30 March 2012

Obama lawyer trying to explain why Obamacare is really, really needed - great Ad for the GOP

Cheating couple who made £250,000 from VAT scam claimed £32,000 a year in benefits to live in £2MILLION home

I want to know how criminals get away with this type of fraud, right under the noses of our governments. How do these criminals fleece the tax payer with a VAT scam to the tune of £250 000, yet can still qualify for benefits whilst living in a house valued at £2 million? How can government departments not investigate just who and what they are giving our tax money to? How can the system be this broke? This criminal couple below managed to live in a high-end rental and still the government gave them £2670 a month towards their rent. On top of this, they also managed to wangle £1750 a year in child benefits - to fund the PRIVATE schooling for one of their kids - and £64 a week each for job seekers allowance. All up they were creaming £32 000 a year in benefits alone. Not too shabby for 'unemployed' people, living in Chelsea Heights with the likes of Robbie Williams and Michael Cain. No alarm bells went off within the government departments? No? No! I would think that it is the government's obligation to check who they're giving free money to. This is what welfare does to society - makes fools of those who pay for it!

Hat tip: Mark L

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An unscrupulous couple who operated a £250,000 VAT scam claimed £32,000 a year in benefits to fund their luxury Chelsea penthouse.

Emmanuel and Behnaz Scotts received £2,670 a month in housing benefit, covering 60 per cent of their bill for the four-bed apartment in the exclusive Chelsea Harbour.

They were also given £1,750 a year in child benefit, which helped to fund a private school education for one of their two daughters.

The couple received jobseekers' allowance of £64.30 a week each - which Hammersmith and Fulham Council said meant it was forced to pay them housing benefit.

They were able to live in the same blocks as singer Robbie Williams and sir Michael Caine.

Meanwhile Scotts, 44, was conning staff at high-end stores into thinking he was a rich tourist so he could claim tax back on refunded goods.

He bought Chanel handbags and jewellery VAT-free and would then get a refund from a different branch on the VAT-inclusive amount. 

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years while his 42-year-old wife was spared a prison sentence after admitting to transferring profits of £74,000 into her bank account.

Emmanuel Scotts, a professional fraudster with convictions for similar rackets in the UK, Switzerland and Sweden, also stole £38,000 from a pawnbroker.

The Chanel fraud took place from January to June 2009, while he was waiting to be sentenced for an identical fraud at retailers John Lewis and Peter Jones, the Old Bailey was told.

Sarah Giddens, prosecuting, said the couple got to know staff at the central London stores in order to get them to sign forms allowing the fraud to take place.

She added: 'The UK retail export scheme is a scheme that allows a traveller to the UK who is not a resident of the UK or EU to purchase goods from participating retailers, inclusive to VAT, to claim back that VAT when they leave the EU.

'This is done using a reclaim form, called the VAT 407.

'This case is all about an abuse of the export system, at Chanel, a luxury boutique shop, selling high level items, often to wealthy visitors to the UK.

'In total they attempted to make a quarter of a million pounds in VAT refunds, but were actually paid £176,000.

Upmarket address: The couple were given 60 per cent of their rent for the elegant property by Hammersmith and Fulham Council
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The MSM summed up nicely

Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Merchants of Despair

Bill Whittle of PJTV at his best. He doesn't pull shots and he is angry. Angry and frustrated at how Obama has systematically ruined America, whilst his liberal supporters clap. My favorite part is around the 4:00 mark where he says what he really feels about Obama. Do yourself a favor and watch this to be educated from a true Conservative.
Bill Whittle is past the point of being fed up with Obama and the Democrats and they way they are treating this country, and in this episode he goes after those he refers to as the ‘Merchants of Despair’:
Who is responsible for the current economic malaise? If you ask Bill Whittle, it’s Obama’s pals like David Axelrod, Harry Reid and Tim Geithner, some of the many Merchants of Despair. These merchants are costing taxpayers trillions and creating deep national divides based on class and race. Will the despair continue for another four years?

29 March 2012

HURT: Obama’s ‘flexibility’ to lie after election

Chicago Jesus Barack Obama sure has put his foot in it with his open mic gaffe. Mr O was heard telling the outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that after his next election he'll have more flexibility - most likely to do anything to destroy America's security and hand her head to the Russians on a silver plate. How the KGB must be dancing and celebrating whilst America has an Affirmative Action Black no-good President in the White House. They are making hay whilst the sun shines! The term useful idiot comes to mind. Obama has never shied away from anything that will destroy America on the international stage. He can stand up and tell the American people how much he loves his country, and with that same trashy mouth he can promise to do Russia's bidding. If this isn't treason then what is? However, we all know that Obama walks on water in the American press, so you will have noted how quickly his huge gaffe was squashed and played down. Anything to allow Chicago Jesus to retain the White House, hey MSM? This is why it's imperative that Conservatives in America band together behind the GOP nominee - even if it's Romney - and vote this lying POS out of the White House. Otherwise America is going to get a few good surprised during Obama's next term. Neither the world nor America can afford to have this ideologue pretend-leading the country. He is truly an embarrassment. 

Turns out he’s not Kenyan after all. He’s KGB. All this time, people were worried that PresidentObama was born in Africa and that his radical agenda had been crafted by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Saul Alinsky on the streets of Chicago’s South Side.
Now we know his real radical hidden agenda is in service of the Kremlin.
Mr. Obama reached the darkest low of his presidency this week in South Korea when he was caught on an unseen mic plotting with the leader of one of our oldest adversaries to thwart the will of American voters and advance the interests of enemies who want to see the world’s last remaining beacon of freedom finally destroyed.
“On these issues — but particularly missile defense — this can be solved,” he tells Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, like in a scene from a Cold War spy movie.
But, Mr. Obama explains to his handler, he needs more time, and he needs to get into a position where he is no longer answerable to American voters.
“This is my last election,” he says. “After my election, I have more flexibility.”
Speaking in robotic Russian spy-speak, Mr. Medvedev promises to convey the message to incoming President Vladimir Putin: “I understand. I transmit this information to Vladimir.”
Not since the tapes of Richard Nixon has a U.S. president been caught uttering such sinister words in an unguarded moment. And, one could easily argue, Mr. Obama’s dishonest scheming puts Nixon to shame because it is American voters — not his political enemies — he is selling down the river.
It was particularly chilling to hear Obama’s words of betrayal uttered in such a familiar voice that has served to raise the hopes and inspire the dreams of so many of us. It is now official: We fell for a complete and total lie.
His cold, calculating message reveals a deep dishonesty many of us still did not dream Mr. Obama was capable of. It is a duplicity in allegiance unthinkable for an elected American president. Literally, he overrides the interests of American voters who will go to the polls with those of Moscow and Tehran, with whom he will deal after his re-election.
Understandably, our longest-standing and most steadfast friends in Poland and Israel shuddered with every deceitful word.
The question now is, Mr. President, what other secret deals have you made with our foreign enemies? What other tricks do you have up your sleeve that you plan to jump on us after you have been re-elected and we no longer have something you want?
Of course, don’t expect the press to ask any such questions. They largely laughed off the matter. “No shock or awe there,” Bloomberg News actually wrote in an editorial.
The stridently liberal and increasingly irrelevant Washington Post barely covered the story, except as just another technical goof-up with a microphone. The paper actually compared the incident to then-President George W. Bush inadvertently being caught calling a New York Times reporter a nasty name.
It is this incestuous and deeply un-American collusion between the press and Mr. Obama that gave the president the astonishing bravado to come out the next day and joke about the incident by asking: “Are the mics on?”
How do you say “hilarious” in Russian?
Is it any wonder so many people still do not believe Mr. Obama or the press when they say his birth certificate is real and he was born in the U.S.?

UK: Drop target for foreign aid, peers tell Cameron

The so-called Conservative Tories, led by anaemic David Cameron, are intent on wasting money they don't have, to send to 'needy' countries in the form of foreign aid. Bugger that the UK is broke and already borrows billions to keep afloat - that doesn't matter. What does matter is that the UN has set an arbitrary target which the UK government is hellbent on meeting, so they can feel better about themselves and not be seen as nasty. In the meantime, UK citizens are feeling queasy as their lifestyle is sacrificed at the alter of debt. It seems that the Tories have set a monetary amount where their guilty conscience can be appeased - and bugger the results the aid actually achieves. The Tories are under the misguided notion that the more free money thrown at corrupt governments the more this will lead to improved services and a better life for the poor! Not. The more free money, the worse the situation becomes, and the more the waste and corruption - as has been proved over and over. Even I know that and I'm not even as clever as this pathetic Prime Minister. However, it seems that a committee of peers has attacked the PM's plan to increase foreign aid. Well done good chaps. At least someone still has some brains in the UK. But, will Cameron listen and learn, or will be he be like his fellow liberals and think he's knows better? Me thinks the latter will win out because liberals the world over don't have a shred of common sense. 

Under attack: David Cameron's pledge to hike foreign aid has been opposed by a powerful committee of peers
Wimp, David Cameron

David Cameron was last night urged to abandon his controversial foreign aid target as a major report warned that it will fuel corruption and waste.

A powerful committee of peers attacked the Prime Minister’s pledge to increase aid spending by 37 per cent to more than £12billion a year in order to meet an ‘arbitrary’ United Nations target.

Peers said they fully supported humanitarian aid for disaster zones. But they pointed out that it accounts for less than 10 per cent of the vast budget of the Department for International Development (DfID).

In a devastating verdict they warned that the rush to increase spending ‘risks reducing the quality, value for money and accountability’ of the aid programme.

The finding is a major embarrassment for Mr Cameron who is said, while in opposition, to have adopted the target of spending 0.7 per cent of Britain’s income on aid, partly to help ‘detoxify’ the Conservatives’ image as ‘the Nasty Party’.

The cross-party economic affairs committee said ministers seemed more interested in the amount of money they were spending on aid than the results they were achieving.

The committee’s chairman, former Tory Cabinet minister Lord MacGregor, said: ‘We were unanimous in our view that legislation for a 0.7 per cent target is inappropriate, and that the Government should reconsider.

‘We believe aid should be judged by the criteria of effectiveness and value for money, not by whether a specific arbitrary target is reached.’

The committee also called on ministers to ‘urgently prepare an early exit strategy’ from Britain’s £1.1billion aid programme for India.

Peers said sending hundreds of millions of pounds to a country that can afford its own space programme provided a ‘perverse incentive’ for the Indian government to shirk its own responsibility for tackling poverty in its vast population.

They also criticised DfID for failing to do enough to tackle corruption. Peers said they were ‘greatly concerned by the paltry and implausibly low levels of fraud identified by DfID’. They said they had heard ‘compelling evidence... that aid can frequently finance corruption’. 

Labour peer Baroness Kingsmill said: ‘Almost every witness expressed concerns about corruption. We heard some pretty grim stories. DfID and the Secretary of State need to up their game.’

Mr Cameron has passionately defended the commitment to the target against angry critics – including many of his own MPs – who say the aid budget should not be spared the axe being taken to public services. He has said the Government will not ‘balance the books on the backs of the poorest people in the world’. 

But Lord Tugendhat, a Tory member of the committee, said: ‘The debate about not balancing the books on the back of the poor sounds very good but that implies that we are maintaining the budget, not that we are aiming to increase it by 37 per cent.

‘It is very difficult, when you look at what’s happening to other programmes, to justify one programme being increased by 37 per cent.’

The Coalition has pledged to enshrine the aid target in law but legislation has been delayed because of fears of a public backlash.

The committee said International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell was unable to ‘put forward any case for legislation other than the Government’s political commitment to it’.

The study found the UK already spends a much higher proportion of its income – about 0.55 per cent – on aid than most other countries. The U.S. spends 0.2 per cent.

The scale of the opposition raises doubts about whether the legislation will get through the Lords.

Mr Mitchell last night hit back, saying that the aid programme was helping to get 11million children into school, vaccinate 55million children and prevent the deaths of 250,000 babies. 
‘The Government makes no apologies for sticking to its commitments to the world’s poorest people,’ he said. ‘Going back on this promise would cost lives.’

Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who now runs his own charity tackling disease in the developing world, said: ‘Abandoning the 0.7 per cent target risks undermining the incredible progress that has been achieved over the last several years.

‘Well-targeted UK aid has helped save millions of lives by rolling back the malaria and HIV epidemics and bringing the world closer to eradicating polio once and for all.’

Washington: Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity

When you look the world over and see where Blacks are in charge, there is usually corruption, mayhem and laziness. It is no different in America. In Washington DC, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - or Metro - is run by Blacks - 97% to be precise. Not only are Blacks in management, but their 'Civil Right's' department is also run by 17 Blacks. Not only that, but their Union, the ATU 689, is run by Blacks. Starting to see a pattern here? It's called Affirmative Action on rocket fuel. The article below outlines how Whites and Hispanics have been side-lined for jobs for years - where even a White man with Ph.D was overlooked in favor of a barely literate Black. How Black criminals are given salary increases ahead of more competent White people. How White women are sexually harassed and intimidated out of their jobs. Where there is in-your-face laziness and job protectionism.  Where there is corruption and thieving. And where only 1.5% of the staff are made up by Whites, and 1.4% by Hispanics. Management says their hands are tied on hiring workers due to Union dictates - a Union run by a Black husband and wife team and which is worth $20 million. A union which refuses to investigate any charges of sexual harassment a White woman submitted, but can find the time to protect the job of a known drug user and thief. Yes, this is what you get when you give Blacks power - they destroy because they're entitled to do it, empowered and emboldened by today's PC White guilt. Today Metro sits with unsafe trains, because the staff sleep when they are supposed to do their checks. They sit with a corrupt Black management team, intent on protecting their jobs and keeping Whites and Hispanics out of their work force. And where is Mr Holder on this blatant racism and corruption? Why, applauding from the sidelines as he hunts down non-existent White militia who are out to attack the government. When all along the most racist, criminal militia is functioning in the very city where he works. Well done Mr Holder - great job you and your fellow Black Metro workers are doing. Papa must be so proud.

Jackie Jeter - $20 million Union boss

Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region’s largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits.

The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a career death knell. In typical examples, court and Metro records show, a black man who spent eight years in prison for dealing PCP was promoted to a high-level management position soon after his release, and whites in the same positions as blacks with far less seniority are inexplicably paid less.
With Metro’s budget chronically strained and reports of mismanagement coming more regularly than trains, interviews and internal records depict a likely root: an environment in which hardworking employees are actively excluded and those who rise are those willing to do the bare minimum — never causing a stir by flagging rampant safety violations, reporting malfeasance or proposing improvements.
“When the accident happened in 2009, I called a supervisor and said, ‘Is this the one we all dreaded?’ The way workers do their jobs, we all knew it was a matter of time. … The inept get promoted, and the capable get buried. Smart people were put in the corner, ostracized and given nothing to do,” said Christine Townsend, who sued Metro for discrimination and won.
It is a culture in which a white male engineer near completion of a Ph.D. was passed over for a management position in favor of a black man who was barely literate, multiple staffers said.
“The average rider wouldn’t believe the things that go on. There are so many easy things we could do to make the system better,” a station manager said. “But they’d never put me in charge because they know I’d make sure others actually did their jobs. They don’t want change. It’s go along to get along.”
Metro is a quasi-public agency that receives funding from the federal government, Maryland, Virginia and local jurisdictions to operate a regional bus and rail transportation system in the national capital area, but is not beholden to rules that apply to fully governmental entities. With a $2.5 billion operating and capital budget for fiscal 2012, Metrorail serves 86 stations and has 106 miles of track, while Metrobus serves the nation’s capital with 1,500 buses.
Metro’s affirmative-action plan notes that the 1.4 percent of its bus and train operators who are Hispanic and the 25 percent who are female of any race are “less than reasonably expected.” It does not make note of the 1.5 percent who are white.

Even in entry-level occupations typically dominated by Hispanics, there are virtually none at Metro. Only one laborer out of 67 is Hispanic; of 540 landscapers, carpenters and cleaners, only 22 are Hispanic. In the national capital region, Hispanics make up 13 percent of adults and blacks comprise 25 percent; white women constitute 29 percent.
“The odds of such a disparity occurring by chance are statistically infinitesimal,” Ronald A. Schmidt, a lawyer representing 12 white women exploring a class-action lawsuit, wrote in a 2003 letter. “There appears to be an entrenched network of African-American employees at WMATA that is able to steer jobs, promotion, training and other career enhancing benefit to persons of their own racial or ethnic group.”
The average Metro worker had a $60,000 salary, which rises to $69,000 including overtime. That is more than 71 percent of area residents who had an income in 2010, including 62 percent of whites, census records show.
No recourse
White and Hispanic employees who allege discrimination have found a deaf ear at Metro’s civil rights office, whose 17 employees are black. Until at least 1999, that office tracked complaints via a handwritten ledger on a series of taped-together sheets of paper, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times. The system “made determining statistics impossible,” said a civil rights employee from the time.
In recent months, such antiquated record keeping has allowed employees to steal thousands of dollars that electronic systems easily could have detected — and in more than one case, a culture of complicity has kept prosecutors from trying those who were caught because they feared no clean witness or proper records could be found.
“There’s a strong sense of nepotism, and it is the culture of Metro,” the civil rights employee said. “It was more of a buddy system than it was merit-based.”
Metro did not respond to requests for information about workforce demographics. Asked about a court case in which a woman alleged she was sexually harassed by a man about whom Metro had received complaints from multiple women but did nothing, and that many workers are not given sexual-harassment training, spokesman Dan Stessel would not deny the charges but pointed to the agency’s legal response, which also did not deny the charges but noted the statute of limitations had expired.
First-line managers
Of a dozen senior supervisors overseeing the rail division in 2007, 10 were black and two were white, and five black supervisors, all with less than a year of tenure in the position, were paid more than both whites, who had more seniority — one with 20 years — personnel records obtained by The Times show.
The group making more money includes senior supervisors such as Orlando Terrell King, who has been charged with reckless endangerment and fraudulently attempting to obtain a driver’s license, according to Maryland state records. Mr. King, who is paid $62,536, was promoted by Metro to oversee those who drive trains carrying thousands of passengers daily.
Also rising rapidly to senior supervisor was Robbie O. McGee, who spent eight years in federal prison for felony distribution of PCP while on probation for another crime. He received five pay increases at Metro in two years.
“There’s a problem with the first-line supervisors and possibly above actually enforcing basic discipline. When a supervisor walks into a kiosk on Sunday when the game’s on and asks where’s the TV and brings a plate of food in, there’s a disconnect,” a former union representative said.
The personnel record of the white male senior supervisor, Robert Fish, meanwhile, indicates strict standards and scrutiny, including suspensions and severe reprimands for minor infractions such as possession of a covered cup of coffee.
Ms. Townsend had a college degree and a decade of experience as a schoolteacher when she was passed over for a training job in favor of a man who had taken some community college courses and, it turned out, could barely write a sentence.
She sued Metro and won, but retired from the rail department in 2005 after another personnel decision that seemed to have nothing to do with merit. By that time, she had earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. But when a position as head of training arose, it went to someone whose most relevant experience was as secretary at a community college, she said.
It is not just that mediocrity is overlooked. Dozens of employees whom Metro rules forbid from speaking to the media said: Diligence is discouraged, because anywhere one looked was something that needed to be fixed — and change, especially when it involved work, was anathema to senior Metro line workers.
For example, Ms. Townsend said, by 2004, many trains were operating without radios in defiance of federal rules. Other drivers confirmed that was common knowledge. So she authored a study and included a recommendation that Metro start substituting cellphones.
“I was read the riot act: ‘You had no right to compile these statistics,’ even though it was my job. They didn’t want people showing problems,” she said.
Her capacity as trainer gave her a vantage to long-term impact of the workplace culture.
“Some new people, especially earlier on, would come in so enthusiastic, like little boys who liked to have toy trains. But when you put them out there with a supervisor who didn’t care about anything except covering his butt, it killed their enthusiasm” she said.
Days after a Red Line accident killed nine in July 2009, Brenda Whorton drew the line.
“I told them I wasn’t going to pencil-whip for them,” she said, referring to a technique so common in Metro culture that there is a term for it. “It means fudging it: like marking down that a motor’s according to specs when it’s not.” It is common for midnight-shift workers to “lock the doors and go to sleep, because they’ve got other jobs,” and equally common for supervisors to turn a blind eye, she said, leading to pencil-whipping of the inspections they’re supposed to be doing — and delays for morning riders.
“Anyone who blew the whistle or caused any trouble, when pick time came — every six months you pick shifts — you’d be moved. They spend more time trying to manipulate this stuff than they do doing their job.”
Dozens said white workers, especially women, were openly subject to racist and sexist remarks without repercussion — behavior that drove many targets to seek transfers or leave the agency. All said they have been inexplicably passed over hundreds of times for promotions to positions such as station manager while others with less seniority passed them by.
“I was the only white woman in car maintenance out of 338, and they made my life miserable,” Ms. Whorton said, adding that colleagues once electrified a track circuit on which she was working and laughed. “Nothing happened to them.”
Union dues and don’ts
In its affirmative-action plan, Metro management contends that union policies dictate who receives jobs, stifling ability to provide diversity. “Unless these protected groups are already employed in the collective bargaining food chain, good faith efforts to transfer or promote them are non-existent. This scenario further creates a vicious cycle with more of the same groups being promoted or transferred,” managers wrote.
Most workers are required to join the Amalgamated Transit Union 689, and a curious arrangement allows many managers to retain their affiliation with the union, creating an alliance in which disciplining poor-performing workers is discouraged.
“To write someone up within the 689, you just don’t do that,” Ms. Whorton said.
The union has acknowledged that many employees are aware of safety issues and theft and do not report them because of a culture in which retaliation is common. It says that’s impropriety from management and that the union will work to protect whistleblowers if they ask.
Union President Jackie L. Jeter noted that the union isn’t in charge of hiring and said that whites, women and Hispanics must not be applying for jobs.
“If Caucasians or Hispanics want to put in for jobs, they have ample opportunity to apply — and once they become bus operators, they can go work in Southeast,” she said.
White women say those words are uttered repeatedly to those who apply for jobs and those in their first years, but that it is more of an attempt at intimidation than a reality.
Union leaders sometimes invoke racial language, including Mrs. Jeter, who heads the $20 million union with her husband, Roland Jeter, second in command. Graphics on the union’s website have depicted her in her role as union president alongside photos of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
A flier circulated as Mrs. Jeter was running for election claimed she worried that “too many whites might end up in charge. She also told me she was sick and tired of hearing about the Latino Caucus.”
When a worker says he or she has been treated unfairly by Metro, the union membership holds a vote to decide whether to defend the worker, typically obtaining reductions in punishment from management for or voting to take to arbitration more than 40 complaints monthly.
Court records show that a white woman, Denise Brooks, was fired after her wallet was stolen from an area accessible only to employees. She reported the theft, then asked to modify the report to better reflect the contents of her wallet after checking bank records. A supervisor said the update amounted to lying and fired her, a move that ultimately was overturned.
When Mrs. Brooks brought problems about the way she was being treated to the union, records show, the membership voted twice to deny her grievances.
Court records show many of those who get into trouble at Metro for fighting, drugs and the like and have disciplinary actions reversed at the union’s behest, meanwhile, already have documented track records of similar behavior. A newsletter boasts, for example, that the union won reinstatement with back pay for a train operator if she completed a drug class. But a search of her name in criminal records indicates that far from this being an isolated incident, the woman has a well-documented drug and theft problem.
“That was a court problem, not a Metro problem,” Mrs. Jeter said, adding that it wasn’t the union’s job to address professionalism — that is done by performance reviews that reward the best workers with raises. “Professionalism is rewarded when you get your paycheck.”

28 March 2012

We all need something good in our lives

After all the doom and gloom, here's a heartening video for all dog lovers out there. It does have a happy ending!

Mich. militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against government

Two years ago the US government arrested a group of Michigan militia known  as the 'Hutaree militia' for plotting to rebel against the government. The USA Attorney General, career racist Mr Eric Holder, praised the arrests and branded the organisation as 'dangerous' and tried to paint the militia as extremists poised for war. Embarrassingly for Mr Holder, the case has been thrown out of court by a US District Judge, who said that hatred of law enforcement didn't amount to conspiracy to overthrow the government. Mr Holder should hang his head in shame. Whilst he actively sold weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, which has lead to the death of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, he is out trying to paint White people as 'dangerous war criminals'. Look who has blood on their hands now - not the Hutaree militia, no, Mr Holder has! He has blood on his hands and whilst he tries to duck and dive away from telling Congress the truth about Fast and Furious, here he was quick to label people who hadn't even been brought to trial. Mr Holder seems to be the most inept Affirmative Action Attorney General appointee the US has ever seen. He knows how to lie to Congress. He knows how to protect the New Black Panther's from charges of voter intimidation. He knows how to protect his fellow Blacks very well, but ask him about his involvement in Fast and Furious then all you hear is crickets. And not one word of apology to Mr Terry's family for being the cause of his death. No, that's just not done - admitting that you've made a mistake. After all, the Lefty radicals never make a mistake - they know better than us and any 'mistake' is only collateral damage.

The arrested militia members

DETROIT — A federal judge on Tuesday gutted the government’s case against seven members of a Michigan militia, dismissing the most serious charges in an extraordinary defeat for federal authorities who insisted they had captured homegrown rural extremists poised for war.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the members’ expressed hatred of law enforcement didn’t amount to a conspiracy to rebel against the government. The FBI had secretly planted an informant and an FBI agent inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008 to collect hours of anti-government audio and video that became the cornerstone of the case.

“The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise to that level,” the judge said on the second anniversary of raids and arrests that broke up the group.

Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. 
Other weapons crimes tied to the alleged conspiracies also were dismissed.

“The judge had a lot of guts,” defense attorney William Swor said. “It would have been very easy to say, ‘The heck with it,’ and hand it off to the jury. But the fact is she looked at the evidence, and she looked at it very carefully.”

The trial, which began Feb. 13, will resume Thursday with only a few gun charges remaining against militia leader David Stone and son Joshua Stone, both from Lenawee County, Mich. 
They have been in custody without bond for two years.

Prosecutors said Hutaree members were anti-government rebels who combined training and strategy sessions to prepare for a violent strike against federal law enforcement, triggered first by the slaying of a police officer.

But there never was an attack. Defense lawyers said highly offensive remarks about police and the government were wrongly turned into a high-profile criminal case that drew public praise from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who in 2010 called Hutaree a “dangerous organization.”

David Stone’s “statements and exercises do not evince a concrete agreement to forcibly resist the authority of the United States government,” Roberts said Tuesday. “His diatribes evince nothing more than his own hatred for — perhaps even desire to fight or kill — law enforcement; this is not the same as seditious conspiracy.”

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade declined to comment. Two years ago, when militia members were arrested, she said it was time to “take them down.”

The FBI had put a local informant, Dan Murray, inside the militia in 2008 and paid him $31,000. 

An FBI agent from New Jersey also was embedded. Steve Haug, known as “Jersey Steve,” posed as a trucker and spent months secretly recording talks with Stone. He even served as Stone’s best man at his wedding, a celebration with militia members wearing military fatigues.

Haug repeatedly talked to Stone about building pipe bombs and getting other sophisticated explosives. The FBI rented a warehouse in Ann Arbor where the agent would invite him and others to store and discuss weapons.

Haug told jurors he was “shocked” by Stone’s knowledge of explosives, noting it matched some of his own instruction as a federal agent.

Stone was recorded saying he was willing to kill police and even their families. He considered them part of a “brotherhood” — a sinister global authority that included federal law enforcers and United Nations troops.

He had bizarre beliefs: Stone suspected Germany and Singapore had aircraft stationed in Texas, and thousands of Canadian troops were poised to take over Michigan. He said the government put computer chips in a flu vaccine.

He had a speech prepared for a regional militia gathering in Kentucky in 2010, but bad weather forced him and others to return to Michigan. Instead, he read it in the van while a secret camera installed by the FBI captured the remarks.

“It is time to strike and take our nation back so that we may be free again from tyranny,” Stone said. “Time is up, God bless all of you and welcome to the new revolution.”

Swor said Stone is a Christian who was bracing for war against the Antichrist.

“This is not the United States government. This is Satan’s army,” Swor told the judge Monday, referring to the enemy.

Militia members cleared of all charges were Stone’s wife, Tina Stone, and his son, David Stone Jr.; Thomas Piatek of Whiting, Ind.; Michael Meeks of Manchester, Mich.; and Kris Sickles of Sandusky, Ohio.

“It’s hard to believe it’s over,” said Tina Stone, crying as she spoke by phone. “Thank God we live in a country where we do have freedom of speech.”

Joshua Clough of Blissfield, Mich., pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in December and awaits his sentence. Jacob Ward of Huron, Ohio, will have a separate trial.


USA: Teenager accused of killing British tourists 'admitted he shot them as they pleaded for their lives'

A year ago, in April 2011, James Kouzaris and James Cooper were shot and murdered. The mistake they made? Straying into the wrong neighborhood after a night out - a Black neighborhood - shot for being Crackers. Their murderer? A 16-year old Black teenager. A Black teenager who was behind in school and who had the word 'savage' tattooed on his chest. Savage indeed - just like his fellow savage Black African brothers. However, what I would like to know is where are the race hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on this case? Where is Obama? Why no cameras and no T-shirts printed with the murderer's picture on it. Where are the New Black Panthers with their bounty for the Black guy's head? Come on Al, Jesse and Barack. Come on over to our side of the fence. Come walk in the White man's shoes for a day. I dare you to walk in one of your Black neighborhoods as a White man and see who feels safer - a White person or a Black person? Then go walk in our White neighborhoods and see if you fear for your life in the same way. These two men were murdered for nothing - they were murdered because they were White in a Black man's world. Now all we need is the media to man up about this real race crime and then we can start having a conversation: Who is safer is who's world! And whilst we're speaking about race, how about banning the word Cracker? I mean, I'm not allowed to say Nigger, but it's ok to say Cracker? Let's also have that conversation Al, Jesse, Barack and the whole of the USA...

James Kouzaris was shot and killed while on holidays with his friends in Florida
James Kouzaris

James Cooper enjoys his holiday in a bar. A few hours later he was gunned down alongside his university friend James Kouzaris in a rundown area of Sarasota, Florida
James Cooper 

Shawn Tyson enters the court room on the third day of his murder trial in Sarasota County Court in Florida. Tyson is accused of killing British tourists James Cooper and James Kouzaris in 2011
Shawn Tyson

The US teenager accused of killing two British tourists in 2011 told a friend how he gunned them down as they pleaded for their lives, his trial heard.

Shawn Tyson, 17, is accused of killing James Kouzaris and James Cooper in April of 2011. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and could face life in prison if convicted.

Yesterday, 18-year-old Latrece Washington testified that Tyson told her he saw the two tourists walking through a housing project in Sarasota, drunk.

Washington testified that Tyson said he intended to rob the two men, but the men said they had no money.

‘He said “Well since you ain’t got no money I got something for your ass,”’ Washington recalled Tyson saying on the day after the killings.

Tyson told Washington that the men begged for their lives and one said, ‘please let me go home, I’m lost,’ she said.

Recounted Washington: ‘He shot one of them in the side and one of them fell instantly and the other one was crying for his life. He shot him.’

Judge Rick De Furia ruled that TV cameras should not broadcast Washington’s face because of fears for her safety.

As testimony continued Monday in the second week of the trial, a portrait of Tyson began to emerge. He was 16 at the time of the shooting, was behind in school and had the world ‘Savage’ tattooed on his chest.

He and friends - many of whom had criminal histories - repeatedly watched Shottas, a 2002 movie about gangsters in Jamaica and Miami.

Kouzaris and Cooper were in Sarasota on a three-week holiday. On April 15, they went to dinner and then had drinks in downtown Sarasota. 

Mr Kouzaris was from Northampton and Mr Cooper was from Hampton Lucy, Warwick.

The pair went to two bars and left on foot early in the morning of April 16, and somehow strayed into a neighborhood known for its high crime rates.

Witnesses say they saw Cooper and Kouzaris walking shirtless and stumbling through the neighbourhood followed by two men, one with a red bandanna around part of his face.

On the evening of April 15, 2011, Mr Bane, Tyson, and two friends spent the evening together 'smoking and chilling', and visited a Jamaican Club nearby.

The four split up just after midnight, with Mr Bane and one friend going to Mr Bane's house, while Tyson headed in a different direction, the court heard.

Mr Bane told the court he received a phone call from Tyson asking if he got home, but heard him carry on speaking, although he did not think Tyson was talking to him.

He said he heard Tyson say: 'Who are those crackers walking past the park?'

Mr Bane said: 'I kept saying 'hello', to see if he knew I was still on the phone.'
But Tyson did not answer and Bane hung up the phone.

Shortly afterwards, he heard gunshots.

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