WASHINGTON — House Republicans are agitating to dramatically curb federal bank regulators’ ability to combat money laundering, calling for changes in decades-old financial fraud standards in an effort to aid payday lenders.
Moving illegal cash through the financial system has long been barred by money laundering laws. But under a bill introduced by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), federal regulators would be forbidden from doing anything to “restrict or discourage” a bank from doing business with any company that has both a license to do business and a “reasoned legal opinion” from a lawyer claiming that the business doesn’t break the law.
That’s not a high hurdle to clear. Obtaining a business license and hiring a lawyer is a routine money laundering tactic for everyone from the mafia to terrorists to, more commonly, petty fraud scammers.
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said today that Robin Williams, much like Beyoncé, gave himself over to Satan in order to help his career, which ultimately led to his death by suicide.
“What sorts of things do pagan authors from the time of Jesus have to say about him? Nothing. As odd as it may seem, there is no mention of Jesus at all by any of his pagan contemporaries. There are no birth records, no trial transcripts, no death certificates; there are no expressions of interest, no heated slanders, no passing references – nothing. In fact, if we broaden our field of concern to the years after his death – even if we include the entire first century of the Common Era – there is not so much as a solitary reference to Jesus in any non-Christian, non-Jewish source of any kind. I should stress that we do have a large number of documents from the time – the writings of poets, philosophers, historians, scientists, and government officials, for example, not to mention the large collection of surviving inscriptions on stone and private letters and legal documents on papyrus. In none of this vast array of surviving writings is Jesus’ name ever so much as mentioned.”