Just who is Rashida Tlaib – of the vulgar impeachment remark fame?

 

By now most of us have heard of Rashida Tlaib, famous for her vulgar impeachment screed made recently. But just who is this piece of work? No surprise really. A Soros sponsored anti-Semitic Muslim for Congress gal. Let’s take a quick look. No doubt just a beginning.

Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) did not disclose the name of the source of funds for a fellowship that was paid by liberal billionaire George Soros—as required by the House ethics committee—and also disclosed a lesser amount than she received, according to a review of tax and financial disclosure forms. (She of course will get a pass.)

The Washington Free Beacon obtained the most recent copies of tax forms for a number of Soros’s organizations, including the Open Society Institute, the legal name for the Open Society Foundations, the entity in which Soros pushes millions in funding to a number of liberal causes and organizations.

An expenditure of $85,307 to Rashida Tlaib in Detroit, Mich., from 2017 is shown on page 97 of the 321-page report to “increase involvement of disenfranchised urban communities of color with their local governance process by creating a community benefits strategy for equitable development and creating a leadership training for impacted residents focused on negotiation skills and identifying leverage at the local level.”

Tlaib did not report any income in the amount of $85,307 on financial disclosure forms submitted as she was running for office, which identified the names of the sources that provided her income in three of four cases.

However, the fourth reported source of earned income is marked as a “Leadership in Government Fellowship,” but does not identify who provided the payment.

A press release from 2016 shows that Tlaib was chosen for a “leadership in government” fellowship by Soros’s Open Society Foundations along with seven other individuals.

Tlaib was paid $139,873 by Soros’s group in 2016, tax forms show. Between 2016 and 2017, Tlaib received a total of $225,180

More at Free Beacon

This just tops off the story.

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Refresher: Romney and Bain Capital – a Company ‘Harvester’

 

How about a refresher now that Romney has arisen like the “Ghost of Christmas past.”

How easy to forget what a swamp creature he was and is, and we should not be surprised that he couldn’t even wait to be sworn in to attack Trump. His baby – Bain Capital. The harvester which bought distressed companies, attempted to make improvements, but not to worry. If they failed they simply sold their assets, went bankrupt with employees losing their pensions in some cases then on to the next – wash, rinse and repeat. He no doubt was successful. There is no doubt had a couple of super hits – Staples being one.

 

 

 

Here are a few snippets:

 

But at Bain, Romney’s top priority wasn’t to boost employment. As the Wall Street Journal recently noted, creating jobs “wasn’t the aim of Bain or other private-equity firms, which measure success by returns produced for investors.” And, the newspaper reported, Romney’s 100,000-jobs claim is tough to evaluate.

Mother Jones has obtained a video from 1985 in which Romney, describing Bain’s formation, showed how he viewed the firm’s mission. He explained that its goal was to identify potential and hidden value in companies, buy significant stakes in these businesses, and then “harvest them at a significant profit” within five to eight years.

……But this short clip offers a glimpse of Romney when he was at the start of his private equity career and saw businesses as targets of opportunity that could be harvested for the benefit of his investors, not as long-term job creators or participants in a larger community. His remarks were hardly surprising, but they did encapsulate the mindset of get-in/get-out private equity deal makers.

H/T: Mother Jones

 

This video was created in 1985.

People are still puzzled how he became so rich so fast. Especially his IRA.

Mitt Romney’s unprecedented refusal to release his tax returns* is the one about how he got so rich–and how, more specifically, he managed to accumulate $20-$102 million in his IRA.

On the IRA question, donations to individual retirement accounts, which are shielded from taxes until withdrawals begin, are limited to $4,000 per year (and used to be $2,000).

So, barring a miraculous rate of return from as-yet-unspecified “investments,” it’s hard to see how Romney’s IRA could have grown so large.

But since Romney’s IRA investments are disguised via a byzantine series of offshore entities designed at least in part to minimize US taxes, it is impossible to do this analysis without having access to his returns. More at Business Insider

Linda Sasour Skypes into High School about Women’s March and Radical Agenda

 

 

What a way to start the New Year. Indoctrinating our kids, This from Pamela Geller.

Sarsour has no loyalty to America. On the contrary, her loyalty is to Islamic triumphalism and the imposition of sharia on the only country in history that is based on individual rights and freedom. Sarsour has but one loyalty: to jihad. And this Pennsylvania high school is treating her as if she is some sort of hero of social justice and women’s rights. If her beloved sharia were implemented, these high school students would quickly discover what her vision of women’s rights is really all about.

 

We have much to do to protect our kids. More  here

 

 

This from several years ago. She was already at it.

Linda Sarsour telling high school students to learn about Jesus and Mary from the Quran and to not listen to what their teachers tell them.

Tax Text Messages! Here’s Another Good Idea –

Here’s Another Good Idea

by Mustang

 

Carla Peterman

An exasperated Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission, Carla Peterman bemoans the California budget.  It continues to increase even as tax revenues fall.  Under most instances, we expect rational persons to conclude that if tax revenues are falling and budgets are increasing, then there are only two choices: decrease the budget or increase taxes to support it.  This may be the signature difference between conservatives and progressives: a conservative would scrub the budget of wasteful or patently stupid planned expenditures.  A progressive will take the less complicated road: increase taxes — and that just what  Carla Peterman, has proposed.  She wants to tax text messages because in doing so, it will help fund a program that makes phone services available to low-income Californians.

Let’s give it to Peterman – everyone should have a Peterman phone

 

 

 

And darn it, the state’s public purpose program budget has increased from $670-million in 2011 to around $998-million in 2017 while revenues collected the telecom industries have decreased from $16-billion to “only” $11.3-billion over the same period of time.  So, California needs to protect this “universal service” and intends to do so by placing a tax on text messaging.

Not all Californians are happy about this, of course.  People in the telecom industry aren’t pleased because the tax will impact profits (the reason they’re in business to start with).  Jim Wunderman, who serves as president of the Bay Area Business Council isn’t happy; he thinks the proposal is “a dumb idea.”  He argues that the proposal is a tax on how people converse in the twenty-first century.  Trade groups agree, and besides that, it taxes android messaging while ignoring such other applications as iMessaging, WhatsApp, and Facebook messaging.  They argue that Peterman’s proposal is illogical, anti-competitive, and harmful to consumers.

Peterman is pushing back, however, arguing, “If more revenues come from texting, then less revenues would be needed from voice services.”  Huh?

Anyway, how much money will this tax actually produce?  According to the California Chamber of Commerce, it should generate around $45-million each year.  But, dagnabbit, that’s not enough money!  Carla has a plan for that, too: she wants to make the new law retroactive for five-years.

It seems to me that we’re talking about an awful lot of money supporting “low income” citizens.  In California, low-income citizen means any person making less than an annual income of $30,000.00.  That’s right!  Because given the cost of living in California, it owns the dubious distinction of having the highest levels of poverty in the entire nation.  It also means anyone who is living in California illegally.  So, the proposed tax increase will benefit people who make less than $30-grand a year, including folks who, according to federal law, are living in the United States unlawfully.  To be clear, we’re speaking about 20.6% of the state’s population, or roughly 8.3 million.

Perhaps what California ought to do is take another look at the somewhat irrational notion that citizens (low-income or otherwise) have a constitutional entitlement to hand-held computers (cell phones).  I’m not certain about this, but I think this inane idea originated with Barack Obama, who took a humanitarian gesture (government subsidized landlines for senior citizens for emergency purposes) and expanded it to include cell phones that enable teenaged gangsters to organize flash-mobs, take pictures of police officers who exceed their authority, and to video-capture felonies … because dude, it’s cool.  One wonders how much an Obama Phone costs American taxpayers …

Before deciding to increase taxes, a responsible government would first reevaluate programs that drive up the cost of services.  Guaranteeing telephone services to 8.3 million citizens at the expense of the remaining 31.7 million people could be one of those things Peterman might scrub from the CPUC budget.  I’ll bet there are at least a hundred other programs that California might remove from their annual budget, but that will not happen for two reasons: first, the California legislature has a super-communist majority in the power, and second, no government has ever seen a tax it didn’t like.

But there is another point of view.  Maybe those 40-million Californians deserve outrageous taxes because it is they who overwhelming elected communists to the state legislature in the first place.

Appeals court rules the Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees’

 

First let’s acknowledge that the Federal Government owns two-thirds of the Western States. This does not account for what the State and Local governments own.

Now moving East, we have a couple more States of considerable acreage of government land. This acknowledgement before we get to the latest insult a few judges have visited upon us.

The XL Pipeline is stalled in its tracks. First insult-

A refresher:

Nov 9, 2018 – A U.S. district judge has issued an order blocking construction of the controversial transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment.

 

More at NPR

 

 

Recall that last winter the Boston area had to count on Russia for its Natural gas. Yes, that big bad Russia Russia Russia. Meanwhile we are awash in Nat gas. That story later on. But here it the latest in turning us into a “Hunter-Gatherer” society soon to forage for heat and food.

Appeals court rules the Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees’

 

A federal appeals court cited Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to slam the U.S. Forest Service for granting a private company a permit to build a natural gas pipeline across two national forests and the Appalachian Trail.

 

 

 

“We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.'”

— The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

 

 

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA., said in a ruling on Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” when it granted the permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Dominion Energy, the pipeline’s lead developer, NPR reported.

“We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,’” the three-judge panel said in the ruling, quoting the classic story.

The court decided that the Forest Service did not have the authority to grant the permits to build a pipeline that would originate in West Virginia and stretch across Virginia and North Carolina.

The pipeline plans caused uproar among environmental groups as parts of it would have to be built through the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests and across the Appalachian Trail, the NPR reported.

“This conclusion is particularly informed by the Forest Service’s serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines,” the judges said.[…]

Dominion Energy said they will appeal the decision in a statement to NPR.

“If allowed to stand, this decision will severely harm consumers and do great damage to our economy and energy security,” said Aaron Ruby, a spokesman for Dominion Energy.

“Public utilities are depending on this infrastructure to meet the basic energy needs of millions of people and businesses in our region.”

Keep reading…

Let’s return to this absurdity.

Russian Nat Gas has to be imported to New England but let’s get on Merkel

Better yet, the Jones Act precludes Americans helping out other Americans:

The U.S. has several LNG export facilities that are already operational or will come online in the coming years. Why can’t we ship American LNG to Boston?

One reason is an antiquated federal law from 1920 – the Jones Act – that prohibits cargoes from being transported between U.S. ports unless they are carried on American-flagged ships.

The stupid thing:

There are about 150,000 miles of oil pipelines and more than 1.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines in theUnited States. ALREADY! 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently announced that in 2017, for the first time since 1957, the U.S. exported more natural gas than it imported.

Yet, even as we become a global energy superpower, political barriers prevent us from maximizing the benefits of the shale revolution.

Earlier this year, New England — located just a few hundred miles from the Marcellus Shale, one of the world’s largest natural gas fields — was forced to import a cargo of Russian liquefied natural gas. This was necessary because anti-energy activists have convinced local elected leaders to block new energy infrastructure, including pipelines that could bring American gas to the region. This is making households in the Northeast more dependent on imported energy, and forcing them to pay among the highest energy bills in the country. More at Washington Examiner

Here are a couple of sites where one can find out pipeline locations down to the county.

Pipeline101 – Where-Are-Pipelines-Located

 

Interactive map of pipelines in the United States | American …

he National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) Public Viewer from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration allows users to view pipelines and related information by individual county for the entire United States. The map includes: Gas and hazardous liquid pipelines.

Oversight Hearing on Clinton Foundation Blows Up – GOP Battles Own Witnesses

 

Apparently I have a very different take on the House Hearing on the Clinton Foundation matter than many others. I give kudos to Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch for the old college try. But anyone who follows him as he makes his rounds on Fox with his latest FOIA request pretty much knows his gig and what he has. Phillip Hackney was the Democrat’s choice to testify in a meaningless meandering until Meadows was kind enough to encourage a drill into Trump – don’t hold back. I include video of the hearing.

Then, it was all downhill for me as the Financial duo who has the stuff on the foundation began their testimony and headed into a major beating. As I followed twitter I was amazed. Hmm someone took that blue pill. But what a relief when I discover that the Washington Examiner doesn’t think things went so swell either:

Oversight panel hearing on Clinton Foundation blows up as GOP battles its own witnesses here

John Moynihan and Larry Doyle

 

I’ll let you wander over to the Examiner to read the claims these two fellows have against the Clintons and the Foundation. if you can get through the ads- worth it – but a taste of it follows.

A congressional hearing on the Clinton Foundation turned into a fiasco on Thursday after Republicans clashed with their own witnesses — two private investigators who refused to turn over documents that they claimed showed evidence of criminal wrongdoing at the Clinton Foundation.

Two financial analysts who say they have uncovered evidence of pay-to-play and financial crimes at the Clinton Foundation, were invited to testify on their findings by the House Oversight Committee’s Republican Chairman Mark Meadows.

But tensions erupted between Meadows and the two witnesses after Moynihan and Doyle refused to turn over 6,000 pages of documents that they say back up their claims — documents that the pair has already given to the FBI and the IRS.

Snip

But Meadows questioned that explanation, saying he spoke to the IRS before the

Meadows

hearing and was told the witnesses’ work with the committee would have no impact on the status of the IRS investigation. “I don’t find how [refusing to turn over information] provides a good foundation for truth and transparency,” said Meadows.

Republican Rep. Jody Hice also criticized the witnesses. “I feel like you’re using us for your own benefit,” said Hice, adding that there was a “little game going on here.”

Moynihan argued that he and Doyle were invited to the hearing and would have happily not attended. “Let me be very clear. You invited us. If you don’t want us, disinvite us,” he said.

Moynihan added that there was no benefit to sharing the documents with the committee because congress doesn’t have law enforcement capabilities. “That’s why we presented to government agencies, which you’re not,” said Moynihan. Meadows promised to subpoena the documents from his witnesses.

“Don’t get cute with me,” he told Moynihan. “I thought you said you were all about the rule of law, all about the truth.”

This was just a small taste of the nasty banter, and most of the GOP on the committee were more than happy to join in the pummeling. I might add this was the last Meadows hearing he will ever have no doubt, and heck, might as well go out with a splash showing how impartial you are. Maybe getting turned down for the next Chief of Staff position might have left a bitter taste. More at Washington Examiner here

Tom Fitton

 

 

 

I have included the entire hearing. If you want to hear Fitton, enjoy. So now we hear again that good old Session’s team player U.S. Attorney John Huber who was supposedly keeping his eye on things, turned down the financial analysts evidence twice. But we sort of figured this was how it was going.

Fitton takes up the beginning. About 1:30 into it, the dynamic duo with the supposed reveal start a ten minute recitation of their acumen on this matter. Pass it if you like. If you want a bit of the fellow Hackney, back it up a bit.

So get out a cold one, some popcorn, ease back in that old recliner, and what the heck, do the whole darn video.

 

 

The House Oversight Government Operations Subcommittee holds a hearing on oversight of nonprofit organizations and restrictions to their political activities, with a focus on the New York-based Clinton Foundation.

Comey is the Cornered Rat not Trump

 

Alice in Wonderland

Did I take the Red Pill or the Blue Pill? Frankly by now I cannot remember. All I know is that somehow I slid down the rabbit hole and like Alice I know not where I am.

This after a weekend of bizarre interviews with Trump opponents claiming they had their very fingers on his jugular.

Bernstein claims that Trump the rat is cornered? Impeachment soon. Going to Prison. On and on.

Comey: “Former FBI Director James Comey asks American voters to end Donald Trump’s presidency with a “landslide” victory for his opponent in 2020.”

 

The Truth? They are the ones trapped. They know it. They are fighting for their very existence because given enough time, Trump can become the vicious dog who corners his prey.

See, two can play this game.

Comey has much to fear. Comey may fear for his brother as well.

Recall the Clinton Foundation whistleblower?

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raids Home Of Whistleblower On Clinton …

here

Why the raid? Because the FBI is sweating bullets to learn what the whistleblower turned over to congress. They knew he had whistleblower status and should not have been touched. They knew he had an attorney that they should have contacted, not him. But they did it anyway. Thats what cornered dogs do.

But more importantly

CLINTON NIGHTMARE! Chief Financial Officer of Clinton Foundation …

Clinton Foundation CFO Who ‘Knows Where the Bodies Are Buried …

Western Journal

That’s because in one the documents being presented to the subcommittee will be comments from the Clinton Foundation’s longtime chief financial officer, Andrew Kessel.

According to The Hill’s John Solomon, Kessel is quoted as saying he was “unable to stop former President Clinton from ‘commingling’ personal business and charitable activities inside the foundation and that he ‘knows where all the bodies are buried.’”

Comey’s Brother?

Additionally, Peter Comey, James’ brother, serves as “Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas” for DLA Piper, according to the report.

DLA Piper is number five on Hillary Clinton’s all-time career Top Contributors list. DLA also performed an independent audit of The Clinton Foundation in November.

DLA Piper also does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes. That’s right. In fact, when the Clinton Foundation scandal broke, it was DLA Piper that performed the 2015 audit on the Foundation, which was supposed to be an independent audit for the appearance of propriety.

Clinton Foundation tax forms reveal millions in unreported donations.

An examination of the charity’s tax forms by reporters earlier this year prompted Clinton Foundation officials to undertake an “exhaustive review” of past returns, which uncovered “several additional errors,” according to foundation president Donna Shalala.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, for example, the Clinton Foundation did not list any government grants.

Back to Comey

 

A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe.

These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.

In the report, Comey is noted as receiving $6 million in one year alone from Lockheed Martin, who is a Clinton Foundation donor, and became a donor in the same year Comey received those funds.

Haven’t had enough yet?

Additionally, Mr. Comey became a board member, a director, and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member of the London bank HSBC Holdings in 2013. HSBC has also partnered with The Clinton Foundation, where records indicate that the bank projected $1 billion in financing through the Clinton Foundation for “retrofitting” 1,500 to 2,000 housing units to conserve energy.

Remember, Peter Comey,  James’ brother, serves as “Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas” for DLA Piper, according to the report.

H/T:Washington Standard

Just remember earlier B-ville post:

Twenty Million Americans spied on, unmasked, and Comey’s coverup?

and finally, most importantly. The Clinton Foundation is simply a shell game,

For Hillary, charity begins at home. Little reported with the Friday dump of her tax returns is the fact that $14 million of her “charity” went to her own foundation. So a tax break for herself. Actually, our little contribution to her corruption machine. It took me to go to the Indian Express to find this gem.

Indian Express:

The Clintons donated nearly 11 percent of their income to charity in 2014, according to her tax return. This year, the Clintons boosted personal donations to their global family charity, the Clinton Foundation, to between $5 million and $10 million.

Now the laugh line:

Clinton Foundation placed on charity ‘Watch list’

What I find amazing is the media’s refusal to cover the fact that the Clinton Foundation gives out only about 15 percent of its “donations” for grants. We keep hearing about all of the “good works” that they do, but compared to its revenue, it is nothing but a money beast that enriches and corrupts others. So here we go:

Last month, the website The Federalist looked at the Clinton Foundation’s IRS filings for the period between 2008 and 2012. According to its analysis, only 15 percent of the $500 million raised during that span when towards grants for other organizations.

Nearly $110 million was paid out in the form of salaries and benefits while $25 million went towards travel expenses. Almost 60 percent of the organization’s disclosed revenue — or $290 million — was listed under the category of “other expenses.”

The Clinton Foundation has joined Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on a list of naughty nonprofits maintained by Charity Navigator, a prominent charity monitor.

The Clinton Foundation was put on Charity Navigator’s “watch list” last month,The New York Post reported on Sunday.

Charity Navigator created a watch list last year to include any charity that does not “meet our criteria.” Organizations are placed on the list when Charity Navigator becomes “aware of conduct that may affect a donor’s decision to support that charity.” (Think Haiti as their one charitable cause that enriched Hillary’s brother.)

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