House Weeper John Boehner may soon have something real to cry about. A group of 40 to 50 conservative House members are committed to throwing him out of his Speaker’s Chair come November.
The National Journal reported yesterday that House conservatives are considering several plans to oust the tanned one and other statist Republicans in leadership.
Conservatives are seething over Boehner’s surrender to Obama last fall in the budget showdown, his dissing of the Tea Party and his repeated efforts to bow to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s demands to pass an amnesty bill. But what’s really got House conservatives in a lather is Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s betrayal in pushing through a “doc fix” bill with a voice vote after he determined it would fail if votes were actually tallied. Cantor, who some believe is first in line to be speaker if Boehner gets the boot, pulled this stunt while Boehner was out of town in March.
The stunt was so infuriating to conservative lawmakers that one Cantor supporter said: “If there’s another vote like [that], Eric won’t be speaker. Ever.”
After the gavel was sounded on the vote, Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Caroline yelled “Bullshit!” outside the House chamber.
“I’m getting used to being deceived by the Obama administration, but when my own leadership does it, it’s just not acceptable,” Representative Matt Salmon of Arizona said last week, after Cantor met with a group of angry Republican Study Committee members.
The House Liberty Caucus, led by Representative Justin Amash, is said to be the nucleus of the rebellion. Amash, along with Representatives Raul Labrador of Idaho and Thomas Massie of Kentucky, was among 12 Republicans who did not vote for Boehner last time. Boehner responded by stripping them of their committee assignments.
If the GOP is to move right at all, Boehner and Cantor and their establishment Republican allies have to be shoved aside.
According to the Tax Foundation, April 21 is “Tax Freedom Day.” Ostensibly, this is the day the average American has earned enough to satisfy his “tax burden,” and for the rest of the year he is working for himself rather than government.
The truth is there is no tax freedom day. That’s because there is a hidden tax called inflation that saps your wealth on a daily basis.
Look at the dollars in your pocket. They are nowhere near the value of the dollars that you had as a child or that you may have stored under your mattress. Most people think that a dollar is a dollar. Not so. Today’s dollars (nominal dollars) are quicksand money that destroys financially all who trust it.
We have had fiat paper money since 1913, and most of that time it was being debased (inflated). Now it’s at more than a 96 percent loss. A 1913 dollar is now worth less than 4 cents. What cost $1 in 1913 now costs almost $24. According to Shadowstats.com, the true measure is it now costs $101.09 to buy what $1 bought in 1913. How did this happen?
It happened through inflation — which is not rising prices, as most have been lead to believe. Inflation is an increase in the supply of money, i.e., money printing by the Federal Reserve. The increase in the amount of money in circulation causes prices to rise as more money chases fewer goods. (For a more detailed explanation of inflation, see Educating The 95 Percent.
We are only as rich or as poor as the purchasing power of our money. Have you ever wondered why banks and politicians love paper money? Because they profit from it!
Nominal dollars are the everyday paper dollars that we think of and call money. These dollars change every day (depreciate). The value of these dollars goes down constantly as the money printers continue to debase our currency.
Now, the point is that Americans don’t know the difference. They don’t know that depreciating or nominal dollars by debasement is destroying their savings, their retirement and systematically impoverishing them. If this is not all-important, I don’t know what is!
Nominal dollars, or depreciating currency, is destroying America. America is a giant Ponzi scheme no different from the one pulled off by Bernie Madoff.
Sadly, most Americans also don’t know that Federal income taxes are not necessary to fund the government. I explained that in my column Income Tax 101: Do You Really Know What It Is?.
Because of the Federal Reserve — which is neither Federal nor does it hold any “reserves” — there is no freedom from taxation. There is no such thing as “Tax Freedom Day” in America.
A new study published in the journal Applied Economics Letter reports that States with “shall issue” concealed carry laws have lower rates of homicides with firearms than States with strict concealed carry laws. Study author and economist Mark Gius also determined that bans on so-called “assault weapons have no statistically significant effect on the rates of homicides involving guns.”
Yet, despite this evidence and despite empirical evidence out of Washington, D.C., Chicago and Massachusetts, which all saw their homicide rates rise after strict gun control laws were passed or gun bans were implemented, the Barack Obama regime continues its assault on the 2nd Amendment.
This week, Obama’s Attorney Criminal Eric Holder posited that gun owners should be required to wear electronic bracelets in order to fire their guns. He made push for mandated “smart gun” technology in a hearing before a U.S. House committee. The Daily Caller reported:
“One of the things we learned when we were trying to pass those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and talked about how guns can be made more safe by making them either though fingerprint identification, the gun talks to a bracelet that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon,” said Holder, referring to so-called “smart gun” technology.
“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights while at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things we see on a daily basis, where people, kids especially, are struck down.”
Such technology would not only increase the cost of each gun sold, it would also allow government to track the whereabouts of gun owners carrying gun with the technology.
The Obama regime daily exhibits a gross disregard for American freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.
For bureaucratic lunacy and police state tyranny, few examples can be found to top current-day armed raids on farmers and stores for the “crime” of selling raw milk.
People have consumed raw milk since the beginning of time. For thousands of years, they did so without harm.
Around the turn of the 20th century, as farming became more industrialized and more institutional, dairy farms became overcrowded and unsanitary. The cows were kept in unnatural, enclosed pens and their food changed from grass to blended grains that more and more were laced with antibiotics, hormones, steroids and pesticide.
The milk they produced was no longer kept in cooled milk houses and distributed locally. It began to be transported far and wide in unrefrigerated trucks where it was allowed to get warm and develop bacteria.
Rather than develop ways to keep the milk cool and pure, milk pasteurization laws were passed and a growing government bureaucracy established to “keep people safe.” But like all government regulations, unintended consequences developed.
Despite the fact that America has more dairy farming than any other country, U.S. citizens also have more arthritis, or calcium deficiency disease. One reason for this arthritis plague is because of the public health laws that coerce us to drink adulterated milk.
By force of law, all commercial milk must be a dead food before the customer consumes it. Pasteurization is required, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) test of pasteurization is that the alkaline phosphatase enzymes must be dead (by heating) for the milk to be approved for sale to the public.
The alkaline phosphatase enzyme is the live ingredient in raw milk that causes the formation of bone. The American people are denied this bone-forming food though they drink millions of gallons of “milk.”
There is a lot more to pasteurized processed milk than just killing the live enzyme (alkaline phosphatase enzyme) with heat. When the milk protein is cooked with sugar (milk lactose), the result is high toxicity to human biochemistry. When any protein is cooked with sugar, our health goes south fast.
Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are pushing a bill that will allow for the sale of raw milk. The Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would decriminalize the sale of unpasteurized dairy products. This is a good bill that needs to be supported.
Pasteurized milk is dead food.
Any time I write that unConstitutional alphabet soup Federal agencies should be eliminated — whether on Constitutional grounds or to reduce the size and cost of Federal government — there follows a deluge of comments to the effect of, “But then who will reign in those evil corporations, enforce regulations and keep them from harming citizens?” and “Who will keep us safe?”
Thanks to years of propaganda combined with 12 years of indoctrination at the hands of the public (non)education system, most Americans are under the false belief that the U.S. government is an agent of good in the world and Federal agencies want to protect citizens from harm. Americans by and large have become statists: They believe that every transaction, every contract, every aspect of human behavior must be regulated for “fairness” and that only the state is capable of regulating “fairly.”
They have abandoned republicanism in favor of the sweet sound of democracy. In doing so, they have embraced fascism and tyranny.
Of course, statist politicians (which is to say the overwhelming majority of them) always couch their liberty-stealing ideas and laws in altruism and code words in order to get the people to support policies against their own interests. You’ve heard the terms they use: “It’s for the children;” and “To keep everyone safe;” and “It’s good for the environment;” and “We must act now to prevent another tragedy.”
The truth is that government agencies and laws are only as good as the people staffing them and enforcing the laws and, unfortunately, government attracts parasites and psychopaths like honey attracts ants and bears. And they are just as annoying and more dangerous.
History is rife with examples of government action ostensibly to “help the people” resulting in privation, destruction, death and turmoil. Anyone who has truly studied the history of governments around the world has seen that the elected class — with very few exceptions — is populated by a psychopathic mix of destroyers and seekers of wealth and power. They pay little mind to the consequences of their actions. What is relevant to them is their glorification, gratification and security at the seat of power.
So it is with little surprise that I saw reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting experiments on people — children included — to determine how they were affected by pollution. The EPA has been doing these experiments “for about 40 years” and it has authority to continue to do so under the Clean Air Act, which was passed by a “beneficent” Congress looking out for our welfare.
The newly released government report shows that the EPA was exposing people to dangerously high levels of toxins and pollutants without informing them of their risk for cancer and death. Those exposed included the elderly; those with asthma, heart and other health problems; and children. The exposure was to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than levels the EPA has deemed safe for human exposure.
According to inspector general’s report, the EPA conducted experiments in 2010 and 2011 on the effects of particulate matter (PM) and diesel exhaust on humans but did not get consent forms from 81 people in five studies. It also did not provide information to study participants on the amount of PM they would be exposed to and the danger risk for those with health conditions.
The EPA has long said that PM is deadly. In a 2003 EPA document, the agency claimed even short-term exposure to PM can result in heart attacks and arrhythmias in people with heart disease. A 2006 EPA report links short-term PM exposure to “mortality and morbidity.
As The Daily Caller reports, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told Congress on Sept. 22, 2011: “Particulate matter causes premature death. It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should… If we could reduce particulate matter to healthy levels it would have the same impact as finding a cure for cancer in our country.”
In other words, as the website JunkScience.com notes, either the EPA operated with callous — as well as unethical immoral and illegal — disregard for the health of its test subjects (and deceived them about the level of danger they faced), or it is lying about the level of danger PM poses to Americans, which is a fraud on the American people.
The EPA violated its own policy and Federal regulations, The Common Rule as well as the Nuremburg Code and the Belmont Report in conducting these experiments.
The website JunkScience.com has been doggedly following the EPA human studies scandal for years. It started a website on EPA human testing in 2012 to document the scandal.
This is certainly not the first time agents within or acting for the U.S. (or any) government have abandoned all sense of morals and ethics in the name of “science” or “safety.” Just some examples in the past 100-plus years include:
Tuskegee syphilis experiment: A clinical study conducted 1932-1972 in which black men were tricked into thinking they were receiving free healthcare from the government. While the 600 men — 399 of whom had contracted syphilis before the study began — did receive care, meals and free burial insurance, they did not receive treatment for syphilis. Nor did their wives who contracted the disease from them, nor their children born with congenital syphilis. And in fact, those who wanted to get treated through local programs were prevented from doing so. Revelations about the study led to the 1979 Belmont Report the EPA has been violating as well as the Office for Human Research Protections as part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Philippine prisoner study: U.S. Army doctors infected five prisoners with bubonic plague and exposed 29 others to beriberi in the early 1900s. Four of the test subjects died. In 1906, Harvard University Professor Richard Strong intentionally infected 24 Filipino prisoners with cholera that had been contaminated with the plague. He did this without their consent and without informing them of the dangers. All the test subjects became ill and 13 died.
St. Vincent’s House orphanage: A 1908 experiment in which three researchers infected dozens of children with tuberculin. Many of the children were permanently blinded and suffered from painful lesions and inflammation of the eyes.
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research syphilis experiment: In 1911, 146 hospital patients — including children — were injected with syphilis.
Influenza experiments: In 1941 at the University of Michigan, virologists Thomas Francis, Jonas Salk and others deliberately infected mental patients with the influenza virus by spraying it into their nasal passages.
Stateville Penitentiary: In the 1940s, inmates at the Stateville Penitentiary in Joliet, Ill., were exposed to malaria. The study, which lasted 29 years, was conducted by the University of Chicago Department of Medicine along with the U.S. Army and State Department. Related studies were conducted from 1944-1946 on mental patients at the Illinois State Hospital. The precedent of these malaria studies were used as part of the defense for Nazi doctors at the Nuremburg trials.
Guatemala study: U.S. researchers used prostitutes to infect prison inmates, insane asylum patients and Guatemalan soldiers with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases in the late 1940s. Researchers later tried infecting people with “direct inoculations made from syphilis bacteria poured into men’s penises and on forearms and faces that were slightly abraded… or in a few cases through spinal punctures.” About 700 people (including orphaned children) were infected. The study was sponsored by the Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Sanitary Bureau and the Guatemalan government. The research was led by John Charles Cutler, who later participated in the Tuskegee experiments. The research did not come to light until 2010.
San Francisco: In 1950, the U.S. Navy used airplanes to spray large quantities of the bacteria Serratia marcescens (considered harmless at the time) over San Francisco to conduct a simulation of a biological warfare attack. Dozens of residents contracted pneumonia-like illnesses and at least one man died. Tests with Serratia continued into the late 1960s.
Willowbrook State School: During the period 1950 to 1972, mentally disabled children at the school in Staten Island, N.Y., were intentionally infected with viral hepatitis. From 1963-1966, Saul Krugman of New York University promised parents of mentally disabled children that their children would be enrolled in Willowbrook in exchange for signing a consent form to have their children vaccinated. But the actual procedure involved deliberately infecting the children with viral hepatitis by feeding them an extract made from the feces of patients infected with the disease.
Ohio State Prison: In 1952, a researcher with Sloan-Kettering Institute injected live cancer cells into prisoners. Also at Sloan-Kettering, 300 healthy women were injected with live cancer cells without being told.
CIA biological experiments: The CIA released whooping cough bacteria from boats outside Tampa Bay, Fla., in 1955. A whooping cough epidemic resulted which killed at least 12 people.
U.S. Army biological warfare experiments: Army bio-warfare researchers released millions of infected mosquitoes over Savannah, Ga., and Avon Park, Fla., in 1956 and 1957 to test how yellow fever and dengue fever spreads. Hundreds contracted a wide variety of illnesses including fevers, respiratory illnesses, stillbirths, encephalitis and typhoid. Army researchers pretending to be public health workers photographed and conducted experiments on the victims. Several people died as a result of the experiments.
Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense: During the mid-1960s, the U.S. Army sprayed several U.S. ships transporting thousands of U.S. military personnel with various biological and chemical warfare agents. The personnel were not notified of the tests and were not given any protective gear. Among the chemicals and agents used were the nerve gasses VX and Sarin and toxic chemicals like zinc cadmium sulfide and sulfur dioxide.
Human radiation experiments: While much of the information on these experiments was (and some still is) classified, researchers conducted thousands of radiation experiments on the poor, sick, mentally disabled and some “conscientious objectors.” Some of the information came to light in 1986 in a government report, American Nuclear Guinea Pigs: Three Decades of Experiments on U.S. Citizens, that was issued by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Polio: One of the greatest medical myths that continues to persist is that the Jonas Salk polio vaccine ended the polio epidemic. The truth is polio’s rise in the United States coincided with an increased use of pesticides in the 1950s, many of which were byproducts of chemical weapons manufactured during World War II. These pesticides were found to increase susceptibility to viral infections, studies showed. Exposure to pesticides also came through milk, which was heavily contaminated with pesticides — including DDT — from crops being dusted with government-approved pesticides. Much of the milk had to be destroyed, according to a U.S. Senate report. Polio was transmitted through contaminated milk, as was tuberculosis, typhoid fever, scarlet fever, septic sore throat, diphtheria and infantile diarrhea. Patients undergoing tonsillectomy surgery had a greater chance of contracting the worst kind of polio: bulbar poliomyelitis. This is perhaps related to the milk contamination, as tonsillectomy surgery patients were given ice cream to eat. The pharmaceutical companies — which benefitted financially from the polio outbreak — funded the writings on the history of polio and its treatment. As such, the pharmaceutical companies were presented in the best possible light. Americans were not told about the many people who developed paralysis after being vaccinated against polio. Nor were they told about David Bodian, M.D., Ph.D., from the Poliomyelitis Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Bodian told the International Poliomyelitis Conference in 1954 — the year before the polio vaccine was introduced — injections and other vaccines, such as the DTP vaccine, “may be causing polio.” In 1955, when the Salk polio vaccine was introduced, polio was considered the most serious post-war public health problem. In 1956, six New England States reported sharp increases in polio rates, from more than double in Vermont to 645 percent in Massachusetts, despite — or rather because of — the polio vaccine program. Idaho and Utah saw such an increase in polio cases and deaths they halted the vaccine program. In Congressional testimony in 1962, Bernard Greenberg, Ph.D., head of the Biostatistics Department at North Carolina University, said there were sharp increases in polio rates from 1957-1959 and that the Public Health Service had conducted a whitewash to suppress this knowledge. In 1977, even Salk admitted that mass inoculations caused most polio cases since 1971. Salk was, in fact, a medical criminal who used Federal funds to conduct medical experiments on helpless patients at a Michigan insane asylum, as noted above.
Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs kill many more people than guns, which the statists work continually to ban. There are more than 2 million adverse drug reactions annually and more than 100,000 people die each year from adverse drug reactions, according to the FDA.
On Wednesday, Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States (FLOTUS), planted her annual kitchen garden for spring. She was joined by 25 students from five local elementary schools and members of FoodCorps, a branch of AmeriCorps.
As she began her remarks, Obama proudly proclaimed that this year, the sixth year of her garden on the White House lawn, “… we’re doing [something] differently. We are going to plant something called a pollinator garden.”
“That’s great,” you say. After all, pollinators are in trouble; especially bees and monarch butterflies. And FLOTUS said as much. But it’s what she also said — and had the kids chanting — that’s the problem.
“So just for the folks at home who have not heard about a pollinator, but a pollinator garden helps to encourage the production of bees and monarch butterflies. And why do we need to do that? You guys — just yell it out,” Obama said.
“Because they pollinate the plants,” said the students.
“They pollinate the plants, they help the plants grow,” Obama said. “But why do we need to help bees and butterflies — what’s happening to them? Yell it out. They’re dying because of disease — we don’t even know why some beehives are just totally disappearing… So we’re going to plant all kinds of flowers that attract bees and butterflies, which is not going to make the Obama girls happy because they don’t really like bees. But bees are good. Bees are a good thing. So you guys are going to help do that, and that’s the first time we’ve done a pollinator garden. Pretty cool, huh?”
Therein lies the problem, because what Obama said is a lie. And now the kids will repeat that lie and live with it.
We know what’s happening to the bees and the butterflies. They are not dying because of “disease.” They are being killed by neonicontinoids like clothianidin and thiamethoxam being used on plants to kill pests. The pesticides are absorbed by plants and transported throughout a plant’s vascular tissue, making the plant potentially toxic to insects. Neonicotinoids are chemically related to nicotine, the harmful ingredient in tobacco products.
Syngenta and Bayer are the leading manufacturers of the neonicotinoid variety of insecticides, and they claim there is no proof they are detrimental to bee health. But neonicotinoids are used on more than 100 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton annually; and California beekeepers say their populations have been so decimated that many of the State’s almond growers won’t have enough bees to effectively pollinate their trees.
But it’s not just butterflies and bees that are affected. The American Bird Conservancy last year published a review of 200 studies on neonicotinoids that included industry research obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The study calls for the banning of the insecticide based on its toxicity to birds, aquatic invertebrates and other wildlife.
Bees are essential pollinators of plants used for food and — along with butterflies, bats, beetles and some small mammals — are key components of the food system. Bee populations in China have been so decimated by the use of insecticides that farmers employ people to pollinate their almond trees. Unless and until the use of neonicotinoids and genetically modified plants is stopped, Americans will be hand pollinating its plants as well.
And consciously or not, FLOTUS is perpetuating the acceptance of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by brainwashing the children this way.
I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the April 2000 issue. While Edward Snowden’s “revelations” of the depth and breadth of government spying on Americans surprised many, readers of The Bob Livingston Letter™ were alerted to government spying programs 14 years ago.
Clinton Budget Funds Massive Police Wiretaps: President Clinton’s proposed budget includes millions to allow government electronic snooping on civilians, and the NSA appears to be heavily involved. One of the heftiest increases, from $15 million to $240 million, will pay phone companies to rewire their networks to facilitate police wiretapping.
Half of the money ($120 million) will come from the Defense Department ‘national security’ budget, a move that alarms privacy groups. A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union said this, “thinly disguised intelligence agency money… confirms what we have suspected all along: The National Security Agency is a silent partner in the government’s campaign to make our entire telecommunications system, including the Net, wiretap ready.”
Source: Wired, Feb 7.
ECHELON Revealed! (Again)
A blockbuster report on the U.S. NSA’s super secret spy system, ECHELON, was presented to the European Parliament on Feb. 22. It confirmed that the NSA is deeply involved in the surveillance of European businesses and individuals. The report charges that all communications, including e-mail, computers, Internet, wire and cellular telephones are now spied upon by ECHELON. It also claims U.S. encryption software has been undermined by equipping nine strategic points of Internet exchanges with ECHELON detection software.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan rarely said anything intelligible. Ben Bernanke rarely said anything intelligent. Janet Yellen, on Tuesday, pandered like a politician in a room full of dependent-class voters. Since when did it become the job of the Fed Chairman to politic to the low-information crowd?
In a Chicago speech this week, Yellen lamented the plight of three people who are among the long-term unemployed. According to Yellen, the Federal Reserve needs to continue debasing the currency through profligate money printing because two ex-cons are unable to find work.
Yellen’s speech highlighted three people who “face big challenges” because the “job market is tougher now than in any recession.” Dorine Poole, who lost her job “just as the recession was starting;” Jermaine Brownlee, who “saw his wages drop sharply as he scrambled for odd jobs and temporary work;” and Vicki Lira, whose longtime job went away when a plant closed and another disappeared “when the housing market crashed” are “real people behind the statistics, struggling to get by and eager for the opportunity to build better lives.”
All were enduring long-term unemployment or suffering from being underemployed. But Yellen failed to mention several facts important to her narrative. Poole is a felon, convicted 20 years ago of theft. Brownlee is on parole following a drug conviction last year. Jobs are hard to come by for those not tainted with felony convictions not because the Fed is not doing enough. Jobs are scarce because the Fed is doing too much, and Obamacare is helping the Fed kill jobs. Lira’s job as a mortgage application processor was cut after the housing market crashed. The crash was a direct result of Fed policies.
“Although we work through financial markets, our goal is to help Main Street, not Wall Street,” Yellen said. If that’s truly the case (it’s not), the Fed needs to reverse course and do exactly opposite of what it’s been doing.
Thanks to Fed policies, workforce participation is the lowest it’s been in decades. Real unemployment (not the government-contrived number) is north of 23 percent and food prices (a real inflation indicator) are skyrocketing.
But Yellen brought out the cookies and milk for her speech. For the low-information crowd, that’s all it takes.
And by the way: Money printing will continue unabated for the foreseeable future. The stock market rose on the news.
Although your allopathic physician will not likely tell you this (preferring instead to vaccinate you with an ineffective cocktail of harmful agents), the best way to prevent the flu or to shorten its duration is to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D.
In his blog on VitaminDCouncil.org, Dr. John J. Cannell explains how it works.
Vitamin D is an important part of the immune system. Some studies have shown that there is a link between vitamin D levels and the risk of getting influenza. People who have low vitamin D levels may have a higher chance of getting influenza.
Vitamin D receptors are found on the surface of a cell, where they receive chemical signals. By attaching themselves to a receptor, these chemical signals direct a cell to do something: for example, to act in a certain way or to divide or die.
There are vitamin D receptors found on cells in the immune system, and vitamin D can bind to these receptors. Vitamin D works in the immune system by reducing levels of inflammatory proteins called cytokines, as well as increasing amounts of antimicrobial proteins, which destroy invading germs and viruses. This combination of lowering inflammation and increasing antimicrobial defenses can help your immune system fight infections better.
Research has shown that:
- People who get the flu are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D.
- The flu is more prevalent in winter months when vitamin D levels are naturally low.
- Taking vitamin D can lessen your chances of getting the flu.
- High vitamin D levels can speed up the recovery process.
In addition to helping to stave off the flu, maintaining adequate vitamin D levels protects against heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and seasonal affective disorder. And it also slows down aging.
The government with all of its propaganda and police power is at war with the American people.
Governments always silently make war on their own citizens behind a propaganda front so as to alert as few people as possible. The less resistance from the people, the better it is for government.
One of the fastest ways to clear the mental fog is to realize that the two-party political system is only one. Anyone clinging to the illusion of two parties will be deceived to their grave. America has become a fascist state, and the whole Congress supports the agenda of the state. Any dissent expressed by the political class is frivolous pandering. Any expressed concern for the complaints of the people is feigned and contrived.
The election process in America has become a disguise for corruption that attracts the corrupt. When men and women go to Washington, they pretty soon learn that they are paid by the Federal government and, therefore, they are in the hire of the Federal government. No allegiance to their constituents is necessary and, as a matter of fact, there is very little pretension — at least until election time.
If Americans could restore their power over so-called elected representatives, this could cut out the smoke and mirrors of politics. I think the hour is late and even too late, but let’s try to reverse all the perks that our “elected representatives” have bestowed upon themselves. To do this we must first turn back the clock to see when and how Republicanism died.
The year 1913 was a terrible one for human liberty. The 16th and 17th Amendments were ratified that year, and the Federal Reserve central bank was established. The Federal Reserve created a fiat money system of theft for the benefit of the banksters and the moneyed elites. It is designed to impoverish the people. The 16th Amendment established a progressive income tax that the U.S. Supreme Court failed to strike down. The 17th Amendment changed the way Senators were selected, taking the appointing power from State legislatures and placing it in the hands of voters. That removed the final nail holding the checks and balances the States had in place over Federal power. Most of the nails were removed in 1861 when Abraham Lincoln shredded the Constitution, stripped Americans of their strongest check against Federal tyranny and invaded the secessionist States.
The result is that in 1913 the U.S. government was taken over once and probably for all time by moneyed power.
Many of the Founders — particularly the anti-Federalists — feared a powerful central government. So they established in the Constitution that each State’s legislature would choose its two Senators as one of the checks against a strong central government.
Depending upon their point of view, Founders either hailed or lamented the fact that, by simply refusing appoint Senators, the States could see the central government “destroyed” (William Richardson Davie) and “put an end to” (Samuel Johnston). Or, as Alexander Hamilton (who actually wanted a U.S. system similar to British mercantilism) opined: “It is certainly true, that the State Legislatures, by forbearing the appointment of Senators, may destroy the National Government.”
The 17th Amendment was proposed ostensibly to correct a procedural problem that cropped up when divided State legislatures were unable to agree on a Senator to send to Washington, D.C. This would leave States unrepresented.
According to a research paper by Wendy Schiller from Brown University and Charles Stewart III from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in about 2 percent of cases the State legislatures were deadlocked and unable to resolve their differences and select a Senator. However, it did occur — even occurring in the very first Congress, when the State of New York went without Senate representation for three months.
The direct election of Senators by the people ended that problem, but created a whole new problem in which Senators are now bought and paid for by the banksters and lobbyists. It is this system that explains why the Republican elite are all in for amnesty for illegal aliens, which is pushed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and big corporations but vehemently opposed by the majority of Republican voters.
The 17th Amendment played a key role in suppressing the voice and will of the people and elevating the fascist system under which we currently suffer. There is much hue and cry these days about the need for campaign finance reform. Repealing the 17th Amendment would take the money out of Senate elections on the Federal level. Senators would be beholden to their State legislatures rather than the corporatist class which lines their pockets and finances their re-election campaigns.
We can also turn the clock back toward human liberty by doing one simple thing and that is by limiting the terms of Representatives and Senators and eliminate their Federal pensions. Also they should be put under the Social Security and the same Obamacare healthcare system as the American people! There should be no privilege associated with elected office.
Their ability to vote for themselves pay raises, their tenure and pension perks, their liberal, special low-cost health perks not available to citizens, their immunity from the laws they pass on the people, their retirement plans paid for by the government (read: the people) and their lack of term limits must all be removed. Their salaries should be paid by their respective States.
John McMullin, a lawyer who has written extensively in law literature about the 17th Amendment, believes that repealing the 17th Amendment would give State legislatures a greater say in the Federal political process in several ways. Among them, it would have the effect of elevating State legislatures from that of lobbyists to that of partners in the political process. The States would have the ability to decentralize Federal power when appropriate. It would also give States more influence over the selection of Federal judges and much greater say in the power of the Federal judiciary.
To this end, McMullin has proposed an amendment to repeal the 17th Amendment. It reads:
AN AMENDMENT TO REPEAL THE SEVENTEENTH AMENDMENT AND RELINK THE STATES TO THE FEDERAL POLITICAL PROCESS
SECTION ONE. The Seventeenth Article of Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
SECTION TWO. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, selected by the legislature of each State. Each Senator shall serve a six year term and may be reappointed. Each Senator shall have one vote.
SECTION THREE. Among the duties of each Senator is the primary duty to represent the government of their State, and in particular, their State’s Legislature, in the Senate. For the purpose of maintaining communications with its Senators, each State Legislature shall establish a liaison committee and shall specify the duties, procedures, and method of appointment of that committee. This committee shall work with its United States Senators in evaluating the impact of federal legislation on their State. All legislation proposed by Congress, and all treaties proposed, shall be submitted to each State’s liaison committee.
SECTION FOUR. Senators are subject to removal by the State Legislature. Removal of a Senator requires a majority of each House of the State Legislature.
SECTION FIVE. Congress is precluded from enacting any legislation affecting the senatorial selection process. Each State Legislature shall enact rules and procedures, consistent with this amendment, related to the selection and removal of Senators.
SECTION SIX. This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislatures.
Several readers have also sent the following bill that, if passed, would also help to end the fascist system and restore Republicanism:
Congressional Reform Act
- Term Limits. Twelve years only, one of the possible options below…
- No Tenure/No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay from government when they are out of office.
- Congress members (past, present and future) participate in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
- Congress members can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
- Congress members will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of the consumer price index or 3 percent.
- Congress loses their current healthcare system and participates in the same healthcare system as the American people.
- Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
- All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective Jan. 1 the year following passage of this act. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
- Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.
- Two Six-year Senate terms.
- Six Two-year House terms.
- One Six-year Senate term and three Two-year House terms.
I would also add that anyone serving in Congress should be banned from lobbying the Federal government or Congress at least for a period of no less than 20 years from the date of their retirement.
This will have to be done by the American people. You can imagine that power-hungry elected officials and the corporatocracy will oppose any move to limit their power.
It must be a bottom up grass roots effort beginning at the local and State level. Citizens need to force their elected officials to introduce the Congressional Reform Act and repeal the 17th Amendment. We must act now to take America back!
Nothing good can happen to America without major economic and political reform. Can you see it? The rule of law must return to America.
As was the case during the brouhaha over whether a bakery or photographer can deny service to a potential patron if doing so violates the owners’ religious beliefs, so has the debate raged over Hobby Lobby’s efforts to exempt itself from providing emergency contraceptive (abortion) coverage for its employees.
In all these cases, government is attempting to provide rights that do not exist to one group over the rights of Christians who choose not to violate their own beliefs.
Just as shoppers have the right (for any reason or no reason) to discriminate against the stores they choose to patronize (for instance, many choose to not shop at Wal-Mart for a host of reasons — from their employment practices to their product offerings), in a free society, store owners should not be compelled to provide a service that violates their belief system and business owners should not be compelled to offer an employment benefit that does so.
Certainly those patrons are free to shop at stores more “tolerant” of their practices. And employees are free to provide for their own abortifacients or seek employment at a business that provides it as a perk. So in none of the cases are the patrons or employees suffering from any form of “discrimination.”
But if government compels those businesses to provide those services in violation of their beliefs, government is trampling on their rights guaranteed under the 1st Amendment.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
According to Jefferson’s Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, government’s intruding into a person’s religious opinions was a fallacy that “at once destroys all religious liberty.”
And regarding religious liberty, the Massachusetts Bill of Rights reads: “It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religion profession of sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship….”
And finally, in A Memorial and Remonstrance, James Madison wrote: “The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man: and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.”
Clearly, if religious liberty is to remain, a business owner should be free to deny service or deny a benefit on religious grounds if he so chooses.
Now even the state’s chief propaganda organ notes the Barack Obama regime is the greatest threat to press freedom in this generation. New York Times reporter James Risen, under attack to testify and disclose a source in the trial of a former CIA officer, made this claim in a conference of journalists, communication and government professionals on Friday.
Risen said, “The Administration wants to ‘narrow the field of national security reporting to create path for accepted reporting.’ Any journalist who exceeds those parameters ‘will be punished,’” according to a report by the Poynter Institute on Poynter.org.
Global press organizations have noticed, too. We reported last month that the U.S. had fallen to 46th place on Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index for 2014. And that was before we learned the FCC intended to place “monitors” in newsrooms across the country.
Reporters themselves are as much to blame as the Obama regime. They have accepted the regime’s ground rules for cooperation and have even submitted their articles for approval by the regime.
But it’s not just the 1st Amendment the Obama regime is assaulting. The entire Constitution is dying a death by thousands of paper cuts.
In addition to its targeting of national security reporting, the regime is targeting whistleblowers at an unprecedented rate. That, and National Security Agency and CIA snooping of reporters’ emails and telephone calls has had a chilling effect on sources.
The regime has targeted alternative media with a band of cyber warriors tasked with disrupting news sites and blogs “to make postings through proxy servers and effectively use alternate identities and multiple e-mail addresses. Their purpose is to spread disinformation, not truth.” By the way, we have identified a handful of these operatives at work on Personal Liberty Digest™.
The 2nd Amendment is under constant assault from the regime and its proxies. Just last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein began another attempt at passing a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
The 4th Amendment died under George W. Bush, but Obama set the carcass on fire and then spit on it with his expansion of powers of the Department of Homeland Security and stepped-up spying by the NSA, CIA, FBI and others.
Obama’s assaults on the 5th and 6th Amendments through drone attacks and racist Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of (In)Justice selective prosecutions are relentless.
Obama has bypassed Congress and destroyed the separation of powers through his use of executive orders and regulations enacted through the alphabet soup regulatory agencies. The passage of Obamacare itself, called a tax by the Supreme Court, violated Article I, Section 7.
Yes, the Obama regime is the greatest threat to the 1st Amendment — and the entire Constitution — in a generation, at least. But the undocumented usurper currently occupying the people’s house is probably even more dangerous to liberty than was Franklin Delano Roosevelt and maybe even as dangerous as was Abraham Lincoln. He’s certainly created a divide almost as wide as Lincoln created.
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