CELEBRATING 3 YEARS IN PRINT ON 12-13-12, BLOCKBUSTER EDITION 12-19-12: ROMNEY WON AMONG LEGITIMATELY REGISTERED VOTERS 60,782,804 means ONLY 36,915,269 voted Obama THE MYTH OF THE FISCAL CLIFF, CLAYTON COUNTY’S CORRUPTION ROOTS TO FAST AND FURIOUS SCANDAL MAY ALSO BE CONNECTED TO MONEY TREE LENDING MORTGAGE FRAUDS AND HSBC MONEY LAUNDERING SCANDAL...
ROMNEY CARRIES POPULAR VOTE, OVER OBAMA 2 TO 1, 60,782,804 means ONLY 36,915,269 voted Obama
SO HOW DID OBAMA DEFRAUD A SECOND ELECTION THIS TIME, BASED ON ELECTORAL VOTER FRAUD??
Allison Brooks @madhatternews
@PaulRyanVP Romney won 126,248,073-28,550,000=97,698,073 really voted legitimately Romney votes 60,782,804 means 36,915,269 voted Obama
#FederalVoterIntegrityAct requires all votes be verified by#SSNumber before certification and electoral fraud thrown out for popular vote!
Since Obama has set such precedence of fraudulent election activity in donations, dead people, and defrauding electoral votes state-by-state
10:14 AM - 11 Dec 12 · DetailsWND EXCLUSIVE
DID OBAMA STEAL THE 2012 ELECTION?
Overwhelming evidence shows vote fraud, abuse played major role in outcomePublished: 12/10/2012 at 9:05 PM by JAMES SIMPSON Email | Archive
James Simpson is an investigative journalist, businessman and former economist and budget analyst for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Best-known for his exposé on the Cloward Piven Strategy of Manufactured Crisis, Simpson's work provided background for Glenn Beck's groundbreaking TV series on the subject. He is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and is featured in Curtis Bowers' award winning documentary "Agenda: Grinding America Down." Follow Jim on Twitter and Facebook.More ↓
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WASHINGTON — Following Barack Obama’s re-election, accusations from some quarters have held that his campaign stole the election through vote fraud. Others claim no vote fraud occurred, and that the election victory resulted from the Obama campaign’s vastly superior get-out-the-vote effort. One RedState diarist has even gone so far as to announce that commenters complaining that the election was stolen will be banned from the site.
With all of the swirling allegations, where does the truth lie? While there have been many proven cases of vote fraud in previous elections, and many credible allegations of fraud in this election cycle, was the cumulative total of all fraud sufficient to throw the election for Obama? After all, Obama’s team ran an intensely focused, highly organized get-out-the-vote effort. Republican efforts were, by comparison, disorganized and nowhere near as comprehensive or sophisticated.
Still, members of the president’s team did everything possible to rig the game in their favor. They took liberties with the law Republicans would never dare attempt and obstructed voter-integrity efforts at every turn, while the vast political-media-entertainment-education-union-nonprofit complex went all in to promote Obama’s narrative.
Democrats and their media allies also engaged in what has fairly been described as a dishonest and “vicious” campaign to discredit the Republican nominee while steadfastly shielding the administration from its many scandals. Any of these could have sunk Obama’s reelection prospects had the media reported them with the enthusiasm they showed in attacking and spreading disinformation about Romney.
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When it comes to outright vote fraud, however, let’s examine first those allegations with the greatest potential for skewing election results.
100 percent vote for Obama
In some inner city precincts, Obama garnered between 98 and 100 percent of the vote. This was most frequently noted about Philadelphia, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio. Incredulous observers stated, “Third world dictators don’t even get 99 percent of the vote.” Rush Limbaugh quipped, “I mean, the last guy that got this percentage of the vote was Saddam Hussein, and the people that didn’t vote for him got shot.”
But these statements confuse turnout with votes. In communist countries like Saddam’s Iraq, every voter is indeed required to vote for the one choice on the ballot, and participation is close to 100 percent all the time. However, in U.S. elections, turnout has run at about 60 percent for the past three presidential races.
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, encompasses Cleveland and surrounding areas. Overall, President Obama received 69.32 percent of the county vote, while Romney received 29.55 percent. The county lists 927,996 registered voters and there were 650,387 votes cast. Over 40 percent of these were absentee ballots. Turnout was 70 percent.
There were more than 100 Cleveland inner city, largely African-American precincts where Obama received 98-100 percent of the vote. But this amounted to about 60,000 votes – less than 10 percent of the total cast. Now ask yourself how many Romney voters you would expect to see in those locations. In 2004, George W. Bush received 11 percent of the black vote nationwide and that was a recent high for Republicans.
If we make the heroic assumption that Mitt Romney would have received 11 percent against Obama at those 100 poll locations in the absence of vote fraud, it would amount to 6,600 votes, including both absentee and Election Day ballots. Obama won Ohio by 103,481 votes.
In 2008, John McCain received 4 percent of the black vote nationwide. In Cuyahoga County he fared about the same as Romney, obtaining 29.96 percent of the vote. Similarly, in those same inner city precincts, he got few, and in some cases, no votes. Voter turnout in 2008 was 60.52 percent. A 4 percent vote for Romney in those locations would have earned him about 2,400 votes.
But comparing the results to 2008 is not to suggest that 2008 was fraud-free. It definitely was not, as evidenced by the many criminal complaints and convictions against ACORN. Even then, however, enthusiasm for the first black candidate, coupled with a wholesale news blackout on his unsavory, radical heritage and another good organizing effort, ensured his victory. There is compelling evidence, however, that he stole the primary in 2008.
Despite all this, Romney even getting 4 percent would have been surprising. Prior to the election, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll indicated Romney’s support among blacks was zero.
A similar situation obtained in Philadelphia. While overall Romney received 14 percent of the vote to Obama’s 85 percent in Philadelphia County, a typical outcome for Republicans in big cities, in 59 Philadelphia precincts he received no votes at all. The total number of votes cast in those precincts was under 20,000. Applying the same methodology as above, an extremely optimistic 11 percent for Romney would only have garnered 2,200 votes while a 4 percent vote would have gained 800. Obama won the state by 287,866 votes.
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Does this mean that vote fraud didn’t occur in these locations? No, but if it did, it was likely not enough to throw the election. One issue that warrants a closer look, however, is absentee ballots. In Ohio, 29.5 percent of the vote came through absentee ballots in 2008 (2012 results are not finalized yet). In Cuyahoga County in 2012, absentee ballots made up 40.5 percent of the total.
According to the New York Times, use of absentee ballots nationwide has tripled since 1980 and now stands at about 20 percent of total ballots cast. The Times notes, “While fraud in voting by mail is far less common than innocent errors, it is vastly more prevalent than the in-person voting fraud that has attracted far more attention, election administrators say.”
Absentee ballots are particularly vulnerable to vote fraud. In one notorious recent case in upstate Troy, N.Y., eight local Democrat politicians were indicted and four have pleaded guilty to falsifying absentee ballots. This was a local election and these politicians won their seats before getting caught. Anthony DeFiglio, a Democratic committeeman who pleaded guilty, said that absentee ballot fraud was a “normal political tactic”:
[It is] an ongoing scheme and it occurs on both sides of the aisle. The people who are targeted live in low-income housing and there is a sense that they are a lot less likely to ask any questions… What appears as a huge conspiracy to nonpolitical persons is really a normal political tactic.Bob Mirch, the former Republican legislator who first discovered this fraud, said, “It’s an insider game. It takes insiders to do it, and I think it takes insiders to catch those who try to steal the election. … It’s easy to do it and yes, it’s easy to not get caught …” Frank LaPosta, a former Troy, N.Y., city council president said he got run out of the Democratic Party for speaking out against the vote fraud.
Did fraudulent absentee ballots throw the election in Ohio this year? If there were significant absentee ballot fraud, one would expect to see a much greater ratio of absentee ballots submitted by Democrats. In Cuyahoga County, 43.3 percent of the vote for Obama was via absentee ballot, compared to 40.9 percent for Romney – a measurable difference, but not enough to raise red flags. The ballots would have to be individually examined to determine the extent of absentee ballot fraud. This could be a worthwhile investigation perhaps, but is beyond the scope of this report.
Just the same, it is clear that Democrats are up to something at inner city polls. Their eye-popping – and illegal – stonewalling of poll watchers strongly suggests nefarious activity. The left’s nationwide campaign to discredit voter integrity efforts as “voter suppression” and their obstinate battle against voter ID laws only serve to reinforce this impression. Following are a few examples of real voter suppression and threats to voter integrity that occurred in 2012:
- 75 GOP vote inspectors were ordered to leave Philadelphia poll locations by Democrat poll judges. One judge was caught on audio. A court order sent them back but who knows what went on while they were gone? These poll locations were all within the 59 precincts where Romney received no votes.
- In Philadelphia, the Community Voters Project, an ACORN clone that employs some former ACORN workers, shredded Republican voter registrations. This is not the first time they have been in trouble.
- The Florida AFL-CIO threatened True the Vote and Tampa Fair Vote with legal action for submitting voter registration challenges.
- Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings issued a highly publicized threat against True the Vote and Election Integrity Maryland just for checking voter rolls. EIM found 11,000 questionable registrations, including 1,566 dead voters. The Maryland Board of Elections took no action.
- Cummings also attacked the Ohio Voter Integrity Project with the same baseless claims.
- Think Progress falsely claimed True the Vote was “under investigation” by Rep. Cummings, when in fact he has no legal authority to do so.
- Despite overwhelming nonpartisan public support for voter ID laws, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department and liberal jurists have delayed, emasculated or defeated ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
- Holder has vowed to fight voter ID laws as restricting voters’ rights.
- The Obama administration “spiked investigations” of eight states that had major voter roll problems.
- The Holder Justice Department conspired with Project Vote on National Voter Registration Act (aka Motor Voter) enforcement lawsuits, which force state and local agencies to become, essentially, low income voter registration drives.
- In 2009 DOJ announced to its attorneys that it would not enforce voter roll maintenance laws because it wouldn’t increase voter turnout.
Another important factor in modern American elections is the National Voter Registration Act. “Motor Voter” was passed in 1993 under the signature of President Bill Clinton. One of Barack Obama’s early legal cases was against Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, a Republican who refused to enforce the new law because he feared it would open the door to widespread voter fraud. Obama, in concert with the Clinton Justice Department, ACORN, Project Vote and the League of Women Voters, sued the state, which eventually gave up the fight.
Motor Voter requires state and local government offices – most notably motor vehicle and welfare agencies – to provide voter registration services. Successive lawsuits by ACORN, Project Vote and others have forced state agencies to become de facto registration drives. Because these agencies serve largely low-income voters, it is in essence a taxpayer-funded voter registration program for Democrats. This was the original intent and goal of this legislation, articulated bluntly in a book titled “Why Americans Don’t Vote,” by Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.
Most people are unaware that Motor Voter was conceived over the course of 10 years, planned and authored by Cloward and Piven, the notorious socialists who gave America the Cloward-Piven Strategy of Manufactured Crisis. Using the now-familiar excuse that low-income people need government assistance for even the most menial tasks, the law facilitated mass low-income voter registration with virtually no documentation required. Motor Voter provided the opening for ACORN, Project Vote and other such groups to engage in the massive voter registration fraud that has become a fixture in modern American elections.
Section 8 of the law requires that voter rolls be maintained. However, the maintenance requirements actually prevent states from cleaning the rolls, because they are required to attempt to contact voters multiple times over multiple election cycles before finally removing names. As a result, nationwide the voter rolls are in shambles. This was almost certainly Cloward and Piven’s covert goal: Create a crisis to provide the solution you want.
ACORN’s Project Vote took up Cloward and Piven’s work once the law was passed. Obama cut his teeth community organizing for Project Vote in 1992. Today, Piven serves on the Board of Project Vote, and Obama named his 2012 GOTV campaign, Project Vote.
Democrats and vote fraud
If there is a “ground zero” for vote fraud in modern America, it would be the inner city.
Indeed, according to Paul Herrison of the Center for American Politics at the University of Maryland, “Most incidents of wider-scale vote fraud reportedly occur in inner cities, which are largely populated by minority groups.” Some liberals, he said, even feel they are justified in committing vote fraud, “because the poor and dispossessed have so little political clout, ‘extraordinary measures [for example, stretching the absentee ballot or registration rules] are required to compensate.’”
If Democrats are in fact engaging in systemic vote fraud in inner city polls, what impact might that have? For the sake of argument, suppose that either through absentee ballot fraud or some other mechanism, Democrats in Cleveland were able to gain just 2,000 votes. In Cuyahoga County, that would have represented 0.44 percent of the total vote for Obama. Extrapolated to the entire state, it would provide an additional 12,000 votes. If done nationwide, it would mean 280,000 votes.
Obama won by 3.5 million votes, so while insufficient in itself to throw the presidential election, in closer races, such efforts could decide the day. In 2000, Bush won with a margin of only 500 votes. Going into the election, both candidates knew it would be close. There is little reason to doubt that Democrats at least attempted to boost their chances through vote fraud, as that is the only logical explanation for their extreme efforts to thwart voter integrity measures in state after state.
The actual level of vote fraud that occurs is extremely difficult to measure. Worse, a consent decree stemming from a 1981 New Jersey case, which has been repeatedly reauthorized by a Democrat judge, prevents the Republican National Committee from even examining possible voter fraud. Incredibly, in a 1987 revision, the judge explicitly prohibited the RNC from engaging in any form of “ballot integrity, ballot security or other efforts to prevent or remedy vote fraud.” RNC leader Reince Priebus even took the unprecedented step of stating publicly on CNN, “Democrats know they benefit from election fraud.”
Finally, whatever the actual level of voter fraud that occurred in the 2012 election, the potential for future fraud is truly staggering. Pew Research Center published a report revealing election rolls in a shambles nationwide. They found:
- 24 million invalid or inaccurate voter registrations
- 1.8 million deceased voters
- 2.75 million registered in multiple states.
A North Carolina group, the Voter Integrity Project, found close to 30,000 dead voters still on the rolls in North Carolina, a state Obama won by only 14,000 votes in 2008. Project Director Jay DeLancey said, “Mainly, what we’re concerned about is the potential [for fraud]. Since there is no voter ID law in North Carolina, anybody can walk in and claim to be anyone else.”
Allen West campaign
Vote fraud was almost certainly the culprit with Rep. Allen West’s Florida loss this November, as was Norm Coleman’s loss to comedian Al Franken in his 2008 U.S. Senate race. Franken ultimately won by 312 votes, but election officials, led by ACORN-connected Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, rejected 12,000 absentee ballots.
Likewise, the West campaign lost its congressional race under highly questionable circumstances.
Initial confusion surrounded counting a two-page ballot as two separate votes, leading to the erroneous conclusion that 141 percent of registered voters cast votes. The actual total votes cast were 123,750 against a total registration of 175,554. Election Supervisor Gertrude Walker engaged in activities many analysts say were blatantly illegal:
- West maintained a 2,000-vote lead in the county until Walker made a recount of early voting ballots. Following the recount, West was suddenly behind by 2,400 votes – a net change of 4,400 votes. Early voting totals were 37,123, so that recount represented a 12% swing.
- Polls were illegally locked following the election, preventing public witness of tabulation procedures.
- Many early voting ballots were tabulated twice by Walker staff members.
- Forced by court order to a recount, St. Lucie elections officials failed to meet the 12 noon, Nov. 18 deadline, and were thus able to certify the original partial recount, which showed Murphy ahead of West by 2,146 votes.
- West’s team sought a court order to impound voting machines and ballots in Palm Beach County District 18 to maintain integrity of ballots prior to an anticipated recount, but were denied by Circuit Judge David F. Crow.
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Illegal alien voting
Glenn Cook of the Las Vegas Review Journal reported in early November that illegal aliens were being pressured, even threatened, by Culinary Union Local 226, to register and vote. Cook related the story of two illegals who told him about it. In Florida, an NBC investigative report found that illegals were registered to vote and indeed have been voting.
This year, immigration officials uncovered a massive document fraud ring operating in Baltimore that has provided thousands of fraudulent driver’s licenses, green cards and Social Security cards to illegals for years. Such documents are apparently easy and inexpensive to obtain.
DHS believes about one-third of illegals in the U.S. are people who have simply overstayed their visas. Many of these people could have obtained driver’s licenses while still legal. Since licenses typically expire after a much longer period, it is reasonable to assume many of these people could be registered to vote.
Because of the National Voter Registration Act (Motor Voter), anyone who obtains a new driver’s license is automatically registered to vote. Furthermore, the NVRA does not require voting officials to verify proof of citizenship when people register. In states where illegals can obtain driver’s licenses, including California, Washington, New Mexico and Utah, they are likely already registered to vote. How many illegals actually vote on a systematic basis is not known, but many do.
In fact, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler found that about 5,000 Colorado illegals voted in the 2010 midterm elections and 12,000 were registered to vote. In 2012, he sent letters to 3,900 people identified as potentially illegal voters. Gessler’s office intends to conduct a thorough statewide analysis once all results are official.
These illegal voters should obviously not be ignored. They could spell the difference between victory and defeat in many cases.
One aspect of Colorado’s voting history merits especially close scrutiny. Colorado has an approximately equal number of registered Republicans (1,157,373) and Democrats (1,151,198). Historically, unaffiliated voters in Colorado have numbered roughly the same. Between 2008 and 2012, however, their numbers grew by a whopping 23 percent, some 248,000 people. Unaffiliated voters, now numbering 1.3 million, are the largest single voting bloc in Colorado. Who are these people?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010 Colorado’s population grew by 728,000. Fully 42 percent of these were Hispanic and almost all, 303,000, were of Mexican descent. A Gallup poll shows that Hispanics in general (52 percent), but immigrants especially (60 percent), tend to identify as independent. Yet most affiliate with Democrats (52 percent) versus Republicans (23 percent).
How many of these were illegal, and how many of them voted? A study on illegal immigrant demographics by the Center for Immigration Studies estimates Colorado’s illegal population at 167,000, so to pin Obama’s Colorado win on illegals alone would require almost all of these to have registered and voted.
According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, Coloradan voters must show a state-issued ID if they have one; if not, a utility bill or Social Security number will suffice. It is likely that some illegals voted and could have contributed to Obama’s victory, but it is unreasonable to assume a large scale illegal vote would have gone unnoticed. Gessler’s observation of a few thousand illegal voters is much more realistic.
Obama’s Colorado win was, however, secured with the unaffiliated vote, and many of these were Hispanic. According to Latino Decisions, an election eve poll claimed that 87 percent of Latinos in Colorado supported Obama over Romney. Nationwide, they found that the GOP was supported by only 25 percent of Hispanics. An October 2012 Pew Hispanic Center poll showed only 21 percent of Hispanics supporting Romney to 69 percent for Obama.
Despite Republican post-election hand-wringing, this is not likely to change much with any kind of concessions to the Hispanic community.
The reasons are straightforward and not dependent upon immigration reform. According to the CIS study, 57 percent of illegals in the U.S. live at or near poverty. Granted amnesty, would this group suddenly embrace the entitlement-reform-minded Republican Party en masse? Who would get credit for amnesty in their minds, Democrats, or the Republicans they dragged to the table? The very act of Republicans “conceding” to Democrats on amnesty and immigration “reform” declares Democrats the victors.
More relevant are the sentiments among legal immigrants and Hispanic U.S. citizens. According to CIS, well over 60 percent of legal immigrants from Mexico and Central American countries – i.e. the vast majority of Hispanic immigrants – live near or in poverty. Among U.S. born Hispanics, 50 percent of households with children are led by single mothers, 55 percent of households with children utilize welfare, and 45 percent of all Hispanic households pay no income tax.
They will probably not be voting Republican anytime soon.
Hispanic views on political ideology are also revealing. According to the Pew Research Center, 55 percent have a poor opinion of capitalism, while only 32 percent have a positive opinion. Many more, 44 percent, have a positive opinion of socialism! For all these reasons it is highly unlikely to see any major Hispanic movement toward Republicans no matter what Republicans do.
Finally, a large proportion of the approximately 1 million legal immigrants arriving in the U.S. annually are low-skilled individuals from impoverished nations around the world. Many of these immediately become welfare recipients. Throughout the nation, 47.4 percent of all immigrants live at or near poverty. America is essentially importing poverty. Who benefits politically from that? The open borders crowd, of course – not Republicans.
Electronic voting machines
There were a number of complaints about electronic voting machines that tallied votes for Democrats despite a Republican vote and a few instances of the opposite case.
- Voters in Pueblo County, Colo., complained that their votes were being changed to Obama, reported local NBC affiliate, KOAA.
- Maryland congressional candidate and veteran investigative journalist Ken Timmerman reported many voters claiming this happened to them, lodging complaints with vote judges. Timmerman has requested to see voting machine records.
- Maryland Delegate Kathy Afzali and Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild have requested the FBI impound two electronic voting machines suspected of switching votes based on complaints from other voters, including a state official.
- Robert Ashcroft, a Republican poll watcher in Allentown, Pa., reported that about 5-10 percent of electronic votes would “change the selection back to default – to Obama.”
- EVM problems were also reported to have occurred in Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina, and Texas.
- A 2008 Fox News report showed how electronic voting machines can be infected with a computer virus to change votes. A Princeton University study in 2006 found the same thing.
Countless cases of confirmed vote fraud were reported in this cycle and the Obama team repeatedly rode the razor’s edge of legality in pushing voters to the polls. Let’s look at a few examples:
- Patrick Moran, son of longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, was caught on video by James O’Keefe’s Veritas Project, telling an undercover journalist how to commit vote fraud.
- Other Veritas videos showed Obama campaign officials in Texas, New Jersey and New York providing multiple forms to journalists posing as voters so that they could vote in two or more states.
- On Election Day, Veritas reporters recorded poll officials on camera telling voters not to vote for Romney.
- The Obama campaign continues to accept illegal donations from other countries. WND’s Aaron Klein proved this by donating to the Obama campaign twice under the name “Osama bin Laden” using a Pakistani web address.
- WND has filed a complaint with the FEC demanding an investigation of overseas donations to the Obama campaign.
- In 2008, the Obama campaign accepted almost $30,000 from Palestinian donors.
- A Korean interpreter in Flushing, N.Y., directed Korean voters to vote Democrat. He was expelled from the poll.
- Two cases of forged votes were reported in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., by Republicans who discovered their votes had already been made.
- Non-citizens were charged with voting illegally in Austin, Minn.
- Cases of double voting in Ohio are being investigated.
- Non-citizen allegedly voted in Iowa
- Double voting is being investigated in North Carolina
- NBC reported dead voters voting in California
- Mentally disabled were coaxed to vote for Obama in North Carolina
- Widespread absentee vote fraud is being investigated in South Texas
- A non-English-speaking, under-18 youth reported he was “told he can vote.”
- Many other cases
Conservative author and activist David Horowitz described how his mentally disabled brother-in-law, Henry, and 60 others from his facility, were taught to vote for Obama. Over Thanksgiving dinner, Henry told him, “Obama saved me… I voted for him for president and now he’s saving me.”
Vote fraud in northern Virginia
The report that raised the most red flags came from Prince William County, Virginia. Virginia is a swing state with a Republican governor and legislature. It would be solid red except that populous Northern Virginia sits aside Washington, D.C., and is home to many federal government employees.
It also has a burgeoning immigrant population of Hispanics, many of whom are illegal. Prince William County, for example had a population of 9,662 Hispanics in 1990. Over the last 20 years, that population has grown by 743 percent to 81,460 in 2010, accounting for almost 40 percent of Prince William County’s population growth according to the Census Bureau. Census does not distinguish between legal and illegal, but a large proportion of these are undoubtedly illegal. Indeed, Virginia is one of 12 states with the highest illegal alien populations in the country and most reside in Northern Virginia.
Of the many complaints about the election in Prince William, one report really stood out. Dara Fox, a Republican poll watcher certified by the Virginia Board of Elections, and trained in the use of Romney’s ORCA application, reported at least 100 instances of voting irregularities, where the voter should have either been challenged or provided with a provisional vote. These included:
- Many people unable to state their name or address on their ID without assistance
- Many unable to speak English and could not follow simple directions
- Many times upon recording a vote, it was discovered that a vote in that person’s name had already been checked off
- Many times the voter’s age did not match the age of the registered voter, e.g. he/she appeared much younger/older than the person listed on the registration
- Several times, Fox observed what appeared to be the same person voting twice, or the same name was called twice, when the [ORCA] app stated that only one voter in the precinct had the stated name
- Many times a person who looked Hispanic answered to a name that he/she could barely pronounce – that was obviously some other ethnicity, such as Asian or Middle Eastern.
- Every one of these people save one, voted, and none with a provisional ballot.
- One person was denied the vote who admitted through an interpreter he was underage, but said he was told he could vote anyway. He was denied the vote only after repeated protests.
Fox was interviewed on WMAL Radio about her experiences, and the interview prompted many other Virginia poll watchers to call in or comment about similar experiences they had witnessed. Prince William County voting officials conducted a hearing on the issues she raised, and politely listened to her, but reportedly gave much more weight to a Democrat official who complained of “voter suppression.” Fox’s interview on WMAL can be heard here.
Virginia has minimal ID requirements to vote; a utility bill will suffice. Furthermore, no proof of citizenship is required. If, when filling out a voter registration, one checks the “U.S. Citizen” box, he/she is presumed to be telling the truth. Voting officials said it is nearly impossible to verify citizenship because the federal government will not share its data.
How many people voted at this location that shouldn’t have? If the “at least 100″ irregularities Dara Fox witnessed were actually fraudulent votes, and if there were no others that she did not witness, then the fraudulent vote rate at this location would have been 3.6 percent. It is likely that there were others, but it is equally likely that some of these were not actually fraudulent.
Hypothetically assume 3.6 percent was correct and reflects the statewide rate. Further assume all fraudulent votes went to Obama. The total vote count in Virginia was 1,971,820 Obama to 1,822,522 Romney, a difference of 149,298 votes. 3.6 percent would have given Obama 70,986 votes, not enough to account for his win; and this is likely an exaggeration of the actual fraudulent vote.
But this does not resolve the issue. As discussed earlier, citizenship on Virginia voter registrations is assumed, not confirmed. If significant numbers of illegals are registering, knowing that election officials cannot check their citizenship status, then many illegal votes are being counted as legitimate. The only way to confidently verify the results of this election would be to investigate the citizenship of every immigrant voter in Virginia.
This would all be resolved however, if Virginia passed stringent photo voter ID laws. To facilitate this in Virginia and other states, the federal government should make its data available so that voting officials in every state can check the naturalization status of immigrants registering to vote much like police agencies access the FBI’s NCIC. Citizens should be required to register with a government-issued photo ID and birth certificate.
This is the best system-wide answer to voter fraud, but would work only if poll workers actually checked voter credentials. Voting lines were up to three hours long in Prince William County and poll workers stopped checking credentials just to move people along. Increasing the number of poll locations and poll workers would relieve the pressure and give poll workers more time to properly check credentials. Questionable voters can always vote with a provisional ballot, which can be checked later when election officials are not under such heavy pressure.
But ultimately, the security of the vote in every state is dependent upon the integrity of people involved. In Democrat-controlled counties particularly, poll officials have been brazenly demonstrating contempt for both the law and the process, while the Democrat political infrastructure nationwide doubles down on efforts to thwart voter integrity measures. Increasingly, their actions call into question the integrity of the entire process.
The ground game
One of the Obama team’s secret weapons was “the Cave,” a high-tech data center that constantly evaluated voter and donor information. Time magazine described it as:
a massive data effort that helped Obama raise $1 billion, remade the process of targeting TV ads and created detailed models of swing-state voters that could be used to increase the effectiveness of everything from phone calls and door knocks to direct mailings and social media.The Romney team had Project ORCA. It was designed to automate strike lists to assist in get-out-the-vote efforts on Election Day. It was a colossal failure.
In Ohio, Republicans supposedly retained a significant component of the infrastructure built in 2004 and credited with George W. Bush’s win there. However, they somehow were unaware of, or were not concerned with, the Obama campaign’s 120-plus offices, many of which had been in operation since 2008. These focused on get-out-the-vote efforts in key Democrat enclaves. With data obtained via the “Cave,” they could efficiently target door-knocking efforts. The result was a heavily favorable Obama turnout, especially in early voting that Ohio Republicans didn’t even try to match.
But it goes much further and deeper than that. Growing out of the Colorado Democracy Alliance, which turned Colorado blue in 2006, a vast and deep collection of well-funded organizations have studied “best practices” for winning elections. From rootsHQ:
These organizations are non-profits, advocacy groups, labor unions, and for-profit businesses all with the common goal of bringing evidence-based best practices and technological innovation to elections. Led by researchers and behavioral scientists, these organizations are not only exploring technology in campaigns, but also how voters come to decisions about turning out to vote, and making a decision to support a specific candidate.
Certain organizations are solely focused on data while others are focused on field experiments in voter contact. Others are focused on training, while others are focused on media and content. Still others provide overall strategic direction, and another group is focused exclusively on cultivating and managing donors and funding.
Through distributed organizations working in close collaboration while supporting candidate campaigns, the progressive movement has created a highly-efficient model for political innovation, resulting in both success at the ballot box as well as long-term capacity development.This organization has been developing independently and prior to the Obama campaign. The overall effort is dedicated to achieving leftist dominance in politics, and Obama has been able to capitalize on it. Conservatives have no corollary effort. This is what the vast resources of leftist billionaires like George Soros and Peter Lewis bring to the game. While such is not counted as “campaign contributions,” it nevertheless has provided a major advantage to Obama.
So is vote fraud real? Yes. Did it occur in this election? Yes. Was it enough to steal the election? In reality, although no single instance or aspect of vote fraud was likely enough to tip the election for Obama, the aggregate of their corrupt activities – including illegal campaign donations, taking advantage of states without voter ID requirements, military ballots delivered too late, as well as the laundry list of elements identified in this report, may well have been.
Election 2012 provides a powerful justification for, at a minimum, enacting strong voter ID laws throughout the nation and a repeal of the most anti-Democratic voting legislation ever written, the National Voter Registration Act.
Protecting the integrity of the vote will prevent election theft and give voters more confidence in clean elections, a confidence that is today justifiably lacking.
Moreover, even had there been no vote fraud at all, the Obama administration stole this election: By virtue of the media monopoly Obama and his team enjoy, they have been able to lie, deceive and suppress damaging information throughout Obama’s entire first term. They have taken countless billions in taxpayer dollars to enrich their friends and union allies under the pretext of “stimulating” the economy and conducted a campaign of unprecedented viciousness against the Republican candidate while protesting vociferously in those few instances when Obama received richly deserved criticism.
The media provided perhaps the greatest in-kind benefit to the, Obama re-election effort, providing Democrats an advantage of countless billions in biased reporting; suppressing news unflattering to Democrats while exposing or even contriving stories damaging to Republicans and mischaracterizing their positions, while uncritically promoting the Democrat narrative:
- The networks suppressed facts surrounding Benghazi-gate, leading moderate Democrat commentator Pat Caddell to label the media “the enemy of America.”
- The mass media have been, with a few notable exceptions, largely silent on the “Fast and Furious” DOJ gunrunning scandal responsible for the deaths of two Americans and countless Mexicans. Eric Holder has been able to successfully deflect calls for an independent investigation of Fast and Furious because the media offers no pressure.
- CBS withheld its knowledge of the Petraeus affair until after the election to save the administration embarrassment
- The administration withheld a damning food stamp report showing the biggest monthly increase in a year, until well after the election
As Lyndon Johnson said following enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “I’ll have those n*&^%*s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
It is the Curley Effect writ large, i.e. destroying wealth to create dependency, and has grown the dependent class to almost 50 percent of America’s population. With the coming amnesty, that voter base will exceed 50 percent, guaranteeing the “permanent progressive majority” they seek.
Did Obama win with any kind of mandate? No. Despite all the vote fraud, despite a mass media that buried scandal after scandal while vilifying Obama’s opponents, despite a massive and growing welfare state buying off voters by the millions with endless giveaways, despite a political narrative unrelenting in its viciousness and dishonesty, and despite a weak, poorly articulated message from a Republican candidate with few discernible bedrock positions, Obama won with only a 3 percent margin.
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WHAT ROLE, IF ANY, DID VOTE FRAUD PLAY IN ELECTION?GO TO THE LINK TO VOTE ON THE FOLLOWING:
- None, the American political system is as clean as a whistle
- Little, because both sides are guilty of fudging the rules and skirting the law
- The Republicans would have done worse without committing systematic fraud
- It played a decisive role in the presidential election, robbing the real winner of victory
- Each election gets a little dirtier – and something needs to be done about it
- There's enough doubt about the fairness of the election that is causing Americans to lose confidence in the vote
- What's disturbing is that all of the anomalies helped the Democrats
- Democrats are fine with cheating and law-breaking, as James O'Keefe demonstrated in his videos
- It is abundantly clear now that presidential elections in the U.S. are rigged in favor of Democrats
- The election was stolen – pure and simple
- We may never have a free and fair election again in America if we don't start exposing abuses and prosecuting them
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OBAMA PREPS THOUSANDS OF LAWYERS FOR ELECTION
Is president angling to steal the vote?Published: 06/26/2012 at 5:03 PM
(AP) — President Barack Obama’s campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year’s election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.
Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing a mass of legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent. Obama’s campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws across the country, the possibility of anti-fraud activists challenging legitimate voters and the handling of voter registrations in the most competitive states.
Republicans are building their own legal teams for the election. They say they’re focused on preventing fraud – making sure people don’t vote unless they’re eligible – rather than turning away qualified voters.
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ELIGIBILITY CHALLENGE RETURNS TO HAUNT FLORIDA
'Obama is a direct threat to the safety and security of the United States'
Chairman King Concerned National Security Risked by Leaks to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal12:15 PM, DEC 18, 2012 • BY DANIEL HALPER
"The news that the DoD Inspector General has referred an aspect of its investigation to DoJ for possible criminal prosecution is quite troubling," says King in a statement. "I requested this investigation in August 2011 to ensure that our national security was not placed at risk by the Obama Administration leaking potentially classified information about the bin Laden raid to filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. Our national security and the personal security of Special Operators and the CIA Officers involved was, and remains, my only concern. This reported referral by the DoD Inspector General is an indication that our security and theirs was, indeed, placed at risk by people who wanted to help Hollywood make a movie."
King concludes, "I eagerly await receipt of the reports of the DoD Inspector General, as well as that of the CIA Inspector General."
The original report of the leak by McClatchy states:
Pentagon investigators concluded that a senior Defense Department official who’s been mentioned as a possible candidate to be the next CIA director leaked restricted information to the makers of an acclaimed film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and referred the case to the Justice Department, according to knowledgeable U.S. officials.
The Justice Department received the case involving Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers in September, but so far it’s declined to launch a criminal prosecution, said two senior U.S. officials who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
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The case involved a determination by investigators of the Pentagon’s inspector general’s office that Vickers provided the makers of the film “Zero Dark Thirty” with the restricted name of a U.S. Special Operations Command officer who helped plan the May 2, 2011, raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan, one official said.Chief Brooks @TeaPartyChief_
Yes @CIAPressRelease tell us why #Bhutto said #Osama already dead in 2007 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=127836553960563&set=a.115802458497306.20875.115334838544068&type=3&theater … -- http://bit.ly/mNWwT5 pic.twitter.com/kjWLbJ7m
WATCH LIVE at 1 p.m. ET: #SecDef Panetta speaks at Nat'l Press Club (@PressClubDC) http://ow.ly/gaQ3E
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@RasmussenPoll When liberal constituents pay in more taxes than they take out in programs, I will worry about what they think of#DEFENSE
37% Thinks U.S. Spends Too Much on Defense... http://tinyurl.com/cetd9tj
@RasmussenPoll Same 37%: who are the same 17% who defrauded the election with electoral voter fraud with other 20% all on welfare currently.
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Published: 12/01/2012 at 7:30 PM by BOB UNRUH Email | Archive Subscribe to feed
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“Defendant Barack Hussein Obama is a direct threat to the safety and security of the United States, and its Constitution, which plaintiff must protect and defend by oath,” according to the complaint, which was delivered to Secretary of State Ken Detzner today.
The case earlier this year was dismissed by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, who said Obama’s eligibility could not be challenged at that time because under Florida election law, technically, Obama hadn’t been nominated to the position.
As WND reported, Michael Voeltz, who identifies himself as “a registered member of the Democratic Party, voter and taxpayer in Broward County,” had challenged Obama’s eligibility, arguing that the “natural born citizen” clause was rightly understood in historical context to mean a child not only born in the U.S., but born to two American-citizen parents, so as not to have divided loyalties. Obama, however, readily admits to being born a dual citizen because of his father’s British citizenship.
In his decision then, Lewis noted that the United States Supreme Court has concluded that “every person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, becomes at once a citizen of the United States.”
However, attorney Larry Klayman, who is representing Voeltz, said, “The judge equated being a ‘citizen’ with a ‘natural born citizen’ and cited no authority to conclude the two terms are the same. He quotes other state’s cases, where judges reached that conclusion, but that’s not precedent for him. What other courts said in lower cases means nothing to him.”
Klayman also had been concerned that the judge determined the burden of proof that Obama is ineligible fell on Voeltz – but then refused to authorize discovery in the case which could have confirmed that eligibility status.
“How can you say we have the burden of proof, then not allow discovery?” Klayman asked. “He says we have burden, but doesn’t allow us to meet it.”
And he said Voeltz has standing to bring the case, under Florida law.
Is Obama constitutionally eligible to serve? Here’s WND’s complete archive of news reports on the issue
The original case sought to exclude Obama from the 2012 ballot. Klayman and Voeltz claimed that Obama is not a natural born citizen as required by Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, because he was born a British subject.
The case cited the evidence produced by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s special investigative unit, which has asserted that the birth documentation from Hawaii that Obama claimed was “proof positive” of his Hawaiian birth is not real.
And Florida law provides that anyone qualified to vote in an election may challenge a candidate based on ‘ineligibility of the successful candidate for the nomination or office in dispute.”
Now the new complaint explains the challenge to Obama’s eligibility is “within the proper time frame and venue established by the ‘contest of election’ statutes of Florida.”
“Plaintiff asserts that Defendant Barack Hussein Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States because he was born a British subject of a British subject father, Barack Obama Sr., who was married to the mother of Barack H. Obama at the time…,” it explains.
“Barack Obama Sr., a citizen of the British colony of Kenya, and his children, were subject to the operation of the British Nationality Act of 1948. By the operation of Part 1 Section 1 of that Act, Barack Hussein Obama became a British subject, upon birth to a British subject father. It is not known whether he has lost that birth allegiance to the British crown.”
And, according to the complaint, the natural born citizen clause specifically was inserted to address the possibility of foreign influence at the highest levels of the U.S. government, in the White House.
“Law of Nations defines the term of art ‘natural born citizen’ as one born in the country [to] parents who are that country’s citizens.
“Plaintiff Michael C. Voeltz has standing, as a Florida voter, and taxpayer, to challenge the ‘nomination or election of any person to office’ based on the winning candidates’ eligibility for the office sought. … The state of Florida has chosen, by popular election, the electors for Defendant Barack Hussein Obama to be president … Plaintiff has fulfilled all aspects of the Florida election statutes for this challenge of eligibility, as to timing, venue, and indispensable parties.”
The case notes that the complaint is being filed before the Florida electors meet to cast their vote in the Electoral College, a procedure that affirms the popular vote choice made Nov. 6.
The case asks the Florida Elections Canvassing Commission to decertify the Florida General Election upon a “judicial determination of the ineligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to serve as president … and to certify the electors for Mitt Romney as the winner.”
Klayman has argued that since Obama, by his own admission, was not born to two citizen parents, he is not a “natural born citizen” and, therefore, is ineligible to be a candidate on the state’s election ballot.
Florida’s election statutes provide broad protections for voters to ensure that the integrity of the election system is beyond reproach. One of the laws allows voters to challenge the nomination of a candidate who is not eligible for the office he is seeking.
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FEDS SUED OVER KAGAN'S OBAMACARE ROLE
'Integrity of the court requires a full airing of those facts'Published: 02/26/2012 at 7:08 PM by BOB UNRUH Email | Archive Subscribe to feed
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Elena Kagan served as Barack Obama’s solicitor general during the time that a legal strategy to defend Obamacare was being assembled, and Judicial Watch, which investigates government corruption, now has filed a lawsuit to gain access to records of her role in the Obamacare discussions.
That’s because of the convergence of her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court and that court’s scheduled review of Obamacare in just a few weeks.
Kagan so far has refused to recuse herself from the case, considered one of the biggest cases ever to confront the court since it would impose a social program requiring every person in the country to purchase government-specified health insurance or face the wrath of Washington in the form of fines and penalties.
E-mails that previously were obtained by the organization suggest Kagan and her staff in the White House “may have participated in discussions pertaining to the legal defense of Obamacare,” Judicial Watch said.
“Other records show then-Solicitor General Kagan commenting excitedly on the passage of Obamacare,” Judicial Watch reported.
But the administration has refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests for details regarding just exactly what Kagan did in the development of the Obamacare strategy.
“This is no time for the Obama administration to stonewall and obfuscate,” said Tom Fitton, the chief of Judicial Watch. “We hope the court will force the Obama administration to respond to our request in a manner consistent with federal law.”
He said, “The American people deserve to know how deeply involved Elena Kagan and her top deputies were in shaping the Obama administration’s legal defense of Obamacare. The integrity of the courts requires a full airing of those facts before she participates in ruling on a matter she may have helped prepare for litigation. There is more information at the Justice Department but clearly Eric Holder intends to run out the clock.”
In an earlier FOIA action, Judicial Watch obtained copies of some e-mails that indicated Kagan was cheering the Obamacare developments.
The new legal action, Judicial Watch is seeking “calendars, schedules, phone logs and agenda” for Kagan and several deputies, Neal Katyal, Edwin Kneedler, Malcolm Stewart and Michael Dreeben.
Katyal, Kneedler, Stewart and Dreeben all were deputy solicitors under Kagan.
Judicial Watch said the Obama administration was required by law to respond to the FOIA request by January 25, 2012. But neither have any records been released nor has any explanation been given about why records should be withheld.
“Justice Kagan has said that she was not ‘substantially’ involved in the DOJ discussions regarding Obamacare’s constitutional or litigation issues. The White House, despite repeated inquiries, has refused to confirm to Judicial Watch that Justice Kagan was ‘walled off’ from Obamacare defense discussions while at the DOJ,” Judicial Watch said.
Separately, Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch who now directs Freedom Watch USA, has challenged the Supreme Court to have Kagan removed from the deliberations over Obamacare.
In a motion to the court, Klayman explained the issue of judicial integrity is even more important that the substance of the Obamacare dispute itself.
“The ‘greater’ issue is the integrity of the Supreme Court itself and whether or not it will adhere to and respect centuries old rules of judicial ethics, which require a judge to recuse herself when she has a conflict of interest and when to continue on the case would create even the appearance of partiality,” Klayman said in the motion.
He wrote that in addition to Kagan’s “conflict of interest” because of her work in the White House, apparently including on behalf of Obamacare, she also reportedly advocated for Obamacare in another case.
“This act constitutes not only a conflict of interest, but creates more than the appearance of partiality, for which she must recuse herself or be disqualified by the court,” he wrote.
“If the Supreme Court does not adhere to accepted rules of judicial ethics in this case, and others, it will lose credibility as the ‘People’s Supreme Court,’ and indeed its ultimate decision herein will be forever held illegitimate and tainted by judicial misconduct. This is why the issue of Justice Kagan’s recusal or disqualification is even more important than the underlying issues of this Obamacare case itself. It will have a lasting effect on the integrity of the Supreme Court and how Americans view their court,” he said.
Klayman earlier cited statements in e-mails that reveal “Kagan’s personal bias in favor of the act.”
Among the evidence cited is an e-mail from March 21, 2010, when Kagan, “then senior counselor for access to Justice Laurence Tribe, wrote, ‘I hear they have votes Larry!! Simply amazing . . . ‘ Tribe then responded, ‘So healthcare is basically done! Remarkable.’”
Additionally, on March 16, 2010, there was an e-mail from Kagan to David Barron, asking if he had seen a Wall Street Journal article on the issue.
And Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal told Kagan in a 2009 email, “We just got [Olympia] Snowe on health care.”
Klayman wrote, “Without a neutral, unbiased Supreme Court, there simply is no rule of law and any decision concerning the act will be seen as illegitimate.”
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THE MYTH OF THE “FISCAL CLIFF” -- ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION MODEL, THE INTEREST TO BORROW TO OPERATE THE GOVERNMENT EVERY SIX MONTHS IS $500-$600 BILLION DOLLARS... THAT IS JUST THE INTEREST!
OUR ANNUAL BUDGET TREND HAS BEEN $2.5 TRILLION,
2012 TEA PARTY BUDGET $2.5 TRILLION ANNUAL REVENUE http://lnk.ms/Wb6nV
2013 TEA PARTY BALANCED BUDGET $3.5 TRILLION ANNUAL REVENUE http://lnk.ms/cj8nx
WITH THE EXPIRATION OF THE BUSH TAX CUTS, OUR ANNUAL REVENUE TREND WOULD BE $1 TRILLION MORE PER YEAR; HOWEVER, THIS IS WHY THE FISCAL CLIFF IS A MYTH: THE INTEREST EATS THE ANNUAL TAX INCREASE ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION MODEL.... ESSENTIALLY, BECAUSE OF LAST YEAR’S 2 CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS AND FAILURE TO MAKE CUTS, WE CAN NOT SUSTAIN THE 2013 LEVEL OF SPENDING THAT WE ALL WANTED TO DO.
WE HAVE ALREADY GONE OVER THE CLIFF, AND THE TAX INCREASE IS GONE, BEING EATEN UP BY INTEREST!!!
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE FIX THE HOUSING MARKET, RESTRAIN ENTITLEMENTS AND GET OFF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION BUDGET MODEL.
BASICALLY, WE WILL HAVE THE SAME SPENDING LEVELS AS LAST YEAR, A HOUSING STIMULUS, AND THE INTEREST PAYMENT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN ANOTHER 6 MONTHS COME MARCH.
AFTER BORROWING THIS $1.6 TRILLION, WHICH WE CAN OFFSET THROUGH THE BUDGET OVER 10 YEARS TO PAY IT OFF THROUGH CAPPING PROGRAM SPENDING, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET OFF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION MODEL THIS SUMMER OR BY NEXT YEAR, PROVIDED CONGRESS GETS SERIOUS ABOUT JOB CREATION.
WHEN IT COMES TO REDUCING THE DEFICIT, JOB CREATION IS LIFE OR DEATH, BECAUSE THE DEFICIT REPRESENTS THE RATE OF INFLATION ON THE DOLLAR VERSUS TREASURY DEBT.Allison Brooks @madhatternews
#1986TaxReform law repassage @SpeakerBoehner @BarackObamato avoid wealthy crushing #MiddleClass w/ THEIR tax burdens/inflation from deficit
Let's do $1.6 trillion increase in exchange for $160 billion annual program cuts @SpeakerBoehner @BarackObama and reinstate#EstateTax
@SpeakerBoehner #EstateTax is a viable option that works as a wider umbrella @BarackObama that covers annual statement of worth/investments
@TIME @TIMEBusiness #EstateTax is one option: that is why I don't really support discrimination claim of #GayCouple not being taxed like men
@SpeakerBoehner We can get revenue elsewhere without raising taxes on the #MiddleClass and without passing #BushTaxCuts that created this
@SpeakerBoehner We must require 1) a RECOUNT as verified by#SSNumber 2) impeach Obama in the Senate 3) let #BushTaxCutsexpire/make cuts
Where are the president’s spending cuts? http://j.mp/S5kx5w Longer Pres Obama slow walks solution, closer economy gets to #fiscalcliff
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REVISED 2013 BUDGET - DEALING WITH LAST YEAR'S $1.1 TRILLION INTEREST EATING THE INCREASE EXPECTED FROM THE EXPIRATION OF THE BUSH TAX CUTS: http://lnk.ms/dXmjn THE TEA PARTY PROPOSITION TO AVOID THE FISCAL CLIFF 1/1/13: http://lnk.ms/df39B
'Chained CPI' May Be Key In Avoiding Fiscal CliffThe Huffington Post | By Joe Van Brussel Posted: 11/09/2012 7:06 pm EST
As people in Washington resume their pursuit of freaking out the populace with threats to plunge over the "fiscal cliff" -– the package of spending cuts and tax increases that takes effect in January if the White House and Congress can't work out something more palatable -– the key to a deal may lie in an arcane thing known as chained CPI.
CPI stands for consumer price index -- an inflation benchmark used for cost-of-living adjustments in many government programs, including Social Security and Medicare. Chained CPI is a slightly different way to calculate inflation. If the government used chained CPI as the inflation benchmark, it would reduce what the government spends on enormous programs like Medicare and Social Security, while boosting tax revenues that land in federal coffers.
Former White House chief of staff William Daley said he thinks a preliminary agreement to use chained CPI could be a starting point in negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, according to Bloomberg. Daley was involved in the 2011 negotiations between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner and said chained CPI was an element both sides okayed.
“It’s logical that that’s where you’d go back to, the points where there was either agreement or close to an agreement and try to begin there,” Daley said.
But using chained CPI is also certain to agitate politicians from both parties and their constituents, given that reducing government outlays for Social Security and Medicare is another way of cutting benefits to retirees. Boosting government revenues sounds to some ears like jacking up taxes.
Nonetheless, whatever unfolds -- a slide over the cliff and perhaps into another recession, or a deal -– is likely to involve chained CPI.
Chained CPI was suggested as part of a plan to trim the deficit in 2011 by the group of senators known as the "Gang of Six." It stirred a fair amount of controversy before the talks broke down.
The standard CPI tracks inflation by monitoring the prices of specific consumer goods and services. The inflation rate determined by the CPI is then used to calculate the increase in government benefits, including Social Security and veterans' disability payments.
But standard CPI fails to account for changes in consumer behavior triggered by fluctuations in prices. Chained CPI was conceived of by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a way to adjust for this.
In an interview on NPR, Robert Greenstein, from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, explained it this way: "If, for example, beef prices rise much faster than chicken prices, and consumers, as a result, buy less beef and more chicken, [chained CPI] picks up the switching from the beef to the chicken."
A sharp rise in beef prices boosts the standard CPI. But the price jump is softened in chained CPI by the reality that consumers do something different and wind up spending less.
Since chained CPI indicates a slower rise of inflation than standard CPI, benefits like Social Security would rise slower. Chained CPI generally shows an inflation rate 0.25 percent less than standard CPI, according to the Congressional Budget Office. So if standard CPI shows inflation at 3 percent, then payments would increase by 3 percent each year -- from $10,000 to $10,300 for example. Using chained CPI, those same payments would rise to only $10,275.
On the revenue side, taxes would increase under a chained CPI system, since tax brackets and other parameters of the federal tax code are adjusted for inflation as well.
According to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, Social Security payments would be $108 billion less over 10 years with chained CPI. If the new index was applied to the tax code, budget deficits would be reduced by about $90 billion after accounting for changes in both revenues and expenses.
Analysts agree that chained CPI is a more accurate measurement of inflation, Greenstein said.
But academic-style accuracy is often not the decisive factor in the messy process of governing –- a sport in which perceptions often matter more. That means chained CPI may not be the thing that prevents passage over the cliff.
Government Sponsored Luxury: Is this a good use of taxpayer $$$?
SPEAKING OF WASTE, THERE IS CONCERN LOCAL COUNTY ELECTIONS WERE DEFRAUDED THE SAME WAY OBAMA DEFRAUDED THE ELECTION, BUT IN CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.... CORRUPTION COSTING NOT ONLY MILLIONS, UPON BILLIONS, BUT THOUSANDS OF LIVES LOST
TO GUN-RUNNING SCHEMES AND MONEY LAUNDERING...
OBAMA’S GUN RUNNING SCHEME HAS COME BACK TO HAUNT HIM IN LIBYA AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN EGYPT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fz0L4k7TRU&feature=youtu.be
F-16’S, TANKS, AND AMMUNITION TO PEOPLE WHOSE CREDO IS “ISLAM IS THE SOLUTION” WHO INTEND ON TAKING OVER THROUGH GOVERNMENT … THE SAME CRITICISM MICHELE BACHMANN LEVELED AGAINST HUMA ABEDIN’S FAMILY, BUT WAS TOLD TO BE QUIET??
Muslim BrotherhoodFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Society of the Muslim Brothers (Arabic: جماعة الإخوان المسلمون, often simply: الإخوان المسلمون, the Muslim Brotherhood, transliterated: al-ʾiḫwān al-muslimūn) is the Arab world's most influential and one of the largest Islamic movements, and is the largest political opposition organization in many Arab states. Founded in Egypt in 1936 as a Pan-Islamic, religious, political, and social movement by the Islamic scholar and schoolteacherHassan al-Banna, by the end of World War II the MB had an estimated two million members. Its ideas had gained supporters throughout the Arab world and influenced other Islamist groups with its "model of political activism combined with Islamic charity work". The Brotherhood's credo was and is, "Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations." Its most famous slogan, used worldwide, is "Islam is the solution."
The Brotherhood's stated goal is to instill the Qur'an and Sunnah as the "sole reference point for ...ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community ... and state." The movement officially opposes violent means to achieve its goals, although it at one time encompassed a paramilitary wing and its members were involved in assassinations of political opponents; notably Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud an-Nukrashi Pasha.
The Muslim Brotherhood started as a religious social organization; preaching Islam, teaching the illiterate, setting up hospitals and even launching commercial enterprises. As it continued to rise in influence, starting in 1936, it began to oppose British rule in Egypt. Many Egyptian nationalists accuse the MB of violent killings during this period. After the Arab defeat in the First Arab-Israeli war, the Egyptian governmentdissolved the organisation and arrested its members. It supported the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, but after an attempted assassination of Egypt's president it was once again banned and repressed. The MB has been suppressed in other countries as well, most notably in Syria in 1982 during the Hama massacre.
The MB is financed by contributions from its members, who are required to allocate a portion of their income to the movement. Some of these contributions are from members who work in Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich countries.
Obama Administration Oversaw Arms Shipments to Al Qaeda in Libya
The real story, or the heavily sanitized version of the real story, is slowly dribbling out of the mainstream media. And there are a few things to keep in mind while reading through this New York Times piece.
1. Qatar has ties to Al Qaeda, runs Al Jazeera and was responsible for much of the Arab Spring.
2. The Qatari goal was to build up a network of Islamist states.
3. Qatar has a major financial presence in Europe and is turning into the a new and even more dangerous Saudi Arabia.
This situation is slowly leaking into the mainstream media, either because Obama Inc. is breaking with Qatar or looking to shift responsibility for actions that they knew Qatar was undertaking.
The United States, which had only small numbers of C.I.A. officers on the ground in Libya during the tumult of the rebellion, provided little oversight of the arms shipments. Within weeks of endorsing Qatar’s plan to send weapons there in spring 2011, the White House began receiving reports that they were going to Islamic militant groups. They were “more antidemocratic, more hard-line, closer to an extreme version of Islam” than the main rebel alliance in Libya, said a former Defense Department official.
And again, we are not talking about the Muslim Brotherhood here. According to DC, the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate. We are talking Al Qaeda militias, officially linked or not officially linked.
He said that Qatar would not have gone through with the arms shipments if the United States had resisted them, but other current and former administration officials said Washington had little leverage at times over Qatari officials. “They march to their own drummer,” said a former senior State Department official. The White House and State Department declined to comment.
The technical term for this is plausible deniability. The State Department at this point had every reason to know what Qatar would do. The terrorist ties there were well documented.
The administration has never determined where all of the weapons, paid for by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, went inside Libya, officials said. Qatar is believed to have shipped by air and sea small arms, including machine guns, automatic rifles, and ammunition, for which it has demanded reimbursement from Libya’s new government. Some of the arms since have been moved from Libya to militants with ties to Al Qaeda in Mali, where radical jihadi factions have imposed Shariah law in the northern part of the country, the former Defense Department official said. Others have gone to Syria, according to several American and foreign officials and arms traders.
How do you say Chutzpah in Arabic again?
So we’ve got Obama giving his blessing to Qatari arms shipments to Libya, which not only go to Islamist militias in Libya, but which are then used by Islamist militias in Syria and Mali. This makes Arms for Hostages look petty.
And the cover up had begun very early. This wasn’t clean at all.
American officials say that the United Arab Emirates first approached the Obama administration during the early months of the Libyan uprising, asking for permission to ship American-built weapons that the United States had supplied for the emirates’ use. The administration rejected that request, but instead urged the emirates to ship weapons to Libya that could not be traced to the United States.
“The U.A.E. was asking for clearance to send U.S. weapons,” said one former official. “We told them it’s O.K. to ship other weapons.”
If Obama had wanted to back the rebels, why not authorize the shipment of US manufactured weapons? The only reason to need plausible deniability, and this goes beyond mere plausible deniability, is that US officials expected that the chances were good that these weapons would be used to carry out attacks against Americans or against American allies.
The American support for the arms shipments from Qatar and the emirates could not be completely hidden. NATO air and sea forces around Libya had to be alerted not to interdict the cargo planes and freighters transporting the arms into Libya from Qatar and the emirates, American officials said.
So we’ve got American forces opening the way for arms being shipped to Al Qaeda. People will suggest this could have changed the election, but for that we would have needed a candidate who could have made use of it as a talking point. And we, in any case, basically knew this all along.
“Nobody knew exactly who they were,” said the former defense official. The Qataris, the official added, are “supposedly good allies, but the Islamists they support are not in our interest.”
When your “good allies” are also good allies with terrorist groups at war with America, it might be time to decide who they really are good allies with.
Now here is where it gets interesting for those people who have speculated that Stevens was involved in arms transfers.
During the frantic early months of the Libyan rebellion, various players motivated by politics or profit — including an American arms dealer who proposed weapons transfers in an e-mail exchange with a United States emissary later killed in Benghazi — sought to aid those trying to oust Colonel Qaddafi.
The case of Marc Turi, the American arms merchant who had sought to provide weapons to Libya, demonstrates other challenges the United States faced in dealing with Libya. A dealer who lives in both Arizona and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Turi sells small arms to buyers in the Middle East and Africa, relying primarily on suppliers of Russian-designed weapons in Eastern Europe.
In March 2011, just as the Libyan civil war was intensifying, Mr. Turi realized that Libya could be a lucrative new market, and applied to the State Department for a license to provide weapons to the rebels there, according to e-mails and other documents he has provided.
He also e-mailed with J. Christopher Stevens, then the special representative to the Libyan rebel alliance. The diplomat said he would “share” Mr. Turi’s proposal with colleagues in Washington, according to e-mails provided by Mr. Turi. Mr. Stevens, who became the United States ambassador to Libya, was one of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11.
Mr. Turi’s application for a license was rejected in late March 2011. Undeterred, he applied again, this time stating only that he planned to ship arms worth more than $200 million to Qatar. In May 2011, his application was approved. Mr. Turi, in an interview, said that his intent was to get weapons to Qatar and that what “the U.S. government and Qatar allowed from there was between them. “
Two months later, though, his home near Phoenix was raided by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Administration officials say he remains under investigation in connection with his arms dealings. The Justice Department would not comment.
Mr. Turi said he believed that United States officials had shut down his proposed arms pipeline because he was getting in the way of the Obama administration’s dealings with Qatar. The Qataris, he complained, imposed no controls on who got the weapons. “They just handed them out like candy,” he said.
The relevance of this story to matters at hand is shaky. So why include it and make it so large a part of the article? That’s an interesting question. And a trail worth following.
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THIS ARIZONA CONNECTION AS AN ILLICIT ARMS HUB IS FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS STATE, ARIZONA, WHERE SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A MASS SHOOTING INVOLVING JARED LOUGHNER, (ANOTHER COLLEGE-EDUCATED MALE, ALL 3 WERE COLLEGE-EDUCATED YOUNG MEN).
OBAMA’S GUN RUNNING SCHEME HAS COME BACK TO HAUNT HIM IN MEXICO:
CBS News: ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Found At Site Where Mexican Beauty Queen Killed
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A Mexican police officer works next to a pickup with the body of a policewoman, in the Mozimba neigborhood of Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on Aug. 17, 2012. (credit: Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A gun found at the scene of a shootout between a Mexican drug cartel and soldiers where a beauty queen died was part of the botched “Fast and Furious” operation, CBS News reports.
Authorities had said that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was likely used as a human shield and that an automatic rifle had been found near her body after the Nov. 23 shootout.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tells CBS News that the Justice Department did not notify Congress that a Fast and Furious firearm was found at the scene in Sinaloa.
CBS News learned the Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle found near her body was purchased by Uriel Patino at an Arizona gun shop in 2010. Patino is a suspect who allegedly purchased 700 guns while under the ATF’s watch.
The “Fast and Furious” operation was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins, but agents lost track of about 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons involved.
Authorities say the ring was believed to have supplied the Sinaloa cartel with guns. Mexico’s drug cartels often seek out guns in the U.S. because gun laws in Mexico are more restrictive than in the U.S.
Some guns purchased by the ring were later found at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States.
The operation came to light after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010 by marijuana smugglers who used guns from the “Fast and Furious” operation.
Federal authorities who conducted the operations have faced tough criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers for a smuggling ring to walk away from gun shops in Arizona with weapons, rather than arrest them and seize the guns.
Several Republicans have called for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder due to the botched operation.
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Notice this wasn't open to the public, so he could be spit on in person! It's really pathetic we don't have law that prevents someone taking office who is a criminal -- this is a day of infamy for Clayton County and the state of Georgia !!!
Our country and our judicial system of laws have degenerated to a point of lawlessness, under Obama and this chump --- Victor Hill should've already had a trial, last month before being sworn in with an active criminal investigation against him, for this criminal activity witnessed that he took part in while he was Sheriff previously http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151247823473670&set=a.79091778669.74391.773523669&type=3&theater
Victor Hill, who still faces 32 criminal charges, has been sworn in as Clayton County's sheriff. The probate judge confirmed to Channel 2's Mark Winne she swore Hill in as required by law. http://bit.ly/W94e5k
Watch Channel 2 Action News beginning at 4 p.m. for updates.
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By Craig Andresen on December 18, 2012 at 6:20 am
That’s because there is NO SUCH THING as a NATIONAL DISCUSSION.
But that is exactly what the socialists say they want…A national discussion regarding the 2nd Amendment and gun control.
“I think when we talk about the assault weapons ban that was in place in the U.S., to have allowed that to have gone away …These are assault weapons. You don’t hunt deer with these things.”
Those were the words, spoken yesterday by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.
His words are being echoed far and wide by socialists elected or not, on social media, news reports and by dictator loving socialist pundits.
You can NOT alter the meaning of the Constitution.
The 2nd Amendment was NOT meant to preserve an individual’s right to go hunting regardless of what you WANT everyone to believe and no matter HOW many times you repeat the lie.
Were that the case, our original Patriots would have been allowed bows and arrows…
The 2nd amendment was designed for citizens to protect themselves, their lives, their property and their loved ones against intruders…Whether they be those looking for a quick score or…Those looking for something even more dire.
The 2nd Amendment was designed to allow United States citizens to…SHOOT AT THE GOVERNMENT if the government tried to force upon them, the government’s will without representation.
Back then, the firearms held by the people were essentially the same as those held by the military aside from larger artillery such as cannons.
So you see, even then, there was an offset in firepower.
So…socialists…Don’t even start with the whole inane nuclear bomb line of crap.
Citizens now have access to roughly the same small light arms as does the current military.
Because if our government goes rogue, let’s say under the direction of a self-imposed Emperor We the People would have some ability to fight back.
Socialists, trying to convince us that “we don’t need an AR-15 for hunting deer” are simply and plainly feeding the populous a line of crap.
What they want to do is FURTHER shift the balance of power and might toward the GOVERNMENT and away from the PEOPLE because disarmed citizens are so much easier to control.
If the assault weapons ban, written by an armed Chuck Schumer, is put back in place…ask yourselves…What’s next?
Limits on ammunition.
The number of clips any individual can own.
The caliber of a weapon one can own.
Where your weapon can be stored.
How far from the weapon your ammo must be stored.
As you read this list…Keep in mind the exact reason for the existence of the 2nd Amendment…So that We the People can defend ourselves against a tyrannical government.Eventually, little by little, one new “gun control” law at a time, your right to own ANY sort of firearm will be gone. GONE!!!
Why did I place quotation marks around gun control?
Because socialists don’t want to control guns…They want to control…YOU!!!
Now then…Why NOW? Why do those socialists ramp up such “gun control” talk every time there is a tragedy?
You’re vulnerable. You’re emotional. You’re looking for answers.
THEY are PLAYING on national vulnerability and emotional distress.
“Never let a crisis go to waste.”
Here is how they, the socialists, go about it.
THEY say that WE (see how they include YOU by saying, “WE???”) WE need to have a NATIONAL (making it big…All inclusive) DISCUSSION.
Discussion sounds so much better that saying…WE THE GOVERNMENT ARE GOING TO REMOVE YOUR RIGHTS WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM YOU!!!
But that is exactly what they mean.
Now they, the socialists, say they want “mental health” to be a part of the “national discussion.”
Once again, preying on the shock, outrage and fear regarding a tragedy.
We all know that anybody who would perpetrate such crimes as Virginia Tech, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson or Columbine aren’t all there. We know that.
NOW…Socialists are bringing the idea that’s it may well be too difficult to get somebody a check-up from the neck up as the system now stands.
Hmmm…One wonders why?
There are always red flags when these tragedies happen and those red flags are always ignored. So…What’s the answer???
Maybe we should, as citizens…have an easy path to getting someone…”evaluated.”
First, it’s the strange kid down the street who never talks to anybody but himself and dresses like a ninja all the time. He’s dropped out of school and society. He’s not right. He needs to be “evaluated.”
But…just like “gun control” what’s next?
When the GOVERNMENT wants a hand in making “mental evaluations” easier to ORDER…There’s a fine line between that and the GOVERNMENT stepping INTO the MENTAL EVALUATION field themselves.
Trust me, once this starts there will be no stopping it.
It won’t be long before you go from a Patriot committed to the constitution to a PATIENT who has been COMMITTED.
Anybody who doesn’t agree with the GOVERNMENT’S agenda will be deemed…a mental risk and “held” for evaluation.Ridiculous? Conspiracy theory? Think again…
We already have an Emperor who has a website where citizens can report anti Obama blogs, signs, billboards, newscasts and the like.
We already have drones spying on “cow poop” for the “sake of ecology.”
We already have “government officials” reading private citizens emails and listening in on phone conversations to “look for terrorists.”
We already have cell phone companies tracking people and soon, they will have devices IN those phones to “ promote targeted advertising” based on your minute by minute activities because they’re “trying to market to your shopping needs.”
Smart phones indeed.
“Progressive” Insurance offers a tracking device to monitor your driving habits and the government is now talking about “Black boxes” for your car to “lower your insurance premiums.”
We already have a “government” agenda to create an entitlement society right??? Get people HOOKED on government assistance and THEN…How much easier is it to CONTROL that society???
We already have a GOVERNMENT who just gave 20 F-16’s to THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD…AFTER THEIR “PRESIDENT” GAVE HIMSELF DICTATORIAL POWERS AND NOW…”GOVERNMENT” SOCIALISTS WANT TO EXERT…”GUN CONTROL” AND STICK THEIR NOSES INTO THE REALM OF…MENTAL HEALTH!!!
Let me ask you a couple of questions…
How’s your Freedom OF religion treatin’ ya these days?
You can’t put a manger scene in a park, can’t pray at a school, can’t mention God at a graduation ceremony, can’t have cheerleaders hold up a sign with a bible verse on it and a high school football player can’t point to the sky after scoring a touchdown to honor a lost friend.
Try having a prayer at a city council meeting. Socialists want “Under God” stricken from the Pledge and a guy in Phoenix went to JAIL for holding PRAYER meetings in his home this year.
How’s your Freedom of Speech doin’???
Have you tried protesting Obama within ear shot of the secret service lately?
Have you tried making a movie critical of that rat bastard Muhammad lately???
Just a few days ago…Uber socialist activist Harry Belafonte said…
“That there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people, who’re still trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama, and I don’t know what more they want… The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and put all these people in jail. They’re violating the American desire!”
Well…CALL ME CRAZY AND HAVE ME “HELD FOR EVALUATION” but…
Isn’t it odd that socialists didn’t want to hold a “national discussion” to determine what Obama meant when he said HE wanted to…”FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM AMERICA???
I don’t need a DRONE to tell ME where the BULLCRAP is hiding.
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SO IT’S NOT HARD TO SEE THAT A MASS SHOOTING IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT AND A MASS STABBING IN CHINA OCCURRED ON THE SAME DAY AS THE BRIAN TERRY MEMORIAL DAY (12-14-10) WHEN THERE IS NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW ANYMORE...
Aja Brooks shared a link.WE LOOK FORWARD TO BEING THERE TO SEE IT
Sheriff-elect Victor Hill files appeal to speed up trial date
Attorneys for Clayton County Sheriff-elect Victor Hill said Wednesday they have filed an appeal in hopes of bringing his racketeering and theft case to trial faster.
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Aja Brooks For those asking, Victor Hill's trial is still scheduled to proceed, the problem is, he was sworn in but his certification was already revoked... people have no respect for the law and badge because of Victor Hill's corruption and false-sense of swearing-in, and just since this happened: a cop was run over in Clayton County last Friday, over the weekend Fayetteville Walmart was robbed, pistols pointed in their faces, and yesterday Officer Callahan was shot in the head twice by a man involved in a domestic dispute -- he is fighting for is life, and just got out of surgery at 930pm yesterday evening.
We are at a point of lawlessness by a judiciary that doesn't uphold its own laws: indicted last year, Hill's trial should've already been held long before his participation in the Primary, and they pushed the date back after the election. People this should not be!
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THE ROOTS OF FAST AND FURIOUS GUN RUNNING SCHEMES RUN DEEP TO CLAYTON COUNTY:
SO AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS NOT THE GUNS THAT ARE THE PROBLEM, BUT THE ABUSE OF POWER AND FAILURE TO OBEY THE LAW ON GUNS THAT IS THE PROBLEM !!
MAY IT ALSO BE NOTED THIS INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF VICTOR HILL’S CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES REDUCED THE USE OF METH 40% SINCE EXPOSING HIM, AND NATIONALLY, METH USE HAS DROPPED FROM 2.5 MILLION CURRENT METH USERS TO JUST 400,000 OVER THE PAST 6 YEARS SINCE VICTOR HILL WAS EXPOSED PUBLICLY... ENDING THE LIFETIME USER MARGIN OF METH THAT WAS OVER 11 MILLION IN 2006.
BASICALLY, VICTOR HILL USED CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS AS LONG AS THEY PAID HIM TRIBUTE FROM DRUG PROFITS OR GAVE HIM INFORMATION, KEEPING THEM ON A SHORT LEASH THROUGH NAMES TURNED OVER TO LAWYERS TO BROKER TIME OFF THEIR SENTENCES,
1 NAME PER YEAR TO SHED A YEAR OFF THEIR CHARGES TO AVOID TRIAL. IT WORKED WELL FOR HILL UNTIL HE WAS THREATENED BY A CARTEL FOR BEING CORRUPT: WHEN HE WAS THREATENED, HE TURNED OVER A TRUNK LOAD OF GUNS TO SILENCE THEIR COMPLAINTS OVER A BULK SEIZURE OF METH THAT HILL INTENDED TO PROFIT OFF OF BY PUTTING IT BACK ONTO THE STREET THROUGH HIS INFORMANTS. HILL TRADED A TRUNK LOAD OF UNDOCUMENTED WEAPONS TO SILENCE THE CARTEL.
HILL WAS WITNESSED WITH THESE WEAPONS IN THE TRUNK OF A VEHICLE OFF OF HALE RD. IN FOREST PARK, GA.
UPDATED: Faces of Meth – Before and AfterPosted on: 8:04 am, February 3, 2012, by Scott Gustin, updated on: 10:20am, December 18, 2012
Image Credit: Rehabs.com
Addiction touches nearly every family, ravaging physical and mental health, relationships, and even personal finances.
This photo gallery is a sobering depiction of individuals who have fallen victim to the temptation of Methamphetamine.
According to rehabs.com, in 2010, there were approximately 3,952 amphetamine related arrests in the United States, the last year this data was recorded. There are currently 439,000 current users of Meth in the US.
You can learn more about the horrors of meth using this before and after infographic from rehabs.com.
FORECLOSED HOMES TIED TO ABUSE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, METH LABS, MONEY TREE LENDING SCANDAL MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME AND LIBOR BANKING SCANDAL... IN OTHER WORDS...
FROM INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY A WITNESS WHO WITNESSED VICTOR HILL WITH A TRUNK LOAD OF GUNS NOT LOGGED AS EVIDENCE, WHO IS PRIVY TO VICTOR HILL’S CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES, IT IS BELIEVED HIS ASSOCIATES WORKED FOR MONEY TREE LENDING...
Libor scandal grows as the fathers of two mass murderers were to testify
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AdvertisementIn the wake of the mass murders that took place in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, information on the shooter, and his family, is slowly being discovered by law enforcement other sources. One interesting connection to the tragedy that took place at the Sandy Hook school is that the father of Adam Lanza has a connection to the theater shootings that took place in Aurora earlier this year by James Holmes.
Both fathers of the shooters were allegedly expected to testify in the Libor scandal that rocked the banking world in June.
The father of Newtown Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is Peter Lanza who is a VP and Tax Director at GE Financial. The father of Aurora Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is Robert Holmes, the lead scientist for the credit score company FICO. Both men were to testify before the US Sentate in the ongoing LIBOR scandal. The London Interbank Offered Rate, known as Libor, is the average interest rate at which banks can borrow from each other. 16 international banks have been implicated in this ongoing scandal, accused of rigging contracts worth trillions of dollars. HSBC has already been fined $1.9 billion and three of their low level traders arrested.Libor scandal grows as the fathers of two mass murderers were to testify
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a motive and a link. This coincidence is impossible to overlook. Two mass shootings connected to LIBOR. -Fabain4Liberty via Before it's NewsLibor is the internal banking interest rate that major financial institutions determine each day for lending purposes between each facility. This rate is then translated to the interest rates used for mortgages, student loans, credit cards, and nearly every interest bearing loan in the world. Manipulation of the Libor rate has resulted in hundreds of billions, if not trillions of dollars in fraudulent payments made by billions of customers throughout the financial world.
For similar events on the magnitude of both Aurora and Newtown to hold a connection to one of the greatest financial scandals in the history of finance is astronomically slim in regards to coincidence. In fact, neither shooter had a history with firearm proficiency, and the outcome of each shooting showed an expertise many trained military personnel could not achieve. This leaves the question of where they got their training, or if there was another plot involved which allowed these young men to perform the actions they did with such precision.
While the coming days will bring forth more pertinent information on the motives, access, and failures of both community and family to diagnose the events leading up to Adam Lanza's killing spree, one thing is becoming disturbingly clear. The connections between the Aurora massacre, and the one that took place in Newtown on Friday, may have far more ramifications to the people involved in the Libor scandal than anyone could imagine.
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HSBC money laundering connections to Household Finance Corporation due to referrals from the Money Tree Lending Scandal:
Either Victor Hill has connections to people that work in these offices, or these mortgages are held by confidential informants or their 'customers' :
According to a confidential informant of Victor Hill, the HSBC money laundering connections to Household Finance Corporation may be due to referrals from the Money Tree Lending Scandal, and how Victor Hill was supporting and subsidizing his racketeering and charted criminal activity through use of unethical confidential informants, as outlined below:
Posted: 8:16 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Atlanta-area counties sue bank for predatory lending
Channel 2 Action News has learned three metro Atlanta area counties are taking on a major bank, saying predatory lending has hurt neighborhoods and cost tax revenue.
Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties filed a lawsuit Thursday against HSBC, saying damages are in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Defaulted loans often lead to empty homes, with plummeting values for surrounding residents.By Jodie Fleischer
Channel 2 Action News has learned three metro Atlanta area counties are taking on a major bank, saying predatory lending has hurt neighborhoods and cost tax revenue.
Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties filed a lawsuit Thursday against HSBC, saying damages are in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
"It is the first instance in Georgia of the local governments, on behalf of the people, saying, 'We are all victims of the mortgage foreclosure crisis,'" said Emory professor Frank Alexander, who specializes in real estate finance.
Thousands of boarded up homes with overgrown lawns are signs of the mortgage meltdown still hammering metro Atlanta neighborhoods.
The lawsuit alleges predatory and discriminatory mortgage lending by HSBC encouraged foreclosures, which lower values for all homeowners.
The suit, filed in federal court, makes claims under the Fair Housing Act.
"The lawsuit alleges that [HSBC] made loans that were racially discriminatory; that the terms of the loans they made to minorities or persons of color were different than loans they were making to other people," Alexander said.
Records show HSBC owns more than 160 properties within the three counties but has taken over roughly 3,500 since 2006.
The company's foreclosure totals are likely much higher, since most banks only keep a portion of the properties on which they foreclose.
HSBC also acquired a company, called Household Finance Corporation, known for questionable lending practices in Atlanta.
"Household Finance was known to be originating a lot of mortgages which everyone would classify as a predatory loan with very low likelihood that it would live as a mortgage more than a few months or years before it goes into default," said Alexander, who believes this lawsuit could lead to others if evidence released in the case offers new details about bad loans.
"If this litigation continues and the information becomes disclosed at a public trial, all borrowers that had Household Finance loans in metro Atlanta should be watching that data with a great deal of interest," said Alexander.
Defaulted loans often lead to empty homes, with plummeting values for surrounding residents, like Nathaniel Davis.
"These are some nice houses, and some of them are going down. Folks have trashed them out," said Davis of his southwest Atlanta neighborhood.
"I think they need to come out here and clean it up," added Davis. "If they're going to take somebody's house from them, I think they need to at least put some kind of work into it."
Alexander said lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act are usually filed by the individuals who were wronged, not county governments.
He said the plaintiffs will have to overcome that hurdle.
"They [HSBC] will challenge each and every aspect of this complaint," said Alexander. "But what it will do is allow the plaintiffs and defendants to wrestle with the underlying question of, 'Did you do something that ultimately has hurt all of us?'"
A spokesperson for HSBC did not return Channel 2 Action News' calls.
HSBC GOAL: END MONEY-LAUNDERING SUIT ... WITH MONEY
Whistleblower: Pay off feds with $1 billion fine, walk free, keep ill-gotten gainsPublished: 08/29/2012 at 8:59 PMby JEROME R. CORSI Email | Archive
Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is a WND senior staff reporter. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers "The Obama Nation" and "Unfit for Command." Corsi's latest book is "Where's the REAL Birth Certificate?"More ↓ Subscribe to author feed
A whistleblower who divulged to WND an international money-laundering scheme by HSBC that now is under federal investigation says he is not impressed with the banking giant’s attempt to resolve the scandal.
John Cruz, a former HSBC vice president and relationship manager in New York, told WND the bank’s strategy is to avoid criminal prosecution by paying the federal government up to $1 billion in fines.
“HSBC is trying to put an end to the investigation of money laundering, but, according to my attorney, the voice recordings I made of bank officials and the documents I brought out of the bank are very damaging to the bank,” Cruz told WND.If the bank gets its way, Cruz said, HSBC employees, including senior management, might walk free and avoid surrendering any financial gains from their activities.
HSBC has apologized for a “shameful” systems breakdown from 2004 to 2010 and is prepared to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines in a scandal that was exposed in a series of investigative WND reports that began in February. Cruz turned over 1,000 pages of evidence to WND he pulled from a bank computer system before he was fired. He was terminated in 2010, after two years at HSBC, for “poor performance.” But he contends he was let go because senior management didn’t want to him to pursue his personal investigation.
Cruz previously told WND he met with special agents with the IRS criminal division in April and handed over a computer disc with copies of his internal documents. The agents, according to Cruz, were overwhelmed with the volume and detail of the information, calling it “mind-boggling.”
As WND reported, law enforcement authorities sat on Cruz’s allegations until the story was exposed by WND.
A Senate report released last month presents evidence HSBC abetted massive money laundering by Iran, terrorist organizations, drug cartels and organized criminals throughout the world. The report said HSBC transferred $19 billion for Iran and $7 billion in physical cash for Mexico.
WND also reported evidence that Eric Holder’s Justice Department has not investigated money-laundering charges in deference to bank clients of his Washington-based law firm, where Holder was a partner prior to joining the Obama administration.
‘A culture of fraud’
HSBC now is in settlement discussions with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and attorneys representing the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department.
In July, HSBC announced it had reserved $700 million for any U.S. fines after the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations exposed that the bank was involved in terrorism-related, money-laundering activities.
In addition to the bank records, Cruz has recordings of dozens of hours of incriminating discussions he held with fellow bank employees – from bank tellers to branch managers to executives – before he was fired.
“The whole system is designed to be a culture of fraud to make it look like it’s a legal system,” Cruz said. “But it’s not.”
Cruz explained that even when he let bank managers know he was taping the conversation, the managers were not interested in what he was saying.
“HSBC is a criminal organization,” he emphasized. “It is a culture of crime.”
As WND previously reported, Cruz has applied to the Securities and Exchange Commission for whistleblower status, and he is pursuing a wrongful termination against the bank.
To make his charges public, Cruz published a book in 2011, “World Banking World Fraud: Using Your Identity.”
WND NAMES 'WHISTLEBLOWER OF THE YEAR'
Fired for exposing global scandal involving terrorists, drug cartelPublished: 18 hours ago by JEROME R. CORSI Email | Archive Subscribe to feed
Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is a WND senior staff reporter. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers "The Obama Nation" and "Unfit for Command." Corsi's latest book is "Where's the REAL Birth Certificate?"More ↓
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John Cruz in video interview with WND's Jerome CorsiHis bosses ridiculed him and told him to shut up. Law enforcement officials ignored him. But with overwhelming evidence of international banking fraud in the millions, perhaps billions, of dollars staring him in the face, HSBC manager John Cruz knew he had to act, even if it cost him his job. It did; but Cruz’s charges against the global banking giant have borne out in the wake of a damning Senate investigation and a record $1.92 billion fine by federal authorities.
For his courage and sacrifice in pursuit of justice, WND has named Cruz “Whistleblower of the Year.”
After being ignored by law enforcement authorities since 2009, Cruz brought to WND approximately 1,000 pages of customer account records he obtained while working as a relationship manager for HSBC in Long Island, N.Y.
Cruz’s records document a complex scheme in which HSBC employees, with the complicity of senior management, were laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through fictitious accounts created using the legitimate Social Security numbers of customers and former customers.
In the settlement announced Tuesday, the bank admitted to facilitating illicit financial transfers on behalf of Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Burma, Libya and the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.
“I couldn’t get anyone to pay any attention to the evidence I had, not even local or federal law enforcement authorities, until WND started publishing my story,” Cruz said.
“Nothing happened until WND made public the customer account records and taped interviews with multiple bank officers, including senior management and bank security officers,” he added.
He pointed out that the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and the Department of Justice “never mentioned money laundering for the Mexican drug cartels or the bank’s activities circumventing banking restrictions on Iran until after WND published the information I had and federal authorities were forced into action.”
As WND reported Tuesday, Cruz called the $1.92 billion fine the U.S. government imposed on HSBC “a joke” and filed a $10 million lawsuit for “retaliation and wrongful termination.”
Cruz, 47, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., was abandoned by his father at age 5, and his mother died when he was 7.
“I know firsthand what it’s like to work your way up from the bottom,” Cruz wrote in his autobiography, “World Banking World Fraud: Using Your Identity.”
When his mother died at age 27, she left behind five children, ranging in age from 1 to 9. Cruz was raised by his grandparents, who lived on welfare in a shack on Long Island that was overrun by the junkyard business his grandfather ran on the side.
“When I first moved in with them, my grandfather put me to work scrapping cars, which took up most of my time during school days,” Cruz chronicled. “Now, I hardly ever went to school. Whenever I did, I got into fights. The other kids made fun of me because I was rarely bathed, I smelled, and my clothes all came from the Salvation Army.”
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At 12 years old, after welfare officers, assisted by truant officers, threatened to cut off the grandparents’ money unless Cruz went to school, he moved upstate to Constable, N.Y., near the Canadian border. He lived there with a relative who forced him to sell marijuana in Moriches on Long Island.
After graduating from high school in 1981, Cruz enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman.
“But the Army was not the experience I was searching for,” he admitted. “I learned many things and got shipped around the country to different bases, but my days were spent mostly in drudgery and I was bored. I was honorably discharged after fulfilling the time required of me.”
Through perseverance and the grace of God, Cruz said, he managed to graduate from Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y., in 1990, with a BA in accounting.
From there, he accepted a job in a federal credit union, an experience he felt prepared him for the more challenging environment of commercial banking.
“I am not a crusader,” Cruz explained in his autobiography. “I got into banking so I could make money. And I moved to HSBC so I could make more money.
“My move to HSBC was one of the largest in my career, though not as large as my jump from a farm upstate to the armed forces and college,” he wrote. “Nevertheless, when I left the old credit union for this multinational, I more than doubled my salary. Even the benefits were better, and it seemed like just a matter of time before I moved up the ladder as I had moved up every other ladder.”
A matter of conscience
Cruz explained to WND that taking a job with HSBC in January 2008 ended up being one of the major disappointments in his life.
John CruzWhat angered him most was that the bank used his name to perpetrate the fraudulent banking activities he ultimately blew the whistle on.
Cruz ultimately was fired after his supervisors made numerous attempts to discourage him from pursuing what turned out to be his personal investigation into HSBC money-laundering activity.
“When I began bringing to the attention of my supervisors suspicious activity in accounts that needed to be reported to legal authorities, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I was told to shut up,” Cruz said.
His job required him to access the HSBC computer system to find accounts to contact and visit in person.
“I was shocked to find accounts through which millions of dollars were being deposited and withdrawn without any apparent business activity being conducted,” he said. “Then, when I went to visit the business, I found nothing – shell companies, vacant offices with no furniture, or no such business whatsoever at the address listed on the account records.”
Cruz never imagined that holding his job at HSBC would require turning a blind eye to criminal behavior.
Cruz told WND he reported the suspicious bank activity he encountered to his immediate supervisor, to the business segment leader in his region and to senior bank security.
“I believed we had the responsibility under banking and anti-money-laundering laws to file a suspicious activity report on this account with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,” he continued.
“My supervisor ridiculed me for thinking the account was suspicious, and the senior bank security officer said he was prevented by executive senior management of the bank from doing anything about accounts like this.”
Cruz recorded his conversations with his immediate supervisor, the bank segment leader and the senior bank security officer to whom he brought his concerns about suspicious account activity.
“My conclusion was that HSBC was not going to do anything about the suspicious account activity I discovered, because HSBC management from the branch level, to senior bank security to executive senior management was involved in the illegal activity I found,” he said.
‘I had to be wired to protect myself’
“Personally, I think anyone who works at HSBC and does not have with them a concealed personal recording device at all times is crazy,” Cruz explained to WND. “At HSBC, I concluded I had to be wired to protect myself.”
He became so frustrated at being stonewalled in his attempts to make public his evidence that he began taping even his conversations with federal law enforcement officials.
He explained that he no longer trusts even federal law enforcement to do their job investigating and prosecuting HSBC employees who may be involved in illegal bank transactions, as he alleges.
“It’s a circle,” Cruz explained. “I turn over the information to law enforcement, and law enforcement turns around and gives the information right back to the bank for the bank to conduct their own internal investigation.”
Cruz insists the breakthrough in the HSBC case occurred when WND began publishing his story in February.
“WND has been great,” Cruz said. “WND is the first and only news agency to put my story on the air, to put my story on the Web, to get my story out to people.”
On Wednesday, Cruz explained to Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Network that his lawyers were now in the process of determining what portion of the $1.92 billion HSBC settlement the federal government plans to share with him as the whistleblower who first brought public evidence of the illegal banking activities for which HSBC was fined.
In response to WND’s reporting earlier this year of Cruz’s evidence, HSBC lodged a complaint that blocked Internet access to one of the WND stories, and senior reporter Jerome Corsi was fired by the New York City investment firm he had worked with for two years as a senior managing director, Gilford Securities.
In June, WND reported evidence Eric Holder’s Justice Department has not investigated money-laundering charges in deference to bank clients of his Washington-based law firm, where Holder was a partner prior to joining the Obama administration.
WND reported in October HSBC was engaged in a systematic scheme to defraud citizens of India who live abroad out of billion of dollars in investment accounts, according to an Indian source who provided evidence.
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Mystery illness solved when family discovers new home was a meth labBy Jason Sickles, Yahoo! | The Lookout – Mon, Oct 1, 2012
- PrintThe Hankins family in June after buying the foreclosed home. (Photo courtesy of the Hankins family)Click the image to see more photos.
The foreclosed house for sale on the up-and-coming street pined for fresh paint and other fixes, but the Hankins family saw its potential.
Plus, at $36,000, the price was perfect for a young family trying to make ends meet in small-town Klamath Falls, Ore.
"We said, 'It needs a little bit of love, but it's got good bones,'" Jonathan Hankins recalled. "We just had no idea that those bones were poisonous."
Within days of moving in this past summer, Beth Hankins, an ER nurse, started experiencing breathing problems. Then Jonathan got migraine-like headaches and nosebleeds. By the third week, their 2-year-old son, Ezra, developed mouth sores.
"He couldn't even drink water without being in pain," said Jonathan, 32.
They were about to schedule doctor visits when a neighbor shared the bad news: 2427 Radcliffe was a former meth house.
The family ordered a $50 testing kit and had the lab expedite the results, which revealed a contamination level nearly 80 times above Oregon Heath Authority limits.
"Our walls were poisoning us," said Jonathan, who quickly moved his family to a rental home.
Buying a foreclosed house from government-sponsored Freddie Mac meant the family was informed about being responsible for detecting hazards like lead paint and asbestos, but there was no warning from real estate agents or Freddie Mac about drug activity.
Because it was being sold "as is," the couple decided to save their money and skip a traditional inspection, which would have noted superficial repairs but not the chemicals used to cook the highly addictive drug. "In the case of methamphetamine, it's an invisible toxin," Jonathan said.
Twenty-three states, including Oregon, have laws requiring sellers to disclose if a property was ever used as a clandestine drug lab. In the Hankins' case, Freddie Mac says it never knew the two-bedroom, one-bath home had a checkered past.
"We certainly empathize with the situation, but we had no prior information about the way the home had been used," Freddie Mac spokesman Brad German told Yahoo News. "If we had, of course, we would have disclosed it."
It's a Catch-22 that Joe Mazzuca of Meth Lab Cleanup, a national remediation and training company, predicts others could find themselves in. Based on national and state data, Mazzuca conservatively estimates there are 2.5 million meth-contaminated homes in the U.S. "The signs and indicators aren't always there," he said. "You don't always see the meth residue. It's extremely dangerous stuff."
His concern was echoed at a congressional hearing in August on the efforts to curb domestic methamphetamine production.
Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, head of the president's Office of National Drug Control Policy, testified that "U.S. meth lab seizure has more than doubled between 2007 and 2010, and these labs pose a major threat to public safety and the environment."
Mazzuca said the problem "is off the charts. We average a call every three to five minutes." One of those recent calls came from Michigan, a state with no disclosure law, where a father unknowingly purchased a meth-contaminated home. "He just buried his 14-year-old daughter after living in it for two years," Mazzuca said. "I could tell you stories like that for days."
With or without disclosure laws, Mazzuca believes scores of home buyers are at risk because only one in 10 meth labs are busted. Other times, he said, information can fall through the cracks by the time a big bank or government agency gets past the red tape of selling a foreclosed home.
He advised anyone considering buying a foreclosure to do their due diligence. He suggested the following actions:
- Talk to the property's neighbors.
- Contact the local health department and police for past issues.
- Buy a kit to test for chemicals.
Jonathan Hankins in Oregon believes the seller needs to shoulder some of that burden.
"Consumers don't know about this problem, and a simple $50 test by them could have prevented all this," said Jonathan, who's now left to pay rent and a mortgage. "Thirty-six thousand may be a drop in the bucket to them, but it could ruin us financially."
He says his calls and emails to Freddie Mac have gone unanswered, so he turned to Change.org, a website that aims to promote social change by the use of online petitions. There he posted his frustration with what he calls the agency's false promise.
"Freddie Mac advertises, 'Our qualifying homes come with a reviewed title, and a repaired living space making them easier to sell and improving home values in your territory. We sell our homes responsibly. Freddie Mac is committed to having the best property maintenance and sales standards in the country.' We had no reason to expect otherwise. Instead, they irresponsibly sold us a ticking time bomb of dangerous chemicals without even telling us."
Attorneys have told the Hankins that the "as-is" fine print leaves them few options.
Decontaminating a former meth lab can run anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000, according to experts. Jonathan says he's been quoted a clean up cost more than his house is worth.
"We're not really angry at [Freddie Mac], but we're shocked that this could happen to anyone in America," he said. "It's an opportunity for them to set a precedent for others in the mortgage industry."
Survey Shows Meth, Cocaine Use on the Decline; Marijuana Use on the RiseA recent survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration concluded that the use of illicit drugs in the United States continues to rise. According to the survey, 8.9 percent of the population currently uses illegal drugs. That said, there have been significant decreases in the use of specific drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine.
Curiously, while usage rates for cocaine have plummeted in the last several years, second only to methamphetamine use, which has dropped by nearly fifty percent, the use of marijuana shows consistent trends of increased consumption. As of 2010, SAMHSA reported a 1.1 percent increase in marijuana use since 2007.
Growing research suggests that it is the recent legalization of marijuana in certain states that has resulted in higher usage rates. With that in mind, health professionals urge communities and individuals to remain vigilant to the significant consequences of drug use, regardless of the legislation.
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History of Methamphetamine
Early Methamphetamine UseFirst synthesized in 1887 Germany, amphetamine was for a long time, a drug in search of a disease. Nothing was done with the drug, from its discovery (synthesis) until the late 1920's, when it was seriously investigated as a cure or treatment against nearly everything from depression to decongestion.
In the 1930's, amphetamine was marketed as Benzedrine in an over-the-counter inhaler to treat nasal congestion (for asthmatics, hay fever sufferers, and people with colds). A probable direct reaction to the Depression and Prohibition, the drug was used and abused by non-asthmatics looking for a buzz. By 1937 amphetamine was available by prescription in tablet form.
Methamphetamine, more potent and easy to make, was discovered in Japan in 1919. The crystalline powder was soluble in water, making it a perfect candidate for injection. It is still legally produced in the U.S., sold under the trade name Desoxyn.
During World War II, amphetamines were widely used to keep the fighting men going (during the Viet Nam war, American soldiers used more amphetamines than the rest of the world did during WWII). In Japan, intravenous methamphetamine abuse reached epidemic proportions immediately after World War II, when supplies stored for military use became available to the public.
In the United States in the 1950s, legally manufactured tablets of both dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methamphetamine (Methedrine) became readily available and were used non-medically by college students, truck drivers, and athletes. As use of amphetamines spread, so did their abuse. Amphetamines became a cure-all for such things as weight control to treating mild depression.
This pattern changed drastically in the 1960s with the increased availability of injectable methamphetamine. The 1970 Controlled Substances Act severely restricted the legal production of injectable methamphetamine, causing its use to decrease greatly.
Methamphetamine trafficking and abuse in the United States have been on the rise over the past few years, as indicated by investigative, seizure, price, purity, and abuse data (see "trends" below). As a result, this drug is having a devastating impact in many communities across the nation. Although more common in western areas of the country, this impact increasingly is being felt in areas not previously familiar with the harmful effects of this powerful stimulant.
Clandestine production accounts for almost all of the methamphetamine trafficked and abused in the United States. The illicit manufacture of methamphetamine can be accomplished in a variety of ways, but is produced most commonly using the ephedrine/pseudoephedrine reduction method. Large-scale production of methamphetamine using this method is dependent on ready access to bulk quantities of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. During the past two years, several bulk ephedrine seizures destined for Mexico focused attention on the magnitude of ephedrine acquisition by organized crime drug groups operating from Mexico and in the United States, and set in motion an effort to focus international attention on the ephedrine diversion problem and to take action to prevent such diversion.
Drug law enforcement efforts against clandestine methamphetamine producers constitute a "cat and mouse" game between efforts to cut off chemical supplies and efforts to obtain them from non-regulated sources. Past experience has demonstrated that methamphetamine traffickers are relentless, flexible, and creative in finding new ways to obtain chemicals by evading the network of international controls that has been established. The Federal Government currently is preparing regulations to further reduce the diversion of pharmaceutical products containing chemicals, such as ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, that can be used to produce illegal drugs. It has consulted with corporations within the pharmaceutical industry to develop a solution to the diversion problem that does not unduly restrict the availability of these chemicals for legitimate use.
Domestically, large-scale production of methamphetamine is centered in California. In addition, methamphetamine increasingly is produced in Mexico and smuggled into the United States. Methamphetamine laboratory operators often are well-armed, and their laboratories occasionally are booby-trapped and equipped with scanning devices employed as security precautions. Weaponry, ranging from single firearms to arsenals of high-powered weapons and explosives, are commonly found at laboratory sites. Not only are methamphetamine laboratories used to manufacture illegal, often deadly drugs, but the clandestine nature of the manufacturing process and the presence of ignitable, corrosive, reactive, and toxic chemicals at the sites have resulted in explosions, fires, toxic fumes, and irreparable damage to human health and to the environment.
Traditionally, the suppliers of methamphetamine throughout the United States have been outlaw motorcycle gangs and numerous other independent trafficking groups. Although these groups continue to produce and distribute methamphetamine, organized crime drug groups operating from Mexico currently dominate wholesale methamphetamine trafficking in the United States for several reasons: these organizations established access to wholesale ephedrine sources of supply on the international market; these organizations are producing unprecedented quantities of high-purity methamphetamine on a regular basis; and, they already control well-established cocaine, heroin, and marijuana distribution networks throughout the western United States, enabling them to supply methamphetamine to a large retail level market. Their expansion into the methamphetamine trade has added a new dimension to their role in the U.S. drug market and has redefined the methamphetamine problem in the United States. Presently, these organizations are poised to supply methamphetamine to the rest of the country in response to any increases in demand.
Trends in Methamphetamine UseIn 1997, there were reports in the West, Southwest, and the South of methamphetamine and ephedrine as emerging drugs. According to DEA sources, Mexican manufacturers and distributors have replaced the outlaw motorcycle groups which had produced methamphetamine supplies for over twenty years. The new manufacturers are producing large quantities of high purity methamphetamine on both sides of the border, drawing on the legal supply of the precursor chemicals on the Mexican side. The price of methamphetamine had dropped significantly (to approximately $3000/pound in Southern California) until recent efforts to curtail ephedrine/pseudoephedrine supplies produced a slight shortage in some areas and a corresponding price increase. In Washington State, sources report that the resultant price increase has caused a number of methamphetamine users in that area to switch to cocaine.
One Texas source cited a number of reports of adverse effects of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, a common substance in a number of over the counter and/or health food products. Ephedrine tablets can be purchased in Mexico and are often seized at the border or in other locations in transit to U.S.-based manufacturers. Some of the ephedrine/pseudoephedrine products readily available in Texas include 40 or 50 milligrams of ephedrine as well as substantial quantities of caffeine. Adverse consequences of their use include agitation, palpitations, and fainting from the stimulant effect. Called "herbal ecstasy" in both Texas and Southern California and touted as "safe" or "legal" MDMA, it is reportedly available from some health food stores or through mail order.
Methamphetamine continues to be popular in San Francisco. The ethnographer from that area reports that in addition to its use by young users who combine it with heroin ("a meth speedball") it can also be found in "biker's coffee," a combination of methamphetamine and coffee popular among young, fairly affluent urbanites. This is similar to the population of users described by the Los Angeles source. In that area, users are primarily snorting methamphetamine rather than smoking it as "ice" or injecting it.
Methamphetamine: A Dangerous Drug, A Spreading ThreatMethamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that can be manufactured by using products commercially available anywhere in the United States. The chemicals used in producing methamphetamine are extremely volatile, and the amateur chemists running makeshift laboratories -- often in hotels or areas where children are present -- cause deadly explosions and fires. The by-products of methamphetamine production are extremely toxic. Methamphetamine traffickers display no concern about environmental hazards when it comes to manufacturing and disposing of methamphetamine and its by-products.
The Spread of Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment Admissions, 1992
Source: SAMHSA, OAS, TEDS (Jan 1998)
The effects of methamphetamine on humans are profound. SAMHSA is currently testing the effectiveness of various treatment regimens for methamphetamine, an addiction that is extremely difficult to treat. The stimulant effects from methamphetamine can last for hours, instead of minutes as with crack cocaine. Often the methamphetamine user remains awake for days. As the high begins to wear off, the methamphetamine user enters a stage called "tweaking," in which he or she is prone to violence, delusions, and paranoia. Many methamphetamine users try to alleviate the effect of the methamphetamine "crash" by buffering the effects with other drugs such as cocaine or heroin. Like heroin and cocaine, methamphetamine can be snorted, smoked, or injected.
The Spread of Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment Admissions, 1993
Source: SAMHSA, OAS, TEDS (Jan 1998)
Overall Meth UsageThe 1997 NHSDA estimated that 5.3 million Americans (2.5 percent of the population) have tried methamphetamine in their lifetime, up significantly from the 1994 estimate of 1.8 million. The ADAM system reports that methamphetamine use continues to be more common in the western United States than in the rest of the nation. Methamphetamine use, according to ADAM, increased substantially in 1997, negating the progress achieved in 1996. In San Diego, roughly 40 percent of both male and female arrestees tested positive for methamphetamine.
The Spread of Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment Admissions, 1994
Source: SAMHSA, OAS, TEDS (Jan 1998)
Meth Use Among YouthThe 1998 MTF survey asked 12th graders about the use of crystal methamphetamine known as "ice" -- which is smoked or burned in rock form. The survey found that lifetime ice use -- which had leveled-off at 4.4 percent in 1997 after a four-year rise -- rose in 1998 to 5.7 percent. The perceived harmfulness of methamphetamine among youth has also declined steadily since 1992 -- when 61.9 percent of 12th graders perceived "great risk" in trying "ice" once or twice -- to 1998, when only 52.7 percent perceived great risk.
The Spread of Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment Admissions, 1995
Source: SAMHSA, OAS, TEDS (Jan 1998)
Meth AvailabilityMethamphetamine is by far the most prevalent synthetic controlled substance clandestinely manufactured in the United States. In the West and Southwest, it is increasingly significant as a drug of abuse: 52 percent of all those arrested in San Jose for drug possession, for example, test positive for methamphetamine. The Midwest has also seen an increase in methamphetamine production, trafficking and consequences. While the drug is not commonly found in the East and Southeast an analysis of methamphetamine treatment admissions as well as increased seizures suggest that the use of the drug may be spreading eastward. The number of methamphetamine laboratory seizures reported to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1997 increased dramatically, to 1,431 from 879 in 1996. This reflects the widespread proliferation in the manufacture, trafficking, and use of the drug across the West and Midwest and portions of the South. During 1997 methamphetamine prices nationwide ranged from $3,500 to $30,000 per pound, $400 to $2,800 per ounce, and 37 dollars to $200 per gram.
The Spread of Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment Admissions, 1996
Source: SAMHSA, OAS, TEDS (Jan 1998)
In the same way as other narcotics like opium and heroin during this time, cocaine also began to be used as an active ingredient in a variety of "cure all" tonics and beverages. In many of the tonics that drug companies were producing at this time, cocaine would be mixed with opiates and administered freely to old and young alike. It wasn't until some years later that the dangers of these drugs became apparent.
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HANDRAHAN: Eric Holder’s sizzling summer
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What a week it was in Washington. Summer heat has not yet hit, but steam already is rising from Republicans on the Hill as they express outrage over U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s conduct.
Mr. Holder was up on the Hill last week testifying before Congress, again, about the Department of Justice’s gun-tracking Fast and Furious operation. There are allegations of lies and obstruction of justice committed by department employees and claims that the attorney general himself is covering for his staff rather than upholding the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Holder’s recent testimony caused Rep. Paul A. Gosar, Arizona Republican, to declare Mr. Holder is unfit to be America’s attorney general.
Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hopes to hold Mr. Holder in congressional contempt over his alleged refusal to share information with the American people and Congress about which department officials were involved in this botched program.
Just a mile or so downtown from the Hill, another shoe quietly dropped this week for the attorney general. On Tuesday, Cause of Action, a Washington-based nonprofit dedicated to government accountability, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for extensive records of Justice’s federal funds provided to states - specifically Maine - with the intention of prosecuting child porn perpetrators and keeping America’s children safe.
Cause of Action’s FOIA states, “Internet crimes against children are the fastest-growing crime in the United States. We therefore write seeking information about the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Divisions‘ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and its funding of Internet Crimes Against Children investigations, specifically as they concern the State of Maine.”
After noting the large amount, perhaps millions of dollars, of the department’s federal funds going to Maine compared with just seven referrals in one year, Cause of Action’s FOIA request states that “one is left to wonder what Maine is doing with the federal money it receives.”
Anyone who follows Maine may have a theory about these missing funds. The state of Maine is, by all accounts, a failed state. Maine received an F for overall corruption risk, 46th out of 50 states in preventive measures. It received an F and ranked the absolute worst in the country for judicial oversight, with zero accountability for judges. Maine received an F on child-trafficking prevention. Trafficking of women and children is one of organized crime’s signature businesses.
Maine indeed it is a miserable state, particularly if you are a child hoping to be kept safe from pedophiles. So it is little surprise to Maine-watchers that millions of Department of Justice federal funds might have gone missing north of Boston.
The real question is: Will Mr. Holder withhold the documents that Cause of Action has just requested related to the potential misuse of funds meant to protect our children? Congressional Republicans allege Mr. Holder has done just that with documents related to Fast and Furious. Will he cover for his staff rather than uphold the Constitution and protect America’s children?
If so, Mr. Holder could be back on the Hill soon facing more Republican heat, this time for obstruction-of-justice allegations related to federal funds meant to protect our children from sexual abuse and exploitation. It just may be that Cause of Action’s quiet little Freedom of Information Act request could result in a very hot summer for Eric Holder and the Department of Justice.
Lori Handrahan is a professor at American University’s School of International Service in Washington and serves on the United Nations’ Interagency Standing Committee Child Protection Working Group.
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WHY SHOULD THERE BE? OBAMA HAS DEFRAUDED IT FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE AND A CORRUPT SHERIFF WITH OVER 30 COUNTS WAS ‘SWORN-IN’ WHEN HE SHOULD’VE HAD A TRIAL ALREADY!!
NO ONE IS MAKING THE CONNECTION THAT NO ONE HAS RESPECT FOR THE LAW (OUR LAWMAKERS AND POLITICIANS) OR COPS, BECAUSE OF OBAMA’S CORRUPTION, AND LONG ESTABLISHED ABUSE OF POLICIES ON GUNS...
Bob Costas' call to disarm: NFL has gun culture problem - from@PiersTonight: http://on.cnn.com/RnoDpw What do you think?
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Knife-wielding man injures 22 children in China
(Tribune illustration / March 5, 2012)By Terril Yue JonesReuters1:48 a.m. EST, December 14, 2012BEIJING (Reuters) - A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country.
The man attacked the children at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Police arrested a 36-year-old man, identified as villager Min Yingjun, Xinhua said. It did not give further details of the extent of the injuries.
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There have been a series of attacks on schools and schoolchildren around China in recent years, some by people who have lost their jobs or felt left out of the country's economic boom.
The rash of violence has prompted public calls for more measures to protect the young in a country where many couples only have one child.
In 2010, a man slashed 28 children, two teachers and a security guard in a kindergarten in eastern China.
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AUSTIN TICE -- STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR IN SYRIA
Richard Engel Freed In Syria After Kidnapping (VIDEO)Posted: 12/18/2012 6:47 am EST | Updated: 12/18/2012 8:09 am EST
NEW YORK -- Richard Engel, NBC's chief foreign correspondent, was freed Monday from capture in Syria following a firefight, five days after being kidnapped.
NBC News president Steve Capus said in a statement Tuesday that Engel, 39, and his crew were freed unharmed after being taken by an unknown group. "We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country,” Capus said.
"It was a traumatic experience," Engel said Tuesday morning, during an appearance with his crew on the "Today" show from Antakya, Turkey. Engel appeared alongside producer Ghazi Balkiz and photographer John Kooistra.
"We're very happy to be here," Engel said. "We're in good health. We're OK. Everyone was great. NBC was fantastic in informing our families, keeping people up to date, keeping the story quiet."
"While we're obviously very happy, there are many people who are still not at liberty to do this kind of thing," Engel continued. "There are still hostages. There are still people who do not have their freedom inside Syria. We wish them well."
An NBC News account noted that Engel's captors did not request a ransom since detaining Engel and the crew last Thursday.
After entering Syria, Engel and his team were abducted, tossed into the back of a truck and blindfolded before being transported to an unknown location believed to be near the small town of Ma’arrat Misrin. During their captivity, they were blindfolded and bound, but otherwise not physically harmed, the network said.
Early Monday evening local time, the prisoners were being moved to a new location in a vehicle when their captors ran into a checkpoint manned by members of the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, a Syrian rebel group. There was a confrontation and a firefight ensued. Two of the captors were killed, while an unknown number of others escaped, the network said.
The NBC News crew was unharmed in the incident. They remained in Syria until Tuesday morning when they made their way to the border and re-entered Turkey, the network said. They were to be evaluated and debriefed, but had communicated that everyone was in good health.
Engel provided more details on the "Today" show, telling the hosts that a group of roughly 15 heavily-armed gunman jumped out of bushes and abducted the crew, while killing one of the rebels that was escorting Engel.
While there was no physical torture, Engel said there was psychological torture, such as threat of being killed or being asked to choose who would be shot first.
Engel said he believed the kidnappers were an Iranian-trained Shiite group loyal to Bashar al-Assad, which had hoped to exchange the crew for four Iranian agents and two Lebanese members of the group that had been captured.
Turkish media began reporting Monday that Engel and Aziz Akyavas, a Turkish correspondent working for NBC News, were missing in Syria and could not be reached for several days.
The Huffington Post did not publish an article Monday on Engel's disappearance at the request of NBC News, which cited safety concerns.
It's common for news organizations to make such requests when they believe media attention could put a missing or kidnapped journalist in increased danger. For instance, many news organizations didn't report that former New York Times reporter David Rohde had been kidnapped by the Taliban in 2008, at the paper's request. The Times only revealed that Rohde had been kidnapped seven months later, after he had escaped and was out of harm's way.
But social media played less of a role in the news cycle even just a few years ago, when Rohde was kidnapped. It now seems inevitable that news -- even a single English-language report out of Turkey -- can gain traction over Twitter and get widely disseminated. Several online news outlets linked to the Turkish media reports, however, along with numerous journalists on Twitter. Others held off at the network's request.
Engel, who has covered revolutions, conflict zones and wars around the globe for more than 15 years, reported on Dec. 13 from Aleppo, Syria, as rebels continued battling against Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Journalists have taken great risks covering the long-running conflict, which has reportedly left more than 40,000 dead in the past 20 months. In July, several foreign correspondents expressed frustration to HuffPost about coverage of Syria -- which is often from the outside looking in, given security concerns.
But journalists continue trying to bear witness inside Syria, and Engel isn't the first to be unaccounted for. Austin Tice, an American journalist kidnapped in August, remains missing in the country.
Russia sends warships to Syria for possible evacuationBy Erika Solomon | Reuters – 2 hrs 6 mins ago
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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad's key ally is worried about rebel advances that now threaten even the capital.Moscow acted a day after insurgents waging a 21-month-old uprising obtained a possible springboard for a thrust into Damascus by seizing the Yarmouk Palestinian camp just 2 miles from the heart of the city, activists said.The anti-Assad opposition has posted significant military and diplomatic gains in recent weeks, capturing a series of army installations across Syria and securing formal recognition from Western and Arab states for its new coalition.Assad's pivotal allies have largely stood behind him. But Russia, his main arms supplier, appeared to waver this week with contradictory statements repeating opposition to Assad stepping down and airing concerns about a possible rebel victory.Russia's Interfax news agency quoted unnamed naval sources on Tuesday as saying that two assault ships, a tanker and an escort vessel had left a Baltic port for the Mediterranean Sea, where Russia has a port in Syria's coastal city of Tartus."They are heading to the Syrian coast to assist in a possible evacuation of Russian citizens ... Preparations for the deployment were carried out in a hurry and were heavily classified," the Russian agency quoted the source as saying.It was not possible to independently verify the report, which came a day after Russia confirmed that two citizens working in Syria were kidnapped along with an Italian citizen.YARMOUK A "RED LINE"In Damascus, activists reported overnight explosions and early morning sniper fire around the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. The Yarmouk and Palestine refugee "camps" are actually densely populated urban districts home to thousands of impoverished Palestinian refugees and Syrians."The rebels control the camp but army forces are gathering in the Palestine camp and snipers can fire in on the southern parts of Yarmouk," rebel spokesman Abu Nidal said by Skype."Strategically, this site is very important because it is one of the best doors into central Damascus. The regime normally does not fight to regain areas captured any more because its forces have been drained. But I think they could see Yarmouk as a red line and fight back fiercely."Syria hosts half a million Palestinian refugees, most living in Yarmouk, descendants of those admitted after the creation of Israel in 1948, and has always cast itself as a champion of the Palestinian struggle, sponsoring several guerrilla factions.The battle in Yarmouk was one of a series of conflicts on the southern edges of Damascus, as rebels try to choke off the capital to end 42 years of rule by the Assad family, who belong to the minority Alawite sect, derived from Shi'ite Islam.Both Assad's government and the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels have enlisted and armed divided Palestinian factions as the uprising mushroomed from street protests into a civil war.Streams of refugees have fled Yarmouk, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. Many have headed to central Damascus while hundreds more have gone across the frontier into Lebanon.MEDICAL SHORTAGES, EXTREME HUNGERMore than 40,000 people have died in Syria's conflict, activists say. Around 200 died on Monday alone, according to the British-based Observatory, which has a network of activists across Syria. Violence has risen sharply, and with it humanitarian conditions are deteriorating.
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The World Health Organisation said around 100 people were being admitted daily to the main hospital of Damascus and that supplies of medicines and anesthetics were scarce.
It also reported a rise in cases of extreme hunger and malnutrition coming from across Syria, including the rebel-dominated rural areas outside the capital, where the army has launched punishing air raids.
Aid organizations say fighting has blocked their access into many conflict zones, and residents in rebel-held areas in particular have grappled with severe food and medical shortages.
Fighting raged across Syria on Tuesday, with fighter jets and ground rockets bombarding rebel-dominated eastern suburbs of the capital and army forces shelling a town in Hama province after clashes reignited there over the weekend.
Rebels overran at least five army sites in a new offensive in Hama on Monday, opposition activists said.
Qassem Saadeddine, a member of the newly established rebel military command, said on Sunday fighters had been ordered to surround and attack army positions across Hama province. He said Assad's forces were given 48 hours to surrender or be killed.
In 1982 Hafez al-Assad, late father of the current ruler, crushed an uprising in Hama city, killing up to 30,000 civilians.
Qatiba al-Naasan, a rebel from Hama, said the offensive would probably bring retaliatory air strikes from the government but said that rebels were keen to put more strain on the army as living conditions deteriorated in the province.
"For sure there will be slaughter - if the army wants to shell us, many people will die," he said by Skype. "But at the same time our situation is already getting miserable. "
Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa said in a newspaper interview published on Monday that neither Assad's forces nor rebels seeking to overthrow him can win the war.
Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power elite dominated by Assad's Alawites, is not part of the president's inner circle directing the fight against Sunni rebels but is the most prominent figure to say in public that Assad would not prevail.
(Additional reporting by Oliver Holmes, Erika Solomon and Dominic Evans in Beirut, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva, Afif Diab in Masnaa, Lebanon; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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THE ANNALS OF SYRIA
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PETITION FOR CONSIDERATION OF A FORMAL DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST SYRIA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QTE3HZmw3mwWV-Q6gvWZEry5YEQnknE7Jc5ho9kRlyI/edit
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BOYCOTT IN MEMORY OF J. CHRISTOPHER STEVENS AND 3 AMERICAN EMBASSY SERVICE MEMBERS: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19h93jQU084bC0FyvIcHeq_MnQW1nEJD-GilQTDffHtE/edit
To Ahmed Bani, US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was simply “Chris,” as he was to people throughout Benghazi.
“When he passed in the street, the young men would call out, ‘Hello, Chris!’ They knew his
face,” he says. “And he would laugh and say hello. This is the right way to deal with people here.”
Mr. Stevens was newly arrived in Benghazi as the US envoy to anti-Qaddafi rebels when Mr. Bani, an Air Force colonel turned rebel spokesman, first met him. “Work for your country, not yourself,” Stevens advised him at their first meeting in spring 2011. “Work as a Libyan, not as Ahmed Bani.”
Stevens always put his country first, Bani says. Yet according to Libyans who knew him, he shone as an advocate for America in large part simply by being himself: friendly, modest, and interested in the lives of ordinary people. His death last month during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was met with shock and sadness in Libya – feelings that are a rare achievement of sorts in a region inclined to distrust American power.
“We’d never seen an American ambassador who walks in the streets, visits shops and sits down with people – a down-to-earth person,” says Atia Lawgali, deputy minister of culture and civil society, who knew Stevens. “In this regard, he was unique.”
Stevens’ habits contrast with those of many US diplomats in unstable countries like Libya. Security concerns keep many within the walls of fortified embassies, while security details during trips outside can make it hard to get friendly with locals. While his exposure has been questioned in light of his death, the risks of his outreach helped advance America's image.
Winning Arab trust is no easy task. While Arabs often say they respect Americans as individuals, many also cite decades of American military ventures – notably wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and support for Israel as grounds for distrusting the US government.
Just 21 percent of people in four Arab countries, plus Pakistan and Turkey, believe the US supports democracy abroad, according to a July poll by the Pew Research Center in Washington. Libya isn’t among the countries polled, but skepticism of US foreign policy is echoed here. Many Arab autocrats, including Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi, have spent years portraying the US as their peoples’ enemy.
RELATED – Islam, politics, and women's rights: The view from the post-revolution Muslim world
“In every speech he made on TV, he had to say something bad about the US or Israel,” says Salmin Eljawhari, a dental student and civil society activist in Benghazi. “I think there’s a generation who started to hate Israel and the US.”
Stevens, by all accounts, was fascinated by the Arab world. Tall, with a broad smile and shock of blond hair, he served in the Peace Corps in Morocco, studied Arabic, and entered the foreign service at age 31 after a brief career as an international trade lawyer.
“He was one of our best diplomats, a very committed Arabist,” says David Mack, a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and former US diplomat in several Arab countries, including Libya, who knew Stevens. “He had all the right instincts; selfless, dedicated – and smart.”
Stevens first served in Libya as deputy chief of the US mission from 2007 to 2009. He returned via a Greek cargo ship in April 2011 as the US envoy to revolutionary leaders in Benghazi.
Soon after arriving, he went to see Bani in the latter’s office. The two would meet there regularly to discuss Libya – and life.
“He asked me about my life as an officer – how I joined the Air Force, and how I joined the revolution,” Bani recalls.
Bani told Stevens about his plans in 1981 to train as a commercial pilot in the UK – plans thwarted by the Qaddafi regime, which forbade him from traveling and put him in the Air Force. Other times, Stevens would ask Bani’s assessment of NATO air strikes against regime forces, a question he also put to ordinary Libyans, Bani says.
In early summer 2011, Stevens and Lawgali met for the first time. Over the following year the two worked together to support the civil society that was flowering in Libya after years of repression.
For Lawgali, such cooperation trumps politics as the key to building relations, a conviction formed during 15 years studying and working in the US.
“In the Middle East, we concentrate on politics,” he says. “But when you live in the US and find that people there aren’t really different from people you know, you start rethinking politics and its importance.”
In October 2011, the two men attended the opening of Hamza Tawassal, an NGO workspace in Benghazi launched by US charity Mercy Corps, with support from USAID and Libya’s culture ministry.
“Mr. Stevens talked about how the US would help Libyans achieve democracy,” says Ms. Eljawhari, then working for Mercy Corps. “And he tried to talk with people in Arabic, even though he said he was just a beginner.”
Stevens’ term as US envoy to Libya ended the following month, but he returned last May as ambassador. On Sept. 11 he was visiting Benghazi to open an American cultural center when protests erupted there over an anti-Islam film. An attack on the consulate left Stevens and three colleagues dead. US officials say they believe the attack was pre-planned; an investigation is ongoing.
In the following days, Libyans marched in the streets to condemn the film and the violence, and mourn the ambassador named on placards as “a friend of Libya.”
Ms. Eljawhari helped organize demonstrations in Benghazi. Some passersby joined in; others questioned any sympathy for the US in light of the anti-Islam film.
On Sept. 21, thousands marched in the city, prompting a hardline Islamist militia accused of involvement in the consulate attack to withdraw peacefully from its base.
“I can’t tell you that all people love international support,” Eljawhari says. “But in general, most people who want to build a country open to the world welcome cooperation with the US and other countries.”
That is where the US could play a helpful role, say Bani and Lawgali. They suggest training for state security forces, student exchange programs, and language teaching as potential avenues of support.
America must also name a new ambassador. Lawgali hopes it will be someone like Stevens.
“Just as Americans have a certain image of Arabs, Arabs have a certain image of Americans,” he says. “This guy came and presented a different, and positive, image.”
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DECLARATION OF DEFAULT STATE OF WAR WITH SYRIA:
We hereby designate September 15th, 2012 as consideration of default state of war with Syria.
Massive naval buildup in Persian Gulf as Israel moves closer to war
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Israel angered by Clinton's kid-glove approach to Iran
Report: US sees Israeli strike on Iran in October
Western powers and several of their Middle East allies have deployed an enormous naval fleet to the Persian Gulf just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again suggested that his country may soon launch a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
The fleet includes ships from 25 nations, include three full US carrier groups, each one with a compliment of more aircraft than the entire Iranian air force. Military officials cited by London's Daily Telegraph said the buildup is part of a new annual exercise, but their was no secrecy about the fact that the "enemy" in the exercise is Iran.
There is great fear among Western powers that if Israel strikes Iran's defiant nuclear program, the Islamic Republic will retaliate by trying to close the Straits of Hormuz, a narrow waterway in the Persian Gulf that that sees the daily transit of 18 million barrels of oil, or roughly 35 percent of the world's traded oil. For that oil tap to be shut off would have potentially catastrophic consequences for the economies of the US, Britain, the Euro Zone and Japan, among others.
There is also great concern that Israel is planning to strike Iran before the US presidential election in November in order to force President Barack Obama to militarily support the effort. Obama would likely lose a lot of votes among the pro-Israel American public if he did not help, and Jerusalem is worried that if it waits until after the election and Obama wins, he will be less inclined to provide assistance.
American and European officials have conducted a flurry of meetings with Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak over the past month, ostensibly to pressure Israel against using military force at this time. Obama and other Western leaders continue to insist that there is hope for a diplomatic solution, despite recent reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) suggesting that the past 10 years of diplomatic efforts have only served to accelerate Iran's nuclear program.
"The world tells Israel 'Wait, there’s still time.’ And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?’," Netanyahu said last week. "Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel."
Netanyahu reiterated the urgency of the situation in a series of interviews with the American press over the weekend.
Asked on NBC's Meet the Press program about the possibility of implementing a containment strategy as was done with the Soviet Union after it went nuclear, Netanyahu said the West was underestimating the fanaticism that rules Iran.
"I think Iran is very different, they put their zealotry above survival... I wouldn't rely on their rationality," said the Israeli leader. "It's the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today. You want these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?"
TO READ THE #GCC INVESTIGATION OF AL QAEDA IN SYRIA:
#GCC INVESTIGATION OF AL QAEDA IN SYRIA:
shahada “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet/messenger”
(Al Qaeda feels that they have won in Iraq and feel emboldened by Libya to take Syria as their own, as declared 9/9/12 with the following order issued to take Americans as hostages for prisoner exchanges)
@CIAPressOffice Too convenient we lay the invocation of #Article5on the table and there is no new sign of chemical weapons use....
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I had to laugh - where is #DebbieDooley will she buy a ticket to protest at @Atlanta_Falcons game? With the #CommonCauseDude ? WE NEED JOBS!
Oh and did I mention? Consensus is @Atlanta_Falcons deserve a new stadium after their unprecedented wins in over a decade...#NewStadium2017
#Michigan approves #RightToWork legislation http://news.yahoo.com/mich-house-approves-limiting-unions-170440880.html … via @YahooNews becoming 24th #RightToWorkState#Hallelujah YAY MICHIGAN!!
The former #MayorOfStockbridge did engage in sexist remarks, churning the butter, & conduct unbecoming of an elected official#OathBreaking
Very proud of #StockbridgeCityCouncil for doing the right thing: complaint by ex-girlfriend he ran off the road only scratched the surface
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Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
Churlish souls stint their contributions to the ministry and missionary operations, and call such saving good economy; little do they dream that they are thus impoverishing themselves. Their excuse is that they must care for their own families, and they forget that to neglect the house of God is the sure way to bring ruin upon their own houses. Our God has a method in providence by which He can succeed our endeavours beyond our expectation, or can defeat our plans to our confusion and dismay; by a turn of His hand He can steer our vessel in a profitable channel, or run it aground in poverty and bankruptcy. It is the teaching of Scripture that the Lord enriches the liberal and leaves the miserly to find out that withholding tendeth to poverty. In a very wide sphere of observation, I have noticed that the most generous Christians of my acquaintance have been always the most happy, and almost invariably the most prosperous. I have seen the liberal giver rise to wealth of which he never dreamed; and I have as often seen the mean, ungenerous churl descend to poverty by the very parsimony by which he thought to rise. Men trust good stewards with larger and larger sums, and so it frequently is with the Lord; He gives by cartloads to those who give by bushels. Where wealth is not bestowed the Lord makes the little much by the contentment which the sanctified heart feels in a portion of which the tithe has been dedicated to the Lord. Selfishness looks first at home, but godliness seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, yet in the long run selfishness is loss, and godliness is great gain. It needs faith to act towards our God with an open hand, but surely He deserves it of us; and all that we can do is a very poor acknowledgment of our amazing indebtedness to His goodness.
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PLAN AHEAD TO STORE FOOD AND A PLACE TO LAY YOUR HEAD. YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLING HAS INCREASED OUR BUDGET COSTS, ESPECIALLY WITH GAS GOING UP, GIVING US LESS TIME OFF TO FARM OR WORK A SUMMER JOB: IN HAVING TO KEEP THE KIDS FOR A DURATION OF TIME THAT PREVENTS GETTING HIRED OR FINDING A RELIABLE NANNY, AND IT HAS DECREASED THE SUMMER TOURISM BOOM, TRAVELING, AND RESTAURANT INDUSTRIES, WHO ENJOYED 3 SEASONS: SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL... WHO ARE NOW FOLDING BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE UNCERTAINTY AND THE BUDGET IMPOSITIONS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, ONLY GETTING SEASONAL BOOSTS INSTEAD OF THE SEASONAL INCOME OF TIMES PAST.
FOR THE COMING YEAR........................
BECAUSE OF INFLATION, NOT CONCLUDING MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT, AND AL QAEDA SPROUTING UP AGAIN TO TAKE SYRIA FOR ITS NEW HEADQUARTERS MEANS THAT YOU SHOULD STOCKPILE FOOD, WATER, MEDICINES, AND ANYTHING YOU ROUTINELY BUY TO AVOID PAYING HIGHER PRICES AND TAX INCREASES AND BUDGET CUTS COME JANUARY. SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT DOING THIS OVER THE NEXT 45 DAYS OR SO.
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MONTHLY AUDITS ARE BEING REPORTED FOR THE 6 MONTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT PASSED. TAX REFORM MUST OCCUR, SO THAT REVENUE IS NOT LOST FROM NEW JOBS BEING CREATED. THIS MEANS THAT WE WILL NEED TO DO SEVERAL THINGS:
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ACCROP WATCH 1,071
IT’S AJA 110
GOVERNMENT BYTES 115
CONSTITUTION PARTY GREEN BAY WISCONSIN 329
SUPPORTERS OF THE BONNIE AND BLUE FLAG 153
PATRIOTIC DEFENDERS OF THE CONSTITUTION 1,122
PATRIOTIC REVOLUTIONISTS 1,216
PATRIOTIC CONCERNS 1,693
GEORGIANS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT 1,228
2012 ANTI-DEFICIT PURPLE AGENDA 244
THE GEORGIA GANG 1,376
CLAYTON COUNTY TEA PARTY 15
FAYETTE COUNTY TEA PARTY 6
HENRY COUNTY TEA PARTY 30
JONES COUNTY TEA PARTY 3
SPALDING COUNTY TEA PARTY 16
PATRIOT ACTION NETWORK 4,186
SYNTHESIS LEGISLATIVE WORK GROUP 296
WOMEN’S ONLINE TEA PARTY 99
ANTI-SECRET SOCIETY 658
CITIZEN DEFENSE COALITION 2,996
CONSERVATIVE VOTER COALITION 5,167
CHIMPY’S REAL AMERICAN 2,236
JAMES GROUP OF ACTIVISTS 116
POLITICAL FRIENDS 61
REFOUNDING AMERICA 2384
SYNTHESIS ARCHIVES 299
TEA PARTY CONSORTIUM 60
US GOVT. AGENCIES-THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH 66
WE WANT A PUBLIC INVESTIGATION INTO CLIMATE 344
UNIFIED MILITIA COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK 1,670
CONSERVATIVE WOMEN, CONSERVATIVE VALUES 264
THE DOCTORS 57,141
SUPPORT CHRIS DROTLEFF 3,698
PROTEST THE ANTI-AMERICAN 1 MILLION MUSLIMS MARCH 153
E-BUSINESS POLAND 458
FALCONIST PARTY 9,443
AFRICAN/LATIN/ASIAN/NATIVE/WHITE,ETC. AGAINST OBAMA 56
RRA INC. 241
REPEMU INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP 148
LET’S GET HEALTHY 1,462
STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT 291
CONSERVATIVE VOTER COALITION 5,167
WE THE CONSERVATIVE VOTERS OF AMERICA 2,895
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