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Obama declares war on the Church. Church fights back with historic lawsuit

Two weeks ago, an earthshaking event took place but you didn’t hear about it on network TV or read about it in the soon-to-go-extinct newspapers.

Two weeks ago, something happened that has never happened in U.S. history. 43 branches of the Catholic Church sued the federal government in Superior Court for violating the Constitution’s First Amendment on Church-State relations, specifically Obama’s HHS mandate requiring religious organizations to provide, pay for, and/or facilitate insurance coverage for contraception services that violate the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Named as defendants are Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and their respective departments.

Obama’s federal mandate requires religious organizations — including Catholic schools, universities, and hospitals — to provide in their insurance plans abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures, which are contrary to Catholic teaching. It also authorizes the government to determine which organizations are sufficiently “religious” to warrant an exemption from the requirement. As such, the mandate violates the religious liberties guaranteed by the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other federal laws.

In an email on May 22, 2012, President of Media Research Center Brent Bozell writes:

“43 Catholic dioceses and organizations are suing the Obama administration in federal court over the attempt to force religious institutions to provide contraceptive and abortifacients with all of their health insurance.

ABC’s World News and NBC’s Nightly News completely failed to report this historic event! CBS Evening News only dedicated a brief 19 seconds to the story and framed it as a birth control debate. By contrast, ABC led their evening broadcast with the sentencing of the Rutgers student who spied on his gay roommate with a web camera. That story received three minutes and 30 seconds of coverage at the top of the newscast.

This is not a mistake or an editorial oversight by the broadcast networks. This is a deliberate and insidious withholding of national news to protect the ‘Chosen One’ who ABC, CBS and NBC have worked so hard to elect and are now abusing their journalistic influence to reelect. Even when a network like CBS mentions the suit ever-so-briefly, they botch the issue by framing it as a contraception lawsuit instead of what they know it to be: a religious freedom issue. It’s bogus, dishonest ‒ a flat out lie.

The fact is that the Catholic Church has unleashed legal Armageddon on the administration, promising ‘we will not comply’ with a health law that strips Catholics of their religious liberty. If this isn’t ‘news’ then there’s no such thing as news. This should be leading newscasts and the subject of special, in-depth reports. Instead, these networks are sending a clear message to all Americans that the networks will go to any lengths ‒ even censoring from the public an event of this historic magnitude ‒ to prevent the release of any information that will hurt Obama’s chances of re-election.”

This is not about the Catholic Church. This is not about Catholics. This is about the Constitution’s promise of religious freedom.

Today, tens of thousands of pro-life Americans in 160 cities across the United States will rally against the Obama Administration’s abortifacient birth control mandate. (Read more about this here.)

To show your support for the lawsuit, go here to sign a petition.

H/t FOTM’s beloved Joan, Miranda and Grouchy Fogie.

~Eowyn

Only in Amerika

1) Only in Amerika could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $40,000 a plate campaign fund raising event.

2) Only in Amerika could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce who are black (although 12% of the U.S. population is black).

3) Only in Amerika could we have had the two people most responsible for our tax code — head of the Treasury Department Timothy Geithner and chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Charles Rangel — BOTH turn out to be tax dodgers who are in favor of higher taxes.

4) Only in Amerika could we have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media be more concerned that Muslims might receive discrimination in the backlash.

5) Only in Amerika would we make people who want to legally become U.S. citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while millions of illegal migrants pour across our southern border, and if you object to the latter you’re called “racist”. To top it off, the federal government then sues the state of Arizona for trying to enforce the federal government’s own rules on illegal immigration!

6) Only in Amerika could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as hateful “extremists.”

7) Only in Amerika could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote — and if you disagree with the latter, you’re called “racist”.

8) Only in Amerika could citizens be required to present their birth certificate to apply for a passport, but not Barack Hussein Obama Jr. to certify his eligibility for the presidency of the United States — and if you inquire about that oddity, you’re called “racist” and other names (“birthers”), mocked at, and dismissed.

9) Only in Amerika could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillion dollars more than it has per year for total spending of $7 million PER
MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have enough money.

10) Only in Amerika could the rich people who pay 86% of all income taxes be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all, some of whom even get money “back”.

H/t our beloved Grouchy Fogie.

~Eowyn

First politician goes on trial for 2008 financial crisis

No, it’s not him. But we can hope.

The global financial-economic crisis that began in 2008 hit Iceland especially hard.

In 2007, Iceland had the 7th highest average per capita income in the world ($54,858). The next year, everything fell apart. Iceland’s banking system crashed. The combined debt of the country’s three largest banks (Glitnir, Landsbanki and Kaupthing) exceeded Iceland’s GDP by SIX times!

In October 2008, the Icelandic parliament passed emergency legislation to take over, i.e., nationalize, the domestic operations of the three banks, but not their foreign debts or assets. On 26 January 2009, the coalition government collapsed due to the public dissent over the handling of the financial crisis. A new left-wing government was formed a week later and immediately set about removing Central Bank governor Davíð Oddsson and his aides from the bank through changes in law. In April 2010, the Icelandic Parliament‘s Special Investigation Commission published the findings of its investigation,revealing the extent of control fraud in the crisis.

Now, Iceland is putting the man who was prime minister when the economy crashed, on trial.

Geir Haarde and his wife arrive at the courthouse (5 March 2012)Former Prime Minister Geir Haarde (r)

BBC News reports March 5, 2012, that the trial of former Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde, on charges of negligence over the 2008 financial crisis, has begun in Reykjavik. Haarde is the first world leader to face criminal charges over the crisis.

The proceedings are being held at the Landsdomur court in the first case for the Reykjavik-based tribunal.

The country’s three main banks collapsed in autumn 2008, plunging Iceland into a deep recession. Haarde, 60, led the Independence Party government at the time. He is accused of being negligent because he had not ensured financial safeguards were in place.

Haarde had sought to have all charges dismissed, calling the trial “preposterous” and saying that his conscience was clear. He has pleaded not guilty and rejects the charges as “political persecution,” insisting he will be vindicated during the trial. As he took the stand, he said  he was only doing what he thought was best for the country at the time: “I reject all accusations, and believe there is no basis for the trial. [But the trial will be] the first time I get a chance to answer questions regarding this case.”

Some Icelanders see the trial of Mr Haarde as scapegoating, while others argue that public accountability is essential following the country’s financial collapse.

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Good for Iceland!

Now why can’t we do that in the United States? — beginning with Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner!

~Eowyn

Obama’s Treasury Secretary Geithner could face criminal charges

H/t beloved Tina

~Eowyn

American Democracy Endangered by a Government-Financial Complex

On January 17, 1961, in his farewell speech as president, Dwight D. Eisenhower sounded a warning about a “military-industrial complex” in America. He urged Americans that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex…. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist … Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Today, not only is there a military-industrial complex, there is another even more clear and present danger — the government-financial complex.

Obama-Corzine: The face of the Govt-Financial Complex

Documents released through a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request reveal that the 2008 TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) — better known as the “too big to fail” Wall Street bailout — was actually 10 times the amount we were told, totalling $7.7 trillion.

Below are excerpts of Les Leopold’s article for AlterNet, “Bloomberg Unearths Wall Street’s Secret Government,” republished on MINA, Dec. 2, 2011:

We now have concrete evidence that Wall Street and Washington are running a secret government far removed from the democratic process. Through a freedom of information request by Bloomberg News, the public now has access to over 29,000 pages of Fed documents and 21,000 additional Fed transactions that were deliberately hidden, and for good reason. (See here and here .)

These documents show how top government officials willfully concealed from Congress and the public the true extent of the 2008-’09 bailouts that enriched the few and enhanced the interests of giant Wall Streets firms. Here’s what we now know:

  • The secret Wall Street bailouts totaled $7.77 trillion, 10 times more than the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) passed by Congress in 2008.
  • Knowledge of the secret bailout funds was not shared with Congress even while it was drafting and debating legislation to break up the big banks.
  • The secret funding, provided at below-market rates, gave Wall Street banks an additional $13 billion in profits. (That’s enough money to hire more than 325,000 entry level teachers.)
  • The secret loans financed bank mergers so that the largest banks could grow even larger. The money also allowed banks to step up their lobbying efforts.
  • While Henry Paulson (Bush’s Secretary of the Treasury) was informing Congress and the public that only minor reforms were needed to protect Fannie and Freddie from collapse, he met secretly with leading Wall Street hedge fund managers — among them his former colleagues at Goldman Sachs — to alert them that he was about to nationalize the giant mortgage companies – a move that would eradicate nearly all the stock value of the companies. This information was enormously valuable because it allowed these hedge funds to short Fannie and Freddie and thereby make a fortune.
  • While Timothy Geithner [Obama's Secretary of the Treasury] was head of the NY Federal Reserve, he argued against legislative efforts by Senator Ted Kaufman, D-Delaware, to limit the size of banks because the issue was “too complex for Congress and that people who know the markets should handle these decisions,” Kaufman recalls. Meanwhile, Geithner was fully aware of the enormous secret loans while Senator Kaufman was kept in the dark. Barney Frank, who was authoring key bank reform legislation was also not informed of the secret loans. No one in Congress was told.

All of which led Leopold to conclude:

“Usually, I am not an alarmist. In fact, I often argue against facile conspiracy theories. I want to believe that our democracy still has promise. But, the Wall Street-induced crash and the government’s response to it has me very worried. The Bloomberg News revelations suggest that Wall Street’s secret government has enormous disdain for what remains of our democracy. The financial elites obviously believe that Congress cannot be trusted to do the right thing even when it is bought and paid for by the very banks it supposedly regulates. As for the rest of us? We’re just a financially illiterate mass to be manipulated through the mass media. Our minds too can be bought and sold through careful marketing.

This financial arrogance and corruption is enormously corrosive to our democratic values. Already, many Americans, and for good reason, no longer trust their government. Already, many Americans, and for good reason, no longer vote. Already, many Americans, and for good reason, believe that democracy as we know it is a sham. Wall Street couldn’t have written a better script to maintain its domination.”

This Government-Financial Complex continues to this day, as seen in the conflicts-of-interest corrupt relations of the federal oversight agency and the now-bankrupt MF Global.

Lastly, I have a message to the Occupy Wall Street movement:

This Government-Financial Complex is not capitalism because government is interfering with and warping the free market. This collusion between the government and big business is classic Fascism — the corporatist state. Your protests are misplaced. You should be protesting before the White House.

~Eowyn

Obama White House in Chaos, Says New Book

A new book hit the market last Tuesday, Sept. 20, which exposes the chaos, incompetence and hypocrisy of Skippy’s White House staff.

The book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Ron Suskind, who was granted remarkable access to the West Wing, including a sit-down interview with Skippy himself.

Zeke Miller of Business Insider reports, Sept 20, 2011, that the book reveals a disorganized — and at times insubordinate — staff working under Obama, and an inexperienced president struggling to control them.

One of the more shocking revelations that leaked last week is that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is said to have disobeyed an order from Obama to plan to dissolve Citigroup in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Geithner denied the allegations Monday.

Another embarrassment comes from former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, who told Suskind, that “if it weren’t for the president, this place would be in court for a hostile workplace. Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.”

Hmm…. What happened to liberals’ professed feminism? Just lip service? (Pun intended. Think “Monica Lewinsky”) LOL

This is what happens when voters send a man with zero, nada, zilch executive experience to the White House.

~Eowyn

Agenda 21 and Obama’s Rural Council EO

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