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Texas: U.S. Marshals Arrest man over 29-year-old, $1,500 student loan debt

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HOUSTON – Houston resident Paul Aker was flabbergasted when seven U.S. Marshals knocked on his door last Thursday in full combat gear, automatic assault rifles in hand.

“I was wondering, why are you here? I’m home and I haven’t done anything, and why are the Marshals knocking on my door,” he told Fox 26. “It’s amazing.”

The Marshals told Aker they were there to collect a $1,500 federal student loan he took out in 1987 and didn’t repay. They arrested him, put him in shackles, and hauled him to the federal court building in downtown Houston, Aker said.

“They put me in a four-by-four cell for about an hour, and then … I was taken before a judge, surrounded by seven Marshals,” he told the news site. “I just couldn’t believe that I was standing before the court with no rights read to me, no legal representation, and I’m being told I owe $1,500. I just couldn’t believe it.”

After verifying that Aker did not receive a notice of default, Texas Congressman Gene Green explained to Fox 26 and Aker how the situation came about.

“Our federal resources – our U.S. Marshals and federal court system – are being used, I think, by the private sector,” he said. “A few years ago, Congress allowed the private sector to contract for student loan collections, so you have these private companies who are doing this.”

Aker confirmed a private attorney, not a U.S. Attorney, attended his hearing.

The private debt collectors seek judgements against debtors in federal court, and ask the judges to use the U.S. Marshals Service to compel them to pay.

A source in the local Marshals office told Fox 26 Aker’s arrest is only the beginning.

“I was told by sources with the U.S. Marshals Service that they have 1,200 to 1,500 more arrests right here in our community that they will make for old student loan debt,” Fox News reporter Isiah Carey said as Aker and Green shook their heads in apparent disgust.

The Root highlighted the Fox 26 story, and readers there debated the situation.

“Untrue. A check of the docket of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas shows that Winford Paul Aker was arrested for his failure to appear in court as ordered by a judge. The docket shows that several attempts were made to have him appear as ordered, and the court finally issued a bench warrant for his failure to appear,” Stephen Scapelliti posted.

“He was not arrested for failure to pay his debt. And, by the way, he was ordered to reimburse the court for the cost of sending marshals to compel his appearance.”

“The feds have never considered it a civil matter. Just like court ordered child support … if the parent doesn’t pay they can go to jail,” Cassandra Mosley wrote. “I don’t understand why this is so disturbing … It’s not OK for people to create debt and not repay it, especially when it’s student loans.”

“Casandra it is disturbing because it is unconstitutional to arrest someone for a civil debt … and that includes child support,” Ephraim Gabriel countered. “They just get around it by claiming they are arresting you for violation of a court order and not the actual child support. Both are against the law and result in debtor’s prison.”

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Anti-American Spurs Just Enraged Every Fan With HUGE Message They Broadcasted Before Their Last Game

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Prior to the year 2017, being a professional athlete was about your ability to play your chosen game and how much you’d help your team achieve victory. The rise of the social justice warrior on the playing fields (or courts) has put that to an end though. Every player is now considered both on their athletic ability and the political views that they bring with them.

The problem of politics is no longer relegated to the NFL since the NBA and other leagues are getting in on the fun. The NB is taking a much firmer stance, with the NBA Commissioner making it clear that he expects his players to stand for the anthem. Many have still chosen to lock arms in an apparent show of solidarity with their protesting counterparts in the NFL, however so far no kneeling.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovic has been loudly anti-Trump at every turn, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to make his political feelings known in a pre-game show against the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to The Hill, the coach is trying to make sure that his message gets out, even if they’re banned from kneeling like the NFL players are doing:

“The San Antonio Spurs called for ‘real change’ and equality in a pro-social justice message before their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.

Both NBA teams stood for the national anthem, then linked arms as a slideshow played across the Jumbotron calling for unity and ‘equal opportunity for education, and economic advancement regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion.’

‘There are things happening in our communities that need our attention,’ the message read, according to ESPN. ‘We understand your desire to attend our games as an escape and chosen form of entertainment. In that, we feel there is a significant commonality in all of us that allows our community to be so special. … It is our hope that we can, as a community, inspire and evoke real change. We ask that you join with us in your daily lives in the pursuit of equality. And in that, we honor our country by exercising demands for what this great nation has promised and what our military continues to fight for.’

So essentially, they understand what you want, they hear what you’ve asked for, but they decided that pushing their political agenda was more important, even if it alienates their fans. Apparently, any place that cameras are present is a good enough platform for the social justice warriors/athletes of today.

According to Popovich, the message was “warmly received” by the crowd who attended Wednesday’s game. However, considering his overt disdain for the President and everything that our country was founded on, it’s unlikely that any other response would have been accepted or reported by the biased coach.

Popovich has got so far as to call President Trump a “soulless coward” in a recent interview when asked his opinion on a political issue. It’s unclear why this basketball coach thinks that he’s on par with the President of the United States, but he obviously wants to make his voice heard.

In contrast to the socially aware statements being made by the Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks with Mark Cuban at the helm made a very different impression on guests at their game. Yahoo Sports reported that the video that aired before the Mav’s home game against the Hawks was one that had a clearly patriotic theme.

The video the Mavericks aired before Wednesday’s home opener against the Atlanta Hawks featured the images of many players, past and present, but no direct messages about the issues of police brutality against people of color and racial inequality, which have been at the heart of athlete demonstrations begun last year by Colin Kaepernick in the NFL and continued thereafter by players in other sports leagues. Rather, the ‘tribute video’ featured first-person narrative from the perspective of the American flag, delivered over a backing track in the style of early Arcade Fire.”

Cuban is also outspokenly anti-Trump but he knows that that has nothing to do with the respect that is owed the flag. Cuban, like President Trump, has made billions by working hard in a country that still rewards hard work. No matter what you think about individuals or small groups, the flag still stands for freedom and equality, and thankfully there are those who still support it.

“’I see a city and country where the people respect me for who I am and what I represent,’ the personified flag says in the video. ‘I am this country’s common ground: the most recognizable symbol in the world.’

The ‘ultra-patriotic’ video was, in Cuban’s words, ‘a proactive effort to recognize that [the flag is] an important symbol for this country, but we’re also going to recognize that what it stands for is the right for people to disagree and to stand up for your beliefs.’”

Everyone is allowed to have an opinion, and unless their bosses require differently, they’re even allowed to share those opinions at work. However, if we want to retain our rights and freedoms, we should absolutely take those anti-American sentiments personally. Evil will prevail if we don’t take a stand against it.

[H/T: The HillYahoo Sports]

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You Won’t Believe Who Was Just Awarded Special Permission To Fly Drones Over U.S. Crowds And It’s BAD

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The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded the first waiver for someone to fly drones over large crowds of people. The recipient of this waiver is probably not who you would expect to see receive one. If you had to guess who received it, then you probably wouldn’t have guessed that CNN is the recipient.

If there’s one good thing about this, it’s that CNN can now tell the truth about the size of the crowds at Trump events! Nothing like a great overhead shot from a fancy HD drone camera, right?

Via Bloomberg:

CNN received a waiver allowing routine drone flights above crowds, a milestone for the industry seeking greater use of the remote-controlled devices for everything from insurance inspections to covering news.

It makes sense for places to access areas previously inaccessible in order to take photographs and videos of things people want/need to see. I can only imagine CNN getting caught up in something shady with this. You can bet they will be tempted to fly a drone outside the White House windows when Trump is sleeping and sneak some photos of documents. Knowing CNN, the media arm of the Democratic Party, they will try to crash a drone into Marine One while Trump is on board. There will definitely be someone getting in trouble when they do something inappropriate.

The approval is the first time the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted a waiver for unlimited flights over people, the news network said in an emailed statement. The standards used in the application can be applied to other applicants, potentially opening vast new uses by the media and other industries for so-called unmanned aerial systems, or UAS.

Imagine there are a 100 drones flying above a large crowd and they’re all fighting for airspace, then they crash into each other, then they fall and land on the people below causing injuries or worse. This sounds like a recipe for disaster just waiting to happen.

“This waiver signifies a critical step forward not only for CNN’s UAS operations, but also the commercial UAS industry at large,” said David Vigilante, senior vice president of legal for CNN.

It’s a critical step, but it’s also a step not necessary. Why do we need to fly drones over people? This opens the door for the overcrowded airspace, collisions, and drones landing on people.

Watching videos taken from drones is usually very cool, but I can’t imagine what it would be like when every news station has a drone and they’re all above our head at the same time and they just get annoying to people.

The FAA currently prohibits drone flights overhead, although its regulations allow for waivers if applicants can show there’s no risk of injury. Limited waivers have been issued to filmmakers and others for flights over contained areas after those on the ground consented.

The small device that was approved, a Snap drone, has internal rotors and is designed to break apart in the event of a crash to prevent injuries. Time Warner Inc.’s CNN and Vantage Robotics, the company that built it, say they spent two years designing and testing the drone.

The FAA should have left the regulation alone so flights over people was still banned and injuries were not an option. Even though the Snap Drone has internal rotors and breaks apart, there’s still the possibility of a physical injury caused if the drone falls on someone. That then opens the door for lawsuits likely ending in expensive settlements and companies losing money, cutting jobs, and relying on whatever is left of their business to keep them in action.

What happens if someone flying a drone over a crowd is not from a news network? What if they commit a horrible crime that injures or kills people? Will the FAA rescind the waiver once something bad happens? If that’s the case, then why should they wait for the something bad to happen? Why not eliminate this waiver and realize it opens a Pandora’s box to potential evil doing.

I don’t think we need the waivers, licenses, or ability to fly drones overhead. That seems like too much risk and an extremely high level of responsibility. I wouldn’t want someone flying a drone over my head, nor the heads of an entire crowd.

Everything about this sounds like a disaster in the making. Someone will take advantage of it and hide their illegal drone in with a crowd of news drones. Then someone bad will happen. Then people will ban drones. Then we’ll be back at square one and realizing the FAA should not have permitted this waiver to go into action.

I really cannot think of a news event, over people, that would require drone coverage shooting footage from the air. Flying a drone into the California wild fires would provide helpful reconnaissance and footage that we could not get otherwise. Flying drones into disasters in hopes to find people or gain helpful imagery for first responders makes sense, but flying them over people just seems a bit off.

The video below may be the appropriate response to CNN’s drones.

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It’s Official! Trump Just Enraged Dems Overnight With What Passed Behind Their Backs Without Their Vote

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Congress isn’t known for it’s work ethic; in fact it seems that they work the very hardest when they’re trying to get elected and take a whole lot of recesses after that. Unfortunately, between the long breaks and the conflicting parties arguments, getting legislations passed seems insurmountable at times.

This year though, Republicans have one distinct advantage; we have majorities in both houses of congress, and of course a Republican President. One of the major issues that both congressmen and the President campaigned on was tax reform. The American people are more than ready to see more responsibility from the federal government as to what they do with our tax dollars, and maybe a reduction in the amount they take.

Finally some progress is being made toward that end, and we didn’t need the Democrats to do it. The Hill reports about the budget that the House of Representatives passed, without the help of a single Democrat.

“House passes budget, paving way for tax reform: The House passed its 2018 budget resolution Thursday in a party-line vote that represents a step toward its goal of sending tax-reform legislation to President Trump.

In a 219-206 vote, lawmakers approved a budget resolution for 2018 that sets up a process for shielding the GOP tax bill from a filibuster in the Senate.

A total of 18 Republicans voted against the resolution, along with all the Democrats who were present.”

Here’s hoping those 18 Republicans get an ear full from their constituency about why they voted against a budget that would allow for tax reform. Regardless, the rest of the party proved that we can still get measures important to us passed, even if we have a few straggling defectors along the way.

“GOP lawmakers hailed the vote as meaningful because of the tax measure.

‘We haven’t reformed this tax system since 1986. We need to pass this budget so we can help bring more jobs, fairer taxes and bigger paychecks for people across this country,’ Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said during House floor debate.

Democrats lambasted it for the same reason.

‘This budget isn’t about conservative policy or reducing the size of our debt and deficits. It’s not even about American families. This budget is about one thing — using budget reconciliation to ram through giant tax giveaways to the wealthy and big corporations — and to do it without bipartisan support,’ said Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee. “

If by “the wealthy” they mean those not on welfare, than I’d have to agree. Those of us not on government hand outs (especially business owners) would like to hold onto more of the money that we make, instead of letting the government distribute it for us.

The reason this measure passed with the ease that it did goes back to that solid majority that Republicans have. The reason that we hold that position is because the Republican platform reflects that of the majority of Americans. We’re mostly middle class, hard working and looking for a break. We’ve gotten fed up with the liberal agenda, and we’re ready for relief.

Now that the House of Representatives have done their job, they pass it off to the Senate Republicans, in hopes that they’re going to be able to pass the tax reform legislation that is so desperately  needed without having to withstand a filibuster. Republicans only need 50 votes to get the job done, and since the party holds 52 Senate seats, the chances are promising.

We don’t yet know all the details of what the tax reform will bring, but Republicans noted the tax plan will have a $5 trillion cut in the next ten years. With this, Medicaid expenditures will be cut to about $1 trillion in the upcoming decade.

We do, however, have a few more details from our source about the coming changes:

 

 

Consumer bureau releases payday lending rule: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a long-anticipated rule Thursday that’s meant to protect short-term, high-interest loan customers from being trapped with debt.

The CFPB’s action targets lenders that offer small loans with short payback timeframes and interest rates, often called “payday” loans. Such loans, which sometimes use car titles as collateral, are often used by low-income customers in need of extra money to cover basic expenses.

The CFPB’s rule is the final step of a years-long effort to hold payday and car title lenders to stricter standards that could hamper much of the industry. CFPB Director Richard Cordray called the rule “a stop to the payday debt traps that have plagued communities across the country.”

“Too often, borrowers who need quick cash end up trapped in loans they can’t afford.” Cordray said. “The rule’s common sense ability-to-repay protections prevent lenders from succeeding by setting up borrowers to fail.” I break down the 1,600-page rule here: http://bit.ly/2xldr2b.

Senate confirms Trump’s first Fed nominee: The Senate on Thursday confirmed Randal Quarles to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, where he’ll oversee the central bank’s financial regulation efforts.

Quarles, a top Treasury Department official under former President George W. Bush, will serve as the Fed’s first vice chairman for supervision, a position created by the Dodd-Frank Act to bolster federal oversight of major banks.

Quarles is the first member of the Fed nominated by President Trump, who’ll have several chances to reshape the central bank. Trump is currently mulling whether to replace Fed Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen when her term expires in February, and Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer is scheduled to leave the bank by the middle of October.

The Senate cleared Quarles 65-32, with 14 Democrats voting in favor his confirmation. No Republicans opposed Quarles, while Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) were not present for the vote. Cochran is currently recovering from a medical issue, while Heller and Cortez Masto are in Nevada responding to the Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people.

[H/T: The Hill]

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