Barack Obama: Dick Cheney’s Evolving Unitary Executive

by Scott Creighton

Kevin Zeese got one thing right when he recently sat down with Jay Paul for an interview on his Real News Network: the entire debate and voting process in congress surrounding the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill was choreographed from the start.

Aside from that, he misses the point completely. Worse still, in his tried and true fashion, he attempts to spin a loss into our victory.

Watching that interview it occurred to me just how important professional “opposition” leaders like Zeese are to the establishment. While he kept saying over and over again that we “got” “an additional” 60 days to stop bad trade agreements like the TPP, TTIP and TISA, he never once mentioned the real horror behind the the TPA: it is nothing more than Dick Cheney’s “unitary executive” theory playing itself out under the left cover of Barack H. Obama and right before another Bush is ushered into the oval office.

Paul Ryan and a number of others who support Fast Track trade promotion authority have been running saying that this is not that big of a deal; that Fast Track authority has been something all presidents since Roosevelt have been granted.

That’s not exactly true.

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Why is Our First Black President Fighting So Hard to Protect Slavery?

by Scott Creighton

The argument is forming that it’s OK for the first black president in our history to support slavery just so long as he does it in the service of our quest for global domination.

I tend to disagree.

President Obama got his Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed through the senate last Friday evening but it included something, a “poison pill” as the Washington Post called it, that he and his army of corporate lobbyist didn’t want any part of: the No Fast Track for Human Trafficking amendment written by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

This amendment has been a particular point of contention for the Nobel Peace Prize “winning” first African-American president of the United States and all the corporate lobbyists that serve in his administration.

The amendment itself is simple. It states that no country will be allowed to engage in a trade agreement with the US (TPP, TTIP or others) if they are considered a Tier 3 nation in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and slavery.

The No Fast Track for Human Traffickers amendment, introduced by Senator Menendez (D-NJ), stipulates that the United States cannot enter into formal trade agreements with countries that the State Department identifies as a Tier 3 ranking in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. This means our trading partners have to take direct action to address labor and sex slavery within their borders before they enter into trade agreements with the United States. CCFJ

You would think that for the first black American president, a declaration like this would be assumed. You would also think that support for something like this being included in the horrendous trade bills like the TPP and the TTIP would be a given at least on the left of the artificial political divide in this country.

On both counts, you would be wrong.

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USA “Freedom” Act Dies in a Midnight Session – Expect “Crisis Compromise” on May 31

by Scott Creighton

Don’t get too excited folks. This is just more cheap theatrics setting up a “crisis compromise” on May 31.

Last night during a special midnight session of the senate, the latest House version of the USA Freedom Act was blocked by a narrow margin in a 57-42 vote. President Obama has been pressuring congress to pass the Freedom Act as a “fix” to the bulk collection authorization found in section 215 of the USA Patriot Act which is set to expire at midnight, May 31.

The senate also failed to extend the Patriot Act for a few more months as they headed off for their Memorial Day vacation.

But don’t worry, a last minute emergency “crisis compromise” session is already scheduled:

Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) scheduled a last-minute session on May 31st for one last shot at passing the bill. Verge

That gives them 7 days to have their corporate lawyers slap in all kinds of new language in the “Freedom” Act so they can dump it on the desks of Senators and Representatives at the last minute then scare them into signing it into law.

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The Fake “21 Coptic Christians Beheading” Video – Part 1: Timing

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: (H/T Chads) Even Fox News admits it’s a fake.

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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

When 21 laborers in America die because the Obama administration has cut funding to OSHA to the point where they only have one guy to check on 50,000 job sites (yes, it’s an exaggeration, slightly), neoliberal talking heads like Bill O’Reilly get hard-ons and they call it “freedom”. Or when 21 laborers anywhere die because they can’t afford things like medicine even though they are working 50 hours a week (not an exaggeration), neoliberals like Bill start salivating at the thought of all that glorious “growth”

That’s because, as we all know by now, “Freedom” to the members of the neoliberal Washington Consensus (neocons, New Dems, (big “L”) Libertarians) means “freedom from New Deal social and economic justice reforms… and “Growth” simply means “the growth of the billionaire class’ profit margins”

So imagine my shock and awe when I heard Bill O’Reilly calling for a new “Holy War”, a new Crusades if you will, over the poorly produced video of the deaths of 21 Coptic Christian laborers in Libya at the hands of the fictitious “ISIS™”

“The Holy War is here and, unfortunately, it seems the president of the United States will be the last one to acknowledge it…I’m gonna also make a call …for every cleric in the country next Sunday, Saturday, Friday in the mosques, with the imams, to address this with their congregation and to say enough, that we people of good faith have to tell our leader to get in gear. I’d like to see every cleric in this country do that. …Let’s make that happen. And I want every pastor, every priest, every rabbi and every imam to email me personally and tell me you’re gonna do that and I’ll read as many on the air as I can.” Bill O’Reilly

Simultaneously, fake progressive sites like the Huffington Post are producing equally sophomoric propaganda pieces in support of Obama’s endless war of aggression in lock-step with those of the O’Reilly faction. Thus the true nature of the Washington Consensus becomes easier to see.

Let’s break this down just a tiny bit if we could on a few of the most basic elements of this event starting with:

Part 1: Timing

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Thanks to Obama and Poroshenko, Seems Like Peace in Ukraine is Doomed from the Start

by Scott Creighton

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(flashback: Ukraine Crisis: Donbass. Chronicle of Genocide. Documentary Banned on MSM  )

It took them 15 hours of straight talks, but the Normandy Quartet participants meeting in Minsk ( Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel) have hammered out a tentative agreement to enter into a new ceasefire starting this Saturday evening and to withdraw heavy weapons like those being used by the Kiev government to shell civilian population centers in the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Shelled them with illegal cluster munitions which are indiscriminate killers of civilians and combatants alike.

(flashback: HRW blames Kiev army for indiscriminately killing civilians with missiles )

However, that being said, the talks were reportedly contentious especially between Putin and Poroshenko and understandably so.

If you recall, the Kiev government has repeatedly lied and tried to fabricate evidence suggestion Russia has invaded their territorial boundaries and fired upon Ukrainian soldiers and commercial airliners alike.

The most recent bit of fabrication, one that took place right before these talks, Poroshenko held up 6 passports he claimed proved Russia had invaded his country then later refused to turn them over to anyone so his claim could be verified.

Apparently the talks were so touchy, the group decided to cancel their joint press conference they had scheduled for after the meeting and instead, Ukraine held their own, Russia held their own and France and Germany, not looking like they were taking sides, combined to hold a joint conference of their own.

The peace seems doomed from the start. Our Peace Prize President and our puppet in Kiev are already making sure it is. And here’s why…

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How Do Barney Fife and Fidel Castro Factor Into the Biggest News Story of the Year?

by Scott Creighton

I wish to see if I can connect a few dots here, so bear with me.

Putting aside “ISIS™” for a moment and the “Big Story” about some talking head on MSNBC lying to folks (yeah, there’s some news for you) what are the biggest geopolitical trends in the news today? Is it the fact that Syriza, the new “Radical Left™” brand of 3rd Way centrist ideology (think “CHANGE™” circa 2008) seems to have forgotten what the term “odious debt” means?

In international law, odious debt, also known as illegitimate debt, is a legal theory that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are, thus, considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion. Wiki

Is that the biggest story in the world today? Well, if you consider the fact that international debt has risen by 57 trillion dollars since the global economic terrorism of 2008, coupled with the fact that much if not ALL of that new additional debt may be declared odious were Greece to set the precedent, well, that could very well be the story of the year. The story of the decade or the millennium in fact.

But it isn’t, because they wont (“use us to implement the European programme” Varoufakis).

And the usually antagonistic ones, the Webster Tarpley’s of the “interwebs”, aren’t really calling for Syriza to live up to their campaign pledge and do that.

How about “ISIS™”? Now that the MTV music video director and their team made that “burning man” video, seems like all the world wants a piece of “ISIS™” butt.

We have senators and congressman lining up to get in front of anyone with a camera so they can pledge their undying devotion to autocratic, despotic regimes like those in Jordan, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar for the sole purpose of providing them weapons and training, all paid for with your tax dollars while they say they can’t afford to pay teachers here in the states.

No money for teachers or disabled folks but we got butt-loads of cash to heap on dictators from the Middle East to help bomb Syria into regime change. Funny how that works, ain’t it?

We have “progressive” TV personalities spending enormous amounts of their airtime proving what warmongering hawks they can be just like the neocons of yesteryear they pilloried for a decade.

We have the Obama administration, the President Peace Prize farce, presenting their own version, a hand-crafted document they expect to be passed without debate, authorizing war anywhere, anytime against anyone they say is supporting “ISIS™”. That new AUMF document, one usually crafted by congress, will be slapped on the desks of leading congressmen sometime today or tomorrow. It’s something this president has wanted since they created “ISIS™” now that the old one from 2001 is a bit sketchy considering the fact that it names al Qaeda as the enemy and we now call them “moderates” and are funding them in Syria.

And all of this is based on what? A ridiculous MTV-styled video custom made for the purpose of providing the pretext for what is happening right now and released on the very same day the King of Jordan was visiting Obama and congress looking for money to fight “ISIS™”. (I will write more about that video later this morning)

Are those the biggest stories in the world today?

No. Not in my opinion.

So what is? What is the one big story everyone knows about and no one is talking about and how does Barney Fife and Fidel Castro of all people fit into this? Have I gone crazy? Inquiring minds want to know.

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While John McCain’s Moderate Terrorists Bomb Civilians in Syria, Google Blocks Sana News

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: A reader informed me that he could reach SANA and so I tried again and it worked. Maybe “ISIS” hit em with a DDS or something.

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Syrian rebels struck Damascus with 38 rockets, casualties reported

John McCain’s moderate mercenaries

 

“Do no evil”

That’s what CIA-crafted Google says.

“Do no evil”

Meanwhile in Syria, John McCain’s precious “moderate” terrorists are bombing civilians in Damascus.

I figured I would do a little follow-up to the Damascus story this morning, but unfortunately, seems Google and pretty much everyone else are blocking the Syrian news website, SANA.

What a coincidence, huh?

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