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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #345 on: May 01, 2017, 08:16:00 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: This "went away" when all the NOISE about Korea came up. It WILL be BACK.


Rachel drops another shoe. Right on Trump's head.   


By Murfster35   

Tuesday Mar 07, 2017 ·  5:46 PM EST

Rachel Maddow has the formula down pat. Several weeks ago she said on the air that she was changing the way she covers Mein Furor, she stopped covering what he said, and instead started covering what he does. This focus is working beautifully, and her staffs research is knocking it out of the park.

     Last night was a perfect example. The whole first half of her show was a detailed explanation of what may be the next investigation into Trump, this one on his business practices. Just to summarize, over a number of years, Trump became involved in a deal in Baku, Azerbaijan for a luxury high rise hotel and living property. Like most deals in eastern European countries, you have a local “partner” for these projects. In this deal, his partners were relatives of Ziya Mammadov, the Transportation Minister. This is where the problem comes in.

     On a salary of about $12,000 per year, Mammadov is now a billionaire. One of the issues Rachel highlighted was a job in which a US company was solicited tor an estimate to build roads and highways in Azerbaijan. The quote was $6M per kilometer. They were sent packing. Instead, Mammadov signed a contract with another company to do the job for a paltry $18M a kilometer. Turns out that the company is controlled by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. It’s a money laundering scheme for the Revolutionary Guard. They spend a couple of million per kilometer in sanctioned funds for manpower and material to build roads, and get $18M in “clean” money in return that they can move around and spend. And of course Mammadov gets his cut under the table.

     This is not Mammadov’s first ride at the rodeo. He is so fabulously corrupt, even for an Azerbaijani official that his family is known as the “Corleone’s of the Caspian Sea”. And as powerful as the family is, that makes them dangerous for American companies to deal with.

     The reason is the Foreign Corruption Practices Act, a law designed to keep American companies from bribing foreign officials for preferential treatment. And ignorance is no excuse. American companies are expected to exercise due diligence in choosing their overseas partners to ensure everything is aboveboard. Just ask Frederic Bourke, co-founder of the Dooney and Bourke handbag line. He got into a deal several years ago, investing $8M to get in on an oil deal in Azerbaijan, they were supposedly selling their state run oil company. The guy running the deal spread a bunch of bribes around, and Bourke got convicted to the tune of 1 year in prison, and a $1M fine. Bourke didn’t actually bribe anybody, claims he knew nothing, but they got him for not exercising due diligence in checking out his potential partner.

     This is the family that Trump got into bed with on his high rise deal to the tune of at least $2.5M that he has declared. And it may not be able to lie fallow. Sherrod Brown, the ranking Democratic Senator on the banking committee has written to the Justice Department, asking them to investigate this whole transaction. It appears that this was a passive deal for Trump, simply renting out his name to grease the skids, but he got paid. He dropped the deal later, but the paper trail is there.

     I wrote in a diary a couple of weeks ago that the problem with a scandal is that it mushrooms. You ask one question, and the answer you get ends opening up a whole new avenue of investigation. This is happening to Trump now. Russian hacking has spread out into possible investigations of his real estate deal in Azerbaijan. Who knows what next week will bring, or even tomorrow?

     Here are the two portions of the Rachel show dealing with this last night. In total they are about 32 minutes, but you’ll be very well informed by the time it’s over with.

Don't miss the Videos.  ;D


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/3/7/1641141/-Rachel-drops-another-shoe-Right-on-Trump-s-head
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #346 on: May 01, 2017, 08:34:13 pm »
Apr. 28, 2017 3:30 pm

1000 Protestors Stormed the Heritage Foundation, Did You Hear About it from the Corporate Media?




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« Reply #347 on: May 02, 2017, 07:00:41 pm »
The Corruption by Factions is the ROOT of the Destruction of our Republic


May. 1, 2017 5:00 pm

Thom talks with a caller about the idea of doing away with political parties and judging politicians based solely on their policies and records. What a concept!

https://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/what-would-happen-if-all-politicians-had-no-party-affiliation
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« Reply #348 on: May 02, 2017, 07:46:27 pm »


Agelbert NOTE: Attorney GENERAL SESSIONS (Forget? Haill!) just ain't got no sense of humor AT ALL. Ah just cain't figure it out. Ah mean, if he's such a non-RACIST 'noble feller' and all, what's he makin' such a fuss about?   ;)  It seems to me that fine lady hit a raw racist nerve or two...  

woman     arrested for laughing during Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing heads to trial

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Tuesday May 02, 2017 ·  1:51 PM EDT

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TAGS #DesireeFairooz #FreeSpeech #JeffSessions #Racism #RichardShelby

Desiree Fairooz, a woman who laughed when Republican Senator Richard Shelby (AL) introduced now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions by saying his record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented,is now on trial for laughing at such a blatant lie. Huffington Post reports:

Fairooz was seated in the back of the room, and her laugh did not interrupt Shelby’s introductory speech. But, according to the government, the laugh amounted to willful “disorderly and disruptive conduct” intended to “impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct” of congressional proceedings. The government also charged her with a separate misdemeanor for allegedly parading, demonstrating or picketing within a Capitol, evidently for her actions after she was being escorted from the room.

The hypocrisy of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who arrested Fairooz and the prosecutors trying her case is easy to find. Fairooz’s lawyer has footage of other times folks laughed during Sessions’ hearingand didn’t get arrested.

Samuel Bogash, a lawyer representing Fairooz, showed a video of the audience laughing at another part of the hearing, when Sessions joked about disagreements with his wife. But [assistant U.S. attorney Jason] Covert argued that it was appropriate for the audience to laugh when Sessions made a joke about his marriage but not when Shelby claimed Sessions had a long record of “treating all Americans equally.”

If it’s truly about Fairooz’s laughing, then this is completely ridiculous. Where are conservative “free speech” advocates now? Conservatives like to mock liberals for being “special snowflakes” yet they’re throwing down the hammer on someone who wouldn’t politely laugh at the Racist Keebler Elf’s jokes

Watch a video of the arrest below: (at link)

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/2/1658198/-Woman-arrested-for-laughing-during-Jeff-Sessions-confirmation-hearing-heads-to-trial


UPDATE as of May 4, 2017:

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/3/1658557/-Woman-arrested-for-laughing-during-Sessions-confirmation-found-guilty-facing-a-year-in-prison
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« Reply #349 on: May 03, 2017, 05:43:15 pm »
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How do liberals   feel about the positive, lasting change President Trump has brought within the last 100 days? 

Brett Huser, studied at University of Colorado Boulder

There seems to be some confusion:  

I did NOT ask the question: “How do liberals feel about the positive, lasting change President Trump has brought to America within the last 100 days?”.

I am answering that question. I am NOT the person who asked it.

After getting the notification that Quora digest is sending people to my answer, people started mistaking this answer as the original question in the comments. I’m not really sure why people think I asked the original question, but the confusion has happened three times in the comment section.

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What Trump has “accomplished”:


•reinstating the Keystone pipeline - this is bad for the environment.

•reinstating the universal gag order - women all over the world will now be turned away from receiving legal medical help.

•reinstating the deportation of undocumented immigrants that are not criminals or dangerous to society - this does no good for anyone, especially the families that are torn apart.

•Chose Gorsuch for SCOTUS, who is anti women, POC, immigrants and pro corporations.

The rest of what Trump has written in his Executive Orders consist of:

•telling his cabinet secretaries to do their jobs (which would be like your mom asking you to do your chores on national television)

•asking for more information on the subject

•creating loopholes in ethics for lobbyists and members in his administration

•or…they are suspended/revoked by the court systems.

Trump’s “tax plan” was 250 words (my answer to your “question” is 32 words longer), 7 bullet points, giving tax cuts to the richest people in the U.S., ignoring small business owners.

Trump has gone back on his campaign promises regarding Syria, Mexico paying for the wall, draining the swamp, NAFTA, China, etc.

Trump claims that he is bringing jobs back by claiming deals made by Obama before Trump was elected.

Trump continues to have zero transparency.

Trump continues to divide the country by making no effort to bring people together.

What has he accomplished? I think you know that Trump has done nothing for most of America.

Perhaps that is what you mean in the phrasing of your question that seems to be antagonistic.  ;)  I think you know that you   come across as someone who is giddy that trump stands for the values of the status quo and that everyone else outside of those values are “less than”. That's probably makes you feel special and superior.

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« Reply #350 on: May 03, 2017, 06:08:44 pm »
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Reign of Idiots

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

By Chris Hedges
 
The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and cutting social service programs for the poor, and project economic growth on the basis of myth. Idiot industrialists poison the water, the soil and the air, slash jobs and depress wages. Idiot bankers **** on self-created financial bubbles and impose crippling debt peonage on the citizens. Idiot journalists and public intellectuals pretend despotism is democracy. Idiot intelligence operatives orchestrate the overthrow of foreign governments to create lawless enclaves that give rise to enraged fanatics. Idiot professors, “experts” and “specialists” busy themselves with unintelligible jargon and arcane theory that buttresses the policies of the rulers. Idiot entertainers and producers create lurid spectacles of sex, gore and fantasy.

There is a familiar checklist for extinction. We are ticking off every item on it.

The idiots know only one word—“more.” They are unencumbered by common sense. They hoard wealth and resources until workers cannot make a living and the infrastructure collapses. They live in privileged compounds where they eat chocolate cake and order missile strikes. They see the state as a projection of their vanity. The Roman, Mayan, French, Habsburg, Ottoman, Romanov, Wilhelmine, Pahlavi and Soviet dynasties crumbled because the whims and obsessions of ruling idiots were law. 

Donald Trump is the face of our collective idiocy. He is what lies behind the mask of our professed civility and rationality—a sputtering, narcissistic, bloodthirsty megalomaniac. He wields armies and fleets against the wretched of the earth, blithely ignores the catastrophic human misery caused by global warming, pillages on behalf of global oligarchs and at night sits slack-jawed in front of a television set before opening his “beautiful” Twitter account. He is our version of the Roman emperor Nero, who allocated vast state expenditures to attain magical powers, the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang, who funded repeated expeditions to a mythical island of immortals to bring back the potion that would give him eternal life, and a decayed Russian royalty that sat around reading tarot cards and attending séances as their nation was decimated by war and revolution brewed in the streets. 

This moment in history marks the end of a long, sad tale of greed and murder by the white races. It is inevitable that for the final show we vomited a grotesque figure like Trump. Europeans and Americans have spent five centuries conquering, plundering, exploiting and polluting the earth in the name of human progress. They used their technological superiority to create the most efficient killing machines on the planet, directed against anyone and anything, especially indigenous cultures, that stood in their way. They stole and hoarded the planet’s wealth and resources. They believed that this or gy of blood and gold would never end, and they still believe it. They do not understand that the dark ethic of ceaseless capitalist and imperialist expansion is dooming the exploiters as well as the exploited. But even as we stand on the cusp of extinction we lack the intelligence and imagination to break free from our evolutionary past.

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« Reply #351 on: May 04, 2017, 07:08:13 pm »
Why Won’t the Press Ask Trump Anything? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Published on May 3, 2017
American reporters are too afraid to demand answers.

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"Sanders Should Be President!" Bill Maher Talks About Trump, Clinton & more With Jake Tapper


Published on May 2, 2017
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« Reply #353 on: May 04, 2017, 07:18:13 pm »
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein BLAST Trump At 2017 WHCA Dinner 


Published on Apr 29, 2017

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein BLAST Trump At 2017 WHCA Dinner.

Buy Woodward and Bernstein's book "All the President's Men": https://goo.gl/qn5AAg

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Jason Miller Gets OWNED By Carl Bernstein, "I Suggest You Go Back and CHECK Your FACTS"


Published on Apr 5, 2017

Jason Miller gets a quick Fact Check from Veteran Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein who is famous for breaking the Watergate scandal. How Jason Miller leaves himself wide open to such a rudimentary fact check is unbelievable.

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« Reply #355 on: May 04, 2017, 10:27:28 pm »
 


The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government


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Published on Nov 24, 2015

America’s next president will inherit more than a bitterly divided nation. He or she will also inherit a shadow government—a permanent, corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country. As John W. Whitehead warns in this week's vodcast, all it will take is another terrorist attack or a natural disaster for such a regime to emerge from the shadows.

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The Path to Total Dictatorship: America’s Shadow Government & Its Silent Coup


Published on Apr 4, 2017

Say hello to America’s shadow government: a corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country. This shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of American citizens. No matter who sits in the White House or who allegedly represents us in Congress, this shadow government is here to stay. Indeed, as leaked documents by the FBI reveal, this shadow government—also referred to as “The 7th Floor Group”—essentially runs the government out of Washington DC. And as the Wikileaks data concerning the CIA’s tapping into all of our electronic devices reveals, everything we’re doing is being watched by government eyes.

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“Moderate” GOP Congressman Tom “Repeal Obamacare” MacArthur —He’s Just Another Trump Rubber Stamper


      “ IT’S B…AAA CK!  IT’S B…AAA CK!  IT’S  B…AAA CK!” The repeal Obamacare zombie bill keeps rising from the GOP ooze. In the Trump administration, it has already failed to pass twice. Actually, health care repeal legislation had previously failed over 50-60 times while Obama was in office. However, that was B.T.E., “Before the Trump Era.” Now, we have a GOP President as well as a “Red” House and “Red” Senate, a trifecta. Remember what Donald said on the 2016 campaign trail? Give him the Oval Office and keep both Congressional chambers bright “Red,” and repeal will be done in no time. Certainly, no later than the end of Trump’s 100 days, or by 4/29/2017.

       To Trump and his GOP’s surprise, the public began to realize how good and effective Obamacare was.  At packed town hall meetings, constituents yelled at GOP Congressmen and Senators, “Hands off our Obamacare.” Despite all of Donald’s appeals, arm-twisting, and bullying, too many GOPers in swing districts   realized that a vote to repeal Obamacare might cost them their seats in 2018 and even give Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the Speakership. On 3/24/2017, Economic “genius” (NOT) House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) was forced to pull the first vote to repeal Obamacare because he and Demagogue Donald would have faced a humiliating defeat (Wash. Post, 3/24/17 Vote Count).

         While the hard-right “Freedumb” Caucus took the blame for killing the first Trump/Ryan health care repeal, they and some GOP “moderates” would not end this battle to give Donald a 100 Days victory. Too many GOPers “think” that if they don’t repeal health care, enough of their red-meat base might stay home in the 2018 midterms because the GOP trifecta did not deliver. Some “moderates” are also upset that the “Freedumb” Caucus and Donald are blaming them for the 3/24/2017 failure. Obamacare repeal remains an obsession, even for “moderates.” Therefore, the GOP Congress and Trump brought forth Obamacare repeal Attempt #2. GOP Congressman Tom MacArthur, a co-chair of the “moderate” Republican Tuesday Group, “negotiated,” read, “capitulated” to the “Freedumb” Caucus. He succeeded in getting them to agree to an extremist health care repeal bill. Post-Trumpcare bill 2.0, MacArthur’s “brainchild,” was even worse than the original Trumpcare legislation. The new version would further tighten the screws on vulnerable Americans and let states allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums on older people with pre-existing conditions. MacArthur/Trumpcare 2.0 would, additionally give insurers the freedom not to cover essential health services like maternity care and cancer treatment (NY Times Editorial, 4/28/17).

     Democrats threatened to shut down government funding if this disastrous MacArthur/Trumpcare amendment made it into the federal funding bill then being negotiated. GOPers need the Democrats to pass this funding bill because they know the public would blame them for a government shutdown. They could then easily lose a net 24 seats in the 2018 midterm elections and flip the House “Blue.” On 4/30/2017, a senior congressional aide stated that congressional negotiators had hammered a deal to keep the federal government open till 9/30/2017. Trump would have to sign it before 5/05/17. In order to keep the government running, the GOP had to yield to the Democratic minority on major issues. No border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would be built. Planned Parenthood was funded. The Environmental Protection Agency was funded. The National Institutes of Health received increased funding. And the MacArthur/Trump gut Obamacare amendment was not in this funding deal. Overall, this funding compromise resembled an Obama-era spending bill more than a Trump one (See“The Hill,” Bolton & Wong, 4/30/17, Bloomberg.com, House, Wasson, & Litvan, 4/30/17).  However, Speaker Ryan, VP Pence, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Trump himself are still pushing MacArthur/Trumpcare 3.0. They are “educating,” read, “twisting” fellow GOPers to go along (See Wash. Post, Snell, Costa, & O’Keefe, 4/28/17). Donald and “Team Red” must “win” at any cost. Who is this Cong. MacArthur?

             Second-term GOP Congressman Tom MacArthur (56) represents New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District (CD). The present Garden State 3rd is located in South Central New Jersey and contains the 1 million- acre Pine Barrens Forest and thousands of additional farmland acres. Part of the Joint Base McGuire Dix-Lakehurst sits in the 3rd’s center. This base combines an Army military reservation, an Air Force base, and a Navy air station. Defense contractors are attracted to this area and 42, 000 jobs are connected to this base. Lockheed-Martin in Moorestown is a big employer with a naval electronics and surveillance system plant.  In addition to defense and agriculture, health care and tourism  remain  economic pillars. East of the Pine Barrens is Ocean County, including the barrier islands from Mantoloking south to Stafford. The 3rd contains older beach front communities and inland subdivisions and condominiums. The 3rd CD includes large parts of Ocean and Burlington Counties. The 3rd’s largest city is Toms River. Toms River had been home to a Ciba-Geigy Chemical plant. This plant closed while settling a $13.7 million lawsuit in 2001 over air and water pollution that residents claimed caused cancer. The 3rd  has  several suburban Philadelphia Burlington County townships (Barone & CQ 14 Political Almanacs).

         Ocean County has been the fastest growing part of New Jersey, a kind of “Frost Belt Florida.” It has attracted many NY and North Jersey retirees, eager to leave urban crime and high taxes. Politically, the Jersey 3rd has been competitive.  After the 2011 redistricting, Democratic-leaning Cherry Hill was moved into the heavily “Blue” Camden-based 1st CD while several GOP-leaning Burlington County townships were added to the 3rd . The current Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) gives the 3rd an R+1 score, keeping this district in the swing category. The 3rd went for Obama by 5 points in both 2008 and 20012, after going for W in 2004 by 2 points. In 2016, Trump carried the 3rd by 6 points (See Barone 14).

        Hebron, Ct. native Tom MacArthur received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University. He then worked in the insurance industry. For 11 years, he was chairman and chief executive officer of York Risk Services Group. From 2011-2013, he served on the Randolph, New Jersey Township Council, and in 2013 became mayor (AP, 5/03/14). When the incumbent GOP Congressman decided not to run in 2014, MacArthur resigned from the Randolph council and moved into the 3rd CD. After winning the GOP primary, MacArthur contributed over $5 million of his own fortune to his general election race. He outspent his Democratic rival by about 3:1 and won by a 10-point margin. In 2016, he coasted to re-election getting 60% of the vote (Knapp, newjerseyhills, com/randolph, “Opensecrets.org.”, nj.com/politics/index, NJ.com, Melisurgo, 11/08/16). MacArthur now lives in Toms River and owns homes in Randolph and Barnegat Light, New Jersey. He is the richest member of the New Jersey congressional delegation, worth at least $30.8 million (AP, 5/03/14, “Washington Times,” 5/05/14, Mulvihill, “New Jersey Hills Media Group,” “NJ.com.”). In the present 115th Congress, MacArthur sits on the key House Financial Services Committee (CQ Roll Call, 115th Cong. At Your Fingertips). 

        As previously noted, MacArthur may be a co-chair of the “moderate” GOP Tuesday Group, but IMHO, he is a MINO, “Moderate in Name Only.”  In the current 115th Congress, MacArthur voted with his hard- right party 96% of the time and with Trump’s position  92.9% of the time (“ProPublica,” Willis, “FiveThirtyEight,” Bycoffe).  Mac Arthur endorsed Trump in the 2016 presidential election.  MacArthur was the only New Jersey Congressman to attend the 2016 Republican National Convention that nominated Trump. In 2/2017, Cong. MacArthur voted against a resolution to have the House request 10 years of Trump’s income tax returns (NJ.com, indy100. 2/28/17, heavy.com /news, 4/26/17). MacArthur has a personal relationship with the Trump family that Donald played upon. MacArthur knew Trump’s late father Fred and handled his insurance for many years. MacArthur would ride in Fred Trump’s car, going out with him to settle claims on many of the apartments Fred owned (Wash. Post, Snell, Costa, & O’Keefe, 4/28/17).

     MacArthur opposes abortion. He favors a crippling balanced budget Constitutional amendment (“Project Vote Smart, ontheissues.org). He opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2/2017, he voted in favor of repealing a rule that required energy companies to disclose payments to foreign governments (Bycoffe, “FiveThirtyEight). The League of Conservation Voters gave MacArthur a lifetime 10% score (“League of Conservation Voters Scorecard”). He opposes same-sex marriage (“Project Vote Smart”). 

         Cong. MacArthur has repeatedly called for repealing Obamacare (“Project Vote Smart”).  A lot of GOP moderates received a bad case of political “heartburn” from MacArthur’s negotiating another health care repeal deal that catered to the demands of the “Freedumb” Caucus. MacArthur was the only “moderate” involved in these talks and often consulted with the White House and GOP leadership. Many Republican moderates had explicitly asked their leadership NOT to negotiate with the “Freedumb” Caucus over health care (SeeCNN, Mattingly, Walsh, & Barrett, 4/28/17, Wash. Post, Snell et al, 4/28/17). MacArthur could care less about following his group’s wishes. He could care less that 70% of Americans favor federal protection for pre-existing conditions. MacArthur wants states to be easily able to waive this vital federal pre-existing protection (Wash. Post-ABC News, 4/2017 Pol, CNN, Mattingly et al). All that counts for super-rich insurance businessman Cong. MacArthur is being in Demagogue Donald’s gut health care corner.

          Donald, VP Pence, and Speaker Ryan are far from giving up. They want to bring up MacArthur’s anti-health care reform amendment as soon as possible to the House floor. Democrats and moderates must keep bombarding the House with emails, phone calls, and letters to stop this disastrous legislation from passing. Whenever this awful zombie legislation comes up, it must be met with massive public opposition. The “moderate” Tuesday Group should strip MacArthur of his leadership position for going against their wishes.  Finally, in this swingy district, the Democrats must recruit and finance a top-flight challenger to defeat repeal Obamacare MacArthur in the 2018 mid-term elections. In 11/2018, Democrats and moderates must come out in droves to send MacArthur home. MacArthur’s record makes him more compatible with Southern and Rocky Mountain GOPers, not those from New Jersey.

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #358 on: May 08, 2017, 02:36:09 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: I don't agree with some of the views of Pastor Chuck Baldwin; but I agree 100% with everything he says below, about the massive level of corruption in the US Government and in the US nominal "Christian" Church, in the following snippets from his recent article marking his 65th birthday.

Strictly Personal  

Published: Thursday, May 4, 2017

SNIPPET 1:

As far as I know, I am in good health. And, somehow, I’ve been able to keep my hair. Not that that means a whole lot. I had a college professor that often quoted this little rhyme:

To every man God is fair.
 To some He gave brains.
 To others He gave hair.     

After all of these years, I have forgotten most of what that professor taught, but I still remember that little limerick.

I campaigned for my friend, Congressman Ron Paul, in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. After it was obvious that he would not be the Republican nominee, Constitution Party (CP) leaders and many Ron Paul supporters strongly encouraged me to seek the CP’s presidential nomination. They believed that someone was needed to keep the liberty message alive in the 2008 general election, because it was clear that neither Barack Obama nor John McCain would do so. After defeating my friend and former U.N. Ambassador, Alan Keyes, in the CP nominating convention, I became the Party’s nominee for President. And I was very honored to have received Ron Paul’s endorsement during that campaign.

Regarding the condition of the Church in America, it is my studied opinion that both the 501c3 tax-exempt status and State nonprofit corporation status have, in effect, castrated America’s pastors and churches to the point that most churches are spiritually impotent and irrelevant to the preservation of liberty. Instead of preaching the liberating Gospel of Christ and the empowering message of Christian non-conformity, they are preaching an enslaving message of bondage to the state via their preoccupation with the misinterpretation of Romans 13.

Speaking of which, my constitutional attorney son and I co-authored a book on this subject that I encourage everyone to read. The book is entitled “Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission.” This book shows the teaching of the entire Bible (including Romans 13) regarding proper submission to authority--including when submission to civil authority is actually sinful and wrong.

To order our book on Romans 13, go here:

Romans 13: The True Meaning Of Submission

SNIPPET 2:

I believe there is a conspiracy of powerful elitists to surrender America’s independence and national sovereignty to a globalist New World Order. I believe the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, and Bilderbergs are especially culpable in this evil subterfuge of our liberties. I had hoped that Donald Trump would honor his word to “drain the swamp” of establishment insiders, but he hasn’t. As with every President of both major parties before him, Trump has littered his administration with CFR globalists. In just the first couple of months of his presidency, Donald Trump appointed more CFR members and fellow travelers than Barack Obama. Here is the list so far (we will keep it updated):

CFR Members Appointed By Donald Trump

Trump has even changed what he calls himself. On the campaign trail, he said he was a nationalist, not a globalist. Now, he has reversed himself AGAIN. A few days ago, he told the Wall Street Journal, “I am a nationalist and a globalist. I’m both.” What a crock! One cannot be both. Trump is proving to be just another disingenuous say-whatever-it-takes-to-get-elected politician.

I believe that the national news media purposely keeps the American people in the dark about the truth of what is really going on. I believe the media deliberately covered up the events of 9/11, Waco, Ruby Ridge, TWA Flight 800, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sandy Hook school shootings, etc., ad infinitum. Heck, I believe the media covered up what really happened in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. For all intents and purposes, the national news media is little more than a propaganda ministry of the federal government.

I am also convinced that there is a blatant attempt underfoot to turn the United States into a police-state-style surveillance society, to which personal freedoms and liberties are being quickly and egregiously sacrificed. Passage of the USA Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the Indefinite Detention clauses of the National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) are examples of this flagrant betrayal of freedom. And the Democrat and Republican parties are equally culpable in this blatant usurpation of our liberties. And on this subject, too, Donald Trump is on the exact same course as his predecessors.

I opposed the preemptive invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan by G.W. Bush, the bombings of Libya, along with the current bombings and drone attacks going on in countries throughout the Middle East--including Trump’s bombing of Syria and his decision to increase the number of U.S. ground forces in the Middle East. It should be obvious to everyone that the Obama administration did nothing to change the perpetual war/preemptive war doctrine introduced by George W. Bush. And it should be equally obvious that Donald Trump is continuing to escalate America’s unconstitutional wars of aggression around the world. At the rate Trump is going, the United States could soon be in a global nuclear war.

I am personally convinced that ISIS, al-Nusra, etc., are contrivances of Dark (illegal) Operations of America’s CIA, British Intelligence, and Israel’s Mossad. Saudi Arabia and Turkey are also partners in this nefarious activity. I’ll say it flat out: The “war on terror” is totally the creation of the Deep State in the West to keep America in a state of perpetual war and to keep the people of America in a state of perpetual fear and anger.

Furthermore, I believe the international “war on terror” is a ruse to assist the goals of the central banks to create global government. All of the talk about Iran and Syria (and even North Korea) being a threat to the world is a bunch of hysterical propaganda. And FOX News (along with many pastors and churches) is at the heart of the pro-war propaganda machine. Neocons and globalists are using the Muslim people as the proverbial Straw Man to give the American people an enemy to hate, so that they will accept perpetual war abroad and police-state measures here at home.

I opposed the bailouts for Wall Street. I regard the Federal Reserve as a corrupt cabal of international banksters whose actions are nothing short of criminal. I wholeheartedly support the abolition of the Federal Reserve and a return to sound money.

I believe both major parties in Washington, D.C., are drunk on government spending. No matter which Party controls Congress or the White House, government spending skyrockets, as do deficits. We are witnessing this reality yet again. Just this week, with the GOP in control of both houses of Congress and the White House, we watched the House approve--and President Trump endorse--yet MORE federal spending and LARGER federal deficits. G.W. Bush spent more tax dollars than Bill Clinton; Barack Obama spent more than Bush; and Donald Trump is already spending more than Obama. When it comes to federal spending, there truly isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. No wonder Senator Rand Paul said this about the omnibus spending bill that passed the House this week: “President Hillary Clinton would have been proud of this bill.”

And speaking of federal spending, one reason Donald Trump wants to increase military spending is because the U.S. government is dropping so many bombs all over the globe that the military is running out. Consider: as of April 30, the U.S. has dropped over 79,000 bombs just in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

See the report:

Trump Is Running Out Of Bombs

I believe G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney should be in prison for committing international war crimes against humanity and Hillary Clinton should be in prison for selling access to her office to foreign interests and for facilitating (or maybe even directly causing) the death of America’s Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. I believe politicians such as Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi are enemies of freedom.

From a theological perspective, I believe the eschatological doctrine of the Rapture is being used by too many pastors and Christians as an excuse to not resist the many attacks against our liberties. I further believe that too many pastors and churches have become passive, timid, and politically correct and are, therefore, “good for nothing” (Matthew 5:13) when it comes to preserving liberty.

And, as faithful readers know, I have had an about-face when it comes to my understanding of the scriptures relating to the modern State of Israel. I have come to the studied opinion that the current State of Israel--the one created on May 14, 1948, by the Rothschilds--has nothing to do with the Israel of the Bible. I believe the modern Zionist State of Israel was birthed by and is led by antichrist Talmudists who are the spiritual descendants of the Pharisees. I further believe the Zionist State of Israel is a devilish counterfeit of “the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16) with the goal of deceiving the West (especially Christians in America) and wreaking havoc, war, and bloodshed around the world and facilitating the collapse of Christianity in the United States--a goal that has been achieved many times over.

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #359 on: May 08, 2017, 09:31:39 pm »
Yates gives it to Corrupt Senator Cornyn with BOTH BARRELS!   



Sally Yates just smacked the bullsh#t out of a Republican senator's mouth   

By Walter Einenkel   

Monday May 08, 2017 ·  5:11 PM EDT


http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/8/1660163/-Sally-Yates-just-smacked-the-bullsh-t-out-of-a-Republican-senator-s-mouth

Sally Yates is an American Hero | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ



Published on May 8, 2017

And Trump? He is in trouble. 




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