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Did Obama cave to Castro? Or is Cuba simply a chess move in the game against the Bear?

Posted by 5etester on December 18, 2014

Yesterday, Dec. 17th, Spellchek weighed in on the Obama-Castro alliance and asked ‘why now’? – http://spellchek.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/obama-embraces-cuba-should-we-wonder-why-now/

Well, it didn’t take long to get an answer. We got our answer the same day. Bill Gertz from Inside the Ring.

Months before President Obama announced on Wednesday that he is seeking to do away with decades of U.S. economic sanctions against the communist regime in Cuba, Russia concluded a security deal with Havana aimed at bolstering intelligence and military ties to the island dictatorship.

The Russia-Cuba agreement was announced May 16 when a memorandum was signed in Moscow establishing a joint working group between Russia’s Security Council and the Cuban Commission for National Security and Defense.

The security agreement comes amid fresh U.S. intelligence agency concerns that Russia is taking steps to follow through on plans to conduct strategic nuclear bomber flights over the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, possibly with the help of Cuba and Venezuela.

In July, Russian news outlets reported that Cuba had agreed to re-open the Soviet-era electronic listening post at Lourdes, Cuba. The facility, which spied on U.S. communications in the southern United States, was closed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Mr. Putin later denied the spy post was being reopened.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/17/inside-the-ring-us-intel-concerns-about-russia-cub/#ixzz3MEkU72AJ
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This one was pretty easy to see through. It’s all about Russia. Obama can spin his b.s. all day long about normalizing relations simply because “it’s time”, but this is absolutely a strategic national defense initiative.

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Obama embraces Cuba – should we wonder why now?

Posted by 5etester on December 17, 2014

US, Cuba seek to normalize relations after Alan Gross released – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/12/17/american-alan-gross-released-from-cuban-prison-official-says/

The Obama administration is moving to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana, after American Alan Gross was released from the communist country Wednesday following five years in prison.

As always with the regime in charge, one must question the true motivations behind any actions. Is President Obama merely embracing a fellow communist? Why now? Is he doing some legacy building to forever be seen as the man who accomplished what no other for the past half-century could accomplish? Why now? Is he practicing some good, old-fashioned crony corporatism to reward some donors and get those fabulous Cuban cigars back on the market? Why now? Has he put in motion a plan to eventually annex Cuba and bring on-board some more democrat voters? Why now?

As you can see, the key question to ask here is why now? The Obama Administration has dabbled in easing the blockade and travel and trade restrictions for years. Nothing was stopping him from doing it for the past 6 years. What could have changed here recently that finally motivated the President to pull the trigger? Could it be as innocent as saving Alan Gross?

Recent history says not likely. After all, didn’t Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi just spend 214 days in a Mexican jail for essentially no reason without a peep from the regime? It took a trio of Governors working with the Mexican Attorney General to make the release happen.

So compassion hardly seems like a motivating factor. What other factor may have influenced Obama to act? Could it be this one?

Russia ‘to reopen Lourdes spy base in Cuba’http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28338996

Now there’s a money maker Obama can get behind. He gets headlines for gutting our military on a daily basis, yet his foreign policy actions have left no doubt that he is a military-industrial-corporatism complex slappy. Since those pesky Russkies clearly have the tactical and logistical advantages in military maneuvers in Ukraine, allowing them to reestablish another just 90 miles from home is simply intolerable. Subterfuge is just so much easier when we can operate freely right on the Cuban peninsula.

Is the Spellchek staff creating a conspiracy where none existed? Is it just coincidence? Do our satellite spying capabilities make any such actions irrelevant? If true, then why does Russia feel it advantageous to shake the mothballs off Lourdes?

Now I understand that Obama needs no real reason at all to embrace yet another Communist regime that practices State sponsored terrorism. But you really have to ask why now? Keeping a close eye on Russia answers a lot of questions.

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Statistics to tell you what you already know

Posted by 5etester on December 15, 2014

Median household income peaked at least 15 years ago in 81 percent of U.S. counties. That means that when incomes are adjusted for inflation, most middle class households are actually earning less money than they did years ago. Even though the economy is finally revving up, most Americans still don’t see the benefits in their paychecks.

Does it feel as if the economic recovery has passed you by? For most Americans, it has. Check out your county.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/business/peak-income/

This is the result of one party rule and guess what? You weren’t invited to the party.

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President Obama a smashing success? Chris Rock thinks so

Posted by 5etester on December 12, 2014

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Doesn’t that make you feel much better about Barry? Don’t feel bad that the euphoric state the rest of the world is in thanks to Barry has passed you by because your wages have declined while the cost of living continues to march upward, your hours have dropped, your health costs have risen or that your savings account pays you nothing. Don’t bitch about the House of Saud manipulating oil production to crash prices in an attack on fracking. Or that ISIS is mailing back severed heads of Americans as they and the Taliban expand their influence throughout the vacuum of freedom left behind from Barry the Nobel Peace Prize winner as he vacates war fronts around the globe. Pay no attention to the record number of Americans not even looking for a job or working part-time while we still wait with baited breath for the 4 million jobs Nancy Pelosi promised us the instant Obamacare was implemented. Fear not that the NSA keeps tabs on the dental records of the skeletons in your closet while the most transparent administration in history can’t even come clean on what our Commander-in-Chief was doing while Americans were being slaughtered in Benghazi.

Thanks Chris, you’re a real trooper. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good tweet. Keep stocked up on kool-aid and rose colored glasses.

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The ASL convenes its latest meeting

Posted by 5etester on December 10, 2014

A shadowy, secretive organization just conducted their latest meetings at the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C. on Dec.8-9th. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard a thing about it. They are under a mass media gag order.

Is it the Bilderbergs? The Knights Templar? Maybe the Illuminati? Sorry, nothing as sexy as that. Instead, it was the Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL).

Who the heck are they? They are the group behind the Article V movement to convene a convention to propose Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. And no they aren’t at all a secret society. It’s just that the Federal Government and their media lapdogs wish to suppress any information concerning Article V.

You’d think the American people would get a clue someday. Take our latest sham election. The GOP gains were a resounding success! A public repudiation of Obama and his policies! The GOP will now have the muscle required to reverse Obamacare and stop amnesty.

Seriously? I don’t think we made it through 24 hours of the news cycle before republicans were back-tracking and looking for ways to back out of their election promises. The 2016 election will be more of the same. Yet we’ll still hear that the reforming the GOP is still our best bet to “take back the country”. A third party merely serves to keep democrats in power.

I vote for it’s all the same.

Article V is really the only peaceable way to strip power from the Feds. Supporters will be attacked from all sides even worse than the Tea Party. The convention will be a runaway. We’ll never get 38 states on board. Blah, blah, blah, blah.

An Article V convention outcome is an unknown. That’s indisputable since we’ve never had one. What we have had is over two centuries of power grab by the Federal Government that started before the Constitution was ever ratified. We have tangible results to look at everyday to see how that has epically failed.

So take a minute and check out Article V. You just might find that any downside risk is miniscule especially compared to the current train wreck we have in place.

http://www.theassemblyofstatelegislatures.org/

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Need to vomit? No need to stick your finger down your throat, just watch this video

Posted by 5etester on December 5, 2014

Some things just don’t need to be said and any commentary on this simply wouldn’t do justice. I apologize for ruining your day by putting you through this.

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Abraham Lincoln warned us against Obama

Posted by 5etester on November 28, 2014

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GOP acquits everyone of wrongdoing in Benghazi

Posted by 5etester on November 22, 2014

It was over 2 months ago, August 21st to be precise, that Spellchek informed you that the Benghazi investigation was dead as a door nail – http://spellchek.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/the-benghazi-investigation-is-officially-closed-or-should-be/

Yesterday, November 21st, 2014, the United States House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released their investigative report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi on Sept.11-12, 2012. A Friday afternoon document dump if you will. What did they find? Absolutely nothing!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2014/11/21/house-report-on-benghazi-attack/

  • The Committee first concludes that the CIA ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi….Appropriate U.S. personnel made reasonable tactical decisions that night, and the Committee found no evidence that there was either a stand down order or a denial of available air support….
  • Second, the Committee finds that there was no intelligence failure prior to the attacks. In the months prior, the IC provided intelligence about previous attacks and the increased threat environment in Benghazi, but the IC did not have specific, tactical warning of the September 11 attacks.
  • Third, the Committee finds that a mixed group of individuals, including those affiliated with Al Qa’ida, participated in the attacks….
  • Fourth, the Committee concludes that after the attacks, the early intelligence assessments and the Administration’s initial public narrative on the causes and motivations for the attacks were not fully accurate….There was no protest. The CIA only changed its initial assessment about a protest on September 24, 2012, when closed caption television footage became available on September 18, 2012 (two days after Ambassador Susan Rice spoke)….
  • Fifth, the Committee finds that the process used to generate the talking points HPSCI asked for—and which were used for Ambassador Rice’s public appearances—was flawed….
  • Finally, the Committee found no evidence that any officer was intimidated, wrongly forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement or otherwise kept from speaking to Congress, or polygraphed because of their presence in Benghazi. The Committee also found no evidence that the CIA conducted unauthorized activities in Benghazi and no evidence that the IC shipped arms to Syria.

The above bullet points are from the Mother Jones spin version – http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/11/republicans-finally-admit-there-no-benghazi-scandal?utm_content=buffer67f56&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The FOX spin version focuses on the CIA – “a primary purpose of the CIA operation in eastern Libya was to track the movement of weapons to Syria.”

As expected, at the end of the day, nobody burns for this one. Not possible. It isn’t just the CIA or the NSA or the State Dept. or the White House that would be complicit should the truth ever come to light. It’s members of both major political parties and intelligence committees that were also in the loop. Fact is that the implications are too far-reaching and destructive so the only possible outcome is to cover it up with the usual bureaucratic quagmire.

We haven’t heard the end of it politically as the GOP will likely include the Senate next year in its investigative committees to keep it alive as a hedge against Hillary Clinton running in 2016. But for all intents and purposes, it’s over and the lives of 4 Americans were snuffed out caught up in a U.S. intelligence covert op to send weapons and recruits to Syria. There will be no closure for the families and loved ones. And life goes on in the military-industrial-corporate complex.

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Swiss universal basic income idea keeps moving forward

Posted by 5etester on November 20, 2014

A couple of months ago Spellchek posted on a proposal for a universal basic income in Switzerland – http://spellchek.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/has-the-time-come-for-a-universal-basic-income/

ZeroHedge reports that the idea still has legs and may be on the ballot by late 2016 – http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-19/next-qe-switzerland-prepares-living-wage-2600-every-citizen

With Japan planning a few trillion Yen stimulus plan of airdropping “gift cards” directly to the poor to spur spending (and the virtuous awesomeness of economic utopia), it appears Switzerland is about to go one step further. As Motherboard reports, Switzerland could soon be the world’s first national case study in basic income. Instead of providing a traditional social net – unemployment payments, food stamps, or housing credits – the government would pay every citizen a fixed stipend. The proposed plan would guarantee a monthly income of CHF 2,500, or about $2,600 as of November 2014; meaning every Swiss family can expect an unconditional yearly income of $62,400 without having to work, with no strings attached. What could go wrong?

Well, according to a Swiss Federal Council, it will cost plenty.

The Swiss Federal Council has rejected proposals for an “unconditional basic income” and warned that taxes would have to be dramatically increased to fund any such measure. The scheme would oblige the federal Government to introduce an unconditional basic income that would enable all Swiss residents to lead a dignified life. A basic monthly income of CHF2,500 (USD2,728) for adults and CHF625 for minors had been recommended. The Federal Council says that it would cost CHF208bn (USD227bn) to fund the project. This would necessitate CHF153bn in additional taxes, and CHF55bn would need to be transferred from the existing social security budget. The Council estimates that taxes on labor would need to equate to CHF128bn of the CHF153bn total. An 8 percent hike in value-added tax (VAT) would generate in the region of CHF25bn. It also cautioned that employment would fall, further impacting tax revenues. – See more at: http://www.tax-news.com/news/Swiss_Federal_Council_Rejects_Basic_Income_Proposals____65688.html#sthash.CRycCgUe.dpuf

Not everyone agrees. In fact, a case study was completed that shows it would be virtually free.

So ultimately, the introduction of a Universal Basic Income of this order in Switzerland would require only added revenue of 1% of GDP. This is hardly unthinkable nor unworkable. For instance, a hike in the value added tax from 8% to 12% would by itself cover this amount (remember that much of the EU already works with 20-25% VAT). Read more – http://my.firedoglake.com/obey/2013/12/13/82/

So we arrive at the point where we always do when it comes to socialism. If ‘free’ money results in stimulating the economy, why stop at $2600? The progressives decree that a multiplier effect exists when it comes to redistribution. If $2600 provides a basic income, why not two or three times that amount? After all, won’t these people spend it and it will weave its way right back through the economy? If a multiplier of 1.5 is true, this would be an economic boon.

Proponents will also point to the economist Milton Friedman who supported a negative income tax – http://youtu.be/xtpgkX588nM
However, Friedman had a different goal. He didn’t wish to implement a disincentive to work and he had hoped to eliminate multiple layers of bureaucracy within the current multitude of welfare programs as a cost saving measure. He also realized there was no multiplier effect.

One may ask why even bother with all the semantics and the middleman? Why not just make direct payments to cover one’s housing, food, medical, transportation, etc.? Why give out $2600 a month when the recipient may spend it unwisely thus defeating the purpose of eliminating poverty when their costs of living may be provided for in the background? Seamlessly. Transparently. In fact, the poor would have no need for money as their needs would be provided for. They would never even know where it comes from.

There we have the key point. Government must fill the role of provider. In order for the basic income recipients to keep on voting for more of the same and thus keeping those providers in power, dependency is a must. Incentivizing people to lift themselves beyond a basic income level would be counter-productive.

The cost of the program and its sustainability is irrelevant, at least in the eyes of the providers. The cost shift to the wealthy among us is simply a cost of doing business. As long as the elected officials continue providing the structure in which the wealthy keep their wealth, they will stay in power.

You can see the merits of the Friedman proposal. We’re already handing out welfare dollars to the poor. Why not become more efficient and productive at it to lessen the bureaucratic waste government entails? The same answer applies. Government efficiency and streamlining is counter-productive.

The bottom line is that programs like these will never end poverty and will merely succeed in growing government and inhibiting the growth potential of a country. Providing a safety net for the truly needy will always be a requirement. Providing one without a massive bureaucracy as a benefactor and elected officials as the overseers is the true challenge.

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2016 election drive underway!

Posted by 5etester on November 17, 2014

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Don’t be distracted! Your vote matters!

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