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  • EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Sanders’ Wife May Have Defrauded State Agency, Bank

    03/26/2015 7:57:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/26/2015 | Blake Neff and Peter Fricke
    Documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation indicate that the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have been able to use her clout to get away with loan fraud, nearly bankrupting the small college she was president of and collecting a sizable severance package in the process.These revelations come amid growing speculation that Sen. Sanders, a self-described socialist who has blasted the U.S. government asan oligarchy run by billionaires and railed against the golden parachutes received by top corporate executives, will contend for the Democratic presidential nomination.Jane Sanders was the president of tiny Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont for seven years,...
  • Finally, A Bank Stands Up To Obama's Shakedown

    03/18/2015 6:32:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/18/2015
    Extortion: After 16 banks caved in to White House demands to refund billions in losses to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, one outlier remains unrepentant. Nomura Holdings refuses to succumb to the political shakedown. The Japanese bank's U.S. unit won't give in to extortionist regulators protecting Fannie/Freddie who claim it hoodwinked the toxic twins into buying pools of subprime mortgages, like it claimed Bank of America, JPMorgan and other U.S. banks did in the run-up to the mortgage crisis. The government demands $1 billion in damages. Nomura says it won't give a dime toward the $18 billion ransom the feds...
  • Bryon Allen: Sharpton Is 'Black Pawn' For 'White Masters,' Obama Is 'Bought And Paid For' [Video]

    03/01/2015 9:53:04 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/01/2015 | Alex Griswold
    Legendary TV talk show host Byron Allen went on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday to discuss his ongoing racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast and Al Sharpton.He called Sharpton a “black pawn” perpetuating “financial genocide” on the black community, and bashed President Barack Obama for protecting donors that discriminate against blacks. ALLEN: Al Sharpton is not important. He’s nothing more than a black pawn in a very sophisticated white economic chess game. He’s being used by his white masters at Comcast and AT&T. He just needs to shut up and get in the bleachers. What we have to do is get the...
  • Eric Garner’s Daughter Suggests Al Sharpton Is About Money (James O'Keefe video)

    02/24/2015 9:09:56 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 02/24/2015 | Andrew Kirell
    A new undercover video from Project Veritas, the conservative investigative organization led by well-known provocateur James O’Keefe has released undercover video purportedly showing relatives of both Michael Brown and Eric Garner criticizing Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN).The big news-making part of the video, however, is when Garner’s daughter, Erica Snipes, 24, suggests Sharpton and his group are all about money and promoting their organization. As with most O’Keefe videos, the footage is heavily edited — at times with jump-cuts between the end of a question and the subject’s purported answer — but Snipes does clearly suggest Sharpton’s...
  • Eric Garner’s daughter on Al Sharpton: ‘He’s all about the money’

    02/23/2015 11:01:57 PM PST · by conservative98 · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 24, 2015 | Kevin Sheehan and Carl Campanile
    Al Sharpton is all about the Benjamins, a daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner claims in a bombshell videotape. Erica Snipes tees off on the reverend as interested primarily in money during a secretly recorded conversation by controversial conservative activist James O’Keefe’s group, Project Veritas. One of O’Keefe’s investigators poses as a Garner supporter with a hidden camera during a protest last month at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island.
  • “It’s All About the Money” – James O’Keefe Takes Down Obama Insider & Shakedown Artist Al Sharpton

    02/24/2015 6:40:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 64 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 2-24-2015 | Jim Hoft
    Here’s the latest video from Project Veritas showing how the families and attorneys of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown really feel about Rev. Al Sharpton.Additionally, local clergy and others express their opinions about how Sharpton exploits tragedy for personal gain. Via Veritas Visuals: VIDEO - Eric Garner & Trayvon Martin Family, Michael Brown Lawyer Say Al Sharpton Exploited Their TragediesThe New York Post reported: Al Sharpton is all about the Benjamins, a daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner claims in a bombshell videotape.Erica Snipes tees off on the reverend as interested primarily in money during a secretly...
  • FEC not letting Jesse Jackson Jr. off the hook just because he’s in jail

    02/22/2015 3:21:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/19/15 | Colby Itkowitz
    **SNIP** So Thursday, the FEC sent Jackson’s campaign committee its eighth consecutive failure-to-file notice. It must file its end-of-the year report for 2014 or face a penalty. (Perhaps that threat rings a bit hollow when you’re already in jail?) In August 2014, the FEC fined Jackson for nearly $18,000 for not filing reports in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune. He must formally terminate his committee to get the FEC off his back, but his treasurer quit in September 2013, and so it seems there’s no person responsible for doing the necessary paperwork. Since his last report in November 2012,...
  • Apple trial continues, without a plaintiff for now

    12/08/2014 10:40:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | December 8, 2014 Updated 5:31 pm, Monday, | By BRANDON BAILEY
    <p>OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week.</p>
  • IRS Seizes First, Asks Questions Later

    02/12/2015 10:54:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | LARRY SALZMAN and ROBERT EVERETT JOHNSON
    When Carole Hinders answered a knock at the front door of her home in August 2013, she was confronted by two IRS agents. They told her they had just cleaned out the entire bank account of the restaurant, Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food, that Hinders had owned and operated in tiny Spirit Lake, Iowa, for the past 30 years. The IRS seized more than $32,000. (snip) The aggressive tactics adopted by law enforcement in structuring cases are, perhaps, unsurprising given that the proceeds of forfeited property are funneled back to the very agencies responsible for the forfeiture — an arrangement that...
  • Report: Al Sharpton owes over $900,000 from 2004 presidential campaign

    02/01/2015 8:42:05 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 30, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    An explosive new report about “deadbeat politicos” revealed Friday that civil rights activist and MSNBC celebrity the Rev. Al Sharpton owes the federal government tens of thousands of dollars in fines and $880,000 in debt from his ill-fated 2004 presidential campaign. And that’s on top of the $4.5 million Sharpton owes in back taxes.
  • These tech firms don’t observe MLK Day — and Jesse Jackson is calling them on it

    01/19/2015 12:28:57 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 130 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2015 | Brian Fung
    Tech companies are notoriously dominated by white men, as we've learned from their various diversity reports in the past year. Many firms have pledged to do better, citing the way inclusion fosters creativity and innovation. "This Monday only a handful of technology companies will close their doors and honor the King Holiday," Jackson said in an open letter to the tech industry. "It does not make sense to tout diversity and inclusion, to promote change and innovation and not recognize the King Holiday."
  • Was Sierra Pacific Victim of Government Shakedown?

    01/18/2015 6:44:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    After what became known as the Moonlight Fire burned some 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada in 2007, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection decided that Sierra Pacific Industries was responsible for the damage. The culprit, regulators charged, was a friction spark from a bulldozer operating on Sierra Pacific land. Cal Fire fined the timber company $8 million to pay for related costs. Because the fire burned more than 40,000 acres of national forest, the federal government also went after Sierra Pacific's deep pockets; in 2012, Sierra Pacific agreed to a settlement that entailed paying the feds $47...
  • Intel Allocates $300 Million for Workplace Diversity

    01/07/2015 7:16:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 6, 2015 | Nick Wingfield
    Over the last year, Apple, Google and other big technology companies have faced mounting criticism by civil rights leaders about the lack of diversity in their work forces, which are populated mostly by white and Asian men. Now Intel, the giant chip maker, is taking more concrete steps to do something about it.
  • I will be appearing on tonight's Rick Amato Show on OANN

    01/06/2015 4:49:08 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 24 replies
    Vanity | January 6 2015 | Trueblackman
    I will address the NY Post Article on Al Sharpton's shakedowns of corporation and his threat to smear them as racist, if they don't pay up. This is the same tactic employed by Jesse Jackson against Toyota, a few years back and highlighted in the book, "Shakedown."
  • Al Sharpton is being paid thousands of dollars to not cry 'racism' at large corporations...

    01/04/2015 12:41:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/04/15 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Al Sharpton is being paid thousands of dollars to not cry 'racism' at large corporations, it is claimed**SNIP** For more than 10 years, firms have reportedly handed over enormous donations and consulting fees to the activist preacher's National Action Network (NAN) In return for their cash, they have received Sharpton's supposed influence in the black community - or more often, his silence on the matter, it is reported. 'Al Sharpton has enriched himself and NAN for years by threatening companies with bad publicity if they didn’t come to terms with him,' said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal &...
  • Sony's Pascal to work w/Sharpton against 'cultural blindness' after racially insensitive emails

    12/19/2014 9:32:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ben Beaumont-Thomas
    Sony executive at the heart of the leaked emails met with the civil rights activist to discuss battling an ‘exclusionary, almost all-white hierarchy’ in Hollywood.Amy Pascal, the embattled executive whose personal emails were exposed by the hack on Sony Pictures, has met with civil rights advocate Al Sharpton to discuss white bias in Hollywood. The meeting was prompted by leaked emails from Pascal to producer Scott Rudin, in which the pair joke about Barack Obama’s likely taste in films. “Would he like to finance some movies?” Rudin asked, ahead of Pascal meeting the president. “I doubt it. Should I ask...
  • Al Sharpton urges national march on Washington

    12/05/2014 8:46:28 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 92 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 4, 2014 | Ben Feuerherd and Sophia Rosenbaum | 1:38pm
    Calling state grand jury systems broken, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced a national march on Washington next weekend to protest the lack of indictments against cops in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, whose actions led to the deaths of black civilians.
  • BREAKING: NYPD Confirms # Eric Garner Was A Member of Organized Crime in Staten Island

    12/05/2014 7:38:23 AM PST · by Enterprise · 145 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | Dec 3, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    NYPD sources confirm that Eric Garner was a player in an organized crime cigarette smuggling syndicate, Gotnews.com has learned.(snip) “Garner was setting up shop in front of the local stores and shaking down business owners and patrons as they entered,” says Cardillo. Garner would use his considerable size to strong arm largely ethnic shopkeepers and was “on the radar” of local law enforcement who had arrested him previously.
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. leads local Ferguson protest

    11/29/2014 3:27:06 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    wgn tv ^ | 11-29-2014
    Reverend Jackson is now calling on President Obama to step in and issue an executive order, “And whether it’s police departments or fire depts or highways they can not get federal money at the same be unjust and not meet federal employment practices.” The protest here in Chicago mirrors others held around the nation as well today. They come just one day after Black Friday protests encouraged and economic boycott to continue to raise awareness and increase pressure.
  • Trumka says labor wants Keystone built,believes green issues can be resolved(FLASHBACK)

    11/18/2014 4:08:30 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/07/12 | Ben Geman
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is backing construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in comments that downplay divisions among unions in the labor federation over the controversial project. “They are not divided on the pipeline itself,” Trumka said in a C-SPAN interview when asked about differences among unions over Keystone. “They are divided on how the pipeline is done.” ADVERTISEMENT “I think we are all unanimous by saying we should build the pipeline, but we have to do it consistent with all environmental standards, and I think we can work that out, I really do, and we are for...
  • The Death of Values

    09/08/2014 4:16:00 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 14 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/8/14 | Steve Berman
    One day I parked my car on the street outside a very nice restaurant in Milan, Italy, when a man came up to me and said something in Italian, which I conveniently do not speak.  The man wanted the equivalent of $5 to watch my car.  I told my Italian translator I respectfully declined (“Hell, no!”).  He clarified: pay the man $5 or something would happen to my car while we ate.  I paid.  That’s a shakedown.  I know one when I see it. In more than 100 cities, fast food workers have run a play from Saul Ailinsky’s Rules...
  • Holder’s Justice Dept Uses Bank Settlements to Fund Democrat Nonprofits

    08/30/2014 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Once again, our Chicago-style Attorney General has proven that corruption is the basic foundation upon which the modern Democrat Party is built. Eric Holder, the nationÂ’s top extortionist officer, has been running around the financial sector suing banks for anything (and everything) he can get away with. Ally Bank paid millions for alleged racist lending practices (an allegation the DOJ made without ever looking at loan portfolios), JP Morgan has shelled out billions for various anti-Obama comments regulatory infractions, and Bank of America just paid a $16.6 billion fine for their government-mandated role in the financial crises of 2008.Aside from...
  • Reparations Could Prevent the Next Ferguson

    08/29/2014 3:10:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 119 replies
    TIME ^ | August 29, 2014 | by Belinda Cooper
    The U.S. government and society need to recognize the direct connections between continuing racial disparities in this country and the wrongs that gave rise to them. ... One of the most important aspects of successful transitional justice, therefore, lies in illuminating not only the victims’ suffering, but the ways in which an entire society continues to bear the burdens of history. This helps elevate an important point: correcting injustice may require affirmative steps. The U.S. government and society need to recognize — and educate citizens on — the direct connections between continuing racial disparities in this country and the wrongs...
  • The Obama Bank Shakedown

    08/23/2014 9:58:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 23, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    The $16.65 billion settlement by Bank of America over financial-crisis-era mortgage securities "highlights a pattern of the government extorting the banks," Dick Kovacevich said on CNBC this week. Kovacevich is the former Wells Fargo chairman and CEO. I've known him for years. He ran a great bank. He kept Wells Fargo clean during the credit meltdown. And, unusual for a big-bank CEO, he strongly supports free-market principles. Kovacevich went on to say, "It's definitely politics. It has nothing to do with justice or restitution to the innocent victims. In fact, more of the money is going to the coffers of...
  • War on Who? Eric Holder Sues Police Dept. for Treating Women as Equals

    07/31/2014 6:52:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Town Hall ^ | July 31, 2014 | By Michael Schaus
    Forget about that phony IRS scandal… The DOJ apparently has a real problem to handle. The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by Eric “The Extortionist” Holder for alleged sexual discrimination. No, the Penn police didn’t do anything as egregious as force women to pay for their own birth-control; but apparently it was enough to persuade the DOJ to file a lawsuit. The offense: Women are being held to the same standards as their male counterparts! Apparently, requiring all candidates to pass the same standard physical fitness test is sexist. See, women are having a tough time passing the test...
  • Jesse Jackson demands Twitter release employee diversity data

    07/28/2014 8:15:55 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 77 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | Jul 17, 2014 | John Ribeiro
    U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have already done. The Rainbow Push Coalition, founded by Jackson, has also asked Twitter to signal its commitment to inclusion by hosting a public community forum to address the company’s plan to recruit and retain more black talent.
  • Fired Black Employee Sues Paint Company Over Racist Paint Names

    06/29/2014 9:13:20 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 75 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/28/2014 | Chuck Ross
    A black man in New Jersey has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Benjamin Moore Paints, which he says named one of its paint colors after him and then fired him when he complained. Clinton Tucker, who managed online sales for Benjamin Moore, which is owned by the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said that he was bothered by the names of several of the company’s paint colors, “Clinton Brown,” “Tucker Chocolate,” and “Confederate Red.” “Being a black man named Clinton Tucker, the plaintiff found this to be extremely racially offensive,” reads the complaint, filed in Essex County Court. Tucker made...
  • Dallas County Commissioners Approve Slavery Reparations Resolution

    06/19/2014 1:27:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 27 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 06/19/2014 | Chad Hasty
    On Tuesday the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved a non-binding resolution unanimously that commemorated Juneteenth, but also declared that African-Americans should receive reparations for slavery. Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is facing an ongoing FBI investigation, was the author of the Juneteenth Resolution. According to the Dallas Morning News, Price’s resolution included a list of items besides commemorating the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. “it included a long list of injustices endured by blacks, from slavery to Jim Crow to predatory lending practices. Then, in its final paragraph, it declared that the suffering of African-Americans should be...
  • Betrayal of Dr. King: Traitorous Blacks Abandoned His Dream

    06/14/2014 8:49:55 AM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | June 13, 2014 | by Lloyd Marcus
    Sipping a hot cup of unsweetened green tea at 3am, I felt compelled to revisit Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the internet. These excerpts leaped out at me. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have...
  • Jesse Jackson Demands ‘Diversity’ from Silicon Valley (Part II)

    06/08/2014 3:39:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Carl Horowitz
    Editor's note: This column is Part II in a series. Click here for Part I. The information technology industry long has been one of Jesse Jackson’s targets. Well over a decade ago Rainbow/PUSH established its Silicon Valley Project office. There is enormous money to be extracted on behalf of minority groups ostensibly “excluded” from tech industry employment. Whether such concessions benefit a particular company is immaterial. Jackson is a power broker. His specialty is confrontation. He disingenuously uses imagery of fairness and togetherness when it suits his needs, but his ulterior motive is anything but a “win-win.” The world of...
  • D’Souza’s dire warning: Americans ‘are being prepared for a political and financial shakedown’

    06/05/2014 7:54:48 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 5th, 2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    ....................................................... ...................................................... In moving from the 1776 ethos to that of 1968, you speak to Saul Alinsky’s playbook. And one of the things you say, and something that I hadn’t seen elsewhere, is that Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” effectively are derived from the same playbook as that of the devil, which kind of explains why he dedicated “Rules for Radicals” to Satan. Can you expound upon that? DeSouza: Well, something strange is going on here because Alinsky was obviously not a Christian; in fact, he was an atheist. So why would an atheist dedicate a book to Lucifer? I...
  • Silicon Valley Capitulates to Jesse Jackson Shakedown

    05/30/2014 11:25:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 29, 2014 | Carl Horowitz
    In the sixth year of the presidency of an African-American, and long after Jesse Jackson, Sr. is considered relevant to anything, Silicon Valley's biggest companies are rushing in to resuscitate his career as tribute artist. Jackson once again has resorted to his anachronistic but apparently still effective playbook. He issues an ultimatum for more "diversity." As he sees it, the company has a choice: 1) expand hiring, marketing and other activities in ways that favor nonwhites; or 2) get ready for a boycott, picketing, a lawsuit or other bad publicity, even though it has been years since he has...
  • The IRS can do this to you.

    05/30/2014 4:37:35 AM PDT · by Luke21 · 76 replies
    self | 5/30/14 | self
    My wife and I are in our mid fifties. We are grandparents. We have tried to play by the rules. Yesterday, I came home from lunch to find his and her notices in our mailbox from the IRS. The fiends have recalculated our income from a few years back and now suddenly want over 21,000 dollars in fees and penalties. They don't even audit you anymore. They just recalculate and demand payment. This is how they operate. So if this thing is worked out, we will pay five hundred bucks a month to the IRS for most of our remaining...
  • Jesse Jackson presses Facebook on lack of diversity

    05/22/2014 1:39:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 51 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 22, 2014 | David R. Baker
    Jesse Jackson isn’t keeping quiet about the lack of diversity in the tech industry’s ranks.
  • NAACP: Sterling sanctions don’t go far enough: Want NBA to guarantee that this won't happen again

    04/30/2014 12:34:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver won near-universal plaudits for delivering “death penalty” sanctions on LA Clippers owner (for now) Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban and a recommendation to the owners that they force a franchise sale. The NAACP, however, isn’t satisfied. They want Silver and the owners to guarantee that this won’t happen in the future, too: The National Urban League, the National Action Network, the NAACP and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation issued a joint statement cheering Silver’s announcement that he banned Sterling for life and that the league would attempt to force him to sell the...
  • Sharpton Wants Clippers Owner Axed: 'Prepared to Rally In Front of NBA'

    04/27/2014 12:21:12 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 112 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | APril 27 2014 | Trey Sanchez
    "No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language."
  • Justice Dept. may seek $13B from Bank of America

    04/25/2014 9:53:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 25, 2014 | By Barbara Kollmeyer
    U.S. prosecutors could make Bank of America Corp. pay more than $13 billion to resolve probes into the lender's sale of bonds backed by home loans in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Last month, the bank agreed to pay $9.5 billion to resolve Federal Housing Finance Agency claims, and the new settlement would come on top of that, according to Bloomberg.
  • Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change

    03/19/2014 1:37:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | March 19, 2014 | by Kevin Liptak
    President Barack Obama is getting some help from the country's tech giants in his effort to show Americans how climate change will affect their communities. The Obama administration thinks that local data, which may have a real-world effect on Americans' lives, will provide a convincing argument for steps to prevent climate change. The risk rising sea levels have on individual communities will be the focus of a new website, climate.data.gov, which uses government data to put environmental changes in context. The White House also called on tech companies to develop tools for Americans to better get a grasp on how...
  • Jesse Jackson to take on Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity

    03/18/2014 4:22:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Washington Times - AP ^ | March 18, 2014 | Martha Mendoza & Jesse Washington
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday to bring attention to Silicon Valley’s poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding. Jackson’s strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation. Now he is bringing it to the age of social media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation.
  • U.S. regulator sues 16 banks for rigging key interest rate

    03/14/2014 12:31:57 PM PDT · by gooblah · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:26pm EDT | By Nate Raymond
    (Reuters) - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation sued 16 of the world's largest banks on Friday, accusing them of colluding to suppress interest rates. The lawsuit, filed in the federal district court in New York, was the latest to accuse financial institutions of conspiring to manipulate Libor, or the London Interbank Offered Rate. The FDIC said the defendants' conduct caused substantial losses to 38 banks that the U.S. regulator had taken into receivership since 2008, including Washington Mutual Bank and IndyMac Bank.
  • Ex-Chesapeake cop guilty of shaking down prostitutes

    02/23/2014 6:41:02 AM PST · by csvset · 14 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 21, 2014 | Scott Daugherty
    CHESAPEAKE A former police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to shaking down three prostitutes – stealing more than $3,000 in the process. Michael Mobley, 29, was convicted under a plea agreement of two counts of misdemeanor embezzlement. He faces up to two years in jail and $5,000 in fines when he’s sentenced June 2 in Circuit Court. “This is a sad day,” police Chief Kelvin Wright said outside the courtroom. “It’s painful to see one of our own went astray.” Mobley resigned Thursday before his hearing. He and his attorney, Hugh E. Black III, declined to comment. According to prosecutors, Mobley...
  • Hey, Coke and Pepsi! I've Got Your Back! : Big Government is lining up its next shakedown victim

    02/18/2014 7:00:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/18/2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    It was only last week here in Panama that I was talking to a Pepsi truck driver from Philadelphia. They'll be coming for you sugar guys next, I said. It's already started, he retorted. In Philadelphia recently, the union bussed the drivers down to City Hall to protest a tax on sugar. Now we read that the trial lawyers are going for a repeat on the Big Tobacco shakedown of the 1990s. They want the state attorneys general to sue Big Food to "pay for soaring obesity-related health care costs." And why not? Back in the 1990s, Big Law got...
  • Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial present the former mayor as predator, or prey

    02/10/2014 9:14:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 2/10/14 | Mark Waller
    Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial on Monday centered on whether the former New Orleans mayor was a predator focused on helping himself or prey for an assortment of shady operators. The prosecution portrayed Nagin as an opportunist who pursued businessmen under pressure to win city business, targeting them to line his own pockets. The defense characterized those contractors -- some of whom suffer from their own legal and financial problems -- as scheming to use Nagin without his knowledge, and now eager to testify to help their own situations. After the lawyers made their final pitches, the...
  • Community Organizers Chase Trader Joe's Out of Portlandia

    02/05/2014 8:52:18 AM PST · by inkling · 82 replies
    Ricochet ^ | Feb. 4, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Trader Joe’s wanted to build a new store in Portland, Oregon. Instead of heading to a tony neighborhood downtown or towards the suburbs, the popular West Coast grocer chose a struggling area of Northeast Portland.The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades. It seemed like the perfect place to create jobs, improve customer options and beautify the neighborhood. City officials, the business community, and residents all seemed thrilled with the plan. Then some community organizers caught wind of it.The fact that most members of the Portland African-American Leadership Forum didn’t live in...
  • Holder Shakes Down 'Racist' Banks For Nearly $1 Bil

    01/15/2014 5:19:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 15, 2014 | Editorial
    War On Banks: Attorney General Eric Holder has opened up a new front against car lenders and has forged an alliance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to frame them for racism, too. We don't use the term "frame" capriciously, certainly not like Holder uses the charge of racism. His department and the president's new consumer credit watchdog agency, CFPB, have announced a new settlement with Ally Bank for nearly $100 million. It's the largest fair lending deal against the auto industry and the third-largest ever to resolve charges of lending discrimination. Throw in four new mortgage-lender settlements over equally...
  • Eric Holder’s Billion Dollar Extortion Scheme

    01/17/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Eric Holder’s idea of implementing justice is to shake down banks on trumped up charges based on vague statistics and leftist theories. Holder’s Department of Justice recently leveled a $100 million fine against Ally Bank for “racist” lending practices without a shred of evidence. And Ally’s not the only victim of Obama/Holder Inc.’s protection racket. Apparently, the post-racial presidency of Barack Obama has decided to extort almost a billion dollars from capitalist institutions under the unjustified pretense of ‘race-based’ predatory lending. The recent settlement made between Ally Bank and the DOJ’s Orwellian named Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is one of...
  • Darrell Issa Demands Answers from Eric Holder on 'Operation Choke Point' Bank Shakedown

    01/09/2014 6:09:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 1/9/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman of the Economic Growth Subcommittee, sent a harsh letter to Attorney General Holder Wednesday accusing the Department of Justice of abusing its power and intimidating banks through its "Operation Choke Point." In the letter, Issa and Jordan stated, "[t]he [House Oversight and Government Reform] Committee is concerned that both the goal and mechanisms of Operation Choke Point may constitute a serious mismanagement and abuse of the Department´s FIRREA [Financial Institution Reform and Recovery Act of 1989] authority." Breitbart News broke the
  • Deadbeat Dad Jesse Jackson tries to shakedown A&E

    12/29/2013 3:04:56 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 55 replies
    Newsone | 29 December 2013 | Trueblackman
    Karin Stanford, the Mother of Jesse Jackson‘s 12-year-old love child, is going public with her allegations that the good reverend has fallen behind on his child support payments to the tune of $11,694.50, according to the National Enquirer. Court documents filed with the L.A. Superior Court state that the minimum monthly financial obligation was set at $400, but Jackson, 70, failed to fork over even a dollar to Stanford between December 2010 and August 2011. Stanford first met Jackson, when she was completing her doctoral dissertation on his foreign policy record. Jackson, who was married with five children, and Stanford...
  • Danger, Danger Phil Robertson! Do Not Kiss Jackson's Ring

    12/29/2013 2:04:36 PM PST · by WXRGina · 46 replies
    Renew America ^ | December 29, 2013 | Lloyd Marcus
    For the sake of America, please, please Phil do not surrender. We have seen this scenario played out on countless occasions; the left launching a shock-and-awe gang media assault on someone who dared to publicly challenge political correctness. The target of their wrath is bludgeoned into submission; overwhelmed with daily hit pieces filled with exaggerations, distortions and even lies about the target's original comment and intent. I am black. In his GQ mag interview, I felt no "evil or racist" intent in Phil Robertson's comments about the blacks he knew in his youth. And yet, Phil's intention is irrelevant to...
  • Jesse Jackson Demands Meeting With A&E to Discuss Duck Dynasty's Robertson

    12/27/2013 2:19:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12/27/13 | Noel Sheppard
    According to a Christmas Day report at ABCNews.com, race hustler Jesse Jackson on Monday demanded a meeting with A&E to discuss the comments of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson. ~~~SNIP~~~ At issue for Jackson were Robertson's remarks about blacks being happy in the south prior to the civil rights movement.