Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fraud claim against Holder bolstered after ruling

Former governor also quits Senate bid in wake of decision

By: Jerome R. Corsi / WND
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Allegations of fraud against Attorney General Eric Holder, other top Justice officials, several prominent Democratic operatives – including a major contributor to Hillary Clinton – and Credit  Suisse Bank has been re-ignited by a federal bankruptcy judge’s decision that also apparently has derailed the U.S. Senate bid of a former Democrat governor.

The decision July 10 by Judge Bruce A. Markell dismissed a bankruptcy judgment against real estate developer Tim Blixseth.

Blixseth, the founder of the Yellowstone Club, a luxury ski and golf resort in Montana, has alleged that Credit Suisse made a criminally fraudulent loan to Yellowstone Club that led to the bankruptcy judgment, which stripped Blixseth of ownership of the resort. Blixseth alleges he was defrauded by an elaborate scheme engineered by his ex-wife and Ron Burkle, the supermarket king who raised more than $1 million for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Though seemingly unrelated, the bankruptcy decision appears to have prompted former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer to announce Saturday that he does not intend to pursue a bid to run in 2014 for the U.S. Senate. The seat has been held by retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, a prominent proponent of Obamacare who in recent months has described the health care law as “a train wreck.”

WND reported in June 2012 that several hundred pages of documents allege Holder and Lanny Breuer, the assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s criminal division, have intervened to block recommended federal prosecutions in an ongoing dispute involving the Yellowstone Club, a private golf and ski resort now owned by Burkle and international bank Credit Suisse.

WND also reported allegations by Blixseth attorney Mike Flynn that Holder and Breuer sought shield from federal criminal prosecution of Credit Suisse Group AG a client of the Washington-based law firm Covington & Burling, as well as key Democratic Party operatives suspected of playing a role in allegedly fraudulent mortgage financing and bank lending practices.

Before joining the Department of Justice in the Obama administration, Holder and Breuer were partners at the international law firm Covington & Burling.

Judge Markell’s decision last week dismissed a $40 million fraud judgment against Blixseth that had been enforced by U.S. bankruptcy judge Ralph Kirscher, a Democrat appointed to the bankruptcy court by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1999 during President Clinton’s second term of office.

Blixseth and Flynn have repeatedly charged that Kirscher’s bankruptcy decision was fraudulently influenced in a 2009 meeting with Montana’s governor at the time, Schweitzer. The meeting resulted in a decision to allow Blixseth’s ex-wife and Sam Byrne, a Boston real estate investor with ties to the Democratic Party, to buy the Yellowstone Club at a price substantially below market value after the bankruptcy had been declared.

Flynn further alleged in a letter shared with WND, addressed to the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, that Burkle, Byrne and Schweitzer funneled more than $1.2 million through the Democratic Governor’s Association in 2008 to the Montana Democratic Party for the benefit of Schwitzer’s re-election campaign.

Flynn asserts in the letter to the DOJ that the “money laundering scheme – having Burkle and Byrne with their friends donate to the Democratic Governor’s Association and then to the Montana Democratic Party, for the benefit of Schweitzer – appears designed to conceal Burkle and Byrne’s financial relationship with Schweitzer while at the same time Burkle and Byrne were taking over the Yellowstone Club and using their relationship and ‘political capital’ and ‘political favors’ with Schweitzer to do it.”

After his re-election in 2009, Schweitzer created two highly controversial funds, The Council for a Sustainable America and The American Sustainability Project, into which Burkle and Byrne funneled $335,000, Flynn said.

Flynn further charged that in early 2010, the Montana Democratic Party political machine with the backing of Holder and Breuer “targeted” Blixseth with a baseless criminal investigation.

Among recent developments is the entry into the Yellowstone case of a whistleblower who claims to have been paid $6 million by Blixseth’s former wife to hack into Blixseth’s computers to obtain highly confidential information that she shared with Burkle and Department of Justice criminal investigators.

Flynn explained to WND his current concern that Holder may have ordered the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section to block the whistleblower’s application for immunity to prevent disclosure of corruption by the various Democratic Party political operatives involved in the Yellowstone case, including Holder and Breuer.

Stunning rescue from pouncing black mob

'This is for Trayvon' victim: 'I was just being pummeled from every direction I could imagine'

By: Michael Thompson / WND
 
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In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal , multiple “Justice for Trayvon” demonstrations and related acts of violence have been reported nationwide.

Some protesters were satisfied with making statements, such as Stevie Wonder’s proclamation that he will not perform in Florida until it eliminates its self-defense “Stand Your Ground” law.
 
But others got more physical. One such place was in Milwaukee, where a 34-year-old white male was attacked because “people angry with what happened to Trayvon Martin.”

Milwaukee NBC affiliate TWMJ reports the 34-year-old – who asked that only his first name, Chris, be used – was beaten by a dozen black teens and ultimately saved by a Good Samaritan who was also black.

“I was just being pummeled from every direction I could imagine,” said Chris.

Chris said he was walking to the bus stop Sunday evening after visiting a friend when about a dozen back teens attacked him.

“At some point during the assault I blacked out for about a minute,’”Chris explained.

The station reported Chris didn’t get a good look at the attackers because he was being punched and kicked.

“I know what the guy said: ‘This is for Trayvon Martin,’ because he was right in my face, and after he said it he punched me right in the mouth,” Chris told the station.

A neighbor, T.J. Jackson, told WTMJ he could see what was happening.

“They knew what they were doing,” Jackson said. “They didn’t want to rob him or anything like that, they just wanted to beat him up and make a statement and it wasn’t a good statement.”

Chris reported the beating stopped only when a Good Samaritan arrived and the mob fled.

Read today’s full report about the Zimmerman case:

“This is a remarkable story because not only was I attacked by African Americans, but I got saved by one as well,” Chris said.

He said he’d like to meet again the man who saved him.

“I did thank him but I wished I knew what his name was, because I really would like to thank him again,” he told the station.

Prior to the Zimmerman verdict Saturday, a white street performer was attacked outside the Milwaukee Summerfest on June 26 for “playing black music” on her saxophone.

Fox 6 Milwaukee reported 26-year-old Cassandra Struve became a target on opening night while she was playing an old jazz song, “Minnie the Moocher.”

Struve says three African American women confronted her and shouted that a white girl could not play the song.

“A lady with a child in her hand came up to me, smacked me in my face and said ‘don’t play that,’” she said.

South Korea-North Korea: Update. Following today's talks, the South Korean Unification Ministry said, "The talks held in the North Korean border city of Kaesong did not lead to any understanding being reached. The two sides agreed to hold the next round of talks on Wednesday."

The chief South Korean negotiator would not discuss points of disagreement with the media, but said both sides remain committed to the dialogue.

Comment: One sticking point is the South's desire for North Korean guarantees that future operations will not be suspended. The South's plan to convert the zone into an international manufacturing zone with outside investors, including from China, hinges on obtaining a more reliable North Korean commitment to protect assets and investments in the zone than was evident in April, when North Korea halted operations.

North Korea seems reluctant to surrender a pressure point against the South without significant additional compensation. However, the North's handling of these talks has potentially significant longer term economic consequences. Its refusal to take responsibility for halting operations at Kaesong and to provide guarantees against future stoppages risks deterring Chinese enterprises from investing in North Korea.

Concerning business at Kaesong, 159 South Korean businessmen representing 49 textiles and stuffed goods firms along with 52 support personnel from utility companies and officials from the Kaesong Industrial District Management Committee returned over the inter-Korean border, after having checked on their facilities. They brought back finished goods and other production materials totaling 516 tons.

Comment: The North is honoring the letter of its agreement to allow businessmen and support personnel to inspect plants and bring back finished goods and production materials.

The limited activity at Kaesong and the negotiations about normalizing operations coincide with a propaganda theme in North Korea that emphasizes Kim inspecting economic activities, even when visiting military units.

Syria: According to Syria media, and reported by Xinhua, the Syrian armed forces discovered a factory for manufacturing and storing toxic chemical weapons inside a "terrorists'" hideout near Damascus.

An official source told the state news agency, SANA, that "the army unit seized amounts of toxic chemical materials, in addition to seizing chlorine substances in containers, some of them foreign-made, while others were Saudi-made (sic)."

The source said that the haul included weapons and scores of mortar shells which were prepared to be filled with chemical materials. SANA published a photo of the captured materials to accompany the report.

Comment: The published report did not identify which opposition group's hideout was captured. This could be a media stunt, but in publishing photos, the government has made itself vulnerable to demands for independent verification. It would be easy to expose if it is a hoax.

Pakistan: Update. According to a report in the Pakistani newspaper, Dawn, the Interior Ministry said provincial authorities throughout Pakistan deny that militants have left the country for Syria.

However, three Pakistani intelligence officials based in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, as well as militants themselves, said the fighters leaving Pakistan for Syria include members of Al Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (a Sunni terrorist group).

The report said that one group of 70 fighters was sent in the last two months. A second group of 40 is preparing to leave. One group reportedly is fighting with the al Nusrah Front, which is allied with al Qaida.

Comment: The Free Syrian Army denied that Pakistanis are fighting in Syria. According to a Pakistani who is preparing to depart for Syria, the Syrian fight against the Shiite Asad government has become more urgent than the fight against the Pakistani government.

This is a recent development whose impact is not apparent in Pakistan or Syria. Thus far, the Nawaz Sharif government has had no clear success in coping with terrorist attacks in Pakistan. However, Pakistani intelligence could be encouraging or facilitating the export of fighters to Syria in order to help improve security conditions in Pakistan's northwest. They have done so in the past, notably just before the collapse of the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001.

Egypt: Pro-Mursi demonstrators marched in five Egyptian cities, including Cairo. In Cairo police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who blocked traffic.

Comment: No casualties were reported at any demonstrations. The number of marchers was in the hundreds, signifying a small turnout compared to the anti-Mursi rallies of 30 June.


On June 17, Barack Obama had one of his most awesome reality TV events of the year when he fired central bank chairman Ben Bernanke on PBS with liberal mope and host Charlie Rose moderating.

“He essentially fired Ben Bernanke on the spot and gave him a fairly tepid testimonial afterward,” said former Fed Governor Laurence Meyer, in an interview on CNBC the next day.

And the bankers have been in revolt ever since.

The government, meanwhile, has revised the economy’s performance downward. The newest do-over by government economists comes three months after they gave the economy one of the strongest readings since 2007.

“The economy grew at a 1.8% annual rate in the first quarter, the government reported Wednesday, well below previous estimates of 2.4% growth and missing forecasts,” reported USAToday.

Still, several voices that had been the strongest advocates for monetary stimulus have suddenly and inexplicably reversed course, saying that the limits of monetary policy to help the economy have been reached.

Left unsaid is that perhaps those limits were reached when Obama fired Bernanke.

For those keeping score at home, monetary policy is the policy that determines how much money is made available in an economy through both the money supply and the availability of credit. More money and lower interest rates, supposedly, equals more growth, so the theory goes.

This is different than fiscal policy, which has to do with how much the government taxes and spends on operations.

Last week the market got spooked because Bernanke, perhaps in reply to Obama’s bonehead handling of the termination of the employment of the Fed head, said that the central bank was revising its monetary benchmarks from a target rate of 6.5 percent unemployment to 7 percent unemployment.

“In this scenario, when [monetary stimulus] ultimately come to an end, the unemployment rate would likely be in the vicinity of 7 percent,” said Bernanke last week according to Reuters, “with solid economic growth supporting further job gains.”

The move is curious given that the Federal Reserve chairman likely knew what we know now: that GDP would be revised downward by 25 percent, from a sluggish 2.4 percent to an anemic 1.8 percent.

It’s tough to create “further jobs gains,” when you can’t even support “solid economic growth.”
Historically, GDP growth is around 3 percent.

Right after Bernanke’s comments, Jaime Caruana, General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements, the central banks’ worldwide central bank, said at the BIS’s annual meeting on June 23rd that central banks around the world had reached the limits of what monetary measures could do to help the economy around the globe.

“More stimulus cannot revive productivity growth or remove the impediments that block a worker from shifting into a promising sector,” said Caruana. “Debt-financed growth masked the downward trend in labor productivity and the large-scale distortion of resource allocation in many economies.

Adding more debt will not strengthen the financial sector nor will it reallocate resources needed to return economies to the real growth that authorities and the public both want and expect.”

In short, he told governments to get their act together, promote policies that would restore economic growth- and jobs- while cutting down on government deficits.

“Debt-financed growth has made it easier for authorities to delay the contentious work of removing labor and product market rigidities,” he continued. “The boom masked the need to reform economies even as resource allocation became less and less efficient. And the crisis-motivated macroeconomic stimulus of the past few years has exacerbated these distortions. Hence, progress in labor and product market reforms has been slow.”

I don’t know if Ben Bernanke or Jaime Caruana speak with each other, but one might suppose that since there are probably less than a dozen central bankers who control monetary policy worldwide that perhaps these two most-powerful men might have a working acquaintance with each other.

Into the mix then stepped Jean Claude Trichet, former head of the European Central Bank, who together with Bernanke, created the easy money policies that many central bank advocates feel saved the day during the economic storm of 2008-2009.

And I know that Trichet and Bernanke have more than a working knowledge of each other.

"If [central banks] do too much, then they are only paving the way for the other partners, the governments, the parliament and the private sector, not to do their own job. It's clear that the central bank cannot do everything…. They have their own responsibility but what counts now is really that the structural reforms are made in all major advanced economies, certainly Europe," Trichet told CNBC while defending Bernanke.

Imagine that? Asking politicians to reform their spending policies?

That’s more than a firing offense. That’s fighting words.

It’s possible of course that I am reading too much into this. It’s possible that it’s all just a big coincidence. It’s possible that Obama, the Brat, who has no sensitivities to anyone but himself, just treated Bernanke the way he treats all the menials he is done with.

But it’s far more likely that central banks finally realize, like the rest of us have, that there is no way one can work with Barack Obama.

Imagine that: Obama's "the problem." Glad they figured that out.

And in response, the bank has closed their doors to him.

They should have done that last year.

American Businesses Are Unprepared For Obamacare

by / Personal Liberty Digest

A report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reveals that less than two-thirds of American small businesses are prepared for the regulatory onslaught that will accompany full-scale implementation of Obamacare.

The organization’s latest quarterly survey of small businesses reveals that American entrepreneurs are growing increasingly worried that they will be unable to comply with Obamacare mandates.

“Excessive regulation is having a crippling effect on job growth among small businesses, as our latest small business survey makes clear,” said Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s senior vice president. “In fact, the only thing that scares small businesses more than the current business climate is what Washington bureaucrats will do next.”

According to the results of the survey, 30 percent of American business report that they are not ready to comply with the new Obamacare rules— 25 percent don’t even know what must be done to comply.

Unfortunately, the business community’s uncertainty about Obamacare will adversely affect American employment. Twenty-four percent of small business owners said they will reduce hiring or let existing employees go in order to stay below the 50-employee threshold that forces Obamacare compliance.

In June, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Solutions Council released a 55-page, four-part report which pointed out the ways in which Obamacare will hurt American small business.

The report outlined five major problems with the President’s healthcare overhaul:
  1. A uniform cap on out-of-pocket maximums that potentially applies to all plans and limits on deductibles imposed on small group plans. Employers’ ability to vary deductibles and co-payments to encourage employees to obtain care from higher-value providers would be significantly restricted. For example, increasingly popular high deductible plans paired with health savings accounts (HSAs) would would be discouraged. (Check out the infographic about the popularity of HSAs in our last post in this series.)
  1. Broad requirements for “essential health benefits (EHBs).” If EHBs are interpreted to include generous coverage for costly services where less expensive but effective alternative treatments or providers exist, premiums will rise significantly.
  1. A prohibition on plans with an actuarial value less than 60%. The EHB requirements and the 60% actuarial value threshold are expected to increase premiums by an average of 11.5% to 25.5% across states.
  1. Broad prohibition on any cost-sharing for preventive services. Though prevention is an essential part of high-value health care, requiring that all “preventive” services for all people have zero dollar co-payments will drive up costs.
  1. Broad underwriting restrictions and new community rating requirements. With broad prohibitions on underwriting individuals will have little reason to remain continuously enrolled in coverage, even when they are at risk of worse health or they change jobs, since they will be guaranteed an issuance of coverage. Without good reasons to stay continuously enrolled in coverage, people with lower health risks may drop out. A recent Milliman study projects that premiums will increase 20% to 45% on average in state individual exchanges.

DOJ Refuses to Prosecute Case of 'Willful' Tax Records Access
By: Andrea Billups / Newmax

The Justice Department refused to act after being presented with evidence that a government official had "willfully" accessed private tax documents, it was reported Tuesday.






The evidence against the person was laid out in a letter from J. Russell George, the Internal Revenue Service inspector general.

He told top Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley he did not know why Justice had not acted, The Washington Times reports.

"We presented evidence of a willful unauthorized access to the Department of Justice, but the case was declined for prosecution," George wrote in a letter to Grassley.

George said there was evidence of three other cases of government officials accessing tax documents since 2006, but that all three appeared to have been inadvertent. His department suggested that one of those cases not be prosecuted, and the Justice Department agreed, he said.

Now Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is looking for answers.

"The public needs to know whether the decision not to prosecute these violations was politically motivated and whether the individuals responsible were held accountable in any other way," he told the Times.

Grassley has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to explain before July 26 why his department chose not to prosecute the case.

"The Justice Department should answer completely and not hide behind taxpayer- confidentiality laws to avoid accountability for its decision not to prosecute a violation of taxpayer-confidentiality laws," he said.

In his July 12 letter to Holder, the Iowa Republican wrote, "Although this may not be indicative of widespread targeting, any instance is cause for concern, the Times reported.

"Decisions such as these directly impact the political process and should be subject to the scrutiny of the American public," he added.

George told Grassley he is investigating two cases where the IRS may have improperly targeted political candidates for audit. He would not reveal the identity or the political party of the people involved in any of the cases.

Rolling Stone glamorizes Boston Marathon jihad murderer

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


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True to the Leftist fascination for jihadis, the cover of the latest Rolling Stone depicts jihad murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looking as glamorous as any rock star ever has. The story inside, however, seems to betray a bit of the truth in spite of itself, letting slip that Dzhokhar took Islam very seriously (how could he have, if he thought it required the mass murder of Infidels?), and justified the 9/11 jihad attacks. Even in the desert of the Rolling Stone, sometimes a small sprout of the truth can spring up in spite of the editors' best efforts.

"Five Revelations From Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber Cover Story," from Rolling Stone, July 16 (thanks to Tarn):
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Janet Reitman delivers a deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev. 
Reitman spent the last two months interviewing dozens of sources – childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case – to deliver a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster. Here are five revelations about Tsarnaev from our latest cover story, "Jahar's World"... 
• Around 2008, Jahar’s older brother Tamerlan confided to his mother that he felt like "two people" were inside him. She confided this to a close friend who felt he might need a psychiatrist, but Zubeidat believed that religion would be the cure for her son’s inner demons and growing mental instability, and pushed him deeper into Islam.
• Jahar's high school, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, is famously diverse, but Jahar played down the fact that he was a Muslim. As his brother and mother became more religious, he did, however, attend a small Friday prayer group that met at lunchtime, and once got quite upset when a friend who'd converted to Islam talked about it in a casual way. "Islam wasn't casual to Jahar," says one friend. "He took his religion seriously."
• Jahar shared few details of his troubled home life with even his closest friends. In the months leading up to the bombing, his family had disintegrated. His parents were both living in Russia. His two older sisters were estranged. Only Tamerlan, who was becoming increasingly devout and judgmental of all non-Muslims, was still in Boston. When one of Jahar’s friends asked to meet Tamerlan, Jahar said, "No, you don't want to meet him."
• Jahar never spoke about 9/11. Once, though, he let slip to a high school friend that he thought the terrorist attacks could be justified, and pointed to US policies towards Muslim countries and US drone strikes and other attacks as his rationale.
Op-ed:
Heroes, villains, and protest events 
By: Diane Sori


What is a hero…a hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. A hero is a role model of all that is good; someone worthy of being emulating and respecting.

What a hero is NOT is a thug…nor is a hero those who revere and applaud thugs and their actions. A hero is NOT our biased media as the push forward a narrative of racial bias by twisting and distorting facts and events to fit the divisive agenda of our race-baiting president and his cronies, the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Louis Farrakhan, and others.

A hero is NOT lawyers who hide the truth about a supposed ‘sweet child’ who was anything but as they tried to railroad an innocent man to appease a ‘small but vocal militant black minority’…as they tried to appease those having a mob mentality who wait salivating in the wings to wreck havoc and violence anytime something does NOT go their perceived way.

But above all else heroes are NOT those like racist Reverend Al Sharpton who organize days of nationwide protest to counter with volatile atomicity the NOT guilty verdict reached according to our laws by a jury of the accused’s peers.

So what is a hero…our brave troops are heroes for they put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and free here at home.

Heroes are also the likes of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and ex-Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Dougherty…all who gave their lives in service to our beloved America.

This Saturday, July 20th, using the George Zimmerman NOT guilty verdict to further his all consuming cause of racial divisiveness, Reverend Al Sharpton has organized protest rallies in 100 major cities across America to spew hatred and contempt NOT only for George Zimmerman, the man found innocent of murder, but also to vilify the jury who reached this verdict, and even worse...to deify a thug in the name of hate and ‘supposed’ racial disparity.

A 17-year old young adult but a thug NO matter how anyone tries to twist it…and while the loss of any life is sad…especially when it did NOT have to be…organizing protests which will probably result in violence to some degree is NOT the answer to a verdict some did NOT like nor is it right to turn the guilty into heroes.

And so with that Andrea Plescia and I, Diane Sori, created a peaceful event, Justice for Christopher, to counter Saturday’s protests to show what a true miscarriage of justice looks like…one that should be protested every day until the truth is given to questions deliberately NOT answered.

Remember, Trayvon Martin had a choice…he could have simply turned and walked away. He didn’t. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, Ex-Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Dougherty were NEVER given the choice of walking away as they were deliberately and with malice left behind to be murdered by muslim terrorists.

Deliberately, willfully, and with malice left behind by our traitor of a president…Barack HUSSEIN Obama…and that is a crime truly worthy of protesting.

So on Saturday, July 20, 2013, the same day protests are going on across the country to honor a thug and spread hate and retaliation against a man found NOT guilty, we ask that everyone change their profile pictures both on Facebook and the alternative venues for that one day to this picture to protest a real crime…the Obama administration’s willful decision to leave our Ambassador and the others behind.

And if enough people do this we will send a powerful but peaceful message that NO matter what diversions are used by this administration to keep our focus off Benghazi ‘We the People’ will NOT allow that to happen for Benghazi is ground zero for what is truly a crime of treason.

Please click on the below link for more information about this event, Justice for Christopher, on July 20th 10am to July 21st 12:01am, and I truly hope that all will join in to say, ‘We will NOT forget the Benghazi Four'.