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  • EDITORIAL: The inhumane society

    10/01/2014 5:50:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-1-14 | Editorial
    A prominent animal-rights charity is not a friend of the furry kingdom. Americans love animals, even cats. Eight million stray dogs and cats find their way into animal shelters every year, and the lucky ones are adopted into a warm home with a loving family. Shelters are operated by small charities usually called “humane societies,” whose good deeds are funded by private generosity. The Humane Society of the United States trades on the good of others to finance a radical agenda. In May, the Humane Society and a handful of other radical animal-rights groups had to write a $15.8 million...
  • ‘Shrimp Boy’ pleads not guilty to racketeering (Leland Yee’s partner)

    07/30/2014 1:48:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 4:33 PM EDT | Paul Elias
    A man prosecutors accuse of heading a crime syndicate based in San Francisco’s Chinatown pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new charge of racketeering. Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow entered the plea to a newly filed indictment that includes all the same money laundering and related charges as the previous one. The new filing says he served as gang leader of a Chinatown community organization that bribed a state senator and laundered money among other crimes. The new racketeering count alleges that Chow orchestrated a wide range of alleged criminal activity, including the bribing of state Sen. Leland Yee. …
  • California state senator facing additional charge (Leland Yee)

    07/25/2014 8:18:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 11:15 PM EDT
    A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. […] Yee pleaded not guilty to the original eight charges. He will have to enter a plea Wednesday to the charges in the new indictment. The new accusations allege that San Francisco Democrat offered to help pass legislation making it harder for professional football players to obtain workers compensation in California, in exchange for campaign contributions from an unidentified NFL owner. The new...
  • Live Action’s gut wrenching video exposing Planned Parenthood

    06/02/2014 6:58:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Live Action News ^ | Christina Martin
    I’ve been a writer for Live Action News for almost two years. Before I wrote for Live Action News I was familiar with Lila Rose and the work of her organization. I watched the eye opening video Live Action made exposing racism in Planned Parenthood. I remember how I felt hearing an actor ask a Planned Parenthood worker if he could donate funds specifically towards the abortion of a black baby. The actor said ‘the less black kids the better’ and mentioned that he was against affirmative action and didn’t want his child to grow up with more competition then...
  • EMAILS: DEM SEN LEVIN PRESSURED IRS TO TARGET CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

    05/14/2014 9:36:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014
    Contrary to the White Houses explanation that a few rogue agents in Cincinnati lead the targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS, newly released emails obtained by Judicial Watch detail Democratic Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) pressuring the IRS to target conservative groups. On March 30, 2012 Levin wrote to then IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman about his concern with the political activity by conservative nonprofits. “Some entities claiming tax-exempt status as social welfare organizations under 26 U.S.C.&501(c)(4) appear to be engaged in political activities more appropriate for political organizations claiming tax-exempt status under 26 U.S.C.&527. Because of the urgency of...
  • ICE ORDERED TO STAY SILENT ON RELEASE OF 36,000 CRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    05/14/2014 4:25:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014 | by KRISTIN TATE
    Breitbart Texas recently reported on the release of 36,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants, including almost 200 murderers, who were released back into the U.S. by immigration officials in 2013. The figures were outlined in a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Breitbart Texas subsequently reached out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices around the country, in an attempt to learn more about release policies. Each ICE representative that Breitbart Texas came in contact with was familiar with the CIS report, but would not comment on it. They additionally refused to answer general questions regarding detention and release...
  • Lakewood teen was to touch, knock down Orthodox woman for gang initiation, police say

    04/09/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    nj.com ^ | 4/9/14 | Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger
    LAKEWOOD — A teenager was arrested and charged Tuesday night with bias crimes after he was reported luring or harassing females on the street, police said. Police say the teenager intended to touch and knock down a woman from the Orthodox Jewish community as part of an MS-13 gang initiation. Rafael Laurano-Flores, 18, was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, three counts of bias intimidation and three counts of bias harassment, said Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith. Police were called initially at 7:30 p.m. to the area of 5th Street and Princeton Avenue about an attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl, Staffordsmith said....
  • Pink Brick Award [Homo-fascist smear campaign]

    04/08/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | April 7, 2014 | Dr. Scott Lively
    Pink Brick Award Posted on April 7, 2014 by Pastor Scott Tonight I was informed by a writer at the Bay Area Reporter that I have been “awarded” the Pink Brick Award by the San Francisco LGBT Pride organization.From their website: “The Pink Brick is a symbol of the first brick hurled at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. This faux award is an opportunity to highlight an individual or organization that has done significant harm to the LGBT community. It is also an opportunity to educate the community and the Pink Brick recipient about relevant issues.” http://www.sfpride.org/pink-brick/Here is his...
  • The TOLERANT States Of America

    04/06/2014 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    The war that has been brewing between the Sexual Activists of America, and every day people of faith, morals, and conscience has moved into the major campaign of the conflict. This week has been bloody. For the better part of the past two years I have repeatedly stated on my radio show that we have entered a day where the Constitutional guarantee of absolute legal protection for one's freedom of religious faith and expression is running headlong into a culturally driven force that is a non-Constitutional right to sexual freedom. The United States Constitution doesn't address sex, sexuality, sexual...
  • Owner's anti-gay views cause furor over soon-to-open Sellwood grocery store (OR)

    04/04/2014 6:12:36 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 04/03/2014 | Harry Esteve
    Another controversy has erupted over a Sellwood-Moreland business, this one over the owner’s views on gays and same-sex marriage. Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now backing away. “They’re choosing to open a business in a very open-minded neighborhood,” said Tom Brown, owner of Brown Properties and president of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. “I think their personal views are going to hurt.”
  • VIDEO: Steinberg: No 'gun-running' in Senate ethics training

    03/28/2014 4:22:41 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 19 replies
    SacBee ^ | March 28, 2014
    Legislators never received ethics training about "gun running or other such sordid activities," California state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg noted during house debate Friday over whether to suspend three senators who have been accused of crimes including corruption, perjury and conspiracy to traffic weapons.
  • Union Goon-Squad "THUGs" Own Pennsylvania (Literally)

    03/19/2014 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    A "goon-squad" group named The Helpful Union Guys (THUG), members of Ironworkers Local 401 set fires, started riots, and took crowbars to the competition in an effort to protect union jobs. THUGs stalked women, took baseball bats to a Toys R Us site, and even torched a Quaker meetinghouse that dared to use non-union labor. Philly.Com reports 10 leaders of Ironworkers Local 401 charged in racketeering indictment. They called themselves "the Helpful Union Guys" - "THUGS" for short - and woe awaited any contractor who dared cross them by hiring non-organized workers. For, federal authorities alleged Tuesday, this "goon squad"...
  • Feds Charge Philadelphia Ironworkers (Local 401) with Extortion, Arson and Racketeering

    Feds Charge Philadelphia Ironworkers with Extortion, Arson and Racketeering Federal prosecutors today announced an indictment charging 10 members of the Philadelphia Ironworkers Union Local 401 with extorting and forcing businesses to hire their colleagues and defending their turf from non-union workers with violence. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane Memeger announced the charges at a press conference this morning after the 10 union members named in the indictment were arrested. According to the indictment, members of the Ironworkers would approach foremen at construction sites where iron work was being done and “implicitly or explicitly threaten the foreman...
  • US: Detroit ex-mayor should get 28 years in prison

    10/03/2013 2:14:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2013 5:05 PM EDT | Ed White
    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick should be sent to prison for at least 28 years for “astonishing” corruption that enriched him and his family while a desperate city slid toward financial collapse, prosecutors said Thursday. The 51-page filing came a week before Kilpatrick is to be sentenced in federal court for two dozen crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, fraud and tax offenses. The government presented a scathing summary of evidence from his months-long trial and said the corruption tops all recent cases prosecuted elsewhere in federal court. Detroit “desperately needed resolute leadership. Instead it got a mayor looking to cash in...
  • CNBC Exec’s Children Murdered, 1 Day After CNBC Reports $43 Trillion Bankster Lawsuit

    10/27/2012 10:47:23 AM PDT · by opentalk · 73 replies
    Intel Hub ^ | October 26, 2012 | JG Vibes
    This week financial news organization CNBC gave some mainstream attention to the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History, in which “Banksters” and their U.S. racketeering partners are being accused of laundering of 43 trillion dollars worth of ill gotten gains. The lawsuit is said to involve officials located in the highest offices of government and the financial sector. Since this information was surprisingly revealed by the mainstream news organization there has been a very suspicious and deadly fallout at the CNBC headquarters. Within hours the original page for the article was taken down, and CNBC senior...
  • AP: Gosnell’s co-defendants really needed jobs, you know

    04/13/2013 7:08:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/13/13 | Ed Morrissey
    The Associated Press has been one of the few national media outlets providing at least some coverage of the Kermit Gosnell trial, presumably from their local partners, so they certainly deserve some credit for going where their competitors wouldn’t — at least not until recently.  As with most news outlets following an ongoing story, the AP started looking for fresh angles to frame their stories.  Last night, though, the AP sent out a wire story headlined “Philly abortion workers saw few options,” in which Maryclaire Dale focuses on the employment woes of Gosnell’s co-defendants to explain why they followed Gosnell’s orders...
  • Sheriff Arpaio's Office Says Mail Bomb Was Strong Enough to Maim or Kill

    04/12/2013 7:55:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    ABC ^ | BEN WALDRON
    A suspicious package addressed to controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio contained a bomb that was powerful enough to maim or even kill him, his office said today. "Had someone opened that package, it would have caused a major explosion and caused serious physical injuries, burns and maybe death," Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jerry Sheridan said at a press conference. "That was a very serious threat, it was labeled to come here to this building and be opened by Sheriff Arpaio."
  • 'Qaeda 7' attorney gets NYC job: Fed prosecutor gig ('Terrorist sympathizer')

    01/09/2011 4:12:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 8, 2011 | Michael Maddux
    An embattled former Obama administration appointee -- who was part of a group of attorneys accused of being terrorist sympathizers for defending "enemy combatants" -- has been hired for a post at the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, officials confirmed today. Tali Farhadian was one of several private attorneys who created a rift between Republicans last spring when the Obama Administration assigned them to posts within the Justice Department. Although Farhadian was handling unrelated matters in Attorney General Eric Holder's office, a political watchdog group accused Obama of overloading the agency with officials sympathetic to enemy combatants. Their appointments even...
  • Motionless Driver Gets Ticketed For Speeding

    12/14/2012 9:13:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 14, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    Speeding tickets generate revenue for the city or county in which they’re issued. If the police department is low on revenue, they’ll set up a speed trap on a busy road and lie in wait for the non-violent speed violators. If the city is really desperate, they’ll invest in a speed camera system that will be distributed around the city and send citations to the registered owners of the alleged speeding vehicles. And if they’re still not happy with the money they’re making, they’ll start issuing speeding tickets to people who aren’t even speeding. In Baltimore, Maryland, they’ve generated over...
  • Racketeering and Money Laundering Lawsuit Seeking Return of $43 Trillion to the U.S. Treasury

    11/12/2012 4:14:34 AM PST · by chrisnj · 13 replies
    Spire-law ^ | 11/12/12
    http://spire-law.com/in-the-news/ 43 trillion dollars lawsuit against gov officials and major banks
  • Jimmy Dimora federal racketeering trial: Dimora guilty of racketeering, more counts

    03/09/2012 10:19:43 AM PST · by Jim from C-Town · 11 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 03/09/2012 | Staff Writers
    AKRON, Ohio – Jimmy Dimora is guilty of racketeering -- and all but one of the 34 federal charges he was facing. That's the verdict from a federal jury on the three dozen charges on which the panel is deciding today at the John F. Seiberling Federal Building and U.S. District Court. Dimora was found not guilty, however, on Count 30 in the indictment, for allegedly defrauding his campaign fund out of money by having Executive Caterers bill the fund for a birthday party for Dimora's wife. The verdicts were read this afternoon on 26 charges relating to Dimora alone,...
  • Federal Asset Seizures Rise, Netting Innocent With Guilty (Big Government Tyranny Alert)

    08/22/2011 7:12:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-08-22 | John R. Emshwiller & Gary Fields
    New York businessman James Lieto was an innocent bystander in a fraud investigation last year. Federal agents seized $392,000 of his cash anyway. An armored-car firm hired by Mr. Lieto to carry money for his check-cashing company got ensnared in the FBI probe. Agents seized about $19 million—including Mr. Lieto's money—from vaults belonging to the armored-car firm's parent company. He is one among thousands of Americans in recent decades who have had a jarring introduction to the federal system of asset seizure. Some 400 federal statutes—a near-doubling, by one count, since the 1990s—empower the government to take assets from convicted...
  • Wisconsin: WSEU circulating boycott letters

    03/30/2011 1:59:39 PM PDT · by Jean S · 56 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/30/11 | Don Walker
    Members of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, asking them to support workers’ rights by putting up a sign in their windows. If businesses fail to comply, the letter says, “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members."
  • New York Carpenters Boss Michael Forde Sentenced

    11/29/2010 12:45:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 29, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
      Standing before a judge in Manhattan federal court on Friday, November 19, Michael Forde learned the price of high living and the crime that made it possible: 11 years in prison. For some members of the organization he once headed, the New York District Council of Carpenters and Joiners, that isn't long enough. Forde had pleaded guilty to racketeering, bribery and perjury in late July in connection with taking as much as $1 million in illegal contractor bribes and skimming many millions more from union benefit funds. The Justice Department uncovered the scheme as part of a probe...
  • High-Ranking El Paso Officials Indicted

    09/02/2010 6:54:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    KTSM ^ | 2 Sept 2010 | Anthony Garcia
    EL PASO - It's been almost a year but the drought in the F.B.I. public corruption probe is over. Eleven people have been indicted for dirty politics. The indictment, just unsealed, lists all of the charges that center around a pay-to-play investigation involving a Health Insurance Company. The indictment alleges Access Health Source kept contracts by committing fraud and bribing high ranking leaders in El Paso. Here's a look at who was indicted: Access Health Source business executive Frank Apodaca Jr. and Public Relations Consultant Marc Schwartz. They are both charged with racketeering, mail fraud and deprivation of honest services....
  • He's In! Traficant Will Be On The Ballot

    09/02/2010 6:43:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies · 2+ views
    TPM Muckraker ^ | September 1, 2010 | Rachel Slajda
    It's official. TPMmuckraker's favorite ex-convict ex-Congressman Jim Traficant will appear on the ballot for his old House seat in Ohio. A county board of elections ruled today, in a meeting that lasted less than a minute, that Traficant has enough signatures to make it on the ballot. Traficant, who was a Democrat while serving in the House, is running in the 17th District as an independent against Rep. Tim Ryan (D). Ryan replaced Traficant in 2002 when he was kicked out of Congress over 10 felony convictions for bribery, racketeering, tax evasion and other charges. Traficant was released from prison...
  • ...Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants....

    08/25/2010 2:55:10 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NewYork.FBI.gov ^ | August 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text SNIPPET is a quote: newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/nyfo082410.htm Two Additional Arrests Made of Members of Violent International Organized Crime Group Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants with Murder, Kidnapping, and Other Racketeering Offenses PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and RAYMOND W. KELLY, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York, announced the arrests of FLORIAN VESHI and ALMIR RRAPO for their roles in a racketeering enterprise that engaged...
  • Leaders of the Detroit Highwaymen Found Guilty of Racketeering, Drug, and Weapons Charges

    06/03/2010 7:21:23 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 379+ views
    June 3, 2010 NOTE The following text is a quote: Leaders of the Detroit Highwaymen Found Guilty of Racketeering, Drug, and Weapons Charges Six leaders of the Detroit Highwaymen Motorcycle Club were found guilty today on a variety of charges, including conspiracy to violate federal racketeering laws and conspiracy to commit murder, along with controlled substance, stolen property, and firearm violations, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced. These six defendants are the first of 91 Detroit Highwaymen members and associates to go to trial. United States Attorney McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Andrew...
  • North Carolina MS-13 Gang Member Convicted of Racketeering Charges Related to Murder...

    04/29/2010 5:39:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: North Carolina MS-13 Gang Member Convicted of Racketeering Charges Related to Murder; First MS-13 Member Sentenced to Death Defendant Shot and Killed Two Brothers in December 2007 in Guilford County, N.C. WASHINGTON—A 12-person federal jury in Charlotte, N.C., today voted unanimously to impose the death penalty against Alejandro Enrique Ramirez Umana, aka “Wizard,” 25. Umana was convicted by the same jury on April 19, 2010, for the murders of Ruben Garcia Salinas and his brother, Manuel Garcia Salinas, on Dec. 8, 2007, in Guilford County, N.C. The jury also found that Umana was...
  • Eight Area Men Sentenced on Federal Racketeering Charges Involving Conspiracy...

    04/02/2010 3:41:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 579+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Eight Area Men Sentenced on Federal Racketeering Charges Involving Conspiracy to Transfer Cash and Checks to the Palestinian Territories ST. LOUIS, MO—The United States Attorney’s office announced today that eight members of a criminal enterprise operating out of five St. Louis area convenience stores have been sentenced on charges of federal racketeering or related charges. As far back as 2000, the RICO conspiracy has involved bank fraud, receipt of stolen property, conducting an unlicensed money transmitting business, purchasing contraband cigarettes for resale, evading reporting requirement on exporting monetary instruments, and transporting monetary instruments...
  • Authorities in El Paso Arrest Seven in Connection with Kidnapping/Murder Investigation

    03/19/2010 5:18:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Authorities in El Paso Arrest Seven in Connection with Kidnapping/Murder Investigation Federal Charges Include Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Murder for Hire, Kidnapping, Drug Distribution and Interstate Transportation in Aid of Racketeering SAN ANTONIO—U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy, DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, FBI Special Agent in Charge David Cuthbertson, U.S. Border Patrol Marfa Sector Chief Patrol Agent John Smietana and El Paso Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Hill, El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza and El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles announced the arrest of seven individuals charged...
  • Tomato bribery probe just the beginning, prosecutors say

    02/08/2010 11:09:11 PM PST · by thecodont · 13 replies · 1,020+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | 5:46 p.m. | By P.J. Huffstutter
    Reporting from Sacramento - To his friends, Randall Lee Rahal was just a food salesman, someone who routinely left his home on Shadyside Road in Ramsey, N.J., to crisscross the country hawking California tomatoes. The 61-year-old sold them pureed. He sold them crushed. He sold them roasted and mashed into paste. His clients were food manufacturers, supermarket chains and other commercial buyers who turned his products into soup, ketchup and salsa. But in the eyes of the Justice Department, Rahal was Tomato Enemy No. 1 -- a produce scofflaw who allegedly peeled off $100 bills and carried cash-stuffed envelopes to...
  • Teflon Jr. Gotti avoids 5th NY racketeering trial

    01/14/2010 2:40:50 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 610+ views
    hosted ^ | Jan 14 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    John "Junior" Gotti seemingly has his father's knack for avoiding conviction. Federal prosecutors have decided not to seek a fifth racketeering trial against the 45-year-old Gotti, the son of one of the most notorious mobsters in the United States, the Teflon Don, John Gotti. While the Gambino family crime boss eventually was convicted of racketeering, the younger Gotti, who insists he left organized crime a decade ago, avoided conviction in four trials. There won't be a fifth. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a one-paragraph statement Wednesday saying prosecutors had decided not to seek another trial "in light of the circumstances."...
  • Auburn (NY) police chief wants officers to write at least one ticket a day to raise money for city

    01/13/2010 10:54:48 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies · 1,274+ views
    The Post-Standard-Syracuse NY ^ | January 13, 2010, 6:00AM | By Scott Rapp /
    Auburn, NY -- Three days before Christmas, Auburn Police Chief Gary Giannotta laid down the law for his command staff. At the closed meeting Dec. 22 in the department basement, Giannotta gave this ultimatum: Tell your patrol officers to write more vehicle and traffic tickets — at least one each per shift — or there will be repercussions for those who don’t.... Threatening to punish employees who fail to make a ticket quota violates state labor law. Tuesday, the Auburn police union took Giannotta to task for his proclamation, and two college criminal justice experts questioned the ethics of his...
  • Obama and the mob: Combating organized crime takes backseat in White House

    12/18/2009 8:00:50 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies · 755+ views
    Examiner ^ | 12/17/09 | Jim Kouri
    There is a feeling that permeates throughout the law enforcement community that organized crime gangs are getting a free ride during the Obama Administration. While most of the focus of federal law enforcement is on counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cyber crime, federal police agencies must still contend with more traditional anti-crime operations including emerging organized crime gangs. "I may sound cynical, but I believe because [President Barack Obama] is from Chicago -- a city noted for it's history of organized crime -- he may be used to what's known as 'the Chicago way' and the casual relationship between organized crime and...
  • Credit card's newest trick: 79.9 percent interest (and racketeering is illegal?)

    12/17/2009 7:56:50 PM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 33 replies · 1,819+ views
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | Thursday December 17, 2009 | Candice Choi
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It's no mistake. This credit card's interest rate is 79.9 percent. The bloated APR is how First Premier Bank, a subprime credit card issuer, is skirting new regulations intended to curb abusive practices in the industry. It's a strategy other subprime card issuers could start adopting to get around the new rules.
  • FL-Sen. 2010: Crist’s office 'looking into' Rothstein appointment (as Feds probe $1B+ Ponzi scheme)

    11/21/2009 7:56:39 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 600+ views
    The South Florida Business Journal ^ | 2009-11-18 | Paul Brinkmann
    Gov. Charlie Crist’s office is “looking into” the possibility of removing embattled attorney Scott Rothstein from the state’s Judicial Nominating Committee. Rothstein has offered to surrender his license to practice law. But, he may remain a member of JNC unless, or until, he’s charged with a felony crime. Gov. Charlie Crist named Rothstein to the JNC in August 2008. “Typically, the governor would only step in when felony charges are filed against a public official,” said Sterling Ivey, Crist’s spokesman. “Whether we will act before that point in this case is not clear yet. Our legal office is looking into...
  • FL-Sen. 2010: Crist fundraiser accused of fraud (racketeering, Ponzi schemes, Canada, Morocco)

    11/21/2009 7:52:54 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 54 replies · 2,488+ views
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An attorney who was a major fundraiser for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist allegedly conducted an investment scam that cost investors millions, a lawsuit alleges. A group of investors said in a suit filed against Scott Rothstein that the co-partner of the Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler law firm took part in a scheme that cost the plaintiffs more than $100 million, The Miami Herald reported Friday.
  • Junior Gotti Freaks Out In Court Against Witness (on trial for the fourth time for racketeering)

    10/09/2009 6:46:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 1,281+ views
    Gothamist ^ | 10/09/09 | Jen Chung
    Junior Gotti Freaks Out In Court Against WitnessBy Jen Chung October 9, 2009 9:15 AM Well, it had to happen sometime: John Gotti Jr., currently on trial for the fourth time for racketeering, had a meltdown in court yesterday, yelling at a star prosecution witness and former mobster. The Post reports the Teflon Don's son shouted to John Alite during a break, "You’re a dog! You’re a dog! Did I kill little girls, you fag? You’re a punk. You’re a dog all your life — you always were. Do I strangle little girls in motels?" Apparently Alite was being led...
  • Seeds of Doubt [New Orleans ACORN office shutting down?]

    09/20/2009 6:14:20 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 38 replies · 2,798+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 20, 2009 | Bruce Nolan
    ACORN, a social justice organization with roots in [New Orleans], battles a string of scandals. The announcement stuck to a wall outside the entrance to ACORN's local office in the 2600 block of Canal Street quietly signals the trouble afoot. In English and Spanish, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now tells walk-up clients that ACORN's housing office has shut itself down for two weeks to immerse itself "in an intensive training program." The sign is a symptom of a tumultuous week in the history of a controversial poor people's social justice movement -- one founded by a New...
  • Congressional Committee Accuses ACORN of Massive Fraud, Racketeering

    07/24/2009 6:07:45 AM PDT · by liesel2000 · 15 replies · 964+ views
    NewsReal ^ | July 24, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Glenn Beck yesterday unveiled a new congressional report accusing the far-left activist group ACORN of massive fraud, money laundering, and racketeering directed from the highest levels of ACORN management. (Snip) Beck noted that President Obama was a community organizer. “He is organizing our government in the same way,” Beck said. “We can’t track anything. You’ve seen that healthcare bill. It is so complex. Money’s everywhere. It’s a shell game.
  • Judges dismisses supermarket mogul's racketeering convictions

    06/15/2009 1:38:21 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 21 replies · 1,398+ views
    LATimes ^ | June 10, 2009 | Scott Glover
    George Torres' future looked pretty bleak: The supermarket mogul had been stripped of his riches by government prosecutors, convicted in a massive racketeering case and was awaiting a potential life sentence in federal prison. But in a stunning reversal of fortune Tuesday, the government released its grip on Torres' assets, a judge tossed out the most serious convictions against him, and he was ordered set free -- at least for now. The turnaround came after prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles turned over tape-recorded conversations that contained information that was potentially beneficial to Torres' defense regarding at...
  • MPAA Admits To Losing PR War To The "Enemies Of Copyright"

    06/15/2009 12:51:44 PM PDT · by steve-b · 43 replies · 1,335+ views
    ZeroPaid ^ | 6/13/09 | Drew Wilson
    The MPAA apparently said that the “enemies of copyright have really done a good job at creating the false premise that the interest of copyright holders and the interest of society as a whole are antagonistic” during the World Copyright Summit. The worry is that their pro-copyright advocacy perspective is fading away in the public conscious. In an interesting report from IP-Watch where there were a few choice words levelled against those that disagreed with the view-points of the copyright industry. Apparently, Fritz Attaway suggested that it's false to assume that the rights of the industry and the interest of...
  • Homeless Entrepreneur Hassled by City Bureaucrats

    06/10/2009 11:44:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 468+ views
    Larry Moore has been attempting to earn his way off the streets of San Francisco by shining shoes. He used to be one of the homeless drunkards bumming change from pedestrians up until about a year ago when he decided to try to pull himself up by the bootstraps, so to speak. While he still sleeps under the Bay Bridge, for the last 11 months he’s cleaned up his act—stopped drinking, bathes everyday, dresses neatly and works diligently at his trade. He’s been saving money to rent a room so he can get out of the ranks of the homeless....
  • Mose Jefferson (brother of Billy Jeff RAT-LA) seeks dismissal of racketeering indictment

    06/08/2009 5:09:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 213+ views
    NOLA ^ | 6/08/09 | Michael Kunzelman
    Mose Jefferson seeks dismissal of racketeering indictmentby Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press Monday June 08, 2009, 2:11 PM NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A former Louisiana congressman's brother asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss the racketeering conspiracy case against him, his girlfriend and two of his relatives, calling it a politically motivated prosecution. Arthur Lemann III, one of Mose Jefferson's lawyers, claims the case against his client is fueled by "the high tide of the public outrage" over the separate corruption charges against his brother, former Rep. William Jefferson, whose trial in Virginia is scheduled to start Tuesday. "In the...
  • EPA: Cap-and-Trade Bill Could Hurt U.S. Manufacturing, Send Factory Jobs Overseas

    05/26/2009 8:47:42 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies · 595+ views
    CNS NEWS ^ | 5-25-09 | Matt Cover
    According to an analysis of climate legislation performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the cap-and-trade system favored by President Barack Obama and many congressional Democrats could potentially damage the U.S. manufacturing sector and force jobs to move overseas. The policy, under certain scenarios, for example, “can cause domestic production … to shift abroad,” reads the EPA analysis, and result in greater greenhouse gas emissions in countries that do not have similar cap-and-trade rules. Further, the EPA’s Apr. 20 preliminary analysis of the bill, sponsored by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), shows that the plan would reduce...
  • 88 arrested, 147 charged in massive operation against Hawaiian Gardens gang (Mexican connection)

    05/23/2009 10:54:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1,892+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | 05/21/2009 08:02:14 PM PDT | Tracy Manzer
    Slaying of Deputy Jerry Ortiz triggered four-year investigation HAWAIIAN GARDENS - Almost 1,400 law enforcement officials converged on Hawaiian Gardens in a series of pre-dawn raids Thursday as part of the largest federal indictment against a street gang in United States history. Varrio Hawaiian Gardens, Hawaiian Gardens' oldest and most notorious gang, waged a racist campaign to eliminate black people from the community via attempted murders and other crimes, according to the federal racketeering indictments that werei unsealed Thursday. A total of five indictments charged 147 members and associates of the gang, and federal, state and local law enforcement officials...
  • RINO Party bosses jump the gun

    05/17/2009 2:00:23 PM PDT · by MKAP001 · 38 replies · 1,016+ views
    The interests of Floridians — not political parties — should be paramount as candidates jockey for position in the state’s 2010 elections. The dominos officially began tumbling this week when Gov. Charlie Crist announced, to no one’s surprise, that he’ll run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. Crist, who has vied for four statewide offices in the past 13 years, was immediately endorsed by state Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer. While anointing his friend (who installed Greer as chairman in 2007), the GOP boss said he would work to limit primary contests for governor and the...
  • Busted At Last: KB Home, Countrywide Hit With $2.8 Billion Racketeering Charge

    05/10/2009 8:38:20 AM PDT · by FromLori · 13 replies · 1,377+ views
    Homeowners brought a federal racketeering lawsuit on Thursday against KB Home, the former Countrywide Financial Corp and appraiser LandSafe Inc, accusing the companies of operating a scheme to fraudulently inflate sales prices of KB homes in Arizona and Nevada.
  • ACORN Trains Citizens to Protest Home Foreclosures (radicals squatting in abandonded homes)

    02/20/2009 9:00:14 AM PST · by lewisglad · 64 replies · 2,266+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2/20/09 | Derek Valcourt
    A community organization breaks into a foreclosed home in what they are calling an act of civil disobedience. The group wants to train homeowners facing eviction on peaceful ways they can remain in their homes. Derek Valcourt reports their actions are not without controversy. Near Patterson Park, the padlock on the door and the sign in the window tell part of Donna Hanks foreclosure story. "The mortgage went up $300 in one month," said Hanks, former homeowner. She says the bank refused to modify her loan and foreclosed, kicking her out of the house in September. The community group ACORN...