Dose Grassley have a Handle on Reality

I was born and raised in Iowa, and understand it often referred to as the Bible belt of America.  My relatives still believe in the principles of the family, love of country and apple pie, but with the problems facing our economy today and especially considering he is ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee I would think he should direct his attention to other matters of more importance.

For some reason his interests in the last several years have centered on the Internet with YouTube videos here and here, respectfully entitled “Stop Senator Charles Grassley from Snooping on America!” and “US Senator Chuck Grassley Investigates Pulpit Pimps

You have to admit he has some pretty good senate aids or very good pair of eyes to find the “porn portion” hidden within the President Obama’s stimulus package.  Where was it; buried within the section of the package covering the National Science Foundation.

Here’s a PDF file of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009” And I’ve attempted to find out where Senator Grassley has been able to uncover this pending travesty in the pending bill going the Senate hopefully this coming week of February 1st.

What brought all my interest to this topic; am online Newswire by Politico, entitled: “Grassley launches porn inquiry”, authored by By Andie Coller.  Here are a few excerpts (high lighting by myself) from this explosive work of journalism:

Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on Tuesday fired off a letter to the NSF’s inspector general requesting all documents related to the “numerous reports” and seven investigations into “Abuse of NSF IT Resources” cited in the foundation’s 68-page semiannual report.

Despite the less-than-lurid sound of the probes, the employees in question weren’t just logging onto their Facebook accounts or buying birthday gifts on Amazon.com. The report says they were watching, downloading and e-mailing porn, sometimes for significant portions of their workdays, and over periods of months or even years.

Committee investigators also learned from sources that one employee even had camera-to-camera software to facilitate his on-the-job sexcapades – and that the employee had complained to the IT specialist that his camera was working too slowly.

The foundation has since installed filtering software to prevent employees from accessing inappropriate websites and is currently trying to address the fallout from the agency’s adult-entertainment problem. This includes finding ways to support staffers who were “acutely embarrassed” by the filth-filled environment — like the employee who learned of a co-worker’s adventures in porn via sounds overheard from said co-worker’s computer speakers.

Grassley’s office has asked the foundation to turn over all “specific reports of investigations, audit reports, evaluations and information supporting the examination of the NSF network drive” by Thursday in an effort to “ensure that NSF properly fulfills its mission to strengthen scientific and engineering research, and makes responsible use of the public funding provided for these research disciplines.”

An NSF spokeswoman said the agency had no comment on the report or its content.

Again, the video is on YouTube entitled: “NSF Porn Inquiry on Fox News.”

Senator Grassley discusses an inquiry into the NSF after it was discovered several employees wasted tax payer dollars looking at sexually explicit material online while at work.

As previously mentioned by myself, Iowa’s a product of my past, which I have fond memories of and was proud when Iowa started President Obama’s march to the White House last January.  But I believe Senator Grassley is more concerned about the next senate election than he should be.

He’s been a great senator for the state and should be considered an asset to it’s development.


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