Thursday, May 28, 2015

Two Tweets ‘Favorited’ by Personal Twitter Account of Prosecutor in Freddie Gray Case Force Gov’t to Respond

Earlier this month, two controversial tweets were “favorited” by a personal Twitter account belonging to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. The first tweet referred to the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray as “those 6 THUG cops” and the other praised Mosby and claimed she “INFURIATES a certain kind of white person.”

Screengrab via Twitter/Daily Caller

Screengrab via Twitter/Daily Caller

But Mosby’s office is now claiming that the two favorited tweets were the work of a hacker.
“Both Mosby’s official Twitter account and her personal account were hacked,” the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office reportedly told “The Kelly File” on Wednesday. “We do not know how long it’s been going on, we are working with Twitter.”
Mosby revealed on May 23 that her official government Twitter account had been hacked, but did not mention her personal account being compromised. Further, the tweets in question were favorited by her personal account weeks before her government account was reportedly hacked.
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01:  Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 01: Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Fox News host Megyn Kelly expressed cynicism that a hacker would take over her account and only randomly favorite two tweets.
“The Five” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said Mosby is behaving like an “activist” when she is “supposed to be an impartial evaluator of the facts of the case.”
The officers charged in the Gray case have asked for a change of venue because it doesn’t appear they can get a “fair and impartial trial” in Baltimore.
Watch the segment via “The Kelly File” below:

(H/T: DC)


Anyone gets Murdered from these Cockroaches they need to thank Obama or go after him legally!


WASHINGTON (AP) — Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.
The five detainees were sent to Qatar, where government officials agreed to monitor their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country under the terms of the May 2014 exchange. Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after walking away from his Army post in Afghanistan, was released to the U.S. military.
He recently was charged with desertion.
U.S. officials have discussed with the Qataris the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires on June 1. But so far, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, meaning the five could leave the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula at the end of the month.
“In Congress, we spent a lot of time debating whether the Qataris were going to adequately keep an eye on them in the course of the 12 months,” said 
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
 of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. “My point all along was that I’m more worried about month No. 13 than the first 12.”

Schiff has been privy to the details of the still-secret memorandum of understanding the U.S. reached with Qatar that put the five under a 12-month watch following their release.
“The Qataris did pretty good — I wouldn’t say perfect,” he said about the year-long monitoring. “But the big question is what comes next.”
At least one of the five allegedly contacted militants during the past year while in Qatar. No details have been disclosed about that contact, but the White House confirmed that one was put under enhanced surveillance. 
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said last week: “I know that at least one has had communication with the Taliban.”

One or more of the detainees had some members of the al-Qaida-affiliated Haqqani militant group travel to Qatar to meet with them earlier in the year, according to 
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
, R-S.C. That was an indication that the group was reaching out to communicate with the so-called Taliban Five, said Graham, who predicts all five will rejoin the fight.

Four of the five former detainees remain on the United Nations’ blacklist, which freezes their assets and has them under a separate travel ban. But the U.N. itself has acknowledged that its travel ban has been violated. In a report late last year, the U.N. sanctions committee stated: “Regrettably, the monitoring team continues to receive a steady — albeit officially unconfirmed — flow of media reports indicating that some listed individuals have become increasingly adept at circumventing the sanctions measures, the travel ban in particular.”
The State Department insists that U.S. officials work to mitigate the risk of former Guantanamo detainees returning to the fight, threatening Americans or jeopardizing U.S. national security. U.S. officials have noted in the past that the five Taliban leaders are middle-aged or older, were former officials in the Taliban government and probably wouldn’t be seen again on any battlefield, although they could continue to be active members of the Taliban.
Members of Congress have repeatedly expressed concern about what will happen after the travel ban expires. They have asked the Obama administration to try to persuade Qatar to extend the monitoring.
“It’s impossible for me to see how they don’t rejoin the fight in short order,” said 
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
, R-N.H., wrote Defense Secretary Ash Carter in March, asking him to take any step necessary to make sure the five do not return to the battlefield in Afghanistan. And earlier this month, the 13 Republican members of the House Intelligence committee wrote President Barack Obama asking him to urge Qatar to extend travel restrictions on the former detainees indefinitely.

“If, as scheduled, Qatar permits these five former detainees to possess passports and travel to Afghanistan or Pakistan when the memorandum of understanding expires on June 1, they will be at liberty to play an even more direct role in attacks against the men and women of our military,” they wrote.
Many lawmakers from both parties were irate when the five Guantanamo detainees were swapped for Bergdahl. They complained that the White House did not give Congress a 30-day notification of the transfer, which is required by law. The White House said it couldn’t wait 30 days because Bergdahl’s life was endangered.
After the transfer, the House Armed Services Committee demanded the Pentagon release internal documents about the swap. The committee received hundreds, but lawmakers complain that they are heavily redacted. The committee inserted language in the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill that threatens to cut Pentagon spending by about $500 million if the Defense Department doesn’t provide additional information about the exchange.
Army Lt. Col. Joe Sowers, a spokesman for the Defense Department, said the Pentagon has provided the committee with more than 3,600 pages of documents and redactions have been minimal.

Elizabeth Warren unhappy the government doesn't borrow and spend money

In an incredible exchange with a liberal drone in Silicon Valley, Elizabeth Warren made it appear that she was unaware that the federal government borrows and spends money:
A conference attendee asked Sen. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, a fairly straightforward question: Why isn't the government, with interest rates so low and the country so obviously in need of infrastructure and other investments, doing the common-sense thing, which would be to borrow money at those low rates and invest?
"We are not doing it because the people in Washington – too many of the people in Washington – do not represent the folks who elected them. They represent the rich and the powerful, who don't want their taxes raised," Warren said. 
As of this writing, our federal debt was over 18 trillion dollars, and our unfunded obligations are probably in the neighborhood of 200 trillion dollars.  We borrow hundreds of billions of dollars because of what's called the "deficit," which Senator Warren may be unaware of.  As for spending on infrastructure, that was the entire intent of President Obama's massive stimulus package (which, of course, spent nearly nothing on infrastructure).
I never took Senator Warren's class on bankruptcy law when she taught at Harvard Law School (bankruptcy law didn't sound very fun), but I appreciate the irony of someone teaching such a course who has no understanding of what causes bankruptcy in the first place.  (I did see her – and Obama – around campus from time to time.  She always had an owlish expression on her face, as if she had been sucking on lemon candies.)
I don't honestly believe that Senator Warren is unaware that the government is borrowing money to finance spending.  But I do honestly believe that she considers the massive deficit spending we are now engaged in as insignificant.  Obama has massively increased spending and massively increased deficits; on economics alone, he's a far-left radical.  But Warren makes Obama look like a moderate.  She's an extremist, even compared to other extremists.
She's got her Marxist jargon down right, though.  The problem isn't government, but the "rich" who don't want their taxes raised.  The people who earn money are the evil ones, and the virtuous ones are those who take it away.
You know, I looked up her bio on Wikipedia.  Her entire life has been cushy teaching jobs and government positions.  She's never really worked in the private sector, and she has no comprehensions of the risks and difficulties of starting a business.  But the level of her extremism, even by the newly raised bar created by Obama's irresponsibility, is still quite striking.  As Mark Levin says, "the left never has enough; the left is never done."

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Be careful about calling a law The Affordable Health Care Act

By design or default, Justice Roberts may have done all of us a great favor.  In other words, his vote saying that the law was constitutional has given us all a chance to live under it.
What if Obamacare had been declared unconstitutional?  We would have spent the last three years hearing that those five Reagan-Bush-Bush justices killed affordable health care for all.
The latest is that the law is not very affordable, as Rich Lowry wrote today:
The problem is that the deductibles on many Americans' health insurance policies have shot up so high that as a practical matter they can't afford care. If a couple had a deductible of, say, $500 in the past, and it's now $3,000, that couple has to spend a lot of money out-of-pocket before reaping the benefits of coverage. And the higher the deductible, the more likely a person is going to skip some sort of needed treatment or medicine because he or she can't afford the up-front costs.
"About a quarter of all non-elderly Americans with private insurance coverage do not have sufficient liquid assets to pay even a mid-range deductible, which at today's rates would be $1,200 for single coverage and $2,400 for family coverage," the Wall Street Journal reported in March.
So now, many of the same groups that agitated for Obamacare are agitating for new government spending or tighter controls on the insurance industry and businesses to "solve" the problem. But perhaps the first question to ask is: How did those deductibles get so high in the first place?
The answer is Obamacare.
Obamacare's authors failed Common Sense 101.
First, you can't mess with one sixth of our GDP without unintended consequences.  Our health care system is a complex state-by-state reality that has developed over decades.
Second, people like choices, and I mean liberals, too.  It is silly to force 50-something couples to pay for maternity leave.

Third, the authors also failed actuarial reality.  The pool is older and sick.  A little sticker shock may be coming true.
The tragedy is that it didn't have to happen.  We didn't have to wreck our excellent health care system to help those who can't afford premiums, in transition between jobs, or with a pre-existing condition.   
We had solutions on the table for those problems.  Unfortunately, we took the political route and now face the economic consequences.
Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a market-oriented solution that actually addresses our health care needs.   
Even better that, let the states figure it out.

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IRS boss Koskinen in denial over massive agency hack

IRS commissioner John Koskinen wins the government’s “Alice in Wonderland” quote of the week in addressing a data breach at the IRS in which confidential records of 100,000 taxpayers and tens of millions of dollars were stolen.
The Washington Times reports:
Fraudsters stole private information from the IRS on more than 100,000 taxpayers and used it to bilk the agency of tens of millions of dollars, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday — though he insisted the breach didn’t affect most Americans.
The criminals gained access to the IRS through a new system called “Get Transcript,” which allows taxpayers to go online and get years’ worth of their own tax records. Mr. Koskinen said the perpetrators used information they already knew about taxpayers to fool the system into believing it was the taxpayer logging in, and then stole the transcripts with even more information.
IRS commissioner Koskinen reports “there’s nothing to see here,” with an amazing reply:

“This is not a security breach. Our basic information is secure,” Mr. Koskinen insisted in a call with reporters to discuss the theft, which had gone on for months — dating back to February — but was only caught last week.

Of course, the award may be premature, since the week isn’t over.

“This is not a security breach. Our basic information is secure,” Mr. Koskinen insisted in a call with reporters to discuss the theft, which had gone on for months — dating back to February — but was only caught last week.
Of course, the award may be premature, since the week isn’t over.


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Clinton Foundation finds itself drawn into FIFA soccer corruption scandal.

When I heard this breaking this Morning I thought to myself ; Watch the Clinton  "crime" family foundation be involved and Damn, here it is.

  Because this a soccer scandal: FIFA is the Grand Poobah of soccer.  They just indicted a remarkable bunch of higher-ups in it for endemic corruption, bribery, and general chicanery over World Cup bids.  This is genuinely a Big Deal for pretty much the rest of the world, not least because FIFA’s been smelling for decades now.
But now to the important bit: which is to say, its effect on American domestic politics. I’d like to make it clear that I was joking this morning on Twitter by speculating on FIFA’s relationship with the Clinton Foundation; I didn’t really expect to have that confirmed.  Silly, silly me.  I should have known better, really. Reality is always going to win these things:
Involvement with the embattled body extends beyond the foundation to Bill Clinton himself. The former president was an honorary chairman of the bid committee put together to promote the United States as a possible host nation for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.
When the U.S. lost the 2022 bid to Qatar, Clinton was rumored to be so upset he shattered a mirror.
But apparently Qatar tried to make it up to him.
Fifty to one hundred thousand from FIFA to the Clinton Foundation directly; two hundred and fifty to five hundred thousand from the Qatar 2022 World Cup committee; and one to five million from Qatar itself. Yeah, I think that we’re all in the wrong business, too.  And all of this over soccer, too.  A game than most Americans care about only when one of our teams has made it past the first stage*…
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: And then there is Qatar’s human rights record.  The phrase ‘they don’t really have many’ comes to mind…
*Yes, yes, yes: I understand that many people like soccer, and that they are upset that it has a poor reputation in our culture.  But that does not detract from my point that this is still an odd scandal to be splashed over the Clintons. Or at least an unexpected one.



This shows the Liberal Progressives in Congress still can't comprehend that Illinois is Screwed in Debt and they still want to spend more than they are taking in. Everyone I feel is going to feel the pinch. If not will Illinois end up like Detroit?  They say Madigan is powerful.  I see him as a Liberal douchbag because he is killing the State with Debt!

On Tuesday, House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic majority passed a bundle of budget bills that propose spending at least $3 billion more than the state will take in during the budget year that starts July 1. (Details on that action are here.)
On Wednesday, as the Illinois Senate prepared to take up those bills, Gov. Bruce Rauner said senators face a choice: choose reform by voting against the unbalanced budget or choose loyalty to Madigan.
Here’s the statement issued by Rauner’s office:
A Time for Choosing
State Senators Will Either Choose Reform or Side with Mike Madigan to Block it
SPRINGFIELD – With House Speaker Mike Madigan refusing to compromise and doubling down on a broken system, the state Senate is scheduled today to hold hearings on parts of Governor Rauner’s Turnaround Legislation.
Senate committees will conduct hearings on worker’s compensation reform, lawsuit reform and property tax freeze legislation that were filed last Friday. The Senate, however, is refusing to consider Term Limits and Redistricting Reform measures that were also introduced.
“Governor Rauner has made it clear that we cannot ask taxpayers to put more money into a broken system. The legislation being considered today represents some compromise reforms that are critical to turning Illinois around,” Rauner spokesman Lance Trover said. “Speaker Madigan and the politicians he controls in the House have made it clear all they want to do is raise taxes. Today, the Senate will begin to make clear whether they support reform or will side with Mike Madigan to block it.”
Descriptions of the Compromise Turnaround Legislation are listed below.