The St. Louis Tea Party has organized a series of shopping sprees at businesses in Ferguson, Missouri ravaged by more than a week of looting and rioting. Unless you live in the St. Louis TV market, it’s a human-interest story likely to be left out of mainstream media reports from Ferguson.
The idea behind the so-called “Buycott” is simple: Tea Party followers in the St. Louis area are trying to turn out as many people as they can to shop at Ferguson businesses over the long Labor Day weekend, because, as organizers assert, “shop owners in Ferguson and Dellwood weren’t rioting. They were watching their American Dream of owning their own lives go out through broken windows.”
Here’s the full pitch from the event’s Facebook page:
We all have work to do. Ferguson businesses and families are still struggling with the effects of the riots. The demonstrations didn’t break their windows or steal their inventories. Rioters did. Looters did. And the shop owners in Ferguson and Dellwood weren’t rioting. They were watching their American Dream of owning their own lives go out through broken windows.
Everybody shops on Labor Day Weekend. All we’re asking is that you consider doing that shopping in Ferguson and Dellwood.
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The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch issued a statement Friday, claiming that government sources have confirmed that Islamic State terrorists are operating in Mexico and planning terror attacks on the U.S.
Via Judicial Watch:
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.
Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.
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Following President Barack Obama’s brazen announcement that his administration has yet to come up with a strategy to respond to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists gaining ground in the Middle East, British Prime Minister David Cameron called the ISIS gains a “greater and deeper threat to security than we have known” in an address to his countrymen.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse: we don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said of how the U.S. would respond to ISIS advances in Syria. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”
The statement quickly caused a political uproar.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday urged the president to “exercise some leadership” and present a regional strategy to Congress.
“The President needs to present this plan to the Congress, and the American people, and where the President believes he lacks authority to execute such a strategy, he needs to explain to the Congress how additional authority for the use of force will protect America,” McConnell said in a statement.
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Barring a late-season push, the Democrats are heading into this fall’s midterm elections looking at a near total loss. President Barack Obama is dragging down his party’s image like a battleship anchor lashed to a rowboat.
Direct assaults on Americans’ individual liberties, once laughed off as “phony” by the Democratic ownership, have clung to the headlines like a particularly virulent fungus, mostly because Obama and his minions have a bad habit of doubling down when they get caught lying. But most importantly, the Democrats’ willful refusal to acknowledge that they’re not the only ones whose opinions count has infuriated Americans to no end. Yet the Republicans appear to be doing everything they can to keep the Dems in the game. At this point, as the country reels from yet another race-infused nightmare made infinitely worse by the machinations of Obama and his ilk, the only reason the Democrats are still in the midterm electoral fight is GOP hesitation to deliver the knockout blow.
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In a condescending evasion, the head of yet another progressive PAC is justifying his group’s acceptance of funds from progressive billionaire George Soros, even as he condemns conservative committees for saying “yes” to contributions from the libertarian-aligned Koch brothers. The difference, he argues, is simply that he’s on the good guys’ side.
BuzzFeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski started sparring on Twitter Wednesday with Brad Woodhouse, a Democratic strategist who was tapped earlier this year to run American Bridge 21st Century, a Soros-funded Super PAC.
Kaczynski called out Woodhouse for sending a predictable evil-Koch-money story out to reporters via email, retorting “so you dislike big money @woodhouseb only when it isn’t your ideology. I understand now” on Twitter.
That prompted a dumb response by Woodhouse: “well, they’re not looking to screw the middle class to enrich themselves – so yeah – maybe you do get it.”
“I guess @woodhouseb your billionaires are better than their billionaires,” Kaczynski zinged back.
Since there is no substantive way to disagree with that, Woodhouse played the “you don’t understand” card and tried to end the discussion. He made a couple of ad hominem insults, so Kaczynski dropped the mic with this:
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Whenever a group or class of people is given special “rights” (which aren’t really rights, but privileges), the real natural rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned on their ears and shoved down the memory hole. In other words, the rights of the one are secondary to the “rights” of the other simply because one subgroup of individuals has been granted special privileges that never before existed.
Take the case in New York of a Catholic couple who had $13,000 extorted from them by the state of New York (not to mention thousands of dollars in legal fees over two years), were forced to undergo and subject their staff to a state-sponsored re-education camp and were ordered to prominently display on their property a propaganda message contrary to their belief system, all for the “crime” of declining to host a wedding on their farm. The wedding, if it can be called such, was for a lesbian couple.
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The U.S. Department of Justice received a massive settlement from Bank of America — touted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s office as “the largest civil settlement with a single entity in American history” — over BoA’s alleged obfuscation of the risks associated with residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) during the recent housing crisis.
But, just as it did two years ago when it took $335 million in a settlement with Countrywide Financial Corp., DOJ has structured a deal which ensures a big chunk of that money never finds its way into the hands of the minority and underrepresented groups who paid higher home interest rates because of their racial – and not their credit – status.
In the BoA settlement, announced last week, the first money – about $7 billion – goes to the plaintiffs. Then much of it is tied up in BoA obligations to offer settlement-enforced loans for low-income housing.
As for what’s left? After four years of BoA rehab, DOJ is giving away the leftovers to progressive activist groups like the National Council of La Raza, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and even a rebranded local arm for ACORN in New York – all under the pretense of investing in boots-on-the-ground community advocacy in areas with demographics that match those of the plaintiffs.
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As the Department of Justice faces increasing pressure to examine the militarization of American law enforcement agencies, police associations have kicked off lobbying efforts aimed at keeping intact the Pentagon program that allows police to acquire military gear.
This week a group of politicians, community leaders and celebrities joined the community-empowerment group Center for Global Policy Solutions to pen a letter to President Obama asking how the federal government intends to change policing policies after the heavy-handed response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
The letter urges officials to address police race relations as well as departments’ increasing militarization. It calls on the Obama Administration to encourage increases in law enforcement training, accountability and diversity, along with the suspension of Pentagon programs “that transfer military equipment into the hands of local police departments.”
From the letter:
Investigations into the Ferguson shooting are ongoing, and many of the specific facts remain unclear for now. However, the pattern is too obvious to be a coincidence and too frequent to be a mistake. From policing to adjudication and incarceration, it is time for the country to counter the effects of systemic racial bias, which impairs the perceptions, judgment, and behavior of too many of our law enforcement personnel and obstructs the ability of our police departments and criminal justice institutions to protect and serve all communities in a fair and just manner.
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Wall Street banks are getting hit by cyber attacks every single minute of every single day. It is a massive onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want to alarm the public. But as you will see below, one big Wall Street bank is spending 250 million dollars a year just by themselves to combat this growing problem. The truth is that our financial system is not nearly as stable as most Americans think that it is. We have become more dependent on technology than ever before, and that comes with a potentially huge downside. An electromagnetic pulse weapon or an incredibly massive cyberattack could conceivably take down part or all of our banking system at any time.
This week, the mainstream news is reporting on an attack on our major banks that was so massive that the FBI and the Secret Service have decided to get involved. The following is how Forbes described what is going on…
The FBI and the Secret Service are investigating a huge wave of cyber attacks on Wall Street banks, reportedly including JP Morgan Chase, that took place in recent weeks.
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“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
White House staffers had a major cleanup job on their hands after President Obama got done with his statement on a pair of global crises today.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama responded when asked whether he would approach Congress for authorization to intervene with the Islamic State in Syria.
Here’s his full response (H/T: Zero Hedge):
QUESTION: Do you need Congress’s approval to go into Syria?
OBAMA: You know, I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think that it’ll be important for Congress to weigh in and we’re – that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are part of the debate.
But I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) this week blasted former Secretary of State— and potential 2016 presidential contender— Hillary Clinton and other “U.S. interventionists” he says are responsible for empowering the Islamic State terror group’s advances in the Middle East. More…
White House staffers had a major cleanup job on their hands after President Obama got done with his statement on a pair of global crises today. More…
Reason’s Will Neff and Paul Detrick have teamed up to produce a satirical television commercial that reveals the absurdity of the military-to-police equipment pipeline created by the Defense Department’s 1033 program. Video…
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an update to its ten-year budget and economic outlook report Wednesday. It begins by touting the ongoing reduction in the federal budget deficit – that is, in the simplest terms, the amount of money the government is spending each year beyond what Congress budgeted for that year. More…
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) this week has blasted former Secretary of State— and potential 2016 presidential contender— Hillary Clinton and other “U.S. interventionists” he says are responsible for empowering the Islamic State terror group’s advances in the Middle East.
“As the murderous, terrorist Islamic State continues to threaten Iraq, the region and potentially the United States, it is vitally important that we examine how this problem arose,” Paul begins a Wall Street Journal op-ed published late Wednesday. “Any actions we take today must be informed by what we’ve already done in the past, and how effective our actions have been.
“Shooting first and asking questions later has never been a good foreign policy. The past year has been a perfect example,” the senator continues.
Shooting first, Paul contends, is precisely what Clinton and the Obama Administration did last year by advocating for regime change in Syria without “a reasonable degree of foresight.”
“The administration’s goal has been to degrade Assad’s power, forcing him to negotiate with the rebels,” Paul writes. “But degrading Assad’s military capacity also degrades his ability to fend off the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Assad’s government recently bombed the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS in Raqqa, Syria.
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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an update to its ten-year budget and economic outlook report Wednesday. It begins by touting the ongoing reduction in the federal budget deficit – that is, in the simplest terms, the amount of money the government is spending each year beyond what Congress budgeted for that year. In other words, we’re getting nominally closer to hitting the number Congress sets for the budget, but we’re still spending more than that.
Read on, though, and you’ll find the statistic that actually matters: the actual federal debt held by the public is growing rapidly, and is closing in on a figure that parallels three-quarters of the United States’ annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Right now, that number represents 74 percent of the annual GDP – up twofold from 2007 – and it’s on track to hit 77 percent of GDP by 2024. Publicly-held debt is the only type of federal debt reported on the government’s books as a liability. It outpaces the other type of federal debt – debt held by government accounts – by almost three to one. Debt held by government accounts, according to the Government Accountability Office, “represents balances in the federal government’s accounts—primarily trust funds—that accumulate surpluses…Trust funds for Social Security, Medicare, Military Retirement and Health Care, and Civil Service Retirement and Disability account for the vast majority of the total debt held by government accounts.”
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Officials at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that the federal deficit for fiscal 2014 is expected to top out at more than $500 billion, higher than projected due to a drop in corporate tax revenues.
The deficit estimate of $506 billion by September’s end is actually low compared to years at the height of the nation’s economic recession, though it is higher than the $492 billion deficit predicted back in April.
CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told reporters gathered at a briefing that the fluctuation was likely de to companies using legal means to put off paying taxes.
While the deficit numbers look better than other years under the Obama Administration– $680 billion last year and an outstanding $1.1 trillion in 2009— the decline isn’t likely to maintain, according to Elmendorf.
“The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years and is on a path to decline further this year and next,” Elmendorf said at a press conference Wednesday. “But later in the coming decade, under current law, the gap between spending and revenues would grow again relative to the size of economy, and federal debt would climb.”
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In the not-so-distant-future, American motorists could find the location, direction and speed of their automobiles constantly monitored by government officials as they travel, according to recent filings revealing that the Department of Transportation is making the first steps toward requiring “vehicle to vehicle communications.”
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration published rule proposals in the Federal Register this month that “would propose to create a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), FMVSS No. 150, to require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capability for light vehicles (passenger cars and light truck vehicles, or LTVs) and to create minimum performance requirements for V2V devices and messages.”
The systems would monitor things like speed, direction and roadway location of individual vehicles and broadcast the information to nearby drivers. The information could also be used alongside emerging technologies such as crash avoidance systems already being built into newer automobiles to increase roadway safety, according to the NHTSA.
The agency reports that it intends to examine the effectiveness of V2V communications in everything from vehicles with no active control systems to future cars that could include full automation and self-driving.
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Not pleased that Burger King is acquiring a Canadian company and relocating its headquarters to Canada, where the corporate tax rate is lower (and not universally applied to global revenues), Democratic candidate Sean Eldridge is slamming the deal — even as his husband watches his stock in one of the partner companies climb.
Eldridge, who’s seeking to topple incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional District, told the Catskill, New York, paper The Daily Mail that Burger King’s attempt to set down roots in a country where the (lower) corporate tax rate applies only to the money it makes in that country is “really frustrating,” and that Congress needs to make the law more punitive for other companies who would follow suit.
“… I think we need to reform our tax code so that we are not benefiting companies that are sending jobs elsewhere,” he said.
But Eldridge’s husband, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, is benefiting from the deal — at least, so long as it’s profitable for shareholders. And Eldridge’s campaign, in turn, is benefiting from Hughes’ wealth.
From The Washington Free Beacon on Thursday:
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The drumbeats for going back to war in the Middle East are getting louder and louder. There’s no question that the barbaric jihadists known as the Islamic State make an almost ideal enemy. They’ve slaughtered, crucified or beheaded hundreds of opponents (both Christians and their fellow Muslims) as they’ve marched across northern Iraq.
They’ve bragged that they will carry the war to the United States, and even distributed a faked photograph showing their flag flying over the White House. In their most publicized atrocity, they beheaded American photojournalist James Foley — and posted the despicable act on the Internet.
The terrorists of ISIS (or ISIL, as the federal government calls them) are incredibly well-equipped, thanks to millions of dollars’ worth of armament — much of it brought to the area by the United States — that they’ve seized along the way. And they’re also incredibly well-financed, thanks to the oil revenue from the territories they’ve conquered, millions of dollars from banks that they’ve looted and funds they’ve received from Qatar, Kuwait and even our nominal allies in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
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The former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was convicted on Tuesday of several child pornography crimes, including “engaging in a child exploitation enterprise,” according to an official release from the Department of Justice.
Timothy DeFoggi, 56, who held a top-level security clearance as cyber security director for HHS, was convicted by a federal jury of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography. The Maryland resident was tried in Nebraska, where several people accused of participating in an Omaha-based online child pornography ring already have been convicted.
DeFoggi registered as a member of a website called PedoBook (it is what it sounds like) in March of 2012, and remained a member of the site until the FBI shut it down in December of that same year.
The PedoBook site was a part of the so-called “deep web,” concealed from typical search access by means of the Tor browser, which (ideally) offers anonymous internet searching of deep web sites both illicit (think drugs, fringe porn and hit men) and benign (hobbyists and serious members-only information-sharing groups that don’t want to be bothered by newcomers from the “public” internet). Tor is also touted as an option for regular folks who just want to surf the internet but are spooked by the NSA (though it’s by no means infallible).
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No one should be surprised that corporations are taking advantage of provisions in the U.S. tax code that allow them to keep more of their money by moving their operations offshore, as Burger King Worldwide announced it was planning to do when it acquired Tim Hortons. The Founding Fathers recognized something today’s government elites do not, that there is a limit to the onerous level of taxation that can be born.
In his opinion in the landmark McCulloch v. Maryland Supreme Court case that granted Congress “implied powers,” turned the “necessary and proper” clause on its ear and began neutering State sovereignty on behalf of the banksters, Chief Justice John Marshall recognized the destructive nature of taxation.
“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation,” he wrote.
In “Rights of Man,” Thomas Paine noted, “If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.”
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