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CAFR expert’s brilliant 400 words on US debt: government hides abundance as future liabilities, “retirement” accounts, buying “debt” from each other

October 30th, 2015 by

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Source: Carl Herman
Walter Burien is the leading expert on Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). Beginning in 1990, Walter began documenting how governments manipulate their books to hide public money, but reveal part of what they do in CAFRs. I discovered Walter’s work in 2012, read CAFRs for the state of California, the City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County, and verified his information as correct. I document those CAFRs’ information here, along with the adventure of my California Assemblyperson and State Senator’s obfuscations and eventual official statements of, “No comment” when asked to verify what I found in the state CAFR. My 23-minute interview to explain my findings is the last video of this article. I found similar fraud in San Jose’s CAFR in 2015.

The bottom-line is that we live in the Orwellian economy of a debt-based “money” system, while government lords over trillions of our captured dollars with .01% oligarchs hiding ~$30 trillion in tax havens (that’s about 20-30 times the total to end all poverty on Earth forever). A leading CAFR example is California’s ~14,000 various government entities’ CAFRs have a sampled-data total estimate of $8 trillion in surplus taxpayer assets ($650,000 non-disclosed assets per household). CAFR so-called “retirement funds” currently deliver net returns of about one percent on good years, and negative returns on bad years (here, here).

Better read the above paragraph twice to feel our real economic condition exposed through official CAFRs.
I consider Walter an American hero for intellectual integrity and moral courage to report CAFR data since 1990. He has suffered tremendous repercussions from .01% criminal financial interests he exposes. When true accounting is done, we all owe Walter trillions worth of gratitude.

Walter responded to my article, ‘Developed’ nations now $50 TRILLION in debt; literally, figuratively bankrupt for infrastructure, public services with the following brilliant 400 words:
“Please, please, please understand the following:

If you were married to a Super Model who was gorgeous, and everyone kept telling you she was fat and ugly, after a while would you doubt yourself to think that she is fat and ugly?

Per that debt, the following three points apply:

1. Enron promoted their profit and hid their debt. Government does the exact opposite: they promote debt and hide profit.

2. With the changes in government accounting over the last 15 years, now they project out “liabilities” 35 years cross-matched with 1 year of income. If Bill Gates, you, or I did the same, we all would look like we are on death’s financial door.

3. Government back during the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s had so much cash coming in the door they did not know what to do with it all. So, the scheme went into effect of promoting debt, and then funding that debt with their own cash: turning cash into debt as an investment for them, and as a “parking zone” for that cash. Well, today if you start cross-matching that local and federal government debt with the investor of that debt, after connecting the dots, you will find that 65% + of that debt is “self-funded” or cross-matched with other local or federal investment funds. You may have the county funding the city debt, and the same city funding the county debt. The enterprise operation owned by the city may be funding the city debt, a local government may have 500 million invested with a bank, brokerage, or insurance company, and that institution is now funding 500 million of that same local government’s debt. A state may have massive investment capital in China, and now the same state will have the investment manager in China fund the state’s new bond issue which makes the funding “look” like it is coming from China, and so on, and so on, and so on.

The public was played as useful idiots per this scheme with the one side of the coin promoted of the debt. The public is now convinced that their gorgeous model wife is fat and ugly, when in fact she is just as gorgeous as ever and even more so. If government debt was cross-matched with government investments, and then offset against each other, you may just have 80% of that “government debt” evaporate with the stroke of a pen. Please don’t get caught into promoting the useful idiot line of government debt…

Please share my comments with anyone you know who is currently “promoting” the one-sided view of the coin per government debt, and share with whomever else you think needs to know the points brought forward above.
Yours Truly,
Walter Burien – CAFR1.com
P. O. Box 2112
Saint Johns, AZ 85936
Tel. (928) 458-5854″
Thrive’s (documentary with 32 million views) founder Foster Gamble’s 7-minute explanation on Walter’s work with CAFRs:
Walter’s 2011 72-minute full documentary on CAFR:
My 2012 23-minute interview on Alex Jones’ Infowars news on CAFRs:
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Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.
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Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu
Note: Examiner.com has blocked public access to my articles on their site (and from other whistleblowers), so some links in my previous work are blocked. If you’d like to search for those articles other sites may have republished, use words from the article title within the blocked link. Or, go to http://archive.org/web/, paste the expired link into the box, click “Browse history,” then click onto the screenshots of that page for each time it was screen-shot and uploaded to webarchive. I’ll update as “hobby time” allows; including my earliest work from 2009 to 2011 (blocked author pages: here, here).

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

Walter Burien should be the treasurer of a new American National Treasury or Bank. Unfortunately he would not live long enough to accomplish anything. Just imagine for a minute how prosperous the world could be if we had honest political leaders who would die before submitting to the International Banking Cartel. Better yet, imagine a world where the people were smart enough to demand their head on a pike, and incinerate their bodies.

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Battlefield America: Blood Will Run In the Streets

October 29th, 2015 by

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2015/10/28/battlefield-america-blood-will-run-in-the-streets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=battlefield-america-blood-will-run-in-the-streets

10-29-2015 9-30-26 AMWho are we keeping out?

By Dave Hodges

The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and I honor that regardless of the religion. I am commanded by Jesus to love my enemies. I try my best, but I confess that I often fall short of the glory of God. As a man, I have always believed in allowing people to dress, speak and behave as they want. I do not have to agree with anyone to show them dignity and respect. However, I also recognize my right to self-defense. This includes the right to protect my family, my neighborhood and my country. It is because of the latter phrase, that I strongly believe that we need to force the Obama administration to immediately cease all unscreened immigration activities from Muslim groups coming out of Africa and the Middle East. All we have to do is to look at what is happening in Europe to see that the continued importation of Muslims is too dangerous. Nobody, from any region of the world should be allowed to come to this country without thoroughly being investigated for health reasons and for reasons related to terrorism.

In Part One, I detailed how the current administration is bringing 200,000 Muslim immigrants to Michigan. Additionally, it was also pointed out that Obama is permitting the United Nations refugee and resettlement program dictate to host countries how many immigrants that they must take in.

Do I need to remind people that these immigrants are coming from parts of the world where there is a resurgence of an Ebola outbreak? Do I need to remind people that these people are coming from a region of the world that overwhelmingly hates America and holds our Western ways in extreme contempt? Do I need to further remind people that many of these people are followers of Sharia Law and will not rest until Christianity and the lifestyle of the West is obliterated by those who will impose their will upon us under the guidelines espoused by Sharia Law?

What we are doing with our immigration policy is insane. It amounts to “Suicide by Immigration”! For what possible reason should the FBI not be screening for and deporting those who pose a potential threat to the existing social order within the United States?

The following story and accompanying video clearly demonstrates the unwise decisions to allow all from the Middle East and Africa who want to come to Europe to do so without being checked for known terrorist ties. Before you accuse me of being xenophobic, please remember that all people that passed through Ellis Island and Angel Island were screened for health and suitability to blend into the existing culture. And yes, I firmly believe that immigrants must not try and change the social order if they want to remain in the United States, for when a country loses its cultural identity, then the country loses its viability as a nation.

Terrorist Are Inviting Terrorist to Join Their Terrorist Brethren In Europe

10-29-2015 9-30-53 AM

The starting point for this article centers on the fact that known terrorists are inviting other known terrorists into Europe with devastating results. As the bottom of the article is a fascinating interview with a proven Jihadist, on Dutch TV who is actively calling for every terrorist to join him in Europe. This is frightening beyond belief. He calls upon the supremacy of Sharia Law to rule over all. His stark and disturbing invitation to all terrorist groups can be found at the 8:10 mark of this video.

IN THE VIDEO HE CLEARLY STATES THAT WE WILL WELCOME ISIS ARMY IN EUROPE WITH OPEN ARMS

This known terrorist, Maiwand al Afghani, stated that “The Mujahedeen Al Queda, Taliban, Al Sha’baab, ISIS, Al Nusra would arrive at the gates of Europe. We will welcome them with open arms. The whole of the West will in no time be taken. And be part of the Islamic State. All their technology, arms, atomic weapons, most luxury cars, buildings, money, beautiful women, planes. ….Everything will be war booty and we will get a fantastic country!”
America, this is your future if we continue to admit unscreened Muslims from Africa and the Middle East.

A Telling Interview

10-29-2015 9-31-11 AM

This interview appeared on VARA TV in the Netherlands on April 2, 2015. The host, Jeroen Pauw interviewed this well-known asylum seeker refugee Shabir Burhani, who is more known by the name of Maiwand al Afghani.
This self avowed terrorist, Maiwand, is depicted as a luxury refugee. Seventeen years ago he fled from Afghanistan, having clear Taliban ties, and is now a student at the University of Leiden.

This terrorist who has gained asylum seeker status; is getting help in every possible way; inclusive of financial aid. The “politically correct” multicultural policy makers from the United Nations have promoted Maiwand to be a fully-integrated new citizen, a champion showpiece of multiculturalism.

People like Maiwand will never be acculturated. Maiwand is a centerpiece of the United Nation’s Agenda 21 plan to erase all national boundaries as we move towards a one-world government controlled by the shadowy forces behind the United Nations.
Maiwand has been steadily radicalized and as he is also a Salafi Islam activist for whom the Sharia stands above the country laws. This means death to all who will not convert to Islam. This is the main philosophy of ISIS. Mainwand has further stated that the murder on Charlie Hebdo people is justified and he can also understand physical attack on gays as being legitimate.

10-29-2015 9-31-33 AMTHE MAIN QUESTION IS: WHAT IS MR. MAIWAND AL AFGHANI STILL DOING IN THE NETHERLANDS? WHY HE IS NOT SENT BACK TO HIS HERO’S OF THE TALIBAN?

 

In reality, Maiwand is an operative working for the Islamic State and he is recruiting any and all terrorists to come to Europe to claim the Continent for Allah under the uncompromising Sharia Law. His actions are supported by the American Islamic organization, CAIR.
MR. MAIWAND IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS BRINGING TO THE UNITED STATES. FAST FORWARD TOT HE 8:10 MARK AND BE PREPARED TO BE SHOCKED.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXcInRg9Pa8

Summary

And if you think this exchange between the TV host and Marwaind is disturbing, you haven’t seen a thing compared to what I am prepared to show you tomorrow in Part Three. Again, I believe in religious toleration. However, when the religion is going to be used as a tool of political, social and religious persecution, I have to draw the proverbial line in the sand and advocate for national self-defense. Our communities are at extreme risk due to our RECKLESS PRESIDENT who is following UN immigration policy.

The videos and testimonies I am bringing forth tomorrow will reinforce the notion that this UN Refugee and Resettlement program being endorsed and brought forth by Obama, will result in a Battlefield America scenario ending With Blood In The Streets.

IT IS HAPPENING IN EUROPE, AS WILL BE EXPOSED TOMORROW, AND IT WILL SOON BE HAPPENING HERE.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

There is no doubt that Dave is doing a little fear mongering here, but that’s better than being ignorant of how dangerous OBUMA IS IN THE BLACK HOUSE, and what he has planned for America! This of course, could never have happened in America if our citizens were not so damned ignorant, and that is exactly why we are all going to suffer unimaginable hardships soon. I have no fear of an ignorant rag-head, but many so called Americans are too cowardly TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO BELIEVE ANY AMERICAN WOULD BE AFRAID OF A GUN, BUT THEY ARE!

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Yes. The U.S. government Really Is Bankrupt Here’s Proof…

October 28th, 2015 by

http://www.alt-market.com/articles/2719-yes-the-us-government-really-is-bankrupt-heres-proof

10-28-2015 8-45-06 AM

This article was written by Simon Black originally publishes at Sovereign Man

I’ve long-stated that the government of the United States is completely insolvent.
And that is 100% true statement.

The government’s own numbers show that official liabilities, including debt held by the public and federal retirement benefits, total $20.7 trillion.

Yet the government’s assets, including the value of the entire federal highway system, the national parks, cash balances, etc. totals just over $3 trillion.

In total, their ‘net worth’ is NEGATIVE $17.7 TRILLION… a level that completely dwarfs the housing crisis.
If you include the government’s own estimates of the Social Security shortfall, this number declines to NEGATIVE $60 TRILLION.
And it gets worse every year.

Now, is this balance sheet an accurate reflection of reality? Do we really trust the bean counters to tell us what the United States of America is really worth?

Surely there must be significant intrinsic value to the United States military, for example.
Or the US government’s ability to collect taxes.
Or what about the value of all the natural resources underground?
These must all be HUGELY positive and would swing the government’s net worth back in the right direction.
Guess again.

The US military is certainly one of the best-trained and most effective forces in history.
But it’s difficult to place a substantial value on it when the government can no longer afford to use it.
And even when they do use it, the overall cost of doing so is negative.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the taxpayers $4 trillion. But where’s the financial benefit?
Aside from a few defense contractors profiting handsomely, the Chinese got most of the oil.
ISIS ended up with much of Iraq. And Iran made out like a bandit, with the US government taking out its most threatening neighbors free of charge.
Mission accomplished.

Bottom line, even the best asset in the world can end up being a big liability if it’s used improperly.
So what about the tax authority of the US government? If Uncle Sam can collect $3 trillion in tax revenue each year, surely that must count as a huge asset.
And it absolutely is. If you conduct a Present Value calculation of the future tax revenue of the US government discounted by the official 2% rate of inflation, the US government’s ability to tax its citizens is ‘worth’ $150 TRILLION.
But… if you’re going to count the government’s tax authority as an asset, you have to be intellectually honest and consider the expenses as liabilities.

Think about it: yes, the government brings in tax revenue every single year. But for nearly every year over the last seventy years, they’ve spent far more money to deliver on the promises they’ve made to their citizens.
Those promises are liabilities. And given the government’s spending history since the end of World War II, the liabilities far exceed the tax authority asset.

More importantly, though, isn’t it a little bit scary to consider that the government’s #1 asset is its ability to steal money from you?
Or that the only way the government can make its liabilities go away is by defaulting on the promises it has made to its citizens?
That’s their only way out: steal from you, and default on you.

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YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT NATO IS DOING TO PREPARE FOR WORLD WAR 3!

October 25th, 2015 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL1DQCqZ5AA
3:43 min
This is a time for all intelligent people to oppose the New World Order being thrust upon humanity by the International Banking Cartel.
All of main-stream media is hiding this information as best they can, which means YOU must send this to every person you possibly can.
The media lies surrounding this plan of destruction have only one purpose and that is to usher in the NEW WORLD ORDER, OF TOTAL CONTROL OVER EVERY HUMAN BEING AND ALL NATURAL RESOURCES.

RISE UP AND OBJECT VORACIOUSLY!

Do not allow them to sacrifice anymore soldiers and ignore the wounded survivors.

WAR IS A RACKET!

world war 3

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/western-aid-to-terrorists-iraqi-forces-seize-us-supplied-anti-armor-missiles-from-isis-in-fallujah/5481753.

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Here We Go Again
http://americanborderpatrol.com/
Globalists Close in On America

Breitbart — October 23, 2015
Jeff Sessions: Great Danger’ Of Mass Amnesty In 2017

10-25-2015 11-59-40 AM

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is echoing the concerns of other prominent conservatives that the events unfolding now in Washington could lead to mass amnesty in 2017.
The word is… that 2017 is the year to watch for immigration, radio host Laura Ingraham asked Sessions. What are the chances… that if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)is Speaker and Hillary Clinton is President of the United States, or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is President of the United States that they would move in the first 100 days to push a massive, similar [to the Gang of Eight’] immigration reform bill?
Sessions replied, I think there’s a great danger that that would happen.
After the failed 2006-2007 amnesty push, the immigration lobby spent $1.5 billion leading up to the 2013 push in which Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered a bill to allow even more foreign workers.
A recent PBS documentary exposed how Ryan and Rubio were nearly successful in their effort to pass amnesty in 2014. Ryan had crafted a bill and had the Republican votes necessary to pass it. Ryan’s amnesty effort was aided by many of the members of the House Freedom Caucus, including
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).
Mulvaney has since become one of the biggest boosters in the House Freedom Caucus of a Paul Ryan Speakership. According to the documentary, the Ryan-Rubio amnesty plan was foiled when
Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) scored a historic primary victory to oust then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Sessions explained in the interview, There’s a great danger to elect a Speaker of the House who is a leading advocate for two major issues today — trade and immigration — and advocating against the wishes of the Republican voter.


KTAR — Phoenix
Arizona Congressman co-sponsors federal bill to remove ‘offensive’ illegal alien language
Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego signed up to co-sponsor a federal bill regarding offensive language, according to a press release. — On Friday, Gallego signed up as a co-sponsor to H.R. 3785, a bill that would prohibit the use of the terms alien or illegal alien in federal law and agency documentation…….

Breitbart
White House Praises Paul Ryan For Working With Obama On Trade, Immigration
The White House is open to the idea of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the next Speaker of the House, saying the Wisconsin Congressman had worked with the administration on issues they care about in the past. — The president believes that Congressman Ryan is someone who has given considerable thought to the significant issues that must be worked through in Congress, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz explained during a press briefing this afternoon…….

Breitbart
FNC’s Kelly to Jeb: What Would It Take to Make You Get Out?
Thursday on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly pressed Republican presidential hopeful former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) on his lagging poll numbers, particularly compared to his opponent, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. — Kelly asked Bush if he were to continue to struggle, would he forfeit his go at the nomination, to which Bush vowed he would stick with it…….

Rasmussen Reports
Trump Change
Bang! More Republicans than ever think Donald Trump will be their party’s presidential nominee next year. — The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% of Likely Republican Voters believe Trump is likely to end up as the GOP nominee, with 34% who say it is Very Likely. The overall finding is a 16-point jump from a week ago and up eight points from Trump’s previous high among Republicans of 66% in early September. This is also the highest number to date who see a Trump nomination as Very Likely. …..
October 23, 2015
Washington Examiner
Castro bill would strip ‘alien’ from U.S. law
Two-term Democrat Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, has proposed legislation that would remove what he says is “offensive and inflammatory” language in federal law that refers to immigrants as “aliens.” — Castro’s Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression Act, or the CHANGE Act, would change the term “alien” in federal law to “foreign national.”……

BizPac Review
Trump ‘not thrilled’ about Paul Ryan for Speaker, wants someone ‘more conservative’ and ‘tough’
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is not happy with the idea of Rep. Paul Ryan being the next Speaker of the House. — I’m not thrilled, I’m not thrilled, Trump said, during an interview on the Virginia based John Fredericks Show on Thursday. ……

Breitbart
Tea Party Patriots: Freedom Caucus Under Assault from Media, Establishment
Tea Party Patriots released a new video titled Choose Wisely after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced Tuesday that he will run for Speaker of the House — if the conference unites behind him. — The video encourages members of the House to recognize the frustration from the American people and learn from past mistakes from leadership…….

Breitbart
Arizona High School Bans Pro-Trump Clothing For Supposed Racist, Offensive Theme
A high school in Arizona has banned pro-Donald Trump clothing at a Friday football game because it would be racist or offensive. — Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona — with a student body known as The Tribe — is set to face off against Marcos de Niza High School Friday in an anticipated rivalry game. The game was supposed to have a USA theme. But that theme was considered problematic and thrown out…….

Fox News Latino
Ted Cruz reintroduces legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz renewed his fight on Wednesday to pass a bill that would crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities” throughout the U.S., after similar legislation was shot down on Senate floor earlier in the week. — Cruz reintroduced the bill and placed it directly on the Senate calendar in an attempt for the legislation to be called up and voted on immediately…….

Breitbart
Conservatives Worry About 2017 Amnesty Push From Ryan, Rubio
Conservatives movement-wide worry that the donor class’s concerted effort to push House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) into the House speakership — a post he’s almost certain to win now that he’s running — would ultimately lead to an amnesty push in 2017 alongside Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) if Rubio wins the White House…….

WND,com
Border Patrol exits college job fair after backlash
Unemployed college kids at the University of California-Irvine have no intention of working if it involves enforcing the rule of law. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection pulled out of an Irvine, California, jobs fair at the school on Tuesday after complaints the agency is insensitive towards illegal immigrants. — Close to 700 UCI students signed a petition over two days to remove the border patrol from Thursday’s fair, the Washington Times reported…….
October 22, 2015
Breitbart
Paul Ryan Sold House Freedom Caucus a Bill of Goods in Private Meeting on Capitol Hill
In the private meeting inside the House Ways and Means Committee hearing room in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) promised the House Freedom Caucus the world to try to earn their official endorsement. He failed…….

Breitbart
Video — Paul Ryan With Gutierrez: America ‘Is More Than Our Borders’
Breitbart News has unearthed another overlooked 2013 video that documents Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic Congressman Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s (D-IL) aggressive stumping for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) amnesty and immigration-expansion plan. — In a speech at the Erie House in Chicago, Ryan and Gutierrez provided more details about how they aimed to institute a formal open borders policy for the United States…….

Judicial Watch
Obama Orders Public Schools To Support Who?
The Obama administration is ordering the nation’s public schools to support illegal immigrant students, promote the president’s amnesty and embrace and value the diversity and cultural backgrounds of the foreigners receiving a free, American taxpayer-funded education. — In a 63-page Guide for Success issued this month, the U.S. Department of Education directs teachers in the nation’s publicly funded schools to understand the cultural and educational backgrounds of their students and to model multicultural sensitivity…….

Jack Davis — Western Journalism
Watch: O’Reilly ERUPTS When He Hears What The Senate Just Did — ‘Unbelievable Is Too Gentle A Word!’
On Tuesday, Senate Democrats effectively blocked Kate’s Law from advancing. — The law was named for Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco in July. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican national and convicted felon who was in the United States illegally, has been charged with her death…….

Daily Signal
His Brother Was Killed by an Illegal Alien in 2011. Now, He’s Angry the Senate Blocked the Sanctuary Cities Bill.
Brian McCann is angry. — Two days before his brother Denny McCann’s birthday, Democrats in the Senate blocked a bill that would have withheld federal funding for sanctuary cities, cities that refuse to work with federal immigration officers and turn over immigrants living in the country illegally…….

Rich Sobieray — Villages News
A Sanctuary Country
The brutal murder of Kate Steinle by a repeat drug offender, felon and five time deported illegal immigrant brought our collective attention to the issue of sanctuary cities. — Those who support sanctuary cities argue for the civil rights of the illegal immigrant (?) and the reliance on the voters in the immigrant community…….

AFP
Mob lynches two brothers in Mexico
Puebla, Pue., Mex. — Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission condemned on Wednesday the lynching of two brothers who were working as pollsters when a mob killed them and burned them while others took pictures. — The governmental organization demanded “justice for the victims and their families through a serious and professional investigation” that leads to the arrests of those responsible for the attack on Monday in Ajalpan, a town in central Puebla state…….

Breitbart
Freedom Caucus Balks at Paul Ryan, Refuses to Endorse
If House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is true to his word, he will drop out of contention for the House Speakership. — The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday evening voted against endorsing Ryan — an endorsement Ryan considered essential to formally launching a bid for House Speaker. — HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS DOES NOT ENDORSE PAUL RYAN. They say a SUPER MAJORITY will support Ryan for speaker, however, Politico’s Jake Sherman tweeted…….

Breitbart
Police Arrest Mexican Immigrant for Stealing Hundreds of Americans’ IDs
Texas police are holding Mexican immigrant Rodrigo Rodriguez, after multiple law enforcement agencies tracked him down and a search of his apartment revealed “141 Social Security cards, 110 birth certificates, 18 Texas ID cards, 11 Texas driver’s license, 3 tampered birth certificates, 1 marriage license and 1 Mexico ID card, according to KRGV.com…….

Ann Coulter
Save us from Paul Ryan and the Kemp Boys
After Paul Ryan helped Mitt Romney lose the 2012 election by doing the impossible — losing a debate to Joe Biden — he went on an intimate tour of poverty. It was a journey so personal, Ryan brought reporters, writers and documentary producers with him. — So far, he’s gotten one book and one documentary out of The Paul Ryan Intimate Poverty Tour — we’re still waiting for the tote bags — and is currently promoting a major poverty-fighting initiative that he brainstormed during private moments of reflection, somehow captured by the press: “The Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity.” ……


Gods Chosen People?

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/10/25/gods-chosen-people-guest-column-by-stephen-lensman/

Guest Column by Stephen Lensman

Stephen Lendman is a Jew. What you read below are the words of a Jew who has a moral conscience and cannot tolerate the horrendous crimes that the government of the state of Israel—supported to the hilt by the American neocons who have dominated every US government since Clinton—commits on Palestinians.
Many Jews have a moral conscience. Jews are the most outspoken critics of the Zionist Israeli government that is worshipped by brainwashed American gentiles. The government of Israel calls its Jewish critics “self-hating Jews” and works to eliminate them, with much success, from Western university and media employment.
The American Congress, the mythical “voice of the people,” is in fact the voice of the crazed rightwing Israeli government. The idiots in Congress actually send each year to the Israeli government the billions of our taxpayer dollars that the Israeli government uses to buy the elections and the votes of the US Conress.
You can tell who the honest members of the House and Senate are. They are the few who do not vote as the Israel Lobby orders. Usually, such representatives elected by Americans don’t last long in the job.
Bloody Friday in Palestine
by Stephen Lendman
Israel’s killing machine raged on Friday, continuing into Saturday. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said Israeli forces wounded over 290 Palestinians yesterday alone, many seriously – 48 from live fire, 44 using rubber-coated steel bullets.
Hundreds suffered from toxic tear gas inhalation. Maan News said “Israeli forces used Palestine TV reporter and cameraman Sira Sarhan and Hadi al-Dibs as human shields…forcing them at gunpoint to remain in front of their Jeep and tell protesters to stop throwing rocks.”
French journalist David Perrotin was brutally assaulted by Jewish Defense League Zionist zealots outside AFP’s Paris headquarters. He was beaten with batons.
Lunatics involved tried storming AFP’s building, waving Israeli flags, throwing eggs, chanting: “We’re coming to get you.”
One agitator raved: “We are here to show support for Israel in our war against the Arabs. Journalists working for organizations like AFP support the Islamic terrorists and that’s why we have to fight back.” Friday night, Perrotin twittered he’s OK. He thanked everyone expressing support.
On October 21, Luay Faisal Ali Abeid stood on his third floor balcony, displaying no weapon, threatening no one. No clashes were ongoing in the area around his home.
An Israeli soldier opened fire at him without just cause, a rubber-coated steel bullet fracturing his skull and nose, striking his left eye. Surgeons couldn’t save it. They had to operate to remove it.
On Saturday, an Israeli security guard murdered a Palestinian teenager in cold blood. He was unarmed threatening no one.
Palestinian medical workers said Israel prevented help from reaching him. He was shot at least five times. Overnight Friday into Saturday morning, dozens of Palestinians were kidnapped – in East Jerusalem, Jenin, Abu Dis, Qabatia and Bethlehem.
Western and Israeli media reports are entirely one-sided. Palestinians are wrongfully portrayed as knife-wielding terrorists. Most reports are fabricated. The few legitimate ones are blown way out of proportion.
Rampaging Israeli forces and extremist settlers are considered noble defenders. Al Monitor said “(t)he Obama administration is cutting aid to the Palestinians by $80 million in what congressional sources describe as a ‘message’ to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.”
It’s being reduced from $370 million to $290 million for the fiscal year ending September 30 – following criticism from congressional members, blaming Palestinians for vicious Israeli incitement and premeditated persecution over the past three weeks.
Zionist zealot Rep. Eliot Engel (D. NY) said “(w)e need to dial up pressure on Palestinian officials to repudiate this violence.” On October 22, House Foreign Affairs Committee members voted unanimously to punish Palestinians for Israeli high crimes.
Practically the entire Congress one-sidedly supports Israel, no matter how outrageous its crimes – nothing worse than cold-blooded murder, defenseless Palestinians outrageously blamed.
AIPAC demands an end to “Palestinian incitement…Palestinian terrorists are attacking Israelis,” it rants.
“Palestinian leaders…exacerbated tensions,” instead of accurately saying it’s the other way around, Israel entirely responsible, being rewarded by Washington with hundreds of millions more in military aid – supporting its killing machine to spill more blood.
“Palestinians must renew direct peace talks with Israel (to achieve) a real and lasting peace,” claims AIPAC – ignoring reality on the ground.
Israel and Washington deplore peace and stability, thrive on endless violence, at all times blame victims for their viciousness.
So-called peace initiatives are dead on arrival every time. They’re a waste of time, Palestinians always wrongfully blamed for failure.
Daily NYT reports provide cover for Israeli high crimes. Not a word on horrific Friday’s Israeli-instigated violence on defenseless Palestinians explained above.
Instead headlined “Jewish Man Stabbed in Israel by Palestinians as Violence Continues,” blaming them for an ongoing “wave of violence.”
The entire article highlights claims about Jewish victims, Palestinian terrorists, attackers, assailants. The latest Times propaganda piece cited Israel saying a “Palestinian stabber (was) shot dead.”
No Israelis were harmed. No weapons were found. Another accusation repeats the same Big Lie about violent Palestinians, poor Israeli victims. It’s hard believing this stuff gets printed – maliciously and willfully turning truth on its head.
Sources are always government or military officials, past or current ones, mostly unnamed, repeating the same old Big Lie, long ago discredited by legitimate news reports and analysts.
Israeli state terror, fully supported by Washington and rogue allies, bears full responsibility for ongoing, earlier and certain future violence against defenseless Palestinian victims.
The Times and other media scoundrels never report what everyone needs to know. Israel’s war on Palestinians continues with no resolution in prospect.
Just as the New York Times lies through its teeth about Palestinians, the New York Times lies through its teeth about Russia. Lendman holds the presstitutes accountable.


NYT Big Lie Claims Russia Bombing Syrian Hospitals

by Stephen Lendman
On October 20, The Times tried justifying the Pentagon’s latest Afghan war crime, willfully bombing a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital without just cause – premeditated Times deception suggesting otherwise, ignoring indisputable facts.
The death toll keeps rising, 26 according to MSF as of October 23 – 37 others injured, many severely. Numbers of known fatalities “may not be final numbers,” said MSF.
“All that now remains of the three operating theaters, the ER and outpatient departments, and the intensive care unit are collapsed roofs, blackened walls, floors thick with dust, and twisted pieces of metal that were once beds or trolleys,” it explained painfully.
Its outrage remains unchanged. The Times report tried whitewashing deliberate mass murder. Its lies and will distortions never quit.
On October 22, it claimed precision Russian airstrikes on ISIS and other takfiri targets struck “(a)t least seven hospitals or medical facilities in Syria,” another vicious Big Lie, same old Times reporting, systematically suppressing hard truths, substituting made up rubbish.
Its source for this and other anti-Syrian propaganda – the London-based, Western financed con man Rami Abdul Rahman Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), reporting only what his backers tell him to say, a pack of lies they want proliferated by willing major media scoundrels.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted anti-Russian propaganda, phony reports about its Syrian operations, saying:
“There are so-called mass media reports which allege that Russian aircraft bombed a field hospital in the Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria and reportedly killed 13 people.”
Journalists don’t write these type reports, she explained. They publish anti-Russian propaganda prepared for them, claiming it’s real news.
She blasted SOHR, saying “(a)s we all understand, it is very ‘convenient’ to cover and observe what is happening in Syria without leaving London and without the ability to collect information in the field.”
Russia’s campaign scrupulously avoids striking civilians, while “terrorist groups (keep getting) reinforcements of people (and) equipment from abroad…”
“These facts raise a question as to whether parties involved in the Syrian conflict are really interested in a peaceful settlement, and how this goal is reconciled with financial and technical support for anti-government armed groups, including those who directly cooperate with terrorists.”
Daily anti-Russian propaganda rages. Fabricated rubbish substitutes for hard truths. Only fools and liars believe it.
In a few short weeks, Russia’s anti-terrorism campaign in Syria continues showing remarkable effectiveness – ISIS and other takfiris getting systematically battered. Not a shred of evidence suggests it’s bombing hospitals or other civilian sites. Reports claiming otherwise are willful lies.
Moscow’s formidable weapons and air power have Pentagon commanders trembling, likely not eager to pick a fight it knows it can’t win.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

OLDOGS COMMENTS!

I do not propose that everything I republish is true; because my objective is to create an interest in American’s to do they’re own research instead of accepting the bull crap being published by the Banker Controlled Media Industry. If you the reader object to the above article then gather proof and publish it.

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JUST WHO ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS?

October 22nd, 2015 by

http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin879.htm

By Chuck Baldwin

NewsWithViews.com

For seven consecutive presidential administrations (since Bush, Sr. invaded Kuwait–2016 will make it 28 years), the American people have been told that they are at war with terrorists. Republican and Democrat administrations and congresses alike have built America’s entire foreign policy around this hypothesis. Trillions of taxpayer dollars have been spent. Thousands of American troops have lost their lives. And tens of thousands have been wounded–many of them seriously. Plus, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the Middle East have lost their lives to America’s “war on terror.”

In the name of the “war on terror,” the people of the United States have become the most spied upon and servile people in world history. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice, and Pentagon have constructed the most elaborate domestic spy machine known to man. We are told that all of this is helping to keep America “safe.” We are told the same thing about our incessant drone attacks, the thousands of sorties conducted by our military aircraft, and our never-ending wars of aggression in the Middle East.

First, we were told the terrorists were Al Qaeda and the Taliban. We invaded two countries to rid the world of these sand people. But after years of war by the most powerful and sophisticated military might in the world (the U.S. military), Al Qaeda and the Taliban are still with us–stronger than ever. Then we were told the terrorists were ISIS. Supposedly, Barack Obama has been at war with these sand people ever since he took office. But all that has happened is ISIS has gotten stronger and stronger. Surely, any rational person should be able to see through this façade.

The truth is the United States is not at war with ISIS; the United States helped to create and continues to fund and support ISIS. America’s so-called war against ISIS is a total farce. The U.S. government in Washington, D.C., has used ISIS to fight a proxy war against Syria on behalf of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel–not to mention the globalist puppet-masters. Outside of the United States, virtually the entire world knows it. But, you see, America has the most sophisticated propaganda machine ever known to man: the national news media.

The entire national press corps in this country (with FOX News at the front of the pack) constantly promotes the drumbeat of war by regurgitating government-sponsored talking points and “intelligence,” never bothering to investigate or question the veracity of the government’s assertions. Joseph Goebbels could only have dreamed of such an efficient propaganda ministry.

Joining the national news media are millions of evangelical Christians such as John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Hal Lindsey, et al., who use the doctrine of Christian Zionism to also pound the drumbeat of war.

See this report.

Yet, by supporting Islamic terror groups such as ISIS, what U.S. foreign policy (with the support of the national news media and Hagee-type evangelicals) is actually doing is assisting the most violent and barbaric stripe of Islam. ISIS is nothing more than the resident terror group of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Muslim empire. Without any risk of being hyperbolic, Saudi Arabia is one of the most barbarous terror-nations in the entire world. Yet, the U.S. government considers Saudi Arabia to be one of its closest allies. And that’s the problem: it is.

By far, the richest man in the world is Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. To give you an idea of how wealthy this Sunni Muslim is, billionaires such as Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, and Warren Buffet are only 1/20th to 1/50th as rich as he is. And, as you can imagine, Salman is joined at the hip to the most powerful and wealthiest international bankers in the world, such as the Rockefellers and Rothschilds–and giant oil companies such as Chevron and Standard Oil.

And in the Sunni Muslim mind of King Salman, the greatest enemy is Shia Muslims which are predominantly located in countries such as Syria, Iran, and Yemen. It is Saudi Arabia (assisted by its allies in the United States, Turkey, and Israel) that is the chief sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East. This is why the so-called “war on terror” by the United States is such a joke. Ever since the administration of George H.W. Bush, the White House has been in the pocket of petro-dollar billionaires around the world–with the king of Saudi Arabia being the Cock-A-Doodle-Do of them all.

See this report.

I’m sure everyone readily remembers seeing news video of those caravans of Toyota pickup trucks with ISIS flags waving proudly atop them. Well, guess what! Those Toyota pickup trucks were supplied by the United States. Just another reason why the greatest military force in the world was unable to locate and destroy these trucks (and the terrorists riding in them) as they crawled along the Middle Eastern desert. Again, what a crock!

See the report.

No wonder Iraqi Commander Hassan al-Sari said that Vladimir Putin’s Russian coalition “is fighting against the ISIL on behalf of the whole world” while the US had played no role in the recent victories against the terrorists.

Here is the report.

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan, Paul Craig Roberts, was more than blunt in his praise of Putin’s genuine war against the Sunni terrorists in Syria, while denouncing in no uncertain terms the phony war on terror in Washington, D.C. He writes, “The distinguished and knowledgeable international commentator William Engdahl, in a superb statement, has expressed the view I gave you that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech on September 28 at the 70th anniversary of the United Nations changed the balance of power in the world. Until Putin’s speech the world was intimidated by the Washington Bully. Resistance to Washington brought swift retribution. In the Middle East and Africa it brought economic sanctions and military invasions that destroyed entire countries. In France and other US vassal states it brought multi-billion dollar confiscations of bank net worth as the price of not following Washington’s policies toward other countries.”

Roberts continues: “President Putin of Russia brought all that to end on September 28. He stood up before the world in the presence of the overflowing hubris of the hegemon and belled the cat.

“Putin denounced Washington’s threat to the sovereignty, and thereby the freedom, of peoples and countries. He denounced the heartless criminality of Washington’s destruction of the lives of millions of peoples on the basis of nothing other than Washington’s own arrogance. He denounced the illegality of Washington’s assaults on the sovereignty of other peoples, and declared that Russia can no longer tolerate this state of affairs in the world.

“Two days later he took over the war in Syria and began exterminating the Washington financed and equipped Islamic State. Cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea hit ISIL targets with pinpoint accuracy and showed Washington’s EU vassals that Washington’s ABM system could not protect them if Europe permitted Washington to force Europe into conflict with Russia.

“Washington’s response was more lies: ‘the missiles hit Iran,’ said the idiots in Washington. The entire world laughed at the lie. Washington, some said, is whistling past its empire’s own graveyard.”

Roberts goes on: “This is a sea change. It will affect the behavior of every government. Even some of the craven vassals states, whose ‘leaders’ are bought-and-paid-for, will move toward a more independent foreign policy.

“The remaining danger is the crazed American neoconservatives. I know many of them. They are completely insane ideologues. This inhuman filth has controlled the foreign policy of every US government since Clinton’s second term. They are a danger to all life on earth. Look at the destruction they have wreaked in the former Yugoslavia, in Ukraine, in Georgia and South Ossetia, in Africa, in Afghanistan and the Middle East. The American people were too brainwashed by lies and by political impotence to do anything about it, and Washington’s vassals in Europe, UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan had to pretend that this policy of international murder was ‘bringing freedom and democracy.’

“The crazed filth that controls US foreign policy is capable of defending US hegemony with nuclear weapons. The neoconservatives must be removed from power, arrested, and put on international trial for their horrendous war crimes before they defend their hegemony with Armageddon.

“Neoconservatives and their allies in the military/security complex make audacious use of false flag attacks. These evil people are capable of orchestrating a false flag attack that propels the US and Russia to war.”

See Roberts’ column here.

Plus, Christians around the world (especially in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Eastern Europe) are not hypnotized by Christian Zionists such as John Hagee. Here is a sample of the numerous pieces of communication that I often receive from Christians in these regions:

“I grew up in an Evangelical pastor’s house in Nigeria, reading the fallacies of Mr. Scofield’s ‘Bible’ teaching the false doctrines of dispensations. By the Grace of God I know better now.

“The current State of Israel is a nation based on the accursed Talmudic doctrines of the Pharisees [exactly right].”

This Middle Eastern Christian goes on to say, “Vladimir Putin is a man of God, who knows these people and their hate for our Lord Jesus and for Christians.

“God forbid those Obama-and-Netanyahu-rented bearded barbarians called ‘moderate rebels,’ Al Nustra, Al Qaeda, and ISIS enter the city of Damascus! Our Christian brothers and sisters would all be annihilated, raped, and forcefully converted to Islam, with the support of USA, NATO, and Israel.”

(Name and location withheld by this author)

Go outside the westernized Christian world and the believers that I have communicated with almost universally echo the Christian man’s sentiments above. Then again, they have not been indoctrinated by the teachings of dispensationalism and Christian Zionism.

Have American Christians not noticed that ISIS doesn’t attack Israel? Gee. I wonder why not. If ISIS is the mortal enemy of Israel, why don’t we hear about these terrorists attacking Israel? In truth, Israel is often a safe haven for ISIS terrorists, providing supplies and medical care for wounded ISIS warriors. Again, the Israeli Mossad, along with America’s CIA, and Saudi Arabia’s special forces helped create–and continue to maintain–ISIS.

The “crazed American neoconservatives” that Paul Craig Roberts refers to would be impotent without the massive support they receive from evangelical Christians throughout the United States. Pray tell, what will these Christians in America say to their brothers and sister in Christ from Iraq, Syria, Palestine, etc., when they stand side-by-side at the judgment bar of God? It is the massive support for war in the Middle East by evangelical Christians in the United States that is forcing our brothers and sisters in Christ there into exile, causing increased persecution and torture among them, and killing thousands and thousands of them. Not to mention the torture and martyrdom of our Christian friends in the home of America’s great “ally,” Saudi Arabia. That is a future scene I shudder to think about!

There is a war on terror going on alright; but just who are the real terrorists?

P.S. I am pleased to announce that James Jaeger’s brand new film, “Midnight Ride: When Rogue Politicians Call For Martial Law” will be premiered on Friday, November 6, 2015, from 6pm through 11pm Mountain Time. Distinguished luminaries such as Pat Buchanan, Larry Pratt, Ron Paul, G. Edward Griffin, Sheriff Richard Mack, Stewart Rhodes, Edwin Vieira, Jr., and several others are featured in this film. I am honored to also be featured.

I invite readers to go to my website on Friday evening, November 6, and watch the premiere of this outstanding film. And please tell your friends. DVDs of the film will also be available the night of the premiere via my website. Watch the film here.

© 2015 Chuck Baldwin – All Rights Reserved

Chuck Baldwin is a syndicated columnist, radio broadcaster, author, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded. He was the 2008 Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party. He and his wife, Connie, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Chuck and his family reside in the Flathead Valley of Montana. See Chuck’s complete bio here.

E-mail: chuck@chuckbaldwinlive.com

Website: ChuckBaldwinLive.com

PRAYER IS NOT ILLEGAL

 By Coach Dave Daubenmire
October 22, 2015
NewsWithViews.com

“Well, there you go again.” That is what Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter 35 years ago in the 1980 Presidential debate.

Perhaps it would be better to quote Yogi Berra who famously said “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” I’ve seen this movie before. I’ve been down this road. I’ve seen this song and dance before. Been there, done that!

Those are all quotes that I could use to explain what I am feeling in my heart as I watch yet another Christian coach get in trouble for praying with his football team. This time it isJoe Kennedy from the Seattle, Washington area who has drawn the ire of the ‘Prayer Police.’

It ticks me off. Not the fact that the God-haters are throwing their weight around, but that we are letting them get away with it. I’ve lived this life. I’ve played this game. I watched them huff and puff and threaten to blow the house down.

I went through the same thing back in 1997. I was sued by the anti-America, Christ-hating ACLU for praying with our teams in Ohio. Google it; you’ll find all kinds of propaganda spewed by the lying scumbags insinuating that I violated the rights of my players. Go ahead and read it. It’s all B.S. They are master deceivers.

Let me give it to you with a little punch; I am sick and tired of the reruns and the same old, tired game plan that our side rolls out. Here’s the truth: There is no law against praying anywhere. There cannot be a law. The right to freely express one’s faith is an unalienable right. Unalienable means CANNOT be taken away. It’s like skin color, or height, or dare I say it, sexual orientation. You is what you is and it cannot be changed. (I spoke that way so the Christ-haters can accuse me of being ignorant.) That is what unalienable means.

The right to pray is unalienable. The First Amendment calls it “free exercise.” The God-haters (and their cops) like to point us to the “establishment clause”, but “establishment” and “free exercise” are connected by “or”. Sort of like love and marriage used to “go together like a horse and carriage” you can’t have one without the other. You still remember when marriage was marriage, don’t you?

The courts and their legal miscreants have separated the terms. Establishment doesn’t trump free exercise. Coach Kennedy and every kid in that school has the right to freely pray if they so desire. Free exercise cannot be inhibited by lawyers or judges. If it is restricted, it is not “free” exercise. Technically only Congress can take away the right to pray, and they are expressly forbidden to do so. In case you’re interested, here is the pertinent section of the First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

Saying a prayer after a football game does not establish a religion. Only Congress can do that…but they can’t. Coach Kennedy and the players are engaging in “free exercise.” If Congress can’t establish a religion, how can a school or a measly old coach establish one?

Only in America, with our un-Godly, un-righteous courts, could such a charade have been foisted upon us. There is no separation between the church and the state. They just tell us that there is and then they use that to dredge our children through the cesspool of secular humanism.

Free exercise means free exercise. Coach Kennedy can pray or not pray. The same is true with every one of his players. Free exercise! Not ACLU enforced “disestablishment” of Christianity.

Where are the churches? WHERE ARE THE PASTORS? Where are the Christian lawyers who will expose the lie that courts can’t make laws? Why do we follow such foolishness? It is time that somebody, somewhere told the courts and the ACLU to go pound sand. www.defytyrants.com

Christians pay for the schools, yet Christian prayers are not permitted. All across the fruited plain, Islam is being invited into the schools with Halal meals and prayer rooms. Is it just me, or is there no separation between Islam and state? We could ask Hussein Obama, but then again we know where he kneels on the issue.

Since the 1947 Everson v Board of Education opinion, we have been sold a lie. 
Religious liberty is absolute in America. If the government can inhibit the mention of God, then government has inserted itself ABOVE God. That has been the Christ-haters plan all along. They have used that lie to run Christianity out of the Public Square.

There is no separation between the church and state. Prayer in schools and Bible reading in schools are not unlawful. The posting of the 10 Commandments violates no law. Abortion has never been made legal. Homosexual sodomy is still a crime. Homosexual marriage can never be legal because it violates all Natural and Christian laws.

Courts cannot make law. They merely offer opinions. Christian values have been removed from America by tyrannical courts.

Coach Kennedy can pray. His players can pray. The school board can pray. The band can pray. The parents can pray. The bus driver can pray. Free exercise of prayer is UNALIENABLE!

It’s déjà vu all over again. How long will we allow ourselves to be controlled by the man behind the curtain?

COURTS CANNNOT MAKE LAWS!

What a bunch of misguided sheep we are.

© 2015 Dave Daubenmire – All Rights Reserved

Dave Daubenmire is a veteran 35 year high school football coach who was spurred to action when attacked and sued by the ACLU in the late 1990’s for praying with his high school football team. After a two year battle for his 1st amendment rights, the ACLU relented and offered coach an out of court settlement.

Challenging the “church of the Status Quo”, Pass The Salt Ministries is calling Christians to wake up and engage the culture. By taking the fight to the enemy, Coach Daubenmire has become a recognizable voice in the media as he is an unashamed, articulate, apologist for the Christian worldview. A popular, high-energy speaker, Coach Daubenmire’s motivational lectures, laced with powerful and relevant Scripture, is challenging Americans all across the country.

Web: http://saltandlightbrigade.org
Web: www.CoachDaveLive.com

E-Mail: coach@ptsalt.com

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

Thanks coach, It’s good to see someone besides myself still knows the real definition of UNALIENABLE! The education and media industry have done a great job of polluting the English dictionary, and the minds of our fellow Americans. There will soon come a time when our fellow Americans will support those who come to kill us, and for my part, I welcome it! There is not enough grit left in our country to stand up and fight back, and the shame I feel for them is too much to bear. At 75 there is just too much despair to deal with.

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THE REAL AGENDA OF THE 2015 PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

October 21st, 2015 by

http://www.newswithviews.com/Ewart/ron224.htm

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By Ron Ewart
NewsWithViews.com

Once again, world leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists and socialists will be gathering in Paris, France, between November 30 and December 11, 2015, to discuss obtaining a world agreement on the reduction of green house gases in what is called a “Conference of the Parties”, or COP21. Their goal is to limit global temperature increases to less than 2o Centigrade above pre-industrial levels.

The basic premise is that the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is causing global warming and man is emitting more CO2 into the atmosphere than would be there naturally, therefore man is guilty and must be punished by severely limiting the very energy that has catapulted man out of the dark ages. This false premise is being acted upon in spite of theoverwhelming evidence that CO2 levels have risen over the last 17 years, but world temperatures have remained flat. So the nexus between rising CO2 levels and a corresponding rise in world temperatures is a ghost that isn’t there.

The cost for this conference has been budgeted at just under $200,000,000, or around 170,000,000 Euros. The American taxpayer is going to pick up a bunch of this cost. But rest assured in this “Conference of the Parties”, you aren’t one of the privileged parties and you won’t be represented there.

What the conference won’t tell you is the Trillions of Dollars the CO2 emission limits and the Cap and Trade Ponzi Scheme will cost the people of the planet, but more importantly the giant hit that Americans will feel in their wallets and their jobs for a mirage created out of thin air by radical environmentalists to subjugate the people’s of the world.

Since the Kyoto Protocol 1997 (COP3), world governments have been trying desperately to convince the world populations that man-caused global warming is one of the greatest threats to mankind (a bold faced lie) and if world governments don’t come to an agreement to address this threat and then act on the proposed solutions, we are all doomed to drowning, starvation and the deaths of large portions of the world population, mostly in poorer nations.

Even the current Pope has added his two cents worth of opinion to this global warming debate and warned world leaders that they must act now. What the Hell does the Pope know about the made-as-instructed pseudo science of man-caused global warming? Notice that we don’t use “Climate Change.” Those two words are a fraud and were ginned up to dupe the masses.

Let’s forget for a moment that the science of global warming and CO2 forcing are totally unsettled and in fact recent studies have shown that CO2 is not the great global warming agent the IPCC and other climate scientists say it is. Instead, let’s look at the real objectives (agenda) of world governments and environmentalists to force world populations (mostly Americans) to endure and suffer the real hardships that limits to CO2 emissions and Cap and Trade will bring.

To see a window into those objectives and the real agenda of the Paris Conference and the FRAUD that is “Climate Change”, all we need do is read the public statements that noted environmentalists, socialists and politicians have made about bringing CO2 emission limits and Cap and Trade to all the world’s peoples, but mostly to the citizens of the United States since America is truly the great Satan in the eyes of environmentalists and socialists. Iran does not hold the singular mindset on that score.

Here are some samples of those public statements that paint an entirely different picture that world governments are telling us through their propaganda and global-warming fear mongering:

“We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination… So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts… Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” – Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many IPCC reports

“Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” – Sir John Houghton, first chairman of IPCC“

“It doesn’t matter what is true; it only matters what people believe is true.” – Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace (EDITOR’S NOTE: Hitler strongly believed in this axiom and used it to great effect.)

“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.” – Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation

“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony, climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” -Christine Stewart, Former Canadian Minister of the Environment. (EDITOR’S NOTE: This IS the real mission of Climate Change and limiting CO2 emissions.)

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme

“A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States. De-development means bringing our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the world resource situation.” – Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies

“The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US.” – Michael Oppenheimer, Environmental Defense Fund

“Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.” – Professor Maurice King

“We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of presently settled land.” – David Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

“My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with it’s full complement of species, returning throughout the world.” -Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

“A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society at the present North American material standard of living would be 1 billion. At the more frugal European standard of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible.” – United Nations, Global Biodiversity Assessment

“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable.” – Maurice Strong, Rio Earth Summit

“Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.” – David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club

“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI,

NOW DO YOU GET IT? What we have portrayed here in this collection of public statements by mostly environmentalists is the collective mindset of the environmental and socialist crowds and climate scientists, all across the planet. They have convinced world government’s, including the U. S. and especially President Obama, that the threat is so real and so imminent that action must be taken now or irreversible consequences will envelope the globe, all the while discounting the fact that man-caused global warming is unsettled science and that back in the 1970’s (40 years ago) these same scientists, environmentalists, socialists and world governments were warning us of the dire consequences of “man-caused global cooling.” Why should we believe them now?

(see: this article)

But limiting CO2 emissions, get-rich Cap and Trade schemes and alternative energy sources are not about saving the planet from man-caused global warming. It is all about social and environmental justice, a United Nations and now an American government policy. These Climate Change initiatives are all about radically controlling the populations of planet earth under a world government, to save the planet from the scourge, nay the virus, of mankind and to bring America to the level of a third-world nation.

The real scam is that Americans will be required to bear the brunt of CO2 emission limits while China produces twice the amount of CO2 that America produces and gets off scot-free.

In just 22 years, China has increased its CO2 emissions by 4 times. In contrast, America has reduced its emissions in that same period of time, but Americans must suffer more, because we are so rich, decadent and glutinous.

(Source:UN Climate Change Cenference)

China has no intentions of stopping the rapid rise in its economy that has led it to become the second largest economy in the world, mostly fueled by the energy of coal and oil and the American consumer.

It has been reported that China builds one new coal-fired power plant every week. America is sending its vast resources of coal to China to fuel those power plants. So America is aiding and abetting China’s CO2 and pollutant emissions while shooting itself in the foot with CO2 emission limits.

What makes anyone think that China, the largest producer of CO2 and pollutants on the planet, will roll back what they have accomplished in a few decades and return their people to abject poverty?

But then who cares ladies and gentlemen? The die is cast and Americans will get CO2 emission limits and Cap and Trade whether they like it or not and that will make Al Gore and others in the Cap and Trade business, infinitely wealthy. We got Obama Care in spite of overwhelming objections and not a single Republican vote. The Globalists, moneychangers and the Democrats now control our air, water, land, money, energy, transportation, marriage, reproduction and health care. What’s left for them to control? Nothing, except maybe a license to have children!

Many states, including Washington, Oregon and California, have already implemented strict CO2 emission limits. It doesn’t make any difference that it is all a scam and a lie to implement global government. If Americans have to pay a little more or lose jobs, so what? After all, we are guilty, aren’t we? Life is good in America. What’s all the fuss anyway? We can afford it. We’re rich.

What’s all the fuss? We’ll tell you what’s all the fuss! The fraud of man-caused global warming is just another nail in the coffin of America’s demise as a free and sovereign nation, along with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA, CAFTA and all the other so-called free trade agreements that give American workers the shaft while exploiting cheap international labor on the path to one-world-order.

Sadly, most Americans who read this will just roll their eyes, go back to thumb-punching their Iphones and anticipate the next episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” Others will march in the streets and yell out that “Black Lives Matter”, while promoting death to cops. Others will lobby government for more free stuff that socialist Presidential Candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are promising, but can’t deliver.

America, a once-proud free and sovereign nation, lives no more. The world forces of global government have won. Or have they? It’s up to the American people to see that world forces don’t win, that is if they care.

If you still have doubts about man-caused global warming, we encourage you to read our article published in the Seattle Times, as a guest editorial, entitled, Global Warming, A Farce.” The article is 10 years old, but its indisputable logic is timeless. The reader will find a great deal more indisputable logic on the NARLO website.

[NOTE: The forgoing article represents the opinion of the author and is not necessarily shared by the owners, employees, representatives, or agents of this publisher.]

© 2015 Ron Ewart — All Rights Reserved

Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America”, is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached for comment at info@narlo.org.

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OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

WOW!!!

THANKS RON! I have been frying my little ole brain for months trying to compose a socially acceptable euphuism for the lazy dead heads who really believe if one ignores a problem it will go away, and “THUMB PUNCHERS” Is a stroke of genius!  

“The ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle, home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics, he feels himself master of his fate. But otherwise he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.” – George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author Source: Inside the Whale, 1940

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The Coming Break Point

October 19th, 2015 by

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Peace and serenity are not coming to our world. Turmoil and revolution lie up ahead!

UNLESS!

WE THE PEOPLE – LEARN TO ACCEPT

A ONE DOCTRINE CONSTITUTION!

DO ALL THINGS IN CONFORMITY WITH

HOW YOU WANT THEM DONE TO YOU. 

OLDDOG

By Nelson Hultberg

A revolutionary political earthquake lies up ahead. The popularity of Trump foretells this. We’re feeling the tremors right now. But the feeling of revulsion for the Washington establishment is not yet clear enough and widespread enough in the minds of the people to manifest in a revolutionary “break point.” But I believe such a lack of widespread clarity is the lull before the storm. And the storm is coming in the form of a pervasive economic crash that will shake up Americans in a way they have never before experienced.

It is then that the needed clarity will be achieved. It is in times of great crisis that people are susceptible to a more truthful view of things, and will be more willing to take revolutionary action. If freedom is to be restored in America, it will be at this time when the establishment way of doing things for the past century – political centralization and Keynesian monetary theory – comes under suspicion as highly flawed ideology and political tyranny. It is here when all is chaos and despair that the coming break point will be reached and a chance to restore freedom will be available to us.

When the crisis really hits, when the dollar is dropping like a rock in a dry well, when tanks are in the streets to restore order in scores of new Fergusons and Baltimores pockmarking the country, when unemployment hits 25% and no one believes the BLS lies of 5% anymore, when the Feds are snooping in the skies above with thousands of drones over our own country, when a smarmy President spews out still another unctuous speech from the White House about how “government is here to help you,” then the breaking point will be reached in the minds of the American people.

This profound “break point” is coming to America as sure as the tides wash in to our shorelines. Our stock market is like the Titanic on April 15, 1912. It is living on borrowed time, and all the King’s men and horses are not going to be able to put this Keynesian Humpty back together again. The coming economic crash will make 2008 look like a walk in the park. Humans’ penchant for the “normalcy bias” is keeping us all in a state of dangerous apathy. It’s the same mindset that prevailed on Wall Street in 1929, before Robespierre and the Jacobins in 1793, ahead of Lenin in 1917.

Two Profound Choices

The coming tumult will bring us one of two profound choices. There will either be a rebirth of liberty and a harkening back to the principles that built our Republic prior to 1913, or there will be a plunge into a neo-fascist dictatorship in which we lose our freedom totally. 

Which will it be? It all depends upon whether Americans still have that love of liberty dwelling in them. I believe they do, but if I’m wrong, then a thousand year Dark Age awaits us. We certainly have major hurdles to overcome if freedom is to be saved. And the primary hurdle is whether we can influence enough Americans between now and the coming crash to be able to control political policy as we are climbing out of the crash. 
This is the all-important time period – the aftermath of the Great Depressionary Collapse – when the country is rethinking its past policies and evaluating what role they had in the collapse. This is when it will be possible to implement radical ideas for the restoration of freedom.

This is when libertarians, conservatives, and independents will be ready to break politically from the Darth Vaders of Washington who have been keeping Americans so submissive for the past 80 years. Then is when a charismatic leader will appear to offer the people a way back to sanity, a way back to the Republic.

I believe Americans still possess that love of liberty which would spawn such a restoration. But they will have to be informed as to what direction to move in an inspirational way that reaches millions of them. This cannot be done via conventional politics working within the Democrat-Republican establishment. The establishment is the problem, not the solution. What will be needed will be a revolutionary way of thinking outside the box of Democrat-Republican conformity.

When the tumult is raging all around us, this is when we as a country will have to make our choice. Do we capitulate to the collectivists that rule our politics and economics in Washington, in the schools, and in the media? Do we obey their vision and move the country toward a regional government as a prelude to a One-World government? Do we centralize our banks into a World Banking system of fiat money? Do we further implement liberalism’s neo-fascist political forms, but continue to fallaciously call such a system “capitalism” so as to ease it into the public conscience as a permissible way to govern?

Or do we move to restore the principles of freedom that built America – strictly limited government, federalism, and a literal interpretation of the Constitution? Do we begin to purge the countless “special privileges” with which our social welfare state maintains its power?

Will conservatives, libertarians, and independents be able to influence policy enough to reject the entire idea of Keynesian economics and restore a sound monetary system with a role for gold? Will we be swamped with the egalitarians and their shrieks for more wealth redistribution, or will we enact a flat tax that supports “equal rights,” and eventually repeal the 16th Amendment and abolish the IRS? Will we continue pursuing the insane militaristic world hegemony of the neocons with trillion dollar military budgets and wars that dominate our foreign policy? Or will we recognize that such insanity is a great part of what bankrupted us and brought about the crash?

Freedom or Fascism

It is in the aftermath of the coming crash that the “break point” will take place. And it will manifest in one or the other of the above denouements. Freedom or Fascism will come to America. Which will it be?   

If it is to be freedom, then it will only happen if millions of patriots unify around an independent political candidate that breaks from the Democrat-Republican monopoly in the way that Ross Perot broke in 1992. Only this time, he must stand clearly for freedom instead of the “vague reformism” that Perot stood for. AFR has published an essay, Salvation of America, that outlines how this scenario can be brought about. It points the way toward a profound realignment of today’s political paradigm.

Peace and serenity are not coming to our world. Turmoil and revolution lie up ahead. We as a people will be confronted with a huge and Homeric choice that will determine the fate of mankind for centuries. Let us hope that we as patriots have made our case well.

Nelson Hultberg — Bio and Archives 
Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas, and serves as the Director of Americans for a Free Republic, afr.org, an educational organization founded to promote sound money and fair taxation. Mr. Hultberg’s articles have appeared in publications such as The Dallas Morning News, The American Conservative, The Freeman, Liberty, and on numerous Internet sites such as The Daily Bell, Financial Sense Online, and Safe Haven. He is the author of a soon to be released book, The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values.

DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURALISM

SUCKS 

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Death by a Thousand Cuts: China and Russia’s Combined Plot to Attack America

October 16th, 2015 by

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By Dave Hodges

 

The now you see him, now you don’t Putin, reappeared on March 16 in during his meeting with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev in the Konstantin Palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, March 16, 2015. Why did he disappear for nearly two weeks? How has Putin changed in the following seven months following his imposed disappearance? Since Reappearing, the world is on a clear path to World War III.

Putin’s Kidnapping and Re-Emergence with a War-Like Attitude

When Putin disappeared for 10 days, he was not answering to the Russian oligarchs. The bankers were obviously pushing Putin to be more aggressive. Why? Because the banksters from Basel (i.e. the Bank of International Settlements. Since Putin disappeared for nearly two weeks in March of 2015, he has come out swinging for the fences and the world is on a collision course for World War III.

The China Factor

In the past two articles, I detailed how China’s aggressiveness in the South China Sea is tied directly to a Chinese assault upon the US economy, through inhibiting trade with nations associated with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Further, through the construction of militarized artificial Islands in the South China Sea, Taiwan’s ouimport/export financial health is imperiled as well. Taiwan represents about 7% of America’s GDP with regard to total trade volume. As was documented in the previous article, China’s intended disruption of US trade, through the TPP, could impact total US trade by as much as 40%. In short, China is engaged in a total economic attack upon the United States.

Russia and China Are Employing Simultaneously Imposed Attacks Against American Hegemony

Briefly, and as previously discussed, World War II will be fought over the dominance/decline of the Petrodollar. For over three years, the forces at the Federal Reserve have tried to devise a justifiable means to invade Syria and Iran because they were non-participants in the Petrodollar scheme whereby nations had to first purchase a federal reserve note prior buying oil. Both Iraq and Libya were topped by US led coalition forces to maintain the Petrodollar. There was a time in the world when forsaking the Federal Reserve Board’s Petrodollar dominance, meant that countries got invaded and the leaders of these countries were killed. With the emergence of the BRICS, the worm has dramatically turned.

The following is a brief recounting of how Russia has checkmated the United States and as a result, the dollar is on life support.

Ukraine

It is no secret that Putin is attempting to restore the Soviet Union to its full glory in the same manner as existed in the 1970’s. This can best accomplished through the reunification of the old Eurasian States. The linchpin in this reconstruction of the former Soviet Union begins and ends with Ukraine. The Federal Reserve interests, still smarting from the undermining of the Petrodollar, used the CIA to ferment a coup against the Russian-friendly Ukrainian government and ousted it Moscow-friendly  government. As the readers will recall the Russians retaliated by overrunning Crimea and threatening to nuke the United States over its aggressive intentions toward Syria and Iran.

Ukraine is critically important to any reunification of the Eurasian empire. In retaliation for the undermining of the Petrodollar in emanating from Syria and Iran, the CIA caused Ukraine to go into civil war. As a result, the Federal Reserve many not have fully salvaged the Petrodollar, but they prevented the rise of the former Soviet Union by creating a quagmire in Ukraine.

Russia still holds a trump card because nearly 40% of European/NATO nations’ natural gas supply (i.e. home heating oil) passes through Ukraine. Putin could blackmail these NATO nations, but NATO sent many troops to the region as a show of force.

The United States went so far as trying to entice Ukraine into joining the European Union. This would be the end of any re-emergence of the Soviet Union. For all intents and purposes, Putin was checkmated by the events in Ukraine.

The following map clearly describes the importance of Ukraine for the Russian oil interests.

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The quagmire in Ukraine ties up the Russian energy industry. This is payback for the Russian disruption of the Petrodollar.

 

The Russo-Chinese Energy Deals

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At the heart of the American economy and the Petrodollar is energy and Russia and China just cemented an agreement where they do not need the dollar. The Russia –China  $400 billion energy deal, signed in May of 2014, will by 2018 have some 38 billion cubic meters of gas flow through the so-called ‘Holy Grail’ pipeline from the largest gas producer, Russia, to the largest energy user, China. This deal  is many things at once: It is, of course a symbolic step in the process of decoupling hydrocarbon trading from the dollar, as it foresees payments in local currencies, rubles and yuan. It sidesteps the  Petrodollar for hydrocarbon trading. Over one-third of the planet just moved away from the dollar when this recent deal was cemented.

As if the Russian-Chinese energy deal is not bad enough, the BRICS are driving a stake into the American economy as they have set up a  new development and investment bank for all of the BRICS countries. The banks  will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, with the first president of the bank will be from India.

The Turkey Factor

In a direct means to compensate for the loss of Ukraine as an energy hub, Russia reached out to NATO member Turkey and reached an accord to bypass Ukraine as a conduit for oil shipments.

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Turkey’s gas deal,  inked with Russia in the Spring of 2014, represents one more time that the grand chess master, Putin, had apparently outmaneuvered the amateur checkers player, Obama.  With this gas deal, Turkey may not have formally left NATO, but make no mistake about it, Turkey had left NATO with this deal. Further, Russia could bypass Ukraine with regard to the shipment of Russian oil.

Turkey and Russia are long-time adversaries since the implementation of the Cold War and the advent of the 1947 Truman Doctrine. This gas deal looked like a staggering blow to the U.S. and NATO because Turkey has been not only a key NATO ally, but it has been the linchpin of all American efforts to bypass Russia with oil and gas pipelines. The situation caused by the Turkey-Russia gas deal was so dire, that in the event of World War III, the U.S. would be forced to destroy this pipeline. In other words, Turkey has just become a military ally with Russia.

South Stream was supposed to run through the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary into Austria and points west and it attempted to counter South Stream by proposing another pipeline, called “Nabucco” which was to have linked Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria with Turkey and Azerbaijan. This pipeline failed because the United States failed to secure funding for the pipeline and or a source of gas. Are you keeping a body count of the NATO allies which are going to have extreme difficulty heating their homes and businesses and are now subject to Putin’s blackmail? From a military perspective, these nations provide a buffer between Russian invasion of America’s primary NATO allies of Germany, France, Italy and the UK. Putin will now focus on seeking defectors from these four allies.

The United States/Federal Reserve avoided catastrophe because they were able exert enough pressure on Turkey to withdraw from their Russian deal. Turkey backed of this deal in July of 2015 after the CIA began to exert real pressure on Turkey.

Checkmate on Putin and his attempt at using oil to blackmail members of NATO into leaving the alliance.

Syria

Putin will not be denied his dream of one day ruling over a resurrected Soviet Union. Subsequently, Putin called Obama’s bluff and invaded Syria and now Russian/Syrian forces are preparing to force all rebels out of the country. Syria also serves as a base of operations for Russian military activity in the Middle East. If I were to hazard a guess, I believe that Putin will chase ISIS into Jordan and World War III will commence.

Russian and Chinese Strategy

It is interesting that Russia and China have adopted similar strategies with regard to simultaneously attacking American alliances which will serve to weaken the American economy. In the South China Sea, China is imperiling Taiwan’s economy through disrupting trade in the South China Sea. Further, these moves by China imperil any economic benefit by the United States participation in the TPP.  On the other hand, Russia has driven a wedge into NATO, even though he was not able to kill NATO. However, Germany did come out in support of Russia’s invasion of Syria.

It is clear that Russia and China are attacking America’s alliances in preparation for WW III.

Conclusion

The joint Chinese/Russian strategy which seeks to weaken the US and separate her from her military and economic allies is having some effect. It is a “death by a 1000 cuts strategy”.

The United States on the other hand, has been successful in preserving its alliances and blocking the re-emergence of the Soviet Union.

At what point do these frustrations boil over and the shooting starts for real? When the US Air Force and the Russian Air Force can make visual contact between each other’s planes in Syria, it is just a matter of time until this cold war turns hot.

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What makes Obuma tick?

October 15th, 2015 by

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/what-makes-obama-tick

Edited by OLDDOG

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By LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD
It is no longer considered a brilliant or unwarranted diagnosis to conclude that Barack Hussein Obuma suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others; all usually disguising a fragile self-image that is vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

It would not be unfair, in my opinion, to speculate that Obuma may also demonstrate some characteristics of malignant narcissism, where individuals might display an increased level of hostility and sadistically undermine organizations in which they are involved, as well as dehumanize the people with whom they associate; in this case, the United States and ordinary Americans, respectively.

In government, such conduct can manifest itself as a form of antisocial behavior, camouflaged aggression, in which the formal regulations and procedures of an organization are used in both delivering and masking aggression, appearing as non-confrontational, in which the perpetrator can go unnoticed and those harmed may not even be seen as victims of aggression.

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” – Barack Obuma, October 30, 2008.

“We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” – Michelle Obuma, May 14, 2008.

If Obuma’s behavior is defined by narcissism, his motivation originates from a profound animosity towards American values and traditions. It is why he has, throughout his life, embraced Marxism and Islam, both of which have a mutual hatred of Judeo-Christian democracy and a shared belief that the United States, as the cornerstone of Western civilization, is the embodiment of evil in the world.

Obuma’s “transformation” is a euphemism for the degradation and humbling of a great nation he considers racist, oppressive, venal and dysfunctional unless properly controlled by the collectivist prescriptions of world government.

Perhaps any tendencies toward malignant narcissism that Obuma might have, his constant lying and his antipathy for the American experience can be traced to a traumatized childhood, a mother who disregarded his basic needs and ultimately abandoned him; an absent father, who was replaced by a hardcore, card-carrying communist and pornographer.

Obuma’s childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis was pro-Soviet, pro-Red China and wrote for Party-line publications such as the Chicago Star and the Honolulu Record; contributors to the former actually served as secret agents for Joseph Stalin. Davis argued that President Harry Truman was a fascist, racist, and imperialist, and the United States was handing West Germany back to the Nazis, while Stalin was pursuing “democracy” in East Germany and throughout the Communist Bloc. He portrayed America’s leaders as “aching for an excuse to launch a nuclear nightmare of mass murder and extermination” against the Soviets and the Chinese- as eager to end all civilization.

According to Paul Kengor, writing in The American Spectator, there are some truly remarkable similarities between the political actions of Obuma and the ideas contained in Frank Marshall Davis’ columns, such as: rejecting Winston Churchill; advocating wealth redistribution; favoring taxpayer funding of universal health care; supporting government stimulus; bashing Wall Street; trumpeting the public sector over the private sector; lambasting “excess profits”; warning God-and-gun clinging Americans about huckster preachers; seeking the political support for “social justice;” excoriating the “tentacles of big business,” bankers, big oil, corporate profits; lambasting tax cuts that “spare the rich;” singling out the “corporation executive” for not paying his “fair” share; and so on.

By the autumn of 1980, as a student at Occidental College, nineteen-year-old Obuma was already known as an ardent Marxist. Some years later he would become a friend and colleague of the America-hating, radical leftist and unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.

I have previously described the policies of the Obuma Administration as the intersection of radical ideology and incompetence.

Obuma is “incompetent” as a President in the sense that his narcissism prevents him from accepting responsibility and learning from his mistakes.  His ideologies, namely Marxism and sympathy for Islam, compound that “incompetence” by driving him to pursue policies that run counter to the national interest and the well-being of the American people.

Sorry, but I just don’t think he’s on our side.

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Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution “. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com .

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12-31-2011 SHIT FACE OBAMA

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

To the above description of the usurper in D.C., I personally believe OBUMA is guilty of sedition, treason, and many other things that can only be described by publically unacceptable elucidation. Treason is his middle name!

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U. S. Government is Now World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist Organization”

October 13th, 2015 by

http://www.shtfplan.com/aftermath/u-s-government-is-now-worlds-

most-dangerous-terrorist-organization_10092015

WATCH! https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=400&v=_UbAgq3u6lQ

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This article was written by J.D. Heyes and originally published at Natural News.com.

Editor’s Note: As Dr. Paul Craig Roberts so often points out, the United States is the worst aggressor in the world, and has been since the end of World War II. Its undemocratic and unconstitutional empire has set up bases in nearly every corner of the earth, spent untold volumes of money to start wars everywhere, and rules mainly from the strength of the dollar, which in turn backs up the military force.

After Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and others, the U.S. has done everything possible to destabilize the Middle East region, and yet it is eager to paint Putin as the aggressor and the one who must be contained. In reality, we are witnessing the tantrums of an empire upset that the dollar is being unseated as the world reserve currency, and is doing whatever it can to desperately project its force and prop up the illusion of superiority and dominance. It may not work, but everyone knows a wounded, cornered animal is at its most dangerous moment under threat.

Gen. Wesley Clark (yes, the same one who called for rounding up dissidents) long ago called out the neocon strategy in the Middle East, which sought to provoke war and ‘take over seven countries in seven years.’ This is the Wolfowitz Doctrine.

The United States government has become “the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization,” warns former Reagan official

by J.D. Heyes

A former top member of the Ronald Reagan administration has issued a dire warning about the current state of American government: it’s evil and will become even more evil in the years ahead as the world itself becomes more dangerous.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who served just over a year as Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, said on the Shadow of Truth radio program that Washington, D.C., is a major den of inequity.

“The United States [military policy] has destroyed seven countries,” he says. “The populations there are subject to ongoing continual violence either from the U.S. or these Jihadists or from the Islamic State. In Libya there’s various factions, no government – just warlords fighting and nobody’s safe anywhere so the populations are getting out. You can’t live in that type of situation.”

Early in the interview, the hosts ask Roberts about a recent column he penned in which he states that all current Republican presidential contenders are essentially in favor of war. The hosts then ask him about the potential of nuclear war with either Russia or China, “because we seem to be moving in that direction.”

“I think what it will take is the European countries to realize that they’ve been enabling American aggression in the 21st century, and aggression that is now brought them millions of refugees particularly from Syria and Iraq, and they can’t cope with these refugees,” said Roberts in reference to the fighting between ISIS, Syrian rebels, and Iraqi and Syrian government forces that has caused a wave of migration out of the war zones into Europe.

War hawks are also warning

He also said that Europe’s blind pursuit of American-led goals was putting the entire continent in potential conflict with Russia, which has established bases in Syria and has deployed men and material there in support of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, including tanks and combat aircraft. The Obama White House opposes Assad and wants him to step down.

“All of this is nonsensical for Europe, so it’s possible that they will come to the conclusion that being a vassal of Washington doesn’t pay,” Roberts said.

As further noted by Investment Research Dynamics, commenting on Roberts’ interview:

Lost in the rivers of humanity that have been streaming out of Africa and the Middle East and flooding into Europe is the fact the U.S. military is responsible for this crisis. Not only has the U.S. destroyed several countries around the globe, the U.S. Government now appears to provoking Russia into a military conflict in both Ukraine and Syria that risks escalating into a nuclear war. Even Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski – two notorious warhawks – have both recently stated that the U.S. Government is pushing Russia too hard.

In his interview, Roberts said that he believes the only way to avoid an eventual nuclear conflict is to break up the European Union and the NATO military alliance, the latter of which was formed at the opening of the Cold War as a counterbalance to the former Soviet Union-led Warsaw Pact. He says the U.S. uses NATO as “cover” to implement unilaterally dangerous, aggressive military policies around the world.

No peaceful candidates

In his cited column regarding the Republican candidates, Roberts added:

There is not a peaceful person among the Republican candidates. Even the female is heartless. Carly Fiorina positioned herself along side the macho men as a warmonger. She let the military/security complex know that she, too, was for sale. Send in the campaign donations, and she will see that the money flows back to the military/security complex in the buildup of fleets and armaments that will send the Russians a message.

He also says that the EU is essentially addicted to U.S. money and that it might be virtually impossible for the nations within the coalition to act on their own, which he adds is their own fault.

You can hear the entire interview here.

Sources include:

InvestmentResearchDynamics.com

YouTube.com

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This article was written by J.D. Heyes and originally published at Natural News.com.

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Stop the Putin Worship! He’s a Former KGB Thug Working for the Bankers

October 12th, 2015 by

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 By Dave Hodges

Being a former college basketball coach, I marvel at the skill of a good strategist who can carry out a game plan. Vladimir Putin would have been a great college basketball coach, a masterful poker player, great chess player, a top used car salesman and he is an excellent leader of his country when it comes to foreign policy. Putin has made the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and our government look amateurish.

If it wasn’t for the fact that Putin has the potential to be one of the most despotic figures in all of history, I would be a fan of his cunning and his ability to carry out an agenda on multiple fronts with precision and skill.

However, there is one group that Putin does not outfox, out-strategize and out maneuver; that would be the forces controlling the Bank of International Settlement (BIS).

Putin is developing almost a cult following among some people in the alternative media. To them, he represents a man with the force of conviction to tell international banking to go to hell. To these well-intentioned, but misguided analysts, Putin has succeeded where other world leaders have lost their lives (e.g. JFK, Hussein, etc.). As romantic and appealing as a superhero may be who will ride in and save the world from the evil bankers, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Putin. Whether Putin realizes it or not, he is doing the complete bidding of the big boys at the BIS and everything is moving right along according to plan.

This article explores the fact that Putin, although he may be, on the surface, resisting international banking on one level, he is very much under their control on another level. This article will also explore the implications for these events upon the American people.

The Starting Point

In the alternative media, many make the mistake of speaking about the “banksters” as if they were one entity all working towards the same goal which is the establishment of a singular economic system which controls the planet through rabid debt management. Generally, this is true. However, the process of international banking is compartmentalized and when goals are not met, we see divisions emerging and this is exactly what we are witnessing at the present moment.

Before we can effectively analyze how Putin is in the process of putting himself in charge of the world’s chessboard, we need to first take a very brief look at how international banking is organized.

Level One: The Bank of International Settlement

International banking has three major levels. The executive directors of this grand economic scheme, the Bank of International Settlement, from Basel, sit at the head of the table. The BIS sets global economic policy by manipulating currency exchange rates (e.g. IMF), establish lending rates, picking national winners and losers, etc. The singular mission of the BIS is to march the world’s central banks into the NWO that they control.

It can be said that the forces, both known and unknown, are the rulers of the planet.

Level Two: The Central Banks

The second level of power consists of the global central banks including the Federal Reserve which is an unelected cabal of private bankers who have wrestled the financial power of this country away from Congress and control the nation’s money. It is the same in every country. And of course, if an entity controls the money of a nation, they also control those who use their money through the establishment of a predatory debt enslavement system. You learned this principle of finance as a teenager when your parents told you, “For as long as you live under this house, you will do what I say.” The power of the purse determines who controls behavior. The world’s central banks take their marching orders from the Bank of International Settlement because the monetization of the fiat currency that each central bank controls is determined by the BIS.

It can be accurately stated that the central banks are rulers of nations and represent mid-level management in the hierarchy of the process.

Level Three: The National Banking Industry

The third level of power in this unholy system are the financial institutions of a nation. In our case, this would be institutions such as Goldman Sachs, other lesser Wall Street investment houses as well as the megabanks (e.g. Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, etc.). Policies that are developed in Basel are implemented by these institutions.

The investment houses conduct the day to day management of the polices which flow downhill from the BIS.

Finally, there is everybody else and that would be the sheep of this country who know nothing of how any of this works. Don’t hold your breath on a sudden level of developing awareness, most of us are all too brainwashed by the system to achieve this level of awareness.

The Game Plan for Building a New World Order

Since the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement which established the dollar as the world’s reserve currency and the US was made the de facto world policeman as a result, Americans have enjoyed economic dominance because in order to buy energy, the world needed to purchase dollars from our Federal Reserve. After the world departed from the gold standard for the fiat currency standard, the US is the only country that truly enjoyed a solvent currency and our standard of living has reflected this status.

Americans have been allowed to enjoy this most favored status because it became our task, on behalf of the BIS, to put together coalitions of central banks to force unwilling nations into this system. And when a nation, such as Libya and Iraq, attempted to swim upstream against the debt enslavement policies of these banks, the leaders were murdered and the people become indentured debt slaves. The cost to America is endless war, massive debt and a reputation for being the “Great Satan”.

Virtually, all nations have succumbed to this tyranny, with two notable exceptions, Russia and China. To a lesser extent, India has also become problematic for the BIS since they have joined Russia and China in using national currency and/or gold to conduct trade among each other rather than using the “required” dollar.

If the BIS is going to realize its dream of New World Order, Russia, China and the United States economies must all be crushed. For when the world lies in ruin, out of chaos will come order. Putin is the main driving force in making this a reality.

Putin Has Checkmated the Central Banks At Level Two

Putin is defeating the world’s central banks at two levels. One, he is spearheading an effort to move the world away from the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This is what the Syrian and Iranian crisis was all about (e.g. selling oil for gold rather than the Petrodollar) and Putin exposed Obama’s false flag event (i.e. gassing the Syrian rebels) for what it really was. Further, Putin now has the power to refuse to accept the dollar as payment for his gas flowing into Europe. If the Petrodollar dies, what will happen to the US economy? If this does happen, we will find out very quickly why DHS purchased 2.2 billion rounds of ammunition to go with its 2700 armored personnel carriers.

Second, Putin is threatening to become the main supplier of energy on the planet. With the consummation a recent gas deal between the Russians and the Chinese, Putin is undermining the control of energy that the central banks have enjoyed since the early days of the creation of Saudi Arabia to oversee oil production.

Putin is spitting in the face of the Federal Reserve and the other G7 central banks by encouraging Iran to sell its oil for gold. This is turning international finance on its head. Putin also has enough of a military presence, along with nuclear weapons, to stave a direct conventional invasion of his country. Putin has positioned himself to control the energy needs of Europe as the Europeans will be forced to choose between heating their homes or remaining a military ally of the US. This will eventually lead to a disintegration of NATO, thus enhancing Putin’s military power by comparison.

Has Putin Really Killed the New World Order?

The march of the G7 toward consolidating national power under the central banks has stopped dead in its tracks. Russia, China, India and to a lesser extent, Brazil and South Africa are now charting their own independent economic course. When Libya refused to regionalize and weaken its currency and they were adamant about avoiding the debt slavery, their leaders were murdered and their country was conquered by al-Qaeda proxy forces supported by the funds of the G7 and the action was carried out by the CIA.

However, Russia and China are not Libya and Iraq. Both nations possess nuclear weapons and sizeable armies. For the moment, the dream of a New World Order appears to be dead. Or is it?

The BIS Employs the Sun Tzu Strategy of “Death’s Ground”

The G7 central banks are impotent against Putin as he has outmaneuvered them at every turn. But for the big boys at Basel, things are proceeding according to plan. If the BIS has to sacrifice some of its central banks to get what it wants, so be it. The BIS will also think nothing of fermenting the conditions for the next world war.

Over 2,000 years ago, Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu, imparted a knowledge of military strategy which is still being taught in our service academies and in our war colleges. One of the primary principles of Sun Tzu consists of the concept of placing one’s soldiers on “death’s ground” if you want them to fight hard and achieve victory against all odds. The best military example that comes to mind is what happened to the WWII Normandy invasion force at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. These men were thrown onto a beach where there was no retreat and they were only going to leave the beach dead or victorious. The BIS has employed a Sun Tzu strategy of placing its second level of power, the central banks, on death’s ground. The G7 central banks will conquer Putin, or they will die. However, before rigor mortis sets in, the G7 nations will commence a world war based on economic survival. Again, out of chaos will come order.

World War III Is Inevitable

The failure of the central banks to corral and control Putin has made World War III a likely scenario. As Putin continues on the path of destroying the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, what will the Federal Reserve do? There will be a war to preserve the status quo. As China, Russia and the United States are drawn into a confrontation, the world’s economy will be obliterated along with billions of lives. In the aftermath of the coming global holocaust, the supreme financial rulers of the planet will be waiting to create order, the New World Order, out of chaos. And that war has already started with the Russian invasion of Syria.

A willing pawn of the NWO, or not, Putin is no hero. He is doing exactly what is expected. Make no mistake about it, the BIS controls the central banks, world finance and Putin. The New World Order is very much alive.

What is interesting, is that I have completed the article and I barely mentioned how Putin has overrun Syria and has accomplished this feat in less than 10 days when the US has been trying to accomplish the same for three years but has not managed to put one boot on the ground.

a stage Putin owns Obama and Obama plays ball because that is his role. America is supposed to lose. All the world is and all will play their roles at the behest of the New World Order.

World Events are like professional wrestling. We are indeed looking at the WWE and fake all-star wrestling. Putin, a bankster controlled leader masquerading as an independent leader (none left), who stands for truth, justice and the “American way”, while Obama is the poster child for what is wrong with Communism. If you don’t think this is true, then why is half of America rooting for Putin to win? This is a bankster plan to have both leaders switch roles from who plays the villain and the hero. Hell, Obama doesn’t even try to hide the criminality of his administration. They are all playing a role. Your personal assets and your civil liberties are the prize in this high stakes poker game.

I have a question for the sheep. Are you physically, spiritually financially and emotional prepared?

Americans are the bad boys and “bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you”?  Everything you own will soon be gone!

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The Crisis of the Now Distracted and Diverted from the Ever Encroaching Police State

September 30th, 2015 by

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By John W. Whitehead
September 22, 2015

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility.”—Author Neil Postman

Caught up in the spectacle of the forthcoming 2016 presidential elections, Americans (never very good when it comes to long-term memory) have not only largely forgotten last year’s hullabaloo over militarized police, police shootings of unarmed citizens, asset forfeiture schemes, and government surveillance but are also generally foggy about everything that has happened since.

Then again, so much is happening on a daily basis that it’s understandable if the average American has a hard time keeping up with and remembering all of the “events,” manufactured or otherwise, which occur like clockwork and keep us distracted, deluded, amused, and insulated from reality while the government continues to amass more power and authority over the citizenry.

In fact, when we’re being bombarded with wall-to-wall news coverage and news cycles that change every few days, it’s difficult to stay focused on one thing—namely, holding the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law—and the powers-that-be understand this. As investigative journalist Mike Adams points out:

This psychological bombardment is waged primarily via the mainstream media which assaults the viewer by the hour with images of violence, war, emotions and conflict. Because the human nervous system is hard wired to focus on immediate threats accompanied by depictions of violence, mainstream media viewers have their attention and mental resources funneled into the never-ending ‘crisis of the NOW’ from which they can never have the mental breathing room to apply logic, reason or historical context.

Consider if you will the regularly scheduled trivia and/or distractions in the past year alone that have kept us tuned into the various breaking news headlines and entertainment spectacles and tuned out to the government’s steady encroachments on our freedoms:

Americans were riveted when the Republican presidential contenders went head-to-head for the second time in a three-hour debate that put Carly Fiorina in a favored position behind Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton presented the softer side of her campaign image during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; scientists announced the discovery of what they believed to be a new pre-human speciesHomo naledi, that existed 2.8 million years ago; an 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit Chile; massive wildfires burned through 73,000 acres in California; a district court judge reversed NFL player Tom Brady’s four-game suspension; tennis superstar Serena Williams lost her chance at a calendar grand slam; and President Obama and Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg tweeted their support for a Texas student arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school.

That was preceded by the first round of the Republican presidential debates; an immigration crisis in Europe; the relaxing of Cuba-U.S. relations; the first two women soldiers graduating from Army Ranger course; and three Americans being hailed as heroes for thwarting a train attack in France. Before that, there was the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse; shootings at a military recruiting center in Tennessee and a movie theater in Louisiana; the Boy Scouts’ decision to end its ban on gay adult leaders; the first images sent by the New Horizons spacecraft of Pluto; and the victory over Japan of the U.S. in the Women’s World Cup soccer finals.

No less traumatic and distracting were the preceding months’ newsworthy events, which included a shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church; the trial and sentencing of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of same-sex marriage, Obamacare, lethal injection drugs and government censorship of Confederate flag license plates; and an Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia that left more than 200 injured and eight dead.

Also included in the mix of distressing news coverage was the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody and the subsequent riots in Baltimore and city-wide lockdown; the damning report by the Dept. of Justice into discriminatory and abusive practices by the Ferguson police department; the ongoing saga of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state; the apparently deliberate crash by a copilot of a German jetliner in the French Alps, killing all 150 passengers and crew; the New England Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl win; ameasles outbreak in Disneyland; the escalating tensions between New York police and Mayor Bill de Blasio over his seeming support for anti-police protesters; and a terror attack at the Paris office of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Rounding out the year’s worth of headline-worthy new stories were protests over grand jury refusals to charge police for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown; the disappearance of an AirAsia flight over the Java Sea; an Ebola outbreak that results in several victims being transported to the U.S. for treatment; reports of domestic violence among NFL players; a security breach at the White House in which a man managed to jump the fence, cross the lawn and enter the main residence; and the reported beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS.

That doesn’t even begin to touch on the spate of entertainment news that tends to win the battle for Americans’ attention: Bruce Jenner’s transgender transformation to Caitlyn Jenner; the death of Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown; Kim Kardashian’s “break the internet” nude derriere photo; sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby; the suicide of Robin Williams; the cancellation of the comedy The Interview in movie theaters after alleged terror hack threats; the wedding of George Clooney to Amal Alamuddin; the wedding of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt; the ALS ice bucket challenge; and the birth of a baby girl to Prince William and Kate.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, these sleight-of-hand distractions, diversions and news spectacles are how the corporate elite controls a population by entrapping them in the “crisis of the NOW,” either inadvertently or intentionally, advancing their agenda without much opposition from the citizenry.

Professor Jacques Ellul studied this phenomenon of overwhelming news, short memories and the use of propaganda to advance hidden agendas. “One thought drives away another; old facts are chased by new ones,” wrote Ellul.

“Under these conditions there can be no thought. And, in fact, modern man does not think about current problems; he feels them. He reacts, but he does not understand them any more than he takes responsibility for them. He is even less capable of spotting any inconsistency between successive facts; man’s capacity to forget is unlimited. This is one of the most important and useful points for the propagandists, who can always be sure that a particular propaganda theme, statement, or event will be forgotten within a few weeks.”

But what exactly has the government (aided and abetted by the mainstream media) been doing while we’ve been so cooperatively fixated on whatever current sensation happens to be monopolizing the so-called “news” shows?

If properly disclosed, consistently reported on and properly digested by the citizenry, the sheer volume of the government’s activities, which undermine the Constitution and in many instances are outright illegal, would inevitably give rise to a sea change in how business is conducted in our seats of power.

Surely Americans would be concerned about the Obama administration’s plans to use behavioral science tactics to “nudge” citizens to comply with the government’s public policy and program initiatives? There would be no end to the uproar if Americans understood the ramifications of the government’s plan to train non-medical personnel—teachers, counselors and other lay people—in “mental first aid” in order to train them to screen, identify and report individuals suspected of suffering from mental illness. The problem, of course, arises when these very same mental health screeners misdiagnose opinions or behavior involving lawful First Amendment activities as a mental illness, resulting in involuntary detentions in psychiatric wards for the unfortunate victims.

Parents would be livid if they had any inkling about the school-to-prison pipeline, namely, how the public schools are being transformed from institutions of learning to prison-like factories, complete with armed police and surveillance cameras, aimed at churning out compliant test-takers rather than independent-minded citizens. And once those same young people reach college, they will be indoctrinated into believing that they have a “right” to be free from acts and expressions of intolerance with which they might disagree.

Concerned citizens should be up in arms over the government’s end-run tactics to avoid abiding by the rule of law, whether by outsourcing illegal surveillance activities to defense contractors, outsourcing inhumane torture to foreign countries, causing American citizens to disappear into secret interrogation facilities, or establishing policies that would allow the military to indefinitely detain any citizen—including journalists—considered a belligerent or enemy.

And one would hope American citizens would be incensed about being treated like prisoners in an electronic concentration camp, their every movement monitored, tracked and recorded by a growing government surveillance network that runs the gamut from traffic cameras and police body cameras to facial recognition software. Or outraged that we will be forced to fund a $93 billion drone industry that will be used to spy on our movements and activities, not to mention the fact that private prisons are getting rich (on our taxpayer dollars) by locking up infants, toddlers, children and pregnant women?

Unfortunately, while 71% of American voters are “dissatisfied” with the way things are going in the United States, that discontent has yet to bring about any significant changes in the government, nor has it caused the citizenry to get any more involved in their government beyond the ritualistic election day vote.

Professor Morris Berman suggests that the problems plaguing us as a nation—particularly as they relate to the government—have less to do with our inattention to corruption than our sanctioning, tacit or not, of such activities. “It seems to me,” writes Berman, “that the people do get the government they deserve, and even beyond that, the government who they are, so to speak.”

In other words, if we end up with a militarized police state, it will largely be because we welcomed it with open arms. In fact, according to a recent poll, almost a third of Americans would support a military coup “to take control from a civilian government which is beginning to violate the constitution.”

So where does that leave us?

As legendary television journalist Edward R. Murrow warned, “Unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.”

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Obama Deifies American Hegemony

September 29th, 2015 by

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By Paul Craig Roberts

Today is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Hemet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington’s Cold War against the Soviet Union. In our time Washington had UN tanks sent in against Bosnian Serbs during the period that Washington was dismantling Yugoslavia and Serbia and accusing Serbian leaders, who tried to defend the integrity of their country against Washington’s aggression, of “war crimes.”

The UN supported Washington’s sanctions against Iraq that resulted in the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children. When asked about it, Clinton’s Secretary of State said, with typical American heartlessness, that the deaths of the children were worth it. In 2006 the UN voted sanctions against Iran for exercising its right as a signatory of the non-proliferation treaty to develop atomic energy. Washington claimed without any evidence that Iran was building a nuclear weapon in violation of the non-proliferation treaty, and this lie was accepted by the UN. Washington’s false claim was repudiated by all 16 US intelligence agencies and by the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors on the ground in Iran, but in the face of the factual evidence the US government and its presstitute media pressed the claim to the point that Russia had to intervene and take the matter out of Washington’s warmonger hands. Russia’s intervention to prevent US military attacks on Iran and Syria resulted in the demonization of Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. “Facts?!, Washington don’t need no stinkin’ facts! We got power!” Today at the UN Obama asserted America’s over-riding power many times: the strongest military in the world, the strongest economy in the world.

The UN has done nothing to stop Washington’s invasions and bombings, illegal under international law, of seven countries or Obama’s overthrow by coup of democratic governments in Honduras and Ukraine, with more in the works.

The UN does provide a forum for countries and populations within countries that are suffering oppression to post complaints—except, of course, for the Palestinians, who, despite the boundaries shown on maps and centuries of habitation by Palestinians, are not even recognized by the UN as a state.

On this 70th anniversary of the UN, I have spent much of the day listening to the various speeches. The most truthful ones were delivered by the presidents of Russia and Iran. The presidents of Russia and Iran refused to accept the Washington-serving reality or Matrix that Obama sought to impose on the world with his speech. Both presidents forcefully challenged the false reality that the propagandistic Western media and its government masters seek to create in order to continue to exercise their hegemony over everyone else.

What about China? China’s president left the fireworks to Putin, but set the stage for Putin by rejecting US claims of hegemony: “The future of the world must be shaped by all countries.” China’s president spoke in veiled terms against Western neoliberal economics and declared that “China’s vote in the UN will always belong to the developing countries.”

In the masterly way of Chinese diplomacy, the President of China spoke in a non-threatening, non-provocative way. His criticisms of the West were indirect. He gave a short speech and was much applauded.

Obama followed second to the President of Brazil, who used her opportunity for PR for Brazil, at least for the most part. Obama gave us the traditional Washington spiel:

The US has worked to prevent a third world war, to promote democracy by overthrowing governments with violence, to respect the dignity and equal worth of all peoples except for the Russians in Ukraine and Muslims in Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Pakistan.

Obama declared Washington’s purpose to “prevent bigger countries from imposing their will on smaller ones.” Imposing its will is what Washington has been doing throughout its history and especially under Obama’s regime.

All those refugees overrunning Europe? Washington has nothing to do with it. The refugees are the fault of Assad who drops bombs on people. When Assad drops bombs it oppresses people, but when Washington drops bombs it liberates them. Obama justified Washington’s violence as liberation from “dictators,” such as Assad in Syria, who garnered 80% of the vote in the last election, a vote of confidence that Obama never received and never will.

Obama said that it wasn’t Washington that violated Ukraine’s sovereignty with a coup that overthrew a democratically elected government. It was Russia, whose president invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimera and is trying to annex the other breakaway republics, Russian populations who object to the Russophobia of Washington’s puppet government in Ukraine.

Obama said with a straight face that sending 60 percent of the US fleet to bottle up China in the South China Sea was not an act of American aggression but the protection of the free flow of commerce. Obama implied that China was a threat to the free flow of commerce, but, of course, Washington’s real concern is that China is expanding its influence by expanding the free flow of commerce.

Obama denied that the US and Israel employ violence. This is what Russia and Syria do, asserted Obama with no evidence. Obama said that he had Libya attacked in order to “prevent a massacre,” but, of course, the NATO attack on Libya perpetrated a massacre, an ongoing one. But it was all Gaddafi’s fault. He was going to massacre his own people, so Washington did it for him.

Obama justified all of Washington’s violence against millions of peoples on the grounds that Washington is well-meaning and saving the world from dictators. Obama attempted to cover up Washington’s massive war crimes, crimes that have killed and displaced millions of peoples in seven countries, with feel good rhetoric about standing up to dictators.

Did the UN General Assembly buy it? Probably the only one present sufficiently stupid to buy it was the UK’s Cameron. The rest of Washington’s vassals went through the motion of supporting Obama’s propaganda, but there was no conviction in their voices.

Vladimir Putin would have none of it. He said that the UN works, if it works, by compromise and not by the imposition of one country’s will, but after the end of the Cold War “a single center of domination arose in the world”—the “exceptional” country. This country, Putin said, seeks its own course which is not one of compromise or attention to the interests of others.

In response to Obama’s speech that Russia and its ally Syria wear the black hats, Putin said in reference to Obama’s speech that “one should not manipulate words.”

Putin said that Washington repeats its mistakes by relying on violence which results in poverty and social destruction. He asked Obama: “Do you realize what you have done?”

Yes, Washington realizes it, but Washington will not admit it.

Putin said that “ambitious America accuses Russia of ambitions” while Washington’s ambitions run wild, and that the West cloaks its aggression as fighting terrorism while Washington finances and encourages terrorism.

The President of Iran said that terrorism was created by the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and by US support for the Zionist destruction of Palestine.

Obama’s speech made clear that Washington accepts no responsibility for the destruction of the lives and prospects of millions of Muslims. The refugees from Washington’s wars who are overflowing Europe are the fault of Assad, Obama declared.

Obama’s claim to represent “international norms” was an assertion of US hegemony, and was recognized as such by the General Assembly.

What the world is faced with is two rogue anti-democratic governments—the US and Israel—that believe that their “exceptionalism” makes them above the law. International norms mean Washington’s and Israel’s norms. Countries that do not comply with international norms are countries that do not comply with Washington and Israel’s dictates.

The presidents of Russia, China, and Iran did not accept Washington’s definition of “international norms.”

The lines are drawn. Unless the American people come to their senses and expel the Washington warmongers, war is our future.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

The only thing exceptional about America is the amount of international ignorance of its people. Who the hell do we think we are to destroy other nations for not following the orders of our Banking Cartel owned government? American exceptionalism is a putrid self-centered excuse to profit from needless wars where innocent children and adult citizens are murdered, infrastructure is destroyed, and economies go belly up. Here we are, totally incapable of making our government do the will of the people, and we have the balls to claim we are exceptionally benevolent people. We deserve what is coming, in spades! The only thing that would make us exceptional is if we had the guts to throw the bums out! If you continue to vote for the officers of this illegal corporation, you are basically saying, I don’t want to learn how to be a free citizen, because I’m too damned lazy, and don’t give a crap about other people! LEARN OR BURN!

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The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing

September 26th, 2015 by

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By Michael Snyder

You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news.  But so far the mainstream media in the United States is treating it like it isn’t really a big deal.  Over the last sixty days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since the fall of 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary “bump in the road” and that the bull market will soon resume.  Hopefully they are right.  When the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 777 points on September 29th, 2008 everyone freaked out and rightly so.  But a stock market crash doesn’t have to be limited to a single day.  Since the peak of the market earlier this year, the Dow is down almost three times as much as that 777 point crash back in 2008.  Over the last sixty days, we have seen the 8th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis and the 10th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis.  You would think that this would be enough to wake people up, but most Americans still don’t seem very alarmed.  And of course what has happened to U.S. stocks so far is quite mild compared to what has been going on in the rest of the world.

Right now, stock market wealth is being wiped out all over the planet, and none of the largest global economies have been exempt from this.  The following is a summary of what we have seen in recent days…

#1 The United States – The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 2000 points since the peak of the market.  Last month we saw stocks decline by more than 500 points on consecutive trading days for the first time ever, and there has not been this much turmoil in U.S. markets since the fall of 2008.

#2 China – The Shanghai Composite Index has plummeted nearly 40 percent since hitting a peak earlier this year.  The Chinese economy is steadily slowing down, and we just learned that China’s manufacturing index has hit a 78 month low.

#3 Japan – The Nikkei has experienced extremely violent moves recently, and it is now down more than 3000 points from the peak that was hit earlier in 2015.  The Japanese economy and the Japanese financial system are both basket cases at this point, and it isn’t going to take much to push Japan into a full-blown financial collapse.

#4 Germany – Almost one-fourth of the value of German stocks has already been wiped out, and this crash threatens to get much worse.  The Volkswagen emissions scandal is making headlines all over the globe, and don’t forget to watch for massive trouble at Germany’s biggest bank.

#5 The United Kingdom – British stocks are down about 16 percent from the peak of the market, and the UK economy is definitely on shaky ground.

#6 France – French stocks have declined nearly 18 percent, and it has become exceedingly apparent that France is on the exact same path that Greece has already gone down.

#7 Brazil – Brazil is the epicenter of the South American financial crisis of 2015.  Stocks in Brazil have plunged more than 12,000 points since the peak, and the nation has already officially entered a new recession.

#8 Italy – Watch Italy.  Italian stocks are already down 15 percent, and look for the Italian economy to make very big headlines in the months ahead.

#9 India – Stocks in India have now dropped close to 4000 points, and analysts are deeply concerned about this major exporting nation as global trade continues to contract.

#10 Russia – Even though the price of oil has crashed, Russia is actually doing better than almost everyone else on this list.  Russian stocks have fallen by about 10 percent so far, and if the price of oil stays this low the Russian financial system will continue to suffer.

What we are witnessing now is the continuation of a cycle of financial downturns that has happened every seven years.  The following is a summary of how this cycle has played out over the past 50 years

  • It started in 1966 with a 20 percent stock market crash.
  • Seven years later, the market lost another 45 percent (1973-74).
  • Seven years later was the beginning of the “hard recession” (1980).
  • Seven years later was the Black Monday crash of 1987.
  • Seven years later was the bond market crash of 1994.
  • Seven years later was 9/11 and the 2001 tech bubble collapse.
  • Seven years later was the 2008 global financial collapse.
  • 2015: What’s next?

A lot of people were expecting something “big” to happen on September 14th and were disappointed when nothing happened.

But the truth is that it has never been about looking at any one particular day.  Over the past sixty days we have seen absolutely extraordinary things happen all over the planet, and yet some people are not even paying attention because they did not meet their preconceived notions of how events should play out.

And this is just the beginning.  We haven’t even gotten to the great derivatives crisis that is coming yet.  All of these things are going to take time to fully unfold.

A lot of people that write about “economic collapse” talk about it like it will be some type of “event” that will happen on a day or a week and then we will recover.

Well, that is not what it is going to be like.

You need to be ready to endure a very, very long crisis.  The suffering that is coming to this nation is beyond what most of us could even imagine.

Even now we are seeing early signs of it.  For instance, the mayor of Los Angeles says that the growth of homelessness in his city has gotten so bad that it is now “an emergency”

On Tuesday, Los Angeles officials announced the city’s homelessness problem has become an emergency, and proposed allotting $100 million to help shelter the city’s massive and growing indigent population.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti also issued a directive on Monday evening for the city to free up $13 million to help house the estimated 26,000 people who are living on the city’s streets.

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the number of encampments and people living in vehicles has increased by 85% over the last two years alone.

And in recent years we have seen poverty absolutely explode all over the nation.  The “bread lines” of the Great Depression have been replaced with EBT cards, and there is a possibility that a government shutdown in October could “suspend or delay food stamp payments”

A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.

The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that it will stop providing benefits at the beginning of October if Congress does not pass legislation to keep government agencies open.

“If Congress does not act to avert a lapse in appropriations, then USDA will not have the funding necessary for SNAP benefits in October and will be forced to stop providing benefits within the first several days of October,” said Catherine Cochran, a spokeswoman for USDA. “Once that occurs, families won’t be able to use these benefits at grocery stores to buy the food their families need.”

In the U.S. alone, there are tens of millions of people that could not survive without the help of the federal government, and more people are falling out of the middle class every single day.

Our economy is already falling apart all around us, and now another great financial crisis has begun.

When will the “nothing is happening” crowd finally wake up?

Hopefully it will be before they are sitting out on the street begging for spare change to feed their family.

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AN UNHOLY, UNHEALTHY, FREEDOM DESTROYING RELATIONSHIP

September 25th, 2015 by

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By Michael Gaddy

“A standing military force, with an overgrown executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.” ~James Madison (Emphasis added in all quotes)
 
“Soldiers were likely to consider themselves separate from the populace, to become more attached to their officers than their government, and to be conditioned to obey commands unthinkingly. The power of a standing army, [Samuel] Adams counseled, “should be watched with a jealous Eye” ~ Professor Christopher Hamner, George Mason University
 
“A standing army we shall have, also, to execute the execrable commands of tyranny; and how are you to punish them? Will you order them to be punished? Who shall obey these orders?  Will the oppressor let go the oppressed? Was there even an instance? Can the annals of mankind exhibit one single example where rulers overcharged with power willingly let go the oppressed, though solicited and requested most earnestly? In this scheme of energetic government, the people will find two sets of tax-gatherers, the state and the federal sheriffs. This, it seems to me, will produce such dreadful oppression as the people cannot possibly bear. The federal sheriff may commit what oppression, make what distresses, he pleases, and ruin you with impunity; for how are you to tie his hands? Have you any sufficiently decided means of preventing him from sucking your blood by speculations, commissions, and fees?” ~Patrick Henry, Virginia Ratification Convention, June 5, 1788.

I must confess to an inability to understand so many in this country who refer to themselves as “constitutionalists” yet support and avidly defend those who fail or outright refuse to honor their sacred oaths to our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Would these same people condemn the leaders of organized crime, yet support the enforcers and hit men and refer to them as “heroes” and “public servants” deserving of praise, support and adoration?
 
This was once a country with a government which has morphed into a government with a country. This obliterates any idea of a government operating with consent of the governed; the people now can only operate with the consent of the government. The whole darn thing is backwards. And who enforces the edicts of this government when the “governed” question that authority? This government has their paid hitmen and enforcers just like the mafia.  And for some unknown reason, the sheeple (the governed) feel the need to worship and honor these enforcers and hitmen.
 
The Declaration of Independence tells us the primary purpose of government is to protect and defend the Creator endowed rights of the individual. How many cops do you think would be needed if all they did was protect our rights as provided in the Bill of Rights? Would they need assault weapons, SWAT teams and MRAPs?
 
The 4th Amendment to our Constitution has been eviscerated in order to accommodate the “war on drugs,” a totally unconstitutional war if there ever was one. For the doubting Thomas’s among my readers, answer for me please the following question. If, in 1919, it was necessary to amend the Constitution in order to prohibit alcohol sale, distribution and consumption, why was it not necessary to amend the Constitution in order to prohibit the sale, distribution and consumption of drugs? The Constitution has not changed, but the people have, they willingly accept tyranny for “emotional reasons” and honor those who steal their individual rights and liberty as long as that tyranny is directed at another group of people—or another race of people.
 
The government’s various wars on poverty, drugs and terror have destroyed our God given rights enumerated in our Bill of Rights while making criminals, politicians (is there a difference) and our standing army quite wealthy, all the while robbing the people of their hard earned tax dollars.
 
Although the government wars have been going on for most of my life, the things our government declares war on somehow manages to increase exponentially. Today we have more poverty, more drugs and more terrorists than we had when the various wars on these objects began. Just think, if we had all the money spent on these wars, we would not have a national debt, we would have a surplus as large or larger than our national debt is today.
 
How does this make sense to anyone with an IQ higher than the average temperature of Colorado at 7000 ft. in October? If you hired a private contractor to rid your home and property of vermin, would you continue to pay them more and more money each year if the vermin increased exponentially after each effort of the contractor? Didn’t think so! Then why do you continue to support the same type of results from government?

 It is my contention that between 90-95 percent of all laws passed by various legislatures—and all regulations which are enforced as laws—are unconstitutional. Why then should we pay for more and more police and “federal sheriffs” to enforce those laws; laws which destroy our individual rights? Why too do we not only tolerate, but continue to elect people to “law enforcement” positions who claim it is not their job to determine if a law is constitutional, but will continue to enforce them until some other elected or appointed government employee says otherwise. Did we not stand as an authority which executed over 1000 Germans and Japanese for simply “following orders” without questioning them after WWII? What is the difference between the Nazi SS officer or the Japanese soldier on the Bataan Death March and the “law enforcement” officer who blindly enforces unconstitutional laws in this country? Are they not both just following orders?

 Did the 74 men, women and children at Waco in 1993, die any less horribly than those who died in the concentration camps of Europe or the Philippines? What about 14 year old Samuel Weaver or his mother Vicki, or the 7 bikers that died in Waco last May from gunshot wounds to the head with the shots traveling in a downward direction; kind of hard to produce in an alleged wild gunfight in a parking lot.
 
Speaking of guns and firearms produces another troubling question in my mind. What is it with the Second Amendment crowd and their rabid support for government “law enforcement” personnel? Who were those people going from door to door in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina back in 05?
 
Although I have very little confidence in the NRA, they at least produced a good video on this event. Watch this video and then ask yourself: would any of the folks in this video have said “it can’t happen here” two weeks before it did? Of the thousands of guns confiscated, only the cheap ones were ever returned. Police officers stated during depositions “most of the quality guns” were kept by the officers who confiscated them and were never returned. Yet, not one of these officers was punished for their crimes.
 
We would not need the NRA or any other gun advocacy group if the people who collect a regular paycheck and wear a uniform and a badge protected our rights instead of following government orders without a thought as to their constitutionality, and then committing felony theft by keeping the guns they illegally confiscated.
 
The majority of our founders were terribly concerned about a “standing army” which included “federal sheriffs.” It is impossible to refute the position that such a standing army is now active in this country and includes the police; local, state and federal. If you believe for a second those who wear a badge will refuse orders to confiscate your firearms or refuse to enforce a myriad of unconstitutional laws, perhaps you too will someday be in a Youtube video explaining why you no longer believe or support the army of occupation in our country known as the police—if you survive the encounter.
 
In Rightful Liberty

Michael Gaddy

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Disregarding the fact that public school Teachers value their pay-checks more than teaching the children to understand their natural rights, why do the people of America not have the common sense to figure out all Mike’s complaints without being Constitutional scholars? Are Americans so stupid they believe we must give up our rights just because some traitorous politician did not know his ass from a hole in the ground? Why would any intelligent person think politicians must be obeyed no matter what? As for me, I have enough common sense to direct my life without their stupid laws.

 I Am Mourning For America

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By Michael Snyder

I am mourning for America, because she is dying.  I am mourning for a nation that once knew such greatness but that has now fallen to depths that were once unimaginable.  I am mourning for the death and destruction that are coming, and I am mourning for a future that our children and our grandchildren will never get to see.  I am mourning for a nation that has refused to listen to the warnings and that now stands on the precipice of judgment.  I am mourning for games that will never be played, for books that will never be finished, for family vacations that will never get to happen and for memories that will never be made.  I am mourning for the economic depression that is coming, for the horror and suffering that friends and family will endure, and for the coming death of the country where I drew my first breath.

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To many, these words will seem “over the top” and overly dramatic.  After all, despite the thousands of problems facing this nation, things still seem very “normal” at this moment.  Well, if you don’t “get” what I am saying right now, just bookmark this page and come back to it later.  Eventually it will make sense to you.

Last week, I was invited to be a guest on a major television show that is beamed into the homes of millions of people in the United States and Canada.  If you get a chance to view the shows that are being aired this week, you will notice that I wore all black.

I wasn’t just making a fashion statement.  I was doing it because I am in mourning for America.  Unlike so many that talk about the horrible things that are ahead for this country, I actually love the United States.  I truly wish that this nation had become everything that it could have become.  I love the part of the country where I currently live, I love the amazing people that I am constantly meeting, and I love the things that I have been able to experience just because I am an American.

Unfortunately, everything is about to change.

There are many out there that believe that America is still a great nation.  Well, great nations do not murder tens of millions of their own children.  As Dr. Chuck Missler has pointed out, the most dangerous place to be in America today is in a mother’s womb.

Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, more than 56 million babies have been purposely destroyed in this country.

What does a nation that has murdered 56 million of its own children deserve?

I believe that we have just come out of a season of time when America has been shown exactly why it is about to be judged.

It is no accident that the undercover Planned Parenthood videos were released when they were.  Now the entire world knows that we slaughter our babies, harvest their organs and sell them off to the highest bidder.

So what has the response of the American people been to the revelation of this great evil?

Yes, a small minority of Americans have gotten upset, but most people have been completely unmoved by this news.

Our government gives Planned Parenthood hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and that isn’t going to change.  Planned Parenthood is just going to keep doing what they do, and the American people are just going to go back to ignoring the unprecedented holocaust that is happening behind closed doors all over the nation.

This past summer we also witnessed what I believe is the perfect bookend for the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973.  The institution of marriage was permanently altered in all 50 states, and most of the nation greatly rejoiced.

The White House was lit up with rainbow colors to honor what the Supreme Court did.  The rainbow is a symbol of God’s covenant with Noah, and in the book of Revelation there is a rainbow around the throne of God.  They have taken this symbol that belongs to God, and they are using it as a symbol of their defiance.

Of course these things that I have just mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg.  The truth is that evil is growing in this nation in thousands of different ways.  Every year there are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted disease in the United States, we have the highest divorce rate in the entire industrialized world, and nearly one out of every five American women say that they have been raped at some point in their lives.  In the United States today, there are 60 million people that abuse alcohol and there are 22 million people that use illegal drugs.  America produces more pornography than the rest of the world combined, and surveys have found that Christian men use it at just about the same rate as everyone else.

I will not be publishing an article tomorrow.  In a few hours, Yom Kippur will begin where I live.  It is the most solemn of all the holidays described in the Bible, and it is a time of repentance.  I will be praying for myself, my family, my community and my nation.

If America had repented as a nation and had turned from her wicked ways, we would not have to go through the things that we are about to go through.

I believe that the time of grace that the United States has been given to repent is ending.

I know that this is very different from my usual format.  Is it okay if I just share what is on my heart from time to time?  On Thursday I will get back to sharing the facts, figures and hard information that you all have come to expect from me.  But today when I woke up I just felt that I should share these things with you.

Very shortly, things are going to start changing in a major way.

America is dying, and the hardest times that any of us have ever seen are right in front of us.

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The Economic End Game Explained

September 24th, 2015 by

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By Brandon Smith

Throughout history, in most cases of economic collapse the societies in question believed they were financially invincible just before their disastrous fall. Rarely does anyone see the edge of the cliff or even the bottom of the abyss before it has swallowed a nation whole. This lack of foresight, however, is not entirely the fault of the public. It is, rather, a consequence caused by the manipulation of the fundamental information available to the public by governments and social gatekeepers.

In the years leading up to the Great Depression, numerous mainstream “experts” and politicians were quick to discount the idea of economic collapse, and most people were more than ready to believe them. Equities markets were, of course, the primary tool used to falsely elicit popular optimism. When markets rose, even in spite of other very negative fiscal indicators, the masses were satisfied. In this way, stock markets have become a kind of dopamine switch financial elites can push at any given time to juice the citizenry and distract them from the greater perils of their economic future. During every upswing of stocks, the elites argued that the “corner had been turned,” when in reality the crisis had just begun. Nothing has changed since the crash of 1929. Just look at some of these quotes and decide if the rhetoric sounds familiar today:

John Maynard Keynes in 1927: “We will not have any more crashes in our time.”

H.H. Simmons, president of the New York Stock Exchange, Jan. 12, 1928: “I cannot help but raise a dissenting voice to statements that we are living in a fool’s paradise, and that prosperity in this country must necessarily diminish and recede in the near future.”

Irving Fisher, leading U.S. economist, The New York Times, Sept. 5, 1929: “There may be a recession in stock prices, but not anything in the nature of a crash.” And on 17, 1929:“Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. I do not feel there will be soon if ever a 50 or 60 point break from present levels, such as (bears) have predicted. I expect to see the stock market a good deal higher within a few months.”

  1. McNeel, market analyst, as quoted in the New York Herald Tribune, Oct. 30, 1929: “This is the time to buy stocks. This is the time to recall the words of the late J. P. Morgan… that any man who is bearish on America will go broke. Within a few days there is likely to be a bear panic rather than a bull panic. Many of the low prices as a result of this hysterical selling are not likely to be reached again in many years.”

Harvard Economic Society, Nov. 10, 1929: “… a serious depression seems improbable; [we expect] recovery of business next spring, with further improvement in the fall.”

I hear nearly identical statements from pro-mainstream, pro-dollar skeptics all the time. And all of their assertions rest solely on the illusion of the Dow and the dollar index, not to mention statistics that are sourced from the very government that has much to gain by fooling the public into believing all is well.

In 2009, Paul Krugman, perhaps the worst and most famous economist of our age, lamented on the fact that no one in mainstream finance saw the derivatives and credit crash coming. Yet it is the same kinds of manipulative policies that Krugman champions that caused this collective ignorance in mainstream circles to begin with.

What the past proves, time and time again, is that establishment trained and educated economists are perhaps the most useless of all analysts. They are perpetually wrong. Only independent analysts have ever been able to predict anything of value as far as our economic future — not because they are psychic, but because they have the advantage of standing outside the foggy propaganda of brainwashed financial academia.

It also proves that the appearance of prosperity means nothing if the fundamentals do not support the optimism. That is to say, a bullish stock market, a high dollar index and a low unemployment percentage mean nothing if such stats are generated by false methods and fiat.  The fundamentals ALWAYS matter.  As we saw during the Great Depression, the markets cannot hide from reality forever.

I relate these points because the future I am about to suggest here might sound outlandish to some, because it is so contrary to the “official” accounting of our current financial world. It is important to remember that the mainstream, the majority, is almost always wrong and that the truth is very rarely accepted broadly until calamity has already fallen.

I outlined the hard facts behind the reality of economic downturn in my article “We Have Just Witnessed The Last Gasp Of The Global Economy.”

The bottom line is that the stock market, the greatest false indicator of all time, is on the verge of implosion; and the banking elites are positioning themselves to avoid blame for this implosion while the rest of us are being sold on the most elaborate recovery con-game ever conceived. But what is the purpose behind this con-game? Lies are generally only told by those who hope to gain something through deception. What do the elites hope to gain by creating a facade of recovery?

They have openly admitted to the public on numerous occasions EXACTLY what they want — namely, the institution of a truly global and centralized economic system revolving around a highly controlled world currency framework and dominated by a select cult of banking oligarchs. Anyone who claims that this is not the goal is either a liar or an uneducated fool.

I have covered the evidence supporting this program many times in the past, but it would seem with the precariously surreal nature of our world today that much needs repeating. In 1988, the financial magazine ‘The Economist’ published an article titled “Get ready for a world currency by 2018,” in which it outlined the framework for a global currency system called the “Phoenix” (a hypothetical title), administered by the International Monetary Fund by the year 2018, which would erase all national economic sovereignty and require governments to borrow from the world central banking authority, rather than print, in order to finance their infrastructure programs. This would mean total control by the IMF over member nations as they beg and plead for more capital under the global currency umbrella.

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Corporate Democracy Doesn’t Work Either!

September 22nd, 2015 by

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By Philippe Gastonne

 

It’s Corporate Governance 101: Company directors are supposed to respect the wishes of the shareholders they are duty bound to serve. And if the directors defy them, those shareholders are supposed to hold the directors accountable.

That principle of board accountability will face an unusually stark test on Sept. 22, when Bank of America shareholders gather at company headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., for a special meeting — and a significant vote.

The question before the shareholders seems innocuous: It asks them to allow the directors a free hand in setting board structure. But some investors see the question as a slap in the face. Here’s why: At the bank’s 2009 annual meeting, shareholders passed a bylaw requiring that the board be overseen by an independent “chairman.” The bylaw passed by a whisker, but it was nonetheless binding.

Last fall, however, the board abruptly overturned the bylaw when it elected Brian T. Moynihan, the bank’s chief executive, its chairman as well. A vote for the motion on Sept. 22 would essentially enshrine that decision.

Therefore, the vote on Tuesday is only a little bit about the value of separating the chairman and chief executive roles at Bank of America. It is a lot more about reminding the bank’s directors not to treat shareholders with contempt. – New York Times, Sept. 18, 2015

We all know that the various forms of democratic governance don’t work nearly as well as advertised. Representatives usually turn corrupt in short order, no matter how the people select them. They devolve into oligarchy under a democratic façade.

The same is true when corporations pretend to operate under democratic principles. The charters give shareholders a patina of respect, and then management assembles an underworked, overpaid board that will rubber-stamp anything to keep its comfortable role secure.

Occasionally management miscalculates, waking up shareholders to emit sheep-like bleats of protest. One such protest is happening today at Bank of America. Dissident shareholders want the board led by an independent chairperson, instead of having CEO Brian Moynihan wear both hats.

The vote will likely fail because money managers control votes for a huge bloc of shares, even though the shares nominally belong to their underlying investors. The money managers are as “independent” of management as the bank’s toadlike board members are.

In theory, the money managers are fiduciaries who should place their clients’ interests ahead of their own. In practice, they do no such thing. Fidelity, Blackrock, Vanguard and other large mutual fund sponsors all have other business relationships with Bank of America. They will not place those revenues at risk as long as they can plausibly claim their intentions are pure.

This means the Moynihan regime will retain control, and can continue plundering and looting Bank of America for its own enrichment. As far as they are concerned, any offended shareholders should just sell their shares and leave.

Congress has a similar method. It groups us together in gerrymandered districts such that any resistance is futile, and then plunders our wallets to fill its own. If we don’t like it, we can just vote for somebody else… who will do the same again.

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When will the people wake up and all agree to adhere to time tested rules of commerce and personal behavior? We would not need all of these professional scavengers to drain our pockets, if we assume responsibility for our own lives. It’s not that complicated folks. Anarchy could be the savior of societies. You are already doing it with the hundreds of personal recognition groups you form and participate in.

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Russia is not the enemy

September 21st, 2015 by

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By Stephen Kinzer   SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

REAL ENEMIES ARE a threat to any country, but imagined enemies can be even more dangerous. They sap resources, provoke needless conflicts, and divert attention from true challenges. The United States has constructed such a fantasy by turning Russia into an enemy.

Our current campaign against Russia was set off by what some in Washington call its “aggression” against neighboring Ukraine. Russia’s decision to aid the Assad regime in Syria has also angered us. The true reasons for anti-Russia sentiment, though, lie deeper.

Most leading figures in the American political and security establishments grew up during the Cold War. They spent much of their lives believing that the Antichrist lived in Moscow. Today they speak as if the Cold War never ended.

For a brief period in the 1990s, it appeared that Russia had lost control over its own security. Stunned into paralysis by the collapse of the Soviet Union, and without any power to resist, Russians had to watch helplessly as NATO, their longtime enemy, established bases directly on their borders. Many in Washington believed that the United States had permanently broken Russian power. In their jubilation, they imagined that we would be able to keep our foot on Russia’s neck forever.

That was highly unrealistic. By pressing our advantage too strongly in the years after the Cold War, we guaranteed a nationalist reaction. President Vladimir Putin embodies it. He is popular in Russia because his people believe he is trying to claw back some of Russia’s lost power. For the same reason, he is demonized in Washington.

Having Russia as an enemy is strangely comforting to Americans. It reassures us that the world has not really changed. That means we do not have to change our policies. Our back-to-the-future hostility toward Russia allows us to pull out our dusty Cold War playbook. We have resurrected not just that era’s anti-Moscow policies but also the hostile rhetoric that accompanied them.

This summer’s most extreme exaggeration of Russia’s power came not from an inveterate Cold Warrior like John McCain or Hillary Clinton, but from the new chairman of our Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford. At his Senate confirmation hearing in July, Dunford said Russia “could pose an existential threat to the United States.” He suggested that, to defend ourselves, we should send aid to Ukrainians who want to fight Russia.

Statements like these are bizarre on several levels. First, Russia is a fundamentally weak country with a tottering economy. It is far from being able to compete with the United States, much less threaten it. Second, Russia is surrounded by American military bases, hears threats from the West every day, faces NATO guns on its borders, and therefore has reason to fear for its security. Third, by pushing Russia away, we are driving it toward China, thereby encouraging a partnership that could develop into a true threat to American power.

The most important reason it is folly to turn Russia into an enemy is more far-reaching than any of these. Europe remains stable only when all of its major countries are included in the process of governing, and each one’s security concerns are taken seriously.

The visionary Prince Metternich grasped this truth 200 years ago. Metternich was foreign minister of the Austrian Empire and mastermind of the Congress of Vienna, which was charged with reconstructing Europe after nearly a quarter-century of war. France was the villain. French armies under Napoleon had ravaged much of Europe. Anti-French sentiment was widespread and virulent. Delegates to the Congress of Vienna demanded harsh punishment for the troublemaker. Metternich resisted their pressure. He persuaded other leaders that in the interest of future stability, they must invite the miscreant back into the family. That kept Europe at peace for generations.

Emotion argues that Russia is a troublemaker because it refuses to play by our rules, and must be confronted and punished. Reason should reply that Russia is a legitimate power, cannot be expected to take orders from the West, and will not stand quietly while the United States promotes anti-Russia movements on its borders.

In our current standoff, Russia has at least one advantage: Its leaders are not foolish enough to consider the United States an existential threat. We would benefit from a bit of their realism.

 

Stephen Kinzer is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Follow him on Twitter@stephenkinzer.

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Austrian Economics and the Time for Monetary Freedom

September 19th, 2015 by

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By Richard Ebeling

For over a decade, now, the American economy has been on an economic rollercoaster, of an economic boom between 2003 and 2008, followed by a severe economic downturn, and with a historically slow and weak recovery starting in 2009 up to the present.

Before the dramatic stock market decline of 2008-2009, many were the political and media pundits who were sure that the “good times” could continue indefinitely, including some members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank.

When the economic downturn began and then worsened, many were the critics who were sure that this proved the “failure” of capitalism in bringing such financial and real economic disruption to America and the world.

There were resurrected long questioned or rejected theories from theGreat Depression years of the 1930s that argued that only far-sighted and wise government interventions and regulations could save the country from economic catastrophe and guarantee we never suffer from a similar calamity in the future.

The Boom-Bust Cycle Has Its Origin in Government Policy

Not only is the capitalist system not responsible for the latest economic crisis, but all attempts to severely hamstring or regulate the market economy out of existence only succeed in undermining the greatest engine of economic progress and prosperity known to mankind.

The recession of 2008-2009 had its origin in years of monetary mismanagement by the Federal Reserve System and misguided economic policies emanating from Washington, D.C. For the five years between 2003 and 2008, the Federal Reserve flooded the financial markets with a huge amount of money, increasing it by 50 percent or more by some measures.

For most of those years, key market rates of interest, when adjusted for inflation, were either zero or even negative. The banking system was awash in money to lend to all types of borrowers. To attract people to take out loans, these banks not only lowered interest rates (and therefore the cost of borrowing); they also lowered their standards for credit worthiness.

To get the money, somehow, out the door, financial institutions found “creative” ways to bundle together mortgage loans into tradable packages that they could then pass on to other investors. It seemed to minimize the risk from issuing all those sub-prime home loans, which we viewed afterwards as the housing market’s version of high-risk junk bonds. The fears were soothed by the fact that housing prices kept climbing as home buyers pushed them higher and higher with all of that newly created Federal Reserve money.

At the same time, government-created home-insurance agencies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were guaranteeing a growing number of these wobbly mortgages, with the assurance that the “full faith and credit” of Uncle Sam stood behind them. By the time the Federal government formally took over complete control of Fannie and Freddie in 2008, they were holding the guarantees for half of the $10 trillion American housing market.

Easy Money and Lower Interest Rates Led to the Bust

Low interest rates and reduced credit standards were also feeding a huge consumer-spending boom that that resulted in a 25 percent increase in consumer debt between 2003 and 2008, from $2 trillion to over $2.5 trillion. With interest rates so low, there was little incentive to save for tomorrow and big incentives to borrow and consume today. But, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, during that five-year period average real income only increased by at the most 2 percent. Peoples’ debt burdens, therefore, rose dramatically.

The easy money and government-guaranteed house of cards all started to come tumbling down in 2008, with a huge crash in the stock market that brought some indexes down 30 to 50 percent from their highs. The same people in Washington who produced this disaster then said that what was needed was more regulation to repair the very financial and housing markets their earlier actions had so severely undermined.

That included, at the time, a shotgun wedding between the U.S. government and the largest banks in America, when in October of 2008, the heads of those financial institutions were commanded to come to Washington, D.C. for a meeting with, then, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

They were told the federal government was injecting cash into the banking system with a purchase of $245 billion of shares of bank stocks in the financial sector. The banking CEOs present – some of whom made it clear they neither needed nor wanted an infusion of government money – were basically told they would not be allowed to leave the Treasury building until they had signed on the dotted line. (The money was eventually returned to the Treasury, with bank buybacks of the shares in which the government had “invested.”)

Opening the Monetary Spigot Again

The Federal Reserve, in the meantime, turned on the monetary spigot, increasing monetary base (cash and bank reserves) between 2007 and 2015 from $740 billion to around $4 trillion, brought about through a series of monetary creation policies under the general heading of “quantitative easing.”

A variety of key interest rates, as a consequence, have, when adjusted for inflation, been in the negative range most of the time for seven years. Nominal and real interest rates, therefore, cannot be considered to be telling anything truthful about the actual availability of savings in the economy and its relationship to market-based profitability of potential investments.

Interest rates manipulation has worked similarly to a price control keeping the price of a good below its market-determined and clearing level. It has undermined the motives and abilities of some people to save on the supply-side, while distorting demand-side decision-making in terms of both the types and time-horizons of possible investments to undertake, since the real scarcity and cost of borrowing for capital formation has been impossible to realistically estimate and judge in a financial market without market-based interest rates.

Markets have been distorted, investment patterns have been given wrong and excessive directions and labor and resources have been misdirected into various employments that will eventually be shown to be unsustainable.

Low Inflation and Faulty Price Indexes

Keynesians and other supporters of “stimulus” policies have argued that there has been no need to fear “excesses” in the economy because price inflation has been tame – running less than two percent a year practically the entire time since 2008.

First, it needs to be remembered that this measurement of price inflation is based upon one or another type of statistical price index. This by necessity hides from view all the individual price changes that make up the statistical average, and which has seen in the last few years significant price increases in subsectors of the market.

Second, the full impact of the massive monetary expansion has been prevented from having its full effect due to a policy gimmick that the Federal Reserve has been following since virtually the start of its quantitative easing policies. The central bank has been paying banks a rate of interest slightly above the interest rate it could earn from lending to borrowers in the private sector.

Thus, it has been more profitable for many banks to leave large amounts of their available reserves unlent as “excess reserves” that have been totaling almost $2.8 trillion of the nearly $4 trillion that Federal Reserve created. Having created all this additional lending potential, the Fed has been manipulating interest rates, again, this time to keep a large amount of it from coming on the market.

Third, particularly since 2014, the world has been increasingly awash in expanding oil supplies that has resulted in dramatically lower prices for refined oil products of all types, and most visibly to the average consumer in the form of falling prices to fill up one’s car with gasoline.

Greater supplies of useful and widely used raw materials and resources at significantly lower cost should be considered a boon to all in the economy, in making production and finished goods less expensive, and thereby raising the standards of living of all demanding such products.

Instead, the Federal Reserve worries about “price deflation” as a drag on the economy, rather than as a market-based stimulus through supply-side plentifulness that, in the long run, reduces the scarcity and cost of desired goods and services.

Central banks around the world have all gravitated to the idea that the “ideal” rate of price inflation that assures economic stability and sustainability is around two percent per year. Fixated on averages and aggregates, the central bankers continue to give little or no attention to the really important influence their monetary policies have on economic affairs: the distortion of the structures of relative prices, profit margins, resource uses and capital investments.

The “Austrian” Theory of Money and the Business Cycle

In my new book, Monetary Central Planning and the State, which will be published in October 2015 by the Future of Freedom Foundation in a eBook format available from Amazon, I explain the “Austrian” theory of money and the business cycle in contrast to bothKeynesian Economics and Monetarism.

Developed especially by Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich A. Hayek in the 20th century, the Austrian theory uniquely demonstrates the process by which central bank-initiated monetary expansion and interest rate manipulation invariably sets the stage for both an artificial boom and an eventual, inescapable bust.

Their theory is explained in the context of an analysis of the most severe economic downturn of the last one hundred years, the Great Depression. The crash of 1929 and the depression that followed were the outcome of Federal Reserve monetary policy in the 1920s, when the goal was price level stabilization – neither price inflation nor price deflation. But beneath the apparent stability of the statistical price level, monetary expansion and below-market rates of interest generated a mismatch between savings and investment in the American economy that finally broke in 1929 and 1930.

But the depth and duration of the Great Depression through the greater part of the 1930s was also not due to anything inherent in the market economy. Rather than allow markets to find their new, post-boom market-clearing levels in terms of prices, wages and resource reallocations, governments in America and Europe undertook a wide variety of massive economic interventions.

The outcome was rising and prolonged unemployment, idle factories, unused capital and vast amounts of economic waste caused by wage and price interventions, large government budget deficits and accompanying accumulated debt, uneconomic public works projects, barriers to international trade due to economic nationalism and protectionism and introduction of forms of government planning and control over people’s lives and market activities.

Faulty and Misguided Keynesian Ideas

Many of these rationales for “activist” monetary and fiscal policy emerged and took form under the cover of the emerging Keynesian Revolution as first presented by British economist John Maynard Keynes. In Monetary Central Planning and the State, I also offer a detailed critique of the fundamental premises of the Keynesian approach and why its policy prescriptions in fact lead to the very boom-bust cycle the Keynesians claim to want to prevent.

Furthermore, it is shown why it is that every essential building block of the Keynesian edifice is based on faulty economic premises, superficial conceptions of how markets actually function and why its end result is more government control with none of the benefit of economic stability that the Keynesians say is their goal.

Also, in spite of Milton Friedman‘s valuable contributions to an understanding of the superiority of competitive markets in general, his own version of activist monetary policy through a “rule” of monetary expansion and “automatic” fiscal stabilizers was more an “immanent criticism” within the Keynesian macroeconomic framework, rather than a fundamental alternative such as the “Austrian” economists have offered.

Private Free Banking, Not Central Banking

What, then, is to be done, in terms of the workings and the institutions of the monetary system? A good part of Monetary Central Planning and the State is devoted to explaining the inherent economic weaknesses and political shortcomings of all forms of central banking.

In a nutshell, central banking suffers from many of the same problems as all other forms of central planning – the presumption that monetary central planners can ever successfully manage the monetary and banking system better than a truly competitive private banking system operating on the basis of market-chosen forms of money and media of exchange.

It is shown how systems of private competitive banking could function if government central banking were brought to an end. This is done through a critical analysis of the proposals for a private monetary and banking system as found in the writings of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich A. Hayek, Murray N. Rothbard and the “modern” proponents of monetary freedom: Lawrence H. White, George Selgin, and Kevin Dowd.

Monetary Central Planning and the State ends with a brief list of the steps that could and should be taken to begin the successful transition from central banking to a free-market monetary and banking system of the future.

If the last one hundred years has shown and demonstrated anything, it is that governments – even when in the hands of the well intentioned – have neither the knowledge, wisdom nor ability to manage the social and economic affairs of multitudes of hundreds of millions, and now billions, of people around the world. The end result has always been loss of liberty and economic misdirection and distortion.

It Is the Time for Monetary Freedom

A hundred years of central banking in the United States since the establishment of the Federal Reserve System in 1913 has equally demonstrated the inability of monetary central planners to successfully direct the financial and banking affairs of the nation through the tools of monopoly control over the quantity of money and the resulting powerful influence on money’s value and the interest rates at which savers and borrowers interact.

It is time for a radical denationalization of money, a privatization of the monetary and banking system through a separation of government from money and all forms of financial intermediation.

That is the pathway to ending the cycles of booms and busts, and creating the market-based institutional framework for sustainable economic growth and betterment.

It is time for monetary freedom to replace the out-of-date belief in government monetary central planning.

Dr. Richard Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He was professor of economics at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (2009-2014). He served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education (2003-2008) and held the Ludwig von Mises Chair in Economics at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan (1988-2003). His new book, Monetary Central Planning and the State, to be published in October 2015 by the Future of Freedom in eBook format will be available from Amazon.

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The Real Reasons Why The Fed Will Hike Interest Rates

September 16th, 2015 by

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By Brandon Smith

For the past several months, the chorus of voices crying out over the prospect of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike have all been saying essentially the same thing – either they can’t do it, or they simply won’t do it. This is the same attitude the chorus projected during the initial prospects of a QE taper. Given the trends and evidence at hand I personally will have to take the same position on the rate hike as I did with the taper – they can do it, and they probably will do it before the year is over.

I suppose we may know more after the conclusion of the Fed meeting set for the 16th and 17th of this month. August retail sales data and industrial production numbers have come in, and they are not impressive even with the artificial goosing such stats generally receive. However, I do not expect that they will have any bearing whatsoever on the interest rate theater. The Fed’s decision has already been made, probably months in advance.

The overall market consensus seems to be one of outright bewilderment, so much so that markets have reentered the madness of “bad news is good news” as stocks explode on any negative data that might suggest the Fed will delay. The so-called experts cannot grasp why the Fed would even entertain the notion of a rate hike at this stage in the game. Hilariously, it is Paul Krugman who is saying what I have been saying for the past year when he states:

“I really find it quite mysterious that the Fed is eager to raise rates given that, they’re going to be wrong one way or the other, we just don’t know which way. But the costs of being wrong in one direction are so much higher than the costs of being the other.”

Yes, why does the Fed seem so eager? Every quarter since the bailouts began no one has been asking for interest rates to increase. No one. Only recently has the Bank for International Settlements warned of market turmoil due to the long term saturation of markets caused by low interest policies, yet it was the BIS that had been championing low rates and easy money foryears. The IMF has warned that a U.S. rate increase at this time would cause a market crisis, yet the IMF has also been admonishing low rate policies, policies that they had also been originally supporting for years.

Confused yet? The investment world certainly seems to be. In fact, the overall market attitude towards a rate hike appears to be a heightened sense of terror, and I believe this has been amply reflected in global stock behavior over the past three months in particular. With thousands of points positive and negative spanned in only a couple of trading sessions, stock market indexes around the world are beginning to behave like seizure victims, jerking and convulsing erratically.

This has, of course, all been blamed on China’s supposed economic “contagion.” But you can read why that is utter nonsense in my article “Economic crisis goes mainstream – What happens next?”

The bottom line is, the Federal Reserve has been the primary driver of the massive financial bubbles now in place in most of the world’s markets, and much of this was accomplished through ZIRP (zero interest rate policy). Hopefully many of the readers here can recall the tens of trillions of dollars of overnight lending by the Fed to international banks and corporations that was exposed during the initial TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program – aka bailout) audit. You know, the trillions in lending that mainstream naysayers claimed was “not” contributing to the overall debt picture of the U.S. Well, reality has shown that ZIRP and overnight lending has indeed directly and indirectly created debt bubbles in numerous areas.

The most vital of areas at this time is perhaps the debts accrued by major banks and companies that have relied on overnight loans to facilitate massive stock buybacks. It has been these buybacks that have artificially supported stocks for years, and whenever ZIRP was not enough, the Fed stepped in with yet another QE program to give particular indicators a boost. The main purpose of this strategy was to ensure that markets would NOT reflect the real underlying instability of our economic system. The Fed has been pumping up banks and markets not only in the U.S., but across the globe.  Why?  We’ll get to that, but keep in mind that it takes time and careful strategy to wear down a population and condition them to accept far lower living standards as the “new normal” (and it takes a sudden crisis event to convince a population to be happy with such low standards given the frightening alternative).

Even with near zero interest, companies have still had to utilize a high percentage of profits in order to continue the stock buyback scam. We have finally arrived at a crossroads in which these companies will be forced to either stop buybacks altogether, or await another even more comprehensive stimulus infusion from the Fed. A rate increase of .25 percent might seem insignificant, until you realize that banks and companies have been cycling tens of trillions of dollars in ZIRP through their coffers and equities. At that level, a minor increase in borrowing costs swiftly accumulates into untenable debts. A rate increase will kill all overnight borrowing, it will kill stock buybacks, and thus, it will kill the fantasy that is today’s stock market.

This is why so many analysts simply cannot fathom why the Fed would raise rates, and why many people fully expect the introduction of QE4. But we need to ask some fundamental questions here…

Again, as Krugman ponders (or doesn’t ponder, since I believe he is an elitist insider with full knowledge of what is about to happen), why does the Fed seem so eager to raise rates if the obvious result will be a drawn out market crash? Is it possible, just maybe, that the Fed does not want to prop up markets anymore? Is it possible that the Fed’s job is to destroy the American economy and the dollar, rather than protecting either? Is it possible that the Fed is just a useful tool, an institutionally glorified suicide bomber meant to explode itself in the most populated area it can find to cause maximum damage for effect? Wouldn’t this dynamic go a long way in explaining why the Fed has taken every single action it has taken since its underhanded inception in 1913?

Will the Fed raise rates this week? I still think the Fed may “surprise” with a delay until December in order to give one more short term boost to the markets, but as I read the mainstream economic press I find the newest trend indicates I could be wrong. The trend I am speaking of has only launched in the past couple of days in the mainstream media, as outlets such as the Financial Times and CNN are now publishing arguments which claim a Fed rate hike is a “good thing”.  While it may be a “good thing” in the long run as it is vital for everything that is over-inflated in our economy to fall away and leave that which is real behind, a return to true free markets without ZIRP manipulation is NOT what the mainstream media is promoting.

The mainstream pro-rate hike arguments are in most cases predicated on completely fabricated notions of economic recovery. CNN states:

“At a time when the U.S. economy is chugging along at over 2% growth and the unemployment rate reflects almost full employment, there’s not much of a case for the Fed’s key interest rate to remain at historic lows…”

As I outlined in my series written at the beginning of this year titled “One last look at the real economy before it implodes,” any growth in gross domestic product (GDP) is a farce driven primarily by government debt spending and inflation in particular necessities rather than recovery in the core economy and on main street. And, unemployment numbers are the biggest statistical con-game of all, with more than 93 million Americans not counted on the Labor Department’s rolls as unemployed because they no longer qualify for benefits.

For a couple of months, some of the mainstream has pulled its head out of its posterior and actually begun asking the questions alternative analysts have been asking for years about the potential risks of returning market volatility and “recession” (which is really an ongoing program of hyperstagflationary collapse) in the wake of a world without steady and open fiat stimulus.  Yet, suddenly this week certain MSM establishment mouthpieces are claiming “mission accomplished” in the battle for fiscal recovery and cheerleading for a rate hike?

What this tells me is that the narrative is being shifted and a rate hike is indeed on the way, perhaps even this week.

It is important to note that this stampede over the edge of the cliff is not only being triggered by the Federal Reserve. Most central banks and China’s PBOC in particular is definitely part of the bigger problem, but only because China is working alongside international bankers to further their goal of total economic interdependence and centralization. China’s avid pursuit of SDR (special drawing rights) inclusion and its close relationship to the IMF and the BIS must be taken into account if one is to understand why the current fiscal crisis is developing the way it is.

China has recently announced it will be opening its onshore currency markets to foreign central banks, which essentially guarantees the inclusion of the yuan into the IMF’s SDR global currency basket by the middle of next year. The IMF’s decision to delay China’s inclusion until 2016 was clearly a calculated effort to make sure that they did not receive any blame for the market meltdown they know is coming; a meltdown that will accelerate to even more dangerous proportions as central banks begin to move away from the dollar as the world reserve and petro-currency.

In preparation for the global shift away from the dollar, China has begun dumping dollar denominated assets at historic levels while Chinese companies have begun reducing the amount of dollars they borrow for international transactions. Is this selloff designed to liquidate assets in order to support China’s ailing markets? No, not really.

China has been planning a decoupling from the U.S. dollar since at least 2005 when it introduced yuan denominated “Panda Bonds”, which at the time the media laughed at as some kind of novelty. In only ten years, China has slowly but surely spread yuan denominated instruments around the world in order to make China an alternative economic engine to the U.S.  China, working with the BIS and IMF, have set the dollar up for an extreme devaluation and the U.S. Treasury has been set up for inevitable bankruptcy; and guess who will ride to our rescue when all seems lost?  That’s right – the IMF and the BIS.

Will the Fed’s rate hike make U.S. bonds more desirable? Probably not.  After a short term initial boost U.S. debt instruments will return to the path of de-dollarization. In the end, I believe the Fed rate hike will encourage more selling by the largest bond holders who will seek to make as much profit as possible until the bottom begins to fall out of the dollar. As China continues to sell off their treasury and dollar holdings, there will come a time when other global investors will feel forced to sell as well to avoid being the last idiot holding the bag when extreme devaluation takes place.

The Fed rate hike is a kind of openly engineered trigger event; one which will likely occur before the end of the year. The major globalist players within the BIS and IMF are separating themselves from this trigger as much as possible today, while warning of a coming crisis they helped to create.

The Fed seems to be a sacrificial appendage at this point, a martyr for the cause of globalization and centralization. Bringing down the U.S. and the dollar, or at least greatly diminishing the U.S. to third world status, has the potential to greatly benefit the Fabian socialists at the top of the pyramid. Such a crisis makes the idea of centralization and global economic administration a more enticing concept.

With a complex and disaster-prone system of interdependence causing social strife and chaos, why not just simplify everything with a global currency and perhaps even global governance? The elites will squeeze the collapse for all it’s worth if they can, and a Fed rate hike may be exactly what they need to begin the final descent.

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