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Greetings!

 

I have been watching the SolarCity solar panel manufacturing factory story for a few weeks. I’ve almost written on it a couple of times. How fortuitous for that, each time, another story captured my attention. Last Thursday, the story took on a whole new dimension: a criminal corruption probe. Now was the right time to write The Buffalo Billion fraud and bribery scheme: corruption and pay-to-play, a symbol of everything they’re doing (attached and pasted-in-below). It is a sordid tale—but then, most of the green-energy crony-corruption stories are.

 

As I like to do, The Buffalo Billion fraud and bribery scheme: corruption and pay-to-play, a symbol of everything they’re doing combines several stories to present a fresh analysis while incorporating many of my favorite themes: politics, green-energy crony-corruption, and current news. Plus, it should make you mad! Getting all that into one piece, does make it a bit on the long side, but I hope you’ll enjoy the thorough coverage of this underreported story.

 

Please post, pass on, and/or personally enjoy The Buffalo Billion fraud and bribery scheme: corruption and pay-to-play, a symbol of everything they’re doing

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Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, Inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM, 87181

505.239.8998

 

For immediate release: September 26, 2016

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

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The Buffalo Billion fraud and bribery scheme: corruption and pay-to-play, a symbol of everything they’re doing

When New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo gushed over SolarCity’s new solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York, the audience, likely, didn’t grasp the recently-revealed meaning of his words: “It is such a metaphor—a symbol of everything we’re doing.”

 

The 1.2 million square foot building, being built by the state of New York on the site of a former steel plant, is looking more and more like another political promise of help for one of the poorest cities in the state that ends up enriching cronies without ever achieving any potential for the people.

 

Yes, it is a symbol of everything they’re doing.

 

Previously, during her first senatorial bid, Hillary Clinton also promised jobs to the economically depressed region of the state of New York—200,000 to be exact. Citing a report from the Washington Post, CBSNews states: “Jobs data show that job growth stagnated in Upstate New York during her eight years in office, the report said, and manufacturing jobs dropped by nearly a quarter.” The Post’s extensive story reveals that jobs never materialized—despite “initial glowing headlines.” It claims: “Clinton’s self-styled role as economic promoter” actually “involved loyal campaign contributors who also supported the Clinton Foundation.” Through federal grants and legislation, she helped steer money to programs, companies, and initiatives that benefitted the donors but failed to reverse the economic decline of the region.

 

Now, new corruption charges reveal the same pay-to-play model linked to Cuomo’s upstate “Buffalo Billion” economic revitalization plan—and the promised jobs, also, look they will never materialize.

 

Back on January 5, 2012, Cuomo announced a $1 billion five-year economic development pledge for Buffalo.  It was to be the governor’s banner economic initiative with the SolarCity factory as the cornerstone and a pledge of 1,460 direct factory jobs. Other companies, including IBM and a Japanese clean-energy company were also lined up.

 

With the state-of-the-art solar panel factory ready for equipment to be installed, the wisdom of the entire program is being scrutinized—and is coming up short.

 

First, on September 22, two of Cuomo’s closest aides—along with several others—were charged in corruption and fraud cases involving state contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Addressing the press at his Manhattan office, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara asserted: “that ‘pervasive corruption and fraud’ infested one of the governor’s signature economic development programs. Companies got rich, and the public got bamboozled,” reports The Observer. Bharara described the bid-rigging and bribery arrangement: “Behind the scenes they were cynically rigging the whole process so that the contracts would go to handpicked ‘friends of the administration’—‘friends’ being a euphemism for large donors. Through rigged bids, state contracts worth billions of dollars in public development monies, meant to revitalize and renew upstate New York, were instead just another way to corruptly award cronies who were willing to pay to play.”

 

The 79-page criminal complaint notes that campaign contributions to Cuomo poured in from people connected to the bribe-paying companies as soon as those businesses began pursuing state projects.

 

One of the companies that received the lucrative contracts was LPCiminelli—run by “Cuomo mega-donor” Louis Ciminelli. He allegedly offered bribes to Cuomo confidante Todd Howe—who has admitted to pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars from developers to rig bids on multimillion-dollar state contracts linked to Buffalo Billion projects.

 

Ciminelli received the $750 million contract to build the SolarCity plant. The Buffalo News cites Bharara as saying: “the state’s bidding process for the factory being built for SolarCity at RiverBend in South Buffalo turned into a ‘criminal’ enterprise that favored LPCiminelli, where company executives were given inside information about how the deal was to be awarded.”

 

Part of Cuomo’s deal with SolarCity—in which the state owns the building and equipment with SolarCity leasing it under a 10-year deal—requires the company to meet a timetable of job-creation quotas or pay hefty penalties. Even before the building was complete, however, the company slashed its job commitment from 1460 to 500. According to the Investigative Post, SolarCity claims it will still employ the original number, but due to automation, the majority of them will not be at the Buffalo plant. With the state’s $750 million investment, that works out to $1.5 million per manufacturing job. In a press release, Cuomo promised 1460 “direct manufacturing jobs at the new facility.”

 

Even the 500 jobs will only materialize if the plant actually starts production—currently slated for June 2017. SolarCity’s future is, as Crain’s New York Business puts it: “uncertain.”

 

Amid the company’s myriad problems are the facts that it has never been profitable, nor does it have manufacturing experience.

 

In February 2014, SolarCity’s stock price peaked at about $85 a share. Today, a share is less than $20. Microaxis gives it a probability of bankruptcy score of 48 percent. Crains reports that it posted a $251 million loss in Q1 2016 and a loss of $230 million in Q2. To “stop the bleeding,” Elon Musk (a donor to both the Obama and Clinton campaigns and the Clinton Foundation), who owns more than 20 percent of the company, announced that Tesla (of which he also owns more than 20 Percent) would purchase SolarCity—this after as many as 15 other potential buyers and investors looked at the company and decided to pass. SolarCity even considered selling the solar panel manufacturing business.

 

Both SolarCity and Tesla are, according to the Buffalo News, facing a “cash bind”—this despite receiving billions in federal and state grants and tax credits as I’ve previously addressed. Tesla is described as “cash-eating electric vehicle and battery making businesses.” For SolarCity, its model—which finances its solar panel installations, in order to make a profit on a lease that can be as long as 30 years, while it collects the lucrative government incentives worth billions (a practice for which Solar City is currently under Congressional investigation)—requires constantly raising new money from investors. Once the Tesla deal was announced, SolarCity’s lenders started to pull back.

 

The Buffalo News reports: “Stock in SolarCity…now trades for $4 a share less, or 19 percent less, than what Tesla is offering—a gap indicating that investors are uncertain the deal will be completed.” Additionally, the deal is being challenged by four separate lawsuits—which could delay the deal. Addressing the merger, one analyst said: “We see a lot more that can go wrong than can go right.”

 

Then there is the manufacturing angle. Originally, the Buffalo plant was going to manufacture high-efficacy solar panel modules developed by Silevo—a company SolarCity bought in 2014. Crain’s reports that it will instead produce complete solar roofs. Something it says “Dow Chemical recently abandoned after five years because it could not find a way to make a profit on the technology.” But then, the Buffalo News says: “The initial production in Buffalo is expected to include photovoltaic cells that SolarCity purchases from suppliers and are used in the products that will be assembled in the South Park Avenue factory.”

 

Whatever the plant builds or manufactures, getting it operating will be expensive—even with the New York taxpayers owning the building and equipment—and will drain scarce cash from SolarCity at a time when its financing costs have increased.

 

Buffalo residents wonder if they’ll be stuck with the world’s largest empty warehouse and without the promised jobs.

 

No wonder the entire project is in doubt. Because of the Cuomo administration corruption allegations, other proposed job-creators, including IBM, have pulled out until the probe is completed.

 

For now, Cuomo is not a part of the criminal complaint—though his name is mentioned many times—and he claims he knew nothing about it, nor does he think he’s a target of the ongoing federal probe. “It is almost inconceivable the governor didn’t know what was going on,” Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, said. “And if he didn’t know what was going on, you can argue he should have known.”

 

Bharara has suggested that the better name for the program would be: “The Buffalo Billion Fraud and Bribery Scheme.”

 

Yep, the Buffalo Billion project is a “symbol” of the political promises and crony corruption—“everything we’re doing”—that takes taxpayers dollars to reward political donors and then walks away when the jobs don’t materialize.

 

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc., and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column. Follow her @EnergyRabbit.

 

 

Conspiracy Brews 9/24/16

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Note: On October 1st,  NM State Auditor Tim Keller will give a presentation and take questions.

Conspiracy Brews @ SW Secondary Learning Center 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 24 September 2016

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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

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“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

 

Not your average political discussion group!

Sept 24, 2016

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“After I’m dead I’d rather have peole ask why I have no monument than why I have one.”

 

Cato the Elder

 

That is the greatest fallacy, the wisdom of old men.  They do no grow wise.  They grow careful.”


Earnest Hemingway (A Farewell to Arms, 1929)


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Suggested Topics*** 

 — Do you support the reestablishment of the Death Penalty?

 

– Shall we discuss the legislative special session?

 

– What is the future of oil in our state?

 

*** Light Quotes of the Week ***

“After twelve years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes.  He said, No hablo ingles’.”


Ronnie Shakes

 

“A cucumber should be well-sliced, dressed with peper and vinegar, and then thrown out.”

Samuel Johnson

 

“I hate women because they always know where things are.”

 

James Thurber

 

Democrats despise “We, the [Deplorable] People”

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Democrats Despise ‘We, the [Deplorable] People’

Statist Democrats don’t trust “We, the People.”

By Mark Alexander · September 21, 2016   Print

“I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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Last week I devoted my column to The Patriot Post’s 20th anniversary. I did so in order to acknowledge our editors and staff, who do an outstanding job, and our fellow Patriots, who have supported and promoted our efforts for all these years.

Meanwhile, our editors were hammering Hillary Clinton for her denigration of Donald Trump’s supporters at a major fundraiser with her “LBGT constituents.”

According to Clinton, “To just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. Some of those folks, they are irredeemable. … And unfortunately, there are people like that and [Trump] has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, [but] now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.”

Clinton’s adoring Leftmedia sycophants defended her claim, characterizing it as a “gaffe.” But a gaffe is defined as “an unintentional remark; a blunder.” And this was no gaffe — it was scripted, it was intentional, and it captured perfectly the utter contempt with which Clinton and her like-minded Democrats view middle America.

Perhaps it was also a calculated attempt to divert attention from her recent collapse at the 9/11 Ground Zero memorial event in New York City, due, she claimed, to a “bout with pneumonia.” Or maybe it was a diversion from her collapse in the polls in the wake of her endless lies about concealing official communications.

As for the other half of Trump’s supporters, Clinton said they are misguided “people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change.”

Ah, yes, foolish people just “desperate for change,” rather than eager to award Barack Obama a third term by electing Hillary Clinton.

In those statements to her wealthy left-elitist donors, Clinton didn’t just offend tens of millions of grassroots Trump supporters, she insulted all grassroots Americans nationwide. And she offered her absurd assessment of rank-and-file Americans a week after smearing Trump supporters as racists. Clinton’s “deplorable” characterization of her fellow Americans parallels Barack Obama’s description of his detractors as “bitterly clinging to guns and religion.”

Having seen the uproar caused by her comments, Clinton, ostensibly, attempted to walk them back by noting they were “grossly generalistic and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying half.” Perhaps she meant “all” instead of “half.” And this from a faux populist candidate whose campaign slogan is “Stronger Together.”

For his part, Donald Trump fired back, saying: “We have the support of cops and soldiers, carpenters and welders, the young and the old, and millions of working-class families who just want a better future. These were the people Hillary Clinton so viciously demonized. … She divides people into baskets as though they were objects, not human beings.”

He continued, “While her campaign slanders you as deplorables and irredeemables, I call you hard-working American Patriots who love our country and want a better future for all our people. You are everybody. Above all else … you’re entitled to leadership that honors you, cherishes you and totally defends you.”

Worth special consideration is a sizable subgroup of Clinton’s “deplorables” whom she knows do not support her: the deployables.

Recent polling of military personnel found that Obama’s support among the uniformed services has dropped to a paltry 15%, while his disapproval ratings in that group are at an all-time high. This extends to Clinton as Obama’s heir apparent.

Giving voice to the millions of military personnel and their families who are prohibited from speaking ill of their commander in chief, one of the many retired senior military officers who oppose Clinton stepped forward on behalf of the active duty ranks.

A colleague with whom I serve on the National Advisory Board of the Medal of Honor Heritage Center, Gen. Burwell Bell (USA-Ret.), offered his thoughts on Clinton’s disparagement of grassroots Americans:

“Hillary Clinton’s assertion that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are in a ‘basket of deplorables’ is an insult to millions of American citizens and illuminates a dangerous movement and trend in the Democratic Party. For the past several years both President Obama and now Hillary Clinton have chosen to divide Americans into often times fictitious and mean-spirited groups, and then demonize those groups in order to isolate them while energizing the Democratic base. … Mrs. Clinton’s demonizing and marginalizing American citizens is shameful. I spent 39 years of my adult life defending all Americans. I deeply resent Mrs. Clinton’s [denigration of] the American electorate. Candidates should articulate policy perspectives and not divide Americans in an effort to conquer millions of our citizens.”

The fact is, Hillary Clinton and her left-elite cadres detest and despise people like us. Indeed, they despise “We the People…”

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Of course, those are the first words of the preamble to our Constitution, which defined the principle of Rule of Law. That venerable document enshrines the unanimous declaration of the equal and inalienable Rights of Man — the rights of all people.

What distinguished our founding contract from all others is its avowal that all legitimate power is and should be entrusted to “the People” rather than state potentates.

To that end, John Adams once observed, “If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice,” they would remain the repository for Liberty.

But Clinton and her statist elites do not trust the People, which is why they are forever endeavoring to subjugate their constituents to state rule, using all means to shape their opinions toward compliance — the very antithesis of Liberty. They corrupt the will of the people by propagating endless lies in order to inculcate into their subjects the belief that they are victims and that they can’t survive without the protection of the Democrat Party and the state.

Of the susceptibility of the people to such inculcation, Patrick Henry wrote: “It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth – and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts.”

Clinton’s fallacious proposition depends on a majority of American voters falling under the spell of the Left’s relentless rhetoric, and who will, like lemmings, pull the lever that makes her their master.

Thomas Jefferson warned, “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone.” Indeed, the degeneration of the behemoth beast that is our central government today is testament to his timeless wisdom.

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Hillary’s Unhealthy Credibility

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Hillary’s Unhealthy Credibility

Thomas Gallatin · Sep. 13, 2016
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As we reported Sunday, Hillary Clinton was filmed collapsing after leaving early from that morning’s 9/11 memorial tribute. The initial explanation released by her campaign was that she had become overheated. Hours later, the narrative changed as Hillary emerged from her daughter’s apartment waving and declaring that she felt great. It was then revealed that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia by her doctor on Friday, two days prior to her collapse.

Before this latest episode, questions about the status of Hillary’s health had been met by her campaign with accusations of unsubstantiated “conspiracy” theories or with dismissive references to minor dehydration issues. Bill Clinton unhelpfully suggested such dehydration happened “frequently — not frequently, rarely but on more than one occasion.” In any case, what has become increasingly evident is that Clinton, similar to her responses to questions regarding her private email scandal and her involvement in Benghazi, opts for obfuscation rather than transparency every time.

Donald Trump declared that he will release his medical records and that Hillary should follow suit. But yesterday, when Hillary was questioned by CNN’s Anderson Cooper as to why she had not revealed her pneumonia diagnosis sooner, her response was once again to deflect. She said, “Well, I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” All her explanation has done is fuel speculations that she is hiding some other more significant health issue. Hillary’s instinct to cover up rather than be open and honest effectively turned a minor news incident into a major campaign problem. As Charles Krauthammer noted, “[T]his is another case of the cover-up being worse than the crime.” And her handling of this latest issue only serves as further evidence that her credibility is what’s truly unhealthy.

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Clinton the “Congenital Liar”

Posted by Chuck Ring,  September 8th, 2016

Alexander’s Column

Clinton the “Congenital Liar”

In her Benghazi cover-up testimony, Hillary Clinton declared, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” It makes the difference between serving time in the White House or the Big House.

By Mark Alexander · September 7, 2016   Print

“If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?” —John Adams (1775)

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In 2001, ABC News obtained a recording between Hillary Clinton and a disgruntled former campaign donor, in which she insists she would never use email because of the trail of evidence it creates. “As much as I’ve been investigated and all of that, you know, why would I ever want to do email? Can you imagine?”

Well, can you?

Fast forward to this week and take a guess which presidential contender accused the other of hiding critical information, declaring, “I’m going to continue to raise this because I think it is a fundamental issue in this campaign that we’re going to talk about for the next 62 days because […] clearly has something to hide. We don’t know exactly what it is, but we’re getting better guesses about what it probably is.”

Now, you’re probably thinking it was Donald Trump, given Hillary Clinton’s endless lies about concealing incriminating communications while she was secretary of state. Laughably, though, that was actually Clinton accusing Trump of hiding his tax returns.

Without missing a beat, Trump responded, “Let her release her emails and I’ll release my tax returns immediately.”

Clinton’s attempted pivot to class warfare was an effort to divert attention from the Labor Day holiday weekend FBI news dump of investigative notes taken by agents during their Independence Day holiday weekend interview with Clinton.

Despite heavy redaction, the Clinton interview provided a much better understanding of the extent of her corruption and lies. And additional information about her communications released by the State Department bolsters that understanding.

Trying to throw the media off her crooked trail, Clinton answered some handpicked reporters’ questions on her campaign plane Tuesday — the first time she has taken questions in 275 days.

Asked about her criminal handling of classified data, Clinton asserted, “I went into the State Department understanding classification. I had been on the Senate Armed Services Committee four years before I was secretary of state. I take classification seriously.”

Seriously, she said that.

Reporters continued that line of questioning, so in another diversionary attempt, Clinton suggested that Donald Trump is working with Russian hackers to undermine the 2016 election and other American institutions.

“The fact that our intelligence services are now viewing Russian activity as a potential threat against our electoral system, uh, raises further questions about Trump, and, uh, I think those are questions the American people should be asking. … The kinds of behavior that, uh, Russian intelligence has engaged in and that, uh, my opponent has, uh, applauded, he has made it clear that he does not care whether Putin or his intelligence services attack American institutions. … This is like Watergate.”

Seriously, she said that.

Maybe it is time to enact voter ID requirements nationwide…

Again came questions about the FBI report and Clinton, now agitated, responded, “The FBI resolved all of this. The report answered all the questions. The findings included debunking [Trump’s] conspiracy theory. I believe I have created so many jobs in the conspiracy theory machine factory because, honestly, they never quit, they keep coming back. And here’s another one. It’s been debunked.”

Seriously, she said that.

When it became clear that reporters were not taking the bait, Clinton then started another of her chronic coughing bouts and returned to the first class section of her plane.

Since Clinton refused to provide direct answers to questions, at the risk of “Clinton email burnout,” allow me to highlight the most significant facts in the FBI report and other findings released last weekend.

By way of context, recall that Clinton, in her Benghazi cover-up testimony before Congress, declared, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

If by “it” she meant her “web of lies” about leaving Americans to die in an al-Qa’ida attack in order to provide political cover for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid, it makes the difference between serving time in the White House or the Big House. Of course, the Clinton Crime Syndicate is very adept at the art of BIG lies — and “getting away with murder,” in the figurative and perhaps literal sense.

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I have written in detail about the motives for her Benghazi cover up. Just weeks after the 9/11 attack in 2012, I personally pleaded with Mitt Romney’s communication director to have him challenge Obama in their final debate about the cover up, writing in a memo to Romney, “You must make the case that the reason Obama is obfuscating the facts on who attacked and killed our ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, is to maintain his campaign theme charade that ‘al-Qa’ida is on the run.'”

But to no avail.

Romney, thinking he had the election in the bag, soft-pitched his remarks in the last debate and virtually handed the election to Obama, who then provided Clinton plenty of cover. Cover, that is, until a former federal prosecutor (appointed by Bill Clinton), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), took on the Clinton case. As chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, he launched an investigation into Clinton’s role in the cover up, and her web of lies began to unravel.

It was clear after the 2015 discovery of Clinton’s illegal “private” email server that she and her handlers were keeping all her communications during her tenure as secretary of state “off the grid” — in order to protect her planned 2016 presidential bid. Once discovered, Team Clinton ordered their lawyers and staff to destroy more than 30,000 “personal emails” before turning the rest over to the State Department for security evaluation.

So what did we learn last weekend?

From the sketchy FBI report, which was the result of a referral from the U.S. intelligence community inspector general, it’s notable that Clinton claimed she “could not recall,” “did not recall,” “did not remember” and “had no recollection” 41 times during the interview.

It’s also apparent that Clinton ordered her emails erased after the first reports became public that she’d been conducting State Department business via an illegal and unsecure email server. “[Redacted] indicated he believed he had an ‘oh s—t’ moment and sometime between March 25-31, 2015 deleted the Clinton archive mailbox from the [Platte River Networks] server and used BleachBit to delete the exported .PST files he had created on the server system containing Clinton’s emails.”

Her obfuscating attorneys, Cheryl Mills, David Kendall and Heather Samuelson, claimed they had no knowledge of Clinton’s private email server until after she left the State Department, but Clinton insisted in the FBI interview that it was “common knowledge” and that she “could not recall anyone raising concerns with her regarding the sensitivity of the information she received at her email address.”

When asked what criteria they used to determine which communications they would destroy, Mills, Kendall and Samuelson exercised “assertion of privilege” and declined to give investigators the email addresses and keywords on which they searched.

And is anyone surprised that one of Clinton’s Justice Department interviewers, David H. Laufman, contributed $850 to Obama’s presidential campaigns?

Clinton used at least 13 mobile devices to transmit what we now know were classified messages and pay-to-play communications regarding the Clinton Foundation — often in non-secure areas. “On [redacted] occasions while OCONUS (Outside Continental U.S.), Clinton had direct email contact with an email address for President Barack Obama,” the report reads. “Of the [redacted] emails between Clinton and President Obama, [redacted] were sent and received [redacted].”

Her chief adviser (co-conspirator and cutout), Huma Mahmood Abedin (a Muslim who grew up in Saudi Arabia), recommended the use of off-grid servers and “indicated the whereabouts of Clinton’s devices would frequently become unknown once she transitioned to a new device.” At one point, her staff used hammers to destroy some of those devices, which explains why the FBI couldn’t recover them for forensic evaluation.

Clinton claimed a laptop and portable drive with a log of all her communications was “lost in the mail,” which seemed only slightly more plausible than “the dog ate it.”

Clinton claimed to have “provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related” (cough, cough).

However, among the 17,488 she thought had been erased but which the FBI managed to recover from Clinton and State Department servers, it is now clear that many of those were “work related,” including at least 30 emails about Benghazi and more about other classified national security matters. (That’s in addition to the 110 classified emails FBI Director James Comey indicated Clinton had sent.)

The FBI also confirmed that there were hacking attempts on Clinton’s servers. To that end, recall that Clinton sent an email to all State Department employees during her tenure, brazenly warning them not use private email accounts because of “information security concerns” — all while she was using private email accounts.

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Regarding the classification markings on some of the communications, the report noted, “Clinton stated she did not know what the “C” meant at the beginning of the paragraphs and speculated it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order.” Clinton said maybe the “C” meant “paragraph C” in sequence, even though there were no paragraphs “A” or “B” preceding it. An agent noted, “Email was marked as classified at the Confidential level by the FBI based on a determination by the Original Classification Authority.”

Clinton claimed she couldn’t remember State Department briefings after sustaining a serious head injury and concussion in 2012. She claimed never having received any instruction on the handling of classified information, although she signed a Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement noting, “I hereby acknowledge that I have received a security indoctrination concerning the nature and protection of classified information.”

Perhaps the “C” meant “concussion” or “corrupt” or “contemptible” or just “confusion.” Indeed, Huma Abedin said that Clinton “is often confused.”

Clinton appeared to play implausibly dumb throughout the interview … and it would appear that, although he was inexplicably absent from the actual interview, Director Comey has determined that she is too dumb to prosecute.

Yet to come, however, are dozens of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits already underway, primarily led by the intrepid folks at Judicial Watch, and many more disclosures that await the State Department’s completion of review and redaction of classified information.

Most notably, a federal judge ordered Clinton to answer — finally under oath — 25 questions prepared by Judicial Watch lawyers regarding her corruption. The answers to those questions are due on 29 September, but expect some legal maneuver to delay her responses.

In 1996, the fourth year of Bill Clinton’s first term, esteemed former New York Times’ syndicated columnist William Safire, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, penned a prescient indictment of Hillary Clinton’s “Blizzard of Lies.” Safire wrote, “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady … is a congenital liar. Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.”

He concluded, “[Hillary Clinton] is in the longtime habit of lying; and she has never been called to account for lying herself or in suborning lying in her aides and friends.”

That was 20 years ago. The only thing that’s changed in the last two decades is that Hillary Clinton has become much more proficient at lying.

Do any of her hardcore Socialist Democratic Party constituents care? No. But shedding light on her unmitigated corruption will keep young and moderate voters away from the polls.

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Marita: It isn’t fracking

Marita tells us there is a whole lot of shakin’ going on, but not from frackin’.

Greetings!

A year-and-a-half ago I was on the Off the Grid program with Jesse Ventura. He asked me about the earthquakes caused by fracking. Ever since then, I’ve kept an eye out for news stories on the topic. Last week, the Wall Street Journal published this one: Earthquake Shakes Cushing Oklahoma. It piqued my interest.

I looked up more on the increasing earthquakes in Oklahoma and was surprised to learn that Oklahoma now has more earthquakes than California. Further research netted me a priceless clip on the topic from Rachel Maddow (be sure to check it out) that gave me the fuel I needed to write this week’s column: Shaking out the lies surrounding earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing (attached and pasted-in-below). Information on last week’s “Great ShakeOut” provided me with a fun opening that also connected the Taylor Swift quote at the closing. For my readers who are in the industry, you’ll find Shaking out the lies surrounding earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing is full of links to important information that will enhance your knowledge. For my general public readers, you’ll learn why the anti-fossil-fuel crowd wants to claim that hydraulic fracturing causes earthquakes—which it doesn’t.

I think I’ve provided a factual and fun piece on a technical topic. I hope you like it!

Please post, pass on, and/or personal enjoy Shaking out the lies surrounding earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing.

Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

Marita Noon 2015 Turquiose

 

 

Shaking out the lies surrounding earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing

The Great ShakeOut, the annual “PrepareAthon” that advocates earthquake readiness, took place across the globe on October 15, at 10:15 AM—10/15 @10:15. Unless you have a child in a participating school, the “Ready Campaign” may have passed without your awareness. I grew up in Southern California, where earthquakes were so routine, we paid them no mind; we didn’t have earthquake drills.

But that was then. Now, the Great ShakeOut is a global campaign. Now, Oklahoma has more earthquakes than California—and students in Oklahoma participated on 10/15 at 10:15. As if choreographed, Oklahomans had a reminder 4.5 earthquake just days before the drill.

The anti-fossil crowd has declared the cause. Headlines claim: “Confirmed: Oklahoma Earthquakes Caused By Fracking” and “New study links Oklahoma earthquakes to fracking.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gleefully teased the earthquakes in Oklahoma as “the story that might keep you up at night.” On her October 16 show, she stated that Oklahoma’s earthquakes are: “The terrible and unintended consequence of the way we get oil and gas out of the ground. …from fracking operations.” Yet, when her guest, Jeremy Boak, Oklahoma Geological Survey Director, corrected her, “it’s not actually frackwater,” she didn’t change her tune.

Despite the fact that the science doesn’t support the thesis, opponents of oil-and-gas extraction, like Maddow, have long claimed that the process of hydraulic fracturing is the cause of the earthquakes. Earthworks calls them “frackquakes” because the quakes, the organization says, are “fracking triggered earthquakes.”

The anti-crowd doesn’t want to hear otherwise. If you were to fully read the two previously mentioned news reports (linked above) that declare “fracking” as the culprit, you’d see that the actual text, and the study they reference, doesn’t say what the headlines insinuate. The 2014 study they cite, blames the earthquakes “on the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations”—which as Boak told Maddow is not “actually frackwater.” Even the Washington Post announced: “Fracking is not the cause of quakes. The real problem is wastewater.”

But the ruse goes on. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers announced: “The fracturing fluid seems to be lubricating existing faults that have not moved in recent years. The fracturing process is not creating new faults, but are exposing faults that already exist.”

Earthworks believes that states like Oklahoma are not doing enough to solve the problem. Its website says: “Despite the increasingly apparent threat posed by fracking-related earthquakes, many states are ignoring the issue.”

In fact, many scientific studies have been, and are being, done—as once the cause is determined, a remedy can be found. These studies, as the Washington Post reported, have concluded that “wastewater” is the problem.

If you don’t know what it is or how it is being disposed of, “wastewater” sounds scary. It is often called “toxic”—although it is naturally occurring. This wastewater, according to a study from Stanford researchers, is “brackish water that naturally coexists with oil and gas within the Earth.” As a part of the drilling and extraction process, the “produced water” is extracted from the oil and/or gas and is typically reinjected into deeper disposal wells. In Oklahoma, these wells are in the Arbuckle formation, a 7,000-foot-deep sedimentary formation under Oklahoma.

“Industry has been disposing wastewater into the Arbuckle for 60 years without seismicity,” Kim Hatfield told me. He is the chairman of the Induced Seismicity Working Group—which includes members from a variety of entities including the Oklahoma Geological Survey, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Department of Energy and Environment, and Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. Hatfield continued: “So, we know some level of disposal is safe. We need to figure out the exact mechanism by which this wastewater injection is triggering these seismic events and modify our procedures to prevent them.”

Addressing water quality, Hatfield explained that in the area of the seismicity, ten barrels of produced water—which contains five times more salt than ocean water—is generated for each barrel of oil.

The Stanford study, done by Stanford Professor Mark Zoback and doctoral student Rall Walsh, found that “the primary source of the quake-triggering wastewater is not so-called ‘flowback water’ generated after hydraulic fracturing operations.” Zoback, the Benjamin M. Page Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, states: “What we’ve learned in this study is that the fluid injection responsible for most of the recent quakes in Oklahoma is due to production and subsequent injection of massive amounts of wastewater, and is unrelated to hydraulic fracturing”—which is contradictory to the premise on which the study was launched.

Explaining the study, Walsh said: “it began with an examination of microseismicity—intentionally caused small quakes like those resulting from hydraulic fracturing,” which he referred to as their “jumping off point.” When I asked Walsh if he was surprised to find that fracking wasn’t the cause of the earthquakes, he told me: “We were familiar with the few cases where hydraulic fracturing was known, or suspected to be associated with moderate sized earthquakes. In the areas of Oklahoma where the earthquakes first started (just outside of Oklahoma City) we knew that the extraction process was predominantly dewatering, not hydraulic fracturing, which led us to suspect that produced water would be the source of the issue, even before we did the volume calculations to show it.”

Science writer Ker Than reports: “Because the pair were also able to review data about the total amount of wastewater injected at wells, as well as the total amount of hydraulic fracturing happening in each study area, they were able to conclude that the bulk of the injected water was produced water generated using conventional oil extraction techniques, not during hydraulic fracturing.” Additionally, Boak told me: “Less than five percent is actually frackwater.”

“So what?” you might ask. The distinction is important as there is an aggressive effort from the anti-fossil-fuel movement to regulate and restrict—even ban—hydraulic fracturing. The more scare tactics they can use, the more successful their efforts. They are unimpeded by truth. Remember the disproven claims about fracking causing tap water to catch on fire and those about fracking contaminating drinking water?

Now, you can add “Oklahoma earthquakes caused by fracking” to the list of untruths propagated by the anti-fossil-fuel crowd. The true headline should read: “Oklahoma earthquakes not caused by fracking.” But, that conflicts with their goal of ending all fossil-fuel use. More than ninety percent of the new oil-and-gas wells drilled in America use hydraulic fracturing. Therefore, if they can ban fracking, they end America’s new era of energy abundance and the jobs and economic stimulus it provides. Groups like Earthworks seem to hate the modern world.

Here some advice from singer Taylor Swift might be warranted. Instead of “getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world,” after all, she says: “And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate,” her solution is: “I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake. Shake it off.”

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column. Follow her @EnergyRabbit.

Marita: Rolling back the tide of big government overreach

Can we really be so lucky?  Marita thinks so.  Read below to find out what Marita thinks.

Greetings!

Several weeks ago, a federal judge overturned the Obama administration’s 2014 listing of the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) as a threatened species. At the time, I thought about writing on it, even assumed it would be my column for that week. But, another news story caught my attention—and not that many average citizens really care about the LPC anyway. With every week that passed, other stories took precedence and the LPC became a stale topic.

However, this week, I’ve connected some dots—as I like to do— with the LPC decision to create: Rolling back the tide of big government overreach (attached and pasted-in-below).

Back in August, I wrote on WOTUS. Since then, including the LPC and WOTUS decision, there have been five distinct victories for responsible land use. While it does make for a long column, I address them all in Rolling back the tide of big government overreach. The other three are the hydraulic fracturing rule, the sage grouse, and the wolf reintroduction.

I am writing this introduction from the Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association where I have been able to share this good news with many of the attendees. When you string these five stories together, as I have done, it does offer encouragement.

Please post, pass on and/or personally enjoy Rolling back the tide of big government overreach.

Marita Noon 2015 Turquiose

Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

For immediate release: October 5, 2015

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

 

 

Marita

The reason most often cited for the success of the nonpolitical candidates is the frustration with Washington; the sense that the system is broken. Voters feel that we have no control and that government has gone wild. Even people who don’t watch the news or closely follow politics are aware of the “overreach.” It seems that, perhaps, the messages the outsiders have been heralding on the trail has caught on.

Washington’s overreach has been rolled back—by courts and commissioners and, even, in response, the government itself. In little more than 30 days, there have been five distinct cases that you may have missed—each, a victory for responsible land use.

WOTUS

First was WOTUS, or the Waters of the U.S. rule—which was scheduled for full implementation on, Friday, August 28. WOTUS attempted to greatly expand the federal government’s authority over water and land and could apply to ditches, streams, wetlands and small isolated bodies of water. Late on Thursday, August 27, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson issued a temporary injunction sought by North Dakota and 12 other states. In his decision, Erickson wrote: “Once the rule takes effect, the states will lose their sovereignty over interstate waters that will then be subject to the scope of the Clean Water Act.” Calling the rule “arbitrary and capricious,” he declared that the EPA “violated its congressional grant of authority in its promulgation of the rule.”

Undaunted, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pushed back, stating that the rule only applied to the thirteen states that requested the injunction. For the remaining 37 states, the EPA is enforcing the regulation as planned. At least 10 lawsuits—including 29 states and 14 agricultural and industry organizations—have been filed in federal district court challenging the rule.

Constitutional and environmental law professor, Jonathan H. Adler, addressed WOTUS in the Washington Post, saying: “As a general matter (and as the Supreme Court has recognized) land-use control is generally beyond the scope of federal power. In this case, the district court concluded that the states were likely to succeed on the merits as the EPA had adopted an ‘exceptionally expansive’ view of its own jurisdiction under the CWA.”

Perhaps, as you’ll see, if the WOTUS deadline was a month later, the EPA may not have been so bold in its assertion that it would continue to enforce the rule. But, then again, this is the Obama EPA.

Lesser Prairie Chicken

Once again, a federal agency has been acting “arbitrarily and capriciously.” This time, it is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). On September 2, U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell overturned the Obama administration’s 2014 listing of the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) as a threatened species, which gave the bird protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and limited land use in five states.

Citing the “more than 180 oil and gas, pipeline, electric transmission and wind energy companies” that had enrolled in voluntary conservation plans, The Permian Basin Petroleum Association challenged the listing, as soon as it was finalized.

The FWS is required to consider the conservation plans. The court determined that FWS “did not properly consider active conservation efforts for the bird when listing it.” Junell wrote: “The Court finds FWS did conduct an analysis, however this analysis was neither ‘rigorous’ nor valid as FWS failed to consider important questions and material information necessary to make a proper evaluation.”

Addressing the LPC decision, The National Law Review, states: the “ruling raises important questions about the upcoming Service decision whether to list the greater sage-grouse under the ESA. A sage-grouse decision was due on September 30.

Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, sees that the FWS “has been illegally steam rolling states by their own secret rules.” He added: “The Obama administration has been merciless in its quest to list species—even when the science says otherwise.”

Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

On September 30, another federal district court judge smacked down another federal agency—this time the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which, in March, issued federal fracking rules designed to spur states to follow suit (most energy-producing states already regulate fracking). BloombergBusiness states: “There are more than 100,000 wells on federal land making up 11 percent of the nation’s natural gas production and five percent of its oil.” The rule, if implemented and adopted by states, as hoped for by the administration, would magnify the impact, “potentially slowing development of oil and natural gas resources”—which is likely the goal. As a result, BloombergBusiness adds, producers “would have faced higher costs at a time when profits already are strangled by low crude prices.”

In his 54-page decision, Wyoming’s U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl wrote: “Congress has not authorized or delegated the BLM authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing and, under our constitutional structure, it is only through congressional action that the BLM can acquire this authority.” He issued a preliminary injunction barring implementation of the rules, “finding that those suing had a good chance of winning their case and getting a permanent order barring enforcement.”

Different from the EPA’s arrogant decision to move forward with implementing WOTUS, a BLM spokeswoman, according to the Wall Street Journal, said: “While the matter is being resolved, the BLM will follow the Court’s order and will continue to process applications for permit to drill and inspect wells sites under its pre-existing regulations.”

Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs at Western Energy Alliance, a party to the lawsuit against the government, is overjoyed to finally be “getting relief from the courts regarding the regulatory overreach of the Obama administration.” She added: “We hope the BLM, EPA and other agencies that are rushing to implement even more regulations on the very businesses that create jobs will pause and actually follow the law and regulatory procedure.”

“The case will proceed to a final resolution,” BloombergBusiness reports, “probably early next year.”

Wolf Reintroduction

Ranchers in and around New Mexico’s Gila Forest have been fighting the federal government’s plan to release “another dozen or so Mexican grey wolves.” Already, in the region, wolves since their introduction in 1998 have killed livestock, and children waiting for the school bus often do so in cages for protection. I’ve written on the sad tale several times.

On September 29, in a 7-0 vote, concerned about the impact to ranchers and elk hunters, the New Mexico Game Commission upheld an earlier decision denying the FWS permits to release Mexican wolves into federal land in southwestern New Mexico.

“Federal policy requires FWS to consult state agencies and comply with their permitting processes when releasing endangered animals from captivity,” Science Magazine reports, “even when releases are made on federal land.”

In June, according the Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico Game and Fish Department Director Alexandra Sandoval rejected a federal permit for the Mexican wolf program because she said the FWS lacked a detailed plan to release up to ten captive wolves in the Gila National Forest, leaving her without enough information on what effects the predators would have on deer and elk populations.”

In response to the decision, Game Commissioner Elizabeth Ryan of Roswell, NM, said she and her colleagues could only overturn the director’s decision on the wolf permit if they found it “arbitrary and capricious.”

Sage Grouse

This string of recent decisions may have been noticed by the Obama administration. On September 22, after years of debate, and after the LPC listing was overturned, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the sage grouse would not be listed under ESA. The Washington Post reports that “the chicken-like grouse does not meet the required standard because a collaboration of federal agencies, states, ranchers, industry and environmental groups has already begun to restore areas where it breeds.” “According to state fish and game agencies,” Kent Holsinger, a Colorado attorney specializing in lands, wildlife and water law, told me: “sage grouse populations have risen 63 percent over the past two springs.”

An ESA listing would “significantly limit future development.”

The ESA, Brian Seasholes, director of the endangered species program at the Reason Foundation, states: “has a well-deserved reputation for putting severe restrictions on otherwise normal and legal forms of land and resource use, such as farming and energy development.” In an op-ed in The Hill, he adds: “When a species is listed under ESA, landowners can face steep fines, penalties and land use controls that can devalue their property.”

While environmental groups see the decision as a victory for “industry and its supporters,” others, such as Utah Governor Gary Herbert—who estimated Utah would lose more than $40 billion in economic production from oil and gas if the sage grouse were listed—are still not happy.

Rather than listing the sage grouse—which would likely be overturned in court—the DOI’s BLM has released a plan to implement more than 90 land use strategies. Herbert sees that the federal government rejected the successful sage-grouse conservation plan and says the land use plans that govern use of over 60 million acres of federal land “constitute the equivalent of a listing decision outside the normal process.” He calls the plans “a significant overreach by the federal government.” Bishop agrees: “Do not be fooled. The announcement not to list the sage-grouse is a cynical ploy… With the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration’s oppressive land management plan is the same as a listing.” The land-use restrictions have been decried as “every bit as rigid as could be expected under ESA.”

While “the West’s sage-grouse worries are far from over,” I see that, when combined with the aforementioned stories, the unwarranted decision is still welcome news. Land-use plans will be easier to revise under a new administration than removing an ESA listing. But, more importantly, I view it as a recognition that big government overreach has reached its limits.

The good news about having so many reform-minded outsiders running for president is that they are like a band of crusaders spreading the message of big government overreach far and wide. That message is, apparently, being heard. Voters are, hopefully, ready for responsible land use. The tide is being rolled back.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column. Follow her @EnergyRabbit.

Why is Congress playing with the American people

Why do we (the collective we) hesitate to condemn Planned Parenthood and their killing and rendering factories.  I can’t fathom the reason and I bet you can’t either.  There should be no doubt as to why Planned Parenthood should not be funded after folks read the following from the The Patriot Post (http://PatriotPost.US).  We should all do what we can to wake Congress from their slumber of irresponsibility.

Spending $500 Million to Deprive Children of Life

By Allyne Caan

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During the five-plus hours Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards spent before a congressional hearing on Tuesday, her organization had time to kill more than 185 babies.

Unfortunately, while debating whether the abortion mill should continue to receive more than $500 million annually in taxpayer dollars, Republicans, who rightfully called the hearing, asked the wrong question: “Does Planned Parenthood really need federal subsidies?”

Instead, they should have gotten to the crux of the issue: Does the Constitution authorize spending money to deprive children of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

The correct answer is, of course, no.

Were the right question asked — and correctly answered — the hearing could have begun and ended in five minutes. But since Republicans went down the road of financial “need,” let’s take a look at those numbers.

Far from being a health clinic chain desperate for federal dollars, Planned Parenthood is a massive profit machine, grossing nearly $1.3 billion annually and holding $1.4 billion in assets. Richards herself pocketed pay of more than $590,000 in 2013, while more than 40 other Planned Parenthood execs make more than $200,000.

Richards admitted she “can’t think of a specific impact” of losing taxpayer dollars. We can think of 327,000 specific impacts.

(Incidentally, Richards also couldn’t think of any instances in which unborn children survive abortions. It’s amazing the sudden onset of amnesia a congressional hearing can spur.)

But back to funding, Planned Parenthood doesn’t “just get a big check from the federal government,” Richards said. “We, like other Medicaid providers, we are reimbursed directly for services provided.” And pulling federal funding “would deny people on Medicaid the ability to go to a provider of their choice, and many of them do go to Planned Parenthood for a variety of different reasons.”

According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, public expenditures for family planning exceeded $2.3 billion in FY 2010 — and 75% of this went toward Medicaid. It’s all part of the Title X Family Planning Program, enacted in 1970, in accordance with Article Nil, Section Nonexistent of the Constitution. This funding purportedly supports a variety of family planning and preventative health services.

Of course, for Planned Parenthood, this “variety” does not include basic women’s health services like mammograms — no matter how many times its defenders lie about that particular service.

Perhaps this is why Richards herself does not rely on Planned Parenthood for her own health care.

In fact, if Richards is to be believed (cue: sarcasm), just a teeny weeny bit of this “variety” is abortion. According to Richards, Planned Parenthood’s 327,000 annual abortions are just 3% of the health services offered by its clinics.

Hmm, that’s odd. Richards herself has said Planned Parenthood serves 2.7 million women each year. Do the math, and the percentage is closer to 12 million. Not only this, but as Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) noted during the hearing, more than 86% of Planned Parenthood’s non-government revenue in 2013 came from abortions.

Even Common Core math can’t make 86 equal anything close to 3.

Still, Richards attempted to skirt the truth, explaining that some people come to Planned Parenthood “more than once for different services.” And she pulled the famous “federal money does not go for abortions” lie, saying, “So the federal portion that we were discussing is reimbursement for preventative care services.” Perhaps in fantasyland she’s right, but saying taxpayer money doesn’t fund abortions is like saying you can pour a bucket of water in the deep end of a pool and keep it out of the shallow end. The taxpayer dollars doled to Planned Parenthood are entirely fungible — and paying for some services allows the abortion mill to divert other resources to practice its primary and deadly trade.

In truth, Richards and her corporation masked as a non-profit organization are cashing in — at the expense of taxpayers — on the blood and body parts of innocent babies. And how tightly Planned Parenthood is holding onto its rhetoric of lies shows just how much their factories of death stand to lose.

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