Civilians Have Assault Rifles, Potential Oppressors Get Personal Defense Weapons

The seventh commandment of the animals in Animal Farm, George Orwell’s critique of communism, reads as follows after the powerful pigs begin abusing the trust of the other creatures: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” It seems the Federal government follows logic similar to that of Orwell’s pigs.

Many anti-gun politicians and members of the media have continuously asked why any American needs a semi-automatic assault rifle that is capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. And people interested in protecting the 2nd Amendment have answered time and again that the guns offer American citizens valuable personal protection from threats to life, liberty and property.

The Department of Homeland Security, it seems, agrees that these rifles are valuable defense weapons. Last year, the Department issued a request for proposal for 7,000 5.56x45mm select-fire NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW). The request states: “DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.”

The DHS “personal defense weapons” come with a full automatic function already unavailable to members of the general public who do not have Class 3 registration. But, beyond that, the 5.56x45mm select-fire NATO weapons designated for “personal defense” of government agents are an identical twin to the AR-15, .223-firing “assault rifle” that many Americans keep for home protection.

By a simple twist of words, “personal defense” in the hands of agents of the State becomes a potential manner of “assault” in the hands of the civilian.

It is no surprised that DHS is looking for 7,000 new assault rifles to arm border patrol and law enforcement officers, given the massive ammo buys it also made last year. It is estimated that the Department has 216,000 employees, 135,000 of whom carry firearms; and there are reports that the latter number could grow as more bureaucratic employees of the organization begin carrying weapons.

The Institutionalization Of Tyranny

Republicans and conservative Americans are still fighting Big Government in its welfare state form. Apparently, they have never heard of the militarized police state form of Big Government; or, if they have, they are comfortable with it and have no objection.

Republicans, including those in the House and Senate, are content for big government to initiate wars without a declaration of war or even Congress’ assent and to murder with drones citizens of countries with which Washington is not at war. Republicans do not mind that Federal “security” agencies spy on American citizens without warrants and record every email, Internet site visited, Facebook posting, cellphone call and credit card purchase. Republicans in Congress even voted to fund the massive structure in Utah in which this information is stored.

But heaven forbid that big government should do anything for a poor person.

Republicans have been fighting Social Security ever since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law in the 1930s, and they have been fighting Medicare ever since President Lyndon Johnson signed it into law in 1965 as part of the Great Society initiatives.

Conservatives accuse liberals of the “institutionalization of compassion.” Writing in the February issue of Chronicles, John C. Seiler Jr. damns Johnson’s Great Society as “a major force in turning a country that still enjoyed a modicum of republican liberty into the centralized, bureaucratized, degenerate, and bankrupt state we endure today.”

It doesn’t occur to conservatives that in Europe democracy, liberty, welfare, rich people and national health services all coexist, but that somehow American liberty is so fragile that it is overturned by a limited health program available only to the elderly.

Neither does it occur to conservative Republicans that it is far better to institutionalize compassion than to institutionalize tyranny.

The institutionalization of tyranny is the achievement of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama regimes of the 21st century. This — and not the Great Society — is the decisive break from the American tradition. The Bush Republicans demolished almost all of the Constitutional protections of liberty erected by the Founding Fathers. The Obama Democrats codified Bush’s dismantling of the Constitution and removed the protection afforded to citizens from being murdered by the government without due process. One decade was time enough for two Presidents to make Americans the least free people of any developed country — indeed, perhaps of any country. In what other country does the chief executive officer have the right to murder citizens without due process?

It turns one’s stomach to listen to conservatives bemoan the destruction of liberty by compassion while they institutionalize torture, indefinite detention in violation of habeas corpus, murder of citizens on suspicion and unproven accusation alone, complete and total violation of privacy, interference with the right to travel by unaccountable “no-fly” lists and highway checkpoints, the brutalization of citizens and those exercising their right to protest by police, frame-ups of critics, and narrowing of the bounds of free speech.

In Amerika today only the executive branch of the Federal government has any privacy. The privacy is institutional, not personal; witness the fate of former CIA Director David Petraeus. While the executive branch destroys the privacy of everyone else, it insists on its own privilege of privacy. National security is invoked to shield the executive branch from its criminal actions. Federal prosecutors actually conduct trials in which the evidence against defendants is classified and withheld from defendants’ attorneys. Attorneys such as Lynne Stewart have been imprisoned for not following orders from Federal prosecutors to violate the attorney-client privilege.

Conservatives accept the monstrous police state that has been erected, because they think it makes them safe from “Muslim terrorism.” They haven’t the wits to see that they are now open to terrorism by the government.

Consider, for example, the case of Bradley Manning. He is accused of leaking confidential information that reveals U.S. government war crimes, despite the fact that it is the responsibility of every soldier to reveal war crimes. Virtually every one of Manning’s Constitutional rights has been violated by the U.S. government. He has been tortured. In an effort to coerce Manning into admitting trumped-up charges and implicating WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, Manning had his right to a speedy trial violated by nearly three years of pre-trial custody and repeated trial delays by government prosecutors. And now the judge, Col. Denise Lind, who comes across as a member of the prosecution rather than an impartial judge, has ruled that Manning cannot use as evidence the government’s own reports that the leaked information did not harm national security. Lind has also thrown out the legal principle of mens rea by ruling that Manning’s motive for leaking information about U.S. war crimes cannot be presented as evidence in his trial.

Mens rea says that a crime requires criminal intent. By discarding this legal principle, Lind has prevented Manning from showing that his motive was to do his duty under the military code and reveal evidence of war crimes. This allows prosecutors to turn a dutiful act into the crime of aiding the enemy by revealing classified information.

Of course, nothing that Manning allegedly revealed helped the enemy in any way since the enemy, having suffered the war crimes, was already aware of them.

Obama Democrats are no more disturbed than conservative Republicans that a dutiful American soldier is being prosecuted because he has a moral conscience. In Manning’s trial, the government’s definition of victory has nothing whatsoever to do with justice prevailing. For Washington, victory means stamping out moral conscience and protecting a corrupt government from public exposure of its war crimes.

–Paul Craig Roberts

Vaccine Court Tacitly Admits Vaccines Cause Autism

Without admitting it, the United States “vaccine court” has admitted that vaccines cause autism.

The Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (aka, the absolve Big Pharma of liability at your expense program) has awarded millions of dollars to two children with autism-related disorders. It’s a tacit admission that the vaccines administered to them caused their symptoms, which the court determined fell within the bounds of autism spectrum disorder.

One child suffered a “severe and debilitating injury to his brain” following a round of vaccinations from 2003 to 2005. The vaccine linked specifically to the injury was the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, the court ruled.

The other child was afflicted following a severe reaction to the DTaP vaccine given when she was 15 months old. At the time she also received the MMR, HiB and Prevnar vaccines.

The children were each awarded multimillion dollars in damages. But most of the information in these two cases is being blocked by the government. What little has been made public is available here.

Hat tip: Naturalnews.com

Three Successive Tenants Have Twins

OKLAHOMA CITY, (UPI) —  An Oklahoma house has been dubbed “The Twin House” with a third consecutive family to live there having a set of twins.

Chelsea Smith of Oklahoma City said she and her husband, Brady, were not concerned in summer 2011 when Jennifer Gaines, who had lived in her house two tenants before her, told them that the last two couples to live there had boy/girl fraternal twins, The Oklahoman reported Monday.

“I thought it was crazy,” Chelsea said. “I thought, ‘Well a house doesn’t make you have twins.’

However, Chelsea said she discovered she was pregnant in early 2012 and an ultrasound soon revealed she was carrying twins — a boy and a girl.

“I don’t really think I could even verbalize it for probably 24 hours,” Chelsea said the moment when an ultrasound technician gave her the news. “I didn’t even say anything when she said there were two. We’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.'”

Chelsea gave birth Aug. 16 to Vivian Elaine Smith and Elliot Lowry Smith.

The couple joked they could use the house’s history as a selling point if they ever decide to move.

“Maybe we could sell it to someone looking for twins,” Brady quipped.

Funeral Procession Stops At Burger King

WEST YORK, Pa., (UPI) —  Family members of a Pennsylvania man who loved Burger King said they took his funeral procession through the drive-through.

Linda Phiel, one of the three daughters of West York man David Kime Jr., who died at the age of 88 Jan. 20, said her father enjoyed fast food daily, so the family took his funeral procession through the Burger King drive-through Saturday for one last Whopper Jr., the York Daily Record reported Monday.

“He always lived by his own rules,” Phiel said. “His version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the Whopper Jr.”

Margaret Hess, head manager of the Manchester Township Burger King, said the funeral procession ordered 40 of the sandwiches.

“They also wanted one for the deceased,” Hess said.

Phiel said she placed Kime’s final the Whopper Jr. atop her father’s casket before it was buried.

Students Made To Sign Out Toilet Paper

MAHANOY CITY, Pa., (UPI) —  A Pennsylvania parent said boys at her son’s high school are being forced to ask for toilet paper when they need to use the restroom.

Karen Yedsena of Mahanoy City told the school board Thursday the policy, which officials said was put in place after repeated acts of toilet-paper related vandalism, is embarrassing to the students and leads many to fake sick to go home rather than sign out a roll of bathroom tissue from the office, The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald reported Monday.

Principal Thomas Smith told Yedsena the policy has been effective in curbing vandalism.

“We’ve had serious destruction to our bathrooms for the past two years,” Smith said. “We have a case pending with the police where a bathroom down by our gymnasium was absolutely destroyed. I’m sure Mr. [Robert] Pastucha [district facilities director] could tell you the times that our toilets have been jammed with toilet paper and other papers. And after we took the toilet tissue out of there, people were throwing books. It was our way to try to curb the destruction in the bathrooms.”

Smith said he would be willing to revisit the policy, but the sign-out system would be reinstated if there were any further cases of vandalism.

Church Turns To Effigy To Scare Vultures

JACKSONVILLE, N.C., (UPI) —  The vultures were circling a North Carolina church — literally — prompting members to commission a vulture effigy to scare the real birds away.

The strange tactic worked and the birds, which had been destroying the Bethlehem Baptist Church roof, now roost and eat elsewhere, The Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C. said Saturday.

“They were actually breaking pieces off the roof and eating it,” church secretary Susie McBarn said. “That couldn’t have been good for them.”

The effigy, prepared by a taxidermist and installed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hangs upside down from the church’s steeple.

Drunk Driver Drives Into Cop Parking Lot

BARNSTABLE, Md., (UPI) —  Police in Maryland say a drunk driving suspect essentially turned himself in when he drove into the back parking lot of a police station.

Michael Sheehan, 57, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and trespassing by motor vehicle after he allegedly failed a sobriety test in the parking lot, the Boston Herald reported.

The parking lot was marked “Do Not Enter” and “Police Personnel Only.”

“We didn’t even have to transport him,” Barnstable Sgt. Michael Riley said.

Sheehan was walked from his car to a holding cell inside the station, Riley said.

The suspect has posted bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Hawaii, D.C. Give Obama Top Ratings In ’12

PRINCETON, N.J., (UPI) —  Hawaii and the District of Columbia were the most likely to approve of President Obama in 2012 while Utah and Wyoming were least likely, Gallup said.

This year’s top approval rankings saw Rhode Island move into the top 10 states plus the District, and Illinois drop out, Gallup’s analysis of its Daily tracking for last year, released Monday, indicated. Among the bottom 11 states, Kentucky and South Dakota dropped out, replaced by Alabama and Nebraska.

Obama received majority approval in 14 states and the District of Columbia, compared with the 26 states and the District of Columbia he won in the 2012 presidential election, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Gallup said the two lists of states wouldn’t necessarily align because approval data are based on opinions of all adults in a state, while the election results are based on voters. Also, election results are from October and early November, when Obama’s overall approval rating was above 50 percent while the approval data is based on the entire year year.

With 82.4 percent, Obama had the highest approval rating in the District of Columbia, followed by Hawaii, Vermont, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and California.

Obama earned 27.9 percent approval in Utah, which was last, preceded by Wyoming, Alaska, West Virginia, North Dakota, Idaho, Oklahoma, Alabama, Nebraska, Arkansas and Montana.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews conducted with 165,427 adults as part of Gallup Daily tracking Jan. 1-Dec 31. The margin of error is 1 percentage point.

Senators Agree On Immigration Overhaul

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have agreed on an immigration plan that could be the basis for overhauling the system this year.

The Senate proposal, drafted behind closed doors for several weeks by leading senators from both parties, would grant legal status to most of the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. The Times received a copy of the proposal.

The eight senators involved in developing the plan said they intend to release their proposal Monday.

The Senate plan is more conservative than the proposal President Obama intends to reveal Tuesday, the Times said, but its language for legalizing millions of illegal immigrants goes beyond measures that didn’t advance in Congress in previous years.

The Senate proposal would allow most of the undocumented immigrants in the country to obtain probationary legal status immediately by paying a fine and back taxes, as well as passing a background check, the Times said. Probationary legal status would make them eligible to work and live in the United States, and even earn a green card — permanent residency — after the government certifies the U.S.-Mexican border has become secure. Those eligible under this scenario might face a lengthy citizenship process.

Obama is expected to seek a faster citizenship process not tied to border security standards being met first, the Times said. Other, less controversial provisions would tighten requirements on employer verification of new workers’ immigration status; increase the number of visas for high skilled jobs; automatically provide green cards to people earning master’s degrees or doctorates in science, technology or math at U.S. universities, and create an agricultural guest-worker program.

The senators involved said they hope to begin voting in committee on an immigration proposal as soon as March.

Latino activists and other advocates for immigration reform have pushed for quick action in the Senate, saying they hope a bipartisan vote for a bill that includes a path to citizenship would pressure the House where many members of the Republican majority represent districts in which such proposals are unpopular. However, many Republicans also are concerned about political fallout if the party is blamed for blocking immigration reform.

Obama, Clinton Have Joint Interview

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, rivals-cum-allies, say their friendship developed because of some tough decisions that had to be made.

“I consider Hillary a strong friend,” Obama said during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.

“Very warm, close,” said Clinton, who will be leaving her post soon.

They brushed off the tough primary battles their campaigns waged five years ago as the result of  trying to draw differences between them when there really wasn’t any, they said during the interview taped last week.

“Despite our hard-fought primary, we had such agreement on what needed to be done for our country,” Clinton said.

“Made for tough debates, by the way,” Obama said, “because we could never figure out what we were different on.”

The campaign rivalry was set aside, however, when Obama nominated Clinton as his top diplomat, changing the dynamics between the two.

“What did evolve was a friendship, as opposed to just a professional relationship,” Obama said. “Friendships involve a sense of trust and being in the foxhole together. And that emerged during the course of months when we were making some very tough decisions.”

Obama defended himself against comments that he has been passive on the world stage, noting his intervention in Libya, where a revolution aided by NATO air support led to the death of the country’s longtime dictator, Moammar Gadhafi.

“Moammar Gadhafi probably does not agree with that assessment,” Obama said, “or at least if he was around, he wouldn’t agree with that assessment.”

Obama and Clinton discouraged reading anything into the interview about the 2016 presidential election, when many Democrats expect Clinton to seek the nomination again.

“You guys in the press are incorrigible,” Obama said during the “60 Minutes” interview. “I was literally inaugurated four days ago, and you’re talking about elections four years from now.”

“I am still secretary of state,” Clinton said, “so I’m out of politics. And I’m forbidden from even hearing these questions.”

Ryan: GOP Has To ‘Expand Our Appeal’

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  U.S. Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee in 2012, said Sunday the election outcome suggests his party must “expand our appeal.”

In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” his first Sunday talk show interview since the November election, Ryan said raising federal revenues is “behind us” and expressed doubt President Barack Obama “thinks we actually have a fiscal crisis.”

He said “I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now” if former President Bill Clinton and former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles were in the White House.

Asked what he thought was the major lesson for Republicans after losing the presidential election and losing House and Senate seats, Ryan said: “Well, we obviously have to expand our appeal. We have to expand our appeal to more people and somehow how we’ll take the country’s founding principles and apply them to the problems of the deal to offer solutions to fix our problems.”

While stopping short of saying he opposes any new federal revenue from tax reform, Ryan said Obama “got his additional revenues. So that’s behind us.”

Ryan — chairman of the House Budget Committee — said Washington needs “to focus on getting spending down” but he said the president seems less focused on the debt and more interested in “political ends, you know [the 2014 election] versus actually moving to the middle.”

“Well, I don’t think that the president thinks we actually have a fiscal crisis,” Ryan said.

He said if the United States “had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles, chief staff of the White House or president of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. That’s not the kind of presidency we’re dealing with right now.”

Ryan conceded “both parties got us to the mess we are in, this fiscal crisis.” and both parties need to solve it.

Utah Court Restores Baby To Natural Dad

SALT LAKE CITY,  (UPI) —  The Utah Supreme Court returned a child whose mother had put her up for adoption without her father’s consent, to her Army drill sergeant father.

Mark Wiser, the father’s lawyer, said it was the first time in the state’s history that the Supreme Court in Salt Lake City took a child from the adoptive parents home and returned the child to the legal father. He said the case represents a victory for equal parental rights, meaning one parent may not put up a child for adoption without the other’s permission, ABC News reported Sunday.

Tira Bland gave birth in Utah on March 21, 2011 while her husband, Terry Achane, 31, was stationed in South Carolina. Bland gave the baby girl, Teleah, up for adoption two days later. ABC News reported.

Achane at first thought Bland had followed through on an abortion threat. He discovered the Utah adoption several weeks after the baby was born, ABC reported.

Wiser said Achane contacted the adoption agency, which denied Achane information when he said he had not  consented to the adoption.

The baby had been adopted by Jared and Kristi Frei of Utah, who in December had secured a stay of the initial court order to return the baby to Achane.

The original trial judge, in a transfer hearing Friday, said the Freis decided to proceed with the adoption even though they knew that the baby’s father had never been consulted.

Monday Morning News Roundup 1-28-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • President Barack Obama doesn’t want gun rights advocates to worry about his overhaul of gun control laws. Rest assured, the President said in a recent speech that he goes shooting “all the time” at Camp David and has “profound respect” for hunting. He also loves to hunt with murderous drones in nations we aren’t at war with.
  • Because Congress evidently has nothing better to do, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants Beyonce to apologize for lip synching “The Star Spangled Banner.”
  • A Milwaukee sheriff is urging residents in his area to buy a gun because sometimes dialing 911 isn’t enough. In the ad, Sheriff David Clark says, “Simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?”

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How To Avoid The Obamacare Death Trap

We are less than one year out from healthcare tyranny under the oligarchy-endorsed Obamacare.

It’s very deceptive to call Obamacare socialized medicine. The law has nothing to do with healthcare. It’s just the opposite. It’s sickness care. The Nazis had their gas chambers and America has “medical care,” which is the most sophisticated killing machine that demented minds can create.

Americans are mentally dependent on the “medical” brainwash. When our dumbed-down people hear the trigger word “medical care,” they go blind and hyperventilate. They do not know a scam from a sham. They will go unanimous for anything with the term “healthcare” in it.

Obamacare is not healthcare. It has absolutely nothing to do with healthcare. It’s a great transfer of wealth and population control with a ticket to the death panels when we are no longer considered productive citizens.

As the paper money regime collapses, the money creators are speeding up the printing presses in a desperate ploy to transfer the wealth of the American people before it becomes worthless anyway. It is disguised warfare against the American people.

It reminds one of the last days of the Nazi regime. As the cities were reduced to rubble, German citizens were being shot for “treason.” In the last days of any regime, the process of oppression of citizens is intensified.

In the United States, stepped-up oppression is being done under the cloak of benevolence (healthcare). It is not an issue of so-called healthcare. If it achieves anything related to Americans’ health, it should be called sickness care.

It’s all very simple: The medical cartel needs sick people like military machines need human cannon fodder; no difference. The military industrial complex promotes war under the pretext of patriotism. The medical establishment promotes sickness under the pretext of healthcare.

If you readers grasp the esoteric (hidden) agenda in Obamacare, your thinking runs deep. You should survive the coming crash. Obamacare is a symptom of collapse of the social order. We have no economic order.

As the last days of this system nears total collapse, there will be more and more political calls for synthetic social and medical benefits. Recognize it for what it is: a camouflage for stealing.

Once again for emphasis, Obamacare is not about the healthcare of the American people. It is not about the cost. It is about the stepped-up transfer of the wealth of the American people to the global elite.

Obamacare would be impossible under the gold standard as the medical cartel would not exist, and most of the politicians would be in jail.

Despite denials by the elites, a government-run healthcare system will quickly bankrupt the U.S. Treasury. What’s more, it will condemn millions of elderly and disabled Americans to substandard care and perhaps even to fatal rationing of medical resources.

The New York Times’ resident nincompoop, former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, famously said: “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”

Yes. Sarah Palin was right. Krugman, as was the case in his advice to Enron and in most of his Keynesian screeds, was wrong. There will be death panels. The State cannot justify expending resources on the non-productive. Ask Taro Aso, the finance minister of Japan, who said last week that the elderly should be allowed to “hurry up and die” to relive pressure on the state to pay for medical care.

“I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government,” he said during a meeting of the national council on social security reforms. “The problem won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die.”

Death panels will become acceptable to the public by dehumanizing the elderly and infirmed. They won’t be classified as people. They will become units or incompetents or, as Aso referred to them, “tube people.” Propaganda to dehumanize “the enemy” has been used throughout history.

“I see people aged 67 or 68 at class reunions who dodder around and are constantly going to the doctor,” he said at a meeting of economists. “Why should I have to pay for people who just eat and drink and make no effort? I walk every day and do other things, but I’m paying more in taxes.”

Government bureaucrats in Canada, the U.K. and Europe routinely deny healthcare based on abstract determinations of “quality of life,” rather than of medical necessity.

I know assurances were given by the elites that Palin was off her rocker and the death panels were merely “end of life counseling.” Similar panels in the U.K. are now the equivalent of euthanasia. Professor Patrick Pullicino says pressure on beds and difficulty with nursing confused or difficult-to-manage elderly patients have resulted in patients in the system’s controversial “death pathway” being put into the equivalent of euthanasia for the elderly.

How is the British deathcare system? You might ask Peter Thompson, 41. But he’s dead. He was left dying on the corridor floor unattended for 10 hours while nurses stepped over him. When it was finally discovered he was dead, his body was dragged away in a manner his family likened to “dragging a dead animal.” The scenes were caught on closed circuit cameras and played during an inquiry.

Of course, none of this could ever happen in America. Ask Steven Rattner, an Obama and Democrat insider who wrote in an op-ed for The Times: “WE need death panels. Well, maybe not death panels exactly, but unless we start allocating healthcare resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.”

Yes. Hurry up and die rather than be a drain on the all-important state. Money is needed to rain bombs down on the children of other countries. It’s for the good of democracy and for the safety of the children.

We can have our health if we avoid the system. Get off the sickness diet that is the standard American diet (SAD) and get on the “Go Green” or nutritarian diet.

What you will be doing is getting rid of the SAD, which is very high calories and very low nutrition, in exchange for the tasty green diet, which is very low in calories and very high in nutrition.

Lower calories make for longer life. This is a proven scientific fact. You can find details in the DVD “Forks Over Knives” and Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s lectures on cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Google them.

What will we gain?

  • Guaranteed better health.
  • A way to avoid cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
  • A very big percentage of us can grow what we eat in a very small home garden.
  • Americans can, for the first time in 100 years, stamp out the oppression of the medical mafia. This is the subversive cartel that has deceived us into believing that drugs will take the place of food in healing and health.
  • We will increase our years on this Earth by reducing our calories.
  • We will re-train our taste for the right nutritious foods.
  • We will not be hungry. The green diet is completely satisfying and we can eat to fill our stomachs.

We can kill Obamacare in its tracks by becoming healthy. This can all happen in just one year.

The commercial food empire (junk food) will be cut in half. America has been deceived into bad health through bad diet. Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medicine.” Who profits from the SAD?

  • The commercial food manufacturers.
  • Most of the medical profession. Doctors need sick people.
  • The pharmaceutical cartel and drug monopoly.
  • Medical equipment manufacturing companies.
  • Representatives and Senators who hold hands with the pharmaceutical monopoly under the table.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture which has a silent, but all-powerful, vested interest in promoting and expanding the SAD.

If America spends more than any nation on Earth on “healthcare” yet ranks 17th in the world on healthcare, aren’t we naive to not believe there is an economic and commercial motivation in the shadows?

The nutritarian diet can restore the Constitution and human liberty in America. How? This seems like such a simplistic solution to such a vast empire of control, deception and crime euphemistically called American democracy.

It will work because the charlatan politicians and bureaucrats can’t profit from the nutritarian diet. The vast trillion-dollar beef and pork industry will collapse. The huge dairy industry will collapse. The pharmaceutical cartel will be cut to 20 percent or less of its present size. The USDA and the Food and Drug mafia (aka Food and Drug Administration) will collapse to a midget size.

Most of all, the health of Americans will awaken in the Garden of Eden. All the “incurable diseases” will begin to vanish.

Good diet will be accessible to all and Americans will be less dependent on the ominous fascism that has taken over America.

You should order the DVD “Forks Over Knives” and Fuhrman’s “Immersion Excursion” series from Amazon.com or whoever. It is an investment of less than $200. It will change your life beyond anything you can imagine.

This will save your health and restore America.

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Obamacare Will Cost Aging Smokers Big Bucks

A little-discussed provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare bill could allow insurers to charge American smokers premiums up to 50 percent higher than those paid by nonsmokers.

According to The Associated Press, beginning Jan. 1, insurers will have the option of charging older smokers additional insurance fees that would add thousands to their yearly health insurance costs. A 50-year-old smoker would likely pay nearly $4,250 in additional fees each year. At 60, the cost would rise to $5,100.

Younger smokers would also be subject to the additional costs but face less harsh penalties.

Workers who are covered under an employer health plan could avoid the penalties. But those who must purchase health insurance because of Obama’s individual mandate would be subject to the abusive penalties from insurers.

Obamacare disallows insurance companies to turn away people for being obese or having previously existing health problems. Some watchdog groups say that the high premiums for smokers will lead to many people in need of health insurance the most opting out because of budget constraints.

“If you are an insurer and there is a group of smokers you don’t want in your pool, the ones you really don’t want are the ones who have been smoking for 20 or 30 years,” Karen Pollitz, an expert on individual health insurance markets with the Kaiser Family Foundation told AP. “You would have the flexibility to discourage them.”

Some States are working on legislation to limit how much insurers are allowed to penalize aging smokers.

How To Add 10 Extra Years To Your Life

When I was a young girl, my grandma taught me many things. When she was a young mother, she raised her children during the Great Depression. My grandfather worked for $5 a day and their mortgage was $25 a month. My grandma was very frugal; she used up everything she had. Nothing went to waste.

Fresh, homemade yogurt was always brewing on the counter near Grandma’s stove in her warm kitchen. When my mother would take us for a visit, Grandma would tell us that if we ate yogurt every day it would help us to live 10 years longer. I believed her and never questioned my yogurt consumption.

If any of us grandchildren got cut, had a sunburn or a burn of any kind or even an upset stomach, Grandma gave us yogurt to eat. She even plastered it on us like salve. It felt so good on the sunburn and soothed the pain right away. I am following in my grandma’s footsteps by making my own fresh homemade yogurt.

Yogurt & BerriesI found out with a little research that my grandma was right on. Yogurt lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system, helps with lactose intolerance and is rich in calcium and protein. If we have friendly flora in our intestinal tract, it boosts the immune system and helps fight infections, which help us avoid getting those nasty flu bugs that are going around. Yogurt returns friendly flora to our bodies that are killed by antibiotics. Eating yogurt boosts the immune system without any side effects. Eating yogurt can spare many trips to the doctor and, like my grandma said, add 10 extra years to life.

Yogurt Is A Natural Antibiotic

Yogurt is just fermented milk. You can make it by adding the active cultures Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus (L. bulgaricus) to heated milk. This produces lactic acid, which gives yogurt its strong tart flavor and its thick consistency.

Yogurt is not just a breakfast food anymore. Some cultures use yogurt in their everyday cooking. My grandma put yogurt on top of warm rice with fresh fruit cut up into small pieces on top. It was delicious. I like to make a dessert out of yogurt. I put frozen strawberries, peaches or apples chopped up on top of a bowl of yogurt, and then I sprinkle homemade granola on top of the fruit. This is the best dessert for me because I am diabetic and I can still enjoy dessert without all the sugar. Yum, yum!

Yogurt Starter

A yogurt starter is a must. You can purchase a plain unflavored yogurt with a live culture at any supermarket. You must read the label to make sure it has the active culture in it. Believe it or not, there are some yogurts in the supermarket that do not have the cultures added. They are loaded with sugar and are not that healthy or good for you.

One way to store yogurt culture for an extended period of time is in the powdered, freeze-dried form, which can be purchased from a health food store or a cheesemaking-supply website. The freeze-dried culture is best kept in the freezer or refrigerator.

Making your own yogurt is much less expensive and better for you because you can control what is put into it. You can add fresh fruit and stevia or other healthy sweeteners. Knowing that there are no preservatives or additives will give you true peace of mind.

YogurtMaking Grandma’s Homemade Yogurt From Powdered Milk

Most people have powdered milk in their food storage. This is a way that you can use up your powdered milk and make something yummy from it.

Mix the powdered milk according to the instructions on the package to make half a gallon of milk. If you want to double the yogurt, you can double the recipe. The first time you make yogurt is the only time you will need to purchase fresh yogurt. After that, you can keep it in a jar in the fridge and use 1/2 cup of plain yogurt to make another batch. This is much more economical than purchasing yogurt from the store. Use your own and keep it going like sourdough starter. I like to add fruit to my homemade yogurt. Just mix it into the pint jar and enjoy.

Homemade Yogurt

Ingredients

½ gallon of fresh milk or (Mix powdered milk and water together to make ½ gallon of milk)
1 extra cup powdered milk (to thicken the yogurt)
1-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin or pectin (to thicken the yogurt)
½ cup plain unflavored yogurt (with active cultures)
¼ cup sweetener such as honey and agave or 1 teaspoon of stevia (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Clean, sterilized glass pint canning jars
Candy thermometer (optional)

Instructions

  1. Warm the oven on the lowest setting for about 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and keep the door closed so it remains warm. Place the clean glass canning jars on a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix the powdered milk and gelatin into the ½ gallon of milk.
  3. Add the milk to a stainless steel stock-pot and cook on high heat until it barely starts to boil. Get it to 200 degrees but no higher. Keep checking the thermometer. When you see little bubbles on the surface, hold it at 200 degrees for 20 minutes and then remove it from the heat. This is to kill any bacteria in the milk. This is especially important if you are using fresh cow’s milk or goat’s milk that has not been pasteurized. It also allows more time for the milk proteins to denature and bind together better to create a thicker yogurt like the store-bought kind.
  4. Let the milk cool to about 150 degrees (on the candy thermometer) or until you can comfortably place your hand on the side of the pot (or dip your clean finger into the milk) for at least 10 seconds without it being too hot. Placing the pot in a sink with ice will help cool down the pot, and it will chill faster.
  5. Once the milk has cooled down, put the yogurt into a bowl. Scoop out about ½ cup of warm milk and add it to the starter yogurt. Whisk it up until it is mixed well and then return the mixture to the pot with the rest of the milk.
  6. Add the sweetener and vanilla to the mixture. Stir gently two to three times to make sure it’s all mixed well. Then pour (or ladle) the milk and yogurt mixture into clean glass pint jars.
  7. Carefully move the cookie sheet of jars into the oven. Turn the oven light on (very important) and set the timer for four hours.
  8. Remove the jars from the oven and rest them on the counter until they’ve cooled to room temperature. Then, cover the jars with canning lids and rings and store them in the fridge. The yogurt should be set after eight hours in the fridge, where they’ll keep for up to 10 days. You can put the yogurt in an insulated ice chest or cooler with ice in it for the eight hours it takes to set.

Add ION (Stabilized Oxygen) To Yogurt

ION stabilized oxygen keeps the yogurt from going sour. Just add eight drops of ION to each pint of yogurt right after filling the jars with the yogurt and milk mixture. Stir it up and let it set in the fridge for the remaining eight hours while it thickens. ION is very good for the intestinal tract; it kills all harmful bacteria and actually enhances the friendly flora in the body.

Yogurt MakerCommercial Yogurt Makers

There are several commercial yogurt makers on the market if you feel safer doing it that way.  They are inexpensive (usually less than $40). The jars rest on a warming plate that keeps the temperature controlled at the right degrees to grow the yogurt culture and help it set up.

Add Toppings To Your Granola

When eating yogurt, add fresh or dried fruit and granola to the top. I especially love frozen strawberries stirred up into the yogurt, which freezes it and makes it into a frozen dessert. I also like to use yogurt and fruit in smoothies and salad dressings as well as sauces.

Homemade Yogurtsicles

YogurtsiclesI remember as a child we made homemade Popsicles. You can do the same thing if you have Popsicle molds. Just mix the yogurt and berries together and put the mixture into the molds, then pop them in the freezer. I have even made these in the snow. Our weather in Utah gets below 0 degrees F in the winter; these yogurtsicles freeze outside as well.

Cookin' With Powdered MilkFind this recipe and other recipes for making yogurt, several types of cheeses, cottage cheese and buttermilk using powdered milk in my book Cookin’ With Powdered Milk.

–Peggy Layton

Dow Nears Record… Yipee

The Dow is nearing its record closing high of 14,164.53 set on Oct. 9, 2007. The recovery of President Barack Obama is well on its way.

Or maybe not. The psychopathic storytellers are claiming the housing market is improving. But in reality housing starts are still bumping along right where they’ve been since 2009.

Graph of New Homes Sold in the United States
(source: St. Louis Fed)

 

And despite (or because of) massive money printing, real gross domestic product (GDP) is lower than it’s ever been in history, as the chart below from the St. Louis Fed shows.


(Source: St. Louis Fed)

 

In truth, we are now in the midst of the worst recovery ever. The Fed’s money printing policies have propped up the market — as they were designed to do — but have not done anything to right the ship of economy. Or, as Tyler Durden of Zerohedge.com writes: “[I]t is only the worst recovery ever for anyone unlucky enough to still rely on such Old Normal concepts as the “economy” to feed, clothe and provide shelter for themselves. For those lucky 1% of the US population whose entire wealth is in financial assets (and who once again managed to avoid a tax hike on carried interest or any actual financial assets), times have almost never been so good.”

Remember, the stock market is not a marker to use to determine a strong economy. The current policies of QE to infinity and deficit spending continue to transfer wealth from the people to the 1 percent.

According to Shadowstats.com, using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the 2012 consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government showed a $6.9 trillion deficit, up from $4.6 trillion in 2011. Total U.S. obligations — including unfunded liabilities like Social Security and Medicare — are about $88 trillion, or nearly six times the total GDP. Real unemployment remains above 14 percent.

Sales of gold and silver tell the real story of the recovery.

Divorce Lasts A Lifetime, So End The War

NEW YORK (UPI) — Marriage may be brief, but divorce lasts a lifetime. A U.S. clinical psychologist says it’s worth the effort to make a friend of an ex-spouse.

Judith Ruskay Rabinor, a clinical psychologist, said she was motivated to write her book Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids, and Yes, Your Ex after accepting the losses and realities of her own divorce and becoming good friends with her former husband.

“It requires seeing the big picture — embracing the needs of everyone involved — and taking the high road,” Rabinor said in a statement. “Don’t assume you have to continue feeling and expressing anger to justify your divorce.”

Rabinor’s strategies include:

  • Recognize the need and the benefits to you of befriending your ex.
  • Learn to forgive, including yourself.
  • Let go of the past. Don’t dwell on what went wrong.
  • Create a vision of the kind of positive relationship you want with your ex.
  • Tell your ex it’s never too late to create a better divorce, and you want to start a cordial relationship.
  • Start with small acts of kindness.
  • Continue trying, even if your ex is slow to acknowledge your efforts or reciprocate.
  • Keep the goal in mind; keeping the peace is easier than continuing the war.

Rabinor acknowledges not all of her strategies apply to everyone and an authentic new friendship might not develop if dangerous behaviors don’t change, such as addictions or verbal and physical abuse.

“The only person you can really change is yourself. Do your part and treat your ex kindly, and if he or she refuses to reciprocate, continue to take the high road,” Rabinor said. “You’ll eventually succeed, or at least have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing the right thing.”

Another Gun Grab Scheme From Newark Mayor

It’s no secret that Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker is a fan of disarming residents of his community with gun buyback gimmicks wherein the city pays desperate people with gas cards and groceries in return for their legal firearms.

Now, the mayor has begun a scheme to hustle jewelry made from shell casings to fund the buybacks. Booker has teamed up with a company called Jewelry With A Cause to produce steel and brass bracelets made with shell casings and guns seized by Newark police officers.

The company promises of the “Caliber Collection” on its website:

The Caliber Collection is made up of metal from 250 guns and bullet casings seized by the Newark Police Department. The result is a series of pieces that embody the gun’s transformation from a destructive weapon to a powerful symbol of renewal. A portion of the proceeds from each sale is used to fund future Gun Buyback Amnesty programs in Newark. It is our hope that this will be a model that we can roll out in other cities across the nation.

Each of the pieces, which range in price from $150 to $375, is stamped with the city’s name as well as the firearm to which it was related.