Monday, December 12, 2011

ALG Thanks 83 Cosponsors of McMorris Rodgers Bill to Stop Bailout of Europe, Urges Passage

Dec. 12, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised 83 cosponsors of legislation by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that would bring an end to any U.S. involvement via the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail out European banks that bet poorly on sovereign debt:

“All indications coming out of the recent European summit are that the IMF will play a leading role in bailing out European financial institutions that bet poorly on sovereign debt through some $200 billion house of cards scheme. This would include regional European central banks would ‘lend’ money to the Fund only to be funneled back into European bond markets, all in violation of the Article VII of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, and the Lisbon Treaty’s Article 123 prohibition on monetizing the debt.

“This means U.S. taxpayers, who have already poured at least $20 billion into propping up Portugal, Greece, and Ireland through the IMF, will again be on the hook when the European governments default on their debt. The 83 cosponsors of this legislation deserve the thanks of American taxpayers, who don’t want to have anything to do with bailing out the bad decisions of foreign banks and European socialist governments.

“HR 2313 should be passed immediately, so that whatever remains of the nation’s $100 billion credit line to the IMF is pulled back before it is wasted on a costly bailout that will not work. Now is the time for the House to draw a line in the sand.”
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Government By Goon Squad

As originally published by the Washington Times.
By Howard Rich

This month’s decision by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to cut a deal with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) will likely result in President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dropping its unprecedented anti-free-market lawsuit against the company.

That’s too bad.
Not bad that the NLRB is dropping its action, obviously, but that Boeing’s decision to cave to union demands effectively preserves the ability of this rogue agency to intimidate other companies into similarly untenable situations in the future. Thanks to the Obama administration, unions no longer need thick-necked heavies with brass knuckles and surly dispositions to impose their will – they’ve got taxpayer-funded lawyers and bureaucrats to do their dirty work.

The Boeing-NLRB case could have produced a landmark decision in which the free market reclaimed some of its lost liberty, just as the Obamacare lawsuit, hopefully, will provide an opportunity for American citizens to reclaim some of their lost individual liberties (as well as hundreds of billions of their tax dollars).
So why didn’t Boeing fight for its right to open future manufacturing facilities wherever it pleases – free from government interference?
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Legislation by Rep. Lamar Smith equals Internet censorship

By Robert Romano

Do you like interacting with your friends on social networking sites like Facebook, or looking at user-created videos on YouTube? Or simply surfing on Google to find the most up to date news and information?

Well, the Internet could get a lot more bumpy in the coming months. Congress is considering legislation that Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson said would “give the government power to censor the Internet.”

The bill by Chairman of theHouse Judiciary Committee Rep. Lamar Smith, HR 3261, claims to be targeting Internet piracy websites that frequently post materials that infringe on copyright law. But it goes much, much further than that.

“Nobody likes Internet piracy, but this legislation is going to create a regime of Internet censorship in the name of protecting copyright. This will particularly endanger social networking sites, search engines, and any website that allows users to upload content of being shut down,” Wilson warned.

“Why would anyone want to give government the power to shut down websites?” Wilson asked, adding, “There are already sufficient protections for copyright under existing law, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”
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Occupy jail is gaining more and more participants by the day

By Rebecca DiFede

In a startling act of misguided idiocy, a group of Occupy D.C. protesters, as well as members of other occupy movements from across the country laid down in the middle of K street and linked arms, blocking the road in protest of all of the lobbying firms and “big corporations” in the area. When the police arrived and asked them to move, they refused, and more gathered to lengthen the chain.

After asking several times for the protesters to get up as they were blocking traffic down a major bus and car lanes and increasing commutes by over an hour, the police began arresting them one by one. As they were taken into custody (some having to be dragged because they refused to stand up) the surrounding crowd, applauded and cheered “We love you!” When asked to back up, or else be arrested with their friends, they quickly receded to the sidewalk but not without shouting chants like “Pigs in blue!” and “Who do you serve? Who do you protect?” How very Kent State of them.

As far as I’m concerned, these crazed occupiers have crossed the line. It was one thing to build the ever-expanding tent city in the middle of McPherson Square and, over time, allow it to transform from a healthy protest to a seething cesspool of the drug addled and vagrants. They held their signs, sometimes they chanted and asked questions of passersby, but up until this point, they had not disrupted the flow of life in the District.
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Racist Facebook Comments By NYPD Calls For Change In Residency Policy.

Many Brooklyn residents are outraged by the accusations the NYPD made racists comments regarding the West Indian parade calling parade participants animals and making other hateful comments. Many Brooklyn residents and politicians are demanding the NYPD change the residency requirements for police candidates. They argue police officers who live in the community forge closer times with residents and are more sensitive to the needs of the community. Do you think police officers who work in communities should live there as well?

Russian billionaire Prokhorov to challenge Putin in presidential race

Mikhail Prokhorov

Today's News NJ Russian billionaire tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov on Monday announced he will take part in next year's presidential election and challenge Vladimir Putin, who has been facing increasing pressure over alleged vote fraud.

Prokhorov, who briefly led the center-right 'Just Cause' political party earlier this year, made his announcement at a news conference in the capital of Moscow. "I have taken a decision, maybe the most serious one in my entire life," he said. "I will run for the presidency."

The businessman, who is 46, is considered to be Russia's third richest billionaire with a net worth of approximately $18 billion. He made his fortune in metals and banking, but he is also well known as the owner of the New Jersey Nets, which he bought in 2009.

In an interview with the Itar-Tass news agency, Prokhorov said he and his supporters have 'built a structure' to collect the two million signatures which are needed to have his name registered for the presidential elections. "It will not be an easy process," he said.

Prokhorov, who is expected to run as an independent, said he decided to run for president because the new parliament elected earlier this month is "absolutely leftist" and has made 'unrealized promises.' "When I obtain registration [as a presidential candidate], I will publish my program, and those who share my views will be my supporters," he said, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

The announcement comes just two days after tens of thousands of Russians staged anti-government protests across the country to criticize the recent elections which they claim were rigged in favor of Vladimir Putin's governing United Russia party. The political party won more votes than any of the other three parties, but it still suffered a significant drop from the two-thirds constitutional majority it has enjoyed for the past four years.
In Moscow, thousands of protesters waved banners and chanted slogans to demand the resignation of election commission chief Vladimir Churov and other officials such as Putin himself. Police estimated that around 25,000 people participated in the rally in Moscow alone, although organizers said the number was closer to 40,000.

Prokhorov's announcement is believed to be the largest threat yet to incumbent Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who in September announced he would run for a third term as president. If Putin is elected, incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev is expected to become prime minister, effectively switching places.
Putin first became acting president in December 1999 until he was elected for his first full term which began in May 2000. He won re-election in March 2004 and continued to serve in the country's highest office at the Kremlin until May 2008 when term limits prevented him from running for a third consecutive presidential term.

Days before the end of Putin's second term as president, he undertook a series of controversial steps to increase the power of the prime minister. Medvedev had been widely expected to serve only one term so Putin could again become president after a short break.

Panama’s ex-ruler Noriega returns household behind 22 years

STORY HIGHLIGHTSNEW: Noriega is estimated to controller straight to El Renacer prisonNEW: He was convicted at home absentia on behalf of crimes committed in the course of his ruleNEW: as of his age, Noriega may possibly ask to give out epoch under household arrestThe previous dictator has been convicted of crimes at home the United States, France and PanamaPanama City previous Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega here Sunday dusk at home his family unit territory, practically 22 years subsequent to U.S. forces forcibly unconcerned him from workforce.The 77-year old was estimated to lead straight to prison to go through point on behalf of crimes committed throughout his regime. He strength of character occur flown to and housed arrived an characteristic cell arrived El Renacer, a medium-security service arrived Gamboa, the government alleged.

Breaking News: South African Janice Linden executed in China

China(BBC News) – China has executed a South African woman for drug smuggling, rejecting an appeal by President Jacob Zuma to spare her life, an official says.
Janice Bronwyn Linden, 38, was executed more than three years after her arrest.

Human rights groups have repeatedly condemned China for imposing the death penalty, saying its legal system did not guarantee a fair trial.
South Africa’s government said the execution would not affect its close diplomatic relations with China.

Chinese authorities allowed two of Ms Linden’s sisters to spend an hour with her before before she was executed with a lethal injection, South Africa’s privately owned e.News reports, quoting a correspondent in China.

‘Not enough done’
Ms Linden was arrested in November 2008 after being found in possession of 3kg of methamphetamine on her arrival at the airport in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

She maintained her innocence, saying the drugs had been planted in her suitcase.

However, both the Guangdong High Court and the Supreme Court in Beijing rejected her appeal.

A spokesman for South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Clayson Monyela, told the BBC that Mr Zuma had intervened in a bid to commute the death sentence to a life sentence.

“All the necessary interventions were done at every possible level, even the highest ones,” Mr Monyela said.
The Chinese authorities would hand her ashes to her family, following her cremation, in accordance with an arrangement made between the two states, he said.

A foreign affairs spokesman for South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Stevens Mokgalapa, said the government had not done enough to save Ms Linden’s life, South Africa’s privately owned Times Lives reports.

“A commitment to human rights is a guiding principle of South Africa’s international relations,” he is quoted as saying.

“There has been little evidence of this commitment in our dealings with China of late.”
In October, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace laureate the Dalai Lama cancelled a trip to South Africa to attend Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s birthday celebrations because of delays in issuing his visa.

There was an outcry over the government’s failure to grant the visa timeously, with critics accusing it of bowing to pressure from China – with whom it has forged strong diplomatic and trade ties – which sees the Dalai Lama as a secessionist leader.

Amnesty International has repeatedly appealed to China to halt the death penalty.

The human rights group argues that no-one sentenced to death receives a fair trial in China, where thousands are people are executed for drug trafficking every year – more than the rest of the world combined
Earlier this year China reduced the number of crimes that carry the death penalty by 13 to 55.

Mr Monyela said that while South Africa disagreed with China over the death penalty, the execution would not affect diplomatic and trade relations as their relationship was based on “mutual respect” for each other’s laws.