Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!



Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~ Benjamin Franklin

COTG wishes you all the best for 2010.
Health, happiness, prosperity and peace.


Enjoy tonight's Blue Moon!
A Blue Moon is the second full moon in the month and happens ... well ... "once in a blue moon"!

It's happened only 4 times in this last decade:
2001, November 30 20:51
2004, July 31 18:06
2007, June 30 13:50
2009, December 31 19:14

and will happen again in 2012 on August 31, 13:58

Did you know that every full moon has a "name"?
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac's list of the full Moon names.

Wolf Moon - January - Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon
Snow Moon - February
Worm Moon - March - with other variations: Full Crow Moon, and The Full Sap Moon, and also known as the Lenten Moon
Pink Moon - April
Flower Moon - May
Strawberry Moon - June
Buck Moon - July
Sturgeon Moon - August
Corn Moon - September
Harvest Moon - October
Beaver Moon - November
Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon - December


(H/T Roger B.)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Staged Attack? Some Say Maybe....

Airport X-Ray Scanners


Honestly - firecrackers in his underwear?

Who let this guy on the plane? Where was the TSA? We've heard stories about the Eyewitness Testimony that claimed that a ‘Well-Dressed’ accomplice helped Abdulmutallab board the airplane without a passport and that another person close to Abdulmutallab on the plane filmed the entire flight and bombing attempt. How odd is that?

Some people are suggesting we follow the money. Looks like General Electric (ardent Obama administration supporters) may be seeking to sell more x-ray scanners and apparently they weren't selling as many as they had hoped last year, or in 2009 (read here and here)... until now. (Remember Rahm Emanuel said, "Never let a crisis go to waste")

This report from an NBC (General Electric) affiliate article says:

Only 19 U.S. airports have received sophisticated imaging machines that can detect explosives hidden in clothing.

Security experts say the scanners may be the best defense in stopping attacks such as an attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound aircraft Christmas Day.

The Transportation Security Administration wants to install more of the devices, known as whole-body imaging scanners, but the agency has met resistance from civil liberties groups, passengers and some members of Congress.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the nation's third busiest, has just two of the machines.

The scanners are able to detect weapons and explosives in places security screeners are not allowed to touch in physical pat-down searches, such as the groin area and even body cavities where items could be concealed.
Fear has an economy - and that translates into lots of money for some of these companies. What's more, it is a means to distract us from really hot issues like the healthcare bill, and will make American more easily duped into giving up their rights.

Think about it - What a systemic failure! We already spend a gazillion dollars on homeland security, and have instituted all kinds of scans and data collection, and personal intrusion in the name of intelligence gathering... and yet ... despite all of this - a guy with some explosive underwear, whose own father even warned our government agents about his son's radical ties - gets on a plane after paying cash for his ticket and having no passport??? And no one knew? This guy wasn't even on a no fly list. Well ... it sorta makes one go hmmmm. Meanwhile, the Nobel Peace Prize winner is bombing Yemen!

Now I'm not saying there aren't crazy people out there looking to harm us... but honestly??? There are some very odd things about this whole incident.

It all seems kind of suspect to me.

Bottomline... GE gets to sell more X-ray equipment to airports in 2010 - we lose more rights and the government controls more people as a result of fear - and the focus is off the House and Senate deliberations on Healthcare.


Want to read more?
On a strongly related note - Smiths Detection and GE are business partners - doing airport x-ray business.


"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." - James Madison

"This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector." - Plato

The Naughts - Worst Political Decade Evah!

Says Reason TV:



Hah! Pretty funny - and pretty sad - all at once

(H/T Ann S.)


By the way: Some say aughts... but it is more correct to say naught (according to wikipedia)
In English, "naught" and "nought" mean the number 0, or a figurative "nothing", whereas "aught" and "ought" (the latter in its noun sense) strictly speaking mean "all" or "anything", and are not names for the number 0, even though they are sometimes used as such. There are various subtleties of usage amongst them all.

The words "nought" and "naught" are spelling variants. They are, according to H. W. Fowler, not a modern accident as might be thought, but have descended that way from Old English. There is a distinction in British English between the two, but it is not one that is universally recognized. This distinction is that "nought" is primarily used in a literal arithmetic sense, where the number 0 is straightforwardly meant, whereas "naught" is used in poetical and rhetorical senses, where "nothing" could equally well be substituted. So the name of the board game is "noughts & crosses", whereas the rhetorical phrases are "bring to naught", "set at naught", and "availeth naught". The Reader's Digest Right Word at the Right Time labels "naught" as "old-fashioned".


Naughts - A decade such as that from 1900 to 1909 A.D., or 2000 to 2009, where the digit in the tens place is zero.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rights Versus Goods - Why Healthcare Is NOT A Right

Judge Napolitano nails this one:

Warren Buffet Handed Out 21,000 Pink Slips


"Buy American" billionaire, Warren Buffet owns companies that are suffering the pangs of this recession (or actually his ex-employees are suffering the pangs of this recession):
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reported 21,000 fewer employees than it had at the end of 2008 amid a slump at the firm’s manufacturing and retail units.

Berkshire and its subsidiaries have about 225,000 workers, the Omaha, Nebraska-based company said this week in regulatory filings. That’s 8.6 percent lower than the 246,083 disclosed in the 2008 annual report. Berkshire provided the jobs information in a document tied to its planned $26 billion takeover of railroad Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.

Buffett, Berkshire’s chief executive officer, oversees a collection of more than 70 subsidiaries that sell products including Geico car insurance, Fruit of the Loom T-shirts and Dairy Queen ice cream. Profit at the firm’s manufacturing, service and retail businesses plunged by more than half in the first nine months of the year...

NetJets - the luxury air travel unit - 800 job cuts.

Fruit of the Loom announced in March it would lay off 3,000 textile workers in El Salvador because of excess inventory... on Dec. 3 that the company planned to hire back 1,000 workers.
Fruit of the Loom had more than 34,000 workers at the end of 2008, according to Berkshire’s most recent annual report, the largest total among its operating units.
Buffett told shareholders at the firm’s annual meeting in May that he expected more cuts at Berkshire following reductions last year at Clayton Homes Inc., which builds manufactured housing, and brickmaker Acme Building Brands. Berkshire reported its first quarterly loss since 2001 in the first three months of this year. The firm returned to profit in the second and third quarters, helped by an advance in the stock market.
Shaw Industries, Hathaway's carpet and flooring manufacturer, eliminated 600 jobs in March as it closed yarn facilities in Georgia...it plans to cut another 430 jobs in the state. Shaw had about 29,000 workers at the end of 2008.

Berkshire’s Buffalo News, started the year with about 846 employees, and cut approximately 100 production jobs through voluntary attrition.

Jordan’s Furniture eliminated “dozens” of jobs this year in Massachusetts.


Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.
- Warren Buffet

Buffett supported Democrat Barack Obama in the race for the White House... it seems he will now enjoy Obama's bruising economic policies as his reward.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Peter Schiff On HealthCare Bill And The Patriot Act

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2010 - Brace For Impact


I've received a half dozen credit card offers in the mail this week for 0% APR credit cards (teaser rate loans) - so it looks like the banks are trying to unload their dollars - yet again - to consumers in the hopes of stimulating the economy.

It's all part of the scheme of Quantitative Easing.
(Here's a good video with an explanation)

Of real concern though is where the Fed's monetary policy is leading us, and ZeroHedge has a brilliant, yet sobering, piece about it.

...here is precisely what the Fed, the Treasury, and all bank CEOs are doing all their best to keep hidden until they are safely on their private jets heading toward warmer climes: in 2010, the total estimated net issuance across all US$ denominated fixed income classes is expected to increase by 27%, from $1.75 trillion to $2.22 trillion. The culprit: Treasury issuance to keep funding an impossible budget. And, yes, we use the term impossible in its most technical sense. As everyone who has taken First Grade math knows, there is no way that the ludicrous deficit spending the US has embarked on makes any sense at all... none. But the administration can sure pretend it does, until everything falls apart and blaming everyone else for its fiscal imprudence is no longer an option.

Out of the $2.22 trillion in expected 2010 issuance, $200 billion will be absorbed by the Fed while QE continues through March. Then the US is on its own: $2.06 trillion will have to find non-Fed originating demand. To sum up: $200 billion in 2009; $2.1 trillion in 2010. Good luck.
With all the money being pumped into the market our dollar is losing buying power ... Inflation's on the way (actually we've already seen it in shrinking packages in the supermarket). Just wait to see what will happen when we can no longer sell our debt to China or anyone else. I guess we'll all be asked to do our "patriotic duty" and buy American bonds ... backed by the full faith and credit of the US.
Quantitative Easing... is the Fed's equivalent of band-aiding a zombied and ponzied corpse, better known as the US economy. It worked for a while, but now the zombie is about to go back into critical, followed by comatose, and lastly, undead (and 401(k)-depleting) condition.

This is why it's a good idea to buy gold or silver.


“First of all the main problem the past number of years is we spent a lot of money we didn’t have to buy foreign products we can’t afford. We have run up an enormous debt to the rest of the world and have nothing to show for it. It’s analogous to an individual loses his job and instead of getting another job he buys everything on his credit card, and he shows his wife his credit card bills and says “Look honey, look how great we are doing”. - Peter Schiff

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!



May this Christmas bring you and your family
the love and warmth of the season.

Peace to you, one and all.


"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." ~ Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~ Janice Maeditere

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. ~ Agnes M. Pharo

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's A Federal Crime .....


With regard to this Senate (and House) health care bill and the numerous payoffs to buy votes.... These public officials received federal money - also called "deal sweeteners" in return for their votes. That is illegal.

I offer this:

Bribery

Bribery is the offer or acceptance of anything of value in exchange for influence on a government/public official or employee. Bribes can take the form of gifts or payments of money in exchange for favorable treatment, such as awards of government contracts. In most situations, both the person offering the bribe and the person accepting can be charged with bribery.

US Code is very clear regarding bribery and graft:

18 U.S.C. § 201 : US Code - Section 201: Bribery of public officials and witnesses

(a) For the purpose of this section -
(1) the term "public official" means Member of Congress, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, either before or after such official has qualified, or an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, under or by authority of any such department, agency, or branch of Government, or a juror;
(2) the term "person who has been selected to be a public official" means any person who has been nominated or appointed to be a public official, or has been officially informed that such
person will be so nominated or appointed; and
(3) the term "official act" means any decision or action on any question, matter, cause, suit, proceeding or controversy, which may at any time be pending, or which may by law be brought before any public official, in such official's official capacity, or in such official's place of trust or profit.

(b) Whoever -
(1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent -

(A) to influence any official act; or
(B) to influence such public official or person who has been selected to be a public official to commit or aid in committing, or collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
(C) to induce such public official or such person who has been selected to be a public official to do or omit to do any act in violation of the lawful duty of such official or person;

(2) being a public official or person selected to be a public official, directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity, in return for:
(A) being influenced in the performance of any official act;
(B) being influenced to commit or aid in committing, or to collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
(C) being induced to do or omit to do any act in violation of the official duty of such official or person;

(3) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any person, or offers or promises such person to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent to influence the testimony under oath or affirmation of such first-mentioned person as a witness upon a trial, hearing, or other proceeding, before any court, any committee of either House or both Houses of Congress, or any agency, commission, or officer authorized by the laws of the United States to hear evidence or take testimony, or with intent to influence such person to absent himself therefrom;

(4) directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity in return for being influenced in testimony under oath or affirmation as a witness upon any such trial, hearing, or other proceeding, or in return for absenting himself therefrom;

shall be fined under this title or not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, whichever is greater, or imprisoned for not more than fifteen years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.

(c) Whoever -
(1) otherwise than as provided by law for the proper discharge of official duty -
(A) directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any public official, former public official, or person selected to be a public official, for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such public official, former public official, or person selected to be a public official; or
(B) being a public official, former public official, or person selected to be a public official, otherwise than as provided by law for the proper discharge of official duty, directly or indirectly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such official or person;

(2) directly or indirectly, gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any person, for or because of the testimony under oath or affirmation given or to be given by such person as a
witness upon a trial, hearing, or other proceeding, before any court, any committee of either House or both Houses of Congress, or any agency, commission, or officer authorized by the laws of the United States to hear evidence or take testimony, or for or because of such person's absence therefrom;
(3) directly or indirectly, demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally for or because of the testimony under oath or affirmation given or to
be given by such person as a witness upon any such trial, hearing, or other proceeding, or for or because of such person's absence therefrom;
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than two years, or both.

(d) Paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection (b) and paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (c) shall not be construed to prohibit the payment or receipt of witness fees provided by law, or the payment,
by the party upon whose behalf a witness is called and receipt by a witness, of the reasonable cost of travel and subsistence incurred and the reasonable value of time lost in attendance at any such trial, hearing, or proceeding, or in the case of expert witnesses, a reasonable fee for time spent in the preparation of such opinion, and in appearing and testifying. (e) The offenses and penalties prescribed in this section are separate from and in addition to those prescribed in sections 1503, 1504, and 1505 of this title.


Where, oh where are the lawyers to prosecute these bribe takers?

Looks like we've got a whole bunch of bribe taking felons in the Senate.

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And From Straight No Chaser....



(H/T Roger B.)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Obamacare - Who Got What




The payoffs are in....
So much for "Change" in Washington DC...

They are still a bunch of bribe taking pigs with no sense of ethics.

There was of course the Louisiana Purchase: - It only took $300 million to buy off Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. She's proud of being bought to the point of bragging about it.

Senator Dodd of CT got $100 Million payoff for "a university hospital" (UCONN) .. Maybe they will name the building after him... they can call it Dodd's Palace of Bribes. He was in the tank for this healthcare bill anyway - so I don't see why they threw money at him. Harry Reid could have bought him off for much much less. As far as Sen. Lieberman.... his about face on healthcare is no surprise because he panders to his special interests. He cares not what this monstrosity will cost us and our children. Shame on him. If he had any integrity whatsoever, he would vote against this bill in future votes.

The Cornhusker Kickback - Sen. Ben Nelson got bought more cheaply - for a mere $45 million in Medicaid money and in the end, abortion provisions are still in the bill.

Senator Bernie Sanders, the "independent" from Vermont and the most liberal of senators, obtained $10 Billion (with a B) for community health centers after failing to get a government-backed public health insurance scheme in the bill. In fact:
Vermont and Massachusetts were given additional Medicaid funding, another plus for Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.
Sen. Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) both carved out an exemption for non-profit insurers in their states from a hefty excise tax. Similar insurers in the other 48 states will pay the tax. (so screw you remaining Senators...you got bupkis)

Minnesota Democrat Max Baucus
, one of the main authors of the Senate bill, included in the legislation an expansion of Medicare to cover people exposed to asbestos from a Libby, Mont., mine. (Said Baucus in defending the provision: "The people of Libby were poisoned and have been dying for more than a decade.") Well... gee whiz Max, why have you waited 10 years to do anything about that? Doesn't your state's legislature know how to deal with those issues?

I am surprised other Senators aren't squawking that they didn't get as lucrative deals - perhaps they will hold out, as more votes are coming.
Procedural votes will take place on Tuesday morning at 7am – when a simple majority will vote to approve the healthcare package – and then at 1pm on Wednesday, according to rules that stipulate there must be 30 hours available for debating between votes.

The final vote on whether to pass the bill takes place on Thursday at 7pm, when Democrats will need all of their 58 and the two independent votes to reach the 60 required to pass the 100-seat Senate.

Although the bill’s passage is not yet guaranteed, all of the pieces are in place for Democrats to pass the bill.

This Senate vote was such an incredibly disgusting display.

Today's word:
venal \VEE-nuhl\, adjective:
1. Capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration; held for sale; purchasable.
2. Capable of being corrupted.
3. Marked by or associated with bribery and corrupt dealings.


Keep calling the Senate - let them know how you feel about this and their behavior.
Vote the bribe takers out in 2010.

This bill will surely bankrupt our children and our country and it IS the vehicle which WILL be used to usher in incremental steps to Universal Healthcare and a complete Nanny State - just like Britain has. The same system that is bankrupting their country and delivering substandard care with babies being born in elevators and people dying from rationed healthcare.

Heaven help this Republic.

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." -Alexis de Tocqueville

Monday, December 21, 2009

Now For Something Completely Different



This clock does not actually have a man inside but a flatscreen that plays a 24 hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009.

China Says - It's Getting Harder To Buy US Treasuries



From Shanghai Daily:

It is getting harder for governments to buy United States Treasuries because the US's shrinking current-account gap is reducing supply of dollars overseas, a Chinese central bank official said yesterday.

The comments by Zhu Min, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, referred to the overall situation globally, not specifically to China, the biggest foreign holder of US government bonds.

...

In a discussion on the global role of the dollar, Zhu told an academic audience that it was inevitable that the dollar would continue to fall in value because Washington continued to issue more Treasuries to finance its deficit spending.

He then addressed where demand for that debt would come from.

"The United States cannot force foreign governments to increase their holdings of Treasuries," Zhu said, according to an audio recording of his remarks. "Double the holdings? It is definitely impossible."

"The US current account deficit is falling as residents' savings increase, so its trade turnover is falling, which means the US is supplying fewer dollars to the rest of the world," he added. "The world does not have so much money to buy more US Treasuries."


When we can't sell those T-Bills - then what will Obama and Congress and Bernanke do? Gee... I guess they'll just have to print up some more money...


By a con­tin­u­ing process of infla­tion, gov­ern­ments can con­fis­cate, secretly and unob­served, an impor­tant part of the wealth of their cit­i­zens“ – John May­nard Keynes, 1919

But the U.S. Gov­ern­ment has a tech­nol­ogy, called a print­ing press (or, today, its elec­tronic equiv­a­lent), that allows it to pro­duce as many U.S. dol­lars as it wishes at essen­tially no cost. By increas­ing the num­ber of U.S. dol­lars in cir­cu­la­tion, or even by cred­i­bly threat­en­ing to do so, the U.S. Gov­ern­ment can also reduce the value of a dol­lar in terms of goods and ser­vices, which is equiv­a­lent to rais­ing the prices in dol­lars of those goods and ser­vices. We con­clude that, under a paper-money sys­tem, a deter­mined gov­ern­ment can always gen­er­ate higher spend­ing and hence pos­i­tive infla­tion.“ – Cur­rent Fed­eral Reserve Chair­man Ben Bernanke, 2002



Treasury bills safe? Hmmm let's see - Can it really be a good deal to earn 0% in a depreciating currency?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Time - "Person Of The Year"


As if anyone actually cares who Time Magazine picks anymore ... they have chosen Ben "Print More Money" Bernanke - Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Interest rates are at 0%
Unemployment at 17.2%
National Debt is over 12 trillion and we have exceeded our debt ceiling.
The US economy is being destroyed by the Fed's insane monetary policy (and Congress allows it).
The FDIC in 2010 plans to add more than 1,600 staffers, mostly to handle bank failures.
Citizens are being bankrupted and millions are becoming destitute and losing their homes.
The dollar is weak and being printed at warp speed.
The Fed has monetized our debt and given money to heaven knows who.
Yeah, I guess that qualifies for some sort of award.

It appears that being chosen "Person of the Year" is about as important as getting a Nobel Peace prize nowadays, especially when Peace Prizes are doled out to people like Barack O'Bomba after sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan (while his Congress holds back needed funding for said troops) - sorta takes the whole "Peace" part out of the Peace prize... but I digress...

With regard to Time's "Person of the Year" - the real truth is this:

Bernanke is up for confirmation on being kept on as Fed Chair.
Let's connect the dots here - Time is owned by Time Warner. The Former CEO and director, Dick Parsons, is an Obama adviser. Obama wants "Zimbabwe" Ben re-confirmed.
No surprise.
It's more of that Hope and Change stuff - you know "No more business as usual". (Hah!)

Bernanke leads the most secretive, corrupt, and profitable banking cartel in the world - The Federal Reserve - (Read The Creature from Jekyll Island). Bernanke really ought to have been named "Bankster of the Year".


AUDIT THE FED.



"Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who writes its laws" - Maier Amschel Rothschild

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

For Liberty!



The Constitution and Liberty.
Because it's just THAT important!

Obamaville




These people are definitely NOT seeing green shoots.





What a disgrace - but unfortunately a foreshadowing of what could be in store for more people in this country as we travel down the road of more insane government spending and destruction of our currency and businesses. We are at 17.2% unemployment now, with many more small businesses hanging on by a thread.


By the way - the sign ought to have read: "Bush-Obamaville" or maybe "US-Congressville".



"I place the economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers." - Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15th - Bill Of Rights Day


"A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. ME 6:388, Papers 12:440


Today is Bill of Rights Day. To Americans, the Bill of Rights are key amendments to the U.S. Constitution, that protect our individual rights.

On March 4, 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified by the (former) 13 colonies, and went into effect. States and individuals were concerned that the Constitution did not properly cover and protect a number of rights of individuals. The Constitution was signed by the original 13 states with the requirement, or understanding, that a Bill of Rights would be created, amending the new U.S. Constitution.

On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution. 10 of these amendments were added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791.




THE PREAMBLE TO THE BILL OF RIGHTS

Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Amendment I - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Government can neither impose a state religion upon you nor punish you for exercising the religion of your choice. You may express your opinions, write and publish what you wish, gather peacefully with others, and formally ask government to correct injustices.

Amendment II - A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Individuals ("the people") have the right to own and use weapons without interference from the government.

Amendment III - No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

The government cannot force you to house its agents.

Amendment IV - The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

You may not be arrested or "detained" arbitrarily. No agency of government may inspect or seize your property or possessions without first obtaining a warrant. To obtain a warrant, they must show specific cause for the search or seizure and swear under oath that they are telling the truth about these reasons. Furthermore, the warrant itself must state specifically and in detail the place, things, or people it covers. Warrants that are too general or vague are not valid; searches or seizures that exceed the terms of the warrant are not valid.

Amendment V - No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

No one outside the military may be tried for a serious crime without first being indicted by a grand jury (of citizens). Once found not guilty, a person may not be tried again for the same deed. You can't be forced to be a witness or provide evidence against yourself in a criminal case. You can't be sent to prison or have your assets seized without due process. The government can't take your property without paying market value for it.

Amendment VI - In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Trials cannot be unreasonably postponed or held in secret. In any criminal case against you, you have a right to public trial by a jury of unbiased citizens (thus ensuring that the state can't use a "party-line" judge to railroad you). The trial must be held in the state or region where the crime was committed. You cannot be held without charges. You cannot be held on charges that are kept secret from you. You have a right to know who is making accusations against you and to confront those witnesses in court. You have the right to subpoena witnesses to testify in your favor and a right to the services of an attorney.

Amendment VII - In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

The right to trial by jury extends to civil, as well as criminal, cases. Once a jury has made its decision, no court can overturn or otherwise change that decision except via accepted legal processes (for instance, granting of a new trial when an appeals court determines that your rights were violated in the original proceeding).

Amendment VIII - Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Bail, fines, and punishments must all fit the crime and punishments must not be designed for cruelty.

Amendment IX - The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

You have more rights than are specifically listed in the Bill of Rights.

Amendment X - The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The U.S. federal government has only those specific powers granted to it by the Constitution. All other powers belong either to the states or to individuals.



The Ninth and Tenth Amendments, taken together, mean that the federal government has only the authority granted to it, while the people are presumed to have any right or power not specifically forbidden to them. The Bill of Rights as a whole is dedicated to describing certain key rights of the people that the government is categorically forbidden to remove, abridge, or infringe. The Bill of Rights clearly places the people in charge of their own lives, and the government within strict limits - the very opposite of the situation we have allowed to develop today.


On this Bill of Rights Day, COTG hopes that you celebrate your American Citizenship, and spend a few minutes reflecting upon the freedoms that you enjoy and take for granted. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world. It is also a time to reflect on how many of those freedoms have already been infringed upon by unconstitutional laws put in place by our Government, and what you will personally do to restore the protection of those rights and stop the further erosion of these rights; If not for yourself, then surely for your children and grandchildren.


"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent"- Thomas Jefferson

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Environmental Hoax - Environmentalism Is Just A Substitute For War

These two videos expose the hoax, as well as those hacked emails.







It's all about taxing you more.
It's all about money.

There is much money to be made by people like Al Gore on carbon credits and cap and trade.

And they want to limit how many kids you can have.
Not only in China, but elsewhere too.

Environmentalism is just a substitute for war
. (and that is discussed in Chapter 24 of G. Edward Griffin's book, "The Creature from Jekyll Island")

Since bankers and governments can profit from war - but war causes much destruction of capital - the elites (the "powers that be") needed to find other ways to make huge profits, and thus the environmental movement was born.
"In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill ... All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself." — in The First Global Revolution, pp.104-105 by Alexander King, founder of the Club of Rome and Bertrand Schneider, secretary of the Club of Rome

With environmentalism the elites (i.e. those sitting on the Council of Foreign Relations) can control population growth, get richer from taxation, gain more power, control every aspect of our lives, and usher in a socialist one world government.

These people are not fooling around, and have done everything to scare us all about planetary demise by using the media to subject us to a barrage of environmental propaganda; So much so, that they are even scaring our children into believing the hogwash that humanity is to blame for global warming! Honestly, our kids worry about this garbage.

And with Al Gore calling the people who disagree with him, "deniers" - he is injecting overtones of religious fanaticism to his discourse - or even a hint of comparison to the same terminology used towards those who deny the Holocaust happened. It's a clever and strong linguistical ploy being used by Al Gore. But let him call me a "denier".... the truth is, that he and his ilk are liars bent on profit and control.

We are all being lied to by so-called "scientists", the media and politicians, so people like Al Gore, and global bankers can control us all and get richer and more powerful in the process.

Sure - Being prudent with our environmental resources makes sense - but taxing cow farts and penalizing you for how many children you have is just plain wrong.
These people pushing this fabricated alarmist environmental agenda need to be stopped.
Our liberty is at stake.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Hannukah!

To all who celebrate Hannukah - I hope you have a healthy and happy holiday!





Remember Judah Maccabee....





"Macabbee, Maccabee I'm a rebel can't you see?"


and lastly - Maoz Tzur.... Rock of Ages



Lyrics:

Maoz tzur y'shuati l'cha naeh l'shabeach
Tikon beit t'filati v'sham todah n'zabeach.
L'eit tachin matbeach mitzar hamnabeach
Az egmor b'shir mizmor chanukat hamizbeach.

Translation:
Rock of Ages let our song,
Praise thy saving power;
Thou amidst the raging foes,
Wast our shelt'rng tower.

Furious they assailed us,
But Thine arm availed us,
And Thy word broke their sword,
When our own strength failed us.
And Thy word broke their sword,
When our own strength failed us.


Happy Hannukah!

Ron Paul On Beck To Audit The Fed




Hey Beck... Ron Paul isn't sounding so crazy now, is he?

Read The Creature From Jekyll Island and learn the truth.





Audit the Fed.
End the Fed.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hartford's Gun Buy Back Program Deemed A Success... And Yet....


WTNH reported this story:
The Hartford Police Department is calling a recent gun buy back program a success with more than 75 guns being turned in.

On December 5th, folks were given a gift card if they turned in a gun.

“This is a great community program that provided an opportunity for people to dispose of unwanted firearms in a safe manner," said Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts.

The guns will be processed to make sure they were not used in a crime before they are destroyed.

WTIC reported this:
Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts says the city is a bit safer after citizens turned in 78 unwanted firearms during a gun buy-back program last weekend.

People turned in handguns, rifles, numerous rounds of ammunition and gun magazines. All the weapons will be destroyed, unless forensic tests show they were used in crimes.

The program offered a $75 Kohl's gift card for a semiautomatic weapon, $50 gift card for a revolver and a $25 gift card for a shotgun or rifle.

It was a joint effort by police, Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the Community Renewal Team.

Now what I really want to know is why the people who transported those guns were not arrested and fined and jailed for transporting those firearms illegally!!!

CGS 29-35:
"(a) No person shall carry any pistol or revolver upon his or her person, except when such person is within the dwelling house or place of business of such person, without a permit to carry the same issued as provided in section 29-28. ..."

Most likely the participants in this buy-back program transported the firearms without proper permits and probably not in accordance with transporting them in a vehicle in which they must be locked up:
"transporting a pistol or revolver" means transporting a pistol or revolver that is unloaded and, if such pistol or revolver is being transported in a motor vehicle, is not readily accessible or directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle or, if such pistol or revolver is being transported in a motor vehicle that does not have a compartment separate from the passenger compartment, such pistol or revolver shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console. "
They clearly broke the law.... so where is their punishment?
Sec. 29-37. Penalties. (a) Any person violating any provision of section 29-28 or 29-31 shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than three years or both, and any pistol or revolver found in the possession of any person in violation of any of said provisions shall be forfeited.

(b) Any person violating any provision of subsection (a) of section 29-35 may be fined not more than one thousand dollars and shall be imprisoned not less than one year or more than five years, and, in the absence of any mitigating circumstances as determined by the court, one year of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court. The court shall specifically state the mitigating circumstances, or the absence thereof, in writing for the record. Any pistol or revolver found in the possession of any person in violation of any provision of subsection (a) of section 29-35 shall be forfeited.

(c) Any person violating any provision of subsection (b) of section 29-35 shall have committed an infraction and shall be fined thirty-five dollars.
In order to transport a firearm you MUST have a Permit to Carry, and you MUST transport it properly, otherwise the law is very clear as to the consequences.

And while we are on this subject, here's a provocative article by David Codrea at Examiner.com and the comments are also very much worth reading.. I especially liked this one:
I would be interested in knowing if 'donors' have to give their names, addresses, phone #s, DOB, SSN & DL #s on turn-in for "Tax Purposes", since they are receiving $$$ for their property the State might want to issue them a 1099 for their compensation. "Please give us all your information, so we can identify you six-ways to Sunday, forfeit all of your rights, and here's your $200 gift card, Have a nice day!"

and

"Encourage non-knowledgeable people to pick up uncleared weapons, and transport them in violation of carry laws. Hey, what could go wrong with that?"

Acorn Cookies At The White House Xmas Party


Could the White House be any more arrogant?
It's just unbelievable.
No doubt paid for by YOUR tax dollars.

...at the Obama White House, "A" may be for acorn -- as in acorn cookies served at Monday's annual Christmas party.

The chocolate cookies shaped like an acorn were quite a hit with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

"I didn't expect to see such stark symbolism," King said in an e-mail.

President Obama worked with the community organizing group ACORN in the mid-90s. But now ACORN faces a host of allegations related to voter fraud in the 2008 election and has been weakened by an undercover expose that shows employees offering tax advice to a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute.

The irony of the White House dishing out acorn-shaped chocolate cookies seemed a little, well, "nutty" to King. The Iowa Republican is one of the loudest voices calling for Congress to investigate ACORN."


This brings Audacity to a whole new level.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In the World



Switzerland does not maintain a military force as we do in the U.S., rather they have provided a well-armed, well-trained home militia that can be mobilized at virtually a moment's notice. That is what this country used to have. A militia is for DEFENSIVE purposes only, in contrast to our military force which is used for OFFENSIVE purposes (and also used to police the world). Imagine the annual savings we would realize if we eliminated the vast military-industrial complex in this country.

Being able to defend oneself and one's property versus being a victim...
If most people carried a gun or had one at home, then criminals might be less emboldened to invade you house or assault you in broad daylight. If criminals know that most people are unarmed, or afraid of guns, then thugs wouldn't give breaking into your house or mugging you a second thought.


"The key to freedom is to be able to have the ability to defend yourself".


On the flip side - look what happens when a country bans handguns.

Bin Laden Been Dead?


I posted something way back about the possibility that Osama Bin Laden was dead.. and here something else surfaces from "Veterans Today".

Conservative commentator, former Marine Colonel Bob Pappas has been saying for years that bin Laden died at Tora Bora and that Senator Kerry's claim that bin Laden escaped with Bush help was a lie. Now we know that Pappas was correct. The embarassment of having Secretary of State Clinton talk about bin Laden in Pakistan was horrific. He has been dead since December 13, 2001 and now, finally, everyone, Obama, McChrystal, Cheney, everyone who isn't nuts is finally saying what they have known for years.

However, since we lost a couple of hundred of our top special operations forces hunting for bin Laden after we knew he was dead, is someone going to answer for this with some jail time? Since we spent 200 million dollars on "special ops" looking for someone we knew was dead, who is going to jail for that? Since Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney continually talked about a man they knew was dead, now known to be for reasons of POLITICAL nature, who is going to jail for that? Why were tapes brought out, now known to be forged, as legitimate intelligence to sway the disputed 2004 election in the US? This is a criminal act if there ever was one.

In 66 pages, General Stanley McChrystal never mentions Osama bin Laden. Everything is "Mullah Omar"now. In his talk at West Point, President Obama never mentioned Osama bin Laden. Col. Pappas makes it clear, Vice President Cheney let it "out of the bag" long ago. Bin Laden was killed by American troops many many years ago.

Hmm... truth or more fiction?

If fiction, then how much money, and lives, are we spending chasing phantoms?

And who has been the understudy (and writing the scripts) for Bin Laden in the "videos" and "audios" that we have seen mysteriously surface now and then, at very opportune moments, since Dec. 2001?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sherry Peel Jackson Dying In Prison For Lack Of Decent Medical Care

Is she being denied adequate care on purpose?

Sherry Peel Jackson was one of the stars of Aaron Russo's America: Freedom to Fascism. She was the former IRS agent who cried out, "SHOW ME THE LAW!". Right now she deserves the support of the entire Freedom Movement. We can give it to her by calling her Congressional Representative imploring him to intercede to save her life. For her service to the Cause of Liberty, WE SHOULD DO NO LESS!!

Sherry Peel Jackson is an ex-IRS agent who left the IRS when she discovered that there is not law requiring American citizens to pay income tax.
Since than she has gone public on this issue and has been fighting two of what some people believe to be America's greatest crime syndicates, the IRS and the Federal Reserve. Sherry Jackson is a true American hero.

Sherry Peel Jackson is being held at Coleman Correctional Institution after demanding to know what law requires Americans to pay income tax before she gave over her family's hard earned money. For this, she was punished with a 4-year sentence on February 14th 2008. Regardless of what people think of her stand, she is now being denied treatment for Graves Disease and needs national attention brought so that she is humanely treated. We urge people to get involved to demand humane treatment for Sherry and visit freesherry.com for information, coordination, and future plans.

Issues

  • Sherry was imprisoned for asking the IRS to "show me the law" that requires Americans to pay income tax.
  • Sherry is suffering from Graves Disease and the Coleman medical staff is not providing her with adequate care.
  • Sherry is a wife and mother of four.
  • Sherry wasn't "caught" withholding taxes; she simply asked for proof that she had to pay them and was never answered.
She has been incarcerated for the last 21 months. She is getting very sick and they are denying her medical help in jail. Her husband has pleaded with the public to contact Representative Hank Johnson, representing the 4th Congressional District of Georgia.

Please Call and fax him and demand immediate medical attention for Sherry:

Washington, DC Office
1133 Longworth HOB
Washington , D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1605
Fax: (202) 226-0691


People are asking the question: Charlie Rangle has committed income tax FRAUD for years and he is a lawmaker.. Why isn't Rangle in prison instead of Sherry?






Sherry's letter:

I am Sherry Peel Jackson, your former CPA. I am writing you because I am concerned about my health and my life. Prior to becoming a political prisoner I was the picture of health.

In late June, 2009 I started experiencing a rapid heart beat on an irregular basis. Since this had happened infrequently in the past I did not think much of it. However, in Mid July it started happening on a regular basis and I became concerned. I went to the medical staff twice in Mid July only to be given a one-minute EKG test and powerful meds without proper diagnosis. I did not take them because I had not been seen by a specialist.

One week later, on July 21 at 12:45am I left the dorm in flip flops to go tell the officers that I was having a heart attack. The officers on duty called the ambulance and the ambulance checked my heart on their portable EKG machine. It was beating at 150 beats per minute. They took me to Leesberg (spelling) hospital where I remained until Friday, July 24th at 11:30pm. During the hospital stay it was determined that my heart was healthy but my thyroid was producing too much hormone, thus speeding up my heart.

This is called hyperthyroidism or Graves disease. I was given two medications by the hospital - Methimazole, which is an anti-thyroid agent used to reduce the amount of thyroid hormone produced by the body and Metoprolol, which is a beta blocker used to slow the heart. The hospital doctor told me that in four weeks (approximately August 21) the prison medical unit was to do blood tests to determine how the thyroid medication was affecting my body.

The blood test was taken in late August and I was told that I would be placed on the appointment schedule to come over and review the results. I was never called. I went over in early September and inquired of Dr. DeLeon as to how to get blood test results. He told me to put in a request to staff, so I did that on September 15th. It simply asked to see the results of the tests.

Sometime after September 23rd I received a response in writing, from Ms. Marich, that stated that I could either make a sick call (come over early in the morning wait in line and fill out forms) or come to Open House to see the results. Open house is held only on Thursdays from 3:00pm to 3:30pm. I went to Open House Thursday September 30th and was told by Ms. Marich that she could not find the results! I watched her look through and around several piles of folders in her office but at no time did she look on a computer for them. She told me to check back later.

On Wednesday October 28th I passed out around 4pm and was taken to medical and cleared. On Friday October 30th my lips started turning black as if I had been a lifelong smoker. By Sunday November 1st my lips were fully black.

My boss, the Chaplain, called medical and a male nurse was sent over from the medium security men's prison on this complex (there are two maximum security, one medium security and one low security men's prisons on this complex with the women's camp). He took my blood pressure and oxygen and said there was nothing else he could do. He told me to go to sick call Monday morning, which I did. I showed Mr. Coucho my lips and told him that something was wrong with my blood, I could tell. (I am leaving out gross details here). He said I would be put on the schedule.

However, the very next day, Tuesday morning, November 3rd, I found blood in my stool and rushed over to medical because I am smart enough to know that this is a major problem. I was chewed out for coming over to medical without a staff member telling me to come. I told Charlie, the female nurse and Mr. Coucho the PA that I was in the hospital in July, never got the blood work results and something was terribly wrong. I was 46 years old and I know my body! I finally convinced them that I was not playing and was not stupid, so they 'treated' me with a packet for a stool sample test.

Mr. Coucho looked on the computer for the blood test results from August and found them there! The blood test showed a problem with the thyroid way back then! He said I would be put on the schedule for new blood work later that week because these results were too old. He had a short conversation with Dr. DeLeon in Spanish and then said the thyroid count was off. This was November 3rd. I administered the stool tests and returned them to Nurse Charlie on Friday November 6th.

Today is November 26th, Thanksgiving. I have not received the results of the stool test. I have not been given any new blood test. My neck is swelling up like a blow fish and I am having trouble talking. I have been feeling very ill for the last two weeks.

Congressman, I don't want them to kill me in here. As you well know, I am being punished for exposing government fraud. However, millions of people don't file tax returns and I was just used as an example by the DOJ for their new program called the Tax Defiers Initiative.

I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. I have already spent 21 months in prison for a non crime, and I refuse to come out dead or maimed for life. I have not caused these people any problems. This is no threat but just for your information. I also wrote the warden today. Things can't go on this way as I languish in here for someone's political gain. God doesn't like ugly and He is the ultimate judge and vindicator.

Sherry Peel Jackson 59085-019
FCI COLEMAN MEDIUM
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 1032
COLEMAN, FL 33521

FCI Coleman Medium
On December 2nd, 2009 CptDave says:

phone number: 352-689-5000

fax: 352-330-0552

December 7th 1941 - A Date That Will Live In Infamy



From Today In History:
At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.
Dec. 7, 1941 - 68 years ago - 2,403 Americans, most of them service personnel, were killed in this attack. Much of the American fleet and air forces stationed in Hawaii were destroyed.

The next morning, the United States declared war. That war ended less than four years later, and destroyed most of the Japanese empire and its military, and also brought on the advent of nuclear weaponry.

As a result of war being declared, my father joined the army and was subsequently stationed in the Fiji Islands. My mom was a war-bride. He was one of the fortunate guys who came home to raise a family and serve his community. He was a boy scout leader and he volunteered in many civic organizations. My dad passed away in 1997, and I am proud to say he served his country honorably and bravely.

Let's take a moment today to remember those who fought for freedom and triumphed over the tyranny of their time.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ben Gets Grilled - DeMint, Bunning and Sanders Stoking The Flames




According to DeMint, "Mr. Bernanke has been one of the chief proponents of the Fed's easy money policy that created the current financial crisis. He ignored asset bubbles, dismissed concerns about the weakness of the dollar, and helped encourage the credit mania that led to the financial panic. Even worse, Mr. Bernanke has refused to accept any responsibility for his role in these actions prior to financial crisis."


It is Congress that is given the task of regulating our money, as laid out in the Constitution. There is NO mention at all in the Constitution of any central bank or federal reserve.

The US Dollar has lost 96% of its value since 1913, when the Federal Reserve was entrusted with protecting it.




Fire Ben.
Audit the Fed.
End the Fed.

The Other Surge



While everyone seemed to be cheering that the last number reflecting unemployment claims in November dropped by 5,000 from 462,000 to 457,000, it seems that a statistic that everyone seems to have completely overlooked then was the huge uptick of Emergency Unemployment Compensation. EUC is the program which was extended and allows unemployment insurance benefits to go far past their ordinary expiration date. EUC went up 265,300 in one week to an all time record of 3,859,553 for the week ending November 14 (up from 3,594,253 in the prior week).

The official jobless rate was 10.2 percent in October, up from 9.8 percent in September. Many economists see that number as being much higher, and probably more like one out of every six workers — or 17.5 percent that were unemployed or underemployed in October. The 10.2 percent number excludes certain categories of people - like recent college grads who can't find work, or those who have given up looking for work, or those who are underemployed as well as discouraged workers who have looked in the past year, and millions of part-time workers who want to be working full time. The previous recorded high for unemployment was 17.1 percent, in December 1982.

The November numbers were sobering.
New numbers are supposed to be out today.
It'll be interesting to see what positive spin will be put on them.
Meanwhile, nearly 4 million people are collecting unemployment insurance.
Now that's a real surge, but at least 30,000 people will be put to work in Afghanistan.
Heaven knows there is no work for them here stateside.

Question is, how many more people will be paid by government, given government jobs, or put on the government dole? And what happens when government has an empty treasury? (Oh right.. they'll just print more money)

Here's the Department of Labor's Data

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chuck Baldwin - Homeland Security Or Homeland Enslavement?


Wow - Chuck got this one right..
and something is not entirely right with this picture.

Here's an excerpt of what he had to say over at the Tenth Amendment Center:
By now, most readers are familiar with the story of how a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, crashed the White House State Dinner last Tuesday evening. President and Mrs. Obama were entertaining Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the first official State Dinner of the new administration. The Salahis were not on the invited guest list, but were still allowed to walk right into the White House....

I well remember what I had to go through when I was an invited guest of then-Vice President George H. W. Bush at the White House. ... Needless to say, security was tight.

Upon arriving, we had to show the proper credentials to White House security, along with a photo ID and the personal invitation that had been sent to us ahead of time. I remember how some of the folks who had actually received invitations were denied entrance due to bureaucratic mix-ups or unintentional lapses in proper protocols. And these were people who really did have an invitation to be there. I can tell you this: there was absolutely no way that an uninvited person could have gained access to the White House that day. And remember: that was nearly two decades BEFORE 9/11!

That an uninvited couple could be granted access to the President and Vice President in this day and time is more than a “fluke.” It betrays something much deeper.

For the last 8 years, the American people have been told they must sacrifice certain liberties in order that the federal government might protect them. And for the most part, the American people have been happy to accommodate this incessant intrusion into their personal liberties. They know the feds are monitoring their emails, personal phone conversations, and even their personal letters when received from overseas. They have sat silently as their banking institutions have monitored and reported virtually any and all financial transactions to the federal government. In today’s super-security world, one cannot even cash a check without showing the bank teller his or her driver’s license, which is recorded and made available to the feds. Sometimes, we are even required to provide our thumbprints. Beyond that, even certain service personnel that must come into our homes to provide in-home repair services, home inspections, or general services are often required to report what they see to various law enforcement authorities. All of this is done in the name of “national security.”

All the while, America’s federal buildings today more resemble castles of ancient Europe than they do buildings that house the people’s servants. Concrete barriers along with super-reinforced, “bomb proof” structures remind one of castles of old, with their guard towers and crocodile-filled moats. Today, people must walk through metal-detectors and surrender their pocketknives to even visit their local supervisor of elections office (or just about any other public office, for that matter). Again, this is all done under the rubric of “homeland security.”

In the name of “national security,” veterans who have been accused of some kind of domestic disturbance or who have affirmatively answered an ambiguous question on a VA form regarding whether they have feelings of “anger” or “depression” are having their right to keep and bear arms stripped away. That’s right, in the name of “homeland security,” some of the very men who were entrusted with lethal weapons to fight America’s wars are now being told they are not fit to purchase or possess their own firearms.

Yet, in spite of all of the above, an uninvited couple is allowed to calmly walk right past Secret Service personnel and have personal audiences with the President and Vice President of the United States in what is ostensibly the most heavily-guarded, tightly secured building in the country: the White House.

Furthermore, this story comes on the heels of the mass shooting on what one would think would be a rather secure location: the US Army base at Fort Hood, Texas. And, have we forgotten the fellow who brought a gun into the Capitol Building (the home of the US Congress) in Washington, D.C., a few years ago and killed two police officers?

Dear Reader, ask yourself this question, Do you really think those schmucks in Washington, D.C., actually believe that protecting you and me is more important than protecting American soldiers, US congressmen, and especially the President of the United States? “Are you serious?” ...

The point is, all this talk about “national security” is simply a ruse for Big Government elitists to steal our liberties and make slaves out of us. They don’t care about security; all they care about is POWER.

So, the next time you are required to be strip-searched by an airport screener, or to surrender your pocketknife at your local county commissioner’s office, or to show your driver’s license to your bank teller, or to submit to a random police checkpoint; the next time you make a phone call that you know is monitored by a federal agent (and they all are), or drive under a video camera, or visit these castle-esque federal buildings, remember Michaele and Tareq Salahi. And, if you are old enough, remember the time in America when we really were the “land of the free.” And also remember that it’s not security they seek – it’s the abolition of our liberty.


Amen.



"Those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin