Sanders backs Obama “kill list,” troops to Syria

from the WSWS

Hayes: The current authorization which you cite in what Miguel just quoted, which is the authorization to use military force after 9/11—that has led to the kill list. This president— literally, there is a kill list. There is a list of people that the US government wants to kill, and it goes about doing it. Would you keep the kill list as president of the United States?

Sanders: Look, terrorism is a very serious issue. There are people out there who want to kill Americans, who want to attack this country, and I think we have a lot of right to defend ourselves. I think as Miguel said, though, it has to be done in a constitutional, legal way.

Hayes: Do you think what’s being done now is constitutional and legal?

Sanders: In general, I do, yes.

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Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump Share a Tax Haven Address in Delaware (not shocking at all)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: The majority of the nation has figured out the way they steal elections these days is by rigging the primaries.

“Some of you may have just heard about these disclosures about outrageous tax havens and loopholes and superrich people across the world are exploiting in Panama and elsewhere. We are going after all these scams and make sure everyone pays their fair share here in America.” Hillary “I’m A Republican You Dimwits!” Clinton Pennsylvania AFL-CIO annual Constitutional Convention

The perversion of another Clinton presidency is nearly upon us. The Clinton branch of the “left” side of our one party system (Business Party)  is about to install yet another corrupt crony capitalist sycophant to corporate power in the oval office: Hillary “She’s Still a Republican You Morons” Clinton.

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In possibly the least shocking “breaking news” story of the year, it turns out, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump (all neoliberal scumbags) share a tax-haven address in Wilmington Delaware for their various shell companies. They use this address to scam millions of dollars in local and state taxes on various business ventures. In the case of Hillary and Slick Willy, it’s to shelter the money they’ve pocketed giving speeches to various Big Banks and financial institutions. In the case of Bill, it’s a repository of his kick-back money he received from various businesses which landed juicy State Department grants.

The level of corruption of the Clintons never ceases to amaze me. Or should I say, the support they still receive from so-called “left leaning” folks in the U.S. never fails to amaze me.

They are the personification of left-cover in every imaginable way… and the “progressives” continue to fall for it… every, single, time.

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The Background of “ISIS™” (and US Special Operations)

by Scott Creighton (part of another article found here)

In late 2011, in accordance with an agreement signed by President Bush, President Obama was forced to adhere to a deal with the Iraqi government and pull out the vast majority of our occupational forces, much to Obama’s dismay.

Back then, a lot of neocons and fake dems alike said we should stay in Iraq regardless of the agreement but our puppet regime was insistent that we pull out our troops and as expected, a popular revolt started taking shape in the country in 2012 and by 2013, it was a full on insurgency against our neoliberal puppet dictator.

Here is a picture of the real “ISIS™”. Notice they aren’t terrorists. They aren’t hiding their faces. They aren’t beheading anyone and as far as I can see, there are no white Toyota trucks anywhere to be seen.

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After an illegal war of aggression and a decade of brutal occupation in service to neoliberal economic ideology, the people of Iraq wanted their country back. It had nothing to do with creating an Islamic State. In fact, the Baathists were adamantly secular.

At first it was peaceful demonstrations against the Nouri al-Maliki government but things turned particularly brutal and what started off as a political revolution became a full-scale military one.

In April and May of 2013, bodies of the victims of Nouri al-Maliki were piling up by the hundreds and yet nothing was said by our leaders here in this country about any of it. Not a word.

Ultimately, people like Izzat Ibrahim ad-Douri and other leaders of various factions came together and formed the General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries  and the new revolution for Iraq was on.

By mid-2014 the mostly Sunni revolutionaries were making advances deep into Iraq and were practically on the border of the Green Zone in Baghdad so something had to be done.

All the advances for US and British corporations stood to fall apart if Iraq was delivered back into the socialist hands of the Baath Party, whom most of the revolutionaries belonged.

But the problem was, President Peace Prize had already stated Iraq was the wrong war and his followers took pride in the fact that it was the only promise he actually kept, getting US troops out of the wrong war.

How could Obama justify returning US soldiers to fight legitimate Iraqi civilians who only wanted their country back after President Bush and war-monger Cheney decimated it?

This was a problem.

Then…

The group has referred to itself as the Islamic State (About this sound [[:Media:|الدولة الإسلامية]] ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah) or IS[35] ever since it proclaimed a worldwide caliphate in June 2014[36][37] and named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph.[38]

Right on time to help justify a return to Iraq, “ISIS™” pops up in the country with their fake beheading videos and a professional propaganda campaign to rival any marketing strategy Coke or Pepsi could ever come up with.

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Insurers set to sharply increase Obamacare premiums

by Kate Randall, WSWS

US health insurance companies are preparing to seek substantial increases in Obamacare premiums, the Hill reported Monday. Citing big losses on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, many insurers will ask state insurance commissioners to approve double-digit hikes in ACA premiums and some may pull out of the market if they are not approved.

The planned premium hikes are a further exposure of the pro-corporate character of Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation. Both candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have embraced the ACA as a supposedly progressive health care reform.

In reality, the ACA is designed to funnel increased profits to the private insurance companies. Under the law’s “individual mandate,” those without insurance through a government program or employer must obtain coverage offered by private insurers or pay a penalty. The insurers are demanding a hefty profit as the condition for their participation in the ACA marketplaces.

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How Big Oil Conquered the World (video from Corbett Report)

from The Corbett Report, Dec. 2015

“From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is impossible to think of an area of our modern-day lives that is not affected by the oil industry. The story of oil is the story of the modern world. And this is the story of those who helped shape that world, and how the oil-igarchy they created is on the verge of monopolizing life itself.”

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s Angry Response To Media About “Irresponsible Rhetoric” of Social Media

by Scott Creighton

Uh, when those deputies go into that water, up to their knees and it’s all sludge and weeds.. uh… they don’t need to die over it” Sheriff Bob Gualtieri

When I moved my mother into my apartment on April 2 of this year, I was talking to a neighbor (who helped us with his van) about a local story regarding 3 teenagers who were killed when the stolen car they were driving crashed into a retention pond in the middle of the night after fleeing from police. All three of those children drowned.

Drowning is a horrible way to die.

My neighbor, a good Christian man who attends church services several times a week, said it served them right. They got what they deserved for stealing a car.

I asked him if he knew that two thieves were crucified with Jesus. One on is right, one on his left. He didn’t seem to understand the point I was making.

We don’t commit thieves to the electric chair in this country. We should when they are thieves of the Goldman Sachs caliber, but we don’t. Instead, apparently some of our politicians attend various functions of theirs and get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of some of that stolen money for giving them a little speech. That’s how it works here.

My neighbor was adamant… they should have been at home in bed instead of out stealing cars and none of this would have happened.

Kids. That’s the Christian proclamation on the big story of the month down here in Florida land. They stole a car and got what they deserved.

Of course, they were all girls. Teenage girls. Black, teenage girls to be more specific. Did I mention that part?

As the story unfolded in the press, it turns out that the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office claims they did everything possible to rescue those girls from the sinking stolen vehicle.

Well, they did everything possible short of getting their shirts wet. After all, “they don’t need to die over it”, right sheriff?

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True Believer: The Story of Toby Lopez, the Forrest Gump Who Shook the World of Deep State Politics

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: After communicating with him briefly, Toby has posted some more Tweets about his case. They are included at the end of the article. They should make his motivation a little clearer.

If you take his Tweets at face value, Toby Lopez was a true believer. He believed every bullshit propaganda story they put before him. He believed the fake “ISIS™” beheading videos. He believed Mike Brown deserved to get shot from behind while running away. He believed in the rightness of Joe Biden’s justification to send troops back into Iraq after we had finally got them out of there. He believed it all.

And in the end, he believed he was negotiating with a big-time “ISIS™” leader whom he made contact with on Twitter (of all things) and that he, a car salesman from Wyoming, Del, was capable of playing a staring role in securing the release of an American hostage, if only the Feds would believe him.

Quite by accident, Mr. Lopez exposed a couple rather interesting truths about the propaganda campaign known as “ISIS™” and even threatened to inadvertently reveal all of it, but he was too much of a believer to understand what he had stumbled upon.

In many ways, Toby Lopez turned out to be a modern day Forrest Gump. He had it all right there in front of him but he couldn’t see the forest for the trees.

In the end, authorities considered him a loose cannon armed with a deadly truth he was unfortunately too naive to understand himself. But his threats to go public with it all made him a problem that had to be solved.

So on Feb. 11th, 2015, Toby Lopez was arrested at his mother’s home where he lived and spent the next 14 months being shuttled from one federal institution to another until he was finally released late last month.

After all that, judging from his latest Tweets since his release, Toby still doesn’t get it. Not entirely.

But his story is fascinating for those of us who do. Sure, he was an accidental tourist tinkering in the clockwork of the biggest propaganda campaign of the time but he came closer to exposing the US Special Operations irregular warfare “hearts and minds” project that is Kurd “ISIS™” than any of us independent journalists out here, even if no one else noticed other than the Feds who whisked him away and locked him up for 14 months in order to get him to shut up before he dumped a real turd in the punch-bowl.

Though this is his story, it’s also a cautionary tale for all of us about meddling in affairs way above your pay-grade.

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