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“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it…. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

– See more at: https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_emergence_of_orwellian_newspeak_and_the_death_of_free_speech#sthash.yR3ifExf.dpuf

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A while ago Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives during the “W” Bush administration was arrested by the FBI for fraud and money laundering charges. Hastert was third in line for the presidency, and a major force for the continual moralizing of the right wing.


His real crime is serial rape of students when he was a secondary school coach and scout leader. His criminal charges are for hiding millions paid in blackmail to silence victims. ABC News published photos of teenagers he had taken on an “Explorers” trip to the Bahamas.

Lots of beds and underwear shots but nothing said as Dennis Hastert had become a very powerful man, powerful enough to pay enormous bribes but powerful enough to crush careers or worse, arrange arrests, mental hospital stays and prison.

Those railroaded into prison by Washington power brokers seldom live very long, often developing strange cancers like with my good friend Congressman Mark Siljander, oddly a longtime friend of Hastert.  Siljander was indicted for money laundering related to terrorism when he went to Bush (43) with evidence that should have stopped the 2003 invasion.

Hastert is also powerful enough to arrange murders as well.

Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds had accused Hastert of espionage, money laundering and drug trafficking in Chicago. Edmonds had phoned in on a C-Span television segment, putting the charges, quickly pushed “under the table,” on the record.

Our social and security institutions have been accessories after the fact on this abuse

Hastert had been “burned” by both Israeli and Turkish intelligence during GOP “sex junkets” to Israel. There, Hastert and other key congressional Republican leaders were photographed having sex with children in exchange for using their security clearances to give Israeli and Turkish intelligence full access to America’s most vital secrets.

In return, drug money laundered into election coffers guaranteed Hastert and his cohorts continual reelection and generous financial rewards after leaving office. All they had to do in return is keep Israel stocked with cluster bombs, napalm and white phosphorous. Israel tends to use up their stocks rather quickly.

Hastert, along with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston led the impeachment drive against President Clinton. They are also the voice of all that is moral and religious in Washington.

We know about Hastert. He was chosen as Speaker of the House because his predecessors, Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston, both Republicans, had to resign because of “non gay” sex scandals. To the GOP, it was safer to promote a serial pedophile, like they do in Britain, than risk a womanizer.

There is little question about Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham recently retired from the US Air Force where, for decades, he had serial affairs with young male airmen. His command, in Charleston, South Carolina, was a center for gay antics in the military just like George W. Bush’s Air National Guard unit in Houston was during the Vietnam War. We might well be honest, “while George W. Bush avoided serving in Vietnam” though both his opponents,  John Kerry and Al Gore, served in Vietnam.


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Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric may skew toward supporting the downtrodden, but her shopping tastes are strictly LIfestyles of the Rich and Famous.

The Democratic presidential front-runner was phoographed Wednesday morning in wind-swept New York City emerging from the ultra-high-end Bergdorf Goodman department store and getting into her armored black ‘Scooby’ van with chief of staff Huma Abedin and a contingent of Secret Service agents.

‘Bergdorf’s,’ as New Yorkers with gobs of disposable income call it, is Manhattan’s ground zero for expensive brands like Gucci, Valentino, Prada and Louboutin, whose signature red-soled shoes can go for $1,000 or more per pair.

JUST LIKE US: Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton (center, in fuchsia) stopped at the luxe New York City department store Bergdorf Goodman on Wednesday morning, ambling down West 58th Street with an entourage including Secret Service protection and her closest aide, Human Abedin (in red)

JUST LIKE US: Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton (center, in fuchsia) stopped at the luxe New York City department store Bergdorf Goodman on Wednesday morning, ambling down West 58th Street with an entourage including Secret Service protection and her closest aide, Human Abedin (in red)

SCOOBY SIGHTING: Clinton's customized armor-plated Chevy conversion van, dubbed 'Scooby' by her campaign staffers, was waiting on West 58th Street when she came out of Bergdorf's 

SCOOBY SIGHTING: Clinton’s customized armor-plated Chevy conversion van, dubbed ‘Scooby’ by her campaign staffers, was waiting on West 58th Street when she came out of Bergdorf’s 

Hillary is also known to get her roots touched up or her hair cut by renowned – and pricey –  stylist John Barrett at his salon on the 9th floor at Bergdorf’s. But with the wind whipping her hair around, it’s hard to say if she stopped by for a $600, yes, $600 cut and blow dry.

The landmark store is also renowned for its personal-shopper service, which pairs the wealthy with valet service to help choose, try and tailor outfits.

Clinton spoke Tuesday at a black church a stone’s throw from race-riot-scarred Ferguson, Missouri, boasting of her pledge to combat ‘systematic efforts to disempower and disenfranchise young people, poor people, people of color, and the elderly.’

She then jetted to New York City on a private plane waiting at the St. Louis airport.

Bergdorf Goodman shoppers who are in the know don’t come and go through the main entrance on posh Fifth Avenue, but via a less public door around the corner on West 58th Street.

That’s where Clinton and her entourage emerged on Wednesday.

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Leader of group cited in ‘Dylann Roof manifesto’ donated to top Republicans

–Ted Cruz campaign tells Guardian it will ‘be making a full refund’ [LOL!]

| 21 June 2015 |The leader of a rightwing group that Dylann Roof allegedly credits with helping to radicalise him against black people before the Charleston church massacre has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans such as presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks — including that black people were “the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world” — were posted online in his name. Holt, 62, is the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), a Missouri-based activist organisation praised as enlightening by the author of a manifesto-style text that was posted on a website registered in Roof’s name along with photographs of the gunman. The FBI said on Saturday it was investigating the website.

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Choose Your Puppet


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Los Angeles | Yoko Ono shocked reporters yesterday when she responded to a question concerning the presidential run of Hillary Clinton and the possibility that she could become the first woman President of the United States in American history.

The artist and widow of John Lennon, who is in Los Angeles to present a collection of cups and saucers she is exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art, totally took reporters by surprise by admitting she had not only met the former First Lady at various times during a series of protests against the Vietnam War in New York in the 1970s but also knew her “intimately”.

The celebrity admitted laughingly to having “a fling” with her at the time and acknowledged her election “would be a great advancement for LGBT and Women rights in America” she added.

Yoko Ono shocked reporters when she admitted to "having a fling" with the former Secretary of State after they met during a protest against the Vietnam War in New York in the early 1970s


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  • Senator Graham said he would welcome Caitlyn Jenner into the Republican party because he’s ‘into addition’
  • ‘I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy, but if Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party,’ he said
  • Jenner came out as a Republican during an ABC 20/20 special with Diane Sawyer in April
  • Graham made his pitch for a more inclusive GOP and said he would respect the Surpreme Court’s decision on gay marriage


Presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham has said he would welcome Caitlyn Jenner into the Republican party with open arms.

Graham was asked about Jenner – who came out as a Republican in April – during an interview on CNN on Sunday.

The South Carolina senator, who threw his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential nominee earlier this week, told State Of The Union host Dana Bash that he is ‘into addition.’

Presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham has said he would welcome Caitlyn Jenner into the Republican party with open arms because he's 'into addition' 

Presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham has said he would welcome Caitlyn Jenner into the Republican party with open arms because he’s ‘into addition’

‘I haven’t walked in her shoes. I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life,’ he said. ‘I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through. I hope he’s – I hope she has found peace.’

‘I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy, but I’m running to be president of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party,’ Graham said.

He isn’t the first high profile Republican to speak out in support of Jenner’s decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Last month former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who is also in the 2016 running, said he had no problem with Jenner’s decision.

‘If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,’ Santorum said at the South Carolina Republican Party’s convention.

‘My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are. I can criticize, and I do, for what people do, for their behavior.’

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Senate Roll Call Vote on NSA Surveillance

| 31 May 2015 | The 77-17 roll call on Sunday by which the Senate voted to move ahead and consider the House-passed bill to extend parts of the Patriot Act. A “yes” vote is a vote to move ahead on the bill. Voting yes were 41 Democrats, 34 Republicans and 2 independents. Voting no were 0 Democrats and 17 Republicans.

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Reportedly, Dennis Hastert, when he was a schoolteacher, sexually abused at least one schoolboy.

Hastert became the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Reportedly Hastert, a married man, paid more than $1.7 million to cover up the ‘sexual abuse.’
Hastert is a Conservative Christian.
Hastert (right) and his friend Dick Cheney.

While Hastert was House Speaker, Mark Foley resigned from Congress in disgrace, after the discovery of texts and emails, about masturbation and erections, he sent to teenage congressional pages.

Foley had co-chaired a congressional caucus group dealing with missing and exploited children.


Allegedly, there was a child abuse ring at work.

For example, Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, a Christian fundamentalist legislative aide for California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was charged with repeatedly engaging in sex with a 14-year old schoolboy and amassing a large amount of child pornography.
Hastert and other congressional leaders visited the Northern Marianas, which has been linked to child abuse.The then Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, denied accusation that he was part of a cover-up in the Foley affair.

Jean and William Vahey, who may have been working for the CIA and its friends. William Vahey drugged and sexually abused large numbers of boys in the many international schools in which he taught. Vahey taught at JIS. spooky teachers abusing kids at international schools

Hastert became a born-again Christian as a teenager.[8]

Hastert was a history teacher at Yorkville High School in Illinois from 1964 to 1980.

While working there, Hastert coached football and wrestling.

Hastert also worked with the Boy Scouts for 16 years.

Hastert took school-aged boys on trips to the Bahamas, the Grand Canyon and the Green River in Utah.

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Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill

–Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 ‘yea’votes.

| 27 May 2015 | A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its climax and as Congress hotly debates the biggest trade deal in a generation, its backers have turned on the cash spigot in the hopes of getting it passed… Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on 12 May, distinguishing themselves from the Senate’s 54 Republicans and handful of Democrats as the votes to sway. In just 24 hours, Wyden and five of those DemocRATic holdouts — Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, and Bill Nelson of Florida — caved and voted for fast-track. Bennet, Murray, and Wyden — all running for re-election in 2016 — received $105,900 between the three of them. Bennet, who comes from the more purple state of Colorado, got $53,700 in corporate campaign donations between January and March 2015, according to Taylor Channing’s research.

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Late last month we outlined an IBTimes report which showed that Goldman Sachs paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars to Bill Clinton for a speech before lobbying the State Department (then run by Hillary Clinton) on legislation tied to the Export-Import Bank which would eventually approved a loan to a Chinese company that subsequently placed a $75 million purchase order with a Goldman-owned aircraft manufacturer. The implication, of course, was that the speaking engagement fee ultimately influenced the State Department’s decision making, a suggestion Goldman called “preposterous.”

The Clintons have also come under scrutiny for possible conflicts of interest arising from contributions to Clinton Foundation charities while Hillary Clinton served as the nation’s top diplomat. More specifically, a Reuters investigation revealed that the Foundation failed to report “tens of millions” of donations from foreign governments on three years’ worth of 990s, prompting the organization’s acting CEO Maura Pally to pen a lengthy blog post explaining the “mistake.” Shortly thereafter, Reuters found inaccuracies in Pally’s explanation, noting that in fact, Clinton broke transparency promises made to the Obama administration.

Now, the IBTimes is out with a new investigative piece that looks at the relationship between foreign government and corporate donors to Clinton charities and weapons deals negotiated under Hillary Clinton’s State Department which, as it turns out, approved $165 billion in arms deals to nations who had previously given money to the Clinton Foundation. 

Via IBTimes:

In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic enterprise she has overseen with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Just two months before the deal was finalized, Boeing — the defense contractor that manufactures one of the fighter jets the Saudis were especially keen to acquire, the F-15 — contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to a company press release.

The Saudi deal was one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire, an International Business Times investigation has found.

Under Clinton’s leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data. That figure — derived from the three full fiscal years of Clinton’s term as Secretary of State (from October 2010 to September 2012) — represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to the those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term…

The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration. These extra sales were part of a broad increase in American military exports that accompanied Obama’s arrival in the White House.


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