Mississippi NAACP leader sent to prison for 10 counts of voter fraud
1:14 AM 07/29/2011
(The Daily Caller) — While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.
In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.
Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.
“This crime cuts against the fabric of our free society,” Judge Webster said.
Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis. She was also convicted of voting in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross.
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Response to new mosque controversy? POOF!!
I thank God for Westboro Baptist “Church”
The engines of the processional vehicles provided the only sound to an extraordinary scene as a respectfully silent crowd lined the streets of Olathe, KS. Young and old, an estimated 10,000 stood en masse waving Old Glory, offering condolence to the family and friends of a local hero whilst demonstrating support for those yet fighting for the freedoms we as Americans continue to enjoy today.
It was exceptional and memorable. It made us proud to be Americans. It was the least we could do.
The men and women fighting every day in our stead deserve our respect and appreciation. They voluntarily place themselves in harm’s way to ensure our lives, as civilians, are not. Knowing and willing, they pledge a duty and burden the prospect of ultimate sacrifice. SPC Spencer Duncan, one of over 2.5 million active and reserve military personnel, deserves to be recognized and lauded for his service and sacrifice. It is because of his dedication (and so many others like him) that we are able to enjoy the freedoms spelled out in our Constitution.
There exists 27 Amendments to the United States Constitution—some more recognizable than others. The First Amendment, probably the most familiar, establishes protection for freedom of religion, speech and the press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government. Absent this tenet, or at least the support of such, the 10,000 plus assembly on Tuesday would not have been possible—a noble display of the freedom we too often take for granted.
During the final journey of a fallen hero’s return home, the followers of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) like to remind us of the rights we have as citizens of our great Nation. Their irrational protests serve as a reminder to all of us the rights our fallen hero gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect. WBC reminds us that The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law that would interfere with the right to peaceable assemble or limit the freedom of speech—a display of the freedom we too often take for granted, yes. Is it noble? I think not.
WBC’s use of First Amendment to degrade and disrespect the final journey of America’s fallen heroes is vile and despicable. I for one cannot comprehend the rationale for such demonstrations. Call it fanaticism, call it insanity, call it what you like (personally, I believe the latter). Whatever the case, these people have the same protections under the law as those patriots who lined the streets of Olathe on Tuesday to provide support and grieve an individual whose job it was to safeguard the right to demonstrate.
Our Nation is the greatest in the world in part because of the protections set forth within The Bill of Rights (of which the First Amendment is contained).The beauty of the Bill of Rights is that it defends the liberties that have been given by God to all of us, even the lunatics from WBC.
We participated out of respect and love for SPC Duncan and his family, but you have to wonder what role WBC’s reminder played in the turnout. WBC ignited the patriotic fire in the bellies of our citizens, influenced the number of supporters who showed this past Tuesday, and helped foster God’s love to be shown by many. And for that, I thank God for Westboro Baptist Church.
One may wonder if WBC’s very existence intensified the passion and patriotism displayed. One may wonder if those senseless few understand that by protesting our fallen champions they are reminding us all why we fight even when the cost is so severe. One may wonder, but I know—we showed to support, comfort, and to thank SPC Duncan and his family. We showed, because the men and women like SPC Duncan continue the fight to secure our basic freedoms. We showed because men and women like SPC Duncan have made it so we could. And we owe them for that.
Political Economic Stress … August 2011
From my perspective …… Lloyd Hanahan
The “Debt Agreement” signed by President Obama early this month reportedly increases the official debt limit by $2.1 trillion and through spending caps, the agreement will reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion over 10 years. Also, a bipartisan committee will be charged with forming a plan by November to reduce the deficit by another $1.5 trillion.
President Obama, as the stock market was crashing following the S&P’s downgrade of the USA’s credit rating from AAA to AA+ (the 1st ever downgrade of the USA’s credit rating), made the following points to the nation on August 8 essentially stating the following point:
“Washington needs to exercise common sense and compromise in solving our taxing/spending problems …….. not letting political ideological gridlock prevent progress.”
Well, the political ideologies are not casual considerations! The main political ideology under consideration is:
Big-centralized government verses small-decentralized government!
Our current economic problems are mostly due to an excess of the former and not enough of the latter.
The Federal solution isn’t complex:
1. Reform the USA system of taxation and regulations!
a. Quit spending EVERY DAY, 365 days a year, $4 billion more than revenues! If a patient is bleeding to death, the first responsibility is to STOP THE BLEEDING! Until the spending it in line with revenues, the system isn’t fixed!
b. Replacing the income tax with a consumption tax will offer cost avoidance of nearly $1 trillion annually! (HB25 and SB13 are already written and pending legislative action!) The USA would easily become most attractive for businesses to relocate from around the world ………. so the jobs come home!
c. The costs saving reinvested in more productive pursuits will increase the GNP ………. via less off-shoring and more on-shoring!
d. Regulations are responsible for costs increases of $1.75 billion, annually.
i. (Think of it this way, it is 2 times the total annual personal income tax paid to the US Treasury!
ii. Regulatory fixes are many and should dramatically reduce the size of the government bureaucracy and cost of compliance!
2. Read common sense perspectives below.
Signs of the problem roots:
1. A widening USA Budget Gap (WSJ) 1950 through 2000 since 2008
* Spending 20% of GNP 25% of GNP
* Revenue 18% of GNP 15% of GNP
2. 40%+ of each $US spent by our government is borrowed! Official debt has ballooned in the last three years in amounts greater that the debt accumulated from 1776 to 2008! Washington daily spends $4 billion more than it’s revenue. Note “daily”! That’s an annual rate approaching $1.5 trillion!
3. One in seven residents (citizens?) are on food stamps.
4. Public employment and compensation growth has been widely exceeding that of the private sector growth. The latter has to pay for the former! Governments only have money taken from its citizens.
5. The private sector is struggling to barely grow, economically, while government has been growing robustly.
6. The USA has the highest corporate tax rates in the world and the most onerous regulations, leading companies to seek moving their operations (employment) off shore. The profits earned off shore are re-invested there to finance further growth and not brought home, so to avoid being taxed upon repatriation into the USA! Some products made there are imported here!
7. The unintended consequences of legislation/regulations are sometimes crippling. (Hopefully, unintended!) The zeal to make “homeownership” available to more citizens, lead to forced sub-prime lending to those not credit worthy (causing a government subsidized surge in demand for houses). Government Subsidized Agencies (like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) bought the mortgages from private originator’s, “without recourse” (meaning the originator had no responsibility for collecting the monthly payments). The risks were magnified by the subsequent securitization of mortgages inappropriately branded with too high of credit rating. This led markets around the world to over indulge in such highly leveraged securities purchases that lead to massive losses. When the sub-prime borrowers didn’t make their payments, defaults occurred in a crescendo! This caused the demand for housing to fall and massive financial system defaults. Pretty basic, but the politicians who set this up never had to stand trial, public or otherwise!
8. The current income tax system is based upon two basic principles corrupting good behavior:
a. Taxes productivity and rewards the non-producers! For instance:
(The top 10% of earners pay in 70% of the individual income taxes to the Fed on 11% (their share of the income). We already tax the “rich”! Think about this …….. Individuals earning 11% of the income and paying 70% of the taxes! Consider this, example. What if 10% of the people entering a grocery store had to pay for 70% of the groceries leaving the store? Same dynamics! Is this fair? Yet the politician will boast “its time for the fat cats to pay their fair share! Will someone prove that they don’t? Where is the factual evidence?
b. Rampant “exemptions” granted as political favors to beneficiaries, some to invest in government preferred sectors and some to simply buy votes. Some examples:
9. A taxation system based upon consumption is a stable/predictable/reliable basis for taxation. Income is not! Taxing only the consumption of “new personally consumed products and service”, and no other taxation to the Federal government has much merit. Doing so would lower the compliance cost of funding the government by nearly a trillion dollars, plus widening the tax base to include all citizens ……… including those visiting/residing in our country, legally or illegally!
10. What is the cost of administering our current income tax code, not counting the business decisions being distorted by taxation issues?
The annual cost data are available:
a. The direct cost of the 100,000 persons IRS $ 13 billion
(Soon to have 16,000 more agents due to Obamacare)
b. Cost of taxpayer compliance $463 billion
(22% of Federal revenues)
c. Taxes the IRS admits they cannot collect $345 billion
d. Total $821 billion
11. “Regulations” are the “bull in the china closet”. Who do we want making decisions on who decides for us? A centralized government always thinks they know best. Here are only a few examples, all usurping common sense:
a. An SBA study reports the cost of regulatory compliance is nearly 2 times the personal income taxes paid in annually. ($1.75 trillion, annually)
b. The GAO estimates compliance cost of the 43 new regulations this year is $26.5 billion.
c. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers estimates the EPA’s new regulations for power plants will cost 50,000 jobs.
d. A coal industry study of regulations, now and coming, forecasts an overall job loss of 200,000 and raising electric rates of 11% to 23%! (Remember, coal is vastly the cheapest fuel source for electric power generation!)
e. The hard hit auto industry could lose another 220,000 jobs if stringent new fuel economy standards are imposed e.g. 56+ mpg fleet average! (An industry representative stated “the new standards are like dealing with the nation’s obesity problem by forcing clothing industry to sell only smaller sizes”.
f. The Cambridge Energy Research Associates reports the sluggishness in the granting of permits since the moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico was lifted is blocking the creation of up to 230,000 jobs.
g. Another “bull in the China closet” is Ethanol, just one of the Green movement’s achievement costing the citizens massively, all for the wrong reasons! First of all, humans’ causing global temperature change is a fraud of historical proportions!!! It is all about controlling people for reasons that escapes me? The real science is this: Solar activities (storms) and global temperatures have exactly correlated for centuries and carbon dioxide has always been a lagging (not causative) indicator! The dominant source of carbon dioxide is decaying matter, mostly plankton on the oceans, decaying matter on shore (on the forest floor, fields and pastures) and volcano eruptions. It makes sense that when earth warms, the decaying process increases and vice versa!
This fraud based government push is staggeringly expensive and invasive in about every corner of our lifestyle ……… fitting well into the craze to regulate our every movement! Let us consider one of many such invasive denials of letting us make our own decisions …… for instance, what gasoline mixtures we want to burn in our automobiles. Just try to find gasoline without ethanol at your friendly service stations! All the grades of gasoline have ethanol in them.
Here is the real story on the value of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) as disclosed by various academic institutions, including Cornell; University of California-Berkley; and Stanford:
a. It takes 29% more energy to make a gallon of ethanol than is in a gallon of ethanol.
b. The energy to make ethanol comes largely from fossil fuels.
c. It takes 1700 gallons of water to make one gallon of corn based ethanol.
d. 40% of our corn crop is consumed to make our ethanol. (While we could export it helping our balance of payments and support the starving millions around the world short of protein diets!)
e. Yes, it is also something the government subsidizes to the tune of about $0.50 per gallon (all the while slapping a similar amount of tariffs on any other country wanting to import ethanol into the USA).
f. Care to venture a guess what the total of subsidies add up to each year at $.50 per gallon times mega gallons???
g. 15% ethanol, when blended with gasoline, reduced the mpg by 40%, when compared to gasoline with no ethanol (per the Department of Energy).
h. Ethanol is corrosive and pollutes. It damages many parts of engines, especially small engines in lawnmowers, etc.
i. How the ethanol craze got as far as it has is a puzzle?
The solutions are easier than one might think ……. except maybe for the ideological politics?
1. First, regarding the income tax reform! QUIT TAXING INCOME! The Bill is already written. It is the result of over $20+ million of private money defining/testing answers to complex questions, economically and socially, over a number of years. It is HR 25 and S13, called the FairTax. The FairTax eliminates taxation on all incomes (individual and corporate), taxing only “new personally consumed good and services”, all collected at the retail level point of sale! (No sales tax on used goods!)
a. The tax is collected at the retail point of sale and remitted to the state, then to the US Treasury. The retailer and the state each receive ¼% of the taxes for collecting and remitting the tax.
b. A monthly prebate is paid in an amount prepaying the tax on essential goods and services up to the official poverty level.
c. The cost of compliance with The FairTax, when compared to the IRS tax Code, shown earlier, would be an annual savings of about $810 billion (at least $2,700 per capita). This energy would be redirected to a more productive increase our GNP!
d. Current tax code favors foreign producers selling products into the USA. The foreign producers pay neither USA income nor USA payroll tax on the production, nor the VAT. The USA producer pays all three when they export, plus comply with stifling regulations; yet still have to compete against imported products!
e. No income tax filings ever again, as the IRS and the Income tax code are eliminated!
f. www.FairTax.org has much information about the FairTax.
THE FAIRTAX IS SIMPLE, FAIR AND TRANSPARENT ………. EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE!
2. The “Green” movement probably has some value, but let the citizens (markets) make their own decisions.
a. The first step is to eliminate the ethanol subsidy. It is that simple!
b. Quit subsidizing electric cars (remember, the underlying fraudulent criteria of cutting back on climate change by using an electric car is a fraud). Non-electric cars are being offered with mpg ratings near or better than electric cars. Let the market decide what they are willing to pay for.
Remember GE didn’t pay any income taxes earlier this year to the USA, but they did commit to buying 50% of GM’s electric car production for the year! Remember, those car purchasers get a subsidy!!! With the subsidy and accelerated depreciation, plus their residual value …… the US Taxpayer is paying for most of those cars …. and who benefits?!!
ONE DOESN’T HAVE TO LOOK VERY HARD TO FIND SOURCES OF MASSIVE SAVINGS/COST AVOIDANCE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE USA!
1. Why am I writing and sending out this document?
2. The more I read and learn about our government, the more I am convinced citizens must get involved and communicate with elected officials (and those running for an office).
3. Many publications exist offering important data to help in forming your own knowledge base ………. and indicated actions to make a difference!
4. If we don’t get involved, politically, then those who do will eat our preverbal lunch!
GIVE ME LIBERTY ……… NOT DEBT!
Wisconsin battles Teachers’ Union…….Poof!! GE transfers Wisconsin jobs and technologies to China.
Boeing battles Aircraft Unions…….Poof!! GE transfers Washington/South Carolina jobs and technologies to China.
GE, like other companies, must weigh which technologies should be brought to joint ventures with China and how to protect them from being stolen or misused. These decisions face virtually any executive trying to develop a presence in the country — from the most sophisticated technology firms, which worry about software piracy, to old-line industrial equipment makers, which have seen knockoffs of their products pop up soon after making deals with Chinese partners.
Under the agreement with AVIC, GE avionics will be on board a new Chinese commercial airliner that is likely to become a rival to aircraft produced by U.S.-based Boeing and Europe’s Airbus. The potential competition with Boeing, coming at a time when the United States is fighting to maintain its own manufacturing base, has stirred some American criticism.
But GE executives say they have had no second thoughts. China’s airplane market is booming, and the deal was too important to pass up, they said, even at the cost of sharing the avionics technology.
“We are all in and we don’t want it back,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, chief executive of GE Aviation Systems. She said new airplanes don’t come along that often, and that the chance to be part of developing a major new aircraft is not to be missed — even if most of the jobs will be in Shanghai or elsewhere in China.
“We don’t sell bananas,” she said in an interview here. “We can’t afford to take a decade off.”
But American business leaders wonder privately whether companies such as GE are at risk of giving up long-term strategic advantages when they agree to technology-transfer deals for shorter-term gain.
GE executives maintain that is not the case. They say that they negotiated robust protections in their contract with AVIC. The 50-50 joint venture, for example, has strict limits on employing Chinese nationals who have a military or intelligence background. A board committee that monitors compliance with the joint venture agreement is effectively under GE’s control and can, in a dispute, overrule the full board, Bolsinger said.