Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Big Brother Takes To The Skies

"A staple of America's wars abroad, unmanned drones might soon be used to spy on the country's own citizens. By 2015, the computer-controlled jets will have access to airspace usually reserved for piloted planes. A director from a US drone training company supporting their increased use says that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

Trevor Timm, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says that argument no longer holds water."

So... let me get this straight... the argument being used to support this incredible intrusion of American privacy is "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".

That sounds like some sort of Nazi or Soviet Russia mantra.

It would seem to me that domestic spying tactics are the types of activities that our American so-called "Free World" leaders are supposed to be so against, and are considered the tools of Communist regimes or Fascist despots. At least, it used to be that way! Apparently, they now believe that domestic surveillance is just peachy! Congress has funded such activities!

Any American who believes that our government should be using our tax dollars to spy on us from above, and collect data about us in this manner, needs to have their head examined, as well as take a course of study in what the 4th amendment really means.

It's really all quite Orwellian and smacks of some Minority Report Statist control.

One fellow commented on an article about these drones - and I will paraphrase his reaction: "If I ever see one of these flying over my property, it'll be the last time the thing will be airborne".

This drone program is dangerous.

Excellent blogpost about privacy here.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Gold Is More Like Gold Plated

This article from Zerohedge shows how the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has instituted its own "austerity measures" with regard to their medal contents:
As every Olympic athlete knows, size matters. The London 2012 medals are the largest ever in terms of both weight and diameter - almost double the medals from Beijing. However, just as equally well-known is that quality beats quantity and that is where the current global austerity, coin-clipping, devaluation-fest begins. The 2012 gold is 92.5 percent silver, 6.16 copper and... 1.34 percent gold, with IOC rules specifying that it must contain 550 grams of high-quality silver and a whopping 6 grams of gold. The resulting medallion is worth about $500. For the silver medal, the gold is replaced with more copper, for a $260 bill of materials. The bronze medal is 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin. Valued at about $3, you might be able to trade one for a bag of chips in Olympic park if you skip the fish.

Though Olympic gold is no longer 100 percent gold, a medal can still fetch big money. In 2010, a gold medal worn by Mark Wells, a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. men's hockey team, was auctioned off for $310,700. Several years before that, Wells had sold his medal to cover medical expenses. Just before the auction, the medal was valued at $100,000 but it earned three times that amount. Heritage Auctions of Dallas identified the 2010 buyer as a rancher from the western U.S.

The question remains - with the minimum 103 medals expected to be won by US athletes, will Bernanke be forced to reduce the size of NEW QE as 'all that precious metal is horded and repatriated back to the USA'?

Gold medals sure ain't what they used to be...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Rep. Kelly From PA ... Amen Brother!

Dump the stupid job killing, business stifling regulations and let's get American businesses working!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Beware - Big Corporate Organic

Bet you didn't know that Organic Food companies have been steadily gobbled up by Big Food companies...
The fact is, organic food has become a wildly lucrative business for Big Food and a premium-price-means-premium-profit section of the grocery store. The industry’s image — contented cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy. Or rather, pure marketing. Big Food, it turns out, has spawned what might be called Big Organic.

Bear Naked, Wholesome, Hearty, Kashi: all three and more actually belong to the cereals giant Kellogg. Naked Juice? That would be PepsiCo of Pepsi and Fritos fame. And behind the pastoral-sounding Walnut Acres, Health Valley and Spectrum Organics is none other than Hain Celestial, once affiliated with Heinz, the grand old name in ketchup.

Over the last decade, since federal organic standards have come to the fore, giant agri-food corporations like these and others — Coca-Cola, Cargill, ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and M&M Mars among them — have gobbled up most of the nation’s organic food industry. Pure, locally produced ingredients from small family farms? Not so much anymore.
Bet you are paying premium prices for questionable wholesomeness too!

The Organic label is meaningless, now that questionable ingredients have crept into the ingredients list as well... the interest in making money has become far more important than actually bringing organic food to your table:
Ingredients like carrageenan, a seaweed-derived thickener with a somewhat controversial health record. Or synthetic inositol, which is manufactured using chemical processes. ...

BIG FOOD has also assumed a powerful role in setting the standards for organic foods. Major corporations have come to dominate the board that sets these standards.

As corporate membership on the board has increased, so, too, has the number of nonorganic materials approved for organic foods on what is called the National List. At first, the list was largely made up of things like baking soda, which is nonorganic but essential to making things like organic bread. Today, more than 250 nonorganic substances are on the list, up from 77 in 2002.

Thank goodness that people like Michael J. Potter, the founder of Eden Foods, is standing up to this nonsense. Read the whole article here.

My advice.... keep reading labels ... do some research ... buy local ... and grow your own food if you can!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Invisible Depression

I posted about this last fall ... but here is yet another who believes that technology is masking the current Depression:

More people are on food stamps.
More people are collecting unemployment.
More people are on disability.

More people have been made dependent on government handouts.

It's all invisible, thanks to technology.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Colorado Batman Rampage - Yet Another Gun Free Zone Disaster

Another "Gun Free Zone" tragedy... this time at an AMC movie theater.
The Colorado shooting last week was certainly horrific.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people whose lives were shattered by this event.
Let this be a lesson though.
We do NOT need more "gun control"!!

We do not need more restrictive gun laws that criminals will ignore, and which will make law abiding people into victims.
Criminals do not obey these laws - that is what makes them criminals!

One thing is certain... James Holmes did not care that the movie theater was a "gun free zone" and most certainly it allowed him to shoot without fear of being shot back at by his victims.

JPFO had an article posted which is worth reading.

There is much that we must yet learn about this horrific shooting, in the way of motive and opportunity.

Many believe that this is was some sort of False Flag attack to be used to rally public support for the UN Gun Ban Treaty which is soon to have its ratification voted on by members of our Senate. We MUST NOT allow our 2nd amendment rights to be trashed by this UN Treaty, especially in the wake of this despicable shooting.  Call your Senator today and demand that they Vote NO on this UN Treaty.

We must not allow ourselves to be disarmed by our government and the United Nations, otherwise we will all be as defenseless as the people in that Aurora, Colorado movie theater!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Calls On Congress To Move On Obama Ineligibilty

According to investigators, the Birth Certificate issued to the press/public by the White House was a fake.
A forgery.
Tuesday's press conference added weight to the Cold Case Posse's earlier findings. In addition to the electronic evidence that the president's long-form birth certificate had been altered, the investigators introduced supporting evidence related to a box titled "Race of Father." In it was written the word "African." Not only was "African" not used as a race identifier until 1989, 28 years after Obama's birth, but the box is also coded with a number nine. Nine signifies that no information was provided, meaning the box should have been empty. The fact that there is information in the box suggests someone had tampered with the birth certificate, investigators say.
This report from WND states:
The sheriff’s investigators have learned of a birth certificate coding system that indicates the White House document has been altered.

An interview with the Hawaii official who allegedly signed the Obama document in 1961, Verna K.L. Lee, provided further confirmation of the coding anomalies.

Investigators were troubled to find key information missing on the verification document Hawaii provided to Arizona’s secretary of state in May.

Hawaii’s deputy attorney general, Jill T. Nagamine, confirm the state has a birth document on file for Obama. But she would not confirm on the record that the White House document matched what was on file with the Hawaii Department of Health.

The sheriff’s investigators interviewed three persons of interest who have provided additional information in the case.

Additionally investigators said Hawaii is a birth certificate factory.:
They said they were equally troubled that the deputy attorney general would not confirm on record that the White House document matched what was on file with the health department.

The national security concerns raised by the investigation are based on Hawaii Revised Statute 338.17.8. which states:

338-17.8 Certificates for children born out of state.

Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.

Arpaio and his investigators said they have deep concerns that the Hawaii Revised Statute is a loophole that makes it possible for foreign born children to illegally establish U.S. citizenship.
So now... it is up to Congress to proceed with this.
Who will step up and take action?
Arpaio says this is an issue of national security and it demands attention.

However.... the real issue of eligibility here is Vattel's definition; - and the accepted definition of our Founders and of our Congress... that "Natural Born" means BOTH parents were US citizens at the time of their child's birth. Obama's father was NOT a US citizen ... ever!; Therefore Obama was not Natural born.;
'A "Natural Born Citizen" is a child born in the USA of two (2) U.S. Citizens. The parents can be Citizens by Birth or they can be Citizens by Naturalization after immigrating to the USA. But to create a "natural born Citizen" of the United States both parents must be Citizens at the time the child is born in the USA. See this legal reference book used by the founders and framers of our Constitution: Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law, Vol.1 Chapter 19 Section 212, Emer de Vattel, 1758-1797.'
This also make Marco Rubio ineligible to be Vice President. Both his parents were not US citizens when he was born!

However, the fact remains... the White House issued to the public Obama's so-called birth certificate which has been proved to be a forged document - a faked document -  that is definitely ground for legal action against the Obama administration! It appears they intentionally lied to the US public at large.

When will America demand punishment for this lie?

The public has yet to see:

Original, vault copy of Certificate of Live Birth in the USA -- Not Released
Obama/Dunham marriage license -- Not released
Soetoro/Dunham marriage license -- Not released
Soetoro adoption records -- Not released
Fransiskus Assisi School School application -- Not Released
Punahou School records -- Not released
Selective Service Registration -- Released but proven by some to be Counterfeit
Occidental College records -- Not released
Passport (Pakistan) -- Not released
Columbia College records -- Not released
Columbia thesis -- Not released
Harvard College records -- Not released
Harvard Law Review articles -- None (maybe 1, Not Signed)
Baptism certificate -- None
Medical records -- Not released
Illinois State Senate records -- None (Locked up to prohibit public view)
Illinois State Senate schedule -- Lost (All other Illinois state senators' records are intact)
Law practice client list -- Not released
University of Chicago scholarly articles -- None

For a presidency that is supposed to be transparent.. it certainly is far from it.

More interesting reading.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rep. Gosar Doesn't Believe In His Oath Of Office

Look what happens when Rep. Paul Gosar (R,AZ) tells Conservative Activists that fighting for the Constitution is a losing battle? He states, "Be careful what you tread here folks, because if all you do is stand just for the Constitution and nothing less, you will lose."

The video below shows fireworks as Unite In Action's Director of Legal Affairs KrisAnne Hall and 912 Project National Co-Chair, Unite In Action President, Stephani Scruggs respond to the moronic remarks of this Arizona Congressman.

This took place at The National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, commonly known as the Capitol Hill Club, in Washington DC on June 28th, 2012.

I particularly liked the rebuttal, and hope that it jarred something in this Congressman, otherwise they truly need to replace him come election time. Obviously this poor excuse for a Congressman does not take his oath of office seriously:
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution requires that Members of the U.S. Congress be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. Members-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives typically take the Oath of Office on the House Floor on the first day of a new Congress, immediately after the Speaker of the House has been elected and sworn in.

The Speaker administers this oath:

“I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God” (5 U.S.C. §3331).
The Constitution cannot defend itself.
We must be the defenders and protectors.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Prepping Gone Mainstream

Preparation for the impending collapse has gone mainstream... check it out! National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP) report!

NASP talks about impending Financial, Commercial, Social, Cultural and Political collapse and say "Financial collapse is occurring now. Other forms of collapse are also in motion."
Knowledge is power. Knowing what to expect can provide us with peace of mind, even in the midst of collapse. Wallowing in nostalgia over the good old days, or denying that sweeping changes are before us will accomplish nothing. If we know what's coming, we can prepare.

Financial collapse is already quite far along, and is guaranteed to run its course. Bailouts can make insolvent institutions look solvent for a time by providing liquidity, but one thing they cannot provide is solvency. For instance, no matter how much we bail out the auto companies, making any more cars will still be a bad idea. Similarly, no matter how much money we give to banks, their loan portfolios, loaded down with houses built in places that are inaccessible except by car, will still end up being worthless. By continuously nationalizing bad debt, the country will make itself into a bad credit risk, and foreign lenders will walk away. Hyperinflation and loss of imports will follow.

Political collapse is guaranteed as well. As tax receipts dwindle, municipalities and states will no longer be able to meet the minimal maintenance requirements for existing infrastructure: roads, bridges, water and sewer mains, and so forth. Municipal services, including police, fire departments, snow removal and garbage collection, will also be curtailed or eliminated. The political class couldn't be farther from understanding what is about to happen.
With regard to Financial Collapse they say:
Faith in “business as usual” is lost. The future can no longer be assumed to resemble the past. Risk can no longer be assessed and financial assets to be guaranteed. Financial institutions become insolvent. Savings are wiped out and access to capital is lost.
With regard to Commercial Collapse they say:
Faith that “the market shall provide” is lost. Commodities are hoarded. Import and retail chains break down. Widespread shortages of survival necessities become the norm.

With regard to Political Collapse they say:
Faith that “your government will take care of you” is lost. Government interventions fail to make the difference. Political establishment loses legitimacy and relevance.
 With regard to Cultural Collapse they say:
Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost. People lose their capacity for “kindness, generosity, consideration, affection, honesty, hospitality, compassion, and charity”.
 With regard to Social Collapse they say:
In the US our government has taken over the responsibilities of society. We went from a country of people who take care of each other to a country taken care of by the government. Many of the social institutions important to our well being have already disappeared. The primary exception is the church. The church will not only survive the crash but will become central to our existence.

NASP see what is coming... and they understand what you will need to survive it all so they are offering a Training Course “Survival of the Prepared”

Now I wonder... does the Dept. of Homeland  Security think NASP is just a bunch of possible extremist domestic terrorists?   Their course on Survival of the Prepared puts them in that category according to DHS documents.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Obamacare Repealed By The House

Obamacare is repealed by the House of Representatives ... but alas it is a hollow victory.
We all know that Senator Harry Reid will never bring it up for a vote in the Senate, and if it were passed there we know that our Dictator in Chief Obama would never sign repeal into law.
So that leaves us nothing really to celebrate.

This was merely to put people on record for upcoming elections.
If they want to do something really meaningful they should impeach the President and put Attorney General Holder in jail; and that would be for starters.  

I do fear, what a lame duck Congress will do if Obama gets the boot.... or worse yet, what kind of crazy edicts the Dictator in Chief will make via Executive Order, since he has demonstrated that he cares little what Congress does or doesn't do.  He has already enacted amnesty for illegal aliens and instructed his Dept. of (In)Justice to look the other way on criminal behavior.

American politics is just a mess.... and our country is suffering for it.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Religious Fanatics VS Historical Sites

After laying waste to the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu on Monday, razing tombs and attacking the gate of a 600-year-old mosque, Muslim religious fanatics are seeking to destroy something else.

According to some reports attributed to the Arabic media, it appears that prominent Muslim clerics are calling for the destruction of Egypt’s Great Pyramids as well!
in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”

This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641. Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity. While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.

However, while book-burning was an easy activity in the 7th century, destroying the mountain-like pyramids and their guardian Sphinx was not—even if Egypt’s Medieval Mamluk rulers “de-nosed” the latter during target practice (though popular legend still attributes it to a Westerner, Napoleon).

Now, however, as Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sheikhs” observes, and thanks to modern technology, the pyramids can be destroyed. The only question left is whether the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt is “pious” enough—if he is willing to complete the Islamization process that started under the hands of Egypt’s first Islamic conqueror.
It's complete insanity.
They seem to be determined to blow up and destroy anything which might add to our understanding of past culture and which adds to our education of mankind in general.
I hope these factions are stopped from destroying important artifacts... they have already destroyed many Buddhist and Christian historical artifacts. Remember Bamiyan in 2001?

Here's a good video regarding its restoration.

But truly - to destroy the Pyramids? The last great wonder of the ancient world?!
and not only would they be destroying an incredible historical artifact - but they would also destroy a vibrant tourist revenue generator in Egypt!

It seems that may be their intent... keep the population poor and uneducated.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jury Nullification Becomes Law In New Hampshire

On June 18, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed HB 146, which reads:
"[A] Right of Accused. In all criminal proceedings the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy."

Policymic writes:
For those of you who don’t know much about jury nullification, basically it’s when the jury finds a defendant innocent because of their dislike of the law. For example, a jury might refuse to convict a non-violent drug offender because they disagree with the fundamental premise of drug laws themselves.
Throughout the United States, judges have forbidden defense attorneys from informing juries that they have a right to nullify the law based on their dislike of the law. In California for example, jurors are required to inform on other jurors if one of them argues that the law is bad. The judge will then replace that juror with an alternate. A defense attorney who argues on grounds of nullification could face disbarment or other sanctions by the court, even though nullification is a right all U.S. jurors poses under common law. ...

If jury nullification were to become widespread, more and more people would again seek jury trials hoping for an acquittal. Since the number of people being charged with victimless crimes has increased exponentially, the U.S. court system itself would crumble under the weight of pending jury trials. Prosecutors would have no choice but to stop prosecuting victimless laws or face an implosion of the legal system. ...

Jury nullification was used to combat fugitive slave laws, as well as to fight against laws that violated free speech and free trade.
One of the most active people that I personally know who has fought for informed juries and jury nullification has been Prof. Julian Heicklen. He has written many books, has been arrested giving out pamphlets on the subject at courthouses,and has spoken extensively on the subject.

Right now Julian Heicklen is in exile. He fled the US and arrived in Israel on May 22, 2012 as a political exile and was granted Israel citizenship at customs.
There is a warrant for his arrest in Santa Ana, CA because he distributed pamphlets on the sidewalk in front of the U. S. District Courthouse in Santa Ana. Also he was arrested for the same offense, but the cases were dismissed, in Springfield, MA, Newark, NJ, and 11 times in Manhattan, NY. However the Department of Homeland Security refuses to return his confiscated property. 
In any case, it is very good to see this jury nullification law take effect in the "Live Free or Die" State. I hope Prof. Heicklen will be happy to see positive progress being made somewhere in the United States.

With regard to State Nullification, Thomas E. Woods gives his strongest speech yet on the topic of Nullification at Nullify Now in Los Angeles. Thomas Woods is a Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute and a bestselling author of "Meltdown," "Nullification," and "Rollback." This is a long video but worth listening to.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Are You Prepared?

Since the heat wave has hit the DC area - leaving thousands of people without power - this is a good reminder about how easy it is for the power grid to be interrupted and how long it can take to be restored.

There's a lesson here... and it's one I learned in the "Snowpocalypse" of this past October. Be prepared! At least have some sort of plan for you and your family with regard to loss of power, and other utilities. Don't let yourself be caught without food, water or shelter.

I submit to you this very good article from shtfplan.com:
Complete Disaster Non-Preparedness: DC Grocery Stores Out of Food, Gas Unavailable, Grid-Down As Summer Heat Rages

We’ve seen it time and again over the last decade. An emergency strikes and panic grips the city or region for days or weeks on end.

We saw a complete breakdown of emergency response and law and order during Hurricane Katrina. The 2011 Snowpocalypse on the east coast led to runs on grocery stores and empty shelves within a matter of hours. Widespread blackouts during Hurricane Ike left large sections of the Houston power grid down for up to four weeks. In all these cases gas was almost impossible to find, what was in your pantry was what you had until food distribution resumed, local water was not safe for consumption, and government response was limited to reinstating essential services first and foremost.

The bottom line, as Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project notes, is that after billions have been spent by Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and local law enforcement, we are no more prepared today than we were the day before September 11, 2011.
After a short but unusually severe thunderstorm that roared through the D.C. area on Friday night, the entire Washington Metropolitan Area was thrown into chaos.

Three days later, countless traffic lights are still out, hundreds of thousands of residents are without power, including myself, grocery stores and gas station are closed for lack of power, and the federal government is encouraging employees to telework. [SHTFplan Editor's note: Brilliant recommendation from the best and brightest - to "telework" when the grid is down. ]

Is this the work of a terrible terrorist attack? No, it is the complete disaster non-preparedness a decade after 9/11. Despite the fact that billions if not trillions have been spent since 9/11 on counter-terrorism and so-called “homeland security” measures, one of the major terrorist targets, the nation’s capital, cannot cope with a severe thunderstorm.

I received a message from PEPCO that most D.C.-area residents may not have power until next Friday at 11:00 pm – a full week after the storm hit. With temperatures this week set for the mid to upper-90s, that is a long time for residents to be with air conditioning, or fans, or refrigerators.

Two years ago, the Washington Post’s comprehensive examination of the billions of taxpayer dollars spent on “homeland security,” “Top Secret America” reflected that the D.C. metropolitan area was burgeoning with infrastructure, though apparently none of it focused on keeping the D.C.-area up and running after a severe thunderstorm. …
I am not the only D.C. taxpayer wondering, where are billions in “critical infrastructure” protection and “homeland security?” They are not going toward obvious solutions like putting power lines underground.

The D.C. area’s responsiveness to unexpected events has not improved, but taxpayers’ pockets have been drained to create an entire secret city of “national security” in northern Virginia. Making sure citizens have food and power in an emergency should be a top priority, not a distant second to security theater like taking our shoes off before getting on an airplane.
Once again we are provided with ample evidence that not only is the government ill-prepared to handle a large scale city-wide emergency, but the residents of this nation are completely oblivious to the fact that if the shit hits the fan, no one will be there to provide assistance.

When Houston was hit almost head on by Hurricane Ike in 2008 the residents of the entire metropolitan area were shocked. Never mind the mass chaos as millions tried to flee the region, with drives to neighboring cities taking upwards of ten times longer than they normally would. Power for 90% of the city went out, and for some areas, including where we lived, power was not restored for almost a month. Suffice it to say our community was anxiety ridden, frustrated and tempers were flaring. When gas became wholly unavailable and the generators stopped running and we were overtaken with near 100 degree heat during the day, the situation for many became untenable.

FEMA’s own web site calls on Americans to have a two week supply of emergency items, yet most citizens have only a three day supply of reserve food available – whatever’s in the kitchen when disaster strikes is what they’ve got until things get back to normal.

Even after these recommendations from the very people who are tasked with responding to emergency and disaster situations, not a single resident in our community that we were aware of had emergency supplies on hand when Ike hit – even though many had gone through countless hurricanes before and knew what to expect.

After Katrina, Ike, the various earthquakes, wildfires, snow storms, “Derechos,” power outages, and tens of billions in taxpayer funds supposedly appropriated into infrastructure, security and emergency response, it’s simply incredible that we are so unprepared as a society.

Imagine, for a moment, what happens in a scenario that affects not a single city, but an entire multi-state region, or, perhaps the entire nation. And imagine that the event(s) is so widespread that government is totally overwhelmed – food transportation stops, refineries can’t get gas to local areas, water and power utility workers stay home to care for their families, law enforcement is faced with widespread looting, the internet becomes inaccessible as do all avenues of communication due to blackouts, and grocery store shelves remain out of stock for weeks or months.

Such a scenario may be unlikely, but certainly possible – and the resulting effects on the population and our way of life would be nothing short of complete and utter pandemonium, especially for those who have failed to prepare.

Whatever you do... don't rely on the government.
It is pure folly to believe that they will be there to take care of you during a disaster.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Garden Registration Begins In Utah

The Utah Agriculture Department wants their citizens to register their gardens with the USDA!

So, this is part of the Utah Garden Challenge... sounds nice on its face... but sounds to me to be a test run of how government can register and eventually control local food production.... and of course registration will lead to tracking, taxes, permits and probable confiscation of what is grown.

In registering your garden they want to know the size of the plot and what you are growing and why you are growing it. It is a data mining exercise, pure and simple.

This voluntary registration is also being done as a "contest" and prizes will be awarded. Their goal is to register 10,000 gardens in Utah.
"Whether you grow a tomato in a pot, a row in a community garden, have backyard gardens, a CSA or working fruit and vegetable farm, we want to hear from you because you are an important resource as a food producer."

"We need to know how much food is being produced in Utah. The Census of Agriculture is done every 5 years. Every agricultural operation in Utah, regardless of size, is vital to this question. If you produce $1000 of agricultural products, you can influence economic development and decision making by filling out a NASS survey. We will only share your information with NASS by your permission. Your response to the census of agriculture is protected by law. For more information, you can go to www.agcensus.gov "
So it is evident that their belief is that citizens who grow $1000 or more worth of food from their garden will have an important impact on the food market. Because of this, the USDA wants to know about what people are growing.

The fact that it is voluntary and made to be some sort of contest surely makes it sound pretty benign.. but this is how this kind of  program is used to later set policy.

Just remember that our food supply, in many aspects, is slowly being controlled by government... the Statists know that if people grow their own food then they can not be easily controlled as the people who depend on government for food.  Control of our food supply is coming in the form of  "food safety" legislation too. We are seeing many instances of  food confiscation already going on.  It's downright scary to see SWAT teams descending upon people and destroying their property.

In New Zealand there was legislation proposed to Make Growing Food a Government Privilege Rather Than a Human Right! It was done in accordance with:
the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon.

According to NZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right. It will also make it illegal to distribute any type of food based on the bill’s language. This includes seeds, nutrients, natural medicines, minerals, and even water — without expressed government permission.
New Zealand's bill is awaiting it's second reading... so it is not dead.
Government control of food production is very very real.
Given the fact that drone development is underway - cameras from the sky will also be able to detect who is growing something.

Bottomline... be aware of these government scams regarding garden registration!
Recognize them for what they truly are.
It's all connected to the United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development plan for totalitarian control. Believe it.

More commentary here.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Heatwave Threatens US Grain Harvest

In case you have been mocking those who are storing away some extra food and supplies, or even if you haven't been mocking "preppers" - this might be of interest to you...
This from the Financial Times -
"An intense heatwave is threatening havoc with this year’s US grain harvest, burning up hopes of blockbuster yields and sending prices soaring.
Even a modest reduction in crops could send ripples through global food commodities markets, as the US is the world’s top exporter of corn, soyabeans and wheat, and stocks of the first two are relatively low.
Soyabean prices have surged to the highest level since the 2007-08 food crisis and the price of this year’s corn crop has risen 30 per cent since mid-June. Worries about the size of the US crop come only months after drought hit the Latin American soyabean belt of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Top US farming states such as Illinois and Indiana had suffered temperatures above 38ºC (100ºF) for several days already, with no let-up this week.
“The forecast is going to remain pretty much the same over the next week. We’re not looking at much of a break in the heat,” said Matt Barnes, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s central Illinois office.
Soyabean futures on Monday rose 1.5 per cent in early trading to $15.42 a bushel, the highest since July 2008. The oilseed price has surged 15 per cent since the beginning of June as high temperatures blanketed farm fields. Corn came within pennies of $7 a bushel for the first time since September.
“We aren’t seeing widespread failure yet, but it sure is developing rapidly,” said Brian Fuchs, climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Centre.
The US Department of Agriculture on Monday said less than half of US corn was in good or excellent condition while 22 per cent was in poor condition, downgrading estimates from a week ago.
The shift in grain market sentiment caught traders and farmers off guard. Lulled by an early and successful planting season, money managers, such as hedge funds, one month ago had the smallest number of bullish bets on corn in two years.
The warmth that enabled farmers to plant seeds quickly has since escalated into damaging extreme heat.
“The combination of low subsoil moisture, which is a reflection of the lack of precipitation that we had during the winter, together with the very hot weather that we’re seeing right now could spell a pretty disastrous scenario for corn and soyabeans,” said Hussein Allidina, head of commodities research at Morgan Stanley.
The outcome is critical to global food prices and the agribusiness industry because the US supplies almost half of global corn exports and a third of soyabean exports. Demand for both has risen as consumers in emerging countries eat more meat.
The heatwave threatens to undermine forecasts of record output after the most widespread US corn plantings in 75 years. The Agriculture Department said that US farmers seeded 96.4m acres with corn this spring, 541,000 acres more than they told government surveyors in early March."

So this means of course scarcity... which means of course skyrocketing prices or unavailability...

Either way - just thought you should know...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mourning On The 4th Of July

No Red, White and Blue for me this year.
I am in mourning.

It's not that I am not patriotic.
And it's not because I don't love my country.
Quite the opposite.

I will be wearing black again this 4th of July - to mourn the loss of our freedoms and the trampling of our Constitution by Washington. If you think everything is hunky dory in America, wear Red White and Blue on Independence Day, have a hot dog, and celebrate the illusion of the freedoms Americans pretend to enjoy. If you want to do something about getting those freedoms back, wear black instead and tell people why.

I will tell you why:
-We've lost our 4th amendment rights.

-SWAT Teams can kick down your door and shoot you dead - no questions asked. They can also drag you out of your home and put you in indefinite detention.

-Our president takes orders from NATO and the UN; Not Congress.

-There is no such thing as Posse Comitatus anymore, and our military is now acting as policing forces in our own country.

-TSA/Our government is groping little old ladies and children at airports, and desensitizing the population to this kind of humiliating treatment in the the name of "security".

-Our government freely listens in on our telephone conversations and reads our mail, checking our credit card statements and phone bills. No warrants needed.... no probable cause.

-We are being mandated to buy healthcare and being told what kind of lightbulbs to use.

-One seventh of our nation is on foodstamps and our leader and his family fly all over the world to vacation and have a good time as we serfs foot the bill.

-Our President acts like a dictator with his executive orders and Congressional "end arounds". A perfect example is his directing the DOJ not to deport people who have obviously broken immigration laws. The President is more interested in appeasing a voter base then upholding the law.

- More and more people are being made dependent of government handouts...so that they will continue to vote for people who will give them handouts.

-Every single day there is another Constitutional abuse coming out of Washington, with no care or rebuke. The oath of office means nothing to too many.

-Our President has a "kill list" and it is possible for American citizens to be on that list.

How can I possibly wear Red, White and Blue when our Republic is dying? and when our Congress does not have the backbone to end this madness, or to use the means to properly punish people like Attorney General Eric Holder and others in the Dept. of Justice who are likely covering up one of the biggest government scandals ...(Fast and Furious).

How can I possibly wear Red, White and Blue when my own government believes that Liberty Lovers such as me are "potential terrorists"?  When my government puts out a reports that state that the following characteristics are used to identify terrorists:
- Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;

- Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;

- People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);

- Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;

- Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;

- People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
It is time to redouble our efforts to take back our beloved Republic.
Today I will be wearing black - and I will re-read the Declaration of Independence.

How about you?
Will you be waving an American flag that was made by slave labor in China? or one that was made by an American worker?
Think about it. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Obamacare Tax

More taxes...and more taxes..... and this comes while we are already seeing how other US government run programs are simply unsustainable. With Medicare and Medicaid going bankrupt, it is not a far stretch to see how Obamacare will be a disaster for this country. I believe it is designed to fail, so Americans will eventually cry for a single payer system (but that's another blog post) ... unfortunately single payer doesn't work and one only has to see the countries that employ that model and how it fails delivering quality care while bankrupting their national treasury. Meanwhile doctors are beginning to flee the system here at home. I personally know several doctors who have thrown up their hands and shut their practices, because they understand what is coming.  Practices are already incurring huge costs and hate the electronic medical records that they have been forced to swallow.

But let's look at the economic cost to average Americans for this so-called "free healthcare":

76% of people who will have to pay the new Obamacare tax for not having healthcare are those people making less than $120,000 per year. In this economy, these are the families who can least afford a tax increase. Obamacare is the largest tax increase on the middle class in American history.

There will be 21 new taxes heaped on the American people as a result of this horrid healthcare bill - they include:
• A 2.3% excise tax on U.S. sales of medical devices.
• A 3.8% surtax on investment income from capital gains and dividends that applies to single filers earning more than $200,000 and married couples filing jointly earning more than $250,000.
• A $50,000 excise tax on charitable hospitals that fail to meet new "community health assessment needs," "financial assistance" and other rules set by the Health and Human Services Dept.
• A $24 billion tax on the paper industry to control a pollutant known as black liquor.
• A $2.3 billion-a-year tax on drug companies.
• A 10% excise tax on indoor tanning salons.
• An $87 billion hike in Medicare payroll taxes for employees, as well as the self-employed.
• A hike in the threshold for writing off medical expenses to 10% of adjusted gross income from 7.5%.
• A new cap on flexible spending accounts of $2,500 a year.
• Elimination of the tax deduction for employer-provided prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients.
• An income surtax of 1% of adjusted gross income, rising to 2.5% by 2016, on individuals who refuse to go along with ObamaCare by buying a policy not OK'd by the government.
• A $2,000 tax charged to employers with 50 or more workers for every full-time worker not offered health coverage.
• A $60 billion tax on health insurers.
• A 40% excise tax on so-called Cadillac, or higher cost, health insurance plans.

Wiping out the middleclass via more taxation and inflation seems to be the goal of this administration, and has been the goal of many Marxist/Socialist models. By wiping out the middle class they create government dependency and an elitist ruling class. Of course that elitist ruling class wants to make it seem that what they mandate is "for the people"... when in fact it is to keep people poor and dependent. It's the way of the Statist.

Aside from higher taxation there is another factor that helps to eliminate the middle class is long term unemployment. We should be especially worried about long-term unemployed workers. Studies show that the longer they go jobless, the more likely it is that they’ll lose their skills, that companies will refuse to hire them, and that they’ll drop out of the workforce entirely. This means they fall into substandard jobs, or rely solely on government assistance... or both.

This isn't healthy for our country at all.

“The most perfect political community must be amongst those who are in the middle rank, and those states are best instituted wherein these are a larger and more respectable part, if possible, than both the other; or, if that cannot be, at least than either of them separate.” - Aristotle

"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute." ~Thomas Paine

Monday, July 2, 2012

Can 9 People Really Decide?

After last week's Constitutional hubbub..I thought this would be a good time for a little review regarding "Judicial Review".

It may be surprising to you to know that even though the Supreme Court of the United States hears cases wherein the constitutionality of a law or regulation is challenged, it actually was not given the power to do so by the Constitution. This process known as Judicial Review, was a responsibility that the Court gave to itself.  The Constitution, did not delegate the power of Judicial Review to the Supreme Court, or to any branch of the government for that matter. Continue reading for an excellent explanation:
Since the constitution does not give this power to the court, you might wonder how it came to be that the court assumed this responsibility. The answer is that the court just started doing it and no one has put a stop to it. This assumption of power took place first in 1794 when the Supreme Court declared an act of congress to be unconstitutional, but went largely unnoticed until the landmark case of Marbury v Madison in 1803. Marbury is significant less for the issue that it settled (between Marbury and Madison) than for the fact that Chief Justice John Marshall used Marbury to provide a rationale for judicial review. Since then, the idea that the Supreme Court should be the arbiter of constitutionality issues has become so ingrained that most people incorrectly believe that the Constitution granted this power.
Powers of the Supreme Court

Article III of the Constitution provides for the establishment of a Judicial branch of the federal government and Section 2 of that article enumerates the powers of the Supreme Court. Here is Section 2, in part:

Section 2. The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;
  • to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;
  • to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;
  • to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;
  • to Controversies between two or more States;
  • between a State and Citizens of another State;
  • between Citizens of different States;
  • between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

Feel free to examine the entire text of Article III to assure yourself that no power of Judicial Review is granted by the Constitution.

"Well," you might say, "someone has to review laws for constitutionality. Why not the Supreme Court?" Some possible answers:

First and foremost, it is not a power granted to the Supreme Court by the Constitution. When the Supreme Court exercises Judicial Review, it is acting unconstitutionally.
It is a huge conflict of interest. The Federal Government is judging the constitutionality of its own laws. It is a classic case of "the fox guarding the hen house."
The Constitution's "checks and balances" were designed to prevent any one branch of government (legislative, executive or judicial) from becoming too powerful and running roughshod over the other branches. There is no such system of checks and balances to protect the states and the people when multiple branches of government, acting in concert, erode and destroy the rights and powers of the states and the people.
Even if the Supreme Court could be counted on to keep the Executive and Legislative branches from violating the Constitution, who is watching the Supreme Court and will prevent the Judicial branch from acting unconstitutionally? Unless you believe that the Supreme Court is infallible (and, demonstrably, it is not), then allowing the Supreme Court to be the sole arbiter of Constitutionality issues is obviously flawed.
Justices are appointed for life. If the court upholds unconstitutional laws, there is no recourse. We the People cannot simply vote them out to correct the situation. Thomas Jefferson wrote, in 1823:

"At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account."

It is the Constitution, not the Supreme Court, which is the Supreme Law of the Land. Even the Supreme Court should be accountable for overstepping Constitutional limits on federal power.
There are only nine Justices and, under the current system, it takes only a simple majority — five votes — to determine a case. Given the supermajority requirement mandated by the Constitution to pass Constitutional amendments, a simple majority requirement by the Supreme Court, to uphold a suspect law, defies the spirit of the Constitution. If 44.44% of the Supreme Court justices (four of nine) think a law is not constitutional, we should err on the side of caution and declare it unconstitutional.
The people and the states have little control over the makeup of the Supreme Court.
Officials in all three branches of government take an oath of office to uphold the Constitution. The Supreme Court Justices, Senators, Congressmen, and Vice President, and other federal officers, all take an oath of office to "support and defend" the Constitution. (The president's oath of office in Article II, Section 1, requires that he "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.") Why is the Supreme Court's version of "constitutional" considered more authoritative? Is the Judicial branch more to be trusted than the Executive or Legislative branches? Prudence dictates that we be wary of all three branches (and especially wary of the one unaccountable branch).
Given that it was the people and the states which established the Constitution, it is the states who should settle issues of constitutionality. The Constitution is a set of rules made by the states as to how the government should act. The "judicial review" paradigm allows the government to make its own rules with no say by the original rule-makers — the states.
The Constitution was created by the states and any question as to the meaning of the Constitution is rightly settled by the states. When you make rules for your children, do you permit your children to interpret your rules in any manner they like? Of course not. Yet, the states are permitting the federal government — the "child" of the states — to do exactly that.
Since the power of Judicial Review is not expressly granted to the Supreme Court by the Constitution, this power, per the tenth amendment, is "reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Read that last listed reason above again, for it contains the key to this site's being. The Constitution is very clear; any power to review laws to see if they are constitutional belongs to the states and to the people. Therefore, the Supreme Court is itself acting unconstitutionally when it exercises the power of 'Judicial Review.' It would require a Constitutional Amendment specifically granting this power to the court in order for 'Judicial Review' to be constitutional!

This kind of goes counter to everything you may have learned in school regarding SCOTUS... doesn't it!
All of the powers of each brach of government are specifically laid out (enumerated) in the US Constitution.
It's interesting to see how much power our federal government has grabbed for itself over the years.

As we approach another birthday of our country on July 4th, we'd be wise to read the Constitution for ourselves and understand what's in it; see for ourselves what powers the federal government actually is supposed to be limited to and forget what other people have told us the federal government is supposed to do. Seems to me that in order to properly Restore the Republic, we need to relearn what the federal government's duties, obligations and purposes are supposed to be, rather than continue to blindly support the Leviathan that it has turned into.