Monday, October 31, 2016

Hidden Cam: Soros-Funded Media Matters Brags How They Got Roger Stone Banned From TV


Hidden camera footage from Project Veritas shows left-wing hate group Media Mattersbragging about how they got Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone banned from television. 
Project Veritas Action has released the sixth video in a multi-part series that is sending shockwaves through the DNC and the Clinton campaign. In a new video released by Project Veritas Action, a PVA journalist exposes how his pay for play with Robert Creamer landed him a meeting with Bradley Beychock, the President of Media Matters For America, an organization that has been attacking James O’Keefe for years.
During the meeting, Beychock gave the PVA journalist a tour of their offices. He also proudly boasted about the Media Matters assault on conservative writer and political consultant Roger Stone.

Curious Barry's October Surprise for Hillary

The Curious George series by Margret and H.A. Rey features as its protagonist a monkey who causes trouble by monkeying with things he knows nothing about.  In Curious George Rides a Bike, he "helps" a boy with his newspaper route by folding the papers into paper boats and then crashing the bike, after which he feeds a bugle to an ostrich at an animal show.
The tale of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is similar. The apprentice decides, in his master's absence, to enchant a broom to perform his chores only to discover that he cannot stop the broom from fetching water and flooding the entire shop.  The same theme appears in a far more terrifying form in Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, when an apprentice wizard gets far more than he bargained for when he recites a fascinating set of words from his teacher's book.  The lesson in all cases is that it is very bad judgment to set powerful forces into motion without the competence necessary to control them, which is what Curious Barry (Obama) did with the so-called Affordable Care Act.
The Collapse of the "Affordable" Care Act
The ACA is now visibly crashing and burning, with premium increases of up to 116% in Arizona along with access to far fewer insurance plans as insurance companies exit the market.  This always happens when a country allows its purported leaders to substitute partisan ideology for physical, natural, or economic science.  Rudyard Kipling made that clear in "The Gods of the Copybook Headings."
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
When I looked for an ACA plan, I discovered that I would have to pay more than $640 a month for an almost worthless Bronze Level policy.  A portion of this would support the salary of an insurance company CEO who has done nothing to earn any salary by, for example, working with the health care providers in his system to reduce waste and improve quality.  I therefore count myself lucky to have gotten into the Altrua health cost sharing system for which my cost next year will be roughly $300 a month, and with a plan that has a lower deductible.  Altrua, Liberty HealthShareMedishare, and Samaritan Ministries achieve these lower rates ("contributions" rather than premiums) by not covering pre-existing conditions, not paying astronomical management salaries, and requiring members to forgo unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol abuse, and indiscriminate sexual behavior.  The first two accept people of any religion, while you have to be a Christian to join Medishare or Samaritan Ministries.
The ACA's Collapse Was Foreseeable and Inevitable
The Gods of the Copybook Headings, who represent the nonpartisan and implacable economic and physical laws that govern the world, have explained the ACA's visible collapse in extensive detail.  When insurance companies cannot refuse to cover pre-existing conditions, it makes perfect sense for people to do without insurance unless and until they develop a condition that needs expensive treatment.  This is essentially the same as buying fire insurance after the building has burned down or auto insurance after a major crash.  There is a huge moral and ethical difference between canceling somebody's insurance after he or she gets sick – the purpose of insurance is to cover unforeseen trouble – and allowing somebody to enroll in a plan only when he or she needs coverage.  Premiums skyrocket as more and more healthy people opt out of the dysfunctional system, which accelerates the total collapse we are now seeing.  Employers opt out of the system by cutting head count and/or hours so as to not be subject to the ACA's mandates.
The Obama administration has meanwhile done little or nothing to get the health care system to implement quality management methods, the kind that manufacturing companies have used successfully for decades, to reduce the preventable medical mistakes that are the third leading cause of death (after heart disease and cancer) in the United States.  The cost of poor quality in health care has meanwhile been estimated as 30 to 60 percent of the nation's total health care cost.
Kipling predicted accurately how the ACA would come to a bad end:
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
What You Can Do about Hillary
The first thing to do is to vote straight Republican for president, House, and Senate on November 8 to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House or at least ensure that she is a lame duck from her first day in office.  If the Republicans can hold a majority in the Senate, she will appoint no Supreme Court justices, enact no legislation, and do not much of anything else.  Anybody who fears a Trump presidency should realize, meanwhile, that enough Republican members of Congress dislike him that he won't be able to do anything outlandish, either.  Four years of King or Queen Log will be infinitely preferable to four years of Queen Stork.
What You Can Do about the ACA Mandate
This is also the open enrollment period for the so-called "Affordable" Care Act.  If you have no serious pre-existing medical conditions and are willing to forego unhealthy lifestyle choices, you can opt out of the ACA by joining a health sharing system.  This means you won't be carrying insurance executives' enormous salaries, which, in light of their unwillingness or inability to control premiums, are simply expensive welfare handouts disguised as high-level jobs.
I am not qualified to give tax or financial planning advice, but there does appear to be yet another way to opt out of the ACA without paying a tax penalty.  If, however, you get an illness that requires immediate treatment, you will have no insurance or health cost sharing protection whatsoever unless you buy a cheaper temporary insurance policy that does not meet ACA requirements.
For most unpaid taxes, there are a variety of ways that the IRS can recoup their money. But the text of the ACA is very clear in stating that taxpayers who don’t pay their ACA penalty are not subject to levies, liens, or criminal prosecution. The only way that the IRS can collect the ACA penalty is if you pay it voluntarily, or if you’re owed a refund.
The federal government's own website confirms this: "The IRS will hold back the amount of the fee from any future tax refunds. There are no liens, levies, or criminal penalties for failing to pay the fee."  Note, however, that future tax planning must be done with equal care because future refunds can be confiscated to cover an earlier penalty.
This suggests that you can avoid the penalty by planning your taxes (e.g., by making lower estimated payments) so you will be owed no refund from which it can be deducted.  It's important to ensure that you pay enough during the year to equal either 90% of this year's tax bill or 100% of the previous year's, as there is a separate penalty for too little withholding.  This means that if you expect to owe $4,000 in federal income tax, you must pay between $3,600 and $4,000 during the year as withholding and/or estimated tax (or no less than your total bill for the previous year) and pay any balance when you file your return.




Hacked Podesta Email Reveals Clinton Foundation "Coercing" Saudi Billionaire For Millions Of Dollars

Just call it the Sheik shake down...
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In one of the more prominent early Podesta email revelations, we learned that Sheik Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-'Amoudi, a Saudi Arabian and Ethiopian billionaire businessman, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $8.3 billion as of 2016, was one of the very generous donors to the Clinton Foundation... up to a point.
As a November 2011 email from Ira Magaziner, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, sent to John Podesta and Amitabh Desai, Director of Foreign Policy at the Clinton Foundation, revealed, the "CHAI [Clinton Health Access Initiative] would like to request that President Clinton call Sheik Mohammed to thank him for offering his plane to the conference in Ethiopia and expressing regrets that President Clinton's schedule does not permit him to attend the conference."
To this, the response by Desai was a simple one: "Unless Sheikh Mo has sent us a $6 million check, this sounds crazy to do."
At this point, Doug Band, Bill Clinton's former chief advisor and current president of the infamous Teneo Holding Doug Band, chimed in that it probably is a good idea: "If he doesn't do it Chai will say he didn't give the money bc of wjc" an assessment which John Podesta agreed with: "this seems rather easy and harmless and not a big time sink."
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To be sure, this exchange suggested that a substantial amount of cash had or was about to be exchanged between the Clinton Foundation and the Saudi "Sheikh Mo", as shown in the photo below.
However, the details were missing: the original email from Ira Magaziner referenced a specific briefing memo which contained in it the talking points updaing on the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and The Saudi billionaire:
Ed Wood has prepared a briefing memo for President Clinton about the call which is attached
Now, courtesy of today's latest Podesta email release, we have access to the missing memo.
The leaked memo lays out the facts on the Clinton Foundation trying to collect on Sheik Mohammed’s overdue donor commitment to CHAI. Notably, the memo gives the inference of the Sheik being shaken down by the Foundation in that the Foundation was demanding an immediate $6 million payment in return for WJC attending the 2011 International Conference on AIDS and STIs (ICASA) event.  Additionally the Foundation apparently enlisted the assistance of the US Ambassador to Ethiopia to obtain payments from the Sheik.
The memo initially lays out Bill Clinton's history with the Sheik:
In the first bullet point we find what the initial "bid" and "ask" would be between WJC/CF and the Saudi billionaire: $2 million for every year that Bill Clinton visit Ethiopia. This, however, was subsequently changed to an greement whereby the Saudi would give $2 million per year but without any reference to visiting Ethiopia:
Sheik Mohammed approached CHAI in 2006 shortly after we opened an office in Addis Ababa.  He proposed  that he would give $2 million to CHAI every year that YOU visited Ethiopia.   We eventually negotiated an Agreement with his Washington attorney, George Salem, in which he agreed to fund CHAI at a rate of $2 million per year for 10 years.   They rejected any proposals to put a payment schedule in the agreement, but dropped any reference tying the donation to YOU visiting Ethiopia
The next bullet lays out the initial fund transfer of $2 million in London, as well as the broad terms of the agreement whose "requirement is that the money be spent within Ethiopia." Amusingly, the memo then notes that during negotiations the Saudi delegation "rejected our proposal that some of the money could be used for global overhead."
The Agreement was officially signed at a meeting in London in May 2007 by the Sheik and Bruce, after which the Sheik presented you with a a check for $2 million for the 2007 payment.    The Agreement is very general and does not require any specific proposals from CHAI for how the money will be spent or any reporting.  The only requirement is that the money be spent within Ethiopia.  During negotiations they rejected our proposal that some of the money could be used for global overhead.
We then learn that more cash transfers took place in the coming years, despite the Sheik having "cash flow problems" which resulted in a bulk payment of $4 million in 2010 for missed payments in 2008 and 2009.
Through 2008 and early 2009, we were told the Sheik was having some cash flow problems and that he was delaying payments for many commercial and philanthropic commitments he had in Ethiopia.  In January 2010 at a Foundation donors meeting in Harlem, Ambassador Irvin Hicks, one of the Sheik’s representatives in the U.S. and a former Ethiopian ambassador appointed by YOU  presented to YOU a check for $4 million representing payment for 2008 and 2009.
The memo then tells WJC just why the relationship was created in the first place: "The Sheik’s contribution supports most of CHAI’s activities in Ethiopia, one of its most important and successful country programs."
A section then follow which reminds Bill Clinton just who Sheikh Mohammed is, and that the two had spent time together in his "private suite at a nightclub attached to the Sheraton" in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:
YOU first met the Sheik in July 2006 during a visit to Addis.   He visited your suite in the Sheraton Hotel, which he owns, for coffee and then after dinner YOU dropped into his private suite at a nightclub attached to the Sheraton.  He had invited YOU there especially because he thought you would enjoy the saxophone player.   You chatted with the Sheik and played the saxophone with the band.   Shortly after this visit negotiations began in earnest regarding the $20 million commitment the Sheik has made to CHAI.

YOU met the Sheik in London in May, 2007, at which time the Agreement was signed and the first $2 million check was received. 

YOU stayed at the Sheraton in July 2008 during your last Ethiopia visit, but the Sheik was not in Ethiopia at the time.  The Sheik donated the rooms and meals for the large party during an extended four-day visit, two days longer than originally planned because of aircraft problems.
Where things get interesting is in the memo's discussion of the current (as of November 2011) situation, in which we learn that once again the Saudi billionaire was behind on his payments due to the current economic downturn:
Once again, we are told that the current economic down turn has caused the Sheik to delay payments for several commitments.  CHAI has not received the 2010 or 2011 payments.  We have contacted both George Salem, the lawyer, and Ambassador Hicks regarding payment.  Both say that the Sheik will make the payment but they have not been able to pinpoint an exact date.  
Recent complications did not make matters any easier, although the Sheikh had enough cash to provide Bill with a plane to attend the upcoming African AIDS conference:
In the past two months the effort to collect the payments for 2010-2011 has become complicated by factors surrounding ICASA, the biennial large African AIDS conference that will be held in Ethiopia the first week of December.   The previous two ICASA conference in Nigeria and Senegal were beset by logistical and financial problems and Prime  Minister Meles and Minister of Health Tedros have worked hard to make the Ethiopia ICASA the most successful ever.  They have enlisted Sheik Mohammed to help and he has donated the venue and paid for an additional $8-10 million of expenses.

Minister Tedros invited YOU to participate in ICASA, and apparently he or someone else connected with ICASA asked the Sheik if he would provide a plane to bring YOU to Ethiopia for the event.  The Sheik agreed to provide a plane, and instructed Ambassador Hicks to tell CHAI one would be available.
Where things get hot, and where the Clinton Foundation is accused of "coercion" by the Sheik's Washington attorney George Salem, is in the negotiation over whether Clinton should come to Ethiopia without having been wired the funds up front, or if he should assume that the billionaire is "good for the money" and just fly out there on good will.
When George Salem spoke with the Sheik about the payment, he was told by the Sheik to make sure YOU knew that the Sheik would very much like for you to attend ICASA and that he would provide transportation.  In response, Bruce told George that if the Sheik would wire $6 million to the Foundation for 2010-2012 that he would make sure YOU attended ICASA.  After Bruce’s stroke, George told Ed Wood of CHAI that the Sheik said he did not like “coercion” and that we should know that he was “good for the money.”  George reiterated that the money would be paid, but could not give a date. 

The Sheik seems to feel that we asked him for transportation and then decided not to use it.   George and Ambassador Hicks have been told that the request for transportation did not originate with us, but we are not sure that the message reached the Sheik.
Ultimately the negotiations for Clinton flying to Ethiopia stalled, and appear to have fallen apart, leading to the original quote from the Clinton Foundation's Amitabh Desai in which he said, as we noted earlier this month, that "Unless Sheikh Mo has sent us a $6 million check, this sounds crazy to do." As a result, the memo gives WJC the following action point:
George Salem, Ambassador Hicks, and CHAI feel that it would be helpful if you would call the Sheik and thank him for offering the plane and saying you are sorry you can’t attend ICASA.   We don’t think it is necessary for YOU to bring up the payment issue directly. 
The memo concludes with the following talking points:
  • YOU should thank the Sheik for his support of all our efforts in Ethiopia, and especially for offering to provide a plane to bring you to the ICASA meeting.
  • YOU should express your regrets that you were not able to arrange your schedule to attend the ICASA meeting since you know how important it is to Ethiopia and to the Sheik.  You should express your appreciation that he has helped make this event possible during a difficult time for the international AIDS effort.
  • YOU should say you hope to be able to visit with the Sheik again soon either in Ethiopia or elsewhere.
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This memo provides valuable insight into just how the "charitable" Clinton Foundation truly operated: absent being made whole on millions of dollars in payments - by a donor who had already provided it with $6 million in the past -  the "so very concerned" about AIDS and African welfare Foundation, would not even bother to fly Bill Clinton for a 1-2 day trip - on someone else's dime - to something as simple, yet noble, as a healthcare conference: precisely what the Foundation, and Bill Clinton's presence, is supposed to represent and support.
It also shows that when the Foundation found itself in arrears to a prominent donor, it first and onlyconcern was how to get paid; all else - up to and including doing the absolute minimum such as appearing for a good cause, was secondary and - as the memo documents - ultimately irrelevant unless Clinton and the CF were both generously compensated for their efforts.
And that, in a nutshell is what the "generous and charitable" Clinton foundation was all about: make sure to get the money, the rest simply did not matter.

CNN Decries "Fake News" Websites (Then Stealth Edits Its Own Article)

Just like Hillary wanting transparency from Comey these Dirt Bags at CNN does this crap like the Scum Bags at Msnbc

There is a plague of "fake news" apparently, and CNN is here to help you 'dear voter' see through the deception to the Clinton-campaign-confirmed narrative you should be paying attention. While it not enough that we have pointed out CNN's numerous questionable actions (herehere, and here), along with today's news of Donna Brazile's resignation, but just this weekend CNN was caught 'stealth editing' false claims made against Trump. Fake news indeed...
It's time for a new rule on the web according to CNN's Brian StelterDouble, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true.
Why? Look no further than Donald Trump's Twitter account. Trump claimed Sunday morning that "Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton."

Not only was there no proof of this, but it was pretty easy to disprove. The FBI email inquiry was at the top of Google News; FBI director James Comey's name was at the top of Facebook's "trending" box; and Twitter's "moments" section had a prominent story about the controversy.

Nevertheless, Trump's wrong-headed "burying" claim was his most popular tweet of the day. About 25,000 accounts retweeted it and almost 50,000 "liked" it, helping the falsehood spread far and wide.

The rise of social media has had many upsides, but one downside has been the spread of misinformation. Fake news has become a plague on the Web, especially on social networks like Facebook. As I said on Sunday's "Reliable Sources" on CNN, unreliable sources about this election have become too numerous to count.
So that's what I recommended a "triple check before you share" rule.

New web sites designed to trick and mislead people seem to pop up every single day. For their creators, the incentives are clear: more social shares mean more page views mean more ad dollars.

However, Stelter has one small problem, Fox's Maria Bartiromo proved this "bias" live in real-timewhen she confirmed that social media sites most trending headlines did not include the FBI emails...
So either Fox is another "fake news" site, or - in this case - Stelter is wrong?
But then CNN tried to catch Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a heavily compromising position over comments he made at a rally in Colorado. However, as Mediaite.com reports, there was only one catch - Trump didn’t say what they thought he said. And, when the network realized the mistake, they tried to stealthily cover it up.
In the original article, they highlighted Trump saying the following:

“If you go to university center, they’ll give you a new ballot, they’ll void your old ballot, in some places they do that four or five times, so by tomorrow, almost everyone will have their new ballots in.”

Yeah, that’s pretty damning, right? It sure as hell seems like the GOP candidate is pressing his followers to try to cast multiple ballots. Yet, it takes away the context, in which Trump says that they won’t do that.

Here is what he actually said.

“If you go to university center, they’ll give you a new ballot, they’ll void your old ballot. They’ll give you a new ballot, and you can go out and make sure it get’s in. Now in some places, they do that four or five times, but we don’t do that. So by tomorrow, almost everyone will have their new ballots in.”

More, it appears that Trump is questioning the system itself, much as he has done throughout the past few weeks where he’s complained about voter fraud and a “rigged” election.

Somewhere along the way, someone must have noticed this at CNN and stealth edited the piece, changing the entire quote. It now reads as follows:

“They’ll give you a ballot, a new ballot. They’ll void your old ballot, they will give you a new ballot. And you can go out and make sure it gets in,” Trump said.
Registered voters in Colorado automatically receive a ballot in the mail, but can request a new ballot or vote in person if they have not yet mailed in a completed ballot.
“In some places they probably do that four or five times. We don’t do that. But that’s great,” Trump said Sunday, appearing to hint at the possibility of voter fraud in Colorado, a rare prospect Trump has continued to hammer on the stump.


At 10:10 PM last night: CNN deleted the tweet (which had been retweeted 926 times) around 10:07 PM ET. The tweet was up for over two and a half hours. Below is a screenshot of it...

So we agree with Stelter - be very careful on the web of "fake news" - it's everywhere in the mainstream.