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Mueller seeks quiet retreat from public life

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 7:24pm
Morgan Chalfant, The Hill

Before You Throw My License Up In a Cluster

Tea Party Tribune - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 5:23pm

Understanding Trump is remarkably easy if you look at it from his perspective. Now, forget about the hate, stop the “orange fool” rhetoric, and listen. You might learn something.


Donald Trump is a real estate broker. He’s a NEW YORK real estate broker, and that’s never good. That’s all he knows. The Art of the Deal? That’s a map to a closing. Everything he does has a real estate connotation. When he walked out on the meeting with Nancy Pelosi for instance. That’s called a “take away.” Both sides want to go to closing and one broker gathers his stuff, gets up, and just walks out of the room. With the commission check in the air it unnerves the other broker and when broker “A” returns broker “B’s” position is a tad softer. But, Trump didn’t come back, but Pelosi is clueless anyway. Cortez is better. At least she can make a martini.

Mexican tariffs and the wall. He’s just trying to make Mexico pay the closing costs. After a take away the easiest thing for the buyer’s broker to throw on the table is the closing costs.


Traditionally the seller pays this. Ok, Trump wants to build a wall. Before I go on understand that he IS a builder. Just build an Interstate Highway and flip it up on the side. Now, where was I? Oh yes. You gotta have brick and mortar. The buyer is actually Mexico. The American people are the seller. The American people are gonna foot the bill. Don’t fool yourself. But, Trump, representing the seller ie US, smooths the transaction by trying to get Mexico to pay tariffs, CLOSING COSTS! This is known as “boot.” And, at the end of the deal the savvy broker gets something “to boot!” It doesn’t matter if it’s one dollar so long as he can show his client ie US something that wasn’t in the contract and ended up on our side of the table. Then we’ll be admiring that wall with that “I just bumped the neighbor’s daughter” look on our faces. Sí Senóre! “You wan’ meet my seester? She virgin!

Misdirected lies. Ok, I’m going to say something here that’s going to piss some people off. I was in real estate for years. I have represented brokers before the Texas Real Estate Commission, and I haven’t caught one of them telling the truth yet, myself included! Oh, sure, you have the so-called Board of Realtors, but that’s just a smoke screen to cover various tracks and asses. How do they lie? Like this!


Ted, a real estate agent with XYZ Real Estate sets up a deal to get his buyer to purchase a house in Killeen, Texas. Now Killeen, attached firmly to the tit of Fort Hood, has a HUGE VA (Veterans) market. Matter of fact, it’s the ONLY market. So Ted finds a seller with a VA loan, desperate to sell, because he’s on his way to Korea, and Ted writes a contract between his buyer and said seller. Only problem is that Ted’s buyer has a credit score slightly higher than his IQ. What to do?


ASSUMPTION! He finds that the buyer isn’t retiring, he is transferring. To KOREA! That means it’s gonna be a full minute before he comes home and finds a house. Thank you for your service. So to smooth the transaction Ted advises the seller (now remember, Ted represents the BUYER. He can’t legally “advise” the seller about anything!) that it will cement the deal if the buyer can assume the note temporarily. The listing agent, you know, the one who’s supposed to advise the seller, yeah right! She’s foaming at the mouth for that Commission check too. Just throw red meat over the fence at the dog pound and you’ll see what I mean.


The seller intends to buy another house in the distant future so Ted tells him no problem. As soon as the buyer gets his ducks in a row, he’ll put his own loan in place and he (Ted) will apply to the VA to reinstate the seller’s line of credit. The loan will transfer, the angels will sing, and the skies again will be blue. A year or so goes by and one day the seller calls Ted. He asks if the application had been made to reinstate his VA benefit. Ted told him it had, but the VA said, “No.” Oh, I’m sorry. You’re still fumbling around looking for that Board of Realtors code of ethics, aren’t you? Silly boy!


Money manipulation. Rule number one in real estate. Anything but the money in your hand is a con. Once upon a time there was a real estate agent running a sizable rental department and he wakes up one morning and takes note that he has around two hundred grand in damage deposits just sitting there gathering dust. So, he gets the money, trips over to Edward Jones and buys a boat load of blue chip stocks. Well, as luck will have it, some mealy mouth Realtor, you know, the one who supervised the methodical Sodomization of her own client’s VA loan, well, she finds out about this and in short order our agent gets a love letter from the Texas Real Estate Commission. And it always comes in this big Manila envelope, even if it’s only one page. So in the meeting the agent is accused of co-mingling, fraud, and general ass holary.

Au Contrairé he explains. He did not co-mingle. The funds are still right there, all together like piggies in a blanket, in their new home, Edward Jones.


“Well,” the Commission Commission asks, “what about refunds?”


No problem, he tells them. With the current flow of incoming tenants moving in and moving out, the timely return of damage deposits can be assured. Now the way this works is tenant “A” moves out. An inspection is done. What little part of the damage deposit that survives that inspection will be mailed to tenant “A” within thirty days required by law courtesy of the newly arrived tenant “B.” Co-mingling funds from Tenant “A” and Tenant “B?” Nope! You forgot the two hundred grand slush fund over at Edward Jones. Technically THAT’s where Tenant “A’s” money is residing anyway, not that he’s ever really gonna see a cent of it. It’s called money laundering. Write that down, there’ll be a quiz later.


“Ok smarty pants,” says the Commission, “do you make a profit on this account?”


Well absolutely, he informs them. Between Puts and Calls he’s fleshing out that account quite nicely. Matter of fact, he’s about to move the whole thing over to Ameritrade so he can do it faster and cheaper.


“And what becomes of THAT money?” they ask.


He tells them he keeps it according to their own rules, a statement that sends them scurrying for the manual. Finally they ask what would happen if all the tenants were to suddenly move out? What if there were a war? All the soldiers deployed. How would they be compensated? Negro please! World War II wasn’t that big! Well, for one thing, all the tenants moving out would be a million to one shot. For another, all of the tenants moving out, and leaving a perfect dwelling requiring a complete refund of the deposit would be a billion to one, but if that did happen the property manager has thirty days to refund said deposits which is more than enough time to sell off stocks and make said funding. And, oh yes, let’s not forget that there is far more in that account than the initial two hundred grand. That account is quite liquid. Now before you eager beavers go to telling me that the above story is a flight of fantasy let me inform you that I was that agent! And as far as troop movements. I can count C-130s!


There are many more real estate maneuvers I could tell you about, but I think you get the drift. Suffice to say when a real estate agent dies you don’t have to dig a grave. They are so crooked all you have to do is drive a stick through their ears and screw them into the ground.


Almost every action Donald Trump takes can be traced right back to the closing table. Are his techniques a bit shady? Well . . . yeah. Will they make America great again? Maybe. We’ll see. Will liberals ever understand this? Advice! If you live in a world of poka-dots and pink shoe laces stay away from real estate. If you are trying to understand a President who is a high end New York Real Estate broker drink heavily because if you go looking for justice, you’ll go crazy!

The Butcher Shop

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Hypocrisy and hate from the Washington Post

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 3:15pm
The Washington Post sometimes publishes hateful diatribes. That includes a column by a feminist professor who said “I hate all men and wish they were dead,” and an op-ed by two left-wing academics falsely claiming that whites are responsible for “nearly all” mass shootings. Yet the Washington Post demands that others be punished for “hateful” […]

More EPA employees caught viewing porn on the job: OIG

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 3:00pm
Another EPA employee was caught watching pornography on his computer by a child on ‘Bring Your Daughters To Work Day’ at the agency.

Obama, Brazil, and Guns

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 12:50pm

I have a confession. I miss Obama. On the issue of guns, at least.

He was so wrong, yet so ineffective, that it was almost funny.

Heck, it was funny.

Fortunately, he’s decided to make an encore performance. So there’s a new opportunity to puncture his pious pronouncements.

Writing for the Federalist, Ryan Cleckner debunks Obama’s fatuous statements about gun control at a recent speech in Brazil.

On May 30, former president Barack Obama was a keynote speaker at an event in Brazil. …During a conversation with a host on stage during the digital innovation event, Obama took the opportunity to speak negatively about U.S. gun laws. He said, “Our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon, any time, without much, if any, regulation. They can buy [guns] over the internet, they can buy machine guns.” His statement to a foreign audience includes six lies about our gun laws.

Here are Obama’s six lies, with the concomitant corrections.

1. Anybody Can Buy a Firearm

There are three major federal restrictions on who may purchase firearms in the United States… The first category of persons who may not purchase firearms under federal law is based on age.  Persons under 21 years of age may not purchase handguns from a gun dealer, and persons under 18 years of age may not purchase rifles nor shotguns. The second category of persons who may not purchase firearms under federal law are referred to as “prohibited persons.” This category includes, among others…Felons, Those convicted of domestic violence, Unlawful users of controlled substances, Illegal aliens, Those subject to certain restraining orders, Those adjudicated as mental defectives or committed to mental institutions, Fugitives, and Veterans with dishonorable discharges… The third major category includes non-U.S. citizens.

2. Any Firearm Can Be Purchased

Under federal law, machine guns made after 1986 may not be purchased by civilians (more on this under lie No. 5 below). Also, the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) regulates other firearms which may be purchased, but clearly not in the way insinuated by Obama’s comments (more on this under lie No. 3 below).

3. A Firearm Can Be Purchased at Any Time

When purchasing a firearm from a federally licensed gun dealer (FFL), background-check requirements must be satisfied. In most cases, this includes a background check being run through the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). …Federal background checks may only be run between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. Eastern… Within the statement that a firearm can be purchased at any time is also the inference that a firearm may be purchased anywhere. This is also false. For example, handguns many only be purchased in a person’s state of residence. Therefore, if a person wants to purchase a handgun while he out of his home state, that is a time at which he is not permitted to purchase a firearm. For the class of firearms covered by the NFA, such as short-barreled rifles, a purchaser must wait until certain paperwork is approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). This wait time is often up to 10 months.

4. Firearms Can Be Purchased with Few Regulations

…the United States has many regulations on the purchase and possession of firearms.

5. Firearms Can Be Purchased Over the Internet

It seems clear that Obama wants people to think that a gun can be purchased online and shipped straight to a purchaser’s home like any other online purchase. This is not true. It is technically true that firearms may be purchased online. However, when a person purchases a firearm online from an out-of-state retailer, the firearm must first be shipped to a local FFL, where the purchaser must appear in person to fill out the federally required paperwork and satisfy the background check requirements.

6. Anyone Can Purchase a Machine Gun

…machine guns made after 1986 may not be purchased nor possessed by an ordinary civilian. These machine guns may only be purchased or possessed by FFLs or government entities. Machine guns made before 1986 are still NFA firearms and may only be purchased after the extensive paperwork and wait times that accompany all NFA firearm purchases. Additionally, some local laws outright ban the possession of any machine guns.

It’s unclear whether Obama actually knew he was lying.

I suspect he actually thinks he was being truthful. After all, he lives in a bubble and probably never hears any voices other than those from the leftist echo chamber.

Regardless, what makes this episode especially amusing is that Brazil is moving in the right direction on civil rights for gun owners.

Here are some excerpts from a CNN report in May.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has signed an executive order relaxing gun rules in the country, making it easier to import guns and increasing the amount of ammunition a person can buy in a year. Bolsonaro announced the signing of the decree at a Tuesday news conference, arguing “it is an individual right of the one who may want to have a firearm or seek the possession of a firearm… obviously respecting and fulfilling some requirements.”The conservative provocateur…appears to delivering on his campaign promise to loosen gun laws. …Among the other changes, it simplifies the procedure to transfer the ownership of a firearm, and eases import restrictions on firearms,”allowing free initiative, stimulating competition, rewarding quality and safety, as well as economic freedom, so privileged by the Lord,” the Brazilian government wrote in a statement. …Bolsonaro had previously signed a decree in January making it easier to own a gun in the South American country.

I’m glad that law-abiding people in Brazil now have a better chance of protecting themselves from criminals.

Combined with the spending cap adopted a few years ago, there’s some small reason to hope that Brazil could become the next Chile.

Though we’ll have to wait and see if the country enacts some desperately needed pension reform.

In the meantime, kudos to Bolsonaro for doing the right thing on guns.

And too bad nobody in Brazil asked Obama why Brazil wasn’t following his empty advice.

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Image credit: Steve Jurvetson | CC BY 2.0.

De Blasio’s excuse for missing 9/11 memorial event

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 11:34am
Hicks & Marsh, NY Post

Conservatives burned by Twitter flock to new social media platform

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:23am
Celine Ryan, Daily Caller

Obama flat out lies, falsely claims anyone can buy machine guns over Internet

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:02am
It’s easy to tell when Barack Obama lies — his lips move. While speaking at VTEX DAY, a conference in São Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, the former president was caught telling a number of lies about gun laws in the United States.

Elizabeth Warren slammed as ‘the original Rachel Dolezal’ in radio interview

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 9:51am
Oh, the tangled web we weave...! During a conspicuously uncomfortable and hard-hitting interview on the syndicated radio show ‘The Breakfast Club,’ presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren was grilled on why she identified as ‘Native American’ on her Texas bar registration card and at Harvard.

Child rapist found back in Kansas 14 days after being deported

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 9:14am
Criminal illegal aliens are nothing if they're not persistent.

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