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Madison, Wisconsin, October 31, 2014

They only come around when it’s time for elections

Here’s an interesting video from Rebel Pundit that got my attention. These men have taken note of who runs the cities where they live. One notes, “There are no Tea Parties in New York City.” And the fellow in the photo below says, “They only come around when it’s time for elections. And another notes, “My life has been hurt by Democrats.” Honestly, who is better off after six years of Obama? Only those at the Tippy-Top who have been able to take advantage of their connections and the cheap money policies of the Federal Reserve. Regular people of every race and background are no better or even worse off.

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Post Office mail tracking is more extensive than previously reported

The US Post Office has been tracking mail for the FBI and other Big Government police forces and spy agencies for a while. And, now it has admitted that it’s mail tracking program is much more extensive than previously reported. A New York Times story reveals some of the new details.

The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax.

The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, offers one of the first detailed looks at the scope of the program, which has played an important role in the nation’s vast surveillance effort since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The audit, which was reported on earlier by Politico, found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual’s mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization.

In addition to raising privacy concerns, the audit questioned the efficiency and accuracy of the Postal Service in handling the requests. Many requests were not processed in time, the audit said, and computer errors caused the same tracking number to be assigned to different surveillance requests.

“Insufficient controls could hinder the Postal Inspection Service’s ability to conduct effective investigations, lead to public concerns over privacy of mail and harm the Postal Service’s brand,” the audit concluded.

The audit was posted in May without public announcement on the website of the Postal Service inspector general and got almost no attention.

Interviews and court records also show that the surveillance program was used by a county attorney and sheriff to investigate a political opponent in Arizona — the county attorney was later disbarred in part because of the investigation — and to monitor privileged communications between lawyers and their clients, a practice not allowed under postal regulations.

Theodore Simon, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said he was troubled by the audit and the potential for the Postal Service to snoop uncontrolled into the private lives of Americans.

“It appears that there has been widespread disregard of the few protections that were supposed to be in place,” Mr. Simon said.

The Times story has a lot more information. Check it out and find out just how much of your life is being recorded by Big Brother.

Ebola can survive on surfaces for up to two months

This is scary. Research by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has shown that the Ebola virus can survive on even dry surfaces for up to two months. I wonder if anybody has told Obama’s Ebola czar (in real life he’s a political hack for Joe Biden)? How about the CDC which seems to be more interested in public relations than disease control. The truth is the government is trying harder to hide its ignorance, to cover up its failures and further its political agenda than solve this Ebola outbreak. Think about it for one second. The CDC says that the Ebola virus isn’t transmitted through the air and then we see police officers with masks over their mouths and nose on the street outside Ebola patient’s quarantine site. Why wear a mask over nose and mouth if the virus isn’t transmitted through the air? Somebody isn’t telling the truth.

The number of confirmed Ebola cases passed the 10,000 mark over the weekend, despite efforts to curb its spread.

And while the disease typically dies on surfaces within hours, research has discovered it can survive for more than seven weeks under certain conditions.

During tests, the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) found that the Zaire strain will live on samples stored on glass at low temperatures for as long as 50 days.

For their 2010 paper, ‘The survival of filoviruses in liquids, on solid substrates and in a dynamic aerosol’, the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) tested two particular filoviruses on a variety of surfaces.

These were the Lake Victoria marburgvirus (Marv), and Zaire ebolavirus (Zebov).

Each was placed into guinea pig tissue samples and tested for their ability to survive in different liquids and on different surfaces at different temperatures, over a 50-day period.

When stored at 4° (39°F), by day 26, viruses from three of the samples were successfully extracted; Zebov on the glass sample, and Marv on both glass and plastic.

By day 50, the only sample from which the virus could be recovered was the Zebov from tissue on glass.

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IRS seizes bank accounts without charges ever being filed using an anti-drug-trafficking law

irsstealsyourmoneyAt first it’s shocking — that the IRS can seize your bank account without ever filing a single charge against you — but increasingly everyday people are beginning to realize that we don’t live in the America in which we grew up. This is Obama’s America; we live in an incipient police state run by corrupt politicians and supported by those whom they have frightened and made desperately dependent upon hand outs from the Big Government welfare state. The New York Times reports that the IRS is using a law intended to attack drug traffickers to attack mom and pop businesses.

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”

The federal government does.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

“They’re going after people who are really not criminals,” said David Smith, a former federal prosecutor who is now a forfeiture expert and lawyer in Virginia. “They’re middle-class citizens who have never had any trouble with the law.”

But the Institute for Justice, a Washington-based public interest law firm that is seeking to reform civil forfeiture practices, analyzed structuring data from the I.R.S., which made 639 seizures in 2012, up from 114 in 2005. Only one in five was prosecuted as a criminal structuring case.

The practice has swept up dairy farmers in Maryland, an Army sergeant in Virginia saving for his children’s college education and Ms. Hinders, 67, who has borrowed money, strained her credit cards and taken out a second mortgage to keep her restaurant going.

Their money was seized under an increasingly controversial area of law known as civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement agents to take property they suspect of being tied to crime even if no criminal charges are filed. Law enforcement agencies get to keep a share of whatever is forfeited.

Critics say this incentive has led to the creation of a law enforcement dragnet, with more than 100 multiagency task forces combing through bank reports, looking for accounts to seize. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks and other financial institutions must report cash deposits greater than $10,000. But since many criminals are aware of that requirement, banks also are supposed to report any suspicious transactions, including deposit patterns below $10,000. Last year, banks filed more than 700,000 suspicious activity reports. Owners who are caught up in structuring cases often cannot afford to fight. The median amount seized by the I.R.S. was $34,000, according to the Institute for Justice analysis, while legal costs can easily mount to $20,000 or more.

Read the rest of the story. It’s very informative. And then sit down and ask yourself if there is something you can do to get the corrupt Big Government gangsters running these extortion rackets back under the control of the American people. Civil forfeiture is a crime not a crime fighting tool.

Main suspect in killing of two deputies is a twice deported illegal alien drug dealer

Here is some more fruit from President Obama’s failure to deport illegal aliens. The primary suspect in the murder of two sheriff’s deputies in Sacramento County, California, is a violent  illegal alien drug dealer, according to the Associated Press and the BizPac Review, who had been deported twice previously first in 1997 and again in 2001. Obama, however, and lots of other Democrat politicians don’t pay much attention to immigration laws and prefer to make up their own without regard to what is officially on the books or what is good for the American people. Anyway, now two deputies are dead and their children are fatherless thanks to the Obama and the Democrats’ catch-and-release policy for illegal aliens.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said.

The suspected shooter told Sacramento County Sheriff’s investigators that he was 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City. However, his fingerprints match the biometric records of a Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte in a federal database, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said.

Monroy-Bracamonte was first removed from the country in 1997 after being convicted in Arizona for possession of narcotics for sale. Monroy-Bracamonte was arrested and repatriated to Mexico a second time in 2001, Kice said.

The suspect was being held without bail on suspicion of two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of carjacking.

His wife, 38-year-old Janelle Marquez Monroy, was also in custody on suspicion of attempted murder and carjacking after the attack on Friday that left two deputies dead and two other victims wounded.

Investigators spent Saturday at the multiple crime scenes “trying to kind of sort through the chaos so we can methodically rebuild this,” Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said.

The two suspects were questioned for hours as authorities sought a motive for the shootings that began when Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was shot in the forehead with an assault rifle at close range as he checked out a suspicious car in a motel parking lot.

A search of Utah court records for Marquez shows a history of about 10 tickets and misdemeanor traffic offenses between 2003 and 2009. Those records list one speeding ticket for Monroy in 2009 and three small claims filings attempting to collect outstanding debts.

If finger print records had been checked and identities verified after those traffic stops the murder suspect would have been caught and theoretically deported, again. But, Obama and many other Democrat politicians, including the sheriff and the county executive here in Dane county, Wisconsin, and the Mayor of Madison do not permit officers to verify identities. Illegal immigrants are caught then released as though they are telling the truth when they give the officers their stolen and fraudulent identification information. As the article says, the murder suspect gave a false identity to officers when he previously broke the law. How many other violent, criminals are being let back out among us thanks to Obama and other sleazy politicians breaking the law?

Hillary, too, says: “you didn’t build that!”

Ahhhhh, we’re off to a fine start this Sunday morning with some Hillary news getting my attention. Hillary Clinton is following in Obama’s footsteps playing the demagogue-in-chief. According to the Huffington Post, Hillary stole Obama’s infamous “You didn’t build that” line. Of course, she made it her own saying in Boston:

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.

From where does that $250,000-a-speech freeloader think jobs come? If he were still alive, Hillary, go tell Steve Jobs that. Frankly, Hillary is nothing more than Obama with cankles.

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