Live Shark Found On Golf Course

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., (UPI) —  A California golf course worker said a 2-pound shark discovered still living in the grass near the 12th hole was the most “bizarre” thing seen at the course.

Melissa McCormack, director of club operations at the San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano, said the small shark was found in the grass with puncture wounds indicating it had been carried by a bird, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported Wednesday.

“We couldn’t believe it was still alive,” McCormack said. “There was a puncture wound under his dorsal fin and there was fresh blood. We assumed he was picked up by a bird and dropped there.”

“This is definitely the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen here,” she said. “There’s been nothing as bizarre as this. We’ll get the occasional mountain lion and coyote, but nothing like this.”

McCormack said the shark was put in a bucket of water and taken to Dana Point Harbor, where it was released into the ocean and immediately swam away.

Dan Sforza, assistant chief of the California Department of Fish and Game, said the idea of the small leopard shark being carried by a bird “sounds fishy to me.”

“It seems weird it could be out of the water that long. It doesn’t sound like it could be a recipe for success,” he said.

Sforza said the shark may have been dumped at the course by a human.

“Leopard sharks are legal to possess but they have to be 3 feet long,” he said. “There is a black-market trade out there for leopard sharks. They’re real cool-looking. Maybe it got too big for someone’s tank.”

Bus And Truck Crash With No Drivers

PATTERSON, Pa., (UPI) —  Police in Pennsylvania said they are investigating a bizarre crash between an unoccupied bus and an unoccupied truck.

Patterson police Chief Rich Cindrich said the McCarter Transit school bus, which had been parked by its driver on the street for about half an hour, began to roll downhill around 9:55 a.m. Tuesday and struck the truck, which then also began to roll down the hill, the Beaver Times reported Wednesday.

“We think it probably sheared the parking pin on the truck,” Cindrich said.

He said the vehicles traveled downhill side-by-side until the truck flipped over onto its side and the bus struck two utility poles before coming to a rest about 0.1 mile from where it was originally parked.

Cindrich said no injuries were reported.

He said police are still attempting to determine why the bus started rolling.

“If it malfunctioned, odds are it would still be in the on position. Since it was in off position, it almost seems like somebody would have disabled the brake,” Cindrich said. “(But) we don’t have any witnesses, so we can’t say yes or no.”

Man, 79, Chases After Suspect

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  A 79-year-old New York man helped police capture a shoplifting suspect by chasing after the man until he dropped a piece of paper bearing his name and address.

James Marr, who said he runs “obsessively” in Central Park six days a week, said he spotted a Duane Reade worker chasing after a man “with a full laundry bag” Oct. 4 while yelling “stop thief,” the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

Marr said he noticed the worker was losing ground, so he joined the chase until the suspect dropped a piece of paper.

“This was the dumbest thief ever invented,” Marr said. “Out falls this piece of paper and it’s a court document with his name and address on it.”

Trevor Frasca, 27, was soon arrested and charged with obstruction of governmental administration, possession of stolen property, petit larceny and resisting arrest.

Gun Raffle Rewards Voters

SMYRNA, Ga., (UPI) —  The owner of a Georgia store has raised the ire of a state senator by offering guns as prizes for a raffle open to voters.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, filed a complaint Tuesday with the Georgia Secretary of State against Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, which is offering a promotion to enter customers in a raffle to win a Browning rifle or a Glock handgun if they vote in November, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

“It’s just getting people involved in the process,” Wallace said. “I don’t understand what his problem is. Is he afraid somebody’s going to get involved in our political system?”

Fort said the promotion runs afoul of a state law banning people and businesses from offering money or gifts in exchange for voting or registering to cote.

“I sent a letter to the secretary of state this morning, asking him to look into it and put a stop to the raffle,” Fort said. “These billboards are prominently positioned all over the metro area, and I’m surprised the secretary of state didn’t intervene earlier.”

Number Of Obama, Romney TV Ads To Top 1M

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., (UPI) —  The Obama and Romney campaigns are likely to spend $1 billion to air 1 million-plus ads by Election Day, a UPI analysis of a U.S. university study indicated.

The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney already set a record by running more than 915,000 commercials on broadcast and cable stations from June 1 to Oct. 21, the Wesleyan Media Project study found.

The airtime cost of those ads was about $900 million, The Daily Beast said the Wesleyan analysis indicated.

The number of political ads in that 143-day period represented a 44.5 percent jump from the 637,000 ads aired in the same period of 2008 and a 43.7 percent increase from the 634,000 ads aired that period in 2004, the study found.

Presidential political advertising typically increases dramatically in the final days before the election, but if the current advertising-frequency rate simply continues at the average pace of the days the Wesleyan researchers studied, the two campaigns would be on trend to reach 1 million ads Nov. 3, three days before Election Day, the United Press International analysis indicated.

The advertising money spent for to air those ads would top $982 million that day and go over the $1 billion mark two days later, the day before the election, the UPI analysis indicated.

“When all is said and done, 2012 will go down as a record pulverizing year for political advertising,” media project Co-director Erika Franklin Fowler said.

“We’ve already surpassed the total number of presidential ads aired during the entire 2008 campaign,” she said. The campaign still has 12 days to go before the Nov. 6 election.

“What is especially striking is that the ads are concentrated on fewer markets than 2008, meaning that a smaller number of Americans have witnessed the onslaught of messages in the race for the White House,” said Fowler, an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Las Vegas, Denver and Cleveland have been the epicenters of presidential advertising this year, the Wesleyan study indicated. Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Fla., and the District of Columbia are also top markets this year for campaign ads, the researchers said.

In the first three weeks of this month, pro-Obama ads outnumbered pro-Romney ads, 112,000 to 97,000, with pro-Obama ads leading in 13 of 15 top media markets.

Pro-Romney ads had a slight advantage in two key battleground markets — Columbus, Ohio, and Norfolk, Va. — while Obama led in Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla.

“One reason Obama has been able to win the air war in most media markets is that his campaign is funding most of its own advertising, which entitles his campaign to the lowest rate charged by local television stations,” said media project Co-director Travis Ridout. “By contrast, many ads supporting Romney are paid for by outside groups, which must pay whatever the market will bear to get their ads on the air.”

The researchers also observed that the advertising this year is highly negative, with Obama ads more negative than Romney ads.

Eleven percent of Romney campaign-sponsored ads and 6.3 percent of Obama campaign-sponsored ads airing Oct. 1-21 were positive, meaning they spoke only about the sponsoring candidate, the study found, while 52.1 percent of ads sponsored by the Romney campaign were negative “contrast ads,” as were 63 percent of ads sponsored by the Obama campaign.

The Wesleyan Media Project is supported by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Wesleyan University.

Obama: Romney Hiding His Plans

DAVENPORT, Iowa, (UPI) —  U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday the only way Republican challenger Mitt Romney can hope to be elected is if he keeps his plans secret.

Obama — at the start of a 48-hour, cross-country marathon that took him to six swing states, as well as Los Angeles and Chicago — spoke to 3,500 supporters at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa, about his rival’s “Romnesia,” the inability to remember past policy positions.

“So two weeks from the election — because he knows that if he actually told everybody what he wants to do he probably wouldn’t get any votes, so he’s doing everything he can to make sure that you don’t notice what he’s been saying,” Obama said to laughter.

“We’re gonna pull an all-nighter!” Obama said. “No Sleep! We’re starting in Iowa, then we’re gonna go to Colorado, then Nevada, California, then we’re gonna go to Florida, then Virginia, Ohio, and then we’re going to Illinois to vote.”

Romney held a rally in Reno, Nev., and then went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before heading for Ohio.

Obama’s cross-country marathon followed appearances Tuesday in Florida and Ohio.

“We are doing this now because we see this as a pivotal time in the election,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, campaigning at Cleveland State University, said too many barriers still confront minority children, especially when it comes to access to quality education.

“That’s unacceptable,” Ryan said. “We owe every child a chance to succeed.”

Campaigning Marion Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks were interrupted by a baby.

“I don’t blame that baby for crying,” Biden quipped. “You know what, she just realized what it means if Romney gets elected.”

In an announcement on Twitter, Mega-millionaire real estate developer Donald Trump says he’ll give $5 million to charity if President Obama releases his college and passport records.

2nd Third-Party Debate Planned

CHICAGO, (UPI) —  A second debt for third-party presidential candidates is in the works for Oct. 30 in Washington, organizers say.

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation said registered viewers from the first debate will select two candidates to take part in the second event, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Tuesday night’s first debate in Chicago, carried on Ora TV’s You Tube channel, featured Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party.

Former CNN host Larry King was the moderator, but it wasn’t known who will serve in that role for the second debate, the Post said. It is to be streamed at www.freeandequal.org/live and through other, yet-to-be-announced media outlets.

In the first debate, Anderson, Johnson and Stein expressed support for legalizing marijuana to varying degrees, the Post said. Goode opposed it.

The New York Times reported Johnson noted he had smoked marijuana and drank alcohol in the past but no longer uses either. “The drug problem is prohibition-related, not use-related,” he said.

Stein said “the most serious health impact from marijuana is the illegal drug trade,” the Times said, while Anderson said drug offenders not convicted of another crime don’t belong in prison.

Goode said he would leave it to states to decide and would cut federal funding drug enforcement for economic reasons.

The Times said all four agreed U.S. military spending should be cut.

Anderson called the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows indefinite military detention without charges being brought, “the very definition of tyranny.” The Times said the other candidates didn’t argue his point.

Goode said the United States “should stop trying to be the overseer of the world,” and Johnson said he would cut defense spending by 43 percent and Stein said she would outlaw drone strikes.

Stein proposed free college for everyone, but Johnson said he’d do away with federal college loans.

Goode said the United States should stop issuing green cards until the jobless rate falls below 5 percent.

A Third Party Vote Is A Vote For America

On Monday, Americans watched a supposedly liberal candidate for President and a supposedly conservative candidate for President agree on the importance of massive military spending.

Those who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 with the hopes of less American meddling in the Mideast heard him talking about why he has used drone attacks galore in the region, even killing an American citizen in the role of judge, jury and executioner. They heard why we must remain in the Mideast and why America must shun cuts to military spending.

Mitt Romney agreed with Obama on his points and upped the ante, suggesting that not only should cuts be shunned but also that military spending increases should be championed. And conservative voters watched yet another Romney forward-march toward centrist candidate, effectively Etch A Sketch-ing much of the “true conservative” Republican persona that many voters on the right so badly wanted to battle Obama in the coming election.

Oh yeah, and they talked about Israel. And Israel. And Israel. And Israel. It became apparent that the third and final Presidential “foreign policy” debate focused largely on domestic policy. When the candidates did focus on the intended topic, the differences in position were non-apparent.

So the choice — the “direction for America’s future” choice — is clear, and the next four years are going to be a continuation of the past 12: a back-and-forth over taxes at home that never reaches a clear and concrete conclusion to the benefit of anyone; a continued assault on Constitutional civil liberties; a continued boon to the American and International banking cartels; and, without a doubt, a continued effort to line the pockets of America’s ever-expanding military industrial complex, which will take the lives of more American volunteers abroad and continue to double down its domestic expansion.

Often, it seems that these political writings are constantly dismal in tone. But there is no other option, for the readers will continue to lie to themselves until they are no longer allowed a political opinion. But, for all of those who continue to lambaste anyone who suggests that neither Obama nor Romney is the man for the job, here are some points with which you may agree at least slightly.

  • America is financially doomed due to a little more than half a century of government ineptitude.
  • The only way to reverse the coming economic calamity is to implement drastic change and completely alter the way citizens of the Nation view their place in the world and their responsibility at home.
  • This was not a Nation built on the idea that a ruling class has the authority to manipulate a peasant class.
  • The government no longer works for you.
  • Debt cannot be lessened by increasing spending, whether it is on corporate welfare, domestic entitlements or the military.
  • A government with the ability to print money ad infinitum has no reason to tax its citizens’ income.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act, domestic surveillance dragnets set up to catch anyone critical of government, parliamentary police forces and threats to free speech, personal property and the right to personal defense must all be eliminated.

Neither Obama nor Romney agrees with any of these things. They both incorrectly believe that governments can effectively create jobs. They both believe that safety always trumps liberty. They believe in and belong to the ruling class and are surrounded by members of the military-industrial and banking cartels that flourish only when Average Joe flounders. They both believe that increasing government spending in one way or another will help to reduce the government’s debt.

So, say again that a vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for Obama; it doesn’t matter because a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama. A vote for either man is a vote for moving again further from the principles upon which this Nation was founded.

A third party vote may indeed be a fool’s errand, because a vast majority of the population of this Nation is informed only by corporate-controlled (and, thereby, government-controlled) mainstream media that have gone to great lengths to black out any message but that of the two (one) party status quo.

On Tuesday, another debate was broadcast. It wasn’t carried by FOX, MSNBC, CNN or any other major television news networks. It was, however, shown on Russian semi-state-run network RT, as well as C-Span and a handful of online news channels.

The event, sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, included the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson, the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode and the Green Party’s Jill Stein (none of whom you’ve probably heard of) along with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. The debate was refreshing; and, while the candidates agreed on many of the issues of the zeitgeist, they certainly offered a clear collective rebuttal to the ideas of Romney and Obama.

Because most readers probably don’t know much of anything about the aforementioned third party candidates, this column will not pick apart the debate but will rather challenge readers to wake up from the Romney/Obama coma and watch the event below. There are no funny moments or personal attacks, but it looks a lot like what one may expect the Nation’s Founders had hoped for modern political discourse.

*The debate begins at 1:02:55.*

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Johnson took the night. Though the Libertarian is on the ballots in 48 States, enough to secure an Electoral College victory, it is evident that he won’t win in the Presidential election. America is too lazy to digest anything but FOX/MSNBC mind mush and demand a clear alternative to Thing 1 or Thing 2.

Voting Machines Rigged For Obama?

It’s not even Nov. 6 yet, and voting problems are already here. At an electronic ballot machine in North Carolina, a crucial State in this year’s race, a vote for Republican challenger Mitt Romney shows up as a vote for President Barack Obama.

Early voters in Gulford County noticed that when they pulled their vote for Romney, the machine registered the vote for the President. It happened at the Bur-Mil Park polling location.

“I was so upset that this could happen,” said voter Sher Coromalis.

But Guilford County says the problem is not something out of the ordinary. The machine just needs to be recalibrated.

“It’s not a conspiracy it’s just a machine that needs to be corrected,” said Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert.

Election officials claim that the problem has been fixed, and no additional complaints have been voiced.

“I should have just mailed it in,” concluded Coromalis, who eventually got her vote for Romney counted correctly.

No Laughing Matter

All right, the “horses and bayonets” meme sweeping the Internet like one of those cat-doing-something-adorable pictures actually made me laugh. And the “ships that go underwater” Facebook fad is pretty damned funny, as well. Hell, I even considered the “binders full of” meme that dogged Mitt Romney last week worth at least a grin. Hey, I joke as much as the next pundit. Actually, the next pundit is Bob Livingston; so I joke a great deal more than the next pundit. But I don’t let the laughter distract me from the bigger picture.

I’m well aware that Barack Obama knows what a submarine is. Well, I’m fairly sure. Come to think of it, perhaps we should move along. But lost in the snickering was the fact that Obama was trying to belittle Romney’s expertise in the foreign-affairs arena. And, in doing so, Obama was also trying a little too hard to distract us from the very real failures that have defined his own tenure.

To quote the cool kids: “You got jokes, Mr. President?” I’m not really laughing. Obama’s attempts to change the narrative on what happened in Benghazi, Libya, feature more plot twists than a M. Night Shyamalan film festival. I’ve noticed Chris Matthews at the Democrat Channel is back to claiming a crappy YouTube video is responsible for the brutal murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three fellow innocent victims. How many versions have they offered? Seven? I’m just waiting for the Huffington Post inevitable banner headline:

NEW DETAILS EMERGE ON BENGHAZI — COLONEL MUSTARD SOUGHT FOR QUESTIONING
Retired officer rumored Romney bundler; Authorities claim he did it in the conservatory with a B-40

During Monday’s debate, Romney stated: “Is al-Qaida on the run? No.” Liberals lit up the blogosphere with outrage over what they characterized as Romney’s complete lack of awareness. Most took to chest-thumping over the execution of Osama bin Laden by SEAL Team 6. And perhaps Romney is mistaken; al-Qaida is indeed on the run. Unfortunately, it’s running directly toward and over our people.

Obama is currently running an ad that claims he dropped the curtain on “a decade of war which has cost us dearly.” Of course, he’s referring to our exit from the Iraqi theater. But while he conjures up images of himself surrounded by olive branch-toting doves, our servicemen and servicewomen continue to face ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. And the enemy there has become even less predictable and more sinister than ever, likely in response to perceived weakness. To paint himself as worthy of that Nobel Peace Prize wasted on him a few years back, Obama is not only brushing aside the fires of Benghazi, he’s turning his back on the thousands of flag-draped coffins he claims to meet at airports in between fundraisers and golf outings.

Obama’s reaction to increasing hot air from the Islamofascists who own Iran — including both their bellicosity toward Israel and their brazen attempts at loading their missiles with “the good stuff” — is about as funny as a Bill Maher therapy session, albeit with less rancor toward the ladies. As Romney pointed out during the debate, “Iran is four years closer to a nuclear bomb.” Nuclear bombs are seldom funny. Nuclear bombs wielded by guys whose idea of kicking back involves a nice brick of C-4 and “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” on Blu-ray Disc are scarier than a night with that thing the TV tells me used to be Cher.

I’m not suggesting we start kicking in doors worldwide, looking to aerate the cranium of every two-bit jihadi, narcoterrorist and/or tin-pot dictator; although, I wouldn’t mind if they all simultaneously contracted terminal cases of lead poisoning. But as much as Obama seems to want to make jokes when he’s not out on his worldwide “apology tour” and as much as I enjoy making jokes about his endless parade of disgraces, Obama’s term has been less “funny ha-ha” and more “funny pile of corpses.”

We are the United States of America. We get to deal from a position of strength. We don’t forget the names of our soldiers, sailors and Marines — or those of our border agents and ambassadors. And that’s no joke, Mr. President.

–Ben Crystal

 

Woman Placed On Probation For Protesting TSA

A woman has been found guilty of disorderly conduct after she refused to let Transportation Security Administration agents pat down her and her teenage daughter. Andrea Abbott has been placed on probation.

Abbott faced up to 30 days in jail, but the judge opted for probation because Abbott does not have a criminal record. Nonetheless, Judge Joe P. Binkley Jr., hopes that probation will prevent Abbott from getting “into any further problems with the law.”

In July 2011, Abbott refused to abide by the TSA’s orders. She didn’t want someone to see their “bodies naked.” Abbott began cursing and calling the officers pedophiles. She was then arrested.

The prosecution claimed that Abbott caused an unnecessary disturbance which made the other security lines come to a standstill.

“The defendant should have been aware that her behavior would prevent others from carrying out their lawful activities,” said Assistant District Attorney Megan King.

Defense Attorney Brent Horst argued that the unlawful activity is the invasion of a person’s privacy.

“Since 9/11, we’re losing a lot of freedom, and we have to draw the line somewhere,” he said.

I Am On Obama’s Enemies List

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Hello. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Before I even begin my video commentary today, I’d like to read you a major part of the Articles of Impeachment that Congress leveled at President Richard Nixon:

He (Nixon) has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

My commentary this week is a personal story. It’s as personal as you can get. You see, I am on Barack Obama’s enemies list. I believe Obama is employing the same tactics as President Nixon. If so, he should meet the same fate: Congress should investigate and, if proven true, impeach Barack Obama for violating the Constitutional rights of American citizens.

Here’s my personal story. I’ve gone through an almost two-year ordeal with the IRS which, I believe, was triggered by my vocal criticism of the Obama Administration. Americans need to hear this story of a small-business owner — not a billionaire — with an unblemished tax record for 30 years suddenly facing this kind of harassment, persecution and intimidation.

If a President of the United States can go after me personally because he doesn’t like my political beliefs, then no one is safe. Today, it’s me; tomorrow it could be you. It doesn’t matter if the President is Republican or Democrat. This cannot be allowed to happen to anyone, regardless of his party or his beliefs.

But it is happening. I’ve done my own personal investigation, and I’ve found a pattern of abuse. This is happening all across America. Our Commander in Chief is a bully. Just like in the old Soviet Union, he’s using the power of the IRS and other government agencies to punish his political opposition and to try to intimidate and silence his critics.

It’s time for Congress to get involved. It’s time for Congressional hearings to determine if this is a widespread pattern of abuse. If this is a pattern of Obama using government to destroy his opposition, to destroy people’s lives, whether it is billionaires or small-business owners like me, Obama and his henchmen must be held accountable. The government of the United States has no right to persecute its citizens for political purposes.

This all started in 2008 when I became the Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee and was campaigning across America. I informed audiences that I was Obama’s college classmate, class of ’83 at Columbia University. I told audiences what I thought Obama’s goal would be as President. I predicted he’d follow the strategy taught by two former Columbia professors, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.

I predicted that Obama would promote policies that would damage the economy and bankrupt the business community, so as to cause doubts about capitalism — to shake our faith in the current system. I predicted that he’d accomplish all that by overwhelming the system with spending, addicting a record number of Americans to entitlements, exploding the debt, demonizing business owners and then trying to convince the masses to redistribute wealth (with massive tax increases). 

Sound familiar? It’s all happened exactly according to plan. My prediction was on the money (excuse the pun).

Over the past four years, my opinions critical of the Obama Administration appeared in newspapers across the country and many of the Internet’s most popular conservative websites (like Personal Liberty and FOX News), reaching tens of millions of Americans. I made frequent television appearances on networks like Fox News and CNBC and thousands of appearances on talk radio — always criticizing Obama and his anti-business, anti-capitalist policies.

Obviously, this caught the attention of Obama and his socialist cabal that was hell-bent on destroying capitalism — and anyone who got in the way. Obviously, Obama’s dirty tricks Chicago hit squad decided to intimidate and distract me, in the form of an unsettling call from the IRS.

In January of 2011, an IRS agent called my home and left a message. Without waiting for a response, he immediately called my accountant. We were both shocked at how eager and excited he sounded to get started. My accountant told the IRS agent that he had my “power of attorney” and he was to speak only with the accountant from this point forward.

Guess what this overzealous IRS agent did next? He immediately called me again.

My accountant remarked that in 30 years of dealing with IRS audits, he’d never heard of an IRS agent starting an investigation with a phone call to the taxpayer, then the taxpayer’s accountant and then the taxpayer again. The IRS always sends a letter asking the taxpayer to call them. That was the tipoff something was out of the ordinary. My conversation with the IRS agent seemed odd as well.

The agent let me know that he understood that my accountant had the power of attorney and he was not allowed to speak to me. But he said he just wanted to speak with me once because he was “my biggest fan.” He just had to tell me that he read all of my political columns and often listened to me on the radio. Then, he said he supported my politics and agreed with most everything I said. He said that he personally requested to be my auditor and it was a great “honor” to be auditing me.

I hung up the phone and felt a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach. This was an unsettling conversation. It was clear to me that the IRS agent was trying to imitate “Columbo” (the detective from the 1970’s hit TV show). He was playing a game, trying to win my confidence, let my guard down, to hide a more sinister motive. I immediately thought to myself, “This agent is telling a story to try to throw me off the scent of what’s really happening — an attempt to persecute and intimidate a critic of President Obama, ordered by the Obama administration.”

Soon, my gut instinct was verified. My accountant called to say he’d had several conversations with the IRS agent and something seemed very different from any IRS audit he’d ever handled. This agent clearly had an agenda. He was unreasonable. He disregarded facts. He simply disallowed virtually all of my legal deductions. There was even a debate over my mortgage deduction. Soon, he was auditing a second year. It got worse with each conversation.

My accountant called and said, “Wayne, it is so clear that this IRS agent is out to badly damage you. You must hire a top tax lawyer. This is like nothing I’ve ever dealt with. This is not an ordinary IRS audit. You need legal representation right now.”

Please keep in mind, I’m no billionaire or big shot politician. I’m a small-business owner, home-schooling dad and citizen politician. With my many businesses and careers all struggling in this Obama economy, I was now facing a massive IRS attack, an unaffordable tax bill and huge legal fees to fight it.

Soon thereafter I found out that my accountant of 25 years — one of the finest, nicest, men I’ve ever met in my life — had also just received an IRS audit notice for himself only weeks after mine. Coincidence?

I got the message: This was an attack based on my political views. I researched tax attorneys and found the best one in the country. He agreed to handle my case. He looked over my tax records and assured me that he felt the IRS agent was 100 percent incorrect in his belief that any taxes were due. My attorney was also concerned that a review of the audit revealed a highly and unusually aggressive IRS position.

As such, my attorney immediately changed venue to Los Angeles (where he is based) and appealed the case to U.S. Tax Court in California. After almost 18 months of sleepless nights, lawyer bills I could not afford, accounting bills I could not afford, damage to my marriage and who knows how many years of my life reduced by stress, this past July we won a full and complete victory. Not a dime was owed. All of the IRS agent’s unreasonable and overzealous assertions were thrown out. Case closed. 100 percent vindication. Complete victory.

Except the story isn’t over. It gets far worse. I had five days to celebrate. Five days to feel like my life was mine again, with no cloud hanging over me. Five days to hug my wife, with both of us exhaling and repeating out loud: “No more IRS. No more cloud over our heads. No more legal fees!”

And then the unimaginable happened. My tax attorney called to say: “Are you sitting down? I have bad news. I don’t know what to say, but the IRS just contacted me. You’re being audited again.” 

We had just won a complete victory for the years 2007 and 2008 five days before. And now I was being audited again (for the 2009 and 2010 tax years) five days later. In all his many years of practicing tax law, my tax attorney has never heard of such a situation. Ever.

And the new IRS agent treated my attorney the same way: with disdain. He disallowed every legal deduction. It was the same treatment all over again.

Here’s some important personal history you need to know. I have a perfect tax history. Not a single blemish. Thirty years of filing taxes without a problem. I was chosen at random for two audits in my life and came out of both owing nothing — not one dollar. I’ve never been late with a tax bill in my life. I’ve never owed money on a payment plan to the IRS. Nothing. I’m a model citizen and taxpayer.

The odds of this being some random occurrence are zero. People with perfect tax records for 30 years don’t suddenly become an IRS tax target. And certainly not after winning a complete 100 percent victory in U.S. Tax Court only five days before. There is no such thing ever.

And I’m not a billionaire. I’m not wealthy at all. There’s nothing big to go after. This is not just a witch hunt, but a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money. Why would the IRS be persecuting a small-business owner (twice) who happens to be a vocal critic of President Obama?

There’s the answer. The answer is my media megaphone.

That’s why this story is so chilling. If this is allowed to stand, then anyone who has an opinion that government or a politician doesn’t like is at risk of being persecuted, harassed, intimidated and ruined. Free speech is at risk. Today, it’s me; tomorrow it could be you — even if you’re just a small-business owner.

Remember the famous lesson of the Holocaust?

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

I’m one of several who have come forward to call attention to this dangerous pattern of political persecution going on under Obama, but I’m betting that this is happening all across America to Republican and conservative critics and donors.

We know from media reports that virtually every Tea Party in the country is under IRS attack — not just simple harassment. The IRS is asking frightening questions, such as demanding the names of all members, donors and even speakers at Tea Party events. Are all of these critics of Obama being targeted for IRS persecution because of their ideological beliefs? And what are they doing with the names of Tea Party speakers? Let me give you two guesses: attacking them with IRS audits or attacking them with IRS audits?

We know Sheldon Adelson, the biggest GOP donor in America, is suddenly under Justice Department investigation. Coincidence? He calls it a “smear campaign” orchestrated by the Obama Administration.

Steve Wynn is another outspoken critic of Obama and a major GOP donor. He has been quoted as calling Obama the most anti-business President of his lifetime. Wynn says every business owner he knows is frightened by Obama. Days ago, it was disclosed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Wynn, too, is under Federal investigation. Coincidence? 

I’m sure the lawyers of billionaire CEOs like Adelson and Wynn have told their clients to no longer criticize Obama publicly. This is how Obama plays the game — like the Mafia. He learned it from politicians in Chicago. This is how you silence your critics.

I have had numerous conversations with high-profile friends who contribute to the GOP or are GOP bundlers, and they are also being audited by the IRS. One of my neighbors is a big GOP fundraiser and bundler, and he’s being attacked by the IRS. Several friends of mine know wealthy donors who received an IRS audit notice only weeks after making major contributions to Romney. One such donor has even gone public. His name is Frank VanderSloot. Just a few weeks after giving $1 million to Romney, he came under attack from both the IRS and the Labor Department. Coincidence?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell even recently accused Obama of using “Nixonian” tactics to target and silence Republican donors.

How many more victims of this Obama witch hunt are out there? I’m betting after my story comes out, thousands of GOP politicians, donors, Obama critics and conservative talk hosts come out of the woodwork to say that they, too, are under IRS attack. This is no coincidence. This can’t be an isolated incident. This is a pattern of abuse. It’s happening right now, right here in America under Obama.

It’s time for all of us to speak up now, before Obama is re-elected and we lose the right to speak out. Free speech and political expression are endangered in Obama’s second term. It is time for Congressional investigations. It is also time for Congress to pass a law that no Administration has the right to order the IRS to attack critics. It is time to reign in our government. It is time to demand an end to government witch hunts ordered by powerful politicians. It is time to shine the light of day on government attempts to intimidate and silence political opponents.

When President Nixon was found to be playing dirty tricks and targeting political opponents, the media screamed loudly about oppression, persecution and political intimidation and cried out for criminal investigations. Where is the media this time? It is time for the media to get outraged and demand Obama be held accountable, just as they did with Nixon.

Let me state this clearly. The IRS isn’t the problem. The IRS is filled with mostly good people, trying to do their jobs. They are just like you and me. But when they get a call from high above, from the office of the President of the United States or a close friend of the President, then they are fearful for their jobs. My outrage is toward President Obama and his henchmen. This is so wrong on so many levels.

But the bad news for Obama and his political mobsters is that they picked on the wrong guy. Not only have I never had a problem with the IRS in my life, I’m willing to do everything in my power to call out this political attack for what it really is. It is time for you to join me in asking questions about the harassment being aimed at critics of the Obama White House. It’s time for Congressional investigations.

I am on Obama’s enemies list. Next, it could be any one of us. It could be you. This cannot be allowed to go on in the United States of America.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. I pray that none of you ever have to go through what I’ve been through for the past 22 months. No matter what your political party. No matter what your beliefs. Not in America. This cannot stand.

See you next week. Same time, same place. God Bless.

Bernanke May Step Down From Fed

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will likely resign from his position in January 2014, regardless of whether President Barack Obama is re-elected.

Though Bernanke has declined to comment publicly about the possibility of giving up the position he has held since the George W. Bush Presidency, it is reported that sources close to him say he will likely step down.

“I am very focused on my work, I don’t have any decision or any information to give you on my personal plans,” he said at a news conference last month.

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has already vowed to replace the Fed chairman if he is elected, most likely with Glenn Hubbard, former Bush Administration head of the Council of Economic Advisers and current economic adviser to the candidate’s campaign.

If Obama is re-elected, a possible replacement for the Fed chairman could be Lawrence Summers, who served as Treasury Secretary from 1999 to 2001 and Director of the White House United States National Economic Council until November 2010.

Whoever replaces the current Fed chair, Bernanke’s Keynesian legacy will likely impact American economics for decades to come. The Fed in recent years has given banks about $16 trillion in undisclosed funds, including $3 trillion to foreign banks. It also announced with its most recent round of quantitative easing that inflationary fiat money printing could continue indefinitely.

An Improper Consolidation

The Union was formed as a confederation of States that joined together voluntarily. It was the States that joined together, not the people.

The Founders saw the States as checks on the Federal government. They understood that the Federal government would attempt to assume more power than it was granted by the Constitution. So the Senate was devised in Article I, Section 3 in such a way as to give the State legislatures Senate-appointing powers. This made the Senators accountable to the States rather than special interests.

The War of Northern Aggression (aka the Civil War) took away one check the States had on Federal overreach: secession. The 17th Amendment took away the other. (As an aside, Obamacare would never have passed if not for the passage of the 17th Amendment.)

Once direct election of Senators was established, States — and, therefore, the citizens — lost control of their Senators. Now Senators are fascists. They are beholden to the corporations that fund their campaigns. They pass laws to benefit those corporations to the detriment of the people they are supposed to represent. Unless you have deep pockets, it is almost impossible to gain an audience with a U.S. Senator. At best, all you can expect is lip service.

In Federalist No. 62, James Madison wrote, “The appointment of senators by the state legislatures… is recommended by the double advantage of favoring a select appointment, and of giving to the state governments such an agency in the formation of the federal government, as must secure the authority of the former… In this spirit it may be remarked, that the equal vote allowed to each State is at once a constitutional recognition of the portion of sovereignty remaining in the individual States, and an instrument for preserving that residuary sovereignty. So far the equality ought to be no less acceptable to the large than to the small States; since they are not less solicitous to guard, by every possible expedient, against an improper consolidation of the States into one simple republic.”

While a repeal of the 17th Amendment won’t completely abolish the fascist corporatocracy that currently rules to our detriment, it would go a long way toward improving the system. The 17th Amendment must be repealed.

Transit Worker Turns In Wallet With $912

BOSTON (UPI) — A Boston transit worker who turned in a lost wallet containing more than $900 said keeping the cash would not have been “the right thing to do.”

Gaynol Waugh, 34, who has been repairing Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority buses since 2005 and is training to get his commercial driver’s license, said he found the wallet Monday on the front seat of the Route 101 bus while he and his training class were on the vehicle at the garage in the Charlestown neighborhood, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

“Whether it be one dollar or a million, it’s not mine and it’s not the right thing to do,” Waugh said of keeping the cash. “I’ve always felt that way.”

“It’s not my money and obviously it belongs to somebody and I just wanted to make sure she got it back,” Waugh said.

Waugh gave the wallet, which contained the owner’s ID and $912 cash, to his instructor and Kevin Graney, district superintendent at the Charlestown bus facility, was able to locate the wallet’s owner.

“They were overjoyed,” Graney said. “Couldn’t believe the honesty.”

Woman Claims $100,000 Lotto Prize Via Mail

COLUMBIA, S.C. (UPI) — South Carolina lottery officials said a woman with apparent faith in the U.S. Postal Service sent her $100,000 winning ticket to them in the mail.

The officials said the rules allow winners to mail tickets worth $100,000 or less, but the vast majority of six-figure winners prefer to collect their winnings in person at the Claims Center in Columbia, WMBF-TV, Myrtle Beach, S.C., reported Wednesday.

Claims Center workers said the woman, who won the money from a Carolina Panthers scratch-off ticket, told them she is a “local driver” from Surfside who decided to take “a chance” on the Postal Service rather than brave the 150-mile drive to Columbia.

Officials said the woman’s check is in the mail.

Two Claims Filed For Backyard $150,000

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (UPI) — An Illinois man the $150,000 in cash he found in his garden last year generated two competing claims for the money.

Wayne Sabaj, who discovered the cash in his McHenry County broccoli garden last year, said the cash would have become his if no one had claimed it by Oct. 1, but authorities said a Naperville liquor store robbed of about $150,000 in 2010 filed a petition to claim the money, as did Sabaj’s 87-year-old neighbor, WGN-TV, Chicago, reported Wednesday.

Both claims were filed two days before the deadline, authorities said.

Lawyers for Sabaj’s neighbor, Dolores Johnson, said the woman suffers from memory problems and does not remember what happened to the money she has been collecting for several years. Johnson’s daughter said she believes her mother threw the cash into Sabaj’s yard.

Robert Burke, Sabaj’s attorney, said he believes the cash was drug money that fell from a sea plane spotted over the Fox River shortly before his client made the discovery.

Cremated Ashes Left At Car Wash

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — A San Diego business group is trying to find out who left a box of cremated remains at a car wash after cleaning out their vehicle.

Liz Greene of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association said the group is trying to return the ashes of Henry Efebvre, who died 17 years ago, to the person who left them behind Monday at the OB Suds car wash, KGTV, San Diego, reported Wednesday.

Greene said the sticker on the box revealed the man’s name and the year of his death, but the information has yet to lead to any family members.

The box was labeled Secure Crematorium and a business with that name in Santa Ana said it has no record of Efebvre because his cremation was more than 10 years ago.

Police: Man Stole On Way Out Of Jail

SANTA FE, N.M. (UPI) — Authorities in New Mexico said a man being released from jail allegedly swiped $80 on his way out of the facility and used the cash to buy lunch.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said Frank Rodriguez-Tapia, 20, was released from jail Friday and a security camera recorded him taking $80 in cash that belonged to another inmate who was being booked into the jail, KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, reported Wednesday.

Rodriguez-Tapia was supposed to report directly to the electronic monitoring office, but on the way he stopped for lunch at Blake’s Lotaburger, investigators said.

Sheriff’s Lt. William Pacheco said Rodriguez-Tapia admitted to the theft when he arrived at the electronic monitoring office and turned over the remaining $67. He is now facing a larceny charge.

“You would think after three of four times in jail, you would take to heart why you’re in there, maybe try to change your behavior,” Pacheco said.

U.S. Sales Of New Homes Rose In September

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Sales of new single-family homes rose 5.7 percent August to September, the U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 389,000 from a revised August rate of 368,000.

Sales also rose 27.1 percent more than the annual rate of 306,000 from September 2011.

The Commerce Department said the average sale price for a new home sold in September was $292,400, slight drop from August.

The seasonally adjusted estimate of how many new homes were on the market at the end of the month was 145,000, which is 4,000 more than August and represents a 4.5-month supply at the current rate of sales.

Mortgage Activity Slows In Week

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. mortgage activity fell last week as long term interest rates were mostly higher, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday.

In the week that ended Friday, U.S. mortgage activity fell 12 percent and refinancing fell 13 percent, the MBA said.

Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate conforming mortgages rose from 3.57 percent to 3.63 percent with points rising from 0.44 to 0.45.

The average interest rate for 30-year contracts on jumbo loans — loans larger than $417,500 — rose from 3.81 percent to 3.85 percent, rising off a record low for the survey.

Points for 30-year jumbo loans remained at 0.42.

Interest rates for 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose from 2.87 percent to 2.96 percent, rising after eight consecutive weeks. Points for 15-year, fixed rate contracts fell from 0.39 to 0.36.

The average rate for 30-year loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration rose from 3.34 percent, an historic low, to 3.41 percent, while the average rate for short-term adjustable rate mortgages rose from 2.59 percent to 2.72 percent in the week, the MBA said.