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  • Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries

    06/24/2016 1:34:47 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 25 replies
    AP ^ | Jun. 24, 2016 3:53 AM EDT | STEPHEN BRAUN
    The AP review of Clinton's calendar — her after-the-fact, official chronology of the events of her four-year term — identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors and loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were either not recorded or listed with identifying details scrubbed. The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page document with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day's events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show.
  • House Science Panel Turns Up Heat on State AGs Over Ties to Climate Change Activists

    06/20/2016 9:52:42 AM PDT · by milton23 · 7 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/20/2016 | Kevin Mooney
    House Republicans are pressing efforts to safeguard the First Amendment rights of scientific skeptics who dissent from what they consider the Obama administration’s alarmist position on climate change, according to letters to 17 state attorneys general. The series of letters, sent Friday and signed by 19 of the 22 Republican members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, renew an earlier request to the state attorneys general for information detailing their communications with environmental organizations. They also ask for communications between employees for the state attorneys general and the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, or the White House.
  • [Rep.] AG’s striking back "we can come after climate alarmists for fraud, too"

    06/19/2016 5:21:47 AM PDT · by norwaypinesavage · 11 replies
    Watt's Up With That ^ | 6/17/2016 | Anthony Watts
    If Democratic attorneys general can pursue climate change skeptics for fraud, then also at risk of prosecution are climate alarmists whose predictions of global doom have failed to materialize.[Snip]...it has been asserted that “fossil fuel companies” may have funded non- profits who minimized the risks of climate change. Does anyone doubt that “clean energy” companies have funded non-profits who exaggerated the risks of climate change? Under the stated theory for fraud, consumers and investors could suffer harm from misstatements by all energy-market participants and the non-profits they support.
  • The return of Driscoll: A new gig in Arizona and gigs on the road

    06/10/2016 12:51:35 AM PDT · by ppaul · 13 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | 05/31/2016 | JOEL CONELLY
    The ex-senior pastor at Seattle's Mars Hill megachurch, which imploded in 2014, formally launches his new operation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Driscoll is still facing a federal RICO racketeering suit by former church members in Seattle. But he is preaching at evangelical conferences around the country... He was brought down, in Seattle, after a complaint by 21 Mars Hill pastors and worship leaders that Driscoll had bullied, intimidated and manipulated those who worked at the church. The charges were sustained, in a report never released by church elders. Driscoll brought misogyny and homophobia to the pulpit. He famously called women "penis...
  • Greenpeace slapped with RICO lawsuit

    06/07/2016 2:34:14 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    leagalinsurrection.com ^ | June 7, 2016 | Leslie Eastman
    Karma AlertI have been following the progressive legal exploits in using racketeering statutes against Big Oil, making the analogy that gasoline producers hid climate data they collected the same way tobacco companies repressed carcinogenicity data. Of course, the eco-activists extraordinaire of Greenpeace were major cheerleaders: Greenpeace media officer Cassady Sharp called upon the Justice Department to undertake a “broad” investigation to “look into the role of [ExxonMobil and] other fossil fuel companies, trade associations, and think tanks in sowing doubt about the risks of climate change.” Greenpeace was not the first to call for RICO investigations into those who...
  • FBI: Hillary Clinton to face Criminal Indictment for Email Abuse 'Very Soon'

    06/01/2016 9:36:30 AM PDT · by drewh · 68 replies
    Santa Monica Observer ^ | June 1, 2016 | By David Ganezer
    A journalist employed by liberal Huffington Post reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) will recommend that the Department of Justice file a Federal criminal complaint, indicting U.S. Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Frank Hugenard is a political scientist, public speaker and freelance contributor to the Huff Po. He had his story removed by HuffPo editors and his account disabled without explanation. His article bore the title: ""Hillary Clinton to be Indicted On Federal Racketeering Charges" It quickly went viral before being removed. FBI Director James Comey will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General and head...
  • Letter by climate change scientists urging prosecution of skeptics deemed a 'mistake'

    06/02/2016 9:57:39 AM PDT · by detective · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 2, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Truncated title. Full title:Letter by climate change scientists urging prosecution of skeptics deemed a 'mistake' and 'withdrawn' You would think the group of 20 or so climate change scientists who sent a letter to President Obama urging him to prosecute climate skeptics under the RICO statute would have consulted a PR firm before they made asses of themselves to the whole country. But now, the learned men of science have hired Climate Nexus, a PR firm specializing in spinning global warming news. The letter - a move the PR firm called a "big mistake" - has been "withdrawn" and a...
  • Forestry Company Sues Greenpeace Under Anti-Mafia Law For Conspiracy

    05/31/2016 4:43:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/31/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A forestry company filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against Greenpeace Tuesday for misrepresenting the company’s environmental record to raise funds and promote its agenda. Greenpeace knowingly and deliberately made false claims about the company while fundraising, and fabricated evidence of Resolute’s alleged environmental malfeasance, according to the forestry and paper company Resolute Forest Products. RICO is an anti-mafia law designed to combat organized crime. Greenpeace’ is a global fraud,” states the 124-page legal complaint. “For years, this international network of environmental groups collectively calling themselves ‘Greenpeace’ has fraudulently induced people throughout the United States and...
  • Panic spreads among Clinton Supporters.

    05/31/2016 9:02:47 AM PDT · by meatloaf · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 5-31-2016 | Nick Gass
    "Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and a personal server was a "mistake," her campaign's top official wrote in a letter to the Democratic front-runner's top supporters over the weekend. And Clinton has repeatedly said it was a "mistake," campaign chairman John Podesta wrote, in a 600-word missive intended to set the record straight and keep supporters calm as it faces a strong last-second challenge from Bernie Sanders while looking ahead to Donald Trump in the general election."
  • Hillary Clinton may face Racketeering Charges [?]

    05/31/2016 6:41:47 AM PDT · by safetysign · 56 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 05/30/2016 | Frank Huguenard
    Global Research Editor’s Note This article was first published by The Huffington Post. The author of the article is distinguished film producer Frank Huguenard http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-to-be-indicted-on-federal-racketeering_us_574af94be4b0009f3d848d20 Since its posting on the Huffington Post, the article has been removed. The above link leads to an error message.The text below is the original post, which appears on Frank Huguenard’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=frank%20huguenard . This is an important article, please forward. (M. Ch. GR Ed.) . * * * The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a United States Federal Law passed in 1970 that was designed to provide a tool for...
  • Can Trump take down Hillary now?

    05/31/2016 5:05:20 AM PDT · by DrDude · 60 replies
    5/31/16 | DrDude
    Everyone is speculating on the email/Rico scandals of The Clintons. The FBI & DOJ are slow playing everything and waiting for Obama's order to proceed. Can Trump use this information now? What if he explains that he will have his DOJ prosecute FBI & DOJ Officials who are obstructing this case. Crimes have been committed and Hillary has acknowledge some crimes such as destroying emails. I think Trump needs to get in front of this now. Don't let the Libs continue to define the narrative. Any thoughts on this?
  • EXCLUSIVE — Huffington Post Writer: Editors Deleted My Article on Hillary’s Imminent Indictment

    05/30/2016 5:11:08 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 162 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 30 May2016 | Patrick Howley
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A writer for The Huffington Post is still waiting for an explanation as to why editors deleted his piece reporting that the FBI will pursue an indictment against Hillary Clinton. Huffington Post freelance contributor Frank Huguenard, a scientist and public speaker, wrote a report for the liberal site Sunday entitled “Hillary Clinton to be Indicted On Federal Racketeering Charges.” But the piece was not up for long before the Huffington Post pulled it down and replaced it with a “404” Error screen. “Huffpo has yet to respond to my request for an explanation,” Huguenard tweeted at this...
  • Huffington Post Removes Article Claiming Hillary Clinton Will be Indicted

    05/29/2016 6:31:07 PM PDT · by blueyon · 69 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/29/16 | Patrick Howley
    The liberal publication Huffington Post removed an article on its website Sunday claiming that the FBI plans to pursue an indictment against Hillary Clinton on Federal Racketeering charges
  • AG targets 90 conservative groups in controversial climate change probe (Virgin Islands)

    05/04/2016 3:02:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | May 4, 2016 | Lachlan Markay, the Washington Free Beacon
    The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents. In a subpoena issued in March, the office of USVI attorney general Claude Walker demanded from Exxon Mobil copies of communications between the oil company and 90 different political and policy organizations “and any other organizations engaged in research or advocacy concerning Climate Change or policies.” The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups...
  • RICO and the United States

    04/30/2016 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Edward.Fish · 2 replies
    Edward.Fish ^ | 15-Apr-2016 | Edward Fish
    In 1970 the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) became law, this act was intended to prosecute the mafia but has been employed against a much wider range of organizations… ironically, the United States itself has become so corrupt that it itself is a very good fit for the actions that can trigger a RICO case. 18 USC 96, §1962, subsection (a) says, in its first sentence: It shall be unlawful for any person who has received any income derived, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity or through collection of an unlawful debt in which such...
  • Revealed! Feds' demands to manipulate global-warming data

    04/17/2016 6:42:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/17/2016 | unknown
    It’s something climate skeptics have long suspected: Government involvement in science has skewed data to reflect the government’s agenda. “Many have suspected that U.S. political intervention in climate science has corrupted the outcome,” notes Ron Arnold in an essay posted on CFact.org. “The new emergence of an old 1995 document from the U.S. State Department to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms those suspicions, or at least gives the allegation credence enough to ask questions.” Though a FOIA request for the 1995 document came up empty (“No such correspondence in our files”), the pdf is available online....
  • RICO for Government Climate Deniers?

    04/16/2016 5:35:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Ron Arnold.A self-appointed coalition of Democratic state attorneys general is pursuing civil or criminal racketeering actions against ExxonMobil, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and other organizations. The AGs claim the groups are committing fraud by “denying” climate change. The charge is bogus.What we contest are false assertions that “humans are creating a dangerous climate change crisis.” We do not accept false claims that “the science is settled” and will not be limited to discussing only “what we must do now to avert looming climate catastrophes.”That’s not just constitutionally protected free speech. It is the foundation of...
  • California Mayor Bans Trump From Campaigning in Her City

    04/02/2016 8:33:19 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 94 replies
    Wasington Examiner ^ | 4/1/216 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump may want to avoid West Hollywood when he campaigns in California ahead of the state's potentially decisive June 7 primary. Lindsey Horvath, the mayor of West Hollywood, Calif., which is located in the heart of Los Angeles County and home to a sizable population of gay men, penned a letter to Trump this week explaining that he is unwelcome in her city. "With the primary making its way to California, as West Hollywood's Mayor, I want to make very clear that your campaign of violence and intimidation is not welcome in our City," she wrote...
  • RICO Prosecution of Climate Chaos Skeptics

    04/02/2016 12:02:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    It’s been a rough stretch for Climate Armageddon religionists and totalitarians.Real World science, climate and weather events just don’t support their manmade cataclysm narrative. The horrid consequences of anti-fossil fuel energy policies are increasingly in the news. And despite campaigns by the $1.5-trillion-per-year government-industry-activist-scientific Climate Crisis Consortium, Americans consistently rank global warming at the very bottom of their serious concerns. But instead of debating their critics, or marshaling a more persuasive, evidence-based case that we really do face a manmade climate catastrophe, alarmists have ramped up their shrill rhetoric, imposed more anti-hydrocarbon edicts by executive fiat and unratified treaty –...
  • Attorneys General Create Axis For Global Warming Shakedown

    04/02/2016 11:13:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 31, 2016 | Unknown
    Inquisition: The top law enforcement officers in 16 states have formed a coalition to investigate and prosecute companies that don’t agree with them on climate change. In other words, those not practicing orthodoxy will be punished.
  • The Left Is Embracing Orwellian Policies to Go After ‘Climate Deniers’

    03/14/2016 2:06:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 3/14/16 | Kim Holmes
    Just when we thought liberalism can’t get any more authoritarian, the Obama administration reminds us that it can.Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently confirmed that she had “referred” the “matter” of whether climate change “deniers” should be brought to court on racketeering charges to the FBI.Yes, that’s right. If you happen to disagree with the administration’s views of global warming, you could face a civil suit accusing you of fraud and corruption. This represents a breathtaking corruption of the law. Laws designed to catch mafia figures on corruption charges could be twisted to punish Americans whose only crime is to contest...
  • Federal Lawsuit: Controversial Pastor Ran Mars Hill Megachurch Like a Crime Syndicate

    03/10/2016 12:15:02 AM PST · by ppaul · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/29/2016 | Brandy Zadrozny
    Just when controversial pastor Mark Driscoll was hoping to make a new start, former members of his old stomping grounds at Seattle’s Mars Hill Church have filed a lawsuit alleging Driscoll and his chief elder ran the now-shuttered megachurch like an organized crime syndicate, in which church members became unwitting participants. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the Western District of Washington U.S. District Court in Seattle under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a law originally created for prosecution of Mafia figures. Former members have been threatening to file such a lawsuit for months to find out...
  • Clinton-Appointed Judge Dismisses RICO Case Against Clintons

    01/20/2016 6:12:26 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 36 replies
    Freedom Watch ^ | 1/20/2016 | Freedom Watch
    Today, as predicted by many in the media who have been following this case, Klayman v. Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation (15-cv-80388 S.D. Fla), a federal judge appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, dismissed a lawsuit, filed under the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") and other causes of action, which was based on the Clintons' acceptance of money from foreign and other donors in exchange for favors while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. In addition to filing suit, Larry Klayman asked the judge, Donald M. Middlebrooks, to take into custody Hillary Clinton's private...
  • Clinton denies FBI probe into Clinton Foundation

    01/11/2016 3:05:16 PM PST · by McGruff · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 11, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Hillary Clinton dismissed a Fox News report Monday that suggested the FBI has expanded its investigation to include corruption at the Clinton Foundation, calling the story "irresponsible." "No, there's nothing like that that is happening," she said during an editorial board meeting with The Des Moines Register in Iowa Monday afternoon.
  • FBI's Clinton probe expands to public corruption track

    01/11/2016 7:30:53 AM PST · by bitt · 128 replies
    foxnews ^ | 1/11/2016 | Catherine Herridge
    EXCLUSIVE: The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News. This track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on Clinton’s personal server. "The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said. The development follows press reports over the...
  • Donald Trump Is Exactly Right About Bill Clinton

    12/28/2015 7:52:30 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 41 replies
    RedState ^ | streiff (Diary)
    Now, as polls show Clinton neck-in-neck with all her potential GOP challengers and that two-thirds of the nation thinks she is a crook and can't be trusted, she is calling on her "husband", former president Bill Clinton to campaign for her. This, naturally, has provided fodder for Donald Trump's twitter account. Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign but HE'S DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM, so inappropriate! -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2015 He is absolutely right. Bill Clinton is a serial sexual predator. There is no other way to describe him....
  • 18 USC Ch. 96: RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS

    12/02/2015 7:43:58 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    U.S. Congress, House of Representatives ^ | various | U.S. Congress, House of Representatives
    CHAPTER 96—RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS Sec. 1961.Definitions. 1962.Prohibited activities. 1963.Criminal penalties. 1964.Civil remedies. 1965.Venue and process. 1966.Expedition of actions. 1967.Evidence. 1968.Civil investigative demand. Amendments [....] §1961. Definitions As used in this chapter— (1) "racketeering activity" means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (B) any act which is indictable under any of the following provisions...
  • Church of Scientology Moscow branch 'dissolved' by court

    11/23/2015 3:53:20 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 11 replies
    A Russian court has ruled that the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology should be dissolved. The Moscow city court accepted the arguments of Russia's justice ministry that as the term "Scientology" is a registered US trademark, the Church cannot be considered a religious organisation.
  • Woman claims right to reside in pricey Piper Glen home

    11/14/2015 5:42:02 PM PST · by NotchJohnson · 19 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | November 12, 2015 | Michael Gordon
    The Charlotte Observer | CharlotteObserver.com CRIME NOVEMBER 12, 2015 Woman claims right to reside in pricey Piper Glen home Group of up to 9 people have occupied foreclosed house since summer, residents say Ninti el Bey, believed to be a member of Moorish Nation, was arrested last week She has launched a fight to keep control of the 5,200-square-foot Piper Glen house Charlotte-Mecklenburg police lined up outside a home in Piper Glen last month to evict Ninti el Bey and others Moorish Nation, whose members make it their business to assume ownership of vacant luxury homes without paying a dime,...
  • CBS Debate Moderator Meets With Democrat Campaigns To Plan Sales Pitch...

    11/14/2015 4:10:59 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 12 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | 11-14-2015 | sundance
    November 14, 2015CBS Debate Moderator Meets With Democrat Campaigns To Plan Sales Pitch... by sundance No, nothing to see here folks…. nothing at all. Move along, move along…. Pay no attention to the planning and strategy session. (Via Politico) This Saturday’s second Democratic debate will be a much smaller affair than the first. With only three candidates on stage, CBS News plans to delve deep into the issues with each candidate and have taken advantage of the smaller pool by doing some intense research.Moderator John Dickerson and his team met with each of the campaigns for more than an hour...
  • WIKILEAKS DUMPS CIA BRENNAN EMAIL CONTENTS...

    10/21/2015 12:45:34 PM PDT · by 100American · 45 replies
    https://wikileaks.org ^ | 21 October 2015
    Today, 21 October 2015 and over the coming days WikiLeaks is releasing documents from one of CIA chief John Brennan's non-government email accounts. Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects. John Brennan became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in March 2013, replacing General David Petraeus who was forced to step down after becoming embroiled in a classified information mishandling scandal. Brennan was made Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism on the commencement of the Obama presidency in 2009--a position he held until taking up his role as CIA chief. According to the...
  • Oh-oh! Global warming RICO letter writers may have opened Pandora's Box

    10/02/2015 8:17:23 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Finally, we may be getting some cosmic justice for the gang of warmists who have spread hysteria over their shaky theory of global warming. Owing to an outrageous act of witch-hunting dissenters, a congressional investigation has begun, and who knows what it will uncover?
  • Is Obamacare Officially A Money Laundering Scheme?

    09/26/2015 9:51:10 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 34 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 09/25/2015 | Mytheos Holt
    Could the failed Obamacare exchanges have been merely an excuse to direct payola to safely Democratic states? Based on a new report from the Government Accountability Office, and the actions of acting head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) Andrew Slavitt, the answer may well be yes. Let’s start with the report. Americans for Tax Reform summarized its findings: In all likelihood, officials were aware of the issues facing these states before exchanges launched. According to GAO, CMS conducted reviews on 15 state-based exchanges in August and September of 2013. Even though these tests found multiple issues...
  • THE LEAD CLIMATE SCIENTIST BEHIND THE OBAMA/RICO LETTER HAS SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

    09/22/2015 8:32:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 22,2015 | James Delingpole
    George Mason University Professor Jagadish Shukla is a lead author with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and winner of numerous awards including the International Meteorological Organization Prize, the Rossby Medal of the American Meteorological Society, and the Padma Shri National Award from the President of India. He is currently president of the Institute of Global Environment and Society and a professor of Climate Dynamics. For his expertise, Shukla is amply rewarded by George Mason University with a salary over $250,000 a year. Apparently, though, this isn’t a full time job. It can’t be – because on top of...
  • Scientists Urge President to Prosecute Global Warming Skeptics [semi-satire]

    09/19/2015 12:09:01 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    A gaggle of university climatologists have written to President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging them to prosecute people who continue to contradict the "scientific consensus" on climate change. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) immediately endorsed the idea as "essential to our survival as a planet." "The freedom of people able to contradict the accepted science impedes the government from taking the steps necessary to combat dangerous climate change," Whitehouse contended. Paraphrasing a famous observation made by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes for justifying suppression of free speech, the Senator averred that "allowing a person to deny the truth...
  • Climate Alarmists demand Obama use the RICO act to Silence Critics

    09/19/2015 1:37:53 PM PDT · by Signalman · 49 replies
    WUWT ^ | 9/19/2015 | Eric Worral
    A group of climate scientists, including Professor Kevin Trenberth, have demanded President Obama abuse the RICO act, to silence criticism of their theories. The letter; Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren, As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change on human health, agriculture, and biodiversity. We applaud your efforts to regulate emissions and the other steps you are taking. Nonetheless, as climate scientists we are exceedingly concerned that America’s response to climate change – indeed, the world’s response to climate change – is...
  • 'Shrimp Boy' accuses S.F. (San Francisco) mayor of bribery

    08/07/2015 10:48:45 AM PDT · by fifedom · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/4/15 | Lee Romney
    In a court filing Tuesday, Chow’s legal team alleged that this time around, he was being “selectively prosecuted” by federal authorities ... FBI reports and wiretap evidence that suggest San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and others participated in public corruption schemes but were spared prosecution “due to their political affiliations.”
  • Puerto Rico Decides to Skip Bond Payment

    08/03/2015 1:59:20 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 3, 2015 | Mary Williams Walsh
    Puerto Rico chose not to make a $58 million bond payment on Monday, a move that essentially amounted to a default for the first time in its 117 years as a United States possession. Although the territory did make a payment on the interest of about $628,000, it said it lacked the funds to make the full payment.
  • Human Capital – Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts

    07/28/2015 6:25:08 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 51 replies
    Center for Medical Progress ^ | July 28, 2015 | David Daleiden
    LOS ANGELES, July 28–The first episode in a new documentary web series features a woman who once worked in Planned Parenthood clinics describing the profit motive involved in Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts, and includes new admissions from top-level Planned Parenthood leadership about the illicit pricing structure. The “Human Capital” documentary web series is produced by The Center for Medical Progress and integrates expert interviews, eyewitness accounts, and real-life undercover interactions to tell the story of Planned Parenthood’s commercial exploitation of aborted fetal tissue. Episode 1, “Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts,” launches today at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw2xi9mhmuo...
  • OFA Urges 'Stand With Planned Parenthood' After Third Gruesome Video Released

    07/28/2015 4:35:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/28/15 | Caleb Howe
    On Tuesday, a few hours after the release of the latest gruesome and shocking undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress, Organizing for Action, formerly Obama for America, tweeted their support for Planned Parenthood and, presumably, all the grotesque practices that entails. The group is the non-profit with the sole goal of supporting President Obama's policies and points of view. The only question left at this point is whether the President thinks Planned Parenthood is getting a good deal on their baby part sales. In case you missed, here is the price list: Let us know what you...
  • Planned Parenthood Hires Crisis Communication Firm Featuring Anita Dunn

    07/28/2015 4:34:19 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/28/15 | John Sexton
    Planned Parenthood has hired a high-profile crisis communication firm to help it deal with fallout from a series of undercover sting videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress. Politico reports that PP has hired SKDKnickerbocker, a firm which features former Obama communications staffer Anita Dunn as a managing director. Dunn is perhaps best known for a speech she gave extolling the political philosophy of communist revolutionary Mao Zedong. On its website, SKDKnickerbocker touts its expertise in crisis communications in Washington and on Wall Street. “By working with a company’s existing corporate communications resources or creating a separate ‘war room,’...
  • Clinton depositions blocked by judge

    07/22/2015 8:22:17 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 22 Jul 2015 | S.A. Miller
    A federal judge Tuesday blocked a scheduled deposition of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in a civil lawsuit that claims the Clinton Foundation operated as a criminal organization​.​ The conservative watchdog group​ Freedom ​Watch, which brought the lawsuit against the Clintons, had scheduled separate video-taped depositions for them next week. U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks granted a protective order requested by the Clintons’ lawyers that blocked the depositions until the court resolves their pending motion to dismiss the case and halt discovery. The judge’s order did not include the reasoning for...
  • Marijuana opponents using racketeering law to fight industry

    07/13/2015 3:38:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 4:20 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits. A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it—from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the plaintiffs agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton ordered to give depositions about emails in civil case

    07/10/2015 11:00:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been ordered to give depositions in a civil case investigating the pair’s growing email scandal. Mrs. Clinton will giver her deposition on the morning of July 28 in Washington, and Mr. Clinton will give his the following morning, according to copies of the notices of deposition reviewed by The Washington Times. The case, filed by Freedom Watch founder and former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman, alleges the couple committed criminal violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). According to a statement from Freedom Watch, the suit alleges Mrs....
  • Anti-2nd Amendment gun smuggler, Democrat Leland Yee, headed to prison

    07/03/2015 7:18:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/3/2015 | Robert Laurie
    We’re glad this criminal is off the streets, but we’ll also be honest. We were hoping this one would go to trial because an anti-2nd Amendment Democrat who also happens to be an international gun-runner is just too much fun to pass up. Have fun in the slammer, Mr. Yee.
  • Ex-state senator pleads guilty to racketeering in California

    07/01/2015 11:53:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 7-1-2015 | SUDHIN THANAWALA, ap
    <p>An ex-California state senator has pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown.</p> <p>Leland Yee entered the plea on Wednesday and could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.</p>
  • Dem. Senator Hopes The DOJ Sues Global Warming ‘Deniers’

    06/25/2015 1:12:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | june 25, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is not a fan of anyone who disagrees with him about man-made global warming. And at an event hosted by environmentalists, he made it clear just how much he doesn’t like skeptics. “But, this vast denial apparatus that propagates the false doubt, that props up the phony science, that gets these yahoos who can’t survive … peer-reviewed scrutiny onto Fox News, onto the cable shows, saying that their scientists, they create an artificial conflict about this and that’s why I think there’s doubt,” the Rhode Island Democrat told attendees at a League of Conservation Voters event in...
  • 14 Alleged Black Guerilla Family Members Charged In Racketeering Scheme (Baltimore)

    06/11/2015 1:15:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | June 10, 2015 | Alex DeMetrick
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The FBI has gone after what it says is the biggest and most violent gang in Baltimore. Wednesday, 14 members of the Black Guerilla Family have been charged with a string of crimes in the city. Alex DeMetrick has more on the case against the BGF. The indictment was filed Wednesday afternoon in federal court. Among the 14 Black Guerilla Family members charged, one name stands out. “The case we’re bringing today involves the lead defendant by the name of Michael Gray, who was allegedly the city-wide leader of the BGF gang,” said U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein....
  • Should Hillary Clinton Call for Debt-Free College for All Americans?

    06/08/2015 1:18:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 8, 2015 | by Perry Bacon Jr.
    An aggressive push for what's being billed as "debt-free college" has galvanized progressive activists, putting Hillary Clinton in the position of either endorsing an idea that will be controversial or being criticized by liberals as too timid if she does not. The proposal, which is also energizing Democrats on Capitol Hill, attempts to enshrine a promise that all Americans can attend a public college and get a four-year degree with little tuition cost and while incurring no student debt. One of Clinton's Democratic rivals, ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, has endorsed the idea. Another Democratic candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has...
  • Senator Whitehouse: Use the RICO law against climate “Deniers”

    06/04/2015 9:58:21 AM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    WUWT ^ | 6/4/2015 | Eric Worrall
    According to Whitehouse; Fossil fuel companies and their allies are funding a massive and sophisticated campaign to mislead the American people about the environmental harm caused by carbon pollution. Their activities are often compared to those of Big Tobacco denying the health dangers of smoking. Big Tobacco’s denial scheme was ultimately found by a federal judge to have amounted to a racketeering enterprise. The Big Tobacco playbook looked something like this: (1) pay scientists to produce studies defending your product; (2) develop an intricate web of PR experts and front groups to spread doubt about the real science; (3) relentlessly...