Archive for March, 2013
March 31st, 2013 by olddog
March 30, 2013
Since the unspeakable horror in Newtown, CT, last December, the lackeys who serve the ruling elite have stepped up efforts to ban specific types of weapons. There has never been any question the desired goal is to disarm we the people because the Second Amendment is the only thing standing between us and those who wish to rule us with an iron fist.
Efforts to nullify the Second Amendment have been stepped up with the usual cast of clowns releasing more flatulence than a massive herd of cattle:
• Rev. Jackson: Some 'Anti-American People' Arming Themselves in U.S.Have 'Confederate Ideology'
• Michael Moore: ‘Calm Down, White People, and Put Away Your Guns’
• Politico Reporter: LaPierre Is ‘Tired, Old White Guy That Is Clinging on to Something of the Past’ (Another empty-headed female)
• Belafonte blasts 'white America' for black gun crimes -NAACP forum used to attack 2nd Amendment 'carnage' in cities
Al Sharpton: “People Do Not Have The Right To Unregulated Rights In This Country”
"Sharpton and other black leaders were meeting and then held a press conference. In that press conference, Sharpton said, “Absolutely, I mean if you look at the Second Amendment it was that you would have militia to protect yourself in case the government came and attacked citizens. First of all, if the government were to come to disarm you, you would not be able to use an automatic weapon to defend yourself. Let's be serious. We're in a world of drones now so the Second Amendment would not help you in that area. It is absurd to try to cite that.”
What's absurd is that buffoon speaking on an issue he knows nothing about.
Then, we have victims of mind melt; their brain has been softened by the relentless propaganda dished out to Americans on a daily basis for decades:
Des Moines Register publishes gun-ban column advocating deadly violence against NRA, GOP leaders
"In a column that appeared after the shooting with the headline "Kaul: Nation needs a new agenda on guns," he proposed a new liberal agenda: repeal the Second Amendment, declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal, and well, make violent threats to Republican leaders and NRA members. The Des Moines Register published this junk on December 29.
"I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control," he wrote. Is that a threatening James Byrd reference? "And if that didn't work, I’d adopt radical measures," he continued. This was how he spelled out the other agenda items, which included killing NRA members who wouldn't surrender their arms:" (Rest at link above)
Naturally, Butch Napolitano's thugs from the Department of Fatherland Security ignored promoting the murder of NRA members.
Over the past few years, great effort has been made to reach out to sheriffs across the country as the tyranny coming out of the Outlaw Congress and various unconstitutional agencies continue to terrorize Americans over things like raw milk. Actually, Jack McLamb's association, Police & Military Against The New World Order, has been at it for more than a decade. Jack is a former police officer himself; a real gentleman. Former sheriff, Richard Mack, has been out there working hard, reaching out to sheriffs around the country.
They have been very successful. So successful, in fact, the carnival barker WH press secretary, Jay Carney, spewed this vomit with a straight face:
"CNSNews.com asked, “There have been 381 sheriffs that have signed on saying they would not enforce gun laws they believed were unconstitutional. Would the administration have a problem if local law enforcement did not enforce whatever gun package were to pass?”
"Carney responded that he had not seen the list of sheriffs. “I think as a general proposition we think that people ought to follow the law,” Carney told CNSNews.com. “As an absolute matter of fact in my view, and I think many other constitutional experts, there's not a single measure in this package of proposals the president has put forward that in anyway violates the Constitution. In fact, they reflect the president's commitment to our Second Amendment rights.”
I sincerely appreciate the work of Jack, Richard and all the sheriffs in this country who have stepped forward to show their support for the Second Amendment. However, the word sheriff appears no where in the U.S. Constitution making that office vulnerable to politicians who react with hysterical emotion instead of reason and logic.
Delaware leads nationwide move to strip county sheriffs of power
Law would fire sheriffs for defying gun control measures – Texas:
"The first effort emerged in Texas. Legislation proposed by Dallas Democratic Rep. Yvonne Davis would remove any sheriff or law enforcement officer who refuses to enforce state or federal laws. What's more, it would remove any elected or appointed law enforcement officer for simply stating or signing any document stating that they will not obey federal orders. A gun lobbyist told Secrets, "Beware because once something like this is introduced in one state, it will be followed very quickly in several other states."
The bill is H.B. 2127. Pray tell, Ms. Davis – just how do you intend to remove any sheriff in this state? They are elected by the people. One can hope that since our state legislature is controlled by Republicans, both houses, with a Republican governor, that bill won't stand a chance. Texans might want to call their state rep and tell him/her you're outraged Ms. Davis has introduced such a bill.
It's not just a nationwide effort to limit their power, but to abolish the office of sheriff altogether. Mark my words, it's coming.
Then, there are the imbeciles who have zero understanding of the meaning of the Second Amendment:
Utah Governor: "Utah Will Adhere to the Law" and Obey Federal Gun Laws
"As courageous state legislators enlist in the fight to repel the federal government's assault on the Second Amendment, the governor of one western state is telling a liberty-minded state representative to stand down. Governor Gary Herbert of Utah recently called a pro-gun rights bill sponsored by a Utah state representative “an exaggeration” and encouraged the lawmaker to “adhere to the law.” This is not the level of support citizens of the Beehive State would expect from the man they elected to lead their state."
Since 2005, Dr. Edwin Vieira has been trying to educate gun owners and lawmakers about the constitutional militia. I've been trying, but running into a brick wall from individuals who simply ignore the history of the militia and the true meaning of the Second Amendment. Responses I get from private militia members here and in other states is "we don't need the stinking state". Such geniuses. I hate to break it to you fellas, but as "private" militias, you have zero legal authority to do anything other than target practice.
Last summer I wrote four working papers and one bill for our state legislature. One of the working papers is to reconstitute the constitutional militia. They were given to members of the legislature. Did I get any support from the militia groups in Texas? Not one that I'm aware of; after all, "We don't need the state."
Our legislature is going to do nothing about a constitutional sound money bill, Agenda 21, revitalizing the constitutional militia or the Seventeenth Amendment. I sent every Republican (they control both houses) a letter directing them to those working papers and the one bill I wrote .I included Dr. Vieria's nine page presentation to the Montana banking committee on a constitutional sound money bill. It cost me about $350.00 for the printing and postage. I might as well have burned the money and not wasted my time. Despite efforts to get the word out to active groups here in Texas, few did anything in contacting state legislators and senators to get three bills written; I wrote one with the working paper. Because there was no pressure, those four issues will not be addressed by our legislature this session. Our legislature goes out of session May 27, 2013, until January 6, 2015. By then it will be too late. Don't Mess With Texas is nothing but empty words.
I'll say it again: militias around the country are doing great work in planning and preparing for disasters to help first responders. They are responsible, patriotic folks. But, there is a difference between the constitutional militia and private ones:
Are you doing your constitutional duty for "homeland security"?
"All this is no merely quaint story-telling about men attired in knee-britches and three-cornered hats, or the anachronistic and academic stuff of Colonial re-enactors and museums at Lexington and Concord. This is what "the Militia of the several States" actually were, codified in every relevant statute of every Colony and independent State throughout a period of almost 150 years prior to ratification of the Constitution. And therefore this is what "the Militia of the several States" still are, because that term incorporated in the Constitution must be interpreted in light of its historical antecedents as known to the Founding Fathers, and continue to be given the selfsame construction until the Constitution is amended (which, with the assistance of Providence, in this particular it never will be). See Eisner v. Macomber, 252 U.S. 189, 206 (1920). The only possible difference to be countenanced today actually amounts to an expansion: Now, with the legal emancipation of women, "the Militia of the several States" arguably includes all able-bodied females, who might be called to serve in some capacities in the most critical, last-ditch situations of State and National defense, freeing men for more arduous duties.
"So, constitutionally YOU very likely–indeed, almost surely–are a member of "the Militia of the several States" in the State in which you live. And, if so, the Constitution imposes a duty on YOU to keep and bear arms in the Militia for the defense of your State and Nation, because that is the meaning of the Militia: the people in arms, and therefore the people with arms. And, most importantly, their own arms: their own private property in their own personal possession.
"Moreover, because the duty to keep and bear arms is of constitutional stature, each individual enjoys an absolute constitutional right as against every level, department, or branch of government–National, State, and local–to fulfill that duty. Inasmuch as the Constitution requires all of We the People eligible for the Militia to possess their own private arms in their capacity as a governmental institution, then on no account, for no reason, and by the application of no power can any level of government disarm any of them. Indeed, to argue that any other branch of government may disarm the one branch of government that the Constitution specifically requires to be armed is so illogical as to verge on insanity."
Private militia have no power despite the nasty, patronizing emails I get from men:
"Although some of these private “militias” claim “common law” as their basis, they cannot stand on such a foundation. For “common law” had nothing whatsoever to do with the formation and operation of the Militia in any of the Colonies or independent States prior to ratification of the Constitution. All of those Militia were the products of charters or statutes. And in none of them did judges or sheriffs play any directing role. Under the Constitution, therefore, the same pattern must obtain today. As wholly private organizations with no legal authority peculiar to themselves—for certainly not a single one of them has been empowered by a State statute to participate in the activities they have taken upon themselves—these “militias” are necessarily not parts of the government of any State or Locality."
"The Militia of the Several States" Guarantee the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
"Although the Constitution recognizes "the Militia of the several States" as State institutions, the States themselves cannot dispense with the Militia, in whole or material part, because the Constitution presupposes the permanence of the Militia, and the Constitution is "the supreme Law of the Land", which all State officials "shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support". Article VI, Clauses 2 and 3…..
"The Constitution reserves to the States "the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress". Article I, Section 8, Clause 16. If Congress fails to "prescribe[ ]" such "discipline", and in all cases where any Congressionally mandated "discipline" does not apply, the States do not need Congress's permission to administer their Militia as they may judge to be necessary and proper. Prior to ratification of the Constitution, the States' powers over their Militia were plenary. The Constitution delegated to Congress certain limited powers with respect to the Militia–which powers, if Congress properly exercises them, are "the supreme Law of the Land" that supersede conflicting State laws. Article VI, Clause 2. Otherwise, the States retain a concurrent power to enact laws to govern their Militia. Amendment X."
Sadly, even state lawmakers don't understand the true militia:
South Carolina Unorganized Militia And Assault Weapons to Repel Federal Tyranny
"As a warning shot over the bow, South Carolina is poised to take action to protect the rights of its citizens. Congratulations, you are a member of South Carolina's “unorganized militia.” Now that you know that, state Sen. Tom Corbin, R-Greenville, wants to make sure you have access to guns in case the governor ever calls on you to defend the state. Corbin has proposed a new state law — unanimously approved Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee — that would guarantee all members of the unorganized militia “shall have the right, at his own expense, to acquire, possess, keep, and bear all firearms that could be legally acquired or possessed by a citizen of South Carolina as of December 31, 2012.”
"Translated that means — barring an almost certain constitutional challenge if the proposal becomes law — you can buy an assault weapon, regardless of whether the federal government bans them, as President Barack Obama and others have proposed. The proposed law is based on a state law, dating back to 1881, that refers to an “unorganized militia” made up of “all able bodied persons over 17 years of age.”
Would Sen. Corbin please tell me where in the Second Amendment it says unorganized militia? "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." While I appreciate Sen. Corbin's effort, it doesn't solve the problem of the current push to ban certain weapons. This latest is just another incremental step.
Ted Nugent took some actor named Jim Carrey to the woodshed over an anti-Second Amendment video he apparently made. But, why hasn't Ted Nugent stepped up to the plate to support revitalizing the constitutional militia? His voice would activate a whole lot of gun owners.
Keep sending your money to the NRA. But remember this: Wayne LaPierre talks the big talk, but without the NRA's big money, Harry Reid can't keep getting reelected. Wayne LaPierre is a friend of Comrade Reid: Video: NRA’s Wayne Lapierre Praises Anti-Gun Harry Reid. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. Harry Reid has treaded carefully regarding the so-called assault weapons ban. Like any hooker on a street corner, he knows where his next buck comes from – your membership dues.
Getting Gun Owners' Information Is the NRA's Business. "It kind of makes you wonder if there isn't someone in the NRA's membership department who fantasizes about how much easier their job would be if there really was a national gun registry."
Oath Keepers are doing a bang up job in trying to educate Americans, gun owners or not, about the constitutional militia: Oath Keepers group issues nationwide call to support militia documentary. I don't know how many of their members have been working as some of us tried here in Texas to revitalize the militia in their respective states.
For the life of me, I still cannot fathom why a fine organization like Gun Owners of America hasn't mobilized their millions of members to work towards the only real solution to stopping gun control. GOA has a full page of all of Dr. Edwin Vieira's militia columns here. If they put out a special mailing to their millions of members outlining a game plan for the state houses, just think of what could happen!
I say this to the gun owners in this country who continue to ignore the only real solution: You keep fighting this war with an unloaded gun and you're going to continue to lose.
If gun owners think for one minute this push to disarm us is going away, you're in denial. Throwing money at "conservatives" in the Outlaw Congress or signing petitions to get some bill passed in the Outlaw Congress to "protect our Second Amendment rights" has done NOTHING to stop what's going on. Throwing more money at the NRA or other gun groups to stop the never ending legislation in state houses and the Outlaw Congress has done NOTHING to stop what's going on. Remember the old saying: Doing the same thing over and over again is a form of insanity.
If gun owners in this country don't stand up as a whole and go after their state legislatures, we will continue to see this: Court deals blow to NRA, Second Amendment in gun case
If gun owners in this country really wanted to stop the constant attack on the Second Amendment, they would have rallies at their state capitol with thousands demanding their legislature revitalize the constitutional militia. If you don't think that will do the trick, let me remind folks about how the patriots of Tennessee defeated the effort to enact a state sales tax:
Tennesseans stage tax revolt – Massive revolt at state Capitol stops new income-tax plan (June 2000)
"As protesters began to gather outside the legislative chambers Monday evening, several legislators were taken away by ambulance and hospitalized for blood pressure and heart problems as tensions rose and tempers flared. By Tuesday morning, tax protesters were brandishing signs reading, “Let's send them all to the ER!”
"Trouble began brewing Friday evening as the state income tax proposal emerged from a legislative conference committee considering the state budget after local news shows had already aired. Legislators supporting the income tax had hoped that a vote would be taken on the proposal Saturday morning to avoid giving anti-tax groups time to mount a repeat of the tax revolt that occurred last November, when an earlier income-tax measure died as taxpayers besieged legislative offices with tens of thousands of calls and e-mails every hour. But the hopes of income-tax supporters were dashed when two of Nashville’s competing talk radio stations, WLAC and WTN, joined forces and served as the catalyst for opposition to the legislative proposal."
I hope you read the full article. It's also how we, led by Jodi Waters out in California, beat the biggest oil companies in the world over the MTBE gasoline additive disaster. It is no longer in any gasoline in the country. We took our angry voices to the state house and we won.
The patriots of Tennessee won. How about gun owners in this country? More donations, petitions, endless lawsuits or raising hell at your state capitol until your legislators "get it"? Put up or shut up as they say.
City looks to make gun ownership mandatory
Several columns by Dr. Edwin Vieira on the constitutional militia free on audio.
President George Washington Structured The Militia
System To Prevent Treason And Tyranny By Public Officials.
Gun Control, the Dick Act of 1902, Bills of Attainder and Ex Post Facto Laws
'Our civilian-military face-off' (Sacramento Bee, November 30, 1997).
"Bill of Rights No Obstacle for the [Marine] Corps.
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March 30th, 2013 by olddog
By Tom Burghardt
One indelible sign of state capture by pirate corporations and the financial jackals holding sway on Wall Street and the City of London is the ease with which former “regulators” slip into plum positions with the firms whom they supposedly “regulated” as “public servants.”
While the drone kill-crazy Obama regime has done yeoman’s work cementing in place extra-constitutional policies first enacted by the Bush gang–only to exceed Bushist depredations by a whole order of magnitude–kool-aid sipping “progressives” and troglodytic “conservatives” have given the president a free pass when it comes to policing the financial criminals who blew up the world economy.
But when it comes to US spy agencies probing and sweeping up your financial information, well, the sky’s the limit!
As Reuters reported last week, the administration “is drawing up plans” to give securocrats “full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document.”
That Treasury plan would give secret state apparatchiks, including those ensconced at CIA, NSA and the Pentagon free reign to rummage through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) massive database of “suspicious activity reports” routinely filed by “banks, securities dealers, casinos and money and wire transfer agencies.” The FBI and DHS already have full access to that database under the Orwellian USA Patriot Act.
Under the proposal, FinCen data will be linked “with a computer network used by US defense and law enforcement agencies to share classified information called the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System,” according to Reuters.
And since requirements for filing SARs are “so strict,” banks often “over-report,” this “raises the possibility that the financial details of ordinary citizens could wind up in the hands of spy agencies,” where it will live in perpetuity, “criminal evidence, ready for use in a trial,” as Cryptohippie famously warned.
Got that? While Wall Street drug banks are handled with care because of the “collateral consequences” that might result from a criminal referral for laundering billions of narco-dollars, the average citizen’s financial data will be fair game.
Which brings us back to Obama’s anemic regulatory regime and the “sheriffs” eager to do the bankster’s bidding.
Wall Street’s Choice
As one of the filthiest dens of corruption in Washington, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in a league of its own.
In late January, when the president announced he was nominating former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), The New York Times, as they are wont to do, proclaimed that the “White House delivered a strong message to Wall Street.”
A rather ironic assertion considering the tens of millions of dollars “earned” defending Wall Street criminals by Debevoise & Plimpton partner Mary Jo and her millionaire lawyer husband John, a partner at the white shoe corporate litigation shop Cravath, Swaine & Moore, as Above the Law disclosed.
Keep in mind that White will soon lead an agency that for years covered-up financial crimes by routinely shredding tens of thousands of case files on everything from insider trading, securities fraud, market manipulation and the Madoff and Stanford Ponzi schemes, as a 2011 Rolling Stone investigation disclosed.
As I reported nearly three years ago during my investigation into now-convicted fraudster Allen Stanford’s ties to the CIA over his role in laundering oceans of cash for the Agency’s narcotrafficking assets, the SEC’s Fort Worth office “stood down” multiple probes “at the request of another federal agency,” which regional head of enforcement Stephen J. Korotash “declined to name.”
Indeed, a 2010 report by the SEC’s Office of the Inspector General found that another “former head of Enforcement in Fort Worth,” Spencer C. Barasch, “played a significant role in multiple decisions over the years to quash investigations of Stanford,” and sought to represent the dodgy banker “on three separate occasions after he left the Commission, and in fact represented Stanford briefly in 2006 before he was informed by the SEC Ethics Office that it was improper to do so.”
Barasch eventually paid a $50,000 fine for ethics violations and “moved on.”
Despite the SEC’s documented history of sleaze and lax enforcement of rules that would earn the average citizen a one-way ticket to the slammer, on March 19 the Senate Banking Committee approved White’s nomination by a vote of 21-1; the lone dissenter was Sherrod Brown (D-OH). A vote by the full Senate could come as early as next week and she is expected to be confirmed easily.
As a former US Attorney for the Southern District in New York (1993-2002), White has been described by corporate media as a “tough as nails” prosecutor for her role in bringing down Mafia wise guy John Gotti and for running to ground criminal mastermind Ramzi Yousef, the architect of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. (For a gripping account of how the FBI and US prosecutor’s office botched that investigation and “foamed the runway” for the mass murder of 3,000 people on 9/11, readers should train their sights on Peter Lance’s exposé, 1000 Years for Revenge).
White’s record when it came to holding financial criminals to account however, was even more dubious; in fact, for more than a decade she’s defended them.
Times’ stenographers dialed back their glowing encomiums for the Obama nominee, writing that “translating that message into action will not be easy, given the complexities of the market and Wall Street’s aggressive nature.”
As reliable hands on the financial beat, Dealbook reporters routinely trumpet everything from the Justice Department’s sweetheart deal with drug money laundering and terrorist coddling banking giant HSBC to kissing Jamie Dimon’s hem over billions of JPMorgan Chase losses last year in what were euphemistically described as a “bad bet on derivatives.”
In the January puff-piece, reporters Ben Protess and Benjamin Weiser outdid themselves, claiming that with the White nomination “the president showed a renewed resolve to hold Wall Street accountable for wrongdoing.”
However, a less than laudatory piece published by Bloomberg News took those fatuous claims to task. Financial columnist Jonathan Weil observed that while “The Securities and Exchange Commission couldn’t get Ken Lewis on any securities-law violations after he helped drive Bank of America Corp. into the ground as its chief executive officer,” the agency “is poised to get his attorney as its new chairman–and Morgan Stanley’s, too.”
But hey, it’s not like the SEC is chock-a-block with conflicts of interest, right? Well, if a bracing read is what the doctor ordered, then turn your attention to a damning study released last month by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). Entitled, Dangerous Liaisons: Revolving Door at SEC Creates Risk of Regulatory Capture, author Michael Smallberg takes us on a 60-page tour of insider dealing and corruption that would make a Roman emperor blush.
According to Smallberg: “Between 2001 and 2010, more than 400 SEC alumni filed nearly 2,000 disclosure statements saying they planned to represent employers or clients before the agency. These alumni have represented companies during SEC investigations, lobbied the agency on proposed regulations, obtained waivers to soften the blow of enforcement actions, and helped clients win exemptions from federal law. On the other side of the revolving door, when industry veterans join the SEC, they may be in a position to oversee their former employers or clients, or may be forced to recuse themselves from working on crucial agency issues.”
Talk about an agency blind in both eyes by design!
A Counsel with ‘Juice’
One of the more egregious cases which came to light was SEC’s handling of a 2005 insider trading case involving former agency enforcement head, Linda Thomsen, White and her client, Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack.
Before her tenure as the agency’s chief enforcement officer, Thomsen was in private practice at the powerhouse New York law firm, Davis, Polk & Wardell. During the capitalist financial meltdown, the company represented upstanding corporate citizens such as AIG, Freddie Mack, Lehman Brothers and drug-tainted Citigroup. Bulking up a stable of attorneys well-versed in regulatory matters, the firm has hired other former SEC officials, including Commissioner Annette Nazareth and Linda Thomsen.
Before sailing off to greener shores at Davis, Polk, Nazareth’s claim to fame was standing up a voluntary “supervisory regime” for the largest “investment bank holding companies” who “policed” themselves by cratering the economy and costing taxpayers trillions in bailouts.
That program, the Consolidated Supervised Entity was scrapped in 2008. Why? According to a press release by then SEC head Christopher Cox (no slouch himself when it came to defending his corporatist masters): “The last six months have made it abundantly clear that voluntary regulation does not work. When Congress passed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, it created a significant regulatory gap by failing to give to the SEC or any agency the authority to regulate large investment bank holding companies, like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and Bear Stearns.” (emphasis added)
A “gap” large enough to fly a fleet 747s through and still have enough wiggle room to launch a dozen Saturn 5s into deep space!
And that insider trading case?
According to Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone investigation, in September 2004 SEC investigator Gary Aguirre was tasked to look into an insider trading complaint against “a hedge-fund megastar named Art Samberg. One day, with no advance research or discussion, Samberg had suddenly started buying up huge quantities of shares in a firm called Heller Financial.”
Samberg was the founder of the multibillion dollar hedge fund, Pequot Capital Management, a firm which invested in a multitude of private and public equities and what are known as “distressed securities.” These are investment instruments held by firms or government entities (paging Fannie Mae!) that are either in default, under bankruptcy protection or will soon be heading south. The most common securities of this type are bonds and bank debt (think residential mortgage backed securities and other toxic assets). Since the financial crisis, a booming market in distressed securities have earned savvy hedge fund mangers billions in fees as they seek influence with regulators over how that debt is restructured.
And since “influence” in Washington and the “juice” that comes with it on Wall Street is the name of the game, well, you get the picture.
“‘It was as if Art Samberg woke up one morning and a voice from the heavens told him to start buying Heller,’ Aguirre recalls. ‘And he wasn’t just buying shares–there were some days when he was trying to buy three times as many shares as were being traded that day.’ A few weeks later, Heller was bought by General Electric–and Samberg pocketed $18 million.”
“After some digging,” Taibbi wrote, “Aguirre found himself focusing on one suspect as the likely source who had tipped Samberg off: John Mack, a close friend of Samberg’s who had just stepped down as president of Morgan Stanley.”
According to Taibbi, “Mack flew to Switzerland to interview for a top job at Credit Suisse First Boston. Among the investment bank’s clients, as it happened, was a firm called Heller Financial. We don’t know for sure what Mack learned on his Swiss trip; years later, Mack would claim that he had thrown away his notes about the meetings.”
Rather conveniently, one might say.
In any event after returning from his Swiss Alps sojourn, in a classic case of “you scratch my back” Samberg cut his buddy Mack into a deal with a tech firm called Lucent, “a favor that netted him [Mack] more than $10 million.” Shortly thereafter, “Samberg began buying-up every Heller share in sight, right before it was snapped up by GE.”
An insider trading case worthy of further scrutiny, right? But when Aguirre told his boss [Robert Hanson] that he intended to interview Mack and the other principals, “things started getting weird.” Taibbi noted that Aguirre’s boss told the investigator that Mack “had powerful political connections.”
Indeed he did. Like other Wall Street banksters, Mack had been a fundraising “Ranger” for the 2004 George W. Bush campaign, and when it became clear that a new product line needed to be rolled out, Mack crossed party lines and backed Hillary Clinton’s ill-starred 2008 bid for the Oval Office.
How’s that for clubby “bipartisanship”!
A 2007 report (large PDF file) published by the Senate Finance Committee titled The Firing of an SEC Attorney and the Investigation of Pequot Management, disclosed that “at least three experienced SEC officials believed in the summer of 2005 that questioning John Mack was an appropriate next step in the Pequot Investigation.”
Indeed, Senate investigators revealed that “the most significant aspect” of Mack’s 2006 SEC testimony (after the statute of limitations for prosecution had expired) “is his acknowledgement that he went to Switzerland to discuss becoming CSFB’s CEO from July 26-28, 2001.”
“In view of the fact that Mack also spoke with Samberg immediately upon his return to the United States on July 29, 2001,” Senate staff disclosed, “the trading day before Samberg began heavily betting on Heller Financial stock, and on the same night Mack was permitted into a lucrative deal, there was more than a sufficient basis to justify taking Mack’s testimony in the summer of 2005.”
After first being given the go-ahead to interview Mack, “Aguirre’s direct line of supervisors” including Hanson, Mark Kreitman and Paul Berger, got cold feet. Unfortunately for Aguirre, this came after he had briefed attorneys at Mary Jo White’s old stomping ground and “criminal authorities in the Southern District opened their own investigations” into dubious deals between Samberg and Mack.
At that point, Senate investigators averred, “his supervisors’ attitudes shifted dramatically,” that is, “when officials from Morgan Stanley began contacting the SEC to learn about the potential impact of the investigation on its prospective CEO, John Mack.” Only then did Hanson warn Aguirre that “it would be difficult to subpoena John Mack because of his ‘powerful political connections’.”
Aguirre told Senate investigators that “in a face-to-face meeting” with his boss, “Hanson said it would be very difficult to get permission to question Mack because of Mack’s ‘powerful political connections’.”
Hanson however, denied everything and said during his Senate testimony “That doesn’t sound like something I would say.”
“As a general matter,” Hanson testified, “I try to alert folk above me about significant developments in investigations that may trigger calls and the like so that they are not caught flat footed. I also think that Paul [Berger] and Linda [Thomsen] would want to know if and when we are planning to take Mack’s testimony so that they can anticipate the response, which may include press calls that will likely follow. Mack’s counsel will have ‘juice’ as I described last night–meaning that they will reach out to Paul and Linda (and possibly others).”
And who was Mack’s “juiced” attorney? Why none other than Mary Jo White!
Unbeknownst to Aguirre, his supervisors were trading emails about his imminent firing from the agency. “With no knowledge of those emails,” Senate investigators disclosed that Aguirre wrote Hanson again stating, that “before and after the Mack decision, you have told [me] several times that the problem in taking Mack’s exam is his political clout, e.g., all the people that Mary Jo White can contact with a phone call.”
At the same time that Aguirre was seeking to subpoena Mack’s testimony, Morgan Stanley’s board hired Debevoise & Plimpton to vet their soon-to-be reinstalled CEO. “Only two days after being retained,” the Senate reported, “White did what the SEC did not do until more than a year later. She questioned John Mack: ‘The other thing that I did for the board to gather what information I could on that time frame was to interview John Mack himself,’” White told investigators.
But she did more than that, demonstrating she indeed had plenty of “juice.”
“That evening,” the Senate disclosed, “White sent Thomsen an e-mail message marked ‘URGENT’ and asked that Thomsen return the call ‘this evening.’ Aguirre complained that the next day White delivered the e-mails that he had subpoenaed from Morgan Stanley directly to Linda Thomsen.”
“On June 27,” Aguirre testified, “I learned that Mack-Samberg emails, which I had subpoenaed from Morgan Stanley, had been delivered directly to the Director of Enforcement, Linda Thomsen. Neither I nor other staff had heard of this happening before. Indeed, the subpoena explicitly stated that the documents were to be delivered to me.”
Evidence reviewed by the Senate Finance Committee “suggests that the reluctance to question Mack represents a much more subtle and pervasive problem than an individual partisan political favor. SEC officials were overly deferential to Mack–not because of his politics–but because he was an ‘industry captain’ who could hire influential counsel to represent him.”
“In a shocking move that was later singled out by Senate investigators,” Taibbi wrote, “the director actually appeared to reassure White, dismissing the case against Mack as ‘smoke’ rather than ‘fire’.”
“Aguirre didn’t stand a chance,” Taibbi noted. “A month after he complained to his supervisors that he was being blocked from interviewing Mack, he was summarily fired, without notice. The case against Mack was immediately dropped: all depositions canceled, no further subpoenas issued. ‘It all happened so fast, I needed a seat belt,’ recalls Aguirre, who had just received a stellar performance review from his bosses. The SEC eventually paid Aguirre a settlement of $755,000 for wrongful dismissal.”
It gets better.
In a subsequent piece, Taibbi followed-up and discovered “not only did the SEC ultimately delay the interview of Mack until after the statute of limitations had expired, and not only did the agency demand an investigation into possible alternative sources for Samberg’s tip (what Aguirre jokes was like ‘O.J.’s search for the real killers’), but the SEC official who had quashed the Mack investigation, Paul Berger, took a lucrative job working for Morgan Stanley’s law firm, Debevoise and Plimpton, just nine months after Aguirre was fired.”
As it turned out, at the exact moment that Aguirre’s investigation was being sabotaged, Senate investigators “uncovered an email to Berger from another SEC official, Lawrence West, who was also interviewing with Debevoise and Plimpton at the time.”
“The e-mail was dated September 8, 2005 and addressed to Paul Berger with the subject line, ‘Debevoise.’ The body of the message read, ‘Mary Jo [White] just called. I mentioned your interest’.”
Taibbi observed: “So Berger was passing notes in class to Mary Jo White about wanting to work for Morgan Stanley’s law firm while he was in the middle of quashing an investigation into a major insider trading case involving the CEO of the bank. After the case dies, Berger later gets the multimillion-dollar posting and the circle is closed.”
In later testimony to the Inspector General into Debevoise & Plimpton’s eventual hiring of Berger by a firm that boasts on their web site that she leads a “team” which “includes eleven former Assistant US Attorneys,” White’s comments on whether Berger was considered too “aggressive” in prosecuting Wall Street criminals is all-too-revealing.
“You always have a spectrum on the aggressiveness scale for government types and was this an issue that was beyond real commitment to the job and the mission and bringing cases,” White affirmed, “which is a positive thing in the government, to a point. Or was it a broader issue that could leave resentment in the business community or in the legal community that would hamper his ability to function well in the private sector?”
“It’s certainly strange that White has to qualify the idea that bringing cases is a positive thing in a government official–that bringing cases is a ‘positive thing . . . to a point’,” Taibbi noted. “Can anyone imagine the future head of the DEA saying something like, ‘For a prosecutor, bringing drug cases is a positive, to a point’?”
And what about Linda Thomsen? In 2008, the SEC’s inspector general, H. David Kotz, urged disciplinary action against her over her role in Aguirre’s squashed investigation of Samberg and Mack. While Samberg was eventually forced out of business, barred from working as an investment adviser and paid a $28 million fine for his shenanigans, Thomsen landed on her feet.
After refusing to answer relevant questions in 2009 before the House Committee on Financial Services probe into the SEC’s failure to investigate the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, due to a “collective desire to preserve the integrity of the investigative and prosecution processes” mind you, Thomsen resigned and rejoined Davis, Polk and Wardell.
Later that year, Kotz released a report to Congress of the IG’s investigation into a “Senior Officer” who provided “inside information” to a “former official.” As it turns out that “Senior Officer” was Linda Thomsen and that “official” was her former boss Stephen Cutler who had jumped ship and joined JPMorgan Chase.
According to The New York Times, “Kotz said his office has concluded its well-publicized investigation into whether the SEC’s enforcement director, Linda Chatman Thomsen, inappropriately provided inside information to her former boss, Stephen Cutler, now the general counsel of JPMorgan Chase, amid the bank’s negotiations to buy Bear Stearns in March 2008.”
“The inquiry,” the Times reported, “which began in response to an anonymous tip, confirmed that Mr. Cutler sought assurances from Ms. Thomsen before the takeover that JPMorgan would not be sued for prior actions by Bear Stearns.”
And who was representing JPMorgan Chase in the wake of the Bear Stearns collapse? If you guessed Mary Jo White, you’d be right again.
Less than three years later, during Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearings, White told the panel that “the American people will be my client, and I will work as zealously as possible on behalf of them.”
But when questioned by Sherrod Brown (D-OH) whether or not White agreed with US Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement which affirmed that “federal prosecutors are instructed . . . to look at . . . collateral consequences” should a financial institution or its officers be criminally charged, White agreed.
In a follow-up question, Brown wondered whether there is “a two-tiered system where we exempt the biggest banks because they have the most employees and shareholders who could be affected by criminal prosecution?”
White’s answer pretty much sums up everything that’s bent about Washington’s culture of impunity when it comes to the Wall Street crimes: “It’s a factor that prosecutors are directed to consider.”
“I do think the deferred prosecution instrument,” White asserted, “has been used a great deal on a number of companies, [and] was designed to be tough in terms of monetary sanctions, monitors–everything but the charge itself that might cause what the prosecutor might consider to be negative and undesirable collateral consequences to the public interest.”
But what about harsher sanctions such as stripped assets, handcuffs and a jail cell for drug money laundering and securities scamming banksters, punishments that might actually deter corporate crime?
Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing in Covert Action Quarterly and Global Research, he is a Contributing Editor with Cyrano’s Journal Today. His articles can be read on Dissident Voice, Pacific Free Press, Uncommon Thought Journal, and the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. He is the editor of Police State America: U.S. Military “Civil Disturbance” Planning, distributed by AK Press and has contributed to the new book from Global Research, The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century.
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March 29th, 2013 by olddog
Edward J. Erler
California State University,
EDWARD J. ERLER is professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino. He earned his B.A. from San Jose State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. He has published numerous articles on constitutional topics in journals such as Interpretation, the Notre Dame Journal of Law, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He was a member of the California Advisory Commission on Civil Rights from 1988-2006 and served on the California Constitutional Revision Commission in 1996. He is the author of The American Polity and co-author of The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration.
The following is adapted from a lecture delivered on February 13, 2013, at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.
We are currently mired in a frantic debate about the rights of gun owners. One example should suffice to prove that the debate has become hysterical: Second Amendment supporters, one prominent but less than articulate member of Congress alleges, have become “enablers of mass murder.”
Special animus has been directed against so-called assault rifles. These are semi-automatic, not automatic weapons the latter have been illegal under federal law since the 1930s because they do not require a trigger pull for every round fired. Some semi-automatic firearms, to be sure, can be fitted with large-capacity magazines. But what inspires the ire of gun control advocates seems to be their menacing look, somehow they don’t appear fit for polite society. No law-abiding citizen could possibly need such a weapon, we are told after all, how many rounds from a high-powered rifle are needed to kill a deer? And we are assured that these weapons are not well-adapted for self-defense that only the military and the police need to have them.
Now it’s undeniable, Senator Dianne Feinstein to the contrary notwithstanding, that semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15 are extremely well-adapted for home defense especially against a crime that is becoming more and more popular among criminals, the home invasion. Over the past two decades, gun ownership has increased dramatically at the same time that crime rates have decreased. Combine this with the fact that most gun crimes are committed with stolen or illegally obtained weapons, and the formula to decrease crime is clear: Increase the number of responsible gun owners and prosecute to the greatest extent possible under the law those who commit gun-related crimes or possess weapons illegally.
Consider also that assault rifles are rarely used by criminals, because they are neither easily portable nor easily concealed. In Chicago, the murder capital of America a city with draconian gun laws pistols are the weapon of choice, even for gang-related executions. But of course there are the horrible exceptions the mass shootings in recent years and certainly we must keep assault weapons with high-capacity magazines out of the hands of people who are prone to commit such atrocities.
The shooters in Arizona, Colorado, and Newtown were mentally ill persons who, by all accounts, should have been incarcerated. Even the Los Angeles Times admits that “there is a connection between mental illness and mass murder.” But the same progressives who advocate gun control also oppose the involuntary incarceration of mentally ill people who, in the case of these mass shootings, posed obvious dangers to society before they committed their horrendous acts of violence. From the point of view of the progressives who oppose involuntary incarceration of the mentally ill you can thank the ACLU and like-minded organizations it is better to disarm the entire population, and deprive them of their constitutional freedoms, than to incarcerate a few mentally ill persons who are prone to engage in violent crimes.
And we must be clear the Second Amendment is not about assault weapons, hunting, or sport shooting. It is about something more fundamental. It reaches to the heart of constitutional principles it reaches to first principles. A favorite refrain of thoughtful political writers during America’s founding era held that a frequent recurrence to first principles was an indispensable means of preserving free government and so it is.
The Whole People Are the Militia
The Second Amendment reads as follows: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The immediate impetus for the amendment has never been in dispute. Many of the revolutionary generation believed standing armies were dangerous to liberty. Militias made up of citizen-soldiers, they reasoned, were more suitable to the character of republican government. Expressing a widely held view, Elbridge Gerry remarked in the debate over the first militia bill in 1789 that “whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia.”
The Second Amendment is unique among the amendments in the Bill of Rights, in that it contains a preface explaining the reason for the right protected: Militias are necessary for the security of a free state. We cannot read the words “free State” here as a reference to the several states that make up the Union. The frequent use of the phrase “free State” in the founding era makes it abundantly clear that it means a non-tyrannical or non-despotic state. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), rightly remarked that the term and its “close variations” were “terms of art in 18th-century political discourse, meaning a free country or free polity.”
The principal constitutional debate leading up to the Heller decision was about whether the right to “keep and bear arms” was an individual right or a collective right conditioned upon service in the militia. As a general matter, of course, the idea of collective rights was unknown to the Framers of the Constitution and this consideration alone should have been decisive. We have James Madison’s own testimony that the provisions of the Bill of Rights “relate [first] . . . to private rights.”
The notion of collective rights is wholly the invention of the Progressive founders of the administrative state, who were engaged in a self-conscious effort to supplant the principles of limited government embodied in the Constitution. For these Progressives, what Madison and other Founders called the “rights of human nature” were merely a delusion characteristic of the 18th century. Science, they held, has proven that there is no permanent human nature that there are only evolving social conditions. As a result, they regarded what the Founders called the “rights of human nature” as an enemy of collective welfare, which should always take precedence over the rights of individuals. For Progressives then and now, the welfare of the people not liberty is the primary object of government, and government should always be in the hands of experts. This is the real origin of today’s gun control hysteria, the idea that professional police forces and the military have rendered the armed citizen superfluous; that no individual should be responsible for the defense of himself and his family, but should leave it to the experts. The idea of individual responsibilities, along with that of individual rights, is in fact incompatible with the Progressive vision of the common welfare.
This way of thinking was wholly alien to America’s founding generation, for whom government existed for the purpose of securing individual rights. And it was always understood that a necessary component of every such right was a correspondent responsibility. Madison frequently stated that all “just and free government” is derived from social compact, the idea embodied in the Declaration of Independence, which notes that the “just powers” of government are derived “from the consent of the governed.” Social compact, wrote Madison, “contemplates a certain number of individuals as meeting and agreeing to form one political society, in order that the rights, the safety, and the interests of each may be under the safeguard of the whole.” The rights to be protected by the political society are not created by government, they exist by nature although governments are necessary to secure them. Thus political society exists to secure the equal protection of the equal rights of all who consent to be governed. This is the original understanding of what we know today as “equal protection of the laws”, the equal protection of equal rights.
Each person who consents to become a member of civil society thus enjoys the equal protection of his own rights, while at the same time incurring the obligation to protect the rights of his fellow citizens. In the first instance, then, the people are a militia, formed for the mutual protection of equal rights. This makes it impossible to mistake both the meaning and the vital importance of the Second Amendment: The whole people are the militia, and disarming the people dissolves their moral and political existence.
Arms and Sovereignty
The Preamble to the Constitution stipulates that, “We the people . . . do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States.” It is important to note that the people establish the Constitution; the Constitution does not establish the people. When, then, did “we the people” become a people? Clearly, Americans became a people upon the adoption of its first principles of government in the Declaration of Independence, which describes the people both in their political capacity, as “one people,” and in their moral capacity, as a “good people.” In establishing the Constitution, then, the people executed a second contract, this time with government. In this contract, the people delegate power to the government to be exercised for their benefit. But the Declaration specifies that only the “just powers” are delegated. The government is to be a limited government, confined to the exercise of those powers that are fairly inferred from the specific grant of powers.
Furthermore, the Declaration specifies that when government becomes destructive of the ends for which it is established the “Safety and Happiness” of the people then “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.” This is what has become known as the right of revolution, an essential ingredient of the social compact and a right which is always reserved to the people. The people can never cede or delegate this ultimate expression of sovereign power. Thus, in a very important sense, the right of revolution (or even its threat) is the right that guarantees every other right. And if the people have this right as an indefeasible aspect of their sovereignty, then, by necessity, the people also have a right to the means to revolution. Only an armed people are a sovereign people, and only an armed people are a free people, the people are indeed a militia.
The Declaration also contains an important prudential lesson with respect to the right to revolution: “Prudence . . . will dictate,” it cautions, “that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.” It is only after “a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same Object,” and when that object “evinces a design to reduce [the People] to absolute Despotism,” that “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” Here the Declaration identifies the right of revolution, not only as a right of the people, but as a duty as well indeed, it is the only duty mentioned in the Declaration.
The prudential lessons of the Declaration are no less important than its assertion of natural rights. The prospect of the dissolution of government is almost too horrible to contemplate, and must be approached with the utmost circumspection. As long as the courts are operating, free and fair elections are proceeding, and the ordinary processes of government hold out the prospect that, whatever momentary inconveniences or dislocations the people experience can be corrected, then they do not represent a long train of abuses and usurpations and should be tolerated. But we cannot remind ourselves too often of the oft-repeated refrain of the Founders: Rights and liberties are best secured when there is a “frequent recurrence to first principles.”
The Current Legal Debate
In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that for the first time held unambiguously that the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual the right to keep and bear arms for purposes of self-defense. Writing for the majority, Justice Scalia quoted Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, a work well known to the Founders. Blackstone referred to “the natural right of resistance and self-preservation,” which necessarily entailed “the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense.” Throughout his opinion, Justice Scalia rightly insisted that the Second Amendment recognized rights that pre-existed the Constitution. But Justice Scalia was wrong to imply that Second Amendment rights were codified from the common law, they were in fact, “natural rights,” deriving their status from the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
In his Heller dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens boldly asserted that “there is no indication that the Framers of the Amendment intended to enshrine the common-law right of self-defense in the Constitution.” In a perverse way, Justice Stevens was correct for the same reason Justice Scalia was wrong: What the Framers did was to recognize the natural right of self-defense. Like the right to revolution, the right to self-defense or self-preservation can never be ceded to government. In the words of James Wilson a signer of the Declaration, a member of the Constitutional Convention, and an early justice of the Supreme Court“ the great natural law of self-preservation . . . cannot be repealed, or superseded, or suspended by any human institution.”
Justice Stevens, however, concluded that because there is no clause in the Constitution explicitly recognizing the common law right of self-defense, it is not a constitutional right and therefore cannot authorize individual possession of weapons. What Justice Stevens apparently doesn’t realize is that the Constitution as a whole is a recognition of the “the great natural law of self-preservation,” both for the people and for individuals. Whenever government is unwilling or unable to fulfill the ends for which it exists the safety and happiness of the people the right of action devolves upon the people, whether it is the right of revolution or the individual’s right to defend person and property.
Justice Scalia noted that those who argued for a collective-rights interpretation of the Second Amendment have the impossible task of showing that the rights protected by the Second Amendment are collective rights, whereas every other right protected by the Bill of Rights is an individual right. It is true that the Second Amendment states that “the people” have the right to keep and bear arms. But other amendments refer to the rights of “the people” as well. The Fourth Amendment, for example, guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizure.” But there seems to be universal agreement that Fourth Amendment rights belong to individuals.
And what of the First Amendment’s protection of “the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances?” Justice Stevens argues that these rights are collective rights. After all, he avers, “they contemplate collective actions.” It is true, the Justice concedes, that the right to assemble is an individual right, but “its concern is with action engaged in by members of a group, rather than any single individual.” And the right to petition government for a redress of grievances is similarly, he says, “a right that can be exercised by individuals,” even though “it is primarily collective in nature.” Its collective nature, he explains, means that “if they are to be effective, petitions must involve groups of individuals acting in concert.” Even though individuals may petition government for redress, it is more “effective” if done in concert with others, even though “concert” is not necessary to the existence or the exercise of the right.
With respect to assembly, Justice Stevens argues, there cannot be an assembly of one. An “assembly” is a collection of individual rights holders who have united for common action, or to promote a common cause. But who could argue that the manner in which the assemblage takes place, or the form that it takes, significantly qualifies or limits the possession or exercise of the right? We might as well argue that freedom of speech is a collective right because freedom of speech is most effectively exercised when there are auditors; or that freedom of the press is a collective right because it is most effectively exercised when there are readers. Justice Stevens’ argument is thus fanciful, not to say frivolous.
The Court in Heller did indicate, however, that there could be some reasonable restrictions on gun ownership. “Longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill,” for example, will continue to meet constitutional muster. Laws that forbid “carrying firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings” are also reasonable regulations, as are “conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” The prohibition on “dangerous and unusual weapons” including automatic firearms fall outside Second Amendment guarantees as well.
But the Heller decision is clear that handgun possession for self-defense is absolutely protected by the Second Amendment. Can handguns be carried outside the home as part of “the inherent right of self-defense?” The Court indicated that handguns can be prohibited in “sensitive places,” but not every place outside the home is sensitive. And if carrying weapons in a non-sensitive area is protected by the Second Amendment, can there be restrictions on concealed carrying? These are all questions that will have to be worked out in the future, if not by legislation, then by extensive litigation.
The Supreme Court took a further important step in securing Second Amendment rights in McDonald v. Chicago (2010), ruling that these rights as articulated in Heller were fundamental rights, and thus binding on the states through the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. We have to remember; however, that both of these cases were decided by narrow, 5-4 majorities, and that new appointments of more progressive-minded justices to the Court could easily bring about a reversal.
For the moment, Second Amendment rights seem safe, but in the long term a political defense will be a more effective strategy. As Abraham Lincoln once remarked, “Whoever moulds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions.” Shaping and informing public sentiments, public opinion is political work, and thus it is to politics that we must ultimately resort.
All of the underlined text above is just claiming that the constitution is malatable, in the hands of public and political opinion, which is BULL S.! It’s an attempt to gain control of week minds and form a majority of idiots.
In the current climate of public opinion, Congress will have little appetite for passing an assault gun ban. More likely, it will be satisfied with passing legislation aimed at gun trafficking and tightening background checks. We must remember, however, President Obama’s pledge: “If Congress won’t act then I will.” He has already issued 23 gun-related executive orders, and some of them are rather curious. One of them notes that there is nothing in the Affordable Care Act that prevents doctors from asking patients about guns in the home; another directs “the Centers for Disease Control to research the cause and prevention of gun violence.” MORE B. S.!
The President’s power to act through executive orders is as extensive as it is ill-defined. Congress routinely delegates power to executive branch agencies, and the courts accord great deference to agency rule-making powers, often interpreting ambiguous legislative language or even legislative silence as a delegation of power to the executive. Such delegation provokes fundamental questions concerning the separation of powers and the rule of law. Many have argued that it is the price we have to pay for the modern administrative state that the separation of powers and the rule of law have been rendered superfluous by the development of this state. Some of the boldest proponents of this view confidently insist that the triumph of the administrative state has propelled us into a post-constitutional era where the Constitution no longer matters. TOTAL B.S.!
The Gun Control Act of 1968 gives the President the discretion to ban guns he deems not suitable for sporting purposes. Would the President be bold enough or reckless enough to issue an executive order banning the domestic manufacture and sale of assault rifles? Might he argue that these weapons have no possible civilian use and should be restricted to the military, and that his power as commander-in-chief authorizes him so to act? Or perhaps sometime in the near future he will receive a report from the Centers for Disease Control that gun violence has become a national health epidemic, with a recommendation that he declare a national health emergency and order the confiscation of all assault weapons. Congress could pass legislation to defeat such an executive order; but could a divided Congress muster the votes? and in any case, the President could resort to his veto power. Individuals would have to resort to the courts; but as of yet, we have had no ruling that assault weapons are not one of the exceptions that can be banned or regulated under Heller. We could make the case that assault rifles are useful for self-defense and home defense; but could we make the case that they are essential? Would the courts hold that the government had to demonstrate a compelling interest for a ban on assault rifles, as it almost certainly would have to do if handguns were at issue?
Are these simply wild speculations? Perhaps, probably! But they are part of the duty we have as citizens to engage in a frequent recurrence to first principles!
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March 27th, 2013 by olddog
By Joe Kress
March 27, 2013
The New World Order advocates never envisioned a situation where global corporations’ headquarters , located in the United States, are in the process of a reversal – moving their industrial production from the unstable, financially strapped European Union, the chaotic Middle East and from China where wages are higher, restrictions severe and its government less than neutral towards the West.
The good old Uncle Sam remains mighty attractive, since it probably has more oil and natural gas with Canada than all of the Middle East. It’s natural resources, its minerals, and underground reservoirs, its forests make possible to pay off debt and interest to the Chinese government before it claims its collateral on our near default U.S. Treasury Bonds. If we act in our own interests, we can fiscally save our teetering economy and its spendthrift, uncontrolled, rancorous government. It’s not too late!
For nearly 100 years, our government administrations favored embroilment with world interests, other than its own. Now, it has a chance to be independent from the policy of protecting other nations that bleed our wealth and soldiers’ blood; vote against us in the United Nations and side with our detractors. Yet, these international cretins insist that the U.S. citizen must contribute to funding the UN’s objectives to perpetuate world government which is nothing more than another Tower of Babel doomed for failure.
We also have, what can only be described as the enemy within, those who subscribe to a UN tax on the internet; a tax on financial transactions, on stock transaction, on earned interest, all of which is to support the International Monetary Fund which sets its own rules to protect International Banking institutions and enslaves third world borrowers by insisting on its own solutions. As an example: It insists on massive dams where digging wells would suffice for the local populations, or forcing unneeded infrastructure costs at exorbitant interest rates. Argentina revolted and refused to pay the debt to the IMF and in-turn gained international financial wrath that impoverished it.
The IMF depends almost entirely on United States financial contributions. Hillary Clinton and her husband, the former president, Harry Reed, the Senate Majority Leader, Nancy and her entourage in the House, the entire Obama White House favors international gun control, a supreme Court located at The Hague, and its unelected judges who would override our courts and the US Constitution. The in-roads that guide Barry Hussein Obama already are in place. His edicts rule out congress and in effect, Supreme Court decisions that haven’t been yet addressed. In four years, he dictated and implemented more than a hundred presidential directives while congress was on recess – more than any former administration by a factor of ten. His Medical Insurance Plan is key to controlling each and every citizen, leaving them without due recourse.
The attack on the US Constitution began with Wilson and his banker friends. Later, Woodrow stated, that a power exists, so great in control, is to fear even mentioning its name (paraphrased). He also said, before he died, that I have failed and ruined my country (paraphrased).
The remarks by a number of the Marxist left in Congress, and a few Neo-cons within the Republican Party have made declarations that the U.S. Constitution is dead and should be retired in that glass case where it remains only a historic piece of paper.
It isn’t too late to recover from the forces that wish to destroy our country and make it nothing but another member of the third world.
We have a lot in our favor that will reverse the present heinous process. Besides those International corporations returning, there is an exodus of really smart, innovative engineers, scientists, physicists and entrepreneurs also arriving. Students from all over the world clamor to enter our universities. They have passports and temporary resident visas. They really see only opportunity to excel rather here than in their own countries that are in decline.
The United States has a history of innovation born from the combined efforts of immigrants. It is happening again, although many who arrive are illegal and violate our laws. They do not have the skills necessary to compete, thus they become a burden rather than an asset. The Obama Administration openly indorses the concept of open borders for political reelection purposes and for the future of the Marx/Socialist state. There is a sure vote for every dime spent to support mendicants. The Nanny state drains our treasury and has done so since Delano Roosevelt’s Administration, followed on by a succession of administrations; the Johnson Administration, was a major violator that participated in wars and social welfare without paying the costs. The last Bush Administration did the same. We have a long way to go and the fuse is short before the explosion.
American Colleges and Universities are key to a solution. From schools like MIT’s superior scientific advanced studies; Duke, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, University of South Carolina’s prestigious school of International business; Georgia Tech’s engineering awards, Clemson University, engineering and design; Texas A& M, engineering; Georgetown’s school of Foreign Service and Law; Notre Dame – the list numbers in the hundreds from small, inexpensive colleges with noted advancements in fields of political science, philosophy, and academics following the example of the giants. Forbes lists 500 of the best. Our future is centered on innovation and experiments in cyber space and electronics and computers innovated by home grown geniuses such as the founders of Microsoft and Apple.
Competition among nations presently appears to be a race to the bottom, whereby those who have the ability to create their own money, based on issuing debt in the form of bonds, are in the same boat as those who can’t obtain credit. The race is really to cheapen currency as fast as the competition. The purpose of having the least costly and attractive products for export to create jobs is the final recourse of governments in trouble. A strong currency is a sign of stability. It is a road to hell when interest is not paid to the lenders or depositors and people then search dangerous avenues to receive a return on money. Gold, precious metals, jewels, paintings – anything that has value prevents starvation. Before, during and after wars, going back through the centuries, the same scenarios reoccur. Even in ancient Roman times, panic beset the nobles and those in the Senate, but alas all was for naught. The Dark Ages took over and returned the western nations to a level equal to the beginnings of civilization.
Our land mass is strategic, made to order for trade with its proximity to Canada, Mexico, ports on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Gulf of Mexico, both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; easy access to the Panama Canal and the Far East and South America. Strategically, we are blessed. Politically, we are cursed so long as we ignore Alexander Tytler’s famous admonition “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuring, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.” Obviously, a democratic republic has built in it, despite our founding father’s wise council that wasn’t followed; the same abuses and flaws exist in 2013 as it did pre 1789. It is all too evident that we are at the early stage of dictatorship.
The earliest confirmed quote that was attributed to Tytler’s cycle sequence of events was confirmed by Henning Webb Prentis, Jr., President of the Armstrong Cork Company in 1943. “The historical cycle seems to be from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back to bondage once more.” The above quotes may be referenced through Google search: Alexander Frasier Tytler, historian.
The way out of our mess is to first clean out our congress using impeachments for dereliction of duty and in case of the top executive, a criminal charge for usurpation of power. Waiting for an election to clear this congress of imbedded political rascals is almost impossible given the way the system works.
In addition, opening up the massive oil and gas reserves…worth trillions of dollars and at least five million new well-paying jobs; eliminate TARP, a nebulous invention of the corrupt and those of the loony tunes who approve any solution so long as it is bad.
Next, reduce the tax rate on business, the highest in the world that forces out rather than brings in business and enterprises. Next, change the IRS’s job and implement a flat tax to treat people and industries on a plain of fairness; eliminate the mountain of tax preparations.
Next, audit the Federal Reserve; eliminate private foreign banking interests from dictating the rules and prevent it from money creation without solid backing. Reestablish hard assets, such as gold, or federal lands for backing and quit calling our currency a note without any promise to pay, not even the canard faith and “charity” in the not-so-solid US Treasury.
Here is a list that is almost certain to happen, if solutions aren’t addressed to fit the need for employment just to keep the country stable. It is recognized that the more science and the improvement in the efficiency of production through automation there is an unintended threat, a less need for a large work force. Entire factories, as those in the automotive industry, require only a fraction of the workforce heretofore needed. Those who meet the education requirements, mainly technical, are innovative and will find work; those who are not trained could land in breadlines for their immediate and long term future.
1. Unemployment will rise exponentially. Jobs, regardless of the over the cliff experience will be replaced by electronics, communications, sophisticated machines, new methodologies and unheard of scientific development.
2. Scientific advancement in production will obviate the need for workers who lack skills.
3. Millions of workers will be unable to find full time employment or any employment.
4. Unskilled workers will depend on retail establishments or service type jobs that will not have benefits other than those offered by government at taxpayer expense and there will be no pensions or medical care as we now know it. Even charitable organizations will be strained to the limits. Pay scales to fit accordingly.
5. Hospitals will be layovers for the emaciated and those in need of medicines and surgery, but left untreated for lack of staff and operating funds.
6. The US treasury will default. The enormous federal debt, in addition to those states that now face bankruptcy, will resort to new creative currencies or barter.
7. Our military will become the new Hessians to be loaned out to any country or revolutionary force that will pay them. Our weapons will go to rust – the way of the old Soviet Union.
8. The religious organizations charities will dry up.
9. The Bill of Rights will be considered a joke.
10. Department of Homeland Security will end up in charge of the National Guard, CIA, FBI and the National Intelligence Agency. FEMA will be in charge of gulags. Marshall law will be ordered by a dictator called the New World Order.
11. The Animal Farm will be in charge.
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© 2013 Joe Kress – All Rights Reserved
The "Curmudgeon," Joseph H. Kress, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) obtain a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in economics and minor in accounting.
He served in England and Viet Nam where he received the Bronze Star during the TET Offensive, then he was appointed Chief of Supply for two state-side assignments; the DOD's Defense Disposal Agency where he was chief of disposal operations for all of Southeast Asia, based at CINCPAC Headquarters in Hawaii. He retired from Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio as chief of supply with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 52, and now he and his wife reside in Summerville, S.C.
Since leaving the military, he was involved in political campaigns, writing articles for the local papers, and as a realtor.
March 25th, 2013 by olddog
On Saturday, Terry M. Hestilow, a retired United States Army Captain from Fort Worth, Texas, posted a letter on Facebook that he wrote to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, warning that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to go to war with the citizens of the United States.
"It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America," his letter began.
The retired officer expressed deep concerns over "recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems."
Capt. Hestilow added a statement that Barack Obama made during his 2008 campaign.
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta (sic) have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the United States military],” he said.
He also accused the administration of "deliberately defunding, overextending, and hollowing the Department of Defense," which he said is the "only legitimate agency" with the mission of conducting combat operations.
In his letter, Capt. Hestilow called on Congress to demand that the DHS surrender their weapons systems to the Defense Department. He also accused the DHS of enforcing the "tyrannical acts of this president" and said lawmakers should dissolve the agency "as soon as possible."
"One needs only to look to the rise of Adolf Hitler, and his associated DHS organizations, the SA and the SS, of 1932-1934, to see the outcome of allowing an agency of government this kind of control over the free citizens of a nation," he added.
Capt. Hestilow said that Americans cannot "be so naïve" as to think that what happened in Germany cannot happen here.
Earlier in the week, Capt. Hestilow asked his Facebook followers who the DHS intends to kill with the weapons and ammunition that it has recently purchased.
"Short answer," he wrote. "You and me! Anyone they think is standing in their way to impose a new Marxist government! Anyone who stands for the U.S. Constitution!"
"If I live and still have a page to speak out on later this week, I will discuss a proper Constitutional response in a couple of days. Standby. Out," he wrote on Thursday.
Capt. Hestilow ended his strongly-worded letter with a simple declaration:
"We refuse to surrender our Constitution or our nation!"
The following is United States Army Captain Terry M. Hestilow's (retired) full letter to his Texas Senator John Cornyn regarding the Department of Homeland Security's arms race, especially since they have no authority to wage war on Americans or anyone else. Hestilow, who posted the letter on Facebook, says DHS must surrender their weapons immediately to the Department of Defense.
The letter begins below:
"Re: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agencies preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America.
Dear Senator Cornyn,
It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America. To date, DHS has been unwilling to provide to you, the elected representatives of the People, justification for recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems, when, in fact, the DHS has no war mission or war making authority within the limits of the United States of America.
Significant is the fact that at the same time the Obama administration is arming his DHS for war within the limits of the United States against the People of the United States in accordance with his 2008 campaign speech claiming,
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta (sic) have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the United States military]”– Candidate Barack Obama, 2008.
The Obama administration is deliberately defunding, overextending, and hollowing the Department of Defense; the only legitimate agency of the U.S. government with a war mission.
This act of the Obama administration stands as a glaring threat of war against our nation’s citizens! This act of the Obama administration can only be understood as a tyrannical threat against the Constitution of the United States of America! If left unresolved, the peace loving citizens who have sworn to defend the United States Constitution “against all enemies, both foreign and domestic” are left no option except to prepare to defend themselves, and the U.S. Constitution, against this Administration’s “coup” against the People and the foundations of liberty fought for and defended for the past 238 years. We have no choice if we honor our oaths.
The only proper response to this threat against the American people is for the representatives of the People, the members of the U.S. House and Senate, to demand in clear terms that the Administration cannot ignore, that the Department of Homeland Security immediately surrender their newly appropriated weapons of war to the Department of Defense (DoD). Further, since the DHS has assumed a position in the Administration to enforce the tyrannical acts of this president against the People of the United States against the limits of the United States Constitution, it remains for the United States Congress to exercise its limiting power in the balancing of powers established by our founding fathers, to disestablish and dissolve the DHS as soon as possible. One needs only to look to the rise of Adolf Hitler, and his associated DHS organizations, the SA and the SS, of 1932-1934, to see the outcome of allowing an agency of government this kind of control over the free citizens of a nation. The people of Germany could not have imagined, until it was too late, the danger of allowing a tyrant this kind of power. We must not be so naïve as to think it will not happen to us as well if we remain passive toward this power grab by the Marxist Obama administration!
Finally, for more than two centuries the nation has lived in peace at home because of the protections of our legitimate military and the many appropriate state and federal law enforcement agencies, supported by Constitutional courts. We stand today at a cross-road. Will we allow this present Administration to overthrow our United States Constitution and its legal processes to amend injustices, or, will we honor our obligations to defend the Constitution against a “domestic” enemy? Our Constitution lays out the proper methods of resolving our differences; and it does not include its overthrow by a rogue agency of a Marxist leadership at home. You, sir, are our constitutionally elected agent to defend our Constitution at home. We are counting upon you. We remain aware, however, of this present threat and will not expose ourselves as an easy prey to the authors of the destruction of our nation.
I know that this letter demands much of you. We elected you because we, the citizens of the State of Texas, believe that you are up to the task at hand and will, against all threats, honor your oath and office. We are also writing to your fellow members of the House and Senate to stand in integrity with the Constitution and against this present threat by the Obama administration and his DHS.
We refuse to surrender our Constitution or our nation!
Captain Terry M. Hestilow
United States Army, Retired
Fort Worth, Texas
March 23, 2013
My guess is that Capt. Terry M. Hestilow, U.S. Army, Retired, just lost his retirement income. Where are the rest of you retired officers? Is your mouth sewed shut from fear of your former employer? Gentlemen, I assure you that TS WILL HIT YOUR FAN TOO if you do not align your self with the people. We will not forget or forgive those of you who have lived off the military teat all of your adult life, and then laid in the weeds as your former boss destroys this country. America now needs your experience more than ever before, and if you plan on staying in this country, now is a good time to tell Obama to stick your benefits where the sun don’t shine.
We the people salute Capt. Terry M. Hestilow
March 22nd, 2013 by olddog
The global government movement was designed by the wealthiest men in our world. It was designed to support their corporations, their foundations, their opinions, and the continuance of their family dynasties. It was designed to merge their corporate powers with and into governmental powers. It was designed to hand themselves total control of the world’s wealth, which means land.
They achieved their missions, first and foremost, by capturing financial control of research and development, and they did so by funding research and development via their corporate foundations.
They also created the United Nations. They created private clubs that could operate in secret, like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, etc., and they also created training grounds for future comrades via the secret societies inside of their Ivy League universities.
The lives and perks of such people are beyond what commoners can imagine. The power and the money at their disposal are, frankly, beyond our comprehension. It is, in fact, mostly impossible for commoners to believe. Hence, the current state of their global affairs exists. Our "freedom" is no more than a figment of our imaginations and truly an untruth. We have no freedom. It is, in fact, nonexistent.
Politicians are no longer politicians. They work for the world’s elite and represent no common man or country. They are highly paid brainwashers, visioning facilitators, deceivers, liars, and thieves. We are forced to pay their salaries. We are forced to fund all global governance initiatives, which literally stole the wealth, property, savings, and security of every commoner on the planet. The wealth that was amassed in the last 3 decades by these criminals truly is beyond comprehension – literally beyond the comprehension of common people. We live in unfathomable states of ignorance. We have been robbed blind, yet we still can’t acknowledge the theft of our money, livelihoods, children, potential, nation, and future.
The truth be told, we are no longer American people. We are Communists living amidst a bureaucratically evolving dictatorship that has been steadfastly planning for our awakening. As we recently discovered, the rest of our American military will be leaving the homeland very soon – the young men and women who are told they are protecting their homeland. They have closed many of our homeland military bases, while building global bases on foreign soil, and at the same time they have raised new paramilitary forces on American soil. In fact, there are so many new paramilitary forces on the homeland that, again, one cannot fathom their power, their intentions, or their loyalty to another system of governance.
Equally, the American commoner does not realize that he is now under the governing auspices of regional governors – governors that were appointed to power (not elected to power) – and that we, the people, don’t even know who they are, what they are doing, where they are located, or to whom they serve. These new governing bodies in the United States were illegally raised, and they were raised without the knowledge of the American people. The problem is the American people are clueless as to what is/was legal in the United States. The regional system of governance was crafted and raised by our elected representatives. We paid their salaries as they constructed a dictatorship on American soil according to the plans and dictates of their master handlers. They committed treason. Their intentions were to overthrow Constitutional America and every right granted to each and every one of us. Their missions were accomplished. America is no longer America, and we are no longer people with rights and freedom. I suggest to you that you have no freedom whatsoever.
We could look to the powers of our state capitols, but unfortunately for us, our state governors are also no longer working for the United States or the people of the individual states. They are working for the Federal government, which is not an American entity nor working under Constitutional Law. The Federal government is a global governing body operating under Communitarian Law, which is the same system of law used by the European Union. America is a global region that is merging with Mexico and Canada into the North American Union. These global regions serve under the auspices of the emerging global economy, or one system of economics, which was invented and implemented by the marriage of international banks to transnational corporations. We, the world’s people, are the laborers to this new economic system – nothing more – nothing less.
America is lowering its standard of living, while the Third World is raising its living standards. Once "equity" is achieved, we will all live meager lives in service to corporations IF AND ONLY IF we comply with this new world dictatorship. This, my stupid American friends, is Communism.
Now, let’s look at some trends in our new world. All public schools and daycare centers in America are literally crawling with "mental health/social/emotional/literacy" professionals " literally crawling with them. This cannot be denied. They are also pigeon-holing every American child into labor-destined categories, while "assessing" the "social" condition of students and their families. This also cannot be denied.
Food delivery is changing all across the U.S. Meat is becoming unaffordable by design at the United Nations, who has determined that people need to eat predominantly vegetarian diets. We have been made squeamish about beef and poultry via Mad Cow and Bird Flu media frenzies. Equally, we note all the new brand meats in all our groceries stores – brands we’ve never seen, which come from outside of the United States. All of us older Americans also note that meat is very different than it use to be in taste, color, and texture.
Weekly or monthly food deliveries are being advertised as fabulous andsuccessful weight loss alternatives, but in actuality, we are witnessing a desensitizing tactic that benignly introduces the concept of food rationing. We see this same desensitizing tactic with implantable ID chips, which we are told helps to curb kidnappings. The truth is that sub-dermal chips are now being considered for all newborns (much like mandatory Social Security numbers). Food control and rationing is coming in the form of "here are your rations – and that’s it." We have already witnessed the closing of smaller food markets all across America. Eventually, I suggest that "stores," and the freedom we have to use them, will cease to exist minus some transnational superstores, where we have witnessed a decline in our quality food supply.
Our health and health care is deteriorating. Most American people cannot afford quality health care. Quality care has become the venue for the very rich, and millions of American people have been bankrupted by our health care system. As such, our global representatives now prepare our regional health care system, which will, again, lower the availability of quality medical treatment for all – and particularly for the elderly, the infirmed, and the undesirable elements of our new society.
"Co-housing," and the creation of American "villages" headed up by facilitator" appointed governors, is the new housing mandate of our representatives and their United Nations’ masters (The U.N. calls them "human settlements.") If you want a shocking awakening, type the word "Co-housing" into your search engines and go onto some of the co-housing community websites. Read their "missions" and thoroughly investigate all their menu items. See Communist sectors all dolled up American media-style. See what it’s like to live as a community laborer according to dictatorship, spies, and total control and propaganda.
To end, all pending legislation – all of it – is 1) unknown to the American public, and 2) destroying every single freedom that you thought was secured by the Constitution of the United States. The people running this country are not American by any stretch of the imagination. They are Communist sympathizers, employees, and facilitators. We’ve been had. We’ve been lazy. Now, we will get what they think we deserve. We’re on our own.
© 2007 Nancy Levant – All Rights Reserved
Nancy Levant is a renowned writer for Constitutional governance and American culture. She is the author of The Cultural Devastation of American Women: The
Strange and Frightening Decline of the American Female (and her dreadful timing).
She is an opponent of deceptive governance and politicians, global governance by deception, political feminism, the public school system, political economics based upon manufactured wars and their corporate benefactors, and the Federal Reserve System. She is also a nationwide and lively radio personality. To book an engagement with Nancy Levant, send an email request to: E-Mail: email@example.com
March 20th, 2013 by olddog
Many of my loyal readers have been asking what happened to Brandon Smith, or why have you not published his articles lately, my answer is he has been busy preparing a new wave of attacks on the lies of the SPLC. He is back at the keyboard now and here is a new sample of his awesome elucidation.
The Real Reasons Why The Liberty Movement Is Preparing To Fight
By Brandon Smith
Years ago while writing for Neithercorp Press I penned an article entitled
“One Day Soon, We’ll All Be Homegrown Terrorists”. In that piece I described a not so far off future in which martial law, economic collapse, and the destruction of civil liberties stood imminent. I related my views on the propaganda rhetoric of the SPLC, and how they were using false association to tie liberty groups to any deviant organization they could think of, including racists and domestic terrorists, in order to condition the American public to react to our message with immediate contempt.
It became clear to me then that the SPLC, which had become the propaganda wing of the widely reviled Department Of Homeland Security, was helping set the stage for a paradigm shift in the U.S. This shift would obviously include economic and social disruption, as well as political turmoil beyond anything our nation has seen for over 150 years. But most importantly, it would pave the way for certain elements of the American populace, namely those who are awake, aware, and outspoken, to be labeled “enemy combatants” dangerous to the state.
Though posing as an anti-racist monitoring institution, the SPLC’s primary concern has never been the KKK or “White Identity”. Rather, the SPLC’s job has been and always will be to marginalize and defame those who stand against centralized federal power, regardless of how corrupt that power has become. They are not anti-racists, or liberals, or concerned citizens; they are STATISTS, who only care about maintaining the superiority of a government that has been bought and paid for many times over by a gaggle of international financiers with delusions of godhood.
The SPLC, of course, has so far utterly failed in their efforts to stop the rise of Constitutional activists. By their own admission, “patriot groups” have expanded exponentially since 2008, and continue to develop freely even in the face of wildly absurd character attacks taken from the amoral (immoral) guidebook of Saul Alinsky himself. The truth, once realized, is difficult if not impossible to stop.
Unfortunately, the establishment understands this as well…
Given a few more years, the Liberty Movement will indeed prevail in the struggle for the “infowar”. Naysayers who claimed we were merely an ineffective and irrelevant peripheral of society are now faced with a strong and growing minority which has the power to swing state and local elections, as we did in 2012, simply by refusing to vote for oath breaking Republicans, sending the message that if the Republican party ever wants to win again, they had better run honest Constitutionalists. Those who claimed our message was “insane conspiracy theory” must now explain the indefinite detention and rendition provisions of the NDAA, the government approved unleashing of 30,000 surveillance drones in American skies, the Obama Administration's assassination list which includes U.S. citizens, and the push for gun registration and confiscation which is already beginning to take place in some states.
How did we know what was coming? Was it intuition or lucky conjecture? Neither. All we had to do was look at the trends of the day and use logic to discern the most likely outcome.
Our concerns, which were once called “fringe”, are now going mainstream. We were right, they were wrong. Though, I wish we had been wrong…
Just as the public is on a shrinking timeline, so are the elites. For every burst forward in our efforts to wake up the population to the loss of their freedoms and heritage, they must speed up their plans to gain economic and political supremacy. The harder you pull on the ends of a frayed rope in opposite directions, the sooner it is going to snap.
Today, as never before, I believe our culture has reached the breaking point, which is why the SPLC has pushed their attacks on the Liberty Movement into overdrive with manipulative media hit pieces like this:
As well as their latest propaganda piece “The Year In Hate And Extremism”:
The SPLC plays the role of the frantic watchman, crying out at the approach of the Mongol hordes, but their childish and ill conceived methods continue to expose their true intentions. Is the Liberty Movement preparing for war? No, but we are preparing to defend ourselves. Here are the SPLC assertions of why we are ready to fight, followed by the real reasons behind our preparations…
1) Because Obama Is Half Black?
No. Obama could be neon green and we couldn’t care less. The SPLC attempts to equate the growth of “patriot groups” with the election of the first black president, while leaving out much more likely catalysts including our current economic spiral (which they often refer to as “conspiracy theory”), or the Obama Administration’s expansion and even application of numerous unconstitutional provisions, some of which were launched by the Bush Administration.
How does the SPLC explain the majority of the Liberty Movement’s staunch opposition to the Romney Campaign if all we cared about was race? How do they reconcile the fact that we are just as critical of the Republican elite as we are of the Democrats? What about the reality that many of our organizations (like Oath Keepers) are made up of numerous races and nationalities?
They never do. They simply ignore this information as if it is not pertinent to the issue. The truth is, Obama is a middle man, a mascot, an easily replaced muppet. He is not our primary interest, and his color is meaningless. The international banks that funded his campaign and whose members occupy numerous positions within the White House, though, ARE our primary concern.
2) Because We Are Afraid Of An Economic Collapse That Will Never Come?
The SPLC refers to almost everything as “conspiracy theory” because they hope that the average American is too stupid to question their rhetoric. Calling someone a “conspiracy theorist” is the modern equivalent of accusing a person of being mentally ill; the goal is to inoculate the public against anything they have to say before they say it, even if it is the unbridled truth.
The SPLC has consistently shrugged off economic concerns as “paranoia”, but they never qualify their statements. Years ago I openly challenged Mark Potok and the whole of the SPLC to a debate on the health of the U.S. economy, and I reassert that challenge today. If they think our concerns are unfounded and a source of paranoia, then they should be willing to defend their position. I believe our financial system is on the fast track to collapse for quite a few reasons, including the fact that:
Our official national debt stands at $16.6 trillion. In 2008, the national debt was around $10 Trillion, meaning, we’ve added over $6 trillion in only 5 years. (Gee, is it possible that this has pissed Americans off more than Obama’s ethnicity?)
Real national debt including entitlement programs and future obligations is estimated between $60 Trillion and $120 Trillion.
Our official debt to GDP ratio (the amount of capital our country generates versus what it owes) stands at 102%. Historically, when a country crosses the 100% mark in its debt to GDP, there is a marked chance of economic crisis. If you count all of the programs and entitlements that the Federal Government doesn’t include in its “official” arithmetic, our debt to GDP ratio is actually closer to 400%. This means an economic crisis is ASSURED.
The Labor Department, using what they call “adjusted numbers” places unemployment at 7.9%. Real unemployment including U6 measurements (those people who are underemployed, and those people who have been unemployed for so long they no longer receive benefits and are no longer counted by the government) stands at over 20%.
In 2009, 32 million Americans were enrolled in food stamps. Today, that number has grown to 48 million. That’s a 50% increase in only 4 years.
The number of people on standard disability has hit a record of 9 million, and has grown every month for the past 192 months.
For the past four years I have pointed out that China, our largest foreign creditor, only needs to do two things before dumping the dollar as the world reserve currency – find a consumer market source to replace the U.S., and, spread it’s own currency around the globe to create a viable alternative to the greenback.
Today, China has announced a full blown transition into a consumer based economy and has established bilateral trade agreements with enough developing nations to easily replace the U.S. as an export market.
This past month, China announced a massive “urbanization project” in which they will sell over $6 trillion in Yuan denominated bonds worldwide. China has also surpassed the U.S. for the first time ever as the world’s largest trade market, meaning, the Yuan will now be more sought after than the Dollar as a global trade mechanism. The Chinese are nearly ready to dump the dollar, causing an international chain reaction that will brutally devalue our currency.
I think our economic worries are clearly reasonable…
3) Because We Are Paranoid Over Unfounded Threats Of Martial Law?
In the calm before any great war, there is always an escalation of arms on both sides of the conflict. Anyone who has carefully studied the history of modern warfare KNOWS an escalation when they see one. At the same time, anyone who has studied the history of citizen disarmament knows that government restriction and confiscation of personal firearms almost always leads to genocide. Over the past decade, we have seen blatant indications that domestic agencies of the Federal Government are in the midst of arms stockpiling, and, in the past two months, they are pushing harder than ever before to reduce the defensive capabilities of the American public.
The Department Of Homeland Security has in only a few years placed orders for ammunition totaling at least 1.6 billion rounds, and new orders indicate they may be accumulating over 2 billion rounds. The DHS has initiated a disinformation campaign through the mainstream media claiming that this ammunition stockpile, which is to be delivered over the course of five years, is for “training purposes only”. Here is the reality…
First, by the department’s own numbers, training and qualification exercises taking place in three facilities nationwide use a total of 15 – 20 million rounds of ammo yearly. This means that if the DHS claims are true, they have ordered enough ammo to last a minimum of 75 years! No government agency plans this far ahead.
Second, the DHS and most federal and state law enforcement agencies DO NOT use hollow point pistol ammo and expensive Sierra Match King hollow point sniper rounds for “training”. Anyone who knows anything about combat simulation training knows that you use the cheapest plinking ammo you can find, and this includes the government. The ammo purchased by the DHS is used for one thing only; killing people.
Third, if this ammo is being used only for non-threatening purposes, then why is the DHS now redacting order requests in a ploy to hide what they are purchasing?
On top of this, why does the DHS need mine resistant armored vehicles?
Or bullet resistant road booths?
Why is the DHS using training targets featuring children and pregnant women? Why has the Federal Government put plans into motion to release 30,000 drones above our heads? Why have they instituted the passage of the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA which can be used to revoke the civil rights of anyone deemed an “enemy combatant” by the executive branch, including American citizens? Why has Obama bypassed the Treason Clause of the U.S. Constitution in order to greenlight assassinations of American citizens? Why has Attorney General Eric Holder stated that predator drones have not been ruled out as a weapon against American citizens on American soil? Why has a branch of the military, Northcom, been deployed domestically in the U.S.? Who are they here to fight?
The government is telling us, right to our faces, that they plan to use extraneous force against us, and where else would this force be initiated on such a scale except during martial law? The extensive militarization of any domestic government agency requires as a response the extensive armament of the citizenry, otherwise, there is no deterrent to tyranny.
4) Because We Refuse To Accept That The World Is Changing Without Us?
This argument is based on a series of lies, the first one being that American culture needs to “progress with the times” and shake off the dead skin of old and “unpopular” principles. Let’s set the record straight…
Some principles, like the liberties embodied in natural law and outlined in the U.S. Constitution, NEVER become outdated. They exist in the heart of mankind, and will remain as long as humanity remains. They cannot be erased, and they cannot be undone. They are inherent and eternal.
They can, however, be oppressed by those who seek to dominate the lives of others. This is what the establishment today calls “progress”. Their version of social order is not new, nor is it even clever. It is archaic, and has taken many forms, including oligarchy, aristocracy, mercantilism, monarchy, totalitarianism, despotism, fascism, socialism, communism, globalism, etc., etc. The goal is always the same; centralize as much power as possible into as few hands as possible while making the enslaved population as collectivized and dependent as possible.
The Liberty Movement is not some dying vestige of America’s past clinging to an antiquated philosophy. We are the new wave; the messengers of an ideal of freedom that in the grand scheme of history has been around for only a blink of an eye. Constitutional liberty IS the progress that humanity has been waiting for. We have only been led astray by those who would sell us on our own bondage.
The SPLC and others within the establishment accuse the Liberty Movement of arming for conflict against the government. I am here to tell them that is EXACTLY what we are doing. We are arming because the establishment is arming against us. Yes, we are a threat, but only to political and corporate criminals who use subversion and violence to wrest freedom from the hands of good people. I am not afraid to openly admit it. I and many others will fight against any measure or man that seeks to undermine the rights of the people or destroy the founding principles of this nation.
We will not allow engineered economic collapse to go unpunished. We will not allow internationalists to subdue American sovereignty. We will not allow national gun registration or confiscation. We will not allow martial law to be instituted. We will not allow American citizens to be imprisoned or assassinated without trial. We will not allow any presidential administration, black or white, Republican or Democrat, to become a De facto dictatorship with no accountability to the public.
Regardless of what they might say about us in the future, these are the reasons why we will fight, and our pledges to resist are not empty assertions. We will stop the course of tyranny from completing in this country and in this era, one way or another. If this makes us “extremists”, or “terrorists”, then so be it. I, for one, am tired of the long running game of lies and reserved rhetoric. They know a fight is coming, and we know a fight is coming. Let’s just admit it and be done with it. Their greatest weakness is that they have to use deceit, propaganda, media monopoly, and false flag violence in order to convince the public that they are the “right side”. All we have to do is continue telling the truth, and stand fast…
AND, NOT TO BE OUT-DONE, MIKE GADDY HAS A FEW CHOICE WORDS IN THE NEXT ARTICLE. (IT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL UGLY)
SIC EM BOYS!
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March 20th, 2013 by olddog
WOW!!!! Mike Gaddy has really nailed it in his words below. This should be required reading in every newsroom (all shifts), in every classroom (all grades), in every church (all denominations) and in every government council meeting (city/town/county/state/). After the first reading it then needs to be repeated three more times so they can't ignore it. Then all the newspapers need to publish it on the front pages of every edition for at least one week.
The problem is we have so many Diane Feinsteins who sit and tell those who are trying to educate them that they are IGNORANT. Feinstein thinks she is EDUCATED but all she is is indoctrinated and there is a BIG difference in the two words. She avoided Cruz' question and played the VICTIM game.
“I’m not a sixth grader,” said responded. “Senator, I’ve been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in, I saw people shot. I’ve looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I’ve seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered. Look, there are other weapons.”
Please, read over what Mike Gaddy has written here – share it with everyone you can. Send it to your critters in office and ask them for a written response. see how many you get. (don't hold your breath).
Thanks to Barb for sending this to WGEN
From: Michael Gaddy [ mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:53 PM
To: Michael Gaddy
Subject: Rebel Redneck Quotes and Thought for today 3/19/13“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” ~Declaration of Independence
How much of a list does an intelligent person need to see that our government considers all of us who cherish our Constitution; our Bill of Rights and our Liberty as its mortal enemy? Let’s start with just five.
1. Drones to monitor our every activity and even take our lives if the president deems it appropriate.
2. FEMA Camps being prepared to confine those who dare oppose their masters.
3. The very real threat of gun confiscation.
4. Patriot Act and National Defense Authorization Act provisions that declare those who oppose corrupt and tyrannical government to be terrorists.
5. The Department of Homeland Security (how much more Nazi can it sound) has declared Constitutionalists, Veterans and most White folks in general as potential terrorists, while our tax dollars are being given to al-Qaeda operatives; yes, the same people our government claims was responsible for 9/11.
As can clearly be read from our Declaration of Independence, our government was created to secure our unalienable rights, not to be our masters; steal our money; take our land and water rights; close our Public Lands; manage our resources; write unconstitutional regulations and enforce them as law, or to provide money, weapons and aid and comfort to the enemy they claim attacked our country on 9/11.
No sane person would ever submit to becoming a slave to another; to having their personal property taken for the greater good; their children and grandchildren used as slaves and cannon fodder for the empire or to never having dominion over their own lives.
When even the ignorant realize they are about to become slaves, they will resist; violently if necessary. Those who seek to be our masters know this, that alone is their reason for seeking to control our means of resistance. There is no other logical reason for the gun control measures currently on the books and for those currently in the various stages of legislation. Only thieves and tyrants seek an unarmed populace.
Our Founders were faced with similar circumstances in the 18th Century but many were still unconvinced they should resist what others saw as inevitable. Jefferson put it this way:
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
Perhaps it is time we real Americans ask ourselves this very simple question: how much more evil can be visited up those who wish to be free; how much more will we deem sufferable before we decide to right ourselves? How much more of our hard earned money can we give to the monster that has become our government? How many more roads will we allow to be closed on our public lands? How much more water and land will we cede to the government while hard working farmers and ranchers are forced to give up their lifestyle and livelihood? How many more of our children will we allow to be sacrificed to the god of war in order to improve the financial bottom line of the members of the Military/Industrial/Congressional Complex?
What was the answer our Founders arrived at when looking down the double barrels of tyranny and despotism, one that was in actuality much less draconian than what we face from our own government today? Let us turn again to the words of Thomas Jefferson.
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Are we too blind to see the object of the abuses and usurpations being visited on “We the People” by today’s political tyrants, or just cowards? Will we shirk the duty to ourselves and our posterity to establish a better government; to create one that exists to protect our rights, not to take them?
How much more will we endure before we realize it is not the Sage Grouse, the Spotted Owl, the Snail Darter or the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher that is an endangered species, but instead it is the American Farmer/Rancher, our American way of life and Liberty itself that is on the brink of extinction?
"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a brave and scarce man, hated and scorned. When the cause succeeds, however, the timid join him…for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
March 19th, 2013 by olddog
March 19th, 2013 by olddog
By Mike Adams
The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to establish a line in the sand that cannot be crossed by government. The founders rightly saw government as an eternal threat against freedom and justice, knowing that all governments inevitably grow out of control like a cancer tumor, always seeking more and more power until they kill the host. The answer to this destructive pattern of dangerous government throughout human history was to place limits on government power and stake out fundamental rights and freedoms that can never be infringed.
That’s the Bill of Rights, the original ten amendments to the Constitution. The Bill of Rights says the government can never ban your free speech, take away your firearms, search your house or your person without a warrant, quarter soldiers in your home without permission, force you to testify against yourself, throw you in prison without a fair trial and so on. Nearly every scholar, when it comes down to it, agrees these are fundamental human rights and civil liberties.
Today’s federal government believes the Bill of Rights is optional
But today’s government, under both the Bush and Obama administrations, believes it has the power and the right to violate theBill of Rights when it wants to. Sen. Feinstein, President Obama and Vice President Biden specifically believe the Bill of Rights is only a suggestion, not the law of the land, and so they can selectively ignore it when they want to.
The problem with this philosophy is that if the Second Amendment can be selectively ignored, then so can the First Amendment. Anyone who supports government gun control restrictions — all of which are illegal under the Constitution — must also support the power of the government to ban selected books and websites which do not agree with the White House view of the world. If Obama can have a “kill list” of Americans to assassinate, which he does, then he must also have the power of a “web site kill list” of which websites to seize or take offline.
Guns first, then books and websites
This is not an article about the merits of private firearms ownership, by the way; it’s an article about what happens next, if the guns are taken away. If we lose our Second Amendment rights, it’s only a matter of time before Obama says something like, “Websites that criticize the government are dangerous and we are going to seize them and shut them down.”
What’s to stop them from doing so? Nothing! The U.S. government has already seized and shut down thousands of websites it claims are involved in “piracy,” shutting them down with no due process, no trial, no jury and not even a search warrant. The government simply invokes some power it has never been granted, then uses that false power to seize entire servers full of websites. This action is blatantly illegal, unconstitutional and tyrannical.
Those who argue in favor of gun control are, in essence, arguing that government has no limits, meaning that government can decide when and where the Bill of Rights applies.
This question was brilliantly asked by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz — a rising star of liberty in the Congress — who leveled the question at Sen. Feinstein, a wicked dictatorial creature of darkness who literally worships enslavement and tyranny. Sen. Cruz asked Feinstein whether she believed the government had the power to selectively ban books it didn’t like, to which Feinstein arrogantly answered that she didn’t “need to be lectured” like a schoolgirl.
And yet apparently she does, because she fails to understand the entire meaning of the Bill of Rights. She does not understand the words, “shall not be infringed,” even though they are written in plain English. Like all other tyrants, Feinstein accepts no limits to her government power, and she plans to expand that power by force, if necessary, to dominate and enslave the people she claims to serve.
Feinstein = Kim Jong-Un = Mao = Stalin = Hitler
Feinstein is the perfect example of where all government eventually leads: the usurpation of power and the trampling on the rights and liberties of the people. If you extrapolate Feinstein out for a few more decades, you get Kim Jong-Un, the sociopathic cult leader of the nation of North Korea, where government is literally worshipped as God and there are absolutely no individual rights or freedoms remaining. Sen. Feinstein would fit right in with Kim Jong-Un’s administration because she shares the same philosophy of the government holding all power while the people hold none.
This is yet another reason why holding our ground on the Second Amendment is so important. Obama has already taken away our Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights with his blatantly illegal NDAA. Bush also stole rights away from the people with his Patriot Act. Together, Bush and Obama are the two most dangerous presidents in the history of America due to the way they have claimed federal powers that do not exist while systematically crushing the Bill of Rights.
If we allow the federal government to place aggressive new restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms, then we condone the government’s “right” to place restrictions on what books we can read, what websites we can publish and whether we can protest peacefully on a street corner. A government that has no limits respects no freedoms, you see. And if the government can first disarm the population, then what’s to stop it from shutting down all websites and alternative media outlets that are critical of government, too?
See, those who believe in gun control also believe, by definition, that private ownership of gun rights are “granted” by the government. Therefore, the government can revoke what it previously granted. They do not understand what the Constitution says that all rights are inherently found in the People, and the People selectively grant certain limited powers to the government for the purpose of administering things like the postal service and national defense against foreign enemies. The government does not have unlimited powers, nor does it have the right to take away powers that the People are born with. Any person who believes government has all the power and the People have none is possessed with a radically distorted misunderstanding of history and law. Such ideas as extremely dangerous to liberty, and yet they have infected the minds of a great many permissive voters and lawmakers.
Gun control is illegal
Speaking of law, thanks to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, gun control is illegal in America. It violates the Bill of Rights and violates the very foundation of America, which is that the People grant certain specific, limited powers to government, and that all government power comes from the People and can be revoked by the People.
Accordingly, any lawmaker engaged in the act of introducing gun control bills or voting for gun control is engaged in a criminal act that violates the highest laws of the land. As such, they should be arrested and prosecuted for acts of sedition — for attempting to “overthrow the People,” as it were. Hilariously, the federal government says anyone who is critical of the government “might be a terrorist,” but in truth, it’s agents of the government who are violating the People who are, by any honest historical accounting, the true danger to a free society.
To be clear, yes, Sen. Dianne Feinsten and every U.S. Senator or member of the House who votes for gun control restrictions that take away the rights of the People is, by definition, a criminal. Under U.S. law, they must be arrested and tried in a court of their peers. If found guilty of attempting to undermine the U.S. Constitution and the rights of the People, they must serve time in prison. Interestingly, the Sheriff of the county in which Dianne Feinstein lives has the power and authority to arrest her right now.
The fact that not one of these criminals has yet been arrested is proof that the criminals run the government. They have now become the enemy of the People, the enemy of the Founding Fathers, and the enemy of America. The REAL terrorists.
This is an important principle to grasp, because every police officer, soldier and even U.S. Senator takes an oath of office in which they swear to “protect America from enemies foreign and domestic.” That language is written into the oaths precisely because it is well known that a nation’s most dangerous enemies may rise from within.
Is there any better example of an “enemy from within” than Sen. Feinstein? Or Joe Biden? Or Barack Obama? These are “enemies from within” in the sense that they systematically attempting to dismantle the very freedoms upon which this nation was founded. Obama has already stripped away your right to a trial by jury, and he now claims the right to selectively assassinate any American, at any time, even on U.S. soil.
If you are disarmed, how will you defend yourself against a government taking away your First Amendment rights?
If the people allow tyrants like Feinstein, Obama and Biden to take away their Second Amendment rights, then it is only a matter of time before they will also lose their First Amendment rights. If they have long since given up their guns, they will have no way to fight back against the march of tyranny. If you don’t stand up for private gun ownership now, then you have no defenses when the government embarks on a runaway criminal takeover the country — a process that is already under way with the DHS purchasing 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, 7,000+ full-auto assault rifles, and 2,700+ armored assault vehicles, all for use on the streets of America, not in some foreign theater of war.
Those who support Feinstein’s gun restrictions are mistakenly assuming that government will not get any worse than it is right now… that government can be trusted to act with integrity and with the best interests of the people in mind. But once you take away a right from the people, it is never returned to them. Government inevitably grows more dominant, more oppressive, more expensive (taxation) and dangerous. As it does so, it attracts increasingly insane leaders who revel in the raw power they command. And sooner or later, perhaps in just a few administrations, it becomes a genocidal regime that sees itself as God.
So allowing the government to take away the guns irreversibly sets our nation on a course leading to the rise of new American Hitler, or an American Kim Jong-Un, or an American Mao. This outcome is inevitable unless you keep government in its box and learn to say NO to endless government expansion.
The power of NO!
The word most desperately needed in America today is “NO!”
NO! You cannot take my rifle.
NO! You cannot force me to buy health insurance I don’t want.
NO! You cannot limit my right to peacefully protest on a sidewalk near the President.
NO! You cannot arrest our farmers for selling raw milk.
NO! You cannot use your dirty TSA gloves to stick your fingers in my anus at the airport, you f*#king pervert!
NO! NO! NO!
I find it astonishing that so few Americans are willing to utter the word, “NO!” Yet this is the most powerful word in any free nation. Government must learn its limits, and those limits are ultimately enforced by the People. Sen. Rand Paul’s recent filibuster over the President’s claimed power to assassinate Americans on U.S. soil with drone strikes is an excellent example of saying “NO!”
Any population that fails to use the word “NO!” is, by default, telling the government, “YES, you may do anything you want!”
All governments will repeatedly and forcefully try to expand their power just like a cancer tumor. They will endlessly test the limits of their power, if any, and try to fabricate new powers that do not exist (like the power to force you to buy health insurance from a corrupt, failed medical system). If you allow government to assume those new powers, then you effectively consent to that particular expansion of power. In doing so, you give up that power yourself.
The only safe government is small government. The only lawful government is a humble government that respects limits of power and understands it serves the people. Today’s federal government is none of these things: It is arrogant, spiteful, violent and dangerous. And like all government, it seeks the endless expansion of power until it controls everything: the entire economy, the entire medical system, all websites, all media, all institutions of learning and all powers that once belonged to the People. As Lew Rockwell correctly explains, no government is satisfied with its current level of power… it always seeks MORE power, meaning it incessantly seeks to take that power from the people.
Like fire, government is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. That’s a quote from George Washington, the single most important figure in America history. The full quote goes like this:
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
He goes on to say, about firearms:
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.
President Washington would have had Feinstein arrested and charged with treason
Washington, who commanded militia forces and fought for liberty against an oppressive, tyrannical government, would be appalled at people like Sen. Feinstein. He would have seen her as a dangerous enemy of America, and would have sought her arrest and imprisonment. That Sen. Feinstein calls herself a “United States Senator” who swore an oath to protect the very nation she now attempts to stab in the heart with the dagger of government usurpation is the ultimate insult to a free people.
She is only one of many betrayers — high-level criminals — who represent the same kind of rise of despotic government power that history has shown time and time again to end in genocidal murder and collapse. If America is to save herself from destruction at the hands of people like Feinstein, the People must arrest and prosecute those who behave like Feinstein. To sit in the office of the U.S. Senate and literally conspire to destroy the rights and freedoms of the American people is to function as a criminal enemy from within. It is a violation of law and of the very principles of a free people. It is the ultimately betrayal of not just the people living today, but of the entire history of America and the graves of all those who fought for freedom and justice from the Revolutionary War onward.
Government does not make you safe; it makes you enslaved!
We are living in a time of great betrayal, but that betrayal is presented to us as a way to “make us safer.” This is always the Devil’s offer: Give up your soul, and we’ll take care of you. But it is an offer that’s fraught with treachery and deception. In saying it will make us “safe,” the government will only make us enslaved and defenseless. And it is from this position that the government will then seize upon its monopoly of firepower to claim ALL power over ALL things: books, websites, speech, religion, privacy, health care, biological reproduction, lifespan and more.
Because, by definition a government that accepts no limits on its power could decide that the best way to reduce government expenditures and balance the budget is to require all people turn to themselves in to be euthanized when they reach the age of 65. That way, all Medicare and social security payments stop, saving the government over a trillion dollars a year. You may think this example sounds ridiculous, but to many Americans, the idea of government taking away their rifles is equally ridiculous. If government has no limits, then what’s to stop them from conducting mass-euthanasia campaigns to balance the budget?
Do you see where this can lead? Gun control is the gateway to a hellish future, and any nation foolish enough to walk through that gateway can fully expect to sooner or later be enslaved by a demonic elite class of control freaks whose very philosophies are anti-human.
No one I have read has said it better than Mike in this article. He should be commended for laying it on the line so truthfully clear. Even the most ignorant person should be able to relate his accusations to current events. Make no mistake about it, the majority of our [so-called] elected representatives are terrorist of the most dangerous kind; those who do it by stealth and lies. Surreptitiously they beguile the dull and ignorant to make them feel safe, while slipping a knife in their back. By any competent interpretation of law, they should be charged with treason, tried, and put to death. Every damn one of them! Those of you who still believe elections can make a difference, have your head up your ass!
March 19th, 2013 by olddog
By Egon von Greyerz – March 18 2013
“THERE IS NO MEANS OF AVOIDING THE FINAL COLLAPSE OF A BOOM BROUGHT ABOUT BY CREDIT EXPANSION. THE ALTERNATIVE IS ONLY WHETHER THE CRISIS SHOULD COME SOONER AS A RESULT OF A VOLUNTARY ABANDONMENT OF FURTHER CREDIT EXPANSION, OR LATER AS A FINAL OR TOTAL CATASTROPHE OF THE CURRENCY SYSTEM INVOLVED” – Ludwig von Mises
The Cyprus event may later, in the history books, be seen as the catalyst of the fall of a century long Ponzi scheme. This could rank in line with the shot in Sarajevo as the start of WW1 or the collapse of Kreditanstalt in 1931 as the start of the Great Depression.
Isn’t it ironic that exactly 100 years after the creation of the Fed (a private bank created for the benefit of bankers) that the fragile and bankrupt financial system is likely to fall due to the insolvency of a couple of Cypriot banks.
But what is happening in Cyprus will not be the reason for a collapse but just the trigger for what has always been inevitable.
There are only two possible outcomes of the crisis we are now in:
– Either there will now be a run on the massively leveraged (25-50 times) banking system which would lead to no debt being repaid and a deflationary collapse.
– Alternatively, we will now see the beginning of the most massive money printing that the world has ever experienced, leading to a hyperinflationary depression.
The second outcome is the most likely although the risk of an systemic implosion is very high if central banks are too slow in flooding the system with money. The deflationary outcome would lead to no banks surviving and no money in the system. And the hyperinflationary outcome would lead to money being totally worthless. In both cases gold will be a major beneficiary.
But printing money will of course not solve anything since worthless pieces of paper with ZERO intrinsic value can never create wealth. At best it will just kick the can down the road for a very short time.
Cyprus is a mini model of the world financial system. The IMF, ECB and the politicians thought they could get away with the depositors taking part of the loss. But they have clearly not considered the consequences.
This action (if ratified) will not only lead to a run on the Cypriot banks but also on banks in other weak areas such as Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece etc. Eventually it could spread worldwide.
The IMF, Fed, ECB, BoE, BoJ and other central banks are likely to very soon come out with a concerted action to support the financial system in order to avoid a total collapse.
For well over ten years I have advised investors to get their assets out of the banking system. This doesn’t mean just their money but also all other investments (stocks, bonds, gold etc) which are likely to be lost when banks go bankrupt.
Wealth preservation is now absolutely critical. This involves eliminating counterparty risk whenever possible. EverythIng within the banking system has counterparty risk even if it is segregated or allocated. Lehman, MF Global and Sentinel are all examples of client assets being lost in the financial system.
Gold (and silver) will continue to reflect the total destruction of paper money that the unlimited money printing will lead to. But investors must hold physical precious metals and they must be stored outside the banking system.
Egon von Greyerz
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March 16th, 2013 by olddog
(Before It's News)
By Victoria Baer
Ok, all….time to be very aware and stand guard!!!
INTEL BRIEFING – 3/11/13
For dissemination throughout the Frontiersmen and to our friends
RE: Federal action against patriot groups in US
Today at 10AM there was a very large meeting at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) headquarters in Clarksburg, WV. The meeting was held in an auditorium and included everyone – from agents to the secretaries. The meeting was organized by the Director of the Biometric Identification Management Agency (BIMA), Colonel Bolo (ret.).
Bolo summarized the purchase of 24 new armored vehicles (each costing $400k) and the recent appearance of 20 mobile headquarters that are now present at the facility. The mobile units are semi-trailers with attached generators in the front; are of a shiny, mirrored-silver finish; and have no identifiable markings on them at all. There are 20 of them parked (visibly in front) at 1000 Cluster Hollow Rd, Clarksburg, WV as of today. Additionally, there are 24 armored cars (the same ones we have seen with DHS markings) parked in a different lot on this property, but they too may be visible.
The Colonel went into great detail on a list of patriot/constitutional groups. According to witnesses, this is a list that may be identical or very close to the one put out by the SPLC but had over 1000 groups on it. He explained that although groups may take advantage of the 2nd Amendment debate to garner followers now, at the heart of all these organizations is a racist core; one that poses a threat and will need to be dealt with soon. This is when he tied the armored cars and mobile command trailers to ‘the mission’.
The armored cars (those at the facility and nationwide) are to effect high-risk warrants on the ringleaders of the listed various groups with command centers being placed as necessary. The DHS and FBI are planning to move at one time against the listed groups; with SWAT teams being utilized against the more threatening ones.
The colonel explained that all these groups have been successfully infiltrated and the leaders identified. He also explained that this is part of the new Internal Security Force that the president has been alluding to. In answering a question from an attendee regarding the mass purchase of ammo, he also stated that the buildup of arms and ammo was specifically for this ‘mission’.
The witness has told me that after the meeting, everyone they seen were against this. People were complaining, shaking their head in disbelief, and asking what the heck going on. According to them, NOBODY (including federal agents present) planned on going along with this and many even talked about how this will ignite a war.
The report I received can be verified through any personal contacts you may have at this center or connected to the agencies mentioned. You may also visibly inspect the lot for these trailers by driving to the location in Clarksburg. The witness was extremely bothered by the meeting and has said ‘it is coming and a hell of a lot sooner than people think’.
I used to think that mass roundups would never happen – but with this new information, I can clearly see that this is exactly what is going to happen (at least to a certain number of militia/patriot groups). And inevitably, any action this crazy will result in a reaction by others. The specter of Civil War in this country is a real and present danger folks – prepare.
NOTE: I did ask a whole bunch of additional questions which hopefully will be answered soon.
*Thanks given to the Indiana Sentinels and the Frontiersmen for the information*
I should not have to tell you what will happen if this materializes, or what will happen if the people do not respond like their expected to, but I’m going to anyway. Let’s assume none of the patriot groups respond. If that happens, you can expect the government to implement a false flag attack on the military or a government center; possibly the White House! They have planned this to the ninth degree, and martial law will be put in place regardless of the response or lack of it. They have no intention of letting this fissile once they start it. I advise everyone no matter which side of this you support, to be ready for blackouts, transportation interruptions, no food or gas anywhere for the people.
Part of their plan is to turn the people against the patriots, and there is no better way to do that than make them scared, and uncomfortable.
It should go without saying that a large portion of our country is either ignorant of what has been building between patriots and government, or just stupidly unwilling to believe any of it. Probably millions will be flabbergasted that Americans would do the things they are going to be accused of by the mainstream media, and many of them will defend their beloved country that they believe is perfect in every way. So, count on the dull and ignorant being useless in this engagement, due to their false patriotism. In my opinion, these people do not deserve to live among us, as there is no excuse for being ignorant enough to defend the government. Most of their opinions are directly attributed to their concern for their personal safety, and will refuse to acknowledge the atrocities of the federal government. This is not going to be just a physical war between two sides, it is going to be mostly propaganda to further divide the people, so those of you who have not kept up with the issues involved will have to become informed during a blackout of truthful information, all of which the feds are perfectly aware of and responsible for. Our heroic defenders of freedom are going to need your support, and that will cause you to fear for your own safety, because any refusal on your part is going to be hard for our men to understand. Remember, they have done their job of becoming informed at a high cost to them and their families, and won’t have much sympathy for your ignorance. Yes, there may be some ferocious killers among the patriots, and it is your responsibility to protect your family, so you better get informed before it’s too late. Those who cannot physical defend their freedom will be expected to protect the patriots, and they won’t take kindly to being treated like thieves, troublemakers, tyrants, and invaders. These are the men who have committed their lives to protect your country, so make sure you treat them like they deserve. They have done the work, sacrificed the time and money, left their families behind, and are risking everything for the future of freedom in America. A warm, loving, appreciative welcome, when they need your help is going to be your part of the war. Those who prefer safety over freedom deserve neither. What will you do when you have to decide between tyranny, and freedom? Get your shit together folks, this could happen tonight. As for me and my house, we will die defending our God given Constitutional freedom from oppressive governance. How about you?
And remember, I did not write the article above, I just delivered it! Check it out your self!
March 16th, 2013 by olddog
I know and appreciate Sen. Tim Johnson’s position on guns and the Second Amendment. I would ask him to ask the progressive liberals he is in contact with who are antigun and anti second amendment why is it the progressive liberals acquire guns, then kill [movie goers] and children in schools'? Why are no conservative NRA members involved in mass shootings?
Ft Hood Shooter: Registered Democrat and Muslim.
Columbine Shooters: Too young to vote … both families were Registered Democrats and progressive liberals.
Virginia Tech shooter: Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff. Registered Democrat.
Colorado theater shooter: Registered Democrat, staff worker on the Obama campaign, occupy wall street participant .. progressive liberal.
Connecticut school shooter: Registered Democrat. Hated Christians.
Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Demo-rats.
Curious, isn't it? So I was thinking, maybe we should just make it illegal for Demo-rats to buy guns.
Problem solved. I think that is a fair solution. After all. it is for the children too.
Peter Burkett Custer
Custer County Chronicle
I THINK THAT ALL DEMO-RATS SHOULD SPEND TEN YEARS IN ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASSES, AND THEN BE STRIPED OF CITIZENSHIP AND DEPORTED TO RUSSIA. LEAVING ALL OF THEIR ASSETS HERE. LET’S SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE IT WITHOUT GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS!
March 15th, 2013 by olddog
EMBEDDED VIDEO ON WEB PAGE
Explosive Exchange at Gun Hearing Between Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein
"I'm not a sixth grader … it's fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. I appreciate it. Just know I've been here for a long time.
"The question that I would pose to the senior senator from California is," said Cruz to Feinstein, "Would she deem it consistent with the Bill of Rights for Congress to engage in the same endeavor that we are contemplating doing with the Second Amendment in the context of the First or Fourth Amendment, namely, would she consider it constitutional for Congress to specify that the First Amendment shall apply only to the following books and shall not apply to the books that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights? Likewise, would she think that the Fourth Amendment's protection against searches and seizures could properly apply only to the following specified individuals and not to the individuals that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights?
"I'm not a sixth grader," said Feinstein. "Senator, I've been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in, I saw people shot. I've looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I've seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered. Look, there are other weapons. I've been up — I'm not a lawyer, but after 20 years I've been up close and personal to the Constitution. I have great respect for it. This doesn't mean that weapons of war and the Heller decision clearly points out three exceptions, two of which are pertinent here. And so I — you know, it's fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. I appreciate it. Just know I've been here for a long time. I've passed on a number of bills. I've studied the Constitution myself. I am reasonably well educated, and I thank you for the lecture."
That stupid bitch doesn’t know the difference between a Constitution and constipation, because her brain is constipated. She has the same problem that most of this country has, meaning she does not believe that all modern problems were solved over two hundred years ago. ALL Government’s try to replace intelligence with force, and the Constitution tied them down to intelligence. The Constitution only lacks one thing, it does not provide for the death of lawmakers’ who subvert it. If it came down to saving the second amendment, or every child in America, I would save the second amendment. That is a worthy price to pay for the remaining people’s freedom from a tyrannical government. Mark these words, when the American citizen is disarmed, indescribable horrors will be put upon the people. Those who are unable to learn from history have shit for brains! The Constitution should have enabled any citizen to legally shoot any politician who tried to subvert it! The people who protect our Constitution are the only hero’s worth acknowledging. Everyone else fighting for this country is just doing their duty.
March 15th, 2013 by olddog
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
WASHINGTON — With gun safety measures headed to the Senate floor, members of the House and Senate appropriations committees have quietly made permanent four formerly temporary gun-rights provisions largely favored by Republicans. Those provisions are part of a spending bill that would keep the government running through Sept. 30.
The provisions, which have been renewed separately at various points, would prohibit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from requiring gun dealers to conduct annual inventories to ensure that they have not lost guns or had them stolen, and would retain a broad definition of “antique” guns that can be imported into the United States outside of normal regulations.
Another amendment would prevent the A.T.F. from refusing to renew a dealer’s license for lack of business; many licensed dealers who are not actively engaged in selling firearms can now obtain a license to sell guns and often fly under the radar of the agency and other law enforcement officials, which gun control advocates argue leads to a freer flow of illegal guns.
A final measure would require the bureau to attach a disclaimer to data about guns to indicate that it “cannot be used to draw broad conclusions about firearms-related crimes.”
Officials from the A.T.F. have long complained that quirky laws passed by Congress hamstring their ability to curb gun crimes. For example, under federal laws the bureau is prohibited from creating a federal registry of gun transactions, making it hard to track illegal guns.
Many of the provisions have been regularly added to appropriations bills since 2004. But Senate Democrats on the committee — pushed by Republicans and some Democrats who have made gun rights a signature issue — reluctantly agreed to make them permanent to stave off what they saw as an even more far-reaching House version of the bill.
The House offering contained a new rider that would prevent the A.T.F. from requiring gun dealers on the Southwest border to notify the agency when selling two or more long guns — semiautomatic rifles, higher than .22 caliber with detachable magazines — to the same buyer within five days. These firearms are the preferred weapons of Mexican drug cartels, Senate aides said.
“The Second Amendment is a fundamental right guaranteed by our Constitution,” said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, in a statement about the provisions. “And we should protect it wherever we can.”
As part of his agenda to regulate some firearms, President Obama recently signed an executive order lifting the ban on gun research. Other restrictions sought by the White House after the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December must go through Congress.
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the renewal of an assault weapons ban and restrictions on magazine sizes. This week, the panel passed a measure that would expand the use of background checks to private gun sales, and another to renew a grant program to help schools improve security. The committee also approved a measure last week that would make the already illegal practice of buying a gun for someone else who is legally barred from having one — known as a straw purchase — a felony and to increase penalties for the crime.
The debate in the Judiciary Committee will end Thursday, moving consideration of gun legislation to the Senate floor and perhaps the House, where members have indicated they might consider any legislation that the Senate passes.
But any legislation that comes to the Senate floor could be undermined by riders on appropriations bills like the one being debated on the floor now, which would keep the government running through the end of September. The Senate is trying to pass a short-term measure to prevent the government from shutting down, as members from both parties and chambers go about the business of creating actual budgets. For the last two years, Republicans and Democrats have fought over these short-term spending agreements, over the amount in them and the policy riders that Republicans often attach to them as part of the deal.
These riders are a boon to Senate Republicans, particularly those who are strong advocates of Second Amendment rights, and a bit of an embarrassment to some Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee, who are trying to avoid policy riders and also not handcuff their colleagues who are active in creating new gun legislation.
Even though the gun-rights provisions are long standing, making them permanent is “counterproductive,” said Garen J. Wintemute, the director of the violence prevention research program at the University of California, Davis. “Regular inventories help identify retailers who are not adequately protecting their firearms from loss or theft and, more important, those who are letting firearms go out the back door and declaring them lost or stolen,” he said.
March 13th, 2013 by olddog
Sheriff Terry Maketa from El Paso County, Colorado has been informed by the County Sheriffs of Colorado that salaries will be halted or slashed should sheriffs not support new Colorado gun control legislation.
Maketa explained that the email“basically said, Dem. leadershipis very upset with the sheriffs and their opposition to the gun control bills.”
Should sheriffs continue to be publically vocal about not complying with a federal or state gun grab, they will suffer financially.
Marketa explained further that the email originated with the Colorado Sheriffs Association. It concerned a perceived upset by Colorado Senate Democrats and response that would effectively hold pay hostage for Constitutional sheriffs.
Last week the Colorado State Senate and House saw multiple gun control legislation come through for approval, and these were successful:
• SB 195 prohibiting online certification of concealed carry permit
• SB 197 ban domestic violence perpetrators from owning a gun
• HB 1224 limit magazines to 15 rounds
• HB 1228 gun buyers pay for background check
• HB 1229 require background check for commercial/private sales
Gun manufacturers have begun to refuse shipment and sale of their products in states that restrict citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights. Called the Firearms Equality Movement, the number of participants has risen from 34 to 118.
House Representative Jan Schakowsky has let the cat out of the bag on gun control. Schkaowsky said, at a rall for pro-women’s rights, that a ban on assault weapons, high capacity magazines and mandatory universal background checks on commercial and private sales are just the beginning.
Schkaowsky said: “We want everything on the table. This is a moment of opportunity. There’s no question about it. . . We’re on a roll now, and I think we’ve got to take the–you know, we’re gonna push as hard as we can and as far as we can.”
The issue for Schkaowsky is that circumventing the 2nd Amendment as it is currently written can be achieved with the assistance of municipalities and communities banning gun ownership in their district and within their borders.
The public has responded to the federal gun grab by frequenting gun shows and buying everything they can – leaving tables empty.
Interesting research claims that less Americans own guns in cities, suburbs and rural areas regardless of having children in the home or not. Registered gun owners statistically have fallen by 50% since 2010.
Daniel Webster from Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research states: “There are all these claims that gun ownership is going through the roof. But I suspect the increase in gun sales has been limited mostly to current gun owners. The most reputable surveysshow a decline over time in the share of households with guns.”
Mainstream media does not consider that perhaps Americans are purchasing more firearms without registration such as private sales and gun shows. This fact would explain why the federal and local state governments are seeking to mandate universal background checks on those sales to monitor who is becoming armed . . .
According to a recent Pew Research poll, average Americans do not trust the US government. Data was taken across the nation from January of this year and showed that the current administration did not invoke faith in leadership from the populace.
The younger and naïve of the public are generally trusting by nature and showed in this poll that they are more likely to have faith in theObama administration.
The statement from Pew reads: “Since Barack Obama’s first year in office, public assessments of the federal government dropped nine points. Most of the change was among Democrats and independents, as the level of favorable views of government among Republicans was already low.”
Perhaps distrusting the government has merit.
The California State Senate approved allocating more taxpayer moneytoward gun buy-back programs in order to coerce the residents to turn in their guns. SB 140 directed $24 million for the California StateDepartment of Justice’s Armed and Prohibited Persons (DoJ-APP) program that is designed to prohibit gun ownership from:
• Convicted felons
• Those convicted of violent misdemeanor
• Those subject to domestic violence restraining order
• Those determined mentally unstable
As of now, the California DoJ-APP has confiscated an estimated 10,000 firearms since the program was created in 2006.
In Bryon, Maine, residents are being empowered to own a gun to protect themselves from this tyrannical government we face.
Anne Simmons-Edmund, head selectman for Bryon says: “It was never my intention to force anyone to own a gun who doesn’t want to. My purpose was to make a statement in support of the Second Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution).”
Other towns in Maine have adopted similar measures. Local police claims that this ordinance would cause crime rates to rise considerably.
Misconceptions of Simmons-Edmund’s purpose abound as residents complain that they should have the right not to own a gun. This rhetoric confuses the issue purveying that ultimately it is the federal government through state legislature and Congress who will remove the rights of Americans to the 2nd Amendment if more steps to protect it are not taken.
March 13th, 2013 by olddog
In yet another stunning victory for the alternative media (InfoWars, Drudge Report, Natural News, WND, etc.), the story of the U.S. government stockpiling huge quantities of ammunition (1.6 billion rounds and counting) has finally broken through media censorship and gone mainstream.
Forbes.com contributor Ralph Benko recently wrote a piece calling for a “national conversation” on why the U.S. federal government would need to stockpile enough ammunition to wage a 20-year domestic war against the American people.
Remember, until this piece was published, the entire leftist media (NPR, MSNBC, CNN and countless leftist websites) all pretended these 1.6 billion bullets were imaginary and didn’t exist. It was all a grand “conspiracy theory,” we were told, and anyone who reported the truth on the government’s ammo purchases was labeled a fringe lunatic.
As it turned out, the leftist media was delusional, because the numbers don’t lie: The Department of Homeland Security really has purchased over 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, thousands of full-auto assault rifles, and thousands of armored assault vehicles — all for use inside the United States, on the streets of America.
Why is the federal government arming up domestically?
The hardware build-up has been called a “domestic arms race,” and it’s starting to make even mainstream media journalists nervous. Benko writes that the 1.6 billion rounds of ammo being purchased by DHS represents “…a stockpile that would last DHS over a century. To claim that it’s to “get a low price” for a ridiculously wasteful amount is an argument that could only fool a career civil servant.”
He also points out that this huge arms race of weapons, ammo and armored vehicles by the federal government is taking place right in the middle of the claimed “sequester” which the government claims has sharply curtailed its ability to spend money. So while Janet Napolitano threatens to release criminals onto the streets of America, behind the scenes the government is actually building up an ammo stockpile so huge that it could wage a 20-year war against the American people.
World Net Daily has also covered the story, saying, “the federal government’s extraordinary buildup of ammunition looks even more ominous than critics already have portrayed it.”
In 1997, WND exposed the fact that 60,000 federal agents were enforcing more than 3,000 criminal laws. In 1999, Joseph Farah warned there were more than 80,000 armed federal law enforcement agents, constituting “the virtual standing army over which the founding fathers had nightmares.” Today, that number has nearly doubled.
In 2008, WND reported on proposed rules to expand the military’s use inside U.S. borders to prevent “environmental damage” or respond to “special events” and to establish policies for “military support for civilian law enforcement.”
It’s time that government-worshipping leftists stopped behaving as if they were delusional children in a make-believe fairy land and started facing reality. It’s time we all asked the question loudly and repeatedly: Why is the federal government arming up against the American people? Who gave the order and what is the purpose of it all?
And at what point do Alex Jones, Sarah Palin, Joseph Farah and others get their long-deserved apology for accurately and courageously warning the public about all this, even in the face of being labeled lunatics for telling the truth?
Finally, what has become of journalism in America when people who ask real questions are attacked and marginalized while those who parrot government lies are looked upon as “authoritative” sources?
March 11th, 2013 by olddog
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
On February 22, "Right Views" reported that a growing number of firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them.
In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the "Firearms Equality Movement," has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118.
The Police Loophole lists every company and links to the statements that each has released regarding their new policies.
Wilson Combat, a custom pistol manufacturer located in Berryville, Arkansas, joined the movement on February 28 stating the following:
"Wilson Combat will no longer provide any products or services to any State Government imposing legislation that infringes on the second amendment rights of its law abiding citizens. This includes any Law Enforcement Department, Law Enforcement Officers, or any State Government Entity or Employee of such an entity. This also applies to any local municipality imposing such infringements."
Wilson lists the states included on its no sale policy as: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C. and The City of Chicago, Illinois.
The statement also reads:
"Wilson Combat will in NO way support the government of these states or their anti-gun agenda that only limits the rights of law-abiding citizens. Wilson Combat will continue to supply any product and/or service they can legally sell in these states to all non-government affiliated citizens."
Pardon me Mr. Business men, but I have a question. What the hell are we going to do with weapons and no ammunition?
Have you tried to buy some ammo lately, only to find it is twice to three times more expensive in just one month? That is, IF you can find any ammo!
I have been surfing the net for three weeks now and every damn supplier is back ordered so far they won’t even guess when they will be caught up with back orders, and many will not even accept new orders. So, I think it is a good idea for the ammo manufacture’s to tell the government they will have to wait until their caught up with civilian orders, before they ship them any more ammo. This whole damn mess has been constructed by the government to prevent us from being capable of defending ourselves from their soon to be dispatched soldiers enforcing martial law, over some trumped up false flag event. Ammo manufacture’s listen up, if you don’t place the people above the government, like the companies making weapons have done, we will not forget you! I will make sure of that!
Everyone reading this notice should send an email to an ammo manufacturer and tell them, THE PEOPLE FIRST, MAKE THE GOVERNMENT WAIT! The panic buying that the government created has increased your profits, and we want the lowest prices possible and immediate delivery, or we will take our business out of the country. Tell homeland security to go to hell, and you will not sell them ammo to kill the people with! Only ammo to soldiers in combat zones, until the people are supplied!
THE PEOPLE FIRST!
March 9th, 2013 by olddog
By Beatrice Jones
Screw it, I’m gonna run for President, for a new Party hereinafter to be known as the Common Sense Party, or the No-More-Whining Party.
Here’s my platform:
A) I’m tired of taxpayers paying for dumbazz projects, most of which they never find out about until too late. The day I’m elected, all grants proving anything at all – from the sex life of the fruit fly to why some African tribes smell funny – are immediately defunded. You want to know – get a private investor who is as stupid as you are.
B) All countries to whom we send money (and that includes food, bombs, planes, drones, etc) are immediately unfunded. If you can’t figure out how to run your freaking country for a profit, without killing people or stopping one group from annihilating another, why should our taxpayers pour money into it? If “Humanitarians” object to this, they can send their money to other countries, or move there themselves to try to stop it. If we have to bribe you to be our “friend” then you are not worth our “friendship”. Figure your own political, social, and economic crap out.
C) All military personnel shall immediately come home, and all ambassadors are hereby fired. Our military should not be used as cops, peacekeepers, or warmongers. If you want to blow up your own people, fine. If you want to blow up another country not the USA -, that’s your business. But we will save billions just by bringing home our military – a couple of billion can then be put into making our military the strongest and most feared in the world again, FOR DEFENSE. Our ambassadors are doing the job our President should be doing, instead of his constant vacationing and playing golf. You’ll deal with ME – or you’ll deal with no one.
D) The CIA is immediately defunded and all agents are fired. If you want to sneak around and start fights to “destabilize“ governments so that the USA can come in and be a power manipulator, do it in your own neighborhood HOA without the backup of tanks and guns to enforce your Drama Queen games. The stupid shit other countries do, and the morons they elect or allow to control them, is their own damned business. Mess with US, however, and we’ll turn your country into a shining sea of superheated glass. ‘Nuff said?
E) If your foreign government gets off on hurting/killing/starving your own people, that’s on you – we will not fund you, trade with you, or deal with you in any way. Any American businesses that relocate to your country will have NO soldiers to protect them, no taxpayer-funded support, NOTHING. You want ‘em, YOU pay for ‘em.
F) There will be no lobbyists on Capitol Hill from now on. None. Not any. Congress shall only be permitted to write or pass bills that are one page, in 12-point font, simple and easy to read. This will eliminate all pork-barrel projects and “you have to pass it to find out what’s in it!” crap. If it takes longer than a single page to describe what needs to be done, you’re probably lying, cutting deals in backrooms, or porking it up to profit your buddies at taxpayer expense.
G) The USA is now “open for business”. All unions are hereby disbanded; we are now a “right to work” country. If you don’t like the way your employer treats you, and you aren’t capable of negotiating with him – find another job. No Welfare or unemployment for you while you look, though – your family is your responsibility, not the government’s. The EPA is now shut down, as is OSHA… if you own a company and someone gets hurt or killed, your company is liable, not the government or the thousands of innocent companies who like having employees and want to keep them safe. We are also a “buyer beware” country – if you’re not smart enough to figure out that green meat is bad for you or drugs will harm you, then Darwin should take care of you – not the government. YOU are now officially responsible for your choices – good ones that profit you, and bad ones that you should learn from, not be bailed out of.
H) “Operation Wetback” is now, immediately, again in force; Google it before you make racist remarks. If you came over here illegally from any country, and cannot prove that you are a citizen, you get no Welfare, no housing, no EBT cards, no tax breaks to start your own business, and no social security. You didn’t pay in, you don’t get. Employers who hire illegals will be shut down – our citizens need jobs. People who rent to non-citizens will lose those buildings to public auction. Can’t find someone to pick your lettuce or butcher your hogs? Tough shit – plant something else, or get a new trade. Buses will be located in every capital city, and will leave once a week for the southern border for the next six months. Get your local illegals on it. After six months, any illegals still here, getting arrested, driving without insurance, attempting to purchase anything, will be kept in Arpaio-style camps until transportation can be arranged – prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Mexico objects to our death penalty? Tough. Take your citizens back or they will submit fully to our laws. You want to be here? Apply for citizenship. Otherwise, you are outta here.
I) The government will no longer fund the Department of Education, in part or in full. You are jobless – if you can’t teach, you can always pick lettuce or butcher hogs. If your state can’t produce educated, hardworking students who want to have goals, careers, and futures, other states who CAN do these things will not subsidize you.
J) Education and child-rearing are the responsibilities of every PARENT. If you don’t want your children to be educated, fine – then if they become hellions, vandals, baby-breeders, dopers, or gang-bangers, the bill for the damage that they cause to others is the PARENTS’ – until they become of legal age. Then – THEY must work to pay for the harm that they cause. Prison? 3 hots and a cot? Counseling, free medical care, and a college degree, all paid for by taxpayers? Nope – your kids go to WORK and get a J.O.B, and pay for whatever other peoples’ rights to life, liberty, and property upon which they infringe. Daughter pregnant? That baby is her responsibility – or yours, as her parent. No Social Security, no welfare, no free housing, no free food. Don’t like that? DON’T BE A PARENT.
K) There will be no further discussion of what ‘religion’ this country is, and no laws made to support – or detract from – any religion. You can worship Gaia, Jesus, Buddha, or Allah – but the minute you think you have the right to demand that laws be made based on your religious beliefs, you will be summarily told off and then ignored. This is now the Common Sense government – where all religious beliefs are equal, in that they have no power to make, demand, enforce, or change laws that govern others not of their beliefs. Don’t like abortion? Good! Your taxes won’t fund it; neither will they fund Christian schools, mosques, Jewish temples, or any other religious structure, property, or organization, directly or indirectly. Want Sharia Law? Tough. The laws of the US that protect the rights of all citizens, including women and children, are good enough for us, if they are not good enough for you, get the hell out. YOU are responsible to build your churches as well as to support your ministers – and while no one gets any more ‘tax breaks’ – because Federal taxes will be almost non-existent (except to fund our military for defense only) – you’ll be able to afford to worship as grandiosely or as simply as you choose.
L) The military draft will instantly be re-instituted – with serious changes… All people from ages 18 to 30 (with clean criminal and mental health records) will receive 2 years of military training in defense of their own country – preferably in defense of their own state. They will be issued AR-15s – which they will be allowed to keep after their release. Every 5 years they will be required to test on their accuracy and ability until they are either physically or mentally unable to do so. As a citizen of this country, you will be expected to be prepared – at a moment’s notice – to be ready, willing, and able to defend it. NOT go overseas and fight for some specious money-making scheme so that old guys and politicians can make money and win votes on your dead bodies – but to defend your own country. Criminals are criminals, and guns are inanimate objects. Criminals will be prosecuted and made to pay for what they do to harm others – no law abiding citizen’s second amendment rights will be abrogated to keep from prosecuting and punishing those criminals who use inanimate objects to force their will upon others.
M) Social Security will immediately revert to what it was initially – a fund for retirement.; however, you now have the opportunity to “opt-out” at any time. All ‘borrowed’ SS monies will be repaid in full, and laws will be passed to ensure that at no time will the monies be changed, depleted, or borrowed. If you put into it, you (or your survivors) can take out of it. If you didn’t put into it – or think that being a lazy lay about, drunk or a stoner makes you eligible for it – you are sorely mistaken. Get off your ass and work like everyone else who HAS put into it. SS is NOT an entitlement – it is an insurance program.
N) the national DOT is disbanded. Every State now owns its own roads, including the Interstates that run through them. Fix them with your own money – or not. This way the citizens can determine what they want to pay for – and hold local governments fully responsible for determining what infrastructure needs to be supported with tax dollars.
O) The Department of Agriculture is hereby unfunded and collapsed. No more farm subsidies, no more Federal EBT cards, no more telling people what they can and cannot eat, no more storing wheat and corn til the prices rise for profit, no more ag businesses owned by corporations that exist solely to take Federal money. If your kids need free school lunches (especially after all of the tax cuts that will result from the previous cuts in funding), maybe you shouldn’t have had those kids. If you know/want to learn how to raise cows or corn, do it – and profit or fail. No more tax writeoffs for anyone for Ag – if there is a drought, or sudden cattle deaths, you should be able to – within your own state and real, working, local co-op – be able to insure yourselves against this. If ethanol from corn is such a great idea, why isn’t it making a profit and why hasn’t it shaken off the subsidies? Bullshit – it either works or it doesn’t.
P) The Federal Reserve is officially disbanded. If your bank can’t make a reasonable profit on loans, investments, and interest, then they shouldn’t be in business – nor should they be supported by taxpayers. And that goes for any other business – if your business can’t produce reasonably priced goods that people want and can afford without government intervention, then you shouldn’t be in business. No more Keynesian economic theory of – “if we need more money, we’ll just print it!” “Money” that is not based on anything of value has no value. Got it? Those of you who think that profit is wrong, and American ingenuity and productivity should be snuffed out by taxes, or that Americans should sacrifice themselves for the welfare of those who do nothing but feed off of others – both here and abroad – will have your chance to put all of your money towards those purposes, since you will have so much more in your pockets.
Q) There will be no more oil pipelines to the gulf of Mexico, California, or anywhere else. Instead, Congress will rescind the law limiting refineries, and oil companies can build the refineries where they dig out the oil. This will not only keep oil from being transported across states, threatening other peoples’ ways of life and property rights, but will ensure refining US oil here – and using it here, not shipping it to China or everywhere else.
R) Any foreign country that owns property in the US will immediately have it confiscated and sold at auction; they can get the profits from the sale but nothing else. No other country will own the resources of the United States, Congress shall make this a law. Any individual or corporation who buys these properties at auction will receive the same lack (or less) of supervisory laws, edicts, and constraints that the foreign owners had. We are a free people and we will not be controlled, influenced, or paid by foreigners who have no interest in this country other than to rip out its resources and take the profits back to their own country. Get up, get out. If you as a foreigner, on the other hand, have come to love this country, want to stay here and invest in it instead of your homeland, you are welcome to apply for citizenship (no fast-tracking, though).
S) Staff? We don’t need no stinkin’ staff. The Cabinet Advisory positions are good enough for me, thanks. All “Czars” are hereby fired. I will appoint people with the same political, social, and theoretical beliefs that I hold dear – and I don’t care if we are friends, we are not in office to ppppaaarrrtttyyy. My DH just wants to be left alone to build his fun things out of wood, metal, and fiberglas; he might show up to State dinners, but will leave if he gets bored. He doesn’t need a secretary; any letters he writes, he writes himself. He doesn’t need a social secretary, he isn’t all that social (hence his perennial nickname, “the Bear”). Since our kids are all adults, with lives of their own, they don’t need any supervision or trips or summer break vacations paid for by the taxpayers – they can afford their own, or they do without, just as we do. He walks the dog, who is a working cattle herd dog, so we’ll have to get something for him to herd, to stay in practice – maybe White House journalists? Unless I have the time to plow, plant, weed, harvest, and can or dehydrate my own garden, I won’t need a gardening assistant, either. My DH could probably show the White House chefs a thing or two about real food – grassfed beef, in particular, straight from our American farm. I don’t need a bunch of sap-sucking yes-men around me to assure me that I am doing the right thing – I need the honesty and integrity of people with experience and knowledge.
T) Treasury Department? IRS? Cut down to a skeleton crew, to follow only the Constitutional collection of taxes. Bernanke, you’re fired, since the Federal Reserve System is now closed.. Thomas Sowell will be the new Presidential Economic Advisor. Even at his age, his education and his knowledge, as well as his honesty and clarity of thought, will keep us fiscally on the right track.
With so much Federal tax relief – monies only being used to support the military, NO taxpayer dollars going overseas, NO Welfare except temporarily or for those completely unable to work – citizens will have more money – more money to start their own businesses or families, to feed and clothe themselves, and to invent and create a better and less restricted life for themselves. You will be able to afford medical care – and without the oversight of the Federal government, you will be able to make good and reasonable, affordable choices for you and your family, just as doctors and care services will be able to be competitive once again, without the constraints and costly demands of Federal involvement.
THAT was the intent of our forefathers who came here to start this nation. The Constitution will once again be the Law of the Land – the final say, the ultimate decision. Sound harsh? It is – life is harsh, and if you’re not up to the challenge, not willing to work and educate yourself to realize your dreams and potential, and not willing to participate in the country’s upward growth and challenges, maybe you should leave.
And after 4 years of decimating the Federal teat on which over 60% of this country’s population, as well as 156 other countries have suckled on for decades, if I am still not assassinated, I’ll run again. If only to ensure that the deceitful and slimy bastards who want to change it back are run out of Washington as well as out of State and local governments- preferably tarred and feathered, and on rails. After that, you’re on your own. See if you can keep from screwing it up for at least another 100 years or so.
March 7th, 2013 by olddog
From one of my friends to America
Kim Jung Un had NO military experience whatsoever before Daddy made him a four-star general.
This snot-nosed twerp had never accomplished anything in his life that would even come close to military leadership.
He hadn't even so much as led a Cub Scout troop, coached a sports team, or commanded a military platoon.
So he is made the "Beloved Leader" Of North Korea.
Oh WAIT. . .crap!
Sorry, just remembered that we did the same thing.
We took an arrogant bastard community organizer, who had never worn a uniform, and made him Commander-in-Chief of the MOST POWERFUL MILITARY ON EARTH.
A guy, who had never had a real job, worked on a budget, or led anything more than an ACORN demonstration, and we made him "Beloved Leader" of the United States TWICE !!!
I'm sorry I brought this up.
HAVE A NICE DAY!