With Republicans in three states trudging to their nearest schools to hold straw votes this evening, we could be seeing do-or-die time for presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.
His poll numbers put him in a close race with Mitt Romney, who has the momentum after his wins in Florida and Nevada, yet Santorum's chances tonight are about as good as they are going to get. Some pollsters are even predicting a "Santorum surprise."
Santorum knows that he needs that something special to secure his appeal over Romney, That he needs to find that perfect argument to convince the yet-decided Republicans that he is their faithful servant. And this is what he came up with.
A political firestorm over abortion and birth control spread suddenly on Tuesday. A high-ranking official resigned from the Komen breast-cancer charity after its backtracking treaty with Planned Parenthood, and Republican presidential candidates blistered the Obama administration for a recent ruling on Catholic hospitals and contraception.
I stand with Americans - people of every faith or no faith at all - who still hold that there are truths which are self evident - and rights which are inalienable.
This is not the first time that elected officials have trounced on the fundamental right to religious freedom. In December 2005, Governor Mitt Romney required all Massachusetts hospitals, including Catholic ones, to provide emergency contraception to rape victims.
He said then that he believed “in his heart of hearts” that receiving these contraceptives - free of charge - trumped employees' religious consciences. Now, a few years later and running for president, his heart is strategically aligned with religious voters opposing this federal mandate.
Newt Gingrich took the cue, and took his swipe at Romney, too.
"There's been a lot of talk about the Obama administration's attack on the Catholic church," Gingrich told a packed house at Price Hill Chili Restaurant here. "Well the fact is, Gov. Romney insisted that Catholic hospitals give out abortion pills against their religious belief when he was governor."
Romney's defenders, however, want everyone to know that Santorum and Gingrich have gotten their facts wrong.
David French, a Romney supporter, provides some more detail over at the National Review:
The legislature passed legislation mandating that hospitals — including the state’s Catholic hospitals — administer [emergency contraception]. Governor Romney vetoed that legislation ...
Unfortunately, however, the legislature overrode his veto (by overwhelming margins). What followed was a dispute over the meaning of two seemingly conflicting state laws: a decades-old law exempting private hospitals from providing contraceptives and the newer law containing no such exemptions. Initially, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (which was charged with crafting regulations implementing the new EC law) took the position that the new law didn’t supersede the old and that Catholic hospitals could opt out. Two days later, the Romney administration reversed this view, stating the proper legal interpretation was that the new law did, in fact, apply to all hospitals in the state.
Also, for good measure, Romney totally opposes "Obamacare".
They are now using Obamacare to impose a secular vision on Americans who believe that they should not have their religious freedom taken away.
On January 20, 2012, the Obama administration affirmed a rule that would force Roman Catholic hospitals, charities, and universities to purchase health insurance for their employees that includes coverage for contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization, in violation of their religious principles. This is wrong.
It should be an interesting night.
MetroTrends of the Urban Institute has ranked American cities for racial equity for African Americans, and guess what, Colorado Springs is 11th out of 100 cities ranked.
Click on MetroTrends above for an interactive map.
The website describes the project like this:
The MetroTrends team has graded the nation’s 100 biggest metros on five indicators of metro-wide racial equity. The rankings reflect residential segregation and gaps between blacks and whites in neighborhood income, school test scores, adult employment rates, and homeownership. The best? Albuquerque, NM. The worst? Milwaukee, WI.
Colorado Springs was given an A overall. In specific areas, its ratings were A for residential segregation and school test score gap, and B for neighborhood income gap, employment gap and home ownership gap.
Here are the definitions of those categories as provided by Urban Institute:
Residential segregation: Dissimilarity index, reported by Brown University’s US2010 project, using 2010 Census data. The dissimilarity index ranges from 0 to 100, where 100 reflects complete separation between two groups.
Neighborhood Income Gap: Percent difference between the median income of the average non-Hispanic white’s neighborhood and that of the average black or Latino. Reported by Brown University’s US2010 project, using 2009 ACS data.
School Test Score Gap: Percent difference between the state test score ranking of the school attended by the average non-Hispanic white student and that of the school attended by the average black or Latino student. Reported by Brown University’s US2010 project, using 2009 ACS data.
Employment Gap: Percent difference between the share of working-age non-Hispanic whites who are employed and the corresponding share of blacks or Latinos, based on 2010 Census data.
Homeownership Gap: Percent difference between the share of non-Hispanic white households that are homeowners and the corresponding share of black or Latino households, based on 2010 Census data.
James Tucker, a 37-year resident of Colorado Springs and former local NAACP president, dismissed the results, saying, "The truth is, they're not telling the truth about African Americans in Colorado Springs. It's obvious they didn't communicate with the African Americans in the city."
He said Mayor Steve Bach has a "really white administration" and "is not connected with the African American community." Bach has named one person of color, Donna Nelson, to an administrative post so far.
Tucker, who's known for his outspoken criticism on racial issues, said the city has no laws to protect black citizens. "There's no where in this city you can turn to for help," he says. "There is no fairness in Colorado Springs when it comes to African Americans. The city of Colorado Springs has failed to invest our tax money in programs that would help prevent African American young men and women from going to prison. The whole report is a smokescreen."
This is probably not a thank you that the Mitt Romney campaign wants.
Families USA, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization that supported the passage of President Obama's health care reform, has taken the time and energy ostensibly to thank Romney for passing legislation similar to Obama's while governor of Massachusetts.
The lawmakers who crafted ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, looked to RomneyCare, also known as the Massachusetts Health Reform Law, to guide their work.
Governor Romney isn’t too proud of this fact, and the other Republican presidential candidates have been quick to point out the similarities. We believe that Governor Romney shouldn’t be ashamed of passing health reform in Massachusetts or that Congress borrowed so much of his handiwork in creating the Affordable Care Act.
Massachusetts has the lowest rate of uninsurance in the country, individuals purchasing insurance in the non-group market have enjoyed significant premium savings, and a Health Disparities Council has been created to advance equity in health outcomes—to name just a few of the gains that have come out of RomneyCare.
I say ostensibly thank, because if nothing else this is just a brilliant piece of campaign material — for Obama. Families USA has to realize that comparing Romney's health care reform to Obama's does nothing to help presidential hopeful's conservative credibility.
This coming Tuesday, Colorado Republicans will be going to their caucuses to, among other things, participate in a straw poll on the presidential candidates. It will be interesting to see how Romney — who is quickly looking like the Republican favorite nationally — fares in our anti-ObamaCare county.
The study, which provides side-by-side similarities between the two pieces of legislation can be read here.
U.S. Sen.Michael Bennet has introduced an amendment today that would ban former members of Congress from going to work lobbying Congress.
As put in a press statement from the Colorado senator, the amendment would close the "revolving door of lobbyist influence."
While this does seem like a good step, it's just one step toward much-needed reform.
As the case of Republican presidential candidate, and former U.S. House Speaker, Newt Gingrich makes clear, there are plenty of ways to peddle influence in Washington without registering as a lobbyist, or even calling what you do "lobbying."
Under the federal lobbying law, Newt Gingrich can legitimately claim that he is not a lobbyist. That alone demonstrates how much the law needs to be changed.
As his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney, regularly and correctly points out, Mr. Gingrich has made a great deal of money in Washington peddling his influence, while carefully staying about half-an-inch short of the legal definition of lobbyist. He is only one of thousands of people in Washington’s influence industry who skirt the common-sense definition of lobbying by taking advantage of the law’s loopholes.
From Bennet's press statement:
“Too often, the outsized influence of lobbyists in Washington drowns out the voices of regular Americans and prevents Congress from acting in the interest of the American people,” Bennet said. “By preventing members of Congress from lobbying when they leave Capitol Hill and preventing congressional staff from going back and forth through the revolving door, public officials can get about the business of helping the country.”
A study by the Center for Responsive Politics recently found that about a third of former members of the 111th Congress who are currently employed are employed at lobbying firms, and more than 12,500 registered federal lobbyists actively lobbied in Washington in 2011.
To solve for the problem of outsized lobbyist influence and to close the revolving door, Bennet and [Democratic Sen. Jon] Tester [of Minnesota] have proposed aggressive lobbying reform, which would:
• Place a lifetime ban on current members of Congress from becoming lobbyists;
• Ban congressional staff from lobbying their former boss for six years;
• Ban former committee staff from lobbying their former boss or any member who was then on the committee during their time on staff for six years;
• Ban lobbyists from joining congressional staffs or committee staffs that they lobbied for six years;
• Fully close the loophole that allows politicians to fly private charters but reimburse only at commercial first class rates, and require those politicians to disclose what lobbyists they are flying with;
• Create a more accessible website for public reporting of lobbying activities;
• Require substantial lobbying entities to report on the non-lobbyist employees they have who are former members of Congress or former senior congressional staff, and describing those employees’ job responsibilities;
• Ban cash contributions by lobbyists; and
• Increase the maximum penalty for violating federal lobbying laws.
The bill improves disclosure requirements and encourages greater information sharing between record keepers and law enforcement. Through increased transparency, not just by federal lobbyists, but also by firms and companies that may have former members of Congress who are skirting the lobbyist line, the public will be better informed, and the lobbying profession will be deterred from acting below board. Lobbyists who break the law will be more likely to be investigated and the bad actors can be punished more severely. It also provides the public greater with better information and takes an important step towards cleaning up the culture in Washington.
This is the latest in Bennet’s efforts to reform the system in Washington. He has previously pushed for a variety of changes in his Plan for Washington Reform.
Since coming to the Senate in 2007, Tester led the charge to raise the ethics standards for the U.S. Senate. He set an even higher standard for his personal office and will not allow former staffers-turned lobbyists to ever come back to lobby him or his staff.
The U.S. Supreme Court just made America a little less free.
Let me explain. Most of you probably don't spend your time thinking about "public domain" works. But you probably use them. They're all around. Music, books, art — all once copyrighted — that are now so old that they are free for everyone to use. You don't have to worry about being sued or charged if you want to reproduce those items on the Web or on some product.
But that right could be going bye-bye. The Supreme Court has ruled that items whose copyrights have expired may be re-copyrighted.
Read more at CBS.
Liberal talk show host Bill Press had this to say about Colorado's own Tim Tebow.
He went on to phrase his complaints with Tebow's unabashed religiosity:
By dragging God into every football game, Tebow makes a mockery of Christianity — and trivializes religion. The truth is, God doesn’t care who wins an election, a bingo game, or a football game. Sorry, Tebow, Jesus is not a Broncos fan.
Now, if you’re one of the silly millions of Americans who loves Tebow’s in-your-face kind of Christianity, consider this. What if he were a devout Muslim, who bowed to Mecca after every touchdown and shouted “Allahu Akbar?”
Somehow, I don’t think we’d be celebrating him as a national hero.
It's a fair question.
Just consider the lashing that Lowe's took when it had the audacity to advertise on a TV show that presented American Muslims as — oh dear god — normal people. Or the blowback after Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim, had the nerve to place his hand on a Quran in the photo recreation of his swearing-in to the U.S. House. Or the outcry in 2008 when a supposedly closeted Muslim was running for office.
Meanwhile, reporters at the Gazette give a bend to the knee in honor of Tebowing. (Perhaps they are just celebrating the fact that they are still employed.)
Four months ago, Jonah Mowry, a Southern California eighth-grader, posted a video on YouTube.
It sat, unwatched by most, until Dec. 1, when a friend suggested he add it to his Facebook page.
The video (below) shares his story, via handwritten notecards, and the gay teen's fear of going back to school and being bullied.
Over the past few weeks, the video has gone viral, now with more than 8 million hits. Mowry has been interviewed on Good Morning America, and the video was tweeted by Lady Gaga.
Just yesterday, the Colorado Springs Pride Center jumped into the media frenzy, posting its response to Jonah's video on YouTube.
For those, like Jonah, who are experiencing bullying due to sexual orientation or gender identity, the Pride Center offers help and can be reached at 694-3971. Also, Inside/Out Youth Services provides a safe space, groups, education and more for youth ages 13 to 22. They can be reached, confidentially, at 328-1056.
With closure looming for a number of United States Postal Service offices and facilities, Colorado's U.S. senators, Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, have called for a six-month moratorium.
The hope, according to their letter, is to give Congress the opportunity to examine the USPS's financial situation and find possible solutions before the "closing or consolidating nearly 3,700 mostly rural post offices, over 250 mail processing facilities, and eliminating overnight delivery for first class mail before postal ... While some of these changes may be needed, we believe that it is very important to give Congress the opportunity to reform the postal service in a way that protects universal service while ensuring its financial viability for decades to come."
The USPS' proposed changes would close the mail-processing plant in the Springs, which employs 350 people. According to Chuck Bader, treasurer with the APWU-CSAL #247 and vice-president of Colorado AFL-CIO, there are only two such plants serving Colorado and Wyoming, and only 50 of the displaced workers would be able to find work at the second plant in Denver.
For Monday, there is a rally of local postal workers scheduled from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in front of the USPS Mail Processing and Distribution Center at 3655 E. Fountain Blvd.
The press release:
Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today pushed for a six-month moratorium on the closing or consolidation of area mail processing facilities and rural post offices to give Congress time to address the United State Postal Service’s (USPS) financial problems through comprehensive reform.
In a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye and Ranking Member Thad Cochran, Bennet and Udall, along with 18 other Senators, called for the next appropriation bill to mandate this moratorium.
“While we may have very different views on how to financially improve the postal service, we all believe that democratically elected members of the Senate and the House have the responsibility to make significant changes to the postal service,” the Senators wrote in the letter. “…We believe that it is very important to give Congress the opportunity to reform the postal service in a way that protects universal service while ensuring its financial viability for decades to come.”
Last month, Bennet and Udall wrote a letter to Senate committee leaders urging them to consider western states and rural communities when exploring potential reforms to the U.S. Postal Service. In the letter, the Senators outlined priorities for reform that encourage innovation, take creative approaches to existing assets and maintain the competitive edge.
In June, Bennet and Udall sent a letter to the U.S. Postmaster General expressing concern over USPS location closures and consolidations that could make it more difficult for Coloradans to send letters and mail packages.
In September, they sent a letter to Ruth Goldway, chairwoman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, urging the Postal Regulatory Commission to carefully consider the effects of possible postal service closures on rural areas and small towns in Colorado and across the country.
Full text of the letter is included below.
Dear Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Chairman Inouye, and Ranking Member Cochran:
Everyone understands that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is experiencing significant financial problems today and that changes need to be made as the USPS adjusts to a digital world.
To address this serious problem, Congress is in the midst of significantly reforming the postal service. Several bills have been introduced in the Senate and the House on this issue. On November 9th, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the 21st Century Postal Service Act, S.1789, by a vote of 9-1. The House is also moving forward with postal reform legislation.
While we may have very different views on how to financially improve the postal service, we all believe that democratically elected members of the Senate and the House have the responsibility to make significant changes to the postal service.
Unfortunately, we are concerned that the postal service may preempt Congress on this matter by closing or consolidating nearly 3,700 mostly rural post offices, over 250 mail processing facilities, and eliminating overnight delivery for first class mail before postal reform legislation is enacted. While some of these changes may be needed, we believe that it is very important to give Congress the opportunity to reform the postal service in a way that protects universal service while ensuring its financial viability for decades to come.
Therefore, we respectfully ask that you include language in the next appropriations bill to prevent the USPS from closing or consolidating area mail processing facilities or rural post offices for the next six months. This six month moratorium will give Congress the time needed to enact reforms necessary for the postal service to succeed in the 21st century.
We look forward to working with you on this important issue. Thank you for your consideration.
A reminder that smart protest can affect change, the Bank Transfer Day movement won a victory this week when the large banks backed off the $5 monthly fee for debit cards that helped spark the unrest.
From the AP:
After seeing the public reaction, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., SunTrust Banks Inc., and Regions Financial Corp. all backed down from plans to charge monthly fees for debit card purchases. Bank of America was the last major bank to backtrack on its plans when it scrapped its fees on Tuesday.
What did it take to force these "too-big-to-fail" institutions to change course? Losses:
An estimated 40,000 people joined credit unions on “Bank Transfer Day” last Saturday, bringing $80 million in deposits with them and likely breaking the record for new membership, according to the results of an industrywide survey released yesterday.
Angered by mounting bank fees, Los Angeles art gallery owner Kristen Christian set up a Facebook event page last month encouraging people to switch their accounts from large corporate banks to small local banks or credit unions on Nov. 5.
Yesterday, Washington's Blog reveled in the news, tracking down some fantastic anecdotes from people who participated by closing their checking and savings accounts — in one more than one instance, making bank managers sweat:
The manager was pleasant enough and very direct. After introducing herself she flat out asked "What can we do to change your mind?" "We don't want to see you go" she emphasized. This opened a door for me to further explain my decision to leave the bank and why I was doing it. Amazingly, it did not fall on deaf ears. She indicated that understood where I was coming from and actually showed genuine surprise at some of the facts I provided her about the less than consumer friendly policies and machinations of her employer. She did make some feeble counter-arguments and repeatedly asked me if I would change my mind (with a hint of desperation!). I stood firm and by the end of our conversation she asked if I would be willing to put it all in writing so she could send it up the chain.
She shared that management is nervous, they are seeing money leaking out of the bank and realize that they have made mistakes. She even hinted that there has been high-level discussion on reversing the new fess since there has been so much consumer push-back.
While this is happening:
Sharon Bialek alleges that after a dinner in which [Herman] Cain told her that he 'upgraded' her hotel room, he drove her to NRA headquarters, when he "reached over and touched my leg and grabbed my genitals…he then grabbed my head and pushed it towards his crotch ... He said, 'You want a job, don't you?'"
So is this.
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If the "Personhood Amendment" had a chance of passing anywhere, it would seem that Mississippi would be fertile ground.
Even in the Deep South, apparently, people just aren't willing to relinquish their birth control and return to the good old days when families of 10 ran barefoot on the family farm and survived off porridge. Can't imagine why.
Anyway, Amendment 26's defeat in Mississippi seems like good news to abortion rights proponents in Colorado, where the amendment has twice failed, but seems to keep popping up.
Just listen to this release from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains:
Statement by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains on Defeat of Amendment 26
DENVER — “Tonight’s defeat of Amendment 26 in Mississippi, which was nearly identical to the personhood initiatives Colorado faced and defeated in the 2008 and 2010 elections, sends a strong signal that these far reaching anti-abortion, anti-women, anti-family measures are out of touch with the vast majority of Americans and have no place in state constitutions,” said Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains President and CEO Vicki Cowart.
“Similar to Colorado’s Amendments 48 and 62, Mississippi’s Amendment 26 would have banned abortion in all circumstances by amending the state constitution to redefine the term ‘person’ to include ‘every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the equivalent thereof.’ It could have also resulted in a ban on emergency contraception and common forms of birth control, including IUDs and the Pill.
“Tonight Mississippians said ‘no’ to this radical agenda that places the courts and lawyers in the middle of personal, private medical decisions families make everyday and instead voted in favor of trusting women and doctors.
“PPRM joined our Mississippi Planned Parenthood affiliate along with numerous Planned Parenthoods across the nation to get out the vote through phone-banking, door-to-door canvassing and the use of social media.
“We hope Personhood USA (the same group responsible for Colorado’s personhood amendments) will think twice before returning to Colorado with a third personhood ballot initiative. If a ballot initiative returns, Planned Parenthood and our over 90 coalition partners will work to defeat it.”
If you're into conspiracy theories and end-times rhetoric, here's a chance to really drive yourselves crazy with paranoia.
The federal government is preparing to conduct the first-ever nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test at noon Wednesday (mountain time).
There's been very little info put out locally to warn people what this is all about, though Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has been on TV in a public-service announcement telling people it's just a test. He made the ad at the request of the Colorado Broadcasters Association, says his spokesman Mike Saccone.
As of a few minutes ago, the CBA had nothing on its website about the EAS test, which is strange beyond belief, considering they're in charge of the outreach in this state for the test.
In any event, rumors are spreading that the test reportedly will last three minutes, a lot longer than the usual 30 seconds to a minute that we're all used to when suddenly your program gets interrupted with someone saying, "This is a test of the National Broadcasting System. If this had been an actual warning, you would have been directed to...." But FEMA says it will last only 30 seconds.
Well, of course, this being the first nationwide test has raised all kinds of questions about why it would be necessary to notify the entire nation of something all at once. Oh yeah, nuclear war. Or an earthquake breaks the country in half, making the Front Range the West Coast. Or maybe President Obama will impose martial law. Or the pod people have inhabited all Republicans, and they're taking over the world.
The official reasoning is explained here by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is cooperating with several other agencies:
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies, we’re working in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for any type of hazard, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information should it ever be needed.
Here's the funny part of FEMA's advisory:
As we get close to the test, the FCC and all of our many partners are working together to spread the word to as many members of the public as possible — so people know what to expect when the test takes place, and no one is caught off guard.
This is why you've seen all those press releases issued by various broadcasters or whoever is in charge of this. We haven't received a single one.
So, with this missive, consider yourself advised that the end of the world may come at noon Wednesday, or just a test to let you know the government can notify you if it does.
In classic geek style, Bill Gates is trying to rid the world of malaria, not with sprays or smelly candles, but with lasers.
I kid you not.
The Microsoft magnate has spent $1 million on a technology that is supposed to keep the biting bastards away from people, using a laser screen. Apparently, it works. And now, folks, we can all imagine what the "screened" porches of the future will look like.
Last week, we were able to sit down with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet for a half-hour discussion that covered a number of issues, including the implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United.
This is what the senator had to say:
Every poll shows you that over 80 percent of the people, and it may even be over 90 percent of the people, support disclosure of campaign contributions in these races.
And in the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, if you look at the nine justices — I forget how many opinions were written, [but] there was only one justice who said disclosure was unconstitutional. And that was Justice [Clarence] Thomas. Every other justice either wrote or joined in an opinion that said that disclosure was permissible under the Constitution.
Well, that would be a big step forward from what we just endured in the Senate race here, for example, where we still don't know who spent the money.
What he didn't say in that visit was that less than a week later, he would sign on to a proposed amendment to overturn the high court's controversial decision. From Raw Story:
Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
The decision gave corporations and unions the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, so long as their actions are not coordinated with a candidate’s campaign.
The proposed amendment would grant Congress and the states the authority to regulate the campaign finance system, but would not dictate any specific policies or regulations.
“The Supreme Court’s reversal of its own direction in the Citizens United decision and other recent cases has had a major effect on our election system,” Bennet added.
“State legislatures and Congress now may not be allowed to approve even small regulations to our campaign finance system. This proposal would bring some badly needed stability to an area of law that has been thrown off course by the new direction the Court has taken.”
How about a Rolls Royce? Or a ruby-and-emerald necklace? In the market for an airplane?
All these items are available through auctions by the U.S. Treasury Department.
If nothing else, you can take pleasure in knowing these items no longer belong to the wealthy among us. Various cars, planes, boats, real estate and jewelry are obtained by Treasury as forfeitures resulting from violations of federal law or nonpayment of Internal Revenue Service taxes.
Here's the latest notice for one of 300 auctions conducted annually in the U.S. and Puerto Rico:
The next Treasury Auction will be open for online bidding tomorrow. If you're in the Pompano Beach area please join us for the main previews at the Pompano Beach Warehouse until 4pm today. Here's a few of the items on the auction block:
If jewelry is your thing, check out the variety of what Treasury is offering, like this piece:
Or maybe you're a precious metals hoarder, in which case Treasury stands ready to satisfy your inner-Midas-itis.
Anyone who believes what Scarlett O'Hara's father told her — “Land. It's the only thing that matters. It's the only thing that lasts.” — can find an array of parcels, like this one in Shawnee, Kansas, that includes a lot with a home on 20 acres ($350,000 minimum bid) and five undeveloped acres (minimum bid $42,000).