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Saturday March 1, 2014

Breaking News Russia lawmakers: Recall ambassador to U.S., send troops to Ukraine

MOSCOW – Russian lawmakers unanimously approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to send armed forces to Ukraine to protect ethnic Russians there and secure the Black Sea fleet and other military installations in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

In a 90-0 vote during an extraordinary session of the Federation Council, the upper house deputies argued that last week’s disruption of “constitutional order,” the deadly confrontation in Kiev that led then-President Viktor Yanukovich to flee to Russia, exposes Ukraine’s minority Russian-speaking community to unspecified dangers.

The Federation Council also recommended that the Kremlin recall the Russian ambassador to the United States to underscore objections to remarks made by President Obama on Friday. At a White House briefing, Obama warned Putin that he was “deeply concerned” by the reported Russian military maneuvers in Crimea, which are considered by the West to be in violation of Russia’s post-Soviet agreement with Ukraine for maintaining its naval base in the leased city of Sevastopol. Obama said there would be “consequences” for the Kremlin should it interfere in Ukraine’s political crisis.

“The president will consider the appeal and make a decision,” Federation Council President Valentina Matvienko told reporters after the televised upper house session, referring to the council’s recommendation that Russia's ambassador be recalled to Moscow in protest.

The authorization of military intervention came in response to an appeal by Crimea’s newly installed, pro-Moscow government chief, Sergei Aksenov, for assistance from Russia to “normalize” the social order in Crimea.

Aksenov emerged as leader of the so-called autonomous republic of Crimea on Thursday at a legislative session in Simferopol, the regional capital, conducted while the assembly building was occupied by heavily armed and masked gunmen. On Saturday, Aksenov declared himself to be commander of all armed forces and police in the region, in a direct challenge of the authority of new government leaders in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital.

Putin then turned to the Federation Council for authorization to use Russian forces in Ukraine, claiming a constitutional provision – Article 102, Chapter 1, Point G – “until there is a normalization of the social-political conditions in the country.”

The authorization of troop deployments to “the territory of Ukraine” appeared to give broad approval for the Kremlin to respond to any perceived threat to Russians in the neighboring former Soviet republic.

Until Saturday, demonstrative rejection of the new interim government in Kiev had been focused on Crimea, where the highest concentration of Russians in Ukraine live and work. However, fresh outbreaks of opposition to the Ukrainian leadership were reported Saturday in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Odessa, where Russian troops could also now be sent, according to the legislative action.

The authorization for Russian troop deployments to Ukraine followed ominous military moves in Crimea over the last two days. Masked gunmen in military fatigues took over the regional parliament and government headquarters Thursday, and Russian military forces were reported to have arrived by the hundreds and possibly thousands on Friday to the Gvardeyskoye military airstrip near Simferopol.

Acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk convened his Cabinet on Saturday to discuss the unraveling situation in the east and south of the country.

“We call on the government and authorities of Russia to recall their forces, and to return them to their stations,” Yatsenyuk said, according to the Interfax news agency. “Russian partners, stop provoking civil and military resistance in Ukraine.”

Oleksandr Turchynov, named acting Ukrainian president by the victorious political forces who drove Yanukovich from power last week, called the Russian military operations in Crimea “naked aggression.” He also rejected Aksenov's emergence as Crimean prime minister as "illegitimate."

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Wednesday February 26, 2014

Why Gun Control does not and never will work

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Illicitly ‘homemade’ submachine guns feature very prominently in firearms seizures by police across South America, Brazil in particular. These weapons vary in their level of sophistication though a large number appear to be semi-professionally produced. In a recent study of over 14,488 firearms seized between 2011 and 2012 in Sao Paulo alone, 48% of submachine guns analyzed were reportedly homemade. Given the decent quality of many SMG clones, even that high statistic is probably significantly under reported.

The most frequently seized design for some time would appear to the be the model below. A workshop producing a variation among other machine pistols was the subject of a seizure by the authorities a few years back. There appear to be many variations in circulation, perhaps the design outsourced or copied by other illicit workshops. ‘Beretta – made in Italy’ is commonly seen stamped on these.

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Another common variation:

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As with many of these home workshop SMGs, the Brazilian made URU submachine gun seems to be the inspiration behind the general layout. More closely aligned copies also surface regularly.

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In recent months increasing numbers of the model below have been seized, appearing to overtake the previous model in frequency. It is characterized by an unconventional appearance, owing to the use of a tubular receiver and a conical barrel nut. Unlike the majority of ‘T’ SMGs this design does not appear to make use of a telescoping bolt, resulting in a longer rear portion of it’s receiver.  ‘Made in the USA’ is the most commonly stamped claim.

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A slightly more compact variation fitted with a two stage suppressor:

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The most recent trend in seizures appears to be a less sophisticated square section machine pistol. A short portion of bored out square bar stock is used for the construction of it’s barrel and it uses a simple metal strip as a magazine latch. Many features bear it similarities with the designs described in the ‘Expedient Homemade Firearms’ series of manuals.

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Tec 9 copies

One of the most sophisticated criminal operations unearthed involved a workshop in Sao Paulo having been producing TEC 9 copies with molded plastic lower receivers.

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Submachine guns chambered in .22lr also appear frequently. These commonly feature wood or plastic furniture.

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MAC 10, M11 and Micro Uzi copies

Homemade machine pistols based on the MAC and micro UZI series of designs also feature prominently. Regularly encountered is a highly compact ‘micro MAC’ of very crude construction. A ridiculously high rate of fire is to be expected.

 

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More closely aligned copies of the M-11 9:

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A highly minimalist copy of the MAC 10:

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In contrast, a high quality example recently seized which is reasonably accurate to the original:

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Micro Uzi copies:

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A high quality copy, utilizing stamped construction of the original:

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Lastly of the common types shown here, a compact machine pistol that is easily identified by it’s slanted magazine well which unusually accepts commercial pistol magazines:

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Mom Says “Brain Dead” Teen Jahi McMath is Doing Better
Jahi McMath, who was left in a precarious medical state following a botched tonsillectomy, is reportedly doing better — according to an open letter her mother released online. Jahi was the subject of a national debate recently as her parents fought a hospital that wanted to remove her life support.

Jahi was transferred from Oakland Children’s Hospital January 5 after a protracted legal battle between the family and the hospital which declared Jahi brain dead December 12 and sought to remove her from a ventilator. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/mom-says-brain-dead-teen-jahi-mcmath-is-doing-better/

Amazing Photo Shows Woman Breathing Life Into Dying Baby
Five-month-old Sebastian stopped breathing while in his aunt’s car during a traffic jam on the freeway and became unconscious. As Pamela Rauseo pulled over and screamed for someone to help her nephew, Sebastian, people came running to her aid — including a police officer and two firefighters.

Sebastian, who suffers from respiratory problems after being born prematurely, had started to turn blue as Ms Rauseo drove along a highway at 2.30pm. She quickly pulled over and lifted him from the car, screaming for help. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/amazing-photo-shows-woman-breathing-life-into-dying-baby/

Christi’s Story: Sexually Abusive Boyfriend Forced Her to Get Seven Abortions
Christi remembers the day like it was yesterday: “I was 17 when I got pregnant. I was so scared. I went to my mom’s friend, and she said, ‘Well, you definitely don’t want to tell your mom because your parents have such big dreams for you.’ So she took me to a clinic.”

For the next several years, despite her successful career and seemingly committed relationship with her boyfriend, Christi found herself in a vicious cycle of abuse and exploitation. “He abused me. He told me if I didn’t get abortions, he would leave me. I never stood up for myself.” http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/sexually-abusive-boyfriend-forced-her-to-get-seven-abortions/

Baby Saved From Abortion: “The Doctor Told Me It Was Like a Peanut, That’s Not a Peanut”
The aggressive words — “Is this the f***ing pro-life stuff!?” — is how the best conversation of last week began.

An abrasive young woman was shouting those words at our newest team member Josh, he was caught a little off guard and wasn’t quite sure how to respond. No need to worry, the girl strutted right on by and straight up to Lauren, a veteran team member and quipped: “Why you guys gotta be at a college!?” http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/baby-saved-from-abortion-the-doctor-told-me-it-was-like-a-peanut-thats-not-a-peanut/

Before She’s Born3-D Printer Helps Blind Parents Feel Unborn Baby
The marvels of modern technology are bringing the experience of pregnancy to people who may otherwise not able to enjoy the same kinds of ultrasound pictures the rest of us get to enjoy and appreciate.

The use of 3-D printers is helping blind people who can’t see an ultrasound photo to enjoy a more tactile experience by being able to hold a 3-d model of their unborn baby. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/3-d-printer-helps-blind-parents-feel-unborn-baby-before-shes-born/

American Olympic Hopeful’s Dreams Shattered After Birth Control Caused Massive Blood Clots
Megan Henry was one of the top five women in the United States in the sport of skeleton. But, as she was attempting to qualify for the Olympics, a problem with her Nuva Ring birth control device brought her hopes and aspirations crashing down, and almost her life as well.

Henry started using the Nuva Ring birth control device last summer but, within 10 days of taken it, she had a hard time breathing. Eventually her breathing got so bad she could hardly speak an doctors couldn’t determine the cause. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/american-olympic-hopefuls-dreams-shattered-after-birth-control-caused-massive-blood-clots/

Swiss Clinic Euthanizes Elderly Woman Who Lost Her Beauty and Was Lonely
There is no limit to the death culture any more. An elderly Italian woman paid Dignitas 10,000 Euros to be made dead because she had lost her looks and was lonely.

From the Daily Mail story: A healthy Italian woman paid a Swiss right-to-die clinic to take her life because she was ‘unhappy about losing her looks.’ Oriella Cazzanello, 85, travelled to a clinic in Basel, Switzerland, where she paid €10,000 for an assisted suicide. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/swiss-clinic-euthanizes-elderly-woman-who-lost-her-beauty-and-was-lonely/

Pro-Lifers to Protest Hispanic Group LULAC Awarding Abortion Activist Wendy Davis
Tomorrow evening, Texas state Senator Wendy Davis (D) is scheduled to receive the Señora Internacional award in Laredo, Texas, from the League of United Latin American Citizens as part of local Washington Birthday festivities. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/pro-lifers-to-protect-hispanic-group-lulac-awarding-abortion-activist-wendy-davis/

Breathtaking Video Documents Unborn Baby’s Nine-Month Journey
There are a lot of ways to “document” the nine months of pregnancy. You can go heavily into prenatal development, providing pictures and/or illustrations that take you from well before the union of sperm and ovum to the conclusion–the birth of a child. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/breathtaking-video-documents-unborn-babys-nine-month-journey/

Texas Planned Parenthood Has Already Received $612,000 in Taxpayer Funds This Year
Yesterday, at the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee meeting. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/texas-planned-parenthood-has-already-received-612000-in-taxpayer-funds-this-year/

FDA Appears Set to Approve Creating Human Embryos With Three Parents
An experimental technique for creating embryos with three biological parents appears to be moving toward an okay from the FDA. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/fda-appears-set-to-approve-creating-human-embryos-with-three-parents/

Liberal Party Kills Quebec Bill to Legalize Euthanasia, For Now
In a surprising turn of events yesterday, the Quebec government was unable to get Bill 52, a bill to legalize euthanasia, to a vote. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/liberal-party-kills-quebec-bill-to-legalize-euthanasia-for-now/

Abortion Industry Keeps Pushing RU 486 Abortion Drug Despite Womens’ Deaths
Quietly and behind the scenes, the abortion industry pushes a deadly product with every increasing frequency. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/abortion-industry-keeps-pushing-ru-486-abortion-drug-despite-womens-deaths/

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event in 2014? Don't have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing thousands of dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Who Is Planned Parenthood’s Newest Member? You’ll Never Guess
For reasons unbeknownst to me, the other day I received at our home address my official Planned Parenthood Membership Card, along with a letter [PDF] from Cecile Richards saying she can’t thank me enough for what I have done for Planned Parenthood this past year. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/who-is-planned-parenthoods-newest-member-youll-never-guess/

Taxpayer-Funded Planned Parenthood Wastes Millions on Shady Fundraiser
The Orange County Register came out with an eye-opening article recently highlighting the staggering amount of money that many third party commercial fundraisers make off telemarketing campaigns they run for nonprofit. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/taxpayer-funded-planned-parenthood-wastes-millions-on-shady-fundraiser/

Virginia House Passes Amendments to Stop Tax-Funded Abortions, De-Fund Planned Parenthood
Yesterday, the Virginia House of Delegates passed three important pro-life amendments to this year’s budget. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/virginia-house-passes-amendments-to-stop-tax-funded-abortions-de-fund-planned-parenthood/

Florida Congressional Election Pits Pro-Life David Jolly vs. Pro-Abortion Alex Sink
In the race to replace the late Congressman Bill Young (R) in Florida’s 13th Congressional district, there is a clear contrast between the candidates on abortion and Obamacare. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/02/21/florida-congressional-election-pits-pro-life-david-jolly-vs-pro-abortion-alex-sink/

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Barack Obama: Beyoncé is the perfect role model for my daughters

President also jokes with Jay-Z at fundraising dinner in New York, saying 'our wives are more popular than we are'

Obama has revealed the extent to which he is a fan of Beyoncé, claiming she is the perfect "role model" for his daughters.

The singer and her husband, Jay-Z, hosted a fundraiser for the US president's re-election campaign in New York on Tuesday. Tickets cost $40,000 per head. The couple held the event at Jay-Z's 40/40 club, with Beyoncé taking to the stage to introduce Obama, saying they "believe in his vision".

Obama – who has two daughters, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14 – returned the compliments when he took over the microphone. "To J and B, thank you so much for your friendship. Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls," he said, according to US Weekly.

Obama also joked about what he has in common with Jay-Z. "We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are. So, you know, we've got a little bond there. It's hard but it's OK," he said.

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After a Democrat Praises Cuba, Marco Rubio Blasts Communism Like No U.S. Politician Since Reagan

After Democratic Senator Tom Harkin praised Cuba on several issues, Senator Marco Rubio gave what has been called by Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo as the “best oration of his career.” Its passion and candor about the despicable socialist regimes of Cuba and Venezuela should put those politicians who can actually praise the oppressive nations to shame. The best lines from Rubio’s stemwinder, which is worth every minute:

  • Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at, because they don’t know how to run their economy, they don’t know how to build, they don’t know how to govern a people. What they are really good at is repression.
  • He cited a poll, ‘More Americans want normal relations with Cuba.’ So do I — a democratic and free Cuba. But you want us to reach out and develop friendly relationships with a serial violator of human rights, who supports what’s going on in Venezuela and every other atrocity on the planet? On issue after issue, they are always on the side of the tyrants. Look it up. And this is who we should be opening up to? Why don’t they change? Why doesn’t the Cuban government change? Why doesn’t the Venezuelan government change?
  • But here’s the great news. I don’t know if they get C-SPAN in Cuba. I bet you the government people do. I hope you see that in America, we’re a free society. You’re allowed to come on the floor and you’re allowed to say and spread whatever you want. You think Cuba’s a paradise? You think it’s an example and a model that we should be following? You’re free to say that, here, in the press and anywhere you want. But we’re also free to come here and tell the truth. We’re also free to come here and denounce the violations of human rights and brutality.

That’s just a sample of this awesome speech that hopefully will change the game and encourage more politicians to come out openly against the global scourge of socialism.

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Monday February 17, 2014
Thomas Jefferson--WELL WORTH READING!!!!

This is amazing history. Be sure to read the quotes in BOLD at the end. Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped. At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.
At 19, studied law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America" and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a public education bill and a statute for religious freedom.
At 36, was elected the second governor of Virginia, succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President. At 65, retired to Monticello.
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future.
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps an assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House, with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."
-- Thomas Jefferson "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which, if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world."
-- Thomas Jefferson "I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them."
-- Thomas Jefferson "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
-- Thomas Jefferson "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-- Thomas Jefferson "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-- Thomas Jefferson "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
-- Thomas Jefferson "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
-- Thomas Jefferson "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." -- Thomas Jefferson

I wish we could get this out to every American! I'm doing my part. Now do yours….

Maine's Tabloid televison, channel six, continues to blaspheme the living God.

It is the Trinity, not the quadinity.

Folks the God head is made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, not the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost, and mother nature.

All to often, on channel six, we hear credit given to some idol called mother nature, some false god referred to not as a false god, but as mother nature, for the wonders given us by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.

God Almighty has told us, thru the pen of His faithful servant Paul the Apostle; Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7 ACP/KJV

Rev. Bob Celeste

Why Does Ancient Art Contain Depictions Of Flying Aircraft, Helicopters And Dinosaurs?

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The history of our planet is far more complex than most people would dare to imagine.  According to the commonly accepted version of history that is taught in high schools and colleges all over the United States, ancient man was a very simple creature with extremely limited knowledge.  Unfortunately for those that promote this flawed version of history, archaeologists keep digging up stuff that directly contradicts it.  The truth is that there is a tremendous amount of evidence of great intellectual achievement in the ancient world.  For example, just consider the Great Pyramid of Giza.  It is a true technological marvel.  It is such a massive structure built with such extraordinary precision that modern technology is only just now starting to catch up with it.  We think that we could possibly build a similar structure today if we wanted to, but modern man has never actually constructed anything like it.  And as you will see below, the Great Pyramid of Giza is far from the only example of advanced technology in the ancient world that we find in Egypt.

Posted below is a photograph of a wall in an ancient Egyptian temple at Abydos.  Look at the hieroglyphics very carefully.

Do you see anything strange?

Why Does Ancient Art Contain Depictions Of Flying Aircraft, Helicopters And Dinosaurs

Researcher Lyn Leahz wrote about these incredibly bizarre hieroglyphics the other day.  The following is what she had to say about them…

Decorating an Egyptian temple wall at Abydos are strange hieroglyphics which depict what appears to be modern day aircraft. This finding has caused much controversy among Egyptologists and archaeologists who are not sure what to think. How could people 2-3,000 years ago possibly have known about modern-day aircraft?

When Dr. Ruth Hover and her husband took a trip to the pyramids and temples of Egypt, they were shocked when they discovered, in the temple at Abydos, hieroglyphics depicting modern-day aircraft. She photographed a wall panel in a section where an overlaying panel with Egyptian hieroglyphics crumbled and fell, revealing an older panel beneath it. This older panel, shown above, contains images of what appear to be modern-day technology—a helicopter, a submarine, a glider, and another unknown type of aircraft (some believe resemble the Hindenburg).

So how do those promoting the commonly accepted version of history explain this?

They can’t.

In the video shared below, Lyn Leahz shares even more about these hieroglyphics and discusses additional “out of place artifacts” around the globe…

There is also mounting evidence that mankind had knowledge of dinosaurs in ancient times.

Posted below is a photo of an ancient engraving on a Buddhist temple in Cambodia known as the Ta Prohm Stegosaurus.  According to the commonly accepted version of history, such an engraving should be absolutely impossible because dinosaurs died out millions of years ago and modern scientists only started digging them up a couple hundred years ago.  And yet this engraving is there…

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According to archaeologists, this temple in Cambodia is approximately 800 years old

Deep in the jungles of Cambodia are ornate temples and palaces from the Khmer civilization. One such temple, Ta Prohm, abounds with stone statues and reliefs. Almost every square inch of the gray sandstone is covered with ornate, detailed carvings. These depict familiar animals like monkeys, deer, water buffalo, parrots, and lizards. However, one column contains an intricate carving of a stegosaur-like creature. But how could artisans decorating an 800 year old Buddhist temple know what a dinosaur looked like? Western science only began assembling dinosaurs skeletons in the past two centuries.

Very strange stuff.

Another unexpected place where we find “ancient dinosaur art” is on the ancient Ica Stones that were discovered down in Peru.  These stones were originally found by the Spanish in 1535, and Spanish explorers sent some of these stones back to Spain in 1562.

The art on many of these stones is extremely beautiful, but what makes them extremely controversial is the fact that many of them appear to contain clear depictions of dinosaurs.  Here is one example…

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And here is another example.  If you look closely at this one, you can see what very much looks like a Triceratops

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Once again, those promoting the commonly accepted version of history are at a loss to explain this.  Most commonly, they attempt to explain this phenomenon away as a hoax because locals did start creating fake “Ica stones” in recent years once they discovered that tourists wanted to buy them.

But the Ica stones that are considered to be authentic contain some remarkable details.  In fact, much of the anatomical knowledge about dinosaurs depicted on these stones was only discovered by modern scientists just very recently

Other items of anatomical accuracy that attest to the authenticity of these Ica Stone depictions include the positioning of the tail and legs. Early critics said the Ica Stones were fakes, in part because their tails were sticking out while walking. Paleontologists in the 1960s were confident that dinosaurs dragged their tails. The paleontologists were wrong and the Ica Stones were right.  Scientists now believe dinosaurs held their massive tails off the ground while walking, because there are no drag marks on dinosaur trackways.  The dinosaurs on the Ica Stones are depicted standing upright, rather than with legs splayed out in a lizard-like position. That, according to dinosaur experts, is “dead on” accurate.

Of course the Ica Stones are just one of the incredible examples of ancient dinosaur art that have been discovered all over the world.  For many, many more examples of this phenomenon, just check out the article that you can find right here.

Anyone that attempts to convince you that humans that lived thousands of years ago were bumbling dolts that were lucky to build mud huts and cover their genitals with grass skirts is lying to you.

The truth is that human history is incredibly complex.  There are monolithic structures all over the planet that are still standing after thousands of years that remind all of us that great civilizations with amazing technologies once thrived.

And there is actually evidence that modern humans are actually getting dumber.  A Stanford University biology professor recently published a work in which he expressed his conclusion that humans have been getting dumber for thousands of years.

Also, Dr. John Sanford of Cornell University has conducted groundbreaking research that demonstrates conclusively that the human genome is steadily degenerating and is eventually heading toward extinction.

So perhaps we should not think of ourselves as so superior to ancient humanity.  The reality is that they may have been physically and mentally superior to us in many ways.

The next video is secular, in that it is put out by the History Channel. Please remember that the things discussed in this video are not as the History Channel declares, but are demonic and rituals of Satanic practice, including those powers utilized by the fallen angels of the Bible.

 

The below video is the theory of Zecharia Sitchen, which I find fascinating, however I do not agree with much of his Biblical theology, including the fact that he does not believe Adam and Eve were the first humans created by God. We should be VERY careful about anything which goes against what the Bible tells us. However, I will post the video below so that you can see his theory on the subject.

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Title: 15 Reasons Why Your Food Bill Is Going To Start SOARING
Source: The Economic Collapse
URL Source: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/ ... bill-is-going-to-start-soaring
Published: Feb 16, 2014
Author: Michael Snyder

Did you know that the U.S. state that produces the most vegetables is going through the worst drought it has ever experienced and that the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been since 1951? 

Image: Food Prices (Wikimedia Commons).

Just the other day, a CBS News article boldly declared that “food prices soar as incomes stand still“, but the truth is that this is only just the beginning.  If the drought that has been devastating farmers and ranchers out west continues, we are going to see prices for meat, fruits and vegetables soar into the stratosphere.  Already, the federal government has declared portions of 11 states to be “disaster areas”, and California farmers are going to leave half a million acres sitting idle this year because of the extremely dry conditions.  Sadly, experts are telling us that things are probably going to get worse before they get better (if they ever do).  As you will read about below, one expert recently told National Geographic that throughout history it has been quite common for that region of North America to experience severe droughts that last for decades.  In fact, one drought actually lasted for about 200 years.  So there is the possibility that the drought that has begun in the state of California may not end during your entire lifetime.

This drought has gotten so bad that it is starting to get national attention.  Barack Obama visited the Fresno region on Friday, and he declared that “this is going to be a very challenging situation this year, and frankly, the trend lines are such where it’s going to be a challenging situation for some time to come.”

According to NBC News, businesses across the region are shutting down, large numbers of workers are leaving to search for other work, and things are already so bad that it “calls to mind the Dust Bowl of the 1930s“…

In the state’s Central Valley — where nearly 40 percent of all jobs are tied to agriculture production and related processing — the pain has already trickled down. Businesses across a wide swath of the region have shuttered, casting countless workers adrift in a downturn that calls to mind the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

If you will recall, there have been warnings that Dust Bowl conditions were going to return to the western half of the country for quite some time.

Now the mainstream media is finally starting to catch up.

And of course these extremely dry conditions are going to severely affect food prices.  The following are 15 reasons why your food bill is going to start soaring…

#1 2013 was the driest year on record for the state of California, and 2014 has been exceptionally dry so far as well.

#2 According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 91.6 percent of the entire state of California is experiencing “severe to exceptional drought” even as you read this article.

#3 According to CNBC, it is being projected that California farmers are going to let half a million acres of farmland sit idle this year because of the crippling drought.

#4 Celeste Cantu, the general manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, says that this drought could have a “cataclysmic”impact on food prices…

Given that California is one of the largest agricultural regions in the world, the effects of any drought, never mind one that could last for centuries, are huge. About 80 percent of California’s freshwater supply is used for agriculture. The cost of fruits and vegetables could soar, says Cantu. “There will be cataclysmic impacts.”

#5 Mike Wade, the executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition, recently explained which crops he believes will be hit the hardest…

Hardest hit would be such annual row crops as tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, cantaloupes, garlic, peppers and corn. Wade said consumers can also expect higher prices and reduced selection at grocery stores, particularly for products such as almonds, raisins, walnuts and olives.

#6 As I discussed in a previous article, the rest of the nation is extremely dependent on the fruits and vegetables grown in California.  Just consider the following statistics regarding what percentage of our produce is grown in the state…

-99 percent of the artichokes

-44 percent of asparagus

-two-thirds of carrots

-half of bell peppers

-89 percent of cauliflower

-94 percent of broccoli

-95 percent of celery

-90 percent of the leaf lettuce

-83 percent of Romaine lettuce

-83 percent of fresh spinach

-a third of the fresh tomatoes

-86 percent of lemons

-90 percent of avocados

-84 percent of peaches

-88 percent of fresh strawberries

-97 percent of fresh plums

#7 Of course it isn’t just agriculture which will be affected by this drought.  Just consider this chilling statement by Tim Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies…

“There are places in California that if we don’t do something about it, tens of thousands of people could turn on their water faucets and nothing would come out.”

#8 The Sierra Nevada snowpack is only about 15 percent of what it normally is.  As the New York Times recently explained, this is going to be absolutely devastating for Californians when the warmer months arrive…

Experts offer dire warnings. The current drought has already eclipsed previous water crises, like the one in 1977, which a meteorologist friend, translating into language we understand as historians, likened to the “Great Depression” of droughts. Most Californians depend on the Sierra Nevada for their water supply, but the snowpack there was just 15 percent of normal in early February.

#9 The underground aquifers that so many California farmers depend upon are being drained at a staggering rate

Pumping from aquifers is so intense that the ground in parts of the valley is sinking about a foot a year. Once aquifers compress, they can never fill with water again. It’s no surprise Tom Willey wakes every morning with a lump in his throat. When we ask which farmers will survive the summer, he responds quite simply: those who dig the deepest and pump the hardest.

#10 According to an expert interviewed by National Geographic, the current drought in the state of California could potentially last for 200 years or more as some mega-droughts in the region have done in the past…

California is experiencing its worst drought since record-keeping began in the mid 19th century, and scientists say this may be just the beginning. B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks that California needs to brace itself for a megadrought—one that could last for 200 years or more.

#11 Much of the western U.S. has been exceedingly dry for an extended period of time, and this is hurting huge numbers of farmers and ranchers all the way from Texas to the west coast…

The western United States has been in a drought that has been building for more than a decade, according to climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“Ranchers in the West are selling off their livestock,” Patzert said. “Farmers all over the Southwest, from Texas to Oregon, are fallowing in their fields because of a lack of water. For farmers and ranchers, this is a painful drought.”

#12 The size of the U.S. cattle herd has been shrinking for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951.  But our population has more than doubled since then.

#13 Extremely unusual weather patterns are playing havoc with crops all over the planet right now.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Lizzie Bennett

Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia have experienced rainfall heavy enough to flood fields and rot crops where they stand. Volcanic eruptions in Ecuador are also creating problems due to cattle ingesting ash with their feed leading to a slow and painful death.

Parts of Australia have been in drought for years affecting cattle and agricultural production.

Rice production in China has been affected by record low temperatures.

Large parts of the UK are underwater, and much of that water is sea water which is poisoning the soil. So wet is the UK that groundwater is so high it is actually coming out of the ground and adding to the water from rivers and the sea. With the official assessment being that groundwater flooding will continue until MAY, and that’s if it doesn’t rain again between now and then. The River Thames is 65 feet higher than normal in some areas, flooding town after town as it heads to the sea.

#14 As food prices rise, our incomes are staying about the same.  The following is from a CBS News article entitled “Food prices soar as incomes stand still“…

While the government says prices are up 6.4 percent since 2011, chicken is up 18.4 percent, ground beef is up 16.8 percent and bacon has skyrocketed up 22.8 percent, making it a holiday when it’s on sale.

#15 As I have written about previously, median household income has fallen for five years in a row.  So average Americans are going to have to make their food budgets stretch more than they ever have before as this drought drags on.

If the drought does continue to get worse, small agricultural towns all over California are going to die off.

For instance, consider what is already happening to the little town of Mendota

The farms in and around Mendota are dying of thirst. The signs are everywhere. Orchards with trees lying on their sides, as if shot. Former farm fields given over to tumbleweeds. Land and cattle for sale, cheap.

Large numbers of agricultural workers continue to hang on, hoping that somehow there will be enough work for them.  But as Evelyn Nievesrecently observed, panic is starting to set in…

Off-season, by mid-February, idled workers are clearly anxious. Farmworkers and everyone else who waits out the winter for work (truckers, diesel providers, packing suppliers and the like) are nearing the end of the savings they squirrel away during the season. The season starts again in March, April at the latest, but no one knows who will get work when the season begins, or how much.

People are scared, panicked even.

I did not write this article so that you would panic.

Yes, incredibly hard times are coming.  If you will recall, the 1930s were also a time when the United States experienced extraordinarily dry weather conditions and a tremendous amount of financial turmoil.  We could very well be entering a similar time period.

Worrying about this drought is not going to change anything.  Instead of worrying, we should all be doing what we can to store some things up while food is still relatively cheap.  Our grandparents and our great-grandparents that lived during the days of the Great Depression knew the wisdom of having a well-stocked food pantry, and it would be wise to follow their examples.

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  The United States has never faced anything like this during most of our lifetimes.  We need to shake people out of their “normalcy bias” and get them to understand that big changes are coming.

U.S. Drought Monitor California February 11 2014

This article was posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:41 am

The Osama Bin Laden Files: No Photos, No Videos. A Real Conspiracy Theory?
Timothy Alexander Guzman

On May 2nd, 2011, US President Barack H. Obama announces to the world that Osama Bin-Laden had been killed by US Navy Seals (Seal Team Six) in an special operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan “Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world, the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children”. 

The Osama Bin Laden Files No Photos, No Videos

RT News reported that www.judicialwatch.org filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Defense:

In the email, addressed to “Gentlemen,” McRaven wrote, “One particular item that I want to emphasize is photos; particularly UBLs [Usama Bin Laden, as US military referred to him] remains. At this point – all photos should have been turned over to the CIA; if you still have them destroy them immediately or get them to the [redacted].”

The order to purge the photos came 11 days after the conservative government transparency organization Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request with the Defense Department seeking “all photographs and/or video recordings of Usama Bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan on or about May 1, 2011.”

Judicial Watch has requested the photographs and videos of Osama Bin-Laden to prove if it was actually him. But the Department of Defense (DOD) has proven that there is a cover-up on Osama Bin-Laden’s death. Washington said that they killed their target then buried him at sea because they could not find a country that would bury him in 24 hour time period.  The Los Angeles Times wrote an article on May 3rd, 2011 following Al-Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin-Laden and his “Proper” burial at sea:

The conspiracy theories spoke to the quandary facing the U.S.: proving the Al Qaeda leader’s death without inflaming his supporters and the broader Muslim world. Because of that concern, U.S. officials were considering the merits of releasing gory photos of Bin Laden taken after he was shot.

The burial, which was carried out from aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the northern part of the Arabian Sea, was necessary because arrangements couldn’t be made with any country to bury Bin Laden within 24 hours, as is the general Muslim practice, administration officials said. But a senior military officer said the U.S. also wanted to avoid having a grave become a shrine that would attract his followers.

Administration officials insisted Monday that there was no question who was killed in the Pakistani raid. Along with being visually identified on the scene by U.S. operatives, Bin Laden was identified by name by a woman believed to be one of his wives, according to a senior intelligence official. On Sunday evening, CIA specialists compared photos of the body with known photos of Bin Laden, determining with 95% certainty that they were one and the same.

On CBS’s ’60 Minutes’an interview conducted by Scott Pelley with former U.S. Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette involved in the killing of Osama Bin-Laden and author of ‘No Easy Day’ under the name of Mark Owen admits he did not recognize if the man they killed was in fact Osama Bin-Laden:

Pelley: So, after Osama bin Laden is wounded, he’s still moving. You shot him twice? 

Bissonnette: A handful of times. 

Pelley: A handful of times, and the SEAL in the stack behind you also shot Osama bin Laden. And at that point, his body was still?

Bissonnette: Yes.

Pelley: Did you recognize him? 

Bissonnette: Nope. You know, everybody thinks it was, like, you know it’s him. No. To us, at that time, it could have been anybody. Maybe this was another brother. Maybe this is a bodyguard. Maybe, it doesn’t matter. The point is to just continue clearing.

With recent revelations confirmed by Judicial Watch and Matt Bissonnette’s testimony on Main Stream Media on the operation of May 2nd, 2011 only proves that Osama Bin-Laden’s death at the hands of US Navy Seals is questionable to say the least.

It seems strange that the US government does not want to release the picture that will finally prove he is dead because it is “very gruesome” according to CBS News national security correspondent David Martin. You cannot expect me to believe their explanation that the photos are “very gruesome” to show the public.  Is it because that the pictures of Osama Bin Laden released in the mainstream media were constantly scrutinized by alternative and worldwide media? Throughout the years the US Media and the Pentagon was releasing photos of Osama bin-Laden that where questionable presuming that he was ill with kidney problems although he looked like he was recuperating well despite the fact that he was living in the mountains of Afghanistan. It is most likely that he died years ago from kidney complications. Let’s take a closer look at Osama bin Laden’s death. First and foremost, Osama Bin Laden was reported to have arrived on July 4, 2001 at the American hospital in Dubai for renal processing or a Kidney Dialysis and left on July 14 according to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) on October 31st 2001:

Osama Bin Laden was treated in July at the American hospital in Dubai where he met a person in charge of the CIA, the French daily newspaper the Barber and Radio International France (RFI) reported on Wednesday. The two medias quoted “a witness, professional partner of the administrative direction of the hospital”, as confirming that the man that the United States suspects of having financed the attacks of September 11 arrived on July 4 at Dubai by plane coming from Quetta, in Pakistan. Osama was immediately transferred to the hospital for a renal processing (Kidney Dialysis). He left the establishment on July 14, adds the Barber. During this stay, reports the daily newspaper, the local representative of the CIA was seen going in the room of Bin Laden. “A few days later, the CIA man bragged in front of some friends that he had visited the billionaire Saudi”. According to the Barber and RFI who quote an “authorized source”, the representative of the CIA was recalled to Washington on July 15.

It was a reported fact that Osama bin Laden was already gravely ill. In a CNN report on January 21, 2002, CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about how Osama bin Laden’s kidney treatment would not work well in the Afghanistan Mountains. In a response to CNN’s Paula Zahn after she confirmed that Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf said that Osama bin Laden imported two dialysis machines into Afghanistan and that Osama bin Laden might have died from kidney failure. Dr. Gupta replied:

That’s right. And again, renal dialysis — talking about hemodialysis — is something that really is reserved for patients in end-stage renal failure. That means their kidneys have just completely shut down. The most common cause of something like that would be something like diabetes and hypertension. Once that’s happened, if you’re separated from your dialysis machine — and incidentally, dialysis machines require electricity, they’re going to require clean water, they’re going to require a sterile setting — infection is a huge risk with that. If you don’t have all those things and a functioning dialysis machine, it’s unlikely that you’d survive beyond several days or a week at the most.

So there was a good chance he died several years ago. But according to the Pentagon Osama Bin Laden was still alive. Every so often Bin Laden’s newest photo’s appeared on the mainstream news. In fact it was changing his appearance all of the time. Just look at some of the pictures below.

Osama Bin Laden in a 2001 press conference in Khost, Afghanistan

Then look at this famous photo of Osama Bin Laden again in 2001

Here is a photo release of Osama Bin Laden in 2007 where he looks fairly healthy with his beard dyed

Then here is an Osama bin Laden watching Television in May of 2011

Notice his facial features and ears from the left photo (below) is slightly different from the right photo

Perhaps Washington was concerned that one of their fake photos of a dead Osama Bin Laden would not pass the “Smell Test”? Many people throughout the world did not believe that the US Navy Seals in the middle of the night kill their target and then dumped him in the ocean. Anti-War activist Cindy Sheehan based in the United States posted in her Facebook what she thought of the situation when she said that “I am sorry, but if you believe the newest death of OBL, you’re stupid,” she continued “Just think to yourself — they paraded Saddam’s dead sons around to prove they were dead — why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of OBL at sea?” She has a point.

According to President Obama on a 60 Minutes interview, he said

“It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool,” said the president. “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Mr. Obama added. “The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received.” Really? The truth of the matter is that the people deserve to see the evidence to put their pain to rest. But to say that it would cause violence or it can be used as propaganda because they do not “trot out this stuff as trophies” is absurd.  Several months later, Muammar Gaddafi was murdered by a Washington orchestrated plan involving NATO forces to topple his government.  Muammar Gaddafi’s videos and pictures of his execution were floating around in the media.  The images were truly disturbing. Washington did not have a problem with it. Hillary Clinton even gleamed with joy when she said “We came, we saw, he died”.

Washington did not show you the pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s death because they of course verified it with DNA evidence. Then they buried him at sea. The Los Angeles Times article mentioned earlier was initially titled “Sea burial fodder for conspiracy theories” said that “Conspiracy Theorists” would have many reasons for not believing Washington’s line that Osama Bin Laden’s death and that it was achieved in a daring raid in Pakistan and then dumped his body at sea to because it was difficult to bury him within 24 hour time period in accordance to “Muslim Practice”. They also claimed that they would like to avoid a grave site because it can become a “shrine” to Muslim followers that could eventually “inflame” his supporters is a farce.

Don’t you think that US involvement in the Middle East since the toppling of Mohammed Mosaddegh of Iran in 1954 that installed the brutal dictatorship of Mohammad Reza- Sha-h Pahlavi- better known as the Shah which did lead to the 1979 Iranian Revolution “inflamed” the Iranians? Would the US led invasion of Iraq or even the invasion of Libya through NATO “inflame” the Middle East? How about the drone strikes in Pakistan or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

How about the Washington’s support of the Monarchies in the Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Bahrain that oppress their people? Washington’s unwillingness to show the photos of Osama Bin Laden’s body is giving “Conspiracy Theorists” ammunition to consider it a conspiracy, which it is.

Since Washington will not to show any evidence confirming Bin Laden’s death since he had to be buried at sea and the photos taken not allowed to be shown to the public because they are “very gruesome” is a conspiracy within itself, isn’t it?


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  • A journalist is tracking incidents of gratuitous pet deaths around the country.

    A police officer in Filer, Idaho explained the incident to a colleague minutes after it happened: "I get out to talk to the people, two dogs come around me, one of them's growling and snarling. I kick it. It comes back around, now it's growling and snarling. I kick it again. Then it lunges at me, I'm like, f**k you. So, I just shot it."

    He doesn't sound broken up.

    Yes, Officer Tarek Hassani exited his car on a quiet suburban street, kicked a black labrador twice, shot the dog, and left it to die in a snowy driveway. And then?

    He issued its angry, upset owner a $100 ticket for having it off-leash. 

    If you have a strong stomach, skip to the 13.50 mark in this video to judge his actions for yourself:

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    Did he have to shoot that dog to prevent himself from getting bitten? I don't think so. The police officer didn't do everything wrong. He promptly notifies a supervisor about what happened, apologizes to dog's owner, and documents everything. But at the very least, he is clueless about how to handle himself around animals.

    Based on the video, it seems to me that he kicked one of the dogs before it was snarling. After two kicks, little surprise that the dog barked at him when he angrily stepped onto the property where it lived. The officer had ample opportunity to get back in his car. 

    Once there, he could've tried to telephone the people inside the house. He could've knocked on a neighbor's door to ask if they had any experience with the dog. He could've asked another officer to drive over a bag of dog treats. Instead, he determinedly made for the front door, as if there was great urgency in solving this dog-off-its-leash caper, escalating a situation because, ultimately, he just didn't care enough to exert some additional effort to avoid killing a pet. He explains later on the video that he was once bitten by a dog and had to go to the emergency room.

    He said he wasn't going to let that happen again.

    Training in how to handle dogs would have been appropriate after that first bite, but either didn't happen or wasn't sufficient. This wasn't an officer busting up a dog-fighting ring and getting charged by a trained fighter. This was a territorial pet. A postal carrier would have used non-lethal repellant at most. The policeman used a bullet. 

    Journalist Radley Balko has done excellent work on the general phenomenon of police officers shooting dogs, often needlessly. In 2012, he found 100 news reports of such incidents. There are no reliable national numbers documenting the phenomenon. "Sites that include'Dogs That Cops Killed' and the Facebook group 'Dogs Shot by Police' track new incidents and allow grieving owners to share stories," he reported. "The activism site Change.org also now includes calls for action in similar cases, with petitions like 'Justice for Big Boy,' and 'Justice for Bud.'"

    He goes on:

    In recent years, police officers have shot and killed chihuahuas, miniature dachshunds, Wheaton terriers, and Jack Russell terriers.Last month, a California police officer shot and killed a boxer puppy and pregnant chihuahua, claiming the boxer had threatened him. The chihuahua, he said, got caught in the crossfire. When a San Bernardino, Calif., woman called police to report a burglary in progress behind her house last month, they responded, jumped her fence to confront the burglars, then shot her dalmatian mix, Julio. He survived. Police officers have also recently shot dogs that were chained, tied, or leashed -- obviously posing no real threat to officers who killed them.

    Given how often police officers encounter pets, one would think training for handling dogs would be common. An officer untrained in recognizing a dog's body language, for example, could easily mistake a bounding dog from a charging one, a nervous dog from an angry one, or an aggressive dog from one that's merely territorial. Groups like the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offer free training to police departments, but both organizations said few departments take them up on the offer. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle are among departments that don't provide regular training to officers on how to respond to dogs.

    Contrast that to the U.S. Postal Service, another government organization whose employees regularly come into contact with pets. A Postal Service spokesman said in a 2009 interview that serious dog attacks on mail carriers are extremely rare. That's likely because postal workers are annually shown a two-hour video and given further training on "how to distract dogs with toys, subdue them with voice commands, or, at worst, incapacitate them with Mace."

    In the most recent case, some locals are calling for the officer's job. Others are defending him.

    China Sells Second-Largest Amount Of US Treasurys In December: And Guess Who Comes To The Rescue

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    While we will have more to say about the disastrous December TIC data shortly, which was released early today, and which showed a dramatic plunge in foreign purchases of US securities in December - the month when the S&P soared to all time highs and when everyone was panicking about the 3% barrier in the 10 Year being breached and resulting in a selloff in Tsy paper - one thing stands out. The chart below shows holdings of Chinese Treasurys (pending revision of course, as the Treasury department is quite fond of ajdusting this data series with annual regularity): in a nutshell, Chinese Treasury holdings plunged by the most in two years, after China offloaded some $48 billion in paper, bringing its total to only $1268.9 billion, down from $1316.7 billion, and back to a level last seen in March 2013! 

     

    This was the second largest dump by China in history with the sole exception of December 2011.

     

    That this happened at a time when Chinese FX reserves soared to all time highs, and when China had gobs of spare cash lying around and not investing in US paper should be quite troubling to anyone who follows the nuanced game theory between the US and its largest external creditor, and the signals China sends to the world when it comes to its confidence in the US.

    Yet what was truly surprising is that despite the plunge in Chinese holdings, and Japanese holdings which also dropped by $4 billion in December, is that total foreign holdings of US Treasurys increased in December, from $5716.9 billion to 5794.9 billion.

    Why? Because of this country. Guess which one it is without looking at legend.

     

    That's right: at a time when America's two largest foreign creditors, China and Japan, went on a buyers strike, the entity that came to the US rescue was Belgium, which as most know is simply another name for... Europe: the continent that has just a modest amount of its own excess debt to worry about. One wonders what favors were (and are) being exchanged behind the scenes in order to preserve the semblance that "all is well"?

    Another JP Morgan Banker Leaps to His Death

    Yet another banker has committed suicide, with a JP Morgan forex trader leaping to his death from the top of the firm’s Chater House headquarters in Hong Kong.

    Image: Man pictured before his suicide (SCMP).

    Over the past few weeks at least seven bankers have died under mysterious circumstances, including another JP Morgan senior manager who jumped off the top of a skyscraper in London last month.

    Speculation is rife that the series of deaths are connected to some kind of looming financial crisis or a huge legal case targeting bankers for malfeasance, although no definite link has been established.

    Eyewitnesses said that the man, who was in his 3082;s, accessed the roof of the 30 story office tower and jumped, with police on the scene failing to talk him out of committing suicide. Chater House is JP Morgan’s main regional Asian office.

    “According to several JP Morgan employees, the man was a forex trader with the company,” reports the South China Morning Post, adding that his name was Li Junjie. The bank itself refused to confirm that the man was an employee.

    Junjie becomes the 7th banker to suddenly die in recent weeks. Questions as to whether the deaths are merely a coincidence or are linked to some as yet unknown factor continue to swirl.

    - On January 26, former Deutsche Bank executive Broeksmit was found dead at his South Kensington home after police responded to reports of a man found hanging at a house. According to reports, Broeksmit had “close ties to co-chief executive Anshu Jain.”

    - Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old senior manager at JP Morgan’s European headquarters, jumped 500ft from the top of the bank’s headquarters in central London on January 27, landing on an adjacent 9 story roof.

    - Mike Dueker, the chief economist at Russell Investments, fell down a 50 foot embankment in what police are describing as a suicide. He was reported missing on January 29 by friends, who said he had been “having problems at work.”

    - Richard Talley, 57, founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was also found dead earlier this month after apparentlyshooting himself with a nail gun.

    - 37-year-old JP Morgan executive director Ryan Henry Crane died last week.

    - Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, although the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.

    Thursday January 20, 2014
    Praise God!referred by Sue

    Maine church planters envision communities’ spiritual warming

    CARIBOU, Maine (BP) — Aroostook County, located in northern Maine and known to residents simply as “The County,” takes up half the state’s land mass but makes up only 5 percent of its population.

    Vast tracts of open space and distinctly formidable weather make The County feel like another country when compared to the rest of the state.

    “It’s not easy to live here,” said pastor and church planter Joshua Presley of Calvary Baptist Church in Caribou, a town six hours north of Portland that sits north of 40 percent of Canada’s population.

    Presley, a 30-year-old east Tennessee transplant who also works as a banker in neighboring Presque-Isle, has now weathered three winters with his wife Kelsey, who grew up in Portland.

    “People who are from here have a sense of pride and independence because they’ve made it work despite the weather. They’re amazing people,” Presley said.

    The County can be many degrees colder than the rest of Maine. But as long as the snow slows to 12 inches or less per hour, the roads stay open and life goes on.

    “It’s a dry cold,” Presley said, trying to assure that the weather isn’t as bad as it sounds.

    Remarkable forested landscapes, farmland and picturesque rocky shores make Maine a natural draw for tourists. Agriculture and natural resources are its top industries. Mail order outdoor adventure supplier L.L. Bean calls the state home.

    But the 1.3 million residents are fiercely independent; a predominantly Catholic and mainline Protestant heritage have given way to skepticism or complacency toward faith.

    More than 25 percent of Mainers claim no affiliation — 9 percentage points higher than the national average — according to Pew Research data, while 26 percent of Mainers identify as Roman Catholic, 25 percent as mainline Protestants and 15 percent as evangelicals.

    A 2010 Gallup poll placed Maine residents third lowest in the nation for weekly church attendance at 27 percent, compared to 63 percent of Mississippians and 58 percent of Alabamans who attend services weekly.

    But thanks to attention from Southern Baptists and partnerships with churches in the South, new flickers of faith are igniting across Maine’s rural landscape as well as in its more densely populated cities.

    As with Calvary in Caribou, churches engaging their communities throughout the state have turned the heads of skeptics and nominal Christians.

    “Ministry in Maine means getting your hands and feet dirty as you get to know people and their families and live in community with them,” said Barry Murry, the North American Mission Board’s church planting catalyst for Maine. “This is the only way to see lives changed by the Gospel here.”

    In the capital city of Augusta, two hours east of Portland, church planter Dan Coleman of Kennebec Community Church is seeing encouraging signs.

    Kennebec Community has the potential to become one of the most vibrant churches in southern Maine as they move from three services in a crowded building into a space previously owned by the city’s most prominent Catholic church. It would not be out of the question to jump to 400 in attendance.

    “It’s cool to see things you can’t deny as the power of God,” Coleman said. “And a lot of it has been God working through our availability and consistency. Consistency is huge around here. People say, ‘You guys are at everything.’ And that is exactly what we want.”

    Kennebec Community already has sent out two church planters. One of them, Maine native Les Dancer is pastor of Sheepscot Valley Community Church, a growing church plant in the town of Whitefield, named after George Whitefield who preached in the American colonies during the Great Awakening. Dancer accepted Christ at Kennebec Community and was discipled there before beginning the church plant just 15 minutes into the country surrounding Augusta.

    “Our churches were once full. We experienced the revival of the Great Awakening, but in Maine we’ve really lost the fire,” said Dancer, who is intent on seeing that fire rekindled.

    Maine native Aaron Werner (@aaronjwerner), who returned to the state after 17 years away to start a church near his home in the Portland area, said many of the city’s Catholic buildings have become available as attendance has waned.

    “We actually considered buying or renting one,” said Werner, whose church — Cross Church (@CrossChurchME) — launched Jan. 12 in rented auditorium space at the University of Southern Maine. “We woke up and there was ice on the road, and I said, ‘Oh, no,’” Werner recounted.

    But more than 200 people showed up that morning. For a Maine-coast church launch in mid-winter, it was a success by any measure. And really, for a launch any time of year in any part of Maine, it was remarkable.

    “The need throughout Maine and New England is astounding,” said Jeff Christopherson, vice president for NAMB’s Northeast Region. “But it’s also astounding how many hardworking and sharp church planters have taken up the task.”
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    Adam Miller is a writer for the North American Mission Board.

    Editors note: Thank God, that while churches in Maine send missionaries all over the world, the Southern Baptist recognize the need here in Maine.


    Thursday January 23, 2014
    There is nothing unclear about these 68 words!

    Congress rushed to pass a 1,524-page bill last week that funds government agencies for 2014. The bill—which President Obama signed into law last Friday—is full of minor measures that were slipped in to appease various members, but one small section could upend the Internal Revenue Service's ability to regulate political organizations hoping to become nonprofits. Tacked on as a symbolic effort to mollify conservatives' anti-IRS mania, the text is so overly vague that it could mean the dissolution of long-standing rules. Or nothing at all. No one's really sure.

    "It's really hard to know if this is clever or just abysmal drafting," says Frances Hill, a tax law professor at the University of Miami School of Law.

    Marcus Owens, who spent a decade as director of the IRS's Exempt Organizations Division, is worried, though. "Just taken on its face," he says, "it would make it very difficult for all forms of tax-exempt organizations [to be stopped] from engaging in explicit political activity, excessive lobbying activity, [and] commercial speech."

    "The provision doesn't really make much sense as it's written," says Donald Tobin, a tax law professor at Ohio State University's law school, "so its hard to tell what it means."

    The relevant section is buried on page 439 of the gigantic bill. Just nine lines long and 68 words, the two clauses say money designated for the IRS cannot be used to "target citizens of the United States for exercising any right guaranteed under the first Amendment" or to target "groups for regulatory scrutiny based on their ideological beliefs."

    The section is a clear response to the IRS scandal from 2013. Conservatives were outraged that the agency flagged groups with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names for extra scrutiny. It wasn't a political vendetta—progressive groups with "occupy" in their name also garnered closer investigation before their applications were approved—just a means to sort through an onslaught of applications before the 2010 election. Nevertheless, Congress slipped in this measure as what seems like a nudge to the agency and a reminder that IRS agents shouldn't single out political groups of a certain ideological stripe. Staff from the Senate Appropriations Committee—where at least part of the language appears to have originated—didn't respond to requests for clarification about the intention of the new law.

    Except the mild critique is poorly written. All of the tax experts reached by Mother Jones were mystified by the use of the word "target," an unusual term to be applied to the IRS. "I'm not even sure what targeting means," Owens says. "Each taxpayer has its own set of circumstances—simply because they're not all cookie-cutter—and the IRS has to analyze the tax law as it applies to particular facts and circumstances. It can't literally treat everybody the same. It has to make distinctions."

    Owens, who oversaw the section charged with assessing nonprofit applications when he was at the IRS, singled out two types of tax-exempt organizations as possible problem areas under the new law: 501(c)(3)s and 501(c)(4)s. These designations encompass a wide swath of what most people think of as nonprofits: social-welfare organizations, religious institutions, even media companies (such as Mother Jones). But this sector has also seen an explosion of groups whose general mission is to sway politics, ranging from think tanks to campaign organizations that run issue ads. These are the dark-money groups who hide their donors following Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that opened the floodgates to unlimited campaign spending.

    The IRS currently says 501(c)(3)s can't engage in any direct political activity, and 501(c)(4)s can't spend more than 50 percent of their budget on politics. According to Owens, the new law could uproot these rules, because the IRS must judge groups based on their speech and the expression of their ideological beliefs to enforce them. "It could have some rather dramatic implications," he says, "including that charities would be essentially free to engage in pretty much any kind of speech that they deem fit."

    It will all depend on how regulators, courts, and lawyers interpret the new language. A narrow read might be the more reasonable option, treating this simply as a measure that prevents the IRS from executing political vendettas. But any time Congress leaves open a loophole, someone is sure to challenge it. That lack of clarity will leave the IRS vulnerable to legal challenges.

    Matthew Journy, a DC lawyer who represents nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status, says he could see himself filing claims based on this provision. "Every client I have ever worked with, possibly every taxpayer ever examined by the IRS, has felt that they are unfairly targeted," he says. "Fairness isn't really a concern for the IRS." Per past precedent, the IRS doesn't need to explain its motivation when investigating an individual or group. Tax courts don't care whether the IRS had a vendetta against you personally, just whether the facts presented offering a compelling case. Now, lawyers like Journy can raise suspicion about the IRS's intentions in opening a case.

    But Journy worries these new provisions could have their largest impact outside the courtroom. "The way this will be used most effectively is to bully the IRS into closing an examination on more favorable terms," he says. Petitioners to the IRS—an agency still stinging from PR damage of last year's drummed up scandal—will be able to cite these new provisions to claim that they have been unjustly targeted for their beliefs if the IRS delays approving their application.

    It's no surprise that a questionable measure slipped through the cracks in this new law. The bill was fast-tracked, with members of Congress granting it less scrutiny than usual for such a massive piece of legislation—they needed to get a spending bill completed by the weekend or else the government would shut down. The text for it wasn't released until 8 p.m. last Monday night, by Wednesday afternoon it had passed the House, the Senate cleared it Thursday evening, and Obama signed it on Friday. "Frankly, if we had time, I would allow, I would like to have more time," House Speaker John Boehner said. "We're in a situation where the government is in fact going to run out of money."

    Amidst that rush these small anti-IRS rules, probably intended just as empty rhetoric, slipped through to carry the weight of enforceable law. "It's the sort of language," says Owens, "that seems to be what we get a lot from Congress these days: nonsense."

    Editors note: This is the exact text taken from the bill: "SEC . 107. None of the funds made available under this Act may be used by the Internal Revenue Service to target citizens of the United States for exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
    SEC. 108. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used by the Internal Revenue Service to target groups for regu-latory scrutiny based on their ideological beliefs.
    " to see the entire bill in searchable format click here
    Comrades Collins and King, Maine's two infamous extrme left wing Republic hating liberals joined with Michaud and Pingree in voting for this draconian spend thrift making of the rich richer and bilking the tax payers out of more than a trillion dollars peice of crap. Ted Cruz opposed it.

    Starting with Roosevelt in 1932, it seems that every candiate from either party running for president and most of the candidates for Congress, Governor and State legislatures have had one overriding theme, "Communism can work under my leadership"

    Obama caught in another lie, trying to start yet another war front.

    New analysis of rocket used in Syria chemical attack undercuts U.S. claims

    — A series of revelations about the rocket believed to have delivered poison sarin gas to a Damascus suburb last summer are challenging American intelligence assumptions about that attack and suggest that the case U.S. officials initially made for retaliatory military action was flawed.

    A team of security and arms experts, meeting this week in Washington to discuss the matter, has concluded that the range of the rocket that delivered sarin in the largest attack that night was too short for the device to have been fired from the Syrian government positions where the Obama administration insists they originated.

    Separately, international weapons experts are puzzling over why the rocket in question – an improvised 330mm to 350mm rocket equipped with a large receptacle on its nose to hold chemicals – reportedly did not appear in the Syrian government’s declaration of its arsenal to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and apparently was not uncovered by OPCW inspectors who believe they’ve destroyed Syria’s ability to deliver a chemical attack.

    Neither development proves decisively that Syrian government forces did not fire the chemicals that killed hundreds of Syrians in the early morning hours of Aug. 21. U.S. officials continue to insist that the case for Syrian government responsibility for the attack in East Ghouta is stronger than any suggestion of rebel involvement, while experts say it is possible Syria left the rockets out of its chemical weapons declaration simply to make certain it could not be tied to the attack.

    “That failure to declare can mean different things,” said Ralf Trapp, an original member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and a former secretary of the group’s scientific advisory board. “It can mean the Syrian government doesn’t have them, or that they are hiding them.”

    In Washington, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said its assertion of Syrian government responsibility remains unchanged.

    “The body of information used to make the assessment regarding the August 21 attack included intelligence pertaining to the regime’s preparations for this attack and its means of delivery, multiple streams of intelligence about the attack itself and its effect, our post-attack observations, and the differences between the capabilities of the regime and the opposition. That assessment made clear that the opposition had not used chemical weapons in Syria,” it said Wednesday in an email.

    But the authors of a report released Wednesday said that their study of the rocket’s design, its likely payload and its possible trajectories show that it would have been impossible for the rocket to have been fired from inside areas controlled by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    In the report, titled “Possible Implications of Faulty U.S. Technical Intelligence,” Richard Lloyd, a former United Nations weapons inspector, and Theodore Postol, a professor of science, technology and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argue that the question about the rocket’s range indicates a major weakness in the case for military action initially pressed by Obama administration officials.

    The administration eventually withdrew its request for congressional authorization for a military strike after Syria agreed to submit to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans the weapons. Polls showed overwhelming public opposition to a military strike, however, and it was doubtful Congress would have authorized an attack.

    Lloyd and Postol’s report is the most recent installment in a months-long debate among rocket and weapons experts, much of it carried out in detailed papers posted on the Internet, about the nature of the munitions used in the Aug. 21 attack on rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus.

    The report’s authors admit that they deal only with one area of the attacks, the eastern suburb of Zamalka, where the largest quantity of sarin was released that night. They acknowledge that smaller rockets likely used in areas southwest of the capital could have come from government-controlled territory.

    Relying on mathematical projections about the likely force of the rocket and noting that its design – some have described it as a trash can on a stick – would have made it awkward in flight, Lloyd and Postol conclude that the rocket likely had a maximum range of 2 kilometers, or just more than 1.2 miles. That range, the report explains in detail, means the rockets could not have come from land controlled by the Syrian government.

    To emphasize their point, the authors used a map produced by the White House that showed which areas were under government and rebel control on Aug. 21 and where the chemical weapons attack occurred. Drawing circles around Zamalka to show the range from which the rocket could have come, the authors conclude that all of the likely launching points were in rebel-held areas or areas that were in dispute. The area securely in government hands was miles from the possible launch zones.

    In an interview, Postol said that a basic analysis of the weapon – some also have described as a looking like a push pop, a fat cylinder filled with sarin atop a thin stick that holds the engine – would have shown that it wasn’t capable of flying the 6 miles from the center of the Syrian government-controlled part of Damascus to the point of impact in the suburbs, or even the 3.6 miles from the edges of government-controlled ground.

    He questioned whether U.S. intelligence officials had actually analyzed the improbability of a rocket with such a non-aerodynamic design traveling so far before Secretary of State John Kerry declared on Sept. 3 that “we are certain that none of the opposition has the weapons or capacity to effect a strike of this scale – particularly from the heart of regime territory.”

    “I honestly have no idea what happened,” Postol said. “My view when I started this process was that it couldn’t be anything but the Syrian government behind the attack. But now I’m not sure of anything. The administration narrative was not even close to reality. Our intelligence cannot possibly be correct.”

    Lloyd, who has spent the past half-year studying the weapons and capabilities in the Syrian conflict, disputed the assumption that the rebels are less capable of making rockets than the Syrian military.

    “The Syrian rebels most definitely have the ability to make these weapons,” he said. “I think they might have more ability than the Syrian government.”

    Both said they were not making a case that the rebels were behind the attack, just that a case for military action was made without even a basic understanding of what might have happened.

    For instance, they said that Kerry’s insistence that U.S. satellite images had shown the impact points of the chemical weapons was unlikely to be true. The charges that detonate chemical weapons are generally so small, they said, that their detonations would not be visible in a satellite image.

    The report also raised questions whether the Obama administration misused intelligence information in a way similar to the administration of President George W. Bush in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Then, U.S. officials insisted that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had an active program to develop weapons of mass destruction. Subsequent inspections turned up no such program or weapons.

    “What, exactly, are we spending all this money on intelligence for?” Postol asked.

    As for the failure of the Syrians to list the rocket in its chemical weapons inventory, experts are undecided on what it means and leery about discussing it in public.

    A spokeswoman for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in Damascus declined to comment on what was listed in the declaration. It would violate the Chemical Weapons Convention for anyone who has read the declaration – it’s distributed to all nations that have joined the treaty – to reveal its contents.

    Knowledgeable experts said discussion of the apparent omission has been muted because no one wants to say anything that would disrupt what appears to have been the successful dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons program.

    Some say they are worried that the failure to declare one delivery system may also mean that other items went undeclared.

    “The most likely explanation for some of the delivery systems not showing up on the chemical declaration is that Assad doesn’t want to incriminate himself or his regime,” said Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association.

    Saturday January 18, 2014
    Why Congress Is Held in Contempt
    By: Patrick J. Buchanan

    “I’ve got a pen,” said President Obama early this week.

    “I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions … that move the ball forward.”

    “When I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so,” the president added Wednesday at North Carolina State.

    Thus did Obama signal that he will bypass Congress and use his executive powers to advance his agenda of national transformation.

    This dismissal of Congress has gone almost unprotested. In an earlier age it might have evoked talk of impeachment. But not now.

    For though Congress may be the first branch of government in the Constitution, with the longest list of enumerated powers in Article 1, its eclipse has been extraordinary.

    Congressional powers have eroded or been surrendered. The esteem in which Congress is now held calls to mind Emily Dickinson: “It dropped so low in my regard/I heard it hit the ground.”

    Congress boasts a 13 percent approval, a surge from its all-time low of 9 percent last fall before the budget deal.

    While ex-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressed disappointment in Obama and Hillary Clinton in his book “Duty,” and was dismissive of Joe Biden, his view of Congress dripped with venom:

    “Uncivil, incompetent in fulfilling basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned, often putting self (and reelection) before country — this was my view of the majority of the United States Congress.”

    At Congressional hearings, Gates says he was “exceptionally offended by the constant, adversarial, inquisition-like treatment,” and lines of inquiry that were “rude, insulting, belittling, bullying, and all too often personal.”

    Admirers of Obama, Hillary and Biden have all come forward to defend them. Where are the defenders of Congress from this searing indictment by Gates? Almost nowhere.

    What happened to Congress? Not so long ago, school children were taught more about Sens. Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster than many of the presidents of that pre-Civil War era.

    High among the causes of Congress’ decline has surely been the loss or surrender of its constitutional powers — to presidents, the Supreme Court and a federal bureaucracy Congress itself created.

    Consider this. Under Article 1, Congress is entrusted with the power to “regulate commerce with foreign nations.”

    With the exception of slavery, there was not a more divisive issue before the Civil War than the tariff question.

    In the Jacksonian era, South Carolina almost seceded over the tariff, and Andrew Jackson threatened an invasion.

    Today, Congress first surrendered to the executive the authority to negotiate trade deals, and then passed fast track, denying itself the right to amend those treaties. Congress has restricted itself to a yes or no vote on what the executive negotiates.

    The transnational corporations that finance campaigns are delighted.

    But as a consequence of NAFTA, GATT, and the WTO, a third of U.S. manufacturing jobs and a huge slice of our manufacturing base have been shipped overseas, and we have run $10 trillion in trade deficits since Bush I.

    The stunning industrial decline of the United States has been matched in two centuries only by the USSR.

    Congress was granted the power to “coin money” and “regulate the value thereof.” But in 1913, Congress transferred that power to the Federal Reserve.

    With the Fed as its steward, the dollar’s purchasing power had fallen to that of a couple of pennies in 1913. And the Fed was responsible for the stock market bubble that bought on the Great Crash of 1929 and Great Depression, and the real estate and stock market bubbles that brought on our own Great Recession.

    Yet, the Fed is untouchable.

    Though Congress was granted exclusive power “to declare war,” our last declared war was in 1941.

    Obama today draws “red lines” and tells nations not to cross them or we bomb, and announces to the world that, in dealing with Iran, “all options are on the table,” meaning war.

    But when did Congress authorize Obama to wage war on Iran? Never.

    Nor did Congress authorize Bill Clinton to bomb Serbia.

    While Congress was granted the power in the Constitution to restrict the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, that court has been on an ideological tear, remaking America without a nod to Congress.

    The court has created new rights for criminal suspects out of thin air. It ordered all states to integrate public schools, even if that meant forced busing by race across cities. It declared abortion and homosexual relations to be constitutionally protected rights.

    Congress often complained, but almost always did nothing.

    Congress has behaved more timidly than the Court, whose justices serve for life. And unlike the president, Congress cannot act decisively or speak with a single voice. It’s a cacophony.

    Sundered by party and ideology, with 535 members, and rules and regulations that inhibit decisions and impede action, Congress appears a 19th-century anachronism at sea in a 21st-century world.

    Who looks to Congress today as the bulwark of our liberties.

    Famous Presidential Lies

    LBJ: We were attacked

    Nixon: I am not a crook

    Clinton: I did not have sex with that woman,,,,,, Ms. Lewinski

    Bush - 41: Read my lips - No new taxes

    Obama:
    1.. My mother died of cancer after being denied coverage for a preexisting condition.
    2.. I will have the most transparent administration in history.
    3.. TARP is to fund Shovel-ready jobs.
    4.. I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
    5.. The IRS is not targeting anyone.
    6.. It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
    7.. I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism".
    8.. You didn't build that!
    9.. I will restore trust in Government.
    10. The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
    11. The Public Will Have 5 Days To Look at Every Bill That Lands On My Desk
    12. It's not my red line - it is the world’s red line.
    13. Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
    14. I will not allow lobbyists in my staff.
    15. We got back Every Dime we Used to Rescue the Banks, with interest.
    16. Same for the Auto Companies
    17. I will close Gitmo.
    18. I'll save the average family $8,000 in gas each year.
    19. I pledge to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.
    20. I'm not going to make any excuses.
    21. I will be held accountable.
    22. I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future.
    23. I am not spying on American citizens.
    24. ObamaCare will be good for America .
    25. No Tax increases on the Middle Class.
    26. You can keep your family doctor, period.
    27. Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
    28. If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan, period.
    29. It's just like shopping at Amazon.
    And the biggest one of all: 30. I, Barack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

    Obama is a pathetic lying cowardly scum and the US should be not only ashamed, but disqusted with itself as well! Why did the US g0vt surrender on Syria?


    Ex-FBI Agent Reveals What to Do If The Police Get in Your Face


    4 cops arrested for Color of Law violations.

    From the FBI, laws regarding color of law. Print it out and keep it with you at all times.

    Canadian visitors take note

    Public rebelliousness has surged here in the past, of course.

    Police overreach and abuse has been an issue in American life going back to the Vietnam War demonstrations and beyond.

    In New York City, for example, the municipal government is still paying out tens of millions of dollars to hundreds of people who were unjustly arrested for demonstrating during the Republican National Convention in 2004.

    In that case, too, private citizens recorded the action. In fact, evidence is emerging that undercover agents actually provoked some of the violence that served as a pretext for arrests.

    The ACLU says police are increasingly aware, and angry, about people attempting to capture abuse on video. (In Nebraska, only a third party's pictures from a neighbour across the street helped convict police who seized and destroyed video taken of their warrantless actions at a private residence.)

    However, for all its encouragement of citizens to assert their rights, the ACLU warns that it can come with a price.

    While disrespect for law enforcement is no crime here (that was settled by the courts decades ago), challenges to authority are still often answered with a disorderly conduct or obstruction of justice citation.

    And while the U.S. Constitution applies to everyone on U.S. soil, Canadian visitors might want to take a more defensive approach (like don't drive your own car in certain southern states, don't carry a lot of valuables, and if you run into a checkpoint, be nice and obedient).

    Unlike U.S. citizens, visitors are here by permission, and that can be revoked for any reason, or none at all.

    Also, carrying a smartphone can't hurt.

    Hidden Third Cameraman Proves Crucial in Nebraska Photographer-Abuse Case
    By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 9:36am

    Take a look at the photograph to the left. It shows a former police officer in an orange jumpsuit making a court appearance to face a felony charge of evidence tampering, as well as misdemeanor obstruction and theft. I hope that police around the nation will see this image (which comes from here) and realize that this is what can happen when they try to seize and destroy photographs or video taken by others.

    The charges arise from an incident—now subject of a lawsuit by the ACLU of Nebraska—that started when a man, Octavius Johnson, questioned why his family’s cars were being towed, and ended up with excessive force, a warrantless search and seizure, and the charges mentioned above. Although two of Johnson’s brothers filmed the incident, it may well have never come to light had not a third person, filming from an upper window in a house across the street, also recorded the incident (YouTube video here).

    By now we’re used to seeing far too many videos of unnecessary and excessive force by officers. What is extra-shocking in this video is the wanton violation of the centuries-old common law rule that “a man’s home is his castle,” which was incorporated into the Constitution through the Fourth Amendment. Viewing dozens of officers streaming into a man’s private home with no warrant (and no emergency circumstance) is a dismaying indicator of either a gross lack of training, or a feeling on the part of these officers that they could violate the Constitution with impunity, probably because they were operating in an African-American neighborhood.

    Like many such videos, this one went viral, received some national attention, and brought a heap of trouble down on the officers involved, four of whom were fired and two of whom are facing charges.

    The other thing that is disturbing is that without that third camera recording the incident, it’s likely that none of this would have come to light, after officers inside the house took the two brothers’ cameras. Unless, of course, one of the 28 officers involved did their job as a law enforcement officer and enforced the law by revealing the wrongdoing of their fellow officers. I’m not sure many people would put much faith in that happening, in which case without that third video this family might have filed a complaint, and faced a he-said/she-said situation in which the larger community would have given the police the benefit of the doubt.

    Finally, I would note that these police had clearly learned how dangerous cameras can be to officers that violate rights, since they made suppressing the photographic evidence such a priority, and indeed lost their jobs over it. But if police can seize two cameras and still get caught by a third, that also suggests that we may be approaching a point where police come to recognize that abuse anywhere in public is simply too risky for them.

    Opinion

    America's Dwindling Economic Freedom

    Regulation, taxes and debt knock the U.S. out of the world's top 10.

    By Terry Miller

    World economic freedom has reached record levels, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. But after seven straight years of decline, the U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 most economically free countries.

    For 20 years, the index has measured a nation's commitment to free enterprise on a scale of 0 to 100 by evaluating 10 categories, including fiscal soundness, government size and property rights. These commitments have powerful effects: Countries achieving higher levels of economic freedom consistently and measurably outperform others in economic growth, long-term prosperity and social progress. Botswana, for example, has made gains through low tax rates and political stability.

    Those losing freedom, on the other hand, risk economic stagnation, high unemployment and deteriorating social conditions. For instance, heavy-handed government intervention in Brazil's economy continues to limit mobility and fuel a sense of injustice.

    It's not hard to see why the U.S. is losing ground. Even marginal tax rates exceeding 43% cannot finance runaway government spending, which has caused the national debt to skyrocket. The Obama administration continues to shackle entire sectors of the economy with regulation, including health care, finance and energy. The intervention impedes both personal freedom and national prosperity.

    But as the U.S. economy languishes, many countries are leaping ahead, thanks to policies that enhance economic freedom—the same ones that made the U.S. economy the most powerful in the world. Governments in 114 countries have taken steps in the past year to increase the economic freedom of their citizens. Forty-three countries, from every part of the world, have now reached their highest economic freedom ranking in the index's history.

    Hong Kong continues to dominate the list, followed by Singapore, Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada. These are the only countries to earn the index's "economically free" designation. Mauritius earned top honors among African countries and Chile excelled in Latin America. Despite the turmoil in the Middle East, several Gulf states, led by Bahrain, earned designation as "mostly free."

    A realignment is under way in Europe, according to the index's findings. Eighteen European nations, including Germany, Sweden, Georgia and Poland, have reached new highs in economic freedom. By contrast, five others—Greece, Italy, France, Cyprus and the United Kingdom—registered scores lower than they received when the index started two decades ago.

    The most improved players are in Eastern Europe, including Estonia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. These countries have gained the most economic freedom over the past two decades. And it's no surprise: Those who have lived under communism have no trouble recognizing the benefits of a free-market system. But countries that have experimented with milder forms of socialism, such as Sweden, Denmark and Canada, also have made impressive moves toward greater economic freedom, with gains near 10 points or higher on the index scale. Sweden, for instance, is now ranked 20th out of 178 countries, up from 34th out of 140 countries in 1996.

    The U.S. and the U.K, historically champions of free enterprise, have suffered the most pronounced declines. Both countries now fall in the "mostly free" category. Some of the worst performers are in Latin America, particularly Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia. All are governed by crony-populist regimes pushing policies that have made property rights less secure, spending unsustainable and inflation evermore threatening.

    Despite financial crises and recessions, the global economy has expanded by nearly 70% in 20 years, to $54 trillion in 2012 from $32 trillion in 1993. Hundreds of millions of people have left grinding poverty behind as their economies have become freer. But it is an appalling, avoidable human tragedy how many of the world's peoples remain unfree—and poor.

    The record of increasing economic freedom elsewhere makes it inexcusable that a country like the U.S. continues to pursue policies antithetical to its own growth, while wielding its influence to encourage other countries to chart the same disastrous course. The 2014 Index of Economic Freedom documents a world-wide race to enhance economic opportunity through greater freedom—and this year's index demonstrates that the U.S. needs a drastic change in direction.

    Mr. Miller is the director of the Center for International Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation.

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    Rush Limbaugh’s gatekeeper, ‘Snerdley,’ opens up

    It takes a special kind of person to keep pace with the king of conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh. Long-time producer James Golden, aka “Bo Snerdley,” accepted the challenge over 25 years ago, and he hasn’t had time to look back since.

    The years flew by, Golden told BizPac Review in a candid interview. At the beginning “I was real skinny and I had hair,” he said.

    Despite juggling the duties of producer, researcher and call screener, Golden made the high-stress job sound almost effortless as he described a day in Rush’s world.

    He and his boss have a similar work ethic and a knack for radio built on decades of experience, Golden revealed (see insight video below).

    The “golden” rules: Work hard, keep up with the news and have patience with people.

    The down-to-earth conservative charmed a South Florida crowd at Wednesday’s Republican Business Network meeting, where he answered questions both political and personal in nature.

    Golden also opened up in an exclusive interview with BizPac Review, ending with this fun “rapid-fire” segment:

    Here’s a little insight into how it all comes together in the duo’s “super-secret” studio location.

    Golden gets more personal here:

    Chilling diagram of damage done at Pearl Harbor drawn up Lieutenant Commander who led miss
    Source: Daily Mail Online
    URL Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art ... e-Pearl-Harbor-drawn-Lieutenan
    Published: Jan 17, 2014
    Author: Ted Thornhill

    An extraordinary diagram that charts in chilling detail the outcome of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour has emerged after 72 years.

    The colourful battle map was drawn up in the wake of the surprise attack on the American Pacific Fleet and shows the sheer devastation inflicted.

    It was produced by Lieutenant Commander Mitsuo Fuchida who led the 400 Japanese fighter planes on the mission and who gave the famous radio signal 'Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Revealed: An extraordinary battle map that charts in chilling detail the outcome of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

    Revealed: An extraordinary battle map that charts in chilling detail the outcome of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

    The diagram shows more than 60 US ships at anchor in the harbour and most are marked in different symbols to show the extent of the damage they suffered.

    A key-code down one side records the types of munitions used and the damage inflicted, under the categories minor, moderate, serious and sunk.

    One of the eight battleships attacked was the USS Oklahoma which has a large red cross through the middle of it to show it was sunk.

    Twelve red arrows pointing to its starboard side indicate the number of torpedos that struck it.

    Ahead of it is the USS West Virginia which also has a red cross, nine torpedo arrows and three red dots which show it was hit by three bombs.

    Next to that is the USS California that also has a red cross and three red dots.

    Lieutenant Commander Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the 400 Japanese fighter planes on the mission

    Lieutenant Commander Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the 400 Japanese fighter planes on the mission

    One of the most famous ships attacked at Pearl Harbour was the USS Arizona. It has four red dots on it and three red lines running through it to show it was seriously damaged.

    In fact the Arizona was sunk in shallow water and was the only battleship that couldn't be raised. It is now a permanent memorial to the 1,177 men on board who were killed.

    So detailed was the report, Lt Cmdr Fushida even added plumes of large orange flames and smoke to many of the ships for added effect.

    It was used by the Japanese officer during a presentation he gave to Emperor Hirohito on the successful attack three weeks later.

    The document is marked 'Top Secret' and is titled 'Estimated Damage Report Against Surface Ships on the Air Attack of Pearl Harbour.'

    The map is incredibly accurate in terms of the positions of the 60 ships and Lt Cmdr Fushida was about 80 per cent correct in his results.

    After the war he became a Christian evangelist and bizarrely settled in the US.

    He gave the document, that measures 2ft 7in by 23ins, to the historian Gordon Prange when he was interviewed by him in 1947.

    Mr Prange kept it for over 40 years until it was acquired by the late magazine magnate Malcolm Forbes.

    His family have now sold it at auction where it fetched £260,000.

    The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    Patrick McGrath, a books and manuscripts specialists at auctioneers Christie's, said: ‘It is a remarkable artefact from World War II.

    ‘It was very exciting to deal with such an historic document. It brings you right there at that moment in history.

    ‘In his autobiography, Fuchida said he felt his diagram was about 80 per cent accurate.

    ‘It was based on the action reports compiled on board an aircraft carrier following the attack.

    ‘He described unfolding the layout in front of the Emperor and using his finger to point at the relevant places on the diagram, giving a blow-by-blow account.

    ‘It is remarkably detailed.’

    The attack on Pearl Harbour in Hawaii resulted in 2,402 US servicemen being killed and almost 20 ships being sunk, destroyed or badly damaged.

    The Japanese believed the success of the attack would prevent the Americans from entering the war in the Pacific between Japan and China.

    But it had the opposite effect and the Americans were able to salvage and repair almost all of the ships that were sunk or damaged and by 1944 they were all back in use.

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    While obama celebrates homosexuality and encourges the it, Putin: Gays must 'leave children in peace'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says gays should feel welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but they must "leave the children in peace."

    Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi "can feel calm and at ease," and vowed that there would be no discrimination at the games. But he emphasized that, according to a law banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage.

    Putin and other politicians have defended the June propaganda law as a protection of child rights, but critics believe that the law discriminates against sexual minorities.

    Wednesday January 15, 2014

    Obama divorce bombshell

    WITH a White House cheating scan­dal set to explode, President BARACK OBAMA and his wife MICHELLE are hiding a divorce shocker from America!

    Only weeks after Obama publicly humiliated the first lady by snapping a “selfie” with a dishy blonde for­eign leader, the first couple’s shaky 21-year marriage has collapsed following a disastrous holiday trip, sources say.

    The two locked horns in a series of ugly fights during their recent Hawaiian getaway, but sources say the death blow came when Michelle learned that the Secret Service has covered up Obama’s cheating – twice.

    After a “mole” exposed the presi­dent’s betrayal, a furious Michelle ripped into him during a bitter blow-out and raged: “I want out!”

    Then, in a shocking show of de­fiance, she refused to return to Washington, D.C., with Obama and their daughters when their 15-day vacation ended.

    “Michelle is so upset over her trou­bled marriage that she didn’t want to leave Hawaii when it was time to go,” a source told The ENQUIRER.

    “She said she wasn’t ready to face the ‘fish bowl’ of Washington, D.C., and refused to fly home with Obama and the girls on Air Force One. The president had no choice but to leave Michelle behind in Hawaii.”

    Sources say the White House was forced into “damage control spin mode” to explain why Michelle remained holed up at the couple’s luxurious $24,500-a-week ocean­front rental in Oahu.

    According to Associated Press: “Mrs. Obama stayed behind to spend time with friends ahead of her up­coming 50th birthday party.”

    Another report said that Michelle planned to visit Oprah Winfrey at her estate on Maui.

    In any case, Michelle turns 50 on Jan. 17, and her husband is throwing her a gala birthday bash at the White House the following day.

    WORLD EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA MARRIAGE EXPLODES!!!

    But as The ENQUIRER has re­ported, the two have been at war ever since the president brazenly flirted with Denmark’s leggy blonde female prime minster, Helle Thorning- Schmidt, during the memorial service for South African icon Nelson Mandela. Obama, 52, and the 47-year-old beauty playfully snapped a “selfie” photograph together during the solemn ceremony on Dec. 10 while an obviously incensed Michelle shot daggers at them.

    In the wake of the mortifying in­cident, sources said the first couple moved into separate White House bedrooms, and Michelle met with di­vorce attorneys.

    The first lady was still reeling from the “selfie” episode when the couple had a showdown in Hawaii over her birthday party, sources say.

    “Barack attempted to make up to Michelle by dropping details about the birthday bash while they were in Hawaii,” said the source.

    “But Michelle declared flat-out that she wasn’t going to the party. Refer­ring to the Danish prime minister, she snapped at Barack, ‘You could bring that tramp instead!’

    “In the end, he convinced her to at­tend – out of duty to the nation. But a reluctant Michelle warned Barack that he’ll be on a tight leash, and if he makes one flirtatious move she’ll embarrass him in front of everyone.”

    But the Hawaii trip went from bad to worse when Michelle found out that the Secret Service has been cover­ing up her husband’s unfaithfulness.

    “Some of the president’s most loyal supporters were absolutely sickened by his behavior at the Mandela event,” the insider revealed.

    “They decided to pass secrets to Mi­chelle while she was in Hawaii, and she picked up some very incriminat­ing information, including the fact that the Secret Service has been cover­ing up the president’s cheating.

    “She learned that Barack was caught with a woman in an incident that, in the words of one mole, was ‘hushed up.’ Besides that, a Secret Service agent also saw the president ‘in a com­promising position’ with another woman while Michelle was out of town.”

    The news sent Michelle into a rage, and she ripped into Obama in private, said the source.

    “Barack told Michelle not to believe the stories,” said the insider. “He insisted that they were ‘all bull.’ But Michelle has had enough and declared, ‘I want out!’

    “That’s when she decided that she wasn’t going back to Washington with him.”

    The tension could clearly be seen even at

     the beginning of the vacation when the first family took in a college bas­ketball game on Dec. 22. Photos show Michelle looking gloomy through­out the game. And she was further enraged days later when Obama refused to attend yuletide church services, sources say.

    Instead, on Christmas Eve, Obama played golf with his high school pal Bobby Titcomb, who was busted for soliciting a prostitute in 2011.

    Obama played numerous rounds of golf with Titcomb during his vaca­tion, attended a basketball game with him and enjoyed a barbecue lunch at Titcomb’s home.

    As The ENQUIRER has reported, Obama reportedly plans to live with Titcomb in Hawaii when his second term ends while Michelle remains in Washington, D.C., until the couple’s youngest daughter, Sasha, finishes high school.

    In a last-ditch bid to mend fences with Michelle during their vacation, Obama treated her to dinner at Alan Wong’s, a spot famous for its local cuisine, on Dec. 30. But according to a source: “Michelle looked miserable and unhappy. She was just going through the motions.”

    The couple and their daughters – Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12 – celebrated New Year’s Eve with friends and family at their vacation rental, but “it was not a great way to ring in the new year,” said the second source.

    “Michelle’s now left to contemplate the sad reality of her situation. For the sake of her husband’s presidency, she’s going to have to stand by her man until his second term ends in 2016. But for all intents and purposes, their marriage is already over.” 

    Source

    Editors note: While it is obvious that the cowards in Congress will not impeach the traitorous cheater in the oval office it is refreshing to see that it's wife is brave enough to get herself and her children out from under the grasp of this corrupt servant of satan.

    CA Teacher Forces Student to Stop Talking About Bible

    War on Christmas: The Aftermath

    On December 19, a school teacher in Temecula, California told her first grade student, Brynn Williams, that she could not present her family's Christmas tradition of a star of Bethlehem at her school, according to local reports.

    Brynn's class was assigned to do a 1-minute presentation about an object that best represents their family's Christmas tradition. When Brynn stood up to give her presentation, she began reciting a Bible verse just before the teacher interrupted and told her to ”go take your seat". She was the only student not allowed to finish her presentation.

    "When this took place she was hurt," said Brynn's father Shane, "she felt that she had done something wrong and she was going to be punished."

    Brynn's family has since sought legal counsel with Advocates for Faith & Freedom.

    "The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation's public schools has become epidemic,” said Robert Tyler, general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom, "I hope that (the school district ) will take the lead role in adopting a model policy to prohibit this abuse that has become all too common place for religious-minded students."

    The Temecula Valley School District released only the following statement:

    The Temecula Valley Unified School District respects all students' rights under the Constitution and takes very seriously any allegation of discrimination. Due to the fact that District officials are currently investigating the allegations, it would be inappropriate to provide further comment at this time.

    This story broke shortly after advocates for religious freedom picked up on another controversial incident in a West Covina school district where another teacher prevented her student from bringing on campus "candy canes with a religious message".

    Why this cannot happen in Maine!

    The men who led Maine out of the bonds of Massachusetts, the men who lead the secession charge that resulted in freedom from Massachusetts back in 1820 and a Constitution for the new state, were men of God, men who were solidly Christian, and they enshrined the rights of Christians, regardless of denomination, in the Constitution of Maine.

    They not included Christian rights and protections in Article one section 3, they also made the Constitution the supreme law of the state in Article Ten section 6.

    Let's look:

    CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MAINE

    2003 ARRANGEMENT

    (Arranged by the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and approved by the Maine State Legislature,
    Resolve 2003, chapter 98, pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article X, Section 6)

    PREAMBLE.

    Objects of government.  We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same.

    Article I.

    Declaration of Rights.

    Section 1.  Natural rights.  All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

    Section 2.  Power inherent in people.  All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.

    Section 3.  Religious freedom; sects equal; religious tests prohibited; religious teachers.  All individuals have a natural and unalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and no person shall be hurt, molested or restrained in that person's liberty or estate for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of that person's own conscience, nor for that person's religious professions or sentiments, provided that that person does not disturb the public peace, nor obstruct others in their religious worship; -- and all persons demeaning themselves peaceably, as good members of the State, shall be equally under the protection of the laws, and no subordination nor preference of any one sect or denomination to another shall ever be established by law, nor shall any religious test be required as a qualification for any office or trust, under this State; and all religious societies in this State, whether incorporate or unincorporate, shall at all times have the exclusive right of electing their public teachers, and contracting with them for their support and maintenance.

    Section 4.  Freedom of speech and publication; libel; truth given in evidence; jury determines law and fact.  Every citizen may freely speak, write and publish sentiments on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of this liberty; no laws shall be passed regulating or restraining the freedom of the press; and in prosecutions for any publication respecting the official conduct of people in public capacity, or the qualifications of those who are candidates for the suffrages of the people, or where the matter published is proper for public information, the truth thereof may be given in evidence, and in all indictments for libels, the jury, after having received the direction of the court, shall have a right to determine, at their discretion, the law and the fact.

    Now let's look at Article Ten: Article X.

    Additional Provisions.

    Section 1.  (See Section 7 and Note.)

    Section 2.  (See Section 7 and Note.)

    Section 3.  Laws now in force continue until repealed.  All laws now in force in this State, and not repugnant to this Constitution, shall remain, and be in force, until altered or repealed by the Legislature, or shall expire by their own limitation.

    Section 4. Amendments to Constitution.  The Legislature, whenever 2/3 of both Houses shall deem it necessary, may propose amendments to this Constitution; and when any amendments shall be so agreed upon, a resolution shall be passed and sent to the selectmen of the several towns, and the assessors of the several plantations, empowering and directing them to notify the inhabitants of their respective towns and plantations, in the manner prescribed by law, at the next biennial meetings in the month of November, or to meet in the manner prescribed by law for calling and holding biennial meetings of said inhabitants for the election of Senators and Representatives, on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November following the passage of said resolve, to give in their votes on the question, whether such amendment shall be made; and if it shall appear that a majority of the inhabitants voting on the question are in favor of such amendment, it shall become a part of this Constitution.

    Section 5.  (See Section 7 and Note.)

    Section 6.  Constitution to be arranged by Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court; Constitution to be enrolled and printed with laws; supreme law of the State.  The Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court shall arrange the Constitution, as amended, under appropriate titles and in proper articles, parts and sections, omitting all sections, clauses and words not in force and making no other changes in the provisions or language thereof, and shall submit the same to the Legislature; and such arrangement of the Constitution shall be made and submitted to the regular session of the Legislature in 1973 and every 10 years thereafter unless sooner authorized by the Legislature; and the draft and arrangement, when approved by the Legislature, shall be enrolled on parchment and deposited in the office of the Secretary of State; and printed copies thereof shall be prefixed to the books containing the Revised Statutes of the State.  And the Constitution, with the amendments made thereto, in accordance with the provisions thereof, shall be the supreme law of the State.

    Folks, the schools, the churches, and unfortunately the local papers will not, for reasons best known to themselves, teach, consult, or even read the Constitutions of Maine and the USA. They have, it seems, decided to join with the Fabian society, the two majority parties and the communist party USA to undermine and destroy both Constitutions, it is up to you to keep and preserve it, it is up to you to read and study it.

    Saturday January 11, 2014
    So how does one get the attention of obama and it's ilk and minions?

    This is how the Iranians got Congress, Kerry, the Generals, and the illegal alien terrorist in the oval office to show their true colors and back down on Syria.

    Iran threatens brutal attacks on Americans, Obama family if US hits Syria

    As Congress debates whether to support President Obama’s call for a limited strike against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons, Iran is vowing to back Bashar al-Assad’s regime to the hilt and threatening to unleash terrorism should the U.S. strike.

    Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, Wednesday told the Assembly of Experts — the body that chooses the supreme leader — that “[w]e will support Syria to the end.”

    And in an unprecedented statement, a former Iranian official has warned of mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama’s daughters should the United States attack Syria.

    Alireza Forghani, the former governor of southern Iran’s Kish Province, threw down the gauntlet last week. Forghani is an analyst and strategy specialist in the supreme leader’s camp and closely aligned with Mehdi Taeb, who heads the regime’s Ammar Strategic Base, a radical think thank, and thus speaks with the blessing of the Islamic regime.

    “Hopefully Obama will be pigheaded enough to attack Syria, and then we will see the … loss of U.S. interests [through terrorist attacks],” he threatened. “In just 21 hours [after the attack on Syria], a family member of every U.S. minister [department secretary], U.S. ambassadors, U.S. military commanders around the world will be abducted. And then 18 hours later, videos of their amputation will be spread [around the world].”

    A similar act was committed in a video of the torture of William Buckley, a CIA station chief who was abducted in Beirut in 1984 and later killed by Hezbollah on Iran’s order. That video was dropped off at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. Former CIA Director William Casey later described what he saw in the video: “They had done more than ruin his body. His eyes made it clear his mind had been played with. It was horrific, medieval and barbarous.”

    In addition, Forghani warned, “We should remind Obama that if you are a bastard, there are other bastards all around the world who can assault Sasha.” The statement is written in both English and Farsi, but in the Farsi version, Forghani clearly stated that Sasha will be raped by someone who has been able to get close to the Obama family.

    “Obama will attack Syria and then you’ll go to hell, and the world’s public opinion will accept that you deserve to be attacked and assaulted, so please attack,” Forghani concluded.

    Forghani’s threats last Wednesday were further emphasized by the chief commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari, who on the same day told the regime’s Fars News Agency that “America’s vision in its ability for a limited strike in Syria is an illusion. The reactions will be beyond Syria’s borders … [and] those who participate with America in this matter will soon witness threats on their national security.”

    Taeb, the head of the Ammar Strategic Base, had previously stated that, “Syria is the 35th province [of Iran] and a strategic province for us … if we lose Syria, we won’t be able to hold Tehran.”

    Regime officials, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have made it clear on many occasions that Assad’s regime is their red line and that any attack on Syria will have grave consequences for Israel and America.

    Obama has stated that he is determined to punish Assad for the alleged recent chemical attack on his own people that killed more than 1,400 civilians, hundreds of them children.
    Read more at the source:


    Editors note: Sasha Obama is the younger daughter of U.S. president Barack Obama. Her formal name is Natasha, but she is most often called by her nickname, Sasha. She was born in 2001 to Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, who were married in 1992. Sasha Obama has one older sister, Malia, who was born in 1998. Both girls attended the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago until January of 2009, when they began attending Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Sasha Obama entered the fourth grade in 2010. Her father became president on 20 January 2009, and in 2012 he was re-elected for a second four-year term as president. She will be 15 years old at the end of Barack Obama's second term in 2017.

    Dem senator intimidated state officials to cook books on Obamacare numbers


    January 10, 2014 by Michael Dorstewitz

    In an effort to make the Obamacare rollout appear less of a disaster than it was, a U.S. Senator pressured his state insurance division to either fudge the number of people who lost their insurance after the rollout, or to redefine the term “cancellation.”

    An email dated Nov. 14 discloses that U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., who voted for the Affordable Care Act and is up for re-election this year, wanted the Colorado Division of Insurance to revise its previously reported 249,000 cancelled policy figure, according to The Complete Colorado.

    The internal Insurance Division email, sent by Director of External Affairs Jo Donlin and obtained by the Colorado, reads:

    Sen. Udall says our numbers were wrong. They are not wrong. Cancellation notices affected 249,199 people. They want to trash our numbers. I’m holding strong while we get more details. Many have already done early renewals. Regardless, they received cancellation notices.

    udall-email-1

    Donlin carefully explained the Division of Insurance numbers to members of Udall’s staff the following day, and less than two hours later, she emailed the following message to her colleagues and to Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office:

    “Following my e-mail, I received a very hostile phone call from Udall’s deputy chief of staff. [Insurance Commissioner] Marguerite [Salazar] is on the phone with [Udall's] chief of staff right now.  Happy Friday!”

    Udall’s request that the Division of Insurance “cook the books” on cancellations came one day after President Obama signed an executive order decreeing that current policy holders could keep their insurance.

    An email from Udall staffer Joe Britton, also dated Nov. 15, elevated the senator’s request to an act of desperate browbeating:

    ”We need to move on this ASAP – or we’ll be forced to challenge the 249K number ourselves.  It is wildly off or at least very misleading and reporters keep repeating it.”

    Then Udall’s office did exactly that. It fudged the Insurance Division’s numbers itself and issued a statement to the online publication of The Denver Post, which reported that same afternoon:

    More than two-thirds of the 250,000 people whose health policies the state Division of Insurance said last week were “terminated” have actually been offered renewals of existing plans through 2014, according to research by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall’s office.

    Politicians often say “I don’t need this job — I only want to serve.” But when push comes to shove, they’ll resort to almost anything to keep it — including intimidation.

    More reasons why Maine must secede!

    Like Enron, Greece, and Donald Trump before us, America is about to go bankrupt. Unfortunately, our bankruptcy will probably be more Enron and less Donald Trump because we're very unlikely to come back bigger and better in the lifetime of anyone reading this column. Instead, most Americans are probably going to experience skyrocketing taxes, spiraling inflation, widespread disorder, and a dramatically reduced standard of living. This isn’t a crisis that our great-grandchildren will have to figure out one day. To the contrary, it's entirely possible it will occur within the next decade and unless we make big changes no one in DC is even seriously discussing right now, it's more likely than not that it will transpire within the next 20 years.

    America doesn’t have to go bankrupt and it wouldn't if the American people were to rise up and demand serious action, but sadly, most Americans are too intimidated by the size and scope of the problem to demand major changes to the irresponsible way the government does business. Without the American people insisting that Congress move, the Republicans have shown that they're not serious about dealing with the deficit and the Democrats remain so intent on increasing spending that they wouldn't be behaving much differently if their goal was to create a debt-driven economic collapse.

    Our nation's future is slipping away right in front of us and that’s why it’s important for those of us who care about our nation’s future to point out quotes like these while we still have a short window of time where we can make a difference. Those of us who love this country need the American people to stand up, speak out, and force our government to behave responsibly before it's too late.

    1) What would you think of a person who earned $24,000 a year but spent $35,000? Suppose on top of that, he was already $170,000 in debt. You'd tell him to get his act together -- stop spending so much or he'd destroy his family, impoverish his kids and wreck their future. Of course, no individual could live so irresponsibly for long. But tack on eight more zeroes to that budget and you have the checkbook for our out-of-control, big-spending federal government. -- John Stossel

    2) John Kitchen of the U.S. Treasury and Menzie Chinn of the University of Wisconsin published a study in 2010 entitled:

    Financing U.S. Debt: Is There Enough Money in the World -- and At What Cost?

    The fact that sane men are even asking this question ought to be deeply disturbing. As to the answer, foreign official holdings of U.S. Treasury securities have usually been less than 5 percent of the rest of the world's GDP. By 2009, they were up to 7 percent. By 2020, Kitchen and Chinn project them to rise to 19 percent of the rest of the world's GDP, which they say is....do-able. Whether the rest of the world will want to do it is another matter. A future that presumes the rest of the planet will sink a fifth of its GDP into U.S. Treasuries is no future at all. But on Big Government's streetcar named Desire we have come to depend on the kindness of strangers. -- Mark Steyn

    3) The Federal Reserve is propping up the entire U.S. economy by buying 61 percent of the government debt issued by the Treasury Department, a trend that cannot last, Lawrence Goodman, a former Treasury official and current president of the Center for Financial Stability, writes in a Wall Street Journal opinion article published Wednesday. -- Newsmax

    4) In fact, in 2006, the Census Bureau found only 2.2 million households earning more than $250,000. And most of those are closer to the Lubbock city manager than to Carlos Slim, income-wise. To jump from the 50th to the 51st percentile isn’t that tough; jumping from the 96th to the 97th takes a lot of schmundo. It’s lonely at the top.

    But say we wanted to balance the budget by jacking up taxes on Club 250K. That’s a problem: The 2012 deficit is forecast to hit $1.1 trillion under Obama’s budget. (Thanks, Mr. President!) Spread that deficit over all the households in Club 250K and you have to jack up their taxes by an average of $500,000 -- which you simply can’t do, since a lot of them don’t have $500,000 in income to seize. Most of them are making $250,000 to $450,000 and paying about half in taxes already. You can squeeze that goose all day, but that’s not going to make it push out a golden egg.

    ....Every time you raise the threshold for eating the rich, you get a much, much smaller serving of meat on the plate — but the deficit stays the same. The long division gets pretty ugly. You end up chasing a revenue will-o’-the-wisp. -- Kevin Williamson

    5) Within a decade, the United States will be spending more of the federal budget on its interest payments than on its military. You read that right: more on debt service than on the armed services. According to the CBO's 2010 long-term budget outlook, by 2020 the government will be paying between 15 and 20 percent of its revenues in debt interest. Whereas defense spending will be down between 14 and 16 percent. -- Mark Steyn

    6) (In Pennsylvania, a) single mom is better off earning gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045." -- From Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    7) For every 1.65 employed persons in the private sector, 1 person receives welfare assistance. For every 1.25 employed persons in the private sector, 1 person receives welfare assistance or works for the government. ...The punchline: 110 million privately employed workers; 88 million welfare recipients and government workers and rising rapidly. -- Tyler Durden

    8) My name’s Ronnie Bryant, and I’m a mine operator…. I’ve been issued a [state] permit in the recent past for [waste water] discharge, and after standing in this room today listening to the comments being made by the people…. [pause] Nearly every day without fail — I have a different perspective — men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They can’t pay their mortgage. They can’t pay their car note. They can’t feed their families. They don’t have health insurance. And as I stand here today, I just … you know … what’s the use? I got a permit to open up an underground coal mine that would employ probably 125 people. They’d be paid wages from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. We would consume probably $50 million to $60 million in consumables a year, putting more men to work. And my only idea today is to go home. What’s the use? I don’t know. I mean, I see these guys — I see them with tears in their eyes — looking for work. And if there’s so much opposition to these guys making a living, I feel like there’s no need in me putting out the effort to provide work for them. So as I stood against the wall here today, basically what I’ve decided is not to open the mine. I’m just quitting. Thank you. -- Ronnie Bryant

    9) Wyatt Emerich of The Cleveland Current analyzes disposable income and economic benefits among several key income classes and comes to the stunning (and verifiable) conclusion that "a one-parent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year.

    10) The typical husband and wife who reach age 66 and qualify for Social Security -- Starting next year, this typical couple, receiving the average benefit, will begin collecting a combination of cash and health-care entitlement benefits that will total $1 million over their remaining expected lifetime.

    According to my calculations based on government data, such married couples will begin receiving monthly Social Security checks that will, on average, total about $550,000 after inflation. They will receive health-care services paid for by Medicare that, on average, will total another $450,000 after inflation. The benefactors will be a generation of younger workers who are trying to support themselves and their families while paying taxes to finance the rest of government spending.

    ...Medicare premiums paid by senior citizens once covered half of the cost of physician and related services. They now cover one-fourth. Copayments once covered nearly 40% of these services’ costs. They now cover only 20%. -- Joe Cogan

    11) The CBO numbers foresee net interest payments rising from 9 percent of revenue to 36 percent in 2030, then to 58 percent in 2040, and up to 85 percent in 2050. If that trajectory holds, we'll be spending more than the planet's entire military budget on debt interest. But forget mid-century because, unless something changes, whatever goes by the name of "America" under those conditions isn't worth talking about. -- Mark Steyn

    12) The total present value of payments expected under Social Security and Medicare beyond what is expected to be collected under current tax laws is about $100 trillion. One way to put that amount of money in context is to note that it is about twice the amount of all the net private assets that exist in America today. To answer cw’s question directly, the best back-of-envelope estimate is that meeting this unfunded portion of our Social Security and Medicare commitments would require roughly an immediate 80 percent increase in federal income taxes, sustained forever. — Jim Manzi

    13) The total fiscal overhang of our federal, state, and local governments — their combined debt and unfunded liabilities — is around $140 trillion, and growing. That is about twice the annual economic output of human civilization, and nearly the value of all the financial assets in the world. It is something close to a mathematical certainty that those debts and obligations will not be made good on at their present value. -- Kevin Williamson
    Wednesday January 8, 2014
    Well-Regulated Militia... By: Jon Britton aka DoubleTap

    The opening words of the 2nd Amendment have fueled more misinterpretation and infringement upon American freedoms than just about any other part of the Constitution. What is "A Well-Regulated Militia?" If "the people" have an individual right to "keep and bear" arms, then why start out the 2nd amendment talking about a "well-regulated militia?" Do you have to be in a militia to keep and bear arms? It's actually not as complicated as many would have you believe. In researching this article, even I learned a few things.

    First let's tackle what exactly "well-regulated" means, or more appropriately what it MEANT at the time it was written.

    According to http://www.constitution.org/

    The following are taken from the Oxford English Dictionary, and bracket in time the writing of the 2nd amendment:
    1709: "If a liberal Education has formed in us well-regulated Appetites and worthy Inclinations."
    1714: "The practice of all well-regulated courts of justice in the world."
    1812: "The equation of time ... is the adjustment of the difference of time as shown by a well-regulated clock and a true sun dial."
    1848: "A remissness for which I am sure every well-regulated person will blame the Mayor."
    1862: "It appeared to her well-regulated mind, like a clandestine proceeding."
    1894: "The newspaper, a never wanting adjunct to every well-regulated American embryo city."
    The phrase "well-regulated" was in common use long before 1789, and remained so for a century thereafter. It referred to the property of something being in proper working order. Something that was well-regulated was calibrated correctly, functioning as expected. Establishing government oversight of the people's arms was not only not the intent in using the phrase in the 2nd amendment, it was precisely to render the government powerless to do so that the founders wrote it.

    So, now that we have established the proper context of "well-regulated", ie. trained, disciplined and in proper working order, let us take a look at the militia and our Founders definition of a militia.

    "I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
    George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

    "A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
    Richard Henry Lee, writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788

    The 2nd Amendment went completely unquestioned in it's meaning for well over a hundred years, it was not until the 20th century that people began to question it's intent. Coincidentally that is also about the time that the "progressive" movement began to take hold in American politics. So, what is the source of this confusion, revisionism and debate? Actually, it can be traced back to the Constitutional Convention itself. There were two opposing doctrines at the time, Federalism and Anti-federalism. The Anti-Federalists were staunch States rights and power advocates who feared the creation of standing armies at the federal level in America. Due to their knowledge of history and recent experiences with the tyranny of King George, there was a palpable distrust of "standing armies" that could possibly be used in the future to enforce tyrannical corruption, even in the Constitutional Republic they were creating. One approach to protect against this was the militia approach, maintaining militias on the state level that could only be called into active duty in times of foreign wars and only for the duration of such wars. Thereby they would eliminate any peacetime standing army that could be used against the states or the people. In the end, the Federalist school of thought won out and the federal government was empowered with control of the armed forces AND the militias. The reasoning was that the militia system would not be able to react quickly enough to sudden emergencies and that it would require civilians to engage in regular UNPAID military training which would take away from their labors in their normal life and pursuit of happiness, which was something that Americans of the time would never have accepted. 

    So, again, why include that phraseology in the 2nd Amendment? The mention of the militia and it's necessity to the security of a free state was a compromise to unite the two factions. The founders recognized multiple levels of the militia and its importance in both supporting the professional military branches and defending against the abusive use of those armies. They recognized first that the militias were composed of "the whole of the people" in both an organized and unorganized manner. The phrase "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state..." illustrates the GOAL of the 2nd Amendment. That goal being a body of "the people" able to support and defend against standing armies. An armed citizenry would be capable of supplementing the professional armed forces if the need arose and would discourage those elected to govern from ambitions of self-promotion through the force of arms against those same citizens. To achieve that goal, the 2nd amendment continues with the expressed right of the individual to keep and bear arms as THE mechanism by which the well-regulated militia can be achieved.

    Having given the federal government full control over the armed services and the militias, the 2nd amendment serves only ONE purpose. It sets a strict limitation on the one area in which the government CANNOT control the militia, organized or unorganized. The federal government can "regulate" the militias in any manner it deems to be "well-regulated" EXCEPT disarming the citizens from which the militia is constituted. Even with the militia reference at the beginning of the 2nd amendment, it is quite clear that an armed citizenry was the Founders first and foremost intent. From that armed citizenry many variations of militia and military forces could be assembled for the "security of a free state." So, when those "progressive" forces try to make the argument that the 2nd amendment does NOT protect an individual right to own weapons AND bear those weapons, keep in mind that you cannot draw any kind of effective or "well-regulated" militia from an unarmed populous and an unarmed citizenry is not a free people, therefore we cannot have a free state without a free people. Do not allow them to rewrite our founding documents merely by changing the meanings of words over time. We must always remember and retain the original intent or we lose everything through the mere publication of a new dictionary with the words redefined.

    If you would like to delve more deeply into the subject I have found two excellent scholarly works that far exceed my capability to explain. They are extensive and informative, but they are NOT light reading by any stretch of the imagination. If you truly want to understand and defend the 2nd amendment, however they are both MUST READS!

    The Right of the People or the Power of the State 
    Bearing Arms, Arming Militias, and the Second Amendment

    by Stephen P. Halbrook

    A Primer on the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms
    by Nelson Lund, J.D., Ph.D.

    Congressional scandals

    As election day 2010 draws near, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the more colorful bits of American political history. From taking bribes to engaging in illegal sexual activity, scandals have rocked Congress since its inception. Simply put, scandal is an important thread that runs through our entire American history. And despite how outrageous and disgusting many of these congressional scandals are, you might be shocked to learn that many of these Congressmen continued to serve and were reelected even after their atrocious behavior came to light.

    1. Rep. Dan Sickles kills Phillip Barton Key—If you’re wondering why the name Phillip Barton Key sounds kind of familiar, it’s because he’s the son of the writer of “The Star Spangled Banner.” He was also involved in an affair with Rep. Dan Sickles wife in 1859. When Sickles found out about the affair, he forced his wife to sign a confession, and he then shot and killed Key when Key came over for a rendezvous. Sickles was acquitted, introducing us to the concept of temporary insanity.
    2. ABSCAM FBI sting takes out eight members of Congress—During the 1970s, the FBI conducted a sting operation named ABSCAM. FBI agents posed as fictitious sheiks who tried to bribe various members of Congress. The sting operation led to convictions of seven members of Congress. Another lawmaker, Rep. John Murtha, was videotaped agreeing to help the sheiks, but he didn’t accept a bribe and wasn’t indicted.
    3. Barney Frank’s prostitution ring—Long before he was caught up in the middle of the subprime mortgage crisis, Barney Frank was making headlines for a different, much seedier reason. In 1989, Frank admitted to having a lengthy relationship with a male hooker who was running a prostitution service out of Frank’s apartment. Despite his ties to the illegal activities, Frank has been reelected to Congress ever since.
    4. Rep. Fred Richmond pleads guilty to multiple federal charges—Fred Richmond had a heck of a run in Congress. In 1978, he was arrested for soliciting sex from a 16 year old delivery boy and an undercover police officer. But this didn’t take him down. He continued to serve as a Congressman until 1982 when he pled guilty to tax evasion and other federal charges.
    5. Sen. Kennedy drives car off bridge, woman drowns—It was July 1969. Senator Edward Kennedy offered a 28 year old secretary a ride home from a party. What took place in the car has never been fully explained, but what we do know if that Kennedy’s car went off a bridge and was submerged under water. Kennedy got out of the car, fled the scene, and didn’t report the accident until the next morning. The woman, Mary Jo Kopechne, died from drowning. Kennedy apologized, and continued to be reelected for decades until his recent death.
    6. Congressional page sex scandal rocks Congress in 1983—The 1983 Congressional page sex scandal was just another black eye for Congress. The House Ethics Committee recommended that Rep. Dan Crane and Rep. Gerry Studds be reprimanded for engaging in sex with minors who were congressional pages. Studds continued to be reelected until he retired in 1997.
    7. Mark Foley’s 2006 instant messenger page scandal–Foley resigned in 2006 after more than 10 years representing Florida’s 16th district. Foley was caught sending inappropriate sexual instant messages to teenage male congressional pages.
    8. Rep. Hays hires unqualified secretary for sex acts–In 1976, Rep. Wayne Hays’s mistress told the Washington Post about her story of working for Hays. She said Hays hired her as a secretary even though, as she put it, “I can’t type. I can’t file. I can’t even answer the phone.” As it turns out, Hays didn’t hire her for her secretarial skills. He hired her to have sex with him and his friends. All the while, she was paid the going rate for a Congressional secretary. That’s taxpayer money of course.
    9. Mel Reynolds convicted in teen-sex scandal—Congressman Mel Reynolds was convicted of 12 charges, including having sex with a 16 year old and asking her to take pornographic pictures of her 15 year old friend. He was sentenced to prison, but was later pardoned by President Clinton and hired by Jesse Jackson. As Snopes so beautifully puts it “An ex-Congressman who had sex with a subordinate won clemency from a President who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate.” Only in America.
    10. Rep. Tom Delay resigns under indictment for money laundering—Tom Delay resigned from his position as House majority leader after he was indicted for money laundering. He was caught funneling corporate money into elections where corporate donations are banned. He still hasn’t gone to trial.
    11. Are there any missing that you feel should have made the list?

    List of federal political sex scandals in the United States

    Scandal is defined as "loss of or damage to reputation caused by actual or apparent violation of morality or propriety." Scandal is not the same as controversy, which implies two differing points of view, or unpopularity.

    An action that is, or appears to be, illegal very often results in scandal. Conviction for breaking a law is, by definition, a scandal. The finding of a court with jurisdiction is the sole method used to determine a violation of law. Misunderstandings, breaches of ethics, unproven crimes or cover-ups may or may not result in scandals depending on who is bringing the charges, the amount of publicity garnered, and the seriousness of the crime, if any.

    Sex between two consenting adults may or may not be illegal, depending on the jurisdiction and circumstances. Sex outside of a monogamous marriage, or with a person of the same sex, may or may not be illegal, but often fits the definition of scandal.

    List[edit]

    2010–2013[edit]

    • Robert Decheine Chief of Staff to US Representative Steve Rothman (D-NJ), was sentenced to 18 months in prison for soliciting sex from a minor. (2011) [1][2]
    • Thad Viers (R) the three term South Carolina state representative withdrew as a candidate for the US Congress in January 2012 after he had been arrested on charges of harassing a 28 year old woman described as an ex-girlfriend. He was released on a $5000 bond and subsequently withdrew from the race citing "personal reasons".[3][4]
    • Herman Cain (2012 Republican presidential candidate) was accused of sexual harassment by several women [5][6] including Sharon Bialek, Karen Kraushaar, and having a 13 year affair with Ginger White.[7][8] Donna Donella also reported possible inappropriate behavior.[9] These accusations eventually caused him to suspend his run for the presidential nomination.[10]
    • David Wu (D-OR) announced he will resign from the House of Representatives after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser's daughter. July 26, 2011[11]
    • Anthony Weiner (D-NY) The newly married Congressman admitted to sending sexually suggestive photos of himself to several women through his Twitter account.[12] He resigned on June 16.[13] (2011)
    • Chris Lee, Representative (R-NY) Resigned hours after a news report that the married Congressman had sent a shirtless picture of himself flexing his muscles to a woman via Craigslist, along with flirtatious emails.[14] He did not use a pseudonym or a false email address, but relied on his congressional email for all communication. (2011)
    • Mark Souder, (R-IN) a staunch advocate of abstinence and family values,[15][16] resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted extramarital affair with a female staffer. Famously, he and she had made a public video in which they both extolled the virtues of sexual abstinence. (2010)[17][18][19]
    • Eric Massa (D-NY): Resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted groping and tickling of multiple male staffers. He later stated on Fox News that, "not only did I grope [a staffer], I tickled him until he couldn't breathe," (2010)[20][21]
    • Republican National Committee fired an administrator for her role in allowing $2,000 to be spent for a fund raiser at Club Voyeur which included bondage and topless dancers, (2011) [22]
    • Tom Ganley (R-OH) and candidate for the US House of Representatives in 2010 was indicted on seven counts of sexual imposition with a woman he met at a Tea Party Rally.[23] Charges were dropped when the woman refused to continue action.The married father of three has one other sex charge pending.[24][25]
    • David Petraeus: Resigned as the Director of the CIA in November 2012 after an FBI investigation uncovered that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.[26]

    2000–2009[edit]

    • Chip Pickering, (R-MS) On July 16, 2009 it was announced that his wife had filed an alienation of affection lawsuit against a woman with whom Chip allegedly had an affair.[27] The lawsuit claimed the adulterous relationship ruined the Pickerings' marriage and his political career. (2009) [28]
    • Samuel B. Kent, Federal District Judge in Texas Appointed by George H.W. Bush in 1990. Accused of sexually harassing two female employees. He was impeached for abusing his authority and imprisoned for 33 months for obstruction of justice.[29] (2009)
    • John Ensign Senator (R-NV) Resigned his position as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee on June 16, 2009, after admitting he had an affair with the wife of a close friend, both of whom were working on his campaign.[30] Under investigation, he then resigned his seat in Congress 20 months early. (2011) [31] In 1998, Senator Ensign had called for President Bill Clinton (D) to resign after admitting to sexual acts with Monica Lewinsky. (2009) [32]
    • John Edwards, Senator (D-NC) His 2008 presidential campaign was seriously undercut when he admitted to an extramarital affair with actress and film producer Rielle Hunter, which produced a child.[33] (see federal political scandals)
    • Vito Fossella, Representative (R-NY) Arrested for drunken driving. Under questioning, the married Congressman and father of three admitted to an affair with Laura Fay that produced a daughter. (2008)[34]
    • Tim Mahoney, Representative (D-FL) was elected to the seat of Mark Foley, who had resigned following sexual harassment charges from his congressional interns. Mahoney ran on a campaign promise to make "a world that is safer, more moral." In October 2008, he admitted he placed his mistress on his staff and then fired her, saying, "You work at my pleasure." He then admitted to multiple other affairs.[35]
    • Randall L. Tobias, Deputy Secretary of State and former "AIDS Czar" appointed by George W. Bush: Stated that U.S. funds should be denied to countries that permitted prostitution.[36] He resigned on April 27, 2007, after confirming that he had been a customer of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the DC Madam.[37]
    • David Vitter, Senator (R-LA): Took over former Congressman Robert Livingston's House seat in 1999, who resigned following revelations of an extramarital affair. At the time, Vitter stated: "I think Livingston's stepping down makes a very powerful argument that (Bill) Clinton should resign as well ..."[38] Vitters' name was then discovered in the address book of the DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey. (2007)[39]
    • Larry Craig, Senator (R-ID) Pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct following his arrest in a Minneapolis airport men's room in June 2007, on a charge of lewd conduct. Senator Craig had previously stated that "people already know that Bill Clinton is a bad boy - a naughty boy." (2007)[40]
    • Mark Foley, Representative (R-FL) Resigned when accused of sending sexually explicit emails to underage male congressional pages. He was replaced by Tim Mahoney. (2006)[41]
    • Brian J. Doyle, Deputy Press Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security was indicted for seducing what he thought was a 14-year-old girl on the Internet; she was actually a sheriff's deputy. On November 17, 2006, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison, 10 years of probation, and was registered as a sex offender.[42]
    • Jack Ryan, Senate candidate (R-IL) During sealed divorce proceedings in 2004, his wife Jeri Ryan accused him of forcing her to go to public sex clubs and described one as "a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling."[43] Ms. Ryan is better known as Seven of Nine from the TV show Star Trek: Voyager.[44]
    • Don Sherwood, Representative (R-PA) Failed to win re-election following revelations of a five-year extramarital affair with Cynthia Ore, who accused him of physically abusing her. (2004)[45]
    • David Dreier, Representative (R-CA): Voted against a number of gay rights proposals, but was outed concerning his relationship with his chief of staff. (2004)[46] He is featured in the 2009 documentary film Outrage.
    • Steven C. LaTourette, Representative (R-OH): Elected in 1994 and had voted to impeach Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal. He himself had a long-term affair with his chief of staff, Jennifer Laptook, while he was married. He married Laptook after his divorce. (2003)[47]
    • Strom Thurmond, Senator (R-SC): The noted segregationist fathered a child, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, with a 15-year-old African American who was employed by the Thurmond family. (1925; made public in 2003)[48]
    • Jeff Gannon a.k.a. James Dale Guckert, a.k.a. "Bulldog": Admitted to White House press conferences as a journalist without proper vetting, and was allowed to ask such sympathetic questions that The Daily Show referred to him as "Chip Rightwingenstein of the Bush Agenda Gazette." Records show he was admitted to the White House numerous times even when there were no press conferences. He later admitted to being a $200-an-hour gay prostitute who had advertised himself on a series of websites with names such as hotmilitarystud.com."[49] (2005)[50]
    • Ed Schrock (R-VA) announced he would abort his 2004 attempt for a third term in Congress after allegedly being caught on tape soliciting sex from a male prostitute after having aggressively opposed various gay-rights issues in Congress, such as same-sex marriage and gays in the military.[51]
    • Gary Condit, Representative (D-CA) His affair with 23-year-old intern Chandra Levy was exposed after Levy disappeared. Her body was found a year later and in 2008, an illegal immigrant with no relation to Condit was charged with her murder. (2001)[52] Condit had often demanded that Bill Clinton "come clean" about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.[53]

    1990–1999[edit]

    • Wade Sanders (D), Deputy Assistant United States Secretary of the Navy, for Reserve Affairs, was sentenced to 37 months in prison on one charge of possession of child pornography. (2009)[54][55]
    • Bill Clinton, President (D): Revelations that White House intern Monica Lewinsky had oral sex with Clinton in the Oval Office leading him to famously declare on TV on January 26, 1998 that "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." The scandal led to impeachment by the House for perjury, for lying about the affair under oath. He was acquitted in the Senate with 55 senators voting Not Guilty to 45 senators voting Guilty (falling 22 votes short of the two-thirds necessary to convict). (1998)[56][57]
    • Henry Hyde, Representative (R-IL). In 1998, the Internet magazine Salon.com stated that from 1965 to 1969, Hyde conducted an extramarital sexual affair with a married woman who had three children from her marriage. Hyde, who was 41 years old and married when the affair occurred, admitted to the affair in 1998, describing the relationship as a "youthful indiscretion".The revelation of this affair took place as Hyde was spearheading the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.[58]
    • Newt Gingrich, Representative (R-GA) and leader of the Republican Revolution of 1994:[59] Resigned from the House after admitting in 1998 to having had an affair with his intern while he was married to his second wife, and at the same time he was leading the impeachment of Bill Clinton for perjury regarding an affair with his intern Monica Lewinsky. (1998)[60][61]
    • Robert Livingston, Representative (R-LA): called for the resignation of Bill Clinton and when his own extramarital affairs were leaked, his wife urged him to resign and urge Clinton to do likewise.(1998)[62][63]
    • Bob Barr Representative (R-GA) had an affair while married. Barr had been the first lawmaker in either chamber to call for Clinton's resignation due to the Lewinsky affair. Barr lost a primary challenge less than three years after the impeachment proceedings.[64]
    • Dan Burton (R-IN) A combative critic of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair, Burton admitted that he had fathered a child out of wedlock.(1998) [65]
    • Helen Chenoweth-Hage (R-ID) aggressively called for the resignation of Bill Clinton, and admitted to her own six-year affair with a married rancher during the 1980s.[66]
    • Ken Calvert, Representative (R-CA): champion of the Christian Coalition once said "We can't forgive what occurred between the President and Lewinsky." Arrested for soliciting a prostitute for oral sex in his car.(1993)[67] [10]
    • Robert Packwood, Senator (R-OR): Resigned his office after 29 women came forward with claims of sexual harassment, abuse, and assaults. His denials of any wrongdoing were eventually contradicted by his own diaries boasting of his sexual conquests. (1995)[68]
    • Mel Reynolds, Representative (D-IL): Indicted for sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse for a relationship with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer in 1994. He was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography in 1995[69]
    • Charles S. Robb Senator (D-VA) while married to Lynda Bird Johnson, Robb acknowledged drinking champagne and having a nude massage with Miss Virginia Tai Collins denying an affair, though he admitted an "indiscreet friendship." Collins claimed it was an 18 month affair. Soon after, Collins appeared nude in Playboy.(1991) [70]
    • Donald "Buz" Lukens, Representative (R-OH): Resigned before facing an investigation that he fondled a female Washington elevator operator.[71] (1990)

    1980–1989[edit]

    • Gus Savage (D-IL): Was accused of trying to force himself on a female Peace Corps worker while in Zaire.[72] No action was taken by the House Ethics Committee after he apologized to her. (1989) [73]
    • Barney Frank (D-MA): Reprimanded by the House for fixing 33 parking tickets for Steve Gobie, a male escort who lived with Frank and claimed to have conducted an escort service from Frank's apartment without his knowledge. (1989)[74]
    • Brock Adams (D-WA): Eight women accused Adams of committing various acts of sexual misconduct, ranging from sexual harassment to rape. (1988)[75]
    • Jim Bates (D-CA): Made sexual advances toward female staffers. (1988)[76]
    • Gary Hart, Senator (D-CO): While seeking the Democratic nomination for president, Hart was photographed with model Donna Rice on a boat named 'Monkey Business' during a trip to the Bahamas. His popularity plummeted and he soon dropped out. (1987)[77]
    • Gerry Studds (D-MA): Censured on July 20, 1983, in Congressional Page sex scandal for having sex with underage congressional pages. (1983)[78]
    • Dan Crane (R-IL) censured July 20, 1983 in the Congressional Page sex scandal for having sex with underage congressional pages. (1983)[78]
    • Jon Hinson (R-MS) US Congressman charged with oral sodomy of a male Library of Congress employee. (1981) [79]
    • Robert Bauman (R-MD): U.S. Congressman charged with attempting to solicit sex from a 16-year-old male prostitute. (1980)[80]
    • Thomas Evans (R-DE): U.S. Congressman went golfing in Florida with nude model and lobbyist Paula Parkinson, who suggested her lobbying techniques were "tactile."[81]

    1970–1979[edit]

    • Nelson A. Rockefeller (R-NY), Vice President under Gerald R. Ford, died of a heart attack while having sex with a 25-year-old woman research assistant. (1979).[82]
    • Robert L. Leggett (D-CA): Acknowledged that he fathered two illegitimate children by a Congressional secretary, whom he supported financially. He then had an affair with another woman, who was an aide to Speaker Carl Albert.[83]
    • Fred Richmond (D-NY): Charges that he solicited sex from a 16-year-old boy were dropped after he submitted to counseling. (1978)[84]
    • Wayne Hays (D-OH): The Elizabeth Ray sex scandal ended his career in 1976. The Washington Post reported that Ray had been on the payroll of a committee run by Hays for two years as a clerk-secretary. During that time, she admitted, her actual job duties were providing Congressman Hays sexual favors: "I can't type, I can't file, I can't even answer the phone." (1976)[85][86][87]
    • John Young (D-TX): A former female staffer said she received a pay raise after giving in to Young's sexual advances. (1976)[88]
    • Allan Howe (D-UT): Arrested for soliciting two police officers posing as prostitutes. (1976)[89]
    • Wilbur Mills (D-AR): Found intoxicated with stripper Fanne Foxe. He was re-elected anyway, but resigned after giving an intoxicated press conference from Foxe's burlesque house dressing room. (1974)[90]
    • John Schmitz (R-CA), leader of the ultra conservative John Birch Society:[91] admitted to having a second family, but refused to accept or support the two children he produced who became wards of the state.[92]

    1900–1969[edit]

    • David I. Walsh, Senator (D-MA): Accused of visiting a male brothel frequented by Nazi spies in Brooklyn in 1942.[99]
    • Warren Harding, President (R): While married to his wife Florence, he supposedly had affairs with Carrie Phillips and Nan Britton. (1921–1923). After Harding's death, Britton claimed in a best-selling 1927 book, "The President's Daughter," that her daughter had been fathered by Harding while he was a U.S. senator, although this was never proven by paternity testing.[100]
    • Newport sex scandal: Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated an investigation into allegations of "immoral conduct" (homosexuality) at the Naval base in Newport, Rhode Island. (1919)[101]

    1776–1899[edit]

    • Grover Cleveland, President (D): During the 1884 election, Cleveland, a bachelor, paid child support to Maria Crofts Halpin, even though he may not have been the father of her son. Halpin was known to have had sexual relationships with a number of men, including Cleveland's close friend and future father-in-law, Oscar Folsom, for whom the child was named. The controversy prompted Cleveland's opponents to adopt the chant, "Ma, ma, where's my pa?" After Cleveland won the election, the chant was answered by, "Gone to the White House, ha, ha, ha!" (1884)[102]
    • President James Buchanan (D) and future Vice President William Rufus King (D-NC): They were the subject of scandalous gossip alleging a homosexual affair in Washington, D.C. for many years. Andrew Jackson referred to them as Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy. (1850s)
    • James Henry Hammond, U.S. Representative and later Senator from South Carolina, engaged in a homosexual relationship with a college friend and later pursued what he called "a little dalliance" with his teenage nieces. The latter affair forced Hammond to withdraw his Senate bid in 1846.[103]
    • Petticoat Affair, or Eaton Affair: The husband of Margaret "Peggy" O'Neale, later Margaret O'Neill Eaton, was alleged to have been driven to suicide because of her affair with Andrew Jackson's Secretary of War, John Henry Eaton. (1831)
    • Future president Andrew Jackson (D) married Rachel Donelson Jackson in 1791. Both parties believed her divorce from her abusive, alcoholic first husband, Lewis Robards, was final. However, Robards had never completed his paperwork, rendering Jackson and Rachel's 1791 marriage null and void; and the couple had to marry a second time in 1795. In the 1828 election, some of Jackson's political opponents attempted to portray Rachel Jackson as a bigamist and a prostitute; and upon learning of these charges shortly after the election, despite Jackson's best efforts to keep them from her, Rachel suffered a nervous collapse and died before the inauguration. Jackson was bereft at the loss of his wife, and this fact has been used to explain his response to the Peggy Eaton "Petticoat Affair." (1828) [104]
    • Senator Richard Mentor Johnson: He did not attempt to hide his relationship with a slave named Julia Chinn, which caused his own party to distance themselves from him and contributed to his failed Senate re-election bid in 1828.[105]
    • President Thomas Jefferson: Was accused of fathering the children of his slave Sally Hemings by the published articles of James Callender.[106] (1802)
    • Alexander Hamilton-Maria Reynolds Affair: Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton had an affair with Maria Reynolds while both were married to other people. Reynolds' husband blackmailed Hamilton, forcing him to confess, which damaged his already controversial career. (1796)

    See also[edit]

    Federal politicians:

    State and local politics:

    Notes[edit]

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    Want to buy a machine gun without a background check? Federal law allows it — for now
    by Nancy Watzman

    An obscure regulation designed to close a gun law loophole that allows some people to avoid background checks when purchasing machine guns and silencers has sparked one of the more unusual gun control debates of the year. That's because those doing the arguing are all gun enthusiasts. Gun control groups have stayed out of this one.

    Image of machine gun
    You don't need a background check to purchase a machine gun if you transfer it into a legal trust. (Photo credit: Greatpapa/iStockphoto.com)

    The regulation in question — proposed earlier this year by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) — has drawn more than 9,000 comments. Many are from individuals urged to write the agency by gun groups, according to analysis via Sunlight’s Docket Wrench tool. The comment period for the proposed rule closed on Dec. 9.

    They are protesting the agency's plan to shut down a loophole that allows people to avoid background checks when purchasing sawed off shotguns, machine guns, silencers, guns that look like pens and even Molotov cocktails — all classified as National Firearms Act weapons under a law dating back to 1934, the glory days of Al Capone and Baby Face Nelson — as long as the weaponry is transferred into a legal trust. Usually, purchasers of such weapons must get approval from the ATF, pay a $200 tax, undergo stringent fingerprint-based background checks and get sign off from local law enforcement officials, among other measures.

    But if individuals register these firearms to a legal trust or corporation, there is no background check or required approval from local law enforcement officials. In recent years, gun enthusiasts have been flocking to lawyers or creating their own trusts with popular software such as Quicken. The New York Times reported that Christopher J. Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer who went on a shooting rampage earlier this year, wrote in his manifesto that he'd used Quicken to create a trust where he placed silencers and a short-barreled rifle without having to undergo a background check. (The paper notes, however, that because Dorner was not a felon, he would have passed a background check.)

    A Google search for "national firearms trust" returns sponsored ads trumpeting legal services to help people create such trusts. The ATF  reports that applications for transfers of NFA firearms to trusts and corporations has skyrocketed from 840 in 2000 in 2000 to 12,600 in 2009 to more than 40,700 in 2012.

    While President Barack Obama claimed the regulation as one of the executive actions he was taking to reduce gun violence following to last year's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the ATF had been working on a proposal for many years. In fact, the proposed regulation says it was drafted in response to a 2009 petition by a firearms industry group — the National Firearms Act Trade and Collectors Association (NFATCA). The group had long been seeking that the ATF eliminate the "CLEO" provision, which requires local law enforcement to sign off on NFA weapon transfers. The complaint was that many local law enforcement officials were refusing to do this sign off, thereby preventing such transfers.

    But the group felt double-crossed by the ATF once it saw what would be in the proposal. "The proposed [rule] is being used as a political expedient to address areas of negligible concern. The Executive Branch proposals unduly burden the law-abiding public, will restrain lawful commerce and bury an already overwhelmed agency with an administrative infrastructure that will not serve the public safety interest," wrote the NFATCA's president, John K. Brown III, in a public statement last August.

    Meanwhile, the NFATCA was getting beat up on the Internet by gun enthusiast publications and bloggers for being the inspiration for the new rule. Blogger David Cordrea, who has earned the title of "Gun Rights journalist of the year" from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms for his work on the "Fast and Furious" controversy, has written a series of posts both blasting NFATCA and the ATF proposal. A typical reader comment: "Way to throw your brothers under the bus, traitors." A spokesman for NFATCA told Sunlight that the group was not responding to requests for interviews but rather directing people to its website for information about its position.

    The 9,000-plus comments posted on Regulations.gov and available for viewing here on Docket Wrench appear to come largely from private citizens and are overwhelmingly negative. One cluster of comments appears to be inspired by this alert from Grass Roots North Carolina, which includes such language as, "The resources available to ATF/NFA including but not limiting to NCIC, TECS, NLETS, III, and NICBCS databases more than adequately ensure that all applicants are fully screened." The acronyms refer to government databases used by Homeland Security that link law enforcement offices together, follow background checks for gun purchases, track crime and so on.

    In October, the National Rifle Association encouraged its members to comment. The gun group argues that many people use gun trusts for estate planning reasons, "One of which is to simplify the transfer of the firearms to the heirs of the owner. Thus, children, including those who are very young, are often beneficiaries of trusts. The proposed rule seemingly would require even such children to be included in its expanded background check procedures."

    One of the leading attorneys who has advocated for gun trusts, Florida-based David M. Goldman, whose website is titled "guntrustlawyer.com," posted his formal comments as well as comment letters from the NRA, NFACTA and others.

    Major gun control groups, such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, while supportive, have largely stayed out of the fray. "To get these particularly dangerous guns, the president is doing whatever is within his power to close loopholes in federal law," said Sam Hoover, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. However, he said his group had not submitted comments to the ATF. A search of comments does not show any coming from gun control groups, although due to the vagaries of how such searches work it is possible that some may have been missed.


    Weekend January 3,4&5, 2014

    Simple Questions from a New Jersey Attorney
    RICHARD R. SILVERLIEB

    Simple Questions from a New Jersey Attorney…

    1. Back in 1961 people of color were called ‘Negroes.’ So how can the Obama ’birth certificate’ state he is “African-American” when the term wasn’t even used at that time?

    2. The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama’s birth as August 4, 1961 & Lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right ? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama’s father was born in “Kenya , East Africa”.

    This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his father’s birth. How could Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet Exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the “British East Africa Protectorate”. (check it below)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya_
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya)

    3. On the Birth Certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is “Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital”. This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called ”KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity
    Home”, respectively. The name did not change to Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?

    (CHECK IT BELOW)

    http://http/http/www.kapiolani.org/women-and-children/about-us/default.aspx
    (http://www.kapiolani.org/women-and-children/about-us/default.aspx)

    Why hasn’t this been discussed in the major media ? 

    4. Perhaps a clue comes from Obama’s book on his father. He states how proud he is of his father fighting in WW II. I’m not a math genius, so I may need some help from you. Barack Obama’s “birth certificate” says his father was 25 years old in 1961 when Obama was born. That should have put his father’s date of birth approximately 1936 – if my math holds (Honest! I did That without a calculator!). Now we need a non-revised history book – one that hasn’t been altered to satisfy the author’s goals – to verify that WW II was basically
    between 1939 and 1945. Just how many 3 year olds fight in Wars? Even in the latest stages of WW II his father wouldn’t have been more than 9 years old. Does that mean that Mr. Obama is a liar, or simply chooses to alter the facts to satisfy his imagination or political purposes?

    If you copy and paste the following into your search engine, you will see Obama making the statement that his father served in WWII.


    Very truly yours,

    RICHARD R. SILVERLIEB

    Attorney at Law

    354 Eisenhower Parkway

    Livingston , NJ 07039

    *******

    Oh yes, you gotta love this global warming stuff

    Antarctic rescue ship now stuck in ice
    The Chinese icebreaker which helped transport passengers away from a stranded Antarctic ship has itself become stuck in ice
    A ship which was used to rescue by helicopter 52 people from a trapped Antarctic ship has now found itself in need of rescue – after it got stuck in heavy ice.


    Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon is now trapped in ice in Antarctica
    Having not moved for several days while preparing to airlift the passengers, the Chinese-owned Snow Dragon is now wedged in ice.

    The ship was used as a launch pad to pick up the passengers on Thursday, after they had spent nine days stranded. Their ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, became wedged in ice on Christmas Eve as it was heading towards Antarctica.

    After a lengthy operation to ferry passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy to the awaiting Australian ship, the Aurora Austrialis, by helicopter, the Snow Dragon was due to leave the area.

    But less than 24 hours later, it too was stuck in ice.

    "It will attempt to manoeuvre through the ice when tidal conditions are most suitable, during the early hours of 4 January 2014," said a statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA.

    Greg Mortimer, one of three expedition leaders on the Akademik Shokalskiy, said it had been a "roller-coaster" rescue.

    Speaking from the Australian ship, where all the passengers were recovering, he said: "I was immensely relieved for the people under my care."

    He added that he was "very sad" to leave behind the Russian vessel and its crew.

    Jason Mundy, Australian Antarctic Division acting director, who is on board the Aurora Australis, said: "The passengers seem very glad to now be with us and they are settling in to their new accommodation."

    Mr Mundy said there were enough rooms for the passengers, and the ship can "look after them well for the final part of their journey".

    The passengers, mostly Australians and New Zealanders, will probably arrive in Australia's southern island state of Tasmania around mid-January. The Akademik Shokalskiy's Russian crew will stay on board until the ice breaks up and the ship is freed.

    The Russian-owned research ship left New Zealand on November 28 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.

    It became trapped on December 24, 100 nautical miles east of French Antarctic station Dumont d'Urville and about 1,500 nautical miles south of Tasmania.

    During their time on the ice, passengers amused themselves with films, classes in knot tying, languages, yoga and photography, and rang in the New Year with dinner, drinks and a song composed about their adventure.


    God willing, and he doesn't die or become incapacitated, Maine will have a Secession candidate in the 2018 race for the Governor's office.

    Can Maine secede? According to the Constitution it can.

    CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MAINE

    2003 ARRANGEMENT

    (Arranged by the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and approved by the Maine State Legislature,
    Resolve 2003, chapter 98, pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article X, Section 6)

    PREAMBLE.

    Objects of government.  We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same.

    Article I.

    Declaration of Rights.

    Section 1.  Natural rights.  All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

    Section 2.  Power inherent in people.  All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.

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    Gun Accessories Firm Magpul Leaves Colorado After New Anti-Gun Laws, rejects Maine, and goes to Oklahoma and Texas
    Bob Adelmann

    Just when some of its customers were beginning to question gun accessories company Magpul Industries' sincerity about moving out of Colorado in response to anti-gun legislation passed last summer, the organization announced that it has finalized its moves to Wyoming and Texas. The company gained national attention last spring when state representative Lori Saine read a message from the firm's CEO that he would move Magpul if the legislature passed a bill banning the sale of magazines containing more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

    The legislation passed in March, and in April Magpul started investigating various options for its operations and its 250 workers. By October some of the company’s customers were getting antsy, wondering if it was all show and no go. On its Facebook page, Michael Franklin of Arizona, commented:

    Hmmm. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m starting to feel dumb for buying a bunch of your stuff to support your company….

    What happened to the principles you were passionate about?

    Steve Allen, from North Carolina, was slightly more sympathetic:

    Still waiting for [your] move. I’m a business owner — I know how difficult a move is.

    You drew a line and the Colorado legislature crossed it. I sure hope your line means more than Obama’s line in Syria!

    The company, which began operations in 1969, makes a wide range of products supporting the shooting sports and self-defense industries, including magazines (many of which hold more than 15 rounds), rifle sights and grips, buttstocks, hand guards, rails, and other accessories.

    In its press release, COO Doug Smith said: “Magpul made the decision to relocate in March 2013 and has proceeded on an aggressive but deliberate path. These dual moves will be carried out in a manner that ensures our operations and supply chain won’t be interrupted.”

    Richard Fitzpatrick, Magpul’s CEO, explained why the move to Wyoming and Texas was necessary:

    Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important.

    This relocation will also improve [our] business operations and logistics.

    Included in the press release were copies of letters from the governors of both Wyoming and Texas welcoming the move. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead wrote:

    Wyoming and Magpul are a great match. The state is looking to expand and diversify its economy. Bringing an innovative and growing manufacturing operation to Wyoming is a significant step for the state.

    We offer Magpul an attractive tax environment, stable and reasonable regulations, not to mention a firm commitment to uphold the Second Amendment.

    Texas Governor Rick Perry stated:

    In Texas, we understand that freedom breeds prosperity, which is why we’ve built our economy around principles that allow employers to innovate, keep more of what they earn, and create jobs. I’m proud that Magpul is the latest employer to join the ranks of companies that call Texas home.

    Magpul’s decision to move its manufacturing operations to Cheyenne was made a little easier with Wyoming's financial package of some $13 million in loans and grants. The gun accessories firm initially will lease a 58,000-square-foot facility temporarily while a permanent 100,000-square-foot building is being constructed. Negotiations continue with Perry and other Texas officials, and Magpul has narrowed its options for its corporate management offices down to three different locations in the north-central region of the state.

    Another Colorado gun accessories manufacturer, HiViz Shooting Systems, based in Fort Collins, announced earlier that it is moving its operations to Laramie, Wyoming. And two other Colorado manufacturers that support Magpul — Denver-based Lawrence Tool & Molding, and Wheat Ridge-based Carbon Arms — are considering similar moves.

    What’s particularly noteworthy about Magpul’s move isn't just its likely improved operations, or the ripple effect of its suppliers following it to its new destination, but the willingness of company officials to take a stand based on principle, and mean it. Concerns voiced by Magpul’s customers that this might just be a publicity stunt have been successfully quelled.

    A graduate of Cornell University and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at badelmann@thenewamerican.com

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    N.Y. Times’ Benghazi Whitewash Backfires, Spotlights Obama/Clinton Coverup
    by William F. Jasper, The New American

    In its clumsy attempt to absolve President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from responsibility for the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, the New York Times has reignited intense scrutiny and debate over the fiasco and the administration’s lies and cover-ups in its aftermath.

    On December 28, the Times opened a new chapter in the ongoing furor over “Benghazigate” with an extensive, 7,000-word article by David D. Kirkpatrick entitled, “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi.” According to Kirkpatrick, his article is the result of “months of investigation by The New York Times,” which “turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.” Moreover, he says, the September 11, 2012 attack, which resulted in the murder of four Americans — Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods — “was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.”

    It is not surprising that the Times, which has staunchly supported both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, would come to their aid once more, producing a piece that echoes and affirms the administration’s Benghazi talking points, even though the facts have discredited those talking points. 

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    More Hidden Costs of ObamaCare Coming to Light by Bob Adelmann, The New American

    The latest tally shows that ObamaCare enrollments are just over two million, falling far short of the estimated 3.3 million expected to sign up by January 1, and putting into serious doubt the goal of seven million by the end of March.

    At first blush, the reason for the lackluster enrollment is the premium cost. Many people are learning to their dismay that they will be facing premium increases of 30 to 70 percent, or more. In some cases, much more. For instance, a 27-year-old man in Memphis will see his premiums jump from $41 a month last year to $119 a month this year, a 190-percent increase. A 27-year-old woman in Nashville will be hit with a 97-percent increase.

    In California, some 600,000 of those whose coverages have been cancelled will learn quickly that they don’t qualify for subsidies, resulting in much higher premiums when they do find coverage.

    In Alabama, premiums have doubled for some middle-class families, while in Washington State, premiums have increased between 34 percent and 80 percent.

    According to the New York Times, some people will simply find the premiums unaffordable, in some cases requiring more than 20 percent of their incomes. A 50-year-old man making $50,000 a year looking for the cheapest plan, for example, would find premiums exceeding $10,000 a year in more than 170 counties around the country.

    And then there are the deductibles. As people shopping for coverage on the exchanges are finding out, in order to keep their premiums affordable, they are having to accept much higher deductibles — which is fine as long as they don’t get sick.

    In addition, there’s the hidden surprise waiting for those who are enjoying subsidies to help them pay for the insurance. If they have a “major life event” like getting married, or getting a raise or a promotion with a higher salary, not only could the subsidy disappear but any subsidy they enjoyed prior will have to be paid back.

    As individuals are counting the costs, so are employers. Much has been said about smaller companies with more than 50 employees cutting hours, or offering part-time work, to avoid the ObamaCare mandates. But when the bean counters at larger companies start counting those same costs, comparing penalties versus increased premiums, many will likely terminate their group plans altogether and let their employees shop the exchanges for themselves.

    There’s the matter of “proportion.” If not enough young people sign up to balance the costs of insuring oldsters, the premium calculations performed by health insurance company actuaries will soon prove to be wrong; in some cases, seriously wrong. Although premiums for 2014 are set in stone, those for 2015 will be based on those proportions after the dust settles in 2014. One assumption is that 40 percent of those signing up will be in the crucial 18-34 age group, but preliminary estimates show that only 25 percent of those signing up are in that group.

    There’s “deferred maintenance” as well — those signing up having an immediate need for medical attention that they've been putting off. That could throw off insurance companies’ assumptions as well.

    The editors at the Washington Post admitted, “It’s still unclear how well the Affordable Care Act will function,” but then asked their readers to stay calm and not jump to conclusions. After all, it’s still early in the game.

    On the other hand, Dan Holler, a healthcare analyst for the Heritage Foundation, noted that if ObamaCare succeeds in navigating all of these obstacles, “it’ll be pure, irrational dumb luck. The program they designed, and the incentives they put in place, look destined to fail.”

    The clock is ticking as the November elections draw ever closer. Senate Democrats up for reelection who voted for the ACA are finding themselves facing unhappy constituents and newly energized challengers along with critical TV ads from conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity.

    A lot of pieces will have to come together over the next few months in order for ObamaCare to become functional, financially viable, and less politically toxic. At present, the smart money is betting on the skeptics.

     

    A graduate of Cornell University and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at badelmann@thenewamerican.com

    Bill de Blasio: New York City's "Progressive" New Mayor
    by Bob Adelmann, The New American

    When Bill de Blasio was celebrating his mayoral victory last November, he made clear exactly what his agenda is for New York City:

    My fellow New Yorkers: Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city.

    Make no mistake: the people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it, together.

    This was predicted by another progressive, President Obama, when he endorsed de Blasio back in September, saying:

    Progressive change is the centerpiece of Bill de Blasio’s vision for New York City, and it’s why he will be a great mayor of America’s largest city.

    Bill’s agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time.

    Media mouthpieces from the Associated Press to the New York Times have signaled their thrall with the new direction. On January 1, 2014, the day de Blasio was sworn in as New York City's new mayor by former President Bill Clinton, the AP hailed de Blasio “as the face of a progressive movement that pledges a significant realignment of the nation’s largest city.” One day earlier, the Times delighted to note that “liberals across the country are looking to Bill de Blasio ... to morph New York City’s municipal machinery into a ... laboratory for populist theories of government that have never been enacted on such a large scale.”

    In his inauguration speech, de Blasio took aim at the “inequality” his progressive policies would supposedly overcome: “We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York.”

    He also stated:

    Our city is no stranger to big struggles — and no stranger to overcoming them.

    New York has faced fiscal collapse, a crime epidemic, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. But now, in our time, we face a different crisis — an inequality crisis. It’s not often the stuff of banner headlines in our daily newspapers. It’s a quiet crisis, but one no less pernicious than those that have come before.

    Working quietly for decades for leftist causes including supporting the Marxist Sandinistas in the late 1980s before moving on to head up the city’s General Welfare Committee, de Blasio has been forthright and transparent about what he hopes to accomplish from the mayor’s chair. He helped pass the Gender-Based Discrimination Protection Act and the Domestic Partnership Recognition law. He has voiced his opposition to charter schools, saying “I won’t favor charters. Our central focus is traditional public schools.”

    He wants to tax the wealthy even more heavily than now in order to expand the role and influence of the “traditional public schools” even further into the lives of children. As he explained in his inauguration speech: “We will ask the very wealthy to pay a little more in taxes so that we can offer full-day universal pre-K and after-school programs for every middle school student.”

    Last November, when addressing business leaders who would be taxed including the owners of Kushner Properties, SL Green Realty, the Durst Organization and RXR Realty, he was clear regarding his progressivism:

    Everything you've heard about me is true.... I am not a free-marketeer.... I believe in the heavy hand of government.

    This was music to the ears of progressives who swarmed over his campaign with financing and endorsements, including Hollywood lefties like Alex Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, and Kathleen Turner.

    Just exactly what is de Blasio likely to accomplish, in addition to extorting the rich to fund babes barely weaned and shutting down charter schools? For one thing, the rebirth of ACORN under the name New York Communities for Change (NYCC) run by the same head of ACORN operations, Bertha Lewis. Already well-funded with $400,000 from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) to battle charter schools, Lewis can already see bigger things ahead: more city funding for “affordable housing units.”

    That’s just the beginning. Welfare reforms supported by Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg have to be rejected and replaced with more lenient requirements and more generous cash payouts to the poor. Wrote Heather MacDonald at the New York Post:

    The central idea of [the original] welfare reform was that recipients should work or look for work in exchange for benefits. This principle exploded [progressive] welfare ideology, which held that it was demeaning to require work.

    Under de Blasio one can expect the number on welfare in New York City, currently at 350,000, to explode once those onerous work requirements are removed.

    And as reported by the Post, de Blasio has vowed to “stop efforts to divert individuals [helping them find work first before putting them on the dole] from accessing cash assistance.” And he thinks that the number of those New Yorkers already receiving SNAP assistance — more than one in five — is at least 250,000 too low. In his mayoral “blueprint” de Blasio once again was clear: “Providing basic income and food security to all New Yorkers [is] a key responsibility of government.”

    Much of this won’t happen, of course, to the great disappointment of the likes of Sarandon, Baldwin, Obama and Lewis. As Howard Dean, the inevitable liberal candidate for office and former governor of Vermont, asked rhetorically:

    Do I expect him to keep every one of his promises? Absolutely not.

    This is the truth of mayors and governors: until you sit in the chair, you don’t really know.

    He’s going to find out that he can’t keep all of his promises.

    That’s not to say that the new hard-left mayor of New York won’t attempt to implement his progressive agenda. But moving the city even more sharply to the left is like turning the Allure of the Seas. There are other political agendas at play in the city and in Albany where de Blasio may just find less willingness to turn New York City into a vast social-welfare experiment to satisfy progressives’ anti-capitalist, anti-freedom agenda.

    Photo of Bill de Blasio after being sworn in as mayor of New York City: AP Images

    A graduate of Cornell University and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at badelmann@thenewamerican.com

    That is bad news for Turney and the 73 self-styled “scientists,” “journalists,” and crew members participating in the global-warming expedition. According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), their ship, the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, has been trapped in 10-feet thick ice slabs since December 24. Three vessels with ice-breaking capabilities have attempted to reach the alarmists so far. All of them failed. A helicopter rescue attempt on December 30, meanwhile, was reportedly aborted due to strong winds.

    In a failed effort to raise funds for the scheme from the public, the climate alarmists promised potential donors that they would investigate and share information about “environmental changes” taking place in Antarctica. “Crucially this pristine southern polar region is uniquely placed to monitor the health of our planet,” Turley and his associates said. The team also vowed to seek out information on the intersection between “global climate” and the region, claiming — somewhat ironically, in retrospect — that changes were “threatening the stability of Antarctic ice.”

    “The Southern Ocean plays a crucial role in global climate and the carbon cycle,” the climate alarmists wrote, adding that “90% of the world’s excess heat trapped by the atmosphere is going into the ocean and changing circulation patterns, threatening to turn the region into a source of carbon, exaggerating future warming.” The expedition, the team leaders continued, would “make detailed measurements on the passage south (e.g. temperature, salinity, carbon) to determine just how sensitive the Southern Ocean is to change.”

    As if it could not get any more embarrassing, a video about the trip featuring Turney explained that the “Australasian Antarctic Expedition” — named after another expedition a century ago by the same name led by Sir Douglas Mawson — “will re-trace the route of its namesake to discover just how much has changed over the last 100 years.” Of course, when the video was produced, the “climate scientists,” rather than being stuck in ice, almost certainly had much different “changes” in mind. A hundred years ago, even without modern technology, Mawson’s expedition did just fine.

    “We're stuck in our own experiment,” the Australasian Antarctic Expedition admitted in a statement quoted in media reports, almost comically insisting that ice in the region really is melting despite all of the objective and anecdotal data literally all around them. “Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up.” In reality, sea ice in the Arctic is up 50 percent above last year, and in Antarctica, this year saw a new record — the largest sea-ice covering since records began.

    As has become typical in everything “climate,” the establishment press has largely refused to tell the truth about the purpose of the expedition — either ignoring the facts altogether, or claiming it was merely a “research” trip. A few have casually mentioned the “climate” connection in passing near the bottom of articles. The avoidance of reality is especially ironic considering that there are taxpayer-funded “journalists” from the alarmist BBC and the Australian ABC, as well as from the almost comically hysterical U.K. Guardian, onboard the ship hoping to capture “evidence” of “global warming.”

    “Somewhere far, far to the south where it is summer, a group of global warming scientists are trapped in the Antarctic ice,” noted Newsbusters, a project of the non-profit Media Research Project, which regularly lambastes the media for its poorly concealed biases. “If you missed the irony of that situation, it is because much of the mainstream media has glossed over that rather inconvenient bit of hilarity.” Numerous other commentators have also pointed out the irony, but the establishment press continues to parrot its agenda with little regard for facts — or even humor, apparently.

    As the alternative media and independent climate analysts began exposing the truth, critics promptly ridiculed the doomed expedition. Using the Twitter hash tag #ClitanicDisaster, commentators suggested the fiasco was yet another example of attempted global-warming propaganda backfiring in spectacular fashion. “There has been a strong and statistically significant upward trend in climate-change-related public-relations disasters,” wrote University of Sussex economics Professor Richard Tol, who also serves as a professor on the economics of climate change at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

    Others ridiculing the alarmists’ PR mega-disaster Tweeted an altered picture of the ship stuck in ice with its name changed to “An Inconvenient Truth,” a mocking reference to Al Gore’s discredited documentary warning of global-warming doom. “This episode has taken on a heightened comedic fiasco-like quality,” noted meteorologist Anthony Watts, president of IntelliWeather and editor of the prominent climate site “Watts Up With That?” (WUWT). “Now, with such a fantastic failure in full world view, questions are going to start being asked.”

    Ironically, essentially the same embarrassing fate awaited other global-warming faithful earlier this year in the Arctic. Basing their trips on absurd “predictions” of an ice-free Arctic summer by 2013 — made by Al Gore, pseudo-environmentalist outfits, the BBC, and assorted “climate scientists” — several ships tried to sail through the Northwest Passage. Instead, they got stuck in the ice and had to be rescued, as the market-oriented environmental organization CFACT noted in a piece headlined “Gullible Green sailors trapped in the Arctic.”

    “Global warming campaigners have been stymied by the lack of any temperature increase in the major temperature data sets since the nineties,” CFACT said in another article about the more recent sea-ice embarrassment in the south. “They’ve tried to compensate by feeding the media a steady stream of ‘extreme weather’ stories and with shrill claims about polar ice. However, historical and scientific data show today’s weather to be normal.”

    In the real world, despite hysterical warnings of climate doom from taxpayer- and Big Oil-funded “experts,” even premier alarmist institutions and the UN have admitted that the data show “global warming” actually stopped some 17 years ago. Alarmists, somewhat humorously, perhaps, try to explain away the inconvenient facts by citing what critics refer to as “The Theory of The Ocean Ate My Global Warming.” Few independent scientists have bought into the controversial theory, which the Obama administration pressured the UN to include in its latest “global-warming” report. The “science” behind UN global-warming theories, meanwhile, has imploded.

    In fact, many experts are now even forecasting global cooling.

    Photo of MV Akademik Shokalskiy: AP Images

    Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is normally based in Europe. He can be reached at anewman@thenewamerican.comThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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    2 comments

    • Comment Link Patty Reynolds Tuesday, 31 December 2013 21:26 posted by Patty Reynolds

      Hmmm... Maybe the same sicko "run-it" control freaks that established the Federal Reserve Ponzi scheme, are the ones that started WWI, the failed League of Nations, financed the Russian revolution and WWII, planned for the next try for world government before WWII was ever started by "I Hate WAW" FDR, officially created the United Nations and all the "Peace Keeping" wars ever since. They needed and planned to use the ruse of global warming to finally institute their UNitopia .

      In so doing they have tried to make all the United Nations sponsored treaties, including the upcoming TPP proposed treaty to establish economic world control, now that they have run the world "currency" which they created into abject failure, starvation with GMOs, and world economic torment, SO THEY CAN CREATE ANOTHER FIAT WORLD CURRENCY.

      It's no wonder the Rothschilds world banking system is in chaos, with the IMF being given tons of US FRN counterfeit currency to "save" the Euro, which they created, as China threatens to attain world gold backed global currency status to replace the near worthless "dollar Federal Reserve Notes (FRN's)" that we stuck them with. The technocrats wanted to use "Carbon currency" to replace it, so they used the same Ponzi scheme to extract TANGIBLE assets from the world population, and they also used toxic "chemtrails" laced with aluminum, barium, strontium, fluoride, and "smart meters" to sicken, starve and finally reduce the world population sufficiently so the Super Elite have just enough slaves left to do their bidding and finally OWN the world, as the United Nations was intended to do. We don't need to allow them to use this false flag to create WWIII !

      SHOUT THIS TRUTH TO WAKE UP THE WORLD IN SPITE OF THE US MAINSTREAM MEDIA, WHICH IS BEGINNING TO FAIL AS THEY TRY TO CONTROL THE INTERNET WHICH IS REPLACING IT.

    • Comment Link Joyce Tuesday, 31 December 2013 20:50 posted by Joyce

      Tsk! Believe the Master of the universe is telling a bunch of untruthful scientists what he thinks of their untruths. Sounds like poetic justice to me. LMAO

      Wonder if Al Gore returned his Nobel Prize awarded for his untruthful documentary, would the ice breakers be able to rescue these poor scientists?????

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    FBI Investigates 80 Page Letter Sent To U.S. Governors




    Why did we have to go to the Daily Mail in London to find this out?

    FBI investigates military style attack on California power station

    • As many as two attackers cut all phone service - both landline and cellular - to PG&E's Metcalf substation
    • Over 100 rounds of ammunition were fired at several transformers
    • Several were damaged, others shut down after leaking coolant caused them to overheat
    • The FBI initially believed the attack may have been linked to the Boston Marathon bombing a day earlier

    By Ryan Gorman

    The FBI is investigating a ‘military-style’ attack on a California electric power facility earlier this year.

    The April 16 attack saw as many as two gunmen storm the PG&E Metcalf substation after severing phone service and fire several dozen rounds at transformers.

    Federal officials took over the investigation from local law enforcement on fears it was linked to the Boston marathon bombing only a day earlier, but those fears appear to have subsided.

    At least one person, maybe two, went down multiple manholes at the facility in a San Jose suburb and cut fiber cables leading to the substation, according to Foreign Policy, which detailed the well-planned attack.

    Attacked: The FBI is investigating an April attack on PG&E's Metcalf substation

    Attacked: The FBI is investigating an April attack on PG&E's Metcalf substation

    This knocked out 911 and landline service o the substation, as well as cell phone service to the surrounding area.

    PG&E employees had no means to call for help when, at 1am, as many as two gunmen began their attack.

    More than 100 rounds were fired from high-powered rifles at many transformers – 10 were damaged in one area and three transformer banks in another, a PG&E spokesperson told the site.

    Cooling oil leaking from at least one transformer bank caused transformers to overheat and shut down. This led officials to warn locals to conserve energy, but no major power outages occurred.

    No major damage or injuries were sustained either, but a stalled local investigation led the feds to take over the case.

    Cables cut: At least one suspect cut communications cables along this highway and another before shooting up the substation

    Cables cut: At least one suspect cut communications cables along this highway and another before shooting up the substation

    No major damage: Transformers were shot at over 100 times, but no serious damage was sustained, nor was anyone injured

    No major damage: Transformers were shot at over 100 times, but no serious damage was sustained, nor was anyone injured

    ‘Initially, the attack was being treated as vandalism and handled by local law enforcement,’ a senior intelligence official told Foreign Policy.

    ‘However, investigators have been quoted in the press expressing opinions that there are indications that the timing of the attacks and target selection indicate a higher level of planning and sophistication,’ the official explained.

     

    The FBI was initially worried that the attack was somehow linked to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, but further investigation showed it to likely be an isolated local event, an agency spokesperson told Foreign Policy.

    A PG&E official disagreed with that assertion, and told Foreign Policy the attack was ‘not amateurs taking potshots… this was a dress rehearsal.’

    Lit up: The Santa Clara Sheriff's Office released this surveillance footage of the attack in a desperate plea for help

    Lit up: The Santa Clara Sheriff's Office released this surveillance footage of the attack in a desperate plea for help

    Sparks flew: The grainy footage shows several sparks, but not much else

    Sparks flew: The grainy footage shows several sparks, but not much else

    The agency is following a couple of leads, but has yet to name any suspects. No one has claimed responsibility.

    The FBI is also investigating a series of attacks on the Arkansas power grid where multiple high-voltage transmission lines were severed and one substation was set on fire, according to the New York Times.

    ‘You should have expected U.S.’ was scribbled on a control panel at the torched substation.

    There is no indication the attacks in Arkansas and California are related.

    Source:


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    COSPONSORS(198), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

    Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Arcuri, Michael A. [NY-24] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Becerra, Xavier [CA-31] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Berry, Marion [AR-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Boucher, Rick [VA-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Cardoza, Dennis A. [CA-18] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Carney, Christopher P. [PA-10] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Carson, Julia [IN-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Chandler, Ben [KY-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Clyburn, James E. [SC-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Cooper, Jim [TN-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Davis, Artur [AL-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Davis, Lincoln [TN-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] - 1/17/2007
    Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10] - 1/12/2007
    Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Ellsworth, Brad [IN-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Emanuel, Rahm [IL-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] - 1/17/2007
    Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Etheridge, Bob [NC-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. [AS] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Giffords, Gabrielle [AZ-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Gilchrest, Wayne T. [MD-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY-20] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Herseth, Stephanie [SD] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Hill, Baron P. [IN-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Hodes, Paul W. [NH-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Holden, Tim [PA-17] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Holt, Rush [NJ-12] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Hooley, Darlene [OR-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Hoyer, Steny H. [MD-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Inslee, Jay [WA-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 1/12/2007 Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs [OH-11] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 1/12/2007


    Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Klein, Ron [FL-22] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-12] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] - 1/17/2007
    Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Mahoney, Tim [FL-16] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] - 1/12/2007
    Rep McNulty, Michael R. [NY-21] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Meehan, Martin T. [MA-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17] - 1/12/2007
    Michaud++Michael+H.))+01730))">Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Millender-McDonald, Juanita [CA-37] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Mitchell, Harry E. [AZ-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [PA-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Obey, David R. [WI-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Pomeroy, Earl [ND] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Reyes, Silvestre [TX-16] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Rodriguez, Ciro D. [TX-23] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Scott, David [GA-13] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Sestak, Joe [PA-7] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Shays, Christopher [CT-4] - 1/17/2007
    Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Skelton, Ike [MO-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Space, Zachary T. [OH-18] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Spratt, John M., Jr. [SC-5] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Udall, Mark [CO-2] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Udall, Tom [NM-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Wilson, Charles A. [OH-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Wu, David [OR-1] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Wynn, Albert Russell [MD-4] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] - 1/12/2007
    Rep Tanner, John S. [TN-8] - 1/12/2007(withdrawn - 1/16/2007)
    Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] - 1/12/2007(withdrawn - 1/16/2007)

    Source: H.R.6 Latest Title: Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Sponsor: Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] (introduced 1/12/2007) Cosponsors not to be outdone my Michaud, both Collins and Snowe also voted to force you to buy bulbs with mercury and made in China

    Maine:Collins (R-ME), YeaSnowe (R-ME), Yea

    Source: HR 6 An Act to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers from price gouging, to increase the energy efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

    Obama Care


    Obama care -WHAT IS IT GOING TO DO TO AMERICANS?

    You’d think we’re under attack!

    By Nelson Foley


    Obama Care came about because no one knew what was in it. The idea of trust was high for some of the lower echelons of the Democratic Party, independents republicans, the poor, the sick, the elderly, the college kids as well as other targeted groups and now they’re stuck with the results; but so are we.

    It is the height of irresponsibility to vote on a program of any kind that you as a representative doesn’t even read but then whether knowingly or unknowingly go out to the public and proceed to give misinformation to the public through talking points that most of them don’t even know who wrote. It is certainly a break in the public trust.

    If we look at the obama care debacle we ought to look at the expectations of the plan and how it will help destroy the American economy as most of us currently know it.


    1. It was passed only by Democrats in the House and the Senate.

    2. It’s ultimate, won’t let go supporters, are progressive communists and giant corporate companies who have sweet deals which should have been a clue but with the education system, the media infiltration and the tens of millions trying to simply feed their families or try to keep what they have due to government meddling, the voters missed the ball or were desperate to “eat cake”.

    3. The obama care law intends to make every American join the “plan” whether they want it or not.

    4. Where the obama care law clearly isn’t working, even though it’s written, the president has broken the law with impunity through declaration rather than legislation. If it was for implementation rather than political it could be a possible argument but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

    5. The management, or lack of management, incompetence or simply disinterest by those in the white house have presented the American people with an overpriced website ($780,000,000 – yes a 10 million dollar website for $780 million and still counting) that doesn’t work, and it has been revealed there was virtually no oversight even though the primary company contracted to produce the website has already had the Canadian government not only fire them but refuse to pay them.

    6. The website is currently like a store front from a movie set. It didn’t look good to the pubic so they’ve been repainting the front door to make people think it’s going to be a good experience but the inside of the building is only supported by some 2X4’s propping the storefront up. The product is on display but there is no cash register to pay for it. Once you’ve visited, have your receipt, you leave still not knowing if you really did sign up and to make matters worse, the money is on the counter for anyone to help themselves to. It appears to be another illusion for the masses.

    7. 10% of the new Americans who sign up are predicted to not be insured come January 1st. They don’t know it and the government doesn’t even know who they are.

    8. IF anyone ever signed up to buy a no-refusal policy like a life insurance policy that requires no background checks and guaranteed issuance, what information do they need? Not much, if you’ve seen the application. After all, if the insurance is guaranteed, there isn’t a need for all sorts of information. You sign up using your name, address and some contact information and you pay the first month’s premium. You are in! So, why do they need all your medical records?

    9. In 2014 everyone will be looking at a potential fine. I know the Supreme Court called it a tax but it’s a penalty for not participating. However in 2015, the penalty imposed upon those who don’t want to participate by the sadistic hidden powers we don’t even know about will jam everyone with a tax or fine that will triple or if things don’t go like they want them to, You could see $500, $1000 or $3000 levied to anyone who chooses not to join.

    It’s almost like the mark of the beast if you need an analogy. IF you believe it won’t happen, get a life or maybe do some research. Nothing is in stone. The president can just swoop in illegally and jam each of us whether it is written or not. No one will stop him if there isn’t a change.

    1. All your information will be sent to at least 8 agencies based on news reports. There are most likely more agencies that are on the list that is still secret. This is all your information including highly confidential medical records. How does that work for you?

    2. So you peruse the website, find your insurance plan and find out you are looking at $5000 dollars worth of deductibles, Deductibles are what you pay out of your pocket before your insurance kicks in. For many unsuspecting Americans, you are looking at medical debt for the rest of your life. If you refuse coverage you’ll never get a tax refund again. Not such a good deal.

    3. Insurance premiums, it has been reported, increased 80% in the last two years of President Bush’s presidency. Now it’s reported the insurance companies have been working in unison with the authors of obama care. They knew the deal. They helped write it. In their positions they could see what was coming and they started raising prices ahead of time to hedge their business models. The increases were used as excuses by the press to justify the obama care law, knowing the affordability in the word was a scam. Time has now exposed it.

    4. The newest of the debacle of the obama care unveiling is the medication availability for prescriptions. According to news sources and congressional sources quoting them, the list of approved medications will be limited. All others will still be available but at full cost because there is no coverage for them. The full out of pocket costs of the medication will also not be part of the deductable. So, if an American needs a drug that costs $1000 per month plus they have to pay $5000 out of pocket for deductibles for doctors visits and or therapy and or rehab, a set of this family criteria can actually run up a $10,000 to $20,000 expense before their insurance kicks in.

    Of course, it may be only $11,000 or $8,000 or it could be more but in any case, this is over and above the new higher rates (double or triple) you are now required by law to pay on this government travesty.

    The Newest out of pocket expense

    The above list is not a complete list of serious consequences facing the American population. New information is being jimmied out of the administration every day. The administration is trying to hide these little tidbits but the little bits are growing into major issues even at this writing. With new information coming in every day, the above information is probably already outdated with worse headlines jumping in to replace them but the purpose of this article is to bring to the forefront another unintended consequence not foreseen and still not completely understood by the general public.


    YOU NEED SECURITY TO JOIN obama care!

    Since the website is the required method we need to use, we are now faced with the choice of joining the obama care disaster and by law, and Americans who want to join are not placing their personal information out in cyberspace as carrion for the identity stealing vultures of the world.

    Criminals and foreign countries are currently able to literally take a walk in the park of the healthcare website and pick and choose all the information on any person who is currently enrolled.

    Can you imagine the information available to these evil entities? Can you imagine the blackmail fodder available to the foreign governments that can be used against the silly Americans? You do know the U.S. government workers are in the obama care mix. What great bunch of blackmail targets! Can you imagine the future costs and chaos we are in store for?

    It breaks my heart that I have to watch my daughter and my son submit all their personal information on a silver platter for these identity stealers. What unintended expense with this aspect of the obama care fallout is how much it will cost to protect the integrity of the information to protect it from misuse and ruining or severely damaging the credit of our children?

    There are a number of companies who offer credit protection but after doing some research there are a number of companies whose fees range from $110 per year to over $200 per year. Most American’s haven’t even investigated these services and don’t actually understand all they can do and as importantly all they can’t do.

    The first article I recommend is from PC World. It’s written by to give you an idea of what you may think you would need if you decided to jump in the Identity security industry – and yes it is becoming a large industry. The obama care law will make them larger. Some companies offer American only markets while others expand further. You’ll have to ask the various companies what the y offer including additional fees or additional items you might need depending upon your situation. And don’t forget, when you call or check them out on the net, they all want to sell you protection at that moment. So, it might hurt but try and check more than one out. There are differences.


    http://www.pcworld.com/article/201801/should_you_use_id_theft_protection_services.html

    There are many companies who offer security services for identity theft or credit protection. The five most known to the pubic include


    This next link simply gives you an idea of how identity is stolen. You just don’t know how all of it can happen. This gives you a good idea of what to look for and how you might change some of your approaches to this problem.

    www.enhanced-identity-theft-protection.com


    And finally……..

    https://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs33-CreditMonitoring.htm

    Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

    The Privacy Rights Clearing House provides you with more information in order to help guide you into what you may need in the near and long term. It explains a number of points you need to consider by explaining what types of identity theft services can protect against as well as those not covered. It also explains other low cost alternatives, free alternatives and steps to reduce your risk. Recommended


    Look for Skip Nelson’s next article coming to this website within the week.


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    By Nelson Foley


    How Many Will It Take to Wake Up to the Health Law?

    18,000, 28,000 or more?

    By Nelson Foley


    It’s just an observation but at this point there are over 6 million people who have lost their insurance. There will be another 80 million or so by the end of 2014 if the predictions are correct. Small business will be hit very hard and many are already turning their direction to more part time employees and fewer full time employees. This will mean more unemployment and more under employment.

    What this also means is the part timers will be forced to the obama care program already proven to be not so affordable and not so caring.

    These people, young and old will face large deductibles, medications that are limited, medical attention that will force them into debt where they may not currently have any. According to numerous reports people are not opting for the plans offered to them. They are finding them too expensive, too high a deductable and generally not such a good thing in their minds but that’s the current story being told. A recent poll of uninsured people, the very people targeted with the obama care law, 53% did not like the law, its benefits or it’s expense. This is not a good endorsement of the health care law.

    The story includes not keeping your doctor or hospital or whatever else you, as a current patient might be looking at as adequate for your needs. But there is a whole segment of the population that’s in a whole world of hurt and the administration, by its actions, lack of actions and incompetency don’t seem to care about.

    It would be one thing if the administration spent the money from stimulus to actually stimulate, create jobs, create competition and through the market demands force wages higher but Wall Street is perfectly fine with the status quo, making money at the expense of the people and if they’re ok with it I guess the White House is ok with it. After all, they make a lot of money from Wall Street.

    It’s not that the White House didn’t already know about this segment of the population I’m talking about but with the plan passed and the implementations constantly being jimmied like a back yard mechanic with no real experience to fix anything,( especially if there’s a foot ball, base ball game or even a golf game waiting to be watched or played) these Americans are being hung out to dry like the cannon fodder they are thought to be. After all, what are a few broken eggs when you are trying to create an omelet? Even if you don’t have the compassion, this whole plan is cold.

    And so what if a few thousand people actually die because of the Obama care implementation. Again, what’s a few broken eggs when there’s the big picture to look at.

    According to www.cancer.org it is estimated that in the United States, over 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013. That isn’t counting the new diagnosis’s in January, February or March of 2014. That’s just this past year. The male and female composite number includes virtually every cancer from Lung to pancreatic to brain to skin cancer. With the new pressure to limit the doctor visits to 10 minutes rather than one it takes to diagnose properly by a physician a lot mis-diagnosis’s are more likely to happen.

    The National MS Society (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/press-room/ms-the-disease/index.aspx#3 posts this on its website. With a little math, we can extrapolate an estimate in the United States.

    There are 2.6 million people affected by MS worldwide. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to this website, doesn’t want to know how many are afflicted in the United States so they do not require physicians to report new cases. So, if there are 2.6 million worldwide with MS and the population is roughly 6 billion people by dividing 2.6 million by 6 billion we get a percentage of .00043 or 137,600 people in the United States who have some affliction related to MS.

    HIV http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/statistics/ in an article

    In a 2006 article from CBS, the news organization featured and article entitled “Got HIV? Lifetime Cost: $618,900 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/got-hiv-lifetime-cost-618900/ , fully 7 years ago told of the expense with life saving drugs. It told of people who refused work in order to qualify for the drugs they need. With obama care, these drugs either aren’t covered and the cost of the meds is not applicable towards any deductable.

    In July 2013 a NPR article ( http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/07/27/157499134/cost-of-treatment-still-a-challenge-for-hiv-patients-in-u-s ) reported the cost of drugs currently cost from $2000 to $5000 per month per person. Doctor’s visits, with the high deductibles will reduce care. For many it costs too much. They will not be able to participate.

    Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level— particularly among certain groups.

    For those in stage 3 cancer or maybe stage 2 who are currently receiving treatment from people who know them, people they trust and feel comfortable with, if they move they’ll lose some of the quality care they are currently receiving. Doctors will no doubt need to do new tests in order to insure the patient is suffering from what the current diagnosis states.

    HIV, MS, rare diseases, new research limits are just a few of the effects the new law will be having. Taxing the very equipment that could save lives? Not much sense there.

    So, the question is, how many people, grandmothers, daughters, parents, grandkids, neighbors are going to die just to get a poorly implemented, poorly conceived and poorly managed health law in place. Again, back to the few broken eggs theory. There is little comfort in that. Will it be 18,000 sacrificed? Will it be 28,000 or more? Of course, having thousands expire earlier will make the next year rates look a little better but that’s too high a cost for me.

    Maybe, someone will read this article and pass it on to someone who will read this article and spread the word. Maybe, a life or two will be saved.


    Chicken overtakes beef as the meat of choice on America's dinner tables but is healthy living or value for money to blame?

    • Chicken has officially overtaken beef as the most popular meat product being consumed in the U.S.
    • The cost of beef has also been negatively impacted by the decreasing total inventory of calf and cattle in America, which hit a 60-year low in 2013
    • The growing popularity of chicken can also be attributed to the fact that it is considered to be a healthier option
    • Eating lots of red meat can raise the risk of having a stroke

    By Daily Mail Reporter

    Chicken has officially overtaken beef as the most popular meat product being consumed in the U.S. and the trend looks likely to continue in 2014.

    While the per capita consumption of beef has dropped from a peak of 90lbs per capita in the 1970s to 50 lbs in 2012, chicken consumption has gone the other way rising from under 20 lbs in 1960 to about 55 lbs in 2012.

    Americans now eat less beef then we did in 1955, but is the change a result of a healthier diet or because people are choosing the cheaper option?

    Chicken has officially overtaken beef as the most popular meat product being consumed in the U.S. due to price and health concerns

    Chicken has officially overtaken beef as the most popular meat product being consumed in the U.S. due to price and health concerns

    The answer is a bit both, as there is considerable evidence to backup the negative impact of both on the consumption of beef.

    Beef has always been the more expensive option, but over the past 20 years, the price of beef has risen dramatically when compared to other options such as broiler (chicken) and pork.

     

    The cost of beef has also been negatively impacted by the decreasing total inventory of calf and cattle in America, which hit a 60-year low in 2013, reports Priceonomics.

    Rising oil and grain prices, as well as NGOs that oppose meat consumption have all been blamed by the CME Daily Livestock Report.

    The per capita consumption of beef has dropped from a peak of over 80 lbs per capita in the 1970s to under 60 lbs in 2012
    Chicken consumption has gone the other way rising from under 20 lbs in 1909 to about 60 lbs in 2012.

    The growing popularity of chicken can also be attributed to the fact that white meat is considered to be a healthier option than beef

    The growing popularity of chicken can also be attributed to the fact that white meat it is considered to be a healthier option than beef.

    Eating lots of red meat can raise the risk of having a stroke, according to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, which was published in the journal Stroke.

    In tests, people who ate chicken or turkey rather than red meat had a reduced risk of stroke.

    Red meat has also been linked to higher cancer and heart disease risks, while chicken is also a more versatile meat which can be used in a greater number of recipes and is easier to prepare.

    Americans never give up your guns

    28.12.2012
     

    By Stanislav Mishin 

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    These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions.

    This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples? Well those are bullet holders for rifles.

    Also read: How American matrix destroys every culture

    Various armies, such as the Poles, during the ????? (Times of Troubles), or Napoleon, or the Germans even as the Tsarist state collapsed under the weight of WW1 and Wall Street monies, found that holding Russian lands was much much harder than taking them and taking was no easy walk in the park but a blood bath all its own. In holding, one faced an extremely well armed and aggressive population Hell bent on exterminating or driving out the aggressor.

    This well armed population was what allowed the various White factions to rise up, no matter how disorganized politically and militarily they were in 1918 and wage a savage civil war against the Reds. It should be noted that many of these armies were armed peasants, villagers, farmers and merchants, protecting their own. If it had not been for Washington's clandestine support of and for the Reds, history would have gone quite differently.

    Moscow fell, for example, not from a lack of weapons to defend it, but from the lying guile of the Reds. Ten thousand Reds took Moscow and were opposed only by some few hundreds of officer cadets and their instructors. Even then the battle was fierce and losses high. However, in the city alone, at that time, lived over 30,000 military officers (both active and retired), all with their own issued weapons and ammunition, plus tens of thousands of other citizens who were armed. The Soviets promised to leave them all alone if they did not intervene. They did not and for that were asked afterwards to come register themselves and their weapons: where they were promptly shot.

    Of course being savages, murderers and liars does not mean being stupid and the Reds learned from their Civil War experience. One of the first things they did was to disarm the population. From that point, mass repression, mass arrests, mass deportations, mass murder, mass starvation were all a safe game for the powers that were. The worst they had to fear was a pitchfork in the guts or a knife in the back or the occasional hunting rifle. Not much for soldiers.

    To this day, with the Soviet Union now dead 21 years, with a whole generation born and raised to adulthood without the SU, we are still denied our basic and traditional rights to self defense. Why? We are told that everyone would just start shooting each other and crime would be everywhere....but criminals are still armed and still murdering and too often, especially in the far regions, those criminals wear the uniforms of the police. The fact that everyone would start shooting is also laughable when statistics are examined.

    While President Putin pushes through reforms, the local authorities, especially in our vast hinterland, do not feel they need to act like they work for the people. They do as they please, a tyrannical class who knows they have absolutely nothing to fear from a relatively unarmed population. This in turn breeds not respect but absolute contempt and often enough, criminal abuse.

    For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the US 2nd Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room. Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but are in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases. As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (NYC, Chapel Hill NC), swords (Japan), knives (China) or home made bombs (everywhere), insane people strike. They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack. What is worse, is, that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or "talking to them", it is a bullet in the head, that is why they are a maniac, because they are incapable of living in reality or stopping themselves.

    The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?

    No it is about power and a total power over the people. There is a lot of desire to bad mouth the Tsar, particularly by the Communists, who claim he was a tyrant, and yet under him we were armed and under the progressives disarmed. Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns. Oh, no, they do not. What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology. They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question. They hate guns in those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.

    So, do not fall for the false promises and do not extinguish the light that is left to allow humanity a measure of self respect.

    Stanislav Mishin Source: english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/28-12-2012/123335-americans_guns-0/
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    While obama and the US Congress embrace socialism;

    Putin Rejects Socialism

    26.12.2013
     

    By Xavier Lerma

    President Putin prefers a free market and capitalism over socialism. It must be true. Otherwise the Communist US government and western media would favor Putin. Instead they brand him as a tyrant or dictator. They try often in making him look like them when he is not a Communist. Khrushchev's 1959 prediction came true and now most US citizens do not know they are in the USSR on American soil. The universe has changed and the other side of the world is free as Putin prefers capitalism over socialism.

    Yes, President Vladimir Putin has been weaning Russia from socialism to capitalism ever since he used oil revenues to pay off the debt owed to the IMF and others. He has been promoting fewer taxes for small businesses and a conservative approach to economics and society. Half the governors have been fired in Russia for corruption and he even threatened a governor to improve dental care. He has helped the largest country in the world out of darkness and there is still more to be done. Yet, he has found the time and energy to lead the world by its hand towards peace and economic prosperity which the US has helped to destroy.

    "the task of the state doesn't consist in nationalizing those companies...

    we should use the money which we get as taxes from them to develop the country"





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