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calendar   Wednesday - May 15, 2013

Thanks Doc

Doc Jeff sends me this one, which echoes my thoughts of the other day.


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Pretty creepy graphic. Almost as creepy as that one of John Kerry the love hamster.

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/15/2013 at 12:26 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 14, 2013

That IRS Scandal

Who me, a cynic? I have not yet begun to Cyn!

I haven’t written about the latest scandal to come bubbling up out of the DC cesspit. I’m not sure that I want to, because I instinctively feel it’s a set up. A sucker’s bet. Smoke and mirrors, although it doesn’t seem to be throwing the slow-to-awake hound dogs of the media off the Benghazi scent.

But I feel it’s a con. Somehow. That the whole thing will be traced to a small number of mid-level “rogue” employees, amorally doing what they “thought” would “benefit” their Big One. And that’s why the “scandal” broke in the first place. Because all the i’s were dotted and all the t’s crossed and all the records and emails cleansed before this was allowed to be news, so that the chain of evidence goes only so high and does NOT reach the top.

A half dozen or so IRS agents will take the fall. All of them will be near to retirement anyway, and they’ll just step down. Oh, there will be talk, endless talk, of criminal prosecution ... which will go nowhere. And yet somehow, behind the curtain, those agents who are dismissed will somehow be taken care of. Once out of the limelight for a month or so, they’ll get jobs in other departments. Or they’ll find themselves as consultants, earning some ultra fat salary for a year or two in some sinecure job that makes up, more than makes up, for the wages from the old job and any benefits lost. If, and it’s an unlikely if, those that get the axe are stripped of their bennies and retirement accounts. If. Don’t bet on it.

In other words, the fix is in. Before the game even begins.

And even though the running dog media is currently in high dudgeon, red hot and seething that the phone and email records of their brothers over at Associated Press were illegally seized by another branch of the dictatorship, not a single one of them will push. Not really push. Because the truth is out there, somewhere. Somehow. And you know as well as I do that this whole “scandal” was just Business As Usual to this Regime. With their full knowledge and consent. And direction. And approval. All the way to the very top. All the way up to former Secretary of the Treasury “"turbo tax” Tim Geithner, and beyond. You’ll hear “Nixon’s enemies list” half a million times (because no matter how big a Socialist Nixon was, and he advanced the Socialist Agenda at least as much as any other president, the MSM will forever have it in for him because he was the guy who put Alger Hiss away. An actual communist spy, who just happened to be the media’s and society’s darling), but you won’t hear a word about “Obama’s enemies list” even though you yourself can easily find video of him referring to his political opponents AND a vast number of Americans, as his enemies. On multiple occasions to boot. Don’t ever forget that your own government considers you a potential terrorist and a threat and has since the early days of this president’s “rule”. A word he himself used when His Arrogance began the transition from the never-before-seen-in-the-history-of-The-United-States “Office of the President Elect” to his actual inaugural empowerment.

Nor will the press ever recall that Slick Willy Clinton also sicced the IRS on people and organizations he didn’t like. Down the memory hole. Forgotten. Ignore that such a thing shows that harassment by the tax man is SOP to the Left.

The truth? If there is a truth in here somewhere, it’s that any (and every?) branch of the government can be (is?) a running dog apparatchik for the party in power. Assuming that the branch was properly “cleansed” when the party took power, which Evil Booosh never did at State. Or at EPA. Or at Energy. Or at Education. But which Clinton did, so all those branches are filled with Progressive types. And each and every one of those branches has been, and still is, used to further the agenda of the Left. The Far Left. And it never ever is news. At least not until the top players have moved on from their appointed positions and a deep impenetrable moat dug around the godkings at the top.

And some elected-for-an-entire-career DC Dimwit is yaddering away on last night on TV about how this IRS scandal destroys people’s faith and trust in government. HAH!




And now, back to your daily show. Flip on the boob tube, and watch both sides of the aisle in DC get all frumpety, and start blowing the trumpets of righteousness and resentment with every breath, because everyone hates the IRS. Because this is their perfect “me too” moment. And it will go nowhere.

So have a ton of links. It’s a terrible tale, and in an honest world it would result in firings and arrests for the larger part of the upper reaches of an entire branch of government. The same way that Benghazi should be a blood purge over at State. The same way that Fast And Furious should have been a blood purge over at Justice and at Homeland Security. Three out of many, all of which should have resulted in impeachment. And none of them will. Because the fix is in.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/13/irs-scrutiny-went-beyond-tea-party-criteria-broader-than-thought/
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/irs-began-targeting-conservatives-in-2010/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/12/irs-targeted-groups-that-criticized-the-government-ig-report-says/
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324715704578478851998004528.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/13/us-usa-tax-irs-criteria-idUSBRE94C03N20130513
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/14/irs-timeline-shows-dc-officials-in-loop-on-tea-party-targeting/


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/14/2013 at 08:02 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 02, 2013

Forget Selective, Now We’ve Got Anti-Enforcement

Colorado Voting Bill Would Guarantee Crooked Elections Forever



Colorado’s Democratic-controlled state legislature is ramming through an election bill that critics say will open the door to voter fraud and intimidation.

The “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act” is expected to pass the legislature this week. Democrats control both chambers of the legislature, as well as the governor’s mansion, meaning the bill could pass without a single Republican vote.

The bill is under consideration amid accusations that Republicans in other states have tried to suppress the vote by passing laws that require some form of identification in order to vote.

The Colorado law would make mail-in ballots mandatory while eliminating local polling places and allowing people to vote on the same day they register.

Critics of the bill say that these changes could lead to fraud and voter intimidation.

“I want our elections to be easy to vote and tough to cheat, and this ruins that balance,” said Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican who has been an outspoken opponent of the bill.

Gessler said the two main provisions of the bill are “a recipe for fraud” and have both been proven problematic. Wisconsin and Minnesota both have same day registration, and they have both seen large problems with fraud, Gessler said.

read more at this link.

Once the voting process has been utterly corrupted, the ruling party will always win. No matter what. And gee whiz, too effin’ bad, voting is more than a right it’s a civic duty. So you’ve got to do a bit of work. You’ve actually got to register in advance and be properly and fully vetted. Then you’ve actually got to show up, prove you’re a legitimate voter, and cast your ballot. With our growing population, maybe Election Day is too constraining. Fine. Make it Vote Counting Day and open the polls for an entire month before that. And absentee ballots only to those truly disabled or hospitalized. If you’re out of the country at the time, get to the US Embassy there and cast your vote, but with the same proof of legitimacy. And the foreign polls close a week before Vote Counting Day. And the overseas military vote gets sent in two weeks before it as well. Hardship? Hardly. But when you make it too easy to vote, you open the door to an avalanche of fraud. And that’s no accident, if it’s the Dems who are behind a bill like this. And they are. Always. And against Voter ID. Always. That’s because they’re corrupt. Always.

The bill also strips voters of “the protection of a private voting booth,” Gessler said, which opens up voters to the possibility of intimidation.

Some Colorado voters have already been subject to voter intimidation using mail-in ballots, said Marilyn Marks, who heads the voter watchdog group Citizen Center and has lobbied against the pending bill.

Citizen Center launched a lawsuit alleging a March recall election in Center, Colo., which partially used mail-in ballots, was rife with corruption and voter intimidation. The suit said individuals pressured voters in low income and Hispanic areas to vote for certain individuals by giving them pre-filled ballots dropping off their ballots at the polling place.

These individuals allegedly used children’s participation in the federal education program Head Start as leverage over parents, Marks said. One individual who initially said he had been intimidated will not testify now out of fear of reprisal, she said.

Marks said the mail-in ballots strongly supported the recall while those who voted in a traditional polling location did not.

Gee, that’s a pretty smelly coincidence, ain’t it?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/02/2013 at 12:27 PM   
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More Selective Enforcement

That Judge Needs To Make Another Ruling

The judge who gave DHS’s Crappy Nappy a spanking the other day when she said she could selectively enforce the laws needs to make a bigger, more blanket ruling. Or get his bosses in the Supremes to issue a similar edict, ASAP.
Aww heck, just put me in charge for an hour. I’d demand that the voter rolls be purged in every county of the nation, with proof supplied every 60 days hereafter, or else a complete cut off of all federal funding.

ACRU Sues DOJ: Enforce The Law, Clean Up The Voter Rolls In Mississippi



The American Civil Rights Union wants local election officials to clean up voter rolls in Mississippi. Last Friday, the group filed suit against two counties that have more registered voters than the Census says they have voting-eligible citizens.

The ACRU is stepping into the breach left by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Under Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez (now nominated to head the U.S. Department of Labor), the division has refused to enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the Motor Voter law. Section 8 requires states to remove ineligible voters from their registration lists.

Filing the ACRU lawsuits against Jefferson Davis County and Walthall County were three former Justice Department lawyers: Christopher Coates, Christian Adams (the legal editor of PJ Media), and Henry Ross. As the complaints outline, the U.S. Census says Jefferson Davis County has only 9,536 residents of voting age. Yet the county has 10,078 registered voters, giving it a registration rate of 105 percent. (The national average hovers at about 70 percent.)

Walthall County rolls are even more astonishing. The Census counts only 11,368 voting-age residents there, but the county boasts 14,108 registered voters — a 124 percent registration rate.

County officials don’t seem too concerned about it, though. They refused to respond to the ACRU’s request for information on what Walthall County was doing to comply with the Motor Voter requirements.  Section 8 requires states and local election officials to make “a reasonable effort to remove the names of ineligible voters” when they die or move away.

That may seem to be a commonsense requirement, but the radical wing of the civil rights community loathes the provision.

The Obama administration has not filed a single case to enforce Section 8, even though numerous counties in many states have the same disparities between voter rolls and eligible voters as these two Mississippi counties. Their voter registration lists are out-of-date because local officials are not deleting names of those who have died, moved away, or otherwise become ineligible to vote.

acRu, not acLu. Not the same folks, even if you’re Japanese.

Honest government starts at the very bottom, at the very beginning: the election process. If that continues to be rigged, citizens have no reason to believe any other aspect of the government is legitimate or honest. And this government isn’t doing a darn thing to enforce those laws. Hmmm. Thugopoly much?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/02/2013 at 12:14 PM   
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calendar   Friday - April 26, 2013

Golly, How Unexpected

Jury: FRAUD Put Obama On The Ballot

Is it too late to declare a national Mulligan?

Officials found guilty in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud
A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election. Two Democratic political operatives were convicted Thursday night in the illegal scheme after only three hours of deliberations in South Bend. They were found guilty on all counts.

Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr.  was found guilty of felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud and forgery, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe was found guilty of felony forgery counts and falsely making a petition, after being accused of faking petitions that enabled Obama, then an Illinois Senator, to get on the presidential primary ballot for his first run for the White House.

Morgan was accused of being the mastermind behind the plot.

According to testimony from two former Board of Election officials who pled guilty, Morgan ordered Democratic officials and workers to fake the names and signatures that Obama and Clinton needed to qualify for the presidential race. Blythe, then a Board of Elections employee and Democratic Party volunteer, was accused of forging multiple pages of the Obama petitions.

Gee whiz, my head is spinning. I never ever never thought anything like this could ever possibly happen.

“I think this helped uphold the integrity of the electoral system,” the prosecutor, Stan Levco told reporters.

“Their verdict of guilt is not a verdict against Democrats, but for honest and fair elections,” he said.

Oh horseshit. The Democrats cheat all the friggin time on elections, from graveyard votes to ballot box stuffing to Black Panthers “guarding” the polling places, to ACORN, to fighting tooth and nail against voter ID. If they couldn’t cheat there wouldn’t be a Democrat in office anywhere, hardly. So knock off the PC “we are all guilty together” crap. This is absolutely and indictment against the Dems, and if it had been the Rethuglicans doing this the air raid sirens would be going off everywhere and this would be the ONLY story on every news venue everywhere. So, bite me.

The scheme was hatched in January of 2008, according to affidavits from investigators who cite former Board of Registration worker Lucas Burkett, who told them he was in on the plan at first, but then became uneasy and quit. He waited three years before telling authorities about it, but if revelations about any forgeries were raised during the election, the petitions could have been challenged during the contest. A candidate who did not qualify with enough legitimate signatures at the time, could have been bounced from the ballot.

The case raise questions about whether in 2008, then candidate Obama actually submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the primary ballot.

“I think had they been challenged successfully, he probably would not have been on the ballot,” Levco told Fox News.

Under state law, presidential candidates need to qualify for the primary ballots with 500 signatures from each of the state’s nine congressional districts. Indiana election officials say that in St. Joseph County, which is the 2nd Congressional district, the Obama campaign qualified with 534 signatures; Clinton’s camp had 704.

Prosecutors say that in President Obama’s case, nine of the petition pages were apparently forged. Each petition contains up to 10 names, making a possible total of 90 names, which, if faked, could have brought the Obama total below the legal limit required to qualify. Prosecutors say 13 Clinton petitions were apparently forged, meaning up to 130 possibly fake signatures.  Even if 130 signatures had been challenged, it would have still left Mrs. Clinton with enough signatures to meet the 500 person threshold.

Lucas Burkett. Remember the name. And make it a new synonym for cheating cowardly cocksucker. Thanks for nothing, shitheels.

And I’d say it’s dollars to donuts that the same kind of fraud went on in at least another dozen states, if not more.  Time for a mulligan. Wake up people, the legitimate government of your nation has been stolen from you. But wait, nevermind, it’s OK, because Bush Stole The Election and was Selected Not Elected and Bush Lied So People Died. Even if he didn’t, he wasn’t, and he didn’t. Truth is what our masters in the Ministry of Information say it is today.

At this rate, it will be 2025 before it comes out that, yes, he really was born in Kenya, and isn’t even an American citizen. But by that time we’ll be part of the New Caliphate, so it won’t matter.

UPDATE: retrieved from the memory hole: Team Hillary knew all about it, and far more, back in 2008:

“After studying the procedures and results from all 14 caucus states, interviewing dozens of witnesses, and reviewing hundreds of personal stories, my conclusion is that the Obama campaign willfully and intentionally defrauded the American public by systematically undermining the caucus process,” she said.

In Hawaii, for example, the caucus organizers ran out of ballots, so Obama operatives created more from Post-its and scraps of paper and dumped them into ice cream buckets. “The caucuses ended up with more ballots than participants, a sure sign of voter fraud,” Long said.

In Nevada, Obama supporters upturned a wheelchair-bound woman who wanted to caucus for Hillary, flushed Clinton ballots down the toilets, and told union members they could vote only if their names were on the list of Obama supporters.

In Texas, more than 2,000 Clinton and Edwards supporters filed complaints with the state Democratic Party because of the massive fraud. The party acknowledged that the Obama campaign’s actions “amount to criminal violations” and ordered them to be reported to state and federal law enforcement, but nothing happened.

In caucus after caucus, Obama bused in supporters from out of state, intimidated elderly voters and women, and stole election packets so Hillary supporters couldn’t vote. Thanks to these and other strong-arm tactics, Obama won victories in all but one of the caucuses, even in states such as Maine where Hillary had been leading by double digits in the polls.
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Obama’s flagrant busing of out-of-state caucus participants from Illinois was so obvious that even Joe Biden — today his running mate, then his rival — pointed it out at the time.

At a campaign stop before the Jan. 3 caucus at the JJ Diner in Des Moines, Biden “said what we were all thinking when he got on stage and said, ‘Hello Iowa!’ and then turned to Barack’s crowd and shouted, ‘and Hello Chicago!’” another precinct captain for Hillary told Long.

So primary candidates Clinton and Biden knew he was cheating even back then. I wonder how Obama managed to buy their silence afterwards?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/26/2013 at 11:52 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 11, 2013

Motor City Madness

Kwame Kilpatrick Convicted

Former Detroit Mayor Guilty On 24 Counts



A jury on Monday convicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of most of the federal charges against him—including racketeering conspiracy, extortion and the filing of false tax returns—in a case that accused him of using the mayor’s office to enrich himself and associates, CNN affiliate WDIV-TV reported.

Contractor Bobby Ferguson also was found guilty Monday of racketeering and extortion. Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was found guilty of a single tax count, and not guilty on two others charges, according to WDIV.

Kwame Kilpatrick, the Detroit mayor from 2002 until he resigned in 2008, was the biggest target of a years-long Detroit City Hall corruption probe that led to the convictions of two dozen people, including several of his closest friends and former City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

Ex-Detroit mayor got free trips from pension fund broker, feds say The former mayor was found guilty on 24 of 30 counts in federal court in Detroit. He could face up to 20 years in prison; sentencing did not take place Monday morning.

Federal prosecutors alleged Kilpatrick ran a criminal enterprise through the mayor’s office to enrich himself through bid rigging and extortion, and using nonprofit funds for personal gain.

In September 2008, the ex-mayor pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice stemming from his efforts to cover up an extramarital affair.

He also pleaded no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer who was attempting to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend in that case.

Kilpatrick could be facing 20 years behind bars. And of course he’s a Democrat. You can tell, because the CNN article doesn’t mention his party affiliation AT ALL.

The comments there are very hot, and mention something about his wife supposedly killing a stripper. That’s a story I’ve heard nothing about, and is not part of this group of convictions.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/11/2013 at 12:49 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 07, 2013

Bye Bye Jr

Jesse Jr, Jailbird To Be

Remember a few months back when he quit Congress in shame, citing his “mental problems” and how a big federal probe was launched on him? Things must be pretty bad there ...

Sneed has learned a plea deal is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of campaign fund misuse.

Sneed is told the plea deal includes Jackson serving time in federal prison.

“Significant jail time is now definitely a part of the deal,” said a top Sneed source close to the probe.

“But I think [Jackson’s wife] Sandi, feels like she was thrown under the bus by her husband, ” now that a separate probe has begun on her, a second source added.

For years, Sandi Jackson was paid nearly $5,000 a month from her husband’s campaign fund through her consulting firm, J. Donatella & Associates. The payments continued, even after Jesse Jackson Jr. checked into a mental health facility last year and — except for a robo-call — did not campaign for the Nov. 6 election, which he won.

There is loads more. Read it all at Sneeds. Hey, I wonder what Blago has to say on this? This guy won an election without even campaigning while he was staying at the extra long sleeves hotel? Amazing. Boy howdy, that’s the Chicago Way for sure.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/07/2013 at 11:05 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 18, 2013

A Different Kind Of Chocolate

Former NOLA Mayor Ray “Chocolate City” Nagin Busted For Bribery And Fraud

Par for the course. Of course.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted Friday on charges that he used his office for personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from contractors while the city was struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

The charges against Nagin are the outgrowth of a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen and a prison sentence for a former city vendor.

The federal indictment accuses Nagin of accepting more than $160,000 in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman who secured millions of dollars in city contract work after the 2005 hurricane. The businessman, Frank Fradella, pleaded guilty in June to bribery conspiracy and securities-fraud charges and has been cooperating with federal authorities.

Nagin, 56, also is charged with accepting at least $60,000 in payoffs from another businessman, Rodney Williams, for his help in securing city contracts for architectural, engineering and management services work. Williams, who was president of Three Fold Consultants LLC, pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to a conspiracy charge.

The indictment also accuses Nagin of getting free private jet and limousine services to New York from an unidentified businessman. Nagin is accused of agreeing to wave tax penalties that the businessman owed to the city on a delinquent tax bill in 2006.

The old king of the Big Easy is a Big Sleazy. Off to the hooscow with you Rayray. 25 years ought to be about right I think.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/18/2013 at 05:02 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 05, 2012

Finders Keepers, Unless You’re The Government

Rat bastards. Eff ‘em all with a tent pole. From now on all treasure hunter ships should have smelters on board. Fuck history. Find some gold or silver and melt it down. Shipwreck? We dint find no steenkin shipwreck!

(last February) Atlanta Federal Court Rules Against Odyssey Marine Exploration; Treasure Hunters Must Return Golden Fortune To Spain

An attorney for the Spanish government said a federal judge’s ruling Tuesday means Florida deep-sea explorers will have to start making plans to hand over 17 tons of silver coins and other treasure from a sunken 19th century galleon. Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. found the treasure off the Portuguese coast in 2007 in the wreck of what is believed to be the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, which was sunk by British warships in 1804. Last year, a federal appeals court in Atlanta affirmed a Tampa judge’s ruling that Odyssey must give the treasure back to Spain. The company then requested a stay of court proceedings as it continued its legal fight to keep the treasure. In court documents, the exploration firm said a stay of the court proceedings is needed to prevent Spain from keeping the treasure as U.S. courts continue to consider the case. But in an order Tuesday, a federal judge in Atlanta denied Odyssey’s motion for a stay.

Odyssey made an international splash in 2007 when it recovered the coins and other artifacts from the depths using a remote-control underwater vehicle and brought the loot back to Tampa via Gibraltar. At the time, experts speculated the coins could be worth as much a $500 million. They are still in Odyssey’s possession in an undisclosed location. Almost immediately, the Spanish government filed a claim in federal court in Tampa claiming that it never relinquished ownership of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes and its cargo. Odyssey had argued that the wreck was never positively identified as the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes. And if it was that vessel, then the ship was on a commercial trade trip — not a sovereign mission — at the time it sank, meaning Spain would have no firm claim to the cargo. International treaties generally hold that warships sunk in battle are protected from treasure seekers. The Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes was sunk by British warships in the Atlantic while sailing back from South America with more than 200 people on board.

The Mercedes exploded and sank about 10 minutes into the Battle of Cape Santa Maria, during the Napoleonic Wars. While technically Britain was not at war with Spain at the time (2 months later they were), they were about to be, and much of the treasure on board this fleet - the very last Spanish treasure fleet from the New World to the Old - was to be used both to prepare Spain for war and to pay off Napoleon. The British intercepted them at sea, shot them to bits, and captured the other ships in the fleet. Mercedes took a hit in the powder magazine, blew herself to shreds, and sank. A couple minutes of internet research does not tell me whether the Mercedes was an armed merchantman or an official ship of the Spanish Navy, although such distinctions may have been nebulous at the time.

Either way, pretty damned ballsy for Spain to lay claim to a treasure that they had lost 203 years ago, that was in essence STOLEN in the first place. And even ballsier for the US courts to give it to them. As precedent, this may put the kabosh on future treasure hunting expeditions. Why bother, if the governments are going to collude to steal it away?

Anyway, in their snooty victorious arrogance, Spain put a tiny amount of the treasure on display today. A very tiny bit: tons and tons of gold and silver make up this hoard; it’s too easy to search up hundreds of pictures of the stash from when Odyssey Marine held it.

MADRID – Spanish cultural officials have allowed the first peep at 16 tons of shipwreck treasure worth an estimated $500 million that a U.S. salvage company gave up after a five-year international ownership dispute.

A tiny portion of the loot from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a galleon that sank off Portugal’s Atlantic coast near the straits of Gibraltar in 1804, was shown to the media: 12 individual silver coins, a block of encrusted silver coins, two gold tobacco boxes and a bronze pulley.

Officials on Friday said some of the treasure will be put on display in museums next year. Spain got it from Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration in February after U.S. courts rejected arguments that the company was entitled to all or most of the treasure.

The company [Odyssey Marine] has said in earnings statements that it has spent $2.6million salvaging, transporting, storing and conserving the treasure.

But it is not expected to receive any compensation from the Spanish government for recovering it because the European nation has maintained that the company should not have tried to do so in the first place.

Meanwhile, Spain said the coins are classified as national heritage and must stay inside that country where they will be exhibited in one or more Spanish museums.

It ruled out the idea of the treasure being sold to ease Spain’s national debt in a country grappling with a 23 percent jobless rate and a stagnant economy.

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old photo: Odyssey workers sort through TONS of treasure from the Mercedes

... and all Spain puts on display is a Ziploc baggy full of coins and a pulley? Yeah. Right. And all the rest is going in a museum. Sure, sure it is. A “museum” in the Cayman Islands with a numbered account is my bet. I wonder if the bullion is worth more, now that’s it’s thrice stolen?

PS - and since Britain paid an indemnity to Spain for the whole fleet, because the capture and sinking thereof was considered an act of piracy at the time, then why didn’t the treasure go to the UK? WTH, they’d paid for it, more than 200 years ago.

PPS - to all nations of the world: a big SCREW YOU for your sunken ships. Once they’ve been on the bottom long enough for the bones to rot away - call it a decade - then what’s left is open to salvage by one and all. You want it back, then you’d better act in that first decade. Or you’d better control the whole area the entire time and build a memorial thingy over it ... or else it’s fair game. Not one bit of any of it that’s out in the open ocean can be declared some sort of bullshit World Heritage Site, unless the ship is in such shallow water that people can hold their breath and swim down to it. It’s all salvage. Riches from the deep. Sunken treasure, arrgh. That’s how it’s supposed to be.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/05/2012 at 10:43 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 24, 2012

This Is SO NOT SPARTA

The Wrong 300

Go tell the voters, stranger passing by, that here, disobedient to the laws, they lied.




Only 300? Several orders of magnitude off the mark in my opinion. Puh-leez. Go back and find the next 300,000 now.

Colorado finds 300 more suspected noncitizens on voter rolls

DENVER – There are 300 more suspected noncitizens on Colorado’s voter rolls, Secretary of State Gessler announced Tuesday in the latest chapter of a contentious national debate over what Republicans say is vulnerability in the voting system.

The latest figures are from the 3,903 people who received letters from Gessler’s office questioning their citizenship in August. During a first round of checks, Gessler said 141 others were found to be possible noncitizens based on a federal immigration database.

Critics of Gessler, who is a Republican, have questioned his political motives and argue the checks have the potential to disenfranchise eligible voters. Some of the people who have received letters questioning their citizenship have turned out to be U.S. citizens, and a few of the original 141 have maintained they are citizens.

The majority of the people who are suspected to be noncitizens and on the rolls are unaffiliated voters, which make up more than half, and Democrats, according to data provided by Gessler’s office. The proportion in party registration breakdown is similar to the overall number of people who received letters in August.

State election officials did additional checks this month after obtaining immigration identification numbers from the state division of motor vehicles for all of people who received letters. They received letters because at one point they showed proof they weren’t U.S. citizens, such as a green card, when obtaining a driver’s license.

On the one hand, I’m glad Colorado is doing something about mistakes in their voter rolls. On the other hand, gee whiz, they’re kind of late to the party when Election Day is right around the corner and many of these illegal voters may have already sent in an absentee ballot.

What I would like to see is this story repeated several thousand times over, as every state, every county, every town purges and purifies it’s voter rolls, every 3 months. It is entirely inexcusable in this day and age of computerized everything: the data validation and cross database checking for even a million voters shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. And you had best believe that all levels of government are digitally connected, especially after 9/11. 

Frankly, a properly kept voter roll is one of the key points to restoring faith in our government, so I’d like to see those officials who stand against this tell us why. Offer us your reasoning and your mea culpas; I’ll even give you a nice tall wooden platform to orate from. One with a trapdoor in it and a bit of sturdy overhead scaffolding above it. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/24/2012 at 09:20 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - October 14, 2012

Cold. Harsh. Perfect.

Best bumper sticker of the season.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/14/2012 at 11:10 AM   
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calendar   Friday - October 12, 2012

That Was So Unexpected

Last Week’s Jobless Claims: OOPS, We Missed Some Data

A sharp drop in the number of weekly jobless claims filed last week was caused by the failure of one large state to report all of its claims,, a Labor Department spokesman confirmed to FOX Business.

Initial jobless claims, which are a measure of the number of people recently laid off, fell by 30,000 to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years.

But the Labor Department spokesman said the numbers were skewed by one large state that underreported its data. The spokesman declined to identify the state, but economists believe California is the only state large enough to have such a significant impact on the overall numbers.

According to the spokesman, the reason that state’s claims numbers fell short was because the state left out a pile of unprocessed claims related to seasonal factors around the beginning of the fourth quarter, which began Oct. 1.

In a research note, Stephen Stanley of Pierpont Securities summed up the data: “In short, this reading is worthless in terms of informing on the general economy.”

California huh? And it was an accident because the unionized government employees didn’t get their task done on time? Yeah right. Pull the other one, it’s got bells on.

Coming a month ahead of the presidential election, some have suggested that the numbers are being manipulated for political purposes. Specifically, some supporters of Republican candidate Mitt Romney have accused the Obama Administration of doctoring the numbers to support President Obama’s re-election bid.

The White House and the Labor Department have denied the charges.

Denied the charges? Well now, that IS news.

Not.

update: Well yeah, all of that, plus this. Category shifting can hide plenty; it’s a form of accounting.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/12/2012 at 05:41 AM   
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calendar   Friday - July 27, 2012

$54,900,489 bribe to unions?

Well, I must say if this be true I am a bit disappointed in our Boris.

He’s the American born mayor of London and about as Brit as they come I suppose. Would have to check with Lyndon on that to be certain tho.
I know he’s a conservative and he’s beaten Red Ken for the office. Red Ken Livingston being the avowed former commie mayor.

Seems only recently Boris banged on about controlling unions etc. 
This article makes it appear as if Boris Johnson is responsible for all of this. And that he’s caved in.  I can’t believe that. Or maybe I’m just tired and not reading correctly.  Or I simply don’t want to believe it.
Here.
You decide.  Interesting stuff.

It’s a Boris bonus: London mayor offers hand outs to transport workers totalling £35m to stop them striking during Olympics

London Underground drivers will get around £1,000 for working throughout the Olympics

London Underground station staff will get a bonus of around £850

At Network Rail, around 800 maintenance and control staff have negotiated a pay rise of £3.50 an hour for the whole of the summer

By BECKY BARROW

Bonuses worth up to £35million are being handed out to transport workers in a desperate bid by London Mayor Boris Johnson to stop strikes during the Olympics.  ( $54,900,489 )

That is despite the fact that Mr Johnson has repeatedly called for reform of employment laws to make strikes harder to call.

Workers who have scooped bonuses simply for turning up to work include:

London Underground drivers, who enjoy an average salary of £45,000, will get around £1,000 for working throughout the Olympics. London Underground station staff will get a bonus of around £850.

At Network Rail, around 800 maintenance and control staff have negotiated a pay rise of £3.50 an hour for the whole of the summer.

In total, they will scoop around £500 despite the fact that no maintenance work will actually take place throughout the Olympics, except emergency troubleshooting.

Around 550 workers at the Docklands Light Railway, which connects the City to East London, will get an average of £1,132 from the Olympics and Paralympics.

They will get a weekly bonus of £100, and will also be guaranteed a minimum of five hours of overtime a week, for which they will be paid 25 per cent above their standard overtime rate.

Bus drivers will get a £577 Olympic bonus, even if their route is nowhere near a Games venue. They will get a payment of £27.50 each time they complete a duty over the 29 days of the Olympics and the Paralympics.

Around 220 permanent workers who are employed by the service giant Serco, which operates the Barclays Cycle Hire company, better known as ‘Boris bikes’, will get £500.
They will also get overtime worth up to double their normal hourly rate if they work over the weekends.

Launched two years ago, there are around 8,900 bikes and 612 docking stations in London which can be used by anybody to do short journeys around the capital.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/27/2012 at 06:11 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 18, 2012

ASS-WIPE JUDGES, BLOODSUCKING LAWYERS AND LEFTY WHITE VERMIN

I read this in yesterday’s paper and must share the idiocy.  Hastings is right, and many Brits are outraged at the idea.  But not apparently, the asinine judges who make dumb decisions.  But then, after all.  What can you expect from a place run by lunatics who let off criminals who assault ppl with the excuse that it wasn’t the gremlin who was responsible but the booze they drank.  Why should anyone expect more from a place run by apologists and hand wringing leftists who are actively working to destroy this country.  And trust me. They are.

If only the Queen would utter the words, “Who will rid us of these left wing nut cases,” surely some patriots would rise to the occasion and slay the red dragons.
At the rate things are progressing, maybe the things I didn’t think would happen as soon as in my lifetime, will.
And will ya get a load of those goofball names below. Jeesh. Bunch of letters strung together. Now who do you suppose convinced these life forms who normally grunt and swing thru trees, to launch a legal action?
Stupid fuckin guilty white folks and their leach like vampire lawyers.

I despair.  I really do. 

be sure and see the link for all of it and all the photos.


The folly of judges, vulture lawyers and a nation addicted to masochism

By MAX HASTINGS

At the High Court in London yesterday, the hearing began of a case in which three elderly Kenyans — Paulo Muoka Nzili, Wambuga Wa Nyingi and Jane Muthoni Mara — are suing the British Government for appalling injuries allegedly inflicted on them during the Mau Mau insurgency almost 60 years ago.

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The British Government sought to argue at an earlier hearing that the defendants’ claim should be thrown out ‘given the length of time elapsed and the complex legal and constitutional questions the case raises’.

However, a judge rejected this appeal to common sense and decreed that the claim should go forward.
In the weeks ahead, we shall hear a banquet of evidence deeply unflattering to the British colonial regime, with evidence from academic witnesses and revelations from hitherto secret government files.

There is no danger that the lawyers who earn fat fees from all this will find the rich seam of taxpayers’ gold running out. There is much more where the Kenya case has come from.
Alleged atrocities are being resurrected from the Fifties Malayan Emergency (the 1948-60 conflict fought between UK, Commonwealth and other security forces against Communist insurgents in Malaya).

The Metropolitan Police has just established a task force of 30 officers to prepare prosecution cases against potential British Army murder suspects for Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. Their inquiries are expected to last three or four years.

All this, to my mind, represents an exercise in state masochism to which no other society on Earth would subject itself. It is just the latest venture for the human rights and compassion industry, with almost unlimited scope for profitable expansion.

As a historian, I am under no delusions about the shortcomings of British behaviour during the uprising of the Mau Mau, who wanted to drive the white man from Kenya and to which I will return in a moment.

What seems extraordinary is that, after the lapse of many decades, we can subject ourselves at vast expense to legal flagellation by foreign claimants.
Who can imagine that any British plaintiff with similar grievances would have a cat’s chance of securing redress in any overseas jurisdiction?
British prisoners who suffered appallingly at Japanese hands during World War II, and, for that matter, Chinese women who were forced into sexual slavery, have whistled in the wind for a hearing in Japan for almost 70 years.
Martin McGuinness, a career killer for the IRA, shook the Queen’s hand the other week. He commanded the Derry Brigade. Who could suppose that if the dependants of victims of Irish terrorism sought to take McGuinness, Gerry Adams or their comrades before an Irish court, they would get past first base?
The Mau Mau insurgents were exceptionally brutal people who, mostly between 1952 and 1954, murdered some 2,500 of their own people and around 100 whites, terrorised villages and inflicted ghastly atrocities on those who refused to take their blood oath.
But when Kenya became independent in 1963, Mau Mau veterans became celebrated as freedom-fighters.

In rather the same fashion, the two Jewish terrorists who murdered the resident British minister Lord Moyne in Cairo in November 1944, and were hanged for the crime the following year, were exhumed in 1975 at the insistent request of the state of Israel, and reinterred in the nation’s Hall of Heroes.

Much the same has happened to several old Irish nationalist killers. Although it may seem deeply repugnant that old terrorists should be raised to national heroic status, most of us can live with it as the way of the world.
But it is cringe-making to watch the spectacle of citizens of former colonies that have been independent for many decades turning up in London to exploit our feeble-minded justice system.

judges see things differently. I fear that the human rights bonanza has gone to their heads.
Such is their conceit that they believe they can divine truth across the fog of decades. Such is their contempt for real life that they care nothing about the colossal waste of taxpayers’ money over which they preside.

Look, for example, at Lord Savile, who squandered £200 million conducting his Bloody Sunday inquiry, and still cannot understand what the rest of us think he did wrong. 
If the former Mau Mau plaintiffs win their case at the High Court and receive a truckload of cash, this will open the way for thousands more claimants from every corner of the old Empire.

Some enthusiasts say the opening of this case was a proud day for British justice, showing our determination to face up to our dirty colonial past, and our commitment to human rights.

To many of us, however, it merely highlights the folly of the judiciary and their inability to bring the smallest crumb of common sense to the lofty business of administering justice.
The Kenyan case is properly the business of historians, not of Britain’s legal vulture culture.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/18/2012 at 11:37 AM   
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