Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Crime

Defiant to the Last, Senator Franken Succumbs to Democrat Party Pressure and Resigns

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 8, 2017:  

The level of hypocrisy evident in the resignation speech of Senator Al Franken (D–MN) simply staggers the mind: he claims he has been a champion of women while having abused them for years:

I am proud that during my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women and that I have earned a reputation as someone that [sic] respects the women I work alongside every day.

In his heart, he knows he’s a good guy and that all that has been written about him and his sexual predations over the years is false and misleading, and, in the grand scheme of things, won’t matter:

I know there has been a very different picture of me painted in the last few weeks, but I know who I am.

That’s been Franken’s problem for years, but it’s just been in the last few weeks that fellow Democrats finally had their fill of him and his predations, and moved Heaven and earth to get him out of the Senate before he took down the entire Democrat Party with him.

Franken’s demise began with a joke that turned sour:

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Avalanche of Calls to Resign Buries Senator Al Franken

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, December 7, 2017:

Senator Al Franken’s demise began with a joke that turned sour, in a photograph that went viral: He appears to be touching the breasts of a woman who is wearing body armor, while she slept. The woman, Leeann Tweeden, a radio host and former model, also came out and said that Franken wrote a skit for a USO show they were in during 2006 for American troops wherein he would kiss her, and he tried to force her to kiss him in rehearsals. Franken said he was just trying to make a joke (he was a comedian before winning a contested election for the Senate in Minnesota in 2008). It was a joke that went bad and has cost Franken his Senate seat. On Thursday morning, at noon Washington time, Franken ended his senatorial career, saying, “Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.”

Within two weeks of the bombshell photograph going viral, another woman stepped forward with credible charges of

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John Conyers “Retires” From Congress Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 6, 2017:

Michigan’s Democrat Representative John Conyers “retired” from office on Tuesday after serving 53 years, the longest run of any current member of the House of Representatives. Since 1965, the now 88-year-old radical has been working hand-in-glove with various revolutionary groups in a continuing effort to turn the American Republic into a communist dictatorship. His long associations and ties with radical left-liberal groups such as the Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus (he was one of the original founders) and his efforts to overturn the life sentence imposed on a former Black Panther for killing a policeman in cold blood, resulting in his earning a rating of between 90 and 100 percent from Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), never fazed his loyal followers in Detroit. He predictably decimated anyone who dared threaten his dynasty in the voting booth, often getting 70 to 80 percent of the vote every two years since 1966.

What it took was

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Roy Moore Overcoming Manmade Obstacles on His Way to Victory Tuesday

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 5, 2017:

George Soros, billionaire

George Soros, billionaire and leftist

The latest poll, this one from CBS (hardly a source likely to cast Alabama Judge Roy Moore in a favorable light), shows Moore pulling away from Democrat Doug Jones with just a week to go in the special election showdown. Not only did the CBS poll now show Moore leading Jones 49 to 43, but it also found that most Alabama Republicans don’t believe the charges of sexual impropriety levied against Moore. Furthermore, CBS reported that they overwhelmingly thought Democrats and the mainstream media were to blame for the allegations.

In other words, Moore seems to have weathered the media-generated storm of accusations, allegations, innuendoes, and attacks, and is headed toward victory next Tuesday.

RealClearPolitics keeps score by

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Kate Steinle’s Killer Acquitted, Sparking Shock, Outrage

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 1, 2017: 

Immediately following the announcement late Wednesday that Kate Steinle’s killer, an illegal immigrant going by the name of Garcia Zarate (he had many aliases), was only going to be charged with felony possession of a handgun and not first-degree murder or even manslaughter, social media lit up. Cyrus Firth twittered: “Let’s get this straight … in San Francisco, can you: – come here illegally? YES; – Unlawfully obtain a gun? YES; – Kill an innocent girl? YES; – be found “not guilty” for all? YES. THIS IS WHAT A SANCTUARY CITY LOOKS LIKE.”

Others were more temperate.

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Citgo’s Future in Doubt, Thanks to its Takeover by Venezuela’s Military

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 1, 2017:

Immediately following Maduro’s arrest of 50 people running his oil company, allegedly in an attempt to eliminate corruption at that company, PdVSA, he named a military general as his oil minister and replaced the company’s manager with a political crony. Neither has any oil industry experience.

At first glance, the move seems insane. Production by PdVSA is half what it was just two years ago under skilled (many U.S.-trained) executives, and now the Marxist dictator has replaced them with people who know nothing at all about how to run an oil company. Maduro said he was rooting out corruption at the company, claiming that the executives fudged the company’s production numbers in order to make the company’s dismal and declining profitability appear better than it is.

Citgo was once a jewel of the PdVSA, operating more than 5,000 gas stations in the U.S. and many refineries on the Gulf Coast specifically designed and built to refine the heavy Venezuelan oil flowing out of the world’s largest cache of crude oil reserves. The 4,000 employees, many of them working in Houston, are now in limbo, wondering how further destruction of the parent company in Venezuela will affect them.

For five of those top executives, all American citizens, the future is particularly dim. The Trump administration, which has repeatedly excoriated the Marxist dictator, is now attempting to have them moved from their present incarceration into the American embassy.

For those 4,000 employees working for Citgo, many are no doubt polishing their resumes to secure their future in other companies in the American oil industry.

For Maduro, the military takeover of PdVSA makes perfect sense. First, it virtually completes the military takeover of every aspect of the failing country’s economy. Prior to Monday’s announcement, the military was in charge of food production and distribution, imports and exports, and communications.

Second, the military secures Maduro’s position as president of the country, at least for the moment. With its support he has little to fear from the vast majority of his serfs who oppose his dictatorship. Next, as the country’s economy continues to crater, the military will have only themselves to blame, keeping Maduro out of the line of fire.

Finally, the move secures the military’s ability to finance itself, rather than relying on Maduro’s slim and slowly evaporating revenue stream. As Chris Tomlinson, writing for theHouston Chronicle noted, “The military supplements its income by demanding bribes, smuggling fuel to neighboring countries, and facilitating illicit narcotics shipments to Mexico and other Caribbean countries.”

As far as Citgo itself is concerned, Maduro sold 49.6 percent of it to Russia’s Marxist leader, Vladimir Putin, in exchange for a loan of $1.5 billion to keep his faltering regime afloat for a few more months.

With military people now in charge of Maduro’s only revenue stream through PdVSA, it’s only a matter of time before his regime collapses, either by the military which is now calling the shots, or by pressure from bondholders facing inevitable defaults on some $150 billion that Maduro owes them.

By the time the dust settles, it’s increasingly likely that Citgo, which used to be under the thumb of one Marxist dictator, will be owned, operated and controlled by another, this one in Moscow.

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Latest Polls Show Roy Moore Regaining Lead in Senate Race

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 29, 2017: 

Poll results released on Monday and Tuesday show that Roy Moore has regained the lead over Doug Jones in the battle for the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions. Emerson Polling reported that Moore now leads Jones 53-47 while JMC Analytics showed that Moore has recovered from being four points down against Jones earlier in the month to five points ahead as of Monday. That’s a massive nine-point swing in favor of Moore, according to JMC.

Change Research showed a similarly impressive rebound for Moore: Two weeks ago, Jones led Moore by three points but now lags Moore 49-44, a swing of eight points.

What’s behind the startling reversal?

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Unhappy Obama Holdover Sues to Keep Mulvaney from Taking Over the CFPB

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 29, 2017:

English: South Carolina State Senator Mick Mul...

Mick Mulvaney

Regular readers will remember that just a week ago Monday MIA covered all the reasons that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was unconstitutional. It quoted from a court ruling where judges found the agency to be unconstitutional. It found commentators explaining why: the bureau’s designers in the Democrat Party and the Obama administration deliberately recombined the separate powers – create rules, interpret rules, enforce rules – into a single entity. Readers will remember the most egregious betrayal of the Constitutional of all: the bureau’s funding didn’t come from Congress but from another illegal agency, the Federal Reserve. This was to ensure that Congress couldn’t, in a fit of Constitutional awareness, defund it.

And then something happened.

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Conyers Steps Down as Head Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee Over Sex Allegations

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 27, 2017:

As allegations over his sexual misconduct continue to mount, Michigan Democrat John Conyers  announced on Sunday that he would step down from the House Judiciary Committee, where he has served as the leading Democrat for 10 years. He said nothing about leaving Congress over the allegations or the pending House Ethics Committee investigation into various other allegations of impropriety, as well. Instead he denied all the allegations:

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Liberal Efforts to Sink Roy Moore’s Campaign are Likely to Elect him Instead

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 22, 2017:

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Harvey Weinstein

The mainstream media was frantic: the Harvey Weinstein revelations just wouldn’t go away. And then, just coincidentally, the Washington Post came up with charges of sexual predation by Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore. Two problems were immediately solved: 1) no more ink for Harvey; 2) remove Moore from any chance of replacing Jeff Sessions as Alabama’s junior Senator in the December 12 special election. It was a two-fer!

The polls showed the dramatic change in Moore’s fortunes:

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Democrat Sexual Predators Could Give Victory to Judge Roy Moore

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 21, 2017:

In an “unscientific” poll conducted by the Trussville (Alabama) Tribune on Monday, Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore is leading his Democratic opponent Doug Jones by 58 percent to 35 percent. The Tribune quizzed 2,741 readers in Trussville and surrounding towns in the suburbs of Birmingham (total population: 70,000) 80 percent of whom told the Tribune that they were not buying into the media depiction of Moore as a sexual predator.

Evangelical Christians in Alabama aren’t either.

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George Washington Warned About Agencies Like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 20, 2017:

Secretary of State James Madison, who won Marb...

Secretary of State James Madison

The first president of the republic warned his citizens about the inherent dangers of government: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

Washington was merely putting in elegant form what the founders were attempting: to keep government from overriding the rights of individual citizens. As James Madison noted in March, 1792: “As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.”

Thomas Jefferson expressed it this way:

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Trump Considers Mulvaney to Run Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 20, 2017: 

English: Official portrait of US Rep. Mick Mul...

Mick Mulvaney.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney is likely to be appointed to take Richard Cordray’s place when he leaves the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at the end of next week. Mulvaney has been leading discussions with other top administration officials for months about what to do with the rogue agency. He is on record as calling the CFPB a “sad, sick joke.”

Abolishing the unaccountable and unconstitutional agency apparently isn’t part of those discussions. Instead,

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Just Because Menendez got off Doesn’t mean he’s Innocent

This article was publisehd by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 17, 2017: 

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New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez

Carl Mayer has been writing about political corruption in New Jersey for decades. As one reviewer of his book Shakedown: The Fleecing of the Garden State noted:

Nobody is better qualified to report on the sordid history of 1990s New Jersey politics than Carl is. He worked tirelessly to expose the casual, endemic corruption of the New Jersey political machinery from both parties. Throughout the entire period, a parade of corrupt officials checked into prison, but only when their greed so far exceeded normal human boundaries that the prosecutors could no longer turn a blind eye.

When Mayer learned that the Department of Justice had charged New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez and his good friend Salomon Melgen with more than a dozen counts of political corruption, he said he wasn’t surprised: “Menendez [has] excelled in the dark parts of New Jersey politics” for years.

The scandal came to light back in 2015,

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Hung Jury for New Jersey Democrat Senator Menendez in Corruption Trial

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 16, 2017:

Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

Robert Menendez, Democrat U.S. Senator from New Jersey

After eight weeks of listening to more than 50 witnesses in the corruption trial of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez (D) and his friend, Florida eye surgeon Salomon Melgen, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict. This forced the judge in the trial — who has been involved in it since 2015 when the Justice Department first brought charges — to declare a mistrial: “I find that you [the jury] are unable to reach a verdict and that further deliberations would be futile and that there is no alternative but to declare a mistrial.”

When the prosecution asked Judge William Walls to have the jury consider each of the dozen charges separately (called a partial-verdict instruction), Walls declined, holding that

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Credit Agencies Declare Venezuela in Default

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 14, 2017:

English: Federal dependencies of Venezuela's Flag

Federal dependencies of Venezuela’s Flag

Following a meeting between some of Venezuela’s bondholders and Venezuelan officials in Caracas on Monday, Maduro’s government declared the meeting a success: “The process of refinancing Venezuela’s foreign debt began with resounding success. The start of this refinancing of our debt ratifies our full intention to comply, as we have always done, with all our obligations.” One observer of the 25-minute long meeting, Raymond Zucaro of RVX Asset Management, said, “Nothing of substance happened.”

What did happen is that Maduro’s government, which promised it would be making a number of bond interest payments, didn’t. According to both Moody’s and S&P Global,

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Churches Ramp Up Protection Following Texas Rampage

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 13, 2017: 

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New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado

It’s taking more than hope and good feelings to protect houses of worship from crazed attackers. Tomie Barker attends Christ Lutheran Church in Seguin, Texas, about 15 miles north of Sutherland Springs. She and her husband own firearms but have never taken one to church, until now: “Why should we take a gun to church? We feel like we ought to be safe [there].” But from now on they’ll have the assurance that comes not only from the Holy Scripture but from a firearm: “[My husband’s] not leaving home without it now.”

Many churches are waking up to their vulnerability.

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Active Shooter Defense Classes Springing Up Following Texas Church Massacre

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 10, 2017: 

FBI New agent training.

In just the last two years, former FBI agent J. Pete Blair, author of the FBI’s “Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013,” has trained more than 130,000 citizens in how to respond to the sudden presence of an active shooter. Blair now leads the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program at Texas State University. Said Blair: “We’ve seen a series of incidents and an increase in lethality [but] it could be that we’ve had a really unlucky few weeks.”

Lucky or not, American citizens are flocking to training classes offering strategies they can use if they are confronted with an armed attacker. Churches are

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Socialist Neighbor Assaults Sen. Rand Paul; Fractures Five of His Ribs

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 6, 2017:

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Senator Rand Paul

While mowing the lawn in front of his Bowling Green house last Friday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was tackled at full speed from behind by his next door neighbor, Rene Boucher. Initially Paul said his injuries were minor, and local police charged Boucher with misdemeanor “assault in the 4th degree, minor injury,” punishable by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

But Paul was later diagnosed with five fractured ribs, three of them displaced, with recovery likely to take weeks if not months. As jailer Stephen Harmon told Fox News on Monday, “Other charges [against Boucher] may be pending.”

Not only did Boucher’s blindside hit on Paul catch him by surprise, it also

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What’s in the GOP Tax Bill?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 6, 2017:

The red "GOP" logo used by the party...

The GOP tax reform bill presented last Thursday attempts to be “revenue neutral” within 10 years. By giving most of the cuts to corporate taxpayers, there’s precious little left for the middle class to enjoy. The problem is not only the mathematics — trying to match the “give” with the “take” — but the politics: Democrats will work to scuttle any attempt to relieve fiscal pressure on entrepreneurs (i.e., capitalists) who are largely carrying the burden of supporting the government. Absent any attempt to cut spending — the tax bill’s 429 pages offer little help with that — what’s left, as has been said, is simply moving the chairs around on the deck of the Titanic.

First,

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.