White House fights to keep top Obama advisor from testifying before Congress

So typical. Their Dog crap is on every corner and still they try to hide it.

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

15 July 2014

The White House is attempting this week to fend off a subpoena from Congress intended to compel a top political advisor for United States President Barack Obama from testifying on Capitol Hill.

On Monday, the White House sent a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asking the congressman to consider attending a closed-door meeting with administration officials on Tuesday in lieu of having an Obama aide answer questions on the Hill.

At issue is what David Simas, a top political adviser to the president, has to say about the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach’s compliance with the Hatch Act — a 1930 legislation that largely restricts members of the executive branch from engaging in partisan politics. Simas was appointed to head that office when its creation was announced by the White House in January 2014, and two months later Issa asked for "all documents and communications, including e-mails" about the launch of the government-funded department, according to Politico, which previously existed as the Office of Political Affairs.

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9 EU countries ready to block economic sanctions against Russia

Yet another Rat Pack threat shot to hell.

Reality of economics wins over snooping and hubris.

 AFP Photo / Belga / Siska Gremmelprez 

Aletho News
15 July 2014

France, Germany, and Italy are among EU members who don’t want to follow the US lead and impose trade sanctions on Russia. US sanctions are seen as a push to promote its own multibillion free-trade pact with Europe.

“France, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, and EU President Italy see no reason in the current environment for the introduction of sectorial trade and economic sanctions against Russia and at the summit, will block the measure,” a diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS.

In order for a new wave of sanctions to pass, all 28 EU members must unanimously vote in favor. EU ministers plan to discuss new sanctions against Russia at their summit in Brussels on Wednesday, July 16. Even if only one country vetoed, sanctions would not be imposed. With heavyweights like France and Germany opposed to more sanctions the measure will likely again be stalled, the source said.

According to the source, the US sees slapping Russia with sanctions as a way to promote its own trade agenda with Europe, a side rarely explored in mainstream media. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and Europe would create the world’s largest free trade zone, but some worry it could balloon into an “economic NATO” or could end up putting corporate interests above national.

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Humor | today's thought

For the Cabal, Rat Bankers, Treacherous Agencies and known Political slime.

Corporatist Lobbying Replaced a Free Market

Yes, so what's new? You mean you didn't know?

BATR - Corporatocracy
By James Hall
16 July 2014

The practice of a pure free market is so rare that a plausible argument can be made that a free market economy never existed. However, as the saying goes, Once Upon A Time, economic commerce did reflect a voluntary basis for business transactions. The fortunes of trade rested upon the mutual benefit of all parties, since repeated satisfaction built sustaining economies. Competition was the norm and the quality of goods and services developed that propelled expanding growth and prosperity for the largest numbers of participating producers and consumers. In the corporatist economic model, the goal is to create and protect monopolies, while stamping out any enterprises that challenge the Plutocrat system.

Corporate economies are dependent upon connection and favoritism by government policy. The essay, Corporatism Is Not the Free Market states a fundamental point. "Too many people are willing to accept government-set goals (such as energy independence) so long as the "private sector" is induced to achieve them. Regardless of how the goals are achieved, if government sets them, that’s statism." The way corporate lobbying works in America, best described as legalized bribery, has become the normal course of a corrupt political system. This overt example illustrates the problem. "The drug industry has spent more on lobbying under Obama than any other industry. Top lobbyists at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in 2009 met behind closed doors with the White House and Senate Democrats, promising political support for Democrats in exchange for friendly provisions in Obamacare."

Concisely, money pays for influence. Yet, proponent of the corporate/state would have you accept that this kind of lobbying has protection under the First Amendment. The First Amendment Center presents the following:

"Lobbyists try to persuade government officials either to support or oppose various policy issues. Therefore, lobbying can be considered a form of petitioning the government for redress of grievances, subject to protection under the First Amendment’s petition clause. Although there has not been a great deal of judicial analysis on First Amendment protections afforded to lobbying, the courts have carved out several parameters. First, the petition clause does not grant a lobbyist the absolute right to speak to a government official nor does it grant a lobbyist the right to a hearing based on his or her grievances. In addition, the clause does not create an obligation for a government official to take action in response to a grievance. Finally, any statement made while a lobbyist petitions a government official does not receive greater protection than any other expression protected by the First Amendment."

Let us get down to the nub of the legal definition. Does a corporation have constitutional standing based upon intrinsic natural rights? Or else are ALL constitutional rights vested in the personhood of a human being and not in the artificial construct of a corporation? Forget the tainted rulings of the courts, the best that money can buy. The economic outcome of political favoritism guarantees that corporate lobbyists has not only the ear of legislators, but often are the inside information conveyers that facilitate the financial worth of previously poor legislators.

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Modi to press for equal shareholding in proposed BRICS bank

The world is saying No! No more Zionist Banking chicanery. Out with them all.

Clearly aimed at China for voice recognition which is likely agreed too.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi - Image: PTI

The Times of India
14 July 2014

FORTALEZA, Brazil: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch his first multilateral engagement in this seaside city of Brazil, meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of Tuesday's BRICS Summit at which India will press for equal shareholding for its five member countries in the proposed $50 billion BRICS Development Bank so that no shareholder dominates.

As the football World Cup fever recedes in this soccer crazy nation, Modi will join Putin, Xi, South African President Jacob Zuma and the host President Dilma Rousseff in deliberations over the proposed bank, international financial architecture and other issues at Fortaleza, one of the host cities of the World Cup which ended yesterday with Germany emerging the world champions.

India is keen on the issue of equal share holding since it does not want a repeat of the distortions that have crept into Bretton Woods institutions like International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in which rich countries like the US and Japan have a strangle hold.

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BRICS Development Bank launched, first president to be from India

Not a Zionist in sight. You think they know something maybe.

Note the time of article (1210 IST 16 Jul 2014 = 1210 MDT 15 Jul 2014)

The Times of India
16 July 2014

FORTALEZA, Brazil - Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers on Tuesday created a Shanghai-based development bank and a reserve fund seen as counterweights to Western-led financial institutions.

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed to launch the institutions to finance infrastructure projects and head off future economic crises.

"These initiatives show that, despite our diversity, our countries are committed to a solid and productive association," Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said at a summit in the northeastern seaside city of Fortaleza.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the agreements as "a very powerful way to prevent new economic difficulties."

The five emerging nations first unveiled their plans last year. The New Development Bank aims to rival the Washington-based World Bank while the reserve is seen as a "mini-IMF."

BRICS leaders have pressed for reform of the International Monetary Fund to give developing countries more voting rights.

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NATO Hopes for Russian Invasion of Ukraine

It's not in Russia's interest to do so, which is why they will not. Then Ukraine will implode by itself by its own hand and US Hegemony.

New Eastern Outlook
By Tony Cartalucci
15 July 2014

In the minds of many following along with the Western narrative regarding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the Russians have already “invaded.” Despite paradoxical claims of nuclear-armed Russia “invading” eastern Ukraine but with Kiev’s battered, disorganized troops in mismatching uniforms and without daily rations overwhelming these forces, many have chosen to believe that indeed Kiev’s inability to assert control in Ukraine’s easternmost provinces is solely because of Russian “intervention.”

The “Re-Invasion” of Ukraine?

Even with the West claiming Russia has already “invaded” Ukraine, at each juncture of the ongoing conflict, an “impending Russian invasion of Ukraine” is held up to once again terrify and incense Western audiences – as if “another invasion” is about to take place – a “re-invasion” perhaps.

The Business Insider in a July 6, 2014 article titled, “Russia Has Effectively Invaded Eastern Ukraine — The Question Is How The West Will Respond,” claimed (emphasis added):

For his part, Mr Putin appears, at least for now, to have ruled out a full-frontal invasion. On June 24th he theatrically instructed the ever-loyal upper house of parliament to cancel the authorisation for military force in Ukraine that he had ordered up in early March. The move was largely an empty fob to Mr Poroshenko and another way to ward off more Western sanctions. Yet even if a tanks-and-soldiers invasion seems unlikely, a Russian invasion of another sort began long ago: one that resembles the slippery, post-modern war …

With Kiev’s military campaign against fellow Ukrainians to the east faring poorly, an actual Russian invasion of Ukraine would only benefit them and their backers in both the European Union and collaborating states within NATO. Despite attempts to portray local defense fighters withdrawing from the Donetsk city of Slavyansk as a “retreat” and a “turning point” in the conflict in favor of Kiev, Kiev’s forces have continued to suffer heavy losses, most recently in Lugansk where apparently an entire tank column of between 40-70 vehicles was destroyed.

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Humor | a 94-year-old prophesy

No wise men to see a fool coming.

H.L. Mencken (born 1880 - died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic and Democrat.
He wrote the editorial below while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

— H. L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920 

So it was written.

Global equity melt-up in full swing even if investors hate themselves

When the fed tightens the money supply, watch the global housing collapse begin in earnest. Debt will eat up the markets liquidity like it has so many times before. Add to that perhaps a Chinese population cut off from dirty money smuggled abroad into US real estate and you have a "black swan" event. Another big crash is looming.

The Telegraph
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
15 July 2014

There is no longer much doubt. We are in the midst of a late-cycle blow-off in global equity markets.

Bank of America’s monthly survey of world fund-managers shows that investors have their second highest allocation to stock markets in thirteen years at 61pc. It is lead by shares in technology, energy, and even banks, and is stretched to a net 35pc overweight in Europe. “The summer 'melt-up' is likely to be followed by an autumn correction,” it said.

This happened in 2007 as you can see from the chart below, and again in early 2011 just before the European Central Bank triggered Part II of the EMU debt crisis by raising rates twice.

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Benghazi Massacre Terrorist Found Dead In Libya – Dead Lips Tell No Truths…

Will the real Benghazi mastermind please stand up? Oh, wait, it may be that the real one was murdered the same day that a surrogate mastermind was arrested by Delta Forces for a U.S. show trial. One would imagine it would be very inconvenient to put on trial someone who might know all the details of how the Benghazi incident was actually organized. Especially if the trail might lead to terrorists inside the Beltway with convoluted false-flag agendas. Oh what a tangled web.

DW Ulsterman
15 July 2014

Just released reports out of Libya indicate Faraj al-Shibli, one of the primary architects of the September 11th, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, has been found dead in Libya shortly after being detained by local militia forces.

al-Shibli was alleged to have strong ties to al-Qaida and was among the most active members of the Libyan Islamist Fighting Group.

The FBI is said to have questioned him in 2013, and (allegedly) planning to do so again in the coming weeks.

Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who the Obama administration is describing as the “mastermind” of the Benghazi Massacre, had a far less prominent role among militant Islamic groups than did the now deceased al-Shibli. Khatallah has only been charged with one count by the Obama Department of Justice in a case legal experts are already calling “difficult.”

Has a stooge been created, and the real threat to the truth of Benghazi eliminated?

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Suspected Benghazi terror suspect found dead in Libya days after he was last seen detained by a local militia

  • Faraj al-Shibli was found dead in Marj, Libya, on Sunday
  • al-Shibli was captured either Friday or Saturday by a local militia
  • The terror suspect had links to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is suspected of carrying out the attack
  • The attack in Benghazi claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans

Mail Online
15 July 2014

A suspect in the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, was found dead Monday, according to reports from CNN.

The network cites a 'Libyan source and locals in the town of Marj,' who say Faraj al-Shibli was found dead in the eastern Libyan town.

The suspected terrorist al-Shibli was last seen as he was being detained by a local militia in Marj on Friday or Saturday.

Intelligence officials discovered a link between al-Shibli and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which officials believe took part in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic complex in Benghazi.

CNN reports that al-Shibli also had contact with al Qaeda members in Pakistan.

In March 2013, al-Shibli was detained by Libyan officials who suspected he had played a part in the attack. During his detention, FBI officials were allowed to interview him in front of Libyan officials.

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Humor | Dead Horse Theory

A bit funny but a ton of truths in it when applying to this government.

The wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says:

"When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."

However, in the US Government, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the
economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And, of course.....

13. Promoting the dead horse to a government supervisory position.

Metropolitan Police officer was moved 'from child abuse inquiry'

Now the controversy has motivated a former senior police officer to expose another cover up. Secrets don't stay buried. Big questions now, who and why.

Clive Driscoll: "I passed the names on that had been passed to me as potential suspects"

BBC News
By Laura Kuenssberg
15 July 2014

A former senior Metropolitan Police officer says he was moved from his post when he revealed plans to investigate politicians over child abuse claims.

Clive Driscoll says his inquiry into 1980s London children's homes was "all too uncomfortable to a lot of people".

He also believes there were "disruption tactics" within the Met during his inquiry that led to the conviction of two of Stephen Lawrence's killers.

The Met defended its murder inquiry and said Lambeth investigations continued.

List of suspects

Mr Driscoll told BBC Newsnight that while conducting a 1998 inquiry into allegations of abuse in children's homes in Lambeth, south London, in the 1980s, he was passed a list of suspects' names, including politicians, that he wanted to investigate.

New data bill: Last-minute rush 'undermines trust in Government intentions'

This has all the hallmarks of a classic SNAFU and is guaranteeing abuse and misuse.

Shadow Home Secretary says 'this is not the way this kind of legislation should be done'

The Independent
By Nigel Morris
16 July 2014

New laws giving powers to police and security services to examine the records of telecoms and internet companies were being rushed through the Commons this evening.

Although the principle of the legislation was backed by an overwhelming majority of MPs, critics expressed fury at the haste with which the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill had been introduced.

The veteran Labour MP David Winnick said the speed of the moves made a “mockery of parliamentary democracy”, while the former shadow Cabinet member Tom Watson denounced “democratic banditry resonant of a rogue state”.

The Bill received a second reading by a margin of 498 votes to 31 and was going through its remaining Commons stages tonight. It heads to the House of Lords tomorrow.

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