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Full security locks down Palo Alto's Addison Ave.

Secret Service sets up checkpoint at Addison and Webster Street -- residents escorted home, asked to stay inside

The U.S. Secret Service clamped down tight on Addison Avenue in Palo Alto's historic Professorville area at about 5 p.m. today in preparation for a $30,000-a-head fundraising dinner with President Barack Obama.

Residents were told to park elsewhere, and were escorted to their homes by Palo Alto police officers, according to one resident of the 500 block of Addison, where the dinner/talk was to be held.

Obama was scheduled to speak at about 7 p.m.

Residents were asked to remain inside their homes and were told that if they came outside they would be asked to go back in, the resident said.

"This is all safety, you know," she said of the "minor hassle" of the checkpoint.

"It's kind of sad that the president of the U.S. is not safe" on the streets, she said.

But after 150 years or so of presidents being killed in office she wonders "why it took us so long to catch on" about presidents needing better protection.

People who have experienced the impact of Obama's visit or who have personal anecdotes are invited to post them on the Town Square forum at www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Updates are also being posted on Twitter.com under @PaloAltoWeekly.

-- Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

$30,000 a head?!? I guess that means that I wasn't invited. ;-)

Of course, I don't support him anyway. :-P

Oh well, at least I live a few more blocks over and wasn't affected by the road blocks and restrictions that might hinder Mr. Obama's fundraising efforts.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm


Google pays only 2.4% tax--so I can understand their wanting to be close to Obama Web Link


"Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda.

Google’s income shifting -- involving strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Irish” and the “Dutch Sandwich” -- helped reduce its overseas tax rate to 2.4 percent, the lowest of the top five U.S. technology companies by market capitalization, according to regulatory filings in six countries. "


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Change you can believe in...

Who pays for the overtime for the Palo Alto Police? With Google only paying 2.4% in taxes, it's certainty not them.

Transparency at it's best - closed to the press.

So what does $30,000 buy from Obama? Let's get some disclosure on the conversations!


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Oct 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm

FYI Bush went to LOTS & LOTS of such fundraisers, visited all kinds of companies you might not support, + got full security from local police here and everywhere he went. That's what happens when a person is President of the United States.


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

It's understandable when Obama is doing his job as President; in this case this is a political activity for a political party. The $30,000 per person (total of $1,500,000 raised) should help defray the cost of the overtime from all the police agencies.

Elected officials when they are out campaigning, versus executing the duties of their office, reimburse the goverment if they use their resources...

If the Google exec wants to throw Obama a party to campaign for their political party, she should reimburse the local police agencies for their costs. But what should we expect from a company that avoids paying taxes to the tune of $3 billion dollars?


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm


As taxpayers-- how much did Obamas visit cost us local tax payers?

and how much did it cost the whole US tax payers for a DNC fund raising trip to CA?


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

What are you whining about? Would you rather pay for an investigation into an assassination if there was less security? Do you want Biden as president? Sheesh, you can't stand the cost when it's not your candidate or your party, but you don't complain when it is. Grow up.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 12:26 am


Political fund raising for the the DNC is fine as long as the tax payers are reimbursed.

If the Dalia Lama can make a visit to EPA kids, why cannot POTUS show the same concern for EPA and PA kids?

We would also like to know how much this event cost Palo Alto, CA and US taxpayers for this partisan event, how much was raised at the the event and when the money to the tax payer will be paid back?
this could be calculated by Friday

Then---pay back the money within 30 days to the tax payers

also why does Google pay only 2.4% tax?

We would like an investigation of this matter


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Posted by midtown for 50 years, Mark
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

All of this back and forth, I believe if this cost the taxpayers money for special interests or for campaign dollars, there should be some form of reimbursement or credit.
Some people point the finger at Google for paying less taxes and reducing cost of business. If you owned a business and the government allowed you to have some tax relief wouldn't you take it? It is just business.Close the loopholes.

Security is key , especially now , I think it is smart to have good security,I hope they used reserve officers and there was little OT.
Our local budget is in trouble and these costs , even infrequent , hurt our cities coffers.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2010 at 8:26 am

Do we really want 5 threads about this rather uninteresting event?


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Posted by Right, Sharon?
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 22, 2010 at 8:29 am

"also why does Google pay only 2.4% tax?

We would like an investigation of this matter"

Just Google should be investigated? why? Because Obama was at the home of a Google VP? How much do other companies pay in taxes? What,for example, does Halliburton pay in taxes? Isn't Google incorporated in the US, while Halliburton is incorporated offshore?

Maybe we should close the loopholes that allow companies to pay little to no taxes--of course, the republicans would never agree to that.
Right, Sharon?


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Posted by Right, Sharon?
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 22, 2010 at 9:15 am

Just read in the paper that the technique that Google is using to reduce it's taxes is a perfectly legal technique. So that raises the question, what exactly do you want investigated?
Maybe you should contact your republican cronies and have them lobby to close these loopholes that businesses enjoy--of course they would react with horror and expel you from the party!!!


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

Obama met with Steve Jobs and Google executives yesterday.
He should have met with Cisco executives, John Chambers could have lent him one of their TelePresence Conference Systems.

These partisan fund raising trips cost the tax payers a fortune and block traffic for hours reducing productivity.

"-President Obama will return to Los Angeles on Friday, and the city is bracing for a repeat of extreme gridlock because of his visit.

Obama felt the sting of Angeleno road rage in August when street closures for his motorcade stretched Westside commutes from the normal 45 minutes to the duration of a one-way flight from L.A. to Chicago.

Will traffic conditions be smoother this time? Los Angeles police say don't count on it. Even in places where streets aren't closed, traffic could be affected well into the evening rush hour.

Doors are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Friday on the USC campus for Obama's "Move America Forward" rally, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The rally is in support of Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's reelection bid.


Several South L.A. thoroughfares will be closed for more than six hours in the afternoon and during rush hour." Web Link

6 hours!

Then he goes to Las Vegas for another DNC fund raising event-- the current unemployment rate in LV is over 15%.

Obama could appear from the Oval Office via Ciscos Conference Systems--If its good enough for CEO Chambers to use on a regular basis it is good enough for Obama---think of the time, money and productivity involved.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Atherton
on Oct 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

So many folks unhappy that a President raises money for his party. Have you all been unhappy about this for a long time, even when the other side does it?

Want to remove Union and Corporate money from buying politicians?

Public financing of elections. It works in a blue state (Maine) and a red state (Arizona.) Coupled with forcing networks that use public airwaves to offer free or near free public service ads, and money is greatly removed from politics.

A simple question with the public paying for elections: who do you want owning American politicians - unions & corporations, or us?

So those of you bashing the President, are you bashing him because of the system, or because you hate him?


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Posted by Right, Sharon?
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

"These partisan fund raising trips cost the tax payers a fortune and block traffic for hours reducing productivity."
I guess only the democrats do these fund raising trips.
Funny, how I do not recall any complaints from Sharon during the 8 years of the Bush administration when he took trips. Strange, isn't it.


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Professorville
on Oct 22, 2010 at 10:14 am

The 2.4% tax rate is their average *overseas* rate. Countries like the UK and Germany should be upset because their taxes are definitely being dodged. Google's overall tax rate is 22.2%. If you do the math you'll see that they're paying lots of U.S. taxes. At issue is whether they should be allowed to transfer intellectual property overseas at a discounted rate so their overseas income can be taxed overseas instead of in the US.

This rate was negotiated under the Bush administration:

Web Link

"After three years of negotiations, Google received approval from the IRS in 2006 for its transfer pricing arrangement, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission."

The Obama administration has proposed limits on this sort of thing:

"In February, the Obama administration proposed measures to curb shifting profits offshore, part of a package intended to raise $12 billion a year over the coming decade. While the key proposals largely haven't advanced in Congress, the IRS said in April it would devote additional agents and lawyers to focus on five large transfer pricing arrangements."


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Thanks "Sharon" - CISCO TELEPRESENCE is THE way to go - not only does it save the taxpayers money...it's also environmentally friendly (avoiding all that jet and car fuel!).

Obama and the WH should seriously consider investing in this technology and get with the 21st century collaboration!


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

"Obama and the WH should seriously consider investing in this technology and get with the 21st century collaboration!"

Just like the half-termer does teleconferencing from Wasila?

Where were you folks when Dubya used California like an ATM?


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Posted by work!
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm

with our president comes out to support all the democrats, i just wonder how much work he has done lately? i thought we need plans to shake up the economy.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

"i just wonder how much work he has done lately?"

I ask again, were you asking these questions of Dubya, or Ronnie?
-----------------
"Q: Has President Obama taken more vacation time than his predecessors?

A: According to one count, Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush spent more time on "vacation" during their first year than President Obama did. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton spent less time on "vacation." "

Factcheck dot org
Web Link

And I recall it was Dubya that broke Ronnie's 8 year record for most vacation days. Darn slacker republicans.

Not only are Dems harder workers, but they are more fiscally conservative: Bush doubled the debt, Reagan tripled the debt. Clinton took a deficit and made it a surplus.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Yes, where were the complaints when Dubya & his henchmen, I mean entourage, visited?

Sharon, why the complains about taxes? What about your faves, HP & Cisco? Do you think they don't strategize on their best tax advantages? Sheesh, I'm not fan of Google, but really, what's your complaint - & why are you posting it here? Do you REALLY think someone like the AG will read your complaint on this thread & investigate Google or get a numbers cruncher to figure out the security cost of a presidential visit?

BTW, how come no one's mentioning the benefits to the economy of a presidential visit - catering, staff, decorations purchased for the events mean local money spent, probably locally. If OT was paid to those working the security side of things, they'll spend the $$. It's just an excuse to complain about things, ad nauseum. It's petty. He didn't get into office by himself, so just deal with it.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Irrespective of ones political views the fact is that we are in a serious double dip recession with double digit unemployment---15%+ in Las Vegas.

Attending " elites " fundraisers that cost $ 30,400 for each ticket is a terrible waste of POTUS time and focus and a scandalous waste of taxpayers money.

Politically it is counter productive---the attraction of the Tea Party to independents is that the TP criticizes the " elites" in DC on both sides of the house.
If you read the LA Times the citizens do not want Obama to visit-- he was there in August and tied up traffic for 6 hours in rush hour.

TelePresence is ideal for Obama-- he reads his speeches from a teleprompter anyway.
His strength is public speaking through oratory --- not emotional warmth -he cannot work a room and does not connect with regular people in small groups.

TelePresence is a new technology that solves the environmental, security, and fiscal problems of POTUS travel. He should be using it.

This trip to the Bay Area has made him less popular with voters--
he flies in SFO and goes directly to meet with Steve Jobs in SF then to meet with small groups of the super wealth and elite in Woodside and Palo Alto--
ignoring all the " little people" in Oakland, EPA, PA and elsewhere who got him elected in the first place.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Funny.

Vent much?

Substitute "Bush" for each instance you reference the president and re-read it.

Or for a real laugh, substitute "Palin".


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm



Can we have a report on-
Who attended the Palo Alto fundraiser?
.
How many people?

How much money was raised?

The content of Obamas talk and the themes of any question and answer period?

Thanks


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Posted by Obama admirer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm


Obviously a lot of outside journalists are on this
---Palo Alto Weekly has an inside track and a chance to to make a scoop on this matter--
Go for it--


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Posted by Obama Admirer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

"Can we have a report on-
Who attended the Palo Alto fundraiser?
How many people?
How much money was raised?
The content of Obamas talk and the themes of any question and answer period?"

Sharon, why don't you investigate this aspect and report back to us. It seems to be a big deal for you--not for anyone else.

"xThis trip to the Bay Area has made him less popular with voters-- "
You base this comment on what? Instant polling? Word of mouth in the Midtown area?
Let's see some facts to back up your statement.


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

When Obama campaigned he was criticized companies that move their income between companies to avoid paying taxes. Yet here was an event where he could have used his presidental office to shine the light on such a company, Google, who has avoided over $3 billion in taxes over the past few years... Yet not a peep.

Meanwhile, Palo Alto proposed cuts here and there in services, yet spends money on police overtime for a staged political event.

Quite ironic!


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

The poor-mouth, cheapskate comments on this thread are ridiculous.


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Posted by Right, Sharon?
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

"Can we have a report on-
Who attended the Palo Alto fundraiser?
How many people?
How much money was raised?
The content of Obamas talk and the themes of any question and answer period?"

If you want answers to many of your questions, SHaron, then read the Matier and Ross column in today's (sunday) Chronicle.


"If you were one of the 60 people who ponied up for Thursday night’s event at the Palo Alto home of Google exec Marissa Mayer, the night went something like this: Take a seat at one of the tables — each of which has one empty chair.
Enter President Obama and a group of pool reporters. After a few remarks from Obama about the importance of high tech, the reporters leave.
The president then goes from table to table, saying hello and getting his photo taken with the guests. That done, he goes from table to table again, taking the empty seat at each for 10 minutes and answering a question or two.
In between, you dine on seared black cod, and avocado and shrimp salad. "

I cannot provide a link for this since it will not be online for non-Chronicle subscribers until Tuesday.
SHaron may also want to get in touch with the pool reporters and ask why they did not write about this important information. Of course the guest list should be kept private--we do not demand a list of people that go to Sharon's home in Midtown.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm



In fact the law is clear
--- elites who make a political donation of $30,400 to political campaigns have to provide name, address and employer and this information is in the public domain.

Many of the wealthy elites paid much, much more for access to POTUS--they bought access because they want influence and favors.

POTUS works for the US voters and is accountable to the voters-- as it is in a Repulic

We are still waiting for how much this matter cost the taxpayers in Palo Alto, in the state and in the nation and when they will be reimbursed by the DNC.


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Posted by The grapes are sour
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

You have got it all wrong, Sharon. They made no donation. They bought an expensive dinner. But if you are so eager to know who they are, you should demand the list. But make sure it is all inclusive-- you wNt the info on republicans who donated that much also, otherwise it will sound like more of your usual partisan Obama bashing.maybe you can provide a link to the public domain site that lists all large donations . Also what about any financial benefits to the area from the visit? Do they not count?


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm


Thanks for the laugh---$30,400 for a plate of black sea bass and a cup of coffee?

Fortunately the law sees this for what it is
-- a $30,400 political contribution
-- minus $12 for the fish and coffee

= $30,388


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Posted by Obama admirer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

"Fortunately the law sees this for what it is
-- a $30,400 political contribution
-- minus $12 for the fish and coffee
= $30,388"

So, let me make sure I have this right--if you make a donation of $30,400 have to provide name, address and employer and this information is in the public domain. what happens if you give $30,000? What happens if you give $30400 to a republican? you seem fixated on this one event, sharon.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

The law is---

Any contribution to of $ 200 or more, sometimes less, has to be reported to the FEC --- then it is made public with name, employer, amount, history and Google map locations of donors see---Web Link

Does not matter what party it is for.

We are still waiting for the cost to all taxpayers of this event.
That will not include the opportunity costs for people held up in traffic and otherwise inconvenienced by this event for the wealthy elite.

POTUS needs to start using Cisco or HPs Tele Presence Conferencing Systems--- they solve all security, cost and inconvenience to the tax payer problems-- it is not rocket science and the " little people " deserve the respect


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm

addendum

If you go to the site we link above you will see that contributions of $25 are listed-- the search function allows you to identify donors by ZIP code, name, party and employer etc,


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Posted by Right, Sharon?
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 25, 2010 at 6:27 am

According to the link you posted (which ironically is a Huffington Post link) it states:

"All calculations are based on public records filed with the FEC of contributions by all individuals totaling more than $200 (and some totaling less than $200) to a single Republican or Democratic presidential campaign or national committee.'

So as I understand it, the donors do not have to report their donation at this event--the donation was not for a presidential campaign and went to Sen. Boxer's campaign and not a national committee.

ALso you made it sound like it is a requirement of what you call "elite" donors (based on your postings these are defined by you as people who donate to the democrats)--however your latest post states that the threshold is $200--hardly an "elite" donation.

Right, Sharon?


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Posted by Right, Sharon?
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

Okay, I have done some digging and here is the info:

Web Link
"An individual may give a maximum of $30,400 per calendar year to a national party committee. This limit applies separately to a party's national committee, House campaign committee and Senate campaign committee."

" Contributor Information
If you contribute more than $200 to a committee, the committee is required to use its best efforts to collect and publicly disclose on a financial report your name, address, occupation and employer, as well as the date and amount of your contribution."

" Information Available to the Public
As a voter, you may be interested in learning how a particular candidate finances his or her campaign. Who is contributing? How much? Is the candidate using personal funds to finance the campaign? Does the committee have debts? Or you may want to know which candidates a party committee or PAC is supporting, and how much the committee is giving.
This information is available to the public in the campaign finance reports regularly filed by all political committees supporting Federal candidates. You may access these reports and other FEC campaign finance information on your home computer."


Finally, for Sharon, since she has voiced much concern about this event:

"If you believe a violation of the Federal campaign finance law has taken place, you may file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. Send a letter to the Commission explaining why you (the complainant) believe the law may have been violated, describe the specific facts and circumstances and name the individuals or organizations responsible (the respondents). Your complaint should also indicate which allegations are based on personal knowledge rather than on outside sources (for example, newspaper articles). The letter must be sworn to, signed and notarized. "


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm



The super wealthy elites at Google who sponsored this fund raiser, at the peasants/tax payers expense, know no limits- Web Link

"Google CEO Schmidt,appearing on CNN’s “Parker Spitzer” program last week.
He said that people who don’t like Google’s Street View cars taking pictures of their homes and businesses “can just move” afterward to protect their privacy.
Ironically, he said this on the very day that Google admitted those cars captured more than just fragments of personal payload data."


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Posted by Right, Sharon?
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 26, 2010 at 6:52 am

"The super wealthy elites at Google who sponsored this fund raiser, at the peasants/tax payers expense, know no limits"

Sharon's rantings against anything that is connected with Obama know no limits.
This thread is about the issue of Addison Street last week--now this thread has been turned into an attack on Google and those people that attended the fundraiser. Sharon forgets that Republicans hold these smae kind of events all the time.
BTW, Sharon, where exactly do the peasants in Palo alto live? Inflammatory rhetoric cannot hide the fact that your message is non-existent


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