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US Dept. of Education for Civil Rights
orders the destruction of boys bleachers
in a Michigan high school because they
were better than the girls' bleachers.

Mar. 23, 2014We are getting our first real serious look at the face of communism at work in the United States. If the girls can't have new bleacherss for their varsity baseball team, then there's no reason the boys at the Plymouth High School in Canton, Michigan should have what they don't have. What's so "civil rights" important about bleachers? Particularly bleachers that have been bought, paid for—and constructed solely by the fathers of the boys who were going to be playing baseball on that field. The logical answer? Sameness. Sexual equality. Girls don't have the audience boys have, because boys have better equipment.

At least, that was the sustenance of the anonymous complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights in the US Department of Education under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Someone thought that fathers' using their own pocket money to fix the bleachers for the boys and not the girls was a form of racism. Parents of one or more of the girls' players filed the civil rights complaint arguing that those parents who wanted to modernize the bleachers were obligated to fix all of them and not just the bleachers for the boys' team. It wasn't right, the suit argued, that the girls' parents should have to pay for the new bleachers and the installation of them. After an investigation by the DOE Civil Rights Division, the Superintendent School Board was ordered to either refurbish the girls' bleachers at no cost to the girl players' parents or tear down the new bleachers at the boys's baseball diamond.

Lacking the funds to rebuild the bleachers for the girls' baseball team, the Superintendent ordered the bleachers for the boys'' baseball field to be carefully disassembled and stored until such time that they could appeal the Justice Department/DOE decision. When Brian Bentley first reported this on his blog on March 26, 2014, he cynically reported that this travesty cynically proves the adage that no good deed goes unpunished..

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Why didn't the media note the passing
of Major Ed Freeman on Aug.20, 2008?

Feb. 23, 2014—I guess August was a busy month in 2008 for celebrity deaths. There were 178 of them around the world. For that reason it was easy to miss Ed Freeman because, with so many important people dying that month, it's really easy to skip the guy who never made it to the silver screen or the tabloid headlines. But, you would remember Ed Freedom if you ever saw the Mel Gibson movie, We Were Soldiers, and recalled a helicopter pilot called "Too Tall." Freeman was six and a half feet tall—too tall to fly, hence the nickname.

We Were Soldiers, a 138 minute film made in 2002, told the true story of the Battle for the Drang Valley and, in it, the exploits of a true American hero named Ed Freeman who was among the 178 notables who died in August, 2008. But he was the one no one remembered. But the media remembered to tell us that Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes died that month. And Jerry Reed, and Julius Carry, Jeff McCay, Sally Insu, Michael Pate and, and of course, everyone remembers the death that month of Sandy Allen, the tallest woman of the world. I know you remember because the mainstream media eulogized them. The mainstream media just forgot to eulogize a real American hero whose exploits were memorialized on the Silver Screen in 2002.

Then Capt. Edward "Too Tall" Freeman, who served first in the Navy and then the Army in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, earned the following medals for valor: the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Heart, Air Medal with three silver oak leaf clusters and one bronze leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze cluster, Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Vietnam Service Meal with two bronze service stars, Armed Forces Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

In the Drang Valley battle on Nov. 14, 1965 Freeman, the second-in-command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, was supporting the heavily engaged 1st Calvary who were outnumbered 10-to-1 and taking the heaviest casualties in the entire Vietnam War. When the infantry commander, Lt. Col. Hal Moore, closed the landing zone due to deadly direct fire on the copters bringing in supplies and ammunition and leaving with wounded troopers from the 1st Calvary. When Moore closed the landing zone, it meant he was going to run out of ammunition and his position would be overrun. Four hundred men would die for virtually nothing. Flying through a gauntlet of bullets to bring the besieged 1st Calvary ammunition, food, water and medical supplies, Freeman flew 14 missions, saving the lives of 30 wounded troopers. At the end of his 14th run through the gauntlet, Two Tall's copter was riddled with holes. Several of the bullets that pierced the skin of the Huey also pierced Freeman. The rescue of the Drang Valley turned out to be the wounded saving the wounded. All of the survivors of Drang—well, the US survivors, anyway—owe their lives to Two Tall Freeman.

Freeman was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President George W.Bush in a White House ceremony on July 16, 2001. Freeman's commanding officer recommended him for the Congressional Medal of Honor—but not within the 2 year window for filing requests. Freeman was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross instead. When the two year window was removed in 1995, retired Army Major Edward W. Freeman.was 74 years old when he received the Medal of Honor for the acts of valor performed by Capt. Freeman in the Drang Valley on Nov. 14, 1965. And, as President Bush said as he awarded the Medal of Honor to Two Tall, he was presenting what another Texan president should have awarded to Freeman in 1965. Freeman lived six years with the highest award for valor this country can award. He died of Parkinson's Disease. His wife Barbara Jean met him in Heaven a year later. Now you have the short story the mainstream media forgot to tell you..

Obama Gestapo after Christie
Jan. 16, 2014With Gov. Chris Christie's popularity on the rise, the Obama Gestapo is determined to destroy his chance of winning the GOP presid
e
ntial nomination in 2016. US Attorney Paul J. Fishman confirmed on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 that, with the assistance of the FBI, he would seek to find out of any federal laws were broken in the spiteful closing of the George Washington Bridge between Fort Lee, NJ and Manhattan from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12 last year. In addition, the Democratic National Committee asked for a Dept. of Housing [HUD] probe to determine if the State of New Jersey paid too much money for a TV commercial to get tourists to come to New Jersey.

Fired for the unnecessary lane closures during rush hour simply to great gridlock in Fort Lee was Christie's deputy chief-of-staff, Bridget Anne Kelly. Although Kelly initially denied any knowledge of how the crippling lane closing happened, an email from Kelly to a longtime Christie crony and then Port Authority official David Wildstein said: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." Christie also forced his two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien, who had knowledge of the scheme, and who aided Kelly's attempt to cover up her involvement in the affair, to remove his name from consideration for the leadership of the New Jersey Republican Party.

The DNC claims the State of New Jersey used post-Hurricane Sandy federal aid in a television commercial promoting tourism that featured Gov. Christie and his family to sell the public that New Jersey "was open for business.:" The federal probe was prompted by 13th term Congressman Frank Pallone [D-NJ] who argued that the winning bid for the commercial (containing the Christie family) cost $2 million more than competing bidder whose spot, he said, would not include them. (Of course, since the company whose bid was rejected never shot their spot, we have no idea what content would have been included in the commercial had it been shot. But, you can bet it would also have contained a shot of one of the most popular GOP governors in the country, too.) But when that governor is leading the Democrat's already anointed presidential nominee two years before the 2016 race, the Democrats have to do whatever is necessary to tarnish Christie's brass and end his chances of gaining the GOP nomination before the American people tie Hillary Clinton to the Benghazi terrorist attack and the reason for it—which was neither a video nor the anniversary of 9-11. Plain and simple, it appears the al Qaeda affiliated terrorists in Libya wanted the cache of weapons the Obama Administration had stored in Benghazi (which Obama and Clinton planned to turn over to the Muslim Brotherhood).

Pallone, acting as the injured party, complained that he "...fought hard for passage of the Sandy aid package in Congress by assuring our colleagues that this funding was critical to our recovery."

Since Christie is still leading the woman who the Senate just threw under the bus as responsible for the deaths—and coverups of the deaths—of US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Consulate IT Specialist Sean Smith, and former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glenn Dogerty in order to protect Barack Obama, the Democrats saw blood in the Hudson River under the George Washington Bridge and the sharks circling in the water waiting for the Christie presidential campaign to fall in. Although there is absolutely no evidence of Christie wrongdoing—nor will any turn up—Pallone and the DNC have asked the FBI to investigate what they call Christie's misuse of Hurricane Sandy relief aid funds. to use $4.7 million of the Sandy Relief money to create a TV spot featuring his family as the centerpiece in the restoration of the New Jersey shoreline—during his reelection campaign. You gotta strike while the iron is hot and, of course, the hypothetical sharks are circling under the bridge.

The reality at the time was Christie was leading Hillary Clinton nationwide, 48% to 46%. The Democratic political machine attack dogs and the leftwing social progressive press have done their work well. On January 15, former Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clintona woman garbed from head-to-foot with Benghazi wrongdoing, who should be sitting in the cell occupied by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (Sam Bacile) who created the Mohammad video—was leading Gov. Chris Christie 50% to 37%.


Only in America
Oct. 21, 2013From our neighbors north of the border. Those who observe us seem to understand us better than we understand ourselves. Sad, isn't it?

From gregoryaharrison@***********.com. Subject line: "Canada's Top Ten Stupidity List for America".

• 10 • Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fundraising event.
• 09 • Only in America could people claim that people discriminate against black Americans when they have a black president, black Attorney General and roughly 35% of the federal workforce is black (while only 14% of the population is is black. And, 40%+ of all federal entitlements go to black Americans—three times the rate that goes to Whites and five times the rate that goes to Hispanics.
• 08 • Only in America could they have the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Dept.) and Charlie Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee) both turn out to be tax cheats who favor higher taxes.
• 07 • Only in America can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
• 06 • Only in America would they make people who want to legally come American citizens wait for years in their home countries, and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just "magically" become citizens.
• 05 • Only in America
could people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists."
• 04 • Only in America could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.
• 03 • Only in America could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major US oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of that in a company making tennis shoes (Nike).
• 02 • Only in America
could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillion dollars more than it takes in per year—for total spending of $7,000,000 per minute (with absolutely nothing to show for the spending) and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough money.
• 01 • Only in America could the rich (who make up less than 2% of the population)—who pay 86% of all income taxes—be accused of not paying their "fair share" by the people who don't pay any income taxes at all.


Cookin' the Books
Aug. 28, 2013, 2013Paul Elliott Singer, one of the top hedge fund bankers in the world has been warning the United States since early July that the world economy is on life support—and throwing out pre-crash signals that the world's central banks have chosen to ignore. Everyone everywhere is unfazed by the economic warnings because they believe that someone somewhere will bail them out when the economic sinkhole opens under every nation on Earth, swallowng life as we know it as the monetary systems of every industrialized nation collapses like a house of cards.

Singer is convinced (or is it wishful thinking?) that a systematic deflationary economic collapse will not happen—at least, not now. Why? Because wherever a collapse appears inevitable in any of the world economies, the printing of worthless money and furious bailouts ensues. The only think that is sustaining the economies of the industrialized nations are the 0% to 1% interest rates. When the bureaucrats, who are trying to convince the rest of us that "all is well in an improving economy" talk about increasing interest rates, they are greeted with tremors in the market.

In 1919, in the midst of world war, the Wilson Administration began to worry about rising prices due to food and commodity shortages that were artificially raising prices in the United States. The Taft Administration signed the legislation creating the Dept. of Labor on March 4, 1913, 16 days before Thomas Woodrow Wilson became the 28th President of the United States. The Federal Reserve System now had a death grip on the economy of the United States, and the fed bankers wanted to make sure it protected its human capital from the free enterprise capitalists.


Murder Data
July 5, 2013—Think about this. The United States of America has the third highest murder rate in the world. But, if you take out three cities: Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI and Washington, DC, the United States has to the fourth lowest murder rate in the world. Those three cities, by the way, have the toughest gun laws in the United States. None of them, however, are the murder capital of the nation. Detroit is number #2. The high crime rate is due to poverty and drug addiction. It's neighbor, Flint, is number #1. New Orleans, LA is number #3, St. Louis, MO is number #4 and Baltimore, MD is number #5. Sixth is Birmingham, AL. Tied for seventh place are Newark, NJ and Oakland, CA. Baton Rouge, LA is eighth. Cleveland
, OH is ninth and Memphis, TN is 10th.

The top dozen murder cities (listed above) have one thing in common. And, it's not the social progressive violations of the 2nd Amendment. It's poverty. The poorest cities in the nation have the highest crimes rates. Detroit is the poorest city in the United States. Cleveland is the 4th poorest followed by St. Louis, which is 6th and Newark as the 10th poorest city. Among the ten most dangerous cities in the United are St. Louis—#1, Detroit—#2, Memphis—#3., Oakland, CA—#4, Baltimore—#8, Cleveland—#9, and Baton Rogue—#10. These cities are among the top ten where you have the best chance of being held up at gunpoint—and killed. The more convinced criminals are that their intended victims are not armed, the more likely those citizens will be attacked.

What does that tell you about gun control? Gun control, not gun ownership, is the root cause of crime. Make the strong weak by disarming them, the weak will become strong enough to prey on them. That's not a whimsical statement pulled out of thin air. That is a fact borne out by the statistics. Since that's so obviously true, then why is the federal government—and the overlords of the New World Order—so adamant in their efforts to outlaw the private ownership of guns? Believe me, it's not to protect the citizens from gun violence. They want to outlaw the private ownership of guns not because you're afraid of armed street thugs, but because they're afraid of the honest citizens with lawful weapons who have already told the government of the United States, "that's enough!" one time too many. Today those honest citizens are strenuously reminding those they elected that it—the central government—derives 100% of its power not from the princes of industry and barons of banking who bribe them, but from the consent of the governed who, today, are ready to dissolve the political bands that bind honest men to the crooked politicians who have wasted the wealth of the greatest nation on Earth. Because if "We The People" do not deal with the most politically corrupt government on Earth—the Obama Administration—the United States of America will cease to exist before the "fiat money well" that funds our bankrupt Social Security system goes dry or before Grandma goes into an Obamacare hospital to have the festering boil on her buttock lanced and dies on the table. In other words, when gun rights die, so does the nation.


The first thing God's going
to ask Pope Francis will likely
be: "Did you ever take the
time to read My Book?"

May 23, 2013—During his homily at Mass on Wednesday, May 22, Pope Francis I
shocked some devout Catholics—and a ton of Protestants—when he emphasized the importance of "good works" as a means of salvation, adding that everyone is redeemed through Christ Jesus—including atheists. The Catholic pontiff used scripture from the Gospel of Mark, quoting scripture where Christ's disciples spoke disdainfully about a man—not a disciple—casting demons out of a person in Jesus' name. The disciples told Jesus they forbade the man from doing so. The man was obviously a believer and, while not an Apostle, believed Christ was the Messiah. Jesus admonished the Apostle, telling him: "Forbid him not; for there is no man who shall do a miracle in My name that can lightly speak evil of Me. For he that is not against us is for us."

The Pontiff suggested the disciples were a little "intolerant," adding "The Lord has redeemed all of us, with the blood of Christ. All of us—not just Catholics. Everyone. Even the atheist. Everyone." Of course, not all Catholics and, certainly, not all Christians agree with that point of view. This is one of the reasons there is a deep division between Catholicism and the Protestant faith from the time of the Reformation based on a theological dispute between "saved by grace" and "redemption through works." And, while the Pope may have picked up his view of "works" in James 2:14-20, the clearest verses concerning redemption and salvation are found in Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God—not of works lest anyone should boast.".

Christians understand that in the redemptive process, people have to make a conscious choice, through faith, to accept or reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Those who consciously make a decision not to accept Jesus as their Savior don't get an "opt out" card on their way into eternity even though the AOL-owned Huffington Post noted that in this era of religious controversies, Pope Francis' homily was "...a timely reminder that God cannot be confined to our narrow categories. We don't get to write the rules. God does. Reuters seems to think that "...atheists should be seen as good people if they do good." Not only is the road to Hell paved with good intentions, it is paved with the souls of those who believed their good works would be enough to get them a room in the place with the heavenly view.

Fox News asks the goverment
why they're buying 1.6 billion
rounds of ammo. The problem is,
regardless what they say, its a lie.

Feb. 28, 2013
Everyone knew it, but few had the guts to ask why the federal government was embarking on an ammunition buying spree. All of a sudden anti-gun Obama has a love affair with the shiny copper-clad—almost all hollow point—ammo for handgun and rifles. Millions upon millions of rounds of ammunition in all sizes and shapes. After far right conservative radio talk show host Alex Jones raised the spector of an "arms race against the American people," adding that the government was ",,,gearing up for total collapse; they're gearing up for huge wars" Fox News began to ask questions. Jones was part right and part wrong. He's right that the US government has embarked on an arms and ammunition race with the American people. Why? Because the Obama Administration and the US government is deathly afraid of the American people.

Again, why? Because on April 19, 1775 the British sent troops to Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. Their job was to seize all of the arms, musket balls and black powder that John Hancock had stored in his warehouses in Concord. The day before, on April 18, 1775 British Major General Thomas Gage signed two arrest warrants, believing when he arrested the two ringleaders of the rebellion—Hancock and Samuel Adams—and hung them in the public square, resistance to the crown will die quickly. Instead, as British Col. Francis Smith split his troops into two forces, sending the smaller group to Lexington to arrest Adams and the larger to to Concord to arrest Hancock and seize the weapons and ammunition in his warehouse, the Minute Men ambushed both forces, and in an unorthodox style of fighting which the British had never experienced and could not overcome, the colonial milita drove the redcoats back to Boston. On April 20, 1775 the colonial militia laid seige to the city. On March 17, 1776 the redcoats surrendered and, under a flag of truce, the British, now unarmed, evacuated Boston.

At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, Patrick Henry said, "We should never forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists." And, the American people have not forgotten.


Whistleblower in Stolen
Valor case is fired.

March 7, 2012—Sometimes when US Marine Corps veterans muster out they find the transition to civilian life—and a decent career civilian job—hard. Sometimes the jobs they find are as distasteful as the customers they are required to serve. Such was the case on June 27, 2007 when 10-year Marine Corps veteran Melissa Campbell, who was working as an events planner at Southern California Edison's Big Creek Power Plant, overheard an elected local Water Board official, Xavier Alvarez trying to impress a young woman with his "war exploits." He claimed to have been a Marine Corps sergeant major with 25 years of service to his nation, and he claimed, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by Ronald Reagan.

When Campbell overheard Alvarez boasting about his war exploits, killing scores of enemies—including children—Campbell felt compelled to interrupt. She asked him from which base he retired. Alvarez said, "Camp Pendleton—as a Delta. Special Operations Delta Force."

As a 10-year veteran, Alvarez's words weren't phrased the way a 25-year Marine Corps would say them. She rephrased her question, telling Alvarez that as a sergeant major in the Marine Corps, his retirement would have been a big deal. Knowing he was caught, Alvarez decided to try to intimidate Campbell by saying "Do you know who I am? I'm a Medal of Honor recipient" She didn't know who he was, but she was reasonably certain she knew who he wasn't. She was correct. Not only had Alvarez not won the the nation's highest award for bravery, he had won no medals at all since Alvarez had never been in the US military. With a handful of people listening to their conversation in that room, she said: "Mr. Alvarez, I know what you're doing. And I don't like it."

Campbell reported the incident to the FBI since what Alvarez did was a violation of the Stolen Valor Act. It is a crime that carries a sentence of up to one year in prison. His widely publicized case has now reached the US Supreme Court. But whatever else Alvarez was or was not, he was powerful enough to get Campbell fired for embarrassing him. And fired she was. As she was initially suspended by Southern California Edison, her boss told her that "...it was unprofessional to confront [Alvarez]." She was suspended pending a further investigation. A few days later she received a telephone call asking her to attend a meeting and the office. When she arrived for the meeting, she saw boxes full of her personal belongings on the conference table. It was official—she was fired.

Campbell joined Southern California Edison as a security officer and later worked on the corporate events staff. She noted that before the Alvarez incident, she received only good employee reviews—and even won one of the company's highest employee awards. .

A sharply divided US Supreme Court heard US v Alvarez on Wed., Feb. 22 2012. The Justices engaged in a spirited debate on the constitutionality of a law, The Stolen Valor Act of 2006, that criminalized a form of free speech—lying—by making it a crime to claim you earned the nation's highest military award for bravery when you did not win it. Some justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, worried that upholding the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act might lead to social progressive judges using it as a precedent to make it illegal to lie about possessing a college degree you don't have or an extramarital affair you did have. Roberts asked "where you draw the line?" The Justices finally agreed that they could tailor their decision narrow enough, and specific enough to be applied only be to this one specific issue and excluding any other issue from being substituted in place of military decorations awarded for bravery in action..

The Obama Administration's Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. defended the law as necessary "to protect the integrity of the honor system." Not at all surprisingly, Obama's least patriotic, social progressive Associate Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, was the least willing to accept the Administration's argument. Why? Because she disputed that the value of the Medal of Honor, or any military award, is diminished because some people lie about receiving them.

Justice Antonin Scalia said "...when Congress passed this legislation, I assume it did so because it thought the value of the awards that courageous members of the armed forces were receiving were being demeaned and diminished by charlatans."

Jonathan Libby, Xavier Alvarez's lawyer argued before the high court that the law should be overturned because it's intent is too hard to discern because the bill wa entered without any public hearings. (What's so hard to undertand? "Mr. Alvarez, were you ever in the US military?" "No." "Mr. Alvarez, were you ever in a combat zone?" "No." "Mr. Alvarez, were you ever awarded a medal for bravery—any medal?" "No." What is so hard about that? They're all "yes" or "no" questions.) Leave it to a lawyer to muddy it up and make an easy question appear difficult. You're either a liar or you're not. Libby's client was a liar. In Libby's view, it wasn't the lie but whether it was a "white lie" or a black one. If Libby had read his Bible growing up he would have realized that, whether :white," "black" or "grey," a lie is one of the seven deadly sins that will send you to Hell.

Obama funds job creation of a
green energy startup electric car
company—in Finland

Jan. 1, 2012—Like his quid pro quo $535 million loan to Solyndra to build jobs in America by financing the risky, "destined-to-fail" solar panel startup green energy ventures of his friends and campaign donors, the Obama Administration has been campaigning on job creation. In the Solyndra LLC case,Tulsa billionaire George Kaiser was both an Obama bundler and a Solyndra investor. In fact, he was heavily-invested in Solyndra even though when it was revealed that he was an Obama bundler, he denied that he was personally involved with Solyndra. Solyndra alone should be enough to insure impeachment hearings not only of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, but both Vice President Joe Biden and White House occupant Barack Obama. Providing half billion dollar quid pro quos in return for major campaign contributions translates into accepting a bribe. Accepting a legally-defined bribe, like offering one, is a felony. Felonies are impeachable offenses. But, since every member of Congress commits the same crime everytime it inserts an earmark in a piece of legislation, it goes without saying to no member of the House will impeach any politician, nor will any member of the Senate find them guilty, for offering or accepting a bribe.

Obama's green energy stimulus program is beginning to look more and more like nothing more than the usual political business-as-usual in the nation's capital. Which, of course, makes Obama no less corrupt than the most corrupt Washington insider. Stimulus money, it would seem, does much more than stimulate green jobs in the Obama Administration. It stimulates a new round of campaign contributions. Which is how politicians amass multimillion dollar war chests.

The Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News reported that the Energy Department invested one billion dollars in two politically-connected California electric carmakers (with the funds coming out of a $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program legislated by the Reid-Pelosi 111th Congress). One of the first recipients in 2009 was Fisker Automotive which is backed by a venture capital company owned in part by former Vice President Al Gore, Jr. (an Obama donor). The other is Tesla Motors whose major backers are Obama bundlers Larry Page and Sergy Brin, also backed by Gore. If Page and Brin's names sounds familiar it's because they are the co-founders of Google. Gore's venture capital company, General Investment Management, is partnered with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers which specializes in clean technology investments.

Two years ago Obama set aside $25 billion from Bush-43's subprime mortgage bailout legislation and used a chunk of the money from the funds set aside for the Resolution Trust Company to buy up foreclosed subprime mortgages to free up credit, to bail out the auto industry. At that time, critics denounced Obama's loan program for green energy cars, saying that investing in the American automotive industry was a waste of money because manufacturing cars was a business that wasn't going to survive in the United States.

On Oct. 20, 2009 Biden held a photo-op in a shuttered General Motors plant in Wilmington, Delaware heralding the $528.7 million government loan to Fisker which, Biden claimed, would transform the boarded-up GM factory into an active production line for high-end electric sportscars. With him in the photo-op was a Danish businessman from California, Henrik Fisker, and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. Fisker said that eventually Fisker would employ 5,000 US workers—2,000 factory workers and about 3,000 at suppliers throughout the country. Fisker paid $18 million for the GM plant which produced the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky before the "Obama/GM-Chrysler auto dealership downsizing." Those 2,000 US employees, promised in 2009 and again in the fall of 2011 appear, thus far, to be about 40 US employees in the engineering and electro-mechanical fields who should be interviewing for those jobs now, and who were supposed to have been hired before Thanksgiving, 2011. The 2000 employees? They're apparently all in Finland at the moment.

Biden promised that very quickly, laid-off auto workers would be producing the next generation of American luxury sportscars—the $103 thousand Fisker Karma. .(Government subsidies will bring the "out-of-pocket" price of the car down to $40,000 after tax credits.) The Fisker loan had two parts. One hundred sixty-nine million dollars of the loan was to support tooling for Fisker's first electric car, the Karma, in Irvine, California. The balance, $359 million, was theoretically being used in the Wilmington, Delaware assembly plant to develop Fisker's pollution-free Nina electric.

To date, Fisker Automotive produced 239 vehicles, all of which were been sold in Europe. Two cars have been delivered in the United States. One of them to movie star Leonardo DiCaprio. The downside of this article is not that only 239 were produced at a cost to American taxpayers of $2,200,000 each, but that the Karmas were made by the Finland auto maker, Valmet,.with a net result of zero jobs in the United States. The Karma's hybrid system copies the Chevrolet Volt. Which raises the question why the Obama Administration felt compelled to finance competition for General Motors which, theoretically, the taxpayers now own? Other, that is, than as a quid pro quo payback to a major donor who can be counted on to support Obama's reelection bid this year since he will likely need the taxpayers' largess again next year..

All 239 of the Karmas built in Finland were recalled due to a flaw with a hose clamp that prevents coolant leaks inside the battery compartment. The flaw could trigger electrical shorts and create what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] referred to as "thermal events."

Once Fisker received their $528.7 million loan, they used those funds, and their guarantees from the Obama Administration to raise $650 million in private sector funds. Since GM is having problems finding people to buy the Volt, it's not likely the Karma is going to have much karma with US consumers and, like Obama's political payback to Solyndra, there's likely going to be a bankruptcy somewhere in their future. Volt projected the sale of 4,000 consumer units in Nov., 2011—in addition to a like amount of sales to commercial fleets. Chevrolet sold a total of 1,139 Volts in November.

To beef up the numbers to make it appear that the Volt was popular, or at least that it has been accepted by consumers as a viable motor vehicle, environmentally-friendly GE agreed to buy 12,000 Volts over the next year. An average of 539 Volts per month have been sold since its launch in December, 2010. GM still claims there is a high demand for the Volt when in fact there is virtually no demand for it at all. And, that of course spells doom for the Karma which, US sales will ultimately prove, has no karma at all.


CBO Director Elmendorf says
Obamacare will cost America
800 thousand jobs

Feb. 11, 2011
Testifying before the House Budget Committee, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas W. Elmendorf admitted that contrary to the political hyperbole sputtered by the left when Obamacare was being debated, by 2021 Obamacare will have caused the loss of 1/2 of 1% of the US workforce, or Elmendorf estimated, about 800 thousand workers. What Elmendorf didn't say, or rather danced around, was the fact that the United States has been steadily losing jobs since the Clintons enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] in 1993. Job growth in the United States was about 2.6% when the baby boomers entered the workforce between 1965 and 1974. Because most of the baby boomers had already entered the workforce by the mid-1980s, the growth of the labor force slowed to 1.6% by the time George H.W. Bush entered the White House in 1989. When George W. Bush moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the work force, thanks to the NAFTA job drain, had dropped to a growth rate of 1.1%. Under Obama, the job growth rate has plummeted to 0.6%—and it's still dropping.

Questioned by Congressman John Campbell [R-CA] about Elmendorf's estimate on job losses over the next decade, Elmendorf said: "...we...estimate...that the household employment will be about 160 million by the end of the decade..." In making that statement, Elmendorf revealed something Campbell may not have known about the US labor force. It's shrinking at a much faster rate today than it was just prior to the 2008 election. According to the Population Reference Bureau's Population Bulletin, Vol. 63, No. 2, In June, 2008 jobs in the United States were growing at an annual rate of 0.6%. At that rate of growth, the US workforce would exceed 167 million by the end of the decade. Elmendorf projected the US workforce at 160 million by 2021, or a ten-year increase of 2,305,000 workers over the current level of 157,695,000—an annual increase of about two-tenths of 1% rather than six-tenths of 1%.

Elmendorf is a former Clinton Administration Assistant Treasury Secretary who was a senior fellow in the economic studies program at the Brookings Institute when he was tapped by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye [D-HI] to fill the position of Congressional Budget Office Director. Elmendorf was jointly confirmed by Inouye and Speaker of the House John Boehner [R-OH]. It was a short honeymoon for the newly-enthroned Republicans who became quickly disillusioned with Elmendorf's analysis of Obamacare and his comments about the GOP measure to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The CBO issued a press release challenging the wisdom of repealing Obamacare by claiming that such an action would add $230 billion to future federal deficits between 2012 and 2021. That was enough to have Elmendorf summoned to explain his views to the House Budget Committee.

While the GOP labeled HR 2 as the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, Elmendorf never specifically said Obamacare would kill jobs, he used the term "reduction of labor" which translates either into less jobs or fewer hours for less wages for those in the work force. In reality, less jobs means some jobs will not be created; thus, those jobs will have been killed.

The Elmendorf "twist" in the budget analysis was that many people who are now forced to work because they need health insurance will choose to quit their jobs since healthcare will now be provided. Thus, the loss of jobs down the road will be the result of people no longer needing to work because of Obamacare. Ignored in this logic is rent, food, and the necessities of life.

Democrats delay overturn
of the FCC attempt to
takeover the Internet.

Dec. 17, 2010—The United States Justice Foundation launched an aggressive campaign to alert the American people of an attempt by the Federal Communications Commission through the Department of Homeland Security, based on an Executive Order issued by Barack Obama, followed by an unconstitutional Secretarial Order issued by the FCC to assume control off the Internet. USJF's effort, picked up by several other advocacy groups throughout the United States, triggered hundreds of thousands of faxes, emails and telephone calls to Congressmen and Senators demanding that they act to rescind the self-asserted authority of the FCC to regulate the Internet.

(Updated with additional material on Dec. 23, 2010 and again on Jan. 9, 2011. I wrote extensively about this issue in BEHIND THE HEADLINES earlier in 2010. Without anyone on Capitol Hill seeming to pay attention to the aborgation of the 1st Amendment by Barack Obama, and with a straight face that would suggest to anyone paying attention that they had the constitutional authority to do so, the FCC stood poised to steal the Internet with rules that a panel of three federal judges, ruling in American Civil Liberties Union v Reno,said that the Internet "...is a publishing medium [in which]...personal home pages are the equivalent of individualized newsletters about that person or organization." [929 F. Supp at 837]).

The judges concluded that the Internet deserves at least as much protection under the 1st Amendment as printed matter receives. The appellate court judges emphasized that any analysis of the 1st Amendment protections afforded to a particular medium of mass communications must focus on the underlying technology that brings the information to the user. Thus, they concluded, the Supreme Court's two primary theories for government regulation of any form of broadcast communications content—NBC v United States (319 US 190 [1943] and FCC v Pacific Foundation (438 US 726 [1978]) do not justify government regulation of the Internet.

Which, of course is why Sen. Jay Rockefeller's [D-WV] Cybersecurity Act of 2009 never got out of committee in the far left-controlled 111th US Senate, and why Barack Obama had to activate it through an illegal Executive Order, using the FCC to further muddy-the-water by using a Secretarial Order (who ever heard of such a thing?) to generate regulations which the left said would make the Internet "more fair."

Because of the force of the faxes, emails and telephone calls protesting the unconstitutional and unconscionable takeover of the electronic media on the Internet, the 87 new Tea party Republicans in the House of Representatives, led in part by 8th term Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn [R-TN], the repeal of the FCC's self-professed authority over the Internet began to take place. The GOP leadership's decision to wait shocked Blackburn and angered many of the 87 freshmen Republicans on the Hill who want the misdeeds of the 111th Congress erased from the memory of man as quickly as possible.

On Tuesday, March 1, Representatives Henry Waxman [D-CA] together with Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence, cosponsored the Broadcaster's Freedom Act of 2011 that will prevent the FCC from re-instituting the leftwing "Fairness Doctrine" in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords [D-AZ] in Tucson last month. The Far Left blamed Giffords' shooting on the Tea Party and conservative figures like former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and talk show hosts Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh when, in fact, Jared Loughner, Giffords' shooter, was a fan of the left who was not influenced by the right. The left, however, still lives by the adage, never let a good crisis go to waste.

Judge upholds suspension
of Christian counselor

July 29, 2010—
US District Court Judge George Caram Steeh
, a 1998 Bill Clinton appointee to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Steeh, who is the former President of the Arab-American Bar Association, dismissed a lawsuit filed against Eastern Michigan University [EMU] by a Christian graduate student, Julea Ward, who was expelled by the university because she refused to affirm that homosexual behavior was normal. Ward enrolled in an EMU program with expectations that she would complete the program and become a high school student counselor As a student counselor, Ward counseled student "clients" in a university-operated clinic. In one instance she encountered a "client" who had recently been involved in a homosexual relationship that went bad. The "client" had previously been counseled about that relationship. He wanted to be treated for depression—which would entail further counseling about that relationship. Because of her opposition to homosexuality, Ward asked her faculty supervisor if she could refer the client to another counselor. She explained her religious views precluded her from telling the client that his homosexual behavior was normal.

The university told Ward she would be allowed to stay in the program only if she underwent a "remediation reeducation program" (diversity training) so she could see "the error of her ways" and alter her views about homosexuality. She refused. Telling her that her conduct violated the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, she was expelled.

Alliance Defense Fund senior counsel David French, who represented Ward in her efforts to force the school to reinstate her told the media that "...Christian students shouldn't be expelled for holding to and abiding by their beliefs. To reach its decision, the courts had to do something that's never been done in federal court: uphold an extremely broad and vague university speech code." It is a speech code defined by the American Civil Liberties Union working in conjunction with the American bar Association beginning in 1989.

In May of that year the ABA distributed to their membership a little noticed or talked about brochure advertising a seminar "...for attorneys who want to be on the leading edge of an explosive new are area of law"—suing churches, Christian leaders, Christian activists and schools that cross the line. The reason? The utopians attempting to create world government were quick to grasp the reality that the patriotism that fuels nationalism is rooted in Christian faith. It became clear to the globalists that before American sovereignty could be breached, the social progressives who were determined to destroy the nation with the aid of corrupt political hacks, judges and bureaucrats who would attack the underpinnings of the 1st Amendment and destroy both religious freedom and free speech.

One of Julea Ward's lawyers, Jeremy Tedesco told Fox News Radio that while the ruling did not explicitly say so, its clear the decision could allow colleges and universities across the nation the expel Christian students for voicing explicit Christian tenets under a host of different scenarios. The Alliance Defense Fund also defended another counseling student at Augusta State University in Georgia. Jennifer Keeton was told to stop sharing her Christian beliefs if she wanted to graduate from Augusta. Keeton's ADF lawsuit argued that she was told she would have to undergo a "reeducation program" and attend "diversity sensitivity classes" if she expected to graduate. Through the efforts of the social progressives the 1st Amendment has successfully morphed into Articles 13 and 14 of the UN's Covenant on Human Rights. The 1st Amendment no longer exists for Christians if social progressives or the deviants they need to get elected object.

Augusta State University issued a statement that the University does not discriminate on the basis of students' moral, religious, political or personal beliefs. Except, it appears unless those moral, religious or personal beliefs are Christian.
izen. The law was further diluted in 1994, 33 years after his birth. But, once again, too little, too late.


Let them eat lobster and caviar!
Feb. 1, 2010—If there is one person in history that Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama reminds me of, it's not Harriet Tubman. Mary McLeod Bethune, Marian Wright Edelman or Eleanor Roosevelt (even though her husband reminds me of FDR). Michelle Obama reminds me of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette von-Hapsburg-Lothringen, the Archduchess of Austria who married to Louis XVI. She and her husband were deposed and imprisoned during Robespierre's Reign of Terror. Her crime? Treason. In reality, her crime was, literally, not caring about the welfare of the French people. According to Emer de Vattel's Law of the Nations (from which common law has its roots) monarchs are obligated to care for their subjects.

Marie Antoinette was an extremely selfish, uncaring queen whom the people disliked immensely. Among the causes of the French Revolution was a severe food shortage which brought starvation and economic deprivation to the French people. When she was told by her husband's ministers that the cause for the unrest in France was because the people had no bread to feed their children, she flippantly replied, "Qu'ils manent de la brioche," which literally translated means "Let them eat expensive sweet egg rolls"—one of her favorite desserts. History translated it as "Then let them eat cake."

In the closing days of the Campaign of 2008 as Barack and Michelle Obama traveled the countryside assuring their rich white constituents that when they was coronated King and Queen of the United States they would immediately begin the redistribution of the wealth of America's middle class through illegal UN carbon taxes to the princes of industry and barons of business and banking who were converting the third world into the commerce mecca of the 21st century's. At the same time, they assured their minority constituents in the United States that immediately after the inauguration of common Americans Barack and Michelle (who suddenly loved the country Michelle Obama hated as a member of Jeremiah Wright's congregation), they promised black America they would begin the redistribution of the wealth of white middle class—to them. Call it reparations. Call it a lie. When they spoke to the white middle class, they assured them that if their household income was $250 thousand or less, they would not receive a tax increase under the Obama Administration. Call that a lie, too. In fact, every word that comes from the mouth of community activist in the White House has proven, over time, to be a lie.

After the middle class taxpayers were slapped with two trillion, two hundred thirty-nine billion, five hundred million dollars that will ultimately translate into seventy-one trillion, six hundred sixty-four billion dollars in taxes when the interest paid to the Fed bankers is added in to what must be paid by our children, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren—and universal carbon taxes that will impact every man, woman and child regardless of their race and station in life (except the ultra-rich who can buy carbon credits), it will not be long before social progressive bureaucrats will be telling Queen Michelle that the Tea Party revolt that is threatening the Obama dynasty was caused by angry Americans from every walk of life and every political persuasion simply because the people no longer have enough bread to feed their children. To which Queen Michelle will haughtily reply: "Let them eat lobster and cavier." Obama's lunch that day? In his photo ops, you always see common folk Barack Obama sharing a burger with someone at a local burger den. When he enjoys a private lunch with Michelle at the Waldorf-Astoria, like they did on Oct. 15, 2008, they begin lunch with 2 hors d'oeuvres at $50.00, 2 whole steamed lobsters at $100.00, Iranian Osetra caviar at $150.00, washed down with Bollinger Champagne at $44.00. With tip, the down-to-earth Obama's enjoyed a $447.39 lunch. I wonder if that was before or after photo op hamburgers at Buddy's Burger Barn?

When politicians lose sight of the plight of the common man and become lackeys for the princes of industry and the barons of business and banking, it is time to remove them from power and replace them with citizen legislators who will restore the rule of law, outlaw bribery in high places through a Constitutional amendment that will levy mandatory prison sentences not only the politicians and the lobbyists who pay and receive bribes, but on the heads of the cartels who ultimately profit from the bribes as well. The American people need to restore the rule of law and apply it equally to everyone. That means, every law that applies to the least of us applies to richest and most powerful of us as well. All men are not equal if some are more equal than others.

ACORN Changes its Name.
June 22, 2009After two weeks of Glenn Beck and 14 months of investigations by the FBI for vote fraud, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now [ACORN] has changed its name to Community Organizers International. The new name is branded as a registered trademark. What that means is if the media and/or the blogger community and/or any whistleblowers use their new name in any manner not authorized by The-Organization-Formerly-Known-As-ACORN, they could be liable for monetary damages and injunctive relief.

Even though ACORN is shedding its tarnished shell, they will still attempt to block reporters and bloggers from using their old name to describe The-Organization-Formerly-Known-As-ACORN. ACORN'S general counsel, Arthur Schwartz sent cease and desist orders to Marcel Reid, the current Chairperson of DC ACORN 8 and fired ACORN board member Karen Inman, threatening them with lawsuits.

Inman was fired for asking for the financial records pertaining to the covered-up embezzlement of what was reportedly $1 million by ACORN founder Wade Rathke's brother Dale. When ACORN's board decided to prosecute Dale Rathke for the misappropriation of ACORN funds, the Tides Foundation reimbursed ACORN for its loss. It seems the money crowd that supports ACORN did not want their books opened for scrutiny. In the letter, Schwartz said "...it is a violation of federal and state law for you to use the ACORN name and mark without the written permission of ACORN. Should you continue to do so, you will be liable for monetary and injunctive relief." Schwartz intends to use under trademark or copyright infringement.

Reid told the media that her group, ACORN 8, knew "...for many months that the name ACORN [was] going to be retired. The name has been so damaged to the point where the leadership knows it simply can't go on as it has with the ACORN label out front and center, especially after all of the reporting....ACORN has been decapitated. The senior staff and current national board should be dismantled. The only way to have reform is for the current leadership to be removed completely. We also need a forensic audit." Expect the ACORN audit to take place about a day after the complete audit of the Federal Reserve.

City threatens blind woman
with a property lien over an
unpaid utility bill for a penny.

Nov. 20, 2008—-The City of Attleboro, Massachusetts in Bristol County has 43,502 residents—most of whom were shocked yesterday to learn that the city sent a 74-year odl blind woman, Eileen Wilbur, a dun letter for a penny—that cost the taxpayers of the City of Attleboro 42¢ to mail. The letter demanded the immediate payment of an outstanding utility bill—for 1¢. The letter notified Wilbur that if the delinquency was not paid by December 10, the city would place a $48 lien on Wilbur's next property tax bill. If the 1¢ overdue utility bill and the $48 lien for her failure to pay the penny was not paid, her property could then legally be seized for the 1¢ delinquent utility bill or for the unpaid $48 utility lien. The city would then have the right to sell Wilbur's home at public auction. Wilbur, a 49-year resident of the city, has lived at this address, 16 Glenn Street in Attleboro since 1959.

The question that leaves one cause for wonder is, since this penny was due from a prior utility bill, and homeowners pay monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly utility bills everywhere in the nation, why was the penny not simply added to a subsequent bill where it would have been automatically paid by the homeowner when they paid their utilities?

Eileen Wilbur said she learned of the outstanding 1¢ utility bill, and the threatened lien, when her daughter, Rose Brederson, came over to her house to read her mail. (This suggests the city had failed to simply incorporate the overdue amount on her next utility bill, or to attach a note to those bills that there was an overdue amount pending on her account.) The notice was dated Nov. 10, 2008, notifying Wilbur that she had 30 days to cure the default before action would be taken against her. The $48 dollar lien would be assessed on her next property tax bill.

When her daughter read the notice, Wilbur said, "It was so upsetting, it sent my blood pressure up so high. They wasted taxpayer money on the letter," she added, noting the 42¢ cost of the stamp to collect a penny.

When the local Sun Chronicle newspaper questioned Attleboro City Collector Debora Marcoccio about paying 42¢ to dun someone for a penny, Marcoccio defensively responded: "It would have been fiscally irresponsible for me to have staff weed through the bills and pull out any below a certain amount. And what would that amount be?" How about any amount for which it cost more to collect than the city would receive? But, to an illogical bureaucrat—particularly a liberal Blue State illogical bureaucrat—exacting every cent a taxpayer owes is "job one." Marcoccio told the Sun Chronicle reporter that Attleboro is holding firm that any amount owed to the city must be paid, adding that the city would not waive any balance that is due them. "If there's a bill," she said, "it must be paid." Spoken like a true Massachusetts liberal. Is Marcoccio an elected official or a city employee? If she's a city employee, she needs to be fired for displaying a lack of common sense. If she's elected, the people of Attleboro got what they deserve for voting for her.

Over 200 illegals using one
housewife's social security number
June 22, 2006Audra Schmierer realized someone else was using her Social Security number in February, 2005 when she got a notice from the Internal Revenue Service demanding payment of $15,813.00 in back income taxes. Schmierer is an housewife in Dublin, California who has not worked since the birth of her son in 2000. The taxes were due from a job in Texas—somewhere Schmierer has never lived, and from an employer for whom she's never worked.

Schmierer was shocked to learn from the IRS when they checked that dozens of people were using her Social Security number—200 of them to be exact. In 17 States. The federal government knew a lot of different people were using Schmierer's Social Security for quite some time. They' knew because the IRS computers spit out the duplicate use of Social Security numbers whenever they happen—as soon as they happen. When duplicates occur, the Internal Revenue Service assumes its not fraud, and sends letters to the employers notifying them of an error in the use of the offending number. Other than fining the business owner $50 for each inaccurate number submitted, there isn't much the IRS can do. While it is a crime to use someone else's Social Security number, it is not the job of the IRS to track down purveyors of false ID. It's the job of the FBI—but its also one of those authority "gray areas" since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. If ID counterfeiters create bogus identification for illegal aliens, the crime falls under the purview of Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] so usually raids on bogus ID mills are joint FBI and ICE operations.

Schmierer was told by the IRS that over 81 people were currently earning incomes on her Social Security number. When she started digging, Schmierer obtained over 200 W-2s and 1099 tax forms that contained her Social Security number but different names. The IRS assured her that the erroneous tax bills would be wiped out. But, they warned her, the problem was going to continue as long as illegal aliens were able to buy bogus ID containing her Social Security number since Social Security numbers aren't like credit card numbers where you simply cancel the card and issue a new number.

Laborers from Florida to Washington State were using her Social Security number to secure employment in construction, high tech companies and fast food restaurants. Some of those using it were men. Some were women. Information gleaned from FBI investigations of many of them determined that the majority of the users of Schmierer's Social Security number were illegal immigrants. Illegals purchase phony identification from underground ID mills that can be found in every urban center in the country. The going rate for a bogus Social Security card, green card or driver's license is $80 to $125. If the "customer" is Muslim the price could be higher since the quality of the workmanship will have to be much better. Most counterfeiters can turn out an ID package consisting of all three documents within 30 minutes to three hours for the typical Mexican "customer."

Some of the documents are good enough to fool a cop checking a pedestrian's ID, but most of them aren't good enough to fool a computer if the ID is run for warrants. Unfortunately, most of the employers who hire illegals aren't concerned about whether or not their identification is genuine—or even if its poor quality. They simply want to cover their butts in case an ICE agents asks to check the I-9 completed by the job applicant to make sure they possessed a green card, a Social Security card and a drivers' license when they applied for their job.

Around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 FBI and ICE agents raided a two-bedroom apartment on 16th St. NW in Washington, DC. They woke the eight Hispanic men who were sleeping there and arrested them. Taken into custody were Eladio Espinoza-Cuevas, 50; Andrews Angel Vasquez-Soriano, 41; Alberto Martin Vasquez-Soriano, 40; Luis Vasquez, 33; Julio Cesar Pacheco-Vasquez, 24; Cesar Cuevas-Mendez, 24; Luis Angel Mendez-Hernandez, 21; and Juan Antonio Pacheco-Vasquez, 20. Luis Vasquez faces federal charges for immigration fraud. The others face similar charges, but will likely be deported instead of charged.

Agents found more than 100 fake documents in the apartment. The feds also found electronic devises used to counterfeit the documents they sold. Also found was about $14 thousand in cash. The ring that was broken is thought to be part of an international ID ring run by the Castorena-Ibarra family—whose leader was just arrested in Mexico.

ICE agents said the ring distributes their bogus IDs throughout the country, They have ties with groups in Detroit, Baltimore and Chicago. These group has been under surveillance by ICE since shortly after 9-11. The task force has already arrested 195 people. All of them except one were illegal aliens. Most of them were Mexican although Hispanics from other Central American countries were also arrested. Over 10 thousand counterfeit documents with a street value of more than a million dollars were seized. The federal government prosecuted 60 illegals thus far. Some were charged with aggravated identity theft—which carries a minimum of 2 years in prison; others were charged with counterfeiting fraudulent immigration documents which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of $250 thousand.

There is little satisfaction for people like Audra Schmierer who have had their Social Security numbers stolen and can expect, every two to three years, to receive a letter from the IRS dunning them for unpaid taxes and penalties or threatening them with jail for not filing a 1040 on income earned in Texas, California, or somewhere else she's never been.

 

 

 

 

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