Four College Basketball Coaches Charged with Fraud

26 Sep 2017

2017/09/26 – NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption – Associated Press

Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said.

The coaches were identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later Tuesday.

They said the probe has revealed numerous instances in which bribes were paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and associate basketball coaches, to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student-athletes so the athletes would retain the services of those paying the bribes.


Trump To Add Three Countries To The Travel Ban

26 Sep 2017

2017/09/24 – Trump expands enhanced vetting to include Chad, North Korea and Venezuela – Washington Times

President Trump issued a new travel ban policy Sunday night, adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela to the five majority-Muslim countries whose citizens were already prohibited from entering the country under his “extreme vetting” executive order.

After a monthslong review, the administration said Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen will also remain on the list, though in some cases the restrictions are being altered. Sudan is being removed from the list. Iraq is deemed to be troubled, but it won’t face severe restrictions as a reward to that government for cooperating with the U.S.

But the Trump administration said the latest policy is on firm legal footing since it follows a long review that involves asking nearly 200 countries to detail their own information-sharing and identity processes and to promise cooperation when it comes to verifying the identities of their citizens seeking to enter the U.S.

More than a dozen countries were deemed inadequate in the first go-around, but some of them quickly updated their levels of cooperation, allowing them off the list, the administration said.

But the countries that remain on the list either were unable or, in some cases, unwilling to cooperate.

The initial regulation ends October 18th.

Sanders’ Health Plan Called Most Radical on the Planet

14 Sep 2017

2017/09/14 – Do Democrats Know How Radical Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan Is? – Investors Business Daily

It’s hard to know where to begin to show just how radical Sanders’ plan really is.

But let’s start with this. There is no industrialized country in the world that has a government-run health care system as vast as the one Sanders proposes.

Plenty of other countries “guarantee” health care to their citizens, and pay most of the costs with tax dollars. But none promises first-dollar coverage for all health care, without limits.

In fact, there are no OECD countries where the government picks up the entire health care tab. In Canada, government spending accounts for 70% of health costs, in Germany, 85%, in Sweden it’s 83.9%, and in the U.K. it’s under 80%, according to OECD data.

There’s a good reason that even socialist countries don’t go as far as Sanders proposes: They all have firsthand experience with the massive budget problems caused by government-run health care, to say nothing of the chronic delays, waste and fraud they inevitably produce.

Sanders’ plan would also be massively disruptive.

To sell ObamaCare, President Obama at least pretended that “if you like your plan you can keep your plan.” Sanders guarantees that if you like your plan, you will lose it, and be shoved into government insurance.

Some people continue to run in the opposite direction of common sense. Better and more affordable health care should move towards less government intervention – not more.

Hackers Advancing in Trying To Control Power Grids

7 Sep 2017


Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will.

In more than 20 cases, Symantec says the hackers successfully gained access to the target companies’ networks. And at a handful of US power firms and at least one company in Turkey—none of which Symantec will name—their forensic analysis found that the hackers obtained what they call operational access: control of the interfaces power company engineers use to send actual commands to equipment like circuit breakers, giving them the ability to stop the flow of electricity into US homes and businesses.

Doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies, does it?

Mandatory Evacuation for SE Georgia

7 Sep 2017

2017/09/07 – Georgia governor orders evacuation of Savannah, coast ahead of Irma – Raw Story

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a mandatory evacuation order on Thursday for the state’s coast, including historic Savannah, as deadly Hurricane Irma rolled toward Florida and the southeastern United States.

The evacuation order for areas east of Interstate 95 and some areas to its west takes effect Saturday at 8 a.m., Deal said in a statement.

Israel Strikes Chemical Weapons Factory in Syria

7 Sep 2017

2017-09-07 – Israel’s airstrike message to Syria, Iran, and the US – Washington Examiner

On Thursday, Israel launched an airstrike on a Syrian regime factory at Masyaf, approximately 10 miles west of Hama (which Assad’s father once destroyed). The former chief of Israel’s Aman intelligence service tweeted that the factory was used to produce chemical weapons and precision ground-to-ground rockets.


Related… 2017/01/16 – Obama Adviser Susan Rice Cites Syrian War As Biggest Disappointment – NPR

Per Susan Rice…

We were able to find a solution that didn’t necessitate the use of force that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria, in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished. Our aim in contemplating the use of force following the use of chemical weapons in August of 2013 was not to intervene in the civil war, not to become involved in the combat between Assad and the opposition, but to deal with the threat of chemical weapons by virtue of the diplomacy that we did with Russia and with the Security Council. We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.

Well – not so much…

In Context: Democrat, Pakistan Computer Scandal

7 Sep 2017

2017/09/06 – Police Report Indicates Wasserman Schultz IT Aide Planted Computer For Investigators To Find – Daily Caller
2017/09/06 – Former Democratic IT Staffer to Return From Pakistan, Face Charges – Washington Free Beacon
2017/07/29 – Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers – National Review
2017/07/26 – Why Was Wife of DWS’s Swindler Staffer Allowed to Leave the Country? – National Review
2017/07/26 – Wasserman Schultz Fires IT Staffer After Fraud Arrest – CBS Miami
2017/07/26 – Former Wasserman Schultz IT staffer arrested on charges of bank fraud – CBS News
2017/07/24 – Imran Awan FBI Affidavit – US District Court, DocumentCloud
2017/07/23 – FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home – Daily Caller
2017/07/19 – Wasserman Schultz to allow laptop scan after months of stonewalling in IT probe – Fox News
2017/04/30 – Wasserman Schultz IT Guy Threatened Kidnappings For Cash, Court Docs Say – Daily Caller
2017/03/13 – House Hacking Suspects Could Read Every Email Dozens Of Congressmen Sent And Received – Daily Caller
2017/03/08 – House Staffers In Security Probe Allegedly Kept Stepmom In ‘Captivity’ To Access Offshore Cash – Daily Caller
2017/03/01 – House Democrats fire two IT staffers amid criminal investigation – Politico
2017/02/21 – House Dem IT Staffers Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive – Daily Caller
2017/02/07 – Congress IT Probe Suspects Had Massive Debts, Years Of Suspicious Activity – Daily Caller
2017/02/04 – House Dem IT Staffers Fired In Computer Security Probe – Daily Caller
2017/02/02 – House staffers under criminal investigation for alleged equipment theft – Politico
2017/01/30 – Abid A. Awan, Congressional Staffer – Salary Data – Legistorm
2017/01/05 – Fairfax police report on suspects in Congressional security breach – DocumentCloud