Monthly Archives: November 2012

Your Questions About Carnitine

November 14, 2012
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Lizzie asks…

I want to find a good L-carnitine and caffeine drink?

Can anyone recommend, these are in the family “fat burning stack” for faster fat burning efficiency while working out. I would like to find a drink that doesn’t have too much other ingredients in there? Should I just drink coffee and supplement with L-Carnitine? Thanks

admin answers:

Check out the fat burning section in this site also gnc has a drink called frs its pretty good a pick me up www.bodybuilding.com

George asks…

Have you had any luck with l-Carnitine supplements in burning fat?

I’m wondering if it’s all in my head — placebo effect. Seem to have more energy during the day.

admin answers:

No, they are junk

Sandy asks…

Does l carnitine make you lose weight?

I started taking l carnitine for energy and here recently ive been losing weight. I do exercise but i always have and my weight has been very stable. Since i startef taking l canitine ive lost weight. Do my. Question is doed l caritine cause weight loss?

admin answers:

Known to cause minor weight loss

Hope this helps!

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Your Questions About Google Scholar

November 13, 2012
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Donald asks…

Are all articles that come up on google scholar Peer Reviewed?

I’m doing research and want articles that are peer reviewed. How can I be certain that they will be legit?

admin answers:

No, many are from journals that don’t require peer review or are dissertations. To find out if the article is peer-reviewed, find out which journal it was published in and find out if that journal was peer-reviewed.

Sandra asks…

Books/Google Books/Scholar Sources on China CCP’s attitude to foreign intervention?

Can anyone give me any names or links to any Google Books, YouTube videos, Google Scholar articles or any other educational sources which will provide me with knowledge about the CCP’s attitude towards foreign intervention?

admin answers:

You find it here:
https://www.google.de/#hl=de&sugexp=frgbld&gs_nf=1&cp=43&gs_id=c&xhr=t&q=CCP%27s+attitude+towards+foreign+intervention&pf=p&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=CCP%27s+attitude+towards+foreign+intervention&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=7a524d4888cf3148&biw=1600&bih=752

Ken asks…

What are the similarities and differences between a google search for information and a google scholar search?

admin answers:

The main difference is, if ur a student, you can get legit documents to reference in order to avoid plagiarism where u can easily find on google search.

The similarities are they are both good for normal search, but the difference is, the search capabilities and algorithms used for scholar search is slightly different and they give more intensive variables for schools and university related works.

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Your Questions About If You Choose To Take This Mission

November 13, 2012
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Maria asks…

What’s a really good name for this kind of game?

I’m trying again with this question WITH the additional details from last time because 3-4 of the people who answered the question didn’t give me good suggestions but it seemed like no one took the additional details on board. But anyway, back to the point. I’m planning on making a video game in the future and I’m looking for the perfect name for it. I hope the information below helps:

Far into the future, a global virtual reality called the ‘Dream Network’ was set up. It was originally meant to be a large-scale online RPG-style social networking community, but it became more than that. People started using it to have fun and even cure the stresses of daily life in the real world. It became extremely popular with high schools around the world. But then problems began to surface. When it was discovered that the Dream Network could be used to fulfil certain causes or achieve certain ends, people started hijacking the network for their cause, while other governments feared the network would become too powerful and began blocking it, but a few have started spreading viral programs into the system. Very soon, the real problem emerges. Chaos and conspiracy begins both online and offline and society begins to fall apart. The society that used to be can never come back. Society can now only be preserved or changed. The US Government is calling upon organisations create a unifying blueprint for a new society and take charge of the world alongside it, but others have plans for the world as well. Now you play as young high-schooler, Alex, and his friends are investigating the Dream Network and once Alex discovers that the Dream Network to change the world as he sees fit, all bets are off.

What do you think the best name for a game with this plot would be? Try not to use a name that’s already been used. This game is probably not an RPG, or at least a normal RPG. In the game, you get access to powers you won’t be able use in the real world and acquire them through Mantras (which are similar to Magatama in Nocturne except that this game is not a role-player, like Nocturne is). In the real world you get to socialize, access the Dream Network and take part in covert missions if you so choose. Basically, the virtual world is a high-octane, action-packed, superpowered, fantastical world, especially for a cross between a social network and an online game, while the real world has, other than covert missions, socialization, dates and lots of elements from a visual novel. The game’s ending is dependent on the actions you take throughout the game’s plot. Whether it’s a one-off game or a series depends on a few factors, such as story and the success of the first game. The Dream Network was created to be a social network and online game community (genre not specific). But then something unexpected happened: a new program is launched called Core which gives Dream Network users superhuman powers of their desires through use of Mantra programs, but it goes far and people start discovering secrets within the network. In addition to that, it is discovered that the Dream Network could be used to create and practice blueprints for a new society and spread people’s ideologies. This is taken advantage of rapidly. The four organisations are as follows: the Righteous Order, a religious organization, the Reunion Group, an organization advocating natural principles in human society, the Crimson Phoenix Movement, an organisation that advocates a free society without law and the High Frontier, an organisation advocating an elite society. You have the option of supporting one or none.
Oh, when I said “you have the option of supporting one or none” after describing the four organisations, it meant that you can support one of the organisations or reject all of them to pursue the character’s own idea of a new society.
@Jack Richardson I think I prefer The Dream but I haven’t decided. Is The Dream taken? I was thinking Dream Hackers or Mind Hackers, which could refer to the virtual reality and the fact that high school teenagers were serving as the heroes. But now the emphasis is less on high school heroes and more on the game’s backdrop or story. How about VR, or VR Network which refers to the network itself. Or how about Reset or R3S3T, which refers to the rebirth of society and of the world.
@Roland Slight problem, apparently Dream Network is copyrighted by other companies.

admin answers:

Just before I give a name, I want to tell you that you can sell video game ideas to companies and you can make a percentage profit and have a say in the development. I think you should call it ‘The dream Network’. Good Luck.

Linda asks…

what’s a good naruto based mmorpg something u just made up but follows the realistically of the naruto series?

mine would be the basics of everyone who have ever answered this question u make ur character start off as a academy student and make it up threw the ranks taking on different missions and fighting against neighboring villages and of course the thingz that 90% of all mmorpg’s have

u would be able to make it to jounin but u wouldnt be able to make it to kage unless u beat the kage at the time and there could only be one kage of that village at one time

the blood lines would be given out randomly off of a questioner when ur making ur character(s) and it locks that bloodline into ur IP address so no going out so u can get sharingan or something like that but the down side would be if u get to be a normal nin ur normal 4 ever but lets say u kill someone with a bloodline afer kills a certain amount of people with that bloodline you get that blood line but the number would be in like the hundreds or something of course there will be good thingz to having a bloodline but there would also be the weaknesses shown in the anime and if u were just a regular nin u would have advantages and didadvantages just like the regular nin in naruto

your born into a random village

the kaze of what ever village ur in gets the most of the work like taking care of negotiations with a enemy village making war against another village and so on and so fourth but unlike in the anime the kage will have most of the power instead of the elderz but lets say the kage at the time wants to start a war but most of the people in the village refuse or one person refuses they can try and organize a coudeta but if there plan fails executed lose a rank, or exiled what ever the kage chooses…

the demon’s will roam the entire naruto mmorpg universe and if ur stong enough to take it on and seal it into u u can do that but the demon’s would be like immune to poison and have almost unlimited chakra with a healing ability thats always in afect so the best way wold be to organize a small or large squad of the villages best and go try to capture it and seal it into one person except the hokage at the time but it can be some one who was kage then lost it

lets say u answer the questioner and u dont get to be a ninja youll be the normal people that make the weapons the scrolls build monuments and stuff simple little thingz that make a big diffrence

akatsuki and other small groups would be made by anyone who decides i want to leave my village or people who want to be a spy for them of course the biggest one would be akatsuki the leader would be the same as the kage’s the strongest at that time and the same thin for the smaller ones and they choose what they want to do kill random people, take over villages, get all the demon’s, and so on

the attributes would be like ninjutsu, taijutsu, genjutsu and what ever other type of jutsu there are and a few fake ones like for weapons smarts and what ever you would get a certain amount of abilty points that u could choose to put on/into any one you like u would start off getting a little bit of ability points at first then when u start getting to higher lvl’s(not ranks) u would start getting more and more AP at a time but to every good thing there is bad so when u make ur character u start off with a reasonable amount in every thing but not just random its based off of ur questioner so if u got sharingan most of ur starting off AP would be in ninjutsu and im not sure wether gen or tai but what ever ur questioner said u should be ur begining AP would mimic that so lets say u should be a weapon type person and most of your AP is in weapons but u dont like weapons u want to be gen jutsu u can put all of ur AP in gen till the point in witch just walking past someone puts them in a daze but ur weapons AP will NOT change almost for got ur chakra nature will be based off ur questioner just like most of the thingz so if it says ur going into what ever clan haku is/was in ur main 2 chakra nature’s would be wind and water to create ice and u can work urself from there with CP(chakra points) and u can put them into what ever nature the questioner said u have but most people will only start off with one nature and work your way up to having more but only a select few that the questioner does not selct get negan and can master all the elements but if ur not that like 1/9999 people then u can only master like 4 if there are 6 chakra nautres all to gether but if there are 99 u can only master like 97 if there are only 5 u can only master like 3 or something along them lines the jutsu them selves will have JP(jutsu points) so each time u lvl u get them and put into what ever jutsu u fell like putting it into that u can perform at the time and at some point in the game u can reset them but each jutsu has a limmiter so no putting every single JP u get sense u left the academy into shadow clones to completely over welm ur opponent by over comming him/her with like 1million clones of your self that take like 5

admin answers:

A perfect naruto mmorpg would be one like this: It is exactly like naruto ( like there are all the characters and stuff and things happen just like in naruto) but the thing is that you make and design your own character. After it is made you go through your brand new ninja life just in the naruto world. If that game is created I would pay 500 dollars to play it.

Susan asks…

What do you think Illegal immigrants a financial burden on Michigan ?

For several months now, alarm bells in Lansing have been ringing uncontrollably as we are warned of the state’s impending financial collapse should we fail to balance our budget and keep the cost of doing state business down.

Unfortunately, many in Lansing are only willing to pay lip service to the problem rather than finding solutions to it. I choose to focus on the concerns of the taxpayers from the 74th district and their agenda, rather than the Lansing agenda of raising taxes and partisan bickering. For this reason, I am happy to join other Republicans in support of the Taxpayer’s Agenda. An important part of this Taxpayer’s Agenda is the creation of several task forces to address the issues that many in Lansing choose to neglect.

I am excited to be a member of the Border Security and Immigration Reform, which focuses on homeland security and seeks ways to limit the negative impact that illegal immigration has on Michigan’s economy.

Taxpayer dollars are being used to subsidize illegal aliens in this state, and state programs are the vehicle that allows this. Medicaid costs have been increasing by millions annually, and the last thing we need is the added cost of care for people who should not be here in the first place.

Other Midwest states have gone to a system where a Medicaid applicant must prove their citizenship before receiving assistance. After doing so, those states have seen a 5 percent reduction in Medicaid expenditures. If Michigan were to implement a similar program and achieve similar results, we could see a drastic decrease in Medicaid spending totaling roughly $125 million.

Illegal immigrants who go to hospitals for emergency care rarely have the means to pay for their care. However, due to current laws, hospitals are not allowed to deny treatment based on inability to pay. As a result, the hospitals must count this “free” care as a loss, therefore passing the cost of this care onto other paying customers.

Spectrum Health incurred charges of more than $700,000 last year alone on illegal immigrant health care, and they expect that figure to increase this year.

Michigan’s employment environment is also polluted with illegal immigrants. In fact, there have been several instances in which new projects have been hijacked by illegal immigrant workers. In the Thumb area of Michigan, the Harvest Wind Farm project so highly touted by Gov. Jennifer Granholm was being staffed by a contractor who hires not only out of state workers, but employs illegal immigrants as well.

After first chiding the Republicans for forming the Immigration and Homeland Security Task Force, the Democrats have recently introduced legislation embracing some of our ideas. However, their half-hearted attempts don’t stand up under scrutiny.

Although they say they want to punish employers who hire illegals, they would only do so by canceling state contracts with these companies and requiring them to pay back incentives. No other punitive action would be taken. This is unacceptable.

The latest task force hearing held in Jenison focused on homeland security threats that Michigan is now plagued with because of illegal immigration. Testimony included representatives from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ottawa County Sheriffs, 9/11 families for a more secure America; and Jon DeWitte from Congressman Peter Hoekstra’s office.

The discussion centered on of law enforcement personnel, security officials and other concerned community members. We were successful in our mission to conduct a frank discussion in ways that we can end the unnecessary burden of illegal immigrants on our state.

As my colleagues and I travel the state we look forward to hearing ideas from a diverse background.

– Rep. David Agema represents the 74th House District. He lives in Grandville.
http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1189233975131770.xml&coll=6

admin answers:

If you go to a shopping mall in Texas on a weekend and you are anglo they outnumber you 10 to 1 and just hang around the mall not buying anything. I know they come here for a better life because they have ruined mexico but they are also ruining america. It is not the anglos fault that they have a corrupt government but should stay there and attempt to make a change. We cannot no longer afford mexicos poor to raise, send to school, pay their medical bills. The cheap labor comes at a terrible cost to Americans.

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Your Questions About If You Choose To Accept This Mission

November 12, 2012
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Helen asks…

Smiths Songtwister……..come and have a go if you think you’re sad enough…?

Lines from 4 Smiths songs moulded and crafted into a new verse. The words appear in the same order that they appear in the original song. Like rolling 4 pieces of string together. When you have unravelled the lines, you will find the title of a Morrissey song. Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to unravel the lines, name the Smiths songs and the Moz song title. This is dedicated to Bluemoo, my dear friend. This question will self-distruct in 10 seconds. 10….9….8….7….

“I’m that tired joke
And I’ve got to die,
This isn’t funny!
I, I want my terrible love life
To go cold
By coming on to your bed side”

Get your pens out….
Ermm, maybe I didn’t explain properly. Each word in the new verse is contained somewhere in the line of a Smiths song. There are 4 lines from 4 different songs. The words have been taken out of the lines and put in the new verse but they are mixed up. The new verse contains the words in the sequence that they appear in the original line. ie. ‘Happy birthday to you‘ & ‘Return of the Mack’ could be ‘Happy return of the birthday Mack to you.’ Hope that’s clearer.
Kitten – WHAT’S THE MOZ SONG?? Come on, quick before someone swoops in and claims the prize!

admin answers:

I’ll sit here and just watch, for once, rather than jumping in straight away with the answer.

Edit: Okay, I can’t stand it anymore.

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Asleep
The Headmaster Ritual

Richard asks…

Is she attracted to me? Or just trying to be helpful?

So I am a recent college grad, and I’m single, and not too bad with the lady-folk, although they never fail to mystify me. This particular situation calls my attention…
I met this girl at the grocery store (about 7.5 out of 10 in terms of physical attractiveness if I had to put a number on it), and we got to talking and flirting a little bit, although we didn’t talk about anything romance/sex related since I just met her. She invited me to drinks right then and there since she was meeting her co-worker for happy hour, but I had to decline since I was just taking a study break. So we agreed to talk again later, and she gave me her card. She explained that she worked for a company that helps people find employment, and I somewhat jokingly (and regrettably) said that they could probably help me, since I am unsatisfied with my restaurant job, having just graduated from a well known private university a year ago. She said she would like to help me or this and that, and said I should e-mail her at her office. In an attempt to bring things away from a professional relationship and into a more personal one, I laughed at this and said, “do you have a facebook?” and she laughed when I pointed out her suggestion, and said yes, she has a facebook, and we will connect on there.
Anyway. She writes me on facebook the next day (she wrote me first), saying nice to meet you, etc, lets get lunch, and she also says “I’ll see if I can help you!”…. hmmm…
And I write back something like, nice meeting you too, I would love to hang out, etc.
She writes me that she was busy this weekend, hows next weekend?
I haven’t responded yet…
Then she writes me yet ANOTHER letter, this time an e-mail saying basically the same thing, to quote, “How is the studying the economy and jobs going? Let’s grab food or something this week or weekend and discuss!”

Now my mission for you, if you choose to accept it, is to tell me wether you think that a girl would be so terribly interested in helping some random dude find a job as to repeatedly write him about getting lunch together to discuss it, or if she is doing all that because she is interested in more than just talking about jobs… Either way, I will have to go have lunch with her to find out, since there is no real way to let her know I want to date her, not talk about jobs unless the dating part fails, but I would really love your feedback. Thank you!!

admin answers:

It could be both. Talk to her in person or phone instead of facebook. That way u can hear her tone of voice. (if she is joking not joking, laughing not laughing )

Sandy asks…

Is there truth behind the Bible?

The bible was written and rewriten. How can we determine what was lost during the translation from the hebrew version and the new testimate version. Truth is we cant. I wrote a question earlier to this but it seems people took it a little wrong. The truth i beleive is behind everything in the red. the things jesus christ actually said. missionarys go out and have people pray with them to let god forgive them of their sins . Well If re read it seems as if jesus himself is trying to teach the gospel of the kingdom of god.
“is like unto treasure hid in a field” (Matthew 13:44)
Jesus knew about his mission (Luke 4:43);
he was sent to preach the Gospel
people over hundreds of years in the christian culture have overlooked this. The prominent point is He died on the cross for our sins. which i beleive is misinterpretated. Everybody sins. But he died on the cross to prove to us there is eternal life. THE RESURECTION! ……lets go onto another example. the middle east. there are people everyday killing themselves to kill others. but the one thing that they do beleive in is god. they beleive they will go back to gods kingdom. their wives and children share the same culture so they can accept the fact that they do these crazy things. jesus was born in the eastern culture. so is there just a chance that they might have adapted to the culture of jesus while implementing their own parts to the culture. people here believe there is a hell. the story of lucifer. well god loves everyone. he is not gonna condemn someone for the free will they use. thats why there is karma he accepts everybody. as for lucifer …You might think this is crazy and out of the ordinary but he was absorbed in to gods all shining light. he no longer has a spirit. there is no angel who can be better then god. some might say hell is where the bad people go …. well if you beleive in reincarnation then you will have to do ten x the good deeds your next life. i know i am preaching what i beleive and some of you will not accept that . Its ok , but should the churches or missionarys try and choose a mission that brings forth the mission that jesus came here for?

admin answers:

As a Christian we believe that the Spirit of God was at work when the Bible (as we officially know it which was created in the 1500′s by monks) was bound together.

Yes, we are human and thus we have human errors. But to say that God’s will is not being done because the Bible was written in “error”…not gonna go there. Can’t go there. The Bible is my life and is God’s spoken words to our hearts and our lives. God is revealed in the Scriptures and our lives should live by the Scriptures.

Hope this helps!
Good luck, and may God continue to shine on you.
-Shalom

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Your Questions About If You Choose To Take This Mission

November 12, 2012
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Mandy asks…

Why has the left forgotten these Liberal heros and their call to arms?

“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

“Together we must also confront the new hazards of chemical and biological weapons, and the outlaw states, terrorists and organized criminals seeking to acquire them. Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade, and much of his nation’s wealth, not on providing for the Iraqi people, but on developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them.”
President Clinton, Jan. 27, 1998.

“Fateful decisions will be made in the days and weeks ahead. At issue is nothing less than the fundamental question of whether or not we can keep the most lethal weapons known to mankind out of the hands of an unreconstructed tyrant and aggressor who is in the same league as the most brutal dictators of this century.”
Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE), Feb. 12, 1998

“It is essential that a dictator like Saddam not be allowed to evade international strictures and wield frightening weapons of mass destruction. As long as UNSCOM is prevented from carrying out its mission, the effort to monitor Iraqi compliance with Resolution 687 becomes a dangerous shell game. Neither the United States nor the global community can afford to allow Saddam Hussein to continue on this path.”
Sen. Tom Daschle (D, SD), Feb. 12, 1998

“Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
Madeleine Albright, Feb. 18, 1998.

“He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb. 18, 1998.

“We urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

“As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

“Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
Madeleine Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

This December will mark three years since United Nations inspectors last visited Iraq. There is no doubt that since that time, Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to refine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL) and others, Dec, 5, 2001.

“We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.”
Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002.

“We know that he has stored away secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

“The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3,

admin answers:

What is sad is that political opponents always resort to the other sides statements that eventually come back to haunt them. This can be said for both political parties.

Although the statements are a matter of fact…we find others on forums such as this that refuse to research as you’ve done here…to see what the true facts of an issue are.

Job well done!

Betty asks…

Is this why the Congressional Black Caucus was attempting to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics earlier?

19 members of the Congressional Black Caucus (including Maxine Waters) sponsored legislation earlier this year that would have kept disclosure of potential ethics violations internal without releasing them to the public. Did they know these two were on the verge of getting charged?? If so, this makes the Congressional Black Caucus look more than a little corrupt in my opinion. What do you think?

Ethics panel to charge California Rep. Waters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100731/ap_on_go_co/us_waters_ethics

Charlie Rangel charged with 13 ethics violations

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100729/pl_yblog_upshot/charlie-rangel-charged-with-13-ethics-violations

Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives regarding the public disclosure by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of written reports and findings of the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, and for other purposes.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.RES.1416:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR2010060304464.html

TALK ABOUT BLAMING the messenger. The newly created Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog set up to review and, if warranted, forward ethics complaints to the official House ethics committee for further action, has taken its mission seriously. Too seriously, it seems, for the comfort of some lawmakers. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), joined by 19 other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, last week introduced a resolution that would essentially neuter the ethics board, making it more difficult for OCE to launch investigations and inform the public of its findings. ………………Undercutting OCE’s authority would be backsliding. The point of creating an outside watchdog was to prevent the ethics committee from sweeping things under the rug; all those on the committee are members of Congress. The panel is too often inclined not only to dismiss a complaint but to do so quietly, without airing the evidence. Lawmakers are understandably concerned that the ethics process not be used to tar them unfairly, providing fodder for attack ads in the next election, but there is also a public interest in full disclosure and robust enforcement. So far, the OCE — which is made up of former members of Congress and experts chosen by the speaker and minority leader in equal numbers — has proved a helpful force, and the ethics panel’s unhappiness with the arrangement only underscores its importance.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/nothing-to-see-here-supporters-of-plan-to-limit-ethics-panel-lay-low.php

Independent watchdog groups remain up in arms about a new proposal to limit the powers of an ethic panel that oversees and investigates members of Congress. But they’ll have to wait a bit longer to hear back from supporters of the plan, who have been largely silent

The watchdogs say that a resolution introduced last week by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and cosponsored by 19 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, would leave the Office of Congressional Ethics without any teeth: unable to initiate investigations on their own, and barred from considering most complaints filed by outside groups………………….On Friday, I contacted the offices of all 19 co-sponsors of the Fudge resolution to ask why they support the proposal, and how they respond to their critics. Few responded and those who did would not comment.

admin answers:

Tip of the iceberg. These are just the ones that currently got caught. Yes, they don’t want it to be public knowledge, just like the big congressional Post Office Scandal.

The Congressional Post Office scandal refers to the discovery of corruption among various Congressional Post Office employees and members of the United States House of Representatives, investigated 1991–1995, climaxing in the conviction of House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL).

Initially an investigation by the United States Capitol Police into a single embezzlement charge against a single employee, evidence rapidly led to the inclusion of several other employees, before top Democrats in the House of Representatives moved to shut down the whole line of inquiry, despite protests from Frank Kerrigan, chief of the Capitol Police.

A new investigation was started by the United States Postal Service, which eventually submitted a report which was held in silence by Speaker Thomas Foley (D-WA) until media reports of embezzlement and money laundering leaked out in 1992.

Following public outcry, the Democratic leaders of the House were forced to refer the matter to the Committee on House Administration, which started its own investigation.

That committee broke into two parts along party lines, the Democrats issuing a report saying the matter was closed, but the Republicans issuing a dissenting report including a number of unanswered questions and problems with the investigation.

The Republican charges were largely ignored until July 1993, when the Congressional Postmaster Robert Rota pleaded guilty to three criminal charges, implicating Representatives Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL) and Joe Kolter (D-PA). They were accused of heading a conspiracy to launder Post Office money through stamps and postal vouchers.

Rostenkowski was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison, in 1995.

U.S. President Bill Clinton pardoned Rostenkowski in 2000.

Sharon asks…

Why are 19 members of the Congressional Black Caucus trying to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics?

This looks BAD. VERY BAD.

And the fact that NO ONE who co-sponsored the legislation would go on record with a comment says VOLUMES.

What do you think?

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.RES.1416:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR2010060304464.html

TALK ABOUT BLAMING the messenger. The newly created Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog set up to review and, if warranted, forward ethics complaints to the official House ethics committee for further action, has taken its mission seriously. Too seriously, it seems, for the comfort of some lawmakers. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), joined by 19 other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, last week introduced a resolution that would essentially neuter the ethics board, making it more difficult for OCE to launch investigations and inform the public of its findings. ………………Undercutting OCE’s authority would be backsliding. The point of creating an outside watchdog was to prevent the ethics committee from sweeping things under the rug; all those on the committee are members of Congress. The panel is too often inclined not only to dismiss a complaint but to do so quietly, without airing the evidence. Lawmakers are understandably concerned that the ethics process not be used to tar them unfairly, providing fodder for attack ads in the next election, but there is also a public interest in full disclosure and robust enforcement. So far, the OCE — which is made up of former members of Congress and experts chosen by the speaker and minority leader in equal numbers — has proved a helpful force, and the ethics panel’s unhappiness with the arrangement only underscores its importance.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/nothing-to-see-here-supporters-of-plan-to-limit-ethics-panel-lay-low.php

Independent watchdog groups remain up in arms about a new proposal to limit the powers of an ethic panel that oversees and investigates members of Congress. But they’ll have to wait a bit longer to hear back from supporters of the plan, who have been largely silent

The watchdogs say that a resolution introduced last week by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and cosponsored by 19 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, would leave the Office of Congressional Ethics without any teeth: unable to initiate investigations on their own, and barred from considering most complaints filed by outside groups………………….On Friday, I contacted the offices of all 19 co-sponsors of the Fudge resolution to ask why they support the proposal, and how they respond to their critics. Few responded and those who did would not comment.

admin answers:

It seemed like a great idea when republicans were in charge. The democrats had no power so they weren’t getting as many bribe offers. But as soon as they had power to do something, the money started rolling in. Now they think ethics is not that important and we should stop looking into it. But next year when they are in the minority again they will be wanting it back. Just simple hypocrisy.

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