Why Iraq Paid for 50,000 Soldiers Who Didn’t Exist

By: Tuesday December 23, 2014 9:00 am

One of the latest stories from Iraq is that some 50,000 “ghost soldiers” haunt the rolls of the Iraqi Army. They have been added to the rosters so that someone can skim away all or part of their salaries. The story has been played for Daily Show-like laughs, has been cited as a cause for [...]

 

Rahm Emanuel Facing Questions Over Campaign Donations From Pension Fund Managers

By: Friday November 14, 2014 1:30 pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is once again facing questions over possibly unethical behavior. This time the controversy is due to executives that manage Chicago’s pension funds giving Mayor Emanuel campaign contributions.

This is arguably not allowed under federal pay to play laws as Emanuel has influence as to who gets to mange the funds. Getting money from people you are giving business to certainly looks like quid pro quo corruption.

Protests Rock Mexico After Student Killings

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 10:25 am

After gang members in the Mexican state of Guerrero admitted that they killed 43 students, dismembered and burnt their bodies, and threw them in a river protests have hit Mexico condemning the government’s failure to rein in the crime that has ravaged Mexico for decades. While crime has been a chronic problem in Mexico – which is ground zero for the drug war – the student killings seem to have been the breaking point leading to demonstrators burning down government buildings and shutting down Acapulco’s airport.

Wall Street Banks Already Breaking Law Again, Violating Settlements With Prosecutors

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 9:46 am

Brace yourself for an epic shock – Wall Street is breaking the law again.

After a couple of years of questionable compliance with legal settlements the banksters are now straight up violating the terms of the deals prosecutors and regulators struck as an alternative to criminal charges. Apparently, as has been argued by everyone not dim or bought, settlements do not work to stop criminal behavior. Something prosecutors seem genuinely surprised by as they are having to reopen old settlements because the banks are back to their old tricks.

After Pay To Play Accusations Christie Administration Sells Stake In Venture Firm

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 1:22 pm

The New Jersey Pension Fund has now sold a stake in a venture capital firm tied to one of Governor Christie’s campaign contributors according to The Bergen Record. The investment by the NJ Pension Fund in General Catalyst Partners became a scandal when it was revealed that one of the beneficiaries of that investment, Charles Baker, had contributed to Governor Chris Christie’s reelection campaign, arguably in violation of New Jersey’s pay to play law.

Apparently, you can never dig deeply enough

By: Monday September 8, 2014 1:30 am

ortunately for FIFA it has no conscience…and a penchant for ironic comedy.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell & Wife Convicted on Public Corruption Charges

By: Friday September 5, 2014 9:49 am

Once considered a presidential contender and future leader of the Republican Party, former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was found guilty Thursday on 11 counts of public corruption. Both McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted of selling access to the office of the governor in exchange for gifts and money. Maureen McDonnell was only convicted on eight counts.

Late Night: Defective X-Ray Pornscanners. You Can See Sideboobs But Not Sidearms

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 8:00 pm

Wired has a story today about a team of security researchers demonstrated how people can slip weapons and explosives past TSA’s Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanners.

The article talks about blogger Jonathan Corbett who published a YouTube video two years ago showing some of these same failings which the TSA pooh-poohed. Now these researchers from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins are showing the same things and more.

Late Night: Man vs. Machine

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:00 pm

When I was in college, I took a two part class called War in the Modern World, as a conscious departure from the social history that was my focus of study. The experience was eye-opening, and continues to be.

By “modern,” it referred to the period from the US Civil War to the present (the early 1980′s), based on the fact that the Civil War was won by pure industrial might, and the victor was the belligerent that could out-produce the other and hurl the most materiel and men onto the pile.

Governor Cuomo Receives Warning From US Attorney About Obstructing Justice and Witness Tampering

By: Friday August 1, 2014 10:50 am

On the heels of reports that New York Governor Cuomo’s staff interfered with investigations into corruption involving firms connected to the governor, the US Attorney for New York, Preet Bharara, has warned Cuomo and staff about obstructing justice and witness tampering.

Governor Cuomo’s staff have reportedly already told a New York state commission investigating corruption, the Moreland Commission, to pull back subpoenas from political consulting firms that work with Governor Cuomo’s re-election campaign. This despite Governor Cuomo himself establishing the commission to respond to a wave of corruption plaguing New York state government.

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