We’ve written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (DWS) IT staffers. Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U. S. Capitol Police with ‘consequences’ for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation? Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan? What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?
Now, Andrew McCarthy III, the former assistant U. S. attorney for the Southern District of New Yorkwho led the prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, says there is “something very strange” about the recent indictment filed against Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi in the District of Columbia.
In a National Review article, McCarthy points out that it’s not what’s in the indictment that is necessarily surprising but rather what is seemingly intentionally omitted. For instance, McCarthy points out that “the indictment appears to go out of its way not to mention” that Imran was apprehended while in the process of fleeing the country, a fact that would seem to be the best evidence available to prove the fraud charges.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 22, 2017.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) – well-known for decrying the Obama administration’s efforts to use the tax code to financially discriminate against conservative non-profit groups, partly as a ‘free speech’ issue – seems to have careened into the ideological abyss.
Indeed, his outlook now mirrors that of Congressmen like Chuck Schumer (D-N. Y.) and other ultra-liberals who evidently believe that post-Charlottesville ‘free speech’ suddenly belongs only to the left, but that street violence is the sole domain of the right – heavy evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
On the basis of this unconstitutional and inaccurate outlook, Issa’s office, for one thing, has called for a Sept. 12 House Judiciary Committee hearing, at the full committee level, ‘to examine the attacks in Charlottesville, recent displays of white nationalism, and their impact on civil rights in America.’
This post was published at 21st Century Wire on Stop the Presses News & Commentary / AUGUST 22, 2017.
hen I was a student at the University of Colorado, I regularly walked by the Dalton Trumbo memorial fountain which was named after the communist Stalin-sympathizing novelist and screenwriter.
Once upon a time, the fountain had been simply known as “the fountain,” but around 25 years ago, it was unnecessarily renamed after a controversial person.
The reason for the renaming was the same as with any memorial or monument designed to honor a person or idea – to create an emotional connection and familiarity with the person or idea connected to the place; to communicate a certain view of history.
The renaming of the fountain followed an earlier renaming controversy. One of the University’s dorms, Nichols Hall, was named after a participant in the infamous Sand Creek Massacre. Even in its own time, the massacre had been denounced, earning condemnation from Indian fighters like Kit Carson. Not surprisingly, the dorm that bore Nichols’s name was eventually renamed “Cheyenne Arapahoe” in honor of the Indian tribes whose members Nichols had helped attack.
As with the Trumbo fountain, the dorm’s name was changed in order to send subtle messages – messages about what is valued, what is good, and what is bad.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, of course. The problem only arises when we begin to use taxpayer funded facilities and institutions to carry out these attempts at education.
Thus, in a sense, when approaching the problem of government monuments and memorials, we encounter the same problem we have with public schools. Whose values are going to be pushed, preserved, and exalted? And, who’s going to be forced to pay for it?
This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on Aug 17, 2017.
At the request of Nancy Pelosi, the Congressional Budget Office has just released a study intended to better understand the potential economic impacts that would result from the cancellation of taxpayer funded Obamacare subsidies (a.k.a. “cost-sharing reductions” or “CSRs”). The report is entitled “The Effects of Terminating Payments for Cost-Sharing Reductions,” and, among other things finds that cutting CSRs would cause a 20% spike in Obamacare premiums in 2018 and result in a $194 billion increase in the deficit from 2017 through 2026. Here are the highlights:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 15, 2017.
In addition to the 47 volcanoes already known about currently ‘sleeping’ under the Arctic ice, scientists have found more. They discovered 91 additional volcanoes in Antartica, now the largest volcanic region on earth. This is a big blow to those who think melting polar ice is the sole fault of humans.
The project, by Edinburgh University researchers, has revealed almost 100 volcanoes. The highest discovered volcano is as tall as the Eiger, a popular peak to traverse in the Swiss Alps, which stands at almost 4,000 meters (over 13,000 ft) in Switzerland. Before this discovery, the densest concentration of volcanoes in the world was that of east Africa’s volcanic ridge. Geologists say this huge region in Antartica is likely to dwarf that of Africa.
You won’t read about this in the mainstream media. Because volcanic eruptions may not reach the surface in Antartica, but they definitly melt the ice from beneath and drastically destabilize the entire region. No amount of carbon tax or global warming initiative would stop a volcano from melting polar ice, but that likely won’t stop alarmists from blaming volcanic activity on global warming.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 13, 2017.
Earlier this week, the Trump Department of Justice told the mayor of Chicago that it would cease funding grants to the Chicago Police Department that had been approved in the Obama administration because Chicago city officials were not cooperating with federal immigration officials.
The DOJ contended that Chicago officials were contributing to lawlessness by refusing to inform the feds of the whereabouts of undocumented foreign-born people, thereby creating what the feds derisively call a ‘sanctuary city,’ and Chicago officials have argued that their police officers and clerical folks are not obligated to work for the feds.
Who is correct?
The concept of a sanctuary city does not mean it is a place where federal law is unenforced by the feds. Rather, it is a place where local authorities have elected not to spend their tax dollars helping the feds to enforce federal law. The term ‘sanctuary city’ is not a legal term but a political one. The Trump administration has used the term to characterize the governments of towns and cities that have created safe havens for those who have overstayed their visas by refusing to tell the feds who these folks are and where they can be found.
Can local authorities refuse to help the feds enforce federal law? In a word, yes. There is no legal obligation on the part of local authorities to help the feds with manpower or resources or data to enforce federal law within the jurisdiction of those local authorities.
This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 11, 2017.
In March 2015, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit seeking the following:
“Any and all e-mails of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Secretary Clinton concerning, regarding, or relating to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U. S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”
Ironically, State Department officials at the time decided to search records voluntarily turned over by Hillary and some of her former aides from private servers, as well as records collected by the FBI during their investigations, but figured it wasn’t necessary to search the one place where all official communications on such a topic should have been housed from the beginning: State Department servers.
For whatever reason, State has continually refused to conduct the search of its taxpayer funded servers going on two and a half years now. Luckily, some small bit of rational thought prevailed yesterday when a U. S. District Judge filed an order demanding a search of State Department records for any and all Benghazi-related emails be completed by September 22, 2017. Here is more from Politico:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 10, 2017.
David McWilliams: Great Disaster Looms as Technology Disrupts White Collar Workers
– Every era, every century, every generation has its massive technological disruption
– Taxi drivers being ‘disrupted’ by technology of Uber
– History shows how ‘middle men’ frequently made redundant
– Skill set of many professionals today can be replicated by machines and technology
– Technology may make lawyers, accountants, architects and doctors redundant
– We risk ‘cannabalising ourselves’ with internet and emerging technologies
Looking out to sea at the huge winter waves crashing upon the Cape Town shore, it’s hard to imagine what the first local tribesman thought when he saw, in the distance, Vasco De Gama’s tiny Portuguese ship sail round the Cape of Good Hope, heading out towards the Indian Ocean in search of profit.
You wonder what went through the local’s mind? Could he have imagined the calamity that was soon to befall his people and most of the peoples of Africa?
Once the Portuguese had opened up the passage to India via the Atlantic, the old Silk Roads, the commercial superhighways of the medieval ages from China to Istanbul, were gradually downgraded in global commerce. Economically, the Earth shifted on its axis from Asia to the Atlantic. This was the great disruption.
This post was published at Gold Core on August 10, 2017.
Any time we hear the term “privatize” coming from the usual suspects in Washington, DC we should immediately be suspicious. When this word is used, there’s usually precious little actual privatization going on.
Thus, we should regard the Trump administration’s proposed plan to “privatize” the war in Afghanistan with extreme amounts of skepticism.
The White House is actively considering a bold plan to turn over a big chunk of the U. S. war in Afghanistan to private contractors in an effort to turn the tide in a stalemated war, according to the former head of a security firm pushing the project.
Under the proposal, 5,500 private contractors, primarily former Special Operations troops, would advise Afghan combat forces. The plan also includes a 90-plane private air force that would provide air support in the nearly 16-year-old war against Taliban insurgents, Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater security firm, told USA TODAY.
Anything worthy of the term “privatization” would mean an end to government spending, and getting the American taxpayers off the hook for perpetuating what is obviously a failed war.
This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 10, 2017.
For those who still aren’t convinced that Obamacare is trapped in an inescapable death spiral that will inevitably end in nothing short of an epic collapse of the federal and state health insurance exchanges, perhaps you should consider the following facts from the National Review and Mark Farrah and Associates.
– Four heavily promoted open enrollments have taken place run by the Obama administration and the state exchanges.
– Federal law has required people to purchase insurance or pay a fine – and the individual mandate was administered through 2016 by the Obama administration. In fact, in 2015, 7.5 million people paid the fine, while 6.5 million paid the fine in 2016, according to the IRS.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 9, 2017.
The US government (the leader of fake news) and the place where the biggest liars and frauds in human history have gathered) has put together a study that validates themselves. Hold your surprise that a government funded study done by the government that demands strict regulations and taxes in the name of climate change validated every single thing they’ve been saying about climate change for years.
If you believe that climate change can be solved by taxation and regulation, I have a Phoenix beach house to sell you. The truth is, the government is the largest perpetrator of fake news, and a growing number of Americans believe that the US government is untrustworthy. Unless the savior, that same US government, writes a study validating climate change, an issue which hugely benefits the government only, then it should be taken as gospel, freedom smashed, money stolen, and lives ruined all for the government’s agenda.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 8, 2017.
Since election day, the Trump administration has been hit with an unprecedented number of intelligence leaks as classified information seems to be flowing quite freely from Obama holdovers occupying various government agencies and members of the intelligence community directly to various mainstream media outlets. At this point, one has to wonder why the Washington Post and the New York Times shouldn’t just have an office setup inside the NSA with server access and the highest security clearance…taxpayers might actually some money if we didn’t have to pay for our spies to sneak around Washington passing info to journalists.
But, some hope was offered last week by AG Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats who, after months of doing basically nothing, finally announced a plan to crackdown on leakers. Meanwhile, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein took to the Sunday talk show circuit this past weekend for some more ‘tough talk’ saying the DOJ will prosecute any “case that warrants prosecution no matter what their position is.”
‘We’re after the leakers. We’re not after
journalists we’re after people who are committing crimes. We’re going to devote the resources we need to identify who is responsible for those leaks and who has violated the law and hold them accountable.” “If we identify anybody, no matter what their position is, if they violated the law and that case warrants prosecution, we’ll prosecute it.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge
on Aug 8, 2017.
All we ever hear is how Climate Change is caused by humans and it will destroy the world. They have been yelling that New Orleans and Miami will be UNDER WATER within the next century as rising sea levels put more than 400 US cities ‘past the point of no return’ unless we suddenly raise taxes and hand the power to government to change the climate. In Princeton, New Jersey, the actual construction of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library was set in motion at the University. Excavation begun January 2, 1946, and the building opened for use on September 7, 1949. This was where I conducted my research that produced the Economic Confidence Model.
This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Aug 8, 2017.
New York Police Department cops are now boycotting Dunkin’ Donuts. The efforts to not play into the stereotype of doughnut-loving cops is all but impossible in this case, but we’ll make an effort.
The police boycott of Dunkin’ Donuts is apparently in full swing now, as a sergeant was spotted Sunday walking into the 73rd Precinct station house with trays full of what appeared to be generic, corner-market brew. ‘No D&D in the 7-3,’ he proudly announced while earning he tax payer funded salary.
Police union heads called for a boycott of the national chain famous for their doughnuts and coffee, and the movement has since percolated throughout the department. It all started last Sunday when a worker at a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins at 1993 Atlantic Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant refused to scoop ice cream for two 73rd Precinct detectives – allegedly because they were cops.
A manager at the Brooklyn franchise that started the whole ordeal has apologized, and the parent company Dunkin’ Brands claimed the store’s confusing layout led the cops to try to order at a closed register. This explanation and apology were called ‘an insult’ by police unions flinging the boycott into full force.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 7, 2017.
New South Wales in Australia has doubled property taxes for foreign real estate buyers. Of course this violates international law, but governments are broke and they are doing their best to destroy the world economy from every which directions. The politicians are responding to Australians who see foreign buyers of property causing a real estate boom. Much like Britain who raised taxes to stop the real estate boom in London, the greatest problem with all these laws is rather simple. ALL LAWS ENACTED should automatically expire within 4 years. The patch work of draconian laws as Australia have been installing will isolate the economy and do far more harm than anyone suspects. The Japanese bought all sorts of property in the USA during their boom days. They then turned and sold it at a loss.
This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Aug 7, 2017.
We have a very serious problem with Congress. Their actions in far too many ways is displaying (1) a total disregard for international law, and (2) a clear arrogance that they will punish foreigners for not obeying US law. Congress has been on a path of IMPERIALISM since the Obama Administration and it began with taxes. Even John McCain supported a law which thankfully failed that would have required every business to collect the sales tax of every state and remit it to them monthly. You cannot imagine how that would have destroyed small business with legal and accounting fees subjecting them to outrageous penalties for a single mistake. Then came FATCA. Congress has single-handedly destroyed the ability of American small business to grow internationally. The assumed that if an American had any account outside the USA it was to hide money. Since they did not trust the people, they imposed harsh penalties upon any foreign institution that did not REPORT to the United States what any American was doing overseas. An American can no longer open offices overseas for no institution will accept a business account from an American no matter how legitimate because if they FAIL to report what the American is doing, the institution;s assets in the United States can be seized by the government. The risk is far too high so no American or dual citizen can now open a bank account in Europe or Asia reducing American economic expansion.
This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Aug 3, 2017.
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Do you recall when Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the US Capitol Police chief for seizing a computer from her IT personnel, who was Imran Awan? Let’s refresh your memory.
It never seemed right, the manner in which she targeted him with venomous animus. It was not the cadence, or computation, of an innocent person. Fast forward to today and we have a full blown scandal on our hands, with charges that her IT personnel, Awan, had access to the emails of every single member of Congress — and sold that information to person’s unknown. Rep DeSantis joined The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) in calling for an investigation into Wasserman Schultz, who employed Awan during and time as DNC chair — dating back to 2005. Source: Politico
Awan and his relatives worked as shared employees for more than two dozen House Democrats in the past several years. After the Capitol Hill investigation came to light in early February, most lawmakers fired the other staffers in question. But Wasserman Schultz retained Awan, even though he has been barred from accessing the House IT network since February. FACT maintains there’s no way Awan could have performed IT duties for Wasserman Schultz over the past six months, despite staying on the Florida Democrat’s payroll. ‘House staff are compensated with taxpayer funds, and members are directly responsible for ensuring their staff are only paid for official public work, work that has actually [been] performed and at a rate commensurate with the work performed,’ Matthew Whitaker, FACT executive director, wrote in a letter to the OCE. ‘It was, therefore, contrary to the House ethics rule for Wasserman Schultz to continue to pay Awan with taxpayer funds even after he was barred from the House computer system and could not perform his duties, and was also under criminal investigation.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 1, 2017 1.
Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, has written an interesting piece over at Forbes detailing some of the enormous salaries being paid by taxpayers to Illinois public sector employees.
Here are a few excerpts from the piece, Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries Cost Taxpayers $10B:
Illinois is broke and continues to flirt with junk bond status. But the state’s financial woes aren’t stopping 63,000 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher.
Whenever we open the books, Illinois is consistently one of the worst offenders. Recently, we found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town ‘managers’ out-earning every U. S. governor.
Using our interactive mapping tool, quickly review (by ZIP code) the 63,000 Illinois public employees who earn more than $100,000 and cost taxpayers $10 billion. Just click a pin and scroll down to see the results rendered in the chart beneath the map.
Here are a few examples of what you’ll uncover:
This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jul 30, 2017.
The federal government is no match for innovation. This is something lawmakers have always known, and it is the reason state and federal regulations exist. But innovation, by its very nature, will always find a way around those regulations, resulting in the implementation of more regulations for creative minds to learn to evade – which they will. This results in the over-regulation we see in America today.
Nothing scares the government more than something it can’t control, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed this week that it is terrified of cryptocurrencies – as well it should be. See, all those lawmakers and bureaucrats sitting around regulating everything depend on taxpayer money to pay their salaries so they can keep writing regulations. Since cryptocurrencies allow people to keep all of their money, this is a big problem for the lawmakers. Soon, people may even start to realize they can buy, sell, and trade freely without any government intervention. The horror.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 30, 2017.
now that former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli has decided not to testify in his own defense, the jury could reach a verdict as soon as Friday afternoon. Closing arguments are beginning Thursday, as Shkreli lawyer Benjamin Brafman bets that he poked enough holes in the prosecution’s case to give his client a reasonable shot at a ‘not guilty’ verdict.
After the defense let its case rest without calling any witnesses or producing any evidence, Shkreli’s lawyers lost a long-shot bid to get their client off by motioning for the judge to drop the charges on the grounds that the eight-count indictment included ‘insufficient evidence.’ The bid was quickly rejected, according to CNBC.
‘The rejection sets the stage for a very long, full day of closing arguments in the case by prosecutors and Shkreli’s lawyers Thursday, with those arguments only expected to wrap up Friday morning.
Jurors could then begin deliberations later Friday, exactly one month after opening arguments were made in the trial.’
Meanwhile, in an ill-timed release (though it presumably won’t influence the jury, which has been instructed to avoid Shkreli-related media), New York State listed Shkreli as No. 14 on its July list of the biggest tax delinquents in the state, claiming he owes $4 million.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 27, 2017.