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  • Feds cap Obamacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)

    07/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
    **SNIP** The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person. The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan. Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said. All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax...
  • Meet the Millennials (Reason-Rupe poll)

    07/17/2014 7:31:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Reason ^ | 7-10-14 | Emily Ekins
    American millennials, ages 18-29, are one of the largest, most diverse cohorts in the nation’s history. Fifty-six percent self-identify as Caucasian, 19 percent as Hispanic, 15 percent as African-American or black, six percent as Asian, and four percent as another race. In contrast, 73 percent of their parents’ generation, the Baby Boomers, are white, 10 percent are Hispanic, 11 percent are black, and four percent are Asian. Millennials are also more likely to be members of families who have more recently come to the United States. The Pew Research Center reports that 14 percent of millennials were born outside of...
  • Feds beef up response to gun violence in Chicago

    07/17/2014 6:08:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 july 2014 | Jason Meisner and Timothy M. Phelps
    Two weeks after Chicago's rampant gun violence shot back into the national spotlight with a bloody Fourth of July weekend, federal authorities are scheduled to announce Thursday that seven new ATF agents are being deployed to the city to try to help stem the violence. By year end, the move will boost to 52 the number of agents in the Chicago office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which traditionally has worked closely with Chicago police on tracing the flow of guns into the city and tracking guns used in crimes. In a separate action, the...
  • Neb. Governor: Feds ‘Conducting Secret Operation’ Placing Immigrants In States Without Officials'...

    07/15/2014 8:46:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 30 replies
    CBSDC/AP ^ | 7/15/2014 | CBSDC/AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. (CBSDC/AP) — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman believes federal authorities are conducting secret operations by sending immigrant children into states without the knowledge of state officials. Heineman told Fox News he learned from Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., that 200 unaccompanied immigrant children were placed with relatives or sponsors in the state. Heineman says no federal officials notified them that would be happening. “We want to know the names of those individuals, who their sponsor is. Is their sponsor legal? What communities did you send them to? Why are they conducting a secret operation, essentially, transporting them all over the...
  • Sheriffs Refusing to Put Hold on Immigrant Inmates for Feds

    07/07/2014 9:11:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/6/14 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Dozens of sheriffs around the country are refusing to detain noncitizens convicted of crimes for extra time to allow the federal government to start deportation proceedings after a court ruling that one immigrant's civil rights had been violated when she was held without probable cause. "When a judge says something is in violation of the Fourth Amendment, I am not going to just keep doing it," Sheriff William Gore of San Diego told The New York Times. "If they want to take someone into federal custody, the can decide to do that, but I am not going to keep holding...
  • SOURCE: Feds to Bring in Riot Squad Against Illegal Immigration Protesters

    07/06/2014 9:55:49 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 428 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 6 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas--As illegal immigrants continue to spill across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities are attempting to relocate the migrants from South Texas to housing facilities in states across the nation. One such facility is located in Murrieta, California, where a large group of protesters recently blocked a bus full of migrants from arriving. The protesters remain there, adamant that illegal immigrants don't get dumped in their town. But soon the concerned citizens may be forced to step down--Breitbart Texas has learned that federal agents plan to arrive in Murrieta on Monday with riot gear to ensure that another busload makes...
  • SOURCE: FEDS TO BRING IN RIOT SQUAD AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROTESTERS

    07/06/2014 2:04:58 PM PDT · by madison10 · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 6, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas--As illegal immigrants continue to spill across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities are attempting to relocate the migrants from South Texas to housing facilities in states across the nation. One such facility is located in Murrieta, California, where a large group of protesters recently blocked a bus full of migrants from arriving.
  • Sheriff, feds: Rancher must be held accountable

    07/06/2014 12:00:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    yahoo ^ | 7/5/14 | AP, MARTIN GRIFFITH
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they agree with a Nevada sheriff's position that rancher Cliven Bundy must be held accountable for his role in an April standoff between his supporters and the federal agency. Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Bundy crossed the line when he allowed states' rights supporters, including self-proclaimed militia members, onto his property to aim guns at police. "If you step over that line, there are consequences to those actions," Gillespie told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "And I believe they stepped over that line. No doubt about it. They need...
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Feds nix eagle penalties for California wind farm (Whack away!! Free Pass!!)

    06/26/2014 3:40:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/26/14 | Scott Smith - ap
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. The Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC, 60 miles east of San Francisco, will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed over five years. Previously, such a violation could potentially draw criminal charges and discourage private investment in wind farms known for catching birds in their rotors. The permit will require the facility to...
  • Feds to ship 500 illegal minors to small Virginia town

    06/19/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/19/2014 | By M. Catharine Evans
    Lawrenceville, Virginia’s 1,500 residents have just learned how progressives operate. The impoverished and majority black community had no say when the head of the Health and Human Services green lighted the transport of 500 illegal immigrant kids up to age 17 from shelters in the Southwest to St. Paul’s College in the southern Virginia town.Officials of St. Paul’s, a historically black college shut down last year, agreed on June 13 to house the kids for at least five months. Federal government personnel toured the “quaint campus” the day before signing a contract. The $100,000 per month taxpayer-funded bribe the HHS...
  • "Cliven Bundy's Thugs: 'We Had a "Bead On The" Feds With Intent to Kill Them.'"

    05/18/2014 12:00:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 5/17/14 | Dutchman 6
    Preparing the propaganda pretext of the next battlespace, from the Daily Collectivist: "Cliven Bundy's American-hating Separatist thugs admit, on Facebook, that they aimed weapons at Federal agents with the intent to kill. In their online Facebook conversation, Bundy's Separatists admit three Oath Keepers positioned themselves high on a hill and put a 'bead on' the Federal agents below with the intent to kill those Federal agents.
  • BREAKING: Utah Turns the Tables… Takes Land from Feds

    05/08/2014 1:33:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Capitalism Institute ^ | 5/7/2014 | MICHAEL CANTRELL
    With the Cliven Bundy story still fresh on the minds of many Americans, it’s a shock to see a state government turn the tides on the federal government by passing legislation that demands it hand over control of 30 million acres of land. It’s become commonplace to see news stories of the opposite phenomenon, as the federal government, working through the Bureau of Land Management, has time and again trampled on the private property rights of its citizens and claimed lands for itself. This is not the case in Utah. Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill earlier this year...
  • Unedited Tape of Bundy Emerges, Sheds Light on 'Racist' Remarks

    04/25/2014 9:04:14 AM PDT · by celmak · 89 replies
    Truth revolt ^ | 04/25/2014 | TR
    A new, unedited version of comments by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has emerged, and it sheds some light on the context of his remarks, universally condemned on Thursday as horrifically racist.
  • "They know we're coming." With piss-poor operational security, Feds flood the zone at Las Vegas

    04/20/2014 11:23:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 4/20/14 | Dutchman 6
    <p>"They know, Chuck, they know. They know we're coming." -- ATF undercover agent Robert Rodriguez to raid commander Chuck Sarabyn, 28 February 1993, one hour before the raid on the Branch Davidians.</p> <p>"It is of no concern. Soon the Rebellion will be crushed."</p>
  • FEDS SEIZE FAMILY’S RANCH-Property owners fight government ‘land grab’!!!

    04/19/2014 11:28:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 211 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | TPT Admin
    When Kit Laney answered a knock on his door Saturday, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service handed him a piece of paper announcing his Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico would be shut down Wednesday and his 300 head of cattle grazing there would be removed – one way or the other. Other Forest Service officials were busy nailing similar notices on fence posts along the highway and informing neighbors that after Feb. 11, they should not attempt to enter the Diamond Bar property. Laney was not surprised. He knew someday there would be an on-the-ground confrontation...
  • I-Team: Feds, Nevada rancher facing off over public lands

    04/07/2014 6:37:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    KLAS-TV Las Vegas ^ | April 4, 2014 | George Knapp
    Dozens of armed federal officers are preparing for a showdown with a Nevada cattle rancher regarded by some as an outlaw and a hero by others.
  • KOO: The US Is In A 'QE Trap' And Both The Markets And The Media Are Missing It

    03/26/2014 7:44:24 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    KOO: The US Is In A 'QE Trap' And Both The Markets And The Media Are Missing It Joe WeisenthalMar. 26, 2014, 4:48 AM Nomura economist Richard Koo is out with his first comments since Janet Yellen's first FOMC meeting last week. Remember, Yellen briefly spooked markets with what some perceived to be a hawkish tone, mostly owing to the specificity with which she talked about the timing of the first rate hike. According to Koo, the US is in a "QE Trap" and both the market and the media are missing it. This trap, he says, explains the hawkish...
  • Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks

    03/12/2014 7:58:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Jalopnik.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Patrick George
    Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks After drawing considerable ire from the public over a program that tested drivers for drug and alcohol use — the latter secretly and without their consent — federal transportation officials today said they will no longer surreptitiously collect breath samples from drivers at roadblocks. The Associated Press reports that a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official said roadblock testers will now get motorists' permission before using a passive alcohol sensor, which previously gathered breath samples before drivers could consent to the study. NHTSA has been conducting their National Roadside Survey of...
  • Former HUD-OIG Special Agent In Charge Indicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges

    03/05/2014 7:16:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Mortgage Fraud Blog ^ | March 3, 2014 | Mortgage Fraud Blog (Rachel Dollar)
    Former HUD-OIG Special Agent In Charge Indicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges Herschell Harvell, Jr., 53, Conyers, Georgia, made his initial appearance in federal court on charges of making false statements to a bank to obtain a mortgage loan and conspiring to obstruct an investigation into his real estate transactions by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG). Until he was terminated in 2013, Harvell was the Special Agent in Charge of HUD-OIG’s Atlanta office, which encompasses several southeastern states. Harvell’s co-defendant and nephew, Tavus A. Wright, 32, Milledgeville, Georgia, also made his initial appearance...
  • The Gentleman's Guide To Forum Spies (spooks, feds, etc.)

    02/27/2014 7:05:05 AM PST · by FReepaholic · 82 replies
    Pastebin.com ^ | 7/12/2012 | Unknown
    COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum. There are several techniques for the control and manipulation of a internet forum no matter what, or who is on it. We will go over each technique and demonstrate that only a minimal number of operatives can be used to eventually and effectively gain a control of a 'uncontrolled forum.'
  • ATF agents lost track of dozens of their own guns, reports show

    02/26/2014 5:13:59 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 feb 2014 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    A Journal Sentinel investigation uncovered mistakes and failures in an undercover sting in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – stolen guns, sensitive documents lost, wrong people charged and a burglary of the sting storefront. ATF agents have lost track of dozens of government-issued guns, after stashing them under the front seats in their cars, in glove compartments or simply leaving them on top of their vehicles and driving away, according to internal reports from the past five years obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Agents left their guns behind in bathroom stalls,...
  • Feds Spending $175,000 to Observe ‘Swimming Abilities’ of Fish

    02/21/2014 4:01:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/21/14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will spend $175,000 for a study on the “swimming abilities” of fish in the Northern Rockies, the agency announced on Thursday. The FWS, a bureau within the Department of the Interior, will award a grant for the study that will produce a “fish swimming video.” The grant announcement, entitled “Cooperative Research Program on the Swimming Abilities of Native Stream Fishes in the Northern Rockies-Upper Great Plains Regions of Montana,” estimated the project’s cost at $175,000.
  • Feds charge Bitcoin start-up founder with money laundering

    01/27/2014 11:50:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/27/14 | Timothy B. Lee
    Less than a year after raising $1.5 million for his Bitcoin exchange start-up BitInstant, CEO Charlie Shrem has been charged with money laundering. A news release from U.S. prosecutors in Manhattan said that Shrem knowingly facilitated illegal purchases on the now-shuttered underground drug marketplace Silk Road. Silk Road was a Web site that allowed users to buy everything from heroin to fake IDs. To help preserve users´ anonymity, the site required all transactions to be conducted in bitcoins. According to the government, a man named Robert Faiella worked with Shrem to sell bitcoins to Silk Road users. The two men
  • DEA Agent Goes to Pot, Leaves Fed Agency to Join Marijuana Industry (Washington State)

    01/26/2014 6:56:51 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    DEA agent goes to pot, leaves fed agency to join marijuana industry Former DEA Agent Patrick Moen — whose career with the Drug Enforcement Administration went up in smoke when he joined the lucrative legal marijuana industry — isn't likely to spark an exodus from the agency, former colleagues say. Moen, 36, quit his post in Portland late last year and is now working for Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm specializing in acquiring businesses in the burgeoning marijuana industry. The attorney who once spent long days dismantling drug rings throughout the Pacific Northwest will now help the company...
  • Feds: State health exchange enrollment nearly 500k (California)

    01/14/2014 12:35:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    uts san diego ^ | 1/14/14 | Paul Sisson
    Nearly a half million Californians enrolled in Obamacare health plans through the end of December, according to data released Monday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said 498,794 Californians picked health exchange plans, which gives the state 23 percent of the nearly 2.1 million enrollments nationwide. Considering the state has about 12 percent of the nation’s population, California has been more effective than other states in enrolling residents. The state has nearly met the lower threshold of predictions that call for 500,000 to 700,000 Californians to buy policies by March 31. “There is a feeling of optimism here...
  • Lawmakers plot new strategy for defying gun laws (Missouri)

    01/12/2014 6:13:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/12/14 | Jordan Shapiro
    **SNIP** When the Legislature opened on Wednesday, Senate GOP leaders said passing a gun rights bill was a top priority for the legislative session. Like last year's bill, the new version would also reduce the age requirement for concealed carry permits from 21 to 19 and prohibit municipalities from passing ordinances to limit openly carrying a firearm. Many Missouri Democrats are likely to oppose the measure again this year as an unconstitutional waste of the Legislature's time. "The state will never trump federal laws," said Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat. "It is again another right wing Republican attempt...
  • Banks Warn Fed They May Have To Start Charging Depositors

    11/24/2013 8:57:51 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-24-2013 | Tyler Durden
    Banks Warn Fed They May Have To Start Charging Depositors Tyler Durden 11/24/2013 15:24 -0500 The Fed's Catch 22 just got catchier. While most attention in the recently released FOMC minutes fell on the return of the taper as a possibility even as soon as December (making the November payrolls report the most important ever, ever, until the next one at least), a less discussed issue was the Fed's comment that it would consider lowering the Interest on Excess Reserves to zero as a means to offset the implied tightening that would result from the reduction in the monthly flow...
  • Former ATF Agent Accused of Embezzling $20,000 from Seattle Field Office

    11/22/2013 1:26:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | Nov. 21, 2013 | AP
    Former ATF agent accused of embezzling SEATTLE — A former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent accused of embezzling nearly $20,000 when he worked for the federal agency was indicted Thursday. A federal grand jury in Seattle indicted James Contreras, 51, of Maple Valley, Wash., on an embezzlement count and 30 counts of making false statements, the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco said. The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle is recused from the case. While Contreras worked as an agent and supervisor at the ATF office in Seattle, he's accused of embezzling money from a cash fund...
  • Stop Pelosi PAC doesn’t care what feds say

    11/09/2013 10:25:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11/07/13 | Joe Garofoli
    Looks like there’s an election law showdown about to happen — and it involves House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and who can use her name. The conservatives behind the new political action committee called Stop Pelosi PAC launched their campaign against the San Francisco Democrat on Wednesday — despite federal election officials telling them that there was something wrong with their PAC. It uses the name “Pelosi.”
  • Feds send warning letter to Jackson Jr. over campaign fund

    11/06/2013 4:46:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/06/13 | Katherine Skiba
    **SNIP** Last Friday, the Federal Election Commission wrote him saying his campaign may have failed to file a report for the third quarter of the year. The letter to him was addressed to a Chicago post office box. Jackson’s campaign last filed a report to the FEC in December, saying it had $105,703 in cash, records show. Jackson had resigned from Congress the previous month, but that did not end the campaign’s reporting obligation.
  • Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

    10/25/2013 12:00:59 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-25-2013 | Alex Pappas
    A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter. A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates...
  • Feds Say Possession of “Large Amounts” of Weapons May Indicate Terrorist Activity

    10/24/2013 9:16:41 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 91 replies
    Feds Say Possession of “Large Amounts” of Weapons May Indicate Terrorist ActivityPublic Intelligence10/16/13 A joint bulletin issued in early August by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI warns state and local law enforcement agencies to look out for people in possession of “large amounts” of weapons and ammunition, describing the discovery of “unusual amounts” of weapons as a potential indicator of criminal or terrorist activity. Citing the example of Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who reportedly “stockpiled approximately 12,000 pounds of precursors, weapons, and armor and hid them underground in remote, wooded locations,” the bulletin instructs law enforcement to...
  • Feds Removed Handles From 40 Public Water Pumps Along C&O Canal

    10/15/2013 10:12:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 14, 2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.” “It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they...
  • Why The Federal Government Wants To Redefine The Word 'Cancer' (So they can say they reduced it)

    10/12/2013 1:36:38 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/29/2013 | Paul Hsieh,
    The federal government wants to reduce the number of Americans diagnosed each year with cancer. But not by better preventive care or healthier living. Instead, the government wants to redefinethe term “cancer” so that fewer conditions qualify as a true cancer. What does this mean for ordinary Americans — and should we be concerned? On July 29, 2013, a working group for the National Cancer Institute (the main government agency for cancer research) published a paper proposing that the term “cancer” be reserved for lesions with a reasonable likelihood of killing the patient if left untreated. Slower growing tumors would...
  • Feds Cancel Order for $48K in Mechanical Bulls

    10/10/2013 10:51:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/10/13 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) -The Utah National Guard has cancelled its order for $47,174 in mechanical bulls. CNSNews.com had reported the order on Monday in a story that was linked to the Drudge Report and cited on Fox News. A cancellation notice for the contract was posted on the General Services Administration (GSA) website at 9:32 AM Thursday. Press Information Officer Lt. Col. Hank McIntire of the Utah National Guard tells CNSNews.com there never really was a contract, “There were glitches in the contracting process. So, no contract was ever drawn up or consummated.” When asked if he could tell CNSNews.com what the...
  • Feds evict elderly couple from their home, cite shutdown

    10/06/2013 6:27:44 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 71 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    National Park Service officials cited the government shutdown as the reason for ordering an elderly Nevada couple out of their home, which sits on federal land. "Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen," an NPS spokesman explained to KTNV. Ralph and Joyce Spencer, aged 80 and 77, respectively, own their home, but the government owns the land on which it sits. "I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter that he has to go in," Joyce Spencer told the local news outlet. "We're not hurt in any...
  • Wealth Destroyers: U.S. Customs Agents Seize and CRUSH $100K Land Rover ... 4x4 Lacked Airbags

    08/28/2013 6:59:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 28 August 2013 | Stuart Woledge
    4x4 fans look away now! Land Rovers imported to U.S. are CRUSHED by customs for failing safety rules because they don't have airbags • The exclusive vehicle was seized by customs officers in Baltimore • Its importer had attempted to fool the authorities by changing its plate • But they spotted the ruse and deemed it unfit for the US' roads • Often selling for upwards of $100,000, this one is now worth just $30 The wrecking claw hangs over the Land Rover Defender as its operator prepares to crush the exclusive vehicle on the orders of US customs. Moments...
  • Votes for Mortgages: If you liked the subprime crisis, you'll love what the feds are cooking up now

    08/12/2013 7:50:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/12/2013 | Joe Dantone
    Fannie and Freddie have been in operation for decades without problems until recently. Fannie began in 1938 as a quasi-governmental agency making affordable homes available to people by making the financing easier and funds more readily available by establishing a secondary market for mortgages. Previously banks had held onto their mortgages in a system called portfolio mortgages and were made mostly to their own account holders. With the homes as collateral, the banks then lent out that same money again to other local borrowers. If you remember the scene from It's a Wonderful Life when there is a run on...
  • FBI Arrests Mayors Of Miami Lakes & Sweetwater

    08/06/2013 9:26:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 8/6/13
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater Tuesday on bribery charges. “They both were surprised,” a source familiar with the case told CBS4′s Jim DeFede. The arrests, first reported by CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, will be separate cases involving different people... Maroño is not only the Mayor of Sweetwater, but also president of the Florida League of Cities and was part of Governor Rick Scott’s transition team.
  • Jackson Jr. gets time to pay $750K to feds (No justice?)

    08/03/2013 8:06:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/02/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — A judge signed an order today that will give former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. time to pay a $750,000 forfeiture arising out of his criminal case. In the order, the judge agreed to a request from lawyers in the case to postpone until Oct. 25 a decision on whether the government may seize Jackson’s interest in two homes and an individual retirement account should he fail to pay up. **SNIP** The order came after prosecutors and defense lawyers involved in Jackson Jr.’s case told the judge Thursday that the former congressman will "make his best efforts" to satisfy...
  • Feds pay Columbus Police to set up roadblock checkpoints in broad daylight

    08/02/2013 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/2/13 | NBC4
    Daylight checkpoints
  • Student Forgotten in DEA Holding Cell Gets $4.1M (4 1/2 Days w/o Food, Water, Toilet Facilities)

    07/30/2013 6:54:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | July 30, 2013 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Student forgotten in DEA holding cell gets $4.1M SAN DIEGO — A UCSD student scooped up in a drug raid and left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for 4 1/2 days without food or water will get $4.1 million to settle his claims, his attorneys announced Tuesday. Daniel Chong, 25, was among seven people detained in an April 21, 2012, raid on a University City home. Chong, an student at UCSD, was handcuffed and put in 5-by-10-foot cell, by an officer who told him, “Hang tight. We’ll come get you in a minute,” his attorney Julia Yoo said....
  • 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data

    07/22/2013 4:25:06 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 30 replies
    www.cnsnews.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Susan Jones
    HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S. o ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in. The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation.
  • Feds collecting personal, confidentialdata on consumer´s credit cards,bank transactions

    06/27/2013 11:47:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/27/13 | Paul Bedard
    The Obama administration, already under fire for the IRS scandal and National Security Agency snooping of the computers and cellphones of Americans, is also spending millions to have private contractors conduct a dragnet for confidential and personal credit and bank transactions without a warrant. Newly obtained documents from the Obama-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveal that the administration has OK'd a project to accumulate the personal financial data of some 5 million and share it with other agencies to build a "nationally representative panel of credit information on consumers for use in a wide range of policy research projects." The...
  • PRESENTING: The Bubble With No Name Yet

    06/22/2013 7:48:26 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    TBI ^ | 6-22-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    PRESENTING: The Bubble With No Name Yet Joe Weisenthal Jun. 22, 2013, 7:12 AM This week we put together our quarterly feature on the most important charts in the world based on the suggestions of many of Wall Street's brightest investors, economists, and analysts. Given the recent turmoil in markets, the contribution from SocGen's Kit Juckes was very timely. He titled it: The Bubble With No Name (Yet). It demonstrates that each of the last big bubbles have been characterized by periods where the Fed Funds rate has been held well below year-over-year nominal GDP growth. He argues that this...
  • ALL GLOBAL MARKETS GOT SHREDDED: Here's What You Need To Know (DJIA -349)

    06/20/2013 1:14:27 PM PDT · by blam · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-20-2013 | Sam Ro
    ALL GLOBAL MARKETS GOT SHREDDED: Here's What You Need To Know Sam Ro June 20, 2013 No one was safe today. First, the scoreboard: • Dow: 14,758.3 -353.8 -2.3% • S&P 500: 1,588.1 -40.7 -2.5% • NASDAQ: 3,364.6 -78.5 -2.2% And now, the top stories: • Stock, bonds, commodities, and currencies around the world got destroyed today."Rare to see every futures market I follow down," tweeted bond trader Ed Bradford. Today's drop in the S&P 500 was the worst one since 2011. • Today's calamity was really an extension of yesterday's sell-off, which appeared to be triggered by comments made...
  • EL-ERIAN: The Fed (Bernanke) Better Be Right About The Economy

    06/19/2013 5:14:16 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-20-2013 | Mohamed El-Erian
    EL-ERIAN: The Fed Better Be Right About The Economy Mohamed El-Erian, ContributorJune 20, 2013REUTERS/Frank Polich Virtually every segment of the fixed income, equity and commodity markets sold off viciously this afternoon on the back of the Fed statement and Chairman Ben Bernanke’s subsequent remarks. In the process, liquidity evaporated in certain places causing even more disorderly price moves. The immediate trigger for this afternoon’s market debacle was heightened concern that the Fed intends to reduce its support of the economy, undermining the markets’ notion of the “central bank put.” And in reacting to signs that the Fed may gradually take...
  • This Car Won’t Move (Economy)

    05/04/2013 6:57:58 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    Laissez-Faire Today ^ | 5-4-2013 | Jeffrey Tucker
    This Car Won’t Move Jeffrey TuckerMay 3, 2013 The latest unemployment data reveal the hope and tragedy of the American economic plight. Cheers went up for a modest increase in hiring, one that: • barely keeps up with population; • features mostly temp workers; • leaves out prime-age males and all young workers; • and keeps labor participation rate at a low level from 1979. This is good news? Hmmm… But the central bank will save us, right? So say economic journalists. They love metaphors. Actually, professional economists love them too. The latest phrase being tossed around is that world...
  • Bernanke Cancels Jackson Hole Appearance Four Months Out Due To 'Personal Scheduling Conflict'

    04/22/2013 7:13:52 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-22-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    Bernanke Cancels Jackson Hole Appearance Four Months Out Due To 'Personal Scheduling Conflict' Matthew BoeslerApril 22, 2013 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won't be attending the annual Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in August due to a "personal scheduling conflict." The event, held by the Kansas City Fed every summer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, usually features a keynote speech from the Chairman of the Fed. In recent years since the financial crisis of 2008, the speech has been used to signal important monetary policy shifts as the Fed has experimented with unconventional monetary policy tools. As MNI's Steven Beckner points...