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Jonathan Turley ~ Turley Agrees To Serve As Lead Counsel For House Of Representatives In Constitutional Challenge

jonathanTurleyAs many . . .  are aware, I have previously testified, written, and litigated in opposition to the rise of executive power and the countervailing decline in congressional power in our tripartite system. I have also spent years encouraging Congress, under both Democratic and Republican presidents, to more actively defend its authority, including seeking judicial review in separation of powers conflicts. For that reason, it may come as little surprise this morning that I have agreed to represent the United States House of Representatives in its challenge of unilateral, unconstitutional actions taken by the Obama Administration with respect to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is an honor to represent the institution in this historic lawsuit and to work with the talented staff of the House General Counsel’s Office. As in the past, this posting is meant to be transparent about my representation as well as my need to be circumspect about my comments in the future on related stories.

On July 30, 2014, the House of Representatives adopted, by a vote of 225-201, H. Res. 676, which provided that

the Speaker is authorized to initiate or intervene in one or more civil actions on behalf of the House of Representatives in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction to seek any appropriate relief regarding the failure of the President, the head of any department or agency, or any other officer or employee of the executive branch, to act in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States with respect to implementation of any provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, title I or subtitle B of title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, including any amendment made by such provision, or any other related provision of law, including a failure to implement any such provision.

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s Speech To The US Congress On Peace

“We have to wake up to the fact that everything is connected to everything else. Our safety and wellbeing cannot be individual matters anymore.” – Shift IS

ThichNhatHanhDistinguished members of Congress, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, it is my pleasure to have this opportunity to talk with you about how we can share our insight, our compassion and our understanding in order to better serve those we want to serve and help heal the wounds that have divided our nation and the world.

When you sit in your car on the way to work, you might like to use that time to come home to yourself and touch the wonders of life. Instead of allowing yourself to think of the future, you might like to pay attention to your breath and come home to the present moment. We breathe in and out all day, but we are not aware that we are breathing in and breathing out. The practice of bringing our attention to our breath is called mindful breathing: Breathing in, I know I am alive. Breathing out, I smile to life. This is a very simple practice. If we go home to our in-breath and out-breath and breathe mindfully, we become fully alive in the here and now.

In our daily lives, our bodies are present, but our minds might be elsewhere, caught in our projects, our worries and our anxieties. Life is only available in the present moment. The past is already gone; the future is not yet here. When we establish ourselves in the present moment we are able to live our moments deeply and to get in touch with the healing, refreshing and nourishing elements that are always within us and around us.

With this energy of mindfulness, we can recognize our pain and embrace it tenderly like a mother whose baby is crying. When a baby cries, the mother stops everything she is doing and holds the baby tenderly in her arms. The energy of the mother will penetrate into the baby and the baby will feel relief. The same thing happens when we recognize and embrace our own pain and sorrow. If we can hold our anger, our sorrow and our fear with the energy of mindfulness, we will be able to recognize the roots of our suffering. We will be able to recognize the suffering in the people we love as well. Continue reading

Simon Black ~ It’s Official: Public Opinion Of Congress Sinks Below That Of Used Car Salesmen

“Distrust for mass media hit an all-time high in September 2012 and has remained near that level ever since. Meanwhile, the Land of the Free with its Constitutionally-enshrined freedom of the press plunged to number 46 in the most recent World Press Freedom Index. This is sandwiched between Romania and Haiti, and trailing countries such as Papua New Guinea.” S Black

Santiago, Chile ~ Poll after poll confirms what I’m sure you’ve already been feeling.

People are disenchanted with the existing system. They don’t trust the government, they don’t trust the banks, and they don’t trust the media.

You can hear the rumblings of grumblings, and it’s only growing louder and louder.

Lost confidence in government

If you were to ask 10 Americans if they have confidence in Congress, less than one would now say yes.

And it’s not just disgust with the legislature. It’s all of government. Confidence in President Obama is at its lowest level ever.

Supposedly those in political office are there to act on behalf of the people. That’s what a republic is all about, right?

However, after one conspicuous bailout of a big business after the next, it’s become clear who’s really manning their puppet strings.

What little respect there was for politicians is disappearing fast.

According to Gallup, public opinion of the integrity of members of Congress has recently sunk to its lowest levels as well, even below that of used car salesmen. And that’s not even a joke.

Lost confidence in banks

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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.

 

Pam Martens & Russ Martens ~ Wall Street’s Regulators Sell Out On Illegal Wash Sales

“The 1930s Senate investigation was initiated less than three years after the 1929 crash. The 2008 crash occurred six years ago and yet, today, no such intense investigation of market structure has been undertaken by Congress. What we have seen instead are isolated hearings, most of which are devoid of oath-taking or subpoenas.” P Martens & R Martens

BartChiltonWash sales – one of the most virulent forms of stock manipulation that bankrupted banks and corporate conglomerates in the Great Depression and intensified the stock market crash of 1929 to 1932 – has reached scandalous proportions in today’s markets. The response from regulators? Gut the rules that make it a crime.

On March 18 of last year, Bart Chilton, then a Commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), stunned CNBC viewers with the announcement that wash sales were rampant in the futures markets. Speaking to Squawk Box host, Joe Kernen, Chilton stated:

“Well these wash sales, Joe, people know they’re illegal; they’re not allowed. A wash sale is when somebody trades with themselves. But what we’ve discovered is that they are going on at this large, voluminous level. I mean, to me, a shocking level. And they’re impacting what people see as volume. So this is an area that we’re going to review to ensure that markets are operating efficiently and effectively. Who knows what sort of impact they’re having. And it raises a host of policy questions that we have out there, because this stuff just shouldn’t be allowed.” Continue reading

Charles Hugh Smith ~ 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

5 Minute Speech That Got Judge Napolitano Fired From Fox News [Video]

Speech That Got Judge Napolitano Fired From Fox News

Asking questions as Judge Andrew Napolitano did in a broadcast on his now cancelled daily show may very well be the reason behind his recent dismissal from Fox. Though specific details are hard to come by because the Judge has yet to give any interviews on the matter, it’s believed that his refusal to bow to commonly manufactured media narratives is among one of several key reasons he is no longer with the network.

This 5-Minute Speech that Got Napolitano Fired from Fox News is one that should be shared with every single man, woman and child in this country, and taught and expounded upon in every social studies, civics and government class from first grade through college.

SF Source UniBrowStudioVision   July 19 2014