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

Tag Archives: self-dealing

Harvey, Illinois, Can’t Make Pension Contributions, Lays off Police & Firemen

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 13, 2018:

Tuesday’s decision by the city of Harvey, Illinois, a Chicago suburb with a population of 24,950, to lay off nearly half of its police and fire-department workers came a day after a judge ruled against the city’s emergency motion asking the judge to keep the sales and use tax revenues collected by the state flowing to the city, instead of being diverted to pay pension-plan contributions the city has failed to make for years.

Under a state law passed in 2010, Illinois, which collects various sales and use taxes from residents of and visitors to the city in order to pay for city employees and services, can instead in effect garnish those taxes and use them to

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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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Nothing is Likely to Change in Brazil

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 20, 2016: 

One of Warren Buffett’s favorite expressions is “when the tide goes out, everyone will see who’s been swimming naked.”  In Brazil the tide went out at the start of the Great Recession and now the whole world can see who was swimming naked.

When President Lula was elected in 2002 the commodity boom was underway, and Brazil was enjoying the ride. Its major exports are soybeans, sugar, and iron ore, and under Lula Brazil’s GDP was running 10 percent a year. Lula implemented major expansions of the welfare state, including putting in place such generous pension plans that state workers could retire at age 54 for men and at age 52 for women at 90 percent of their final pay. The average Brazilian’s household income rose, and statists worldwide pointed to Brazil’s success story, naming it as one of the BRIC countries that would soon overtake the developed nations of the world, and doing it while expanding government spending.

But when Dilma Rousseff took over in 2011 the Great Recession was revealing the true nature of spending far beyond the ability of the economy to sustain it. In 2014 the government’s finances were in such dreadful shape that

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“He Who Lives in a Glass House, Shouldn’t”

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

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George Nethercutt

 

According to his own Wikipedia page, George Nethercutt touts himself as a “conservative.” After all, in the 1994 Republican landslide that gave the Republican Party control of the House for the first time in 40 years, Nethercutt replaced Speaker of the House Tom Foley. It was close: just 4,000 votes out of more than 215,000 cast. But that was enough.

In truth that meant that Nethercutt won by 2,000 votes, as that was the number of votes to be changed to allow Foley to keep his seat. Nethercutt’s promise that he would leave after three terms likely made the difference. After all, Foley had been representing Washington for 30 years as a hard left liberal Democrat, and voters had finally had a bellyful of him.

Unfortunately Nethercutt was in Washington, DC, long enough to drink the Kool-Aid of excessive hubris and self-importance, and when it came time for him to honor his promise,

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Clinton Foundation’s Defenses Continue to Unravel

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 30, 2015:

The growing public awareness and outrage at the seeming fraud, deceit, and obfuscation at the Clinton Foundation, where more than 1,100 donors weren’t disclosed, violating an agreement Hillary Clinton made with the White House prior to taking over as secretary of state in 2008, continues to build. At the forefront and in the public’s headlights for the moment is the case of Frank Giustra, which we commented on in a previous article: 

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Unanswered Questions in Hillary Clinton E-mail Scandal

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 6, 2015: 

Hillary Clinton in Concord, New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton

It didn’t take long for the apologists to respond to the remarkable revelations by the New York Times on Monday that Hillary Clinton not only used a private e-mail address for all of her correspondence while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, but that she kept their contents out of reach of the government on a personal private computer server at her home.

The revelation came to light, according to the Times, when the State Department instituted new record-keeping practices, and requested copies of Clinton’s e-mails. Two months later, after sorting, sifting, and winnowing through the e-mails — estimated by the Times to number in the millions — Clinton sent over 55,000 pages and then tweeted,

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Judge Approves Detroit’s “Grand Bargain” to End Bankruptcy

 

English: City seal of Detroit, Michigan.

City seal of Detroit, Michigan.

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 10, 2014:

 

 

The party began immediately after bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes approved the plan to get Detroit out of bankruptcy last Friday. Rod Meloni, a local journalist who has been following Detroit’s woes from the beginning, was there:

There was nothing short of a party atmosphere around the federal courthouse….

Attorneys hugged, shook hands, slapped backs, promised to get together soon and said goodbye.

The only thing missing was the signing of yearbooks!

This was evidence of the rule that no matter who takes a haircut in a bankruptcy, the attorneys always get paid first, one hundred cents on the dollar. As of October 2013, those fees had mounted to

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Former Virginia Governor and Wife Guilty of Fraud, Conspiracy

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 5, 2014:

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

Claiming through their attorneys that their marriage was so dysfunctional that any conspiracy charges simply wouldn’t hold water, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were nevertheless convicted of 11 out of 14 charges of fraud and conspiracy in federal court on Thursday. Sentencing is scheduled for early January 2015, and will likely result in years if not decades behind bars for the couple.

Former Virginia Commonwealth University professor Bob Holsworth, who followed the case from its inception, expressed surprise at the defense attorneys’ odd strategy: 

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Obama Picks Another Leftist for Housing Secretary

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Julian Castro at a UTSA event. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Determined to stuff every nook and cranny of his administration with hard-core leftists, news leaked on Saturday that the President will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (no relation, at least by birth, to Fidel) as the next head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He’s a perfect fit.

During a reshuffling of his cabinet, the president is moving Sylvia Burwell from his Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and moving current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to take her place. That leaves the HUD spot open for Castro. The official announcement is expected soon.

What makes the appointment especially important is

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Another Investigation Confirms Harry Reid’s Long History of Corruption

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Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The seemingly impervious Teflon-proof senior Senator from Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has been forced to respond to charges made in a two-part investigation into his self-dealings at RealClearPolitics published last week. The initial investigation was filled with corruption charges and responses from Reid’s PR people in a failed attempt to deflect them. In the past such charges were simply ignored and passed off. Reid was willing to let time pass and memories fade. Not this time, apparently.

Adam 0’Neal led off with

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Detroit’s Bankruptcy Hastened by “13th Month” Checks Issued to Pensioners

When Kevyn Orr was appointed as Detroit’s interim financial manager back in March, he launched an investigation into just how deep the city’s financial hole really was. He should have waited until September when,

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Summers is out, Yellen is in, the Fed rolls on

Just when it appeared that Larry Summers had the nomination for the next Fed chair all wrapped up, Summers called the White House on Sunday and told his good friend, President Obama, that he was withdrawing his name from consideration. He then sent a formal withdrawal letter to the president:

I have reluctantly concluded that any possible confirmation process for me would be acrimonious and would not serve the interest of the Federal Reserve, the Administration or, ultimately, the interests of the nation’s ongoing economic recovery.

The president dutifully responded with the appropriate accolades:

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Detroit: the First Domino to Fall

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 22nd, 2013:

 

The city of Detroit is living proof that Herb Stein is right: if something cannot go on forever, it will stop. For Detroit, it stopped last week when

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Lifting the Curtain on Booz Allen Hamilton and its owner, the Carlyle Group

According to writers Thomas Heath and Marjorie Censer at the Washington Post, The Carlyle Group and its errant child, Booz Allen Hamilton, have a public relations problem, thanks to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. By the time top management at Booz Allen learned that one of their top-level agents had gone rogue, and terminated his employment, it was too late.

For years Carlyle had, according to WaPo,

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Snopes Misses Larger Story on Sales of Post Offices by California Sen. Feinstein’s Husband’s Company

When George Miller, writing for the Ventura County Tea Party on May 22nd, complained about the blatant conflict of interest that appeared in the report that California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, was in charge of selling off, on an exclusive basis, some 50 post office buildings belonging to the US Postal Service, he didn’t know that Snopes had already

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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.