Shame on Axelrod

Shame on David Axelrod for denying that Obamacare is a tax. It is the biggest tax in American history. Stop lying, David, and tell the truth.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
~Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of US (1809 – 1865)

Nevada Governor Sandoval Pulls off a Major Business Victory for the State

Sandoval defends secrecy, tax breaks needed to lure Apple
By Sean Whaley
Nevada News Bureau
Gov. Brian Sandoval today defended the secretive process that led to a decision by Apple to build a data center and related facilities in the Reno area that will bring $1 billion in investment over the next decade.

“This is a long-term negotiation,” he said in an interview on the “Nevada NewsMakers” television program. “We’re talking to companies all the time and there is always a confidentiality provision. If there was some public discussion with regard to what the negotiations were, it could have nixed the deal. And I don’t want to take that risk.

“Once the deal was struck then it immediately was given to the local governments,” Sandoval said.

“There were public hearings that all occurred yesterday and the day before before the Washoe County Commission, before the Washoe County School Board, before the Reno City Council, that gave ample opportunity for comment and debate.”

A big part of the deal was $89 million in state and local tax breaks to lure the Cupertino, Calif., company to Northern Nevada. Sandoval also defended the incentives being provided to Apple.

“There are 49 other states who would have loved to have what we have,” he said. “And there were negotiations that went on back-and-forth. I had an opportunity to meet with some of the Apple officials early on and I think it was a great outcome for Nevada.

“I think it’s going to be a very strong magnet for us,” he said. “It shows that we’re in the game. It’s very competitive for these data centers across the United States. And Apple is going to look to see where we can go.”

“When you catch an Apple, we had to do what we had to do to get them here,” Sandoval said.

“But yes, we’re giving those $89 million but we’re also going to be getting so much more than that,” he said. “We are still going to be receiving tax revenue for our schools and for our local governments. It’s going to be producing tertiary jobs in the community as well. There are going to be 40-plus full-time jobs at Apple. There is going to be a huge amount of construction that is going to produce 400 to 500 jobs. I can’t say it over and over enough that it is a big win for us.”

The deal depends on all the tax breaks being approved.

“We hope to build Apple’s next data center in Reno to support Apple’s iTunes Store, App Store and incredibly popular iCloud services,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told AllThingsD.

Sandoval said the development is unique because there is no data center now in Northern Nevada, so the agreement and related tax breaks is not anti-competitive with other area businesses that might want incentives to expand.

“It’s apples and oranges,” he said. “Of course we want to help the existing businesses in the state of Nevada.”

The state also wants to pursue other companies that might bring data centers or other business components here, Sandoval said.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
–Abraham Lincoln

Obamacare Decision Detrimental

Ruckus_Tom • 17 hours ago −
This decision will be remembered as one of the most detrimental in the history of the court and our country. While the American people lost in this case, they will prevail in November when the people have the final say on the president’s unpopular bill at the ballot box.
Ha. Check out a few of the “man on the street” segments on Jay Leno’s show. A majority of Americans don’t even know what state they’re living in.

Dear leader’s just given every one free healthcare. You’d better believe he’s going to make sure all the dunderheads (53% of the electorate) know about it.

And this gives him the backing for all sorts of other goodies to offer the masses.

Do you have student loans? Dear leader will take care of them for you.

Is your mortgage under water? Dear leader can take care of that too.

Need a new car? Dear leader will give you one – it’ll have to be a Chevy Volt though.

Need a job? Dear leader has another round of stimuli just waiting to be passed for more of those shovel ready jobs.

All these gifts to the masses can be made if those mean ole Republicans would just get out of the way.

Ah well. It won’t matter.

Dear leader has all sorts of Executive Orders already written to get these things done.

All you “man on the street” types have to do is vote. Vote for Dear leader.

It’s time to start thinking about going off grid.

Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Application in Congressional Record

Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record

By Jonathan Strong
Roll Call Staff
June 29, 2012, 12:06 p.m.

In the midst of a fiery floor debate over contempt proceedings for Attorney General Eric Holder, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quietly dropped a bombshell letter into the Congressional Record.
The May 24 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the panel, quotes from and describes in detail a secret wiretap application that has become a point of debate in the GOP’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe.
The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the Constitution, which offers immunity for Congressional speech, especially on a chamber’s floor.
According to the letter, the wiretap applications contained a startling amount of detail about the operation, which would have tipped off anyone who read them closely about what tactics were being used.
Holder and Cummings have both maintained that the wiretap applications did not contain such details and that the applications were reviewed narrowly for probable cause, not for whether any investigatory tactics contained followed Justice Department policy.
The wiretap applications were signed by senior DOJ officials in the department’s criminal division, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco and another official who is now deceased.
In Fast and Furious, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed assault guns bought by “straw purchasers” to “walk,” which meant ending surveillance on weapons suspected to be en route to Mexican drug cartels.
The tactic, which was intended to allow agents to track criminal networks by finding the guns at crime scenes, was condemned after two guns that were part of the operation were found at U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder scene.
Straw purchasers are individuals who buy guns on behalf of criminals, obscuring who is buying the weapons.
While Issa has since said he has obtained a number of wiretap applications, the letter only refers to one, from March 15, 2010. The full application is not included in what Issa entered into the Congressional Record, and names are obscured in Issa’s letter.
In the application, ATF agents included transcripts from a wiretap intercept from a previous Drug Enforcement Administration investigation that demonstrated the suspects were part of a gun-smuggling ring.
“The wiretap affidavit details that agents were well aware that large sums of money were being used to purchase a large number of firearms, many of which were flowing across the border,” the letter says.
The application included details such as how many guns specific suspects had purchased via straw purchasers and how many of those guns had been recovered in Mexico.
It also described how ATF officials watched guns bought by suspected straw purchasers but then ended their surveillance without interdicting the guns.
In at least one instance, the guns were recovered at a police stop at the U.S.-Mexico border the next day.
The application included financial details for four suspected straw purchasers showing they had purchased $373,000 worth of guns in cash but reported almost no income for the previous year, the letter says.
“Although ATF was aware of these facts, no one was arrested, and ATF failed to even approach the straw purchasers. Upon learning these details through its review of this wiretap affidavit, senior Justice Department officials had a duty to stop this operation. Further, failure to do so was a violation of Justice Department policy,” the letter says.

John Mason’s Nugget of the Week, a Heartfelt Prayer from Proverbs 28

Nugget of the Week
A Heartfelt Prayer
from Proverbs 28 for June 28

Lord, I see that wicked people spend their lives running from things that aren’t after them. But, those who are pure and honest in their dealings can always be as bold as a lion. So teach me, Lord, to be a person of understanding who lives a rock-solid life. Keep me from oppressing the poor in any way. I choose never to turn my back on Your Word or praise the wicked. Instead, I’ll follow Your Word and oppose evil people. I will never turn a deaf ear to Your Word, Lord, so my prayers will be pleasing to You.

Lord, let me see today how important it is to have integrity, because it is better to have integrity and be poor than to be evil with great riches. As I seek Your counsel, I want to know what is right. Is there any area of my life today where I lack integrity? Is there anything You want me to change or do differently?

Lord, I commit to follow Your Word and to be a discerning person. Let me see today, Lord, that evil people who make themselves richer by cheating others with excessive interest eventually lose whatever they gained.

Lord, help me to steer good people away from bad choices today. I want to be blameless and receive a good reward from You. As I prosper, help me to avoid becoming wise in my own eyes.

I choose not to cover up my sins today because I won’t prosper if I do that. Rather, I confess and abandon them, asking for Your mercy and forgiveness. I will be reverent to You today and as a result, become a happy, blessed person. Remove from me a hard heart; I don’t want the calamity and trouble arrogance produces.

Lead me away from wicked leaders who take advantage of others. Lord, please help me never to oppress others that I lead. I choose to hate dishonesty and ill-gotten gain. This decision prolongs my life. Help me to walk blamelessly so I will be kept safe. Deliver me from any perverse ways that could make me fall. I choose to work hard with what’s in my hand to do. I don’t chase after unimportant things or play around and by doing that, I’ll keep poverty out of my life.

Lord, I want to be faithful to You and abound with blessings today. Keep me from trying to get rich quick because that will only make me poor. Help me to treat fairly everyone I know. Let me not hesitate when it’s right to correct someone. As hard as it may seem at the moment, I know I’ll find more favor with that person later than I would if I had flattered him or her. I choose to never steal from my mother or father. If I do that, it is like becoming best friends with a criminal.

Remove from me a proud heart that stirs up strife today. Remind me of how foolish it is to depend on my own heart. Rather, let me always trust in You and prosper. Send people into my life who are full of wisdom so I will be kept safe. Finally, Lord, send opportunities my way today to give to the poor, then I will lack nothing in my life.

– John Mason, from the book, Proverbs Prayers

World Billionaires and Barack Obama’s Net Worth


Rank Name Net Worth Age Source Country of Citizenship
1
Carlos Slim Helu & family
$69 B 72 telecom Mexico
2
Bill Gates
$61 B 56 Microsoft United States
3
Warren Buffett
$44 B 81 Berkshire Hathaway United States
4
Bernard Arnault
$41 B 63 LVMH France
5
Amancio Ortega
$37.5 B 75 Zara Spain
6
Larry Ellison
$36 B 67 Oracle United States
7
Eike Batista
$30 B 55 mining, oil Brazil
8
Stefan Persson
$26 B 64 H&M Sweden
9
Li Ka-shing
$25.5 B 83 diversified Hong Kong
10
Karl Albrecht
$25.4 B 92 Aldi Germany
11
Christy Walton & family
$25.3 B 57 Wal-Mart United States
12
Charles Koch
$25 B 76 diversified United States
12
David Koch
$25 B 71 diversified United States
14
Sheldon Adelson
$24.9 B 78 casinos United States
15
Liliane Bettencourt
$24 B 89 L’Oreal France
16
Jim Walton
$23.7 B 64 Wal-Mart United States
17
Alice Walton
$23.3 B 62 Wal-Mart United States
18
S. Robson Walton
$23.1 B 68 Wal-Mart United States
19
Mukesh Ambani
$22.3 B 54 petrochemicals, oil & gas India
20
Michael Bloomberg
$22 B 70 Bloomberg LP United States
21
Lakshmi Mittal
$20.7 B 61 steel India
22
George Soros
$20 B 81 hedge funds United States
23
Michele Ferrero & family
$19 B 85 chocolates Italy
24
Sergey Brin
$18.7 B 38 Google United States
24
Larry Page
$18.7 B 39 Google United States
26
Jeff Bezos
$18.4 B 48 Amazon.com United States
27
Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family
$18.3 B 0 real estate Hong Kong
28
Alisher Usmanov
$18.1 B 58 steel, telecom, investments Russia
29
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud
$18 B 57 investments Saudi Arabia
29
Lee Shau Kee
$18 B 84 diversified Hong Kong
29
Georgina Rinehart
$18 B 58 Mining Australia
32
Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht
$17.8 B 0 Aldi, Trader Joe’s Germany
32
Iris Fontbona & family
$17.8 B 69 mining Chile
34
Michael Otto & family
$17.6 B 68 retail, real estate Germany
35
David Thomson & family
$17.5 B 54 media Canada
35
Mark Zuckerberg
$17.5 B 27 Facebook United States
37
Ricardo Salinas Pliego & family
$17.4 B 56 retail, media Mexico
38
Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family
$16.5 B 80 mining Mexico
39
Rinat Akhmetov
$16 B 45 steel, coal Ukraine
39
Cheng Yu-tung
$16 B 86 diversified Hong Kong
41
Michael Dell
$15.9 B 47 Dell United States
41
Vladimir Lisin
$15.9 B 55 steel, transport Russia
41
Azim Premji
$15.9 B 66 software India
44
Steve Ballmer
$15.7 B 56 Microsoft United States
45
Alexey Mordashov
$15.3 B 46 steel, investments Russia
46
Vladimir Potanin
$14.5 B 51 metals Russia
47
Phil Knight
$14.4 B 74 Nike United States
48
Paul Allen
$14.2 B 59 Microsoft, investments United States
48
German Larrea Mota Velasco & family
$14.2 B 58 mining Mexico
50
Carl Icahn
$14 B 76 leveraged buyouts United States
50
Birgit Rausing & family
$14 B 88 packaging Sweden
52
Forrest Mars Jr
$13.8 B 80 candy United States
52
Jacqueline Mars
$13.8 B 72 candy United States
52
John Mars
$13.8 B 75 candy United States
52
Joseph Safra
$13.8 B 73 banking Brazil
56
Vagit Alekperov
$13.5 B 61 Lukoil Russia
57
Mikhail Fridman
$13.4 B 47 oil, banking, telecom Russia
58
Mikhail Prokhorov
$13.2 B 46 investments Russia
59
Susanne Klatten
$13 B 49 BMW, pharmaceuticals Germany
59
Francois Pinault & family
$13 B 75 retail France
61
Mohammed Al Amoudi
$12.5 B 67 oil, diversified Saudi Arabia
61
Anne Cox Chambers
$12.5 B 92 media United States
61
John Paulson
$12.5 B 56 hedge funds United States
64
Robert Kuok
$12.4 B 88 diversified Malaysia
64
Luis Carlos Sarmiento
$12.4 B 79 banking Colombia
64
Viktor Vekselberg
$12.4 B 54 oil, metals Russia
67
Antonio Ermirio de Moraes & family
$12.2 B 83 diversified Brazil
68
Roman Abramovich
$12.1 B 45 steel, investments Russia
69
Donald Bren
$12 B 79 real estate United States
69
Jorge Paulo Lemann
$12 B 72 beer Brazil
69
Ronald Perelman
$12 B 69 leveraged buyouts United States
72
Len Blavatnik
$11.9 B 54 diversified United States
72
Leonid Mikhelson
$11.9 B 56 gas, chemicals Russia
74
Leonardo Del Vecchio
$11.5 B 76 eyewear Italy
75
John Fredriksen
$11.3 B 67 shipping Cyprus
76
Aliko Dangote
$11.2 B 54 sugar, flour, cement Nigeria
76
Stefan Quandt
$11.2 B 45 BMW Germany
78
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor & family
$11 B 60 real estate United Kingdom
78
Harold Hamm
$11 B 66 oil & gas United States
80
Savitri Jindal & family
$10.9 B 62 steel India
81
Andrey Melnichenko
$10.8 B 40 coal, fertilizers Russia
82
James Simons
$10.7 B 73 hedge funds United States
83
Ernesto Bertarelli & family
$10.6 B 46 biotech, investments Switzerland
84
Jack Taylor & family
$10.4 B 89 Enterprise Rent-A-Car United States
85
Abigail Johnson
$10.3 B 50 Fidelity United States
86
Robin Li
$10.2 B 43 Technology China
86
Eliodoro, Bernardo & Patricia Matte
$10.2 B 0 paper Chile
88
Ray Dalio
$10 B 62 hedge funds United States
88
George Kaiser
$10 B 69 oil & gas, banking United States
88
Johanna Quandt
$10 B 85 BMW Germany
88
Hans Rausing
$10 B 86 packaging Sweden
88
Tadashi Yanai & family
$10 B 63 retail Japan
93
Serge Dassault & family
$9.9 B 86 aviation France
93
Ananda Krishnan
$9.9 B 73 telecoms Malaysia
95
Klaus-Michael Kuhne
$9.8 B 74 shipping Germany
96
Pallonji Mistry
$9.7 B 82 construction Ireland
97
Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila
$9.5 B 35 beer Colombia
98
Horst Paulmann & family
$9.3 B 77 retail Chile
99
Gennady Timchenko
$9.1 B 59 oil & gas Russia
100
Laurene Powell Jobs & family
$9 B 48 Apple, Disney United States

 

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How much does Barack Obama make?
$10.5 Million
Barack Obama’s Annual Salary
$400 Thousand
Barack Obama is the former Senator from Illinois and the 44th President of the United States with an estimated net worth of $10.5 million. Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate, and is the first African American President of the United States. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. While at Harvard Law School, he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. During law school, Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago. After graduation Obama worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago. From 1992 to 2004 Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. One of the events that brought him national attention was his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States in November 2008, and took office in January 2009.

 

Preamble the United States Constitution

Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 

(From We the People: Presidential Quotations and Milestone Documents by Day Williams.)

House Spanks Holder

 

House holds Holder in contempt over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents

The House on Thursday cited Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt of Congress in a historic vote weighted with political significance, though it does little to break the stalemate over his decision to withhold documents over the Justice Department’s actions in a botched gun-walking operation.

The 255-67 vote amounted to a political spanking for Mr. Holder and President Obama, and 17 Democrats joined with Republicans in demanding the documents be released. Most Democrats, however, walked out in protest of the vote.

It marks the first time an attorney general has been held in contempt by a chamber.

But the White House dismissed the proceedings as a sideshow, and the vote does nothing to break the impasse, though it further poisoned feelings in an already bitterly divided chamber.

“No Justice Department is above the law, and no Justice Department is above the Constitution,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.

Democrats pleaded with the Republicans to slow down the proceedings, saying the oversight committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, has done a shoddy job in putting together its investigation.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, even introduced a resolution demanding that the House reprimand Mr. Issa for partisanship and accusing him of having “engaged in a witch hunt.”

Many Democrats walked out of the contempt vote in protest, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said the vote was a black eye for the Republicans.

“Just when you think you have seen it all. Just when you think they couldn’t possibly go any further over the edge, they come up with something like this,” she said. “What is happening here is shameful.”

Democrats also tried to force the matter back into Mr. Issa’s committee, but the House defeated that motion.

As issue is the oversight committee’s investigation into Fast and Furious, an operation intended to track sales of U.S. guns and watch the guns be shipped across the border to a Mexican drug cartel, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) lost track of the roughly 2,000 weapons after they were sold.

Some of the guns eventually began showing up at crime scenes, including two that were recovered at the site of a 2010 Arizona shootout that left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead.

Mr. Holder shut down the operation, but his efforts to clean up after it have come under scrutiny. The Justice Department initially told Congress it never knowingly lost track of guns, but after whistleblowers made it clear that this was false, Mr. Holder had to withdraw that claim.

The Justice Department has turned over documents about the actual gun-walking operation, but have refused to turn over documents about how it handled the false information it provided to Congress. Last week President Obama asserted executive privilege, arguing those documents are protected by precedent that governs internal deliberations.

Democrats said they aren’t defending the gun-walking operation, but said the committee should leave Mr. Holder alone.

A Plea for Justice

As a working solo attorney, I see many conscientious judges who strive to be fair. Unfortunately, I do see cases where judges bow to big firms and defer to anything a big firm lawyer tells them, no matter how far-fetched it is.

I plea for judges to earn their ample pay by reading my humble pleadings and the pleadings of my colleagues who may not belong to big law firms, even when we “small-time lawyers” come from out of town. Judges have sworn an oath of office. They are required to follow the law. “Law” means the statutes and the cases as applied to the facts presented. Judges are to ignore the personalities involved and the so-called “status” of the parties and their lawyers. I plea for judges to read, to listen, to think, to stay independent, to do justice and to earn their salaries and benefits.