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Fox News Financial ‘Expert’ Indicted On 8 Counts Racketeering, Embezzlement, Extortion

Fox Business News expert and CEO Ryan Tate and his father Richard have been indicted by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office on eight felony charges and one misdemeanor count for their shady Tate Publishing company. The charges include a misdemeanor embezzlement, three felony attempted extortion by threat and each for felony racketeering.

The company was started more than 20 years ago, according to The Tulsa World and worked with thousands to publish their books and music. Suddenly, however, Tate Publishing was being sued by printing services for millions. They abruptly closed in Jan. 2017 and lost additional suits brought by Xerox and Lighting Source when Tate failed to comply with subpoenas.

The attorney general’s office received over 800 requests to investigate the publishing company for complaints by people who felt they were scammed by the company.

“A review of bank records shows that monies derived from the sale of publishing or music production services were deposited into business checking accounts and then transferred to Ryan Tate and Christy Tate and/or Richard Tate and Rita Tate’s personal checking accounts,” Agent Elizabeth Fullbright said during a press conference.

“Bank records also show that the $50 processing fee checks from authors, made payable to Tate Publishing, were deposited directly into both Tate Publishing checking accounts and the personal bank account of Richard and Rita Tate. Richard and Rita Tate’s account appears to be used for personal transactions, including dining and entertainment at casinos in Oklahoma,” she revealed.

The situation got even worse when snarky political blog The Lost Ogle released a past audio recording of company President Ryan Tate

“The righteous will prevail. I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend in tears with my family,” Tate told workers. “Good people are going to lose their jobs. It’s not fair, it’s not right, but that’s the reality of the situation. Any good organization — Jesus himself is the perfect mix of mercy, grace and justice. And I’ve probably failed you that I’ve been a little too lenient and a little too on the side of mercy and grace and not enough justice.”

He went on to say that he’s looked the other way and let a lot of things go.

“I tried to be nice. I trusted you. Good God!” Tate exclaimed. He then accused them of being on Facebook or watching Netflix while at work. “I trust you. But all I get is bellyaching, moaning, groaning, the grass is greener on the other side. How stupid do you have to be, in this day in age, in this economy to even play with fire like that?”

If convicted the elder Tate will likely die in prison while his son “plays with fire” behind bars for quite a while. Additional charges might be added as the investigation continues as they sift through the hundreds of complaints. The attorney general’s office isn’t clear on how much money was “wrongfully obtained” by the Tates.

Below you can listen to the older audio recording of Tate berating his employees before crying and telling them they’ll be called into his office one-by-one to be fired.

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Decent people need not apply to become an “expert” on Fox news; apparently, it takes a fake, a phony, a fraud, a sexual predator or a criminal to achieve this.

Take, for instance, CEO Ryan Tate of Oklahoma-based Tate Publishing and Enterprises, who was once a popular financial expert for Fox business.

That was then.

This is now. Not only is Ryan a crook, he’s known to be one of the worst bosses ever, earning himself a reputation for berating, belittling and firing his employees in front of everyone.

But now, he and his father Richard Tate join the continuing list of “bad hombres” at Fox, having been indicted on eight separate counts of racketeering, embezzlement and extortion charges by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter this week.

The latest twist in the saga of this crafty Tate duo is that after Ryan wrote a letter advising some of Tate’s clients the firm was reopening, Hunter arrested them on 8 counts of embezzlement, extortion and racketeering.

The Tates have worked with tens of thousands of clients to publish their books and music for more than two decades. But earlier this year, Richard told their local newspaper The Oklahoman that the company was going through some tough economic times in 2013. Just a few years later Tate Publishing was sued by printing services providers for millions of dollars. And in January 2017, the company closed its doors. And months later, Xerox and Lightning Source won their cases against Tate Publishing.

Agent Elizabeth Fullbright, who works in the AG’s Consumer Protection Unit, said she had been investigating consumer complaints against the Tate company, and an associated firm, Tate Music Group, since June 2015.

“A review of bank records shows that monies derived from the sale of publishing or music production services were deposited into business checking accounts and then transferred to Ryan Tate and Christy Tate and/or Richard Tate and Rita Tate’s personal checking accounts,” Fullbright stated.

“Bank records also show that the $50 processing fee checks from authors, made payable to Tate Publishing, were deposited directly into both Tate Publishing checking accounts and the personal bank account of Richard and Rita Tate. Richard and Rita Tate’s account appears to be used for personal transactions, including dining and entertainment at casinos in Oklahoma.”

The files charged against the Tate’s on Thursday were based on past interactions between the company, or its affiliated operation, and one client.

Hunter said it’s likely more charges against the two men will come, and perhaps additional defendants added to the case.

“That had something to do with us approaching this in the expeditious manner that we did. We don’t need any more victims,” Hunter said. “We are very focused on this. There now have been more than 800 complaints, and we are going to look into each one of them.”

Hunter said the unit still doesn’t know how much money the Tates might have wrongfully obtained.

Author Heather D. Nelson, who has a lifetime contract with Tate Publishing, was relieved. “It is incredibly encouraging to see the attorney general taking us seriously,” Nelson said. But also said nobody really knows how much money the Tates have or what they owe.

“As much as I am excited to see that the attorney general making is process and moving forward, because of how slowly this process has gone, I don’t know that I am that hopeful we will get much,” she said. “It is encouraging to know that at the very least, the Tates are not going to do this to someone else.”

Ordered to surrender their passports, Richard and Ryan Tate are working to get released on a $100,000 bond.

What is it with Fox? The never-ending list of bogus experts they’ve hired and fired for criminal behavior include former Fox Media VP Brian Lewis, who got the boot for mishandling financial irregularities, and phony CIA agent and terrorism/Benghazi-expert Wayne Shelby Simmons and fake Swedish security expert, Nils Bildt. Canned for inappropriate office behavior are The Five‘s Bob Beckel for illegal drug use and Fox White Correspondent Ed Henry for an extra-marital affair.

Further, totally false claims and comments got Judge Andrew Napolitano and Dick Morris previously axed and, more recently, the growing list of sexual allegations and lawsuits at the network got former Fox CEO Roger Ailes and combative host Bill O’Reilly ousted. Fox just forced out its new co-President Bill Shine, a close ally of Ailes, too.

Men’s rights activist proves men need more rights by being elected to the state house

A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire that has been accused of creating a misogynistic online forum is today resisting calls for his resignation. Details of his online activity surfaced after an investigation from journalist Bonnie Bacarisse.

Last November, voters in New Hampshire  re-elected Robert Fisher to the state house of representatives. The man also appears to be one of the secret architects of the internet’s misogynistic “Manosphere.”
The homegrown son of a preacher, 31-year-old  Fisher is a Republican who represents New Hampshire’s Belknap County District 9. In addition to his legislative duties, Fisher owns a local computer-repair franchise, which he bought from fellow MRA Joshua Youssef, and in his spare time, seems to have created the web’s most popular online destination for pickup artistry and men’s rights activists, The Red Pill, according an investigation by the Daily Beast.

An investigation into Fisher’s online aliases found a trail of posts linking the lawmaker to the username Pk_atheist, the creator of The Red Pill—an online Reddit community of nearly 200,000 subscribers that promotes itself as a “discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men.”

It’s possible that now, four-and-a-half years after Red Pill’s founding, Fisher may regret his creation. When reached for comment by phone, Fisher denied participation in the Red Pill forum, claiming not to know what The Red Pill was. Though he did say he had heard of the men’s rights movement, he said he hadn’t heard of PUA. “What is a pickup artist?” he asked.

“Marriage, and yes, female oppression, slut shaming, religion, these were all a means to control (infidelity),” Fisher wrote in 2012, according to the Daily Beast. “Marriages might be considered loveless, and women might have been unhappy, but for men it meant marriages that lasted, commitments that continued, and protection against the fickle whims of females.”

Fisher’s online posts also attack women for their “sub-par intelligence,” and he said their “personalities are “lackluster and boring, serving little purpose in day to day life,” reported The Daily Beast.

Fisher often said Women were uninteresting, immature, unintelligent, lacked depth, and were entitled. He bemoaned that dating was easier for women. He felt it was unjust that women get a free ride, believing ‘a pair of boobs grants [them] equal footing with somebody bringing intelligence or a personality.’”

He wrote, ‘I’m going to say it—rape isn’t an absolute bad, because the rapist I think probably likes it a lot. I think he’d say it’s quite good, really.’” Bacarisse wrote. “Though he stated he ‘doesn’t advocate breaking the law,’ Fisher said online in 2012 that a 40-year-old man asking to see the breasts of a 15-year-old wasn’t creepy. Instead, he said it was ‘evolutionarily advantageous and perfectly natural.’”

“It is literally the [female] body that makes enduring these things worth it,” he said in another comment.

Other New Hampshire politicians are already calling for Fisher’s resignation. Less than 12 hours after the Daily Beast went live with the story, State Rep. Amelia Keane of Nashua, executive director of the New Hampshire Young Democrats, issued a statement decrying Fisher for the allegations made in the report, and called for his fellow Republicans to call for his resignation, too.

“There is no excuse for the type of hateful and ignorant rhetoric anywhere in our state, none the less from someone elected to our State House to serve the men and women in his community,” Keane’s statement reads. “If Rep. Fisher has any semblance of decency or shame left, he will resign his seat.”

 

UKIP candidate reminds us why UKIP is awful

Gisela Allen, UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) candidate for Garscadden/Scotstounhill, is under fire for a series of proposals she later  insisted were personal beliefs, not party policy.
She was responding by phone to questions  about why she was running for Glasgow City Council and admitted at the end of the interview, “I was well advised to be quiet”.

During the interview, she made several controversial statements.

“I want the death penalty to be re-enacted. It doesn’t necessarily have to be hanging,” Allen said. “You could have the guillotine. I think the public is entitled to protection.”

“The main purpose of the law is to protect the public. If I could get the guillotine, lethal injection or firing squad I would gladly have it. I would also castrate violent criminals. You castrate bulls, horses, dogs – it takes the aggression away. Moreover, these violent criminals can’t have any more children themselves. And I am all for the cat o’ nine tails. You like violence? Well let’s see how you like to be on the receiving end.”
“I don’t want increased child care,” she said. “Women with small children should stay at home and look after their own children. Nurseries (day care centers)  shouldn’t get support.

Despite her age she is in favour of euthanising the elderly and the sick. She said: “The NHS spends a fortune on prolonging the lives of, for instance, cancer sufferers. Settle the whole nonsense. Kidney transplants, heart transplants – come off it.”

Allen also suggested feee bus passes should be eliminated and the retirement age should be raised to 70.

“The whole school system needs to be overhauled. She continued: “We are heading for World War III. The educational system all over Europe is collapsing and the greatest danger to the world as it stands is China and India.”

Every class should have a classroom and not get moved around. No sex education in school and I don’t want any LGBT community — it’s private life, none of anyone’s business. She said: “I am not anti-gay – but how can you call that a community? Sex life is everybody’s private affair. You do not come out and declare openly. Do you think I am going all over the city and saying my idea of a sexually-attractive creature is a gorilla? When I go to a zoo and I see a gorilla my hormones go absolutely crazy. I find a gorilla very attractive.” But she doesn’t talk about it so why should gay, lesbian or bisexual people talk about their sex life?

Allen came to Scotland from Switzerland in 1961 as an exchange student where she met her Jamaican husband, who was in the RAF. They had four children and ran a bed and breakfast.

When her husband died Allen began volunteering at Glasgow Zoo and insists this experience has made her a “good public speaker” who is able to connect with an audience.
Bill Kidd, Scottish National Party parliament member for Glasgow Anniesland, said the comments proved UKIP was out of step with the country.
“It is one thing to be an opinionated individual, that’s what democracy is about,” he said, “but Ms Allen with these outlandish statements has become a manifestation of all that makes her party so very unrepresentative of the constituents in Garscadden/Scotstounhill, or for that matter in Glasgow and Scotland.

Trump administration drops largest non nuclear bomb in existence

The U.S. dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on ISIL Islamic State positions in Afghanistan Thursday, a move the Trump administration said was aimed at denying the group’s freedom of movement.

The deep-penetrating Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, aka M.O.A.B. was used to reach “a system of tunnels and caves” used by ISIL, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday. He declined to say whether President Donald Trump personally ordered use of the weapon, known as a bunker-buster.

The 26,000-pound device, contained 11 tons of explosives and is a designated a GBU-43 bomb. The bomb was dropped in an area of Nangarhar Province according to a Defense Department statement. It marked the first use of a M.O.A.B., sometimes nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs.

“The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction” of Islamic State fighters and facilities, according to a statement from the headquarters of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The move comes while the Trump administration is reviewing strategy in Afghanistan as Taliban forces continue to gain ground and Islamic State is establishing its own strongholds.

Cheating “Luv Guv” taken down by wife

When a former Alabama governor started sending suggestive texts to a member of his staff, he probably didn’t expect them to sync onto the state-issued iPad he had given his wife.

On Monday, Robert Bentley, 74, resigned from his role as Alabama’s governor after an ethics report concluded he used state resources to conceal an affair with his adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

But the scandal truly began in 2013, when Bentley’s wife Dianne became suspicious of the budding relationship.

In March 2014, Dianne Bentley placed a recorder inside her purse and discovered that her husband called Mason and declared his love for her – a minute after his wife left the room.

Bentley’s efforts to dispose of the recordings led to many of the misuse of funds accusations he would later plead guilty to.

On the night of his re-election in the 2014 gubernatorial race, Bentley was allegedly convinced that his opponent had a copy of the recording and told Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier to travel to Greenville to retrieve it.

His wife’s chief of staff Heather Hannah also claimed that Bentley told her she would “never work in the state of Alabama again” if she told anyone about the affair, the 130-page ethics report outlines.

After repeatedly finding her husband’s inappropriate text messages, Dianne Bentley filed for divorce from her husband of 50 years in 2015.

Some of the text messages Bentley sent Mason include:

“You look beautiful and feel so soft.”
“Bless our hearts. And other parts.”
“I love you, Rebekah 😍😍 ”

Bentley fired Collier by the time the administration began investigating his misuse of state funds in 2016. A day after he was let go, Collier finally confirmed the existence of the affair to the press.

The governor’s wife then released pages and pages of phone conversations and text messages to the ethics committee to help the investigation.

Bentley denied doing anything illegal or improper up until his resignation on Monday.

“I have decided that it is time for me to step down as Alabama’s governor,” Bentley said at a press conference Monday evening. “The time has come for me to look for new ways to serve the people of our great state.”

State lawmakers were in the middle of deciding whether to impeach him when Bentley agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanors, repay the misused funds, and never hold public office again.

GOP suddenly supports big government data gathering

Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to repeal a historic set of rules aimed at protecting consumers’ online data from their own Internet providers, in a move that could make it easier for broadband companies to sell and share their customers’ usage information for advertising purposes.

The rules, which prohibit providers from abusing the data they gather on their customers as they browse the Web on cellphones and computers, were approved last year over objections from Republicans who argued the regulations went too far.

U.S. senators voted 50 to 48 to approve a joint resolution from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy rules from going into effect. The resolution also would bar the FCC from ever enacting similar consumer protections. It now heads to the House.

“Our industry remains committed to offering services that protect the privacy and security of the personal information of our customers,” said NCTA — The Internet and Television Association, a trade group representing major cable providers. “We support this step toward reversing the FCC’s misguided approach and look forward to restoring a consistent approach to online privacy protection that consumers want and deserve.”

Consumer and privacy groups condemned the resolution.

“It is extremely disappointing that the Senate voted today to sacrifice the privacy rights of Americans in the interest of protecting the profits of major Internet companies, including Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon,” Neema Singh Giuliani, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.

The FCC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The agency’s rules are being debated as Internet providers — no longer satisfied with simply offering Web access — race to become online advertising giants as large as Google and Facebook. To deliver consumers from one website to another, Internet providers must see and understand which online destinations their customers wish to visit, whether that’s Netflix, WebMD or PornHub.

With that data, Internet providers would like to sell targeted advertising or even share that information with third-party marketers. But the FCC’s regulations place certain limits on the type of data Internet providers can share and under what circumstances. Under the rules, consumers may forbid their providers from sharing what the FCC deems “sensitive” information, such as app usage history and mobile location data.

The congressional resolution could render unnecessary any further action by the FCC to review the rules; Flake’s measure aims to nullify the FCC’s privacy rules altogether. Republicans argue that even if the FCC’s power to make rules on Internet privacy is curtailed, state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission could still hold Internet providers accountable for future privacy abuses.

But Democrats say that preemptive rules are necessary to protect consumers before their information gets out against their will.

Florida’s First Black State Attorney Faces Death Threats After Refusing Death Penalty for Cop Removal Strategist

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While discussing the Markeith Loyd case Thursday, State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she will not seek the death penalty during her administration.

Ayala said she made the decision after conducting a review.

The most visible case immediately affected by Ayala’s decision is Loyd’s, who is charged with killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton and his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Ayala’s statement was made during a news conference she called to discuss her decision not to seek the death penalty in the Loyd case.

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Ayala says there is no evidence of improved public safety for citizens or law enforcement with the death penalty, and that such cases are costly and drag on for years.

Ayala’s decision comes just days after Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill requiring a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed.

RAW VIDEO: State Attorney Aramis Ayala discusses death penalty cases

Scott responded to the news conference by saying Ayala should recuse herself from the Loyd case.

Scott said he “completely disagrees” with Ayala’s decision as it applies to Loyd.

RAW: Markeith Loyd tells judge he will defend himself during profanity laced tirade

“I want to be very clear, Lt. Debra Clayton was executed while she was laying on the ground fighting for her life. She was killed by an evil murderer who did not think twice about senselessly ending her life. I completely disagree with State Attorney Ayala’s decision and comments and I am asking her to recuse herself immediately from this case. She has made it abundantly clear that she will not fight for justice for Lt. Debra Clayton and our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day,” Scott said.

MORE: Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty for Markeith Loyd

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said “State Attorney Ayala’s decision is a blatant neglect of duty and a shameful failure to follow the law.”

Orlando police Chief John Mina told WESH 2 News that he is upset with Ayala’s decision.

Mina said he had spoken to Ayala, and he believes crimes like the ones Loyd is accused of are the reason for having the death penalty.