Germany is an Indian Taker
Germany Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel threatened this week to withdraw aid from north African countries if they refuse to take back rejected asylum seekers.
The German government has in recent weeks cited problems expelling migrants from Algeria and Morocco, saying their home countries were uncooperative and refused to take them back because of missing identity documents.
“Germany is more than wiling to give economic aid to North Africa but only when the governments there reciprocate by allowing people whose asylum applications have been rejected to travel back into the country,” Mr. Gabriel told German public broadcaster ARD.Tensions over a massive influx of migrants to Germany reached a boiling point after hundreds of women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in Cologne by “men of North African appearance.
Reason magazine writer embraces Bernie Sanders
Indeed, it’s worth recognizing that among the five most plausible presidential candidates at this stage of the campaign—Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Clinton, and Sanders—there is only one articulating something approaching a libertarian position on a chunk of issues: civil liberties and foreign policy. That candidate is Sanders.
One can argue, of course, that Sanders’ sensible views on these subjects are more than cancelled out by his desire to impose higher taxes and cumbersome financial regulations on the American people. I would agree that the “bad” column outweighs the “good” column in Sanders’ case, as it does for virtually every politician seeking higher office. But while there’s little to like about Sanders beyond his praise for Edward Snowden and condemnation of military adventurism, there’s virtually nothing to like about any of his rivals. When it comes to government policy, Sanders has signaled his preference for executive restraint on at least a few issues, which is more than Clinton, Trump, Cruz, or Rubio can say. He deserves some small praise for his stances on these issues, regardless of whether his liberal critics view them as a weakness.
Robby Soave is a staff editor at Reason.com
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Dem Senator doesn’t want to go all constitutional on gun control
Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski said at a Senate hearing Wednesday that she wanted to avoid getting “involved in constitutional arguments.” The only problem is that the hearing in question dealt with President Obama’s recent executive actions on guns, which many believe infringes on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
“I look forward to…listening to the attorney general and listening to this wonderful panel that you’ve invited to participate today,” Mikulski, a Democrat and ardent supporter of gun control, said in her opening remarks ahead of a Senate Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing, which heard testimony from Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Mcauliffe conned by Chinese firm
Just over a year ago, in November 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe beamed with pride at having concluded a deal to bring 349 jobs to the ailing economy around Appomattox. The plan was to use various state economic development incentives, including an upfront payment of $1.4 million from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund. From the Governor’s press release at the time:
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Lindenburg Industry, LLC, a subsidiary of a Chinese-owned corporation, will invest $113 million to establish an industrial honeycomb manufacturing operation in the Town of Appomattox in Appomattox County. This project, which represents the first new company announcement in Appomattox in 15 years and the largest since Thomasville Furniture began construction in 1972, is a direct result of the Governor’s meeting with company officials in Beijing, China during his Asia Marketing Mission last month. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 349 new jobs.
But, as it turns out, McAuliffe’s enthusiasm about prevailing over the Tar Heel State was misplaced. You see, the Chinese “company” has now apparently bailed out, without refunding the Governor’s check. It seems that folks in North Carolina were a wee bit more responsible with taxpayer funds. They did background research that the Governor’s office did not. In fact, an investigation by The Roanoke Times found that:
– Virginia analysts relied on a Catalon Chemical company website produced in China that featured misleading information, including using an address at 90 Piedmont Industrial Drive in Winston-Salem. The Winston-Salem Journal is one of several sources that verified the company never had operations at Piedmont Triad Industrial Park, the former Stroh’s Brewery plant.
Facebook has become the World’s most dangerous censor
A power the Stasi — or, yes, the Gestapo — could only dream of has been handed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At her behest, the social network has begun a Europe-wide campaign to counter so-called “hate speech” on its platform. It is also working with a German publisher to remove “racist” posts in Germany.
With more communication than ever before taking place on platforms like Facebook, this level of censorship is unprecedented. Previously, censors were limited by the amount of people they could send to monitor underground bookstores. Now, with human communication mediated by an-ever shrinking list of tech companies, computer algorithms can be used to monitor and censor the speech of entire nations. The future is here: not the one envisaged by Gene Roddenberry, but by George Orwell.
What prompted this sudden, unprecedented wave of censorship? Only the blind could miss it: the worst predictions of immigration sceptics have been realised, with hordes of refugees from misogynistic, war-torn societies unleashing a sea of violence and sexual assault on European society. Popular anger at the state of affairs – particularly in Germany – is at an all-time high.
The desperation of the State
Michigan outlaws Chickens
Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.” Backyard and urban farming were previously protected by Michigan’s Right to Farm Act. The Commission ruled that the Right to Farm Act protections no longer apply to many homeowners who keep small numbers of livestock.
Kim White, who raises chickens and rabbits, said, “They don’t want us little guys feeding ourselves. They want us to go all to the big farms. They want to do away with small farms and I believe that is what’s motivating it.” The ruling will allow local governments to arbitrarily ban goats, chickens and beehives on any property where there are 13 homes within one eighth mile or a residence within 250 feet of the property, according to Michigan Public Radio. The Right to Farm Act was created in 1981 to protect farmers from the complaints of people from the city who moved to the country and then attempted to make it more urban with anti-farming ordinances. The new changes affect residents of rural Michigan too. It is not simply an urban or suburban concern.
IRS six years to audit
Traditionally, the primary IRS statute of limitations was three years. But there are many exceptions that give the IRS six years or longer. Several of those exceptions are more prevalent today, and one of them has gotten bigger, despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The three years is doubled to six if you omitted more than 25% of your income. For years, there was a debate over what it means to omit income from your return. Taxpayers and some courts said “omit” means leave off, as in don’t report. But the IRS said it was much broader.
- Example: You sell a piece of property for $3M, claiming that your basis (what you invested in the property) was $1.5M. In fact, your basis was only $500,000. The effect of your basis overstatement was that you paid tax on $1.5M of gain, when you should have paid tax on $2.5M.
In U.S. v. Home Concrete & Supply, LLC, the Supreme Court slapped down the IRS, holding that overstating your basis is not the same as omitting income. The Court said 3 years was plenty for the IRS to audit. But Congress recently overruled the Supreme Court and gave the IRS six years in such a case.
Six years can be a long time. Filing your return early won’t help either. The time periods can be even longer than six years in some cases. The IRS has no time limit if you never file a return. For unfiled tax returns, criminal violations or fraud, though, the practical limit is usually six years.
The shifting allegiance in Eastern Europe
BELGRADE – According to the latest poll by popular Serbian politics magazine New Serbian Political Thought, Serbs’ support for the idea of joining the European Union is continuing its downward slide, while support for an undefined ‘alliance with Russia’, or for the country’s neutrality, continues to grow.
Interviewed by Sputnik Serbia, Djordje Vukadinovic, the editor in chief of the independent magazine, revealed that “at the moment, according to our research, support for joining the European Union stands at about 47%. Among that figure, 25% is the ‘backbone’ which has always been (and will remain) in favor of the EU.”
Ultimately, he notes, “most respondents see in Europe a chance for a better future for the next generation, rather than a chance for themselves. However, undoubtedly, the number of Eurosceptics is growing.”
President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos will be travelling to Moscow in order to meet with his counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a forum scheduled to take place on Friday, January 15.
The forum will focus on world events, as well as expectations in the short and medium term, and prospects of bilateral relations. The two Presidents will discuss about the Greek-Russian ties and relations, and the cooperation possibilities between the two countries in regards to the sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union since 2014.
This will be the first meeting between Greek and Russian leaders since March 2015, when Putin received Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Moscow.
– See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/01/13/greek-president-pavlopoulos-to-meet-with-russian-counterpart-in-moscow/#sthash.JuDvuD2Q.dpuf
Demonstrators against Moldova’s new pro-European administration broke through police lines and entered the parliament building in Chisinau late Wednesday despite police attempts to disperse them with tear gas, media reported.
The protests led by the pro-Russian Socialist opposition started as lawmakers voted in a new pro-European government, led by Pavel Filip of the ruling Democratic Party.
The Socialists and their supporters were calling for early elections, as Filip announced closer ties between Moldova and the European Union.
They accused the new administration of being led by oligarchs, shouting “Cancel the vote!” and “Thieves!”, the AP news agency reported.
It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries.
The new government was voted in after the previous administration was ousted in October amid a scandal after an estimated $1 billion went missing from the country’s banking system.
Since then, Europe’s poorest country has been locked in political crisis.
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