Monday, August 31, 2015

Obituary Campaign Ads

People Are Literally Dying to Keep Their Relatives From Voting for Hillary: The Obituary Craze, 8/30/15
An Arkansas man has requested in his obituary that loved ones do not vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, making him at least the third individual to do so since Clinton launched her campaign in April.
The obituary for Richard Buckman of Beebe, Ark., reads, “In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary,” mirroring text that was included in a recent obituary for a deceased New Jersey woman.
Buckman died on Aug. 22 at the age of 75, three days after news broke that the obituary for 63-year-old Elaine Fyrdrych of Gloucester Township, N.J., advised funeral goers, “Elaine requests, ‘In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.’”
Indeed, such requests have become something of a trend. The obituary for a 81-year-old North Carolina man who died the day after Clinton launched her presidential campaign also asked loved ones to refrain from voting for the Democratic presidential candidate.

US Blinks, Russia takes North Pole Oil

U.S. lags behind Russia, other nations in Arctic
Obama is about to be the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaskan Arctic U.S. lacks icebreakers and Arctic deep-water ports Russia is making moves to claim the Arctic for its needs, by Sean Cockerham, 8/30/15
As Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit the Arctic next week, the U.S. is falling behind other nations in the critical region.
The U.S. is sitting on the sidelines while Russia claims a huge swath of the Arctic, with its vast energy and mineral resources, and China builds icebreakers to get in on the race for influence in the north.
The U.S. hasn’t built a new heavy-class icebreaker in 40 years, and even as oil drilling and vessel traffic increases off Alaska’s northern coast, the nation hasn’t developed a deep-water port within 900 miles.
There’s a lot at stake: Some 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30 percent of its natural gas are thought to be in the Arctic, along with a trillion dollars in minerals. Sea lanes are opening as ice melts because of global warming and shipping is on the rise, bringing opportunities but also the need for ports and emergency response vessels for rescues.
The Obama administration created an Arctic strategy and is working to put it in place, said Fran Ulmer, chairman of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. But Arctic projects cost money, she said.
“As other countries in the Arctic move forward with their plans to be better prepared for what is coming in the Arctic – which is more human activity – hopefully Congress will step up and fund some of the necessary infrastructure,” Ulmer said.
Ulmer said she hopes Obama’s visit next week will “communicate to the rest of the United States how important the Arctic is.” Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Alaska talking about the impact of climate change, and Obama will visit the Arctic village of Kotzebue.
Russia is wasting no time making its moves in the Arctic. This month, Russia staked a claim to a massive swath of Arctic territory, including the North Pole.
“That is a concern for us,” said Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, citing the rise of nationalism within Russia.
Zukunft said in an interview that international cooperation – not a “land grab” – is what’s needed in the Arctic.
“As you start getting into these sovereign conquests it erodes the ability to work collaboratively on safety of life at sea, environmental protection, and the movement of fish stocks in the high north latitudes,” he said.
Russia is claiming control over 460,000 square miles of Arctic territory and the rights to its energy and minerals.
The area is estimated to hold billions of tons of oil and natural gas reserves, as well as an abundance of minerals and gems. Russia is also asserting authority over the northern sea route from Europe to Asian markets, which it hopes will become a major shipping hub as the ice melts.
The 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea allows nations to claim exclusive economic rights over areas of the undersea continental shelf extending from their shores. Russia is trying to prove to a U.N. scientific commission that its continental shelf extends far to the north.
Denmark also has submitted a claim based on its control over Greenland, and the commission cannot make a binding decision on boundary disputes between nations. But Russia would get a boost in international talks if its claim is upheld by the U.N. commission.
“It would give them the credibility of an international tribunal of scientists saying, ‘This is good science.’ And they would take that to the bargaining table,” said Betsy Baker, an Arctic law expert.
Sean Cockerham: @seancockerham
We should ignore the UN, then quit the UN. We should stake our claim now and take our slice of the North Pole.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Feds’ Illegal Seizures

Feds fighting to keep cash seized from person never charged with crime, by Joseph Weber, 8/29/15, FoxNews

Straughn Gorman Case

Federal prosecutors are battling in court to keep $167,000 in cash seized in a 2013 traffic stop, despite the motorist never being charged in the incident and the Obama administration clamped down this spring on such asset seizures and forfeitures.

The case -- which highlights the ongoing concerns about the government unjustly seizing money and property -- began when a Nevada state trooper pulled over the motorist on a cross-country trip to California.

The trooper stopped Hawaii resident Straughn Gorman’s motor-home in January 2013 for allegedly going too slow along Interstate 80.  

According to court documents, Gorman was allowed to proceed without a citation despite the trooper suspecting he was hiding cash.

The trooper said he couldn’t inspect the vehicle because he would have needed a canine unit and for the dog to detect drugs, which would have created enough probable cause to get a search warrant.

However, no canine unit was available so the trooper released Gorman but not before requesting the county sheriff’s office stop him again -- about 50 minutes later and this time with a drug-sniffing dog.

No drugs were found during the second stop, in which Gorman was pulled over for two alleged traffic violation. But his vehicle, computer, cellphone and the cash, stashed throughout the vehicle, were seized.

In June, a federal judge in Nevada ordered Gorman’s cash be returned.

In his ruling, District Judge Larry Hicks cited Gorman’s “prolonged detention” for the alleged traffic violations and criticized federal authorities for failing to disclose that the first officer requested the second stop.

“The second stop was not based on independent, reasonable suspicion sufficient to justify the prolonged investigation,” wrote Hicks, a Bush administration appointee. “The two stops were for minor traffic violations, and they both were extended beyond the legitimate purposes for such traffic stops.”

Hicks also said in his ruling the second stop never would have happened if the first officer had not relayed information about the first stop, which included a vehicle description, suspicion about concealed cash and that a “canine sniff” would likely be needed to get probable cause for a search.

The federal government earlier this month appealed Hicks' ruling in the 9th Circuit Court, in San Francisco, considered among the most liberal in the country.

Federal attorneys did not submit a reason for the appeal in their one-paragraph request, according to The Daily Signal, which first reported the request.

The court is expected to also decide whether Gorman should be reimbursed $153,000 in legal fees, which federal lawyers don’t want to pay.

The first court proceeding is scheduled for November 19.

Justice Department Directives

The Justice Department earlier this year issued a series of directives to reform and restrict its policies on asset seizures and forfeitures, amid the complaints about government abuse and overreach.

“We are keenly aware of concerns raised about certain seizures and forfeiture practices,” the agency told the Senate Judiciary Committee in April. “The department takes seriously any and all allegations of perceived or actual abuse.”

The first of the changes were announced in January by then-Attorney General Eric Holder, starting with forfeitures.

Holder said federal agencies could no longer take assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies, except for those “directly related to public safety concerns” including firearms, ammunition, explosives and property associated with child pornography.

Among the valuables the agencies can no longer take are cash and vehicles.

In March, Holder announced changes to banking laws that allow money to be seized from people who make deposits below specific amounts to intentionally keep the transaction from being reported to federal authorities -- a scheme known as “structuring.”

Holder said authorities would now focus on “the most serious offenses” and essentially that money could be seized only after the defendant is charge with a crime or found to have been engaged in a crime beyond structuring, according to document the Justice Department gave this week.

The minimum-deposit laws were enacted to detect and nab drug dealers, terrorists and other money-launders and criminals trying to conceal their enterprise and cash. And they were enacted to create a money stream to provide financial compensation to crime victims.

The IRS seized more than $242 million in roughly 2,500 alleged structuring violations, from 2005 to 2012. However, no other criminal activity was alleged in roughly 33 percent of the cases, according to the Institute of Justice, which worked on a more recent case in North Carolina.

Lyndon McLellan Case

Last year, the IRS took $107,000 from Carolina small-business owner Lyndon McLellan after he made a series of deposits under $10,000.

McLellan owns a convenience store-restaurant-gas station. And many of his transactions are in cash.

The federal government offered to return half of McLellan’s cash, a standard move by federal officials who know many people cannot afford a lengthy court battle and would rather settle.

McLellan got back all of the money but wasn’t reimbursed roughly $22,000 in legal and accounting fees, Institute attorney Robert Everett Johnson said Tuesday.

“We’re pleased that Lyndon’s money has been returned,” Johnson said. “That the federal government returned the money validates he didn’t do anything wrong.”

However, Johnson expresses dismay that his client is still battling to recoup his costs and interest on the seized money, to which he appear entitled under the 2000 Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act.

“We thing the federal government should make him whole,” he said. “It simply cannot pretend that nothing happened.”


Mexico defends Anchor Babies

Mexico Warns TX Not to Refuse Immigrants’ Babies Birth Certificates
(Fox News) – The Mexican government is warning that Texas’ denial of birth certificates for U.S. children born here to undocumented immigrants stands to imperil the relationship between Mexico and the Lone Star State.
The concern was raised in an amicus brief filed Monday evening to lend support to immigrants parents who sued Texas after being denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children, even after showing their “matrículas,” the ID cards issued by the Mexican Consulate to undocumented immigrants.
Mexico says the practice stands in stark contrast to the historical practice among countries to accept passports or other forms of ID to issue birth certificates.
“[It] not only jeopardizes their dignity and well-being, but could threaten the unique relationship between Mexico and Texas,” the Mexican government said in a brief tied to a lawsuit filed against the state by Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.
The lawsuit, the Texas Tribune reported, was filed on behalf of six U.S. citizen children and their undocumented parents, who came from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Other groups since have joined the suit.
A main point of contention is the all-out refusal at some county registrars offices to accept as a valid form of ID anything short of a U.S. visa or consulate ID card, the Tribune said.
The families who are suing say that Texas is violating the 14th amendment and that the state is superseding federal immigration laws.
Texas officials are claiming sovereignty issues and argue that the United States cannot fight them.
They long have said that consulate-issued identification cards are not considered reliable forms of ID.
The Mexican government is requesting that Texas be clear about what two forms of ID it will accept in order to give the children U.S. birth certificate.
“Our argument isn’t ‘yes matrícula, no matrícula,’” said attorney Jennifer Harbury, who represents the families, to the Tribune. “The argument is ‘what will you take that people can actually get?’ They have to take something. [The children] were born here. They are U.S. citizens.”
The amicus brief also claims that denying the children U.S. birth certificates blocks their claims to Mexican citizenship. A child born to Mexican parents has that right but must show proof of identity. Infringing on that is a violation of international law, the brief states.
Mexican Consulate officials argue that the matrícula is, in many ways, more secure because it includes biometric technology, unlike the driver’s licenses in some states.
They say a parent’s undocumented status should not affect a child’s ability to obtain a birth certificate.
“We think that they are not immigration authorities,” he said. “The passport is the official way to identify oneself.”

Trump Cruz Rally

Trump and Cruz plan rally against Iran Nuclear agreement in D.C. by Joe A. Gilbertson, 8/30/15
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have scheduled a joint rally to protest the agreement with Iran.  This rally is being put together by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America, and will be staged n Washington D.C on the West Lawn of the Capitol on September 9.  It will feature both candidates, with Cruz as the keynote speaker and Trump as his invited guest.
Both Trump and Cruz have decried the Iran agreement, painstakingly negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry, but which appears to cater to religious extremists in Iran.  As Trump said, Iran will become “so rich and powerful” once the deal goes into effect.
Author's Note:  With Trump's drawing power, the rally could draw many thousands of people and become a spectacle that could push additional Democrats in Congress to vote against the deal. This is a powerful strategy that, if successful in defeating the Iran deal, could greatly increase the stature of Trump and Cruz.
This rally also underlines the current alliance between Trump and Cruz, who appear to complement each other in political style.  This may be a strategy that carries through the rest of the campaign, possibly resulting in Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket in the general election.
Currently the Republican majority is not sufficient to overcome a presidential veto.  Obama does not want to have to use his veto power on this measure and Congressional Democrats are planning a filibuster to attempt to foil the defeat of the measure.

Iran bribes Democrats

Traitor Senators Took Money from Iran Lobby, Backed Iran Deal by Dan Greenfield, 8/26/15, Jewish Press  {Originally posted to Frontpage Mag website}

Senator Markey has announced his support for the Iran deal that will let the terrorist regime inspect its own Parchin nuclear weapons research site, conduct uranium enrichment, build advanced centrifuges, buy ballistic missiles, fund terrorism and have a near zero breakout time to a nuclear bomb.

There was no surprise there. Markey had topped the list of candidates supported by the Iran Lobby. And the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) had maxed out its contributions to his campaign.

After more fake suspense, Al Franken, another IAPAC backed politician who also benefited from Iran Lobby money, came out for the nuke sellout.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Iran Lobby’s third Dem senator, didn’t bother playing coy like her colleagues. She came out for the deal a while back even though she only got half the IAPAC cash that Franken and Markey received.

As did Senator Gillibrand, who had benefited from IAPAC money back when she first ran for senator and whose position on the deal should have come as no surprise.

The Iran Lobby had even tried, and failed, to turn Arizona Republican Jeff Flake. Iran Lobby cash had made the White House count on him as the Republican who would flip, but Flake came out against the deal. The Iran Lobby invested a good deal of time and money into Schumer, but that effort also failed.

Still these donations were only the tip of the Iran Lobby iceberg. Gillibrand had also picked up money from the Iran Lobby’s Hassan Nemazee. Namazee was Hillary’s national campaign finance director who had raised a fortune for both her and Kerry before pleading guilty to a fraud scheme encompassing hundreds of millions of dollars. Nemazee had been an IAPAC trustee and had helped set up the organization.

Bill Clinton had nominated Hassan Nemazee as the US ambassador to Argentina when he had only been a citizen for two years. A spoilsport Senate didn’t allow Clinton to make a member of the Iran Lobby into a US ambassador, but Nemazee remained a steady presence on the Dem fundraising circuit.

Nemazee had donated to Gillibrand and had also kicked in money to help the Franken Recount Fund scour all the cemeteries for freshly dead votes, as well as to Barbara Boxer, who also came out for the Iran nuke deal. Boxer had also received money more directly from IAPAC.

In the House, the Democratic recipients of IAPAC money came out for the deal. Mike Honda, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Iran Lobby backed the nuke sellout. As did Andre Carson, Gerry Connolly, Donna Edwards and Jackie Speier. The Iran Lobby was certainly getting its money’s worth.

But the Iran Lobby’s biggest wins weren’t Markey or Shaheen. The real victory had come long before when two of their biggest politicians, Joe Biden and John Kerry, had moved into prime positions in the administration. Not only IAPAC, but key Iran Lobby figures had been major donors to both men.

That list includes Housang Amirahmadi, the founder of the American Iranian Council, who had spoken of a campaign to “conquer Obama’s heart and mind” and had described himself as “the Iranian lobby in the United States.” It includes the Iranian Muslim Association of North America (IMAN) board members who had fundraised for Biden. And it includes the aforementioned Hassan Nemazee.

A member of Iran’s opposition had accused Biden’s campaigns of being “financed by Islamic charities of the Iranian regime based in California and by the Silicon Iran network.” Biden’s affinity for the terrorist regime in Tehran was so extreme that after 9/11 he had suggested, “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran”.

Appeasement inflation has since raised that $200 million to at least $50 billion. But there are still no strings worth mentioning attached to the big check.

Questions about donations from the Iran Lobby had haunted Kerry’s campaign. Back then Kerry had been accused of supporting an agreement favorable to Iran. The parameters of that controversial proposal however were less generous than the one that Obama and Kerry are trying to sell now.

The hypothetical debates over the influence of the Iran Lobby have come to a very real conclusion. Both of Obama’s secretaries of state were involved in Iran Lobby cash controversies, as was his vice president and his former secretary of defense. Obama was also the beneficiary of sizable donations from the Iran Lobby. Akbar Ghahary, the former co-founder of IAPAC, had donated and raised some $50,000 for Obama.

It’s an unprecedented track record that has received very little notice. While the so-called “Israel Lobby” is constantly scrutinized, the fact that key foreign policy positions under Obama are controlled by political figures with troubling ties to an enemy of this country has gone mostly unreported by the mainstream media.

This culture of silence allowed the Iran Lobby to get away with taking out a full-page ad in the New York Times before the Netanyahu speech asking, “Will Congress side with our President or a Foreign Leader?”

Iran’s stooges had taken a break from lobbying for ballistic missiles to play American patriots.

Obama and his allies, Iranian and domestic, have accused opponents of his dirty Iran deal of making “common cause” with that same terror regime and of treason. The ugly truth is that he and his political accomplices were the traitors all along.

Democrats in favor of a deal that will let a terrorist regime go nuclear have taken money from lobbies for that regime. They have broken their oath by taking bribes from a regime whose leaders chant, “Death to America”. Their pretense of examining the deal is nothing more than a hollow charade.

This deal has come down from Iran Lobby influenced politicians like Kerry and is being waved through by members of Congress who have taken money from the Iran Lobby. That is treason plain and simple.

Despite what we are told about its “moderate” leaders, Iran considers itself to be in a state of war with us. Iran and its agents have repeatedly carried out attacks against American soldiers, abducted and tortured to death American officials and have even engaged in attacks on American naval vessels.

Aiding an enemy state in developing nuclear weapons is the worst form of treason imaginable. Helping put weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists is the gravest of crimes.

The Democrats who have approved this deal are turning their party into a party of atom bomb spies.

Those politicians who have taken money from the Iran Lobby and are signing off on a deal that will let Iran go nuclear have engaged in the worst form of treason and committed the gravest of crimes. They must know that they will be held accountable. That when Iran detonates its first bomb, their names will be on it.

About the Author: Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli born blogger and columnist, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His work covers American, European and Israeli politics as well as the War on Terror. His writing can be found at These opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lean State Government

Water supplies must be maintained through a series of reservoirs, rivers and pipelines. The number of gallons of water in these reservoirs should be sufficient to supply water to residents and agriculture through all periods of drought.
Interstate highways, state roads, freight rail lines, pipelines and harbors need to be provided and maintained to support commerce. All gasoline taxes collected from automobile drivers and trucking operations should be used to ensure robust interstate highways and state roads. Federal gas taxes should be retained by the state. The top of I-285 needs to double in size to handle the traffic. Atlanta needs an Interstate Bypass to decongest I-285.
Low utility rates are needed to provide electricity and natural gas to residents and businesses.  Coal and nuclear should not be abandoned.  Expensive solar and wind should not be subsidized by federal or state taxes.
Federal laws and regulations that damage the Georgia economy should be nullified by the Georgia Legislature. The unnecessary EPA air and water regulations should be nullified.  Obamacare should be nullified.  Federal occupation of Georgia land should be ended; all land in Georgia should be private or deeded to the State or Municipalities.
There is absolutely no reason for the State to own any wildlife preserves.  Let the Sierra Club buy their own land.
Education and healthcare consume too many federal and state tax dollars. These subsidies over the years has resulted in total unaffordability.  The costs of education and healthcare are 4 times higher than they should be. These industries need to be repaired by the free market.
Public transit should not receive any federal or state tax subsidies.  This is a local expense and in most cases is unnecessary. Passenger trains should be private.
Local roads, storm drains, sidewalks, bike lanes and multi-purpose trails should be funded by local taxes only. Road maintenance should be good before recreational modes are created.
Government agencies should not engage in “nanny-state” activities.  Families are responsible for their members, not the government.  Medical kidnapping should not be allowed. Children’s Protective Services should be closed. Crimes can be reported and investigated by the Police. Children do not belong to the state. Community Supervision should be repealed. Parents should be able to keep their children from bureaucrats seeking adoption bounties.
Government should never be viewed as a “jobs program”.  The cost of government at all levels has long past the price/demand curve.  Labor costs for government and functions dealt with by government need to be cut in half. 
Citizen Abuse
Traffic fines are too high. Poorly designed road systems confuse drivers and most stop signs do not really require a full stop. High density results in insufficient road-width. Traffic fines are predatory.
Property seizure is abused. Banks should not allow the seizure of business or personal accounts. Police should not be able to seize any person’s property.  Property seizure is predatory.
No-Knock Warrants contributed to the Revolutionary War. Police should not take tips from criminals or raid an alleged drug house with a Swat Team without documented probable cause and a Warrant issued by a Judge. 
Voter abuse in Georgia
The Georgia Legislature spends most of its time expanding Municipal powers over voters.
The fact that Cobb County voters were not able to vote on the Brave’s Stadium deal is a travesty. They should not be charged $1billion to further congest I-75 North.
Regionalism and UN Agenda 21 implementation caused flawed zoning ordinances pushed by consultants to be created in Dunwoody. Shrinking lot minimums to 15,000 square feet created a split-lot in-fill dispute in Dunwoody Club Forest and the addition of “care homes” in R-100 residential zoning resulted in a medical treatment facility being plopped in the middle of Manget Way subdivision.  Homeowners had to hire attorneys to plead their cases.
Easements in Dunwoody are excessive. The addition of bike lanes and sidewalks on Mt. Vernon Road resulted in an initial “taking” of easements that were 50 feet from the centerline each way, for a widening that would only result in a 12 foot widening. This would remove 1/3rd of some homeowner’s yards.  The additional suicide lane that was planned was removed from the plan by the city council, but the easement remains as a threat and a property value loss for resales.
Separation of Public & Private
Easements present a problem for Homeowners. If the easements are actually government property and they are considered public property, homeowners should only be taxed on what they actually own as private property.
Dunwoody Bait & Switch
Dunwoody voters approved their city charter in 2009 based on the 3.04 millage cap. In 2011, the Dunwoody City Council quietly slid redevelopment authority on the ballot.  In 2014, the new charter added Taxing Districts to ensure that voters would not be able to vote to raise their Dunwoody taxes.
Hall County Property Tax
In 2015, Hall County hired an out-of-town consulting firm to appraise property.  They increased Lake Lanier property by 300+%.  Homeowners had to appeal all of these assessments.
Property Rights Abuse
All cities and counties in Georgia have Land Use Plans and beg the question whether Land Owners have any rights to use their land as they wish. This is government of the government by the government and for the government and tramples individual rights.
The free market system used to allow property owners the freedom to do what they wanted to do.  Now property owners are strapped with federal, state, county and city rules that will result in their failure to manage their property to pay for itself.  If a farmer needs to switch crops or livestock to stay afloat, they should be able to do this easily.  Rural areas need to continue to be able to use septic tank systems, bottled LP gas, well water and their own equipment and farming techniques.  They should be able to sell their land for residential development.
Valdosta Georgia, Lowndes County has banned subdivision development outside their designated area. That’s too much free market interference. The only check on high in-town property prices is the freedom to move out.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader