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Comment by carol ann parisi on September 5, 2012 at 8:38am

Dear Friends, I need your help. My community is
being threatened by a developer intent on building a 650,000 Sq. Ft. mega-mall
in the close proximity of our quiet neighborhoods: N. Barrington & Hawthorn
Woods.  A mall of this size will drastically affect home values and forever
change the quality of life that we and our children have enjoyed. If you
can spare an hour or two of your time to help me distribute the attached notice
to a few of the subdivisions in the close proximity of this proposed mall, I
will be forever grateful. I know this is short notice, however, the Lake
County Zoning Board of Appeals has scheduled a Public Hearing this Thursday,
September 6th, 2012, and it is imperative that we have as many concerned
neighbors attending this important Hearing as
possible.                               If you can help me spread these notices
to just one affected Subdivision tomorrow, Wednesday, September 5th, please call
me at either 847-540-0159 or at 224-522-7193 ASAP.      Thank you,  Frank
Houlihan

Comment by jackie menconi on January 17, 2012 at 3:16pm

 

  Save the Internet from Big Brother - Tell Congress to Vote Against SOPA (H.R. 3261 & S.968)

Internet censorship could become law in America sooner than you think. Congress will vote on a bill that would give a few corporations unprecedented power to blacklist websites. Congress could cast the deciding vote in coming weeks.  House Bill H.R. 3261 SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) & Senate Companion Bill S.968 (PROTECT IP are censorship bills, that will take away the rights of Americans!

That’s why the Tea Party is standing strong with free speech proponents, small businesses, conservative and liberal advocates, video gamers, librarians, and hundreds of groups across the U.S. in a final push to kill SOPA & PROTECT IP. We’re asking millions of people to make sure the phones in Congress ring off the hook starting today. Lobbyists working for the powerful movie and recording industries are pushing Congress to vote for SOPA. Now he must hear the truth from ordinary Americans. Tell them to vote NO.

 

Mark Kirk 202-224-2854

Dick Durbin 202-224-2152

Peter Roskam 202-225-4561

Joe Walsh 202-225-3711

Comment by carol ann parisi on July 29, 2011 at 10:40pm
Admin II-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer

Senate DEMOCRATS Block Boehner Debt Ceiling Plan After House Approval

Well, the cowardly, traitorous Libs in The Senate did what we thought they would do and voted to "table" the House Debt Ceiling bill, essentially killing the bill. To the Libs any tax cuts, spending cuts and (even the thought of) a Balanced Budget Amendment is anathema. By the Libs tabling the House bill this places the onus 100% ON THEM. 

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Senate Democrats block Boehner debt ceiling plan after House approval

By Alan Silverleib and Tom Cohen, CNN
July 29, 2011 10:11 p.m. EDT
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Comment by carol ann parisi on April 18, 2011 at 3:05pm


FROM AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY...

We all know ObamaCare must be repealed.  But in order to reform the nation’s health care system we have to replace the president’s big government scheme with free market principles that will lower costs, improve care, and empower doctors and patients.

The Arizona Legislature has just passed the most comprehensive bill ever to open up state borders and allow real competition into the health care marketplace.  Governor Jan Brewer has until Thursday to sign the bill and she is getting inundated with calls from those who don’t want competition.

This isn’t just a local issue; we need to make sure that the whole country knows what is at stake in this fight.  Take action today to show that free market competition can work to lower health care costs while still keeping quality service high.  Please call and email Governor Brewer today and ask her to sign SB 1593 and promote health care freedom. 

To send an email, use her web contact page: http://www.azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp

The phone numbers for Gov. Brewer's office are: (602) 542-1361 and (602) 542-4331

Policy details of Arizona SB 1593:

  • Allows any insurer with a certificate of authority (state insurance term for license) in any state to sell their policies to Arizona citizens
  • Those policies will have the benefit mandates of the originating state only
  • Many Arizona basic consumer protections are included --- for example, AZ false claims act, prompt pay, privacy provisions-- with basic monitoring done by Arizona Department of Insurance
  • Breaking these laws and other sanctions will give the Arizona Department of Insurance the right to keep the insurer from selling policies in Arizona for 2 years
  • Arizona courts specifically given jurisdiction over cases that might come from the policies
  • Arizona insurers may sell a policy with the 'slate' of mandates that derives from other states... so the policies could look, on the one end, like Idaho or on the high end, like Rhode Island, when it comes to mandates.
  • The intent is to give Arizona families, individuals and businesses MORE choices when it comes to health insurance.
Comment by carol ann parisi on February 17, 2011 at 5:54pm
Richard Michael

You've probably heard of a Rube Goldberg Machine. (Isn't Wikipedia wonderful?) It's something very complicated that does a simple task. Goldberg exemplifies the extremes to which the American mind can go in the pursuit of complexity.


One might consider much of the legislation that comes out of Congress and State legislatures written by Goldberg's proteges. Take the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for example. It's extremely complex, adds thousands to the armies of government workers, and creates bizarre labyrinths of bureaucracy to, ostensibly, have a doctor administer a pill to a patient.


While Obamacare is widely criticized for interfering with people's living their own lives free from government interference, the Health Care Compact (HCC) simply says that it would rather have the States do the interfering, which they already do, rather than the Feds. The rationale is that the States are closer to the People.


Now, if a politician came up with this scheme (which one did), then I'd have to say, not a big deal. Politicians come up with schemes all the time. Most of their schemes have to do with how to spend other people's money or how to get elected (which is kind of the same thing).


And HCC fits that one to a tee.


State Compacts

HCC relies on a relatively unassuming clause in the Constitution, appropriately referred to as the State Compact Clause. The applicable part of that clause, which is in Article I, Section 10 (third paragraph), says:


No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, ... enter into any Agreement or Compact with an
Comment by carol ann parisi on January 25, 2011 at 11:40pm
 

STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IN TEXT FORM

Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague – and our friend – Gabby Giffords.

 

It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.

 

But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.

 

We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.

 

That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation.

 

Now, by itself, this simple recognition won’t usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.

 

I believe we can. I believe we must. That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

 

At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world.

 

We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

 

But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.

 

That’s the project the American people want us to work on. Together.

 

We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed,

Comment by carol ann parisi on January 21, 2011 at 8:26pm

I HAD TO TURN MY SPEAKERS OFF FOR THE MUSIC BUT THE INFORMATION IS ENLIGHTENING

 

 

Comment by carol ann parisi on January 21, 2011 at 5:31pm
WILL "CENTRIST" OBAMA WIN?

By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

Published on DickMorris.com on January 21, 2011

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On this, the second anniversary of his inauguration, President Obama is clearly showing a determination to change his image, replacing his hard left dogmatism with a seeming flexibility and openness to the views of the center.  Will it work?  Will it lead to his re-election?  Are we only one-quarter of the way through a two term Obama presidency?
   
If the Republican Party wimp out and embraces a moderate agenda, trying to meet him in the middle, Obama will succeed and will be with us for six more years.  But if the GOP defines itself in stark contrasts and pushes conservative policies, we will beat him.  The key is to test Obama's centrism by confronting him with bold demands to rollback health reform, undo his massive spending, deregulate community banks, enable state bankruptcies, and block pending executive orders to impose carbon taxes, card check unionization, and FCC regulation of talk radio and the Internet.
   
We have got to make the gentile and lulling waves of Obama's new-found moderation crash up against the rocks of Republican demands.  Then the leftist rib tide that lurks underneath the seemingly calm waters will be exposed and, in the ensuing surf, he will flounder.
   
Obama's moderation is only tone deep.  Its hallmarks have been the Daily appointment, his Tucson speech, his sham efforts at deregulation, and his forced acceptance of the Bush tax cuts.  Now let's see what he does with health care repeal, spending cuts, and the rest of the Republican agenda.
   
The Republican Study Committee proposal calling for $2.5 trillion in spending cuts over ten years is a great place to start.  The GOP should take the key elements of it and tack them on to the debt limit increase bill and demand that Obama either sign the bill with the cuts or get no rise in the debt limit.  As Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa) suggested in a recent op-ed, the government can function without borrowing more for a few months.  And during that time, let all of America debate whether or not to cut the budget.  Let Obama be on display - day after day - pleading for more spending and borrowing.  What will become of his centrism then?
   
The Study Committee proposal is especially brilliant in its avoidance of any cuts in Social Security and Medicare.  Republicans squandered their momentum from Bush's re-election in 2005 by pushing Social Security reform and won in 2010 by fighting Medicare cuts.  To cut or "reform" either program right now would be a disaster.  But when it comes to EPA, the Department of Education, Amtrak, the federal workforce, highway construction, public works, stimulus spending, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other non-defense discretionary spending - cut away!
   
The key to winning the election of 2012 is to force Obama to defend his agenda of 2009-2010 by demanding its repeal and rollback.  Republicans need to make him spend 2011 and 2012 defending the programs that brought him down in 2010.  And we must also enact budget riders blocking his attempts to jam through by executive orders (even as he postures about cutting federal regulation) carbon taxation, FCC regulation of talk radio, and card check unionization.  These issues are all winners.
   
Obama hopes we forget his past liberalism.  After all, in 1996, who remembered Hillarycare?  Who voted agains
Comment by carol ann parisi on January 20, 2011 at 6:52am

THE "REAL" ECONOMY

 

Disinformation Fog Intensifies As Economic Turmoil Develops

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By Giordano Bruno

Neithercorp Press – 1/18/2011

In the past few years, the concept of economic globalism has revealed itself as quite the Trojan horse; once posing as the next step in the evolution of “free market” capitalism and the savior of third world nations striving for development status, now revealed as a fiscal plague spreading delirium and destruction wherever it touches ground. There is no denying that the economies of the world are irrevocably tied to one another, but until recently, this was always thought of as a “good thing” in mainstream financial circles. Today, the great failings of engineered interdependency are painfully apparent. The EU’s many peripheral nations are dropping one after another like flies in a fog of DDT, rising economies in Asia are bloated with investment capital escaping from debt default in the West, causing impressive levels of inflation, and the U.S. is on the verge of a currency implosion as the Federal Reserve opens the floodgates of fiat in a bid to hide our system’s extreme destabilization and maintain what little international faith is left in our ability to service our rampant liabilities. Globalism has led us to disaster…

Of course, this disaster is not quite so obvious if you only follow the MSM’s version of events, or the pithy, watered down observations of mainstream economists, central bank officials, and puppet politicians. In fact, it’s difficult for the average person only mildly versed in economics to understand just what is going on! The closer we get to the edge of the ravine, the deeper the deception becomes. Most Americans feel the danger intuitively, and see the warning signs in their local communities, but clear, concise information in the midst of this ‘Gordian Knot’ of lies is difficult to come by.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner claims that the Fed’s quantitative easing programs are no threat to the dollar and that our country “will not engage in devaluation”, all while commodity and energy prices skyrocket to record levels and numerous nations threaten to dump the Greenback as the world reserve currency. China claims that their inflation is manageable, releasing CPI data that is even more arbitrary and skewed as our own, while the Chinese masses grow louder in their anger over a lack of purchasing power to match exploding housing and food prices. The U.S. blames the lack of global recovery on China’s undervalued Yuan and its unfair trade imbalance. China blames the lack of global recovery on the overprinting of the dollar. Europe sits across the Atlantic hoping both China and the U.S. will keep printing and sending currency care packages to keep the EU afloat, all while claiming every three months or so that the “crisis has passed”.

So, what’s the truth in all of this?

In the following, I will attempt to dismantle the latest disinformation campaigns, explaining the most important factors surrounding the developing calamity between the world’s major economic powers in the easiest terms possible; including how these factors will directly and indirectly affect you…

Truth: Dollar Devaluation Is Occurring, Inflation Is Here

Comment by carol ann parisi on January 20, 2011 at 6:03am

FROM REDSTATE

 

Repeal of ObamaCare in the Senate - How To Do It


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I just posted a piece on The Heritage Foundation blog, The Foundry, titled “How to Repeal ObamaCare in the Senate.”  I tried to put into easy to understand terms the way for the Senate to repeal the unconstitutional ObamaCare.  Although it is unlikely that the Senate will take up the House repeal measure H.R. 2 in the next few months, it is possible to bring it up later this year or some time next year if Republicans are smart. 

If Senators don’t take any action when the bill is transmitted from the House to the Senate, then there is little to no chance to pass the House repeal measure.   This will show that Senate Republicans are not serious about a full repeal of ObamaCare.  It is possible for conservative Senators to force a vote on H.R. 2, when the time is right, if they follow two simple procedures in the Senate to protect their rights.  

The bottom line is that it is possible for opponents of ObamaCare to set themselves up for an extended debate on ObamaCare in the Senate — if they have the will.  It is also possible to pass the bill in the Senate, if conservatives are patient and ready to spring a vote on liberals when the time is right.  

I wrote on The Foundry:

This week the House will pass a bill to repeal Obamacare. Congressional experts will argue that the Senate won’t pass a full repeal. They are correct to argue that full repeal will not be passed by both the House and Senate in the next few months, but they may be wrong that a full repeal bill will not pass in this Congress within the next two years. If Senators don’t take two procedural steps this week, they will make it virtually impossible to ever get a vote on the House-passed full repeal bill this Congress.

Just to be clear, I understand that there are 53 Senators that caucus with the Democrats and 47 Republicans.  The math is not good for the proponents of repeal, yet if Republicans can pick up 4 Democrats then they can win this fight.  Here is how. 

Under Senate Rule 14, any one Senator can object to the second reading of the bill and conservatives would be dumb not to do so.  It serves no purpose to allow liberals to send the bill to repeal ObamaCare into a committee populated by members who helped write the bill and controlled by liberals.

This procedural objection will “hold at the desk” the House-passed bill and allow the Senate to act on the full repeal measure.  If the bill is referred to committee, it will never get to the Senate floor. This procedural objection by one or a number of Senators will stop the bill from being referred to the

Comment by carol ann parisi on January 19, 2011 at 3:52pm

Bill to repeal bulb ban introduced

January 7, 2011

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced a bill to repeal the 2007 law that bans incandescent bulbs starting in 2012.

Here is Barton’s media release:

Barton leads Republican effort to repeal light bulb ban

WASHINGTON: Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Michael Burgess, R-Texas, and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, joined 12 other Republicans to reintroduced the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act or BULB Act, H.R. 91.

The BULB Act repeals Subtitle B of Title III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which is a de facto ban on the incandescent light bulb.

“This is about more than just energy consumption, it is about personal freedom. Voters sent us a message in November that it is time for politicians and activists in Washington to stop interfering in their lives and manipulating the free market. The light bulb ban is the perfect symbol of that frustration. People don’t want congress dictating what light fixtures they can use,” said Rep. Barton. “Traditional incandescent bulbs are cheap and reliable. Alternatives, including the most common replacement Compact Fluorescent Lights or CFL’s, are more expensive and health hazards – so why force them on the American people? From the health insurance you’re allowed to have, to the car you can drive, to the light bulbs you can buy, Washington is making too many decisions that are better left to you and your family.”

“Thousands of American jobs have been shipped overseas as a direct consequence of this light bulb provision in the Democrats’ 2007 energy bill,” Burgess said. “I have stated all along that exposing our citizens to the harmful effects of the mercury contained in CFL light bulbs, which are being manufactured in China, is likely to pose a hazard for years to come. Not only would this bill be better for the environment, but it would be one step to bringing jobs back to America.”

“These are the kinds of regulations that make the American people roll their eyes. It is typical of a ‘big Washington’ solution to a non-existent problem. In this case it manifests itself as an overreach into every American home, one that ships good jobs overseas and infuriates the American consumer,” added Rep. Blackburn.

Other co-sponsors include: Reps. Todd Akin (R-Missouri), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Paul Broun (R-Georgia), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-New York), Dan Burton (R-Indiana), Howard Coble (R-North Carolina), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Tom McClintock (R-), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), Cliff Stearns (R-Florida), and Don Young (R-Alaska).

Alternatives to traditional incandescent bulbs have many drawbacks. They are all considerably more expensive. The most common alternative, compact florescent light bulbs have a number of problems:

  • Most CFLs are not manufactured in the United States. A recent Washington Post story reported that GE is shuttering a plant in Winchester, Va., killing 200 jobs in the process.
    CFLs contain mercury and have to be disposed of carefully. The amount of mercury in one bulb is enough to contaminate up to 6,000 gallons of water beyond safe drinking levels. The EPA recommends an elaborate cleanup ritual, including throwing away any clothes or bedding that has come in direct contact with the mercury from the bulb.
  • CFLs are not designed to be turned o
Comment by carol ann parisi on January 5, 2011 at 12:53pm

WE HAVE ALOT OF WORK TO DO TO WAKE UP AMERICA....TAKE THIS TEST AND SEE HOW YOU COMPARE WITH MAJORITY OF AMERICANS...

 How out of touch is the American population?
 
This is a terrific test, but sadly it suggests that the majority of Americans don't know what's going on. There are no tricks here - just a simple test to see if you are current on your information. 

Test your knowledge with 12 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how others did.
Comment by carol ann parisi on January 3, 2011 at 6:05pm
January 3, 2011


Dear Illinois Patriot,

Just when you thought it was safe to take a few days off from politics, Illinois legislators are back at it again.

Returning for a second round in this Lame Duck session, those in Springfield are hoping to raise your state income tax by up to 66% between January 3 and January 12 - when the newly elected are sworn in.

This is going to be a very volatile 9 days for Illinois citizens, as those legislators that lost in November have nothing to lose by voting against you. Some proposals that are being discussed in addition to a 66% increase in income tax are a tax increase of $1.00 per pack on cigarettes, raising the gasoline tax, and placing new taxes on services, among other things. But that's not all...

There is also talk of borrowing $15 billion to cover Illinois past-due bills, and pass that debt onto your children.

Lawmakers in Springfield are desperate to maintain their out-of-control spending habits, and they believe that your hard-earned money is theirs for the taking.

Illinois taxes are already so high that employers and citizens are leaving the state in droves. And our credit rating is falling due to our lawmaker's poor financial decisions.

Illinois' budget woes do need to be addressed, but not by further harming her citizens through the theft of their hard earned money. Wasteful spending must be ended, our pension system must be reformed, and the union monopoly must be ended.

Are you tired of paying the price for Springfield's mistakes? GO TO ACTION ALERTS PAGE AND SEND A LETTER TO YOUR LAW MAKERS I DID AND GOT A SPEEDY RSVP!!!
Comment by carol ann parisi on January 3, 2011 at 5:27pm
Anuzis Conference Call

Join Saul Anuzis, Candidate for RNC Chair as he answers grassroots questions from all citizens/Republicans.  

 

So far, Anuzis is the only RNC Chair candidate to hold a grassroots forum.

 

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2011

8 to 9 PM Eastern

7 to 8 PM Central

5 to 6 PM Pacific

 

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Call ID: 92377

Comment by carol ann parisi on December 18, 2010 at 8:12am

BANK FAILURES 2010

Failed bank Date closed Estimated cost to DIF ($millions)
Earthstar Bank, Southampton, PA 12/10/2010 22.9
Paramount Bank, Farmington Hills, MI 12/10/2010 90.2
First Banking Center, Burlington, WI 11/19/2010 142.6
Allegiance Bank of North America, Bala Cynwyd, PA 11/19/2010 14.2
Gulf State Community Bank, Carrabelle, FL 11/19/2010 42.7
Copper Star Bank, Scottsdale, AZ 11/12/2010 46.3
Darby Bank & Trust Co., Vidalia, GA 11/12/2010 136.2
Tifton Banking Company, Tifton, GA 11/12/2010 24.6
First Vietnamese American Bank, Westminster, CA 11/5/2010 9.6
Pierce Commercial Bank, Tacoma, WA 11/5/2010 21.3
Western Commercial Bank, Woodland Hills, CA 11/5/2010 25.2
K Bank, Randallstown, MD 11/5/2010 198.4
First Arizona Savings, Scottsdale, AZ 10/22/2010 32.8
Hillcrest Bank, Overland Park, KS 10/22/2010 329.7
First Suburban National Bank, Maywood, IL 10/22/2010 31.4
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