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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval.
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review “in short order.” She says the recommendations will include measures to expand background checks.
Jarrett spoke Wednesday night at a vigil for the victims of the Newtown shooting, according to a summary provided by the White House.
After the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, Obama said his team was looking for ways to tighten gun laws without a vote in Congress. White House officials have said they’re exploring closing the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows people to buy weapons at gun shows and online without a background check.
H/t reader M.G.:
“More on congressional corruption……………….this crap has to be stopped.
Taking funds from foreign nations…….this used to be illegal.”
– 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government (Washington Post, May 13, 2015)
May 5, 2015
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney joins Stew Webb and Bruce Campbell to discuss the corruption she witnessed in Washington DC.
“It Strikes Me Mighty Strange That You Would Have Seven Latin American Leaders All Come Down With Cancer At The Same Time.”
US Lawmakers Forced To Sign Support Of Israel:
Flashback and an absolute must-watch for all those that haven’t seen this yet.
Feb 14, 2014
America: Freedom to Fascism is a 2006 film by Aaron Russo, covering a variety of subjects, including: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the income tax, Federal Reserve System, national ID cards (REAL ID Act), human-implanted RFID tags, Diebold electronic voting machines, globalization, Big Brother, taser weapons abuse, and the use of terrorism by the government as a means to diminish the citizens’ rights.
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– Full Circle: Obama Asks Congress For Troop Deployment In Iraq, War Authorization On Islamic State (ZeroHedge, Feb 11, 2015):
- OBAMA ASKS CONGRESS TO AUTHORIZE WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE: AP
- OBAMA SAYS REQUEST WON’T AUTHORIZE LONG WAR LIKE IRAQ: AP
And so it begins, and this time it will be different, because Obama’s wars are… shorter.
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Several years ago, Obama impressed a handful of crusty, old people in Norway who believed the recent Illinois senator’s vision of a world without war, validated by his eagerness to end the war in Iraq and withdraw US troops to their native country. He got an award for it.
– Here’s Some Frightening Honesty, Courtesy Of The US Congress (Sovereign Man, Jan 31, 2015):
A member of my staff caught an obscure resolution that was introduced in the US House of Representatives last week—Resolution no. 41.
The fact that there was essentially no coverage of this Resolution really shows how the mainstream media is completely turning a blind eye to the true fiscal situation of the United States of America.
The entire point of the resolution is to say that the federal government is broke.
It can’t pay its own bills, and therefore is shouldn’t be responsible to pay anyone else’s either.
What could possibly go wrong?
From the article:
“The only question is when the next multi-trillion (or perhaps quadrillion now that all global central banks are all in?) bailout takes place.”
The elitists will blow up the entire financial system and you better have water, food, gold, silver, guns, a remote farm, friends and a getaway plan.
– Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For (ZeroHedge, Dec 12, 2014):
Courtesy of the Cronybus(sic) last minute passage, government was provided a quid-pro-quo $1.1 trillion spending allowance with Wall Street’s blessing in exchange for assuring banks that taxpayers would be on the hook for yet another bailout, as a result of the swaps push-out provision, after incorporating explicit Citigroup language that allows financial institutions to trade certain financial derivatives from subsidiaries that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, explicitly putting taxpayers on the hook for losses caused by these contracts. Recall:
Five years after the Wall Street coup of 2008, it appears the U.S. House of Representatives is as bought and paid for as ever. We heard about the Citigroup crafted legislation currently being pushed through Congress back in May when Mother Jones reported on it. Fortunately, they included the following image in their article:
Unsurprisingly, the main backer of the bill is notorious Wall Street lackey Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a former Goldman Sachs employee who has discovered lobbyist payoffs can be just as lucrative as a career in financial services.
We say explicitly, of course, because taxpayers have always been on the hook implicitly for the next Wall Street meltdown.
– Congress eyes move to cut pension benefits (CNBC, Dec 10, 2014):
The latest assault on private pensions may be coming from the U.S. Congress.
Lawmakers on Wednesday were finalizing a deal to shore up the government’s pension insurance fund with provisions that would raise premiums and allow troubled pension plans covering more than one employer to cut retiree benefits.
As of midday Wednesday, the reform provisions, which drew loud opposition from unions and other groups representing retirees, were not included in the latest version of a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee. The measure may be voted on as an amendment in the Rules Committee, she said.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
– Russia Has Western Enemies, Not Partners (Paul Craig Roberts, Dec 5, 2014):
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Russia Has Western Enemies, Not Partners
Paul Craig Roberts
The US House of Representatives has joined Hillary Clinton, Obama, the neoconservatives, Washington’s vassals, and the American and European presstitutes in demonizing Russia and President Putin. The House resolution against Russia is a packet of lies, but that did not stop the resolution from passing by a vote of 411 for and 10 against.
The entire world should take note that the American people are capable of electing only ten intelligent representatives. Ten people out of 435 is 2 percent. And yet Washington declares itself to be the “exceptional,” “indispensable” country empowered to exercise hegemony over the world!
#14 When there are 2.5 million homeless children living in your nation and nobody is calling it a “national emergency”, you live in a country that has gone completely insane.
– House Passes $585B Defense Bill to Expand Campaign Against IS (EpochTimes, Dec 4, 2014):
WASHINGTON—The Republican-controlled House approved a $585 billion defense policy bill that grants President Barack Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria despite misgivings about a new American combat role after more than a decade of war.
The vote on Thursday was 300-119, a reflection of the popularity of the sweeping, bipartisan measure that authorizes funds for American troops as well as ships, planes and other war-fighting equipment built in congressional districts nationwide.
– Reckless Congress ‘Declares War’ on Russia (Ron Paul Institute For Peace And Prosperity, Dec 5, 2014):
By Ron Paul
Yesterday the US House passed what I consider to be one of the worst pieces of legislation ever. H. Res. 758 was billed as a resolution “strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.”
In fact, the bill was 16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush, if they were capable of such a thing.
– President Obama Explains Why He “Did Not Request Permission” To Invade Syria – Live Feed (ZeroHedge, Sep 23, 2014):
Last night’s airstrikes on ISIS in Syria came as a surprise to some (though apparently not ISIS who local reporters note had time to move weapons and personnel) as President Obama – and his local arab nation allies (acting in support), though notably no Western nations – unleashed hell on Assad’s sovereign territory. The first stirrings of responses from Russia have been creeping out and now Israel is involved in the anti-ISIS coalition. The State Department has just confirmed that they did not give advance warning to the Syrian regime. If you are playing along at home, key words include “broad coalition”, “Assad still a bad guy”, “Vladimir who?”, and “not Muslim.”
- *KERRY DID NOT SEND LETTER TO SYRIAN REGIME, PSAKI SAYS
- *U.S. DID NOT GIVE SYRIA ADVANCE NOTICE AT MILITARY LEVEL: PSAKI
- *PSAKI SAYS U.S. INFORMED SYRIA OF INTENT TO TAKE ACTION
- *PSAKI SAYS U.S. DID NOT ASK SYRIAN PERMISSION FOR STRIKES
– House passes bill to audit Federal Reserve (The Hill, Sep 17, 2014):
The House on Wednesday passed legislation to audit the Federal Reserve System.
Passed 333-92, the bill would require the comptroller general to conduct an audit of the Federal Reserve’s board of governors and banks within one year and submit a report to Congress on the findings. A total of 106 Democrats joined all but one Republican in support of the measure.
A version of the bill sponsored by then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) passed in 2012 by a vote of 327-98. Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who failed to advance in a Senate GOP primary earlier this year, said the measure would increase transparency at the Federal Reserve.
– Obama’s Grand Plan For ISIS: “We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet” (ZeroHedge, Aug 28, 2014):
UPDATE: Damage Control Spin begins…
In his remarks today, POTUS was explicit – as he has been in the past – about the comprehensive strategy we’ll use to confront ISIL threat.
— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) August 28, 2014
President Obama ‘knows’ how to handle Putin’s ‘continuation’ (not ‘invasion’) – more sanctions (and costs for Europe) – but when it comes to beating the most “barbaric” terrorists known as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State; he had this to offer… “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” Rest assured Americans – who have been told that ISIS could be crossing the borders every day and a constant threat, President Obama is ‘working on it’. Perhaps most crucially, while we ‘joke’ that the administration has no strategy, it is noteworthy that Obama stated it was “not US policy to defeat ISIS, only reverse gains.”
– Congress Proposes Law Banning Body Armor In The Land Of The Free (Sovereign Man, Aug 21, 2014):
By the late 1920s, Joseph Stalin became the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union after having eliminated his opposition.
He topped it off in 1929 by serving a decisive blow to anyone that would dare to oppose him by outlawing private gun ownership in the country.
From that year on until 1953 when Stalin died, it’s estimated that more than 20 million Soviet citizens that were seen as a threat to the country’s leadership.
People were rounded up and either murdered outright, or sent to infamous gulag labor camps.
Stalin is an extreme case. But history is ripe with examples of governments which disarm their citizens, only to engage in serious oppression afterwards.
Communist China. Nazi Germany. Cambodia. Guatemala. Uganda. The list goes on and on. Pacification of the citizens is almost always a prerequisite to totalitarianism.
There have been a lot of attempts to disarm, or at least partially disarm, people in the US throughout history as well.
Each time there’s a major shooting somewhere, the chant to ban firearms grows louder.
But the latest proposal is especially telling.
H.R. 5344 is a bill currently going through Congress that would ban the purchase of body armor.
Violation would carry CRIMINAL penalties, including up to ten years in prison.
– Most Transparent Insider Trading Congress Ever Tells SEC To Shove it (ZeroHedge, July 28, 2014):
“Do as we say, not as we do,” appears the modus operandi of the current administration’s increasingly totalitarian regime. Today’s edition of ‘wait, what?’ comes from The WSJ who report that The U.S. House of Representatives told a federal court Friday it should dismiss a lawsuit filed by the SEC (regarding the long-running insider-trading investigation) because Congress is lawfully allowed to ignore requests to turn over records and testimony to the executive branch agency. Arguing “sovereign immunity” and responding in a rather snarky (almost “do you know who we are?” manner), House attorneys blasted the SEC’s “fool’s errand.”
The U.S. House of Representatives told a federal court Friday it should dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission because Congress is lawfully allowed to ignore requests to turn over records and testimony to the executive branch agency.
“Rather than acknowledge the fool’s errand on which it has embarked, the SEC instead invites this court to join it by disregarding fundamental limitations on judicial authority,” wrote House attorneys in a new court filing.
– An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story (Activist Post, July 15, 2014):
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Maine-D) has a lot to say about local alternative farming, small farms, farmers markets and restaurants serving local produce. She has a lot to say and a lot to do with its resurgence. She believes the answer to current top-heavy industrialized problems lies in reviving local agriculture.
How does she know so much about food, farming and food politics? Let her tell you in this little-known TEDx talk – she’s been through it all. Let’s just say she has a reason to be passionate about farming. She remembers how a small percentage of local food provided Maine’s necessities – even Boston’s.
– White House fights to keep top Obama advisor from testifying before Congress (RT, July 15, 2014)
– Obama to Congress: I don’t need new permission on Iraq (CNN, June 19, 2014):
Washington (CNN) — I’ll let you know what’s going on, but I don’t need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.
The White House meeting sounded more like a listening session for the top Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate about options for helping Iraq’s embattled Shiite government halt the lightning advance of Sunni Islamist fighters toward Baghdad that Obama is considering.
Added: April 9, 2014
Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D. is the Francis Walsingham Fellow at The American Conservative Defense Alliance (www.ACDAlliance.org) and a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer.
Philip Giraldi was the foreign policy advisor to Ron Paul during his last presidential run.
– Congress Guts Anti-NSA Spying Bill Beyond Recognition; Original Cosponsor Justin Amash Votes No (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 22, 2014):
“It’s shameful that the president of the United States, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the leaders of the country’s surveillance agencies refuse to accept consensus reforms that will keep our country safe while upholding the Constitution. And it mocks our system of government that they worked to gut key provisions of the Freedom Act behind closed doors.”
– Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, original cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act
In what will come as no surprise to any of you, there are very few members of Congress I have even the slightest degree of respect for. However, Justin Amash is one of them.
Rep. Amash is 34 years old and was first elected to Congress in 2010. He has been on my radar screen for several years now as one of the few elected representatives who act more like statesmen than politicians. He has been on the right side of many civil liberties related issues, including his opposition to the NDAA’s provision that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial. More recently, last summer he authored an anti-NSA amendment known as the “Amash Amendment,” which was defeated by establishment authoritarians in both political parties. I covered that story in my post: NSA Holds “Top Secret” Meeting to Stop Powerful Anti-Spying Amendment.
– Congress reaffirms indefinite detention of Americans under NDAA (RT, May 22, 2014):
The US House of Representatives approved an annual defense spending bill early Thursday after rejecting a proposed amendment that would have prevented the United States government from indefinitely detaining American citizens.
An amendment introduced in the House on Wednesday this week asked that Congress repeal a controversial provision placed in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that has ever since provided the executive branch with the power to arrest and detain indefinitely any US citizen thought to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda or associated organizations.
“This amendment would eliminate indefinite detention in the United States and its territories,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-Washington), a co-author of the failed amendment, said during floor debate on Wednesday, “So basically anybody that we captured, who we suspected of terrorist activity, would no longer be subject to indefinite detention, as is now, currently, the law.”
“That is an enormous amount of power to give the executive, to take someone and lock them up without due process,” Smith added. “It is an enormous amount of power to grant the executive, and I believe places liberty and freedom at risk in this country.”
– Did Michigan just trigger ‘constitutional convention’? Bid gains steam (FOX News, April 2, 2014):
WASHINGTON – Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes.
At issue is what’s known as a “constitutional convention,” a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though, devised an alternative way which says if two-thirds of state legislatures demand a meeting, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments.”