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More Washington DC Failure | Apr 2016

IRS Admits It Encourages Illegals To Steal Social Security Numbers For Taxes

– Forbes

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“This isn’t exactly the kind of story the IRS wants buzzing around at tax time. The IRS and Justice Department normally want ‘scared straight’ stories just before Tax Day. Ideally, when an indictment or conviction for tax evasion hits the news, it makes you think twice. Somehow, you think just a bit more about all those deductions, or if you really reported all your income, before you sign your return under penalties of perjury.

Instead, we have the top dog at the IRS, the IRS Commissioner himself, admitting that, well, there’s a problem with illegal immigrants and taxes. In fact, the top IRS official this time wasn’t talking about how the IRS wipes some hard drives or can’t find emails. He wasn’t even asking for a bigger budget to give bonuses to IRS employees.

This time, he was talking about illegal immigrants, and about the IRS turning a blind eye. Or maybe worse. The IRS actually wants illegal immigrants to illegally use Social Security numbers, he suggested. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the surprising statement in response to a question from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., at a Senate Finance Committee meeting. The question was a touchy one. Gee, is the IRS collaborating with taxpayers who file tax returns using fraudulent information? It wasn’t put exactly that way. According to Senator Coats:

What we learned is that … the IRS continues to process tax returns with false W-2 information and issue refunds as if they were routine tax returns, and say that’s not really our job. We also learned the IRS ignores notifications from the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number, and you use your own system to determine whether a number is valid.”

Commissioner Koskinen was asked to explain this. He suggested that as long as the information is being used only to fraudulently obtain jobs, the IRS was OK with it. In fact, he said that the IRS actually had an interest in helping the illegal immigrants to crook these rules. In fairness, perhaps it’s just the ‘that’s not my department’ response that abounds in big government. Perhaps this just isn’t the IRS’s problem, but it sure seems odd to have any agency chief encouraging illegal immigrant theft of SSNs.”

…Continue reading the article @ Forbes by Robert Wood

– Very few comments in the comments section.  /CJ

 

 

IRS says ID theft from Get Transcript service worse than thought

– SecurityInfoWatch.com

 

“About 685,000 taxpayers will be getting letters from the Internal Revenue Service this week warning that hackers may have stolen their tax information.

After a nine-month investigation, the IRS concluded recently that 390,000 taxpayer accounts may have been accessed, and another 295,000 were targeted, but not accessed.

The IRS said hackers used Social Security numbers found elsewhere to get into the Get Transcript service, which was designed to make it easy for filers to get tax returns from previous years. With information from previous returns, hackers presumably could prepare a phony new return in an individual’s name and seek a refund.

The service was discontinued in May 2015 when it was first discovered that 225,000 taxpayer documents may have been hacked. Since then, the investigation has turned up more potential victims. In all, more than 1.2 million tax filers were targeted by ID thieves. An IRS spokesman could not identify the number of Illinois residents targeted.

Get Transcript allowed taxpayers to immediately download and view tax information or have it mailed to them. Since the launch of the service in January 2014, about 47 million transcripts have been ordered, according to the IRS.”

…Continue reading @ www.securityinfowatch.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden Begins Demanding ID for ‘Refugees’

The Latest: Europe Begins to Tighten Its Borders

– Yahoo

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“Danes increased border crossing checks on Monday, a move to make sure migrants headed for Sweden and turned back there don’t get stuck in Denmark.

That decision came hours after Sweden demanded that all arriving passengers show ID, a way of trying to discourage migrants, many of whom don’t carry passports or other forms of ID, from entering Sweden, which received a record 160,000 asylum-seekers in 2015.

 – Imagine that, asking for ID before allowing entry into a country.
More here @ Yahoo News

Homeland Insecurity – Jan 2016

“Military age men” at San Diego’s southern border

– San Diego Reader

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“Among the several dozen Pakistani and Afghan men who have entered the U.S. illegally, coming into San Diego from Tijuana, two were found to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a letter sent by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter to the Department of Homeland Security.

Azeem and Ahmad are among dozens of men — described by Border Patrol agents as “military age and carrying U.S. cash” who began entering the U.S. through a Tijuana-based human-smuggling pipeline in September.

Until November, they would enter in groups and seek a federal agent to surrender to, according to union officials. It is believed that they did this because illegal entrants who are not Mexican citizens and who are deemed to not pose a significant threat are generally given a date to appear at immigration court and then released on their own recognizance. (Central Americans coming to Texas and othe Roma in San Diego both used the same method to enter the U.S. in the past two years.)

But that method has changed, National Border Patrol Council president Terence Shigg said. While the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector continues to apprehend Pakistanis and Afghans, they are now finding them travelling alone and often farther north of the border than the earlier surrenders.

“It’s very concerning,” Shigg said. “We have no idea what their actual intentions are because we have no effective way of backtracking. Just the males are coming and there’s no way for us to know for certain who they are and why.”

The challenge of getting these individuals is getting who they actually are confirmed — proving identity is difficult in that environment,” Burton said. “Afghanistan and Pakistan do not have a robust identification system — these are places where there is tremendous potential for official document and visa fraud.

Shigg said he believes that federal officials should be talking openly about this new development and committing more resources to keeping people from such countries in custody until they can be completely vetted.”

 – Read more of the article by Marty Graham @ San Diego Reader

More from Judicial Watch…….

JW Confirms: 4 ISIS Terrorists Arrested in Texas in Last 36 Hours

– Judicial Watch – Oct 2014

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“Islamic terrorists have entered the United States through the Mexican border and Homeland Security sources tell Judicial Watch that four have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr.

JW confirmed this after California Congressman Duncan Hunter, a former Marine Corp Major and member of the House Armed Services Committee, disclosed on national television that at least ten Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) fighters have been caught crossing the Mexican border in Texas. The veteran lawmaker got the astounding intel straight from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Homeland Security agency responsible for guarding the 1,933-mile southern border.

“If you really want to protect Americans from ISIS, you secure the southern border,” Hunter proclaimed on a national cable news show this week. “It’s that simple. ISIS doesn’t have a navy, they don’t have an air force, they don’t have nuclear weapons. The only way that ISIS is going to harm Americans is by coming in through the southern border – which they already have.”

– Read more @ JudicialWatch.org

 

 

 

California Environment – Nov 2015

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– Frontline / PBS

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Very interesting documentary from Frontline on the Global Warming/Climate Change/Extreme weather debate.

Frontline – Climate of Doubt

“At the beginning of Chapter 21 of George Eliot’s novel, Daniel Deronda, the author tells us:

It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burnt souls of many generations.”

…and there are those who say that the humanities are no longer necessary for today’s students.”

NASA Study: Antartica is Not Shrinking – Nov 2015

– Breitbart- Nov 3, 2015:

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Antarctica is growing not shrinking, according to the latest study from NASA. Furthermore, instead of contributing to rising sea levels, the still-very-much-frozen southern continent is actually reducing them by 0.23 mm per year.

What accounts for the difference in this study from others?

“But the satellite measurements used in the latest NASA report tell a different story. Unlike previous studies – many largely based on guesswork because the continent is so vast and inhospitable, meaning that data is extremely limited – they use satellite altimeters to calculate changes in the surface height of the ice. What they show is that the amount of ice lost by glaciers collapsing into the sea has been exceeded by the gain in ice mass from accumulated snow.”

Read the story here:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/02/nasa-shock-study-antarctica-growing-not-shrinking/

 

 

Obama To Turkey: Seal Off The Border To Syria, Turkey To Obama: Handle Mexico First

–  DailyCaller / Jonah Bennett

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“President Barack Obama wants Turkey to close its 60-mile-long border with Syria to end the influx of new Islamic State fighters pouring into Syria and Iraq.

If Turkey acquiesces to Obama’s demands, no entry points will remain between the two countries. The entire border is 550 miles long, The Wall Street Journal reports.

But a Turkish official quickly pointed out to The Wall Street Journal the irony in Washington’s call to close off the border, given the U.S. is completely unable to stop flows in and out of Mexico.

In response, a U.S. official said, “If we were at war with Mexico, we’d close that border.”

– No they wouldn’t. Any administration that can provide arms to known enemy terrorists could hardly be counted on to realistically defend a border.

Obama in Paris: ‘Mass Shootings Don’t Happen in Other Countries’

– PJ Media

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President Selfie: Clueless In Paris

“While giving a press conference in Paris, President Barack Obama told reporters that the mass shootings that plague the United States just never happen in other countries.

“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question. “I mean, I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries.”

– Don’t happen in other countries? Like France? Like Norway? Truly an embarrassment on a global scale.

More here: Obama Cluelesss In Paris

 

 

 

 

….Meanwhile Gov Moonbeam is in Paris solving the Universe while dodging Oil Investment Questions in California

– Dan Walters / Laer Pierce Washington Times

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– From several sources all about ‘environmental’ green Jerry Brown has been involved in all sorts of deals which benefited himself, his family and campaign donors.

Jerry Brown, alone among the Brown children, didn’t get a share of the business, but that changed after Alaskan oil came on the scene and threatened the monopoly Indonesian oil had in California’s power plants.

Chevron had just finished building a refinery in El Segundo that was designed to process Alaskan crude to compete against Indonesian oil for the California power-plant market. Before the facility could refine a barrel of North Slope crude, however, Jerry Brown’s Air Resources Board – headed up by his former campaign manager, Tom Quinn – passed a new air-quality standard for sulfur just barely too high for Chevron to meet with Alaskan oil. That cemented the Indonesian monopoly, and the Brown family, as the only oil provider to the California power industry.

Not surprisingly, when Jerry Brown left the governorship, Pat Brown finally gave him his own cut of the family oil business.

“To this day, Jerry’s very sensitive about it,” Mr. Walters told me. “He just hates the idea that people will bring it up because what it is, is the Brown family is in partnership with these corrupt, murderous dictators. It’s not something that a Jerry Brown wants to be associated with.”

The junta generals of Pat Brown’s day have given way to the more transparent, democratic government that rules in Indonesia today. The question here in California is: Will Jerry Brown also become more transparent and share with voters the details of this foreign influence on his personal finances?”

From the article by:  Laer Pierce @ the Washington Times

 

 

 

Porter Ranch gas leak increasing California’s greenhouse gas output by 25 percent

– KPCC

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“Natural gas has been spewing from a ruptured well near Porter Ranch for a month, and the state Air Resources Board estimates the leak is so large that it’s increasing California’s atmospheric load of methane — the primary component of natural gas — by 25 percent.”

by Sharon McNary @  KPCC

– The leak is still spewing at this point, while our state and UC leaders are busy preparing to head off to Paris to discuss how to cut back on greenhouse gases.

Our tax dollars at work: UC brings California’s climate change message to Paris

On topic from Scientific American ClimateWire, this article on the Artic Permafrost on Nov 19, 2015:

““[The boreal] is such a large biome on the planet and, as a consequence, changes in that system have direct impacts on the global climate,” she said one evening, sitting on a dock jutting out into Goose Lake. Flies flitted around, and a loon laughed in the background.

“I’m not doing a very good job explaining this,” she said suddenly, with a sigh.

The boreal covers 5.3 million square miles in Europe, Asia and North America, and is an ancient carbon sink. About 20,000 years ago, ice sheets that had covered all of Canada rolled back into the Arctic. Coniferous forests rapidly expanded northward, their roots firmly planted on permafrost.

As the planet entered the summer-like Holocene Epoch 11,500 years ago, some of the southern reaches of the permafrost thawed and forests there turned to bogs and fens, which are known in Canada as muskeg. In that sense, the boreal has always been a shifting landscape.”

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and ClimateWire

– My takeaway is that this happened before and the Earth dealt with it. Read it and decide for yourself.

Not sure I’d agree with the tone of the headline.

Right here: Permafrost Meltdown Raises Risk of Runaway Global Warming