AP: Obamacare prices are stabilizing (mostly)
"This is still a market that’s unaffordable for many people who aren’t eligible for subsidies."
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Published:9/7/2018 2:48:34 PM
WTF Headline Of The Day: Witches Accuse Make-Up Store Of "Cultural Appropriation"
Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,
One of the most well-known makeup stores is now in the crosshairs of the social justice warriors and their ilk. Sephora is being accused of “cultural appropriation” by witches because the company came out with a “starter witches kit.”
Beauty brand Sephora is kicking off the season with its ‘witches starter kit’ made by Pinrose. The kit includes perfume, tarot cards, sage, and a rose quartz crystal. But witches, who identify with the pagan religion of Wicca (or simply practice witchcraft), are not happy with the French company making a quick buck out of their beliefs, according to Metro UK.
Although Sephora declined to comment, they will still sell the witches kit. The starter kit will be available both in Sephora stores and online starting on October 5, according to Fast Company. Not only is that in plenty of time to get every little girl hexing by Halloween, but it’s more than enough time for “real Wiccans” to bemoan the mainstreaming of witchcraft and others to be upset and launch their own inevitable boycott over the pagan display.
“Sephora is definitely guilty of culture appropriation,” said Indigo, who practices witchcraft, to the Metro.co.uk.
“I don’t think they’re doing it to spread awareness about the craft, they’re doing it just for profit in my opinion. Although most witches do use what’s in the Sephora box, most of us feel that it’s wrong for just anyone to grab those things and be like “oh hey I’m a witch now” because it’s sacred to us,” Indigo continued.
The packaging itself is a juvenile display of pinks and happy yellows that often are not as often associated with witchcraft as maybe the color black. But that hasn’t stopped witches from being offended and ramping up the blizzard of snowflakes seen in every aspect of everything.
Siera, who identifies with Pagan Witchcraft, told Metro.co.uk, “Sephora selling ‘witch kits’ actually makes me really upset. Witchcraft isn’t something you just throw around, people put their entire being into this way of life and work so hard at it. I’ve been made fun of way too much for being a witch for it to just become another trend.”
Others, however, see the witches as the ones being guilty of the cultural appropriation they pretend to be offended by.
Still others pointed out that it’s the Native Americans who should be upset about cultural appropriation too since white sage comes in the kit.
Perhaps our society is just a bit over sensitive. After all, no one is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to buy the kit, unlike Obamacare. Everyone is manufacturing their own anger. Maybe people just want to be mad anymore.
Published:9/6/2018 10:44:44 AM
Obamacare Requirement Blamed For Doctor Burnout
Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,
A government requirement in the massive Obamacare law is being blamed for the burnout of doctors across the United States. A new report found that over just three years as Obamacare was being implemented, “physician burnout increased significantly, from 45.5 percent to 54.4 percent.”
The report published in the American Journal of Medicine found that the electronic health records (EHR) is destroying the relationship between doctors and patients. The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom charges the Obamacare requirement that doctors use electronic health records has caused a surge of burnout in the medical profession, explains Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. “The EHR is causing doctors to leave their patients,” said Twila Brase, the president of CCHF and the author of “Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records.”
“Congress forced doctors to buy and use computerized record systems to collect and report patient data to the government. And it’s wreaking havoc on their practices and their patients,” said Brase according to WND.
Brase’s book is opening eyes to the problems of government interference in markets – especially the healthcare market.
There are serious dangers lurking behind the government’s $30 billion electronic health record (EHR) experiment. This omnipresent technology turns doctors into data clerks and shifts attention from patients to paperwork–while health plans, government agencies, and the health data industry profit. Patients who think the HIPAA ”privacy” rule protects the confidentiality of their medical information will be shocked to discover it makes their medical records an open book.
–“Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records,” desription.
“Parallel studies of all U.S. workers during the same period showed no changes,” the report found. It also said studies “show the doctors spend more face time on their EHRs than with their patients.” It added,
“The hours spent cloning notes in a mandated doctor computer relationship leaves the physician unable to experience the best part of being a doctor.”
The increase in doctor burnout was not seen in any other profession. Doctors now spend two hours doing the paperwork required to comply with Big Brother for every hour they spend with a patient. If we thought Obamacare was done destroying what little medical freedom we had left, we were all very wrong.
Published:9/4/2018 4:58:25 PM
Trump Allies Fume Over "Political Hand-Grenades" At Hyper-Partisan McCain Funeral
President Trump's allies, both in Washington D.C. and across the country, are fuming after the funeral for the late Sen. John McCain turned into an anti-Trump rally.
Meghan McCain, along with former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, used the somber event to take pot-shots at Trump - who was golfing during the ceremony while his daughter Ivanka sat through harsh criticism of her father - seated next to her husband, Jared Kushner.
McCain’s service was, on one level, a return to old Washington civility, with Republicans and Democrats, past presidents, friends and foes gathered in unity. But as its tributes echoed with overt criticism of the president, it only deepened the hostility between the city’s establishment and the outsider in the White House. -Politico
McCain was perhaps Trump's most prominent nemesis in Washington D.C. - first withdrawing support for Trump during the 2016 election after the Access Hollywood "pussy tape" was leaked, and later hand delivering the infamous "Steele Dossier" to former FBI Director James Comey (who already had a copy). McCain would fly back to Washington D.C. in July of last year to a standing ovation on the Senate floor - only to cast the deciding vote against Trump's repeal of Obamacare.
And after Meghan McCain said during her father's eulogy that "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great," and former Presidents Obama and Bush took similar veiled shots at the President - albeit without mentioning him by name, Trump's allies across the country were left fuming.
Following the Saturday spectacle, Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump ran for @POTUS ONE time and WON! Some people will never recover from that. #SorryNotSorry Yes, #MAGA"
American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp tweeted: "I hope I have lots of time but if not: anyone can come, will be about God and not politics, and celebrate."
Others echoed the disgust:
We're sure McCain would have wanted it this way.
Published:9/2/2018 11:02:16 AM
Forget Who Takes The Mid-Terms; Here's How To Personally Repeal Obamacare
Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,
If the US government doesn’t act quickly, Americans may be stuck with years more of deteriorating healthcare and skyrocketing medical bills.
Back in 2010, Congress and President Obama completely overhauled the US healthcare system with the “Affordable” Care Act (aka Obamacare). Their intention was to provide all US citizens with access to healthcare.
But, the result of government interference in markets was – surprise – rising costs and lower quality service.
Over the past several years, politicians have paid lip service to abolishing Obamacare. Even with a Republican-controlled House and Senate in 2017 and 2018, Congress couldn’t issue a repeal.
And now, US midterms elections are looming.
Obamacare stands no chance of repeal by a potentially divided Congress starting in 2019.
Fortunately for you, when it comes to healthcare policies, it doesn’t matter who takes control of Congress...
Because you can still find fantastic and affordable healthcare, even without a corporate-sponsored insurance plan. You just have to look outside the US.
As countries like the US, Canada and the UK suffer under bloated healthcare bureaucracies, more of their citizens are venturing beyond their countries’ borders for medical treatment at a fraction of the costs – so-called medical tourism.
Still, patients receive safe and first-class care from English-speaking doctors, many trained at top medical schools around the world.
For example, heart bypass surgery in the US costs well over $100,000. If you have great insurance, you’ll be fine to remain in the US. (The US healthcare system is great for wealthy patients with low deductible, comprehensive health insurance plans.)
But if you’re self-employed and without access to a large employer’s group plan, your out-of-pocket costs for this surgery may be unaffordable.
Or, you can travel to Thailand, save a fortune and recuperate in a first-class facility.
Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok was the first Asian hospital to receive Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. JCI is the gold standard to certify hospitals and clinics worldwide.
At Bumrungrad, they offer a package deal for heart bypass surgery. The package includes the surgeon and anesthesiologist’s fees, operating room charges, routine lab tests, X-rays (if required), medications, medical supplies, pacemaker (if required) and seven nights’ accommodation, including two in the post-surgical Coronary Care Unit.
And your grand total? 690,000 baht (about $21,000 USD).
Medical tourism is not just for major surgeries.
You can also benefit from venturing abroad for preventative health or routine procedures like executive health screenings – a comprehensive physical exam with labs, electrocardiogram, stress tests, consultations with multiple specialists, etc.
Places like the Cleveland or Mayo Clinics will administer an executive exam… but, depending on your insurance, it may not cover these types of physicals.
So, you may pay $5,000 or more out-of-pocket, plus food, lodging and airfare. And you may wait in line for months, as more US patients want this service.
But, back in Thailand there’s no months-long wait and no multi-thousand-dollar price tag for an executive exam.
A screening for a 30 to 40-year-old man or woman includes: Renal function, three liver function tests, a urine test, lung and heart X-rays, an ultrasound of abdominal organs, an electrocardiogram and a few other services. Doctors, nurses and technicians will spend 3-4 hours with you.
And for this thorough exam, you’ll pay… 9,500 Thai baht or about $292 at the current exchange rate.
Even their highest-priced executive exam for women over 50 is 25,600 baht, which is $786. And this package includes all the labs and screenings as above, plus an ophthalmology exam, hearing screening, brain blood vessel check and checks for colon, liver and cervical cancers. Patients spend 5-6 hours with the medical staff.
In the US, you’re lucky to spend 15 minutes with a doctor. And as healthcare deteriorates, US wait times may rival Canada’s and the UK’s – where thousands of patients wait for months to see a specialist.
Then there’s the regulatory hurdle, which prompts individuals to seek care elsewhere. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) erect barriers that prevent experimental (and often effective) procedures and medicines.
So, medical tourism offers you the chance to skip long medical lines, receive top care that may be unavailable in your home country and potentially save thousands of dollars.
I view medical tourism as another international arbitrage opportunity.
For medical tourism, your arbitrage opportunity takes advantage not only of the price difference, but also of the quality of care you’d receive.
If you’re from a nation suffering under a healthcare system that doesn’t meet your needs and expectations, why wouldn’t you explore other options around the world?
With a little planning and action, you can take charge of your health.
And to continue learning how to ensure you thrive no matter what happens next in the world, I encourage you to download our free Perfect Plan B Guide.
Published:8/31/2018 1:00:24 PM
Tammy Bruce: Too much of Trump's time is spent cleaning up Obama's and the Democrats' deadly messes
Many things contribute to drug abuse, but there is one big factor our reliably liberal legacy media ignore: The disaster of ObamaCare and its destruction of our health care infrastructure.
Published:8/30/2018 11:02:30 AM
"A Senator Masquerading As A Gas Station"
Authored by Dmitry Orlov via Club Orlov blog,
John McCain is dead, and many people are celebrating whereas they should be sad. He wasn’t a friend of mankind - he was its enemy, but a really bad one. But with such grossly incompetent enemies - who needs friends?
McCain did a great deal to destroy America. He devoted his entire lifetime to American destruction. To start with, he was quite effective as a protester against America’s genocidal war on the people of Vietnam. Other Americans just marched around ineffectually, waving banners and shouting antiwar slogans, but not McCain! His own father had a lot to do with starting that war, but McCain made up for that by destroying 26 American war planes. That’s quite something! If every American flyer crashed as many planes, countless innocent lives would have been saved.
Of course, he could have done even better - and he did try. He almost managed to destroy the US aircraft carrier Forrestal by setting it ablaze. To top off his illustrious military career, he surrendered to the enemy and spent five years in a Vietnamese prison. This made him a hero - in Americans’ eyes only, while the rest of the world saw in him a murderer of Vietnamese children.
His “martyrdom” as a POW helped pave his way to a political career, first in Congress, then in the Senate. During his obscenely long career in national politics, McCain did what he could to make American “democracy” look like a complete joke and to hasten America’s collapse. This, by the way, wasn’t a tall order: American “democracy” had long been a cesspool—a playground for lobbyists and political technologists based on a fully gerrymandered system of fake elections. But he did his thing, and is therefore twice the hero.
Defecating into the cesspool of American politics doesn’t alter its chemistry much, but McCain pushed the limits here as well. If only he and the native genius that is Sara Palin had won the Presidency! This surely would have hastened American collapse by quite a substantial amount, bringing his life’s work to fruition. This was perhaps his greatest failing: he turned out to be a traitor to his own friends and a faithful servant to his political enemies. He shut down his electoral campaign two weeks before the election. Then he did whatever he could to kiss up to Obama and helped wreck the repeal of Obamacare. McCain deserves to have a gigantic sausage-shaped obelisk erected in his honor, made of the same lumpy, brown material that he was so full of throughout his political career.
Internationally, McCain was a stellar performer when it came to meddling in the affairs of other nations, often in ways that helped undermine America’s standing in the world. Whenever he visited a foreign country, the likelihood of civil war breaking out there went up by a notch, sometimes by two. He always had a warm place in his heart for terrorists—be they Ukrainian neo-Nazis or the homicidal maniacs of the Islamic Caliphate (a.k.a. ISIS). He managed to perform in spite of not being very smart: in 2013 he published an article on the website Pravda.ru, thinking that it was Russia’s main newspaper (which was at that point two decades defunct).
He was one of the prime architects of the Ukrainian government’s “anti-terrorist operation” against its own citizens in the east of the country. His actions helped assure American defeat and Syrian victory in Syria and set the Ukrainian government he had helped install in 2014 on a course for self-destruction. Russia owes him a debt of gratitude for its reunification with Crimea after its two lost decades in the Ukrainian wilderness. He was also a champion of America’s own self-destruction through national bankruptcy, always being in favor of its profligate, fantastically corrupt and otherwise ineffectual defense spending.
His crowning achievement was his successful push for anti-Russian sanctions. They made it very difficult for Russian government officials to appear serious and resist the urge to say “May we have some more sanctions, please?” Thanks to these sanctions, Russia has moved rapidly toward achieving food security and has become one of the world’s major agricultural exporters; it has achieved or will soon achieve complete self-sufficiency in defense and in many other industrial sectors; and it is quite far along in making itself independent of the US dollar and of Western finance.
The effect of the sanctions in simultaneously driving down both the ruble and the Russian stock market has allowed the Russian government to sell dollars high and to buy up Russian industrial stocks low, effectively re-nationalizing Russian industry at bargain-basement prices, shifting the share of its government ownership from around 16% to at least 65% while squeezing out Western financial interests. The profits that would have otherwise been pocketed by Western investors are now flooding into the Russian treasury, to be spent on health, education, housing, roads and bridges and so on. McCain, you socialist you!
McCain also had a wonderful talent for being not just wrong but exactly wrong, as in the exact opposite of right. He called Russia “a gas station masquerading as a country.” That was great for Russia, because Russia was at the time a country masquerading as a gas station, to buy itself the time it needed to rebuild and rearm. Now that it has done so, the mask can come off, and Russia is most grateful to McCain for having given it plenty of cover just at the time when it most needed it.
It is a sad moment now that McCain’s untimely demise has sent him off to an eternity in Hell, because he didn’t get to finish his life’s work: destroying the United States. Nevertheless, we should call it a job well done, for the course on which he helped set the country is now unalterable. Even if he is replaced in his Senate seat by someone actually competent and able to act in his nation’s interest, this won’t alter its course by much, and certainly will not reverse it. Let us now observe a minute of silence in honor of John McCain, for upon his passing the American Collapse Party has lost a true leader.
Published:8/29/2018 10:14:24 AM
Six States Win $839 Million Judgment in Obamacare Lawsuit
Health Insurance Provider Fee, which is really a tax, may be the linchpin for the collapse of Obamacare
Published:8/26/2018 1:11:45 PM
Susan Collins: McCain Had 'Determination To Do What Was Right'
Sen. John McCain's controversial 2017 thumbs-down to an Obamacare repeal and replace bill showcased his unwavering "determination" to vote his conscience despite political pressure, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday.In remarks on CNN's "State of the Union," Collins...
Published:8/26/2018 9:38:51 AM
Traitors: Now Senate Republicans Introducing Bills to Protect Obamacare
While most Republican voters want to see Obamacare ended, now the Republicans in the U.S. Senate are trying to pass bills that protect Obama’s socialist health care law. Instead of repeal, GOP leadership is trying to enlarge it. Ten traitorous GOP Senators introduced a bill to protect Obama’s fiscally irresponsible provision to force insurance companies ...
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Published:8/25/2018 12:34:14 PM
Traitors: Now Senate Republicans Introducing Bills to Protect Obamacare
While most Republican voters want to see Obamacare ended, now the Republicans in the U.S. Senate are trying to pass bills that protect Obama’s socialist health care law. Instead of repeal, GOP leadership is trying to enlarge it. Ten traitorous GOP Senators introduced a bill to protect Obama’s fiscally irresponsible provision to force insurance companies ...
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Published:8/25/2018 12:03:35 PM
Five States Win Massive $839 Million Judgment Against Disastrous Obamacare
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is celebrating this week after winning an $839 million judgment against Barack Obama’s disastrous Obamacare policy in what is a major blow to Obama’s chief achievement. The misnamed Affordable Care Act (ACA) — derisively better known as Obamacare — was requiring states to pay a Health Insurance Provider Fee even ...
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Published:8/25/2018 11:13:42 AM
Five States Win Massive $839 Million Judgment Against Disastrous Obamacare
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is celebrating this week after winning an $839 million judgment against Barack Obama’s disastrous Obamacare policy in what is a major blow to Obama’s chief achievement. The misnamed Affordable Care Act (ACA) — derisively better known as Obamacare — was requiring states to pay a Health Insurance Provider Fee even ...
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Published:8/25/2018 11:13:42 AM
Pro-abortion Republican and Obamacare beneficiary calls John McCain a RINO while campaigning for Kelli Ward in AZ
Conservative Tomi Lahren called Sen. John McCain a RINO — on the day his family announced he was ceasing treatment for his brain cancer, no less — while campaigning for Dr. Kelli Ward in Arizona: Tomi Lahren, on a day the McCain family announces @SenJohnMcCain is ending medical treatment, says ‘we can’t put up another […]
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Published:8/24/2018 9:00:25 PM
Blame the heat: Fox poll finds Obamacare more popular than tax cuts
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Published:8/24/2018 9:25:37 AM
Latest Example Of Obama’s Fraudulent Use Of Taxpayer Dollars
Former President Barack Obama wasted billions of taxpayer dollars while at the same time demanding that taxes be raised. Some of the waste was fraudulent, some of it was just plain stupid. A new report finds that the Obama administration handed out $435 million in fraudulent Obamacare payments meaning that once again we see the ...
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Published:8/15/2018 8:41:03 AM
Latest Example Of Obama’s Fraudulent Use Of Taxpayer Dollars
Former President Barack Obama wasted billions of taxpayer dollars while at the same time demanding that taxes be raised. Some of the waste was fraudulent, some of it was just plain stupid. A new report finds that the Obama administration handed out $435 million in fraudulent Obamacare payments meaning that once again we see the ...
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Published:8/15/2018 8:41:03 AM
Want to know why it’s taking so long for the GOP to rid us of Obamacare?
Want to know why it’s taking so long for the GOP to rid us of Obamacare? We’ll just leave this here for comment.
Published:8/10/2018 12:28:23 PM
Retired Green Beret Explains How The Coming 'Global State' Is Being Reached
Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces ) via SHTFplan.com,
It is important to review concepts I detailed in previous articles in order to present the topic in this one. A Global State will be almost identical to Orwell’s “1984” when it is realized (“metastasized” is a more appropriate term for the cancer of globalism), in these details:
The entire surface of the globe cannot be conquered by a single entity/nation, but spheres of influence can be established that will “offset” one another: “Super-states”
The Super-states will be almost identical to “1984’s” of Oceania (America, England, and the English-speaking nations), Eurasia (Russia and Europe), and Eastasia (the Orient).
The impossibility of global conquest by one nation-grouping is due to the need for a region ruled to be comprised of ethnically “homogenous” peoples with a leader of that genotype. This serves to “congeal” groups of people while isolating them from the other spheres and creating “enemies” needed by the State to maintain a continuous threat, war production, and a population with one accord.
Each nation-group/Super-state will have a totalitarian system in place that parallels the other states and is mutually supportive either through cooperation or through their existences providing “enemies” to maintain a directed, driven population as outlined in #3.
A contested area of the globe with natural resources changing hands constantly (the Middle East, Africa, and the Polar regions), with populations relegated to slavery or servitude by whichever Super-state is in charge at the moment.
The UN has been a “paper tiger” for many years, but it is such only from a military perspective. In terms of finances, it has been corralling in the world’s financiers (such as the BIS, the Bank of International Settlements), and establishing a world court (in the Hague) slowly but effectively. From a “dogmatic” perspective, the UN is fostering its phony narratives throughout the world: illegal aliens are termed “refugees,” and Al Gore’s nonsense about climate change has been incorporated into “biodiversity projects” such as Agenda 21 and others that not even the “REMF” (look it up) Senator’s son could foresee.
The UN is globalism, and more: the UN is the vehicle... the convening body of approval, the face, and the administrative apparatus of the coming global state.
These plans have been in existence for more than a century. From the moment the United States was formed, the efforts have been unrelenting both domestically and internationally to control the banking and return administration of the “province” to England, a European power we fought against twice and subsequently rescued twice from two world wars.
Oligarchs in all nations have sold their countries out in favor of an “Elysium” style society on earth, a “1984,” where laws are inflicted upon the peoples as their leaders violate every one of them. A global society where the only words for a citizen are conformity, obedience, and productivity: a planetary “Gulag” broken down into several regions for administrative purposes and where each region is mutually self-supportive.
The concept of the United States as a sovereign nation is a mirage: the reality is a miasma resulting from the stench of decades of controlled dysfunction and destabilization to bring the nation to the brink of collapse while giving the taxpayers the illusion they’re still free and that their votes in the rigged elections still count. All throughout the United States the quality of life – employment, family structure, faith, and true communities of neighborhoods and neighbors that help one another when needed and still mind their own business...these qualities have almost completely vanished.
The votes are only to provide the color of authenticity and approval of the citizenry as the politicians ply their trades: the business of government to enrich them personally while they pillage the nation’s assets, selling them off to other nations and destroying the country. They care not for their “constituency,” and their only honor is to themselves for self-aggrandizement. Their only loyalties are toward power, wealth, and exemptions from the laws that govern other men.
Such is the point that we have reached, and where we are. The illusion is maintained: “We’re strong, united, and defending the Homeland.” All of it obfuscates the true actions and objective:
The United States is being turned into a total surveillance state in preparation for a “collapse,” the complete enslavement of its citizens (Socialism into Communism, complete with gulags), and its dissolution and subsequent “absorption” into the system of global governance.
The NY Post published an article by Rich Lowry on 7/30/18 entitled “Like it or not, America is now seriously debating socialism.” It details the methanous-reemergence of Bernie Sanders in the forefront and his “Medicare For All” plank, a platform estimated by the Mercatus Center (a conservative firm) to cost around $33 trillion for the first 10 years if it’s emplaced.
Really? Socialism? Lenin himself said that socialism is the final step before communism: and these morons are going to eat it right out of the hand of Bernie Sanders.
It is not so far-fetched as you may think: Olympia Snow (R, ME) brought Obamacare to the floor of the Senate, and within a small matter of time it became law…a law that is still bleeding us even after the President knocked the individual mandate out of the picture.
The stultified masses will “bite” on it hook, line, and sinker as another entitlement, and it has the surest method of funding: taxes. The unstoppable, SWAT team and LEO-enforced taxes raised by the politicians upon their serfs, the public. The media has never ceased their barrages against the President.
The globalist vehicle to ensure complete accountability of the citizens from a legal perspective is mandatory health care...and one that cripples the country in the exact same plan that Cloward and Piven introduced to President Johnson that took effect: the creation of a welfare state to implode the system.
A Time Magazine article posted on 6/11/18 by Alex Fitzpatrick has a title that summarizes the fostered complacency and resignation that the Media and globalists are using to mold the people. The title is “Drones are here to stay. Get used to it.” The article mentions there are 1.1 million drones registered by the FAA (don’t you just love that one? More revenue and ad valorem…the “registered drone” business). Of this total amount, 918,000 are listed as “hobbyists,” and 194,000 as “commercial” drones.
This article does not mention the number of drones used by the Federal government, by law enforcement, and by government agencies.
The drones have GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities. They have cameras. Ta-dah! The cameras can be linked, and the images captured and used by the government. The happy Hallmark family in the park doesn’t realize their happy Saturday drone flight’s recordings and images can be snatched up by law enforcement and the fusion centers.
That Petraeus and his “Internet of things” statement is coming to fruition: all of the computers, cell phones, devices in the home, CCTV cameras, data recorders in the cars, trash recycling firms (sifting your trash), satellites, drones…all of it is caging us in. The other countries are leading the pack: China is breaking new ground that will find its way into the U.S. England (especially London) is a complete surveillance labyrinth.
They’re collecting biometric data from us in the airports, with the CCTV cameras, and with the cellular telephones. The Android model is taking biometrics of pulse, voice recognition, and transmitting user location with composition (others in the room with you). All for no reason, right? Just to foster loving togetherness and a feeling of belonging to a social group...a remake of “teaching the world to sing,” but this time without Coca-cola.
Wrong. The cage has to be emplaced, and laws made: laws to try and wrest our remaining freedoms from us. They want the guns, they want to adulterate the vote (allowing illegal aliens to vote) and destroy the fabric of society. They want to destroy the United States, and they’re succeeding, on a daily basis. Edward Snowden was only able to reveal a small fraction of what is happening, and that information is astounding. Think what they’re doing now, and look what they’re doing, right before our eyes.
Published:8/6/2018 10:08:22 PM
What do the Democrats really want to make 2018 about? Obamacare
And it's probably a smart move
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Published:8/6/2018 3:48:07 PM
Trump offers limited relief from Obamacare coercion
(Paul Mirengoff) In a post called “One Families’ Obamacare Tale — Mine,” I described how Obamacare deprived my wife of the medical insurance that fits our needs. Our tale is interesting, I think, but a bit complicated. I discussed it fully in the original post. Essentially, my wife needed “catastrophic insurance” to fill a gap in her insurance plan. In the pre-Obamacare market, we were able to purchase a fairly reasonably priced
Published:8/6/2018 11:41:53 AM
For A Russian Stooge Who Is Looking Out Only For The Rich, President Trump Sure Is Doing A Lot For Average Americans
The steady dismantling of everything that the Chocolate Messiah did to this country is a grand and glorious thing, and we should savor it every day, and twice on Sundays. Obamacare is now optional Hoping to force those consumers into...
Published:8/5/2018 11:07:58 AM
We Hear You: Nikki Haley, the UN, Identity Politics, Obamacare Costs, and Liberal Tantrums
Editor’s note: Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, continues to draw raves from The Daily Signal’s audience. Her recent stand for human... Read More
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Published:8/5/2018 5:07:00 AM
She MAD! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez craps all over Obamacare the SAME day Obama snubs her
As Twitchy reported yesterday, Obama skipped the Democrat’s new socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his list of endorsements which seemed to have ticked a bunch of socialists off. Which of course cracked us up on many, many levels. Now, we can’t help but wonder if Alexandria took it personally that Obama dissed her because just […]
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Published:8/2/2018 8:17:48 AM
Podcast: HHS Secretary Azar on How Trump Administration Can Improve Health Care
While the Trump administration remains committed to repealing Obamacare, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has additional ideas for how to boost... Read More
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Published:8/2/2018 2:14:39 AM
Trump Further Chips Away at Obamacare by Expanding Short-Term Health Plans
The Trump administration moved Wednesday to expand health insurance options and affordability for Americans, with a new rule allowing cheaper new and renewable health insurance... Read More
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Published:8/1/2018 5:55:59 PM
It's Now Or Never For Trump
Authored by Robert Gore via StraightLineLogic.com,
Strike while the iron is hot.
There can be no better advertisement against Democrats, neoconservatives, and never-Trumpers than their display after the Helsinki summit. Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.
The Democrats’ destruction began long before Trump. They are wholly associated with government, their answer to all problems and the source of their identity and power. Where they once had a healthy hostility towards the military and the intelligence agencies, they are now among their stoutest defenders. Their ideology, such as it is, is simply more: more government, taxes, laws, regulations, revenues, power, surveillance, wars, and programs, in short, more blob.
Democrats and government is not just a marriage of convenience. They believe, to the core of their being, in its power with a fervor and conviction that surpasses most religious faith. Denied control of the government, they are fish on the bank, deprived of their element, flopping helplessly. The cardinal sin of whatever opposition they face is never rooted in ideology, it’s rather that the opposition has the temerity to seek control of their government.
Somewhere along the line Democrats quit caring, or even asking, whether government worked. The first Mayor Richard Daley may have been a distasteful autocrat, but Chicago during his reign called itself the city that worked. Democrats have had lengthy tenures over cities that manifestly don’t work—Detroit, Baltimore, Washington, Cleveland, New Orleans, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and now Chicago—in some cases they’re crumbling. Governance has become an exercise in patronage, payola, and making excuses, the effectiveness of city-provided services not even on the list of concerns.
Obamacare has been the apotheosis of Democrat-sponsored incompetence. It’s the latest in a long string of government failures, epitomized by the huge stack of debt and unfunded promises, and disastrous military interventions. Government über alles has become an albatross for its believers, particularly the Democrats, although there are many Republican acolytes.
The age of centralization and government is passing, cause of death the centrifugal devolution of information, computing and communications power, and weaponry to individuals. Governments will mount repressive rearguard actions, but they can’t fight the central reality of our time: they have failed, massively, and are unable to contain the fallout and blowback. Globalism—more of the same, only bigger—is running into resistance that’s still gathering steam. Just wait until the world’s debt-based financial system and economy collapse.
The Democrats have hitched their wagon to a falling star. When facts are uncongenial, take refuge in fantasy. Democrats embrace the whimsical notion that Hillary Clinton deserved to win the 2016 election. She had to cheat to beat Bernie Sanders, a socialist who would further yoke the party to the falling star. It’s charitable to call her record undistinguished. If she weren’t Bill Clinton’s wife she’d have no record at all. She had trouble citing accomplishments or detailing a program. Her campaign was inept, crowned by the “deplorables” insult that cost her the election.
The Democrats’ academic branch office and intellectual vanguard has gone farthest off the deep end. Socialists in training demand free (to them) higher education, and free (to them) housing and medical care plus a guaranteed income once they’re out of school. Who pays for all this in a country carrying $200 trillion plus in debt and unfunded obligations? Not their problem—they issue demands, not solutions.
From once illustrious institutions has come an exciting panoply of newly discovered gender variations—with matching pronouns—and sexual deviancies. No minority group claiming victimhood and mouthing the required pieties is too small for the solicitous concern of campus social justice warriors. Anyone who questions socialism, identity politics, or mandated tolerance is met with an intolerant storm of vitriol that increasingly transmutes into violence.
The left’s signature issues resonate with perhaps 30 percent of the electorate. Russiagate gets a rise out of even less. Yet these burning issues are the horses the Democrat will ride come November.
Some are inclined to write off the Trump-Russia collusion story as yet another fantasy, irrelevant to most Americans, but it’s much more than that. That it’s pure concoction finds ultimate confirmation in one simple fact: its proponents have not offered a scintilla of actual proof.
We’ve had assessments, assertions, maybes, might haves, could haves, and “informed” speculation; a remote “hack” that couldn’t be a remote hack, but rather an onsite download because of the high transmission speed; a Democratic-funded dossier used as the basis of a FISA court surveillance request and its subsequent renewals; indictments against potential defendants who will never be tried; banner headlines for and endless media trumpeting of inconsequential developments, and prosecutions and plea bargains that have nothing to do with the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.
They’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at this gargoyle, but the kitchen sink for which reasonable people keep looking is any hard evidence from those who bear the burden of proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. As SLL has said from the beginning, the story is pathetically flimsy, a sign of its purveyors’ weakness, not strength. It’s driven not by Russophobia, but prosecution-phobia. Washington broke into insane hysteria the night of November 6, 2016 not because Donald Trump said he’d seek better relations with Russia, but because of his catchphrase: “Drain the Swamp!”
Trump knows or suspects where some of the bodies are buried, and the powers that be fear he’ll go after them for everything from garden-variety graft, bribery, theft, and influence peddling to crimes as sordid as child molestation and murder.
“Plot Holes,” SLL, 2/26/17
Corruption and criminality have been a way of life in Washington for decades. Trump is clearly a threat.
This, not the fear that Trump will revise US policy towards Russia, is behind the Deep State’s cold sweat, motivating its hysterical—comical if wasn’t so serious—campaign to depose him. This is the first time it has faced an unfriendly in the White House, with presidential powers to investigate, expose, prosecute, scandalize, and ruin.
Trump has driven his opposition batshit crazy. Drowning in their own fetid fantasies and irretrievable irrelevance, he’s got an opportunity to throw them anchors. It’s the perfect time to go on the offensive.
If the economy and stock market hold up, if the US doesn’t invade anybody, and if no nuclear bombs drop between now and November, the Democratic blue wave will be just another one of their fantasies. The election may well amount to an endorsement of Trump. However, nothing is set in stone and if the blue wave does materialize, Trump guarantees himself two years of headaches and obstruction, at best, and impeachment—if rabid Democrats get their way—at worse. Forget about any prosecution of the Deep State and the clowns who have led its inept coup, it could be Trump wearing the new black.
Taking Rand Paul’s suggestion and revoking the security clearances for some of those clowns—John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Susan Rice, Michael Hayden, and Andrew McCabe—would be a powerful first step. It signals that something more serious—indictment and prosecution—may be on the way. He would be moving against enemies who have so overplayed their weak hand they’ve actually increased his support. Although there would be plenty of flack, especially from the captured media, the majority of Americans would applaud the move.
It would send another, subtextual message as well. It turns the treason calumny against those who have so irresponsibly used it.
You take away security clearances from people who pose a security threat. These conspirators are part of a cabal trying to remove the legitimately elected president of the United States. They are using their Russiagate concoction to oppose at every turn any attempt by Trump to improve relations with the one country on the planet that has as many nuclear weapons as the US. This dangerous, arrogant, and corrupt cabal represents a grave threat to what remains of the rule of law, the institution of the presidency, and the life of every American.
They must be stopped. It’s time for Trump to stop them.
Published:7/30/2018 4:25:29 AM
No anti-Kavanaugh groundswell in Maine or Alaska
(Paul Mirengoff) The hope of Democrats that they can stop the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh rests largely on two moderate Republican Senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. So far the signs regarding these two aren’t encouraging for Democrats, though we’re still relatively early in the process. Democrats recall that during the fight over repealing Obamacare, Collins and Murkowski bucked the GOP leadership and, along with Sen. John McCain, defeated legislation that would
Published:7/29/2018 10:57:11 PM
Former Trump NSC Spokesman Michael Anton: Citizenship Should Not be a Birthright
Not a cuck. A Supreme Court confirmation fight always raises constitutional hopes and stokes constitutional fears. With one more justice, they'll repeal Obamacare! If they get one more justice, they'll overturn Roe v. Wade ! To arms! These periodic, now-inevitable...
Published:7/18/2018 4:45:56 PM
The Facts About Kavanaugh’s Record on Religious Liberty, Obamacare, and Presidential Powers
This is a lightly edited transcript of an interview on the July 10 episode of The Daily Signal podcast. Katrina Trinko: Joining us today is Elizabeth Slattery, a legal... Read More
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Published:7/10/2018 5:48:49 PM
Pop-Up Protests, Liberal Meltdown Erupts After Trump Picks Kavanaugh For SCOTUS
Following President Trump's Monday evening nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's now-vacant seat, hundreds of protesters outside the Supreme Court broke open boxes of pre-printed "Stop Kavanaugh" signs - wasting a tremendous amount of paper as the other Supreme Court nominees' pre-printed protest banners went unused (photograph by Breitbart's Amanda House, who was there).
In other words, it didn't matter who Trump picked - this was always going to be the response.
Those opposed to the selection flipped to their anti-Kavanaugh talking points and filled in the blanks on their prepared statements - for the most part.
As The Daily Caller reports, Rush Limbaugh producer Bo Snerdley, made his own prophetic prediction, and call to action, before Trump made his pick:
And sure enough, the 'resistance' really sprang into action from billionaire Tom Steyer to Bill de Blasio and Kamala Harris - with one voice decrying this terrible human being:
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) showed up to speak along with other prominent Democrats, only to be interrupted by a man with a bullhorn shouting "Abortion is murder."
Also at the protest were Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.). Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass).
During her prepared speech, Warren politically appropriated a portion of Trump's July 5th speech at a Montana rally - echoing the President's battle cry of "We won't back down, we won't give in," down to the cadence of his voice.
Afterwards, Warren called Kavanaugh a "political animal" on MSBC's The Last Word when asked about a legal opinion he wrote which concluded that Warren's brainchild - the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), had been handed "enormous executive power" through the 2010 Dodd-Frank act.
Created on July 21, 2011, the CFPB was accused by an anonymous consultant of funnelling over $5 billion in collected penalties to "community organizers aligned with Democrats" as part of a multi-billion dollar slush fund, the New York Post's Paul Sperry reported in December.
The fund was shut down in January by Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney.
Cause of Action Institute, for example, has drawn attention to a $14 million CFPB contract with GMMB Inc., a powerful media consulting shop that has produced political ads for Obama and 2016 runner-up Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Cause of Action counsel Eric R. Bolinder cheered Mulvaney’s move to review the spending, especially the millions in educational funds.
“Given CFPB’s history of stark, unabashed partisanship, as exhibited by Richard Cordray’s final bizarre gambit to try to seize control of the agency and put it in the hands of [deputy] Leandra English, it is great news that Acting Director Mulvaney is rooting out political bias, beginning with a comprehensive review of all spending,” he told the Washington Examiner. -Washington Examiner
The protest in front of the Supreme Court became so volatile that Fox News reporter Shannon Bream felt too threatened to go live from the scene, tweeting "Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS."
Protesters outside Trump tower were arrested after the Supreme Court pick. Note that none of their signs say Kavanaugh.
Meanwhile the death threats are already starting to roll in. In response to Bernie Sanders' tweet stating "We must do everything we can to stop this nomination," Twitter user THE Gentleman, (@Abovethelaw187) whose profile which contains a #GSU18 hashtag suggesting he's a 2018 graduate of Georgia State University, tweeted "let's grab our rifles and assassinate him! #Whoswithme?!"
Those on the right, meanwhile, appeared to be having a pleasant Monday evening for the most part.
We look forward to a few news cycles full of pundits on CNN and MSNBC frothing at the mouth over
Published:7/10/2018 7:21:59 AM
[insert name here] Judge Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court.
Trump Freezes Billions In Obamacare Payments, Outraging Insurers
The Trump administration halted billions of dollars in payments to health insurers after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that administers programs under Obamacare, announced on Saturday it was freezing payments to insurers that cover sicker patients, saying a federal court ruling ties its hands. The move brought a sharp response from health insurers warning of market disruptions and even higher costs.
The payments are intended to help stabilize health insurance markets by compensating insurers that had sicker, more expensive enrollees in 2017. The government collects the money from health insurers with relatively healthy enrollees, who cost less to insure.
In a Saturday announcement, the CMS said the move was necessary because of a February ruling by a federal court in New Mexico, which found that the federal government was using an inaccurate formula for allocating the payments; it added that the trial court in New Mexico "prevents CMS from making further collections or payments under the risk adjustment program, including amounts for the 2017 benefit year, until the litigation is resolved."
The CMS, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, added that the court’s ruling bars the agency from collecting or making payments under the current methodology, which uses a statewide average premium, Bloomberg reported.
“We were disappointed by the court’s recent ruling. As a result of this litigation, billions of dollars in risk adjustment payments and collections are now on hold." CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in the agency’s statement.
“CMS has asked the court to reconsider its ruling, and hopes for a prompt resolution that allows CMS to prevent more adverse impacts on Americans who receive their insurance in the individual and small group markets,” Verma said.
The risk adjustment program of the Affordable Care Act redistributes funds from plans with lower-risk enrollees to plans with higher-risk enrollees, helping to ensure that sicker individuals can receive coverage by sharing the cost of covering them. The immediate impact of the decision will be to boost healthcare costs for millions of Americans even higher, unleashing even higher inflation for staples, at a time when the Fed is keeping a close eye on rising costs.
Predictably, advocates of the risk adjustment program, and Obamacare in general, were outraged.
Risk adjustment “has been long supported and embraced by both Republicans and Democrats,” said Scott Serota, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
“This action will significantly increase 2019 premiums for millions of individuals and small business owners and could result in far fewer health plan choices,” Serota said in a statement. “It will undermine Americans’ access to affordable coverage, particularly those who need medical care the most.”
The trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans said in an emailed statement that “We are very discouraged by the new market disruption brought about by the decision to freeze risk adjustment payments.” It added that the move comes at a critical time when insurance providers are developing premiums for 2019 and states are reviewing rates.
“This decision will have serious consequences for millions of consumers who get their coverage through small businesses or buy coverage on their own. It will create more market uncertainty and increase premiums for many health plans -- putting a heavier burden on small businesses and consumers, and reducing coverage options,” AHIP said.
AHIP urged “a quick resolution is needed to avoid greater harm to the individual and small group markets,” while Serota said CMS “has the legal justification needed to move forward with the payments regardless of the New Mexico ruling, and should do so.”
In addition to raising costs, the announcement may also adversely impact the stock prices of select insurers: according to Bloomberg, the CMS decision will affect publicly traded insurers that have stuck with Obamacare, such as St. Louis-based Centene Corp.
CMS provided a timeline, noting that after the Feb. 28 decision by the New Mexico federal court, it filed a motion for reconsideration, and on June 21 the court held a hearing on it. CMS is waiting for the court’s ruling.
Timeline of Key Events
March 23, 2010 - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is signed into law by President Obama.
March 11, 2013 - CMS finalizes a risk adjustment methodology for States where HHS operates the program that includes the use of the statewide average premium in order to maintain a budget neutral program.
July 29, 2016 - New Mexico Health Connections files a complaint in U.S. District Court in New Mexico arguing, among other points, that CMS’s use of the statewide average premium was arbitrary and capricious. Minuteman Health, Inc. files a similar complaint in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts the same day.
January 30, 2018 – The US District Court for the District of Massachusetts rules for CMS, finding that CMS acted within its authority in promulgating the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology based on the statewide average premium.
February 28, 2018 - The US District Court for the District of New Mexico issues a decision invalidating CMS’s use of the statewide average premium in the risk adjustment transfer formula for the 2014-2018 benefit years, pending further explanation of CMS’s reasons for operating the risk adjustment program in a budget neutral manner in those years. Following this decision, CMS files a motion for reconsideration.
June 21, 2018 - A hearing is held on CMS’s motion for reconsideration.
The CMS statement said the agency will “provide additional guidance shortly on how it will handle other issues relating to
risk adjustment payments."
Trump’s administration has used its regulatory powers to undermine Obamacare after Congress last year failed to repeal and replace the law. About 20 million Americans have received health insurance coverage through the program.
Published:7/8/2018 9:03:20 AM
Report: WH Suspends $10.4B in Obamacare Insurer Payments
The Trump administration said Saturday that it was suspending $10.4 billion in payments expected by Obamacare insurers, citing a federal judge's ruling in a lawsuit over a program's formula guidelines.
Published:7/7/2018 9:31:40 PM
Conservatives Push Back Against SCOTUS Frontrunner Brett Kavanaugh
With President Trump preparing to announce his Supreme Court pick on Monday at 9 pm and both the "smart money" and the Washington rumor mill are in agreement on whom Trump's pick will be: Brett Kavanaugh, a US circuit judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Online betting markets heavily favor Kavanaugh over the next-likeliest pick, Amy Coney Barrett, a US circuit judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
However, with President Trump's final decision still a few days away, social conservatives are mounting a campaign to push back against Kavanaugh's candidacy, saying he's "too moderate" to occupy a seat on the court that will determine the outcome of crucial issues like the overturning of Roe V. Wade, according to the Hill.
While Kavanaugh is well respected in Washington’s GOP circles, in part for having worked in the George W. Bush White House before being nominated to his current position in 2006, a whisper campaign against the 53-year-old judge could undercut his chances for being tapped as Kennedy’s successor, particularly because Trump is wary of sparking a fight with his base and with anti-abortion activists heading into the November midterm elections.
Conservatives take issue with Kavanaugh’s decisions on ObamaCare and abortion-related cases. In a 2011 opinion, he suggested that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate could be made a “tax,” providing a “roadmap” to a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that Republicans believe saved the 2010 healthcare law.
According to Politico, Kavanaugh's conservative opponents are comparing him with Chief Justice John Roberts, arguing that both men are suspected of being "not reliably conservative." One critic who has publicly spoken out against Kavanaugh is former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has said he'd prefer either Amy Coney Barrett or Republican Sen. Mike Lee, two of Cavanaugh's top contenders. Cuccinelli pointed to Kavanaugh's ruling on "Garza v. Hargan" - better known as the "teen-immigration abortion case" - as the justification for his opposition.
However, for Kavanaugh's critics, his actions in the teen-immigrant abortion case exude a tendency toward caution and compromise that could signal an unwillingness to make waves on the Supreme Court — and they worry that hesitancy could extend to reversing longstanding precedents, such as Roe v. Wade.
"This case exemplifies why Kavanaugh is not the best available Supreme Court prospect," Philip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group wrote in a memo to conservative leaders last week. The memo called Kavanaugh "certainly not the worst judge" in the case, but said his opinion dissenting from the court's ultimate decision to permit the abortion was not "as constitutionally principled" as another conservative judge who considered the issue.
Few conservatives have been willing to broadcast their view that Kavanaugh is likely to be less strident on some polarizing issues than other potential nominees. One who has made that view public is former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who said in an interview Friday that he is troubled by Kavanaugh's ultimate opinion in the teen-immigration abortion case, known as Garza v. Hargan.
"He made a statement that really gives one some pause about what he'd do when he's on the Supreme Court as opposed to an appellate court," Cuccinelli said. "His view there was just quite troubling."
"I really feel like Kavanaugh's just another Roberts," the former Virginia AG said. "He came straight out of the Ivy League to Washington, was never outside the beltway and went to the Bush White House. To paraphrase, Sen. Feinstein, the Bush speaks loudly in him."
President Trump tweeted this morning that he will be making his final decision "soon", which means Kavanaugh's opponents only have a couple of days - at the most - to scuttle his candidacy.
Of course, no matter which candidate Trump chooses, his opponents on the life will fill the streets in protest as if Roe v. Wade was on the verge of being struck down.
Published:7/7/2018 11:57:17 AM
How Congress Can Reduce Obamacare Premiums
In 2019, Obamacare premiums are poised to become even more expensive. New York, Washington state, and Maryland are requesting to raise their rates for the... Read More
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Published:7/5/2018 11:20:03 AM
How To Make Your Life A Declaration Of Independence
Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,
A couple of centuries ago, our country’s Founding Fathers wrote and signed a declaration of our independence from another country. They included a bill of the rights that they wished to ensure for their descendants. While not perfect people, by any means, they tried to create a nation of liberty that would go on for centuries to come.
What people seem to be missing is that the Bill of Rights isn’t a list of 'privileges' granted to us by gray-haired rich men in the 1700s. We are endowed with natural human rights from the moment we are born. We also bear the responsibility to protect our independence from those who would subjugate us.
Fast forward to our current day. Human ingenuity has come so far in many ways, but at the same time, many have lost that spark of liberty, that sense of compassion, and that pride that urges us to achieve even greater things. There are so many people in our country who are just ready to turn over all control of their lives and wait for a handout.
Our education system has had a great hand in this. These days, many educators are more likely to wax poetic over the joys of socialism than to tempt students to greatness with the benefits of capitalism. And decades of indoctrination is beginning to overcome centuries of liberty-minded ideals.
Lately, the 4th of July simply makes me sad.
I was trying to summon up a rush of pride to write about what makes our country great, and all I could think about was how far we’ve sunk. How distant we’ve ventured from those original settlers who said, “No more!” and declared their independence. They fought and sacrificed to be free of a government that oppressed them, taxed them, stole from them, and enforced rules without any type of representation upon them.
We have somehow forgotten what freedom really means and so we have lost it, incrementally and for many people, voluntarily.
Here we stand today, on July 4, 2018, with a government that has systematically crushed the rights that were demanded more than 240 years ago when the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. And I’m not just talking about the current administration. This stuff has been going on for decades, if not longer.
They tax us unreasonably, and if we don’t pay, they will take the money right from our bank accounts or steal our possessions.
In many states, we must ask for permission to catch a fish, drive a car, own a gun, or build an extra room onto our homes, just to name a few.
Permits and licenses are big revenue generators from start to finish – and if you proceed without asking permission, they will extort more money from you in the form of fines. If you refuse to pay the fines (or if you can’t) they’ll kidnap you and lock you in a cage, where you’ll be forced to perform manual labor for 10 cents an hour for whatever length of time the legal authorities feel is sufficient to teach you a lesson.
Then there’s civil asset forfeiture. In many instances, without due process or a trial, our possessions and money can be taken from us on the “suspicion” that they are the benefits of some crime we haven’t been convicted of.
We’re unable to voice our opinions without incurring the wrath of so-called social justice warriors, who may actually mean well in an idealistic kind of way, but end up causing more oppression when they try to right a wrong by forcing people to abide by their way of thinking. And this is only if we get it past the censors on social media.
And yet, people comply. They truly believe that this is what freedom looks like. When they lose freedoms they comfort themselves with, “This is the price we pay to live somewhere safe and civilized.”
Every time a bad act occurs, people plead to give away even more of their freedom because they believe it will make them safer. They are willing to be fondled and naked-body-scanned by the TSA in order to board a plane. They want to make a phone call and wait for the police to save them instead of picking up their own firearm and refusing to be a victim. They want to be surrounded by gun free zones, rainbows, and armed guards instead of taking responsibility for their own safety.
Somehow, this land of rugged individuals has become populated with scared children, who expect to be cared for, fed, protected, and made to feel good about themselves, all by government mandate. Many people seem to have no desire whatsoever to earn their keep, provide for their families, or take responsibility for their own safety. They expect the workplace to be one of sunshine and lollipops, with ample time off, equal pay for all, and. don’t forget, lots of kind words for everyone.
Our culture is just so incredibly dependent.
Freedom is terrifying to most people because it means that they and they alone, are responsible for the actions that they take. An independent person succeeds or fails on his or her own merit. Independence by its very nature means that the possibility of failure exists. It requires a sense of adventure, confidence, and the ability to fail and get right back up again, and it seems like these things are being bred right out of the American people.
What “independence” actually means
“Independent”, by definition, is the opposite of dependent. Here’s a whole list of definitions:
1. not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself.
2. not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free
3. not influenced by the thought or action of others.
4. not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
5. not relying on another or others for aid or support.
6. rejecting others’ aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.
7. possessing a competency.
So, if you are, at heart, a free person, the above is a description of your character.
Maybe you read that list and realized it doesn’t describe you. With some hard work and a big dose of courage, it can. Here’s how:
You must reduce your dependence on everything that is out of your control.
You must reduce your dependence on the government, the large corporations, the transportation system, money, the banking system, entities like the FDA and the USDA. All of these are marketed to us to make it seem like we can’t survive without them.
Those who signed the Declaration of Independence, hundreds of years ago, knew this was the case. When Britain tried to coerce them and convince them that they needed help and governance from the other side of the ocean, those patriots decided that there was not one single thing that England could provide for them that they needed enough to remain under the rule of the King. (Here’s how high the cost of freedom was for some of those men.)
Once you decide that there’s nothing that you need, then the boogeymen who would control us all lose their power. That’s why nearly everything you need to do to become self-sustaining is either illegal or strongly discouraged: milk straight from the cow, water collection, front-yard vegetable gardens, carrying a firearm. They need you to need them.
“Government” is a giant scam.
The government is not really made up of the elected officials that it purports. It’s made up, mostly, of people who sell their souls to huge corporations that have an interest in beneficial laws being passed and laws that would harm their businesses shut down before they ever reach the desk of the presidents.
As well, the supposed watchdog entities, like the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of Agriculture are also populated by those who have been hand-picked to support corporations, no matter what the detriment to the American people whom they pretend to protect. If Congress was like Nascar, the members would have to wear uniforms emblazoned with their sponsors. However, Washington DC does not have the transparency of professional car racing, so we must guess at the sponsors of our members.
We are buried under ridiculous laws with the sole purpose of generating revenue or adding to the slave labor force in the for-profit prison system. We must work most of our waking hours to be able to pay for our basic necessities. We are convinced repeatedly that we must have things that our ancestors would never have considered owning, much less requiring.
Hand in hand, the mega-corporations and the government entities work together to keep us subservient and in our places. The corporations create products, the watchdog agencies “test” the products, and the government mandates an artificial need for these products.
They have most people convinced that they must follow the food pyramid, the vaccine schedule, and the rules that force us to have licenses for every darned thing we do. We must pay for and be granted permission to feed ourselves, transport ourselves, build shelters for ourselves, unite in matrimony, and even to own pets.
Like some kind of frighteningly authoritarian parent, they assure us that it’s for our own safety, these breaches into our independence and that we must comply or face the consequences. They ground us by taking away our licenses. They send us to our rooms that just happen to be located in for-profit prisons. They don’t “allow” us to pursue life, liberty, and happiness because once we taste that sweet freedom, we won’t want to be under their oppressive thumbs anymore.
But some of us have seen the corporate government for what it is: a bully that reigns through fear of reprisal. They hold over us these fears:
We will die if we don’t eat things that were inspected and approved by them.
We will be jailed, fined, or have our children taken from us if we don’t toe the line.
We are unable to figure things out for ourselves because we are not “experts” and therefore we must suppress our own judgments and bow to their far greater knowledge.
We will die if we don’t follow their expert health and nutrition advice.
We’ll be murdered by scary foreign terrorists if we don’t allow the TSA to fondle our private parts, make us walk barefoot for 30 feet, and perform x-rays that show us naked before we fly.
Because some people fear these things and believe these tales so thoroughly, they allow the government to enforce ridiculous, unconstitutional laws “for our own safety.” They say, “Better that I give up my rights as a human being and save the world from a terrorist.” They justify, “These agents are only doing their jobs.” Heck, I’ve even heard people in line at the airport thank the TSA for patting them down.
Stockholm Syndrome and the government
Our government strives to create in its citizens a dependency. They want us to feel as though we actually can’t survive without them.
There’s a name for this: Stockholm Syndrome.
Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological term that was coined after a 6-day siege at a bank in Stockholm, Sweden. The 4 hostages began to feel affection, even love, for their captors.
The phrase was reported to have been coined by criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerot. Psychiatrist Dr Frank Ochberg was intrigued by the phenomenon and went on to define the syndrome for the FBI and Scotland Yard in the 1970s…
…His criteria included the following: “First people would experience something terrifying that just comes at them out of the blue. They are certain they are going to die.
“Then they experience a type of infantilisation – where, like a child, they are unable to eat, speak or go to the toilet without permission.”
Small acts of kindness – such as being given food – prompts a “primitive gratitude for the gift of life,” he explains.
“The hostages experience a powerful, primitive positive feeling towards their captor. They are in denial that this is the person who put them in that situation. In their mind, they think this is the person who is going to let them live.” (source)
Stockholm Syndrome is defined as “feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor.”
Sounds familiar, right?
So here’s how the government does it.
The corporate system is constructed around making us feel as though we need what they are offering. They want us to believe we need their expertise, their handouts, their approvals, and their protection. They want us to feel that we are not capable of making our own decisions without their input.
Once they create this insecurity in you, then you have become their slave.
You must work, almost non-stop, to be able to afford the lifestyle they tell you to have. Your home must meet their standards, your dependence upon the grid is absolute, and you must never, ever partake of a food that has not passed their approval process. You should call the experts to protect you, via 911, as opposed to taking care of your own security. Your children must be supervised constantly, unable to grow and seek adventures, in order to create the next generation of adults who submit without even realizing they are doing so.
When it’s put like that, you can see how absolutely ridiculous it all is, right?
Let’s take food, for example.
Historically, in nearly every takeover of the modern world, food was involved. Think of communist China in the early 1960s or the Holodomor, for two examples. The government took control of the farms “for the good of the people.” They controlled all of the food – every single bite. If you complied, you ate. If you rebelled, you starved.
Back 100 years ago, people drank milk. You got it from cows as opposed to the store. Now, the substance they drank is called “raw milk” and it’s the subject of taboos, warnings, and legal hoops that must be jumped through. It’s a million times easier to purchase a known carcinogen (cigarettes) or a mood-altering substance (alcohol) than it is to get fresh, creamy milk from a cow and drink it. We’ve been brainwashed into believing our milk must be heated to the point that the good bacteria is exterminated and then approved by the USDA before we’re able to drink it. Milk is controlled like a dangerous Level 1 narcotic, for crying out loud. But pasteurized milk from the store, which often originates from cows that have been given recombinant bovine growth hormone and antibiotics, is perfectly fine. It’s “USDA approved.”
In a million small ways, folks are being brainwashed that we require permission to do nearly everything. Think of an abusive relationship, because our relationship with the government is a classic example of such a thing.
The abuser says things like this to the victim:
“You’d never survive without me.”
“You obviously need me to take care of you because you aren’t smart enough to take care of yourself.”
“Why did you do that without my permission? Now, you’re going to be punished.”
“I’m doing this for your own good.”
The abuser keeps track of your time, makes you account for your earnings, seizes your personal belongings, coerces you into doing things you don’t want to do, and harshly discourages any vestiges of independence. Because if you are independent, they have lost control of you. Compliance is rewarded and rebellion is punished.
Let the TSA pat you down, you are allowed to travel. Refuse to be groped and you lose the price of your plane ticket and your opportunity to go to your cousin’s wedding by air. Sell a homemade edible product that hasn’t been “inspected” and approved by local officials, they will fine your business out of existence. Not only this, but occasionally we’re allowed to feel we’re independent and do these things, and we pay extra for the privileges for living our lives, traveling, and earning a living.
There IS something you can do.
Whether you call it freedom, liberty, sovereignty, or self-governance, the point remains the same: if you’re reading this, you probably want to determine your own life, whether the result is success or failure. You want to have control over your ability to live, truly live, and not merely exist as a slave to the powers that be.
There actually is something we can do.
We can say no.
We can be the squeaky wheel.
We can be louder than those dependent, noisy individuals who want to throw away liberty. We can.
You may feel like you aren’t in the right place in life to declare your independence. Perhaps you don’t have room to raise your own food. Perhaps you have a physical handicap that bars you from living 30 miles from civilization in a yurt located down a dirt road, over a creek, and in the woods. Maybe it’s all you can do financially to keep the refrigerator full of groceries for the week.
But wherever you are right now, that’s okay. Wherever you are, know that every single person, even the very free-est person you know, started at a place that was less free than where they are right now. The most important thing is to begin to recognize the chains that are on you so that you can begin, link by link, to break them.
How do you break free of the life that nearly every single person around you lives?
It’s simple, yet so complicated. Here it is, the ultimate act of insurrection:
You have to need less.
When you need less, you have less to fear.
Now, every year when I write about this topic, a few people come out of the woodwork to claim, “It’s not enough.”
Well, not everyone is a warrior. But taking steps to become freer than you were the day before is a cause for celebration.
It is simply reality that most of us cannot make a stand in every single aspect of our lives. We have children that could be taken away from us. We have homes that could be seized. We fear being imprisoned in a cage. I get that, truly. I don’t want to lose my daughter or my home or be thrown in jail either. The folks in control have done their job in that respect, but we can work around it.
We can refuse to eat the poisoned apple that they graciously hand to us. We can stop sending our children to public schools for “free” education. We can all stop purchasing processed food that originated as the bastard child of factory farming and a chemistry project. We can refuse to shop at Wal-Mart, K-mart, or any of those corporate discount stores that have their products manufactured in sweatshops overseas so that they can undercut the Mom & Pop stores right out of business.
I raise vegetables. I collect rainwater. I have things repaired instead of replaced. I don’t pay interest to the banks, heck – I don’t even leave money in the bank if I can help it. 911 is not my default for home security. I don’t have Obamacare, cable TV, a maxed-out credit card, or a home phone. I live my life quietly, and without many of the things that others consider “necessities.” I live frugally so I don’t have to sell the majority of the hours in my day for enough money to survive the other hours.
Every single day, I strive to reduce my vulnerability to coercion. Because the less I need, the more difficult I am to manipulate.
You don’t need this stuff they are offering, either. There is so much that you can do to free yourself from them.
You have a natural human right to be free.
This freedom is also supposed to be protected by our Constitution, which gets undermined on a regular basis. If you aren’t free, then revolution is your duty. Part of the power that the government holds over people is the fact that they hold the keys to the stuff we need. Look at Venezuela, where the government controls access to food, water, and electricity.
True independence is to not need the stuff they have. When there is nothing that you require enough to submit, then coercing you becomes much more difficult.
Make your life a declaration of independence.
Here are 20 ways to make yourself less dependent on the whims of the economy, the government, and corporate interests. Don’t worry if they seem impractical to you. They may not all be possible right this moment. Pick one and act on it, then another. Every journey begins with the decision to start the trip.
Question absolutely everything you hear on the news. Always be a skeptic. All major media goes back to just a few conglomerates. The “news” is a propaganda ploy to help the rich get richer and the powerful remain in power. The media can make or break a candidate with unholy zeal in less than a week. These people and others like them are the ones that decide what the rest of us get to see.
Call out the media. When you see coverage that is clearly biased, take a moment to call out the media about it. Take the time to comment on mainstream media websites and point out the unbalanced coverage. If you use social media, share this information and post on the media outlet’s social media pages as well.
Get out of the banking system. By opting to “unbank” or “underbank,” there is a limit to what can be easily stolen from you. When you have physical control of your financial assets, you are not at as high a risk of losing those assets, and therefore, less likely to be dependent on “the system.” (Remember what happened to account holders in Cyprus?)
Educate others. At the (very high) risk of people thinking you’re crazy, it’s important to let people know WHY you do what you do. If you are an anti-Monsanto activist, teach others about the dangers of GMOs. If you object to a municipal policy, speak at a town meeting or send a letter to the editor of your local paper. Be calm and present intelligent arguments.
Get others involved in the fight. For example, if you are fighting with the city council that wants to rip out the vegetables growing in your front yard, let your friends and neighbors know, post a notice at the grocery store, and write a letter to the editor. When injustice occurs, use the power of social media to spread awareness. Often a public outcry is what is necessary to get the “authorities” to back down. Remember the case of Brandon Raub, the veteran who was kidnapped and taken to a mental hospital for things he posted on Facebook? Raub was not charged, but he was detained in the psych ward involuntarily. His friends and family immediately mobilized and spread the videos of his arrest all over the internet. It snowballed and alternative media picked it up – soon Raub was released, and all because of a grassroots and social media campaign to bring the injustice to light.
Grow your own food. Every single seed that you plant is a revolutionary act. Every bit of food that you don’t have to purchase from the grocery store is a battle cry for your personal independence. When you educate yourself (and others) about Big Food, Big Agri, and the food safety sell-outs at the FDA and USDA, you will clearly see that we are alone in our fight for healthy, nutritious foods.
Take control of your health. It is imperative that you not blindly trust in the medical establishment. Many members of this establishment are merely prostitutes for their pimp, Big Pharma. Millions of children are given powerful psychotropic drugs to help them fit into the neat little classroom boxes, and the numbers are growing every day. Americans spent HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS on psychiatric drugs in 2013 and the booming industry is only getting bigger. (source) You have the right to weigh the risks and benefits of a suggested medical treatment and seek second and third opinions before making a medical decision.
Refuse to comply. If you know your natural rights, which are guaranteed under the Constitution and its Amendments, then it makes it much harder for “authorities” to bully you. You don’t have to let them search your home without a warrant, you don’t have to answer questions, and you don’t have to comply with laws that are in conflict with the Constitution.
Don’t overlook the little things. Governments like to chip away at rights a tiny bit at a time until one day you wake up and realize that all of those little things add up to a really big deal. Today, the bulk purchase of ammo might be limited. Tomorrow, you might not be able to buy it at all. Today, home births might be subject to a set of rules. Tomorrow, those rules might be expanded to the point that the birth of your child is totally legislated.
Embrace your right to bear arms. Be responsible for your own safety and security.
Don’t be in debt. No one can be free if they are in debt. If you are in debt, you are forced to work in whatever conditions are present, for whatever amount is offered, complying with whatever criteria is necessary to keep your job in order to either pay your debt or face penalties. As well, the high-interest rates that you pay only serve to make the bankers more wealthy. Instead of borrowing, save until you can afford something or realize that if you could actually afford it, you wouldn’t need to borrow money to have it.
Be prepared for disaster. Have enough food, water, and supplies to take care of your family in the event of a natural disaster. Don’t expect FEMA to take care of you.
Be involved in your children’s education. For some, this means homeschooling or unschooling, and for others, this means being on top of what they are learning in a formal school setting. Join the PTA and actively volunteer if your child goes to school. Be an advocate for your child and insist that the teachers teach. If your child goes to school, supplement this at home with discourse about current events and outings that help them learn about the world around them.
Be the squeaky wheel. If you see something wrong, don’t just ignore it. Say something about it, and keep saying something until it changes. Whether this is some process that infringes on your privacy, a job requirement that impedes your health, or another injustice, pursue it relentlessly. Ask questions publically, write letters, and use social media to bring pressure to encourage a change.
Buy locally. Support local small businesses to help others who are fighting for independence from the system. You might pay a little bit more than you would at your big box store, but the only people benefiting from your purchases made at the corporate stores are those with the 7 figure annual bonuses.
Develop multiple streams of income. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Figure out several ways to bring in income. You are less entangled in the system and not subject to corporate whims. If one business fails or becomes subject to regulations that make it no longer worthwhile, you are not forced to comply just to keep a roof over your head. (Learn more HERE)
Say thanks, but no thanks. There is no such thing as a benevolent hand out. Nearly anything offered for free (particularly by a government entity) has strings attached. Maybe there is a handy-dandy registration form that you need to fill out. You might be influenced to vote a certain way just to keep the freebies coming. You might have to pee in a cup every two weeks. Perhaps one day you’ll need to have a microchip embedded in your hand. Either way, by accepting handouts from those in “authority”, you become beholden to them or you need them, and someone who is free is neither beholden nor needy.
Collect water. Either harvest it with rain barrels, store it in a cistern, or create a source for it on your property (digging a well, for example.) Water is life.
Don’t take the easy road. Power hungry entities like to seduce people with simplicity. “If you just sign this paper, it will be much easier,” they say. “This chip is for your convenience,” they tell you. “By giving up this, it lets us take care of you and you will be much safer.” The easy road only gets you to Slave Street a whole lot faster. Take the difficult road and be responsible for yourself. Don’t take shortcuts that compromise your beliefs. Go to court to fight a ticket, read the laws and defend yourself.
Know that anything you give up, you will never get back.
The way you lead your life every single day can be a personal Declaration of Independence.
We don’t have to bow our heads in submission. We don’t have to live like wage slaves and bury ourselves ever deeper in debt. We don’t have to hate our neighbors and fight on the internet with people whom we’ve never met. We don’t have to be like “everyone else.”
We can be different than today’s norm. We can be kinder. We can be independent. And maybe, just maybe, we can teach others by our example.
By refusing to concede your natural rights, quietly and resolutely, you are performing an act of revolution.
This only requires one thing: your consistent determination not to be infringed upon.
Make that decision today and you will really have something to celebrate on Independence Day.
Go ahead. Be free.
Published:7/4/2018 6:17:26 PM
Dems to Use Obamacare Lawsuit in Trump's SCOTUS Pick Battle
Democrats are saying they plan to use the Trump administration's decision to join a lawsuit that challenges Obamacare protections to take on his eventual Supreme Court nominee.
Published:7/3/2018 1:02:17 PM
Pro-Obamacare Group Posts TV Ad Focused on SCOTUS Pick
The pro-Obamacare group Protect Our Care released on Monday a TV ad that says President Donald Trump’s choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy would take aim at protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
Published:7/2/2018 11:25:02 AM
Sen. Lindsey Graham Dismayed by Trump's Attacks on McCain
President Donald Trump berated Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for his "thumbs-down" on a bill to repeal parts of Obamacare twice this week, angering Republicans, including McCain's close friend, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Published:6/28/2018 8:03:25 PM
Video: Top three Obamacare promises, RIP
Behold, the death of three core Obamacare promises, in 74 seconds, using Democrats’ words only. The trifecta:
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Published:6/28/2018 12:28:21 AM
Leftist protesters DRIVE OUT Pam Bondi from Mr. Rogers movie screening!! [Video]
Last night liberal scumbags also targeted Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, because she was pushing futher dismantling of Obamacare. More from Tampa Bay Times: A group of protesters accosted Florida Attorney General . . .
Published:6/24/2018 9:36:20 AM
Leftist protesters DRIVE OUT Pam Bondi from Mr. Rogers movie screening!! [Video]
Last night liberal scumbags also targeted Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, because she was pushing futher dismantling of Obamacare. More from Tampa Bay Times: A group of protesters accosted Florida Attorney General . . .
Published:6/24/2018 9:06:14 AM
Mourning becomes Elijah
(Scott Johnson) Yesterday I particularly missed the late Andrew Breitbart, founder of Breitbart. Andrew doggedly pursued the story behind the allegations of Reps. Andre Carson, John Lewis, Emanuel Cleaver and James Clyburn that Tea Party protesters abused black congressmen with racial epithets while demonstrating against Obamacare on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2010. The story was reported as fact by news organizations including Fox News and McClatchy News, but Breitbart called baloney
Published:6/20/2018 7:11:22 AM
Once Again, Obamacare’s Constitutionality Comes Into Question
Readers might recall that, in 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially... Read More
The post Once Again, Obamacare’s Constitutionality Comes Into Question appeared first on The Daily Signal.
Published:6/17/2018 3:04:09 PM
American Politicians Say They Live In Fear As Threats Against Congress Increase
Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,
Threats against politicians have been skyrocketing lately. Many in Congress are now living in fear, purchasing body armor and hiring armed guards to protect themselves against the people they should be serving rather than controlling.
One year after the horrific congressional baseball shooting that almost took the life of Representative Steve Scalise and former Hill staffer Matt Mika, members are keenly aware that the continued attempt to control and manipulate the public has finally put a target on their backs.
“The true reality is if somebody wanted to do me harm, they could probably do that with relative ease and that is sad,” said Representative Chuck Fleishmann (R-Tenn.), a New York City native.
Mexican citizens have been executing politicians in the country south of the United States’ border. So far, 113 political elites (or those attempting to become a political master by way of election) have been killed.
Make that 114... Just tonight, AP reports that the mayor of a small town in western Mexico who was running for re-election has been killed, the 16th candidate murdered ahead of the July 1 elections. The governor of Michoacan state says "we will not rest until we find those responsible for this regrettable act."
The majority of politicians experiencing the threats appear to republican. Which just goes to show that liberals intend to use violence and theft to get people to conform to their ideas rather than use peace and voluntary interaction.
In 2016, there were 902 threatening incidents and communications against members of Congress. By 2017, the reports had more than doubled to about 2,000, according to the House Sergeant at Arms office. According to The New York Post, in response, the House Administration Committee allocated $25,000 to each member in 2017 and again in 2018 to beef up their personal and office security, prompting members to hire bodyguards for events and equip offices with panic buttons and shatter-resistant glass. Meaning they are using the funds of those who are making the treats to protect the ruling class.
The House Sergeant at Arms got an additional $5 million to improve office security for district offices. Congress also increased funding for Capitol Police by $29.2 million in 2017, and another $29.9 million in 2018. In recognition of the danger level to the political elites, the Federal Election Commission also ruled in July that lawmakers can also use campaign funds, which are typically spent on TV ads and mailers, to install security systems at their homes instead.
The chairman of the House Administration Committee, representative Gregg Harper that authorized security spending, said the shooting made clear that Congress needed to do more. “What we would never want to have happen is for an incident to occur and anybody – a member, a visitor or staffer – to say you didn’t give us what we needed to protect ourselves,” Harper, who has hired personal armed bodyguards said.
While violence is not the answer, neither is the elite ruling class shoving their laws down the throats of the public on a whim with no consequences. Eventually, this ruling class vs. the slaves mentality was going to explode (just like it did leading up to the American Revolution.) People always eventually figure out that they don’t enjoy being slaves to a wealthy elite few. As soon as enough people wake up and realize whom the real enemy of liberty is, there won’t be a need for violence or threats though, liberals. There will eventually hopefully be enough people who no longer wish to be slaves to politicians that government itself will become obsolete; peacefully.
Published:6/14/2018 7:38:39 PM
"Do You like It, Senator, When The Deep State Works Against You?"
Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (Nom de plume of retired Green Beret of the US Army Special Forces ) via SHTFplan.com,
There’s an old expression: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” In this case, another old expression is even better: “Turnabout is fair play.” We are all still reeling from the Obama years of “transparency,” and “change you can believe in,” that both equated to Doublethink and Doublespeak. Under Obama, everything was hidden from the American people: Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Ukraine/McCain/Nuland, and the Arab Spring. Nancy Pelosi (on the several thousand-paged Obamacare legislation): “We’ll just have to read it after its finished to know what’s in it.”
Democrats or Republicans, they are merely far-left Marxists or center-Marxists; nevertheless, they picked up a taste of their own medicine last week. An article was released on 6/7/18, entitled “Conspiracy Theory Proven Fact as Cops Remove Senator from Wal-Mart Converted Into Detention Center.”
The incident this article describes is very, very important: please read on.
A U.S. Senator, Jeff Merkley (D-OR), attempted to enter a “shuttered/closed” Wal-Mart on 6/1/18, for the purpose of ascertaining whether the children of illegal aliens were being held there. The Wal-Mart is located in Brownsville, Texas. Here’s an excerpt of that article:
All the windows and doors to the facility – which is a shuttered Walmart – have been blacked out with window tinting. [Senator] Merkley arrived and was immediately asked to leave by a female government worker. One of the country’s most powerful lawmakers then demanded to speak with a supervisor. Instead of complying with his wishes in the name of transparency, the shadowy government workers called Brownsville police on the U.S. Senator. After 10 minutes of waiting and being confronted by local police, he was denied entry and forced to leave.
Later, in a Facebook live video, Merkley remarked: “When an organization has something to hide, not allowing members of Congress to see it, in a democracy, is completely unacceptable…What’s going on is an effort to prevent the press from being able to report to the American people what is happening. And that’s simply unacceptable.”
Subsequent to all this, it was learned that Southwest Key Programs runs the detention facility. They released this statement three days after Merkley’s statement, on 6/6/18 that ties in to the big picture. Take note of the government agency behind it all, their name emboldened, and their cover story bottom-line, also emboldened for you:
“We regret having to turn away Senator Merkley at our Casa Padre shelter. The U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) prohibits any facility from allowing visits that have not been approved by them, even if it is a U.S. Senator. With ORR approval, Southwest Key shelters have welcomed elected and other public officials at our facilities in the past, and will continue to do so, because we are proud of the caring environment we provide these children. We have reached out to the Senator and connected with his staff because we would like to see this happen.”
Can’t you just imagine Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America” playing in the back of your mind? Or the old Coca-Cola ad in the early ‘70’s with everyone holding hands and singing, “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…” Can’t you hear it now?
The “welcoming shelter,” that welcomed Senator Merkley by calling the Brownsville Police on him and denying his entrance. The “caring environment” just couldn’t bear, perhaps, to disturb the children?
Senator Merkley has visited another facility at the McAllen Border station where he pointed out that he saw hundreds of children kept in chain-link fenced-off areas (basically, cages). The White House released a statement that claimed the Senator was “spreading blatant lies.” Of course the actions had to be politicized by both sides.
But let’s go a little bit further, and bring the punch line of the comedy (or tragedy) in focus. Another statement came out, as well. Here it is:
At 2 pm on a Friday, the Senator asked to visit a secure DHS facility over the weekend where children are present and we worked with him [the Senator] to provide him access. This presented obvious and serious privacy concerns – not to mention disrupting operations. He was able to visit the facility on Sunday.
So, we learn that Southwest Key Programs runs the facility for the DHS. That falls in line perfectly, as DHS has subcontracted out the management of the place to them. Such actions place a layer of insulation between them and the facility. By “corporatizing” the facility instead of having it run by DHS outright, it removes it from direct government oversight by placing it in the hands of a private corporation. Simultaneously, the DHS still controls it by maintaining federal bureaucratic oversight.
Isn’t it amazing? If a U.S. citizen were to carry out such a “slicky” maneuver, they would be charged with forming a shell corporation for the purposes of concealing another venture and perhaps thrown into a cell…indefinitely…never being charged with anything because that isn’t necessary anymore. Charges are unnecessary, because with indefinite detention being authorized by Congress, what is necessary?
The only thing that’s necessary is that you be placed under investigation; investigation is the key word, now.
Interestingly enough, Senator Merkley was never permitted to visit, nor did he visit that facility on Sunday, 6/3/18, or any other time. Guess who made that statement?
DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton, the same man who just a few months ago informed us that the new DHS policy would be to gather up the names of journalists, reporters, writers, bloggers, radio show hosts, and anyone in the Independent News Media that mentioned or wrote about the DHS. He referred to Independent Media reporters as “tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists.”
In truth, there’s a lot more to this entire scenario than meets the eye. Let’s summarize it.
1. The ORR as mentioned previously was formed long before President Trump took office. This shows a continuation of Deep State policies that run without being interrupted by a change in administrations.
2. There is no transparency in government, even when such transparency is demanded by a government official (in this case, a United States Senator) who has been elected to represent the people.
3. The three-party system of checks and balances is nothing but a desiccated husk, the shell of a cicada clinging to the bark of a tree.
4. The irony: politicians do not like it when they are subjected to censorship and denied access to the truth…exactly the same way they have denied American citizens from the truth with endless legislation and bureaucracy, closed-door sessions and meetings, and other tactics employed by the rulers on the ruled.
5. This is just one little facility. Just one. Think it ends there? Think again: this is just the tip of the iceberg.
6. If the administration knows about such things as these “happy welcoming centers,” then it is either powerless to stop them, or it supports them.
7. Senator Merkley said that it is “unacceptable” for a “democracy” to prevent a member of congress from investigating something…or to keep “the press” from reporting it to the people.
This last item, #7, is the crux of the problem: too many middlemen between the event and the American people, to include elected officials and bureaucrats, and the press. Where is the news? Where has the news been? Why, all mainstream media (MSM) is Associated Press approved, and every paper marches in lock step…it is canned, controlled, and censored content. It is deliberately crafted to mold the public consciousness into the “social conscience” of groupthink…tearing down all normative and traditional beliefs and supplanting them with malleable groupthink.
It is all form and no substance. The MSM is a 70 year-old prostitute with a made-up, plastic face: a mannequin without a soul, living in a $10 million dollar mansion and claiming to be an average citizen, reporting on “grass roots” issues. Those issues are mere tabloids: bread and circuses provided to the masses to obfuscate and divert focus away from the theft, the ever-increasing surveillance, and the never-ending wars of expansion and global dominance. These tabloid issues exploit the deterioration of society. Even all our crumbling infrastructure is nothing more than a true picture of how we have become a potholed, banana-republic with run-down highways and broken bridges and highwaymen with badges robbing us for ad valorem at will, or worse.
The politicians are even more heinous than the press, especially since they control the press, equating “freedom to fawn” with license to write. Politicians lie in the campaign and then enter office to do exactly the opposite of what they promised. They cannot be held accountable. It is a business: the business of politics. It is a cycle, where the red clown faces off against the blue clown, and the winning clown sprouts fangs of Stephen King’s “It” as soon as the swearing in is completed. Government is no longer in the hands of the people: the people are necessary for labor and to keep the machine running, but we are ruled, not governed.
Last week a U.S. Senator received the same spoonful of Castor oil that Congress has been giving to the American people for decades. More than that occurred, however, as another example emerged of lack of balanced accountability and the control of the Shadow government. Working through and aided by bureaucracies…obscure ones created under executive order but without Congressional oversight or expiration date…this Shadow government is one step away from seizing power and smothering out the last sparks of freedom in this country forever.
It is dangerous to write this article. It is dangerous to write these words, and this comes straight out of the mouths of bureaucrats and government officials. Others will also smear the words: anonymous or masked expletive-laden vitriol spouted by the trolls. They are lackeys, either paid for or indirectly supporting the stance of that Shadow government. The open government and the Shadow government have vested interests in one another, for now. Make no mistake: they mutually support one another.
There is a written document much greater than mine, however, that has been smeared and denounced over time. The document’s greatest detractors, ironically, are not the ones who openly denounce and revile it. The true detractors are the complacent ones…the ones who do not exercise the very God-given rights affirmed and championed by this written document: the Constitution of the United States of America.
It is in this vein that I claim those rights given to me before birth, and affirmed within the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: the right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Someone may need these words: someone who is struggling whether or not to take a stand within their heart and maybe in their family, workplace, or community. Maybe it will make a difference for at least one, and one is more than none. The First Amendment needs to be exercised if we’re ever to have a government by “We the People” ever again.
Published:6/12/2018 10:07:15 PM
‘FU AMERICA’! Daily Beast editor who GLOATED over Obamacare now ‘BAWLING’ over medical bills
"We warned you."
The post ‘FU AMERICA’! Daily Beast editor who GLOATED over Obamacare now ‘BAWLING’ over medical bills appeared first on twitchy.com.
Published:6/11/2018 4:28:16 PM
ObamaCare Could End As Justice Department Abandons Its Defense
ObamaCare could soon be history, thanks to a lawsuit filed by 20 states that claim the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional. Attorney General Sessions is so sure the states are right that he's folding his cards. In a rare move, the Justice Department won't defend a federal law.The lawsuit argues that last December, when Congress repealed the penalty for not having ObamaCare insurance, it removed the only constitutional grounds for ObamaCare.Remember that in 2012, the first time the...
Published:6/8/2018 10:12:07 PM
Obamacare Threatens to Drive Insurance Rates Higher for Individuals
Health insurers in multiple states could increase rates sharply on the Obamacare exchanges for 2019, with premiums in Maryland’s individual market set to jump as... Read More
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Published:6/8/2018 2:38:42 PM
Trump administration won’t defend Obamacare in key case
(Paul Mirengoff) The constitutionality of Obamacare is under challenge once again. Six years ago, the Supreme Court held that the federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance, but does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance. The ruling saved Obamacare. However, the tax bill Congress passed last year eliminates the tax penalty contained in Obamacare. Thus, Texas now argues that
Published:6/8/2018 11:41:33 AM
AWESOME – DOJ says Obamacare unconstitutional, won’t defend it in Texas lawsuit
As you know Texas is leading the way with 19 other states in a lawsuit against Obamacare after the individual mandate was repealed. Well the DOJ has decided it agrees with the . . .
Published:6/8/2018 11:08:34 AM
AWESOME – DOJ says Obamacare unconstitutional, won’t defend it in Texas lawsuit
As you know Texas is leading the way with 19 other states in a lawsuit against Obamacare after the individual mandate was repealed. Well the DOJ has decided it agrees with the . . .
Published:6/8/2018 11:08:34 AM
Oh my: DOJ will no longer defend parts of ObamaCare in court
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Published:6/8/2018 10:39:38 AM
Obamacare premiums set to soar in 2019
Obamacare premiums set to soar in 2019. Yet another year of marvelous savings. Thanks Obama. Thanks all you dummies who voted for this piece of shit.,
Published:6/7/2018 10:34:58 PM
Trump's Justice Department Affirms ObamaCare is Unconstitutional
In a letter to House Speaker Ryan, Attorney General Jeff Sessions affirmed that the Justice Dept will no longer defend the constitutionality of Obamacare.
Specifically, Sessions writes that the DoJ believes the law's individual mandate - the provision the Supreme Court upheld in 2012 - has become unconstitutional.
The mandate cannot be interpreted as a tax “because it will raise no revenue as Congress has eliminated the monetary penalty,” the department said in a brief filed in the Federal District Court in Fort Worth.
As Axios reports, the Justice Department almost always defends federal laws when they're challenged in court. Its departure from that norm in this case is a major development - career DOJ lawyers removed themselves from the case as the department announced this shift in its position.
The ACA's individual mandate requires most people to buy insurance or pay a tax penalty. The Supreme Court upheld that in 2012 as a valid use of Congress' taxing power, but as Axios details below, that is all about to come to a head as Democratic attorneys general have been granted permission to defend the ACA in this case...
When Congress claimed it repealed the individual mandate last year, what it actually did was drop the tax penalty to $0.
So the coverage requirement itself is still technically on the books.
And a group of Republican attorneys general, representing states led by Texas, say it's now unconstitutional - because the specific penalty the Supreme Court upheld is no longer in effect.
The Justice Department agreed with that position in a brief filed Thursday night.
DOJ said the courts should strike down the coverage requirement, as well as the provision of the law that forces insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
And before the left gets out its outrage machine (and Nancy Peolsi decrying the number of children that will die due to Jeff Session's opinion), while it is rare for the Justice Department to stop defending a federal law, it is not unprecedented: the Obama administration did it with the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Full letter from AG Sessions to Speaker Ryan:
Published:6/7/2018 8:34:34 PM
Ten Ways The Democratic Northern Hemisphere Nations Became The Orwellian West
Authored by Doug “Uncola” Lynn via TheBurningPlatform.com,
In his book, “1984”, George Orwell envisioned a future crushed by the iron grip of a collectivist oligarchy. The narrative told of the INGSOC Party which maintained power through a system of surveillance and brutality designed to monitor and control every aspect of society. From the time of the book’s release in 1949, any ensuing vision of a dark dystopia depicting variations of jackboots stomping on human faces, forever, has been referenced as being “Orwellian”. This is because Orwell’s narrative illustrated various disturbing and unjust conceptualizations of control, crime, and punishment.
For example, “Newspeak” represented the language of mind control, whereas “crimethink”, “thoughtcrime”, and “crimeface” manifested as transgressions against the state. Guilty citizens were captured by the “Thought Police”, and the ultimate punishment consisted of “vaporization”; which eliminated every last vestige of a person’s existence.
In the horrifying world of 1984, the nation of Oceania was divided into three concentric groups: The Inner Party, the Outer Party, and the Proles, or proletariat. The Proles constituted 85% of the population and lived in extreme privation. The Inner Party represented the elite powerbrokers who led lives of comprehensive luxury compared to the minions in the Outer Party.
But in the real world of today, it is the globalist billionaires who own multiple mansions, fly private jets and ride in eight-cylinder limousines to climate-change conferences where policies are decreed to lower the carbon footprint of the proletariat. It is the wealthy elite of the westernized nations who have sacrificed individual freedom upon the altar of Collectivism as political correctness has stifled free speech and enslaved citizens drown under oceans of debt.
At the same time, megalithic multi-national corporations like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter, have become the eyes and ears of Big Brother; always watching and ever listening.
Indeed, Orwell was near prophetic in describing the proliferation of listening devices in both public and private settings as well as “telescreens”, which simultaneously broadcast propaganda while relaying live video feeds back to the Party watchers. And just as free will and individuality were sacrificed to the extreme demands of Collectivism in the fictional nation of Oceania, so do the globalists and corporate oligarchs of the twenty-first-century desire a new world government fused together by technology and the circular, magnetic dynamism of the hive-mind.
Orwell sublimely illustrated the practicality, and twisted morality, of the state’s utilization of contrived wars and political scapegoats to subvert and shape society by means of circular logic and cycling causation.
And, certainly, life does imitate art.
On January 12, 2009, Dr. Henry Kissinger said in his New York Times editorial entitled “The Chance for a New World Order”:
The ultimate challenge is to shape the common concern of most countries and all major ones regarding the economic crisis, together with a common fear of jihadist terrorism, into a common strategy reinforced by the realization that the new issues like proliferation, energy and climate change permit no national or regional solution.
Given that Kissinger’s vision was to “shape the common concern” of the nations by “economic crisis” and the “fear of Jihadist terrorism” into a “common strategy” towards globalism, it makes one wonder if everything was planned after all.
Pursuant to 911 came the Patriot Act, the War on Terror, widespread electronic surveillance, eight years of Obama and Cloward-Piven-driven welfare spending, burgeoning sovereign debts, pervasive political correctness, and the weaponization of government agencies. America was definitely fundamentally changed by the Obama administration; and that goes to show, if the Inner Party ever wanted to turn a constitutional republic into a banana republic, they were geniuses to install the right Marxist of Kenyan descent.
As a result of the Hegelian Dialectic, central banking, pay-to-play politics, and collectivist orthodoxies, here are ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West:
1. Continuous War
In the 17 years after 911, if anything has become perfectly clear it is this: The U.S. wars abroad were not meant to be won. Instead, as Orwell once intimated, they were meant to be continuous. Orwell identified war as the means by which a collectivist oligarchy could maintain a hierarchical society by purging the excess production of material goods from the economy; thus, keeping the masses impoverished and ignorant by denying them the surplus “spare time” afforded by the convenience of modern technology:
The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.
— Emmanuel Goldstein, ”1984”: part 2, chapter 9
In the novel, 1984, the wars alternated between the three nation-states of Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. In the western nations of the new millennium, however, middle-eastern wars destabilized those populations which, in turn, created a mass migration crisis that is now subverting the former wealthy societies of the northern hemisphere.
By way of burgeoning domestic welfare programs, ever-increasing deficit spending, economic malfeasance, open borders, and wars abroad; the global elite powerbrokers have bankrupted the United States and destabilized other nations around the world. At the same time, it was revealed that Inner Party members, like George Soros, have subsidized color revolutions around the globe.
The goal? Order out of chaos.
Moreover, it is highly likely the near two decades of modern and urban warfare in the middle-east served as practice for the Orwellian technocracy’s New World Order; for a time when drones will deliver peace, like doves, from on high.
2. Widespread Surveillance
Although statutes prohibiting telegraph wiretapping date back as far as 1862, and the first person convicted was a stock broker named D.C. Williams in 1864, it wasn’t until Watergate before public concerns over government spying became widespread. In the wake of 911, however, as well as the passing of the Patriot Act, and the revelations of former government contractor, Edward Snowden, the concerns of Americans reached entirely new levels; especially regarding violations to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Snowden previously worked for Dell Computers and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before his employment with Booz Allen Hamilton, a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor. Hailed by some as a hero and whistle blower, and others as a traitor, Snowden released to the press hundreds of thousands of files related to the American NSA as well as other intelligence agencies from Australia and Britain.
The revelations were stunning.
As result of what became known as Edward Snowden’s 2013 Global Surveillance Disclosures, American and British initiatives were exposed including PRISM and Tempora that revealed cooperation with governments around the world working in connection with multi-national corporations including Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google, British Telecommunications, and Verizon. Furthermore, backdoor data-gathering programs such as XKeyscore were unveiled along with other various ways by which government spooks could intercept phone calls, text messages, and private data from commonly used internet platforms like Yahoo.
Just as technological breakthroughs in computing and the proliferation of “smart” communication and entertainment devices gave rise to government spying, it was not a very large leap of understanding to see how easy it would be too blackmail and control not only citizens, but government administrators, politicians, officials, and even judges, around the world:
Germany had reacted with outrage when information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed in 2013 that US agents were carrying out widespread tapping worldwide, including of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.
Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany where state spying on citizens was rampant, declared repeatedly that ‘spying among friends is not on’ while acknowledging Germany’s reliance on the US in security matters.
But to the great embarrassment of Germany, it later emerged that the [German spy agency] BND helped the NSA spy on European allies.
Is it any wonder why border laws are not enforced throughout the wealthy “democratic” nations of the world? Or why U.S. politicians pass legislation against the will of those who voted for them? Or why Chief Justice John Roberts passed the unconstitutional Obamacare mandate by calling it a tax?
No wonder Senator Chuck Schumer said the following in an MSNBC interview on January 3rd, 2017:
Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday to get back at you.
This likely explains why Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, recently asserted the FBI was not spying on Trump, but the agents were, instead, “doing their jobs to protect America”; and why, in apparent accord with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s previous statements, South Carolina Republican, Trey Gowdy, claimed the “FBI acted properly” and denied any evidence that the “FBI planted spies” in Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.
3. Propaganda-Style Fake News
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2016 I wrote a sardonic “Thank You”piece in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. The article was, in turn, picked up by a website called “Zero Hedge”. Imagine my surprise, on Thanksgiving Day, when I read in The Washington Post, that Zero Hedge was guilty of spreading disinformation by the Russians, according to some obscure, and likely CIA subsidized, entity named “Prop or Not”.
Just as the “Ministry of Truth”, in 1984, served as the propaganda machine for Big Brother and the INGSOC regime, so do the handful of corporations, comprising 90% of the mainstream media today, who serve as the propaganda machine for the globalists.
Although the main purpose of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth was to rewrite history in order to realign it with Party doctrine and make the Party look infallible, it also promoted war hysteria designed to manufacture consensus; and unite the citizens of Oceania against whatever, or whomever, the Party deemed culpable.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
So, too, do the Masters and Messengers of the new millennium march in lockstep toward a predetermined future. By way of the Hegelian Dialecticthey progress. First they create a problem; then they sow seeds of discord before finally demanding solutions designed to augment and centralize their political power.
Today’s modern manifestation of the INGSOC party, led here by loyal U.S. Democrats, have sought to control private lives, consolidate power, and restrict personal freedoms by weaponizing healthcare, welfare, FISA Courts, illegal immigration, anti-gun initiatives, and even turn Vladimir Putin into a modern day incarnation of Orwell’s imaginary and infamous scapegoat, Emmanuel Goldstein.
Certainly, the Collectivists would have had much more difficulty fundamentally transforming America and rest of the world, except for the never ending propagandic spin spewed forth by the mainstream media as the modern day Ministry of Truth. Using Orwellian terms like Election Hacking, Black Lives Matter, No Justice No Peace, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, #MeToo, #OneLess, and No More Guns, the Messengers ceaselessly promulgate their divisive bullshit around the world twice while the truth ties its shoes and gets slandered as fake news.
In one of the century’s greatest ironies, liberals and the press have labeled Trump as Hitler and his supporters as Nazis while employing the exact techniques used by Hitler’s henchman, Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda:
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
4. Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak
For anyone born even as late as the mid twentieth-century, it would have been difficult imagining a time when a U.S. President would advocate for cross-dressing males to share the bathrooms of our daughters in schools. But that’s what the Obama Administration pulled off and it was the weaponization of words that allowed it to happen.
The Obama administration issued guidance Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice went to schools Friday with guidelines to ensure that ‘transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment,’ the Obama administration said…
…..This guidance gives administrators, teachers and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.
Identity politics and implementation of social justice policies have stifled the rights of free speech and freedom of association throughout the democratic nations of the western world. They materialized as the result of language manipulation. Remember when gender used to represent male or female? Yet in the above example, the word “identity” was added after “gender” thus opening a verifiable Pandora’s Box of Orwellian Newspeak.
Today in the formerly free societies of the northern hemisphere, men and women are forced to navigate Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities, consisting of an entirely new lexicon including neo-designations such as Agender, Cisgender, Ceterosexual, Ceteroromantic, Demigender, Enby, and Epicene; just to name a few.
And, with the “guidance” of our government and corporate masters, “administrators, teachers and parents”- transgender students can be “protected” from “peer harassment” and “unjust school policies”.
See how that works?
It is the magic of Newspeak by which today’s children are protected from a multitude of great sins all deriving from the three evil societal pillars of sexism, homophobism, and racism.
To accept the world order in Orwell’s dark narrative, the protagonist, Winston Smith, was forced into believing that 2 + 2 = 5.
To accept the New World Order in 2018, one must believe that Black Lives Matter more than “all lives” and that gender is fluid based upon personal desire or plastic surgery.
Just as Newspeak manifested as thought control in 1984, so too has the language of political correctness today given rise to the strange new orthodoxies of a New World Order; and all for the inclusivity and unification of mankind; or rather “peoplekind” according to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
5. Dumbing Down and Doublethink
Over the past four decades, and as a result of global academia’s embrace of the Frankfort School and Fabian Socialism, the U.S. Department of Education has dumbed down a majority of Americans while vastly increasing their taxpayer funded budgets over that time. Moreover, whereas emphasis was once placed on critical thinking, logic, classic literature, science, and math, today’s schools have instead prioritized the social sciences while cultivating into young minds attitudes of conformity and political correctness. Now universities around the world offer majors such as global studies, gender studies, and women studies, in order to prepare young people for career government jobs, positions in progressive non-profits, or to move back into their old bedrooms at Mom and Dad’s house.
This is why, in a recent Rasmussen Poll of 1,000 U.S. voters, forty-six percent favored government guaranteed jobs for all, why a Los Angeles Antifa group hung President Donald Trump in effigy and called for revolution against the capitalist state, why millennial candidates have embraced Socialism, and why four socialist-backed candidates recently won Pennsylvania legislative primaries.
Orwell defined “doublethink” as:
the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them
— Emmanuel Goldstein, ”1984”: part 2, chapter 9
These people realize their utopian dreams have been tried before in history; like the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, the People’s Republic of China under Mao Tse-tung, and Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.
Even so, forward, they march.
war is peace
freedom is slavery
ignorance is strength
In the modern democratic nations of the world, what is called diversity is actually enforced as unity. In the name of tolerance, Muslim hordes are flooding through borders of the wealthy western Christian nations as oligarchical intolerance rains down upon any who dare question the catastrophic consequences of failed immigration policies. In the U.S., and most of Europe, people are condemned for any criticism of Islam.
Are the governments tolerant or intolerant? Obviously, they are both.
Recently, Donald Trump referred to violent MS-13 gang members as “animals” causing Democrat Party Leader, Nancy Pelosi, to question if the President didn’t believe that “we are all God’s children”. Evidently, Pelosi, advocates for the humanity of MS-13 gang members while touting the benefits of both Catholicism and abortion.
Furthermore, Doublethink occurs when the Party of the Klu Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws believes only they can righteously defend against racism; when Roseanne Barr is a bigot and Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt”, when informants aren’t spies, and when the Party insanely fears Trump’s America as a real-life dystopian embodiment of “The Handmaid’s Tale” while, simultaneously, marching on Washington D.C. for gun confiscation.
Even more fantastic is how special counsel, Robert Mueller, expects to convict President Trump of obstruction of justice in an investigation of which Robert Mueller says Trump is not a target.
Obviously moral relativity and dissimulation are the hot air that gives flight to the amazing magic carpet ride of Collectivism’s Doublethink.
In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential Election, alternative-news websites were labeled fake news as the mainstream media propagated actual fake news regarding Russian collusion and election hacking. But that was just the beginning. Within a week after the general election, two of the world’s largest internet companies, Google and Facebook, announced their plans for outright censorship.
In Orwell’s 1984, books were outlawed and news was fabricated to align with the agenda of the INGSOC Party. The Party decided what was true and what was false on behalf of the people.
On December 15, 2016 Facebook announced a series of measures designed to address what they branded as “fake news and hoaxes”. In effect, the measures made one of the largest news sources in the world a last line of defense in the online information wars.
The efforts have continued.
Just last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a system to rank news organizations based on “trustworthiness” in an effort to suppress content based on that metric and eliminate hate speech.
What could go wrong with a company who, also last month, was accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps and whose ad censors demanded the home address and driver’s license of a conservative author who wrote an Obama exposé book?
Evidently, all of the large internet news hubs are operated by the Party.
Earlier this year, the social media platform, Twitter, was revealed to be shadow-banning conservatives and President Trump’s son, Donald Jr., has more recently claimed conservatives were being shadow-banned on Instagram.
The country of France has just drafted legislation to stop what the government has called “manipulation of information” that opponents claim could be used to silence critics and, most recently, Apple has announced plans for the company’s own editorial team to soon be selecting the top news stories on Apple News.
In response to the outright censorship initiatives imposed by online media companies, sixty-three conservative leaders recently issued a joint statement demanding fairer social media policies.
Additionally, Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, along with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, have written a letter calling for the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to address concerns over conservative censorship ahead of the 2020 election, as well as a call for transparency.
7. Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen
In all likelihood, the Obama Administration’s spying on its political opposition will one day be known as the largest political scandal in the history of the United States. The Russian Election Hacking Lie, however, which was initiated in an attempt to concurrently conceal the misdeeds of the guilty government coconspirators and derail the incoming administration, will go down in history as one of America’s greatest frauds.
Of course, to best deflect and divert the attention away from what must not be seen is to provide the citizens with other, more suitable, narratives and targets.
In 1984, war and the dissident scapegoat Emmanuel Goldstein served that purpose to such an extent the citizens would publically vent their collective anger toward both in what was called the “Two Minutes of Hate”.
In America today, the real live Two Minutes of Hate occurs in succession over the course of every day on cable TV networks like CNN and MSNBC. It is there where the political pundits and the media talking-heads prosecute and convict guns for killing school children or Las Vegas concert attendees. Or, whenever the frenzy of the latest mass shooting wanes from a boil into a simmer, Vladimir Putin of Russia remains a primary scapegoat; even causing Orwell’s Emmanuel Goldstein to seem more loveable than the Pillsbury Doughboy by comparison:
8. Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents
Recently, President Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza, which caused those in the Inner Party to speak out against such heresy. D’Souza was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to eight months of confinement by Obama’s Department of Justice (DoJ) for campaign finance violations that normally would have been settled with probation and community service.
The filmmaker was also subjected to what he said was reeducation by way of a court-ordered psychologist and targeted as a conservative in his DoJ file. His real crimes, of course, consisted of writing a book and making a documentary that were both critical of then president Barack Obama.
Of course none of D’Souza’s treatment should have come as a surprise from a petty tyrant who sued the state of Arizona for defending its southern border, spied on reporter Sharyl Atkinson, misused U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to conduct a counterintelligence operation against political opposition and, previous to that, weaponized the IRS against the Tea Party.
Furthermore, just thirty-eight days after Trump was elected president, the Executive Lame Duck signed into law the “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” resulting in the expulsion of Russian
diplomats “spies” from their homes “compounds” where non-existent crimes against the state never took place.
Additionally, and most recently in the U.K., conservative activist and founder of the English Defense League, Tommy Robinson, was arrested for “breaching the peace” while reporting on an Islamic pedophile gang. Amidst a court-ordered media blackout, Robinson was later sentenced to 13 months on a contempt-of-court charge.
At the same time, conservative Canadian psychologist, Jordon Peterson, has been targeted by the left-wing smear machine:
The Left’s attack on Peterson is so unrelenting, so superficial, and quite frequently so vicious, that many of us who work and/or live in left-leaning social environments feel scared to speak up against it…
Before long, like Winston Smith in 1984, even writing down personal thoughts in a diary could result in a first class ticket to Room 101; where individuality and personality succumbs to the Borg.
This is very likely why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is shopping contractors to compile a database of journalists and bloggers in order to identify “media influencers”. According to the DHS, today’s diariesconsist of “online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, local sources, national/international outlets, traditional news sources, and social media.”
9. #MeToo Sexual Purges
As mentioned before, in the novel, 1984, the members of the Outer Party were denied sex, other than for procreation. This was how sexual repression was channeled into enthusiasm for the State. In the eponymously named film (which was actually released in the year 1984), the actors John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton played Winston Smith and Julia, respectively, engaging in a secret love affair as a form of political rebellion.
Although the storyline of the film corresponds to that of the book, the viewer witnesses full frontal nudity onscreen as well as public confessions of captured dissidents in the background admitting forced proclamations of moral depravity. The manufactured sex crimes consisted of participation in orgies, homosexual seductions, and the purposeful proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases. These visual parallels in the 1984 film create a sense of foreboding in the mind of the viewer as the lovers persist in their rebellion against the Party with certain fatalism.
Inevitably, just before Winston and Julia are captured and stand naked before the militant, jackbooted INGSOC Party authoritarians, he told her “we are the dead”; to which she replied the same words back to him.
Today, sex is also wielded as a political weapon and, just like the dime store magazines of yore, nothing will titillate and tantalize the minds of readers and viewers alike, more than scurrilous headlines and stimulating suggestions of scandalously salacious crimes of fornication.
Although sex scandals have plagued the rich and famous around the globe, over the ages, and across all sides of the political spectrum, the consequences have varied. Chappaquiddick may have prevented Teddy Kennedy from becoming president but it did not prevent him from being a senator. Sexual impropriety ended the political career of Democratic Presidential Candidate Gary Hart in 1988, but Bill Clinton’s presidency survived an even worse sexual imbroglio a decade later.
Political Leftists, in the past, have been particularly forgiving of sexual improprieties. However, after the election of Donald Trump, liberals around the world seem to have decided it was time to clean house with the #MeToo movement which has brought about the demise of former Hollywood producer and democratic bundler, Harvey Weinstein, as well as other notable figures around the world.
In February of this year, President Donald Trump lamented the lack of “due process” behind the #MeToo movement but his own daughter Ivanka, two weeks later, praised the movement and with “credible evidence” as being sufficient for the accusations.
In the case of Donald Trump, is it possible all of the #MeToo sex crime victims are now given their day in the sun because the political opposition believes all roads lead to impeachment by way of Stormy Daniels? Or is the Trump Administration partially behind the take down of political opponents like Harvey Weinstein and others?
Either way, like in 1984, when it comes to sex crimes in today’s political theater, an arbitrary morality is hypocritically wielded as a double-edged sword, on the basis of convenience, and with one overriding premise: The accused are guilty until proven innocent.
In today’s surveillance society, therefore, there can be no doubt of sex crimes being used to control political and corporate leaders all throughout the Democratic nations in their long descent into Orwellian hell.
The question remains: Who will watch the watchers?
10. Historical Revisionism
The “memory hole” in 1984 was a chute connected to an incinerator and served as the mechanism by which the Ministry of Truth would abolish historical archives as if they never existed.
Had the establishment’s candidate, Hillary Clinton, won the U.S. Presidency in 2016, would any of the Orwellian revelations behind SPYGATE ever have seen the light of day? Of course not. Just like in 1984, the “Memory Hole”would have been utilized to make The Party appear infallible.
In reference to the (Orwellian) Obrien-like CIA and FBI mole, Steven Halper, who infiltrated and entrapped members of Donald Trump’s campaign, “The American Spectator” has written of it thusly:
Halper — who tried to get a position in the campaign, spent over a year shadowing Carter Page, and tried to entrap George Papadopoulos — ‘wasn’t spying.’ Halper was just ‘observing,’ ‘assisting an FBI investigation’ (as the Washington Post desperately put it), or, in the words of John Brennan, seeking ‘insight.’
George Orwell would have laughed at that one. ‘Political language,’ Orwell said, ‘is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’ In this case, it is an all-hands-on-deck propaganda effort to make spying on political opponents respectable — a ruination of reputations, careers, and bank accounts of Trump campaign officials undertaken ‘for their own good,’ we’re told. Liberalism claims a monopoly on everything, particularly language, and liberals will let us know when we can and can’t use ‘spying’ to describe obtaining information secretly.
Indeed. The writings of George Orwell sublimely revealed how “political language” and the Memory Hole are used in combination by the Collectivists to move forward toward their final agenda of ultimate control.
It is why the Media Messengers have recently reported on “Trump Supporter” Roseanne Barr, but have never once referenced Harvey Weinstein as the “Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Bundler”.
Did you catch that?
Roseanne Barr’s recent allegations of racism and intolerance against Obama’s advisor, Valarie Jarrett, are tied to Trump while tainted Harvey Weinstein’s liberalism and support for both Obama and Jarett are disappeared right down into the Memory Hole.
This is the exact same way the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 was later blamed on a YouTube video, why the Obama Administration was never held to account for its IRS harassment of the Tea Party, how a British judge could ban press coverage of Islamic pedophiles, and how the two lawyers responsible for covering up the crimes of Hillary Clinton were allowed to openly collude in a coup against a sitting president.
Think lawlessness like this could never occur in the Democratic nations of the Northern Hemisphere?
Whether history and headlines rhyme, or repeat, or whether life merely imitates art – in the end, the stories rarely vary. Civilizations rise and societies fall. And, in the long term, entropy never ceases to run its course on the crumbling road to tyranny.
Obviously, the road to hell is paved with bad intentions, but under the guise of good intentions. Of course, the slide toward the slough will continue and those feigning the love of peoplekind will persist in their lies.
Soon, as George Orwell envisioned, the Party may become more honest and figure out the final solution. As Oceania’s Inner Party member, “Obrien” admitted while torturing Winston Smith in Room 101 of The Ministry of Love:
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness; only power, pure power….
We are different from all the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that.
– Obrien, ”1984”: part 3, chapter 3,
Although, as we draw nearer to Orwell’s perfect vision of hell on earth, to acquiesce to orthodoxies of political correctness in the meantime, is nothing short of suicide by cowardice. It would be akin to acknowledging the state’s embezzled power as god; and to bow down before those holding nothing sacred themselves, except power.
Even so, with the technological capabilities at the disposal of those in control today, the key for the Party to continually centralize its power becomes no more difficult than game of Whack-a-mole. And, sadly, most of peoplekind won’t fight as the dominoes fall. Instead they will slip on their electronic collars for slices of bread and learn to love their new “necklaces”.
Of course, it could have been different. But in looking at government administrations, the entertainment industry, the press, the media, politics, football, and now even coffee shops: There is nothing the Party has ever touched that it didn’t cause to wilt like a flower in the fall.
In the once-free, and previously Christian, nations of the Northern Hemisphere hope has become a luxury we can no longer afford.
Published:6/6/2018 11:28:25 PM
[Money & The Economy]
US IT Job Growth Hits A Wall; Talent Shortage To Blame
By Carl Fox -
The number of IT jobs grew 0.03% sequentially last month to 5,337,000 according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment grew by 0.85% since May 2017 adding 44,900 IT workers. Engineering employment increased by 0.18 percent sequentially ...
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Published:6/6/2018 8:28:23 PM
Health Insurers in Maryland Ask Rate Increases Up to 91%
Insurers in Maryland’s Obamacare market are requesting an average rate increase of 30 percent in insurance premiums, with some asking for premium hikes as high... Read More
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Published:6/5/2018 10:18:53 AM
6 Reasons to Still Hate Obamacare By Stephen Moore
Remember Obamacare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a last-ditch effort this year to turn the program and the money over to the state. This isn't full Obamacare repeal, but it would make a world of sense. States would be free to experiment and find ways to reduce costs and provide better services.
Published:6/5/2018 8:18:07 AM
8 Reasons to Still Hate Obamacare
Remember Obamacare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a list-ditch effort this year... Read More
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Published:6/4/2018 11:16:46 PM
Traveling Transition Road: 123 Revelations From May, 2018
Authored by Doug "Uncola" Lynn via TheTollOnline.com,
For the previously unstated purpose of oppugning internet censorship, and the fact online search engines are becoming less of a trustworthy source when attempting to research past articles, a catalog of links was started by this blogger on Mayday 2018; and based upon the belief that transitions are roads to revelations.
Keep in mind the following May denouements occurred in addition to those previously delineated during the first “Seven Days in May”.
The ensuing disclosures occurred between the dates of May 8-31, 2018 and have been organized into categories for the reader’s convenience:
The American Experiment
1.) In early May, a 108 year old American tradition officially ended as the Boy Scouts of America succumbed to political correctness.
2.) A report was released showing that Illegal immigration surged 230% on southwest borderwith 75% of apprehensions being “catch-and-release”.
3.) The White House claimed apprehensions of illegal immigrants were up 50,000 for the second month in a row.
4.) It was revealed that California’s resistance to the Trump administration included at least 32 lawsuits, including everything from health care and DACA to the border wall.
5.) Trump’s plan to cut funding to Planned Parenthood was announced.
6.) President Trump’s poll numbers improved in spite of 90% negative coverage in the media. In response to the apparent bias, the president threatened to “take away credentials” from TV reporters.
7.) Because of the Tweets of Rapper, Kanye West, a small poll sampling showed support for Trump among black men doubled in one week, before radio stations began to boycott the music of Kanye West.
8.) The 44th House Republican announced plans forretirement prior to the midterms.
9.) Trump and Congress made significant progress on agenda items in spite of an obvious media blackout.
10.) President Trump announced his intention to pardon conservative filmmaker and pundit, Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of a campaign finance violation by President Obama’s justice department. Many considered the felony conviction to have been politically motivated and in response to D’Souza’s earlier film that criticized the former president. In his statement to the press, Trump said the filmmaker was, indeed, “treated very unfairly by our government”.
Capitalism & Marxism
11.) Oil hit a 2018 high over $70/barrel in early May and rose to $80/barrel a few weeks later as gas prices hit $5 a gallon in New York City.
12.) Housing confidence hit a new high as home prices skyrocketed.
13.) Americans gave Trump credit for good economy, according to a CBS News Nation Tracker poll.
14.) In an April Rasmussen Poll of 1,000 U.S. voters posted on the Drudge Report on May 2, 2018: Forty-six percent favored government guaranteed jobs for all.
15.) A Los Angeles Antifa group hung Trump in effigy and called for revolution against the capitalist state.
16.) Hungarian-American billionaire, George Soros, dropped $1.5 million in San Diego for a far-left district attorney candidate.
17.) Four socialist-backed candidates won Pennsylvania legislative primaries.
18.) Millennial candidates embraced Socialism, as Venezuela choked on it.
19.) According to a study released by the United Way ALICE Project, almost half of US families can’t afford basics like rent and food.
20.) Mortgage rates have been rising at a pace not seen in almost 50 years.
21.) The retailer Sears announced more store closings as dying shopping malls continued to die; thus “wreaking havoc on suburban America”.
22.) To the dismay of globalists worldwide, President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Accord.
23.) As the Trump administration cracked down on Tehran, Iran plotted with U.S. allies to skirt Trump’s new sanctions causing some to anticipate a forthcoming global showdown.
24.) President Trump welcomed home three 3 Americans freed by North Korea.
25.) After Trump’s June 7th, 2018 historic summit was set with North Korea, the Norks soon backed out for fear of becoming Muammar Gaddafi. Then Trump called off the summit after one of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry official’s called Vice President Mike Pence a political dummy. As of this writing, it now appears the summit is back on for a later date in June.
26.) Democratic Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, lamented President Donald Trump’s lack of strategy regarding North Korea and, instead, praised communist China’s “whole-of-government” strategy.
27.) NBC News reported on CIA claims that North Korea wouldn’t denuclearize but might, instead, “open a burger joint”. There was speculation the CIA leaked the report to the media in order to undermine Trump’s summit with the Norks.
28.) Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner traveled to Israel for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.
29.) American-Hungarian globalist, George Soros, funded a campaign to nullify the Brexit vote of which he considered an example of “territorial disintegration”, and “an immensely damaging process, harmful to both sides”.
30.) The European Union vowed economic retaliation in response to Trump’s “unacceptable” steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, Canada, and Mexico. Canada’s Justin Trudeau also condemned the measure as “totally unacceptable” and joined Mexico in dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs on various U.S. products.
31.) Pursuant to the #MeToo reckoning, New York state’s top prosecutor, Eric Schneiderman, resigned after being accused of physically assaulting four women.
32.) John McCain (R-AZ) admitted giving the phony Russian “Golden Shower” dossier to former FBI director James Comey. McCain said: “Duty demanded I do it”.
33.) Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was indicted in New York on multiple counts of rape and criminal sex acts. If found guilty, the Oscar winner could find himself behind bars for up to 25-years.
The President & the Porn Star
34.) Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, claimed that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen received $500,000 from a company controlled by a Russian oligarch which deposited the funds into an account for a company also used to pay off the adult film actress. But it was the wrong Michael Cohen, and it remained “a mystery how the financial records of a completely separate Michael Cohen ended up in the “tranche of documents provided to Avenatti.”
35.) Somehow Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, obtained the e-mail records of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and used them to counter a claim made by Trump’s most recent lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
36.) Questions were raised as to who was paying Michael Avenatti.
37.) Michael Avenatti threatened a defamation suit against the reporters at The Daily Caller News Foundation for accurately writing about Avenatti’s shady legal and business history.
38.) It was reported that CNN, MSNBC had Given Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Michael Avenatti $175 Million in earned media.
39.) (Perhaps, in part, due to the excessive coverage of Stormy Daniels?) CNN’s primetime audience has collapsed by 25% according to Nielsen Media Research.
40.) Michael Cohen’s attorneys accused Stormy Daniel’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, of professional misconduct.
41.) Michael Avenatti was ordered to pay a $10 million fine after he failed to pay $2 million to a former colleague.
42.) West Hollywood, Californicatia awarded porn star, Stormy Daniels, a key to the city for her consensual sex with president Donald Trump and then later publically punishing him for the act.
43.) It was reported that the Mayor who gave Stormy Daniels the key to his city had actually settled $500,000 sexual harassment claim in 2016.
44.) A U.S. District Judge instructed Michael Avenatti to end his “publicity tour” before the attorney could participate in Michael Cohen’s federal case.
The President, Lawyers, Spies, & Media Lies
45.) In response to some early and erroneous comments made Trump’s newly conscripted personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in early May, Trump said “great guy” Rudy would soon get his facts straight before Giuliani did, indeed, clarify his earlier statements.
46.) A federal judge overseeing Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort’s, case accused Robert Mueller’s team of lying and trying to target Trump before another U.S. district court judge rejected Manafort’s bid to dismiss Mueller indictment.
47.) Another judge denied Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
48.) Paul Manafort accused the Mueller team of leaking but Mueller’s office opposed any hearing on leaks.
49.) It was revealed that Robert Mueller was tainted by a conflict of interest with the very Russian Oligarch who Trump was accused of collusion with previously.
50.) Two colleagues contradicted former CIA Director John Brennan’s lie that the bogus Russian “Golden Shower” dossier on Trump was not part of the official Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
51.) Special Counsel Robert Mueller rejected President Trump’s request to answer questions in writing.
52.) Rudy Giuliani claimed that Robert Mueller admitted he couldn’t legally indict President Trump.
53.) Evidence surfaced that the FBI spied on Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump through a secret intelligence source and the Department of Justice covered up the misdeeds. Of course, the New York Times, said the spy was just an informant; and the Washington Post said the “informant” was to “protect Trump”.
54.) Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, found that the Obama’s FBI and DOJ broke the law in the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe and referred to federal prosecutor, John Huber, for criminal charges.
55.) Vice President Mike Pence called for an end to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s year-long investigation.
56.) Special counsel Mueller began to probe donations with foreign connections to Trump’s presidential inauguration.
57.) Under pressure by congress, Mueller released an unredacted memo which revealed the scope of the Russia probe. However, the memorandum, written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was filed under seal so no one could read it.
58.) In an attempt to minimize any blowback from the forthcoming Inspector General’s report, FBI Officials admitted they spied on Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign by means of a secret surveillance initiative code named “Crossfire Hurricane”. Of course, instead of factually reporting on what the President of the United States has called the biggest American political scandal since Watergate, the New York Times continued to spin, enable, and downplay the government’s crimes as “missteps”, congressional and presidential allegations of “bias”, and “sound-bite-sized accusations” of “conspiracy” .
59.) In spite of the New York Times’ Error-Ridden Defense Of FBI Spying On Trump Campaign: The spying was acknowledged; as was the fear of the forthcoming Inspector General’s report and the admitted lack of evidence of Russian collusion. The multiple, and seemingly intentional, errors in the Times’ article appeared to have been used to downplay not only the crimes perpetrated by the FBI and DoJ, but, ultimately, those of Hillary Clinton and perhaps, even, Former President Barack Hussein Obama. The National Review’s, Andrew McCarthy put it this way :
The scandal is that the FBI, lacking the incriminating evidence needed to justify opening a criminal investigation of the Trump campaign, decided to open a counterintelligence investigation. With the blessing of the Obama White House, they took the powers that enable our government to spy on foreign adversaries and used them to spy on Americans — Americans who just happened to be their political adversaries.
The Times averts its eyes from this point — although if a Republican administration tried this sort of thing on a Democratic candidate, it would be the only point.
60.) Trump complained that the DoJ was trying to frame him, but Rudy Giuliani admitted they didn’t know if that was true.
61.) Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, claimed the FBI spying on Donald Trump’s campaign was “a good thing” and Trump saying it was bigger than Watergate was “hyperbole”.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
62.) As former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, peddled his new book “Facts and Fears” on how Russia definitely hacked the 2016 Presidential Election, the Wall Street Journal asked: “Why does a former intelligence chief make claims he can’t back up?”.
63.) The Trump campaign mole who was activated in the FBI spy-op was outed as Stefan Halper, a 73-year-old University of Cambridge professor who was also a CIA and MI6 asset, while some claimed there was more than one mole in Trump’s campaign.
64.) In response to Trump’s ordering a DoJ investigation into the deep state’s subversive infiltration of his 2016 Presidential Campaign, former CIA Director John Brennan appealed to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to stop the investigation.
65.) Trump returned volley by Tweeting that former CIA Director John Brennan was a “disgrace”who was “largely responsible for the destruction of American’s faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the top of the FBI”.
66.) It was revealed that the mole in Trump’s campaign, Steven Halper, was paid over $1 million by the Obama administration including $411,575 that was made in two payments, and had a start date of September 26, 2016. That date was three days after a Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff on Trump aide, Carter Page, that the FBI later used as supporting evidence in a FISA warrant application for Page.
67.) Former Trump aide, Michael Caputo, revealed a second spy, claiming to be from the NSA, may have attempted to infiltrate Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign by offering Hillary Clinton’s missing e-mails.
68.) Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) ordered the DoJ turn over unredacted text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page because they may actually indicate the Crossfire Hurricane Spygate fiasco was run by Obama’s White House. Grassley’s deadline was June 6, 2018.
69.) FBI agents expressed their desire for Congress to issue them subpoenas so they could reveal the crimes of former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
70.) As political leftists, and their mockingbird media, continued to accuse President Trump of interfering with their coup to replace him, the Wall Street Journal continued to inform Americans about the REAL constitutional crisis of SPYGATE.
71.) As President Donald Trump lamented the “young and beautiful lives ruined” by the phony Russian scandal, former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, described to the New York Timeshow his life was indeed ruined.
72.) Trump accused Mueller’s team of meddling in the midterm elections and the democrats of collusion.
73.) Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, asserted the FBI was not spying on Trump, but the agents were, instead, “doing their jobs to protect America”.
74.) In “stark contrast to Trump’s public assertions”, and in apparent accord with James Clapper’s previous statements, South Carolina Republican, Trey Gowdy, claimed the “FBI acted properly” and denied any evidence that the “FBI planted spies” in Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.
75.) The New York Times claimed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was a key witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.
76.) Trump Tweeted that he wished “he didn’t pick Sessions as attorney general”.
77.) It was reported that Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, ran up a $16 million tab in the Trump-Russia Investigation, and has budgeted another $10 million for 2019.
78.) President Donald Trump said he didn’t fire FBI Director James Comey over the Russia probe despite previously citing that as the reason, as his lawyer Rudy Giuliani called the Mueller investigation a “lynching mob”.
79.) Investigators from the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office interviewed former FBI director James Comey as part of a probe into whether his deputy, Andrew McCabe, broke the law by lying to federal agents.
Guns R Us
80.) The Trump administration announced plans to provide records on the Obama administration’s gun-smuggling scheme known as Fast & Furious.
81.) During the 2018 Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence held May 7-14, 2018, the United Nations pushed for international gun control.
82.) On May 16, 2018 a school resource officer confronted a gunman at Dixon High School in Illinois and “Countless lives were saved”.
83.) Two days after the Dixon, IL shooting gunfire erupted on one of Trump’s golf courses in Florida as well as at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas; where multiple people were killed. According to CNN, it was the 22nd school shooting this year.
84.) Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and ex-prosecutor, wrote an op-ed in USA today entitled “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters”.
85.) Obama’s Former Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, Tweeted the radical idea that parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws.
86.) David Hogg, the photogenic boy wonder who became famous prior to the funerals for the victims of the Parkland Florida school shooting, demanded $1 million from the grocery store chain and a pledge of ideological fealty to the gun-control movement. In response to the “Die-in” organized by Hogg, the grocery chain suspended all political donations.
87.) In Oklahoma City, lives were saved on May 24, 2018 when a good guy with a gun killed a bad guy with a gun who had just murdered two females.
88.) Former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed that “Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were teaming up with Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to ram through one of the “worst nationwide gun confiscation schemes ever devised”.
The gun confiscation bill, according to Paul, is designed to disarm Americans without any due process. The senators are using the recent tragic shooting in Texas as the impetus behind the law—in spite of the fact that this law would not have prevented the shooting at all.
Big Brother Cometh
89.) LenCo Armored Vehicles of Pittsfield Massachusetts expanded production to meet U.S. law enforcement demand for military-style armored vehicles.
90.) An internal video by GOOGLE was revealed that demonstrated how total data collection could reshape society. The total data collection would be obtained through the exponential growth of sensor-enabled objects.
91.) GOOGLE employees began to quit in protest over the company’s decision to develop a controversial drone program for the Pentagon.
92.) Even after the high ratings success of Rossanne, ABC boss Channing Dungey, no doubt upon pressure from his globalist masters, decided to censor the show by making it less political. Fortunately for the network, however, the show was cancelled due to racism after Roseanne Barr sent out a Tweet conflating former Obama advisor, Valerie Jarrett, to the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. Barr apologized for her comments and, in spite of widespread public support for ABC’s swift retaliation to her thoughtcrime, there were those who questioned the doublethink of the Hollywood left.
93.) The day after Rosanne Barr was fired from ABC, comedian and host of the TBS cable network’s “Full Frontal”, Samantha Bee, called Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt” in her show’s monologue; for which she later apologized. As of this writing, Bee still has her show and, in fact, is scheduled to be honored for her work by the Television Academy for “advancing social change”.
94.) The Pope legitimized homosexuality as being God ordained.
95.) A former advisor to both President Bill Clinton and later Hillary Clinton claimed that Robert Mueller must be stopped in order to protect us all.
96.) A columnist and practicing attorney from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wrote about how the FBI and CIA restarted the Cold War to protect themselves.
97.) Harvard University announced that Hillary Clinton would receive their prestigious Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society”.
98.) Democrats once again promised to impeach Trump should they win the House this fall.
99.) In the wake of FBI’s unprecedented and illegal nullification of President Donald Trump’s attorney-client privilege by raiding the offices of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller successfully extorted cooperation from Cohen’s business partner, Evgeny Freidman.
100.) In response to the recent revelations of former FBI Director James Comey’s illegal actions, he expressed grave concerns for Republicans and their grandchildren.
101.) Facebook was accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps.
102.) A federal judge ruled that Trump could not block users on his Twitter account. This, in spite of Twitter’s censorship of the independent media.
103.) Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, along with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, have written a letter calling for the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to address concerns over conservative censorship ahead of the 2020 election, as well as a call for transparency.
104.) United States Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, told air force graduates to prepare for war.
105.) Former President, and community activist, Barack Obama, along with his wife Michelle, contracted with Netflix, now the most valuable media company in the world, to produce films and series in order to train a new generation of young activists. Although Obama’s former National Security Agency advisor, Susan Rice, was appointed to the Netflix board of directors in March, 2018, and it was Obama’s former bundler and Ambassador to the Bahamas who helped the Obamas score the Netflix deal, the company has assured the public that the Obama productions willnot have a political slant, while, at the same time admitting: “it’s hard to argue that there’s not a left lean to the creative community.”
106.) The reporter who was spied upon by the Obama administration, presented eight signs that the Obama administration also misused U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies in order to conduct a counterintelligence operation against its political opposition.
107.) Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called his spying on Trump “Benign Information Gathering” before claiming that Donald Trump was “Orwellian”.
108.) Hillary Clinton declared her desire to become the CEO of Facebook because the company “is the biggest news platform in the world” and she believes “it really is critical to our democracy that people get accurate information on which to make decisions”.
109.) Whistleblower Chelsea Manning warned that mass surveillance by government agencies is increasing, especially in the United States.
110.) The New York Times made up a quote from a White House official, and then doubled-down again on the lie after Trump called them out. When the audio was later released it showed the quote, was indeed, fake news.
111.) The New York Post reported on how President Obama’s Spygate was looking a lot like Watergate.
112.) The president’s son and advisor, Donald Trump Jr., claimed conservatives were being shadow banned on Instagram.
113.) Facebook ad censors demanded the home address and driver’s license of a conservative author who wrote an Obama exposé book.
114.) American Islamic leader and black nationalist, Louis Farrakhan, claimed that “Mr. Trump is destroying every enemy that was an enemy of our rise”.
115.) Former president Obama stated “our democracy and economy won’t survive if America stays divided”.
116.) Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defense League, was jailed for 13 months for contempt of court for publically stating nothing that would have unfairly prejudiced the trial of Islamic pedophiles whom he was reporting on within the public domain.
117.) In a race to roll out 5G service, wireless companies in the U.S. announced plans to install 300,000 new antennas, or roughly equaling the total number of cell towers built over the past three decades. The plans have caused “outrage” and “alarm” in response to antennas “going up around homes” as well as health concerns.
118.) It was revealed that prosecutors were to get “about 1 million items from phones”pursuant to the criminal investigation of President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
119.) Right out of a “technocratic nightmare”, it was revealed that Amazon, Inc. was working with law enforcement to deploy invasive facial recognition technology.
120.) A secret Transportation Security Administration (TSA) watchlist was revealed by the New York Times, comprised of Americans who fight back against the pointless groping by “one of the most incompetent agencies on earth”.
121.) A veteran Police Officer in Florida was suspended and required to undergo “sensitivity training” for making a disparaging comment on social media about gun control advocate, David Hogg.
122.) Google listed “Nazism” as an “ideology” of the Republican Party in California.
123.) Democrats in New Jersey overrode President Trump’s repeal of the Obamacare mandate, thus forcing 78% of New Jersey households making less than $50,000 per year “to purchase health care whether they want it or not”.
Every journey begins with a single step, and sketches are drawn via one impression upon another. Outlines are adumbrated as silhouettes appear increasingly recognizable. Like dots on a matrix, patterns emerge and trends become apparent.
In other words, time reveals everything.
In the above transitional revelations, and according to this blogger, 40 could be considered making America (and/or the world) great again, with 8 as being neutral or questionable, and 75 as representing the ever-accelerating slide into Orwellian hell. Of course, from the view of any political leftist, these numbers would be roughly inverted. This is because, in today’s world, heroes, criminals, facts, causation, and outcomes, are defined in the minds of the beholders.
Nonetheless, the journey continues.
So whether we rise to surmount lofty mountain peaks, travel through narrow passageways and broad valleys, or descend upon the inevitable road to ruin, fasten your seat belts. It’s June.
Published:6/3/2018 6:10:08 PM
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Reinstates ObamaCare Individual Mandate Against Trump Wishes
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill this week that effectively restored the ObamaCare individual mandate provision, Fox & Friends reported.
Published:6/1/2018 4:55:45 PM
Pelosi Pans "Strong" Jobs Numbers As "Meaningless... Bad For Middle-Class"
Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi seems to have reached peak cognitive dissonance this morning.
Following the better than expected jobs data pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest in almost 50 years, the California politician issued a statement seemingly proclaiming that all of this is bad news for US workers.
In March of last year - after a 235k job gain, Pelosi was more excited about the strong jobs number, proudly proclaiming that the strong jobs number was due to Obama:
“February’s jobs numbers indicate the enduring power of President Obama’s economic leadership.
The firm foundation for growth created under the Obama Administration continues to deliver, but President Trump is taking dangerous steps that will hollow out our economy and weaken working families."
Which is odd, because in fact, Americans' confidence in the economy has almost never been higher and it is the lowest income Americans that have seen the biggest rise in confidence...
"After 50 days in office, President Trump still has not put forward a single significant jobs bill... it will destroy millions of jobs and create chaos throughout the economy."
Which is odd, because in fact, since that March statement, Trump's administration has added 1.821 million jobs to the US economy based on BLS data.
So given her extreme disappointment in the fact that her predictions of doom and gloom did not work out, perhaps it is little wonder that following today's strong jobs numbers, she felt the need to go full Orwell - "war is peace, love is hate, jobs are bad"...
In a statement on the May Jobs reports, Pelosi explained that:
"May’s jobs report shows that strong employment numbers mean little to the families hit with soaring new costs under the Republicans’ watch."
Seemingly doubling-down on her elitist "crumbs" remarks over Trump's tax-cuts, Pelosi then whined:
“... the President’s reckless policies are exploding gas prices, wiping out the few meager gains that some families should have received from the GOP tax scam, as wages remain stagnant.
Which is odd, because in fact, wage growth is near its best (admittedly slow) since June 2009...
And which is also odd, because in fact, while gas prices are up notably, they are just back to Nov 2014 levels, well below the wallet-crushing levels during President Obama's reign...and in fact perfectly in line with the average gas price at the pump during Obama's entire 8 years...
Pelosi ends with her pitch for what The Democrats plan is - aside from being "not Trump" that is...
“Democrats know that the American people deserve A Better Deal, with Better Jobs, Better Wages and a Better Future.
We are committed to creating millions of new good-paying jobs and raising wages, lowering the soaring cost of living for families and giving every American the tools to succeed in the 21st Century economy. Democrats will never stop fighting for the hard-working middle class families who are the backbone of our nation.”
Which is odd, because in fact, the biggest driver of soaring cost of living is her glorious leader's Obamacare scheme...
So, the Democrats want to fight The Fed's reflationary credit-creating ways, and at the same time create faster wage growth in already reportedly 'overheating and tight' labor market?
We wonder what she thinks about record low black unemployment rates?
Though we are sure that is a terrible thing!!!
Published:6/1/2018 12:24:35 PM
[Money & The Economy]
US IT Sector Records Fourth Consecutive Month of Job Growth
By Carl Fox -
The U.S. information technology (IT) sector added an estimated 8,700 new jobs in May, the fourth consecutive month of employment growth, according to CompTIA, the leading technology industry association. A CompTIA analysis of today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation” report finds May job growth occurred in three categories: IT services, ...
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Published:6/1/2018 11:23:31 AM
Trump Slams McCain for First Time Since Sadler Controversy
President Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain at a campaign rally in Nashville on Tuesday night for having voted against one of the bills that would have repealed Obamacare last year.
Published:5/30/2018 8:41:47 AM
The Italian Crisis—and Ours
(Steven Hayward) The media and the left (but I repeat myself) are in a tizzy that democracy in America is in imminent risk of being snuffed out, because Trump is at least Mussolini, if not Hitler. This is plainly ridiculous. As has been pointed out, Hitler would have gotten The Wall built and repealed Obamacare. Still, the Washington Post trumpets their self-regarding slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” while there is a flood
Published:5/28/2018 11:34:41 PM
WSJ: Conservative Groups Working on Another Obamacare Repeal Bill
A group of conservatives and right-leaning groups is working on another piece of legislation designed to repeal and replace Obamacare with a bill that would give states added control over the divisive policy issue. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the proposal...
Published:5/25/2018 4:42:34 PM
Weekend Reading: Everyone Is Passive Until The Selling Begins
Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,
"Apple has just announced that next quarter they will quadruple their sales of their iPhone X+ as every person on the planet now owns one.”
If that were a real announcement the stock price should immediately skyrocket higher, right? Nope, it didn’t.
In fact, it didn’t move at all.
Why? Because, no one bought or sold a single share.
How can that be?
Because the whole world is now “passively” investing.
Well, that’s the way a lot of advisors are proposing as the way you should invest. The problem is that it is lazy money management, so why are you paying for the advice, but more importantly, markets don’t function that way.
Larry Swedroe wrote a piece just recently admonishing active portfolio managers and suggesting that everyone should just passively invest. After all, the primary argument for passive investing is that active fund managers can’t beat their indices over time which is clearly demonstrated in the following chart.
There are large numbers of active fund managers who have posted stellar returns over long-term time frames. No, they don’t beat their respective benchmarks every year, but beating some random benchmark index is not the goal of investing to begin with. The goal of investing is to grow your “savings” over time to meet your future inflation-adjusted income needs without suffering large losses of capital along the way.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire Larry very much. However, it is important to understand a couple of important concepts around the “fallacy” of passive investing.
First, while my example above is extreme, the problem with even 20% of the market being “passive” is the liquidity issues surrounding the market as a whole. With more ETF’s than individual stocks, and the number of outstanding shares traded being reduced by share buybacks, the risk of a sharp and disorderly reversal remains due to compressed credit and liquidity risk premia. As a result, market participants need to be mindful of the risks of diminished market liquidity, asset price discontinuities and contagion across asset markets.
As Howard Marks, mused in his ‘Liquidity’ note:
“ETF’s have become popular because they’re generally believed to be ‘better than mutual funds,’ in that they’re traded all day. Thus an ETF investor can get in or out anytime during trading hours. But do the investors in ETFs wonder about the source of their liquidity?’”
Secondly, individual investors are NOT passive even though they are investing in “passive” vehicles. Today, more than ever, advisors are actively migrating portfolio management to the use of ETF’s for either some, if not all, of the asset allocation equation. However, they are NOT doing it “passively.”
The rise of index funds has turned everyone into “asset class pickers” instead of stock pickers. However, just because individuals are choosing to “buy baskets” of stocks, rather than individual securities, it is not a “passive”choice but rather “active management” in a different form.
While the idea of passive indexing works while all prices are rising, the reverse is also true. The problem is that once prices begin to fall the previously “passive indexers” will become “active panic sellers.” With the flood of money into “passive index” and “yield funds,” the tables are once again set for a dramatic and damaging ending.
It is only near peaks in extended bull markets that logic is dismissed for the seemingly easiest trend to make money. Today is no different as the chart below shows the odds are stacked against substantial market gains from current levels.
As my partner, Michael Lebowitz, noted:
“Nobody is going to ring a bell at the top of a market, but there are plenty of warped investment strategies and narratives from history that serve the same purpose — remember internet companies with no earnings and sub-prime CDOs to name two.”
Investors need to be cognizant of and understand why the chorus of arguments in favor of short-sighted and flawed strategies are so prevalent. The meteoric rise in passive investing is one such “strategy” sending an important and timely warning.
Remember, everyone is “passive” until the selling begins.
Oh, I almost forgot, the other problem with the whole “passive investing” mantra is that “getting back to even” is not a successful investment strategy to begin with.
Just something to think about as you catch up on your weekend reading list.
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Published:5/25/2018 3:46:15 PM
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What If Obamacare Sold Homeowner’s Insurance?
By Michael R Shannon -
If homeowner’s insurance worked like Obamacare, in no time at all homelessness would be a viable option for residents trying to lower their insurance cost. Under Obamahome, construction contractors would talk endlessly about how compassionate their employees are. Edgy companies would assert that dealing with an English–speaking crew makes rebuilding ...
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Published:5/24/2018 10:04:02 AM
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The Federal Government Will Spend $685 Billion Subsidizing Health Care in 2018
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by Julie Cohen The federal government will spend $685 billion subsidizing health care for people under 65 in 2018, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday. The funds are expected to equal 3.4 percent of gross domestic product in 2018, creeping up to 3.9 percent by 2028. The majority of this ...
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Published:5/23/2018 3:59:25 PM
Surprise! Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand comes out swinging against … Obamacare?
Yes, Sen. Gillibrand, remind us why lawmakers think they have anything to say about citizens' health care choices.
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Published:5/21/2018 10:30:41 PM
Have Ohio Republicans surrendered to Obamacare?
Meet the new boss ...
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Published:5/18/2018 9:55:50 AM
Why The Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly
Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog,
Like the case of Rome before it, the Empire is bankrupting America. The true fiscal cost is upwards of $1.o trillion per year (counting $200 billion for veterans and debt service for wars), but there is no way to pay for it.
That’s because the 78-million strong Baby Boom is in the driver’s seat of American politics. It plainly will not permit the $3 trillion per year retirement and health care entitlement-driven Welfare State to be curtailed.
The Trumpite/GOP has already sealed that deal by refusing to reform Social Security and Medicare and by proving utterly incapable of laying a glove politically on Obamacare/Medicaid. At the same time, boomers keep voting for the GOP’s anti-tax allergy, thereby refusing to tax themselves to close Washington’s yawning deficits.
More importantly, the generation which marched on the Pentagon in 1968 against the insanity and barbarism of LBJ’s Vietnam War have long since abandoned the cause of peace. So doing, boomers have acquiesced in the final ascendancy of the Warfare State, which grew like topsy once the US became the world’s sole superpower after the Soviet Union slithered off the pages of history in 1991.
Yet there is a reason why the end of the 77-year world war which incepted with the “guns of August” in 1914 did not enable the world to resume the status quo ante of relative peace and prosperous global capitalism.
To wit, the hoary ideology of American exceptionalism and the Indispensable Nation was also, ironically, liberated from the shackles of cold war realism when the iron curtain came tumbling down.
Consequently, it burst into a quest for unadulterated global hegemony. In short order (under Bush the Elder and the Clintons) Washington morphed into the Imperial City, and became a beehive not only of militarism, but of an endless complex of think-tanks, NGO’s, advisories and consultancies, “law firms”, lobbies and racketeers.
The unspeakable prosperity of Washington flows from that Imperial beehive. And it is the Indispensable Nation meme that provides the political adhesive that binds the Imperial City to the work of Empire and to provisioning the massive fiscal appetites of the Warfare State.
Needless to say, Empire is a terrible thing because it is the health of the state and the profound enemy of capitalist prosperity and constitutional liberty.
It thrives and metastasizes by abandoning the republican verities of non-intervention abroad and peaceful commerce with all the nations of the world in favor of the self-appointed role of global policeman. Rather than homeland defense, the policy of Empire is that of international busybody, military hegemon and brutal enforcer of Washington’s writs, sanctions, red lines and outlawed regimes.
There is nothing more emblematic of that betrayal of republican non-interventionism than the sundry hot spots which dog the Empire today. These include the Ukraine/Crimea confrontation with Russia, the regime change fiasco in Syria, the US sponsored genocide in Yemen, the failed, bloody 17-year occupation of Afghanistan, the meddling of the US Seventh Fleet in the South China Sea, and, most especially, the swiftly intensifying contretemps in Iran.
As to the latter, there is absolutely no reason for the Empire’s attack on Iran. The proverbial Martian, in fact, would be sorely perplexed about why Washington is marching toward war with its puritanical and authoritarian but relatively powerless religious rulers.
After all, it hasn’t violated the nuke deal (JPAOC) by the lights of any credible authority—-or by even less than credible ones like the CIA. Nor by the same consensus of authorities has it even had a research program for nuclear weaponization since 2003.
Likewise, its modest GDP of $43o billion is equal to just eight days of US output, thereby hardly constituting an industrial platform from which its theocratic rulers could plausibly menace America’s homeland.
Nor could its tiny $14 billion defense budget—which amounts to just sevendays worth of DOD outlays—inflict any military harm on American citizens.
In fact, Iran has no blue water navy that could effectively operate outside of the Persian Gulf; its longest range warplanes can barely get to Rome without refueling; and its array of mainly defensive medium and intermediate range missiles cannot strike most of NATO, to say nothing of the North American continent.
The answer to the Martian’s question, of course, is that Iran is no threat whatsoever to the safety and security of the US homeland, but it has run badly afoul of the dictates of the American Empire.
That is to say, it has presumed to have an independent foreign policy involving Washington proscribed alliances with the sovereign state of Syria, the leading political party of Lebanon (Hezbollah), the ruling authorities (and US puppets) in Baghdad and the reining power in the Yemen capital of Sana’a (the Houthis).
These are all deemed by Washington to be sources of unsanctioned “regional instability” and Iran’s alliances with them have been capriciously labeled as acts of state sponsored terrorism.
The same goes for Washington’s demarche against Iran’s modest array of short, medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles. These weapons are palpably instruments of self-defense, but Imperial Washington insists their purpose is aggression—–unlike the case of practically every other nation which offers its custom to American arms merchants.
For example, Iran’s arch-rival across the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, has more advanced NATO supplied ballistic missiles with even greater range (2,600 km range). So does Israel, Pakistan, India and a half-dozen other nations, which are either Washington allies or have been given a hall-pass in order to bolster US arms exports.
In short, Washington’s escalating war on Iran is an exercise in global hegemony, not territorial self-defense. What the proverbial Martian is really asking, therefore, is how did the Empire come about?
How did the historic notion of national defense morph into Washington’s arrogant claim that it constitutes the “Indispensable Nation” which stands as mankind’s bulwark against global disorder and chaos among nations?
As indicated above, Iran is just the case de jure of the Indispensable Nation in action. Yet the other hot spots of the moment are no less exercises in hegemonic aggression.
Thus, Washington started the Ukrainian confrontation by sponsoring, funding and recognizing the February 2014 coup that overthrew a Russia-friendly government with one that is militantly nationalistic and bitterly antagonistic to Russia. It re-opened deep wounds that date back to Stalin’s brutal rein in Ukraine and Ukrainian collusion with Hitler’s Wehrmacht on its way to Stalingrad and back.
So doing, it triggered the fear-driven outbreak of Russian-speaking separatism in the Donbas and the 96% referendum in Crimea to formally re-affiliate with mother Russia (which originally purchased it from the Ottomans in 1783).
Even a passing familiarity with Russian history and geography would remind that Ukraine and Crimea are Moscow’s business, not Washington’s.
Even more hideous is the rhetorical provocations and Seventh Fleet maneuvers ordered by Washington with respect to China’s comical sand castle building in the South China Sea. Whatever they are doing on these man-made islands, it is not threatening to the security of America—nor is there any plausible reason to believe that it is a threat to global commerce, either.
After all, it is the mercantilist economies of China and East Asian that would collapse almost instantly if it attempted to interrupt world trade. That is, any theoretical red military shoe would first fall on the Red Suzerains of Beijing themselves because it is the hard currency earnings from its export machine that keep the Red Ponzi from collapsing and the Chinese people enthrall to their communist overlords.
Needless to say, none of these kinds of interventions were even imaginable in the sleepy town of Washington DC just 100-years ago. But it’s baleful evolution from the capital of an economically focused Republic to seat of power in a globally mobilized Empire ultimately sprung from the Indispensable Nation heresy.
So we intend to delve into the historic roots of that conceit in a multi-part series because it not only guarantees unending calamities abroad, but also an eventual fiscal and financial horror show at home.
Indeed, so long as Imperial Washington is stretched about the planet in its sundry self-appointed missions of stabilization, “peacekeeping”, punishment, attack and occupation, there is zero chance that America’s collapsing fiscal accounts can be salvaged.
The Indispensable Nation folly thus hangs over the rotten edifice of Bubble Finance like, in fact, a modern day Sword of Damocles.
But Empire is a corrosive disease of governance. It eventually metastasizes into imperial arrogance, over-reach and high-handedness. Ultimately, like at present, it falls prey to the rule of bellicose war-mongers and thugs.
John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are living proof of that.
For the moment, however, make no mistake: Trump’s withdrawing from the nuke deal and pending re-imposition of maximum sanctions is an act of war by any other name.
Yes, the feinschmeckers of the foreign policy establishment consider economic sanctions to be some kind of benign instrument of enlightened diplomacy—the carrot that preempts resort to the stick. But that is just sanctimonious prattle.
When you hound the deep water ports of the planet attempting to block Iran’s oil sales, which are its principal and vital source of foreign exchange, or cut-off access by its central bank to the global money clearance system known as SWIFT or pressure friend and foe alike to stop all investment and trade—that’s an act of aggression every bit as menacing and damaging as a cruise missile attack.
Or at least it was once understood that way. Even as recently as 1960 the great Dwight Eisenhower (very) reluctantly agreed to lie about Gary Power’s U-2 plane when the Soviets shot it down and captured its CIA pilot alive.
But Ike did so because he was old-fashioned enough to believe that even penetrating the air space of a foe without permission was an act of war—- and that he did not intend, the CIA’s surveillance program notwithstanding.
Today, by contrast, Washington invades the economics space of foreign nations with alacrity. In fact, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) proudly lists 30 different sanctions programs including ones on Belarus, Burundi, Cuba, Congo, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe—along with the more visible programs against the alleged malefactors of Iran, Russia and North Korea.
These, too, are the footprints of Empire, not measures of a homeland defense befitting a peace-seeking Republic. That would cost around $250 billion per year, and would rely on an already built and paid for triad nuclear capacity for deterrence, and a modest Navy and Air Force for protection of the nation’s shorelines and air space.
The $500 billion excess in today’s Trump-bloated national security budget of $750 billion is the cost of Empire; it’s the crushing fiscal burden that flows from the Indispensable Nation folly and its calamitously wrong assumption that the planet would descend into chaos without the good offices of the American Empire.
Needless to say, we do not believe that the planet is chaos-prone absent Washington’s ministrations. After all, the historic record from Vietnam through Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Iran suggests exactly the opposite.
More pointedly, the Indispensable Nation meme originates not in the universal condition of mankind and the nation-states into which it has been partioned, but in the one-time, flukish and historically aberrant circumstances of the 20th century that gave raise to giant totalitarian states in Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia, and the resulting mass murder and oppressions which resulted there from.
But as we will outline in greater detail in Part 2, Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany were not coded into the DNA of humanity—a horror always waiting to happen.
To the contrary, they were effectively born and bred in April 1917 when the US entered what was then called the Great War. And it did so for absolutely no reason of homeland security or any principle consistent with the legitimate foreign policy of the American Republic.
So you can put the blame for this monumental error squarely on Thomas Woodrow Wilson——-a megalomaniacal madman who was the very worst President in American history; and who took America into war for the worst possible reason—a vainglorious desire to have a big seat at the post-war peace table in order to remake the world as God had inspired him to redeem it.
The truth, however, was that the European war posed not an iota of threat to the safety and security of the citizens of Lincoln NE, or Worcester MA or Sacramento CA. In that respect, Wilson’s putative defense of “freedom of the seas” and the rights of neutrals was an empty shibboleth; his call to make the world safe for democracy, a preposterous pipe dream.
Indeed, the shattered world after the bloodiest war in human history was a world about which Wilson was blatantly ignorant. And remaking it was a task for which he was temperamentally unsuited—even as his infamous 14 points were a chimera so abstractly devoid of substance as to constitute mental play dough.
Or, as his alter-ego and sycophant, Colonel House, put it: Intervention positioned Wilson to play “The noblest part that has ever come to the son of man”.
America thus plunged into Europe’s carnage, and forevermore shed its century-long Republican tradition of anti-militarism and non-intervention in the quarrels of the Old World. From that historically erroneous turn—there arose at length the Indispensable Nation Folly ,which we shall catalogue in the balance of this series.
For now, suffice it to say that there was absolutely nothing noble that came of Wilson’s intervention.
It led to a peace of vengeful victors, triumphant nationalists and avaricious imperialists—-when the war would have otherwise ended in a bedraggled peace of mutually exhausted bankrupts and discredited war parties on both sides.
By so altering the course of history, Wilson’s war bankrupted Europe and midwifed 20th century totalitarianism in Russia and Germany.
These developments, in turn, eventually led to the Great Depression, the Welfare State and Keynesian economics, World War II, the holocaust, the Cold War, the permanent Warfare State and its military-industrial complex.
They also spawned Nixon’s 1971 destruction of sound money, Reagan’s failure to tame Big Government and Greenspan’s destructive cult of monetary central planning.
So, too, flowed the Bush’s wars of intervention and occupation, their fatal blow to the failed states in the lands of Islam foolishly created by the imperialist map-makers at Versailles and the resulting endless waves of blowback and terrorism now afflicting the world.
And not the least of the ills begotten in Wilson’s war is the modern rogue regime of central bank money printing, and the Bernanke-Yellen-Powell plague of bubble economics which never stops showering the 1% with the monumental windfalls from central bank enabled speculation.
As to how all this transpired, stay tuned!
Published:5/15/2018 10:11:40 PM
Breaking Down America's Worst Long-Term Challenges: #1- Debt
Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,
On October 22, 1981, the national debt in the United States crossed the $1 trillion threshold for the first time in history.
It took nearly two centuries to reach that unfortunate milestone.
And over that time the country had been through a revolution, civil war, two world wars, the Great Depression, the nuclear arms race… plus dozens of other wars, financial panics, and economic crises.
Today, the national debt stands at more than $21 trillion– a milestone hit roughly two months ago.
This means that the government added $20 trillion to the national debt in the 37 years between October 22, 1981 and March 15, 2018.
That’s an average of nearly $1.5 BILLION added to the national debt every single day… $62 million per hour… $1 million per minute… and more than $17,000 per SECOND.
But the problem for the US government is that this trend has grown worse over the years.
It took only 214 days for the government to go from $20 trillion in debt to $21 trillion in debt– less than eight months to add a trillion dollars to the national debt.
That’s an average of almost $52,000 per second.
Think about that: on average, the US national debt increases by more in a split second than the typical American worker earns in an entire year.
And there is no end in sight.
At 105% of GDP, America’s national debt is already larger than the size of the entire US economy. (By comparison the national debt was just 31% of GDP in 1981.)
Plus, the government’s own projections show a steep increase to the debt in the coming years and decades.
The Treasury Department has already estimated that it will borrow $1 trillion this fiscal year, $1 trillion next year, and another trillion dollars the year after that.
They’re also forecasting the national debt to exceed $30 trillion by 2025.
To be fair, debt isn’t always bad. In fact, sometimes debt can be useful.
Businesses and individuals use debt all the time to shrewdly finance productive investments.
Real estate investors, for instance, often borrow most of the money they need to purchase a property once they determine that the rental income should more than cover the debt service.
In this way, when applied prudently, debt can actually help build wealth.
And the US federal government did the same thing in its early history.
It was an incredibly astute move on the government’s part, for example, to go into debt to finance the Louisiana Purchase back in the early 1800s, which dramatically expanded the size of the budding nation.
These days, however, the government flushes money down the toilet in the most wasteful ways imaginable, both big and small.
We’ve covered some of the more ridiculous examples in our normal conversations, from that $2 billion Obamacare website to the $856,000 that the National Science Foundation spent teaching mountain lions to run on treadmills.
Even the government’s more legitimate expenses are absolutely colossal now.
Last year the government spent HALF of its budget just to pay for Social Security and Medicare.
The situation is so dire that the government spends more than its entire tax revenue just on these mandatory entitlement programs, plus Defense and interest on the debt.
Even if you could eliminate entire departments of government, they would still be running a budget deficit and going deeper into debt.
The larger the national debt becomes, the more interest the government has to pay each year.
And interest payments increase even more rapidly as rates continue to rise... which is exactly what’s happening now.
A few years ago, the government paid less than 1.5% on its 10-year Treasury note. Today the rate has doubled.
This has a profound impact on Uncle Sam’s cash flow: they have to borrow MORE money just to pay interest on the money they’ve already borrowed… and spend a larger and larger share of the budget on debt service.
It’s a financial death spiral.
Think about it: if the government is having this much trouble making ends meet when they’re paying 2% interest on $21 trillion in debt, what’s going to happen when they’re paying 5% on $30 trillion?
It’s foolish to think that this trend has a consequence-free outcome. No nation in history has ever become prosperous by borrowing record amounts of debt to finance reckless spending.
Published:5/14/2018 4:33:13 PM
Man who threatened to kill Rep. Steve Stivers gets 40-month prison sentence
"Leave Obamacare alone or die."
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Published:5/11/2018 4:44:54 PM
Today’s hot topics on SiriusXM: Trump/Pence rally, North Korea, Michael Cohen, more (or less?) ObamaCare, end of life, The End of Work, and more!
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Published:5/10/2018 4:44:34 PM
ObamaCare Medicaid expansion hurts people with disabilities and the seriously ill
Nearly eight years after President Obama signed ObamaCare into law, its effects are still impacting Americans in terrible ways.
Published:5/10/2018 3:06:12 AM
Bernie's (Latest) Boondoggle
Authored by Daniel Mitchell via International Liberty blog,
When I wrote about “crazy Bernie Sanders” in 2016, I wasn’t just engaging in literary hyperbole. The Vermont Senator is basically an unreconstructed leftist with a disturbing affinity for crackpot ideas and totalitarian regimes.
His campaign agenda that year was an orgy of new taxes and higher spending.
Though it’s worth noting that he’s at least crafty enough to steer clear of pure socialism. He wants massive increases in taxes, spending, and regulation, but even he doesn’t openly advocate government ownership of factories.
Then again, there probably wouldn’t be any factories to nationalize if Sanders was ever successful in saddling the nation with a Greek-sized public sector.
He’s already advocated a “Medicare-for-All” scheme with a 10-year price tag of $15 trillion, for instance. And now he has a new multi-trillion dollar proposal for guaranteed jobs.
In a column for the Washington Post, Robert Samuelson dissects Bernie’s latest vote-buying scheme. Here’s a description of what Senator Sanders apparently wants.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants the federal government to guarantee a job for every American willing and able to work. The proposal sounds compassionate and enlightened, but in practice, it would almost certainly be a disaster. …Just precisely how Sanders’s scheme would work is unclear, because he hasn’t yet submitted detailed legislation. However, …a job-guarantee plan devised by economists at Bard College’s Levy Economics Institute…suggests how a job guarantee might function. …anyone needing a job could get one at a uniform wage of $15 an hour, plus health insurance (probably Medicare) and other benefits (importantly: child care). When fully deployed, the program would create 15 million public-service jobs, estimate the economists. …the federal government would pay the costs, the program would be administered by states, localities and nonprofit organizations.
As you might expect, the fiscal costs would be staggering (and, like most government programs, would wind up being even more expensive than advertised).
This would be huge: about five times the number of existing federal jobs (2.8 million) and triple the number of state government jobs (5 million). …The proposal would add to already swollen federal budget deficits. The Bard economists put the annual cost at about $400 billion. …overall spending is likely underestimated.
But the budgetary costs would just be the beginning.
Bernie’s scheme would basically destroy a big chunk of the job market since people in low-wage and entry-level jobs would seek to take advantage of the new government giveaway.
…uncovered workers might stage a political rebellion or switch from today’s low-paying private-sector jobs to the better-paid public-service jobs… The same logic applies to child-care subsidies.
And there are many other unanswered questions about how the plan would work.
Does the federal government have the managerial competence to oversee the creation of so many jobs? …Can the new workers be disciplined? …Finally, would state and local governments substitute federally funded jobs for existing jobs that are supported by local taxes?
If the plan ever got adopted, the only silver lining to the dark cloud is that it would provide additional evidence that government programs don’t work.
The irony is that, by assigning government tasks likely to fail, the advocates of activist government bring government into disrepute.
But that silver lining won’t matter much since a bigger chunk of the population will be hooked on the heroin of government dependency.
In other words, just as it’s now difficult to repeal Obamacare even though we know it doesn’t work, it also would be difficult to repeal make-work government jobs.
So we may have plenty of opportunity to mock Bernie Sanders, but he may wind up with the last laugh.
P.S. Regarding getting people into productive work, I figure the least destructive approach would be “job training” programs.
Beyond that, I’m not sure whether make-work government jobs are more harmful or basic income is more harmful.
Published:5/9/2018 9:34:55 PM
Obamacare Is Still with Us, and Getting Worse
Michael D. Tanner
Speaking at a campaign-style rally in Michigan last week,
President Trump declared Obamacare dead. “Essentially, we are
getting rid of Obamacare… . Some people would say, essentially,
we have gotten rid of it.”
Um, no. Whatever those mysterious “some people” might think, not
only is Obamacare still with us, but its problems are getting
What the president was likely referring to was the health-care
law’s much-despised individual mandate, the requirement that every
American purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, which was
repealed as part of the tax-reform bill. But while the mandate was
always the most unpopular part, it was never the structural heart
of the Affordable Care Act.
In many ways, Obamacare’s original sin is its requirement that
insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions without charging
them premiums commensurate with their costs. By trying to shoehorn
people who are almost by definition uninsurable into the
traditional insurance markets, Obamacare undermined and
destabilized those markets — risking what actuaries call an
adverse-selection death spiral, in which the sick are increasingly
likely to purchase insurance, while the healthy drop out of the
market. The individual mandate was a costly and ineffective attempt
to deal with this problem by forcing young and healthy people to
buy overpriced insurance, thereby offsetting the losses insurers
were suffering on covering the old and sick. Other troublesome
aspects of Obamacare, from subsidies to the government-designed
standard benefits package, flow naturally from this point.
President Trump didn’t
quite fly onto an aircraft carrier beneath a ‘Mission Accomplished’
banner, but his declaration of victory is every bit as
Repealing the individual mandate was, on the whole, a good
thing, because mandating that Americans buy a specific
government-designed product is deeply antithetical to the concept
of individual liberty that is the heart and soul of the American
experiment. But by repealing the mandate without reforming or
repealing the rest of the health-care law, Republicans have
probably sped up the law’s downward actuarial spiral.
One undeniable aspect of the clearly misnamed Affordable Care
Act is that it has driven up premiums, which have roughly doubled
since the law’s inception. A study by McKinsey and Company for the
Department of Health and Human Services found that as much as 76
percent of premium increases since 2010 can be traced to
Obamacare’s regulations. While subsidies offset some of those
increases, that merely shifts the increased costs to taxpayers. Now
premiums are set to rise even more sharply. Already we are seeing
insurers submit requests for premium increases running as high as
91 percent in Maryland and 64 percent in Virginia, the first states
where 2019 rate requests have been made public.
And while the individual mandate has been repealed, the law’s
employer mandate remains in place. Indeed, the New York
Times reports that Trump’s IRS is enforcing the employer
mandate with renewed vigor. While economists debate the mandate’s
impact on jobs — it is hard to tease out the employment
impact of a single policy, especially at a time of rising
employment overall — it seems likely that it has contributed
to a shift toward part-time employment and acted as a drag on wages
for low-skilled workers.
There also continues to be little choice of insurers on
Obamacare exchanges. In roughly one-third of U.S. counties there is
only a single insurer participating. The one small glimmer of
increased choice, Rand Paul’s proposal for “association health
plans,” continues to languish under Department of Labor regulatory
Nor should we forget taxpayers, who will be on the hook for more
than $40 billion in insurance-exchange subsidies this year, as well
as around $33 billion in higher costs for an expanded but still
unreformed Medicaid program that already costs roughly $600
President Trump didn’t quite fly onto an aircraft carrier
beneath a “Mission Accomplished” banner, but his declaration of
victory is every bit as premature. Unfortunately, Obamacare is
likely to be with us for some time to come. The president and
congressional Republicans failed to repeal and replace the
Affordable Care Act. And no amount of sugar coating can disguise
the fact that Americans will continue to pay the price for that
Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the author of Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis.
Published:5/9/2018 9:02:08 AM
The Beginner's Guide To American Political Ironies
Authored by 'Dr.D' via Raul Ilargi Meijer's Automatic Earth blog,
“It’s hard enough to find a candidate that will even promise to do something right so it doesn’t help that they do the opposite 90% of the time.”
Who wrote “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal”? Jefferson, a slave owner.
Who was one of the most ardent Abolitionists? Alexander Hamilton.
Was he a slave owner? Yes.
Who won the election of 1824? No one, it was decided by the House of Representatives.
So which party lost? None: all four candidates were Democratic-Republicans.
In response, Andrew Jackson, a slave owner, created the Democratic Party.
Jackson created the Democratic Party as an anti-bank, anti-oligarch, states-rights platform the Tea Party would recognize.
Martin Van Buren, a Democrat, created the first concentration camp for Cherokee Indians in 1838.
Those 17,000 Cherokees owned 2,000 slaves.
Did Lincoln create the Republican Party? No, it was an amalgamation of failed parties: Lincoln was their 1st candidate.
What was the Lincoln campaign of 1860? Non-interference in state slavery.
Why? The decision of Dred Scott in 1857, a slave owned by abolitionists in a state he did not reside. Overturning 250 years of history, the case determined that no slave could ever become a citizen, i.e. freed.
Who was the best known Confederate General? Stonewall Jackson.
What did he do when he sided with the Southern cause? Freed his slaves.
Who else was a top Confederate General? William Mahone.
What did he do? He was the creator of the most successful interracial alliance in the post-war South. His name was purged first by Southern Democrats (for integration), then by modern Democrats (for being a Confederate).
Woodrow Wilson (D) ran an anti-collectivism, limited government, anti-monopoly, anti-bank campaign in 1912. He created the Federal Reserve and is known for founding the modern welfare state.
Wilson was re-elected on the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War.” He immediately forced the reluctant nation into WWI.
Herbert Hoover, as Secretary of Commerce under Calvin Coolidge during the Crash of ’21, demanded economic aid and bailouts, but Coolidge, “the great refrainer,” refused. The market immediately recovered.
Hoover was President during the Crash of ’29. He gave unprecedented bailouts to help the economy recover. It never did.
Roosevelt campaigned against Hoover for being “ the greatest spending Administration in peacetime in all our history.” He outspent Hoover tenfold.
Did Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” the greatest stimulus and spending program up to that time, end the Great Depression? No. It was going strong in 1939.
What did Roosevelt campaign on? He promised to keep us out of war in Europe.
Who was Time’s Man of the Year in 1938? Adolf Hitler.
Who was Man of the Year in 1939? Joseph Stalin.
1942? Joseph Stalin.
Wars under “anti-war” Democratic Party: 93 years, 46.5%. 625K deaths since 1864.
Wars under “pro-war” “Republican” Party: 107 Years 53.5%. 12K deaths since 1864.
Who voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Republicans 80% vs. Democrats 69%.
Who filibustered it? Southern Democrat Strom Thurmond.
Who signed it? Lyndon Johnson, a southern Democrat.
Where did Thurmond go? The GOP, who had voted against him and against southern segregation.
What did Richard Nixon campaign on? “Law and Order” and a “secret plan” to exit Vietnam. He immediately bombed Cambodia and was later impeached for a burglary.
Who said “the soundest way to raise revenues in the long run is to cut rates now” and “Every dollar released from taxation that is spent or invested will help create a new job and a new salary” ? John F. Kennedy.
Who gave the greatest modern tax cut? John F. Kennedy (income and capital gains, signed by Johnson).
Who most increased the postwar Federal deficit? Ronald Reagan 186%.
Who most increased taxes? Ronald Reagan, 1982 (as % of GDP, excluding Obamacare and Johnson’s one-year tax).
Who called young blacks “Superpredators”? Hillary Clinton, 1996.
Who put the most black men in jail? Bill Clinton, under the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act.
Who cut welfare most? Bill Clinton, 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Act.
Who was called the first “Black President”? Bill Clinton (“white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime.” –Toni Morrison, 1998. I swear this is true).
What was George W. Bush’s platform? Smaller, less-invasive government, lower taxes, and no foreign wars.
Who are the Neoconservatives? “Liberal hawks who became disenchanted with the pacifist foreign policy of the Democratic Party”.
Where did these Liberal Democrats finally prosper? Under G.W. Bush and on Fox News, e.g. Bill Kristol.
Which President won the Nobel Peace Prize? Barack Obama. (As did Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter)
What was his legacy? War every day of all eight years, with +50,000 official strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria and unofficial attacks in Ukraine, Sudan, Niger, Cameroon, Uganda, and elsewhere, as well as 3,000 drone deaths.
Wow, anything else? Due to his intervention, Obama, the first black president, caused the creation of an open-air black slave market in Libya.
Who campaigned advocating a Syrian no-fly zone expected to cause WWIII with Russia? Hillary Clinton (D).
Who campaigned for peace talks and de-escalation with Russia? Donald Trump (R).
Who sent 164 missiles into Russian ally Syria? Donald Trump (R).
Who advocated against the recent attacks? “Far-right” speakers Rand Paul and Tucker Carlson of Fox News.
Who advocated for the attacks? “Left” speakers Fareed Zakaria, and Rachel Maddow with left media Slate and Mother Jones.
What was the actual breakdown? 22% of GOP supported Syrian airstrikes in 2013 vs 86% for the same strikes in 2017.
And on and on. Got it? Know which side you’re on? History, party platforms, personal beliefs, economy, all clear?
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
P.S. Mark Twain never said this.
Published:5/5/2018 5:10:20 PM
Democrats Using 2017 'Obamacare' Vote as Political Weapon
A year ago Friday, Democrats sarcastically serenaded Republicans with chants of "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, goodbye" as the GOP shoved legislation through the House scuttling the Obamacare health care law.Now, Democrats battling to capture House and Senate control in...
Published:5/5/2018 12:38:20 PM
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Published:5/5/2018 5:36:35 AM
More Than 4 Million Americans Have Lost Health Insurance Since 2016
Even before the GOP killed Obamacare's individual mandate back in December as part of their tax-reform plan, the number of Americans going without health insurance had been rising.
And now, according to a recent study, the number of uninsured US adults between the ages of 19 and 64 climbed to 15.5% in March 2018 compared with 12.7% in 2016. That's tantamount to 4 million people losing insurance, according to CBS.
The number of uninsured adults between the ages of 19 and 64 rose to 15.5 percent in March 2018, up from 12.7 percent in 2016. An estimated 4 million people lost individual coverage during that period, while the number of people with employer-sponsored coverage stayed steady.
Adults with lower incomes - about $30,000 for an individual and $61,000 for a family of four - saw a much higher increase: 25.7 percent in March 2018 compared to 20.9 percent in 2016.
Perhaps the biggest contributor to rising uninsured rates, according to the study, is the coverage gap, which leaves poor Americans in many states unable to afford health insurance. The gap first emerged in 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare's mandate forcing states to expand Medicaid was "unconstitutionally coercive".
The biggest increases in uninsured rates in recent years have occurred in states that did not expand Medicaid, which shouldn't come as a surprise.
Another factor may be related to the so-called coverage gap. When the ACA was passed, it mandated that all states expand their Medicaid coverage, including increasing qualifying income limits. At the same time, the ACA ruled that people whose income fell below 100 percent of the poverty level would not qualify for the ACA's government subsidies to help pay health insurance premiums. The assumption was these people would be covered by expanded Medicaid coverage, Collins explained.
That plan went haywire when the Supreme Court later ruled that states were not required to expand Medicaid coverage but could do so voluntarily. As a result, people in nonexpansion states with incomes below the ACA subsidy limits often don't qualify for Medicaid. Indeed, the survey found the steepest increases in uninsured rates occurred in states that did not expand Medicaid.
Collins predicted the rising uninsured trend is likely to continue. One reason: The repeal of the individual mandate, which required people to buy insurance or face penalties. The new tax law did away with that provision and eliminated penalties starting in 2019. Commonwealth found that 5 percent of people with insurance are planning to drop coverage once the mandate becomes obsolete. "That's not a huge number, but it is something," said Collins.
At least one former ACA antagonist is warning that the repeal of the individual mandate was a mistake. Tom Price, former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said during a recent health-care conference in Washington that eliminating the individual mandate would almost certainly drive up premiums. Last year, the CBO forecast that 13 million people would lose coverage if the mandate was eliminated.
Of course, this trend can't continue for much longer until Obamacare experiences an all-out collapse as insurers decide that it's simply no longer worth it to offer health-care plans on the ACA's exchanges. As premiums soar, more and more people will be forced out of the market, deteriorating risk pools and forcing insurance companies to reconsider their participation.
In an interview last year, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini warned about the impending Obamacare "death spiral", saying "it's not going to get any better; it's getting worse."
Published:5/4/2018 8:35:34 PM
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Published:5/4/2018 5:03:01 PM
Exposed: The Naked Truth About Robert Mueller
Authored by Rep Louis Gohmert via Director Blue blog,
Robert Mueller has a long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people. His many actions are a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence. He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.
I do not make these statements lightly. Each time I prepared to question Mueller during Congressional hearings, the more concerned I became about his ethics and behavior. As I went back to begin compiling all of that information in order to recount personal interactions with Mueller, the more clearly the big picture began to come into focus.
At one point I had to make the decision to stop adding to this compilation or it would turn into a far too lengthy project. My goal was to share some firsthand experiences with Mueller -- as other Republican Members of Congress had requested -- adding, “You seem to know so much about him.”
This article is prepared from my viewpoint to help better inform the reader about the Special Prosecutor leading the effort to railroad President Donald J. Trump through whatever manufactured charge he can allege.
Judging by Mueller's history, it doesn't matter who he has to threaten, harass, prosecute or bankrupt to get to allege something or, for that matter, anything. It certainly appears Mueller will do whatever it takes to bring down his target -- ethically or unethically -- based on my findings.
What does former Attorney General Eric Holder say? Sounds like much the same thing I just said. Holder has stated, "I've known Bob Mueller for 20, 30 years; my guess is he’s just trying to make the case as good as he possibly can."
Holder does know him. He has seen Mueller at work when Holder was obstructing justice and was therefore held in Contempt of Congress. He knows Mueller’s FBI framed innocent people and had no remorse in doing so.
Let’s look at what we know. What I have accumulated here is absolutely shocking upon the realization that Mueller's disreputable, twisted history speaks to the character of the man placed in a position to attempt to legalize a coup against a lawfully-elected President. Any Republican who says anything resembling, “Bob Mueller will do a good job as Special Counsel,” “Bob Mueller has a great reputation for being fair,” or anything similar; either (a) wants President Trump indicted for something and removed from office regardless of his innocence; (b) is intentionally ignorant of the myriad of outrageous problems permeating Mueller’s professional history; or (c) is cultivating future Democrat votes when he or she comes before the Senate someday for a confirmation hearing.
There is simply too much clear and convincing evicdence to the contrary. Where other writers have set out information succinctly, I have quoted them, with proper attribution. My goal is to help you understand what I have found.
ROBERT MUELLER - BACKGROUND
In his early years as FBI Director, most Republican members of Congress gave Mueller a pass in oversight hearings, allowing him to avoid tough questions. After all, we were continually told, “Bush appointed him.” I gave him easy questions the first time I questioned him in 2005 out of deference to his Vietnam service. Yet, the longer I was in Congress, the more conspicuous the problems became. As I have said before of another Vietnam veteran, just because someone deserves our respect for service or our sympathy for things that happened to them in the military, that does not give them the right to harm our country later. As glaring problems came to light, I toughened up my questions in the oversight hearings. But first, let's cover a little of Mueller's history.
MUELLER: THE WHITEY BULGER AFFAIR
The Boston Globe noted Robert Mueller’s connection with the Whitey Bulger case in an article entitled, “One Lingering Question for FBI Director Robert Mueller.” The Globe said this: “[Mike] Albano [former Parole Board Member who was threatened by two FBI agents for considering parole for the men imprisoned for a crime they did not commit] was appalled that, later that same year, Mueller was appointed FBI director, because it was Mueller, first as an assistant US attorney then as the acting U.S. attorney in Boston, who wrote letters to the parole and pardons board throughout the 1980s opposing clemency for the four men framed by FBI lies. Of course, Mueller was also in that position while Whitey Bulger was helping the FBI cart off his criminal competitors even as he buried bodies in shallow graves along the Neponset…”
Mueller was the head of the Criminal Division as Assistant U.S. Attorney, then as Acting U.S. Attorney. I could not find any explanation online by Mueller as to why he insisted on keeping the defendants in prison that FBI agents—in the pocket of Whitey Bulger— had framed for a murder they did not commit. Make no mistake: these were not honorable people he had incarcerated. But it was part of a pattern that eventually became quite clear that Mueller was more concerned with convicting and putting people in jail he disliked, even if they were innocent of the charges, than he was with ferreting out the truth. I found no explanation as to why he did not bear any responsibility for the $100 million paid to the defendants who were framed by FBI agents under his control. The Boston Globe said, “Thanks to the FBI’s corruption, taxpayers got stuck with the $100 million bill for compensating the framed men, two of whom, Greco and Tameleo, died in prison.”
The New York Times explained the relationship this way: “In the 1980's, while [FBI Agent] Mr. Connolly was working with Whitey Bulger, Mr. Mueller was assistant United States attorney in Boston in charge of the criminal division and for a period was the acting United States attorney here, presiding over Mr. Connolly and Mr. Bulger as a ’top echelon informant.'
Officials of the Massachusetts State Police and the Boston Police Department had long wondered why their investigations of Mr. Bulger were always compromised before they could gather evidence against him, and they suspected that the FBI was protecting him.”
If Mr. Mueller had no knowledge that the FBI agents he used were engaged in criminal activity, then he certainly was so incredibly blind that he should never be allowed back into any type of criminal case supervision. He certainly helped continue contributing to the damages of the framed individuals by working relentlessly to prevent them from being paroled out of prison even as their charges were in the process of being completely thrown out.
Notice also the evidence of a pattern throughout Mueller's career: the leaking of information to disparage Mueller’s targets. In the Whitey Bulger case, the leaks were to organized crime --- the Mafia.
One of the basic, most bedrock tenets of our Republic is that we never imprison people for being “bad” people. Anyone imprisoned has to have committed a specific crime for which they are found guilty. Not in Mueller’s world. He has the anti-Santa Claus list; and, if you are on his list, you get punished even if you are framed.
He never apologizes when the truth is learned, no matter how wrong or potentially criminal or malicious the prosecution was. In his book, you deserve what you get even if you did not commit the crime for which he helped put you away. This is but one example, though -- as Al Pacino once famously said -- “I’m just getting warmed up!”
REP. CURT WELDON ATTACKED AND CRUSHED BY ROBERT MUELLER
During my first term in Congress, 2005 to 2006, Congressman Curt Weldon delivered some powerful and relentless allegations about the FBI having prior knowledge that 9/11 was coming. He repeatedly alleged that there was documentary evidence to show that 9/11 could have been prevented and thousands of lives saved if the FBI had done its job. He held up documents at times while making these claims in speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives.
I was surprised that FBI Director Mueller seemed to largely ignore these allegations. It seemed to me that he should either admit the FBI made significant mistakes or refute the allegations. Little did I know Mueller’s FBI was preparing a response, but it certainly was not the kind of response that I would have expected if an honorable man had been running that once hallowed institution.
You can read two of Congressman Weldon’s speeches on the House floor that are linked below. After reading the excerpts I have provided, you may get a window into the mind of the FBI Director or someone under Mueller’s control at the FBI. The FBI literally destroyed Congressman Weldon's public service life, which then foreclosed his ability to use a national platform to expose what he believed were major problems in the FBI fostered under the Clinton administration. Here is but one such excerpt of a speech wherein he spoke of the failure of FBI leadership, then under the direction of the Clinton administration and as came within Mueller’s control just before 9/11. Shockingly, the Mueller FBI failed to even accept from the military any information on the very terrorists who would later go on to commit the atrocities of
9/11, much less act upon it.
The U.S. gleaned this information through development of a surveillance technology called Able Danger. On October 19, 2005, Rep. Curt Weldon delivered the following statement on the House floor.
Mr. Speaker, back in 1999 when I was Chair of the Defense Research Subcommittee, the Army was doing cutting-edge work on a new type of technology to allow us to understand and predict emerging transnational terrorist threats. That technology was being done at several locations but was being led by our Special Forces Command. The work that they were doing was unprecedented. And because of what I saw there, I supported the development of a national capability of a collaborative center that the CIA would just not accept.
In fact, in November 4 of 1999, two years before 9-11, in a meeting in my office with the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Deputy Director of the CIA, Deputy Director of the FBI, we presented a nine-page proposal to create a national collaborative center.
When we finished the brief, the CIA said we did not need that capability, and so before 9/11 we did not have it. When President Bush came in after a year of research, he announced the formation of the Terrorism Threat Integration Center, exactly what I had proposed in 1999. Today it is known as the NCTC, the National Counterterrorism Center.
But, Mr. Speaker, what troubles me is not the fact that we did not take those steps. What troubles me is that I now have learned in the last four months that one of the tasks that was being done in 1999 and 2000 was a Top Secret program organized at the request of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, carried out by the General in charge of our Special Forces Command, a very elite unit focusing on information regarding al Qaeda. It was a military language effort to allow us to identify the key cells of al Qaeda around the world and to give the military the capability to plan actions against those cells, so they could not attack us as they did in 1993 at the Trade Center, at the Khobar Towers, the USS Cole attack, and the African embassy bombings.
What I did not know, Mr. Speaker, up until June of this year, was that this secret program called Able Danger actually identified the Brooklyn cell of al Qaeda in January and February of 2000, over one year before 9/11 ever happened.
In addition, I learned that not only did we identify the Brooklyn cell of al Qaeda, but we identified Mohamed Atta as one of the members of that Brooklyn cell along with three other terrorists who were the leadership of the 9-11 attack.
I have also learned, Mr. Speaker, that in September of 2000, again, over one year before 9-11, that [the] Able Danger team attempted on three separate occasions to provide information to the FBI about the Brooklyn cell of al Qaeda, and on three separate occasions they were denied by lawyers in the previous administration to transfer that information.
Mr. Speaker, this past Sunday on “Meet the Press,” Louis Freeh, FBI Director at the time, was interviewed by Tim Russert. The first question to Louis Freeh was in regard to the FBI's ability to ferret out the terrorists. Louis Freeh's response, which can be obtained by anyone in this country as a part of the official record, was, ‘Well, Tim, we are now finding out that a top-secret program of the military called Able Danger actually identified the Brooklyn cell of al Qaeda and Mohammed Atta over a year before 9/11.’
And what Louis Freeh said, Mr. Speaker, is that that kind of actionable data could have allowed us to prevent the hijackings that occurred on September 11.
So now we know, Mr. Speaker, that military intelligence officers working in a program authorized by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the General in charge of Special Forces Command, identified Mohammed Atta and three terrorists a year before 9/11, tried to transfer that information to the FBI [and] were denied; and [that] the FBI Director has now said publicly if he would have had that information, the FBI could have used it to perhaps prevent the hijackings that struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the plane that landed in Pennsylvania and perhaps saved 3,000 lives and changed the course of world history.
Curt Weldon gave a series of speeches, recounting what he saw and what he knew, regarding the failures of the FBI and the Clinton administration to share information that could have prevented 9/11.
Congressman Weldon tried to hold those accountable in the FBI and CIA that he felt had mishandled actionable intelligence which he said could have thwarted the 9/11 attacks. He recounted many examples of similar intelligence failures.
In 2006, the Robert Mueller-led FBI took horrendously unjust actions to derail Curt Weldon’s reelection bid just weeks before the vote—actions that were later described as a “hit job”: “Each of Weldon’s 10 previous re-elections had been by sizable margins. Polls showed he was up by 5-7 points [in the fall of 2006]. Three weeks prior to the election, however, a national story ran about Weldon based upon anonymous sources that an investigation was underway against him and his daughter, alleging illegal activities involving his congressional work. Weldon had received no prior notification of any such investigation and was dumbfounded that such a story would run especially since he regularly briefed the FBI and intelligence agencies on his work.
A week after the news story broke, alleging a need to act quickly because of the leak, FBI agents from Washington raided the home of Weldon’s daughter at 7:00AM on a Monday morning… Local TV and print media had all been alerted to the raid in advance and were already in position to cover the story. Editor's note: Sound familiar?
Within hours, Democratic protesters were waving “Caught Red-Handed” signs outside Weldon’s district office in Upper Darby. In the ensuing two weeks, local and national media ran multiple stories implying that Weldon must also have been under investigation. Given the coverage, Weldon lost the election… To this day, incredibly, no one in authority has asked Weldon or his daughter about the raid or the investigation. There was no follow up, no questions, no grand jury interrogation, nothing.
One year after the raid the local FBI office called Weldon’s daughter to have her come get the property that had been removed from her home. That was it…The raid ruined the career of Weldon and his daughter.”
Though some blamed the Clintons and Sandy Berger for orchestrating the FBI “hit job,” we can’t lose sight of the fact that the head of the FBI at the time was Robert Mueller. Please understand what former FBI officials have told me: the FBI would never go after a member of Congress, House or Senate, without the full disclosure to and the blessing of the FBI Director. Even if the idea on how to silence Curt Weldon did not come from Director Mueller himself, it surely had his approval and encouragement.
The early morning raid by Mueller’s FBI -- with all the media outside -- who had obviously been alerted by the FBI, achieved its goal of abusing the U.S. Justice system to silence Curt Weldon by ending his political career. Mueller’s tactics worked. If the Clintons and Berger manipulated Weldon’s reelection to assure his defeat, they did it with the artful aid of Mueller, all while George W. Bush was President. Does any of this sound familiar?
People say those kinds of things just don’t happen in America. They certainly seemed to when Mueller was in charge of the FBI and they certainly seem to happen now during his tenure as Special Counsel. It appears clear that President Obama and his adjutants knew of Mueller’s reputation and that he could be used to take out their political opponents should such extra-legal actions become politically necessary.
To the great dismay of the many good, decent and patriotic FBI agents, Obama begged Mueller to stay on for two years past the 10 years the law allowed. Obama then asked Congress to approve Mueller’s waiver allowing him to stay on for two extra years. Perhaps the leaders in Congress did not realize what they were doing in approving it. I did. It was a major mistake, and I said so at the time. This is also why I objected strenuously the moment I heard Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed his old friend Bob Mueller to be Special Counsel to go after President Trump.
I was one of the few who were NOT surprised when Mueller started selecting his assistants in the Special Counsel’s office. Many had reputations for being bullies, for indicting people who were not guilty of the charges, for forcing people toward bankruptcy by running up their legal fees (while the bullies in the Special Counsel’s office enjoy an apparently endless government budget), or by threatening innocent family members with prosecution so the Special Counsel’s victim would agree to pleading guilty to anything to prevent the Kafka-esque prosecutors from doing more harm to their families.
AN ILLEGAL RAID ON CONGRESS BY MUELLER
There is a doctrine in our governmental system that mandates each part of government must have oversight to prevent power from corrupting --- and absolute power from corrupting absolutely. The Congress and Senate are accountable to the voters as is the President. Our massive and bloated bureaucracy is supposed to be accountable to the Congress.
A good example would be complaints against the Department of Justice or, specifically, the FBI.
If constituents or whistleblowers within those entities have complaints, a Congressman’s office is a good place to contact. Our conversations or information from constituents or whistleblowers are normally privileged from review by anyone within the Executive Branch. It must be so.
If the FBI could raid our offices anytime an FBI agent were to complain to us, no FBI agent could ever afford to come forward, no matter how egregious the conduct they sought to disclose.
Whistleblowers in the FBI must know they are protected. They always have known that in the past. As I learned from talking with attorneys who had helped the House previously with this issue, if the FBI or another law enforcement entity needed to search something on the House side of the Capitol or House office buildings, they contacted the House Counsel, whether with a warrant or request. The House Counsel with approval of the Speaker, would go through the Congress Members' documents, computers, flash drives, or anything that might have any bearing on what was being sought as part of the investigation.
They would honestly determine what was relevant and what was not, and what was both irrelevant and privileged from Executive Branch review. Normally, if there were a dispute or question, it could be presented to a federal judge for a private in-chamber review to determine if it were privileged or relevant. If the DOJ or FBI were to get a warrant and gather all of the computers and documents in a Congressman’s office without the recovered items being screened to insure they are not privileged from DOJ seizure, the DOJ would be risking that an entire case might be thrown out because of things improperly recovered and “fruit of the poisonous tree,” preventing the use of even things that were not privileged.
FBI Director Mueller, however,, seemed determined to throw over 200 years of Constitutional restraints to the wind so he could let Congress know he was the unstoppable government bully who could potentially waltz into our offices whenever he wished.
In the case of Congressman William Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana, Mueller was willing to risk a reversal of a slam dunk criminal case just to send a message to the rest of Congress: you don’t mess with Mueller. That Congressman Jefferson was guilty of something did not surprise most observers when, amidst swirling allegations, $90,000 in cold hard cash was found in his freezer. As we understood it, the FBI had a witness who was wired and basically got Jefferson on tape taking money. They had mountains of indisputable evidence to prove their case. They had gotten an entirely appropriate warrant to search his home and had even more mountains of evidence to nail the lid on his coffin, figuratively speaking.
The FBI certainly did not need to conduct an unsupervised search of a Congressman’s office to put their unbeatable case at risk. Apparently, the risk was worth it to Mueller --- he could now show the members of Congress who was in charge. Apparently, the FBI knew just the right federal judge who would disregard the Constitution and allow Mueller’s minions to do their dirty work.
I read the Application for Warrant and the accompanying Affidavit for Warrant to raid Jefferson’s office, as I did so many times as a judge.
I simply could not believe they would risk such a high-profile case just to try to intimidate Members of Congress.
In the opinion of this former prosecutor, felony judge and Appellate Court Chief Justice, they could have gotten a conviction based on what they had already spelled out in the very lengthy affidavit. The official attorneys representing the House, knowing my background, allowed me to sit in on the extremely heated discussions between attorneys for the House, DOJ attorneys, and, to my recollection, an attorney from the Bush White House, after Jefferson’s office was raided.
The FBI had gathered up virtually every kind of record, computerized or otherwise, and carted them off. I was not aware of the times that the DOJ and House attorneys, with the Speaker’s permission, had cooperated over the years. No Congressman is above the law nor is any above having search warrants issued against them which is why Jefferson’s home was searched without protest.
However, when the material is in a Congressional office, there is a critical and centuries’ old balance of power that must be preserved.
The Mueller FBI, along with the DOJ, assured everyone that all was copacetic. They would ask some of the DOJ’s attorneys review all of the material and give back anything that was privileged and unlawful for the DOJ to see. Then they would make sure none of the DOJ attorneys who participated in the review of materials (that were privileged from the DOJ’s viewing) would be allowed to be prosecutors in Jefferson’s case.
If you find that kind of thinking terribly flawed and constitutionally appalling, you would be in agreement with the former Speakers of the House, the Vice President at the time, and ultimately, the final decisions of our federal appellate court system. They found the search to be illegal and inappropriate. Fortunately for the DOJ, they did not throw the entire case out. In retrospect, we did not know at the time what a farce a DOJ “firewall” would have been. Now we do!
MUELLER'S 5-YEAR UP-OUR-OUT
In federal law enforcement, it takes a new federal agent or supervisor about five years or so after arriving at a newly assigned office to gain the trust and respect of local law enforcement officers. That trust and respect is absolutely critical to doing the best job possible. Yet new FBI Director Robert Mueller came up with a new personnel policy that would rid the FBI of thousands of years of its most invaluable experience.
In a nutshell, after an FBI employee was in any type of supervisory position for five years, he or she had to either come to Washington to sit at a desk or get out of the FBI.
In the myriad of FBI offices around the country, most agents love what they do in actively enforcing the law. They have families involved in the community; their kids enjoy their schools; and they do not want to move to the high cost of living in Washington, DC, and especially not to an inside desk job. What occurred around the country was that agents in charge of their local offices got out of the FBI and did something more lucrative. Though they really wanted to stay in, they were not allowed to do so if they were not moving to DC. Agents told me that it was not unusual for the Special Agent in Charge of a field office to have well over 20 years of experience before the policy change. Under Mueller’s policy that changed to new Special Agents in Charge having five to ten years of experience when they took over.
If the FBI Director wanted nothing but “yes” men and women around the country working for him, this was a great policy. Newer agents are more likely to unquestioningly salute the FBI figurehead in Washington, but never boldly offer a suggestion to fix a bad idea and Mueller had plenty of them.
Whether it was wasting millions of dollars on a software boondoggle or questionable personnel preferences, agents tell me Mueller did not want to hear from more experienced people voicing their concerns about his ideas or policies. An NPR report December 13, 2007, entitled, “FBI'S 'Five-And-Out' Transfer Policy Draws Criticism” dealt with the Mueller controversial policy: “From the beginning of this year (2007) until the end of September (2007), 576 agents found themselves in the five-and-out pool. Less than half of them — just 286 — opted to go to headquarters; 150 decided to take a pay cut and a lesser job to stay put; 135 retired; and five resigned outright.”
In the period of nine months accounted for in this report, the FBI ran off a massive amount of absolutely priceless law enforcement experience vested in 140 invaluable agents. For the vast part, those are the agents who have seen the mistakes, learned lessons, could advise newer agents on unseen pitfalls of investigations and pursuit of justice.
So many of these had at least 20-30 years of experience or more. The lessons learned by such seasoned agents were lost as the agents carried it with them when they left. In the 2007 NPR report, the FBI Agents Association indicated that the Five-Year-Up-or-Out program hobbles field offices and takes relationships forged there for granted. In other words, it was a terrible idea.
The incalculable experience loss damages the FBI by eliminating those in the field in a position to advise the FBI Director against his many judgment errors, which were listed in the NPR article. But this was not the only damage done.
If an FBI Director has inappropriate personal vengeance in mind or holds an inappropriate prejudice such as those that infamously motivated Director J. Edgar Hoover, then the older, wiser, experienced agents were not around with the confidence to question or guide the Director away from potential misjudgment. I also cannot help but wonder: if Mueller had not run off the more experienced agents, would they have been able to advise against and stop the kind of Obama-era abuses and corruption being unearthed right now?
Rather than admit that his 5-Year program was a mistake, Mueller eventually changed the policy to a Seven-Year-Up-or-Out Program. I once pointed out to him at a hearing that if he had applied the Five Year Up-or-Out Policy to literally everyone in a supervisory position, he himself would have had to leave the FBI by September of 2006. He did not seem to be amused.
One other problem remained that will be discussed in more detail later in this article. Before Mueller became Director, FBI agents were trained to identify certain Muslims who had become radicalized and dangerous. Mueller purged and even eliminated training that would have helped identify radical Islamic killers. By running off the more experienced agents who had better training on radical Islam before Mueller, “blinded us of the ability to identify our enemy,” as I was told by some of them, Mueller put victims in harm’s way in cities like Boston, San Diego and elsewhere.
NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER ABUSES
National Security Letters (NSL) are a tool that allows the DOJ to bypass the formality of subpoenas, applications for warrants with affidavits in support, and instead simply send a letter to an individual, business or any entity they so choose to demand that records or documents of any kind must be produced and provided to the sender.
The letter also informs the recipient that if the he or she reveals to anyone that the letter was received or what it requires to be produced, then the recipient has committed a federal felony and will be prosecuted.
It is a rather dramatic event to receive such a letter and then realize that this simple letter could have such profound power and consequences.
The Committee in the House of Representatives that has oversight jurisdiction over the DOJ is the Judiciary Committee of which I am a member. We have grilled DOJ personnel in the past over the potential for NSL abuse, but both the House and Senate Committees were reassured that there were no known abuses of this extra-constitutional power.
Unfortunately, the day came when we learned that there had been an extraordinary number of abuses.
Apparently, some of Mueller’s FBI agents had just been sending out demands for records or documents without any probable cause, which the Fourth Amendment requires. Some agents were on outright fishing expeditions just to find out what different people were doing. We were told that there may have even been thousands of NSL’s dispatched to demand documents without following either the Constitutional requirements or the DOJ’s own policy requirements.
When the Inspector General’s report revealed such absolutely outrageous conduct by FBI agents, some in Congress were absolutely livid. An NBC News report on March 9, 2007, had this headline and sub-headline: “Justice Department: FBI acted illegally on data; Audit finds agency misused Patriot Act to obtain information on citizens.”
The report went on to say, “FBI Director Robert Mueller said he was to blame for not putting more safeguards into place. ‘I am to be held accountable,’ Mueller said. He told reporters he would correct the problems and did not plan to resign. ‘The inspector general went and did the audit that I should have put in place many years ago,’ Mueller said.” Some Republicans wanted to completely eliminate such an extraordinary power that was so widely abused. Nonetheless, I could not help but wonder that if Mueller had not run off thousands of years of experience though his “Five Year Up-or-Out Policy,” perhaps young, inexperienced agents would not have been so tempted to vastly abuse the power of the NSL.
In fact, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lost his job over the widespread, pervasive abuses under Mueller’s supervision. In retrospect, Mueller probably should have been gone first. It was his people, his lack of oversight, his atmosphere that encouraged it, and his FBI that did virtually nothing to hold people accountable.
SENATOR TED STEVENS
With Mueller as his mentor and confidant, is it any surprise that we’re now finding James Comey’s FBI found additional ways to monitor Americans and plot with Democrat loyalists in an attempt to oust a duly-elected President?
Ted Stevens had served in the U.S. Senate since 1968 and was indicted in 2008 by the U.S. Justice Department. One would think before the U.S. government would seek to destroy a sitting U.S. Senator, there would be no question whatsoever of his guilt. One would be completely wrong, at least when the FBI Director is Robert Mueller. Roll Callprovides us with General Colin Powell’s take on Ted Stevens.
“According to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who had worked closely with the senator since his days as President Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser, the senator was ‘a trusted individual ... someone whose word you could rely on. I never heard in all of those years a single dissenting voice with respect to his integrity, with respect to his forthrightness, and with respect to the fact that when you shook hands with Ted Stevens, or made a deal with Ted Stevens, it was going to be a deal that benefited the nation in the long run, one that he would stick with.’”
Such a glowing reputation certainly did not inhibit Mueller’s FBI from putting Stevens in its cross-hairs, pushing to get an indictment that came 100 days before his election, and engaging in third world dictator-type tactics to help an innocent man lose his election, after which he lost his life. As reported by NPR, after the conviction and all truth came rolling out of the framing and conviction of Senator Stevens, the new Attorney General Eric Holder, had no choice. He “abandoned the Stevens case in April 2009 after uncovering new and ‘disturbing’ details about the prosecution…”
Unfortunately for Ted Stevens, his conviction came only eight days before his election, which tipped the scales on a close election.
Does this sound familiar yet? The allegation was that Senator Stevens had not paid full price for improvements to his Alaska cabin. As Roll Call reported, he had actually overpaid for the improvements by over twenty percent. Roll Callwent on to state:
“But relying on false records and fueled by testimony from a richly rewarded ‘cooperating’ witness… government prosecutors convinced jurors to find him guilty just eight days before the general election which he lost by less than 2 percent of the vote.”
After a report substantiated massive improprieties by the FBI and DOJ in the investigation and prosecution of Senator Stevens, the result was ultimately a complete dismissal of the conviction.
At the time there was no direct evidence that Director Mueller was aware of the tactics of concealing exculpatory evidence that would have exonerated Stevens, and the creation of evidence that convicted him in 2008. Nearly four years later, in 2012, the Alaska Dispatch News concluded: “Bottom line: Kepner (the lead FBI investigator accused of wrongdoing by Agent Joy) is still working for the FBI and is still investigating cases, including criminal probes. Joy, the whistleblower (who was the FBI agent who disclosed the FBI’s vast wrongdoing, especially of Kepner), has left the agency.”/p>
Director Mueller either did control or could have controlled what happened to the lead FBI agent that destroyed a well-respected U.S. Senator. That U.S. Senator was not only completely innocent of the manufactured case against him, he was an honest and honorable man. Under Director Mueller’s overriding supervision, the wrongdoer who helped manufacture the case stayed on and the whistleblower was punished. Obviously, the FBI Director wanted his FBI agents to understand that honesty would be punished if it revealed wrongdoing within Mueller’s organization. Further, not only was evidentiary proof of Senator Stevens’ innocence concealed from the Senator’s defense attorneys by the FBI, there was also a witness that provided compelling testimony that Stevens’ had done everything appropriately. That witness, however, was who agents sent back to Alaska by FBI Agents, unbeknownst to the Senator’s defense attorneys. This key exonerating testimony was placed out of reach for Senator Stevens’ defense. Someone should have gone to jail for this illegality within the nation’s top law enforcement agency. Instead, Senator Stevens lost his seat, and surprise, surprise, Mueller’s FBI helped another elected Republican bite the dust. Unfortunately, I am not speaking figuratively.
In August of 2010, former Senator Stevens boarded his doomed plane. But for the heinous, twisted and corrupt investigation by the FBI, and inappropriate prosecution by the DOJ, he would have still been a sitting U.S. Senator.
Don’t forget, one vote in the Senate was critical to ObamaCare becoming law. If Senator Stevens was still there, it would not have become law. In the following month after Senator Stevens’ untimely death, in September of 2010, a young DOJ lawyer, Nicholas Marsh -- who had been involved in the Stevens case -- committed suicide at his home as the investigation into the fraudulent case continued. The report expressed, "no conclusion as to his (Marsh’s) conduct," given his untimely death. Robert Luskin, an attorney for Marsh, said, "he tried to do the right thing."
If you're wondering what happened to the valuable FBI agent who was an upstanding whistleblower with a conscience, you should know that inside Mueller’s FBI, Special Agent Joy was terribly mistreated.
Orders came down from on high that he was not to participate in any criminal investigation again, which is the FBI management’s way of forcing an agent out of the FBI. On the other hand, the FBI agent who was said to have manufactured evidence against Senator Stevens -- while hiding evidence of his innocence -- was treated wonderfully and continued to work important criminal cases for Director Mueller.
If you wonder if mistreatment of an FBI agent who exposed impropriety was an anomaly in Mueller’s FBI, the Alaska Dispatch noted this about another case:
“Former FBI agent Jane Turner was treated much like Joy (the whistleblower agent in the Stevens case) after she blew the whistle on fellow agents who had taken valuable mementos from Ground Zero following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. She took the FBI to court over her treatment and ended up winning her case against the agency after a jury trial. When you blow the whistle on the FBI, ‘it's death by a million paper cuts,’ she told Alaska Dispatch. Turner said that agents who violate the FBI's omerta -- those who internally challenge the agency -- are undercut and isolated. ‘They (Mueller’s FBI supervisors) do everything they can to get you to quit’ she said.”
THE DISGUSTING TREATMENT OF DR. STEVEN HATFILL
Here is how Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist described this combined Mueller-Comey debacle:
“The FBI absolutely bungled its investigation into the Anthrax attacker who struck after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Carl Cannon goes through this story well, and it’s worth reading for how it involves both Comey and his dear ‘friend’ and current special counsel Robert Mueller. The FBI tried — in the media — its case against Hatfill. Their actual case ended up being thrown out by the courts: Comey and Mueller badly bungled the biggest case they ever handled. They botched the investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks that took five lives and infected 17 other people, shut down the U.S. Capitol and Washington’s mail system, solidified the Bush administration’s antipathy for Iraq, and eventually, when the facts finally came out, made the FBI look feckless, incompetent, and easily manipulated by outside political pressure. More from the Carl Cannon cited above, recounting how disastrous the attempt to convict Dr. Steven Hatfill for a crime he didn’t commit was: In truth, Hatfill was an implausible suspect from the outset. He was a virologist who never handled anthrax, which is a bacterium. (Ivins, by contrast, shared ownership of anthrax patents, was diagnosed as having paranoid personality disorder, and had a habit of stalking and threatening people with anonymous letters – including the woman who provided the long-ignored tip to the FBI). So what evidence did the FBI have against Hatfill? There was none, so the agency threw a Hail Mary, importing two bloodhounds from California whose handlers claimed could sniff the scent of the killer on the anthrax-tainted letters. These dogs were shown to Hatfill, who promptly petted them. When the dogs responded favorably, their handlers told the FBI that they’d “alerted” on Hatfill and that he must be the killer.
Unfortunately, both Mueller and Comey were absolutely and totally convinced of the innocent man’s guilt. They ruined his life, his relationship with friends, neighbors and potential employers. And from Carl Cannon, Real Clear Politics:
You’d think that any good FBI agent would have kicked these quacks in the fanny and found their dogs a good home. Or at least checked news accounts of criminal cases in California where these same dogs had been used against defendants who’d been convicted -- and later exonerated. As Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times investigative reporter David Willman detailed in his authoritative book on the case, a California judge who’d tossed out a murder conviction based on these sketchy canines called the prosecution’s dog handler “as biased as any witness that this court has ever seen.” Instead, Mueller, who micromanaged the anthrax case and fell in love with the dubious dog evidence, and personally assured Ashcroft and presumably George W. Bush that in Steven Hatfill, the bureau had its man… Mueller didn’t exactly distinguish himself with contrition, either. In 2008, after Ivins committed suicide as he was about to be apprehended for his crimes, and the Justice Department had formally exonerated Hatfill – and paid him $5.82 million in a legal settlement ($2.82+150,000/yr. for 20 yrs) – Mueller could not be bothered to walk across the street to attend the press conference announcing the case’s resolution. When reporters did ask him about it, Mueller was graceless. “I do not apologize for any aspect of the investigation,” he said, adding that it would be erroneous “to say there were mistakes.”
Though FBI jurisdiction has its limitations, Mueller’s ego does not. Mueller and Comey’s next target in the Anthrax case was Dr. Bruce Ivins. As the FBI was closing in and preparing to give him the ultimate Hatfill treatment, Dr. Ivins took his own life. Though Mueller and Comey were every bit as convinced that Dr. Ivins was the Anthrax culprit as they were that Dr. Hatfill was, there are lingering questions about whether or not there was a case beyond a reasonable doubt. Since Dr. Ivins is deceased, we are expected to simply accept that he was definitely the Anthrax killer and drop the whole matter. That's a difficult ask after taxpayer money paid off Mueller’s previous victim. Mueller had relentlessly dogged Dr. Hatfill using lifedestroying, Orwellian tactics. Either Mueller was wrong when he said it would be a mistake, “to say there were mistakes,” in the railroading of Hatfill or Mueller did intentionally and knowingly persecute an innocent man.
THE FRAMING OF SCOOTER LIBBY
In 2003, there was yet another fabricated and politically-charged FBI investigation: this one "searching" for the leak of CIA agent Valery Plame's identity to the media. Robert Mueller’s close friend James Comey was at the time serving as the Deputy Attorney General. Comey convinced then Attorney General John Ashcroft that he should recuse himself from the Plame investigation while Ashcroft was in the hospital.
After Deputy A.G. Comey was successful in securing Ashcroft's recusal, Comey then got to choose the Special Counsel. He then looked about for someone who was completely independent of any relationships that might affect his independence and settled upon his own child’s godfather, nameing Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate the source of the leak. So much for the independence of the Special Counsel.
The entire episode was further revealed as a fraud when it was later made public that Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald, FBI Director Mueller, and Deputy Attorney Comey had very early on learned that the source of Plame’s identity leak came from Richard Armitage. But neither Comey nor Mueller nor Fitzgerald wanted Armitage’s scalp. Oh no. These so-called apolitical, fair-minded pursuers of their own brand of justice were after a bigger name in the Bush administration like Vice President Dick Cheney or Karl Rove. Yet they knew from the beginning that these two men were not guilty of anything.
Nonetheless, Fitzgerald, Mueller and Comey pursued Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, as a path to ensnare the Vice President. According to multiple reports, Fitzgerald had twice offered to drop all charges against Libby if he would ‘deliver’ Cheney to him. There was nothing to deliver. Is any of this sounding familiar? Could it be that these same tactics have been used against an innocent Gen. Mike Flynn? Could it be that Flynn only agreed to plead guilty to prevent any family members from being unjustly prosecuted and to also prevent going completely broke from attorneys’ fees? That’s the apparent Mueller-ComeySpecial Counsel distinctive modus-operandi. Libby would not lie about Cheney, so he was prosecuted for obstruction of justice, perjury, making a false statement. This Spectator report from 2015 sums up this particularly egregious element of the railroading.
“… By the time Scooter Libby was tried in 2007 it wasn’t for anything to do with the Plame leak — everyone then knew Armitage had taken responsibility for that — but for lying to federal officials about what he had said to three reporters, including Miller. It is relating to this part of the story that an extraordinary new piece of information has come to light. After her spell in prison, and with her job on the line, Miller was eventually worn down to agree to hand over some redacted portions of notes of her few conversations with Libby. Several years on, she could no longer recall where she had first heard of Plame’s CIA identity, but her notes included a reference to Wilson alongside which the journalist had added in brackets ‘wife works in Bureau?’
After Fitzgerald went through these notes it was put to Miller that this showed that the CIA identity of Plame had been raised by Libby during the noted meeting. At Libby’s trial Miller was the only reporter to state that Libby had discussed Plame. His conviction and his sentencing to 30 months in prison and a $250,000 fine, rested on this piece of evidence. But Miller has just published her memoirs. One detail in particular stands out. Since the Libby trial, Miller has read Plame’s own memoir and there discovered that Plame had worked at a State Department bureau as cover for her real CIA role. The discovery, in Miller’s words, ‘left her cold’. The idea that the ‘Bureau’ in her notebook meant ‘CIA’ had been planted in her head by Fitzgerald. It was a strange word to use for the CIA. Reading Plame’s memoir, Miller realized that ‘Bureau’ was in brackets because it related to her working at State Department. (Emphasis added)
What that means is that Scooter Libby had not lied as she originally thought and testified. He was innocent of everything including the contrived offense. For his honesty and innocence, Scooter Libby spent time behind bars, and still has a federal felony conviction he carries like an albatross. The real culprit of the allegation for which the Special Counsel was appointed, and massive amounts of tax payer dollars expended was Richard Armitage. A similar technique was used against Martha Stewart. After all, Mueller’s FBI developed both cases. If the desired crime to be prosecuted was never committed, then talk to someone you want to convict until you find something that others are willing to say was not true. Then you can convict them of lying to the FBI. Martha Stewart found out about Mueller’s FBI the hard way. Unfortunately, Mueller has left a wake of innocent people whom he has crowned with criminal records. History does seem to repeat itself when it is recording the same people using the same tactics. Can anyone who has ever actually looked at Robert Mueller’s history honestly say that Mueller deserves a sterling reputation in law enforcement? One part of his reputation he does apparently deserve is the reputation for being James Comey’s mentor.
MUELLER'S EMBRACE OF THE FRIENDS OF ISLAMIC TERROR
In 2011, in one of the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearings, FBI Director Mueller repeatedly testified during questioning by various Members about how the Muslim community was just like every other religious community in the United States. He also referenced an “Outreach Program” the FBI had with the Muslim community.
When it was my turn to question, I could not help but put the two points of his testimony together for a purge question:
GOHMERT: Thank you, Director. I see you had mentioned earlier, and it's in your written statement, that the FBI’s developed extensive outreach to Muslim communities and in answer to an earlier question I understood you to say that you know Muslim communities were like all other communities, so I'm curious as the result of the extensive outreach program the FBI's had to the Muslim community, how is your outreach program going with the Baptists and the Catholics?
MUELLER: I'm not certain of, necessarily the rest of that, the question I would say -- there are outreach to all segments of a particular city or county or society is good.
GOHMERT: Well do you have a particular program of outreach to Hindus, Buddhists, Jewish community, agnostics or is it just an extensive outreach program to –
MUELLER: We have outreach to every one of those communities.
GOHMERT: And how do you do that?
MUELLER: Every one of those communities can be affected can be affected by facts or circumstance.
GOHMERT: I've looked extensively, and I haven't seen anywhere in any one from the FBI's letters, information that there's been an extensive outreach program to any other community trying to develop trust in this kind of relationship and it makes me wonder if there is an issue of trust or some problem like that that the FBI has seen in that particular community.
MUELLER: I would say if you look at one of our more effective tools or what we call citizens academies where we bring in individuals from a variety of segments of the territory in which the office operates . . . look at the citizens’ academy, the persons here, they are a crosssection of the community, they can be Muslim, could be Indian, they can be Baptists – GOHMERT: Okay but no specific programs to any of those. You have extensive outreach to the Muslim community and then you have a program of outreach to communities in general is what it sounds like.
We went further in the questioning. The 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history, linked the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations (CAIR) to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. Because of this affiliation, the FBI issued policy and guidance to restrict its non-investigative interactions with CAIR in an effort to limit CAIR’s ability to exploit contacts with the FBI. As a result, FBI field offices were instructed to cut ties with all local branches of CAIR across the country.
GOHMERT: Are you aware of the evidence in the Holy Land Foundation case that linked the Council on American-Islamic relations, CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America and the North America Islamic Trust to the Holy Land Foundation?
MUELLER: I'm not going to speak to specific information in a particular case. I would tell you on the other hand that we do not –
GOHMERT: Are you aware of the case, Director?
[CROSSTALK] MUELLER: – relationship with CAIR because of concerns –
GOHMERT: Well I've got the letter from the Assistant Director Richard Powers that says in light of the evidence – talking about during the trial – evidence was introduced that demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders, including its current president emeritus and executive director and the Palestine committee, evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine committee and Hamas, which was designated as a terrorist organization in 1995.
In light of that evidence, he says, the FBI suspended all formal contacts between CAIR and FBI. Well now it's my understanding, and I've got documentation, and I hope you've seen this kind of documentation before, it's public record, and also the memo order from the judge in turning down a request that the unindicted co-conspirators be eliminated from the list, and he says the FBI's information is clear there is a tie here, and I'm not going to grant the deletion of these particular parties as unindicted coconspirators.
So, I'm a little surprised that you're reluctant to discuss something that's already been set out in an order, that's already been in a letter saying we cut ties in light of the evidence at this trial. I'm just surprised it took the evidence that the FBI had, being introduced at the trial in order to sever the relationships with CAIR that it (the FBI) had that showed going back to the 1993 meeting in Philadelphia, what was tied to a terrorist organization. So, I welcome your comments about that.
MUELLER: As I told you before, we have no formal relationship with CAIR because of concerns with regard to the national leadership on that.
What Director Mueller was intentionally deceptive about was that the FBI had apparently maintained a relationship and even “community partnership” instigated on his watch with CAIR and other groups and individuals that his FBI had evidence showing they were co-conspirators to terrorism. That, of course, is consistent with his misrepresentation that Mueller’s FBI had outreach programs to other religious communities just like they did with the Muslim community. They did not. He was not honest about it. In a March 2009 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) questioned Mueller over the FBI move to cut off contact with CAIR. Mueller responded to Kyl’s pressing over how the policy was to be handled by FBI field offices and headquarters with the following:
MUELLER: We try to adapt, when we have situations where we have an issue with one or more individuals, as opposed to institution, or an institution, large, to identify the specificity of those particular individuals or issues that need to be addressed. We will generally have -- individuals may have some maybe leaders in the community who we have no reason to believe whatsoever are involved in terrorism, but may be affiliated, in some way, shape or form, with an institution about which there is some concern, and which we have to work out a separate arrangement. We have to be sensitive to both the individuals, as well as the organization, and try to resolve the issues that may prevent us from working with a particular organization.
KYL: They try to “adapt” with members of terror-related groups? Are they as “sensitive” with other organizations? Do they work out “separate arrangements” with members of, say, the Mafia or the Ku Klux Klan for “community outreach”? Why the special treatment for radical Islamic terrorism?
A March 2012 review of FBI field office compliance with this policy by the Office of Inspector General found a discrepancy between the FBI’s enforcement policy restricting contact and interaction with CAIR and its resulting actions. Rather than FBI headquarters enforcing the rules, they hedged. Mueller set up a separate cover through the Office of Public Affairs and allowed them to work together, despite the terrorist connections.
That was the cultivated atmosphere of Mueller’s FBI. The DOJ actually set out in writing in an indictment that CAIR and some of the people Mueller was coddling were supporters of terrorism. I had understood that the plan by the Bush Justice Department was that if they got convictions of the principals in the Holy Land Foundation trial, they would come right back after the co-conspirators who were named in the indictment as co-conspirators but who were not formally indicted. In late 2008, the DOJ got convictions against all those formally indicted, so DOJ could then move forward with formally indicting and convicting the rest—EXCEPT that the November 2008 election meant it was now going to be the OBAMA DOJ with Eric Holder leading. The newly-named but not confirmed Attorney General apparently made clear they were not going to pursue any of the named co-conspirators. That itself was a major loss for the United States in its war against terrorism in the Obama administration. It was a self-inflicted refusal to go after and defeat our enemies. All of the named co-conspirators would not likely have been formally indicted, but certainly there was evidence to support the allegations against some of them, as the federal district court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had formally found. One of the problems with FBI Director Mueller is that he had already been cozying up to named co-conspirators with evidence in hand of their collusion with terrorists. That probably was an assurance to President Obama and Attorney General Holder that Mueller would fit right in to the Obama administration. He did. It also helps explain why President Obama and AG Holder wanted him to serve and extra two years as FBI Director. Mueller was their kind of guy. Unfortunately for America, he truly was!
PURGING THE FBI OF ANTI-TERROR INFORMATION
We repeatedly see cases where people were radicalized, emerge on the FBI's radar, but federal agents are instead looking for Islamophobes, not the terrorists standing in front of them. That is because Mueller’s demand of his FBI Agents, in the New Age to which he brought them, was to look for Islamophobes.
If a Mueller-trained FBI agent got a complaint about a potential radical Islamist who may pose a threat, the agent must immediately recognize that the one complaining is most likely an Islamophobe. That means the agent should first investigate whether the complainant is guilty of a hate crime. Too often it was after an attack occurred that Mueller-trained FBI agents would decide that there really was a radical Islamic threat to the United States.
The blinding of our FBI agents to the domestic threat of radical Islam is part of the beguiling damage Robert Mueller did as FBI Director. That is also the kind of damage that got Americans killed, even though Mueller may have avoided offending the radical Islamists who were killing Americans. As terrorism expert Patrick Poole continually points out in his “Known Wolf” series, the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil are committed by those the FBI has interviewed and dismissed as a threat. Here are three of the more high-profile cases:
ORLANDO: The mass killer who attacked the Pulse nightclub in June 2016, Omar Mateen, had been interviewed by the FBI on three separate occasions. The open preliminary investigation in 2013 lasted 10 months, after Mateen had told others about mutual acquaintances he shared with the Boston bombers and had made extremist statements. He was investigated again in 2014 for his contacts with a suicide bomber who attended the same mosque. At one point, Mateen was placed on TWO separate terrorism databases. He was later removed from them.
NORTHWEST AIRLINES: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded Detroitbound Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009 with 289 other passengers wearing an underwear bomb intended to murder them all. He was well-known to U.S. intelligence officials before he boarded.
Only one month before the attempted bombing, Abdulmutallab’s father had actually gone to the U.S. embassy in Nigeria and met with two CIA officers. He directly told the CIA that he was concerned about his son’s extremism. Abdulmutallab's name was added to the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) database. However, his name was not added the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database. Or even the no-fly list. So, he boarded a plane. When asked about the near-takedown of the flight and these missteps, then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano remarkably told CNN that “the system worked.” The only "system" that worked in this incident: a culture that values bravery, already instilled in the passengers who acted.
BOSTON: Prior to the bombing of the Boston Marathon by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in April 2013 that killed three people and injured 264 others, the FBI had been tipped off. Twice. Russian intelligence warned that Tamerlan was “a follower of radical Islam.” Initially, the FBI denied ever meeting with Tamerlan. They later claimed that they followed up on the lead, couldn’t find anything in their databases linking him to terrorism, and quickly closed the case. After the second Russian warning, Tamerlan’s file was flagged by federal authorities demanding “mandatory” detention if he attempted to leave or re-enter the United States. But Tsarnaev's name was misspelled when it was entered into the database.
An internal FBI report of the handling of the Tsarnaev’s case -unsurprisingly -- saw the FBI exonerate itself. When I asked at yet another House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Mueller himself admitted in response to my questioning, that the FBI had indeed gone to the Boston mosque the bombers attended. Of course, The FBI did not go to investigate the Tsarnaevs. The bombers' mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston, was incorporated by known and convicted terrorists. The incorporation papers were signed by none other than Abduram Al-Amoudi who is currently serving 23 years in a federal prison for funding terrorism. One of the members of the Board of Trustees included a leader of the International Muslim Brotherhood, Yusef al-Qawadari, who is barred from entering the United States due to his terrorist ties. Did Mueller’s FBI go to the Boston bombers’ mosque to investigate the Tsarnaevs? This is from the House Judiciary oversight hearing transcript:
GOHMERT: The FBI never canvassed Boston mosques until four days after the April 15 attacks. If the Russians tell you that someone has been radicalized and you go check and see the mosque that they went to, then you get the articles of incorporation, as I have, for the group that created the Boston mosque where these Tsarnaevs attended, and you find out the name Al-Amoudi, which you will remember, because while you were FBI Director this man who was so helpful to the Clinton administration with so many big things, he gets arrested at Dulles Airport by the FBI and he is now doing over 20 years for supporting terrorism. This is the guy that started the mosque where the Tsarnaevs were attending, and you didn’t even bother to go check about the mosque? And then when you have the pictures, why did no one go to the mosque and say, who are these guys? They may attend here. Why was that not done since such a thorough job was done?
MUELLER: Your facts are not altogether——
GOHMERT: Point out specifically. MUELLER: May I finish my——
GOHMERT: Point out specifically. Sir, if you’re going to call me a liar, you need to point out specifically where any facts are wrong.
MUELLER: We went to the mosque prior to Boston.
GOHMERT: Prior to Boston?
MUELLER: Prior to Boston happening, we were in that mosque talking to the imam several months beforehand as part of our outreach efforts. “Outreach efforts”? Yes. That is apparently Mueller’s efforts to play figurative pattycake with the leaders and tell them how wonderful they are and how crazy all those Islamaphobes out there are, but they surely got assurance that Mueller’s FBI is after those bigots. Maybe they sat around on the floor and had a really nice meal together. One thing for certain, they weren’t asking about the Tsarnaevs! But the hearing got even worse:
GOHMERT: Were you aware that those mosques were started by Al-Amoudi?
MUELLER. I’ve answered the question, sir.
GOHMERT. You didn’t answer the question. Were you aware that they were started by Al-Amoudi?
MUELLER. No. . .
Then my time for questioning expired, leaving many questions unanswered. Why was the FBI unaware of the origins of the mosque attended by the Boston bombers? This was arguably the most traumatic Islamic terrorist attack in America since 9-11 because the explosions happened on live television at the Boston Marathon. When did the FBI become an outreach-to-terrorism organization to the detriment and disregard of its investigations? Under Director Robert Mueller’s tenure, that’s when!
In Director Mueller’s efforts to appease and please the named co-conspirators of terrorism, he was keenly attuned to their complaints that the FBI training materials on radical Islam said some things about Islamic terrorists that offended some Muslims. Never mind that the main offense was done to the American people by radical Islamists who wanted to kill Americans and destroy our way of life. Mueller wanted to make these co-conspirators feel good toward Mueller and to let them know he was pleased to appease. Director Mueller had all of the training materials regarding radical Islam “purged” of anything that might offend radical Islamic terrorists. So, in addition to using his “Five Year Up-or-Out” policy to force out so many experienced FBI agents who had been properly trained to identify radical Islamic terrorists, now Mueller was going even further. He was ensuring that new FBI agents would not know what to look for when assessing potentially radicalized individuals.
When those of us in Congress learned of the Mueller-mandated “purge” of FBI training materials, we demanded to see what was being removed. Unfortunately, Mueller was well experienced in covering his tracks, so naturally the pages of training materials that were purged were ordered to be “classified,” so most people would never get to see them.
After many terrorist attacks, we would hear that the FBI had the Islamic terrorists on their radar but failed to identify them. Now you are beginning to see why FBI agents could not spot them. They were looking more at the complainant than they were at the radical Islamist because that is what Mueller had them trained to do.
Michele Bachmann and I were extremely upset that Americans were being killed because of the terribly flawed training. We demanded to see the material that was “purged” from the training of FBI agents regarding radical Islam. That is when we were told it could not be sent over for review because the purged material was “classified.” We were authorized to review classified material, so we demanded to see it anyway. We were willing to go over to the FBI office or the DOJ, but we wanted to review the material.
We were told they would bring it over and let us review it in the Rayburn Building in a protected setting. They finally agreed to produce the material. Members of Congress Michele Bachmann, Lynn Westmoreland, and I went to the little room to review the vast amount of material. Lynn was not able to stay as long as Michele and I did, but we started pouring through the notebooks of materials. It was classified so naturally I am not allowed to disclose any specifics, but we were surprised at the amount of material that was purged from the training our agents. Some of the items that were strictly for illustration or accentuation were removed. A few were silly. But some should clearly have been left in if an FBI agent was going to know how and what a radical Islamic terrorist thinks, and what milestone had been reached in the radicalization process.
It was clear to Michele and me as we went through the purged materials that some of the material really did need to be taught to our FBI agents. For those densely-headed or radical activists who will wrongly proclaim that what I am writing is an Islamophobic complaint, please note that I have never said that all Muslims are terrorists. I have never said that, because all Muslims are not terrorists. But for the minority who are, we have to actually learn exactly what they study and learn how they think. As Patton made clear after defeating Rommel’s tanks in World War II, he studied his enemy, what he believed and how he thought. In the movie, “Patton,” he loudly proclaims, “Rommel, you magnificent ___, I read your book!”
That is how an enemy is defeated. You study what they believe, how they think, what they know. Failure to do so is precisely why so many “Known Wolves” are able to attack us. Clearly, Mueller weakened our ability to recognize a true radical Islamic terrorist. As one of my friends in our U.S. Intelligence said, “We have blinded ourselves of the ability to see our enemy! You cannot defeat an enemy you cannot define.” Robert Mueller deserves a significant amount of the credit for the inability of our federal agents to define our enemy.
PURGING COUNTER-TERRORISM TRAINING MATERIALS
FBI Special Agent Kim Jensen had spent a great deal of his adult life studying radical Islam. He is personally responsible for some extraordinary undercover work that remains classified to this day. He was tasked with putting together a program to train our more experienced FBI agents to locate and identify radicalized Muslims on the threshold of violence.
Jensen had done this well before Mueller began to cozy up with and pander to groups such as CAIR. Complaints by similar groups caused Mueller to once again demand that our agents could not be properly instructed on radical Islam.
Accordingly, Jensen’s roughly 700-pages of advanced training material on radical Islam were eliminated from FBI training and all copies were ordered destroyed.
When Director Mueller decides he wants our federal agents to be blind and ignorant of radical Islam, they are indeed going to be blind and ignorant.
Fortunately, in changing times well after Mueller’s departure as FBI Director, a new request went out to Mr. Jensen to recreate that work because at least someone in the FBI needed to know what traits to look for in a terrorist. It still did not undo the years of damage from Mueller’s commanded ignorance of radical Islam.
MUELLER'S UNETHICAL ACCEPTANCE OF APPOINTMENT AS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR
Robert Mueller had more than one direct conflict of interest that should have prohibited him from serving as the Special Counsel to investigate President Donald Trump.
For one thing, President Trump fired his close friend and confidante, disgraced FBI Director James Comey. Mueller had long served as a mentor to Comey, who would most certainly be a critical witness in any investigation of Donald Trump.
Mueller and Comey had also been exceedingly close friends beyond the mentor relationship. But Comey’s insertion of himself into so much of the election cycle -- and even its aftermath -- in conversations he had with the President himself made him a critical witness in the investigation. There is no way Mueller could sit in judgment of his dear, close friend’s credibility, and certainly no way he should be allowed to do so.
Gregg Jarrett explained one aspect of this situation quite clearly and succinctly at FoxNews.com in an article titled, “Gregg Jarrett: Are Mueller and Comey ‘Colluding’ against Trump by acting as co-special counsel?” A portion of that article reads:
The law governing the special counsel (28 CFR 600.7) specifically prohibits Mueller from serving if he has a “conflict of interest.” Even the appearance of a conflict is disallowed. The same Code of Federal Regulations defines what constitutes a conflict. That is, “a personal relationship with any person substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution” (28 CFR 45.2).
Comey is that person. He was substantially involved in the conversation with President Trump who may be the subject of an obstruction investigation. In fact, the former Director is the only other person involved. There were no witnesses beyond himself. A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual has competing interests or loyalties. Here, it sets up a clash between the special counsel’s self-interest or bias and his professional or public interest in discharging his responsibilities in a fair, objective and impartial manner. His close association with the star witness raises the likelihood of prejudice or favoritism which is anathema to the fair administration of justice.
Mueller has no choice but to disqualify himself. The law affords him no discretion because the recusal is mandatory in its language. It does not say “may” or “can” or “might”. It says the special counsel “shall” recuse himself in such instances.
An excellent post by Robert Barnes, a constitutional lawyer, identifies five statutes, regulations and codes of conduct that Mueller is violating because of his conflict of interest with Comey. Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner recounts in detail the close personal relationship between Mueller and Comey which gives rise to the blatant conflict of interest.
Another deeply troubling aspect of Mueller’s conflict of interest is and was his role in the investigation of Russia’s effort to illegally gain control of a substantial part of United States’ precious supply of uranium. That investigation was taking place within the Mueller FBI, which should have had a direct effect on prohibiting Secretary of State Clinton from participating in the approval of the uranium sale into the hands that were ultimately the Russian government.
Of course, then U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein had direct control over that Russiauranium investigation in conjunction with FBI Director Mueller. It certainly appears that with what they had gleaned from that undercover investigation, they should never have been involved in any subsequent investigation that might touch on potential collusion and millions of dollars paid to the Clinton’s foundation by the very beneficiaries of the Russians' uranium schemes. Rosenstein and Mueller’s failure to warn against or stop the sale reeks of its own form of collusion, cooperation, or capitulation in what some consider a treasonous sale.
Quite the interesting duo is now in charge of all things investigatory surrounding their own actions. In fact, Rosenstein and Mueller are now in a position to dissuade others from pursuing them for their own conduct.
SPECIAL PROSECUTOR MUELLER'S TROUBLINGLY BIASED HIRES
Through it all, Mueller’s modus operandi does not seem to have ever changed. He has hired nine Democrat-supporting lawyers and zero Republicans. Certainly all attorneys likely have political views and that is not a problem so long as they do not affect their job. But not a single Republican was worthy of Mueller’s selection?
Were there no establishment Republicans who wanted to join his jihad? Mueller’s hand-picked team of Democrats reveal political views that distinctly conflict with Trump and the conservative agenda, raising questions about Mueller’s bias and his ability to conduct a fair investigation. At least nine members of Mueller’s team made significant contributions to Democrats or Democratic campaigns, while none contributed to Trump’s campaign and only James Quarles contributed to Republicans in a drastically smaller amount than what he gave to Democrats.
Analysis of Federal Election Commission records shows that Andrew Weissmann, Jeannie Rhee, Andrew Goldstein, James Quarles, Elizabeth Prelogar, Greg Andres, Brandon Van Grack, Rush Atkinson, and Kyle Freeny all contributed over $50,000 in donations to Democrats including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s Presidential campaigns, various Democratic non-presidential candidates, and the Democratic National Convention. Mueller also has surprisingly strong personal ties to a number of the lawyers he hired.
Three former partners with Mueller at the Boston law firm of WilmerHale are on the payroll: Aaron Zebley, Jeannie Rhee, and James Quarles. In addition to strong personal ties to Mueller, many of the attorneys have potential conflicts in working for persons directly connected to the people and issues being investigated.
Jeannie Rhee represented Ben Rhodes, ex-Obama National Security Adviser, and the Clinton Foundation in a 2015 racketeering lawsuit, as well as Hillary Clinton in a lawsuit probing her private emails.
Aaron Zebley, former Chief of Staff to Mueller while Director of the FBI, represented Justin Cooper in the Clinton email scandal as he was responsible for setting up Clinton’s private email server. He admitted to physically damaging Clinton’s old mobile devices.
Andrew Goldstein joined the team after working under major Trump critic Preet Bharara in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York. Bharara became a strong critic after Trump fired him as an Obama-holdover and spoke on ABC News that “there’s absolutely evidence to launch an obstruction of justice case against Trump’s team with regard to the Russia probe.” Does he sound a bit prejudiced?
Andrew Weissman, notoriously a “tough” prosecutor previously accused of “prosecutorial overreach,” has a less than stellar career after various courts reversed his prosecutions due to his questionable conduct and tactics. As director of the Enron Task Force, Weissman shattered the Arthur Andersen LLP accounting firm and destroyed over 85,000 jobs. In 2005, the conviction was reversed by the Supreme Court. In other words, the only true crime in the case was the murderous destruction of 85,000 jobs and the lives they ruined.
Weissman’s next conviction threw four Merrill Lynch executives into prison without bail for a year, only to be reversed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Weissman subsequently resigned from the Enron Task Force. A suspiciously timely move, as the public eye had just caught sight of his modus operandi. Additionally, Weissman has unsightly political ties, having attended Clinton’s electionnight celebration in New York City. He also sent an email to Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, praising her boldness on the night she was fired for refusing to enforce President Trump’s travel ban. President Trump was trying to enforce the law; Weissman was trying to enforce his bigotry against Trump and Republicans.
Peter Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team after more than 10,000 texts between him and former Mueller investigator Lisa Page were found to contain vitriolic anti-Trump tirades. They were not simply anti-Trump. They were more in the nature of desperate attempts to stop him from becoming President and talk of a nefarious insurance policy to orchestrate his removal if he were elected.
GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN
Michael Flynn is a man entangled in manufactured controversy from the moment he stepped into his role in the Trump administration. The circumstances surrounding his take-down have become one of the more puzzling aspects of the TrumpRussia investigation. His career took him from three decades in the U.S. Army to overseeing the Pentagon’s military intelligence operation and directing the Defense Intelligence Agency. Flynn was more than qualified to act as the first national security adviser in a new administration. However, his influence and zeal made him a clear target for the Trump-Russia investigation.
As a strong supporter and friend of Donald Trump’s from the onset, he campaigned and publicly supported then-candidate Trump throughout 2016. As best I can sort it out through the media hype and hysteria, having no first-hand knowledge like the rest of America: after the successful election, during the transition period, in December 2016, Flynn reportedly conversed with a Russian ambassador.
He was “accidentally” swept up in an intelligence foreign surveillance recording. When this happens, the names of American citizens are supposed to be masked in the transcripts. Somehow Flynn’s name was magically unmasked, which apparently allowed the Obama administration to peruse his meetings and conversations. Parts of the classified transcript of that conversation were leaked to the media by rogue Deep State law breakers (criminals who Mueller seems completely disinterested in). This appears to be what fueled the media-driven narrative of Trump campaign “collusion” with Russia because Flynn had a discussion with a Russian ambassador, which conversation is absolutely legal and advisable. A media-generated doubt clouded Flynn’s reputation, as the discussion was longreported as having taken place during the campaign (which could possibly be illegal) but was later proven to have been after the election and during the transition which should not have been illegal.
After a complete pounding of media-driven hysteria, in mid-February of 2017, Flynn resigned having served only 23 days as National Security Advisor. Mueller targeted Flynn using illicitly-gathered and leaked foreign intelligence and surveillance as evidence. Nine months later after Flynn and his family were subjected to Mueller’s usual threats and intimidation, a financially exhausted Flynn entered a guilty plea on one count of lying to the FBI—the result of a Mueller-technique perjury trap as was used on Scooter Libby and Martha Stewart. What is Flynn guilty of? He apparently misremembered a conversation that took place 33 days previously? The FBI had a transcript of that conversation and already knew what information was there. They went into a conversation with Flynn not seeking answers to questions, but to try to trip him up on exact statements made in a conversation when they were already in possession of the transcript.
Flynn's unmasking has become the center of a controversy wherein those transcripts were procured under exceedingly questionable circumstances before a judge who had a questionable and undisclosed relationship with part of Mueller’s team. That judge was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the secretive court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that allows federal law enforcement to seek secretive warrants to surveil foreign persons outside of the United States who are suspected of terrorism. But the Obama administration and Mueller seemed to find it much more politically expedient to use the secret court to go after Americans who were part of the Trump team for actions that did not occur while they were part of the Trump campaign team. Strange goings-on.
One could argue that Judge Rudolph Contreras, the federal judge who accepted Flynn’s guilty plea, conveniently misremembered that he also served on the FISA court as a judge and conveniently misremembered his friendship with the FBI agent whose interview was used as evidence against Flynn. As it turns out, the FBI interview notes of that very encounter with Flynn may exonerate Michael Flynn, crushing Mueller’s case against him, not to mention the highly questionable hearing before a judge who may well have been recused much too late to save the Flynn prosecution.
The FISA-authorized FISC is built upon the principle that highly delicate cases dealing with government surveillance of foreign agents and officials would be handled in an unbiased and respectful environment where secrecy at all costs was critical. There is supposed to be an added precaution to prevent any potential for bias in a FISA Judge by having a rotation of judges. That is why it is such a shock to find out now that Mueller’s case against Michael Flynn would happen to end up before the “randomly selected” very dear close personal friend of FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, who hated President Trump with a passion, as evidenced in his text messages with colleague and paramour, Lisa Page. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, or “Rudy” as Strzok likes to refer to him, should have recused himself from such a highly sensitive case involving the ultimate attempted removal of the duly-elected President of the United States who happened to be despised by the very people who by law were required to prosecute with fairness. He was later forced to ‘recuse’ himself and be removed from the Flynn proceedings, without public explanation.
This forced recusal was an unmistakable indication that he never should have been involved in the Michael Flynn plea agreement. Judge Contreras’ conflict of interest has yet to be explained by the court. Contreras’ is one of only three local FISA court judges, and by default, is likely one of the judges who have on four occasions approved the Title I surveillance of another character in this melodrama, Carter Page. This is the case where the FBI is known to have intentionally misled the FISA court by using as evidence the illustrious “Steele Dossier,” a sordid opposition research document paid for by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Oh, what a tangled web of crime Special Prosecutor Mueller’s team appears to have helped weave, and of which Mueller appears to be completely disinterested, all while he searches high and low for an elusive crime to pin on the President.
MUELLER IGNORES PROVABLE CRIMES BY THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN, THE FBI, THE FISC, ETC.
Strategically timed leaks of selective classified information are being used to target individuals for investigation in order to create the appearance of some sinister crime are committed.
Upon closer scrutiny, the cases fall apart.
Yet, slam dunk federal criminal cases of leaking classified material are going on under Mueller’s nose, and by those within his purview and his team. When we think of all the leaks from Mueller’s investigation, it brings to mind Wilford Brimley’s quote from Absence of Malice: “You call what's goin' on around here a leak? Boy, the last time there was a leak like this, Noah built hisself a boat.”
Case in point: Erik Prince. As Lee Smith put it in a recent article from TabletMag.com, Robert Mueller’s Beltway Cover-Up:
News that special counselor Robert Mueller has turned his attention to Erik Prince’s January 11, 2017 meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker, a Lebanese-American political fixer, and officials from the United Arab Emirates, helps clarify the nature of Mueller’s work. It’s not an investigation that the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading—rather, it’s a cover-up…
Mueller is said to believe that the Prince meeting was to set up a back channel with the Kremlin. But that makes no sense. According to the foundational text of the collusion narrative, the dossier allegedly written by former British spy Christopher Steele, the Kremlin had cultivated Trump himself for years. So what’s the purpose of a back channel, when Vladimir Putin already had a key to the front door of Mar-a-Lago? Further, the collusion thesis holds that the Trump circle teamed with high-level Russian officials for the purpose of winning the 2016 election. How does a meeting that Erik Prince had a week before Trump’s inauguration advance the crooked election victory plot? It doesn’t—it contradicts it. The writer goes on to point out that serious crimes have been committed which Mueller is purposefully ignoring. Prince was thrown into the middle of Russiagate after an April 3, 2017, Washington Post story reported his meeting with the Russian banker. But how did anyone know about the meeting? After the story came out, Prince said he was shown “specific evidence” by sources from the intelligence community that the information was swept up in the collection of electronic communications and his identity was unmasked. The US official or officials who gave his name to the Post broke the law when they leaked classified intelligence. “Unless the Washington Post has somehow miraculously recruited the bartender of a hotel in the Seychelles,” Prince told the House Intelligence Committee in December, “the only way that’s happening is through SIGINT [signals intelligence].” Prince’s name was unmasked and leaked from classified signals intelligence. Oddly enough, it’s the same modus operandi used in the targeting of President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. It is a federal felony to publish leaked classified information.
Ask WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about that particular unequal application of the law. The Deep State felons who are strategically leaking this information have politically weaponized our justice system and should be prosecuted for their attempts, with malice aforethought, to manufacture the overthrow of a duly elected President of the United States. The leaks and publication of classified information alone warrant investigation and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law in this matter, yet Mueller appears utterly uninterested in those crimes even as they go to the very heart of the credibility of his investigative mandate.
Yet, as I’ve demonstrated here, the man put in charge of the investigation of "Russian Collusion"; case, Robert Mueller, has perfected the art of abuse of the justice system for personal and political gain. He is uninterested in any criminal activity that does not further his cause of damaging this President. If you think that is harsh, consider the criminality of the FISA court abuses by the Obama Department of Justice and FBI. We have all heard ad nauseum about the infamous “Steele Dossier,” the opposition research document paid for by the Clinton campaign that was used to manufacture the Russia collusion narrative and spark what became the Mueller investigation into our President. On June 18, 2017, Muller protégé and disgraced former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the Clinton campaign-funded document, telling Congress that the document was, “salacious and unverified.” https://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/full-text-james-comey-trump-r…)
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, created a court called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to allow secret warrants to surveil agents of foreign governments, be they U.S. citizens or non-U.S. actors. In October of 2016, the Obama DOJ/FBI successfully applied for one of these secret warrants to surveil Carter Page, a short-time Trump campaign volunteer. Since these warrants against U.S. citizens are outside of the bounds of the Constitution, they have to be renewed by applying to the court every 90 days after the first warrant application is approved. These secret warrants are so serious they have to be signed off on at the highest levels. The applications in question would have been signed off on by Obama administration FBI and DOJ officials including then FBI Director James Comey. At least one of the renewal applications would have been signed off on by our current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. At the time of the signing, they all would have had the knowledge and/or the professional and legal duty to know that the dossier was used as evidence and also had the legal duty to know the evidence origins. The same would apply to the knowledge of the penalty for submitting unverified information to the FISC for the purpose of obtaining a warrant. It is a crime to submit under the color of law an application to the FISC that contains unverified information 50 U.S. Code § 1809).
Comey’s “salacious and unverified” testimony before the Senate occurred eight months after the Clinton campaign-funded dossier was used in the first successful FISA court application to obtain a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a Trump campaign volunteer for several months. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence examined the documentation submitted to the court and concluded that the unverified information contained in the Steele dossier was in fact used in the FISC application, without disclosing to the court that it was an opposition research document paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
Neither the initial application in October of 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, the Clinton campaign, or any other partyn in funding Steele's efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials. The timing of the applications, the inclusion of material the DOJ/FBI knew to be unverified at the time, and the successful result after this fraudulent inclusion speak to the level of criminal corruption of those who sought to destroy Donald Trump’s candidacy and still seek to overturn his election. The widespread abuse of the FISA-authorized court, FISC, was laid bare in a court memorandum of review of these abuses that was declassified in 2017 and went virtually unnoticed by the media because it didn’t fit their narrative.
These are serious crimes that, left unchecked, lead nations down the path to tyranny at the hands of people who think they know better than citizens. It’s an age-old struggle America’s Founding Fathers knew well and did everything they could to prevent from happening. The FISC judges themselves have a duty to police their own courts and call to account these bad actors who, by all facts in the documentation I’ve personally seen, have committed a fraud upon the court. If these judges do not have the integrity to self-police in this matter, we in Congress must hold them accountable using the power granted to us in the Constitution. Congress has created every single federal court in the country except the Supreme Court. We have the duty to phase out, change or disband the FISC, all while developing a better solution to address the authorization of this sort of surveillance of foreign agents and actors. It is our duty to clean up the mess that the Obama administration demonstrated is far too easy to create.
If you want answers, and you can handle the truth, join me in demanding those answers from “Special Counsel” Robert Mueller, along with his resignation. If he were to resign, it could well be the only truly moral, ethical and decent action Mueller has undertaken in this entire investigation.
Published:5/3/2018 11:28:27 PM
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