Archive for October, 2013
October 29th, 2013 by olddog
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By John Ransom
Liberty is about a lot of things; it’s a deep topic. But at its core liberty can be summed up in one simple and reciprocal concept. That concept is respect, and our politicians have none for us.
You know the 2010 last election was about many things, but it was mostly about respect.
It was about starting to restore the respect that people have in government, by getting the government to restore the respect that they show to you…by taking liberty seriously.
If you are like me, you think that many of our elected officials from both the right and the left truly believe that what they think of you is much more important than what you think of them. I didn’t know they could think!
If you’re like me you’re tired of a trillion dollars in so-called stimulus spending that went to mob-connected asphalt contractors, crooked politicians, International Investment Bankers, and corporate elites, rather than the pockets of working families who own businesses and pay taxes and do all the working and dreaming in this country.
If you’re like me, you’re tired of a $2.6 million program that teaches Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly, and our military has to guard poppy fields, while unemployment soars across the country.
If you’re like me, you're tired of an arrogant federal government, which pays out $47 billion in fraudulent claims in Medicare, and trillions to the defense department, every year while they lecture the rest of us about healthcare economics.
If you are like me, you’re tired of the US Postal service wasting $30 million on a program that pays 1100 employees to do nothing. Yes, today, the US Post Office sat 1100 employees in empty rooms, as they do every day, and literally paid them to do nothing. They can’t play cards; they can’t watch TV, in fact they can’t do anything at all. To the tune of $30 million per year.
Yet this very same federal government comes to us now and proposes to manage our healthcare, our retirement, the education of our children, the auto industry, the oil industry, pharmaceuticals, the mortgage industry, our diets, our travel’s, our investment’s, our money, and lectures the American people that they are under-regulated.
If you’re a middle American like me, from the grassroots, I bet you know someone who owns their own business; if you’re like me you probably know someone who has paid employees of that business on time every week, but hasn’t been able to pay themselves a dime. Yet these very same people who provide half the new jobs in our economy, who have lost money over the last few years, still owe the government tens of thousands of dollars in taxes every year. People wonder where our jobs have gone? They’ve been crushed by a system that doesn’t honor job creation; by a system that doesn’t honor liberty; a system that gives no respect, a system they designed to bankrupt the Nation.
And if you are like most of the voters I speak to, you are tired of insiders from Washington and Wall Street on both sides of the aisle, and their wasteful spending schemes that don’t even propose to solve the very issues facing Main Street and working families.
Let’s suppose global warming is real; I don’t think it is, but let’s say it's so for the sake of argument. Show me please how the Renewable Electricity Standard, which will cost American families $1800 per year is going to lower the earth’s temperature. They can’t because the Renewable Electricity Standard wasn’t created to combat global warming and it won’t lower the earth’s temperature.
Ok, so let’s suppose the issue is carbon emission; that carbon is really bad and we have to get it out of our atmosphere. Show me please how the Renewable Electricity Standard is going to reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere. They can’t. It wasn’t designed to do that and it won’t do that. Please show me how out-sourcing job’s is going to help the economy.
The government doesn't write legislation with solutions in mind, but rather with power and control of your very lives. And it is inside of your lives where you will wrestle back that control.
I’m often reminded that it’s with readers just like you where many of the seminal events of our country happened. It’s in rooms just like you’re in right now that a small group of patriots in Massachusetts planned the Boston Tea Party; it’s in groups just like you are a part of today that was born the Mayflower Compact; it’s in the free association of our citizens, for the common good and with common respect, that the greatness and goodness of our country will always be found.
And as long as people like you, freely associate for the common good and meet in respect, our country will always remain both great and good.
But ordinary people are paying attention, actually reading the Constitution; people are actually asking questions about the 10th Amendment, asking: What kind of power does Washington really have over us?
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who have been awakened to that yet, that’s why readers like you are so important. Each individual reading this is so incredibly important because the job you have this year as a citizen has never, ever, ever been more important. The 2012 election is going to determine what it’s like to live in this country for a long time. It’s going to be people just like you, having conversation just like this, in rooms across America that are going to make a difference.
This is the chance to turn the tide. The chance we have today is to bury that last vestiges of big government in our country; to reclaim our liberty from the international Investment Banking Cartel, and replace them with State owned Banks and an honest commodity backed currency.
I’ve been very fortunate because over the last half dozen years I’ve been able to travel all around the country working with grassroots activists just like you. I understand, I think, better than elected officials, what makes the grassroots so special. It's you and your ability to communicate.
We have all these new tools available for citizens to communicate that just a few years ago we didn’t have. A few years ago readers wouldn’t have been as energized and as informed because we didn’t have the ability to communicate as we do now. We have been so fractured and fragmented all around the country and around the nation that we feel like we can’t do anything, that Washington is so big and out of touch that we can’t do anything.
In fact, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Now is the time we really do have the opportunity, and the responsibility to learn what freedom really is. For the first time in our history ordinary citizens have the ability to communicate with one another over the heads of the media in publications like Townhall. We are networked on social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter that expose us to thousands of people for free.
But when I was growing up there were three TV stations and two newspapers in every town that decided what the news was. There were probably a dozen people in any town that picked our news for us.
Those days are over. Now we have the bankers media industry.
This election isn’t about voting for the next person standing in a long line of elites who will rule over us; it’s about what kind of country we want to be in the future.
It’s about preserving the American dream right here, right now. Because when they mess with our liberty, they really mess with our ability to dream.
I believe that the ability to dream is worth handing down to our kids.
I believe that it’s our dreams that makes us the most dynamic country in the world.
It’s the dream that brings jobs and prosperity to the US.
It’s a dream that treats promises like they really matter.
And it’s the dreams that are the promise of America.
Because when politicians treat the promises they campaign on like they matter, when they are held accountable to those pledges— by us– we will restore the respect they owe us. Since there remains so many divided on so many issue’s, why not come together on just this one and see if we can be a united Nation. Vote every incumbent, no matter their record, out of office for the next six years. Let’s begin the game of freedom with a fresh deck!
Mr. Ransom, I hope you can forgive my audacity from the additions to your very well written article. Olddog
Why is it that people will suffer so much to avoid the hassle of correcting problems? Common sense should have corrected the problems we now face years ago, but now it’s going to take great effort and suffering to even make a small dent in this out of control government, and not one citizen in fifty will participate in the revolution. How much more tyranny do you think you can stand before you will stand up and help restore this once great Republic? LEARN AND EDUCATE YOUR NEIGHBORS BEFORE THEY INCARCERATE YOU IN A DETENTION CENTER, OR HORDES OF STARVING PEOPLE ROB AND KILL YOU. SELF PRESERVATION SHOULD HAVE MOTIVATED YOU BY NOW. WHAT’S LEFT TO BE AFRAID OF? THE LOSS OF FREEDOM IS MUCH WORSE THAN THE LOSS OF LIFE!
October 29th, 2013 by olddog
By Brandon Turbeville and Heather Callaghan
All across the country, preparations are being made for a massive assault on an enemy that has yet to be publicly defined. The preparations involve the procurement of Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), military equipment, and tactical training. These preparations, however, are not being undertaken by the US military in response to a potential outside invasion but, instead, by local police departments towards what one must logically assume is a domestic threat.
Indeed, police and sheriff’s departments all across the country, from Michigan and Ohio to Texas, California to Idaho to South Carolina, and from Maine to Florida are hardening their forces with militarized body armor, weaponry, tactical gear, and APCs coming straight from the US military at bargain prices.
But who, exactly, is the enemy that American police must feel the need to become so battle-hardened against? Even if one were to, for the sake of argument, allow the ridiculous narrative of the threats of domestic terrorism to be true, where are the armies of Muslim fundamentalists inside of America? Or are the police actually preparing to defend American citizens against some foreign military invasion by another major power?
The answer, of course, is none of the above. American police are not being trained to defend the American public – they are being trained to oppress them. In other words, the enemy for which local police departments all across the country are preparing to engage in outright combat against is the American people themselves.
Yet it is not merely the major cities of America that have been procuring military APCs/MRAPs as many may initially suspect. Even smaller rural police and sheriff’s departments have been obtaining APCs/MRAPs with no justifiable reason for doing so.
For instance, while larger counties like Richland County, South Carolina (to which Columbia belongs) have recently procured an APC (complete with a machine gun turret that fires .50 caliber rounds), smaller areas like Florence, South Carolina have done the same. Even small towns likeChickasaw Alabama and small rural counties like Marion County, South Carolina have gotten in on the act, as well as universities like Ohio State University and UC Berkley.
Indeed, as police departments spend taxpayer money to procure APCs and other military-related equipment, the truth of the matter is that such equipment serves no real purpose outside of a military combat zone. After all, the sole purpose of an APC is to transport military personnel to and from combat zones in a protected fashion.
Although many police departments will argue that APCs will be used to do the same for police during a hostage or standoff situation, one must ask where is the actual combat zone? To most Americans, (except for those living in Chicago perhaps), it might come as quite the surprise that America is considered a combat zone worthy of needing APCs for transportation.
Of course, it should be noted that, even after arriving at the scene of the hostage taking or standoff, police would then still have to exit the vehicle to deal with it and put themselves in harm’s way as a result. Thus, the idea of requiring armored protection on the way TO a standoff situation is null and void.
Indeed, whenever APCs are used during a live situation, the police who are allegedly using the vehicle for their protection are often seen riding on the outside of the vehicle, thus negating the entire purpose of the vehicle.
Yet APCs, despite their uselessness in legitimate hostage situations, are becoming increasingly common not just by the fact that police departments are acquiring more and more of them but also by their use.
Of course, the very fact that police departments are not only procuring but using APCs and related weaponry against its citizens, particularly non-violent, unarmed, ones, is the clear signal of a police state. However, if police departments are procuring such vehicles out of the “cool” factor where police merely gather new and more powerful toys (as some have argued) then the police departments are guilty of grossly wasting taxpayer money during a time of economic depression. Some argue that it is like insurance – you hope you never have to use it but it’s there if you do. Thus, police departments, at best, are flushing large amounts of money down the toilet for their own entertainment or, at worst, ramping up the full implementation of a domestic police state.
Again, the answer is obvious. Law Enforcement has never simply acquired weaponized “eye candy” that they do not intend to use. True to form, the use of APCs by domestic police is already occurring and it is rapidly on the rise.
As Radley Balko of Reason.com writes,
One of the most appalling cases occurred in Maricopa County, Arizona, the home of Joe Arpaio, self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America." In 2004 one of Arpaio's SWAT teams conducted a bumbling raid in a Phoenix suburb. Among other weapons, it used tear gas and an armored personnel carrier that later rolled down the street and smashed into a car. The operation ended with the targeted home in flames and exactly one suspect in custody–for outstanding traffic violations.
In addition, according to Raw Story, Dallas County, Texas Sheriff’s Department has stated that its new APC will be used for the purposes of serving warrants.
As the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center reports, “on May 11, 2006, Champaign police received a call from Garden Hills, about Carl “Dennis” Stewart, a suicidal black man alone in his car with a gun. The Champaign police called out the SWAT team and rolled out their prized Armored Personnel Carrier. After a four-hour standoff, Stewart was chased down the street by the APC. Cornered by police, he put the gun to his head and killed himself.”
Unfortunately, events such as the three listed above are becoming more and more common in a country that still ironically boasts of being the freest in the world. Routinely used in SWAT team raids APCs/MRAPS have now become ubiquitous in the world of law enforcement and American life. Scarcely do they even warrant a mention when raids are reported in media outlets.
Clearly, the police are no longer tasked with even the pretense of protecting and serving the American public. Indeed, official police training literature and analysis reports consistently list both normal and informed American citizens as potential terrorists, thus reinforcing the “us vs. them” mentality running rampant throughout law enforcement organizations all across the country.
With such benign behavior as supporting specific political candidates, paying for coffee with cash, having “apocalyptic religious beliefs,” and even possessing a pair of socks as potential domestic terrorism, the police have been successfully trained to view the American citizen as both a threat and a danger to the law and order of the state. While the police may not be actual foreign military troops, they are without a doubt an occupying force which sees the general public as a subject population. Thus, the population is a threat which they seek to extinguish.
Regardless, whether or not the police actively take advantage of their new-found military equipment, the mere possession of what amounts to a military tank minus the cannon (although machine gun turrets are often a part of the vehicle) can be used as a method of intimidation to any citizen considering dissent against the current power structure.
Indeed, in many totalitarian societies of the past, it was the perceived domination and power of the state – not the actual power – which kept millions of people in check. There is no doubt that the visual image of APCs/MRAPs on the streets of America, occasionally serving warrants and supporting SWAT raids, is an intimidating and threatening image and an ever-present reminder of the power of the State.
The presence of APCs on American streets is clearly not an organic or isolated incident. As Wendy McElroy writes, “it is part of a well-funded, coordinated federal program called Operation Urban Shield.” Essentially Operation Urban Shield is a program designed to train law enforcement to impose martial law . . . and American citizens to accept it. Such was clearly the case in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Police in full combat gear were scarcely identifiable from the actual military marched through the streets of Boston complete with riflemen posted in gun turrets mounted on APCs/MRAPs. Likewise, APCs were a close companion during Occupy peaceful protests.
It is important to understand that whenever one witnesses simultaneous events taking place in seemingly unrelated parts of the world, or even the local scene, seldom is that series of events merely coincidence. It is almost always the signal of a carefully coordinated and orchestrated agenda taking shape after years of backstage planning.
Still, one should wonder just what law enforcement organizations are preparing for and why they believe they need to be outfitted with Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and APCs. If even cursory research is conducted, it will clearly reveal that it is because those at the top level of society have a very grim vision of the future.
Here is an advertisement and demonstration of a BearCat as made by Lenco:
 Wolf, Naomi. The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2007. http://www.amazon.com/The-End-America-Warning-Patriot/dp/1933392797
Read other articles by Brandon Turbeville here.
Considering all I have learned about politics’ and human nature in the last nine years, I have no doubts that many so called Americans’ approve of this display of contempt by the police; they’d be perfectly happy to have storm troopers on every corner, as Uzis and flack jackets lend drama to lives that don’t have any intellectual pursuits. This deplorable situation is the result of a government controlled education that brain drains our citizens before they reach puberty, and destroys interest in any higher thoughts than self gratification, and media addiction. They actually want a police state and five hundred channels of [PROFESSIONAL ? ] wrestling and NASCAR on the cable, beer, porn, easy sex and two weeks a year at Disney World. They don’t read much, mostly because of honest inability, and count on their fingers, up to maybe six. They never complain because they feel safe, and happy.
October 28th, 2013 by olddog
By Brandon Walker
What if the whole Military purge had a bit of self-preservation to it? What if the US Military has grounds to arrest President Obama, not underimpeachment, but under usurper status?
This may not be as far-fetched as it seems. In fact, it has some very prominent figures looking at the idea. The argument seems centralized on two very key points. The first is that under the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, there was a fail safe built-in, a third grand jury. There was a citizens grand jury. The last time it was used properly was 1935. It states that there is a third grand jury specifically for corruption. Obama has already been indicted by several of these grand juries. Here is one:
There are several from the NAACP, the Black Caucus, Freedom Watch, and others from as early as 2009 to as late as 2013. The trick is who has the jurisdiction to enforce it?
The second relies on if Obama is a Usurper. A Usurper by definition is to seize and hold power (position, authority, etc) by force and without legal right or t to commit forcible or illegal seizure of an office, power, etc.; encroach (Dictionary.com). There are severalvideos on that as well. Here is one from WND:
We know he gave up his US Citizenship for Indonesia. Forget the Birther movement, did he ever apply to get his US Citizenship back? We don’t know because he sealed his records. If he is a Usurper, it would be the Military’s duty to remove him from that position. Is that why he is
purging the Military at a rapid rate?
With that thought in mind comes a well researched account by a person calling themselves watchdog. It is very informative.
It is obviously clear. President Obama is a threat not only to the American people. He is destabilizing the United States every way he can. He did this paying for Treyvon protest trying to start race wars as one example. He is a threat to world peace. He has to be neutralized before he takes the world into an age of war and destruction. Now how can that be done? Congress can pass all the impeachment bills. The US Senate will not by two thirds vote him guilty removing him from office. Politically there is very little that can be done to interpose between Obama and him destroying the world.
So who will step in and take action to avert a disaster from happening? The usurper in the White House is the most lawless President in history that makes Nixon and Clinton look like choir boys in comparison. President Obama does not respect the Constitution and international law. He is waging war against the American people economically and shredding our Bill of Rights daily.
He is waging war against Christianity on the domestic front attacking religious freedom by forcing people of conscience to pay for Obamacare the pays for abortions. He is attacking Christians in the military daring to say the name of Jesus forcing chaplains to marry homosexuals against the moral conviction of the clergy. At the same time erecting Pagan places of worship on military installations. For this matter I call on the Patriots to relieve officers of duty and command who attack the religious freedom of the men and women in uniform. I do not care if the commander is a Buddhist and gay. He must respect and defend all faiths and conscience. If he is willing to follow an unlawful, immoral order without question that will weaken the fighting strength. Then the commanders and officers who carry these immoral orders need to be relieved of command.
President Obama is waging war on Christians in Syria, Egypt and now in Kenya. He is waging war against Christians world wide. He is a threat to the faith. He is arming the enemies of Christianity who are murdering unarmed woman and children. His actions are bringing instability to the world. He does not regard public opinion at all when it comes to gun control when the people are buying guns in record numbers and the citizens reluctance to go to war with Iran and Syria. Obama is a dangerous loose cannon that must be stopped.
First, Obama may be a natural born US Citizen because he was born in Hawaii. But he renounced his US citizenship becoming an Indonesian citizen taking on the name Barry Soetoro. His records are sealed where we do not know his immigration and naturalization records documenting repatriation or if he is a US citizen. Therefore he might be ineligible to hold office. Obama by his actions says he is an agent of a foreign power working against the United States. He is a domestic enemy of the United States.
He is arming Al Qaeda. The same terrorist that killed and maimed soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama’s half brother is being funded by the CIA to fund the Muslim brotherhood. Obama’s cousin Odinga is destabilizing Kenya. Odinga was given advice from Obama when he was a US Senator on how to cause havoc and destabilize Kenya for political gain.
Now with this massacre in Nairobi Kenya killing Christians in a Shopping mall. Now there are calls for the TSA to be in Shopping Malls that are another gun free zone. It would not surprise me if there are shootings in the malls in the states to further a police state here. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri was calling for small scale attacks on US soil. Al Zawahri is a CIA backed operative who was behind the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Obama is the head of the Muslim Brotherhood and backs AL Qaeda therefore must be taken down and brought to justice.
Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution written in Article 3 section 3 saying:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
President Obama is commiting treason daily against the Americans people waging war every way possible to weaken our republic. He is involved in insurrection and rebellion against the laws of the Union.
Under Article 6 section 3 of the US Constitution all branches in government are bound
to the oath as outlined
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution.
If we took the oath. We are all duty bound to uphold that oath against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Those who are commissioned Officers in the Armed forces take the oath below:
Commissioned officers taken this oath:
I, _____, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend theConstitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
(DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)
Enlisted personal and Non Commissioned Officers take this oath:
I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
(Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
That oath does not say to defend unconstitutional laws and illegal orders. It does not say defend a political agenda or corrupt politicians. It does not say defend the dictator. If the laws contradict the USMJ and the Constitution of these United States. The people in the Armed forces are duty bound not to carry out the order.
We are very unique because our oaths are not to a person. But to the US Constitution. The people who written the Constitution and requiring an oath of affirmation to support and defend the Constitution. Not a monarchy. They knew the British Redcoats were bound to the will of the King. Not to any morals. They had to follow the decrees of the King without question. We do not serve a monarchy. We never swore to a dictator. We serve the cause of freedom defending and preserving our Constitution. Our oath to preserve, protect and defend out Constitution is a vital check and balance against tyranny and despotism. The UCMJ requires us to follow lawful orders and not illegal edicts that goes against the law of the land
President Obama through insurrection is working hard to overthrow the government of the United States. Obama is trying to find an excuse to declare a national emergency to place the USA under Martial law. He can announce the President is suspending the Constitution so continuity of government declaring the President Dictator under PD-51 President Bush singed. This makes the President a Dictator under any national emergency the chief executive decides what is and what isn’t . Congress has no say to review. This is a classified document congress is not allowed to read.
Right now in Benjamin Fulford newsletter he says with much skepticism from a source inside the Pentagon.
General Staff officers are making a list of 30,000 people who are New World Order thugs including the
President. All to be arrested for treason and insurrection attempting to overthrow the Constitutional
It has been rumored the Provost Marshal was going to arrest Obama for attempting to detonate a
nuclear device in Washington DC on the 12th Anniversary of Sept 11th. The shooting in the Navy yard could be a smoke screen of the attempted arrest of Obama for treason. I can tell the Military is getting ready to act to defend this nation. When Secretary of State John Kerry signed the UN Small Arms Trade Treaty. That was an act of treason trying to repeal the Second Amendment by underhanded means using treaty law.
I do not see much of the Military going out to confiscate guns. It is not 2005 in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is a different world.
The Military is very awake now to the President’s treasonous ways. It is my hope the Military stands down instead of carrying out illegal orders where Obama is crowned King Nothing~The Lone Star Watchdog
Until then one can only dream that the NDAA signed by President Obama may have the rules applied to him.
October 25th, 2013 by olddog
City of Chicago’s cash cushion plummets, debt triples, arrests drop, water use rises.
By Clint Richardson
“Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the books on 2012 with $33.4 million in unallocated cash on hand — down from $167 million the year before — while adding to the mountain of debt piled on Chicago taxpayers, year-end audits show.
Last week, Moody’s Investors ordered an unprecedented triple-drop in the city’s bond rating, citing Chicago’s “very large and growing” pension liabilities, “significant” debt service payments, “unrelenting public safety demands” and historic reluctance to raise local taxes that has continued under Emanuel.
The 2012 city audits explain why. They show that an unallocated balance that was $167 million a year ago because of Emanuel’s aggressive cost-cutting efforts has dropped to $33.4 million.
Budget Director Alex Holt blamed the $133.6 million drop on “honest” budgetingand ending the long-standing practice of carrying “ghost” vacancies.
“We’re trying to be more transparent about what we’re really spending and taking in — not just carrying a bunch of people who took up money in the budget and left money on the table at the end of the year,” Holt said.”
It really wouldn’t be very hard to be completely transparent to the people of Chicago about what the government is “spending and taking in”. All they would have to do is just mention and explain what is written with the “audits” of the City, which are not named in this obfuscating media report. Those audits are federally required of all municipal corporations within the United States, and are officially called the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
The only problem is… the CAFR also reveals how much the City of Chicago is saving and hiding from the public and from its own budget report in the form of massive investments. I also shows things most people would never believe are happening in America – that is, besides the fact that an Israeli solder and duel-citizen is acting as Mayor of one of the largest cities in America.
Instead, they use the fallacy of “honest budgeting”.
Now, anyone who knows what a budget report is can likely agree that a budget is not honest, but is in reality an educated guess on future operational expenses, income, and expenditures. In the majority of cases involving corporations, the person or persons doing the budgeting is generally seeking new and creative ways to justify more budget allowances for their corporation or department thereof. In the case of local municipal corporation governments, these creative accounting tricks are implemented on the budget report to justify more taxpayer dollars to be collected in the next fiscal year (or more taxpayer debt to be created through bonds) by ignoring what is reported in the actual audit report, called the CAFR. In short, the “budget report” is created by taking the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (the audited financial statements of government), grabbing a black magic marker, and placing black marks over the long-term assets and investments of government accumulated for the years, decades, or centuries that the government has been municipally incorporated.
The budget report is what is created after all of the creative accounting and word magic have virtually pillaged the CAFR of all its investment wealth. And the “honest budget” is thus presented to the people as a declaration of distress, debt, and in some cases bankruptcy.
Here is the link for the 2011-2012 fiscal year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the City of Chicago:
Let’s examine how the Rahm Emanuel and his bureaucracy are using the hand-crafted and creatively accounted budget report to literally hide billions and billions of dollars from the public…
BUREAUCRAT. An official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment. –Random House Dictionary
BUREAUCRACY. The abuse of official influence in the affairs of government;corruption… those persons who are employed in bureaus (and) abuse their authority by intrigue to promote their own benefit, or that of friends, rather than the public good. –Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856
A good place to start is in the “Notes To Financial Statements” section, which is a more advanced description of the creative accounting principles and strategies utilized to hide all of Chicago’s wealth as reported in the budget report.
(Page 92) The 2012 Fiscal Year CAFR here explains not only how the government hides its massive stores of wealth, but also how it is privatizing much of its infrastructure by entering into Public Private Partnerships through long-term lease agreements with Banks and other private corporations:
(Note 16) Concession Agreements
The major fund entitled Service Concession and Reserve Fund is used for the purpose of accounting for the deferred inflows associated with governmental fund long-term lease and concession transactions. Deferred inflows areamortized over the life of the related lease and concession agreements.Proceeds from these transactions may be transferred from this fund in accordance with ordinances approved by City Council that define the use of proceeds.
Translation: City of Chicago enters into lease agreements with private corporations, accepts massive lump sum payments in the billions or millions of dollars from that private corporation, and then allows that private corporation to run that infrastructure asset of government for a set amount of years. The private corporation may then raise the fees attached to that infrastructure and earn triple the income over the decades allotted by the lease agreement. And the City thus looses out on future revenue that goes to private corporations. And this, as we are about to see, is why parking is so expensive in Chicago.
Continuing on Page 92 of the CAFR:
In February 2009, the City completed a $1.15 billion concession agreement to allow a private operator to manage and collect revenues from the City’s metered parking system for 75 years. The City received an upfront payment of $1.15 billion which was recognized as a deferred inflow that will be amortized and recognized as revenue over the term of the agreement. The City recognizes $15.3 million of revenue for each year through 2083.
In December 2006, the City completed a long-term concession and lease of the City’s downtown underground public parking system. The concessiongranted a private company the right to operate the garages and collect parking and related revenues for the 99-year term of the agreement. The City received an upfront payment of $563.0 million of which $347.8 million was simultaneously used to purchase three of the underground garages from the Chicago Park District. The City recognized a deferred inflow that will be amortized and recognized as revenue over the term of the lease. The City recognizes $5.7 million of revenue for each year through 2105.
In January 2005, the City completed a long-term concession and lease of the Skyway. The concession granted a private company the right to operate the Skyway and to collect toll revenue from the Skyway for the 99-year term ofthe agreement. The City received an upfront payment of $1.83 billion; a portion of the payment ($446.3 million) advance refunded all of the outstanding Skyway bonds. The City recognized a deferred inflow of $1.83 billion that will beamortized and recognized as revenue over the 99-year term of the agreement. The City recognizes $18.5 million of revenue related to this transaction for each year through 2103. Skyway land, bridges, other facilities and equipment continue to be reported on the Statement of Net Position and will be depreciated, as applicable, over their useful lives. The deferred inflow of the Skyway is reported in the Proprietary Funds Statement of Net Position.
To the people of Chicago, I suggest you read that again. And again…
Did you notice that the City of Chicago government purchased infrastructure from itself, by buying garages from Chicago Park District? In this way, it created what it loves best – a self-perpetuated debt.
The Chicago Park District website states:
“In 1959, the system expanded again, when the City of Chicago transferred more than 250 parks, playlots, natatoriums, and beaches to the Chicago Park District. Now the steward of 8,000+ acres of open space, totaling more than 570 parks, 31 beaches, 50 nature areas, and 2 world-class conservatories and host of thousands of special events, cultural, nature, sports and recreational programs, the Chicago Park District remains the nation’s leading provider of green space and recreation.”
Don’t confuse the park district as not a part of the City government. Instead of creating a debt by purchasing the parking garages, the City could have simply transferred them over to itself like it transferred so many parks and beaches in the past. But again, government loves to be in debt to itself, because that means it can hide its assets by claiming the assets must pay for the imaginary debt that it owes itself.
Here’s how the above concession and lease agreement scam works:
Step 1) Taxpayers pay taxes to build a public infrastructure project, in this case parking garages and meters.
Step 2) Government on behalf of taxpayers privatizes the operation of the infrastructure without actually selling the physical public property. A private corporation, often companies like J P Morgan Chase, will then operate and collect fees or the life of the lease agreement, and are allowed by the government to set the prices themselves.
Step 3) Taxpayers suddenly see higher taxes in the form of fees for that public service on what they still believe to be publicly run infrastructure. They don’t comprehend what happened simply because NO TAXPAYER APPROVAL IS NEEDED for this long-term lease and concession to take place. Why is no taxpayer vote needed? Because the City is acquiring future revenues on what would have been charged for that taxpayer infrastructure in the future (up to 99 years in the future). So its as if the City is still pretending to run the parking garage and meters by only allowing itself to collect the projected revenues each year while the Billions and billions of dollars it already collected get put into investment funds unavailable for taxpayer services. Taxpayers are left out of the whole process, except for paying the fees to a private corporation.
Step 4) Over the life of the lease agreement (for up to 99 years), a private corporation will collect 200-2,000% more tax revenue (fees) than it originally paid the City to acquire it. It will raise prices dramatically over that time to rake in incredible and guaranteed profits by law.
Step 5) The City sits on billions of dollars (which it does not report as an asset in the budget report, only in the CAFR) and invests it over that 99 year lease. And the profits and gains from those investments never really help the taxpayer or go to taxpayer services in any way, shape, or form. Often, the city loans out those billions to other municipalities or private corporations.
Step 6) With the money invested and gaining a return on investment, the City requires that those billions remain in an investment fund, not be touched for any other reason than to once a year make an allotment as a yearly payment to itself. And the taxpayers see income from the parking garage and never comprehend the organized crime that is taking place under their noses.
Step 7) The City, over that up to 99-year time period, will continuously claim that it is broke, simply because the billions and billions mentioned above are not included as assets on the budget report. This justifies requirements for new taxation from the already pillaged public, and very likely will be used as an excuse to declare bankruptcy – all because the money remains hidden from the taxpayer budget report. And guess what? The taxpayers will likely still pay the bills for maintenance upkeep and improvements on those privately run parking structures through their general taxes.
Now, does this sound like “honest” budgeting to you?
So in these three organized criminal enterprises alone, we have just honestly uncovered the fact that the City is hiding $3.54 billion from the taxpayer budget report – Money that right now, today, could be used to pay off much of the City’s long-term debt or used for taxpayer services. Or hell, it could be given back to those corrupt private corporations so that the people aren’t beholden to the will and whims of private corporations.
There’s one more thing on the next page that Chicago taxpayers should be aware of:
The 1996 Reauthorization Act, Title 49 United States Code §47134, authorized the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) to establish the Airport Privatization Pilot Program (the “Pilot Program”), pursuant to which the FAA isauthorized to permit public airport sponsors to sell or lease an airport. The 2012 Reauthorization Act increased the number of airports that could participate in the program from five to ten. Only one of the ten airports can be a “large hub” airport (having enplanements that equal or exceed one percent of the enplanements at all U.S. commercial airports). On September 2006, the City applied to the FAA under the Pilot Program with respect to Chicago Midway International Airport (“Midway”) with extensions requested periodically and most recently in April 2012. The City is currently pursuing bids for a lease of Midway under the provisions of the Pilot Program. The City is not under any obligation to accept any bids, and it is not possible at this time to predict whether or not the City will enter into a lease of Midway pursuant to the Pilot Program or when such a transaction might occur.
Again, the citizens and voters of Chicago will not be consulted here. No vote will be necessary. Sorry folks. You are out of the political loop now. The country is being privatized.
I wonder how many billions an airport will go for?
Imagine how invasive and tyrannical those unconstitutional searches and pat-downs are going to be when the airports are run by private corporations…
Unless you frightened subjects actually grow a pair and stop this from happening!
But I digress, for we are only scratching the surface here Chicago.
Let’s take a look at how municipal corporations around the country use the same financial accounting trick to hide their true financial position, including all investment funds, by magically erasing all of their wealth from the budget report.
Remember, the CAFR is created first, and only then is the budget created from what is leftover after all of the clever and creative accounting has already been done within the true CAFR audit.
(Page 31) Here we find the basic financial statements, listing assets, liabilities, and the net balance.
CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS STATEMENT OF NET POSITION
ASSETS AND DEFERRED OUTFLOWS
Total assets are listed at $31,095,607,000
$20 billion of that is listed as “Capital Assets” such as buildings, machinery, vehicles, etc.
Just over $10 billion is listed as other assets, including investments of about $7 billion.
As we pour over these basic line items, we see nothing but what is called “current assets” – the cash, investments, and other assets that the City of Chicago had on hand as of December 31, 2012.
But now we need to look at the liabilities section in order to see where that creative magic accounting happens…
LIABILITIES AND DEFERRED INFLOWS
We see here only about $3 or $4 billion in actual liabilities for the current fiscal year, including what is called “due within one year” on the City’s “long-term liabilities”. This is the normal operating expenses for the City in the average fiscal year.
But that’s were the honest budgeting ends. And here is where we find the bulk of the assets hidden within Chicago City’s investment funds…
Due in More Than One Year ……………… $28,354,779,000
Remember, in our assets section we see no reporting of any projected or future assets.
Yet in the liabilities section we see a line item representing all future liabilities in the form of amortized payments on bonds, loans, and other debt. And these future liabilities, in the end, effect the current assets as reported to the taxpayer on the budget report.
At the end of this chart of net position, we see how incredibly corrupt this little trick is:
NET POSITION (including in/out-flows)
Total Assets…………………… $31,095,607,000
Total Liabilities………………. $34,923,854,000
Total Net Position …………. $-3,828,247,000
So the City of Chicago has just magically erased over $28 billion dollars worth of cash, investment capital, and other asset wealth from the books by utilizing future amortized debt balances (that don’t yet exist in the fiscal year) against current assets. There is no mention of the future tax revenues that will pay for those future liabilities. And when the Chicago municipal corporation reports their total asset balance to the fine but clueless people of the City of Chicago, a 28 billion dollar lie will have been sponsored by none other than Mayor Rahm Emanuel himself… and for that matter every mayor across the United States.
Now then, what was that bunch of lies the Chicago Sun Times quoted Rahm Emanuel and his financial minions from?
“Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the books on 2012 with $33.4 million in unallocated cash on hand — down from $167 million the year before — while adding to the mountain of debt piled on Chicago taxpayers, year-end audits show…
The 2012 city audits explain why. They show that an unallocated balance that was $167 million a year ago because of Emanuel’s aggressive cost-cutting efforts has dropped to $33.4 million.
Budget Director Alex Holt blamed the $133.6 million drop on “honest” budgeting…”
“We’re trying to be more transparent about what we’re really spending and taking in…”
How quaint. They are talking to the dumbed-down people in financial terms of millions while they play and invest behind our backs with BILLIONS!!!
This cursory look into the financial situation of Chicago has been very basic indeed. The CAFR is rich with multiple creative accounting schemes and best practices that are all approved by the private, non-governmental association (Government Financial Officers Association – GFOA) that makes these little rules (Generally Accepted Accounting Principals – GAAP) that allow all governments to hide massive amounts of investment wealth from their citizens. There are doubtlessly many more treasures to find, including the true investment fund balances compared to what is reported. They have so many tricks up their sleeves.
Take a look. Read the notes. You’ll be shocked at what you find…
The only question I have, now that the people of Chicago know that tomorrow their government could be completely out of debt and on the road to permanent independence and prosperity with unlimited potential simply by paying off all its future debt with its current assets (as most city’s in America could do) is…
What in God’s name are you going to do about it?
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Who Am I?
Welcome to my world…
Clint Richardson is my real name. I stand up and take responsibility for any and all content and actions by myself. No Pseudo, corporate, or stage names necessary. For I am living without straw.
This blog represents countless hours of research into the complex structure of society and the organized crime syndicate called “government”. I offer this without profit or motive, without sponsor or advertising. In this way, I hope to promote unbiased and unhindered information that is both based on the ancient liberal arts (trivium) and without fallacy, mixed with my own brand of sarcastic but sharply painful commentary of what is reality.
As a virtual matrix is of artificiality is being built up around us, and as we unwittingly accept and wallow in this destructive social media, this blog is all I can do to cry out in the digital wilderness before we all fall in too deep. The real world is crumbling while this virtual reality is built up and sparkling new each and every year. And as our actions against tyranny continuously get redirected to this false reality of artificiality in an inter-connected trap we call the inter-net, crimes against humanity go unchecked within the real world as un-empathetic corporations are protected from harm by unethical politicians.
And so, with a small and totally independent voice I research and write.
As this artificial digital social world of media repulses me with every new upgrade, my participation in it will likely stay limited to this blog and my movies. I have no desire to be part of a brave new world of trans-humanity…
After nearly four years of continuous contributions to this blog, I must disclaim that many of my previous misconceptions in earlier posts have been changed and corrected in later posts – a necessary learning curve for such a monstrously and purposefully obfuscating history written by the controllers and victors of the past. And I suppose that of the subjects I write about today, I will need this same disclaimer in another four years! The most important lesson is that there is never a final lesson; that the humility of being passionate but wrong is the most important learning tool of all, if one can only recognize the virtue of overcoming ego.
May this information enlighten and provoke you as well to break free of this virtual world before it ensnares you in the helpless frequencies of digital futility and servitude to the real.
October 24th, 2013 by olddog
By James Hall
How can any citizen express fidelity to their own kind when they accept that resistance, even if misguided, needs to be practiced? The following passage speaks from the grave:
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”
Is this the correct course for freemen or is this a formula for disaster? The answer lies in the next quote:
“When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality.”
The justification for defiance is because it is moral. What radical spoke these words? Must have been some malcontent criminal disgruntled with his own failures blaming society for his inability to get along with his peers. The reaction to fixing wrongs, perceived or real, is natural and universal. A response to a political condition may not on the surface seem to be proactive. Hitherto, on closer examination, standing up to injustice and righting wrongs is steeped in courage and fortitude. The great confusion that persists in political discourse arises from a distorted sense of involving a society into areas that were never meant to correct. The entire ethos that professes interventionism into the affairs of others is the source of error that has brought more pain and suffering to humanity than most are willing to acknowledge. Understanding the distinctions of what and when to take up the crusader cause or the missionary gospel is the delicate task of pursuing and achieving political knowledge.
Still the other ingredient that needs to be observed is that rebelliousness must be rooted in morality. Moral principles need not be codified with any particular religious sect. Yet, even a prolific atheist ethicist like Ayn Rand could not bridge the great divide to oblige civil conduct in the absence of a creator authority. Misrepresentation that fosters an exact separation of church and state has become a public poison that undermines and emasculates the moral fiber of society. Perverting history is the goal of cultural relativists. Progressive progress is their creed. Both are toxic, the former giving illusions the status of fact and the later the seed of societal destruction.
Reactionaries are called intractable not because they are wrong, but because they oppose the idiotic course that secular humanism has superimposed upon humanity. Essentially, at the end of the day, what matters is that the values and principles of traditional Western Civilization are founded upon rational honesty and spiritual compliance. Both are necessary to achieve a healthy and vigorous society. Revelation has become suspect and reviled by the social reformers who seek to expel any limiting factor on the excess of human behavior. Morality within a “Politically Correct” culture requires the removal of God from the political landscape. Establishing a total separation of church and state is actually a social requirement in order to bury God and make Man omniscient.
Radical actions are easily understood compared to reactionary principles. The notion that championing tradition means preserving the status quo is beyond absurdity. The current condition has become a callous chaotic cauldron. Maintaining the norms of a culture gone mad does not defend civilization or protect a society. All that has been cherished and worthy of preservation has been demeaned, denigrated and defamed by irresponsible clones that apply a “Totalitarian Collectivism”, designed by hieratical elites and practiced by fanatical “True Believers”. These are the real subversives.
Breaking All The Rules in your own personal life is the moral social equivalent to witnessing one’s faith in Supreme Being authority. Exercising humility to divine providence, while practicing proactive civil disobedience, has become the formula to combat the malicious forces that seek the ultimate destruction of our most unique nation. “So to avoid confusion and to re-establish and capture a clear and elegant interpretation of the essence in the paleoconservative, Old Cause, Populism, America First, Washington “farewell address” mindset, we are coining the term: Revo-Ami. Revo – for revolutionary, Ami – for friend of America.” This concept was first presented back in 2003. How many have been motivated to put into practice the revolutionary spirit of our forbearers? RADICAL REACTIONARY is a project that will boldly put forth the case for the OLD RIGHT heritage that founded America.
“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue”, in the entire citation from Barry Goldwater. Is this viewpoint consistent with the quotes in the beginning of this Preamble? Does it not drive home the need for both liberty and justice within the same society? Legitimate wrongs are often overlooked or seldom emphasized by counterfeit conservatives. The phony NeoCons are betrayers of the true legacy of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility. The genius that wrote this admonition message of distrust for centralized despotism and state tyranny was none other than Thomas Jefferson. Both Goldwater and Jefferson would now be considered kindred cousins. Both would be deemed radical reactionaries. And in the era of Patriot Act newspeak, both would be condemned as potential terrorists.
Posterity will not forgive the sins of omission. How many citizens deserve the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the brave patriots that fought at Lexington and Concord? Each person should have that chance, but few earn the right to become guardians of our heritage. Reactionary is not a dirt word or a dishonored person. The traditionalist is an enlightened diehard in the defense of individual liberty and social justice. Knowing what that means and how to aggressively achieve the original promise of America is the purpose of this series. The adventure is not based upon jingoistic hubris or deviant greed; but rests upon an unerring faith in divine providence as our guide.
Often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville: “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great”, has rung true for generations. Today, the essential fabric of society is in turmoil. No longer does governance value being good and is consumed with only being great. The demise of America is real. The reversal of fortunes won’t be based upon financial wealth or military entanglements. The solution to restoration of goodness requires traditional ideals and radical deeds. Join in this renaissance journey for the sake of the nation, your neighbors and family.
October 23rd, 2013 by olddog
By Dave Hodges
There is one undeniable fact that is emerging from the world of international finance, if you want to retain the money that you have earned, you are going to have to leave the country or you are going to have to overthrow the bankers that have hijacked your government.
I will not mince words, this means revolution in which your primary foe will be DHS and their 2.2 billion rounds of newly acquired ammunition and their 2700 armored personnel carriers. There is no middle ground, it is either fight or acquiesce. And the bad guys know this and this is why they have a plan to incrementally steal your money under false pretenses so as not to alert the masses and rouse them into a state of revolution. .
How We Got In the Present Mess
The threat to your financial well-being has far less to do with the persistent and incremental theft of your money by the Federal Reserve, which has resulted in the value of your dollar eroding to a value of less than 4 cents over the past 100 years. The present day threat has to do with the outright theft of your bank account by new IMF policies.
These same bankers, who have deflated the dollar and wrecked the economy, are coming after your pensions, as I have written about; and now the banksters want your bank accounts.
The IMF Is the Enforcer of the Global Elite
IMF director, Christine Lagarde, has been recklessly advocating for a wholesale seizure of 10% of all accounts in the Eurozone, but because there may be riots and even a revolution if there are wholesale bail-ins, the IMF has settled on a more incremental plan of economic subjugation in a which a 10% tax will implemented against all bank account holders in order to pay down the debt.
What the IMF and the central bankers are not telling you is that the debt can never be paid down because the primary source of the debt comes from the derivatives market which totals a minimum of one quadrillion dollars which is 16 times the entire value of the planet. In short, these banksters are merely trying to stay one step ahead of the burning bridge by stealing your pensions and bank accounts. And does anyone truly believe that these banksters will stop at looting just 10% of your bank account? When does 10% become 20%, which becomes 30%, which becomes 100%? This will be followed by the bankers issuing a neo-feudalism style of welfare to all citizens. Mark my words America, the 10% “tax” is just the starting point.
Selling the “Tax” As a Tax on the Rich
The ultimate “gold-digger”
The IMF has repackaged Lagarde’s recommendation for a 10% tax on all banking accounts and is recommending that all developed countries make up their debt load by “taxing the rich”. This is the same game, just a different name. This game of semantics is based upon the belief that the people of ordinary means will accept a 10% initial hit on their savings so long as the rich are sharing in the pain. Really? Since when have the rich ever shared in the burden for anything? Last year, Warren Buffet bragged that his secretary paid more tax than he does. The rich do not pay tax, they are allowed by the IRS to accept payment for their services in off-shore foreign banks that the IRS does not solicit information from. You and I do not have access to the same tax evasion schemes because it often takes a minimum of $30-50 million dollars to open such an account in places like the Cayman Islands. Therefore, when Lagarde’s IMF tells you that you are going to be taxed (i.e. 10% of your bank account stolen) at the same rate as the rich, do not believe Lagarde and the IMF because they are lying through their teeth.
The coming global tax will be instituted through the central bank of each nation. This means that in the US, the Federal Reserve Banks of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase et al., will be impacted. This means that the tax-dodge banks used by the global elite in the Cayman Islands will be exempt from this “tax” because they are not under the direct authority of a central bank.
Ask yourself, when you have been standing in the teller lines at the Bank of America, how many times have you seen Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, Warren Buffet, George Soros and Donald Trump in the same teller line next to you? These banksters will not pay one dime in tribute to the IMF. This entire burden, just as it is with the tax system, will be paid by the middle class of each nation. The elite do not bank where you do.
Global Elite Finance As a Second Language
If you want to truly understand where this is headed, you must become fluent in the language of the global elite and the first prerequisite understanding that you must acquire is that no developed nation is taxing the rich to any significant degree. A nation can say they are taxing the rich and they can even pass laws which state that they are taxing the rich, but no nation is truly taxing the rich. If a nation was to decide to actually to tax the rich, the money of the rich, and their corporate assets, would leave that country so fast that your head would spin because the developed nations of the world are in a race to the bottom in terms of recruiting corporations to relocate to their country by offering corporations and their elite owners huge tax incentives while passing along the corporate and banking debt load to what’s left of the middle class. Therefore, what does tax the rich really mean?
The New Version of Taxing the Rich
The statement, taxing the rich means that the elite are going to introduce what appears to be a universal program which will, on the surface, appear to tax everyone the same in order to pay for the massive debt that is crushing every country on the planet, namely, the derivatives debt.
In the last section of the 10% tax requested, in the IMF report, on page 58, it states the following:
“The tax rates needed to bring down public debt to precrisis levels, moreover, are sizable: reducing debt ratios to end-2007 levels would require (for a sample of 15 euro area countries) a tax rate of about 10 percent on households with positive net wealth... Simulations show that maintaining the overall budget at a level consistent with the IMF staff’s medium-term advice would bring the average debt ratio to about 70 percent of GDP by 2030, although in a few countries it would remain above 80 percent. However, the large debt stock, the uncertain global environment, weak growth prospects, and the absence of well-specified medium-term adjustment plans in systemic economies like Japan and the United States complicate the task.“
The Expatriation Option
This above-mentioned IMF analysis tells you quite clearly that their “debt reduction” plan is coming to Japan and the United States. So, perhaps you will decide like record numbers of Americans have already done, that it is time to go to a country such as Costa Rica or Norway and take your money with you. While it is true that you might be able expatriate to one of these countries, taking the bulk of your money with you is going to be a fundamental problem.
JP Morgan Chase has announced that they are stopping international wire transfers from private accounts and are limiting account holders to less than $50,000 cash withdrawals. In the past couple of days, HSBC (America) has announced the same basic policies. I expect that within the next 30 days, the Bank of America and Wells Fargo will follow suit. This is clearly a move designed to prevent capital flight from the United States so that the bankers will have easy access to your funds. Let’s take a big picture view, shall we? There can be no other conclusion than this nation’s megabanks are locking up the money supply that they have control over in preparation of implementing the 10% “tax” on you money.
Even if you decide to give your money one small extra layer of protection and move it into a credit union, and then move your money out of the country, your efforts will largely fail. Because the $50,000 transfer prohibition applies to the transfer of your money to domestic banks as well. The banks are telling you that they own your money, and legally they are correct. Very soon, this expatriation option will disappear.
Your Bank Account Has No Protection
The FDIC has only about $25 billion in its deposit insurance fund, which is mandated by law to keep a balance equivalent to only 1.15% of insured deposits. If a banking collapse were to be on the near horizon, the banksters are not going to notify you because they would not want to incite a bank run. With only 1.15% of all deposits being insured by the FDIC, your money would be left vulnerable and only the elite would be warned as they quietly transfer their money to a safer haven. How do I know this? Because this is exactly what my research discovered on the money movements preceding the Gulf oil spill, as it ws revealed that on the morning of the explosion, Goldman Sachs issued a “put option for preferred insiders” in Transocean (the owner of the Deep Water Horizon oil rig) and the elite had their stock profit margin guaranteed while everyone else took a financial bath! This is the undeniable pattern of the global elite.
Additionally, your bank account has been collateralized against the derivatives debt. The bankruptcy reform laws stemming from the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005, derivatives counter-parties are given preference over all other creditors and customers of the bankrupt financial institution, including FDIC insured depositors. This gives what the experts call “super priority” in terms of the line of succession from which to collect bankruptcy monies. Bank of America has conspicuously co-mingled their derivatives debt with your savings account and as such they have every legal right use your money to cover their debt. Oh, they would never do that you say? I have bad news for the uninformed, they already have done that very thing. In the MF Global debacle, the reason that MF Global customers lost their segregated account funds was because the MF Global debt load was caused primarily because of their derivatives debt which, under bankruptcy laws, gave derivatives claimants super-priority in the bankruptcy proceedings. In short, you do not matter.
A Message to All Police State Surveillance Grid Employees
Hey NSA, while you are watching us, the IMF is watching your pensions and bank accounts.
To all of you in the NSA who are spying on Americans to determine who has been naughty or nice, your banks accounts and pensions will soon be gone as well. To all military and police, the same is true for you too. It does not make sense for any American to go along with this tyranny. Why would you people fight on the side of those who would rob you blind at the end of the day? Expatriate or Fight? The options are narrowing very quickly.
Tick, tick tick…..It is 5 seconds to midnight.
October 22nd, 2013 by olddog
By John W. Whitehead
“Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.”—Winston Churchill
It’s 3 a.m. You’ve been asleep for hours when suddenly you hear a loud “Crash! Bang! Boom!” Based on the yelling, shouting and mayhem, it sounds as if someone—or several someones—are breaking through your front door. With your heart racing and your stomach churning, all you can think about is keeping your family safe from the intruders who have invaded your home. You have mere seconds before the intruders make their way to your bedroom. Desperate to protect your loved ones, you scramble to lay hold of something—anything—that you might use in self-defense. It might be a flashlight, your son’s baseball bat, or that still unloaded gun you thought you’d never need. In a matter of seconds, the intruders are at your bedroom door. You brace for the confrontation, a shaky grip on your weapon. In the moments before you go down for the count, shot multiple times by the strangers who have invaded your home, you get a good look at your accosters. It’s the police.
Before I go any further, let me start by saying this: the problem is not that all police are bad. The problem, as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, is that increasing numbers of police officers are badly trained, illiterate when it comes to the Constitution, especially the Fourth Amendment, and, in some cases, willfully ignorant about the fact that they are supposed to be peacekeepers working for us, the taxpayer.
Unfortunately, with every passing week, we are hearing more and more horror stories in which homeowners are injured or killed simply because they mistook a SWAT team raid by police for a home invasion by criminals. Never mind that the unsuspecting homeowner, woken from sleep by the sounds of a violent entry, has no way of distinguishing between a home invasion by a criminal as opposed to a government agent. Too often, the destruction of life and property wrought by the police is no less horrifying than that carried out by criminal invaders.
Consider, for example, the sad scenario that played out when a SWAT team kicked open the door of ex-Marine Jose Guerena’s home during a drug raid and opened fire. Thinking his home was being invaded by criminals, Guerena told his wife and child to hide in a closet, grabbed a gun and waited in the hallway to confront the intruders. He never fired his weapon. In fact, the safety was still on his gun when he was killed. The SWAT officers, however, not as restrained, fired 70 rounds of ammunition at Guerena—23 of those bullets made contact. Guerena had had no prior criminal record, and the police found nothing illegal in his home.
Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was sleeping on her living room sofa, which was positioned under a window, when suddenly, the silence of the night was shattered by a flash grenade thrown through the living room window, followed by the sounds of police bursting into the apartment and a gun going off. Rushing into the room, Aiyana’s father, Charles, found himself tackled by police and forced to lie on the floor, his face in a pool of his daughter’s blood. It would be hours before Charles would be informed that his daughter was dead. The 34-year-old suspect the police had been looking for would later be found elsewhere in the apartment building.
Then there was the time police used a battering ram to break into the home of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnson, mistakenly believing her house to be a drug den. Fearing that burglars were entering her home, which was situated in a dangerous neighborhood, Johnson fired a warning shot when the door burst open. Police unleashed a hail of gunfire, hitting Johnson with six bullets. Johnson died.
Eighty-year-old Eugene Mallory suffered a similar fate when deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, claiming to have smelled chemicals related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, raided the multi-unit property in which Mallory lived. Thinking that his home was being invaded by burglars, Mallory allegedly raised a gun at the intruders, who shot him six times. Mallory died. “The lesson here,” observed the spokesman for the sheriff’s department, “is don’t pull a gun on a deputy.”
In Fort Worth, Texas, two rookie police officers sent to investigate a possible burglary circled 72-year-old Jerry Waller’s house with flashlights shining. Waller, concerned that his home was being cased, went to his garage, armed with a gun for self-defense. The two officers snuck up on Waller, who raised his gun on the intruders. When Waller failed to obey orders to lower his gun, the officers shot and killed him. It turned out the officers had gone to the wrong address. They blamed the shooting death on “poor lighting.”
During a raid in Ogden, Utah, police dressed in black and carrying assault rifles charged into a darkened home. Upon entering the hallway and encountering a man holding a shiny object that one officer thought was a sword, police opened fire. Three shots later, 45-year-old Todd Blair fell to the floor dead. In his hands was a shiny golf club.
In Sarasota, Florida, a mixture of federal and local police converged on the apartment complex where Louise Goldsberry lived after receiving a tip that a child rape suspect was in the complex. Unaware of police activity outside, Louise was washing dishes in her kitchen when a man wearing what appeared to be a hunting vest pointed a rifle at her through her window. Fearing that she was about to be attacked, Louise retrieved her revolver from her bedroom. Meanwhile, the man began pounding on Louise’s front door, saying, “We’re the f@#$ing police; open the f@#$ing door.” Identifying himself as a police officer, the rifle-wielding man then opened the door, pointed a gun at Goldsberry and her boyfriend, who was also present, and yelled, “Drop the f@#$ing gun or I’ll f@#$ing shoot you.” Ironically, the officer later justified his behavior on the grounds that he didn’t like having a gun pointed at him and because “I have to go home at night.”
These incidents underscore a dangerous mindset in which civilians (often unarmed and defenseless) not only have less rights than militarized police, but also one in which the safety of civilians is treated as a lower priority than the safety of their police counterparts (who are armed to the hilt with an array of lethal and nonlethal weapons), the privacy of civilians is negligible in the face of the government’s various missions, and the homes of civilians are no longer the refuge from government intrusion that they once were.
It wasn’t always this way, however. There was a time in America when a man’s home really was a sanctuary where he and his family could be safe and secure from the threat of invasion by government agents, who were held at bay by the dictates of the Fourth Amendment, which protects American citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures.
The Fourth Amendment, in turn, was added to the U.S. Constitution by colonists still smarting from the abuses they had been forced to endure while under British rule, among these home invasions by the military under the guise of writs of assistance. These writs were nothing less than open-ended royal documents which British soldiers used as a justification for barging into the homes of colonists and rifling through their belongings. James Otis, a renowned colonial attorney, “condemned writs of assistance because they were perpetual, universal (addressed to every officer and subject in the realm), and allowed anyone to conduct a search in violation of the essential principle of English liberty that a peaceable man’s house is his castle.” As Otis noted:
“Now, one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege. Custom-house officers may enter our houses when they please; we are commanded to permit their entry. Their menial servants may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court can inquire. Bare suspicion without oath is sufficient.”
To our detriment, we have now come full circle, returning to a time before the American Revolution when government agents—with the blessing of the courts—could force their way into a citizen’s home, with seemingly little concern for lives lost and property damaged in the process.
Actually, we may be worse off today than our colonial ancestors when one considers the extent to which courts have sanctioned the use of no-knock raids by police SWAT teams (occurring at a rate of 70,000 to 80,000 a year and growing); the arsenal of lethal weapons available to local police agencies; the ease with which courts now dispense search warrants based often on little more than a suspicion of wrongdoing; and the inability of police to distinguish between reasonable suspicion and the higher standard of probable cause, the latter of which is required by the Constitution before any government official can search an individual or his property.
Indeed, if Winston Churchill is correct that “democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman,” then it’s safe to say that we no longer live in a democracy. Certainly not in a day and age when the Fourth Amendment, which was intended to protect us against the police state, especially home invasions by government agents, has been reduced to little more than words on paper.
At seventy three, is this what I have to look forward to? Will they kill my wife too? How about my little dog, too small to bite an ankle? It gripes my ass to think this is what American’s have accepted as protection. Protection from these goons is worse than being invaded by drug attics. And these scumbags call themselves Americans???? You should hear some of their excuses for this kind of behavior. Most of them want to be known by their pears as bad-ass killers, like it’s a badge of honor.
October 21st, 2013 by olddog
By Jon Christian Ryter
An excerpt from the book, Whatever Happened To America?
In 1917 Woodrow Wilson's Congress enacted the Trading With the Enemy Act to regulate—not forbid—trade with belligerent nations. The language of this piece of legislation defined precisely who was, and who was not, an enemy of the United States. Specifically excluded from that classification were the citizens of the United States. That was an oversight that would be corrected three days after Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed the mantle of the presidency on March 6, 1933.
During the first 100 days of Roosevelt's administration, Congress passed a litany of legislative programs ostensibly designed to stimulate the economy and send America back to work. Most of this legislation was expediently enacted with about as much congressional forethought as the Emergency Banking Relief Act. A great deal of it, like the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the National Industrial Recovery Act and the Congressional Gold Repeal Joint Resolution, violated the Constitution of the United States, and portions of those acts would be declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1935.
The first of three laws designed to wrest control of the United States away from the States and the people was engineered on May 9, 1933. This law, enacted without a single Congressman or Senator reading it and after only 40 minutes of debate in both houses of Congress, by both parties was the Emergency Banking Relief Act.
There were at least two reasons Roosevelt didn't want Congress looking too closely at the language of the Emergency Banking Relief Act. First, it restructured the banking system of the United States and placed even more monetary control in the hands of the central bankers. Second, it gave Roosevelt war powers control over the United States of America in peacetime. But most important, it changed the language of the Trading with the Enemy Act, effectively classifying the citizens of the United States as the enemies of their own central government. And, it did one other thing. It granted Roosevelt (or whomever would follow him into the White House) the right to redefine the ownership of private property in the United States.
Such redefinition was necessary since the war powers authority Roosevelt was being accorded to deal with the national emergency granted him the right to seize the property of those who failed to comply with the laws which were being enacted. The right to seize the property of American citizens without due process would be one of the paramount weapons the government would continue to use long after the emergency expired. It would be a much-used weapon by the Internal Revenue Service, which has not hesitated to seize any asset or property of any American citizen without due process since 1934. In the last few years, that right has also been assumed by State and federal police agencies who now seize the assets of drug dealers and those charged with violations of the RICO act at the time of arrest, not conviction. Gone forever is the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Municipalities do the same when they seize the vehicles driven by johns arrested for seeking the illicit pleasures of prostitutes in hundreds of sting operations launched each year by countless brigades of city and county police agencies throughout the country. All such laws, regardless of their deterrent qualities, and regardless if they are upheld by the courts, violate the Constitution of the United States because they deny the accused the right to due process before seizure takes place—an inalienable right they possess under the Constitution of the United States.
It is a troubling sign of our times that courts of law in America, regardless of the compelling interest of society to eradicate the proliferation of illegal drugs that are taking such a devastating toll on human life and dignity while breeding all other forms of crime from petty larceny to murder, would wantonly violate the Constitution of the United States under the guise of providing a safer and more secure America.
The redefinition of private property rights is found in Senate Document 43 that examined, and attempted to justify, the ramifications of the powers delegated to the President under the War Powers Act albeit after-the-fact. On page 9 of that document, the Senate brazenly declared: "The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called 'ownership' is only by virtue of the Government, i.e., law, amounting to mere user…" That particular facet of Document 43, further clarified by Senate Report 93-549, has become codified by precedent.
As the Senate began to examine exactly what powers they had granted the President by amending the Trading With the Enemy Act on March 9, 1933, they concluded that: "Under these powers the president may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private industry; restrict travel, and in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens." (Senate Report 93-549.)
It is important to note that every dictatorship in the modern world has abrogated the rights of private ownership, seized property at will, organized and controlled all production within its society, seized and controlled the transportation infrastructure of the nation, nationalized communications to censor the free expression of opinion and restricted the movement of its citizens. This is usually done with an internal passport which the citizens of every authoritarian country are required to carry with them at all times. Whenever these steps are taken by any government, democracy dies a bittersweet death and totalitarianism is born in the ashes of lost freedom.
The Roosevelt brain trust, in paving the way for Roosevelt to implement his New Deal programs, privately acknowledged that most of the economic and social programs they were constructing even before Roosevelt assumed the White House would be legally problematic when viewed in the context of the constitutionality of a United States president's authority in peacetime. In times of war, the Constitution allows for the broadening of presidential powers by the Chief Executive to deal with extraneous, albeit temporary, emergencies that seriously threaten the security and welfare of the nation.
However, in 1933 America was not at war. It was a dilemma the brain trust would quickly solve by modifying the Trading With the Enemy Act of 1917 to include any national emergency. In doing so, it was also necessary to redefine the enemy since the extraneous authority granted the President under the terms of Public Law 91 was directed only at the enemies, and allies of the enemies, of the United States. A peacetime application of the Trading With the Enemy Act without some form of universal modification that would allow Roosevelt to apply the tenets of that law against the citizens of the United States would be meaningless.
Public Law 1, stemming from H.R. 1491, will long be remembered both as the bill nobody read and the legislation that gave the President of the United States dictatorial power over America. As Americans, many of us criticize those citizens who blindly vote for candidates based solely on their political affiliation without possessing any knowledge of the issues at stake in the election in which they are casting their ballots. Yet, in the Congress of the United States, on March 9, 1933, those we elected to represent us before the federal government of the United States did precisely that very thing themselves. Is it any wonder the electorate of America has a herd mentality?
What happened that day in 1933 is more terrifying than the stock market crash and the ensuing Depression combined. Clearly those we elected, and continue to elect, no longer represent the constituents who placed them in office and have not for several years. Most career politicians have been institutionalized and clearly represent only the interests of big government and the special interest groups that contribute massive amounts to keep them in office so they can manipulate the reins of government from behind the scenes in the name of the general public they are sworn to serve.
The special session of Congress that met on March 9, 1933 did so because the President of the United States called them to address a national emergency of such extraordinary proportions that it required extraordinary legislation to cope with the crisis. If that fact, in and of itself, was not a red flag (pardon the pun), the failure to read the legislation being considered for rushed passage (another red flag), or the preamble of the legislation itself should have been.
"Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Congress hereby declares that a serious emergency exists and that it is imperatively necessary speedily to put into effect remedies of uniform national application.
TITLE I. Section 1. The actions, regulations, rules, licenses, orders and proclamations heretofore or hereafter taken, promulgated, made, or issued by the President of the United States or the Secretary of the Treasury since March 4, 1933, pursuant to the authority conferred by subsection (b) of section 5 of the Act of October 6, 1917, as amended, are hereby approved and confirmed."
A very large red flag was being waved.
The Emergency Bill begins with an admission that the new President and his Treasury Secretary had already broken the law; and were now seeking not only retroactive exoneration for those deeds, but absolution from future infractions of the Constitution as well. Clearly, Roosevelt and Attorney General Homer Cummings did not want Congress scrutinizing the bill too closely because some of the very subtle textual changes they made in their revisions of the Act of October 6, 1917 might not stand up under the light of day.
Many Congressmen believed the only revisions were those found in Section 5(b) (italicized). "During time of waror during any other period of national emergency declared by the President, the President may, through any agency he may designate, or otherwise, investigate, regulate, or prohibit, under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, by means of license or otherwise, any transactions in foreign exchange, transfers of credits between or payments by banking institutions as defined by the President, and export, hoarding, melting, or earmarking of gold or silver coin or bullion or currency, by any person within the United States or any place subject to the jurisdiction thereof…"
In fact, the Act of October 6, 1917 expressly forbade the President from interfering in banking transactions executed wholly within the United States. Furthermore, Public Law 91, Chapter 106, declares itself to be "An Act to define, regulate, and punish trading with the enemy, and for other purposes" none of which dealt with citizens of the United States, clearly defined by Section 2(c): "(c) Such other individuals, or body or class of individuals, as may be natives, citizens, or subjects of any nation with which the United States is at war, other than citizens of the United States…" Again, we see the same exclusion. As defined under the Act of October 6, 1917, American citizens were exempted from the classification of an "enemy." However, in the Roosevelt version, the only people under scrutiny for punitive action are American citizens or those who haplessly fall within the jurisdiction of the United States government. Roosevelt sought, and was granted by Congress, power to engage in an economic war against the people of the United States.
It may well be that the only use Roosevelt intended to make of the expanded war powers authority was to protect his Administration from any potential problems that could have arisen from assuming prerogatives he did not legally possess when he closed the banks over which he had no Constitutional authority. More likely than not, either he or his brain trust or both realized that his far-reaching socialist agenda to nationalize the industrial base of America would usurp not only the separation of powers between the executive, judicial and legislative branches of the federal government, but would create insurmountable sovereignty issues between the federal government and the States as well. Realizing that, possessing supra-wartime powers would weigh heavily in disputes with either the States or with Congress.
On September 14, 1976 Congress passed H.R. 3884, the National Emergencies Act (50 USC 1601), Public Law 94-412, to terminate the broad powers previously granted to the President. Exempted from the law were any and all actions taken before the bill became law; or, any fines, assessments or penalties due the government from those actions.
However, what Congress erased with one hand, it rewrote with the other. The only thing permanently taken from the President was autonomy. Section 201.(a) granted virtually the same powers to the Congress, which must now authorize the President to declare states of national emergencies that he could formerly do without their consent.
This slight of hand was important to Congress because it allows Congress, through a concurrent resolution, to terminate any state of emergency declared by the President. Retained, almost in its entirety, was the infamous Section 5(b) which classified the citizens of the United States as enemies of their government. The Trading With the Enemy Act has now been duly codified, and is now a permanent part of the U.S. Federal Code. And the American people have permanently been classified as enemies of their federal government.
Order the book: Whatever Happened to America?
© 2004 Jon C. Ryter – All Rights Reserved
October 19th, 2013 by olddog
By Mac Slavo
“Economic martial law will be declared… restrictions will be set on the amounts, times and frequency of withdrawals.”Forecaster Gerald CelenteTrends Journal – Summer 2011
We hope you’re paying attention.
If there were ever a red flag warning about the economic and financial destruction to come, JP Morgan Chase Bank began flying it this morning.
In a shocking report from Infowars we learned that mega-behemoth Chase has issued letters to thousands of business customers indicating that they will no longer be allowing international wire transfers or cash deposits, withdrawals in excess of a $50,000 monthly cap.
Chase Bank confirmed to Infowars that all business account holders were being subjected to these new regulations. Given that even a relatively small grocery store or restaurant is likely to turnover more than $50k a month in cash payments, this appears to be part of a wider move to shut down businesses who mainly deal in cash.
When Mike Adams of Natural News received the same letter he contacted Chase Bank and was able to confirm the new policies.
According to Chase, “everything is fine,” and customers need not worry.
Their response was that these changes were being implemented “to better serve our customers.” They did not explain how blocking all international wire transfers would “better serve” their customers, however.
Chase Bank specifically denied any knowledge of problems with cash on hand, or government debt or any such issue. They basically downplayed the entire issue and had no answers for why capital controls were suddenly being put into place.
This is nothing short of a capital control, which is an economic strategy designed to limit the transfer of money. It is a strategy implemented only during times of economic or financial distress, most often as a precursor to wealth seizures by the state.
Be warned, Chase bank is the first of likely many banks to begin the lock-down of the financial wealth of private individuals in the United States of America.
The new restrictions are particularly ironic because JP Morgan Chase (along with other large banking conglomerates) is a primary shareholder, and thus owner, of the Federal Reserve, which has been responsible for sending trillions of freshly printed dollars outside of the country over the last several years.
There is absolutely no legitimate reason for why one of the world’s biggest banks just restricted the outward flow of cash from domestic businesses to their international contacts, especially considering that we are repeatedly told we live in a globalized world where we need to learn to work with our foreign partners.
It makes no sense.
Unless, of course, you stop to consider that the United States is and has been on the brink of collapse, literally, for nearly a decade. This was first confirmed in January of 2011 in a letter to Congress by then Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner when he spoke of the U.S. debt ceiling.
Even a very short-term or limited default would have catastrophic economic consequences that would last for decades.
Most recently, the U.S. Treasury Department reiterated the seriousness of any misstep in our trillion-dollar debt spending:
In the event that a debt limit impasse were to lead to a default, it could have a catastrophic effect on not just financial markets but also on job creation, consumer spending and economic growth
Think about the recent USDA letter to state food stamp directors, in which they noted that lack of funding would lead to a complete freeze on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program distributions to millions of people. Within 24 hours of such a move the entire country from coast-to-coast would be awash in rioting, looting and violence.
This is how close we are.
As we noted, Congress and the President “saved” us yet again in the 11th hour. But we are only pushing out the timeline on the inevitable.
The government knows this – as evidenced by the warnings of the Treasury Department.
The mega-banks know this as well.
And several years ago trend forecaster Gerald Celente warned that this is exactly how it would happen and it would come on the heels of a rogue terror attack that may involve direct targeting of the U.S. populace through violence, or cyber attacks that attack our banking system or take down the U.S. power grid:
Bank holidays will be called, the US and other fragile economies will crumble, gold and silver will soar, and already-troubled currencies will crash. Economic martial law will be declared. Introduced as a temporary measure, once in place it will remain in place (like the curfews and draconian security precautions installed by despots and dictators everywhere). Civil rights will be suspended and, particularly in America, Homeland Security, already intolerably intrusive, will achieve an Orwellian omnipresence.
With banks closed and economic martial law in place, restrictions will be set on the amounts, times and frequency of withdrawals. As we have cautioned before, it will be essential to have a stash of cash on hand. Even though governments will devalue their currencies, it will happen in stages.
Piece by piece, day by day, intrusion after intrusion, the end game should be coming into focus.
Take the following warning from Mike Adams seriously because ignoring it will have severe consequences for you and yours.
This is happening, folks! The capital controls begin on November 17th. The bank runs may follow soon thereafter. Chase Bank is now admitting that you cannot use your own money that you’ve deposited there.
This is clearly stemming from a government policy that is requiring banks to prevent cash from leaving the United States. Such policies are only put into place when a huge financial default event is expected.
It may not happen tomorrow, or next month, or next year. But the consumer paradigm in which we live, the relative peace and stability we experience… it will all come crashing down.
The time to insulate yourself is right here and now.
They are preparing for what they know is coming.
You should be too.
Yes, I’m aware this is about business accounts, and not private checking and savings accounts, but this is exactly how the Bankers operate. They cut little pieces out of your freedom one at a time until you have bled to death. Consider the history of Government/Banker relationships and their past actions before you go back to sleep. One day you will wake up with an empty account, with no recourse available. American’s must stop being apathetic and begin being proactive in securing their assets from future tyranny. Why wait for them to steal you blind?
Read the related article at http://anationbeguiled.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/it-
October 18th, 2013 by olddog
By Dave Hodges
The United States is quickly descending down the path of serfdom in a 21st century application of modern day feudalism. This is a two part series which briefly traces the rapid decent of what once was the most dynamic and wealthiest empire in the history of the planet, to a country which will soon be labeled as a Third World country. These times are marked by the elite moving to own everything and using the power of the government to accomplish their end-game.
Descent Into Communitarianism
A new strategy has appeared in America which threatens to make a real live serf out of nearly every American citizen. The main emphasis of this attack is the ongoing conversion to Communitarian law and a dramatic departure from our time honored Constitutional law. There are ten steps to implement on the way to your enslavement and incarceration into a feudal society.
The erosion of these liberties is not the result of a series of random, unconstitutional acts by a set of power-hungry globalist minions. Instead, the new and emerging system of American justice is bringing forth a sweeping set of reforms which is quickly ending our noble experiment with inalienable, individual liberties. This new system of justice, being visited upon shores, is called Communitarian law and it represents the antithesis of Constitutional law as it champions community interests at the expense of individual liberties. Terms like social justice, sustainability, smart growth, collectivism and sacrificing for the greater good represent some of the buzz words and phrases of Communitarian law.
Americans have come to expect that our individual liberties are granted by God, not by man or by government. We also believe, as Thomas Jefferson wrote, that these rights are inalienable and may not be taken away by government. The United States Constitution prevents not only the implementation of tyrannical practices against it citizens, it also prohibits the will of the majority from abusing the civil liberties of the minority.
Sadly, the United States Constitution is on life support and the patient is nearing the end. So where is this leading the country?
The Landmark Event of the Kelo Supreme Court Case
The Supreme Court case of Kelo v. The City of New London, CT. (2005) usurped America’s Fifth Amendment rights with regard to property rights. Government can now seize your property, and for the first time, award your property to a private entity who is presumably a cohort (i.e. benefactor) of someone in government. Some Americans are decrying these acts as unconstitutional. These Americans are correct. However, all of these acts are legal under the Communitarian system of justice because the intent is based on what is in the common good and not on what is constitutionally legal. And who gets to decide what is in the common, or the communist good? That would be the people bringing you Communitarian law, the global elite. Don’t forget the old axiom of the Golden Rule. He who has the gold, makes the rules. In the modern day application of this old saying states that he who prints the money gets to steal your home.
Our abandonment of the U.S. Constitution in favor of Communitarian law allows the Federal Reserve, through QE3, to purchase $40 billion of mortgage based securities and will continue to purchase $40 billion worth of mortgaged properties each and every month until they own every single piece of real estate in the country. This process began on September 13, 2012 and will continue until all privately owned properties are held by the money changers.
At the present rate, it will not be long until private home ownership will become a rare event.
On the way to the new serfdom in America, a new house stealing strategy has emerged over the past several months. With many homeowners presently underwater, the five megabanks are conducting reappraisals and billing the difference between the loan amount and the current appraised value of the house. When the homeowner cannot find the cash to pay the difference, usually within a 30 day window, the bank forecloses. With the commonality of this practice which victimizes financially distressed Americans, scarcely a word of this has been reported in the corporate controlled media. This process, once stalled, has begun again with a vengeance and this aspect of the MERS fraud is rapidly increasing with breakneck speed.
If the bail out money from QE1 and QE2 had been applied to the totality of America’s home commercial mortgages, every home and business mortgage would have been paid off in full. Instead, the bail out money went to crooked bankers who broke the law in perpetuating the crises in the first place through the Ponzi scheme of the derivatives, which sent our home values plummeting.
The bailouts set the stage for the Federal Reserve to accomplish its two goals of seizing all private property in American and collapsing the dollar as a prelude to the roll out of a new global currency. The bail-outs were the beginning of the end for America and marked the historical shift of the American citizen being transformed into a serf living on the feudal manor.
Welcome to the new Americana feudal manor and you and I are the serfs. Maybe this is why Homeland Security purchased 2.2 billion rounds of ammunition and 2700 armored personnel carriers, over the past year. This was necessary because even the globalists realize that even the most dumbed down American might think that fighting for their home is worth taking on the corrupt federal government.
Feudalism In Ten Easy Steps
Take your pill, we are going for a ride.
When one steps back and looks at the brilliant strategy concocted by the global elite, one can only marvel at their cleverness. First, Wall Street Banksters play the reckless derivative debt game and collapses the world’s economy with a domestic American debt of 1.5 Quadrillion debt. Second, home values dramatically dropped and foreclosures reached record levels. Third, the banks begin seizing underwater properties with money printed out of thin air by the Federal Reserve. Fourth, the economy eventually collapses from printing 40 billion dollars of mortgage backed securities every single month. Fifth, global currency and global government is ushered in. Sixth, Obama will soon move to adopt the UN gun ban, which will leave the emerging American serf totally defenseless and the government will uses the newly purchased 2.2 billion rounds of ammunition on the dissenters. Seventh, with Americans out of their homes, they can be forced into the new stack and pack cities complete with their 200-500 square foot Agenda 21 style micro-apartments. Eighth, Americans will be subject to forced vaccines and real depopulation will begin in earnest. Nine, one child limits will be placed on families, and tenth the 10% who survive this vicious depopulation transition will live in humanities darkest days in a hellish nightmare that even George Orwell could not have foreseen. And the overarching overlay will consist of the government operating under the brutal authority of the NDAA and Executive Order 13603.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. When one steps back and takes a macro view of the rapidly unfolding events, one can see the final bankster attack upon the resources and civil liberties of the country which will sweep across the country with devastating effectiveness. This will be the subject of Part two.
October 17th, 2013 by olddog
Those who bank with JP Morgan Chase are nuts to keep their deposits there. And so the unwinding of the banking system begins (publicly – it began privately long ago). Marilyn Barnewall
By Mike Adams,
(NaturalNews) I admit that when I saw today's breaking news on InfoWars.com about Chase Bank limiting cash withdrawals and banning international wire transfers, I was skeptical. Many readers didn't believe it, either. So just to check it out, I called my own accounting team to ask if we had received a similar letter from Chase, announcing that no international wire transfers would be allowed after Nov. 17th.
Sure enough, we were sent the same letter! I've posted a JPG image of the letter below so you can read it for yourself.
Or Click here to see the hi-res scan of this letter. This is the letter that we received directly from Chase. This is not secondhand information.
The letter clearly states that beginning November 17:
• All international wire transfers will be disallowed.
• All cash activity, including cash withdrawals and deposits, will be halted at "$50,000 per statement cycle." How are businesses who deal with a lot of cash (such as restaurants) supposed to function under such restrictions?
Chase Bank representatives told Natural News "everything is fine"
We called and spoke with Chase Bank to ask why these capital controls were being implemented on November 17th.
Their response was that these changes were being implemented "to better serve our customers." They did not explain how blocking all international wire transfers would "better serve" their customers, however.
Chase Bank specifically denied any knowledge of problems with cash on hand, or government debt or any such issue. They basically downplayed the entire issue and had no answers for why capital controls were suddenly being put into place.
Dropping the hammer on capital controls
This is the beginning of the capital controls we've been warning about for years. Throughout history, when governments are on the brink of financial default, they begin limiting capital controls in exactly the way we are seeing here.
Following that, governments typically seize government pension funds, meaning the outright theft of pensions for cops, government workers, etc., is probably just around the corner.
Finally, the last act of desperation by governments facing financial default is to seize private funds from banks, Cyprus-style. The precedent for this has already been set in Cyprus, and when that happened, I was among many who openly predicted it would spread to the United States.
This is happening, folks! The capital controls begin on November 17th. The bank runs may follow soon thereafter. Chase Bank is now admitting that you cannot use your own money that you've deposited there.
This is clearly stemming from a government policy that is requiring banks to prevent cash from leaving the United States. Such policies are only put into place when a huge financial default event is expected.
More updates to follow. Stay tuned to Natural News for intelligent analysis of why this is happening. We are already receiving word that this may have something to do with the "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act" and we are looking into it further.
Here's the letter we received:
Watch and see if this does not spread to all banks and credit unions before the end of 2013. Please wake up to the fact that, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY PROTECTION FROM OUR GOVERNMENT AND THEY ONLY WORK FOR THE INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT BANKING CARTEL, and you can take THAT to the bank! AMERICA IS GOING BELLY UP within months, AND WE CANNOT STOP IT. Send this notice to all your contacts. CONVERT YOUR LIQUID ASSETS TO GOLD AND SLVER NOW! And always remember, if you can’t touch it, you don’t own it.
October 16th, 2013 by olddog
By Paul Craig Roberts
In less than 2 days, if the Treasury secretary can be believed, the Treasury will not have enough money to pay all its bills and will have to prioritize. This doesn’t mean default, as interest on Treasury bonds, notes, and bills will be right up there with the military and NSA. If Washington defaults on its bonds, Washington’s power will be gone with the wind regardless of whether the Treasury pays the military.
Whatever the outcome, Washington has already cooked its goose. Washington’s prestige and credibility have been hammered.
China, Washington’s largest foreign creditor, has responded to Washington’s inability to govern itself with a call for a de-Americanized world. The state news agency, speaking for the Chinese government, said that the “days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated, and a new world order should be put in place.”
China does not mean by “a new world order” the conspiratorial concept popular on the American right-wing. What the Chinese government means is a departure from the American world order based on the US dollar as world reserve currency and US financial imperialism.
China has clearly had enough of Washington’s hubris, arrogance, and irresponsibility as the lack of diplomatic language makes clear: “Instead of honoring its duties as a responsible leading power, a self-serving Washington has abused its superpower status and introduced even more chaos into the world by shifting financial risks overseas.” In addition Washington has provoked “regional tensions amid territorial disputes, and waged unwarranted wars under the cover of outright lies.”
China announced that it has discounted the value of US Treasuries held as collateral against futures trades, and China and the European Central Bank have arranged a currency swap in preparation of a US default.
The head of the IMF declared on NBC that Washington must honor its signature and uphold its financial promises.
Clearly, the fact that the “superpower” is less than 48 hours away from being unable to finance its red ink has made the world nervous of American financial leadership.
I believe that at the last minute the crisis will be resolved and, if not, that neither the Federal Reserve nor the White House will permit a default on public debt. Either the Fed will extend a loan to the Treasury or Obama will implement one of the presidential directives put on the books by George W. Bush. Nevertheless, the government’s shutdown and the specter of a Washington default have made a deep impression on the world. Washington’s power has been diminished permanently.
Washington’s economic embarrassment came close on the heels of being exposed as a liar and blocked from attacking Syria. Neither the American people, nor the UN, nor the British Parliament, nor NATO, nor the Russian government would tolerate another Washington act of naked aggression.
With comeuppance following comeuppance, the diminished superpower will be showing less arrogance in the future.
Now that the rest of the world has stood up to Washington, the American people need to stand up to the executive branch, take back their civil liberties, close down the police state, break up the media conglomerates and reestablish an independent press.
SEND THEM BACK TO KENYA
October 15th, 2013 by olddog
By Jack Mullen
The gold market was slammed shortly before the start of the “theatrical release“of the Federal Government “shutdown”.
Historically, government shutdowns have been associated with negative financial news. Governments having to shut down due to financial reasons are generally considered to be in financial stress.
Negative financial news has historically been a time when gold and silver prices rise due to uncertainty. Gold and silver have long been safe havens against financial calamity including falling currency values, falling bond prices and even rising interest rates, as gold and silver store wealth against borrowing costs.
A quick survey of the last 17 government shutdowns going back to 1976, especially those lasting more than 3 days, we see gold prices never fell during any of those shutdowns. The longest running shutdown was from December 5th, 1995 through January 6, 1996, and during that period gold rose from $386 per ounce to $409 per ounce, a rise of nearly 6%.
The current government shutdown comes during a time period when American debt has never been higher. The Obama administration beginning in 2008 has added more debt to the Federal balance sheet than all other Presidents, from George Washington to George H. W. Bush combined, a staggering $4.2 Trillion dollars.
The issue of debt is not about total dollar amount, but about interest payments which must either be taxed in existence or borrowed into existence. By the end of the Obama Presidency, the total debt is likely to be close to $17 trillion, and over $6 trillion added during his two terms, which is as much as the total US Debt at the start of 2002.
The terms of the Federal Reserve Act (1913) did not include demands for repayment of paper money loans made to the Department of the Treasury, (the Constitutional United States Treasury having been ended by law in 1921), but specified interest payments were to be made only in gold, and after the gold was gone the United States declared bankruptcy. Bankruptcy was declared on the carefully chosen date of March 9, 1933. (Interesting numerology 3-9-33 or 333-333 ==666!) After 1933, all property and all potential income of all persons born thereafter was hypothecated to the non Federal no Reserve private banking cartel, but this is another story.
Interest payments are the primary benefit of banker pretended debt script, except, when the game’s gone too long. In the end, interest payments finally cause the destruction of debt script, as interest rates rise exponentially until no amount of script can satisfy the demands for more interest.
A primary concern of banker debt script managers is interest rates; keeping rates as low as possible is of the highest priority, especially when total debt ‘crosses the Rubicon’ where interest payments on debt already created, significantly affect future interest payments as previous payments are borrowed into existence. The United States Federal Reserve has crossed the Rubicon, and rising interest rates will signal the coming end of the FRN private debt-based script.
Over the past several years, it has been noted that the gold, silver, platinum, and palladium have exhibited price behaviors consistent with being managed prices. Prices of gold and silver, especially, have been manipulated; both to keep the purchasing power of the dollar from falling quickly and to keep prices of US bond products high, resulting in unnaturally low and stable interest rates.
Contrary to reality-based, un-coerced, markets, where gold and silver, and other precious metals, rise as a currency is being over printed, the US Fed and complicit banks and brokerage houses have conspired to cause monetary metals to fall in prices, even as debt levels rise to all time highs more than doubling since 2002.
Rising interest rates are a sign that banker pretend debt script exists in far greater quantities than products to purchase in a market. Rising quantities of script mean more money available to purchase non increasing numbers of goods. As more money demands product, but production fails to rise, prices rise signaling shortages, as extra money supply attempts to purchase more product. Rising interest rates reduce demand for money and shrink the money supply as loans are paid off, and fewer new loans are sold.
However, when a banker pretend debt script is being borrowed into existence to meet the demands of pure spending, with no connection to products in the market, bankers and co-conspirators must manipulate interest rates lower to prevent catastrophic rises in interest payments. The end result is rising interest payments that soon become unstable because any rise in interest rates will soon fully destroy the financial system's ability to make payments on all non fixed rate debt.
Gold and silver prices are being deliberately and criminally destroyed by bankers hoping to keep the financial system alive a little longer as the wealth of the economy is transferred to bankers in the form of interest payments. Keeping the financial system functioning while manipulating gold and silver prices (and other schemes, such as interest rate derivative attached to bond purchases) is a madmans scheme – soon to end with the full destruction of the bond market and dramatic collapse of dollar purchasing power.
During the “shutdown” of the government, done for political purposes including forcing Obamacare to be funded and to act as a distraction or excuse for a coming interest rate calamity, gold and silver prices have been forced lower and lower to keep interest rates stable.
Lowering prices of gold and silver is equivalent to boosting the value of the dollar and simultaneously strengthening face value of government debt. Rising dollar purchasing power is equivalent to an increase in interest rates, as bond holders receiving payments in dollars realize an increase in purchasing power. Rising or stable exchange values for the dollar keep money in dollars – rather than safe havens such as gold and silver. Destroying the price of gold and silver to maintain purchasing power of the dollar, moves money from investments in gold and silver to government debt, which rises in value relative to gold, and silver.
As can be seen from the chart above, gold prices were being forced down in May as the 10-year yield (interest rate) on Treasury notes began rising, signaling an on-coming debt-interest rate calamity and the collapse of the US Bond prices. Metal prices were frantically slammed to slow the rise in interest rates on approximately June 17, 2013.
Slamming the price of gold helped slow the rate of increase in the 10-year yield temporarily, preventing an interest rate crisis. Note again, after October 1st, interest rates stopped falling and started climbing, and, again, a gold smack down was engineered beginning in the second week.
The price of gold and silver are being pushed lower at great cost. In order to engineer the sell down, naked short selling and flash trading are being used, both of which are causing the depletion of physical gold and silver, as prices encourage foreigners and individual investors to continue buying gold and silver at significant discounts.
As the physical supply is being reduced and prices are falling below production costs of the metals, the physical supply will soon dwindle forcing rising prices, regardless of the paper traded value of gold and silver.
In the very near future, the physical shortage of gold and silver will lead to default in the commodities market exchanges (comex and other metals exchanges) creating a crisis in metals delivery and, for a short time, making gold and silver unavailable at any price.
At the same time when gold and silver prices rise exponentially and the metals exchanges default, bond prices will fall like a rock triggering financial system destroying interests rates.
The only protection bond holders and dollar holders have is to sell both before interest rates begin to rise. Since owning Federal Debt is the same as buying into a Ponzi scheme, only those that sell early will see any of their money returned.
Buying gold and, preferably, silver and other safe assets is the only hope to save your wealth. Time before collapse is not long – please hurry.
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October 12th, 2013 by olddog
By Michael Gaddy
“In individuals insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” ~Nietzsche
Anyone who has read any of my previous articles on this subject or has known me for over 15 minutes will find themselves aghast that I would ever endorse anything like the subject of this rant. But, we must admit, there exists in this country a group of people who are responsible for untold theft on a grand scale, violence and murder in the streets and otherwise rampant lawlessness. I believe the proposals listed below will go a long way in addressing this pressing problem.
My proposals for 10 new common sense gun control laws to curb this insanity are listed below. While these laws are by no means comprehensive, they will serve as a new beginning for restoring our individual, creator granted rights and curbing some of the violence and lawlessness which is rampant in the streets of the majority of large cities and even the remote countryside in our once great Republic.
1. Any politician, at any level of government, who has ever proposed, endorsed or voted for the denial of the right of any law-abiding individual to own any firearm deemed necessary for the protection of themselves, their families, loved ones or just innocent strangers, shall henceforth be denied the right to own any firearm for any purpose whatsoever, for life.
2. Any politician who meets the above criteria shall henceforth be denied the right to employ, contract or order any private party, organization or company to defend their lives or safety while at any time being in possession of a firearm said politician has at any time proposed be denied to others.
3. Any politician, bureaucrat or other government employee who now or has ever advocated the disarming of otherwise peaceful citizens, shall never be provided at taxpayer expense, any form of protection, by any means, from any government or private enterprise using firearms or weapons which at any time have been denied to others.
4. Any politician who has been proved to have violated their sacred oath to our Constitution and Bill of Rights shall be subject to a lifetime ban prohibiting the ownership of any firearm or explosive device.
5. Any politician or government employee who has openly advocated or signed any resolution which authorizes the waging of unconstitutional war on any person, country, or military strategy (terrorism) shall be deemed unfit for any type of firearms ownership for life.
6. A database of all politicians, bureaucrats, government employees and others who have met any of the conditions above shall be maintained and no person in that group will be allowed any calls or requests for armed protection from any public or private law enforcement organization. This would include any 911 calls.
7. Any member of the Mainstream Media (MSM) who, using any medium whatsoever to advocate for the disarming of peaceful citizens shall be subject to the above restrictions relative to ownership or possession of firearms and/or explosives.
8. Any member of law enforcement, at any level, who has ever violated the constitutional rights of ANY individual, at any time, in any manner, shall from that point forward be denied the ownership or possession of any firearm or other defensive weapon for life and shall be immediately terminated from any position financed with taxpayer dollars.
9. Any judge who has ever ruled against the constitutional rights of an individual shall be immediately dismissed from their taxpayer supported job and denied ownership of any firearm or defensive weapon for life. In addition, no public or private entity shall provide security for said former judges or their families.
10. Any Prosecutor, District Attorney or other officer of the court who has ever prosecuted any person, under any law, which is in direct violation of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, shall forfeit all rights to firearms ownership for life any also be denied the armed protection of any public or private enterprise.
Common sense would dictate that any individual, group or government who in any way uses a position of power or influence to deny the sacred right of an individual to possess the necessary means to protect themselves, their loved ones, other individuals and their personal property from unlawful, unprovoked, violent attacks, should themselves be denied the rights they seek to take from others.
Gun control is permissible, even desirable, when tyrants are the intended target.
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."
"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children."
October 12th, 2013 by olddog
A Real Eye Opener
We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.
I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the readers gets sick of reading them. I also have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts.
$11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare
To illegal aliens each year by state governments.
$22 Billion dollars a year is spent on food
Assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
$2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
$12 Billion dollars a year is spent on
Primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
$17 Billion dollars a year is spent for
Education for the American-born Children of illegal aliens, known as Anchor babies.
6.3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
30% percent of all Federal Prison Inmates are illegal aliens.
$90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on Illegal aliens for Welfare & social
Services by the American taxpayers.
$200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal
In 2006, illegal aliens sent home
$45 BILLION in remittances to their Countries of origin.
The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration:
Nearly One million sex crimes committed
By Illegal Immigrants In The United States .
The total cost is a whopping
$ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS
A YEAR AND IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, HAVING TROUBLE
UNDERSTANDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY; IT IS
WHICH WOULD BE ENOUGH TO STIMULATE THE
ECONOMY FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.
Are we THAT Stupid?
YES, FOR ALLOWING THOSE IN THE U.S.. CONGRESS
TO GET AWAY WITH DOING THIS YEAR AFTERYEAR!!!!!
If this doesn't bother you, then just delete the message.
If, on the other hand, it does raise the hair on the back
o f your neck, I hope you forward it to every Legal Resident in the United States !!!
Some of the links were bad so I removed them. Google the subjects and do your own research if you have any doubts.
October 12th, 2013 by olddog
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A retired Constitutional lawyer has read the entire proposed health care bill. Read his conclusions and pass this on as you wish. This is stunning!
The Truth About the Health Care Bills – Michael Connelly, Ret. Constitutional Attorney
Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional.
What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.
To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.
The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business, and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats, and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled by the government.
However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.
The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the U.S. Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama Administration authority in a number of different areas over the lives of the American people, and the businesses they own.
The irony is that the Congress doesn't have any authority to legislate in most of those areas to begin with! I defy anyone to read the text of the U.S. Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of Congress to regulate health care.
This legislation also provides for access, by the appointees of the Obama administration, of all of your personal healthcare direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution information, your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.
If you decide not to have healthcare insurance, or if you have private insurance that is not deemed acceptable to the Health Choices Administrator appointed by Obama, there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a tax instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However , that doesn't work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the due process of law.
So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so much, out the original ten in the Bill of Rights, that are effectively nullified by this law. It doesn't stop there though.
The 9th Amendment that provides: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;
The 10th Amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control.
I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you get the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights. Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of both houses of Congress to "be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution." If I was a member of Congress I would not be able to vote for this legislation or anything like it, without feeling I was violating that sacred oath or affirmation. If I voted for it anyway, I would hope the American people would hold me accountable.
For those who might doubt the nature of this threat, I suggest they consult the source, the US Constitution, and Bill of Rights. There you can see exactly what we are about to have taken from us.
Constitutional Law Instructor
Carrollton , Texas
AFTER HAVING READ THIS, PLEASE FORWARD….
If you don't care about the United States Constitution, or your Bill of Rights under said U.S. Constitution, simply just do nothing.
WE MUST HOLD Our United States Congress ACCOUNTABLE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, TO PROTECT OUR GREAT NATION_AMERICA.
Pursuant to : – Title U.S.C., Section 4, Misprison of Felony, inter alia …
Remember….if you're not old already, with some luck, you will be, that is, if the government lets you.
It really doesn't matter what party affiliation you belong to. This is your American Life with Freedom !
Pass it on soonest !
October 6th, 2013 by olddog
New posting will be down from 10 07 13
Until re-flooring our home and office is complete. We are moving everything out to give the workmen the best working conditions.
We will be back in operation as soon as possible, and in the mean time please read the archives.
DEFY, RESIST, EVADE, SMUGGLE.
Pay attention folks, you’re about to read a REAL American’s words.
By Mike Vanderboegh
October 5, 2013
Speech at Hartford, Connecticut, 20 April 2013.
My name is Mike Vanderboegh and I'm a smuggler. I am from the great free state of Alabama and I am a Three Percenter.
If you need to pigeonhole my politics I consider myself a Christian libertarian. I believe in free men, free markets, the rule of law under the Founder's Republic and that the Constitution extends to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or religion.
I most especially believe in the right of the people to keep and bear arms as the ultimate guarantor of liberty.
I have also been called a "seditionist" by members of the current regime. If faithfully fulfilling my oath to the Founders' Republic and unrelenting hostility to those who would undermine and overthrow it makes me a "seditionist" then I cheerfully plead guilty.
The Three Percent movement I founded has been denounced by that paragon of moral virtue Bill Clinton and I am a perennial "honorable mention" on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of dangerous folks. I have even been the subject of an eighteen and a half minute rant by Rachel Madcow on MSNBC and the current Attorney General of the United States knows — and despises — me by name because of the Fast and Furious scandal that, with my friend David Codrea, I broke the news of on the Internet. Eric Holder would not be surprised to know that the feeling is mutual.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence calls me an "insurrectionist" because I don't believe, as they do, in a government monopoly of violence, but rather in a literal interpretation of the 2nd Amendment as a bulwark against tyranny. Well, as my friend Kurt Hofmann says, "It is better to be despised by the despicable than admired by the admirable" and I suppose my remarks here today will only reinforce my enemies' opinions of me. I think I can bear the burden.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, but also of the liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto in 1943 and that of the Branch Davidians at Waco fifty years later to the day — two examples of what happens when governments exercise a monopoly of violence.
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It is proper, then, to contemplate the lessons of the date in history — April 19th — then, now and in the near future. What I say now I say with reluctance, sadness and not a little bit of dread, but say it I must.
FOR SILENCE IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY IMPLIES CONSENT — AND I DO NOT CONSENT!
Neither do I believe that you consent, for you would not be here today if you did. But what I say is not easy to say nor easy to hear and many of you will not like it.
"An unconstitutional law is void." So says the standard legal text American Jurisprudence. That is certainly true. The tricky part is how we are to make that point when the local, state and federal executive and legislative branches as well as the courts are in the hands of the domestic enemies of the Constitution. Every one who is currently trying to take away your right to arms starts out by saying "I support the 2nd Amendment." Let me tell you a home truth from Alabama — Barack Obama supports the 2nd Amendment about as much as Adolf Hitler appreciated Jewish culture, or Joe Stalin believed in individual liberty. Believe what politicians do, not what they say.
So what shall we do about this current spate of tyranny breaking out all over?
The facsimile of a semi-automatic pistol that some of you hold in your hands was smuggled into your state from the South. Manufactured in Georgia, trans-shipped to Alabama, it came across your state line in the trunk of a car. The fact that the authorities of your state have not yet banned "sponge guns" is immaterial. It could as easily been a whole trunk full of real pistols. Indeed, before this year no one thought that other firearms and related items would ever be banned — but they have been. No one thought that the authorities of your state would pass laws making criminals out of the previously law-abiding — but they did. If they catch you violating their unconstitutional laws, they will — when they please — send armed men to work their will upon you. And people — innocent of any crime save the one these tyrants created — will die resisting them.
Yet despite the cost, these unconstitutional laws MUST be resisted. For if not now, when? And if not us, who? This is no longer a "slippery slope" leading to firearm registration and eventual confiscation — it is a precipice that some states have already plunged over and that the federal government threatens to follow. Arrests are happening NOW. When, if not now, shall we resist? Will we allow ourselves to be shoved back once again, from the free exercise of our God-given, natural and inalienable rights to liberty? — Shoved back once more, muttering but compliant?
THAT IS HOW WE GOT TO THIS PLACE — WE NEVER SHOVED BACK WHEN WE COULD DO SO WITHOUT VIOLENCE. Where does it stop? When we are all disarmed slaves?
The Founders knew how to answer such tyranny. When Captain John Parker — one of the three percent of American colonists who actively took the field against the King during the Revolution — mustered his Minutemen on Lexington Green, it was in a demonstration of ARMED civil disobedience. He might have retreated at the British approach, but he didn't. He might have ordered his men to lay down their arms, but he didn't. His defiance was silent but plainly stated. A veteran of the French and Indian War, he did not want a war. He knew intimately the horrors of war. BUT HE ALSO KNEW THAT SOME THINGS ARE WORSE THAN WAR. The British could not tolerate his silent defiance — and someone fired a shot.
But even before the shot heard 'round the world, the colonists understood their weaknesses and their military needs and did something about it. They smuggled. They smuggled Dutch gunpowder and French flints. They smuggled tents and uniform cloth and artillery and ammunition. Boston was the high headquarters of anti-British smuggling and John Hancock was its prime minister. Connecticut was a small empire built on patriotic smuggling. The colonists knew what to do and they did it, regardless of the risk — regardless of all the King's ministers and the King's soldiery.
They defied the King. They resisted his edicts. They evaded his laws and they smuggled. Lord above, did they smuggle.
Now we find ourselves in a similar situation. The new King Barack and his minions have determined to disarm us. We must determine to resist them.
No one wants a new civil war (except, apparently, the Anti-Constitutional tyrants who passed these laws and the media toadies who cheer them on) but one is staring us in the face. Yes, a civil war is staring us in the face. To think otherwise is to whistle past the graveyard of our own history. We must, if we wish to avoid armed conflict, get this message across to the collectivists who have declared their appetites for our liberty, our property and our lives —
WHEN DEMOCRACY TURNS TO TYRANNY, THE ARMED CITIZEN STILL GETS TO VOTE.
Just like King George, such people will not care, nor modify their behavior, by what you say, no matter how loudly or in what numbers you say it. They will only pay attention to what you DO.
So defy them. Resist their laws. Evade them. Smuggle in what they command you not to have. Only by our ACTS will they be impressed. Then, if they mean to have a civil war, they will at least have been informed of the unintended consequences of their tyrannical actions. Again I say —
Defy. Resist. Evade. Smuggle. If you wish to stay free and to pass down that freedom to your children's children you can do no less than to become the lawbreakers that they have unconstitutionally made of you. Accept that fact. Embrace it. And resolve to be the very best, most successful lawbreakers you can be.
One last thing before I go. On Thursday I smuggled a half-dozen 30 round AR-15 standard capacity magazines into Connecticut in deliberate disobedience of the new state diktat.
So to Martin Looney, Mike Williams, Larry Cafarro and John McKinney I'd like to say this: I JUST COMMITTED A "D" CLASS FELONY, YOU TYRANNICAL MORONS — PROVE IT — WHICH YOU CAN'T — AND CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.
And I'll tell you something else. When the new ammo restrictions go into effect the first week of July (Correction: it will be in October), I'll be back — with two full crates of 7.62×39 ball ammunition and I will transfer said ammunition into the hands of a Connecticut citizen without the state's permission or paperwork.
And after I break their unconstitutional laws again, I'll be sitting in Frank Pepe's Pizza down in New Haven waiting for Looney and Company to come arrest me —
ANY TIME THEY THINK THEY CAN MAKE IT STICK AND FEEL FROGGY ENOUGH TO TRY.
© 2013 – Mike Vanderboegh – All Rights Reserve
Mike Vanderboegh, editor of the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog, broke the Fast and Furious scandal story on the Internet in December 2010 with the help of fellow citizen journalist David Codrea. A Second Amendment activist and constitutional militia advocate for more than two decades, he is the founder of the Three Percent movement, which has been denounced by Bill Clinton as a threat to public order.
Vanderboegh is a perennial honorable mention on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of dangerous folks and has been labeled an "insurrectionist" by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. However he believes that, in the words of his friend Kurt Hofmann, "It is better to be despised by the despicable than admired by the admirable." A father of three, he resides in Pinson, AL.
Website: Sipsey Street Irregulars blog
October 5th, 2013 by olddog
By Brandon Smith
In March of 2010, Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as “Obamacare”) into law amid a host of economic uncertainties and unwanted Federal Reserve bailouts. Two years before, Washington had confirmed the passage of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) measures that had already met with disapproval from, according to some polls, more than 80 percent of Americans. In the meantime, the Occupy Wall Street movement was gaining momentum, involving elements of both traditionally Republican and traditionally Democratic organizations. Self-proclaimed “conservatives” and “liberals” were beginning to find common ground on issues ranging from the overall fiscal system to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The consensus was clear: Government had grown corrupt, power-hungry, and ultimately destructive to every citizen regardless of his political affiliation.
However, certain hot-button issues always seem to flood government rhetoric and the mainstream media whenever the U.S. citizenry begins to unify, causing renewed rifts and luring Americans to fight among themselves while the cruise ship on which we are floating sinks into the abyss. Those on the left believe Obamacare is a genuine attempt to institute socialized medicine, and they love it. Those on the right believe Obamacare is a genuine attempt to institute socialized medicine, and they despise it. But what if Obamacare’s government-controlled healthcare plan is only a secondary pursuit, while cutting America down the middle is the first goal?
Consider this: The launch of Obamacare comes at a time when the official national debt of the United States is about $17 trillion and the national deficit is some $1 trillion per year. Keep in mind that when Obama was elected in 2008, the official national debt stood at only $10 trillion. That means the Obama Administration has added more than $7 trillion in debt in only five years, and I can barley fathom how much more damage he can do in the time he has left as president.
While mainstream talking heads with low IQs proclaim victory for the Obama camp because of a supposedly “shrinking” deficit, what they either fail to mention or are too stupid to understand is that the official reporting of the deficit DOES NOT account for real deficit expenditures each year. The official deficit does not include what government number crunchers call “unfunded liabilities,” like Social Security and Medicare, or off-book agencies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The average taxpayer suffers the costs of such expenditures yet they are never counted in official statistics. If one were to tally our true national debt, including “unfunded liabilities,” it would stand anywhere from $120 trillion to more than $200 trillion. The true deficit skyrockets to more than $5 trillion per year (and growing) when such programs are included.
It is hard to say whether Obamacare costs will be openly included in official debt numbers or hidden like most entitlement programs. The point is, the government has been lying for quite some time, under multiple Presidents, about the real state of the U.S. economy.
When the White House claims in its talking points that government-assisted healthcare will require a net payment of only $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years, what method of accounting is used? Is this the total cost or just the “official cost” minus off-book liabilities? Even if this ends up being the full and complete spending required, how can Washington afford to burn another $1.1 trillion on top of $5 trillion a year already in the red?
If our national debt continues to climb exponentially, as it has in the wake of the Administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Obama, will we see another $7 trillion or more added to the “official” number in the next five years, and can our country sustain such debt levels without imploding in on itself like a fashion model?
According to The Washington Post, Obamacare is now a fact of life, even in the face of a government shutdown.
But is this claim really true, or is it just empty posturing? You may like Obamacare, or you may hate Obamacare; but the fact remains that we CANNOT AFFORD Obamacare at this time. So my first question to proponents of socialized medicine would be:
Where is the money going to come from?
More taxes? How can Obamacare be funded by increased taxes, when the average median household income has fallen every year for five years in a row.
How about more taxes for the super rich? Four hundred of America’s top earners brought in an average adjusted gross income of $202 million in 2009. If each of these people were taxed 100 percent of their annual taxable income in act of total criminal disregard for free markets, the resulting $80 billion in revenue would still not be enough to fund Obamacare, let alone our already existing massive debts.
If taxes won’t do the job, what about foreign treasury investment?
U.S. Treasury holdings by foreign creditors witnessed a record sell-off in June of this year, and subsequent purchases have not covered the loss in recent months.
The majority of all recent Treasury purchases by foreign investors are short-term bonds, meaning international faith in America’s ability to cover its debts has fallen considerably. Creditors now want only bonds that mature quickly, so that they can be liquidated at a moment’s notice. Foreign investment in the United States is currently either static or dropping, depending on the country, meaning no extra cash flow for Obamacare.
At bottom, Obamacare is doomed to failure. The money simply does not exist in order to cover the cost. The math does not add up. Period.
Now, I can understand hard-core socialists being too dim-witted to wrap their heads around this problem. After all, the average socialist thinks government funds will infinitely expand to meet the needs of infinite demand, as long as public wealth is “harmonized” in the process. Socialists are utterly unable to imagine that the money may run out one day, thus decimating the economy.
But what about the establishment? Are the central banking elite and their minions really unaware that Obamacare is unsustainable? I think not.
Government bureaucrats and central bankers carefully create our false economic reality on a daily basis. They receive hard financial data and then spin it to suit very particular needs. Each statistic is crafted and manipulated to elicit a specific public response. Those who dominate the establishment hierarchy are exposed regularly to our dire fiscal position, hide the information and its consequences, yet, we are supposed to believe that they are “not aware” of the eventual result? Obama and the elites who pull his strings are fully conscious that our economy is on the verge of complete collapse, and they are aware that Obamacare in its current form will never survive. So why continue with the charade if there is no mathematical possibility that the program will succeed?
Social division is the only plausible answer.
Universal healthcare has been a longtime pursuit of the left, and many Democrats are willing to forgo or completely ignore other dangerous political developments surrounding the White House as long as they finally attain socialized medicine. I have personally engaged in numerous debates with Obama supporters, pointing out his transgressions against the Constitution and the Mideast, his close relationships with the banking elite, and his willingness to throw aside his own promises. Amazingly, some of his supporters admit that Obama is monstrous in many respects, but they STILL defend him on the basis that “at least he’s going to give us free healthcare.” Kill children in foreign lands, trample the Constitution, but fill their prescription for free, and they'll call you Papa Obama!
In this way, the establishment has retained about 30 percent of the American population as political cannon fodder to be exploited at will by the Obama Administration. And if a government shutdown takes place over Obamacare measures, that percentage may climb as citizens are duped into believing that Tea Party Republicans and their “unwillingness to compromise” are to blame for the situation. In fact, the entire thrust of the mainstream media's approach to the government shutdown has been to point out the legitimate consequences in the wake of a default (to which there are many), then proceed to outline how all of these horrors will be the result of conservative "brinksmanship".
If you understand that both major parties are nothing but two sides to the same globalist coin, then the idea of "brinksmanship" one way or the other becomes ridiculous. The Republican leadership plays the role of the staunch limited spending watchdog, but usually rolls over because secretly they are just as fond of centralization and debt creation as the Democrats. But what if this time, the script says they aren't supposed to roll over? What if this time, traditional conservatives are meant to take the blame for throwing the American economy into disrepute, all over Obamacare?
What the Liberty Movement needs to keep in mind during the chaos of the debt debate is that it may not ultimately be about Obamacare at all. Instead, the debt debate may be about drawing artificial lines between the American people and letting us tear each others' throats out. In the meantime, fingers may point to OUR defining principles as the trigger to the madness. Only time will tell, and the consensus holds that there is "no way" the Republicans will stand fast or that the debt ceiling will remain stationary. But, questions need to be asked here. Does the shutdown and the illusion of Obamacare serve a greater purpose?
The establishment knows that a financial crisis is upon us. The establishment essentially engineered this crisis through artificially low interest rates and the deliberate spread of toxic derivatives. But, it wants YOU to believe that the inevitable collapse was caused by something or someone else. By “political gridlock,” foreign fiscal schemes or “conservative hubris.” It does not want members of the public to draw any connections between their suffering and the international banking elite behind the greater catastrophe. Obamacare is a red herring. It's smoke and mirrors. It's a distraction. And, while we battle over a program that will never find adequate funding anyway, the rest of the economic system crumbles.
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October 4th, 2013 by olddog
Dr. Bill H. Weld’s Intelligence Report
If you know how to read technical indicator charts, you will have noticed a dead cross developing on the dollar. There is huge resistance around current levels. The 200 day average is extremely bearish. The hedge funds know this and want out, the charts show us they are selling into strength. This also applies to the SP-500 and DOW all bearish indicators are being shown. The computer bots control the systems and the bots will drive the dollar down over the coming days.
The market is on the verge of an all out correction.
October crash is in the making. Left shoulder in place with the head now complete. You watch the Dow start to break down today and into next week. Out right short.
According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”
If you started paying off just the new debt that the U.S. has accumulated during the Obama administration at the rate of one dollar per second, it would take more than 184,000 years to pay it off.
Back in 1985, our trade deficit with China was approximately 6 million dollars (million with a little “m”) for the entire year. In 2012, our trade deficit with China was 315 billion dollars. That was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.
AMERICA IS BANKRUPT. IF AMERICA WAS A HUMAN WITH THIS MUCH BAD DEBT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE BANKRUPT YEARS AGO.
I REST MY CASE:
The following are 40 statistics about the fall of the U.S. economy that are almost too crazy to believe…
#1 Back in 1980, the U.S. national debt was less than one trillion dollars. Today, it is rapidly approaching 17 trillion dollars…
[CHART is AT THE LINK]
#2 During Obama’s first term, the federal government accumulated more debt than it did under the first 42 U.S presidents combined.
#3 The U.S. national debt is now more than 23 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.
#4 If you started paying off just the new debt that the U.S. has accumulated during the Obama administration at the rate of one dollar per second, it would take more than 184,000 years to pay it off.
#5 The federal government is stealing more than 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day.
#6 Back in 1970, the total amount of debt in the United States (government debt + business debt + consumer debt, etc.) was less than 2 trillion dollars. Today it is over 56 trillion dollars…
[CHART is at the link]
#7 According to the World Bank, U.S. GDP accounted for 31.8 percent of all global economic activity in 2001. That number dropped to 21.6 percent in 2011
.#8 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.
#9 According to The Economist, the United States was the best place in the world to be born into back in 1988. Today, the United States is only tied for 16th place.
#10 Incredibly, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been permanently shut down since 2001.
#11 There are less Americans working in manufacturing today than there was in 1950 even though the population of the country has more than doubled since then.
#12 According to the New York Times, there are now approximately 70,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit.
#13 When NAFTA was pushed through Congress in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars. By 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.
#14 Back in 1985, our trade deficit with China was approximately 6million dollars (million with a little “m”) for the entire year. In 2012, our trade deficit with China was 315 billion dollars. That was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.
#15 Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.
#16 According to the Economic Policy Institute, the United States is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.
#17 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.
#18 At this point, an astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.
#19 Small business is rapidly dying in America. At this point, only about 7 percent of all non-farm workers in the United States are self-employed. That is an all-time record low.
#20 Back in 1983, the bottom 95 percent of all income earners in the United States had 62 cents of debt for every dollar that they earned. By 2007, that figure had soared to $1.48.
#21 In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.
#22 According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.
#23 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the bottom one-third of all Americans combined.
#24 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 146 million Americans are either “poor” or “low income”.
#25 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that receives direct monetary benefits from the federal government. Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.
#26 Overall, the federal government runs nearly 80 different “means-tested welfare programs”, and at this point more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one of them.
#27 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse. It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.
#28 As I wrote recently, it is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.
#29 At this point, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years. That comes to approximately$328,404 for every single household in the United States.
#30 Right now, there are approximately 56 million Americans collecting Social Security benefits. By 2035, that number is projected to soar to an astounding 91 million.
#31 Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.
#32 Today, the number of Americans on Social Security Disability now exceeds the entire population of Greece, and the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.
#33 According to a report recently issued by the Pew Research Center, on average Americans over the age of 65 have 47 times as much wealth as Americans under the age of 35.
#34 U.S. families that have a head of household that is under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
#35 As I mentioned recently, the homeownership rate in America is now at its lowest level in nearly 18 years.
#36 There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.
#37 45 percent of all children are living in poverty in Miami, more than 50 percent of all children are living in poverty in Cleveland, and about 60 percent of all children are living in poverty in Detroit.
#38 Today, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history.
#39 When Barack Obama first entered the White House, about 32 million Americans were on food stamps. Now, more than 47 million Americans are on food stamps.
#40 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”
October 3rd, 2013 by olddog
By Michael Snyder
Right now, the ground underneath Yellowstone National Park is rising at a record rate. In fact, it is rising at the rate of about three inches per year. The reason why this is such a concern is because underneath the park sits the Yellowstone supervolcano – the largest volcano in North America. Scientists tell us that it is inevitable that it will erupt again one day, and when it does the devastation will be almost unimaginable. A full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would dump a 10 foot deep layer of volcanic ash up to 1,000 miles away, and it would render much of the United States uninhabitable. When most Americans think of Yellowstone, they tend to conjure up images of Yogi Bear and “Old Faithful”, but the truth is that sleeping underneath Yellowstone is a volcanic beast that could destroy our nation in a single day and now that beast is starting to wake up.
The Yellowstone supervolcano is so vast that it is hard to put it into words. According to the Daily Mail, the magma “hotspot” underneath Yellowstone is approximately 300 miles wide…
The Yellowstone Caldera is one of nature’s most awesome creations and sits atop North America’s largest volcanic field.
Its name means ‘cooking pot’ or ‘cauldron’ and it is formed when land collapses following a volcanic explosion.
In Yellowstone, some 400 miles beneath the Earth’s surface is a magma ‘hotspot’ which rises to 30 miles underground before spreading out over an area of 300 miles across.
Atop this, but still beneath the surface, sits the slumbering volcano.
When most Americans think of volcanic eruptions in the United States, they remember the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens back in 1980. But that eruption would not even be worth comparing to a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano.
And now the area around Yellowstone is becoming increasingly seismically active. In fact, Professor Bob Smith says that he has never seen anything like this in the 53 years that he has been watching Yellowstone…
Until recently, Bob Smith had never witnessed two simultaneous earthquake swarms in his 53 years of monitoring seismic activity in and around the Yellowstone Caldera.
Now, Smith, a University of Utah geophysics professor, has seen three swarms at once.
In September, 130 earthquakes hit Yellowstone over the course of a single week. This has got many Yellowstone observers extremely concerned…
Yellowstone’s recent earthquake swarms started on Sept. 10 and were shaking until about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16.
“A total of 130 earthquakes of magnitude 0.6 to 3.6 have occurred in these three areas, however, most have occurred in the Lower Geyser Basin,” a University of Utah statement said. “Notably much of seismicity in Yellowstone occurs as swarms.”
So what is the worst case scenario?
Well, according to the Daily Mail, a full-blown eruption of Yellowstone could leave two-thirds of the United States completely uninhabitable…
It would explode with a force a thousand times more powerful than the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980.
Spewing lava far into the sky, a cloud of plant-killing ash would fan out and dump a layer 10ft deep up to 1,000 miles away.
Two-thirds of the U.S. could become uninhabitable as toxic air sweeps through it, grounding thousands of flights and forcing millions to leave their homes.
Can you think of another potential disaster that could accomplish the same thing?
That is why what is going on at Yellowstone right now is so important, and the American people deserve the truth. The following are some more facts about Yellowstone that I compiled that I included in a previous article…
#1 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone could be up to 1,000 time more powerful than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
#2 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone would spew volcanic ash 25 miles up into the air.
#3 The next eruption of Yellowstone seems to be getting closer with each passing year. Since 2004, some areas of Yellowstone National Park have risen by as much as 10 inches.
#4 There are approximately 3,000 earthquakes in the Yellowstone area every single year.
#5 In the event of a full-scale eruption of Yellowstone, virtually the entire northwest United States will be completely destroyed.
#6 A massive eruption of Yellowstone would mean that just about everything within a 100 mile radius of Yellowstone would be immediately killed.
#7 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone could also potentially dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away.
#8 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone would cover virtually the entire midwest United States with volcanic ash. Food production in America would be almost totally wiped out.
#9 The “volcanic winter” that a massive Yellowstone eruption would cause would radically cool the planet. Some scientists believe that global temperatures would decline by up to 20 degrees.
#10 America would never be the same again after a massive Yellowstone eruption. Some scientists believe that a full eruption by Yellowstone would render two-thirds of the United States completely uninhabitable.
#11 Scientists tell us that it is not a matter of “if” Yellowstone will erupt but rather “when” the next inevitable eruption will take place.
What makes all of this even more alarming is that a number of other very prominent volcanoes around the world are starting to roar back to life right now as well.
For example, an Inquisitr article from back in July described how “the most dangerous volcano in Mexico” is starting to become extremely active…
Popocatepetl Volcano is at it again. The active volcano near Mexico City erupted again this morning, spewing ash up into the sky.
The volcano is currently in the middle of an extremely active phase. According to theInternational Business Times, the volcano has registered 39 exhalations in the last 24 hours.
An eruption earlier this month caused several flights to be canceled in and out of Mexico City.
The BBC notes that officials raised the alert level yellow following Popocateptl’s eruption on Saturday morning. Yellow is the third-highest caution level on the city’s seven step scale.
And an NBC News article from August noted that one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Japan has erupted 500 times so far this year…
Ash wafted as high as 3 miles above the Sakurajima volcano in the southern city of Kagoshima on Sunday afternoon, forming its highest plume since the Japan Meteorological Agency started keeping records in 2006. Lava flowed just over half a mile from the fissure, and several huge volcanic rocks rolled down the mountainside.
Though the eruption was more massive than usual, residents of the city of about 600,000 are used to hearing from their 3,664-foot neighbor. Kagoshima officials said in a statement that this was Sakurajima’s 500th eruption this year alone.
So what does all of this mean?
Are we now entering a time when volcanic eruptions will become much more common all over the globe?
Could we rapidly be approaching the day when an absolutely devastating volcanic eruption will paralyze much of North America?