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Gucciardi writes: "Overall, the decision to go with such a major act of corruption has jump started a massive movement to hold politicians and corporations accountable for their betrayal of the US public. It's a move that has blown up in the face of those who thought they could slip it through into law."

US President Barack Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act. (photo: Brendan Smialowsky/AFP)
US President Barack Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act. (photo: Brendan Smialowsky/AFP)


Monsanto Protection Act Ignites Massive Activism

By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

30 March 13

 

hile Monsanto executives may be rejoicing behind the closed doors of their corporate offices, they have also just stabbed themselves in the heart with the blatant and cocky decision to go through with the Monsanto Protection Act. Obama's social media profiles are being blown up with thousands of enraged activists and concerned citizens who are demanding answers.

Thanks to the alternative news covering every angle of the Protection Act and the absurd fact that Monsanto actually wrote the rider itself, people have now come to fully understand just how deep the corruption goes when it comes to Monsanto's Big Food monopoly. And it doesn't exempt the President.

It's a well known fact that the Obama family actually eats from the White House organic garden which was planted in 2009 and has full time staffers who maintain and harvest organic produce that comes from the garden. Many high level politicians actually refuse to eat anything but organic, as they are fully aware of what's in 'conventional', GMO-loaded items. Yet, despite this knowledge, they are quite eager to push Monsanto's GMOs and ruthless business model on the citizens of the United States.

And the people are fully aware of the betrayal.

Scanning just a few comments amid the thousands calling out Obama for his signature on the spending bill that contained the Monsanto Protection Act, we find seriously frustrated activists and voters who can't believe what they are seeing. Even many Obama campaigners who came to the realization that Obama didn't represent what they thought he did. One specifically mentions how Obama promised to label GMOs in 2007 upon taking the seat of the President. A promise that never came to fruition. In fact, no real attempts were made at all.

Here are a few comments among the thousands that I found interesting on Obama's wall:

Darlene Taylor: Barack Obama - 2007: "We'll let folks know if their food is genetically modified because Americans should know." 2013: He signed the Monsanto Protection Act making GMO giants immune to the law.

Erica Ecker: Apparently part of protecting our children no longer includes what goes in them. Thanks for signing the Monsanto Protection Act.

Keri Kline: I am an activist for President Obama, and I am outraged he has failed to listen to the 'American people he represents'... President Obama knowingly signed the Monsanto Protection Act over the insistence of more than 250,000 Americans who signed an urgent letter asking that he use his executive authority to veto H.R. 933 and send it back to Congress to remove the Monsanto Protection Act from the bill. Regretfully, President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution.

Overall, the decision to go with such a major act of corruption has jump started a massive movement to hold politicians and corporations accountable for their betrayal of the US public. It's a move that has blown up in the face of those who thought they could slip it through into law.


 

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+263 # flippancy 2013-03-30 10:30
There is no reason for Monsanto to even exist. Multitrillion dollar fines for corrupting the crops of farmers whose lands adjoin those of Monsanto customers would be a good start.
 
 
+135 # Beverly 2013-03-30 12:53
Quoting flippancy:
There is no reason for Monsanto to even exist. Multitrillion dollar fines for corrupting the crops of farmers whose lands adjoin those of Monsanto customers would be a good start.


Beverly Smith-- Thank you--- your statement is SO TRUE, and we MUST STOP MONSANTO, a company which has already poisoned far too many of not only our crops, but our food industries!!!
Part of the Joined Battle,
Beverly Smith
 
 
+68 # NOMINAE 2013-03-30 17:45
Quoting flippancy:
There is no reason for Monsanto to even exist. Multitrillion dollar fines for corrupting the crops of farmers whose lands adjoin those of Monsanto customers would be a good start.


As you may know, the way it stands now, the courts are allowing Monsanto to SUE those VERY farmers for THEFT of Monsanto's proprietary crops !

Monsanto not only gets to ruin non-Monsanto conventional crops, and any organic crops close enough for wind drift to ruin them, but they SUCCESSFULLY sue the very farmers whose crops they pollute for THEFT.

However, if anyone is able to observe this "Law" that places Monsanto above the Law (and any court anywhere) and STILL believes that it is the government, *not* the Corporations running this entire fixed joke of a Government, it is time to start handing out sunglasses and white canes to those "observers".
 
 
+13 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-30 21:21
Hmm? Bill was passed on party lines. Check it out? Figure that one out?
 
 
+15 # Walter J Smith 2013-03-31 20:45
Yeah, it was passed on two party lines.

Check it out.

Here's the House's "Constitutional Authority Statement:" "
By Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky:
H.R. 933.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
The principal constitutional authority for this legislation
is clause 7 of section 9 of article I of the Constitution of
the United States (the appropriation power), which states:
``No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in
Consequence of Appropriations made by Law . . . .'' In
addition, clause 1 of section 8 of article I of the
Constitution (the spending power) provides: ``The Congress
shall have the Power . . . to pay the Debts and provide for
the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States .
. . .'' Together, these specific constitutional provisions
establish the congressional power of the purse, granting
Congress the authority to appropriate funds, to determine
their purpose, amount, and period of availability, and to set
forth terms and conditions governing their use."

Why are we letting the elected bipartisan criminals get away with all these crimes?
 
 
+13 # Hacienda View 2013-03-31 03:59
Quoting flippancy:
There is no reason for Monsanto to even exist. Multitrillion dollar fines for corrupting the crops of farmers whose lands adjoin those of Monsanto customers would be a good start.

This as far as I can remember is the biggest single 'pro-vote' number (178, so far' for any subject. Well done America I hope The President listens.
 
 
+6 # AmyTN 2013-03-31 09:42
I posted information about the Monsanto Protection act and someone commented that this has been found untrue on Snopes and another fact checking site. What are we to believe? I am strongly opposed to Monsanto or any corporation controlling our food and information ABOUT our food and completely against genetically modified food, but I want to spread the word with facts and not distortions.
 
 
+10 # fixerguy 2013-04-01 14:58
Look it up on votesmart as I did...it's there and true; HR933 Sec735 specifically gives the USDA Director of his designee the "authority" to over ride a Judges order...
My term for this law Is: TREASON BY CONGRESS!
 
 
+3 # RLF 2013-04-02 06:20
USDA is part of the executive branch and is is given priority over the courts...this seem completely unconstitutiona l to me!
 
 
0 # tomwalker8 2013-04-02 15:29
Whoever "commented that this has been found untrue on Snopes..." hasn't read Snopes. Snopes reached no such conclusion.
 
 
+105 # luvdoc 2013-03-30 10:47
PROTEST!198 Methods of Non Violent Action can be downloaded from www.aeinstein.org.

Listen: Can you hear the cries of angry men?
luvdoc
 
 
-77 # SheilaParks 2013-03-30 14:53
Your sexism is disgusting.
 
 
+28 # NOMINAE 2013-03-30 17:36
Quoting SheilaParks:
Your sexism is disgusting.


Yeah..... you might want to kennel the Dobermans of the P.C. Thought Police here. It is precisely this kind of shrill, knee-jerk, reactionary B.S. that has turned the young women and many men away from the Feminist Movement in general.

This kind of false and groundless outrage is more appropriate on Faux. In addition, like the BOY who cried "wolf", it blunts the necessary concern for the *REAL* problems that women face.

It actually works counter to the cause that you seem to support.

In a Democracy, no one is in charge of telling anyone else what they can think or say. And, yes, living in a Democracy also means that everyone will occasionally find reason to feel offended. Adults simply deal with that fact, instead of trying to tell 310 Million other people how to speak, and what to think.
 
 
+21 # LML 2013-03-30 22:51
Like Nominae, I refuse to get outraged by a reference to men, mankind, waitress etc. and save my outrage for things that are meaningful AND truly outrageous - and yes, I am a card-carrying chick-person!!!
 
 
+13 # pushingforpeace 2013-03-31 13:26
Quoting SheilaParks:
Your sexism is disgusting.


Are you a Monsanto operative because this is NOT the issue!!!!!
 
 
+12 # conniejo 2013-03-31 13:41
Quoting SheilaParks:
Your sexism is disgusting.

I could be wrong, but I believe luvdoc was quoting a line from the Les Miserables musical.
 
 
-1 # NOMINAE 2013-03-31 20:37
Quoting conniejo:
Quoting SheilaParks:
Your sexism is disgusting.

I could be wrong, but I believe luvdoc was quoting a line from the Les Miserables musical.


Of course he was, but, apparently *any* excuse to re-kindle the strife from the "Gender Wars" of the 1970s is better than NO excuse for same.

In keeping with the present GOP War on Women, it would not surprise me to see a troll on this site purposely attempting the old 1%'er tactic called "divide and conquer".

Attempting to revive the '70s Gender Wars in an effort to "stir up the pot", get on all the progressive sites and get them fighting among themselves over terms like "guys" and quotes from Operas, intending to keep them from remaining focused regarding their present day political discussions/ and potential solutions.

This seems to me a more likely scenario than the possibility that some female just awakened from a coma she'd been in since 1973, and got back out there on the "battlements" of the Gender Wars of the '70s.

Better possibility of an old, white Republican male who has no clue that the Gender Wars ended long ago !

As a poster below remarks, "methinks the lady doth protest too much". Just so. There has been no grounds for taking such vehement offense, even if some person were a hypervigilant, hypersensitive paranoiac suffering a persecution complex.

Anyway, back to the subject of Monsanto.

This little side bar has been "her-sterical".
 
 
+110 # Barbara K 2013-03-30 10:51
The Rs slipped it into the Budget, it has no place in the Budget Bill. I hope we can get it removed before it becomes law. We need to get out in volumes and protest this bunch of poisoners and their supporters. Our lives are really at stake here, as this stuff is already killing cows who eat the corn (don't eat any corn or corn products)and it is making us sick. There should be massive lawsuits going on, regardless of the so-called protections. That part is really meaningless.

..
 
 
+78 # Trueblue Democrat 2013-03-30 11:31
Babs,

Stop with your partisan BS. It took at least 27 so-called Democrats in the Senate to pass the Act and it took that alleged Democrat in the White House to sign it into law.

Are you too dense to take these simple facts on board?
 
 
+24 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2013-03-30 12:53
A number of the provision's vocal opponents allege that [the Monsanto protection] was quietly inserted while the bill was still in the Senate Appropriations Committee, which Mikulski chairs, and that her committee did not hold any hearings on its language. They say many Democratic members who voted for the bill were unaware.

http://www.ibtimes.com/furor-growing-against-obama-over-monsanto-protection-act-1156459
 
 
+96 # WestWinds 2013-03-30 13:04
"Ignorance of the law is no defense." If they didn't read it the what the hell are they doing there in DC and what the hell are we paying them for? Just lining their pockets? Take note of all of the Demorat signatories and make an all-out effort to get them out of office!
 
 
+43 # muffy7 2013-03-30 13:42
You bet I will and call the WHouse to let him know how angry we are at his deceit.
 
 
+31 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-30 15:57
The "real government" in many cases is "the one you do not see." No accident here.
 
 
+14 # 666 2013-03-30 17:15
quoting keri "I am outraged he has failed to listen to the 'American people he represents'"

but that's just it, big-O DID listen to those people he represents, the 1% and the artificial people (corps).

Seriously, some of you folks gave us chicken-littles a ton of crap during the elections every time we warned you about Mr. Hope. Now it's our turn: how was it for you, babe? You really expected anything different? c'mon

The corps have rendered dead the body politic.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2013-04-10 12:03
babe?
 
 
+33 # Torvus 2013-03-30 16:18
Why not visit the White House and waft some Monsanto seeds into that organic garden?
 
 
+80 # pegasus4508 2013-03-30 13:29
This is part of what is TRUE. I did check out Snopes and Mikulski is the reason that Democratic Senators did not KNOW the rider was in place. However, that does not excuse President Obama. 60,000 phone calls and 250,000 signatures. We need to sustain THIS outrage until the 6 month rider expires in September - the 30th. Stay vigilant and stop blaming. WE are all accountable - and We ALL need to fight back.
 
 
-30 # MidwestTom 2013-03-30 20:01
You are just now realizing that Obama doesn't give a hoot, about anything normal intelligent people care about. He is far more concerned about the gays, illegals, and punishing older Americans.
 
 
+4 # saaby 2013-03-30 23:46
That's your opinion.. fortunately it is not the fact.
 
 
+7 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 17:49
Quoting saaby:
That's your opinion.. fortunately it is not the fact.

Actually he older Americans part os (also) TRUE.

He has aready offered chained CPI which which would literally starve tens of millions of seniors, as would Bowles/Simpson. And the Obama budget cuts LIHEAP subsidies drastically so those who chose food would freeze to death. Add FarmBill cuts to SNAP, and you better legislate a huge "deficit neutral fund" for body removal and burial of those tens of millions of seniors.
 
 
-5 # RLF 2013-04-03 07:21
Older Americans got us in this mess by being so ignorant of what the politicians were doing...and the vast amount of 1%ers are old folks.
 
 
+3 # Cassandra2012 2013-04-10 12:07
No, some of us 'old' people are far more aware of what these politicians are doing--- stop the rampant ageism, it is as obnoxious as the misogyny, racism etc. that seem to pervade all 'sides' and is genuinely 'ignorant'.
 
 
+5 # saaby 2013-03-30 23:45
Phone calls and signatures of protest are a good idea, but, I would not be blaming Obama but the 27 Democrats who signed the bill. Obama could not do a line item veto.. he would have had to veto the entire budget at this point.. and that would be catastrophic.
 
 
+1 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 17:51
Quoting saaby:
Phone calls and signatures of protest are a good idea, but, I would not be blaming Obama but the 27 Democrats who signed the bill. Obama could not do a line item veto.. he would have had to veto the entire budget at this point.. and that would be catastrophic.


-As well as absolutely essential to the survival of the human race.
 
 
+3 # RLF 2013-04-03 07:23
If you haven't noticed...we have a government that is completely broken...catast rophic is what it needs...we are dying the death of a thousand cuts as it is.
 
 
+35 # muffy7 2013-03-30 13:41
Well how about they take a few minutes from their vaca time to read the heinous bill. Something has to be done.
 
 
+15 # RnR 2013-03-31 08:23
over 100,000 signatures on the petition and the dems didn't know?
 
 
+19 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-03-30 15:51
Too easily forgotten: Will Rodgers: If you like the laws of your country and sausage, watch neither of them being made." Lots of campaigns promises are just that, poetry. Once in office, the office is run on prose.
 
 
+30 # Nonie Myss 2013-03-30 17:14
Quoting Trueblue Democrat:
Babs,

Stop with your partisan BS. It took at least 27 so-called Democrats in the Senate to pass the Act and it took that alleged Democrat in the White House to sign it into law.

Are you too dense to take these simple facts on board?

Sen. Barbara Milkowski, a DEMOCRAT, as head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, COULD have pulled the Monsanto Protection wording from the budget bill (she DID know it was there and DID know there was widespread public objection to it), and she CHOSE to leave it in, and Obama, also a DEM, chose to sign it into law. Get it into your heads: there is scant difference between Republicans and Democrats - the vast majority of them have all sold their souls to the Devil. At the very top of our government, ruling ALL of the branches, sits Mephistopheles himself.
 
 
-2 # saaby 2013-03-30 23:48
You are partially correct. Milkowski could have pulled the Monsanto wording, but, by the time the bill got to the President, he could not pull it out.. he does not have that kind of "line item" veto power. It was all or nothing... so he actually had a "gun to his head".. so he had to sign.
 
 
+2 # tbcrawford 2013-04-04 16:56
He did NOT "have to sign" ... we'll die off one way or an other
 
 
+6 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 17:53
Quoting Nonie Myss:
Quoting Trueblue Democrat:
Babs,

Stop with your partisan BS. It took at least 27 so-called Democrats in the Senate to pass the Act and it took that alleged Democrat in the White House to sign it into law.

Are you too dense to take these simple facts on board?

Sen. Barbara Milkowski, a DEMOCRAT, as head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, COULD have pulled the Monsanto Protection wording from the budget bill (she DID know it was there and DID know there was widespread public objection to it), and she CHOSE to leave it in, and Obama, also a DEM, chose to sign it into law. Get it into your heads: there is scant difference between Republicans and Democrats - the vast majority of them have all sold their souls to the Devil. At the very top of our government, ruling ALL of the branches, sits Mephistopheles himself.


READ jillstein.org/i ssues -
Then Change your official afflation to GREEN - and VOTE the interests of humanity, America, and your own survival.
 
 
+7 # saaby 2013-03-30 23:42
You can't blame the president for this one.. but, you surely can blame the 27 stupid Democrats who let it sneak into the budget.
 
 
+11 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 17:54
Yes, we can.

He should have vetoed it.
 
 
+25 # A_Har 2013-03-30 12:13
Hello, hello!! Obummer SIGNED IT into LAW.
 
 
-1 # Cassandra2012 2013-04-10 12:09
Stupid name-calling invalidates your points.
 
 
+69 # Virginia 2013-03-30 12:46
Barbara K - You are a good Dem. And frankly, you have more smarts than most of the politicians. But we cannot blame this all on Republicans. I was astonished to learn that our leading Democrats in Hawaii lined their pockets with donations from Monsanto and the (few) Republicans I would have suspected were not on the list.

Politically speaking - money is a game changer...it also turns good politicians bad.

Monsanto manipulation is a non-partisan issue. We've allowed them to penetrate our food chain and eventually they too, will become TBTF.
 
 
+19 # muffy7 2013-03-30 13:43
aren't they already TBTF????
 
 
+13 # Virginia 2013-03-30 13:48
And while Democrats were also bought and paid for... The majority of the donations were applied to Republicans and Republican pacs. That tells you that at least the Dems have a little more integrity.

See: http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00042069&cycle=2012
 
 
+66 # pegasus4508 2013-03-30 13:27
So ashamed to tell that Senator Barbara Mukulski (D), one of MY senators allowed this to happen. I have already left her and email expressing my outrage at her behavior. I will not forget!
 
 
+6 # LetJusticeRoll 2013-03-31 19:34
Quoting pegasus4508:
So ashamed to tell that Senator Barbara Mukulski (D), one of MY senators allowed this to happen. I have already left her and email expressing my outrage at her behavior. I will not forget!


Mikulski is my Senator too, and I did the same thing! Marylanders, express your outrage!
 
 
+16 # SheilaParks 2013-03-30 14:54
I also have not eaten corn of any kind for decades.
 
 
+28 # Rockie 2013-03-30 15:48
@Sheila/ I haven't eaten any corn for years because of Montsatan. This year, I grow my own from organic seeds. Organic seed is out there folks. Buy it, grow it and save your life and the lives of your children.
 
 
+4 # saaby 2013-03-30 23:57
You should come to NJ someday. Our sweet corn is homegrown and delicious.
 
 
+36 # Fedupwithfeds 2013-03-30 18:44
There are a group of Senators, Boxer is one, working on an amendment to get rid of Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act. Please find out who they are and show support of this effort! The scariest part of this bill being signed into law is that now, Monsanto can put the rest of our farmers out of business! No one can touch them now! Ah,that leaves us no choice but poison! All American's basic human rights have been violated! After voting Democrat for 40 years, I re-registered as Independent. If we all did that I think congress would soil themselves! Neither Dems or Reps are representing you and do not define you. Bickering or trying to blame one party over the other is pathetic! They are all crooks! Do something about it!
 
 
+1 # saaby 2013-03-30 23:59
I'm an independent also. And, when I was sure that Obama was going to win, I voted for the Independent candidate at the last election... I knew he had it made the night I heard the 57% remark.. and then Nate Silver came out with his overwhelming forecast.
 
 
+4 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 17:56
Quoting Fedupwithfeds:
There are a group of Senators, Boxer is one, working on an amendment to get rid of Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act. Please find out who they are and show support of this effort! The scariest part of this bill being signed into law is that now, Monsanto can put the rest of our farmers out of business! No one can touch them now! Ah,that leaves us no choice but poison! All American's basic human rights have been violated! After voting Democrat for 40 years, I re-registered as Independent. If we all did that I think congress would soil themselves! Neither Dems or Reps are representing you and do not define you. Bickering or trying to blame one party over the other is pathetic! They are all crooks! Do something about it!


We reregistered as GREENS in February("Mount ain Party" actually, in WV.)
It HAS to start somewhere.
 
 
+2 # LetJusticeRoll 2013-03-31 19:36
Quoting RHytonen:
Quoting Fedupwithfeds:
There are a group of Senators, Boxer is one, working on an amendment to get rid of Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act. Please find out who they are and show support of this effort! The scariest part of this bill being signed into law is that now, Monsanto can put the rest of our farmers out of business! No one can touch them now! Ah,that leaves us no choice but poison! All American's basic human rights have been violated! After voting Democrat for 40 years, I re-registered as Independent. If we all did that I think congress would soil themselves! Neither Dems or Reps are representing you and do not define you. Bickering or trying to blame one party over the other is pathetic! They are all crooks! Do something about it!


We reregistered as GREENS in February("Mountain Party" actually, in WV.)
It HAS to start somewhere.


The Green Party has a great platform! Check it out.
 
 
+2 # saaby 2013-03-30 23:40
That's the problem. The bill slipped into the Budget as a poison pill and since the President does not have any line item veto power, he had to accept or reject the entire Budget... which would be catastrophic if he didn't sign it.
 
 
+46 # wherefore 2013-03-30 11:02
Just a couple of comments here:
This provision is not good, and the response is justified, but there is no such thing as the Monsanto Protection Act. The provision referred to is a tiny part of a huge bill, one that if not signed, would have created serious economic troubles, costing jobs. The President of the US, unlike many state governors, does not have the power of a line-item veto. And the provision automatically expires in 6 months. Also, it may not be constitutional to prevent the judicial branch from acting on ANY process of law, so the provision could be overturned by the courts.
 
 
+43 # indian weaver 2013-03-30 11:18
This comment sounds like an apology for the baby boy toy's cowardice. No apology. Riders are laid upon important bills constantly. He can say No once, but never has, having sold out years ago. The coward is paid well so who cares. Not him, no backbone, no principles, empty as a flushed toilet.
 
 
+85 # Trueblue Democrat 2013-03-30 11:34
By the Roberts' Court?

Surely you jest.

The only thing the Roberts' Court is capable of overturning is the U S Constitution.
 
 
+7 # dquandle 2013-03-30 12:57
Fully aided and abetted by the criminal Obama White House.
 
 
-11 # dquandle 2013-03-30 12:59
Fully aided and abetted by a thoroughly criminal Obama White House.
 
 
+51 # FLAK88 2013-03-30 11:49
There's such a thing as pulling a rider as a condition for signing. A GOP president, faced with the same sort of choice, would have done it in a heartbeat. Also, the rider was added by a Democratic Senator from Maryland (can't recall her name, but it starts with a K)and signed off by Democratic Senators. Stop making excuses for these people and stop minimalising the damage.
 
 
+27 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2013-03-30 12:58
"...the Monsanto Protection Act was written by special interests. In combination with Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Monsanto literally authored the provisions that exempt the corporate giant from being sued in federal court.

The Dem of whom you speak chaired the committee that didn't give it a full review, but she didn't write it.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/31783/monsanto-protection-act-highlights-special-interests-behind-legislative-process
 
 
-13 # muffy7 2013-03-30 13:45
You mean the old lady Mikulski who should have retired years ago.
 
 
+6 # LetJusticeRoll 2013-03-31 19:40
Quoting muffy7:
You mean the old lady Mikulski who should have retired years ago.

She's 78. Lots of our Senators are at least that old. Are you expressing your ageism? I don't like what she did any more than you do, but please stick to the issues rather than demographics.
 
 
+3 # RLF 2013-04-03 07:34
Yeah! You're right...she just sucks...it is not because she is old, it is because she has been there too long and owes too many corps. for their many bribes over the years.
 
 
+39 # Malcolm 2013-03-30 12:05
Quoting wherefore:
Just a couple of comments here:
This provision is not good, and the response is justified, but there is no such thing as the Monsanto Protection Act. The provision referred to is a tiny part of a huge bill, one that if not signed, would have created serious economic troubles, costing jobs. The President of the US, unlike many state governors, does not have the power of a line-item veto. And the provision automatically expires in 6 months. Also, it may not be constitutional to prevent the judicial branch from acting on ANY process of law, so the provision could be overturned by the courts.

Wherefore, you made a well reasoned argument, EXCEPT that you overlooked a couple of important points:

1. Obama made no attempt to get this odious "Protection act" removed from the bill, at least not that I've heard about. He could easily have sent the bill back to congress, demanding its removal. He'd probably have succeeded in getting this monster struck from the bill, and even if he failed, he'd have at least shown his disapproval of it.

2. Obama, like all recent presidents, HAS used a (de facto) line item veto; it's called a "Signing Statement".

Although I abhor the use of signing statements, since they appear to totally violate the constitution, Obama has certainly felt comfortable using them in the past, just not for this Monsanto horror.

I'm cutting Mr. Obombya no slack on this one.
 
 
+10 # WestWinds 2013-03-30 13:10
>>The President of the US, unlike many state governors, does not have the power of a line-item veto.
 
 
+27 # warrior woman 2013-03-30 13:34
While you are correct to a point, the fact is, it would take years to get through the courts and something is going on. For one, the pesticide used to supplement GMO crops, clothiandin or neonicitinoids are under extreme scrutiny for likely causing bee deaths. Bees become extinct, we do too. If say, this were the case, they need a year in which to get enough, if there is enough seeds to plant non-gmo or a different kind of gmo to provide pseudofood for the rest of us pagans. Europe, that is, France has found severe issues with GMO corn. More evidence. This is like protecting the company from asbestos claims which bankrupted many over the years once it was finally believed to be as hazardous to human health as it is.
 
 
+24 # NOMINAE 2013-03-30 18:09
Quoting warrior woman:
While you are correct to a point, the fact is, it would take years to get through the courts and something is going on. For one, the pesticide used to supplement GMO crops, clothiandin or neonicitinoids are under extreme scrutiny for likely causing bee deaths. Bees become extinct, we do too.


So glad you mentioned this connection to neonicotinoid pesticides, bcuz there is now solid evidence that they are
also killing birds. Just a note.

As to bees, Einstein himself pointed out the fact that if the pollinators ever all died out, the human race would be facing about four more years of life after the fact.

Gotta admit, tho, fewer bees = fewer crops = higher food prices. Good deal for whomever controls most of the food.

Go figure.
 
 
+7 # Eliza D 2013-03-31 18:28
We could survive, Nominae, but we'd have to spend all our time on producing food-hand pollinating crops, like they must do in fruit orchards in parts of China where ALL the bees are gone. Another scenario in which we might find ourselves being drudges for the monsters who did this to the planet.
 
 
+19 # mdhome 2013-03-30 17:38
This business of attaching riders like this to major bills that need to pass is one of the complaints I have had for years. Is there nothing we can do to stop this sleazy way to sneak bad legislation through?
 
 
+25 # NOMINAE 2013-03-30 18:00
Quoting wherefore:
Just a couple of comments here:
This provision is not good, and the response is justified.....

And the provision automatically expires in 6 months. Also, it may not be constitutional to prevent the judicial branch from acting on ANY process of law, so the provision could be overturned by the courts.


I certainly don't want to rain on your parade, and I WISH that what you hope for comes true, because Monsanto and Big Ag are fully on track to literally and legally control the food supply for the entire GLOBE..........

But really, when is the last time you have *EVER* heard of Monsanto losing in court ?

In the U.S., I mean. They get their a$$es handed to them with some regularity in Europe, but like the energizer bunny engaged in Chinese Water Torture, Monsanto just keeps coming back in Europe until they have finally eroded even some of Europe's strongest protections.

Monsanto guards like a Pit Bull against that kind of freedom ever coming to pass in the U.S. They literally sue everyone in sight, and the courts back them like clockwork.

The system here is FIXED. The best solution is a NEW SYSTEM.

Keep watching OWS and other like them for ideas.
 
 
+2 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:12
Quoting NOMINAE:
Quoting wherefore:
Just a couple of comments here:
This provision is not good, and the response is justified.....

expires in 6 months. could be overturned by the courts.


Monsanto and Big Ag are fully on track to literally and legally control the food supply for the entire GLOBE (and) when is the last time you have *EVER* heard of Monsanto losing in court ?

The system here is FIXED. The best solution is a NEW SYSTEM.

Keep watching OWS and other like them for ideas.


As I said - however catastrophic it might have been, it couldn't possibly be a worse outcome than this.

Here's an idea - EVERYONE changes their party affiliation to the only one left that isn't corporate owned, and that IS wllng to take them on and JAIL the banksters and war criminals - the Greens.

We did in February, having voted Green/Mountain twice now. We outgrew susceptibility to the fearmongering Billion$ of BIG LIE Dollar$, and 'cut the cable'(no more satellite TV.)

And whoever thinks vetoing the CR would have been "too catastrophic" has so much money in "The Market" Casino, that they're part of the problem - or think they are, or worst of all - want to be. And they need to GO as well. At worst it's a loss of 1% we don't want or need.
 
 
+2 # Walter J Smith 2013-03-30 21:14
Obviously an Obama Apologist.

The D party is full of them.
 
 
+2 # RLF 2013-04-03 07:31
Jobs is a smoke screen! If you want to get jobs then put a 25% import duty on anything coming in from outside the country. Stuff will get expensive but will be fixable and not throwaway...bec ause it will cost too much to replace. Good for jobs, good for the environment, good for the 99%.
 
 
+76 # angry 2013-03-30 11:09
Hey guys, we are a nation filled with righties and lefties who are manipulated by the wealthy, and politicians out for a piece of the action. ONLY public funding of campaigns, and ONLY a 100% turnover in 2014 will fix it.
 
 
-33 # SheilaParks 2013-03-30 15:00
With calling us "guys" you add to the sexism and misogyny of the world. NO matter what the cause. Women are not "guys." Please, do not tell me it is an expression that includes women. It does not. EVER.
 
 
+23 # maverita 2013-03-30 17:32
Quoting SheilaParks:
With calling us "guys" you add to the sexism and misogyny of the world. NO matter what the cause. Women are not "guys." Please, do not tell me it is an expression that includes women. It does not. EVER.

actually it does the definition of guy is a man, but the definition of guys is a group of any gender. i am a feminist, but me thinks thou doth protest too much.
 
 
+12 # Malcolm 2013-03-30 18:25
Quoting maverita:
Quoting SheilaParks:
With calling us "guys" you add to the sexism and misogyny of the world. NO matter what the cause. Women are not "guys." Please, do not tell me it is an expression that includes women. It does not. EVER.

actually it does the definition of guy is a man, but the definition of guys is a group of any gender. i am a feminist, but me thinks thou doth protest too much.


thank-you, maverita.
 
 
+7 # LML 2013-03-30 23:11
Please, do not tell me it is an expression that includes women. It does not. EVER.

Don't know where you live, Sheila, but 8 out of every 10 times I have been in a mixed gender group-- including a group consisting of just my husband and me -- we are greeted with "you guys"

In terms of usage/descripti ve linguistics "guys" already includes women.

Gotta keep you eye on the ball - what is most important to you? To fulminate about being called "guys" -- or getting paid the same wage as your male counterparts?
 
 
-2 # Malcolm 2013-03-31 12:48
Quoting LML:
Please, do not tell me it is an expression that includes women. It does not. EVER.


Don't know where you live, Sheila, but 8 out of every 10 times I have been in a mixed gender group-- including a group consisting of just my husband and me -- we are greeted with "you guys"

In terms of usage/descripti ve linguistics "guys" already includes women.

Gotta keep you eye on the ball - what is most important to you? To fulminate about being called "guys" -- or getting paid the same wage as your male counterparts?

WAIT! "Guys must only include men; otherwise, why the term "Guys and d
''Dolls"?
 
 
0 # LML 2013-04-01 04:56
DOUBLE WAIT! Are you also suggesting that the phrase "Republicans and Democrats" means that the R's and the D's are more different than they seem to be striving to be?

Hmmm - makes you ponder!
 
 
+8 # mdhome 2013-03-30 17:47
No, not 100%, maybe 90% Learn to find out who is bad and who is good, by removing 100% blindly, you likely will put ones in there who are even worse.
 
 
+2 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:18
It's easy, just look at the votes. But realize that there's a Whip's concept known as voting "off the leash" (i.e. the bill will pass or fail without them)- to give a false impression to constituents.
 
 
+2 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:14
Quoting angry:
Hey guys, we are a nation filled with righties and lefties who are manipulated by the wealthy, and politicians out for a piece of the action. ONLY public funding of campaigns, and ONLY a 100% turnover in 2014 will fix it.


But they would all have to be GREENS, or you just get more of the same..and no; Libertarians, who want NO regulation of corporations, would NOT be better, but far worse.
 
 
+33 # jederfr7 2013-03-30 11:19
Chinese food items we buy from oriental stores are labeled as to their GMo content
 
 
+8 # cafetomo 2013-03-30 14:17
Now that's funny right there, I don't care what they tell ya.
 
 
+22 # bikewriter 2013-03-30 11:39
Too late. It's already been signed into law. http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/03/monsanto-buys-senate-democracy-buys-farm/
 
 
+20 # brux 2013-03-30 11:59
Like everything else in this world, this issue has been taken over by war ... this is really something about war.

So, people can never stop war, they can take part in it or not, or run away or fight on the other side, but most people cannot avoid it.

So, the point is, if the world is at war in a different way that we are used to thinking about, and this war brings about things like a totalitarian state, a brainwashing media, a toxic method of agriculture, a destructive way of making energy, incentives to jettison people's rights or save money by allowing people to get sick and die ....

Then, all of us in every niche in every aspect of life need to figure out how to end this war as quickly as possible and how to invent a world that does not have to be at war all the time.

We can complain about it and see nothing done, or we are find a way to run a war democratically, but we do need to run it or it merely falls back into the hands of those who do not care and run it incompetently killing millions or billions or the entire planet.

So ... we really need to figure out who is the enemy.
 
 
+34 # WestWinds 2013-03-30 13:20
Correct; this is about economic war and global domination. Monsanto flooded the (eastern) Indian market with one-growing-sea son rice, their farmers went belly-up, in came big Amer-industry and now how many American companies are in India? Monsanto flooded the Mexican market with one-season only corn, their economy went belly-up, how many Mexicans are coming across our borders to pick lettuce and strawberries or build homes in AZ for peon wages? Monsanto is applying to the patent office for "living material" patents (something the founding fathers of this country forbade,) and one day, Monsanto will hold a patent on your grand kids.
 
 
+14 # Trueblue Democrat 2013-03-30 14:26
WestWinds, it's a sad commentary on our nation that someone with your intellect and grasp of the facts is out here with the rest of us looking in, while rascals who don't have one tenth your qualities are inside the Beltway pissing out.
 
 
+62 # PABLO DIABLO 2013-03-30 12:10
Boycott Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Coke, Pepsi, etc. They are killing us. Wake up America.
 
 
+22 # maverita 2013-03-30 17:34
Quoting PABLO DIABLO:
Boycott Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Coke, Pepsi, etc. They are killing us. Wake up America.

and boycott exxon, BP,, syngenta and Georgia pacific paper products.
 
 
+31 # James Marcus 2013-03-30 12:11
I'm with 'angry' completely;
The 'Electoral System' has been thoroughly compromised. Money + Human Greed = 'Conduits'.
ALL Elected Officials Must 'Stand Down' for re-election. PUBLICLY FUNDED ELECTIONS. No 'Political Contributions', ever, in any way.
Initiate TERM LIMITS (Political Office is not a 'career' !)
 
 
+17 # mdhome 2013-03-30 17:55
Citizens United is or should be UNCONSTITUTIONA L!
 
 
+27 # Vardoz 2013-03-30 12:25
This is another awful reality and is so enraging. We have already called and emailed our reps and Obama at whitehouse.gove - we need to speak out in big numbers and do whatever we can to force change. Things have gotten so bad and all our lives are at stake.
 
 
+17 # Vardoz 2013-03-30 12:27
We have also posted this artical on facebook and tweeted it-Monsanto and othere don't care about our health, safety and welfare.
 
 
+21 # dick 2013-03-30 12:27
There are stores that sell food labeled NOT GMO.
 
 
+18 # MendoChuck 2013-03-30 12:38
Once again Washington DC serves itself and corporations.

"Of the People, By The People and For The People" does not exist in Washington DC. Those of you that voted for an incumbent are getting exactly what you voted for . . . . More of the same.

Change will on happen when the General Public changes itself and not before. No one in Washington DC will do it for you.
 
 
+38 # WestWinds 2013-03-30 13:22
Go Occupy the Green Party; no corporate ties or anything. Nothing will scare DC faster than the sound of thousands and thousands of feet walking away from their corruption.
 
 
+17 # Virginia 2013-03-30 12:40
In Hawaii, Obama's Dems in the legislature and Gov. have lined their pockets with donations from Monsanto. It is disgusting. I imagine it is that way all across the US. Sad, but true.
 
 
+3 # WestWinds 2013-03-30 13:23
I'm surprised Neil Abercrombie would participate in this. He used to be such a voice for the people.
 
 
+15 # Rockie 2013-03-30 16:00
Yes Virginia, and Montsatan has destroyed hundreds if not thosands of acres in Hawaii. Furthermore, people who live near their death fields have gotten so ill that they have had to move away, and we eat their crap because it is not labeled. I'm learning to garden with organic seed.
 
 
+16 # onewatcher 2013-03-30 12:58
There is a definite stink of betrayal coming from the Whitehouse. Mr. Smoke & Mirrors (Hope & Change) Obama is outgassing the same aroma that Chavez detected at UN dias after Shrub's pack-o-lies.
 
 
+32 # cafetomo 2013-03-30 13:21
So, while this thirty percent yearly honey bee die-off being linked to nicotinoids in pesticide manufacture warrants "more study", Monsanto locks in profits by exempting itself from having to modify behavior proven harmful, or any accountability for the resulting damage whatsoever.

Genocide and warfare seem an elegant business model, too.

It seems they are doing everything possible to break the natural food system.

We once slaughtered the plains buffalo, to drive the native American into starvation or reservation.

Now who gets to be the indian?
 
 
+17 # pegasus4508 2013-03-30 13:35
Here is the deal. We can kick and scream online or kick and scream in the street. The President would have needed to veto the entire bill, a bill that was intended to keep the government funded. He could NOT line item veto the provision due to the way it had been embedded in the bill. I personally hold Democrat Senator Barbara Mikulski accountable. She and she alone could have advised the other Democratic senators, many of which voted on the bill without reading it - thus were fooled into thinking this was JUST a funding bill.
It expires on September 30, 2013. My advice is to do whatever YOU can, be it phone calls, letters to the editor, demonstrations and cash donations to the organizations that have been in this fight to stop Monsanto, label our food and support organic farms from the beginning.
The time is NOW- So, what are YOU waiting for?
 
 
+7 # Malcolm 2013-03-30 18:31
Quoting pegasus4508:
Here is the deal.


Pegasus, you made a well reasoned argument, EXCEPT that you overlooked a couple of important points:

1. Obama made no attempt to get this odious "Protection act" removed from the bill, at least not that I've heard about. He could easily have sent the bill back to congress, demanding its removal. He'd probably have succeeded in getting this monster struck from the bill, and even if he failed, he'd have at least shown his disapproval of it.

2. Obama, like all recent presidents, HAS used a (de facto) line item veto; it's called a "Signing Statement".

Although I abhor the use of signing statements, since they appear to totally violate the constitution, Obama has certainly felt comfortable using them in the past, just not for this Monsanto horror.

I'm cutting Mr. Obombya no slack on this one.
 
 
+5 # pegasus4508 2013-03-30 21:45
Actually, one of the organizations who started the petitions updated all who had signed. What he said was due to the way the bill was WRITTEN, there was no way to LINE item veto it. In order for a line item veto, it needs to be at the end of the bill(?) In any event, politics being politics I cannot IMAGINE what would have happened if Obama had VETOED a bill to fund the government until September. It would be the perfect excuse to shut the government down. The bill expires in 6 months. We have 3 months to come up with a viable course of ACTION.
 
 
+4 # Malcolm 2013-03-31 12:50
Quoting pegasus4508:
Actually, one of the organizations who started the petitions updated all who had signed. What he said was due to the way the bill was WRITTEN, there was no way to LINE item veto it. In order for a line item veto, it needs to be at the end of the bill(?) In any event, politics being politics I cannot IMAGINE what would have happened if Obama had VETOED a bill to fund the government until September. It would be the perfect excuse to shut the government down. The bill expires in 6 months. We have 3 months to come up with a viable course of ACTION.

Good points, and yet I am concerned about six months of precedence setting by Monsanto protectionism.
 
 
+3 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:23
It has a section number.
Signing statement.

Vote Green.
Change your affilitation officially NOW and send a strong message.
 
 
+27 # Susan1989 2013-03-30 13:39
These are dark times. The worlds people have been betrayed by their leaders...and the culture of wealth, privilege and power is killing us. This has happened gradually...and is continuing to escalate. Mayor Bloomberg telling New Yorkers that the people have nothing to say about drones is an example.
 
 
0 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:29
Drones are not an issue.
They're fragile (why they're cheap)and a powerful GREEN hand laser (like a flashlight size laser pointer) costing about $350 - 1/3 the price of a Bushmaster(whic h is ineffectial at 10,000 feet anyway)will neutralize them.

Congress and the President are even cheaper - vote Green.
Look at ALL of their platform
( jillstein.org/i ssues ) - it's hardly "just" environmental, and all here (along with a polled 70-90% of Americans) agree with it.
 
 
+23 # geraldom 2013-03-30 13:57
I'm sorry folks, but Obama knew exactly what he was signing, and our representatives in Congress on both sides of the aisle knew what they were signing, and they all signed it anyway.

Obama didn't give a damn because he truly is a lame-duck president and, in my strong but humble opinion, the Obama administration, in terms of actions and not words, for the most part, has acted more like a third and fourth Bush administration than what was promised us by Obama during the 2008 presidential election campaign, change, real change.

What Obama meant by change in 2008 appears to be putting Bush's policies on steroids with the continuation of Bush's heinous Bills like the (un)Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act and the FISA Bill upgrade. The unconstitutiona l changes and modifications made to the NDAA which allows Obama and any future president to assassinate people without charge or any due process, including U.S. citizens, and the indefinite detention of people in military prisons without charge or any due process, can totally be blamed on Obama and his DOJ under Eric Holder.

So who do we go to now to save us? Heinous laws have been passed, especially this one involving Monsanto with the Democrat's and Obama's happy blessings, and once laws are passed they are almost impossible to repeal. Any one of the three components of our government could have stopped this from passing, bit will take all components of our government to repeal it.

Good luck People.
 
 
+6 # ikhadduri 2013-03-30 14:29
After the American Army 'came' Monsanto to Iraq
http://abutamam.blogspot.com/2013/03/after-american-army-came-monsanto.html

Damn Bremer.
 
 
+22 # DakotaKid 2013-03-30 14:41
The issue is bigger than Monsanto or patent protection or intellectual property rights. The issue is bigness itself. Small farmers don't have a chance in the marketplace against giant corporations like Monsanto. Giant corporations, in turn, have a powerful incentive to drive out small and medium-sized competitors and they have the political, monetary, and legal resources to do it. The only hope for small businesses and small farmers, to say nothing of competitive markets, is for government to redress the great and growing imbalance between "small" and "big" in this country. In the last half century, "big" has all but driven "small" to extinction.
 
 
+14 # DPM 2013-03-30 15:00
Get ready to have your "Keystone Pipeline Party". When is that due? April?
 
 
+10 # SheilaParks 2013-03-30 15:09
The link at the beginning of the article, the second link, seems like it is going to tell us who the elites are who eat only organic. I would LOVE to see that list. The link does not do this. Does anyone know?

ALSO we need to be out in the streets doing non-violent direct action and vigiling and holding signs and passing out fliers at ALL Monsanto corporate offices around the country, and there are plenty.

And, as someone already said, girlcott ALL Monsanto products

And write and call Mikulski and tell her she did harm to all of us, including herself and her own children and grandchildren AND we need to do that to EVERY dem who signed and let this "Monsanto Protection Act" get through

AND we need to scream from everywhere about the Obama's eating from their own private organic garden.
 
 
+10 # pegasus4508 2013-03-30 21:48
They planted the garden when they got into the White House. Remember? It is part of the healthy eating mission that Sarah Palin was so upset over.
I have NO problem with anyone eating organic. And we all can. Check your state for organic farms and purchase your produce directly from them. They will LOVE to have your business!
 
 
+10 # Rockie 2013-03-30 15:41
Is Darlene "TAYLOR", related to Michael Taylor, former CEO of Monsanto GMO? Who is now "Food Czar" and head of FDA? Obama appointed Michael Taylor and several other former CEOs from Monsanto GMO, to his cabinet, as have former Presidents. Big Money from the Lobbist buys a lot of corruption.
 
 
+13 # great_pumpkin 2013-03-30 15:56
I keep hoping that first lady Michelle will bitch-slap some sense into her hubby. What's she waiting for?
 
 
+7 # Mrcead 2013-03-30 15:57
Just like that episode of the Simpsons where the mayor had to eat a piece of the three eyed irradiated fish to show the public it was "safe" to eat. He literally couldn't stomach the hiposcrisy either.
 
 
0 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:33
Quoting Mrcead:
Just like that episode of the Simpsons where the mayor had to eat a piece of the three eyed irradiated fish to show the public it was "safe" to eat. He literally couldn't stomach the hiposcrisy either.

He should just have jad the poisoning corporation 'certify' a perfectly good fish as poison - like CO's Gov. Hickenlooper did the fake fracking fluid.
 
 
+3 # Randall679 2013-03-30 16:09
But it was piggybacked into the Budget and the Violence Against Women bill ... what was BHO supposed to do?

Companies like Monsanto and Dupont have been screwing with our lives for nearly 100 years ... banning industrial hemp, killing all the bees ... it will come back and bite them one day!
 
 
+11 # Jaysson Brae 2013-03-30 17:58
What was BHO supposed to do, you ask?

He could have used his 'amendatory veto' power to send back the bill with the Monsanto section rejected. It might not have worked, but at least he could have tried.
 
 
+11 # Malcolm 2013-03-30 18:37
Quoting Randall679:
But it was piggybacked into the Budget and the Violence Against Women bill ... what was BHO supposed to do?

Companies like Monsanto and Dupont have been screwing with our lives for nearly 100 years ... banning industrial hemp, killing all the bees ... it will come back and bite them one day!


I'm afraid it will all come back to bite "US" one day. and one day soon.

Meanwhile, the internet, including sites like this one, allow us to cluck cluck cluck, like a bunch of hens, with no real effect. I wish I knew what would really affect some change in this corrupt country/world, but all roads seem to lead to frustration and failure.
 
 
+6 # Fedupwithfeds 2013-03-30 18:47
There are a group of Senators, Boxer is one, working on an amendment to get rid of Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act. Please find out who they are and show support of this effort! The scariest part of this bill being signed into law is that now, Monsanto can put the rest of our farmers out of business! No one can touch them now! Ah,that leaves us no choice but poison! All American's basic human rights have been violated! After voting Democrat for 40 years, I re-registered as Independent. If we all did that I think congress would soil themselves! Neither Dems or Reps are representing you and do not define you. Bickering or trying to blame one party over the other is pathetic! They are all crooks! Do something about it!
 
 
+2 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:36
Quoting Fedupwithfeds:
There are a group of Senators, Boxer is one, working on an amendment to get rid of Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act. Please find out who they are and show support of this effort! The scariest part of this bill being signed into law is that now, Monsanto can put the rest of our farmers out of business! No one can touch them now! Ah,that leaves us no choice but poison! All American's basic human rights have been violated! After voting Democrat for 40 years, I re-registered as Independent. If we all did that I think congress would soil themselves! Neither Dems or Reps are representing you and do not define you. Bickering or trying to blame one party over the other is pathetic! They are all crooks! Do something about it!

Monsanto would probably let them do it, knowing they could win the next one and every other one.
That's what they've really proven here, and that's why the entire system needed to be destroyed by a veto. There is literally nothing left to recommend this system.
 
 
+10 # jamjr40 2013-03-30 19:32
When you have a wimpy Senators, Congressmen,and a wimpy President, it is time to fight the enemy hand-to-hand. DON"T BUY THEIR CRAP. Go on-line to www.nongmoshoppingguide.com and down load the guide. It's not easy to eat healthy with the likes of Monsanto stirring the pot. But you have to work at it. Europe did and so can we. If we work hard enough we can shut the monster down. You reps don't care, they eat the good food.
 
 
+7 # Leonard R. Jaffee 2013-03-30 20:18
I implore you, Mr. President, to veto HR 933 (Continuing Resolution spending bill), because of the bill's Section 735 (a rider).

Section 735 does not pertain to the bill's subject, but would violate the separation of powers doctrine. Section 735 would negate part of the Article III power of Article III federal courts. Contrary to numerous Supreme Court decisions [E.G., United States v. Klein, 80 U.S. 128 (1871); Dickerson v. United States, 530 U.S. 428 (2000); Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U. S. 557, 576-577 (2006)], Section 735 would vacate or reverse properly-render ed Article III court judgments and interfere with or dictate determinations of cases pending in Article III courts.

You are not concerned either by the proven toxicity and carcinogenicity of Genetically Engineered ["GE"] foodstuffs or by the blatant corruption that explains the FDA's and USDA's fostering of GE foods and foods tainted by GE ingredients: You have appointed Monsanto's stooges to high USDA and FDA offices.

But, having claimed (albeit questionably) the title of "law professor," are you not concerned by Monsanto's preemption of Article III power? [Monsanto wrote Section 735 and bought its insertion into HR 933.]

Do you sleep well, Sir?
 
 
+3 # Leonard R. Jaffee 2013-03-30 20:39
My earlier post (Loup-Bouc, 2013-03-30, 18:18) is the text of a message I emailed to Obama a few hours after Congress passed HR 933.
 
 
+4 # Penelope Jencks 2013-03-30 20:23
Let's see if this outrage lasts any longer than the effort to control the guns... I doubt if it will even continue 100 days~
 
 
+12 # Fedupwithfeds 2013-03-30 21:10
BTW, Michael Taylor the former Vice President of Monsanto is now the Deputy Commissioner of the FDA. This revolt MUST continue! Oh, and then there is Clarence Thomas who worked as an attorney in 1976 for Monsanto. He was groomed for the seat that he now holds on the Supreme Court. BBI-don't give up!
 
 
+7 # pegasus4508 2013-03-30 21:50
There are many, MANY people fighting to ensure that we all eat healthy. I have personally never allowed junk food in my home and always visits farmers markets in season. This is about a LIFESTYLE, not a one time outrage. Lots of groups out here fighting. JOIN one!
 
 
+1 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:38
Quoting BBI:
Let's see if this outrage lasts any longer than the effort to control the guns... I doubt if it will even continue 100 days~


It will if we ALL change affiliation to Green.
And that has to start with YOU.
 
 
+12 # phrixus 2013-03-30 20:45
Anyone whom still harbored doubts as to where Obama casts his loyalties should take a lesson from our President's latest giveaway. Barack Obama is not a "liberal/progre ssive" nor is he an agent of change. He is however, a conservative firmly in bed with corporations, bankers, Wall Street and the military-indust rial complex. He has completely abandoned those of us whom elected him based on his enunciated progressive agenda and has instead cast his lot with the likes of Monsanto. The only remaining mystery is whether he is a liar of monumental proportion or simply a spineless coward.
 
 
-12 # davehaze 2013-03-30 21:09
This is all the fault of the left and third party voters! If they had only fully supported, trusted, adored, and withheld criticism of Obama as they were repeatedly told to do so on RSN and other leftish internet sites than Obama definitely would never have signed into law the Monsatin Protection Act.

Shame on them! I hope they enjoy their fair trade coffee soy lattes and organic scones while wallowing in their "political purity!"
 
 
0 # SMoonz 2013-04-01 17:48
At first I was shocked to read your comment but then I realized you are being facetious. I know certain RSN readers gave us a hard time for being pro 3rd party. I wonder how they feel now?
 
 
+1 # Firefox11 2013-04-01 19:06
sarky, right?
 
 
+11 # Kwamined 2013-03-30 22:06
Prof. Cornel West at Princeton, himself a Black American, called Obama "a black mascot for Wall Street." (You know the street slang?) That was several years ago. Do we need any more proof that Obama is just another shill for vested corporate interests? The man is Repugnican in drag.
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-04-01 18:56
The man is Repugnican in drag.

true true
 
 
+10 # spercepolnes 2013-03-31 00:07
Congratulations - you are now seeing what we, outside the USA have been seeing for years - namely - the US political system is a model of corruption, from the president down, both parties (with a (very) few exceptions)
Taking the blinkers off is one thing, however....doin g something about it is something else entirely, and, I don't think is possible, short of a full on revolution and all it's attendant horrors,to do much about itat all, now.....
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-04-01 18:55
"The US political system is a model of corruption, from the president down, both parties (with a (very) few exceptions)"
This is the truth. Hopefully it will set us free, with some focused activism thrown in.
 
 
+7 # chicagoflygirls 2013-03-31 02:13
Jim Hightower has a great list of actions activists can take to try to overcome this kind of corruption.

http://www.hightowerlowdown.org/node/3213#.UVfo1KvF0iY
 
 
+3 # RnR 2013-03-31 08:17
I'm seriously going to do research and start a website dedicated to the Democratic Party's selling out of us all and particularly their incestuous relationship with Monsanto.

The website will be called "Dontpissonmyheadandtellmeitsraining.com

I just registered the domain name *lmao* It'll take a while to get up and running...being an American citizen I work a hell of a lot at my day job :)
 
 
+9 # Kathymoi 2013-03-31 11:15
Who is saying that this was quietly slipped in?? It was all over the internet for weeks before it was signed into law by Obama. Thousands of people signed dozens of petitions. There was a phone call drive that tied up all white house phones for days. This was not quiet or unexpected. As loudly as it says, "I support corporations over humans", it says, "I am uninfluenced by popular opinion, public outrage." A blatant show of favortism for the big too-big-to-risk -losing-their-c ampaign-support corporations.
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-04-01 18:53
"I support corporations over humans", it says, "I am uninfluenced by popular opinion, public outrage." WOW.
 
 
+6 # wjodon 2013-03-31 12:19
For me this has been the last straw. I no longer support the Democratic Party and have made it clear that they no longer get my money and support.

Where I will throw my support now is up to question but I refuse to take an active part in my political betrayal.
 
 
+7 # pushingforpeace 2013-03-31 13:33
We need to never, ever buy anything that contains GMOs. Refuse to eat anything you are served until you know for sure, even if it seems impolite. One way to make a difference is if massive amounts of people do this. Since the politicians won't protect us, we must protect ourselves.
 
 
+3 # LML 2013-04-01 04:51
Buying food that comes from either local organic farmers or from the EU is a start....
 
 
+2 # RHytonen 2013-03-31 18:41
Please bother to read jillstein.org/issues

It has to start somewhere.
I would also look at Jesse Johnson in WV.
 
 
+1 # j.a.o 2013-04-01 10:00
"Barack Obama - 2007: "We'll let folks know if their food is genetically modified because Americans should know." 2013: He signed the Monsanto Protection Act making GMO giants immune to the law." Thanks Congress, Thanks Obama, now we can slowly die instead of getting shot quickly. How nice.
 
 
-2 # tonywicher 2013-04-01 10:22
Obama is a treacherous, lying, deceiving worthless bum in every possible way. He is worse than Bush because more deceptive. He is no progressive, he is a Wall Street lackey, a slave of the money power. He deserves to be impeached a hundred times over for war crimes and usurpation of power. Impeach him now, or kiss your collective asses goodbye!
 
 
+2 # intheEPZ 2013-04-01 16:52
i go to town hall tomorrow to re-register as an independent. No more Democrat for me. I have told all those Dems dunning me for money the same.
 
 
0 # Firefox11 2013-04-01 18:48
"Regretfully, President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution."

This is outrageous. No more excuses. Those of us who were disappointed the first time around with Mr. Obama are now feeling like we have been double crossed. We are not happy. I would have expected that getting re-elected would have changed some of the compromising done in the first admin, but seems like this is who this guy is, unfortunately for the rest of us, who wanted a lot more and who were promised better the second time around. Not so it seems.
 
 
-3 # tonywicher 2013-04-02 08:25
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...can't get fooled again." - George W. Bush. "You can fool some of the people all the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" - Abe Lincoln. "Maybe so, but you can fool enough of the people enough of the time" - Barack Obama. FOR GOD'S SAKE, PEOPLE, WAKE UP ALREADY!!!!! WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF TOTAL ECONOMIC BREAKDOWN AND WORLD WAR!! WE MUST DUMP THIS BUM IMMEDIATELY!!!!
 

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