Obama Administration Encouraged Insider Trading

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Back in 2011, many people were outraged when it was revealed that two months before the US Treasury pushed the insolvent GSEs into bankruptcy, then Treasury Secretary, Goldman alum Hank Paulson held a secret meeting with various hedge funds (most of them headed by Goldman alumni themselves) in which he gave them advance warning about the imminent bankruptcy, and allowing them to trade appropriately on material, and certainly non-public information.

Since then the general population has gotten far more used to encouraged criminal activity and facilitated insider trading by the government so comparable revelations no longer generate the expected loathing and disgusts, which is perhaps why over the past week the Obama administration once again leaked material information, in effect allowing and encouraging frontrunning of public data, when it told "asset managers last week that it was planning additional sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine."

Bloomberg reports that the meeting, convened a week before talks with Russia in Geneva that ended yesterday, left managers grappling with the question of whether the government intended to follow through, or was trying to trigger asset sales through the threat of sanctions, said the person. Former administration officials have said forcing Russia out of global financial markets is the strongest tool President Barack Obama has at his disposal in trying to defuse the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

Officials from the Treasury Department and the National Security Council met in Washington with mutual-fund and hedge-fund managers, according to a person who attended. Their comments sent a message that more sanctions are on the way and that investors, if they were concerned about the impact, should manage that risk, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions weren’t public.

 

The meeting in Washington last week included several mutual-fund companies with large bond units, according to the person. Separately, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been asking U.S. asset managers about their investments in Russian securities, said the person.

 

The National Security Council is the president’s main forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters.

At least while Obama was happy leaking clearly material information to a select few, he didn't force them to sell Russian assets. At least not yet:

An administration official, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said there have been no specific requests made to investors not to invest in Russia. The official said the Department of Commerce and the Treasury do have conversations with the business community to explain what they’re doing, such as briefing executives after a sanctions announcement. The official said the government maintains open lines of communication so businesses understand what policy makers are doinga.

No, the perfectly public trading "reco" was left to Obama spokesman Jay Carney. We all know what happened after.

As for those who participated, their actions indicate quite clearly that when it comes to securities laws, there are "laws", or rather loopholes, for the chosen ones, and then there are laws for everyone else.

One bond manager at a large U.S. mutual-fund company, who also asked not to be named citing company policy, said the firm has been working to sell Russian debt and wasn’t inclined to return to the market in the near future. The person, who hadn’t heard of any government attempts to influence money managers, said the company perceives risk in Russia as having increased significantly.

So just in case those lovely anchors with ultra white tooth veneers of financial comedy TV are still confused why the general public has completely given up on the stock, and every other "market", it is not only the HFT parasites, it is not only the Fed's gross manipulation of every asset class known to man and economist. It is the fact that insider trading is not only condoned but encouraged from the very top, and what's worse - it benefits only those who no longer have to worry about money ever again.

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Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:02 | 4672641 Judge Crater
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Nothing surprises me about Obama anymore.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:15 | 4672664 y3maxx
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Is this new revelation deserving of another Nobel Peace Prize?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:25 | 4672689 Xibalba
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Krugman says it's good 

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:37 | 4672733 RevRex
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Insider Trading? LOL....that can't be, because Obama is BLACK!

 

You must be racist to accuse Obama of anything. He's incapable of being a criminal because he's black!

 

Just as anyone who disagrees with Hillary will be branded a sexist......

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:44 | 4672755 TeamDepends
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Keynesian Slim strikes again!

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:11 | 4672858 Badabing
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On this day in history thirty pieces of silver paid for a contract on an important political person.

The same thirty pieces of silver bought a large parcel of land in a world center city.

The pieces of silver probably used, where the shekel because it came from the temple.

http://www.antiques.com/classified/1094298/Antique-Year-One-Silver-Shekel---LC-138

This coins weight is around 22 grams. 22 x 30 = 660 divided by 32 = 20.625 oz or around $405 in today’s money. Does this sound like the correct price to you? Cursed is the man that uses faulty weights and measures!

Happy Easter ZH

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:06 | 4672842 insanelysane
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"Just as anyone who disagrees with Hillary will be branded a sexist"

And exactly which sex would we be ist about regarding Hillary?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:44 | 4672953 toady
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I just threw up a little. 

NEVER, EVER, ask about Hillarys sex !

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:34 | 4672922 Ignatius
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Don't really get the focus on sock puppet Obama.

He carries water same as McCain/Romney would have.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:01 | 4672818 AlaricBalth
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Franklin Templeton owned the following Ukraine Bonds as of Dec 2013:

B3LRJQ9 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 10,500,000 $10,263,750 0.01% 6.875% 09/23/15

B0ZL405 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 50,870,000 $66,977,592 0.09% 4.95% 10/13/15

B295N00 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 82,883,000 $77,029,388 0.11% 6.75% 11/14/17

903724AB8 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 135,700,000 $127,646,205 0.18% 6.58% 11/21/16

603674AA0 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 181,290,000 $168,373,087 0.24% 7.75% 09/23/20

903724AG7 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 273,808,000 $248,138,500 0.35% 7.5% 04/17/23

903724AC6 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 349,346,000 $329,040,263 0.46% 6.25% 06/17/16

603674AE2 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 391,240,000 $392,707,150 0.55% 7.95% 06/04/14

126826AH9 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 554,350,000 $514,506,093 0.72% 7.95% 02/23/21

903724AF9 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 572,565,000 $519,602,737 0.73% 7.8% 11/28/22

903724AD4 UKRAINE GOVERNMENT 689,700,000 $687,113,625 0.97% 9.25% 07/24/17

These bonds had a market value of $3,141,398,390. In 2014, Michael Hasenstab, Templeton Global Bond Fund's manager has amassed about $3,000,000,000 additional bonds. Michael Hasenstab has donated cash to the Investment Company Institute PAC, who in turn soon after, donated money to Steny Hoyer's AmeriPac: The Fund for a Greater America. Steny Hoyer (D-Md) has been a vociferous voice against the uprising in Ukraine and as of yesterday issued this press release: "I am appalled by news reports that militants aligned with President Putin in Eastern Ukraine have been disseminating materials demanding that Jews register themselves and their property with pro-Russian militias." The Eastern Ukraine resistance has denied demanding registration and stated it was a psyop perpetrated by the Kiev government. Franklin Templeton has much at stake in Ukraine. The buying of Steny Hoyer is one example of the pressure F/T is exerting to ensure a favorable outcome.

 

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:48 | 4672962 DaddyO
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The insidiousness of this corruption is just breathtaking!

Bought and paid for and doing the bidding of the financial interests to the nth degree.

AB, good info...

DaddyO

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:32 | 4673094 NotApplicable
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Given over a century of government schooling and the Federal Reserve System, what else could one expect?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:57 | 4673158 deKevelioc
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Regarding the phony Jewish registration, read PCR.  Putin is another Hitler; don't you know?  LOL

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/18/washingtons-corruption-mendac...

 

 

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:18 | 4673207 NotApplicable
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As I mentioned in a thread yesterday, the Nazi pamphlet's are a psyop to recast the Nazis in Kiev as the "Pro-Russians" so that the sheeple don't obtain a clue about the coup.

This shit would be hilarious if it wasn't so fucking sad.

Meanwhile, I'm hosting Easter Dinner for my wife's idiot family of life-long Dem voters, who just love to talk about this shit around the dinner table. It seems I may end up spoiling dessert.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:48 | 4673264 AlaricBalth
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Show them this brief 3:56 video from Bill Moyers final broadcast. You are certain to enjoy a spirited dinner conversation.  ;-)

Bill Moyers on Plutonomy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSoglDcRbAg#t=61

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:53 | 4674582 StychoKiller
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Pretty sure that once Vlad starts hearing some serious complaints from his own rich folks, the Oil/Gaz for gold demand will be issued.  Also pretty sure that China and Russia are gonna sign a Gaz/Oil for Yuan agreement in May as well.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:40 | 4673243 Remington IV
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f --- k Krugman

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:43 | 4672753 kridkrid
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Who could ever imagine a US President being nothing more than a pawn of the banking oligarchy.

well, except for: http://www.rebelyid.com/wp-content/uploads/clintonsignsglasssteagallrepe...
Or: http://youtu.be/NR3RqMMIwD4
Or: http://youtu.be/rcnhF09QN78

Or:

Despite these warnings, Woodrow Wilson signed the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. A few years later he wrote: I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men. -Woodrow Wilson

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:20 | 4672878 Dickweed Wang
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If Wilson didn't sign off on the Federal Reserve Act he would have ended up like William McKinley, who was trying to stand up to the same cabal at the time he was assassinated in 1901.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:35 | 4673102 NotApplicable
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Meanwhile Teddy The Welfare Queen's "Bull Run" ensured Taft was out of the picture as well, in order that the idiot Wilson would ascend to the throne.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:52 | 4673145 Seize Mars
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You guys are correct of course. Funny, they don't teach you that in government school.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:58 | 4673162 NotApplicable
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I always enjoy telling people about how big of scumbags the Roosevelts were, being champion rent seekers by selling bonds for the US Navy. Those fuckers never worked a day in their lives that wasn't dedicated to perpetrating one crime or another.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:41 | 4674031 Seize Mars
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NotApplicable

Agreed with you there. Here is something I have posted before, but it's always a goodie:

>>>>>>>>>>

Originally, 20 year charters for corporations (had to be renewed)

1782 Bank of North America - Founder imprisoned for fraud and other abuses
Charter expired in 1802

1791 1st Bank of the US
1811 Charter expired; renewal defeated by a single vote

War of 1812

1816 2nd Bank of the US
1832 President Andrew Jackson promised to veto renewal
1835 Asassination attempt (survived)
1836 Charter expired

Lincoln prints paper money to fund the Civil War
1863 National Banking Act (20 yr charter)
1864 Linclon speaks against paper money banking
1864 Lincoln Assassinated

1881 President James Garfield opposes renewal of the National Bank Act
1881 Garfield Assassinated
1882 Bank charter renewed ("2nd Charter Period" begins)

1901 President McKinley opposes renewal of Nat'l Bank
1901 President McKinley assassinated

1902 President Teddy Roosevelt approves renewal (3rd Charter Period) (He is a member of a NY banking family)

1912 Taft loses election to Wilson (Roosevelt entered and split the ticket)

Dec 23 1913. Permanent Charter of Central Bank.

1962 President Kennedy gives "Secrecy is Repugnant" speech denouncing Federal Reserve
1963 Kennedy authorizes by executive order, Treasury backed "Silver Certificates"
November 1963 JFK Assassinated

>>>>>>>>>>

1 + 1 = 2

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:14 | 4673199 kridkrid
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An election that was remarkably similar to 1992. Only in 1992, all of the candidates were in on it. I think Taft was a good man and maybe the last good president (maybe Calvin Coolidge). The presidency needed to flip to a D in 1992 in order to pass NAFTA and GATT... couldn't happen under an R... too much labor union opposition. Similar to needing Taft out of office to get the Federal Reserve.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:15 | 4673202 kridkrid
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Come on... McKinley was killed by an "Anarchist". Those bad, bad, anarchists. /sarc

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:41 | 4673244 Remington IV
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the good old days

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:06 | 4673029 813kml
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The US is exceptionally corrupt.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:42 | 4673245 Remington IV
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Even the Nigerians and Venezuelans are in awe

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:38 | 4673103 Drifter
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Force Russia out of global markets?

Maybe force Russia out of USD markets, which Putin sorta wants to leave anyway.

"No, please don't throw me in that briar patch [wink wink]."

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 14:45 | 4673586 Lewshine
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YA THINK??? Obiwan has no boundaries of fear towards law or ethics. Your ears were designed for his objectives!! 

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:04 | 4672645 Oh regional Indian
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When the man running the workshop is a tool, what do we expect? A tool with tools. A tool full of stool, yick!

This entire farce has become waaaay to farcial. 

Should we start a SAY NO TO WAR campaign?

Anyone?

ori

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/war-of-the-worlds/

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:15 | 4672669 BandGap
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As a father to six, I would love to say no, there will be no campaign against a war. This outcome grows clearer by the day, we have been conditioned. I do not believe there is a way to stop this, and maybe it is the "best" thing to begin with.

When liars have nothing to fear because of the public's stupor, when liars and evil people can openly procalim who they are and what they intend, what happens next is a choice between right and wrong. Regardless of our desire to make that choice, it will be forced upon us.

Choose wisely.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:32 | 4672714 Oh regional Indian
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BandGap, trouble is we have told how to protest also. In this "RAMMish" way which is how war mongers think.

If everyone around you alone, said no, that would be a start. And me. And 10 other ZHers.

Like that. Stop buying, excessive consumption, help people, actively....small things, locally....

The Maidan/tiananmen/mall style protest is just more controlled opposition, easily infiltrated...

ori

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:54 | 4672788 BandGap
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I agree, but these efforts will die far away from where I live. They die due to apathy, nationalism or in a fog of propaganda.

There is no problem if you do not look. I am afraid the die has been cast, not sure this wasn't all inevitable. Heartbreakingly sad, but inevitable.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:05 | 4672838 Oh regional Indian
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This is where detachment alleviates sad-ness. Give away a lot, consume little, even if for a while, huge shift. 

Paraphrasing Lao Tzu, in a truly centered man, the tip of the spear finds no flesh in the battle field, neither does the tiger's claw in the jungle.

ori

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:53 | 4672789 BandGap
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I agree, but these efforts will die far away from where I live. They die due to apathy, nationalism or in a fog of propaganda.

There is no problem if you do not look. I am afraid the die has been cast, not sure this wasn't all inevitable. Heartbreakingly sad, but inevitable.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:55 | 4673444 laomei
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The best protest is self-education.  Here's how to examine if you are getting what you paid for:

Products: Ignore the packaging, ignore the design... break it down into base material.  You are paying $100 for 5 cents of plastic and some wires.

Services: Can you do it yourself? Cool, then do it yourself.  No, sorry, your time is not "too valuable", if it were that valuable, you would never watch tv, read a paper, or wipe your own ass... after all, time is money.

Food: Learn to cook, you will enjoy what you make yourself more, and save insane amounts of money.

 

That's really all there is to it.  Cut cut cut cut cut cut cut back on everything, push your personal savings as high as possible.  Cellphone? Get something like ting.  Internet? Share with neighbors.  If there exists a free or cheap alternative, go with it 100% of the time.  That new car? Screw it, if you need to upgrade, buy used and miss out on all the initial depreciation.  Find the cheaper alternatives without sacrificing quality.  If you need to buy crap from China, buy it direct and cut the marketing idiots out of the mix (at most, including shipping, you'll probably pay 10% of retail).

Here's a few tips: Whenever you are buying something food, look at the label.  Pick a diet if you want, some random restriction, or go basic-Halal and just drop pork, and then drop off corn syrup.  Or go low carb.  Just find an excuse to read those labels and fight back against the marketing that triggered that buy impulse in your monkey brain of yours.  If you see advertising, just remember, that that advertising has to be paid for, which means that the product price, no matter how "great" is inflated to make up for that.  In fact, if you see advertising for something, you should just boycott it on principle alone at least for that day, or a week.  Debadge your car, debadge all your gear in fact.  Don't buy clothing littered with brand names and logos.  Stop spending money to be a billboard... if anything they should be paying you.  I drive a Toyota, every single identifying logo or badge has been stripped from it.  The grill has been swapped for a blank, the logo on the steering has been removed and swapped for a blank insert.  All model information, removed, all plugs on the rims, removed and replaced with blanks, a single badge on the back which has a pair of holes under it has been replaced with a custom-made badge.  It's no longer a "toyota", it's just my car.  If you know the car by the look alone, then good for you.  If you don't, well, you can ask, but it's not my duty to advertise the car... same goes for every appliance and gadget.  Look around you, it's all brand labels, it's disgusting and perverse really.

 

Every single item in that supermarket, which just so happens to be at eye level, has paid to be there.  Ditto for the endcaps.  Don't fall for the scams.  And STOP using "cloud" services, for the love of god how stupid are you people?  Get a server, get a shared host, whatever, they are CHEAP.  Anything you put "on the cloud" is no longer yours.  Once you have a server, you have your own email, you get to end a lot of the bullshit in dealing with online.  And speaking of online, run adblockers everywhere.  See an ad, block an ad.  From time to time I find myself on someone else's computer... dear god, what happened to the internet? ads everywhere, thanks, but I choose to opt-out.  I don't need scripts and algorithms telling me what to buy or putting ideas in my head for ways to piss away money.  Just fine without it, thanks.

The sooner you get out of this marketing echo chamber the happier you'll be.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4673132 SumTing Wong
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I've got five kids myself, and I'd really rather not see war. But it appears we are coming back into the 1770s when there were revolutions afoot everywhere. And it might be the time to water the tree of liberty. I'd rather it not get the blood of my children, though, and I'm lucky they are younger for now. 

However, war affects everyone. There will be supply disruptions. We may not be able to travel around much due to shortages of fuel. And some people may go hungry, especially if we see the kind of Depression I'd expect. We've bee nprepping for exactly such a situation with stores of things to get us through the initial problems. And we've gotten a home away from things with farmland, crops, an orchard. We've started the chickens and pigs. Cattle will come when I can get caught up around the homestead, with family stuff, oh yeah with work too. I hope it is soon enough...luckily that whole back area is planted in the best kind of alfalfa and we can always just harvest it instead of having cattle graze.

Kids who learn how to work hard around a farmstead have a huge advantage. The fact that we homeschool means biology class happens very naturally. And the kids would rather chase around chickens or get to mow the grass on the tractor instead of playing with one of those iThingys. When other kids have them at one of the homeschool co-ops, they just can't see the purpose. ORI is right on here, as usual...

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:21 | 4672678 DaddyO
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War, it's the last tool in the kit and TPTB 'must' use it or be found out.

When you include the derivatives into the debt matrix, moar war is the only solution.

The events this past weekend in Nevada can and may be construed as the beginning of the end.

Sen. Reid's words denote the tonedeaf heading of the .gov and its willingness to start the ball rolling.

This vid gives a different perspective, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilDfAqDNUe4

Bring the soldiers home, we may need them to bolster the efforts of the Liberty minded.

DaddyO

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:29 | 4672704 Chupacabra-322
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"When all else fails, they take you to War."

-Gerald Celente.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:33 | 4672717 Oh regional Indian
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War is the last resort of a cowardly leadership.

ori

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:49 | 4672766 DaddyO
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Cowardly leadership is rapidly failing or has failed and we are experiencing the vacuum.

This vacuum would give some reason for the rise of Putin.

The apperant goal of the current regime in the USSA seems to be nothing more than creating chaos.

A friend of mine posted this vid about his current view on USSA affairs and I think he nails it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bYP4Km94ps&list=UUSi64g0azbv5ULkDLxMN9tw

DaddyO

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:21 | 4672823 Chupacabra-322
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The World no longer tolerates the "open", no longer "hidden in plain view" Crimimal activity of THE UNIED STATES, CORP. INC.

Crimes against humanity & crimes against The American People have yet to be accounted for.

I agree with your friends perspective on the morality issue. It's beyond corruption, its CRIMINAL & individuals should refer to it as such.

Empires have always fallen do to loss of morality. Why should the Criminal UNIRD STATEs,CORP. INC. be any different?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:38 | 4673111 NotApplicable
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Sorry ORI, had to downvote you for the disqusting use of the word "leadership" in regards to these criminals.

Why do you give them such refuge? If you truly believe they are cowardly leaders, then you are very confused.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:54 | 4673152 SumTing Wong
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I saw an interesting yard sign this morning. I can't remember the guy's name so we'll go with "Muhammad Chang for senate.com"

Here the guy is admitting that the Senate is a corporate activity rather than governmental??? Seems about right to me... 

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:07 | 4672845 toady
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Not the sharpest tool in the shed. 

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:23 | 4672891 Dickweed Wang
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Should we start a SAY NO TO WAR campaign?

Gerald Celente is trying to do just that.  Check out his web site for more info at http://www.trendsresearch.com.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:08 | 4672652 i_call_you_my_base
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Moar rigged.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:13 | 4672653 Rainman
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'Let's pretend we know what we are doing' Worldwide community organizing = FAIL

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:14 | 4672660 Colonel Klink
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It's all so dirty and corrupt.  The Federal feral government needs an enema.

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