Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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The Crisis of the Middle Class and American Power

The Crisis of the Middle Class and American Power


One Citizen Speaking...


Posted: 30 Dec 2013 02:01 PM PST

The lack of trust in your government – elected officials, bureaucrats, and government contractors – now makes the government as suspect for hacking as it does state-sponsored or domestic hackers. Especially after Edward Snowden revealed some of the NSA’s hacking capabilities and official court indications that official intelligence and law enforcement agencies of the United States have crossed the line.

A chilling story …

State Dept. whistleblower has email hacked, deleted

The personal e-mail account of a State Department whistleblower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned.

The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed.

“They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that hecould not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”

“Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that,” Schulman said.

The e-mails included evidence about misconduct by top officials at the department, communications with other potential whistleblowers there, and correspondence with members of Congress who are investigating the allegations, Schulman said.

They also include correspondence between Higbie and Schulman about legal strategy, the lawyer said.

There are a few disturbing issues in this story that go beyond the hacking …

  1. Why was a government employee using a personal Gmail account for sensitive documents; especially one that appears to violate the security of the United States and the fact that all electronic government records need to be accessible to the government’s archivist ?
  2. Why would Google be unable to restore the deleted account from its backup files? And if not, doesn’t that pose a greater danger to the population who believe that Google has their back in the case of a data disaster?
  3. Is it possible that the loss of this data makes it unavailable to the government and therefore might thwart subpoena government requests?
  4. Why would anyone publicize the loss of critical legal data and who benefits from such a disclosure?

Imagine that, the scandal involves Hillary Clinton and the State Department, how random might that be?

Schulman said he could not provide details about the evidence deleted with the e-mails. Higbie has asked the FBI in Dallas, where he lives, to investigate the hacking, which occurred this month.

Higbie played a key role in helping fellow whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator for the department’s inspector general, reveal in June a pattern of alleged coverups by top department officials.

The alleged coverups included keeping quiet separate IG investigations that found that members of then-Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s security detail had engaged hookers and that the Belgian ambassador had solicited underage prostitutes.

These were among a string of investigations by the service, responsible for protecting dignitaries and investigating crimes within the department, that were allegedly derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl MillsSince the revelations in June, the department again mostly swept the cases under the rug.

Higbie, a senior criminal investigator and the second-highest-ranking agent with the service’s Dallas office, also has an employment lawsuit against the department, alleging it retaliated against him. The hacking of Higbie’s e-mail follows a mysterious break-in at Schulman’s Dallas law firm in July, shortly after the whistleblower allegations came to light. The burglar sawed a hole through the wall from an adjoining office and stole three computers, but left behind other valuables.

Although cops arrested a petty thief for the crime, Schulman said, “We feel like we’re in a movie. It’s nuts. It makes us wonder . . . . maybe we’ve got something we don’t even realize or maybe they’re worried about something.” Source: State Dept. whistleblower has email hacked, deleted | New York Post

Jumping to conclusions …

It is not hard to imagine that this might be another Clinton scandal in the making, where underlings and operatives will say or do anything to protect Hillary Clinton’s historic opportunity to protect her bid for the presidency in 2016. Somewhat like the Rose law firm billing records being mysteriously found in the White House – with Hillary Clinton’s fingerprints on the documents – years after they were subpoenaed by government investigators?

Bottom line …

I decry the erosion of trust in our government that would give rise to the suspicion that this black bag job was done for political reasons by political operatives – and that like Watergate, those operatives were operating at the highest levels of our government.

Additionally, it makes me wonder about the security – as well as the sanity – of anyone who trusts sensitive documents to Google’s Gmail. Not only because we know they are algorithmically searched, but that they are not beyond casual perusal by government intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Why Google could not restore the missing data is also quite troubling as millions of users believe – possibly falsely – that their data is safe in case of an accidental deletion or data disaster.

Another problem with the progressive socialist democrats. Remember this – as well as all of the lies, distortions, misdirection, and crimes committed during the first Clinton presidency. Ask yourself, are we willing to elect a known Marxist, a proven liar, and an overall contemptible person to the presidency because she is a woman? More progressive socialist democrat perfidy!

-- steve

Received the below note from a supplier, and thought I'd share with a few people who might appreciate the irony, and the difficulty that marketing new products often entails.

Received the below note from a supplier, and thought I'd share with a few people who might appreciate the irony, and the difficulty that marketing new products often entails.  However, its clear the demand for this innovative and highly effective "aim improvement device" is not limited just to America's truck stops anymore.  Disappointed that our shipment of them will be delayed, but impressed by their claim as to the reason;


 Dear Valued Customer:
We must apologize; your shipment is back ordered.
We simply cannot keep up with the demand, -- it has become a very popular item ..…
Businesses love them because they can save thousands in bathroom floor cleaning costs. 18 million are now on backorder.  We will ship yours as soon as possible:
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Sorry for the delay...



These 13 Tax Increases Hit in 2013


It’s about time for us to uncover our eyes and take a hard look at what 2013 did to our finances.

Did you feel the pinch of the 13 tax hikes that hit Americans this year?

Before you review the list below, put these two on your watch list for 2014:

  • Obamacare’s individual mandate. Beginning in 2014, it’s mandatory to purchase health insurance. If you don’t, you’ll pay a penalty that dramatically increases overtime. It starts at $95 or 1 percent of your income (whichever is greater). It rises to $325 or 2 percent of income in 2015, and $695 or 2.5 percent of income in 2016.
  • Obamacare tax on insurance companies. If you liked seeing your premiums go up, you’ll love this new tax on health insurers—which they are most likely to pass on to you.
As you start reviewing your tax information for 2013, here’s what you’re contending with. 

The 13 Tax Increases of 2013 

1. Payroll Tax: increase in the Social Security portion of the payroll tax from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent for workers. This hit all Americans earning a paycheck—not just the “wealthy.” For example, The Wall Street Journal calculated that the “typical U.S. family earning $50,000 a year” would lose “an annual income boost of $1,000.”

2. Top marginal tax rate: increase from 35 percent to 39.6 percent for taxable incomes over $450,000 ($400,000 for single filers).

3. Phase out of personal exemptions for adjusted gross income (AGI) over $300,000 ($250,000 for single filers).

4. Phase down of itemized deductions for AGI over $300,000 ($250,000 for single filers).

5. Tax rates on investment: increase in the rate on dividends and capital gains from 15 percent to 20 percent for taxable incomes over $450,000 ($400,000 for single filers).

6. Death tax: increase in the rate (on estates larger than $5 million) from 35 percent to 40 percent.

7. Taxes on business investment: expiration of full expensing—the immediate deduction of capital purchases by businesses.

Obamacare tax increases that took effect:

8. Another investment tax increase: 3.8 percent surtax on investment income for taxpayers with taxable income exceeding $250,000 ($200,000 for singles).

9. Another payroll tax hike: 0.9 percent increase in the Hospital Insurance portion of the payroll tax for incomes over $250,000 ($200,000 for single filers).

10. Medical device tax: 2.3 percent excise tax paid by medical device manufacturers and importers on all their sales.

11. Reducing the income tax deduction for individuals’ medical expenses.

12. Elimination of the corporate income tax deduction for expenses related to the Medicare Part D subsidy.

13. Limitation of the corporate income tax deduction for compensation that health insurance companies pay to their executives.

President Obama demanded these higher taxes, but they did nothing to address the actual cause of our deficit and debt problem: too much spending. The proper way to address this problem is through reforms to entitlement programs.

President Obama promised the American people a “balanced approach” of tax increases and spending cuts to reduce deficits and debt. He achieved the tax increase portion of that approach. Now Congress needs to force him to follow through on the spending cuts.

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Guns Save Lives...YES THEY DO!

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2013 – Lowest Number of Law Enforcement Deaths by Firearms Since 1887 – Yes, 1887

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 01:01 PM PST

We keep hearing from the anti-gunners about how gun crime is getting out of control and law enforcement officers are outgunned out on the streets. Of course, nearly all of the FBI’s crime numbers show a 20+ year low in homicide and violent crime, but why let facts get in the way? Now we have […]

New Gun Laws in New York Result In 1,146 Additional Felony Charges This Year

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 12:50 PM PST

Laws that create criminals out of thin air are the worst kind of laws. Such is the case with recently passed gun laws in New York City. According to a CBS New York report, there were 1,146 additional felony arrests created in 2013 due to changes in the states gun laws. From the report, Nearly […]

Cab Driver Pulls Concealed Handgun on Suspect Who Bit Him

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 10:00 AM PST

Well, this one is a little weird. Apparently a New Hampshire resident really didn’t want to pay his cab fare. When the cab driver confronted him over the fare, the passenger allegedly bit him. Yep, bit him. According to Nashua Patch, Brian Paradise, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, pulled out his handgun […]

Homeowner Shoots Suspected Metal Thief in the Groin With Rifle

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 09:32 AM PST

A suspected scrap metal thief is probably wishing he had just stayed home after a recent encounter with a Tennessee homeowner. Two suspects, 25-year-old Paul Curtis Reed and 23-year-old Aaron Michael Lawson, picked the wrong property to steal from when they attempted to steal some scrap metal in Marshall County, TN. According to NBC News, […]

At Least 20 Schools in Ohio Change Policies to Allow Individuals to Carry Guns for Protection of Students

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 09:16 AM PST

According to a recent survey by the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, at least 20 Ohio schools have changed their policies in the last year to allow more individuals to carry guns on campus in order to protect students. According to a post on the Buckeye Firearms Foundation website, There are at least 20 different school districts […]

Mayor’s Step Son Shot and Killed by Homeowner When He Attempted Christmas Eve Burglary

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 09:06 AM PST

The step son of Cedar Hill, TX mayor Rob Franke, was shot and killed by a homeowner when he attempted to burglarize the home on Christmas Eve. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Joshua Slaven. Slaven tried to enter the home through a bedroom window. The homeowner armed himself and opened fire, hitting and killing Slaven. […]

Why Worry about Terrorists crossing the insecure border when Obama Regime is importing them next year?


Coming to America: 30,000 Middle Eastern Refugees

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 01:59 PM PST

The State Department said Thursday that its goal is to welcome 35,000 permanent refugees from the Middle East and South Asia in fiscal 2014.
30,000 Syrians are slated to be moved into permanent or long-term homes abroad by October if the U.N. refugee agency meets its goals, The Washington Post reported.
The target would include vulnerable Iraqis, Afghans, Iranians and Pakistanis, as well as Syrians.
The United States does offer a form of short-term asylum, however. Syrians who were already in the country on work, student or other temporary visas as of last June are eligible to remain at least into 2015. In 2013, more than 1,300 Syrians applied for and received that extension.

NSA Installing Spyware

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 07:29 AM PST

...h/t @NotALemming computer hacking is reportedly done with the cooperation of the FBI and CIA....
From Forbes:
According to the report, this operation is carried out by the NSA’s elite hacking unit, or TAO—not to be confused with the much less imposing Taoism—though there are few details on the scope or targets of the program.
The spy agency reportedly has backdoor access to numerous hardware and software systems from prominent tech companies such as Cisco, Dell, and Western Digital, among others. The NSA can even exploit Microsoft Windows error reports to find weak spots in compromised machines in order to install Trojans and other viruses.

Why Men Are Never Depressed...

Men Are Just Happier People --


What do you expect from such simple creatures?


Your last name stays put.


The garage is all yours.


Wedding plans take care of themselves.


Chocolate is just another snack...


You can never be pregnant.


You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.


You can wear NO shirt to a water park.


Car mechanics tell you the truth.


The world is your urinal.


You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.


You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.


Same work, more pay.


Wrinkles add character.


Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.


People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.


New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.


One mood all the time.


Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.


You know stuff about tanks.


A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.


You can open all your own jars.


If someone forgets to invite you,


He or she can still be your friend.


Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.


Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.


Everything on your face stays its original color.


The same hairstyle lasts for years, even decades.


You only have to shave your face and neck.


You can play with toys all your life.


One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.


You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.


You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.


You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.


You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives


On December 24 in 25 minutes.




Men Are Just Happier People 




If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.




When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.


When the girls get their bill, outcome the pocket calculators...YEP!!!




A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.


A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.




A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.


The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.




A woman has the last word in any argument.


Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.




A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.


A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.




A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.


A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.




A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.


A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.




Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.


Women somehow deteriorate during the night.




Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.


A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.




A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!


SO, send this to the women who have a sense of humor and who can handle it ....


and to the men who will enjoy reading it.


yep, a mind is a terrible thing to waste...Thanks to Democrat-Socialism and it's teacher's unions!

Burger King in Detroit is closing for Christmas


Proof that the Detroit school system works!



Read this fascinating history of the U.S. $1 bill all the way to the bottom to know about Haym Solomon. You may be in for quite a surprise!

Who Was Haym Solomon?
Read this fascinating history of the U.S. $1 bill all the way to the bottom to know about Haym SolomonYou may be in for quite a surprise!

On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States.The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved. 
If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.

Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the Capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin 's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.

'IN GOD WE TRUST' is on this currency.

The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, 'God has favored our undertaking.'
The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, 'a new order has begun.'
At the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)

If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States . It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida NationalCemetery , and is the centerpiece of most heroes' monuments.
Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States , and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean.

The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons:
First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it.
Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King ofEnglandAlso, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that shield there is a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation.
In the Eagle's beak you will read, ' E PLURIBUS UNUM' meaning, 'from many - one.' Above the Eagle, we have the thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away.           Again, we were coming together as one.

Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.

An (untrue) old-fashioned belief says that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will almost never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this:

America, which relies on God (not a number) to direct and lead, boldly chose:

13 original colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of 
Independence ,
13 stripes on our flag,
13 steps on the pyramid,
13 letters in 'Annuit Coeptis',
13 letters in ' E Pluribus Unum,'
13 stars above the eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
13 fruits, and if you look closely,
13 arrows.
And finally, notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle.
You will see that they are arranged as a Star of David.
This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal reward for his services to the Continental Army. Solomon said he wanted nothing for himself, but he would like something for his people.The Star of David was the result. Few people know it was Solomon who saved the Army through his financial contributions...then died a pauper. Haym Solomon gave $25 million to save the Continental Army, money that was sorely needed to help realize America 's our-freedom and independence fromEngland .
Therein lies America's Judeo-Christian beginning.
Most American children do NOT know any of this.
They are not taught because their history teachers do NOT know this.         [They were not taught!]
On America's Freedom:
Too many veterans gave up too much to let the meaning fade.
Many veterans came home to an America that did not care.
Too many veterans never came home at all.
They served, they died for you andfor me.

I hope you will share this page with many-so they can learn about the UNITED STATES DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for.
America is at a critical juncture.
Let's do whatever we can to save her
while never, ever forgetting:
It is God in whom we put our trust!