New York Post Reports – ABC Signed a $105 Million Contract with George Stephanopoulos Last Year

If the New York Post report is true, ABC News made a monumental financial blunder last year when it signed a $105 million contract to keep George Stephanopoulos as the face of its ‘news’ network.
As I outlined in last week’s post, First Brian Williams, Now George Stephanopoulos Has Lost All Credibility in Latest Mainstream Media Scandal, due to his undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation, Mr. Stephanopoulos is now unable to report with any credibility on Hillary Clinton. If he isn’t capable of reporting on Hillary, then he isn’t able of reporting on any aspect of the 2016 Presidential election. So why would he be worth five dollars, let alone $105 million?
From the New York Post:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on May 19, 2015.

“If The Public Knew About Obama’s Lies And Cover Ups, Mitt Romney Might Be President” – Judicial Watch

When it comes to the countless lies of this administration (and that of the next one under Hillary Clinton) one has to just throw in the flag.
Days after Seymour Hersh exposed the biggest lie of Obama’s first term, a lie which we learned was also facilitated and perpetuated by the CIA as well (the topic of the latest Frontline documentary “How the CIA Helped Make ‘Zero Dark Thirty’”), we get yet more evidence of the administration’s lies this time on a topic dear – and sensitive – for the person who may well be the next US president, Hillary Clinton, who as a reminder made up a story that the September 11, 2012 Benghazi embassy attack was a product of spontaneous protests of an obscure YouTube documentary by an American producer that lampooned Muslims.
Only later did the administration concede that the attack was a terrorist operation.
And now, according to a declassified Defense Department document obtained by Judicial Watch we learn that the Obama administration knew that “al Qaeda terrorists had planned the Benghazi attack ten days in advance.” Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior level individuals including then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Obama White House National Security Council were given intelligence within hours of the Benghazi attack describing how it had been planned at least 10 days in advance ‘to kill as many Americans as possible.’
The heavily redacted Defense Department ‘information report’ says that the attack on the Benghazi facility ‘was planned and executed by The Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR).’ The group subscribes to ‘AQ ideologies:’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/19/2015.

State Department To Release Hillary Emails… In January 2016!

The good news: A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U. S. State Department to produce a schedule for the release of emails that Hillary Clinton sent and received while she was secretary of state, a legal move that could complicate her presidential campaign.
The other news: The State Department is proposing a deadline of January 2016 to complete its review…
You just can’t make this up!
As Reuters reports,
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U. S. State Department to produce a schedule for the release of emails that Hillary Clinton sent and received while she was secretary of state, a legal move that could complicate her presidential campaign.
A lawyer in the case, Jeffrey Light, told Reuters that U. S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered the State Department to come up with a timetable by next week for the rolling release of the 55,000 pages of emails.
The judge also told the State Department to come up with a schedule by next week for releasing 300 Clinton emails related to U. S. operations in Benghazi, Libya where four American officials, including the U. S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in a September 11, 2012 attack, Light said.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/19/2015.

America’s Pitiful ‘Choice’

A Look Ahead to the Next (S)election
We realize we are jumping the gun a bit here, after all, it isn’t yet certain which candidates will win the primaries and become presidential candidates. However, we are taking an educated guess here, based on past elections and primaries. The Democratic Party usually has a relatively non-competitive field. One or two candidates are most likely to get the nomination from the outset. Left-of-field candidates like e.g. Bernie Sanders may take part, but have no chance anyway. Last time around, Hillary Clinton faced quite a formidable opponent in Barrack Obama, who undoubtedly was a far more appealing choice from the perspective of the Democratic base.
This time around, it is hard to see who could possibly stop Hillary, except perhaps herself. She is as scandal-ridden as a stray dog in the slums of Lagos is flee-ridden. So she might trip over one of her scandals, but not if the US mainstream press has anything to say about it. This is actually a bit of a word play in a sense, since she usually gets away with stuff precisely because the mainstream press isn’t saying much about it. We also know from occasionally watching the discourse on Democratic grassroots sites that they are all rooting for her this time (we admittedly can’t understand it, but there it is).
With respect to the Republicans, it seems likely that the primaries will once again see a large field of candidates competing. The only somewhat offbeat choice on the menu is Rand Paul, who is a bit like a version of Ron Paul who has shed a lot of Ron in order to become ‘electable’. We cannot fault him for this strategy – if he were as fiercely principled as his father, he’d have no chance whatsoever. Rand Paul is the best chance the libertarian wing of the Republican party has had in a very long time indeed. We can be 100% sure though that he is not the preferred choice of the Republican establishment – the bland, war-mongering professional political clique that is always pushing for an equally bland candidate. To wit, Mitt Romney last time around – how much more uninteresting a candidate could they have possibly picked? So who is the Republican ‘establishment candidate’ this time? Like Hillary, he is part of what America has instead of a nobility: Jeb Bush.

This post was published at Acting-Man on May 14, 2015.

Rot Of Empire: Moody’s Downgrades Chicago To Junk Bond Status

I thought junk bonds were ‘high risk – high return’ whereas I’d have thought Chicago was more ‘high risk – no return. Not so much junk bonds, just junk. Reader comment from ‘Mike’
It’s doubtful that Warren Buffet’s Moody’s Investor Services will face the same wrath from Obama that Obama inflicted on S&P after S&P downgraded the U. S. Government debt rating from triple-A to double-A. After all, Warren Buffet owns Obama.
The outlook on all long term ratings remains negative (LINK)
But recall that Moody’s did not downgrade Enron to junk status until Enron hit the wall. While I’m not suggesting that Chicago will hit the wall anytime in the next few weeks, it does suggest that the White House is probably evaluating bail-out ideas.
I’m not sure how Obama thinks he can smooth this one by all Federal taxpayers outside of the State of Illinois (which itself is running something like an admitted $21 billion budget deficit). But, then again, something like 45% of registered Democrats have expressed voting support for a criminal (Hillary Clinton), so anything is possible in this Orwellian paradise.
Here’s a summary of Moody’s downgrade ‘rationale:’

This post was published at Investment Research Dynamics on May 13, 2015.

Jeb Bush Flip-Flops on Iraq: ‘I would have done the same as my brother’

21st Century Wire says… Go figure…
(Shoring-up his war credentials. Does that means a war is coming?)
CNN
Jeb Bush said he would have done the same as his brother in deciding to go to war in Iraq if he had been president at the time.
His comments, in an interview with Fox News set to air on Monday night, come in the wake of Bush’s private statement that he relies on his brother, former President George W. Bush, as an adviser on some Middle East affairs.
‘I would have [authorized the invasion], and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,’ Bush said in the interview.


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MAY 12, 2015.

Nomi Prins: The Clintons & Their Banker Friends

In the coming months, however many hours Clinton spends introducing herself to voters in small-town America, she will spend hundreds more raising money in four-star hotels and multimillion-dollar homes around the nation. The question is: “Can Clinton claim to stand for ‘everyday Americans,’ while hauling in huge sums of cash from the very wealthiest of us?” This much cannot be disputed: Clinton’s connections to the financiers and bankers of this country – and this country’s campaigns – run deep. As Nomi Prins questions, who counts more to such a candidate, the person you met over that chicken burrito bowl or the Citigroup partner you met over crudits and caviar?
Via TomDispatch.com,
The Clintons and Their Banker Friends The Wall Street Connection (1992 to 2016) [This piece has been adapted and updated by Nomi Prins from chapters 18 and 19 of her book All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power, just out in paperback (Nation Books).] The past, especially the political past, doesn’t just provide clues to the present. In the realm of the presidency and Wall Street, it provides an ongoing pathway for political-financial relationships and policies that remain a threat to the American economy going forward.
When Hillary Clinton video-announced her bid for the Oval Office, she claimed she wanted to be a ‘champion’ for the American people. Since then, she has attempted to recast herself as a populist and distance herself from some of the policies of her husband. But Bill Clinton did not become president without sharing the friendships, associations, and ideologies of the elite banking sect, nor will Hillary Clinton. Such relationships run too deep and are too longstanding.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/08/2015 –.

Caught On Tape: Stunned Reporter Grills State Department Why Hillary’s Breaches Won’t Be Investigated

In the past several weeks, not a day has passed without a new scandal surfacing revealing Clinton’s lack of judgment whether it involves her abuse of email protocol, or some previously undisclosed financial relation between either Hillary Clinton or the Clinton foundation and an outside donor. The most egregious revelation took place a few days ago when it emerged that the Democratic presidential candidate had breached her agreement with the White House to name all foundation donors during her tenure as secretary of state.
Specifically, as Reuters reported, Clinton had promised the federal government that the Clinton Foundation and its associated charities would name all donors annually while she was the nation’s top diplomat. “She also promised that the charities would let the State Department’s ethics office review beforehand any proposed new foreign governments donations.”
In March, the charities confirmed to Reuters for the first time that they had not complied with those pledges for most of Clinton’s four years at the State Department.
The implication is that foreigners banned from donating to U. S. political campaigns could and likely did curry favor with her by giving to the charity that bears her name. The charities accepted new donations from at least six foreign governments while Clinton was secretary of state: Switzerland, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, Rwanda, Sweden and Algeria. And, of course, Ukraine.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/08/2015.

Obama, Hillary/Bill, Bush, ‘income inequality and violence’

‘There are lots of ways to destroy communities. One of the most successful is: take jobs away. Cancel jobs. Then, cover this plot with lies about poverty and inequality. Set race and against race: tap into human feelings and the mind in their vulnerable areas – where hatred and rancor can be stimulated. Thus, distract everyone from the truth.’ (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
The US, England, Australia, Canada – everywhere you go you see the same specter and the same lying politicians:
The specter is Globalism and its effects – the open secret mainstream pols refuse to talk about.
The Globalist truth is simple, and it has been simple since the 1940s: If a government pushes a policy that sends jobs to foreign countries where labor is cheap, economic ruin follows at home.
It doesn’t take a genius or even an economist to figure it out.
Here in the US, Presidents and would-be Presidents babble on about wanting to reduce poverty while they covertly support stealing jobs and more jobs from US cities and towns.
This is Hillary Clinton. This is her husband, Bill, and George W Bush and Barack Obama.
‘Weep for the poor. Pump in more welfare cash. Fix income equality. (Steal jobs).’
They know exactly what they’re doing, they know the lies they’re telling, they know the transnational corporations they’re backing, they know where the jobs are going.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on May 3, 2015.

Hillary Clinton ‘Thinks She Is a God’

Behold!
In a government and corporate sphere dominated by and filled with psychopaths and sociopaths, arrogant and ruthless ladder climbers and ultra wealthy manipulators, Hillary still stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Not just in 2016, throughout her entire quest for power.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Emmanuel Badejo, the bishop of Oyo in southwestern Nigeria, told the Rome correspondent of Aleteia, an online Roman Catholic newspaper, in an interview published Wednesday that Hillary Clinton ‘thinks she is a god.’
‘I believe there are three groups of people in this world: those who believe in God, those who do not believe in God, and those who think they are gods,’ Bishop Badejo said when asked to respond to the former secretary of state’s recent claim that ‘Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed’ in order to reconcile support for abortion rights with Christianity. ‘Hillary Clinton I think is one of those who thinks she is a god,’ Badejo said.
[…] He continued: ‘From the way she spoke, people like herself very clearly don’t want to hear anything about God. Even if they say they believe in God, they really don’t.
Hillary Clinton believes she is a god, or at least that she should be treated like one.
Barack Obama shamelessly let himself be marketed, in the beginning, as a messiah figure, as ‘The One’ and certainly has his fill of hubris and megalomania. Both Bushes and Bill Clinton acted above the law with impunity, narcissistic grandeur and entitlement…
But Hillary actually walks about the earth as if she were a god.
And such a delusion is potentially quite dangerous. Wikipedia notes:

This post was published at shtfplan on May 1st, 2015.

What Difference Does it Make? 1,100 Foreign Donors to Clinton Foundation Never Disclosed and Remain Secret

As a condition of becoming Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton signed a memorandum of understanding with the Obama Administration to disclose the donors to the Clinton Foundation due to the obvious potential conflicts of interest. Sounds good, but everyone knows the Clintons don’t pay by the rules, and they just went ahead and didn’t disclose 1,100 foreign donors to the faux charity.
Interestingly, these 1,100 donors funneled the money through the Canadian wing of the Clinton slush fund, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP). This subsidiary of the Clinton Foundation was co-founded by Canadian businessman Frank Giustra, who’s sizable donations to the ‘charity’ have been linked to getting a pass on human rights abuses in Colombia and crony uranium deals in Kazakhstan.
If these United States were anything close to a Democracy or a Republic, Hillary Clinton would have withdrawn from the Presidential race five scandals ago, but we all know what America really is, so the machine chugs along.
From Bloomberg:
Giustra strenuously objects to how he was portrayed. ‘It’s frustrating,’ he says. And because the donations came in through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) – a Canadian affiliate of the Clinton Foundation he established with the former president – he feels doubly implicated by the insinuation of a dark alliance.
‘We’re not trying to hide anything,’ he says. There are in fact 1,100 undisclosed donors to the Clinton Foundation, Giustra says, most of them non-U. S. residents who donated to CGEP. ‘All of the money that was raised by CGEP flowed through to the Clinton Foundation – every penny – and went to the [charitable] initiatives we identified,’ he says.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Apr 29, 2015.

Hillary – Excess Baggage

The silly season is upon us again. As usual the media is willing to allow their preferred candidate excess baggage. Unfortunately the laws of physics may override the media favor. The amount of excess baggage Hillary Clinton carries threatens to overwhelm the airplane. This plane is badly overloaded with baggage and more is coming. It may not be able to lift off.

The New York Times Flips The most recent revelation, reported in the NY Times, is that Hillary Clinton may have received cash for her foundation from Russia as the quid in a quid pro quo in a uranium deal. The Washington Post is also all over this issue. Add this to a litany of almost thirty years of recorded baggage from Arkansas and Washington and one wonders why this woman believes she has a right to be president. Given what is still ahead in terms of expected new revelations, one wonders why Ms. Clinton does not just disappear into her dotage and spend time with her grandchild.

This post was published at Economic Noise on APRIL 23, 2015.

US Turns Back Iran in Yemen, Clinton Cash Bribes, Flash Crash Trader

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Apr 23, 2015
Iran cargo ships, possibly carrying arms and supplies, have turned around and are headed back to Iran. Was it because of the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier group? You can bet on it. I was worried that this could turn into a major international incident. Why Yemen and other hot spots are not part of the Iran nuclear negotiations is beyond me.
There is a new book called ‘Clinton Cash’ that is alleging bribes paid to Hillary Clinton’s so-called charity when she was Secretary of State. In one deal alone, $145 million came into her foundation by foreign donors, and that allegedly paved the way for Russia to buy a large piece of U. S. uranium production. The Clintons say none of the allegations are true, and it is just a partisan attack. That is hard to believe when news organizations, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, are doing stories.
Remember the ‘Flash Crash’ five years ago when 600 points got erased from the Dow in just a few minutes. At the time, there were stories about how somebody’s ‘fat finger’ caused the crash. Now, we find out that it was a lone guy in London trading stocks in his underwear that caused the carnage. That is simply preposterous. A story in Zero Hedge says the trader that was arrested and charged is nothing more than a patsy.

Propaganda Works: A Significant Majority Of Americans Think The Economy Is Good… And Only Getting Better

Americans’ perception of President Obama’s economic policies are on the mend according to a new report from CNN.
‘For the first time since President Obama took office,’ says journalist Matt Egan, ‘a significant majority of Americans give the economy two thumbs up.’
The findings are based on a poll conducted by CNN/ORC.
According to the poll 52% of Americans described the economy as ‘very or somewhat good.’
By CNN standards this is considered a ‘significant majority.’ So significant, in fact, that the network contends it is great news from Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign because it shows how successful Democratic programs have been.
And things are only going to get better from here.
On top of that, Americans think the sunny economy will keep going. Over two-thirds of those polled believe the economy will be in good shape a year from now, compared with 38% who say it will be in poor shape.
The findings are the result of several factors including more jobs, healthier economic growth and cheap gas.
But what if, for the sake of argument, the factors CNN cites are complete conjecture?

This post was published at shtfplan on April 22nd, 2015.

Truth Is Washington’s Enemy – Paul Craig Roberts

US Representative Ed Royce (R, CA) is busy at work destroying the possibility of truth being spoken in the US. On April 15 at a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs of which Royce is chairman, Royce made use of two minor presstitutes to help him redefine all who take exception to Washington’s lies as ‘threats’ who belong to a deranged pro-Russian propaganda cult.
Washington’s problem is that whereas Washington controls the print and TV media in the US and its vassal states in Europe, Canada, Australia, Ukraine, and Japan, Washington does not control Internet sites, such as this one, or media, such as RT, of non-vassal states. Consequently, Washington’s lies are subject to challenge, and as people lose confidence in Western print and TV media because of the propaganda content, Washington’s agendas, which depend on lies, are experiencing rougher sledding.
Truth is bubbling up through Washington’s propaganda. Confronted with the possibility of a loss of control over every explanation, Hillary Clinton, Ed Royce, and the rest are suddenly complaining that Washington is ‘losing the information war.’ Huge sums of taxpayers’ hard earned money will now be used to combat the truth with lies.
What to do? How to suppress truth with lies in order to remain in control? The answer says Andrew Lack, Royce, et alia, is to redefine a truth-teller as a terrorist. Thus, the comparison of RT and ‘dissident’ Internet bloggers to the Islamist State and the designated terror group, Boko Haram.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on April 21, 2015.

North Carolina Man’s Obituary “Respectfully Asks That You Not Vote For Hillary In 2016

A Cabarrus County, North Carolina man died last week, but Larry Upright, 81, made one final request in his obituary – written by his family.
“Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. R. I. P. Grandaddy.” Judging by the condolences, he is not alone in his request. It seems “everyday Americans” does not include North Carolinans…
Via Whitley’s Funeral Home…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 04/20/2015.

Obama’s Trade Policy Shows the Audacity of Ignorance

The most important takeaway from David Nakamura’s detailedWashington Post piece on President Obama and trade policy is that the president’s evolving views have been shaped by arrogance as well as ignorance. Worse economic news can scarcely be imagined, since Congress is gearing up to decide whether to grant him a blank check (‘fast track’ authority) for negotiating new deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Nakamura’s reporting confirms an observation I made back in 2008when then-Senator Obama was first running for President: He knew nothing important about trade issues and cared less. The best evidence for the former was his constant harping on what he thought were NAFTA’s defects at a time when China had completely eclipsed Mexico as a policy concern. The best evidence for the latter was his website’s almost perfunctory treatment of the subject (especially in contrast to the detailed analysis offered on the internet by one Hillary Clinton).
Fast forward to his years in office, and we see:

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on April 16, 2015.

10 Hilarious Modifications Of Hillary Clinton’s New Campaign Logo

Should we be surprised that Hillary Clinton has come up with perhaps the worst presidential campaign logo in American history? This is a woman that has never seemed to be able to do much of anything right, and yet at the moment she appears quite likely to be our next president. And it is sad commentary on the state of this nation that we would willingly choose such a leader. The Clintons have been continuously immersed in scandal since their days in Arkansas in the 1980s, and yet tens of millions of Americans still worship them. The Clintons could probably sacrifice children to Baal on national television and most of their supporters would still love them. There is no way in the world that Bill or Hillary Clinton should be running for anything at this point. If we actually lived in a just society, they would both be in prison. But instead, they are treated like rock stars wherever they go, and they have made more than $100 million since leaving the White House in 2001. Most of that money has come from making speeches and doing personal appearances. They are a bright, shining example of how broken our political system is, and yet Hillary is very likely going to be our first female president.
It should be a very interesting campaign season. But in the end, it will probably be Hillary on one side vs. Jeb Bush on the other. If that doesn’t depress you, then you are probably totally clueless about what is really going on in this country.
As we go along, there will be plenty of time to dissect the candidates. And with Hillary, there is plenty to examine. But for now, people are having a lot of fun making fun of her new logo. The following are 10 hilarious modifications to her campaign logo that will be sure to have you laughing. All of these are being circulated on Facebook except for #4, #7 and #10. Those were created by my wife. I think that most of you will really enjoy these…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on April 14th, 2015.

All Hail Hillary – Iowa Students Locked in Classrooms as Clinton Arrives at College to Visit ‘Everyday Iowans’

You can’t make this up. You really can’t.
So just days after oligarch extraordinaire Hillary Clinton finally put us out of our misery and announced her campaign for the U. S. Presidency, she decided it would be shrewd to kick things off by ‘having conversations with everyday Iowans’ via a ‘van tour.’ These aren’t my words, it is exactly how the PR stunt was marketed by her campaign. See:

Naturally, the whole thing was staged, and the experience of most ‘everyday Iowans’ was far from any sort of conversation. In fact, many were locked in their classrooms to prevent her highness from even having to view the rabble. The Des Moines Register notes that:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Apr 15, 2015.

330 Million Citizens & Only One Democrat Interested In Being President

I was watching Meet the Press Sunday and found it fairly comical when they got around to discussing Hillary Clinton. In fact, they replayed a SNL skit from Saturday night that made fun of Hillary and the fact that she is the only viable candidate for the Democrats because of the Clinton dynasty. The host of Meet the Press, Chuck Todd and his panel guests all had a good laugh ‘ha ha ha… yes that’s funny because it’s true ha ha ha’. And once they had a good if not awkward chuckle, one can only presume at the expense of the American people, they simply moved on and stepped over that giant elephant in the room. So despite the fact that we all understand something is incredibly wrong with the fact that Hillary has no challengers in a nation of 330 million citizens we are simply supposed to ignore this giant puss filled boil on the face of our democratic process.
How can this be? How is it that in such a well educated society with an abundance of opinions throughout this vast land the Democratic party is unable to find anyone outside of the core political machine willing to even take a stab at becoming the chief public servant? This is supposed to be a self governed democracy. We have destroyed the entire Middle East over the past 15 years in the name of self governance and rule by the people for the people. What a farce! How can anyone in this country say with a straight face that we are a nation ruled by the people for the people when the system is so locked down to anyone outside of the elite political insiders that we cannot even find a few tokens to throw at the facade of democracy at work?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 04/14/2015.