Other Social Sites to Use

I’ve been stuck with Facebook for a long time, because they regurgitate last years, and other earlier years memories for me every day, and I’m addicted to seeing those.  Sometimes, it is family members, sometimes historical events I’d forgotten in the face of this COVID-19 onslaught that has the attention of all media in the country.  On Facebook, I have many friends, although most are not leftist/liberal.  They all sort of blocked me.

So, some time ago, I decided to check for other online sites I might like.  Of course, I’ll still log onto Freerepublic.com   but I also discovered Parler.  Not always something there that interest me, and I usually don’t stay long.  It seems to be a place people fleeing Facebook went for a less censored conversation.  Now Parler has an app for easier access on my phone and ipad, and it looks nice.

Then there’s Gab which I like the layout of, but don’t seem to spend much time there, either.  Might be because I’ve not got “friends” there, but who knows, maybe I do.

And then there’s Social.Quodverum  which has several of the people I sometimes follow on Twitter, and sometimes they do threads there.  I sometimes get annoyed if they get too arrogant sounding, like only the cream of the intelligentsia can comment there.  But, good stuff, often anyway.  Gab is actually using essentially the same software base, mastadon, but it has a nicer interface.

Then, there’s reddit.  It confuses me.

Of all of these, Freerepublic is still my favorite, but my family doesn’t hang there.  They hang at Facebook.  And I love my family.  So, I just mostly stick with these two.  Your results may vary.  Give them a try, if you like.

Now, I’m occasionally finding them on Instagram.  Instagram confuses me even more than Reddit.

Holy Smokes, I almost forgot MeWe!  Probably because I haven’t bothered to log on there for quite some time.  MeWe actually has a nice look and feel to it, but I just don’t have a bunch of friends there.

And then there’s IDWCommunity.  I like this one quite a bit.  I get a daily digest of interesting things….. sometimes it actually tempts me to log in and comment, or even actually post something someone might find interesting.  I like the daily digest idea.  Wish others would pick up on it.  Or maybe they do and I just don’t know about it.

 

The Illegal and/or Unconstitutional Actions of President Barack Obama, Part 3

Reblogging this from https://baldilocks-talking.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-illegal-andor-unconstitutional_15.html

This is critical information that shouldn’t ever be lost!  There are so many people who have no clue just how bad that administration was for our freedoms and liberties.  This reblogging should be spread far and wide, and shared everywhere.  People need to remember this.  Many never had a clue!


Parts One and Two are here and here. I’m in the process of adding links to the posts and I’ll get around to this one directly. Part Four — the finale — will be published on Friday Monday.

Remember: these items are information that was sent to me. However, that I am able to easily find links to the information — links that are mostly from mainstream media sources, the perceived enemies of the truth — is jarring.

This stuff was sitting right in front of us this whole time, as the author of this list has asserted for years.
Also, I want to publicly thank everyone who hit my Tip Jar, in case I missed sending a thank-you email. And, in case others want to, the link is right there!
Back to work.

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101. The Obama IRS allowed illegal aliens to claim tax refunds, despite the aliens not paying taxes; the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported that just four addresses in Atlanta, Georgia, received a combined total of 43,000 illegal-alien tax refunds worth $67,000,000.
102. The Obama IRS illegally applied greater scrutiny to charities connected to Israel.
103. Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which granted the federal government unlimited, unchecked, unconstitutional power in the financial sector; the law in no way addressed causes of the financial crisis, added massive regulatory burdens, and almost exterminated small and medium-sized banks.
104. Most of the boards created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are unconstitutional in that these boards are granted arbitrary powers far beyond the ostensible purpose of the law.
105. The warrantless surveillance conducted by the Obama Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) generated a database that could be shared with other federal agencies which had no legal right to see the information.
106. The Obama FBI illegally shared with private entities raw National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance data.
107. The Obama administration illegally forced the Ford Motor Company to stop running a TV ad that criticized the government bailout of Chrysler and General Motors.
108. The Obama NSA violated the Fourth Amendment by allowing unauthorized entities to conduct baseless searches of the Section 702 database; searches increased by 300 percent, private citizens were unmasked when they mentioned any foreign country in any context, and the Executive Branch lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) about the frequency of these abuses.
The Obama FBI created a covert nationwide data-mining operation for collecting telecommunications records of American citizens, based on a secret court ruling that also allowed the FBI to keep the records indefinitely; FBI Director Robert Mueller promised that the content of the phone calls and e-mails would examined only when there was probable cause and court orders by federal judges.
109. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) granted the Obama NSA sweeping new powers to collect surveillance data on American citizens not suspected of commtting crimes.
110. The Community Relations Service (CRS) of the Obama Department of Justice illegally organized and managed rallies and protests against George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin; the CRS trained protestors throughout Florida as part of a pressure campaign to charge Zimmerman, paid for by the American taxpayer.
111. The Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created a “fair housing” rule that illegally required neighborhoods to report racial data to the federal government; the data was used to create “more desirable racial blends” via federal edict.
112. The Obama Federal Elections Commission (FEC) worked with the IRS to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
113. The Obama Food and Drug Administration (FDA) illegally adopted new restrictions on painkillers after Congress failed to pass the legislation that Obama wanted.
114. The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Audit Division reported that the Obama Mortgage Fraud Working Group had fabricated its claims about its success in fighting fraud; the reasons for the fabrication were that the Group was unable to collect data, and the number of agents assigned to combat fraud had decreased dramatically.
115. Obama illegally waged war on Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi using the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which states that the president can order SUSTAINED force only against “those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001”; the operation to overthrow Gaddafi lasted more than seven months.
116. The Obama Department of Justice illegally sued Louisiana over its school-voucher program, saying that the program interfered with federal desegregation efforts; after dropping the case, the DOJ began demanding annual data in an effort to “red tape the program to death,” according to Governor Bobby Jindal.
117. The Obama IRS—in reviewing applications from conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status—illegally and unconstitutionally categorized anti-Obama rhetoric as “propaganda.”
118. The Obama Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered the largest data breach in history, an attack that exposed the personnel files of millions of federal employees; OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, the president’s former political director, had been warned repeatedly about security deficiencies but took no steps to fix them.
119. Obama’s lack of transparency was so severe that 47 of his 73 inspectors general signed an open letter denouncing the administration’s stonewalling of their investigations. [Ed. note: a repeat from Part Three.]
120. The Obama Administration illegally attempted to stop the Navy-Air Force football game during the government shutdown, even though the schools used non-federal funds for the competition.
121. Obama Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper lied to Congress when he said that the National Security Agency (NSA) was not conducting mass surveillance on American citizens; he admitted giving “clearly erroneous” testimony and offered differing explanations for why he had.
122. During the government shutdown, Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell refused to allow states to pick up the expense of keeping national parks open, despite this being established practice; although National Park Service members who staffed open-air memorials were exempt from the shutdown, they were furloughed anyway, and private guards were paid to barricade the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, Mount Rushmore, and the Grand Canyon.
123. During the government shutdown, the Obama Departments of the Interior and Agriculture claimed that expensive new Websites had to be created in order to explain to the public that there was not enough money to run the department Websites.
124. During the government shutdown, the Obama administration illegally blocked tourists from visiting Normandy Beach and 24 other overseas cemeteries.
125. During the government shutdown, the Obama Administration illegally revoked commercial fishing permits in Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, stretches of open ocean supervised by law-enforcement rangers who remained on duty.
126. During the 2012 election season, the IRS provided the White House with confidential information on the Koch brothers and Mitt Romney; emails from Sarah Hall Ingram—IRS commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division—to health policy adviser Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew were marked “6103,” indicating private taxpayer information.
127. During the government shutdown, the Obama Department of the Interior illegally ordered the closure of the privately owned Pisgah Inn, located on a private road in the Blue Ridge Mountains; park rangers blocked the entrance of the inn with their cars and forcibly turned away guests.
128. Almost 87 percent of ObamaCare waivers went to Obama’s political allies and supporters.
129. The Obama Office of Personnel Management (OPM) created a training presentation that offered tips on how to cut corners when screening applicants for security clearances, which resulted in Washington Navy Yard mass shooter Aaron Alexis being hired despite an extensive criminal record; the OPM refused to turn over its documents to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
130. The Obama Veterans Administration kept its wait lists secret from federal regulators and omitted delay times from official records; when allocated extra funds for addressing delays, the VA spent the money on bonuses for its employees.
131. The Census Bureau inflated the employment rate by continually re-hiring the same temporary workers.
132. The Obama Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) used mentally disabled teenagers to advertise businesses that were actually fronts for ATF sting operations; many of these teenagers were urged to get neck tattoos with the name of the fake business.
133. Obama issued an unconstitutional Executive Order that forced federal agencies to require Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for all construction projects larger than $25 million; the result was that only contractors that agreed to union representation were eligible for work financed by the U.S. taxpayer.
134. Obama illegally exempted Congress and congressional staffers from ObamaCare, illegally delayed and rewrote key ObamaCare provisions, and illegally exempted unions from fees levied on all other large group health-care plans.
135. The Obama IRS illegally issued a rule that allowed ObamaCare subsidies and fines for plans that originated in a State Exchange, regional Exchange, subsidiary Exchange, or federally facilitated Exchange; ObamaCare allows subsidies and fines only through state Exchanges.
136. Despite knowing nothing about the car industry, Obama ordered Chrysler to merge with the ailing Italian automaker Fiat; after six years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. is selling 4.6 million units per year, one million below what it needs to survive.
137. The Obama Department of Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, and Securities and Exchange Commission tried to destroy all for-profit colleges; Senators Elizabeth Warren and Dick Durbin joined in the effort, which resulted in the closure of more than 1200 campuses, leading to a dramatic shortage of higher-education institutions in the US and stranding more than 500,000 students, most of who were older and/or low income.
138. Obama publicly announced that the transparency in coverage provisions of ObamaCare would not be enforced; these provisions required insurers to disclose data on enrollment, denied claims, and the costs to consumers for certain services.
139. Obama and Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is considered the most powerful, least-accountable, most constitutionally questionable government agency; members of Congress are refused entry into advisory meetings.
140. Black employees of Obama and Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) testified at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing that the CFPB is crippled by systemic racism; the primarily black intake unit was called the “plantation,” and black employees were mocked and retaliated against when they complained of mistreatment.
141. The George W. Bush and Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted illegal human experimentation on financially needy people who were paid $12 an hour without being informed of the risks; subjects at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine—many of whom suffered from asthma, metabolic syndrome, and aging—were exposed to very high levels of toxic air pollutants.
142. Obama Attorney General Eric Holder used the much more lax Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) rules in order to spy on American journalists; under domestic spying laws, he could not have done this.
143. The Obama Department of Justice and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation launched Operation Choke Point, designed to prevent banks from doing business with industries that the government opposed; at the whim of FDIC examiners, banks were forced to pay millions in “settlements” until they severed their relationships with industries “at high risk for fraud and money laundering.”
144. The Obama Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, claiming that Kaplan’s use of credit reports had a disparate impact on black applicants; the suit was thrown out, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, noting that the EEOC used the same type of background check for which it had sued Kaplan.
145. Obama illegally raised the minimum wage for federal contract workers after Congress refused to do so.
146. Obama illegally increased workplace benefits and protections for all workers at private companies that held federal contracts.
147. The Antitrust Division of the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) pressured the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to illegally rewrite the rules of an upcoming spectrum auction for low-frequency bands; the DOJ wanted to give Sprint and T-Mobile an advantage over Verizon and AT&T.
148. The Obama Department of Labor banned unpaid internships in the private sector, despite the fact that the White House continued the practice of unpaid internships.
149. The Obama IRS told Congress that it had done everything to find Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails but had come up empty; the IRS independent inspector general reported that it easily found the messages on backup tapes stored at remote locations, and that the IRS never bothered to look.
150. The Obama and Elizabeth Warren Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) spent more than $215 million renovating its temporary office, $120 million over the initial estimate; the cost was $590 per square foot, compared to $334 per square foot to build Trump Tower.
NEXT: The Illegal and/or Unconstitutional Actions of President Barack Obama, Part 4


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The Illegal and/or Unconstitutional Actions of President Barack Obama, Part 2

Reblogging this entire list, as I found it at https://baldilocks-talking.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-illegal-andor-unconstitutional_13.html


Part One is here and Part Three will be available on Wednesday.

The task set before me until Wednesday: adding links — where I can — to both of the published posts.

Thank you for all the links and your hits on my Tip Jar are very much appreciated.

And of utmost importance … please keep me covered with your prayers.

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51. The Obama White House illegally ordered the General Services Administration to instruct the Federal Protective Service to not arrest Occupy Portland protestors who trespassed on federal property.

52. The Obama Health and Human Services (HHS) illegally waived the work requirements put in place by welfare-reform legislation.

53. Despite creating a “transparency” Website to track the stimulus spending of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Obama administration did not provide accurate figures, funding agency names, fiscal years, recipient names, or recipient zip codes.

54. The Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) awarded a lucrative free-phone contract to TracFone, whose Android phones did not meet the requirements of the program and whose CEO F. J. Pollack was an Obama donor and frequent White House visitor.

55. The Obama Federal Elections Commission (FEC) illegally allowed foreign contributions to Obama’s two presidential campaigns.

56. Joe Biden personally approved of stimulus funds that were provided to companies that had donated to Obama.

57. James Biden—younger brother of vice president Joe Biden—was a partner in HillStone International, which the Obama administration awarded a $1.5 billion contract for residential construction in Iraq, despite the company having no experience in the field.

58. The Obama Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Labor Department illegally promised defense contractors during sequestration that if the contractors did not issue Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notices, the government would pay the costs of court-determined liability, plant closures, and mass layoffs; the WARN Act clearly states that such notices must be given.

59. The Obama Administration ignored the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires that the government create a summary for all proposed regulations likely to have a significant economic impact.

60. The Obama Justice Department filed baseless lawsuits against banks, allowing them to settle if they donated to leftist activist groups such as La Raza.

Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed net neutrality despite lacking any legal authority to do so.

61. The Obama EPA illegally imposed cap-and-trade after Congress defeated the legislation.

62. Obama Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rewrote the Supreme Court’s ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius to allow HHS to continue coercing states into implementing parts of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.

63. The Obama Federal Housing Administration went bankrupt because it illegally ignored the congressionally mandated minimum capital reserve fund of 2% of all Insurance-in-Force.

64. The Obama Departments of Justice and Education illegally and unconstitutionally used Title IX to equate “gender identity” with biological sex; this allowed the Obama administration to punish schools for having separate showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms for men and women.

65. The Obama Department of Homeland Security ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to not arrest Senator Bob Menendez’s illegal-alien intern until after Election Day.

66. The Obama IRS illegally imposed licensing fees on tax preparers.

67. The Obama Department of Energy (DOE) gave 80 percent of its “green energy” loans to companies owned or run by Obama financial backers; the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was highly critical of the way the DOE doled out guaranteed loans and grants, complaining that the process appeared “arbitrary” and lacked transparency.

68. The Obama Department of Justice illegally sued to block mergers of foreign-owned companies in the US.

69. Standard & Poor’s was the only ratings agency to downgrade the U.S. credit rating; S&P then became the only ratings agency that the Obama Department of Justice sued for fraud in regard to ratings of bonds backed by subprime mortgages.

70. The Obama National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health falsely claimed in a study that the Tea Party was astroturf created by the tobacco industry and the Koch brothers.

71. Obama Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson illegally used an e-mail account under the name of Richard Windsor and tried to force the Smithsonian to lend her artwork for her office.

72. The Obama Department of Homeland Security seized Silicon Valley investor and TechCrunch blogger Michael Arrington’s new yacht—imported from Canada—because Arrington refused to sign a government document that contained a price error made by the DHS itself.

73. The Obama EPA conducted illegal medical experiments at UCLA and USC, in which children as young as 10 had diesel exhaust sprayed directly into their noses; the parental consent forms omitted the health risks, and the EPA deleted all documentation from its Website.

74. Obama Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called health industry executives, community organizations and church groups and asked that they contribute to nonprofits working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law; such fundraising is absolutely illegal.

75. Obama tried to outlaw family owned farms by illegally prohibiting children under the age of 18 from working in farm-related activities.

76. The Obama Department of Justice and FBI claimed that two private jets were to be used for counterterrorism, but they were actually used primarily for Eric Holder and Robert Mueller’s business and personal travel.

77. The Obama Department of the Interior Department illegally encouraged environmental groups to sue the agency over specific issues; the department would then settle, thus providing such groups with funds.

78. The Obama IRS illegally seized assets from small-business owners who made multiple bank deposits slightly under $10,000; no laws were broken, no federal prosecutors were involved, and no forfeitures were authorized by judges, but small-business owners were required to go to court and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

79. The Obama National Transportation and Safety Board used falsified data to shut down curbside bus lines—carriers that don’t use traditional bus stations.

80. The Obama IRS illegally refused tax-exempt status to political groups, based on name or ideology.

81. The Obama IRS illegally leaked confidential information on conservative groups to ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization.

82. The Obama IRS illegally demanded that a Tea Party group provide lists of material that its members read.

83. After KMOV Channel 4 St. Louis anchor Larry Connors interviewed Obama and questioned him about his travel expenses, the IRS cancelled Conners’s payment plan and put a lien on his house; Connors was fired from KMOV after he wrote a Facebook post about the IRS.

84. The Obama Department of Justice illegally and secretly obtained months of telephone records of AP reporters and editors.

85. The Obama Environmental Protection Agency illegally waived fees for environmental groups seeking information from the agency, while the press and watchdog groups were required to pay the fees.

86. In the spring of 2010, Anne Hendershott—a sociology professor at King’s College in New York City—wrote several articles critical of Obama, George Soros, and the “fake Catholic groups who were supporting Obamacare”; two months after her last piece, Hendershott was audited in person by two IRS agents who accused her of being paid to write hit pieces.

87. The Obama IRS illegally seized 60 million medical records from 10 million private citizens; no search warrant was issued, no subpoena authorized the seizure, none of the citizens were under any kind of criminal or civil investigation, and the IRS gave no explanation.

88. The Obama IRS illegally demanded that a pro-life group report the content of their prayers.

89. Obama Attorney General Eric Holder illegally obtained a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen’s e-mails, telling Google to not inform Rosen that his e-mails were being monitored.

90. Obama Attorney General Eric Holder stated in his congressional testimony that he had never once been involved in investigating a member of the press, despite the fact that he illegally obtained a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen’s e-mails.

91. The Obama IRS illegally targeted pro-Israel organizations at the request of Palestinian activists.

92. The Obama IRS audited conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status but did not audit liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status.

93. The Obama EPA pushed vehicle shutdown equipment designed to reduce diesel emissions, but the devices did not function as designed; in Washington DC, the four-level warning system failed, causing an ambulance came to a stop, which resulted in the death of the 34-year-old patient.

94. The Obama IRS illegally spent $4.1 million on a single conference that included luxury accommodations and gifts for all in attendance.

95. Agencies in the Obama Administration created secret email addresses to conduct government business, concealing the e-mails by turning down Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests or illegally demanding up to $1 million for access.

96. Cincinnati IRS staffer Elizabeth Hofacre testified to Congress that IRS lawyer Carter Hull—based in Washington DC—directed the targeting of conservative groups and slowed the process of granting tax-exempt status; the Obama administration claimed that the targeting was the work of one local “rogue” office.

97. The Obama EPA illegally leaked the personal data of farmers to Earth Justice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Pew Charitable Trust; this information was illegally collected from other federal agencies.

98. The Obama EPA gave an ethics award to Richard Windsor, a nonexistent person whose name was the alias that EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson used for the private e-mail account she created to avoid federal record-keeping laws.

99. While under investigation and on leave, IRS Director of the Exempt Organizations Unit Lois Lerner was allowed access to IRS computers, which she continued to use.

100. The Obama Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) collected and stored consumer data on credit cards and mortgages through disclosure rules, a consumer complaint database, and enforcement actions; this collection violated privacy laws and put consumers at risk of data breaches.

NEXT: The Illegal and/or Unconstitutional Actions of President Barack Obama, Part 3

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