mountainlaurel's comment history

mountainlaurel said...

Patriot1 says: "That sounds good, but how did you arrive at that?"

Revealing response, Patriot1. . . So tell us, how many times did you try to vote for Romney?

June 17, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

TFP Commentary says: “Tennessee Housing Development Agency blamed HUD.”

Sounds like a cop-out to me. If the Tennessee Housing Development Agency had contracted with HUD for more than a decade to take care of everything from inspections to rent payments, one wonders why the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the previous owners of Patten Towers didn’t address some of issues that have been identified.

Clearly, some of the issues and problems at Patten Towers appear to be recent developments while other problems like old wiring, switch boxes dating back decades, structural problems from lax maintenance work, rat feces that have been in the ventilation system for years, and equipment installed with no permits were not recent developments.

June 17, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Jt6gR3hM said: "So I guess you are alright with our votes being made public . . . If not then why should those same people be allowed to know who I spent my money on as long as I don’t violate “reasonable” election laws."

Your argument that votes and campaign contributions are equivalent doesn’t fly for a variety of reasons. For starters, every adult citizen in America is entitled to one vote. Each citizen has equal power. In other words, one citizen’s vote doesn’t have any more influence than another citizen’s vote. Clearly, the same can’t be said when it comes to campaign contributions.

June 17, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Fairmon says: “Alprove and mountainlaurel think dems are good and pubs are bad regardless of how crazy or good their initiative may be. If Obama suddenly concluded we needed to invade and bomb Syria they would probably eventually conclude it was a stroke of genius.”

My goodness. . . You're being a bit harsh here, Fairmon. . . But I guess this is your way of saying that you don’t like what I had to say earlier about the Republican and Tea Party’s double standard when it comes to the U.S. election process. . . Oh well. . . It’s the truth.

The Republicans and their Tea Party folks have ranted and raved about voter fraud and an alleged need to set up all of these special Voter ID laws, but when it comes to campaign contribution ID laws they’re more than willing to make it easy for any foreigner or foreign corporation to shovel money into the U.S. election process.

June 16, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Jt6gR3hM said: "Why are you so specific in your critique of tax exempt groups involving themselves in political activity that you direct you total focus on 501(c)4’s? Why not the other 501(c)’s such as labor unions and liberal NGO’s?'

Unlike most of these corporations, USA labor unions aren’t trying to keep their political contributions a big secret from American voters. In fact, it's just the opposite.

Jt6gR3hM said: "Why would the left want to acquire those names other than to target them for harassment to send a message to them and others not to support such groups."

You Republican Tea Party folks just love to set up these double standards . . . Don’t you? Indeed, you rant and rave about voter fraud and a need to set up special Voter ID laws, but when it comes to campaign laws you folks are more than willing to make it easy for any foreigner or foreign corporation to shovel money into the U.S. election process.

"Jt6gR3hM said..."Sure sounds like an un-American way to deal with our Constitutional right of free speech and the right to petition our elected officials to address our grievances."

Nice try, but it’s not un-American to want to know who is contributing money toward the U.S. election process. In fact, it’s just the opposite. It would be dumb not to want to know.

June 16, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

PlainTruth says: “The Ayatollah in Iran is just shuffling the deck of chairs with the election.”

I think you’re wrong about this, PT. Everyone seems truly surprised by the election results and I seriously doubt this would be the case if it were just a matter of the Ayatollah shuffling the deck chairs. According to the vote count, his guys came in last.

June 16, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

It’s odd these Tea Party folks haven’t uttered a peep about the blatant abuse of the 501 (c) 4 status. It seems to me if one is concerned about the wrongs that can occur within big government, one should be equally concerned about the wrongs that can occur within big corporations. In this case, it would be these big corporate lobbyists and operatives who are setting up these illegal political slush funds to conceal money in political campaigns.

"Since the Citizens United decision, 501(c)(4) groups, have operated as Super PACs—raising and spending tens of millions in corporate funds—without disclosing a dime of their contributors. IRS rules state that the primary activity of such groups cannot relate to political advocacy, yet examples abound of 501(c)(4) groups spending well over 50 percent of their funds on attack ads, political action committees and other clearly political expenses. These potential violations of the law have gone on for several years now, with very little interest from the Beltway media or Capitol Hill Republicans, many of whom owe their election to spending by bogus 501(c)(4) organizations."

Read more: Five 501(c)(4) Groups That Might Have Broken the Law | The Nation

June 16, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Fairmon asks: “Who let the contract with Booz Allen? Who has over sight responsibility?”

The discussion isn’t about the bidding process, Fairmon. It’s about the “big Brother” project, which started with Congress and needs to be ended by Congress.

“Jt6gR3hM said: "Of course they did as the government acts as their agent in making these contracts. You get the government you vote for and deserve.”

What world are you living in, Jt6? In America, privacy is valued and considered a right, which the U.S. Congress has an obligation to protect. And for the record, I didn’t vote or support any of the individuals responsible for setting up the “big brother” project. Did you? In case you’ve forgotten the details as to how the “big brother” project began:

“On Sept. 11, 2007, the National Security Agency signed up Microsoft as its first partner for PRISM, a massive domestic surveillance program . . .

That’s barely a month after Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed, the Protect America Act.

The Bush Administration portrayed the PAA as a technical fix designed to close a gap in America’s surveillance capabilities that had been opened by a then-recent ruling of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

It proved to be much more than that. . .

In reality, the PAA represented a sweeping change to American surveillance law. Before conducting surveillance, the PAA only required executive branch officials to “certify” that there were “reasonable procedures” in place for ensuring that surveillance “concerns” persons located outside the United States and that the foreign intelligence is a “significant purpose” of the program. . .

Civil liberties groups warned that the PAA’s vague requirements and lack of oversight would give the government a green light to seek indiscriminate access to the private communications of Americans. . .

It now appears that this is exactly what the government did. . . the moment the PAA was the law of the land, the NSA started using it to obtain unfettered access to the servers of the nation’s leading online services. . ."

June 15, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Some hopeful and surprising things happening in Iran:

”Politically moderate cleric Hassan Rohani is on the path to winning Iran’s presidential election, a stunning result that upends predictions of a preordained hardline victory and heralds change – both in tone, and almost certainly in substance – for the Islamic Republic.”

“Mr. Rohani, a former nuclear negotiator, has an almost unassailable lead with more than three times as many votes as his nearest rival with two-thirds of the votes counted and will likely avoid a runoff that many analysts had expected. He faced down a host of conservatives in Friday’s vote, stating at the ballot box that he had “come to destroy extremism.”

June 15, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Jt6gR3hM said; "Just as when you buy a bottle of ketchup you don’t have the right to butt into Heinz’s internal business beyond reporting any unlawful conduct."

You poor guy. . . You just don’t get it. . . Do you?

You have the option of either purchasing a bottle of ketchup or not purchasing a bottle ketchup. . . You can’t say the same for the alleged services that a company like Booz Allen is allegedly providing for Congress. . . I’ve emphasized “allegedly” because Congress has opted to keep the actual contract amount and services that Booz Allen is providing a "secret" from the taxpayers.

Again, since the taxpayers are picking up the tab, the taxpayers have a right to know everything there is to know about the affairs of these contractors, particularly a company like Booz Allen. . . This company is getting a huge chunk of our tax dollars to collect, compile, and store years and years worth of the taxpayer's private telephone, email, and internet records.

The taxpayers didn’t grant Booz Allen a “security clearance” to get into their lives. Did you?

June 14, 2013 at 10:47 p.m.

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