Collateral Circulation

Collateral circulation is a very important concept but it is little known by the average heart patient. In this instance, it has to do with the heart and its ability to create different pathways for blood flow. I am sure all cardiologists and heart surgeons are very familiar with this natural phenomenon.

There are many signals or symptoms of a heart going into a heart attack or a heart not getting enough blood and oxygen causing the symptom of heart pain as well as other symptoms. If one survives a heart attack or just symptoms of a heart attack and is able to live for a short time, the heart begins a natural process of building collateral arteries around a closed off artery, even restoring full blood supply around a blocked artery.

This is all a miraculous natural process that achieves full recovery for occluded arteries. It is so complete in establishing recovery that the body doesn’t know the difference.

There is no need to rush into open heart bypass surgery as cardiologists and surgeons are wont to do. It is up to the patient to decide whether he/she wants to give collateral circulation time for the natural healing process to work.

‘Meaning’ Has No ‘Meaning’?

Commenting on Why We’re Losing The Culture Wars,
Mike in MI says:
May 15, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.
Well, some will say, the Bible has nothing to say about anything except “religious matters” or “spiritual ‘thingeys'” (what ever that means).If God is not cognizant of what happens in our realm of existence or doesn’t approach such things, then the statement that “We have been given all things that PERTAIN UNTO LIFE AND GODLINESS” is asinine and void. “Meaning” has no “meaning” and words stand for nothing except what we want them to portray except as it suits us.If that is so, nothing means anything and the left is free to portray good as bad and bad as good, up as down and down as up. So, where do we learn THAT except in our FAMILIES and in our SCHOOLS?

If definitions mean nothing then communication is flouted and wrecked.
If you want to cause chaos the best way to do that is to disrupt the avenues whereby we communicate. Animals can not communicate precisely. Therefore they have few tightly knit and symbolically influenced cultural progressions.

The left is destroying English grammar, vocabulary and meaning. They are putting history into a mixmaster and pulling out their version to teach our offspring. If it continues, CHAOS in culture can be the only result.

Language, history and meaning in application…what are you going to permit? Dissolution of our culture or regeneration and stability?

God’s word and its principles are the only source of continuity and stability.

Learn and apply it …or take potpourri.

Your choice. You read it? You will be held accountable.

Reply

What Difference Does It Make?

Hillary Clinton, in deflecting to Congress over her role in the cover-up of the Benghazi arms-to-al-Qaida-terrorists gunrunning scandal, famously replied, “What difference does it make?” Let’s see.

In December 2012, a scant three months after four Americans were killed while running guns to al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Libya, the Secretary of State reportedly fell and suffered a concussion. She was hospitalized for three days. A month later, the State Department pronounced her fit. Now, Bill Clinton claims it took Hillary Clinton “six months of very serious work” to recover from a “fainting spell” and subsequent concussion and blood clot.

Six months of very serious work implies intensive physical or occupational therapy, meaning she likely suffered a stroke or serious head injury. What difference does it make?

The elites are pushing Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to be their respective party’s nominees. Both are statists and part of the American monarchy with family ties to the Council on Foreign Relations, the oligarchy that runs the U.S. State Department and the World Bank (i.e., the elites who control the world). That means whichever is elected will mean more of U.S. expanding empire and growing U.S. fascism beyond what we’ve seen over the past three decades. Both of them will work to advance the neocon agenda and U.S. hegemony.

According to the June 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, there have been 248 armed conflicts in 153 locations around the world since World War II ended. The United States launched 201 of them. During the 20th century, coinciding with the rise of U.S. hegemony, there were 190 million deaths directly and indirectly related to war, more than in the previous four centuries.

War is just one of the ways governments steal from their people. Wars benefit the elite, while the people are slaughtered and impoverished.

If either Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton is elected, what difference does it make?

Barack Obama’s immigration department released tens of thousands of criminal illegal aliens last year. This number includes 193 murderers, 426 guilty of sexual assault, 303 kidnappers, 1,075 guilty of aggravated assault and 16,070 drunk drivers. Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and most of Congress publicly proclaim they want to set them on a path to citizenship. What difference does it make?

An influx of illegal aliens will drive down wages, leave millions more Americans unemployed and hasten the slide of America into a socialistic, Third World backwater. What difference does it make?

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents were specifically told not to comment on the release of the 36,000 criminal illegals. What difference does it make?

Doubling down on the President’s efforts to turn the U.S. into a Third World backwater overrun by foreign criminals, the Obama regime has signaled it may take executive action to halt deportations of illegals whose information turns up in Federal immigration databases when they are booked for crimes. Think I’m exaggerating? A House Judiciary Committee report shows that criminal illegal aliens released by the regime between 2009 and 2011 went on to commit 19 murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes. What difference does it make?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered .40-caliber submachine guns, continuing a pattern of Federal agencies and local police forces militarizing themselves. Government agencies and police forces across the country are becoming increasingly militarized and increasingly militant. What difference does it make?

The U.S. has armed al-Qaida in Libya and Syria and narco-terrorists in Mexico even as it does all it can to disarm Americans. Agents of the regime have begun calling Americans domestic terrorists for standing up for their rights and peacefully petitioning government. What difference does it make?

The Internal Revenue Service — at the direction of high-ranking Democratic Senator Carl Levin and under cover provided by a high-ranking Democrat, Congressman Elijah Cummings — ordered the IRS to selectively target conservative groups. Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through Freedom of Information Act requests reveal the instructions for IRS targeting were directed out of Washington, D.C., and a specific BOLO (be on the lookout) was ordered for agents to watch for paperwork referencing the words Tea Party, Patriots and 9/12 Project, among others. The IRS then delayed or denied approval of conservative groups seeking 501(c)3 status, likely changing the outcome of the 2012 election by denying them their ability to engage in their activities. What difference does it make?

The U.S. State Department and the CIA orchestrated the ouster of a legitimately elected government in the Ukraine at the behest of the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. then looted Ukraine’s gold reserves and installed a puppet regime, leaving the region in chaos and the U.S. and Russia on the verge of war. The looting continues as Vice President Joe Biden’s son has taken a position with Ukraine’s largest private gas producer. The Obama White House says it doesn’t approve. What difference does it make?

Climate science bunkum and outrageous claims of the looming catastrophe are being promoted across all spectrums of the elite and the oligarchy. Anyone, regardless of credentials, who opposes it is shouted down. What difference does it make?

Despite an expense of $29,349 per pupil, 83 percent of D.C. public school eighth-graders are not proficient at reading and 81 are not proficient at math. What difference does it make?

Biden is using the White House website as a campaign medium. What difference does it make?

In 2013, Nigeria wanted to wipe out the Boko Haram terror group now responsible for kidnapping Christian girls and threatening to sell them into slavery. The kidnapping led to Obama’s hashtag diplomacy of trying to “guilt” the group into releasing the girls, with Michelle Obama posing for a propaganda picture with sad face and a sign. The hypocrisy of a regime that is killing African and Middle Eastern civilians by the hundreds with drones lamenting the kidnapping of a few dozen African girls is lost on a populace that is distracted by the inanities of today’s pop culture.

The truth is the Obama regime threatened to sanction Nigeria if it continued its attacks on Boko Haram aimed at eliminating it as a threat; and Hillary Clinton, while she was Secretary of State, opposed putting the organization on a terror list. The regime used a George Soros-funded report to propagandize against Nigeria and in favor of Boko Haram. What difference does it make?

Meat prices have surged the most in 11 years. The price of shrimp is up 61 percent over last year. Bacon is up 13.1 percent; and because of a disease affecting pigs, pork production is expected to drop by as much as 10 percent and pork prices could rise by 20 percent or more in the next year. The price of chicken breast is up 12.4 percent over the past 12 months. Of course, the mainstream media tell you inflation is under control. What difference does it make?

And since there is now a realization that the mainstream media is becoming increasingly irrelevant as its lies and propaganda are revealed, the Federal Communications Commission is trying to get into the business of regulating the Internet, which is increasingly where people go for their news, and a move is afoot to tax it. What difference does it make?

Harry Reid and his Senate minions believe the government should decide who can spend money in elections and how much they are allowed to spend. That would apply to candidates and average Americans. Reid is seeking to amend the Constitution to allow it. What difference does it make?

In addition to fires set and currently raging in Syria, Libya, several African countries and the Ukraine by Obama’s foreign policy, there are two others smoldering not entirely his doing going on in Venezuela and in China. As the neocons are inclined to step in and fan flames wherever they are in order to further American hegemony and enrich the 1 percent, those hotspots will likely soon see American interference at some point. What difference does it make?

The Federal government has for more than 150 years acted against the interests of the people and for the interests of the elites and has made war on the American people and sapped their wealth, destroying the middle class. What difference does it make?

Why Does USDA Need Submachine Guns?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has solicited for the purchase of.40-caliber submachine guns with 30-round magazines and a number of other high-dollar bells and whistles and capable of firing two round bursts or as semi-auto.

As weapons with the ability to fire on full auto, these are guns American citizens cannot own without first obtaining a Federal Firearms License.

The USDA, according to its mission statement, exists: “To expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation’s natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.”

I sent an email to the USDA contact person listed on the solicitation in an effort to learn how arming agents with high-powered, military-grade weapons will assist that mission. I received an auto response saying that person was out of the office for training.

Of course, we have seen how armed Federal agents help “rural America to thrive” by assaulting farmers and criminalizing milk sellers. The Federal government has a history of destroying food while Americans go hungry. It has abused young rabbit farmers, intimidated magicians, attacked small farmers and confiscated the crops of raisin producers. Virginia farmer Joel Salatin has written a book about how everything he tries to do is illegal. U.S. judges have even ruled that people have no fundamental right to consume any food they grow or own or any milk their own cows produce.

Apparently, the USDA believes it needs to further arm its jackbooted enforcers so it can escalate its assault on American farmers and organic food sellers.

Or, as some have noted, it might be that these weapons will end up in the hands of the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations unit, which falls under the USDA. Perhaps they are for use the next time a Federal agency overstepping its bounds is confronted by Americans opposing the overreach.

Regardless, the USDA doesn’t operate in a theater of war. It operates in the U.S., and it’s obviously — with this purchase — like other Federal agencies preparing to make war on Americans.

Senate Acquits Johnson

On May 16, 1868, the U.S. Senate acquitted President Andrew Johnson of committing “high crimes and misdemeanors” when it failed by one vote on each of three counts to gain a two-thirds majority necessary to remove Johnson from office.

Johnson, a Democrat who ran with Abraham Lincoln on the National Union ticket and became President upon Lincoln’s death, favored a policy of benevolent reconciliation with the Southern States following the Civil War. He issued a series of proclamations that directed the Southern States to hold conventions and elections to reform their governments, and he attempted to veto a number of bills establishing military districts to oversee the new State governments.

When many of those States began returning their old leaders to positions in government, Congress objected and passed legislation to prevent the old leaders from being seated. Johnson vetoed those bills, most of which were overridden by Congress. He also opposed the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

In 1867, over Johnson’s veto, Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act. It was a bill designed to maintain Republican power in government.

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who had committed war crimes through his support of total war on the Southern citizenry, also favored the policy of harsh retribution, as did the Republicans who held the majority in both Houses of Congress.

When Johnson fired Stanton in violation of the Constitutionally questionable Tenure of Office Act, the House used this “violation” to begin impeachment proceedings. It filed 11 counts against Johnson, three of which were taken up by the Senate.

Johnson’s impeachment was purely political, unlike Bill Clinton’s, which was based on perjury charges.

2nd Amendment Winning Streak Continues

The 2nd Amendment is on quite a winning streak. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks ruled in favor of the people and struck down Arkansas’ concealed carry law that banned legal resident aliens from obtaining licenses to carry concealed carry weapons.

Second Amendment Foundation Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb called it “yet another victory in [the] effort to expand 2nd Amendment protections in the U.S.” Unfortunately, he did not note that the victory will not be complete until the oligarchy recognizes that the only permit needed is the 2nd Amendment itself.

The suit that led to Brooks’ ruling was filed by Martin Pot (pronounced Pote), a citizen of the Netherlands who has lived in the U.S. since 1986. Arkansas law allowed Pot to own weapons and keep them in his residence but forbade him from obtaining a CCL, which prevented him from “legally” carrying a pistol for his protection when he left his home.

Of course, concealed carry laws are more about maintaining a steady revenue stream for the States than anything else. Only law-abiding citizens bother to go through the hassle of obtaining a permit and paying the fee.

Criminals, being criminals, don’t bother with superfluous laws.

Glorifying Perversion

It is now established orthodoxy that not only must the homosexual lifestyle be “accepted” by all without question, but it must be glorified by all as well.

The sports and entertainment media jumped the shark with Michael Sam’s celebrated kiss televised for all to see after learning he was drafted by an NFL team. But the kiss was not a one-off event, as it began to be replayed ad nauseam on sports media, particularly ESPN.

Sam was lauded for his courage in “coming out.” But what courage is involved in riding the wave of popular culture? When he announced he was gay, he was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama.

Sam had the example of NBA player Jason Collins, who was featured on the cover of Time in its April 2014 issue of the “100 Most Influential People of the World,” after he announced he was homosexual, becoming the celebrated “first ever openly gay player in a major U.S professional league.”

There is no courage in glorifying perversion, nor in riding the wave of popular culture. The courage is in opposing it, which can cause you to be sent to a re-education camp (NFL player Don Jones) or cost you your livelihood (Brendan Eich, David and Jason Benham and almost Phil Robertson).

In case you haven’t heard, the Benhams had a show canceled that was scheduled to begin on HGTV. That announcement coincided with an announcement by NBC that it was to begin production of a lesbian sitcom produced by Ellen DeGeneres. The establishment culture has been inoculating us to this end for some time with shows featuring homosexual characters.

Michael Sam and Jason Collins are not Jackie Robinson. Robinson’s effort took courage. Sam’s and Collins’ not so much.

Unleash the hounds with charges of homophobia. I do not care. Nor do I care when I meet someone whether he is homosexual or heterosexual. I never inquire, nor do I expect it to be announced, much less thrown in my face.

It is long-established religious orthodoxy that sexual immorality — including homosexuality — is a sin. That is God’s word, not mine. Don’t blame me.

Christianity is my lifestyle. I have no desire to preach that truth to you if you don’t want to hear it. Why must you insist on preaching to me that I should embrace your lifestyle? I will not, for I cannot (Romans 1:18-32).

We are no longer slouching toward Gomorrah. We have long since arrived.

Going contrary to established orthodoxy has become dangerous. Contrary viewpoints are no longer tolerated in America. That is fascist and totalitarian.

Does New Study On Fat Greenlight Saturated Fat Consumption?

In The New York Times, a recent op-ed headline read, “Butter Is Back.” The gist of it — and other articles from the mainstream echo chamber — seems to be that a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found there’s no evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease.

This is very deceptive. Don’t take it at face value!

Look at this list of the top sources of saturated fats in the American diet: regular cheese; pizza; grain-based desserts; dairy desserts; chicken and chicken mixed dishes; sausage, franks, bacon and ribs; burgers; Mexican mixed dishes; beef and beef mix dishes; milk, whole or reduced fat milk (a non-food); pasta and pasta dishes; eggs and egg mixed dishes; candy; butter; potato chips, corn chips, etc.; nuts and seeds; fried white potatoes. While there are some sources of good fat there (organic eggs, cheese and fatty meats), most of these are also sources that have added trans fats, which are very bad for you.

Fat is a killer. All people who study nutrition that I have ever read agree on this point without exception.

Food consumption properly understood is a science. We should consider that what we eat daily is our natural medicine and choose our food carefully. Then, re-establishing proper weight is just a matter of time.

Few people really think about what they poke into their mouths. The commercial food manufacturers dictate what is “good” and what we should eat. The result is a nationwide addiction to trans fatty acids like crackers, breads, cakes, French fries and anything made from white flour.

Other deadly trans fats are the vegetable cooking oils like soy bean oil, soy oil, cottonseed oil or any oil that is not certified organic. Watch for the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated.” The oils have a long shelf life, but they shorten yours.

The point is that our diet of trans fatty acids is making us fat while killing us with heart disease and cancer. But know the difference between the bad fats and the good fats. It’s as important for us to consume good fats as to avoid bad fats.

If we want to lose pounds and be healthy, we need to eat good fats. In fact, to have a good lipid profile, we have to consume good fats. Likewise, trans fats destroy health.

Let me say again that fat (food fat) does not make fat — and while the Times article says that, it does not go far enough. Eating bad fat makes us fat. People just can’t seem to grasp this. They associate gaining weight with eating fat. This is a con!

So bad fats cause weight gain and increasing inflammation, leading to obesity, diabetes, vascular disease and cancer.

To sum up, avoid all trans fatty acids like fast foods, cookies, crackers, pastries and any and all junk foods. Avoid like the plague hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated shortening, margarine and vegetable oils.

Be doubly sure to eat good fats like fish, fish oil, cod liver oil, olive oil, coconut oil and real, unprocessed butter. These good fats will rebalance your omega 6 fatty acids by increasing your omega 3 fatty acids.

See how quickly you will begin to lose those pounds! Feel how quickly your inflammatory joint problems will disappear! See now your lipid profile will correct and you will avoid degenerative disease… and all without drugs.

FACTA Affects Only Foreign Accounts

Dear Bob,

On July 1st of this year, Title V of the Obama Administration’s HR Bill #2847, known as FATCA, goes into effect.

What will this mean to me, an average citizen, age 62… living on retirement and social security. I have heard so many diffent stories. What do I do? How do I prepare? Is there anyway that I can keep what little money I have safe?? Help!

Derenda H.

Dear Derenda,

FATCA stands for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. It requires offshore financial institutions — banks, investment houses, insurers, etc. — to report to the IRS most U.S. citizen accounts held overseas. If you are a U.S. resident and all of your money is in U.S. holding companies (banks, etc.), you will not be affected by FATCA.

Keeping your U.S. money safe is another matter. I cannot give advice specific to your situation for legal reasons and because you have not provided enough information. However, I have often written in generic terms how to protect your wealth.

Best wishes,

Bob

What’s Important Now?

We all love our TV, movies, social media chitchat and sports, and some people like to have a beer; but where is our focus? What should hold our attention?

I can tell you that whether we realize it or not, we are living in very critical times — by far the worst in 150 years, if not in U.S. history. We face the possible and probable loss of our savings and assets. We are in the midst of the breakdown of the rule of law which leads us to the breakdown of law and order. We are assaulted from all sides with a decline and coarsening of American culture.

We as a Christian nation are overlorded by Satanists who rule by lies and deception. Do the Congress, the President, the Supreme Court and the thousands of appointed bureaucrats have a loyalty or reverence for a deity? Yes, call it Skull and Bones, or other secret orders of ancient handshakes and symbols of the all-seeing eye of “providence” and “The New Order of the Ages.” Call it the illuminati. Call it the culture of greed and debasement. Call it the almighty dollar and unlimited power. Call it what you will, but recognize it for what it is.

That we live in or under a democracy and have the vote and civil rights is an illusion. We have no natural rights. We are under the tyranny of a runaway Federal judiciary. Federal judges rule by decree. Many people understand this on some level, but few admit it.

Criminals and murderers have preferred rights and the protection of the “law.” But the innocent people are spied upon, harassed, bullied, assaulted, deprived of property and imprisoned by the state for opposing state-approved orthodoxy or violating “laws” and “regulations” pulled out of the air by unelected, porn-obsessed bureaucrats. Only false hope and self-illusion keeps us believing in hoaxes and fantasies of the rule of law.

We should dismiss the lies of politicians and bureaucrats, realizing that they’d sooner tell a lie even when the truth better suits their purpose. Those skunks are paid by the Federal government. Where do we think their loyalty lies? Politicians are great deceivers, and they worship the great satanic golden calf. U.S. government is the politics of deception.

The fish rots from the head, so it’s not surprising that years of lawless Presidents ruling by edict in violation of the Constitution — aided and abetted by a compliant and feckless Congress and obsequious media — have led the devolution of the rule of law.

Are we listening to accountants and lawyers to understand what is “lawful?” We know that these people are owned by the system. They must worship at the feet of the altar of the system or be disbarred. Whatever they tell you conforms to the system.

There is no human freedom to be found in the fantasy world of the controlled media. We should avoid the controlled press and its directed messages.

Hollywood, the entertainment industry, the controlled media and all that implies is and has long been a leader in the debasement and coarsening of American culture. It is dominated by satanic rituals, pedophilia and sexual abuse.

There are new charges of abuse of children being made against directors and producers of blockbuster movies. These are echoes of the charges of a few years ago made by other former child actors. But these activities mostly remain sub rosa, and the animals that perpetuate these crimes are glorified for their artistic abilities and go on to create the films that dominate and direct popular culture.

Yes, these are the people who set the course for society by the mores they glorify and those they denigrate.

There are many phenomena today that have come about gradually. Revolution is silent, if gradual. Revolution is crisis and chaos, if not gradual. Gradualism is a process of bringing about change in a way that is imperceptible and unspoken. It avoids shooting revolution and bloodshed, but the endgame is certain.

Our U.S. dollar currency is in the process of destruction. We see and feel this in rising food prices and the overall increase in the cost of living.

We should know that the U.S. monetary system (actually a non-system) was created to enslave the workers and the creators of wealth with paper money. Depreciated paper money called U.S. dollars is sapping your wealth and savings while you sleep. Millions of Americans have already been impoverished, and millions more will be impoverished because they still live with false faith in a fantasy world of lies.

The U.S. dollar is a worldwide Ponzi scheme designed to defraud.

People begin to notice that their money buys less and less. They try to get ahead by gambling and creating schemes of fraud or engaging in outright theft. Moral breakdown is a direct result of devaluation of the currency, though very few people know it or get the connection.

As paper money depreciates and becomes worth less and less at the grocery store, the work ethic of the people begins to decline. People develop a “What’s the use” attitude because “Friday and payday” become meaningless. We have now reached a tipping point where there are as many people living off a government check as there are eking out a living in this overregulated, overtaxed, overburdened, hollowed-out fascist system.

Depreciation of the currency is a hidden process of transferring wealth and savings of the people to the government. Eventually, the endgame is the impoverishment of the entire population. But this is a process of ruse and gradualism. Few people understand it, and few take action to preserve their savings and wealth.

Governments never announce their intentions. So gradual and deceptive is the process that few in government even realize the failure of the system. It all goes back to the central bank(s) and its implosion of the financial and moral order. The central bank has corrupted the currency, creating a quicksand society.

We should give up false hope for reality and teach our children ourselves. They must be rescued from the public (non)education system, which teaches them equality, compliance and fealty to the state and propagandizes them against their own rights in the name of egalitarianism and socialism. It is a dumbing-down to the perfect level of obedience.

Ron Paul has created an excellent home school curriculum to help you rescue your children.

There are yet millions of intelligent, educated and good Americans who do not suspect the fraud, deceit and the breakdown of law and order in the U.S. They remain unaware that they are becoming impoverished by their own government. They see no blood in the streets, so they see no problem.

But government is failing at every level along with the collapse of morality. In the final stages of any government there is a breakdown of morality and work ethic. Society becomes “dog-eat-dog.”

The first trigger of alert is when a majority of people come to understand that government is organized crime and that government is at all-out war with its own citizens.

There are better times ahead, but we must first go through the fire. Exactly when that will happen is anyone’s guess. The elite are masters at manipulating and propping up the rickety system.

But collapse it will. All fiat systems rend themselves in the end. Those who are prepared will weather the storm. May God have mercy on those who are not.

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Another Town Launches An Assault On Liberty

The elected class of Virginia’s most populous county is considering banning frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes by establishing zoning ordinances that place limits on “group assemblies.”

The ordinance, which is being discussed today in Fairfax, Va., would limit gatherings at residences to 49 people a day and allow no more than three such gatherings within any 40-day period. County Supervisor Pat Herrity says the ordinance is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

According to county “officials,” numerous complaints are lodged about group meetings in homes. Herrity says that by “numerous,” those “officials” mean six in the past year.

The ban would affect church groups, scouting organizations, family birthday parties and reunions, and even sports fans gathering to watch the next “big game.” Realtors fear it will also result in fines for them for holding open houses.

This is an egregious assault on property rights and the right to assembly. It is also another example of the tyranny of the minority.

Governments are instituted to protect private property and individual rights, as James Madison pointed out in his “Essay on Property.” He wrote: “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.”

Arthur Lee of Virginia wrote in 1775 that right of property is essential to liberty. “The right of property is the guardian of every other right, and to deprive the people of this, is in fact to deprive them of their liberty.”

Unfortunately, courts are run by government employees who routinely rule in favor of government over the individual, as Michael Salman (and many others) have learned over the years. Salman, a Phoenix pastor, served 60 days in jail for holding Bible studies at his home that were deemed by the city a violation of various codes and zoning regulations.

Of course, property rights are virtually nonexistent anymore. No one owns property free and clear because an annual ransom (property taxes) must be paid to the king or the king will snatch said property and deed it to his friends. This has given rise to the belief by the king that he owns and, therefore, controls what you can and can’t do on your property. And when the king assumes such power, he believes he is then empowered to deprive you of your liberty in every way he desires.

H/T: Watchdog.org

Did SCOTUS Get One Right? Yes And No

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that local governments can open their meetings with a prayer even if the prayers routinely stress Christianity. The ruling overturned a New York Federal appeals court ruling that said the town of Greece, N.Y., violated the Constitution by opening nearly every meeting over an 11-year span with prayers that expressed Christianity.

The five justices who upheld the town’s practice reached the correct decision, but in their opinions, only one reached the correct decision for the correct reason: Justice Clarence Thomas.

Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that legislative prayer has become a part of U.S. heritage and tradition and that it began with the founding of the Nation. He noted that the country’s tradition “assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and per­haps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith.

“As a practice that has long endured, legislative prayer has become part of our heritage and tradition, part of our expressive idiom, similar to the Pledge of Allegiance, inaugural prayer, or the recitation of ‘God save the United States and this honorable Court’ at the opening of this Court’s sessions. It is presumed that the reasonable observer is acquainted with this tradition and understands that its purposes are to lend gravity to public proceedings and to acknowledge the place religion holds in the lives of many private citi­zens, not to afford government an opportunity to proselyt­ize or force truant constituents into the pews. That many appreciate these acknowl­edgments of the divine in our public institutions does not suggest that those who disagree are compelled to join the expression or approve its content,” Kennedy wrote.

That’s true so far as it goes.

In his concurring opinion, Justice Samuel Alito noted that when the first Continental Congress convened in September 1774, Samuel Adams sought to bridge the differences between the colonies and their interests by opening the session with a prayer. But the “motion was opposed on the ground that the delegates were ‘so divided in religious sentiments, some Epis­copalians, some Quakers, some Anabaptists, some Presbyterians, and some Congregationalists, that [they] could not join in the same act of worship.’ In response, Samuel Adams proclaimed that ‘he was no bigot, and could hear a prayer from a gentleman of piety and virtue, who was at the same time a friend to his country.’ Put­ting aside his personal prejudices, he moved to invite a local Anglican minister, Jacob Duché, to lead the first prayer.

“The following morning, Duché appeared in full ‘pontifi­cals’ and delivered both the Anglican prayers for the day and an extemporaneous prayer. For many of the delegates—members of religious groups that had come to America to escape persecution in Britain—listening to a distinctively Anglican prayer by a minister of the Church of England represented an act of notable ecumenism. But Duché’s prayer met with wide approval—John Adams wrote that it ‘filled the bosom of every man’ in attend­ance—and the practice was continued. This first con­gressional prayer was emphatically Christian, and it was neither an empty formality nor strictly nondenominational. But one of its purposes, and presumably one of its effects, was not to divide, but to unite.

“It is no wonder, then, that the practice of beginning congressional sessions with a prayer was continued after the Revolution ended and the new Constitution was adopted. One of the first actions taken by the new Con­gress when it convened in 1789 was to appoint chaplains for both Houses. The first Senate chaplain, an Episcopalian, was appointed on April 25, 1789, and the first House chaplain, a Presbyterian, was appointed on May 1,” Alito wrote.

Again, that’s all true as far as it goes.

But for his part, Thomas, with Justice Antonin Scalia concurring, got to the crux of the matter: The 1st Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” The text of the Amendment and history, he wrote, “resis[t] incorporation against the States. If the Establishment Clause is not incorporated, then it has no application here, where only municipal action is at issue.”

In other words, Greece, N.Y. is not Congress, so Greece, N.Y.’s prayer is not a violation of the 1st Amendment. Later in his opinion, Thomas also noted that at least six States had established churches in 1789. So States that had established religions were likewise not “Congress” and, therefore, didn’t violate the “Establishment Clause.”

Applying the Clause against the States eliminates their right to establish a religion free from Federal interference, thereby “prohibit[ing] exactly what the Establishment Clause protected,” Thomas wrote.

So did the court rule correctly? Yes, but it’s troubling that only Thomas noted the actual wording – and, therefore, the actual meaning — of the 1st Amendment and how it applied. Even more troubling are the vapid dissents written by Justices Stephen Breyer and Elana Kagan.

Read the opinion.

More Evidence That Those Who Preach Tolerance Don’t Tolerate Preaching

Meanwhile, another “tolerant” progressive has reared her ugly head.

In Broward County, Fla., teacher Swornia Thomas told a fifth-grade student he was not allowed to read his Bible in class during “free reading” time.

The student asked the teacher to call his father. Thomas did, and left a voice mail message that said, “I noticed that he [Giovanni Rubeo] has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.” In the intervening discussions, neither Thomas, school principal Orinthia Davis nor the Broward County School District’s legal department has yet to acknowledge that Giovanni has a right to read the Bible and that right is protected under the 1st Amendment.

Monsanto’s Glyphosate Increasingly Found In Urine, Breast Milk And Blood Samples

Glyphosate is the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide, RoundUp®. Monsanto claims — and the Food and Drug Administration concurs — that glyphosate is excreted from the human body, despite numerous studies that show it causes health problems.

But studies are finding that glyphosate and other herbicides and pesticides are accumulating in humans and other animals and creating a toxic overload of possibly cancer-causing agents and toxins.

One study in Germany has found extremely high concentrations of glyphosate in all urine samples tested. In each sample, concentrations of glyphosate exceeded that established for drinking water by five to 20 times. Another study, published in the Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology, found that people who are chronically ill have higher levels of glyphosate in their bodies than healthy people.

Glyphosate has been found in human breast milk in 18 different countries. And researchers have found that glyphosate and other chemicals in RoundUp® lead to “significant” negative effects on red blood cells.

H/T: Natural Society