TSA Suspected 4-Year-Old Girl Had A Gun

Isabella Brademeyer, a 4-year-old from Montana, was deemed a high security threat by Transportation Security Administration officers after hugging her grandmother.

Isabella, her sister, her mother and her grandmother were traveling home to Montana after attending a wedding in Kansas.

The family passed through security scanners, but the grandmother triggered an alarm. Isabella ran back and hugged her grandmother. It was at this point that TSA officials thought the grandmother had handed Isabella a gun.

“It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter,” Isabella’s mother wrote on Facebook.

As any 4-year-old would do, Isabella ran from TSA officials.

One of the officials allegedly said that the airport would have to be shut down if Isabella did not cooperate.

“When my scared child could not do so, two TSOs called for backup saying, ‘The suspect is not cooperating.’ The suspect, of course, being a frightened child. They treated my daughter no better than if she had been a terrorist,” posted the mother.

Initially, the family was told by TSA agents that they would have to leave the airport because they would not frisk a 4-year-old. But age hasn’t stopped TSA in recent times. TSA has harassed a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and a 3-year-old in a wheelchair. In the end, Isabella was frisked as well.

Apparently, TSA officials who initially covered the situation passed the news on to other airports. In Denver, an airport employee asked the family to point out Isabella.

TSA responded to the incident: “TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper current screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.”

Grandmother Opens Fire On Robbers

A Georgia grandmother saved her money and her life by firing shots at two men attempting to rob her.

After Lulu Campbell, 57, dropped off her grandson at her daughter’s house, two men approached Campbell’s truck, demanded money and threatened to shoot her.

The robbers wanted Campbell to open the door, but she refused. “I said, ‘Baby, you’re going to kill me anyway, so I don’t have to open it!’” Campbell said.

According to Campbell, one of the men fired a shot and missed. Campbell, who always carries a gun, fired back and hit the man in the chest. A shootout ensued with the second man, and he eventually fled the scene.

Reportedly, Campbell’s truck sustained eight bullet holes in the hood, and both side windows were shot out.

Campbell, who owns convenience stores and gas stations, told The Telegraph: “I’m very nervous. I carry a gun all the time.”

One of the attackers, Brenton Lane Spencer, is hospitalized. The other suspect, Dantre Shivers, has not been apprehended.

Campbell left the scene unharmed.

Man Arrested In Beating Of Matthew Owens

Terry Rawls, 44, has been arrested in the mob beating of Matthew Owens in Mobile, Ala.

Owens was beaten viciously and is in critical care. After the assault, one of the attackers reportedly said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”

After being contacted by police, Rawls turned himself in.

This is not Rawls’ first run-in with the law. In 2000, he pleaded guilty to criminal assault. In 2004, he was arrested on two third-degree burglary charges.

Police believe that a large number of the 20 or so blacks involved in the attack on Owens only watched the assault take place. So far, no other warrants have been issued, but police say two or three more arrests may take place.

According to police, Rawls and Owens have a history of confrontation.

‘Now That’s Justice For Trayvon,’ White Man In Critical Care After Black Mob Beating

An attacker who brutally beat a man on his front porch was heard to say “Now that’s justice for Trayvon” as he was walking away from the victim.

Matthew Owens, a white man from Mobile, Ala., is in critical condition after being severely beaten by a violent mob that included the Trayvon Martin supporter.

According to police, Owens was upset with a group of kids because they were playing basketball in the middle of the street. Owens confronted the kids, and they left. But then a larger group came back to the scene.

Ashley Parker, Owens’ sister, said they attacked her brother with “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”

Parker says there were about 20 attackers, all of whom were black.

Police have no suspects in the crime, and according to News 5 in Mobile, police are downplaying the comment about Martin.

Ron Paul Has No Intention Of Quitting

While many people are convinced that Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul should throw in the towel, Paul still believes he can clean house come November.

“You don’t quit because you happen to be behind,” Paul said during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“It doesn’t get the attention we think it deserves,” Paul said about his campaign. “I think the campaign is going very well. A lot of people like to write us off. We’re making in-roads in the structure of the Republican Party.”

Paul was asked if his campaign was more about bringing up issues then actually winning, and he answered with his own question: “Why can’t it be both?”

Paul is fed up with the Feds — Republicans and Democrats alike. He said that Republicans want to balance the budget in 30 years, but it could be done in three. Paul believes that Mitt Romney is a part of a crowd of Republicans and Democrats who are, “much closer than people realize. There’s not that much difference when you come to policy.”

When asked if he could get enough delegates for the Republican nomination, he responded: “Theoretically I can. …You can’t ever tell. …A little over half the votes have been counted.” He was quick to point out that another third of the votes come from California and Texas, the latter being the State he represents.

The Texas Representative still likes his chances and believes that he could get enough of the Democrat and independent vote to win in November.

“When you put my name up against Obama, I can do better than Romney,” he said.

Bishop Under Fire For Comparing Obama To Hitler, Stalin

A Roman Catholic bishop from Illinois compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin during an April 14 homily, setting off a firestorm of controversy and leading one group to file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.

“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care. In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama, with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path,” said Bishop Daniel Jenky.

Jenky urged Catholics to vote in November.

“This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings — could easily be shut down.”

Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, believes the bishop overstepped his bounds. Lynn, who accuses Jenky of violating Federal law, has filed a complaint against Jenky with the Internal Revenue Service. (Because churches are considered tax-exempt institutions, they are not allowed to conduct political campaigns.)

“Outrageous, offensive and completely over the top” was how Lonnie Nasatir, the regional director of Chicago’s Anti-Defamation League, referred to the bishop’s remarks.

“Clearly, Bishop Jenky needs a history lesson. There are few, if any, parallels in history to the religious intolerance and anti-Semitism fostered in society by Stalin, and especially Hitler, who under his regime perpetuated the open persecution and ultimate genocide of Jews, Catholics and many other minorities,” Nasatir said.

Prostitute Brought Back To President’s Hotel

A new layer has been added to the Secret Service scandal. An official told CBS News that a woman was brought back to the Hilton Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, where President Barack Obama stayed during the Sixth Summit of the Americas.

Reportedly, the agent under investigation took the woman to the hotel just five days before the President was set to arrive.

“Now you’re into the hotel where the President of the United States was going to stay, and it just gets more troubling,” said Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Before news broke that the Hilton Hotel had been used, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wanted the investigation to broaden to see if any White House staff was involved.

Grassley wrote to Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan and Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards: “Did the Secret Service reserve rooms at the Hotel Caribe or other hotels in Cartagena, Colombia for representatives of the WHCA or the White House Advance Team? If so, have records for overnight guests for those entities been pulled as part of the investigation conducted by [the Office of Professional Responsibility] or [the Office of the Inspector General]? If not, why not?”

According to Grassley, the President should not be held “responsible,” but he should be held “accountable” for the actions of Secret Service personnel in the recent scandal involving Colombian prostitutes from the Pley Club.

Floridian Faces Five Years In Prison For Refusing To Pay $1 For A Cup Of Soda

A man in Naples, Fla., is facing a felony charge for filling his cup with soda after he told the cashier he was getting water.

Mark Abaire entered the McDonald’s on 14th Street North in East Naples about 10 p.m. He asked for water, but then got a soft drink and sipped it on the curb.

The manager approached Abaire and told him to pay $1, but Abaire refused.

Police came to the scene of the soda snatch. Abaire was charged with petty theft, but because he has previous petty theft charges, the charge was upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.

In Florida, a third-degree felony, the lowest felony charge, can result in up to 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Abaire also faces misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly intoxication. His bond is set at $6,500.

Global Cooling? Northeast Rocked By Snowstorm In Late April

Summer is just around the corner. June 20, the first day of summer, is not far away. Many people are getting ready for the sultry season by buying cool clothing and preparing for poolside parties. But those in the Northeast have been forced to trade in their fun-in-the-sun plans for snow shovels.

Newfield, N.Y., received 10 inches of snow by Monday morning, while Ridgebury, Penn., reported 8 inches.

Students who had just weeks ago celebrated spring break found themselves in a winter wonderland.

The snowfall is record-setting. Previously, the highest recorded snowfall in Pittsburgh for this time of year was half an inch. That happened in 1956. On Monday, Pittsburgh is likely to receive five inches. Other areas of Pennsylvania are bracing for as much as one inch every hour.

Cities in the storm’s path are making preparations. It is expected that the storm may disturb air traffic in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. The mass transit system is also expecting problems. “The MTA [Metropolitan Transportation Authority] has put together its emergency plans and preparations. The subway system, Long Island Railroad and Metro North as well as all of our bridges and tunnels are on alert with the concern of wind as well as the amount of water that we’re about to receive,” said Joseph Lhota, executive director of the MTA.

Facebook Faster Than Department Of Defense

Ariell Taylor-Brown, the wife of Staff Sergeant Christopher Brown, recently received news of her husband’s death in Afghanistan. But the news didn’t come from the Department of Defense; she got the message via Facebook.

A woman in Brown’s platoon sent Taylor-Brown a message on Facebook and told her to call immediately. When she did, the news on the other end of the line was devastating.

Hours later, two soldiers arrived at Taylor-Brown’s residence, but by then it was old news.

The widow is upset that the woman contacted her first.

“She told me over the phone, right in front of my kids and I completely had a meltdown. She wasn’t supposed to but I guess she took it on her own power to do it. …After everything was all said and done, it was a horrible way for me to find out. …The military handles that situation they way they handle it for a certain reason. You know, I could have hurt myself… (Widows) need somebody there. They owe you that respect and she took that away,” said Taylor-Brown.

The woman who relayed the message could be court-marshaled for doing so.

Taylor-Brown is 11 weeks pregnant with the family’s third child.

Brown earned a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal during his stint with the military.

Women With Heart Disease Have Baby Girls

Good news for single men: The number of women in the population will likely be rising in coming years.

The occurrence of heart disease continues to increase, and researchers have found an interesting by-product.

Women with heart disease are more likely to give birth to female babies.

A study presented Friday at the World Congress of Cardiology relayed some staggering statistics. The study was the first to examine the correlation between maternal heart disease and a baby’s gender.

The researchers examined 216 babies born to women with heart disease. Of the 216, 200 were female. The study suggests there is a 75 percent chance that a woman with heart disease will give birth to a baby girl.

“This is a very interesting observation,” said Kathryn Tauber, Ph.D., chief science officer of the World Heart Federation. “The chromosomes in a man’s sperm are responsible for the sex of a baby, but this study does suggest that there may be a relationship between the health status of the mother and the sex of the babies that she is able to carry to full-term. As the number of women with heart disease is increasing around the world, this could prove to be a very interesting area for further research.”

Number Of People Receiving Food Stamps Has Risen Nearly 70 Percent Under Obama

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that 45 million people received food stamps in 2011. That’s about a 70 percent increase from 2007.

The CBO suspects that the number will only get higher.

The report showed that spending has increased by $42 billion in the past four years. In 2007, $30 billion was spent; in 2011, $72 billion was used on the program.

The increase, according to CBO, can be attributed in part to the 2009 stimulus.

The CBO forecasts that the economy will improve after 2014 and the number of people using food stamps will decrease. Yet it predicts that $73 billion will be used to fund the program in 2022.

It is estimated that one in seven U.S. citizens received food stamps in 2011.

See the full report here.

Zimmerman Granted Bond

George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., was granted a bond of $150,000 by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr.

The prosecution argued that Zimmerman is a threat to the community and asked that the judge deny the request or set the amount at $1 million. But Lester did not do so.

Zimmerman will be monitored with a GPS system and must report his whereabouts every three days. He will not allowed to be in possession of firearms.

Rocker Ted Nugent Refuses To Recant On The Eve Of Secret Service Interview

Ted Nugent is sticking to his guns and refusing to apologize for anything he said in a recent National Rifle Association speech.

Nugent started a firestorm by saying the present Administration is “wiping… with the Constitution,” “he will be dead or in jail” if Barack Obama is re-elected, and “we need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

Following his fiery discourse, Nugent appeared on two radio shows to discuss his remarks.

As always, Uncle Ted was full of one-liners.

When Dana Loesch of “The Dana Loesch Show” asked Nugent about his rumored upcoming meeting with the Secret Service, the Motor City Madman said:

“The Secret Service are my buddies … I train with the Secret Service. I conduct Federal marshal raids here in Texas. A lot of people don’t know that, but I’m very active in law enforcement. So when you say ‘Secret Service’ all I can do is get a big grin on my face.”

While trying to explain the government’s animosity toward him, The Nuge expressed, “See I’m a black Jew at a Nazi Klan rally. … I have the audacity to speak the truth.

“I will stand by my speech. It’s about we the people taking back our American dream from the corrupt monster in the federal government under this administration and the communist czars he’s appointed,”  he added.

“I’m about positive change,” he said as he explained that he would never threaten someone.

He called Debbie Wasserman Schultz a “brainless, heartless idiot.” And he referred to Nancy Pelosi as “the wicked witch” and a “subhuman scoundrel.”

Nugent believes the Obama Administration is what should be under investigation. “I’m like Mother Teresa with a guitar compared to Obama’s gang,” he said.

“If you gotta problem with Ted Nugent, you are weird, because I reek of truth. People who disagree with Ted Nugent are idiots,” he noted.

He also alluded that his song “Wango Tango” is the greatest love song in the history of the world, and concluded the interview by telling Loesch, “I will shoot a turkey for you.”

Glenn Beck also interviewed Nugent. The radio interview opened with Nugent saying: “Greetings.  A glorious all-American rhythm and blues spring turkey season celebration to you, Glenn.”

When asked whether his NRA comments should be taken as threats, he answered that everything he said ended with “in November” which should make it clear he was referencing the election.

In Beck’s interview Nugent again expressed happiness that he would get to spend time with the Secret Service. “I hear from the Secret Service all the time. They want to buy Ted Nugent ammo. …They also called and asked for the best barbecue joints.”

When the Secret Service questions Nugent, Beck has some questions he wants them to answer.

“Would you ask those Secret Service agents how much time they’re spending with Louis Farrakhan. How much time they’re spending with the Occupy Wall Street people? How much time they’re spending with the Black Panthers who are actually threatening people’s lives?”

Nugent’s meeting with the Secret Service reportedly was to take place on Thursday.

A petition has been started by those who support Nugent’s statements and is available here.

 

‘Baby, My Cash Money,’ Colombian Prostitute Speaks Out

One of the women involved in the Secret Service sex scandal said in a recent interview that she was paid a small fraction of the agreed-upon price.

She claims they had agreed upon $800, but the next morning the Secret Service agent wanted to pay her only $30.

“I tell him, ‘Baby, my cash money,’” the women, who prefers to be called an escort, told The New York Times.

“You have higher rank,” she said. “An escort is someone who a man can take out to dinner. She can dress nicely, wear nice makeup, speak and act like a lady. That’s me.”

She told The Times that the men ordered two bottles of vodka while at the club.

“They never told me they were with [President Barack] Obama. They were very discreet,” she added.

According to the woman, the man refused to pay and forced her out of the room, calling her an expletive. The situation escalated and eventually a hotel security officer arrived.

The escort lowered the amount to $250, the price she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. The agents eventually gave her a combination of dollars and pesos worth about $225, and she went on her way.

The woman did not know who the men were until the story broke on local news.

“This is something really big,” she said. “This is the government of the United States. I have nervous attacks. I cry all the time.”

A U.S. official said the woman’s account seems to be consistent with other findings. “On the whole, it’s pretty accurate,” the official said.

So far, three Secret Service agents have been forced out of their position. Eight others have had their security clearance suspended and are on administrative leave.

Romney Tells Obama To ‘Suck It Up’

In a recent interview with Bill Cunningham on WLW radio in Ohio, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney expressed frustration with President Barack Obama’s jet-setting, leisurely lifestyle.

“Do you think the President’s example was followed by the GSA [General Services Administration] in recent scandals about the Las Vegas trips and more? Is that a good example for government federal employees to have as their President when he plays so much golf and vacations so much?” asked Cunningham.

Romney answered: “I must admit, I scratch my head at the capacity of the President to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing. I remember how the Democrats used to be so critical of George W. Bush for playing occasional golf. He doesn’t begin to play the kind of golf that Barack Obama has, but we don’t hear much about that from the mainstream media. I would think you could kind of suck it up for four years, particularly when the American people are out of work.”

Cunningham asked Romney to “make a commitment… that when you’re the President that your family will not take vacations to such an extent … and that you will not take a salary until you have a balanced budget.”

Romney responded: “You’ve got some good ideas. I’ll give them consideration.”

U.S. Soldiers Pose With Corpses Of Insurgents In Afghanistan

A soldier who wished to remain anonymous gave the Los Angeles Times 18 photos taken in 2010 that show U.S soldiers posing with corpses of insurgents in Afghanistan. The soldier who provided the pictures said he did so in order to show security shortcomings and prevent the embarrassing act from happening again.

On at least two different occasions, U.S. soldiers were sent to gather information from the remains of suicide bombers. After doing their job, they posed with the corpses.

Fearing a violent backlash, the government did not want the pictures to go public. But The Times published two of the photos.

Times Editor Davan Maharaj said in a statement: “After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops.”

During a live Web chat, Maharaj said: “The two photos published were chosen because they clearly and unambiguously depict conduct that the Army described as inappropriate. In examining the full set of images, we set aside others on grounds of taste, relevance or repetitiousness. Some were too gruesome. Others were very similar to the two images already chosen or were difficult to interpret.”

Navy Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the soldiers’ conduct “most certainly does not represent the character and the professionalism of the great majority of our troops in Afghanistan … . Nevertheless, this imagery — more than two years old — now has the potential to indict them all in the minds of local Afghans, inciting violence and perhaps causing needless casualties.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said they are “disappointed [with] the decision to publish two years after the incident.”

The soldier who gave the photos to The Times remarked that on the second occasion, the pictures were taken as a result of U.S. deaths.

“They were frustrated, just pissed off — their buddies had been blown up by IEDs [improvised explosive devices],” the soldier told The Times. “So they sort of just celebrated.”

Obama Ate Dogs As A Child

In the run-up to the last Presidential election, the treatment of dogs became an issue when Barack Obama’s campaign harped on an incident involving Mitt Romney. Now, Obama finds himself in the hot seat for his treatment of canines.

A 2007 report revealed that in 1983 Romney put the family dog, Seamus, in a kennel on top of his vehicle and made the 12-hour trek from Boston to Ontario.

“It also strikes me as classic Romney: it solves a problem efficiently, in a business-like manner, and with no regard whatsoever for the suffering that the solution may cause,” blogged liberal David Kravitz after hearing the news.

The story broke when family and friends reminisced about Romney’s life to The Boston Globe. Someone remembered the time that the dog on the roof had diarrhea.

“Thinking of the wind, the weather, the speed, the vulnerability, the isolation on the roof, it is commonsense that any dog who’s under extreme stress might show that stress by losing control of his bowels. That alone should have been sufficient indication that the dog was, basically, being tortured,” responded Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The issue resurfaced in this election when Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted a picture of Obama and his dog, Bo, inside a vehicle together. The picture included the comment: How loving owners transport their dogs.

But now, conservatives are turning to Obama’s canine past: He ate man’s best friend.

In his book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, the President describes dog meat.

“With Lolo [Obama’s stepfather], I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” the President wrote. “Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

The knowledge launched the hashtag #ObamaDogRecipes on twitter. “Chicken Poodle Soup” and “Pugs in a Blanket” are among the more memorable tweets.

Conservatives are now asking this question: Is it more humane to transport Fido on top of a car or to eat him?

Portland Man Protests TSA In His Birthday Suit

John Brennan, a 49-year-old man from Portland, Ore., was trying to fly from Portland to San Jose, Calif., when he felt that Transportation Security Administration officials were harassing him. In order to make their job easier, he stripped naked.

Brian Reilly, who took a picture and heard part of the incident, recalled what he witnessed: “He got pulled aside for extra security measures. He clearly was protesting it. And he decided to get completely naked and just protest that. He was saying things like, ‘Am I doing anything illegal or do I have anything illegal? Am I good to go through now?’ Trying to make a point, you know?”

“Mr. Brennan’s actions caused two screening lanes to be closed and while some passengers covered their eyes and their children’s eyes and moved away from the screening area, others stepped out of the screening lanes to look, laugh and take photos of Mr. Brennan,” the police report said.

Brennan was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

He told authorities he “disrobed as a form of protest against TSA screeners who he felt were harassing him.”

Brennan was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and missed his flight. He faces disorderly conduct and indecent exposure charges in relation to the incident.

On April 10, a woman stripped naked at the Denver International Airport after being told to put out her cigarette. Charges were not filed against her.

Fundraiser Ad Lands Man In Jail

A businessman in Lockport, N.Y., will have to serve a 15-day sentence for violating the town’s sign ordinance.

Lockport law requires that electronic billboards can change only once every 10 minutes. David Mongielo thought the law was phrased poorly, so he had a sign that changed more often.

“The law reads that the format or the message may only change once every ten minutes, so the format is the program, so video is a format. That alone means it’s legal,” argued Mongielo.

His first violation was in 2009, and he had to pay a fine of $700. He was warned that the next violation would land him 15 days behind bars.

Mongielo recently was using his sign to intermittently display fundraising ads. His ad changed before 10 minutes in order to advertise a fundraiser for a local Sheriff’s deputy who lost both his legs in a traffic accident.

“Displaying a fundraising event, happy birthday message, anything non-commercial, it’s for my constitutional right; they can’t regulate it,” Mongielo.

But the city thought otherwise. The Lockport businessman faces a $250 fine and jail time.

“It’s shocking; it’s disturbing. I am a patriot and it’s sad that dysfunction of America can show we really don’t have any freedoms locally,” he said.

Frank Housh, Mongielo’s attorney, said: “There’s so much wrong with this prosecution … there’s so much wrong with this case that I can’t really begin.”

Dick Clark Dies At 82

TV personality Dick Clark died Wednesday morning after having a heart attack.

Clark is best remembered for his New Year’s Eve events and youthful appearance.

Clark had an outpatient procedure on Tuesday night at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Following the procedure he suffered a heart attack. Doctors were unable to resuscitate him.

He is survived by a wife and three children.

Prostitutes, Booze And Vacation Planning… Oh, My!

The sixth Summit of the Americas was held in Cartegena, Colombia over the weekend. According to the Summit of the Americas’ website, the gathering is a time when “leaders discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced in the Americas.” But the great leaders of the United States did much more.

“We’re representing the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country I expect us to observe the highest standards because we’re not just representing ourselves,” said President Barack Obama about our government’s time in Colombia. Unfortunately, he offered up this reminder after the meeting was over.

No wonder other countries think we are a bunch of buffoons. The Secret Service hired hookers, the Secretary of State danced and drank the night away, and the President said he was there to find a good vacationing spot.

Instead of guarding the President, 11 Secret Service personnel went to the Pley Club, a bar where scantily clad women dance in order to entice. Apparently, Colombians dance well — either that or the alcohol is strong. The Secret Service agents allegedly brought the Pley Club’s finest back to their rooms at the Hotel Caribe. Reportedly, military personnel might have been involved as well.

When one Secret Service agent refused to pay, things got rowdy at the hotel. So the police were called. “They were showing their badges saying, ‘Look, look who we are!’” a hotel staffer said. “He didn’t want to pay one of the girls. They had huge egos.”

Because the event involved foreigners, a report was sent to the U.S. Embassy.

While the Secret Service was enjoying some dirty dancing, Hillary Clinton was doing a dance of her own. Let’s just hope it was more family friendly. The 64-year-old Secretary of State partied at La Havana, a Colombian nightclub. The former first lady was supposedly at the club around 12:45 a.m. According to a local paper, her party of 12 ordered a dozen beers and two glasses of whiskey.

President Barack Obama spent his time more wisely. Whereas the Secret Service was fornicating and the Secretary of State was imbibing, Obama was searching for a good vacationing spot.

“I want to thank President Santos and the people of Colombia for the extraordinary hospitality in the beautiful city of Cartagena. We’re having a wonderful time. And usually when I take these summit trips, part of my job is to scout out where I may want to bring Michelle back later for vacation. So we’ll make sure to come back sometime in the near future,” Obama said.

The Obama family has been criticized during his tenure for taking 16 vacations. The fact that flying Air Force One costs about $180,000 an hour doesn’t help ease the minds of frustrated taxpayers.

The Summit of the Americas is a time when leaders “affirm shared values.” The shared values of the White House were on display for the entire world to see. Unfortunately for the Democratic Party, what happens in Colombia doesn’t stay in Columbia.

Record Number Of U.S. Citizens Renounce Citizenship In 2011

Last year, at least 1,788 people renounced their U.S. citizenship; many of them did so due to heavy taxation.

In actuality, the number is probably higher. The Internal Revenue Service releases the names of those who give up their citizenship (referred to as “name and shame”), and some who renounced say they haven’t seen their name on the list yet. The IRS began listing former citizens in 1998; last year’s number set a record.

In recent times, more and more citizens have given up their citizenship. The number of people who did so in 2011 is more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.

Most commonly, Americans living abroad are the ones who renounce their citizenship. Few countries tax their citizens on income they earn while living abroad, but the United States does. And, reportedly, the tax process for such Americans is quite strenuous.

Two regulations in particular have expatriates disgruntled.

The first regulation stems from a change to the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. Americans who fail to disclose overseas bank accounts of at least $10,000, including investments or an account held with a spouse, will be penalized for noncompliance.

“Disclosing joint accounts I hold with my wife and anyone I ever want to do business with — that’s just too much. My wife’s account is none of their business,” Peter Dunn said. Dunn was a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen, but he recently renounced his U.S. citizenship.

The second regulation, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, asks foreign financial institutions to disclose information on U.S. clients.

“They’re going to drop Americans like hot potatoes,” said Francisca N. Mordi, vice president and senior tax counsel at the American Bankers Association. “The foreign banks are upset enough about the regulations that they’re saying they just won’t keep American customers, and it’s giving (Americans living abroad) a lot of sleepless nights.”