Toyota

Since the Dilly, Dally, Delay & Stall Law Firms are adding their billable hours, the Toyota U.S.A. and Route 44 Toyota posts have been separated here:

Route 44 Toyota Sold Me A Lemon



Thursday, February 28, 2013

Your child.....? SPLAT! What if.......?

Do you ever 'think' ........?


What if a vehicle with NO BRAKES killed someone you loved? A child? A grandchild?

What if the vehicle manufacturer KNEW about the BRAKE FAILURE and simply refused to act?


I approached an intersection regularly used by school kids ....those attending the Nichols Middle School.



I put my foot on the BRAKE PEDAL...the pedal went to the floor and a dashboard warning light came on.

There were NO BRAKES! The vehicle did NOT stop.

600 miles on the odometer. Less than a month old.


No one was on the road as the NEW Toyota glided through the intersection.

What if your child was in front of my vehicle?  Road kill????




Route 44 Toyota didn't care.



The vehicle was towed. The BRAKE FAILURE denied not once, but three times.



If your child was struck, does that matter?

Toyota????




For almost a year, we have anguished over the potential....what if there had been a person, a child, someone's loved one in front of that Toyota when the BRAKES FAILED?



Route 44 Toyota denied the BRAKE FAILURE.....refused to REPAIR THE BRAKES.


This is the same way Toyota addressed the Sudden Acceleration Problems [SUA] that killed so many innocent victims.



SPLAT!

Following like sheep....


The illogical rhetoric repeated by sheep with little thought is astounding and is easily explained when people vote against their own best interests.
 
As information filters out about some of the carefully concealed funding sources of the propaganda, lies and misinformation, maybe some should re-think their beliefs, although it's doubtful they will.




News outlets unearth more Donors Trust recipients

Series of recent reports aim to reveal beneficiaries of conservative charity's dollars

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Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

Nonprofit group lets donors fly 'totally under the radar'

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In 2009, a network of online media outlets began popping up in state capitals across the nation, each covering the news from a clearly conservative point of view. What wasn’t so clear was how they were funded.
“The source is 100 percent anonymous,” said Michael Moroney, a spokesman for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, the think tank that created the outlets.
In fact, 95 percent of Franklin’s revenue in 2011 came from a charity called Donors Trust, according to Internal Revenue Service records.
Conservative foundations and individuals use Donors Trust to pass money to a vast network of think tanks and media outlets that push free-market ideology in the states — $86 million in 2011 alone. The arrangement obscures the identity of the donors wishing to keep their charitable giving private, especially “gifts funding sensitive or controversial issues,” according to the group’s website.
The $6.3 million donation to the Franklin Center was the second-largest gift made in 2011 by the group, a tax-exempt “public charity” that takes tax-deductible donations from donors “dedicated to the ideals of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise,” according to its website.

Donors Trust includes 193 contributors, the majority of whom are individuals. “A lot of donors are flying totally under the radar,” says president and CEO Whitney Ball.

Donor-advised fund

Since its founding in 1999, Donors Trust and its affiliated organization, Donors Capital Fund, have distributed nearly $400 million, becoming major vehicles for tax-exempt giving from wealthy conservatives such as billionaire industrialist Charles Koch.

Koch is among an exclusive pool of donors who have used Donors Trust as a “pass-through,” says Marcus Owens, the former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, now in private legal practice. “It obscures the source of the money. It becomes a grant from Donors Trust, not a grant from the Koch brothers.”

Ball helped found Donors Trust in 1999 as a “donor-advised” fund. Donors can open an account and protect their identity from the public and even the recipient of their grants.

In addition, donor-advised funds offer contributors an extra level of control over where their money ends up, which seeks to remedy what Ball sees as the tendency for foundation money to “drift left.”

This was a chief concern of Daniel Searle, the late philanthropist and pharmaceutical executive who was one of Donors Trust’s early board members.

In 1998, with help from Donors Trust co-founder and board chairman Kim Dennis, Searle established an endowment called the Searle Freedom Trust, now worth $114 million, which has in turn given generously to Donors Trust.

Following the Donors Trust money trail

Money Flowing In: Foundations

Donors Trust has injected nearly $400 million into free-market causes, thanks in large part to contributions by dozens of private foundations run by wealthy executives or their families. These foundations have often sought anonymity by passing their grants through Donors Trust, but a Center for Public Integrity review of IRS records reveals some of the largest backers of Donors Trust in recent years.

Money Flowing Out: Think Tanks

Donors Trust has given grants to three national organizations that coordinate free-market policy and media efforts in the states: the American Legislative Exchange Council, the State Policy Network, and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. In addition to these umbrella organizations, Donors Trust has directly funded at least 51 state-based think tanks in nearly every state since 2007.

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‘Great guys’

The Searle Freedom Trust is one of dozens of conservative foundations that have given tens of millions of dollars to Donors Trust from 2001 to 2011. Among the group’s donors is the Knowledge and Progress Fund, a Wichita, Kan.-based foundation run by Charles Koch.

The foundation gave almost $8 million to Donors Trust between 2005 and 2011.

Where those funds ended up is a mystery, though some Donors Trust recipients, including the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies based at George Mason University in Virginia, have also received major funding from foundations set up by Charles Koch and brother David.
Nearly half of the revenue for David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity Foundation came from Donors Trust in 2010, in the form of $7.6 million in grants.

Representatives for the Koch foundations did not return calls for comment.

Before Donors Trust, Ball was the director of development for the libertarian Cato Institute, which Charles Koch was instrumental in founding.

“We think they’re great guys,” she says of the Kochs, “but if they weren’t around, we’d still be successful.”

At a private Koch fundraising meeting in the summer of 2010, Donors Trust hosted cocktails and dessert for what Ball called a “target-rich environment” of wealthy donors.

Several wealthy conservatives who have attended Koch fundraising parties have Donors Trust accounts, including Amway co-founder and longtime booster of conservative causes Richard DeVos; hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer; and Philip Anschutz, owner of the conservative Examiner newspapers.

Dozens of other major conservative philanthropies have Donors Trust accounts, including the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation and the Coors family’s Castle Rock Foundation, according to IRS records.


Money in the states

For a decade, Donors Trust has bolstered the efforts of D.C.-based conservative think tanks, including Cato, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute — whose president, Arthur C. Brooks, is on the Donors Trust board.

In recent years, it has taken a strong interest in the states, funding state-level think tanks and three national umbrella organizations that coordinate their activities: the American Legislative Exchange Council, the State Policy Network (SPN), and the Franklin Center.

“Gridlock” at the federal level of government means donors see “a better opportunity to make a difference in the states,” says Ball, who sits on the board of the State Policy Network.

SPN has become a major recipient of Donors Trust money — receiving $10 million in the past five years.

In 2011, the nearly $2 million in grants from Donors Trust made up about 40 percent of SPN’s revenue for the year, according to tax records obtained by the Center.

In the past five years, Donors Trust money has gone to at least 51 state-level think tanks affiliated with SPN, located in nearly every state. Last year, SPN used the money to incubate think tanks in Arkansas, Rhode Island and Florida, where it hosted its yearly gathering in November.


One workshop touted privatization of state and local government services. Another featured anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist. A third focused on how “property rights and markets provide the best way to protect the environment.”

SPN also sponsors the American Legislative Exchange Council, another D.C.-based clearinghouse for state-level policymaking that gets support directly from Donors Trust.

A laboratory for corporate-friendly laws in the states, ALEC hosts closed-door meetings where corporate lobbyists and state legislators meet to hammer out free-market legislation.

Ten state-level think tanks got a total of $200,000 from Donors Trust to attend ALEC meetings in 2011 including the Michigan-based Mackinac Center and the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, which introduced a raft of anti-union model bills at ALEC’s spring 2012 conference.

The Mackinac Center has gotten $2.4 million from Donors Trust since 2008, according to the Bridge Project, a liberal think tank.

One Donors Trust grant to Mackinac Center was earmarked for “statehouse reporting” efforts. Mackinac put the money toward a media machine of blogs and research studies making the case for the state’s new “right-to-work” law.

The Mackinac Center works closely with other Donors Trust recipients, including the Franklin Center, which counts Mackinac’s “media” outlets in Michigan as affiliates.

The Franklin Center, Mackinac and another major recipient of Donors Trust cash, Americans for Prosperity, co-hosted a day-long training for “citizen watchdogs” featuring speakers on “school choice” and “union reform” from the Mackinac Center and Republican state Rep. Tom McMillin, who is also an ALEC member.

Against the tide

The California-based Tides Foundation, which Ball calls the “ideological opposite” of Donors Trust, also operates donor-advised funds.

In 2011, Tides raised $91 million and made $96 million in grants, including $26 million to overseas recipients.

Tides gives grants to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and liberal groups like the Center for American Progress and the National Resources Defense Council.

Since 2010, the foundation has received $10 million from George Soros’ Foundation to Promote an Open Society, which has assets of $2.2 billion. Tides has assets of $142 million, and the Donors Trust funds have combined assets of $62 million.

The Center for Public Integrity has received funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the Tides Foundation.

Soros’ foundation listed the specific recipient of its grants to Tides, including its largest gift, a $1 million grant for school nutrition programs. The largest foundations contributing to Donors Trust do not identify the ultimate recipient of their funds, records show.


Donor-advised funds offer private foundations created by wealthy individuals several tax advantages and a degree of anonymity, but there are also advantages for recipients.

The Franklin Center, for example, maintains a tax-exemption as a “publicly supported” entity.

If the organization were perennially accepting 95 percent of its funding from a handful of wealthy donors “it would not count as public support” and could jeopardize its tax status, Owens said.

Though its donors remain anonymous, the Franklin Center touts “transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility as its watchwords.”

Franklin has numerous ties to the Koch-connected Americans for Prosperity like board member Rudie Martinson, a former assistant state director for AFP’s North Dakota’s chapter, and Franklin’s vice president of strategic initiatives, Erik Telford, who was director of membership and online strategy at AFP for four years.

One of Franklin’s state-based blogs, New Jersey Watchdog, also received $50,000 from AFP in 2011, according to IRS records.

In 2011 alone, Donors Trust helped the Franklin Center expand by funding state-based reporting projects in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

Recurring themes on the Franklin Center blogs include “union bosses,” “Marxian” senators and the perils of renewable energy.

Franklin has noted that its journalists’ work had landed on major networks from Fox to MSNBC. The details of several stories offered by the Franklin-funded outlets have been called into question, however.

One report from a New Mexico affiliate housed at a free-market think tank also funded by Donors Trust garnered national attention when it reported that millions of dollars in federal stimulus money had been allocated to non-existent congressional districts.

The government database on stimulus spending had indeed listed non-existent districts as receiving funds, but the Associated Press reported that the problem was due to data errors and that “’phantom congressional districts’ are being used as a phantom issue to suggest that stimulus money has been misspent.”

When asked to comment on the criticism, Franklin Center spokesman Moroney said: “Franklin Center adheres to the highest degree of journalistic integrity and we stand by our Watchdog.org reporting 100 percent. In this case, the Associated Press had it wrong.”
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/14/12181/donors-use-charity-push-free-market-policies-states

Governor's Budget from MBPC

Many of the Governor's proposals make a great deal of sense -- the MBPC analysis is below --


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Governor's Budget: Investments and Revenue
In his budget for FY 2014, the Governor proposed significant new investments in Early Education & Care, K-12 Education, Higher Education, and Transportation. To fund these investments--and avoid cuts to other vital public services--the Governor's budget also includes a detailed plan to raise new revenue. As part of our ongoing analysis of the Governor's plan, MassBudget is releasing two new budget briefs.
The first, "Investments and Revenue in the Governor's Budget," presents a concise, 2-page overview of key initiatives in the budget proposal. Notably:
  • Significant new funding for Education, including greater support for the nearly 1 million students in K-12 public schools, increased access to quality Early Education & Care, and steps to help make Higher Education more affordable
  • Investments to fix and improve our statewide transportation system--roads, buses, bridges, and subways
  • The tax proposals that would fund these investment
Our second brief, "Tax Policy Proposals in the Governor's FY 2014 Budget," describes the Governor's proposals to raise new revenue while increasing the fairness of our tax system. Among other things, it analyzes:
  • The major revenue-generating piece of the Governor's plan, which involves raising the income tax rate while lowering the sales tax
  • Changes to various deductions, including the elimination of some popular income tax breaks and the doubling of the personal exemption
  • How Massachusetts businesses would be affected by the tax changes
As a reminder, all of our work on the Governor's budget--including these new briefs--can be found here.
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Police Chief Embarrasses Lindsey Graham At Gun Hearing

Warped NRA logic! Worth watching the video.

Police Chief Embarrasses Lindsey Graham At Gun Hearing


The police chief of Milwaukee called out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — an opponent of gun safety regulation — for echoing National Rifle Association talking points about the uselessness of expanding background checks for all gun purchases. The organization argues that the government should enforce existing laws instead.

During a heated exchange at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) proposed assault weapons ban on Wednesday, Edward Flynn pointedly interrupted Graham’s claims that the federal government is failing to deter individuals from misrepresenting themselves in the background check process by failing to prosecute people who were rejected from purchasing a weapon as a result of their false claims.

Flynn argued that rather than embark on a “paper chase,” law enforcement officials are focused on preventing people from purchasing guns illegally, eliciting loud applause from the audience:
GRAHAM: When almost 80,000 people fail a background check and 44 people are prosecuted, what kind of deterrent is that? I mean, the law obviously is not seeing that as important…. We absolutely do nothing to enforce the laws on the books…

FLYNN: Just for the record, from my point of view, the point of a background check…
 
GRAHAM: How many cases have you made? How many cases have you made?
FLYNN: It doesn’t matter, it’s a paper thing. I want to stop 76,000 people from getting guns illegally. That’s what a background check does. If you think we’re going to do paperwork prosecutions, you’re wrong. [...] We don’t make those cases. We have priorities. We make gun cases. We make 2,000 gun cases a year, senator, that’s our priority. We’re not in a paper chase. We’re trying to prevent the wrong people from buying guns. That’s why we do background checks. If you think I’m going to do a paper chase, then you think I’m going to misuse my resources.
Watch it:

In a separate exchange with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Walsh, the United States Attorney for Colorado argued that background checks are designed to deter criminals from purchasing weapons, noting that individuals who fail a check are effectively prevented from buying firearms. He added that “there’s no way the Department of Justice could have prosecuted all 1.5 million people who were rejected over that 15 year period.”

Indeed, the “low number of prosecutions in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available, is consistent with other years” and is often seen as a poor use of resources. Prosecutors must prove that “the person knew they were lying when they tried to purchase the firearm” in order to secure a conviction which “usually carries a maximum sentence of just six months.”

Graham said that limited resources for police departments is a reason to bolster gun ownership, arguing that citizens would have to take the law in their own hands and protect themselves. “What this police chief is facing, is what every police chief is facing, less money so you may have to defend yourself,” he explained.


http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/02/27/1646411/police-chief-embarrasses-lindsey-graham-at-gun-hearing/

Code Red



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Disproving the Thimerosal/Autism Connection


Great article disproving the connection between thimerosal and autism!

No, the autism “rate” in California did not go down after removing thimerosal from vaccines

I recently attended a talk where the speaker showed autism prevalence by age group for a large HMO in California. The administrative prevalence (fraction of people in the HMO identified autistic) was still going up as of 2010, and the speaker indicated this trend continued to 2012. California is an interesting case study because not only was thimerosal removed from vaccines along with the rest of the U.S. starting in the late 1990′s, but the state enacted a law which required that pregnant women and children under three be given thimerosal free vaccines from 2006 onward. So, with the exception of an an exemption in 2009 and another one right now, even the influenza vaccine in thimerosal free. I bring this up because it is a common argument that somehow the exposure from the flu vaccine is keeping the rate climbing, even though at most this is a lower exposure than that from the 1990′s pediatric vaccine schedule.

http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2013/02/26/no-the-autism-prevalence-in-california-did-not-go-down-after-removing-thimerosal-from-vaccines/

Maverick....

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Keeping Poor Women in Their Place

Too many haven't figured out that this is an economic issue.




Dirt-poor, underfed, underemployed Arkansans got just what the doctor ordered this week. The House overrode the governor's veto of a ban on all abortions past 20 weeks. An even more stringent bill is on the way, cutting off abortions after 12 weeks.

 Women there surely can't drive to Alabama or Mississippi to get an abortion, though. See, those two states are leading the fight for an outright ban on abortion. In Jackson, Mississippi, only one women's clinic was left in the whole state. The anti-choice governor, lt. gov., and GOP bigwigs passed a law that said abortion clinic doctors must have hospital admitting privileges.
Then they huddled with the CEOs and board chairMEN of the 7 local hospitals, urging them to refuse to even let the doctor apply for admitting privileges...to any of the hospitals. Easy, right? No privileges, no doctor, and the last women's clinic in the state closes.
Alabama thinks the plan is nifty, so they're following the sa...me federally-illegal but state-legal plan. No admitting privileges? No abortions. And we won't even let you apply for those privileges. Done, and done.
 
These three Red States have some of the highest teen-pregnancy rates, the lowest household incomes, the lowest SAT scores and weakest graduation rates in the nation. Oh, and they're "Takers." Yep, they *take* huge piles of Federal Aid cash each year, allegedly to help their dirt-poor, uneducated, citizens better their lives. Yet their lives never get better.
 
Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi don't cotton to Big Government, though. That's how their GOP lunatic-fringe leaders have created this nauseating end-run around Roe v. Wade, a federal case approved by the US Supreme Court 40 years ago. In their leaders' eyes, the womenfolk are required to have those unwanted, unsupported babies because the Bible tells them so.
 
Where the hell is the U.S. Dept. of Justice in all this? With any luck, they're planning to take a lawsuit from each of these states all the way to the Supreme Court, so that women's rights aren't stripped away and Federal law isn't spat upon. But if they are planning a fight, they know it's an uphill battle. Why?
 
Because in states like Mississippi, where slavery was just "officially" outlawed *last week,* poor and uneducated women don't stand a chance against rich, white, male religious extremists. And because this Supreme Court, dominated by conservatives and the sub-human piece of dreck known as Scalia, aren't likely to think this clever little end-run is a problem.
 
This GOP/Tea Party strategy works, and will succeed in many other Southern states; they love all that big gub'mint cash, but they ain't gonna take no Federal laws. So missy, you just sit down and knit you some booties for that baby, who'll bring you closer to God. 'Cause this here's a States' Rights issue. Y'ALL. *h/mSee More

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Stop the PUBIC Option! And support ignorance!

Maybe some day the SHEEP will consider the FUNDING of the propaganda.
Maybe some day, they'll consult a dictionary.


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Damn! Oppose the PUBIC Option! Please continue to support IGNORANCE!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And just maybe, 'we are awake' will learn to spell.....
 
 
Anyone hear of that thing called a 'dictionary'?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tea Bagger ignorance seems endless, my time and patience isn't.