Articles by Bruce Branick

The IRS Tax Refund Mill for Illegals

Since the imposition of the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), whereby individuals residing within the borders of the United States, yet ineligible to receive Social Security Numbers have been able to file tax returns, widespread fraud has gone unabated. This according to the 2012 report (Reference Number: 2012-42-081) issued by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

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Evil Genius

Graduate of Princeton, Fellow at Harvard University, biographer, Robert A. Caro has written four superb volumes investigating the life of Lyndon Baines Johnson, “…a crooked man who walked a crooked mile.” Caro and wife Ina (a biographer and writer in her own right), traveled to Johnson City, Fredericksburg, Austin, Texas, lived, ate and slept LB Johnson, talked with hundreds of knowledgeable people in state and federal government, retirees, friends and enemies of Lyndon, for several long years, and almost became nuisances at the LBJ library.

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America’s Merchant Marine in peril

President Obama’s sequester brain child became Danny Werfel’s responsibility to parcel out budget cuts among the federal agencies. As controller of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Werfel has been until recently what could be called the CFO for the United States of America.

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IRS abuse of power and the re-election of the president

Should anyone doubt the purpose of these recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative Tea Party and patriotic grassroots groups such as the Glenn Beck inspired 9/12 groups seeking tax-exempt status from the government? Cast all skepticism aside. Be advised there was a single purpose to this act of unmitigated government tyranny…

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TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline: Under Cover of Darkness

We still don’t know the answer to that question, but a critical segment of the Keystone XL Pipeline is mighty close to conclusion. The map segment referred to as the “Gulf Coast Project” is nearly complete, as a finite pipeline capable of carrying Canadian oil sands from Hardisty, Alberta to Nederland, Texas.

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Keystone XL Pipeline: Oil for Export or American Prosperity?

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news with a vengeance and arrived NEAR the end game.

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West Point Terrorism Report Condemns Conservatives

The cover page of a controversial new report issued by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point portrays a solemn blue photo of empty chairs in Oklahoma City stating: “‘Field of Empty Chairs’ is part of the Oklahoma City National Memorial which commemorates the victims killed in the 1995 attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.”

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Army of the Lost

Robert D. Kaplan (Global Affairs, Stratfor), widely acclaimed military analyst wrote on October 31: “… cuts in the defense budget under the Obama administration concern the eclipse of the U.S. Army. For the first time in American history, soldiers have become a devalued species…”

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Common Carrier Trumps Texas Quick Take: GOING FORWARD WITH TRANSCANADA’S REQUEST FOR ‘WRIT OF POSSESSION’

On September 24, 2012, Judge Tom Rugg’s Jefferson County Court at Law in Beaumont, Texas told TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Company that under the ‘quick take’ provision of the law it was cleared to enter upon the lands of Texas Rice Land Partners, but that Keystone’s Surety Bond “remains questionable,” and that Keystone’s position as a “common carrier” is yet to be decided in a separate court case.

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Texas Landowners Object to Transcanada-Austin Collusion in Eminent Domain Condemnation

“Eminent Domain,” the right of government to take private property, has hit Midwest landowners from North Dakota’s Canadian boundary, to Texas’ Gulf Coast, and they are mad as hell.

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Eminent Domain Abuse: Norfolk Style

Eminent Domain is not a noxious disease, but can often be devastating and even fatal to the victim.

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Dead in the Water

Do you recall the sickening feeling you had the day you learned of the attack and destruction of the USS COLE in Aden, Yemen, and the instant fury that news provoked?

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The UN’s Measure of a Nation – and America’s Political Complicity

United Nations Economist Howard S. Friedman, Masters in Statistics, and a PhD. in Biomedics from Johns Hopkins, declares “Income Inequality is America’s biggest challenge.”

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