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June 30th, 2015 by olddog
By Joshua Krause
I am by no means a Southerner, and I don’t feel any particular affinity for the Confederate flag. However, recent events have led me to feel compelled to offer a rather simple defense for this flag, though it doesn’t hold any special meaning for me.
Ever since the Charleston shooting, the PC police have crawled out of the woodwork, and have derided the Southern battle standard as a purely racist symbol, and have demanded that it be removed from every public building in the South. There’s even a Facebook petition now that is calling for a national “burn the Confederate flag day.”
But what exactly are these people railing against? What makes this symbol so repulsive that it needs to be burned? Is it because it was flown by armies that defended a slave holding regime? Or because it was carried by supposed traitors? Or perhaps because it has been proudly displayed by white supremest organizations ever since?
Here’s the problem I have with people who froth at the mouth every time they see someone with this flag. If you’re going to burn the Confederate flag because you think it stands for racism and slavery, I suggest you get started on the American flag shortly thereafter.
If I recall correctly, and maybe my history is a little rusty so feel free to call me out on this, but didn’t the Union government accept slavery right up until the Civil War? Heck, there were plenty of Northern states that allowed slavery, which they abandoned in the early 19th century, largely for economic reasons rather than ethical concerns (and also because the British Army had liberated most of them during the Revolutionary War).
Even after the Civil War occurred, there were a few slave holding states that stayed in the Union such as Delaware, Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland. There were even slave-owning officers in the Union army. There’s a reason why the Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in states that seceded. Lincoln didn’t want to anger many of his own officers, or cause any more states to leave.
And while we’re on the subject of Lincoln, let it be known that he could have cared less about the institution of Slavery. His main goal was to preserve the Union. Freeing the slaves was incidental in that process. He said so himself”
“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery.”
“If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.”
“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”
And long after Lincoln was dead, the Federal government proved itself to be one of the most racist, genocidal, and imperialistic regimes in the history of the world, as they marched westward, brutally subjugating every native tribe they came across, before entering the 20th century as the world’s preeminent superpower. In this regard, the American flag is stained with more innocent blood than the Confederate flag ever was.
As for the notion that this flag is a treasonous banner, so is the American flag, a symbol that was born during the Revolutionary War.
And what of the fact that it was a symbol admired by white supremacists for decades? Well, there’s another flag that racists have often called their own.
Make no mistake though, I’m not suggesting you go out and burn the American flag. If you think that, then you’ve missed the point. All I’m saying, is that’s hypocritical to hate the Confederate flag if you love the American flag.
When it comes to symbols, and these flags are symbolic figures, is that they mean different things to different people. Everyone who waves the American flag sees something unique in it. They all see the America that they want to live in, and they disregard the awful actions that have been carried out in its name.
The Confederate flag is no different. While it has been and still is a symbol that is admired by racists, I would wager that there are more non-racist Southerners who carry it. For them, it’s simply an undeniable part of their heritage; a symbol that marks a bloody milestone in their history, which has set them apart from the rest of America.
So please, if you think that the Confederate flag is solely the domain of people like Dylann Roof, I implore you to think again. It’s just a symbol, and like all symbols, it means many different things, to many different people, and those meanings will continue to change in ways we can’t imagine, long after we’re all in the ground. Quit getting hung up on what this symbol originally stood for, and recognize what it means to people today.
Only an accident of birth makes me a Hoosier, and only a tyrannical government makes me an American. The reason my patriotism is wavering is simple! The majority of this shit hole are too damn chicken shit to demand their freedom, and their ideology is as self centered and putrid as it get’s. Who in their right mind would support sticking a man’s penis in another mans anus and ostracize all who object? And, what the hell does banning a flag accomplish? American’s by number no long have a clue what morality is, or is good for! To restore my patriotism, I need some damn company. Demand all who know you to start reading the articles I post and I will reconsider.
June 27th, 2015 by olddog
By J.B. Williams
June 27, 2015
In 2008, the people did indeed “make history” when they elected what would soon become the most impeachable administration in U.S. history, the Obama regime…
Seven years later, impeachment is the only peaceful solution left for the salvation of American sovereignty, security, freedom and liberty. Even after the people elected Republicans to control the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014, the nation remains on a collision course with disaster…
In just the past few days, the Obama regime launched an all-out calculated assault on the Confederate Flag and the true history behind it, which marks the last time in American history when a group of states band together to enforce Constitutional States Rights and stop the Federal government from running roughshod over the states and the people…
Then the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling upholding ObamaCare, signaling once again that the Constitution and Bill of Rights are extinct, as is the rule of law, replaced by an oligarchy of nine unelected and unaccountable political appointees interested only in social engineering.
Republican Chief Justice Roberts split with conservative Judges Scalia, Thomas and Alito, to uphold an illegal unconstitutional law that due to its unconstitutional nature and unconstitutional passage, is actually no law at all… Roberts and Kennedy were the two judges who stuck it to the American people in this decision and there will be no price to pay….
They are now expected to rule in favor of eliminating the true definition of “marriage” on behalf of homosexuals and transgendered folks and who knows what perversions of law after that…
Meanwhile, both the Republican controlled House and Senate passed the Obama Dream Bill abdicating all congressional international trade powers over to the Dictator-in-Chief and our immigration and naturalization law enforcement over to the new Global Government at the UN.
All in all, it’s been one hell of a week for the Global Marxists running the United States into the ground at breakneck speed. Not such a good week for Team America, however….
So, after more proof that Congress will never act to stop the insanity on their own, that Obama is totally committed to the final destruction of the Constitutional Republic and the Supreme Court is poised to sit back and rubber stamp any unconstitutional act Obama & Co. might dream up next, the people are left with only one remaining peaceful option….
Impeach… Do it Right… Do it NOW and don’t stop at just Barack Obama….
On July 29, 2014, The North American Law Center (NALC) issued an open public call for the immediate impeachment of the entire criminal Obama regime…. And they carefully crafted a set of Articles just for the occasion… (See NALC Articles of Impeachment here) – NALC is formed, operated and funded by private citizens for the benefit of all Americans who still believe in the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Constitutional Republican form of self-governance…
The people were not yet ready for serious solutions, believing that one more election to place Republicans in control of both congressional chambers would solve the problem…. Today, the people now know that nothing is going to solve the problem short of proper impeachment….
NALC Constitutional Lead Counsel Stephen Pidgeon recorded a narration of the NALC Articles available HERE.
But without “the people” across America behind those Articles, they were doomed to die a silent death just like any other grassroots initiative with no grassroots support….
Now, patriot groups across America understand that impeachment is their last chance at a peaceful solution to their runaway government… The assault on America is so massive and so vast on so many fronts that the only way to deal with any of it is to deal with all of it… to take the head off of this beast and quickly…
A number of patriot groups across Tennessee and other states contacted NALC in support of the NALC Articles and that group has now formed a Constitutional Accountability Coalition for the sole purpose of gathering public patriot support for the immediate impeachment of the Obama regime…
The Tennessee Coalition is designed to organize and mobilize Tennessee voters to mass pressure their Tennessee Representatives and Senators in D.C. to take immediate action to hold the entire Obama regime fully accountable for their criminal acts of treason… The Tennessee group is also designed to be a template for groups across America to duplicate state-by-state, organize and mobilize their citizens for the same single purpose.
The Tennessee Constitutional Accountability Coalition is hosting a National Impeachment Conference Call this coming Monday evening, June 29, 2015 at 8:30 PM ET(7:30 CT)
(Dial in number – 209-647-1600 PIN # to join the conference – 915138#)
I will be on this conference along with numerous other leaders from numerous groups involved in a nationwide push for the immediate impeachment of the Obama regime. I urge every American seeking a peaceful means to end the ongoing assault on our country to attend this conference… Most of the conference will be a Q and A session….
My position is very clear on this, along with the folks at NALC and the Tennessee Constitutional Accountability Coalition…. Nothing good is going to happen in America unless WE the People make it happen…
If you think there are no members of congress who believe the same things we do, think again. In a letter dated June 22, 2015 from House Representative Don Young of Alaska, he states –
“As you are well aware, the President of The United States has overreached the boundaries of his office many times on many different matters over the past few years. His rash and unreasonable actions, many of which have eroded powers from the legislative branch, show a profound disregard for the authority of the Constitution.”
House Rep. Young goes on –
“There have been many examples of President Obama abusing the power of his office. The Obama Administration has been actively engaged in an effort to undermine First Amendment freedom of speech protections. The Administration has pushed to criminalize investigative journalism by going through the emails and phone records of reporters who have been critical of Administration policy and accusing journalists of being co-conspirators in felonies for working with their sources.” – (Young is not alone in congress… more will be released later and discussed Monday night)
If this effort to force impeachment forward in the Republican controlled congress fails, it will not only be because congressional Republicans have failed their voters, again…. It will be because “we the people” failed in our duty to be forever vigilant in defense of freedom and liberty… It will be because WE failed our Founders, our forefathers who fought and died for freedom and liberty, and our children, who will inherit an America nothing like the one we inherited….
I urge every red blooded American patriot to take a stand for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Rule of Constitutional Law and the Republic…. By attending the Monday night conference on impeachment and getting involved in your state immediately following…
56 men were the difference between British tyranny and American Independence and freedom….
Our nation is in desperate need of men and women like this again…
Congress will not do it unless they have to do it… we all know this… The question is, will you be part of the reason they impeach, or part of the reason they don’t?
Meet me at the conference call Monday the 29th… Or stop whining and complaining that no one is doing anything… It will be YOU who isn’t doing what it takes to remain free…
National Impeachment Conference Call this coming Monday evening, June 29, 2015 at 8:30 PM ET (7:30 CT) – (Dial in number – 209-647-1600 PIN # to join the conference – 915138#)
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June 26th, 2015 by olddog
( This makes me totally sick…. disgusted!!! /dt )
Jun252015 – by Paola Casale
any think our government is for sale. However, by taking a look at the facts below provided by Open Secrets, it is easy to understand where they are coming from.
Looking back at Friday the 12th, the House voted on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the controversial bill that gives power to the executive branch to negotiate treaties. TPA limits Congress’ ability to better a trade deal by subjecting members of Congress to 90 days of reviewing the trade agreement, prohibiting any amendments on the implementing legislation, and giving them an up or down vote.
TPA passed with a mere 219-211 vote with only 218 needed to pass. The real shocker comes from the amount of money each Representative received for a yes vote. In total, $197,869,145 was given to Representatives for a yes vote where as $23,065,231 was given in opposition.
- John Boehner (R-OH) received $5.3 million for a “yea” vote and was the highest paid legislator.
- Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received $2.4 million for his “yea” vote.
- Paul Ryan (R-WI) received $2.4 million for a “yea” vote and came in at the third highest paid legislator.
- Pat Tiberi (R-OH) follows Paul Ryan, coming in the fourth spot having received $1.6 million for his “yea” vote.
The fifth highest paid legislator is somewhat of a “hero” in comparison to others. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) received $1.6 million for a yes vote and only $282,710 for a no vote. Despite his high contribution from those in favor of TPA, he still voted a solid nay.
We also have other hero stories.
- Joe Crowley (D-NY) received 1.3 million for a “yea” vote and only $72,550 for a “nay” vote and he still voted against TPA.
- Patrick Murphy (D-FL) received 1.1 million for a “yea” vote and only $213,360 for a “nay” vote and still voted against it.
- Richard Neal D(MA) received $1.1 million for a “yea” vote and a mere $47,625 for a “nay” vote and still voted against it.
Democrats are not the only heroes in this voting session. GOP members spoke very loud and clear.
- Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) received $541,746 for a “yea” vote and no money at all for a “nay” vote and he still voted “nay!”
- Andy Harris (R-MD) received $254,803 for a “yea” vote and no money at all for a “nay” vote and he still voted “nay”.
- Thomas Massie (R-KY) received $250,328 for a “yea” vote and no money at all for a “nay” vote and he still voted “nay.”
- Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) received $180,832 for a “yea” vote and no money at all for a “nay vote” and she still voted “nay.”
Where did this kind of money come from? Those in favor of TPA were security brokers and investment companies who donated a whopping $11.3 million dollars for a “yea” vote. Big banking companies donated $10.1 million dollars. In other words, Wall Street hashed out millions and millions of dollars to push for the passage of TPA.
Originally published by Op-Ed News
Is there any doubt that America is not what we were told has children, and hundreds of thousands of brave but deluded young men died for? Is there any doubt that Americans are totally accepting of anything the government demands? Is there any possibility that the reader of this site will now join up with those who are trying to educate the masses? OR, are you going to continue believing you live in the best country on earth?
June 25th, 2015 by olddog
Foundation of global government cemented with passage of secretive bill
June 24, 2015
One of the most devastating blows to US sovereignty since the country’s founding was dealt today as the Senate handed President Obama his Trans-Pacific Partnership victory.
Despite massive opposition from the American people, Tea Party Republicans and a majority of Democrats, Obama was granted fast-track authority by a 60-38 vote.
Sections of the TPP published by Wikileaks have revealed the treaty’s vast influence over multiple areas including individual rights, internet freedom and even the rule of law itself. Unelected corporate boards and the President can now wield unprecedented control over almost every aspect of human activity.
“If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs,” Wikileaks’ Julian Assange wrote.
Secret TPP chapters regarding immigration also grant President Obama an even greater ability to erode the country’s Southern border.
“Obama will be able to finalize all three of the Obamatrade deals, without any Congressional input…” notes Breitbart.
The TPP, which covers 12 countries and more than 40% of the world’s economy, will place North America under the same global government structure as the European Union, where laws are increasingly crafted outside of public influence.
WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA
The scumbags in congress/senate have just sold us out completely, and there is no possibility of recourse as there is no possibility of organizing a rebellion without secret communication. All of the brave men and women who have been warning you to take action will now be hunted down and disposed of. There is no active constitution or common law left, and the military has been sanitized of patriots. Even with my extraordinary vocabulary of foul verbal expressions I find myself unable to express how putrid this travesty of justice is. And the most horrible part of all this is the majority of Americans have not the courage to stand up and refuse to obey. America has just committed suicide with their complacency. They are just plain stupid, and congress/senate is full of the most degenerate sons of bitches on earth. I hope those bastards die of the most agonizing/painful disease known to humanity.
June 21st, 2015 by olddog
By Bernie Suarez
Throughout nature it is well known that species will experience changes in its DNA and adaptations in its physical expression and behavior solely for the purposes of surviving in its environment. There are numerous examples in nature of species genetically and physically adapting to its environment for survival reasons. So it’s not a far-fetched suggestion that humanity itself may now be experiencing a physiological mental and cerebral transformation which is changing its behavioral pattern and environmental response to the phenomenon of government.
That’s right, as humans we have an obligation to think critically and objectively when considering the plight of humanity as it struggles in these modern days against the new world order and the human control system. It is up to us to consider the objective expression of this battle for freedom against the oppressive and defective component of humanity known as government.
Whether you understand it or not, those that wish to control you are a parasite on the species. Their infective process is carried out by thought signals within other concurring members of the species. These thought signals of control, rules, laws, policing, and legal system of enslavement perpetuate itself within the species, and is the very system that we know as the controlling governmental system. It seeks to simply control and enslave others. There is really no other purpose for its existence. It generates the mental signals needed to perpetuate the control system of enslavement to take away your individual freedom and your wealth and money. It does all of this by the system of rules we logically understand today as government.
This same governmental system is a sophisticated apparatus. It didn’t just come about by any means. This concept of government, it turns out, is the very burden of life that ensures that life often is a struggle, is stress filled or not enjoyable. This control system is a challenge humanity has been trying to figure out for centuries. Anyone can read ancient history and see the exact same struggle humanity was in back then. It is not difficult to see the parallels throughout history showing how the history of freedom’s struggle is arguably the very history of humanity.
Unfortunately today, all of history is often taught to children from the point of view of the controllers. The concept of freedom is normally hidden from human consciousness from the start with the hope and intention that the human being will never comprehend what it means to be truly free. The control system’s logic instilled from youth is that life is what you are told it is by the control system and you are to obey. We are taught that freedom from controlling governments is not realistic, not possible and not even part of human history.
Realization and awareness
However, with the advent of the information age and the subsequent advancement in human awareness and consciousness, many within the species (those who are awakened) are realizing that the sky is the limit. Humanity is realizing that truth itself is realized, not expressed to you by a voice on TV or a billboard. Awakened humanity is realizing that we are what we believe we can be. The rules of old are quickly dissolving before our eyes even as the control system marches on with control tactics to keep the masses enslaved.
Reality and fiction are on a collision course. The controllers are intending to force their fiction on humanity even if it means going violent. Today, this forceful violence designed to intimidate and push their agenda is known by many names today including “false flags”. These false flags are now the norm in the eyes of those who are awakened, and spontaneous coincidences in the eyes of those still asleep in the matrix of lies.
This epic moment in human consciousness is leading to something big. What we are now seeing is a rash of staged government violent operations, staged false flag violence and everyday lies from the control system’s mainstream media. As awakened humanity fights off a now weak storm of verbal attacks (“conspiracy theorists”) designed to discredit those awakened, it is primed to usher in a new era which is already underway.
The new era of human consciousness has many features to it. It’s already in progress and it’s all around us even though most people don’t realize it. Humanity is mentally advancing and adapting very comfortably to government lies and propaganda. Yes, that’s right! I believe humanity is adapting so well to government lies and propaganda that the control system is desperate to do whatever it has to do to control, fool and convince those that are still asleep that the dream they are in is still real. They are throwing the kitchen sink at this prospect. The dream of controlling humanity is, after all, a dream to the controllers. The same way you and I have dreams of success and happiness is the same way the controller have dreams of controlling. Like any member of the species, we (they) are wired to not give up on our (their) dreams.
This functional commonality within humanity is a very important reality we must all keep in mind. The same tenacity that we have for fighting for freedom and truth is the tenacity the controllers have for fighting for enslavement and lies.
Rendering the control system powerless
I believe our similarities within the species is something that is allowing the species as a whole to adapt to the problematic control system. This diseased portion of humanity known as the control system is losing its mass influence, and the loss of influence is growing and becoming more pronounced with every day that goes by.
For example, as I’ve discussed in the past, more than ever we are now seeing repeated government lies, propaganda, entire operations including false flags and fake terror operations all being pushed on the masses at all-time rates, all the while a growing significant percentage of the human population is not even blinking at these events. It’s as if these false flag shootings, lies, propaganda and staged terror is not even happening. The anxiety it’s supposed to produce is not there and the lies they tell are not believed. Awakened humanity is increasingly seeing government and its lying apparatus as an irrelevant part of life.
We all know the control system is very capable of violence. Yes, they will do anything they can to put every single one of us in a cage (jail, prison) or to take away our money (taxes). Yes they will write thousands of laws to make it easier and easier to attack your freedom and steal your money. And yes they will continue to attack your mind with staged fear (terrorism, false flags and engineered natural events). Awakened humanity is aware of what it is dealing with and it is aware of its individual limitations so it tolerates what it sees, quietly marches on ignoring the fear and quietly awaits the moment when all the cards will fall apart for the control system.
Many who are fully awakened realize that essentially all human progress occurs slowly and incrementally. That is the reason why we all have associates, friends and family who are still asleep in the matrix of lies. We understand it is a slow process. It’s the process of human mental, spiritual, and conscious evolution that we are seeing in motion in real-time. Its happening right now and it’s very real.
I firmly believe humanity is actually adapting to the problem of government. Advanced humanity sees the problem and now it is fully understanding what it’s dealing with. This new and evolving understanding is giving way to the evolutionary process of overcoming government. Humanity is intrinsically changing how it thinks in response to the problem of government. Think for a moment how just a century ago no one had any clue what a false flag was. Can you imagine that?
Here we are in the first quarter of the 21st century and humanity’s mentality is advancing beyond its years even as a huge segment is still stuck on the paradigm of entertainment allowing celebrities, Hollywood and TV to influence their perception of the world. Advanced humanity, nonetheless, is moving forward confidently. Those who are awakened cannot be un-awakened. The awakening process is a one-way street. It’s a process that moves forward not backward. Mathematically speaking there will be more (not less) awakened people on earth tomorrow than yesterday, and so on.
All of these factors put together define the evolution of humanity but not in the sense taught to children in public schools. This is the true and real evolution of the human thought process which includes its new awareness of itself, its new awareness of freedom, and full awareness of its enslavement to government and how it employs the current propaganda control system.
I believe this awareness alone is all that is needed for humanity to guarantee victory over the control system. It may sound crazy and exaggerated but this awareness alone will activate the spirit of freedom deep inside the minds of humans and it will activate the creativity in humanity to do whatever it takes to resist the control system. This resistance, when exercised on a mass scale will deal a blow to the control system in ways we can’t imagine.
So no one should be surprised that the control system will soon be using the U.S. military to practice intimidating Americans and pulling them out of their apartments (Jade Helm 15 operation officially starting soon). That’s because deep down the control system knows what it is up against. It’s up against a sophisticated species that is aware, is watching, is vigilant, loves freedom and most important, is evolving mentally. This new adaptation by the species to the problem of government will ultimately be the greatest threat to the control system. The controllers are hoping to overcome this by spreading fear. They know, however, that if they fail to spread their fear it is game over. Are you ready? Will you be ready when things get much worse? Is the greater picture finally coming together?
Bernie is a revolutionary writer with a background in medicine, psychology, and information technology. He has written numerous articles over the years about freedom, government corruption and conspiracies, and solutions. A former host of the 9/11 Freefall radio show, Bernie is also the creator of the Truth and Art TV project where he shares articles and videos about issues that raise our consciousness and offer solutions to our current problems. His efforts are designed to encourage others to joyfully stand for truth, to expose government tactics of propaganda, fear and deception, and to address the psychology of dealing with the rising new world order. He is also a former U.S. Marine who believes it is our duty to stand for and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. A peace activist, he believes information and awareness is the first step toward being free from enslavement from the globalist control system which now threatens humanity. He believes love conquers all fear and it is up to each and every one of us to manifest the solutions and the change that you want to see in this world, because doing this is the very thing that will ensure victory and restoration of the human race from the rising global enslavement system, and will offer hope to future generations.
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Comparing societal conceptions from the nineteen fifties to today’s is an exercise in mental flagellation, but it is now easy to understand how malleable the human mind is after years of reading the works of competent authors on the real state of the union. Humanity has degenerated into such a state of complacency as to be unbelievable.
As the art form of mental manipulation advanced, governments worldwide sucked more and more individualism from their constituents until voluntary obedience and support was normal, and self reliance was considered traitorous until freedoms greatest enemy became leviathan and overwhelming. Such is the present state of nation’s world wide. It reminds me of an internet video I saw where millions of people were compulsively jumping into a giant crater. This sad state of affairs is depressing beyond comprehension.
My mind keeps wondering how humanity could accept slavery too concepts born in the mind of lunatics and abhor self determination. Even as I know full well how it was accomplished, my mind still cannot accept such stupidity from my friends, family, neighbors, and fellow countrymen. After all, these are the people who designed and built products making life so enjoyable and productive that back breaking labor is seldom ever needed. How could they possibly accept an ideology so destructive to freedom of thought, speech, and action, when so many millions of their ancestors died to acquire it? What made them believe they had the right and responsibility to support the theft of individualism through public education and media conglomerates? Or, the governments power to kill people for disagreeing? Can anyone really support a government that kills their constituents for supporting freedom of thought and speech? Can any thinking human being justify giving a cop authority to kill someone for disagreeing with them? Dear readers, if your mind has have been twisted so far that you support the government’s right to send tyrants to my home to kill me for disagreeing with their tyrannical laws; you should also warn them to bring plenty of body bags. I’ve had all of this lunacy I will take, and your support of a tyrannical government has made the only solution financially impossible for me.
So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. “Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.” Genesis 13:9
The biggest difference between us is, when they come for all of us, you will be on your knees begging, and I will be on my feet shooting back. An honorable death is nothing to fear.
Here is another honorable mans words
Sipsey Street Irregulars
The ORIGINAL gathering place for a merry band of Three Percenters. (As denounced by Bill Clinton on CNN!)
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Statement by Mike Vanderboegh at the opening of the Arms Expo, Yakima WA, 20 June 2015
I’d like to speak to you about the uniqueness of what we are doing here today and the efforts we are making to deal with this unprecedented event and how it affects the way we’re handling the competing interests of the participants and the press. First of all, I’d like to thank y’all for coming and taking your courage in your own two hands and braving the uncertainties to be here. In looking out at you I see the Founders descendants, only the Founders didn’t have to deal with the modern surveillance state. There were no cameras at the Boston Tea Party, the Green Dragon Tavern where the Sons of Liberty met was not bugged by the secret political police of Ministry of Homeland Security, the Committees of Correspondence did not have their communications photographed by the Royal Mail, General Gage did not possess surveillance drones and Captain Parker was not plagued by agents provocateurs within his own ranks working for the King and determined to discredit the Patriot cause by goading them into firing first. It is fortunate for us that King George did not possess these instruments of tyranny. But the fact of the matter is that Barack Obama and his minions do possess them. So when you come here today, you are, I believe, exhibiting every bit as much courage as the Founders, for you do face these threats and still you refuse to comply. By your very presence here today, you are sending the message: WE WILL NOT COMPLY WITH THE INSTRUMENTS OF OUR OWN SLAVERY.
But how does this new reality impact us? You are here. The press is, or will be, here. But the fact of the matter is that there’s gonna be some good old fashioned Sons of Liberty tyranny-breakin’ goin’ on here today and the event organizers are doing their best to balance the competing interests of the participants and the press. How? Well, first of all we have a First Amendment area set up for the press. We will be providing folks for them to interview throughout the day but they will not be allowed to roam freely in the event area. They will, I am sure, try to interview folks going in and coming out of the venue. Whether you talk them or not is strictly up to you. But I would urge caution because remember, there’s going to be some tyranny-defyin’ goin’ on here and anything you say, your identity, even your presence, may later be of interest to an unscrupulous state prosecutor who wants to enforce unconstitutional laws. The other thing is that there are groups out there — and the Southern Poverty Law Center comes first to mind — who specialize in masquerading as press, or who circulate through crowds at these events, asking provocative questions whose answers they can later use out of context to discredit people. Pretending to be participants, they take surveillance photos that they will later provide to their symbiotic agents of social control in the FBI and the DHS. This should come as no surprise. It is what they do. It is not for nothing that we in Alabama call them the Southern Preposterous Lie Center. But you should expect that. They are collectivists therefore they are liars. It is who they are. You might as well blame a rattlesnake for biting. But the thing is, they are not as noble as the rattlesnake because they give you no warning before striking. These folks are copperheads, people, pretending to be what they are not, so be advised.
As for the real press, this situation puts them at some risk as well. Anything they do here today, interviews, picture taking, video, may later haul them before a grand jury. This is a direct danger to their First Amendment rights to do their job without threat or interference. So as much as they might chafe under the restrictions of the First Amendment zone, I hope they understand that we’re trying to look out for their own interests as well as yours. After all, at the Bundy Ranch the press agreed to a First Amendment zone so it’s not the first time they’ve experienced this. So it’s not as great a challenge as, say, asking Hillary Clinton a serious question about Benghazi, or anything.
So, that being said, we will proceed as best we can to have a great event today, to celebrate our rights and responsibilities as free American citizens, and to nullify with our defiance Mike Bloomberg’s hateful unconstitutional law, purchased at the cost of his millions. American jurisprudence has long held that an unconstitutional law is null and void. But by your presence here today, you will nullify I-594 more directly and immediately. If it is later found to be “officially” unconstitutional, it will be redundant — FOR YOU HERE WILL HAVE NULLIFIED IT LONG BEFORE. And may God bless you for having the courage to be here.
Somewhere, Sam Adams and all the Founding generation are smiling.
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June 20th, 2015 by olddog
REBEL RANT by Michael Gaddy
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism…” ~Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
I would contend that a large majority of violent events that began with 9/11, continued through Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston, Ferguson, Baltimore and now Charleston, are nothing if not a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same end: the complete and total destruction of individual freedom and liberty in this country.
Looked at intelligently and without the rose colored glasses of government idolatry, all those events have continued to grow government at an alarming rate and continually led to politicians, their lapdogs in the media and members of the species Ignoramus Americans to call for more and more government control over our lives and the subsequent loss of liberty.
Oh, our government would not do such a thing bleats the sheeple! The examples one could list where our government has killed its own citizens could fill volumes. Southern civilians during the War Between the States, American Indians, the 600 Black men treated for “bad blood” at Tuskegee in an experiment which lasted for 40 years and MK Ultra— just to name a very few.
Since 9/11 the government has used events mentioned in my first paragraph to increase the size of government, create new bureaucracies, (DHS and TSA) enlarge and expand intelligence gathering focused on we the people, given the police state new and expanded powers and military equipment and in general converted what was a struggling democracy into a complete totalitarian form of government. All the while the masses have applauded the efforts and shouted “more—more slavery for me and my friends” from the rooftops.
Are you ready to surrender your guns to those who would completely enslave you simply because agents of this totalitarian government found some naive dupe on psychotropic drugs, influenced and provided them with the opportunity and the means to commit mass mayhem which directly increases the powers of government? Have you wondered this week why 9 Black people allegedly killed by a White man in Charleston is a national tragedy but 12 people killed in black-on-black crime last weekend in Chicago is not mentioned?
This government is willing to spend trillions of dollars to rid the world of what they call terrorists—there is no difference in their mind between terrorists in the Middle East or those Domestic Terrorists who are the subject of Operation Jade Helm. Their goal is to eliminate both.
If you truly love Liberty, you must believe that any act of violence which benefits a totalitarian form of government was most likely planned and perpetrated by that government. The people should be innocent until proved guilty. The government, because of history, must be considered guilty until all the evidence is processed by outside, independent sources. Allowing the government to investigate its own crimes or appoint its own investigators is insanity to the infinite power.
How did it serve those who died at Pearl Harbor that in 1992 official government documents would reveal the government knew the Japanese were coming to bomb Pearl Harbor but kept it from the military commanders there? How did it serve those who died during the Vietnam War when it was revealed our government lied about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident? How did it serve those who have died in Iraq that our government lied about weapons of mass destruction, Saddam’s relationship with al-Qaeda and yellow cake from Niger?
How will it serve freedom and liberty 50 yeas from now when it is revealed our government was behind and responsible for many of the bombings and mass shootings that have taken place in this country since 2001?
If you still doubt our government would resort to such malevolent actions, please research Operation Northwoods, or the book Body of Secrets by James Bamford.
“Code named Operation Northwoods, the plan, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington D.C., Miami and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit: planes would be hijacked…” (Emphasis added)
Anything in the previous paragraph sound/look familiar?
“It is the duty of the Patriot to protect his country from its government.” ~Thomas Paine
When will Americans understand that “WE DO NOT HAVE A LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT, THEY ARE ALL PROFIT SEEKING CORPORATIONS!!! ALL THEIR LAWS ARE NUL AND VOID. THEY RULE BY RAW POWER AND DO NOT REPRESENT THE PEOPLE. THEY ARE ONLY LOYAL TO THEIR MASTERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING CARTEL.”
DON’T BELIEVE ME?
WATCH THIS EVENT UNFOLD AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF!
Senators: Vote NO on TPA & EU-style Pacific Union
Here’s a recap of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) votes in the House and Senate:
- On May 22 the Senate passed a TPA bill and a Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill as a package and sent it to the House. On June 12, the House voted on TPA and TAA separately with the understanding that both TPA and TAA must be passed by the House to match the Senate action on the TPA/TAA package. Although the House passed the TPA bill by 219-211, it rejected the TAA bill by 126-302. This lopsided vote against the TAA bill resulted from most Democrats voting against the bill as a way to temporarily stop the approval of TPA.
- Since the House failed to pass both the TPA and TAA portions of the original Senate package, GOP leadership tried a new approach involving passing a standalone TPA bill (attached to an unrelated bill, H.R. 2146) on June 18 by 218-208 and sending it to the Senate for a vote. The Senate will have a cloture vote on the TPA bill on Tuesday, June 23.
- Although the Senate passed its TPA/TAA package by 62-37 on May 22, it is still possible to defeat TPA in the upcoming Senate cloture vote on the standalone TPA bill by convincing a few senators to change their vote. It takes 60 votes to invoke cloture and prevent a filibuster, so as few as three senators could stop passage of TPA by changing their minds and allowing a filibuster to prevent a vote on TPA. Click here to see how your senators voted on TPA on May 22. You should phone your senators no matter how they voted to help the ones who voted against TPA to stay the course, and to help convince those who voted for TPA to switch their vote.
Here’s the new information from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has read the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, that should change some minds regarding the upcoming TPA vote in the Senate:
It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track [TPA] preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years. Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one [of] its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP. Yet, through fast-track, Congress will have authorized the President to ink these deals before a page of them has been made public. Then, the Executive sends Congress “implementing” legislation to change U.S. law-legislation which cannot be amended, cannot be filibustered, and will not be subjected to the Constitutional requirement for a two-thirds treaty vote….
This nation has never seen an agreement that compares to the TPP, which forms a new Pacific Union. This is far more than a trade agreement, but creates a self-governing and self-perpetuating Commission with extraordinary implications for American workers and American sovereignty.
Such a historic international regulatory Commission should never be fast-tracked, and should never be put on a path to passage until every word has been publicly scrutinized, every question answered, and every last power understood by Congress and the American people.” (Emphasis added.) (For Sessions’ full statement click on Sessions’ photo at left.)
Please take the following actions:
- Phone both your senators on Monday, June 22, and tell them to vote NO on the cloture vote for TPA (planned for Tuesday, June 23), and if cloture is invoked (filibuster prevented), vote NO on the TPA bill itself. Click here for phone numbers for DC and district offices.
- Tell them that you agree with Senator Sessions that TPA must be defeated because TPA would make it easier for the TPP, TTIP, and TISA agreements to be approved that would lead to a Pacific Union, an Atlantic Union, and increased labor mobility between the United States and 50 or so other nations, respectively.
- Tell them any other talking points against TPA that you find relevant in Sessions’ statement above.
- Please send your senators an editable, prewritten email with reasons that they should vote NO on TPA.
Your Friends at The John Birch Society
P.S. Click here to view this email as an article at JBS.org
June 18th, 2015 by olddog
By Kit Lange The Battle for Washington State
As I write this, patriots from all over the country are traveling to Washington State to send a message. They are coming to what may be the largest event of its kind in American history, to make a statement that will stand on its own for generations to come. They are coming resolute, brave and fearless. They are coming to train, to network, to partake in the humbling honor and grave responsibility of being part of the few who choose to stand in defense of Liberty. Before an event, I am always filled with a sense of wonder at it all. It never, ever gets old. As an old, dear friend of mine said to me a few weeks ago, “How blessed are we to be given the opportunity to fight for Liberty?” We are blessed, indeed.
I think about the people who I call family in this cause, the ones who I train with, eat with, argue with, and would without hesitation fight and die with. Contrary to what the average American may think, the people who I call family are not uneducated white trash with a penchant for anarchy and gun crimes. My tribe is made up of some of the most amazing minds you’ll ever meet, people who have honorably served Liberty, some of them since I was a child. They are trainers and teachers, always willing to share their knowledge and their skills. They are family folk, who love their children and their spouses. They are builders and engineers, mechanics and healthcare workers. They go to work, pay bills, go to their kids’ school events, fix their sinks and mow their lawns. In other words, in many ways they are just like you.
What sets them apart and what should scare the living daylights out of the tyrants is this: That is not all they are.
They are also brilliant tacticians and strategists, and eloquent writers who can inspire people to action with their words. They are farmers and survivalists who can thrive in nearly any environment, no matter how rough the terrain or lean the resources. They are prepared for any disaster, and have a plan for nearly any possible situation they may find themselves in. They are intelligence professionals who are experts in things that you would rather not know about and should hope you never have to face. They are former Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps. They are everything from herbalists to pilots, radio operators to plumbers. They are well-trained…and they are still always training. They are not rich, but they offer what they have to the cause. They are self-reliant, and regardless of political, racial or religious differences, they are bound together by the basic idea that we were created free, and must remain free at all costs.
They are also quite literally the most incredible marksmen I’ve ever seen. Of course, the difference between them and the feds is that my tribe has never taken innocent life…and never will.
This is my tribe. These are the people who I stand next to at rallies, the people who are traveling across the country to be here, the people who I spend day in and day out working with in this amazing and terrifying fight we are in. I think of each of their faces as I write this, of each of their skill sets and their fortitude and their absolute balls. Male and female alike, young and old, of all races and all walks of life. I am so humbled to know them and be counted as one of their number. I think of their kids, growing up strong and resolute like their parents, and it fills me with hope. I think of the man whose face I see across the dinner table every night, and I love him even more because I know in his heart burns the exact same fire that is in mine. All of us, united by Liberty no matter the cost. I think of the sacrifices that so many have made in the last few weeks and months to make this Arms Expo a success…and trust me, there were so many. I say that not because these people want recognition although the people I worked with these last few months certainly deserve every accolade that could be thrown their way but because I want readers to understand how much we love this cause, how much we are willing to give in its defense.
We are often castigated and ridiculed for our blunt manner, and I am especially singled out for my seemingly rude attitude toward those who choose to write letters instead of stand, or who do things “differently.” Perhaps now is when you expect an apology for that. I’ll be honest: You’ll never get one. I see what my teammates have given up and continue to give in support of this cause, and I can tell you right now that 99% of you will never know the true cost. I see the stress, the lack of sleep, the severe health issues that they endure because of it. I have been there for the quiet 4am mornings when, after a sleepless night spent with too many cigarettes and too many pots of coffee, we all look at each other with the sobering realization that we may not come home from the rally that day. I know about the financial struggles for those who have chosen to fund liberty activities out of their own pocket when they couldn’t afford to. I’ve seen them hug their kids goodbye knowing it may be the last time they see them. People laugh at that because so far nothing has happened, but the truth is, we never know if this rally is the one they start shooting at. We never know if this time is the time when they decide to arrest us all. For my brother Anthony, this time is already here. If the federal government has its way, his wife Maria will face running a farm and raising five children alone. Where will you be? Arguing on Facebook? Running around in the woods and going to “meet and greets”?
Believe me this post is in NO way a treatise on why some patriots are better than you, so spare me the hate mail. What this post is meant to do is give you some perspective. People read my articles or Facebook posts and they think they know me. They call me a bully and far worse. They call Anthony attention-seeking and arrogant. They do everything possible to discredit us and tear us down. None of that bothers me because I know what you do not. I see what the others in this fight go through in order to keep fighting. The bottom line is this: Membership in this tribe costs something–not because we say so, but because that is the nature of the tribe. Liberty is bigger than ALL of us, and as elitist as it may sound, truly standing in its defense by default will cost you. It will affect your friendships, your relationships, your job. It will change your financial situation, and it will affect your sleep, your health. But it is so incredibly worth it.
Every day I watch people give everything they have for this cause. Everything! So when you tell me in a Facebook message, firmly ensconced in your easy chair with your laptop, that what YOU do, in your little social media groups and Zello “meetings” and letter writing is “just as important”, please forgive me when I laugh in your face. Come stand next to me at a rally, defying tyranny in front of a sniper team just waiting for a go order to blow a hole in your face, and then I’ll take you seriously. Go stand in front of a federal judge as they deny you every right you have in a court of law, like Anthony is doing today. Show up at the Arms Expo this weekend and defy unconstitutional law with us. Choose which bill to pay this month because you don’t have enough cash to pay them all and still continue to support the fight. Stop typing and put some damn skin in the game, because the people I see in this cause have everything on the line.
This weekend, my tribe will all stand defiant against laws that seek to control, to strip us of rights inherent in our very existence as human beings. What will your tribe be doing?
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Anti-Gunners Fail to Understand That We Will Not Comply
By Kit Lange
As PHS reported a few months ago, the Second Amendment Foundation—run by pro-background check power fundraiser Alan Gottlieb—filed a lawsuit against I-594 in federal court. Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, two hardcore anti-gun organizations, filed a motion to enter into the lawsuit as defendants, claiming that they had the legal standing to defend I-594 against those who claimed it was unconstitutional. Even though Everytown is an out of state organization funded and administered by Michael Bloomberg, Shannon Watts, and others who desperately want Americans unarmed, a federal judge today granted their motion to defend I-594 in court.
Their goal, of course, is to see I-594 stand as law, in all its unconstitutional, unenforceable and unconscionable glory. They seem to think that if the lawsuit fails and I-594 stands, that those affected by it will simply sigh and start complying. Surely, they think, these ‘gun nuts and ammosexuals’ will start doing as they’re told…and if they don’t, we’ll just arrest them and imprison them.
They are wrong.
The sentence “we will not comply” is not temporary. It does not have an “if, then” clause. It does not mean “We will not comply until you make us understand that it’s The Law.” Initiative 594 is not constitutional, it is not just, and therefore it is not law. As such, We the People are not bound to follow it; in fact, it is our duty to resist it.
And resist it we will.
Make no mistake: We will no longer tolerate these abuses and thefts of liberty. We will no longer sit by and shrug while elected officials attempt to impose ever-tightening control over us as though we are subjects in their kingdom. We will not disarm. We will not follow unconstitutional laws and rules. We will not register our guns. We will not purchase them at dealers, where our information is collected and stored by the federal government. We will not adhere to ammunition limits, or type restrictions. We will not comply.
The real question is not “will we comply eventually?” It is not even “How far are patriots willing to go to defend their right to refuse slavery and tyranny?” The answers to those questions have been answered many times over, both on this blog and in the hearts and minds of those patriots who are standing on the line. The real question, as Mike Vanderboegh has asked, is “What are your appetites for our liberties?” In essence, what is the government prepared to do? What are the lackeys of tyranny and the enemies of liberty prepared to give up in order to take our unalienable rights from us?
We’ve answered what we’re willing to lose. Perhaps those who seek to take our liberty should answer it as well, because we will not comply. Not if you arrest us. Not even if you shoot at us, and remember, we will shoot back. In order to take our liberty, you will have to kill us.
Even then, if your bullets riddle our bodies and our blood stains the ground, know this:
We will die standing, and we will die free.
June 16th, 2015 by olddog
By Michael Gaddy
Hardly a week goes by that I do not receive an email or have someone ask me in person how we fix the mess our country is in. I have been remiss in not answering this question with more directness.
The problem which must be addressed is that it has been ingrained in almost all Americans to accept acts of tyranny as “necessary” and “patriotic,” promoting fear of some country or entity, and the government’s programs that pit one segment of the population against another. Another problem is the huge number of people who support the very entities of government that deprive us of our inalienable rights, which in turn is directly responsible for depriving us of the products of our labor.
I must admit that any hope for righting the ship of state of our country left me several years ago. My pessimism was brought about not only by the continued escalation of corruption in our government; the increased meddling in the affairs of other countries and the quest for empire by the Neocon led leadership in both political parties; (Hillary is just as big a warmonger as Bush or Graham) the ever advancing militarization of the police; the obvious lapdog that is our media on all levels, or the rampant socialistic policies of the progressives in government. In numbers, the people who have perpetrated the above on us are relatively small.
The common citizens who claim they support our Constitution and Bill of Rights vastly outnumber the politicians and bureaucrats in this country. The reason any hopes for recovering the government of Jefferson and Patrick Henry long since passed, is because the people in this country fail or refuse to see how they are constantly manipulated into supporting their own enslavement.
Millions of people, who swear their allegiance to the Constitution, continue to elect politicians who couldn’t pass a 6th grade test on the Constitution and seldom if ever vote constitutionally. But when those elected continue with their unconstitutional agendas, those who put them there weep, wail and gnash their teeth at the results of their own actions. Of course, it’s never their political parties’ choices that violate their oaths; it’s always the other guy with the other party; in other words, “if we could only elect the people from my political party who vote for unconstitutional laws, we can bring our country back to constitutional government!”
We ignore founders like George Washington who told us to “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all;” John Quincy Adams, who said of America “She goes not in search of monsters to destroy” and James Madison who said of war:
“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
Millions ignore the wisdom of our founders like those above; elect politicians who do the exact opposite of those founder’s beliefs and then claim they want to return to the Constitutional Republic of those same founders. Talk about bizarro world!
These same citizens, who claim constitutionality as a virtue, continue to support those who violate their sacred oaths to “uphold and defend” and engage instead in undeclared wars. This is analogous to supporting and defending the banker who embezzles your life savings and working to make sure he/she keeps their job.
Just how stupid does an individual have to be to believe we should have our military forces in foreign countries, killing and maiming millions, including innocent civilians, because we must fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here—but, the same politicians who claim these aggressive wars are necessary, refuse to protect our porous borders? If this absurdity is acceptable to you and you continue to support it—you do not deserve to be free.
How many more Americans are going to be killed, maimed for life or require continual medical treatment after participating in unconstitutional wars, or return from those wars and take their own lives, before the millions who support this madness realize the only winners are those in the military/industrial/international banking/congressional complex? What brand of idiot does not understand that prosecuting these wars just creates more enemies? Go ahead, fool; trade the lives of your family and friends to increase the financial bottom line of those who lie us into these wars! Complete the insanity by also complaining that our government is broke and you are unemployed or underemployed and your taxes are too high! (Read again Madison’s paragraph on war above.)
Any citizen with a working knowledge of our Constitution and Bill of Rights would know that the great majority of laws, regulations and statutes emanating from all branches of government are blatantly unconstitutional on their face. Yet, with undying devotion, a great majority of Americans support the government employees with badges who are tasked with enforcing those unconstitutional acts. It was Jefferson who said that any law, regulation, statute or edict that violated the natural or individual rights of a person were simply nothing but the tyrant’s will. Yet, we call the government employees in uniform, heroes and clamor for their support as they go about their daily tasks of depriving us of our basic freedoms as stated in the Bill of Rights.
To place support for badge-toters in context, please read “Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.” By attorney Harry Silvergate. From Google Books is a synopsis.
“The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why?”
Supporting those in law enforcement who enforce unconstitutional laws, regulations and statutes destroys constitutional government. These unconstitutional edicts are designed to enslave a population under the control of a very few in government. Why do you contribute to your own enslavement?
Surrendering to our overwhelming desire to control the lives of others, we support unconstitutional laws, regulations and statutes and the people who enforce them and are proud of ourselves for doing so. Then we ask others to please tell us how to fix the mess that has been created with our own support and money. I speak specifically here of the so-called War on Drugs.
Those in government learned long ago that the best way for a tyrannical minority to control a majority is to divide and conquer. Every day one can see how government goes about creating division among the people. It is Democrats versus Republicans, Blacks versus Whites, everybody versus Muslims, Christians versus non-believers, gun control advocates versus 2A supporters, climate change versus good science, those who produce versus those who claim entitlements, urbans versus rural; it goes on forever. Falling into the trap of divisiveness, we believe that more government intervention (more government employees, laws, regulations and statutes and more of our money) harassing those we oppose will somehow lead to freedom and liberty for our side. No one ever enhanced their own freedom by depriving it from others.
I believe that the overwhelming majority of all email forwards deal with the divisiveness of the masses. I know the ones that I receive do—that is why I began deleting forwards years ago. Hating Obama, the Democrats, Muslims, inner city Blacks, Welfare recipients, Bruce Jenner or the boogeyman of the day does nothing to return this country to its original intent. Most all of the things we are encouraged to hate are products of the very government we support. What this hate and divisiveness does do is convince far too many that more government will cure those ills.
A great example of government sponsored divisiveness is the program to ignore the issue of black-on-black crime. The media never mentions it and the race-baiting Black leaders fail to address it. This creates an immense dislike of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, so-called Black leaders and a government controlled media by those outside of that population. This is intentional and programmed by government using the socialist “political correctness” agenda. Instead of directing our anger towards the government which created the environment in which these crimes occur, we direct our anger instead toward the participants. Forgotten by all too many are the programs like welfare that created an “entitlement” society and draconian drug laws that create a criminal environment in the black communities wherein a local drug dealer can make more money than a member of congress or a legal businessman. A value is placed on the “turf” where these drug dealers operate which leads to violence. (Not at all unlike the violence in the Middle East to control turf and oil) In turn, the masses do not hold the government accountable for creating a criminal environment but instead direct hate and anger toward those who participate in that created chaos.
Without going any deeper, let me attempt to summarize, especially for those who have asked me over the years after reading my Rants and Musings—“how do we fix it.”
- Never vote for a politician who has ever voted contrary to our Constitution and Bill of Rights. When they do, move for their immediate recall or impeachment.
- Never support a political party that promotes or supports any candidate who does not adhere to their sacred oath 100% of the time. Never support a political party unless ALL its candidates have a working knowledge of the organic documents of our Republic and the moral character to defend and support them.
- Never vote for any first time candidate, at any level, for any office, that does not have a thorough working knowledge of the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
- Stop supporting government employees who enforce unconstitutional laws or wars and stop making excuses for them when they fail to do so. This includes those in the military and those with badges at all three levels of government: local, state and federal.
- Stop looking on the government as some benevolent parent and see it for what it was truly intended: an entity to protect the rights of the people, and remember, according to John Adams, “There was never a democracy that didn’t commit suicide.” Our founders never intended for us to be a democracy. Don’t trust or elect anyone to government who claims that we are.
- Always remember that the few can dominate the masses if they can divide those within the masses and have them believing that more government is the answer. A definition of Divide and Conquer: A way for the few to maintain power is to have the masses under their control to continually disagree so they are never able to join forces and depose the few who are their masters.
So, there you have it. My thoughts on how we stop the corruption of the few in power and return to a Constitution—Bill of Rights based government and my suggestions for doing so. Simply stated: stop doing what you have been doing and try something different.
Will this happen in the foreseeable future? I highly doubt it. Most people who are enslaved to a tyrannical government always believe that it can be fixed by working within the system that was designed by the people who control them. This has never happened in history, but the masses continue to ignore the wisdom of Albert Einstein and his definition of insanity.
I find the words of Emma Goldman to be most relevant regarding this subject:
“Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, materialism. The only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.”
Has anyone noticed we are a lot less comfortable lately?
“Patriotism real patriotism has a most important venue, and it is not always about putting on a uniform to fight some senseless, insane war in order to sustain the meaningless myths about freedom or America’s greatness. There is a higher loyalty that real patriotism demands and encompasses, and that loyalty is the pursuit of truth, no matter how painful or uncomfortable the journey.” ~Peter Janney
“We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.” ~Sydney Schanberg
“Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, materialism. The only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.” ~Emma Goldman
Some have attempted to chastise me for being so hard on my (fellow American’s?) But they seldom ever attempt it twice. Some have questioned my Patriotism for my hard ass attitude, but I remain in total and absolute contempt of anyone who supports this present system of lawlessness. All politicians, judges, and enforcement personnel are stupid pukes in my book, whether guilty of actions taken or ignorance makes no difference. It is their responsibility to clean up their departments act!
It’s their god damn job to protect the people’s freedom.
June 15th, 2015 by olddog
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/10/2015 23:00 -0400
Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,
“Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.” – George Orwell
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
It’s a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said – about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption – while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyranny.
Unarmed citizens are still getting shot by militarized police trained to view them as the enemy and treated as if we have no rights. Despite President Obama’s warning that the nation needs to do some “soul searching” about issues such as race, poverty and the strained relationship between law enforcement and the minority communities they serve, police killings and racial tensions are at an all-time high. Just recently, in Texas, a white police officer was suspended after video footage showed him “manhandling, arresting and drawing his gun on a group of black children outside a pool party.”
Americans’ private communications and data are still being sucked up by government spy agencies. The USA Freedom Act was just a placebo pill intended to make us feel better without bringing about any real change. As Bill Blunden, a cybersecurity researcher and surveillance critic, points out, “The theater we’ve just witnessed allows decision makers to boast to their constituents about reforming mass surveillance while spies understand that what’s actually transpired is hardly major change.”
Taxpayer dollars are still being squandered on roads to nowhere, endless wars that do not make us safer, and bloated government agencies that should have been shut down long ago. A good example is the Transportation Security Administration, which, despite its $7 billion annual budget, has shown itself to be bumbling and ineffective.
And military drills are still being carried out on American soil under the pretext of training soldiers for urban warfare overseas. Southeastern Michigan, the site of one of the many military training drills taking place across the country this summer, has had Black Hawk helicopters buzzing its skies and soldiers dressed for combat doing night combat drills in abandoned buildings around the state.
In other words, freedom, or what’s left of it, is being threatened from every direction. The threats are of many kinds: political, cultural, educational, media, and psychological. However, as history shows us, freedom is not, on the whole, wrested from a citizenry. It is all too often given over voluntarily and for such a cheap price: safety, security, bread, and circuses.
This is part and parcel of the propaganda churned out by the government machine. That said, what we face today—mind manipulation and systemic violence—is not new. What is different are the techniques used and the large-scale control of mass humanity, coercive police tactics and pervasive surveillance. As we have seen with the erection of the electronic concentration camp, there is virtually no escaping the invisible prison surrounding us. Once upon a time, one could run and hide or duck into a cave, but that is no longer feasible as caves are quite scarce, and those running the camp have their eyes watching everything.
Moreover, we are presented with the illusion that we act of our own volition when most of the time we are being watched, prodded, and controlled. “The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative,” Aldous Huxley stated. “The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible.”
In fact, with the merger of the Internet and the corporate state, unless you are alert and aware, it will be increasingly difficult to discern the difference between freedom and enslavement. With the methods of mind manipulation available to the corporate state, the very nature of democratic government has been changed. Again, as Aldous Huxley writes:
[T]he quaint old forms—elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest will remain. The underlying substance will be a new kind of nonviolent totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial . . . Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.
To many, the situation seems hopeless. But is it?
From the day you’re born until the day you die, the choices you exercise are very limited. You don’t choose to be born or choose what sex you are or who your parents are or where you live. When you are a child, you are told what to do, and when you enter school, you sit plastered to a desk and are taught what others demand you should know. Yes, the indoctrinating process begins on day one.
Then there are the rules, the endless rules. If you say the wrong word, write the wrong story or wear the wrong clothes, you can get thrown out of school or even arrested. You live where you are told and eat what others think you should eat. As you grow older, this list expands into employment, marriage and so on. In other words, your so-called reality is socially constructed. It is predetermined for you, and if you step out of line and disagree with what the current society deems proper, you will be ostracized. If you speak your mind to the governing authorities, you might find yourself behind bars.
The point is that in order to develop a compliant citizenry, people must be forced to live in a mental matrix of words, ideas, ideologies, and teachings that are designed to make us conform. “As the Matrix in the movie was used to facilitate the exploitation of humans,” writes author Henry H. Lindner, “so the current ideological Matrix was created for, and serves to exploit us, turning us into unthinking workers and consumers—slaves of the ruling elite who themselves are trapped in the Matrix.” In fact, “few of us are able to escape the Matrix. We do not even know it exists.”
For there to be any hope of real change, you’ll have to change how you think about yourself, your fellow human beings, freedom, society, and the government. This means freeing your mind, realizing the truth, and unlearning all the myths you have been indoctrinated with since the day you were able to comprehend language.
The following principles, taken from my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, may help any budding freedom fighters in the struggle to liberate themselves and our society.
First, we must come to grips with the reality that the present system does not foster freedom. It denies freedom and must be altered. “Our authoritarian system is based on cruelty and control—it increasingly drives natural love and feelings from our society and produces violence and greed,” Lindner recognizes. “Our society is deteriorating morally and intellectually. This system cannot be reformed.”
To start with, we must recognize that the government’s primary purpose is maintaining power and control. It’s an oligarchy composed of corporate giants wedded to government officials who benefit from the relationship. In other words, it is motivated by greed and exists to perpetuate itself. As George Orwell writes:
We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship. . . .. The object of power is power.
Second, voting is practically worthless. “In principle, it is a great privilege,” Aldous Huxley recognized. “In practice, as recent history has repeatedly shown, the right to vote, by itself, is no guarantee of liberty.”
We live in a secretive surveillance state that has virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. As Jordan Michael Smith, writing for the Boston Globe, concludes about the American government:
There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.
How many times have the various politicians, when running for office, lied about all they were going to do to bring hope and change to America? Once they get elected, what do they do? They do whatever the corporate powers want. Yes, the old boss is the same as the new boss. The maxim: power follows money.
Moreover, voting is a way to keep the citizenry pacified. However, many Americans intuitively recognize that something is wrong with the way the electoral process works and have withdrawn from the process. That’s why the government places so much emphasis on the reassurance ritual of voting. It provides the illusion of participation.
Third, question everything. Don’t assume anything government does is for the good of the citizenry. Again, that is not the purpose of modern government. It exists to perpetuate a regime. Remember the words of James Madison, considered the father of the U.S. Constitution: “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” Power corrupts. And as the maxim goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Fourth, materialism is a death knell to freedom. While it may be true that Americans are better off than citizens of other nations—we have jobs, food, entertainment, shopping malls, etc.—these are the trappings meant to anesthetize and distract us.
Like the dodo, any “bird that has learned how to grub up a good living without being compelled to use its wings will soon renounce the privilege of flight and remain forever grounded,” Huxley warned. “Same thing is true of human beings. If bread is supplied regularly and capaciously three times a day, many of them will be perfectly content to live by bread alone—or at least by bread and circuses alone.” Free as a bird, some say, but only if you’re willing to free your mind and sacrifice all for a dangerous concept—freedom.
In other words, the hope is that the cry of “‘give me television and hamburgers, but don’t bother me with the responsibilities of liberty,’ may give place, under altered circumstances, to the cry of ‘give me liberty or give me death.’” This is indeed dangerous freedom.
Fifth, there is little hope for any true resistance if you are mindlessly connected to the electronic concentration camp. Remember, what you’re being electronically fed by those in power is meant to pacify, distract, and control you. You can avoid mind manipulations to a large degree by greatly limiting your reliance on electronic devices—cell phones, laptops, televisions, and so on.
Sixth, an armed revolt will not work. Although we may have returned to a 1776 situation where we need to take drastic actions to restore freedom, this is not colonial America with its muskets and people’s armies. Local police departments have enough militarized firepower to do away with even a large-scale armed revolt. Even attempting to repel a SWAT team raid on your home is futile. You’ll get blown away.
Seventh, be wise and realize that there is power in numbers. Networks, coalitions, and movements can accomplish much—especially if their objectives are focused and practical—and they are very much feared by government authorities. That’s why the government is armed to the teeth and prepared to put down even small nonviolent protests.
Eighth, act locally but think nationally. The greatest impact can be had at local governing bodies such as city councils. Join together with friends and neighbors and start a Civil Liberties Oversight Committee. Regularly attend council meetings and demand that government corruption be brought under control and that police activities be brought under the scrutiny of local governing bodies and, thus, the citizenry.
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, for example, police were involved in 39 shootings dating back to 2010. After a 2014 police shooting of an unarmed homeless man camped out in a public park, residents engaged in nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to disrupt the normal functioning of the city government and demand that the police department be brought under control. Community activists actually went so far as to storm a city council meeting and announce that they would be performing a citizens’ arrest of the police chief, charging him with “harboring fugitives from justice at the Albuquerque police department” and “crimes against humanity.”
In Davis County, California, in August 2014, after a public uproar over the growing militarization of local police, council members ordered the police to find a way of getting rid of the department’s newly acquired MRAP tank. One man at the council meeting was quoted as saying: “I would like to say I do not suggest you take this vehicle and send it out of Davis, I demand it.”
Ninth, local towns, cities and states can nullify or say “no” to federal laws that violate the rights and freedoms of the citizenry. In fact, several states have passed laws stating that they will not comply with the National Defense Authorization Act which allows for the military to indefinitely detain (imprison) American citizens. Again, when and if you see such federal laws passed, gather your coalition of citizens and demand that your local town council nullify such laws. If enough towns and cities across the country would speak truth to power in this way, we might see some positive movement from the federal governmental machine.
Tenth, understand what freedom is all about. “Who were the first persons to get the unusual idea that being free was not only a value to be cherished but the most important thing that someone can possess?” asks Professor Orlando Patterson. “The answer in a word: slaves.”
Freedom arose from the hearts and minds of those who realized that they were slaves. It became a primary passion of those who were victims of slavery.
Some Americans are beginning to realize that they are slaves and that if they don’t act soon, they will find themselves imprisoned in the electronic concentration camp indefinitely. Mind you, there may not be any chains hanging from the dungeon walls, but it is a prison nonetheless, and we are, without a doubt, inmates serving life sentences.
June 11th, 2015 by olddog
By Martin Armstrong
Well it has been a long time coming, but all along there have been discussions behind closed doors (never in public) that the Administrative Law Courts established with the New Deal were totally unfounded and unconstitutional. With the anniversary of Magna Carta and the right to a jury trial coming up on June 15 after 800 years, the era of Roosevelt’s big government is quietly unraveling.
A federal judge’s ruling against the Securities and Exchange Commission for using its own Administrative Law judges in an insider trading case is perhaps the beginning of the end of an alternative system of justice that took root in the New Deal. Constitutionally, the socialists tore everything about the idea of a Democracy apart. It was more than taxing one party to the cheers of another in denial of equal protection. It was about creating administrative agencies (1) delegating them to create rules with the force of law as if passed by Congress sanctioned by the people; (2) the creation of administrative courts that defeated the Tripartite government structure usurping all power into the hand of the executive branch, as if this were a dictatorship run by the great hoard of unelected officials.
Not discussed in the coverage of this story is that the Administrative Law Courts are a fiefdom, to put it mildly. They have long been corrupt and traditionally rule in favor of their agencies, making it very costly for anyone to even try to defend themselves. If someone were to attempt this feat, first they have to wear the costs of an Administration proceeding and appeal to an Article III court judge, then they must appeal to the Court of Appeals, and finally plea to the Supreme Court. The cost of such adventures is well into the millions, and good luck on actually getting justice.
Furthermore, Administrative Law Courts cannot sentence you to prison, but they can fine you into bankruptcy. So the lack of a criminal prosecution meant the judges did not have to be lawyers. They could be anyone’s brother-in-law looking for a job where he just rules in favor of the agency not to be bothered with law. Unless the victim has a pile of money, there is no real chance that he or she can afford to defend themselves. This is why the agencies cut deals with the big houses and prosecute the small upstarts who lack the funds to defend themselves.
In a 45-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May in Atlanta issued an injunction halting Administrative Law proceedings against Charles Hill, a businessman who the SEC accused of reaping an illegal $744,000 profit trading in Radian Systems stock. This is typical. The legal fees involved will exceed the amount of money he is alleged to have made, the typical result is to just pay the fine and they go away, it is cheaper.
The judge ruled that the SEC agency violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution by subjecting Hill to proceedings before an Administrative Law judge, who isn’t directly accountable to the president, officials in charge of the SEC, or the courts under Article III. The ruling is 81 years overdue. The entire structure of administrative agencies blackmailing people has been outrageous. Then you take the banks who just entered a plea of CRIMINALLY guilty to manipulating markets. They are now formally FELONS who engaged in violating SEC rules and thus under the SEC rules, they are no longer eligible for a banking license. The banks are “too big to jail” and the SEC has waived their own rules, of course, to exempt the banks. So they can engage in fraud and manipulation, get caught, pay billions in fines, and the SEC exempts them from losing their licenses. This is how corrupt the administrative agencies really are.
This new decision calling the Administrative Law Courts what they really are is reminiscent of the notorious extrajudicial proceedings of the Star Chamber operated by King James I. The court of Chancery set up outside of the King’s Bench, so there were no trials by jury. It had the same purpose, to circumvent the law. This is where our Fifth Amendment privilege came into being. That came about following the trial of John Lilburne (1615-1657) for handing out a pamphlet the government did not like.
This new decision calling the Administrative Law Courts what they really are is reminiscent of the notorious extrajudicial proceedings of the Star Chamber operated by King James I. The court of Chancery set up outside of the King’s Bench, so there were no trials by jury. It had the same purpose, to circumvent the law. This is where our Fifth Amendment privilege came into being. That came about following the trial of John Lilburne (1615-1657) for handing out a pamphlet the government did not The Miranda v Arizona 384 U.S. 436 (1966) decision of the Supreme Court came only after decades of abuse by American police against citizens, not unlike what we are watching today. The Miranda decision is hated by police, prosecutors, right-wing judges, politicians, and citizens. The decision is based upon the history of the right not to be coerced that began with the famous trial of John Lilburn before the English court of the Star Chamber in 1637 where he stood tall and objected to the King’s torture. Lilburn’s crime was handing out pamphlets against the king. John Lilburne (1615–1657) was a leader in the Leveller Movement of the 1640s and was a prolific pamphleteer who defended religious and individual liberty of the people. He was imprisoned many times for his views and was active in the army of the New Parliament rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In October 1649, he was arrested and tried for High Treason for printing and circulating books and pamphlets critical of the government but was acquitted of all charges by a jury of his peers.
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June 10th, 2015 by olddog
Are YOU going to be one of the parents to draw a line in the red sand?
IF NOT YOU, WHO?
I. Before continuing on with the following post Early Learning From Birth To Age Five by Mary Thompson 3D Research Group, it is important to know exactly what this early childhood agenda is all about.
ABCs of DumbDown: COMMUNIST PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION ON STEROIDS
1969… Soviet Preschool Education, Volume I: Program of Instruction, Henry Chauncey, Chief Editor, Educational Testing Service, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. Introduction by Urie Bronfenbrenner.
Excerpted from Introduction by Prof. Uri Bronfenbrenner 1969:
“You really are a nation of individualists!” (Soviet psychologist’s comments made to Bronfenbrenner after viewing individualistic activities of children, working on their own, not in a group, in an American daycare center in nineteen sixties). Wasn’t it individualists who made our country the envy of the world, individualists who had the most patents (inventions), did important medical, agricultural, space. scientific research, etc? These individualists made our nation the “go to” country for millions of immigrants, including those escaping the communist collectivist philosophy espoused by the Soviet psychologist working with Prof. Bronfenbrenner.
“…But if the rest of the community is more in evidence in a Soviet nursery school than in its American counterpart, there is one group that is less influential: parents.” (Bronfenbrenner, born in Russia, deeply involved in passage of 1975 Head Start legislation).
Urie Bronfenbrenner – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
II. AMERICANIZATION OF SOVIET PRESCHOOL EDUCATION
Pilot program from California, discussed below by Mary Thompson, contains major components of family-busting requirements spelled out 40 years ago in the Humphrey-Hawkins Child and Family Services Act. [The New York Times carried an article by Edward B. Fiske entitled “Early Schooling Is Now the Rage” in its April 13, 1986 issue which explained: “Mr. Nixon [early seventies] not only vetoed the bill (Humphrey-Hawkins) but also fired off a scathing message to Congress, proclaiming that he would have no part in in the “Sovietizing” of American Society. “Good public policy requires that we enhance rather than diminish both parental authority and parental involvement with children.”]
AMERICANS SUCCESSFULLY STOPPED, FROM MID-SEVENTIES TO PRESENT, MOST, BUT NOT ALL, COMMUNIST FAMILY-BUSTING EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES BILLS (SEE LINKS BELOW TO MOST RECENT LEGISLATION AND CONGRESS/SENATE TEL. NUMBERS TO CALL TO REQUEST “NO, NO, NO” VOTES.)
SHUT DOWN CONGRESS TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD WITH YOUR CALLS. 202-224-3121 IS CENTRAL SWITCHBOARD NUMBER FOR ALL CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS.
DON’T STOP UNTIL CONGRESS STOPS THROWING THESE FAMILY-DESTROYING BILLS AT US.
[NOW, with Republicans co-sponsoring communistic legislation, with support from so-called Republican/neoconservative organizations and media such as National Review, such legislation could easily sail through UNLESS THE GRASSROOTS (YOU) STOP THEM, AS IT DID WHEN IT STOPPED REPUBLICAN REP. JOHN KLINE’S HR5, STUDENT SUCCESS ACT, IN FEBRUARY of 2015!
YOU DID IT IN FEBRUARY. YOU CAN DO IT AGAIN.
ABCs of DumbDown: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong on H.R. 5
III. EARLY LEARNING FROM BIRTH TO AGE 5
(From Mary Thompson, 3D Research Group)
Right on cue, the orchestration of national Early Learning and simultaneous formal public/private collaboration at state level in California and most likely in other states, is tuning up to create a “road map’ for so called “Early Education” from BIRTH to age 5. (emphasis added by this commentator). The idea is nothing new. In fact Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Master Plan for Early Learning (2010) calls for starting before birth with prenatal visits to prospective parents.
The Associated Press article from San Jose Mercury News (5/29/15) blatantly spells out the process of change agents, working together to advance agendas on the public whether the public wants it or not. California may be identified as “the right place to start” in the view of the perpetrators, but the obvious implication is to provide a “roadmap” for other states to follow. Connect that with ABCs of DumbDown: RED ALERT! RED ALERT! RED regarding State of Washington Senator Patty Murray’s Early Learning Bill S1380, and it becomes abundantly clear how systems managed governance works.
San Jose Mercury News 05/29/2015, Page B06
Coalition targets achievement gaps
Miller among members of early education group
By Christine Armario
LOS ANGELES A coalition of political leaders, business executives and academics announced Thursday that they will team up to build a roadmap for improving early education in California. The Right Start Commission, which includes former U.S. Rep. George Miller and Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson, will work with public and private sector partners to provide the state with “holistic, first-class development” for children from birth to age 5, Miller said. Early education is widely considered pivotal for preparing children for success in school and helping reduce long-standing achievement gaps.
Those gaps can start early: By age 3, children from privileged families have heard 30 million more words than children from low-income backgrounds, according to a University of Kansas study published in 2003. Miller, a Democrat who spent decades championing education while a congressman, said approaches to early education have been piecemeal, resulting in “huge gaps” in opportunities for physical and cognitive development. He said the commission will examine shortfalls in quality and access and work with state and business leaders on solutions.
“I think California is the right state to start that,” Miller said. “This commission will help provide a roadmap.”
California’s state-funded pre-K program serves just 18 percent of 4-year-old children and lags on numerous quality indicators, according to a recent study by the National Institute for Early Education Research. The state spent $4,298 per child enrolled in the 2013-14 school year, an amount that has remained largely unchanged over the past decade.
Jim Steyer, CEO of the education group launching the commission, Common Sense Media, said the coalition will present its findings to business, political and education leaders in hopes of moving their recommendations forward. “Every child deserves a fair start in life, and the only way we can ensure that happens is to provide all kids with the care, support and quality learning experiences they need to be successful from day one,” he said.
Related article…note bolded text below regarding involvement of Commission Member Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond
George Miller part of new early-childhood panel
By Josh Richman
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 11:57 am in Darrell Steinberg, education, George Miller.
Former Rep. George Miller is among the high-profile members of a new “ Right Start Commission” aimed at helping modernize California’s early-childhood services. The commission, rolled out Thursday by Common Sense Kids Action, will develop a plan for providing universal, high-quality access to early learning and support systems from birth to age 5. The panel will examine both government’s role in providing such services, and the private sector’s responsibility to ensure a good start for employees’ children; its recommendations will become a legislative blueprint.
“Every child deserves a fair start in life and the only way we can ensure that happens is to provide all kids with the care, support and quality learning experiences they need to be successful from day one,” Common Sense Media CEO Jim Steyer, who’ll also serve on the commission, said in a news release.
“We know that improving early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make. Yet, across the nation millions of American kids are denied this critical opportunity year after year. With the Right Start Commission, Common Sense Kids Action will kick off an effort to reimagine early childhood services in California and create a model for the nation to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.”
The commission’s launch is in conjunction with the Invest In US coalition President Obama unveiled in 2014 to improve the quality of and access to early childhood education for children throughout the country. It will hold a series of statewide and national events over the remainder of the year to collect input from early education and care practitioners, parents, educators and respected researchers.
Besides Steyer and Miller, who just retired after 40 years in the House as a leader on education issues, the commission’s members include Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff; PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell; Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond; Institute for InterGroup Understanding Chair and CEO George Halvorson; Center for Youth Wellness Founder and CEO Nadine Burke Harris; Apple Vice President of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson; Heising-Simons Foundation President Elizabeth Simons; and former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
“Early investment in our youngest children is essential to their long-term success as individuals and a bright future for California,” Steinberg said in the news release. “Now, more than ever, we must move kids to the top of our agenda and provide them with the resources they need to compete and succeed in a global economy. The Right Start Commission is a critical first step toward achieving that vision.”
ABCs of DumbDown: URGENT ACTION ALERT! AMERICAN FAMILIES UNDER ATTACK
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
George Miller part of new early-childhood panel – Political Blotter – Politics in the Bay Area and beyond
© 2015 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.
This problem of child indoctrination has been going on in America for over a hundred years, and as the families involved into two income earners someone had to take care of their children. Is the reader alert enough to figure out this was planned? Now, in many cities they are taking over children’s intellectual development right from the get go. Is it any wonder we are a totally divided country? Can you accept the proven fact that these people are committed communist educators? Are you beginning to understand that America has been under attack within; from the get go? Take this to the bank folks; unless a nation is bound together in support of an individualist, self responsible, universal doctrine, communitarians will creep in like a thief in the night and totally destroy individualism, and its government.
America is living proof of that!
June 9th, 2015 by olddog
By Paul McGuire
Julian Assange and Wikileaks exposed part of the secret behind Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership, which leading Republicans signed. Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, was one of the few senators who publicly challenged the secret Obama treaty that, according to the 17 documents released by Wikileaks, will cover over 80% of the U.S. economy and create what Sessions called “global governance,” establishing a global government without the knowledge or consent of the America people.
Although the alternative media and news outlets like the Drudge Report exposed the great dangers of the TPP, the corporate media not only glossed over the important news about the trade treaties, but the major media outlets, including the pseudo-conservative television networks and “Manchurian Candidate” conservative talk show hosts pretending to be investigative news journalists wasted America’s time with endless hours on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and the child molestation scandal surrounding their son, Josh Duggar, and what it was like as parents when they learned about his actions, or Bruce Jenner’s sex change operation.
The vast majority of the media outlets in the United States are controlled by just six corporations who are controlled by the power elite who also control secret organizations like the Bilderberg Group, whose sinister plans are never exposed by the major media outlets.
The Bilderberg Group is behind the trade treaties and its leaders are planning global government, which is the only real news story worth covering. The Bilderberg Group’s 2015 meeting is coming up soon at a remote mountain resort in Austria. During last year’s Bilderberg meeting in Copenhagen Denmark over 120 elite globalists planned the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the TPP trade treaties. The Bilderberg Group, which was financed in part by Nazi money in 1954, gathered the most powerful men in the world in Oosterbeek, Netherlands. Their meetings include such powerful people as David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, George Soros, Donald Rumsfeld, Rupert Murdoch, Barack Obama, heads of state, international bankers, top military leaders, and the heads of the largest corporations in the world. Essentially, the Bilderberg Group already practically rules the world and is bringing it under their planned world government. In a new book entitled, “The Babylon Code,” which I wrote with Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, Troy Anderson, we go into the details of the secret history of the Bilderberg Group.
In 1991 Bill Clinton came to Bilderberg and met with David Rockefeller, who explained why the North American Free Trade Agreement was a Bilderberg priority. It was this trade treaty, NAFTA, that transferred billions of dollars of wealth from America’s middle class to Third World Nations around the world. The end game for Bilderberg is a one world government, one world religion, and one world economic system, which are outlined in Revelation Chapter 13. They want total control over the masses, whom they see as their slaves. They select and choose almost all presidents and heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies and they completely control the Democratic and Republican parties. This is why, no matter what the polls say, the Democrats and Republicans will support things like Trade Treaties and numerous other legislation that the American public does not want.
The concept of a two party system in America is a total charade that only an imbecile would believe in. The top men and women in both political parties are all bought and paid for and they get to stay in power to the degree that they do the bidding of their masters, and that is not the American people, but the “shadow government,” which truly runs America. Most of the Republican candidates now running for President are completely under the control of the Bilderberg Group and they have absolutely no loyalty to America and the American people, no matter how many American flags they wave!
Former CBS News president Richard Salant said of the media, “Our job is to give the people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.” Sociologist Hadley Cantril, an expert in mind control and propaganda, wrote “Pyscho-political operations are propaganda campaigns designed to create perpetual tensions and manipulate different groups of people to accept the particular climate of opinion the Council on Foreign Relations seeks to achieve in the world.”
The Bilderberg Group and the CFR exercise enormous control over Evangelical Christianity, churches, and Christian leaders. Through Rockefeller financed programs the Christian church and its leadership in America has largely been transformed into a secular corporation that no longer preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ but a gospel of consumer-marketing and psychological motivation.
The strategy of using trade treaties to go around constitutions and the laws of individual nation states began to take off with the European Union as a potential global government with 109 nations, in Strasbourg, France. The Louis Weis Building was built to look like a modern Tower of Babel with steel and glass. This headquarters of the EU was completed in 1999 and designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier, who also built the United Nations. Along with Jean Monnet, he dreamed of global government or a scientific Utopia ruled by a Technocratic Elite. From the beginning it was conceived to be a rebirth of the Tower of Babel.
Beginning in the 1920s Monnet believed that a European Union could be secretly created by enacting a series of harmless trade treaties, but, concealed by the arcane legal language of each Trade Treaty, a careful strategy was being implemented to create a single European Union, without the masses knowing that they would lose their freedoms and sovereignty. The Monnet method was to enact one seemingly harmless trade treaty after another in order to establish a kind of reborn Roman Empire.
In many respects, the EU is a partial fulfillment of the Fourth Kingdom in Daniel 7:23. “Thus he said, The Fourth Beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down and break it into pieces.” Adolph Hitler and the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini both essentially wished to restore the Roman Empire. Although their empires were defeated in 1945, a secret group of European leaders organized the Council of Europe, and through a coal and steel treaty they created the European Union.
Now, right before your eyes, the same exact strategy is being used to destroy America in the same way sovereign nations were destroyed by the European Union. Through a series of secret trade treaties American is being surrendered to the control of a global government.
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June 8th, 2015 by olddog
Posted by Doreen Agostino
Final Judgement and Foreclosure Order UNITED NATIONS, IMF, Federal Reserve
We the People / Heirs of Creation State Superior Court
Inhabitants of the Continental United States (We the People)
and Heirs of Creation, Plaintiffs (Lien Holders)
UNITED NATIONS, INC.,
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
(inclusive of the UNITED STATES, INC
FINAL JUDGEMENT AND ORDER OF FORECLOSURE
Judgement is based on the facts found in the document dated the fourth day of April, 2015 entitled Public Order.
On the sixth day of April, 2015, the Plaintiffs (Lien Holders) caused to be mailed Public Order and Notice of Fault by Certified Mail numbers 7011 3500 0001 0085 6195 (UN), 7011 3500 0001 0085 6201 (Federal Reserve), and 7011 3500 0001 0085 6225 (IMF), Return Receipt Requested.
The Defendants (Lienees) were given ten (10) days to rebut the facts as laid out in the Public Order, determined to be correct and complete, point-by-point.
That time having passed with no response and no rebuttal made, it is now ADJUDGED that:
- The Plaintiffs’ motion for Summary Final Judgment, heard before the Court on the twenty- sixth day of April, 2015 is GRANTED.
- There is due and owing to the Plaintiffs the following, and so ORDERS THE COURT:
A.) Release all civilian public trust accounts IMMEDIATELY.
B.) Make available the entire balance of the National Credit (equal to the National Debt plus principle and interest) for the use and investment of individual Americans without contraint, excuse, or further obfuscation.
C.) Unblock all civil Capital Credit accounts by The North American Water and Power Alliance for use by the American people WITHOUT DELAY.
D.) The Treaty of Verona is hereby EXTINGUISHED.
E.) All B.A.R. Association licenses are hereby EXTINGUISHED.
F.) Any attempt to attack the American people as ordered by President Barack Obama, who is a mere head of a governmental services corporation and NOT a Head of State, is to be immediately countered with arrest of those responsible.
G.) Members of “Congress” have no lawful contract with any individual American State Citizen born on the Continental United States. All claims, liens, titles, and presumptions against the living people and their assets on the land stand NULL AND VOID ab initio for fraud, back to 1862.
H.) Governors of Federal “State” franchises IMMEDIATELY release all color of law titles and liens registered under conditions of fraud against Continental United States assets.
I.) Joint Chiefs of Staff IMMEDIATELY 1.) return all civilian property unharmed and unencumbered to the rightful civilian owners, and 2.) remove all color of law titles and false liens against the labor and other private property assets of American State Citizens rightfully belonging to the land jurisdiction of the Continental United States.
J.) ALL GOVERNMENT SERVICES CORPORATIONS, including all Federal “State” franchises, ARE HEREBY CLOSED and assets revert to the People.
K.)All fraudulent convertible debt resulting from the semantic deceits and misuse of deceptively similar names applied to people and legal fiction entities is recognized as embezzlement of credit, willful identity theft, inland piracy, currency manipulation, obstruction of bankruptcy, and as unlawful restraint of trade accomplished by personage and enforced by barratry by the perpetrators of these schemes whether foreign or domestic; therefore, The living people of the Continental United States, also known as the Respublica for the United States of America, retain the right to prosecute claims against any and all legal fiction entities and living people responsible, the right to void all contracts in default, all titles held under color of law, all actions undertaken under conditions of semantic deceit or constructive fraud, all self-interested claims of “foreign immunity”, all restraint of trade or Natural rights owed the citizenry of the Continental United States, and all encroachment on its jurisdiction.
Ordered by the court this twenty-sixth day of April 2015.
Cindy K. Currier [see signature]
Judge, non-negotiable signature, all rights reserved.
In my view, the ‘courage’ of one or more humans to take peaceful ‘action’ to end assault on life, for the greater good, empowers the best possible solutions to find us. Otherwise, public silence is permission for government to govern as they please.
Doreen Ann Agostino
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Before Things Get Out of Hand…… Judge Anna von ReitzIn “Banks and money”
From Judge Steven Duane Curry, Superior Court of the Continental uNited States of AmericaIn “Banks and money”
Public Interest Litigation before the World Court and UN Trust CommitteesIn “Banks and money”
June 4th, 2015 by olddog
Warning! This is not sensationalism, conspiracy theory or propaganda, this is truth and you need to understand it.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Would Promote Off-Shoring of American Jobs
Nearly five million American manufacturing jobs – one out of every four – have been lost since implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Since NAFTA, over 60,000 American manufacturing facilities have closed. The TPP would replicate and expand on the NAFTA model.
A leaked text revealed that TPP is slated to include the extreme foreign investor privileges that help corporations offshore more U.S. jobs to low-wage countries. These NAFTA-style terms provide special benefits to firms that relocate abroad and eliminate many of the usual risks that make firms think twice about moving to low-wage countries.
SEE: NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – 20 Facts That Show How It’s Destroying The Economy …And The “Secret” TPP Deal (NAFTA ON STEROIDS)
Under the NAFTA model, U.S. manufacturing imports have soared while growth of U.S. manufacturing exports has slowed.
TPP includes Vietnam, a new favorite for corporations’ job offshoring, because
wages there are even lower than China.
Already, the growth of the U.S. trade deficit with China, since China entered the WTO in 2001, has had a devastating effect on U.S. workers and the U.S. economy. Between 2001 and 2011, 2.7 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced.
Devastation of U.S. manufacturing drives down wages, erodes the tax base and heightens inequality. Despite major gains in American worker productivity, real median wages hover at 1979 levels. Government data shows that two out of every five displaced manufacturing workers who were rehired in 2012 experienced wage reductions of more than 20 percent. With the loss of manufacturing, tax revenue that could have funded social services or local infrastructure projects has declined, while displaced workers have turned to ever-shrinking welfare programs. This has resulted in the virtual collapse of some local governments in areas hardest hit. (source)
The powers that shouldn’t be are trying to push this corporate coup d’etat (TPP) through sneakily.
We the public are not even privy to its contents. Doesn’t that tell you something? This piece of legislation will have grave repercussions for all the countries included in it … without YOUR knowledge. Where has democracy gone folks?
The TPP, if signed off by US Congress, will officially and legally be the end to any remnants of America as a sovereign, democratic, and free nation. It will give corporations open slather to do as they please and sue us if we don’t agree, for loss of corporate profits!
SEE: Every Single American NEEDS to See This!!!
Representative Alan Grayson has a post on his facebook page about this very TPP deal. He is urging Americans to call their representatives and ask them to stop this. It’s time to excercise our first amendment rights.
(Read Here and CALL) It’s time for Americans to tell our lawmakers to stand up and say no more, hands off. No deals until it conforms to our Constitution. More importantly no deals with countries who abuse even the basics of human rights. It’s time for light to be shed on countries like Thailand, Pakistan and even China. We will be watching this NWO TPP fast track that the puppet Obama administration and globalists of the world are pushing, and will update as it becomes available. Western countries like the US are on the downhill slide economically, middle classes are disappearing, economies are crashing, and you can’t deny this. You can’t deny that our prices for goods are skyrocketing, our wages are sliding down, and our middle class is replaced with welfare and disability. It’s time to wake up. One world economy and government are just as an inch away if we do not act. Don’t take my word for it, research it, and get familiar with it, because we are heading on a fast track to total ruin.
June 3rd, 2015 by olddog
TTIP: The Corporate Empowerment Act
Paul Craig Roberts
The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages.
The first thing to understand is that these so-called “partnerships” are not laws written by Congress. The US Constitution gives Congress the authority to legislate, but these laws are being written without the participation of Congress. The laws are being written by corporations solely in the interest of their power and profit. The office of US Trade Representative was created in order to permit corporations to write law that serves only their interests. This fraud on the Constitution and the people is covered up by calling trade laws “treaties.”
Indeed, Congress is not even permitted to know what is in the laws and is limited to the ability to accept or refuse what is handed to Congress for a vote. Normally, Congress accepts, because “so much work has been done” and “free trade will benefit us all.”
The presstitutes have diverted attention from the content of the laws to “fast track.” When Congress votes “fast track,” it means Congress accepts that corporations can write the trade laws without the participation of Congress. Even criticisms of the “partnerships” are a smoke screen. Countries accused of slave labor could be excluded but won’t be. Super patriots complain that US sovereignty is violated by “foreign interests,” but US sovereignty is violated by US corporations. Others claim yet more US jobs will be offshored. In actual fact, the “partnerships” are unnecessary to advance the loss of American jobs as there is nothing that inhibits jobs offshoring now.
What the “partnerships” do is to make private corporations immune to the laws of sovereign countries on the grounds that laws of countries adversely impact corporate profits and constitute “restraint of trade.”
For example, under the Transatlantic Partnership, French laws against GMOs would be overturned as “restraints on trade” by law suits filed by Monsanto.
Countries that require testing of imported food, such as pork for trichnosis, and fumigation would be subject to lawsuits from corporations, because these regulations increase the cost of imports.
Countries that do not provide monopoly protection for brand name pharmaceuticals and chemical products, and allow generics in their place, can be sued for damages by corporations.
Obama himself has no input into the process. Here is what is going on: The Trade Representative is a corporate stooge. He serves the private corporations and will go on to a million dollar annual salary. The corporations have bribed the political leaders in every country to sign away their sovereignty and the general welfare of their people to private corporations. Corporations have paid US senators large sums for transferring Congress’ law-making powers to corporations.http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/27/corporations-paid-us-senators-fast-track-tppWhen these “partnerships” pass, no country that signed will have any legislative authority to legislate or enforce any law that any corporation regards as inimical to its bottom line.
Yes, the great promiser of change is bringing change. He is turning Asia, Europe, and the US over to rule by the corporations.
Only those who have sold their integrity for money sign these agreements. Apparently Merkel, a Washington vassal, is one of them. http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150530/1022740004.html
According to news reports, both of France’s main political parties have sold out to the corporations, but not Marine Le Pen’s National Front Party. In the last EU elections, the dissident parties, such as Le Pen and Farage’s, prevailed over the traditional parties, but the dissidents are yet to prevail in their own countries.
Marine Le Pen objects to the secrecy of the agreements that establishes corporate rule. As Europe’s only leader, she speaks:
“It is vital that the French people know about TTIP’s content and its motivations in order to be able to fight it. Because our fellow countrymen must have the choice of their future, because they should impose a model for society that suits them, and not one forced by multinational companies eager for profits, Brussels technocrats bought by the lobbies, and politicians from the UMP [party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy] who are subservient to these technocrats.”
It is vital that the American public also know, but not even Congress is permitted to know.
How does it work, this “freedom and democracy” that we Americans allegedly have, when neither the people nor their elected representatives are permitted to participate in the making of laws that enable private corporations to negate the law-making functions of governments and place corporate profit above the general welfare?
June 1st, 2015 by olddog
BY DAMON GELLER
Many responsible citizens believe in paying with cash and storing their cash at home, in a bank, or in a safety deposit box. But banks & governments have suddenly become hell-bent on abolishing your use and storage of cash, by restricting the ways you can spend & deposit your U.S. dollars, and reporting countless cash transactions to the police & government. The question is, why? The frightening fact is, our government has recently instituted numerous programs to track your financial accounts anywhere in the world, but tracking cash is much harder. In addition, our government aggressively pursues numerous programs to confiscate citizen savings & wealth without due process, and it’s much easier to confiscate digital accounts. Thus, cash has become a huge target. So you better act now to move your savings & wealth out of cash and financial accounts, and into private physical assets like gold & silver, before you have nothing left to protect.
The Bankers’ War on Cash
When JPMorgan Chase recently informed customers that the bank will no longer allow cash to be stored in safety deposit boxes, it capped off a frightening trend in banker restrictions on cash usage & storage internationally:
- Citi’s Willem Buiter recently advocated abolishing cash altogether in order to “solve the world’s central banks’ problem with negative interest rates.”
- Chase instituted a new policy which “restricts borrowers from using cash to make payments on credit cards, mortgages, equity lines, and auto loans.”
- The Justice Department has ordered bank employees to consider calling the police on customers who withdraw $5,000 dollars or more.
- HSBC is now interrogating its account holders in the UK on how they earn and spend their money as well as restricting cash withdrawals for customers.
- Banks in the U.S. are making it harder for customers to withdraw and deposit cash, with Chase imposing new capital controls that mandate identification for cash deposits and ban cash being deposited into another person’s account.
- Chase banned international wire transfers while restricting cash activity for business customers (both deposits and withdrawals).
- The French government announced it will restrict French citizens from making cash payments over €1,000 euros.
Why the War on Cash?
At the very least, banks imposing restrictions on the use of cash amounts to an attack on anonymity and an example of how financial institutions are positioning themselves to handle the fallout of the next economic crash – at the expense of customers. But it goes even deep than that. Consider the lengths to which our government has gone to track your money worldwide, and the extent to which they have confiscated citizen savings without due process of law.
As the U.S. spirals toward insolvency due to massive over-spending and Fed money-printing, the U.S. government is pulling out all the stops to gain access to your money – no matter where it is across the globe. First, the government started seizing citizen bank accounts with no due process. Then, the Department of Justice and local police started seizing cash from innocent citizens. Now, the IRS threatens foreign nations and financial institutions across the globe to turn over your private data and financial accounts, with the threat of financial warfare if they don’t comply. They’re even threatening our very allies, despite the fact that they have no authority whatsoever over foreign nations!
So in short, if our government is going to these lengths to track down your money and even confiscate citizen savings without due process, isn’t it much easier to track and control digital accounts than cash? Yes. So how does the government remedy this challenge? They join the banks in a war against cash.
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May 30th, 2015 by olddog
By James Holbrooks
On June 2 a federal judge will decide whether or not the 600-strong Mongols Motorcycle Club can continue to use their logo. Uncle Sam considers biker gangs to be criminal enterprises and wants to be able to go after them like they would any other. Patches are a big deal to clubs, and a win for the government would be a major blow to the Mongols. What’s more, a nasty precedent would be set. One the feds could use against other clubs in the future.
The Mongols are mounting a First Amendment defense, claiming a ruling against them would violate their right to free speech. They’re correct, of course, and in a world of absolute adherence to the Constitution the case would never go before a judge in the first place. But that’s not how the game is played. As we’ve seen time and time again, the nobility are more than willing to change the rules as they see fit.
If fact, in the realm of the government’s war on gangs, the tactic being employed against the Mongols isn’t even the most egregious, Constitutionally speaking. Take a look at what’s happening in Southeast Texas. Last week a Port Arthur teen—and alleged member of a street gang called Surenos 13—was sentenced to nearly a year in jail for violating something called a “gang injunction.” This is the first time the region has utilized this particular law enforcement tool and the teen is the first to be prosecuted under it.
Gang injunctions got their start in California in the 1980s. They were used to create so-called “safe zones” where gang members were forbidden from associating. The legal justification behind them is that gang activity constitutes a public nuisance and therefore violates the law. But these injunctions aren’t just about association. They can also prevent members from wearing certain colors or owning certain items or any number of other wholly arbitrary actions. Whatever law enforcement considers gang activity, essentially.
In the case of the Port Arthur teen, there was a grand total of 37 restrictions placed on him and eight other members of Surenos 13. Among them are bans on things such as staying out after 9:00 PM, possessing aerosol paint cans, and committing crimes. Yes, they actually made it illegal to commit crimes. The kid now in a cage was popped, in part, for the villainous offense of possessing a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
And therein lies the rub. Because it’s not illegal to have a phone in your pocket while driving down the road or to have a couple of cans of spray paint in your backpack or to do any of the other myriad activities these gang injunctions might happen to restrict. Well, crimes are illegal, I suppose. But that’s ridiculous on its face. Point is, under the Constitution we as free individuals are supposed to be left alone to do as we will, so long as we don’t harm others. Them’s the rules. Or so we were brought up to believe.
Actually, them’s more than the rules. The Constitution is supposed to tell us who we are. We’re supposed to tear up and grow warm with pride upon reading the words. We’re a great people, after all, born of a great yearning for freedom, and the words are the proof of it. And so on and so forth. Never mind the fact that no one alive today signed the thing and so the obligation to adhere to it doesn’t actually exist. If you choose to prescribe to the fabricated idea of what America is—and there are a great many of us who don’t—then everything, by necessity, hinges upon the Constitution.
So what does it say about us as a country when our political class continuously reinterprets its own founding document to suit the needs of the moment? More importantly, what does it say about us as a people who stand idly by as it happens? None of it…the wars of conquest abroad, the rising police state at home, the torture going on just about everywhere…technically, none of it is allowed to be happening. And yet here we find ourselves, caught between a Constitution-free zone and a free speech cage.
The First Amendment says we have the right to peacefully assemble. The Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV says we have the right to travel. They might as well tell us to go piss up a rope. Ask those nine members of Surenos 13 about it. Ask them about safe zones and curfews and restrictions on association. Or go ask the Mongols about patches and the meaning of symbols. While you’re at it, whip out the flag and see if you get any laughs. Because America as it stands today is a bad joke. And the Constitution is the punchline.
James Holbrooks is a professional writer and editor. You can find his work atHolbrooksWordsmithing.com where this article first appeared. Follow James on Twitter.
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May 28th, 2015 by olddog
By Martin Armstrong
I have been warning for some time that government was eyeing up pensions. The amount in private pension funds is about $19.4 trillion. The question that has been debated in secret behind the curtain is how to justify to the people taking that over. I have been warning that if this is seized by government, it will come after 2015 Just how that is to be accomplished was finally settled by the Supreme Court without any justification constitutionally.
The US Supreme Court ruled last week in the unanimous, 8-page decision in Tibble v. Edison holding that employers have a duty to protect workers in their 401(k) plans from mutual funds that are too expensive or perform poorly. That is simply astonishing since there is no constitutional requirement for even government to provide social benefits. The Supreme court held in HARRIS v. McRAE, 448 U.S. 297 (1980) it was explained that the constitution is negative not positive. There is no duty imposed upon the state to provide a program for that would convert the constitution from a negative restrain upon government to a positive obligation to provide for everyone.
If we take the fact that the constitution is NEGATIVE and was a restrain upon government, then this latest ruling is completely unfounded. Monday’s unanimous ruling sends a warning to employers that they now must improve their plans and it is now an obligation to project employees. This comes just in time for then the next step is government to seize private funds and prosecute employers who choose badly a fund manager. This fits perfectly just in time for the Obama administration’s next assault as they prepare a landmark change of its own by issuing rules requiring that financial advisers put the interest of customers ahead of their own. This creates a very gray area wide enough to justify public seizure of pension funds under management.
This ruling will have a dramatic impact upon investment management and we have already received calls asking about using our model for management purposes since it has one of the longest track records that can be verified in the industry. What this ruling imposes is a tremendous duty upon the plan fiduciary who must now back up his decision with proof. This may also have the impact of foreclosing new fund managers from entering the business since they will lack the track record.
Yet this decision is even deeper. It sets the stage to JUSTIFY government seizure of private pension funds to protect pensioners. When the economy turns down and things get messy, they are placing measures in place to eliminate money in and physical dimension, closing all tax loopholes, shutting down the world economy with FATCA, and preparing for the final straw of Economic Totalitarianism with the Supreme Court reversing its entire construction of the Constitution to impose a duty upon employers to ensure the 401K plans perform in a world where interest rates are going negative. You really cannot make up this level of insanity.
The message here is not that all 401(k)s are bad or too expensive. In fact, costs have fallen 30 percent over the past decade as more plan sponsors turn to low-cost passive investing options. But this can be highly dangerous for to lower costs they turn to government debt where there is no need for fund management decisions. Yes, when I did hedge fund management, the cost was 5% annually plus 20% performance. That cost went to staff around the world that had to monitor positions and the world economy on a 24 hours basis. You paid also NOT to trade for most losses took place when traders were bored are would trade to try to make money when there was nothing to be done. Our track record was the best ever in the industry with the lowest drawn down perhaps in fund management. But that risk reduction cost money.
Today, costs vary widely. Plans with more than $100 million in assets usually have total annual costs below 1% whereas the biggest plans usually are below 0.50%. In small plans, the costs can be as high as 2% today. The focus is now on cost – not performance.
Financial service companies can charge a range of management, administrative, marketing, distribution and record-keeping fees for 401(k) plans. Plan sponsors can assume the costs, but employees are paying at least 85% of all fees typically. It is true that most workers do not know they pay the bulk of the share of costs. A 2011 AARP survey found that 71% of retirement savers do not think they pay any investment fees at all. It is true that the fees make a huge difference in returns over time. However, this drive to lower costs has also lowered the quality of funds management.
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that a 1% point difference on a current account balance of $25,000 will reduce total accumulations by 28% over 35 years, assuming average returns of 7% and no further contributions. The focus is all on these management fees without any consideration of the problem. Trying to manage money varies according to the size of the fund. The more you gather, often the lower the performance because the markets are not unlimited. You can pick up the phone and say “sell at the market” when you have a $100 million fund, you cannot do that with a $100 billion fund. So the management fee was also a means to reduce the number of clients and it was never a question of unlimited capacity to trade. The numbers on performance would decline with greater amounts of money under management for the manager lost flexibility.
The Supreme Court case clearly shows that lack of understanding of the industry yet the battle centered on the 401(k) plan’s use of retail-class mutual funds when less-expensive institutional shares were available. The difference between those classes typically is 25 basis points. This will now put pressure on large plans to cut costs further but will not have much impact on smaller plans. That is because big plans have the buying power to negotiate better deals but at the same time they are the easy target for lawyers making them much more attractive targets for litigation.
Cutting management fees to the bone may in fact set the stage for massive losses for many of the older better traders are now just resigning. The quality of the funds management is more likely than not going to decline noticeably.
Between the court ruling and the Obama administration’s push for stronger fiduciary rules send a strong message that government can much easier seize the pension fund management industry of course to “protect the consumer”.
Reprinted from Armstrong Economics.
May 27th, 2015 by olddog
By Rory Hall
One of the most effective means the elite use today to get their way and push a particular agenda is to make it “hip, swinging and very, very cool”. Another way is to simply tell you what is obsolete and “out dated”. Who wants to be “behind the times”? Certainly not someone who is looking for the next “really cool” gadget! No, this particular person wants to be on the “cutting edge” of the “next big thing”!
Enter the banking cabal and their desire to have total and absolute control of your life through your banking account and your means of transacting business.
Think my “tin foil hat” is screwed on a little tight? Well, how about this gem that was released earlier today in England:
Recorded from BBC1 HD, BBC Breakfast, 25 May 2015 [Source]
The banks are closing branches and making people use the internet for their banking. All part of the criminal banks and criminal government (as per Bilderberg plan), to make it a cashless society. Once cash is gone, the terrorism of the bankers and government will commence.
Mega Corp needs a bailout, press of a button and your savings are moved to the corporation. Didn’t vote “the right way” at an election, press of button you are a non person who can’t exist without the electronic money. This is planned terrorism. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
Notice how the “reporter” scowls when she mentions going to a brick-and-mortar bank and how gleeful she is when discussing the use of online banking. No need for bricks and mortar, just hand over all your data, finances and business transactions to the bank and they will be happy to handle it for you!!
The same banks that, just this past week, were “fined” for rigging interest rates on a global scale. The same banks that have been “fined” for drug money laundering, funding terrorist organizations and rigging most of the equities markets around the world. You know the accounts – YOUR 401k and IRA accounts!! They are coming for your cash and they are not going to sleep until they get it.
All that is needed is a group of really “cool, hip” young people gleefully dancing around and singing the praises of being cashless and not “wasting time” with “out-dated” brick-and-mortar banks. Voila! It is now the “next big thing”.
Another way, and this started many years ago under the guise of “security”, is simply to not have cash available for transactions at the business itself. I was recently in a store and the cashier informed they did not have change for a $100 bill. It hit me that this has been happening for a great many years, no change for a $100 or $50, and this is one of the ways they can “train” people to go cashless. Next step, inability to make change for $20. All under the nonsensical “security” umbrella. You know you have experienced exactly what I am referencing, maybe even very recently.
How do we fight this insidious ever encroaching cashless nightmare? It’s very simple. We begin using as much cash as possible. Walk out of the store when they are unable to make change for your $100 or $50 and take your business elsewhere. Will you do it? Will you “suffer the inconvenience”? I doubt it. We have become lazy, arrogant and want someone else to do the actual work while we enjoy the benefits of their labor. A cashless society is right around the corner and the financial and economic nightmare that is unfolding right in front of us will be ramped up to warp-drive.
So good luck with the coming bail-in from your account. The ability to remove your funds from your 401k and IRA is in the process of being taken away from you, it is called a Gate Mechanism. You will no longer be able to actually remove the funds in your account, merely move from one fund to another. When the banking cabal stops the flow of hard currency and forces you to use their criminal online, fully digital “currency” you will have no choice as to how your funds are used or who uses them for what purpose. Step out of line – deleted from the financial world. Welcome to a brave new hunger matrix world.
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A cashless society is a sitting duck surrounded by hunters with no mercy, and no need to fill their pockets any more. They already have enough wealth to buy anything they desire, so why do this? The answer is; they want to reduce the consumption of natural resources so their families will never run out, and that requires a drastic reduction in the human population. They want to destroy humanity without destroying their vast real-estate holdings and infrastructure. Starving us to death and turning us against each other will be the way we die. No one ever said they are stupid, just greedy animals. If the America Military had any balls they would drag them down a gravel road until there was nothing left. Their audacity is recorded on the Georgia guide stones.
“LET THESE BE GUIDESTONES TO AN AGE OF REASON”
The message of the Georgia Guide stones is set in granite in eight languages living, four languages dead, and in astro-theology
Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Spanish, Swahili
- MAINTAIN HUMANITY UNDER 500,000,000 IN PERPETUAL BALANCE WITH NATURE
- GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY – IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY
- UNITE HUMANITY WITH A LIVING NEW LANGUAGE
- RULE PASSION – FAITH – TRADITION – AND ALL THINGS WITH TEMPERED REASON
- PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS
- LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES IN A WORLD COURT
- AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS OFFICIALS
- BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH SOCIAL DUTIES
- PRIZE TRUTH – BEAUTY – LOVE- SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE
- BE NOT A CANCER ON THE EARTH –
LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE
On one of the highest hilltops in Elbert County, Georgia stands a huge granite monument. Engraved in eight different languages on the four giant stones that support the common capstone are 10 Guides, or commandments. That monument is alternately referred to as The Georgia Guidestones, or the American Stonehenge. Though relatively unknown to most people, it is an important link to the Occult Hierarchy that dominates the world in which we live.
The origin of that strange monument is shrouded in mystery because no one knows the true identity of the man, or men, who commissioned its construction. All that is known for certain is that in June 1979, a well-dressed, articulate stranger visited the office of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and announced that he wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind. He identified himself as R. C. Christian, but it soon became apparent that was not his real name. He said that he represented a group of men who wanted to offer direction to humanity, but to date, almost two decades later, no one knows who R. C. Christian really was, or the names of those he represented. Several things are apparent. The messages engraved on the Georgia Guidestones deal with four major fields: (1) Governance and the establishment of a world government, (2) Population and reproduction control, (3) The environment and man’s relationship to nature, and (4) Spirituality.
In the public library in Elberton, I found a book written by the man who called himself R.C. Christian. I discovered that the monument he commissioned had been erected in recognition of Thomas Paine and the occult philosophy he espoused. Indeed, the Georgia Guidestones are used for occult ceremonies and mystic celebrations to this very day. Tragically, only one religious leader in the area had the courage to speak out against the American Stonehenge, and he has recently relocated his ministry.
THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES
Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
- Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
- Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.
Limiting the population of the earth to 500 million will require the extermination of nine-tenths of the world’s people. The American Stonehenge’s reference to establishing a world court foreshadows the current move to create an International Criminal Court and a world government. The Guidestones’ emphasis on preserving nature anticipates the environmental movement of the 1990s, and the reference to “seeking harmony with the infinite” reflects the current effort to replace Judeo-Christian beliefs with a new spirituality.
The message of the American Stonehenge also foreshadowed the current drive for Sustainable Development. Any time you hear the phrase “Sustainable Development” used, you should substitute the term “socialism” to be able to understand what is intended. Later in this syllabus you will read the full text of the Earth Charter which was compiled under the direction of Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong. In that document you will find an emphasis on the same basic issues: control of reproduction, world governance, the importance of nature and the environment, and a new spirituality. The similarity between the ideas engraved on the Georgia Guidestones and those espoused in the Earth Charter reflect the common origins of both.
Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, was recently quoted as referring to the American Stonehenge, saying:
“I want people to know about the stones … We’re headed toward a world where we might blow ourselves up and maybe the globe will not exist … it’s a nice time to reaffirm ourselves, knowing all the beautiful things that are in this country and the Georgia Stones symbolize that.”
What is the true significance of the American Stonehenge, and why is its covert message important? Because it confirms the fact that there was a covert group intent on
(1) Dramatically reducing the population of the world.
(2) Promoting environmentalism.
(3) Establishing a world government.
(4) Promoting a new spirituality.
Certainly the group that commissioned the Georgia Guidestones is one of many similar groups working together toward a New World Order, a new world economic system, and a new world spirituality. Behind those groups, however, are dark spiritual forces. Without understanding the nature of those dark forces it is impossible to understand the unfolding of world events.
The fact that most Americans have never heard of the Georgia Guidestones or their message to humanity reflects the degree of control that exists today over what the American people think. We ignore that message at our peril.
Copies are available for researchers from Radio Liberty.
The Age of Reason was a book written by Thomas Paine. Its intent was to destroy the Judeo-Christian beliefs upon which our Republic was founded.
The hole that you see in the stone was drilled in the Center Stone so that the North Star could be visualized through it at any moment. This was one of several requirements stipulated by R.C.Christian for the building of the American Stonehenge and reflects his obsession with the alignment of the stars, the sun, and the moon. Occultists often worship the alignment and movement of heavenly bodies as part of their religious ceremonies
May 26th, 2015 by olddog
[Editor’s note: This article was originally published in June 2003]
Patriotism these days is like Christmas—lots of people caught up in a festive atmosphere replete with lights and spectacles. We hear reminders about “the true meaning” of Christmas—and we may even mutter a few guilt-ridden words to that effect ourselves—but each of us spends more time and thought in parties, gift-giving, and the other paraphernalia of a secularized holiday than we do deepening our devotion to the true meaning.
So it is with patriotism, especially on Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June, and Independence Day in July. Walk down Main Street America and ask one citizen after another what patriotism means and with few exceptions, you’ll get a passel of the most self-righteous but superficial and often dead-wrong answers. America’s Founders, the men and women who gave us reason to be patriotic in the first place, would think we’ve lost our way if they could see us now.
Since the infamous attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans in near unanimity have been “feeling” patriotic. For most, that sadly suffices to make one a solid patriot. But if I’m right, it’s time for Americans to take a refresher course.
Patriotism is not love of country, if by “country” you mean scenery—amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesty, and the like. Almost every country has pretty collections of rocks, water, and stuff that people grow and eat. If that’s what patriotism is all about, then Americans have precious little for which we can claim any special or unique love. And surely, patriotism cannot mean giving one’s life for a river or a mountain range.
Patriotism is not blind trust in anything our leaders tell us or do. That just replaces some lofty concepts with mindless goose-stepping.
Patriotism is not simply showing up to vote. You need to know a lot more about what motivates a voter before you judge his patriotism. He might be casting a ballot because he just wants something at someone else’s expense. Maybe he doesn’t much care where the politician he’s hiring gets it. Remember Dr. Johnson’s wisdom: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
Waving the flag can be an outward sign of patriotism, but let’s not cheapen the term by ever suggesting that it’s anything more than a sign. And while it’s always fitting to mourn those who lost their lives simply because they resided on American soil, that too does not define patriotism.
People in every country and in all times have expressed feelings of something we flippantly call “patriotism,” but that just begs the question. What is this thing, anyway? Can it be so cheap and meaningless that a few gestures and feelings make you patriotic?
Not in my book.
I subscribe to a patriotism rooted in ideas that in turn gave birth to a country, but it’s the ideas that I think of when I’m feeling patriotic. I’m a patriotic American because I revere the ideas that motivated the Founders and compelled them, in many instances, to put their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor on the line.
What ideas? Read the Declaration of Independence again. Or, if you’re like most Americans these days, read it for the very first time. It’s all there. All men are created equal. They are endowed not by government but by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Premier among those rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Government must be limited to protecting the peace and preserving our liberties, and doing so through the consent of the governed. It’s the right of a free people to rid themselves of a government that becomes destructive of those ends, as our Founders did in a supreme act of courage and defiance more than two hundred years ago.
Call it freedom. Call it liberty. Call it whatever you want, but it’s the bedrock on which this nation was founded and from which we stray at our peril. It’s what has defined us as Americans. It’s what almost everyone who has ever lived on this planet has yearned for. It makes life worth living, which means it’s worth fighting and dying for.
An American Spin
I know that this concept of patriotism puts an American spin on the term. But I don’t know how to be patriotic for Uganda or Paraguay. I hope the Ugandans and Paraguayans have lofty ideals they celebrate when they feel patriotic, but whether or not they do is a question you’ll have to ask them. I can only tell you what patriotism means to me as an American.
I understand that America has often fallen short of the superlative ideas expressed in the Declaration. That hasn’t diminished my reverence for them, nor has it dimmed my hope that future generations of Americans will be re-inspired by them.
This brand of patriotism, in fact, gets me through the roughest and most cynical of times. My patriotism is never affected by any politician’s failures, or any shortcoming of some government policy, or any slump in the economy or stock market. I never cease to get that “rush” that comes from watching Old Glory flapping in the breeze, no matter how far today’s generations have departed from the original meaning of those stars and stripes. No outcome of any election, no matter how adverse, makes me feel any less devoted to the ideals our Founders put to pen in 1776. Indeed, as life’s experiences mount, the wisdom of what giants like Jefferson and Madison bestowed on us becomes ever more apparent to me. I get more fired up than ever to help others come to appreciate the same things.
During a recent visit to the land of my ancestors, Scotland, I came across a few very old words that gave me pause. Though they preceded our Declaration of Independence by 456 years, and come from three thousand miles away, I can hardly think of anything ever written here that more powerfully stirs in me the patriotism I’ve defined above. In 1320, in an effort to explain why they had spent the previous 30 years in bloody battle to expel the invading English, Scottish leaders ended their Declaration of Arbroath with this line: “It is not for honor or glory or wealth that we fight, but for freedom alone, which no good man gives up except with his life.”
Freedom—understanding it, living it, teaching it, and supporting those who are educating others about its principles. That, my fellow Americans, is what patriotism should mean to each of us today.
Lawrence W. Reed
Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s.