Category: Arrogance


We’re Gonna Need A Longer Motorcade…

 

 

 

 

 

” The broker America gets, the longer its presidential motorcade gets. If you don’t got it, flaunt it, baby! But President-in-Waiting Hillary Rodham Clinton is already giving out signals that a mere 40-car motorcade may no longer be enough. This week she gave a speech in Saskatoon, which is a town in Saskatchewan, which is a province of Canada. The speech was for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, which is “under investigation from the United States for helping wealthy Americans offshore money in the bank’s Caribbean accounts to avoid paying federal taxes”. I’m on CIBC’s side on that one: By comparison with other western nations, Americans labor under a regime of ever tighter banking constraints that are a disgrace to a supposedly free people.

  So if she wants to cozy up to foreign banksters (as they say in Britain), you go, girl! Nevertheless:

  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a couple paid speeches in Canada yesterday. She was reportedly accompanied by 65 agents of the United States Secret Service to at least one of the events.

  The agents were presumably on hand to help keep the former first lady safe…

  It’s unclear what part, if any, of the security tab was picked up by Clinton — and what part was paid for by U.S. taxpayers. “

 

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Illinois Says Rule-Breaking Students Must Give Teachers Their Facebook Passwords

 

 

 

 

 

” School districts in Illinois are telling parents that a new law may require school officials to demand the social media passwords of students if they are suspected in cyberbullying cases or are otherwise suspected of breaking school rules.

  The law, which went into effect on January 1, defines cyberbullying and makes harassment on Facebook, Twitter, or via other digital means a violation of the state’s school code, even if the bullying happens outside of school hours.

  A letter sent out to parents in the Triad Community Unit School District #2, a district located just over the Missouri-Illinois line near St. Louis, that was obtained by Motherboard says that school officials can demand students give them their passwords. The full letter is embedded below.

” If your child has an account on a social networking website, e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ask.fm, etc., please be aware that State law requires school authorities to notify you that your child may be asked to provide his or her password for these accounts to school officials in certain circumstances,” the letter says.”

 

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N.Y. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Accused Of $4 Million Bribery And Kickback Scheme, Dems Continue To Support Him

 

 

 

 

 

” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared his innocence Thursday after facing bombshell federal corruption charges of soliciting $4 million in dirty money over the last 15 years.

“ I am confident that after a full hearing and due process, I will be vindicated of these charges,” a relaxed Silver announced after his release on $200,000 bond following a Manhattan Federal Court hearing.

  Silver, spied earlier taking an uncomfortable ride to the courthouse alongside an FBI agent, made his brief appearance after U.S. Attorney Preet Bhahara blasted him as the epitome of a corrupt politician.

“ For many years, New Yorkers have asked the question, ‘How could Speaker Silver, one of the most powerful men in New York, earn millions of dollars in outside income without deeply compromising his ability to honestly serve his constituents?’” said Bharara.

“ Today we provide the answer: He didn’t.” “

 

Be sure to read it all at The Daily News … this moment has been a long time coming …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest On Corruption Charges

 

 

 

 

” Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, people with knowledge of the matter said. The case is likely to throw Albany into disarray at the beginning of a new session.

  The investigation that led to the expected charges against Mr. Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has served as speaker for more than two decades, began after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March abruptly shut down an anticorruption commission he had created in 2013.

  Details of the specific charges to be brought against Mr. Silver were unclear on Wednesday night, but one of the people with knowledge of the matter said they stemmed from payments that Mr. Silver received from a small law firm that specializes in seeking reductions of New York City real estate taxes. The total amount of the payments was unclear, but another person has said they were substantial and were made over several years.

  Mr. Silver failed to list the payments from the firm, Goldberg & Iryami, on his annual financial disclosure filings with the state, as required.”

     God bless Preet Bharara and the Federal prosecutor’s office . It looks like Gov Cuomo’s shutdown of the Moreland commission was not enough to save one of the Dem’s favorite sons . Heres hoping Silver finishes his days in an 8×8 cell . Wishful thinking , I know , but one can hope .

Read more at the NY Times

Supreme Court Backs Former Air Marshal In Whistleblower Case

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news media about the absence of security officers on certain flights.

  On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected arguments made by President Barack Obama’s administration, which was seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak.

” I believe the ruling will give other federal employees more confidence to expose wrongdoing,” MacLean, who was fired in 2006 and now works in residential construction management in California, said in an interview.

  The legal question was whether MacLean’s actions may be protected by the U.S. Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that protects employees if a disclosure exposes unlawful conduct, gross mismanagement or threats to public safety.

  In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court concluded that U.S. Transportation Security Administration regulations that prohibited MacLean’s disclosures did not have sufficient legal force to bar him from receiving protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act.”

 

Reuters has the whole story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Bulldozes Home: Wife’s Errands End With Home, Everything Inside In Rubble

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A man bulldozed his wife’s home down to the ground with everything inside it, and when he was asked why he didn’t let her know about it, he said that he tried to call her, but she didn’t answer her phone. The bizarre story coming out of New York certainly confirms one of the neighbor’s observations that while the husband is a “nice guy,” he is also a “loose cannon.” As reported by 4 New York on Jan. 21, when 48-year-old James Rhein’s wife came home to her house after running errands on Monday, she was extremely upset. “She was in the middle of the road screaming, ‘her house, what happened to her house?'”

  Apparently, James Rhein is not a man of words but of action. The house on Woodland Avenue in Middletown in New York, which legally belonged to his wife, had problems with the foundation and was crumbling from years of disrepair. On Monday, while his wife was running some errands, James had some time on his hand to take care of the problematic house.

  Since Monday was a federal holiday and all official offices to get a demolition permit were closed, Rhein took the matter into his own hands. He rented a bulldozer from a local construction company, got to work, and by the time his wife was done with her errands, the house was taken care of – as in bulldozed to the ground.”

 

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Gallup: Obama Plummets To Lowest Annual Approval Rating Ever

 

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” With six years down and just two left in which to build a legacy, President Barack Obama has posted his lowest-ever average annual approval rating.

  A Gallup poll finds that Obama, in the one-year period between Jan. 20, 2014, and Monday, posted an approval average of just 42.6 percent.

  During their sixth year in office, Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon showed their lowest approval rating as well, with the sixth-year approval rating of every president since 1945 averaging just 45.5 percent, Politico notes.

  President George W. Bush tapped out the lowest at 37.3 percent, while President Bill Clinton scored an average approval of 63.8 percent, just before the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, Politico reports. Ronald Reagan, in his sixth year, averaged a 59.9 percent approval rating, Gallup reports.”

 

 

   For comparison Gallup provides us with the annual average approval ratings of all presidents since 1945 . As you can see below , Obama’s averages leave much to be desired .

 

 

Average Approval Ratings for U.S. Presidents by Year in Office, 1945-2015

 

 

 

    It’s interesting to note that with the exception of his first year in office Obama’s approval rating has been consistently well below 50% , while every year he has fallen well below the average of all of our post WWII leaders .

 

NewsMax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,700 Private Jets Descend On Davos For World Economic Forum

 

 

 

 

” Billionaires, world leaders and pop stars are clogging up the skies with their private jets as they descend on the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to liaise over issues such as terrorism, the central banks and growing economic inequality.

  Over the course of this week, approximately 1,700 private jets are expected to fly into the region, resulting airport traffic increasing by 10% which means that landing spots are in short supply.

  The Swiss Armed Forces have even opened up one of their military air bases for the first time to try and accommodate the increase in traffic. For private jet companies like PrivateFly, Netkets and VistaJet, this is by far their busiest time of year. “

 

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Why Police Are Maiming, Killing With ‘Grenades’

 

 

 

 

” Following a drug tip, nearly 20 cops stormed a small apartment outside Atlanta in 2010. Invading officers found only a little weed, but managed to seriously injure resident Treneshia Dukes with a flashbang grenade—a police device that’s drawing increasing attention and controversy, Pro Publica reports. Cops often toss the flash-and-bang devices to disorient suspects during drug raids, but critics note that the grenades’ flash is more hot than lava.At least 50 Americans, including children and cops, have been killed, maimed, or injured by flashbangs that landed near them or went off too soon. Even Bill Nixon, an Arkansas man who used to make flashbangs for police (before an officer lost a hand demonstrating one to Boy Scouts) doesn’t get why cops use them regularly. “It boggles my mind,” he says.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Police in Little Rock, Ark., used them on 84% of raids from 2011 to 2013, although the raids usually just turned up minor drug paraphernalia. But a police rep defends flashbang use, saying that “what we see is a large service of warrants without gunfire.” Still, horror stories include a 19-month-old Georgia baby who suffered severe facial injuries during a drug raid when a flashbang landed in her crib, WOKV reports. A grand jury didn’t indict the officers involved but suggested two ideas that are going around: better police training (there are no national flashbang training standards) and fewer “no-knock” warrants that permit police raids. Meanwhile, Dukes—who suffered second-degree burns over her body—has filed a civil suit alleging excessive police force. “My skin is ugly, and I feel like I’m ugly,” she says. “When I talk about it, I just get angry.” “

 

Thanks to Newser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of More Than 3,000 U.S. Counties, Just 65 Have Recovered From Recession, NACo Says

 

 

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” Seven years after the recession began, only one in 50 U.S. counties has fully bounced back, according to a study the National Association of Counties released Monday.

  The 2014 County Economic Tracker shows that 65 of the nation’s 3,069 counties have met or surpassed prerecession levels in four measured categories: jobs, unemployment rate, economic output and home prices.

  Those places range from Anderson County, S.C., to McKenzie County, N.D., to Kodiak Island, Alaska.

  National employment surpassed 2007 levels during 2014 and the U.S. gross domestic product had fully recovered from the recession by 2011. But the national unemployment rate was 5.6% in December compared with 5% when the recession began seven years earlier. And housing values in much of the country have yet to fully return.

  The recovered counties are largely located in energy-rich areas and have small populations. Of the 65 recovered counties, 24 are in Texas and 16 are in North Dakota. The others are generally in the middle of the country, including nine in Minnesota and eight in Kansas.

  None of the recovered counties has more than 500,000 residents.”

 

     This article , more than any other demonstrates that the nearly $3 Trillion in government stimulus spending was nothing more than wasteful cronyism handed out to favored unions , interest groups and corporations . Little or none trickled down to benefit the taxpayers actually footing the bill .

Wall Street Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Multiculturalism Caused The Paris Terror Attacks

 Afterburner w/Bill Whittle

 

 

 

 

Published on Jan 15, 2015

” It wasn’t the Mohammed cover art that caused the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris; it was the multicultural treatment of Muslims in France. Another scorcher of an Afterburner from Bill Whittle on PJTV, share it on Facebook! http://goo.gl/qVMQgx “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator’s Husband Stands To Profit Big From Government Deal

 

 

 

 

 

” Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich?

  Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done.

  The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.

  Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion. Most voters didn’t notice that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014.

  This feat of federal spousal support was ignored by the media after Feinstein’s office said the senator, whose wealth is pegged at $70 million, had nothing to do with the USPS decisions.

  When the national debt is $18 trillion, a billion seems like small change.”

 

Thanks to the NY Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In the kind of response that sounds like a joke — even to liberal journalists — Secretary of State John Kerry brought Seventies pop star James Taylor (now almost 67) to sing his old chestnut “You’ve Got a Friend’ to the French as a show of support after President Obama blew off the “historic” rally of world leaders last Sunday.

  Try Washington Post political reporter Aaron Blake as a non-plussed MSM member:

Our “smart diplomats” are sending France a “Big Hug” … could they be any more lame ?

NewsBusters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking Down The Numbers: One Third Of Americans Believe Police Lie Routinely

 

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” Do police officers “routinely lie to serve their own interests?” Thirty-one percent of Americans believe they do, and that number rises to 45 percent among African-Americans, 41 percent among young people and 39 percent among Democrats. Republicans reject that charge three to one (60 to 20 percent).

  Those numbers come from a national poll of Americans just conducted by Reuters and the Ipsos polling organization. (Explore the full results here.) Still, the image of the police is more controversial than the reality.

  Asked whether they approve of the job being done by “your local police department,” nearly three quarters of Americans say they approve. Approval is high among African-Americans (56 percent) as well as whites (77 percent), among Democrats (72 percent) as well as Republicans (84 percent).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Not only do cops lie on a regular basis in the course of performing their “duty” but they are allowed to use lies in pursuit of their desired end results … Know Your Rights

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Mother And Daughter Weigh A Total Of 43 Stone And Get £34k A Year Handouts, But Refuse To Diet

 

 

 

 

 

” A mother and daughter who get £34,000 a year in handouts because they are too fat to work say they’d rather be happy and on benefits than depressed and thin

  Janice and Amber Manzur weigh a total of 43 stone and are so overweight they have to use mobility scooters as their weight means to get around.

  But both women refuse to diet and mother-of-two Ms Manzur, 44, insists: “I’d rather my daughter live life on benefits being fat and happy than depressed and thin.”

  Ms Manzur lives in a three-bedroom house that has been customised by the council to accommodate her disability and drives a Fiat Quibo disability car worth around £15,000.

  Ms Manzur said: “There’s no point in dieting, it doesn’t make a difference.”

 

 

    This is the inevitable result of the culture of dependence fostered by the Leviathan State … and for those who inhabit the world of the pound , a stone is equivalent to 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms … do the math and you get 602 lbs between the two layabouts .

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Sarah Palin Hammers Obama For His Snub Of The Paris Anti-Terror Rally

 

 

 

 

 

 

” President Barack Obama is coming under increasing criticism for his no-show at the massive anti-terrorism, pro-free speech rally in Paris that took place on Sunday. While virtually every other world leader was in attendance including those of France, Germany, the Ukraine, Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority, not one major American official, not even Attorney General Eric Holder who flew out of Paris over the weekend, choose to show up. Sunday, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, former vice presidential candidate, and current most powerful female politician on the planet, took to Facebook pm Sunday to demand why.

  She started her post by praising the unprecedented rally, which placed over a million people in the streets of Paris, as a powerful answer to the evil inflicted by the Islamist terrorists last week. Then she noted the one man who was conspicuous by his absence. Palin’s condemnation was damning.”

 

 

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FCC Chair Has All But Confirmed He’ll Side With Obama On Net Neutrality

 

 

 

 

 

 

” President Obama’s top telecom regulator just issued his strongest hints yet about a pending plan to regulate Internet providers, and judging by reports from the room, he’s leaning hard toward the most aggressive proposal on the table.

  Speaking Wednesday at CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler took aim at several industry arguments against the use of Title II of the Communications Act to regulate broadband providers. That’s the legal tool that President Obama and many consumer groups say would prevent broadband providers from unfairly discriminating against some Web sites.

  Wheeler also appeared to backtrack on one of his previous net neutrality proposals, saying it didn’t go far enough in protecting consumers, according to tweets from the audience.

  Now, analysts and policy experts from both sides of the net neutrality debate largely agree that Wheeler will seek to apply Title II to Internet providers after all, more than a year after a federal court tossed out the FCC’s previous net neutrality rules.”

 

Washington Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-06-15

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 6, 2015:

  • Update: Massachusetts State Police (Boston) (First reported 12-14-14): A trooper was reinstated after he was suspended for pepper spraying a peaceful protester at a rally against police violence. The incident was caught on video and went viral. The MSP reached out to the victim, but he declined to file charges. http://ow.ly/GMnup 
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: The sheriff was arrested by a state trooper for DUI and leaving scene of an accident after hitting another car and causing injury. The sheriff was apprehended during a traffic stop four miles away from the scene of the accident. South Carolina law states that only a coroner may arrest a sheriff, so there is a lingering question as to the legality of the arrest. http://ow.ly/GMr4w 
  • Waterbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired after an internal investigation showed he made false statements on official documents. According to the news report, “a statement he made about a confrontation with an armed robbery suspect was “completely lacking in credibility.””http://ow.ly/GMrV4 
  • Cook County, Illinois: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged with three felonies related to an attempted sexual assault. Allegedly, while off duty, the deputy picked up a “known prostitute” in his car. When she attempted to get out of the car, according to the news report, he made reference to his gun and threatened the woman.  http://ow.ly/GP0gH 
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 04-04-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $2300 restitution after pleading guilty to bribery, drug, and misconduct charges. Specifically, he was paid by a confidential informant to use a police database to find the home address of someone who had a large amount of cash in their home. He also pled guilty to a cocaine distribution. http://ow.ly/GMyKE 
  • University of Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX): A campus officer resigned one year after fatally shooting a student following a traffic stop for erratic driving. According to the news report, the officer and the decedent had been in an altercation before the shooting. The officer claimed he told the decedent to put his hands behind his back 14 times and to stop resisting arrest 56 times. The former officer now faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of the student. http://ow.ly/GP28H 
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A police officer was arrested in Goodyear for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. http://ow.ly/GOC4g 
  • Wisconsin State Police (Hudson): An off-duty trooper was charged with driving while intoxicated after suffering a car crash that left his passenger seriously injured. Onstar services called 911 from the original crash site, but no vehicle was there when police arrived. The trooper later called 911 from a parking lot. At the time of the news report, the injured passenger was in the intensive care unit. http://ow.ly/GOAC9 
  • Update: Lexington County, South Carolina (First reported 06-18-14): The now-former sheriff pled guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to aid undocumented immigrants. In exchange for his plea, the other nine charges were dropped. He, and two others, arranged for two undocumented people to escape processing at the jail the he supervised. The judge had previously rejected a plea deal that would have kept the disgraced sheriff out of prison. He awaits sentencing. http://ow.ly/GOEYl 
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested after Christmas Eve bar fight. The argument had started indoors but moved outside into the parking lot. The officer and other suspects drove away before the police arrived, but a witness wrote down their license plate numbers, thus allowing the police to apprehend them. http://ow.ly/GOGsl 
  • Minnesota State Police: A trooper was indicted on manslaughter charges for a fatal July 4 car crash while on duty. The trooper was responding to a motorcycle accident (with injury) when he broadsided the vehicle occupied by two senior citizens, who died from their injuries. http://ow.ly/GOIla 
 

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Mexican President Offers Obama Help With Amnesty Documents

 

 

 

 

” Mexico’s president told President Obama Tuesday that his government will supply the documents necessary for millions of illegal Mexican immigrants to prove they’ve been living in the U.S. prior to 2010, a move that will help them qualify for Mr. Obama’s recently announced deportation amnesty.

  In an Oval Office meeting, President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Mr. Obama’s executive action on amnesty as “very intelligent and audacious,” and said his government will do everything in its power to ensure that Mexicans who want to stay in the U.S. can do so.

  The move has proven far more controversial in Washington, where Republican critics say the president’s unilateral move was unwise and unconstitutional.

  About two-thirds of the nearly 5 million illegal immigrants covered by Mr. Obama’s action are natives of Mexico. It’s not clear what kind of documentation the Mexican government will provide to show proof of residency in the U.S. prior to 2010 — the cutoff date to qualify for Mr. Obama’s amnesty plan and avoid deportation.”

 

When governments facilitate the breaking of the law , there is no law …

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“Peaceful Protesters” Disrupt Ceremony For 100 Yr Old War Veteran

 

 

 

 

 

” 100 year old U.S. Navy veteran Dario Raschio was scheduled to receive some long overdue medals for his service in World War II this weekend at a town hall in Portland, Oregon arranged by Senator Ron Wyden. The veteran of five campaigns in the Pacific Theatre was the subject of many stories, having done multiple observational flight runs, taken gunfire from the Japanese and even being shot down once, finding himself stranded in shark filled waters. The multiple medals he was to receive were all in recognition of various aspects of his service to our nation. Unfortunately, before the proceedings could get fully underway, things took a turn.

 

  While the disrespect shown for Mr. Raschio is beyond the pale, this is fairly characteristic of the latest rounds of anti-cop, “peaceful protests” going on around the country. One of the defining characteristics of these schemes is that they are so completely outside the realm of the issue they are purportedly out there to correct. If you are angered about perceived injustice by police against minorities, what could that possibly have to do with Mr. Raschio? This theme is repeated in the so called Black Brunch protests in Oakland and New York City this weekend. Protesters invaded various businesses to disrupt service and dining in what they referred to as “white spaces.” “

 

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Arrests Plummet 66% With NYPD In Virtual Work Stoppage

 

 

Statistics obtained by The Post show a dramatic drop in NYPD activity between Dec. 22 —
the first weekday after the double cop assassination —
and Sunday, compared with the same period last year.

 

 

” It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage.

  NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.

  The dramatic drop comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio plan to hold an emergency summit on Tuesday with the heads of the five police unions to try to close the widening rift between cops and the administration.”

 

NY Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Sharpton Gets Paid To Not Cry ‘Racism’ At Corporations

 

 

 

 

 

” Want to influence a casino bid? Polish your corporate image? Not be labeled a racist?

  Then you need to pay Al Sharpton.

  For more than a decade, corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network. What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community or, more often, his silence.

  Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascalmet with the activist preacher after leaked e-mails showed her making racially charged comments about President Obama. Pascal was under siege after a suspected North Korean cyber attack pressured the studio to cancel its release of “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of dictator Kim Jong-un.

  Pascal and her team were said to be “shaking in their boots” and “afraid of the Rev,” The Post reported.

No payments to NAN have been announced, but Sharpton and Pascal agreed to form a “working group” to focus on racial bias in Hollywood.

“ Al Sharpton has enriched himself and NAN for years by threatening companies with bad publicity if they didn’t come to terms with him. Put simply, Sharpton specializes in shakedowns,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal & Policy Center, a Virginia-based watchdog group that has produced a book on Sharpton.

  And Sharpton, who now boasts a close relationship with Obama and Mayor de Blasio, is in a stronger negotiating position than ever.

“ Once Sharpton’s on board, he plays the race card all the way through,” said a source who has worked with the Harlem preacher. “He just keeps asking for more and more money.” “

 

 

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The Tree-Ring Of The Fisherman

 

 

 

” I mentioned the other day Dr Judith Curry’s New Year predictions:

  In terms of global temperature, I expect the hiatus to continue at last another decade, but won’t pretend to predict year to year variations. In terms of U.S. politics, I expect the Republican dominated Senate to hold more congressional hearings related to climate/energy issues. I don’t expect much to be accomplished in the Paris UNFCCC meeting. And finally I predict that Michael Mann’s lawsuit against NRO/CEI/Steyn won’t be resolved in 2015.

  I’ll come back to that last one – personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mann’s suit against me lasts as long as “the hiatus” and then some. And I’ll return to the first one, too. But let’s start with that third one – the upcoming Paris meeting of the UNFCCC. When I first started seeing headlines about the Pope pushing for action on climate change, I assumed the College of Climate Cardinals had had a whip round and decided to buy Michael E Mann a funny hat and a big balcony to make up for the implosion of his self-conferred Nobel Prize. But no, this isn’t His Hockiness but His Holiness – the real, actual Pope:

  This March, following a visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis will publish an encyclical on the environment that insiders say will tackle the issue of global warming head on. Pope Francis is hoping to have some impact when world leaders meet to discuss climate change in Paris next year…

  So the pontiff wants to get a piece of the climate-change action. Do carbon offsets qualify for papal indulgences?”

 

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New Poll Shows Tepid GOP Support For Boehner In Role Of Speaker

 

 

 

” From the final Morning Jolt of the week…

Despite an Ominous New Poll, Speaker Boehner Isn’t Going Anywhere

  House Speaker John Boehner is not particularly popular with Republican voters.

  We now know just how unenthusiastic Republicans feel from a new poll conducted by Pat Caddell and EMC Research, commissioned by the People’s Poll, in an exclusive to the Morning Jolt/Campaign Spot.

  Nine percent of self-identified Republicans and self-described independents who say they lean closer to Republicans say they feel “strongly favorable” about Boehner, and another 34 percent say “somewhat favorable.” Another 23 percent say they’re “somewhat unfavorable,” and another 11 percent say strongly unfavorable. An entire 11 percent say they’ve never heard of John Boehner.

  Asked, “If it were up to you, would you elect John Boehner to continue as Speaker of the House or would you elect someone new?”, 11 percent of respondents said “definitely” Boehner, 15 percent said “probably,” 26 percent said “probably” someone new, and 34 percent said someone new, definitely.

 

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