Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bush Adm. Memos... Stimulus Benefits... Joe Biden... Violence Against Women Act... You Tube Videos... More

"President Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, released 9 (nine) previously Top-Secret, classified memos on Monday. You can view the memos here: http://www.propublica.org/a... The Justice Depart...

["Obama Releases Bush Memos"; submitted to You Tube by theforethought on 3/3/09; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fUUXkYv5wY]

From the "Associated Press" (AP) via the "Daily Kos" --- "Justice Department Releases Yoo, Bybee Memos (UPDATE)" --- by "Pragmaticus" --- Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 01:36:13 PM PST; http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/3/2/162051/0868/1011/703764... [Bold print and ... Mine]

"The Justice Department on Monday released a long-secret legal document from 2001 in which the Bush administration claimed the military could search and seize terror suspects in the United States without warrants...

The legal memo was written about a month after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It says constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure would not apply to terror suspects in the U.S., as long as the president or another high official authorized the action...

Another memo showed that, within two weeks of Sept. 11, the administration was contemplating ways to use wiretaps without getting warrants...

The author of the search and seizure memo, John Yoo, did not immediately return a call seeking comment...

In that memo, Yoo wrote that the president could treat terrorist suspects in the United States like an invading foreign army. For instance, he said, the military would not have to get a warrant to storm a building to prevent terrorists from detonating a bomb...

Yoo also suggested that the government could put new restrictions on the press and speech, without spelling out what those might be...

'First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully,'" Yoo wrote, adding later: 'The current campaign against terrorism may require even broader exercises of federal power domestically.'"

Associated Memos:

Memorandum Regarding Status of Certain OLC Opinions Issued in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (01-15-2009)

Memorandum Regarding Constitutionality of Amending Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to Change the "Purpose" Standard for Searches (09-25-2001)

Memorandum Regarding Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities within the United States (10-23-2001)

Memorandum Regarding Authority of the President to Suspend Certain Provisions of the ABM Treaty (11-15-2001)

Memorandum Regarding the President's Power as Commander in Chief to Transfer Captured Terrorists to the Control and Custody of Foreign Nations (03-13-2002)

Memorandum Regarding Swift Justice Authorization Act (04-08-2002)

Memorandum Regarding Determination of Enemy Belligerency and Military Detention (06-08-2002)

Memorandum Regarding Applicability of 18 U.S.C. § 4001(a) to Military Detention of United States Citizens (06-27-2002)

Memorandum Regarding October 23, 2001 OLC Opinion Addressing the Domestic Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities (10-06-2008)


"We breakdown the economic stimulus package in detail to find out exactly who gets what. Here's how the government stimulus package benefits those who are currently working and employed...

["Employed? What's in the Obama Stimulus Package for You"; as submitted to You Tube by MoneyTalksNews on 2/17/2009; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnTm0OTFIYo]

"Stimulus breakdown How will it help ME" - Windows Live: http://msnalist.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!E26821E70C2025D9!815.entry


An increase in food stamps rations.

A $13 increase (more for couples) in your weekly pay due to a tax credit that kicks in on April 1st, 2009.

An increase ($25) for the unemployed.

A $1,000 tax credit for those (individuals and/or families?) that don't earn enough to pay into the IRS.

A sales tax break (zippo!) for those who buy a new car this year.

A $8,000 tax credit for 1rst time home buyers (prior to 12/1/09).

A 30% tax credit ($1,500 max) for those investing in home insulation (attics) and window repair (leaks) - as well as high efficiency / energy saving heat pumps, furnaces and/or air conditioners.


"Joe Biden's landmark domestic violence legislation has helped countless women like Chelsie from Texas. (Music by Peter Golub)...

["Joe Biden & the Violence Against Women Act"; as submitted by BarackObamadotcom on 10/21/08; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdBt4f2GUDY]

"ABC News Porn in the USA Conservatives Are Biggest Consumers": Ewen Callaway; "New Scientist"; Based on National Study / Includes Commentary from Benjamin Edelman of Harvard Business School; http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Business/story?id=6977202&page=1; Feb. 28, 2009.

Quote from Above:

"States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement "I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage," bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed. A similar difference emerged for the statement "AIDS might be God's punishment for immoral sexual behaviour."

Commentary on the Above:

The more religious and conservative states reputedly consumed more online pornography (according to a recent Internet pornography study) than other states.

8/10 of the major pornography consuming states (Hawaii and Florida were exceptions)supported (via electoral votes) John McCain in the last presidential election.

6/10 of the lowest pornography consuming states reputedly favored Barack Obama in the last presidential election.

The biggest online porn consumer was reputedly the state of Utah [heavily populated by members of the Church of Latter Day Saints / "Mormons" - which was reputedly (and likely still is) former Governor of MA / former Presidential Candidate (Republican) Mitt Romney's faith of choice...] - which averaged, according to this study / article "5.47 adult content subscriptions per 1000 home broadband users..."

Peace, Love, Equality and Humane Justice,


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