John Maenpaa

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Ten Kansas City-Area Men Indicted for Nearly $1 Million Conspiracy to Steal Trucks and Trailers and Their Cargo

http://www.fbi.gov/kansascity/press-releases/2012/ten-kansas-city-area-men-indicted-for-nearly-1-million-conspiracy-to-steal-trucks-and-trailers-and-their-cargo?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kansas-city-press-releases&utm_content=162336

David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 10 Kansas City, Missouri-area men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to steal nearly $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Kenneth Ray Borders, 42; Christopher Dwight Turner, 44; Reginald Shawn Tidwell, 43; Harold Robertson, 55; Verdie Carr, Jr., 53; Ryonell Eugene Fredrick, 45; Michael O’Neal Foster, 54; and Myron Piggie, 51, all of Kansas City, Missouri; Jon Dirk Dickerson, 55, of Raytow...

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[VIDEO] United States: Occupy Sandy Stands Up to Destruction

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/18/united-states-occupy-sandy-stands-up-to-destruction/

It has been one month since Hurricane Sandy reeked havoc in the Northeast of the United States; however, relief efforts continue in the aftermath of this natural phenomenon. While federal aid and concerts like 12.12.12 organized by Bruce Springsteen seek help for hundreds of thousands of families, organizations such as Occupy Sandy got down to work from the moment that the amount of damage was assessed.

Organized by the group InterOccupy, Occupy Sandy was created as a part of the Occupy movement whose methodology was to organize general assemblies, attracting individuals and groups working to promote mutu...

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Trumka: Hawaii’s Inouye ‘Exemplified America’s Values’

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Trumka-Hawaii-s-Inouye-Exemplified-America-s-Values

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), 88, who served the Aloha State in Congress for more than 50 years, died Monday in Bethesda, Md. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Inouye “was the person every American aspires to be.”

HHis courage under fire, visionary leadership and love for his country and his constituents are an inspiration for everyone. From a war hero to a United States senator, Sen. Inouye exemplified America’s values. He fought valiantly, broke down barriers and was a fierce advocate for what is right and good. Our nation lost an American hero yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family..."

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'I'd rather fight like hell': Naomi Klein's fierce new resolve to fight for climate justice

http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2012/12/id-rather-fight-hell-naomi-kleins-fierce-new-resolve-fight-climate-justice

Naomi Klein, black-clad and sharp-tongued mistress of the global anti-corporate left, friend to Occupiers and scourge of oil barons, stood outside a dressing room backstage at Boston's Orpheum Theatre one night last month, a clear-eyed baby boy on her hip.

"I'm really trying not to play the Earth Mother card," Klein told me over the phone the week before, as she talked about bringing Toma, her first child, into the world. But she didn't need to worry.

Inside the dressing room, she'd been fielding questions from a small gaggle of young reporters alongside 350.org's Bill Mc...

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The Right’s ‘Limited Government’ Scam

http://consortiumnews.com/2012/12/18/the-rights-limited-government-scam/

Libertarians and Tea Partiers pretend they are the only Americans who believe in “limited government” as envisioned by the Framers, but that is a false conceit. The real history is that Madison and Washington devised a Constitution with broad powers to promote the “general Welfare,” says Robert Parry.

A favorite line from the American Right – both well-educated libertarians and know-nothing Tea Partiers – is that the Founders believed in “limited government” and the United States must return to that constitutional principle. But the argument is both nonsensical and insulting.

Everyone believes in “limited government” – unless ...

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It's a significant cut to Social Security benefits (which the president promised NOT to do) and it disproportionately hurts women. Please SHARE this graphic to spread the word.

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Judge Rules On Occupy Atlanta Subpoenas For Mayor, Police Chief

http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2012/12/18/judge-rules-on-occupy-atlanta-subpoenas-for-mayor-police-chief/

An Atlanta municpal judge has ruled that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and police chief George Turner will not have to testify, during the trial of more than two dozen Occupy Atlanta participants, who were arrested last year, for violating a city curfew at Woodruff Park. About half of the defendants arrested in October of 20-11, pleaded guilty to the charges, and were ordered to enter a diversion program for first time offenders. The other 28, which includes WAOK’s Derrick Boazman who hosts ‘Too Much Truth’ plan to fight the charges. The judge ruled after listening to a motion to quash the subpoenas for Reed...

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Trumka: 'Republicans Are Once Again Demanding Benefit Cuts to Pay for Tax Cuts'

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Trumka-Republicans-Are-Once-Again-Demanding-Benefit-Cuts-to-Pay-for-Tax-Cuts

"Republicans are once again demanding benefit cuts to pay for tax cuts, and threatening to harm the economy unless they get their way," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement today...

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About $1bn assets frozen in Switzerland after Arab Spring

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/middle-east/218532-about-1bn-assets-frozen-in-switzerland-after-arab-spring.html

GENEVA: Switzerland has blocked nearly one billion Swiss francs ($1.1bn) in assets linked to former autocratic Middle Eastern leaders since the Arab Spring, the Swiss foreign ministry said yesterday.

The Swiss government has held funds linked to ousted Tunisian dictator Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali since he left the country in January 2011, and those of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak after his departure from power the same year, said Valentin Zellweger, the head of the foreign ministry’s international law department.

Switzerland had blocked some 700m Swiss francs from Egypt and 60m from Tunisia, and is ...

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NRA calls news conference for Friday, vows 'meaningful contributions'

http://washingtonexaminer.com/nra-calls-news-conference-for-friday-vows-meaningful-contributions/article/2516312?custom_click=rss#.UNEP4uS6paZ

The National Rifle Association, the gun rights group that has remained mostly silent in the days following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has announced it will hold a “major news conference” on Friday and vowed to offer “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

Here is the full NRA statement:

The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.

Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of commo...

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This was not part of the deal; please send an email to President Obama urging him to take Social Security cuts off the table in fiscal showdown negotiations.

http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=280&tag=1218em6

In his most recent attempt to strike a deal with Republicans, President Obama has proposed new cuts to Social Security by switching to the chained consumer price index, which would reduce benefits for current and future recipients of the program, with benefits shrinking further over time.

This proposed benefit cut goes against previous statements from the White House which indicated that Social Security cuts would not be part of negotiations because Social Security is not the cause of or solution to our budget woes. On November 26, 2012, White House spokesperson Jay Carney stated, “Social Security is not currently a driver of the deficit. That's an economic fact.”

Cutting Social Security benefits for millions of vulnerable Americans is not an acceptable compromise and does not address economic problems.

http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=280&tag=1218em6

Please, send an email to President Obama asking him to drop his proposed cuts to Social Security.

Keep fighting,
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

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Alicia Keys

http://www.cbs.com/shows/liveonletterman/artist/200709/alicia-keys/

Join Alicia Keys for a Live on Letterman webcast on Tuesday, December 18 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

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“Every year we have to relearn the hard lesson that producing more food is no guarantee of ending hunger.” http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-12-18-day-7-working-harder-isnt-working #FutureOfAg

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The solar-powered bike-car thingy we’ve all been waiting for

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2012/12/17/the-solar-powered-bike-car-thingy-weve-all-been-waiting-for/

Okay, sure — you could buy a Smart car, and it costs $13,000 just to drive it home, plus no matter how cute it is it’s still burning gas and if you want to go to a gig with your guitar and your girlfriend, one of them is going to be uncomfortable. Or you could buy a Volt or a Leaf or, I don’t know, an OrganoEcoloSocioEconoGreenoPod, and it’s designed in Delft and assembled in Korea and by the time you’ve shipped it to your city you might just as well as spent your time engaging in a little relaxing mountaintop removal coal mining. Plus — no matter how eco friendly it is, it’s still just another stinkin’ ca...

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Please share this if you agree. Thanks to Americans Against The Republican Party for finding it. Image from The Reprimand Project.

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Occupy Newtown to shield grievers from extremists' 'God sent shooter' signs

http://www.examiner.com/article/occupy-newtown-to-shield-grievers-from-extremists-god-sent-shooter-signs

An Occupy Newtown silent human shield plan has emerged as an internet rapid response to religious fanatics's plan to picket with hate signs at Tuesday's Topeka, Kan. funeral procession for the massacred schoolchildren in the nation's latest violent tragedy on U.S. soil.

Westboro Baptist Church extremists say about the nation's latest violent tragedy, "God sent the shooter," but the human shield, with Anonymous and other rights groups' support, is planned to protect grievers from the religious fanatics and their hate signs at today's funeral.

A host of progressives are working on a rapid re...

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Chained CPI: The Younger You Are, the Bigger the Cut

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Chained-CPI-The-Younger-You-Are-the-Bigger-the-Cut

One of the proposals floated for months in the fiscal bluff debate in Washington, D.C., is a change to the formula used to measure inflation for Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) called the "chained" CPI. Let's be clear: This is a benefit cut. These COLAs make sure seniors' income keeps pace with the rising costs of housing and food. The "chained" CPI would cut future Social Security benefits by as much as $2,432 for someone who is 17 years old today. Studies from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) show that not only is the "chained" CPI a benefit cut, it eventually will lead to hi...

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Cost of Bush tax cuts: college tuition for 25 million students.
PASS IT ON >>

http://www.aflcio.org/Flash-Facts/Cost-of-Bush-tax-cuts-college-tuition-for-25-million-students

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The Czardom of Michiganistan

http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7909

Michigan is no longer a state. It is now "Michiganistan," an autocratic czardom in the hands of Emperor Rick Snyder.

Formerly the Republican governor, he's now been enthroned by the GOP's lame-duck, legislative supermajority to rule with an iron fist – democracy, rule-of-law, fairness, and The People be damned. Ironically, voters had given Snyder and his cohort of right-wing corporate ideologues a spanking for this kind of nastiness in a November referendum. The GOP cabal in Lansing had conspired last year to usurp the local authority of city governments and allow Snyder to send in unelected, unaccountable autocrats to fire elected offi...

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The Voter Suppression Fight Underscores How Fragile Are Our Democratic Rights

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/17/voter-suppression-fragile-democratic-rights

This was a banner year for progressives. We brought racial profiling and the death penalty back into the national conversation. Marriage equality made great strides, with four states legalizing same-sex marriage or failing to make it unconstitutional. Despite attempts at voter suppression and an ailing voting infrastructure, a diverse electorate loudly rejected the anti-worker, anti-immigrant, anti-equality agenda offered by an increasingly radical right wing. But last week's sneak attack on organized labor in Michigan reminded us that the enemies of democracy are still very much empowered...

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