U.S. Department of Education Nominee by Trump Transition: Betsy DeVos | James Pat Guerréro

lbj-dept-of-edu-bldgExecutive Branch: Trump Administration, inaugurated January 20, 2017

Federal Agency :  U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

Contact:  1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)

Congress: 116th Session convened January 3, 2017

Political Cabinet-Level Appointee:  Yes

Candidate:  Betsy DeVos

Position:  Education Secretary

Experience:  Charter school and school vouchers advocate; GOP donor; billionaire philanthropist; former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party; leads American Federation for Children; member of board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education

Party:  Republican

Offer Status:  Nominated

Senate Confirmation:  Required

Confirmation Hearing Date:  TBD

Confirmation Date Approved or Rejected:  TBD






Union Militants Organize Against FBI’s Terror-Tie Investigation | RedState

Last September, federal agents conducted a search of the homes of 23 left-wing, anti-war activists, several of whom are union activists from Illinois and Minnesota.  The searches were in execution of warrants “seeking evidence in support of an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation,” stated Steve Warfield, a spokesman for the FBI in Minneapolis, at the time.

In Chicago, among those whose homes which were searched was Joe Isobaker and his wife Stephanie Weiner (a founder of AFSCME Local 3506). Isobaker was, at the time, a Chief Steward with the 24,000-member SEIU Local 73 and an activist, as well as a writer for Fight Back, a Marxist magazine.

According to the Star Tribune, the search was part of a “mysterious, ongoing nationwide terrorism investigation with an unusual target: prominent peace activists and politically active labor organizers, a number of them in Minnesota.”

The probe — involving subpoenas to 23 people and raids of seven homes last fall — has triggered a high-powered protest against the Justice Department and, in the process, could create some political discomfort for President Obama with his union supporters as he gears up for his re-election campaign. Investigators, according to search warrants, documents and interviews, are examining possible “material support” for Colombian and Palestinian groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorists.

All along, the activists have claimed they have no ties to terrorism, despite the appearance that the investigation is into possible ties to the communist Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), “a revolutionary socialist and Marxist-Leninist organization in the United States” that is seeking to end America’s free-enterprise system.

The Freedom Road Socialist Organization has links (literally) to both the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [background here] and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [background here], two groups on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.

Another of those being investigated is Hatem Abudayyeh who, according to his bio, is the Executive Director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAAELII), is a founding Advisory Board member of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), and sits on the National Coordinating Committee of the United States Palestine Community Network (USPCN).

Now, with possible indictments looming, some of the individuals being investigated are attempting to strike back.

Several activists and their lawyers said they believe indictments could come anytime, so they have turned their organizing skills toward a counteroffensive, decrying the inquiry as a threat to their First Amendment rights. All 23 of the activists invoked their right not to testify before a grand jury, defying U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, whose office is spearheading the investigation. A spokesman for Fitzgerald declined to comment.

The activists have formed the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, organized phone banks to flood Attorney General Eric Holder’s office and the White House with protest calls, solicited letters from unions and faith-based groups and sent delegations to Capitol Hill.

“I am so disgusted when I see that so many union people have been targeted in this,” said Phyllis Walker, president of AFSCME Local 3800, which represents clerical workers at the University of Minnesota, including four members who are possible targets.

On May 17th, according to the Committee to Stop FBI Repression’s website, another activist’s home was raided in Los Angeles and the activist, Carlos Montes, was detained and questioned about the Midwest activists, as well as the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

On June 16th, the Committee is planning a “Day of Action in Solidarity with Carlos Montes.”

On the actvists’ website, there is a timeline of events that includes actions the activists have taken to counter the investigation into their activities, as well as the list of Democrat politicians the group has enlisted to support them.

By the looks of it, with indictments possibly being issued soon, there will likely be much more coming out in the coming weeks and months ahead.

Union Militants Organize Against FBI’s Terror-Tie Investigation | RedState.

John Edwards Will Be Prosecuted – HUMAN EVENTS | John Hayward

The Justice Department has given the go-ahead to prosecute John Edwards for violating campaign laws, as part of his frantic efforts to hide his mistress and illegitimate child. The decision comes after years of investigation by a federal grand jury.

According to the ABC News affiliate in Edwards’ native North Carolina, Edwards “now knows that federal prosecutors intend to indict him,” and is “deciding how to proceed now that the Justice Department has given the green light for him to face criminal charges.”

Who’s John Edwards? I would understand if you don’t quite remember him, since the media lost interest in him after he became a chew toy for federal prosecutors. He used to be all over newspapers and TV. He’s a fabulously rich trial lawyer and former Senator from North Carolina, who ran for President in 2008, and was John Kerry’s running mate in 2004.

Who’s John Kerry? Never mind, we’ll have to cover that in another column.

Edwards was noted for an incredibly arrogant and sanctimonious class-warfare theme about “two Americas,” in which he would be the champion of struggling, working-class America B, even though he raked in millions as a slippery trial lawyer and dwelled in a gigantic mansion located squarely in America A.

Also living in that mansion was his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, a noble soul who passed away last December. Edwards liked to make frequent trips into America B to visit his mistress, Rielle Hunter, who ostensibly worked for his campaign, producing campaign videos. She also produced an illegitimate child, which Edwards was desperate to hide during his presidential bid. To this end, he shoveled a million dollars of campaign money at Hunter and campaign aide Andrew Young, who pretended to be the father of Hunter’s child.

Democrats just love to spend other peoples’ money, don’t they?  Even a guy whose net worth was better than $50 million at the time still wouldn’t pay for his own cover-up.  It’s ironic that this might be what puts him behind bars, or at least on the wrong end of a humiliating plea agreement that blows away the last few ashes of his reputation… especially since absolutely no one in the media was even slightly interested in his extramarital affair, except for the National Enquirer.

Andrew Young eventually grew tired of being a fall guy for Edwards, cashed in with a gossipy book, and testified before the grand jury.  The Democrat Party found other people to be its class-warfare standard bearers.  John Edwards faces indictment for betraying campaign finance laws to cover up the betrayal of his wife.  I suspect he will cut a deal with prosecutors, since a high-profile trial would force him back into the media spotlight one last time, and nobody wants that.

via John Edwards Will Be Prosecuted – HUMAN EVENTS.

Spending Reforms by U.S. Government Agency | James Pat Guerréro

Spending reforms by U.S. government agency with examples:

  1. Agriculture – federal sugar racket
  2. Commerce – economic development
  3. Defense – military spending
  4. Education – K-12 education subsidies
  5. Energy – energy subsidies
  6. Health and Human Services – 2010 health care legislation
  7. Housing and Urban Development – HUD scandals
  8. Transportation – urban transit
  9. U. S. Postal Service – bloated costs (can privatize)
  10. Homeland Security
  11. Interior
  12. Justice
  13. Labor
  14. State
  15. Treasury

Read More: Downsizing the Federal Government.

CNSNews.com – Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’

 CNSNews.com – Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’.

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Team line-up:

Arizona – Sheriff Paul Babeu, Iowa-based Legacy Foundation, Sheriff Larry Dever

Federal Government – The President, Attorney General Eric Holder, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), U.S. Department of Justice

>>> Go Arizona Sheriffs!