Merkel Slams US Hegemony? “America Can’t Solve All The World’s Problems Anymore”

First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey… and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under US hegemony – just as Obama’s warmongery ramps up…
*MERKEL SAYS U. S. CAN’T SOLVE ALL THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS ANYMORE Which is odd because just yesterday, President Obama (who never lies) stated “The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world…“ adding that “no other nation can do what we do.” Perhaps he is wrong?
‘Even a superpower can’t solve all of the problems alone anymore,’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/27/2014.

Central Bankers Sending In Drones To Map Out Targets In Syria – Episode 451

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 26, 2014
Argentina is collapsing and they just stopped Bank Of New York Mellon from operating. Government confidence hits all time high, completely opposite from U Mich confidence. Case Shiller reports housing prices are slowing and falling. The Government is creating a “truthy” database system to monitor twitter to find anti-government speech. British special forces arrive in Iraq. Central bankers/US government sending in drones and surveillance equipment to Syria to map out targets to be used in bombing runs. Obama administration says he doesn’t need congress approval. Be prepared for a false flag event.

WTF White House Statement Of The Day: Syria Airstrikes Edition

When President Obama bragged earlier that “The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world…” adding that “no other nation can do what we do,” we should have guessed some more war-mongering was coming… and sure enough. As AP reports, it appears Syrian airstrikes are on their way.. but there’s a mind-blowing twist in US foreign policy: “In an effort to avoid unintentionally strengthening the Syrian government, the White House could seek to balance strikes against the Islamic State with attacks on Assad regime targets.” In the words of the Guinness commercial, Brilliant.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/26/2014.

Burger King Flips Obama the Bird; BK, Warren Buffet, Greg Mankiw, Barry Ritholtz, Mish on Corporate Tax Inversion “Fairness”

Obama Condemns CEOs
President Obama is fed up with corporations no paying their “fair tax”.
On August 24, Bloomberg reported Inversion Express Slows to Crawl as Obama Condemns CEOs
On July 24 Obama referred to companies looking to shift their domicile as ‘corporate deserters’ and aides pledged to curtail the practice with or without Congressional approval.
Since then, no companies have announced any of these deals — known as inversions — and it’s no coincidence, according to lawyers and investment bankers. The presidential rhetoric has caused several companies exploring inversions to put on the brakes to see what emerges from the political debate, people familiar with the preparations said.
Between mid-June and late-July, when Obama ramped up his criticism of the deals by calling companies that strike them ‘corporate deserters,’ at least five large American companies announced plans for inversions, including AbbVie Inc. and Medtronic Inc. (MDT) Since the start of 2012, 21 U. S. companies have announced or completed such deals, or almost half the total of 51 such transactions in the last three decades.
After Obama called for ‘economic patriotism’ from business leaders in July, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the agency was examining options for new rules that wouldn’t require Congressional sign-off.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Monday, August 25, 2014.

The Deception of the House Benghazi Report

In the event you missed it, the Democratic-Socialist Left has been absolutely giddy about the statement released on July 31, 2014 by the Republican majority House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) pertaining to their investigation into Benghazi. The type of giddy that Chris Matthews described in 2008 when he said ‘I felt this thrill going up my leg’ as he listened to then-Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama speak. The giddiness, of course, relates to the reported finding that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack in Benghazi. A closer examination of the facts, however, suggests a potentially embarrassing case ‘premature elation,’ at least in the case of Benghazi.
Although you would think the Socialist Left would be troubled by premature elation as it fails to satisfy the factual needs of an inquiring public, few appear to be. Leading the list of those afflicted by premature elation appear to include not just the entire staff of Media Matters, but specifically writers John Kerr and Jeremy Holden, as they continue to use the word hoax[i] in reference to the death of four Americans. The use of the word ‘hoax,’ particularly in consideration of the horrific deaths of four Americans, is an affront to journalism and fact-based reporting. Perhaps it is used to compensate for the embarrassment of premature elation. Perhaps… but perhaps an unsatisfied public might find some actual relief in the following factual disclosures, and why their celebratory giddiness is not only unbecoming, but completely misplaced.
First, we must take a look at exactly what was said, who said it, and the context in which it was said. On July 31, 2014, HPSCI Minority member Mike Thompson stated that the HPSCI findings ‘confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order [to U. S. forces] was given[ii].’ Upon declassification and release, the conclusion of the report is expected to be non-controversial and conform to the findings of the previous individual agency reports. But what is the HPSCI and do they have all of the information that should be made available to them?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 24th, 2014

Creepy Mission: Obama “Lays Groundwork For Air Strikes” In Syria Next

What’s the opposite of ‘limited’ air-strikes? As The WSJ reports, The Pentagon is preparing to send surveillance aircraft, including drones, into Syrian airspace to gather intelligence on Islamist targets, laying the groundwork for a possible expansion of the limited U. S. military air campaign beyond Iraq, senior U. S. officials said. The ‘Nobel-Peace-Prize-Winner-In-Chief’ appears to have suddenly gone full hawk-tard – one wonders which little birdy whispered in his ear that, with the Fed pulling out, the whole ponzi is up unless the US undertakes a populist deficit-bursting war…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/25/2014

Libyan Government Overrun, Central Bankers Prepping Invasion Of Libya – Episode 450

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 25, 2014
France is collapsing and the President dissolves government. One of every two Cyprus loans are in default. Real Estate is now imploding in the month of July, the bump in sales is over, the hard slide down is accelerating. China is designing their own OS and Russia is looking to replace the SWIFT system. Federal Reserve takes a survey and it reports Obamacare is destroying business. Dempsey heading to Afghanistan to keep US soldiers stationed there. Poroshenko dissolves parliament using social media. Libya is now overrun, government is out. US and other nations preparing to invade and recapture Libya. US Government officials pushing the agenda of terror.

Mystery Chart Of The Day – Obama Vacation Edition

President Obama’s ‘well-earned’ vacation on Martha’s Vineyard is drawing to a close as he heads back to Washington tomorrow. And what a time it’s been. As WaPo notes, his summer vacation has been a mix of golf, world crises, golf, domestic crisis, golf, time on the beach, and — well, you know…

The answer won’t surprise you…
Here’s the president’s vacation, by the numbers:
Days on Martha’s Vineyard this month: 15. The president returned to Washington briefly late last week for two days of meetings, but has otherwise been enjoying the island since August 9.
Rounds of golf: 8. The most notable activity of the president’s vacation, which has brought him criticism from some and defense from others. At the time of writing, the president has hit the links eight times. Given his love of the game, it is likely Obama will try and squeeze in another round or two over the weekend.
Press statements: 3. The president addressed the traveling White House press corps twice last week, and again on Wednesday. His remarks have covered elections in Iraq, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. and the killing of James Foley. One of the statements took place outdoors, the others came from the canteen of Edgartown School.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/23/2014

40% of U.S. on Welfare; Obamacare Expands Welfare by 23 Million; More on Welfare Than Full-Time-Employed

As a result of Obamacare Medicaid expansion coupled with means-tested Obamacare assistance, I estimate welfare rolls expanded from 35.4% of the population in 2012 to about 40% in 2014.
Let’s go through the math to see how I make that estimate.
The latest welfare statistics are from year-end 2012. Those figures show 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare.
109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.
When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs – such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits – were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.
Subtract the 3,297,000 who were receiving veterans’ benefits from the total, and that leaves 150,026,000 people receiving non-veterans’ benefits.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ferguson: It’s Not Just About Martial Law but Handing America’s Sovereignty Over to the UN

The immediate problem in Ferguson, MO has to do with the potential of martial law being called there. A few days ago, I thought, “well, that’s obviously what they want!” However, since then, I’ve paid attention to what leaders in the UN are saying and, as it turns out, I’m thinking martial law is only a step on the ladder. The final step may well be giving the UN permission to insert itself into the situation in Ferguson so that they will be able to call the shots with the Obama administration. I wrote about that and the article – Ultimate Gameplan: Obama Defers to United Nations to Remove America’s Sovereignty – on another site.
Once this happens, America is well on its way to losing sovereignty. I believe that this is the end goal that globalists want to happen because they are desperately trying to build a one-world government/system. In order for that to occur, more nations need to be grouped together and come under the authority of the United Nations. Here is a video taken of a guy in Ferguson who says that it’s all


This post was published at FreedomOutpost on August 23, 2014

McCain gets more support for hawkish plan for Islamic State, but will Obama follow?

Chris Wallace reports for Fox News. He reports: Sen. John McCain, one of Congress’ most hawkish members, called on President Obama Sunday to show greater leadership in the international fight to eliminate Islamic State and to present a more comprehensive plan to eliminate such terror groups in the Middle East. (Image: John McCain)
‘The president has to articulate the challenge and what we need to do to meet it,’ McCain, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, told ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ‘That’s what has to be explained to the American people. And I think they will follow.’
His remarks follow the startling rise of Islamic State in northeast Syria through northern Iraq, and, most recently, the group’s beheading of American journalist James Foley — allegedly in retaliation for U. S. airstrikes in Iraq.

This post was published at GotGoldReport on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Federal Reserve Branch Bank Concludes Obamacare a Disaster for Businesses

Each month, branch banks for the Federal Reserve send out questionnaires and surveys to businesses as a way to test the climate of the economy. In the month of August, the Philadelphia branch asked businesses what the full extend and effect so far from the new Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) was, and the responses they received were a disaster. In the majority of responses, businesses either let go of employees to adjust to the higher costs imposed upon them by the Federal government, moved full time employees to part time status, or, changed benefit plans so that employees would be forced to pay more towards their premiums.
What the survey found was very disturbing: not only did businesses report that as a result of Obamacare the number of workers they employ is lower than higher (18.2% vs 3.0%), that there has been an increase in part time jobs (18.2% higher vs 1.5% lower), leading to a big increase in outsourcing and most importantly, Obamacare costs are being largely passed on to customers (28.8% reporting higher vs 0.0% lower), the punchline was that while there is basically no change in the number of employees covered (17.6% higher vs 14.7% lower and 67.6% unchanged), there has been a big jump in Premiums, Deductibles, Out-of-pocket maximums, and Copays, which has been ‘matched’ by a far greater reduction in the range of medical coverage and the size of the network.
In short a disaster. – Zerohedge

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 24th, 2014

Cornel West Blasts Obama Is A “Brown-Faced Clinton”, A “Post-Traumatic Depression” Will Follow

Outspoken Union Theological Seminary professor Cornel West goes where very few ‘thinkers-of-color’ have had the courage to go in this interview with Salon’s Thomas Frank: “The thing is, [Obama] posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free… we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist… So you got low-quality black leadership. Al Sharpton is who? He’s a cheerleader for Obama… Eric Holder won’t touch the Wall Street executives; they’re his friends… I think a post-Obama America is an America in post-traumatic depression.”
Excerpted from Salon,
…how do you feel things have worked out since then, both with the economy and with this president? That was a huge turning point, that moment in 2008, and my own feeling is that we didn’t turn.
No, the thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are – we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody – a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/24/2014