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Making a Specter of himself – is Arlen Republican or Democrat?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on May 14, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Arlen Spector twice addresses a room of Democrats as “Republicans” – which shows you, you cannot trust someone with zero convictions !

The first time Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) slipped up here Tuesday night at the Allegheny County Democratic Committee’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, most in the audience pretended not to notice.

But at the end of his remarks when Specter again thanked the “the Allegheny County Republicans” for their endorsement, many couldn’t help but laugh nervously and shoot did-he-really-just-say-that looks at each other.

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White House Czars won

Posted in Constitution, Czar, Glenn Beck, Obama, Richard Nixon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by saynsumthn

From the Washington Times

By Stephen Dinan

The White House has told Congress it will reject calls for many of President Obamas policy czars to testify before Congress  a decision senators said goes against the presidents promises of transparency and openness and treads on Congress constitutional mandate to investigate the administrations actions.

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, said White House counsel Greg Craig told her in a meeting Wednesday that they will not make available any of the czars who work in the White House and dont have to go through Senate confirmation. She said he was “murky” on whether other czars outside of the White House would be allowed to come before Congress.

Miss Collins said that doesnt make sense when some of those czars are actually making policy or negotiating on behalf of Mr. Obama.

I think Congress should be able to call the presidents climate czar, Carol Browner, the energy and environment czar, to ask her about the negotiations she conducted with the automobile industry that led to very significant policy changes with regard to emissions standards,” Miss Collins said at a hearing Thursday that examined the proliferation of czars.

The White House has told Congress it will reject calls for many of President Obama’s policy czars to testify before Congress – a decision senators said goes against the president’s promises of transparency and openness and treads on Congress’ constitutional mandate to investigate the administration’s actions.

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, said White House counsel Greg Craig told her in a meeting Wednesday that they will not make available any of the czars who work in the White House and don’t have to go through Senate confirmation. She said he was “murky” on whether other czars outside of the White House would be allowed to come before Congress.

Miss Collins said that doesn’t make sense when some of those czars are actually making policy or negotiating on behalf of Mr. Obama.

I think Congress should be able to call the president’s climate czar, Carol Browner, the energy and environment czar, to ask her about the negotiations she conducted with the automobile industry that led to very significant policy changes with regard to emissions standards,” Miss Collins said at a hearing Thursday that examined the proliferation of czars.

The debate goes to the heart of weighty constitutional issues about separation of powers. The president argues that he should be allowed to have advisers who are free to give him confidential advice without having to fear being called to testify about it. Democrats and Republicans in Congress, though, argue that those in office who actually craft policy should be able to be summoned to testify because they do more than just give the president advice.

At issue are the 18 positions Miss Collins says Mr. Obama has created since he took office. Of those, she says 10 – the White House says eight – are in the executive office and not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests or requests for testimony.

Czar is an informal term given to the positions.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent and chairman of the government affairs committee, asked the White House to provide a witness for Thursday’s hearing but it did not send one.

In a letter last week to Miss Collins, though, Mr. Craig explained that the White House is not trying to circumvent Congress.

We recognize that it is theoretically possible that a president could create new positions that inhibit transparency or undermine congressional oversight. That is simply not the case, however, in the current administration,” Mr. Craig wrote.

Mr. Craig said the new positions Mr. Obama has created within the White House “are solely advisory in nature” and have no independent authority.

Senators disagreed with that evaluation, pointing to Mrs. Browner and health care czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, who is Mr. Obama’s health care adviser.

We do happen to have a Cabinet officer with Health and Human Services with whom I have never had a conversation on health care, not because I have any opposition to her but because it’s my perception Nancy-Ann DeParle is calling the shots,” said Sen. Robert F. Bennett, Utah Republican.

Criticism of czars has boiled over after talk-show host Glenn Beck – who senators at the hearing repeatedly referred to as “he who shall not be named” – began a campaign to highlight their proliferation in the Obama administration. But Miss Collins said she’s been looking at czars for months, and she doesn’t have problems with many of the czars Mr. Beck has criticized.

Still, Mr. Craig spent two pages of his four-page letter to Miss Collins critiquing Mr. Beck’s positions.

Legal experts testifying before the Senate panel said Congress needs to be careful not to overreach in reacting. They said options open to lawmakers include writing new laws to restrict advisers’ authority or writing the positions into law as needing Senate confirmation. A White House aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said they are trying to work to accommodate “all reasonable congressional requests for information” and said some White House advisers have given informal briefings to members of Congress in lieu of testimony.

The aide also said some czars are outside the White House itself and they can be called to testify. The aide said five of them have already done so.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, blasted Republicans for raising the issue and said she took offense at their comparisons between Mr. Obama and President Nixon.

She said Congress should instead be looking at the legality of presidential signing statements to shape how laws are implemented – a tool whose use expanded substantially under President George W. Bush.

Last month, Miss Collins offered an amendment to compel administration officials to testify, but it was ruled not germane to the bill being debate.

Democrats said it went too far because it would have covered all executive branch employees, including the national security adviser and the chief of staff, who have always been recognized as out of bounds.

Miss Collins said the issue shouldn’t be so intractable and that Congress and the White House should be able to agree on a list of people who should be able to testify.

For his part, Mr. Lieberman said he’s still looking for a good solution.

We both share a desire to do something about this to help Congress uphold our responsibility for oversight, but we understand the balance here as reflected in the Constitution,” he said.

BIRTH CONTROL AGENTS IN US DRINKING WATER? EPA Probes Herbicide Atrazine

Posted in Abortion, birth control, birth control in water, Black Genocide, compulsory birth control, Environment, EPA, Forced Sterilization, Maafa21, Pollution, Population Control, Sterilization, Sterilizing agents in Drinking Water, Sterilizing agents in water with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2009 by saynsumthn

U.S. EPA Probes Herbicide Atrazine for Human Health Threats

WASHINGTON, DC, October 8, 2009 (ENS) – The commonly used weed killer atrazine will undergo a new comprehensive evaluation to determine its effects – first on humans and later on amphibians and aquatic ecosystems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

The most recent studies on atrazine and its potential association with birth defects, low birth weight, and premature births will be included in the year-long evaluation of the chemical’s effects on humans.

To evaluate atrazine’s potential cancer and non-cancer effects on humans, the EPA will engage the federal Scientific Advisory Panel established by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The panel, composed of biologists, statisticians and toxicologists, serves as the primary scientific peer review mechanism for EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. The panel will hold its first meeting on November 3.

Next September, at the end of this process, the EPA will decide whether to revise its current risk assessment of the pesticide and whether new restrictions are necessary to better protect public health.
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Then, the EPA will ask the Scientific Advisory Panel to review atrazine’s potential effects on amphibians and aquatic ecosystems.

One of the most widely used agricultural herbicides in the United States, approximately 70 million pounds of active ingredient are applied across the country every year. First registered for use in December 1958, atrazine can be applied before and after planting to control broadleaf and grassy weeds.

It is used primarily on corn, sorghum, and sugarcane, and is applied most heavily in the Midwest. To a lesser extent, atrazine is used on residential lawns, particularly in Florida and the Southeast.

One of Administrator [Lisa] Jackson’s top priorities is to improve the way EPA manages and assesses the risk of chemicals, including pesticides, and as part of that effort, we are taking a hard look at the decision made by the previous administration on atrazine,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.

The Bush-era EPA decided to reregister atrazine for use in 2006. At that time, the EPA determined the chemical poses “no harm that would result to the general U.S. population, infants, children or other major identifiable subgroups of consumers.”

Yet, studies by Dr. Tyrone Hayes at the University of California show that atrazine is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with reproduction and “assaults male sexual development.” Dr. Hayes demonstrated that atrazine chemically castrates and feminizes male frogs at concentrations 30 times lower than levels allowed in water by the EPA.

Atrazine induces breast and prostate cancer, retards mammary development, and induces abortion in laboratory rodents,” says Dr. Hayes. “Studies in human populations and cell and tissue studies suggest that atrazine poses similar threats to humans.”

Atrazine may affect pregnant women by causing their babies to grow more slowly than normal, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances. Research has also raised concerns about atrazine’s potential as a multiplier that could increase toxic effects of other chemicals in the environment.

Owens said the EPA is now reconsidering its position on atrazine. “Our examination of atrazine will be based on transparency and sound science, including independent scientific peer review, and will help determine whether a change in EPA’s regulatory position on this pesticide is appropriate,” he said.

The EPA announced its new evaluation of atrazine less than six weeks after the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report that found the chemical in watersheds and drinking water throughout much of the United States.

We don’t need gender-bending chemicals in our water,” said NRDC attorney Mae Wu. “While atrazine’s makers like to talk about the pesticide’s long-running history, we have learned a lot since it was introduced a half century ago.”

Studies point to significant concerns about this chemical’s impact on wildlife, babies, and developing children,” said Wu, “reinforcing the fact that this chemical has no place in our drinking water. Today’s action should be the first in a series of necessary steps to fix this problem and clean up our water.”

We definitely think the science is there to get atrazine off the market, and there aren’t really economic benefits that outweigh that consideration,” said Wu, who points to studies that show not using atrazine may have, at most, a one percent impact on crop yields.

The NRDC report showed that atrazine was found in all of the watersheds monitored by EPA and 90 percent of the drinking water sampled in the monitored areas.
USGS scientists conducted a study of atrazine and other herbicides in Midwestern agricultural fields.

Contamination was most severe in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, and Nebraska. A previous study by the U.S. Geological Survey found that 75 percent of stream water and about 40 percent of all groundwater samples from agricultural areas contained atrazine.

The NRDC report suggests that the EPA has been ignoring atrazine contamination, that the monitoring of the herbicide is misleading and its regulation insufficient.

The monitoring programs were not designed to find the biggest problems, the screening levels are too permissive, and the monitoring ignores more than 1,000 vulnerable watersheds.

One of the chief findings of the NRDC report was that the way atrazine is now regulated allows levels in drinking water to peak at high concentrations but still fall within an allowable “average.”

Atrazine has been denied regulatory approval by the European Union and is banned in Europe, even in Switzerland, the home of primary manufacturer, Sygenta.

Syngenta defends the safety of its product, saying, “As a popular herbicide in more than 60 countries around the world, atrazine has been carefully studied for years. In 2008, none of the 122 community water systems monitored in 10 states where atrazine is used most exceeded the federal standards set for atrazine in drinking water or raw water.”

Atrazine can be occasionally detected in water at extraordinarily low concentrations (parts per billion), but these low levels pose no threat to human health. A person could drink thousands of gallons of water containing 3 parts per billion atrazine every day for a lifetime, and still not be affected by atrazine,” said Tim Pastoor, Ph.D., principal scientist for Syngenta.

But the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity complains, “Although required by court order in 2003 to further assess atrazine, the EPA entered into a private deal whereby the atrazine manufacturer Syngenta was allowed to conduct contaminant monitoring, assessing just three percent of the watersheds identified as “at risk” of atrazine contamination.”

A new class action lawsuit representing water districts throughout Illinois cites recent research showing that atrazine in drinking water is unsafe at any level, even at concentrations below EPA guidelines.

Attorney Stephen Tillery, who represents the class action plaintiffs, said “The U.S. EPA conducted more than 40 private meetings with the leading manufacturer of atrazine to devise a testing protocol that manipulatively distorts atrazine levels in water.”

Tillery filed the class action suit in August in the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Madison County on behalf of a rural sanitary district near Edwardsville and other water districts throughout the state. The suit was filed against atrazine manufacturer Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. with headquarters in Switzerland and Growmark Inc. with principal offices in Bloomington doing business under the “FS” name.

It’s time to ban atrazine to protect our drinking water and our most imperiled wildlife,” said Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. “There is no reason to continue use of this poisonous contaminant given the building evidence of harm to humans and endangered species.”

NRDC recommends that consumers concerned about atrazine in their water use a household water filter, such as one that fits on the tap. Consumers should make sure that the filter they choose is certified by NSF International to meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard 53 for the reduction of volatile organic compounds.

Where have I heard about an effort to put BIRTH CONTROL AGENTS IN US DRINKING WATER? Oh Yeah- It was in a film called: Maafa21.

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African American to Black Folks, “Obama…He’s Taking America Down”

Posted in Obama with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by saynsumthn

On September 16,2009, “AJ”, an African American Caller to the Rush Limbaugh Show says that Obama has taken “them back 50 years”
AJ Also said this:

“I didn’t vote for him but I was proud that a Black man finally got to the White House”

” He’s doing the opposite that I want to see”

“He’s taking America Down”

“The media – it’s treason what they are doing to this country”

“Blacks folks, you done lost your mind, wake up and see what this man is doing to you”

Carter– he’s hurting the Black folks with this racial thing”

“Black folks wake up, the smart ones wake up, don’t follow this man off the cliff”

This man was passionate !

For the record, I do not agree with what Limbaugh called President Carter, even those I disagree with the race baiting that Carter is doing !!!!!

Check out my blog : Carter calls Obama “Black Boy” – Click here