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$5B Spent to Help Afghans... who, uh, gets that?

The lamestream media told you:

"U.S., allies spend $5B a year to help Afghan Forces"
...have failed to defeat Taliban forces... remains a threat across the country... islamic radical insurgents have overrun dozens of checkpoints... the enemy is fighting in almost every province... " USA Today 5/19/15. And in other news, Ramadi falls, defenders ran away, outnumbered the enemy 10 to 1, have no will to fight...

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

With no mention of how much the unnamed "allies" spend and how much we taxpayers pickup, USA Today, following standard policy seen in media outlets everywhere, fails to even hint at who gets the five thousand million dollars ($5 billion) every year that isn't stopping the "islamic radical insurgents," a term the media has refused to use until recently.

According to high placed unnamed observers speaking on condition, the media doesn't know who gets all the money, and certainly doesn't do the research needed to find out. No reason for the change in policy that allows use of the term "islamic radical insurgents" has been released, despite perhaps the obvious difficulty in continuing to deny their existence. Media long ago stopped calling islam the religion of peace, a tired propaganda ploy direct from islam, which flew in the face of observed reality. So called islamic moderates, supposedly out there in great numbers, never appear, do not demonstrate and are never reached for comment, leading observers to conclude they don't exist. The notion that local islamic defense forces simply leave the battlefield when islamic radical insurgents arrive suggests, to conscious people at least, that they're all on the same side, give or take, and will sing Kumbaya when it's all over, despite U.S. efforts to pit them against each other.

Government Theft Now Called "Waste"

Criminals still at large, no charges filed


The lamestream media told you:

[This is just too rich.]

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/05/federal-spending-transparency-money-missing/13485581/

WASHINGTON - A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.

And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on USASpending.gov is "fully consistent with agencies' records," according to the report. [I am not making this up. Alan.]

Among the data missing from the 6-year-old federal website:

o The Department of Health and Human Services failed to report nearly $544 billion, mostly in direct assistance programs like Medicare. The department admitted that it should have reported aggregate numbers of spending on those programs.

o The Department of the Interior did not report spending for 163 of its 265 assistance programs because, the department said, its accounting systems were not compatible with the data formats required by USASpending.gov. The result: $5.3 billion in spending missing from the website.

The White House itself failed to report any of the programs it's directly responsible for. At the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House, officials said they thought HHS was responsible for reporting their spending.

For more than 22% of federal awards, the spending website literally doesn't know where the money went. The "place of performance" of federal contracts was most likely to be wrong.

That's a problem, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

The administration is transferring responsibility for the website from the General Services Administration to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service in the Department of the Treasury.



The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:


Commonplace stories like these point to a desperate need for comitatus laws, according to leading experts. While the report says greater oversight is needed, out here in the public we all know punishment is needed.

Comitatus laws are written so that instead of saying something is required or forbidden, it says who ever does or doesn't meet the requirement, goes to jail, just like the public would for violating law. It is modeled after the posse comitatus law, which for 150 years has prevented anyone from using the military to enforce civilian law, because it imprisons anyone who tries it.

People hired by taxpayers to carefully spend money, and then to account for it have no idea where the money is, failed to account for it, and are certain much of the whereabouts of it are unknown, implying it has been stolen, embezzled, fraudulently spent or otherwise criminally misappropriated, in what is sometimes euphemistically called waste.

Waste is often another word for theft -- services never performed but paid for, overcharges, phony charges and money that simply disappears with no accounting. Bureaucrats know what this means.

No arrests have been made. No charges are pending. Statutes, written by the people handling the money, require accounting, but provide no penalties, leading to tremendous laughter behind closed doors, according to sources close to the missing money.

Wage slaves continued to work and pay taxes, dutifully sending their money to the government, because it is removed from their pay before they get to see it. Failure to remove the money and send it is punishable by fines and prison time. No talk of tax revolt or other action has been heard. Yet.

Economy is Strong -- in Gun Biz

The lamestream media told you:

The economy is slow, jobs are off but getting better, income inequality, it's still a recovery. Why did the chicken cross the road... you're a racist and it's Bush's fault.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:


The National Shooting Sports Foundation, NSSF.org, reports that in April 2014, the NSSF-adjusted NICS background-check figure of 988,726 is the second highest April on record for the system, even with a decrease of 16.6% compared to the April 2013 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,185,231. For comparison, the unadjusted April 2014 NICS figure of 1,733,651 reflects a 1.8% increase from the unadjusted NICS figure 1,702,455 in April 2013. NSSF adjusts the figures to more closely approximate gun sales, since the raw data reflects other uses of this $250 million centralized FBI computer ID system in Clarksburg, W. Va., funded and built for the FBI to satisfy requirements of the Brady Handgun law, heh heh. System diagramhttp://www.gunlaws.com/images/nicsbig.gif

In other news, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, NSSF.org, reports that the latest Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax collection report released by the Treasury Dept. indicates gun and ammo makers reported $213.5 million in taxes for the 4th calendar quarter of 2013; up 22% over 2012.

In even bigger news, if you can consider paying tax big news, the 2013 annual FAET collections totaled $863,696,528 making it the highest year on record, beating 2012 by 34.1%, a stunning advance in economic terms. The lamestream media basically missed the story.

VA To Get Huge Bucket of Money

The U.S. Senate has just agreed (June 5, 2014) to authorize $500 million to hire new doctors and nurses for Veterans Administration hospitals, because, according to ultra liberal senator Bernie Sanders, the VA simply doesn't have enough staff to handle the patients they have. Seems reasonable enough, except...

Why $500 million? The Senators don't know -- and don't care -- because it's not their money and they're incompetents deserving removal.

It's a nice round number. It's nice and big. It sounds pretty good. Someone picked it out of thin air. How much money is actually needed? They don't give a sh!t -- "At least we did something," they say, and in time for the evening news, who will swallow it, along with most of the public, without asking anything or thinking. Military "champions" like John McCain have been ignoring the complaints for decades, and now they're all blustery about it. What a deceitful sack of embarrassing unrepresentatives they all are, according to leading experts.

If it was a private business, the decision to hire people would be based on what's actually needed and affordable, not some grant of money in round figures with no attachment to reality, absolutely primed for waste, fraud, misuse, bogus allocations, lack of controls, and with as much oversight as the number itself. It's a federal fubar snafu waiting to happen -- before it's reallocated again, forever.

All bills for new taxes must arise in the House. Where this money might come from to pay for the Senate's largesse was unimaginable at press time. The federal government is broke and running on debt that can never be repaid. Have a nice day.

Gun Business Is Booming, Pt. II

The lamestream media told you:

The recovery is slow, the economy is slow, business is slow, jobs are slow, but at least inflation is slow.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the past five years, figures from the National Shooting Sports Foundation show. The lamestream media has in large measure missed the story for five years.

The total economic impact of the industry increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $37.7 billion in 2013, a 97%. The total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from more than 166,000 to more than 245,000, a 48% increase in that five-year period

Stephen Sanetti, NSSF President and CEO, said, "While our nation's overall economic recovery has been slow since 2008, our industry has been a true bright spot, increasing our direct workforce by nearly half, adding jobs that pay an average of more than $47,700 in wages and benefits."

The Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report: 2013 provides a state-by-state breakdown of job numbers, wages and output covering direct, supplier and induced employment, as well as federal excise taxes paid. The report provides national totals and breaks out each state, see how your state did:
http://www.nssf.org/impact/state_by_state_chart.jpg


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Gun Business Is Booming, the economy, not so much

The lamestream media told you:

The economy is bleak, the recovery is slow, unemployment is up, it's republicans' fault, government is focused on creating jobs, our statistics for counting unemployment is beyond reproach, despite all the accounting tricks revealed lately (like not counting out-of-work people who have given up, now there's a trick!), and the outlook is bleak.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported that the March 2014 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,224,705 is the second highest March on record for the system, even with a decrease of 18.4% compared to the March 2013 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,501,730.

For comparison, the unadjusted March 2014 NICS figure of 2,476,610 reflects a 12.7% increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 2,197,116 in March 2013.

The unusually large difference in the NSSF-adjusted and unadjusted NICS numbers appears to be due to the re-submission by North Carolina of monthly background checks for CCW permits. (They re-submit their permitees each month to make sure none have fallen into a prohibited category, expensive and time consuming. No figures are available on if this accomplishes anything, or creates harm.) Other factors are known to vary the NICS numbers from an actual count of guns purchased, including multiple purchases at one time, decision not to buy, denials, delays, official uses of NICS for other purposes, etc.

U.S. Pledges Billions It Doesn't Have

The lamestream media told you:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2013/12/02/president-obama-pledges-100-million-to-find-hivaids-cure/

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV, saying his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies...

Obama made the announcement Monday at a White House event marking World AIDS Day, which was Sunday -- and as health leaders and philanthropists gathered in Washington to determine how to replenish the major global health fund that combats AIDS and two of the world's other leading killers in low-income countries.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=251445070

In other news, Kerry pledged $32.5 million, including up to $18 million for Vietnam that will include five fast patrol boats for its Coast Guard. With the new contribution, U.S. maritime security assistance to the region will exceed $156 million over the next two years, he said.

Kerry said the new assistance was not a "quickly conceived reaction to any events in the region" but rather a "gradual and deliberate expansion" of U.S. support as part of the Obama administration's broader decision to refocus attention on the Asia-Pacific.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Where does all this money come from? Isn't Congress supposed to be involved in things like this? Don't these "reporters" even ask about that, instead of just telling the public the money is flying out the door? Isn't the U.S. way beyond broke, hopelessly in debt? How is it we're giving away money like this? Do any Page Nine readers remember back to when a million dollars was, like, a lot of money? They are giving away amounts of money beyond any human capacity to understand how much money it is -- and we don't even have it. Someone needs to be fired, pronto, tonto. (That's not a race joke about Indians, it's a Spanish word, look it up.)

Who Gets U.N.'s Billions of Food Dollars?

The lamestream media told you:

UN Needs Billions in Aid to Meet Goal, by John Heliprin, Associated Press.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/world/middleeast/un-seeks-record-sum-for-humanitarian-aid-in-2014.html?_r=0

Valerie Amos, the under secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told a news conference in Geneva that aid agencies needed nearly $13 billion for humanitarian relief operations worldwide in 2014. “This is the largest amount we have ever had to request at the start of the year,” she said. Provided by 500 organizations... $6.5 billion for Syria... food, shelter, clothing... terrible situation... 52 million people, 17 countries, High Commissioner for Refugees... only 60 percent funded... humanitarian response... millions of civilians... Haiti, Somalia, Djibouti... huge gaps... 20% of Lebanon's inhabitants... need for a political solution...

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Not one word in this lengthy bleeding-heart story, about very real tragedies that occur non-stop all over the world without end, perpetrated essentially by governments, ever mentions who GETS all the money.

We know where the money comes from, though it is also never mentioned. It comes from working stiffs like you and me who work hard and earn it, taken in the form of taxes from the publics, by their governments, and given to the U.N. for "humanitarian do gooderism," without direct representation. The U.N. itself has no direct representative structure, just governments operating among themselves.

But who gets the $13 billion the U.N. is now advertising for, through the Associated Press' pretend "news"? Why didn't the "reporter," this John Heliprin person who ran the under secretary's staged press conference announcement, with the cooperation of his chain of command and so-called editors, ask?

Is it Campbell's soup? Or the Heinz food companies conglomerate, owned by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's wife? Does it go straight to dirt farmers in Kansas growing subsidized vegetables? Could it be rice paddy farmers on subsistence wages in Vietnam?

Inquiring minds want to know. After all, $13 billion is a lot of money. It buys a lot of food. What kind of food does the U.N. buy -- but you won't find out, if your source of news is the "news" media.

If you were a skeptic, you might even conclude that the companies that get all the billions, have a perverse love of the governments that run the wars and create the tragedies -- because it generates the billions they get. That of course would be sick, but it would send their kids to school, pay for their vacations, and make their bottom lines look very nice indeed. If government malfeasance stopped, or when tragedies slow down, they have an inverse desire to see things get worse.

Closing Builds Business?

The lamestream media told you:

WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress.

The service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually, said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. "Our financial condition is urgent," Donahoe told a press conference.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Only in government could the answer to declining revenues be to close for business one day per week. "If my business was hurting for money, the last thing I would do would close," said seven thousand businessmen interviewed for this story. "I would extend my hours, stay open late, offer extra services, cut prices, anything but close for a day and expect that to increase my margins and make business better," every single one of them said.

Leftists and bureaucrats applauded the move, displaying a total lack of understanding of an olden principle called capitalism, the engine that generated the most affluent society the world has ever known, the only proven method for lifting people out of poverty.

This pointed to a basic fact of business that every businessperson knows, that government does not, and supporters of government have never learned -- business creates wealth, government consumes wealth. If you're consuming wealth, it makes sense to shut down before you go bankrupt. If you're generating wealth, you need to stay open to make more.

See the story on how this works http://www.gunlaws.com/Page9Folder100up/PageNine-112.htm

Firearms Industry Grows

The lamestream media told you:

Unemployment remains high.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF.org), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, released a specially commissioned report detailing double-digit gains in jobs and other data showing the industry has been a leader in the nation's economic recovery. The report can be viewed athttp://nssf.org/impact/

Firearms industry members were briefed on the remarkable statistics, such as a 30.6% increase in jobs between 2008 and 2011 (from 75,600 to 98,750), a 66.5% increase in economic impact (from $19.1 billion to $31.8 billion) and a 66.5% increase in federal taxes paid by industry companies (from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion, and similar growth in state and excise taxes).

"During difficult economic times and high unemployment rates nationally, our industry actually grew and created more than ten thousand new, well-paying jobs," said NSSF President Steve Sanetti. "Our industry is proud to be one of the bright spots in this economy." The lamestream media didn't get the memo, missed the briefing, and failed to report the good news, for reasons that were unclear at press time.
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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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