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BP’s oil gusher in the Gulf won’t be stopped until relief wells are completed in August.

“There could be oil coming up till August when the relief wells are dug.”—Carol Browner, Director of Energy and Climate Change Policy.

Browner also admitted that it was Brother O’s Bread and Circuses Administration that stopped BP’s “top kill” effort.

“You cannot continue to put downward pressure on that will [sic]. It will not work.”—Stephen Chu, Energy Secretary

For more on the story see Obama Official: Oil In Gulf May Flow Until August By Frank James

I.M. Kane

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Effort to Plug Well Faces Another Setback

By Clifford Krauss and Leslie Kaufman

As BP engineers failed again to plug the gushing oil well on Saturday … BP made a third attempt Friday night at what is termed the “junk shot,” a procedure that involves pumping odds and ends like plastic cubes, knotted rope, and golf balls into the blowout preventer, the five-story safety device atop the well.

The technician working on the project said Saturday pumping had again been halted and a review of the data so far was under way. “Right now, I would not be optimistic,” the technician [said].

If these options are not successful, it may take until August to drill a relief well, the option experts say is most reliably going to stop the current catastrophe.—Clifford Krauss and Leslie Kaufman

Read the entire NY Times story at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/us/30spill.html?hp


 

Critics say removal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ would advance radical agenda, hurt military

From Catholic News Agency

Critics say Brother O and the Democrat Party’s plan to eliminate the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for homosexuals serving in the military is a radical social experiment that will adversely affect military readiness and the welfare of those in the armed forces.

“[The] hard left of the Democratic Party [put] a political constituency with a radical agenda – the homosexual lobby – ahead of the well-being of our men and women in uniform. …

[House Democrats] ignored the pleas of the military, including all four service heads — those who lead the men and women who actually understand what it means to selflessly serve. …

[T]he liberal majority chose to advance the social agenda of a radical special interest group without giving an opportunity for the military to finish its own study of the issue.”—Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins,

“Despite the professional views of our highest-ranking military leaders, congressional Democrats and the White House have decided to … brazenly force a vote on repeal at the eleventh hour to pay off their gay-activist political allies.”—Tommy Sears, executive director of the Center for Military Readiness

A recent FRC report found that homosexuals in the military are three times as likely to sexually assault someone and that many of the homosexuals discharged under DADT policy were dismissed for sexual assaults.

Read the entire Catholic News Agency story at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/critics-say-removal-of-dont-ask-dont-tell-would-advance-radical-agenda-hurt-military


 

No anti-establishment outlet for California GOP voters’ anger

By Rob Hotakainen

“I see no sign that this anti-establishment thing is going to have an effect in any race. I cannot think of a single incumbent in either party who is threatened in this primary for the Legislature.”—Tony Quinn, editor of the California Target Book, which analyzes state and federal races.

The GOP candidates for senator include corporate insider Carly Fiorina, current assemblyman and former corporate executive Chuck DeVore, and former congressman Tom Campbell.

And in the governor’s race there’s Meg Whitman, another corporate insider, and Steve Poizner, a state insurance commissioner.

“Everybody’s claiming to be an outsider, and when everybody’s an outsider, nobody is. It’s pretty evident they’re not.”—Jack Pitney, political science professor at Claremont-McKenna College.

According to the Rothenberg Political Report, so far this year incumbents have won 124 of 127 primaries, a 98 percent winning rate.

While angry voters may have no outlet for their frustration in the primary election, Pitney said the anti-establishment mood could affect November results. More incumbents will be on the ballot, albeit in districts skewed to favor sitting officeholders.

Read Hotakainen’s entire story at http://www.sacbee.com/2010/05/29/2785116/no-anti-establishment-outlet-for.html


 

Soda, sweet drinks tax passes in D.C.

By Deborah Simmons

D.C. lawmakers on Wednesday approved a controversial soda tax as part of their preliminary approval of Mayor Adrian Fenty’s fiscal 2011 budget plan.

Lawmakers … signed off on adding sodas, sports drinks and other sweetened nonalcoholic beverages to the long list of items subjected to the city‘s 6 percent sales tax. The tax is vehemently opposed by retailers large and small across the city, including delicatessens and liquor stores.

The council is scheduled to take a final vote on the fiscal 2011 budget in June before sending it to the mayor and Congress.— Deborah Simmons

Read the entire Washington Times story at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/26/soda-sweet-drinks-tax-passes-dc/


 

Judge Decides In US Paedophile Shooting

By Robert Nisbet

A case involving vigilante justice is about to be decided. On June 14 a judge will hand down his ruling whether to free Aaron Vargas who shot dead Darrell McNeill, an alleged paedophile, for two decades of alleged sexual abuse.

On February 9th 2009, he [Vargas] went to McNeill’s trailer with a black powder antique revolver and shot McNeill in the chest, telling his wife Liz not to call emergency services until he was sure his molester was dead.

Then, Vargas drove to his parents’ house and told them what he had done, revealing for the first time the abuse he had suffered for 20 years. He surrendered to police at the end of his family’s driveway.

“He went from being a happy-go-lucky kid who was always out playing and got along with everyone, to being very withdrawn. He was sad and angry and just wanted to sit in his room and be left alone all the time.”—Mindy Galliani, Vargas’ sister

Vargas faces a sentence that ranges from probation up to 10 years imprisonment.

Read Nisbet’s entire story at http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Judge-Decides-On-Sentence-Of-Aaron-Vargas-Who-Killed-Alleged-Paedophile-Darrell-McNeill/Article/201005415639354?lpos=World_News_News_Your_Way_Region_1&lid=NewsYourWay_ARTICLE_15639354_Judge_Decides_On_Sentence_Of_Aaron_Vargas_Who_Killed_Alleged_Paedophile_Darrell_McNeill_


 

Signs Point to Administration Plan to Lock Up 13M Acres of Federal Land

By Brian Wilson

A leaked partial document produced by the Bureau of Land Management and obtained by Fox News suggests the Obama administration is considering a plan to lock up 13 million acres of land — and the Department of Interior is refusing to answer questions. …

Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee were unable to garner Democratic support for a resolution requiring the Department of Interior to produce some 2,000 documents it has on this matter. …

Western state governors are worried that the Obama administration is going to do this quickly and quietly — without public hearings.—Brian Wilson

Read the entire Fox News story at http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/27/signs-point-administration-plan-lock-m-acres-federal-land/


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PILFERED VIDEOS

I pilfered a couple of videos posted at Chuck on the Right Side.  Chuck’s a warrior in the fight against the totalitarianism of the progressives and knows the only way to defeat them is to oust the Democrat Party from power by electing Republicans, preferably conservative/libertarian Republicans.

Chuck writes extensively about national and Florida politics and is an avid supporter of Allen West for Congress. We at The Millstone Diaries encourage our readers to visit Chuck on the Right Side for information and commentary.  

If America is to survive as a free Republic, Americans must do their homework and apply some forethought before they vote in 2010.  

I.M. Kane


 

Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero asked for legal advice on whether the city should sue Arizona over SB1070.

Following an executive session, the council took public comments. Gabriella, a Mexican born immigrant and a naturalized citizen, stepped forward and addressed the question of whether the city should sue the state over the new law.

Although Gabriella’s comments had little effect on Regina Romero and the council, who voted 5-1 to sue the state over SB1070, truth was spoken to power; and it’s now up to the people of Tucson whether they will continue to allow a RINO Mayor and leftist ideologues to rule their city.

Gabriella truly personifies those Americans who built and made America the beacon of freedom and the envy of the world.

May God bless her and everyone like her.

I am thankful … I am beholden …

I.M Kane

 

Gabriella Speaks City Council Meeting April 27, 2010 4:42 Video


 

The title says it all!

The Birth of Socialism in America – U.S.S.A. 8:07 Video

USSA = United Socialist States of America

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BP Resumes Work to Plug Oil Leak After Facing Setback

(May 27, 2010)

BP officials, who along with government officials created the impression early in the day that the strategy was working, disclosed later that they had stopped pumping the night before when engineers saw that too much of the drilling fluid was escaping along with the oil.—Clifford Krauss and John M. Broder

‘Top kill’ effort stops flow of oil into Gulf of Mexico, Coast Guard admiral says

(May 27, 2010)

Engineers have stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government’s top oil spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

The “top kill” effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, has pumped enough drilling fluid to block all oil and gas from the well, Allen said.—Jim Tankersley, Los Angeles Times

So which Party Organ has the correct Democrat narrative?  When it’s propaganda, does it really matter?

I.M. Kane

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“We’ve lost a member of our family but we’re supposed to pay for the damage to her bumper? That’s just wrong.” Katherine Flemming

“Don’t overestimate the decency of the human race.” H. L. Mencken 


 

Family asked to pay for car damage after dog run over

From Breitbart

State Farm Insurance has asked a Canadian family to pay for repairing a bro…

A car insurer has asked a Canadian family to pay for repairing a broken bumper after their dog was struck by the vehicle and died, local media said Thursday.

The traffic accident occurred in March while Jake, a 12-year-old yellow Labrador, was out for his daily stroll around a quiet neighborhood in Aurora, Ontario, north of Toronto.

Kim Flemming had let the dog out when she arrived home from work. Moments later, a man knocked on the door to say a car had run over Jake.

“I got to the road and he was dying,” Flemming told the Toronto Star. “He died in my arms.”

Two months later, the family received a bill in the mail for 1,732.80 Canadian dollars (1,648.95 US) from State Farm Insurance.

The letter said Flemming had been found responsible for damage to the vehicle. “As such, we are looking to you for reimbursement,” it reportedly stated.

State Farm spokesman John Bordignon told the Star: “They could have made sure their dog wasn’t free on the roadway.”

A local bylaw requires pets to be on a leash when off the owner’s property, but the Flemmings said Jake had become accustomed to roaming outside the family’s home.

State Farm was not immediately available for further comment.

“We’ve lost a member of our family but we’re supposed to pay for the damage to her bumper? That’s just wrong,” daughter Katherine Flemming said.

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“[C]ensus workers … are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for ‘the collection of statistics.’  If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

[S]ome census workers apparently are going even further and demanding — and receiving — private cell phone numbers from landlords in order to call tenants and obtain information from them.”—Bob Barr


 

Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

By Bob Barr

Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry.  This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.

What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.”  If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

That’s right — not only can citizens be fined if they fail to answer the increasingly intrusive questions asked of them by the federal government under the guise of simply counting the number of people in the country; but a landlord must give them access to your apartment whether you’re there or not, in order to gather whatever “statistics” the law permits.

In fact, some census workers apparently are going even further and demanding — and receiving — private cell phone numbers from landlords in order to call tenants and obtain information from them.  Isn’t it great to live in a “free” country?

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Retired Constitutional lawyer Michael Connelly read the entire proposed House Bill 3200 before Brother O signed it into law. He posted his stunning conclusions on his blog August 12, 2009.

The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.

The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled. …

Connelly contends that the health care legislation is not intended to provide affordable health but to transfer power to the Executive Branch of government that will effectively destroy major portions of the Constitution of the United States.

Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control.—Michael Connelly

I.M. Kane


 

The Truth About the Health Care Bills

By Michael Connelly

Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.

To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.

The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled.

However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.

The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the U.S. Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama Administration authority in a number of different areas over the lives of the American people and the businesses they own. The irony is that the Congress doesn’t have any authority to legislate in most of those areas to begin with. I defy anyone to read the text of the U.S. Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of Congress to regulate health care.

This legislation also provides for access by the appointees of the Obama administration of all of your personal healthcare information, your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.

If you decide not to have healthcare insurance or if you have private insurance that is not deemed “acceptable” to the “Health Choices Administrator” appointed by Obama there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a “tax” instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However, that doesn’t work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the “due process of law.

So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so much out the original ten in the Bill of Rights that are effectively nullified by this law. It doesn’t stop there though. The 9th Amendment that provides: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;” The 10th Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control.

I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you get the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights. Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of both houses of Congress to “be bound by oath or affirmation” to support the Constitution. If I was a member of Congress I would not be able to vote for this legislation or anything like it without feeling I was violating that sacred oath or affirmation. If I voted for it anyway I would hope the American people would hold me accountable.

For those who might doubt the nature of this threat I suggest they consult the source. Here is a link to the Constitution:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

And another to the Bill of Rights:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

There you can see exactly what we are about to have taken from us.

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