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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Union Probe Finds Close Biden Ally Misappropriated Millions
[FREEBEACON] One of Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant...
's closest labor allies inappropriately siphoned nearly $1 million from a union pension fund as the labor group suffered from a "systemic misrepresentation in financial reporting," according to an internal probe obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Harold Schaitberger, the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), which represents more than 300,000 firefighters, is facing accusations of corruption and gross financial malpractice from his closest deputies. Edward Kelly, the general secretary-treasurer and the number two of the union, detailed the findings of his team's audit in a March 20 internal memorandum. According to the 105-page document, the audit has thus far found that Schaitberger and Thomas Miller‐Kelly's predecessor as the general secretary-treasurer‐illegally earned millions of dollars from the union pension fund over the last two decades.

"The record keeping performed prior to my assuming office in September 2016 was so poor, one could argue it was designed that way," Kelly wrote in the memorandum.

Kelly's audit also found that the union misreported millions of dollars in union funds while diverting millions of dollars for a purpose unrelated to their original designation. As a result of this rampant financial malpractice, roughly $6 million in union funds remain unaccounted for, according to the memorandum.

Neither the union nor Schaitberger responded to requests for comment.

New Haven Fire Department battalion chief Frank Ricci, who serves as president of IAFF Local 825, told the Free Beacon that the accusations warrant deeper investigation.

"If these allegations are proven true through the appropriate due process, Harold A. Schaitberger, General President, should be removed from office. Kelly talks about ’turning over couches' to find money, I think it's time to turn over the couches and chase the rats out," he said.

Schaitberger, who is one of Joe Biden's closest and oldest allies in the labor movement, directed the IAFF to endorse the former vice president during his first campaign rally back in April 2019, making his group the first national union to endorse Biden. The IAFF has donated $5,000 to Biden's campaign in 2019 and spent nearly $75,000 in outside spending to support his candidacy, according to Labor Department records.

Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Misappropriated millions by Dems. No surprises in that. Yawn.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd hate to be the CPA who signed off on the audit of these guys. The union I used to audit was required to have an audit every six months, basically doing ten of them solo. How an auditor worth their salt (or not on the take) 'misses' amounts like this, is not believable.
Posted by: Raj || 03/31/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Nancy the Covid spreader
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 04:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Malig-Nancy (h/t Sarah Hoyt) indeed
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 4:28 Comments || Top||

#2  SIDS for aging, senile politicians, can anyone give me a developmental update ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 6:51 Comments || Top||

#3  "Nancy the Spreader" nickname?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Eeewwwwwww
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 9:03 Comments || Top||

#5  I'll stay with Malig-Nancy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 9:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Nescient Nancy (and I'm being nice today).
Posted by: Clem || 03/31/2020 9:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Just asking for a friend. Have politicians and Supreme Court justices recently become immortal?
Posted by: Beau || 03/31/2020 10:55 Comments || Top||

#8  ^Google "The Borg"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 11:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Hmm, immortal Supreme Court justices... I wonder if you could create an AI Supreme Court justice by training a neural network on historical rulings by the court.

Of course, given the twisted nature* of some of the rulings, it would have to be a Convolutional Neural Network.

*Yes, Justice Roberts, we're looking at you and that Obamacare "tax" ruling.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#10  SIDS for aging, senile politicians

Sudden AGing Syndrome [SAGS]?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 11:30 Comments || Top||

#11  You might (or might not) enjoy the following vid. during this time of "going to the mattresses" or sheltering-in-place.

Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 13:39 Comments || Top||

#12  I did enjoy it, JQC, just don't play it within earshot of the kiddies!
Posted by: Bobby || 03/31/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#13  The Amazing Randi alive and kicking at 91 years young.
Posted by: jpal || 03/31/2020 16:10 Comments || Top||

Biden' his (our?) time: Creeping Dementia Shitshow, cont'd.
[LegalInsurrection] Tough to watch: another garbled Biden interview
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Will he be nudged to step down before or during the convention?
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  I think it will be after a disastrous convention acceptance speech by Joe. Remember, this is the Democrat party that has recently bungled one impeachment and two efforts to "Bork" a SCOTUS nominee. They will make a shit show of this too.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 1:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Want to bet they have Blasey Ford coaching a couple women to testify against Joe right now?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 1:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Imagine if you will, Biden attempting to work 12-14 hours per day and to do daily COVID-19 White House updates. Go ahead, just imagine it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 1:22 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe Joe will just do them a favor and contact coronavirus?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 3:44 Comments || Top||

#6  All they need to do is pick the Hildabeast as Joe's running mate and the rest will take care of itself
Posted by: Warthog || 03/31/2020 12:26 Comments || Top||

Houston Mayor Pleads with Criminals to ‘Chill’ Until Coronavirus Pandemic Over
[BREITBART] Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) on Sunday urged would-be criminals to remain in their homes and "chill" until the Chinese coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
epidemic subsides in the Texas city. "The best way to help coppers is to not commit a crime," Turner told news hounds during a presser on his city’s latest efforts to combat the deadly illness. "Until the coronavirus is resolved, criminals, take a break."
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sure, they're gonna honor social distancing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  If only criminals were known for following the law and doing what's best for everyone.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 03/31/2020 4:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Has da maya considered home delivery of victims?
Posted by: Ulaviling Dark Lord of the French1268 || 03/31/2020 4:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) on Sunday urged would-be criminals to remain in their homes and "chill" until the Chinese coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)

If its that bad, I know this is 50'ish, but have you considered a curfew say 8pm to 4am? It's not like there is a lot of stuff open to go to anyways.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/31/2020 8:15 Comments || Top||

#5  A moratorium on crime in Houston because the Mayor pleads for it? There's a powerful crime prevention tool. Look for crime to increase in Houston.

I've been pleading for smaller government, less debt and no self-enriching corrupted politicians. I've been about as successful as this mayor will be.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#6  ^Everyone in masks, no way to ID perps.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 8:48 Comments || Top||

#7  This is Texas, the perp is the dead guy on the floor with all the gunshot wounds.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 03/31/2020 9:37 Comments || Top||

Chart of world leaders in virus age danger and likely effect of their passing.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/31/2020 10:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mmmm...

Over 60
Former smoker
Cured of cancer
Steel mill ghetto
Burn pit fire starter
Nevada nuke site upwinder
Flight line exhaust breather

Got my bags packed.
Every day is a GOOD day.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 15:07 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Thai King isolates from virus with 20 hot women!
[NYPost] Thailand’s playboy king has taken over a luxury German hotel to isolate from the coronavirus — along with a harem of 20 women, according to reports.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 67, reportedly booked the entire Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl with “special permission” to break the lockdown in the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Independent said, quoting German media.

But rather than isolate, he moved in a harem of 20 concubines along with a team of servants, the UK paper said, citing German tabloid Bild.

The king, widely known as Rama X, planned an even bigger party — but 119 members of his entourage were forced to return to Thailand amid fears they had the potentially deadly bug, the report said.

It was not clear if his fourth wife, former flight attendant Suthida Tidjai, was even with him.

His takeover made local news because hotels in the region have been forced to close to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

But the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl was given special permission to host the king and his entourage because “the guests are a single, homogenous group of people with no fluctuation,” a spokesperson for the local district council said, according to the report.

The often controversial Thai king’s extravagant move sparked further outrage in his homeland — with the hashtag “Why do we need a king?” appearing 1.2 million times on Twitter within 24 hours of news of his German trip first breaking, the Independent said.

Vajiralongkorn is not thought to have made a public appearance in his country since February, the Times of London said — even as it records more than 1,500 coronavirus cases and nine deaths as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Vajiralongkorn became constitutional monarch when his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, died in October 2016 after 70 years on the throne.

The Thai foreign ministry and the embassy in Berlin did not respond to requests for comment from the UK Times.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/31/2020 12:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pics or GTFO!
Posted by: Raj || 03/31/2020 13:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Raj.... I couldn't find any. I looked
Posted by: 3dc || 03/31/2020 13:34 Comments || Top||

only one I could find.. and it's not good.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/31/2020 13:39 Comments || Top||

#4  its good to be the King
Posted by: 746 || 03/31/2020 13:42 Comments || Top||

#5  You need a king to provide this kind of example to aspire to.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/31/2020 14:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Better than a super yacht.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 15:00 Comments || Top||

#7  prince Charles is kicking himself for not thinking of this first.
Posted by: Ulaviling Dark Lord of the French1268 || 03/31/2020 19:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl

well, sonofab!tch. An SOB's Dream: How's that for branding! Why didn't I think of that?
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 19:12 Comments || Top||

#9  It's nice to be king...I think. Could be a problem keeping up; might have to check with your physician every now and then to see if your heart is withstanding the rigors. Muammar Gaddafi had some sort of deal like that before Hillary had him "offed." He had a bevy of Amazons around him as guards--they failed at the task of protection but were easy on the eyes.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 19:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Easy on the eyes, bad for the heart. Ever thus with dames.
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 19:19 Comments || Top||

#11  20 hot women. Could be a disaster. High risk behavior in many ways.
Posted by: Dale || 03/31/2020 20:00 Comments || Top||

#12  Could be a disaster.
Yes, just ask Eric Idle.
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 21:14 Comments || Top||

#13  The king, widely known as Rama X

Kinda on the nose...
Posted by: charger || 03/31/2020 21:52 Comments || Top||

#14  I've been to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, actually. Nice place. I would totally hide there with a sexy harem.
Posted by: Secret Master || 03/31/2020 22:23 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo tests positive for coronavirus
Bad Luck™, Fredo
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 13:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Must.... not... *snicker*... laugh....
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

#2  I hope he is cured by the quinine based drug cocktail.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Hope your condition stabilizes.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/31/2020 15:14 Comments || Top||

#4  I don't care much for him as a common tater on TV but I don't wish him anything like this. Wish him a speedy recovery from the CV-19 illness and the affliction of drivel on TV.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 19:09 Comments || Top||

#5  As Ace said "I sure hope that the more deadly version of coronavirus isn't triggered by the presence of ster0ids."
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 19:16 Comments || Top||

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  Iran gas pipeline to Iraq blows up
Mon 2020-03-30
  Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG
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Sun 2020-03-29
  Khamenei family fears he might have Coronavirus
Sat 2020-03-28
  LNA scores big advance around Tripoli
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  Riots in China
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