emolument: a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office
Ever wonder how some political figures get rich off their meager salaries? They don’t. They supplement them with help from corporations, foreign governments, etc. When a government official profits from his/her/its position, the income is called an emolument. This is why “pay-to-play” is such an important concept for us to understand. We’ll be hearing more about pay-to-play in the near future. How much is it worth to a foreign country to have a high-ranking U.S. official on their side? Emoluments are one way politicians and others in government positions, line their pockets. Emoluments can also be thought of as graft and corruption or bribes.
graft: practices, especially bribery, used to secure illicit gains in politics or business; corruption. Gains secured by corruption. To make money by shady or dishonest means.
With that in mind, now read this…
America’s Founders believed that corruption and foreign influence were among the gravest threats to our nation. As a result, they included in our Constitution the Foreign Emoluments Clause. Written in sweeping and unqualified language, the Clause was designed to prevent these two evils from affecting the federal government. This document explores the text and history of the Clause, providing statements from the Founders themselves and the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which among other things provides “legal advice to the Executive Branch on all constitutional questions.”
Text of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 8:
“No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
Read the entire article explaining the importance of the Emoluments Clause at https://www.theusconstitution.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/The-Text-and-History-of-the-Foreign-Emoluments-Clause.pdf
… The New York Post published bombshell revelations earlier this week contained in emails that were obtained from a laptop reportedly belonging to Hunter Biden that was abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop. The contents of the laptop hard drive were provided to Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, who then gave a copy of the contents to the Post.
Now, a new trove of emails provided by a former business associate of Hunter Biden’s inner circle, who is currently serving time in prison for a 2016 investment scheme, reveal that the former vice president’s son and some colleagues essentially used their access to the Obama regime to peddle influence to potential Chinese investors and clients.
The influence peddling included a private, not documented meeting with the former vice president himself, Joe Biden.
Investigative author Peter Schweizer, along with fellow author Seems Bruner, report exclusively at Breitbart News:
Newly obtained emails from a Hunter Biden business partner lay out in detail how the Vice President’s son and his colleagues used their access to the Obama-Biden administration to arrange private meetings for potential foreign clients and investors at the highest levels in the White House. These never-before-revealed emails outline how a delegation of Chinese investors and Communist Party officials managed to secure a private, off-the-books meeting with then-Vice President Joe Biden.
In a 2011 email, Hunter Biden’s business associates also discussed developing relations with what one called “China Inc.” as part of a “new push on soft diplomacy for the Chinese.” These emails are completely unconnected to the Hunter Biden emails being released by the New York Post.
The emails were provided to the two authors by Bevan Cooney, once an associate of Hunter Biden and his business partner, Devon Archer. Cooney explained to Schweizer that he believes he became the “fall guy” for the scheme with which he was convicted and sent to prison, while Archer and Hunter Biden managed to avoid responsibility.
Archer was convicted in the case, too, but alas, a federal judge vacated his conviction. Still, an appellate court overturned the lower court’s ruling and now Archer is awaiting sentencing. (Related: Obama, Clinton, Biden and Brennan will “hang for treason” when this evidence comes out… BOMBSHELL recordings prove they had Seal Team Six EXECUTED to cover up deep state crimes.)
“The emails offer a unique window into just how the Biden universe conducted business during the Obama-Biden Administration. These associates sought to trade on Hunter Biden’s relationship with, and access to, his father and the Obama-Biden White House in order to generate business,” the authors wrote….
Because the Ivy League knows better than everyone else how to interpret the rights enshrined in our Constitution – this is sarcasm, just to be clear – there is a new effort afoot out of Harvard University to convince Americans that the time is now to “reimagine” the Second Amendment.
A report by Harvard’s Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights suggests that the rights and responsibilities of Americans have evolved, and it is no longer appropriate to wield around firearms without strict oversight and control by Big Brother.
It is not actually stated this way, of course, as the actual verbiage claims that this “reimagining” process will somehow expand “citizens’ rights.” The truth, however, is that Harvard wants you to give up your guns, or at least submit to a new way of owning and using them that better aligns with the leftist agenda.
“This blueprint for protecting and expanding citizens’ rights proposes policy changes to strengthen the democratic processes; safeguard equal protection, equal opportunity, and due process of law; and better protect freedoms of speech, media, religion and privacy,” an announcement about the report reads.
The right to bear arms shall not be infringed, period
How nice, except for the fact that the “Reimaging Rights and Responsibilities in the United States” report, as it is officially called, is actually a Trojan horse that seeks to accomplish the opposite of what its description and contents suggest.
Instead of promoting “due process and the rule of law” as it claims to do, the report instead wants to “balance” gun rights with public safety. This type of language, in case you were wondering, almost always means that gun rights need to be compromised in order to keep the public “safe” from shootings.
This is exactly how it is worded, in fact, if you dig into the report. In addition to securing “humanitarian protections in immigration proceedings” and reducing “incarceration and juvenile detention” along with sentencing law reforms, the report suggests that it is time to “enact laws that balance gun rights with public safety.”
Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg has repeatedly suggested the exact same thing, which is how we know what Harvard is really up to with its reimagination proposal for the Second Amendment.
Last we checked, the Second Amendment is non-negotiable. It is not up for debate, nor is it subject to the whims of “democracy,” a buzzword routinely used by the left in an attempt to chip away at the God-given rights afforded to us in this constitutional republic – read that again, we are a constitutional republic, not a democracy.
Furthermore, the Second Amendment, even if it were up for debate, is not something that criminals pay attention to anyway. With every new gun law that is enacted, the only people who lose access to their rights are law-abiding citizens. Criminals, on the other hand, will continue to access whatever weapons they please….
Including institutional criminals such as the soros foundations and their ally, the CIA. One dollar, one right. $1M dollars, one endowed chair for harvard. No one is safe as long as money can buy anything, including academic integrity.
As far as “leftist”, I don’t know what the word means any more. It used to mean, among other things, awareness of the empire’s nazi-like foreign policies in vietnam and latin america, and how such policies have been steadily imported into the domestic arena. But now it’s apparently just a synonym for gullibility and ignorance.
With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, it’s June, when a young man’s (or woman’s, or sexually indeterminate person’s) fancy lightly turns to thoughts of nontraditional “love” of any variety expressed by the ever-growing LGBTTQQIAAP alphabet soup. In downtown Washington it’s impossible to swing a cat without hitting a rainbow flag or a “Pride” enthusiast.
If anyone was under the impression that established religion was a thing of the past in secular, postmodern societies, he, she, it, they, ze, sie, hir, co, or ey are mistaken. There is in fact an official religion of the “democratic” West, and LGBT++ etcetera is it.
A symptom of that is corporations’ display of rainbow versions of their logos, a demonstration that their plutocratic money-grubbing is duly balanced by piety. This includes the Cartoon Network, a sign that the effort to initiate kids into the satanic LGBT++ “church” is becoming increasingly overt. Really, with abominations like “Drag Queen Story Hour” they hardly even bother to hide it anymore.
Ending the traditional family founded on marriage and the birth of children is the intended but hidden goal, as confirmed in 2012 by Soviet-born LGBT activist Masha Gessen, prior to the US Supreme’s Court’s establishing same-sex marriage nationwide:
‘[I]t is a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. . . . Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change, and again, I don’t think it should exist.’
For the past several years governments of formerly Christian countries in North America and Europe have made LGBT ideology an integral element of their promotion of “human rights” and “democracy” in formerly communist countries. This includes pressuring compliant governments of European countries recently emerged from communism to hold “Pride parades” that offend local sensibilities. (Mystifyingly, there is no effort to force such demonstrations on Riyadh, Islamabad, etc.) Recent targets of such sexual subversion have been Ukraine (where it has been a key element of the US State Department’s and the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s attack on the canonical Orthodox Church) and Moldova (where the US embassy took the lead in a joint statement hailing the “the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia [and] … support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)”). Our tax dollars at work!
The message to traditional societies still grounded in Christian morality but with elites committed to “a European course,” meaning membership in NATO and (perhaps someday…) the European Union is that it’s a package deal. You don’t get to pick which part of western “democracy, human rights and free markets” you want and which you don’t. You can’t have transatlanticism without transgenderism. So shut up, grit your teeth, and take it . . .
At this very moment Ground Zero for the West’s campaign to undermine the traditional Christian concept of the family is Georgia, where the usual suspects – foreign embassies and their controlled NGOs, working in concert with George Soros’s Open Society groups – were determined to hold Tbilisi’s first Pride parade this week. …
Faced with massive public opposition – over 97 percent of respondents in a TV poll opposed the march! – Georgian authorities cancelled the parade. Opposition to the Pride event is being spearheaded by businessman and father of eight children Levan Vasadze, who predictably (along with conservative Christian American supporters, like Brian Brown of the International Organization for the Family) has been smeared by Soros-funded hate outfits like the Southern Poverty Law Center and RightWingWatch, together with solidly pro-LGBT Western media reporting (with the commendable exception of CBN’s George Thomas’s must watch interview with Vasadze) for stating what any unbiased observer knows is the truth in Georgia, as well as other post-communist countries:
‘Vasadze portrayed the LGBTQ movement as part of the “ugly heritage” of the “liberal domination” that “befell upon the world” after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Georgians had hoped to embrace western freedoms, he said, but instead the country is being destroyed by poverty and liberal abortion laws and he portrayed the push for LGBTQ equality as “the last nail in our coffin.” He said “our fragile puppet state is under tremendous pressure from the likes of George Soros” and the U.S. embassy.’
(If anything, Vasadze is being optimistic about his country’s demographic health: ‘In 2015, the National Statistics Office of Georgia released the results of the first census in more than a decade reflecting that the country’s population as of 2014 reduced to 3.7 million from 5.4 million in 1989. … “The United Nations has put Georgia on the list of ‘Dying Nations’ and ‘Dying Languages’,” [National Statistics Office of Georgia head] Zviad Tomaradze warned adding that according to the UN experts, in 2050 the Georgian population would decrease by 28 percent, while among the ethnic Georgians the depopulation will amount to 50 percent.”)…
The United States approaches the November 2020 election with growing apprehension, even dread.
Among the possibilities:
- Protracted uncertainty about the presidential contest. Think Florida 2000 but with several states’ results unresolved for weeks or even months (“Experts held ‘war games’ on the Trump vs. Biden election. Their finding? Brace for a mess”);
- A disputed outcome, perhaps with Donald Trump and Joe Biden both claiming victory, compounded by a “blue shift,” where states are claimed by Trump on election night but flip over to Biden as additional absentee and mail-in ballots conveniently turn up days or weeks later;
- Violent civil conflict, spurred on in the streets by goon squads mobilized and funded by a Who’s Who of the corporate and foundation establishment; and
- A color revolution style regime change operation staged by groups like the Soros-linked “Transition Integrity Project” and managed by people like “legal hatchet man” Norm Eisen, perhaps culminating in a military coup to remove Trump and install Biden in the Oval Office (as detailed by former Virginia State Senator and Judge Advocate General officer Richard Black).
For those who have followed events outside the United States during the past few decades, much of this sounds familiar. We’ve seen it before – inflicted on other countries.
Now It’s Coming Home to the U.S.
As explained by Revolver News, what happens in America next to a great extent may be a form of blowback from a specific event: the U.S.-supported 2014 regime change operation in Ukraine:
‘A “Color Revolution” in this context refers to a specific type of coordinated attack that the United States government has been known to deploy against foreign regimes, particularly in Eastern Europe deemed to be “authoritarian” and hostile to American interests. Rather than using a direct military intervention to effect regime change as in Iraq, Color Revolutions attack a foreign regime by contesting its electoral legitimacy, organizing mass protests and acts of civil disobedience, and leveraging media contacts to ensure favorable coverage to their agenda in the Western press.
‘It would be disturbing enough to note a coordinated effort to use these exact same strategies and tactics domestically to undermine or overthrow President Trump. The ominous nature of what we see unfolding before us only truly hits home when one realizes that the people who specialize in these Color Revolution regime change operations overseas are, literally, the very same people attempting to overthrow Trump by using the very same playbook. Given that the most famous Color Revolution was the  “Orange Revolution” in the Ukraine, and that Black Lives Matter is being used as a key component of the domestic Color Revolution against Trump, we can encapsulate our thesis at Revolver with the simple remark that “Black is the New Orange.”’
This hardly should come as a surprise. The same government agencies and their corporate, NGO, and think tank cronies that are now weaponizing Black Lives Matter, Antifa, other Wokesters, and military putsch plotters here at home to remove Trump have turned regime change abroad into an art form. Ukraine was one of their signal successes, featuring a cast of characters later key to the failed “Ukrainegate” impeachment.
Another consequence of regime change: corruption. As the old saying goes, any idiot can turn an aquarium into fish soup, but no one has yet figured out how to reverse the process. Once a country gets broken it tends to stay broken, whether the “breaking” is accomplished by military means (Serbia 1999, Iraq 2003, Libya 2011) or by a color revolution from the streets (Serbia 2000, Georgia 2003, Ukraine 2004-2005 and again in 2014, Kyrgyzstan 2005, Lebanon 2005, Armenia 2018, plus many others of varying degrees of success, and failures in Iran, Russia, Venezuela, China (Hong Kong), and Belarus). With the target nation’s institutions in shambles, the dregs take over – in Libya, for example, even to the point of reintroducing trade in sub-Saharan African slaves, whose black lives evidently don’t matter to anyone at all….
Coronavirus cases are surging across Europe and the UK, which forced the government this week to roll out a new “three-tier” lockdown system that banned casual sex with people from different households, according to the Evening Standard.
The new measure states anyone from a tier two (high risk) or tier three (very high risk) virus-infested area is not permitted by the government to spend the night at each other’s private residence. They are also not authorized to mix with other households indoors, whether a private home or public venue, unless they are in that person’s “social bubble.”
As early as May, we described how “social bubbles” were coming and will likely be enforced in Europe. Now the UK is unleashing network bubbles that allow other households to mingle.
A spokesperson from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office told reporters Friday:
“The rules on household mixing in Tier 2 set out that you should mix with your own household only unless you’ve formed a support bubble and that does apply to some couples.”
It appears a whole lot more people are going to live without sex as both London and Essex are expected to become Tier 2 regions at midnight Friday. …
A new CCTV security system that can tell if shoppers are wearing a face mask – and refuse entry to those who aren’t – is now being installed at a number of stores across the UK.
The technology is being fitted by shops to ban awkward customers who refuse to wear a face covering during the coronavirus pandemic.
BirminghamLive discovered that as many as HALF of people visiting one branch of Morrisons were not bothering to wear a face covering after the city first went into lockdown.
Comment: Evidently the number of people that do not believe the lies of the government and are not willing to obey the illogical orders is rising. If this were really the Black Death there would be no need to force people to protect themselves….
MintCast co-host Whitney Webb interviews author, investigative journalist and poet Douglas Valentine about his extensive work on exposing the dark underbelly of the CIA and some of the agency’s most notorious covert programs.
Webb and Valentine begin the interview discussing how Valentine’s journalistic work on the CIA led him to be spied on and even threatened by the agency and how being a dissident journalist in the 1990s compares to being one now. Valentine argues that, in the present, efforts to outlaw criticism of the state of Israel are like a gateway that will soon lead to the prohibition of criticism of the U.S. government and its intelligence agencies, the CIA among them.
Valentine then touches on some of the themes covered in his book, The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, including his assertion that the CIA operates as “the organized crime branch of the U.S. government” and his examination of how its activities have been influenced by its decades-long relationships with organized crime networks in the United States and throughout the world.
Lastly, Webb and Valentine discuss the CIA’s long-standing interest in manipulating the media and how those efforts also extend to alternative media, not just mainstream media outlets. Valentine discusses the methods the CIA uses to target alternative, independent media and how we are seeing its efforts take place in real time.
See Whitney Webb’s blog here.
Citing “censorship outcry” from the three branches of government, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced yesterday via tweet the agency’s intention to move forward with regulation of social media by looking to modify Section 230 of the Communications Act, which protects the likes of Facebook and Twitter from the parts of the U.S. code that opens publishers to legal challenges over the content posted to their platforms, which inevitably puts content creators, themselves, in the cross hairs of the legal system without the benefit of their first amendment rights.
Despite claims of bipartisan support for the reform initiative, one of Section 230’s original authors, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), directly challenged Pai’s authority to change the law altogether. Pai has claimed that FCC lawyers have assured him the agency has legal standing to amend the law.
Meanwhile, FCC commissioner and Democratic party member Jessica Rosenworcel denounced Pai’s timing as “absurd” and decried the Chairman’s decision to kowtow to Trump’s executive order, issued earlier this year calling for the agency to reinterpret the law.
Rosenworcel was confirmed for her second stint as FCC commissioner in August 2017, even though Trump had reportedly withdrawn his nomination of the Obama holdover, likely worried over her track record on the commission and her dissenting opinion on Pai’s scrapping of Net Neutrality soon after Trump’s election.
The Twitter setup
The Chairman’s intention to slap the ‘publisher’ tag on social media companies and make them legally liable for the content that appears on their platforms comes in the wake of the Twitter’s censorship of a New York Post article two days ago, which covered allegations against Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the Ukraine oil company scandal….