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

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New Jersey Democrat Senator Menendez Up for Retrial on Corruption Charges

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 29, 2018: 

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New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez

New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez escaped being convicted on 18 charges of corruption, self-dealing, and failures to report income last November but now the clock on his retrial has run out. It is expected that the date for his retrial on many of those same charges will be announced this week.

The judge in the case last year has recused himself from the retrial but has aided the prosecution in its new efforts to convict Menendez. Following the declaration of a hung jury last November the senator’s defense attorneys filed a motion to have that judge, Senior U.S. District Judge William Walls, dismiss all 18 charges. Walls filed a 50-page brief explaining why he would only dismiss the minor ones. He left in place the most damaging charges and then helped the Department of Justice lawyers improve their case against Menendez by explaining why:

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New Jersey Governor Ignores Pension Crisis, Wants More Spending

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 17, 2018: 

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Teachers protesting over proposwed cuts to government pension plans.

While running for governor of New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy was asked what he would do about the state’s overwhelming pension crisis, and he waffled: there’s “no easy answer,” he said. He added that the state would have to do something about the problem. Said Murphy, “The state has to stand up for its side of the bargain. Period. If the state doesn’t, there’s no use in having [any further] discussion.”

Murphy was inaugurated as the New Jersey’s 56th governor on Tuesday and promptly forgot all about the pension tsunami about to engulf the state. Instead he offered both a “wish list” and a “to-do list” for his supporters and Democratic legislators in attendance. His “wish list” contained the usual collection of liberal promises, while his “to-do” list is what he wants the state legislature to bring to his desk within the next 30 days.

His “wish list” was a rehash of his campaign promises — long on generalities but short on specifics — including legalizing marijuana, protecting illegal immigrants from ICE, providing free tuition at the state’s community colleges, eliminating “tax breaks” that large corporations are allegedly unfairly enjoying, investing state funds in more costly “green energy” projects, and paying for it all by raising taxes on those few millionaires still residing in one of the country’s highest-tax states.

He was much more specific with his “to-do” list. He ordered the state’s liberal and heavily Democratic legislators to get off the snide and send him six bills within the next 30 days, each of which, said Murphy, “will be met with a signing ceremony.” Their marching orders from Murphy included new funding for “women’s health” and Planned Parenthood, raising the minimum wage in the state to $15 an hour, mandating “equal pay” for women, requiring employers in the state to provide paid sick leave to their employees, passing laws removing barriers to having illegals vote, and, of course, additional attacks on the state’s more than three million law-abiding gun owners.

He mentioned not a word about the state’s pension crisis, which has been brewing for years and accelerating nearly exponentially. It’s not that Murphy doesn’t know about the crisis or its extent and potential for bankrupting the state. In 2005, acting New Jersey Governor Richard Codey convened a commission to study “the problem,” naming Phil Murphy as its head. In its conclusion, that study urged the state in no uncertain terms to end immediately all “pension holidays” (the skipping of payments to the state’s five pension plans for a period of time), to avoid actuarial “gimmicks” commonly used to make those liabilities appear to be smaller than they actually are, and to eliminate borrowing to pay the state’s contributions. It also recommended a series of reforms, including an end to pension “spiking” (by which employees can sweeten their final payouts as they approach retirement), and raising the age at which plan beneficiaries could retire with full benefits. That last recommendation, which was never implemented, would have raised the full-benefit retirement age from 55 to 60.

So Murphy cannot claim ignorance. He is also certain to know of the accounting chicanery that took place last year, i.e., using the state’s lottery program to help pay the state’s pension contributions. But it was chicanery taken to level of audacity rarely seen even in states as corrupt as New Jersey. Instead of demanding that the lottery’s annual $1 billion proceeds flow into the pension funds’ coffers, the legislature actually transferred the entire program into those coffers and then declared that the future value of those annual proceeds (happily and likely generously estimated at more than $13 billion) was now an asset, reducing (on paper at least) the amount of the unfunded liability.

Moody’s Analytics was not impressed: “The lottery transfer does not change the state’s weak [and] steeply rising pension contribution schedule. [Even after the transfer] there remains considerable risk that the state will be unable to afford rapidly growing pension contributions.”

Also not impressed were two senior fellows at the Manhattan Institute, who just released their study of New Jersey’s pension problems. In January, well before Murphy neatly demurred on even mentioning them, the authors concluded: “It is highly unlikely that New Jersey will generate enough new revenues to meet its pension obligations without severely hobbling the rest of the state’s budget. At the same time, allowing its pension system to continue to accumulate debt by not contributing adequately to it will push New Jersey toward a potentially catastrophic failure of its government pensions.”

At the moment, those five government pension plans have the lowest funding ratio of any state in the union, with a liability estimated to be $124 billion. Those plans are only 30-percent funded currently and declining with each passing day.

But Murphy’s term is for only four years, and if he wins reelection, his tenure ends in eight years. Those plans will likely remain in place, continuing to threaten pensioners who still think they will be getting their benefits, and threatening the state with bankruptcy if it tries to fund them properly. But Murphy will be long gone, proving once again the old adage: Politicians come and go, but the unfunded promises they make live long after them.

No One is Neutral About “Sheriff Joe”

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 12, 2018: 

Following former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s announcement on Wednesday that he was running for Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s seat (Flake is retiring), President Trump tweeted: “Sheriff Joe is a patriot, Sheriff Joe loves our country, Sheriff Joe protected our borders.” Arpaio owes his freedom to Trump, who pardoned him in August after a Clinton/Obama-era judge convicted him of mistreating Arizona’s uninvited illegal immigrant “guests” as criminals and defying her order to stop. At the time, Arpaio called out the judge’s conviction for what it was: “a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department.”

Arpaio’s announcement sent liberals into hyperactive overdrive, beginning with DNC’s ultra-liberal chairman Tom Perez:

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Sheriff Joe Incurs Wrath of Liberals in Announcing for Jeff Flake’s Senate Seat

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 11, 2018:  

speaking in Phoenix, Arizona on February 26, 2011.

Joe Arpaio, the World’s Toughest Sheriff

During an interview with Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced he would be running for Senator Jeff Flake’s seat in the upcoming primary. Said Arpaio: “I’m doing it for the people of Arizona, for our country and to support our great president.”

This immediately elicited a tweet from President Trump: “Sheriff Joe is a patriot, Sheriff Joe loves our country, Sheriff Joe protected our borders.” “Sheriff Joe” also ticked off vast numbers of liberals for having the audacity at age 85 to run for Flake’s seat in the upcoming primary. One of the most prominent is Tom Perez, the hard-left liberal running the Democratic National Committee (DNC), who said,

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Sen. Hatch’s Retirement Paves Way for Romney: One RINO Replacing Another

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Utah RINO Orrin Hatch

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 3, 2018:

If Mitt Romney ends up in Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat, that would mean one RINO (Republican In Name Only) replacing another.

A boxer in his youth, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah announced on Tuesday that he was hanging up his gloves for good. After 40 years in the Senate, he said that he had been fighting the good fight but that it was time for him to make his exit:

When the president visited Utah last month, he said I was a fighter. I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington.

But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.

He said he will leave the Senate when his current term ends at the end of this year.

It was unclear exactly what “fight” the 83-year-old senator was referring to.

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Mitch McConnell Deliberately Stalling Trump’s Judicial Confirmations

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 13, 2017:

It took a while, but, after six months, 133 conservative leaders saw what Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was up to, and they didn’t like it. He was joining with the Democrats, especially the odious liberal Democrat Senator from New York who is the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, to keep the Trump revolution from happening. When the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to take the place of deceased Justice Antonin Scalia in April, McConnell and Schumer realized what Trump was up to: he intended to transform American judiciary to “originalists” and it looked like he certainly had the opportunity. After all there were more than a hundred vacancies and many more elder judges getting close to retirement.

It was a fantastic opportunity. Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society and informal advisor to Trump, told CBN News that Trump’s opportunity to shape the law for the next several generations is huge:

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American Legion, VFW Decide to Play Nice With Goodell; Don’t Support Boycott of NFL

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

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with top people from the nation’s two largest veterans’ groups last week in order to quell a potential riot and avoid further embarrassment to the league. It proved to be successful, as Goodell got everything he wanted, giving up little in return: Neither the American Legion (AL) nor the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is backing the boycott of the NFL. They are leaving that decision up to their individual members.

Denise Rohan, the national coordinator for the Legion, fired a warning shot across the NFL’s bow on September 25. She

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Dodgers Sportscaster Vin Scully Latest to Snub the NFL

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 7, 2017: 

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Vin Scully

Last week, former sportcaster Vin Scully expressed his disgust with NFL players kneeling — aka, the “anthem protests” — by making his final announcement: “I will never watch another NFL game again.” Added Scully, “I am so disappointed.… I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday…. I was in the Navy.… I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war.”

Scully, the voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers and then the Los Angeles Dodgers for an astonishing 67 seasons, was best known for his introduction to Dodger baseball:

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How do you Solve a Problem like the Democrats?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 25, 2017: 

The nuns in The Sound of Music sang:

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

How do you find a word that means Maria?

A flibbertigibbet? A will-of-the-wisp? A clown?

Greg Warneford, from the University of Cincinnati, has the answer:

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Democrat Party Donations Falling Behind

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This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 24, 2017:  

Rich liberal Democrat donors aren’t donating, wrote Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti while attending the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) fall meeting in Las Vegas this week. It’s reflected in the numbers: At the end of September, the DNC had just $7 million in its checking account, while the Republican National Committee (RNC) is sitting on $44 million. Since January, the RNC has raised more than $104 million, with a lot of it coming from some 300,000 people who never donated before. This gives Republicans a clear financial advantage going into the 2018 midterm elections and could reverberate out to the 2020 reelection campaign for President Trump.

Right now, all the momentum is on the side of the Republicans, said Ron Kaufman, a former chairman of the RNC’s budget committee:

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Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson Owes the American People an Apology

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 23, 2017:

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U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Florida)

Florida Democratic Congressman Frederica Wilson claimed that President Donald Trump’s call to the widow of an American serviceman living in her district was “horrible” and “insensitive.” She claimed President Trump told the widow that the soldier “knew what he signed up for,” as if he were somehow responsible for his own death. She later added that the president couldn’t remember the soldier’s name. Trump denied the assertions, saying there were multiple people in his office who could verify his version of events. The gist of the conversation was that Trump apparently told the widow that her husband was very brave man who knew what he faced yet did it anyway. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said in reply to Wilson, “It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me.… I thought at least that was sacred.” And then he directed his ire at that congresswoman, saying that Wilson was part of “the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise.”

It must have been an off-news day for the anti-Trump mainstream media because it jumped on the original story, making it headline news for days afterward. Too, they were delighted to

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A $500,000 Taxpayer-funded Settlement has Finally Awakened State Lawmakers

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 6, 2017: 

When Washington State lawmakers Matt Manweller and Phil Fortunato learned about what was passing for “education” at taxpayer-funded Evergreen State College (ESC), they started applying the correct remedies: they offered bills to cut its funding and then sell it. Whether such radical ideas will gain traction among their colleagues remains to be seen. In the meantime, delays in doing so are costing Washington taxpayers a pretty penny.

When a liberal college professor not only calls his school radical and then sues it for restitution over its radical policies, one can only assume he is correct. Writing in the Wall Street Journal in May, biology professor Bret Weinstein at ESC, said:

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Tax Reform: The Sausage-Making Begins

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 29, 2017:

Otto von Bismarck is credited, rightly or wrongly, with two famous quotes about laws and sausages: “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made.” And “To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.”

One of the more insightful comments on the whole business in today’s Washington comes from the President’s son, Donald J. Trump, Jr., (shown above) who said:

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Congressional Democrat Takes a Knee to Protest Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 26, 2017:

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who represents the liberal 18th Congressional District in central Houston, took a knee on the House floor on Monday. She claimed she was protesting the president’s calling for the firing of NFL players who refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem. She claimed she was in “solidarity” with them, and called the president’s comments “racist.”

Lee does that. A lot. To Lee, who is black, nearly everything that anyone does is racist, or can be twisted into making it sound racist. Lee has made a fool of herself ever since she was elected to the House in 1994 and immediately joined both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Here’s what the president said that provided Lee with the opportunity. He was speaking at a political rally on Friday:

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Washington Post’s Credibility Takes Another Hit

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 25, 2017:

Two recent polls show once again that the mainstream media’s attempt to influence the news isn’t working. For years Gallup has been tracking their cratering of credibility, noting last September  that “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with [just] 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.”

Gallup’s conclusions were backed up by a more recent poll conducted by Harvard-Harris in May this year which learned that

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Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks Already Being Felt

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 22, 2017:

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G. Edward Griffin

The latest report from the American Action Forum (AAF), which has been tracking President Trump’s promise to deregulate American businesses, continues to be upbeat. In April it had found that the repeal or delay of regulations imposed during the Obama administration could lead to $86 billion “in net fiscal effects” for taxpayers as a result. The latest from AAF said that the trend downward in regulations and upward in freedom from them continues apace.

In July the Washington Post counted 860 regulations that the Trump administration was either pulling or suspending, and then included commentary from anti-Trump liberals that

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Justice Department Closes File on Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Case

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 13, 2017:

In a press release issued late Tuesday the Justice Department announced its decision not to prosecute six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray in 2015:

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Judge Roy Moore Gaining Momentum Going into Alabama Senate Runoff

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 12, 2017:

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Kentucky Republican Representative Thomas Massie is just the latest in an increasingly large number of supporters of Roy Moore, giving him his strong endorsement on Tuesday. Said Massie, “Roy Moore has more political spine than anyone I know,” adding:

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Anti-gun Researcher Frightened by How Many Guns Americans Own

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

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The virulently anti-gun group The Trace sent an e-mail blast to its members last week, alerting them to what it said was the danger of an overly and unnecessarily armed American citizenry:

Jennifer Mascia [a member of “TeamTrace”] pulled some numbers from the Small Arms Survey, which gauges gun stockpiles in the hands of civilians, law enforcement, and militaries around the world. She found that with an estimated 270 million firearms owned by everyday Americans, civilians own 70 times more weapons that all police and military services combined.

Mascia is an editorial assistant at the New York Times and was a regular contributor to its anti-gun column “The Gun Report” until it was shut down in 2014. Her source, the Small Arms Survey, is an international anti-gun group purporting to provide accurate statistics on all aspects of private gun ownership worldwide. Unfortunately, its reputation for accuracy has been tainted, with much of its reporting being challenged as “misleading or just plain wrong.”

In this instance, however, the numbers Mascia dug up from the outfit actually understated the “concerns” she expressed about how many firearms are owned by those “everyday Americans.” The real number isn’t 270 million — not even close — but is at least

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SPLC Sends Millions to Opaque Offshore Tax Havens

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

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Southern Poverty Law Center. Montgomery, Alabama.

News that Morris Dee’s Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) transferred some $5 million offshore in 2014 caught many by surprise. For example, tax expert Amy Sterling Casil, CEO of the nonprofit consulting firm Pacific Human Capital, upon learning of the transactions, said:

I’ve never known a U.S.-based nonprofit dealing in human rights or social services to have any foreign bank accounts.… I am stunned to learn of transfers of millions to offshore bank accounts.

 

It is a huge red flag and would [be] completely unacceptable to any wealthy, responsible, experienced board member who was committed to a charitable mission who I ever worked with.

 

It is unethical for any U.S.-based charity to invest large sums overseas. I know of no legitimate reason for any U.S.-based nonprofit to put money in overseas, unregulated bank accounts.

Apparently Casil has been away. Dees is simply fulfilling his life-long goal to become wealthy, and SPLC is his tool to accomplish it. Dee’s original business partner, Millard Fuller, recalled,

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