Tag Archive: Corruption


Will Obama’s Scamnesty Destroy the Foundations of the Democrat Party?

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Boston ‘Teeming With Protesters’ in Giant Rally Against Housing Illegal Immigrants in the State | Video | TheBlaze.com

While Bree Sison of WBZ-TV estimated the crowd numbering in the hundreds, Boston.com described the area in front of the State House as “teeming with protesters,” noting that rally organizer Jeff Kuhner, host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, put the number closer to 10,000.

  Glenn Reynolds slugs his blog of this story “Even in Blue State Massachusetts.”  I’d say it would be more accurate to say “Especially in Blue State Massachusetts.”

 

 

Image source: Twitter/Marc Lombardo

Image source: Twitter/Marc Lombardo
 
 
 

Does this look like “hundreds” to you ? 

 

 

” Blue states tend to be characterized by dominating urban areas jammed full of permanent Democrat voters who are, by and large, poorer, less educated, less employed (or employable) and generally less able to compete for good jobs.”

 

Read more from Bill Quick and a tip of the hat to Glenn Reynolds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About these ads

Bill Gates’ Tech Worker Fantasy

 

 

” Business executives and politicians endlessly complain that there is a “shortage” of qualified Americans and that the U.S. must admit more high-skilled guest workers to fill jobs in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. This claim is echoed by everyone from President Obama and Rupert Murdoch to Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

  Yet within the past month, two odd things occurred: Census reported that only one in four STEM degree holders is in a STEM job, and Microsoft announced plans to downsize its workforce by 18,000 jobs. Even so, the House is considering legislation that, like the Senate immigration bill before it, would increase to unprecedented levels the supply of high-skill guest workers and automatic green cards to foreign STEM students.

  As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry’s assertions of labor shortages.”

 

Read more at USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vans May Be New Form Of Transportation For Illegals, As Feds Attempts To Avoid Scrutiny

 

 

 

 

 

” It appears that many illegal immigrants in California are being transported by federal agents via van caravans instead of large Department of Homeland Security (DHS) buses. Dropping off illegal immigrants from vans, rather than buses, may serve to draw less attention and scrutiny from local residents, many of whom remain resistant to the dumping of foreigners in their communities. “

 

 

Breitbart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ex-Planned Parenthood Director: They Told Me Every Baby Killed in Abortion Made Them $313.29

image

” In a new expose’ video released today, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director says Planned Parenthood put a price on the value of a human life: $313.29.

  That’s the amount of money Abby Johnson says the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic she ran in south Texas would make every time it would kill a baby in an abortion. Johnson, who is now pro-life, released a video this morning exposing the abortion quotas that take place at Planned Parenthood.

  Johnson says her supervisor informed her that her clinic needed to double the number of abortions it was doing and that it should be killing 1,135 babies per year to make the financial goals set up for her clinic by Planned Parenthood’s head honchos.

“This was bothersome to me as I truly believed that our goal was to reduce the number of abortions…after all, that’s what we always said to the media,” Johnson said. “When I voiced my concerns to my supervisor, she laughed and said, ‘But Abby, abortion is how we make our money.’” “

Life News

IRS: Hey, Maybe We Do Have Our E-mail Backups

 

 

 

 

 

” Does the IRS actually have their backups for e-mail from the period when Lois Lerner and her group targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny on tax-exempt applications? The agency claimed a month ago that it overwrote the tapes every six months, in one of the most notorious (and unsuccessful) Friday afternoon document dumps ever. New testimony from one of the IRS’ top lawyers released last night by the House Oversight Committee casts doubt on that story (via Instapundit):

  The IRS might not have lost the backups of former agency administrator Lois Lerner’s emails after all, according to a top IRS official.

  In testimony released Monday, Thomas Kane, the IRS’s deputy associate chief counsel, told House Oversight investigators last week that the agency was examining whether all the back-up tapes which held the emails have been recycled. “

 

 

Now that they’ve had plenty of time to create a bogus email trail they miraculously find the “back-ups” ? Hot Air has more .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Feel Poorer

 

 

costoflivingxpenses-7-1-14

 

 

 

 

” You feel poorer because you are poorer.

  In the last fourteen years, has your income increased over 50%? If you think it has, has it done so after taxes? Even if it has, you likely have not kept up in terms of inflation.

  If you are a retiree, living on fixed income, a pension or bonds, you certainly have become poorer. If you had bought the Dow-Jones on 12/31/1999 you would have entered at about 11,500. It closed last week at less than 17,100. That would have been an appreciation of 6,600, better than 50%. But, of course, that was before taxes.

  As a retiree, you have seen your purchasing power stolen by Fed policies. Whether you invested in fixed income or equities, you lost ground. Anyone in that position has seen their lives become poorer despite a lifetime of successful work and careful financial planning.”

 

 

    As it stands now , no matter how hard you work and save , you’ll never get ahead , not with the present monetary policies put in place at the behest of the Fed and the government . The authorities are systematically destroying all that the American public has worked so hard to attain . The American dream is not being killed by China … It is a victim of filicide

 

 

” For those still working, most are losing purchasing power each year. Wages are not keeping up with inflation, even the understated numbers reported by government. In short, the decline of a once-great economic power is well underway. The country is no longer growing enough to raise everyone’s standard of living.

  Government has killed the golden goose and in an attempt to hide the obvious is debauching the dollars. Government tries to hide their own failure with phony statistics and a welfare state designed to placate the masses. Bread and circuses are deceptions not progress.”

 

 

Read the rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Issa: Lerner ‘Broke Some Laws;’ Emails Show Her Attorney ‘Outright Lied A Number of Times’

 

 

Issa Crowley

 

 

 

” House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had a testy interview with Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday, where he asserted that Lois Lerner “broke some laws” and “sent 1.1 million tax records” with illegal confidential information “on conservative groups” to the Department of Justice.

  Issa also claimed that Lerner’s attorney has “said things and been not correct, or disingenuous, or outright lied a number of times, and it’s been shown by e-mails.” 

  After pointing out that although Lois Lerner’s emails are missing due to her hard drive crash, 20,000 emails have been retrieved through other means, Candy Crowley asked: “Did Lois Lerner crash her own computer?”

” We will probably never know that – the drive is physically gone,” Issa replied. “

 

CNSNews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 VA Hospital Workers Claim Retaliation For Blowing Whistle On The Horrors They Saw

 

 

 

 

 

” When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs facility in New York, saw the clinic restrain a sexual assault survivor to a bed for seven consecutive hours, she released the woman.

  The next day, Ms. Riviello said, she was removed from her post as senior nurse manager and given a full-time desk job that prohibited her from contact with patients. She eventually was reprimanded and is facing a 30-day unpaid suspension for releasing the woman.

  Now, Ms. Riviello is one of more than 50 whistleblowers who say the Veterans Affairs Department retaliated against them for trying to do their jobs. The complaints got backing last week from the Justice Department’s office of special counsel, which issued a stern warning for the VA to shape up.

  Ms. Riviello said her reprimand for the November incident has cowed other nurses at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in New York.”

 

 

   We’re still waiting for the appearance of that “most open , honest and transparent” administration we keep hearing about…

 

 

 

       Being a whistle-blower in this administration is bad for your career . Ask the 50 brave souls at the VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Armstrong Warns Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: “This Won’t End Pretty”

 

 

 

 

 

” The greatest problem we have is misinformation. People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. This whole agenda of socialism has sold a Utopian idea that the State is there for the people yet it is run by lawyers following their own self-interest. The pensions created for those in government drive the cost of government up exponentially with time. The political forces blame the rich and this merely creates a class warfare with no resolution for the future. Even confiscating all the wealth of the so-called rich will not sustain the system. Consequently, we just have to crash and burn and start all over again.

  The exploitation by the bankers has been really a disaster. They have been their own worst enemy and in the end, they have become the symbol that inspires class warfare if not revolution. They are not the representatives of those who produce jobs. They are merely those who wanted to trade with other people’s money for free. When they win, it is their’s, but any losses are passed to the taxpayers. Bankers should be bankers – not hedge fund managers who keep 100% of the profits using other people’s savings.

 

 

For those who think the beginning was rough , just wait for the conclusion , It will be worse , much worse …

 

 

The solutions from politics will always be the same – grab more power. We are in a downward spiral of liberty and how far we go down this path to the future will be determined by the people and if they at least wise up and see this is not class warfare, it is the people against government. This is why I say career politicians are dangerous for they can be bought way too easily as Clinton was to open the flood gates for the bankers.

  This is not going to end pretty. The question is when does society wake up? Just how high will this price be that we have to pay? They will blame the rich and the idiots will cheer – get them. What will happen when there is no more wealth to hunt? We end up with a communist state by default – no wealth, just career politicians who blame everyone but themselves.”

 

Zero Hedge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now EPA Says It Can’t Find Emails Requested By Congress Because Of Hard Drive Crash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Does the federal government have any systems at all to back its email archives? Maybe not, because the Environmental Protection Agency is now using the same excuse as the IRS is using in response to a Congressional subpoena: the computer ate our homework.

  In a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency was still trying to recover the emails from a now-retired employee who was involved in a controversial EPA evaluation of a proposed mine project in Alaska‘s Bristol Bay.

  Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., asked McCarthy: “Were all of his emails preserved according to the Federal Records Act or was a law violated?”

  McCarthy responded: “I think we have notified the appropriate authorities that we may have some emails that we cannot produce that we should have kept. I do not know yet whether we can recover all of these or not.” She added that later: “We are not sure where the failure came from and what it is attributed to.” “

” Two different government agencies tried to convince Congress and the American people this week that emails disappear into thin air. We didn’t believe it when we heard it from the IRS and I’m not inclined to believe the EPA’s excuses. The Federal Records Act is very clear. This is either willful ignorance on the part of the EPA or gross incompetence. I hope the EPA will follow through and turn over the relevant information it promised to the Oversight Committee months ago.” “

 

 

Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kronies: Laughing All The Way To The Export-Import Bank

 

 

 

 

Published on Jun 16, 2014

” Get Konnected at http://thekronies.com/

  In this very special episode of “The Less You Know”, Johnny and Bobby learn a valuable lesson about campaign finance. 

  With a crucial re-authorization vote looming, the Representatives must decide whether or not to support the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Johnny and Bobby nearly make a terrible mistake, one that could endanger their political careers! 

  Luckily, Bankor and Ariel Stryker appear just in time to set the Reps straight…straight on the path to re-election. Including a special appearance by “the Big man” himself, this episode is sure to capture hearts, minds, and votes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRS Has Lost More E-mails . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

” It’s not just Lois Lerner’s e-mails. The Internal Revenue Service says it can’t produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.

  The IRS recently informed Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.

  The revelation about Lerner’s e-mails rekindled the targeting scandal and today’s news has further inflamed Republicans. Camp and Boustany are now demanding a special prosecutor to investigate “every angle” of the events that led to Lois Lerner’s revelation in May 2013 that the agency had used inappropriate criteria to review the applications for tax exemption.

  The lawmakers expressed particular outrage that the agency has known since February that it would not be able to produce the e-mails requested by the committee yet did not apprise the committee of that fact, and they charged in a statement that the IRS is attempting to “cover up the fact that it convenient lost key documents in the investigation.” “

 

 

National Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: FIFA And The World Cup

 

 

 

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

” John Oliver’s excitement for the World Cup is tempered by knowing information about FIFA, the organization that produces it. John details the problems with the upcoming tournament and the staggering allegations of corruption against FIFA.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dog Ate My E-Mails, For Two Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Who knew that the Obama administration had a penchant for black humor? Earlier this year, in February, President Obama told Bill O’Reilly during an interview on Fox News that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups. In July 2013, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew foreshadowed his boss’s nonchalance by insisting that there was “no evidence” that any political appointee had been involved in the scandal.

  Now we may know why. After months of delay in responding to congressional inquiries, the IRS now claims that, for the period of January 2009 to April 2011, all e-mails between Lois Lerner — the IRS official at the center of the scandal — and anyone outside the IRS were wiped out by a “computer crash.” As House Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp wrote in a statement, this loss means that “we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone.” After all, there isn’t a “smidgen” of e-mail evidence to suggest otherwise.”

 

 

As Mr Fund explains , it is virtually impossible for all of those emails to have disappeared without a trace …

 

 

” A growing number of computer professionals are stepping forward to say that none of this makes sense. Norman Cillo, a former program manager at Microsoft, told The Blaze: “I don’t know of any e-mail administrator [who] doesn’t have at least three ways of getting that mail back. It’s either on the disks or it’s on a TAPE backup someplace on an archive server.” Bruce Webster, an IT expert with 30 years of experience consulting with dozens of private companies, seconds this opinion: “It would take a catastrophic mechanical failure for Lerner’s drive to suffer actual physical damage, but in any case, the FBI should be able to recover something. And the FBI and the Justice Department know it.”

 

 

 

 

    Lies , lies and more lies , that’s all we ever get from the “most open , honest and transparent administration” in history …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Things That Kill More Often Than Shootings By ‘Far Right Extremists’ In A Single Chart

 

 

” According to the START consortium at the University of Maryland, here is the threat from “far right” extremism in America:

  • Between 1990 and 2013, there were 155 ideologically motivated homicide events committed by far-right extremists in the United States. About 13 percent of these were anti-government in nature.
  • Including the Oklahoma City Bombing, which killed 168 individuals, far-right extremists killed 368 individuals during ideologically motivated homicide events between 1990 and 2013.

  Even if we factor in the Oklahoma City bombing we are talking about 16 fatalities a year. In a nation of over 300 million people.

  Let’s contextualize by showing the odds of being killed by other things in America that are not “far right” extremists with this Economist chart:

 

death-in-America

  If the odds of dying in a given year for an American is about 20,000,000:1, then you are more likely to be killed by the following things than by “right-wing extremists”:

 

  Heart disease, accidents and injuries, intentional self-harm, assault by firearms, walking, choking, fire, post-surgical complications, alcohol, falling down stairs, exposure to forces of nature, cycling, exposure to excessive natural cold, firearms discharge, storms, lightning, and dog bites.

  Even if the Las Vegas shooters were right-wing “anti-government” types, we still need to know one basic fact: the number of deadly acts of “far-right” anti-government extremism is fewer than one a year over 23 years.

  It is patently absurd to represent millions of Americans by extreme cases, and this type of false inductive reasoning is rejected in serious research. Nonetheless, the news media grab onto extreme cases and hold them up as representative of decent, hard-working Americans.

  Getting killed by a far right extremist is about as likely to happen to an American as getting killed by a bee sting – which has odds of around 25,000,000:1.  Maybe the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security should look into the threats posed by angry bees in the United States?

  In addition, those who are gun control proponents make the claim that firearms are a threat to society, and base that claim in part on the statistic that there were 12,800 homicides in the United States

  But they’re not looking at the over 100 million people who have access to guns. Each year, Americans with access to guns are around ten thousand times more likely not to unlawfully use a firearm than to use one to commit a homicide.

  Also, as CNS News and Mediaite pointed out, mass shootings are not on the rise in the United States, and crime on the whole has been falling for decades.

  As far as right-wing “terrorism” goes, it barely registers a blip compared to eco-terrorism and Islamist terrorism. But the partisan media don’t want you to know that; they’d rather take extreme events out of context and use them to attack their political enemies.”

 

   Speaking of using violence for political gain , we invite you to read our thorough debunking of Nanny Bloomberg’s Everytown “74 School Shootings” Map .

Many thanks to Kyle Becker for the above article .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Accused Of Stealing From Make-A-Wish

 

 

Make-A-Wish Robbery

Click Picture For Video

 

 

” A Memphis police officer is accused of trying to steal money from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It happened at Memphis International Airport and the entire incident was caught on camera.

  The video shows a mad dash for the cash. Police say Officer Ronald Harris tried to steal money from the Make-A-Wish Foundation as they were dropping off $1,500 to a family going on a wish trip. Somehow Harris knew about it.

  Police say Harris head-butted Nathan Moore, whose forehead was cut so badly he needed stitches. Moore refused medical attention and insisted on getting on the plane with his family.

  Harris is now suspended from the Memphis Police Department. New reports show he was already on leave seeing a psychologist and may suffer a mental disorder. His wife says he’s threatened to kill her.

  Police say they found stolen mail in his car that belonged to his neighbor.”

 

More from KSKD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 San Diego Police Officers Arrested On Drug Charges

 

 

Drug Dealing Cops

 

 

” A pair of married veteran police officers were facing a slew of drug-related charges Friday in yet another scandal to hit the San Diego Police Department this year. “

 

 

Jennifer & Bryce

 

 

” Bryce Charpentier, 32, and his 41-year-old wife, Jennifer, were taken into custody late Thursday morning in the East County and 4S Ranch, respectively, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which said the arrests stemmed from a long-running task force investigation. 

  Each was arrested without incident on suspicion of conspiracy and sales, possession and transportation of a controlled substance. Bryce Charpentier also was expected to face a charge of being under the influence while in possession of a loaded firearm, sheriff’s officials said.”

 

Story continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Deaths, Untold Heartache, From G.M. Defect

 

 

 

 

” For most of the last decade, Candice Anderson has carried unspeakable guilt over the death of her boyfriend. He was killed in 2004 in a car accident here, and she was at the wheel. At one point, Ms. Anderson, who had a trace of Xanax in her blood, even faced a manslaughter charge. She was 21.

  All these years, Ms. Anderson — now engaged and a mother — has been a devoted visitor to his grave. She tidies it every season, sweeping away leaves and setting down blue daisies with gold glitter for his birthday, miniature lit trees for Christmas, stones with etched sayings for the anniversary of their accident.

“ It’s torn me up,” Ms. Anderson said of the death of Gene Mikale Erickson. “I’ve always wondered, was it really my fault?”

Last week, she learned it was not.”

   Read more of these 13 acknowledged victims of GM and the Fed’s conspiracy here and note these articles below that argue that the “official” death toll of 13 is just the beginning .

Federal Auto Safety Regulator: GM Ignition Flaws Likely Killed More Than 13 People

Why GM Recall Death Toll Will Rise

NHTSA Says More Than 13 Killed In GM Recalled Cars

    While this scandalous behavior on the part of GM began long before the government became the major shareholder , it demonstrates most succinctly that once the Feds became a partner of this private corporation and had a vested interest in the success and/or failure of that particular corporation that it abdicated it’s primary function as a watchdog of the public’s interests .

New, Unwelcome Question For SDPD: How Has $1M Gone Unaccounted For?

 

 

SDPD Million Dollars Missing

 

 

” There’s yet another mystery now haunting San Diego’s embattled police department: The whereabouts of a million dollars in federal funds that haven’t shown up “on paper.”

  It’s a case that’ll have to be solved by city financial experts and auditors because the cop shop’s numbers don’t square up.

  It may be that somebody didn’t hit a certain number on a keyboard – at least that’s the best City Hall might hope for.

” To me, I’m not worried that it’s a crime; it doesn’t look like that,” said Sean Karafin, CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. “But it’s more of an issue of why was this not caught? Why has it taken four years for the media to be the ones to find it?”

  The million-dollar discrepancy was turned up by the “U-T Watchdog”, which has been reviewing documents involving U.S. Treasury and Justice Department programs that share “forfeited assets” from drug dealers and other crooks with state and local law enforcement.”

 

NBC San Diego

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Democrats Just Blocked A Bill To Increase Accountability At The Scandal-Plagued Veterans Affairs Department

 

 

Bernie Sanders

 

 

” This actually happened on the Senate floor this afternoon. Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) asked for consent to take up and pass the Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, a bill that would make it easier/possible for the scandal-plagued department to fire employees based on poor performance. The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation on Wednesday, with a bipartisan vote of 390 to 33. (Only Democrats objected.)

  Surely the Senate would follow suit, right? Not exactly. Senator Bernie Sanders, a union-backed socialist from Vermont, objected on behalf of Senate Democrats to Rubio’s request. Instead of taking any action now, Sanders said he is going to hold a hearing—several weeks from now.

  Sanders, who chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has been one of the most outspoken defenders of the VA against allegations of misconduct. When asked about reports of multiple deaths related to long wait times at the VA healthcare system, Sanders told CNN: “People die every day.” “

 

Free Beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island Police Seized Over $ 15 Million Over The Last Decade

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The smallest state in the Union can rake in big money from asset forfeiture.

  Since 2003, law enforcement in Rhode Island has hauled in $15.7 million using the state’s asset forfeiture laws. But most of the cases were not targeting drug kingpins. Between 2003 and 2013, the average value of forfeited property was $4,142. Almost 40 percent of these cases affected property valued at less than $1,000. Only 12 out of almost 3,800 incidents involved property worth more than $100,000.

  Last year, 22 police departments seized more than $1.3 million from 306 incidents. But less than half of these actually led to a conviction. In fact, under civil forfeiture, the government can take property from people never convicted of a crime, or even charged with one. Only a handful of states (including, most recently, Minnesota) actually require a criminal conviction to forfeit property.

  According to the Institute for Justice’s survey of America’s civil forfeiture laws, “Policing for Profit,” Rhode Island’s laws are in dire need of reform. To forfeit property, the government only needs to show probable cause, an incredibly low standard of proof. Only nine other states require such little evidence. Not only that, to retrieve property, an owner has to bear the burden of proof—they are considered guilty until proven innocent. As one criminal defense attorney put it, “The playing field is not level. The government has all the leverage.”

  Civil forfeiture in Rhode Island also provides a tantalizing incentive to police for profit. Law enforcement can keep up to 90 percent of the proceeds from forfeited property. As the police chief for Pawtucket, the fourth largest city in the Ocean State, put it, “These assets have been a godsend.”

  Help IJ end policing for profit!”

 

Institute For Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Jurisdiction, No Problem: Local Police Make Up Their Own Rules

 

 

Richmond Public Housing Police

 

 

 

” An investigation by 8News Investigative Reporter A.J. Lagoe exposes Richmond’s Public Housing Police Department playing by its own rules and making arrests—where they have no right to make them.

  VCU professor Jayasimha Atulasimha was pulled over by police.

” I was just pulled over for whatever, a wrong turn,” he says.

  But this story is not about a driver’s wrong turn. It is about the wrong turn Richmond’s Public Housing Police Department took at its very inception.

  The death of the RRHA Police Department has been headline news since April 1 when it was shut down with no warning.

  A former officer agreed to speak with us on the condition we protect his identity.

” You’re dealing with people’s lives. You’re dealing with officer’s jobs, their careers,” the former RRHA police officer says. “You don’t lie to us. You don’t lie to the people.”

  The lie the officer is referring to was written right on RRHA PD’s web page “the department provides city-wide law enforcement authority which enables officers to make arrests on and off RRHA property.”

  A.J. Lagoe: “When you worked for RRHA PD, you made arrests off of RRHA property?”
Former RRHA Officer: “Absolutely on numerous occasions. At the time we were informed by the chief of police as well as the command staff we had city wide jurisdiction.”

  But who granted the public housing police, authority to make arrests off public housing property? Our investigation discovered the answer to that is – no one.

  Every police department is supposed to have its jurisdiction spelled out and filed in an official court document.

  For example, Capitol Police have enforcement power within capitol square and 300 feet beyond. A University of Richmond officer’s jurisdiction is on university grounds and adjacent streets.

  But the court has no record of any kind regarding RRHA and its officers’ jurisdiction.

 What does this mean for people who were arrested by this department?

  If you were arrested or ticketed by RRHA officers off of RRHA property, you may have a case to see your conviction overturned. The commonwealth attorney says if people come to his office with questions about one of these arrests, they’ll review them on a case by case basis.”

 

WRIC.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Chart That Shows Just How Screwed Up Our Tax System Really Is

 

 

 

 

” The 2014 tax season is finally over and whether or not you owe the IRS, the following news will not make you pleased:

” Twenty-five profitable Fortune 500 companies spent more on lobbying than they paid in federal taxes between 2008 and 2012,” according to a Public Campaign analysis of data from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Center for Responsive Politics.

  This is yet another way our tax structure penalizes individuals and small businesses while supporting mega corporations. We must make tax reform a major issue in the 2014 and 2016 elections to even this out.

  The analysis showed that over five years, these 25 corporations spent way more money influencing government than supporting it. They generated nearly $170 billion in profits and received $8.7 billion in tax rebates, all while paying their lobbyists $543 million, an average of nearly $300,000 a day, to advance their interests in Congress.”

 

    The astute reader will note that all of these corporations had a negative tax obligation . What’s wrong with this picture ? Cronyism anyone ?

 

 

Policy Mic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over $5 Billion And Counting For Obamacare Websites

 

 

 

 

 

” You thought Healthcare.gov had problems?

  A handful of state-run exchange websites—which cost nearly half a billion dollars to build—still don’t work, nearly seven months after they first went live.

  Largely inoperable state exchange websites in Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and Nevada have racked up $474 million federal tax dollars so far, Politico first reported. The costs will continue to climb as states scramble to salvage the flailing websites or transition onto the federal exchange.

  Maryland will spend an additional $40 million to save its website, which has already cost $90 million. Nevada has spent $50 million to date and will decide in the coming weeks how much more it will spend on repair efforts. Massachusetts will pour an additional $121 million into fixing its severely troubled state portal, while also using the federal portal as a back up plan.

“ Taxpayers will have to pay whether their state-based exchange fails or not,” said Josh Archambault, a senior fellow at the conservative Foundation for Government Accountability.

  Meanwhile, Oregon’s website, which already cost $259 million, is so troubled that the state has opted to scrap the site entirely and spend an extra $5 million to use Healthcare.gov instead.

  The Obama administration had intended for states using the federal portal to gradually transition away from HealthCare.gov and onto their own exchanges. However, since so many states had issues with their websites, it appears that the opposite is happening. Minnesota, Nevada and Rhode Island are all considering following Oregon and switching to HealthCare.gov. Not one of the 36 states using the federal exchange intends to set up their own exchanges.”

 

Fiscal Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,998 other followers