Arrest of 4th online journalist in 16 months makes Syria the Middle East’s biggest jail for cyber-dissidents

first_img Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Organisation Follow the news on Syria RSF_en to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more News ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Press release in Kurdish Help by sharing this information Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa September 21, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrest of 4th online journalist in 16 months makes Syria the Middle East’s biggest jail for cyber-dissidents Reporters Without Borders called for the release of online journalist Muhened Abdulrahman, arrested on 7 September for posting articles on independent news websites and urged diplomats in post in Damascus to intervene on behalf of the four cyber-dissidents now in Syrian jails.”Syria is today the Middle East’s biggest prison for cyber-journalists. We know that prisoners of opinion are subjected to torture in prison. We must campaign urgently for these men before they are destroyed,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Abdulrahman, 25, was picked up by security services in Damascus on his return from the village of Qamishly in Syrian Kurdistan where he had interviewed a Kurdish political leader. His family has had no news of him since his arrest.The young graduate from Damascus University of journalism was working for independent news sites Rezgar.com and Syrianforum.org. His work included numerous interviews and profiles of Syrian political figures.The three other cyber-dissidents imprisoned since the beginning of May 2005 are: Habib Saleh, writer and contributor to news site Elaph.com, arrested in Mai 2005 and sentenced 15 months later to three months in prison; Mohammed Ghanem, who ran www.surion.org, arrested on 31 March; Ali Sayed al-Shihabi, editorialist on Rezgar.com, arrested on 10 August 2006. Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders called for the release of online journalist Muhened Abdulrahman, arrested on 7 September for posting articles on independent news websites and urged diplomats in post in Damascus to intervene on behalf of the four cyber-dissidents now in Syrian jails. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Inhuman treatment of journalists, more efforts to cover up Beheshti case

first_img Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more August 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Inhuman treatment of journalists, more efforts to cover up Beheshti case News News News Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders reiterates its deep concern about the conditions in which many Iranian journalists are being held.Mehdi Karoubi, 76, a dissident theologian, former parliamentary speaker and owner of the closed newspaper Etemad Melli, was transferred to an unknown destination on 31 July after an angioplasty operation in a Tehran hospital. It was the third time he had been hospitalized in a week with various ailments including a heart condition.Like Mir Hossein Mousavi, the owner of the closed newspaper Kalameh Sabaz, and Mousavi’s wife, the writer Zahra Rahnavard, Karoubi has been under house arrest since February 2011. But Mousavi and Rahnavard have been held at their home, on the intelligence ministry’s orders, whereas Karoubi has been held at an unknown location.“It is worse than a prison,” one of Karoubi’s relatives told Reporters Without Borders. “Prisoners, even those in solitary confinement, are allowed into the courtyard once a day, but he is only allowed to walk in the building’s car park.”“Neither national law nor international standards offer any legal basis for the arbitrary detention of Karoubi, Mousavi and Rahnavard,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Their detention is a gross violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as they are being denied the right to a fair trial. We are also worried about their health. The Islamic Republic must end this situation.”Reporters Without Borders also condemns the Islamic Republic’s violation of the rights of prisoners of opinion, including imprisoned journalists who could shed light on the blogger Sattar Beheshti’s death in detention in November 2012.Ali Nazeri’s transfer on 18 July from Tehran’s Evin prison to a prison in the northeastern city of Zabol has been the subject of protests in Evin prison’s Section 350 ever since. Friction between Evin’s guards and political prisoners, especially the journalists and netizens held in this section, has been growing steadily. Riot police have even been used to stifle protests.Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, a journalist held since March 2010 who was sentenced to 11 years in prison in April 2011 for journalistic activities, has also been the subject of a transfer. Without any explanation or legal grounds being given, he was transferred to Karon prison in the southern city of Ahvaz, one of the worst prisons in the country, on 27 July. Nasr was one of the prisoners who saw Beheshti during the 12 hours he spent in Evin prison’s Section 350 on 31 October 2012, four days before his death in police custody.Nasr was previously transferred to Karon prison on 15 November 2012 but was sent back to Evin on the Tehran prosecutor-general’s orders the next day and was placed in an isolation cell. He went on a hunger strike at the time against these punitive measures.The authorities are continuing to persecute Hossein Ronaghi Malki, a netizen and human rights activist who was arrested in December 2010 and who is serving a 17-year jail sentence despite having undergone several kidney operations and being in very poor health. Malki was let out of Evin prison to receive medical treatment but was ordered to return on 22 May 2013. His father wrote an open letter to the judicial authorities at the time, accusing them of negligence towards his son. “He is ill and must receive appropriate treatment,” he wrote.One of the reasons for the unrelenting treatment received by Malki could be linked to recent statements by Beheshti’s mother. She said that Malki, who was one of the prisoners who saw Beheshti in Section 350, could testify in court and could confirm that Beheshti was mistreated and tortured during interrogation by the police.She also said that her family’s lawyer, Ghiti Pourfazel, had been subjected to questioning by intelligence ministry officials in an attempt to silence her (Pourfazel). Since then, Pourfazel has been unable to give any interviews to the media. Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Follow the news on Iran to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Officials deny entry to US journalist who covered war in Aceh from rebels’ side

first_img News April 21, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Officials deny entry to US journalist who covered war in Aceh from rebels’ side Receive email alerts Organisation News August 21, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News to go further Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papuacenter_img Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years November 19, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the action of Indonesian immigration officials in denying US journalist William Nessen entry on 19 April and it called on foreign minister N. Hassan Wirajuda to ensure that he will be allowed to enter Indonesia freely in future.Nessen was arrested in 2003 in the troubled province of Aceh after covering an army offensive against the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) from the rebels’ side.”The press freedom situation has improved considerably in Aceh since the peace accords were signed last year, but now this arbitrary decision casts doubt on the readiness of the highest authorities to open the province to journalists who denounced the army’s atrocities during the war,” Reporters Without Borders said.”It seems as though some people in the government have not yet turned the page on the terrible years,” the organisation added.Nessen was denied entry when he arrived at the airport of Medan, on the island of Sumatra, on a flight from Malaysia. But his Aceh-born wife, Sya’diah Syeh Marhaban, and the GAM leaders travelling with him were allowed in. Officials gave Nessen no explanation for their decision. He told Reporters Without Borders he was “very surprised” and flew back to Malaysia.The head of the Medan immigration service told the Jakarta Post that the decision was politically-motivated. “The government still considers William Nessen as dangerous, because his reports were hostile to Indonesia,” he was quoted as saying. The orders reportedly came from the ministry of political, legal and security affairs in Jakarta.Nessen was arrested in Banda Aceh on 24 June 2003 and sentenced to one month and 10 days in prison for an alleged breach of the immigration laws. On his release on 3 August 2003, he was expelled from Indonesia and told he was banned from returning for a year. IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Indonesia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific RSF_en On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia August 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Justice Minister defends Donegal Garda Station closures

first_img Previous articleDonegal teenager threatened with jail following assaultNext articleThomas Pringle TD slams government over PRSI News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Facebook Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Justice Minister defends Donegal Garda Station closures Twittercenter_img News The Justice Minister is defending his decision to close five Garda stations in Donegal and another 95 stations around the country.Malin, Annagry, Glencolumcille, Brockagh and Churchill have been announced as the Garda stations closing in Donegal.Minister Alan Shatter says 98 per cent of the 100 stations that are closing are part time – and the vast majority only open for three hours a day and are staffed by only one officer.Minister Shatter says the closures will free up Gardai from behind desks:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/shatt830STATIONS.mp3[/podcast]Meanwhile Donegal North East Deputy and Sinn Fein Justice spokesperson Padraig MacLochlain has raised concerns that there could be an increase in crime if a number of district headquarters in the County are amalgamated.Deputy MacLochlain says that as well as these closures, there may be more to come:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/pad830STATIONS.mp3[/podcast] Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – December 6, 2012 last_img read more

23 year old appears in court charged with murder of toddler

first_img WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleDonegal water supplies to be up to standard by end of yearNext articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritéar 13/6/18 News Highland Google+ Twitter WhatsApp A 23-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a three-year-old boy in Derry.Liam Whoriskey, of Glenabbey Gardens, Derry is charged with the murder of toddler Kayden McGuinness.Three-year-old Kayden was found dead at an address in the city on September 17th, last year.There was a visible police presence in the courtroom at Derry Magistrates Court for the hearing today.An investigating officer told the court that he believed he could connect the accused to the offence.During a brief hearing, the defendant spoke only to confirm he understood the charge.Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said there would be no application for bail at this stage.However, he said it is anticipated an application will be made in the ‘next week or so’.Liam Whoriskey was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on July 5.As he was led from the dock, there were jeers and shouts for someone in the public gallery towards the defendant. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Pinterest 23 year old appears in court charged with murder of toddler News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – June 13, 2018 last_img read more

Picking pecans and stirring memories

first_imgLatest Stories Some things in life, I’ve just naturally picked up.But not pecans.Deep down in my family gene pool is the desire to stoop over, pick up a nut and put it in a bucket with the idea of receiving some type of monetary compensation for the effort. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Email the author Picking pecans and stirring memories Skip Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 15, 2014 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Mama had the desire. Daddy didn’t.So I reckon the desire came from my Scotch Irish ancestry, not from the dwellers by the cold well.Either way, picking up pecans is one pleasure that I’ve missed out on. This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Early in my childhood, picking up pecans was a tradition that usually started on Thanksgiving Day as a way to earn a little money to buy Christmas presents.Mama had two ways.In the spring, she bought a pig to raise to sale in the fall for her Christmas money. Pigs are cute but they grow up to be hogs and hogs are ugly and mean. Why, a hog will root you right up a tree. That’s where I would go when our ol’ hog would get after me.Mama kept the slop bucket on the stove and we’d scrape our plates into it after every meal. Then, at night, it was my chore to slop the hog. You Might Like Members of the 2014 Homecoming Court at PIke Liberal Arts School were recognized during the half-time activities at the final… Members of the 2014 Homecoming Court at Pike Liberal Arts School were recognized during the half-time activities at the final… read more Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Secrets Revealed Sometimes the ol’ hog would just lie there in its waller and grunt. Other times, it would snort and growl and try to root me in the ground. That’s when I’d scurry up the chinaberry tree that grew right inside the hog pen.I had a favorite place in that ol’ tree and I’d cozy down and watch the sun drop out of the sky in blazing colors. I’d stay until Mama called me to come in the house. I could see her silhouetted in the back door and I’d run to the warmth of home. So, slopping the hog was not a bad thing.But, when Mama put on her “ol’ head rag,” as she called it, and tucked it in the back of her coat, I knew what was coming – picking up pecans.Mama said pecans lying on the ground were just like money waiting to be picked up.I didn’t see it that way.There was nothing fun about picking up pecans so that was the one bad thing about Thanksgiving Day. We’d all get out there with buckets and stoop and crawl and near about freeze to death picking up what Mama called money.Pecans won’t do you the favor of falling all at one time. Nope. They “divvy” down day after day, and drag out the drudgery of the chore.Sometimes, Pop, my granddaddy, would bring hands from the feed mill to shake the trees. Most of them were young men that could climb the trees and jump on the limbs and make the pecans fall like a hailstorm. When the limbs were too high or too weak to climb, the young men would take stout bamboo poles and knock the pecans down.We stayed out from under the trees when all the jumping and shaking was going on, but when they started knocking the pecans down with poles, we ventured back under the trees.Those who doubt global warming, never picked up pecans during my childhood days. Why, it was so cold your fingers and toes would turn blue, your ear lobes and nose would turn to chunks of ice and your breath would freeze, crack and fall to the ground.So, we didn’t waste any time getting back under the trees. The faster we picked up the pecans, the quicker we could get back in the house.Now, when the young men were knocking down the pecans, often times the falling nuts would conk us right in the head. I’ve still got permanent scars from where I was pelted with pecans when I was a little girl.I didn’t know until lately that it wasn’t by chance that those pecans knocked me in the head.Haisten Harris confessed to me that he and the other young men took great pleasure in throwing pecans at us.“We’d throw the pecans and try to hit y’all in the head,” he said, laughing.I couldn’t believe that a little, skinny, knock-kneed, frizzy headed girl was a prime target for those young men but it really wouldn’t have mattered.It was fall. It was Thanksgiving time. Christmas was coming and all was right with the world. Sponsored Contentlast_img read more

‘Entitled’ son gets max sentence for killing his father for reducing his allowance

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStock(NEW YORK) — A heartbroken mother pleaded for a New York City judge on Friday to give leniency to her Ivy League educated son, who was convicted for the execution-style murder of her husband.Shelley Gilbert prepared a handwritten victim impact statement to read in Manhattan Supreme Court before Justice Melissa Jackson sentenced her son, Thomas Gilbert Jr., to 30 years to life in prison.“My husband would still be alive today if we got him to a psychiatric hospital 15 years ago,” Shelley Gilbert read, her voice cracking as Gilbert Jr. glanced at her over his right shoulder.The 34-year-old Princeton University graduate was found guilty in June for killing his 70-year-old father, Thomas Gilbert Sr., on Jan. 4, 2015. Gilbert Sr., the founder of Wainscott Capital Partners, was found with a gunshot wound to the head inside the bedroom of his Beekman Place apartment.“I wish you and everyone here could know my son before he was struck with schizophrenia,” said Shelley Gilbert, trying to fight back tears.The gruesome scene came hours after the financier threatened to stop giving Gilbert Jr. a monthly allowance between $300 and $1000 and paying rent for his studio apartment. Prosecutors said Gilbert Jr. tried to throw off investigators by staging his father’s death as a suicide, but a search warrant of his W. 18th Street apartment uncovered the murder weapon — a .40-caliber Glock.“I ask you, judge, to put him in a psychiatric hospital somewhere close to home so we can visit him,” said Shelley Gilbert, who was married to her husband for 30 years before the murder. “I knew if my husband can speak from heaven, he would say this is wrong. This is exactly what my husband would have wanted.”According to Gilbert Jr.’s attorney, Arnold Levine, the then-30-year-old suffers from a slew of mental illnesses, but the jury did not buy the mental-defect defense. Levine requested that the judge give him the minimum sentence of 15 years to life.“He may have psychiatric problems, and I support mental health treatment through the Department of Corrections, but he was a functioning adult when he murdered his father,” said Assistant District Attorney Craig Ortner. “Rather than a psychotic break, he thought of this for some time … he searched for a hit man on the internet.”“You planned to kill your father, you had a rouse set up to get your mother out of the house, you knew exactly what you were doing you were not insane then and you’re not insane now,” Jackson said to Gilbert Jr.The jury had deliberated for two days before convicting Gilbert Jr. of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.Two of the jurors told ABC News after the deliberations in June that an errand Thomas Jr. sent his mother on was the key to reaching a guilty conclusion.“At first I believed he wasn’t responsible because of his mental illness, but after reading through all the manuscripts it hit me: that one line about the Coke showed that he was conscious of his actions at the time,” said Kimmy Lee, 61.When Gilbert Jr. was given the opportunity to speak to address the court, he rambled for about 10 minutes while looking at handwritten notes littered with legal statutes and referred to himself as “the defendant.”“Defendant expresses remorse,” Gilbert Jr. said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chancellors is latest big estate agency to list with challenger portal

first_imgThe battle of the challenger portals continues as OneDome reveals it has signed up major UK national estate agency Chancellors.The portal, which in September last year raised £5 million from the Rothschild family and property moguls the Reuben Brothers, says its three websites between them now receive just shy of three million visitors a month.These are the main OneDome site as well as Nethouseprices.com and its presence on Facebook Marketplace, all of which generate some 180,000 sales and lettings leads a month for member agents.Founder and CEO Babek Ismayil (pictured) who worked in the City before setting up the portal, says other estate agency firms that currently list their properties on his platform include Andrews, Andrew Grant, Arun Estates, Balgores, Coopers Residential, Dacre Son and Hartley, Hunters, Martyn Gerrard, Michael Jones, Robinson Michael & Jackson and Winkworth.Two other big estate agency names to have joined recently include Strutt & Parker and the Leaders Romans Group.OneDome’s business model is to enable agents to generate leads via its sites for free but share commissions with them from selling third party services to their customers.“We have worked hard to integrate listing and enquiry processes with OneDome to ensure the leads they generate are maximised for the benefit of our clients by our proactive teams across our network of over 55 offices,” says Robert Scott-Lee MD of Chancellors (main pic).Also, OneDome launched its New Homes division this year, and has announced a partnership with housebuilding giant Barratt Developments.Coopers Residential Dacre Son and Hartley michael jones andrew grant OneDome Martyn Gerrard Hunters Andrews Property Group Arun Estates Babek Ismayil Balgores Robinson Michael & Jackson chancellors April 21, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Chancellors is latest big estate agency to list with challenger portal previous nextProptechChancellors is latest big estate agency to list with challenger portalOneDome says it is gaining traction as more multi-branch estate agency firms sign up to its portal platform – including also Strutt & Parker.Nigel Lewis21st April 20210450 Viewslast_img read more

USS Hawaii Participates in ASWEX

first_img View post tag: USS Hawaii Authorities USS Hawaii Participates in ASWEX March 4, 2015 The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) participated in the 2015 Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise (ASWEX) with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) as part of their Western Pacific deployment Feb. 8-16.ASWEX is an annual event hosted by the JMSDF that included four JMSDF submarines, one U.S. submarine, three surface vessels and multiple aircraft in 2015.The long-standing partnership is strengthened with the participation of a U.S. submarine; each crew gaining experience of the tactics and tenacity of their Japanese counterparts.Hawaii is the 3rd ship of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarines. It is the first ship in the fleet to bear the state of Hawaii’s namesake and is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.[mappress mapid=”15300″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: asia View post tag: ASWEX View post tag: Participates Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Hawaii Participates in ASWEX Share this articlelast_img read more

DR RICHARD MOSS TAKES CONGRESSMAN BUCSHON TO TASK

first_imgDR RICHARD MOSS TAKES CONGRESSMAN BUCSHON TO TASK“More ‘phony show votes’ from Larry Bucshon and the Republican Establishment to placate the ‘rubes’ back home.”Jasper, IN – “Congressman Larry Bucshon has been awfully busy on Facebook, his official website, and a stream of breathless “press releases,” detailing his many legislative and legal attempts to thwart Obama and the federal bureaucracy. The only problem is that none of his proposals will work. Those trains have left the station, Congressman, thanks to you and other Republicans in Washington. It is more of the same – political posturing for the folks back home with no policy impact at all.”Item #1: “Congressman Larry Bucshon and other members of the House and Senate filed an amicus brief supporting petitions by 27 states, including Indiana, seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.”So Dr. Bucshon and our ‘stalwart’ Republican Congress are going to impede the Obama wrecking ball including the Environmental Protection Agency by supporting a lawsuit filed by 27 states? It really is laughable when the Congress, arguably the most powerful branch of our Federal government, sinks to lawsuits as a measure to rein in our lawless federal bureaucracy. Congress has all the power in the world over the EPA. It created it in 1970. It could end it if it wanted to. It controls it through Congressional oversight and its spending power. Congress does not have to depend on another branch of government, in this case the Supreme Court, to exert its vast influence. It has all the authority it needs through appropriations and funding – and this is precisely what our housebroken, mush Republican Congress failed to do. Congressman Bucshon and fellow Republicans already voted for the Omnibus bill last December, which fully funded the EPA for the remainder of Obama’s term, including its destructive Clean Power Plan regulations regarding CO2 emissions. This will devastate Indiana’s coal industry costing the state thousands of jobs. They already failed their constituents, Indiana, and the country – and more political stagecraft will not change it. Congressman Bucshon cannot have it both ways. He cannot claim to support coal and coal miners while voting to fully fund the anti-coal EPA. And then use what amounts to meaningless legal flimflam, mere political posturing to score rhetorical points back home. It is more of what we have come to expect from Congressman Bucshon and the Republican Congress – political theater. And we are tired of it.Item #2: January 6, 2016 Press Release(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, the House passed a budget reconciliation package that dismantles Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood. This legislation will reach the President’s desk for the first time ever.I’m afraid this is more of the same. Bucshon already voted to fully fund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood last December when he voted for the 2000 page, $1.1trillion massive Omnibus Bill last December. So now after the deal is already done, he and fellow ‘rock ribbed’ Republicans will engage in more political theater, more phony show votes, by sending bills that will have no impact because Obama will veto them. Congressman, just so you understand, when you give up your power of the purse for the entire year including the remainder of Obama’s term, you have given up all leverage. And Obama knows that. The time for action is when you are funding the bills. And that is precisely where Republicans will fail as you did last December. More empty political posturing for the folks back home. We need a change.Item #3: March 2, 2016 Press Release(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan Medicaid reform bill authored by Congressmen Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN), Peter Welch (D-VT), and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). H.R. 3716, the Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act, strengthens the Medicaid program and saves taxpayer dollars by ridding the program of bad actors. “This bill strengthens Medicaid and improves patient access to quality care by ridding the program of fraudulent actors who seek to take advantage of the most vulnerable patients and scam taxpayers. Our bipartisan bill ends waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicaid program saving taxpayers an estimated $15 million…” Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN)It is almost embarrassing to see the Congressman touting this bill. So he coauthors a ‘bipartisan’ bill working with two Democrats to save taxpayers $15 million over ten years or about $1.5 million a year? Current spending levels have the federal government spending about $8 million a minute, so the savings from the bill amounts to about 18 seconds of spending. Does the Congressman appreciate that the Federal government is drowning in red ink, with $19 trillion of online budget debt, greater than the size of our economy? That Obama and the Republican Congress have together doubled the national debt in seven years? That we have more than $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities? That all of this spending is unsustainable and that we are peering over the fiscal abyss? That we are imposing crushing burdens on our children and grandchildren? That Medicaid costs $500 billion a year and is breaking the backs of our states?What efforts has Congressman Bucshon made to address the growing costs of this massive unsustainable federal program? Has he thought about turning it over to the states, perhaps in the form of block grants instead of the current method that employs matching state dollars, which incentivizes states to expand the program by giving them basically a dollar of spending for 50 cents? Or privatizing it? Voucherizing it? Employing free market mechanisms to rein in the rising costs? Medicaid HSAs? What about the millions of immigrants, legal and illegal, who abuse our government programs including Medicaid that drives up the costs?While there is nothing wrong with saving $1.5 million a year, to raise it as a serious effort to rein in another out of control federal program that is bankrupting the country borders on the truly absurd. It seems that Congressman Bucshon and our ‘stanch’ Republican Congress do not have the stomach for the serious fight of cutting spending, reducing the size of government, and balancing our budget.We need someone who will take on career politicians in both political parties and fight for conservative causes in Washington, a new conservative champion who will represent the conservative values of Indiana’s 8th district! We have had enough of “go along to get along” from Congressman Bucshon and our hapless Republican Congress.Find out more about Dr. Moss at www.rmoss4congress.com.  Call or email at 812-684-0971 or [email protected]  Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.EDITOR FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. Jobs posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: If the election was held today who would you vote as the next Governor of Indiana?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast or reproduced. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more