Obama’s $11 Billion Arms Deal With “Terror-Sponsoring” Nation of Qatar

July 22, 2014 by  
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MORE MASSIVE HYPOCRISY! Aid Israel in Killing of Palestinians due to “Hamas” …. Aid Qatar while they affiliate with ‘Hamas'(WHO is HAMAS?)

Apaches and Javelin defense systems are heading off to Qatar as part of our wonderful relationship with the terror-sponsoring nation that also happens to share close ties with Hamas and Al Qaeda. The weapons are valued at $11 billion.

Examiner.com reported that the Qataris will also be privy to “the main sub-components of the ECS [Engagement Control System]..The ECS is air conditioned, pressurized (to resist chemical/biological attack), and shielded against electromagnetic pulse (EMP).”

Qatarian royal family with Ismail Haniya Hamas terrorists Organization leader

Qatarian royal family with Ismail Haniya Hamas terrorists Organization leader

That is very ironic given we aren’t even protecting ourselves from EMPs and we could do so relatively cheaply.

Qatar is the country where the five Taliban terrorists were released in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.

Congressman Brad Sherman recently called out Qatar for its funding of Hamas.

Qatar’s royal family are tied to Al Qaeda. They tipped off Khalid Sheik Mohammed when we were hunting him down.

Our ally, Saudi Arabia, has threatened to blockade Qatar over their terrorism resulting from their close ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

At the end of 2010, Qatar was labeled the worst on counter terrorism efforts, the New York Timesreported.

We are giving $11 billion to these friends of Hamas, who are at war with our ally Israel, while we are at the same time preparing to fire 30,000 soldiers over the next 17 months so we can bring our Army down to the size of Turkey’s.  Also at the same time, Congress is pushing the Enlist Act which will encourage illegal aliens to join the military. The Pentagon is also looking to keep and seek out Muslim military.

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Former Al Jazeera Head on Quitting, the Arab Spring, and Qatar’s Role

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Qatar’s foreign domestic workers face abuse and exploitation, Amnesty warns
Victims of forced labour and human trafficking describe 100-hour weeks, as well as physical and sexual abuse from employers – more HERE

Power grab: EPA wants to garnish wages of polluters?

July 9, 2014 by  
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cant wait for all money to be electronic so the garnishing will be easier… NOT! The EPA can start with itself, and its controllers!

Accused violators of pollution laws would have little recourse

The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service.

The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle under President Obama, collecting more fines each year and hitting individuals with costly penalties for violating environmental rules, including recently slapping a $75,000 fine on Wyoming homeowner Andy Johnson for building a pond on his rural property.


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“The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn’t have away from American citizens,” Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said when he learned of the EPA’s wage garnishment scheme.

Others questioned why the EPA decided to strengthen its collection muscle at this time.

Critics said the threat of garnishing wages would be a powerful incentive for people to agree to expensive settlements rather than fight EPA charges.

EPA officials did not respond to repeated questions by The Washington Times about why they thought it was necessary to garnish people’s wages.

The EPA announced the plan last week in a notice in the Federal Register, saying federal law allows it “to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”

The agency cited authority under the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 that centralized federal collection operations under the Treasury Department, which oversees garnishments of wages or tax refund checks.


PHOTOS: Obama’s biggest White House ‘fails’


Under the law, every federal agency has the authority to conduct administrative wage garnishment, provided the agency adopts approved rules for conducting hearings where debtors can challenge the amount of debt or terms of repayment schedule, a Treasury official said.

Still, the rule would give the EPA sweeping authority to dictate how and whether Americans could dispute fines and penalties, even as the amount of EPA fines collected from individuals, businesses and local governments steadily increase.

The amount of fines raked in by the agency has jumped from $96 million in 2009 to $252 million in 2012, a more than 160 percent increase, according to EPA annual reports.

Putting the collection powers on a fast track, the agency announced it in the Federal Register as a “direct final rule” that would take effect automatically Sept. 2, unless the EPA receives adverse public comments by Aug. 1.

The EPA said it deemed the action as not a “significant regulatory action” and therefore not subject to review.

The negative reactions began almost immediately.

In a comment letter submitted to the EPA, the conservative Heritage Foundation faulted the rule for giving the government “unbridled discretion” in controlling the process for challenging fines and wage garnishment, such as dictating the site of a hearing without consideration of the time and travel expense placed on the accused debtor.

The rule allows the EPA to decide whether a debtor gets a chance to present a defense and then picks whomever it chooses to serve as a hearing officer, even someone not trained as an administrative law judge, wrote David S. Addington, group vice president for research at The Heritage Foundation.

It also puts the burden of proof on the debtor, not the EPA, he said.

The EPA has been on the front lines of the battle over Mr. Obama’s climate change agenda, including issuing proposed rules that would require coal-fired power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent over 15 years.

Critics say it will cause massive increases in the cost of electricity, lead to power shortages and eliminate jobs, while making scant impact on the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted worldwide.

The agency has been a magnet for criticism over new rules on things such as wood-burning stoves and small streams or ponds on private land, including waterways on farms and golf courses.

Read more: Washington Times

Federal Reserve Chair’s Neighbors Angered by Her Security Encampment

July 2, 2014 by  
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Storm the Gates!


 

By Barry Donegan
Via Ben Swann

Ever since Janet Yellen took over as Chair of the Federal Reserve, life has changed for the other well-to-do residents of her Georgetown-area, Washington DC gated community. The Wall Street Journal notes that an armed encampment has formed outside of one of her neighbor’s houses in the Hillandale community, and the federal government is paying thousands per month to rent an adjacent town home, which had at one point been equipped with a massive, brightly-lit camera on the roof, peering down on disgruntled neighbors. 7,000 pound security trucks noisily plow through the neighborhood to pick her up each morning, spilling fluids on the street in violation of Hillandale’s rules.

Upset neighbors have penned a lengthy list of complaints about the uniformed, taxpayer-funded security detail. Vans full of armed police speed through Hillandale in violation of its 15 mile-per-hour speed limit, intimidating residents. Officers behave in an unprofessional manner, loudly socializing, smoking cigarettes, and scarfing down fast food. Also, the extreme visibility of the police presence offends other homeowners, who chose the neighborhood for its strict, privately-enforced rules aimed at keeping the community quiet and aesthetically pleasing. FBI Director Bob Mueller lives in the neighborhood as well, and his security detail stands in stark contrast to the one protecting Yellen. A neighbor who chose to remain anonymous out of fear of federal retaliation told The Wall Street Journal, “Bob Mueller, who you would think would have a much more dangerous job dealing with terrorists all over the world, had people who were businesslike, didn’t socialize and waited for him outside the gate. Now we have this group, overweight, wearing the most ridiculous blue uniforms with the most ridiculous blue caps, and they have guns that are visible.”

Some residents in the area are pushing for new rules to be adopted by the gated community to prevent security outfits from renting property in the neighborhood. The Hillandale Board and Covenant Committee maintains strict rules and enforces them on the other homeowners in the area in the interest of protecting property values, as homes in Hillandale sometimes sell for millions of dollars. The president of the Hillandale board, a real estate agent, has been accused of having self-interested motives and throwing neighbors under the bus by renting a town home to the Federal Reserve.

The heightened police presence doesn’t comfort everyone living in Hillandale. Said another resident, “Some neighbors say it’s great, all the security that is in the neighborhood. But these characters are only here for Janet Yellen. They’re not going to be distracted by robbers, rapists or any other thing. Besides, these guys couldn’t catch a thief if their lives depended on it.”

A number of residents are calling for the Federal Reserve, the FBI, or an independent, third-party consultant to conduct an investigation into the security detail to see if it can be done in a more cost-effective, professional, and less intrusive manner. It is worth noting that the Federal Reserve, a private bank, was given this armed police force as a part of the USA PATRIOT Act. Under Title III, Subtitle B, Section 364 of the law, the Federal Reserve was granted armed officers to protect the bank’s property and top officials.

Read More at Ben Swann

Medical Marijuana Farmers Market to Open in L.A.

June 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Economy

 

The world’s first such opportunity for patients and growers to interact and build relationships will take place over Independence Day weekend.

Farm to Bong….

Hollywood Reporter

Discerning medical marijuana users will have a new way to get the weed they need over Independence Day weekend.

The world’s first medical marijuana farmers market is set to take place in L.A. from July 4-6, allowing patients to purchase cannabis directly from growers.

The market hopes to create a better relationship between growers and patients, giving them a new way to safely access marijuana from trustworthy suppliers.

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“This is an opportunity that unfortunately is not seen as much as we would like,” California Heritage Market executive administrator Paizley Bradbury said of the chance for patients and growers to interact. “We’re hoping that the California Heritage Market can bridge this gap and provide a new and affordable experience for those who need safe access they can trust.”

The market also seeks to educate users, with the author of Modern Marijuana Living slated to be there.
The market will take place from July 4-6 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in East Los Angeles, at the new West Coast Collective dispensary at 1500 Esperanza Street.

US Tech workers forced to train their H1B Replacements

June 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Economy

Globalism ….. Work more get paid less, pay more for everything. DECENTRALIZE AND REPEAL!

U.S. workers protested job losses to foreign workers by displaying American flags in their cubicles

Computerworld - This is the story of an IT worker who was replaced by a worker on an H-1B visa, one of a number of visa holders, mostly from India, who took jobs at this U.S. company. Computerworld is not going to use the worker’s name or identify the companies involved to protect the former employee from retaliation. For purposes of this story, the worker has been given initials — A.B. (They’re not the person’s real initials.)

At A.B.’s company, about 220 IT jobs have been lost to offshore outsourcing over the last year. A.B. is telling the story because, initially, there was little knowledge among fellow employees about H-1B visa holders and how they are used. They didn’t know that offshore outsourcing firms are the largest users of H-1B visas, or exactly how this visa facilitates IT job losses in the U.S.

“I think once we learned about it, we became angrier toward the U.S. government than we were with the people that were over here from India,” A.B. said, “because the government is allowing this.”

The IT workers at this firm first learned of the offshore outsourcing threat through rumors. Later, the IT staff was called into an auditorium and heard directly from the CIO about the plan to replace them. It would take months for the transition to be completed, in part because of some new system installations.

 Many younger IT workers found jobs and left. Mainframe workers were apparently in demand and also able to find new jobs. But older workers with skills in open systems, storage and SAN faced a harder time. About half the IT staffers, mostly the older ones, would stay to the end.

Training the replacement workers involved holding morning-long WebEx meetings several times a week with offshore outsourcing staff based in India. The sessions were recorded as details about the environment, including diagrams and scripts, were shared.

As they moved closer to the termination date for the U.S. workers, the overseas employees would follow or shadow, via WebEx sessions, everything an IT worker did during the day. The outsourcing firm’s onshore staff helped to coordinate these efforts, but also worked to untangle the meaning of some of the questions.

The overseas workers did not appear to have much practical experience, and the same questions were asked repeatedly, A.B. said.

Before they lost their jobs, A.B.’s co-workers decided to made a subtle and symbolic protest over what was happening: As the H-1B visa workers gradually took over the offices once occupied by U.S. workers, one employee brought in a bunch of small American flags on sticks.

The flags were retrofitted so they could fit into the walls of the cubicles.

(Computerworld viewed a photograph of the cubicle flags, but decided not to publish it to protect A.B’s identity.)

The flags were displayed, cubicle after cubicle, much like way flags are hung on homes in a residential neighborhoods on the 4th of July. They were visible to anyone walking down the hall. “That was the only thing that we could do,” A.B. said. “We felt that we were making a statement. But to be honest, I don’t think the Indian workers fully understood what was going on.”

H-1B battle

Record Tax Revenue of nearly 2 Trillion for 2013, Govt will still need to “borrow” another 1/2 trillion?

June 16, 2014 by  
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Federal Tax Revenues Set Record Through May; Feds Still Running $436B Deficit

POSITIVE “Austerity” means cutting the federal / state budgets FROM THE TOP. Its past due.

(CNSNews.com) – Federal tax revenues continue to run at a record pace (in inflation-adjusted dollars) in fiscal 2014, as the federal government’s total receipts for the fiscal year closed May at an unprecedented $1,934,919,000,000, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.

Despite record revenue, the federal government still ran a deficit of $436.382 billion in the first eight months of the fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, 2013 and will end on Sept. 30, 2014.

In the month of May alone, the federal government ran a deficit of $129.971 billion–bringing in $199.889 billion in revenue while spending $329.860 billion.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has estimated that in the full fiscal 2014, the federal government will collect $3.001721 trillion in taxes, spend $3.650526 trillion, running a deficit of $648.805 billion.

Record Federal Tax Revenues Through May FY 2014

 

The OMB has also estimated that, while running that deficit, the federal government will collect a record amount in inflation-adjusted tax revenues.

When adjusted for inflation (to constant 2014 dollars), the second-greatest federal tax haul through May was in fiscal 2007. By the end of May that year, the federal government took in approximately 1.908 trillion in total receipts in constant 2014 dollars.

The single largest source for the federal government’s record tax receipts in the first eight months of FY 2014 was the individual income tax, which brought the Treasury $903.024 trillion. The second largest source was what the Treasury calls “Social Insurance and Retirement Receipts,” which includes the Social Security payroll tax, the unemployment insurance tax and other retirement taxes. This accounted for $694.268 billion in tax revenue.

The third largest source of federal revenue in the first eight months of fiscal 2014 was the corporation income tax, which brought in $164.840 billion.

As CNSNews.com has previously reported, federal tax revenues for fiscal 2014 set records through February, through March, through Tax Day, April 15, and through April.

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Powell’s nomination to serve fresh Fed term advances in Senate

June 10, 2014 by  
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(Reuters) – The nomination of Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to serve a fresh term at the U.S. central bank cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, paving the way for a final confirming vote later this week.

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Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Hike Already Causing Havoc? Price Hikes

June 9, 2014 by  
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When does “Progressive” legislation become… REGRESSIVE? (Negative effect on the poor?) We have already outlined what some of the problems will be, though as a “Lively Experiment”, we are watching and “hoping” for the best.

Eagle Rising

The city of Seattle recently decided to raise the minimum wage within the city to $15 an hour. This move led to cheers from the left and consternation from the right. Fortunately, Seattle is a pretty “progressive” city so the voters there will have to lie in the bed of their own making… while we conservatives on the outside can learn from their mistake.

There is already evidence that the move to raise the minimum wage is doing exactly what conservatives (and Libertarians) predicted it would do – drive up prices. Here it is…

receipt

 

Northwest Watchdog called Masterpark to verify the authenticity of the receipt. Kevin, the attendant on duty Wednesday afternoon, confirmed the charge is real. To deal with the higher wage, enacted on Jan. 1, Masterpark is charging customers an additional 99 cents per parking day, a surcharge that comes on top of all other taxes and fees. 

It’s not hard to understand, it simply takes some honest logical thought.

minimum wage

 

If you raise the minimum wage on businesses, that means the cost to operate rises, in some cases dramatically. If you are a business owner who is used to operating at a certain level of income, what would you be more likely to do: a) accept the new much lower level of income or b) find a way to counter the new higher cost of operating so that you can continue to make something close to what you were making before?

A profitable businessman will choose to try and remain profitable (choice b).

How will he accomplish this? He will either cut employee hours, cut employees, or raise prices… or some combination of those choices.

 The Masterpark receipt shows that they have started by raising prices. The next step may very well be to cut employees or employee hours and mechanize. A parking garage does not necessarily need employees to operate – they could simply go with a computer that dispenses tickets and takes payment. I would bet that Masterpark will use this new rise in the minimum wage to both raise prices and cut employees.

In a sick and twisted socialist way this move to raise the minimum wage could actually help companies like Masterpark make more money, while making low income workers poorer. How? Materpark fires workers and replaces them with machines, but keeps the price increase that the new minimum wage gives them cover to pass on to their customers. In essence making the customer pay for new higher wages that Masterpark doesn’t actually pay…

Do you see what happens when you don’t think before you act, liberals? You make things worse
Read more HERE

Seattle City Council unanimously passes $15 minimum wage

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Economy

If I am in business in Seattle what choice will I have? Close? Move? Charge more to customers? Fire 1/2 my staff and make people work 2X harder?

Better solution? How bout min wage jobs ride tax free for everything. This would get a worker past 15.00 hr.

 

SEATTLE (AP / KOMO) – The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation.

The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months, and a boisterous crowd of mostly labor activists packed the Council chambers for the vote. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A newly-elected socialist City Council member had pushed the idea as well.

“We did it. Workers did this,” said Kshama Sawant, the socialist City Councilmember “We need to continue to build an even more powerful movement.”

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen said “Seattle wants to stop the race to the bottom in wages” and address the “widening gap between the rich and the poor.”

The measure, which would take effect on April 1, 2015, includes a phase-in of the wage increase over several years, with a slower process for small businesses. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase. Those providing health insurance will have four years to complete the move. Smaller organizations will be given seven years.

The International Franchise Association, a Washington, D.C.-based business group that represents franchise owners, said it plans to sue to stop the ordinance.

“The City Council’s action today is unfair, discriminatory and a deliberate attempt to achieve a political agenda at the expense of small franchise business owners,” the group said in a statement.

The ordinance came from recommendations made by an advisory group of labor, business and nonprofit representatives convened by Murray. After more than four months of discussion, the group presented its plan last month. Last week the Council delayed implementation by a few months and approved a sub-minimum wage for teenagers, a provision opposed by labor representatives.

Although some local businesses have come out in support of the measure, a group of restaurant owners oppose it, saying it would force them to scuttle expansion plans, decrease hiring and possibly cut service hours.

Nick Musser, executive chef and general manager of the Icon Grill in downtown Seattle, doesn’t think the wage credit for tips should phase out after seven years and finds the differentiation between large and big companies irrelevant.

“The reality is that the larger companies are going to ratchet up their wages and we’re going to have to play at that level anyway,” said Musser, whose restaurant employs between 50 and 60 people, depending on the time of year. Most of them are paid minimum wage.

Ubah Aden, 40, a Seattle home health worker who says she now earns $10.95 an hour, is looking forward to the way a higher wage will help her support her three children. But she also likes the idea of Seattle setting an example for the rest of the nation.

“If this passes, then it will pave the way for other cities and states. I really think so” Aden said.

She said she and her three kids are living with her brother because she can’t afford an apartment of her own even though she works full time. “This will make changes to myself and also a lot of other people in my shoes.”

San Francisco currently has the nation’s highest hourly minimum wage at $10.74.

The current minimum wage in Washington state is $9.32 an hour.

Earlier this year Minnesota raised the state’s guaranteed wage by more than $3, to $9.50, by 2016. California, Connecticut and Maryland also have passed laws increasing their respective wages to $10 or more in coming years.

Iranian billionaire ‘secretly executed’ over biggest bank fraud in country’s history

May 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Economy

A billionaire businessman that was responsible for the biggest bank fraud Iran has ever seen has been executed, Iranian state media has said.

Mahafarid Amir-Khosravi, also known as Mansour Aria, was hanged at Tehran’s Evin prison on Saturday after being convicted of a scam that was said to have cost Iranian banks nearly £1.5 bn.

Alongside Khosravi, 39 defendants were convicted for fraud, with four others being sentenced to death.

According to Khosravi’s lawyers, the execution had taken place in secret and without their knowledge.

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