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

New York City Mayor de Blasio Offends Police Again

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 2, 2015:

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English: City council member Bill De Blasio speaking at a meeting of the Staten Island Democratic Association.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is developing a reputation as a highly skilled expert in self-immolation. Right after having police officers turn their back on him at the Brooklyn hospital where the bodies of the two officers assassinated on Saturday, December 20 were taken, he reappointed a leftist judge who freed a thug who threatened the police just days after their murders.

Just two days after the murder of the officers, Devon Coley, an 18-year-old-thug already boasting a long criminal record, posted a threat on Facebook along with a picture of himself (or someone like him) shooting into a police cruiser along with words to indicate

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N.Y. Times Sides With de Blasio Over Police. What’s the Truth?

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 1, 2015:

 

On Tuesday the editorial board of the New York Times accused the New York City Police Department of taking its anger toward Mayor Bill de Blasio to the dangerous level of “essentially abandoning enforcement of low-level offenses.” But in the same opinion piece, the Times failed to note the irony that it was the enforcement of a low-level offense — selling untaxed cigarettes  — that resulted in the now-famous police contact with Eric Garner that went viral on YouTube.

For the week starting on December 22, two days after two NYPD police officers were murdered in cold blood while sitting in their police cruiser, “traffic citations had fallen by

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More Proof That as Gun Ownership Increases, Violent Crime Decreases

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 30, 2014:

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe raised the ire of conservatives on Monday by proposing a package of gun control measures for the upcoming General Assembly. What irritated them most was that the governor claimed that these measures are designed to “keep people safe” from criminals. McAuliffe might better spend his time perusing the latest update from John Lott, showing that people are keeping themselves safe from criminals by obtaining their concealed carry permits. 

Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime noted in a July 9 report for Crime Prevention Research Center that the number of citizens now permitted to carry concealed exceeds 11 million, up from eight million just three years ago. And even that number may be far too conservative: 

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Confronting the Murderer of my Father, by Rev. Francis Nigel Lee

 

The Christmas Spirit: Confronting the Murderer of My Father

Francis Nigel Lee – December 25, 2014

By Rev. Francis Nigel Lee (died Dec. 23, 2011)

In April 1994, I was invited to fly around the world and expound the Lord’s Prayer in the USA during September. Having acquired the plane ticket, I was much looking forward to visiting my parents in Barrydale (near Swellendam in South Africa) – on my way from Australia to America.

However, in July 1994 my father (almost 86) was robbed – and left for dead in his home. My mother (having lost her mind and the use of some of her bodily functions) was permanently hospitalised. One week after being assaulted, my father died from those injuries, in hospital and went to be with the Lord.

Upon my arrival in South Africa, I headed for Swellendam (where my mother is still in hospital). There, I was amazed to hear that the police had already apprehended a young man in connection with the death of my father, and that the young man had signed a statement alleging that he alone had attacked my father. I also learned that my father, before dying, had given a description to the police of the young man (which description is altogether in harmony with the appearance of the accused) – and that the latter was being held in jail precisely in Swellendam, while awaiting his preliminary trial just one week after my own arrival there.

I immediately contacted the jail, requesting permission to come and speak to the accused

(of whom it is alleged that he had also killed someone else even before attacking my father). The police warmly supported my request, but informed me that the accused had the right to refuse to see me. He, however – being told who I was – agreed and even requested to meet with me!

On 15th September I went to the jail, where I was told to surrender my camera and tape-recorder and any firearms I may have been carrying. I was escorted to a room where three armed policemen and their officer were doing clerical work. One minute later, the accused was brought through the door into the room – and stood there in front of me.

He was a strongly-built, medium-sized man, answering exactly to the description given by my father to the police. He stood there, just looking down at the ground. I silently prayed to God for guidance as to what to do next. Then I got up from my chair, addressed him politely by his full name, greeted him with a handshake, thanked him sincerely for granting me the interview and requested him to sit down before I again did so.

I then said: “Mr. W ——– , are they treating you well? Are you getting enough to eat here?” He replied: “Yes, thank you.” I said: “Have you peace of mind here?” He replied: “Sir, I am very unhappy. I have been praying to God in my cell for the last three nights, but it’s as if my prayers bounce back off the ceiling and don’t get through.”

I then said: “Mr W., I am the only child of the old man who was left for dead behind the front door of his house in Barrydale on 10th July – whom you are accused of having assaulted. I had been looking forward to spending a week with him in September, but as you can see this is now impossible.” The young man nodded, looked down, and said nothing.

I then continued: “Mr. W., for many years my father was not a Christian. But there came a time in his life when he turned from his sins and submitted to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. That is why he is now in heaven, and waiting for me to join him.

“I assure you, Mr. W., that if you make your peace with God – whether you die right now of a heart attack, or are put to death for murder, or die naturally later on – you too will go to heaven. I also assure you that my father, whom you are accused of having murdered, will be the first to welcome you there. However Mr. W., if you do not repent and if you die in your sins, I assure you that you will spend eternity in hell-fire and damnation – forever!

“Mr. W., whether you repent and become a Christian, or whether you harden yourself and die in your sins, know for sure that if found guilty by the court – I would want you to receive the maximum penalty. I fully support the death penalty for murder. I will plead no leniency whatsoever for you, even if you become a Christian. But I am offering you everlasting life in heaven after you die, if you will repent and come to Jesus Christ in faith.

“Mr. W., three men died on a little hill called Calvary. Two were guilty robbers, but the One in the middle, the Lord Jesus, was innocent. Robbers, as you know, include those who go around beating up old people and leaving them for dead after stealing from them. Both of those robbers jeered at the innocent Jesus, crucified between them.

“But then one of the robbers repented, turned to the other, and said: ‘We are being condemned justly. For we are receiving the punishment due for our deeds. But this man (Jesus) has done nothing amiss!’ Then the penitent robber said to Jesus: ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!’ So Jesus said to him: ‘Truly, I tell you, today you shall be with Me in paradise!’

“Mr. W., do you not see yourself as one of those two robbers next to Jesus on Calvary? Will you die in your sins and go to hell like the unrepentant robber? Or will you, like the other robber: repent of your sins, receive Jesus as your Lord, and be assured by Him that you will go to heaven when you die?

“Mr. W., if you wish, I will leave this jail right now. But if you prefer, I would be privileged to show you right now how you too can become a Christian. Which is it to be?”

Mr. W. then tried to look me in the eye. He said: “Sir, would you please show me how to become a Christian?” I then realised that the four policemen in the room had all put down their pens, had stopped working, and were straining their ears, listening to us. So I said: “Officer, could you kindly get us a Bible?”

The officer went galloping out of the room, and immediately returned with a Bible – and put it on my lap with great respect. I opened it at John 3:16, and asked Mr. W. whether he could read. When he so indicated, I handed him the Bible, and asked him to read it. Loudly and clearly, he read it out, and then said: “I am too big a sinner!” But I replied: “Mr. W., it says here: ‘whosoever’ – and that includes you too, if and when you put your trust in Jesus.”

The atmosphere was electric. All in that room felt the awesome presence of God the Holy Ghost. The silence was terrifying. Then I said: “Mr. W., will you come to Jesus?” He replied: “I will!”

So, two wicked hell-deserving sinners – myself and my father’s slayer – then went down on our knees in that jail together. I put my arm round his shoulder, and prayed first. I thanked God for our meeting, (re)confessed all my own fresh sins to the Lord, and then asked Him to have mercy on Mr. W., for Christ’s sake.

Mr. W. then prayed. He said: “Lord, I’m a miserable sinner! Please don’t let Satan destroy me! I am sorry for all my sins. Forgive me, for the sake of Jesus Who died for people like me.”

We then got up off our knees. I assured him: “Mr. W., if you really meant that, you are now my brother. In that case, here is my right hand of fellowship. I will help you in any way I can. Here is my address in Australia. If you write to me, I promise to reply to every letter you may write, for the rest of my life. When is your trial?”

He replied: “Thursday 22nd September.” I promised to pray for him on that day (when I would be overseas), that justice would be done and that he would continue to receive God’s grace whatever the outcome. I then again shook his hand and left the jail – to the astonishment of both the grateful police and the bewildered convicts there who just kept on staring at me in amazement.

Driving back to Barrydale, I praised God and sang His Psalms the whole time – realising anew that God is not dead but very much alive on this great planet earth. For God had revived my soul – and, I trust, all of those in that room in the jail.

Four days later, I visited the jail again. This time Mr. W. was waiting for me with a smile. He had been reading the Bible since I last saw him, and claimed to have peace. I urged him to speak to the other prisoners about what had happened to him, to tell the full truth at his trial, and to work and witness for the Lord for the rest of his earthly life (be it short or long).

He then prayed for both of us, thanked God for my visits, and boldly asked the Lord to bless me wherever I went (that same day to England, and thereafter to America).

God heard his prayer. In London, the Lord spoke powerfully – through my relating of the above events. In America, the effect was electrifying, and the tape-recording of my account is spreading like wildfire and producing awesome enquiries and results. I used it there, as an illustration, while preaching on the fifth petition in the Lord’s Prayer (“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors’.”).

My fellow sinner, how stands it with your soul? Are you certain you are right with God – for time and eternity? For Jesus assures us: “If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses!”

O that God would melt the heavens and come down, and touch and revive His hard-nosed children here on earth! Do you have the certainty that all your sins have been forgiven, for Christ’s sake? If not, settle this matter forthwith!

Sincerely, in the Lord’s service from a sinner saved by grace.

F. N. Lee,

Queensland Presbyterian Theological Seminary,

Brisbane, Australia. October 1994

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Whistleblowers Share Over $170M in Bank of America Settlement

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 22, 2014: 

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Whistleblower (TV series)

Under the Whistleblower Act — also known as the False Claims Act, or FCA — the details behind 16 lawsuits involving the Bank of America, and that bank’s settlement for nearly $17 billion in August of this year, were kept secret, until Thursday, December 18, when they were “unsealed.” Whistleblowers involved in exposing the frauds by the bank and its Countrywide Financial subsidiary will share more than $170 million, dwarfing other whistleblowers’ payouts, and setting a record for the largest one against a single defendant.

Three individuals and a small New Jersey mortgage company (Mortgage Now) will share the spoils. Mortgage Now will receive $8.5 million for its part in exposing the fraud of issuing high-risk mortgages and calling them safe. Robert Madsen, a former employee with a property appraisal company owned by Bank of America, will get

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IRS Chief Threatens Furloughs, Possible Shutdown

is article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 22, 2014: 

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One unheralded part of the widely criticized CRomnibus bill came to light last week when IRS Commissioner John Koskinen complained about the $346 million cut in his agency’s funding and the possible impact it would have on its services. The agency requested $12.4 billion, but the spending bill gave them just $10.9 billion, a reduction of $346 million from last year and $900 million below 2010 levels. In an e-mail to his employees on Wednesday, Koskinen warned them that “Our hiring — already limited at a ratio of one [new] hire for every five people who leave — will be frozen…. We will stop overtime except in critical situations.” He noted further that, adjusted for inflation, the IRS budget is about where it was back in 1998.

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Whistleblowers Get Paid, Countrywide Chairman Gets Off

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 22, 2014: 

Last August, Bank of America agreed to pay out nearly $17 billion to settle sixteen lawsuits over making and marketing fraudulent mortgages leading up to the start of the Great Recession, setting a record in the process. But the details, under the False Claims Act, remained sealed until last week. The big news, according to the Wall Street Journal, was just how much four whistleblowers were getting: $170 million plus.

Even after the IRS and lawyers get their share, those four will enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle for a long time. Three individuals and a small New Jersey mortgage company, Mortgage Now, will share the spoils. Mortgage Now will receive

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GOP Folds, Helps Democrats to Pass the CRomnibus bill

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 17, 2014: 

 

 

If the Guinness Book of Records had a category for “political taradiddles,” this from Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat from Maryland and the Senate’s Appropriations Committee Chairman, would certainly qualify for its top ten. After all was said and done, after all the back-room deals had been completed, after Senator Ted Cruz’s last minute attempt to stall the vote by claiming that the CRomnibus bill would unconstitutionally fund Obama’s immigration executive order without debate was quashed 74-22, Mikulski exulted:

It is remarkable in today’s era of slam-down politics that we, working on this committee, have been able to set aside our differences, work across the aisle, work across the Dome, to find a way to compromise without capitulation on principles.

The only word with validity that she used was “capitulation” – total and complete surrender – by the Republicans, the party still perceived by many to be the party of small government, fiscal responsibility, and personal liberty. The sell-out was nearly complete,

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The Second Amendment continues to Thrive, says Pew Research

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 15, 2014:

Life has lately been hard for the anti-gunners and those opposed to the Second Amendment. According to Pew Research, it isn’t likely to get easier any time soon. For 20 years, Pew has been asking Americans a simple question:

What do you think is more important – to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?

In 1993, the Second Amendment guaranteeing American citizens the right to keep and bear arms had few friends. According to Pew, just 34 percent of those polled thought it was more important than passing more gun control laws, while 57 percent favored more gun control legislation.

Its popularity hit bottom in March, 2000, about a year after the Columbine High School massacre in a Denver suburb, with just 29 percent supporting it compared to 66 percent wanting more controls.

Since then, however, Pew has been measuring a resurgence of support for the beleaguered guarantee,

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Service Employees Int’l Union Suing Fast-food Stores for “Wage Theft”

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 8, 2014:

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) joined with New York State’s attorney general and filed suit against Ron Johnson, the owner of five Papa John’s pizza stores in downtown Manhattan, for “wage theft” back in October. The two interlocked forces are seeking $2 million in damages for failing, according to the two plaintiffs, to pay adequately more than 400 pizza delivery drivers.

According to the Daily Signal, SEIU and New York’s attorney general really don’t work out of the same office, but they might as well. The statement from AG Eric Schneiderman contained this comment from Kendall Fells, the organizing director for Fast Food Forward:

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Lawsuit Filed in Homeschool Pepper Spray Incident

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 3, 2014:

Logo of the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Logo of the Home School Legal Defense Association.

In September 2011, a social services bureaucrat in Nodaway County, Missouri, responding to an anonymous complaint that the home belonging to Jason and Laura Hagan was “messy,” arrived at their front door to do an investigation into the complaint. Initially unaware that the  bureaucrat needed to provide them a search warrant beforehand, the Hagans let her in to inspect their home.

Following the visit, the Hagans, who homeschool their three children, asked the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) for some advice. The Hagans were advised that if anyone from social services showed up in the future, or anyone else for that matter, they should demand a

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Ferguson Businesses Damaged in Rioting Owned Mostly by Minorities

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 26, 2014: 

When Jeniece Andrews got a call that her Ferguson, Missouri, antiques and jewelry store, Hidden Treasures, was on fire on Monday night, she dropped everything and headed to the store. By the time she got there, it was too late: Three years of blood, sweat, and tears had disappeared into the night air.

“I came and parked across the street, and I just broke down. I couldn’t believe it. Everything I worked for for three years with my husband was gone,” she told the Wall Street Journal.

Dayan, the Jewish owner of STL Cordless, also found his business destroyed by looters. Standing in the middle of his trashed electronics store, he told the Los Angeles Times,

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Darren Wilson is the Forgotten Man in the Ferguson Shooting

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 26, 2014:

 

With all the national media’s attention focused on the grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who defended himself against Michael Brown through the use of deadly force, and the subsequent riots and arson and looting that followed, precious little attention has been paid to Wilson.

All the media seems to be interested in is emotional outbursts from the unhinged mother of Brown who,

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Ferguson: Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Wilson in Brown Case

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com late Monday night, November 24, 2014, following the grand jury’s announcement:

The Ferguson grand jury turned down all five potential charges brought against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson (shown), with none of them being persuasive enough to garner the nine votes necessary to indict him from the 12-member grand jury.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, heavily criticized for having close ties to law enforcement and therefore allegedly biased in favor of Wilson, announced the decision Monday night in a carefully crafted 20-minute statement designed to defuse nearly all of the potential charges that might be brought against his handling of the grand jury investigation. In the question-and-answer period following his presentation, it was clear that reporters who had already prejudged the verdict had been disarmed by McCulloch’s remarks.

Even President Obama, weighing in immediately following the verdict’s announcement, was hard-pressed to do much more than claim that

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Grand Jury Likely to Declare Officer Wilson Innocent; Conflagration to Follow

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 24, 2014:

To no one’s surprise, Rasmussen reported on Friday that fewer than 1 in 4 Americans think Officer Darren Wilson is guilty of the murder of Michael Brown. Almost twice as many think Wilson acted in self-defense on August 9 when he shot Brown during an altercation on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

Dean Obeidallah is certain Wilson will get off. Writing at the Daily Beast, Obeidallah, a former lawyer and now political commentator, looked carefully at a Missouri statute that will exonerate Wilson and concluded that he will walk. He wrote:

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Blowback Against Washington State’s Anti-gun Initiative Just Beginning

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 21, 2014:

Despite opposition from individual gun owners, Washington State sheriffs, the state’s Republican Party, and the National Rifle Association, Initiative 594 passed easily on Tuesday, November 4, by 59 percent to 41 percent, with Bloomberg’s money promoting myths about it.

This makes Washington the seventh state (along with the District of Columbia) to require universal background checks not only on all sales of firearms but on “transfers” as well, even between friends. Washington is the first state to pass such restrictions through a citizen-driven initiative.

Largely unknown to voters, the complex 18-page initiative also greatly expands the state’s handgun registration program, with every sale or transfer of a handgun resulting in

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Israel Considering Relaxing Gun Laws Following Synagogue Attack

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 

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Following the horrific attack by two Palestinians on unarmed worshipers at a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, Israel’s public security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, vowed to ease restrictions on carrying firearms for self-defense. The attack by the Palestinian cousins who wielded knives and a gun resulted in four deaths and eight seriously wounded. Police who arrived at the scene killed the attackers but only after the innocents had been slashed, shot, and murdered.

Aharonovitch announced other measures as well, including

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Barack Obama, Bassem Masri, and the Impending Ferguson Riots

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

In a remarkable revelation, J.E. Dyer, writing for Liberty Unyielding, posted Bassem Masri’s tweets showing not only his invitation to participate in a Justice Department meeting over the tinder box of Ferguson, Missouri, but also its support of the impending firestorm there that will follow the grand jury’s decision.

On November 6, Masri tweeted:

Department of Justice called me yesterday invited me2a meeting today at 6pm on Police Reform want2 hear my ideas….

Later that same day Masri added:

DOJ has appointed a few of us2reform the police in the entire region that should resonate nationwide thats the director intentions….

And then he added the damning comment:

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Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 18, 2014:

On Monday afternoon, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (shown) declared a state of emergency for the entire state to prepare for the anticipated reaction to the expected jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson after Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown. Nixon explained why he issued his executive order:

There is the possibility of expanded unrest; and … The State of Missouri will be prepared to appropriately respond to any reaction of [the grand jury’s] announcements; and… Our citizens and businesses must be protected from violence and damage, Therefore … I do hereby declare a State of Emergency exists in the State in Missouri.

Under that order he created a “Unified Command” consisting of

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Obama Way Over His Head at the APEC Summit

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 14, 2014:

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Xi Jinping. China’s “Paramount Leader”

Nowhere was President Obama’s shrinking influence in world affairs more apparent than when he opened the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing earlier this week by announcing an “agreement” with China’s “paramount leader,” Xi Jinping, to extend visas in both countries from one year to ten. The enhancements will have little real world impact but they served to give Obama the appearance of being a player.

A U.S. visa only serves as preliminary permission to seek admission to the United States. Final admission remains, as it always has, in the hands of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who, after questioning and investigation of the nonimmigrant’s purposes, will then issue a Form I-94. That form serves as the official government document authorizing the alien’s stay in the country.

Nevertheless, Obama made the most of it:

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