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December 23rd, 2014 by olddog
Posted by arnierosner
Written By Anna von Reitz
At first base you learned that what you have been thinking of as “your government” is in fact a private, foreign, for-profit governmental services corporation called the UNITED STATES. This entity is owned and operated by the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, which is an agency of the UN. The UNITED STATES, INC. has fifty “STATE” franchises doing business as the “STATE OF OHIO” and the “STATE OF WISCONSIN” and so on, just as Burger King or Sears or Dairy Queen have local franchises.
An earlier private, for profit governmental services corporation known as the United States of America, Incorporated, functioned from 1868 to 1933 when it entered into bankruptcy reorganization and remained in Chapter 11 from 1933 to July 1, 2013. It had fifty “federal state” franchises operating as the “State of Ohio” and “State of Georgia” and so on, too—-all part of the “Federal Reserve System”. The Federal Reserve was organized under the auspices of a foreign nation calling itself the United States of America (Minor) composed of what are more normally thought of as the “federal territories and possessions”—-Guam, Puerto Rico, American Virgin Islands, American Samoa, et alia.
So at the same time during most of your life there have been two “federal governments”—that is, “federal” governmental services corporations— operating side by side in collusion to defraud you. When FDR bankrupted the United States of America, Inc. he and his “Governors”— the federal State franchise owners—pledged the “good faith and credit” of “their states and the citizenry thereof” as “sureties” backing the debts of the bankrupt corporation during its reorganization.
The UNITED STATES, INC. took up where the United States of America, Inc. left off, and simply passed through all its charges for services directly to the presumed sureties—- us. The problem is that we never consented under conditions of full disclosure to be “federal” states nor “federal” citizens. It was merely self-interested “policy” of these corporations and their creditors to “presume” that we were all “voluntary sureties” and to plunder our estates and “indebt” us for their spending.
They never told us all the lies and processes they employed to justify and accomplish this identity theft and fiduciary trust fraud used to usurp our natural position as beneficiaries of our own estates and to instead name their corporations as both the comptrollers and beneficiaries of our labor, our lives, our relationships, our businesses, our homes, and our land.
Now, you are going to learn and thoroughly understand that part of it.
Let’s use the name of the present “Secretary of the Treasury”—- “jacob joseph lew” as the name in our example, in hopes that he may get the point.
First, let’s look at Secretary Lew’s birth state: New York.
This is the original “State of New York” one of the original Thirteen (E)states that joined together as the united States of America. Notice that “united” is just an adjective describing a union or association or as they put it, a “perpetual confederation” of these landed “(E)states” The actual name of this country is the “States of America”. The actual and still very much in effect document binding the states together is The Articles of Confederation (1781).
Any idea that any “Constitution” dissolved or replaced the Articles of Confederation is a self-serving lie perpetuated by those who would defraud and enslave you. The “Constitution” —-the real Constitution— is an equity contract and public trust indenture that neither describes the states in terms of their geography nor binds them together in any way except as mutual subscribers to the governmental services to be provided by the “contract government”.
The 1824 Edition of the Webster’s Dictionary clearly states that the word “federal” was a synonym for “contract”, a usage and convention used repeatedly in relation to other documents of the time. It will help you to de-program if every time you see the words “federal government” you instead insert “contract government”—-for that is what it is. It is and has always been a foreign, maritime entity under contract to provide nineteen enumerated governmental services to the subscribing American states. The Constitution, like all Constitutions, is a debt agreement stipulating the services under contract, the limits of the authorities granted, and the payment terms.
This commercial contract is NOT what created your country and formed the Union of States. It merely helped to “perfect” the Union by providing common defense, common currency, and common administration of certain mutually agreed upon services. It also set common limits on the “federal government” in its administration of these mutual services to be provided to the subscribing states.
When we talk about a “state”, even a geographically defined “state” we must be aware that we are talking about a fictional entity. It doesn’t really exist, except via social agreement and convention. In truth there are no state borders established by God, no painted line etched by Heaven to separate New York from New Jersey, and when you go to Court and are accused or judged by anything calling itself the “State of New York” or “STATE OF NEW JERSEY” it is not the land and water of these states that levels the charges or claims to be injured or rises up to accuse you.
All such “States” are fictional in nature, including the original States of the Union bound together by The Articles of Confederation.
Little baby “jacob joseph lew” is born on the land of the American organic, geographically defined New York State. He is given his individual name— his “given name” which is “jacob joseph” by his parents and he inherits his family surname “lew” from his father. Properly, his name as a living baby must be either denoted in all small letters as shown here, or he must be described, as in “Joseph-Jacob of the House Lew”. These are the only proper and lawful ways to name a living freeborn child, and it has been that way since the days of ancient Rome. He is born as a civilian on the jurisdiction of the land, and as a natural –born American, he has complete civil authority. Even as a baby little jacob joseph lew possessed more civil authority on the land of New York State than the entire federal government, but he was blissfully unaware of that fact.
So we’ve already learned some important arcane information here: how to properly and lawfully name a living baby, how to name a land-based geographically defined “state”—-it’s “New York State”— versus a legal fiction political state—the “State of New York” created by social agreement and convention. Little jacob-joseph:lew was thus born on the land of New York State, and, at the same time, inthe State of New York.
We’ve already determined that he was born on the land as a civilian and with complete civil authority on the land, but what does this additional status of being born in the “State of New York” confer? We walk on the land and we swim in the water. This second, political status falls under maritime jurisdiction. Jacob-joseph is still a civilian, so the “State of New York” operates in civil maritime.
To denote this fundamental difference in jurisdiction between the land and the sea, jacob joseph lew’s name on the land is “restyled” as “Jacob Joseph Lew”.
So you now have one baby, two names, and two completely separate jurisdictions— jurisdictions that are as absolutely and endemically separate from each other as the land and the sea.
Civil maritime is the jurisdiction in which merchant mariners and commercial “vessels” trade and sail the seas, so perhaps it is not awfully surprising that Federal Title 7 considers “Jacob Joseph Lew” a “vessel” and the Internal Revenue Code describes him as a warrant officer in the Merchant Marine Service when he exercises his “office” as a “withholding agent” working for an offshore Puerto Rican trust operated under the name “JACOB JOSEPH LEW”.
This third version, “JACOB JOSEPH LEW” appears shortly after “Jacob Joseph Lew” is “registered” by agents under contract to the Federal Reserve System as a vessel belonging to the United States of America, Incorporated.
Say, what? Yes, those nice people at the New York Bureau of Vital Statistics aren’t working for the New York State. They are working for the State of New York. And the “State of New York” is a “federal state franchise” of the United States of America, Incorporated, which was owned and operated by the Federal Reserve System under the auspices of a foreign nation calling itself “the United States of America (Minor)”—–though they very rarely bother to include the word (Minor). This “other United States” is composed of a consortium of “American” “States” more often thought of as federal territories and possessions, including Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, American Virgin Islands and “Other Insular States”. It’s a private corporation organized under the auspices of a foreign country operating “state” franchises in our midst.
All your life you have never used your real name or enjoyed your birthright or your God-given freedom, because these interlopers came to your Mother under conditions of non-disclosure and self-interested deceit by committing fiduciary trust fraud, they pushed your Mother to unknowingly donate you as chattel “entrusted” to their corporation— their “state” franchise” doing business as the “State of New York”, which allowed them to claim that you were “voluntarily” renouncing your birthright status as a civilian on the land of the New York State, and agreeing instead to be “enfranchised” and made “subject” to the “territorial jurisdiction” of the United States of America (Minor).
In one stroke, your misled and purposefully entrapped Mother gave this foreign, for-profit, private “State” franchise of the bankrupt United States of America, Incorporated (and their owners, the Federal Reserve Banks) legal title to you. Mrs. Lew was never told anything about the nature of the paperwork she was signing, but the “State of New York” became the trustee of little jacob joseph lew. And their very first act was to abuse the right of usufruct— the right of trustees to use the name of the beneficiary, so long as no harm is done to the beneficiary or their reputation.
You be the judge of the ultimate harm they have done to you and millions of others.
They immediately “redefined” jacob-joseph (and you) as a “US citizen” subject to the whims of the “United States Congress” acting as the government of the United States of America (Minor), a foreign, maritime, legislative democracy. This removed him— literally kidnapped him—from his natural jurisdiction on the land of New York State where he was born free and entitled to all his Natural and Unalienable rights—-and “subjected” him—as in “subject to a king” to the laws and jurisdiction of this foreign nation and its “territorial jurisdiction” and also made him a “surety” for the debts of the same “United States Congress” and the bankrupt “United States of America, Incorporated”. They enslaved him and you and millions of others.
Instead of acting as his Trustee, the “State of New York” acted as a predator and changed the baby’s name to “Jacob Joseph Lew”. This is the way he was taught to refer to himself and the way he was taught to sign his name and that allowed the legal presumption that he was knowingly and willingly and voluntarily operating in their foreign civil maritime “territorial jurisdiction” as a “vessel in commerce” belonging to the “State of New York” —a franchise of the bankrupt United States of America, Incorporated, organized under the auspices of the United States of America, (Minor).
This is a sophisticated form of identity theft carried out against unsuspecting women and babes in their cradles by international banking cartels operating governmental services corporations under conditions of gross self-interested fiduciary trust fraud and deceit.
Next, the operators of this fraud scheme issued bonds based on jacob-joseph’s estimated lifetime earnings, next, they had the baby born on the land declared “legally dead” and committed probate fraud against him, then, they acted as creditors against his earthly estate and filed maritime salvage liens against his “vessel” for his estimated “share” of the expenses of the United States of America, Incorporated—-known as the “National Debt”.
All this was done to jacob-joseph and to you and virtually every other child born on the land of the State of America before anyone left grade school. You were systematically entrapped, defrauded, kidnapped, transported to a foreign jurisdiction, suffered identity theft and mischaracterization, and were robbed of your natural rights and immunities by corporations in your employment and by individuals and institutions pretending to “represent” your lawful government and to act as your “trustees”.
This was done without your knowledge or consent on the basis of Third Party contracts (entered by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Administration and your Mother) and under conditions of semantic and material deceit resulting in tainted, unilateral, undisclosed and grossly inequitable contracts serving to demean and enslave you.
After they killed off the baby born on the land via this legalized identity theft, the perpetrators settled in as parasites to feed off your labor and to “hypothecate” debt against your land, your homes, your businesses and everything else naturally belonging to you. The hired help— governmental services corporations merely under contract to provide stipulated services to the States—stole your identity, your credit cards, and your earthly estate—and proceeded to lord it over you, all without your knowledge or consent.
The facts of the fraud are revealed by “your” Birth Certificate, which is actually your fraudulent Death Certificate. Look at this document closely. It is issued by the Registrar, an Officer of the Probate Court— proof positive that your earthly estate has been probated. It is issued on bond paper, representing a debt and “promise to pay” bonds that have been issued based on the value of your earthly ESTATE, all numbered and securitized to benefit the United States of America, Incorporated and the very bankers and lawyers and politicians responsible for this deplorable criminality. It is issued to your given name styled in all capital letters, or in our example, to “JACOB JOSEPH LEW”.
This particular incorporated entity is an ESTATE trust created under Washington, DC Municipal Statute, Chapter 2, Vital Statistics, Section 7-201, paragraph 10. It is created under the auspices of the Washington, DC Municipality, a separate, independent, international city-state ruled as a plenary oligarchy by the members of the US CONGRESS, which acts as a Board of Directors for the UNITED STATES, INCORPORATED, which as you learned at First Base, owned and operated by the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, an agency of the UNITED NATIONS CORPORATION.
Right now, because the bankruptcy of the United States of America, Incorporated, finally settled on July 1, 2013, the parasites are setting up shop with new hosts—-the United Nations City State located in New York State. They are booting up a new “FEDERAL RESERVE” under UN auspices and launching a new UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED, and attempting to roll over the old ESTATE trusts operated under names styled as in “JACOB JOSEPH LEW” and to “redefine” what is left of “you” as a transmitting utility operated as “JACOB J. LEW”.
If we don’t put a stop to this craziness ourselves every commercial corporation and petty despot on earth will be misusing our names and naming legal fiction entities after us and claiming to have contracts and relationships with “them” and us that don’t exist and accusing us of owing their debts or owing them for services we never ordered, and similar outrages.
We will have not only the New York State and the State of New York (old Federal Reserve version) and the STATE OF NEW YORK (IMF version) and NEW YORK (their latest outrage), but we will have The state of new York, and the State of new York, and the New State of York and the State of New york and the new state of york, and as many permutations of style and spelling and order of words you can imagine —–all of which are created for the sole purpose of semantic deceit, identity theft, and criminal fraud.
It’s time to bluntly accuse these false trustees of the crimes they have committed and continue to commit against the Americans, Australians, Canadians, most Europeans, Japanese, and others who have been victimized by the same or very similar “Systems” of fraud and enslavement perpetuated by these international banking cartels, the Bar Associations, and criminal politicians.
Right now, the push is on to “consolidate sovereign debt” and use it as leverage against all the nations and governments of the world and to give control of this leverage to the handful of evil geniuses running the UNITED NATIONS CORPORATION. The problem is that no such legitimate debts exist, and because of the fraud involved, no valid claims can be addressed to any of the people of any country. This mammoth faux pas and accounting nightmare has been caused by criminally corrupt governments, bankers, and lawyers—-and yes, by people who have been complacent and who have bought into the propaganda and the lies spun by these self-interested con artists for generations.
Now you know how the spiders spin their webs and you know how you wound up “removed” to Puerto Rican jurisdiction, paying debts you don’t owe, and so much more.
Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Set up your Grand Juries. Elect your Sheriffs and Judges to execute the Law of the Land against these hyenas. Boycott them and refuse service and refuse to pay any taxes for unwanted services. Serve your Notices to the members of Con- Gress that they do NOT “represent” you and do NOT represent your organic state. Do the same with the so-called Governors. Don’t let anyone or anything “represent” you. Show up and present yourself. Bring suit against the probate court for fraud perpetuated against you. File liens and commercial affidavits against these corporations, judges, clerks, lawyers, bankers, politicians—-the whole kit and caboodle. They aren’t “public officials”. None of them have taken a single proper oath of any public office. They are nothing but private corporate “officers” impersonating lawful public officials—-criminals, in other words. They are all con artists knowingly or unknowingly occupying vacated public offices and abusing the assumed “powers” of those offices for private gain.
Most of all, inform the sheriffs, police, provost marshals, militia members, and members of the military. Educate them so that they have no excuse for condoning, supporting, or enforcing the “acts” and “orders” of these charlatans.
December 16th, 2014 by olddog
READ JUST HALF OF THESE ARTICLES AND THEN TELL ME THE COPS ARE DOING A FINE JOB
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WATCH: Ohio cop threatens sobbing girlfriend with jail after police gun down man in Walmart
SWAT Team Admits On Website That It Was Formed To Fight Civil Rights Protesters
Buffalo Cop Suspended Without Pay for Beating Caught on Camera
Photo Evidence, Police Lies Point to Police Cover-up in Death of Miami Artist Killed by Cop Car
Rumain Brisbon Is Just the Latest to Be Shot Dead by a Cop Over a Phantom Gun
California Deputy Tases and Beats Man with Flashlight While Holding his Head Down with Foot
Undercover Cops Attempt to Incite Looting, Pull Gun On #ICan’tBreathe Protesters
Charges against detective show justice’ slow track for law-enforcement defendants
Cop Gets Schooled After Harassing Man for Playing Song, “Fuck tha Police”
NYC Cops Are Blithely Firing A Potentially Deafening Sound Cannon At Peaceful Protesters
Michigan Cop Kills Dog in Wrong Address Warrantless Home Entry
Media Ignores Tens of Thousands of People Marching Against Police Brutality
VIDEO: Man Speeds To Hospital For Asthma Attack, Police Stop Him And Won’t Let Him Go — He Dies
Texas to Set Precedent for Another Shakedown by Cops?
The rape culture that everyone ignores
Victimless Crime Constitutes 86% of The Federal Prison Population
The United States is trying to prevent citizens from leaving the country
End of America A movie you must see to believe
Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing,
Unless You’re a Cop
By John W. Whitehead
“[I]f the individual is no longer to be sovereign, if the police can pick him up whenever they do not like the cut of his jib, if they can ‘seize’ and ‘search’ him in their discretion, we enter a new regime.”—U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, dissenting in Terry v. Ohio (1968)
With Orwellian irony, the U.S. Supreme Court chose December 15, National Bill of Rights Day to deliver its crushing blow to the Fourth Amendment. Although the courts have historically held that ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking the law, in its 8-1 ruling in Heien v. State of North Carolina, the Supreme Court gave police in America one more ready excuse to routinely violate the laws of the land, this time under the guise of ignorance.
The Heien case, which started with an improper traffic stop based on a police officer’s ignorance of the law and ended with an unlawful search, seizure and arrest, was supposed to ensure that ignorance of the law did not become a ready excuse for government officials to routinely violate the law.
It failed to do so.
In failing to enforce the Constitution, the Court gave police the go-ahead to justify a laundry list of misconduct, from police shootings of unarmed citizens to SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, and the tasering of vulnerable individuals with paltry excuses such as “they looked suspicious” and “she wouldn’t obey our orders.”
When police handcuffed, strip-searched and arrested a disabled man for no reason other than he sounded incoherent, it was chalked up as a mistake. Gordon Goines, a 37-year-old disabled man suffering from a Lou Gehrigs-type disease, was “diagnosed” by police and an unlicensed mental health screener as having “mental health issues,” apparently because of his slurred speech and unsteady gait, and subsequently handcuffed, strip searched, and locked up for five days in a mental health facility against his will and with no access to family and friends. This was done despite the fact that police had no probable cause to believe that Goines had committed any crime, was a danger to himself or others, nor did they have any other legitimate lawful reason to seize, arrest or detain him. When Goines was finally released, police made no attempt to rectify their “mistake.”
“I didn’t know it was against the law” was the excuse police used to justify their repeated tasering of Malaika Brooks. Eight-months pregnant and on her way to drop her son off at school, Brooks was repeatedly tasered by Seattle police during a routine traffic stop simply because she refused to sign a speeding ticket. The cops who tasered the pregnant woman insisted they weren’t aware that repeated electro-shocks qualified as constitutionally excessive and unreasonable force. The Supreme Court gave the cops a “get out of jail” card.
“I thought he was reaching for a gun.” That was the excuse given when a police officer repeatedly shot 70-year-old Bobby Canipe during a traffic stop. The cop saw the man reaching for his cane and, believing the cane to be a rifle and fearing for his life, opened fire. Police excused the shooting as “unfortunate” but “appropriate.”
“He was resisting arrest.” That was the rationale behind Eric Garner’s death. Garner, placed in a chokehold by police for allegedly resisting their attempts to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes, screamed “I can’t breathe” repeatedly, until he breathed his last breath. A grand jury ruled there was no “reasonable cause” to charge the arresting officer with Garner’s death.
And then you have the Heien case, which, while far less traumatic than Eric Garner’s chokehold death, was no less egregious in its defiance of the rule of law.
In April 2009, a police officer stopped Nicholas Heien’s car, allegedly over a faulty brake light, and during the course of the stop and subsequent search, found a sandwich bag’s worth of cocaine. In North Carolina, where the traffic stop took place, it’s not actually illegal to have only one working brake light. However, Heien—the owner of the vehicle—didn’t know that and allowed the search, which turned up drugs, and resulted in Heien’s arrest. When the legitimacy of the traffic stop was challenged in court, the arresting officer claimed ignorance and the courts deemed it a “reasonable mistake.”
I’m not sure which is worse: law enforcement officials who know nothing about the laws they have sworn to uphold, support and defend, or a constitutionally illiterate citizenry so clueless about their rights that they don’t even know when those rights are being violated.
This much I do know, however: going forward, it will be that much easier for police officers to write off misconduct as a “reasonable” mistake.
Understanding this, Justice Sotomayor, the Court’s lone dissenter, warned that the court’s ruling “means further eroding the Fourth Amendment’s protection of civil liberties in a context where that protection has already been worn down.” Sotomayor continues:
Giving officers license to effect seizures so long as they can attach to their reasonable view of the facts some reasonable legal interpretation (or misinterpretation) that suggests a law has been violated significantly expands this authority. One wonders how a citizen seeking to be law-abiding and to structure his or her behavior to avoid these invasive, frightening, and humiliating encounters could do so.
There’s no need to wonder, because there is no way to avoid these invasive, frightening, and humiliating encounters, not as long as the courts continue to excuse ignorance and sanction abuses on the part of the police.
Whether it’s police officers breaking through people’s front doors and shooting them dead in their homes or strip searching innocent motorists on the side of the road, these instances of abuse are continually validated by a judicial system that kowtows to virtually every police demand, no matter how unjust, no matter how in opposition to the Constitution.
Indeed, as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the police and other government agents have, with the general blessing of the courts, already been given the authority to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance.
Just consider the Court’s pro-police state rulings in recent years:
In Plumhoff v. Rickard, the Court declared that police officers can use lethal force in car chases without fear of lawsuits. In Navarette v. California, the Court declared that police officers can stop cars based only on “anonymous” tips. This ruling came on the heels of a ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in U.S. v. Westhoven that driving too carefully, with a rigid posture, taking a scenic route, and having acne are sufficient reasons for a police officer to suspect you of doing something illegal, detain you, search your car, and arrest you—even if you’ve done nothing illegal to warrant the stop in the first place.
In Maryland v. King, a divided Court determined police can forcibly take your DNA, whether or not you’ve been convicted of a crime. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona v. United States allows police to stop, search, question and profile citizens and non-citizens alike. And in an effort to make life easier for “overworked” jail officials, the Court ruled in Florence v. Burlington that police can subject Americans to virtual strip searches, no matter the “offense.”
In an 8-1 ruling in Kentucky v. King, the Supreme Court placed their trust in the discretion of police officers, rather than in the dictates of the Constitution, when they gave police greater leeway to break into homes without a warrant, even if it’s the wrong home. In Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, a majority of the high court agreed that it’s a crime to not identify yourself when a policeman asks your name.
And now we’ve got Heien v. North Carolina, which gives the police a green light to keep doing more of the same without fear of recrimination. Clearly, the present justices of the Supreme Court have forgotten that the Constitution, as Justice Douglas long ago recognized, “is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.”
Given the turbulence of our age—with its police overreach, military training drills on American soil, domestic surveillance, profit-driven prisons, asset forfeiture schemes, wrongful convictions, and corporate corruption—it’s not difficult to predict that this latest Supreme Court ruling will open the door to even greater police abuses.
We’ve got two choices: we can give up now and resign ourselves to a world in which police shootings, chokeholds, taserings, raids, thefts, and strip searches are written off as justifiable, reasonable or appropriate OR we can push back—nonviolently—against the police state and against all of the agencies, entities and individuals who march in lockstep with the police state.
As for those still deluded enough to believe they’re living the American dream—where the government represents the people, where the people are equal in the eyes of the law, where the courts are arbiters of justice, where the police are keepers of the peace, and where the law is applied equally as a means of protecting the rights of the people—it’s time to wake up.
We no longer have a representative government, a rule of law, or justice. Liberty has fallen to legalism. Freedom has fallen to fascism. Justice has become jaded, jaundiced and just plain unjust.
The dream has turned into a nightmare.
WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA!
December 15th, 2014 by olddog
PART 1 of 2
By Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D.
Mr. J.B. Williams recently wrote a commentary for NewsWithViews entitled “House Republicans Place Obama on Official Notice”, in which he focused on the continuing constitutional crisis caused by the residency of Mr. Barack Obama in the White House. (Observe: I did not say “the Presidency” of Mr. Obama, which is a different matter altogether.) Normally, I do not respond to columns by fellow writers for NewsWithViews. But in this instance Mr. Williams has rashly taken it upon himself to include me (and my long-time friend, Devvy Kidd) among those who he asserts—with his usual self-assured verbal vehemence—must be “held accountable for this constitutional crisis”:
Then there are internet experts like Dr. Edwin Vieira and Devvy Kidd who claim that “Obama cannot be impeached because he isn’t really the President;” which I’m sure comes as news to the U.S. Supreme Court and every member of Congress, not to mention millions of Americans. This effort to mislead citizens away from the constitutional remedy prescribe[d] in Article II—Section 4, Impeachment, and towards criminal charges, arrest and hanging for treason, is an overt attempt to confuse and paralyze “the people” allowing Obama to continue his assault on the Constitution.
Although I cannot speak for Devvy Kidd, I personally deplore such an outburst as counterproductive, in that Mr. Williams ought not to alienate those among his natural allies who may not always see precisely eye-to-eye with him.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Williams’ diatribe takes no notice of how, for nearly a decade now in my commentaries for NewsWithViews and in other writings and personal appearances, I have recommended again and again that Americans should finally pay heed to what the Constitution itself—not I, nor Mr. Williams, nor some other “internet expert”—declares to be “necessary to the security of a free State”. So if I am to be “held accountable” for anything, perhaps I should be upbraided for having overestimated the intelligence or patriotism of the people on whom my admonitions have had no measurable effect.
Mr. Williams’ denunciation of me also rather cavalierly asserts facts not in evidence. For example, precisely what “comes as news to the U.S. Supreme Court and every member of Congress, not to mention millions of Americans”—that Mr. Obama “isn’t really the President”; or that, if he is not “really the President”, he “cannot be impeached” but must be dealt with in some other manner? And how in either case does Mr. Williams intuit what the Supreme Court, Congress, and “millions of Americans” supposedly know (or perhaps do not know) with regard to these questions? Then, on what grounds does Mr. William claim that “Impeachment” actually is the exclusive (or even any) remedy for the very specific crime of impersonating the President of the United States, as to which misbehavior (in general terms) a statute of the United States—18 U.S.C. § 912—exists, along with several other laws relevant to that sort of misconduct—such as 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001, 1003, 1017, and 1028? (Recall, too, that I have never advocated, in Mr. Williams’ words, “arrest and hanging for treason” as a remedy in this case, because by itself impersonation of the President does not amount constitutionally to “Treason”.) In all of his voluminous writings on this issue, Mr. Williams has never explained how an individual who does not actually hold a public office, because he is ineligible for it in the first instance and at every instant thereafter, can be removed from that office through the process of “Impeachment”—any more than Mr. Williams ever could have explained how water which was never poured into a pitcher could possibly be poured out of it. Finally, is it (as Mr. Williams charges) “an overt attempt to confuse and paralyze ‘the people’ allowing Obama to continue his assault on the Constitution” for me to insist that the constitutionally logical course of action be followed to remedy this situation, rather than some half-baked, self-contradictory approach which will inevitably mislead this country into a veritable rat’s nest of further, perhaps intractable if not insoluble, legal and political problems? Is not this country in a constitutional crisis today precisely because too many people—including not a few who style themselves “constitutionalists” and “patriots”—have been playing too fast and loose with the Constitution for too long already?
Mr. Williams further notes that: “Of course, neither Dr. Vieira nor Kidd have followed their own expert advice and filed a criminal complaint against Obama in order to prove their legal theory.” Well, neither has Mr. Williams “filed a criminal complaint against Obama in order to prove [any] legal theory”. So it seems that we are met here with the pot calling the kettles black. Of more consequence, I myself have not “filed a criminal complaint” for three rather obvious reasons: (i) I am neither a prosecutor nor any other type of “law-enforcement officer”. But, even as he attacks me, Mr. Williams refrains from calumniating a certain Sheriff who for a long time has been conducting, with great public fanfare, an investigation ostensibly aimed at the possibility of bringing criminal charges in this affair—yet who has to date, as far as I know, neither filed any such charges himself nor referred his findings (whatever they may be) to any prosecutor or grand jury. (ii) In the absence of both full disclosure of the actual relevant documents (which Mr. Obama has to date secreted from public view), and the credible and corroborated testimony of some “whistleblowers”, I cannot say with moral, let alone legal, certainty that Mr. Obama is or is not an imposter. I may entertain my own grave suspicions on that score; but unverified speculations alone are insufficient for the purpose of “fil[ing] a criminal complaint” in good faith. True it is that certain experts have voiced their opinions that various documents relevant to Mr. Obama’s supposed eligibility for the office of President are forged, fraudulent, or in some other way falsified. But, not being fully versed in the area of forensic document analysis myself, I should be loathe to accept such claims without some independent verification—especially when not one of these experts or their associates, to my knowledge, has directly or indirectly “filed a[ny] criminal complaint[s]”. And (iii) what point would there be for anyone to “file a criminal complaint” concerning Mr. Obama with some official (real or faux) in the present Department of Justice? If that were a realistic option, one or more real officials in that Department would or should already have taken such action.
What Mr. Williams stubbornly refuses to recognize is that, even if there were some plausible ground to assert that “Impeachment” is a possible remedy in this case, “Impeachment” never was, and would not now be, the preferred remedy. Consider—
(1) As I have explained in other commentaries, when Congress convened to count the electoral votes in the Presidential elections of 2008 and 2012, simply one Representative and one Senator could have asserted a statutory right (and duty, for that matter) to challenge each and every electoral vote supposedly cast for Mr. Obama, and to require Congress to inquire into Mr. Obama’s eligibility—for if Mr. Obama had not been eligible for election to the office of President, no electoral vote cast for him could have been valid. Such an inquiry would have solved the problem then and there and once and for all, without any concern for “Impeachment”. Unfortunately, not a single Member of Congress raised such an objection on either occasion.
(2) That, of course, was then; and this is now—and Americans’ dissatisfaction with Mr. Obama has deepened to the point at which, one would hope, even the most politically cowardly Members of Congress can no longer afford to sweep the scandal under the rug. For that reason, after the new Congress convenes in 2015, either the House or the Senate (or both) might conduct investigations into (say) “illegality and corruption in the Executive Branch” which would aim at amassing such evidence as might be available to expose Mr. Obama’s alleged ineligibility for the office of President as well as other misbehavior on the part of himself, his appointees, and the gaggle of partisans and hangers-on in both public office and private station who have assisted them. With all of that evidence on record, Mr. Obama and his adherents would find themselves in an impossible position. On the one hand, the Republicans and sensible Democrats in Congress might combine in sufficient numbers to enact veto-proof legislation providing for some species of “special prosecutor” or “independent counsel” to take that evidence to grand juries and then to trials. On the other hand, if enough Democrats and turncoat Republicans refused to coöperate, so that such legislation could not be enacted before the Presidential elections of 2016, their intransigeance would simply guarantee that a proper Republican would then be elected President, along with a properly and solidly Republican Congress. Thereafter, in 2017 a new Republican Attorney General could prosecute the cases à outrance. If between 2015 and 2017 Mr. Obama and his cronies tried to brazen it out by continuing in their presumably faux offices, they would simply be adding new counts to their indictments. If they chose instead to “resign” the offices they never rightly held, they would not thereby evade punishment, because the statutes of limitations on many of the crimes with which they would be charged would not run out between 2015 and 2017 (or even for many years thereafter). And during the remainder of his faux term, having been unmasked as a merely faux President Mr. Obama could not grant anyone a reprieve or pardon for such offences which would stand up to later scrutiny. In any event, no recourse to “Impeachment” would be necessary. So, contrary to Mr. Williams’ claim, Mr. Obama is not “forcing Congressional Republicans to either Impeach him or stand down as he finishes off the destruction of the U.S. Republic”. Republicans—and patriotic Democrats, too—do have options far less problematic, and far more punishing to Mr. Obama and his minions in their outcomes, than “Impeachment”. Whether they will exercise these options remains the question.
The decisive practical reason for avoiding “Impeachment” is that invocation of “Impeachment” concedes that, in some way or other, Mr. Obama is actually ensconced in the office of President to the degree sufficient to be subject to “Impeachment”. Perhaps not as a truly de jure President, but at least as ade facto one. This concession would support the inference that, because Mr. Obama has postured as some sort of “acting” (albeit faux) President, the ostensibly “official actions” he has taken under color of that masquerade will retain legal validity even after his usurpation is set aside through “Impeachment”. So, although he himself might be ignominiously booted out of the White House, the supposed statutes he has signed, the putative executive orders he has promulgated, the judicial and other appointments he has foisted on the Senate, and so on would nonetheless continue in effect. He personally would be degraded and disgraced; but his “political legacy”—the harm his misbegotten actions have inflicted and will continue to inflict on this country—would fester on. To correct this mess, all of these usurpations would then have to be undone—not, however, on the uncompromising constitutional basis that every one of them was void ab initio, but instead on an item-by-item political determination as to which should be thrown out and which retained. That would enable Mr. Obama’s partisans in Congress, the courts, the big media, and the influential lobbies to fight endless rear-guard battles to salvage as much of the destructive handiwork of his faux Administration as they could. And, worst of all, the perverse principle would be established that the Constitution must yield to any successful usurpation of that ilk which might arise hereafter.
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December 10th, 2014 by olddog
By Ron Ewart
December 10, 2014
“Obama is a tyrant the same way FDR was a tyrant. He has a view of presidential power that states: the government is in control of the country, and the president is in charge of the government. He’s taken an imperial view of the presidency.” David Mamet, American playwright, screenwriter and film director
Every president puts his own mark on the presidency, as a reflection of his beliefs, political ideology and philosophy that are shaped by early childhood, parental and peer influences and education, along with personal, business and academic associations. But the mark each man puts on the presidency is further shaped by their perception of what America stands for in the grand scheme of history, what America means to Americans and what America means to the rest of the world.
America has had its share of weak presidents and strong presidents. History has recorded how each president has performed in reacting to changing events in a largely dynamic world, dogged by relentless, unforeseeable events. Many presidents stand out because of specific events to which they must react, or not react as the case may be. Some presidents stand out for positive reasons where positive relates to the perpetuation of American ideals and principles. Others stand out for negative reasons for being in opposition to those ideals, or a radical distortion of those ideals.
We covered some of the influences on presidents, as well as the average citizen, in our article entitled “The Little Black Box Theory and Obama“, written and published on October 28, 2012. The article can be viewed at this link.
Quoting from the article we wrote:
“Obama’s early life was shaped by his somewhat promiscuous white biological mother; a black biological father that abandoned Obama within two years of his birth; a Muslim stepfather from Indonesia where Obama lived for several years and attended Islam schools; his white grandparents that Obama lived with for quite some time because apparently, his mother didn’t want him any more, or perhaps because she couldn’t handle that he was black; a family friend of his grandparents, one Frank Marshall Davis, a known and active communist; several Muslim and mostly black friends while in college and those Muslims he met when he visited Pakistan in 1981; a radical, Chicago pastor, the very reverend and Black Liberation Theologist, Jeremiah Wright; a slum landlord, one Tony Rezko now in jail; and a domestic terrorist by the name of Bill Ayers who used bombs to punctuate a radical political agenda. Who knows how many other radical influences shaped Obama’s early years and young adult life, due to its fractured and convoluted nature?”
How any person could be construed to be normal, black or white, after enduring such a tragic and wretched past, is beyond comprehension. Obama is obsessed with his own self-righteous indignation, as a direct result of that past.
Obama is a special case when it comes to his performance as president, shaped by his early, tortured, mix-raced childhood, parental and peer influences, education and personal and academic associations. His business associations or leadership positions were and are sorely lacking to assume the difficult office of President of the United States. Anyone with any intellect, including the media, knew about his background and inexperience but went ahead and promoted this anomaly that came from out of nowhere to a position of prominence on the national political scene. It remains to be seen whether he was a product of his own making and just plain lucky, or the fascination because he was black, or whether he was groomed by shadowy, powerful, radical forces that kept appearing and re-appearing out of his ghostly past?
The issue of being black in a largely white world obviously had a direct influence on his belief system and political ideology. (Evidence of that pathology is being played out ad nauseam nationally, over the police shooting or strangling off two very large black people, one in Ferguson, MO and one in Staten Island, NY, acting outside of the law.) Obama’s broken family, a socialist mother and radical religious and communist influences, further shaped his beliefs. All of those influences and lack of experience were directly transferred to his governing style, or lack thereof. He was suddenly thrust into a dynamic world for which he was ill prepared. America has witnessed the results of that inexperience and racial bias play out over the last six years.
History will record that Obama truly was the proverbial fish out of water, to the detriment of America, America’s standing on the world stage and America’s hallowed ideals of individual freedom and liberty. Obama is a prime example of a man that rose to the level of his incompetence.
It certainly wasn’t Obama’s fault. He was who he was, warts and all, for all to see and those who chose not to see. It was those who promoted him for political reasons and those that voted for him because he was black, or for whatever other reason, that can take credit for what they and Obama have wrought.
Since he was elected president in 2008, we have written article after article about Obama, probably at the expense of boring some of our readers. However, with each of those articles we created an image to go along with the article to give a pictorial representation of what the article was about, sometimes effectively and sometimes not. We’ll let the reader decide on that score. Nevertheless, it is hard to find an author who creates an image for each of his or her articles. It takes a considerable amount of time to create those images.
As an experiment, we took over 40 of those images that were put together for our articles and created a video with the title shown below, that represents a kaleidoscope of the Obama presidency. We wanted to demonstrate that he was and is both a liar and a traitor. We then added some unique background music from silent movies and overlaid the background music with Obama sound bites, mostly of him lying. The video should be both informative and entertaining. Share it at your discretion.
“Obama, An Anatomy of a Liar and Traitor!”
After Obama has served out his second term and steps aside, never-ending examinations of his presidency will go on, well into the future. Sadly, with Obama being the first black president in which he divided the country even more than it was, set back race relations for decades and made decisions that irreparably damaged America and its reputation abroad, it could be generations before America ever sees its second black president.
Americans will rue the day, well into future generations, that they allowed a racially disturbed man, bearing an irrational political ideology, to ever become the most powerful man in the world. As all presidents leave their individual mark on the presidency, America will wear the “mark” of Obama for a very long time and America and Americans may never fully recover from that mark. Hopefully, Obama will retain the reputation as being America’s worst president, forever more. It is unlikely that America could survive a president worse than Obama.
If you have the courage, don’t forget to sign our petition “Declaring Open Resistance” against Obama and government tyranny.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 4th, 2014 by olddog
This article will make you angry. The US Government is actively seeking those who criticize government, specifically Barack Obama, and arresting them without charging them. They are remanded to mental health institutions where they are given “training” on how to view the world.
Remind you of a little book that George Orwell wrote?
It gets worse.
Most of the victims of the government’s kidnapping scheme are veterans.
From The Rutherford Institute:
In the four years since the start of Operation Vigilant Eagle, the government has steadily ramped up its campaign to “silence” dissidents, especially those with military backgrounds. Coupled with the DHS’ dual reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism,” which broadly define extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics have boded ill for anyone seen as opposing the government.
One particularly troubling mental health label being applied to veterans and others who challenge the status quo is “oppositional defiance disorder” (ODD). As journalist Anthony Martin explains, an ODD diagnosis
“denotes that the person exhibits ‘symptoms’ such as the questioning of authority, the refusal to follow directions, stubbornness, the unwillingness to go along with the crowd, and the practice of disobeying or ignoring orders. Persons may also receive such a label if they are considered free thinkers, nonconformists, or individuals who are suspicious of large, centralized government… At one time the accepted protocol among mental health professionals was to reserve the diagnosis of oppositional defiance disorder for children or adolescents who exhibited uncontrollable defiance toward their parents and teachers.”
The case of 26-year-old decorated Marine Brandon Raub—who was targeted because of his Facebook posts, interrogated by government agents about his views on government corruption, arrested with no warning, labeled mentally ill for subscribing to so-called “conspiratorial” views about the government, detained against his will in a psych ward for standing by his views, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys—is a prime example of the government’s war on veterans.
Raub’s case exposes the seedy underbelly of a governmental system that is targeting Americans—especially military veterans—for expressing their discontent over America’s rapid transition to a police state.
Here is a news story by RT (Russian Times) about Brandon Raub. Apparently the corporate media in the United States won’t tell his story:
To underscore how big this story truly is, John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute is the lead attorney defending the innocent victims targeted by the Obama Thought Police. Whitehead is quite famous for his defense of the Bill of Rights for the past several decades.
This is big.
Obama wants everybody to think like a brain-dead zombie while he transforms America into Orwell’s 1984.
Outcry after military veteran detained for anti-government Facebook posts
A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights.
Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI, Secret Service agents and police in Virginia’s Chesterfield County questioned him Thursday evening about what they said were ominous posts talking about a coming revolution. In one message earlier this month according to authorities, Raub wrote: “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads.”
Police — acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional — took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He was not charged with any crime.
A Virginia-based civil liberties group, The Rutherford Institute, dispatched one of its attorneys to the hospital to represent Raub at a hearing Monday. A judge ordered Raub detained for another month, Rutherford executive director John Whitehead said.
“For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon,” Whitehead said.
Raub’s mother, Cathleen Thomas, said by telephone that the government had overstepped its bounds.
“The bottom line is his freedom of speech has been violated,” she said.
Thomas said her son, who served tours as a combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan, is “concerned about all the wars we’ve experienced” and believes the U.S. government was complicit in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. One of his Facebook posts, she said, pictured the gaping hole in the Pentagon and asked “where’s the plane?”
Whitehead said he found nothing alarming in Raub’s social media commentaries. “The posts I read that supposedly were of concern were libertarian-type posts I see all the time,” he said.
The big concern, Whitehead said, is whether government officials are monitoring citizens’ private Facebook pages and detaining people with whom they disagree.
Dee Rybiski, an FBI spokeswoman in Richmond, said there was no Facebook snooping by her agency.
“We received quite a few complaints about what were perceived as threatening posts,” she said. “Given the circumstances with the things that have gone on in the country with some of these mass shootings, it would be horrible for law enforcement not to pay attention to complaints.”
Whitehead said some of the posts in question were made on a closed Facebook page that Raub had recently created so he questioned whether anyone from the public would have complained about them.
“Support Brandon Raub” Facebook pages have drawn significant interest, and other Internet sites had numerous comments from people outraged by the veteran’s detention.
Raub’s supporters characterized the detention as an arrest, complaining he was handcuffed and whisked away in a police cruiser without being served a warrant or read his rights. But authorities say it wasn’t an arrest because Raub doesn’t face criminal charges.
Col. Thierry Dupuis, the county police chief, said Raub was taken into custody upon the recommendation of mental health crisis intervention workers. He said the action was taken under the state’s emergency custody statute, which allows a magistrate to order the civil detention and psychiatric evaluation of a person who is considered potentially dangerous.
He said Raub was handcuffed because he resisted officers’ attempts to take him into custody.
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December 2nd, 2014 by olddog
from the I-wouldn’t-join-any-club-that-would-take-me-as-a-member dept
It’s not just our nation’s legislators that enjoy a “revolving door” — one that moves them from Congress to the private sector and back again, to the mutual benefit of legislators and certain industries… not so much the rest of America.
There’s another revolving door out there — one that keeps bad cops employed in the law enforcement sector. It’s incredibly difficult for police departments to shed their “bad apples,” what with police unions pushing back hard on the few occasions that the blue line fails to hold. But even if they do manage to cut one loose, there’s a good chance this former officer will just end up carrying a badge and gun for someone else.
As we covered earlier this year, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department made sure a plethora of bad cops weren’t hurting for money, either by bringing them on board directly or placing them in open positions at the jails under its control.
For nearly 100 hires, investigators discovered evidence of dishonesty, such as making untrue statements or falsifying police records. At least 15 were caught cheating on the department’s own polygraph exams.
Twenty-nine of those given jobs had previously had been fired or pressured to resign from other law enforcement agencies over concerns about misconduct or workplace performance problems. Nearly 200 had been rejected from other agencies because of past misdeeds, failed entrance exams or other issues.
Out in Lincoln, Nebraska, other law enforcement agencies are acting as halfway houses for police officers with a history of misconduct.
John McGahan, the Lincoln Police Department’s 2013 Officer of the Year who resigned this year after Internal Affairs accused him of using excessive force, is now working at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
A second police officer accused of using excessive force, Jeremy Wilhelm, is a trooper candidate with the Nebraska State Patrol.
Here’s some more uniform-switching, this time in Ohio.
Former New Albany Police officer Steve Mowery faced several accusations of misconduct while he worked for that force… Mowery allegedly used excessive force against a teenager and was sued. That case was settled, according to those who were involved.
Mowery resigned before the police department could make a final recommendation for discipline, according to sources at the New Albany Police Department.
Today, Mowery works as a deputy for the Lucas County Sheriff’s office in the Toledo area.
Thanks to WBNS-10TV, the Sheriff’s office is finally looking into Mowery’s law enforcement record. But Mowery isn’t an anomaly.
[F]ormer Nelsonville police officer Randy Secoy was hired despite a reprimand from the Athens County Sheriff’s office for his “inability to control his anger.” Secoy made the news last year after surveillance video showed him lunging toward a seated teenager and forcefully gripping the teen’s throat.
Franklin Township Police Chief Allan Wheeler has hired multiple officers who have had troubles elsewhere. One officer resigned his position as a police chief at Marietta College in eastern Ohio… Printed reports that are still available online say that the former Marietta College Police chief was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a woman and stalking her.
From Florida, here’s the story of a well-traveled officer who might just be “the most crooked cop in America.”
[Major Joseph] Floyd joined the Crestview Police Department in the Florida Panhandle in 2007 after a brief stint with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Unbeknownst to his new colleagues at the time of his hiring, Floyd had a rap sheet that stretched back more than a decade. Over the course of eight years, Floyd was terminated, forced to resign, or quit three police departments while under investigation for insubordination, lying, and falsifying records. Before becoming a cop, Floyd had been arrested for battery, disorderly conduct, and assaulting a law enforcement officer.
The article at Reason details some of Floyd’s past misconduct, which includes having subordinates tase unresisting suspects, planting evidence, striking suspects with rifles and referring to female officers as “department whores.” Charming. And yet, apparently still employable. (Here’s the 11-page indictment.)
[Roy] Logan was fired in 2001 from his last job as a licensed peace officer before becoming a Precinct 5 deputy. His explanation on a Dallas County job application: “terminated by newly elected sheriff.”
Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes said Logan was fired after a Texas Department of Public Safety officer reported seeing him playing an eight-liner gambling machine while on duty – about eight months after Byrnes took office.
Deputy Constable Juston Coffman resigned from the Celina (TX) Police Department after having been disciplined “several times.” He found a new home as a school district police officer.
More from Texas. Nearly half of Jonestown’s seven-member police force had a history of misconduct. (Two were immediately fired by an interim police chief earlier this year.)
Yvonne Gunnlaugsson had been suspended several times from the Austin Police Department before retiring under a cloud in 2005, public records show. She’d come to work for Jonestown a short time later…
Gunnlaugsson had compiled a long list of infractions as an Austin police officer. She’d been suspended six times, including for wrecking a patrol car after falling asleep and for failing to interview a suspect who had been identified by a robbery victim. Her involvement in another case led to a federal lawsuit against the city that raised questions about her judgment while responding to a call.
Andre Anderson, was sacked from the Jonestown department May 7. An internal investigation accused him of omitting an important piece of history from his job application: He’d lost his job at the Travis County sheriff’s office in 2001, after acknowledging he’d had sex with two inmates while they were in custody.
The third officer, still employed at this point, was suspended and fired by the Georgetown Police Dept. for failing to investigate suspected crimes.
Another police officer from elsewhere in the state managed to parlay being fired for drunken driving (and being named in a wrongful death suit that resulted in a $750,000 settlement) into a new position as a sheriff’s deputy in another county.
The problem is so pervasive it has its own term: gypsy cops. Moving from agency to agency tends to obscure incriminating paper trails, especially if the switch involves moving from a city agency (police department) to a county agency (sheriff’s department) or state agency (state troopers, highway patrol). Changes in background check requirements and decertification stipulations can be abused to keep bad law enforcement officers employed by law enforcement agencies.
The background checks themselves are their own problem. Agencies have been known to hire officers who’ve failed checks or while background checks were still pending. For smaller agencies or those pressured to add officers, these background checks may not be as thorough — if they’re even performed at all.
Police union pressure has led to legislation that further insulates police officers from being held accountable for their actions. Called a “law enforcement bill of rights,” it’s actually a long list of extra rights that makes it nearly impossible to fire bad cops, much less have their misconduct harm their future employment prospects. Mike Riggs’ writeup of these special, police-only due process “rights” is eye-opening. And infuriating.
At this point, it pretty much takes a felony conviction to ensure a fired cop won’t just end up wearing a different badge somewhere else. Most police departments aren’t willing to battle police unions to ensure fired cops stay out of circulation. Neutral references are given instead of recommendations against hiring. Dishonorable discharges are upgraded to honorable or “general.”
Those doing the hiring are also falling down on the job. When pressed about hires of cops with negative histories, those responsible for their continued employment plead ignorance. Despite the fact that these incidents are usually part of public records, law enforcement agency heads act as though it’s everyone else’s job to perform their due diligence. To some extent, it is. Those integral to the hiring process should be more thorough. But ultimately, the buck stops at the top. There’s enough information out there that bad cops should only slip through the cracks of the vetting system on rare occasions, rather than finding open doors nearly everywhere they look. The problem with bad cops will never go away if they can simply become some other agency’s “bad apple” just by filling out a job application.
November 29th, 2014 by olddog
Justice Scalia explains why the Ferguson grand jury was completely wrong
While this article may leave the impression that Sheriff Joe is a tyrant, further down the author makes it clear that the sheriff’s policy is really the support of the people and their right to defend them selves and their property. ATTA BOY JOE!
By Jack Perry
So, when Ferguson got the grand jury ruling they didn’t like, they showed how interested they were in justice by burning down the businesses of people that had nothing at all to do with it. Meanwhile, in the State of Arizona, people showed their solidarity with Ferguson by going to bed. While other major cities held protests, some of which ended up with minor looting, Arizona just did what Arizona does: Conducted business as usual. There was one small protest of about 60 people down in Tempe, close to Phoenix. They argued among themselves, broke into two groups, but then gave up and went home. The next day, businesses were fearlessly open as usual, people were buying early Christmas presents, people were getting ready for Thanksgiving and getting their turkeys. Hmmm…weren’t Phoenix and Tucson two of the major cities that all the Ferguson “direct action” groups listed as scenes of protest? Yet, both these cities pretty much ignored the call to action, as did the entire state. What happened? That question can be answered below.
First of all, the major metropolitan area and state capital, Phoenix, is controlled by a warlord known as Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He is known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and he rules with an iron fist. He has a rather growing collection of tanks and armored personnel carriers but unlike many other departments, these are not just for show. Sheriff Joe will actually use his armor assets if he goes to the trouble of hauling them out. Everyone knows Sheriff Joe is the Warlord of Phoenix and basically runs Maricopa County, including Phoenix. No one in the county and city government has more power than he, and he has proven this to them many times. There have been numerous attempts to topple Sheriff Joe and none have succeeded. Even the federal government and AG Eric Holder have failed to unseat the Warlord of Phoenix. Far from intimidated by the feds, Warlord Joe retaliated by launching his own investigation into a federal judge in the area, as well as investigations into President Obama himself. Warlord Joe runs a jail that is a collection of fenced in tents called his “Tent City Jail”. To be sure, this is Warlord Joe’s concentration camp and no one wants to be carted off to it. People know what will happen if a riot starts in Phoenix. There will be three destinations for the rioters: Tent City Jail, the hospital, and the morgue. The Warlord of Phoenix had people watching Phoenix for any sign of unrest when the Ferguson grand jury finding was released. However, this is not what discourages riots in Arizona.
Our state is run by a governor who is actually our shogun. Arizona state law says that the governor can raise his or her own private army of armed citizens to secure the state during an “emergency”. What is or is not an “emergency” is up to the shogun to decide. This goes well beyond the Arizona National Guard, because this militia would be composed of armed citizens called to volunteer by the Arizona Shogunate. It would not be a federal military masquerading as a “National Guard”. Therefore, such a force would be wholly outside the control of the federal government. Now, the governor also has access to a quasi-police force of armed, unpaid volunteers known as the Arizona Rangers. But the law says the shogun can raise the additional force of a citizen militia as mentioned above. What’s more, the militia would answer to the shogun (our governor) alone. Even if the federal government said “You can’t use your National Guard to quell that riot”, the governor as shogun could snap his or her fingers and raise an army of several thousand armed citizens. What’s the federal government going to do about that? However, this is not what discourages riots in Arizona.
While our police forces here are heavily-militarized, there is a flip side to this coin. The state and state politicians have made it possible for the citizenry themselves to be generously armed, carry those arms, and use them in self-defense. The Warlord of Phoenix and the shogun cannot be everywhere at once, but armed citizens can be and will be. What’s more, the weaponry available to citizens here would boggle the minds of the citizens of “progressive” states. Go into an Arizona gun shop that is a Class 3 weapons dealer. You will see M-60 machine guns. You will see M2 Browning .50 caliber heavy machine guns. Submachine guns of every flavor. Many of these gun shops will even help you fill out and submit the federal paperwork. Semi-automatic rifles are quite common. You can carry them loaded in your vehicle and many people do. No permit is required to carry a loaded firearm here for self-defense, either concealed or open. Self-defense laws here are very generous. Basically, they’re “Stand Your Ground” and “Castle Doctrine” laws on steroids. This means if a riot started and rioters were trying to drag motorists from cars and assault them, they’d probably wind up getting themselves shot. If they tried to break into businesses to loot or torch the businesses, they’d be met with gunfire.
This is the real reason we don’t have huge riots here with blocks of businesses reduced to smoking heaps of rubble. It isn’t Sheriff Joe, his tanks, or the governor. It’s the individual armed citizen. People here work hard to build businesses. They put their lives into them and they’re not going to step aside and let someone torch their dreams in an agitator-sponsored temper tantrum and looting-fest masquerading as “outrage”. People here defend themselves, have the weapons to do so, and laws that make it possible. Rioters might make it past the Warlord of Phoenix, if they’re lucky. They might defy the Shogun of Arizona. But they will not make it past the armed citizens defending their homes and businesses. Everyone here knows this. They know a huge riot would become a mass suicide mission for the rioters. Protests happen and everyone is fine with that. But everyone knows there is a line that cannot be crossed—or else. Because it will not be tolerated and people won’t cower and wait for the government to save them. They will save themselves.
Arizona is a different world. We’ve only been a state since 1912 and the Old West is still very much alive out here. Armed citizens are very common. No one pays any attention to it. People here don’t rely solely on the government to protect them because they know the government can’t. There are people here who live hours away from the nearest law enforcement authorities. A woman being stalked in this state isn’t just told “Well, maybe you should get a restraining order…” People also tell her, “Time to buy a gun and learn how to use it.”
It also isn’t that Arizona doesn’t care about Ferguson. It’s that, for the most part, we know the answer to those problems lies in one place: The free market. That’s why our businesses were open as usual. Protesting and rioting isn’t going to ever solve anything. All you’re doing is chasing out the businesses in your neighborhood and creating a “concrete desert” devoid of goods and services that you are now going to have to live in. Many of those businesses that burned will not be coming back. Even if they wanted to, they might not be able to obtain insurance to do so. Businesses that want to open there will not be able to obtain loans. The police might not be able to stop you from looting and burning businesses and you might think you got away with that. But the market can and will create consequences for your actions also. The answer isn’t burning down the businesses in your community, folks. The answer is opening your own. Destruction never solves anything but only causes yet more problems. Creating is what solves problems. That’s what the free market teaches and will be teaching.
So, police departments can buy all the tanks and military gear they want to. They aren’t what truly keeps the peace, as we see in Ferguson. What truly keeps the peace is the armed citizen.
The Best of Jack Perry
Jack Perry [send him mail] is an arrowmaker and writer who lives in the Four Corners area of the Southwestern United States. He has been a truck driver, a purchasing agent at a now-defunct renewable energy company (don’t even ask him about the “Green energy” scam), and served in the 101st Airborne Division. He spends his time practicing traditional archery, making arrows in the wilds of the Arizona high desert, and finding himself only mildly amused by the antics of the Great Father in Washington.
FBI Report Accidentally Exposes the
Severity of the Police State
A recently published FBI report accidentally proves that while the police claim cops face growing threats from rowdy populations–like in Ferguson–the opposite is true. The report presents law enforcement deaths in 2013.
The report found that across the entire country, only 76 LEOs were killed in “line-of-duty” incidents. 27 died as a result of “felonious” acts and 49 officers died in accidents–namely, automobile (ironically, of the 23 killed in car accidents, 14 were not wearing seat belts–a violation for which cops routinely ticket drivers). More officers die from accidents than actual murders on the job. The report also outright admits that intentional murders of cops were down from 2004 and 2009.
Further, 49,851 officers were assaulted–a statistic that seemingly proves police are at risk. 29.2%, or 14,556, were actually injured (an admittedly high number). Still, a suspect fact is that 79.8% of the time, “assailants used personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.).” This means that in a vast majority of cases, there was no physical evidence that assault occurred (outside of potential bruises and cuts,but this information is not public). Punches and kicks can be damaging, but nowhere near firearms and knives, which constituted a very small percentage of “assaults.” The report also does not specify what constitutes an “injury,” making designations of injury potentially arbitrary and subjective.
This means that the common police tactic of misrepresenting scuffles and charging people with assault could be at work (such as when a cop squeezed the breast of an Occupy protester so hard he left a bruise and in the chaos, she accidentally elbowed a cop. She went to jail for “assaulting” an officer). Of course, it’s a possibility that all 49,851 officers were simply “doing their jobs,” but at the very least it is important to be skeptical.
But besides direct contradictions to the logic behind institutional myths of heroic cops and dangerous bad guys, what are the implications of this FBI report?
First, that police are schizophrenic in their belief that they are in danger (this fear is proven in therecent Ferguson protests and presence of the National Guard). The overzealous militarization of local cops is enough to prove that they might as well be hiding under blankies from the American populace in spite of the fact thatviolent crime has been dropping for decades.
However, considering how well cops are armed and how efficiently the justice system protects them from prosecution for their crimes, they prove to be paranoid. 27 police officers in a country with over 300 million people died last year. Law enforcement deaths-by-murder are included in the 49,851 “assaults” against officers, which means that .05 (half a percent) died as a result of alleged attacks. Crime against cops has dropped to a 50 year low. It’s more dangerous to drive a car than be a cop (this is bolstered by the fact that the number of cops who died in car accidents almost equals the total number of cops murdered–23 to 27).
Second, militarization is working for the police. It is not working for the rest of us. Though there is little reliable, official data about the number of people police kill every year, tenuous reports claim it is around 400. This is already almost 15 times more than police who are intentionally killed. However, the 400 figure is a result of 17,000 local police agencies being allowed to self-report. The numbers could be far higher.
As Tech Dirt said of a 2008 FBI report that found cops had killed 391 people in 2007:
“That count only includes homicides that occurred during the commission of a felony. This total doesn’t include justifiable homicides committed by police officers against people not committing felonies and also doesn’t include homicides found to be not justifiable. But still, this severe undercount far outpaces the number of cops killed by civilians.”
The number of “justifiable” homocides was on the rise in 2008 (to be fair, it was rising among private citizens as well) in spite of the inconvenient fact that overall crime has been declining.
Unfortunately, the most important implication of the FBI report is the simple fact that the report exists. When the FBI takes the time to construct a meticulous report (you can read more detailshere) of all the ways that a tiny percentage of cops were killed–but cannot be bothered to officially count civilian deaths at the hands of cops, the reality is obvious:
The governemnt places a higher priority on their own than on the lives of those they claim to “serve,” “protect,” and “work for.” It cares more about exonerating the police of their crimes than providing justice to those they abuse. There is no justice when the criminal is the cop.
Carey Wedler writes for TheAntiMedia.org where this article first appeared. You can also find more of her work at her blog InRogue.co
November 22nd, 2014 by olddog
By David Jones
I have not voted in a national election since 1996 and will never vote again. It’s not that I don’t care or that I’m lazy. It’s just that I’ve come to the conclusion that voting doesn’t matter. More importantly, voting is antithetical to the values I hold dear. Voting is often held to be “a sacred duty” or “a right” or even a “moral responsibility”. Those in power love to promote elections and voters rights because they know that voting gives legitimacy to what they do once elected. Why else would billions of dollars be devoted to election politics? Politicians desperately plea with citizens to “get out and vote” because they know that elections provide cover for them. “Make your voice heard” is a constant refrain as if going to the polling booth once every two or four years and secretly casting a ballot will miraculously change the course of human history.
In the end the biggest reason I don’t vote, the only one that truly matters is that inevitably my vote is an act of aggression against others. The Declaration of Independence, one of the foundational documents that governs this country states correctly that “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. The key to that phrase is that our rights are unalienable which means non-transferable. I can vote to give away my freedoms but I cannot vote to take away yours. If our rights are unalienable (non transferable) then they cannot be usurped by a voter or group of voters and yet that is the crux of all voting. All voting is about taking something from someone and giving it to another or appointing someone lord and master over others against their will.
Voting is an act of violence because each voter assumes the right to appoint political and legal guardians over other human beings. No individual voter or even a majority of voters has such a right morally. If they claim to possess such a right, please have them clearly explain where that right comes from and how it squares with the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal” and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable “Rights” of “Life, Liberty,” and Property. When someone slips into a voting booth and pulls the lever they are no different than the highwayman who pulls a pistol out of his pocket and robs you in broad daylight.
Some people say that voting is a key to democracy and necessary to preserve our rights. This is hogwash. History has shown repeatedly that voting does not preserve rights and in fact is used as a tool to take them away. There are countless examples of so called democracy, even representative democracy such as that practiced in America, electing tyrants. It should be noted that Hitler rose to office in a thoroughly democratic process. Moreover, if voting is required to preserve our rights then they aren’t unalienable are they? Our rights become conditional, something bestowed by the state. This is a very dangerous proposition, to allow the state the ability to assign rights because what it can give it can surely take away. And it routinely does.
Voting is an act of consent. I do not choose to offer my consent. When you vote you agree to abide by the rules of the game and accept the outcome. By voting, the voter endorses the governmental system under which he or she lives and those in control of it. Each voter is saying: It is right and proper for some people, acting in the name of the State, to pass laws and to use violence to compel obedience to those laws if they are not obeyed regardless of the morality of those laws.
I’ve often heard people say – “Well, if you don’t vote you don’t have the right to complain.” Let me see if I understand the argument: If I don’t vote I forfeit my right to free speech. Free speech is not an unalienable right but contingent on me voting. This of course must mean that other rights are conditional and based on whether I vote or not. The logical extension of this argument would suggest that the other protections afforded me in the Bill of Rights are only valid if I vote. If I don’t vote I can’t own a gun. If I don’t vote I am subject to unreasonable search and seizure. If I don’t vote I cannot expect to be secure in my “persons, houses, papers, and effects.” If I don’t vote I cannot decline to testify against myself and due process is not available to me. That’s what these people are saying. It’s a terrifying prospect to suggest that voting is the fulcrum on which all human liberty is balanced.
Voters are never held accountable for their vote. They vote anonymously to elect leaders that reflect their values with no regard for the rights of their fellow citizens. When you think about it, voting is a cowardly act. It allows people to do by way of proxies to others what they cannot or will not do themselves such as stealing or killing or otherwise agressing. Furthermore, those elected are never held accountable for the debt they accrue on behalf of those they represent and the resulting economic harm. The worst thing that happens is the, they are voted out of office with a full lifetime pension when they should in fact be in jail for armed robbery.
Some people would say, “Vote for the person or issue that best reflects your values.” In other words, vote for the lesser of evils. There are a lot of problems with the argument. If we vote for a bad candidate, we are partly responsible for the harm done by that candidate. This is true even if our sole intent was to defeat a worse candidate. One evil does not justify another. It would have been better not to vote at all. Supporting the lesser of two evils tells politicians that it is acceptable for them to do likewise. The “vote for lesser of evils” strategy always results in a downward trend in the quality of candidates. Politicians won’t change if they know we’ll vote for them anyway. Good candidates seldom receive the support they need to become viable. The problem of bad choices is thereby perpetuated, and the nation continues to deteriorate until the day when our choices will be an Adolf Hitler and a Joseph Stalin. The lesser of two evils is still an evil.
“When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental – men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost… All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – Henry L. Mencken
In the end and after considerable thought I’ve decided to never vote again regardless of candidates or issues on the ballot. People will ask questions like – “how will we decide who leads us?” or “isn’t the democratic process a key to a civilized society?” Okay, in the interest of full disclosure I’m a voluntaryist or anarchist if you like. I am not a fan of government. The greatest con in recent human history is the “social contract” put forth by the likes of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. This theory posits that individuals either explicitly or implicitly surrender some of their freedoms to rulers in exchange for security. Here’s the problem – there really is no contract and there is no practical way of withdrawing consent. What social contract theory did was replace the “divine right of kings” with the “divine right of gangs”. The majority has absolute control over the minority using a faux legal entity called government. “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence,” George Washington reportedly said. “Government is force; like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
The question of who will govern me is moot because I don’t care to be governed, at least by the present rules. More than anything, I don’t want any votes I cast to be used to exact violence against others. I don’t want to be responsible for the debt that politicians accrue which must be paid by future generations including my children and grandchildren. And I don’t want to enable politicians to wage endless wars which inevitably murder innocent non-combatants. As far as deciding who will lead us, that’s none of my business. If someone chooses to give up their sovereignty and be lead then fine. Just don’t ask me to participate in the charade.
“Although I admit that the outcome in a stateless society will be bad, because not only are people not angels, but many of them are irredeemably vicious in the extreme, I conjecture that the outcome in a society under a state will be worse, indeed much worse, because, first, the most vicious people in society will tend to gain control of the state and, second, by virtue of this control over the state’s powerful engines of death and destruction, they will wreak vastly more harm than they ever could have caused outside the state. It is unfortunate that some individuals commit crimes, but it is stunningly worse when such criminally inclined individuals wield state powers… Only states can pose truly massive threats, and sooner or later the horrors with which they menace mankind invariably come to pass…” – Robert Higgs
If a democracy, had a snowballs chance in hell of producing a stable political environment I still would not participate, because 51 % ruling the remaining 49% is nothing but an oligarchy of voters. And who in their right mind would support a system where they could not do anything but obey rules they don’t believe are just? Another reason is, there is so much proof that it does not work, and only a cognitive dissonant hard headed fool who is not intelligent enough to admit the evidence is overwhelming would continue to support it.
There is a better way to govern a society, and that is for the people to be smart enough to demand adherence to a given set of principles that respect the rights of the individuals who are intelligent enough to understand them, and accept the responsibility to teach them to the next generation. Doing so will eventually produce a society that really understands human nature is such that some people are evil natured and will do anything they can to subject other’s into giving them more and more power over their lives. The greed for power is a force to be reckoned with, or we will be subject to tyranny with no recourse, and the evidence is evident in our present system. The evidence that we are a brain washed society is also evident in every facet of our lives, and there is nothing more gruesome than when the oppressed supports the system that oppresses them.
The time for reeducating the next generation of children to accept the responsibility to study human nature and the history of governments before all of that history becomes missing is the most pressing obligation this generation has. If we don’t produce a society intelligent enough to carry the torch of freedom and accept the responsibility to keep it lit, then we would be better off dead.
Getting rid of elected leaders should be as simple as providing two witnesses that the leader violated a rule, which they vowed to obey.
November 20th, 2014 by olddog
This article was written by Bob Livingston and originally published at Personal Liberty Digest
“Government is not reason; it’s not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it’s a dangerous servant and a fearful master…” George Washington
If there are two words in the English language that we need to understand, they are the words “police power.”
Government is police power. Government by definition, by nature, by history and by practical existence is police power. Government would not and could not exist without police power. When governments lose their police power, they collapse.
Every act of government and its politicians is motivated by its police power. Government police power is awesome, and it is a hush-hush subject.
Let’s look at the sixth edition of “Black’s Law Dictionary,” which defines police power as: “The power of the state to place restraints on the personal freedom and property rights of persons for the protection of the public safety, health and morals or the promotion of the public convenience and general prosperity. The police power is subject to limitations of the federal and state constitutions, and especially to the requirements of due process. Police power is the exercise of the sovereign right of a government to promote order, safety, security, health, morals and general welfare within constitutional limits and is an essential attribute of government.” Marshall v. Kansas City, MO. 355 SW 2nd 877,883.
Government’s promotion of “order, safety, security, health, morals and general welfare” is the essence of its “public policy.” The term “public policy” is a very innocent and disarming term which in reality is the very opposite of the public impression.
“Public policy” is actually the police power in action. It is the manifestation of police power the implementation of government force. Back to “Black’s Law Dictionary” on public policy: “That principle of the law which holds that no subject (that’s you) can lawfully do that which has a tendency to be injurious to the public or against the public good. The principles under which the freedom of contract or private dealings is restricted by law for the good of the community. The term ‘policy,’ as applied to a statute, regulation, rule of law, course of action, or the like, refers to its probable effect, tendency, or object considered with reference to the social or political well-being of the state…”
There you have it: a police state. Do not be deceived by Black’s mention of “limitations of the federal and state constitutions…” Police power is not limited and does not come about by due process but by usurpation and wrongful seizure of your mind and body through deception.
If you read this “Black’s Law Dictionary” definition closely, you will see that the interest of the state in all matters prevails over you, the individual.
When politicians and bureaucrats talk about democracy and public policy, they speak with a forked tongue. They want you to believe that these terms refer to personal liberty. They do not, and the politician knows that they do not. They know that they refer to the police power and enforcement of state authority over the individual. They are code words for government force.
Police power is physical force. If you fail to file and pay your income tax, you will be introduced to the police power of the government.
But it is no longer even necessary to “break the law” to see the police power of government. Now your assets can be seized simply because the state does not like the way you are depositing your own funds into your own bank accounts. The IRS is now seizing the bank accounts of businesses and individuals because they regularly made deposits of less than $10,000, which is a perfectly legal practice.
Under U.S. civil asset forfeiture laws, IRS agents can seize property they suspect of being tied to a crime even if no charges are filed, and the agency can keep a share of the property whether a crime is proven or not.
Police power goes far beyond the definition given above from “Black’s Law Dictionary.” We speak of the subtle and hidden power of government to persuade the public mind.
Government persuasion is the indoctrination of the individual through his church, his public school, his fraternities and the media to sacrifice his person, his individuality and his property for the “greater good” of the group. Group is translated as government authority.
Once we yield our minds to government force under the pretense of “the greater good” or “the national interest,” there is no need to concern ourselves with our rights, for we have surrendered them to the state. Police power is sovereignty of the state over mind, body and soul. To believe otherwise is to live by illusion.
During our public (non)education indoctrination, we learned about the abolition of slavery in America. However, we learned nothing about the nationalization of slavery with police power as outlined above. Statutory freedom shackled with mental marriage to the beast is a study in the pathology of the public mind. This means that we are guaranteed certain freedoms by way of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights on one hand and brainwashed into servitude on the other.
Such a thought process creates what I call a “double-minded” person. By definition, double-mindedness is the mental state of believing or attempting to believe two opposing thoughts at the same time.
This simple and brief teaching of James 1:8 in the Bible on the double-minded man is most profound. The teaching is limited to this one sentence. There is no description or revelation as to what exactly a double-minded man is, but describes him as unstable. The above definition of double-mindedness is our definition.
The scriptural charge of being unstable is of serious importance. The “American Heritage Dictionary” defines “unstable” as “fickle” and “lacking control of one’s emotions; marked by unpredictable behavior.”
Double-mindedness is a recognizable psychological phenomenon and it is used to neutralize human thought and action. It is very subtle because it almost defies description. Herein lies its power to deceive and control human emotions.
There is both collective and individual double-mindedness. Almost all politicians are aware of this phenomenon and use it to deceive the electorate.
An example of collective double-mindedness is last week’s national elections. Every American who voted would tell you, if asked, that he or she believed in life, liberty and property. Yet regardless of how he or she voted, he or she voted for a political cabal that is progressively undermining basic liberty and transferring property to the state without payment. The only reason that people could be seduced into destroying their own liberty is because, over time, they have unknowingly adopted the morality of the state. Their double-mindedness has numbed their senses so that they do not know that political oratory is an appeal for sanction of their own plunder. The electorate never knew the real issues and none were ever stated.
The individual or group is double-minded when it clings to a philosophy that denies and is contradictory to reality, regardless of its name or label. Political parties were never intended to be different in substance, only in name and oratory. Before any third and fourth party devotees smugly agree, the same applies to all political parties. A rose under any name is still a rose.
No, there is no difference. That hope is based on illusion and illusion on double-mindedness. The great deception goes on.
The double-minded man forever seeks liberty under party labels. There are two illusions here. The first is that political parties appear different simply because they have different names. The second great illusion is that political parties lead to political freedom. The opposite is true. Collective plunder does not lead to human liberty, but to human conformity. When Americans had freedom, there were no political parties.
November 17th, 2014 by olddog
Yes, it’s time to strike at the Root Cause of all the Evil that has engulfed the United States of America Our Republic and most of the World.
The City of London Banksters have used their main Cutout the Federal Reserve System to engulf the whole World in a sinister Web-of-Debt of US Petro Dollars that has led to numerous continuing wars accompanied by mass-death, maimings and unimaginable human sufferings. This Web-of-Debt and its related pernicious usury now threatens the well-being and economic survival of the whole World including America and “We The People”. To give the reader and example of how vicious this asset stripping of the American people has been, the Official figures of the General Accounting Office which reports to Congress but has no prosecutorial authority reported in 1981 that the top 1% controlled 20% of the US economy, and the lower 99% controlled 80% of the economy. In June of 2012 the GAO reported that the top 400 men (which is far less than 1% of the population now controlled 95% of the economy which they accomplished in 31 years). Most of these 400 were either Banksters or associated with them. For specific names of the top twelve known as the “Commission” refer to Stew Webb’s website. Thanks to the Internet, for the very first time Folks all over the World are now understanding how any Entity that controls the Manufacture and Distribution of Money is able to control the Top Policy-Makers in many nations and orchestrate History step by step. And if this Entity that has control over most of the World’s monetary production and distribution systems is notably Evil, it can do maximum damage to humanity because it has the money and accrued power to appoint and coerce Top Policy-Makers to enact a notably Evil Agenda on the World. And if they have all the money they choose to issue at will, they can buy up and control the Major Mass Media and use it to dispense false narratives which effectively keep their crimes of State and incredible Evil hidden in plain sight. Now for the first time in the last hundred years, the Worldwide Internet is creating a worldwide Consciousness and complete awareness of the Evil Power that the Rothschild private Zionist Banksters from the City of London and their main Cutout the Federal Reserve System have wrought against the World.
Johannes Gutenberg, Inventor of the Gutenberg Press in 1439 which brought previously hidden knowledge to the public-at-large for the very first time. The Worldwide Internet is the New Gutenberg Press and spreads information at the speed of light rather than the speed of paper and ink. Thanks to the Worldwide Internet, the New Gutenberg Press, the Banksters Evil World Agenda has now been completely uncovered and is now in the Public Domain for all to study and know for the first time ever. And it turns out this has happened and the Banksters Evil World Agenda is to asset strip the fruits of the labors of most humans, create continual wars in order to foment mass their deaths by the millions accompanied by incredible human pain, loss and suffering. It is now known beyond any shadow of a reasonable doubt that this is all part of their Evil Agenda for the whole World. And what is the Evil Agenda of the Rothschild City of London World Zionist Banksters, Insiders call the New Crusaders for their creation of Israel as their slave state, main action agent used to further their agenda and as their personal Masonic haven. Without the support of naive Freemasons who want the fellowship, protection and jobs. And now these same Evil Banksters have deployed sophisticated means of Eugenics, soft-kill and hard kill against humanity designed to reduce the population of America and the World by 90%. And now it is certain beyond any shadow of a reasonable doubt, that this Entity which has been in control of the Money Production and Distribution of most of the World since the 1800’s has either failed miserably in acting responsibly, or been the most evil, sinister group of men that ever walked the face of the Earth. Major substantial evidence has been emerging for the last 100 years years now, especially the last ten that the latter is the case, that these Men who have been in control of most of the World’s production and distribution of FIAT money made from nothing have done so to gain more and more control over mankind so that they can attain their most Evil Agenda, an Agenda so Evil that it is unimaginable to most normal humans. It is very difficult for this kind of truth to fit into a normal person’s consciousness because it is so bizarre, so inextricably Evil that only inhuman monsters would ever hold such an Agenda of Evil.
These World Banksters aka “the Moneychangers” have gained this control by their prolific use of pernicious usury and their imposition of debt-slavery on almost the whole World. Rather than harness such incredible power over the People of the World for good, they have harnesses it and used it for grotesque, unimaginable Evil that is so deviant the average person just cannot fit it in to their head and has tended to reject such truth when Insiders have leaked it. They have created the money which was supposed to owned by the nations using it, illegally lent it to them, and then charged them onerous illegal interest for folks using what should have been their own money in the first place. Inside America these Rothschild controlled Banksters AKA the private Federal Reserve System, have hoodwinked the masses and had an easy time controlling Congress through an unlimited elastic checkbook filled with unlimited issuing of money with no real backing, that is no Gold, no Silver nothing but more Debt-notes and promises to pay with more debt-notes, each of which must be paid back with accrued pernicious interest. In the United States of America these crimes of the Banksters are easily discernible because they are crystal clear violations of the US Constitution, Common Law and now RICO law which provides some real teeth necessary to take down these greatest financial fraudsters in history. All we need is an honest US Department of Justice which has been compromised ever since 1913 when these City of London Banksters took over the American Monetary Production and distribution system and set up illegal practices including pernicious usury charged to We The People for using what was still actually our own money. All this is covered in the article PuppetGate from which the following descriptive drawing is taken from:
These City of London Banksters aka the Rothschild World Zionists have been a very crafty bunch.
Bernie Madoff, was a Director of the the Nasdaq Exchange. When arrested for his massive Ponzi scheme that was crashing, he confessed and claimed this is what all the Wall Street banks do and if it hadn’t been for the recession he wouldn’t have gotten caught. Nobody bailed out Madoff, but US Public bailed out the the Wall Street Banks twice with over 20 Trillion Dollars. US Dollars are no longer backed by Gold or Silver or anything but lots more Debt-notes and “house-of-cards” derivative systems. The US Dollar is a Debt-Note which you promise to pay back in principal and accrued interest, yes the Federal Reserve System fraudulently issues our money to us and charges we must pay back the principal and the interest to them. This is the biggest fraud in history. The private Federal Reserve System started out in America using US Currency backed by Gold and Silver. In progressive steps they removed the backing and converted the US Money to strictly paper debt-notes backed by nothing but access to future tax collections from We The People which have not become incredibly limited compared to the phony kited-up so-called deficit. Technically, We The People cannot legally be charged to use our own money, for such to occur is massive Financial Fraud to which there is no statute of limitations. And if the Federal Reserve System issues Our Own Money then we can take it back anytime we want and seize all their accrued assets which were taken by fraud in the first place. The US Federal Reserve System is a private bank franchised from the City of London Rothschild Banksters.
And of course as many realize the Federal Reserve System, little more than the largest franchisee and Cutout of the City of London Private Rothschild Banksters, has issued so many debt-notes that the whole world is now engulfed in their Web-of-Debt which has actually diluted the value of the US Dollar (USD) to the point when all the USDs go into play they are essentially going to be worthless. The US Dollar loses Gold and Silver backing and becomes the US Petro Dollar and the World’s Reserve Currency, but that is all coming to a sudden catastrophic end.
At the time the USD was taken off of the Gold standard completely in 1971, President Nixon at the urging of Heinz Kissinger was able to negotiate that all Mideast oil Sales (and all world Oil sales) be made using the USD. This established the US Petro Dollar as the World’s exchange currency and then all the Banksters had to do to create their worldwide Web-of-Debt was to radically increase the amount of USD in circulation. Once the most of the World was caught up in this Web-of-Debt from their massive holdings of US Petro Dollars, many felt trapped. The Mideast nations had made an agreement to spend many of their massive oil earning buying American products, especially expensive defense related armaments. What they got in exchange for supporting the US Petro Dollar System was a promise to be protected along with Israel which is the personal action-agent nation state established by the Rothschild family for their own World Zionist haven and location of the World Ruler they have planned to appoint for centuries. Most of the World now wants out of the Rothschild/Federal Reserve System Web-of-Debt and the BRICS Development has arisen as a suitable counter-measure.
Now that so many nations realize that they have been caught up in this pernicious worldwide Web-of-Debt of the Rothschilds, they have have been working hard to find solutions to free themselves from this debt-slavery without completely crashing out their economies forever, which has been the Rothschild’s built in system protection. This rejection of the US Petro Dollar has already happened in some nations who have started the BRICS Development Bank. Unless Americans wake up and deliver justice to put the Federal Reserve System out of Business and fully prosecute its owners and chief officers the whole World will eventually turn against We The People and blame us for the massive Evil the Federal Reserve System has unleashed on the World as agents of the Rothschild City of London Banksters.
And when the financial bubble created by the Rothschild Banksters popped in Iceland in 2008 like it did in America, the Icelandic Legislators prosecuted and jailed some of the top Banksters and granted mortgage forgiveness to almost every homeowner with a mortgage in Iceland because of fraudulent banking practices. This action to enforce the financial fraud and counterfeiting laws in Iceland were the opposite of what was done in America because the American US Department of Justice was completely compromised and corrupted with all honest Federal Prosecutors either driven out or dis-empowered by the Banksters and their Cutout and kingpins. And it was announced that even in England, home of the City of London Financial District where the Rothschild’s Banksters run their system out of, has now organized talks on how money is manufactured and distributed and if it is being done effectively. This is an historical first and shows that everybody around the whole World has had enough of the Rothschild’s unimaginable evil imposed on them. Some believe that a few of the more sensitive Bankers in the UK who are shareholders of the Bank of England are getting afraid of the coming pitchforks and are attempting to come clean and be part of an equitable solution. YouTube – Veterans Today - The solution that 137 nations have selected, many more coming all the time is to establish their own Development Bank called the BRICS Development Bank (which will eventually operated without the use of any Rothschild produced money especially the US Petro Dollar). Some of the nations which have joined the BRICS have already started direct trading of oil, natural gas and other commodities without the use of any Rothschild manufactured money or use of the US Petro Dollar. Numerous economists have claimed that this shift to BRICS will eventually doom the US Petro Dollar and probably bring the Rothschild Central FIAT Banks and Federal Reserve System into complete collapse. The purpose of the BRICS is to decouple now before this collapse takes them with it. Once this Rothschild Debt Bomb is detonated it could easily take America back into the stone age the collapse would be so total and so devastating. The clear solution is to strike at the Rothschild/Federal Reserve System root now and enforce ALL the valid laws and the Constitution of United States of America our Republic. “This is great fun shaking down the dumb American Sheeple for Bailouts to cover our Trillion Dollar gambling losses!” This means we need to reconstitute the US Department of Justice. The most corrupt Attorney general in the history of America has resigned but hasn’t left office yet. He should be hauled off in leg shackles and cuffs for his Treason, Sedition and RICO crimes running protection for the Banksters and all their PuppetMasters, like the two that tried to shake down Lee Wanta for 30 Billions Dollars and then conspired to murder him. There has been substantial evidence provided to Eric Holder of all the fraud of the Banksters related to the Mortgage Bubble and all he did was extract minimal “normal cost of doing business” proportionally small fines from these major Wall Street banks who defrauded millions of homeowners and sucked USG mortgage insurance programs dry. And now the evidence of his part in the criminal coverup is his new job at Morgan Banks for an annual salary of 77 million USD. This is a slap in every American’s face and must be mitigated by his prosecution and arrest under RICO and numerous other valid US Statutes. What exactly is the unimaginably Evil Agenda of the Rothschild Banksters and their Kingpins, Cutouts and PuppetMasters?
What is the incredible Evil that these Banksters have created and unleashed on the world to further their Agenda which is now known to be a completely Anti-human Agenda? Their Agenda is now known because Insiders have leaked accurate information that the Agenda of these World Banksters is to minister mass painful death and destruction, repeated major wars and now perpetual wars, and a program of sinister practices of programmed Eugenics, mass Mind-Control by ultra high-tech Psychotronics, accompanied by massive soft-kill and hard-kill programs. Many now wonder how such a few Men were able to get control over the most of the World’s Monetary Production and Distribution and have been able to hijack History. But an even more difficult matter to understand is why such men just happen to be the most Evil creatures that ever walked the face of the earth caring only for themselves and their anti-human mass Death and Human suffering Agenda.
If an entity or person is so evil they will pay to murder any dissenter or whistle-blower that tries to make the Public aware of their immense evil, these perps can amass tremendous wealth with which they can buy almost every single Politicians and Federal judge.
The answer that has emerged from insiders at the periphery of this group is that it is their absolute evil and complete criminal psychopathology that has enabled them to kill anyone who got in their way, if they couldn’t buy them off first. It is their absolute evil and complete lack of feeling for any other persons that has enabled them to be absolutely ruthless in their lust for more and more Gold, Silver, and precious metals and complete control over mankind and all his institutions of government. These are the most powerful, richest men in the World and undoubtedly by far the most evil that ever lived. It is their absolute Evil, lack of any workable conscience and complete lust for wealth and power that drives these men and makes it possible for them to create all the wars, mass painful deaths and maimings of war, starvations and endemic corruption that plagues most nations caught in their worldwide Web-of-Debt. Once the World’s top Military Commanders and soldiers who are not part of their Occult Circles understand this, they will of course began to make plans to strike at the root of all this Hell on Earth. Because the Rothschild run occult circles and this provides legions of those who protect them, many innocently naive about what these masonic organization really represent. Once the lower ranked Freemasons find out that the very top Freemason refer to them as the “unwashed”, and “porch monkeys” and claim that they are all told inaccuracies to protect the real Secrets of their Craft and that these very top Masonic leaders have a completely evil agenda to destroy almost all of the human race, they will abandon Freemasonry in droves. It has been known for years that Freemasonry has been used for cover and for a means to exert control by the Rothschilds and their Federal Reserve System. Once they realize they have been duped by those that intend to mass murder them and their families and take everything they have worked for they will wake up and get free. What needs to be done for We The People to take back control over what should be their own Monetary Production and Distribution System? 1-Eric Holder needs to be indicted and arrested under RICO and hauled off in leg shackles and chains. He needs to be made an example of never to use the US Department of Justice to cover up the crimes against We The People by the Banksters.
The Rats Nest of corruption at US Department of Justice and the FBI needs to be completely cleaned out and numerous top officials and agents fired, many must be arrested under RICO for numerous prior crimes including coverups, cointelpro crimes, harassments and even murders of whistle-blowers, and some must be arrested for Treason for serving an foreign power such as Israel instead of honoring their Oath of Office to We The People and the Constitution. The PuppetMasters, that is folks like the Two that tried to shake Ambassador Lee Wanta down for 30 Billion Dollars must be arrested under Rico, some for Treason for serving an foreign power such as Israel instead of honoring their Oath of Office to We The People and the Constitution. If the US Department of Justice and the notably corrupt FBI cannot be cleaned up and immediately start doing their job, indicting Banksters for massive counterfeiting and financial fraud, then the US Military must step in because over 90% of Congress and five Supreme Court Judges have been bribed and/or completely compromised. Many in Congress need to be arrested under RICO and espionage laws for aiding foreign entities in their espionage against America (Rothschild Banksters and their federal reserve System). Do not expect Congress to do anything because they are almost completely bought, owned, bribed and compromised (with between 39 and 42% pedophiles according to prior investigations). Give the Banksters 48 hours to reports to their nearest US Magistrate to surrender after a quick indictment, otherwise go after them with the US Marshals, the Provost Marshals assisted by the First and Fifth US Armies and navy Seal Teams. Indict the Rothschilds and order them to return all the Gold, Silver and other assets they defrauded and stole from America. Given them 48 hours to make arrangements to surrender themselves and it. Then if they don’t comply, attack and subdue them with the full force of the US Military. Using RICO and espionage laws, arrest all members and assets of the Bush Crime Cabal (IZCS) and the International Zionist Crime Syndicate (IZCS) and all AIPAC officers and any other related groups members who have been buying, bribing, coercing and blackmailing Members of the US Congress and the USG and Federal Judges. Fire and arrest all Federal Judges who have been corrupted by either the BCC or the IZCS. Arrest the secret CIA which is the center of the Bush Crime Cabal and which has been running massive private armies and terrorists to start wars (as under ISI/ISIL cover in Iraq and Syria now) and which trafficks in massive amounts of illegal narcotics and illegal weapons. Outlaw any Dual, triple or multiple Citizenship and deport any who have served another nation first, no exceptions. Make the rest take a loyalty oath to the US Constitution and our Republic the USA and forbid them from ever holding any American public office ever. Immediately declare the Federal Reserve System a RICO criminal enterprise specializing in financial fraud, theft of taxpayers assets, and is the largest Counterfeiting operation in History and the source of all wars and the mass suffering of many Americans, especially American Soldiers who they betrayed and used as mere cannon fodder. Their blood cries out from the ground for revenge and may it be granted asap. Seize and federalize the Federal Reserve System, make it an asset of the USA and claw back all it profits, assets and all assets of those owners who gained from it. If they are foreigners go after them where ever they are and bring them back one way or another. Immediately cancel all fraudulent elections such as any the Bush family won because of the Preston Bush (Scherf) immunity agreement and immediately rescind all laws which Congress passed or any court concocted which are clearly Unconstitutional and Illegal. Congress cannot pass a law to break another pre-existing valid law. Immediately rescind the Federal Income Tax which was never properly ratified and immediately re-install Glass-Stegall. there will be so much money, gold and assets clawed back from the Banksters that there will be plenty of money for a long time. Immediately enforce all Antitrust Laws and break up the Controlled Major Mass media comprised of six major international news corporations. Prosecute their key officers and owners under US espionage laws since they are either owned or controlled by agents of the Rothschilds.
Provide Ambassador Wanta his money and allow him to complete his Agenda to rebuild, revitalize and re-industrialize America and build his inter-coastal High Speed Maglev Railroad System which will produce an immediate 2 million good paying job opportunities. Offer him job as a top USG economic adviser. Set up a new Congress made up of We The People and restrict terms to one term only and set up rigid rules preventing revolving door jobs used for bribery. Until a new honest Congress can be elected, the US Military High Command will be responsible for running all governmental matters. Immediately prosecute all major Defense Contractor CEOs and Officers under RICO who have bribed Congress or offered extremely lucrative revolving door jobs promised to Members of Congress to induce cooperation.
Immediately cut off all US foreign aid and any US Dollars flowing to Israel which is a purely Freemasonic state set up by the Rothschilds as their own personal haven, main action-agent, and means to start wars and destabilize the Mideast and foment false-flag terror. Any American financial support of Israel is an international crime against the Palestinians to support the Israeli Apartheid and mass-murder/genocide against Palestinians. Europe and most of the World is now divesting and turning against Israel for this Apartheid, mass-murder and genocide against Palestinians and massive theft of their land in complete violation of numerous UN Rulings. And every day, more and more Americans are finding out Israel with the help of the BCC, IZCS and Traitors in the JCS, USAF, NORAD and the FCC attacked America on 9/11/01 by deploying “decommissioned” nukes stolen from the US nuclear arsenal. Set up Peoples Grand Juries all over the USA run by We The People and not sidetracked by compromised, crooked prosecutors. Make sure that every single Jury is instructed of their right to nullify any charges they think are wrong and any judge who ever tries to stop this right of any juror or refuses to inform them of jury nullification shall be immediately arrested for obstruction of justice. Note: Readers can create their own list, perhaps taking this list as a starter and adding to it. Hundreds of creative things can be done to “Strike at the Root” including sharing this story will all your family, your trusted friends and associates and numerous other constructive and legal actions such as mass campaigns with calls to the Whitehouse, Congress and the US Department of Justice. It’s a fact that the current Internet users that read article like this are the brightest and the best student of USG corruption in history. If the public wakes up in mass, a firestorm of dissent can be imposed on this criminal system and they can be brought down.
Right now the USA is on the brink of total financial collapse and like most of the World has been caught up in a massive Web-of-Debt created by the US Congress and the elastic checkbook of phony FIAT dollars provided to them by the Federal Reserve System, the greatest fraud in history. Unless this shell game is stopped soon this worldwide Debt-Bomb will detonate and could take the USA back to the stone-age. And America is now fighting a secret Civil War in Iraq and Syria against ISIS/ISIL, which is a BCC/IZCS controlled CIA paramilitary group being supplied by a criminal portion of the US Military. This secret army is army made up of American purchased Mercenaries with support from Israel, the Saudis and others and is called Al Qaeda 2 aka “Al CIA Duh” version 2 by insiders who know all the details. The rest of the World has already figured this out, that the Rothschild System and their chief Cutout the Federal reserve System has generated a phony money Debt-Bomb comprised of a worldwide Web-of-Debt and is now working to de-couple from the Rothschilds and their Federal Reserve System. The Banksters are attempting to counteract this by goading President Putin and Russia into a nuclear WW3 which would provide suitable cover and advance their plan to mass-murder up to 90% of the World Populace and aid their installation of their NWO Ruler in Jerusalem, which was the same dream of the Teutonic Zionists aka the First Crusaders. The Rothschilds are viewed as the New Crusaders by Intel Insiders for their obsession with acquiring control over Jerusalem and all of Palestine and the setting up of their own private nation state called Israel in 1947. If the Federal Reserve System and all the USG Officials and elected Officials it has corrupted are not stopped with many arrested under RICO and US espionage laws, the rest of the World has started de-coupling enough to probably survive any Debt-Bomb detonation. But unless these Banksters are stopped cold now, it is America and Americans that will suffer complete economic and financial collapse, accompanied by mass-starvation, internal civil war and mass death, all for nothing. For years starvation was the secret and official policy of the Banksters and their Kingpins, Cutouts and Top Policy-Makers. Now Population Reduction of Americans by 90% is the new goal of the Banksters.
Rather than allow our American families and children and countrymen to be destroyed as pawns in the Rothschild’s system of hatred for all Mankind, why not all work together to publicize what they have done to defraud America since 1913 and work together to route them out and bring them to justice? You can bet the rest of the World is going to do so some day, but why should be allow them to destroy America and Our people first?
And here is a suggestion for all Police Officers and their superiors. Be very careful to make sure you are known in your communities as being there to Protect and Serve the Community, rather than acting like Agents of a Criminal State or being there only to protect the Banksters and their criminal establishment. If your citizens see you as an Agent of the State, part of a militarized machine built up by the same traitors that started DHS who work for a foreign power, you and your officers will likely be attacked as agents of the State when and if TSHTF. If you act like you only work for DHS and are willing to oppress your citizenry with the enforcement of Unconstitutional laws and continue to misuse Swat Teams as many departments have, many will see you as the enemy and will act accordingly when TSHTF which in practical means many will target and fight your Officers who will be greatly outgunned and outnumbered, if everything collapses from the Debt Bomb becoming detonated. Start now and work hard to establish friendly, positive relationships with your citizens and let them know you work for them to Protect and Serve them, and then act like it. It’s time for We The People at all levels to rise up and support our new High Militarily Command and demand that they strike at the root of the greatest financial fraud in History that has been parasitizing the United States of America since 1913. yes, it time for the Rothschilds and their Federal reserve System to be taken down and for America to reabsorb all Federal reserve System functions back into our own Government, where it should have always remained in the first place as was the core belief of President Andrew Jackson.
Olddog does not agree with this commentary………………………..YET!
Not until millions more in America wake up by learning the true nature of our government and it’s history. To start the above list of actions will only result in civil war, or a fast defeat by the existing butchers in office, and I firmly believe in the benefits of a free society which would disappear in short order if we start something without more National support. Today, we still have millions and millions of cognitive dissonant slackers who are too lazy to read and learn, or who’s association with government benefits puts them firmly on the other side. The truth about America includes those who are dead-set against return to Constitutional law, as they simply have too much to lose. The bottom line here folks is to Never Start Something You Cannot Finish Unless It’s A Guaranteed Knockout Punch. There is no clear majority of supporters yet. Keep Educating the People Until There is an Overwhelming Majority ready to die for their freedom.
November 15th, 2014 by olddog
By J.B. Williams
November 14, 2014
On January 3, 2015, the 114th Congress of the United States will convene for the new sessions which will run through January 3, 2017. The 2014 mid-term election was a seismic political shift in Washington D.C. power and the American people didn’t make broad changes in power for no reason.
Sometimes, gridlock is the best people can do when in no position to lead. However, American voters made certain that the Republican Party would emerge from the 2014 mid-terms in full control of both chambers of Congress, stripping all congressional support for the Obama Administration leaving the lamest administration in U.S. history in a lame-duck status.
Voters took no prisoners…. And Republicans cannot afford to take any prisoners either for the next two years. They were elected to reverse course in our nation, not to make peace with those across the aisle who have been running roughshod over them and the American people for the past six years.
Republicans were not elected to slow down the demise of a once great country. They were elected to stop the demise and destruction, reverse course 180 degrees and save America from the brink of extinction. They were elected to represent every American who is fed up with the runaway Federal Government. They were elected to turn the tide…
What do “the people” think?
The Associated Press ran broad-based exit-polling in the mid-terms in an effort to properly interpret voter sentiments behind the election results. Here’s what the people had to say…
- 88% of Republicans believe that the country is headed in the WRONG direction under Democrat leadership. 46% of Democrat voters finally agreed. The country wants an overall change in direction, away from Global Marxism and towards secure national sovereignty.
• 90% of Republicans believe that the nation’s economy is in BAD shape and that Federal economic policy is responsible. Over half of Democrat voters finally agreed. The country wants an end to the economic policies of bankruptcy.
• Over 80% of Republicans believe that economic conditions will worsen on the past Democrat “social justice” welfare for all track. Over 1/3 of Democrats finally agreed.
• 64% of Republicans believe that the next generations will have it worse and over 30% of Democrats finally agreed.
• 80% of Republicans and 60% of Democrats are worried about the growing threat of terrorism on our soil under the Obama Administration.
What do “the people” want?
- 81% of Republicans want an end to deficit spending. 52% of Democrats agreed.
• 77% of Republicans want a change in foreign policy. 53% of Democrats agreed.
• 73% of Republicans want NO AMNESTY of any kind and our immigration laws enforced. 52% of Democrats agreed.
• 87% of Republicans and 67% Democrats want the U.S. to get tough on terrorism.
• 88% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats want the Federal government to get out of the way of our free economy.
• And almost every American wants members of congress to become accountable and hold others accountable for the destruction of our Constitutional Republic. – (Source)
What do “the people” NOT want?
- 69% of Democrats think governmental environmental intervention is important. 31% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans disagree.
• 70% of Democrats want governmental forced redistribution of private wealth. But 30% of Democrats and 58% of Republicans stand opposed.
• 80% of Democrats want healthcare reform of some sort and 75% of Republicans agree, though they disagree on the federal government’s role in healthcare.
• 47% of Democrats want abortion on demand and 33% of Democrats want gay marriage rights, a minority in both cases. Republicans stand opposed to both.
So, why did “the people” elect Republicans in 2014?
As if the election results themselves are not clear enough, news agencies worked to dig a little deeper in voter sentiments via exit polling that should leave no doubts in any reasonable mind.
All available information confirms the purpose of the shift in congressional power structure for the 114th Congress. A national about-face! After decades of abuses of power at the federal level, there are literally thousands of things that need to be done or undone in order to restore our republic and rule of constitutional law.
Despite a total rebuke of his policies, Obama remains committed to further destruction of our country, even if he has to go it alone via executive powers that do not even exist.
“The People’s” Priorities
1. NO AMNESTY OF ANY KIND BY ANY MEANS
Already, before amnesty… we have illegal aliens voting in our elections, taking our jobs, abusing access to our schools, our hospitals, and our social services. Recent reports state that 42% of all new Medicaid enrollees are “illegal immigrants.” – Health and Human Services Chief Sylvia Burwell called for extending Obamacare benefits to DREAM-eligible illegal immigrants. My previous column,IMMIGRATION: THE LAW AND ASSIMILATION AT ISSUE lays out the history behind the current immigration disaster.
The new Republican majority must use its power to STOP OBAMA from illegal abuse of so-called executive power in the DNC effort to forever alter American social demographics by granting full citizenship rights to illegal invaders. Anything less is an act of complicity in treason.
The new Republican majority must walk away from any form of amnesty by any means and become the party of Constitutional Law. They must end all efforts for amnesty and begin to enforce all existing immigration laws, period.
Then, they must use the power of Impeachment to hold Obama and his Marxist Democrat comrades fully accountable for the laundry list of treasonous acts that has entirely defined their administration.
2. IMPEACHMENT AT ANY COST
The past six years of the Obama administration have been built upon usurpation of office, abuse of power, fraud and multiple acts of treason. There is NO WAY for the American people or the Republican Party to turn this country around without removing a long list of bad actors from power and holding them fully criminally accountable for their treasonous acts against the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, our men and women in uniform, our states and every legal American citizen.
North American Law Center has issued a very carefully crafted and vetted set of Articles of Impeachment against Barack Hussein Obama and his evil cabal. The Articles correctly base impeachment upon the following;
ARTICLE 1 – Usurpation of the Oval Office via criminal identity fraud
ARTICLE 2 – Malfeasance, misconduct and abuse of the Oval Office
ARTICLE 3 – Aiding and Abetting known enemies of the United States
House Republicans know that the Obama administration must be impeached. They used the excuse that they did not control the Senate, in refusing to impeach before the 2014 elections. Now that Republicans will control both chambers of congress, they must use this rare opportunity in power to right the greatest wrongs of this century by impeaching the worst administration in U.S. history.
If they don’t, this will be the final nail in the coffin of the Republican Party. The evidence against Obama is well beyond any reasonable doubts. The evidence that Republicans lack the decency, honor and courage to lead this nation will be complete, if they fail to hold Obama & Co. fully accountable for their acts against the United States of America.
This is NOT about policy differences…. This is about a criminal organization using the White House and the Senate to run roughshod over the American people and their states, to the demise and destruction of our Constitutional Republic. It must not be allowed to stand… people must be held accountable.
Before addressing a thousand little things that need to be corrected, the new Republican majority must accomplish these two critical steps in restoring the rule of constitutional law. There is no doubt that stopping amnesty and impeaching Obama is a tall order or that it will require extraordinary courage to do either, much less both. But both must be done, no matter the difficulty.
Old go along to get along Republicans like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell do not have the courage and decency required to lead this charge. They cannot be allowed to lead the new congress.
Extreme circumstances require extreme measures… and new leadership is required in order to carry out what must be done to save our Republic from an enemy operating within.
If the new Republican majority fails either test of honor, if they allow any form of amnesty and fail to enforce existing laws, if they fail to impeach the entire Obama regime for acts of treason against our nation, this will have signed their own death warrant as a viable political entity.
The people elected Republicans to congressional power to reverse everything that democrats have done to this country over the past six years, to restore the rule of constitutional law and to march this Republic back from the brink of extinction.
Republicans have just this one chance to be all that the American people need them to be. If they fail, the American people will seek other remedies outside of the political arena, to restore the rule of law and our Constitutional Republic.
I pray that the new Republican majority is wise enough to understand the very dangerous position they are in today. I pray that they will be wise enough to summon the courage it will take to turn this great country around, while they have an opportunity to do so peacefully.
They must deal with millions of illegal invaders and they must deal with those in the federal government who have worked to destroy our country from within. If they fail, they will soon wish that they had lost every election in 2014… for they will be held accountable by the people who elected them.
To Republicans I say… Save our Constitution and our Republic, or be gone! There is no room for any negotiations now.
© 2014 JB Williams – All Rights Reserved
JB Williams is a writer on matters of history and American politics with more than 3000 pieces published over a twenty-year span. He has a decidedly conservative reverence for the Charters of Freedom, the men and women who have paid the price of freedom and liberty for all, and action oriented real-time solutions for modern challenges. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, a researcher, writer and a business owner. He is co-founder of action organizations The United States Patriots Union, a civilian parent organization for The Veteran Defenders of America. He is also co-founder of The North American Law Center, a citizen run investigative legal research and activism organization preparing to take on American’s greatest legal battles. Williams receives mail at:email@example.com
Web site 1: www.PatriotsUnion.org
Web site 2: www.VeteranDefenders.org
As a patriot JB has just placed his BALLS in the world book of records and ten years ago I would have voted him President for life, but now I find no excuse for his lack of knowledge about the real Government we live under. If someone as uneducated as I am can find the true history of our Nation, why can’t JBW? Mr. Williams, please be informed that there is no Constitutional Government in America. We are owned and ruled by the International Investment Banking Cartel, the British Monarchy, and the Pope. All the crap going on in Washington is a con game administrated by their employees; which only the dull and ignorant believe, and the rest don’t seem to give a shit!
WAKE UP AND DO THE RESEARCH!
by Jonathan Strong
House GOP Reelects Boehner As Speaker
Tea Party critics will hold noses, vote for Boehner as Speaker
House Republicans have re-elected Speaker John Boehner to serve as speaker for the 114th Congress, Republicans announced.
insert of TWEET sent out by the House GOP
The election had just taken place behind closed doors in a Capitol office building.
Boehner will also face a vote on the House floor in January which requires an absolute majority of all members voting for a person. He’s expected to win the vote easily following the significant Republican victories at the ballot box.
The election had just taken place behind closed doors in a Capitol office building.
Boehner will also face a vote on the House floor in January which requires an absolute majority of all members voting for a person. He’s expected to win the vote easily following the significant Republican victories at the ballot box.
November 7th, 2014 by olddog
By Phil Shave, Editor – GunNews, Washington Arms Collectors
Newspaper editorial boards and media coverage of I-594 continue to distort the purpose and effect of this anti-civil rights measure. The media regularly portrays I-594 as a background check on firearm sales which it is not; it is much more.
There is an effective media blackout on press releases and position statements opposed to I-594. The public, even the shooting public, does not yet realize what this initiative will do if passed.
Use the facts presented here (the quotes included below are directly from the text of I594) to inform your friends and family, even your local newspapers and local political leaders, of the true impact of this measure.
Myth #1 – I-594 requires background checks only for gun sales.
Reality: I-594 “would extend criminal…background checks to all guns sales or transfers.” Every single time that a transfer occurs a background check through an FFL is required. “Transfer means the intended delivery of a firearm to another person without consideration of payment or promise of payment including, but not limited to, gifts and loans.”
Myth #2 – Failing to do the I-594 paperwork on, for example, the loan of a firearm to another must be a minor violation like a traffic violation, right?
Reality: I-594 re-writes Washington law to make transfer violations the equivalent of RCW “serious offenses” such as rape, drive by shootings and vehicular homicide. The I-594 class C felony conviction for failing to do the transfer paperwork will result in the loss of your civil rights, including the loss of the right to vote and possess firearms.
I-594 is written to make a class C felony conviction equivalent to other legally defined “serious” class B felonies.
If you remain in possession of any firearms after conviction of a I-594 felony, then you may be charged with a separate possession felony for each firearm owned; the sentences for felony possession are consecutive. I-594 is specifically intended to imprison those who transfer firearms without an FFL and to confiscate their firearms.
Violations are not civil infractions as you might imagine, they are serious crimes. The first violation is a gross misdemeanor and, if convicted, then subsequent violations are class C felonies.
Myth #3 – Gifts of a firearm are exempted.
Reality: Not true – gifts are specifically included in the definition of transfers requiring a dealer and registration of the firearm. Only gifts to immediate family members are exempted.
Myth #4 – A person can loan a firearm, without going through a dealer, to another as long as it is returned to him,.
Reality: Transfers are defined by I-594 to include any loan of a firearm. Any temporary loan of a firearm, no matter how short the time, without FFL dealer paperwork would be a crime.
Myth #5 – I-594 is primarily a gun show law requiring background checks at shows.
Reality: I-594 regulates all transfers “between unlicensed persons.” All citizens are unlicensed persons and must transfer firearms through an FFL whether the transfer occurs in their homes, at the firing range, or at any other location.
The Washington Arms Collectors already background checks members before allowing them to engage in firearm transactions. (under I-594, a new and separate background check conducted by an FFL would need to take place before each firearms transfer – even at a WAC show. – Webmaster)
Myth #6 – I can hand my firearm off to my friend for some minor repair without doing all the transfer paperwork, after all I will get my own firearm back.
Reality: You and your friend will both have committed crimes if you make this transfer without an FFL dealer for the transfers in both directions; this is two separate transfers as defined by I-594.
Myth #7 – My gun club can continue to offer firearm safety training with our member instructors providing the firearms for use by the trainees.
Reality: Probably not – there is an exception but it states that the, “firearm is kept at all times, at an established shooting range authorized by the governing body of the jurisdiction in which such range is located.” Since the I-594 language very clearly states that the firearm must be kept at all times at the range it is unlikely that this exception allows temporary transfers without an FFL.
Myth #8 – Coaching of shooters which includes the handing back and forth of a firearm is exempt from I-594.
Reality: I-594 contains an exception which may allow transfer to a person under age 18 for “educational purposes…while under the direct supervision and control of a responsible adult….”
This exception would not permit transfer during adult classes such as women’s handgun classes, adult hunter education, other types of training , or range orientation training.
While classes for children may continue, the majority of adult training is effectively banned because the transfer requirements cannot be met in a training environment. Private firearms trainers and law enforcement instructors who train the public can probably not avoid I-594 violations.
Myth #9 – I can loan a hunting rifle to a friend during hunting season.
Reality: No, you absolutely cannot. There is an exception that would allow you to hand your rifle to another licensed hunter “while hunting” but this only applies during the actual hunt if both hunters are present and licensed; so you may hand your rifle across the fence to a partner, but if your hunting partner drops his rifle and damages it, you cannot loan your extra rifle – it would be a crime.
Myth #10 – I keep a rifle in my truck and occasionally allow my daughter to drive this vehicle on our
property – this can’t be a crime?
Reality: Unless you are in the truck with your minor child, this is a transfer requiring an FFL dealer at two points. There is a transfer when she departs with the truck and when she returns it to you – possession equals transfer under I-594.
Myth #11 – My son and I go to the range to shoot trap – we take only my shotgun because he can’t afford one; surely we can share the shotgun.
Reality: If your son is a minor and you supervise him then you can share, but, oddly, if your son is over age 18 then these transfers would be illegal. I-594 appears intended to entrap entire families with these nonsense violations.
Myth #12 – My children have both hunted since they were young and have the required hunter education training and licenses. They have always used my firearms and they are free to choose the one that best fits the game. Can I continue to allow them to use my rifles and shotguns during hunting season?
Reality: No, both you and your children will be committing a I-594 crime if they use your firearms during hunting season without your “direct supervision.” This means that you must be present, able to see and contact the child you are supervising.
Myth #13 – Our local high school has a trapshooting team in which my daughter competes with my rather expensive shotgun. This must be okay.
Reality: Yet another trap for you and your daughter. You will both commit criminal violations each and every time that she takes the shotgun to practice. There is an exception that would allow you to bring the shotgun to a competition and transfer it to your daughter, but this does not apply to practice, only to “organized competition.” And if a firearm is transferred to her at a competition, it must be transferred back at that same location.
Myth #14 – I have a concealed pistol license; this must exempt me from the requirements since I have already received a thorough background check.
Reality: Your CPL has no value in firearms transfers under I-594 and all of the transfer requirements still apply to you.
Myth #15 – The waiting period of five days for non-CPL transfers remains unchanged.
Reality: The waiting period is now 10 days.
Myth #16 – My brother and I are both shooters and collectors. We often sell firearms to each other. I understand that these family transfers are exempt from I-594 provisions.
Reality: Absolutely not! While there is an exception for “bona fide gifts” within and among family members, it does not apply to sales. You and your brother will be multiple violators.
Myth #17 – I-594 advertises that private transfers are exempt from sales tax, at least this is a good thing.
Reality: Private property transactions are subject to use tax, not retail sales tax. Again, it appears that I-594 proponents are creating a smokescreen in an attempt to make I-594 appear reasonable. I-594 amends only RCW 82.08 which regulates retail sales and businesses.
There is no exemption in I-594 that would prevent the Department of Revenue from collecting use tax and they will have access to the records that will allow them to do so.
Myth #18 – My brother-in-law is a police officer and he says that he is exempt from I-594.
Reality: The I-594 law enforcement exception is only valid while on-duty. It does not apply to private purchases even if the firearm will be used on-duty (backup guns and patrol rifles are often personally purchased and these transfers must follow all I-594 laws).
Law enforcement officers are more likely than citizens to violate I-594 because they own, trade and maintain many firearms. Every officer should read “In Harms Way” published in the August GunNews.
Myth #19 – I have heard I-594 people stating that this is not a firearm registration law.
Reality: I-594 requires that every transfer be reported to the Department of Licensing, and while the requirements imposed on DOL are not clear, it seems that all firearm transfers are reported to DOL thus creating a registry of all firearms owners.
Myth #20 – This is a minor expansion of existing background check law and will not cost much.
Reality: I-594 does not just apply to sales, rather it applies to all transfers. We know that there are thousands of non-exempt transfers that take place each week during hunting, recreational shooting, coaching, practice and firearm maintenance.
We must assume that every one of these transfers will be reported to the Department of Licensing and that they will maintain records as required. Assuming full public compliance with the broad reaching language of I-594 there will be millions of new records created annually.
The burden on DOL will be staggering and it is unfunded. New buildings, computers, and personnel will be required. We know from DOL’s own testimony before legislative committee that they are approximately six months behind on new handgun registrations.
It is most likely that DOL will never be able to meet the requirements of I-594.
Myth #21 – The transfer of a firearm through a dealer won’t cost me much.
Reality: We don’t know what the cost will be as it is not capped within I-594.
Currently most dealers charge between $30 and $50 per transaction.
Myth #22 – I-594 is worth voting for if it catches criminals attempting to purchase firearms.
Reality: I-594 does not impact criminal access to firearms. This is already illegal and criminals will not use legal transfers to obtain firearms; rather they steal them and buy on the street. I-594 only affects the law-abiding firearm owner and will make criminals of many innocent people.
Myth #23 – We have to do something to stop the mentally ill from purchasing firearms!
Reality: We all agree, but I-594 contains not a single provision that will allow closer scrutiny of those who are mentally ill, or drug-impaired. Instead I-594 is targeted at responsible citizens.
Myth #24 – I’m an FFL dealer and I-594 will be good for me and my business.
Reality: It may be impossible for a Federal Firearms Licensee to follow both Federal and State law and rules. I-594 requires that the seller, “shall deliver the firearms to a licensed dealer to process…the transfer as if it is…transferring the firearm from its inventory.”
I-594 instructs the FFL dealer to handle the transfer “as if it is selling or transferring the firearm from its inventory…”, but then also allows the seller, who still owns the firearm, to leave with the firearm.
The reality is that an FFL dealer may lose his license if he allows an item in his inventory to leave the premises.
Furthermore, I-594 states that if the intended buyer, “…is ineligible to possess a firearm, then the licensed dealer shall return the firearm to the seller….”
Again, the Federal rules prohibit the release of an item in inventory unless a background check and all paperwork are completed and approved.
In other words, the seller must be subjected to and pay for a background check just to receive the return of his own firearm in the case of a failed sale. FFL dealers will be faced with the choice to follow State law or Federal law.
Because I-594 is intended to create a huge new market for FFL services, it is likely that new “dealers” will enter the market with the intent to process firearm transfers. This proliferation of FFL dealers is most likely to negatively affect storefront firearm retailers.
Predictably the new non-stocking “transferring dealers” will undercut FFL transfer fees and reduce profitability.
Myth #25 – The answer to I-594 is for every club, school and range to have an FFL dealer “on duty.”
Reality: even this extreme accommodation will likely not work. FFL dealers can conduct transfers only at their place of business or a bona fide gun show. There is no such thing as a roving FFL dealer who can perform the background checks required for all transfers under I-594.
It is conceivable that a gun club could obtain an FFL for their premises, but the paperwork required to legitimize all the transfers that would take place is daunting and expensive.
It appears there is no legal way to conduct FFL transfers on private property, while hunting, while shooting on public land or in any of the other situations in which the transfer is temporary, or a loan.
Myth #26 – The changes in I-594 are the only way to background check gun buyers.
Reality: There are efficient and (to some of us) acceptable ways to background check gun buyers. The Concealed Pistol License can be upgraded to a background check document that would serve as a transfer document; then all those with a CPL, who have already been backgrounded and fingerprinted, could use this license to effect lawful transfers.
Alternatively, a firearm purchase card could be created as it has been in some states; again, this would pre-background firearm transferors and allow law enforcement to conduct background checks and fingerprints in a timely manner before this is needed for a transfer.
The insertion of FFL requirements into private transactions which include all transfers, not just sales, is actually the least efficient, clumsiest, most expensive and burdensome method of performing background checks on firearm purchasers.
594 is not designed to keep guns from criminals or reduce crime; it is intended to create overwhelming obstacles to the private possession and use of firearms. I-594 targets recreational shooters, competitors, hobbyists and collectors.
November 6th, 2014 by olddog
James Lee, Contributor
“The sacred rights of mankind, are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” ~ Alexander Hamilton
Mendocino County, in the pristine northern lands of California, where the magnificent ancient coastal Redwood trees meet the inland California Oaks, has voted itself into the constitution writing (righting) business.
Yesterday, by a significant margin, they became the first county in California, and only the second county in the country to pass into law a very powerful local ordinance that declares local self-governing rights in their communities over state and federal jurisdiction. Over 67% of the votes cast were in favor of the measure.
The ordinance provides for waters free from toxic trespass; preemptively bans all fracking activities countywide with heavy fines and penalties for violation of the ordinance; and establishes a Community Bill of Rights to, for, and by the residents of Mendocino County while checking corporate powers as well.
In addition, the newly created law gives the Rights of Nature to exist and flourish without toxic trespass whereas previously Nature had no standing in the court of law.
Here is some of the powerful language in the proposed ordinance which you can read (source):
“Right to community self-government.
All residents of Mendocino County possess the right to a form of governance where they live which recognizes that all power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on the people’s consent.
Use of Mendocino County government by the sovereign people to make law and policy shall not be deemed by any authority to eliminate or reduce that self-governing authority. Rights as self-executing, fundamental and unalienable.
All rights delineated and secured by this ordinance are inherent, fundamental and unalienable; and shall be self-executing and enforceable against both private and public actors.”
The people of Mendocino County have made history once again after being the first county in the nation to ban Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) in 2004. Now these Mendonesians of premier wine making, medical marijuana growing and self-declared independence are continuing to assert and reclaim their inherent rights to decide for themselves what the laws will be in their communities and their county.
What may seem radical to many is only following in declarations and rights acknowledged to, by, and for them by the California State and U.S. Constitution, as well as the Declaration of Independence:
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776:
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.
Article 1 of the California State Constitution of 1849:
Sec. 1. All men are by nature free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property: and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.
Sec. 2. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.
Across the nation a truly grass-roots movement of taken back power by, and for the people at the local levels has begun in earnest.
In California, in this election alone, two other counties, Santa Barbara and San Benito, put anti-fracking measures in front of the voters while Big Oil spent over $7 million to defeat them. Santa Barbara was defeated last night but San Bernardino County’s measure passed into law.
Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania have in recent years passed into law local ordinances banning everything from toxic pig sludge dumping to Community Bill of Rights legislation as well as legal standing for the Rights of Nature to exist. In 2010, the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania made history by becoming the first city to pass a local ordinance banning hydraulic fracking.
So far, state courts have upheld these rights in Colorado and Ohio. However, a bigger challenge comes in coming months as a federal judge will make ruling on Mora County, New Mexico’s recent local ordinance passed that bans fracking in their county. It will be high stakes for all as over 30% of the states revenues comes from the oil and gas industry.
Yet clearly the people of Mora County are choosing to protect their health and well being over profit, jobs and revenues for their county.
Last week NASA released photos taken from space showing mass methane gas releases from the four corners region of the Southwestern United States, stunning all as to the widespread drastic effects that intense and increasing fracking activities are having on our environment.
Up north in Oregon, Lane and Benton Counties are bringing to vote local ordinances to preempt Oregon state laws for the right to determine local food sovereignty. Last year, Oregon had preempted local counties from banning GMO’s in their communities. Communities are now empowering themselves and fighting back.
Who is the Author of Authority?
The real basis of the question of the ability of local communities to write laws becomes just who is the final author of Authority?
Put another way, who has the power to make law, the people in the communities, counties and cities where they live or unreachable legislatures and Presidents residing hundreds and thousands of miles away?
Who are backed by huge corporate funding sources, that few can look, touch or feel, yet are called by many to be our “representatives” for what is best where we live, work and breathe.
It is estimated in the United States alone there are some 26 million plus laws, rules, regulations, permits, codes, violations, infractions, et. al., where ignorance of the these laws are not excusable in court and our government schooling never teaches to anyone.
And to enact state and federal laws, the powers that be must really on fear, force, coercion, ignorance and threat of being caged to get their laws obeyed. In other words, they demand obedience and compliance, or else coercion and force may be used no matter how amoral, immoral or destructive the laws may be.
Is it Legal?
Many in Mendocino County are asking about the legality of writing their own laws preempting the power of state and federal law over their county. One answer is provided by the founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), Thomas Linzey :
The law is not currently on your side. Over the past century, both corporations and state government have restricted the authority of municipal corporations so that the people of the municipality have very few rights at all. Your right to govern your own county has been canceled out by the “rights” of corporations, and the authority of the State to preempt your lawmaking.
Measure S is about changing that. It is about changing the law by challenging the law. Openly, frontally, and directly. The current system of law does not allow you to say “no” to fracking within the County. You therefore have a choice – you can either accept that current status of the law, or you can work to change it. Measure S is about asserting your right – as residents of the County – to change how the municipal system operates.
Measure S is about challenging what the law “is” and adopting a new system of law which enables you to control what happens in the County.
(CELDF), along with Global Exchange of San Francisco, have been instrumental in providing assistance and guidance across the country to help we the people take back our rights and reclaim our power to decide for ourselves what laws we wish in our communities. For over 14 years they have been active in helping communities pass local ordinances across the nation. Currently there are over 8 states and some 800 communities who have recently passed local ordinances yet it has not been easy.
In 2008 and again in 2010, Spokane, Washington tried to pass local ordinances banning corporate power in their city and protection of their waterways but failed by a few percentage votes while being heavily outspent by outside corporate interests. They plan to try again in the next election cycle.
In 2008, the City of Mt. Shasta organized and began the process of empowering themselves when they learned that the corporate/state power company for Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric, was actively spraying the skies above them with toxic chemicals through Geo-engineering.
PG &E cloud seeding, where the energy giant launches a cannon of silver iodide into passing storm clouds, forces the unnatural release of rain in one location to increase hydroelectric power for increased company profits from their dams.
Additionally, Mt. Shasta City citizens attempted to ban water withdrawal from the local aquifers by corporate water bottlers, who were taking water at will from local tributaries. The community wanted to stop these unwanted practices which posed serious environmental damage to their very pristine ecosystem at the base of Mt. Shasta.
Measure A had nearly the entire community support and was likely to pass until forces unseen got involved and due to “clerical error” removed Measure A from the ballot just two weeks before elections.
What is highly suspicious about the “clerical error” was the same city voter registrar who helped the citizens of Mt. Shasta write the legalese language to the measure was also the same person who declared the measure invalid. You can read more about this act of subversion here.
“We will take America back, Sheriff by Sheriff, County by County, State by State.” -Sheriff Richard Mack
“We are the watch keepers of Mendocino County” Sheriff Tom Allman, Mendocino County
Who Will Enforce These New Laws?
The next question that invariably comes up about the new local law is who will enforce it? Over the past few years a national organization called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) was formed to protect the people and their constitutional rights in the communities they serve over state and federal jurisdictions.
Among other things, CSPOA makes claim that they are being adherent to the U.S. Constitution and that first, last, and foremost, it is the local sheriffs and community police officers who have final law and protection of its people authority.
Just this year, in 2014, CSPOA wrote their own constitution which in part states:
The people of these united States are, and have a right to be, free and independent, and these rights are derived from the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” As such, they must be free from infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, unreasonable searches and seizures, capricious detainments and infringements on every other natural right whether enumerated or not (source).
As of November 4th, 2014, over 650 police officers, sheriffs and public officials have put their signature to the CSPOA constitution. Sheriff Allman, of Mendocino County is a member of CSPOA.
Mendocino County is known for growing medical marijuana and is legal by state and local laws. Most growers pay per plant taxes to county and state for the right to grow weed that helps and heals. This summer, local growers were stunned to see several private, for-hire para military Blackwater type operations swoop down on ropes from helicopters, in full military regalia with guns drawn and no ID badges.
They were apparently employees of Lear Asset Management Services and harvested (read stole) people’s crops to presumably sell for profit. Sheriff Allman was at a loss to as to who was doing it and why. To date no arrests have been made and no further disclosure as to who was behind the taking of people’s crops. As Time magazine reported about this action:
They are hired by large land owners to do the work of clearing trespass gardens from private property, and perform forest reclamation, sometimes funded by government grant. Deep in the woods, they cut down illegal pot plants and scrub the environmental footprint produced by the backwoods drug trade. They carry AR-15 rifles, lest they meet armed watchmen bent on defending their plots. (source)
It is probably not by sheer coincidence that this is happening when states are legalizing medical marijuana across the country and companies like GW Pharmaceuticals are selling marijuana based drugs like “Sativex”, which is derived from the Sativia strain of the plant that is shown to help with cancer treatments.
Probably not so coincidentally, the World Health Organization came out this year and stated that cancer was predicted to increase by 70% over just the next couple of decades alone in developed countries and an estimated 100% increase in so called under-devoloped nations as corporate pharmaceutical companies salivate with future huge profit potentials. (source)
Natures Laws and Earths Ways
2014 Global Rights of Nature Summit; A diverse gathering of 60 scientists, attorneys, economists, indigenous leaders, authors, spiritual leaders, politicians, actors, and activists from 16 countries and 6 continents.
Maybe the most critical and exciting piece of the local ordinance that passed in Mendocino County yesterday was the recognizing the Rights of Nature to exist and flourish. To this day Nature has no legal standing in our courts of law throughout the nation.
In 2008, the nation of Ecuador made history when it became the first nation in the world to legally recognize the Rights of Nature as well as language to provide for the long term protection and security of her natural resources over all other interests.
Few are aware that our Founding Fathers specifically chose Nature to guide them in their new governance as stated in the very first paragraph, of their very first document, declaring independence from the tryanny of Great Britian:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,
This has been followed by the international expansion of a Rights of Nature legal standing with the creation of a Rights of Nature Tribunal involving many of the worlds most revered environmental activists. They will act as trustees for Nature’s Rights. Over 850,000 people from 122 countries have now signed petitions advocating for Rights of Nature. (source)
When do we all become indigenous people?
In this critical time, where Nature herself is under grave attack from Man’s century of transgressions against her, caring people across the planet are actively and passionately beginning to realign themselves with ancient and native peoples by giving the highest respect to the life giving forces of Father Sun and Mother Earth.
By taking back our power at the local level we are setting in course actions to arrest the gross degradation of our planet from those in near and far away places who are hell bent to destroy without conscience and who seek only profit and power over all.
As We the People once again reclaim our rights to be the legal primary stewards of our soil, air and waters we are reconnecting with the immutable Laws of Nature and Source of all that is.
By coming together (to gather) to be the change we all wish to see, we bring hope and show future generations that they too have the power to change what must be changed or our children will have no future to exist and flourish in health, abundance and beauty.
If not us, who? If not now, when?
About the Author
Jamie Lee is the author of Tabu Blog, and a strong advocate of personal liberty and freedom from overbearing government.
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November 1st, 2014 by olddog
By Pamela Geller In my book Stop the Islamization of America, I describe and warn of the Islamization of the curriculum and the school room. The book was a primer on how to fight the encroaching Islamic supremacism and sharia. The past few days, I have published news stories here and here of parent protest to Islamic dawah in the classroom.
I have been fielding calls from distraught parents all week — two moms today — reeling from the proselytizing for Islam in their children’s “Social Studies” or “World History” classes. They are not teaching the children “world history,” which would include the 1,400 year history of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations, and enslavements, not to mention the extermination of the entire Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe of Arabia. Instead, children are forced to recite the shahada (it’s what one says in order to convert to Islam). Instead, they are forced to learn the five pillars of Islam. Department of Education, Pearson, the Gates Foundation, publishing companies, and the testing companies have been hijacked by Islamic supremacists and have hijacked our public school curriculums and textbooks (i.e., Common Core). Jesus was mentioned once as a Jewish prophet in the first chapter and the second chapter briefly discussed the division within the Christian Church. Chapter three is dedicated completely to Islam and the story of Muhammad, with multiple quotes from the Qur’an throughout the chapter. The book even goes on to say that “. . .Muhammad revealed the purest version of God’s truth” and that Muhammad is the final prophet of God’s truth with the most complete version of that truth. This is a violation of the establishment clause, and maybe a mass class action suit should be filed. This is something we are looking at. One mom whom I spoke to earlier told me that her 12-year-old son came home from school yesterday “depressed” and “sick.” Coming from a “good Christian home,” he was confused and “hurt” that he had to write and say the Muslim declaration of faith (the shahada) and write it repeatedly. The mother was beside herself. When Muslims force Christians to convert, they are forced to say the shahada (the Muslim declaration of faith). The Arabic writing on the black flag of jihad (also known as the al Qaeda flag or ISIS flag) is the shahada. This chant of supremacism and imperialism is being forced on American school kids.
Another mom told me that one of her son’s friends who was raised as an atheist said that, after these lessons, she began to think differently. So now the schools are converting children to Islam.
One parent on Facebook wrote, “Parents be concerned and check your child’s assignments. My son came to me last night to get help with his Social Sciences assignment about the one God (Allah) and the Five Pillars of Islam. As you can imagine, we were completely shocked. Now to clarify, I have no problem with my child learning about the various cultures around the world and the religions they practice, but for a school to emphasize and actually teach a single religion to children while discouraging the others is beyond deplorable. If you are worried that your child may be forced to endure these teaching please see the ACLU website. By law children are allowed to be excused from any lessons or discussions they object to on religious grounds without consequence. We will be opting out of this one. The ACLU ain’t going to help you, lady. They are part of the problem. EXCLUSIVE: Here is what happened to one family. The mother writes:
I want to share my story with you and I hope that I can be a shining light of hope. About a month ago my daughter asked for my help with her homework. She is in 7th grade and usually does not ask me for help. She gave me her vocabulary words for Social Studies and simply asked me to type it for her. I started typing the first few words, and then I came to Qur’an, Mosque, Alms, Caliph, Jihad, Sunnis, Shiites. I instantly became alarmed and asked to see her Social Studies book. My husband and I spent the next 3 hours reading through her book and I have to tell you that my life changed on that day. I kept my daughter home from school for the next two days and met with the principal. I attended my daughter’s class when she went back to school. Her assignments continued; draw detailed pictures of the 5 pillars of Islam and write a word collage of all that is good with Islam. We met with the teacher and principal together and questioned the curriculum. We received the party line responses of “state standards” and “Common Core” for every question we had. I was concerned with the nature of the material that was being taught in the classroom, and whether it was being presented in a truthful manner and that all aspects were told. This was not happening. Simply from viewing the Table of Contents one can see that Islam is the dominant religious focus throughout the book. I was amazed upon further review of the book how they were able to slip Muslims into China, and how Spain is only referred to as Muslim Spain. The chapter on West African Civilization contains The Growth of Islam in West Africa. The teacher explained to me that they had discussed Christianity in the first two chapters, but when I reviewed them personally, I found that Jesus was mentioned once as a Jewish prophet in the first chapter and the second chapter briefly discussed the division within the Christian Church. Chapter three is dedicated completely to Islam and the story of Muhammad, with multiple quotes from the Qur’an throughout the chapter. The book even goes on to say that “. . .Muhammad revealed the purest version of God’s truth” and that Muhammad is the final prophet of God’s truth with the most complete version of that truth. As I mentioned, my life changed that day. That was October 6, 2014. I began writing letters to the ACLU, all of my state and US legislators, journalists, anyone who would listen to me. I contacted our school board and I started daily postings on Facebook about what was happening. Through Facebook I connected with a local parent who in turn connected me to a Trustee on our School Board. I met with that Trustee last night. He is appointing me to our Material Review Committee for our school district which oversees 50,000 students. He is also putting the book in question, Prentice Hall’s Medieval and Early Modern Times published by Pearson Publishing, on the agenda to be reviewed. Through my daily research I came to the Center for Public Education’s website at www.centerforpubliceducation.com and found the following statement: The Constitution uses 16 words—known as the “religion clauses”—to create rules about how faith and government interact. One clause gives citizens the right to freely exercise religious convictions; the other prohibits government (including taxpayer-funded public schools) from establishing religion, meaning granting favorable treatment. I believe that the book in my daughter’s classroom is in direct violation to this clause as described above, and thus violates our First Amendment rights. This is the argument that I have presented to the ACLU, however, I have not had a response from them to date. The book in question was adopted to our district in 2007, they only keep books for about 7 years so the timing will be perfect to have it removed. I am now on the Material Review Committee and will have a direct influence on the next book that is chosen to replace it. Beyond having this book removed from my children’s school district I hope to have this book removed from the California Department of Education’s list of approved materials. I will then seek to remove any other books of this bias nature from our school system in California and across the nation. By bias I specifically mean that this book provides favorable treatment to the Islamic faith and does not provide the same treatment to Christianity or Judaism. Over the last few weeks I have learned that this is a national issue of indoctrination of our children and I want to be able to shed light on this issue nationally and locally. We need to;
- Become aware and change the narrative in our schools
- Become involved in our children’s education and understand exactly what is being taught to them and why.
- Question curriculum when we feel that it is not presented in an unbiased manner.
I am just one parent in one school district in America, but if we each begin to stand up in our communities and take action to be the agents of change we will be able to make a collective difference in our country. I am in the process of developing a web page at www.parentsunitedforamerica.com, and I have created a Facebook page under Parents United For America. I am hoping that we can connect and work towards the change we wish to see. Please join me, and together we will be the shining hope of light that America needs to restore our values and our beliefs in our education system. VOCABULARY WORDS
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October 21st, 2014 by olddog
Permission is granted for redistribution if linked to original and the AntiCorruption Society is acknowledged
By AL Whitney © copyround 2014
Lawfully Yours is a people’s empowerment guide to our corporate-commercial legal system. It contains valuable information for all Americans.
Since the founding of our country, the ‘elite’ (and their robber baron partners) have fabricated our history, taken control of our economy and altered our form of government and legal system. The whole rather sordid tale is brilliantly exposed in Judge Dale’s The Great American Adventure – Secrets of America.
The Lawfully Yours guide contains material authored by Judge Dale, retired, and strategies compiled by others familiar with the commercial nature of our courts. In it Judge Dale exposes our legal system – that we were never taught about – and reveals ways we can defend ourselves from our current parasitic corporate-government and injustice system. From Judge Dale, retired:
“The Federal and State Governments are not real. They are privately owned corporations [listed on Dun and Bradstreet] called governments . . . and the law is nothing more than their corporate regulations called statutes.”
As Judge Dale exposes, the private BAR attorneys have been indoctrinated into believing that we have a lawful system of justice, which we do not. Their job today is to prevent the American people from understanding our reality and to keep us all locked into the legal system BAR attorneys created and were trained to implement. Our current ‘legal system’ is a fraud and it works to their benefit and to our detriment. This truth was confirmed by Karen Hudes, former World Bank Attorney, during an interview. [World Bank Attorney exposes the bankers and the BAR] Ms Hudes correctly stated that:
“I don’t want to believe that all of these lawyers and the American Bar Association are pulling a fast one on everybody like this, but I have no choice – that’s the way it is. If that’s the way it is, I’d rather admit that’s the way it is than sit there being a dupe.”
“. . . the ABA [American Bar Association] has lost all total credibility and they should apologize to the American people for what it is they have been doing. And they should disband.”
Both our government and our courts are playing Chess, while telling the people the game is Checkers. If We the People wish to restore our unalienable birth rights, we need to learn to play Chess. The Lawfully Yours guide is one of many tools that independent researchers have put together to help the American people learn how not to consent to their own fleecing and/or enslavement.
Here is the Table of Contents of this guide:
SECTION 1- Introduction
Supreme Court Decisions that Expose the Scam
SECTION 2 – The Legal Process, by Judge Dale, retired
SUMMONS AND LAWSUITS
SECTION 3 – How to Defeat Admiralty Courts and “The Law of the See”
SECTION 4 – Lawful Strategies
Strategy a – Clarify
Strategy b – Inquire
Strategy c – Give Notice
SECTION 5 – Sample letters, questionnaires and notices
Sample I: Letter of Inquiry
Sample II: Corporate-government employee questionnaire
Sample III: Letter of Debt Validation
Sample IV: Vaccination Notice
Sample V: Employee/student Vaccination Notice
Sample VI: Smart Meter Notice
Sample VII: Pocket Card Notice of Non-consent
Sample VIII: Pocket Card Notice of Non-consent re: Forced Vaccinations or Quarantine
References – Endnotes
APPENDIX A – Clearfield Doctrine
APPENDIX B – Bond vs UNITED STATES
APPENDIX C – Twelve Presumptions of Court
Download the Lawfully Yours guide here (pdf)
Download the Word doc templates here
Download the 4 x 6 pocket card notices here
The need to organize is NOW!
You cannot stay away from the corporate courts if you have been sued in them. If you do that you will default and your property will be taken away from you, and a lien will be put on anything that you acquire in the future.
We file Plaintiff law suits to litigate in the courts for monetary damages, injunctive relief, and declaratory relief, for deprivation (violation) of civil rights, conspiracy to violate civil rights, failure to enforce and protect civil rights, racketeering mail fraud, racketeering wire fraud, and fraud. This is the way that you get enforcement and get paid. The municipal corporations in this country own 70 percent of the stocks in this country. They have the money, and we need to get it back that which was stolen from us in fraud, and this is the only viable way to do it.
The advice to not go into the corporate courts when confronted with a law suit has cost many people their homes thru default, and all their lives earnings and the inheritance of their children.
A notice of default filed with the county clerk is a law suit filed into an administrative court, that should be immediately answered with a law suit in the Superior Court or the federal (USDC) court. Most people are ignorant that the law suit has already been started against them when they receive the Notice of Default filed with the County Clerk Recorder. That is the time when the home owner, who signed away their power of attorney in the Deed of Trust, should remove the administrative case from the (lower half of the Superior Ct – called the County Clerk Recorder) to another court (either the upper half of the Superior Ct – called the Superior Ct Civil Division Unlimited Jurisdiction (for matters over $50,000 in controversy), with a Notice of Removal and a Notice of Notice of Removal, a mtn to overturn the Default (remember the Superior Court actually has a policy of overturning Defaults, unlike the fed. (USDC) court, and also file a cross-complaint for monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief), because the clerks refuse to accept various filings from the home owner in California. There is no statute of limitations on fraud – go back and get those houses!
You need to learn your rights, and seek enforcement of those God given, inalienable rights, and create a record of the abuses against you thru allegations in Affidavits. Affidavits are evidence under the evidence code, fed. rules of evid. rule 201. An Affidavit that is unrebutted becomes an admission of the truthfulness of all facts contained therein.
The corporate courts always accept an Affidavit, and evidence of unrebutted Affidavit, including proof of service by notary presentment, because those courts are administrative in nature, and not judicial. When you learn what you are doing in the corporate courts, then you no longer feel that they are just out to get you, though they may be. You get to recuse judges for cause, object to court orders, strike court orders, strike opposing parties evidence, strike opposing parties motions, etc., and not be a baby whining that they are not fair. Ignorance is not an excuse to proclaim that something is just not fair. That is immaturity. The constitution in every state requires that there be a law library in every county. Everyone has the ability to go to the law library in their county and learn what the opposition is all about, and what their rules of metaphorical combat are.
HI&RH Prince William-Bullock III: Stewart
I believe what is NOT getting across, is the fact, that, NO motion, NO plea, NO notice, NO response, will EVER work in the courts, when the “judge” CANNOT review them, any more than he can open the Constitution, or be considered a “government official!” “Judges” don’t even have to file an Oath, if they don’t want to, as they are, ALL, “foreign agents,” and the “Supreme Laws of the Land” don’t apply to them! This is NOT their Land, which is WHY they, and their fellow BAR members, take ALL cases to sea!!
What does apply to them is the “Commercial Law” which prohibits & out LAWs their piracy, and their practicing the law in a foreign country, without first raising their FLAG (REGISTERING), without their full-disclosure (FLAG WAVING!!), and without the People’s knowledge, and CONSENT (1ST & 2ND AMENDMENTS RULE)!!!
Any “Commercial Contract,” including summons, subpeonas, warrants, orders, acts, practices, and their OATHS & BONDS, are NULL & VOID without full-disclosure, the People’s knowledge & CONSENT, at their inception.
Any “Commercial Contract” born of FRAUD, is NULL & VOID!
STAY AWAY FROM THE FOREIGN COURTS!! YOUR “APPEARANCE” IS CONSENSUAL, AND YOU WILL BE FORCED INTO TO HAVING INTERCOURSE, WHETHER YOU WANT IT, OR NOT!
If We the People have 1st & 2nd Amendment Rights, We the People also have the 11th Amendment, and the Original XIII Amendment!
Exercise them, or Lose them!!
“HI&RH Prince William-Bullock III: Stewart” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
October 20th, 2014 by olddog
By Michael Gaddy
Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.~Frantz Fannon
All who believe in individual Liberty and that sovereignty lies with the individual rather than any form of government, have all seen it: that look of incredulity when we provide factual cognitive evidence that someone strongly held belief, based on pure emotion, is incorrect. We watch as that belief transforms the person into attack mode. Intellectual discussion suddenly reverts to name calling and other behavior commonly found in the second grade classroom. Instead of an intellectual equal, we are maliciously transformed into anarchists, Conspiracy nuts, racists, homophobes or some other derogatory term. When one’s intellectual capabilities have been exceeded or sacred cow attacked, retaliation by derision is the favored mode of regress. When the emotional side of the brain takes command, cognitive discourse must yield.
Sometimes the person whose core beliefs have been subjected to facts that challenge those beliefs finds themselves so bereft of logic they are forced into making totally irrational statements. A great example would be the Republican Party shill, who, when faced with the fact many Republicans had voted to fund the hated Obamacare, stated that regardless, Republicans who voted to fund Obamacare are still one hundred times better than Democrats who did the same thing. Remember that thing about Second Grade?
Recently, our Board of County Commissioners voted to force a land owner and the Federal Government to abide by the US Constitution when it came to the feds purchasing private property in our county. Article 1 Section 8 Clause 17 of our Constitution requires the approval by the State Legislature of any purchase of private property in a state by the fed gov. Of course, both the godvernment and its worshippers have seen the Constitution ignored so often they become offended when anyone points out the unconstitutionality of their actions. The weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth from local worshipers of Godverment has been something to behold. Comments to our local bird cage liner abound.
As previously mentioned, all cognitive discourse disappears like snowballs in Hades when those ignorant of the limitations of government and common sense are presented to the federal godvernment’s cult worshippers. Complicating the thinking process is the fact the government is always willing to pay much more than market value for the private property it seeks to control and remove from the tax rolls of the county, creating of course a larger tax burden on those who are forced to make up the difference.
Completely missing from the discussion are some very relevant questions. First, how does a godvernment that is 18 Trillion dollars in debt afford to purchase private property at premium prices? Should any extra money our godvernment has not go toward the paying down of this huge indebtedness? How does a godvernment agency that states it does not have enough money to perform grazing allotment studies afford to pay premium prices for private property? What would be your reaction to a neighbor/relative who owed you lots of money purchasing a new truck, at sticker price, when you can’t afford to get your old truck repaired?
Secondly, if our godvernment has all this extra money to purchase private property in many of our Western States, could it be that we are paying too much in taxes? Would money that we as taxpayers get to keep, rather than surrender to the godvernment’s real estate ventures, not contribute more to the economy and economic growth than godvernment purchase of private property that removes it from the tax rolls of the individual counties?
Why is it that worship of Godverment, cognitive discourse and common sense are always at odds? The sad fact remains that most of us who still believe in our Bill of Rights, Individual Liberty and the sovereignty of the individual over godvernment, constitute less than 10% of the population while Godverment’s congregation is well over 90% due to many factors, not the least of which is the public fool system. This congregation insists on singing hymns of ignorance and worship of godvernment to any who will listen. Cognitive disconnect is the major theme of their catechism.
“Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, and materialism. The only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.”
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day . . . . I believe it [human condition] susceptible of much improvement, and most of all, in matters of government and religion; and that the diffusion of knowledge among the people is to be the instrument by which it is effected.” Thomas Jefferson, April 24, 1816 . (to Dupont de Nemours)
October 14th, 2014 by olddog
By Zen Gardner
It only gets weirder by the day. As the engineered ebola scare rolls out and ISIS supposedly closes in, the US and NATO are slipping into Syria as if no one is looking. Meanwhile, insane Israel is openly planning another Gaza massacre while the Ukrainian genocide continues. If that’s not enough, the economy is on the verge of collapsing, our food, air and water continue to be poisoned, our oceans and atmosphere are dying, communities are being fracked, and Fukushima continues to erupt while the massive Yellowstone caldera threatens to.
Talk about engineered overload!
Most people’s heads are spinning wildly and they’re trying to not think about this assault on their minds, hearts and senses. This is just the environment the manipulators want – an overloaded, stunned and compliant populace, ready to be swayed like limp seaweed in the tide of their polluted propaganda.
This is a very important time to be aware consciously and not engage this news and information without remaining as aware and emotionally detached as possible. Keep an eye on things but do not partake of the poison between the lines. It is usually easily identifiable for the awakened but when there’s an avalanche of wave after wave of sensational events and news we can lose perspective and unwittingly fall prey to their toxic designs and intentions.
Ebola Conditioning and the Knee-jerk Effect
Whether ebola is real or not doesn’t really matter. As in all false flags and engineered events, there’s going to be some sort of seemingly credible evidence from which they base their next wave of assault. After that all you need is “reported” cases or “potential” threats. And so it rolls out. The main thing is to not get sucked into the react mode. The media of all types immediately jumped into the reactive cycle when this news first broke, with the intended purpose of shock and fear. We have to shake that mindset rigorously in order to be able to see clearly. It’s just another problem, reaction solution scenario using the programmed “deadly pandemic” excuse.
But just watch what they do. If you thought the bogus shoe and underpants bombers were effective in changing security procedures worldwide, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Already Connecticut has gone into a civil lockdown without even a single case being reported there. It may appear to be just precautionary measures, but apparently the mental metal of the public has been deemed soft and malleable enough to go ahead and get the ball rolling in the compliant Sandy Hooked state. Now airport workers are striking and leaving their jobs not wanting to sanitize planes or check incoming passengers.
The wheels are in motion.
Ebola bin Laden
Ebola has been rolled out exactly the same way the previous bogeyman was. Bin Laden was reportedly behind carefully staggered embassy bombings and military attacks throughout the 90’s and conveniently propped up as the boogeyman who would eventually take the fall for the staged 9/11 attacks. The idea has to be planted in minds ahead of time, so measured ebola outbreaks in unconnected parts of Africa have been in the news for decades now and arose at almost the same time and frequency as the reported bin Laden attacks. Images of this deadly dreaded ebola idea were flashed with careful timing, scaring the crap out of people, but kept at a convenient distance while the inoculation of lies took effect conditioning the mental immune system.
Meanwhile, CIA and Zionist controlled Hollywood has been doing the background work reinforcing this meme with movies like Outbreak, I Am Legend, and most recently World War Z. All conditioning. And what else has come along in the meantime? The zombie craze, with police actually using this theme for security drills. Just a coincidence? Never.
Depopulation – It’s Under Our Noses
Almost ironically, and especially in the light of a potential pandemic, many are waiting for some kind of mass extermination event to fulfill the Georgia Guidestones and other elitist declarations to drastically reduce the world’s “cumbersome” population. The fact is it’s already happening, you just don’t see it because it’s on a different long term timeline and mostly being accomplished by carefully planned sterilization. It’s fully under way, slow and sure, right under humanity’s nose. Much of the entertainment, political, corporate and scare industry’s focus is to keep humanity’s minds preoccupied and on the defensive so they won’t see or be able to react to what’s being done to them on a daily basis.
Children and adults are being sterilized by EMFs and vaccines, by GMOs, radiation, adulterated water, foods and pharmaceuticals etc., while the population is quietly being replaced by robotics, to name a few mechanisms at play. This doesn’t even take into account the engineered proliferation of cancer and a host of other diseases promoted by corporate and governmental plans.
They even publicly state they have a target date of 2050 for this overall plan to be fully in place. In 36 years at the rate we’re being poisoned, unless this gets turned around, there won’t be many able to survive, never mind reproduce, pandemic or not. The point is, now is the time to clearly identify what’s actually going on and act accordingly.
I wrote about the nature of their long term plan in The Serpentine Stealth of the Long Range Planners and it’s as true today as ever. People need to wake up in more realistic ways – not just intellectually, but practically, as they continue their fight for truth and awareness. The mesmerization is very deep and delays resultant action and true conscious awareness.
There is no future plan – drastically reducing the world’s population is an ongoing program taking place while the world is deceived, sidetracked and entertained by fabricated illusory animated scripts playing before their eyes.
Light at the End of the Tornado
I know this may seem dark, but it’s realistic. The vast majority of Americans and many in the west live on the defensive, reacting to anything issued by the usurping governmental powers that be. Ultimately Truth will win out, but when a tornado, from whatever origin, is bearing down on your home it’s not a time to argue with the source or the reasoning behind it. It’s too late for that. And for America it’s been too late for decades. Not only is the sleeping giant virtually dead, but karma has a way of coming around to collect her bills. Americans have by their silence and energetic and financial support been complicit in the genocide of millions around the globe for decades, as well as the rape of the planet’s resources.
What goes around…
We’ve seen all of their various potential scenarios detailed for years in the alternative media. There’s no doubt about what they are up to, their plans and intentions, and the various methods at play in the ongoing subjugation of humanity. People are waking up rapidly and that’s wonderful, but we’re about to pass through a phase that needs to be addressed rationally and consciously.
Not everyone can move to higher ground or escape the north, I understand that. Just beware the defensive mindset and go about what needs to be done in peace and confidence. It works against you if your preparations and ongoing activities aren’t done fully consciously. But at the same time, to sit and point at an oncoming tornado as if understanding its origins and intricacies will dispel it is utter insanity. It’s time for preemptive action, both in activism and personal preparation. That’s the loving thing to do for yourself, your loved ones and your planet.
That’s how I see it. The storm clouds and accompanying turbulent winds are here and picking up quickly and it’s not about to get better anytime soon; they have much too much at stake and in motion. They are psychopaths whose bottom line is the famous Samson option – “If we can’t have it, nobody can” – and they’ll gladly bring the house down around everyone’s ears if the situation warrants.
We don’t need to dwell on these ugly realities but to ignore them is tantamount to outright denial. It’s a difficult time and place to be in many ways, but we have chosen to be here and we should handle the challenge courageously. Personally, I wouldn’t have missed being here for these unfolding events for anything!
The awakening has power they know not of and I can hardly wait to see how it manifests, in whatever form! We each just need to do our part, that’s the crux of the matter.
Stay happy and and be well. All is within the Cosmic design. It’s ours to manifest the Divine intention and so bring real “order” out of their corrupt, engineered chaos. All of the wonderful, creative Universe is working with us! Just be prepared for anything, both spiritually and physically.
October 11th, 2014 by olddog
By Anthony Martin
Within the last two weeks several tips came into the Examiner indicating pending dangers to certain groups of citizens. These tips led to a source who, speaking on condition of anonymity, alleges that just after the election a major initiative will be launched against citizens whose values are diametrically opposite to that of Barack Obama and the current Washington elitist leadership in Congress. According to the source, the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) will greatly intensify its attacks on freedom oriented citizens.
The source indicated that the those within DHS and the rest of the Obama Administration who support a massive crackdown on the liberties of citizens are ready to make a dramatic move once the midterm elections in November are over. These particular government employees, particularly those at the top levels, believe that Christians, Tea Party participants, and those who support the Constitution and oppose Obama and his “progressive” agenda are dangerous and need to be subjected to a purge.
This purge would be in the form of prosecution through the courts. The objective would be to silence their voices and remove them from society by tossing them into prison where they could spend years and a ton of money attempting to get out of jail and defend their reputations. The “progressives” in the administration and Congress believe that the lame duck period just after the November midterm elections is the time to move swiftly to get these things done. Obama doesn’t have to face reelection. And if the internal polling being done by both Democrats and Republicans is true, the Democrats will be forced into minority status in the Senate in addition to the House. Thus, in the two months after the election prior to the time when the new Congress is sworn in in January of 2015, a golden opportunity exists for the “progressive” elitist tyrants to make their move. After all, they have nothing to lose.
Although the tip concerning this information came within the last two weeks, the publication of it was on hold until more verification could be received. That verification came today in an article written by colleague David Codrea, who is the National Gun Rights Examiner.
Shortly after the election of Barack Obama, it became all too clear that DHS intended to lay the foundation for a massive purge of Christians and liberty oriented citizens. Internal memos were discovered that referred to these citizens as “potential homegrown terrorists.” The objective was to crank up the propaganda machine in an effort to malign, demonize, and ruin the reputations of otherwise good citizens so that eventually it would be easier to persecute and prosecute them without running too far afield of public opinion.
In 2012 the Examiner received at least one document from DHS that listed the various categories of citizens that would be deemed as “potential homegrown terrorists.” This document is one of the most important, but as you will see, it has been revised to include an apologetic to counteract the heavy criticism the report received. DHS used this report to compile its policy on “potential homegrown terrorists.”
But not once was Islamic extremists mentioned. Those whom DHS mentioned specifically is very telling — Ron Paul supporters, gun owners and gun rights activists, those who promote the Constitution as the final rule of law, U.S. war veterans returning home from overseas, those who support the right of Israel to exist, evangelical Christians and others who are pro-life and who believe the Bible and take it seriously, Tea Party activists, conservative voters who take to the streets to march or to demonstrate in opposition to high taxes, runaway government spending, Obamacare, and other programs of the “progressives” in the current administration. Michelle Malkin provided this report on the issue at the time.
So controversial were these DHS pronouncements that angry citizens began calling their elected representatives. When it became clear that this mindset at DHS may become a political liability for Democrats seeking election or reelection, the agency backed off its public statements concerning “potential homegrown terrorists.” It did not help matters for the elitists that a series of high profile terrorist actions, conducted by Islamic extremists, made the news and only confirmed in the minds of most Americans that DHS had its eye on all of the wrong people. While they were watching us “conservative Christians clinging to our guns and Bibles,” the Islamo-fascists were busy at work behind the scenes planning a resurgence. And now, at least half of what our men and women in the military fought for, and gave their lives for, have fallen back into the hands of Islamic extremists who behead their opposition. Not only does this denote a failed Obama foreign policy but it clearly demonstrates that the current administration does not care about the spread of extremist Islam. They had rather go after ordinary citizens who disagree with their warped view of the world.
Against that backdrop, David Codrea reports that DHS issued a report Friday that once again places the spotlight on an odd group of people to be tracking — ordinary U.S. citizens who once again are being tarred and feathered verbally as “potential homegrown terrorists.” This time, however, their specific target is U.S. gun owners, 99 percent of whom never use their firearms to commit crimes.
DHS tipped its hand when it cited as a basis for its report the discredited and dangerous Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which never saw a gun owner it did not hate nor a conservative Christian it did not view as deranged. This organization is a million times worse than anything Joe McCarthy did in the Senate in the 1950s when he warned that Communists had infiltrated the U.S. government. They had. And his charges were confirmed when the old KGB was forced to open its books after the demise of the old Soviet Union, and the new Russian president Boris Yeltsin ordered that those secret records be made public. It turns out that McCarthy was 95 percent correct. But the SPLC can claim no such accuracy. They have maligned and falsely charged a plethora of individuals as “racists” or “anti-government extremists” with absolutely no basis upon which to issue such a charge.
Codrea notes that one of the incidents that SPLC is now using to malign gun owners is the standoff at the Bundy Ranch. Not only did SPLC get many of its facts wrong but it claims that supporters of Bundy prove that they are dangerous homegrown extremists who wish to attack the government. Many gun owners went to the Bundy Ranch to provide protection for Bundy as dozens of government snipers took aim at the Bundy family, ready to blow them all away. Thus, they were there to protect a fellow citizen from government snipers who apparently were ready to initiate another Ruby Ridge or Waco.
Apparently SPLC is oblivious to the possibility that citizens can support the right of a fellow citizen to keep and bear arms and have control over his property without supporting all of that citizen’s political views. Bundy’s views may be problematic for many gun owners, but that does not prevent us from protecting his right to be on that property and to keep and bear arms.
In spite of its dubious agenda, SPLC was used as an important source for Friday’s report issued by DHS. This does not bode well for the next step. If the anonymous source mentioned above is correct, this is all a precursor to massive government action to silence all of the administration’s most effective critics.
September 27th, 2014 by olddog
By Charlotte Iserbyt
September 26, 2014
“What is absolutely essential is that the full facts be given to all our people, for mind warfare is total war.” Edward Hunter, Brainwashing: The Men Who Defied It, 1953
“MIND WARFARE” includes the Skinnerian brainwashing called for by leading Neo-Conservative organizations, including the Heartland Institute.
This is a war to destroy our constitutional rights, including our right to vote, and the destruction of our children’s minds, souls and consciences. After 12 years of Neo-Conservative supported Skinnerian animal training computer instruction, your children will no longer have a conscience, nor will they be able to take an unpopular stand, for fear of being punished. They will act only to get a reward or praise.
Did hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women give their lives in foreign wars to end up with our free constitutional republic being turned over to the globalist communists (the communist/ socialist/ corporate/ fascist/ libertarian Neo-Conservative wolves in sheep’s clothing) ? Without firing a shot? On a silver platter?
It is time to stop the 100% Neo-Conservative boycott of the truth regarding their communist agenda! Don’t forget that Wall Street funded the Bolshevik Revolution. Don’t forget the NeoConservative Heritage Foundation drafted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which has robbed Americans of hundreds of thousands of good jobs. Don’t forget Karl Marx, who drafted the Communist Manifesto, was a strong supporter of Free Trade! And, lastly, don’t forget that Mind Warfare, referred to by Edward Hunter (above) is what the neoconservative Heartland Institute recently recommended for use on our children in America’s “new” schools/training laboratories!
The National Alliance of Business, in its newsletter Work/America… The Business Force on Workforce Development, Vol. 15 Issue 5, May 1998 carried the following article entitled “Knowledge Supply Chain: Managing K-Age 80 Learning.” Repeat Kindergarten through Age 80?! Workforce Training. Yes, Grandpa… that means YOU! And YOU, too, Grandma! This is what is called “Limited Learning for Lifelong Labor.” Using the Skinnerian Operant Conditioning method called for by Heartland Institute.
The following quotations from Edward Hunter, the man who coined the term “brainwashing” and author of Brainwashing: The Men Who Defied It, speak to what we as Americans can still do to reverse the process. When Hunter speaks of brainwashing he is referring primarily to the Skinnerian/Pavloviananimal training method supported by the neoconservative movement:
“Surely there can no longer be a trace of doubt that brainwashing is sheer evil. The fight against it is the culminating issue of all time, in which every human being is protagonist. There can be neither escape nor neutrality where such responsibilities lie. There can be neither front nor rear, for the great lesson that came from the brainwashing chambers was that while every man has a cracking point, every man’s cracking point can be immensely strengthened. That is the job of home, school, and church. The mother, teacher, and pastor are in the front lines in this ideological conflict, and every word they say to their sons and daughters is important to the struggle, for character more than anything else will determine the outcome.
“Truth is the most important serum and integrity the most devastating weapon that can be used against the totalitarian concept…. Nothing should be allowed to interfere with the task of getting those facts across to the people who need and can use them.”(Read the entire Hunter quotation on page 450 of my book)
Read on below for a perfect example of what Hunter is talking about, how the brainwashing is being carried out in the United States. In this case, it is a “choice” advertising campaign. This is a huge media blitz calling for tax-funded school choice (federally-controlled private education run by unelected boards). Hunter refers to this as “mind warfare is total war.” The “controlled” media is in a special position to conduct “mind warfare.” For example, see the following Philly School Choice media campaign to promote “choice” to the public.
“It was announced today that Choice Media has launched PhillySchoolChoice.com, a major media campaign involving a website, Facebook page, television commercials, YouTube videos, Twitter & Facebook ads, traditional newspaper ads and earned media coverage. The campaign will include eight separate 30-second television commercials that will air on the early and late evening news programs of all four broadcast local news stations (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates), for five days/week, four weeks in a row. Two new television ads will be released each week during the four-week run. The commercials feature only Philadelphia parents talking about their experiences — no politicians or union officials will appear.
“Below you will find the first two spots produced by Choice Media. They feature Philadelphia area parents sharing stories about the positive impact that school choice has had on their lives and the lives of their children. These personal accounts are illuminating and heart warming. They manage to capture in thirty seconds exactly what is at stake in the great debate over expanding choice; ensuring every child in America has access to a top-notch education.” (Source)
See the following webpages for more information about this “choice” campaign and the “Philly School Choice” media campaign:
1- There is a Growing List of PARENTS, STUDENTS & Other Concerned Philadelphians Who Support School Choice
2- Fabulous New School Choice Ads to Air in Philadelphia
3- A new front against sexual violence – Civics education gets a push – Student poets hit the Library of Congress – Dissent in union ranks
4- Philly School Choice
5- Fabulous New School Choice Ads to Air in Philadelphia
Recently the Skinnerian/Pavlovian Cat jumped out of the 34-year denial bag. As was mentioned earlier on the blog, the book Rewards has just been published. Subtitled “How to use [SKINNERIAN/PAVLOVIAN, ed.] rewards to help children learn – and why teachers don’t use them well.” Paperback – October 1, 2014. The President of the Heartland Institute, Joseph Bast, who has written a book Rewards, with long-time educator Herbert Walberg, calling for the Skinnerian/Pavlovian method to train our children, like pigeons, dogs, etc., for the workforce rather than to teach them academics. See the blog post article one and article two.
The deliberate dumbing down has now become the excuse for complete social change, including the privatization of education (the handing over to the unelected multinational corporations the responsibility for educationactually trainingof future citizens). Such a transfer of responsibility will be facilitated by the creation of charter/magnet schools and passage of legislation providing tuition tax credits/vouchers. The workforce development system will, of course, be international, as is indicated by many quotes in this book. Parents who may be enthusiastic about the various choice proposals may change their minds regarding “choice” when their child becomes part of the corporate fascist quota system, being tracked into a career chosen for him/her by unelected corporate managers who set labor force requirements. Such quotas will be a part of the global planned economy. Parents will have no say regarding their child’s placement since there will no longer be an elected body, such as a school board, to whom they can complain.
Only a dumbed-down, brainwashed, conditioned citizenry could willingly accept what is being offered Americans under the guise of “remaining competitive in an increasingly global economy,” and relinquishing our sovereignty in the name of “global understanding and peace.” (excerpted from page 450-51 of my book)
Good Americans are being lied to. What is going in now, supported by the highly-funded Neo-Conservative Trotskyites, and its controlled media, is described in my book the deliberatedumbing down of america, a free download, or available at amazon.com. Get informed! It isn’t too late!
For the original version of this article, complete with graphic images, see my blog and read the blogpost.
© 2014 Charlotte T. Iserbyt – All Rights Reserved
Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa.
Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America’s Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.
September 26th, 2014 by olddog
The Veterans Affairs scandal of falsified waiting lists is the latest of a never-ending stream of government ineptitude. Every season brings a new headline of failures: the botched roll-out of Obamacare involved 55 uncoordinated IT vendors; a White House report in February found that barely 3 percent of the $800 billion stimulus plan went to rebuild transportation infrastructure; and a March Washington Post report describes how federal pensions are processed by hand in a deep cave in Pennsylvania.
The reflexive reaction is to demand detailed laws and rules to make sure things don’t go wrong again. But shackling public choices with ironclad rules, ironically, is a main cause of the problems. Dictating correctness in advance supplants the one factor that is indispensable to all successful endeavors—human responsibility. “Nothing that’s good works by itself,” as Thomas Edison put it. “You’ve got to make the damn thing work.”
Responsibility is nowhere in modern government. Who’s responsible for the budget deficits? Nobody: Program budgets are set in legal concrete. Who’s responsible for failing to fix America’s decrepit infrastructure? Nobody. Who’s responsible for not managing civil servants sensibly? You get the idea.
Modern government is organized on “clear law,” the false premise that by making laws detailed enough to take in all possible circumstances, we can avoid human error. And so over the last few decades, law has gotten ever more granular. But all that regulatory detail, like sediment in a harbor, makes it hard to get anywhere. The 1956 Interstate Highway Act was 29 pages and succeeded in getting 41,000 miles of roads built by 1970. The 2012 transportation bill was 584 pages, and years will pass before workers can start fixing many of those same roads. Health-care regulators have devised 140,000 reimbursement categories for Medicare—including 12 categories for bee stings and 21 categories for “spacecraft accidents.” This is the tip of a bureaucratic iceberg—administration consumes 30 percent of health-care costs.
Legal detail skews behavior in ways that are usually counterproductive. Why did VA officials regularly falsify waiting times? Bureaucratic metrics required them to meet waiting time deadlines—or else they would forfeit a portion of their pay. Why didn’t they just do a better job? Compliance was basically impossible: Congress had mandated more VA services but only modestly expanded resources. Undoubtedly, better efficiency could have been squeezed out of available resources, but that would require liberating VA officials from civil-service straitjackets so they could manage other civil servants. Rigid bureaucracy, not the inexcusable dishonesty of VA officials, was the underlying cause of the VA scandal.
“Clear law” turns out to be a myth. Modern law is too dense to be knowable. “It will be of little avail to the people,” James Madison observed, “if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” The quest for “clear law” is futile also because most regulatory language is inherently ambiguous. Dense rulebooks do not avoid disputes—they just divert the dispute to the parsing of legal words instead of arguing over what’s right. Indeed, legal detail often undermines the regulatory goal. “The more exact and detailed a rule, the more likely it is to open up loopholes, to permit by implication conduct that the rule was intended to avoid,” Judge Richard Posner observed.
What’s the alternative? Put humans back in charge. Law should generally be an open framework, mainly principles and goals, leaving room for responsible people to make decisions and be held accountable for results. Law based on principles leaves room for the decision-maker always to act on this question: What’s the right thing to do here?
“The more exact and detailed a rule, the more likely it is to open up loopholes, to permit by implication conduct that the rule was intended to avoid.”
Until recent decades, law based on principles was the structure of most public law. The Constitution is 10 pages long and provides basic precepts—say, the Fourth Amendment prohibition on “unreasonable searches and seizures”—without trying to define every situation. The recent Volcker Rule regulating proprietary trading, by contrast, is 950 pages, and, in the words of one banker, is “incoherent any way you look at it.”
Legal principles have the supreme virtue of activating individual responsibility. Law is still supreme. The goals of law are centralized, but implementation is decentralized. Every successful regulatory program works this way. New airplanes, for example, must be certified as “airworthy” by the FAA. There are no detailed regulations that set forth how many rivets per square foot are required. It’s up to the judgment of FAA officials. This system works pretty well. Which would you trust more, a plane approved by experts at the FAA or a plane that was allowed to fly merely because it satisfied a bunch of rules, many outdated?
Simplifying regulation—replacing thick volumes of rules with guiding principles —has two more virtues as well. First, democracy is effective only when there’s someone to hold accountable. Second, principles are coherent. People generally know what’s expected of them. Doctrines such as “unreasonable risk” or a “nutritious meal” or “industry standards” have practical meaning and can be enforced by reference to social norms. “Standards that capture lay intuitions about right behavior,” Posner notes, “may produce greater legal certainty than a network of precise … non-intuitive rules.”
Potentially, simplifying regulation can appeal to both sides: to liberals because it offers regulators more leeway, and to conservatives because it simplifies government and avoids mindless compliance costs.
Here are three examples of how regulation could be simplified:
Oversight of social services: Today, nursing homes, day-care centers, and similar social-service providers are regulated with a maze of input-oriented regulations. “Food shall be stored not less than 15 cm above the floor”; “there shall be .09 recreational workers per resident”—about a thousand rules in most states for nursing homes.
Australia had a similar regulatory structure. But in the wake of scandalous revelations of poor nursing homes in the late 1980s, it abandoned the thick rule book and replaced it with 31 general principles, for example to provide “a homelike environment” and to honor residents’ “privacy and dignity.” The result was an almost immediate transformation for the better. Nursing-home employees started acting on their instincts of right and wrong, instead of trudging through dreary bureaucratic checklists. Regulators and family members engaged in regular dialogues with nursing homes on how to improve things. Nursing homes became nice.
They abandoned the thick rule book and replaced it with 31 general principles. Nursing home became nice.
Environmental review: Environmental review and other infrastructure approvals can last a decade or longer in America. Even projects with virtually no environmental impact can last years, as project sponsors jump through scores of bureaucratic hoops.
The benefits of streamlining approvals would be enormous: several million new jobs, a greener environmental footprint, and enhanced global competitiveness. Replacing America’s antiquated power grid, for example, would save at least 7 percent of electricity—equivalent to the output of 200 coal-burning power plants.
Today the process is interminable, because any naysayer can complain that some pebble was left unturned—and who knows what will happen in court? Far better to give an environmental official responsibility to decide when important facts have been set forth instead of letting the process spin its wheels for a decade and then end up in court. For other permits—for instance, for land-use regulations, navigable-waters approval, landmarks review, and the like—there should also be a “one-stop shop”—a lead agency with the job of coordinating all regulatory concerns. That’s how other greener countries such as Germany are able to approve new infrastructure projects in a fraction of the time it takes in the United States.
Civil Service: More than 20 million people work for federal, state, and local government. Most of them perform needed services. But the accretion of antiquated and unjustifiable work rules has rendered them practically unmanageable.
Hiring and promotion is largely based on written tests, not demonstrated competence. Promoting an exemplary employee is often impossible. Work rules can prevent supervisors from asking workers to pitch in. In New York City, how to use a new copying machine and who can use it is subject to collective bargaining. Firing an incompetent employee under civil-service bureaucracy is almost impossible.
Any critique of this regulatory jungle is met with sanctimonious remonstrations about workers’ rights and the return of the spoils system. But the only relevant criterion for any regulatory structure should be whether it is in the public interest. By that standard, the current civil-service system is indefensible.
The solution is straightforward. Scrap the system and replace it with principles designed to achieve the original goal of a merit system. Avoiding spoils is not hard: Funnel hiring through an independent agency. Work rules should be replaced by general principles, overseen by a neutral review board. Eliminate the presumption of lifetime service, as recommended by the Partnership for Public Service. Terminating a public employee should trigger a safety net, not years of litigation.
Principles, ironically, are less susceptible to abuse of state power and gamesmanship than precise rules. One of the many paradoxes of “clear law” is that no one can comply with thousands of rules. With principles, a citizen can stand his ground to an unreasonable demand and have a good chance of being supported up the chain of authority.
In the civil service, promoting an exemplary employee is often impossible.
There is still a place for precise rules. Rules are effective in situations where the protocol is more important than context and balance—say, with age limits or effluent discharges. Management expert Brenda Zimmerman makes the distinction between the legal framework for “complicated” activities—such as engineering or rocket launches, where a small error might have disastrous results—and “complex” activities, such as running a health-care system or regulating nursing homes. For “complicated” activities, rules and checklists can impose the discipline to avoid disastrous error. For “complex” activities, general principles are far superior, because they allow people to adapt to many moving parts. The more complex the area of oversight the simpler and more flexible the regulatory framework must be.
But what about human error and venality? Does law based on principles mean we must trust people? Of course not. That’s why accountability is still important. Moreover, for important decisions, a structure can require approval of several people. Nothing can get done sensibly or fairly, however, until we reconstruct government with a legal framework which liberates people to roll up their sleeves and make things happen