August 26, 2014

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August 16, 2014

Doug Ross @ Journal: MISSION BAY MAPS: Illustrating How Nancy Pelosi Used $1 Billion to Enrich Herself and Democrat Mega-Donors

 The top Democrat in the House of Representatives steered more than a billion dollars in subsidies to a light rail project that benefitted a company run by a high-dollar Democratic donor and in which her husband is a major investor... When cloud computing giant Salesforce sold a large plot of land to the Golden State Warriors in April, it had House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to thank for helping to swell real estate prices in the area.

Doug Ross @ Journal: MISSION BAY MAPS: Illustrating How Nancy Pelosi Used $1 Billion to Enrich Herself and Democrat Mega-Donors

Bad Paper: How To Outsmart the Debt Collectors -- Fusion.

Image by John Leech, from: The Comic History o...
Image by John Leech, from: The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott A Beckett. Bradbury, Evans & Co, London, 1850s Debtor and Creditor. Seizure of Goods for a Debt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you being hounded by debt collectors? You’re not alone. Once you go into debt -- even if it’s something as benign as paying for something with a credit card, or borrowing to go to college -- then you owe someone else money, and sometimes you’re not able to pay back everything you borrowed. And when that happens, the debt starts to get traded: the initial lender will write off the debt, and sell it to a collector. For example, if you borrowed money from a bank, but now the bank has written the loan off, then you no longer owe the bank but a debt collection agency. And the people who work for collection agencies can be very aggressive.
Jake Halpern’s great new book, Bad Paper, an adaptation of which is published in The New York Times Magazine, follows a number of these collectors -- many with multiple felony convictions to their name -- around Buffalo, New York, the center of debt collections in the US. According to the Urban Institute, roughly 77 million Americans, or 35% of adults with a credit file, have a report of debt in collections. In some places, that number is significantly higher: In Las Vegas, for instance, it’s 50%1. Of that 35%, most do the wrong thing when approached by debt collection agencies. Their first instinct is to hang up the phone, to run away, to try to ignore the problem, which almost never works. What does work: Taking action like writing a letter to the company in question, instructing its representatives not to contact you. This generally does the trick -- until the collection agency sells your debt to yet another collection agency.

As Halpern’s book explains, the unluckiest of debtors end up being taken to court by one of these agencies, in which case they have to show up -- or risk a default judgment being taken out against them, and their creditors given the opportunity to seize their bank accounts, their salaries, and just about anything else they own. When a debtor shows up to court, there’s a wrong thing and a right thing to do. The wrong thing is for the debtor to settle the case; the right thing is for the debtor to contest it, and ask the creditors to prove that they have title to the debt in question. Almost nobody does this -- but if the debtor does it, he will walk out of that courthouse without owing a penny. The reason? When lenders pass debt onto a collection agency, they don’t formally transfer title to the debt. That would be too expensive, given how little they are selling the debt for. So instead they just pass over a simple spreadsheet, with a debtor’s name and the amount of money he owes. And that spreadsheet will never stand up in court.

Bad Paper: How To Outsmart the Debt Collectors -- Fusion.

Modern Visigoth in the White House: Barbarian Bent on Destruction -

Obama can demand and get a change of definitions; so now a terrorist is no longer a terrorist, a jihadist is no longer a jihadist, and a radical Muslim is no longer radical. He can (contrary to federal law) spend 23 million dollars to back Kenya’s constitution to support abortion. He can refuse to release pertinent personal documents as other Presidents have done and spend millions of dollars to hide them.
We have a Visigoth in the White House, a brash, boorish, barbarian bent on destruction.


Modern Visigoth in the White House: Barbarian Bent on Destruction -

August 12, 2014

Obama has made "Presidential Leadership" an Oxymoron.

 America and the world is in a world of hurt as long as Obama is President!  He has turned the term "Presidential Leadership" into an oxymoron.

 There's a stench coming out of the lack of America's leadership in the world - the stench of children rotting in the streets.

The President suffers from two fundamental flaws. The first is that he is unwilling to make decisions. He much prefers to play the role of a disinterested observer who comments on a set of adverse events that he regards himself as powerless to shape, of which Assad’s carnage in Syria is the prime example. The second is that he fundamentally misunderstands the use of force in international affairs. He handicaps himself fatally by imposing unwise limitations on the use of American force, such as his repeated declarations that he will not send ground troops back into Iraq.

To put these points into perspective, it is important to address two issues that Friedman never raises with the President: military strength and American influence. Regarding the first, Freidman fails to discuss President Obama’s conscious decision to reduce the budgets for, and hence the size of, American military operations throughout the world. In the President’s view, cutting down on the size of the military reduces the American temptation to intervene in disputes around the globe, and thus prevents misadventures such as our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan that have sapped American strength with little or nothing to show for it.

The second issue Friedman never addressed is the deterioration in world peace that has happened since President Obama became president. No one can claim that Iraq was at peace when George W. Bush left office, but the violence had been curbed. Since Obama has taken over, relative tranquility yielded to factional squabbling, followed by vicious aggression that caught the President woefully off guard. Iraq is not alone. The number of hotspots in the world—including Gaza, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Ukraine and the China Sea—is increasing. The President wrings his hands over how difficult it has become to find credible allies in the world to address these problems without ever asking why no one trusts him. So he resolves to hold back on the use of American force overseas. Armed with that certainty, every tin pot dictator and terrorist group thinks it has an open field in which to run.

Read the rest at following link...
The Pax Americana is Dead | Hoover Institution


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