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America for Sale

While the United States pounds on countries in the Caribbean for their Citizenship-by-Investment (CBI) programs, the Kushner family – yes, THAT Kushner family – seems to have no problem selling American visas to the Chinese. That’s the message Jared Kushner’s sister delivered to a ballroom filled with wealthy Chinese investors.

Over several hours of slide shows and presentations, representatives from the Kushner family business urged Chinese citizens gathered at a Ritz-Carlton hotel to consider investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a New Jersey luxury apartment complex that would help them secure what’s known as an investor visa.

The CBI programs in the Caribbean are particularly problematic, rife with corruption and fraud, and permissive as long as you have the cash. Countries such as St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN), Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, and Dominica afford rich foreigners an opportunity to invest in their economies, whether through real estate or an investment in a business, government, or “development fund.” Once an investor plops down several hundred thousand dollars, they can be issued a passport, enjoy visa-free travel to nations in the Schengen Zone or the United States, and other perks – sometimes with very little scrutiny.

Care to guess how much fraud is involved, especially since many of these island nations compete among one another for potential investors, and millions of dollars? Care to guess how much due diligence really goes on when millions of dollars in investments are at stake?

SKN, for example, came under scrutiny a couple of years ago after some Iranian sanctions evaders got visas, allowing them to travel to Canada. Care to guess how easy it is to cross the border from Canada to the United States?

The United States expressed concern about the Caribbean CBI programs as recently as last year, urging these nations to exercise due diligence to ensure that sanctions evaders, transnational organized crime members, and terrorists don’t use their programs to obtain passports and visas.

Hell, one of the relatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is Antigua’s representative in Syria, and the nation’s nutjob Prime Minister Browne admitted to CBS this year that “Syria is one of the areas in which we have had some concerns but did not place it on a restricted list.”

So while the United States expresses concerns about sketchy characters buying Caribbean passports for visa-free travel, the family of the President’s Senior Advisor is selling them to China. The tagline on a brochure for the investor event in Beijing, according to the Post was, “Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States.”

And worse yet, Kushner’s sister was actually touting the White House connection at the conference!

The tone deafness of this woman is unreal!

I’m fairly sure she didn’t come right out and say that if these wealthy Chinese invest half a million bucks into Kushner properties, they’d have an in – a Kushner family member in the White House. I’m sure that’s not what she meant. I hope.

But when you trumpet the fact that the CEO of your company is currently a senior advisor in the White House, what else is one supposed to think?

Damn straight, there are ethical implications when the sister of the company’s CEO, whether intentionally or not, uses her connections to the White House to attract business!

And damn straight, it’s problematic when the EB-5 visa program that allows wealthy investors to essentially buy their way into the United States was set to expire last month, was extended with the President’s signature until the end of the fiscal year, and is promoted by the President’s in-laws, urging Chinese investors to quickly buy into it before its expiration!

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is currently considering changes to the program. The former SOUTHCOM Commander, I am sure, is very aware of the types of problems CBI programs faced in the Caribbean, given the fact that the region falls squarely in SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility. I’m sure Secretary Kelly is aware of the corruption that makes the CBI programs very lucrative for the governments of those countries and keep due diligence down to a minimum, if not absent at all.

So how is it that the Kushner family didn’t see their actions as a problem?

How is it that they didn’t view promoting their personal business by touting an obviously and publicly problematic program, and bragging about their White House connections to Chinese investors, while barring the press from attending the event, as troublesome in any way?

How is it that while the United States issues public warnings about CBI programs elsewhere, the Kushners are hypocritically using their White House connections to sell America to the Chinese?

How is it that they didn’t see a problem with selling American immigration to rich investors from a country that engaged in egregious hacking activities against the United States?

We are living in Animal Farm, people, and the media is focused on how much ice cream 45 eats. Good lord!

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Feds retreat from Nevada ranch… makes one wonder (UPDATED)

I’ve never been a conspiritard. Y’all know this.  Most of the time I ridicule them mercilessly. But even a broken clock is right twice a day, so there may be something to the theory that the Feds nearly instantaneous retreat from the Bundy Ranch, where they have been congregating in what appeared to be an attempt to start a bit of a range war over grazing rights.

For those of you who don’t know…

[Cliven] Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

See, if you refuse the government’s “services,” because they… you know… suck, they are apparently entitled to steal your property. Or so they thought.

Bundy thought differently and was ready to defend his property, if the need arose. For a while there, things got tense, and those of us watching really thought the need would arise.

And then, all of a sudden, the feds decided to pull out.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner,” he said.

I’d say that’s a pretty smart move. I doubt anyone wanted a land war in Nevada. But some believe there might be more to the pullout than what meets the eye.

Now, there’s no way I’m linking to the Infowars psychos or driving any kind of traffic their way… ever. But that said, their claim is that the Bureau of Land Management’s Director, who was conveniently Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-ickhead.) former senior adviser, purged documents from the BLM’s site indicating that the reason BLM wants Bundy’s cattle off the land is to make room for solar panel power stations. The documents that were deleted by the Director, apparently entitled, “Cattle Trespass Impacts” claim that the presence of Bundy’s cattle impacts the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities” on “public lands.”

Now, I have no way of knowing if any of this is truly real. I do know this, however, that almost immediately after the alleged “news” broke, BLM announced its retreat from the area.

Fortuitous timing, no?

I’ll leave it at that.

UPDATE: I knew there was a reason why I refuse to link to Infotards. Breitbart has some interesting information that actually refutes the conspiritard theory du jour, but admits there are definitely questions.

Despite the obvious partisan gain to be had if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory (a failed 2010 Nevada gubernatorial candidate) had somehow been involved in a “land grab” affecting the Bundy family ranch operation—the facts just do not pan out as such. Indeed, Rory Reid did in fact have a hand in plans to reclassify federal lands for renewable energy developments. Just northeast of Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base, plans were drawn by Reid allies to potentially develop 5,717 acres of land for such use. While it would be fair to claim that such activity was in Bundy’s relative neighborhood, the federal lands once leased by the family were more than 20 miles away, east of Overton, Nevada. Contrasting maps offered by InfoWars and those entered into federal court record prove such a theory to be a stretch.

Additionally, this feud began more than 20 years ago, and only RECENTLY did Harry Reid’s senior advisor purged the documents from BLM’s records? Not sure I believe that either. But again… why the purge? Why was it needed in the first place?

As I said earlier, I take everything with a grain of salt, because Alex Jones and the drooling fuckwads at Infotards do nothing but screech “CONSPIRACY!” at every turn. But there are definitely questions to be answered here – especially those about the federal government’s authority to simply push out families from the ranching business by restricting more and more land because of some random squirrel or reptile it claims to want to protect. Do the rat’s rights trump the humans’? I don’t think so.

On the other hand, “I believe this is a sovereign state of Nevada,” Bundy recently told a radio reporter. “…I abide by all of Nevada state laws. But, I don’t recognize the United States Government as even existing.”

Really, dude? You might want to read this nation’s founding documents. That little document called the Constitution, even. I somehow get the feeling this guy quickly admits that the US government exists when it suits his purposes.

In other words, he strikes me as a douchebag, so…

Lots of interesting things going on here. Wonder what will happen.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

Here’s a laugh: the Justice Department is investigating Sheldon Adelson, Newt Gingrich’s biggest backer, for corruption.

The billionaire casino mogul who has breathed new life into Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign with millions of dollars in donations is facing a federal investigation over whether his company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits bribing foreign officials.

The investigation stems from a lawsuit filed by a former executive at the Sands Macau in China, the company has said. Steven C. Jacobs claims he was told the keep quiet about investigations of local officials and the possible presence of the triads – Chinese organized crime – in the casino.

Sheldon Adelson, who founded and runs Las Vegas Sands Corp — one of the largest casino and resort companies in the world, has denied the allegations in the lawsuit and said the company is cooperating with federal investigators.

At this point, Zero’s DOJ investigating anyone is a joke that tells itself.

Nuff said.

Hey, Pakistan!

Fuck you!

Pakistan warned the United States on Tuesday to stop accusing it of playing a double game with Islamist militants and heaped praise on “all-weather friend” China.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, speaking exclusively to Reuters, said any unilateral military action by the United States to hunt down militants of the Haqqani network inside Pakistan would be a violation of his country’s sovereignty.

However, he side-stepped questions on the tense relations with the United States and offered no indications of any steps Pakistan might take to soothe the fury in Washington.

You have been hiding the world’s most murderous terrorist for years… near the largest military community in the country… in a middle of a populous neighborhood… and you bitched and whined when we finally went in and did what you wouldn’t do.

You support the Taliban. Fuck, you CREATED them!  You run Lashkar-y-Tayyiba.

You hamper our efforts to fight terrorism in any way you can.

Your military and intelligence are a bunch of terrorists responsible for the deaths of Americans.

And you still feel entitled to the billions you receive to keep your festering shithole of a country just a rung above Stone Age, while sticking your tongue up China’s ass?

Tell ya what. We’ll withdraw our aid, and you can ask China to pay your way.

Better yet… how about we turn your rancid pit of a nation into a glass parking lot!

UPDATE:

I love this photo that shows a bunch of those savages yelling for America to “GO.”  Let’s do it. Just make sure we take our money with us!

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