Daily Archives: March 19, 2009

While AIG Bonuses Suck Up the Oxygen the ACLU Skulks Away With Millions and Rees Lloyd is Livid

While the nation is up in arms over media revelations of bonuses in the millions to AIG executives whose greed exceeds their competence and consciences, the media is all but silent about the ACLU – modernly, the Taliban of American liberal secularism — continuing its exploitation of the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act of 1976 for enormous profits through judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fee “awards” in fanatical secular-cleansing lawsuits under the Establishment of Religion Clause against veterans memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, the Ten Commandments and seemingly any symbol or expression of our American history and heritage in the public square if it has a religious aspect.
Most recently, U.S. District Judge Jennifer B. Coffman ordered two of the poorest counties in Kentucky, Pulaski and McCreary, to pay a massive (for them) “$393,793” to two ACLU of Kentucky attorneys who successfully sued to ban the Ten Commandments from the counties’ courthouses.
The ACLU lawyers, David A. Friedman and William E. Sharp, sought and received taxpayer-paid attorney fees at a rate of over $300 per hour for an alleged 1,300 hours. Pulaski and McCreary Counties objected that both the hourly rate and the amount of hours claimed were excessive.
But Federal Judge Coffman, ruling like a feudal lord, assured of life tenure, accountable to no one, least of all taxpayers, waved aside the counties’ objections, granted the ACLU’s request, and stuck it to the taxpayers. Again.
A McCreary County spokesman said the county’s insurance wouldn’t cover the ACLU’s fee, and he didn’t know how the county would pay it. He said they might have to seek donations. By such means the ACLU fleeces and punishes taxpayers.
Matt Staver, renown constitutional attorney and author who is the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal firm defending religious freedom, has represented the counties pro bono. He said the counties only hope is to prevail on issues still on appeal.
The Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act, which authorizes courts to award attorney fees in successful civil rights cases, was benevolently intended by Congress to benefit poor people with legitimate civil rights claims by providing an incentive to lawyers to take their cases.
But the ACLU, and others, have corrupted and exploited that Act to reap millions in profits by judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fees in Establishment Clause legal attacks; and to use the very threat of imposition of such fees as a club with which to bludgeon public bodies into surrender to ACLU’s secular-cleansing demands.
As a former ACLU staff attorney, as a career-long civil rights attorney, I am outraged and disgusted by the ACLU’s continued exploitation for profit and political gain of the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act.
The media, however, generally does not report on the ACLU’s abuses, and, thus, most Americans remain unaware of it.
Where are the media which howl self-righteously at Wall Street fat cats, but become pussy cats when it comes to reporting on the ACLU’s abuses of taxpayers? Where are the self-described “patriotic” liberals, and members of the ACLU, who should be the first to act to stop these abuses but remain silent while in their name the ACLU exploits and corrupts the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act?
Where is the Democrat-controlled Congress which ignores the call of veterans to pass the Veterans Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Act, which would rescind the authority of judges to award the ACLU, or anyone else, attorney fees in Establishment Clause cases, and, thus, treat American taxpayers as citizens with dignity rather than sheep to be sheared?
Indeed, most Americans remain unaware – in major part because of the media’s silence – that while the ACLU publicly postures as a benevolent, pro bono, not for profit, “public interest” legal organization representing the poor and oppressed, it in fact is profiting in the millions of taxpayer-dollars in exploitation of the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act of 1976 by judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fees in secular-cleansing Establishment Clause attacks against the Boy Scouts, the Ten Commandments, veterans memorials, public seals, and seemingly any display on public land of symbols or expressions of our American history and heritage if they have a religious aspect, usually a Christian Cross, to which the ACLU reacts as hysterically and fanatically as Dracula – which may account for its bloodsucking of taxpayers for profit.

[Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney, former ACLU attorney, and a veterans’ rights activist]

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Poetry Writing…You Finish it…

By Andy from Beaverton

Imagine how that lyric may end?

When the Democrats came for the AIG bonuses,
I remained silent;
I was not an AIG employee.

Then they locked up the SUV’s,
I remained silent;
I did not own a SUV.

Then they came for the ammunition,
I did not speak out;
I did not own a gun.

Then they came for the Republicans,

I did not speak out;
I was not a Republican.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out for me.


by Andy from Nutria-ton

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IF THIS WERE THE G-4-3… Oh, wait, he never would have said this…

You’re not so smart without your teleprompter, are ya?

Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he’s gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.

He bowled a 129, the president said.

“That’s very good, Mr. President,” Leno said sarcastically.

It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president said.

Story here.

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I TOLD YOU SO. Smoot-Hawley-Obama Part Dos

Obama is making moves to give amnesty to 20 million of Mexico’s citizens, but when you start hitting the oligarchy in the old wallet, well, apparently it’s too much.

Inside the budget bill was a provision, demanded by the Teamsters Union, that would get rid of a program allowing Mexican truck drivers to bring their big rigs into the US. This pilot program, ushered in with much derision during the Bush administration in 2007, was compliant with the NAFTA Treaty signed during the Clinton administration.

Congress has already adopted NAFTA and you can’t just throw in a sentence here or there and obliterate a signed treaty (although sometimes I wish we could).

You lefties like to say the issue of illegal immigration is backstopped by nativism and xenophobia. You wish our logic were that vapid. You’re just looking for the easy way out of debating the issue.

Here’s where–literally and figuratively–the rubber hits the road.

We signed a deal to allow Mexican truckers in.

I didn’t like it but there it was–NAFTA was a done deal. I hope we’re checking those trucks, however.

Now you guys and your unions want it out and poof! it’s gone.

And this is what you’ve gotten yourself if you don’t watch out: A full on trade war.

This is the same idiocy practiced during the depression. Protectionism of American interests for the sake of the unions in this case has other trickle down effects–such as screwing over let’s see, Oregon’s:

Christmas Tree Exports

French Fry Exports

Pear Exports

It’s possible that Peter DeFazio is right and that Mexico was just looking to impose tariffs on products to protect its own goods, but that argument only gets you so far. Mexico would have done it at any time, then, right? Why did it wait until after the US banned Mexican truckers from the US? Why did the Teamsters push to do this? To protect their own jobs. But don’t forget the ironical caveat: Unions want illegal aliens in this country so they can unionize them and get them for the dues.
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State Rep Chuck Riley, D, Hillsboro: I Want to Tax Your Life Insurance and Annuities

The Tax Poem
Tax his land, tax his wage,

Tax his bed in which he lays.

Tax his tractor, tax his mule,

Teach him taxes is the rule.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,

Tax his pants, tax his coat.

Tax his ties, tax his shirts,

Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his chew, tax his smoke,

Teach him taxes are no joke.

Tax his car, tax his grass,

Tax the roads he must pass.

Tax his food, tax his drink,

Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his sodas, tax his beers,

If he cries, tax his tears.

Tax his bills, tax his gas,

Tax his notes, tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know

That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers, tax him more,

Tax him until he’s good and sore.

Tax his coffin, tax his grave,

Tax the sod in which he lays.

Put these words upon his tomb,”Taxes drove me to my doom!”

And when he’s gone, we won’t relax,

We’ll still be after the inheritance tax.

75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY–2009 Regular Session
House Bill 2854
Sponsored by

Representative RILEY

Representative Chuck Riley Back to Top Party: D District: 29Capitol Phone: 503-986-1429Interim Phone: 503-579-8302Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-274, Salem, OR, 97301Interim Address: 250 NE Hillwood Dr. , Hillsboro, OR, 97124Email: rep.chuckriley@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/riley


SUMMARY

Requires addition to taxable income for Oregon tax purposes of investment income, from life insurance contracts or annuity policies, excluded from federal taxable income because of operation of certain federal law.
Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.

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Hey WalMart Hatas…Guess Who Paid Their Employees BONUSES?

From Fox Business here.

NEW YORK — At a time when many companies have curtailed bonuses and merit raises, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday it’s awarding about $2 billion to its U.S. hourly associates through bonuses, profit sharing and 401K contributions. The world’s largest retailer has outpaced its rivals with its low-price message that clicks with budget-conscious shoppers, analysts have said. Wal-Mart is the No. 2 best performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 1.5% in the past 12 months compared with the 39% drop in the Dow.
Copyright © 2009 MarketWatch, Inc.

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While AIG Bonuses Suck Up the Oxygen the ACLU Skulks Away With Millions and Rees Lloyd is Livid

While the nation is up in arms over media revelations of bonuses in the millions to AIG executives whose greed exceeds their competence and consciences, the media is all but silent about the ACLU – modernly, the Taliban of American liberal secularism — continuing its exploitation of the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act of 1976 for enormous profits through judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fee “awards” in fanatical secular-cleansing lawsuits under the Establishment of Religion Clause against veterans memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, the Ten Commandments and seemingly any symbol or expression of our American history and heritage in the public square if it has a religious aspect.
Most recently, U.S. District Judge Jennifer B. Coffman ordered two of the poorest counties in Kentucky, Pulaski and McCreary, to pay a massive (for them) “$393,793” to two ACLU of Kentucky attorneys who successfully sued to ban the Ten Commandments from the counties’ courthouses.
The ACLU lawyers, David A. Friedman and William E. Sharp, sought and received taxpayer-paid attorney fees at a rate of over $300 per hour for an alleged 1,300 hours. Pulaski and McCreary Counties objected that both the hourly rate and the amount of hours claimed were excessive.
But Federal Judge Coffman, ruling like a feudal lord, assured of life tenure, accountable to no one, least of all taxpayers, waved aside the counties’ objections, granted the ACLU’s request, and stuck it to the taxpayers. Again.
A McCreary County spokesman said the county’s insurance wouldn’t cover the ACLU’s fee, and he didn’t know how the county would pay it. He said they might have to seek donations. By such means the ACLU fleeces and punishes taxpayers.
Matt Staver, renown constitutional attorney and author who is the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal firm defending religious freedom, has represented the counties pro bono. He said the counties only hope is to prevail on issues still on appeal.
The Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act, which authorizes courts to award attorney fees in successful civil rights cases, was benevolently intended by Congress to benefit poor people with legitimate civil rights claims by providing an incentive to lawyers to take their cases.
But the ACLU, and others, have corrupted and exploited that Act to reap millions in profits by judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fees in Establishment Clause legal attacks; and to use the very threat of imposition of such fees as a club with which to bludgeon public bodies into surrender to ACLU’s secular-cleansing demands.
As a former ACLU staff attorney, as a career-long civil rights attorney, I am outraged and disgusted by the ACLU’s continued exploitation for profit and political gain of the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act.
The media, however, generally does not report on the ACLU’s abuses, and, thus, most Americans remain unaware of it.
Where are the media which howl self-righteously at Wall Street fat cats, but become pussy cats when it comes to reporting on the ACLU’s abuses of taxpayers? Where are the self-described “patriotic” liberals, and members of the ACLU, who should be the first to act to stop these abuses but remain silent while in their name the ACLU exploits and corrupts the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act?
Where is the Democrat-controlled Congress which ignores the call of veterans to pass the Veterans Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Act, which would rescind the authority of judges to award the ACLU, or anyone else, attorney fees in Establishment Clause cases, and, thus, treat American taxpayers as citizens with dignity rather than sheep to be sheared?
Indeed, most Americans remain unaware – in major part because of the media’s silence – that while the ACLU publicly postures as a benevolent, pro bono, not for profit, “public interest” legal organization representing the poor and oppressed, it in fact is profiting in the millions of taxpayer-dollars in exploitation of the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act of 1976 by judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fees in secular-cleansing Establishment Clause attacks against the Boy Scouts, the Ten Commandments, veterans memorials, public seals, and seemingly any display on public land of symbols or expressions of our American history and heritage if they have a religious aspect, usually a Christian Cross, to which the ACLU reacts as hysterically and fanatically as Dracula – which may account for its bloodsucking of taxpayers for profit.

[Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney, former ACLU attorney, and a veterans’ rights activist]

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Poetry Writing…You Finish it…

By Andy from Beaverton

Imagine how that lyric may end?

When the Democrats came for the AIG bonuses,
I remained silent;
I was not an AIG employee.

Then they locked up the SUV’s,
I remained silent;
I did not own a SUV.

Then they came for the ammunition,
I did not speak out;
I did not own a gun.

Then they came for the Republicans,

I did not speak out;
I was not a Republican.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out for me.


by Andy from Nutria-ton

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

I TOLD YOU SO. Smoot-Hawley-Obama Part Dos

Obama is making moves to give amnesty to 20 million of Mexico’s citizens, but when you start hitting the oligarchy in the old wallet, well, apparently it’s too much.

Inside the budget bill was a provision, demanded by the Teamsters Union, that would get rid of a program allowing Mexican truck drivers to bring their big rigs into the US. This pilot program, ushered in with much derision during the Bush administration in 2007, was compliant with the NAFTA Treaty signed during the Clinton administration.

Congress has already adopted NAFTA and you can’t just throw in a sentence here or there and obliterate a signed treaty (although sometimes I wish we could).

You lefties like to say the issue of illegal immigration is backstopped by nativism and xenophobia. You wish our logic were that vapid. You’re just looking for the easy way out of debating the issue.

Here’s where–literally and figuratively–the rubber hits the road.

We signed a deal to allow Mexican truckers in.

I didn’t like it but there it was–NAFTA was a done deal. I hope we’re checking those trucks, however.

Now you guys and your unions want it out and poof! it’s gone.

And this is what you’ve gotten yourself if you don’t watch out: A full on trade war.

This is the same idiocy practiced during the depression. Protectionism of American interests for the sake of the unions in this case has other trickle down effects–such as screwing over let’s see, Oregon’s:

Christmas Tree Exports

French Fry Exports

Pear Exports

It’s possible that Peter DeFazio is right and that Mexico was just looking to impose tariffs on products to protect its own goods, but that argument only gets you so far. Mexico would have done it at any time, then, right? Why did it wait until after the US banned Mexican truckers from the US? Why did the Teamsters push to do this? To protect their own jobs. But don’t forget the ironical caveat: Unions want illegal aliens in this country so they can unionize them and get them for the dues.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

State Rep Chuck Riley, D, Hillsboro: I Want to Tax Your Life Insurance and Annuities

The Tax Poem
Tax his land, tax his wage,

Tax his bed in which he lays.

Tax his tractor, tax his mule,

Teach him taxes is the rule.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,

Tax his pants, tax his coat.

Tax his ties, tax his shirts,

Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his chew, tax his smoke,

Teach him taxes are no joke.

Tax his car, tax his grass,

Tax the roads he must pass.

Tax his food, tax his drink,

Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his sodas, tax his beers,

If he cries, tax his tears.

Tax his bills, tax his gas,

Tax his notes, tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know

That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers, tax him more,

Tax him until he’s good and sore.

Tax his coffin, tax his grave,

Tax the sod in which he lays.

Put these words upon his tomb,”Taxes drove me to my doom!”

And when he’s gone, we won’t relax,

We’ll still be after the inheritance tax.

75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY–2009 Regular Session
House Bill 2854
Sponsored by

Representative RILEY

Representative Chuck Riley Back to Top Party: D District: 29Capitol Phone: 503-986-1429Interim Phone: 503-579-8302Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-274, Salem, OR, 97301Interim Address: 250 NE Hillwood Dr. , Hillsboro, OR, 97124Email: rep.chuckriley@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/riley


SUMMARY

Requires addition to taxable income for Oregon tax purposes of investment income, from life insurance contracts or annuity policies, excluded from federal taxable income because of operation of certain federal law.
Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.

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Hey WalMart Hatas…Guess Who Paid Their Employees BONUSES?

From Fox Business here.

NEW YORK — At a time when many companies have curtailed bonuses and merit raises, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday it’s awarding about $2 billion to its U.S. hourly associates through bonuses, profit sharing and 401K contributions. The world’s largest retailer has outpaced its rivals with its low-price message that clicks with budget-conscious shoppers, analysts have said. Wal-Mart is the No. 2 best performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 1.5% in the past 12 months compared with the 39% drop in the Dow.
Copyright © 2009 MarketWatch, Inc.

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White People Lost Their Constitutional Right

The Hon. James David Manning, PhD sees what is happening to our nation and its people. We have not come together, as promised. We have moved further apart than ever.

Obama is not the ‘Great Uniter,’ he is but a puppet on a leash being led by unseen people behind him who front him for their rapid move towards Socialism, communism, just as Kruschev said many years ago.

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