A Wing And A Scare

Ripped from the headlines:

“Show Detective Stabler where the man touched you, Johnny.”

Another riveting episode of Law & Order: SVU? Nope — it’s the newest addition: “Law & Order: TSA.” And don’t look for it on television. Check local listings for time and airport.

There are a million jokes I could crack about President Barack Obama’s new fascist false flag flap at the nation’s airports. But bandwidth limits the space available, even if the situation wrought by Obama and his stooges as the height of the holiday travel season arrives provides endless opportunities for comedy. Well, tragicomedy, anyway.

It’s actually difficult to comprehend how we’ve arrived at this moment. The same liberals who shrieked bloody murder at the very idea of waterboarding Islamofascist terrorists are okey-dokey with the idea of taking dirty pictures of Grandma Kettle and copping a feel off Great-Aunt Ida? During the George W. Bush administration, liberals were apoplectic over the idea that we were denying al-Qaida terrorists bacon-free Happy Meals. The same folks are now telling us to live with being fondled by some guy named Mel with an embroidered badge, mustard stains on his high-water pants and a drawer full of rejection letters from the local sheriff’s department.

Should we even be surprised? An administration which has shown unabashed hostility to the majority of the American people since Obama slithered into the White House has decided to obscure their pathetic record on foreign affairs and national security by endeavoring to distract us with a colossal false flag. And now, the $10/hour mouth-breather who would otherwise be slinging coronaries at the airport Cinnabon is the last line of defense between air travelers and the next shoe-bomber. Doesn’t that mean we’re already screwed?

The stories are coming faster than the voters abandoned the Democrats earlier this month. At school or church, these incidents would be considered pedophilia. At LAX, they’re “security.” Some of the anecdotes are wildly exaggerated. Others are not — and require no augmentation to strain credulity. In some cases, the sordid tales of TSA excess come with the kind of pictures which, if found under your mattress, would lead to a date with the FBI.

Witness the nightmarish video from Salt Lake City starring a kid barely old enough to fly without sitting in a parent’s lap. Shot last Friday, the video revealed Transportation Security Administration thugs treating the tyke in a manner which normally requires police intervention, followed by registration with the state. Even the Palestinians don’t treat their kids this poorly; at least not until they’re old enough to walk under the weight of the Semtex vest.

There’s the miserable story out of Detroit in which poor Thomas Sawyer of Lansing, Mich., was treated far worse than we treat the al-Qaida terrorists about whom the liberals are so concerned. Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor. As a result of his disease, Sawyer has to wear a urostomy bag. Back on Nov. 7, Sawyer went through security at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport. And the TSA was ready.

“Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure…One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants. They never apologized. They never offered to help. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark.”

If only Sawyer had shown up wearing a hijab — then the terrorist front-group CAIR might have demanded security personnel check only his head and neck.

These documented instances are but few of the accounts of TSA behavior which are growing at what appear to be a geometric rate. Women and children have been molested; men like Sawyer have been humiliated, all by Obama’s airport animals. Amidst howls of justifiable rage from the flying public, the administration’s response has been laughable — and laughably disharmonious.

The U.S. Secretary of “I’m really not running for President in 2012″ Hillary Clinton even acknowledged on her dash through the Sunday morning network chat-fests that she would prefer to avoid Obama’s empty security gestures. Asked if she would submit to some alone-time with a TSA thug, Clinton admitted:

"Not if I could avoid it…I mean, who would?"

She CAN avoid it. You and I… can take Amtrak.

At least Clinton appears to get it. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), finds humor in the humiliation of her fellow citizens.

"I am wildly excited about the notion that I can walk through a machine instead of getting my dose of love pats."

Surely, Senator McCaskill, even the TSA’s glorified mall security guards aren’t that hard up.

Meanwhile, backed by Obama’s silly statements regarding the necessity of the new measures, Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Director John Pistole have maintained their stance in favor of getting handsy with citizens. Pistole recently told Congress:

"We know the terrorists’ intent is still there… We are using technology and protocols to stay ahead of the threat and keep you safe. (Several near-misses by terrorists on airplane bombings) got through security because we were not being thorough enough in our pat-downs."

Actually, the threats to which Pistole referred in his testimony — would-be terrorists like Richard Reid and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — got through because foreign airports allowed them through; a situation which will remain unchanged no matter how many times some TSA creep touches American travelers’ “junk.”

Pistole’s boss Napolitano makes no effort to wrap herself in the false flag with which Pistole covers himself. Instead, she shares the rest of the liberal ruling elite’s disdain for those of us who fly coach. In addition to suggesting that those averse to spending quality time with Obama’s TSA thugs should consider alternative modes of transportation, she’s also warning intransigent travelers that their refusal to subject themselves to humiliation will carry consequences far more serious than simply arriving late to Thanksgiving dinner.

According to recent reports like this one in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

“(Those who refuse to submit to invasive screening procedures) will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.”

Just lay there, close your eyes and try to live through it.

Of course, we can avoid having to play “hide the cookies” with the TSA, provided we’re willing to:

  1. Be “scanned” by devices which not only reveal enough to make even Larry Flynt uncomfortable, but deliver enough radiation to make frequent flyers grow extra toes.
  2. Gamble that the supposedly instantly deleted images will actually be instantly deleted and not spread across the Internet by perverted TSA personnel. Oops — spoke too soon.
  3. Eschew air travel and go Greyhound. Enjoy 18 hours sitting next to a guy who smells like hamsters and feet.

There is another option. We can refuse. We can grind the nation’s airways to a halt. All right, we can grind the nation’s airways to even more of a halt than the airlines have already ground them. It’s not as if the airlines will suffer for the loss of paying customers — they’ll end up getting another multi-billion dollar bailout.

We can finally stand up to the increasingly despotic liberal regime and cry with one voice:

“We had better get some freaking peanuts after this!”

Houston Installing 250-300 Security Cameras In Downtown Area

Houston Installing 250-300 Security Cameras In Downtown AreaThe city of Houston is spending $14 million to install 250-300 security cameras at downtown intersections as part of an initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Homeland Security to prevent and fight crime and terrorism.

Houston police plan to use the cameras to monitor potential crime scenes from several viewpoints in order to have a better idea of what is happening before officers arrive, Dennis Storemski, the city’s director of the Office of Public Safety, told the Houston Chronicle.

“The intent is to protect critical infrastructure and prevent terrorism,” Storemski told the Chronicle. “Experience has shown that when people plan terroristic acts, they plan and they do dry runs, so what we would be looking for is suspicious activity around certain locations. And for any crimes, you can go back and look at the video and identify the perpetrators.”

Some Houston residents complained of privacy concerns and the cost of the program, according to the Chronicle. But Storemski told the newspaper that privacy shouldn’t be a concern because all cameras are in public places where people should be aware that their actions are not private.

Cameras in public places have been used by law enforcement  to help identify suspects in terrorist incidents, including the 2005 London subway bombings and the attempted bombing of Times Square earlier this year.

Children Who Are Vitamin D-Deficient May Be At Risk For Significant Weight Gain

Children Who Are Vitamin D Deficient May Be At Risk For Significant Weight GainParents whose children are overweight may want to consider adding foods that contain vitamin D to their child's diet, as new research suggests that low levels of vitamin D are associated with weight gain among kids.

Scientists from the University of Michigan noted that the accumulation of abdominal fat has been previously linked to an increased risk for developing chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease. For the current study, the investigators examined more than 470 elementary school children for about 30 months.

At the beginning of the trial, the participants' vitamin D levels were measured. The researchers then analyzed the link between vitamin D changes and body fat throughout the study.

Eduardo Villamo, senior author of the study, said that in the findings, "the kids with the lowest vitamin D levels at the beginning tended to gain weight faster than the kids with higher levels." Subjects who had the lowest levels of this vitamin also had greater weight gain in their abdominal area.

Overall, the researchers claim that children who are vitamin D deficient may be at risk for becoming obese later in life.

Nearly 20 percent of children who are between 6 and 11 years old are either overweight or obese. Foods that are high in vitamin D, such as mushrooms, catfish or salmon may all help to prevent weight gain in children. 

Lack of Sleep Can Cause a Mental Meltdown

Trying to fall asleep can be frustrating when you can’t relax into a peaceful slumber. Not only does it affect you during those nighttime hours, you could carry feelings of anger, depression and hostility around during the day, too. Worse yet, insomnia has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure levels, heart disease and stroke.

To help you get to sleep faster, try these recommended techniques:

  • Block out the noise. By drowning out disturbing sounds with relaxing music or nature sounds, you won’t be distracted. If this doesn’t work, invest in a pair of ear plugs.
  • Take a bath before bedtime. Try using soothing bath salts or soaps with chamomile and lavender. Both of these herbs can help you relax.
  • Keep a journal. Writing down how much caffeine you drink… how much exercise you get… and the foods you eat will help you identify triggers that keep you awake.
  • Drop the temperature. Most people sleep better when their rooms are cooler, according to The Insomnia Workout. If you experience hot flashes or night sweats, the book suggests a temperature of 65 degrees or lower.
  • Meditate to release your worries. Before bedtime, try meditating for about 30 minutes to release tension and stress that has built up during the day.

Plugging The WikiLeaks

Memo to the CIA:

I know that ever since President Gerald Ford signed Executive Order 11905, you have been legally barred from whacking bad guys. And ex-worst-President-in-history Jimmy Carter managed to find time to sign Executive Order 12036, which actually barred you from not only whacking bad guys, but even giving them wedgies.

However, “targeted killings” are an entirely different matter. During the late 1990s, President Bill Clinton began a policy of direct action against those who represented a clear and present danger to the safety and security of American citizens. Clinton was trying to act against al-Qaida — and headlines about Monica Lewinsky’s wardrobe — but the goal was clear:

Self-defense is entirely justifiable.

So call the elimination of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a “targeted killing.” Hell, call it a “vacation to EuroDisney.” Assange’s web-based monument to his own vanity is as clear a case of deliberate endangerment of American security as exists without an explosive-laden vest.

Assange’s WikiLeaks project has released hundreds of thousands of classified documents relating to delicate American diplomatic efforts to deal with intransigent and occasionally hostile regimes. WikiLeaks has also revealed information which either specifically identifies individual allies in the war on terrorism, or offered enough about some of these valuable human assets to have piqued the curiosity of some of the most dedicated enemies of freedom on the planet.

Even the redoubtably liberal The New York Times, which proudly printed the Pentagon Papers, has redacted sections of WikiLeaks releases in order to protect people from likely retaliation. In Sunday’s edition of The Times, the editorial board offered an explanation of their decision to publish some of the WikiLeaks material:

The Times has taken care to exclude, in its articles and in supplementary material, in print and online, information that would endanger confidential informants or compromise national security.”

Only the most pathologically dishonest among us would suggest that The Times could list farther to port without capsizing. As for those of us Outside the Asylum, it’s fairly astounding to imagine the same paper, which years ago sacrificed journalistic integrity on the pyre of liberal hypocrisy, would have enough conscience to back off — slightly — from the War on Terror version of publishing the names, home addresses and telephone numbers of the witnesses in a mafia trial.

Even the White House is aghast at the possibility that valuable diplomatic relations, much less individual lives, may be destroyed as a result of Assange’s grab at the brass ring of infamy.

“By releasing stolen and classified documents, WikiLeaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals.”

Put aside the air of permissiveness fostered by a Barack Obama Administration which has been guided by racism, hypocrisy and unequalled ineptitude, and focus on the fact that even the first truly socialist President has removed Assange from his Kwanzaa card list.

In the course of researching this piece I was surprised to discover sizeable opposition to WikiLeaks, even at the tinfoil hat brigadier website DailyKos.com. Given that the owner of Daily Kos once celebrated the murder of four Americans by Islamofacist terrorists, the idea that some of the inmates in that particular asylum are cognizant of the extreme danger posed by WikiLeaks is nothing short of remarkable. According to one Daily Kos poster:

“People who celebrate these leaks are like people dancing on the warhead of a nuclear missile.”

Keep in mind, Daily Kos maintains a policy of deleting posts which its members find contrary. (They call it “hiding.” People with IQ’s higher than broccoli call that “bull.” We don’t do that here at Personal Liberty Digest.) The bigger picture: About the only Americans who support WikiLeaks are likely traitor Bradley Manning (who’s enjoying the hospitality of Marine Corps Detention Center Quantico) and Ward Churchill.

Assange is living the life of a celebrity. In the meantime, lives may be lost. Reports from outlets including London’s Sunday Times acknowledge that WikiLeaks’ war diaries are regularly studied by Islamofascists for details about potential enemies. They are not looking for hints on Ramadan gifts.

Assange will continue to publish every scrap he can find. His sources remain mostly anonymous, a courtesy he does not extend to the potential victims of his hubris.

“…if we were forced into a position of publishing all of the archives or none of the archives we would publish all of the archives because it’s extremely important to the history of this war.”

Again — Ben to Langley: Squash this Assange bug — and his collaborators. You have more than your own reputation on the line here.

Senate Republicans Poised To Prevent Arms Treaty With Russia

Senate Republicans Poised To Prevent Arms Treaty With Russia Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) says that he has enough votes to block the proposed nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.

According to FOX News, Kyl said on Nov. 24 that he doesn’t expect the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) to pass during the lame-duck session, which could squash the deal altogether, considering that Republicans will gain control of the House of Representatives in January, and the GOP will gain seats in the Senate.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, GOP members claim that the Obama administration does not have the authority to limit U.S. missile defenses outside of a treaty that currently does not exist.

The recent artillery battle between North and South Korea has also raised skepticism about the administration’s efforts to reduce weaponry.

"President Obama has already cut 44 percent of our missile defense force that would protect the United States from Iran but primarily a North Korean threat," James Carfano, of the Heritage Foundation, told the news provider.

A treaty requires two-thirds majority, so the White House would need the support of at least nine Republicans in the Senate before the end of the current congressional session. If START is delayed until 2011, supporters of the treaty would need at least 14 Republicans.

Privacy Organization Files FOI Request On Roving Scanners

Privacy Organization Files FOI Request On Roving ScannersThe Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request with the United States Department of Homeland Security, demanding that the agency turn over documents concerning the use of body-scanner technology by law enforcement agencies in surface transit and street roaming vans.

The vans, produced by American Science and Engineering, Inc., have the ability to look inside passing vehicles or inside buildings. They are available in the form of a large delivery-type van or even larger tractor-trailer versions.

According to AS&E’s website, the Z Backscatter Van™ is “an extremely low-cost, extremely maneuverable screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The ZBV allows for immediate deployment in response to security threats, and its high throughput capability facilitates rapid inspections. The system’s unique ‘drive-by’ capability allows one or two operators to conduct X-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects while the ZBV drives past.”

“The ZBV can also be operated in stationary mode by parking the system and producing X-ray images of vehicles as they pass by. Screening can also be accomplished remotely while the system is parked. Remote operation allows scanning to be done safely, even in dangerous environments, while maintaining low-profile operation. The system is unobtrusive, as it maintains the outward appearance of an ordinary van,” the website states.

AS&E is one of the manufacturers of the naked body scanners found in some of the nation’s airports. EPIC has sued to suspend the deployment of body scanners at U.S. airports, pending an independent review of their safety and efficacy.

In the news release announcing their latest FOI request, EPIC said that the program is "unlawful, invasive, and ineffective."

EPIC contends that, in employing the scanners, DHS has violated the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Fourth Amendment. EPIC cited the invasive nature of the devices, the TSA’s disregard of public opinion and the impact on religious freedom.

Americans Want Congress To Address Tax Cut Extensions Before End Of Year

Americans Want Congress To Address Tax Cut Extensions Before They ExpireMore than 80 percent of Americans believe that extending the George W. Bush tax cuts before they expire is "somewhat important," according to a new Gallup poll.

About 50 percent of respondents said that it is "very important" that Congress extend the tax breaks before the new year. The poll reveals that taxes top the list of important issues that Americans want lawmakers to address during the lame-duck session. Legislators have failed to come to an agreement on the Bush cuts, as many Democrats want to extend them for everyone except for the wealthiest earners, while most Republicans want them to continue for all Americans.

In an effort to reach an agreement before the Dec. 31 deadline passes, some Democrats have joined Republicans in demanding that tax cuts be extended for all income brackets.

According to CNN, American workers can expect some money to come out of their paycheck, regardless of whether the Bush cuts are extended or not. The news provider reports that the Making Work Pay tax credit, which was enacted last year, is set to expire at the end of 2010 and it is unclear if Obama will propose an extension.

More than 90 percent of working Americans have been helped by Making Work Pay, which has boosted annual income by about $400 for single filers and $800 for joint filers.

Obama On Pace To Break Traveling Record For U.S. Presidents

Obama On Pace To Break Traveling Record For U.S. PresidentsA new study reveals that President Barack Obama has spent more days out of the country than any other Commander-in-Chief during his first two years in office.

Research conducted by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) found that Obama has made 15 trips and visited 26 countries during a accumulated period of 55 total days. This figure exceeds the previous record of 54 days, which was held by George H.W. Bush.

NTUF senior policy analyst Demian Brady confirmed from military sources that the average cost of operating Air Force One is $181,757 per hour, which is about 80 percent more than the highest previously reported estimate from government officials. Brady says that taxpayers deserve to know how much it costs to send the President overseas.

Overall, Bill Clinton is the most-traveled President in American history. During his eight years in office, he was out of the country an average of 29.1 days per year.

According to the Economic Times, a Quinnipiac University poll shows that almost half of American voters believe Obama does not deserve a second term as President. Approximately 49 percent of those surveyed answered 'no' to Obama in 2012, while about 43 percent said he should be re-elected.

The poll also reveals that more voters would back Republican Mitt Romney than Obama in a presidential race.

Bipartisan Bill Would Let States Opt Out Of Obamacare By 2014

Bipartisan bill would let states opt out of Obamacare by 2014Senators from both major political parties are working together to alter President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

According to media reports, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) have co-authored the Empower States to Innovate Act. The legislation, if approved by Congress, would alter the current healthcare bill, which was signed by Obama earlier this year, by allowing states to opt out of Federal mandates by 2014 if they are able to satisfy the level of services and coverage provided under the existing law.

The current law says that states can apply for waivers to opt out of the program starting in 2017.

"It ought to be appealing to conservatives, this is a states' rights approach," Wyden told CNN. "And it certainly ought to be appealing to progressive folks who would like to try some of their ideas out at the state level."

According to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 61 percent of Americans prefer a healthcare system based mostly on private insurance rather than a government-run arrangement. The public's opinion about the government's role in healthcare has shifted over the last three years.

In 2007, more than 60 percent of those surveyed said it was the government's responsibility to ensure that all Americans were covered, compared to only 47 percent in 2010.

Survival Traits

Do you have the personality to stay alive in times of crisis? Believe it or not, psychologists have studied the personalities of those who have survived life-threatening events to see what set them apart. It turns out they all had common traits.

In her book The Unthinkable, Amanda Ripley writes that people go through three basic steps when confronted with a life-or-death scenario: denial, deliberation and decision. During the denial stage, it is not unusual for people to continue performing mundane tasks while chaos reigns around them. The brain is processing information, delaying its decision-making process and assessing the risk.

In the deliberation phase, the mind begins to put together possible courses of action. It’s not unusual, Ripley writes, for people to describe this period as having time almost stand still. They remember in great detail the words or images that would not normally be significant.

It’s this stage, and the decision stage that follows, that usually determines whether the outcome will be a good one.

In his book, 98.6 Degrees, The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive!, Cody Lundin writes that survivors all have common personality traits which take over in the decision stage:

  • The ability to keep calm and collected. This is the ability to prevent fear and panic from taking over your world, as both possess the power to incapacitate the body and mind. Prior training can help you deal more effectively with “this ugly pair.” Sometimes you have stop and regroup to allow clarity to surface.
  • The ability to improvise and adapt. This allows you to improvise and make use of every opportunity. For instance, it allows you to pack survival gear with more than one function or gear that allows for creating other gear. It can also be thought of as the ability to understand what all can be accomplished with limited resources.
  • The ability to make decisions. Rather than getting lost during the decision-making process — or having  your brain freeze, forcing you into inaction — this ability allows you to thoroughly yet quickly formulate a game plan then follow through with it. Lundin recommends you be decisive and take responsibility for your decisions.
  • The ability to endure hardships. A survival situation is not comfortable. It will tax you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Your ability to endure hardship will be tested. The two greatest enemies to survival are a desire for comfort and complacency. Desiring temporary comfort can spur you into making decisions that are irrational, and this impulse must be overcome.
  • The ability to figure out the thoughts of others. How can intuition work to your advantage? Put yourself in the shoes of your rescuers. Which direction will they come from? Where might they look first? What will they expect you to do? These are crucial questions to consider if you’re expecting rescue. As for those in your group who are looking to you for leadership, be mindful of their condition. Are they experiencing panic, in danger of hypothermia or dehydration or exhibiting an inability to cope? Remember that what befalls one member of the group spreads to others.
  • The ability to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Hoping for the best means maintaining a positive attitude regardless of the difficulties thrown your way. Proper preparation is an essential part of survival. Practice both before and during any outdoor excursion.
  • The ability to maintain a sense of humor. Lundin believes humor has a great effect on the human psychology and physiology.

The way you handle the three phases of the crisis, and whether you exhibit the traits mentioned here, may determine how long and how well you survive if you suddenly find yourself on your own.

Women Who Stress About Their Job May Be At Risk For Other Problems, Study Suggests

Women Who Stress About Their Job May Be At Risk For Other Problems, Study SuggestsA recent study, led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts, has found that women who have high job stress are at an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to those who have low job stress.

In addition to this discovery, the scientists indicate that fear of losing one's job contributed to high blood pressure, weight gain and increased cholesterol among women.

A total of 17,416 healthy women were analyzed for the research, among which the average age was 57 years old. By tracking the participants for more than 10 years, those who reported having the highest job strain were at a 40 percent greater risk of having poor heart health, such as suffering strokes, heart attacks or requiring coronary artery bypass surgery.

The risk of suffering a heart attack had the highest increase, at about 88 percent.

Michelle A. Albert, the study's senior author, said that the findings suggest that "there are both immediate and long-term clinically documented cardiovascular health effects of job strain in women."

Some of the most stressful jobs in the U.S. are real estate agent, public relations officer, surgeon and advertising executive, according to CNBC.com.

Books For Your Christmas Gift List

I read a lot of books. Not the mind-numbing drivel that most people read — the fiction love story/murder mystery/horror stuff — that, while maybe good for a diversion and enjoyment, does nothing to expand the mind, but real books, with substance, that challenge me to think or inform me about the real history of our nation, where we came from and how we got to where we are.

So with the Christmas season upon us, I thought I would compile a list of books that would make great gifts for the liberty-loving and open-minded patriot. I think these would be great books to add to your gift list — especially if you’re looking for something to give the person who has everything. Nothing broadens the horizons like a good book. They are presented in no particular order.

The Creature from Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin. Many books have been written about the Federal Reserve, but none tackle the conspiracy behind it and its results better than this one. In case you don’t know the story, in 1910, on a tiny and secluded island off the coast of Georgia, a group of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world held a meeting that would change the course of history. They arrived there after a secretive train trip from New York, where they left under the cover of darkness. There they hatched a plan — in meetings so secretive that the servants attending them never learned their names — that would eventually become the Federal Reserve, the most blatant scam in the history of the world. After you read this book you’ll truly grasp what money is — and what it isn’t — and you’ll know once and for all the true cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression and prosperity. You’ll see how wealth has been stolen from the middle class and you’ll understand why the Federal Reserve is neither Federal (it is not a government entity) not does it hold reserves. The fifth edition of this book just came out, and it covers the current economic crisis.

 

Patriots: Men Who Started the American Revolution, by A.J. Languth. If you truly want to learn about the men behind the American Revolution, this is the book for you. It gives you details about the lives and times of America’s patriots: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and others. It describes how the movement toward American independence and war with Great Britain grew from discussions at a back table at a pub to direct confrontation to victory. This is the history you were not taught in school, but that you need to know if you truly want to understand what motivated the Founding Fathers.

 

End The Fed, by Ron Paul. During a Republican primary campaign rally at the University of Michigan in October, 2007, 12-term Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) was greeted by supporters who began shouting “End the Fed, end the Fed,” as he began talking about monetary policy. The cry resonated, and soon the whole crowd had taken up the cheer. Some were holding burning dollar bills as if sending a message to the central bank. Almost a year later, at Paul’s counter-convention in Minneapolis, 12,000 people started the chant before Paul even mentioned the Federal Reserve. With that, the title for Paul’s latest book, End the Fed, was written. No one understands the Federal Reserve like Paul, and he has been a lone voice in the Congressional wilderness speaking about the damage it has done to our nation’s economy. This book will give you a thorough understanding of the effects of Federal Reserve policies.

 

The Vitamin D Cure, by James E. Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford. The average American is Vitamin D-deficient, and that deficiency is behind many of the diseases and ailments suffered by people of all ages. If a person is suffering from the symptoms of fatigue, joint pain and/or swelling, muscle pain, cramping and/or weakness, uncontrolled weight gain, high blood pressure, restless sleep, poor concentration and memory, headaches, bowel problems (constipation, diarrhea or both) or bladder problems (urgency, frequency or both), a lack of Vitamin D may be the culprit. If you or a loved one are suffering from any of these conditions or maladies, you must read this book and learn whether a simple solution — Vitamin D — can provide the needed relief. And vitamin D is a much better cold and flu preventative than a combination of all the vaccines Big Pharma has concocted over the years.

 

A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II, by Murray N. Rothbard. If more economists read Murray Rothbard’s books, our nation’s economy would be very different. Rothbard delved deep with this economic history to detail the effects of currency manipulation and make the case for hard money. No one alive or dead has ever done as good a job of explaining economic theory, Austrian economics or making the case for sound money as Rothbard.

 

The Frontiersman, by Allan W. Eckert. Almost all American children grow up hearing of Daniel Boone, but few have ever heard of one of Boone’s friends, Simon Kenton. This book, which focuses primarily on the life of Kenton and the Shawnee Tecumseh, provides fascinating insight into life on the frontier in colonial and early America — for both whites and Indians. Kenton left home at age 16 after a fight with another man over the affections of a girl. Thinking he had killed his rival, Kenton took the name Butler and made a life on the frontier. While there he saved the lives of many settlers who ventured unprepared into the wilderness. He was considered a hero to white settlers and, to the Indians who battled with him, his exploits reached mythical proportions. This book covers in detail the brutality of both the whites and the Indians, but most of all it reveals the can-do self-sufficiency that made America great. It contains many fascinating anecdotes. Among the most memorable is an episode where Kenton used Boone’s injured body as a weapon against an attacking Shawnee, and an encounter Kenton had with future President Andrew Jackson — which didn’t end well for Jackson. And Eckert reveals in a footnote a fact that few people know: Jackson, in all probability, was not a natural-born American and therefore was probably ineligible to hold the office of President, but his early history was fabricated to overcome this shortcoming. I will go even further and recommend all of Eckert’s books; his histories like The Conquerors, Wilderness Empire, The Wilderness War and A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh, or his wildlife books like Wild Season, The Silent Sky: The Incredible Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon or The Great Auk. Eckert is one of my all-time favorite authors.

 

The Real Lincoln, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. Although he is called the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln embarked on a war that led to 620,000 deaths and the destruction of 40 percent of the American economy, not to free those held in slavery, but to centralize power in Washington, create “the American System” of Henry Clay and build an empire. Lincoln was a proponent of Henry Clay’s American System (taxpayer subsidies for railroads and corporations and infrastructure improvements) for 28 years prior to becoming President. As a Whig Party and later Republican Party activist, he pushed that agenda. He thought of himself as the heir to the Hamiltonian political tradition, which sought a much more centralized governmental system, one that would plan economic development with corporate subsidies financed by protectionist tariffs and the printing of money by the central government. As president he achieved or set in motion the achievement of those goals and many more. As a result, DiLorenzo writes, historian Richard Bensel has observed that any study of the American state should begin no earlier than 1865. That’s because Lincoln’s policies virtually wiped out the previous 70 years of America’s highly decentralized, limited-government existence. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to truly understand American history since the mid-19th Century.

 

The Civil War, by Bruce Catton. Though written years apart, this comprehensive description of the events leading up to the U.S. Civil War and the battles and people involved in the war is a great companion piece to The Real Lincoln, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.

 

The Constitution in Exile, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. Almost since its adoption in July 1789, the U.S. Constitution — the oldest continuously effective written constitution in the world — has been under assault by Presidents, Congress and errant decisions handed down by Supreme Court justices. The judge takes the reader on a legal course through American history, outlining the first assault that began with the Judiciary Act of 1789, passed by the Federalist-controlled Congress, and the effects the 1800 presidential election had on the makeup of the Federal judiciary. After Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams for the presidency, the Federalist-controlled Congress created 42 additional judgeships and then Adams appointed Federalist John Marshall as chief justice of the Supreme Court. Jefferson voided the appointment of the “Midnight Judges” and one of them, William Marbury, sued directly to the Supreme Court. Two years later, after much legal wrangling over Marbury’s suit, the Supreme Court ruled that portions of the Judiciary Act of 1789 were unconstitutional and Marbury had sued in the wrong court. That result made it appear as if Marshall was in favor of limiting Congress’ powers to those enumerated. But future decisions by Marshall and his court showed his desire was to centralize power, and Napolitano covers the individual cases and what they meant. Napolitano also covers the Federalism of Lincoln and how his unconstitutional actions before and during the Civil War further centralized power, and how Lincoln’s actions affected the Constitution.

 

Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, by Thomas E. Woods. Mention nullification as a way to resist Federal tyranny and prepare to be branded a racist who wants to bring back slavery. But nullification — the idea that if Congress passes an unconstitutional law the states don’t have to acknowledge or obey it — enjoys a rich history in the United States. It began long before slavery was a major political issue and is being used even today. A commonly used argument against nullification is the idea that the Civil War “settled” the issue. Woods argues that the Civil War had nothing to do with nullification, even though the Southern States seceded based on the (correct) compact theory of the union. That theory maintains that each individual State — not a single group of united people — joined together to form the Union. Each individual State, acting in its sovereign capacity, ratified the Constitution in the months and years following its drafting in 1787. “The very fact that the states voted separately to ratify the Constitution, and that the Constitution was not ratified by a single, consolidated vote of all individuals in the original thirteen states, is an important piece of evidence to compact theorists that the states, rather than some single American people, created the federal Union,” Woods writes. This is not the American history that most schoolchildren learn — nor the one that most law students study. What they are taught can be called the nationalist theory, which conceives of the United States as deriving from a single sovereign people rather than from an agreement among States and the residents of each State. Woods covers the discussions that took place and essays that were written during the States’ ratifying conventions — particularly those in Virginia — that prove they understood the States maintained the right to shield their people from encroachments by the Federal government.

Some more books for your gift list:

Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform, by Leslie Carbone.

Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, by Peter Dale Scott

The True Story of The Bilderberg Group, by Daniel Estulin.

Beating Cancer with Nutrition, by Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., R.D., CNS.

Obama’s Wars, by Bob Woodward.

Everything I Want to Do is Illegal, by Joel Salatin.

When All Hell Breaks Loose (Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes), by Cody Lundin.

Hamilton’s Curse, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.

The Medical Mafia: How to Get Out of It Alive and Take Back Our Health & Wealth, by Guylaine Lanctot.

China, Russia: No Dollars Allowed

China, Russia: No Dollars AllowedThe U.S. dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, the standard currency used to pay off international debt and influence exchange rates, could be coming to an end. China and Russia announced Nov. 24 that they would cease using the dollar as their reserve currency and would instead use the ruble or yuan to settle bilateral debt.

In addition, BusinessWeek reported that the two countries “have called for the dollar’s role in the financial system to be diluted. Volatility in major currencies is putting the global recovery at risk, Zhang Ping, the head of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, has said.”

Portfolio.com reported that the move by Russia and China could be a response to the U.S. debt, which continues to grow, stating, “Some fear that could be the result of the U.S.’s massive deficit, now 8.9 percent of GDP. And there is fear that the Fed’s latest plan to digitally ‘print’ $600 billion in money to stimulate the American economy will only accelerate that trend.”

Groups Back Citizens In Legal Battle Over Second Amendment Rights

Groups Back Citizens In Legal Battle Over Second Amendment RightsThe Second Amendment Foundation and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) have joined six private citizens to file a lawsuit against New Jersey officials on charges of depriving individuals of their civil rights.

Those citizens had applications for gun-carrying permits denied because state officials said they did not show "justifiable need" for the weapons. One of the plaintiffs is a kidnap victim, while another is a part-time sheriff's deputy. One of the individuals who was denied a permit carries large amounts of cash as part of his private business, while another is a civilian employee for the FBI.

Defendants in the case are three Superior Court judges, two law enforcement officials and New Jersey's Attorney General. The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), a group that promotes and protects a citizen's right to bear firearms, said that New Jersey's "horribly-crafted laws" allow for uncontrolled discretion when public officials are reviewing license applications.

"If being a kidnap victim, or part-time law enforcement officer, or the potential target of a known radical group does not clearly demonstrate a justifiable need, the defendants need to explain what would," said SAF executive vice president Alan Gottlieb. "Do citizens need guns to their heads or knives to their throats before the state considers their need to be justified?"

According to the ANJRPC, 40 states currently have laws recognizing the right of citizens to carry a handgun for self-defense, but New Jersey has refused to modernize its laws.

North Korean Attack Reveals America’s Diminishing Political Power

North Korean Attack Reveals America's Diminishing Political PowerNorth Korea bombarded Yeonpyeong Island — a small South Korean island near the two Koreas’ disputed sea border — on Nov. 23 with some 200 artillery shells, killing two South Korean marines and two civilians and injuring more than a dozen residents. The news was the latest in a series of frightening developments about the isolated communist North Korean regime.

Just days before the attack, nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory, announced that he had been allowed to tour a new, sophisticated uranium enrichment facility in North Korea. In March, North Korea torpedoed and sank a South Korean ship, the Cheonan, killing 46 sailors.

A day after the bombardment, the United States announced that the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George Washington and its strike group would join South Korean forces in a naval exercise west of the Korean peninsula. According to the Pentagon, the exercise was defensive in nature and had been planned well in advance of the North Korean attacks.

But while the American Navy might be on display in the waters off North Korea, its lack of political power was revealed in the political steps that were taken after the bombardment. As Reuters reported, “State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was seeking a unified diplomatic front with North Korea’s neighbors including China, Pyongyang’s sole remaining major backer which has in the past resisted international efforts to get tough with its isolated ally.”

According to Belmont Club blogger Richard Fernandez, the administration’s statement was clear. “The message is that if you want something done in the region, talk to China. Washington’s utility has been reduced to a spokesman of the delegation to China. But the real gears turn in the Middle Kingdom. Therefore, it would not be surprising if one day the allies simply recognized that the U.S. Secretary of State was an unnecessary and superfluous intermediary between themselves and the real audience.”

Census Data Shows Steady Influx Of Immigrants Despite Mass Job Losses

Census Data Shows Steady Influx Of Immigrants Despite Mass Job LossesNew data compiled by the Census Bureau reports that 13.1 million immigrants, both legal and illegal, arrived in the United States in the past decade. During that period, there was an overall net decline of 1 million jobs in the nation.

According to the report Immigration and Economic Stagnation: An Examination of Trends 2000 to 2010, approximately 2.4 million new immigrants settled in the U.S. in 2008 and 2009, while 8.2 million jobs were lost during that same period. The Census Bureau concluded that without a change in immigration policy the level of immigration can remain high even in the face of massive job losses.

The agency reports that 12.1 million immigrants came to the United States during the 1990s, but net job growth was around 21 million during that decade.

According to FOX News, proponents of tougher immigration laws are attempting to rally support for ballot initiatives in California and Iowa. Many individuals in those states would like to see a law similar to Arizona's, which allows authorities to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally.

"We have illegal aliens working here and they are taking the jobs of American citizens," Craig Halverson, director of the group Minuteman Patriots, told the news provider.

Michael Erickson, a Tea Party activist, has drafted the Support Federal Immigration Law Act. Supporters of the initiative must collect approximately 433,000 signatures of registered California voters by April 21, 2011 in order to get the proposal on the 2012 election ballot.

Stand And Be Groped

The increasingly thuggish behavior by the Transportation Security Administration is part of a government plan to gain greater control over Americans by limiting their ability to travel freely.

This has become increasingly obvious in light of an announcement by Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that naked body scanners and sexual assault enhanced pat-downs will soon be used on people looking to use mass transit, trains and ships for travel.

We’ve already reported on efforts by the President Barack Obama Administration and others in government to control where Americans live. Those reports can be found here and here. But the statement by Napolitano that, “I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?” coupled with her recent statement that those who don’t want to submit to the unConstitutional peep show/grope fest “don’t have to fly” reveal her intentions.

Soon TSA goons will force those who use subways, trains or ships to submit to their will. If not, well, you don’t have to get across town to work, go visit your Mom or take a vacation. The totalitarian regime will be much happier if you just stay home where they can use their mobile scanners to peer through your walls. That’s an easier way to keep an eye on you anyway.

Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) is predicting that Americans will eventually boycott the airlines to put an end to the groping or irradiation by the naked body scanners.

Appearing on the Alex Jones radio program, Paul said, “If we tolerate this there’s something wrong with us.” He also said that if the American people refuse to resist this sort of government intrusion they deserve to be demeaned and humiliated.

Don’t buy into the lie that Homeland Security is “protecting us from terrorists.” Big government plays that card every time they want to bend the American people to their will. Remember that in the run-up to the last several elections, and just before they want to tighten their grip on the people, those in power issued vague warnings about an increased possibility of a terrorist strike. A recent example is when the TSA switched from back-of-the-hand searches to enhanced pat-downs, justifying the switch because “explosives” were found on cargo planes. Despite all the warnings, heightened alerts and increased scrutiny, no terrorists have yet been located. But Americans seemingly don’t notice these incongruities, so government will keep using the terrorism lie as long as the sheeple continue to fall for it.

TSA Director John Pistole continues to cite the underwear bomber as an example of the type of terrorism the tighter procedures will thwart. But, as we’ve reported, Umar Forouk Abdulmutallab was a patsy put on the plane by government intelligence forces in order to expedite the installation of these scanners and line the pockets of former George W. Bush DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and his and other corporations.

The resistance began after a lone pilot stood up, choosing to go home rather than be irradiated or sexually assaulted. Since then more and more Americans have refused to submit and more and more stories of TSA abuse are coming to light.

If the TSA continues to amass power at its current rate, Americans will no longer be able to leave their homes without first being strip-searched by a government official.

Editors Note: If you have an example of TSA abuse you’d like to share, or have recorded video or audio of an encounter with TSA, please send it to freedomwatch@personalliberty.com We will use your submissions and guarantee to protect your privacy. –Bob

Thanksgiving Advice From Benjamin Franklin

*Benjamin Franklin on Thanksgiving. My friend Mark Skousen finished a labor of love recently when he helped a distant relative complete his autobiography. When Benjamin Franklin died in 1790, he was only halfway through writing about his life. Mark and his wife finished the job for Mark’s many-times-great-grandfather.

The Completed Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin is drawn entirely from Franklin’s writings. My, but that Founding Father was a prolific author!

In the book, Franklin relates how “a farmer of great sense” told his fellow Pilgrims that instead of a day of fasting and prayer, “they should proclaim a thanksgiving.”
After all, as Franklin paraphrased him, “their seas and rivers were full of fish, the air sweet, the climate healthy, and above all, they were in the full enjoyment of liberty, civil and religious.”

Franklin then concludes, “His advice was taken, and from that day to this, they have in every year observ’d circumstances of public felicity sufficient to furnish employment for a Thanksgiving Day, which is therefore constantly ordered and religiously observed.”

I trust that you also have given thanks for the liberty and abundance we enjoy.

–Chip Wood  

The Real Thanksgiving Story

Did you know that our Pilgrim forefathers tried communism when they first landed at Plymouth Rock?

How’s that for a dramatic beginning to a story? Years ago, when I used to give a lot of talks to high-school classes, this was one of my favorites. It always got the students’ attention. And I have to admit, I also enjoyed seeing some liberal teachers get so upset with me they almost lost their lunches.

Here’s the story I told those students in those long-ago presentations. The Pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620 were incredibly brave and hardy souls. They were motivated by the noblest of virtues. They vowed, each and every one, to be as selfless as possible — to always put the needs of the group first. They agreed to own everything in common and to share everything equally.

And their naïve piety almost killed them all.

We all know how the adventure began. A group of devout Christians, seeking religious freedom for themselves and eager to "advance the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ" in the New World, set sail from Plymouth, England in 1620. An investment consortium known as the Merchant Adventurers of London provided the expenses for the trip, including chartering the Mayflower and its 40-man crew.

The deal was simple: The Pilgrims agreed to establish a colony in what is now northern Virginia, where they would plant crops, fish the waters and hunt in the forests. They would return a certain percentage of each year’s bounty to London until their debt had been repaid.

Things went wrong from the start. First, the syndicate changed the deal, drastically reducing the amount they would loan the Pilgrims. The brave adventurers were forced to sell many of their own possessions, and much of their provisions, to pay for the trip. As a result, they landed in the New World badly short of supplies.

Next, the small ship they had purchased in Holland, which was to accompany them to America so they could fish the waters off the coast, had to be abandoned in England. Shortly after they set sail, the ship, badly misnamed the Speedwell, became "open and leakie as a sieve," as its captain reported. They returned to Dartmouth, where the boat was dry-docked for three weeks as repairs were made.

But to no avail. After leaving Dartmouth, the group sailed less than 300 miles when the Speedwell reported it "must bear up or sink at sea." This time the ships put in at Plymouth, England, where it was decided to go on without the Speedwell. On Sept. 16, 1620, the Mayflower set out alone to cross the Atlantic.

A month later, when they had reached the halfway point, fierce storms battered the ship and threatened the lives of passengers and crew. Many wanted to turn back for England. But if they abandoned the journey, they would lose everything they had invested. The Pilgrims decided to trust in God and sail on.

Despite the storms, the hazards, the crowding and the poor food, only one Pilgrim died during the voyage, a young servant. His death was balanced by the birth of a son to Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins, who named their child Oceanus.

There were 102 passengers on board the Mayflower — 50 men, 20 women and 32 children — along with a crew of 40. The captain set a course along the 42nd parallel, a bearing that would carry him to Cape Cod. From there he intended to swing south and follow the coast to northern Virginia.

A little more than two months later, on Nov. 19, land was finally sighted and the captain turned the ship south toward Virginia. However, they soon encountered such "dangerous shoals and roaring breakers" that they turned back to Massachusetts. It was then that the grumblings of dissent turned into a full-fledged roar. Many of the passengers insisted on landing in present-day Massachusetts, where "none had power to command them."

The Pilgrim leaders decided to meet the explosive situation by asking each male on board, except for the crew, to sign a formal document that would lay "the first foundation of their government in this place." Thus the Mayflower Compact was born.

The Pilgrims were a diverse lot. Many of them were illiterate. Yet in creating the Mayflower Compact, they showed an extraordinary political maturity. They agreed to establish a government by the consent of the governed, with just and equal laws for all. Each adult male, regardless of his station in life — gentleman, commoner or servant — would have an equal vote in deciding the affairs of the colony. Of the 65 men and boys on board, all but 24 signed the agreement. The only ones who did not were the children of those adults who did sign, or men who were too sick to do so.

The first decision made under the covenant was to abandon efforts to reach Virginia and instead to settle in New England. The first explorers landed at Plymouth on Dec. 21, 1620. Weather delays kept the majority from seeing their new home for nearly two weeks. On Jan. 2, 1621, work began on the first building they would erect — a storehouse.

Because provisions were so scanty, it was decided that the land would be worked in common, produce would be owned in common and goods would be rationed equally. Not unlike the society Karl Marx envisioned of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

Unfortunately, thanks to illness, injury and attitude, the system did not work. Pilferage from the storehouse became common. Suspicions of malingering were muttered. Over the course of that first, harsh winter, nearly half of the colonists perished. Four families were wiped out completely; only five of 18 wives survived. Of the 29 single men, hired hands and servants, only 10 were alive when spring finally came.

The colonists struggled desperately for two more years. When spring arrived in April 1623, virtually all of their provisions were gone. Unless that year’s harvest improved, they feared few would survive the next winter. The Pilgrim leaders decided on a bold course. The colony would abandon its communal approach and permit each person to work for his own benefit, not for the common good.

Here is how the governor of the colony, William Bradford, explained what happened then. This is from his marvelously readable memoir (if you can make adjustments for the Old English spellings), History of Plimoth Plantation:

The experience that was had in this commone course and condition, tried sundrie years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanitie of that conceite of Plato & other ancients, applauded by some of later times; — that the taking away of properties, and bringing it in communitie into a commone wealth, would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.

For this communitie (so farr as it was) was found to breed much confusion & discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefite and comforte. For yet young men that were most able and fitte for labor & services did repine that they should spend their time & strength to worke for other men’s wives and children with out any recompense.

Can you imagine? Some of the youngest and healthiest men in the colony complained that they were working like dogs “for other men’s wives and children.” Sounds like the situation in America today, where the taxes taken from those who work support many millions of others who don’t.

After three years of noble failure, the colonists had had enough. Once they replaced communal efforts with individual responsibility, the differences were dramatic — and life-saving.

Men went into the fields earlier and stayed later. In many cases, their wives and even their children (some barely past the toddler stage) worked right alongside them. More acres were planted, more trees were felled, more houses were built and more game was slaughtered because of one simple change: People were allowed to keep the fruits of their own labors.

In that simple sentence you will find the solution to all of the world’s poverty. Stop taking what others have earned. Let people keep the fruits of their own labors. Then get out of the way and watch the incredible abundance they will produce.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, some 390 years after the Pilgrims celebrated the first of this uniquely American holiday, let us remember the sacrifices they made, the devotion they showed and the lessons they learned.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood