INTO THE WEEDS 8

The new gods of the world By Ken George 11-20-2016

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Bill and Hillary Clinton drink Coca-Cola in Greece

Dow is one of the bigger pesticide producers in the world, and holds its own ground in an agrochemical arena flooded by Monsanto and Syngenta strongholds. Since 2011, it has been revealed that Dow’s donations to a Clinton-aligned firm, range in the tens of millions. Douglas Band has been described as the man who encouraged big corporations to donate money to “Bill Clinton Inc.,” to prop the Clinton’s income. Companies such as Coca Cola and Dow Chemical, which were clients of Band’s firm, Teneo, were those named in the 2011 memo named “Attorney-Client Privilege.” The memo was sent by Band to two attorneys who were reviewing the Clinton Foundation.

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Sadara Chemical plant, Al Sharqiya, Saudi Arabia

For me, it would really be comical, if it weren’t so criminal. You can’t look at a donor to the Clinton Foundation, without discovering some less than honest behavior. So many special favors, sweet deals, access, and criminal behavior, with a total disregard for ethics, national policy, or law! My latest adventure was to investigate a man named Andrew Nicholas Liveris. Not many people would immediately recognize the name, but he is a multi-national industrial CEO. He runs the Dow Chemical Company, based in Midland, Michigan. They make chemicals….chemicals for every conceivable endeavor and industry. They have plants all over the world, but we are concerned with only one. A brand new, state of the art, plant in Saudi Arabia. Yes, that’s right, Dow partnered with Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, ARAMCO to build a $20 billion factory in Al Sharqiya, Saudi Arabia. So once again, we have to ask the question, what does this have to do with the Clintons? You have to start with understanding the magnitude of a 20 billion dollar plant. Even though Dow and the Saudis are more than capable of financing that big of a deal, they had to get taxpayer help. Before I go into the details, let me just say this is about the bigger picture. It’s wonderful that an American company like Dow needs to expand. I might even be able to accept that Saudi Arabia was the best place to build a state of the art factory. What I cannot accept is that, we, the people of America, have to help finance such a venture. OK, now that I got that off my chest….let me continue.

Let’s start with Andre Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical. As with most of the Clinton’s friends and donors….this guy is a piece of work. After an internal audit was conducted, after a whistle-blower came forward, Liveris was found to have used nearly a million dollars of company money for personal expenses. He was forced to return nearly $800,000 to the business. He also started his own foundation in Greece called the Hellenic Initiative. It has the makings of another Clinton Foundation….a charity that does good works, while siphoning off millions for founders and friends. I don’t suppose then, it would be surprising to find out that two of the biggest funders of “Bill Clinton Inc” Dow and Coke, both sit on the board of this new charity. Liveris is a close and long time friend of Bill Clinton. Now nothing so far is illegal or even dubious, maybe incestuous, but nothing indicates foul play, to this point.

Enter Teneo. You would have to read all my pieces to understand how important Teneo is to the Clinton Foundation. I’m not going to go into all of it again. At the time that the Sadara plant was being conceived, Teneo was a consultant to Dow, raking in 2.8 million a year. E-mails have been released recently that disclose conversations between Doug Band, a Teneo founder and CEO of the Clinton Foundation, and a director of the Exp/Imp bank, Kevin Varney. He writes: “If you guys think there is an opportunity to work together I remain very interested and excited by the possibilities, Thanks again for considering me. Teneo is doing some amazing work and has a great team.” Mr. Varney was trolling for a job. There were meetings and conversations between Band, Declan Kelly and two other Ex/Im Bank directors concerning possible employment. This was all going on in the context of many conservatives in congress trying to end the Bank….here’s a piece of the timeline. The Export/Import Bank Re-authorization Act of 2012 was introduced in June of 2011. It was passed by the House on May 9, 2012, passed by the senate on May 15th and signed by the president on May 30th 2012. The next morning, May 31st, Varney sent the following to Band, Kelly and head of Teneo’s investment bank, Michael Madden: “The President signed Exim’s re-authorization yesterday, With that done I’m free to move forward” The job wrangling went on for another two months through August of 2012. Meanwhile, prior to these negotiations, Dow was spending millions lobbying congress on Exp/Imp Bank. Fred Hochberg who I’ve mentioned in another post……the Chairman of the Exp/Imp Bank, recused himself from the vote, not sighting a reason. On August 22nd, 2012, the Exp/Imp Bank authorized the loan to Sadara….the largest loan ever underwritten by the bank….4.975 billion dollars. What’s purely coincidental was Teneo’s fees to Dow dramatically increased in 2012 and 2013 to $16 million, from $2.8 million. You can read more about this here:
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/421081/hillary-clinton-ex-im-5-billion-loan-saudis-dow-chemical

Something has occurred to me while doing all this research. Big picture stuff…..throughout history people have been used by the rich and powerful elite for their own benefit. As far back as ancient Egypt there were the Pharaohs. They had all the power, they were gods, looked down on the people and used them for their own benefit.  Then came Rome and its republic….things changed for a little while. Then the Caesars took control, they were gods. They took all the power and used the people for their benefit.  The rise of the Church changed things for a while, but it too, became corrupt and used the people. Next were the monarchies. The Kings and Queens took control and used the people for their benefit. Finally, came America and it changed again for awhile…..but then came the carpet baggers, the Robber Barons and the Captains of Industry…..they took control and used the people for their benefit. Along came Ronald Reagan and there was a short respite…..it didn’t last long. Now it appears we have the Foundations, the charities, the lobbyists, the consultants, and the multi-national corporations. They have taken control and look down on the people as merely a tool to use for their benefit. The theme of Lamentations from the Bible is that there is nothing new under the sun. The Clintons and the rest of this global elite are just one more group of individuals that want control and are willing to use us for their benefit. They are the gods of the 21st century.

INTO THE WEEDS 7

Crony capitalism or massive corruption? “What difference does it make” By Ken George 11-16-2016

 

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INCEST! No matter where I look, I find some connection between government and the Clinton Foundation. My latest find is in the Export/Import Bank. For those that are unfamiliar with this crony big government money pit, let me explain. We often hear in the headlines Boeing, or GE, or some other giant corporation makes a huge sale to some foreign nation or state-run airline or company and we‘re suppose to act like that’s great for America. But is it? Many will show graphs and charts extolling our strong exports that create thousands of American jobs. But let me put it this way…..if you cut your grass, and pay yourself  20 bucks….would you consider that income?  No that’s not a joke, that’s how the export/import bank works. Boeing gets an order for 6, hundred million dollar jets from Podunk Airlines in Thirdworldistan. The sale price is $600 million. The export/import bank loans the $600 million to Thirdworldistan. Thirdworldistan then is able to pay Boeing. Somewhere along the way, the US State Department provides $600 million to Thirdworldistan in foreign aid, who then uses it to pay back the export/import bank. Just to recap….we, the taxpayers, just bought Thirdworldistan  6 very expensive jets, and our export business just grew by $600 million, but we, the US taxpayers paid the whole bill. In my world, we call that a scam!

But what does this have to do with the Clinton Foundation. You don’t have to look to deep in any money pit, to find the Clintons with their hands in it. The Chairman of the export/import bank is Fred Hochberg. Forget that he was appointed by Bill Clinton, and forget that he was a huge 6 figure bundler for the Hillary campaign, and you can even forget that he showed up in NH to campaign for Hillary. But look to his $25,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation, along with a 900,000 dollar donation from Boeing to the foundation, two months after closing on a $3.7 billion dollar sale with a Russian airline company. But that wasn’t enough….Boeing’s chief lobbyist, Tim Keating, hosted a huge fundraiser for Hillary shortly after the deal, then 6 months later Boeing paid Bill, $250,000 to give executives a speech. And finally, Hillary got Boeing to spend $2 million on her pet project in China….an American pavilion at the Chinese World’s Fair.

All this is rather transparent, but still looks bad. Pay for play, again while we foot the bill. But it all begs the question what else, that’s not so transparent, might it have cost us as a nation so Boeing could get their sale and Bill and Hillary could get a few bucks? I’m sure it was coincidental, but this happened in 2009-10…..just a very short time before we eliminated our missile shield in Poland that Russia railed about. Also it was just a short time before Russia invaded Georgia and then Ukraine. Of course I’m speculating….but could there have been a wink and a nod, that we would do nothing….we wouldn’t send weapons to Ukraine or Georgia, that Russia would be uninhibited by the US? It’s a wild theory, but the patterns are just to striking to ignore.

To be fair, is it good or bad for America to have an export/import bank? Would it cost thousands of jobs if we didn’t pay for Boeing’s jets, or GE’s windmills or hundreds of other American products being sold to foreign countries? Look at it this way….if we valued those jobs, why not just buy them from them for us? Buy our airlines a jet or two. Buy products from our small businesses so they can prosper. Why not just pay workers not to work? You see….all those things would never be considered because this America…the land of free enterprise, competition, and capitalism. What I’ve explained in this blog, is Fascism…..government partnering with corporations to control production. Its simply un-American.

Finally, I have now written 7 pieces on massive corruption surrounding the Clinton Foundation. I’ve spent about 30 hours reading and searching on the internet for this information. For Mr. Comey, our FBI director, to say there’s nothing here is to be willfully blind. Was his investigation so narrow that they just refused to look at anything else? Who can say why it was dropped. But, like I said, you don’t have to look far to find a corrupt act by the Clinton Foundation. The congress has vowed to investigate further, but that’s political. This should be unraveled by the justice department and this corruption must be ended.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-export-import-bank-is-the-international-bank-of-clinton/article/2565909

 

INTO THE WEEDS 6

Taxes, Healthcare, and Golf….the scam of the century!
By Ken George 11-15-2016

Sometimes, as I do research on the Clinton Foundation, I want to take a shower. By doing this, you see how incestuous the entire system is. Probably stuff we shouldn’t know. We live our lives everyday and this crap is going on all around us….the rich getting richer, while we pay all the bills. In my last segment, I talked about a foreign donor, Gilbert Chagoury. But in this piece, I want to talk about something totally different: tax returns. From 2007 through 2015, the Clintons have donated $18,001,450 to charity.  If you pay taxes, you understand that that is a deductable expense. That means you deduct it from your gross income, and save paying any tax on that amount. So at a 30% tax rate, an $18 million deduction would save about 5 and a half million dollars in taxes….not chicken feed!  But guess what? Of that $18,001,450, $17,826,000 or 99% went to the Clinton Foundation. But Bill did give $200 to his high school alma mater, Hot Springs High School. Just so we’re clear…..we, the people, forfeited $5 and half million dollars of our money so the Clintons could take $18 million out of one hand and put it in the other hand. Make no mistake….I haven’t yet written on this, but the vast majority of all Clinton Foundation money benefits the Clintons, personally, in some way.

OK! That’s the big picture. Let’s take a deeper look at 2015. In that year, the Clintons donated $1,042,000 to charity.  One million of that went to the Clinton Foundation. But what about that other $42,000? It went to the Desert Classic Charities. That’s the charity that runs the former Bob Hope Golf Classic. It is now called the Humana Challenge, sponsored by Humana…yes, the health insurance company. Desert Classic Charities is responsible for distributing profits from the event to other charities. DCC has $12 million in assets. In 2015 DCC distributed $2 million to dozens of local charities, but also distributed $700,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Why? That’s a great question. This is where it gets really complicated so you have to PAY ATTENTION!  The chairman of the board of Humana is Mike McCallister and the president of Humana is Bruce Broussard. Mr. Broussard sits on the board of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)…which represents 1300 insurance companies as an “advocacy” group. They were a major player in the writing of Obamacare and making sure insurance companies got reimbursed for any losses. Just how did that happen? America’s Health Insurance Plans has dozens of lobbyists, but one thing really caught my eye. They are a major funder of Center for American Progress. Ever hear of them before? I have…..the chairman and founder is John Podesta….yeah that guy, Hillary’s long time friend and campaign chairman. Mike McCallister is also a director of AHIP and also sits on the board of Pfizer…the drug company. Humana is also a major funder of the Clinton Foundation. In fact, Doug Band…..I talked about him before, he’s the CEO of the Clinton Foundation, sat on the board of Desert Classic Charities in 2014…the organization that decides where the money will go. If you’ve read the other parts of this research, you also heard me talk about DeClan Kelly, the founder and CEO of FTI consulting, the forerunner of Teneo, and partner to the Clinton Foundation. FTI is a major lobbyist and consulting firm to AHIP. There’s a lot more detail I could provide, but its getting pretty complicated.

Let me summarize what I believe.  Humana pays the Clinton Foundation for something other than sponsoring a golf tournament. But what? What did that relationship and $700,000 buy?  Humana runs the board at AHIP. FTI lobbies for them  in congress. Congress made it so insurance companies could not lose money no matter what happened, and in another great show of support for the American taxpayer, a bill was introduced in January of 2015 called the “Insurance Company Bail Out Prevention Act”.  By the way, that bill sits in committee in both chambers and, as yet, has not come to a vote. Meanwhile, President Obama circumvented the congress, once again, by using executive discretion  and took care of the insurance companies. So all the insurance companies had to do was provide access, and take the subsidies, and not risk losing any money. Sweet! Not only did they “partner” with the Clintons, but they also paid John Podesta, and the Declan Kelly guys, too. Real sweet! The Clintons got what they wanted, Podesta and Kelly got a boatload of money, the insurance industry got what it wanted, 20,000,000 people got insurance, and we got the bill for the whole scam, and now 25% premium increases…..super sweet!

I’ll bet you didn’t know a round of golf could cost so much!

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INTO THE WEEDS 5

The Clinton Foundation….. Chagoury

In my last diatribe I explained who Gilbert Chagoury is, and how he was connected to the Clinton Foundation. Well, I guess I’m not quite finished with Mr. Chagoury. At the last, I had concluded that Mr. Chagoury supported the Clinton Foundation, in order to gain access and favors for his multi faceted business ventures in Nigeria and to prevent Boko Haram from being placed on a terrorist list, which would greatly inhibit his business dealings in Nigeria, as he owns the two largest Hotels in Nigeria. But there’s more. It seems that Mr. Chagoury, himself was on our “No-Fly” list before 2010. When he came to America, by plane, in 2010, he was detained, and questioned for 4 hours at the airport by US authorities. Remember who the SOS was in 2010. No information is available about that detainment, and shortly after that incident, Chagoury was removed from the No-Fly list and a formal apology was provided by the State Department. “Case closed”……Odd, really, because in 2015, Mr. Chagoury is back on the list and his US visa has been revoked. Why? Because he has material ties to Hezbollah in Lebanon. He gave money to a member of the Lebanon Christian party, specifically a man named Michel Aoun.  Mr. Aoun has direct ties to Hezbollah and Iran. Subsequently, Mr. Chagoury has put up for sale, his Beverly Hills home that he paid $135 million dollars for. So what the heck is going on with this guy, and what does it have to do with the Clintons? As we will see later, the Clinton’s will take money from anybody. How anyone can look at this enterprise and not see corruption has covers on their eyes. It’s why no one should take the FBI’s investigation seriously. Its like a horse made to where blinders in a race so they can only look straight ahead. One cannot investigate this organization without looking at the totality of engagements they have with so much money. How can you look at the story I just relayed and not see the access and influence being sold to the highest positions in our government, and actual benefits being foisted on likely criminals for big money? Earlier in my essays I introduced you to Doug Band, the head of the Foundation and close confident to Bill Clinton. In e-mails recently disclosed, Band asked Huma Abedin to get Jeffrey Feltman, then ambassador to Lebanon, to meet with Chagoury. In another email from April 2009, Band seems to pressure Clinton’s former aides Cheryl Mills and Abedin into hiring a foundation associate. In the email, Band writes its “important to take care of [name redacted].” Abedin responds, telling Band, “Personnel have been sending him options.” Wouldn’t you like to know whose name was redacted and how it turned out? It’s like the Clinton Foundation was simply an extension of the state department. Folks, this is the story of ONE donor that I picked at random. There are 200,000 donors to the Clinton Foundation. How much of this is and was going on. Just what does billions of dollars buy? I’ll keep digging, so stay tuned.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/17/state-department-sought-land-deal-with-nigerian-firm-tied-to-clinton-foundation.html

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Bill Clinton with the then president of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan, right after Hillary became SOS….Oh, by the way, that’s Mr. Chadoury on the far right.

 

 

Into The Weeds 4

The Clinton Foundation

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Good friends….Bill Clinton, Gilbert Chagoury

 

 

I have just finished reading dozens and dozens of stories about the massive corruption within the Clinton Foundation. As I perused each article and each story, I was amazed about how many things I had not heard anything about from our fabulous media. So, that said, I hardly knew where to start….I just dove in. There are over 200,000 donors to the Clinton Foundation. I simply don’t even know if the FBI could investigate all of them and all the connections. It is an impossible task. So where to start?  Many of the donors are foreign nationals or foreign governments. To be honest, I just picked one toward the top of the list. By the way, the list starts with groups of donors giving more than $25 million, and moves down in $5 million increments. At the very top of the list is USAID and UNITAID, both of whom I will cover later. Also at the top are Bill Gates, Stephen Bing, Fred Eychaner, and Saudi Arabia. The guy I picked out, at random, to investigate was about 25th on the list, in the $5 million category. His name is Gilbert Chagoury. I had never heard of Mr. Chagoury….have you? Doubtful. Mr. Chagoury is the richest man in Nigeria and head of a diverse conglomerate called the Chagoury Group that he runs with his brother. Both were born and grew up in Nigeria but are Lebanese and Muslim. His background is one of death and tyranny. He was an advisor to the Nigerian military dictator, Sani Abacha. Abacha was a brutal tyrant in the 90s that suspended all government, the constitution and replaced governors with generals. He bilked Nigeria of millions, and killed or imprisoned his opponents. Chagoury was his money man. Chagoury was convicted of bribery and money laundering, for placing 300 million of Nigerian money into Swiss banks for Abacha. Chagoury never served jail time. AND…..he is a long time friend of Bill Clinton. From everything I could find out…this Chagoury fellow is a piece of crap, and ruthless. So why has he given millions to the Clinton Foundation? Turns out, this question has a fairly obvious answer. But as we will discover as we go through all this corruption, there will never be direct evidence or a so-called smoking gun. Common sense, together with patterns, are all we can hope to use and discover. The old saying is “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck!” Back to Chagoury and why he donated millions. It has to do with what most would call an obscure group of terrorists, named Boko Haram. But why is Boko Haram so obscure? To date they have killed more Christians than ISIS and Al-Qaida…..reportedly some 10,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram. This was the group that over ran a girls school and kidnapped nearly 300 young girls, which were never heard from again. You might remember the sign Michelle Obama held up on Twitter, “Bring back our girls”. Such feigned outrage! But guess what? Boko Haram was never designated to be a terrorist organization. You see, a terrorist organization designation comes with consequences. Any one found to provide support is guilty of an international crime….things get confiscated…..it’s very bad for business, if you are helping them.  Chagoury owns the two largest hotels in Nigeria and relies on tourism for some of his success. He also owns half of all Nigerian construction. Until November of 2013, Boko Haram was never designated a terrorist organization, even though the FBI, CIA, Justice Department, and the Pentagon all urged Mrs. Clinton to do so. Terrorist designations must come from the state department. Hillary Clinton left her state department position in February and in November Boko Haram received the terrorist designation, years after thousand had been killed. So….is it a quid pro quo? There is no direct evidence….at this point there is no proof, but as we go through this corruption, you will see the same pattern emerge……somebody gives money to the Foundation and then finds themselves benefitting from an American action or decision.

  Continue reading “Into The Weeds 4”

Into the weeds 3

Third in my corruption series

This is a quick update to my crazy theory about Teneo and the CIA. More supporting evidence.

In my last post, I mentioned Juleanna Glover. A seemingly innocuous player, working for the RNC, then abruptly giving up her business and her position, to take a job at Teneo. Well it seems she didn’t give up everything. She remained an advisor to the Ashcroft group, and to its Chairman, John Ashcroft. Yes, that John Ashcroft that was attorney general under GWB. If you recall , Mr Ashcroft recused himself in the investigation of torture accusations by the CIA at black sights in Syria and Egypt, at the heighth on the war on terror. Since then Mr. Ashcroft founded and is the Chairman of Constallis, formerly Acedemi, formerly Blackwater. Constallis is a “government security company”. You know, the type used by the CIA to perform clandestine operations? And Juleanna Glover works for him.

What a coincidence….more to come.

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Welcome to my blog. I have been posting on FB for some time. Some of my posts were very long….too long for FB, so I started this blog in order to share my research, my opinions and some insight from others concerning the political, economic, and governmental health of our country.
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