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It is up to you to generate your own success... and your best opportunities may now be outside the U.S.

Seeing the world’s new boom markets can be incredibly exciting. But is the growth of China, Asia, and the Middle East cause for concern in the West?

I believe it is. For one thing, I am a believer that culture actively influences a nation’s economy. The countries with pro-business, go-get-’em cultures tend to do well.

Cultures that promote laziness and projecting blame don’t do well. The United States and much of Europe have become soft, blame “the 1%” for their failures, and seek to use socialism and fascism to fix their problems, rather than letting freedom ring.

Because of this, we’re going to continue to see a shift away from the Western world. While the East is swallowing up jobs and business opportunities, technology is eating up the ones they won’t grab.



Pick you place - be informed

Your first order of business should be to check out one site called Nomad List.

Nomad List is a place to check out the international landscape - to better help you find those places that fit your wants, needs, and temperament. It’s the perfect tool for budding expats.

With it, you can see how much a specific city costs, the Internet speed, the safety level, the air quality, and much more.



Go where the jobs and opportunity

In fact, I believe the situation is worse than most people realize: while many low-skill jobs have long been going offshore, the rising skilled middle class in many Asian countries means those countries can now also compete for jobs that require education or higher skills.

This is not to say that everyone in the west will become unemployed, but the trend is disturbing. And the government reaction to economic crisis in the west only indicates that the malaise will continue for some time.

Consider taking a cue from your ancestors.

When their local economy proved inadequate for them to pay their bills, they sought opportunities elsewhere. Or perhaps they merely wanted to be a part of the “next big thing”.

Either way, they went to where opportunity existed, rather than waiting for opportunity to come to them.




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The TedX talk most of us need to hear

This TedX video is titled, "How to stop screwing yourself over." It's about twenty minutes long, and it's all about getting the things you want in life. The message is - you are the one - holding you back.

Three words that I learned that changed my life. Persistence overcomes resistance. So true. That is fantastic because that goes along with "Failure leads to success"(so never quit).

The problem is, the school system actually destroys this motivated, impulsive part of the mind for many people. We're taught for years on end, to stop, think, analyze, ruminate...



But it turns out we have intuition and gut impulses that can allow us to be spontaneous and confident in what we do... and not always see our failures in the form of an 'F' or 40%.

We're taught to work our butts off, then take long breaks. We're taught to follow a routine and do things that don't interest us for hours and hours to make some test number.

So when it's all done and we're in the real world, many of us simply don't know HOW to go about even framing our mind for this way of impulsive, creative and productive thinking.

You're lucky if you had great parents, teachers or friends that fostered this part of you, and to people like this, it's easy. It's as simple as just doing it... and they don't understand why people procrastinate or have analysis paralysis.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp7E973zozc



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Seven key behaviors... of the exceptional people who make a positive difference in the world

Look around you and you'll see three kinds of people - those who hate their work, and complain bitterly, those who just tolerate their work and see it as a paycheck and aren't looking for more (or feel they can't have more), and finally, those who love their work, and relish it.

The third category is a small subset of all professionals globally, but this group stands out because these are, most often, the people who change the world for the better.

In my work as a success coach and writer, I've had the opportunity to connect with people who've made a true and measurable impact in the world, including well-known experts, authors, researchers, journalists, scientists, innovators, business geniuses, and entrepreneurs.

But among this group of world influencers there are also everyday people who have found a special niche in which they've contributed at the highest level.



It's critical to note that people who've made a real difference aren't all privileged, advantaged or "special" by any stretch.


Many come from disadvantaged families, crushing circumstances and initially limited capabilities, but have found ways to pick themselves up and rise above their circumstances (and their genes) to transform their own lives and those around them.

Researching these makers, shakers and disruptors, and working with my own clients who shape the world around them in powerful and constructive ways, I've observed seven key behaviors that set them apart -

Habitual ways of behaving and approaching life and work that distinguish them from those who long to make a difference but can't or won't find the way.

The seven core behaviors of people who positively impact the world are:

1. They dedicate themselves to what gives their life meaning and purpose.

Thousands of people today don't believe in meaning and purpose as something to discover or pursue in life. And others believe in a life purpose but won't take the risk to identify or honor it.

Those with positive influence feel otherwise. They have found that there is a purpose to their life, and that purpose usually involves some aspect of turning their "mess into a message," or using what they've learned (often the hard way) as a means of being of service to others.



2. They commit to continually bettering themselves.

People who impact the world for the better know that they are not perfect. They understand how their knowledge isn't "complete" - there are always gaps, biases, limitations and prejudices, and new places to go with their expertise.

Innovators who positively shape the world come from a "beginner's mind" and a loving, compassionate heart - with an openness to see, learn, and experience new things on the way to being a better servant of the world.

3. They engage with people in open, mutually-beneficial ways.

Those with huge positive influence understand the power of relationships, connection, and engaging with the world openly. They're not afraid to get "out there" - connecting with others, sharing their knowledge and talents, offering their authentic and often contrarian viewpoints and opinions.

They know that positive, supportive and authentic relationships are the foundational building blocks to anything and everything they want to achieve.



4. They invest time and energy not in what is, but what can be.

The people I've interacted with and interviewed who've made a positive impact in the world don't settle for conformity. When they see something that agitates and disturbs them, they strive to know more, get to the root of the issue, research and understand the contributing factors, and arrive at new solutions.

They observe gaps and mistakes in common thinking and behavior, and trust themselves in their belief that it's time to push the boundaries of what's accepted. They want to affect change because they believe change will bring a better way to live.

5. They spread what they know.

We've all met authors or "experts" who keep their knowledge secret, close to the vest. They're afraid to let it out for fear someone will steal it or make money on their ideas. This is the opposite of the positive influencer's mindset.

Those who make a true positive difference can't help but share and teach what they've learned. They don't see their knowledge as just some commodity to sell, as a meal ticket or a money maker - they see it as information that has to be shared with the world for its betterment.



6. They uplift others as they ascend.

People who positively impact the world not only obtain amazing results in their work, but their process of obtaining these results - how they operate in life - is also inspiring and uplifting. They are happy to help and support others, and have an overflow of positive energy that enriches the lives of everyone they work with and connect with.

These positive influencers want others to grow. They walk away from "success-building" opportunities that will be hurtful and damaging to others. They know that those unethical, demeaning or destructive approaches go against the very meaning and purpose they're committed to.

7. They use their power and influence well.

Positive influencers use their power well and wisely. They understand the widespread influence they have, the power they have to build up and elevate, or tear down. Those who impact the world for the better are careful and judicious with their words, actions and behaviors.

They operate with heart, and care deeply about their leadership and communication process and style, and the influence they have. They take it seriously, as a special honor and responsibility not to be flaunted or misused. They understand their special role, and accept it with honesty, grace, compassion, and care.



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In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.

Today is May 22nd... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt... and going $2 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Obama's debt comes right out of your pocket... 

Our nation-state is no model of fiscal responsibility. When Barack Obama took office, the national debt was already an impressive $10 trillion. Today it is $18.1 trillion. The national debt is still growing at a rate of more than $50 million an hour. 

Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 05/22/2015



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The list above is only the tip of the iceberg, of liberal control and manipulation of your news and world events. All major newspapers are liberal controlled. Most of your local market stations are just pawns of the major networks. PBS news is 95% liberal biased.

The fact is, the only source for an accurate alternative news source is FOX news. And day by day, more and more people are turning there for what's really going on in the U.S. and around the world.

That's why Obama and the liberals always attack FOX news. Because they know FOX news is the only media outlet - they can't control.


A shocking reality: 85% of the news media are corrupt liberal Democrats. That means...

85% of the information you receive from that media, is liberal biased, outright lies, or nonsense

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos has acknowledged giving $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and not publicly disclosing it in the midst of reporting on the foundation.

Stephanopoulos was a top Clinton White House adviser and has been reporting on the Clinton Foundation...

Before joining ABC, Stephanopoulos served as communications director and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and was the communications director for Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

Stephanopoulos apologized for not disclosing his own contributions in a statement to Politico.

Including his recent hypocritical scathing attack on Peter Schweizer, author of the book “Clinton Cash,” which raised questions about whether foreign donations to the foundation had influenced Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state.



Yeah right. Who here is even surprised? We all know of the incestuous relationship between Democrat politics and the “free” liberal press:

Stephanopoulos was the communications director and senior adviser for policy and strategy to President Bill Clinton and the communications director for Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

The fact that the Good Morning America co-host poses a journalist by day - and works as a secret Democratic operative by night shouldn't be surprising.

In 2009, Politico revealed that Stephanopoulos participated in daily strategy calls with James Carville (Clinton White House), Paul Begala (Clinton White House) and Rahm Emanuel (Clinton and Obama White House).

Politico writer John Harris explained, "In any given news cycle, it is quite likely that Washington’s prevailing political and media interpretation — at least on the Democratic side — is being hatched on these calls." 

There’s hundreds more just like him. The media runs cover for their friends so they can get a piece of the pie (money from the big bankers/wall street types).



And cue the liberal appeal to emotions in 3..2..1.. “I made charitable donations to the Foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply,”

Surely we can’t begrudge George Stephanopoulos donating to such noble and necessary causes? Surely we can overlook foreign countries, dictators and the liberal media from greasing the palms of the Clintons.

In a sane and honest world… Stephanopoulos would be unemployed this morning.

In Liberal-ville… because he supports their ideology and political party… he’s forgot to mention that he’s donated tens of thousands of dollars to the foundation chaired by the wife of his former boss and who is now running for president.

And of course... a hit piece interview on the guy who just wrote a book on the improper goings on of that same foundation and it’s donors is merely a distraction.

What’s important in the scheme of false propaganda, liberal shenanigans - is that we feel good about the noble causes Georgie donated to through the Clinton foundation.

George how about apologizing for being their mouthpiece puppet for all these years. Progs... bless their hearts... the end always justifies the means... ”it’s for the people man.”



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Hillary supporters shocked... when they learn she paid women 72 cents for every dollar paid to men

Hillary Clinton supporters in Washington, D.C., weren’t exactly pleased to learn about recent analysis that suggests the Democratic presidential candidate paid women 72 cents for each dollar paid to men. 

Given Clinton’s position on the so-called “wage gap,” several of her supporters appeared to be visibly stunned when Caleb Bonham, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, informed them of the analysis on the National Mall. 

I found the part at 1:20 hilarious… she was speechless and you could hear the birds chirping in the background. It’s so funny when Democrats are faced with the truth… how stupid and speechless they are. 






“I don’t even know what to say right now,” one woman replied.

“I’m kind of shocked. That makes no sense, that makes no sense - like why... I’m stuck.” “Woah,” another person responded.

Dubbed the “Hillary Clinton Beauty Pageant,” Bonham crowned one “honest and principled young voter” as the winner for her change of heart after learning the new information. 

“That makes her hypocritical, and that makes me less likely to vote for her,” the woman said. “It’s like, why are you trying to fight for something, but you’re not doing it. That makes no sense.”

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-eIDLvfd6s



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The entire Democrat Party is a crime syndicate

I will take it a step further… so is the Republican Party. It is only the outliers like Gowdy, Lee, Cruz and Paul that are even interested in pursuing this crime wave that has taken over Washington DC and by extension the entire nation.

The Republican Establishment wants no part of running this up the Democrats arse… because they have their own skeletons that they have already been extorted with or will be extorted with if they step too far out of line.

So, many of us have known from the get-go the Progressive Movement, of which Obama is the titular head of right now… is a crime syndicate with designs on collapsing the U.S. as we know it.



They despise the middle class, Capitalism and the American way of life. This has been going on from the founding but has accelerated since American Dominance after WW2.

This is all driven by global communists. They mean to cause our demise. This is truth.

Keep that in mind when you look at every single Democrat… at the cocktail parties, across the dining table, everywhere. The ground level Democrats that support the so-called “politicians” are the “cover” that is facilitating your demise.

Consider all Democrats in this context for they make excuses at best, and support your demise at worst. Unfortunately.



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How the liberals are destroying America

Well, let’s see…

• Begin with "free trade agreements" with other countries - by exporting your country’s foundational factory-job base to low-wage nations.

• Don't enforce borders or visa limits, allowing 30 million illegal immigrants and guest workers - to, umm… do jobs for less cost than Americans.

• Create a “bread & circuses,” something-for-nothing national mass culture, funded by bottomless debt, complete with broken inner cities, poor public schools, shockingly high youth unemployment.

• Democrats in cahoots with teachers unions - funnel enormous amounts of money and benefits to teachers, resulting in dysfunctional public schools.

• Corrupt liberal media in cahoots with Corrupt Democratic party - organized false propaganda designed to keep the citizens uninformed and misinformed.




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Cool Photos


The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night in Pucon town, Chile, on May 10. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active in South America.




Kelly Slater of the U.S. rides a barrel during Round 1 of the Oi Rio Pro surfing event as part of the World Surf League in Barra De Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 12.




Fans attempt to dodge a loose bat from Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 12 in Baltimore.




Sailboats are surrounded by pollen covering Lake Starnberg in Germany on May 8.




A young man cheers as his rocket takes off at the Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival on May 10 in Yasothon, Thailand. During the festival, residents launch enormous homemade rockets to celebrate the beginning of the rainy season.




Cossacks walk past a bust portraying Russian President Vladimir Putin during the unveiling of the sculpture outside St Petersburg. Russian Cossacks installed the bust on the compound of the current ethnic farm Museum near St Petersburg. The sculpture is depicting Vladimir Putin in the style of an ancient Roman Emperor.




A photo shot from a Philippine military plane shows the alleged ongoing land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines on May 11.

China's rapid creation of artificial islands in the disputed Spratly chain of the South China Sea is setting off alarm bells across the Philippines, a country with one of the weakest navies in the region.




Jyrki Jokipakka (R) of Finland and Artur Gavrus (L) of Belarus battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Finland and Belarus.


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Friday-funnies...

Be the best version of you.

 People are like music... some speak the truth and others just make noise.

 We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have... but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. -- Frederick Keonig

 Excuses are the way we give ourselves a way to settle where we are... instead of making moves to make things better.

 God has perfect timing - never early, never late. It takes a little patience and it takes a lot of faith. But it's worth the wait.



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“The greatest irony in modern America may well be that while argument and discord prevail in the edifice of American Democracy, the best and most thoughtful citizens have already left the building.”

JOHN WENNERSTEN, Leaving America: The New Expatriate Generation: “My life used to suck,” John Midas confesses on Liberty.Me.

 Leaving America... in search of new frontiers and new opportunities

“I was a libertarian who was debating everyone I met, trying to convince people about the horrors of the current system. After years of fighting, winning tiny battles and losing the way, I figured that it was hopeless...

So I decided to try something new. I went abroad.”

Previously, we talked a bit about medical tourism. And all the ways to sidestep the flailing healthcare system in the U.S.

Today, we’re going to take those ideas a step further: Getting out.

If you’re unsatisfied with what’s happening in America, the most American thing you can do is leave. This nation’s very foundation was built on the backs of explorers. Pioneers, in search of a better life.



When times got hairy, they struck the dangerous seas and desolate lands in search for new soil and new opportunity.

Today… making it to new land is the easiest it’s ever been. And living and working from wherever you want isn’t a pipedream - it’s a reality for millions of people all over the world.

“To those who have not tried living for years abroad,” says Midas, “I can, from the top of my intellect, strongly recommend it."

The strategy has been working for hundreds of thousands of years, and those who use it wisely have harvested an abundant life.

It’s a rising trend we’ve been tracking closely. And it’s one, we suspect, will only continue to accelerate. More and more Americans are bugging out in pursuit of greener pastures. Not just in America, either:

According to UN Statistics, nearly 215 million people lived outside their home country in 2011.

In 2013, according to one Forbes article, the total number of American expats alone shot up 221% in only two years. And if I had to guess, I’d say that number is flying through the roof as you read this.



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 Jetman Dubai... Young Feathers

We mark a new milestone in the chapter of human flight. Join Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege, Jetman Vince Reffet as they explore the limits in the city of dreams.

Mankind has always wanted to fly, but these jetpacks take things to a whole new level. How awesome is this? Really beautifully made video - worth a watch.

Now choose something epic to do in the near future and make it your goal to do it. What will you choose?

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czy0pXRRZcs



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Collectivism (group think) is the cornerstone of liberals' scheme of control... the group or collective, is more important than the individual

Individualism is the ethic that, in the west, laid the foundation for massive industrialized societies to emerge from the economic principle of the division of labor… for the abandonment of slavery… and, ultimately, which raised so many people out of poverty.

Under the ancient regime - before the doctrine of individualism and of individual rights in the natural sense came about - the individual never had rights.

One may have been part of a family or tribe, where maybe the head had rights in some sense as the citizen of a state. But the life of an individual was not all that in this state of affairs.

You were expendable. You didn’t own yourself. Your patriarch decided your fate. Maybe you were sold into slavery or some type of service as tribute for the king. You likely didn’t have a say. Inherently you accepted your fate because you accepted the doctrine of collectivism.



Collectivism was the ethic of the ancient regime - of the pre industrial and pre modern eras.

It is the ethic that spawned communism, fascism, nazism, socialism, and statism of all kinds: from monarchy to totalitarianism... that has killed hundreds of millions of people in its name… that kept mankind in the dark ages and led it into slavery.

And it always finds its power in the argument that the whole (or the group or collective) is more important than the individual.

The doctrine of individual rights was the product of the enlightenment, which in turn was the product of the free exchange of thoughts and ideas spurred on by Gutenberg’s invention in the age of reason. It was this doctrine that ultimately ended slavery world wide, not Lincoln.

It was the doctrine of the individual’s right of self ownership that allowed former peasants and slaves to experience freedom for the first time, allowing individuals to live like the kings did.

The author of a new book demonstrates precisely this.

In “Inventing the Individual: The Origins Of Western Liberalism”, Larry Siedentop argues individualism is what’s new about the modern age...

And what has allowed for the enormous prosperity that has raised millions out of poverty and has freed many of them from the benefactors of the collectivist system.



The author notes, about his experience in societies where the individual still has relatively few rights in the current day, that it is a western idea...

“Classical liberal individualism does not exist in the modern world outside of the US and Europe, and it is dying here. The collectivist cultures of the rest of the world differ little from those of ancient Greece and Rome.”

Even in supposed democratic situations there is always a small group of people who would arrogate to themselves the task of speaking for the “group.” That’s what politics is about.

Of course, Murray Rothbard’s rule of oligarchy asserts that all states are ultimately controlled by a small group of people or else they would collapse - for example under mob rule, eventually the mob would outgrow the productive classes and the social order would collapse.

But this is something we all know, except for perhaps most people in the west today.

The west now can’t seem to get rid of is the collectivist ethic, a remnant of the ancient regime. That’s because it is in the interests of people after power (the predator class) to promote it.

People are hardwired to buy the liberal propaganda... because it is where they come from.



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 Michael Meets Mozart... amazing 1 piano, 2 guys, 100 cello tracks - ThePianoGuys

On the recording, Steven Sharp Nelson laid down over 100 tracks including cello textures never known possible. Every single sound on the video was made using only the instruments shown: piano, cello, mouth percussion and kick drum.

We utilized some cool effects on lots of stuff... for example the U2-style delay on Steve's pizzicato at the beginning.

The extra string on the electric cellos (the black cello has an extra high string and the white cello has an extra low string) allowed us to cover the full range of the orchestra.

The deep bass drum sound is a bump on the body of the cello with a little help from some effects. The shaker sound was created by Steve rubbing rosin on his bow. The record scratch is Steve scratching a quarter on the strings... you get the idea.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR94NDIfGmA



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 Friends Forever





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 The day I met Amelia... the virtual assistant aiming to usher in the AI revolution

It was a bit of a surreal prospect. I was going to the Gherkin building in central London to meet Amelia - an artificial intelligence.

She' is the brainchild of software company IPsoft, a firm founded by a mathematics professor from New York University...

Who has spent the last 15 years dedicated to research into automative and cognitive technologies that reduce the need for human intervention in IT infrastructure management and other business processes.

Now they're aiming to take over the job of the 'mid-level knowledge worker' - people behind help desks and customer service centres whose feeble human brainpower will be no match to the superior intelllect of a silicon assistant.

Amelia isn't science fiction; she's real, and she sits along the likes of Google's Deep Mind and IBM's Watson as one of the most advanced types of cognitive computers currently aiming to forge a new AI workforce.



Amelia can reply to emails, and hold phone calls and instant messaging conversations with humans much like another human.

As IPsoft's UK CEO Richard Warley explained to me, she's 'significantly different' to 'parlour trick' type virtual assistants like Apple's Siri, who just respond to key words with scripted answers, mimicking us without any real comprehension.

In some ways, Amelia actually understands what's being said to her, and even how the person feels.

'Natural language is something we take for granted, but it's a terrifically complicated thing for a machine to understand,' says Warley. 'The first thing Amelia can do is process this, as you'll see, and that's important - she can communicate and understand meaning through the language you and I use.'

The second thing she can do, he explains, is learn the information she's given, deconstructing text into a 'neural ontology', or a kind of map of connections she can understand.



For Amelia's next trick, she's able to be asked a question in English and respond in another of her 20 pre-programmed languages, which happens to be French.

She's not simply applying a word-for-word translation; she 'understands' the sentence and is able to reconstruct the intention of the sentence into the correct grammar, so she's truly multi-lingual as a human would be.

And unlike a human service desk assistant, she can have hundreds and thousands of conversations in parallel, in different languages, so the business case for multinational organizations having to provide service over a single platform is very compelling.

Amelia can apply logic in useful ways to what she knows, and start to build processes out of it. As a hot desk or a service desk agent with a defined set of knowledge within a particular domain.

This means Amelia can learn how to complete tasks, working much more efficiently than a human could and reducing the amount of menial tasks that humans have to do.

Website: http://www.ipsoft.com/what-we-do/amelia/



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 If God is love... the goal is not conflict and control, but community, fairness and freedom

If liberals and gays claim equal rights... why are their views always forced on others

Famed evangelist Franklin Graham is warning that a “storm of persecution” will follow if the Supreme Court decides to legalize gay marriage across all 50 states.

Graham implored his 1.4 million Facebook followers on Tuesday to pray for the justices as they prepare to issue a decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges, a same-sex marriage case that could have profound implications for the definition of marriage across America.

“Pray for our Supreme Court justices as they consider the issue of same sex marriage for our nation — today pray especially for Justice Clarence Thomas who has served on the court for over 23 years,” Graham wrote. “I assure you this affects each and every one of us.”

He continued, “There will be a storm of persecution against all people who follow God and His standards if this passes.”

He recently announced the creation of the “Persecuted Christians-USA Fund,” which has been set up to help business owners who have refused to provide service to gay nuptials based on their faith.



Amazing that we are being bent over by less than two percent of this country’s population. It is a shame that we as a country have allowed the 2% to dictate our values!

The gay community is not satisfied to just having their way, regarding the right to marry. No, they want to forcefully inject their lifestyle on our way of life.

According to the gay, lesbian, transgender own polling, it is less than 2%. Yet, there is a gay character in every tv show and in every movie now. Trying to force acceptance of it on us, our children and grandchildren. Pray hard for our Nation, we have a wicked leader who has lead our Country down an evil path.

Most of the gays really miss the point of the debate. As a religious issue, allowing gay marriage is legalizing sin. I know the government has the right to do so. And we have a right to petition them not to.



I don’t really expect you to understand that. I am a Christian and do not support the legalization of homosexual marriage. Why? It’s not just the sin issue that is at stake here. It is of far greater concern that Christians will be FORCED to participate in that sinful behavior.

If the gay community could just go out and get married in their gay church or by the justice of the peace or whatever, I could live with that. After all, sinners do sinful things everyday. BUT when they try and force me to participate in their behavior that crosses the line for me.

The gay community doesn’t just want to be allowed to marry. They want and demand that we accept it and participate in it and help them celebrate it. THAT is the real issue here. If that were not true, then why on earth are they going after Christian shop keepers?

And if this gets allowed by the Supreme Court, they will be coming after the churches and the pastors. Mark my words. If you as a homosexual could leave us alone and allow us to have our views and our religion, then fine, have your gay marriage.

I will tell you it is wrong and sinful, but I will NOT punish you for it. I will NOT demand your money or your livelihood or your life. I wish you could say the same thing.



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 The trouble you got yourself in to

Janie bought a new SIM card and the first thought that came to her mind was to surprise her husband Jake. So Janie replaced the old SIM with the new one in her cellphone. She went to the bedroom and called Jake who was reading the newspaper in the living room.

"Hi Sweetheart!" she said, calling from the new number.

Jake replied in a hushed tone, "Can I call you back sweety. My wife is in the bedroom!"







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 Unusual weather for New York City. Today it was 68 and foggy. No, wait a minute, that's me. I'm sorry, that's me. -- David Letterman

 Tonight I will be talking with Tom Hanks. Next week I'll be at the post office talking with the clerk. -- David Letterman 

 In retirement, what I'm going to do is pal around with Oprah. She doesn't know it yet, but that's what I'll do. -- David Letterman

 I already have an idea. I'm going to start a line of salad dressing, and it will be just like Paul Newman's salad dressing but instead of the profits going to charity the way Paul Newman's profits go to charity, my profits won't. -- David Letterman

 This weekend Vladimir Putin played in an exhibition hockey game with some former NHL players and scored eight goals. Even Evander Holyfield and Mitt Romney said, "That looks fake." -- Jimmy Fallon





 A resort in Mexico has opened the first underwater bar. Shortly afterwards it became host to the world's slowest bar fight ever. -- Conan O'Brien

 At the Billboard Music Awards the big winner was Taylor Swift. She won eight trophies. I wonder if she even keeps them at this point. -- Jimmy Kimmel

 Researchers have found that children in preschool are exercising only 12 percent of the day. The rest of the day was spent napping, eating, or generally sitting around doing nothing. It's called training them to be Americans. -- Jimmy Kimmel

 In the news, a man got so fed up that he drove his truck through his own living room. He said it was one of those spur-of-the-moment crazy things. No, it was not! That's just regular crazy. Getting frozen yogurt at midnight, or driving to Vegas — those are spur-of-the-moment crazy ideas. -- James Corden

 The police were called, but it turns out it's actually not illegal if it's your house and your truck. But just based on the limited amount of time we've spent with this guy, I get the feeling that the bank owned both the truck and the house. -- James Corden




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 Economic Freedom... which countries are most free? You might be surprised - the U.S. is not even in top ten?

“At first glance, you look like the greatest of all social systems,” Michael Fielding, an expat, writes in his open letter to America. “You seem like a stable and sturdy structure."

“People look at you,” he says, “and see strength. They see freedom and opportunity, democracy and unity."

“But a peek behind the curtain reveals a scared old man, desperately trying to maintain an illusion. Your size and complexity hide a simple truth: that you don’t physically exist.”

The only things real about America are its individuals, the land they live on, and the things they build. That is the country. America itself, though, is simply an idea. And the original idea of America is getting lost on itself.

America was founded on, “the idea that people were free to separate themselves from a parent government whenever they felt they had come of age.”



In sharp contrast to any other country on Earth, America is a country of individuals who chose to be here. “And where did its government, its courts, its businesses and saloons come from? They were all invented by us.”

America, therefore, Fielding chimes in, is “nothing more than a system of human interaction; not a thing in and of itself, but the result of a widespread pattern of behavior.”

Any country, just like money, is a complex series of agreements.

And when its citizens begin to lose faith in this agreement, or in our case, “the dream,” the country ceases to exist as expected. It revolts against itself. It might carry the same flag for many years, but how it operates… its dynamics... are changed forever.

Therefore, a country is more a mental construct than an actual “thing.” The lines that separate counties, states, countries, and continents, are all illusions.



Try to look at the world in this way. Zero boundaries. From that perspective, the world begins to open up to us. Opportunities abound and depend solely upon how far we’re willing to go to find them.

Fortunately, we have a choice. We can choose where we want to hang our hats. And as the gilded luster quickly chips away and America becomes ‘just another country,’ much of the rest of the world has caught up, and in many ways, surpassed, the U.S.

Out of 207 sovereign states, for example, 180 of those have freedom. The world is full of it. And among the best countries with freedom, the United States, in many respects, fares among the worst.

So what is the greatest country today?

The “greatest” country these days, we say, is simply a matter of taste. The answer is subjective. To some, it is the United States. To others, it exists outside of it. No matter what your idyllic lifestyle consists of, this Earth provides it somewhere. And it’s possible for you to live there.

If you’re not satisfied with your life in America, again, the most American thing you can do is leave. If, that is, you can muster untangling from your nest.




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 The federal government's controlled evolution of America's friendly neighborhood cop

In 2007, journalist Radley Balko told a House subcommittee that one criminologist detected a 1,500% increase in the use of SWAT teams over the last two decades.

That's reflective of a larger trend, fueled by the wars on drugs and terror, of police forces becoming heavily militarized.

Darryl Gates started the first SWAT team in L.A. in 1969. By 1975, there were 500 of them across the country.

They were largely a reaction to riots, violent protest groups like the Black Panthers and Symbionese Liberation Army, and a couple mass shooting incidents, like the Texas clock tower massacre in 1966.

9/11 altered the domestic relationship between the military and police?

It really just accelerated a process that had already been in motion for 20 years.

The main effect of 9/11 on domestic policing is the DHS grant program, which writes huge checks to local police departments across the country to purchase machine guns, helicopters, tanks, and armored personnel carriers.

The Pentagon had already been giving away the same weapons and equipment for about a decade, but the DHS grants make that program look tiny.



But probably of more concern is the ancillary effect of those grants. DHS grants are lucrative enough that many defense contractors are now turning their attention to police agencies - and some companies have sprung up solely to sell military-grade weaponry to police agencies who get those grants.

That means we're now building a new industry whose sole function is to militarize domestic police departments. Which means it won't be long before we see pro-militarization lobbying and pressure groups with lots of (taxpayer) money to spend to fight reform.

That's a corner it will be difficult to un-turn. We're probably there already. Say hello to the police-industrial complex.

For 30 years, politicians and public officials have been arming, training, and dressing cops as if they're fighting a war. They've been dehumanizing drug offenders and criminal suspects as the enemy.

And of course they've explicitly and repeatedly told them they're fighting a war. It shouldn't be all that surprising that a lot of cops have started to believe it.




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 How you say it matters: Are you inventing your own vocabulary... by mispronouncing these common words and phrases? 

Are you irritated when you hear a word or phrase consistently being mispronounced? Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.

In defense of the English language, the watchdogs at Grammarly.com have collected many mangled phrases and mispronounced words and frequently post them online.

Of course, social media noticed.


Here's a couple more: 

Can I axe you a question? ..... Can I ask you a question?

And, maybe George W. Bush, among many others, will clean up his act when he says the word “Nucular”.

Hah! The spellcheck tried to correct the word in quotes above to “Nuclear”. “Nucular” is associated so much as a mispronunciation for “Nuclear” that spellcheck has learned to immediately correct it.

Yeah, and here’s another one “Money is the root of all evil” ... No ... ”The LOVE of money, is the root of all evil.”



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Airplane Suite... Gelderland, Netherlands:
Why hire a private jet when you can stay in this kick-ass plane? Originally built in the '60s, the plane has since been stylishly converted into a luxury suite for two, complete with a Jacuzzi, an infrared sauna, cooking facilities, and multiple flat-screen TVs. The cockpit remains fully intact, and is open to guests - don't forget your camera. $420/night.

 Unique and fun Airbnb vacation rentals that will blow your mind... not your budget

There are holiday rentals, and then there are holiday rentals so unique, they’ll make you laugh and squeal with excitement. And, while Airbnb has come to be known as the low-key, economical way to travel, it also boasts some seriously incredible, one-of-a-kind accommodations.

So, yeah, you could stay in hotel. Or, you could stay in a glass tree house in the Tuscan forest, or a real-life Scottish castle, or even a restored windmill in Santorini.

We've scoured the site to find several of the coolest and most all-around awesome Airbnb listings. You'll want to spend a night in each and every one, just for kicks.



Loft Studio... Atlanta:
If you’re climbing the walls in a shoebox apartment with little to no natural light, you're in luck — because this Atlanta loft has plenty to spare. The ultra-modern space is essentially a glass box in the sky (complete with a queen-size bed, A/C, and an espresso machine), so you can sleep easy, and wake to the Georgia sunrise. $200/night.




Bamboo Eco Cottage... Bali, Indonesia:
Be kind to the planet as you lap up holiday luxury in this impressive eco-cottage, which slays in style and sustainability. Take a leisurely snooze in a curtain-enclosed bed fit for royalty, and savor your Indonesian coffee each morning on your private patio, as you gaze out over the rice fields. $65/night.




Houseboat... Copenhagen, Denmark:
Why merely admire Denmark’s beautiful waterfront when you can sleep on it? This renovated houseboat lets you get up-close and personal with the sea from the comfort of a luxurious (and dry!) abode. And, you can jump directly into the water outside for a summer swim. $165/night.




Glass Treehouse... Tuscany, Italy:
A far cry from the treehouses you used to play in as a kid, this impressive glass structure right outside Florence offers undisturbed views of the Tuscan landscape from the comfort of your queen-size bed. There's also a small kitchenette, en suite bathroom, and a private outdoor terrace. (And, if you can't make the trip to Italy but you like the idea of crashing in a treehouse, we've got you covered.) $287/night.




Treehouse… Casa Arbol, Nicaragua:
This tropical two-story eco-unit is tucked into a tree canopy in Nicaragua, and comes with its own infinity plunge pool and stunning views of the Pacific (and plenty of wildlife). Oh, and it’s only a five-minute drive to three of the area's most pristine beaches. Surely, it’s too good to be true. $200/night.




Dairsie Castle... Fife, U.K.:
Live out your Downton Abbey dreams in this stunning, restored 12th-century Scottish castle, which can be your home for the weekend. Bring 12 friends and have cocktails in the Great Hall or the Gallery before exploring the property's herb garden, orchard, and six acres of woodlands. $1,170/night.



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The reason Green Tea is good for you

Green tea has become the beverage of choice for people who want to live a long, healthy life. And the latest studies prove its power to fight cancer, Alzheimer's disease and a host of other ills.

But as usual, Big Food has jumped on the bandwagon to make money by hawking poor-quality tea in pretty bottles.

In their relentless drive for profit, drink makers have churned out dozens of brands of bottled green tea with the aim of cashing in on the beverage's reputed healing power.

The trouble is that almost all of these teas are a waste of good water – because Big Food's processing has stripped away the most powerful antioxidant in green tea.

Green tea has a centuries-old reputation for healing the mind and body. Its powers come from antioxidants called catechins.



And the most potent catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG for short.

Researchers at Penn State University recently used an extract of EGCG to kill oral cancer cells. And they discovered the antioxidant caused the cancer cells to self-destruct – and it even protects healthy cells while doing it.

And researchers at the University of Missouri tested EGCG in mice and found that the antioxidant significantly reversed the brain damage caused by Alzheimer's.

Studies over the past decade have also documented EGCG's power against obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Parkinson's disease.

Despite numerous studies showing EGCG's potency as a healer, the FDA has condemned its inclusion in a number of products. And Big Pharma has ignored it, because it's a natural substance and can't be patented.

Meanwhile, studies have also shown that as a scavenger of free radicals, EGCG can prevent and repair cell damage. It also combats the effects of pollution, sunlight and smoking on skin.

But when you buy green tea in a bottle, you will most likely end up sipping overpriced, caffeine-laced, sugar water with barely any of the brew or its antioxidants.

  

A report by ConsumerLab.com, the independent tester which verifies the quality of many of my own products, recently revealed the truth about four brand-name, bottled green teas.

Only one brand, Harney & Sons Organic Green, delivered 46.8 mg of EGCG, which is close to my recommended dosage. In the three other brands, EGCG measured significantly lower – and one, Diet Snapple Green Tea, came in as low as 3.5 mg.

The home-brewed teas that were tested ranged up to 86 mg., although some were as low as 25 mg.

I recommend you get 400 mg. of EGCG a day. But you should get the antioxidant from supplements rather than tea. You can find these supplements online or at your local health food store.

I say this for two reasons. One, it's hard to know if your tea will deliver enough of the antioxidant. Two, many green tea leaves have been contaminated with lead. The most contaminated leaves come from China. The least contaminated come from Japan.

If you do brew your own tea, then use a tea bag or tea leaves and a strainer to reduce the chances of lead leeching into your drink.





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Directed by Obama, nine Democrat Senators involved in IRS targeting scandal, lead by: Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI).

Emails also reveal that the collusion even went on between Lerner and Eric Holder’s Justice Department to jail the political opponents of Barack Obama.


There is no more doubt: Proof that ties Obama and the Democratic Party to the IRS criminal abuse scandal

by Wayne Root

The IRS scandal just won’t go away – kind of like Watergate. The media knew about Watergate for months. It simmered and boiled, then it turned into a bigger-than-life scandal that destroyed Richard Nixon’s presidency.

Could that be how the Barack Obama IRS scandal is playing out?

Up until now, no one has been able to tie the IRS scandal to the Obama White House or the Democratic Party.

That just changed.

We’ve seen in the media that 6,400 of Lois Lerner’s missing emails have been found.

We’ve seen in the media that the IRS is once again trampling on the rights of taxpayers by dramatically cutting customer service, while lavishing IRS employees with bonuses.

We’ve seen in the media that the IRS is back to its old tricks, still trying to hurt conservative fundraising organizations – most recently challenging the tax-exempt status of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.

But the revelations I’m about to unveil make all that look like child’s play. An IRS scandal involving nameless faceless Tea Partiers, or billionaire Super PACs, or generic taxpayers is not the stuff that brings down a presidency.

But the story you’re about to read is Obama’s Watergate.

I was targeted and persecuted by the IRS in an over-the-top attack coordinated at the highest levels of government and the Democratic Party.

I can now prove it – with FACTS direct from my IRS files obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch.

As you’ll see below, my own IRS tax files not only implicate the IRS, but a leading Democrat U.S. senator in a criminal conspiracy to silence a critic of the president.



But don’t take my word for it. Let’s start with a quote by Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch:

“The Obama IRS obstructed the release of Wayne Root’s tax documents. The abuse of process Judicial Watch and Wayne suffered through to get these documents is scandalous.

Now we know why the Obama IRS was hesitant to give Wayne his own IRS files. These documents show the Obama IRS scandal was more than just suppressing the Tea Party, it was also about auditing critics of President Obama.

Richard Nixon had to resign from office for less. The first order of business for AG Loretta Lynch should be to appoint a special counsel who can convene a grand jury to look into the Obama IRS outrages.

My IRS attack was a political conspiracy coordinated by leading Democrats to either destroy me, bankrupt me, or silence me.

News flash: YOU FAILED. Now I’m going to expose this criminal conspiracy.

My case and my personal IRS files have been handed to investigators from the United States Senate committee looking into the IRS scandal.

It’s time for the media and Democrat allies of the president to stop making excuses. My case is at the core of the principles America was built on.

A president, by law, cannot use the IRS to try to silence his critics or political opponents.

U.S. senators, by law, cannot be involved in the IRS tax audits of individual taxpayers.

The IRS, by law, cannot base tax audits on politics. If any of those things happen, it’s called a political witch-hunt and crimes have been committed.



This May 22, 2013 file photo shows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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But until now, no one could prove the IRS was using politics as a basis for vicious vendettas against critics of the president.

That just changed. I can’t wait to testify in front of the United States Senate about what we found.

First it starts with the over-the-top nature of my IRS attack.

My audit started in 2011. And it started with something a IRS spokesman and a government official from the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration just claimed has never happened.

These two officials said if someone claiming to be from the IRS ever calls, hang up because it’s a scam. This IRS spokesman says the IRS never contacts a taxpayer by phone. Ever.

Really?

You see my IRS attack began with a phone call. An IRS agent from the Las Vegas office left a message on my voicemail. Then he called again.

Then he took another unheard of step – he called my accountant. My CPA took power of attorney and from that moment on, the IRS agent was forbidden to contact me.

Yet the IRS agent called me again only minutes later. He spent about 15 minutes on the phone lecturing me about my political views. He knew everything about my politics in detail.

Intimidating? You bet.

So now let me play prosecutor with the two government officials: Are you still sticking to your story that the IRS never calls taxpayers?

Or is the correct wording, “The IRS never calls taxpayers, unless they are high-profile conservative critics of the president.”

I think that phrasing sounds much better. Stick to that story – you might avoid a perjury conviction.

After I won in Tax Court in 2012 something even more shocking happened; something no tax expert or attorney had ever heard of.

I was hit with a new IRS audit only five days later.

Yes, I said FIVE DAYS after winning in tax court, I was targeted again. To my attorney’s knowledge this has never happened before in the annals of tax history.

After winning my audit once again, Judicial Watch took my case.

They believed it was a classic criminal case of political intimidation using the IRS to target, persecute and silence critics of the president.

They requested my tax files from the IRS under the Freedom of Information Act. By law, the IRS had 30 days to comply. They stalled and refused for 14 months.

Why would the IRS choose to disobey the law to prevent my files from getting into the hands of Judicial Watch?

Judicial Watch was relentless. The IRS finally handed over my tax files – 13 months late; 13 months of breaking the law.

The question is why? What did the IRS have to hide?

Now come the really criminal revelations.

Well I have an interesting revelation for Mr. Obama and the national media. We now have my personal IRS tax files in our possession.

Do you know what they say on top… on page one?

“SENSITIVE CASE.”



In the left hand column, the words “sensitive case” are hand written into the section for “other instructions.” Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.

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Really? What’s “sensitive” about a random audit of a small businessman? Do you know the date “SENSITIVE CASE” was written on my tax file?

The very same week that Lois Lerner testified in front of Congress.

So what exactly was “SENSITIVE CASE” referring to?

I’m a national political figure; conservative bestselling author; conservative syndicated columnist; a fixture in places like Fox News, TheBlaze and conservative talk radio; and a nonstop critic of the president.

Could they have meant “POLITICALLY SENSITIVE?” There is no other context where “sensitive” applies to me.

But I thought politics didn’t enter into it? Why would the IRS know or care about my politics? Why is a citizen’s tax file connected in any way to his political views?

Good questions.

But we’re only getting started with the criminal implications of this case.

Written into the margin of my IRS tax files are the words of my IRS auditor. He wrote on my file that he spent many hours on the Internet researching the political views of Wayne Root.

No wonder he was able to recite chapter and verse about my political views in a 15-minute phone call to start my audit.

How chilling is this revelation to the national media?

In a free and fair society IRS agents don’t spend hours researching a taxpayer’s political views. Not unless they are looking to destroy the taxpayer based on orders from above.



These notes were taken by the auditor from Las Vegas, Nevada.

They detail Wayne Root’s political leanings and also verify that the auditor contacted Root by phone. Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.

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Why was this “research project” of my political views necessary if the IRS was conducting a “normal random audit?” Because this clearly wasn’t a “normal random audit.”

It was a political witch-hunt. Crimes were committed. My civil rights were clearly violated.

And my audit began with the phone call that the two government officials says “never happens.”

Would the officials care to weigh in on an IRS agent calling a taxpayer to lecture him about his political views, after spending hours researching his life on the Internet? Cat got your tongue?

Wait. It gets better.

My IRS files state that a United States senator from Oregon was involved in my tax audit. At the time both senators from Oregon were Democrats.

So now we can prove it was a political witch-hunt directed or coordinated by high-level Democrat politicians.

Why would any U.S. senator be involved in a random taxpayer’s IRS audit? Why would an Oregon U.S. senator be involved in the audit of a Nevada small businessman?

Could it have been Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden? Afterall he was at the time Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee with oversight over... the IRS.



This email indicates that a congressional office was requesting information about Wayne Root’s tax audit. Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.

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Let’s connect the dots.

Why would an Oregon U.S. senator care about a Nevada taxpayer? Could someone in the White House have asked the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, with oversight of the IRS, to initiate an IRS attack on me?

Was the goal to destroy a critic of Obama? Perhaps to bankrupt me with legal fees or taxes and penalties?

Or maybe just to distract or intimidate me from from my non-stop appearances criticizing Obama in the conservative media?

Why would any senator from either party be involved in a “random IRS audit” of an individual taxpayer? Isn’t that illegal? Doesn’t it violate my civil rights? It’s certainly beyond the scope of the duties of a U.S. senator.

Unless the Obama White House asked him to get involved.

But wait. We’re not done yet.

The date my case was closed is perhaps the most damning piece of evidence.

The IRS auditor told my attorney that a top IRS official called to demand my tax audit be closed immediately. That was May 2013. Does that date sound familiar?

My case was closed – on short notice – the very week that IRS official Lois Lerner testified about the IRS scandal in front of Congress (and plead the fifth so as to not incriminate herself).

Alarm bells should be going off.



A handwritten note officially closed Wayne Root’s second tax audit the day after Lois Lerner plead the fifth in front of a Congressional hearing. Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.

Why was it so important to suddenly close my case that specific week? Why the sudden rush? Why would a top IRS official get involved in my case?

Why would he even know about a “random audit” of a Nevada small businessman? Why would a top IRS official know the details of my case?

Why the need for top-level IRS officials to intercede in this “SENSITIVE CASE” on the same week Lois Lerner appeared before Congress?

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It is clear I was targeted and persecuted by the IRS twice because of my conservative political views.

There is no debate anymore. I am living proof this was a widespread political witch-hunt and criminal conspiracy within the IRS.

But my case is also proof this scandal extended beyond the IRS to high level Democrats – including a specific Democrat U.S. senator.

It’s all in black and white in my personal IRS tax files. These are facts.

Now it’s time for the mainstream media to do their job. CONNECT THE DOTS just like you did with Watergate.



Who asked the IRS to target Wayne Root? Who gave the IRS agent permission to call Wayne Root when the top IRS investigator claims that never happens?

Who asked the Oregon senator to get involved in my audit? Why was a top IRS official interceding in my case? Why was it marked “SENSITIVE”?

This conspiracy goes directly to the Obama White House. I’m not just any conservative media personality.

I’m President Obama’s Columbia College classmate (Class of ’83) who has repeatedly publicly questioned Obama’s background and agenda in the national media.

I’m one of Obama’s loudest critics. It appears my criticisms hit close to home. I got under Obama’s skin.

And someone in Obama’s White House either called that U.S. senator to try to destroy me; or perhaps directly ordered my attacks at the hands of the IRS and then called the Oregon senator to coordinate and oversee the attack.

One thing is now clear: I was the victim of a widespread politically-motivated criminal attack by the IRS.

My files have been turned over to U.S. Senate investigators. I stand ready to testify in front of the US Senate. Game on.




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 How the world economy was saved in 2009? ... Money created out of thin air...

How the enormous world debt is being repaid? ... Intentional inflation via currency wars

"The dynamics of the currency wars," Jim explains. "The world is afflicted with the twin diseases of too much debt and not enough growth.

"The growth problem can only be solved with structural changes that are not happening so far.

"The debt problem can be solved with inflation, but inflation is hard to find in a low-growth world. One way to get inflation is to steal it from others by cheapening your currency. This is the dynamic that drives the currency wars."

But not everyone can devalue at once. "Countries have to 'take turns' devaluing against each other," says Jim. Thus the dollar was weak and the euro was strong from 2011-14.



A few months ago, that changed: "By late 2014, Europe's economy was in distress, and it was Europe's turn to have a cheap currency. The central banks are calling the shots behind the scenes to pass the cheap currency tonic from one economy to the other to prop up world growth."

Alas, the central banks miscalculated. (Imagine that.) The assumption was that the U.S. economy was robust enough to handle a strong dollar. It's not. (Indeed, that's the reason the euro jumped more than 1% this morning).

"If the U.S. cannot grow," says Jim, "the whole world is in trouble, and the IMF and G-20 know this. Since cross rates are a zero sum game, we know what this means for the euro. If the dollar gets weaker, the euro must get stronger."

After all, the Fed and the IMF can make more of its "super currency" with a few computer keystrokes. That's exactly what they did in 2009 as governments worldwide struggled with the fallout from the financial crisis.



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 Obama's lawyers (paid for by you) ... have been forced to admit, that they acted outside the law... but again, there are not consequences?

Weird how when any other Americans “act outside the law,” they go to prison.

I don’t know what this lawless punk Obama has to do, before Americans will finally march on DC with weapons loaded to bring him and his criminal enterprise to justice.

Socialists bent on conquest even if kills the rest of us. Since no one has a pair to Impeach the idiot, can the courts at least hold him in contempt! Any one of us would be for violating a court order.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blasted the Obama administration Friday after Justice Department attorneys admitted the administration violated a federal court order by granting about 2,000 extended work permits to illegal immigrants.



“After months of obfuscation and stall tactics by the Obama administration, the president’s lawyers, have been forced to admit that they acted outside the law by implementing president’s executive amnesty – even after a federal judge had ordered them to stop,” Abbott said in a statement.

Texas is leading a multi-state lawsuit to stop President Barack Obama’s executive actions from November to shield about five million illegal immigrants from deportation. In February, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued an injunction to halt much of the order.

But late Thursday, Justice Department attorneys admitted to Judge Hanen that the Department of Homeland Security had approved about 2,000 applications for three-year work permits.

“The government sincerely regrets these circumstances and is taking immediate steps to remedy these erroneous three-year terms,” the administration lawyers said.

However Abbott sees the admission as part of a pattern.



“Not only did President Obama’s executive action violate the U.S. Constitution; his lawyers’ actions show a blatant disregard for the rule of law...

That has become typical of this administration and directly violates one of the fundamental principles upon which our nation was founded,” Abbott continued.

How about a contempt of court citation and some jail time. There doesn’t seem to be any recourse for the American people. This blatant disregard for the courts order should be an impeachable offense.

But Congress is afraid to act, they might lose the next election. And the press covers for him and any Democrat that gets caught with their pants down.

What a sad place we have evolved to. The patriotic people are now the demonized one’s.

Somehow we must change course... Only The Strong Survive.



 
 

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