Twelve arrested in US raid on Latin sex-trafficking ring

BBC News – Twelve arrested in US raid on Latin sex-trafficking ring.

Worth reading.

To those who would believe that sex trafficking doesn’t happen in America, reflect on this case and think again,” Mr Morton said at a news briefing.


Angry Muslims? What About Disgust?

I’m not especially fond of Hillary Clinton but I do have to agree with her on this comment she made, according to The Washington Post:

“The U.S. government had absolutely nothing to do with this video,” Clinton said at a meeting in Washington on Thursday with a delegation from Morocco. “We absolutely reject its content and messages. But there is no justification — none at all — for responding to this video with violence.”

“… that people in the region don’t understand our culture and society, that [the video] was, in fact, a private effort, that it has nothing to do with the U.S. government, that we don’t do these kinds of videos, and that, in fact, as a government, we found it disgusting and reprehensible.”

“… it is hard for some people to understand why the United States cannot or does not just prevent” such videos “from ever seeing the light of day.” But she said stopping such expressions was not only “impossible” but also against U.S. values of free expression.”

I have not seen this movie nor do I have an interest to do so.   Just looking out for my Constitutional Rights.  Furthermore, I’m a bit disgusted by the (seeming) fact that there is no respect for my beliefs and right to free expression.  There happens to be an old saying that goes something like this:  “Do unto others as you would have (want) done unto you.”  Another good one is:  “What goes around comes around.”  Love begets love and hate begets hate.  Simple, so what is your (free) choice?

Peace to all….

188 Members Urging President to Confront China on Auto Parts

Senator Stabenow Leads 188 Members Urging President to Confront China on Auto Parts Debbie Stabenow | Senator for Michigan.

“In a letter to President Obama, Members of both the House and Senate urged the Administration to use the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center President Obama recently established to address China’s predatory policies in auto parts.”

And so… it seems our hand was forced

to rally for a new government…. a little blurb from our past and how it RINGS a truth for many today. I’m learning how it takes some people a little longer than others to ‘get with the act.’

Please read.

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Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security



We Trust In …. Who?

Excellent article. Pinpointed for certain comments made in my earlier post. But-cha gotta visit the news link and read the whole thing. :)

Quote from the article:
“The irony is he didn’t even run on health care,” says one Democratic pollster. “In truth, it wasn’t a large part of the general election campaign.”

So enter my comment: why did this become an issue then and one with immediate urgency. Hillary…. care to comment?

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The Sweep: What went wrong for Democrats

Editor’s note: In “The Sweep,” CNN dives deep into issues that are making news and explores why they’re in the headlines.

Obama was elected as the corrective to the Bush years. Yet when you’re the winner, the temptation is always there to see yourself as something more than just an alternative — something larger, like a paradigm-changer or a transformational political figure. And Obama wanted nothing less than a change from conservatism to his own brand of 21st century activism.

Think back to the beginning. There’s an economic crisis, which the public believes Obama inherited. Then there’s his bucket-list of things he wants to get done. He has a choice: Handle the crisis or do the campaign to-do list.

And what does Obama decide? To do both. That is, the economy plus the rest of it — including health care.

“The irony is he didn’t even run on health care,” says one Democratic pollster. “In truth, it wasn’t a large part of the general election campaign.”

Remember, just five months into his presidency — in May 2009 — Obama’s popularity was in the stratosphere, at 62 percent. The Democratic Party was so resurgent, in fact, that Republican Sen. Arlen Specter decided to leave the GOP and join Obama’s team as a way to get re-elected. Not surprisingly, Time magazine was posing the political question du jour: “Are the Republicans going extinct?”

The senator who had joined the Democrats was under attack. Newly minted Tea Party activists — joined by a mutual distrust of government — had found oxygen in every component of the financial bailout and the health care reform debate. And they came to attack Specter — who eventually lost his primary — as the embodiment of all that was wrong with Washington.

So even when Congress debated financial reform, the GOP felt no danger in opposing it. And in the end, Obama got little credit. Why? The populism that fueled the 2008 campaign has been replaced with the anti-government sentiment of 2010. They don’t trust the government to fix anything, even evil Wall Street.

So at the time the president was proposing government solutions to problems, the nation’s view of government was bottoming out. Only 20 percent trusted government to do the right thing all or most of the time. Even after Watergate, that number was at 36 percent.

When Dwight Eisenhower was president, trust in government was at 73 percent. Nowadays voters wouldn’t trust the government to walk the dog.

Maybe FDR knew what Obama did not: The system can’t function on overload. Besides, Obama had delivered a promissory note to the American people that he would overcome partisanship. Health care only fueled the toxic atmosphere in Washington.

“Health care seemed like a totally inside-the-beltway deal,” says a Democratic pollster. “That went against his own brand.”