July 30th, 2010
LOWER MANHATTAN — Charles Giles was not in Washington Thursday night to watch the House of Representatives defeat the 9/11 health bill.
Giles, 42, an EMT who rushed into the North Tower shortly before it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, was stuck at home in New Jersey, where his failing lungs and heart keep him confined to bed.
“If I don’t get my medical care, I’m going to die,” Giles said in a phone interview Friday morning. “What happened last night is a total disgrace. Our government is totally broken.”
The $7.4 billion Zadroga Act, named for fallen NYPD Detective James Zadroga who died from a 9/11-induced lung ailment, would reopen the victims’ compensation fund and provide medical monitoring and treatment for the first responders, residents, workers and students who were hurt or became ill in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
The bill failed to achieve the two-thirds majority it needed to pass Thursday night, based on the special rules used to bring the measure to the floor. The 255-to-159 vote broke roughly down party lines, with most Democrats supporting the measure and most Republicans opposing it.
The House is expected to vote on the bill again this fall under different rules, when a simple majority would pass it.
But that may not come soon enough for first responders like Giles, who said he has been diagnosed with a variety of illnesses and takes 39 medications a day.
Giles said he suffered first and second-degree burns and a scratched cornea in the collapse of the North Tower, but he checked himself out of the hospital on the afternoon of Sept. 11 and returned to the site that evening. Over the next several months, he said he logged 497 hours there doing rescue and recovery work.
“We gave our hearts and souls on 9/11,” Giles said. “Congress doesn’t see that. All they care about is the almighty dollar.”
The House’s vote also drew censure from lower Manhattan politicians and activists Friday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the vote “outrageous.” He slammed both the Republicans who voted against the bill and the Democrats who brought it to the floor under the special rules that required a two-thirds majority.
Allan Tannenbaum, a TriBeCa resident who documented first responder illnesses through a project called “9/11: Still Killing,” said he was “disgusted” with both parities.
“I’m wondering what kind of country we live in where we can’t come together and do the right thing,” Tannenbaum said. “Congress passed huge bailouts of billions of dollars to banks, and yet they can’t find a way to provide health maintenance and monitoring?”
Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1, called the vote “a slap in the face.”
“It’s unacceptable,” she said. “It’s basically akin to, ‘Drop dead, New York.’”
John Feal, a 9/11 first responder who lost half of his left foot at Ground Zero, is planning rallies this weekend in New York and this fall in Washington.
Feal said he was tired of partisan politics.
“At the end of the day, it’s the 9/11 responders who suffer,” he said.
Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20100730/downtown/911-health-bills-defeat-is-disgrace-say-first-responders-local-pols#ixzz0vJE5n4f9
Erik Runge and Mary Costello
FOX 9 News
June 5th, 2010
Minneapolis, Minn. – By the number of drivers who contest their traffic tickets, you’d think there’d be total distain for the number of squad cars on the road.
It turns out, perhaps the opposite.
What a new study is really saying is people are more open to different kinds of enforcement to keep themselves and others safe.
One group that knows that very well is the State Patrol.
“The charger right now is one of the most effective tools that we have,” says Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Scott Wahl.
When Wahl goes to work, he goes in style.
The State Patrol has five of unmarked Dodge Chargers out on the roads, and troopers use them to sneak right up on people breaking the law.
“There’s a term- ‘trained observer.’ That’s what we are. We are looking for violations.”
Speeders, seatbelts, anything really- it doesn’t take Sgt. Wahl long to find one this Satruday.
The Charger does have a fault, Wahl says. It can’t be everywhere. 148 people have died on Minnesota roadways this year. Many were not wearing seatbelts… just 148 reasons, perhaps, why many people are supporting more traffic safety policies.
According to a new University of Minnesota national survey, 82 percent of people are all for sobriety check points.
88 percent are for ingniton locks for convicted drunk drivers. 88 percent also support graduated driver’s licenses so young drivers can gain experience behind the wheel before going out on the road. 72 percent say you should get pulled over and ticketed for not wearing your seatbelt.
As far as enforcing speed limits and seatbelt laws, people are in favor of using automated cameras to catch violators, though when you ask about using undercover cars like the Charges you get mixed signals.
“I’m not for the use of undercover cars,” one driver told us. “I don’t think it’s right to trick people.”
“I think people should be accepting of this,” another driver said. “It’s keeping the roads safer for them. That’s the bottom line.”
So think of this as fair warning. Sgt. Wahl is out there. Even if you don’t notice him, he’s looking at you.
“We’re sneaky with those things,” he says. “Put that seatbelt on everytime you get in the car.”
We Are Change Minnesota
June 1st, 2010
Robert’s lawyer writes:
Your Honor, I’m gonna object to this line of questioning. I don’t see the relevancy of any of this. These are postings made long after any restraining order has ever been entered by the Court. They have nothing to do with anything concerning Mr. Robert Wanek directly. I mean he’s making postings on his facebook. Pretty soon he won’t be able to write to his mom. It’s irrelevant.
That’s how bad the infringements on Robert’s rights have become.
April 19th, 2010
The Corbett Report
“I just want to say that, anybody out there watching, that if you’re in the secretive Bilderberg group, please don’t assassinate freelance reporters. It’s just not nice guys. It’s not nice. And please, call me, call me. You owe me one buddy. (points to Luke in the audience) Now they gotta go through me.”
We Are Change
March 4th, 2010
This list of Active Patriot groups is an appendix to the SPLC and ADLs list of active Hate groups. Patriot and constitutionalist groups (Constitution party, John Birch Society, InfoWars, GCNLive, AmericanFreePress, Militias etc. and now WeAreChange) are being listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League as non racist “hate” groups, along side the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazis!
It is not so surprising that WeAreChange has been added to the updated list of Active Patriot Groups in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s special issue of their magazine “Intelligence Report”. I say this because last year’s list of active patriot groups, which was an appendix to the list of active “hate groups,” included WeAreChange allies and affiliates like InfoWars, GCN Live, John Birch Society, Constitution Party, AFP, militias, and other patriot-constitutionalist organizations. The special report also contains a “hate group” map, where patriot groups are shown alongside the KKK and neo-Nazis.
All of this makes up a sophisticated smear campaign of propaganda, which influences the minds of the ordinary public to associate anti-New World Order and 9/11 Truth organizations with racist groups. It is extremely unjust to equate patriotic activists with racism, especially WeAreChange, because our charter explicitly states:
We Are Change is a pacifist organization and is tolerant of all regardless of racial, religious, ethnic or sexual orientation.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been rumored to have been implicated in the OKC bombing and as an intelligence arm, gathering information for the FBI, CIA and other law enforcement agencies on socalled “extremist” groups. The SPLC and ADL are the authors of the MIAC report and the older federal law enforcement manuals about domestic terrorist groups. That claim citing the constitution is a sign of a potential domestic terrorism.
Southern Poverty Law Center’s special issue of their magazine “Intelligence Report”—both 2009 and 2010—claims that although the patriot movement is not racist, its beliefs are still “Hate”. This has everything to do with the classification of certain types of speech as “Hate” speech, under the new “hate crime” laws certain elites want passed.
Therefore, this defamation is not just an issue for WeAreChange – it sets the pretext for violating every American’s first amendment rights.
Below is a segment of what they wrote. It’s also interesting how they mark down every single wearechange chapter in every state, state by state, city by city. I didn’t even know we had that many chapters.
Active ‘Patriot’ Groups in the United States in 2009
The Intelligence Project identified 512 “Patriot” groups that were active in 2009. Of these groups, 127 were militias, marked with an asterisk, and the remainder includes “common-law” courts, publishers, ministries and citizens’ groups. Generally, Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the “New World Order,” engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines. Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist. The list was compiled from field reports, Patriot publications, the Internet, law enforcement sources and news reports. Groups are identified by the city, county or region where they are located.
NEW YORK (17)
America First Party of New York
Empire State Militia 11th Field Force *
The Jekyll Island Project
We Are Change
New York City
We The People