From gregoryaharrison@***********.com. Subject line: "Canada's Top Ten Stupidity List for America".
Singer is convinced (or is it wishful thinking?) that a systematic deflationary economic collapse will not happenat 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,
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 gunpointand 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 governmentand the overlords of the New World Orderso 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 itthe central governmentderives 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 Earththe Obama Administrationthe 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 Pontiff suggested the disciples were a little "intolerant," adding "The Lord has redeemed all of us, with the blood of Christ. All of usnot 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 Godnot of works lest anyone should boast.".
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.
News asks the goverment
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 rebellionHancock and Samuel Adamsand 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.
When Campbell overheard Alvarez boasting about his war exploits, killing scores of enemiesincluding childrenCampbell felt compelled to interrupt. She asked him from which base he retired. Alvarez said, "Camp Pendletonas 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 officialshe 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 reviewsand 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 speechlyingby 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 braveryany 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.
funds job creation of a
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 workers2,000 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 sportscarsthe $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., 2011in 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.
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 157,695,000an 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.
(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 contentNBC v United States (319 US 190  and FCC v Pacific Foundation (438 US 726 ) 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.
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.
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.
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
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 classto 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 grandchildrenand 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.
Changes its Name.
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.
threatens blind woman
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 bureaucratparticularly a liberal Blue State illogical bureaucratexacting 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.
illegals using one
Schmierer was shocked to learn from the IRS when they checked that dozens of people were using her Social Security number200 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 happenas 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 FBIbut 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 genuineor 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 familywhose 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 theftwhich 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.