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Secretary Clinton Hid Iranian Donations: WH Says “Meh”.

Here is the gist of the exchange:

Reporter: Mrs Clinton hid millions in Iranian contributions…

WH: There is no proof that those donations influenced policy.

Reporter: She hid millions in contributions from the Iranian government!

WH: So. “conservative authors” tell lies.

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Common Core…

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Clinton Foundation Accidentally Overlooked Tens Of Millions In Foreign Contributions

Wow.:

Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors…

The charities’ errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters…

The unsettled numbers on the tax returns are not evidence of wrongdoing but tend to undermine the 990s role as a form of public accountability, experts in charity law and transparency advocates interview told Reuters…

For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years.

Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the foundation’s work on climate change and economic development through this three-year period. Those governments were identified on the foundation’s annually updated donor list, along with broad indications of how much each had cumulatively given since they began donating.

“We are prioritizing an external review to ensure the accuracy of the 990s from 2010, 2011 and 2012 and expect to refile when the review is completed,” Craig Minassian, a foundation spokesman, said in an email.

The decision to review the returns was made last month following inquiries from Reuters, and the foundation has not ruled out extending the review to tax returns extending back 15 or so years…

“I’ve never seen amendment activity like that,” said Bruce Hopkins, a Kansas City lawyer who has specialized in charity law for more than four decades.”

When asked about the oversight, Shrillary released this statement:

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Need A Reliable AR15? Don’t Have A Ton Of Cash?

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As some of you may have seen, I recently purchased two Smith & Wesson M&P AR15’s. I had plenty of guns before Sandy Hook changed my views on liberty and personal defense, but I sold them all to that one guy. Well, I couldn’t pass up brand new AR15’s for $539!

I’ve also been toying with the idea of buying the M&P 15-22(LR) for my kids. This way, they can get used to the functionality of the AR without costing me a fortune in ammo. At an average price of around $400-500, I’ve been reticent to pay that much cash for a plinker. We already used to have many rifles in this caliber. Well, they’re on sale too, so I bought one of those, as well, for $359.

The M&P15 Sport is – from everything I’ve seen & read – is a very reliable entry-level AR15. I had possession of several AR15’s of differing quality and wildly different price. I’ve had gas piston and direct impingement, POF to DPMS. I want more. In reality, I’m not going to be out on 30 mile ruck marches or wallowing in the mud & grime of some distant battlefield. If I ever have need to use my battle implements for the purpose they were intended, I will need support and be engaged at close distance, in an urban or sub-urban environment. When support is needed, more is better. Having rifles for everyone in the family, never hurts.

I’ve been a vocal supporter of the AK47 & it’s many variants since I bought my first one many years ago. It doesn’t have a dust cover, or a forward assist. Neither does the M&P15 Sport. Meh…

Model: M&P15 Sport™
Caliber: 5.56 mm NATO
Capacity: 30 Round Detachable Magazine
Action: Semi-Auto
Barrel Length: 16″ / 40.6 cm
Barrel Twist: 1 in 9″
Front Sight: Adjustable A2 Post
Rear Sight: Magpul® Folding MBUS
Overall Length: 35″ Extended / 32″
Stock: 6 Position Telescopic
Weight: 6.45 lbs. / 2,925.7 g
Barrel Material: 4140 Steel Receiver
Material: 7075 T6 Aluminum Receiver
Finish: Hard Coat Black Anodized Chromed
Components: Gas Key and Bolt Carrier
Muzzle Break: Standard A2 (birdcage)

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DOJ: Lawyers & Cops Shouldn’t Hire Prostitutes

Hey Guys,

We’d really appreciate it if you men & women who have sworn an oath to support & defend the Constitution and laws of the United States wouldn’t break those laws. Oh yeah, if it’s legal where you’re at, you still can’t do it, because apparently human trafficking for the sex trade is a pretty big problem, and it’d be great if you could help us stamp this out by not being shitbags who pay women for sex.

Sincerely,
The Holder

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Un-freaking-real (UFR). To think that an agency of the government – charged with justice no less – has to create a written policy prohibiting the purchase of sexual favors.

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President Cruz Enjoying The Ma Deuce

From John Galt:

Bobby Jindal? Nah.

Carly Fiorina? She’d break a nail.

Jeb Bush? No way, she’d break a nail.

But Senator Ted Cruz from by God Texas? Hell yeah, hand that man a Browning .30 caliber machine gun and get out of this man’s way!

WARNING: Pure Conservative Red Meat Below.

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Obama, VA – Disarming America’s Veterans!

“Financially incapable”? We’re telling vets that they can’t own guns because they don’t have money… It’s coming. Closer by the day.

Documents obtained by The Daily Caller and interviews with American veterans reveal a shocking government program: The Department of Veterans Affairs is disarming America’s veterans by getting them placed on the FBI’s criminal background-check list.

The VA sends veterans’ personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids.

Veterans deemed mentally incompetent or financially incapable are finally speaking out about the errors in the system and the fearful harassment they and their families face from the federal government. And it all starts when vets go to the VA to get medical help

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We Ain’t Giving Up Nothin’…

To celebrate my support for the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I bought two brand-spanking-new S&W AR15’s on Friday, for a total of $898. Molon Labe.

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Did You Know: Ancient Hebrew For “Covenant” Is A Cross

I don’t preach, but I have recently been feeling a fire inside me. This is a return of that nagging voice I heard on the night I finally surrendered to Jesus. The night I accepted Jesus as my Lord & Savior, I thought I knew what I was talking about. I’d seen, heard, and read so much…

I didn’t have a clue. I still don’t have a clue, but that same nagging voice that told me on that night to “make a choice, time is running out” has been pulling at me, as I again battle the depression of my daughter’s death, which has returned with a vengeance.

Over the past several months, I have been pushed, poked, and prodded into doing more to know God’s ways. I was waiting around for some miraculous epiphany – some moment of clarity when everything changed and suddenly came into focus – to no avail.

As I’m finding out, some of us are hard-sell Christians. If I am to know the Lord’s ways, I have to actively seek them out. Maybe my heart is too hardened to hear the message. Maybe I’m just too stubborn to allow it to resonate.

Whatever the reason, I have to find the Lord – and submit to him – on his terms, not mine. If I seek to live and love in his ways, I will be in his will. The time is drawing near, my friends. An army is being raised up, of faithful believers in the Lord. The day to decide whom you will serve is nigh upon us.

I am fearful that I won’t be on the right side. I’m so attached to my stubborn pride that I fear being lost. There is a battle raging inside of me. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt. I can clearly see good & evil battling for my soul. This battle, while burning inside me, is evident in every direction, in the external world, as well.

Repent. Repent & turn away from evil. The hour of the Lord is at hand.

That’s not what I got on here to write, but there it is. The time to make your choice is now. Will you serve God, or the devil? I learned something recently that reinforced my faith.

Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

In the Hebrew text, Alpha & Omega (first & last), are represented by the characters “aleph” & “tav”.

Did you know that in the Hebrew text of Genesis, these two letters appear in the middle of the very first sentence and they mean “created”? These two letters, in the original/ancient Hebrew pictographs, are represented by the Ox (strength/leader) and the Cross (mark/sign/covenant).

Jesus, when declaring that he was the Alpha & Omega, first & last, was making direct allusion to statements of the prophets that God is the Alpha & Omega, thereby declaring that he is the word of God through which all things were created. He was saying that he is the first & last, of the very beginning. He is the reference in the first sentence of Genesis.

When one dissects the phrase “In the beginning”, using the ancient pictographs, one can clearly see God’s message for humanity’s salvation:

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“In the beginning” [God’s Son destroys the work of our hand’s, with his covenant]. The very first sentence of God’s word (in Hebrew pictograph) illustrates that his son destroys the work of our hand through his covenant.

Do what you will with this. Believe it or don’t. I believe. I confess before God & man that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I have chosen my side.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

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WAPO: When Did America Stop Being America?

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When you bastards decided that moral absolutes no longer exist.

On a number of occasions during the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the Israeli government has appealed to the United States and its allies to demand a change in Tehran’s aggressive behavior. If Iran wishes to be treated as a normal state, Israel has said, then it should start acting like one. Unfortunately, these appeals have been summarily dismissed.

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Why the dramatic shift? […]

I am afraid that the real reason for the U.S. stance is not its assessment, however incorrect, of the two sides’ respective interests but rather a tragic loss of moral self-confidence. While negotiating with the Soviet Union, U.S. administrations of all stripes felt certain of the moral superiority of their political system over the Soviet one. They felt they were speaking in the name of their people and the free world as a whole, while the leaders of the Soviet regime could speak for no one but themselves and the declining number of true believers still loyal to their ideology.

But in today’s postmodern world, when asserting the superiority of liberal democracy over other regimes seems like the quaint relic of a colonialist past, even the United States appears to have lost the courage of its convictions.

We have yet to see the full consequences of this moral diffidence, but one thing is clear: The loss of America’s self-assured global leadership threatens not only the United States and Israel but also the people of Iran and a growing number of others living under Tehran’s increasingly emboldened rule. Although the hour is growing late, there is still time to change course — before the effects grow more catastrophic still.

America stopped being America when the New Left took over academia. When the murder of innocent children became the law of the land. When taking a life in defense of a greater good, became the equal of murdering for sport. When the New Left said that their is no longer a place for our savior Jesus Christ, that is when America ceased to be America.

When we collectively told God that we no longer wanted him, we removed the protective hedge which surrounded us. Divine providence, no longer on our side, we are left to the machinations of evil men. Our nation – lacking moral absolutes – has gone completely ass-over-tea-kettle on anything even resembling the moral high-ground. In short, when you allow relativism to pervade every facet of your culture, you can’t be surprised when lines are blurred or disappear altogether.

Our compass is broken. It’s no wonder we’re lost.

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Oathkeepers Supporting 5th Amendment In Grant’s Pass Oregon

Seems like the feds are – so far – handling this in a reasonable manner. This could easily spiral out of control, but all parties involved seem to be squared away, for the time being. We’re going to continue seeing these types of regional outbursts of resistance.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Some local constitutional activists have gathered in southern Oregon to support gold miners in a dispute with the federal government.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier (here) reported that about a dozen people, some dressed in military gear and carrying guns, were milling about a rural property outside Grants Pass on Tuesday. A sign at the end of the driveway said they were the Josephine County Oath Keepers.

Group spokeswoman Mary Emerick says they also had people at the mining claim, located on federal land outside the community of Galice. She says they are defending constitutional rights.

“Our mission is simply to make sure that the mine owners constitutional, Fifth Amendment rights are in place- the right to due process,” she told the Mail Tribune newspaper in Medford. “If this resolves itself tomorrow, we’re ready to pack up and leave, but we’re prepared (for the long term).”

It was not immediately clear if the action would escalate.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Medford District spokesman Jim Whittington said a crew looking for abandoned mine tunnels left over from the Gold Rush stumbled on the Suger Pine Mine claim late last year on federal land outside the historical mining community of Galice. Miners had posted a watchman to keep people out, built a cabin, put in a water line and cut down trees and were digging with a backhoe and a bulldozer.

Claim holders George Backes of Grants Pass and Rick Barclay of Applegate were formally notified to cease operations until they filed a plan of operations, required for major excavation, Whittington said. They could tear down the cabin and restore the site, or appeal the finding they are in non-compliance to the BLM state director or the Interior Board of Land Appeals.

Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel said in a statement that a deputy and a BLM ranger served the notice of non-compliance and forms to file an appeal on a claim holder Monday, and the Oath Keepers started providing private security at the claim.

Whittington said the agency was dealing with the dispute administratively and had no plans to send in law enforcement.

“We’re just trying to work through the issues and give people time to figure stuff out and come into compliance,” he told The Associated Press.

He added that the district geologist had heard from a lawyer representing the miners, who indicated they planned to appeal. They have 10 days to appeal.

“What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

~Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, Paris, 13 Nov. 1787

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Obama: “Weapons Of War Have No Place On America’s Streets”

What reason could there possibly be for tyrannical, oppressive, domination of the citizenry like this?

The emerging police state looks like Gainsville, Florida but it’s beginning to feel like East Germany. Closer by the day…

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.Gov Spending By The Numbers – Happy Tax Day Suckers

If you have low blood pressure, click here.

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What a ridiculous waste of our sweat…

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DHS Needs 62 Million More .223 Rounds

Jacked from here... via Drudge.

The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase over 62 million rounds of ammo typically used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, just weeks after the ATF was forced to back down on a ban on M855 bullets.

A posting on FedBizOpps.gov this week reveals that the DHS is looking to contract with a company to provide 12.6 million rounds of .223 Remington ammunition per year for a period of five years – totaling 62.5 million bullets.

The solicitation explains that the purchase is intended, “to achieve price savings over the current .223 Rem duty ammunition.” The bullets will be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents nationwide for “training” purposes.

The .223 Remington is one of the most common rifle cartridges in use in the United States and is used both in bolt action rifles and semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 and the Ruger Mini-14.

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In 2013, following concerns about the DHS buying large quantities of several different types of ammunition, weapons manufacturers noted that the feds may have been attempting to control the ammunition market by forcing manufacturers to hold back stock from general sale.

“If they periodically do this in increments, they’re going to control how much ammo is available on the commercial market,” a weapons manufacturer told Michael Savage, adding that the contracts with bullet manufacturers stipulate that everything made goes to the government as the number one priority before it is allowed to enter the commercial market.

In March 2013, Californian Congressman Doug LaMalfa and 14 of his House peers wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding to know why the federal agency was buying so many rounds of ammunition and whether the purchases were part of a deliberate attempt to restrict supply to the American people.

“The extraordinary level of ammunition purchases made by Homeland Security seems to have, in states such as my own, created an extreme shortage of ammunition to the point where many gun owners are unable to purchase any,” LaMalfa wrote in the letter.

The bulk purchase follows attempts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to ban M855 ammo, another popular round for AR-15’s used by hunters. The ATF justified the ban by claiming that the bullets were “armor piercing” and a threat to law enforcement officers.

After being on the receiving end of a huge backlash, the feds were forced to back down and ATF director B. Todd Jones subsequently tendered his resignation. Democratic Congressman Steve Israel called the ATF backdown “cowardly” and vowed to revive the ban.

The ATF’s threat to ban the ammo temporarily caused prices of the bullet to surge more than double in price.

Although federal agencies are increasingly hiding their purchases by limiting public information on fbo.gov, it can still be conservatively estimated from available data that the feds have purchased at least 2.11 billion rounds of ammunition since April 2012:

Date Reported            Agency                 Amount                  Caliber       
April ’12 – Feb ’13           Various             2,000,000,000              Various
03/25/13                             DHS                      360,000                    .40 S&W
07/26/13                            NOAA                      72,000                     .40 S&W
07/26/13                            Army                     2,550,000                7.62x39mm
07/26/13                            Army                       425,000                 9x18mm Makarov
08/19/13                             TSA                       3,454,000                 .357 SIG
02/11/14                             DHS                        141,000                  .308 Remington
04/22/14                            DHS                     25,000,000                12 Gauge
05/22/14                            TSA                      24,000,000                .357 SIG
04/15/15                            DHS                     62,000,000                .223 Remington

TOTAL                                                      2,118,002,000

That’s enough ammo to kill around 30% of the world’s population.

Furthermore, U.S. soldiers were shooting around 5.5 million rounds of ammunition per month during the war in Iraq, or 66 million rounds annually. Using that figure, the feds have stockpiled enough ammo over the past two years to fight a 32-year war.

Click this link and look back at the .gov’s greatest hits in their build-up to war on America. Disarming Americans by any other means, is still an act of war tyranny.

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CNN’s Dana Bash Says Check Out Rubio’s Flag

If your job was to share information, wouldn’t you try to verify that information?

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New @marcorubio 2016 logo on display on a jumbotron outside announce location.
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She must have gone to the Ryan J. Reilly School Of Journalism:

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Paul / Alinsky 2016?

I have wondered if anyone would come along, who used the Democrat’s tactics against them. I also wondered if they’d succeed… if the media would allow them to get away with it. The media, being in-the-bag the way they are, will resist, but if the insurgent is organized and persistent, focusing on using their tactics effectively, he or she may be able to pull it off.

Sarah Palin tried, but she was so popular that the mainstream had a visceral reaction to her. The machine joined forces in attempts to destroy her. She won’t be elected to the high office, but she has an important role to play, all the same.

Rand Paul, in my estimation, is a most-adept politician. He has his father’s views of liberty and an (as-yet) nebulous foreign policy. While I don’t support isolationism, I also don’t support military adventurism. War should only be conducted as total war. Half-stepping and pussy-footing around should never be allowed. Rand Paul’s foreign policy gives me pause (but I’ll take it over half-assed, non-committal, senseless endangerment of my brothers-in-arms).

I’m taking the time to write this brief essay about the trend I see emerging from Rand Paul’s campaign, regarding his use of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals”. I haven’t yet seen an insurgent use these rules to their advantage on a consistent basis, but I have noticed it in Paul’s Campaign thus far.

He is sticking to the narrative. He is allowing the media to editorialize, then shutting them down. He is keeping on point with his message, while using ridicule to damage his opponent.

I’m intrigued and hopeful that he can keep it up. It could be quite the case study in using the enemy’s rules against them.

The dangers I see in using Alinsky’s “Rules” are few, but very important:

  • Conservatives/libertarians don’t generally care for personal attacks (Rule 12). So long as they are kept humorous or relevant, it can work (Rule 5). Spend too much time slogging through the mud and attacking the person, and you risk alienating your base.
  • Conservatives/libertarians don’t generally like to get involved. The live-and-let-live mindset does not lend itself well to political activism. If he doesn’t provide interesting ways to keep his supporters engaged, he will lose their attention, thus losing steam and becoming ‘old news’ (Rules 6, 7, & 8).
  • Conservatives/libertarians don’t generally support the “victim” mentality. Turning the negative into a positive is tough, because we don’t view bullying the same way as our enemy. It will take much more, in the form of personal attacks, to garner sympathy from our side. (Rule 10)

If conducted effectively, this insurgency could breathe new life into the political gridlock in America. Rand Paul has the ability to get the attention of a large swath of the under-35 crowd. Young Americans are the most liberal they have ever been. I’m convinced that the vast majority of them are not progressives. They are fair game and the eternal message of liberty looks like primed to make a strong comeback this time around.

For those who don’t remember all of the “Rules For Radicals”, a refresher:

  • RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
  • RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
  • RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
  • RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
  • RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
  • RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
  • RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
  • RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”
  • RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
  • RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
  • RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
  • RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
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    An Open Letter To America’s Police Officers

    Dear American Police Officers,

    I would like to open this letter with an exhortation I made while giving my Police Academy graduation speech:

    “When people see you, they do not see an individual. They do not see a department. They don’t even notice the color of your uniform. All they see is a badge.”

    As the son of a son of a Police Officer, in a family of Police Officers, I learned long ago that the actions of one man can – and do – reflect upon every other person who wears a badge. When you take up the mantle of Law Enforcement, you are saying that you will conduct yourself with the highest standard of professionalism and integrity.

    You are agreeing to put your life and reputation on the line, to maintain order and guarantee public safety. This job is not for the faint-of-heart. The streets will eat your lunch if you’re timid.

    Often times, when people see you, they will dehumanize you, by virtue of their inability to see you as an individual. They only see the badge. Your actions, in their mind, are a reflection upon every other man and woman in uniform – and the actions of others will color their perception of any interaction with you.

    Conduct yourself accordingly.

    If any part of you takes pleasure in controlling other people or exercising authority, I urge you to find a different career path.

    When you began on this path, you swore an oath to support & defend the Constitution and laws of your nation, your state, and your respective department.

    Do you remember the first step in the use of force continuum? Officer Presence. The physical presence of the officer presents a significant enough image of authority, as to encourage compliance from most people. That is the power of the badge.

    You have been trained to defend yourself, and to apply physical techniques to affect an arrest… to take away another person’s freedom. This responsibility should never be considered lightly. Never should it be taken for granted.

    You have an immense responsibility to insure the protection of the rights of each and every man, woman, and child in your jurisdiction.

    If you witness abuse, it is your duty, before God Almighty and your fellow man to prevent, stop, and/or report such abuse. You swore, on your sacred honor to protect the rights of your fellow man. It is imperative that you remain ever-mindful to do so.

    For those countless millions of peaceful, professional interactions between the police and the public – each and every day – I say bravo. Thank you for your tireless service and dedication to the cause of public safety and law enforcement. For all the good that you do, and all of the lives you will touch, I offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you.

    To those of you who use the authority and trust vested in you to abuse, control, neglect, or otherwise harm the rights of the average citizen, you are on notice.

    Cell phone cameras are ubiquitous these days. Your actions do not occur in a vacuum. Your decisions do not go unnoticed. In case you’ve been in a cave somewhere, for the past 2 years, you’re not making a lot of friends.

    To the honorable, professional practitioners of the trade – clean out your ranks. There is a concerted effort to undermine public confidence in our law enforcement.

    Progressives are actively engaging in subterfuge to destroy your credibility with the public. They will lie and impugn your character for any chance to chip away at the system.

    I am beginning to tire of defending good, honorable, justifiable actions – only to turn around and see yet another simple-minded punk set about abusing people, or make some stupid decision that causes someone to lose their life. The efforts to undermine your credibility are working. I notice the disdain building, even in quarters where you have traditionally received support.

    We need a return to the days of Officer Friendly, where men engaged the public and worked together for the mutual benefit of everyone. If you want those days, and the respect they engendered back, you’ve got a long hill to climb. It begins with renewing your mind and heart each and every day to the protection and defense of liberty. To the protection and defense of the rights of your fellow man.

    Conduct yourself with integrity and professionalism in all that you do, because people don’t see you. They don’t see a fallible man, subject to the same emotions and frailties as they.

    They only see a badge.

     

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    The Future Of America’s Urban Jungle

    “They were pulling my hair. When I fell to the ground, I felt people stomping on me, punching me in the head. I had a knot on my head,” Destiny said. “They were, like, around me and my sister. If I got up, I would have got hit again,” Lajahia said. Destiny has a bald spot on her head where her hair was pulled out. Lajahia needed 12 stitches to close a gash on her ear.

    “Any animal that would put their hands on a kid like that, that is wrong,” the girls’ mother, Laronda Cooke, told Action News.

    Laronda is enraged, angry that no one tried to stop the beatings and that several people recorded the fight on their cell phones, posting the video on social media and egging the fight on. “It’s wrong, and this has been going on,” said said. “They keep video recording and video recording – kids out here getting beat like this by adults.”

    Trenton police confirm the Cookes are working with them to identify the juveniles and adults seen in the video punching, kicking and beating the girls. The Cookes say they know some of the attackers, and Loronda wants them prosecuted.

    “Every person who took a swing,” she said. “If they can get the guys that were trying to touch my daughter, I consider that sexual assault.”

    “We could have died out there, somebody stomping on my head,” said Destiny. “Anything could have happened.”

    The future of America’s urban jungle. Ostensibly, adult citizens attacking children…crowds gathering to cheer the mob violence and participate in the reverie. These things occur daily, during non-turbulent times. All of these people have food and electricity and cell phones and cable and internet.

    Just imagine the scene when the free-candy train runs out of gas…

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    Horse Thief Gets Beating From San Bernardino Sheriffs

    The man can clearly be seen with arms and legs out-stretched. Then, at 0:30, he clearly puts both hands behind his back, and takes a kick to the head from one officer and a kick to the nuts, from another. I’m a huge cheerleader for my brothers in blue, but this is just shit behavior. I urge caution and restraint with regard to painting all officers with the same brush. Individual actions are the responsibility of that individual, but there is no denying the reflection of those actions, upon the whole of law enforcement. It’s basic human nature. They appear to put a beating on this guy, and if that is the case, they should face the same punishment as anyone else.

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    Smarter Policing Is Needed

    Swat Teams, thousands in man-hours, equipment… for a shoplifter. Does the term proportional response mean anything anymore? $8.50 worth of groceries. Yes, law & order should be maintained, but SWAT teams(plural)? Really?

    We have gone off the deep end of the stupid pool in this country.

    BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)–She was running from police, but it’s where a shoplifter chose to hide that has some arbutus customers in disbelief.
    It was about $8.00 worth of groceries, but it cost police 7 hours and a lot of resources.

    SWAT teams, a mandatory evacuation and a scissor lift–Baltimore County police pulling out all the stops to arrest a shoplifter who lodged herself above the highest walls of the Giant store in Arbutus. Crews erring on the side of caution, fearing where the shoplifter was hiding could cause the ceiling to collapse.

    Police say the woman climbed on top of some items, making her way into the area above the ceiling.

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    American Resistance

    Everything you need to know about the status of gun rights in America, in one handy graphic. Politicians can pass all the laws they want. Rights only cease when they are surrendered. Americans, it seems, ain’t surrendering a damned thing.

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    Police State Update: Capital Controls In The Land Of The Free

    The police state is tightening it’s grip. You thought your money belonged to you? That’s cute. Your bank already spies on you for the government. The feds are effectively lowering the threshold which triggers a report on your financial activity. It also has the appearance of a crude capital control, acting as an early warning system for possible runs on the bank, or more cynically, an attempt by the feds to intimidate people into not taking out their money.

    Earlier this week, a senior official from the Justice Department spoke to a group of bankers about the need for them to rat out their customers to the police. What a lot of people don’t realize is that banks are already unpaid government spies. Federal regulations in the Land of the Free REQUIRE banks to file ‘suspicious activity reports’ or SARs on their customers. And it’s not optional.

    Banks have minimum quotas of SARs they need to fill out and submit to the federal government.

    If they don’t file enough SARs, they can be fined. They can lose their banking charter. And yes, bank executives and directors can even be imprisoned for noncompliance[…]

    And chances are, your banker has filled one out on you—they submitted 1.6 MILLION SARs in 2013 alone. But now the Justice Department is saying that SARs aren’t enough. Now, whenever banks suspect something ‘suspicious’ is going on, they want them to pick up the phone and call the cops:

    “[W]e encourage those institutions to consider whether to take more action: specifically, to alert law enforcement authorities about the problem, who may be able to seize the funds, initiate an investigation, or take other proactive steps.”

    So what exactly constitutes ‘suspicious activity’? Basically anything.

    According to the handbook for the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council, banks are required to file a SAR with respect to:

    “Transactions conducted or attempted by, at, or through the bank (or an affiliate) and aggregating $5,000 or more…

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    Next Credit Crunch To Make ’08 Look Like A Hiccup

    A hiccup… and the person having the hiccup is the entire world, and they have uncontrollable, explosive diarrhea.

    A solar eclipse, a super moon, the FTSE 100 breaching 7,000 and the US Federal Reserve speaking in tongues – truly some kind of financial apocalypse must be nigh. Well, maybe.

    We are certainly living in strange times. An unprecedented monetary experiment is coming to a staggered end and no one knows the potential repercussions – a plague of frogs cannot be entirely ruled out.

    For the time being, the markets remain sanguine, expecting, for example, a gentle increase in the Bank of England’s main interest rate to just 1.5pc by the end of the decade. And, who knows, maybe the markets are right.

    But maybe it’s too quiet. Last week, Ray Dalio, the founder of the $165bn (£110bn) hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, wrote a widely-circulated note warning his clients that the US Federal Reserve risked setting off a 1937-style crash when it starts raising interest rates again[…]

    In 1937 the US was, economically speaking, an island, entire of itself; today, thanks to globalisation, the power of the dollar and a long period of ultra-loose monetary policy, it is a part of the main.

    Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, recently raised concerns in India about the ripple effect of Fed tightening on countries that have borrowed heavily in dollars and whose still-recovering economies remain vulnerable to a rate rise.

    And in 1937 the equity markets were the financial be-all and end-all; today they are dwarfed by the debt markets, which are, in turn, dwarfed by the derivatives markets.

    The total value of all global equities was around $70 trillion in June last year, according to the World Federation of Exchanges; meanwhile, the notional value of all outstanding derivatives contracts was more than $690  trillion. It is worth noting that the vast majority (around four-fifths) of all existing derivatives contracts are based on interest rates.

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    WH Is Cool With Khamenei’s “Death To America” Chant

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    When asked to respond, WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied,“He totally didn’t mean that.”

    CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta pressed White House press secretary Josh Earnest about why the Obama administration trusted an Iranian Ayatollah who only recently chanted “Death to America.”

    “Over the weekend, Ayatollah Khomeini gave a speech,” Acosta said. ”And during that speech, there were people in the crowd chanting ‘Death to America’ and the Ayatollah responded back to them according to various translations, ‘Of course, Death to America.’ Do those comments give this White House any pause about moving forward with a nuclear deal with that country?”

    “Those kinds of comments only underscore why it is so critically important that the United States and the international community succeed in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Earnest responded. “And the best way for us to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons is sitting down at the negotiating table and getting Iran to make very specific commitments that would prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons.”

    In further defense of the “Smartest Diplomat Evah”, Josh Earnest explained His Majesty’s Foreign Policy thus:

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    Conservative Republican Caucus Proposes Budget-Balancing $7.3T Cuts

    Snowball’s chance in hell…

    Conservative members of the House Republican caucus outbid their party’s official budget Monday, offering a plan to cut planned government spending by more than $7.1 trillion and balance the budget in just six years.

    The aggressive plan to cut spending from all areas of government and erase deficits was introduced by the Republican Study Committee, a group of congressmen organized to push policy to the right.

    The House this week will consider the budget authored by Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia. The Republican Study Committee budget outline will not supplant that plan, but it does outline where some conservatives would like to steer the government.

    The conservative budget “is a bold, conservative plan that will balance the budget, rein in rampant overspending and restore solvency to America’s safety-net programs,” said Bill Flores of Texas, the head of the Republican Study Committee.

    I love to see it, but thre is no way this gains any traction. Trying to fix the engine, when the wheels are falling off – and no one cares – is the definition of ‘day late/dollar short’.

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