9 Years Later... Greece Is Still In A Debt Crisis!
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...it just plain pissed me off to read (again) how NRA has continually defended Gun Owners' Rights in New Orleans (and by extension everywhere else) in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and fought the illegal and unconstitutional firearms seizures without a solitary mention of the Second Amendment Foundation's lead role in the (continuing) action.Great post sir.
At the same time, NRA has now jumped aboard the Parker v. D.C./D.C. v. Heller bandwagon3 after pulling out all the stops to first co-opt (and therefore control) the litigation, and then to totally derail the Levy-Gura action by having a bill, S.1414 - District of Columbia Personal Protection Act, introduced on the Hill (by an otherwise respected pro-gun Senator, Orin Hatch, shamefully acting as an NRA stooge!) that would have rendered; Parker…, and all the time and effort which went into prosecuting it, a nullity!
The "institutional ego" of the National Rifle Association is likely as big a threat to establishing the Second Amendment as an individual right as are the Brady Campaign, the Violence Policy Center or those gun-ban advocate billionaires, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg. Why else would NRA initiate "a copycat lawsuit" against the District of Columbia, and muddy the waters of the Potomac by naming then Attorney General John Ashcroft, the best friend gun-owners ever had in that office5, as a defendant?!? NRA then arrogantly but (whew!) unsuccessfully attempted to consolidate their action with Parker..., "a clean Second Amendment case."
"Over the past few weeks, there have been dozens of forecasts in the newspapers about the possibility of a coming recession. In most of these, the forecasters have not been identified as anything more than “economic experts,” etc. What is going on is just a public relation campaign to convince the public that something bad will happen if we do not print money at a faster and faster rate. Usually no evidence is cited, just “experts say.” Sometimes there is an incredibly ignorant use of statistics whereby data which will be revised away in a few months is cited as authoritative. For example, the preliminary employment report for August ’07 showed a drop of 4,000. This was widely cited as evidence that the economy was heading for recession. Then the number was revised and is currently listed as an increase of 93,000 (very close to average for the year). No apology from the recession mongers. These people pretend to be scientists attempting to predict a recession, but in fact they are public relation shills, working for the bankers, and trying to convince the media to support a central bank policy of easy money and credit."Do not forget your alchemy lessons...
FBI Wiretaps Dropped Due to Unpaid BillsHit the title for the last parts of the article before it vanishes, just like the rest of our monies mentioned above...
Jan 10, 12:27 PM (ET)
By LARA JAKES JORDAN
WASHINGTON (AP) - Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.
A Justice Department audit released Thursday blamed the lost connections on the FBI's lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations. Poor supervision of the program also allowed one agent to steal $25,000, the audit said.
In at least one case, a wiretap used in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act investigation "was halted due to untimely payment," the audit found. FISA wiretaps are used in the government's most sensitive and secretive criminal investigations, and allow eavesdropping on suspected terrorists or spies.
"We also found that late payments have resulted in telecommunications carriers actually disconnecting phone lines established to deliver surveillance results to the FBI, resulting in lost evidence," according to the audit by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.
More than half of 990 bills to pay for telecommunication surveillance in five unidentified FBI field offices were not paid on time, the report shows. In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000.
The FBI did not have an immediate comment.
The report released Thursday was a highly edited version of Fine's 87-page audit that the FBI deemed too sensitive to be viewed publicly. It focused on what the FBI admitted was an "antiquated" system to track money sent to its 56 field offices nationwide for undercover work. Generally, the money pays for rental cars, leases and surveillance, the audit noted.
It also found that some field offices paid for expenses on undercover cases that should have been financed by FBI headquarters. Out of 130 undercover payments examined, auditors found 14 cases of at least $6,000 each where field offices dipped into their own budgets to pay for work that should have been picked up by headquarters.
The faulty bookkeeping was blamed, in large part, in the case of an FBI agent who pleaded guilty in June 2006 to stealing $25,000 for her own use, the audit noted.