Tuesday, September 2, 2014

FINANCE COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP OR THE LACK OF!!! --- by Larry Fillmore



During the last Town Council Workshop, there were several members of the Finance Committee on hand.  During the discussion about the direction for the Finance Committee was to take, it came out that the minutes for the Finance Committee meetings were not being posted on the town web site with the exception of April 29, 2013 and February 10, 2014.  It also came out that there was a lot of chaos at these meetings.

The town website has been setup for the Finance Committee to post both their agendas and minutes.  In fact, under the agendas there are five (5) agendas posted.  They are March 10, 2014; March 31, 2014; April 14, 2014; April 28, 2014 and finally May 12, 2014.

Since Mrs. Norma Wells is responsible for recording the minutes and Mrs. Miriam Morgan-Alexander is the Chairman, one of these two individuals should be charged with posting both the agendas and the minutes to the meetings on the town web site.  However, it is the Chairman’s responsibility to ensure these items are posted to the town web site in a timely manner.  It is called leadership.  

The Chairman of the Finance Committee is Miriam Morgan-Alexander who claims to be an ex-Navy Captain.   The Navy does not promote their officers unless they possess great leadership skills.  After listening to the members of the Finance Committee and others who have attended these meeting, it is very apparent Mrs. Morgan-Alexander does not have any leadership skills.  Also, if you every notice her saluting the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance, she does not know how to render a military hand salute.  These two military traits bring into question Mrs. Morgan-Alexander’s credentials as an ex-Navy Captain.

In my opinion, there is only one member of the Finance Committee who truly belongs on this critical committee and that is Chris Rugullies.  The other members have no business on the Finance Committee because these former councilors created the financial situation the town is in and they are there to protect themselves and the Police Department Budget.

Larry Fillmore

The US Senators That Want to Send off Your Kids to Fight and Die in the Ukraine

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From 'Diaper Dave' Vitter, who liked to visit brothels and have the prostitute dress him in a baby's diaperfor their sessions, to being listed several times by CREW as the most corrupt Senator in DC--now that's something--to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, an avowed Israeli-Firster who never misses a chance to smooch Jew ass, there's quite an assembly of the most corrupt, sordid, pathetic and loathsome Senators just dying to get our children dying in the Ukraine, to prop up the corrupt Jew oligarchs that were installed into power by American traitors who's first allegiance is to Wall Street and Israel.

And the two sleaziest US Senators, 'Jihadist' John McCain and the vile Lindsey Graham.

The act is called the "S.2277 - Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014," which basically puts the US into position to wage a ground battle against Russia, which would shortly escalate into a nuclear war, but what the hell, it's for a good cause, to keep the American petrodollar as the world's currency so the Wall Street 'Too Big to Fail' banks don't go bankrupt, now wouldn't that be a shame.

Brought to the floor by Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN]. Corker is no slouch when it comes to being corrupt, like the shenanigans surrounding his not-so-blind trust. And always looking out for his constituents, Corkerfought successfully against allowing Americans to buy cheaper Canadian drugs, which would allow them to save money spent on health care. Way to go Bob!

Of course, when you have corruption, you'll have a solid friend of Israel, like Bobby is, isn't that cute?

Here's the roll call!

Cosponsor 

Sen. McConnell, Mitch [R-KY]* 
Sen. Ayotte, Kelly [R-NH]* 
Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]* 
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]* 
Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]* 
Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ]* 
Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]* 
Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]* 
Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL]* 
Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]* 
Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]* 
Sen. Coats, Daniel [R-IN]* 
Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS]* 
Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]* 
Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH]* 
Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN]* 
Read more http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/homeland-security-department-prevent-terrorism-busy-arming-cops

US columnist badge (medium) Homeland Security was built to fend off terrorists. Why's it so busy arming cops to fight average Americans?


From Ferguson’s military police to loaning drones and tracking your every move, the agency’s expensive, violent sinkhole of bureaucracy needs reform – now
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Want the federal government to reign in the local police? Follow the money. Photo illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr via Creative Commons
For three weeks and counting, America has raged against the appalling behavior of the local police in Ferguson, Missouri, and for good reason: automatic rifles pointed at protesters, tank-like armored trucks blocking marches, the teargassing and arresting of reporters, tactics unfit even for war zones – it was all enough to make you wonder whether this was America at all. But as Congress returns to Washington this week, the ire of a nation should also be focused on the federal government agency that has enabled the rise of military police, and so much more: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The 240,000-employee, Bush-invented bureaucratic behemoth that didn’t even exist 15 years ago has been the primary arms dealer for out-of-control local cops in Ferguson and beyond, handing out tens of billions of dollars in grants for military equipment in the last decade with little to no oversight and even less training on how use it. “From an oversight perspective, DHS grant programs are pretty much a mess,” a congressional aide told the Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman the other day:
They don’t know what’s been bought with the money, how that equipment has been used, or whether it’s made anyone measurably any safer.
Buttressed by government policies that make it sometimes impossible for citizens to hold police accountable for civil rights violations, police can act like paramilitary forces to combat the most mundane crimes without much worry of the consequences. As Matt Apuzzo of the New York Timesreported in June:
Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of ‘barbering without a license.’
Read more http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/homeland-security-department-prevent-terrorism-busy-arming-cops 

CDC Director: Ebola Outbreak ‘Is Spiraling Out Of Control’

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Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden testifies during a hearing before the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Aug. 7, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden testifies during a hearing before the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Aug. 7, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that the Ebola outbreak is going to get worse.

Speaking to “CBS This Morning” following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, Dr. Tom Frieden explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control.

“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it is spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse in the very near future,” Frieden told CBS News. “There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.”

Frieden, who visited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, will tell Washington tomorrow that the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling upward.” The CDC director explained that these countries still need help to deal with the deadly outbreak.

“We need to support countries with resources, with technical experts and with cooperation. Too many places are sealing off these countries,” Frieden told CBS News. “If we do that, paradoxically, it’s going to reduce safety everywhere else. Whether we like it or not, we’re all connected and it’s in our interest to help them tamp this down and control it.”

Frieden said that they cannot wait for vaccines to deal with the disease.

“Vaccines and treatments may come along, but right now what we have are tried and true methods that we have to scale up. They have worked in prior outbreaks but we are not getting to scale,” Frieden told “CBS This Morning.” “The epidemic is going faster than we are. We need to scale up our response. We can hope for new tools and maybe they’ll come, but we can’t count on them.”

Vitamin K2 for Wrinkles, Heart Disease and Strong Bones


Monday, September 1, 2014

Lisbon Fish and Game Archery Range now Open


Link from --- Debby Barry

Dear liberals, please look at this chart of what happened to states that increased the minimum wage


Liberals, this isn’t rocket science.  The people you claim to want to “help” are the ones who are getting hurt the worst.
If you really care about poor people and those earning low wages.  Please stop helping.
The thirteen states that saw minimum wage increases on January 1 have kept a combined 129,200 workers out of employment opportunities since the beginning of the year, according to data published this week by the American Action Forum.
The bulk of the minimum wage hikes were automatic inflation adjustments already mandated by state legislatures. Four state legislatures, however, took specific action to raise their minimum wages, the increases of which range from 45 cents to $1 per hour.


Read more: http://youngcons.com/dear-liberals-please-look-at-this-chart-of-what-happened-to-states-that-increased-the-minimum-wage/#ixzz3C6uYLHki

A Story Without Words


Good Cop gets punished for trying to stop a violent Cop Beating


Wisdom of the Ages


Joke of the Day


US Military Plans to Crush Dissident Political Groups, Target Leaders with Sniper Fire

By Thomas Gaist

Region: 

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Links tweeted by WikiLeaks this week called attention to the development of crowd control doctrines by the US military, the most recent of which are codified in a US Army Techniques document dated April 2014, titled “Civil Disturbances.” Main concepts elaborated in the document include crowd dynamics, behavior theories, crowd types, and a “Graduated Response Matrix.”
The document points to various dissident political groups as main targets of the Army’s crowd control planning. “Examples of well-organized groups are anarchists, antiglobalization groups, and anti free enterprise groups,” the US Army document states.
The paper further cites demonstrations coordinated by labor groups, specifically citing the 2011 protests at the Wisconsin capitol. “Labor unions played a large role in the 2011 Wisconsin protests that included passing on information and transporting participants,” the document states.
Special attention is given to “organized protests,” which are said to have more growth potential than spontaneous protests as result of their “centralized planning” and use of “modern technologies that allow for rapid information dissemination.”
Techniques outlined in the document include the use non-lethal weapons, “pain compliance” measures, lethal overwatch teams (snipers), and deployment of aircraft overhead (said to have a “psychological effect”).

Cops to City Council: ‘We Were Given an Illegal Traffic Ticket Quota’

Melissa Melton 

The Daily Sheeple
August 30th, 2014
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For those who still say it’s a myth that cops are given quotas for how many tickets they have to write, maybe you’ve never been to Waldo, Florida. The National Motorists Association listed Waldo as the third worst speed trap for a town of 50,000 people or less in 2012, and it’s so bad, billboards like the one above are taken out to warn drivers before they get there.

But earlier this week, five police officers came forward to testify before the Waldo City Council that they are mandated to write a certain number of tickets each shift or face punishment — even though such a quota stands in direct violation of state law. Waldo, by the way, only has seven police officers to begin with.
The Gainesville Sun reported:
Before a packed room, Officer Brandon Roberts told commissioners they were required by Chief Mike Szabo to write 12 speeding citations per 12-hour shift or face punishment. Roberts explained his claims with the help of an electronic presentation and printed emails as evidence.
- See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/cops-to-city-council-we-were-given-an-illegal-traffic-ticket-quota_082014#sthash.rvq0BEKI.dpuf

Busted! Five Miami Police Caught 'Flashing Emergency Lights' to Get to DONUTS!!!!!

 Several Miami police officers are now under investigation after they were caught on camera using their emergency lights on a trip to a local bakery. Many have already began to speculate as to how many officers ordered donuts for breakfast.


A witness spotted five different police cars from multiple departments traveling down Interstate 95 with their emergency lights on, even blocking traffic at some intersections once they got off the highway so all of the officers could stay together.

The witness took video footage on their cell phone camera, and much to their surprise, the officers all turned off their lights and pulled into a local bakery where they all ate breakfast before returning to their cars.

Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=206_1409526386#BgQqZDA5bcT9y1dY.99

Supporting the Troops


Newly declassified documents reveal how U.S. agreed to Israel's nuclear program

Documents reveal contacts between Washington and Jerusalem in late 1960s, when some Americans believed the nuclear option would not deter Arab leaders but would trigger an atom bomb race.Israeli PM Golda Meir meets U.S. President Richard Nixon in Washington, March 1, 1973. Also in the photo: Yitzhak Rabin, Henry K... / Photo by AP
By Amir Oren
Published 20:48 30.08.14

The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Israeli nuclear program.

The documents outline how the American administration worked ahead of the meeting between President Richard Nixon and Prime Minister Golda Meir at the White House in September 1969, as officials came to terms with a three-part Israeli refusal – to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty; to agree to American inspection of the Dimona nuclear facility; and to condition delivery of fighter jets on Israel’s agreement to give up nuclear weaponry in exchange for strategic ground-to-ground Jericho missiles “capable of reaching the Arab capitals” although “not all the Arab capitals.”

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Man suffers heart attack while mowing lawn; Responding firefighters bring him to the hospital, and return to finish the mowing for him



For the firefighters and EMTs of Station 4 in Baytown it was another normal assignment: rushing to a 911 call to help save someone's life.
But to the family and neighbors of John McCormick it was it was beyond normal. It helped restore a bit of their faith in humanity and the kindness of strangers.
McCormick, 65, had a history of heart problems - a quadruple bypass more than a decade ago and other lingering health issues. Tuesday afternoon he suffered a heart attack while mowing the yard of his Baytown home. He went inside his house and collapsed where his family called for help.
Engine 4, Medic 4, and Medic 2 responded. EMT's performed CPR and got a pulse again. And per standard operating procedure, the crew of Engine 4 followed the ambulance to the hospital.
But when they left the hospital to drive back to Station 4, engine driver Luke Bednarek had an idea. Why not go back to the McCormick home and finish mowing his yard for him.
"We're all fighting over who can push the mower first," said Station 4 Lt. J.D. Giles.
"I just happened to get off the truck first and grabbed the lawnmower first. We were all fighting over it," said firefighter Blake Steffenauer.
They took turns behind John McCormick's lawn mower. They finished the backyard too, locked the garage, put the padlock key in the mailbox, and Giles left a handwritten note to Patsy McCormick that said in part "we felt bad that your husband didn't get to finish the yard, so we did."
And they didn't think it was that big a deal.
"No not at all. Just something to help someone out in the worst time of their life," said Giles.
"They already got stuff they've got going on that's more important," added Steffenauer. "Yard work shouldn't be something they'd have to finish up. So we were happy to come back and take care of that."
But it was a letter, and a gesture, that made a daughter weep.

Australian Meteo Bureau Caught Fudging Numbers To 'Prove' Global Warming

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show "global warming" where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was "homogenized" (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist's pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century.

Last year, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology made headlines in the liberal media by claiming that 2013 was Australia's hottest year on record. This prompted Australia's alarmist-in-chief Tim Flannery - an English literature graduate who later went on to earn his scientific credentials with a PhD in palaeontology, digging up ancient kangaroo bones - to observe that global warming in Australia was "like climate change on steroids."

But we now know, thanks to research by Australian scientist Jennifer Marohasy, that the hysteria this story generated was based on fabrications and lies.

Though the Bureau of Meteorology has insisted its data adjustments are "robust", it has been unable to come up with a credible explanation as to why it translated real-world data showing a cooling trend into homogenized data showing a warming trend.

Read more http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/25973/53/

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules

Innocent people’s lives are being ruined. Why isn’t anyone watching the watchlist? 

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Reasonable suspicion is based on a circular logic – people can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being suspected terrorists – that is ultimately backwards, and must be changed. Illustration: Joelle L / Flickr via Creative Commons Illustration: Joelle L / Flickr via Creative Commons
The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.
As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.
This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors.
The watchlist tracks “known” and “suspected” terrorists and includes both foreigners and Americans. It’s also based on loose standards and secret evidence, which ensnares innocent people. Indeed, the standards are so low that the US government’s guidelines specifically allow for a single, uncorroborated source of information – including a Facebook or Twitter post – to serve as the basis for placing you on its master watchlist.
Of the 680,000 individuals on that FBI master list, roughly 40% have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation”, according to the Intercept. These individuals don’t even have a connection – as the government loosely defines it – to a designated terrorist group, but they are still branded as suspected terrorists.
The absurdities don’t end there. Take Dearborn, Michigan, a city with a population under 100,000 that is known for its large Arab American community – and has more watchlisted residents than any other city in America except New York.

Crime in Maine Report

Widom of the Ages


California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S


Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground


DUNDEE, N.Y. — Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.
Bypassing the political process, private insurers have begun reimbursing doctors for these “advance care planning” conversations as interest in them rises along with the number of aging Americans. People are living longer with illnesses, and many want more input into how they will spend their final days, including whether they want to die at home or in the hospital, and whether they want full-fledged life-sustaining treatment, just pain relief or something in between. Some states, including Colorado and Oregon, recently began covering the sessions for Medicaid patients.
But far more significant, Medicare may begin covering end-of-life discussions next year if it approves a recent request from the American Medical Association, the country’s largest association of physicians and medical students. One of the A.M.A.’s roles is to create billing codes for medical services, codes used by doctors, hospitals and insurers. It recently created codes for end-of-life conversations and submitted them to Medicare.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Medicare, would not discuss whether it will agree to cover end-of-life discussions; its decision is expected this fall. But the agency often adopts A.M.A. recommendations, which are developed in meetings attended by its representatives. And the political environment is less toxic than it was when the “death panel” label was coined; although there are still opponents, there are more proponents, including Republican politicians.
If Medicare adopts the change, its decision will also set the standard for private insurers, encouraging many more doctors to engage in these conversations.
“We think it’s really important to incentivize this kind of care,” said Dr. Barbara Levy, chairwoman of the A.M.A. committee that submits reimbursement recommendations to Medicare. “The idea is to make sure patients and their families understand the consequences, the pros and cons and options so they can make the best decision for them.”
Now, some doctors conduct such conversations for free or shoehorn them into other medical visits. Dr. Joseph Hinterberger, a family physician here in Dundee, wants to avoid situations in which he has had to decide for incapacitated patients who had no family or stated preferences.
Read more http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/health/end-of-life-talks-may-finally-overcome-politics.html?_r=1

U.S. Court rules that biotech corporations can't force grain elevator companies to accept GMOs

NaturalNews) A federal appeals court has ruled that a biotech giant cannot force a grain elevator firm to store a strain of genetically modified corn.

As reported by agriculture website Capital Press, Syngenta attempted to employ a 100-plus-year-old warehouse law to force the elevator company, Bunge, to accept the GM corn. The ruling may preempt other makers of GM seeds and crops from using the same litigation tactic against grain elevators that have refused to harbor crops with altered transgenic traits, according to experts.

Controversy began in 2011, Capital Press reported, after Bunge operators refused to accept the Syngenta Seeds-produced Agrisure Viptera variety of corn. The elevator operators told farmers growing the GMO strain that they could not take it because it had yet to clear legal and regulatory requirements in all major export destinations. At the time, the strain had yet to be accepted by the Chinese government.

'You don't have a private cause of action'

Capital Press noted:

In response, Syngenta filed a lawsuit accusing Bunge of violating the U.S. Warehouse Act of 1916, which requires elevators to treat depositors fairly.

Farmers who grew Viptera corn had to ship their crops to other elevators and find other sources of corn to fulfill their contracts with Bunge, which hurt Syngenta's reputation and market share, the biotech company claimed.


However, judges on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Syngenta's suit, saying that the agri-giant lacked any "cause of action" to bring the case against Bunge.

Now, farmers who were affected by the appeals court decision still have the right to sue Bunge, but the court's ruling nonetheless prevents, for now, similar suits by Monsanto, Dow, DuPont or other GMO seed manufacturers, Drew Kershen, a University of Oklahoma agricultural biotechnology law professor, told the website.

"This seems to say to them, you don't have a private cause of action," he said. "They would be in the same position as Syngenta."

Kershen further told the website that, even if a farmer affected by the ruling does file suit against Bunge over its Viptera corn rejection, the chances that the suit will be successful are far from clear, noting that it's unknown whether an elevator's obligation to be "fair and reasonable" means it could not reject certain strains and breeds of corn.

"There's no case law, there's no USDA interpretation, there's no clarity on what those terms mean," said Kershen. "There has been nothing to discuss this in all the decades of this law."

Biotech critics have viewed the dispute between Syngenta and Bunge as a warning regarding concerns over the impact of GM corn and other crops on export markets.

'They can't be forced to take them'



Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/046678_GMOs_grain_elevator_companies_biotech_corporations.html#ixzz3Bz31Or9R