Government Shutdown May Not Be That Bad; Capitol Hill Flips Out Over Shutdown For Theatrics; Ron Paul Advises Small Government Conservatives, Anti-War Liberals To Join Forces; Two-Thirds Of Uninsured Americans Will Buy Insurance To Avoid Fines, Poll Says; Could You Defeat The NSA With This $100 Gadget?— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-30-2013

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Will The Federal Government ‘Shut Down’ At Midnight? And If It Does, Will It Affect You?

The answer to the first question is looking more and more like a “yes” with each hour that passes. President Barack Obama said nothing new (and took no questions) at a press conference today, reiterating the harm a shutdown would do to the U.S. economy and to “our neighbors” who work for the Federal government – the Nation’s largest employer – who’d be furloughed. Learn More… 

As Shutdown Looms, Capitol Hill Freaks Out

As the government shutdown fiasco continued Monday, Capitol Hill Democrats and some Republicans embraced increasingly harsh language to describe the tactics used by GOP conservatives attempting to defund Obamacare in return for passage of a government funding bill. Read More… 

Is A Small, Cheap Gadget To Thwart Government Spies In The Works? It Is If John McAfee Delivers

Tech entrepreneur John McAfee, on the heels of a few months of turbulent personal problems, announced Saturday that he is working to produce an inexpensive, pocket-sized gadget that would give average people the ability to shield themselves from the National Security Agency’s spying. His Plan… 

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Uninsured To Get Health Coverage By Deadline

Overall, nearly two-thirds of uninsured Americans say they will get health insurance by the January 1 deadline to avoid paying a mandated fine, Gallup said in a poll released Monday. Read More…

Ron Paul Straight Talk: Small Government Conservatives, Anti-War Liberals Should Join Forces To Combat Warfare And Welfare Spending

Instead of grand bargains of increased spending and taxes, those of us who support limited government and free markets should form a coalition with antiwar liberals to reduce spending on both the military industrial complex and domestic welfare programs. Here’s Why… 

Will The Federal Government ‘Shut Down’ At Midnight? And If It Does, Will It Affect You?

The answer to the first question is looking more and more like a “yes” with each hour that passes. President Barack Obama said nothing new (and took no questions) at a press conference today, reiterating the harm a shutdown would do to the U.S. economy and to “our neighbors” who work for the Federal government – the Nation’s largest employer – who’d be furloughed.

Obama also repeated his rhetorical device Monday of marginalizing recalcitrant House Republicans (despite their representative majority), claiming that “one faction of one part in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the government just to re-fight results of the last election.”

The House GOP spent Monday criticizing the Senate for taking Sunday off in the face of a government shutdown, as well as to repurpose a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government with a proviso that would require a one-year delay in Obamacare’s individual-coverage mandate. That bill also seeks to strip members of Congress, White House officials and political appointees of any Obamacare subsidies, effectively forcing lawmakers to live with the same legislation they’ve passed on to the public.

Democratic leaders from Obama to Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) uniformly vowed any bill that attempts to attach Obamacare restrictions to the Federal budget would get no traction.

In short: last-minute deals can always happen, but there’s been nothing in the rhetoric to indicate either side of the argument is approaching a compromise that will avert a shutdown with only hours left on the deadline clock.

As for the second question? Well, if you aren’t a Federal employee in a “nonessential” role (more on that in a moment), history would indicate that a shutdown is more likely either to help you a little, or to have no effect on you at all, than to cause you financial harm – despite Obama’s dire talk of an imploding economy.

Russell Price of Ameriprise Financial wrote Monday:

The most notable government shutdown of recent memory was the closure of government offices during the budget battle of 1995. Similar to the current circumstances, then-President Clinton battled with the Republican-led House of Representatives over the fiscal 1996 federal budget.

… How did the economy and markets react? Quite well, actually. Stock prices moved steadily higher throughout the period, likely on the perceived prospect of deficit reduction. The S&P 500 was 5.4 percent higher on a price-only basis from the end of October through the end of January.

Meanwhile, consumer spending was also fairly unaffected through the period, although consumer confidence did drop significantly. Confidence levels had improved in early November with the Conference Board’s index rising to 101.6 from 96.3 in October. But by the time of the January reading, the index had dropped more than 13 points to 88.4.

Ultimately, the U.S. economy surged in 1996 with Real GDP growing by 3.7% versus 2.5% in 1995.

In addition, Democrats’ claims that a shutdown will harm soldiers, mailmen, people on Social Security, unemployment and people who eat meat that someone from the FDA hasn’t inspected – to name only a few nightmare scenarios – are either exaggerated or completely false. National Review sets the record straight here.

A separate NR article also points out what many small-government conservatives have maintained all along: that a “shutdown” as defined by Congress isn’t really a shutdown at all. Rather, it’s a paring back of government bloat that leaves intact, in some form, those functions of Federal government that crucially serve the interests of all Americans, as opposed to specialized entitlements and regulations that benefit (or harm) only the few.

NR’s Hans A. von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, writes:

The truth from the experience of prior shutdowns, applicable federal laws, Justice Department legal opinions, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives, is that crucial government services and benefits would continue without interruption even if Congress fails to agree on a continuing resolution (CR) or President Obama vetoes it. That includes all services essential for national security and public safety — such as the military and law enforcement — as well as mandatory government payments such as Social Security and veterans’ benefits.

In fact, as the Justice Department said in a legal opinion in 1995, “the federal government will not be truly ‘shut down’ . . . because Congress has itself provided that some activities of Government should continue.” Any claim that not passing a CR would result in a “shutting down” of the government “is an entirely inaccurate description,” according to the Justice Department.

Such a lapse in funding would be neither catastrophic nor unprecedented. There have been 17 funding gaps just since 1977, ranging in duration from one to 21 days. Under applicable federal law, operations and services would continue for those essential for “the safety of human life or the protection of property” as well as those programs funded through multiyear or permanent appropriations such as Social Security.

Even furloughed employees are likely to receive their back pay, and some are already using the union apparatus to clamor for it. That kind of collateral expense points out the self-perpetuating fallacy of big government. Democrats’ urgent criticisms that a shutdown will ultimately be costly to the government are true – from Democrats’ point of view. That’s because Obama and his followers invoke the lost opportunity cost of unpaid wages and unspent Federal funds as a harbinger of economic loss for average Americans.

But that’s a very progressive way to approach the “problem” of paring back Federal spending. As Reason’s Scott Shackford writes:

To my perpetual annoyance, the president – like any government official defending employee spending – invoked the concept of economic multipliers, the notion that wages generate and grow a local economy as the money is spent in the community, thereby creating wealth. It’s frustrating when government officials invoke economic multipliers because the money they spend is forcibly taken from the community in the first place. These are not voluntary exchanges where the consumer receives something of value in exchange for the producer receiving more than the cost to create that thing (in fact, ithe exact opposite often happens given the lack of incentives for efficiency). When a government official invokes economic multipliers, he or she inevitably doesn’t consider what might have been done with that money if the government never collected it in the first place.

So here’s an idea: stop calling it a “shutdown” and make it permanent. Let dollars stay in the hands of people who earn them instead of being handed over to the Federal government to propagate a never-ending bait-and-switch game of “taxpayer-funded” entitlements that are actually funded on wave after wave of limitless, currency-debasing money printing.

Of course that won’t happen anytime soon. But if the government does “shut down” after midnight, it will be interesting to see whether the private sector responds as it did during the Clinton years.

Is A Small, Cheap Gadget To Thwart Government Spies In The Works? It Is If John McAfee Delivers

Tech entrepreneur John McAfee, on the heels of a few months of turbulent personal problems, announced Saturday that he is working to produce an inexpensive, pocket-sized gadget that would give average people the ability to shield themselves from the National Security Agency’s spying.

McAfee said that the gadget, dubbed Decentral, will cost less than $100 once it is built and on the market.

“There will be no way (for the government) to tell who you are or where you are,” he said in an onstage interview with moderator Dan Holden at the inaugural C2SV Technology Conference + Music Festival.

And if the U.S. government bans its sale in the U.S., he said, “I’ll sell it in England, Japan, the Third World. This is coming and cannot be stopped.”

In 1989, McAfee made a name for himself in Silicon Valley founding the anti-virus software company that still bears his name. In 1994, he ended his relationship with the company, which was once valued at $100 million, and moved to Colorado. He has since decried the tech industry’s bundling of the software on new computers.

More recently, McAfee made headlines when he became a suspect in the murder of a neighbor in Belize and embarked on a globetrotting attempt to avoid law enforcement. Officials in the country say he remains a person of interest in the crime.

McAfee said his latest vision will communicate with smartphones, tablets and other devices and create decentralized, floating and moving local networks that would be more difficult for government spy agencies to penetrate.

H/T: Mercury News

As Shutdown Looms, Capitol Hill Freaks Out

As the government shutdown fiasco continued Monday, Capitol Hill Democrats and some Republicans embraced increasingly harsh language to describe the tactics used by GOP conservatives attempting to defund Obamacare in return for passage of a government funding bill.

Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called conservative members of his Party in the House “lemmings with suicide vests” for their efforts to throttle funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

They have to be more than just a lemming. Because jumping to your death is not enough,” he said.

“You have this group saying somehow if you’re not with them, you’re with Obamcare. If you’re not with their plan — exactly what they want to do, you’re with Obamcare. It’s getting a little old,” he said.

Senator Harry Reid (D-Calif.) told reporters Monday that the Senate would not allow a short-term, one-week continuing resolution to be passed in order to give lawmakers more time to come to an agreement because it would be akin to running the government like that of a banana republic.

“If we can’t pass this, we’re only truly entering a banana republican mindset,” Reid said at a press conference after the Senate tabled the House’s continuing resolution postponing the ACA for one year.

The Senate sent the House a “clean” continuing resolution without the language to postpone Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated that he would not allow a vote on that bill.

“This is what we look at other countries doing,” Reid said. “The United States, we’re going to be funding the government for a week, ten days at a time — not so good.”

Reid also called GOP lawmakers “bullies” who should “get a life.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney used a number of rhetorical tactics to attack conservatives Monday— at one point, even accusing the lawmakers of extortion.

The press secretary also regurgitated Democratic assertions that anti-Obamacare Republicans are simply mean-spirited people who would like to see millions of Americans suffer.

“One might surmise that the extreme agita that you see among Republicans right now over the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare is a direct result of the fact that, beginning tomorrow, there is a concrete development that means that millions of Americans for the first time will be able to sign up for that health insurance,” Carney said.

And President Barack Obama added his two cents Monday evening, a mere seven hours before the possible shutdown would take effect accusing conservatives of being at the “height of irresponsibility.”

“One faction of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government, doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight an election,” Obama said.

“My hope and expectation is that in the 11th hour once again that Congress will choose to do the right thing,” the President concluded.

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Uninsured To Get Health Coverage By Deadline

PRINCETON, N.J. (UPI) — Fewer than half of U.S. citizens without health insurance say they plan to buy it specifically from a healthcare exchange, a national survey has found.

Overall, nearly two-thirds of uninsured Americans say they will get health insurance by the Jan. 1 deadline to avoid paying a mandated fine, Gallup said in a poll released Monday.

The survey, conducted Sept. 17-26, also found 31 percent of those 18 to 29 were not aware the Affordable Care Act required them to have health insurance.

Some 83 percent of the survey respondents said they were aware of the requirement, but only 68 percent among people who said they were uninsured.

Half of the insured said they were “not at all familiar” with the exchanges.

One in four said they would pay the fine.

The survey talked to 5,009 adults living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error was 2 percentage points.

Ron Paul Straight Talk: Small Government Conservatives, Anti-War Liberals Should Join Forces To Combat Warfare And Welfare Spending

As I write this, it appears that the federal government is about to shut down because the House and Senate cannot agree on whether to add language defunding or delaying Obamacare to the “Continuing Resolution”. Despite all the hand-wringing heard in DC, a short-term government shut down (which doesn’t actually shut down the government) will not cause the country to collapse.

And the American people would benefit if Obamacare was defeated or even delayed.

Obamacare saddles the American health care system with new spending and mandates which will raise the price and lower the quality of health care. Denying funds to this program may give Congress time to replace this bill with free-market reforms that put patients and physicians back in charge of health care. Defunding the bill before it becomes implemented can spare the American people from falling under the worst effects of this law.

As heartened as we should be by the fight against Obamacare, we should be equally disheartened by the fact that so few in DC are talking about making real cuts in federal spending. Even fewer are talking about reductions in the most logical place to reduce spending: the military-industrial complex. The US military budget constitutes almost 50 percent of the total worldwide military spending. Yet to listen to some in Congress, one would think that America was one canceled multi-million dollar helicopter contract away from being left totally defenseless.

What makes this military spending impossible to justify is that is does not benefit the American people. Instead, by fomenting resentment and hatred among the world population, our costly interventionist foreign policy makes our people less safe. Thus, reducing spending on militarism would not only help balance the budget, but would enhance our security.

Yet both the House and the Senate continuing resolutions not only fail to reduce military spending, they actually authorize $20 billion more in military spending than authorized by the “sequestration” created by the 2011 Budget Control Act. Most of the supposedly “draconian” sequestration cuts are not even cuts; instead, they are “reductions in the planed rate of spending.” This is where Congress increases spending but by less than originally planned—and yet they claim to cut spending.

Under sequestration, military spending increases by 18 percent instead of by 20 percent over the next ten years. Yet some so-called conservatives are so opposed to these phony cuts in military spending that they would support increased taxes and increased welfare “military” spending. This “grand bargain” would benefit the DC political class and the special interests, but it would be a disaster for the American people.

Instead of grand bargains of increased spending and taxes, those of us who support limited government and free markets should form a coalition with antiwar liberals to reduce spending on both the military industrial complex and domestic welfare programs. Instead of raising taxes on “the rich” we should also work to reduce all corporate subsidies. This “grand bargain” would truly be a win-win for the American people.

Sadly, even if a congressional coalition to cut both warfare and welfare spending was formed, it would be unlikely to carry the day as long as the Federal Reserve is willing to enable Congress’s debt addiction by monetizing the debt. But this cannot last forever. At some point the Fed’s policies will result in hyper-inflation and an economic crisis that will force Congress to reduce spending. Hopefully, the growing number of Americans who are awaking to the dangers of our current path can convince Congress to reduce overseas militarism and begin an orderly drawdown of the welfare state before this crisis occurs.

Senate Gets Ready To Field Shutdown; NSA Loves Social Media; Obamacare Duct Tape And Chicken Wire; More NSA Revelations To Come; Bill Clinton Attacks GOP; Americans Trust The People, Not Government—Monday Morning News Roundup 9-30-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • With what would be the first government shutdown in 17 years due to take effect at midnight Tuesday, the Senate will return to business Monday afternoon to consider House Republicans’ weekend spending-bill offer, which the chamber’s ranking Democrat has vowed to reject. Source: Fox News… 

 

  • Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials. Source: The New York Times…

 

  • Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on Sunday said that Obamacare insurance exchanges set to go live this week “are being held together right now with duct tape and chicken wire.” Source: The Hill…

 

  • Two American journalists known for their investigations of the U.S. government said Saturday they’ve teamed up to report on the NSA’s role in what one called a “U.S. assassination program.” Source: The Associated Press… 

 

  • Former President Bill Clinton had some harsh criticisms for the GOP during an interview with George Stephanopoulos at the Clinton Global Initiative this past week, accusing the party of “begging for America to fail.” Source: Red Alert… 

 

  • Americans’ trust in “the American people” to make judgments about political issues facing the country has declined each year since 2009 and, at 61 percent, is down nearly 20 percentage points from its recent peak in 2005. Still, that exceeds the 46 percent of Americans who trust the “men and women … who either hold or are running for public office,” which is one point above the historical low from 2011. Source: Gallup… 

 

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Rand Paul Argues Democrats ‘Should Not Escape’ Pain Obamacare Will Cause Everyday Americans

After Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) delivered his marathon talk last Tuesday to galvanize GOP opposition to Obamacare, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) published an opinion piece in The Washington Times, excoriating the hypocrisy of Congressional leaders who continue to support the Affordable Care Act while exempting themselves from its mandates.

What should infuriate you the most is the fact that the same elected officials who implemented this mandate have recently declared themselves exempt from it. That is to say, these officials are forcing you to partake in something that they themselves are refusing. If Obamacare is so great, why then are federal employees and elected officials getting special treatment and opting out?

If President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid and Chief Justice Roberts love Obamacare so much, they should live under it. Their actions speak louder than words, and it is erroneous for these leaders to even attempt to claim that Obamacare is a step forward for Americans.

Not a difficult concept to understand, is it?

One thread that runs through all of the conservative opposition to Obamacare has been the simplicity of the conservatives’ moral message. Despite the sophistication of Cruz’s Ivy League mind or of Paul’s Hippocratic training, conservative lawmakers have had no need to fall back on complexity, obfuscation or patronizing, “it’s-complicated” justification for why they have taken this particular stand on the healthcare law. Rather, their message is manifestly simple and just plain correct: It’s wrong for Congress to stand apart from the laws it has created.

Similarly, Democrats and RINO proponents of Obamacare have feebly argued in favor of the law from a smug high ground of intricate, systemic and complicated explanations. Their attempt at intellectual abstraction to defend the indefensible — such as when President Barack Obama last week urged America to wait patiently for the law to begin reverberating through society, or when Senator John McCain criticized Cruz and Co. for failing to appreciate his fatalistic “compromise” justification for siding with the Democrats — is both stupidly transparent and intellectually dishonest.

People often see through such condescension if they’re paying attention.

Here’s more unfiltered logic from Paul:

I find it absolutely despicable that Mr. Obama, his administration and the elected officials who shoved this mandate down the throat of Americans are now giving themselves waivers. The president is also giving his friends waivers. Mr. Obama’s behavior mirrors that of a captain jumping overboard, abandoning his own sinking ship.

I have a proposal. I have offered an amendment that would outlaw any special exemptions for government employees. This amendment requires all federal workers to purchase health insurance from the new Obamacare exchanges, instead of receiving taxpayer-funded subsidies.

I am also introducing a more broad constitutional amendment, which states that Congress shall make no law that treats citizens differently from the elites in the federal government.

… My legislation and constitutional amendment will remind all elected officials that they are not above the law, and they are certainly not above the American people.

Hopefully, by 2014, a great many elected officials will learn that same lesson at the polls.

Get More Nutrients From Your Salad

If you want to get the most nutrients from a salad, take the advice of researchers who have found that what you put on your salad is as important as what’s in your salad.

A study at Purdue shows that olive oil on a salad helps your body absorb more beneficial phytonutrients than other oils make possible. Fat-free salad dressings are the least helpful.

The human body needs fat in the digestive system to be able to absorb natural chemicals like carotenoids from vegetarian foods. The carotenoids, which include lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, have been shown to reduce risk of chronic and degenerative diseases like heart disease, skin cancer and macular degeneration

“If you want to utilize more from your fruits and vegetables, you have to pair them correctly with fat-based dressings,” says researcher Mario Ferruzzi, a Purdue associate professor of food science. “If you have a salad with a fat-free dressing, there is a reduction in calories, but you lose some of the benefits of the vegetables.”

The study showed that polyunsaturated oils like soybean oil are “dose dependent.” The more oil on the salad, the more carotenoids people absorb. A saturated fat like butter was also dose-dependent, but to a lesser extent.

Monounsaturated fat-rich dressings, such olive oil-based dressings, promoted optimal absorption of health-promoting carotenoids from fresh vegetables. The scientists found that you only need a smidgen of olive oil on a salad to promote efficient assimilation of carotenoids.

‘Being A Republican Doesn’t Mean Squat’

Commenting on Republican Do-Nothings Are Terrified Of Ted Cruz,
antiliberal00 says:
September 27, 2013, 6:20 a.m.
Coburn and the rest of his progressive scum have sold out the very people that put him in office. He is more worried about his own pocketbook and benefits that he is about upholding his oath of office. That applies to %99 of congress.Coburn is no closer to being a conservative than Obama is.

He either supports people like Cruz and Mike Lee or he is a declared enemy of conservatism. Being a republican now days doesn’t mean squat as the vast majority are pushing us for a one world government.

I wonder what they have been promised for their treachery?

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Teaching The Test: The Coming Common Core Disaster

The new national education standards adopted by 45 States and the District of Columbia and now slipping into America’s schools are a collectivist’s dream.

Called Common Core, it is an attempt to create a Federally controlled education system designed to turn children into mind-numbed drones devoid of imagination and inculcated with a progressive culture of redistributionist economics, social justice, the mainstreaming of perverted lifestyles, secular humanism and radical environmentalism. It is a one-size-fits-all scheme that will dumb down students to the lowest common denominator.

Proponents of the program — people like radical Education Secretary Arne Duncan (champion of ridiculous zero-tolerance policies that lead to expulsions over breakfast tarts bitten into and papers torn into the shape of guns) — claim the goal is to prepare all students for entrance into community college. Never mind the fallacious logic that all children need a college education or even that a college education has much value in today’s part-time Obamacare economy, the truth is Common Core’s curriculum will create a group of students ignorant but well-prepared and well-versed in taking tests, as teachers will be evaluated on their students test scores rather than whether the children are learning anything useful.

Cash-strapped States grasped onto Common Core as a lifeline. President Barack Obama offered them hundreds of millions of dollars in “stimulus” funds and relief from the insidious No Child Left Behind standards that were to hit in full force in 2014. They did so sight unseen, based on the recommendation of two progressive lobbying groups, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) — the groups that hold copyrights over the standards. The standards were written by the leftist ACHIEVE, Inc., without input from State legislators, school boards, teachers or parents.

In addition to Federal “stimulus” dollars, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has dumped nearly $200 million into Common Core through the NGA, CCSSO, ACHIEVE, teachers’ unions, nonprofits and State and local school boards that are pushing Common Core. For more on the crony capitalist nature of Common Core, go here and here.

So what has Gates to gain from doing such a thing? In order to comply, schools will be purchasing a computer for every student and the software needed to run the curriculum, education program and testing system. In fact, Gates as much as admitted this in 2009 at the National Conference of State Legislators:

Fortunately, the State-led Common Core State Standards Initiative is developing clear, rigorous common standards that match the best in the world. Last month, 46 Governors and chief State school officers made a public commitment to embrace these common standards.

This is encouraging, but identifying common standards is not enough. We’ll know we’ve succeeded when the curriculum and the tests are aligned to these standards.

Secretary Arne Duncan recently announced that $350 million of the stimulus package will be used to create just these kinds of tests: next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well. And that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.

For the first time, there will be a large uniform base of customers eager to buy products that can help every child learn and every teacher get better.

In other words, Gates sees millions of new customers eager to buy products created by Microsoft that align with copyrighted standards established by a nonprofit he controls.

The Federal and grant money that has so far been poured into Common Core implementation will cover only about half the costs. The rest must be accumulated through local means. In addition to computers for every student, Common Core requires school systems to install a group of “master teachers” who will be charged with coaching, monitoring and assessing classroom teachers and ensuring their ability to teach the tests.

So what about the education students will be receiving from Common Core? According to teacher and author Dean Kalahar, it is geared toward ensuring “schoolchildren believe that America has been a nation of bigots, racists, greedy collusive poverty creating capitalists, war mongering imperialists, anti-immigrant, segregating, discriminating, and disenfranchising racists and farmers; and that kids should be an anti-war peace loving through diplomacy, diversity and immigration seeking, tolerant through racial identity politicking citizens of big government spending through redistribution of wealth and regulation providing Medicare, minimum wage, civil rights and affirmative action powered by the auspices of globalization and the United Nations.”

He bases that on an analysis of documents issued by the Florida Department of Education.

Stanford University professor James Milgram, the only mathematician on the validation panel, concluded that the Common Core math scheme would place American students two years behind their peers in other high-achieving countries. In protest, Milgram refused to sign off on the standards. He’s not alone.

According to New York University Professor Jonathan Goodman, Common Core math standards imposed “significantly lower expectations with respect to algebra and geometry than the published standards of other countries.” The American Principles Project and Pioneer Institute notes that under Common Core, the teaching of algebra I begins in the ninth grade rather than the current eighth, as is common. Division is postponed to sixth grade. Prime factorization, common denominators, fractional conversion and decimals are de-emphasized.

Or, as Grayslake, Ill., curriculum director and Common Core proponent Amanda August told one group in explaining Common Core: “Even if they said 3 X 4 was 11, if they were able to explain their reasoning, and explain how they came up with their answer, really in words and in oral explanation… we’re really more focused on the explanation and the how and the why.”

Additionally, Euclidian geometry will be replaced with a dubious geometry standard; and rote memorization will be greatly reduced. Great literature and works of fiction will be replaced with technical materials. These include technical manuals that enhance the computer-centric method that Common Core stresses.

Common Core also creates informational databases that make National Security Agency snoops envious. The State Longitudinal Database Systems called for in the program gather tons of information — including personally identifiable information that includes parents’ names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates, place of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc. — that can be sold or distributed to third parties. Students will essentially become lab rats, as the data will also examine and catalog student frustration, motivation/flow, confidence, boredom and fatigue during the course of their studies.

It will also collect sensitive information from children including:

  • Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or parent.
  • Mental and psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
  • Sex behavior or attitudes.
  • Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior.
  • Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships.
  • Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers.
  • Religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.
  • Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

School boards across the country are doing all they can to avoid answering the tough questions now coming from parents just waking up to what’s befallen their children. But they’d better get ready to answer them; because when students begin failing the tests, parents are going to want to know why — just like in New York, where the failure rate of students was 69 percent. For blacks and Hispanics the failure rate was 84 percent.

When students fail tests and teachers are held accountable, teachers and school administrators look bad. The tests are then dumbed down so more students can pass and the teachers and administrators can say their techniques are working. Meanwhile, more and more automatons are walking out the school doors into failure and dependency.

Don’t Make These 10 Food Storage Mistakes

There has been much written and said about the importance of storing food and water for emergencies. I think it would be difficult to find anyone who disagrees with this idea. Many victims of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, as well as tornado victims in Oklahoma, Alabama and elsewhere, certainly wish they’d had food and water immediately available in the aftermath of those tragedies.

There is considerably less knowledge and agreement, on the other hand, when it comes to what types of food to stockpile and how to store it in a way that will maximize its use once it becomes necessary to access it. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes in this area. Sometimes, their hard work goes to waste; because just when they need it most, their stored food has gone bad or they’ve made other errors in judgment.

For example, you could have tons of wheat stored, but too much of any one thing is not good. Variety and balance are essential for your digestive system. Having variety and balance in your food stockpile will also help you and your family psychologically if you find yourself in an emergency situation that goes on for days, weeks or months.

The type of container in which you store your food is very important, because exposure to air and moisture can ruin your food storage plans. Where you keep those containers is also a major factor, because higher temperatures and light can negatively influence vitamins, proteins and fats. The storage temperature should be between 40 degrees and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Other factors include how nutritious your food is and how often you rotate it. You also want to make sure that the majority of food you store does not require refrigeration, because a power outage would spoil those foods quickly. (We’ll get into the topic of freeze-dried food in a moment.) Finally, keeping some food at a secondary location is important, should your home be destroyed in a disaster.

Following is my top 10 list of common food storage mistakes:

  1. Ignoring the importance of nutrition in the foods that are stored. This happens more often than you might think. Sometimes, people are so concerned about the volume of food they store that they forget about vitamin and mineral content.
  2. Using sacks or other containers that are not airtight. This is wrong for a variety of reasons. Air and moisture will greatly decrease the shelf life of your stored food. In addition, containers that are not airtight increase the odds of insects or a critter getting into your food.
  3. Failing to keep food containers in a cool, dry place. Heat and moisture are two of the chief enemies of stored food.
  4. Failing to keep food containers out of the light. You definitely want to go to the dark side when it comes to storing food. Light can deplete the vitamin content of food.
  5. Storing too many items that need refrigeration. As mentioned, it’s very likely that a crisis will include the loss of power, which could mean your refrigerated items will spoil quickly.
  6. Failing to include enough of a variety of different foods. After a couple of days of eating the exact same thing, you and your family are going to want some variety.
  7. Failing to maintain a good balance in the foods that are stored. Make sure that your various food items provide a variety of different vitamins and minerals.
  8. Failing to include at least a small percentage of “comfort” foods. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, comfort foods will be a big help psychologically for you and your family in a crisis.
  9. Failing to check expiration dates and rotate stored foods. In each container, organize food by expiration date. When an item’s expiration date is approaching, eat that food — or donate it to a shelter — and replace it with newer food.
  10. Storing all of the food in only one location. This is the classic case of putting all your eggs in one basket. If your home is destroyed in a disaster, you’ll be glad you kept food and water at a secondary location.

I’ve learned a lot about food storage over the past few months while developing a new line of emergency survival food called Food4Patriots. Freeze-drying, while definitely effective, is very expensive and strips the food of some of its vital nutrients. Another common technique in the industry is the cheaper “rapid dehydration” method that sucks all the water out quickly, but also pulls flavor and nutrients. We ended up going with a “low-heat dehydration” technique for our food so the flavor and nutrition stays locked in, yet it lasts every bit as long as freeze drying without costing an arm and a leg.

Another critical thing to look for when shopping for off-the-shelf emergency food is the packaging. It’s vital to keep air and moisture out and to have a durable package that can take a few bumps over the years without bursting. Look for sealed Mylar pouches with less than 2 percent oxygen content rather than cans or buckets.

Whether you build your own food stockpile or purchase a ready-made solution, the bottom line is that just believing that storing food and water for a crisis is a good idea isn’t enough. You actually have to do it. And when you do, make sure that it’s stored in a manner that will ensure its value and longevity. Then and only then can you rest easy, knowing that you’ve done what you could to be prepared for whatever comes our way.

–Frank Bates

Police Pepper Spray, Arrest Father Of Dying Teen For Yelling At First Responders Who Allowed Her Body To Roll Off A Gurney As She Died

As his teenage daughter lay dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a Joplin, Mo., man and his son were pepper sprayed by local police and taken to jail, where they were handcuffed to a bench for being upset.

On March 17, 16-year-old Brook Russell took her own life with a single gunshot wound to the head in a park just a few blocks from her home. When her mother, Julissa Russell, became worried on that fateful Sunday evening because the teen didn’t return from a run, she went looking for her daughter. Shortly after, Julissa Russell frantically called her husband, Kevin Russell.

“I got a call from my wife and she was screaming, I couldn’t even understand her,” Kevin Russell told KSPR.  “I knew something was wrong, I never heard her scream like that, and I said ‘Julissa please slow down,’ and I heard ‘gun,’ I heard ‘blood.'”

Moments later, Kevin Russell and his son Brant, Brooke’s brother, arrived at the park and frantically sought help.

“I remember saying, ‘Oh my God.’ I threw my phone down while I was on with 911 and I ran to her. I checked for a pulse but didn’t feel a pulse and there was just a little mark, I really couldn’t tell, the back of her head,” Kevin said. “And I looked into her eyes and her eyes were halfway open like she was sleeping with her eyes open.”

When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the understandably upset family hoped that there was some chance Brooke’s life would be saved, but the teen’s condition and the entire situation rapidly took a turn for the worse.

“To me, time was everything. I was going, ‘Let’s go, get her to the hospital, hurry up, hurry up,'” Kevin Russell told KSPR.

The father said that things then became much worse.

The first responder turned away from Brooke to her father to ask what had happened. That’s when, as her father looked on in disbelief, the teen’s body rolled off the gurney on which she had been placed.

Next, the family alleges, some badged, pepper spray-wielding thugs saw the need to intervene.

“I started screaming and said, ‘Do your f-ing job, get her to the hospital,’ and the EMT put his finger in my face and said, ‘Calm down, sir.’ I was screaming, ‘Please get her to the hospital.’ And right about that time a police officer ran up on the sidewalk and I saw Brant go down.”

The father and son were quickly pepper sprayed by police and arrested.

“I was on the pavement, I couldn’t breathe and another officer put a knee in my back and told me to get up and he said if I didn’t get up he was going to Tase me,” Brant Russell said of the takedown.

As their loved one perished, the men — charged with assault, disturbing the peace and obstruction — spent the next three hours handcuffed to a bench in the city’s jail.

Brooke is dead; her family members can’t change that. But they desperately would like to have their names cleared. Unfortunately, there is evidently no room for compassion in this case.

“I didn’t assault anybody, I didn’t threaten anybody, I didn’t obstruct justice,” the grieving father told local media.

While Kevin Russell insists that all he did was shout at first responders when his daughter’s lifeless body hit the ground, the city’s cops and prosecutors disagree.

Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts said the incident was immediately reviewed and that the officer involved was not found guilty of any wrongdoing.

“What I’ll tell you is that the conduct that’s alleged is directly contradictory to our values, our mission statement, our code of ethics,” the chief said. “Those are not the things we engage in.”

There is an incident report; but, according to the local news station, it has not yet become public record. And the police say they can’t say much about the event until the case works its way through the courts.

“I would just like the charges to go away. I want the reports reported correctly. I know they’re not going to do that but I hate that there’s something in formal writing that says things that we did that we didn’t do on the worst night of our life,” Kevin Russell said.

But for now, prosecutors have only one deal on the table for the father whose life has been turned upside down: Plead guilty to assault and take anger management classes.

NBC Set To Spend The Week As Obama’s Personal Propaganda Machine

If you tune in to NBC News this week, prepare to be dazzled by wall-to-wall Obamacare gush coverage. The network announced Friday that it has scheduled a special series of programs and reports to begin this week to “help Americans get the most out of the Affordable Care Act.”

According to a press release issued by the news network, the launch of a series of Obamacare-themed programs, dubbed “Ready or Not, the New Healthcare Law,” this week is aimed at explaining to Americans how to enroll in Obamacare.

“The Affordable Care Act goes into effect on October 1st, but what does this mean for you and your family? During the week of September 30th, NBC News will devote special coverage across all of its platforms to ‘Ready or Not, the New Healthcare Law,’ an extensive series aimed at explaining the complexities of the ACA and its impact on consumers. Coverage will span multiple screens – on air, across digital and through social media, and also provide users with interactive tools and resources, available on NBCNews.com/Healthcare, to help shed light on what the healthcare act means for them and explain how to enroll,” the release says.

“NBC Nightly News” is scheduled to air an interview tonight with NBC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent Nancy Snyderman and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. And throughout the week, Snyderman will invite the American public to ask questions about the healthcare law using the hashtag #AskDrNancy via social media.

“Doctors, nurses, employers and patients all have a stake in how the Affordable Care Act will play out,” Snyderman said. “The sweeping federal law is confusing. We will clarify parts of the law, explain how states differ and tackle many of the challenges associated with it. We are committed to answering questions and serving as a guide as this legislation is implemented.”

Healthcare themed programing is also scheduled to appear throughout the week on “NBC Nightly News,” “Today” and NBCNews.com.

Polemicist Noam Chomsky explained what NBC is doing years ago in Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies:

The major media-particularly, the elite media that set the agenda that others generally follow-are corporations “selling” privileged audiences to other businesses. It would hardly come as a surprise if the picture of the world they present were to reflect the perspectives and interests of the sellers, the buyers, and the product. Concentration of ownership of the media is high and increasing. Furthermore, those who occupy managerial positions in the media, or gain status within them as commentators, belong to the same privileged elites, and might be expected to share the perceptions, aspirations, and attitudes of their associates, reflecting their own class interests as well. Journalists entering the system are unlikely to make their way unless they conform to these ideological pressures, generally by internalizing the values; it is not easy to say one thing and believe another, and those who fail to conform will tend to be weeded out by familiar mechanisms.

Perhaps conservatives could throw off NBC’s Obamacare blitz by taking to social media all week to #AskDrNancy some real questions about Obamacare.

The Republican Traitors; FBI Has Had Drones For Years; Pulitzer Journalist Says Obama Tale Of Killing Bin Laden ‘One Big Lie’; NSA Staffers Spied For Romance; White People Are Racist, End Of Story— Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 9-27-2013

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Seymour Hersh: Obama Administration Narrative Of Bin Laden Death ‘One Big Lie’

Pulitzer journalist Seymour Hersh, who first earned recognition for breaking the My Lai massacre scandal, doesn’t buy the Obama Administration’s narrative of how Osama bin Laden was taken down. In fact, he thinks American media is mostly garbage and coddles President Barack Obama instead of hitting the streets to suss out the truth behind sanctioned press releases. Read More… 

NSA Analysts Used Government Spying Powers To Track Lovers

The United States spends billions of dollars on surveillance each year, and at least some of that taxpayer money could be benefiting love-struck Romeos in the National Security Agency. Read More… 

Republican Traitors Help Senate Pass The Buck

The Senate passed the buck back to the House today. Voting 54-44 on strict party lines, the Senate approved a stopgap spending plan that sets up a weekend showdown between Tea Party Republicans and GOP leaders in the House. Traitors Listed Within… 

Duke Professor: White People Are Racist No Matter What

Duke University sociology professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva told students during a lecture Thursday that white people are racist pretty much no matter what they do or say. How Racist Are You… 

Watchdog: FBI Has Used Drones Since 2006

The FBI has tracked U.S. criminal activity with drones since 2006 but has not codified rules to protect privacy rights, a Justice Department watchdog says. Read More… 

Duke Professor: White People Are Racist No Matter What

Duke University sociology professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva told students during a lecture Thursday that white people are racist pretty much no matter what they do or say.

“We are not post-racial,” he said, according to The Dartmouth. “This ideology is suave but deadly.”

The esteemed professor also explained that white people disguise their racism with “color-blindness” and express their prejudices more covertly.

“We must fight white supremacy,” he said. “The only way to remove racism in America is to remove systemic racism.”

Some whites will say, he continued, “some of my best friends are black,” which “blames discrimination on the victim and the incomprehensible response to the topic of race.”

The lecture, “The Color of Color-Blindness: Whites’ Race Talk in ‘Post-Racial’ America,” was reportedly sponsored by the African and African-American Studies Program.

Of course, if you wanted to hear a guy say funny things about race… this is much cheaper than a few years at Duke:

Seymour Hersh: Obama Administration Narrative Of Bin Laden Death ‘One Big Lie’

Pulitzer journalist Seymour Hersh, who first earned recognition for breaking the My Lai massacre scandal, doesn’t buy the Obama Administration’s narrative of how Osama bin Laden was taken down. In fact, he thinks American media is mostly garbage and coddles President Barack Obama instead of hitting the streets to suss out the truth behind sanctioned press releases.

Hersh told The Guardian American media – and The New York Times, in particular – spends most of its energies “carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would.”

From the interview:

Do you think Obama’s been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for. What’s going on [with journalists]?

…Why do newspapers constantly cite the two or three groups that monitor drone killings. Why don’t we do our own work?

Our job is to find out ourselves, our job is not just to say – here’s a debate’ our job is to go beyond the debate and find out who’s right and who’s wrong about issues. That doesn’t happen enough. It costs money, it costs time, it jeopardises, it raises risks.

As for the bin Laden narrative?

“Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he said. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullsh*t report.”

Hersh said his solution to the lapdog media problem would involve firing 90 percent of America’s newspaper editors and replacing them with “editors that you can’t control;” people “who look you in the eye and say, ‘I don’t care what you say.’”

Then he’d shut down the major television news networks and “start all over, tabula rasa.”

Who wants to go first?

NSA Analysts Used Government Spying Powers To Track Lovers

The United States spends billions of dollars on surveillance each year, and at least some of that taxpayer money could be benefiting love-struck Romeos in the National Security Agency.

The NSA recently responded to a letter sent by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), revealing  at least 12 incidents in which NSA analysts have abused their spying powers since 2003.

The Hill recounts some particularly disturbing cases:

In one case, an analyst spied on a foreign phone number she discovered in her husband’s cellphone, suspecting that he had cheated on her. She intercepted phone calls involving her husband, investigators discovered. The analyst resigned before any disciplinary action could be taken.

On one analyst’s first day of access to the NSA system, he pulled records on six email addresses belonging to his ex-girlfriend. He claimed he just wanted to test the system. The NSA demoted him and docked his pay for two months.

In another case, an analyst collected call data on his girlfriend and his own home phone number “out of curiosity.” He retired before the agency took any action.

Another analyst based in a foreign location collected phone records on her foreign national boyfriend and other foreign nationals, saying she wanted to be sure she wasn’t associating with “shady characters.” She resigned before the agency took disciplinary action.

The NSA said in its letter to Grassley that it currently has two open investigations related to such conduct and a third case that could potentially bear investigating.

“I appreciate the transparency that the Inspector General has provided to the American people,” Grassley said in a statement. “We shouldn’t tolerate even one instance of misuse of this program. Robust oversight of the program must be completed to ensure that both national security and the Constitution are protected.”

Republican Traitors Help Senate Pass The Buck

The Senate passed the buck back to the House today. Voting 54-44 on strict party lines, the Senate approved a stopgap spending plan that sets up a weekend showdown between Tea Party Republicans and GOP leaders in the House. Whether the Federal government shuts down Monday is now up to them. The cloture vote took place after 25 Republican Senators sided with Democrats and voted to end debate on the matter. That measure passed 79-19.

44 Republicans voted to rescind the defunding of Obamacare:

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
John Barrasso of Wyoming
Roy Blunt of Missouri
John Boozman of Arkansas
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Saxby Chambliss of Georgia
Jeffrey Chiesa of New Jersey
Daniel Coats of Indiana
Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
Thad Cochran of Mississippi
Susan Collins of Maine
Bob Corker of Tennessee
John Cornyn of Texas
Michael Crapo of Idaho
Ted Cruz of Texas
Michael Enzi of Wyoming
Deb Fischer of Nebraska
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
Charles Grassley of Iowa
Dean Heller of Nevada
John Hoeven of North Dakota
James Inhofe of Oklahoma
Johnny Isakson of Georgia
Mike Johanns of Nebraska
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois
Mike Lee of Utah
John McCain of Arizona
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
Jerry Moran of Kansas
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Rand Paul of Kentucky
Rob Portman of Ohio
Jim Risch of Idaho
Pat Roberts of Kansas
Marco Rubio of Florida
Tim Scott of South Carolina
Jeff Sessions of Alabama
Richard Shelby of Alaska
John Thune of South Dakota
Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania
David Vitter of Louisiana
Roger Wicker of Mississippi

Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin Hatch of Utah did not vote.

25 Republicans voted to end debate on the legislation:

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
John Barrasso of Wyoming
Roy Blunt of Missouri
John Boozman of Arkansas
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Saxby Chambliss of Georgia
Jeffrey Chiesa of New Jersey
Daniel Coats of Indiana
Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
Thad Cochran of Mississippi
Susan Collins of Maine
Bob Corker of Tennessee
John Cornyn of Texas
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
John Hoeven of North Dakota
Johnny Isakson of Georgia
Mike Johanns of Nebraska
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois
John McCain of Arizona
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
John Thune of South Dakota
Roger Wicker of Mississippi

Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin Hatch of Utah did not vote.