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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
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.
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
Ah, the happy glow of phony numbers and a compliant mainstream media.
Following the release of Friday’s jobs report, Bloomberg’s headline simply beamed “Hiring in U.S. Kicks Into Higher Gear as Unemployment Plunges.” All is now rosy in the Obama recovery.
“Stocks rose on the improving jobs picture and Treasury yields climbed,” Bloomberg proclaimed. Sorry to bear the news, but it’s all as farcical as the phony money the Federal Reserve is pumping out.
Bloomberg highlighted a 288,000 gain in employment. But you have to read way down to see that the labor force shrank by more than 800,000 in April. Funny math Bloomberg is using. 288,000 minus 800,000 equals negative 512,000. Only in the sociopathic world of government doublespeak does such a huge negative equal a positive.
That’s a far cry from a gain in employment, and it’s reflected in the labor force participation rate, which dropped to 62.8 percent. Labor force participation is the share of working-age people in the labor force. It hasn’t been this low since 1978. That means that 92,594,000 “workers” are not workers. That’s an all-time record. What April really saw was 988,000 drop out of the labor force, the second highest total ever.
President Barack Obama and his minions proclaimed recovery summer in 2010. At the time, the labor force participation rate was 65.2 percent.
Blessed recovery. Just imagine if things weren’t going well where we’d be.
Looking deeper in the numbers (thanks to Zerohedge.com for doing the dirty work) we see what a con job the regime is doing with the statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Household survey showed an actual decline of 73,000 jobs. All this while the number of people who currently wanted a job remained unchanged at 6,146,000.
And here’s some more depressing news about America’s depression: The average number of jobs added per month since the peak of the depression (February 2010) is 172,000. But the average number of people who have dropped out of the labor force each month since that time is 175,000.
And what’s more, the “recovery” is not translating into more jobs for workers under age 55. Workers aged 16-54 – note this includes the most productive sector, those aged 25-54 – lost 259,000 jobs in April. Only those aged 55 and above showed a net gain, according to the BLS.
For women, things are even worse. The Obama regime’s war on women workers has driven the number of females 16 and older not in the workforce up to a record 55,116,000. That’s an increase of 428,000 over March.
Workers 55-69 gained 174,000, likely indicating two things: older workers are unable to retire because they’ve spent their life savings (what hasn’t been lost to inflation) just surviving the depression, and they’re now forced to work to support their grown children who can’t find work.
In 16 million out of a total of 80 million U.S. homes, not one person is working and there is no income beyond a government check. That’s 20 percent of all households that are being supported off the backs of a declining number of American workers.
But never mind though, Obamaphiles ensure us that all those jobs lost at the opening of the “George Bush recession” have been recovered.
Obama’s White House told us, “you can keep your health plan if you like your health plan.” Further affronting fact, they’ve claimed that Obamacare is not forcing you to pay for other people’s abortions. The law, they continue to insist, is working perfectly for all Americans.
Of course, Jay Carney pointed out last week that the Administration doesn’t have any real Obamacare numbers; but any numbers that don’t put a positive spin on the healthcare law are wrong.
One in three ACA enrollees had not paid their premium by April 15. But Obama continues to claim the debate on Obamacare is over and the law is working.
If by “working” he means it’s destroying the health insurance industry, doctor-patient relationships and middle class job opportunities, I guess he’s right.
Thanks to Obamacare, on Jan. 1 the top marginal tax rate went from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. The top income payroll tax jumped from 37.4 percent to 52.2 percent. Capital gains taxes – which is money already taxed once – went from 15 percent to 28 percent, taxes on dividends leapt from 15 percent to a whopping 39.6 percent, and estate taxes jumped from zero to 55 percent. And Obama wants more.
On the Bundy Ranch
I’ve documented for you Senator Harry Reid’s criminality. Here are couple more tidbits that have come to light.
Reid’s interest in Bundy’s land goes beyond transnational green energy boondoggles and the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. It seems that Reid is in possession of 93 acres of land near the Bundy Ranch that sit on the path of a future development and a freeway interchange.
Also, the BLM may have violated posse comitatus in its standoff with Bundy and his supporters. The website Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, a site run by Marine veterans with ties to the intelligence community, spotted at least one U.S. Army Special Forces member among the government-backed thugs threatening Bundy and his supporters.
Remember that Reid said in reference to the Bundy standoff: It’s not over. Las Vegas police officers claim they’re doing all they can to identify any of the militia in the crowd that may have pointed a gun at law enforcement.
Demonstrating the double standard that is a police state; LEOs are free to aim guns at civilians without consequence but go all apoplectic when guns are pointed back by free Americans.
The reality you won’t hear from Obama’s media lapdogs
The whole U.S. economy is a stack of cards hanging on lies and money printing. The stock market is an expanding bubble of insolvency. There is still time – though the window is closing — thanks to the manipulators to buy silver. It’s still under $20 an ounce. That’s a bargain. You need it in your possession. Now!
The President can only tout his failing healthcare overhaul as a success by pretending that evidence to the contrary is invalid.
“We dispute their numbers. We don’t have hard, concrete numbers, but we dispute them,” Carney said last week.
Besides, Obama likes to say, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, so get over it. (Last time I checked, the 2nd Amendment is another, much older, law of the land.)
Meanwhile, The Administration is using the same strategy to deflect an even more transparent failure on the part of his Administration: the terror attacks that led to the loss of American life in Benghazi, Libya.
Last week, former White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor responded to Fox News’ questions about newly publicized White House documents that prove a coverup took place, saying, “Dude, this was like two years ago.”
Based on statements by these spokespuppets, the Obama message is really quite simple: This Administration will be held accountable for no failure and will answer to no criticism, evidence notwithstanding. And as we’ve witnessed with the events that unfolded at Bundy Ranch, the government vows consequences for any American who dares challenge its corruption by exercising the very rights put in place to the keep tyranny at bay.
Can there be any doubt the U.S. is a collapsing fascist state?
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In recent months, conservative media figures have undermined efforts by labor groups to organize across the United States, demonizing labor unions in the process. These anti-union attacks are largely reliant on myths alleging negative side-effects of union participation. – Myths and Facts: Unions And Organized Labor, Media Matters For America.
It seems there’s a little dissension in the ranks of the Barack Obama/Democratic National Committee George Soros-funded propaganda machine, Media Matters For America.
Employees at the progressive not-for-profit mouthpiece for leftism were taken aback when MMFA management refused to recognize the unionization of its staff by declining the “card check” process, instead exercising its right to force a union election under the oversight of the National Labor Relations Board.
It has long been MMFA’s policy to advocate for card check and push for unionization of non-union businesses like Wal-Mart. It even has a whole web page (as noted above) dedicated to busting “myths” of the negative side-effects of unionization.
Yet MMFA management has taken a tact right out of the playbook of those evil “conservative” corporations it has so reviled against.
A group of employees claiming to be part of the Media Matters Organizing Committee issued a statement that was published on SEIU Local 500 website this week.
Media Matters employees often write in defense of organized labor, and our work has demonstrated the virtues of organizing through card-check and the perils of being forced through a protracted NLRB election process. It is fitting, then, that we’ve chosen to unionize and attempt to lead our own lives by the principles we regularly advocate for in our work.
The actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize. Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employees to arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicate Media Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that they appear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunity to vote on the matter.
Many Media Matters employees feel betrayed by the unexpected and unexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our efforts to unionize. Our desire to organize should be not a controversial or surprising turn of events at a progressive organization like Media Matters for America. We continue to hold out hope that our executives will change course in favor of the path the organization has long advocated.
-Media Matters Organizing Committee
Apparently Media Matters management, responsible for making sure the organization is viable, recognizes that unionization will drive up the cost of labor and benefits and make its financial position untenable.
But wait; that can’t be it. According to Media Matters own “mythbusting” page, “unions have been shown to raise economic demand by increasing workers’ wages and buying power.” And, “unionization has been tied to the stability of the middle class, which is necessary to maintain a healthy consumer-based economy…” And, “unionization can increase individual firms’ productivity by encouraging investment and increasing the supply of highly-skilled labor…”
So it must be that MMFA founder David Brock and his management team just hate their workers and the U.S. economy and don’t want more productivity.
I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the May 1998 issue in which I chronicle the Republican Party’s fickle and hypocritical attitudes with regard to preserving Americans’ liberty. The more things change, it seems, the more they stay the same.
The Republican Party has well earned the appellation “the Stupid Party,” based on its abandonment of moral and genuine conservative principles as well as its inability to lead in Congress. Not that the Democrats are any better, mind you, because their claims to morality and principle are even more ludicrous!
The abysmal Republican failures in Congress, most notably their inability to see justice done in their hearings on Waco and Ruby Ridge and the IRS, are almost as numerous as Bill Clinton’s offenses and escapades. Consider also the recent Republican attraction to FBI Director Louis Freeh, who, says one journalist:
…might be well advised to wear a flak jacket for protection from all the hearty pats on the back he’s been getting from Republicans.
Why is Freeh suddenly the Republicans’ best friend? The answer is that Freeh has been assigned the role of playing “good cop” to his boss, Attorney General Janet “Johnny Waco” Reno’s “bad cop.” In the set-up for gullible Republicans, Freeh’s too highly publicized opinion is that an independent counsel should be appointed to investigate Bill and Al’s not-so-excellent fundraising adventures. It will not happen, of course, since Reno refuses.
In their whining against Reno, the Republicans appear to be trying to provoke Freeh into embarrassing his boss, by publicly rebuking her or resigning from the FBI or both. For their part, the Republicans could take strong action in Congress, including the introduction of impeachment proceedings against Reno, but they won’t. They don’t have either the backbone or the know-how. Besides, such proceedings would put a lie to the Washington game of cooperative politics as usual.
The Republicans have chosen the weasely route instead. Freeh is suddenly their best friend, championed by the stupid party as a bulwark against injustice. Not that long ago, the Republicans were demanding Freeh’s resignation, when he permitted some 1,000 FBI files, containing in-depth background interviews and research on private individuals, to be turned over to political operatives in the Clinton White House. Because no legal nor administrative corrective action was taken, the implication is that the FBI may gather and use such information against anyone.
Not that long ago, Freeh’s FBI attacked a quiet Weaver family living in the mountains of Ruby Ridge, Idaho, slaying mother and son, wounding father and a friend, and resulting in the death of a U.S. Marshal. Not that long ago, Freeh’s FBI was instrumental in the fiery murder of some 80 men, women and children at Waco. Not that long ago, Freeh appointed his personal friend and the man in charge of Ruby Ridge and Waco, Larry Potts, to deputy director at the FBI. It was Potts who gave his men “shoot to kill on sight” orders.
Not that long ago, Freeh permitted FBI attorney Howard Shapiro to brief the Clintons concerning ongoing investigations inside the FBI. Freeh also permitted Shapiro to use FBI agents to harass and intimidate a disabled agent who had provided harmful testimony concerning the Clintons.
Not that long ago, a lead technician blew the whistle on the FBI crime lab, citing ways and examples the lab manufactured fraudulent “evidence” to obtain criminal convictions. Freeh was specifically named as one who ordered it to be done when he served as U.S. Attorney. Not that long ago, Freeh permitted his FBI agents to hound Billy Dale and other employees of the White House travel office, until they either quit or were fired and replaced by Clintonistas. Dale was prosecuted based on FBI “evidence” and acquitted by a jury after just one hour of deliberations.
Not that long ago, Freeh’s FBI arrested U.S. Government informant Carol Howe, apparently because she swore out an affidavit implicating FBI involvement in a sting operation to bomb the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. In an attempt to shut her up, Howe was then unsuccessfully prosecuted by Reno’s Justice Department for a “destructive device” the government had previously instructed her to obtain!
Not that long ago, Freeh recommended that the United Nations create international “hate crimes” laws designed to gag U.S. citizens who rely on our own First Amendment to send controversial historical and political literature abroad. Afterward, Freeh’s FBI collaborated with Germany and Sweden to make sure that two Americans were arrested and jailed while travelling in Europe for allegedly sending their literature into Germany. The Department of Justice and the State Department both refused to intervene on behalf of our fellow citizens. After a year or so in jail, one of the Americans was permitted to post bond and he promptly fled and returned to Florida. The other American has remained in jail for almost two years.
In case some folks still think that Freeh believes in free speech, recall that not that long ago he recommended in congressional testimony that the U.S. Government be allowed to tap all computers and telephones in the U.S. without obtaining warrants. He also testified in support of hardwiring all communications technology with a special “clipper chip” that would not allow users to encrypt or encode messages, including private communications and corporate trade secrets.
The Republicans’ strange embrace of Freeh is not merely ironic, nor does it demonstrate ostensible Republican fickleness. The Republicans are not just stupid and fickle, they are hypocrites. They are not more effective, much less trustworthy, than the Democrats in preserving your liberty. The story of Louis Freeh is a view in microcosm of the cesspool of modern politics and government.
Those who preach tolerance do not tolerate preaching. – Unknown
The shrieks and caterwauling of the politically correct crowd over alleged “racist” comments by a rancher and a NBA owner/slum lord reveal their utter hypocrisy and disdain for liberty.
The tolerance crowd tells us everyone must be tolerant of “alternate lifestyles” and gay “marriage” and non-Christian religious practices. They create out of whole cloth hate crimes and thought crimes in order to enforce their “tolerance.”
Yet the tolerance crowd does not tolerate contrarian opinions.
Brendan Eich was drummed out of his position at Mozilla by the tolerance crowd after it was revealed he contributed to Prop 8 in 2008. Cliven Bundy pointed out the slavery inherent in government entitlements and was figuratively tarred and feathered and abandoned by his spaghetti-spined opportunistic pseudo-friends. Donald Sterling has been banned for life from attending games played by and operating a team he owns, and he may have his property forcibly removed by the tolerance crowd over private comments recorded and released illegally — comments like those likely uttered by NBA players at one another during the course of every game and certainly no more offensive than those off which President Barack Obama’s favorite rapper, Jay Z, makes millions of dollars annually.
The tolerance crowd works daily to remove any mention of the Christian God from the public square and even public life, but insist Christians be tolerant of Islam and the religion of Atheism. The tolerance crowd insists Christians must tolerate – and support monetarily – the murder of innocents in the womb, and they won’t tolerate anyone who speaks out against abortion. The tolerance crowd has no tolerance whatsoever for guns and gun owners or kids with toy guns or even food shaped like guns.
Political correctness is the opposite of tolerance. PC is about conformity to government- and elite-approved thought, speech and deed. The government, its politicians and its idiot PC-preaching pawns do all they can to force political conformity.
Political conformity and compliance is what PC is all about. It is fascism. It is anathema to liberty.