Tools For Citizens – Be A Watchdog or Just Smarter

Posted on September 19, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Watchdog Tools | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 
 
  
HELP STAMP OUT GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION:
 
It is your duty as a citizen to protect the constitution. Here are some tools that will help you research things that sound “fishy” to you. Please do not rely on the media to do this for you. It is clear they will not. This by no means is a complete list. There are many more web sites that will enable you to discover the truth. Please become a citizen watchdog. We need help rooting out corruption in our government. If you find somthing you wish to pass on, please alert me, via my Twitter account http://twitter.com/DesireePaquette, my blog https://soldierforliberty.wordpress.com/ , or contact The appropriate agency from the list posted here:
  
Lists of websites that will help you in your fight against corruption. Please let me know if you are aware of anyothers and they will be added to the list.
  
Fedstats.gov 
Celebrating over 10 years of making statistics from more than 100 agencies available to citizens everywhere
 
Earmark Watch
Bringing Citizen Oversight to Congressional Spending
 
OMB Watch
Promoting open government, accountability and citizen participation
 
Fedspending.org
Contract and Grant Database
 
Follow the Money.org
The Nation’s Most Complete Resource for Information on Money in State Politics
 
PatriotPost.US  Linkbank
A plethera of Government Links and check out their collection of historic US documents as well
 
Metavid
The Open Video Archive of the US Congress
 
Congressional Research Reports
American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a “think tank” that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events.
 
VoteSmart.org
Bring the Truth to Light: Get the facts on those who control your future including Bios, voting records, positions on issues, interest group ratings, public statements, campaign finances.
  
State and Local Government Issues
Library of Congress site for local issues and links
 
Sunlight Foundation
Committed to helping citizens, bloggers and journalists be their own best watchdogs, by improving access to existing information and digitizing new information, and by creating new tools and Web sites to enable all of us to collaborate in fostering greater transparency.
 
Propublica
Journalism in the public interest.
 
Taxpayers for Common Sense
An independent and non-partisan voice for taxpayers working to increase transparency and expose and eliminate wasteful and corrupt subsidies, earmarks, and corporate welfare.
 
Complete List
The complete list of email addresses and fax numbers for all congress members, senators, committees in Washington DC
 
This Nation
Dedicated to providing factual, unbiased information about government and politics in the United States of America. Includes library of historic documents and other educational materials about how our government works.
 
TRAC
Comprehensive reseource for DEA, DHS, ICE, IRS, ATF, FBI data. How it spends, where it spends, who benefits, how it enforces what laws, etc. Very complete.
 
Washington Watch
Washingtonwatch.com tracks the bills in Congress, along with estimates about their costs or savings, when available.
 
Open Congress.org
Everyone can be an insider. Track bills, votes, issues, money trails.
 
Muckety.com
Exploring the paths of power and influence
 
Votesmart.org
The Voter’s self defense system
 
Uncle Sam
Who’s Who in the Federal Government
 
Lobbying Disclosures
Government site with actual lobbyist disclosures
 
Senate Lobbyist Database
Senate Query Search Board
Who’s lobbying your Senators?
 
House Lobbyist Database
Who’s lobbying your representatives?
 
Legistorm.com
LegiStorm helps bring transparency to the U.S. Congress by disseminating public docu- ments and non-partisan infor- mation over the web.
 
American Voice
Fax your reps for free over the internet.
 
Investigating Obama
 Investigating many aspects of this administration
 
Open Secrets.org
Nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change.
 
NNDB Mapper: Tracking the Entire World
The NNDB Mapper allows you to explore NNDB visually by graphing the connections between people. Over 34,000 individuals are listed in our network
 
Discover the Networks.org
The Guide to the Political Left
 
Maplight.org
Money and Politics: Illuminating the Connection
 
USA Spending.org
A journey toward greater transparency and accountability
 
Federal Audit Clearinghouse
GOVERNMENTWIDE AUDIT DATABASE
 
Guidestar.org
Analyze Nonprofit Data
 
You Tube
Invaluable for catching people in lies
  
ACORN CRACKED
Revealing the nuts and worms of ACORN
 
Federal Register
What’s going on in DC? Find out here. Regulatory Documents, Sunshine Act Meetings, Presidential Documents
  
  
ACTIVIST CASH
This site is AWESOME! Tons and tons of info on Groups, Foundations, Celebreties and Key Players. You just have to check this  out.
 
UNDUE INFLUENCE
The GREEN Tracking Library- Green Groups, Foundations, Bureaucrats, Labor Unions, Media and Players
 
VRRESEARCH
Forum on working with public records, analyzing the data. This may help you decifer what you find.
 
USA.GOV
Directory of Federal, State, Local, Tribal Governments – WOW you could easily go on info overload here. Cool site.
 
IRS CHARITIES SEARCH
Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code
 
STATELINE
Researching data on a particular state regarding spending, pending and passed legislation, Governor speeches, news, etc.. Fairly complete.
 
GRANTS
A ton of information on who is eligble, what is available through private and public sources.
 
GRANTS.GOV
Federal grant information
 
PI BUZZ
Government Pay Database, Union boss pay database, and all kinds of interesting figures.
 
CENSUS.GOV
A ton of public information collected by your friend, the Government
 
HOMELAND SECURITY
Statistical Database
 
GOVERNING SOURCEBOOK
State and local sourcebook for all kinds of government data
 
GLIN.Gov
A public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.
 
MASS OPEN BOOKS
Your money, your government. An online tool to find out how Massachusetts State government is spending your tax dollars!
 
DOCUTICKER
A daily update of new reports from government agencies, ngo’s, think tanks, and other groups.
 
CAMPAIGN MONEY
A unique website that lets you see for yourself the hidden world of American political campaigns.
 
PROGRESSIVE PUNCH
How left leaning are your politicians? Check their records.
 

GovTrack

Keep tabs on the U.S. Congress. This is the independent, nonpartisan website that started the “civic hacking” movement in the United States.
 
Citizens Against Government Waste
America’s #1 Taxpayer Watchdog – Pork Hunters Extraordinaire
 
Source Watch
your guide to the names behind the news
 
 
KNOW YOUR NET WORTH
And everybody elses, too (public figures net worth statements, etc)
 
Purple People Beaters
Exposing SEIU Corruption
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News for 08/19/2009- Uplifting, Outrageous, Tools for Citizens and Patriots

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Soldier Defends America Against Those That Would Misrepresent the Articles of the Constitution
 
This is a must see 1+ minute video of a soldier defending the Constitution at Claire McCaskill’s townhall. Notice the crowd’s reaction. Uplifting!
  
Obama Goes Postal, Lands in Dead-Letter Office from Caroline Baum at Bloomberg.com
 
UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” — Barack Obama, Aug. 11, 2009
No institution has been the butt of more government- inefficiency jokes than the U.S. Postal Service. Maybe the Department of Motor Vehicles. The only way the post office can stay in business is its government subsidy. The USPS lost $2.4 billion in the quarter ended in June and projects a net loss of $7 billion in fiscal 2009, outstanding debt of more than $10 billion and a cash shortfall of $1 billion. It was moved to intensive care — the Government Accountability Office’s list of “high risk” cases – – last month and told to shape up. (It must be the only entity that hasn’t cashed in on TARP!) That didn’t stop President Barack Obama from holding up the post office as an example at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, last week. What he did instead was conjure up visions of long lines and interminable waits. Why do we need or want a health-care system that works like the post office? What’s more, if the (Post Office) is struggling to compete with private companies, as Obama implied, why introduce a government health-care option that would operate at the same disadvantage? Impromptu Obamanomics is getting scarier by the day. For all the president’s touted intelligence, his un-teleprompted comments reveal a basic misunderstanding of capitalist principles. For example, asked at the Portsmouth town hall how private insurance companies can compete with the government, the president said the following:
“If the private insurance companies are providing a good bargain, and if the public option has to be self-sustaining — meaning taxpayers aren’t subsidizing it, but it has to run on charging premiums and providing good services and a good network of doctors, just like any other private insurer would do — then I think private insurers should be able to compete.”
Self-sustaining? The public option? What has Obama been doing during those daily 40-minute economic briefings coordinated by uber-economic-adviser, Larry Summers?
 
Cool Tool Alert:  WWW.VOTESMART.ORG – check out your political representatives speaches, voting records, positions and history
 
US School District to Begin Microchipping Students by David Gutierrez
 
A Rhode Island school district has announced a pilot program to monitor student movements by means of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their schoolbags. The Middletown School District, in partnership with MAP Information Technology Corp., has launched a pilot program to implant RFID chips into the schoolbags of 80 children at the Aquidneck School. Each chip would be programmed with a student identification number, and would be read by an external device installed in one of two school buses. The buses would also be fitted with global positioning system (GPS) devices.
 
Obama’s State Department Submits to Islam by American Thinker (in case you missed yesterday’s late addition)
 
Here is but the latest act of submission to Islam by your State Department. A State Department cable has just been sent out with this announcement:
The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has assembled a range of innovative and traditional tools to support Posts’ outreach activities during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Here, in contrast, is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The State Department’s Ramadan programs are wide-ranging. “On August 10,” the cable continues, “America.gov will publish a ‘Multicultural Ramadan’ feature. American Muslims trace their ancestry to more than 80 countries and the feature will highlight the richness of these various cultural traditions through the lens of Ramadan and Eid. Content will include essays by young Muslims who are part of Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core (IYC). Contact: Alexandra Abboud (AbboudAM@state.gov).” There’s more! The Bureau of International Information Programs “will publish three articles for Ramadan 2009 addressing the concept of an Islam in America ‘brand’; advocacy (civic and political) of the Muslim American community; and community innovation/community building. The writer will contact Muslim American experts in each of these fields. These articles will be available on America.gov in English, Arabic, and Persian.”
The main publication is Being Muslim In America: “Conceived as IIP’s flagship print publication on the rich and varied experiences of the nation’s growing Muslim population, this lavishly illustrated new book links the Muslim-American experience to those of other American racial, religious, and immigrant groups as they moved into the American ‘mainstream.'”
Can you imagine every Embassy and consulate putting up a Menorah and having some Rabbis as speakers via a webcast? Can you imagine if we had the Stations of the Cross put on the walls of all of our embassies, consulates, and other posts, as well as the many Department of State buildings across the country, including C Street? Why aren’t priests, pastors, etc. invited during Christmas to give blessings or talk about Christianity in the United States? Can you imagine if the Buddha were revered and we had some monks coming to do a meditation session with all of the officers of each embassy, consulate, etc.? Can we get printed and distributed Hare Krishna posters for all of our posts, so as to reach massive audiences? I mean, put it in reverse and see how crazy it is. Absolutely nuts.
Perhaps this is an initiative of President Barack Obama’s newly created Office for Outreach to the Ummah at State. In June Obama had the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, at the White House. Ihsanoglu urged Obama to appoint a U.S. ambassador to the Islamic world – and Obama immediately created a new State Department Office for Muslim Outreach, with a Muslim woman, Farah Pandith, serving as the new U.S. Special Representative for Muslim Outreach. In keeping with Obama’s U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, a charter of dhimmitude, we are to be conditioned to respect Muslim immigrants and accept their culture.
 
Misleading The Public: How Social Security Really Works and Why We Are In Trouble… from Heritage.org
http://www.heritage.org/Research/SocialSecurity/em940.cfm

…The Social Security trust fund is merely an accounting device filled with IOUs that future taxpayers must repay. Far too soon, payroll taxes will be insufficient to pay all of the promised benefits. Unless Congress promptly takes action, taxpayers will have to pump hundreds of billions of additional tax dollars into Social Security to pay the promised benefits…

Furthermore, huge impending deficits are only one of the problems facing Social Security. The sad reality is that millions of workers receive a dismal rate of return on their Social Security retirement taxes. Making matters worse, the current program does not enable workers to build up investments and cash savings to supplement their monthly Social Security checks.
THE INFLUENCE GAME: Stand-ins hold lobbyist spots from AP
 
Rose and Zine Hosein have stand-up jobs—and get paid $15 an hour for it. The 60-something couple have the ultimate niche occupation in Washington’s influence economy, holding places in line for lobbyists outside crowded congressional hearing rooms. In Washington, where access often equals action, lobbyists consider it crucial to attend congressional hearings or similar meetings in person. It’s here that they can speak directly with key lawmakers and their staff during breaks or after the hearing. They can also see who else is in the audience and pick up subtle hints about how a lawmaker may be leaning on a subject critical to their clients. Outside a recent health care hearing, the Hoseins were among dozens of placeholders awaiting their customers. Some leaned against the wall. Others looked like limousine drivers, carrying white signs with the names of people or organizations that they were holding places for. Some consider the practice—started roughly 20 years ago—as unfair, another advantage of big money in the government’s policy-making process. Those who can’t afford a placeholder or who can’t get in line hours early may be denied a seat to watch Congress conduct the public’s business.

TO ALL WHO ARE WORKING ON CZAR INVESTIGATIONS- HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL LINKS:

http://investigatingobama.blogspot.com/2009/08/compleat-list-of-czars.html

http://www.lib.memphis.edu/resource/unclesam/whos.html 

Guarding the Constitution from Glenn Beck
http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/28536/
As we sit here and watch government run healthcare, Cap & Tax, more tax hikes, stimulus bills, bailouts, etc etc — if you STILL believe that our Constitution isn’t under attack, well, then you’ve probably never read it. This isn’t what America is about and this isn’t just Obama. It’s been a gradual rise in government power over decades that has accelerated in Bush’s 2nd term and now Obama’s 1st term. What can you do about it? Glenn explains how we got here, where we are and what we can do about it all this week in his recently released series of letters. Part I from Monday http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/28451/  We stand at cross-roads as a country.  Where we eventually end up will be determined by the decisions each of us makes today and in the weeks and months ahead.
 

Over 400 People Rally Against Cap-and-Trade on AFP’s Hot Air Tour
 
Americans For Prosperity’s Hot Air Tour in Indianapolis, Indiana, held in conjunction with their Patients First Bus Tour.  They had over 400 activists come out on a hot and humid day to send Senator Bayh a message to vote NO on the massive hidden energy tax known as Cap-and-Trade and Government Run Health Care. Almost every one also signed our petitions and made a call to Senator Bayh’s office to tell him they do not want any more government take over of the free market. These are real grassroots Americans who drove from hours away while taking time off from work and family to make their voices heard. Next up on their swing of the Hot Air Tour we’ll be in Ohio (Dayton and Zanesville) and Virginia (Bluefield and Roanoke).
 
Houston We Have A Problem: Her name is Lisa Falkenberg
 
A left wing journalist did a hit piece on Peter Fleckenstein. Another case of the left attacking the citizens of this country. Lisa Falkenburg, you are part of the problem. Using deceit to win over the public to your point of view. Just like the Obama Administration and Politicians in Washington. Thing is, people are smarter than you give them credit for, dear. It’s hard to win when you are fighting against the truth. Check out the link above for the tactics she and others of her ilk use to discredit citizens in main stream media outlets.
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News for 06/25/2009

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Enemies of The State, General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fight Cap and Trade- Emergency Alert
CALL YOUR REPS NOW…. Going to Vote Friday… This will RUIN our country and YOUR BANK ACCOUNT- REALLY!
(see yesterday’s newsletter for details if you don’t know about this legislation)
 
Warren Buffet Slams Cap and Trade as a Huge Tax and Terrible for our Economy
 
Fading of the Dollar’s Dominance
 By Anthony Faiola -Washington Post Staff Writer
 

Did Obama Say We Should Kill the Old Folks to Save Money Last Night? By Warner Todd Huston  

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12312

I am wondering when the euthanasia folks are going to start touting this one? I mean, it sure seemed to me as if the most caring, most civil, most intelligent president evah just said that healthcare could be cheaper if we don’t give old folks and the infirm the full measure of care they now get. It appeared that Obama said we should just let them die or suffer because they aren’t worth the effort. Imagine if Bush had said something like this? The left wouldn’t have hesitated to call him any manner of names.

Vote Coming to Confirm Anti-gun Radical ..article from gunowers.org

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a Wednesday vote on a State Department nominee who supports gun control on a global scale. While advocates of the Second Amendment have come to expect that appointees of President Barack Obama would be hostile to the rights of gun owners, the president’s nominee for legal advisor to the State Department reaches a whole new level of anti-gun extremism.
 
Camp’s Statement to Hearing on Health Reform
It sounds like they are fighting for us… but I will believe it when I see the outcome.
 
Problems for Atlanta July 4 Tea Party by Jason Lee of American Thinker
Gwinnett Place Mall (owned by Simon Property Grp) will not allow tea party to go forward.. interestingly enough Simon Prop Grp is headed by billionaire who has donated millions to Obama, Clinton(s), Edwards, Franken, and leftist aggenda organizations. 
 
Barney Frank asks Fannie/ Freddie to relax loan standards again.. this time for condos
(Reuters) – Two U.S. Democratic lawmakers want Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to relax recently tightened standards for mortgages on new condominiums, saying they could threaten the viability of some developments and slow the housing-market recovery, the Wall Street Journal said.
 
EPA Purposely Omits From Record Disenting Evidence

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has obtained internal EPA e-mails that show the agency willfully and recklessly disregarded scientific data that undermined the bureaucracy’s global warming zealotry. This information is especially relevant as Congress rushes to pass the cap-and-trade nightmare on Friday.

Part 5: Who holds REAL control – Lobbyists
In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. Some special interests retain lobbying firms, many of them located along Washington’s legendary K Street; others have lobbyists working in-house. Opensecrets.org has totals spent on lobbying, beginning in 1998, for everyone from AAI Corp. to Zurich Financial.
Office of The Clerk for US House has lobbying disclosure site: http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/
American Medical Association Lobbyists and Contributions: http://mediamattersaction.org/factcheck/200906110008
Senate Search Database:  http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Public_Disclosure/LDA_reports.htm      I searched for Energy Lobbyists with EXTENSIVE LIST for many millions of dollars found here: http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=submitSearchRequest  
 Do your own Senate Lobbying Search : http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=selectfields  easist way is just to check “specific issue” under filings
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