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Illegal Aliens, Identity Theft, and Claire McCaskill


Missouri Democratic senatrix Claire McCaskill is at it again, facing a tough re-election battle (nobody likes her here) and trying to fool the Show-Me electorate with her “reasonable” approach to promoting the policies that caused the problems in the first place.

In a blast sent out to constituents, “Air Claire” crowed:

But now, scammers are using children’s stolen Social Security numbers to open fraudulent credit cards before they even graduate high school. We need to stay ahead of the curve to protect Missourians’ financial well-being, and we need the Social Security Administration to step up to the task.


That’s why I teamed up with {Republican} Senators (Bill) Cassidy and (Tim) Scott to push the Social Security Administration to crack down on this kind of fraud – known as synthetic identity theft – and protect Missourians by requiring financial institutions to confirm that the names and birthdates on credit card applications match Social Security numbers.”

Well, isn’t she a peach?

But what McCaskill fails to mention is her role in the very scourge she seeks to fix by forcing businesses to spend their own money to address it.

First, what is driving the rise in the theft of Social Security numbers of children?  Well, Ronald W. Mortensen gives us a clue:

As my colleague Jessica Vaughn testified before the Senate Judiciary committee:


[I]t would be appropriate to have [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA] applicants disclose any misuse of Social Security numbers or other personal identifiers so that the system can be purged and corrected, and so that the true number holders can be informed.  It would also be appropriate to impose an additional fine on the many DACA recipients who worked illegally before obtaining DACA status and improperly used false identity information. The fines could be used to establish a restitution fund for the victims.


… 43.9 percent of all surveyed DACA recipients had worked prior to gaining DACA status, and that percentage increases to 60.7 percent for DACA recipients over 25 years of age.  However, these individuals were unable to legally obtain Social Security numbers for their pre-DACA employment, which means that they used fraudulently obtained Social Security numbers that all-too-often belong to American citizens, including American children.


The use of unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers by individuals eligible for DACA status is so pervasive that the Obama administration instructed applicants not to disclose their illegally obtained numbers.  That ensured that Americans who are the victims of DACA identity theft were left with destroyed credit, arrest records attached to their names, unpaid tax liabilities, and corrupted medical records while the DACA recipients walked away scot-free from multiple felonies[.]

And that is just the DACA participants.  In truth, it’s worse:

One in four illegal immigrants [sic] are working with stolen Social Security numbers – and the IRS is not doing a sufficient job of informing Americans of the fraud, the Treasury Department’s inspector general said in an audit released Thursday[.] …


The IRS was able to identify only half of the potentially 1.4 million people who were likely affected by such fraud in 2015, the Times reported[.] …


The immigrants then file tax forms using the ITINs, but their W-2 forms show valid Social Security numbers they have fraudulently given to employers to clear an initial work authorization check, the Times reported.


The IRS estimated as many as 2.4 million illegals filing taxes every year with the Social Security numbers are not authorized to have them.

That’s as many as 2.4 million, based on estimates by a government that has regularly undercounted illegal aliens and makes every effort to downplay the damage they are doing.  I suspect that the number is quite a bit higher.  And how many of these stolen SSNs get sold on the dark web when the “immigrants” are through with them?  Remember, illegal aliens may not be the only customers.  Then, too, how many acts of identity theft has MS-13 perpetrated?  Identity theft was one of the crimes that led the Obama administration to designate MS-13 a criminal group.

If you want more proof that illegals are stealing our children’s futures, just take a look at the states with the worst identity theft and credit card fraud.  The survey ranks all fifty states, started with the worst to best.  The worst states?  Nevada, California, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Arizona, Washington, Maryland.  Please note that these are all high immigrant and illegal alien states.

So we know what the problem is, but does Claire McCaskill?  While she supported E-Verify in the past (no doubt since it puts a burden on private businesses instead of holding the government accountable), she has been a good foot soldier for the Democrats’ open border policy.

She supports chain migration, sanctuary cities, funding for executive amnesty, and funding for processing centers for Central American unaccompanied minors.  She voted for the DREAM Act, against a bill to prevent suing Arizona for immigration law, and against defunding sanctuary cities.

According to Numbers USA:

Sen. McCaskill opposed the Vitter Amendment to H.R. 627, The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009.  This amendment would have required the banks that issue credit cards to ensure that those granted credit cards are in the United States legally by obliging the banks to verify the identity of applicants using REAL ID-compliant documents.  By opposing this amendment the Senator helped illegal aliens remain in the United States. The amendment failed 28-65[.] …


Sen. McCaskill voted against the Cornyn Amendment (SA 1184) to S. 1385 to establish a permanent bar for gang members, terrorists, and other criminals.  The Cornyn Amendment would have permanently barred from admission into the United States, and denied immigration benefits (including legal status under the amnesty in this bill), to: (1) absconders (i.e., aliens already ordered deported); (2) aliens deemed inadmissible or deportable as security risks (e.g., terrorists); (3) aliens who fail to register as sex offenders; (4) aliens convicted of certain firearms offenses; (5) aliens convicted of domestic violence, stalking, crimes against children, or violation of protection orders; (6) alien gang members; and (7) aliens convicted of at least three DUIs.  The Cornyn Amendment failed by a vote of 46 to 51.

Claire has done this to the great displeasure of her Missouri constituents.  So now she needs a red herring, and she will boldly work with Republicans to craft legislation forcing all businesses to do a pile of sleuthing to verify the identities of applicants for their products, and perhaps put those companies in danger of running afoul of civil rights laws by profiling.  Claire doesn’t care that this will cost the consumer, or that it is abusive to make a private business do the work the government just won’t do.

But then, why should she care?  She defrauded taxpayers herself, using government money to finance flights on her airplane and then not paying taxes on it. 

But then, by her standards, doesn’t everyone?

Hat tip: Brian Birdnow

Read more from Tim and friends at The Aviary: www.tbirdnow.mee.nu.

Missouri Democratic senatrix Claire McCaskill is at it again, facing a tough re-election battle (nobody likes her here) and trying to fool the Show-Me electorate with her “reasonable” approach to promoting the policies that caused the problems in the first place.

In a blast sent out to constituents, “Air Claire” crowed:

But now, scammers are using children’s stolen Social Security numbers to open fraudulent credit cards before they even graduate high school. We need to stay ahead of the curve to protect Missourians’ financial well-being, and we need the Social Security Administration to step up to the task.


That’s why I teamed up with {Republican} Senators (Bill) Cassidy and (Tim) Scott to push the Social Security Administration to crack down on this kind of fraud – known as synthetic identity theft – and protect Missourians by requiring financial institutions to confirm that the names and birthdates on credit card applications match Social Security numbers.”

Well, isn’t she a peach?

But what McCaskill fails to mention is her role in the very scourge she seeks to fix by forcing businesses to spend their own money to address it.

First, what is driving the rise in the theft of Social Security numbers of children?  Well, Ronald W. Mortensen gives us a clue:

As my colleague Jessica Vaughn testified before the Senate Judiciary committee:


[I]t would be appropriate to have [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA] applicants disclose any misuse of Social Security numbers or other personal identifiers so that the system can be purged and corrected, and so that the true number holders can be informed.  It would also be appropriate to impose an additional fine on the many DACA recipients who worked illegally before obtaining DACA status and improperly used false identity information. The fines could be used to establish a restitution fund for the victims.


… 43.9 percent of all surveyed DACA recipients had worked prior to gaining DACA status, and that percentage increases to 60.7 percent for DACA recipients over 25 years of age.  However, these individuals were unable to legally obtain Social Security numbers for their pre-DACA employment, which means that they used fraudulently obtained Social Security numbers that all-too-often belong to American citizens, including American children.


The use of unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers by individuals eligible for DACA status is so pervasive that the Obama administration instructed applicants not to disclose their illegally obtained numbers.  That ensured that Americans who are the victims of DACA identity theft were left with destroyed credit, arrest records attached to their names, unpaid tax liabilities, and corrupted medical records while the DACA recipients walked away scot-free from multiple felonies[.]

And that is just the DACA participants.  In truth, it’s worse:

One in four illegal immigrants [sic] are working with stolen Social Security numbers – and the IRS is not doing a sufficient job of informing Americans of the fraud, the Treasury Department’s inspector general said in an audit released Thursday[.] …


The IRS was able to identify only half of the potentially 1.4 million people who were likely affected by such fraud in 2015, the Times reported[.] …


The immigrants then file tax forms using the ITINs, but their W-2 forms show valid Social Security numbers they have fraudulently given to employers to clear an initial work authorization check, the Times reported.


The IRS estimated as many as 2.4 million illegals filing taxes every year with the Social Security numbers are not authorized to have them.

That’s as many as 2.4 million, based on estimates by a government that has regularly undercounted illegal aliens and makes every effort to downplay the damage they are doing.  I suspect that the number is quite a bit higher.  And how many of these stolen SSNs get sold on the dark web when the “immigrants” are through with them?  Remember, illegal aliens may not be the only customers.  Then, too, how many acts of identity theft has MS-13 perpetrated?  Identity theft was one of the crimes that led the Obama administration to designate MS-13 a criminal group.

If you want more proof that illegals are stealing our children’s futures, just take a look at the states with the worst identity theft and credit card fraud.  The survey ranks all fifty states, started with the worst to best.  The worst states?  Nevada, California, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Arizona, Washington, Maryland.  Please note that these are all high immigrant and illegal alien states.

So we know what the problem is, but does Claire McCaskill?  While she supported E-Verify in the past (no doubt since it puts a burden on private businesses instead of holding the government accountable), she has been a good foot soldier for the Democrats’ open border policy.

She supports chain migration, sanctuary cities, funding for executive amnesty, and funding for processing centers for Central American unaccompanied minors.  She voted for the DREAM Act, against a bill to prevent suing Arizona for immigration law, and against defunding sanctuary cities.

According to Numbers USA:

Sen. McCaskill opposed the Vitter Amendment to H.R. 627, The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009.  This amendment would have required the banks that issue credit cards to ensure that those granted credit cards are in the United States legally by obliging the banks to verify the identity of applicants using REAL ID-compliant documents.  By opposing this amendment the Senator helped illegal aliens remain in the United States. The amendment failed 28-65[.] …


Sen. McCaskill voted against the Cornyn Amendment (SA 1184) to S. 1385 to establish a permanent bar for gang members, terrorists, and other criminals.  The Cornyn Amendment would have permanently barred from admission into the United States, and denied immigration benefits (including legal status under the amnesty in this bill), to: (1) absconders (i.e., aliens already ordered deported); (2) aliens deemed inadmissible or deportable as security risks (e.g., terrorists); (3) aliens who fail to register as sex offenders; (4) aliens convicted of certain firearms offenses; (5) aliens convicted of domestic violence, stalking, crimes against children, or violation of protection orders; (6) alien gang members; and (7) aliens convicted of at least three DUIs.  The Cornyn Amendment failed by a vote of 46 to 51.

Claire has done this to the great displeasure of her Missouri constituents.  So now she needs a red herring, and she will boldly work with Republicans to craft legislation forcing all businesses to do a pile of sleuthing to verify the identities of applicants for their products, and perhaps put those companies in danger of running afoul of civil rights laws by profiling.  Claire doesn’t care that this will cost the consumer, or that it is abusive to make a private business do the work the government just won’t do.

But then, why should she care?  She defrauded taxpayers herself, using government money to finance flights on her airplane and then not paying taxes on it. 

But then, by her standards, doesn’t everyone?

Hat tip: Brian Birdnow

Read more from Tim and friends at The Aviary: www.tbirdnow.mee.nu.



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Have the Liberal Grinches Stolen Christmas?


I went Christmas shopping yesterday and confirmed what my wife had been telling me – namely, that the stores and malls were largely empty. I  went to one of the few remaining malls in the St. Louis area – the Galleria – and had no trouble parking and no waiting anywhere.  It was hardly as crowded as a normal Saturday would be.

Now, the Galleria has been one of the attack spots for Black Lives Matter, and I thought perhaps people were staying away for that reason.  But my wife said all the stores have been empty, too.  She hasn’t had to wait for anything.

Is this happening all over the country?  If so, what does it mean?

The economy is rising, and we should see a good Christmas for retailers.  If we are not, there has to be a reason.  Is the public shopping online these days?  Undoubtedly more so than in the past, but it still shouldn’t empty the stores and malls. I fear that people aren’t in the Christmas spirit this year.

My block is devoid of Christmas decorations and lights this year.  Granted, I live in the blue city of St. Louis, where probably ninety percent of my neighbors voted for Hillary Clinton.  Are they so depressed that they can’t celebrate Christmas this year?  Or is it something else?

Is the Trump economic boom ending?  Or are people so angry and depressed that they just don’t feel the Christmas spirit?

Whatever the case, it is cause for concern.  Either the economy is starting to tank or the American public has been so saturated with the ferocity of the political war that people just don’t care.  Neither is good for this country.  There clearly is no optimism.

Part of what drove Richard Nixon from office was the endless drumbeat of negativity from the media.  People were so sick of hearing about Watergate that they just wanted it to stop, and the spineless GOP pulled backing at a critical time from Nixon.  We got Gerald Ford, a lackluster guy who couldn’t inspire a doorknob.  In the end, the public was willing to “give Jimmy Carter a try,” and the rest was history.

It’s happened like that before.  The mainstream media will keep pushing, keep hounding, keep ruining people’s good times and generous spirits.  Depression and cynicism will grow, and eventually, people will tire of being miserable – even while the economy is growing and we should be in high times.  So support for Trump will erode until he is forced out.

That’s the thinking, and if the evidence of my senses is to be believed, it may be working.

Mattel backs this up.  From the article:

The toymaker behind such brands as Barbie, Fisher-Price and Fijit Friends said in a regulatory filing on Monday that it expects a poor holiday season, a worrisome admission coming with only two weeks before Christmas. Mattel said in the filing it will likely have to write-down inventory and heavily discount merchandise for the season because of sales now expected to decline by a mid-to-high single digit percentage. …


“Arch-rival Hasbro (has) recently told investors that holiday sales would take a hit this year, pointing to factors such as the recent Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy.


Mattel hinted at that in the filing and said it “will continue to be negatively impacted by key retail partners moving toward tighter inventory management.” The company’s problems stand in contrast to the overall toy industry’s good year, with sales are up 3% through the first nine months of the year, according to NPD Group. Many smaller brands have been running away with the prize this year.”

So toy sales appear to be down.  Or at least the big brands.

It should be pointed out that Black Friday sales were up, but only in the e-commerce areas; brick-and-mortar sales were down.  That bodes ill for small businesses, which cannot compete with Amazon or other massive corporate online outfits.  It’s strange; the Millennials are forever complaining about corporations, yet they do all their business with them, ignoring the small businesses.  And so many want socialism, thus having only one retail source.  If corporations are so bad, why not support the small shops?  Why support the notion of a single giant corporate entity?

Christmas tree sales are down, too.

The article blames the Obama recession for reducing plantings and rising tree prices, which have stagnated sales, but is that necessarily the case?  While prices are up, it is still a minor expense, and a people full of joy would gladly pay it.  I fear that many don’t have enough Christmas cheer to go to the trouble this year.

And of course, the media won’t call it Christmas.  Who can get in the spirit when it’s a holiday tree?  Martin Luther King Day is a holiday, too, but it hardly rises to the heights of Christmas, and that for a reason: Christmas is a spiritual holiday, a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Savior.  The media, schools, and the left have done their level best to Grinchify the meaning of Christmas, to make it just a day to get drunk and wallow in avarice.

In fact, the U. of Minnesota banned any displays remotely related to Christmas.  For example, the memo (which was supposed to be kept from the public) called for the following:

In general, the following are not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year since they typically represent specific religious iconography:


Santa Claus, Angels, Christmas trees, Star of Bethlehem, Dreidels, Nativity scene, Bows/wrapped gifts, Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and White/Silver decoration themes (red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hanukkah that is also celebrated at this time of year).

Joy is a powerful thing, and people will do a lot to get it and keep it.

If this is correct, the media and the liberals in academia are the Grinch who stole Christmas.  Stole the feast, stole the presents, the decorations, and the log for the fire.  All of it.  I do believe that this is what they intended to do.  Don’t expect them to bring it all back, at least not until one of their own is put on the throne.

Read more from Tim and friends at The Aviary www.tbirdnow.mee.nu.

I went Christmas shopping yesterday and confirmed what my wife had been telling me – namely, that the stores and malls were largely empty. I  went to one of the few remaining malls in the St. Louis area – the Galleria – and had no trouble parking and no waiting anywhere.  It was hardly as crowded as a normal Saturday would be.

Now, the Galleria has been one of the attack spots for Black Lives Matter, and I thought perhaps people were staying away for that reason.  But my wife said all the stores have been empty, too.  She hasn’t had to wait for anything.

Is this happening all over the country?  If so, what does it mean?

The economy is rising, and we should see a good Christmas for retailers.  If we are not, there has to be a reason.  Is the public shopping online these days?  Undoubtedly more so than in the past, but it still shouldn’t empty the stores and malls. I fear that people aren’t in the Christmas spirit this year.

My block is devoid of Christmas decorations and lights this year.  Granted, I live in the blue city of St. Louis, where probably ninety percent of my neighbors voted for Hillary Clinton.  Are they so depressed that they can’t celebrate Christmas this year?  Or is it something else?

Is the Trump economic boom ending?  Or are people so angry and depressed that they just don’t feel the Christmas spirit?

Whatever the case, it is cause for concern.  Either the economy is starting to tank or the American public has been so saturated with the ferocity of the political war that people just don’t care.  Neither is good for this country.  There clearly is no optimism.

Part of what drove Richard Nixon from office was the endless drumbeat of negativity from the media.  People were so sick of hearing about Watergate that they just wanted it to stop, and the spineless GOP pulled backing at a critical time from Nixon.  We got Gerald Ford, a lackluster guy who couldn’t inspire a doorknob.  In the end, the public was willing to “give Jimmy Carter a try,” and the rest was history.

It’s happened like that before.  The mainstream media will keep pushing, keep hounding, keep ruining people’s good times and generous spirits.  Depression and cynicism will grow, and eventually, people will tire of being miserable – even while the economy is growing and we should be in high times.  So support for Trump will erode until he is forced out.

That’s the thinking, and if the evidence of my senses is to be believed, it may be working.

Mattel backs this up.  From the article:

The toymaker behind such brands as Barbie, Fisher-Price and Fijit Friends said in a regulatory filing on Monday that it expects a poor holiday season, a worrisome admission coming with only two weeks before Christmas. Mattel said in the filing it will likely have to write-down inventory and heavily discount merchandise for the season because of sales now expected to decline by a mid-to-high single digit percentage. …


“Arch-rival Hasbro (has) recently told investors that holiday sales would take a hit this year, pointing to factors such as the recent Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy.


Mattel hinted at that in the filing and said it “will continue to be negatively impacted by key retail partners moving toward tighter inventory management.” The company’s problems stand in contrast to the overall toy industry’s good year, with sales are up 3% through the first nine months of the year, according to NPD Group. Many smaller brands have been running away with the prize this year.”

So toy sales appear to be down.  Or at least the big brands.

It should be pointed out that Black Friday sales were up, but only in the e-commerce areas; brick-and-mortar sales were down.  That bodes ill for small businesses, which cannot compete with Amazon or other massive corporate online outfits.  It’s strange; the Millennials are forever complaining about corporations, yet they do all their business with them, ignoring the small businesses.  And so many want socialism, thus having only one retail source.  If corporations are so bad, why not support the small shops?  Why support the notion of a single giant corporate entity?

Christmas tree sales are down, too.

The article blames the Obama recession for reducing plantings and rising tree prices, which have stagnated sales, but is that necessarily the case?  While prices are up, it is still a minor expense, and a people full of joy would gladly pay it.  I fear that many don’t have enough Christmas cheer to go to the trouble this year.

And of course, the media won’t call it Christmas.  Who can get in the spirit when it’s a holiday tree?  Martin Luther King Day is a holiday, too, but it hardly rises to the heights of Christmas, and that for a reason: Christmas is a spiritual holiday, a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Savior.  The media, schools, and the left have done their level best to Grinchify the meaning of Christmas, to make it just a day to get drunk and wallow in avarice.

In fact, the U. of Minnesota banned any displays remotely related to Christmas.  For example, the memo (which was supposed to be kept from the public) called for the following:

In general, the following are not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year since they typically represent specific religious iconography:


Santa Claus, Angels, Christmas trees, Star of Bethlehem, Dreidels, Nativity scene, Bows/wrapped gifts, Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and White/Silver decoration themes (red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hanukkah that is also celebrated at this time of year).

Joy is a powerful thing, and people will do a lot to get it and keep it.

If this is correct, the media and the liberals in academia are the Grinch who stole Christmas.  Stole the feast, stole the presents, the decorations, and the log for the fire.  All of it.  I do believe that this is what they intended to do.  Don’t expect them to bring it all back, at least not until one of their own is put on the throne.

Read more from Tim and friends at The Aviary www.tbirdnow.mee.nu.



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Things Get Hot for Michael Mann


Michael Mann has stepped into a methane-emitting cowpile.

Mann is the Penn State climatologist famous for inventing the “hockey stick” graph promoting the notion that planetary temperatures spiked in the 20th century after a Golden Age of stasis. This graph was misleading at a minimum, the product of what Phil Jones, director of the Climate Research Unit of East Anglia termed “Mike’s Nature trick” to “hide the decline.” What Mann did was splice two separate data sets together to create the illusion of spiking temperatures; the graph spliced data sets together without differentiation, hiding the global temperature “decline” shown by the Briffa reconstruction set. 

Mann would use a number of statistical tricks to do away with the Medieval Warming Period, an embarrassment to the warm-mongers. He would hide data that disagreed with a sudden spike in temperature. Mann was the lead author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report chapter “Observed Climate Variability and Change” and his hockey stick was very influential in making governmental and international policy. Millions of dollars were affected by it.

Mann had the misfortune of being mentioned by name in the leaked CRU e-mails and so was caught. Not that he hadn’t his detractors before; Ross McKitrick and Steve Macintyre eviscerated him in 2003, for example. Despite being caught red-handed (or is it green-handed in this case?) Mann continued to defend his work rather than go quietly into that good night.

He did even worse; he launched a campaign of punitive lawsuits against anyone who criticized him. He has sued Mark Steyn, National Review Online, and climatologist Dr. Timothy Ball.

Mann shot himself in the foot with that last. For several years, Mann had refused to produce his data for the court (in support of his own case), claiming that it was “proprietary.” After missing a February 20th deadline, he now finds himself in contempt. Under Canadian law, the court is now required to dismiss the suit.

John O’Sullivan goes into detail:

“The defendant in the libel trial, the 79-year-old Canadian climatologist, Dr Tim Ball… is expected to instruct his British Columbia attorneys to trigger mandatory punitive court sanctions, including a ruling that Mann did act with criminal intent when using public funds to commit climate data fraud. Mann’s imminent defeat is set to send shock waves worldwide within the climate science community as the outcome will be both a legal and scientific vindication of U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims that climate scare stories are a “hoax.”

[…]

“Michael Mann, who chose to file what many consider to be a cynical SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) libel suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver six long years ago, has astonished legal experts by refusing to comply with the court direction to hand over all his disputed graph’s data. Mann’s iconic hockey stick has been relied upon by the UN’s IPCC and western governments as crucial evidence for the science of ‘man-made global warming.’

As first reported in Principia Scientific International (February 1, 2017), the defendant in the case, Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball, had won “concessions” against Mann, but at the time the details were kept confidential, pending Mann’s response.

The negative and unresponsive actions of Dr Mann and his lawyer, Roger McConchie, are expected to infuriate the judge and be the signal for the collapse of Mann’s multi-million dollar libel suit against Dr Ball. It will be music to the ears of so-called ‘climate deniers’ like President Donald Trump and his EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt.”

Mann has been waging lawfare against people who have rightly called him out on his deceptive practices, practices paid for with tax dollars and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. In point of fact, the Gang Green, the radical environmental lobby promoting the global warming hysteria, has poured massive amounts of money into the effort, far more than was spent by their opposition. Couple that with the fact that national, state, and local governments have been supporting alarmism, as have charitable organizations and even businesses (when head of Exxon-Mobile Rex Tillerson moved the company to support climate change alarmism and it becomes obvious why Mann pursues a strategy of legal action; the intent is to win a war of attrition, to bankrupt “deniers” and critics so as to silence them. Having lost the battle in the court of public opinion and in the realm of facts, they now seek to bully the opposition into silence.

So let’s hope the judge in this case throws the book at Mann, who amazingly still manages to suckle at the teat of William Penn and was even awarded the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communications while openly defying the Freedom of Information Act. I suppose his still being at Penn State is no surprise; this is the university that gave us Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno, after all.

A tip of the turban to Wil Wirtanen for the heads up.

Tim is a St. Louis based writer. Read more from him at www.tbirdnow.mee.nu

Michael Mann has stepped into a methane-emitting cowpile.

Mann is the Penn State climatologist famous for inventing the “hockey stick” graph promoting the notion that planetary temperatures spiked in the 20th century after a Golden Age of stasis. This graph was misleading at a minimum, the product of what Phil Jones, director of the Climate Research Unit of East Anglia termed “Mike’s Nature trick” to “hide the decline.” What Mann did was splice two separate data sets together to create the illusion of spiking temperatures; the graph spliced data sets together without differentiation, hiding the global temperature “decline” shown by the Briffa reconstruction set. 

Mann would use a number of statistical tricks to do away with the Medieval Warming Period, an embarrassment to the warm-mongers. He would hide data that disagreed with a sudden spike in temperature. Mann was the lead author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report chapter “Observed Climate Variability and Change” and his hockey stick was very influential in making governmental and international policy. Millions of dollars were affected by it.

Mann had the misfortune of being mentioned by name in the leaked CRU e-mails and so was caught. Not that he hadn’t his detractors before; Ross McKitrick and Steve Macintyre eviscerated him in 2003, for example. Despite being caught red-handed (or is it green-handed in this case?) Mann continued to defend his work rather than go quietly into that good night.

He did even worse; he launched a campaign of punitive lawsuits against anyone who criticized him. He has sued Mark Steyn, National Review Online, and climatologist Dr. Timothy Ball.

Mann shot himself in the foot with that last. For several years, Mann had refused to produce his data for the court (in support of his own case), claiming that it was “proprietary.” After missing a February 20th deadline, he now finds himself in contempt. Under Canadian law, the court is now required to dismiss the suit.

John O’Sullivan goes into detail:

“The defendant in the libel trial, the 79-year-old Canadian climatologist, Dr Tim Ball… is expected to instruct his British Columbia attorneys to trigger mandatory punitive court sanctions, including a ruling that Mann did act with criminal intent when using public funds to commit climate data fraud. Mann’s imminent defeat is set to send shock waves worldwide within the climate science community as the outcome will be both a legal and scientific vindication of U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims that climate scare stories are a “hoax.”

[…]

“Michael Mann, who chose to file what many consider to be a cynical SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) libel suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver six long years ago, has astonished legal experts by refusing to comply with the court direction to hand over all his disputed graph’s data. Mann’s iconic hockey stick has been relied upon by the UN’s IPCC and western governments as crucial evidence for the science of ‘man-made global warming.’

As first reported in Principia Scientific International (February 1, 2017), the defendant in the case, Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball, had won “concessions” against Mann, but at the time the details were kept confidential, pending Mann’s response.

The negative and unresponsive actions of Dr Mann and his lawyer, Roger McConchie, are expected to infuriate the judge and be the signal for the collapse of Mann’s multi-million dollar libel suit against Dr Ball. It will be music to the ears of so-called ‘climate deniers’ like President Donald Trump and his EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt.”

Mann has been waging lawfare against people who have rightly called him out on his deceptive practices, practices paid for with tax dollars and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. In point of fact, the Gang Green, the radical environmental lobby promoting the global warming hysteria, has poured massive amounts of money into the effort, far more than was spent by their opposition. Couple that with the fact that national, state, and local governments have been supporting alarmism, as have charitable organizations and even businesses (when head of Exxon-Mobile Rex Tillerson moved the company to support climate change alarmism and it becomes obvious why Mann pursues a strategy of legal action; the intent is to win a war of attrition, to bankrupt “deniers” and critics so as to silence them. Having lost the battle in the court of public opinion and in the realm of facts, they now seek to bully the opposition into silence.

So let’s hope the judge in this case throws the book at Mann, who amazingly still manages to suckle at the teat of William Penn and was even awarded the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communications while openly defying the Freedom of Information Act. I suppose his still being at Penn State is no surprise; this is the university that gave us Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno, after all.

A tip of the turban to Wil Wirtanen for the heads up.

Tim is a St. Louis based writer. Read more from him at www.tbirdnow.mee.nu



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James Hodgkinson — Look for the Union Label


A good deal of analysis has gone into James Hodgkinson, the Friend of Bernie and neosocialist wacko who tried to murder the Republicans in Congress by an act of terrorism. Yes, he hated Trump and all Republicans. Yes, he waxed poetic over high taxes and MSNBC. Yes, he was abusive to his foster children (one committed suicide by immolating herself with gasoline while the other ran away — after Jimmy knocked her around — and eventually died of a heroin overdose as a young adult.) Yes, he was estranged from his wife (gone since March to live in his van in the D.C. area.) But one aspect of his life that caught my eye is that he was a union carpenter.

Many years ago, I worked at a grocery store. I was responsible for opening up for deliveries and checking in the product. Once there was a strike against a major beer distributor, a particularly ugly one. The distributor hired temporary delivery workers. One day I opened the door for a delivery and the driver came in — white as a sheet. He said “look at this” and showed me the shotgun blasted windshield of his truck; the striking union thugs tried to murder him to keep him from doing the job that these union people just wouldn’t do.

Now our good friend Hodgkinson was a union man. A member of the Carpenter’s Regional Council — a carpenter’s union — and was an independent contractor before becoming a home inspector. I think this is important.

The fact is, union thuggery has always been a tool of the Democrats and the Progressive Left. It is generally laughed off as harmless pranksterism by the media and local authorities, who are infuriatingly unwilling to crack down on violence by union thugs. Take, for example, the assault on a vendor at a St. Louis townhall meeting a number of years back. Kenneth Gladney, an out-of-work black man who was trying to earn a few bucks selling flag pins at a townhall meeting held by then Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan — was viciously assaulted and beaten by SEIU members who didn’t like a black guy leaving the plantation. Gladney’s attackers were naturally acquitted by a kangaroo court in St. Louis County. St. Louis is a union town.

I met Gladney at a rally for justice for the man. He was in a wheelchair and clearly in pain but felt it was his duty to come to the rally in his defense. I felt bad for him; he was accompanied by a nurse who frequently checked his vitals.

At the rally, a couple of SEIU thugs tried to incite violence, getting in the faces of Tea Party protesters and generally causing trouble. Heavy police presence and good sense kept the situation calm, but the intent was clear.

This is standard operating procedure for many of the union thugs, who act as shock troops for the Left and Democrats. And it’s been this way for longer than I have been alive.

So it should come as no surprise that a loyal union guy would think nothing of shooting up Republicans; his experience was always that union people got away with it.

Labor unions are little more than an arm of the Democratic Party. They donate almost entirely to the Democrats, and are generally exempted from campaign finance laws. They force people to join their organizations then take money to promote radical leftist ideology and violence. Fourteen of the nation’s top political donors are labor unions. They donated almost entirely to the Clinton campaign, even while a large number of their members voted for Donald J. Trump.

Labor unions have a long and nasty history of violence in the United States. And the Courts have supported this as excusable.

From the Blaze:

“It’s a huge caveat worth noting anytime union members spiral down toward lethal behavior: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that certain labor union violence — even when involving homicide — cannot be prosecuted under federal law. The controversial U.S. v. Enmons verdict deemed in 1973 that labor violence against employers — including property damage, assault, and homicide — isn’t federally punishable when it’s carried out for legitimate union pursuits, such as wage or benefit increases.”

U.S. v. Enmons was the 1973 case where the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was indicted under the Hobbs anti-racketeering act for firing rifles at electrical substations and damaging company equipment (and thus impacting interstate commerce). SCOTUS ruled that the union may not be tried under Hobbes, which subjected the union members to be fined “not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.” With this ruling by the Supreme Court, prosecution of unions for violence dropped precipitously (even though state laws against individual violence are still supposed to apply.)

According to a 1998 report by the CATO Institute:

“Under the Supreme Court’s 1973 Enmons decision, vandalism, assault, even murder by union officials are exempt from federal anti-extortion law. As long as the violence is aimed at obtaining property for which the union can assert a “lawful claim” — for example, wage or benefit increases — the violence is deemed to be in furtherance of “legitimate” union objectives. By the Court’s peculiar logic, such violence does not count as extortion.


The result has been an epidemic of union-related violence. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) has recorded 8,799 incidents of violence from news reports since 1975. Those reports show only 258 convictions, suggesting a conviction rate of less than 3 percent. Moreover, local law enforcement authorities often get many more reports of strike violence than journalists can possibly cover.


Many states have taken a cue from the high Court by enacting their own extortion laws with exemptions similar to those established by Enmons. As a result, employees trying to support their families during a violent strike are now denied protection against extortion under both state and federal laws.”

No wonder the Progressive Left has enlisted the unions. And they have been happy to oblige, supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement and endorsing Black Lives Matter violence. And don’t forget the violence in Wisconsin perpetrated by the labor unions from across the country in opposition to Scott Walker.

So why would the Congressional shooter not attack Republicans? He has been told all his working life (and probably his youth as well) that it is okay to use violence if you are a union man. While most grounded individuals who are union members won’t do this, those less balanced, egged on by the endless stream of hatred from the media and their political buddies, can decide it’s time for a good old-fashioned bloodletting.

Back in the 70s labor unions ran a television commercial with a catchy song “look for the union label.” Well, I can see that label on the bloodsoaked hands of James Hodgkinson.

Read more from Tim and friends at The Aviary www.tbirdnow.mee.nu

A good deal of analysis has gone into James Hodgkinson, the Friend of Bernie and neosocialist wacko who tried to murder the Republicans in Congress by an act of terrorism. Yes, he hated Trump and all Republicans. Yes, he waxed poetic over high taxes and MSNBC. Yes, he was abusive to his foster children (one committed suicide by immolating herself with gasoline while the other ran away — after Jimmy knocked her around — and eventually died of a heroin overdose as a young adult.) Yes, he was estranged from his wife (gone since March to live in his van in the D.C. area.) But one aspect of his life that caught my eye is that he was a union carpenter.

Many years ago, I worked at a grocery store. I was responsible for opening up for deliveries and checking in the product. Once there was a strike against a major beer distributor, a particularly ugly one. The distributor hired temporary delivery workers. One day I opened the door for a delivery and the driver came in — white as a sheet. He said “look at this” and showed me the shotgun blasted windshield of his truck; the striking union thugs tried to murder him to keep him from doing the job that these union people just wouldn’t do.

Now our good friend Hodgkinson was a union man. A member of the Carpenter’s Regional Council — a carpenter’s union — and was an independent contractor before becoming a home inspector. I think this is important.

The fact is, union thuggery has always been a tool of the Democrats and the Progressive Left. It is generally laughed off as harmless pranksterism by the media and local authorities, who are infuriatingly unwilling to crack down on violence by union thugs. Take, for example, the assault on a vendor at a St. Louis townhall meeting a number of years back. Kenneth Gladney, an out-of-work black man who was trying to earn a few bucks selling flag pins at a townhall meeting held by then Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan — was viciously assaulted and beaten by SEIU members who didn’t like a black guy leaving the plantation. Gladney’s attackers were naturally acquitted by a kangaroo court in St. Louis County. St. Louis is a union town.

I met Gladney at a rally for justice for the man. He was in a wheelchair and clearly in pain but felt it was his duty to come to the rally in his defense. I felt bad for him; he was accompanied by a nurse who frequently checked his vitals.

At the rally, a couple of SEIU thugs tried to incite violence, getting in the faces of Tea Party protesters and generally causing trouble. Heavy police presence and good sense kept the situation calm, but the intent was clear.

This is standard operating procedure for many of the union thugs, who act as shock troops for the Left and Democrats. And it’s been this way for longer than I have been alive.

So it should come as no surprise that a loyal union guy would think nothing of shooting up Republicans; his experience was always that union people got away with it.

Labor unions are little more than an arm of the Democratic Party. They donate almost entirely to the Democrats, and are generally exempted from campaign finance laws. They force people to join their organizations then take money to promote radical leftist ideology and violence. Fourteen of the nation’s top political donors are labor unions. They donated almost entirely to the Clinton campaign, even while a large number of their members voted for Donald J. Trump.

Labor unions have a long and nasty history of violence in the United States. And the Courts have supported this as excusable.

From the Blaze:

“It’s a huge caveat worth noting anytime union members spiral down toward lethal behavior: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that certain labor union violence — even when involving homicide — cannot be prosecuted under federal law. The controversial U.S. v. Enmons verdict deemed in 1973 that labor violence against employers — including property damage, assault, and homicide — isn’t federally punishable when it’s carried out for legitimate union pursuits, such as wage or benefit increases.”

U.S. v. Enmons was the 1973 case where the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was indicted under the Hobbs anti-racketeering act for firing rifles at electrical substations and damaging company equipment (and thus impacting interstate commerce). SCOTUS ruled that the union may not be tried under Hobbes, which subjected the union members to be fined “not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.” With this ruling by the Supreme Court, prosecution of unions for violence dropped precipitously (even though state laws against individual violence are still supposed to apply.)

According to a 1998 report by the CATO Institute:

“Under the Supreme Court’s 1973 Enmons decision, vandalism, assault, even murder by union officials are exempt from federal anti-extortion law. As long as the violence is aimed at obtaining property for which the union can assert a “lawful claim” — for example, wage or benefit increases — the violence is deemed to be in furtherance of “legitimate” union objectives. By the Court’s peculiar logic, such violence does not count as extortion.


The result has been an epidemic of union-related violence. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) has recorded 8,799 incidents of violence from news reports since 1975. Those reports show only 258 convictions, suggesting a conviction rate of less than 3 percent. Moreover, local law enforcement authorities often get many more reports of strike violence than journalists can possibly cover.


Many states have taken a cue from the high Court by enacting their own extortion laws with exemptions similar to those established by Enmons. As a result, employees trying to support their families during a violent strike are now denied protection against extortion under both state and federal laws.”

No wonder the Progressive Left has enlisted the unions. And they have been happy to oblige, supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement and endorsing Black Lives Matter violence. And don’t forget the violence in Wisconsin perpetrated by the labor unions from across the country in opposition to Scott Walker.

So why would the Congressional shooter not attack Republicans? He has been told all his working life (and probably his youth as well) that it is okay to use violence if you are a union man. While most grounded individuals who are union members won’t do this, those less balanced, egged on by the endless stream of hatred from the media and their political buddies, can decide it’s time for a good old-fashioned bloodletting.

Back in the 70s labor unions ran a television commercial with a catchy song “look for the union label.” Well, I can see that label on the bloodsoaked hands of James Hodgkinson.

Read more from Tim and friends at The Aviary www.tbirdnow.mee.nu



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