Homeland Security raids home to seize Land Rover over EPA violation

I could not think of a better companion piece to the Lawsuit vote taken yesterday by the House against this out of control government that appears to have no bounds. To all the trolling Obamabots, is this how you wish to live in America? The DHS grabbing your stuff under what purview? Yet, this story barely makes a ripple. Sadly, it is no longer rare. Every single agency is out of control. Here we go:

In another example of how the Department of Homeland Security has expanded far outside the purview of its original function, six vehicles full of DHS agents were required to seize a Land Rover from a couple in Statesville, N.C. due to the fact that the vehicle allegedly violates EPA emission standards.

As part of its mission to “protect the Homeland,” the DHS has been busy seizing imported vehicles that don’t comply with safety and CO2 regulations.

Jennifer and Bill Brinkley were satisfied that their $60,000 dollar purchase of a Land Rover Defender on eBay complied with regulations because it fell into the exemption category of a vehicle 25 years or older.

However, when DHS agents turned up at the property, they compared the car’s Vehicle Identification Number to a list and immediately seized the Land Rover. The couple were not given “a chance to debate the issue.”

WBTV’s Steve Ohnesorge said DHS agents conducted “almost like a raid to get the car.”

“it’s just unnerving the way they did it,” said Bill Brinkley.
H/T: Dead Citizens Rigths Society

Vote tally Count House lawsuit against Obama

Vote count for Lawsuit  Click on Yeas and Nays and NV in box below for individual votes.

US House votes to move forward with lawsuitagainst  Obama

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 465(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)
H RES 694      YEA-AND-NAY      30-Jul-2014      4:23 PM
QUESTION:  On Ordering the Previous Question
BILL TITLE: Providing for consideration of H.Res. 676, providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States and H.R. 935, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013; and for other purposes

YEAS NAYS PRES NV
REPUBLICAN 227 6
DEMOCRATIC 195 4
INDEPENDENT
TOTALS 227 195   10

 

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Chamber of Commerce to back Democrat Mary Landrieu

Think you have heard it all? I am waiting to hear from Karl Rove on this one. The Chamber of Commerce is willing to offer up the Senate to the Dems by supporting Landrieu. Even worse is the bizarre election process  that takes place in Louisiana.  So we will be waiting until December to probably know the outcome of the control of the Senate. One can only imagine next December. Keep in mind Reid paid her off with millions of bucks for the final vote to push forward Obamacare. Here we go.

Rob Engstrom, the US Chamber of Commerce’s national political director, recently told a gathering of trade association executives that the Chamber planned to endorse Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in her reelection bid this year. The endorsement, reported by the New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, could decide the balance of power in the Senate and preserve Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader.

In the RealClearPolitics average of polls, she trails her leading Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, by one point. An endorsement from the Chamber could throw her a critical lifeline as she tries to separate herself from Obama and national Democrats and position herself as a conservative Democrat.

Louisiana holds its primary election on the same day other states conduct their general election. The top two voter getters in Louisiana then proceed to a run-off election in December. It is not improbable that control of the Senate could hang on the outcome of the December run-off in Louisiana. Having endorsed Landrieu, the Chamber would find itself fighting to keep Democrats in control of the Senate. 
More over at Breitbart

So Chamber, is it all about clout and not one of the most corrupt politicians?

Here is an old post just for the memory back in 2009

Landrieu To Hold Fundraiser for Reid

Yesterday, Mary Landrieu closed the deal for a payoff to Louisiana in exchange for her vote to let Harry Reid’s health care restructuring bill go to Senate floor debate. The deal had been negotiated over weeks, with initial reports putting the price tag at $100 million, only to haveLandrieu brag that the real price was $300 million.

Named as one of the 15 most corrupt politicians, it was only a question of “how much” for her vote. Its LA remember? 

Landrieu, D-La., violated federal bribery laws in getting a $2 million earmark for a reading program whose executives and lobbyists donated to her 2002 re-election campaign.

Landrieu brags that the real price was $300 million as opposed to $100 million to get her Reid Vote. No shame whatsoever. We will never know how much was promised to the rest of the Dems for their 30 pieces of silver in the form of a yes vote.

Now, it turns out that Landrieu has agreed to hold a fundraiser for Reid in New Orleans:

She and political consultant James Carville will host a brunch for Senator Reid  on Dec. 12 at the St. Charles Avenue home of David Voelker, an investor who chairs the Louisiana Recovery Authority and was a supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

I am sure the two are not connected. Just like Landrieu’s vote had nothing to do with the payoff.

http://www.examiner.com/x-13590-New-Orleans-Conservative-Examiner~y2009m6d17-Mary-Landrieus-still–hustling-earmarks-and-skirting-the-law
http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2009/11/landrieu-to-hold-fundraiser-for-reid.html

Yes, all about the clout

John Kerry back to his old habits – ‘whichever way the wind blows’ on Israel

I had this visual of Kerry out there windsurfing. If only he could get back in that particular groove and stay home. I bring you two clips. The first was the fine ad at the time Lurch thought he should be President. Then a clip of him with his smug attitude that all he needed to do was hop in his plane and the world would fall at his feet and say, but of course John Kerry. Meanwhile he throws Israel under the bus.

Kerry’s Big Blunder Supporting Hamas Terrorists

By turning to Turkey and Qatar, Kerry also enhanced their position in the regional power game. That’s contrary to the interests and desires of the United States’ traditional allies, such as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the moderate Palestinian camp headed by Abbas.

Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he’s pursuing a Gaza cease-fire — and it’s not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians.

Kerry’s error has been to put so much emphasis on achieving a quick halt to the bloodshed that he has solidified the role of Hamas, the intractable, unpopular Islamist group that leads Gaza, along with the two hard-line Islamist nations that are its key supporters, Qatar and Turkey. In the process, he has undercut not simply the Israelis but also the Egyptians and the Fatah movement that runs the Palestinian Authority, all of which want to see an end to Hamas rule in Gaza.

 

WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a “misinformation campaign” against the top American diplomat.

“It’s simply not the way partners and allies treat each other,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Her comments were echoed by the White House, where National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was “dismayed” by mischaracterizations of Kerry’s efforts. Israeli media reports have cast Kerry as seeking a cease-fire that is more favorable to Hamas and being dismissive of key Israeli concerns.

- See more at: North Jersey

If only Kerry would stay home and let Israel take care of business. Arrogant little man who knows nothing.

American Households net worth two-thirds of what it was during Bush

How about a feel good moment as we trundle off to work on a Monday morning? Too bad there is no one out there who can articulate the info. Just saying. Meanwhile revenues to the government via taxes hit an all time record. I would say the Obamabots should be wearing a smile on their faces. Everything right on schedule with this redistribution thing. Class warfare should commence at anytime now.

The median household net worth under Obama declined one-third what it was during the Bush years.

Under Barack Obama American households are worth two-thirds of what they were worth under George W. Bush.
The New York Times reported:

Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.

The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline,according to a study financed by theRussell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But during the same period, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially.

The Russell Sage study also examined net worth at the 95th percentile. (For households at that level, 94 percent of the population had less wealth and 4 percent had more.) It found that for this well-do-do slice of the population, household net worthincreased 14 percent over the same 10 years. Other research, by economists like Edward Wolff at New York University, has shown even greater gains in wealth for the richest 1 percent of households.

Obama’s latest Rule: Control of Zoning laws, and a ‘Refugee’ in your neighborhood

It was only a matter of time until this regime got their grimy little fingers into our Zoning Laws, and it looks like they figured out a two-fer with this one. Not only will be they able to inject the so-called “refugees’ into every nook and cranny of our towns and cites, under the threat of lawsuits they will have their way in which we determine how we live. How many towns will be willing to front millions of dollars to fight the government? Section 8 housing, coming next door to you real soon. Anyone want to bet they will go after GOP towns and cities? Got to get the Dem voters in there don’t you know. Here we go:

The Obama administration, in July 2013, quietly introduced a new regulation that critics say will dramatically increase Washington’s power over local zoning laws in every city and town that accepts federal block grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The proposed rule, which is set to take effect in October, would put teeth on the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by providing a set of standards, guidelines and goals, then use data to “measure” and “assess” how well a local community is meeting its Fair Housing obligations.

Disparate impact is a legal doctrine employed by the Fair Housing Act that says any policy can be labeled as discriminatory if it has a ‘disproportionate adverse impact’ against any minority group.

“The way it would work, any zoning that would have a disparate impact on immigrant communities, despite their being based on sensible reflection of good faith and people just wanting to make sure their communities are protected, would be impacted by these regulations,” Fitton said.

For example, if a city’s zoning laws favor home ownership as opposed to renting or favor single-family homes over multifamily apartments, it would be susceptible to allegations of a disparate impact on minorities. That could trigger a lawsuit, which then forces a zoning change and construction of new Section 8, government-subsidized apartments in middle-class suburban neighborhoods.

And it’s the federal grants that could be used as a hook in the nose of these cities, forcing them to house illegal immigrants against their will.

Some are calling it the “Common Core of local zoning” that has flown under the radar for nearly a year. Instead of the U.S. Department of Education dictating education standards to local school districts, this rule change would allow HUD to influence zoning laws from the biggest cities down to the tiniest towns.

HUD’s proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule” showed up in the Federal Register on July 19, 2013. The rule has the backing of special-interest groups that promote open borders. One such group, with close ties to President Obama, is the Council of La Raza, which filed a public comment in favor of the rule.

Read more at WND

UPDATE: Americans for Limited Government has posted an “action alert” asking Americans to contact their U.S. senators and ask them to defund the Obama HUD rule before it takes effect on Oct. 1

Obama considers flying ‘refugees’ straight from Honduras to avoid rough trip

That is right, I took this straight from Weasel Zippers because, well I am speechless this morning and I just can’t get past this one and how could I find anything more jarring. No joke indeed. Let me add that McCain manages to make the print in the story with his acute acumen by  the quote “Under Senator McCain’s proposal, refugee applicants would be processed at home, and child migrants arriving in the United States illegally could be deported quickly”. Sure, you betcha. Yes, and let’s let the U.N. decide where and from whence they come.

“It’s a way to help folks avoid life-threatening escapes and journeys,” Ms. Blake said. “It’s a good idea. It’s a tested idea.”No Joke: Obama Considering Flying Immigrants From Honduras Straight To The U.S. So They Don’t Have To Sneak Over Border…

Via NY Times:

Stacie Blake, the director of government relations for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, an advocacy group, said the processing of potential refugees in Central America could be handled by the United States or by the United Nations, which makes refugee determinations in many other countries.

Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.

Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States. Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.

By moving decisions on refugee claims to Honduras, the plan aims to slow the rush of minors crossing into the United States illegally from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which has overwhelmed the border this year. More than 45,000 unaccompanied minors from those three nations have arrived since Oct. 1, straining federal resources to the point that some agencies will exhaust their budgets by next month, the secretary of Homeland Security has said.

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