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 09/15/2009- Time to throw the bums out and take back our country!

Posted on September 15, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Throw the Bums Out!
 
Continually we see people in elected office thumb their noses at citizens of this country. There is a blatant disrespect for our constitution, our founding fathers and our citizens. Those in government make a mockery of us. When a voter writes their representative, a mere form letter is sent back. When a voter calls to voice their opinion on pending legislation, a clerk takes the call and it goes no further. When good citizens, concerned with the direction their country is heading, take the time to come to a town hall, they are beaten down and admonished. In many cases there is such disrespect for the voters that no town halls are even held. Yet, voters continue to re-elect the same scoundrels. Voters have not pushed for term limits. Voters have not demanded real government reform. Why?
 
Is it apathy? Do they think it is merely politics at play? Is there a disconnect between what happens in government and citizens everyday lives? Are citizens so used to the abuse they just think that is how government is supposed to be? I do not know.
 
Congratulations to all who attend the tea parties, town halls, freedom rallies and citizen group meetings. Congratulations to those who are tirelessly calling and writing their representatives week after week. Congratulations to those willing to speak out against the tyranny, corruption, and self serving behavior of our elected officials. Congratulations to those people who have put up web sites that act as tools to expose the actions of elected officials.
 
Our Declaration of Independence makes it clear. It is our job to stand up to tyranny, misrepresentation and a government that does not function on the people’s behalf.
 
It is time we, as citizens of this country, ban together to shed our government of those who seek to make it anything other than what it is supposed to be. Our Constitution makes clear what is expected of the government. This is being ignored and put aside in favor of an ever growing grab for control over the lives of American citizens.
 
We have made a good start. Let us not waste this opportunity, lest we find ourselves one day soon, nothing more than a unsoveriegn participant and unwilling funder of a “global” community. More power is given away every day – taken from the people and gladly handed to the international governance of the UN, the World Bank and others. It is not enough the government is prostituting and disrespecting it’s citizens, but now turning us into slaves for the international community is on their “to do” list as well. 
 
Stand Up America! Fight for your country! Your voice is your weapon! Ten minutes a day from each one of us is all that is required. Send an email a day, make a phone call a day. Please do not sit idly by and allow them to separate us by Democrat and Republican. That is like imploring us to take sides between the devil and Hitler.. neither choice is a valid representation of who we are as a people, of who our forefathers envisioned. If you can schedule more time than that, by all means. We as a people need to reclaim our future before it is no longer ours to reclaim. If you can not see what is happening to us and to our country, you have not been paying close enough attention.
 
When it comes time for the 2010 elections, speak loudly. Do not sit home quietly thinking you can not make a difference. We need every voice to ban together to make a choir, so loud it will be akin to screaming from the mountain top “We Want Our Country Back”. Do not make a choice simply between Democrat and Republican. Look at the independent candidates, the libertarian candidates, all the candidates. If a local debate seeks to shut out all but the normal players, raise holy hell. All voices need to be heard. All those in office who have not stood with the constitution need to be sent packing. If the fight for our freedom is not won with this election, I am afraid the die will be cast. Time is running out for our once great nation.
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News for 08/31/2009- Time to Take Back Your Country, America!

Posted on August 31, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Join us for the March on Washington, September 12, 2009 http://www.912dc.org
There will be many tea parties across the nation that day, too. So if you can’t get to DC, join us where you can.
It’s time to TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY, AMERICA!

A Handful of Words That Warn of Obama’s America
http://canadafreepres…
“It ain’t (America) no more, OK?”
http://www.youtube.co… – YOU MUST SEE THIS VIDEO! (1.5 min)

Pledge for Your Elected Representatives from Glenn Beck
http://interactive.fo…
They either sign it or they don’t .. and if they don’t, well.. don’t vote for them!

Tim Hawkins- The Government Can (3 min spoof video)
http://tinyurl.com/m7…

The Great American Walk for Freedom (video)
http://woodsmanwalk.t…
A 1600+ mile walk to stand up for disenfranchised Americans

The Betrayal of America; People Held Hostage In a War of Special Interests by Canada Free Press
http://canadafreepres…

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys”—P. J. O’Rourke
Here is the antidote to Nationalized Health Care. It’s our government and we should be able to do what is best for us. I propose that we throw the whole Congress and Senate out of office. Institute six (6) year term limits retroactively in the house and twelve (12) years in the Senate, and refuse to allow them to become bureaucrats by playing musical chairs… no skipped second term. Take away their ability to vote themselves raises and retroactively take away their lifetime pensions, tie their raises to the cost of living. Make this a true opportunity to serve our country. This is the same medicine that they prescribed for AIG during a fit of political mania and it is only right that they be held to the same standard….

Require that every member of the House and Senate go under the same plan as all Americans, including the president. Mandate that if they voted for this bill they are required, unless they pay out of pocket for health care, that they and their immediate families are required to go under the public health plan until their demise. One of the biggest swindles in history is that they have excluded themselves from this health care plan. We can submit to a populist government for four (4) years while we straighten out things in Washington DC. Put in office a populist shadow government, those representatives whom we can trust to protect and serve our interests. Outlaw pork, require that they cannot tag their ‘pet projects’ or ‘good legislation’ to other bills, give power back to the states, reinstitute a “Constitutional Government”, institute a testing system with public access to test scores, to insure that each legislator understands and have read each bill they vote upon. Stop cheating as in allowing speed readers [on staff] to tell them what a bill is about. Set up a testing and reporting system that tells each American how and why each voted for every bill before them. In other words we The People want what Obama promised… complete transparency…

Socialists and others who feel Government is the answer to all of our problems breeds the resentment of the free market where the ability to fail or succeed is inherent. Business, on one hand wants to be sheltered from failure and on the other they want their competition to fail. It is that undeniable juxtaposing of two incompatible thoughts that makes the Socialist what he is and terrifies the Capitalist. If America goes to Socialism… we all will suffer.

In total self serving arrogance and a narcissistic desperate-quest to be accepted by others Barack Obama has apologized to the world to wit; “Although we have a large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.” Did Barack Obama, while attending Muslim school in Indonesia, fail to attend American History class? No, Mr. Obama, we may not be a totally Christian nation but we have Christian values and inarguably we were established on the Christian principles of our founding fathers. Depending upon whose poll you are looking at, 75-85 percent of Americans believes in God and espouses Christian values. To the contrary, you [Sir] will not change that by giving speeches of appeasement in foreign lands. We are a land where freedom of religion is hallowed ground, where religion more than any other is what defines us, where church steeples across America dot the landscape, where bibles abound, where generosity is plentiful, where Christian children’s names are the most popular and most importantly where Christianity flourishes.

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