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You Be The Speaker: Should Boehner Bend To Govern, Or Stand To Fight? [Video]

If you were House Speaker, would you seek common ground with Democrats, or stand your ground against Obama? Ott, Whittle & Green play Speaker for the Day.


SF Source PJ Media  Jan 6 2015

(Thanks, Minty)

Jon Rappoport ~ The Press Takes A Holiday…Every Day

“Turning the profession of mainstream journalism into a land of walking zombie reporters speaks for itself. Occasionally, a zombie rebels, but otherwise the scene remains gray and undisturbed.” J Rappoport

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I’ve published the essence of this article before. I continue to reprint it, now and then, because it illustrates a basic fact about the mainstream press:

Not only are they part of the problem; not only are they creating problems; not only are they sold out; the reporters themselves, who should be able to work up astonishment at mind-boggling facts, have lost that capacity.

They’ve lost the very urge that got them into the journalism trade in the first place.

They’ve offloaded the ability to be shocked and outraged.

They’ve forgotten how to be surprised.

If, for example, you told them you had hard evidence that a small group of men, unelected and unappointed, was directing the domestic and foreign policy of the United States, they would yawn.

If you showed them the evidence, they would yawn again.

There is a natural elasticity of spirit in human beings. It allows them to be shocked, surprised, delighted, horrified, outraged. Most mainstream reporters have lost that spirit.

Many humans have lost it. Wilhem Reich, the breakaway student of Freud who went on to research fundamental energies of living things, called this loss “the emotional plague.”

In a minute, I’m going to print a stunning 1978 conversation between a US reporter and two members of the Trilateral Commission. Continue reading

Dan Froomkin ~ It’s About The Lying

“. . .  the report not only discloses abuse that was more brutal, systematic and widespread than generally recognized, but also chronicles how the people most intimately involved in the torture regime lied to others inside the CIA, lied to Justice Department lawyers, and lied to the public; how they lied about what they were doing, they lied to make it sound like it accomplished something, and afterwards, they lied some more.” – D Frromkin

John Brennan at the Council on Foreign Relations on March 11. 2014. Photo Credit: Council on Foreign Relations

John Brennan at the Council on Foreign Relations on March 11. 2014. Photo Credit: Council on Foreign Relations

I don’t want to understate how seriously wrong it is that the CIA searched Senate computers. Our constitutional order is seriously out of whack when the executive branch acts with that kind of impunity — to its overseers, no less.

But given everything else that’s been going on lately, the single biggest — and arguably most constructive — thing to focus on is how outrageously CIA Director John Brennan lied to everyone about it.

“As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth,” Brennan told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in March. “We wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the, you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we do.” Continue reading

N. Morgan ~ The Agenda To End All Agendas: New World Order [Video]

We Are Approaching The Most Dangerous Time In History

PaulWarburgAs our world is going down in flames, the economy is failing, our political system is collapsing and at the end of it, is the basic agenda is making us slaves. The oppression they wish to impose on us is so severe that freedom will be a lost and fond memory. They want it all and they want us at their feet, begging for any morsel of food, water, or any of the necessities for life. The regime is going full force and pushing these agendas to the hilt. The Ebola outbreak may not have been just an accident or a coincidence, but a planned biological event.

 

The Rot Within, Part III: Our Political Order Is Defined by Favoritism and Extortion

What’s the difference between the U.S. Congress and corrupt petty officials taking bribes at a Third-World border crossing? Only one of scale.” C H Smith

CharlesHughSmithCorruption ceases to be corruption when it becomes the Status Quo; what was once recognized as corruption is seen as just another cost of doing business. Our political order is structurally corrupt: the key dynamic in every level of governance is favoritism and extortion.

Favors must be bought: those foolish enough not to spend freely on lobbyists and campaign contributions find their competitors have gained the upper hand by buying favors such as tax breaks, federal subsidies, no-bid contracts, cost-plus contracts, backroom deals, regulations that exclude competition and so on.

Politicos must extort campaign contributions from the maximum number of supplicants seeking favors to maintain their perquisites and power.

Here’s how the system works.

There was much mainstream media hand-wringing and outrage in response to corporations moving their place of business offshore to lower their taxes. This outrage is completely misplaced–and indeed, seems designed to misdirect attention away from the systemic corruption that is the beating heart of the American political order.

Let me explain how favoritism becomes the Status Quo. There are two key dynamics at work.

1. Onerous, uncompetitive taxes and/or regulations. The U.S. corporate tax rate is 35%, the highest in the world, and various observers estimate the average state corporate tax tacks on another 4.1% for a total corporate tax rate of 39.1%. Continue reading

Complicit In The Death Of Liberty

“Take a step back and look at the broad picture. A comprehensive database of all things is being formed. Your picture is being hosted alongside your Social Security number, which can be referenced for all of your family’s mortgage, credit, and loan information. . . . Your entire life is going to be fed into federal databases, and I have no doubt federal domestic spying programs will easily and secretly access it all.” A. English

GovtSpyingJune 3 2014 ~ Every other year I’m stuck in limbo, alternating between apathy and exasperation.

I have never had a desire to join a political party and neither allow independents to vote in Maryland primaries. So here I am, once again, stuck on the sidelines as the old guard doles out money and support to partisans that toe the party line.

In the giant electoral race towards pitiful mediocrity, the Maryland Democratic Party political machine churns away, insuring that there is little chance of anything new.

The results are predetermined, though the person sporting perfectly quaffed hair and spitting out dull talking points may change.

In this situation, I feel apathy is justified, if far from ideal. The exasperation is what kills me.

Primaries are a perfect time for candidates to establish safe positions for the “low hanging fruit” issues. Find something that appeals to your base and might draw some independent votes, then let gerrymandering do its job in November.

In the all-consuming need for conformity and no meaningful debate, incredibly important issues that will sculpt the future of America are systematically ignored or suppressed.

To get into office, candidates cannot just set themselves apart from the herd and find something that resonates with the people. Candidates have to stick to the same inconsequential issues.

Here is a prime example. The fruit doesn’t hang any lower than this, but congressional candidates won’t touch it.

Two-thirds of the population are concerned about the collection and use of [their] personal information by the National Security Agency. Either party could take it up, considering 70% of Democrats and 77% of Republicans agree on it.

Yet no one will break ranks with their parties and risk being buried in an election landslide as their competitors get all the money and backers.

In fact, the concerted effort to keep this issue out of the ballot box makes the situation even worse. It is an implicit mandate to double down on blatant government overreach that attacks key rights and liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Continue reading

Kurt Nimmo ~ Killing The Internet: A Blizzard Of New Taxes In The Wings

Infowars  May 12 2014

For years revenue-hungry states and local municipalities have salivated over the prospect of taxing the life out of the internet. Now a move by a small but dedicated minority in Congress may result in the scraping of the Internet Tax Freedom Act and usher in a new era of exorbitant taxation, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Senator Ron Wyden’s (D-Oregon) call to action to stop
Online Sales Tax and protect Internet freedom.

In a few months, the newspaper reports, “customers may begin receiving notices from their Internet providers that new taxes are on the way. Even though nearly everyone in Congress opposes slapping all of America’s heavy traditional telephone taxes on Internet access, a renewal of this successful policy is being held hostage by lobbyists for giant retailers.” Continue reading

Richard (RJ) Eskow ~ A Congress Of The Wealthy, By The Wealthy, And For The Wealthy

NationOfChange  January 26 2014

Richard Eskow

Richard Eskow

When the President of the United States delivers his State of the Union message next week, he’ll be speaking to the wealthiest Congress in history. What does it mean for a representative democracy when most of its representatives are insulated from the real-world economic experiences of its citizens?

A new report from Open Secrets shows that, for the first time, the average member of Congress is worth more than $1 million. It’s hard to say how much more, because the House has adopted the Senate’s less stringent financial reporting requirements, but most representatives are, as they used to say back home, “pretty well fixed.” More than half of them are worth more than $1 million, according to Open Secrets.

Some members of Congress aren’t wealthy, of course. But if the President sticks with his recent theme of inequality next week, he’ll be doing it in front of an audience that has disproportionately benefited from the very phenomenon he’ll be describing. Some reports say that the president may ask for an extension of unemployment benefits, too. If so, he’ll be proposing it to a room full of people who are unlikely to ever feel unemployment’s anguish and terror themselves.

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Catherine J. Frompovich ~ The Assumed Powers of Any U.S. President: What Are We to Do?

Activist Post December 26 2013

Recently this writer came across a YouTube which discusses some unimaginable circumstances and actions that the voiceover claims are little-known, but apparently imminent in the United States. The actions as discussed, unfortunately, result from Presidential Executive Orders (PEOs), which were designed to and supposedly will take away: our rights as citizens, our cars, food and farms, healthcare and welfare services, and relocate us to relocation centers at the federal government’s whim plus, there are PEOs that give FEMA control and powers Congress cannot do anything about for at least six months and which affect supposedly free persons in the United States of America.

In that YouTube, the PEOs that are of concern to the voice-over are listed below. In checking out which president of the U.S. issued them, I find that President John F Kennedy issued most. One has to wonder why such extreme dictatorial measures were self-assumed and consequently placed into what may become future presidents’ armamentaria for despotism and one-man rule. No president seems exempt from being capable to proclaim and implement dictatorial powers or invoke those as granted by former presidents in preceding PEOs, or those issued in the future.

PEO No. Established Power(s) for

JFK 10990 Reestablishing the Federal Safety Council

JFK 10995 Assigning telecommunications management functions

JFK 10997 Assigning emergency preparedness functions to the Secretary of the Interior

JFK 10998 Assigning emergency preparedness functions to the Secretary of Agriculture

JFK 10999 Assigning emergency preparedness functions to the Secretary of Commerce

JFK 11000 Assigning emergency preparedness functions to the Secretary of Labor

JFK 11001 Assigning emergency preparedness functions to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Continue reading