Thursday, November 27, 2008

Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

General Thanksgiving (see original document)
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

Historically speaking:
While there were Thanksgiving observances in America both before and after Washington's proclamation, this represents the first to be so designated by the new national government.

After their first harvest, the colonists of the Plymouth Plantation held a celebration of food and feasting in the fall of 1621. Indian chiefs Massassoit, Squanto and Samoset joined in the celebration with ninety of their men in the three-day event.

The first recorded Thanksgiving observance was held on June 29, 1671 at Charlestown, Massachusetts by proclamation of the town's governing council.

During the 1700s, it was common practice for individual colonies to observe days of thanksgiving throughout each year. A Thanksgiving Day two hundred years ago was a day set aside for prayer and fasting, not a day marked by plentiful food and drink as is today's custom. Later in the 18th century each of the states periodically would designate a day of thanksgiving in honor of a military victory, an adoption of a state constitution or an exceptionally bountiful crop.

"Consent of the Governed" wishes you and yours a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Even with all of our travails, we are so fortunate to live in a country of such bounty and opportunity and freedom. May we all continue to work to preserve liberty and freedom so that our Republic and it's people can prosper through life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. My thoughts and prayers are to our soldiers who are unable to be with their families this season, and my hope is that they will be kept out of harm's way and they will return home soon.

I hope that each and everyone of you will also be protected from the financial turmoil which now plagues our nation and that if you are touched by unemployment, financial hardship, and other difficult life lessons, that you weather it and emerge from it stronger. Please try to remember that really the most important thing is our family and friends and the caring and love that we give and receive. If we don't have anything else, we have each other. In the end, there is no difference between the poor man and the rich man when they return to dust, but what makes the biggest difference is what we do with our lives when we walk this Earth. Let's take the time to celebrate not so much what we have in "stuff", but the strength and quality of our relationships with one another, and to thank whatever higher power that each of us may believe in, for all the goodness that we individually enjoy in our life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Lesson From The Pilgrims

(H/T DailyPaul)

Chips In Your Credit Cards

I just received a new set of credit cards last week. They had the new Chase "Blink" chip in them. My husband and I promptly called Chase and asked for them to re-issue cards to me without a chip in them. They did.

You can actually see the indent of the chip above the Blink logo. I bent the card near it, and the card split open to reveal the tiny square chip and the little copper wire antennae. I wish I had taken a photo to show you, but alas I didn't.
I promptly cut up the cards with the chip in them and disposed of them.

So why am I so against these chips that are supposed to be so convenient? It's because I don't want Big Brother or anyone else in my grocery cart. I don't want my purchases tracked, and I don't want my information made available to anyone else who might have a portable reader about. Even Senate Banking Committee members denounced them.

Read the book SpyChips.. or check out CASPIAN.

So check your wallet ... if you have a chipped card and you don't want a chipped card, then call your credit card company and demand one without a chip.

So Much For Change

As Barack Obama puts together his administration - we see that the only change going on is the swing back to Clintonian politics in the name of employing "experience", and he certainly is in a big rush to assume command and take possession. (Don't worry, I will also be glad to see Bush gone- I just wish Bush could have been replaced with someone who actually respects the Constitution- so let's leave it at that)

So far, "The Leader" has put these Clintonistas in some top slots:

Rahm Emanuel, former Bill Clinton aide - now Obama's chief of staff.
Eric Holder, top deputy to former Atty. Gen. Janet Reno - slated for Attorney General.
Hillary Clinton, former first lady and NY State Senator - tapped for Secretary of State
Lawrence Summers, former Treasury secretary for the final year and a half of President Clinton's administration - slated for Director of the National Economic Council (wow..wasn't he the one forced to resign from Harvard after saying women were inferior to men in the sciences?)
John Podesta, former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff - Overseeing Obama's transition

But wait, there's more... the senior staff and advisory board of Obama's transition team includes 10 former Clinton officials (and that includes former Commerce Secretary William Daley and Frederico Pena, who served as both secretary of transportation and energy) plus there are other advisors and staffers on track for power positions and ambassadorships.

Don't fret though - Obama is tossing in a few Centrists just to make it look good; you know like he is reaching across the aisle and making some real bi-partisan effort. (cough, cough)

The Bush - Clinton - Bush - Clinton dynastic rule is here for awhile. Unfortunately, the only change we are going to see is our change going to Washington DC in order to fund the "New New Deal" and the endless bailouts ... and even if his promised tax cuts come to pass, we will all be in for some pretty uncomfortable times because of the debt and credit house of cards they all built.

But really, if you look up the names of people on the Council on Foreign Relations all the names are the same as what we have had in not to worry, power really hasn't changed hands. (by the way, corporate members of CFR have recently received very tidy bailouts from our interesting)

Clinton administration - the folks that brought us: the Bosnian War, NAFTA, Waco, Ruby Ridge, the raid on Elian Gonzales, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Whitewater, Vince Foster's Suicide, Sandy Berger's hiding archives in his underwear, and more...
not that the Bush administration was any better mind you.
One can only imagine what we have to look forward to with "The Leader" and his administration of "Change". Perhaps he can start the scandals off with his not being truthful about his past, and why certain documents have not yet been produced. Have you seen "The Leader's" college applications or his birth certificate? Nah, neither have I. (don't mind me I am just one of those looney right wingers who believes we ought to adhere to the Constitution - pay no attention to all those lawsuits pending in the courts demanding proof of Obama's natural born status... no wonder he is in such a hurry to assume power...)

Looks Like "The more things change, the more they stay the same".

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

CT Special Legislative Session Ended

But seriously - they should have stayed home.
As usual - they accomplished nothing.

CT has a $300 million dollar deficit that was only trimmed by about $71 million in this special session called by the Governor. It seems that beyond $71 million there were some really hard choices and decisions that these CT legislators just don't have the courage to face. The reality is that they have a $6 billion dollar 2 year deficit looming, and with shrinking tax revenue due to a recessionary economy, they have to face some drastic spending cuts.

The party is over.

The sooner these CT legislators realize that Washington won't help them, and CT citizens are tapped out - the sooner they can get down to business and make some realistic and meaningful cuts to CT's budget. Unfortunately, it looks like that won't be happening anytime soon.

So much for the current "Do Nothing" CT Legislature.
Just remember - many of these legislators were re-elected! (sigh)

We'll just have to wait until January when they can come back into session and do more "nothing".

End The Fed Rallies Ignored By The Media

In case you missed it, there were thousands of people rallying against the Federal Reserve this past Saturday 11/22/08. People protested at the offices of the Federal Reserve across the country in 39 locations from Boston to Philadelphia to Dallas to Salt Lake City and beyond. One would think that this might garner some media attention - at least a paragraph or two somewhere in the mainstream media. Nope. it was pretty much ignored. Some say that reporters and journalists don't understand the issue surrounding the "End The Fed" movement, and therefore they ignore it. I think that belief is correct but I also think that if reporters and journalists do understand it they want to repress it. Instead, they reported on Hillary's appointment and Citibank's impending bailout, and what private school the Obama's have chosen for their girls to attend.

Interestingly enough, the Russian media covered this story.

Here are two examples of what the rallies were about:

Ron Paul in Houston (the first one of a multiple set of videos of his speech)

and here is another:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Precious Metal Opportunity

Remember my blogpost about the Liberty Dollar? Those are still available - but now the People of Lakota are launching a Private Bank for Only Silver and Gold Currencies; and you can convert your US Dollars for their Gold and Silver. You don't even have to be an honorary Sioux to participate.
In a stunning development, the Free & Independent People of Lakota announced today the introduction of the world's first non-reserve, non-fractional bank that accepts only silver and gold currencies for deposit.

"Today is a great day for us, a day that we begin to exercise our rights as a sovereign people with strength and pride," comments Canupa Gluha Mani, Tetuwan Council Judicial Member of the Cante Tenza "Strong Heart" Warrior Society. Mani's 2500 member warrior society has contracted to provide private security services for the Free Lakota Bank.

"We invite people of any creed, faith or heritage to unite in an effort to reclaim control of wealth. It is our hope that other tribal nations and American citizens recognize the importance of silver and gold as currency and decide to mirror our system of honest trade." Mani, also known as Duane Martin Sr, is a member of the delegation that declared Lakota independence on December 17th, 2007.
The Free Lakota Bank issues an American Open Currency Standard Approved currency, making it readily accepted for trade by over 10,000 merchants and businesses across the continent; this is similar to the Liberty Dollar.

The announcement about this also mentioned that:
The launch of the Free Lakota Bank is also an incredible victory for StrikeForce Technologies, the access control experts providing depositor Out-of-Band Authentication. As the Free Lakota Bank does not require a name, photo identification or social security number to transact, StrikeForce's technology met the challenge of limiting fraud without requiring controversial biometric technology.
They are using some security software for deposits and withdrawals, and since people have become used to doing banking online even with institutions that don't have physical "branches" like ING, this is nothing new.

It looks like the Native Americans are flexing their position of sovereignty to create gold and silver backed currency - I sure wish the United States would do the same. Instead the US is just printing up gobs of fiat money that shows signs of eventual collapse. I'll bet the Lakota's website and phones will be very busy.
The People of Lakota invite depositors to establish accounts and invest in the Free Lakota Bank's General Investment Fund, the fund it uses to develop profitable free-market enterprise inside Lakota territory. Mani comments that the nation despises donations and charity, and instead insists instead on "earning our wealth by creating value for those that place their faith and trust in our system."
Let's hope that the Feds don't raid them and steal all their Gold and Silver like they did to the Liberty Dollar folks.

"Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion...when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing...when you see your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you...when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a may know that your society is doomed." - Ayn Rand - "Atlas Shrugged"

Citi Next In The Corporate Breadline

Citi now becomes the latest one in the corporate breadline that is part of the now $7.4 Trillion dollar Federal Reserve giveaway program. Whew... that was a close one too, because heaven knows we can't have Citibank employees digging ditches for the roads that "The Leader" has planned in his "FDR style recovery package" that we will soon hear much about.

Here is a sobering statement:
The U.S. government is prepared to lend more than $7.4 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers, or half the value of everything produced in the nation last year, to rescue the financial system since the credit markets seized up 15 months ago.
The article by Bloomberg went on to say:
The unprecedented pledge of funds includes $2.8 trillion already tapped by financial institutions in the biggest response to an economic emergency since the New Deal of the 1930s, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The commitment dwarfs the only plan approved by lawmakers, the Treasury Department’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. Federal Reserve lending last week was 1,900 times the weekly average for the three years before the crisis.

When Congress approved the TARP on Oct. 3, Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson acknowledged the need for transparency and oversight. Now, as regulators commit far more money while refusing to disclose loan recipients or reveal the collateral they are taking in return, some Congress members are calling for the Fed to be reined in.
So here is the bottom-line - The Federal Reserve has a blank check (based on the sweeping powers they were given in the bailout legislation passed by Congress) ... and they are giving out money as they see fit without transparency ... the CEO's parade before them hoping to be chosen for a handout, a loan, or whatever money they can get.

Whatever happened to strong self-reliant American corporations who can succeed on their own merits?

They probably went the way of strong self-reliant Americans.

This is not good.
Not good at all.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Recesssion Hits The North Pole

Oh and as an added bonus, here are 7 Tips from Neil Cavuto on how to get bailout money:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Peter Schiff - Listen And Learn

World Toilet Day And The Prediction Of The End Of Flushing Toilets

With all of the talk of the world going down the toilet lately, I guess I missed World Toilet Day the day before yesterday (brought to us by the World Toilet Organization). But be that as it may, I found this article which heralds the demise of flush toilets and the possibility of taxing bodily functions. But things are not all doom and gloom; one can look forward to "gaming toilets" as well.
AS the world celebrates World Toilet Day today, sanitation experts have called for the end of the flushing dunny to save water and provide fertilizer for crops.

Leading health advocates have called for the use of "dry" toilets which separate urine from faeces and remove the need to flush.

Speaking at the recent World Toilet Summit in Macau, World Toilet Organisation founder Jack Sims said the concept of the flushing toilet was unsustainable.

Mr Sims said a culture where people flushed their loos but disregarded the thousands of litres of wasted drinking water each year was one of sanitation's greatest challenges.

"This 'flush and forget' attitude creates a new problem which we have to revisit," he said.
So the great "toilet thinkers" are pondering the return to the outhouse or perhaps a more tech savvy creation of it, which somehow separates liquids and solids. Hey, if they can recycle pee in space why not here at home? Some would argue that certain bottled beverages taste like that anyway....

but I digress - and from a more important issue - what about the prospect of taxing your bodily functions.
New toilet tax proposed

There have already been calls by Australian experts to reduce the amount of water wasted through toilet flushing with a proposed new toilet tax.

Adelaide University's Water Management Professor Mike Young said the tax would encourage people to take shorter showers, recycle washing machine water or connect rainwater tanks to internal plumbing.

"Some people may go as far as not flushing their toilet as often, as the less sewage you produce the less the rate you pay," Professor Young said.
This is conservation madness at its best. These folks would like you to go relieve yourself in your backyard or pay them a premium for continue doing your business as usual and using modern plumbing. I already pay a MDC sewer tax or at least pay taxes to keep sewer lines maintained, and I am sure that any notion of charging people a tax each time they press the flusher will be met with unheard of protests. Remember, they threw tea into the harbor - I would hate to see what would come of this tax proposition.

A note to these water conservationists:
Just do me a favor and leave my toilet and my toilet habits alone. Is nothing sacred anymore?

For those of us who are into statistics - here are some Toilet facts:

* The average person spends three years of their life on the “john”.
* The average person flushes a toilet about 2500 times a year, while using about eight sheets of toilet paper per day.
* An estimated 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to proper toilet facilities, particularly in rural areas of China and India.
* Lack of suitable toilets and sanitation kills approximately 1.8 million people a year, many of them children.
* According to Jack Sims, a further 500 million toilets are needed to bridge the gap in sanitation.
* The first flushing toilet was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harrington, a British noble and godson to Queen Elizabeth I. He only invented one, as he was ridiculed by his peers, but he still used it for himself.
* Most toilets flush in the key of E flat.
* On average, a person will use 22 litres of drinkable water every day flushing a toilet.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some Real Straight Talk From Dr. Paul About Our Financial Crisis

So Is The Government Manipulating The Market?

Remember when Ron Paul mentioned the Presidents Working Group during the presidential debates.. he asked McCain if he knew about what that was and who was on it? This is the group that is being discussed on this interesting and revealing video segment from Squawkbox (11/17/08)

The Plunge Protection Team is also known as the Working Group on Financial Markets and it was created by Executive Order 12631, signed on March 18, 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. This Working Group was established in response to "Black Monday" October 19, 1987. The group is supposed to give recommendations for legislative and private sector solutions for "enhancing the integrity, efficiency, orderliness, and competitiveness of financial markets and maintaining investor confidence".

Of course the CNBC anchors quickly dismiss the notion of government manipulation as "crazy talk" and equate it to something that might be put forth by those who talk about other "conspiracy theories". It was an interesting exchange nonetheless.

It looks like yesterday's sell-off and exodus into T-bills is a result of more dismal news from Washington even as they hold hearings with carmakers who are asking for public money loans and bailouts to help pay for union salaries and pensions.... but we'll probably see a mini-rebound in the market as we have been seeing ups and downs in this roller coaster ride in the past few months since before the election. So does this PPT have anything to do with these rebounds, or is is Warren Buffet and his ilk scooping up "bargains"? maybe we'll never know for sure.

So given that - is it conspiracy theory, or is the government controlling the market?
By the way; it's interesting to note that CNBC is owned by GE.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Dollar Coin And A Boycott And What's To Come

The new Presidential $1 coins are in circulation. They have a picture of a President on one side and the Statue of Liberty on the other side.

Interesting twist on this is that there are "edge-incused inscriptions" which include the year of minting or issuance, "E Pluribus Unum," "In God We Trust" and the mint mark.

The edge is where we normally find ridges to the coins which were originally placed on coins to prevent people from scraping off pieces of precious metal. The US dollar coin, half dollar coin, quarter and dime were originally made of gold and silver. Some people would file the edges off of the coins and get shavings of the precious metals. Ridges were put on coins to make it obvious if money was "being shaved" and to act as a deterrent. Now, since coins are not made of silver or gold, there really is no need for ridges. So now the mint is printing inscriptions on that part of the coin.

People are boycotting the coins now because "E Pluribus Unum" and "In God We Trust" have been relegated to the side of the coin and those phrases aren't an obvious feature of the money anymore. Some believe that this is in preparation for it to be dropped all together, especially if we will not be used to seeing it anymore.

Have you noticed how many changes there have been to our coinage in the past 10 years? You almost can't even recognize what coins are what anymore. Money used to be so familiar - so stable - and now every time you look at it there is some sort of change. It is all starting to look like play money or those promotional coins that used to be given out by gas stations. I had 3 different $5 dollar bills in my wallet last week. The mint will claim that it's because they have to make it more difficult for counterfeiters to copy, and also to get collectors to spend more money at the mint, but I think so many different currency designs are made to disconnect us from our money and to make us indifferent to any new designs, and to get us used to changes in our currency.

The State quarters were the start of a whole assortment of quarter designs. Here is the release schedule for the presidential dollar coins.

I will be refusing any change given to me in presidential coins and instead ask for dollar bills. I don't like the fact that "E Pluribus Unum" and "In God We Trust" are being erased from either face of our coinage and being relegated to a less prominent position.

By the way - here is a website that has a design for the global currency and the single global currency association. They even have a timetable for the introduction of a global currency.... and you thought I was crazy.... Hah!

"A global economy requires a global currency" - Paul Volcker, Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chair

(H/T Patti L.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ron Paul On Fox Business News

Funny how now with an economic crisis in hand everyone wants to interview Ron Paul. Maybe it's because he knows what he is talking about when it comes to economics.

And The Double Standard Hypocrisy On The Left Continues

I had to chuckle when I heard that Senate Democrats were meeting in caucus to decide the fate of Senator Joe Lieberman. They would be deciding by "secret ballot" whether to strip Lieberman of his Committee chairmanship and leave him in political limbo-land.

It's interesting because no one apparently wanted to openly show Joe, and anyone else, whether they support him or not - after his enthusiastic support of John McCain. Do you think other Senators fear retribution, or some other coercive measures etc. as a result of how they might vote???

Well, so what about the hypocrisy?
How come these Senators want to keep their secrecy and anonymity - but want to force card-check voting legislation that would make it more difficult for workers to hold a private ballot vote in unionization drives???

Could it be that Senators in their vote regarding Lieberman were also afraid of the same kind of harassment and intimidation, that workers will have to look forward to in their workplace? (Sen. Barack Obama supports the card-check legislation..)

Interesting too is that Sen. Obama has "reached across the aisle" to join forces with Sen. McCain - so will "The Leader" now be taken to task as Lieberman has been because of this blatant bipartisan co-operation? No way.
Lieberman's colleagues in the Democratic caucus voted 42-13 Tuesday on a resolution condemning statements made by Lieberman during the campaign but allowing him to keep the Homeland Security Committee gavel. He loses an Environment and Public Works panel subcommittee chairmanship, however.
- and Joe has probably been told not to criticize the Democrats ever again. I wonder if they still allow him to kiss Republicans. It is amusing that the Senate Democrats punish someone for speaking his mind and challenging the status quo and even daring to go against his own party as a matter of conscience? Isn't that what Obama's "Change" is supposed to be all about?

"This is a beginning of a new chapter" - Joe Lieberman

Monday, November 17, 2008

Nutmegger Goes National

It's nice when one's efforts gets recognized and has a chance to "climb the ladder" so to speak.

Craig Powers, who blogs some very fine posts at "WoodstockTruth" was chosen by PurpleStates (based in New Haven) to be one of their "50 bloggers, 50 states in 50 days" to represent CT in discussions about the economy and other pressing national issues. Wow, it's great that at least one average person in CT gets a national voice ... Craig may very well be Woodstock's very own "Joe the Plumber"... LOL ... but I sure hope he doesn't have people scouring his trashcans.

Craig posted:
Over the last month or so, Truth has been picked up nationally by Reuters and the Chicago Sun Times and has been viewed hundreds of times through these outlets.
He was asked to provide some raw video of him answering some questions posed by them and some scenes of Woodstock. They took the video clips and edited them together and broadcast the piece on the website which will also be picked up by the New York Times and the Washington Post websites. Portions of the segments will also potentially appear on and

That's just terrific! and Consent of the Governed wishes him all the best in the national limelight.

Here's his video - I enjoyed listening to it and I too would just like the government to tell the truth.

Meanwhile...Back In Washington... More Bailouts Being Discussed

$25 Billion bailout for automakers pretty much to pay their union pensions and benefits... most likely to come from the $700 billion bailout originally slated for Wall Street...

and if the automakers go into bankruptcy then all of those union contracts are pretty much null and void.

That could be a blessing in disguise.
Let'em fail.. restructure and start from scratch.
Then maybe they will have money to re-tool and build some real fuel efficient cars or (gasp) cars that don't use gasoline.

Of course if the government had refrained from meddling in the mortgage business to begin with, we probably would not be in such a huge mess... on the other hand, these businesses appear to have been so badly mismanaged and endeavored in such wasteful spending practices, that it would have come sooner or later. It seems they have been making money in spite of themselves.

G20 - Who They Are And What They Said

What is the G20 and why should you care.
The members of the G-20 are the finance ministers and central bank governors of 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The European Union is also a member, represented by the rotating Council presidency and the European Central Bank. To ensure global economic fora and institutions work together, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the President of the World Bank, plus the chairs of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee of the IMF and World Bank, also participate in G-20 meetings on an ex-officio basis.

The G-20 thus brings together important industrial and emerging-market countries from all regions of the world. Together, member countries represent around 90 per cent of global gross national product, 80 per cent of world trade (including EU intra-trade) as well as two-thirds of the world's population. The G-20's economic weight and broad membership gives it a high degree of legitimacy and influence over the management of the global economy and financial system.
Well, if you care at all what the outcome was of this past weekend's G20 Summit, where world financial leaders assembled to lay the foundation for "economic global co-operation", then take a look at the transcript of what was agreed upon.

Here are a few snippets:
"Our work will be guided by a shared belief that market principles, open trade and investment regimes, and effectively regulated financial markets foster the dynamism, innovation, and entrepreneurship that are essential for economic growth, employment, and poverty reduction"
"- encourage the World Bank and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) to use their full capacity in support of their development agenda, and we welcome the recent introduction of new facilities by the World Bank in the areas of infrastructure and trade finance."
"-- The IMF, expanded FSF, and other regulators and bodies should develop recommendations to mitigate pro-cyclicality, including the review of how valuation and leverage, bank capital, executive compensation, and provisioning practices may exacerbate cyclical trends. "
"all G-20 members commit to undertake a Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) report and support the transparent assessments of countries' national regulatory systems. "
So who will be running YOUR country's economy? If this body's authority has any teeth at all, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Financial Stability Forum (FSF) and the World Bank Group and other multilateral development banks will be setting the standards globally.

European Union President, and French Leader Nicholas Sarkozy, is seeking stability in global currencies - perhaps hinting at one global currency.

It looks like Secretary Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernake might just have to answer to a higher power if they are going to abide by any "co-operation agreements" made at this summit. So much for anyone's national sovereignty when it comes to finance if this body is given any real authority.

This Wall Street Journal article suggests a global gold standard.
"it was French President Charles de Gaulle who best made the case in the 1960s. Worried that the U.S. would be tempted to abuse its role as key currency issuer by exporting domestic inflation, he called for the return to a classical international gold standard. "Gold," he observed, "has no nationality."
The key to the whole crisis that we see around us is a stable dollar, but a global currency or global control of any nation's currency would be like the Federal Reserve on steroids.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Let'em Eat Fruitwood Smoked Quail

Marie Antionette - Let Them Eat Cake

While everyone is struggling with foreclosures and job loss the G20 World leaders dine in style as they discuss the global financial crisis. Their extravagance seems noteworthy.

Now, I am not advocating that they consume Spam or order in Pizza or McDonald Dollar Meals...but such extravagance at taxpayers expense is really kind of a slap in our face don'tcha think? Especially with regard to the financial crisis facing millions of families across this planet.
The global economy may be undergoing a significant downturn, but the White House's dinner budget still appears flush with cash.

After all, world leaders who are in town to discuss the economic crisis are set to dine in style Friday night while sipping wine listed at nearly $500 a bottle.

According to the White House, tonight's dinner to kick off the G-20 summit includes such dishes as "Fruitwood-smoked Quail," "Thyme-roasted Rack of Lamb," and "Tomato, Fennel and Eggplant Fondue Chanterelle Jus."

To wash it all down, world leaders will be served Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003, a wine that sells at $499 on

The exceedingly pricey wine may seem a bit peculiar given leaders are in Washington to discuss a possible world financial meltdown, but Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for Laura Bush, said it "was the most appropriate wine that we had in the White House wine cellar for such a gathering.

McDonough also said the White House purchased the wine at a "significantly lower price" than what it is listed at.

"Of course the White House gets its wine at wholesale prices," she said. "Given the intimate size of the group, it was an appropriate time for The White House to use this stock."

The leaders of the U.K., France, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and 11 developing economies have all come to Washington at the behest of President Bush in an effort to express confidence in the fundamental underpinnings of the world's economy.
I'd be curious as to what the per person cost was with a meal such as this one. Wholesale price on wine or not - it seems a simpler menu might have been a good way to set the tone of this financial summit which deals with the financial crisis many people are experiencing.

Is anyone else annoyed at this unabashed display of government excess?

The Onion Asks ....

Are you "Pro-Hole" or "Anti-Hole"?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ron Paul On The G20 Summit

Start of the audio is choppy - but this is a great analysis of what will be discussed.

"An international central bank is a horror"

Help Audit The CT Elections

I received an email from my friends over at CT Voters Count
They need people to help with post-election audits.
Now You Have Voted: Make Sure Your Vote Counts
Become a Post-Election Audit Observer

We need more observers, especially in Eastern, Northern, and North Western Connecticut

We are planning our biggest audit observation yet, for the Nov Presidential Election. It is likely that close to fifty towns will be counting three races across thousands of ballots. Sign-up is available
The audit period is short: Wed Nov 19 through Mon Nov 24
Their goal is to cover 90% of the audits with a minimum of two Observers.
Your participation will make this goal a reality. Please sign-up today and participate in democracy!

They also reported this about the November elections:
* November Election Integrity Summary
A few glitches reported around Connecticut. Most major races and contests showed wide, comfortable margins. But now is not the time to become complacent, 2009 will be the best time to enact laws in Hartford and Washington to provide election integrity and confidence for 2010 and 2012. Without a strong chain-of-custody and a strong post-election audit, with observers representing the public, we cannot have confidence.

Nationwide there have been many, many problems (for details, see the Daily Voting News): Alleged flipped votes, lost voter registrations both new and old, optical scanners not counting correctly, totals being corrected for reporting errors, and lax voting procedures. Like, Connecticut, so far, none that we know of that could change a major election result.but without solid post-election audits we will never be time there may critical, close elections that could easily be lost by similar errors or fraud.

The good news is that these problems are being identified, surfaced, and to some degree covered by the media.

In Minnesota there is a very close Senate race. On election eve the difference was about 600 votes, which by law mandated a manual, hand-to-eye recount. The apparent winner called on the apparent loser to throw in the towel and call off the recount. Corrections in compiling the results have steadily lowered the margin - the latest is that it stands at 50 votes. If it reverses, will the new apparent looser forgo the recount? Should he or anyone?

Finally, what if that Senate race were in Connecticut, should we be satisfied with our machine based recount? Minnesota always recounted by hand, but last year put the requirement into law - so should Connecticut.
CT Voters Count should be applauded and supported by every voting Connecticut citizen. Help them out and go volunteer your time today.

I gotta tell you that what I witnessed in Hamden when election officers came to town hall, after the election was over, with their equipment and totals was astounding.. lack of proper documentation, improper accounting of seals on returned equipment and bags, some things not sealed.. and I don't suspect fraud but the chain of custody could have been seriously questioned. People were just very poorly trained in my opinion.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Looks Like Peter Schiff Called It

Peter Schiff, of Euro Pacific Capital, clearly understands Austrian Economics and money... and he predicted what would happen in our financial markets (just as Ron Paul did). I sure hope no one took the "advice" of those other guys seriously; if they did they lost their shirts.

Those folks kind of laughed at Schiff - so who is laughing now?

Actually, I think one of the tipping points to our financial house of cards was back in September when the Chinese stopped lending us money.

Bailout Mania!

In the wake of the Wall Street bailout which now is reaching $3 trillion dollars in bailout and loans (not just the $700 billion as was o.k'd by Congress), other industries, and even cities like Phoenix are coming to Washington with their hand out to ask for "help".

This from Marketwatch:
The U.S. automakers have asked for $25 billion in federal loans to cover operating expenses, according to a Nov. 10 letter from GM to Congress.
The United Auto Workers has said it wants $25 billion to help fund the union- run retiree health-care trusts being started in 2010.
GM claims they will go bankrupt or have to lay off workers if they don't get an infusion of cash.
Well... Good ...
Serves the unions right for bankrupting the industry to begin with, and for Congress supporting them. Maybe instead of bailing out GM they ought to ask the Unions for some major concessions. Why should the American public fund the Unions to keep these automakers afloat? Let the Unions take a hit instead of the taxpayer.

Then the credit card companies and airlines and heaven knows who else will be in the halls of Congress asking for money. This is becoming an unstoppable freight train.

Everyone all of a sudden is too big to fail. I say hogwash. Let them all fail and be forced to restructure the entire mess instead of rewarding bad business models and wasteful business spending, and incredibly poor management.

But what about all of the people put out of work? Well, I'd rather see the government give them unemployment money until they get rehired by a restructured company then have the company stay in business and continue failing practices with a bailout.

Government financing of bad business practices is the hallmark of Socialism and Communism. That's why those models fail. Risks are essentially eradicated and poor and wasteful business practices are rewarded and allowed to continue.

Money is flying all over the place in Washington and the printing presses are full steam ahead. One can only figure that this was the reason in March 2006 that the Fed discontinued publishing M3 figures (money supply) - and now we, the public, have no idea how much money is in circulation. That is important because more money in circulation pretty much is a signal to inflation. Well at the rate we are going you can pretty much guess that we are following the playbook to "Weimar Republic-like" hyper-inflation; you know where people had to carry wheelbarrows of money to the store to buy bread. This happens when the government has uncontrollable spending and dumps huge amounts of money into the economy. Perhaps this is why the banks have been reluctant to loan out/use the money that the Feds have "persuaded" them to take. These bankers probably know what's in store.

That coupled with the Fed not being forthcoming as to how and where the bailout money is being spent is a travesty to the American taxpaying public. The lack of transparency by the Fed and our Treasury Secretary is quite stunning. Congress, however, gave the Treasury Secretary unprecedented powers in that regard - with no accountability and no guarantees. Apparently, it's not YOUR Business to know where your tax dollars are going!

And talk about bait and switch policies!

The Treasury Secretary announced a change in plans for the $700 billion bailout bonanza. Remember it was originally sold to the public, and Congress, as a plan to purchase bad/toxic assets, now Secretary Paulson wants to use part of the bailout funding to "support financial markets" to help shore up credit which fuels credit card debt and auto loans and student loans. Everyone and his brother now wants to become a "bank holding company" like American Express. $250 billion of the fund will be used to purchase stock in banks. I thought I might become a bank and change the name of my blog to "COTG Express" or "COTGovia" in the hopes of cashing in on this gravy train. So send me your deposits right away! (Smile) I can sit on the funds and give myself big bonuses as well as the next bank or credit institution!

But seriously, here is the form you can fill out for some Troubled Asset Recvery Program (TARP) money.

Money News shows who got promised what from the $700 Billion bailout money.

But the overall rundown thus far:
$170 billion that the Treasury Department has currently agreed to provide banks in additional capital
$150 billion that the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve are providing to AIG
$2 trillion that the Federal Reserve has provided banks in emergency loans

Total help/bailout is approximately $2.32+ trillion including loans.

Then of course there was the Treasury Department's $200 billion in support for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration's $300 billion HOPE for Homeowners program.

and on and on and on...

Meanwhile, the Stock Market continues to take a nose dive. 401 K's are now "101 K's" and Gold and Gun Sales are up...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembering Our Veterans Today

Veterans Day
In 1918, World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The entire world celebrated. An armistice (a truce) was signed declaring the "war to end all wars" was finally over. The next year, on November 11th, the US called the day "Armistice Day" in memory of all the men and women involved in WWI. On Armistice Day, surviving soldiers marched in parades through their home towns. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and had ceremonies in thanks for the peace that had been won.
From :
Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That's not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead.

Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead.
Please take time today to remember all those who have served our country, both living and deceased, for without them we could not benefit from the freedoms that we enjoy.

I thank my readers out there who have served this country, or still serve: This one's for you -

Monday, November 10, 2008

Same Elected Officials - Different Day

Washington, DC

Hartford, CT

Hoist the pirate flag again.

So much for everyone grumbling about throwing out the incumbents. For all the griping about high taxes and bigger government, and how Congress passed a huge pork laden bailout bill costing the taxpayer billions - the American people both locally and nationally chose to re-elect the same people all over again - albeit with a few minor exceptions.

In Pennsylvania - even though Representative John Murtha (D - PA) who called his own constituents a bunch of racists got re-elected! Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens, a convicted felon got re-elected. Go figure!?? What are their constituents thinking?

Imagine a Congress which has had the lowest approval ratings - gets re-elected with a few more of the same party thrown in for good measure! Nancy Pelosi and her buddies in the majority did such a "fine job" in the past 18-20 months that they have been re-elected to continue raiding the treasury and expanding government.

It never ceases to amaze me; this phenomenon of re-electing people who are ineffective and/or career politicians, as if their experience is some sort of an asset over someone with new ideas and perhaps some integrity.

Even here in CT - the State legislature is somewhat unchanged, but with a few more Democrats thrown in. Publicly funded campaign finance didn't seem to help Republicans at all. Yet, folks who had a known history of unethical behavior, forgery, ineffectiveness and out and out bad behavior were re-elected to office. I suspect that some of these career politicians could have raped children and still gotten themselves re-elected!

In CT, voters sent back to Hartford all the folks that give them higher taxes, chase business out of state, chase young people out of state, and who have been ineffective in addressing property tax, binding arbitration reform, and eminent domain abuse (to name a few). So expect two more years of a "do-nothing" and/or social agenda driven sessions and more tax and spend policies.

What does that say about the voters? My only conclusion is that voters don't care about voting records or the results we have based on the policies these people have already put into place. They prefer to remain loyal to a party, or they vote locally based on national politics. Either that, or they are extremely uneducated when they fill in the bubble of their choice. But whatever the reason, that is democracy and representative government in action: we can't complain much since ultimately we get the government that we deserve based on "the consent of the governed"

It would appear that most people don't know that things don't change much if you keep doing the same thing over and over again.
What a pity.

And the beat goes on....

Friday, November 7, 2008

Ron Paul With Cavuto - Re: More Bailout And Global Summit

Top Ten Irritating Phrases

Oxford University just compiled this list of irritating phrases; things people say so often that they are really annoying.

The top ten most irritating phrases:

1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science

I loved the comment made by one person:
AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME, and WITH ALL DUE RESPECT to Oxford, they SHOULDN"T OF spent so much time on the issue. Nonetheless, I PERSONALLY think the use of irritating phrases 24/7 is ABSOLUTELY A WASTE. In fact, IT'S A NIGHTMARE. People should learn to compose on their own.

It shouldn't be hard to come up with something that's FAIRLY UNIQUE. AT THE END OF THE DAY, after all, IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. :)
We in America might wish to replace a few on the list with these:

1. Hope and Change
2. Yes We Can
3. Maverick

I am certain that we each have our personal favorites to add to this list of irritating words and phrases.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Looks Like The Stock Market Needs Some Hope

The market fell by nearly 500 points on Wednesday. Its continuing a downward slide today.

Businesses are starting to prepare for an Obama administration which no doubt will bring industries such as oil and gas producers, utilities and pharmaceuticals under greater regulation and even more taxes, while labor unions and automakers are expected to benefit. In addition, banks, insurance companies, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector will almost certainly face attempts at some sort of regulatory overhaul and restrictions by the Democratic Congress next year.

Analysts are also saying that the market is anxious about who Obama will select as the next Treasury Secretary, and who he will tap for other Cabinet positions. US policies will be crucial to how businesses will ultimately proceed in their operations.

"President-elect Obama is coming into a situation with limited experience, having to handle an economy in serious trouble, a couple of wars and terrorism." Who knows what the international community will throw at this new president.

Personally I don't think that McCain would have been a better choice either - his knowledge of economics was less than impressive. Either choice was going to be a problem for Wall Street in one way shape or form.

Regarding this upcoming global summit - some are saying:
A new world monetary order will be on the way after the November 15, 2008 economic summit which will hash out aspects of a new "world financial system", and some are even speculating on the beginning of discussions of the possibilities of some sort of new "world global currency" (I thought that was VISA and MASTERCARD). Obama will of course be in on this world government council along with Bush. Expect taxes on everything, carbon credits et al. Maybe this is the "crisis" Biden warned about, and we will have to eventually follow Obama into giving up a measure of our sovereignty as a new global monetary policy is established somewhere down the line, which of course will save us from the Weimar-style inflation that some are predicting for the US economy as a result of the crazy spending and printing of dollars that Washington is now engaged in.

Of course that's wild and crazy speculation. Right?

By the way - where is YOUR bailout?

Amerika Goes Socialist

So much for Hope and Change - which is exactly what the Castro Brothers ran on. They set up A National Security Force too.

The American Sheeple came out in droves to elect a Marxist who will, with the help of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and many other "advisers", rob individuals of wealth and "spread it around" while destroying the Middle Class. The goal is of course to make everyone more dependent on government.

In fairness though, it wasn't quite a landslide, and really in the long run there wasn't any huge differences between McCain and Obama - except that McCain was heavier on national defense and wasn't prone to voting "present" in Congress. They both voted for the bailout though. McCain's Campaign Finance reform became a real joke in the end.

Not only that - but the American people re-elected the same folks that brought us the Wall Street Bailout - and even added more of them into the mix! While they are busy raiding the treasury and figuring out ways to take more money out of your purse, they will also be telling you to continue shopping at the mall and buying items that you really cannot afford.

That being said - the Republicans were no better - and they deserve being ejected, because they really were no different the way they spent like drunken sailors and eroded our rights and trampled our Constitution. In the end we really had no choices, and the media made sure that we heard no other voices except Democrat and Republicans. Thankfully, I did not base my vote on what CNN or MSNBC or Fox or the Hartford Courant had to say.

It's such a shame really.
Here is what we can look forward to:
Look for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, the further expansion of government and social programs.
Look for the erosion of free speech through the implementation of "The Fairness Doctrine" and other more subtle forms of speech control including censorship of the Internet.
Look for more government intervention in your life and the government's invasion of your privacy.
Look for more government ownership of private business through government bailout programs etc.
Look for the erosion of private land ownership as more properties are taken through eminent domain.
Look for further destruction of our currency which will drive us to a global currency.
Look for the appointment of more liberal Supreme Court judges.
Look for more restrictive gun laws.
That and so much more.
It won't come all at once though...we'll just be treated to slowly boiled frog.

Yes, we will see change... but it won't be good change at all if you believe in the U.S. Constitution and sovereignty, and the dream that our founders gave to us which includes Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

By the way: Barack Obama is not my president as long as he does not produce a birth certificate proving he was born here, and if he doesn't produce all of the other documents such as baptismal certificate, school records, selective service registration etc. etc. that he has withheld from the American people.

Do you recall these two quotes?
"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." - Josef Stalin
In 1962 Russian Premier Nikita Krushchev said,
"We can't expect the American people to jump from capitalism to Communism but we can assist their leaders by giving them small amounts of Socialism until they awaken one day to find out they have Communism." He also said that Communism would take over America "without firing a shot."
Looks as if Stalin and Krushchev were spot on.

I am not celebrating today - as this country was easily duped into electing a fraud and someone who will fundamentally change this country into a Socialist nation. Stalin, and others like him, would be proud. Not a gunshot had to be fired, even as we have soldiers in Iraq, and elsewhere, fighting to bring "Liberty" to other places. How ironic.

Meanwhile, don't despair - there are people who are still interested in preserving our Republic. I hope that if you are like minded that you will seek them out.

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Thoughts

A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” –James Madison (letter to W.T. Barry, 4 August 1822); Reference: Letters and other Writings of James Madison, vol. 3 (276).

Please do justice to your right to vote: No matter who you end up voting for, just make an informed vote when you go to the polls today.

Let's hope and pray that this election ends well for our country - no matter who the victor is. Let's do all that we can to prevent the demise of this Republic. Let's all work to preserve our rights and liberties, and protect and defend our Constitution.

Take a moment to remember all those who fought and died for your right to cast a ballot, especially as we reflect upon Veteran's Day.

As far as the voting process goes:

Don't forget to get your free cup of Starbucks Coffee today!

One last thought:

If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves” - Thomas Sowell

Good luck David Aron running for CT State Representative in Hamden - I hope you win!

(You too Joe Visconti - Theresa McGrath - and all of my other friends running for office!)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Obama And His Political Lies

For the undecided ... and even the decided voters:

How can anyone believe what he says?

An Open Letter to Barack Obama: Are you a Natural Born Citizen of the U.S.?

An Open Letter to Barack Obama:
Are you a Natural Born Citizen of the U.S.?
Are you legally qualified to hold the Office of President?

Dear Mr. Obama:

On October 24, 2008, a federal judge granted your request to dismiss a lawsuit by Citizen Philip Berg, who challenged your qualifications under the "Natural Born Citizen" clause of the U.S. Constitution to legally hold the office of President of the United States of America.

Mr. Berg presented factual evidence to the Court in support of his claim that you are either a citizen of your father's native Kenya by birth, or that you became a citizen of Indonesia, relinquishing your prior citizenship when you moved there with your mother in 1967.

In your response to the lawsuit, you neither denied Mr. Berg's claims nor submitted any evidence which would refute his assertions. Instead, you argued that the Court lacked the jurisdiction to determine the question of your legal eligibility because Mr. Berg lacked "standing."

Astonishingly, the judge agreed, simply saying, "[Mr. Berg] would have us derail the democratic process by invalidating a candidate for whom millions of people voted and underwent excessive vetting during what was one of the most hotly contested presidential primary [sic] in living memory."

Unfortunately, your response to the legal claim was clearly evasive and strikingly out of character, suggesting you may, in fact, lack a critical Constitutional qualification necessary to assume the Office of President: i.e., that you are not a "natural born" citizen of the United States or one who has relinquished his American citizenship.

Before you can exercise any of the powers of the United States, you must prove that you have fully satisfied each and every eligibility requirement that the Constitution mandates for any individual's exercise of those powers.

Regardless of the tactics chosen in defending yourself against the Berg lawsuit, significant questions regarding your legal capacity to hold this nation's highest office have been put forth publicly, and you have failed to directly refute them with documentary evidence that is routinely available to any bona fide, natural born U.S. Citizen.

As one who has ventured into the fray of public service of his own volition, seeking to possess the vast powers of the Office of President, it is not unreasonable to demand that you produce evidence of your citizenship to answer the questions and allay the concerns of the People. Indeed, as the one seeking the office, you are under a moral, legal, and fiduciary duty to proffer such evidence to establish your qualifications as explicitly mandated by Article II of the Constitution.

Should you proceed to assume the office of the President of the United States as anything but a bona fide natural born citizen of the United States that has not relinquished that citizenship, you would be inviting a national disaster, placing our Republic at great risk from untold consequences. For example:

* Neither the Electoral College on December 15, nor the House of Representatives on January 6 would be able to elect you, except as a poseur - a usurper;

* As a usurper, you would be unable to take the required "Oath or Affirmation" of office on January 20 without committing the crime of perjury or false swearing, for being ineligible for the Office of the President you cannot faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States;

* Your every act in the usurped Office of the President would be a criminal offense as an act under color of law that would subject the People to the deprivation of their constitutional rights, and entitling you to no obedience whatsoever from the People;

* as a usurper acting in the guise of the President you could not function as the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy and of the militia of the several states, as such forces would be under no legal obligation to remain obedient to you;

* No one in any civilian agency in the Executive Branch would be required to obey any of your proclamations, executive orders or directives, as such orders would be legally VOID;

* Your appointment of Ambassadors and Judges to the Supreme Court would be VOID ab initio (i.e., from the beginning), no matter what subsequent actions the Senate might take as well as rendering any such acts by such appointed officials void as well;
* Congress would not be able to pass any new laws because they would not be able to acquire the signature of a bona fide President, rendering all such legislation legally VOID;

* As a usurper, Congress would be unable to remove you from the Office of the President on Impeachment, inviting certain political chaos including a potential for armed conflicts within the General Government or among the States and the People to effect the removal of such a usurper.

As an attorney and sitting U.S. Senator, I'm sure you agree that our Constitution is the cornerstone of our system of governance. It is the very foundation of our system of Law and Order - indeed, it is the supreme law of the land. I'm sure you also agree that its precise language was no accident and cannot be ignored if Individual, unalienable, natural Rights, Freedoms and Liberties are to be protected and preserved.

As our next potential President, you have a high-order obligation to the Constitution (and to those who have fought and died for our Freedom) that extends far beyond that of securing a majority of the votes of the Electoral College. No matter your promises of change and prosperity, your heartfelt intent or the widespread support you have garnered in seeking the highest Office of the Land, the integrity of the Republic and Rule of Law cannot, -- must not -- be put at risk, by allowing a constitutionally unqualified person to sit, as a usurper, in the Office of the President.

No matter the level of practical difficulty, embarrassment or disruption of the nation's business, we must -- above all -- honor and protect the Constitution and the divine, unalienable, Individual Rights it guarantees, including the Right to a President who is a natural born citizen of the United States of America that has not relinquished his American citizenship. Our nation has endured similar disruptions in the past, and will weather this crisis as well. Indeed, it is both yours and the People's mutual respect for, and commitment to, the Constitution and Rule of Law that insures the perpetuation of Liberty.

As a long time defender of my state and federal Constitutions, and in consideration of the lack of sufficient evidence needed to establish your credentials as President, I am compelled to lodge this Petition for Redress of Grievances and public challenge to you.

Make no mistake: This issue IS a Constitutional crisis. Although it will not be easy for you, your family or our Republic, you have it within your ability to halt this escalating crisis by either producing the certified documents establishing beyond question your qualifications to hold the Office of President, or by immediately withdrawing yourself from the Electoral College process.

With due respect, I hereby request that you deliver the following documents to Mr. Berg and myself at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at noon on Monday, November 17, 2008:

(a) a certified copy of your "vault" (original long version) birth certificate;
(b) certified copies of all reissued and sealed birth certificates in the names Barack Hussein Obama, Barry Soetoro, Barry Obama, Barack Dunham and Barry Dunham;
(c) a certified copy of your Certification of Citizenship;
(d) a certified copy of your Oath of Allegiance taken upon age of maturity;
(e) certified copies of your admission forms for Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School; and
(f) certified copies of any court orders or legal documents changing your name from Barry Soetoro.

In the alternative, in defense of the Constitution, and in honor of the Republic and that for which it stands, please announce before such time your withdrawal from the 2008 Presidential election process.

"In a government of laws, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 469-471.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.


Robert L. Schulz,
Founder and Chairman, We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, Inc.

Sen. Obama - just show us all the proof. The American people do not deserve the secrecy. Unseal your records.

$700 Billion Bailout Unconstitutional

We The People's Bob Schulz filed a lawsuit

There are no controls or oversight as to how YOUR money is being spent!

Vote out any Congress member who voted for the bailout.

In CT, that would be John Larson, Rosa DeLauro, Chris Shays, and Chris Murphy
Only Joe Courtney voted against the bailout.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ummm.... Sen. Obama - We Already Have A National Security Force

We already have a national security force - It's called the National Guard as well as a Civilian Militia...
The National Guard, the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions, celebrated its 370th birthday on December 13, 2006. The National Guard traces its history back to the earliest English colonies in North America. Responsible for their own defense, the colonists drew on English military tradition and organized their able-bodied male citizens into militias.
Civilian Constitutional Militia at the US Senate 6/15/1995

(Part 1 of 2 Full hearing 47 minutes) It's worth a listen.

So this hearing was held back in 1995 - but it could just as well have taken place more recently.

Do you really think that 2nd amendment rights is about hunting?

Will those who would protect Constitutional rights and fight against a tyrannical government (which might very well attempt to remove 1st and 2nd amendment rights among other rights) be considered "terrorists"? Who might be considered terrorists?

"When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny." - 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 Papers p. 334, 1950)

It also helps to arm yourself with knowledge.

We do not need Sen. Obama's National Security Force - but we will probably need militia men and women to protect the Constitutional rights he will seek to erode!

America - Be very careful who you vote for on November 4.

(Update: Google Stephen Flynn - he works and writes for the Council on Foreign Relations and is an advisor to the Obama campaign. This National Security Force is something he has been advocating. It will also be something that will be a back door "draft". They probably have the uniforms already designed.)