Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
It pays to be a race baiter.
The New York Post reports that Al Sharpton rewarded himself with a 71% raise last year. Sharpton’s pay increased from $241,545 in 2013 to $412,644, including a bonus of $64,400, tax filings obtained by The Post.
His National Action Network group drew a record $6.9 million in donations last year — as the controversial cleric’s association with Mayor de Blasio and President Obama lent him a newfound air of legitimacy. The Harlem-based nonprofit collected $2 million more in 2014 than the year before, according to the latest financial records available.
De Blasio’s election gave Sharpton a seat at City Hall, as the mayor treated him as an adviser and presented him at a press event next to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after the death of Eric Garner. Also in 2014, Obama addressed NAN’s annual convention, bringing along five of his Cabinet members.
After Sharpton’s buddy de Blasio took office, some 5,000 people attended NAN’s 2014 conference headlined by Obama and attended by the mayor, Gov. Cuomo and then-US Attorney General Eric Holder. It was NAN’s biggest fund-raiser of the year.
Sharpton has been all over the police for their shootings of “innocent victims.” In August 2014 he held an anti-police rally in Staten Island. And even after all of Sharpton’s police protests, he pulled in a reported $1 million at his 60th-birthday bash. Pols and dignitaries rushed from the annual Al Smith Dinner hosted by Timothy Cardinal Dolan that same night to the NAN fund-raiser at the Four Seasons restaurant.
NAN and Sharpton has shaken down donors. The program distributed at his birthday parties had full-page ads from companies that gave money. AT&T, real-estate developer Forest City Ratner, Walmart, McDonald’s, Verizon and GE Asset Management were all included.
The windfall allowed the organization to finish 2014 in the black. Yet as a shocker to no one, NAN and Sharpton continued their deadbeat ways.
NAN didn’t pony up its last installment on the $780,145 it owed the IRS for unpaid payroll taxes until this Oct. 22, the organization’s financial statements show. The nonprofit had racked up unpaid payroll taxes since at least 2003, according to public records.
Sharpton, meanwhile, still has outstanding tax liens of $3.4 million, including money he owes personally to both New York state and the IRS, and taxes owed by his businesses, according to public records. He paid off one federal lien, for $931,398, in April. Sharpton has maintained that he owes much less money than records reflect and that he has been chipping away at the bills through payment plans.
Sharpton insists he didn’t really get a raise last year (he must be using Common Core math). “I’m glad that NAN has resolved all of our past tax debts three years earlier than our agreement with the IRS and paid part of the compensation owed to me for several years I did not receive a salary,” Sharpton said in a statement.
But a spokesman for the organization offered a different explanation, saying the salary hike was repayment of loans Sharpton previously made to NAN.
Former IRS official Marcus Owens, an expert on nonprofit law, said the explanation seemed odd. “To structure the payoff of a loan through a salary transfer doesn’t seem really plausible because no one would want to pay income tax on their own money coming back to them,”Owens said. “It seems like that characterization was developed after the fact for some other purpose.”
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
By Dr. Eowyn
The popular image of 1995 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is that of a twisted “patriot” out to avenge government actions at Waco and Ruby Ridge. This is what Wikipedia says about McVeigh:
McVeigh, a Persian Gulf War veteran, sought revenge against the federal government for its handling of the Waco Siege, which ended in the deaths of 76 people exactly two years before the bombing, as well as for the Ruby Ridge incident in 1992. McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government.
From the beginning, the media had portrayed McVeigh and co-conspirator Terry Nichols as extremist, “right-wing,” Christian nut-cases. Just recently, on ABC’s The View on November 17, co-host Joy Behar called Americans unChristian for objecting to Obama’s program of bringing unvetted Muslim “refugees” to the United States. Behar then implied that Syrian Christian refugees are dangerous because “Timothy McVeigh was a Christian.” (See “Whoopi Goldberg, the woman who named herself after farting, says Christians are just as dangerous as Muslims“)
But The Federalist points out that McVeigh wasn’t a Christian — he identified himself as an agnostic. Though raised as a Roman Catholic, McVeigh stated in his 2002 biography American Terrorist that he did not believe in a hell and that science was his religion. In June 2001, a day before the execution, McVeigh wrote a letter to the Buffalo News identifying himself as agnostic.
More than that, McVeigh was a Muslim sympathizer.
In her bestseller, The Third Terrorist, investigative journalist Jayna Davispresents the evidence showing that Timothy McVeigh was a front man for Middle Eastern terrorists, and that a third co-conspirator was an Iraqi — the mysterious “John Doe” who was never found. Davis says the evidence was ignored and dismissed because the Clinton Administration didn’t want to go to war with Iraq, the likely culprit, and wanted to blame the attack on domestic right-wingers for political reasons.
Roger Aronoff of Accuracy in Media writes:
Davis makes a convincing case that in fact McVeigh “was a handpicked dupe, set up to take the fall in order to save his Islamic collaborators from prosecution.” She documents that he hadexpressed a desire to be a mercenary for Middle Eastern terrorists, and that the trail of evidence that both he and his accomplice Terry Nichols left behind points in the direction of an Arab/Muslim connection to the attack.
In her book, Davis details sworn affidavits from very credible witnesses wholink McVeigh and Nichols to former Iraqi soldiers in the U.S. who were anti-American infiltrators wanting revenge on America’s Middle East policy. For that, Davis said she was called a racist:
“I’m an NBC affiliated reporter, I was from the mainstream media, but I was branded a racist, and politically incorrect, because I was pursuing legitimate leads and evidence that led to foreign involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing,” she said. “So by virtue of securing his  White House bid by blaming right-wing rhetoric for inciting Timothy McVeigh, Bill Clinton was able to seal the case. That was it. It was domestic, home-grown terrorism. And now, fifteen years later, he comes out with the temerity and absolute audacity to try to compare these Tea Party conservatives with [McVeigh] a bloodthirsty terrorist. I mean, nothing could be further from the truth. “
In a 1,200-word essay dated March 1998, from the federal maximum-security prison at Florence, Colorado, McVeigh claimed that the Oklahoma City bombing was “morally equivalent” to U.S. military actions against Iraq and other foreign countries. The essay marked the first time that McVeigh publicly discussed the Oklahoma City bombing. He wrote:
The administration has said that Iraq has no right to stockpile chemical or biological weapons (“weapons of mass destruction”) — mainly because they have used them in the past.
Well, if that’s the standard by which these matters are decided, then the U.S. is the nation that set the precedent. The U.S. has stockpiled these same weapons (and more) for over 40 years….
Remember Dresden? How about Hanoi? Tripoli? Baghdad? What about the big ones — Hiroshima and Nagasaki? (At these two locations, the U.S. killed at least 150,000 non-combatants — mostly women and children — in the blink of an eye. Thousands more took hours, days, weeks or months to die).
If Saddam is such a demon, and people are calling for war crimes charges and trials against him and his nation, why do we not hear the same cry for blood directed at those responsible for even greater amounts of “mass destruction” — like those responsible and involved in dropping bombs on the cities mentioned above?
The truth is, the U.S. has set the standard when it comes to the stockpiling and use of weapons of mass destruction.
Four years after his conviction, McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001.
Jayna Davis’s book has received the endorsement of, among other authorities:
- Former CIA director Jim Woolsey.
- David Schippers, former congressional investigator and a seasoned prosecutor responsible for prosecuting the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton.
- Larry Johnson, a former deputy director of the State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism. According to the Wall Street Journal, Johnson said, “Looking at the Jayna Davis material, what’s clear is that more than Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols were involved. Without a doubt, there’s a Middle Eastern tie to the Oklahoma City bombing.”
This is what Jayna Davis said about the official and media version of the Oklahoma City bombing:
“Here’s where I think it, it lies: It’s going to have to be the peasants with the pitchforks. These people are going to have to rise up, just like the Tea Party movement is angry about Washington policies that affect their pocketbooks and the future of their children and the national deficit. They’re going to have to rise up and demand that this record is corrected.”
Otherwise, the liberal left will continue to use their version of Oklahoma City to smear anybody critical of their control of the federal government. Davis said:
“They’re going to continue to label anybody who carries a placard or raises a voice of dissent in a peaceful protest as a ‘Tim McVeigh wannabe.’ And until The Third Terrorist, and this evidence embodied in my book, is actually proven, prosecuted, and validated in a courtroom setting, the label of ‘Tim McVeigh wannabe’ is going to continue to be attached to God-fearing Americans who dare to step forward and question and hold to account their elected officials.
My belief is, the best way to get this into a courtroom, and to finally seek justice for the slain of April 19th, 1995, is to pressure the District Attorney of Oklahoma County, who single-handedly holds the legal power to go out and arrest these Arab suspects and put them on trial. He does not need the permission of the federal government. He can act single-handedly, either put it before a grand jury and issue an indictment, or he can just issue arrest warrants based on the evidence and talk to the witnesses.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the court did not grant McVeigh’s attorney Stephen Jones’s request to comb through U.S. intelligence files in search of an Iraq connection to the Oklahoma City bombing. For his part, when he sentenced McVeigh to death, U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch said, “It would be disappointing to me if the law enforcement agencies of the United States government have quit looking for answers.”
AIM’s Roger Aronoff asked readers to phone Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater at (405) 713-1600 or here, and ask respectfully that he act on the evidence presented by Jayna Davis.
That was in April 2010, more than 5 years ago.
H/t John Molloy
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Written by: SeeingRedAZ
Today we invite you to take a few minutes to read his latest column titled, “Stop the Bleeding.” As only he can, Dr. Sowell weaves a connective thread between the recent horrific acts of terrorism and the absolute need for nations to close their borders. In fact he goes a step further describing those “pursuing the will-o’-the-wisp called “comprehensive” immigration reform.”
Arizonans, living in a border state abutting Mexico, have more than a passing knowledge of that charade and its persistent perpetrators. John McCain paired on this issue with his then-senate colleague Jon Kyl. They were thwarted by outraged Americans who flooded senate phone and fax lines, causing a D.C. switchboard communications meltdown.
After Kyl’s retirement, Jeff Flake, who won by the slimmest of margins, was all too happy to jump on-board the amnesty express, uniting with McCain, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham as the RINO contingent of the Gang of Eight. They were joined by liberal cohorts Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Robert Menendez, and Michael Bennet. This effort also failed, but it will resurrect again.
Don’t believe the deceit that our immigration system is broken. The only thing that is broken is the will to effectively enforce it.
Today this Reuters news report is headlined, “Authorities missed many ‘red flags’ before Paris shootings.”