Category Archives: Economy

Report: Top Clinton aides also handled ‘top secret’ intelligence on server

Given all that has happened with Clinton and her emails/private server, this comes as a surprise to no one, except maybe Drew Barrymore.

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At least a dozen email accounts handled the “top secret” intelligence that was found on Hillary Clinton’s server and recently deemed too damaging for national security to release, a U.S. government official close to the review told Fox News. The official said the accounts include not only Clinton’s but those of top aides – including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan and Philippe Reines – as well as State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and others.

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy

A second source not authorized to speak on the record said the number of accounts involved could be as high as 30 and reflects how the intelligence was broadly shared, replied to, and copied to individuals using the unsecured server.

The State Department recently confirmed that the messages in question include the most sensitive kind of intelligence. On Jan. 29, Fox News first reported that some emails on Clinton’s server were too damaging to release in any form. The State Department subsequently announced that 22 “top secret” emails were being withheld in full; these were the messages being handled by more than a dozen accounts.

Kennedy recently told the House Benghazi Select Committee that he knew about Clinton’s personal email account from the beginning, but did not understand the “scope,” thinking it was for reaching husband Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea — and not for the exclusive handling of State Department business. Kennedy’s testimony appears to conflict with emails released through the Freedom of Information Act that show he routinely sent and received government business from the Clinton account.

Fox News has asked the State Department to comment on the email accounts that shared the highly classified information, and how it was that Kennedy did not understand the “scope” of Clinton’s personal email being used for government business.  A spokesman for the intelligence community inspector general, which has been reviewing the classification of the Clinton server emails, had no comment.

It’s now come to the point where I’m not holding my breath that anything will happen to Hillary Clinton. I’ll just believe it when I see it.

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California issues 650,000 driver’s licenses to illegals in 2015

¡Claro que sí!

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Since last January, an estimated 605,000 driver’s licenses were issued to undocumented immigrants illegal aliens in California.

Fox News reports that immigrant rights groups and traffic safety experts have hailed the law because, they say, it means more drivers will be properly trained, licensed and more likely to have car insurance. “We believe that this new law increases safety on California roads by putting licensed drivers behind the steering wheel,” Artemio Armenta, a spokesman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, told the Los Angeles Times.

But some have complained that under the bill, many applicants have had to wait longer to get an appointment. And even with an appointment, they have to wait in long lines.

Of Course, California taxpayers footed the bill to accommodate the illegal aliens. Before the law was implemented, the California DMV hired 1,000 temporary employees, opened four additional processing centers and extended hours of operation to include Saturdays. “It certainly overloads the system,” Ann Coil, Santa Ana Tea Party Patriots coordinator, told the Orange County Register recently. “And, again, we’re giving priority to people who aren’t citizens.”

The licenses have “federal limits apply” printed on them – meaning that federal officials and law enforcement officers in other states are not required to accept them as a valid form of identification.

The bill was part of a host of immigration-related pieces of legislation that have recently become law in California. In August, Brown signed a bill outlawing the use of the word “alien” within California’s labor code, one that permits noncitizen high school students to serve as election poll workers and one that protects immigrant minors in civil lawsuits.

California, which at 22 percent has the nation’s largest percentage of undocumented immigrants illegal aliens (yeah, I said alien!) eligible for driver’s licenses, is one of 12 states in the U.S. to allow them to obtain licenses.

Read the whole story here.

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Expanded Gifts For Muslims

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Please see Dr. Eowyn’s article, The Camel’s Nose Is In Michigan’s Tent.

What happens when welfare money comes in to a family in great enough amounts that the young men don’t have to work for a living?

  • They have lots of free time to hang around.
  • They are free to do whatever they want.
  • They become bored and frustrated.
  • They become easily recruited by one group or another.
  • Result: Instant army for disruption of society.
  • It could take the form of Black Lives Matter protests.
  • It could take the form of islamic radicalization.

Amazing. The only thing worse for society than a fraudulent welfare mother is a fraudulent muslim welfare mother.

Republicans Who Will Reinstate The Draft

can·non fod·der – noun
soldiers regarded merely as material to be expended in war

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Photo from an article in Las Vegas Review Journal

BREITBART: Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie Say Women Must Register For Wartime Emergency

by JORDAN SCHACHTEL | 7 Feb 2016 | Washington, DC

The Republican establishment hopefuls in the 2016 race want the government to make women sign up for the modern version of the emergency military draft…

Read the whole article.


Please note Dr. Eowyn’s article, The biggest Wall Street whores among 2016 presidential candidates are… 

Her article names Bush, Clinton, Cruz and Rubio as the candidates who are most heavily funded by Wall Street and other agenda-driven PACs.

Conclusion:
The candidates most likely to draft our loved ones against their will, are also the ones with the most strings attached to shadowy money sources!

Hmmmm…

The biggest Wall Street whores among 2016 presidential candidates are…

No. 1: Jeb Bush, Republican

No. 2: Hillary Clinton, Democrat

No. 3: Ted Cruz, Republican

No. 4: Marco Rubio, Republican

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Wall Street or the securities and investment industry dominates the campaign contribution money race, having given $102 million to the 2016 presidential candidates and their super PACs.

top 5 industry donors for 2016 presidential candidates

Here’s another clearer graph (source: ZeroHedge):

Wall Street donations to 2016 presidential candidates

Still think there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans?

Still think Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are for the “little guy”?

Donald Trump has received the least amount of money from Wall Street and, therefore, is the least beholden to Goldman Sachs, et al.

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On January 12, 2016, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act — a bill that would have given Congress the authority to audit the Federal Reserve — fell 7 votes shy of clearing the 60-vote threshold needed to advance out of the chamber. The vote was 53-44.

The 44 senators who voted “No” are all Democrats.

Spearheaded by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the bill, if passed, would have expanded oversight over the central bank and, for the first time, empowered the Government Accountability Office to audit the Federal Reserve.

This was how the 2016 presidential candidates who are senators voted (source: The Daily Signal):

  • Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voted “Yes”.
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX) initially said he would vote “Yes,” but ended up not voting.

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~Eowyn

Having solved all other problems, the Seattle City Council wants to take on “livable schedules” for workers

Just what Seattle employers need: More government intrusion into their operations. You’d think the council would have more pressing issues to address.

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Seattle recently passed paid sick-time standards and a higher minimum wage (eventually it will go up to $15/hour). The Seattle Times reports that now the Seattle City Council might next consider legislation requiring more consistent and livable schedules for employees.

Two council members took part Thursday in a “Secure Scheduling Online Town Hall” held by Working Washington. From Working Washington’s web site:

Working Washington unites working people to fight for a fair economy where everyone can support themselves, afford the basics, and contribute to the economy. We work in coalition with unions, faith groups, and grassroots organizations to hold corporations & politicians accountable to community needs. We are building a powerful workers’ movement that can not only dramatically improve wages and working conditions, but can also change the local and national conversation about wealth, inequality, and the value of work.

The participating councilmembers were Lisa Herbold and Lorena González. They listened to workers speak about scheduling problems and said they would pursue legislation.

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Herbold chairs the council committee primed to take on the issue and said she believes the city has the legal authority to regulate worker scheduling. Herbold said she was a mother working in the restaurant industry during college. “I routinely had to make a choice between school and work,” she said, promising the panelists she would help write scheduling legislation “that meets your needs.”

Lorena González

Lorena González

González, who once worked in a fast-food restaurant, said, “This is about giving workers predictability. I worked three jobs to pay for college … I grew up as a migrant farmworker. I understand what it means to have a lack of predictability.

Employees from Starbucks and Domino’s Pizza participated in the online town hall meeting. They called scheduling by the companies “inconsistent,” “inconsiderate,” “unpredictable” and “disrespectful.” The people stated they have enjoyed working in the service industry but find the lifestyle unsustainable.

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A woman who works at a Starbucks said her weekly schedule can fluctuate wildly. “I’m supposed to be working 27 to 30 hours a week. That’s what I asked for. Two weeks ago, I worked 38. This week I’m working 22. Next week I’m working 15, and my only option is to go around to my co-workers to other stores in my district and beg to take a shift to cover that gap in my paycheck.”

Seems to me she has another option: Look for a job elsewhere. Shouldn’t be too hard to do since the economy is so great!

Read the whole story here.

I have a job and cook, clean, shop, blog, and live with a working military schedule (talk about unpredictable!) in my home. Somehow we manage to deal with that and make it sustainable. We are raising a nation of wussies!

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Want to give yourself a 32% pay raise? Get elected to the NY City Council!

In January I told you how the good mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, backed a plan to give hefty pay hikes to the city’s elected officials — including himself — but with the catch that council members go full-time and give up their lucrative “lulu” bonuses. The caveat for the mayor receiving a pay raise? De Blasio said he would not accept the raise unless elected to a second term in two years.

The plan then also called for the city council members to receive a 23 percent pay raise. But yesterday, they outdid themselves: their pay raise went up by 32 percent.

Bill de Blasio and Speaker Karen/Photo via Weasel Zippers

Bill de Blasio and Speaker Karen Mark-Viverito/Photo via Weasel Zippers

The NY Posts  reports that the members voted on this raise, which was above the recommendations of a salary commission, and there were seven dissenters. Their new salaries will be $148,500, which is $10,000 more than the mayoral-appointed commission had said was justified. Their current salary is $112,500.

The three Republican members, Steve Matteo and freshman Joe Borelli of Staten Island, and Eric Ulrich of Queens, issued a joint statement explaining why they voted no:

“There is a critically important reason the City Charter requires any changes to salaries for elected officials be evaluated and ultimately recommended by an independent body: because there is an inherent and obvious conflict of interest in having to vote oneself a pay raise,” the trio said.

“We felt the salary recommendations made by the Quadrennial Commission were the starting point of a public conversation about our jobs and our compensation. However, once it became clear that the proposed legislation by the Council would go beyond those recommendations, it precluded any potential support from our delegation.”

Forty members voted yes on the measure, including Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Her salary will climb to $164,500. She said the extra pay was justified because the commission didn’t take into account one of the Council’s reform measures to greatly restrict outside income.

“We believe that there’s a value that should be added to the loss of that potential outside income. It was a modest amount of $10,000, and that is what we did in terms of that consideration,” she told reporters prior to the vote. “That’s a serious reform that is way overdue and has been demanded of this council over years and possibly decades, and so we’re taking that into account.”

It’s good to be a public servant!

Read the whole story here.

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