Gov Brown Keeps Asking for Tax Increases | June 2016

Gov. Brown should stop asking for tax increases

– OC Register Opinion

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Caltrans has 3,500 more architects and engineers than it needs. One California engineer spent 55 work days golfing at taxpayers’ expense.

“Gov. Jerry Brown says California has a $57 billion backlog in transportation-related repairs and, once again, he says the state needs to raise taxes to pay for them.

The governor is right in one way: California’s state-controlled roads are in abysmal shape. Reason Foundation’s most recent Annual Highway Report found California ranked 49th out of 50 states in urban pavement condition and 36th in rural pavement condition. But, it’s not at all clear how raising taxes would help. California already spends more than nearly every state in the country when evaluated per mile of state-controlled roadway. From road maintenance to state highway office administration costs, California spends more than most.

According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, as of May of 2014, Caltrans wastes millions of dollars planning for projects it cannot possibly build. The department fails to properly maintain its highway traffic management systems. Caltrans has 3,500 more architects and engineers than it needs. One California engineer spent 55 work days golfing at taxpayers’ expense. And a staggering 62 percent of transportation projects went over budget.

Then there is the problem of what Gov. Brown wants to spend transportation money on. He wants to spend $1.8 billion on the proposed high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a project that still lacks an accurate budget and has little chance of being completed. The governors budget chases the train dream but fails to fund the state’s greatest transportation needs. It spends significant funds on bridge repairs but often not on the bridges in the worst condition.

Albert Einstein once said, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.” Yet, Gov. Brown’s budget does exactly that by asking for more money for wasteful Caltrans while not fixing any of the underlying problems.

Frustrated by the state’s incompetence and inefficiency, 19 counties, including Orange County, have become so-called self-help counties, enacting local sales taxes to help fund transportation. Sales taxes are a poor method of funding transportation because there is no link between how much someone buys and how much transportation infrastructure they use. However, given the problems at the state level, the decision to try to address problems at the local level is at least understandable.

The state needs to take a number of steps to fix its problems. First, eliminate excess staff. This could be accomplished by not filling empty positions, early retirements and other means. There is no reason to employ 3,500 extra engineers and architects. Second, focus on statewide priorities. Many local governments see Caltrans getting involved in local projects as more a curse than a blessing. In most cases, state highways should be Caltrans’ most pressing priority. Third, eliminate unnecessary projects like the high-speed rail system. Fourth, copy how states like North Carolina and Virginia use metrics to select projects. Such processes help to limit political prioritization of projects and focus money on projects that reduce congestion and improve mobility. Fifth, fix the construction process. States like Texas build projects much more cost-effectively than California and its likely that our state can adopt some of their business practices. Finally, reform public unions. Yes, union reforms are a tough political lift but most politicians on both sides of the aisle agree that union costs are a big reason transportation projects in California are so costly.”

…Continue reading @ OC Register

So There Goes the Tenth Amendment | June 2016

Texas Must Accept Syrian Refugees, Federal Court Rules

– Daily Caller

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“U.S. District Court Judge David Godbey ruled on Thursday that the state of Texas does not have the authority to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees within the state.

In December, the state of Texas filed suit against the federal government and the International Rescue Committee, an international relief agency, to block the resettlement of several hundred Syrian refugees claiming that the Refugee Act of 1980 requires the federal government to consult with state authorities before making final determinations as to resettlement. Twenty-nine other states have sought to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their jurisdiction.”

…Continue reading with comments @ Daily Caller

– Note that the “Refugee Act of 1980 requires the federal government to consult with state authorities before making final determinations as to resettlement,” and yet the court rules against the state of Texas? So then the Act or some part of it is unconstitutional? I must have missed that.

Seems the Federal Judiciary is no different than the rest of US society, hits and misses.

At this point, a deep reflection on the United States Constitution is in order, specifically Article 4, Section 4:

Section 4:

The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.

The Constitution of the United States: Here

…More on Obama’s Re-settlement of ‘refugees’ in the USA, here @ CaliforniaJimmy.com

 

ORLANDO KILLER WORKED FOR COMPANY TRANSPORTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INSIDE US; WAS INTERVIEWED BY FBI 3 TIMES

– Infowars.com

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“In a surprising discovery, the Palm Beach Post first reported that according to state records, Orlando shooter Omar Mateen – who as we reported earlier was licensed as a security guard and also holds a firearms license – was employed by the US subsidiary of G4S plc, a British multinational security services company, whose US-headquarters are located in Jupiter, Fla, and which also happens to be the world’s largest security company by revenue.

Shortly thereafter, G4S confirmed that Omar Mateen has worked for the company since 2007. This is the statement released from G4S:

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic event that occurred at the Orlando nightclub. We can confirm that Omar Mateen had been employed with G4S since September 10, 2007. We are cooperating fully with all law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, as they conduct their investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends, families and people affected by this unspeakable tragedy.”

In other words, Mateen who according to preliminary reports, had been on a terrorist watchlist, and who still managed to obtain weapons thanks to his various licenses and permits just last week, was employed by one of the world’s largest security companies, where he may have had extensive clearances well above his pay grade, not to mention access to sophisticated military weapons and equipment.

But where it gets more disturbing is that as Judicial Watch reported several days ago, in a post titled, “DHS Quietly Moving, Releasing Vanloads Of Illegal Aliens Away From Border“, border patrol sources said that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents. As a reminder, the government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.

And this is where the Mateen-G4S link emerges: as JW reported previously, a security company contracted by the U.S. government is driving the OTMs from the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector where they were in custody to Phoenix, sources said. The firm is the abovementioned G4S, the world’s leading security solutions group with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees. G4S has more than 50,000 employees in the U.S. and its domestic headquarters is in Jupiter, Florida.

Judicial Watch noted that it had filed a number of public records requests to get more information involving the arrangement between G4S and the government, specifically the transport of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to other parts of the country. The photo below shows the uniformed G4S guard that transported the OTMs this week from Tucson to Phoenix.”

…Continue reading @ Infowars.com

 

Judge dismisses Texas lawsuit over resettlement of ‘Syrian’ refugees

– The Guardian UK

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“Texas officials argue that they should be consulted by the federal government before refugees are relocated there, and that the state should be provided with specific information about individual refugees

Texas has lost its bid to keep Syrian refugees out after a federal judge on Thursday dismissed the state’s lawsuit over resettlements from the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

US district court judge David Godbey said the state failed to make “a plausible claim for relief” in its lawsuit against the federal government and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a charity that aids refugees.

“I am disappointed with the court’s determination that Texas cannot hold the federal government accountable,” the state attorney general, Ken Paxton, said in a written statement.

Texas officials argue that they should be consulted by the federal government before refugees are relocated there, and that the state should be provided with specific information about individual refugees.

But the judge said that existing US law does not support the state’s petition, a ruling that was cheered by the plaintiffs.

“The court is unequivocal in validating the lawfulness of the refugee resettlement program,” said Jennifer Sime, senior vice-president of the IRC’s US Programs.

The non-profit group said Syrians are the most vetted of the refugees it settles in Texas.

A number of intelligence agencies are involved in the background check, and only those with the most well-founded cases ultimately qualify for resettlement.

After last November’s Paris attacks, Texas was one of numerous US states saying they did not want refugees from Syria resettled within their borders.

Texas officials said after the ruling that they are considering their next moves.

“Just today, the CIA director warned Congress that Isis may use refugee programs to smuggle in terrorists, so it is critical that our state remains vigilant in ensuring the safety of Texans,” Bryan Black, a spokesman for the Texas health and human services commission, told AFP in an emailed statement.

He was referring to Capitol Hill testimony in which the CIA director, John Brennan, warned that Isis “is probably exploring a variety of means for infiltrating operatives into the west, including refugee flows, smuggling routes, and legitimate methods of travel”.

…Continue reading more @The Guardian

Morning Joe Can’t Believe US Citizens Want a Wall at the Border | June 2016

Esquire Journalist Goes to the Border – Gets Shocked by the Truth

– MSNBC  |  Western Journalism

…More shocked liberals @ Youtube | Western Journalism

How to Hack an Election Online | June 2016

How to Hack an Election

– Bloomberg Businessweek

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Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade via the internet. He tells his story for the first time to Bloomberg.

“When Peña Nieto won, Sepúlveda began destroying evidence. He drilled holes in flash drives, hard drives, and cell phones, fried their circuits in a microwave, then broke them to shards with a hammer. He shredded documents and flushed them down the toilet and erased servers in Russia and Ukraine rented anonymously with Bitcoins. He was dismantling what he says was a secret history of one of the dirtiest Latin American campaigns in recent memory.

For eight years, Sepúlveda, now 31, says he traveled the continent rigging major political campaigns. With a budget of $600,000, the Peña Nieto job was by far his most complex. He led a team of hackers that stole campaign strategies, manipulated social media to create false waves of enthusiasm and derision, and installed spyware in opposition offices, all to help Peña Nieto, a right-of-center candidate, eke out a victory. On that July night, he cracked bottle after bottle of Colón Negra beer in celebration. As usual on election night, he was alone.

Sepúlveda’s career began in 2005, and his first jobs were small—mostly defacing campaign websites and breaking into opponents’ donor databases. Within a few years he was assembling teams that spied, stole, and smeared on behalf of presidential campaigns across Latin America. He wasn’t cheap, but his services were extensive. For $12,000 a month, a customer hired a crew that could hack smartphones, spoof and clone Web pages, and send mass e-mails and texts. The premium package, at $20,000 a month, also included a full range of digital interception, attack, decryption, and defense. The jobs were carefully laundered through layers of middlemen and consultants. Sepúlveda says many of the candidates he helped might not even have known about his role; he says he met only a few.

His teams worked on presidential elections in Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Venezuela. Campaigns mentioned in this story were contacted through former and current spokespeople; none but Mexico’s PRI and the campaign of Guatemala’s National Advancement Party would comment.

Usually, he says, he was on the payroll of Juan José Rendón, a Miami-based political consultant who’s been called the Karl Rove of Latin America. Rendón denies using Sepúlveda for anything illegal, and categorically disputes the account Sepúlveda gaveBloomberg Businessweek of their relationship, but admits knowing him and using him to do website design. “If I talked to him maybe once or twice, it was in a group session about that, about the Web,” he says. “I don’t do illegal stuff at all. There is negative campaigning. They don’t like it—OK. But if it’s legal, I’m gonna do it. I’m not a saint, but I’m not a criminal.” While Sepúlveda’s policy was to destroy all data at the completion of a job, he left some documents with members of his hacking teams and other trusted third parties as a secret “insurance policy.”

Sepúlveda says he was offered several political jobs in Spain, which he says he turned down because he was too busy. On the question of whether the U.S. presidential campaign is being tampered with, he is unequivocal. “I’m 100 percent sure it is,” he says.”

Rendón, says Sepúlveda, saw that hackers could be completely integrated into a modern political operation, running attack ads, researching the opposition, and finding ways to suppress a foe’s turnout. As for Sepúlveda, his insight was to understand that voters trusted what they thought were spontaneous expressions of real people on social media more than they did experts on television and in newspapers. He knew that accounts could be faked and social media trends fabricated, all relatively cheaply. He wrote a software program, now called Social Media Predator, to manage and direct a virtual army of fake Twitter accounts. The software let him quickly change names, profile pictures, and biographies to fit any need. Eventually, he discovered, he could manipulate the public debate as easily as moving pieces on a chessboard—or, as he puts it, “When I realized that people believe what the Internet says more than reality, I discovered that I had the power to make people believe almost anything.”

….Continue reading @ Bloomberg.com

Congressman Schools Clueless DC Bureaucrat | June 2016

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Trey Gowdy explains due process rights vs ‘no-fly list’

– Hot Air

“GOP lawmakers caved to Democrats’ filibuster efforts in the middle of the night last night and have promised to have a vote on the so-called “No-fly/No-buy” bill which purports to keep individuals from purchasing fire arms if they appear on a secret list compiled by federal officials.

Republican leadership clearly felt intimidated  by rhetoric like this from Sen. Chris Murphy (R-CT):

“I can’t tell you how hard it is to look into the eyes of the families of those little boys and girls who were killed in Sandy Hook and tell them that almost four years later, we’ve done nothing, nothing at all to reduce the likelihood that that will happen again to another family.”

Apparently, Sen. Murphy believes Adam Lanza was on a terrorist watch list. Or maybe… just maybe… Democrats are using and exploiting the terror attacks in Orlando to push infringements on the 2nd amendment that they’ve been pushing for years, just like they did right after the murders at Sandy Hook.

Of course, Democrats didn’t have to deflect criticism of their filibuster from the mainstream media as Republicans did during their most recent filibusters. We didn’t see Wolf Blitzer of Lester Holmes accusing Democrats of grinding the Senate to a halt and having a temper tantrum in the same way they slimed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in the past.

In fact, Paul was undermined by his own party when he attempted a filibuster of gun control measures in favor of the constitution in 2013 because of pressure from the media.

It’s generally a horrible idea to make sweeping laws that infringe on constitutional rights at all, let alone in the emotional aftermath of a terrible event like the Orlando terror attacks. It’s always unpopular to take a stand against such legislation because you run the risk of being accused of “doing nothing” to try to prevent a mass murder. You’ll be accused of being on the side of the terrorists and in the back pocket of the NRA.

And let’s face it, Republicans in Washington hate it when Democrats and the mainstream media (forgive the redundancy) say mean things about them.

But, thankfully, we have leaders like Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) who will actually stand up for the US Constitution at times like this.”

GOWDY: “What process is afforded a U.S. citizen, not someone who has overstayed a visa, not someone who crossed the border without permission, but an American citizen; what process is currently afforded an American citizen before they go on that list,” asked Gowdy.

BURRIESCI:  “I’m sorry, um, there’s not a process afforded the citizen prior to getting on the list; there is a process should someone feel they are unduly placed on the list.”

GOWDY: “Yes, there is.  When I say process, I’m actually using half of the term due process, which is a phrase we find in the Constitution–that we cannot deprive people of certain things without due process. So I understand Mr. Gude’s* idea, which is wait until your right has taken from you, and then you petition the government to get it back; I understand that’s his idea. My question is can you name another constitutional right that we have that is chilled, until you find out it’s chilled–and then you have to petition the government to get it back. Is that true with the First Amendment?

….Continue reading @ HotAir.com

Hillary Clueless on the Internet | June 2016

Hillary:  “I don’t know how one builds a wall to keep the internet out”

– Daily Caller

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The preeminent US internet security expert Hillary Clinton held forth on National Security Wednesday.

“Hillary Clinton operated a private email server while secretary of state but on Wednesday admitted, “I don’t know how one builds a wall to keep the internet out.”

Speaking to the media in Hampton, Virginia, Clinton took shots at Donald Trump’s plan to keep America safe from when she said, “A ban on Muslims would not he stopped this attack. Neither would a wall. I don’t know how one builds a wall to keep the internet out.”

According to the Romanian hacker Marcel “Guccifer” Lehel Lazar, hacking Clinton’s server “was easy.”

….Continue reading @Daily Caller

– Such a clueless and ignorant statement about critical information infrastructure is indicative of the cluelessness of the DC elites, reminiscent of Sen. Ted Stevens’ remark about the internet being ‘a series of tubes….”

– In a highly complex world, can we really afford a president who is this ignorant on the basics of the internet? /CJ

 

Sources: Russian Government Intercepted and Will Release Hillary’s Emails

– Breitbart

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“WASHINGTON DC – Sources are reporting that the Russian government is prepared to release private emails that it obtained from Hillary Clinton’s email server, proving Clinton allowed classified information to end up in the hands of foreign adversaries.

Intelligence sources are bracing for the Russian release of Clinton’s intercepted emails, according to a report in the trade publication Oilprice.com:

Reliable intelligence sources in the West have indicated that warnings had been received that the Russian Government could in the near future release the text of email messages intercepted from U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server from the time she was U.S. Secretary of State. The release would, the messaging indicated, prove that Secretary Clinton had, in fact, laid open U.S. secrets to foreign interception by putting highly-classified Government reports onto a private server in violation of U.S. law, and that, as suspected, the server had been targeted and hacked by foreign intelligence services.

These sources echo similar reports that Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service has numerous Clinton emails, which it obtained by monitoring the hacker Guccifer, who broke into Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal’s email account.

Clinton exchanged highly classified national defense information on her private server and kept her own State Department IT desk in the dark about her use of private email. Clinton could be found guilty of violating the Espionage Act if she is found to have allowed that information to be “lost, stolen, or abstracted” through “gross negligence.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

 

HACKER RELEASES ‘SECRET’ CLINTON DOCS FROM STATE DEPT., DNC’S TRUMP OPPOSITION FILE, DONOR LIST

– Infowars

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Thousands of internal DNC documents leaked online

“A hacker has reportedly released thousands of documents belonging to the Democratic National Committee that were recently taken during a breach of the organization’s computer network.

The documents, posted online by a hacker identifying as “Guccifer 2.0” – an homage to the now-imprisoned Romanian hacker who revealed Hillary’s private email – include what appear to be the DNC’s research into Republican candidate Donald Trump, donor lists full of celebrity names and “secret” files taken from Clinton’s State Department computer.

“Worldwide known cyber security company CrowdStrike announced that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers had been hacked by ‘sophisticated’ hacker groups,” Guccifer 2.0 writes. “I’m very pleased the company appreciated my skills so highly))) But in fact, it was easy, very easy.”

“Some hundred sheets! This’s a serious case, isn’t it?” the hacker adds. “And it’s just a tiny part of all docs I downloaded from the Democrats networks.”

The next set of screenshots reveal multiple donor lists which include high-profile names such as Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and director Steven Spielberg.

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“Although DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said no financial documents were compromised…” the hacker writes. “Nonsense! Just look through the Democratic Party lists of donors!”

…Continue reading @ Infowars.com

Hillary Clinton Wants to Bring in 65,000 ‘Syrian’ refugees a Year | June 2016

Hillary Clinton: US “has to do more” on refugee crisis – Bring in Tens of Thousands every year 

– CBS News

John Dickerson: “President Obama has proposed bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees, is that enough?”

Enough for what?

– Hillary proposes letting in tens of thousands of ‘Syrian’ refugees into the United States, even though the head of the FBI says we have no method to properly vett the background of these so-called refugees. As usual, Hillary is profoundly clueless.

If one deranged Muslim terrorist can murder 50 people in an Orlando nightclub, just imagine what tens of thousands could do./CJ

 

 

Flesh Eating Disease Spreads Through the Middle East

– NaturalSociety.com

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“The Islamic State’s civil war has created havoc across the Middle East in terms of bombed out buildings and displacing millions of people. However, they have also developed the perfect breeding ground for cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disfiguring disease caused by bites from infected sand flies. And because of the mass movement of people due to the refugee crisis, this disfiguring disease may be on its way to southern Europe, officials warn.

Cutaneous leishmaniasis leads to significant scarring on the face, and due to lack of medical facilities within the Middle East and in refugee camps, it is often left untreated.

The disease has thrived in the war torn environment due to numerous bombed out and abandoned buildings and the problem of a lack of water.

This issue seems to be a new one, as before the civil war, only a few cases were reported each year. Between 2000 and 2012, Lebanon only reported six cases. However, in 2013 alone, they have reported 1,033, most originating from Syrian refugees now living in Lebanon.

Along with disfigurement, the disease can cause open sores, nose bleeds, difficulty breathing and swallowing and death in some cases. Death most often happens when it is not treated, which happens more and more often with the lack of medical facilities.

Although the disease was once only contained to Syria, it is making its way to neighboring countries at a rapid rate. For instance, in southern Turkey alone, they have reported over 400 cases.

Dr. Waleed Al-Salem of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine said:

“It’s a very bad situation. The disease has spread dramatically in Syria, but also into countries like Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and even into southern Europe with refugees coming in.

There are thousands of cases in the region but it is still underestimated because no one can count the exact number of people affected.”

…Continue reading @ NaturalSociety.com

 

ISIS Blamed for Spread of Flesh-Eating Disease in Syria

– theGatewaypundit.com

“In the past year over 500 people have caught the “flesh-eating” disease known as Leishmaniasis which is spread by infected flies.

The disease is caused by ISIS dumping corpses in the street and letting them rot in public.
The first case was reported in 2013. In mid-2014 over 500 cases were reported.”

….More here @ theGatewaypundit.com

Question: How does Hillary Clinton propose keep this flesh eating disease out of the USA if we import 65 thousand refugees a year?/CJ