Since journalism, for the most part, is no longer being practiced in mainstream news, it is more important than ever that you hold the skills to learn the truth about what’s going on. Facts are powerful things when deciding in whom to place your trust, especially in the increasingly important upcoming fall election cycle.
We have tried, with the launch of our sister site, WatchdogCentral, to put the tools you need in your hands so you may find the answers you seek in a time efficient and effortless manner. Please use the site often and tell your friends about it as well. Truth is the only clear path to breaking the hold corruption has over our government.
As promised we are going to help you learn how to research a candidate, an office holder, an organization. With Watchdog Central, it is easy. I will give you a couple scenarios to get you used to using the site.
Let’s start with the new kid, Scott Brown.
Log on to www.watchdogcentral.org. You’ll see we have broken the info links down into categories. The categories are People, Groups, Government, Connections, Documents, and Videos. Also note we have the Dog House where we will be highlighting a ne’er-do-well every day, Who to Tell, and most importantly The Forum. More on that later.
For this first one, click on People, scroll down and click VoteSmart, enter Scott Brown for name (right side). Up will pop bios, recent news, voting record, finances, issue positions, etc.. I highly recommend RIGHT CLICKING results to open in a new window, so you can go back and forth without loosing your place. All right, but who is he connected with? Close the VoteSmart page. Click Connections there on left side of the WatchdogCentral page. Go to Muckety and type in Scott P Brown or Scott Brown. This map is pretty clean, but to investigate further (always interesting), look under the map at the list of names and place your cursor over each one. Notice the links for that name show up in a grey box? To check those out further, you merely have to click on the name you highlighted or click the box on the map with the name in it – either way. Close out Muckety. Back on Watchdog Central click Government, scroll down to CampaignMoney.com and click. On that site, click name in the right hand column, then enter Brown. Scroll results- all names are clickable. A nosey person could spend hours on this, particularly when looking at who’s giving money to the PACs involved. Mainly, just look over the names to see if there’s anything particularly interesting or a name you did not expect to find.
Ok, let’s do someone now with more, ahm, background shall we say. Click Government and scroll about halfway down to Maplight.org. Under Legislators, find Nancy Pelosi. View tabbed data. It’s evident lawyers, unions and medical interests love her, which you can plainly see under the first two tabs. Notice, once again, the groups are clickable if desired to learn more in general about them. Notice, for example, when HR800 (card check) came up for a vote in the house, she took union contributions and voted yes. Also, HR2634 (Jubilee Act) sponsored by Maxine Waters to redistribute American wealth globally was supported by Pelosi and praised with contributions from unions. The list goes on. Check out the Geography tab. Notice 87% of her campaign contributions came from OUTSIDE her district, the top five zip codes of which are DC area codes. Does that tell you just who she’s working for? Go back to WatchdogCentral.org and go down to Progressive Punch. Put in her name and you’ll see her lifetime score and liberal rank on issues. Once again, results are clickable. Lowest on her list to support is farmers (of course), and then thankfully prisoners and foreigners. Now back to WatchdogCentral and click OpenCongress, then the Representatives Tab, Pelosi. Here you find the bills she has sponsored and co-sponsored. Interestingly enough, the first bill on the list is one I never heard of from September 2009. HR3649, a private bill (meaning what, we can’t know what it’s about?) detailed only as “providing for the relief of Maria Carmen Castro Ramirez and J. Refugio Carreno Rojas.” No other information was provided other than it was sent to committee. That’s unacceptable- our government should have to tell us more about what they are doing. That item should be looked into further. Now back to WatchdogCentral, click on Connections (left side of page) and then NNDB, enter Nancy Pelosi at top, click search. This will bring up salient facts on her, including details of political family upbringing, her estimated net worth and personal information. At the bottom of the page note “create a map starting with Nancy Pelosi”. Click that. I see nothing there of note, but you can expand the map points by clicking them to learn more about each one. Using the links on our site, you can find much more information if desired, but in the interest of time and task at hand, let’s move on.
Let’s do a foundation next. Let’s choose the Tides Foundation. So on the WatchdogCentral site, choose Connections, click ActivistCash, on Activist Groups, select Tides Center. Here you will see an overview of their purpose in life. Go back to WatchdogCentral Connections page, click Undue Influence, use toggle to locate Tides Center/Tides Foundation. Here you can see a little history, how they get their money and where it goes (totals on graph), who’s on their board, the link to their website, etc. All right, now back to WatchdogCentral, and still on the Connections page, scroll up to DiscoverTheNetworks, and enter in Tides Foundation. Here you will see in detail who they are connected to, including George Soros, ACLU, ACORN, World Wildlife Fun, and on and on and on. You can also see their tax filings by going back to WatchdogCentral, to Groups and then to Guidestar.org. At the toggle bar select Non-Profit, enter Tides Foundation. This will bring you up a list, the first of which is the correct one. Click that to get to the tabbed information. (you may have to register to view some of the info, but it’s easy and free) Click on IRS forms and there you can view some of their filings. Back to site, click Government, and click Lobbying Disclosures. On left side of screen under Public Disclosure Search, click the first option, Lobbying Disclosure Filing Search. In the new window, on the first toggle bar line where it says “Search Field” toggle to “Client Name” and enter Tides in the adjacent box and hit “Search” at bottom of page. There you will find 37 entries on two pages of lobbying disclosures which are clickable for details. Interesting!
I think maybe you get the idea now of how easy it is to find out information you should definitely know, but that no one is telling you. If you have any questions please contact me by simply clicking the “contact us” button on the home page of WatchdogCentral. I will be happy to help where I can.
The most important part of the site is the forum, in my view. Here you can log on (it’s free of course) and let everyone know what you found out. That’s how we will succeed in sharing info. If you’re on twitter, put the info in the forum and then tweet it so we all know about it.
By all of us working together to do the job the media is not doing, we can illustrate, even to doubters, the ways in which our government is steering far off course, how corrupt our elected officials and candidates are or (in a very few cases) how they are not.
Going forward, please let me know by comment here or webmail from WatchdogCentral ways we can improve the site, ways we can make it easier for you to look things up, or what we can better explain about using it.
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Obama Montana Townhall Conspiracy Revealed!
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Blood pressure up yet? Wait until you see these:
HOW TO BRAINWASH A NATION – EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS NOW
1985 interview with KGB agent on steps to brainwash an entire nation over period of years. Wow! This is incredible! MMMM-no connection here (yeah, right). How to manual of what has been done to American people over time and exacerbating now. We are in the third stage- CRISIS stage, bordering on final stage of NORMALIZATION! Please look at this!
LaRaza Disturbs Health Care Rally; Admits they are taking over America
LIBERAL PROTESTERS ASSULT DISABLED WOMAN
Michelle Bachman On GM Dealerships Being Stolen By Government
An oldie, but still infuriating!
Continential Congress 2009
Do You Believe In The Constitution? from Animal-Farm
Do you believe the Constitution is the rule of law? Do you believe in the original intent of our founding fathers? Do you want to reform Congress? I’m not talking about reforming a Democratic Congress, but Congress. If your answer is yes, we have to work together to make this happen. The goal in its entirety is to make all three branches of government respect and abide by the rule of law, know as the Constitution of the United States of America. The most egregious of offenses against the Constitution is from Congress, so the focus will begin with the Legislative branch. It requires you to do some homework, because you have to know what you are talking about.
Please, if you love America, visit the website above and participate. So very little effort on your part can help preserve the country we love. Thanks!
National Association of Rural Land Owners
NARLO’s mission is to begin the long process of restoring, preserving and protecting Constitutional property rights and returning this country to a Constitutional Republic. Government has done a great job of dividing us up into little battle groups where we are essentially impotent at a national level. “Governments only get powerful because we let them. Political parties get powerful because we let them. Large corporations and legal or illegal organizations get powerful because we let them. Environmental groups get powerful because we let them. Unions get powerful because we let them. The larger these entities become, the more they will try to increase their power. But WE THE PEOPLE in the form of individuals and families have the ultimate power, if we will only exercise that power and if we act as one in the defense of our inalienable rights as granted to us by our creator and instituted into law by men under our Constitution and further by living up to our civic duties, obligations and individual responsibilities. But if we are divided, if we fight amongst ourselves, if we allow ourselves to be bought by the promises of government largess that always comes with a loss of freedom and if we ignore these time-tested constitutional principles, we are rendered impotent and the “powerful” will fill the gap, as they already have, because we let them.”
Factcheck.org: Tax money will pay for abortion in the health-care bill from hotair.com
We already knew this, thanks to Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Barack Obama himself, but it’s nice to get confirmation from those fine folks at Factcheck.org — an Annenberg project, no less. After Obama tried to paint it as a lie, the National Right to Life Committee insisted that ObamaCare would use taxpayer money to fund abortions. It turns out that they were right: The truth is that bills now before Congress don’t require federal money to be used for supporting abortion coverage. So the president is right to that limited extent. But it’s equally true that House and Senate legislation would allow a new “public” insurance plan to cover abortions, despite language added to the House bill that technically forbids using public funds to pay for them. Obama has said in the past that “reproductive services” would be covered by his public plan, so it’s likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits that. Low- and moderate-income persons who would choose the “public plan” would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase it. Private plans that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of federal subsidies. Therefore, we judge that the president goes too far when he calls the statements that government would be funding abortions “fabrications.” …At any rate, Obama was right — someone’s lying about abortion and ObamaCare. It turned out to be Obama himself.
San Juan County energy workers rally against legislation
(photo from Rebecca Craig/ The Daily Times)
Around 1,200 people listened to local leaders rail against cap-and-trade legislation at a rally at McGee Park on Friday afternoon. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, passed by the House and headed to the Senate, aims to limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions scientists have linked to global warming. Speakers, including local political leaders, criticized the legislation, saying it would harm the oil and gas industry on which San Juan County’s economy relies. The legislation would increase oil and gas industry unemployment and energy costs, said Sandel, executive vice president of Aztec Well Servicing Co. Inc. Sandel told the crowd to say, “save our jobs.” Audience members, wearing yellow Energy Citizens T-shirts with pro-energy messages printed across the back, chanted the phrase throughout his speech. “We’re asking for our representatives to care about us,” Sandel said. “We ask that they care about our jobs. We ask that they listen.” Clean-burning natural gas will play a role in promoting alternative energy …Congress should be doing more to encourage local production rather than making it harder,” he said. The goal of the rallies is to let the Senate know that “we care about our jobs and affordable energy, and you need to get this bill right,” said petroleum institute spokeswoman Cathy Landry. “Energy Citizens is not against climate legislation,” Landry said. “Energy Citizens is for sound climate legislation.”Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )