Outrageous! Adult Sex Toy Store Accepts Food Stamp EBT Cards; Gov’t Says it’s Legal!

Outrageous! Adult Sex Toy Store Accepts Food Stamp EBT Cards; Gov’t Says it’s Legal!

Government waste? What government waste? You can buy adult sex toys with food stamps, or the electronic equivalent, the EBT card.

Kiss My Lingerie, which sells adult specialty items in Gonzales, Louisiana, posted on its front door that it accepts the EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, and state officials say that it’s legal, WAFB reports:

A woman who works near the store and asked not to be identified said in the last few weeks, she’s noticed more people going inside the adult shop. She added that’s when she saw the message on the front door of the store that the EBT card is listed as an acceptable form of payment.

“We were told anything could be purchased there, with the food stamp card,” she said. “No child I know eats edible underwear.”

The woman said to her knowledge, the EBT card is supposed to be used for the support of children. A spokesperson for the Department of Children and Family Services said the EBT card, or the Louisiana Purchase card, is not just for food stamps. There are also cash benefits available for other family needs. The only things the cash benefits do not cover are alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, casinos and adult entertainment.

Obama Goes Soft…On Illegal Immigration

Obama Goes Soft…On Illegal Immigration

President Obama has already chosen to ignore our nations laws by halting deportations of the so-called “dreamers” and now looks to subvert them even further by looking for more humane ways to deal with illegal immigration. The president has directed Jeh Johnson, head of the Department of Homeland Security, to explore other options when dealing with the immigration issue.

This vaguely defined initiative was made even less clear by a White House statement issued yesterday:

“He told the members that he has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law.”

Last year, Obama halted deportation of illegal aliens that were brought to this country by their illegal parents when they were young. Giving them the altruistic name of dreamers, the president rewrote this nation’s immigration laws to suit his unpopular political agenda. Now, there is speculation that his new “humane” initiative will include letting the parents of dreamers stay in this country as well.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) as well as the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus will meet with DHS boss Johnson next week to present their list of demands. Their main focus is halting all deportations that split up families. So basically, they want to stop all deportations because every Latino illegal alien is related to someone that is not illegal.

“The president clearly expressed the heartbreak he feels because of the devastating effect that deportations have on families,” said Gutierrez after meeting with the president in the Oval office Thursday.

In this Thursday Oval Office meeting, open only to Latino democrats, Obama told the lawmakers that, “he’s deeply concerned about the pain that families suffer when they are separated due to a broken immigration system.”

This new potential (and inevitable) reinterpretation of the law comes on the heels of news that Obama’s deportation numbers are a lie. The media likes to portray the administration as being tough on illegal immigration by touting the number of 2 million deportations since Obama took office. After some grilling earlier in the week, Jeh Johnson had to admit that most of those “deportations” were actually just aliens being detained at the border and then sent home.

The Obama administration is not massively deporting illegal aliens from the interior of this country. The large number of arrests at the border points to a foreign population that is emboldened by the president’s lax immigration enforcement and hopes of amnesty. We’re catching more at the border because many more are trying to get in to take advantage of an illegal immigrant friendly administration.

Janet Murguia, who heads the National Council of La Raza, has called Obama the “deporter in chief,” but the facts don’t back that up.

Obama has continually overstepped his authority by choosing which laws to enforce and there is no indication he will stop any time soon. He is an affront to democracy and this country’s sovereignty. Without enforcement of immigration laws and border integrity we are simply a Mexican territory waiting to be absorbed by the mother country.

‘Act of piracy’ behind Malaysian flight disappearance, US official says

‘Act of piracy’ behind Malaysian flight disappearance, US official says

The Associated Press is reporting that an official in the United States speaking on condition of anonymity believes it’s possible that “an act of piracy” may have diverted a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last weekend.

According to the AP, the unnamed official says there’s key evidence that “human intervention” played a role in whatever happened to the Boeing 777 that mysteriously disappeared around an hour after departing Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on Saturday.

“This official says that it’s also possible the plane may have landed somewhere,” AP journalist Joan Lowy reported Friday afternoon. “The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke only if not identified,” she said.

A day earlier, Bloomberg News claimed US investigators were treating the disappearance as a case of air piracy, according to one source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“I can’t think of a single example of a large airplane completely disappearing without seemingly leaving a trace for this many days,” Hans Weber, a San Diego-based consultant, told Bloomberg.

The AP’s latest theory concerning the lost place comes amid a wave of reports — many conflicting — that continue to cause confusion around the globe about the whereabouts and condition of the jetliner and the 239 people who boarded it in Kuala Lumpur.

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal published a report that suggested Flight MH370 may have stayed in the air for four-to-five hours after air traffic controllers lost contact with the cockpit. The AP later corroborated that claim, and said a US official briefed on the search said that the plane sent signals for four hours after it initially disappeared.

“It’s like when your cellphone is off but it still sends out a little ‘I’m here’ message to the cellphone network,” that official said. “That’s how sometimes they can triangulate your position even though you’re not calling because the phone every so often sends out a little bleep. That’s sort of what this thing was doing.”

Jay Carney, the official spokesperson for the White House, said during a press briefing also on Thursday that “There are a number of possible scenarios that are being investigated as to what happened to the flight,” but failed to elaborate beyond that much further aside from acknowledging reports that suggested the search area was being extended much further west than where investigators first looked.

The White House is“looking at information, pursuing possible leads [and] working within the investigation being led by the Malaysian government, and it is my understanding that one possible piece of information — or collection of pieces of information — has led to the possibility that a new area, a search area, may be opened in the Indian Ocean,” Carney said. According to reports, the USS Kidd was being deployed to the Indian Ocean to assist with search efforts as of Thursday.

Obama: ‘Many folks’ will lose their doctors under Obamacare

Obama’s admission stands in stark contrast to his many assurances that Obamacare would let people keep their doctors if they like them.
A 2009 White House document called “Health Insurance Reform Reality Check” insists, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

And in a 2009 speech to the American Medical Association, Obama made this pledge: “[N]o matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.”

Politifact already considers Obama’s promise that Americans could keep their preferred health plans under Obamacare to be the “Lie of the Year.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/14/obama-many-folks-will-lose-their-doctors-under-obamacare/#ixzz2vxU5WJ5k

European Union NGO Played Direct Role in Violent Coup in Ukraine

State Department and EU worked in tandem to overthrow elected government

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
March 14, 2014

Bill Cash, a member of the British Parliament who led the Maastricht Rebellion against European Union integration, has criticized the EU and its Eastern Partnership and Association Agreement for the role it played in the current crisis in Ukraine.

“We do not have to be enthusiastic advocates of Vladimir Putin’s policies to recognize that this entire Ukrainian crisis was avoidable. Nor to recognize that the Crimea – handed over by Khrushchev within the Soviet Union to Ukraine in 1954 – has been and remains a vital national security and defense interest for Russia, including the Black Sea and its fleet for centuries. The European Union’s Eastern Partnership and Association Agreement were clearly anticipated to be Ukraine’s stepping stone to membership of the European Union, and probably of NATO as well. On both counts the EU has pursued a remarkably naïve foreign policy,” Cash writes on the Conservative Home website.

Cash adds that “the EU must recognize that it bears a disproportionate degree of responsibility for the crisis which could have been avoided.”

Richard North, writing for EUReferendum.com, cites Cash’s blog post and shifts focus over to the “sinister-sounding” Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. “This organization has provided an open site for a multiplicity of NGOs, specifically directed at ‘discussions, consultations, information activities in the implementation framework of the Eastern Partnership policy.’ Components of this Forum have been funded by the EU, and by other agencies, including funding from the Swedish government,” North writes.

The NGOs, flush with EU cash, North argues, are “all dedicated, as the Civil Society Forum website openly admits, to bringing Ukraine ‘closer to the EU both politically and economically,” a move adamantly opposed by Russia.

Moreover, the NGOs are dedicated to supporting the violent coup in Kyiv orchestrated by the State Department. The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum recently bragged about the role it played in fomenting violent unrest in the country that led to the death of around 100 people and deposed Viktor Yanukovych, the democratically elected leader of Ukraine.

“Many participants of the EaP Civil Society Forum have been active in various sectors of Euromaidan movement,” a post on the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum website states. It documents how the NGO participated in the coup. “National Platforms from all EaP countries have expressed solidarity with their Ukrainian colleagues and send their ‘glory’ to the civil society in Ukraine.”

Cash and North have, by pointing out the activities of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, provided additional detail on how the EU, along with the United States, worked behind the scenes to foment the violent coup in Ukraine and install a government amenable to Wall Street, the financial cartel, and central bankers running the European Union.

This article was posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

​Debtor nation: Americans pay interest on $163 billion held by top tech firms overseas

​Debtor nation: Americans pay interest on $163 billion held by top tech firms overseas

United States taxpayers make large interest payments to the top four technology firms for the $163 billion in US government debt the companies own and shelter in tax-free offshore accounts.

United States taxpayers make large interest payments to the top four technology firms for the $163 billion in US government debt the companies own and shelter in tax-free offshore accounts.

Apple, Cisco Systems, Google, and Microsoft legally hold $124 billion in US Treasury securities and $39 billion in US government agency debt in accounts overseas, allowing them to avoid the 35 percent (maximum) corporate tax rate in the United States, according to Securities & Exchange Commission reports.

Together, the companies would be the 14th biggest overseas holder of Treasury securities, just ahead of countries like Norway, Singapore, and India.

“If a US multinational puts its offshore cash into a US bank and uses the money to buy US treasuries, stocks and bonds, those funds ought to be treated as having been repatriated and subject to US tax,” Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations told the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Combined, the four top technology giants have $255 billion in “cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities…in their foreign subsidiaries,” the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported.

If that total amount was held onshore, making it subject to being taxed by the US government, it would yield $89 billion – or 17 percent of America’s projected $514 billion budget deficit this year.

Overall, the companies hold $333 billion in domestic and foreign accounts, making them the most lucrative American firms outside the financial sector.

The companies also hold $93.3 billion of corporate, municipal, and sovereign debt.

“This is a ridiculous situation,” said University of Michigan professor of law, Reuven Avi-Yonah. “The result is US taxpayers pay interest on this money as opposed to the government receiving taxes. Bringing this cash onshore and taxing it at 35% would significantly help reduce the annual deficit of the US government.”

Cisco Systems, which holds $40.4 billion in cash in foreign subsidiaries and has $27.8 billion in Treasury bonds, was the only firm to respond to the Bureau on the subject of debt held offshore.

“Cisco pays all taxes that are due. The cash held in Cisco’s non-US subsidiaries is generated from Cisco’s international operations. Cisco has approximately 50% of its employees outside the US and Cisco’s sales are approximately 50% from non-US customers,” Cisco said.

“US government obligations have long been one of the most stable investments in the world. The US Congress long ago enacted laws to promote investment in the US by individuals and businesses overseas, including non-US subsidiaries. Any interest income that Cisco receives on its U.S. government obligations is US taxable income to Cisco.”

Microsoft, which holds far more in US securities ($64.9 billion) than the other three, said it “complies with the tax rules in each jurisdiction in which it operates and pays billions of dollars each year in total taxes, including U.S. federal, state, and local taxes and foreign taxes.”

Apple, with $111.3 billion in foreign subsidiaries and $44.5 billion in US debt, did not address the issue, but said it also follows US tax law.

“We not only comply with the laws, but we comply with the spirit of the laws. We don’t depend on tax gimmicks. Apple carefully manages its foreign cash holdings to support its overseas operations in the best interests of its shareholders. Apple pays an extraordinary amount in US taxes.”

Twenty-six of the most powerful American corporations – such as Boeing, General Electric, and Verizon – actually paid no federal income tax from 2008 to 2012, according to a recent report that detailed how Fortune 500 companies exploit tax breaks and loopholes.

The report, conducted by public advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), focused on the 288 companies in the Fortune 500 that registered consistent profit every year from 2008 to 2012. Those 288 profitable corporations paid an “effective federal income tax rate of just 19.4 percent over the five-year period — far less than the statutory 35 percent tax rate,” CTJ stated.

The non-profit group said this lax taxation climate among the most powerful US corporations comes amid an aggressive push by lobby and trade groups on Capitol Hill “to reduce the federal corporate income tax rate, based on the claim that our corporate tax is uncompetitively high compared to other developed nations.”

While the US corporate tax rate is technically the highest among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 34 member countries, the US Congressional Budget Office found two years ago that the total corporate federal tax amount paid by US companies came to 12.1 percent of profits, the lowest total since 1972.

Besides offshore tax sheltering, CTJ said the companies are allowed to skirt tax rates based on factors that include accelerated asset depreciation based on continued investment, stock options, and industry-specific tax breaks.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that the 317 largest US-based companies have $1.95 trillion held outside the US, an increase of 11.8 percent from last year.