OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Ritze plans to reintroduce a bill to “nullify” the individual mandate in the 2010 federal health care legislation in Oklahoma.
“I disagree with the Supreme Court’s ruling and believe that state governments were intended to serve as a check on the federal government,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is better known as ObamaCare, is an example of federal overreach and my legislation will authorize the state to resist it and ban the enforcement of it.”
Ritze said his legislation would authorize the Oklahoma attorney general to defend citizens who fail to purchase health insurance against the federal government and criminalizes the enforcement of the individual mandate.
“My hope is that ObamaCare will be repealed, but I do not think that means we have to wait for the repeal to happen. Oklahoma lawmakers should do what they can to support our choice to make our own health care decisions,” Ritze said.
Nullify in YOUR state. Contact your state reps and urge them to introduce the Nullification Act NOW. Or push them to pre-file for the 2013 legislative session. They Need to hear from you early AND often!
I’d cry to if I voted ‘for’ fracking. Does that make me NOT a conservative or JUST NOT a republican who will still vote against Obama?
RALEIGH, N.C.—A veteran lawmaker in North Carolina says she pushed the wrong button late Monday night in a marathon legislative session and accidentally opened up the state to fracking.
Rep. Becky Carney, a five-term Democrat from Charlotte, burst into tears after mistakenly voting with Republicans to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the contentious legislation. The measure lifts the ban on hydraulic fracturing as a means for mining for natural gas.
Ms. Carney and other Democrats asked for a do-over, as is common when a member pushes the wrong button. But in this instance, Republicans said no. A change in Carney’s vote would have changed the outcome, which is against the House rules. But Ms. Carney asked for the rules to be suspended so she could change her vote, but got nowhere.
Ms. Carney had lobbied against the fracking initiative and had voted against it previously. “It feels rotten,” Carney said, in an interview. “It’s a very heavy responsibility because I just feel like the state is not ready.”
Majority Leader Paul Stam said fracking could be important to North Carolina’s economy and Republicans needed every vote they had to allow it, including Ms. Carney’s. The Senate had already overridden the veto and it became law the moment voting closed, Mr. Stam said. “There was nothing she could do about it,” he said, in an interview. “There was nothing that can be done.
When I first got this in email my first guess was Keith Ellison, so of course I discovered I had to go hunting finding out Andre’ is one of the 80+ critters in the WH that is a socialist besides being a muslim. JUST for you…
* US is a predominantly Christian country. There are probably a couple of Muslim judges in the whole country. The second time in a row a Muslim judge is being assigned to my case.
This time it is judge David Shaheed in Indiana, who is listed by the “Muslim Observer” as a prominent Muslim judge.
* The Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, (D-Islam), sponsored group appears to have deleted their entire website after Fox News published an article identifying numerous terrorists and terror-linked individuals that CMSA invited to their “prayer” sessions on Capitol Hill.
In December 2009, Evans and Obama friends Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, traveled to Gaza to deliver tens of thousands of dollars in “humanitarian aid” to Palestinian activists in Hamas-controlled Gaza. According to the official Code Pink website the security for and safety of the travelers was “guaranteed” by members of Hamas. Code Pink’s mission in support of America’s enemies came with the support of official letters from Democrat Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and Democrat Congressman Andre Carson of Indiana.
* Once again Ellison’ and Adnre’s sponsored group the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA) has held weekly Friday Jummah prayers for more than a decade, and guest preachers are often invited to lead the service. The group held prayers informally for about eight years before gaining official status in 2006 under the sponsorship of Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., one of two Muslims currently serving in Congress. The second Muslim congressman, Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., joined as co-sponsor after he was elected in 2008.
* Hon. André Carson (IN-07) is on the American Socialists list. The Socialist Party of America shows the bad news at Scribd
* Rep. Carson issued a terse statement to CNN’s John King USA attempting to clear up the reasons why he won’t answer any questions regarding the March 20th incident in Washington DC. We’d really like to ask the congressman a few questions about the use of ‘Phantom N Word’ he accused Tea Part activists of saying. It is clear that Carson and Lewis are LYING. They wanted a racial incident and when they did not get it, they tried to create it. Not only did Andre Carson play the race card, he played it from up his sleeve, and from a 53 card deck.
Do you hear the N word?! All we were saying was kill the bill in 2010.
Hey, Andre Carson. If you’re going to allege a racial slur, then you should have the testies to defend your statement.
When asked if he’s made any progress in verifying the allegation that Tea Party activists hurled racial slurs at him and his colleagues, Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) ducked into a Washington, D.C., office complex on Wednesday morning to avoid the question entirely. “You made some serious allegations about racial slurs. Where are you in your investigation into that?” probed a HUMAN EVENTS correspondent outside the Teamsters’s headquarters. Carson remained silent. Not only did Carson dodge the question, but at one point he conveniently pulls out his cell phone in an effort to avoid making contact with our reporter altogether.
* He stated: Fort Hood not Islamic Terrorism Representative Andre Carson (D-IN, 7th District), one of two Muslims currently serving in Congress, cautioned Americans against focusing on Hasan’s religion. However, numerous Muslim organizations protested that they have so far received dozens of death threats and hate e-mails.
“This is in no way a reflection of Islam any more than Timothy McVeigh’s actions are a reflection of Christianity,” affirmed Carson, who supervised an anti-terrorism unit in Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security and comes from a family of Marines.
* This is utterly shocking video, in my opinion. After Carson’s recent comments claiming the Tea Party wanted to see “black people hang on trees” , he goes on to describe a convicted child-killer and multiple murderer, Kofi Ajabu, as “brilliant” in this video
* You will find his name in the following on Page 7 of Socialism in America Far Left Democrats Setting the Policy:
Sadly like Keith he was reelected Andre Carson prevailed in his re-election bid to Congress. At that time he was also elected to leadership post in Congressional Black Caucus. Carson says he’ll be will be the caucus whip, a job that involves securing votes and helping with political strategy. Carson’s allegiance wasn’t a factor Tuesday in a district where Obama won 71 percent of the vote in 2008. Carson’s victory solidifies his grip on the seat that was held by his grandmother, Julia Carson, for 11 years before her death in 2007. All I have to say about that is, you suck Indianapolis ~ JP
Mitt Romney’s wife says her husband is thinking about picking a woman to be on his ticket this fall.
Ann Romney says in an interview, “We’ve been looking at that and I love that option as well.”
She tells CBS News she thinks the person selected for the No. 2 spot should be “someone that obviously can do the job but will be able to carry through with some of the other responsibilities.”
WHO will it be?
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM)
~ I think the sign says where Sarah will be best placed ~ JP
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
There has been much hemming/hawing will he choose a woman. IMHO Sarah will not take that run again. I do not feel she has presidential aspirations. Condi has repeatedly said she will not run because she is very content with where she is. To hot to choose is Jan Brewer for sure. My guess if it were to be a woman, the main contenders are Nikki Haley, Marsha Blackburn and killing two birds with one stone Susana Martinez. A double minority win. I do not believe he will choose a female VP candidate unless Ann ‘strongly’ advises him to. My gut is telling me Rubio or Pawlenty. Although he’d be smart of course to pick my choice, Allen West To see these women’s weaknesses/ strengths read the article By Phil Tran
Iran will see its July oil exports more than halved from regular levels seen last year because tough new Western sanctions are stifling flows and costing Tehran more than $3 billion in lost revenue per month.
Declining oil exports, the lifeblood of the Iranian economy, will increase Tehran’s struggle to contain spiraling inflation and mounting unemployment amid its standoff with the West over its nuclear program.
“They will eventually have to close down production. Right now it seems very unlikely that they will get any relief from sanctions any time soon,” said an executive with a Western oil firm with a long history of dealing with Iran.
It was estimated to have shipped between 1.2 million and 1.3 million bpd in June, industry sources said last month.
But actual July exports could be even lower as top buyer China disputes freight costs with Iran’s top tanker company, delaying the loading of cargoes set to flow east.
The broadening inquiry raises new concerns about the ways in which U.N. agencies have managed to sidestep restrictions that the world body expects the rest of the world to obey in halting the spread of sensitive technologies to nuclear-ambitious pariah regimes.
It also calls into question how much U.N. member states know about the activities of agencies they supposedly approve and supervise.
In this case, there are hints that the top official at the U.N. agency, the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, “has not yet been fully open” to the inquiries, according to a senior U.S. official.
WASHINGTON – The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.
But tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.
NOTE: Advanced SystemCare’s Quick Care option includes the ability to clean your registry, perform a rudimentary malware scan, fix and remove broken shortcuts, delete junk files, and erase browsing tracks. It works in a flash, requires almost no user input, and to make things even easier, can be configured to run on system startup.
Despite repeated alerts, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. Of those still infected, the FBI believes that about 64,000 are in the United States.
Users whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet.
The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world. When the FBI went in to take down the hackers late last year, agents realized that if they turned off the malicious servers being used to control the computers, all the victims would lose their Internet service.
In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a safety net. They brought in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet.
But that temporary system will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday, July 9.
Most victims don’t even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their Web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.
But popular social networking sites and Internet providers have gotten more involved, reaching out to computer users to warn of the problem.
Grasso said other Internet providers may come up with technical solutions that they will put in place Monday that will either correct the problem or provide information to customers when they call to say their Internet isn’t working. If the Internet providers correct the server problem, the Internet will work, but the malware will remain on victims’ computers and could pose future problems.
Your computer appears to be looking up IP addresses correctly! Had your computer been infected with DNS changer malware you would have seen a red background. BUT if your ISP is redirecting DNS traffic for its customers you would have reached this site even though you are infected. For additional information regarding the DNS changer malware, please visit the FBI’s website. We also checked clear here :Your DNS settings appear to be ok. Your computer or router is most probably not infected with DNS changer malware. And HERE : Your computer system does not appear to be affected by DNSChanger Malware. And HERE : A GREEN banner at the top and bottom of this page indicates your computer system uses a DNS which is not known to be associated with the criminal DNS infrastructure associated with Operation GhostClick. So I’m sure we’ll be up and running Monday Yes, I’m anal about triple checking and more. Last one told me Your computer has been tested and you don’t have to take further actions. If you have no internet access after July 9th 2012, please contact your internet provider.
The House Oversight Committee’s three year investigation into Countrywide Financial’s “Friends of Angelo” and “VIP Program” that issued discounted mortgages to influential Washington policy figures.
On Anderson Cooper last night:
WASHINGTON – The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation’s foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, according to a House report.
The report, obtained by The Associated Press, said that the discounts — from January 1996 to June 2008, were not only aimed at gaining influence for the company but to help mortgage giant Fannie Mae. Countrywide’s business depended largely on Fannie, which at the time was trying to fend off more government regulation but eventually had to come under government control.
Fannie was responsible for purchasing a large volume of Countrywide’s subprime mortgages. Countrywide was taken over by Bank of America in January 2008, relieving the financial services industry and regulators from the messy task of cleaning up the bankruptcy of a company that was servicing 9 million U.S. home loans worth $1.5 trillion at a time when the nation faced a widening credit crisis, massive foreclosures and an economic downturn.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also named six current and former members of Congress who received discount loans, but all of their names had surfaced previously. Other previously mentioned names included former top executive branch officials and three chief executives of Fannie Mae.
Among those who received loan discounts from Countrywide, the report said, were:
–Former Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.
–Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
–Mary Jane Collipriest, who was communications director for former Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, then a member of the Banking Committee. The report said Dodd referred Collipriest to Countrywide’s VIP unit. Dodd, when commenting on his own loans, has said he was unaware of the discount program.
–Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
–Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., former chairman of the Oversight Committee. Towns issued the first subpoena to Bank of America for Countrywide documents, and current Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., subpoenaed more documents. The committee said that in responding to the Towns subpoena, Bank of America left out documents related to his Towns’ loan.
–Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif.
–Top staff members of the House Financial Services Committee.
–A staff member of Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, a member of the Financial Services Committee.
–Former Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Calif.
–Former Housing and Urban Development Secretaries Alphonso Jackson and Henry Cisneros; former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. The VIP unit processed Cisneros’s loan after he joined Fannie’s board of directors.
–Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, was an exception. He told the VIP unit not to give him a discount, and he did not receive one.
–Former heads of Fannie Mae James Johnson, Daniel Mudd and Franklin Raines. Countrywide took a loss on Mudd’s loan. Fannie employees were the most frequent recipients of VIP loans. Johnson received a discount after Mozilo waived problems with his credit rating.
“Documents and testimony obtained by the committee show the VIP loan program was a tool used by Countrywide to build goodwill with lawmakers and other individuals positioned to benefit the company,” the report said. “In the years that led up to the 2007 housing market decline, Countrywide VIPs were positioned to affect dozens of pieces of legislation that would have reformed Fannie” and its rival Freddie Mac, the committee said.
Some of the discounts were ordered personally by former Countrywide chief executive Angelo Mozilo. Those recipients were known as “Friends of Angelo.”
The Justice Department has not prosecuted any Countrywide official, but the House committee’s report said documents and testimony show that Mozilo and company lobbyists “may have skirted the federal bribery statute by keeping conversations about discounts and other forms of preferential treatment internal. Rather than making quid pro quo arrangements with lawmakers and staff, Countrywide used the VIP loan program to cast a wide net of influence.”
In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ at Martinsville Speedway, Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth raced a special car that honored American hero Joshua “J.B.” Kerns.
Kenseth’s No. 17 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers/Gary Sinise Foundation Ford Fusion was a personal tribute to Kerns, who grew up just a few minutes from the track. Just one year ago, Kerns was injured by an IED explosion in Afghanistan. He lost both legs and one arm in the attack.
Now, with the help of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation, Kerns will soon have a brand-new “smart home” in which to complete his recovery.