Obama May Or May Not Have Tapped Angela Merkel's Cell Phone

In a stunning claim, Germany's Der Speigel reports that the US targeted Angela Merkel's private mobile phone for years

  • *MERKEL TOLD OBAMA TAPPING WOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE, SEIBERT SAYS
  • *MERKEL COMPLAINED TO OBAMA ABOUT PHONE SURVEILLANCE: SPIEGEL
  • *MERKEL DEMANDS FULL EXPLANATION FROM OBAMA, SPIEGEL SAYS

So Obama promptly complied:

  • *OBAMA TOLD MERKEL U.S. NOT TAPPING HER PHONE, SPIEGEL SAYS

We await Snowden and Greenwald's clarification…


    



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The Game of the Century

It was a cold Friday night in November. Two high school teams were about to take the field in the last regular game of the season.

One of the teams had experienced a terribly disappointing year. During their first nine games, they had suffered defeat in eight of them. Their only win came over a team that had a worse record than they did.

The opposing team was play-off bound and had a history of being a formidable team.

Thus did the McIntosh Chiefs (1-8-0) of Peachtree City host the Newnan Cougars (6-3-0). The year was 1989.

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/blogs/david-epps/10-23-2013/game-century

Obamacare Pitch Of The Day: Baltimore Ravens Paid $130k To Promote

In a “Sponsorship Agreement” between the Maryland Health Connection and the Ravens, Judicial Watch reports that the state (read taxpayers) will pay the Super Bowl champs $130,000 to push Obamacare on television, radio, the team’s official website, its newsletter and in social media. If Obamacare is the great thing that we are constantly reassured it to be, why are we seeing the administration feeling the need to constantly market, pitch, and sell the idea by any means possible (from keg standing college students to Superbowl shuffles)?

 

Of course, they may be on to something with this one…

 

Via Judicial Watch,

The professional football team that won this year’s Super Bowl is getting $130,000 from American taxpayers to promote Obamacare, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch this week.

 

The deal was secured on September 9 between the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) and Maryland health officials. The White House has tried recruiting professional sports leagues—especially the NFL and the National Basketball Association (NBA)—to help promote the president’s healthcare law but they have declined.

 

In fact, the NFL confirmed months ago that it would not participate in the Obamacare public relations campaign, offering the media this written statement: “We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about [the health-care law’s] implementation.” Washington D.C.’s mainstream newspaper called it a “blow to the administration.”

 

But Maryland officials evidently appealed directly to the home team, announcing in early September that the Ravens would help market the state’s Obamacare exchange known as Maryland Health Connection. Both parties refused to offer specifics when the deal was initiated and Judicial Watch filed a Maryland Public Information Act request for details.

 

In a “Sponsorship Agreement” between the Maryland Health Connection and the Ravens, the state will pay the Super Bowl champs $130,000 to push Obamacare on television, radio, the team’s official website, its newsletter and in social media. This includes the Ravens Report Show on cable TV and a number of pre and post-game radio segments as well as Facebook and Twitter plugs.


    



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Dow 20,000 (Or 5,000) Next?

Which comes first, Dow 20,000 or Dow 5,000… and when?

 

Via Gordon T. Long,

DOW 20,000?

with Special Guest LANCE ROBERTS

Principal of STA Wealth Management

& Charles Hugh Smith & Gordon T Long

20 Minutes, 25 Slides

In Part I of this multi part series we ask Lance Roberts whether he sees DOW 20,000 or DOW 5,000 ahead, and when?

The economics and fundamentals overwhelmingly suggest the US equity market is now being driven solely by Federal Reserve liquidity injections.

The only way Lance can see DOW 20,000 is to see the market as being in stage 3 of a classic 'blowoff' market cycle:

  • Phase 1:  What Bull Market?  Just A Bounce Before The Next Crash.
  • Phase 2:  I Missed The Bottom So I Will Wait For A Pullback.
  • Phase 3:  Market Is Going Up Forever, Just Get On And Ride.

He argues convincingly that Bull Markets don't start from these levels and with these market metrics. His Economic Output Composite Index supports this view.

Listen as Lance kicks-off this discussion with Charles Hugh Smith and Gordon T Long, who share their views as the three go around the table outlining out their respective views (Part II – Charles Hugh Smith and Gordon T Long).

 

 


    



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The Surprising Answer For How To Handle The Next Recession

When economic troubles strike, policymakers are eager to do something (anything) to try to help the citizenry. But, as Prof. Lawrence H. White argues in this brief clip, government doesn’t necessarily know how to relieve economic woes, and in fact, often wastes and mismanages resources. Individuals in the market know better what they need in their circumstances, as economist Friedrich Hayek argued during the Great Depression. Critically, he points out, relying on government to fix our economic woes instead of allowing individuals to make decisions for themselves means putting all of our eggs in one basket. Individual decisions in the market won’t be mistake-free, but each individual mistake will be smaller and will correct more quickly. The unusually slow and painful recovery that we have seen in this recession surely points to problems with the “government should do something” view.

 

“Who in his right mind would suggest, ‘do nothing’?”… hhmm

 


    



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Sense of humor keeps pastors laughing

During a flight between New York and Chicago the captain announced, “Our number four engine has just been shut off because of mechanical trouble. There is nothing to worry about, however. We can still finish the flight with just three engines. Besides, you will be reassured to know that we have four pastors on board.”

One passenger called the flight attendant and said, “Would you please tell the captain that I would rather have four engines and three pastors on board.”

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/blogs/dr-david-l-chancey/10-23-2013/sense-humor-keeps-pastors-laughing

Ferree- Pinkepank wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Ferree of Fayettville are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth to Mark William Pinkepank on September 21, 2013. Mark is the son of James and Randi Pinkepank of Peachtree City. The wedding ceremony was held at the Senoia United Methodist Church. A reception followed at the Banquet Hall of Alvaton.

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/10-23-2013/ferree-pinkepank-wedding

Burch-Hood engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Burch of Fayetteville, Ga. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Courtney Burch to Mr. Kyle Hood, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hood of Jackson, Ga.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Annelle Burch and the late James W. Burch of Fayetteville, Ga. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Orbin Howell of Macon, Ga.

Courtney is a 2005 graduate of Fayette County High School and a 2009 graduate of Auburn University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is employed as a Wound Care R.N. at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/10-23-2013/burch-hood-engagement

Religion Briefs 10/23/13

PTCUMC cancels Trunk or Treat
Peachtree City United Methodist Church has cancelled its Trunk or Treat activity scheduled for Oct. 26. The official statement issued by the church states, “This year’s Trunk or Treat will not take place on Saturday, Oct. 26. We want to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We look forward to providing this fun, family event next year.”

Cornerstone Baptist plans yard sale, fair

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/10-23-2013/religion-briefs-102313

Note Singing celebration set for Sunday at Holly Grove AME

The Holly Grove AME Church Stewardess Board will host the annual note singing celebration on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Shape note singing is one of Georgia’s enduring sacred music traditions. Many do not realize that a separate, vibrant tradition exists in African American communities.

African American shape-note singers employ a unique note system, syncopated rhythms, and an emotional singing style that differentiates their music from that of the Sacred Harp tradition.

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/10-23-2013/note-singing-celebration-set-sunday-holly-grove-ame