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Democrats look to former thugs and criminals to expand their base (Updated)

UPDATE:

McAuliffe tells Republicans to 'quit complaining' about felons voting

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Sunday slammed Republicans who have complained about an executive order he signed extending the right to vote in his state to convicted felons who have served their sentences.

"Well, I would tell the Republicans, 'Quit complaining and go out and earn these folks' right to vote for you. Go out and talk to them,' " he said in response to a question about people saying his order was an election-year ploy to help Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary "I think some of the language that has come out of the Republicans, I would tell them to be very careful at how they frame this, very careful of their rhetoric."

McAuliffe is a longtime ally of Clinton and served as a chairman of her campaign in 2008.

Source: McAuliffe tells Republicans to 'quit complaining' about felons voting | TheHill

Original post …

In what alternate universe can you find a major political party celebrating police-killing thugdom and expending time, effort, and money to insure that criminals are protected from the consequences of their actions.

In tight elections, progressive socialist democrats will turn over every scummy rock to find voters; that is when they are not raising them from the dead or encouraging illegal aliens to vote …

[My comments in bracketed blue italics.]

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Governor McAuliffe Restores Voting and Civil Rights to Over 200,000 Virginians

Governor Terry McAuliffe today restored the voting and civil rights of more than 200,000 Virginians who were convicted of felonies, served their time and completed any supervised release, parole or probation requirements. Each of those Virginians will immediately regain the right to register to vote, to run for office, to serve on a jury and to serve as a notary public.

[If this was not a blatant attempt to boost the voter rolls for the progressive socialist democrats and in particular the Governor’s political mentors, the Clintons, one would expect that this order would go into effect after the presidential election cycle. How much time, effort, and money will be spent by governmental and non-governmental agencies in seeking out, recruiting, and processing former felons on behalf of the progressive socialist democrat party?]

The Governor also worked to reform the restoration process by reducing the waiting period for more serious offenders from five years to three, classifying all drug-related convictions as non-violent, shortening the application for more serious offenders from 13 pages to one page, removing a requirement that individuals pay their court costs before they can have their rights restored, and ensuring that a notation will be included in an individual’s criminal record designating that his or her rights have been restored.

[Drugs destroy people and communities, not to mention precipitate a disproportionate share of violent crimes and gun- and police-related deaths. What is non-violent about a 13-year old addict suffering from withdrawal?]

Governor McAuliffe added, If we are going to build a stronger and more equal Virginia, we must break down barriers to participation in civic life for people who return to society seeking a second chance. We must welcome them back and offer the opportunity to build a better life by taking an active role in our democracy. I believe it is time to cast off Virginia’s troubling history of injustice and embrace an honest, clean process for restoring the rights of these men and women.”

[Reducing criminal and civil penalties, or the consequences of these acts, for acts that severely damage individuals and communities does not bring about a stronger and more equal Virginia, it simply reduces the disincentives to commit criminal acts.]

Order for the Restoration of Rights

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME – GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of Virginia requires that all those convicted of a felony be deprived of their civil right to vote unless they have their civil rights restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that approximately 206,000 Virginians are permanently disenfranchised from participating in political life due to prior felony convictions even after completing their court-ordered sentences; and

WHEREAS, such disenfranchisement disproportionately affects racial minorities and economically disadvantaged Virginians; and

WHEREAS, Virginians have increasingly advanced the ideals of equality of all races and peoples, while rejecting the indefinite and unforgiving stigmatization of persons who have committed past criminal acts; and

WHEREAS, the Governor is empowered by Article V, Section 12 of the Constitution of Virginia “to remove political disabilities consequent upon conviction,” thus to restore the political rights of any persons disqualified by Article II, Section 1; and

WHEREAS, the power granted to the Governor under Article V, Section 12 to remove political disabilities is absolute and without any limitation not expressly stated within the Constitution of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, all individuals who have served the terms of their incarceration and any periods of supervised release deserve to re-enter society on fair and just terms, including to participate in the political and economic advancement of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the restoration of civil rights has been noted to achieve substantial benefits for those individuals who have felt long-exiled from mainstream life; and

WHEREAS, democracy is strengthened by having more citizens involved in the political process; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, by and through the authority vested in me under Article V, Section 12 of the Constitution of Virginia, do hereby order the removal of the political disabilities consequent upon conviction of a felony imposed by Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of Virginia from all those individuals who have, as of this 22nd day of April 2016, (1) completed their sentences of incarceration for any and all felony convictions; and (2) completed their sentences of supervised release, including probation and parole, for any and all felony convictions.  The civil rights restored by this Order are: (1) the right to vote; (2) the right to hold public office; (3) the right to serve on a jury; and (4) the right to act as a notary public. Nothing in this Order restores the right to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms.

[This order goes far beyond simply restoring voting rights … it allows former criminals (who may still be committing crimes) to sit on juries and prejudice cases for like-minded thugs and criminals. It allows former criminals to serve in positions of trust in public office. It allows former criminals to attest to certification documents that are designed to prevent identity theft and signing coercion.] 

Given under my hand and under the Lesser Seal of the Commonwealth at Richmond, on April 22, 2016 in the 240th year of the Commonwealth.

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Not everyone was pleased …   

McAuliffe signs order restoring rights to 206,000 felons; Speaker calls it move to boost Clinton

The order by McAuliffe, a friend and supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, is likely to boost Democrats' chances in what will be a key presidential swing state in November.

Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, said in a statement that "The singular purpose of Terry McAuliffe’s governorship is to elect Hillary Clinton president of the United States. This office has always been a stepping stone to a job in Hillary Clinton’s Cabinet."

John Whitbeck, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, criticized McAuliffe for not distinguishing between violent and nonviolent felons.

"Mercy requires that we as Virginians be a commonwealth of second chances. But there are limits," he said in a statement.

"Governor McAuliffe could easily have excluded those who have committed heinous acts of violence from this order, yet he chose not to. His decision to issue a blanket restoration, without regard to the nature of the crimes committed doesn't speak of mercy. Rather, it speaks of political opportunism."

"This blanket action, undertaken for such blatant political purposes, sullies the hard-won second chances for those who have worked so hard to overcome their mistakes. Restoration of rights should be a celebration of overcoming, not a transparent effort to win votes."

Read more at: McAuliffe signs order restoring rights to 206,000 felons; Speaker calls it move to boost Clinton - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia Politics

But, then again, this is part of the progressive socialist democrats long-term plan … 

Holder: State Laws That Bar Felons From Voting Are ‘Too Unjust to Tolerate’

Three days after announcing that the U.S. Justice Department will recognize same-sex marriages in all legal matters, even in states that forbid it, Attorney General Eric Holder took a swipe at states that don’t allow felons to vote.

“In many states, felony disenfranchisement laws are still on the books. And the current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore -- it is also too unjust to tolerate,” Holder told a criminal justice forum at Georgetown University Law Center.

Holder urged lawmakers “to stand together in overturning an unfortunate and outdated status quo.” And he called on the American people “to join us in bringing about the end of misguided policies that unjustly restrict what's been called the ‘most basic right’ of American citizenship.”

“These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed,” he said.

Holder said state laws that bar felons from voting are “not only unnecessary and unjust, they are also counterproductive” because they perpetuate the “stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals,” increasing the likelihood that they will commit future crimes.

Such “outdated” laws have a “disparate impact on minority communities,” he said, suggesting that this is, at heart, a civil rights issue.

Of the 5.8 million Americans who cannot vote because of current or previous felony convictions, 2.2 million are black, Holder noted.

“And although well over a century has passed since post-Reconstruction states used these measures to strip African Americans of their most fundamental rights, the impact of felony disenfranchisement on modern communities of color remains both disproportionate and unacceptable.”

Read more: Holder: State Laws That Bar Felons From Voting Are ‘Too Unjust to Tolerate’ | CNS News

Truth-be-told, Eric Holder should be in jail for obstruction of justice and lying to Congress.

Bottom line …

Look to criminals, illegal aliens, and the dead to provide winning vote margins in key battleground voting precincts along with the progressive socialist democrat propensity of finding ballots during recounts or simply bollixing-up the process in opposition precincts. Adding to the issue of voter sanctity is the fact that the progressives fight against photo identification, promote early voting that prevents last minute dirt released prior to an election from affecting public sentiment, and trying to switch all voting to easily compromised electronic and mail systems.

We live in troubling times when elections can be compromises by the corrupt who simply erase the evidence or stifle investigations once in power. And, on a number of occasions, the House of Representatives and the Judiciary has refused to reverse elections where there is evidence of wrongdoing and election shenanigans.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WHAT A MALICIOUS Capital One EMAIL LOOKS LIKE ...

Once again I received a phishing email seeking my bank logon credentials (Notice the bank’s authentic logo and the attachment to be clicked) …

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Even if you were to look at the contents of the attachment, you would find that the code is encoded.

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If you decoded the code, you would see that it presents a form for you to enter your banking details including account number, user name, account password, and some of the typical security questions asked by the bank.

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The form looks legitimate because it uses the real logos and formats from legitimate bank sources …

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And, the ultimate address to where the form will be sent is also encoded (partially redacted for safety) …

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Unencoding the address …

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Bottom line …

This is the type of malicious email that can compromise your system and drain your bank account. I do not have a CapitalOne account, but I am sure to receive similar emails using all of the major bank and brokerage names.

I do not accept any message from my financial institutions as authentic. If they want my information, they can wait until I visit my local branch.

Even the financial institutions themselves are not immune to this type of attack. All it takes is one employee to respond to a malicious email and who knows what can happen? Criminals have been known to drop malware-loaded USB thumb drives in the parking lot of targeted institutions hoping that some curious employee would investigate its contents and compromise their system.

And remember: that email from a friend could also contain malware. NEVER PROVIDE YOUR LOGON CREDENTIALS TO ANY UNTRUSTED AND UNSOLICITED SITE.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TRUMP ADMITS HE IS PLAYING A PART …

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We have told you that Trump has been playing a part. A man with no core values. A man who acts more like a progressive socialist democrat than a Republican.

IT’S ALL AN ACT …

Trump team tells GOP he has been 'projecting an image'

Donald Trump's chief lieutenants told skeptical Republican leaders Thursday that the GOP front-runner has been "projecting an image" so far in the 2016 primary season and "the part that he's been playing is now evolving" in a way that will improve his standing among general election voters.

The message, delivered behind closed doors in a private briefing, is part of the campaign's intensifying effort to convince party leaders Trump will moderate his tone in the coming months to help deliver big electoral gains this fall, despite his contentious ways.

Trump's newly hired senior aide, Paul Manafort, made the case to Republican National Committee members that Trump has two personalities: one in private and one onstage.

"When he's out on the stage, when he's talking about the kinds of things he's talking about on the stump, he's projecting an image that's for that purpose," Manafort said in a private briefing.

The Associated Press obtained a recording of the closed-door exchange.

Read more at: Trump team tells GOP he has been 'projecting an image'

Bottom line …

  • How many people have voted based on what they believed was an authentic candidate?
  • How stupid is Donald Trump to openly admit that he is playing a role and he will be changing-up his “part?”
  • How stupid are those that believe that this charlatan has core values and that they reflect the character of our nation?

Remember Donald Trump told the New York Times that he did not really believe what he says on the campaign trail. Why would anyone vote for this man who will blow hot and cold with the wind?

Truth be told, Trump has the same viewpoint as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and even worse, Bernie Sanders.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE TRUMP CONNECTIONS: COINCIDENCE OR BUYING THE PRESIDENCY?

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Isn’t it interesting that Donald Trump, the candidate that loudly complains that he is an outsider, is linked with a total insider, Paul Manafort, whose history as a power broker is extremely dodgy?

Manafort was one of the founding partners of Washington, DC-based lobbying powerhouse Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly.

And, Manafort has less than a sterling reputation when it comes to representing some of the most corrupt and murderous despots on the fact of the Earth …

For more than five years, Donald Trump’s new top campaign aide, Paul Manafort, lobbied for a Washington-based group that Justice Department prosecutors have charged operated as a front for Pakistan’s intelligence service, according to court and lobbying records reviewed by Yahoo News.

Manafort’s work in the 1990s as a registered lobbyist for the Kashmiri American Council was only one part of a wide-ranging portfolio that, over several decades, included a gallery of controversial foreign clients ranging from Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Zaire’s brutal dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to an Angolan rebel leader accused by human rights groups of torture. His role as an adviser to Ukraine’s then prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, prompted concerns within the Bush White House that he was undermining U.S. foreign policy. It was considered so politically toxic in 2008 that presidential candidate John McCain nixed plans for Manafort to manage the Republican National Convention — a move that caused a rupture between Manafort and his then business partner, Rick Davis, who at the time was McCain’s campaign manager.

Manafort’s work for the Kashmiri group has so far not gotten any media attention.

But it could fuel more questions about his years of lobbying for questionable foreign interests before Manafort, 67, assumed his new position as chief delegate counter and strategist for a presidential candidate who repeatedly decries the influence of Washington lobbyists and denounces the manipulation of U.S. policy by foreign governments.

Court records show that Manafort’s Kashmiri lobbying contract came on the FBI’s radar screen during a lengthy counterterrorism investigation that culminated in 2011 with the arrest of the Kashmiri council’s director, Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, on charges that he ran the group on behalf of Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, as part of a scheme to secretly influence U.S. policy toward the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Read more at: Top Trump aide lobbied for Pakistani spy front

Heaven forbid Trump becomes the President of the United States and starts taking counsel from old-time political operators who are simply self-serving hired guns who appear to be part of the corruption of the American political system.

Bottom line …

And yet, nobody is questioning Donald Trump and his boast about knowing and using the very “best” people. And, it should be no surprise that Kasich exists only to divide the vote and keep Donald Trump from facing Ted Cruz on a one-on-one basis where Trump looks like an unsophisticated bloviating fool without core values and progressive tendancies.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PROGRESSIVE ACCEPTANCE OF MINORITY CRIME IS THE REAL REASON CRIME IS INCREASING

If the progressive socialist democrats and their activists and agitators were really concerned about crime, they would begin an education campaign that states a critical fact …

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This picture comes from the Facebook page of a suspect of a previous shooting and who was shot and killed after allegedly pointing a weapon at a police officer.

Progressive socialist democrats have a vested interest in the criminal enterprise …

  1. The progressive socialist democrats pander to the burgeoning underclasses, including minority criminals, in return for their votes during election cycles.
  2. The progressive socialist democrat bureaucracy is greatly enlarged by more unionized workers that are necessary to administer programs involving criminal justice.
  3. The increasing chaos on the streets allows the progressive socialist democrats to implement increasingly totalitarian public policies to provide for public safety.

And much of their rhetoric and public policy is based on a statistical lie …

The idea that minority criminality should exist in proportion to the minority existence in the general population is a falsehood used by progressive socialist democrats. Look at the statistics in the following news report.

Violent crime has shot up due to the nonstop war on cops waged by Shaun King, Black Lives Matter, and the ACLU.

The crime situation in Chicago is unlikely to turn around any time soon. The departments’ stop activity is now being monitored by the same Illinois ACLU that in March deemed the department’s stop rates discriminatory because they did not match Chicago’s population ratios. Blacks were 72 percent of all stop subjects in a four-month period in 2014, according to the ACLU, though blacks constitute only 32 percent of the city’s population. Last week, a Police Accountability Task Force appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel used the same population benchmark to declare that the department has no “regard for the sanctity” of black lives: blacks made up 74 percent of all police shooting victims, lethal and non-lethal, between 2008 and 2015, according to the Task Force; whites made up 8 percent of police shooting victims, though they, too, comprise roughly a third of Chicago’s population.

This flawed methodology for benchmarking police actions—comparing them to population ratios—ignores the incidence of crime.

Between 1991 and 2011 (the latest years for which such data are publicly available) blacks made up between 82 percent and 70 percent of all murder offenders. Whites made up between 3.5 percent and 5 percent of all murder offenders. Shooting and robbery disparities are likely greater. Drive-by shootings are simply not happening in white neighborhoods. If police want to save lives (and they do), they are going to be more heavily deployed in minority areas. Once there, they will more frequently interact with violent criminals, armed suspects, and those resisting arrest—all situations which can lead to officer use of force. And the more resistance that an officer encounters, the more likely he is to escalate his own use of force, even to the point of gunfire. Source: Back to Bedlam | City Journal

How do you explain these facts? …

  • The majority of gun-related violence happens in the inner cities, governed for decades by the progressive socialist democrats and subject to the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
  • In many enforcement actions in these inner city communities, the community members are more likely to hinder investigations than help the police solve crimes.
  • Those so-called community leaders, a major component of which are clergy, are willing to march on the police, but not so eager to march with the police against minority gangs.
  • If there is any disproportionality in the community, it is the absence of responsible fathers and the preponderance of single-mother families who are economically and socially disadvantaged from the policies imposed by the progressive socialist democrats.
  • The idea that we should disarm law-abiding citizens and create even large victim pools in gun-free zones is typical of the Orwellian upside-down thinking exhibited by progressive socialist democrats. It is even crazier to release known violent criminals back into the community because their “last” crime was a non-violent one.
  • Nobody asks where the billions of dollars meant to fight poverty, illiteracy, crime, and disease has gone in these communities. That much of the money has been siphoned off for unionized personnel who are unaccountable to anyone and the corrupt special interests who cheat on their grossly overpaid public contracts and grants.

Bottom line …

Unless you want to continue the pattern of progressivism and criminality, you need to remove the progressive socialist democrats from power and to demand personal responsibility for one’s actions.

It’s now or never.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IS PRESIDENT OBAMA NEGOTIATING A BILLION DOLLAR LIBRARY AND FOUNDATION WITH SAUDI ARABIA?

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Once again, the Clintons have become the gold standard for political corruption. Allegedly selling access and favors through a non-profit charitable foundation that pays their surrogates and henchmen, pays for their lavish travel and accommodations, and allows them to live like billionaires.

So would it be a leap in speculation that the departing President Barack Hussein Obama, might want to use the now-classified 28-pages as a bargaining chip to suggest that the Saudi Royal Family and their dodgy associates fund a new billion dollar Obama Presidential Library and Foundation in return for burying the 28-pages which allegedly points to Saudi involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attack?

Obama will veto 9/11 bill against Saudi Arabia: White House

The September, 11, 2001 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage. US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists – 15 of them were Saudi citizens -- but many independent researchers have raised questions about the official account.

A number of US lawmakers have called on the White House to declassify documents that shed light on Saudi Arabia’s possible complicity in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The former congressmen say the 28-page classified document proves two Saudi nationals who were behind the 9/11 attacks received support and assistance from Riyadh while in the United States.

The 28-page report is part of a larger Congressional report on 9/11 released in 2002 and called the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities, which was conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The White House has indicated that President Barack Obama would veto legislation allowing Americans to hold the Saudi ruling family accountable in US courts for any role in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The bill, proposed by Democratic senator Chuck Schumer and Republican John Cornyn, if passed, would take away immunity from foreign governments in cases “arising from a terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil.”

Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell off some $750 billion of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes the bill, according to The New York Times.

If the Republican-dominated Congress passed the bill, American courts could order freezing the assets held by Saudi Arabia in the United States.

President Obama is expected to land in Riyadh on Wednesday. It’s not clear whether the issue will be discussed during the visit.

Source: PressTV-Obama to veto Saudi 9/11 bill: WH

Bottom line …

Why should we expect ethical behavior from a president and administration that is possibly the most unconstitutional, corrupt, and secretive in modern history – including the Clintons?

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


GOVERNMENT TAX RETURN PREPARATION: THE TROJAN HORSE TO TOTALITARIANISM?

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Elizabeth Warren, the self-declared Native American and radical socialist architect behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is at it again.

Using the principles of behavioral economics to alter consumer behavior by demonizing private companies and offering free government alternatives to the more pricy private services, Warren is attempting to fight the private tax preparation services to create a government mechanism whereby the Internal Revenue Service will use information at its disposal to prepare and present a pro-forma tax return for the taxpayer to review, revise, and submit to the IRS.

With a foreseeable outcome that will have the IRS collecting employment, health, and financial data and then presenting you with a pro-forma tax bill. Which you will be “free” to accept at face value (“big government knows best”) or reject at your potential peril. 

From Elizabeth Warren …

[My comments in bracketed blue italics.]

THE TAX FILING SIMPLIFICATION ACT OF 2016

Background

Tax preparation is costly: This tax season, American taxpayers will spend an average of 13 hours preparing their tax returns and will pay about $200 for tax preparation services – a cost equal to almost 10 percent of the average federal tax refund.

The IRS has not implemented mandated reforms: In 1998, a Republican Congress passed an IRS reform bill mandating that the IRS develop procedures to implement a “return-free” tax system to dramatically simplify the filing process for individuals with simple tax situations.

Yet these procedures remain undeveloped nearly a decade after the law’s 2008 implementation deadline. Instead, the IRS has turned over control of the tax filing process to private companies.

The IRS “Free File” program isn’t working for taxpayers:

  • The IRS’s Free File program – a partnership between the IRS and private tax software companies – claims to provide free tax preparation services to 70 percent of taxpayers. In reality, only 3 percent of eligible taxpayers use Free File.
  • Each software company is allowed to set up its own eligibility criteria, creating a “maze of offerings” that confuses taxpayers into purchasing unnecessary products.
  • Taxpayers wishing to e-file their taxes have no choice but to share sensitive financial information with a private third party – even though a recent audit found that nearly half of Free File companies fail to adequately protect taxpayer data from cybercriminals.
  • The National Taxpayer Advocate has consistently called for dismantling Free File. Instead, the IRS has repeatedly signed binding Free File agreements with the tax preparation industry, pledging that the federal government will “not enter the tax preparation software and e-filing services marketplace.” These agreements block the IRS from offering a free portal that would allow taxpayers to choose to file directly with the federal government.

The Legislation

The Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2016 makes commonsense changes to simplify the tax filing process and lower costs for millions of American taxpayers:

  • Prohibits the IRS from entering into agreements that restrict its ability to provide free online tax preparation or filing services.
  • Directs the IRS to develop a free, online tax preparation and filing service that would allow all taxpayers to prepare and file their taxes directly with the federal government instead of being forced to share private information with third parties.
    [You mean like financial institutions sharing your banking records with credit agencies without sufficient reviews and safeguards?]
  • Enhances taxpayer data access by allowing all taxpayers to download third-party-provided tax information that the IRS already has into a software program of their choice.
    [Garbage In -- Garbage Out; there are no guarantees that the downloaded data will be any more correct than the data supplied on tax documents.]
  • Allows eligible taxpayers with simple tax situations to choose a new return-free option, which provides a pre-prepared tax return with income tax liability or refund amount already calculated.
  • Mandates that these data and filing options be made available through a secure online function and requires any participating individual to verify his or her identity before accessing tax data.
    [I can imagine the government using these sign-on sessions to download additional spyware on your computer -- with a court order, of course?]
  • Reduces tax fraud by getting third-party income information to the IRS earlier in the tax season, allowing the agency to cross-check this information before issuing refunds.
    [Why are the progressive socialist democrats reluctant to mandate the use of e-verify by current financial organizations and tax preparation services? Or photo-id when voting?]
  • This approach to tax filing has been praised in the media and endorsed by tax scholars and a bipartisan set of policymakers.
    You mean the pointy-head academics that support the far-left?

<Source: Elizabeth Warren>

How soon before we see the far-left radicals use their Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals handbook to demonize, debase, and denounce the private tax preparation services and the do-it-yourself software companies?

Elizabeth Warren Wants To Take Down TurboTax

[My comments in bracketed blue italics.]

On Wednesday, the Democratic senator introduced a bill with seven cosponsors, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, seeking to make significant reforms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Under the bill, Americans with simple tax obligations would have the option not to complete a tax return at all, but to instead receive a pre-prepared return from the IRS with their liability or refund already calculated for them. The IRS already gets most employer and bank information on taxpayers’ obligations — such as W2s and interest earned — so all it would have to do is calculate what they would owe for them.

[How soon will it be before the IRS starts demanding more comprehensive data from organizations in the guise of providing an “enhanced” user experience or more functionality?

How soon will it be before the IRS starts demanding non-financial data to meet social engineering mandates like the Affordable Care Act that delegate investigation, review, collection, and enforcement  activities to the IRS, one of the most feared agencies in the government?

This is truly a slippery slope to data capture by a government agency that, as we have seen with the recent Lois Learner scandal, can be manipulated for political purposes. As this is written, the head of the IRS is being considered as an impeachment target for his various lies to Congress.]

The IRS’ declarations that it won’t enter the tax preparation space fly in the face of what it’s been mandated to do. In 1998, Congress passed a bill requiring the Treasury Department to develop a “return-free” tax system by 2008 for those with simple obligations, computing what those people owe with information the IRS already has. Yet Warren’s office argues that the IRS has instead turned control of the process over to private tax preparation companies.

Cash Cow For TurboTax

That control has come after heavy lobbying and spending from the tax preparation industry. It’s a big business for companies like Intuit (owner of TurboTax), H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, and others: In 2014, more than half of all the individual tax returns filed with the IRS were prepared by tax professionals, while about 80 percent of taxpayers rely on a preparer or software to file. Every taxpayer who needs assistance represents a profit opportunity. “The tax preparation industry relies on a complicated tax code to charge consumers high fees, and thus opposes simplification efforts — particularly those that make it easier to file returns,” Warren’s staff report notes.

[Leave it to the bad actors, the progressive socialist democrats, to use loaded code words like “lobbying” to characterize a capitalist enterprise as being inferior to a free government enterprise that grows the size of the bureaucracy, increases costs and tax revenues, and compromises your choice until there is no choice left.

As for a complicated tax code, this is the government at its worst. Writing special perks, privileges, protections, and profits into legislation in return for campaign contributions, voter support, and media attention.

Perhaps Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders(I-VT) should discuss how the IRS handles illegal alien fraud, knowingly deferring enforcement and placing all of our financial records at risk from identity theft and misuse?]

<Source: ThinkProgress>

[I find it somewhat telling that ThinkProgress, the far-left organization, would label this under the socialist’s dream team of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.]

A spokesman from Intuit’s TurboTax responds …

[My comments in bracketed blue italics.]

The Free File Program is a unique public private partnership that enshrines the principles of choice and access to the very best services that private enterprise can provide in a way that helps the IRS and government at a time when resources are at a premium.  

[Choice is the very essence of freedom. And, when those choices are slowly eroded over time, we cease to have freedom.]

Since the launch of the program in 2003, nearly 50 million taxpayers have used Free File to prepare and file their returns with the IRS. Estimates of cost savings to taxpayers exceed $1 billion.   

Today, taxpayers exercise consumer choice to select independent tax preparation services so they can deal with an increasingly complex tax code. Despite the complexity, they rightly do not support replacing Voluntary Compliance with a tax collection system where Government occupies every seat at the table:  tax preparer, tax collector, tax auditor and tax enforcer. It also requires Government to take on additional role: as effective advocate for the lower and middle-income taxpayers, who cannot afford accounting and legal resources to fight in their corner for them.   

[Government employees are about meeting their production quotas and not necessarily about providing either customer service or advocacy against their own agency.]

Recognizing the importance of enabling all taxpayers, regardless of resources, to prepare and file their taxes, the IRS worked with industry to create a free service that leverages private sector innovation to enable 70% of the population to prepare and file their Federal income taxes at no cost. This equates to eligibility for anyone earning $62,000 a year or less, or approximately 100 million taxpayers.  The result – the Free File Program -- operates under an extensive set of rules, requirements and standards governed by the IRS to ensure a consumer safety zone, with services provided at no cost to the public treasury.  

Free File was subsequently expanded at the recommendation of Congress and also provides an online fillable forms and filing service that has no income eligibility requirements. Therefore it is available to every taxpayer, again at no cost to either the taxpayer or the government.   

This program is a vitally important contribution to the nation’s tax administration. Intuit believes it is in the best interest of citizens and the government to leverage the innovations of the private sector to deliver this important public program and, in fact, expand its use by eligible taxpayers.  Further burdening the IRS with expansion of its mission and obligations in an era of constrained budgets and scarce resources does not seem to be a sustainable strategy or in the public interest.

Why I am skeptical of a corrupt progressive socialist democrat like Elizabeth Warren …

Elizabeth Warren was the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a massive, nearly-autonomous, quasi-government bureaucracy designed to regulate the nation’s financial affairs from the vantage of  centralized big government. This single super-agency assumed the regulatory functions of the most powerful financial regulatory agencies in existence. The agency leadership model was designed not as a bi-partisan commission, but as a fiefdom to be headed by a single presidential appointee, possibly a hyper-politicized partisan hack. The agency is not subject to traditional congressional oversight and judicial review by the courts.

CFPB will soon know in great detail how millions of Americans spend their cash, use their credit cards, manage their debt, and use other financial services (and how industry participants manage those services on a minute level).

According to CFPB director Richard Cordray, the Bureau hopes to distill this raw data into useful analysis for making "data-driven" decisions at the Bureau.  Cordray believes this research will assist CFPB in its regulatory efforts and bring unspecified improvement to the marketplace. While the benefits of the CFPB's data collection efforts remain illusory, the actual cost of CFPB's efforts are quite real. How far the CFPB's demands for records will stretch remains to be seen, but its broad authority under Dodd-Frank allows the Bureau to seek records from any institution under its purview-an authority the CFPB has demonstrated that it is not shy about exercising.<Source>

And the CFPB is amassing tremendous amounts of data and could easily tap-in to the IRS dataflow in the future to meet some specious legislative mandate.

Bottom line …

Never have so many people been willing to voluntarily sacrifice their safety, security, and liberty in return for obtaining free goods and services or making life a little bit easier. The prime example being those willing to engage in social media. Voluntarily providing personal information, near real-time location data, and the very words that can can be manipulated into demonstrating criminal intent should they be prosecuted for a future crime. In essence proving the government with the type of dossier and information that they are forbidden by law from collecting, storing, or accessing without a court order showing probable cause.

But what about your personal, private, and non-public health, finance, and employment data? Leave that to the CFPB and the IRS.

I believe that this legislation is not about providing free tax preparation, but allowing the tentacles of big government to enlarge their probe of our personal affairs. Or as that sage constitutional conservative Ronald Reagan observed: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”

This issue is not about tax preparation, it’s all about the constitution, freedom of choice, and a smaller and less intrusive government.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

Disclaimer: I am a long-term TurboTax user.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TRUMP IS A JOKE: IT'S NOT ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION BUT THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THE CONVENTION ...

At a time when that next generation of our nation hangs in the balance, trapped in a lawless post-constitutional death spiral, the front-running candidate seems to prefer speaking about the showbiz aspects of the nominating convention rather than reveal his ignorance on the constitution and more substantive issues.

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While the GOP worries about convention chaos, Trump pushes for ‘showbiz’ feel

The volatility of the Republican presidential race threatens to undermine the ­party’s July convention, putting potential donors on edge, raising security concerns and prompting some GOP politicians, including those in competitive reelection battles, to skip the Cleveland gathering altogether.

Compounding the challenges facing organizers are the expectations of Donald Trump, who asserted in an interview that he should have at least partial control over programming, stagecraft and other issues by virtue of his front-runner status — even if he does not have the delegates to secure the nomination beforehand.

Trump blasted the GOP’s last convention, in Tampa four years ago, as “the single most boring convention I’ve ever seen.” The billionaire real estate mogul and reality-television star said it was imperative that this year’s gathering have a “showbiz” quality — and he cast doubt on the ability of the Republican National Committee, which oversees the convention, to deliver.

It’s very important to put some showbiz into a convention, otherwise people are going to fall asleep,” Trump said in a 45-minute interview here last week in his Trump Tower office. “We don’t have the people who know how to put showbiz into a convention.”

Read more: While the GOP worries about convention chaos, Trump pushes for ‘showbiz’ feel - The Washington Post

Bottom line …

Over the past months the truth has emerged. Donald Trump is ill-prepared and ill-suited to become the President of the United States and his ill-tempered bombast proves that he is all about smoke, mirrors, and misdirection.

The Republican National Committee should demand a pre-convention debate between the two front-runners, Trump and Cruz, to allow “We the People” to choose the most competent and compelling nominee that can beat whoever the progressive socialist democrats substitute for Hillary Clinton at the last minute.

With the constitution under attack, I want a constitutional conservative to be our nominee.

-- steve

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE MEDIA'S EUPHEMISMS FOR POLITICAL LYING ...

Truth be told, there is little difference that separates Donald J. Trump from Hillary Clinton with one YUGE exception: nobody questions Donald Trump’s patriotism and love of country … 

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
LEFT-PROGRESSIVE

DONALD J. TRUMP
RIGHT-PROGRESSIVE

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“CAMPAIGN MODE”

“TANTRUM MODE”

  • Corrupt
  • Liar
  • Self-Serving
  • Faux Humility
  • Entitled and Above the Law
  • Narcissistic Rage
  • Lack of Boundaries
  • Hates Country & Military
  • Best in back room
  • Corrupt
  • Liar
  • Self-Serving
  • Grandiose
  • Constant Need for Attention
  • Narcissistic Rage
  • Lack of Boundaries
  • Loves Country & Military
  • Best on stage

Bottom line …

Neither Clinton nor Trump are qualified by temperament or past actions to be the President of the United States.

dreamteam

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


POLITICS IN AMERICA TODAY: HOW IT ALL WORKS

When I was younger, I used to think that there was a mythical creature known as an honest politician. As I have aged, and presumably grown wise, I have come to believe that most of the ills of our nation are self-inflicted by corrupt politicians who have turned the concept of citizen representatives into a professional career that can pay as well, if not better, than careers in the private sector. The idea that politicians are self-sacrificing individuals who will represent their constituents and place the good of the people over the self-serving special interests that seek to corrupt them is to believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the tooth fairy.

So how does a politician think?

Catastrophe: not being elected to the office to which one aspires or losing the power, perks, privileges, and profits of the office one now holds. Alternatively, being investigated, indicted, and imprisoned before one has the political clout, high-powered attorneys, and wealth to prevent such a debilitating event.

It is almost a given that a politician will start fundraising the day he enters office, if not to build an immediate nest egg or insurance policy, then to pay off personal campaign debts and to amass a war chest for the next campaign.

So I thought about how a politician may look at issues on a daily basis …

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  • Can the issue be advertised? Is the issue media-worthy and can I get face time promoting its pros or cons?
  • Can the issue be monetized or traded? It appears that Congress can be a organized con job, with both sides of a “controversial” issue being able to sell access, if not their very vote, to the advocates, activists, and agitators that are for or against any issue. If campaign funds are not forthcoming, can my vote be traded to a colleague (more like co-conspirator) for their support at a future time.
  • Can the issue be democratized? Or more aptly put, can I use the issue to attract a widespread following of voters who may set aside their current prejudices on single-issues to support my position and future candidacy?
  • Can the issue be weaponized? It is not enough that I appear to be doing something on behalf of my constituents (in reality, the special interests who have purchased access, and probably my vote) but that I appear to fighting a great evil to demonstrate my humanity and commitment to the cause.

Bottom line …

Sad to say, but we have been and are most likely to be totally and royally screwed by those who we have selected to represent us. And, if there is any good to come from the present situation it is that some politicians will screw us less than others. Leading to the age-old observation that we must make a choice between the worst of the best or the best of the worst and voting for the lesser of two evils.

It is my personal opinion that Ted Cruz, while still a politician, is the most viable candidate to inject some sanity into our foreign policy, some fiscal responsibility into an out-of-control government, and some rationality into allowing the states and the people to make decisions on social issues rather than issue top-down edicts.

I view Bernie Sanders as an old-style communist. I view Hillary Clinton and the majority of the progressive socialist democrats as the neo-communists in the United States. In reality, a fifth column attempting to bring about the collapse of the United States from within. I view Donald Trump as a corrupt progressive RINO (Republican In Name Only) and the worst type of crony capitalists. And, I view John Kasich as the embodiment of the present-day GOP establishment as typified by George Bush, Mitt Romney, and John McCain. People who are not interested in reforming the dung heap in Washington, but tying on a ribbon and collecting their share of the spoils.

Unless we reverse the political process, something that is more and more indistinguishable from organized crime, we are faced with criminalizing the entire population and ceding control over our lives to the very people who have taken trillions of dollars and destroyed our nation in the process. Spending money to buy influence and votes rather than repairing, replacing, our building out our decaying infrastructure. Allowing the unions to collect tribute in the guise of protecting those that need no protection and have legal remedies exclusive of union representation. The idea that you cannot easily fire a unionized child molester in a school is ludicrous.

That not one politician is willing to march the National Guard into the war zone that is Chicago (667 shootings, 141 murders, and countless unreported serious crimes) to disarm the criminal gangs speaks to the decay of our moral will and ability to do the right thing at the right time. The cowardly politicians want to disarm us all into a large pool of victims just waiting to be dominated by domestic or foreign sources rather than point out that it is one segment of our population is creating the majority of the problems.

Vote your conscience. Because your freedom, liberty, and health – and that of your family –  is on the line. Or as I like to tell my family and colleagues: pay attention.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS