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: Politics

Override of Obama Veto Could Be Costly

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 29, 2016:

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The joy of the first override of one of President Barack Obama’s vetoes is likely to fade as its future negative impact on U.S. security and intelligence services is revealed. Conservative constitutional scholar Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said nothing about this in his commendation of the Senate’s vote on Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of JASTA — the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act:

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Would Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut Help the Economy?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 28, 2016:  

 Removing the noise and the histrionics from Monday night’s presidential debate, there is a clear division between the two major-party candidates on the state of the economy and what to do about it.

The Democrat candidate said that the economy is on the mend, that jobs are being created, that real incomes have just recently increased, and that the outlook for the economy is sanguine.

The Republican candidate held the opposite view: after seven years the economy is still struggling, the recovery is the weakest in recent memory, and the outlook is bleak.

The Wall Street Journal noted that Trump’s case is the stronger,

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The FBI Tracks the Success of BLM in Breaking Down Local Law Enforcement

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 28, 2016: 

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Accuracy in Media has done yeoman, even ground-breaking, work in exposing the radical, communist background of the Black Lives Matter movement:

[It] casts itself as a spontaneous uprising born of inner-city frustration, but [it] is, in fact, the latest and most dangerous face of a web of well-funded communist/socialist organizations that have been agitating against America for decades.

 

Its agitation has provoked police killings and other violence, lawlessness, and unrest in minority communities throughout the U.S….

BLM’s success started being tracked last May by, of all newspapers, the leftist Guardian, which permitted its reporter Lois Beckett to ask if the “Ferguson Effect” – the withdrawing of aggressive police action against street criminals out of fear of personal reprisals, reprimands, or worse – was really behind the rise in violent crime. The short answer:

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Murders Up Nearly 11% in 2015, Most in 20 Years

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 27, 2016:  

Statistics from the FBI’s report Crime in the United States, 2015, released September 25, confirm previous reports that the long decline in violent crime has ended. Murders in the United States in 2015 rose by 10.8 percent over the previous year, dwarfing any increases seen over the last 20 years. And the rise continues into 2016, with reported homicides up another 15 percent through June compared to the same period last year.

In June of 2015, BBC News reported that

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Trump Expands List of Potential Nominees to Supreme Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 26, 2016:  

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The United States Supreme Court in 2010.

In what could turn out to be a shrewd political move, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump expanded his list of potential Supreme Court nominees on Friday. The timing, just before the first debate on Monday night, couldn’t be better. It sets the tone and part of the conversation of that debate and puts his opponent, Democrat contender Hillary Clinton, on the defensive: She has yet to provide voters with her official list of nominees for the high court.

In addition to the 11 nominees announced back in May by the Trump campaign are the following:

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CIA Director John Brennan Probably Isn’t a Communist

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 26, 2016:  

English: John Brennan

John Brennan

He’s not a duck, either, but he talks like one and hangs around with other ducks who speak the same language. Relevant is Brennan’s visit to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation last week, where he told the left-wing crowd that if he could get into the CIA with his record, so could they.

The Foundation has close ties to the Congressional Black Caucus, which has more than 40 members with backgrounds so criminal and extreme that each of them rates a special page at DiscoverTheNetworks.org. Among them are names that are no doubt familiar to students of the left, including

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Trump Surging Into Monday Night’s Debate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 22, 2016:  

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Nate Silver accurately called the 2008 presidential election outcomes in 49 of the 50 states while in 2012 he did even better: he correctly predicted the winner in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

The blogger at FiveThirtyEight.com, Silver runs the numbers every day. On August 9 Silver calculated that Donald Trump had a 12.3 percent chance of winning the presidency in November compared to an 87.6 percent chance for Hillary Clinton. Less than six weeks later (as this is being written late Wednesday afternoon) Donald Trump now has a 42.7 percent chance of winning versus Hillary Clinton’s 57.2 percent. That’s a 30 percent surge for The Donald and a 30 percent drop for Hillary.

And this despite the Clinton campaign outspending Trump’s by five-to-one: $156.6 million by Clinton compared to just $33.6 million by Trump since the start of the campaign.

Part of Clinton’s problem, of course, is her likeability (of lack thereof) compared to Trump who, according to Republican ad-maker Fred Davis, is

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Best Advice in Politics: Don’t Give Money to Liars

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 23, 2016:  

Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2008

Last Friday, Mish Shedlock, author of the MishTalk blog, riffed on an “exclusive” report published by the Observer. That report claimed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was repeatedly charging one-time donors’ credit cards without their permission. This was allegedly being done not only to raise additional funds, but to improve her campaign’s reporting to the Federal Election Committee that a lot of her support was coming from small donors.

Shedlock read the report, published it in its entirety on his blog, and then added this disclaimer:

I cannot prove any of this. Nor can anyone else unless they have a recording of the call. But there is a moral to this story, two actually:

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Trump Advisor Publishes Story About Clinton Campaign Repeatedly Charging One-time Donors

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 21, 2016:  

Back in March Carol Mahre, an 81-year-old grandmother and lifelong Democrat, decided to contribute $25 to the Hillary for America campaign. She gave a staff member her account information and on March 16 $25 was deducted from her US Bank checking account.

Later that day another $25 was deducted from her account. On March 29 $19 was deducted from her account, payable to the Hillary for America campaign.

She tried unsuccessfully to get the campaign to reverse the charges and asked her son Roger, a local attorney in Maplewood, Minnesota, for help. He picked up where she left off,

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Mainstream Media’s Increasingly Blatant Liberal Bias May Backfire in Elections

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 19, 2016:  

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Just three days after Pew Research reported that nearly two-thirds of Americans think the news stories they read, hear, and watch are biased, along came Gallup with a similar conclusion.

Pew found that 63 percent of its respondents doubted the veracity and neutrality of the stories they get from the mainstream media, a full 10-percent decline just since 2007. Pew also reported that the mainstream media finds itself in increasing financial difficulty owing not only to increasing distrust by its readers but competition from Internet-based sources.

For instance, newspaper advertising dropped by

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With Brazil’s Primary Cancer Excised, Can the Country heal?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 16, 2016:  

Português: Logomarca da Petrobras.

If one assumes that collectivism in any form is like a cancer (eating away its host’s vital organs until the host dies), then Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s strategy is apropos to Brazil:

At CTCA our cancer experts use state-of-the-art technologies to treat cancer … we help you maintain the strength and stamina to continue treatment and get back to life.

Deltan Dallagriol used state-of-the-art technology to treat the Lula cancer that has been infecting Brazil for decades: he created a flowchart of all the criminals tied into the Petrobras scandal showing Lula at the center, and then presented it on public television on Wednesday. Said Dallagriol:

Lula was the commander of the scheme. Lula was the conductor of this big orchestra formed to loot the resources of Petrobras and other public organs. Lula was the common and necessary link between [his] party and the government scheme….

 

Lula was the big boss of the Petrobras corruption scheme. Lula was on top of the power pyramid. Lula appointed several senior executives at Petrobras so that they could raise funds for political parties in the governing coalition….

 

Without Lula’s decision power, it would be impossible for this scheme to exist.

Lula hasn’t been arrested yet, but for all intents and purposes the magic is gone. The emperor has been exposed and is naked, and any chance for a comeback in the 2018 elections by Brazil’s former president has evaporated.

Aside from the inherent corruption attendant to any form of government, especially unlimited government, the temptation to tap into Petrobras was simply overwhelming. The numbers were too large, and access to them was too easy, for Lula not to take advantage.

Petrobras first announced huge oil finds in 2006 and then again in 2011, which would require massive billions to develop. Petrobras itself set aside $150 billion to start the development. Contracts were to be let. Opportunities for fraud were ubiquitous.

By setting up operatives inside Petrobras, Lula arranged to funnel hundreds of millions from overpriced contracts arranged by company executives with equally hungry developers into Lula’s Workers Party. Part of the scam was uncovered when it was learned that Lula was paying $12,000 a month to politicians in exchange for their votes. The Mensalao scandal nearly ended Lula’s administration.

Examples abound. One will suffice: OAS. OAS is (or was) a gigantic construction company employing 100,000 people at its peak. It enjoyed special treatment from Lula and in appreciation it purchased and renovated a private residence for Lula and his wife, Marisa, to enjoy on holiday.

Today OAS is a shell of its former self. Once the deal was exposed, the company’s funding sources dried up. It was forced to declare bankruptcy for nine of its units, suspend dividends, and sell off valuable properties.

Of course, Lula declares himself to be innocent. After all, he didn’t own the property!

“Operation Car Wash” exposed the pay-to-play scheme: funds from overpriced contracts were funneled through Petrobras employees to corporate executives and politicians, with the bulk of the funds going to support Lula’s communist Workers Party. The funds were so large that recipients couldn’t hide them in local banks without being detected so they tried to launder money through the accounts of an electronic components manufacturer. When the owner uncovered the scheme, he called the police in 2008. Through plea bargains with those charged, the whole plan slowly began to be revealed. Initially, four large criminal rings were uncovered, but the total soon expanded. Some of the funds were moved offshore through a bank transfer agency located in a building operated by a car wash company, hence the name “Operation Car Wash.”

It was just a matter of time before the entire scheme was exposed. Hundreds of warrants were issued and dozens were jailed, including top executives of some of Brazil’s largest construction companies.

Lula is going to have his hands full. Not only is he facing these charges, he was just indicted by a court in Brasilia for obstruction of justice stemming from his involvement in trying to silence a Petrobras executive from testifying against him in the Petrobras scandal. Other charges are still to come, according to Marcos Troyjo, a former Brazilian diplomat. Said Troyjo:

That means [that] the Workers Party, which may have thought it would move comfortably into the opposition after Dilma [Rousseff’s] impeachment, will confront extreme challenges.

 

It’s certainly the beginning of the end to Lula’s presidential aspirations for 2018.

Back to CTCA: once the Lula cancer is excised, is the patient strong enough and healthy enough to recover? Is the patient, like a young man – sturdy, strong, resilient, going to be able to recover following an extended period of rehab? Or is Brazil more like an older person – already weakened through years of abuse and neglect – whose chances of recovery are marginal, and the reappearance of cancer more likely in just a few years?

With Lula gone, will Brazil recover? Or will another cancer, perhaps even more vicious than the one just removed, invade the weakened patient?


Sources:

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Reuters: Brazil’s Lula charged as ‘top boss’ of Petrobras graft scheme

BBC:   Brazil ex-president Lula and wife face charges in corruption scandal

Bio of Lula

The Wall Street Journal: Brazil Prosecutors File Charges Against Ex-President da Silva and His Wife

Washington Post: Former Brazilian president Lula charged in massive corruption scandal

Zacks: Petrobras and Oil Discoveries

Forbes: Brazil’s Petrobras Says Its Discoveries Developing Faster Than Gulf Of Mexico

History of Operation Car Wash

The Wall Street Journal: OAS files for bankruptcy

The Mensalao Scandal

Brazil’s Former President Charged in Petrobras Scandal

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 15, 2016:  

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – Lula

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, popularly known simply as Lula, was formally and publicly charged by federal prosecutor Deltan Dallagriol with heading up a massive money-laundering and political-kickback scheme dating back to at least 2005. Lula and his wife, Marisa Leticia, were charged in a public presentation Wednesday carried live on Brazil’s main news stations, with flow charts showing the network of politicians, corporate executives, and Petrobras employees being linked directly or indirectly to Lula.

Said Dallagriol:

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Moment of Truth for Koskinen in Probe of IRS Targeting of Conservatives

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 14, 2016:  

Representative John Fleming (R-La.), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, filed a motion on Tuesday to bring a “privileged resolution” to the House floor calling for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (shown). He told reporters at a press conference that “after so many months of waiting, it was time to move forward.”

Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the caucus, agreed, saying, “On Thursday we’ll find out if we actually have the votes and move forward.”

Skepticism abounds.

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What’s Really Behind Chicago’s Awful Shooting Spree?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 14, 2016:  

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The numbers truly are awful: for the year through September 8, nearly 3,000 Chicagoans have been shot – an average of one shooting victim every two hours. Of those, 516 have died of their wounds. That’s up nearly 50 percent over the same period a year ago, which was also up from the year before.

Just this past weekend eight people were shot to death, with another 33 wounded in Chicago. The reports came in so fast that Chicago’s CBS affiliate couldn’t keep up. It reported that the last shooting took place at 2:15am on Monday morning, but then had to modify the article before going online with it when another shooting took place at 4:30am.

Unbelievably, one of the shootings took place during

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“War on Cops” Author on the “Ferguson Effect” & Black Lives Matter

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 13, 2016:  

There were so many shootings over the weekend in Chicago that the city’s CBS affiliate didn’t have all the particulars until after 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning. The station then added another shooting to the list just before going online with the depressing news: Eight people were killed and at least 33 others were wounded in Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning.

The first homicide occurred

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Hillary’s Running Mate, Kaine, Is a Staunch Anti-gunner

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 12, 2016:  

Tim Kaine in 2008.

Tim Kaine

Virginia’s junior Senator Tim Kaine first earned public notoriety for his anti-gun ideology in 2000 when as mayor of Richmond he spent $7,000 of city funds to ship eight busloads of anti-gun supporters to Washington, D.C., to support the so-called Million Mom March against guns. The outcry was so vociferous that Kaine was forced to ask for private donations to repay the theft.

But he never recanted or apologized for the theft of the government funds, which the media called a “subsidy.” The Richmond Times Dispatch wrote that “Kaine defended the subsidy on the ground that Richmond always has supported stricter gun laws,” while adding, “I can’t think of an issue I’d rather be aligned with than this.”

The month before being picked by Hillary Clinton as her running mate in the campaign for the presidency, Kaine was at it again. In June he announced his support in the Senate for efforts to allow the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to use taxpayer funds to advocate for gun control. As the NRA noted:

More than 15 years after being rebuked for squandering taxpayer dollars on gun control advocacy as mayor of Richmond, Kaine is still eager to attack gun owners’ rights by any means at his disposal, and he still isn’t above looting the public treasury to do it.

The primary backer of the original Million Mom March (which fizzled the second year when just 200 backers showed up) was the Bell Campaign, which supported all manner of Second Amendment infringements including rationing of the purchase of guns to one every month, a ban on the most popular semi-automatic rifles and their magazines, the licensing of all firearm owners, and plain out-and-out federal gun registration. In regard to the precious Second Amendment, the Bell Campaign was dismissive: “The Second Amendment does not, and never did, protect the private ownership of guns for private purposes.”

Also in June Kaine joined about three dozen other anti-gun members of Congress in a 15-hour filibuster on gun control following the Orlando night club shooting.

That means that Kaine is in complete agreement with Clinton’s promise, if elected, to nominate Supreme Court justices to “correct” the “wrong” decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases.

In April of 2007, following the Virginia Tech massacre, Kaine took advantage of the still-simmering public outrage, saying that he (according to the Roanoke Times) “thought the time might be right to press the General Assembly to address the [so-called] gun-show loophole.” This “loophole” presently allows people meeting at a gun show to buy, sell, or trade firearms without going through a background check. Properly described, the “loophole” is simply a private transaction between consenting individuals without government oversight or approval.

But abrogation of such rights didn’t matter. Something had to be done, and picking on law-abiding gun owning citizens as a way to channel public sympathy and outrage into his anti-gun agenda would serve nicely. Expanding background checks to include every soul in the state wouldn’t have prevented the Virginia Tech massacre since the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, obtained his firearms legally following a background check.

In September 2015, Kaine tried again, this time taking advantage of the public outcry over the murder of news reporter Alison Parker by Vester Lee Flanagan. Kaine upped the ante by pressing for a bill that (again, according to the Roanoke Times) “would make gun sellers criminally liable to a bad sale if they didn’t take reasonable, affirmative steps to determine [if] the customer met federal criteria.”

Kaine has also attempted to eliminate traditional gun shows in his state while rejecting legislation that would have made it easier to obtain a concealed carry permit. When legislation was passed that would exempt active-duty service members from Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law, he vetoed it.

With his extensive anti-gun background (he supports limiting the capacity of magazines to carry just 10 rounds, while also supporting an amendment proposed by California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein to ban all semi-automatic firearms that accept a detachable magazine — that would mean banning nearly all of them outright), it’s no wonder that Kaine holds a 100-percent rating from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association.

 

If Hillary Falters, Kaine Will Move Her Anti-gun Agenda Forward

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 12, 2016: 

Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Tim Kaine

Even as concerns over Hillary’s health continue to grow, alternative media websites are putting disclaimers on articles suggesting that she is hiding Parkinson’s Disease. For example, Inquisitr.com warns its readers that Reno Berkeley’s report “is entirely the opinion of Reno Berkeley and does not reflect the views of the Inquisitr.” Concluded Berkeley:

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Gun Sales Soar in California

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 7, 2016:  

The study released last year by Calgunslaws.com confirmed what most Second Amendment supporters already know: more guns equal less crime. John Lott’s breakthrough analysis, which was published in June 1998, proved it for everyone except hardcore anti-gunners. They immediately ganged up on Lott, questioning his analysis to the point where Lott issued a second and then a third edition responding to his critics and expanding his proofs.

But for anti-gunners like California State Senator Loni Hancock, the logic and the proofs still escape her. Sponsor of one of the batch of anti-gun bills that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on July 1, she explained her illogic:

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On Cue, the US Mainstream Media Claims Brazil’s New President as “Free Market”

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 2nd, 2016: 

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Michel Temer

The mainstream media lavished unwarranted praise on Brazil’s new president, socialist Michel Temer, on Wednesday following his ascension to the post after Dilma Rousseff was ousted from it. The Wall Street Journal called it a “new start” for Brazil, while USA Today mischaracterized the crook as “a center-right” politician and “a pro-business, free-market advocate.” The New York Times gushed that Rousseff’s impeachment and Temer’s inauguration “puts a definitive end to 13 years of governing by the leftist [read: communist] Workers’ Party.”

This was followed up by promises from the new socialist-in-chief himself:

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Michel Temer, Brazil’s New President, Faces Massive Challenges

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 1, 2016:  

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Brazil’s new president, Michel Temer

Just after being sworn in as Brazil’s new president, and just before jetting off to the G-20 meeting in China to hobnob with the global elites, Michel Temer took time on Wednesday to make a promise to Brazilians: “From today on, the expectations are much higher for the [new] government. I hope that in these two years and four months [when his term ends in 2018], we do what we have declared: put Brazil back on track.”

That’s an expression more of hope than reality: Little is likely to change except the name of Brazil’s president. Temer faces challenges that would stagger Godzilla:

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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.