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Monday, February 29, 2016

Floor Speech: Nebraska Beef Making Its Way to Israel







#DebFischer


Senator Kirk Discusses Corruption Findings at Hines VA Hospital

Zwei Mädchen (14 und 18) in Erlebnisbad vergewaltigt?

More fun with the refugees!


Norderstedt – „Arriba“-Chef Ruud Swaen versicherte noch im Sommer: „Wir tun alles, um derartige Vorfälle künftig zu verhindern.“
Doch jetzt ermittelt die Polizei wieder in dem Erlebnisbad.

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Who NOT to Vote For

Sen. Rand Paul Highlights $1.6 Million Federal Grant to Flawed D.C. Streetcar

From Senator Rand Paul:


02.29.16

Sen. Rand Paul Highlights $1.6 Million Federal Grant to Flawed D.C. Streetcar

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today released the latest edition of ‘The Waste Report,’ which is an ongoing project cataloguing egregious examples of waste within the U.S. government.
The latest edition highlights the federal government awarding the D.C. streetcar $1.6 million in grants to help facilitate the expansion of the initial line. However, during the time the grants were given, the D.C. streetcar’s initial leg of the project was already showing glaring signs of trouble and experiencing unprecedented delays.

‘The Waste Report’ can be found HERE or below.

Last week the District of Columbia finally opened its calamitous streetcar to the public, years behind schedule and at a cost of $200 million.[1]Thankfully, ådespite repeated attempts to get federal funds, the D.C. streetcar was built without federal taxpayer assistance. But not to worry, with this kind of boondoggle right in the federal government’s back yard, Uncle Sam still found a way to waste your tax dollars. 
D.C.’s District Department of Transportation was unsuccessful in getting federal dollars for the 2.2 mile line - of a whopping 37 mile plan - that opened last week, however, they did receive about $1.6 million from Uncle Sam to study expansion of the line in either direction. What makes this even more mindboggling is that the federal government awarded these grants in 2010 and 2012, when just the initial leg of the system had glaring signs of trouble.[2]
Only the federal government would shy away from investing in a troubled venture, while at the same time providing funding to help expand the same troubled venture. Lest you think it was two separate arms of the behemoth federal government not knowing what the other was doing, it was not. The same U.S. Department of Transportation that said “no” with one hand was cutting checks with the other.

While streetcars are the current transportation fad, one must wonder why D.C. needs one in the first place. Some cities that lack rail transit systems have turned to streetcars, but D.C.’s streetcar overlays its existing subways system, the Metro, which boasts approximately 40 stops within the district’s boundaries, the Metro goes on to service VA and MD.[3] 

While the federal government was contributing to potential expansion of the streetcar above ground, serious safety issues were mounting literally under its feet. Uncle Sam first put money toward streetcar expansion just a year after the Metro’s Fort Totten crash, which killed six and injured 70. And, as was noted in a Washingtonian exposé last year, Metro suffers from systemic safety problems, which continue today.[4]  

The $1.6 million could have been better used for Metro instead of expanding an already troubled and unneeded streetcar. And, while it is not the federal taxpayer’s responsibility to fix Metro, Uncle Sam ponied up $150 million to the troubled system in last year’s omnibus appropriations.[5]

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[1] Laris, Michael; Fourth mayor’s the charm? Bowser sets D.C. streetcar grand opening for Feb. 27, Washington Post, Washington, DC.  February 2016.
[2] Historic Anacostia Streetcar NEPA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Grant Number DC-95-X010-01.  & Lisle, John; DC Streetcar Awarded Federal Grant to Study K Street Alternatives; DC Streetcar, Washington, DC.  Press Release December 2010 
[4]  Mullins, Luke and Gaynor, Michael; The Infuriating History of How Metro Got So Bad; Washingtonian; Washington, DC.  December 2015
[5] Laing, Kieth; Spending bill restores DC Metro funding to $150M, The Hill; Washington, DC; December 2015

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Can Farmers Trust the EPA with Even More Power?







#CharlesGrassley #ChuckGrassley


Opioid Abuse and Foster Care




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Wicker Discusses Impact of Renewable Fuel Standard on Small Refiners







#RogerWicker


Displaced U.S. Tech Worker Disputes Claim That Pink Slip Created ‘Opport...







#JeffSessions


Senator Shelby Questions AG Lynch on Non-Citizens Voting







#RichardShelby


WPTF: Sen. Burr discusses bill to prevent Obama from giving away Gitmo N...







#RichardBurr


Senator Hatch Speaking to Media on #NoHearingsNoVotes







#OrrinHatch


Hatch: Senate Should Wait to Fill Scalia’s Seat until after Election







#OrrinHatch


Will We Endanger Citizens with Sentencing Reform?







#MikeLee


What Ideas do You have to Balance the Budget before it's Too Late?







#MikeLee


Reign in BLM, and other Agencies?







#MikeLee


There Is No Local Buy-in for a Bears Ears National Monument Designation







#MikeLee


How will we Pay for the Rehabilitation of Former Prisoners under the Cri...







#MikeLee


Why Won't the Republicans use the Nuclear Option?







#MikeLee


How to Mitigate Effects of Conflicts Arising with Reintegration of Wild ...







#MikeLee


Senator Mark Kirk Questions Secretary John Kerry







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Hoeven Talks Energy Prices with Stuart Varney on Fox Business Network







#JohnHoeven


Heitkamp, Hoeven Pay Tribute to ND Police Officer Killed in Line of Duty







#HeidiHeitkamp


Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Limits of Humanity: Merkel Refugee Policies Have Failed - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Opinion Piece:





Last September, Angela Merkel opened Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees, mostly from Syria. Her calculation that the rest of Europe would support her backfired. She now finds herself isolated at home and abroad as conditions worsen for asylum-seekers.



The Limits of Humanity: Merkel Refugee Policies Have Failed - SPIEGEL ONLINE

CORKER: UN SECURITY COUNCIL NORTH KOREA RESOLUTION CAN BE CATALYST FOR TOUGHER GLOBAL STANCE AGAINST ROGUE REGIME

From Senator Bob Corker:


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said the U.N. Security Council’s strict enforcement of a new resolution targeting North Korea can be a catalyst for a tougher global stand against the growing nuclear and ballistic missile threat from the Kim regime. Last week, President Obama signed a bipartisan Senate bill into law that will expand and tighten enforcement of sanctions against North Korea.
“If strictly enforced, this resolution can be a catalyst for the United States and the world to begin taking a much tougher stand against the growing nuclear threat from North Korea,” said Corker. “For the Obama administration, the next step must be fully implementing the bipartisan Senate bill that will punish North Korea for a range of illicit behavior, toughen enforcement of sanctions, and put forward strategies to improve human rights and stop cyberattacks. China, for its part, wants to be taken seriously on the world stage, so now is an opportunity to show it by using its considerable economic and other leverage to hold North Korea accountable.”
On February 10, the Senate passed the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016in a unanimous vote of 96 to 0 following a day of legislative floor action led by Sen. Corker. For more information about the bill, which was developed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visit:http://1.usa.gov/1R5iKW9.

North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and launched a ballistic missile this month in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. In recent testimony before Congress, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed North Korea’s progress in expanding production of weapons-grade nuclear fuel.
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Difference Between Capitalism and Socialism BRILLIANTLY Explained | The Federalist Papers

Difference Between Capitalism and Socialism BRILLIANTLY Explained | The Federalist Papers

Pvt. Minalu, an IDF Security Center Specialist.

From Israel Defense Forces:




“I was born Jewish in a small village in Ethiopia. I never knew my father. When I was five years old, my mother and I were set to move to Israel. It had always been her dream. A week before the flight, my mother died in a car accident. I couldn’t move to Israel on my own because I was too young. I was adopted by my father’s sister, a Christian. 
Throughout my childhood I always knew I was Jewish, and dreamt of one day moving to Israel.
Around the age of 18 (I never knew my birthday), I decided to fulfill my mother’s dream and finally move to Israel.
I came here all on my own. After two years in Israel, I joined the army. The day I put on my uniform for the first time was one of the proudest days of my life. At that moment, I knew I made it.
My dream is to help other orphans like myself. I know how hard it is to grow up without parents, and how important it is to have supportive people by your side. But if you believe in yourself and work hard - nothing can stop you.”
Pvt. Minalu, an IDF Security Center Specialist.

Jeff Deist: Socialist Left, alt-Right, and the Myth of Democratic Consensus

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vz 58 Woods Walk







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The run up to Super Tuesday...in 60 Seconds

Former Christian County Sheriff Sentenced for Stealing Public Money, Money Laundering

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Former Christian County Sheriff Sentenced for Stealing Public Money, Money Laundering

EDI Owner Enters Pretrial Diversion for His Role in Fraud Scheme

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the former sheriff of Christian County, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for embezzling county funds and for his role in laundering the proceeds of a political supporter’s investment fraud scheme.

Joseph “Joey” Edward Kyle, 54, of Ozark, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to one year and one day in federal prison. The court also ordered Kyle to pay $50,290  in restitution to Christian County and forfeit to the government a money judgment of $71,640, representing the proceeds he received from his criminal conduct. Kyle must disclose and surrender any and all property that was purchased with county funds, including firearms, ammunition, vehicles, equipment, preserved food (meals-ready-to-eat) and other supplies.

On May 20, 2015, Kyle pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling from Christian County and one count of participating in a money-laundering conspiracy. As required under the terms of his plea agreement, Kyle resigned his office as sheriff of Christian County, to which he was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012.

Christian County Embezzlement

Kyle admitted that he embezzled $50,290 from Christian County. Kyle submitted 22 fraudulent invoices and purchase orders to the county for goods and services that were never provided between Jan. 1, 2011, and Oct. 14, 2014.

Kyle submitted those requisitions on behalf of EDI Plus, LLC, in Nixa, Mo. EDI was awarded a contract by the county to provide equipment – including firearms and ammunition – for the sheriff’s department from 2011 to 2014. Kyle received cash from EDI for his personal use then submitted fraudulent requisitions for goods and services purportedly supplied by EDI. In reality, no goods or services were provided; instead, these requisitions repaid EDI for the money Kyle personally received.

Pretrial Diversion Agreement: Stephen R. Eidson

Stephen R. Eidson, the owner of EDI, has not been charged in relation to Kyle’s theft of public funds but has entered into a pretrial diversion agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Eidson acknowledged his role aiding and abetting Kyle in the fraud scheme in which Christian County taxpayers repaid EDI for the personal funds that he had provided to Kyle. In return, Eidson obtained the continued business of the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.

Under the terms of the pretrial diversion agreement, Eidson must surrender his federal firearms license no later than June 30, 2016. He may not become a federal firearms licensee at any point in the future and may not reapply for licensure. Eidson also must publicly apologize for the theft of public funds and complete 100 hours of community service within Christian County.

Prosecution shall be deferred for one year, provided Eidson abides by the conditions and the requirements of the pretrial diversion agreement. If Eidson violates the conditions of the agreement, the U.S. Attorney may initiate prosecution for the theft of public funds.

Money Laundering Conspiracy

Kyle also admitted that he received $21,350 from another person, identified as “Subject #2” in court documents, for his role in promoting an investment fraud scheme.

According to the plea agreement, Subject #2 owned and operated various companies and, from January 2008 to October 2014, engaged in an investment fraud scheme. Subject #2 solicited Kyle to assist him as a promoter of the scheme, to take advantage of the authority and prestige of Kyle’s position as county sheriff. Kyle referred potential investors, distributed promotional materials, served as a personal reference and recommended that victims invest money in Subject #2’s companies.

In order to persuade potential investors, Subject #2 falsely informed them that Kyle had personally invested funds and that Kyle had assembled an investment group, comprised of deputy sheriffs and others, to invest in Subject #2’s companies. In reality, Kyle did not invest his personal funds in Subject #2’s companies. Instead, Subject #2 gave Kyle 50,000 shares in one of his companies, which Subject #2 normally sold to investors at the rate of one dollar per share.

Kyle founded Five Rivers Management, LLC, purportedly as a law enforcement training company in 2011. He deposited the money he received from Subject #2 into the company’s bank account in order to conceal the source and nature of the payments, and to make them appear to be receipts from Kyle’s law enforcement training company.  Subject #2 also made a $3,000 contribution, using victim investor funds, to Kyle’s political campaign on July 1, 2012.

Between June 2012 and January 2014, Subject #2 received investment funds totaling approximately $952,670. At the time he promoted the investment fraud scheme, Kyle states that he believed Subject #2’s companies were legitimately engaged in efforts to bring their products to market. However, Kyle admitted the United States could prove that he knew checks written to Five Rivers were the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity. Further, Kyle acknowledged that, at the very least, he deliberately closed his eyes to the fraud, which should have been obvious to him.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys  James J. Kelleher and Steven M. Mohlhenrich. It was investigated by the FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

KC Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Craigslist Robberies

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

KC Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Craigslist Robberies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies against victims who were lured through an advertisement posted on Craigslist.

Debvon Buckner, 24, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to one count of participating in the robbery conspiracy, five counts of aiding and abetting the robberies and one count of aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.

By pleading guilty today, Buckner admitted that he participated in a conspiracy between May 1 and Sept. 19, 2014, to rob several individuals at gunpoint. Buckner knew that co-conspirators robbed a Hispanic family on June 25, 2014, when the victims responded to a false advertisement for a Samsung television on Craigslist. After that robbery, Buckner agreed to be the primary point of contact with the victims, as conspirators continued using Craigslist to lure victims to be robbed. Buckner made initial contact with the victims, while his co-conspirators robbed them at gunpoint.

Buckner admitted that he participated in five additional armed robberies in which conspirators posted false advertisements to buy or sell items on Craigslist in order to entice their victims to meet so that conspirators could steal money and electronics.

July 16, 2014, Armed Robbery and Shooting

The final robbery occurred on the evening of July 16, 2014, when three victims met Buckner at 5500 E. 84thTerrace, Kansas City, Mo., to look at a Hyundai Sonata that was falsely listed for sale in a Craigslist advertisement. Buckner’s two co-conspirators were hiding, armed with firearms. Buckner accompanied two of the victims as they took a test drive in the vehicle and made a purchase offer. Buckner agreed, but stated he needed to call his wife about the purchase and walked away. As he walked away, the two co-conspirators appeared and each pointed a firearm at the victims and demanded money.

The victims tried to return to their car, but Buckner’s conspirators shot the two adult victims multiple times. Conspirators took money and personal property (including a purse that contained $500) from the victims then shot one of the victims again, striking him an additional time. Conspirators fled from the area in the Hyundai Sonata, which was found shortly afterward behind an abandoned house. One of the victims was transported to a local hospital for life-threatening injuries from multiple gunshot wounds.

July 16, 2014, Armed Robbery #2

Earlier on the same day, on the afternoon of July 16, 2014, another victim had been contacted by Buckner, who said he wanted to purchase an XBOX One that the victim had listed for sale on Craigslist. The victim arranged to meet Buckner at Ridge Pointe Apartments in Kansas City, Mo. When he arrived, Buckner approached him and asked to see the XBOX. When the victim handed him the XBOX, Buckner’s two co-conspirators appeared and each pointed a firearm at the victim and demanded the XBOX One, XBOX games, and the accessories. They took those items then fled to their vehicle.

July 17, 2014, Arrest

The next day, Kansas City police detectives located Buckner in the area of East US 40 Highway and Sterling Avenue, Kansas City, Mo., and set up surveillance. When Buckner boarded a metro bus, police officers took him into custody. He possessed the phone that was used to contact several victims and wore the Samsung Galaxy watch that had been stolen from the victim of an earlier robbery.

In addition to the two robberies on July 16, 2014, Buckner admitted to his role in three earlier armed robberies.

July 3, 2014, Armed Robbery

On July 3, 2014, another victim was robbed while trying to buy an XBOX from a Craigslist advertisement. The victim met Buckner at Ridge Pointe Apartments after he had agreed to give him $160 and a Samsung Galaxy watch to buy the XBOX. One co-conspirator was in hiding and armed with a firearm while another co-conspirator waited in the getaway vehicle. When Buckner refused to make the exchange, the victim began walking back to his car. Buckner’s co-conspirator appeared, pointed a firearm at him and demanded money. The two men took the watch and the cash then fled.

June 30, 2014, Armed Robbery

One victim responded on June 30, 2014, to purchase a cell phone that was advertised on Craigslist. She decided not to purchase the phone and began to walk away, when Buckner’s co-conspirators pointed firearms at her and demanded money. After she gave the men $100 they demanded her car keys, cellphone and purse. She pressed the panic button on her car keys and when the alarm sounded, all three of the men ran.

June 30, 2014, Armed Robbery #2

Another victim met Buckner later that night on the same date. She had been contacted about purchasing an XBOX One that she posted for sale on Craigslist. When she arrived (with three other persons, one of whom was a minor) at Ridge Pointe Apartments, Buckner showed her that he had cash to make the purchase. As soon as she took out the XBOX, he took it and ran. Buckner’s co-conspirators, armed with handguns, approached and pointed the guns at the victims in the vehicle. They demanded all of their money, purses, and XBOX games and controllers. One of the victims asked for her purse back, and one of the conspirators said, “Get back in the car or I’ll shoot you” and racked the slide on his gun.

Under federal statutes, Buckner is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew P. Wolesky and Jess E. Michaelsen. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Indictment Unsealed Charging One More Defendant In Kidnapping, Murder of Junction Woman

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Indictment Unsealed Charging One More Defendant In Kidnapping, Murder of Junction Woman

TOPEKA, KAN. – An indictment unsealed in federal court here Thursday charges one more defendant with kidnapping and killing a Junction City woman, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Shantrell D. Woody, 26, Fort Riley, Kan., is charged with one count of kidnapping resulting in death.
Three other defendants charged previously with the same count were:
               Larry L. Anderson, 26, who is being held in the Geary County Jail.
               Marryssa M. Middleton, 23, who is being held in the Geary County Jail.
               Drexel A. Woody, 24, who is being held in the Geary County Jail.
The body of Amanda Clemons, 24, of Junction City, was found in February 2014 in Geary County, Kan.
The indictment alleges that on Feb. 7, 2014, the defendants kidnapped the victim and held her on the Fort Riley military installation. While they were holding her they killed her.
If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison without parole. The Junction City Police Department, the Grandview Plaza Police Department, the Geary County Sheriff’s Office, the Riley County Police Department, the Fort Riley Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Mattivi are prosecuting. Grissom also thanked the Geary County Attorney for his assistance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

Former IRS Employee Sentenced for $326,000 Fraud Scheme, Identity Theft

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Former IRS Employee Sentenced for $326,000 Fraud Scheme, Identity Theft

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former employee of the Internal Revenue Service was sentenced in federal court today for using stolen identities in a scheme to receive $326,000 in fraudulent tax refunds.

Demetria Michele Brown, 39, of Birmingham, Ala., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to two years and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Brown to pay $326,000 in restitution to the state of Missouri and the IRS.

On June 1, 2015, Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Brown admitted that she engaged in a scheme to submit hundreds of false and fraudulent state and federal income tax returns in order to generate refunds from 2008 to 2011.

Brown, formerly of Fairview Heights, Ill., worked at an IRS office in St. Louis, Mo., during the fraud scheme. While employed by the IRS, Brown unlawfully obtained the personally identifiable information of at least 120 persons. Brown had direct access to taxpayers’ personally identifiable information; however, rather than risk detection by using that information to commit her fraud, Brown obtained the identities of taxpayers in the Metro-East area of St. Louis and Birmingham through illicit sources.

Brown filed more than 120 fraudulent federal tax returns, resulting in a loss of approximately $211,000. Brown filed at least 236 fraudulent state tax returns, resulting in a loss of approximately $115,000, for an aggregate loss amount of approximately $326,000.

The scheme involved Brown obtaining personal identification information, including names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of other persons without their knowledge or consent. Brown completed U.S. individual income tax returns and Missouri state income tax returns for persons using the personal identification information she had obtained, adding other information which was false and fraudulent, including the address, place of employment, wages earned, taxes withheld and the fact that a refund was due.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Missouri Department of Revenue – Compliance and Investigation Bureau and the Missouri Department of Revenue – Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Former State Magistrate Judge Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $24,000

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 22, 2016

Former State Magistrate Judge Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $24,000

WICHITA, KAN. – A former state district magistrate judge in southeast Kansas pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling approximately $24,000, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Bill W. Lyerla, 64, Galena, Kan., pleaded guilty to six counts of wire fraud. In his plea, Lylera admitted he embezzled the money from the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association while he served as an elected treasurer for the organization. In the state system, magistrate judges conduct first appearances and preliminary examinations of felony charges and hear felony arraignments, as well as performing other judicial duties. Lyerla was a magistrate judge for the state’s Eleventh Judicial District from 1991 to his resignation in 2014.
In his plea, he admitted that as treasurer for the judges association he had authority to write checks to pay for the organization’s legitimate expenses. He used that power to fraudulently write checks payable to himself on the association’s bank account.
Sentencing is set for July 6. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on each count. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett for their work on the case.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Senator Fischer Visits This Week in Siouxland







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Corker: No Substitute for U.S. Leadership to End Modern Day Slavery - News - - United States Senator Bob Corker

WASHINGTON – Coinciding with ‘END IT’ week to help shine a light on slavery and human trafficking, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday convened a hearing featuring leading advocates and survivors who urged the U.S. to purse a greater leadership role in ending modern day slavery. Today marks the END It Movement’s third annual “Shine A Light On Slavery Day” when supporters from around the U.S. and around the world will raise awareness and call for action.



Corker: No Substitute for U.S. Leadership to End Modern Day Slavery - News - - United States Senator Bob Corker

Coats: Obamacare Fraud Costs Taxpayers up to $1.7 Billion







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SUBCOMMITTEE CHART: ALMOST 97% OF ARRESTED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILES ALLOWED TO STAY IN U.S.

From Senator Jeff Sessions:


Background From  The Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest:
FY 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 67,339 purportedly “unaccompanied” illegal alien juveniles. In FY 2015, 39,399. So far in FY 2016, the number of apprehensions is up 102 percent from what they were at this point last year – with CBP already apprehending 20,164 in the first six months of this fiscal year, with exceptionally higher numbers likely to come in the near future. That means in just the last two and a half fiscal years, 126,902 purportedly “unaccompanied” illegal alien juveniles have been apprehended by CBP.
During the same period roughly 4,680 were removed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or roughly 3.6 percent of the total apprehensions during the same period.
Clearly, the overwhelming majority of these purportedly unaccompanied illegal alien juveniles are from Central America, and not Mexico – where it is easier to do a quick return (even though many are not). Even if one assumes that all of the purportedly unaccompanied illegal alien juveniles from Mexico were immediately deported, it would still mean than only 4.8 percent of those who illegally entered during this period were removed.
During the hearing, Chairman Sessions asked the Executive Associate Director of ICE, Mr. Tom Homan, if increased enforcement would result in a dramatic reduction in attempts to come to the United States illegally. Mr. Homan said “I don’t disagree with that,” and further stated “I think if you have a consequence of deterrence to illegal activity, the illegal activity will slow down.”
In addition to this and other illegal immigration, each year the U.S. issues more than 1 million green cards, admits 700,000 guest workers, and allows  roughly 500,000 foreign students to study in the U.S. (and in some cases, to work, contrary to Congressional authorization).

Iraqi militia seize ISIS chemical weapons store (VIDEO) — RT News

Iraqi militia fighters have captured two locations with vast deposits of highly toxic agents used by Islamic State terrorists to arm mortar shells and rockets, potentially for use against civilian targets.



Iraqi militia seize ISIS chemical weapons store (VIDEO) — RT News

Texas bakers face threats after declining to bake gay wedding cake | Fox News

A small town bakery owned by a Christian family is under siege after they declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.
Edie and David Delorme own the Kern’s Bake Shop in Longview, Texas — known around town for their petit fours and sugar cookies — and also their custom-made wedding cakes.


Texas bakers face threats after declining to bake gay wedding cake | Fox News

130,000 refugees vanished after being registered in Germany – media report — RT News

Some 13 percent of all migrants who officially entered Germany in 2015 never turned up at the accommodation provided for them, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday. The news comes as Berlin tightens up laws on asylum seekers.



130,000 refugees vanished after being registered in Germany – media report — RT News

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Alexander & Baldwin Reports Full-Year 2015 Results

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Corker on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Laments Outcome of Syria Civil War “Totally in Russia’s Hands Now” - News - - United States Senator Bob Corker

WASHINGTON – In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the outcome of Syria’s civil war “is totally in Russia’s hands now” after years of missed opportunities by the Obama administration to support the free Syrian opposition, which has allowed Moscow to intervene militarily on behalf of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. A provisional ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia is set to take effect in Syria on Saturday, but Corker warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to stop military operations until the Assad regime, which also is receiving support from Iran, consolidates territory retaken from the opposition.



Corker on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Laments Outcome of Syria Civil War “Totally in Russia’s Hands Now” - News - - United States Senator Bob Corker

Corker Raises Awareness for END IT Movement’s “Shine a Light on Slavery” Day on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” - News - - United States Senator Bob Corker

WASHINGTON - Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed his bipartisan legislation, The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, and raised awareness for the END IT Movement’s “Shine a Light on Slavery Day,” which aims to bring attention to modern slavery and human trafficking and turn advocacy into action.



Corker Raises Awareness for END IT Movement’s “Shine a Light on Slavery” Day on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” - News - - United States Senator Bob Corker

Saxony Xenophobia Under the Microscope - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The following does not necessarily reflect the views of the views of the JBK-Current-Events blog or its staff. It is presented for thoughtful conisderation.





For a time after reunification, Saxony was widely considered an eastern German success story. Lately, however, the state's image has darkened. Weekly Pegida marches combined with an ongoing rash of anti-immigrant attacks are raising uncomfortable questions.



Saxony Xenophobia Under the Microscope - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Murkowski Questions Education Secretary Nominee on Student Data Privacy







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Murkowski Questions DHS Secretary on Coast Guard Assets in the Arctic







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Corker Raises Awareness for "Shine a Light on Slavery" Day







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Alexander Questions Administration Witnesses on Zika Transmission and Di...







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Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Joint Resolution of Disapproval to Halt Arms Sales to Pakistan

From Senator Rand Paul:


02.25.16

Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Joint Resolution of Disapproval to Halt Arms Sales to Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul yesterday introduced S.J.Res.30, a joint resolution of disapproval to halt U.S. arms sales to the government of Pakistan. The joint resolution of disapproval, if passed, would stop the sale of 16 F-16s and additional technical gear to the Pakistani government.
“The U.S. and Pakistani relationship has been a troubled one. Though the government of Pakistan has been considered America’s ally in the fight on terrorism, Pakistan’s behavior would suggest otherwise. While we give them billions of dollars in aid, we are simultaneously aware of their intelligence and military apparatus assisting the Afghan Taliban,” said Sen. Paul.
“In addition to Pakistan's duplicitous nature, it also has a deplorable human rights record. Pakistan often isolates and unjustly jails religious minorities and Christians to include Pakistani Christian Asa Bibi. Only after an international outcry did Pakistan commutes Asa Bibi’s death sentence. In addition to Pakistan’s support of terrorism and deplorable human rights record, it continues to imprison Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the U.S. locate and kill Osama Bin Laden,” Sen. Paul continued.
Click HERE to read the joint resolution of disapproval in its entirety.
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Alexander Questions Nuclear Regulatory Commission on President’s FY2017 ...







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Floor Remarks on the Senate's Advice and Consent







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Ayotte Q&A at Armed Services Nomination Hearing







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Senator Scott: We are Safer by Keeping Terrorists in Gitmo







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INHOFE Q & A to MS. O’Connor DURING SASC NOMINATION HEARING







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Rounds Questions EPA's McCabe on Corn Ethanol Mandate at RFS Oversight H...

SENATOR INHOFE DISCUSSES NORTH KOREA DURING SASC HEARING







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Senator Inhofe discusses GITMO with Gretchen Carlson







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Sen. Moran. Questions Sec. Kerry at Senate Appropriations Hearing on Sta...







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Sen. Moran Discusses Troop Readiness, Irwin Hospital & GITMO at Senate D...







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Jeppe Juhl on the disaster of Sweden

Walther PPS M2







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Christian Bakers Forced to Pay Nearly $137,000 for Refusing to Make Gay Wedding Cake Up the Ante in Battle Against Oregon Govt

NASHVILLE — Despite ongoing threats and rebuke, embattled Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein are resolute, continuing their pledge not to back down after being forced to pay a $136,927.07 judgment over their refusal to make a gay wedding cake back in 2013.
Upping the ante in their legal battle against Oregon state officials, the Kleins announced this week that they are now the clients of the First Liberty — formerly known as the Liberty Institute, a conservative law firm that frequently engages in First Amendment cases.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/25/christian-bakers-who-were-forced-to-pay-nearly-137000-for-refusing-to-make-gay-wedding-cake-describe-cryptic-threat-they-received/

Don't Trust Politicized Science | Jason Richwine and Stefan Molyneux







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The Secret About Fearmongering: What They Won’t Tell You!







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How celebrity trumps the political establishment...in 60 Seconds

Barrasso: Bipartisan Concern in Congress About Opioid Abuse

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Heitkamp Calls for Senate to Hold Hearing & Vote on Supreme Court Nominee

Senator Heitkamp is a Democrat and she has to say these things. But I would love to see a Republican senator get up and deliver Joe Biden's 1992 speech word for word. - JBK













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Greece refuses to become ‘warehouse for refugee souls’ – PM Tsipras — RT News

Greece was having problems before the refugee crisis! - JBK





Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the EU risks turning his country into a refugee “warehouse” unless other nations in the bloc share the burden of the migrant crisis. Athens says it will block future EU agreements if the refugee problem isn’t shared.



Greece refuses to become ‘warehouse for refugee souls’ – PM Tsipras — RT News

Senator Blunt Questions Secretary Kerry Regarding Dealings with Iran 2/2...







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Who Were the Mysterious Folks in KKK Garb Spotted With Pro-Trump Signs at Nevada Caucus Location? Some Say Their Hands Give It Away. | TheBlaze.com

No one’s disputing that a pair of characters draped in Ku Klux Klan garb and carrying pro-Donald Trump signs showed up at a Nevada caucus location Tuesday night — but the question of the moment is, “Who are they?”
And particularly — what’s the color of their skin?


Who Were the Mysterious Folks in KKK Garb Spotted With Pro-Trump Signs at Nevada Caucus Location? Some Say Their Hands Give It Away. | TheBlaze.com

Teens Who Allegedly Knocked Decorated Marine Unconscious After Asking Him if ‘Black Lives Matter’ Won’t Be Charged With Hate Crime | Video | TheBlaze.com

In Ferguson, the Police Chief had to resign, but I have not heard anything about rioters and looters getting arrested. In Baltimore, six police officers have been put on trial, but I have not heard anything about rioters and looters getting arrested. Now this. We seem to have a pattern developing. - JBK 

The two teenagers who were arrested after allegedly attacking a decorated Marine veteran in Washington, D.C., won’t face hate crime charges, despite reportedly asking him if “black lives matter” and calling him a “racist.”
Former Sgt. Christopher Marquez was knocked unconscious outside a D.C. McDonald’s after he was approached by a group of teenagers demanding he respond to the question “Do black lives matter?” After Marquez didn’t answer, three of the teens, two males and one female, reportedly called him a “racist,” knocked him unconscious and robbed him. The female suspect and one of the male suspects were arrested.


Teens Who Allegedly Knocked Decorated Marine Unconscious After Asking Him if ‘Black Lives Matter’ Won’t Be Charged With Hate Crime | Video | TheBlaze.com

Kerry warns Libya may become ‘failed state’ — RT USA

How will we be able to tell the difference? - JBK





Libya risks becoming “a failed state” if the UN-brokered unity government flops, Secretary John Kerry has said. While Libya remains broke and insecure five years after NATO’s 2011 military intervention, Kerry believes “a wealthy nation” can rebuilt itself.
The remarks by the head of the Department of State came during his second visit to Capitol Hill seeking to defend a proposed $50 billion foreign aid budget for 2017, the last of the Obama administration.


Kerry warns Libya may become ‘failed state’ — RT USA

Sen. Blunt Discusses His Military Family Stability Act With Acting Secre...







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Senator Blunt Highlights Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia 2/24/16







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Iron Fist Training Exercise

From the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD):




U.S. Marines and Japanese soldiers clear an obstacle during a breaching exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Calif. The Marines are participating in Iron Fist, an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted with Japanese soldiers to refine combined amphibious operational capabilities. The detonation charge contains 1,750 pounds of C4 explosive and is launched into a forward area by a rocket to clear a path. 

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White

The $100,000 job: Garbage workers

The $100,000 job: Garbage workers: When Noel Molina smells trash, he smells money. Lots of it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

President Must Follow Laws He Signed Prohibiting Transfer of Gitmo Terrorists to U.S.

Press Releases

Feb 24 2016

President Must Follow Laws He Signed Prohibiting Transfer of Gitmo Terrorists to U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President’s announcement on the secure terrorist-detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
“President Obama has left the American people to wait many years for a serious plan — one that poses no additional risk to our nation or our armed forces, for instance — in pursuit of his desire to close the secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
“Americans have been waiting seven long years to find out what that serious plan might look like.

“They’re still waiting today.

“What the President sent to Congress yesterday isn’t a plan. It’s more of a research project if anything. It does call on Congress to act though.
“Turns out, we already have.
“Congress has repeatedly voted to enact clear bipartisan prohibitions on the very thing the President is again calling for: the transfer of Guantanamo Bay terrorists into our local communities.

“We’ve enacted bipartisan prohibitions in Congresses with split party control.

“We’ve enacted bipartisan prohibitions in Congresses with massive, overwhelming Democratic majorities.

“Just a couple months ago, Members of Congress in both parties expressed themselves clearly once again — not once but twice, and on an overwhelming bipartisan basis.

“President Obama signed these bipartisan prohibitions into law too.
“So let’s not pretend there is even the faintest of pretenses for some ‘pen and phone’ gambit here.

“Congress has acted: clearly, repeatedly, and on a bipartisan basis.

“The President now has a duty to follow the laws that he himself signed.

“It shouldn’t be that hard when you consider his admonition yesterday about ‘upholding the highest standards of rule of law’ in our country. ‘As Americans,’ he said, ‘we pride ourselves on being a beacon to other nations, a model of the rule of law.’

“That’s interesting in light of a recent GAO ruling that the Administration’s detainee swap of Taliban prisoners for Bowe Berghdahl violated the law. It’s especially interesting in light of the President’s continuing refusal to rule out breaking the law if he doesn’t get his way on Guantanamo.
“President Obama’s own Attorney General says he can’t unilaterally do that.

“President Obama’s own Defense Secretary says he can’t unilaterally do that.

“President Obama’s own top military officer says he can’t unilaterally do that.

“In the words of one of our Democratic colleagues, ‘He’s going to have to comply with the legal restrictions.’
“Simple as that.

“Breaking the law as a way to supposedly uphold the rule of law is just as absurd as it sounds. It’s time the President finally ruled that option out categorically. And then, he should finally move on from a years-old campaign promise and focus on the real problems that need solving today.
“My own hope is that the commander-in-chief will not put his own chain of command in the position of having to carry out an unlawful direct order.
“But look: Closing Guantanamo and transferring terrorists to the United States didn’t make sense in 2008 and it makes even less sense today. We are a nation at war.

“The Administration’s efforts to ‘contain’ ISIL thus far have not succeeded.

“The next President may very well want to pursue operations that target, capture, detain, and interrogate terrorists, because that’s how terrorist networks are defeated.

“Why would we take that option away from the next commander-in-chief now?
“And let’s be clear.

“The two options on the table are not keeping Guantanamo open or closing it, but keeping Guantanamo terrorists at Guantanamo or moving them to some ‘Guantanamo North’ based in a U.S. community.

“Changing the detention center's ZIP code is not a solution. It’s not even serious.

“The fact that the President missed a deadline for submitting a plan to defeat ISIL last week, presumably because he was too busy working on this ancient campaign promise, is just completely unacceptable.
“Some of the most senior national security officials within President Obama’s own administration are already working to better position the next President for the national security challenges we will face in 2017.

“It’s time President Obama finally joined them, and us, in the serious work of keeping Americans safe in a dangerous world.”