Monday, May 22, 2017

Ruling Roosters

 

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The Ruling of Roosters of the Louis the XIV Room
A Fable
By Rev. Dr. Samuel Orrin Sewell

Once upon a time, a naïve, idealistic young clergyman was assigned to an affluent suburban church. He didn’t plan it that way. It just happened to him.

He was startled, and somewhat offended by the opulence of his new church. Prior to this assignment he had served as chaplain to a prison and also a university. He was accustomed to the stark facilities of a non-revenue producing ministry. However, this church was a real money maker. The red velvet pews in the sanctuary were enough    to make him suspect the spirituality of his predecessor. Equally unsettling was the neighborhood tour, where the plush residences of members of the church were proudly displayed to him. However, his guide on the tour was the kindly Pastor Emeritus of the church who pointed out that rich people need the love of Christ at least as much as anyone else. The naïve young clergyman could cope with everything except the “Louis The XIV Room.”

What a bizarre room to find in a Christian church! The carpet was mint green, and over an inch thick. It felt like walking on a velvet lawn. Expensive, delicate, antique furniture had been donated by prominent church members. Small mirrors, sconces, paintings, and objects de art were carefully arranged about the walls and furniture. Fine, white lace dollies festooned the arms of rich divans and easy chairs. The entire inside wall of the room wasn’t really a wall, but a set of ornate French doors with immaculately spotless inlaid glass. Brightly polished brass letters over the doors read, LOUIS THE XIV ROOM. A much smaller sign was attached to the door at eye level. It read AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY! Overall, it gave the appearance of a room in a museum designed to recreate the feel of historic periods of ostentation.

A very special group used the room. This group was known by various names, but the one that stuck with these women was, “Ruling Roosters.” Not that they were all male, but rather that they all saw themselves as ruling the roost. The Ruling Rooster ladies loved their Louis The XIV Room and two times a week they gathered there to discuss the Bible, drink tea, and gossip. Occasionally a visiting dignitary might be allowed to sip tea in such splendor, but the Ruling Roosters allowed no one else into their hallowed enclave.

The new minister soon came to see the room as merely a symbol of the real problems in the church. He had been warned in seminary that there was a ruling clique in every church, and that many church members were likely to share their attitudes. However, he was only beginning to understand the influence of these “lay leaders.” They made generous contributions to the church, and broadly hinted that the ministry would benefit from their wills. They resisted any outreach to the community, and seemed to make visitors feel unwelcome. They had honestly come to believe that the church belonged to them, and they were determined to keep “outsiders” out. Of course, a new member who had Ruling Roost sympathies was not considered an “outsider.”

They were uncomfortable and irritated with other activities in their church. Unkind things were said about community groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, singles groups, and other intruders. Even the Girl Scouts and Brownies had their enemies among the Ruling Roosters. A promising counseling ministry was nipped in the bud, because they didn’t’ want any “loonies” hanging around the church. Since many of the Ruling Roosters came from successful secular backgrounds, they often put a worldly influence into the decisions and ambience of the church. They were even known to plot strategy for the church board meetings that might border on being considered “dirty tricks,” even by secular political standards.

The Ruling Roosters often complained, and they were effective enough to cause other members of the church to walk on eggshells, for fear of offending them. “SHhhh, the Ruling Roosters are in the building!” the singles leader would say. “Make sure you don’t leave any coffee cups in the kitchen sink, one of the Ruling Roosters might find them,” the church secretary might warn. A youth leader was heard to say, “We can’t sing that song tonight; the Ruling Roosters are having a meeting in the Louis The XIV Room.”

The Ruling Rooster reign of tyranny was nearly all-inclusive, except for the children. Some of the teenagers were bold enough to exhibit deliberate rowdiness in the hall outside the Louis The XIV Room. The smaller children were less overt, but they were known to leave small, smudgy palm prints on the glass doors and occasionally crayon marks were found in the hallway or on the woodwork. The crisis came when a particularly valued vase was shattered right inside the Louis The XIV Room. No one knew who the culprit was, nor did he even bother to clean up the evidence of his heinous crime. Three groups became suspect; “those darn kids,” “those outside people,” or those members of the church who just weren’t respectable enough to be considered Ruling Rooster material.

The outraged Ruling Roosters sent an angry delegation to have a word with the new pastor. They were even bold enough to hint that he may not be around for long if he didn’t effectively deal with their list of complaints. This tactic was the beginning of a disaster for them!

At first, our naïve idealist leader was taken aback by the vehement complaints. He weakly promised to look into the situation, to see what he could do. However, upon reflection, a much more radical plan began to take shape in his mind. He thought about the sins of elitism and spiritual pride. He knew that the self righteous are seldom righteous in the eyes of God. He consulted the scriptures and was reminded of the respect Jesus had for the awesome closeness to God which children enjoy. He reviewed the story of Mary and Martha and how Martha had chastised Mary for not helping with housework. Mary preferred a pure soul to a perfect house and Jesus used her as an example of the “better choice.” He knew the church needed to reach outside itself, or it had no reason to call itself a “ministry.”  He knew the preschool needed new equipment and space, and that the Louis The XIV Room was only used a few hours a week. He got goose bumps all over when he prayed about the matter. His prayer was answered with the words, “Always inclusive, never exclusive!” The spirit of revolution against the Ruling Rooster regime was born in the children, but it was up to him to make the coup successful.

Even though he was convinced of the correctness of the cause, he expected to be rebuffed when he timidly approached the Pastor Emeritus with his plan. To his surprise the Pastor Emeritus flashed a wide knowing smile and only cautioned him to be as kind to the Ruling Roosters as possible. The next Sunday he preached a sermon which left the congregation agape at his boldness! The first thing Monday morning he had the Louis The XIV Room stripped of its beautiful interior, including the mint green carpet. He then notified the church that the furnishings would be auctioned to buy new equipment for the preschool. Soon the Louis The XIV Room rang with the noisy activities of messy, boisterous, curious, alive, happy children.

Strangely, the Ruling Roosters never staged a counter-revolution. To be sure, some of them left to join the ruling clique in another church, but most of them found more fulfilling niches in God’s house. Some of them even became volunteer workers in the preschool, which now occupied their former throne room.

The church began to deliver a full spectrum ministry to the community. Younger families and people without families were drawn to the revitalized church. The older people became respected, tolerant, elders and grandparents in the family of God. The youngsters and outsiders were no longer annoying intrusions, but were welcomed into an open and loving atmosphere. Lonely people found family life, fellowship, and occasionally they even found that special someone within the congregation. Many people found themselves! The strands of subtle change became “the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.” It was wonderful!

So the people of God had a family reunion which lasted through the years. The clergyman learned to appreciate the red velvet pews, and they all lived happily ever after.

MORAL: The family of God can’t afford a Louis The XIV Room in their minds, hearts or house of worship.

California Democratic Party Leader Leads ‘F*ck Donald Trump’ Chant at Convention



California Democratic Party Leader Leads ‘F*ck Donald Trump’ Chant at Convention
by Adelle Nazarian 21 May 2017
Outgoing California Democratic Party chairman John Burton left his post of eight years on Saturday by waving his middle fingers in the air and rallying his party’s annual convention to chant “F*ck Donald Trump!”

Cameras also captured House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi laughing as Burton flipped off the president. Former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was also spotted relishing in the event.

At one point during the convention, Burton reportedly told a universal healthcare protester to “Put your f*ing sign down man, we’re all for it. Jesus Christ.” According to the San Jose Mercury News, he previously told a larger group of protesters, “There’s some people who have been fighting for that issue before you guys were born. You ought to get on with it.”

Also on Saturday, longtime Democratic leader Eric Bauman was elected as chairman of the California Democratic Party Saturday, by just over 60 votes. But his rival, Kimberly Ellis, refused to concede, and has reportedly stated that she is in touch with attorneys over the matter.

“This race is not done,” Ellis told hundreds of her supporters, who were calling for a recount at the California Democratic Convention, according to the Los Angeles Times. She reportedly added, “We will see you all in the morning.”

Bauman, on the other hand, issued a victory message to his supporters:
There is no denying that there is a problem when so many of our hardworking activists feel that they are not welcome within our Party and that they have been slighted and shut out of the process. We cannot win the vital elections in 2018 and beyond without the energy, commitment and participation of every part of our Democratic family.

Bauman has headed the Los Angeles County Democratic since 2000 and has served as the Golden State’s Democratic party vice chairman since 2009. His victory in the race placed a spotlight on the nationwide battle between the party’s establishment and more progressive wing. According to the Times, “Bauman was a favorite of the party establishment, while Ellis drew the backing of liberals who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders in last year’s presidential primary.”

He recently endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) to chair the Democratic National Committee. Former Secretary of labor Tom Perez won the chairmanship, but appointed Ellison as his deputy chair.

Saturday’s convention also saw some drama when a convention staff employee interrupted Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), as she spoke at the African American Caucus meeting, to ask her to shorten her speech.

As soon as the man approached Waters’s podium, one of the women sitting on stage to her left shouted, “Hey, hey, hey, hey.” Another woman in the audience could be heard saying, “leave her alone.” Soon after that, one of the men seated on stage stood up and starting pushing the man away from the congresswoman’s podium.

Waters continued, “That’s alright. That’s okay. They try to shut me up all the time.” Some audience members stood up, and the room broke into applause.

Waters, who has been calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, was talking about Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey and his meetings with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

In the back of the room, the man who had asked Waters to wrap up her speech was surrounded by what appeared to be several members of Waters team. Some chanted to Waters, “Keep going! Keep going!”

At one point during her talk, the microphone was cut off, but Waters kept talking.

African American Caucus Chair Darren Parker said, “Our caucus pays for this room… And it has been tradition if we were going to run over that we pay additional fees.” He added, “I have never, ever seen anyone from staff walk up to a speaker, interrupt the speaker and then cut off the sound.” He said, “Damn it, we will not tolerate this!” and thumped his fist on the table before the audience broke into applause.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the three-day convention also had a raucous start Friday, as liberal activists booed and heckled DNC Chair Tom Perez after they marched from the state Capitol to the convention center to promote a universal health care program.

San Jose Mercury News
Susan Goldberg was an executive editor for the San Jose Mercury News, and the president of the American Society of News Editors.

Note: Stephen Engelberg was a director at the American Society of News Editors, and is a managing editor for ProPublica.
Gara LaMarche was a director at ProPublica, a VP & director of U.S. programs for the Open Society Foundations, and an associate director for the Human Rights Watch.
Rosa Brooks was a special counsel to the president for the Open Society Foundations, and columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Human Rights Watch, Demos, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Economic Policy Institute, the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, was a benefactor at the Human Rights Watch, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and Nancy Pelosi was invited to his 2013 wedding reception.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for ProPublica, the Human Rights Watch, Demos, the New America Foundation, and the Economic Policy Institute.
Jay T. Harris was a senior fellow at Demos, and a publisher for the San Jose Mercury News.
Susan Goldberg was an executive editor for the San Jose Mercury News, and the president of the American Society of News Editors.
Melanie A. Sill was a director at the American Society of News Editors, and an editor & SVP for the Sacramento Bee.
John Decker was a photographer for the Sacramento Bee, and is a friend of Joe Mathews.
Joe Mathews is a friend of John Decker, and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Jonathan Soros is a director at the New America Foundation, George Soros’s son, and a global board member for the Open Society Foundations.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Human Rights Watch, the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Demos, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Economic Policy Institute.
John J. Studzinski is a director at the Human Rights Watch, a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and was a co-head of investment banking for the HSBC Holdings plc.
HSBC Holdings plc was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
James B. Comey was a director at the HSBC Holdings plc, and a director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (think tank).
Glover Park Group was a lobby firm for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 
Howard Wolfson was a partner at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and is married to Terri McCullough.
Terri McCullough is married to Howard Wolfson, and Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff.
Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff is Terri McCullough, the minority leader for the U.S. House of Representatives, was the chairman for the California Democratic Party, invited to George Soros’s 2013 wedding reception, and Cecile Richards was her deputy chief of staff.
Cecile Richards was Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, the founder & president for America Votes, is the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a national partner with America Votes.
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is a national partner with America Votes.
Joseph T. Hansen was the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, a director at the Economic Policy Institute, and is a founding chairman for Change to Win.
Anna Burger was a chair for Change to Win, a secretary-treasurer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and a director at the Economic Policy Institute.
Service Employees International Union is a national partner with America Votes.
Keith Ellison is a director at the Economic Policy Institute, and a co-chair for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Bernard Sanders is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and a U.S. Senate senator.
Maxine Waters is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Outhouse Theology by Samuel Orrin Sewell


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The Outhouse Theology
by Samuel Orrin Sewell

Now let’s talk about this thing called religion. Here’s my theory, I want to warn you that I am an Iowa farm boy.  My nickname on all of the forums that I visit on the internet is Aristotle the Hun. Aristotle the Hun was a name given to me by a friend of mine more than 30 years ago who realized that for all my intellect I was still an Iowa farm boy. He saw this dichotomy of my being; slightly crude, probably too straight forward, not at all concerned with diplomacy and yet backed up by this monster brain, so he called me Aristotle the Hun. The minute he gave me this title I knew it fit and I’ve accepted it and used it for a lot of purposes since then. I’m telling you this to brace you for what is coming next.
An outhouse may be a necessary structure, particularly where I came from in northern Iowa, we did not have indoor plumbing. We were one of the better families in town because we had a three-holer; also because we had a big family, the three-holer was a necessity. Here’s the basis of my Outhouse Theology. In summation there is a parallel between organized religion and an Iowa outhouse as they are both necessary and useful but not the best available.

The foundation of all religious truth could be called “The Jewel of Great Price”. The Jewel of Great Price is a direct connection to the Divine that happens to us human beings. I call it a jewel that because, not only is it so valuable that you can’t say how much it’s worth, but it’s also multi-faceted.

You know that old story about the blind men and the elephant. Basically four blind men come across an elephant and the first blind man touches the side of the elephant and says, “It’s a wall.” Another man gets hold of one of the legs and says, “No, it’s a tree.” The third gets hold of the tail and says, “What’s the matter with you guys, it’s a rope.” The last one grabs the trunk and says, “Watch out it’s a huge snake.”

They were also experiencing the same thing but their senses were telling them different things depending on what “facet” of the elephant they experienced.
Here’s another example. You know the mirrored orb in the ceiling of a ballroom that flashes light in every direction? I call it a “truth ball.” That could be a metaphor for my many-faceted jewel. There are so many facets, and the light is so brilliant, that when the flash strikes one facet of the Jewel of Great Price, the intensity of the reflection can blind you to the awareness that there are any other facets. We are blinded by the light!

We Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims, we’re all looking at this truth ball, this Jewel of Great Price, and we think that the facet we see is the only possible way to interpret the meaning . Because that single facet is so magnificent we exclude anyone else’s perception of the same thing, much as the blind men thought everybody else was wrong about the nature of the elephant they were touching. But if that were not bad enough, we’re blinded by the magnificence of the one aspect of the jewel which we are observing.  Sometimes the fanatical adherence that is the result of seeing only one facet of the truth ball causes human beings to kill each other who see a different interpretation of the light.

So, here is what happens when we see one of those facets: “I’m going to write a story about this,” which becomes Scripture. “I’m going to build a shrine,” which eventually becomes a temple or a church. And so we have the Scriptures and we have the building. Now the relative value of the building where the Jewel of Great Price is housed is like the value of an outhouse with a Jewel of Great Price buried underneath it.

However, if you think that the church serves no purpose, look what it does. It is a landmark. Underneath every one of those metaphorical outhouses there is buried a Jewel of Great Price.

I was once at a garage sale with my darling wife. (That’s how dedicated a husband I am.)  The lady holding the garage sale had her dog there. She had put the loop on the dog’s leash underneath the leg of a card table. The dog, of course, kept being interested in the people and was constantly tugging on his leash and in essence tugging the table. As the table would move along the driveway things would fall off the table. The frustrated woman, without thinking, would point and she’d say, “Go back over there.” Now, did the dog once ever look where she was pointing? No. The dog looked at her pointed finger, confused, wondering, “What is my master wanting me to do?” There is this hand pointing, but the poor dog doesn’t know to look where the hand is pointing.

We human beings are very much that way with our churches. Why do you think there is a steeple? So the church can point away from itself.   Yet, dog like, we look at the church building and not what it is pointing toward.  Any church that is not pointing away from itself, any religious institution that is not pointing to the Jewel of Great Price, as opposed to their own clergy, their own dogma, or their own traditions, is doing a disservice to the cause they claim to serve. Just like that dog who can’t see where the hand is pointing. Essentially all good religion points away from itself to that Sacred Core Essence, which is the many-faceted Jewel of Great Price.

Now you may have to endure some very uncomfortable experiences, digging through the dogma to get to the Jewel of Great Price, but don’t put the church down. Granted it’s not worth anywhere near what it covers up and hides from humanity, but it does mark the location as to where this Jewel of Great Price is buried.

So don’t look to the church to sustain you. Don’t look to the church and expect to see one of those facets that blind you. Your goal in being a member of the church is to serve to your fellow parishioners and the community at large.\
The church is a human institution which obscures the Jewel of Great Price, but which also marks its location. So what we are faced with is that all of the world religions in essence obscure what it is they’re about. In other words, the very thing they want you to pay attention to is obscured by the traditions, dogma and even the building where the church exists.  As C S Lewis said “Your God is too small.”

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MUDDITES  A FABLE

Once upon a time, long ago and far away, on the outskirts of a crowd gathered to hear a great teacher speak, two men fell into conversation with each other. “I can’t hear what he is saying, but I know that he is a miracle worker, and that the hand of God is upon him,” said the first man. The second man responded enthusiastically, “I know you speak the truth, for I once was blind, but now I see. He cured my blindness!” The first man exclaimed, “Really!” and launched into a detailed explanation of how he too had been cured of blindness by the same holy man. Both men were excited and animated in telling their versions of how they had been cured of blindness.

It soon became obvious that the men were in disagreement about the nature of the miracle worker’s technique. One man insisted that his blindness had been cured when the holy man gathered some soil from the ground which was mixed with saliva and formed into some sort of mud pack, and then placed upon the man’s eyes. The other man was equally adamant that no mud had been used at all, and that the miracle had occurred when the holy man placed his hands on him and simply declared him healed. Thus began the first theological split in Christianity, between the Muddites and the Non-muddites.
The two men gathered about them those who agreed with their particular version and the two groups began to say terrible things about each other. Both groups were convinced that God was on their side and that Satan inspired the other group. Soon there were suspicious plots, dirty tricks, political power plays, and on one occasion an actual fist fight. Many of the people who claim to follow Jesus have been living that way ever since.

The moral to the story:
Love cures blindness. Dogma can cause blindness.


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Blackstone, Saudi Arabia Announce $40 Billion Investment in U.S. Infrastructure



Blackstone, Saudi Arabia Announce $40 Billion Investment in U.S. Infrastructure
by Katherine Rodriguez 20 May 2017
Private equity firm Blackstone Group, in partnership with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, announced that they would commit $40 billion to invest in infrastructure projects, mainly in the U.S.

Blackstone, co-founded by Trump supporter Stephen Schwarzman, entered a non-binding agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) to move forward with this initiative, the Hill reported.

Saudi Arabia’s PIF had agreed to put down $20 billion for the project, while the rest of the money would come from outside investors.

Although Blackstone says the fund has been negotiated between the firms for the past year, the partnership is non-binding, which means that there is not a formal structure for the fund yet and the firms are still discussing certain aspects of the agreement, Forbes reported.

Blackstone and PIF each gave a vote of confidence to the new partnership.

“This potential investment reflects our positive views around the ambitious infrastructure initiatives being undertaken in the United States as announced by President Trump,” PIF managing director Yasir al-Rumayyan said in a statement.

“This will create well-paying American jobs and will lay the foundation for stronger long-term economic growth,” Blackstone president Hamilton James said.

The partnership between the U.S. and Saudi Arabian companies comes as President Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia as the initial stop of his first trip abroad as president.

Trump has already signed a series of agreements with Saudi King Salman solidifying their military and economic partnerships on his first full day in the country.

Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Note: Jonathan D. Gray is a director & global head of real estate for the Blackstone Group, and was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Mark T. Gallogly was a senior managing director for the Blackstone Group, and a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Glenn H. Hutchins was a general partner at the Blackstone Group, and a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Friends of Saudi Arabia was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Abdulaziz bin Abdullah is a co-founder for the Friends of Saudi Arabia, and the deputy minister of foreign affairs for Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Turki bin Faisal Al Saud is a prince of Saudi Arabia, was William J. Clinton’s classmate at Georgetown, and a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Turki bin Faisal Al Saud is a prince of Saudi Arabia, was an intelligence chief for Saudi Arabia, and a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the Human Rights Watch (think tank), the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a friend of Michael Douglas, and was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.  
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Human Rights Watch (think tank), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
Alwaleed bin Talal is a member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, and a prince of Saudi Arabia.
John J. Studzinski is a director at the Human Rights Watch (think tank), a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), the vice chairman for the Blackstone Group, and was a co-head of investment banking for the HSBC Holdings plc.
Blackstone Group was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
HSBC Holdings plc was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
James B. Comey was a director at HSBC Holdings plc, and a director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Chas. W. Freeman Jr. was a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), a U.S. ambassador for Saudi Arabia, and is a trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
Jessica Tuchman Mathews was the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).   
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982    
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)    
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank) was a funder for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).
Michael Douglas is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and a friend of George Soros.
Margaret A. Hamburg was a VP for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), and is a member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.
Wesley K. Clark is a member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and a senior adviser for the Blackstone Group.
Blackstone Group was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Jonathan D. Gray is a director & global head of real estate for the Blackstone Group, and was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Mark T. Gallogly was a senior managing director for the Blackstone Group, and a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Glenn H. Hutchins was a general partner at the Blackstone Group, and a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Friends of Saudi Arabia was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Ronald O. Perelman was a funder, 2013 fundraiser chair for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and a 740 Park Avenue, New York resident.
Edgar M. Bronfman was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and a 740 Park Avenue, New York resident.
Stephen A. Schwarzman is a 740 Park Avenue, New York resident, and the chairman & CEO & co-founder for the Blackstone Group.