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November 29th, 2013 by olddog
I proudly admit that the 11 27 13 posts The Americans Project
MG Vallely BG Jones on http://anationbeguiled.com and The Standard Bearer for theConservancy of the Constitution
on http://anationbeguiled.wordpress.com was a rabbit squealer. That’s a varmint hunter’s device that mimics the sound of a rabbit squealing in pain that coyotes and foxes cannot resist. You should have known by their website that they are just old neoconservative authoritarians that are pissed off about so many officers getting kicked out of service. The neocons are using the story as bait, as globalists they want any officers that might honor their oaths to be removed, which gives them the justification to attack OBUMA, who they otherwise ignore. Let me quote a reply from a real knowledgeable patriot that immediately replied to me thinking I had slipped a gear.
(Jefferson's Voice) I just looked over the Stand Up America website and confirmed my suspicion that they are running a limited hangouts and disinformation operation.
An obvious giveaway is that despite their claim of being "an intelligence gathering and analyzing group", they aren't reporting on the extensive erosion of our 4th Amendment rights through the NSA and TSA and the steady militarization of the police. Nor would they ever highlight perhaps the most egregious act of betrayal, the NDAA's evisceration of habeas corpus – the foundation of a free and civilized society, without it, all the other constitutional protections are dead!
They also don't seem particularly interested in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and world government (technocracy). They are fixated on the faux boogeyman Iran – this is a running neoconservative operation [to distract from the fleecing of Americans and treasonous acts committed by government officials.
This is even more counterproductive/damaging, than the kind of reporting at the gatekeeper Infowars. We need intelligent patriots to provide the antidote. There is very little time left.”
(Olddog) By comparing the number of hits on both sites to the average number of hits when I post informative articles on how America is being destroyed, it is apparent, as I suspected, and your replies confirmed, many folks out there are still under the impression that we have a Constitutional government, that is just not doing what they should. Nothing could be further from the truth, and there are no heroes coming to our rescue.
The people running our government are under the absolute control of the people who control the rest of the world’s governments. The international Banking Cartel, through various people, Corporations, and Organizations! Also, regardless of whether they use China to do it or the Federal Reserve, when they take down the DOLLAR, the rest of the dominoes will fall with it. They are using hundreds of different events to acclimate the people into accepting defeat, and if that doesn't work fast enough to suit them, they will start the third world war and decimate America.
(Jefferson's Voice) is right, there is very little time left, and the real reason they have come this far is because of our infatuation with heroes and a lifestyle of entertainment, instead of a thorough knowledge of our original founders intent; (self government by a well informed citizenry demanding freedom from oppressive governance.) A Nation of individuals whose unalienable rights are codified and protected, so they may live freely and thrive in a constitutional republic with limited government.
Now, we have a Nation of people who despise one another because half want the other half to take care of them. The majority is woefully dumbed down, childlike, and cannot discipline themselves to be responsible for their own intellectual development. Dancing With The Stars, anyone????
The reality is those of you who read the above mentioned articles with hope and expectations of a hero materializing to save your dream life are misguided, as to what is wrong with America. It’s the people stupid!!! Those real heroes who have stood up to protect and defend our nation have been marginalized, shunned and bankrupted, incarcerated, and sacrificed on the altar of power and greed. More often than not, they stand alone and when they are removed, rather than sparking an outrage, the public tends to go back to sleep.
There is no hero coming to save America, and if by some miracle we survive, it will be because the majority of you have burned the candle at both ends until you understand where we really are, who brought us here, and become enraged enough to commit yourself body and soul to stop the process of subjugation, and most important of all, become competent at instructing others on how to comprehend what’s really going on. America desperately needs fifty million informed citizens.
Mr. Valley may, or may not, have some plans to step in the running for President, and my guess is he will. Don’t let him fool you into believing someone can turn America around in a government position, it can’t be done so long as the bankers have complete control of the rest of government. How do you think Bush, and OBUMA, got there? No single man can stop a freight train from coasting down a steep mountain. The end of America is at hand, and millions are going to die, so our attention should be on constructing an army of informed civilian patriots. I firmly believe our energies are better spent engaging in local and national battles to defend the bill of rights, like the second amendment. Did you notice how the gun grabbers' tactics backfired and woke up many gun owners? A great example is Colorado! And, organizing state militias as a vehicle for education and second amendment protection. Speaking of militias, every freedom loving American should go to http://www.newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwin254.htm and learn of Dr. Vieira’s research on a Constitutional Militia. What the media traitors have fed you is pure gunk. The Sword and Sovereignty is now available exclusively through amazon.com , and every American should own a copy.
Guerrilla warfare, such as the very effective methods used in Afghanistan may someday be the only way to survive, but for now guerrilla blogging, by an army of informed citizens is a more effective strategy, as many thousands of citizens have proven, and the government is hell bent on eliminating.
Getting back to Mr. Valley and his “Stand Up America” website, he is playing on your emotional based views that have been carefully constructed by the media industry and public education, so don’t be fooled into being involved with another -“We can save America by restoring our constitution,” – movement, or falling for another more elaborate version of the – left vs. right political paradigm.- Instead, focus like a laser on the methods the global elites have been using to capture our government, institutions, and our minds, to create their totalitarian global TECHNOCRACY. “NEW WORLD ORDER.”
Remember, it is our God Given Right to throw off a tyrannical government and construct a better one, in what ever way we can.
Knowledge is the most deadly weapon ever used on tyrants.
Olddog is hell bent on living free, or dying in the attempt.
November 27th, 2013 by olddog
By Paul E. Vallely, and Charles Jones
The AMERICANS strongly believe that life, liberty, citizenship and the pursuit of happiness are the unalienable RIGHTS of every American Citizen that cannot be taken or transferred. However, not until We the People become brutally frank with ourselves and with each other will the Constitution be taken off the shelf and once again become operational. Only then can the Republic can be restored and preserved in its original ordained Constitutional Power and form.
We The People have suffered enormously since 1913 under the combined rule of two domineering political parties of 537 elected politicians (100 Senators, 435 Representatives, the President/Vice President) along with those they have appointed. Tax and Spend, along with whatever it takes to rule, is the quest of one of the domineering parties.
In the opposing party, weak backbones, failing to stand up and lead for what a majority of citizen voters want, coupled with the elite of the party stealth-fully blending in with the tax and spend party, have destructively allowed the confiscation of far too much of the wages and retirement incomes from the citizens who pay income taxes.
These facts are now becoming more recognized with the most recent dastardly additions of: countless political deceptions, lies, national economic destruction, purposeful job-killing, the stealthful demise of America’s middle class, no Administration help for the massive unemployment of Black Americans plus the politically purposeful illegal alien invasion of the United States. Along with forty percent of the people within the fifty state borders who are receiving food stamps.
This all is treason to each separate state and to the citizens within the several states and it is perpetuated by the elected and appointed inside the Washington DC beltway.
The Constitution requires that all laws must be faithfully executed, but far too many are not and have not been – – – specifically by the Executive Branch. Nor has the Oversight Power of Congress been exercised to ensure Executive Leadership enforcement of United States laws.
These self-serving political failures have become destructive to the well-being, liberty and happiness of most American citizens. It must be recognized that “New Guards” for future personal safety and National Security must peacefully be put into place by citizens beginning with votes at the ballot box.
Failed leadership can no longer stand if the Constitution and the Republic are to be preserved for our children and all future generations.
A deep look has been taken into the several national crises by “The Americans” leadership who care greatly about the Republic, the People and the Constitution. Necessary and workable solutions have been developed to help solve and fix what has without question stunted our Nation’s ability to clearly, legally and peacefully function as a Constitutional Republic.
KEY NATIONAL ISSUES that must be solved if the separate and collective States of The United States of America are to become economically solvent, remain peaceful and nationally secure are:
The Constitution of the United States as originally established and amended will remain in absolute and total effect. The original XIII Amendment as written and ratified is an operational Amendment and will be adhered to immediately. (The original XIII Amendment was falsely hidden by less than honorable men of the times). Congress shall make all laws necessary for carrying into execution the Powers authorized in the Constitution and that all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives. Constant Congressional leadership oversight will be maintained at all times.All Laws requiring Executive action will be faithfully executed upon receipt from Congress by the President and appropriate departments and selected agencies of Government under the President’s sworn responsibility and authority.
A strong National Defense of well-trained Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Forces maintained with proper equipment that can deter any enemy activism, or fight and win if deterrence fails will be assured by both the House and Senate of the US Congress for the protection of “We the People” and the preservation of the Constitution and the Republic. Readiness at all times will include a nuclear capability to win if Congress declares war against an enemy aggressor. The United States Military will in no way be used against United States Citizens. To do so will trigger expeditious Congressional actions to immediately and permanently remove anyone exercising such orders from elected or appointed office.
The United States Government cannot rebound from the man-made economic crises without satisfactory employment for a majority of American citizens. In turn, satisfactory and sustainable employment for American citizens simply cannot be achieved with the excessive tax rates that now exist for US businesses and the American people.All political plundering of the people’s wealth via taxation will be stopped. Our banking system and wealth management have been corrupted with the 1913 establishment of the Federal Reserve System, placing monetary and economic control in the hands of a few (now partisan) individuals.The Federal Reserve System will be abolished and all US Government financial and economic functions will be turned over to the US Treasury, including the coining and printing of currency and the issuing of currency. US green-back bills will be printed and a one –for- one exchange to replace Federal Reserve notes will take place.
The IRS will immediately be abolished and that form of US government taxation will cease and desist. A zero-interest National Debt will be established at the US Treasury and a GDP annual growth limit not to exceed 3% will be tied to the previous year GDP growth. A transition to a “fair or flat” tax must be accomplished as a priority.
The Illegal Alien Invasion of the United States will be stopped with a Secured Borders Double Fence on The US Southern Border and more Border Guards stationed on the Northern Border. All US borders will be further controlled and severe penalties (financial and incarceration) for employers who hire illegal aliens. Foreign countries will have named financial and trade restriction obligations to the United States for all of their citizens who come over US Borders illegally. There will be absolutely no jobs, no social services, no welfare nor medical services allowed to be provided to illegal alien invaders. (Emergency medical care only will be provided until they are deported to home from which departed). American jobs are for US citizens, returning military veterans, part time high school students and the elderly. When US employers cannot find workers and can fully justify seeking foreign workers, Government permission will be granted for hiring temporary foreign workers.
The DHS with functions for national security and FEMA for emergencies have both grown far beyond the intentions of reasonable and responsible leadership control, budgeting, manpower, equipment and facilities. Deceptive political intentions for the potential use of facilities, weapons, massive purchases of ammunition plus military-type vehicles and railroad cars are greatly objectionable to American citizens and an insult to the economic deficit of the Nation.America’s leadership needs to be well-versed with the Active Military, County Sheriffs, Local Law Enforcement and National Guard overall capabilities within the continental limits of the United States that can handle any and all emergency situations, foreign or domestic, that might be faced. The DHS will be disbanded and certain functions will be merged into the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Interior (DOI).The FEMA name will be changed to “The National Emergency Agency” (TNEA) and manpower will be greatly reduced and merged into the DOI to be used for national emergency situations only. Their budget and emergency dispatch activities in the east, central and western parts of the country will be managed through the three numbered Air Forces of the Air Force Reserve Command.All weapons, munitions and military-type vehicles will be transferred to the DOD immediately. All holding and or compound-type facilities will be closed and transferred permanently to local governments for non-detention uses only.
The Department of Energy will be abolished and certain specified oversight functions would be moved to the Department of Commerce.
The Department of Education will be abolished and its functions and all funding responsibility will be returned to each individual state, territory and the District of Columbia.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be abolished with responsibilities and functions removed to each individual state. Conflicts will be resolved at the Department of Commerce while working with the states.
In addition, selected Agencies will be moved from the National Capitol area and disbursed into the interior for cost-effective and long-term security reasons as well as seeking more diversified hiring of high quality civilian personnel throughout a larger portion of the Nation. (Rust-belt areas of high unemployment in the mid-west and other locations of far greater physical expansion capability will be given priority consideration for these moves and jobs.
The partisan and destructive Democrat Affordable Health Care Plan will be repealed and pre-2009 Medicare Programs will be fully reconstituted. Necessary changes and revisions to the existing Social Security System to ensure self-funding.
The Executive order that allows unions to exist in government and do collective bargaining in any and all tax-payer funded government jobs will be rescinded.
It will be the policy and understanding within the entire Republic to recognize each County Sheriff as the Elected Senior Law Enforcement Officer in each respective County and that a well-regulated militia, if formed, will be responsive to his Constitutional Sworn Oath as necessary requirements for security of a free state.
The United Nations will be defunded from the excessive monetary proportions US taxpayers have been forced to fund and a strong effort will be made to move this overbearing activity out of the United States. Politicians must come to realize that no United Nations deliberations can override the US Constitution.
Education, kindergarten through grade twelve, is a fundamental right for American school-age children and is a responsibility of county or city taxpayers to insure funding for that right. Citizen school children in far too many public schools have been denied that fundamental right to an education due to handicaps in classroom and interferences caused by countless non-English speaking children plus overcrowding and scarce tax dollars used to accommodate illegal alien school children. In addition to US Borders becoming secure, the 5 to 4 decision by the Burger Supreme Court that allowed all who choose to attend American taxpayer-funded schools regardless of citizenship will be revisited using Chief Justice Burger’s dissenting opinion as grounds for new litigation.
Begin a systematic process to reorganize the Department of Defense into an organization of National Security that can prepare us for today and tomorrow with “forward strategies” that secure America.
It is the general consensus of The Americans Project that If the Republican Party does not hold the line in the US House of Representatives to secure the Southern US Border, plus demand existing immigration laws be faithfully executed by the Executive Branch, then stop all Senate Immigration Reform and also stand firm for defunding Obama-care, the results will be the demise of the Republican Party in the 2014 and 2016 elections.
The 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections were lost because many Republican and Independent voters stayed home. There must be Honest National Leadership in place for the America First voters who care about the Constitution, the Republic and a secure future for their children.
Independent Constitutional Leadership selected by The Americans Project will be that Leadership. It will also become more evident to the voters that the course the Democrats have planned for America is destructive far beyond the imagination.
This nation is being torn apart daily as the crises facts become known. Also most disturbing to Americans who care is the fact many are not confident We the People have a Constitutional Government in place because to this date absolutely no one has seen one document verifying Constitutional qualification of the person occupying the White House.
Congress ignores all petitions for a redress of grievances and the Judiciaries at all levels of government have dismissed every attempt at addressing a legal option. The Democrat Party leadership signed two separate and different documents certifying eligibility to run for office as well as re-election eligibility.
This is pure and simple elected and appointed sworn politicians run amok. Enough is enough. If the United States of America and the separate states are to survive these greedy self-serving destructive political onslaughts, new leadership in existing elective offices is a must for every citizen.
Our government (all branches) of, by and for the people has lost control and has led us down a very destructive path of tyranny, ineptness, corruption, cover-ups and deceit. We have to a degree lost the necessary checks and balances designed to provide an essential balance of power.
That has led to a far-reaching federal government and an infringement on states’ rights. We must save the Republic and the country before we get to the point of no return. A National Call to Action is required by all of us to get our country on track! God save the Republic!
THE AMERICANS PROJECT
Paul Vallely, Major General, US Army (Ret.)
Charles Jones, Brigadier General, US Air Force (Ret.
NOW GO HERE:http://anationbeguiled.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/the-
November 26th, 2013 by olddog
The Trilateral Commission is a non-governmental, non-partisan discussion group founded by David Rockefeller in July 1973, to foster closer cooperation among North America,Western Europe, and Japan.
Sensing a profound discord among the nations of North America, Europe and Japan, the Trilateral Commission was founded to foster substantive political and economic dialogue across the world. To quote its founding declaration:
"Growing interdependence is a fact of life of the contemporary world. It transcends and influences national systems… While it is important to develop greater cooperation among all the countries of the world, Japan, Western Europe, and North America, in view of their great weight in the world economy and their massive relations with one another, bear a special responsibility for developing effective cooperation, both in their own interests and in those of the rest of the world."
"To be effective in meeting common problems, Japan, Western Europe, and North America will have to consult and cooperate more closely, on the basis of equality, to develop and carry out coordinated policies on matters affecting their common interests… refrain from unilateral actions incompatible with their interdependence and from actions detrimental to other regions… [and] take advantage of existing international and regional organizations and further enhance their role."
"The Commission hopes to play a creative role as a channel of free exchange of opinions with other countries and regions. Further progress of the developing countries and greater improvement of East-West relations will be a major concern."
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a professor at Columbia University and a Rockefeller advisor who was a specialist on international affairs, left his post to organize the group along with:
Henry D. Owen (a Foreign Policy Studies Director with the Brookings Institution)
George S. Franklin
Robert R. Bowie (of the Foreign Policy Association and Director of the Harvard Center for International Affairs)
Gerard C. Smith (Salt I negotiator, Rockefeller in-law, and its first North American Chairman)
Marshall Hornblower (former partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering)
William Scranton (former Governor of Pennsylvania)
Edwin Reischauer (a professor at Harvard) and more importantly, a United States Ambassador to Japan from 1961-1966
Max Kohnstamm (European Policy Centre)
Tadashi Yamamoto (Japan Center for International Exchange)
Other founding members included Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker, both later heads of the Federal Reserve system.
The Trilateral Commission initiated its biannual meetings schedule in October 1973 in Tokyo. In May 1976, the first plenary meeting of all of the Commission's regional groups took place in Kyoto. It was through these early meetings that the group effected its most profound influence, the integration of Japan into the global political conversation. Before these exchanges, the country was much more isolated on the international stage. Since its founding, the discussion group has produced an official journal called Trialogue.
Membership is divided into numbers proportionate to each of the think tank's three regional areas. The North American continent is represented by 120 members (20 Canadian, 13 Mexican and 87 U.S. citizens). The European group has reached its limit of 170 members from almost every country on the continent; the ceilings for individual countries are 20 for Germany, 18 for France, Italy and the United Kingdom, 12 for Spain and 1–6 for the rest. At first, Asia and Oceania were represented only by Japan. However, in 2000 the Japanese group of 85 members expanded itself, becoming the Pacific Asia group, composed of 117 members: 75 Japanese, 11 South Koreans, 7 Australian and New Zealand citizens, and 15 members from the ASEAN nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines,Singapore and Thailand). The Pacific Asia group also included 9 members from China, Hong Kongand Taiwan. Currently, the Trilateral Commission claims "more than 100" Pacific Asian members.
While Trilateral Commission bylaws exclude persons holding public office from membership, the think tank draws its participants from political, business, and academic worlds. The group is chaired by three individuals, one from each of the regions represented. The current chairmen are former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Joseph S. Nye, Jr., former head of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet and Yasuchika Hasegawa.
From the left
On the left, linguist Noam Chomsky argues that a report issued by the Commission called The Crisis of Democracy which proposes solutions for the "excess of democracy" in the 1960s, embodies "the ideology of the liberal wing of the state capitalist ruling elite". Chomsky also argues that the group had an undue influence in the administration of Jimmy Carter.
From the right
On the right, a number of prominent thinkers and politicians have criticized the Trilateral Commission as encroaching on national sovereignty. In his book With No Apologies, former conservative Republican Senator Barry Goldwater lambasted the discussion group by suggesting it was "a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power: political, monetary, intellectual, and ecclesiastical… [in] the creation of a worldwide economic power superior to the political governments of the nation-states involved."
Discussion over Trilateral Political Agenda
Others such as Noam Chomsky have described the Trilateral Commission's goals in less glowing terms:
Essentially liberal internationalists from Europe, Japan and the United States, the liberal wing of the intellectual elite. That’s where Jimmy Carter’s whole government came from. […] [The Trilateral Commission] was concerned with trying to induce what they called ‘more moderation in democracy’ – turn people back to passivity and obedience so they don’t put so many constraints on state power and so on. In particular they were worried about young people. They were concerned about the institutions responsible for the indoctrination of the young (that’s their phrase), meaning schools, universities, church and so on – they’re not doing their job, [the young are] not being sufficiently indoctrinated. They’re too free to pursue their own initiatives and concerns and you’ve got to control them better.
While the Trilateral Commission is only one of many similar think tanks on the right and left, many notable conspiracy theorists believe the organization to be a central plotter of a world government or synarchy. As documented by journalist Jonathan Kay, 9/11 conspiracy theorist Luke Rudkowski gained notoriety in April 2007 by interrupting a lecture by former Trilateral Commission directorZbigniew Brzezinski and accusing the organization and a few others of having orchestrated the attacks of September 11th to initiate a new world order. Conservative and right-wing groups such as the John Birch Society and right wing conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones also regularly tout this idea.
Conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer sardonically alluded to the conspiracy theories when he was asked in 2012 who makes up the "Republican establishment", saying, "Karl Rove is the president. We meet every month on the full moon… [at] the Masonic Temple. We have the ritual: Karl brings the incense, I bring the live lamb and the long knife, and we began… with a pledge of allegiance to the Trilateral Commission."
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8. ^ Kasenbacher, Michael (24). "Work, Learning and Freedom" (in English). New Left Project. Retrieved 3 January 2013. "I think it’s the opposite: the social system is taking on a form in which finding out what you want to do is less and less of an option because your life is too structured, organised, controlled and disciplined. The US had the first real mass education (much ahead of Europe in that respect) but if you look back at the system in the late 19th century it was largely designed to turn independent farmers into disciplined factory workers, and a good deal of education maintains that form. And sometimes it’s quite explicit – so if you’ve never read it you might want to have a look at a book called The Crisis of Democracy – a publication of the trilateral commission, who were essentially liberal internationalists from Europe, Japan and the United States, the liberal wing of the intellectual elite. That’s where Jimmy Carter’s whole government came from. The book was expressing the concern of liberal intellectuals over what happened in the 60s. Well what happened in the 60s is that it was too democratic, there was a lot of popular activism, young people trying things out, experimentation – it’s called ‘the time of troubles’. The ‘troubles’ are that it civilised the country: that’s where you get civil rights, the women’s movement, environmental concerns, opposition to aggression. And it’s a much more civilised country as a result but that caused a lot of concern because people were getting out of control. People are supposed to be passive and apathetic and doing what they’re told by the responsible people who are in control. That’s elite ideology across the political spectrum – from liberals to Leninists, it’s essentially the same ideology: people are too stupid and ignorant to do things by themselves so for their own benefit we have to control them. And that very dominant ideology was breaking down in the 60s. And this commission that put together this book was concerned with trying to induce what they called ‘more moderation in democracy’ – turn people back to passivity and obedience so they don’t put so many constraints on state power and so on. In particular they were worried about young people. They were concerned about the institutions responsible for the indoctrination of the young (that’s their phrase), meaning schools, universities, church and so on – they’re not doing their job, [the young are] not being sufficiently indoctrinated. They’re too free to pursue their own initiatives and concerns and you’ve got to control them better."
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Do not be naive, as this is only the publicity side of the story, and more studying will reveal the inside of this well funded methodology. Patrick Woods is the leader in exposure of this bunch of psychopaths.
November 25th, 2013 by olddog
By Tyler Durden
The Fed's Catch 22 just got catchier. While most attention in the recently released FOMC minutes fell on the return of the taper as a possibility even as soon as December (making the November payrolls report the most important ever, ever, until the next one at least), a less discussed issue was the Fed's comment that it would consider lowering the Interest on Excess Reserves to zero as a means to offset the implied tightening that would result from the reduction in the monthly flow once QE entered its terminal phase (for however briefly before the plunge in the S&P led to the Un-taper). After all, the Fed's policy book goes, if IOER is raised to tighten conditions, easing it to zero, or negative, should offset "tightening financial conditions", right? Wrong. As the FT reports leading US banks have warned the Fed that should it lower IOER, they would be forced to start charging depositors.
In other words, just like Europe is already toying with the idea of NIRP (and has been for over a year, if still mostly in the rhetorical and market rumor phase), so the Fed's IOER cut would also result in a negative rate on deposits which the FT tongue-in-cheekly summarizes "depositors already have to cope with near-zero interest rates, but paying just to leave money in the bank would be highly unusual and unwelcome for companies and households."
If cutting IOER was as much of an easing move as the Fed believes, banks should be delighted – after all, according to the Fed's guidelines it would mean that the return on their investments (recall that all US banks slowly but surely became glorified, TBTF prop trading hedge funds since Glass Steagall was repealed, and why the Volcker Rule implementation is virtually guaranteed to never happen) would increase. And yet, they are not:
Executives at two of the top five US banks said a cut in the 0.25 per cent rate of interest on the $2.4tn in reserves they hold at the Fed would lead them to pass on the cost to depositors.
Banks say they may have to charge because taking in deposits is not free: they have to pay premiums of a few basis points to a US government insurance programme.
“Right now you can at least break even from a revenue perspective,” said one executive, adding that a rate cut by the Fed “would turn it into negative revenue – banks would be disincentivised to take deposits and potentially charge for them”.
Other bankers said that a move to negative rates would not only trim margins but could backfire for banks and the system as a whole, as it would incentivise treasury managers to find higher-yielding, riskier assets.
“It’s not as if we are suddenly going to start lending to [small and medium-sized enterprises],” said one. “There really isn’t the level of demand, so the danger is that banks are pushed into riskier assets to find yield.”
All of the above is BS: lending has never been a concern for the Fed because if it was, then one could scrap QE right now as an absolute faiure. Recall that as we showed recently, the total amount of loans and leases in commercial US banks has been unchanged since Lehman, with the only rise in deposits coming thanks to the fungible liquidity injected by the Fed.
TOTAL DEPOSITS 7.3 TRILLION – LOANS 7.3 TRILLION
TOTAL DEPOSITS 9.5 TRILLION – LOANS 7.3 TRILLION
TOTAL BANK RESERVES 2.2 TRILLION
Furthermore, contrary to what the hypocrite banker said that "the danger is that banks are pushed into riskier assets to find yield”, banks are already in the riskiest assets: just look at what JPM was doing with its hundreds of billions in excess deposits, which originated as Fed reserves on its books – we explained the process of how the Fed's reserves are used to push the market higher most recently in "What Shadow Banking Can Tell Us About The Fed's "Exit-Path" Dead End."
What the real danger is, is that once the Fed lowers IOER and there is a massive outflow of deposits, that banks which have used the excess deposits as initial margin and collateral on marginable securities to chase risk to record highs (as JPM's CIO explicitly and undisputedly did) that there would be an avalanche of selling once the negative rate deposit outflow tsunami hit.
Needless to say, the only offset would be if the proceeds from the deposits outflows were used to invest in stocks instead of staying inert in some mattress or, worse (if only from the Fed's point of view) purchase inert assets like gold or Bitcoin.
Which brings us back to the first sentence and the Fed's now massive Catch 22: on one hand, should the Fed taper, rates will surge and stocks will once again plunge, as they did, in early summer, just to teach the evil, non-appeasing Fed a lesson.
On the other hand, should the Fed cut IOER as a standalone move or concurrently to offset the tapering pain, banks will crush depositors by cutting rates, depositors will pull their money from banks en masse, and banks will have no choice but to close on a record levered $2.2 trillion in margined risk position.
When the banks start charging depositors, watch the Bankers start massive investments in Bitcions, which will be followed by many disgruntled depositors, resulting in a massive price increase in bitcoins. When it’s high enough the bankers will cash out leaving behind massive losses for the remaining bitcoins holders.
By Robert Wenzel
I just spent two hours today with Bitcoin expert Trace Mayer and Vitalik Buterin, head writer atBitcoinMagazine.com, who have been in San Francisco for a couple of days.
It's always a pleasure to talk to Trace, who I consider one of the foremost Bitcoin experts. He bought a ton of bitcoins at 25 cents (and lower). I asked him if he was a billionaire yet, and he just smiled.
During our meeting he outlined the fascinating supply and demand dynamics of Bitcoin. There are currently 12 million bitcoins outstanding but Trace makes the case that the actual number of bitcoins in the float is much smaller.
For example, he believes that most of the bitcoins that the FBI grabbed at the time of Ross Ulbricht's arrest were not bitcoins that belonged to Ulbricht, but were coins that belonged to active buyers and sellers on Silk Road. Thus, these active coins are now in the hands of the FBI and are out of the float.
But more intriguing, Trace tells me he believes that between 3 million to 6 million of bitcoins will never trade again, because they were purchased early on and those who purchased them have forgotten the passwords to gain access to them. Thus, the true Bitcoin float maybe only between 6 million and 9 million bitcoins.
Given the amount of hedge fund money that is now entering the Bitcoin arena (He told me that at a meeting he attended in NYC that a Goldman Sachs analyst was even in attendance studying how GS can get into the Bitcoin game.), Trace believes that Bitcoin is headed to $3,500. A trader friend of mine thinks it will head to $10,000, before it crashes to zero.
I continue to believe that Bitcoin has many of the aspects of a pump and dump scheme and agree with Peter Schiff that it is Tulipmania 2.0, but I don't think the last tulip has been sold.
It is a very risky trade, but there is probably more upside here.
In the EPJ Daily Alert, I will have more details about Bitcoin and what Trace told me about when he plans to start selling and why. It's great timing advice for Bitcoin traders. LET THE BUYER BEWARE!
November 23rd, 2013 by olddog
By Paul Craig Roberts
Federal Reserve and Wall Street Assassinate US Dollar
Since 2006, the US dollar has experienced a one-quarter to one-third drop in value to the Chinese yuan, depending on the choice of base.
Now China is going to let the dollar decline further in value. China also says it is considering undermining the petrodollar by pricing oil futures on the Shanghai Futures Exchange in yuan. This on top of the growing avoidance of the dollar to settle trade imbalances means that the dollar’s role as reserve currency is coming to an end, which means the termination of the US as financial bully and financial imperialist. This blow to the dollar in addition to the blows delivered by jobs off shoring and the uncovered bets in the gambling casino created by financial deregulation means that the US economy as we knew it is coming to an end.
The US economy is already in shambles, with bond and stock markets propped up by massive and historically unprecedented Fed money printing pouring liquidity into financial asset prices. This month at the IMF annual conference, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said that to achieve full employment in the US economy would require negative real interest rates. Negative real interest rates could only be achieved by eliminating cash, moving to digital money that can only be kept in banks, and penalizing people for saving.
The future is developing precisely as I have been predicting.
As the dollar enters its death throes, the lawless Federal Reserve and the Wall Street criminals will increase their shorting of gold in the paper futures market, thereby driving the remnants of the West’s gold into Asian hands.
PBOC Says No Longer in China’s Interest to Increase Reserves
By Bloomberg News – Nov 20, 2013
The People’s Bank of China said the country does not benefit any more from increases in its foreign-currency holdings, adding to signs policymakers will rein in dollar purchases that limit the yuan’s appreciation.
“It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the central bank, said in a speech organized by China Economists 50 Forum at Tsinghua University yesterday. The monetary authority will “basically” end normal intervention in the currency market and broaden the yuan’s daily trading range, Governor Zhou Xiaochuan wrote in an article in a guidebook explaining reforms outlined last week following a Communist Party meeting.
When it finally goes down, over half of this country is going to panic and Martial Law will be in full Force. No electric, gas, travel, food, or anything else to sustain life. The preppers will shoot you as soon as you approach their house, if our hero soldiers have not already done it.
November 22nd, 2013 by olddog
By Stephen Lendman
Longstanding Pentagon operations reflect a black hole of unaccountability. Reuters published a two-part report. In July, it discussed the Defense Department's "payroll quagmire."
It's bureaucracy is stifling. It's "unyielding," said Reuters. Active duty and retired military personal are routinely cheated. Pay errors are widespread.
Correcting "or just explaining them can test even the most persistent soldiers." Weeks or months pass without resolution.
Some personnel are cheated on pay. Others are penalized for overpayments. Their earnings are "drastically cut" unfairly. Precise figures are impossible to calculate.
At issue is "the Defense Department's jury-rigged network of mostly incompatible computer systems for payroll and accounting, many of them decades old, long obsolete, and unable to communicate with each other," said Reuters.
"The Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) still uses a half-century-old computer language that is largely unable to communicate with the equally outmoded personnel management systems employed by each of the military services."
A December 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed unaccountable accounting. No way exists to assure correct amounts are paid. Errors can't be tracked.
Pentagon accounting reflects epic failure. Nothing is done "to keep track of its money," said Reuters.
US law requires annual audits of all federal agencies. The Pentagon alone never complied. It's accounting is in too disarray to do so. It remains unaccountable.
In May 2012, then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said:
"DOD, I'm sorry to say, is the only major federal agency that cannot pass an audit today."
It bears repeating. It's a black hole of unaccountability. It literally wastes trillions of dollars.
It uses about 2,200 error-prone computer systems. Billions of dollars are spent operating them. They manage finances, human resources, logistics, property, and weapons acquisitions. According to former Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England:
"There are thousands and thousands of systems. I'm not sure anybody knows how many there are" or how many are in use.
The Pentagon is the world's largest property owner. It has more than 5,000 sites in 41 countries.
It's the world's largest polluter. It's exempt from environmental regulations and wildlife treaties.
It poisons the earth. Its desecration is virtually unreported. It's responsible for genocide and ecocide.
It's destroying the planet's ability to sustain life. It spends trillions of dollars doing so.
On November 18, Reuters headlined "Behind the Pentagon's doctored ledgers, a running tally of epic waste."
Since 1996, DOD was never held accountable for $8.5 trillion. On September 10, 2001, then Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said:
"According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions." At issue is massive waste, fraud and abuse.
Sweetheart deals, bribes and kickbacks are commonplace. So is routine over-billing. Unaccountability is standard practice.
Jeff St. Clair's book titled "Grand Theft Pentagon: Tales of Corruption and Profiteering in the War on Terror" exposed massive corruption and war profiteering.
DOD has a virtual blank check. Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Bechtel, Halliburton, the Carlyle Group, Blackwater USA (now ACADEMI), and other Pentagon favorites cash in hugely.
They do it at taxpayers' expense. They sacrifice peace, equity and justice in the process.
From White House and Pentagon war rooms to warprofiteer board rooms, "Grand Theft Pentagon" explains America's out-of-control imperial agenda. War on humanity reflects it.
Trillions of dollars are spent waging it. According to Reuters, DFAS fudged accounts reflect standard practice.
"Former military service officials say record-keeping at the operational level throughout the services is rife with made-up numbers to cover lost or missing information."
Warnings are systematically ignored. According to GOA's December 2011 report:
Unaccountable accounting "without documentation (masks) much larger problems."
DOD "chronic(ally) fail(s) to keep track of its money – how much it has, how much it pays out, and how much is wasted or stolen," said Reuters.
It's entire record keeping system is dysfunctional. Nothing effective is done to fix it.
Pay errors reflect a small portion of huge sums "annually disappear(ing) into (DOD's) vast bureaucracy."
"(T)he Pentagon is largely incapable of keeping track of its vast stores of weapons, ammunition and other supplies."
It spends huge amounts on more of what's not needed. It amassed a half trillion dollar plus backlog of unaudited vendor contracts.
How much is spent for goods and services isn't known. Operations are rife with waste and fraud. Abuses go undiscovered for years. Accountability is entirely lacking.
DOD can't "tally its accounts," said Reuters. Congressional 2009 legislation requires annual DOD audits by 2017. Reuters said DOD won't meet its deadline.
"The main reason is rooted in the Pentagon's continuing reliance on a tangle of thousands of disparate, obsolete, largely incompatible accounting and business-management systems."
Many date from the 1970s. They use outmoded computer languages on old mainframes.
They use antiquated file systems. It's nearly impossible to search for data. What's gotten is "corrupted and erroneous." According to a former defense official:
"It's like if every electrical socket in the Pentagon had a different shape and voltage."
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called DOD operations "an amalgam of fiefdoms without centralized mechanisms to allocate resources, track expenditures, and measure results."
"My staff and I learned that it was nearly impossible to get accurate information and answers to questions such as 'How much money did you spend' and 'How many people do you have?' "
Tens of billions of dollars were spent upgrading systems. Many new ones failed. They were scrapped altogether. Doing so compounded waste.
DOD's mess is its own making. Unaccountability lets massive waste, fraud and abuse persist. According to Reuters:
"The secretary of defense's office and the heads of the military and DFAS have for years knowingly signed off on false entries."
Congress largely ignores abusive practices. A single DFAS Columbus, Ohio office "made at least $1.59 trillion – yes, trillion – in errorsâ€¦in financial reports for the Air Force in 2009," said Reuters.
"Those amounts far exceeded the Air Force's total budget for that year" and then some.
Dysfunctional Pentagon accounting is reflected in Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) operations.
It buys, stores and ships Pentagon supplies. They range from aircraft parts to uniform zippers. "It has way too much stuff," said Reuters.
It pays way too much for it. According to DLA process and planning directorate head Sonya Gish, no system tracks whether vast quantities of supplies received are put in correct bins.
Failure to do so makes inventorying them impossible. Nothing is done to track or estimate employee theft losses.
In 2004, the Pentagon was mandated to begin using a modern labeling system. Doing so would enable knowing what supplies are available in what amounts for what service branch.
"To date," said Reuters, "DLA ignored the directive." Deputy distribution director William Budden said doing so would exceed benefits. DLA's existing systems are adequate, he claimed. Evidence shows otherwise.
Many obsolete weapons and munitions remain in inventory. Ammunition manager Keith Byers said they sit year after year because "it's cheaper for the military to store (them)."
"What's counterproductive is that what you're looking at (are) stocks that are going to be destroyed eventually anyway."
Older headline-grabbing reports focused on $600 toilet seats and $7,600 coffee makers, etc. They're minor compared to countless billions wasted, stolen or otherwise disappeared.
Many billions more were wasted on dysfunctional computer systems. In the last decade alone, DOD spent trillions of dollars for goods and services. According to Reuters:
"How much of that money is wasted in overpayments to contractors, or was never spent and never remitted to the Treasury, is a mystery."
"Spotty monitoring of contracts is one reason Pentagon personnel and contractors are able to siphon off taxpayer dollars through fraud and theft – amounting to billions of dollars in losses, according to numerous GAO reports."
"In many cases, perpetrators were caught only after outside law-enforcement agencies stumbled onto them, or outsiders brought them to the attention of prosecutors."
A footnote in the Navy's 2012 financial report "acknowledge(d) that it has a material internal control weakness in that it does not reconcile its" numbers with the Treasury's.
It claims it's working to correct the problem. It's longstanding. It persists.
Congressional budget debates largely ignore massive Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse. Lip service at most is paid to it.
Advancing America's imperium matters most. Pedal-to-the-metal unaudited spending continues out-of-control.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/
November 21st, 2013 by olddog
By Dave Hodges
Information is gathered for a purpose. We attend school, gain knowledge and acquire employment. We gather knowledge about someone we are dating and then make a decision about the future of the relationship. When the government is gathering information on us which goes beyond the basic census information, then we should be asking a lot of questions along the lines of "When will the surveillance gathering being conducted by the NSA turn into outright persecution?"
The Unmistakable Pattern of Tyranny
Every advancing tyranny has two distinct stages. In the first stage, the “enemies” of the state are identified. Lists are created and distributed among law enforcement. These lists are often leaked to the public to serve as a deterrent against any thoughts of engaging in anti-government behavior. There is typically a prolonged period of demonization followed by formal labeling.
History is replete with examples when surveillance gathering turns into labeling followed by outright persecution. In fact, I cannot think of an accurate historical example of when a country engaged in a police state surveillance grid, did not eventually victimize a significant number of its own citizens.
In the second stage of tyranny, the identified groups are singled out for “corrective” action. Corrective action usually commences on an incremental basis. Following identification, enemies of the state are usually singled out for employment discrimination, travel restrictions, residency restrictions and then the inevitable incarcerations and worse begin to transpire. This pattern happens every time following the establishment of a police state in America. America does indeed meet the denotation of a police state according to the dictionary.
A totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens’ activities.
Once this process begins, the advancement of tyrannical persecution of the people is inevitable without a revolution. The whole process begins with unwarranted surveillance
Who Does Our Government Watch?
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence recently released a series of declassifieddocuments which demonstrates how the National Security Agency (NSA) has been granted carte blanche to spy on American citizens.
What can an American do to end up under the watchful eye of the NSA? The recent release of information with regard to this question led to the discovery that their agency concerns extended to those who worship in a mosque, people who write and read articles which criticizes the government, speaks publicly about their opposition to various government policies, publicly profess a belief in the First Amendment and anyone who works as a journalist.
The implications of the above-mentioned groups which warrant NSA surveillance are stunning as well as frightening. Does anyone else find this very unsettling that one can become an enemy of the state for professing a belief in the First Amendment? Imagine that you are a victim of health insurance dumping and Obamacare incompetence has left you without medical insurance, you are labeled a dissident for speaking out. What about the government which claims that it doesn’t racially profile? Tell that to people of Islamic faith who have done nothing wrong and love being an American.
Ask the Question
With all the historical precedents, it is amazing that nobody seems to be asking the question, "When does all of this intelligence gathering become actionable?" In other words, what is the government going to do with all the surveillance data that they have acquired? Is this an exercise in mental masturbation, or is the NSA and ultimately the government going to do something with this vast amount of personal information? Why isn’t anyone asking these questions? Once again, the answer to the first question is that there never has been a police state that did not act upon the information it gathered on the people, and I believe that time is upon America. Below, I have listed three examples of encroaching tyranny, with each example more pronounced in its intrusion into civil liberties.
The TSA and the Increase In Their Incremental Level of Tyranny
Every totalitarian government tries to make it difficult to travel, and the TSA is fulfilling their role to this end. For over a decade, the TSA has become the symbol of the state’s superiority over the individual. With the unwarranted second sexual assault practices being committed against the flying public every day, the TSA is taking their tyranny to a new level.
Have you heard about the new mini-jails that the TSA has placed at Syracuse Airport? Passengers are forced into a bottleneck as they pass through what are called pods as they leave the terminal. A futuristic, female voice gives instructions to wait inside the pod until a green light is shown and the door opens. Travelers can become electronically trapped or detained at the whim of the TSA. This is just one more example of the conditioning that the TSA provides for the establishment which is teaching the American people that your body does not belong to you, it belongs to the state.
The pods are part of a $60 million dollar renovation. The installation of these pods are most certainly headed to other major airports as well. While in the pods (i.e. jail) a passenger can be detailed for further interrogation (i.e. molestation). Some of the passengers exiting through the pods at the Syracuse airport thought the machines were performing x-ray body scans. If one is lucky enough to exit the pods, they are not permitted to re-enter the terminal. I view these pods as conditioning for future FEMA camp deportation and incarceration.
Syracuse Airport Commissioner, Christina Callahan said, “We need to be vigilant and maintain high security protocol at all times. These portals were designed and approved by TSA which is important.” Christina is also partaking in the TSA tyrannical Kool-Aid as well. Not only is this going to cause the price of flying to skyrocket, it is turning our airports into being more like prisons than ever before.
Agenda 21, Wildlands and Drones
As most awake people are aware of, Agenda 21 poses a grave threat to property rights, freedom to travel and livelihoods of many Americans. Agenda 21 advocates won’t be satisfied until all humans are living in stack and pack cities and the rural areas are devoid of all people.
In a page right of the movie, Hunger Games, Ecologist Lian Pin Koh is making a case for using drones to protect the world’s forests and wildlife. Do you remember the opening scene of the movie, Hunger Games, where a drone is patrolling a forbidden wildlands area where humans are expressly forbidden to hunt game or even cross in to the area?
Under Koh’s proposal, drones will be used to track animals in their natural habitat, monitor the health of rainforests, even combat crime by detecting poachers via thermal imaging. Poachers? Is that what the UN Agenda 21 crowd is going to call me as I remain in my rural home?
Koh expands conservation efforts by promoting the use of low-cost autonomous aerial vehicles. The forces of oppression are lining up against you America.
The above two examples demonstrate how tyranny is slipped in one step at a time on multiple fronts. However, when the following is acted upon, the Great American Genocide will begin.
It is amazing how many Americans have never heard of the National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA). Under the NDAA, a person can be snatched off the street without cause, not allowed access to an attorney, held indefinitely, never charged with a crime and never released. An NSA identified enemy of the state could presumably be murdered and who would know?
I recently had a colleague tell me that my claims that America has become a police state were overblown. His logic consisted of the belief that if one is not doing anything wrong, then one should not mind being under constant surveillance. With the hundreds of billions being spent by the NSA to gather information combined with the unconstitutional NDAA legislation, speaks clearly to the fallacy that it does not hurt anything to have the government constantly spying on you. These unwarranted and unconstitutional practices have made enemies of the state out of tens of millions of Americans. Since Congress only has a 9% approval rating and Obama has slipped to a 37% approval rating, what does this say about how the matrix of the NSA will judge the majority of us?
We have entered a time when the NSA enemies list of First Amendment supporters, government critics and Muslims can just disappear just like what happened with the Gestapo and KGB of the totalitarian regimes of the past.
I do not think most people know how close we are to living in an absolute tyranny. Can you imagine what life would have been like if Hitler, Stalin or Mao had the technology which is at the disposal of today’s despots?
For the first time, I truly feel I am risking my life to write these words and you are taking the same risk by visiting websites such as mine. All of us are now labeled. It does not matter whether you agree with what is written on my website, or not. You have been judged and labeled by the mere fact that you are here. It does not matter if you never visit another alternative media website or not. There is now a definitive record of your disloyalty to the state. I seriously doubt if the system perceives a citizen any differently with regard to whether we write the words of disloyalty to the state, or we merely read them. Both groups have sinned against the almighty state in word and deed and they aim to stop you before you might act against this police state.
We are one false flag event away from absolute tyranny, followed by the imposition of martial law. We are all in a lot of danger.
Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views andThe Arizona Republic.
The Common Sense Show features a wide variety of important topics that range from the loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential. The primary purpose of The Common Sense Show is to provide Americans with the tools necessary to reclaim both our individual and national sovereignty.
November 20th, 2013 by olddog
By Dave Hodges
Many people have noticed that several of the local police officers, particularly the younger ones are more gruff, rude and even abusive as compared to the past. Many veteran officers attribute the shift towards DHS’ training of local police, which focuses on teaching the police that the public is their enemy as opposed to the traditional view that teaches the local population and the police are partners in keeping the community safe.
Whatever happened to the friendly neighborhood cop, who walked a beat, was well-known and respected by the local residents and was seen as the protector of the neighborhood? Far too often, that cop has been replaced by thugs wearing camouflage, bank robber type black ski masks, who are armed with automatic weapons and sometimes even break down the doors of people who are innocent.
A Long-Term Trend Towards the Militarization of the Local Police
Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to stand his ground in defending his property from dangerous interlopers.
Unfortunately, the right to defend one’s own home may be disappearing. America has become SWAT team happy. America has seen a disturbing trend towards militarization of its local civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and very disturbing rise in the use of paramilitary police units being used for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home. However, anyone can be SWAT-teamed, even those who default on their student loans have been SWAT-teamed.
Since 9/11, and the subsequent militarization of the police by the Department of Homeland Security, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by US police officers. The civilian death rate is nearly equal to the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq. In fact, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.
Salt Lake City: The Federalization of Our Police
Under the creation of the Unified Police Department (UPD) in Salt Lake City Utah, local jurisdictions and municipalities which were previously controlled by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, was reallocated to UPD. The UPD is a regional police force. They answer to no mayor, no city council and no county commissioners. The UPD is Salt Lake City’s new police department and serves as the model for the program which is being implemented in other police departments across the nation. This centralized Gestapo type of law enforcement does not belong anywhere in America.
It is clear that the police departments are being trained as the local enforcers of the coming martial law and they are also being trained to use horrific brutality.
While the majority of police officers are good men, reports like raiding the wrong house and subsequently killing the individuals inside are becoming more common place, and the officers that are involved rarely face any sort of consequences.
John Adams 61, was shot and killed by police in a drug raid on the wrong house. His wife Loraine, 70, was also handcuffed and forced to the ground. Not one of the officers has lost their job. In fact, some have even been promoted since the event.
Jose Guerena was shot and killed by several members of the Pima County Sheriff’s Office on a drug raid that produced no evidence of drug use or that of selling drugs. He was an Iraq veteran and the Pima Sheriffs officers let him bleed to death over the course of an hour after being shot over 60 times. The deputies denied Guerena medical attention. Not one of the officers has lost their job.
The Guerena and Adams cases are being played out all across the country. This is unacceptable in a supposed free society. However, what we are witnessing is the militarization of police for what looks like brutal martial law training. Why else would we see such senseless acts of violence being committed by police against American citizens all across the country?
The Data Says It Is Time for the Public to Act
The CATO Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, in 2010 there were 4,861 reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 sworn officers and 6,826 alleged victims.
The question of police discipline is one of the fox watching the hen house. Far too often the police are left to discipline themselves. Many communities who are dissatisfied with police departments’ internal discipline procedures have created volunteer police watch groups to prevent the police from hiding behind the discipline offered by colleagues as they hide behind the “thin blue line”, which serves to protect fellow officers accused of wrongdoing.
Coupled with the paramilitary design of the police bureaucracy itself, the police give in to what is already a serious problem in the ranks: the belief that the increasing use of power against a citizen is always justified no matter the violation. The police don’t understand that in many instances they are the cause of the escalation and bear more responsibility during an adverse outcome. The Cato Institute maintains a botched raid map at this link.
The Solution Is to Film Cops in the Performance of Their Duties
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Police should be filmed in the performance of their duty so there is no question as to whether the police are applying excessive force and are following the Constitution.
We can no longer trust cops to operate on their own authority. They must wear cameras.
In Minneapolis, the city government voted to spend $25,000 to have cops wear cameras in the performance of their duties. City Council member, Betsy Hodges, said that the city will ultimately save money from lessening the number of law suits.
Film Cops and Get Life In Prison
Unfortunately, many police are not warm to the idea of being filmed in the performance of their duties. However, it is perfectly legal to film cops so long as they are not interfered with, as nobody in public has an expectation of privacy. Yet, the law has not stopped some cops from abusing their authority and arresting people for harmlessly filming officers in the performance of their duty.
Michael Allison, recorded police officers on duty in his front yard inspecting vehicles he was repairing. The police cited Allison for failing to properly register his vehicles, and so he requested an ordinance review hearing. Allison now faces five felony counts, with each count carrying a penalty for 15 years in prison. For videotaping police and a court proceeding, Allison faces an unbelievable total of 75 years, or the rest of his life in prison under Illinois new eavesdropping statutes.
Clearly, the tide of increasing and deadly police brutality must be stemmed in America. The solutions that should be invoked are
(1) invoke the 10th Amendment and forbid DHS to train local law enforcement;
(2) repeal the legislation which permits the military and DHS to donate military hardware to local police departments, it is not needed and promotes a paramilitary attitude towards police work;
(3) establish a citizen review board which will have authority over all complaints regarding police brutality. The police can NO longer be allowed to judge their own; and,
(4) require all on-duty police to wear cameras.
These simple actions could go a long way towards re-establishing civilian control over too many departments which are clearly out of control and are serving to endanger the public as opposed to serving the public.
Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views andThe Arizona Republic.
The Common Sense Show features a wide variety of important topics that range from the loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential. The primary purpose of The Common Sense Show is to provide Americans with the tools necessary to reclaim both our individual and national sovereignty.
November 19th, 2013 by olddog
By Stephen Lendman
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade deal from hell. It's a stealth corporate coup d'etat.
It's a giveaway to banksters. It's a global neoliberal ripoff. It's a business empowering Trojan horse. It's a freedom and ecosystem destroying nightmare.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) calls it "a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement."
More on TPP below. New York Times editors support it. Two decades ago, they endorsed NAFTA.
On January 1, 1994, its destructive life began. It's anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-consumer and anti-democratic.
Corporate giants love it. Why not? They wrote it. Hundreds of pages of one-size-fits-all rules benefit them.
They override domestic laws. A race to the bottom followed. NAFTA was a disastrous experiment. In November 1993, New York editors headlined "The 'Great Debate' Over NAFTA," saying:
The laboriously constructed agreement to phase out trade barriers among the US, Mexico and Canada, which this page has strongly supported, is likely to have a positive, though small, impact on US living standards and provide a modest boost to the Mexican economy.
Some American jobs would be lost to cheaper Mexican labor, other jobs would be gained because American exports would increase as Mexico's high tariffs gradually disappeared.
Economics aside, Nafta's defeat would suggest that the US had abandoned its historical commitment to free trade and would thus discourage other Latin and South American countries that have moved toward more market-oriented economies in the expectation of freer world trade.
So-called "free trade" is one-sided. It isn't fair. NAFTA proponents promised tens of thousands of newly created US jobs.
Ordinary famers would export their way to wealth. Mexican living standards would rise. Economic opportunities would reduce regional immigration to America.
NAFTA's promises never materialized. Reality proved polar opposite hype. A decade later, about a million US jobs were lost.
America's Mexican trade deficit alone cost around 700,000 jobs by 2010.
Official government data show nearly five million US manufacturing disappeared since 1994.
NAFTA alone wasn't responsible. It reflected broken promises, lost futures, and other trade deals from hell to follow. TPP stands out. It's NAFTA on steroids.
Since 2008, multiple negotiating rounds were held. They continue secretly. Twelve nations are involved.
They include America, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Others are invited to join.
At issue is agreeing on unrestricted trade in goods, services, rules of origin, trade remedies, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers, government procurement and competition policies, and intellectual property (IP).
It's about eliminating fundamental freedoms. It's circumventing sovereign independent rights. Corporate power brokers want unchallenged control.
They want global rules and standards rewritten. They want supranational powers. They want them overriding national sovereignty. They want investor rights prioritized over public ones.
They already rule the world. Imagine giving them more power. Imagine no way to stop them.
Imagine a duplicitous president. Obama's in lockstep with their wish list. He intends giving them everything they want.
Public Citizen is independent. It's our voice. Its work entails "ensur(ing) that all citizens are represented in the halls of power."
Its Global Trade Watch (GTW) monitors TPP developments. It calls it "a stealthy policy being pressed by corporate America. (It's) a dream of the 1%." It'll:
offshore millions of American jobs,
free the banksters from oversight,
ban Buy America policies needed to create green (and many other) jobs (as well as) rebuild out economy,
decrease access to medicine,
flood the US with unsafe food and products,
and empower corporations to attack our environment and health safeguards.
Hyped benefits are fake. Reality is polar opposite what corporate shysters claim. Everything accruing from TPP benefits them. It does so by undermining what matters most to ordinary people.
Lori Wallach heads GTW. Ben Beachy is research director. Last June, they headlined their New York Times op-ed"Obama's Covert Trade Deal."
He's committed to open government, he claims. His policies reflect otherwise. He's negotiating TPP secretly.
It's "the most significant international commercial agreement since the" World Trade Organization's 1995 creation, said Wallach and Beachy.
Congress has exclusive "terms of trade" authority. Obama systematically refuses repeated congressional requests to release the entire draft agreement being negotiated.
He "denied requests from members to attend (sessions) as observers." He "revers(ed) past practice" snubbing them.
He "rejected demands by outside groups" to release the draft text. George Bush never went that far.
Obama's "wall of secrecy" had one exception. About "600 trade 'advisors,' dominated by representatives of big business," got access to what Congress was denied.
TPP overrides American laws. It requires changing them. Otherwise trade sanctions on US exports can be imposed.
Wall Street loves TPP. It prohibits banning risky financial products. It lets banksters operate any way they want without oversight.
Congress has final say. Both houses will vote on TPP. Ahead of doing so, they'll have access to its full text.
Why later? Why not now? Why not earlier? Why not without enough time for discussion and public debate?
Members won't get enough time to examine TPP carefully. Maintaining secrecy as long as possible prevents public debate.
Obama wants TPP fast-tracked. He wants it approved by yearend. Until March, Ron Kirk was Obama's trade representative.
He was remarkably candid. He said revealing TPP's text would raise enormous opposition. Doing so might make adopting it impossible.
According to Wallach and Beachy:
Whatever one thinks about 'free trade,' (TPP secrecy) represents a huge assault on the principles and practice of democratic governance.
That is untenable in the age of transparency, especially coming from an administration that is otherwise so quick to trumpet its commitment to open government.
On October 30, a newly formed Friends of TPP caucus was formed. Four House co-chairman head it. They include Reps. David Reichert (R. WA), Charles Boustany (R. LA), Ron Kind (D. WI) and Gregory Meeks (D. NY).
They sound like earlier NAFTA supporters. They claim TPP is important for US jobs, exports and economic growth. They lied saying so.
Wallach commented separately. TPP is hugely hugely destructive, she said. It's more than about trade. It's a "corporate Trojan horse." It has 29 chapters. Only five relate to trade.
The others "either handcuff our domestic governments, limit food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, or establish new powers for corporations."
They promote offshoring jobs to low-wage countries. They ban Buy America. Corporations can do whatever they please. Instead of investing domestically, they can use "our tax dollars" to operate abroad.
They can exploit national resources freely. They'll have "rights for min(ed) (commodities), oil, gas" and others "without approval."
TPP includes all sorts of "worrisome issues relating to Internet freedom."
It provides a back door to earlier failed legislation. It resurrects SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and CISPA provisions. It tramples on fundamental freedoms and national sovereignty.
"Think about all the things that would be really hard to get into effect as a corporation in public, a lot of them rejected here and in the other 11 countries, and that is what's bundled in to the TPP," said Wallach.
And every country would be required to change its laws domestically to meet these rules.
The binding provision is each country shall ensure the conformity of domestic laws, regulations and procedures.
Negotiations are secret. Nothing is discussed publicly. Details leaked out. TPP includes hugely unpopular policies. It forces them on member countries.
It overrides domestic laws protecting people and ecosystems. It's predatory capitalism at its worst writ large. Obama fully supports it. Lawmakers hadn't seen it until last year.
They got access to a single chapter. Examining it is severely restricted. Their office is denied a copy. They alone can read it. Their staff is denied permission.
They can't take detailed notes. They can't publicly discuss what's in it. Technical language makes it hard to understand what they read.
Congressional approval is likely. Lobby pressure is intense. "Everything is bought and sold," said Wallach. "Honor is no exception."
The reason there's no deal so far "is because a lot of other countries are standing up to the worst of US corporate demands," Wallach explained.
For how long remains to be seen. If TPP is adopted, public interest no longer will matter. The worst of all possible worlds will replace it. Corporate rights will supersede human ones. A global race to the bottom will intensify.
Signatory countries will be legally bound to support loss of personal freedoms. Sovereign laws won't protect against poisoned food, water and air.
Ecosystems will be destroyed. Millions more jobs will shift from developed to under or less developed nations.
Corporate power will grow more exponentially. Fundamental human and civil rights may erode altogether. Not according to Times editors.
On November 5, they headlined "A Pacific Trade Deal."
A dozen nations want a deal by yearend, they said. They want it to "help all of our economies and strengthen relations between the United States and several important Asian allies."
It bears repeating. TPP is a trade deal from hell. It's a stealth corporate coup d'etat. It's a freedom and ecosystem destroying nightmare. Times editors didn't explain.
They lied to readers. They betrayed them. They repeated their 1993 duplicity. Millions affected understand best.
An October 8 White House press release lied. It called TPP "a comprehensive, next-generation model for addressing both new and traditional trade and investment issues, supporting the creation and retention of jobs and promoting economic development in our countries."
The deepest and broadest possible liberalization of trade and investment will ensure the greatest benefits for countries’ large and small manufacturers, service providers, farmers, and ranchers, as well as workers, innovators, investors, and consumers.
Times editors endorsed what they haven't read. TPP provisions remain secret. Leaked information alone is known.
Times editors willingly accept Obama misinformation as fact. Twenty years ago, they got NAFTA wrong. Here they go again.
They're mindless about secret negotiations. Public concerns don't matter. Corporate interests alone count.
Subverting national sovereignty is OK. So is empowering transnational giants without oversight. They'll be able sue countries for potentially undermining future profits.
Times editors support the worst of corporate excess. Doing so shows which side they're on.
Fundamental freedoms aren't important. Corporate rights drive The Times' agenda. Its editors explained nothing about fast-track authority.
Max Baucus (D. MT) chairs the Senate Finance Committee. He supports fast-tracking. Doing so hands congressional authority to Obama.
Proper hearings are restricted. Debate is limited. Amendments can't be introduced. The Senate can't filibuster. Congress can only vote up or down.
It can happen virtually out of sight and mind. It can happen with scant media coverage. It can happen with none at all. It can become law with practically no public awareness.
Imagine corporate America getting coup d'etat authority with hardly anyone knowing what happened. Imagine the consequences if it does. Imagine today's America becoming worse than ever.
Times editors stressed how Obama wants TPP to be "an example for the rest of the world to follow."
Imagine one more than ever unfit to live in. Imagine a president promising change to believe in promoting it.
Imagine Times editors endorsing what demands condemnation. Imagine not explaining what readers most need to know.
Imagine substituting misinformation for truth and full disclosure. Imagine all the news they call fit to print not fit to read.
A Final Comment
On November 13, Public Citizen headlined "Leaked Documents Reveal Obama Administration Push for Internet Freedom Limits, Terms That Raise Drug Prices in Closed-Door Trade Talks."
"US Demands in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Text, Published Today by WikiLeaks, Contradict Obama Policy and Public Opinion at Home and Abroad."
TPP's leaked text reveals Obama demands limiting Internet freedom. He wants restricted access to lifesaving medicines.
He wants all TPP signatory countries bound the the same deplorable rules.
He lied claiming TPP reduces health care costs. It has nothing to do with advancing online freedom as he promised. It's polar opposite on both counts.
According to Public Citizen:
It is clear from the text obtained by WikiLeaks that the US government is isolated and has lost this debate.
Our partners don't want to trade away their people's health. Americans don't want these measures either.
Obama's in the pocket of Big Pharma. He's a Wall Street tool. He represents other corporate interests. He spurns popular ones. He lies claiming otherwise. He repeatedly avoids truth and full disclosure.
He lied about Obamacare. It's an abomination. It's a scam. It's a scheme to enrich insurers and other healthcare giants.
TPP is a global scam. It's an assault on fundamental freedoms.
Reports indicate around half the House members strongly oppose it. Others lean that way. According to Lori Wallach:
This could be the end of TPP.
All these other countries are like, 'Wait, you have no trade authority and nothing you've promised us means anything. Why would we give you our best deal?’ Why would you be making concessions to the emperor who has no clothes?
It bears repeating. TPP is a trade bill from hell. It's a stealth corporate coup d' etat. Killing it is essential.
The alternative is losing fundamental freedoms. It's destroying national sovereignty. It's making healthcare less affordable. It's undermining what ordinary people value most.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at email@example.com. His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site atsjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/
Get on the phone and raise hell with your Representatives, and Senators. This is the last call for freedom. Say NO TPP! Say, if you support this bill you will wind up unemployed with us. AND THAT’S A PROMISE!
November 18th, 2013 by olddog
We came four votes away from the U.S. Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations. In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms TradeTreaty.
The Statement of Purpose from the Bill reads:
“To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.” The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, Would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. And had language that would have implemented an international gun registry on all private guns and ammo. Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.
Here are the 46 senators who voted to give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights to the U.N.
Folks: This needs to go viral. These Senators voted to let the UN take OUR guns. They need to lose their next election. We have been betrayed. 46 Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the U.N.
Now that you know their names, what excuse do you have if you vote for them again? These scumbags should have never been voted in office in the first place. THROW THE BASTARDS OUT!
November 14th, 2013 by olddog
Remember when Geraldo opened Al Capone’s vault live on national TV? Well I’m about to solve the mystery of Obama. I’m about to break “the Obama code.” I’m about to tell you everything about the way Obama, and the people around him, really think. I’m about to rip open the true Obama plan to destroy our country. Because I was there when the plan was hatched.
How do I know all this? Because I was Barack Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University, Class of 1983. I was easy to recognize – the lone outspoken conservative in a class of 700 students. I knew I was in trouble when my first political science class at Columbia was “Communism 101″ taught by Professor Trotsky in the Fidel Castro Building, at the corner of Marx Blvd. and Lenin Drive.
I’m only half-kidding. My experiences at Columbia were not far off.
Everyone needs to hear my story because what Obama and I learned at Columbia explains EXACTLY what Obama is doing to America today.
The economy in deep decline; the disappearance of jobs; the annihilation of the middle class; the demonization of business owners; the destruction of small business with onerous regulations and taxes; the overwhelming debt and spending of out-of-control government; the millions of Americans losing theirhealth insurance; and the unimaginable increase in dependency through welfare, food stamps, unemployment, disability, and now free health care.
It’s all easily explained when you hear what Obama and I learned at Columbia.
America’s decline under Obama isn’t due to mistake, ignorance, or incompetence at the hands of a community organizer. It’s a purposeful, brilliant plan hatched at Columbia University to destroy capitalism, American exceptionalism, Judeo-Christian values, and the American Dream.
I never met Obama at Columbia. We were both Political Science majors, both Pre Law. We graduated on the same day. There were perhaps 100 to 150 of us in the Political Science department. And I thought I knew all of them.
As the token big-mouthed conservative patriot, I know they all knew me. But not Obama. I never met him, saw him, or even heard of him. Not one of my friends at Columbia ever met him either. At our 30th class reunion last May, I could not find a single classmate who had ever met him. Strange story, but I digress.
What matters is what Obama learned and experienced at Columbia. My classmates hated America. They spoke with glee about one day ”taking the system down.” They blamed America for “unfairness, racism, inequality, and lack of social justice.”
Recognize those words?
My classmates proudly called themselves socialists, communists, and Marxists. Even though almost all of them came from wealthy families (or perhaps because of it), they hated the rich and despised business owners. They talked about how the “white power structure” had to be dismantled, business owners bankrupted, and capitalism destroyed. Everything in their minds was based on “social justice.”
Sound like the policies of anyone you recognize in the White House? Does “We have to spread the wealth around” ring a bell? How about “If you own a business, you didn’t build that.”
How about Obama’s hatred of Republicans and refusal to negotiate with Congress? It’s clear he thinks he’s “morally superior” to conservatives. That attitude was born at Columbia too.
In 1981 when a student burst through the doors to our political science class and screamed “The President has been shot. They’ve assassinated Reagan”… my classmates yelled, hugged, high-fived, and jumped up and down cheering the death of a Republican. Today most of my classmates are either in government with Obama, or controlling the mainstream media. They talk about “moderation and compromise,” but always remember 30 years ago they cheered for the death of a Republican.
But, there’s more. We were all taught a simple, but brilliant plan. My classmates discussed it 24/7. It was their “American Dream.”
It was called “Cloward-Piven,” after former Columbia professors Richard Cloward and Frances Piven. To bring down America and our capitalist system, they were taught to overwhelm the system with massive spending, entitlements and debt. That would cause the economy to collapse, wipe out the middle class, and bring Americans to their knees, begging government to save them.
It’s the exact plan Obama has been implementing. The centerpiece is Obamacare.
Obamacare isn’t about health care. It’s about bankrupting the middle class and addicting it to government dependency. It’s about redistributing wealth from the middle class and small business to Obama’s voters (the poor and unions). Its goal is to wipe out the last vestiges of middle class America, creating a two-class society: the super rich and the poor (both beholden to Obama).
Obama learned well, it’s working to perfection.
So that explains the plan. But how do you implement it? We were taught that at Columbia too.
A key component of the plan involved fooling the voters by calling yourself “moderate” and a “uniter,” even though you are a radical Marxist. We were taught to never admit what you really believe in. It involved demonizing your opponents, calling them “evil, greedy, extreme, radical, and terrorist.” Look in the mirror and call your opponents the very things you are.
Obama learned well.
The plan taught us to hide your true intensions (in other words- lie, misrepresent, commit fraud). SoObamacare is about “saving the uninsured,” as opposed to income redistribution.
Government regulations are to “protect us from global warming,” as opposed to wiping out small business.
Amnesty for illegal immigrants is about “fairness,” as opposed to creating 12 million new Democratic voters.
Immigration advocates support an American flag while taking part in a National Day of Dignity and Respect march on October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands of people marched for comprehensive immigration reform in more than 150 events nationwide.
High taxes are to “create equality,” as opposed to starving Obama’s political opposition.
Obscene spending is always about “helping widows and orphans,” as opposed to bribing Obama’s voters.
Higher teacher salaries to reward terrible performance are “for the kids,” as opposed to enriching teachers unions so they can funnel hundreds of millions to Democrat politicians.
Bailing out GM was to “save jobs,” as opposed to saving bloated auto union pensions.
It’s always about lying to coverup the Marxist agenda of destroying the middle class, redistributing wealth, and putting big government in control of our every move. Why the lies? We were taught at Columbia that “It’s for the greater good” and “We know what’s best for those people” and ”The ends justify the means.”
Obama learned well.
But the key to it all is to “boil the frog slowly.” We learned at Columbia to set the fire low, so the frog wouldn’t complain. By the time he realized what was happening, he’d be cooked.
That’s why every Obama speech starts and ends with “I’m here to save the middle class,” while his actions are annihilating them. He’s boiling the frog slowly. By the time the middle class realizes he’s the killer, and they’re the prey, they’ll already be dead.
The root (excuse the pun) of every Obama policy, everything Obama does, and everything happening to the U.S. economy, all started at Columbia. The entire Obama agenda to overwhelm the system, wipe out the middle class, bankrupt small business, and destroy capitalism, was hatched at Columbia. Obama may not have attended class, but he learned well.
He should have received the Karl Marx Award for “Student Most Likely to Destroy America.”
If any of my readers voted for this socialist bastard, please drive off of the nearest bridge.
November 9th, 2013 by olddog
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that the Federal Reserve is drafting rules to close large insolvent banks without bringing down the broader financial system, one of many steps regulators must take to prevent another financial crisis.
Bernanke said the absence of a process to deal with systemically important institutions in 2008 left regulators facing the "terrible choices of a bailout or allowing a potentially destabilizing collapse." His comments were made at a conference sponsored by the International Monetary Fund.
The financial overhaul law passed by Congress in 2010 gave regulators better tools to close down large financial institutions, he said. The Fed and other regulators are working to implement those rules now.
"Our continuing challenge is to make financial crises far less likely and, if they happen, far less costly," Bernanke said.
At the IMF conference, Bernanke was asked about whether enormous growth in student loan debt could trigger a future financial crisis. He said that the debt was a drag on the economy but not a threat to the overall financial system.
Student loans prevented many Americans from buying homes or making other big-ticket purchases, he noted. But the bulk of the debt is backed by the federal government, so financial institutions would not be at risk from widespread defaults, he said.
"I don't see it affecting the ability of the financial system any time soon," Bernanke said. "But it is a serious issue and more thought needs to be given to helping people make better choices."
Bernanke did not make any comments during his appearance about current economic conditions or the Fed's interest rate policies.
Sounds to me like some serious cogitation has been going on in the I.M.F. – D.C. sausage factories. Watcha think folks, will they sacrifice the Lamb of Gold? Don’t forget, they can fart longer than we can hold our breath!
November 8th, 2013 by olddog
By Benjamin Fulford
Some kind of paradigm changing event in the US is imminent, according to multiple sources. Three US agency sources, two from the Pentagon and one from the CIA, all say something very big is going to happen in the United States but none of them were sure exactly what it will be. The Pentagon had already taken over the FEMA camps and was going to put all the politicians from Washington D.C. there, one source said. Another, at Pentagon Military intelligence, confirmed “there was a lot of activity and confusion within the military,” a sign of something big going on but, he was not sure exactly what.
He added that for some reason all the FEMA coffins had been moved to Puerto Rico and were being displayed on Puerto Rican TV stations. The CIA source, for his part, said they were going to shut down the US power grid on November 11th.
In another sign something unusual was going on the US armed forces radio station in Japan broadcast a statement last week that the “US military did not have a budget for 2014.”
A top level Chinese government representative also reported that an agreement had been reached to release vast amounts of funds to finance a major campaign to end poverty and stop environmental destruction.
After receiving the call from the Chinese source, this writer called to US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan to ask if the government of the United States supported setting up a new development agency to carry out a multi-trillion dollar campaign to end poverty and stop environmental destruction.
In what seems to be a direct reply, a Pentagon military intelligence agent in Japan met this writer and asked if President Barack Obama could be included in the campaign. He said that despite Obama’s “weird metrosexual lifestyle” and despite the fact his father was an American communist and not a Kenyan politician as advertised, they supported Obama because he stopped World War 3 from starting in the Middle East.
In response he was told that if the cabal was defeated by the White Dragon Society and its allies, the US military would receive more funding that it does now and would be asked to help in the campaign to fix the planet. As far as Obama was concerned, the representative was told his fate is up to the American people and the US military industrial complex.
In any case, the United States is under enormous external pressure to get its act together.
The NSA scandal is one example. Here we have a US defector in Russia revealing secrets about US spying on its allies. The result is heavy criticism on the US regime by supposed allies such as the German, French and Spanish governments, a clear sign the Europeans are moving closer to Russia and distancing themselves from the US.
The other big move against the US last week came when Russia sent two strategic nuclear bombers to Venezuela after which Venezuela immediately took over US owned oil rigs in the country.
The Chinese did their bit by announcing they had surrounded the US with nuclear submarines that could annihilate the entire continental United States. They have also been aggressively investing in new energy technology and will pioneer a post-oil world.
In the old oil powers fortress of the Middle East as well, the Russians are continuing to jump into the US vacuum. Turkey, supposedly a NATO country, is negotiation a customs union with Russia, buying missiles from China and rounding up and removing Mossad agents spying on Iran from Turkey. Egypt too is buying missiles and other weapons from Russia and offering the Russians a naval base.
Last week when Israeli forces attacked Syria, the US armed forces immediately informed the Russians of this fact, infuriating the Israelis and making it clear that the United States armed forces are no longer going to fight wars for Israel. As a result that country will have to reach a deal with its neighbours and with Russia if it is to remain a viable entity.
The long term plan, according to an Eastern European Illuminati grandmaster, is to create a loose federation of Muslim states anchored by Turkey at one end and Egypt on the other. In this plan, Israel is expected to eventually become a Jewish autonomous region inside this federation.
The totalitarian rulers of Saudi Arabia, for their part, need to remind themselves of the Arab saying: “One day the stick is in your hand, the next day it is in your ass.”
What all this means is that the oil money from both the Middle East and South America will no longer be recycled into the banks that own the Federal Reserve Board thus dooming the Rockefeller/Bush petrodollar.
That is why the US Congress last week suddenly passed a bill allowing the big US banks to once again create infinite amounts of funny money using derivatives.
Of course the US military is upset about all this but, the answer is that the world wants them to go into Washington D.C. and Wall Street and remove the parasitical gangsters who have caused so much misery to the people of the world, including the American people.
After that, the US military industrial complex will get generous funding to do things like protect endangered species, fight bandits as well helping put to an end to various forms of planetary rape such as over-fishing and the destruction of rain forests. That is exactly what is about to happen, the pentagon and agency sources hint. The sources also say the cabal members and their families, who had planned to hide in underground bases while they killed everybody else, will instead find themselves confined in the FEMA camps. If that does not happen, the noose will only get tighter until it does. The people of the world are sick and tired of the criminal behavior of the US rogue regime.
If the US power grid is shut down on November 11th, it will mean no internet, no TV and no ATMs. If this event does happen, and if it is managed by the good guys, it can thus be used to render impotent two of the cabal’s main weapons, the control of the distribution of money and the use of mass propaganda. The system could then be rebooted minus all the hysterical nonsense and fake news that it has been churning out recently.
The coordinated attempts by cabal slave governments in Japan, the US and the UK to drastically curtail press freedom are signs of cabal desperation, not cabal power. They have lost control of the plot and somehow think they can put the genie back into the bottle by cutting off the truth. That is not going to happen.
The cabal appointed leaders in Canada, the UK and Japan are under attack on multiple fronts. In Canada a corruption scandal is closing in on Bush slave appointee Stephen Harper. In the UK, the passage of a draconian press law has triggered a massive anti-government campaign. In Japan, the gangsters who used to work for the cabal are no longer doing so, meaning the Japanese Parliamentary acting troupe will be reading from a new script. That has already been seen with the announcement last week of joint Japanese Russian military maneuvers. Expect more soon.
The end game of all this will be world peace.
Plus, if we are lucky, and it turns out alien races have been blockading us because of our criminal leadership, once we attain world peace we might be allowed off the planet and we will get the chance to explore the universe. If not, we will just have to work on making this planet really nice and fun.
November 7th, 2013 by olddog
Dear Fellow Conservative,
Stop working and get on welfare!
That move will make a lot of sense once liberals enact their mileage tax. It will be prohibitive for you (and perhaps your spouse, as well) to make that 30 or 40 mile commute to and from work each day.
You won’t be able to “afford” to work, so you can quit, lie back, and allow the government to dole out your income.
Obama’s government control is growing.
Driving is not an option for many of us. Kids need rides to and from school. They need to get to extracurricular activities. Maybe you elected to live in a quieter, more rural area, and you need to go into town frequently. Maybe your job requires you to log a whole bunch of miles every week.
Unless you are a city-dwelling sort who uses a bicycle to get around a condensed urban area, you are about to see your freedom to travel about this country infringed upon.
The government wants MORE, MORE MORE money, and it is coming to tax every mile you drive.
The Chicago Tribune reports that, “As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see salvation in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.”
“The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads.”
Say NO to a mileage tax! Voice your Opinion to Congress.
Not only will you be taxed for every mile you drive, you will be required to carry that little black box on your vehicle that tracks every move you make. This will be a dream come true for an increasingly intrusive federal government that wants to track, analyze, tax and control our every move.
The mileage tax isn’t something new, it’s been in the works for a while now. That is precisely why we need to speak up right now and shut it down, because this is a liberal idea lying dormant that is about to pop up and become a reality.
In March 2011, the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) program was a “practical option” for raising funds. The CBO helpfully suggested that devices could be put on cars that read mileage, and that information could be read electronically at gas stations.
This was before the NSA surveillance program was revealed, and before we learned of the very corrupt FBI and its harassment programs.
However, Americans have been under threat of license plate trackers, cell phone tracking, and other methods of surveillance without a warrant, and Obama has grown the powers of the federal government to unprecedented new levels.
When Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a bill earlier this year (H.R. 6662) that would require the Treasury Department to tax cars for each mile they drive, we warned you about it and we sent faxes opposing it. Thankfully, it died in committee, but now liberals are bringing back the idea.
Tell Congress not to infringe upon your freedom! Fax them now!
A mileage tax is unfair, because it will weigh most heavily on the suburbs and rural communities. It’s robbing “the country to give to the city.”
It is wealth redistribution, in “sustainability” form.
Obama has pledged his allegiance to the United Nations program known as Agenda 21. Its goals are to get as many people as possible living in pods within urban areas, using public transportation, reducing their family size and saving the environment.
The mile tax actually fits Agenda 21’s ultimate goal, which is to limit the damage you are doing to the earth. They need everyone in urban areas, forced to use public transportation, and limited in ability to travel or use energy threatening to the planet.
Taxes on the fuel we buy is not enough to get us to give up our driving needs, and of course, car manufacturers can make vehicles smaller and smaller but that doesn’t mean a family of five or six is going to give in and purchase one, because it wouldn’t fit their needs.
The government needs to control your freedom another way. This is a win-win for them: they can restrict your freedom, advance their green agenda, collect more money from you and gain more surveillance control over you, all at the same time!
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The government just cannot help but want to take every single dollar out of our pocket. What is next? Will they tax the air we breathe, the steps we take, or the number of kids we have? Did you read about places already taxing people based upon the amount of rain that falls on the square footage of your property roof line? Chilling!
The Liberals believe they know what is best for you. You don’t know what insurance you need and you really don’t WANT to be an urban dweller. You really need to be living in a small apartment and eschewing private transportation.
When we talk about Agenda 21, people call us conspiracy theorists. Now we know. It is all part of a global Agenda 21 “green scheme" to redistribute your wealth, change your behavior, change how you live, and where you live!
Tell Congress to vote NO on taxing by the mile!
The Heritage Foundation notes, “Of course, this is completely counter to the Administration’s push to get people in more fuel-efficient vehicles. A hybrid vehicle driving 20 miles would be taxed the same as an SUV driving 20 miles. Would this actually replace the federal and state gas taxes, or would it become an unnecessary additional revenue source for the government to fund transportation boondoggles? Eliminating wasteful spending from the federal highway program should be the Administration’s first priority, rather than finding different ways to tax Americans.”
What kind of a burden will a mileage tax be on you and your family? And how much more information are you willing for them to steal from you?
Our representatives never stop taxing and spending. It’s never enough for them, and We the People need to start standing up for individual freedom and accountability in government. The government is responsible for the road infrastructure but they spend our tax dollars on things that the government has no business doing!
…And no one calls them on it! Politicians, take notice: we will hold you accountable!
Not all of us live in a location where walking is an option…or cycling or even carpooling. For heaven sakes, some of us DRIVE for a living and we depend on others who drive to provide us services and deliver goods.
Do you think the magical cost of all that transportation is going to be absorbed by businesses? Who do you think is going to bear the ultimate cost of these “tax by the mile” devices? Your automobile manufacturer, the trucking company who moves goods, the retail outlet that sells them…none of these people can be “charitable” and eat the increased cost. You will. So not only will you pay on the backside in the form of a tax, you’ll pay with every purchase.
It is going to cost you and me both and literally, coming and going! This is a huge threat to our liberty.
States are strapped for cash. They’re desperate. And taxing every single mile you drive is looking like a good idea. California wants to implement this by 2025. Already, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois and the entire Eastern Seaboard have begun looking into it, and some cars already have those black boxes installed and are working on pilot programs.
Once again, the middle class will take the hit. The average hardworking American will pay the price for these bad ideas.
Do you want more surveillance and more taxes for our future?
Voice your opinion – Fax Congress.
Let our freedom ring!
What excuse are you going to give your grand children for sitting on your back-side and letting the government totally destroy their freedom of choice? Is it really that hard to write your Congress Critters? By now, they know more about me than I do, because I burn their email up every day. Send them a fax, or snail mail, or just call them up and raise hell. They are destroying everyone’s future. Yes, you can make a difference, if only you try. Do you really want your grand-children living in a 300 square foot apartment, and never knowing the freedom of driving where-ever they choose?
November 4th, 2013 by olddog
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Without ammunition, guns are useless. Thanks to new EPA regulations, the last lead smelting company in the country has been forced to close its doors.
As you are well aware, the Democrats have made it their goal this year to enact gun control by any means necessary. When the legislation failed in the Senate, rather than recognize the widespread public opposition, the Obama Administration turned to executive orders and bureaucratic regulations in order to infringe on your Second Amendment rights.
First, the President used executive orders to ban the re-importation of WWII U.S. military rifles. These were the weapons that we gave to our allies in Europe and East Asia to help them defend against the spread of Communism after the Second World War. Now our allies are trying to sell these rifles back to us, so that our military veterans might enjoy a relic of their past service.
However Obama has forbidden this, for fear that these antique weapons might be used domestically in a crime or a mass killing.
But Obama didn’t stop there. He has ordered each department within his administration to come up with unique ways to trample on the constitution. And that’s where the Environmental Protection Agency comes in…
Without ammunition, guns are useless. Without lead, ammunition is ineffective and lead-free alternatives are more expensive. Thanks to new EPA regulations, the last lead smelting company in the country has been forced to close its doors.
FAX CONGRESS. THE ASSAULT ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT MUST STOP!
Since 1892, the Doe Run Resources Corporation has served as the country’s primary lead refinery. Located in Southeast Missouri, within the state’s Lead Belt, Doe Run has developed in the largest lead producer in the Western World. Ammunition manufactures like Federal and Lake City (which also service the U.S. Military) deliberately set-up shop in the region in order to be close to the raw materials.
Thanks to the EPA’s new clean air regulations, Doe Run has been forced to close its doors. The EPA calls the shutdown simply a “business decision,” however given the fact that it would have cost the company over $100 million to comply with the regulations, there really was no other alternative.
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The results are staggering. Despite being the world’s third-largest producer of lead ore, U.S. mines are now forced to transport their 444,000 metric tons of lead ore abroad for it to be refined.
This forces domestic ammunition manufacturers – servicing the world’s largest military and the majority of the world’s civilian gun owners – to pick up the tab on this international freight.
These new costs will inevitably become astronomical and will be passed on to the consumer.
It’s bad enough that the 80 million American gun owners will have to pay more to exercise their constitutional rights. But these new costs will also be passed on to Police Departments, the U.S. Military, and other government agencies – we, the taxpayer!
That’s right, not only will you have to pay more so you can hunt, target shoot, or protect yourself, but your increased tax dollars will also go towards arming some of the very agencies that are trying to DISARM YOU!
Thanks to Obama’s EPA, a 120 year old corporation – the only one of its kind in the hemisphere – has been forced to close its doors. You’d expect that Congressmen and Senators would be outraged over this, but we haven’t heard a peep from them. So many jobs lost due to this policy.
You can see through the Administration’s agenda! FAX CONGRESS NOW.
The only explanation I can think of is that our elected officials haven’t heard about Obama’s bureaucratic War on Guns.
Let your voice be heard and tell Congress that you can see through the Administration’s agenda! Lead projectiles have been used throughout history by the world’s militaries, stretching all the way back to the Roman Empire.
If the Obama administration is left unchecked, many Americans will be priced out of the shooting sports and left unable to defend themselves.
Gun owners are well aware of the dangers of lead poisoning. But make no mistake: these new regulations aren’t about protecting the environment.
This is about forcing ammunition companies to import lead from abroad and increasing the burden on America’s already-encumbered gun owners.
TELL CONGRESS : ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! GET OBAMA’S HANDS OFF THE SECOND AMENDMENT!
When it comes to constitutional rights, if you don’t use it… you lose it.
Unfortunately, it’s come to a point where if you don’t let your representatives hear your frustration, they assume you are happy with the way things are going.
Let them know that the EPA’s actions are unacceptable – Fax Congress.
Prove to the President that hell hath no fury like a conservative scorned!
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November 2nd, 2013 by olddog
F. MICHAEL MALOOF
WASHINGTON – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.
“There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND.
“They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” one source told WND.
Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’ overall readiness being reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders, colonels – those lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are quietly taking their careers in other directions.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was with Delta Force and later Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under President George W. Bush, says it is worrying that four-star generals are being retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama.
“Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin said.
“I believe there is a purging of the military,” he said. “The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”
Boykin points out that the military adheres to the constitutional requirement of a civilian leadership over the military. As a consequence, officers are not allowed to criticize their civilian leadership, as occurred when Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal was relieved in 2010 of his command of the International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.
He was relieved due to what has been described as unflattering remarks made about Vice President Joe Biden and other administration officials in a Rolling Stone magazine article. He was recalled to Washington where Obama accepted his resignation as commander in Afghanistan.
Boykin says that because of the fundamental civilian leadership over the military, McCrystal was “appropriately forced to retire.”
Read the words of the Founders, in “America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations.”
Some officers were involved in adulterous affairs and those situations, Boykin said, also were grounds for dismissal.
Boykin specifically said that because of the civilian-military relationship, he did not see any prospect for a “coup” coming from the military ranks.
“People I’ve spoken to would like to see the military ‘fulfill their constitutional duty and take out the president,’” Boykin said. “Our Constitution puts a civilian in charge of the military and as a result a coup would not be constitutional. You’re not going to see a coup in the military.”
Nevertheless, Boykin said the future of the military is becoming more and more of concern, since colonels who would be generals also are being relieved of duty, if they show that they’re not going to support Obama’s agenda, which critics have described as socialist.
“I talk to a lot of folks who don’t support where Obama is taking the military, but in the military they can’t say anything,” Boykin said.
As a consequence, he said, the lower grades therefore have decided to leave, having been given the signal that there is no future in the military for them.
Boykin referred to recent reports that Obama has purged some 197 officers in the past five years.
These reports suggest these officers were suspected of disloyalty or disagreed with the Obama administration on policy or force-structure issues. As Boykin pointed out, a number of them have been relieved of duty for no given reason.
“Morale is at an unprecedented low,” Boykin said, part of which is due to sequestration.
Sequestration has seriously cut back operational readiness for the military to the point where Boykin said that often they have no ammunition and are unable to conduct training because of the planned cuts.
“These officers want to train for war but are not be allowed to” because of the preoccupation not only with sequestration, but what Boykin said were other concerns surfacing in the military under Obama as commander-in-chief.
He referred specifically to the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which now allows openly homosexual personnel in the military. In addition, he said the integration of women into the infantry “will reduce readiness of units.” He also was critical of the rules of engagement which he says favor “political correctness over our ability to fight to win.”
“The last time we won an all-out war was in 1944,” Boykin said. “Now, we don’t have the will to win.”
Brady, who was a legendary “Dust Off” air ambulance pilot in Vietnam and detailed his experiences in his book, “Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam,” said, “The problem is military people will seldom, while on duty, go on the record over such issues, and many will not ever, no matter how true.
“I hear from many off the record who are upset with the current military leadership and some are leaving and have left in the past,” he said.
Brady referred to additional problems in today’s military including “girly-men leadership [and] medals for not shooting and operating a computer. This president will never fight if there is any reason to avoid it and with a helpless military he can just point to our weakness and shrug his shoulders.”
Brady made similar references in a recent article he wrote for WND in which he said “just when you thought the leadership of this government could not get any worse, it does. Never in history has an administration spawned another scandal to cover the current one.”
The reference was to the recent firing of a number of generals to mask “Obama’s serial scandals, all prefaced by lies – Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA, IRS” among others.
WND reported that three of the nine firings by Obama this year alone were linked to the controversy surrounding the Sep. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the CIA special mission in Benghazi, Libya.
In one case, U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, who commanded U.S. African Command when the consulate was attacked and four Americans were killed, was highly critical of the decision by the State Department not to send in reinforcements.
Obama has insisted there were no reinforcements available that night.
But Ham contends reinforcements could have been sent in time, and he said he never was given a stand-down order. However, others contend that he was given the order but defied it. He ultimately was relieved of his command and retired.
Now, new information in the Washington Times reveals there were Delta Force personnel in Tripoli at the time of the attack and two members volunteered to be dispatched to Benghazi to assist in protecting the Benghazi compound, contrary to stand-down orders from the State Department.
Another flag officer involved in the Benghazi matter – which remains under congressional investigation – was Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette. He commanded the Carrier Strike Group.
He contends aircraft could have been sent to Libya in time to help the Americans under fire. He later was removed from his post for alleged profanity and making “racially insensitive comments.”
Army Major Gen. Ralph Baker was the commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa. Baker contended that attack helicopters could have reached the consulate in time on the night of the attack.
“To understand the insufferable assaults on our military and veterans, who should be exempt from political squabbles but are often at the forefront of Obama threats, we need to understand the psyche of the elite in this country led by Obama,” Brady said.
“It is no accident that the president used the Obama sequester and shutdown to punish the military family,” he said. “It is part of his DNA. In fact it is in the psyche of the entire liberal/progressive establishment – the elite. President Clinton outed himself and this ilk when he declared his loathing of the military. Who could believe progressives/liberals care about veterans and military?”
Brady said that some people who fear for the future of the United States believe it needs to be “re-moralized.”
“We cannot survive without increasing patriotism, a youth schooled in the Constitution,” Brady said. “If the uncommon common American is to prevail against the elite, we need to return to the truths of our Constitution.
“We need to realize that this recent assault on the military and veterans is no accident,” Brady added. “It is purposeful. The elite loathe our military, the one sure guarantor of our freedom. These elite – not a shutdown or default – and their assault on the Constitution and our military are the real threat to our future.”
Army Major Gen. Paul E. Vallely similarly has been very vocal in his opposition to the Obama administration.
Vallely said the White House won’t investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”
“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”
Vallely served in the Vietnam War and retired in 1993 as deputy Commanding General, Pacific Command. Today, he is chairman of the Military Committee for the Center for Security Policy and is co-author of the book “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror.”
Duty personnel seem to back up this concern, suggesting that the firings are meant to send a message to “young officers down through the ranks” not to criticize the president or White House politics.
November 1st, 2013 by olddog
By by Angelo M. Codevilla
Increasingly, the US government’s many police forces (often state and local ones as well) operate militarily and are trained to treat ordinary citizens as enemies. At the same time, the people from whom the government personnel take their cues routinely describe those who differ from them socially and politically as illegitimate, criminal, even terrorists. Though these developments have separate roots, the post-9/11 state of no-win war against anonymous enemies has given them momentum. The longer it goes on, the more they converge and set in motion a spiral of civil strife all too well known in history, a spiral ever more difficult to stop short of civil war. Even now ordinary Americans are liable to being disadvantaged, hurt or even killed by their government as never before.
Government’s violent treatment of citizens has become generalized and unremarkable. Consider.
This month in Washington DC, Federal police riddled with bullets a woman suffering from post-partum depression who, had she been allowed to live, might have been convicted of reckless driving, at most. She had careened too close to the White House and Capitol, but had harmed no one and her car had stopped. In the same month, California sheriffs’ deputies killed a 13 year-old boy who was carrying a plastic toy rifle. It is not illegal to carry a rifle, never mind a toy one. America did not blink. A half century ago, Alabama sheriff Bull Connor’s use of a mere cattle prod to move marchers from blocking a street had caused a national crisis.
In a casual conversation, a friendly employee of the US Forest Service bemoaned to me that he was on his way to a US Army base, where he and colleagues would practice military tactics against persons who resist regulations. A forester, he had hoped to be Smokey the Bear. Instead, he said, “we are now the Department of Provocation.” In fact every US government agency, and most state and local ones now police their ever burgeoning regulations with military equipment, tactics, and above all with the assumption that they are dealing with people who should not be dealt with any other way.
Modern militarized government stems from the Progressive idea that society must mobilize as for war to achieve “the greater good.” Hence we have “wars” on everything from hunger and drugs and ignorance and global warming. Reality follows rhetoric. Since the health of “the environment” is a matter of life and death, the Environmental Protection Agency must deal with “enemies of the planet” with armored cars, machine guns, and home invasions. Apparently, even the Department of Education has SWAT teams.
The general population is increasingly inured to violence. The latest “Grand Theft” video game, for example, involves torturing a prisoner. Fun. That is only one step beyond the popular TV show “24” in which the audience cheered the hero’s torture of terrorist suspects. Contrast this with Dragnet, the most popular TV cops drama of the 1950s, whose Sergeant Joe Friday knocked on doors and said “yes ma’m, no ma’m.”
But governments, including ours, do not and cannot oppress citizens equally.
Persons who possess the greatest power have the larger opportunity to direct blame and distrust, even mayhem, onto those they like least. Since the mid- 1990s, authoritative voices from Democratic President Bill Clinton to Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, echoed by the media have intoned a familiar litany: America is beset by racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious obscurantism, by domestic abuse, greed, and gun owners. These ills are not so different from those found in backward parts of the world where we fight “extremism” in order to fight terrorism. Indeed these ills argue for fighting extremism, indeed for nation-building in America as well as abroad. Who in America embodies extremism? Who is inherently responsible for social ills, including terrorism? Who will have to be re-constructed? No surprise: the ruling class’ political opponents: the conservative side of American life.
This has deep roots. In 1963, the ruling class imputed President John F. Kennedy’s assassination to the “climate of hatred” in conservative Dallas, Texas even though the assassin was a Communist. No less than Chief Justice Earl Warren indicted right wing “bigots.” Today, computer searches find that the term “extremist” correlates in the major newspapers with “conservative” or “right wing” at twelve times the rate it does with “liberal” or “left wing.”
The focus on “Homeland Security” has only added “terrorism” to our ruling class’ excuses for “going after” conservative Americans. And so, the Department of Homeland Security uses its intelligence “fusion centers” to compile ominously worded dossiers against such groups as “pro-lifers” and such “anti government activists” as “homeschoolers” and “gun owners.” The FBI infiltrates the Tea Parties as it once did the Communist Party. DHS conducts its “practice runs” against mockups of these groups. The IRS audits conservative groups.
Why not? President Barack Obama called these very groups “enemies of democracy,” and Vice President Joseph Biden has called them “terrorists.” Obama Administration spokesmen have referred to them as “jihadists,” “hostage takers,” persons “with bombs strapped to their chests, etc. Indeed a Rasmussen poll shows that 26% of the Obama Administration’s supporters – possibly not the least influential among them – regard the Tea Parties as the top terrorist threat to America.
No official act is needed for like-minded persons at the top of society to act in mutually pleasing ways. No law, no official policy, much less conspiracy is needed – only the prejudices and convenience, the intellectual, social, identity of those in power. Why should not officials all across the US government act according to their superiors’ opinions, to what they hear from the best people and what they read in the best media, indeed according to their shared beliefs?
Angelo M. Codevilla
Angelo M. Codevilla is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. His book Peace Among Ourselves and With All Nations is forthcoming from Hoover Institution Press.
Personally, I would like to thank the scumbags who have destroyed my country, especially that asshole in the oval office, as I cannot bring myself to say or write the words WHITE HOUSE anymore. You worms have fulfilled my life’s ambition of not fearing death or dying from some long drawn out nasty disease. I prefer a quick death with no misgivings. I say this because it seems imminent with all that’s being planned and presently happening. My only disappointment is Obuma most likely will never even know my name, let alone be among the swat team that brings these seventy three years to a close. So, my last hurrah is FUCK YOU OBUMA!
October 29th, 2013 by olddog
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By John Ransom
Liberty is about a lot of things; it’s a deep topic. But at its core liberty can be summed up in one simple and reciprocal concept. That concept is respect, and our politicians have none for us.
You know the 2010 last election was about many things, but it was mostly about respect.
It was about starting to restore the respect that people have in government, by getting the government to restore the respect that they show to you…by taking liberty seriously.
If you are like me, you think that many of our elected officials from both the right and the left truly believe that what they think of you is much more important than what you think of them. I didn’t know they could think!
If you’re like me you’re tired of a trillion dollars in so-called stimulus spending that went to mob-connected asphalt contractors, crooked politicians, International Investment Bankers, and corporate elites, rather than the pockets of working families who own businesses and pay taxes and do all the working and dreaming in this country.
If you’re like me, you’re tired of a $2.6 million program that teaches Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly, and our military has to guard poppy fields, while unemployment soars across the country.
If you’re like me, you're tired of an arrogant federal government, which pays out $47 billion in fraudulent claims in Medicare, and trillions to the defense department, every year while they lecture the rest of us about healthcare economics.
If you are like me, you’re tired of the US Postal service wasting $30 million on a program that pays 1100 employees to do nothing. Yes, today, the US Post Office sat 1100 employees in empty rooms, as they do every day, and literally paid them to do nothing. They can’t play cards; they can’t watch TV, in fact they can’t do anything at all. To the tune of $30 million per year.
Yet this very same federal government comes to us now and proposes to manage our healthcare, our retirement, the education of our children, the auto industry, the oil industry, pharmaceuticals, the mortgage industry, our diets, our travel’s, our investment’s, our money, and lectures the American people that they are under-regulated.
If you’re a middle American like me, from the grassroots, I bet you know someone who owns their own business; if you’re like me you probably know someone who has paid employees of that business on time every week, but hasn’t been able to pay themselves a dime. Yet these very same people who provide half the new jobs in our economy, who have lost money over the last few years, still owe the government tens of thousands of dollars in taxes every year. People wonder where our jobs have gone? They’ve been crushed by a system that doesn’t honor job creation; by a system that doesn’t honor liberty; a system that gives no respect, a system they designed to bankrupt the Nation.
And if you are like most of the voters I speak to, you are tired of insiders from Washington and Wall Street on both sides of the aisle, and their wasteful spending schemes that don’t even propose to solve the very issues facing Main Street and working families.
Let’s suppose global warming is real; I don’t think it is, but let’s say it's so for the sake of argument. Show me please how the Renewable Electricity Standard, which will cost American families $1800 per year is going to lower the earth’s temperature. They can’t because the Renewable Electricity Standard wasn’t created to combat global warming and it won’t lower the earth’s temperature.
Ok, so let’s suppose the issue is carbon emission; that carbon is really bad and we have to get it out of our atmosphere. Show me please how the Renewable Electricity Standard is going to reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere. They can’t. It wasn’t designed to do that and it won’t do that. Please show me how out-sourcing job’s is going to help the economy.
The government doesn't write legislation with solutions in mind, but rather with power and control of your very lives. And it is inside of your lives where you will wrestle back that control.
I’m often reminded that it’s with readers just like you where many of the seminal events of our country happened. It’s in rooms just like you’re in right now that a small group of patriots in Massachusetts planned the Boston Tea Party; it’s in groups just like you are a part of today that was born the Mayflower Compact; it’s in the free association of our citizens, for the common good and with common respect, that the greatness and goodness of our country will always be found.
And as long as people like you, freely associate for the common good and meet in respect, our country will always remain both great and good.
But ordinary people are paying attention, actually reading the Constitution; people are actually asking questions about the 10th Amendment, asking: What kind of power does Washington really have over us?
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who have been awakened to that yet, that’s why readers like you are so important. Each individual reading this is so incredibly important because the job you have this year as a citizen has never, ever, ever been more important. The 2012 election is going to determine what it’s like to live in this country for a long time. It’s going to be people just like you, having conversation just like this, in rooms across America that are going to make a difference.
This is the chance to turn the tide. The chance we have today is to bury that last vestiges of big government in our country; to reclaim our liberty from the international Investment Banking Cartel, and replace them with State owned Banks and an honest commodity backed currency.
I’ve been very fortunate because over the last half dozen years I’ve been able to travel all around the country working with grassroots activists just like you. I understand, I think, better than elected officials, what makes the grassroots so special. It's you and your ability to communicate.
We have all these new tools available for citizens to communicate that just a few years ago we didn’t have. A few years ago readers wouldn’t have been as energized and as informed because we didn’t have the ability to communicate as we do now. We have been so fractured and fragmented all around the country and around the nation that we feel like we can’t do anything, that Washington is so big and out of touch that we can’t do anything.
In fact, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Now is the time we really do have the opportunity, and the responsibility to learn what freedom really is. For the first time in our history ordinary citizens have the ability to communicate with one another over the heads of the media in publications like Townhall. We are networked on social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter that expose us to thousands of people for free.
But when I was growing up there were three TV stations and two newspapers in every town that decided what the news was. There were probably a dozen people in any town that picked our news for us.
Those days are over. Now we have the bankers media industry.
This election isn’t about voting for the next person standing in a long line of elites who will rule over us; it’s about what kind of country we want to be in the future.
It’s about preserving the American dream right here, right now. Because when they mess with our liberty, they really mess with our ability to dream.
I believe that the ability to dream is worth handing down to our kids.
I believe that it’s our dreams that makes us the most dynamic country in the world.
It’s the dream that brings jobs and prosperity to the US.
It’s a dream that treats promises like they really matter.
And it’s the dreams that are the promise of America.
Because when politicians treat the promises they campaign on like they matter, when they are held accountable to those pledges— by us– we will restore the respect they owe us. Since there remains so many divided on so many issue’s, why not come together on just this one and see if we can be a united Nation. Vote every incumbent, no matter their record, out of office for the next six years. Let’s begin the game of freedom with a fresh deck!
Mr. Ransom, I hope you can forgive my audacity from the additions to your very well written article. Olddog
Why is it that people will suffer so much to avoid the hassle of correcting problems? Common sense should have corrected the problems we now face years ago, but now it’s going to take great effort and suffering to even make a small dent in this out of control government, and not one citizen in fifty will participate in the revolution. How much more tyranny do you think you can stand before you will stand up and help restore this once great Republic? LEARN AND EDUCATE YOUR NEIGHBORS BEFORE THEY INCARCERATE YOU IN A DETENTION CENTER, OR HORDES OF STARVING PEOPLE ROB AND KILL YOU. SELF PRESERVATION SHOULD HAVE MOTIVATED YOU BY NOW. WHAT’S LEFT TO BE AFRAID OF? THE LOSS OF FREEDOM IS MUCH WORSE THAN THE LOSS OF LIFE!
October 28th, 2013 by olddog
By Brandon Walker
What if the whole Military purge had a bit of self-preservation to it? What if the US Military has grounds to arrest President Obama, not underimpeachment, but under usurper status?
This may not be as far-fetched as it seems. In fact, it has some very prominent figures looking at the idea. The argument seems centralized on two very key points. The first is that under the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, there was a fail safe built-in, a third grand jury. There was a citizens grand jury. The last time it was used properly was 1935. It states that there is a third grand jury specifically for corruption. Obama has already been indicted by several of these grand juries. Here is one:
There are several from the NAACP, the Black Caucus, Freedom Watch, and others from as early as 2009 to as late as 2013. The trick is who has the jurisdiction to enforce it?
The second relies on if Obama is a Usurper. A Usurper by definition is to seize and hold power (position, authority, etc) by force and without legal right or t to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach (Dictionary.com). There are severalvideos on that as well. Here is one from WND:
We know he gave up his US Citizenship for Indonesia. Forget the Birther movement, did he ever apply to get his US Citizenship back? We don’t know because he sealed his records. If he is a Usurper, it would be the Military’s duty to remove him from that position. Is that why he is
purging the Military at a rapid rate?
With that thought in mind comes a well researched account by a person calling themselves watchdog. It is very informative.
It is obviously clear. President Obama is a threat not only to the American people. He is destabilizing the United States every way he can. He did this paying for Treyvon protest trying to start race wars as one example. He is a threat to world peace. He has to be neutralized before he takes the world into an age of war and destruction. Now how can that be done? Congress can pass all the impeachment bills. The US Senate will not by two thirds vote him guilty removing him from office. Politically there is very little that can be done to interpose between Obama and him destroying the world.
So who will step in and take action to avert a disaster from happening? The usurper in the White House is the most lawless President in history that makes Nixon and Clinton look like choir boys in comparison. President Obama does not respect the Constitution and international law. He is waging war against the American people economically and shredding our Bill of Rights daily.
He is waging war against Christianity on the domestic front attacking religious freedom by forcing people of conscience to pay for Obamacare the pays for abortions. He is attacking Christians in the military daring to say the name of Jesus forcing chaplains to marry homosexuals against the moral conviction of the clergy. At the same time erecting Pagan places of worship on military installations. For this matter I call on the Patriots to relieve officers of duty and command who attack the religious freedom of the men and women in uniform. I do not care if the commander is a Buddhist and gay. He must respect and defend all faiths and conscience. If he is willing to follow an unlawful, immoral order without question that will weaken the fighting strength. Then the commanders and officers who carry these immoral orders need to be relieved of command.
President Obama is waging war on Christians in Syria, Egypt and now in Kenya. He is waging war against Christians world wide. He is a threat to the faith. He is arming the enemies of Christianity who are murdering unarmed woman and children. His actions are bringing instability to the world. He does not regard public opinion at all when it comes to gun control when the people are buying guns in record numbers and the citizens reluctance to go to war with Iran and Syria. Obama is a dangerous loose cannon that must be stopped.
First, Obama may be a natural born US Citizen because he was born in Hawaii. But he renounced his US citizenship becoming an Indonesian citizen taking on the name Barry Soetoro. His records are sealed where we do not know his immigration and naturalization records documenting repatriation or if he is a US citizen. Therefore he might be ineligible to hold office. Obama by his actions says he is an agent of a foreign power working against the United States. He is a domestic enemy of the United States.
He is arming Al Qaeda. The same terrorist that killed and maimed soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama’s half brother is being funded by the CIA to fund the Muslim brotherhood. Obama’s cousin Odinga is destabilizing Kenya. Odinga was given advice from Obama when he was a US Senator on how to cause havoc and destabilize Kenya for political gain.
Now with this massacre in Nairobi Kenya killing Christians in a Shopping mall. Now there are calls for the TSA to be in Shopping Malls that are another gun free zone. It would not surprise me if there are shootings in the malls in the states to further a police state here. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri was calling for small scale attacks on US soil. Al Zawahri is a CIA backed operative who was behind the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Obama is the head of the Muslim Brotherhood and backs AL Qaeda therefore must be taken down and brought to justice.
Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution written in Article 3 section 3 saying:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
President Obama is commiting treason daily against the Americans people waging war every way possible to weaken our republic. He is involved in insurrection and rebellion against the laws of the Union.
Under Article 6 section 3 of the US Constitution all branches in government are bound
to the oath as outlined
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution.
If we took the oath. We are all duty bound to uphold that oath against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Those who are commissioned Officers in the Armed forces take the oath below:
Commissioned officers taken this oath:
I, _____, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend theConstitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
(DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)
Enlisted personal and Non Commissioned Officers take this oath:
I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
(Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
That oath does not say to defend unconstitutional laws and illegal orders. It does not say defend a political agenda or corrupt politicians. It does not say defend the dictator. If the laws contradict the USMJ and the Constitution of these United States. The people in the Armed forces are duty bound not to carry out the order.
We are very unique because our oaths are not to a person. But to the US Constitution. The people who written the Constitution and requiring an oath of affirmation to support and defend the Constitution. Not a monarchy. They knew the British Redcoats were bound to the will of the King. Not to any morals. They had to follow the decrees of the King without question. We do not serve a monarchy. We never swore to a dictator. We serve the cause of freedom defending and preserving our Constitution. Our oath to preserve, protect and defend out Constitution is a vital check and balance against tyranny and despotism. The UCMJ requires us to follow lawful orders and not illegal edicts that goes against the law of the land
President Obama through insurrection is working hard to overthrow the government of the United States. Obama is trying to find an excuse to declare a national emergency to place the USA under Martial law. He can announce the President is suspending the Constitution so continuity of government declaring the President Dictator under PD-51 President Bush singed. This makes the President a Dictator under any national emergency the chief executive decides what is and what isn’t . Congress has no say to review. This is a classified document congress is not allowed to read.
Right now in Benjamin Fulford newsletter he says with much skepticism from a source inside the Pentagon.
General Staff officers are making a list of 30,000 people who are New World Order thugs including the
President. All to be arrested for treason and insurrection attempting to overthrow the Constitutional
It has been rumored the Provost Marshal was going to arrest Obama for attempting to detonate a
nuclear device in Washington DC on the 12th Anniversary of Sept 11th. The shooting in the Navy yard could be a smoke screen of the attempted arrest of Obama for treason. I can tell the Military is getting ready to act to defend this nation. When Secretary of State John Kerry signed the UN Small Arms Trade Treaty. That was an act of treason trying to repeal the Second Amendment by underhanded means using treaty law.
I do not see much of the Military going out to confiscate guns. It is not 2005 in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is a different world.
The Military is very awake now to the President’s treasonous ways. It is my hope the Military stands down instead of carrying out illegal orders where Obama is crowned King Nothing~The Lone Star Watchdog
Until then one can only dream that the NDAA signed by President Obama may have the rules applied to him.
October 25th, 2013 by olddog
City of Chicago’s cash cushion plummets, debt triples, arrests drop, water use rises.
By Clint Richardson
“Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the books on 2012 with $33.4 million in unallocated cash on hand — down from $167 million the year before — while adding to the mountain of debt piled on Chicago taxpayers, year-end audits show.
Last week, Moody’s Investors ordered an unprecedented triple-drop in the city’s bond rating, citing Chicago’s “very large and growing” pension liabilities, “significant” debt service payments, “unrelenting public safety demands” and historic reluctance to raise local taxes that has continued under Emanuel.
The 2012 city audits explain why. They show that an unallocated balance that was $167 million a year ago because of Emanuel’s aggressive cost-cutting efforts has dropped to $33.4 million.
Budget Director Alex Holt blamed the $133.6 million drop on “honest” budgetingand ending the long-standing practice of carrying “ghost” vacancies.
“We’re trying to be more transparent about what we’re really spending and taking in — not just carrying a bunch of people who took up money in the budget and left money on the table at the end of the year,” Holt said.”
It really wouldn’t be very hard to be completely transparent to the people of Chicago about what the government is “spending and taking in”. All they would have to do is just mention and explain what is written with the “audits” of the City, which are not named in this obfuscating media report. Those audits are federally required of all municipal corporations within the United States, and are officially called the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
The only problem is… the CAFR also reveals how much the City of Chicago is saving and hiding from the public and from its own budget report in the form of massive investments. I also shows things most people would never believe are happening in America – that is, besides the fact that an Israeli solder and duel-citizen is acting as Mayor of one of the largest cities in America.
Instead, they use the fallacy of “honest budgeting”.
Now, anyone who knows what a budget report is can likely agree that a budget is not honest, but is in reality an educated guess on future operational expenses, income, and expenditures. In the majority of cases involving corporations, the person or persons doing the budgeting is generally seeking new and creative ways to justify more budget allowances for their corporation or department thereof. In the case of local municipal corporation governments, these creative accounting tricks are implemented on the budget report to justify more taxpayer dollars to be collected in the next fiscal year (or more taxpayer debt to be created through bonds) by ignoring what is reported in the actual audit report, called the CAFR. In short, the “budget report” is created by taking the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (the audited financial statements of government), grabbing a black magic marker, and placing black marks over the long-term assets and investments of government accumulated for the years, decades, or centuries that the government has been municipally incorporated.
The budget report is what is created after all of the creative accounting and word magic have virtually pillaged the CAFR of all its investment wealth. And the “honest budget” is thus presented to the people as a declaration of distress, debt, and in some cases bankruptcy.
Here is the link for the 2011-2012 fiscal year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the City of Chicago:
Let’s examine how the Rahm Emanuel and his bureaucracy are using the hand-crafted and creatively accounted budget report to literally hide billions and billions of dollars from the public…
BUREAUCRAT. An official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment. –Random House Dictionary
BUREAUCRACY. The abuse of official influence in the affairs of government;corruption… those persons who are employed in bureaus (and) abuse their authority by intrigue to promote their own benefit, or that of friends, rather than the public good. –Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856
A good place to start is in the “Notes To Financial Statements” section, which is a more advanced description of the creative accounting principles and strategies utilized to hide all of Chicago’s wealth as reported in the budget report.
(Page 92) The 2012 Fiscal Year CAFR here explains not only how the government hides its massive stores of wealth, but also how it is privatizing much of its infrastructure by entering into Public Private Partnerships through long-term lease agreements with Banks and other private corporations:
(Note 16) Concession Agreements
The major fund entitled Service Concession and Reserve Fund is used for the purpose of accounting for the deferred inflows associated with governmental fund long-term lease and concession transactions. Deferred inflows areamortized over the life of the related lease and concession agreements.Proceeds from these transactions may be transferred from this fund in accordance with ordinances approved by City Council that define the use of proceeds.
Translation: City of Chicago enters into lease agreements with private corporations, accepts massive lump sum payments in the billions or millions of dollars from that private corporation, and then allows that private corporation to run that infrastructure asset of government for a set amount of years. The private corporation may then raise the fees attached to that infrastructure and earn triple the income over the decades allotted by the lease agreement. And the City thus looses out on future revenue that goes to private corporations. And this, as we are about to see, is why parking is so expensive in Chicago.
Continuing on Page 92 of the CAFR:
In February 2009, the City completed a $1.15 billion concession agreement to allow a private operator to manage and collect revenues from the City’s metered parking system for 75 years. The City received an upfront payment of $1.15 billion which was recognized as a deferred inflow that will be amortized and recognized as revenue over the term of the agreement. The City recognizes $15.3 million of revenue for each year through 2083.
In December 2006, the City completed a long-term concession and lease of the City’s downtown underground public parking system. The concessiongranted a private company the right to operate the garages and collect parking and related revenues for the 99-year term of the agreement. The City received an upfront payment of $563.0 million of which $347.8 million was simultaneously used to purchase three of the underground garages from the Chicago Park District. The City recognized a deferred inflow that will be amortized and recognized as revenue over the term of the lease. The City recognizes $5.7 million of revenue for each year through 2105.
In January 2005, the City completed a long-term concession and lease of the Skyway. The concession granted a private company the right to operate the Skyway and to collect toll revenue from the Skyway for the 99-year term ofthe agreement. The City received an upfront payment of $1.83 billion; a portion of the payment ($446.3 million) advance refunded all of the outstanding Skyway bonds. The City recognized a deferred inflow of $1.83 billion that will beamortized and recognized as revenue over the 99-year term of the agreement. The City recognizes $18.5 million of revenue related to this transaction for each year through 2103. Skyway land, bridges, other facilities and equipment continue to be reported on the Statement of Net Position and will be depreciated, as applicable, over their useful lives. The deferred inflow of the Skyway is reported in the Proprietary Funds Statement of Net Position.
To the people of Chicago, I suggest you read that again. And again…
Did you notice that the City of Chicago government purchased infrastructure from itself, by buying garages from Chicago Park District? In this way, it created what it loves best – a self-perpetuated debt.
The Chicago Park District website states:
“In 1959, the system expanded again, when the City of Chicago transferred more than 250 parks, playlots, natatoriums, and beaches to the Chicago Park District. Now the steward of 8,000+ acres of open space, totaling more than 570 parks, 31 beaches, 50 nature areas, and 2 world-class conservatories and host of thousands of special events, cultural, nature, sports and recreational programs, the Chicago Park District remains the nation’s leading provider of green space and recreation.”
Don’t confuse the park district as not a part of the City government. Instead of creating a debt by purchasing the parking garages, the City could have simply transferred them over to itself like it transferred so many parks and beaches in the past. But again, government loves to be in debt to itself, because that means it can hide its assets by claiming the assets must pay for the imaginary debt that it owes itself.
Here’s how the above concession and lease agreement scam works:
Step 1) Taxpayers pay taxes to build a public infrastructure project, in this case parking garages and meters.
Step 2) Government on behalf of taxpayers privatizes the operation of the infrastructure without actually selling the physical public property. A private corporation, often companies like J P Morgan Chase, will then operate and collect fees or the life of the lease agreement, and are allowed by the government to set the prices themselves.
Step 3) Taxpayers suddenly see higher taxes in the form of fees for that public service on what they still believe to be publicly run infrastructure. They don’t comprehend what happened simply because NO TAXPAYER APPROVAL IS NEEDED for this long-term lease and concession to take place. Why is no taxpayer vote needed? Because the City is acquiring future revenues on what would have been charged for that taxpayer infrastructure in the future (up to 99 years in the future). So its as if the City is still pretending to run the parking garage and meters by only allowing itself to collect the projected revenues each year while the Billions and billions of dollars it already collected get put into investment funds unavailable for taxpayer services. Taxpayers are left out of the whole process, except for paying the fees to a private corporation.
Step 4) Over the life of the lease agreement (for up to 99 years), a private corporation will collect 200-2,000% more tax revenue (fees) than it originally paid the City to acquire it. It will raise prices dramatically over that time to rake in incredible and guaranteed profits by law.
Step 5) The City sits on billions of dollars (which it does not report as an asset in the budget report, only in the CAFR) and invests it over that 99 year lease. And the profits and gains from those investments never really help the taxpayer or go to taxpayer services in any way, shape, or form. Often, the city loans out those billions to other municipalities or private corporations.
Step 6) With the money invested and gaining a return on investment, the City requires that those billions remain in an investment fund, not be touched for any other reason than to once a year make an allotment as a yearly payment to itself. And the taxpayers see income from the parking garage and never comprehend the organized crime that is taking place under their noses.
Step 7) The City, over that up to 99-year time period, will continuously claim that it is broke, simply because the billions and billions mentioned above are not included as assets on the budget report. This justifies requirements for new taxation from the already pillaged public, and very likely will be used as an excuse to declare bankruptcy – all because the money remains hidden from the taxpayer budget report. And guess what? The taxpayers will likely still pay the bills for maintenance upkeep and improvements on those privately run parking structures through their general taxes.
Now, does this sound like “honest” budgeting to you?
So in these three organized criminal enterprises alone, we have just honestly uncovered the fact that the City is hiding $3.54 billion from the taxpayer budget report – Money that right now, today, could be used to pay off much of the City’s long-term debt or used for taxpayer services. Or hell, it could be given back to those corrupt private corporations so that the people aren’t beholden to the will and whims of private corporations.
There’s one more thing on the next page that Chicago taxpayers should be aware of:
The 1996 Reauthorization Act, Title 49 United States Code §47134, authorized the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) to establish the Airport Privatization Pilot Program (the “Pilot Program”), pursuant to which the FAA isauthorized to permit public airport sponsors to sell or lease an airport. The 2012 Reauthorization Act increased the number of airports that could participate in the program from five to ten. Only one of the ten airports can be a “large hub” airport (having enplanements that equal or exceed one percent of the enplanements at all U.S. commercial airports). On September 2006, the City applied to the FAA under the Pilot Program with respect to Chicago Midway International Airport (“Midway”) with extensions requested periodically and most recently in April 2012. The City is currently pursuing bids for a lease of Midway under the provisions of the Pilot Program. The City is not under any obligation to accept any bids, and it is not possible at this time to predict whether or not the City will enter into a lease of Midway pursuant to the Pilot Program or when such a transaction might occur.
Again, the citizens and voters of Chicago will not be consulted here. No vote will be necessary. Sorry folks. You are out of the political loop now. The country is being privatized.
I wonder how many billions an airport will go for?
Imagine how invasive and tyrannical those unconstitutional searches and pat-downs are going to be when the airports are run by private corporations…
Unless you frightened subjects actually grow a pair and stop this from happening!
But I digress, for we are only scratching the surface here Chicago.
Let’s take a look at how municipal corporations around the country use the same financial accounting trick to hide their true financial position, including all investment funds, by magically erasing all of their wealth from the budget report.
Remember, the CAFR is created first, and only then is the budget created from what is leftover after all of the clever and creative accounting has already been done within the true CAFR audit.
(Page 31) Here we find the basic financial statements, listing assets, liabilities, and the net balance.
CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS STATEMENT OF NET POSITION
ASSETS AND DEFERRED OUTFLOWS
Total assets are listed at $31,095,607,000
$20 billion of that is listed as “Capital Assets” such as buildings, machinery, vehicles, etc.
Just over $10 billion is listed as other assets, including investments of about $7 billion.
As we pour over these basic line items, we see nothing but what is called “current assets” – the cash, investments, and other assets that the City of Chicago had on hand as of December 31, 2012.
But now we need to look at the liabilities section in order to see where that creative magic accounting happens…
LIABILITIES AND DEFERRED INFLOWS
We see here only about $3 or $4 billion in actual liabilities for the current fiscal year, including what is called “due within one year” on the City’s “long-term liabilities”. This is the normal operating expenses for the City in the average fiscal year.
But that’s were the honest budgeting ends. And here is where we find the bulk of the assets hidden within Chicago City’s investment funds…
Due in More Than One Year ……………… $28,354,779,000
Remember, in our assets section we see no reporting of any projected or future assets.
Yet in the liabilities section we see a line item representing all future liabilities in the form of amortized payments on bonds, loans, and other debt. And these future liabilities, in the end, effect the current assets as reported to the taxpayer on the budget report.
At the end of this chart of net position, we see how incredibly corrupt this little trick is:
NET POSITION (including in/out-flows)
Total Assets…………………… $31,095,607,000
Total Liabilities………………. $34,923,854,000
Total Net Position …………. $-3,828,247,000
So the City of Chicago has just magically erased over $28 billion dollars worth of cash, investment capital, and other asset wealth from the books by utilizing future amortized debt balances (that don’t yet exist in the fiscal year) against current assets. There is no mention of the future tax revenues that will pay for those future liabilities. And when the Chicago municipal corporation reports their total asset balance to the fine but clueless people of the City of Chicago, a 28 billion dollar lie will have been sponsored by none other than Mayor Rahm Emanuel himself… and for that matter every mayor across the United States.
Now then, what was that bunch of lies the Chicago Sun Times quoted Rahm Emanuel and his financial minions from?
“Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the books on 2012 with $33.4 million in unallocated cash on hand — down from $167 million the year before — while adding to the mountain of debt piled on Chicago taxpayers, year-end audits show…
The 2012 city audits explain why. They show that an unallocated balance that was $167 million a year ago because of Emanuel’s aggressive cost-cutting efforts has dropped to $33.4 million.
Budget Director Alex Holt blamed the $133.6 million drop on “honest” budgeting…”
“We’re trying to be more transparent about what we’re really spending and taking in…”
How quaint. They are talking to the dumbed-down people in financial terms of millions while they play and invest behind our backs with BILLIONS!!!
This cursory look into the financial situation of Chicago has been very basic indeed. The CAFR is rich with multiple creative accounting schemes and best practices that are all approved by the private, non-governmental association (Government Financial Officers Association – GFOA) that makes these little rules (Generally Accepted Accounting Principals – GAAP) that allow all governments to hide massive amounts of investment wealth from their citizens. There are doubtlessly many more treasures to find, including the true investment fund balances compared to what is reported. They have so many tricks up their sleeves.
Take a look. Read the notes. You’ll be shocked at what you find…
The only question I have, now that the people of Chicago know that tomorrow their government could be completely out of debt and on the road to permanent independence and prosperity with unlimited potential simply by paying off all its future debt with its current assets (as most city’s in America could do) is…
What in God’s name are you going to do about it?
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Who Am I?
Welcome to my world…
Clint Richardson is my real name. I stand up and take responsibility for any and all content and actions by myself. No Pseudo, corporate, or stage names necessary. For I am living without straw.
This blog represents countless hours of research into the complex structure of society and the organized crime syndicate called “government”. I offer this without profit or motive, without sponsor or advertising. In this way, I hope to promote unbiased and unhindered information that is both based on the ancient liberal arts (trivium) and without fallacy, mixed with my own brand of sarcastic but sharply painful commentary of what is reality.
As a virtual matrix is of artificiality is being built up around us, and as we unwittingly accept and wallow in this destructive social media, this blog is all I can do to cry out in the digital wilderness before we all fall in too deep. The real world is crumbling while this virtual reality is built up and sparkling new each and every year. And as our actions against tyranny continuously get redirected to this false reality of artificiality in an inter-connected trap we call the inter-net, crimes against humanity go unchecked within the real world as un-empathetic corporations are protected from harm by unethical politicians.
And so, with a small and totally independent voice I research and write.
As this artificial digital social world of media repulses me with every new upgrade, my participation in it will likely stay limited to this blog and my movies. I have no desire to be part of a brave new world of trans-humanity…
After nearly four years of continuous contributions to this blog, I must disclaim that many of my previous misconceptions in earlier posts have been changed and corrected in later posts – a necessary learning curve for such a monstrously and purposefully obfuscating history written by the controllers and victors of the past. And I suppose that of the subjects I write about today, I will need this same disclaimer in another four years! The most important lesson is that there is never a final lesson; that the humility of being passionate but wrong is the most important learning tool of all, if one can only recognize the virtue of overcoming ego.
May this information enlighten and provoke you as well to break free of this virtual world before it ensnares you in the helpless frequencies of digital futility and servitude to the real.