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Quite a bit of chatter about the little dust up between Sen Cruz and Sen Di. But what we don't hear about is how Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her husband are also making tons of money off the "war on terror."The good lady darling of the liberals on here has less than a non odorous career.. According to the Center for Public Integrity, Feinstein's husband Richard Blum has racked in millions of dollars from Perini, a civil infrastructure construction company, of which the billionaire investor wields a 75 percent voting share.
In April 2003, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave $500 million to Perini to provide services for Iraq's Central Command. A month earlier in March 2003, Perini was awarded $25 million to design and construct a facility to support the Afghan National Army near Kabul. And in March 2004, Perini was awarded a hefty contract worth up to $500 million for "electrical power distribution and transmission" in southern Iraq.According to the Center for Public Integrity, Feinstein's husband Richard Blum has racked in millions of dollars from Perini, a civil infrastructure construction company, of which the billionaire investor wields a 75 percent voting share.
3/29/2007Sen. Dianne Feinstein resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.
As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband's companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp.And we were all told just Halliburton and the Republican profited from Iran contract
Thumbs up to Senator Cruz for standing up for what the voters who sent him to Washington want.Thumbs down to Texas Liberals who miss and poan when he does. Your side lost big time Get used to it.
The Advocate requires identification before a letter to the editor will be published. But when the anonymous skulkers start "blogging" it is no holds (or goofy idea s) barred such as this one. Skulkers hide out in the hills until the battle is over and then come down to bayonet the wounded and rob the dead.
("There's no need to justify gun ownership because gun confiscation is only being discussed by one side. Stating the obvious is a waste of time unless you think your opponent is not well versed on the topic and you have to come down to their level...I believe that we have evolved and we are much more civilized,although it doesn't always seem that way....I imigine in the 1800s,80 % of the households had a gun but today it's down to 34%" Which proves what? A point the the NRA makes. "Cutting down on the NUMBER of guns and more restrictive gun laws DOES NOT cut down on the gun violence. .
If just firing the printing presses up and printing more money is a good idea. Why not just legalize counterfeiting?
A good letter was recently written by Mr. Erwin, of Shiner. The federal government needs to tighten it's belt, just like us common folks do, when faced with financial difficulty. Shame on Barrack Obama for using our military, policemen, firefighters, school children, etc., as his personal political props to make a case for higher taxation to support more government overspending.A recent posting in a “blog” by an anonymous poster who posts as “ born to be me”echos this same view toward Ryan by a declared always a Democrat voter. Our President and his family spend millions compared to thousands by Con Ryan.• Born to be me “Paul Ryan doesn't know crap about the hardships that are "out there" for us little people.( Posted previously by born :”politicians put their best foot forward during elections, con the voters into believing they stand for certain things, and then when they get elected, turn into something entirely different.How is anyone to make an informed decision, knowing that special interest groups, lobbiests, and other big-money entities will get their way anyway, no matter what was said during the campaign?”)
born to be me“I just wish for once they would act like they expect others to act, by cutting their own "goody packages" of benefits before they look to cut ours.(See list of Obama”goody package”I know it's a small amount in the grand scheme of things, but it's the principle of the thing.It's what makes him a hypocrite in my eyes.”Did someone mention hypocrisy?
• (Such is the life of a devoted, loyal, dumb straight party voter who admits “they are all crooks and liars, I don’t believe a word they say but I am going to vote for them anyway and condemn others who do as they do”•
President Barack Obama’s four vacations to Hawaii since becoming president may cost taxpayers “in excess of $20 million, and possibly much, much more,’’ the White House Dossier reports.
A breakdown by the Hawaii Reporter shows his trips in 2009, 2010, and 2011 cost about $4 million, much of it for Air Force One. But that doesn’t include costs like flying in advance teams and separate flights Michelle Obama twice took.
When Obama returned from Hawaii to work on the fiscal cliff deal last week and then jetted back to Honolulu, the second roundtrip flight added about $3.24 million to the tab, bringing the 2012-2013 vacation to over $7 million, the Reporter said.Since born has posted previously that she think ALL(unequivocal) politicians of both Parties and both Sexes to be “CROOKS” we have to believe the same condemnation that she applied to Con Ryan she would also apply to President Obama.
I all ways wonder about the outcome of stops such as these. Was the driver of the truck connected to the trailer any more than the truck he was driving was pulling a trailer loaded with drugs? Was it just a contract load for the driver with no knowledge of what was on the trailer? Were the trailer and the truck owned by the same owner? I would guess that the majority of trailers loaded with vegetables coming out of the Valley are pulled by contract truckers. Not trying to excuse or justify anything just wondering as some one used to say "What is the rest of the story?"
I don't understand how Gov Perry could get elected 3 times when as many people are claimed not to like him. As Obama said "You lost Get use to it. 3 times.
From Feb 13 column by Black Nationa Columnist Walter Williams "There are other measures these people employ in an attempt to end violence that border on lunacy. Massachusetts’ Hyannis West Elementary recently warned a 5-year-old’s parents that if their son made another gun from a Legos set, he’d be suspended. Elementary-school children have been suspended or otherwise disciplined for drawing a picture of a gun or pointing a finger and saying, “Bang, bang.” I shudder to think about what would happen to kids in a schoolyard if they played, as I played nearly 70 years ago, “cops 'n’ robbers” or “cowboys 'n’ Indians.” Maybe today’s politically correct educators would cut the kids a bit of slack if they said they were playing “cowboys 'n’ Native Americans.”
A program that Does not need to be changedNRA and NICSThe National Rifle Association supported the establishment of the National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS) , and we support it to this day. At its creation, we advocated that NICS checks be accurate; fair; and truly instant. The reason for this is that 99% of those who go through NICS checks are law-abiding citizens, who are simply trying to exercise their fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.DealersSince 1986, those engaged in the business of selling firearms for livelihood and profit have been required to have a Federal Firearms License (FFL). All retail sales of firearms currently require a NICS check, no matter where they occur.Private SalesRegarding the issue of private firearms sales, it is important to note that since 1968, it has been a federal felony for any private person to sell, trade, give, lend, rent or transfer a gun to a person he either knows or reasonably should know is not legally allowed to purchase or possess a firearmGun ShowsA common misrepresentation is that criminals obtain firearms through sales at gun shows.
A 1997 Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of state prison inmates who had used or possessed firearms in the course of their crimes found that 79 percent acquired their firearms from “street/illegal sources” or “friends or family.”Only 1.7 percent obtained firearms from anyone (dealer or non-dealer) at a gun show or flea market.
ProsecutionsIn 2010, the FBI denied 72,659 NICS checks out of a total of 14,409,616. But only 62 of these cases were actually prosecuted, and only 13 resulted in a conviction. “Universal Background Checks”While the term “universal background checks” may sound reasonable on its face, the details of what such a system would entail reveal something quite different. A mandate for truly “universal” background checks would require every transfer, sale, purchase, trade, gift, rental, or loan of a firearm between all private individuals to be pre-approved by the federal government. In other words, it would criminalize all private firearms transfers, even between family members or friends who have known each other all of their lives.
According to a January 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, the effectiveness of “universal background checks” depends on requiring gun registration. In other words, the only way that the government could fully enforce such a requirement would be to mandate the registration of all firearms in private possession – a requirement that has been prohibited by federal law since 1986.