Category Archives: Politics

Just Label It – “We the People” Have the Right to Know What’s In Our Food

Over 1 million people are fed up with not knowing all of the ingredients in their genetically engineered food. The FDA has not made an official decision, so the 525 partners of Just Label It are teaming together. They need 25,000 votes in the next few weeks to make an impact.

If you are interested in signing the petition, please visit  http://justlabelit.org/take-action/ or if you would like to learn more, go to http://justlabelit.org/taking-it-to-the-white-house-just-label-it/

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More Illegal Immigrants Leaving US than Entering, First Time Since Depression

For the first time in four decades illegal immigration into the United States had declined. Some experts are saying that lower birthrates and other factors could leave make this a permanent trend. “’I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don’t think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s,’ said Douglas Massey, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which has been gathering data on the subject for 30 years.” Close to 1.4 million Mexicans left the US between 2005 and 2010, while the number of illegal immigrants coming to America dropped during that same period. It is believed that this could change the political game between both Democratic and Republican parties. “The reversal appears to be a result of tightened border controls, a weak U.S. job and housing construction market, a rise in deportations and a decline in Mexican birthrates, said the study, which used U.S. and Mexican census figures and Mexican government surveys. Arrests of illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States have also dropped precipitously in recent years.”

To read more about this story, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/for-first-time-since-depression-more-mexicans-leave-us-than-enter/2012/04/23/gIQApyiDdT_story.html

Did Secret Service Agents Use Taxpayer’s Money on Prostitutes?

That is the question of the hour. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., sent a letter to Secret Service Director Mark  Sullivan asking him just that, along with many other questions including security risks and internal training procedures. Representative King wants to know specifically “how many agents paid the women, and how many ‘provided monetary remuneration to  the female foreign nationals involved in the alleged incident in Colombia with  the per diem provided by the U.S. government?'” How does it make you feel to suspect that the prostitutes were paid with tax payer “per diem” for their services? As of right now, no one knows for sure how much money the prostitutes were paid, and if they were paid out of the “government pocketbook.” They are still fully undergoing investigation on the service agents and expect more of the to be dismissed from their positions. The dismissal from the possible White House involvement is being put further into the spotlight. “‘I’d say it’s a reasonable question and that the White House ought to be  conducting its own internal investigation of White House personnel who were in  Cartagena, just to make sure that none of them were involved in this kind of  inappropriate behavior,” Lieberman said on “Fox News Sunday.'” There will be more updates soon to follow.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/22/rep-king-wants-to-know-whether-per-diem-used-to-pay-colombia-prostitutes/#ixzz1snyArGlt

Lack of Whistleblowers in Government

The Columbian Secret Service prostitute Scandal keeps getting worse by the hour. “On CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Lieberman said a twelfth agent put on administrative leave was not staying at Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, where 11 other Secret Service personnel stayed, but at the Hilton.” Lieberman mentioned, the Hilton is where Obama was going to stay, which worries him. Also, the fact that no Secret Service agents blew the whistle and reported the misconduct. The charges the twelfth agent is being charged with and the reason he is on administrative leave currently unknown. Lieberman told host Bob Scheiffer, “it just gets more troubling. . . . To act as these people did in Cartagena as if they were college kids on spring break, it is reprehensible.” As of right now, Lieberman had no indication that White House staff may be involved, but he believes the White House should begin an internal review of “White House personnel, advance teams and the rest who were in Cartagena.” 6 Secret Service agents have left or will be leaving and the total number of  agents being investigated is 12, as well as 12 Department of Defense members.  “The Senator said he continues to have confidence in USSS Director Mark Sullivan ‘at this point.’ Lieberman praised him for acting ‘very quickly and very aggressively’ with the incident, and for ‘conducting a comprehensive investigation.'” Lieberman has oversight of the Secret Service and is in the midst of starting his own investigation. For more information, visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57418533/lieberman-secret-service-scandal-just-gets-more-troubling/

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day was first celebrated in the year 1970, pushed into play through politics by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Sen Nelson was born on June 4th, 1916, in Clear Lake, Wisconsin and was known for his passion of environmental issues. In 1963, he was accompanied on his Conservation Tour with President John F. Kennedy, where he raised awareness of the environmental issues. In 1981, he became the counselor of The Wilderness Society, which was formed in 1935 and serve as America’s wilderness protecters. Today, they are still running strong with over 300,000 supporters. For all of his progress with Environmental issues, Nelson recieved the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”. Nelson passed away July 3rd, 2005, 89, due to cardiovascular complications. The University of Wisconsin celebrated him for his devotion and love of nature by naming the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies after him. Also, the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness park and the Governer Nelson State Park were both named in his honor. For more information on the history of Gaylord Nelson and the development of Earth Day, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylord_Nelson or http://easthaddam.patch.com/articles/history-of-earth-day

Other pieces of history on the day are:

1864: Congress allowed “In God We Trust” to be engraved on coins.

1937: Thousands of New York college students held a “peace strike” to avoid America entering a possible world conflict.

1952: The first atomic test broacasted on television of a nuclear explosion tested in Nevada.

1970: The first Earth Day.

1994: President Richard Nixon died, 81, in a New York hospital 4 days after suffering a stroke.

2011: “Syrian security forces fired at protesters, killing at least 75 people around  the country. Pope Benedict XVI consoled a 7-year-old Japanese girl, reassured a  mother about her ailing son’s soul and advised a Muslim woman that dialogue was  the way to peace in Ivory Coast during an unusual, pre-recorded Good Friday  appearance on Italian TV. A tornado ripped through Lambert-St. Louis  International Airport, causing signifcant damage to the C Concourse.” Read more:  http://www.gastongazette.com/articles/today-70065-day-history.html#ixzz1smZz2FO1

Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Update!

Three more agents have reportedly been fired, totaling up to 5 terminations and one resignation. I am not so keen on the paid leave that the rest of the Agents are on during investigation, but Innocent until proven guilty, right? Since we don’t know for sure if all of the other agents participated in buying sex acts it is only fair to them, but I’ve got to say, the outlook isn’t too good!

Secret Service Agents and Prostitutes in Columbia

So the story goes, 11 Secret Service Agents and 10 Military Service members allegedly let over 20 prostitutes into their hotel in Columbia while preparing for President Obama’s arrival later in the week. There were documents of President Obama’s schedule and possibly other, more secure, documents out in the open. I don’t think they could have humiliated the US any more than that! These high up Agents are supposed to be responsible and uphold the law. Don’t think I am naive about prostitution in the US. I know that it is more common than I would agree with. If they wanted to be entertained by prostitutes, they should’ve chosen a different career path. Atleast they are all on temporary leave, but I feel they deserve to be fired for this embarassment! How do you feel about this? Do you feel it is being handled properly?