Archive for the 'Ethics' Category

Obama Administration Violating Right to Privacy

By Caomhin

There is a fine line between the government doing all they can to protect us (which the Obama administration is not as further evidenced by their handling of the Christmas Day bombing suspect, Adbulmutallab) and stepping over the lines and violating our rights. There were parts of the Patriot Act that I had issues with, not to the extent that many libertarians had, but there were some parts, as a conservative, that caused concern to me.  One thing about initiating laws is that even if you trust and want to grant that kind of power to the person currenly sitting in office you also have to grant that power to unknown people who will have that power in the future.  The Obama Administration is clearly violating the peoples’ rights to privacy by proactively monitoring your conversations without cause:

As the winter Olympics begin, the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed that it will be monitoring the comments and posts on websites and social media like Twitter for information on possible terror threats. Among the sites listed in a privacy impact statement filed Friday afternoon by DHS are the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Twitter, Google and this web site, the Blotter.

The National Operations Center of DHS will watch the web for information, according to the statement, to “provide situational awareness” in the event of natural disaster, an “act of terrorism, or other manmade disaster.”

“The Olympics are a potential target for such events,” said the statement. The statement did not list all web sites and social media that the NOC will monitor, but provided 31 examples, many of them, like the Blotter, sites that cover breaking news, security, or terror.

The Administration has to know full well, unless they truly are as incompetent as some people claim, that any gathering of individuals could be considered a target of terrorists, as could any part of our infrastructure.  We, as Americans, are amazingly resilient and we have a duty to report suspicious behavior and report information to the proper authorities to at least do a small part in protecting our nation.  I know that we have the best and the brightest in our Armed Forces, and we have incredible agents in the FBI and CIA.  However, the direction they are being given by the political appointees in the Obama Administration has been nothing short of terrible.

This Administration has shown us that they do not know how to properly handle the War on Terror.  They have shown utter fear in keeping the terrorist threat locked up in Guantanamo. They want to provide civilian trials and grant the rights to Americans citizens to murderous barbarians in order to try and kiss up to some foreign leaders, while ignoring the overwhelming wishes of the American people.  Sadly, the Obama Administration appears to be more concerned with granting rights to those who wants to kill us rather than respect American’s rights to privacy.  The cynic in me has a feeling that their true intentions of monitoring social networks and websites has only a small part to do with fighting terrorism.

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Obama’s Change: Record Deficits

By Caomhin

In his State of the Union Obama talked about not rewarding failure.  Americans should keep these words in mind this November and in 2012.  Obama’s projected budgets cast deficits as far out as projections allow, and for the fiscal year of 2011 Obama is determined to set records:

Republicans on Monday slammed President Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget as a fiscally irresponsible spending spree, casting doubt on the administration’s claim that the budget reflects cutbacks and hard choices.

The fiscal year 2011 budget, sent to Congress Monday, includes new jobs-creation programs and additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but is projected to add nearly $1.3 trillion in deficit spending on top of the current year’s projected $1.6 trillion deficit. As he unveiled the budget, Obama warned the federal government to stop treating taxpayer dollars like “Monopoly money.”

Obama has the nerve to utter that last line, failing to recognize his utter destruction he has perpetrated against this nation’s finances.  He is proposing a $1.6 TRILLION DEFICIT. This doesn’t even include his government run health care plan.  This is on top of the $1.56 Trillion dollar deficit he ran last year.  Remember, this is before he and his liberal allies ram even more programs and spending bills down our throats.  Assuming Congress does nothing else, at all, about anything, until next year, Obama will have increased the deficit by $3.16 Trillion in 2 years.  That number is sure to grow.  So for Obama to say that government should stop treating the taxpayer dollar like “Monopoly money,” when he is in fact, the one doing it, it is offensive to anyone who pays taxes and lives in this nation.  He is putting our nation into levels of unsustainable debt and we will all feel the repercussions of this.  The liberals need to go, for the good of our nation, for its survival, they must be voted out.

Another key fact to note from this article:

According to White House estimates, the budget’s deficit for fiscal year 2013 would drop to $700 billion before jumping back up to $1 trillion in 2020, the furthest out that budgeters will predict.

He has projected deficits as far out as they can even project.  Additionally, his budget proposes eliminating most of the Bush Tax cuts that actually spurred investment and economic activity, bringing tax relief to all Americans, and greatly helped American small businesses.  He is also assuming an unemployment rate of close to 10% if not higher for the next two years.  He proposes raising taxes during a depression and spending uncontrollably for as long as he is in office and he thinks somehow, this can fix things.  He is wrong, the liberals are wrong, and they must go.  We cannot continue to pay the price for our “leadership’s” failure.  They must be voted out.

Obama has shown no restraint and refuses to take responsibility for his actions, always pointing the finger at others.  His hubris is so deep that he cannot even recognize the harm he is doing to our nation from the ability of families to maintain purchasing power from a strong dollar to our reputation globally as he continues to undermine our economy.  No amount of rhetoric can mask the reality of the situation.  It is dire and demands immediate action.  Rather than remedy the situation Obama and the liberals choose to exacerbate it, to the detriment of all Americans.  It is unconscionable.  We deserve better and Obama and the liberals must be voted out.

Another Obama Nominee, Another Lie

By Caomhin

Seriously, has a single nominee not been exposed as a liar?  I thought all those tax issues were pretty horrible, and believe me that fact that we have a tax cheat, Tim Geithner, as Secretary of the Treasury is mind numbingly painful, especially considering that there were many, many, of Obama’s nominees who are looking forward to raising your taxes while ducking theirs.  Obama himself has told so many lies that you are pretty much forced to fact check every word out of his mouth.  Of course, the worst lie, and also illustration of incompetence, recently came from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet “The System Worked” Napolitano, who may actually be insane considering she muttered those words while discussing the terrorist Abdulmutallab nearly murdering many of fellow citizens on Christmas Day.

The most recent liar who appears headed to work under teh Obama is Erroll Southers, Obama’s nominee to head up the TSA.  Actually, Southers lie is not nearly as bad as what he did and then subsequently lie about:

Southers first described the episode in his October affidavit, telling the Senate panel that two decades ago he asked a San Diego Police Department employee to access confidential criminal records about the boyfriend. Southers said he had been censured by superiors at the FBI. He described the incident as isolated and expressed regrets about it.

The committee approved his nomination Nov. 19. One day later, Southers wrote to Lieberman and Collins saying his first account was incorrect. After reviewing documents, he wrote, he recalled that he had twice conducted the database searches himself, downloaded confidential law enforcement records about his wife’s boyfriend and passed information on to the police department employee, the letter said.

It is a violation of the federal Privacy Act to access such information without proper cause. The law says that “any person who knowingly and willfully requests or obtains any record concerning an individual from an agency under false pretenses shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than $5,000.”

A former FBI agent “accidentally” forgot that it was he who illegally accessed a federal database to mine information on an individual…twice.  Nothing like confirming an individual with a track record of illegally accessing information on others should be settling for any one.  If Obama had an ounce of respect for the law he would have pulled this guy’s nomination.  Everyone makes mistakes, but just how many criminals does Obama want working in his administration, and if he’s comfortable with criminals running his operations, then neither he nor his liberal allies should be upset when that is pointed out.

There is no excuse for putting criminals in liars in charge of public affairs.  I can guarantee you that if an employee of a private sector business accessed private information on another individual they would be fired at minimum and almost assuredly convicted.  I can also guarantee you that they would never be given a promotion.  While I’m issuing you guarantees, I can also guarantee that if I don’t pay my taxes, I sure as hell won’t be the next Secretary of Treasury and that I’d be fined and probably locked up.  Yet, when it comes to Obama, everyone just seems to forget that we have laws that EVERY citizen of this nation is required to follow.

Criminal Organization Fired From 2010 Census

By Riss

There have been so many stories regarding ACORN and many of their illegal actions and this week is no different.  Before I begin talking about the recent investigations headed by Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website, I also want to note this article, detailing charges brought against ACORN worker for voter fraud in Florida,  which has largely gone unnoticed due to astonishingly horrific actions of ACORN’s attempt to help what they believed to be a politician-pimp help a prostitute run a brothel for underage girls from South America.

Yes, you read that description correctly.  ACORN has of course fired the workers in DC and Baltimore for willingly offering help to what they believed to be an illegal, unethical, morally bankrupt organization.  Here’s one of the videos from the investigative report”

There are more videos on You Tube as well, but I highly suggest going to Andrew Breitbart’s:

Big Government

On this site you will find the videos as well as numerous follow up reports to their investigative report.  You should also note that the Baltimore State’s Attorney, a Democratic Party contributor and ACORN ally, wants to see about charging the people who EXPOSED to corruption more so than bringing charges against the ACORN members, even as calls for further investigations into ACORN are coming from all across the nation:

Baltimore State’s Attorney Patricia A. Jessamy said allegations of tax fraud would fall under federal jurisdiction, but the apparently secret taping, or spreading it online, could represent a violation of the state’s two-party consent laws for recording conversations. A spokesman said it would take a formal complaint to trigger an investigation.

And they wonder why we’re “cynical.”  However, the vast corruption that is ACORN is finally becoming a bit more transparent as they have been fired from the 2010 Census:

Up to now, the Census Bureau had defended ACORN’s involvement, explaining that it was one of 80,000 unpaid volunteer groups that the bureau hoped would be able to raise local awareness. But in his letter, Mr. Groves said the Census Bureau no longer had confidence that ACORN was effectively managing its partnership.

ACORN fired two employees who were seen on hidden-camera video giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman who pretended to be a prostitute. Fox News Channel broadcast excerpts from the video on Thursday. On the video, a man and woman visiting ACORN’s Baltimore office asked about buying a house and how to account on tax forms for the woman’s income. An ACORN employee advised the woman to list her occupation as “performance artist.”

You know there’s more videos out there and you know they have engaged in many, many more illegal activities.  From voter fraud, to tax evasion, to trying to provide aid to an underage prostitution ring, you have to wonder, what else are they doing?  I have a feeling much more is yet to be uncovered.

Dodd, Conrad are Liars

By Caomhin

Shocking headline, I know, as we already knew that.  I’m late to the table on this issue, but so egregious are their lies on this issue that it  necessitates this be put out as often as possible, even with everything else going on.  Dodd and Conrad are lying through their teeth and need to be held accountable.  They can not be allowed to win re-election as they have abused their positions for personal gain and have subsequently lied repeatedly to the American public about doing so.  Actions such as these are inexcusable regardless of which side of the aisle they reside.  This is an outright abuse of power, one  that we can not stand idly by and let occur.  I don’t ask this too often, but read the entire article.

Pretty Much Everything We Said Liberals Believed About Healthcare

By Caomhin

Read the whole thing.  Read it from start to finish and come to terms, and quickly that this piece, “Why We Must Ration Health Care,” is not satire, but is truly how this man feels and is precisely how many, many liberals on Capital Hill feel about this issue and the public in general.  It is downright embarrassing, and I believe immoral, that people can view human life in this way.  Here’s a sampling from page 4:

The death of a teenager is a greater tragedy than the death of an 85-year-old, and this should be reflected in our priorities. We can accommodate that difference by calculating the number of life-years saved, rather than simply the number of lives saved. If a teenager can be expected to live another 70 years, saving her life counts as a gain of 70 life-years, whereas if a person of 85 can be expected to live another 5 years, then saving the 85-year-old will count as a gain of only 5 life-years. That suggests that saving one teenager is equivalent to saving 14 85-year-olds.

If you can save a life you save that person’s life.  Case closed.  It’s never “too expensive” to try and save a life and the only regret you can have in dealing with tragedy is that you didn’t do enough for that person.  If you saw a person dying in front of you, does their age, gender, race, religion, etc., matter to you AT ALL?  For a healthcare plan to be pushed that will look at you as nothing more than a statistic to be measured in a mathematic formal is beyond reproach and that alone should disqualify this bill from being considered.  The government answers to us, they draw their power from us, and the sheer contempt they have for human life, your life, my life, and all human life in general is devoid of all moral substance.  All human life is sacred.  It is not something that should be assigned to a random number table or applied to a logarithm to test hypotheses or to save money.

Steny Hoyer Should Be Forced From Office

By Caomhin

Yet another reason we should be able to demand and have tendered the resignation of most of the members of Congress.  Sure that probably sounds harsh, but when they admit they don’t actually do their job, then they should be fired, no questions asked.  Imagine if your boss asked you to promise to start doing your job (actually you’d have already been fired) and you laughed at them.

Keep in mind that Steny Hoyer is the House Majority LeaderNothing fancy to the question that was proposed to him, it was whether he supported the following pledge:

“I, (Name inserted here), pledge to my constituents and to the American people that I will not vote to enact any health-care reform package that: 1) I have not read, personally, in its entirety; and, 2) Has not been available, in its entirety, to the American people on the Internet for at least 72 hours, so that they can read it too.”

His response?

If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,” Hoyer told CNSNews.com at his regular weekly news conference.

In fact, Hoyer found the idea of the pledge humorous, laughing as he responded to the question. “I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill,” he said.

These are employees of the American people and this fool has the audacity to laugh and blow off a pledge that members of Congress actually read the bills they are passing and allow the American people to look at them in order to form an educated opinion on them?  It’s incredulous.  It’s beyond contempt really.  It’s outrageous and completely unacceptable that someone who works for the American people can’t even read the bills they are voting on (a.k.a. doing their jobs) and this clown thinks it’s a joke?  He needs to go and he needs to go right now.  Feel free to call him at 202-225-4131 and let him know what you think.