Saturday, September 17, 2016

The higher the federal agency, the greater the piracy on us

Recall please the "odd news" genre which, though ostensibly for fun and entertainment, often outdoes the corporate-cartel "mainstream" media for honest reporting. From :

The Drug Enforcement Administration has schemed for several years to pay airline and Amtrak employees for tips on passengers who might be traveling with large sums of cash, so that the DEA can interview them -- with an eye toward seizing the cash under federal law if they merely "suspect" that the money is involved in illegal activity. A USA Today investigation, reported in August, revealed that the agency had seized $209 million in a decade, from 5,200 travelers who, even if no criminal charge results, almost never get all their money back (and, of 87 recent cash seizures, only two actually resulted in charges). One Amtrak employee was secretly paid $854,460 over a decade for snitching passenger information to the DEA. [USA Today, 8-11-2016, 1-7-2016]

Update: In August, the Defense Department's inspector general affirmed once again (following on 2013 disclosures) that the agency has little knowledge of where its money goes -- this time admitting that the Department of the Army had made $6.5 trillion in accounting "adjustments" that appeared simply to be made up out of thin air, just to get the books balanced for 2015. (In part, the problem was laid to 16,000 financial data files that simply disappeared with no trace.) "As a result," reported Fortune magazine, "there has been no way to know how the Defense Department -- far and away the biggest chunk of Congress's annual budget -- spends the public's money." [Fortune, 8-19-2016]

Now for some good news about some horrible news:

The July 2012 Aurora, Colorado, theater shooter, James Holmes, is hardly wealthy enough to be sued, so 41 massacre victims and families instead filed against Cinemark Theater for having an unsafe premises, and by August 2016 Cinemark had offered $150,000 as a total settlement. Thirty-seven of the 41 accepted, but four held out since the scaled payout offered only a maximum of $30,000 for the worst-off victims. Following the settlement, the judge, finding that Cinemark could not have anticipated Holmes's attack, ruled for the theater -- making the four holdouts liable under Colorado law for Cinemark's expenses defending against the lawsuit ($699,000). [Los Angeles Times, 8-30-2016]

Of course it's horrible these people were shot -- if that is what happened. ( and other good sites are calling it a false flag operation.) The idea that victims here -- if that's what they are -- should be able to sue the theater simply because the alleged perp has no money is ludicrous. What if the theater has no money, do you sue some organization (e.g. the Chamber of Commerce) of which the theater's a member, or the city council for running an unsafe jurisdiction?

I would hate to be in their shoes -- really would. But if courts are there for justice, it sounds like ground was gained against excessive litigousness and ambulance chasing.

I share all this with you all in hopes that you will -- for instance -- start mining for information damning to the system and sharing it with others in all directions. You see, this news genre does something no others do: demonstrating the complete range of good, bad, hilarious, ironic, tyrannical and twisted things of which humanity and even nature are capable.

So far we're mining just one installment's worth of "NOTW". Get this item from the other side of the world -- isn't it just like life here in the U.S. of A.?

In 2005, India enacted a landmark anti-poverty program, obligating the government to furnish 100 days' minimum-wage work to unskilled laborers (potentially, 70 percent of the country's 1.3 billion people). Programs often fail in India because of rampant corruption, but a recent study by a Cambridge University researcher concluded that the 2005 law is failing for the opposite reason --anti-corruption measures in the program. Its requirement of extreme transparency has created an exponential increase in paperwork (to minimize opportunities for corruption), severely delaying the availability of jobs. [Phys.Org News, 7-21-2016]

I'm back. Spread the world please. More good horrible news next time.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trump's appointments are extremely dismaying

I want to admire Donald Trump. We all do. Well, we do admire him -- for putatively bolting from the liberal plutocrat herd and undertaking to lead America out of its morass of evil and decadence to glory and excellence.

But he makes it difficult sometimes. Almost every time it's reported he's considering somebody for a particular post in his campaign staff alarm bells go off. For instance:

Icahn endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 US presidential election. He also announced the formation of a super PAC pledging $150 million to push for corporate tax reform. Icahn will target inversions, which occur when corporations leave the U.S. to take advantage of lower tax rates elsewhere.[66]

Upon becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump announced that he would nominate Icahn for Treasury Secretary.

Forgive me for not jumping for joy over this, but Carl Icahn first made a name for himself as corporate raider of a class that brought infamy down on its heads in the 1980s. He tried and fortunately failed to gut Dan River, the 74-year-old textile company my father retired from. His confrères like Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken got in trouble for their epic financial flim-flam back then.

Trump's pick for vice president Mike Pence has a good conservative record on many issues but is terrible on the big one rarely mentioned anymore -- Washington's World War III in the service of Israel. It's the longest aggression in American history, and in concert with the rest of Washington's foreign policy is the main thing keeping planet Earth from finally knowing peace in its first opportunity ever.

Where does Trump stand on this aeonic outrage? That's the question. He's always calling for a bigger, stronger, wealthier military. Why? Mr. Pence is also a 1960s-style war hawk -- apparently we've learned nothing from the Vietnam era:

Now via comes the real Frankenstein moment:

DONALD TRUMP NAMED former CIA director and extremist neoconservative James Woolsey his senior adviser on national security issues on Monday. Woolsey, who left the CIA in 1995, went on to become one of Washington’s most outspoken promoters of U.S. war in Iraq and the Middle East.

As such, Woolsey’s selection either clashes with Trump’s noninterventionist rhetoric — or represents a pivot towards a more muscular, neoconservative approach to resolving international conflicts.

Trump has called the Iraq War “a disaster.”

Woolsey, by contrast, was a key member of the Project for the New American Century — a neoconservative think tank largely founded to encourage a second war with Iraq. Woolsey signed a letter in 1998 calling on Clinton to depose Saddam Hussein and only hours after the 9/11 attacks appeared on CNN and blamed the attacks on Iraq. Woolsey has continued to insist on such a connection despite the complete lack of evidence to support his argument. He also blames Iran.

Weeks before the invasion of Iraq, Woolsey called for broader war in the Middle East, saying “World War IV” was already underway.

Woolsey has also put himself in a position to profit from the wars he has promoted. He has served as vice president of Pentagon contracting giant Booz Allen, and as chairman of Paladin Capital Group, a private equity fund that invests in national security and cybersecurity........ 

Project for the New American Century -- scandalous Department of Homeland Security contractor Booz Allen -- am I really reading this? One some large, life-or-death subjects it must be admitted Trump is a stinking rotten Bushevik neocon. This is horrible, a nightmare that shows again what an acolyte of bastard Israeli power Trump really is.

Yes, we've got to have him for president if it's between him and Hillary, Bernie, Biden or any other criminally insane Democrat. But let's have no illusions about Trump either now or during his reign please. Iraqis, Iranians, Libyans, Ukrainians are people too -- no matter how easy it is to think of them as distant political footballs for our illustrious beltway politicians to take out their life's frustrations on.


Yep -- I'm back. A couple of years concentrating on discussion forums were very fruitful but have run their course. Please let me know what you think and spread the world about this 'umble but unique blog in the ultra-populist Robert B. Clarkson tradition.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Let's have some consistency in IRS political targets

The IRS has caught heat for going after conservatives, e.g. Biblical churches, for speaking up against the "new" world order and rightly, reasonably attempting to guide voters. It's smitten its brow in repentance and promised not to do it anymore, but you know it didn't mean a word of it.

Compare the carte blanche license it gives gliberals to trample the "separation of church and state" shibboleth -- and trample it they do. They always have, complacent in the knowledge nobody will bother them. Black churches, for instance, are often little more than "black power" political and campaigning cells, but what do the IRS, FEC or any other resonsible party care? Less than nothing -- they approve!

Case in point: your mother wouldn't want you having anything to do with this website, and it doesn't of course speak for me or the PN, but it has some crucial truth to share -- albeit quite often scatologically:


What's the Anti-Defamation League? Merely one of the quasi-governmental outfits really running things and calling shots in this country. Have you by chance noticed that it never stops attempting to shove America leftward and screeching about what a hotbed of "hate," "bigotry", "anti-semitism" and "discrimination" this country supposedly is?

No, you haven't, have you. That would mean admitting that Jews are not merely another miscellaneous stratum in the great ameriKan melting pot of rainbow wonderment. And you really, REALLY don't want to go there, do you?

Even if it's a matter of life and death for your country?

Why have they been chairing the Fed since 1979? Why do they make up 44% of the Extreme Court, and counting?

C'mon, give.

Thanks for reading.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

A hack revisited -- thanks to what hacks, or hackers?

Some hack left IRS computers open for hackers, who hacked 'em but bad:

Hack Brief: Last Year's IRS Hack Was Way Worse Than We Realized

The triple zeroes are what staggers you half the time. Crunching the huge numbers can provoke amazement, shock or outrage. "WHEN THE IRS first reported a hack", it says, "that exposed taxpayer accounts’ vulnerable information, it pegged the number of affected people at a little over 100,000. Today, in its second upward revision, the number of affected people now stands at over 700,000."

There are about 315 million people in the USA. Thus in just this one hack, one out of every 450 individuals here was left naked to digital mayhem. Each household on average allegedly has 2.54 people in it. If we conservatively estimate that each "taxpayer" lives with one immediate family member, e.g. a dependent, a stupid, inexcusable lapse like this is affecting more like one out of every 225 of us. And this incident is just a drop in the bucket of the IRS's mayhem, persecution and vicious tyranny over the sheeple!

Sure, most of the people whose info was compromised won't have any trouble from it -- I think. But it's no healthier for America to have this going on than to force every non-plutocrat who gets on an airplane to pass through the lust brigade.

Who's minding the store? Or are they just rioting in it?

"Today, in its second upward revision" -- watch this space.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sinister website further enshrines FATCA threats

"The last thing a government does before it self-destructs is rob the people." Michael Rivero frequently declares this on his magnificent internet radio show* I relay the following story to show how hatefully the government is treating its subjects, but also what passes for journalism these days: 

Washington has already destroyed financial privacy here and in Europe in the name of fighting TERR'ISM, don'tcha know. Europe is know to be understandably furious about it. Who is Babylon-on-the-Potomac to be dictating anything to them, much less throttling those countries' banking lives? So you'd think a Europe-based website would be on the side of the people on this, coaching people on how to resist the tyranny before the IRS comes for the fillings in our teeth.

This news doesn't affect any of us but various compatriots are attempting to escape the New Soviet America and this stuff's wreaking havoc with their lives. They don't even have that much money but the NWO isn't leaving the tiniest pebbles unturned anymore. 

Found this story -- like so many great and crucial ones -- at Will you be joining us there as an active (anonymous) member there soon? 


*As I write, I'm hearing this episode -- please give it a try!

Friday, February 26, 2016

IRS pounds Microsoft, Microsoft sues back -- HD erased

You may have missed this news amidst all the theatrics over mass-murderer Hillary Clinton's email crimes. But it looks pretty major!

IRS Pulls Another Fast One That Has Republicans in Congress Outraged

If there's this much gross misconduct going on in the public's blind spot, how much more is there that doesn't even get covered at sites like Tea Party Journal? Bravo for Microsoft despite its own corporate atrocities, like trying to force Windows 10 on us all. A central page and utility for stopping that, by the way:

Remove unwanted Windows 10 upgrade files from Windows 7 and Windows 8.x
Ultimate Outsider's GWX Control Panel

Note that we have again raided "freedom4um". Watch this space for more from it soon.,


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Is hate a bad word? A lot of nice people are suddenly saying it

The Beatles asserted "all you need is love" in a famous song. Since their heyday, most first-worlders have tried to expunge all negative emotions from their lives in the mistaken belief that that's the healthy norm. Even Christians are living in the love bubble, forgetting that the Bible commands us at least twice to hate evil. Times may be changing:

Americans Really, Really Hate The Government
If there is one thing that Americans can agree on these days, it is the fact that most of us don’t like the government. CBS News has just released an article entitled “Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever“, and an average of recent surveys calculated by Real Clear Politics found that 63 percent of all Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction and only 28 percent of all Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction. In just a few days the first real ballots of the 2016 election will be cast in Iowa, and up to this point the big story of this cycle has been the rise of “outsider” candidates that many of the pundits had assumed would never have a legitimate chance. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have all been beneficiaries of the overwhelming disgust that the American people feel regarding what has been going on in Washington..........

The change will be slow, I fear. One indication is that in the middle of this otherwise frank and important article, massive stupidity rears its head. A lot of Republican voters, it says, "are gravitating toward either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Both of those candidates represent a complete break from how establishment Republicans have been doing things in recent years." Cruz real -- a conservative and equivalent in any way to the Donald? 

This is the great achilles heel of today's politics: people don't know real conservatism from fake anymore. The establishment's disgusting, hateful shills like Kasich, Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Santorum et al are still fooling millions. Whether Trump proves another snake or a real statesman, only time will tell -- but he's only been any kind of conservative for seven months. Meanwhile, it's a thrill to see him humiliate and excoriate the Permanent Regime.

The above article came my way via Freedom Forum:

I spend hours there each day and highly recommend it. This just in -- are you read for a company called Crowds on Demand?

Truman Show USA - "Concerned Citizens" At Townhall Meetings Exposed As Paid

It has a CEO, no less -- unsurprisingly a graduate of UCLA. We've complained of liberal "rent-a-mob" tactics for years but never expected it to go so public, so matter-of-fact. Would Orwell be laughing or spinning in his grave at this news? 


Friday, February 12, 2016

IRS admits service and security stink, deflects blame to Prez

Oh, it's perfect! OBAMACARE COMPLIANCE is the stated reason why IRS activity is partly gutted:

IRS chief: Blame rotten customer service and data hacks on Obamacare

Both cybersecurity and customer service at the Internal Revenue Service have suffered because of Obamacare, the agency's head said in remarks to Congress on Thursday.

"Congress, as I noted in my testimony, has underfunded … the Affordable Care Act," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a panel of the House Appropriations Committee. "That does not remove the statutory mandate we have that we have to implement the act."

Koskinen delivered his remarks in response to a question from Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., who pointed out that Congress had "increased funding specifically for taxpayer services" in 2014 and 2016.

Koskinen said it didn't matter where Congress intended the money to go, explaining the agency had pulled funding for customer service and cybersecurity in order to ensure compliance with the ACA.

"As I said two years ago, at the continued level of underfunding, the things that were going to suffer were going to be enforcement, taxpayer service, and ultimately … information technology," Koskinen said.

More than eight million phone calls to the agency's customer service line went unanswered in the last filing season. Koskinen added that the agency hasn't fully funded customer service for the last "three or four years," and that about $900 million had been pulled from cybersecurity.,,...

Whoa, EIGHT MILLION CALLS to IRS "CUSTOMER SERVICE" went unanswered? That's more than 800 per working hour at 500 weeks peryear, apparently more than they're talking about! Hey -- "customer service" -- if they still insist on calling it that, it's got to be the worst record of it in any sector or corner of the global economy ever.

What better time than the present to demand what the "Service" is selling if we're its "customers"? But what other meaning do these terms have? What other entity on earth offers "customer service" if the only transaction is you giving them money for federal operations so removed from your real interests, needs and wants they might as well be on trans-Neptunian object (15760) 1992 QB1.

Just how much "security" do we have to have before we can actually feel secure again?



Thursday, February 11, 2016

Finally, Harrell in total disgrace and OUT IN THE COLD

The wheels of justice grind slowly in South Carolina -- when they grind at all. Here they've ground out a big victory over long-entrenched corruption in the belly of the beast -- the GOP buddy system in Columbia:

Harrell Saga Comes to Losing End

In what was likely the last time disgraced former House Speaker Bobby Harrell faced his peers in a Blatt Building meeting room Tuesday morning, Harrell was a defeated man.

Bobby Harrell will have to repay $113,475 in legal fees he used campaign funds for.
Bobby Harrell will have to repay $113,475 in legal fees he used campaign funds for.
Attempting one last appeal that his expenditures of $113,475 in campaign funds to pay legal defenses related to his failed defense against ethics charges he pleaded guilty to were legal, Harrell’s latest attorney, Mark Peper, made a 10-minute argument on his client’s behalf but to no avail.

After a meeting in executive session to consider Peper’s appeals – a total dropping of the charges against him – prosecuting attorney Deborah Barbier took the podium to reiterate the state’s position against Harrell: The use of funds was illegal, Harrell made misrepresentations to the committee about them, the claims made by Peper had no basis (including one in which Peper alleged First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe told him it was OK), and the state should seek repayment within 180 days and issue a public reprimand and $1,000 fine.

In a unanimous vote moments later, the House Ethics Committee did just that, finding Harrell guilty of using campaign funds to pay fees in a criminal case he lost that centered around misuse of campaign funds for personal gain.

“I’m disappointed,” Harrell said in a brief statement in the hallway outside following the meeting. “I don’t agree with the decision the committee made but I do very much appreciate the committee finally giving us an opportunity to come up and state our side publicly.”

Per South Carolina law, Harrell would have been able to pay for his defense with campaign funds if he had won his case.

As for having to pay back the $113,475, Peper said his client doesn’t have it, as he faces a bill of more than $600,000 in attorney’s fees incurred during his losing fight. “And he doesn’t have my bill yet,” Peper said with a smile as he walked away.

Two telling comments follow the piece:

Does this mean that finally someone in this state is willing to take on the corrupt politicians?

One could say this judgement is better than going to jail.

The latter is, I trust, facetious. Jail is indeed a less damaging fate than some others, but they really should be throwing this bum in the slammer and tossing the key into the Congaree River.


Monday, February 8, 2016

The IRS is the next NSA

The Internal Revenue "Service" is now using surveillance devices on citizens, probably politically motivated. This was discussed at the fantastic PN meeting in Greer, SC on Saturday. Here is a PROMOTION on it. No doubt you get these lengthy audio-visual presentations via email -- there's no way to verify the product or services at the end, but they often contain useful, timely topical info:

Someones blown the whistle.
And its no surprise that the IRS is rife with corruption and abuse of power. The people wielding this power operate in an environment where our socialist government’s ability to effectively “take” is more effective than ever before….
Here are three facts you should know:
(1) The IRS is politically motivated and targets certain groups.
You have probably heard something about this... Less than a year ago, the IRS was caught up in a conspiracy whereby they were targeting Liberty-based organizations filing for tax exempt status.
In June 2015, it came out that the IRS targeted specific political groups, like the Tea Party, applying for tax-exempt status, delayed processing of targeted groups’ applications, and requested unnecessary information from targeted groups. (some of which had been in process for three years).
But there is something even more troubling...
(2) The IRS can and will spy on you.
The IRS is acting like the NSA and using secret spy technology, usually reserved for law enforcement, to track cell phones. The Guardian reported last year that the IRS spent tens of thousands on Sting Rays, devices used by authorities that act like cell phone towers and intercept cell phone signals that would normally go to cellular towers. This allows authorities to track where you are, usually without a warrant and often without a court order. Some Sting Rays can even detect information about your texts, calls and emails.
One of these "super stingrays" is called the HailStorm, which is capable of gathering the actual contents of conversations and images in addition to gathering location and numbers dialed.
Worried now? Just keep reading…
(3) They have no checks and balances on their behavior.
After the reports came out that the IRS was targeting certain groups, President Obama dismissed it on the Daily Show as “Congress’ Fault” and a reaction to a “Crummy Law” which Congress had passed. Obama went so far as to say that there was “ “not a smidgen of corruption” related to the incident. Accountability? None.
And in response to the allegations of spy tactics? The IRS heads ignored subpoenas and once again trampled on our privacy rights without anyone batting an eye.
Enough is enough, and at least one inside agent has just flipped.
You won’t believe his incredible story.

We present this strictly as backup to developments now going on, but do not of course endorse what's being sold.

"Freest country in the world"??

"They hate us for our freedom and prosperity"????


Friday, January 29, 2016

More tax trickery in SC -- if we allow it! Thanks for nothing, NIKKI BABY

From: South Carolina Campaign for Liberty []
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 12:41 PM
Subject: No tax! No swap!

Campaign for Liberty
The fight started this week.

The bad news is the South Carolina Senate still wants more of your money and is fighting to raise your gas tax.

The good news is we can fix our roads without raising taxes!

With $1.2 billion found in new tax revenue, there is no need to raise taxes this year.

It's time to leave no doubt in your senator's mind. . .  we will accept NO tax increase.

Nor will we accept a tax swap.

A swap - pairing a hike with a cut in another tax - is one way the South Carolina Senate is scheming to get more money out of your pocket.

The problem is we always lose when politicians want to reduce one tax in exchange for raising another.

Please contact your state senator RIGHT AWAY and clear up any doubt.  Tell them you will accept neither a tax hike nor a tax swap!

You can find your senator and their contact information here:

You can simply say, No gas tax hike. No gas tax swap. Period!

They tried to pull a fast one last year.

Governor Haley proposed a reduction in income tax in exchange for a hike in the gas tax.

The problem?

The gas tax hike was to be phased in over three years. The income tax cut was to be phased in over ten years.

So please make it perfectly clear to your state senator:

>>> No tax hike

>>> No tax swap

The problem isn't just the long phase in time for the tax cut.

It's the funny political math they use to make the numbers work out.

Haley promoted the tax swap as "revenue neutral," and had some numbers to show that the tax cut was equal to the tax hike.

However, once the South Carolina Policy Council, a non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog, had a chance to review the math, the "œrevenue neutral" tax swap turned out to be a joke.

You see, Haley was basing her total amount of taxes cut over the ten-year period on the idea that your income would grow 4.3% every year for the next 10 years.

I don't think base income levels in South Carolina have ever done that!

In fact, from 2008 to 2012 South Carolina incomes grew annually by less than 1%.

So please, contact your state senator and tell them both a tax hike and a tax swap are completely unacceptable!

You can find your senator and their contact information at this link:

Why would they go to all the trouble to swap the sources of their tax money if they weren't going to end up with MORE MONEY?

Plain and simple, you and I know they wouldn't.

They always get more money in a tax swap.

We won't fall for it anymore.

So make sure you tell your state senator loud and clear. Contact them today.

There is no time to waste. They are debating it now. It could pass any time if you and I remain silent.

Thanks for all you do!

In Liberty,

Talbert Black, Jr.
South Carolina Campaign for Liberty

P.S. The South Carolina Senate is debating a gas tax hike right now.  They are trying to get us to swallow this tax hike with a so-called swap for a tax cut elsewhere.  We always lose in a tax swap even though they claim it is "revenue neutral."  It never turns out that way.

Why would they go to all the trouble to swap the sources of their tax money if they weren't going to end up with MORE MONEY?

So please, contact your state senator and tell them you will not accept any tax hike, nor any tax swap.

You can find your senator and their contact information at this link:

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Federal scam department finds itself up against competition

Or as the government-embedded media put it.

New IRS Strategy May Make It Harder To Distinguish Tax Collectors From Scammers

The news here is (1) that the IRS is finally planning to actuate a strategy long-discussed but long-delayed: using collection agencies, and (2) the gullible will now be up against "normal" IRS and state Department of Revenue fraud, but private-sector thieves pretending to be the IRS as well.

I don't think you have to worry much about #1. The Great One used to say to watch out if the goons started contracting out the collection of "income taxes", but that was before the Greater Depression set in around 2008. This has done what 9/11 tried to but couldn't: "change everything". That includes the IRS' workings -- at least twice they've announced that cutbacks were necessary and "services" to "taxpayers" would be much slower moving.

NW translation: Fewer audits and conquests but also more people hanging in limbo for longer as their cases get jammed in the works. If this new plan succeeds any better than the IRS' other stratagems, I'll eat my hat.

As for #2, start alerting friends and family that not only the scammer scammers but the IRS scammers may be calling them now. Especially vulnerable are the very old and very young. My advice would be to tell any real or potentially fake IRS agent who calls that you insist all communication be in writing, or (failing that) in person.


Ex-communist countries lead the way in a whole nother direction

Having finally escaped the yoke of Bolshevism, Eastern Europe found itself ruined by decades of oppression and victimization. Western "democracies", for all their devotion to "democracy", have taken little notice of their existence and problems while spending trillions fixing what ain't broke in countries Israel hates and fears.

Ironically, the underground economy was a major feature of those mostly Slavic societies while they were still being stomped by the USSR -- and now their citizens are finding they must resort to it all over again as a matter of personal survival. Liberation from Soviet satellite-hood didn't, alas, mean conversion into a low-tax free-market economic life. Rapacious politicians and bureaucrats find their level everywhere, and these noble but hapless nations were ready marks for them.

You'll see the "value-added sales tax" (VAT) mentioned as a factor. This is a form of pure economic cannibalism. Note that the citizens are expected to pay both income taxes and a no doubt crushing VAT over there -- open, bald-faced double taxation on their right to earn a living! Take note, all ye "fair tax" dupes, getting a national sales tax DOES NOT mean losing the income tax.

The Glorious Underground Economies and How Folks are Learning to Survive and Thrive While P***ing Off Statists, Socialists and Tax Collectors

Do your patriotic duty today. Remind somebody (especially a young person) that communism once existed and ate most of Eurasia. 


Friday, January 8, 2016

The hubris is bottomless: IRS plans for "service cutbacks", latest version

IRS watchdog warns of scaled-back service in agency plans
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is planning to push you to fire up the computer rather than calling for tax help, but the agency's in-house watchdog say that could freeze out millions of taxpayers or force them to pay for advice.
As part of a plan that would focus more on online accounts for the 150 million individual taxpayers and 11 million businesses seeking help and information, the IRS may soon dramatically scale back telephone and face-to-face service, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said in her annual report to Congress.
Olson said the IRS should be more open about its plans and that service cutbacks may cause an increasing number of people to turn to tax preparers and software such as TurboTax to file their returns.
That would increase tax compliance costs for millions of filers.
"Implicit in the plan — and explicit in internal discussion — is an intention on the part of the IRS to substantially reduce telephone and face-to-face interaction with taxpayers," Olson's report said. "The key unanswered question is by how much. ... It is incumbent upon the IRS to be much more specific about how much personal taxpayer assistance it expects to provide."
The IRS said Olson's report did not paint an accurate picture. It said taxpayers want new options to interact with the agency and that moving more communications online would free up resources for traditional services.
"The IRS remains fully committed to personal service to taxpayers, and the IRS believes increasing the availability of self-service interaction frees up in-person resources for taxpayers who truly need them, including those who are not comfortable online or don't have personal access to a computer," the statement said......

Now you have two sides of a strange new story -- the IRS' side and that of something National Taxpayer Advocate. It's good we have a translator for the IRS' doubletalk, because this time the blather is even more disconnected from reality than usual.  

Calling the IRS a "Service" was one of the greatest acts of hubris in modern history. For it to talk of itself as a source of actual service is vulgar beyond belief -- even offensive. Its purpose is only one thing, gougling the public and business for mostly unlawful "tax" payments to keep the evil global new world order going. In short, it's a hitman. Plumbers and shopkeepers have to give major blood every payday so Congressmen can live large in DC and drop bombs on wedding parties in countries too relatively small or weak to defend themselves. 

So the only "service" it offers is gangland -- you pay us the protection money or fill in this space with any complaints or problems. During the depression the IRS has helped cause, the space -- which started the size of a tooth -- has kept shrinking, to the point that you need a magnifying glass to see it. 

Remember the old wall poster parodying bureaucratic forms saying that type thing? The space was a tiny "check the box"-style one. Can't find an exemplar to share paste in, but baby boomers will remember them.

For the second or third time since the 2008 crash, IRS is warning that the only "service" it offers is newly failing and faltering. The Taxpayer Advocate among the real benefits brought by the Taxpayer Bills of Rights that have been legislated in response to citizens' demands for relief, and it is actually doing its job with these warnings. When the first such Bill was established I couldn't believe it was more than mere window dressing, but Dr. Clarkson used to refer to it as somewhat substantial. 

The Kafkaseque irony of this real picture is greater than any satire of it such as the movie Harry's War. Many people might call it "ridiculous", but it's outrageous -- shockingly bad. The news we want and deserve to hear is that the IRS is closing its doors. Who knows, it may be further down the pike! 

Dear God, let that be a positive portent only. 


Friday, January 1, 2016

The ordinary penny worth millions of dollars

You have heard me before on the matter of the so-called "penny sales tax" fad that's sweepng South Carolina and probably many other states. It's in the news afresh in a foul-smelling way:

Inside the Penny Tax: What Went Wrong?

Like any county, parish or borough, Richland County has a professional, functioning procurement department with rules, procedures and protocol governed by law that ensures fairness and transparency.

Unlike any county, parish or borough, when the penny sales tax passed in 2012 thanks to the most controversial, mismanaged elections in living memory, County Council wrote an ordinance – No. 039-12HR – giving it project award authority on its own and allowing it to create a separate, independent Professional Development Team (PDT) to run the billion-dollar project.

Now the focus of a SLED investigation and allegations of corruption, misappropriation and fraud thanks to a Department of Revenue audit, the PDT team has operated since its inception out of sight and out of mind, playing by its own rules and overseeing its own procurement outside existing channels and without requiring the approval of the county legal department, sources inside the county tell The Nerve.


Not only does the PDT operate outside the rules of the county government oversight, it operates literally outside the county building, in a separate location rented specifically for them, a snazzy brick building at 201 Arbor Lake Drive in the Fontaine Business Center well away from downtown.
According to the PDT contract, $560,878 was authorized as a “mobilization fee” to “locate, lease and set up office space” with a minimum of 20 individual offices to include...........

So the thing is implicated in some of the dirtiest politics out there -- in a county whose seat doubles as the state capitol city! Click the link to see one of the biggest, most mendacious images of the Lincoln head copper ever....... The most bizarre thing to me is that The Nerve, a project of the very hip South Carolina Policy Council, is going along with this "penny" nonsense.

It is NOT a penny tax. It is a SUBSTANTIAL HIKE if whatever tax already exists, by percentage! A true penny tax would only add one literal cent to the price of each unit of goods or services. If, say, the existing sales tax is 6%, adding a FURTHER PERCENT to the gouge is slightly over a SIXTEEN PERCENT surge in sales taxes -- 6 going into 100 about 16 times, in other words -- even if passed off as an accommodations tax.

God bless the Policy Council for the fantastic work it does exposing many levels of corruption. in the belly of the Palmetto beast. Anybody want to sav me the trouble of pointing out this anomaly to them?

Now this from SC's best "foreign" friend, Aaron Bolinger in rural Pennsylvania:

Tennessee and South Carolina Bills Would Open the Door to Armed Police Drones

Seems like a good time to write your state senator and representative. Don't know who they are? So easy to find out and a-c-t:

Find Your Legislators 

What a HISTORY our politicians have of terrorizing and terrifying the innocent!

Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror

Wish the news were better! What have y'all done this year to make it so? Action reports always welcome. Have a happy, healthy 2016, all.