get through this process as expeditiously as possible,” said Orr, an experienced bankruptcy lawyer before he took the emergency manager job.

Corporate bankruptcy filings with far less at stake have taken much longer than Orr’s targeted timeline. Richard Ciccarone, managing director of McDonnell Investment Management, said it would be a long, drawn out process.

“They’re dealing with very difficult issues in which there’s not very much court precedent for a major city in this arena,” he said.

While thousands of companies have gone through bankruptcy and emerged intact, only a relative handful American cities have made Chapter 9 filings since the Bankruptcy Act was amended in 1934 to include municipalities. The paucity of precedent and sheer number of creditors portend a complicated road ahead.

“It’s a very complex landscape and it’s one that’s going to be watched very closely by municipal investors,” said Robert Amodeo, a portfolio manager at Western Asset in New York.

General Motors, the only major U.S. automaker headquartered in Detroit, said in a statement that the company “is proud to call Detroit home and…(this is) a day that we and others hoped would not come. We believe, however, that today also can mark a clean start for the city.”

Ford Motor Co (NYS:F), which is based in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, said it was “optimistic that governmental leaders will be successful in strengthening the community.”

But Ed McNeil, chief negotiator for a coalition of 33 unions that represent most of the service workers for the city of Detroit said the bankruptcy filing was about “busting the unions.”

“I’ve said all along that this is a power grab,” said McNeil. “This is not about fixing the city’s finances. It’s about the governor and his own agenda to take over the city of Detroit.”

(Additional reporting by Bernie Woodall, Deepa Seetharaman, Joseph Lichterman Paul Lienert in Detroit; Karen Pierog in Chicago and Roberta Rampton in Washington; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz and Lisa Shumaker)

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CDC & The Food & Drug are they Really Protecting Us, Or Companies?

Comment By Bob L.
July 12th 2013

Why are these Ag laws something to worry about, especially when our protector have let a so much bad food get put on the market.

I don’t know about you, I would be a little worries about what is being put on the store shelves, and in the meat coolers and freezers of your favorite food stores.

We know that steroids (illegal for humans to use) are being feed to beef up our meat, and now we have Marijuana starting to be put in the feed, and our food, is this how they are going to make us healthy by putting Drugs in out food, what else is being put into our foods that they don’t want you to know.

I can understand these radical groups that are only there to make people to think their way, and it does not have any thing to do with the safety of out food, just their way to protest, but not for the good of the Country.

Why are our Government Inspector not turning in wrong doings at these plants when Whistleblowers are seeing it going on? Is it I scratch your back you scratch mine, you know how the Government Agencies classify things that are really not to be classified.

Why Big Ag Wants to Keep the Cameras Away

The Fight for the Image: Who Gets to Define the Meat Industry?

Why You Should Be Worried About Ag-Gag Bills

Iowa ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Targets Undercover Whistleblowers

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National Geographic Photographer Arrested After Taking Photos of Kansas Feedlot

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Takepart.com
07-11-2013

A freelance photographer on assignment for National Geographic was arrested in Finney County, Kansas, on June 28, after snapping aerial photographs of a cattle feedlot as part of a series on food issues scheduled for next year.

According to the Hutchinson News, Steinmetz was spotted in the air by a feedlot employee who reported the sighting to the sheriff’s office, noting that Steinmetz’s SUV was parked on ranch property. After Steinmetz and his ground support, Wei Zhang (described as a self-employed paraglide instructor), moved to another location, the feedlot executives insisted the men be arrested.

To be clear, George Steinmetz, who took the aerial photos from a paraglider, was not charged with breaking the state’s Farm Animal and Field Crop and Research Facilities Protection Act (we’ll get to that in a minute). Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue tells us that Steinmetz and Zhang were “arrested for having allegedly driven their vehicle onto private property that was clearly posted ‘No Trespassing.’ ”

Steinmetz did not respond to our request for an interview. National Geographic spokesperson Beth Foster would only issue this statement:

George Steinmetz was briefly detained by authorities in Kansas on June 28, 2013.  He was shooting aerial photographs for National Geographic magazine, as part of a series of stories on food issues that will appear next year.  We believe he did not break any laws and have reached out to local officials about the incident.  We are awaiting more information.  If the matter does require legal action, National Geographic will provide for his and his assistant’s defense.

Susan Richmeier, Finney County attorney, tells TakePart this is a simple criminal trespass misdemeanor case.

“The deal with these animal facilities is they’re not enclosed. They’re contained. There are trade secrets and security issues. What are they taking the photos for? To damage us? Sue us? Why is someone there? If someone is coming onto posted property—the question is why? Most of the feedlot guys would cooperate with any photographer. They just want to be asked,” says Richmeier.

Which feedlot facility are we talking about? Richmeier declined to identify them.

“They don’t want to be put in the public eye,” she says.

A looksee through the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health’s Annual Feedlot Report shows there are at least 12 feedlot facilities in Finney County, with a combined capacity of over 305,000 head of cattle. (To put that in perspective, Finney County has a population of approximately 37,000 people.) At its simplest definition, feedlots are the final stage of production, where cattle go to be fattened for market.

While the call to police was about a trespassing charge, it’s easy to jump to the underlying conclusion—this is really about Kansas’ ag-gag statue.

“Kansas was actually one of the first states to adopt a law restricting access to agricultural operations and prohibiting the photographing of agricultural facilities,” says Susan Schneider, Director, LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. “The Kansas legislature passed the “Farm Animal and Field Crop and Research Facilities Protection Act” (K.S.A. 47-1825-1830) in 1990. This statute makes it a crime to ‘enter an animal facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera or by any other means.’ ”

But Steinmetz didn’t enter the facility; he flew through the air above it. Had he not been arrested for trespassing, would he have been crossing the legal line by taking photos from above? The answer is unclear.

“A landowner’s rights do extend to the airspace above his/her property. But the airways can be analogized to a public highway. If one is traveling through the air for a legitimate purpose in a reasonable manner at a height that would not unreasonably interfere with the landowner’s enjoyment of his/her property, in conformity with relevant flight regulations, then it would not be a trespass,” writes Schneider in an email.

“This issue may be coming up more and more, as state and federal gov’t agencies often need to rely on aerial photos for enforcement of conservation and environmental laws,” she says.

It’s also a hot topic among journalists and animal activists who are considering the use of drones to gather photo evidence of animal abuse.

Schneider says the issue here isn’t whether it’s a charge of trespassing or a violation of the agricultural protection act.

“The real issue is transparency. Farmers, feedlot operators and processors are all producing a product to sell to consumers. And that product is perhaps the most essential product on Earth—our food. Anytime the industry complains that people should not take a picture of how our food is being produced, it casts all of agriculture in a bad light,” she writes.

Related stories on TakePart:

Why Big Ag Wants to Keep the Cameras Away

The Fight for the Image: Who Gets to Define the Meat Industry?

Why You Should Be Worried About Ag-Gag Bills

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Hope And Change, Really?

Comment By Bob L.
July 9th 2013

I can remember back in 2008 when a Senator running for President said he was for hope and change and spreading the wealth around by taking it from the rich and having them pay their fair share and giving it to the poor.

Well it has been Four Years and the poor are spreading the wealth while the rich are reaping the glory of the money, just the reverse of what he said was going to do.

Well if you have not heard this person, listen and see if you can see what he went through as a kid in Cuba, and then the United States when he was growing up until now, I think he tells a pretty sad story of what can happen when you don’t pay attention to what is going on.

If you believe in and love this Country, stand up and fight for it, don’t let it be torn down, Listen to this Gentleman all the way through, and then see if we are  not headed in the same direction as Castro and Hitler. 

I believe that we should spend more time finding out who we are going to put in charge of our Country to give true hope and change, not just a bunch of lies just to get elected so they can rewrite the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, if they are caught in lies, throw them out right away, don’t give them a chance to change any thing, freeze what they can do immediately.

This Country has to stop profiling and using each other against one another just to get what they want, they keep saying that all people are equal, but when it comes to wanting some thing, the first thing that comes up is profiling, we are a free nation why can’t we keep it this way and stop this hatred to others, but when you have a Government that thinks that hate groups are only white people, just look at what the White House said about the Westboro Baptist Church, was not a hate group, well it seems falls under what the LAW calls a hate group.

This has become a Country of hate, I can remember when thing were going in the direction of excepting you for who you are not where you came from or your color, today every thing has started to go back to the time of slavery, but this time it is all people making less than $60,000.00 a year or ones who now don’t even have a chance to find a job, this is getting pretty sad for a Country that fought to be free from Dictating Governments.

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Called a Government Out of Control Means Dictators Close Behind

Comment By Bob L.
June 30th 2013

This seems to be the type of Government this Country wants, what I mean is that nothing can be done without asking the Government if you can use a plastic bag, water bottle, or maybe your car.

Look around, what do you see, Environmentalists, Special Interest, and the Government telling you what you can eat, how far you can drive your car, what you are going to carry your groceries in, if you have not noticed, every thing they take away for you to use, it comes with a cost of thing left for you to use.

It’s becoming a crime to smoke a cigarette, but it is alright to smoke or eat an illegal product, and that is not a crime, is that because some one is going to make more profit from the poor people again, it is ever ending, they take money away from the poor and think nothing of it, but when it comes to the wealthy, they get Tax breaks. 

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UVA student jailed for possession of bottled water, ice cream

The Daily Caller

June 29, 2013

A University of Virginia student spent a night and good part of the next day in jail after seven plain-clothes agents from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division ambushed her.

The student, 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly, made the mistake of walking to her car with bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream in a dark supermarket parking lot near the UVA campus, reports The Daily Progress.

The seven agents sprung aggressively into action, suspecting that the student was carrying was a 12-pack of beer. She was actually carrying a sky-blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water.

Police admit that one of the high-strung agents vaulted onto the hood of Daly’s car. She contends that one of them also drew a gun.

It’s not clear what about Daly’s appearance gave the six police officers the belief that they had probable cause to confront her en masse.

Daly, along with two roommates who were in the car, did what reasonable, unarmed people usually do when violently pounced upon by seven people. They tried to get away.

“They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform,” Daly said in a written account, according to The Daily Progress.

“I couldn’t put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were … terrified,” the student also wrote.

According to court records obtained by the Charlottesville paper, Daly “grazed” two agents with her vehicle. At this time, the records state, the unidentified passenger in the front seat of her SUV was yelling “go, go, go” and simultaneously diving into the back seat.

Once the three students managed to make it out of the parking lot, they called 911. Daly testified that her goal was to drive immediately to a police station. However, she was stopped by a vehicle with identifiable sirens and lights.

Daly had just left an annual UVA “Take Back the Night” vigil on the famous campus founded by the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence. She was eventually able to explain that she had purchased the water and junk food for a sorority benefit. She also apologized.

The seven Alcoholic Beverage Control agents were not satisfied. They charged Daly with three felonies: one count of eluding police and two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer. In Virginia, each of these Class Six felonies carries up to five years in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.

The seven agents then had her hauled to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

The incident occurred April 11. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman deigned to drop the criminal charges this week.

“You don’t know all the facts until you complete the investigation,” Chapman told The Daily Progress in defense of his own actions and the actions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.

It’s unclear why Chapman’s investigation took some 80 days.

The Charlottesville broadsheet also does not mention how much Daly paid her defense attorney, Francis Lawrence.

A spokeswoman for Alcoholic Beverage Control’s regional office, Carol Mawyer, refused to provide details other than saying that the bureau’s agents cunningly wear plainclothes.

“This has been an extremely trying experience,” Daly wrote in her statement. “It is something to this day I cannot understand or believe has come to this point.”

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40% Of Small Businesses Not Hiring Any New Workers

Comment By Bob L.
June 25th 2013
[ I know some don’t like what I say, but today it is greed running this Country for ones self, and the truth hurt ]

Every one just had to have Obamacare, but no one had any idea that it was a scam pulled on the American people, well it is, because they are going to make sure that they the Politician will not have to get it, because they knew that it was that nothing more than a scam that they put together so they could invest in it, just like the scam they are pulling for Global Warming, it is a profit-making deal for them to invest in, like Carbon Futures. (The rich protect themselves before any one else)

Boy if you can not see it, then you are dumber than I thought, because of your ignorance, and just got to have what you call the best of every thing, you are bring this Country down to a Third world Nation, and will soon be in another Depression worst then the Nineteen Thirties Depression.

Tighten your belts, because it is coming, and it is going to be a rude awaking when it happens, and if you have not noticed it has already started, people have been warned, and are turning a blind eye on it and say it won’t happen, well you better hope so for your Children’s sake. 

This Whole thing with Obamacare like they say, was set by some one other than the ones who said you have to pass it if you want to know what is in it.

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40% Of Small Businesses Not Hiring Any New Workers Thanks To Obamacare

AUTHOR By Warner Todd Huston
June 24, 2013

Just at a time when we need the job-creating talents of small businesses to pull us out of the Obama Depression, he’s made it harder to do so with his jobs-killing healthcare law. It is now reported that Obama’s odious and country-killing healthcare law is causing 41 percent of small businesses to stop hiring.

A recent CNBC news report said that, “Forty-one percent of the businesses surveyed have frozen hiring because of the health-care law known as Obamacare. And 19 percent answered ‘yes’ when asked if they had ‘reduced the number of employees you have in your business as a specific result of the Affordable Care Act.’”

Obama is killing jobs at a record pace and already we have millions of Americans out of work, under employed, or have just plain given up looking. Worse, poverty is rising under this anti-capitalist president.

Yet, just as the President is telling us that Obamacare is a must have for all we lowly citizens, his party is working to get Congress exempted from Obamacare because “it’s not fair” to force Congressmen and their staffers to live under the same laws we have to live under.

Obamacare is also about to levy $130 billion in fines on business, too. This is also squashing the growth of the economy because businesses understand that they’ll have $130 billion removed from them, a whopping fee they had never had to pay before.

And this doesn’t even count the cost of insurance that is right now already skyrocketing. In Ohio insurace is already up 88% and in California it is a crushing rise of 140%! And this is just the beginning, America.

This isn’t the only new tax that Obamacare forces on America. Obamacare even charges a tax to use a tanning booth!

Remember, the law doesn’t even fully kick in until 2014. This economic devastation will only get worse.

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State shutdown would close state parks

 

Comment By Bob L.
June 21st 2013

Contingency planning for state agency operations

I can not believe that the American people are so Stupid, they complain about the intrusion of the Government in to their lives, and then turn right around and let the Governments tell them that they don’t own these State, City, County, and State Parks.

These entities’ don’t own any thing they are owned by the American people and they are only care takers of them for the people who give them Tax money to maintain them, so I do not under stand how they can tell the people how they are going to use them and when, or even charge them to use them just to have a family Picnic for the day.

Now I did not say Camp, I said Picnic for the day, that should Always be free, if you want to camp then that should be chargeable, like they say, Water if an Electric pump is used, and Power are there, they are not free to any one. 

But when they say they say they own them, they DO NOT the PEOPLE DO.

If the Government says they need money to Operate, then they need to do some House Cleaning in their Organization of Offices that are not needed, and should have never been started.

Looking at that list if Offices that will close if a budget is not achieved, they are nothing more than a Duplicate or Triplicate that one Office with fewer people could do, I know you have to give your Family and Friends a Lavished job with some one else’s money. 

A good example is Liquor Control Board could be cut and be run by the State Patrol, being the state washed their hands of Alcohol and went private, Board of Education can take over all the Colleges with fewer people, you can go on and on and see where they can cut a lot of money in this Bureaucracy of Government Agencies. 

These 34 state agencies could be totally cut in and made in to one, not Three Offices for every one office, and this could save money, Contingency planning for state agency operations, who will be shut down and who won’t.

There are probable more that could be phased into one, and use fewer people to do the work, but they think that they are so over worked, every time I have gone to a Government Office, all I see, is people waiting in line to talk to some one, while the people working there, were talking to each other and drinking Coffee, and all but two windows were closed out of Six or More that were unattended, then when someone opened a window one that was open, Closed.

It seems that Government Employees have more Breaks on the Taxpayers Dime, than they have time in working.

 

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State shutdown would close state parks

By Lee Stoll
Thursday, June 20, 2013

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The list of state-run programs that would be cut or scaled back by a government shutdown is 12 pages long. It would affect everything from state park summer trips to how officers keep tabs on sex offenders.

Marisol Silva’s first trip to Deception Pass State Park may be her only trip here this year.

“It’s terribly sad news,” said Silva.

If the state does not approve a new budget, parks will close just as the tourist season is starting.

Campsite and cabin reservations will be canceled.

“I’m going camping with our church in July over in Leavenworth.  I don’t know if it’s a state park.  I sure hope not,” said visitor Melynda Bly.

The list released Thursday says several offices will close down, including the Lottery, Liquor Control Board, Services for the Blind and the Arts Commission.

GPS tracking information for sex offenders will be suspended.

“I’m just astonished,” said Heidi Bride., who lost her job two weeks ago and is using WorkSource to get back on her feet.  The state will close those offices, too.  A skeletal staff will process unemployment benefits but Bride will have to find a job on her own.

“I depend on this.  I’ll be out on the streets without WorkSource,” said Bride.

College students and their families face uncertainty too.  They won’t know what financial aid will be available as they plan for the 2014 school year.

 

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