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Families earning $100,000 a year live in U.S. public housing

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2011:

  • The median U.S. household income was $50,502.
  • The mean (or average) U.S. household income was $69,821.
  • 20.8% of U.S. households make $100,000 or more.

I think you’ll all agree that households with an annual six-figure income of $100,000 or more are well-off.

And yet, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 25,226 families in the U.S. live in taxpayer-subsidized public housing even though they are “over income,” i.e., they earn more income than they’re allowed to for public housing eligibility, including families earning six figures.

Mitch Blacher reports for NBC10 Philadelphia, Nov. 24, 2015, that New Jersey has 755 over income families living in public housing, while Pennsylvania has 750. In the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, although the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has a 10 year waiting list with roughly 100,000 people on it, 181 families were allowed to live in PHA properties while earning six figures. 

Kelvin Jeremiah

Incredibly, PHA president Kelvin Jeremiah sees nothing wrong with families earning $100,000+ income living in taxpayer-subsidized public housing. He said, “I believe that they’re serving an important purpose. I believe that the fact that they’ve achieved some level of success while being in PHA, I want to be able to encourage that.”

Jeremiah said the 181 over income families make up a small percent of the 80,000 people living in PHA housing, and the over income families help the housing authority pay its bills: “We want those families in public housing frankly because they pay more in rent.” Jeremiah said some over income families pay as much as $1,000 a month in rent, which, of course, is still way less than what the market charges.

According to PHA’s website, rent makes up $24 million of the agency’s $371 million dollar budget.  Most of PHA’s money comes from HUD, which gave PHA more than $100 million in 2015.

A HUD spokesperson told NBC10 that Jeremiah and other public housing directors across the country “have the discretion to evict families for being over income.” The spokesperson insists that HUD “encourages” public housing directors to use the taxpayer money for “those most in need of deeply affordable housing.”

Former City Councilman Jim Kenney smiles at a comment as he is introduced to supporters in Philadelphia's City Hall's Mayor's Reception Room February 4, 2015 where he announced his candidacy for mayor. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, a Democrat, said, “I think if you’re making over the threshold to be eligible for public housing you should be gone. First we have to appoint a housing authority board that will deal with these issues and figure out how we remove people who are abusing the systems.” Kenney said he will take action once he is sworn in.

Lynette Brown-Sow

PHA board chair Lynette Brown-Sow, who is also a trustee of Cheney University of Pennsylvania, declined requests to speak to the NBC 10 for this story.


Al Sharpton gives himself 71% raise thanks to de Blasio, Obama

It pays to be a race baiter.


The New York Post reports that Al Sharpton rewarded himself with a 71% raise last year.  Sharpton’s pay increased from $241,545 in 2013 to $412,644, including a bonus of $64,400, tax filings obtained by The Post.

His National Action Network group drew a record $6.9 million in donations last year — as the controversial cleric’s association with Mayor de Blasio and President Obama lent him a newfound air of legitimacy. The Harlem-based nonprofit collected $2 million more in 2014 than the year before, according to the latest financial records available.

De Blasio’s election gave Sharpton a seat at City Hall, as the mayor treated him as an adviser and presented him at a press event next to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after the death of Eric Garner. Also in 2014, Obama addressed NAN’s annual convention, bringing along five of his Cabinet members.

Photo Credit: G.N. Miller/NewYork Post.

Photo Credit: G.N. Miller/NewYork Post.

After Sharpton’s buddy de Blasio took office, some 5,000 people attended NAN’s 2014 conference headlined by Obama and attended by the mayor, Gov. Cuomo and then-US Attorney General Eric Holder. It was NAN’s biggest fund-raiser of the year.

Sharpton has been all over the police for their shootings of “innocent victims.” In August 2014 he held an anti-police rally in Staten Island. And even after all of Sharpton’s police protests, he pulled in a reported $1 million at his 60th-birthday bash. Pols and dignitaries rushed from the annual Al Smith Dinner hosted by Timothy Cardinal Dolan that same night to the NAN fund-raiser at the Four Seasons restaurant.

Al Sharpton

NAN and Sharpton has shaken down donors. The program distributed at his birthday parties had full-page ads from companies that gave money. AT&T, real-estate developer Forest City Ratner, Walmart, McDonald’s, Verizon and GE Asset Management were all included.

The windfall allowed the organization to finish 2014 in the black. Yet as a shocker to no one, NAN and Sharpton continued their deadbeat ways.

NAN didn’t pony up its last installment on the $780,145 it owed the IRS for unpaid payroll taxes until this Oct. 22, the organization’s financial statements show. The nonprofit had racked up unpaid payroll taxes since at least 2003, according to public records.

Sharpton, meanwhile, still has outstanding tax liens of $3.4 million, including money he owes personally to both New York state and the IRS, and taxes owed by his businesses, according to public records. He paid off one federal lien, for $931,398, in April. Sharpton has maintained that he owes much less money than records reflect and that he has been chipping away at the bills through payment plans.

Sharpton insists he didn’t really get a raise last year (he must be using Common Core math). “I’m glad that NAN has resolved all of our past tax debts three years earlier than our agreement with the IRS and paid part of the compensation owed to me for several years I did not receive a salary,” Sharpton said in a statement.

But a spokesman for the organization offered a different explanation, saying the salary hike was repayment of loans Sharpton previously made to NAN.

Former IRS official Marcus Owens, an expert on nonprofit law, said the explanation seemed odd. “To structure the payoff of a loan through a salary transfer doesn’t seem really plausible because no one would want to pay income tax on their own money coming back to them,” Owens said. “It seems like that characterization was developed after the fact for some other purpose.”


Obama makes devil’s horns hand-sign in Turkey

The Group of Twenty or G-20, founded in 1999, is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors of 20 major economies: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union (EU). The purpose of the G-20 is to study, review and promote high-level discussion of policy issues pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability.

This year, the G-20 Summit took place in Antalya, Turkey, on November 15-16, 2015.

When Obama was in Antalya, this pic below was taken of him making a devil’s horns hand-sign.

Obama makes devil sign

The pic was posted on the Facebook page of Nassar F. Nasralha on Nov. 20, 2015, with the following comment:

During his visit to Turkey on the occasion of the G-20 annual meeting in Antalya Obama doing sign of the Grey wolves a Turkish fascist group which is anti-semitic, anti-Israel and Jews, anti-Christians, anti Armenians and anti Kurds…

According to Wikipedia:

The Grey Wolves (Turkish: Bozkurtlar) . . . is a Turkish nationalist organization. It is variously described as ultra-nationalist or neo-fascist. Formally a youth organization with close links to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), it has been described as MHP’s “militant youth arm”, “unofficial militant arm”, and “paramilitary and terrorist wing”…. The Grey Wolves have a “strong emphasis on leadership and hierarchical, military-like organisation.”

The ideology of the Grey Wolves is described as:

  • Race-based: belief in a “Turkish race”
  • Supremacist: belief in “the superiority of the Turkish race”)
  • Theocratic: “its conception of the Turkish nation is blended with Islam”; “The principle of . . . the synthesis of Turkishness and Islam is very dominant in their rhetoric and activities.”
  • Their ideal Turkish nation is Sunni-Islamic and mono-ethnic, inhabited by “true” Turks.
  • Pan-Turkist: The Grey Wolves seek to unite the Turkic peoples in one state or empire stretching from the Balkans to Central Asia, including the newly independent Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union.

The UK’s Telegraph calls the Grey Wolves an “ultra-nationalist Turkish terrorist group”.

The Grey Wolves and Nationalist Movement Party supporters are known for their hand sign, which represents a wolf head. It is made by holding up the forefinger and little finger.

Grey Wolves hand sign

Grey Wolves hand sign

Call it the Grey Wolves’ sign all you want, it’s still the devil’s horns hand-sign, by whatever name.

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Anton LaVey, founder of Church of Satan, makes devil's horns sign

Anton LaVey, founder of Church of Satan, makes devil’s horns sign

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of LaVey and Obama:

Anton LaVey & Obama make devil's horns handsign

At best, Obama was making the Grey Wolves salutation, which means the President of the United States was expressing his solidarity with an Islamic racial supremacist terrorist group. At worst, the President of the United States was making the devil’s hand-sign.

To all those who voted for the POS in 2008 and again in 2012, you must be so proud.

But then, Obama voters probably are proud of him, being satan worshippers themselves. I honestly can’t explain their votes otherwise.

Lest we forget, here’s FLPOS making the “Grey Wolves” satanic hand-sign.

Michelle Obama on March 2009 Vogue cover

H/t FOTM’s maziel


No health insurance in 2015? Get ready to pay up to the IRS

Thanks to the LIVs, those who want free stuff, and the RINOs, we’ve all been Gruberized.


We’ve covered the many horror stories with Obamacare here.

In August, I reported how Obamacare rates are expected to rise in Oklahoma for next year. Ditto for those in Oregon. Last December I reported how Obamacare has increased non-group premiums in nearly all states. In February, I reported on a woman who was shocked when she was forced to pay back her Obamacare subsidy on her taxes.

Well, get ready to bend over even more for the IRS next year if you don’t have a qualified Obamacare health plan.


CBS reports that because of Obamacare everyone is required to be covered under a health insurance plan or pay a penalty. And the IRS is excited: that penalty is set to rise steeply this year.

If you were covered by an employer’s plan for most of 2015, you are in luck and can avoid the penalty. If you enrolled in an Obamacare-compliant plan no later than February 2015, you are lucky, too. Enrolling now won’t help you avoid the penalty one bit – too little too late. To avoid the penalty for 2016, if you won’t be covered under an employer’s plan, you’ll need to enroll in a health plan on an exchange in the first two months of 2016.

If you don’t meet the above criteria: get ready for a shocker when you do your taxes for 2015.  You will have to pay a fine (also known as your “shared responsibility) when you file your 2015 tax return. The government has two ways of calculating what you’ll owe in 2015. That’s the greater of $325 for each adult and $162.50 for each child, not to exceed $975, or 2 percent of your family’s adjusted gross income. The most you can be fined is capped at the national average cost of a bronze-level health plan available on the exchanges. For 2015, that’s $2,570 for singles and $5,140 for families.

According to this calculator, the penalty in 2015 for a single individual whose adjusted gross income is $75,000 would be $1,294. The penalty for a married couple (no kids) with 2015 income of $100,000 would be $1,588.

Note that some people are exempt. This includes those who’ve been uninsured for three months or less in 2015 or lived abroad for more than a year. Here’s a complete list of these exemptions.

Also, some people can qualify for a hardship exemption. This includes those who are homeless, filed for bankruptcy, experienced a natural disaster that damaged your home or who’ve experienced the death of a family member.



Shocking video shows Europe’s “refugee crisis” is a Muslim invasion

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The images above are among many in the video below which show Europe’s so-called “refugee crisis” actually is an INVASION.

The shocking video shows more images of the “refugees” like swarms of locusts. Do you see children and women among the “refugees”? I see mainly men — military-age young males from the Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Where are the children and women that the MSM like to parade before us to tug at our heart strings?

Purpose of 2015 Muslim invasion of Europe

Beginning at the 1:21 mark, a Muslim cleric proclaims the real purpose of the invasion:

“They [Europe] wish they were dead! They have lost their fertility! So they look for fertility in our midst! We shall give them fertility! We will breed children with them! Take the ‘refugees’! We shall soon collect them in the name of Caliphate!”

At the 1:52 mark, a black man screams another purpose of the invaders: “Money! Money! Money!”

There are images of the “refugees” rioting and attacking police in riot gear, like this one below.

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Is that how refugees — defined as those fleeing political oppression at home and seeking political asylum in a safe country — behave?

How about assault and rape? Is that how “refugees” behave?

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The video above repeatedly was taken down by YouTube, ostensibly for “copyright violation”. The individual or group, Death of Nations, who uploaded the video, says that copyright takedown of the video is “averted by muting parts of the audio”.

H/t FOTM’s Glenn47 & patrioticgofer

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AFA Christmas Shopping Guide: Which companies to patronize or shun

Baby Jesus with lambs

Black Friday is a week away, the biggest retail sales day of the year when Americans begin the annual frenzy of buying stuff for Christmas.

Here is American Family Association (AFA)’s Christmas buying guide: the Naughty-or-Nice 2015 Retailer List.

AFA divides top U.S. retailers into 4 color-coded groups:

  1. Blue: Businesses rated 5 stars by AFA for promoting and celebrating Christmas on an exceptional basis.
  2. Green: Companies that are Christmas-friendly for using the word “Christmas” on a regular basis.
  3. Yellow: Companies that refer to and use the word “Christmas” infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others.
  4. Red: Companies that do not recognize Christmas, although they may use “Christmas” sparingly in a single or unique product description.

Here are the Blue or exceptional businesses:

Here are the Green Christmas-friendly companies:

Here are the Yellow or marginal businesses:

Here are the Red companies — DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY!

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV


77 California cities on ‘economically challenged’ list

And yet they consistently vote for democrats.

lauren bacall

This should come as a shock to no one: Nearly a third of Californians (approximately 12 million) live in 77 “economically challenged” cities that’s equal to the entire population of the state of Ohio — and a quarter of all challenged cities in the country are in California. “Economically challenged” cities have high levels of poverty, and low levels of income and employment. They are defined as those with unemployment rates of 9 percent or above, and/or with more than 20 percent of adults living in poverty.

And if that isn’t bad enough, the report from the National Resource Network says California’s distressed cities are more than a quarter of the 297 U.S. cities over 40,000 population that fall into that category. Nationally, about 30 percent of cities are classified as economically challenged, but in California it is 40 percent.

The five most populous California cities singled out in the report are Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Long Beach and Riverside. The 72 others are mostly in inland regions, with the small smallest being Coachella, near Palm Springs, home to low-wage farm and resort workers.

Three of the cities on the list – San Bernardino, Stockton and Vallejo – have declared bankruptcy in recent years.

No surprise here. Liberals in charge there don’t understand math. California, and local governments, are broke.

Public pensions are broke: Even as California taxpayers pay more for the pensions, it’s still not enough to cover costs.

And spending money you don’t have is apparently not an issue in California. Half of California’s illegal aliens– about 1.4 million — have incomes low enough to qualify for full Medi-Cal benefits should California legislative proposals to offer coverage to the undocumented ever be enacted.

And the Census Bureau reported in September that California’s official poverty rate for 2014 was 16.3 percent, somewhat higher than the national rate of 14.7 percent.