POLITICAL: Crony Capitalism meets Regulatory Capture

Thursday, September 25, 2014

http://www.cato.org/blog/california-gives-inspectors-new-power-menaces-more-unlicensed-contractors-jail

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 11:36AM
State Inspectors Get Run Of California Worksites—At Business Groups’ Behest
By WALTER OLSON

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How could the California legislature have unanimously (as it did) passed a measure curtailing property rights by giving more state inspectors access to places of labor against owners’ will? Simple: it was framed as a pro-business measure. Among its backers were the sponsoring Contractors State License Board and such groups as the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Association, the electrical contractors, the landscape contractors, the plumbing and heating contractors, and so forth. 

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Crony Capitalism meets Regulatory Capture!

It’s all about reducing competition.

That’s the first rule of Crony Capitalism: payoff the politicians and bureaucrats and keep competition out of the marketplace. 

Argh!

Maybe it’s just me.

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POLITICAL: No R should mention the word “impeachment”

Saturday, September 13, 2014

http://brooklyngopradio.blogspot.com/2014/09/has-brooklyns-anti-obama-graffiti.html

Has Brooklyn’s Anti-Obama Graffiti Writer Gone Too Far?

So today during work, I get a call from my family about – of all things – how more Anti-Obama / Anti-Dem graffiti keeps popping up all over our Sheepshead Bay neighborhood. You may have seen my prior posts here and here about…

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Unfortunately, someone doesn’t realize the political realities of life.

Impeachment is the tool of the MINORITY party to remove a President that will hurt the party in the mid-term elections. Example, Nixon’s resignation.

No R should mention the word “impeachment” unless there is an R in the White House. (IMHO)

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POLITICAL: IRS Had “Secret Research Project”

Sunday, September 7, 2014

FROM JUDICIAL WATCH

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IRS Had “Secret Research Project” For Conservative Donor Lists

Judicial Watch continues to blow the lid off of the Obama administration’s increasingly feeble attempts to cover up its deliberate targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election. And the latest batch of emails JW has obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit portrays an agency potentially willing to go to any lengths to bring down the president’s political opponents – including misusing the private, confidential information of those who dared contribute to the groups the IRS had targeted.

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You may recall that then-IRS Commissioner Miller initially testified to Congress on May 17, 2013, that “instructions had been given to destroy any donor lists.” But donor lists were actually produced to the House Ways and Means Committee four months later.

In addition to using them for some “secret research project,” did the Obama IRS otherwise misuse the donor list names the agency knew it had no business having? Well, we have some clues. The Ways and Means Committee announced at May 7, 2014, hearing that, after scores of conservative groups provided donor information “to the IRS, nearly one in ten donors were subject to audit.” In 2011, as many as five donors to one conservative (c)(4) organization were audited, according to the Wall Street Journal. And this past June, the IRS admitted wrongdoing in releasing the conservative National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) confidential tax return and donor list, which were published in March 2012 by the Human Rights Campaign. The Human Rights Campaign is the chief political rival to NOM; its outgoing president had been named a national co-chair of the Obama Reelection Campaign. The IRS reportedly agreed to pay NOM $50,000 to settle the lawsuit.

To this very day, Democrats in Congress who pressured the IRS to go after their enemies pretend that “progressive” groups were targeted in large numbers, as well – despite their being not a scintilla of evidence that conservative groups were the focus. The IRS confirms this again in these new emails, which also include a July 18, 2012, email to Lerner from Judith Kindell, senior technical adviser to Lois Lerner, showing that 75% of the nearly 200 non-profit 501 (c)(4) political activist groups targeted by the IRS were conservative, and only 5% were liberal:

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Judicial Watch lawyers are preparing now to ask the court for relief in light of the Obama administration’s continuing efforts to thwart Judge Sullivan’s orders.

It is not surprising that it took a Judicial Watch lawsuit and a federal court order to force the Obama administration to produce these shocking emails from the IRS. And now we have learned the stunning news that Obama’s IRS had a “secret research program” that used the illicitly-obtained confidential donor lists of conservative and Tea Party organizations that opposed President Obama’s agenda or reelection. With all this IRS abuse, it is no wonder Lois Lerner said that questions by Congress and others were “dangerous.”

It is well past time that President Obama should be held to account about his repeated and recent falsehoods about his IRS scandal.

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I urge everyone to support Judicial Watch.

They’re doing what the liberal media would do if this was an R administration and not a D!

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POLITICAL: Secret Courts and our present Grand Jury system

Sunday, September 7, 2014

http://www.crimefilenews.com/2014/08/american-justice-and-star-chamber.html

Saturday, August 30, 2014
American Justice and Star Chamber Proceedings. It’s Time to Reform or Scrap The Grand Jury System!

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If you’re accused in an indictment of a crime of course you may still be acquitted at trial. The problem is by the time you are tried in the one to three years later you will be bankrupted, fired from your job, divorced and homeless.

Except in Florida there is no government compensation for your legal fees or bail.

The cure? Eliminate the Grand Jury and use Preliminary Hearings as a sort of a mini-trial. Allow the defense attorneys to subpoena documents an hear the actual witnesses testify under oath.
If we are to retain the Grand Jury system, defense lawyers must be allowed to participate as an equal to the prosecutor.

Secret Courts and our present Grand Jury system are un-American and just plain wrong.

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The older I get, the more skeptical I am of political institution in the USA.

The Jewel case, the Innocent Project, the Duke lacrosse case, US Bishops Protecting Pedophile Priests, Healthcare frauds, Political lies, Crony Capitalism … … and on and on.

I don’t see how “The Sheeple” ever get their Liberty. I was tempted to say back, but I’m not sure that anyone has ever been truly free.

Maybe in the Garden of Eden?

Argh!

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POLITICAL: WHAT A SWEET LADY

Thursday, September 4, 2014

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: 
Date: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM
Subject: WHAT A SWEET LADY

Thought more than once about forwarding this. The language is bad, but is the least offensive part of these quotes from her. Note: I know…some of you will say you hear this from many women but they aren’t looking to run for the presidency!

Her attitude toward those people protecting her & those that work for her display her true colors.

MADAME HILLARY CLINTON ~~ WHAT A SWEET LADY!?!

ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF THIS E-MAIL HAS PROVIDED MANY REFERENCES FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO CHECK THE AUTHENTICITY OF THESE REMARKS

EIGHT QUOTES FROM 8 DIFFERENT BOOKS….my ears are still ringing! Sorry about the language but these are her actual words. What a sweet -lady?

(1) “Where is the G*damn flag? I want the G*damn f**king flag up every morning at f**king sunrise.” From the book “Inside the White House” by Ronald Kessler, p. 244; Hillary to staff at the Arkansas Governor’s mansion on Labor Day 1991.

(2) “F**k off! It’s enough I have to see you shit-kickers every day! I’m not going to talk to you, too!! Just do your G*damn job and keep your mouth shut.” From the book “America Evita” by Christopher Anderson, p. 90; Hillary to her State Trooper bodyguards after one of them greeted her with “Good Morning.”

(3) “If you want to remain on this detail, get your f**king ass over here and grab those bags!” From the book “The First Partner” p. 259; Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.

(4) “Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k back away from me! Don’t come within ten yards of me, or else! Just f**king do as I say, Okay!!?” From the book “Unlimited Access” by Clinton’s FBI Agent-in-Charge, Gary Aldrige, p. 139; Hillary is screaming at her Secret Service detail.

(5 )”Where’s the miserable c**k sucker?” (otherwise known as “Bill Clinton.” From the book “The Truth about Hillary” by Edward Klein, p.5; Hillary shouting at a Secret Service officer.

(6 )”You f**king idiot” From the book “Crossfire” ~ p. 84; Hillary to a State Trooper who was driving her to an event.

(7) “Put this on the ground! I left my sunglasses in the limo. I need those f**king sunglasses! We need to go back! From the book “Dereliction of Duty” p. 71-72; Hillary to Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.

(8) “Come on Bill, put your d**k up! You can’t f**k her here!!” From the book “Inside the White House” by Ronald Kessler, p. 243; Hillary to Gov. Bill Clinton when she spots him talking with an attractive female
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This ill-tempered, violent, loud-mouth, hateful and abusive woman wants to be your next President, and have total control as Commander and Chief of our Military; the very Military for which she has shown incredible disdain throughout her public life. Surely the people of the United States can do better than this!

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MY RESPONSE:

I have less trouble with her language or lack of class.

I do have a problem with her track record and lack of accomplishments. I really don’t care if she’s a capital B <synonym for female dog>!

I do care about her ethical lapses that have been well documented. Off the top of my head: her dismissal as from the Watergate committee for unethical behavior by a leading D; White Water; and Option-gate. And on and on.

And, one might even over look these “character flaws”, if she was getting <synonym for excrement> done. Again off the top of my head, Hillary-care, her “career” as the carpet bagging Senator from NY, and her recent stint as Secretary of State with its dismal results.

I’m sorry that woman have advanced her as their “standard bearer”. They would have been better served by Condi Rice, or any of the countless businesswomen, or heck even some stay at home Moms who could do a better job.

Argh!

Note that I am an equal opportunity dis-like-er, there are certain R’s that have an equal amount of disdain for.

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POLITICAL: WW1 citizen surveillance

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-liberty-in-america-during-the-great-war/

TGIF: LIBERTY IN AMERICA DURING THE GREAT WAR
by Sheldon Richman
August 15, 2014

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The Justice Department under Attorney General Thomas Gregory encouraged citizen surveillance through its link to the American Protective League, “a group of amateur sleuths and loyalty enforcers,” in Kennedy’s description. Said Gregory, “I have today several hundred thousand private citizens — some individuals, most of them as members of patriotic bodies, engaged in … assisting the heavily overworked Federal authorities in keeping an eye on disloyal individuals and making reports on disloyal utterances.” Kennedy says that by the end of the war, the APL had 250,000 members.

This was also the period in which the United States got the Espionage Act and amendments known as the Sedition Act. Under the authority of the Espionage Act, Postmaster General Albert Sidney Burleson banned publications from the mail or stripped them of their second-class mailing permits for even suggesting that Wall Street or the arms industry controlled the government. Criticizing the government was regarded as aiding the enemy.

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Ahh, yes, Wilson, the “Peace President”.

And, American Liberty has never recovered.

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POLITICAL: Too much of a pistol

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[Those of us who served in the “old Army” (pre-1985) would insist that the M1911A1 firing the .45 ACP meets all the requirements. The Thompson-LaGarde Tests of 1904 led the Army and the Cavalry to decide a minimum of .45 caliber was the most effective pistol cartridge. They noted, however, that training was critical to make sure a soldier could score a hit in a vulnerable part of the body. But it seems clear that the 1911 with the .45 round has one major drawback – it is too much of a pistol for female personnel to handle.]

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Interesting if this is true.

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