The Real 2012 Doomsday: U.S. Falls To Tyranny

The past year has been a bad one for democracy, and the Republic that once was the United States seems to live in name only. Because of the extreme abuses of power the Federal government has exercised just in the past year, the people of the Nation have been broken, discouraged and must now only be controlled.

A recent report in the state-run Russia Today cites an instructional military book, Non-Lethal Weapons Reference Book (leaked by PublicIntelligence.net) to outline the coming “high-tech crackdown” that may soon befall citizens of the United States deemed unruly.

If you have ever seen a farmer persuade his livestock to bend to his will with less-than-lethal methods such as cattle prods, whips and electric fences, you know how incredibly persuasive they can be to the animals. The U.S. government also knows a thing or two about controlling groups; unfortunately, the target isn’t unruly livestock, but U.S. citizens.

The report references one device that has already made a military debut in Afghanistan and that will likely become commonplace for domestic crowd control as law enforcement agencies throughout the country become increasingly militarized. The Active Denial System, which is described as a “long range, directed energy, vehicle mounted system that projects an invisible electromagnetic millimeter-wave energy beam beyond small arms range,” can be used as a non-lethal way to create extreme discomfort and quell group dissent.

Other military implements that may soon see use within U.S. borders include Acoustic Hailing Devices that provide “scalable, directional warning tones” causing “auditory damage” and the Distributed Sound and Light Array which “uses a combined laser, non-coherent light, and acoustics to produce a synergistic engagement system.” Other systems can completely disable motor vehicles and emit acoustic waves that make it impossible for crowds to shout without discomfort and nausea.

While many Americans deny that the U.S. government will ever use such weapons on a widespread basis against dissenters, recent developments in the country appear to indicate otherwise. The crackdowns on OWS camps carried out by police in riot/military gear, armed with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, indicate that when large masses of people cry out, no matter what the political agenda, they will be quieted by local, State and/or Federal officials.

Before the crackdowns on the OWS camps, the Federal government demonstrated its willingness to bypass the judiciary system anytime an individual poses a threat to its agenda. In September, the Administration of Barack Obama executed U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in the mountains of Yemen with a drone strike. Though he often spoke on behalf of al-Qaida, it could be reasonably assumed that al-Awlaki’s citizenship status gave him the right to trial before execution. The Administration disagrees: Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson said of the execution that only the executive branch, not the courts, is equipped to make military battlefield targeting decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.

Johnson’s statement would be less alarming if the Administration — with the help of hawkish neoconservatives like Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) — had not recently passed a military spending bill with provisions that effectively designate American soil a battlefield and every American a possible enemy. The bill gives the President the ability to indefinitely detain terror suspects, but this comes at a time when the lines of what constitutes “terror” are becoming increasingly blurry. The Federal government is currently in active negotiations with members of the Taliban, and Obama has made it clear that anyone who rejects his agenda is considered a “right-wing domestic terrorist.”

How long will it take for Federal government to decide it necessary to carry out al-Awlaki style executions on those deemed “domestic terrorists” as they sit in their homes in the United States? With the increasing use of military drones in U.S. airspace, the idea is not so far-fetched. The same Federal agencies that carried out fatally-flawed operations like those in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in the 1990s now have aerial drones and a license to kill in the name of Homeland Security. Some people may think that the agencies have refined their methods since those days; others have been following news about Operation Fast and Furious, the most recent endeavor by the Department of Justice, and know better.

Those people who do not believe the Federal government is out to harm them by breaking their will, dehumanizing them and bending them to be the subservient masses that will keep it afloat should simply take a flight. If being prodded, poked and virtually stripped naked by poorly trained agents of the Transportation Security Administration is not bad enough, how about having very personal belongings fondled, food stolen and grandmothers groped by the TSA? All are tactics of dehumanization to create subservient masses, and all are things that happened to American travelers last year.

Aside from quashing unruly masses and making problems disappear, the Federal government wants to keep tabs on the information being put out by journalists and bloggers throughout the Nation with a new Homeland Security initiative. According to Russia Today, in a new report, the Department reserves the right to collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

And while Homeland Security is busy putting together a plan to rid the country of any bad press, Congress has been working to sanitize the Internet. Pending legislation like SOPA and the Protect IP Act will effectively give American citizens about as much online freedom as citizens of China.

Some Americans may think that if they are not in the public eye, don’t regularly protest and are not members of al-Qaida, they are not subject to government intrusion. But a recent decision by Magistrate Judge David Noce in United States v. Robinson says that as long as you park your vehicle in public parking lots or use public roadways, law enforcement has the ability to install a GPS tracking device with no warrant to log where you travel if they believe you “may be involved in criminal activities.”

When the First Congress enacted the original Crimes Act in 1790, with only 17 recognized Federal crimes, it may have been reasonable to assume that as long as a person was a law-abiding citizen, he was not at risk of intrusion. Today, though, there are more than 4,500 Federal crimes — and many are so obscure that they are nearly indecipherable. In addition to the 4,500 Federal crimes, there are tens of thousands of Federal regulations. Many people commit criminal acts daily without even knowing they are doing so.

Last year was a very busy one for all of those interested in ending American life as it is and has been known. The United States that was a Republic has already collapsed and has very quietly become a totalitarian regime, complete with a dictator named Obama and a Congress that bends to his will and continually legislates in such a way that would make any totalitarian regime proud. Together they have done everything in their power to undermine the Constitution and name themselves as the all-powerful ruling class. And with the undoing of the ideas of the Founders and the ruination of but a few more checks and balances, they will effectively claim their supremacy.

So what have Americans lost and why does the ruling class have to do away with the Constitution and the rights it gives to every American citizen? It is explained by James Madison, who contended that there was no way American lawmakers could declare themselves a ruling class under the provisions of the Constitution, in the 57th volume of the Federalist Papers:

If it be asked, what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I answer: the genius of the whole system; the nature of just and constitutional laws; and above all, the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America — a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it.

Those who are working so hard to claim themselves a ruling class know that their goal cannot be achieved if there is such a thing as a population that holds dear its “vigilant and manly spirit.” And they know how to slowly break that spirit without alarm by dehumanizing populations — luring people into accepting tyrannical rule in the guise of laws claimed to exist for public safety, homeland security or the better good of humanity. Unlike Madison, they always leave out words like freedom and never discuss the great threats government poses to the people, but contrarily advise vigilance to combat the people’s threat to the government.

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul has been warning the public of many of these frightening developments for more than 35 years. Now, as he vies for the Nation’s highest office, many of his predictions have come true. Maybe it is time Americans listened to the “kook,” because those things he said would happen — predictions Americans once considered to be crazy and far-fetched — are now reality. He may be the Nation’s last hope to a path back to some semblance of the Constitutional Republic created by the Founders.

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Conflict With Iran Means More Costly Fuel

Recent reports indicate that some Americans may be paying as much as $5 per gallon of gasoline by the time the warm-weather driving season arrives.

According to AAA, the average national cost per gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.38 as of Tuesday, nearly 30 cents higher than it was one year ago and only 72 cents below the highest national average in July 2008.

According to a report by CNN, experts say there are a variety of reasons that Americans can expect to pay more at the pump in coming months. According to the report, modest economic recovery will likely contribute to rising fuel prices as demand increases, and foreign conflicts will also play a role.

The possibility of a conflict with Iran and that country’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz has driven fuel prices up in recent weeks. In 2011, 17 million barrels of oil per day passed through the strait. If it is blocked, about 20 percent of global oil trade could be halted and cause fuel prices to rise.

Experts say that the fuel price increases that many Americans noticed due to Libya’s civil war last year would pale in comparison to the price spikes that would result from an Iranian conflict.

The Web World Fights Back Against Federal Internet Control

Does the Federal government need to have a hand in controlling the Internet’s vast wealth of information via the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act? Many people in the tech industry think not, and some are using the resources at their disposal to fight back.

The proposed legislation is the product of years of lobbying by music labels and film studios to combat pirated content available through search engines and websites. The industries lobbied Congress and the Senate to introduce SOPA, which in its current form would transfer the responsibility for policing the Internet from law enforcement agencies to websites and the Internet providers. The founders of leading search engines and websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia are concerned that the bill will have a chilling impact on free speech, innovation and the free-flow of information on the Internet because webmasters would be forced to heavily monitor all content that passes through their pages to avoid liability for copyright infringement.

In an open letter to Congress, the tech innovators argue that SOPA and Protect IP will:

Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload. This would have a chilling effect on innovation;

Deny website owners the right to due process of law;

Give the U.S. Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran; and

Undermine security online by changing the basic structure of the Internet.

Though the Administration of Barack Obama has said the President will veto any legislation that “reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,” Congress has not backed down on SOPA. As lawmakers continue to try to move forward with the Internet regulation legislation, major players in the tech industry are fighting back.

Founder of Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, Jimmy Wales has called for a “public uprising” against SOPA and Protect IP. His website is joining social news website Reddit — founded by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian — in a 24-hour website shutdown today in protest of the legislation. Search engine Google will also protest the legislation not with a shutdown of its service, but by displaying a message on its homepage for the millions of Americans who use it daily.

“Right now what I’m thinking is that if there is a credible threat that this might happen, this could have a positive impact on the thinking of some legislators,” wrote Wales of the site shutdowns on his blog. “Do not underestimate our power – in my opinion they are terrified of a public uprising about this, and we are uniquely positioned to start that.”

Ohanian — in a recent video blog that can be viewed below — said that government has no business in Internet regulation because lawmakers do not understand the technology, but only understand the money that Hollywood lobbyists are throwing their way to get the laws passed.

Evidence to support Ohanian’s claim that lawmakers have no idea what they are about to do to the Internet may have been best noted in a recent report by a blog called Vice. In a recent post, the blog pointed out that the author of SOPA, Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas), on his own website actually broke the law he wrote. Smith apparently used the artwork of artist DJ Schulte, which is protected under a Creative Commons license, without any attribution to the artist. If SOPA were in effect, Schulte would likely be able to petition a court to take action against www.texansforlamarsmith.com.

According to Vice, Smith’s website went down for several hours “for maintenance” after the blog posted the article about the lawmaker’s alleged hypocrisy. When it came back up, several images had been changed.

OWS Steals A Man’s House

OWS protesters who decided to occupy a foreclosed home in Brooklyn, N.Y., are victimizing a struggling father who was working to save his home from foreclosure.

OWS protesters announced last month that they moved a homeless family into a “foreclosed” Brooklyn home. The house actually belonged to a struggling single father desperately trying to renegotiate his mortgage, according to The New York Post.

“They’re trying to take a house and say the bank is robbing the people because the mortgage is too high — so contact the owner!” said Wise Ahadzi, 28, who owns the home.

Ahadzi reportedly purchased the house for $424,500 in 2007 before the housing bubble burst and the market price plummeted to $150,000. He told The Post he lost his job as a day trader in 2009 and couldn’t meet his mortgage payments. The man moved with his two young daughters to a small apartment while he was working with the bank to renegotiate his mortgage.

Instead of helping Ahadzi reclaim his property, the OWS group reportedly moved in a “homeless family” who were affiliated with the protest movement and have taken over the house.

TSA Makes About $410,000 In Loose Change Each Year

The delays caused by the Transportation Security Administration caused hurried passengers to leave behind about $410,000 in pocket change at security checkpoints in 2010, according to reports.

The amount of change left behind by travelers amounted to $376,480.39 in dollar coins, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, plus foreign currency worth $32,605.17.

According to USA Today, passengers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York left the most change in 2010 ($46,918.06), followed by Los Angeles International ($19,110.83), Hartsfield Atlanta International ($16,523.83), San Francisco International ($15,908.02) and Miami International ($15,844.83).

The TSA “makes every effort to reunite passengers with items left at the checkpoint,” agency spokesman Greg Soule told the newspaper. Money that is not returned to its owner is used to finance agency operations.

Representative Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) has proposed legislation that would mandate that the unclaimed change be sent to the United Service Organizations.

“Allowing TSA to keep unclaimed taxpayer money for any and all purposes is an egregious breach of its duty to the public that it serves,” Miller wrote in a recent letter to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y. “This money should be put to good use, and there is no better organization to use this money wisely than the USO.”

The TSA reportedly collected about $433,000 in loose change in 2009.

Huntsman Drops Out, Endorses Rival Romney

Jon Huntsman dropped out of the 2012 Presidential race Monday after offering an endorsement to establishment-favored candidate Mitt Romney.

“The race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people,” Huntsman said at the beginning of a press conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “I call on each campaign to cease attacking each other and instead talk directly to the American people about how our conservative ideas with create American jobs.”

The candidate then went on to offer support for Romney, a candidate he has sharply criticized in the past, as the best choice for Republican voters.

“It’s now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to beat Barack Obama,” Huntsman said. “Despite our differences… that candidate is Gov. Mitt Romney.”

Huntsman’s endorsement has raised the eyebrows of many conservative pundits and voters who remember his scathing attacks against Romney. In a September interview, Huntsman referred to Romney as a “perfectly lubricated weather vane” who frequently changes direction on important issues. The two have also had tense moments at past debates, which can be seen below:

Obama Emulates Paul Policy

The Ron Paul campaign has long been saying that the Texas Congressman’s rivals in the Republican Presidential Primary make halfhearted attempts to copy his “cut the size of Federal government” message, but the campaign says he now has an unlikely imitator in the Administration of Barack Obama.

A campaign statement pointed out the attempt:

“Just like most of the Republican presidential candidates, President Obama really isn’t going to consolidate government or cut spending. But also like them, the President apparently thinks it’s important to try to sound like Ron Paul. Paul’s budget plan eliminates five federal departments, transferring some functions to other departments, allowing for $1 trillion to be cut in the first year.”

The comparison between Obama and Paul’s GOP rivals comes as the White House recently announced a new plan to consolidate Federal agencies, beginning with those related to trade and commerce. The Administration claims that the plan will eliminate about 1,000 Federal jobs and save $3 billion over a 10-year span.

The President said his plan to consolidate agencies is a part of a promise he made last year during the State of the Union address to create a leaner, more efficient Federal bureaucracy.

Obama will propose combining the functions and staff of six trade- and commerce-related agencies and offices: the Small Business Administration; the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; the Export-Import Bank; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; and the Trade and Development Agency, according to reports.

The move has been met by opposition from some lawmakers who say it could hamper the government’s ability to quickly implement new trade and commerce programs, but many Republicans have supported the plan because it falls in line with small government policy, according to The Washington Post.

The Paul campaign has pointed out that the President’s plan is little more than a symbolic gesture that will merely put a dent in Federal spending and bureaucracy.

Paul Gets Key Endorsement, Campaigns In South Carolina

On Sunday, six days before South Carolina’s Presidential primary, Ron Paul scored one of the most sought-after endorsements in the State.

South Carolina State Senator Tom Davis endorsed the Texas congressman in Myrtle Beach. Davis is a favorite among Republicans and a highly regarded fiscal conservative who is liked by many Tea Party activists.

The State Senator called former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman “a fine man” and was equally kind to Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, but he said Paul was the only candidate right for now.

“At the end of the day, when I sat down, I realized there were a lot of good people running for this race,” Davis said. “But there’s only one person, there’s only one person speaking to what I believe is the core problem of our country today. The biggest threat to our liberty comes from debt.”

Paul is currently campaigning in South Carolina where a recent Public Policy poll put him in third place at 15 percent favorability, behind Romney’s 29 percent and Gingrich’s 24 percent.

North Koreans Still Crying

Any North Korean who failed to show up or to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il convincingly enough are likely a little upset now, as the government is handing down at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate.

An unidentified source told Daily NK:

The authorities are handing down at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organized gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine.

Immediately after the mourning was allowed to stop, North Korean officials reportedly began conducting “criticism sessions” at all levels of industry, in enterprises and by local people’s units to find out who didn’t mourn enough. In addition to the session, the people of the country have also been subject to near-constant propaganda aimed at glorifying the young new leader, Kim Jong Un.

A Japanese paper reported earlier this month that Kim Jong Un issued an order not to let a single defector get away around Dec. 19, when the North announced the death of Kim Jong Il, citing a source supposedly knowledgeable about the North Korea-China border areas.

 

Newark Mayor: Turn In Gun Owners For $1,000

Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker wants people to report their neighbors to law enforcement if they are exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.

The Mayor hopes to incentivize people to snitch on gun-owning neighbors by offering a $1,000 reward for every report that leads to an illegal firearm arrest.

“We as individuals have to do something about it. So we have a program in our city right now that is completely anonymous and we will give you cash—  $1000 to anyone who calls our anonymous tip-line. Give us the information about who is carrying a gun, we don’t even have to have a conviction. If we arrest that individual and simply get that gun off the streets.” Booker said in a commercial announcing the program, which you see below.

The Newark program is seemingly modeled after the Federal “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign that enlists everyday citizens to be government spies.

 

Obama Wants Internet ID

The Administration of Barack Obama is planning yet another assault on the Internet privacy rights of all American citizens, some critics say.

The Administration is currently drafting a plan that will hand over to the Commerce Department the authority to implement an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace to be released in coming months.

According to CNET, details about the Obama Administration’s actual plans for the online identification program are extremely scarce.

“We are not talking about a national ID card,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said at a Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research event. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy, and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”

Opponents of the plan, many of whom fear this is another step toward complete Internet regulation, reportedly say that if a trusted Internet ID system is to be created, it must be done by the private sector.

Gingrich Wants To Sue Over Attack Ad

The campaign attacks are beginning to get so nasty in the Presidential primary that Newt Gingrich is threatening to sue.

Gingrich’s campaign is threatening to sue South Carolina and Florida television stations that air an ad by a pro-Romney super-PAC claiming Gingrich was “fined” $300,000 for ethics violations during the 1990s, according to The Hill.

The ad says that Gingrich is a desperate candidate who has “more baggage than the airport.”

Gingrich attorney Stefan Passantino called the commercial “a defamatory communication which exposes this station to potential civil liability” in a letter sent to television stations, according to NBC Politics.

Newspaper: Paul Supporters Young, Simplistic

In an editorial on Jan. 12, a New Hampshire newspaper said Ron Paul was “recklessly naïve” and that his supporters were essentially young and ignorant.

The Union Leader editorial begins:

Ron Paul finished second in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and in his speech he thanked this newspaper for not endorsing him. Endorse a candidate who said “the CIA controls everything,” blamed American policy for the 9/11 attacks, asserted that the U.S. Civil War was “fought primarily over tariffs,” and said it’s fine if terrorist-arming Iran gets a nuclear weapon? No need to thank us for that, Dr. Paul. Not endorsing political quacks is our business.

The authors of the piece then go on to compare the candidate to President Barack Obama and attack the character of his supporters:

Paul’s base of support reminds us of President Obama’s. Both have many young, inexperienced, idealistic supporters who fail to see through the vague, simplistic platitudes. The candidates are similar, too. They portray themselves as paragons of virtue and purity, when in reality both are recklessly naive.

Despite the paper’s fallacious attacks against Paul and his supporters leading into the New Hampshire primary, he took a strong second place to Mitt Romney in the State on Tuesday. The Paul campaign has set its sights on South Carolina, hoping to re-create a similar outcome in that State’s Jan. 21 primary.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Paul said during a speech at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport that his support is starting to expand beyond “a tireless irate minority.”

“We’re marching on. The numbers are growing. They grew exponentially in New Hampshire, and they’re going to grow contagiously here in South Carolina,” he said.

Appeals Court Upholds Sharia in Oklahoma

A Federal appeals court decided Tuesday that an amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law discriminates against religions and a Muslim community leader has the right to challenge its Constitutionality.

According to CBS News, the Denver-based court upheld U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange’s order blocking implementation of the amendment shortly after it was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters in November 2010.

Part of the amendment read: “The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia law.”

Muneer Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, sued to block the law, arguing that the amendment violated his First Amendment rights. He said the ban on Islamic law would likely affect every aspect of his life as well as the execution of his will after his death.

“When the law that voters wish to enact is likely unconstitutional, their interests do not outweigh Mr. Awad’s in having his constitutional rights protected,” the court said.

Michelle Obama An Angry Black Woman

Following the release of a new book about the Presidential family, The Obamas, first lady Michelle Obama is upset that she has been portrayed as an “angry black woman.”

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Obama said, “I guess it’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman and — you know? But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman.”

New York Times reporter and author of The Obamas, Jodi Cantor, re-touched the “angry black woman” theme in her book, writing that there was tension between the First Lady and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and with former Presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Obama denies the reports.

“Rahm is, and Amy, his wife, are some of our dearest friends,” Obama said. “Rahm and I have never had a cross word. He’s a funny guy.”

The first lady said in the interview that she did not understand how a book like Cantor’s could be written, because it does not represent how she really feels.

“Who can write about how I feel? Who? What third person can tell me how I feel, or anybody for that matter?” she asked.

Bloomberg Does Not Want His City Drinking

The mayor who said he did not need to run for President because he already has “his own army” and vast power in his current position in New York is again acting as the city’s nanny.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to limit the sale of alcohol in his city after already successfully banning guns, public smoking, trans fats, salt and sugary drinks, according to The New York Post.

The New York Health Department’s Partnership for a Healthier New York City initiative proposes to slash the number of establishments in the city that sell booze through community “transformation” grants to be provided under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

One of the goals listed in the “request for proposal” document to community groups is “reducing alcohol retail outlet (e.g. bar, corner store) density and illegal alcohol,” a planning document obtained by the Post states.

There have also been discussions of banning liquor advertising seen by millions of passengers in the city’s massive public transit system.

Paul vs. Fed, USA Today

On Tuesday, as voters in New Hampshire were getting ready to make their choice for the Republican Presidential nominee, candidate Ron Paul set his sights on a familiar foe.

In a USA Today op-ed, Paul showed that the constant campaigning has not taken his mind off of one issue he has spoken about for years: the Federal Reserve’s manipulation of financial markets.

“Throughout its nearly 100-year history, the Federal Reserve has presided over the near-complete destruction of the United States dollar. Since 1913, the dollar has lost over 95% of its purchasing power, aided and abetted by the Fed’s loose monetary policy,” Paul writes.

Along with Paul’s piece the newspaper ran an editorial calling the candidate’s wishes to audit and end the Fed “19th century economic ideas.”

The editorial calls the Federal Reserve vital to the U.S. economy:

“The value of a politically independent central bank has been proven repeatedly since then. When Lehman Bros. failed in September 2008, it was Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who played a key role in preventing the other investment banks from collapsing like a row of dominoes. By late 2008 and early 2009, banks had become so averse to lending that even blue-chip industrial companies such as General Electric, Caterpillar, Verizon and Harley Davidson relied on the Fed to finance their day-to-day operations.”

But Paul, in his writing, disagrees: “To say that auditing or ending the Federal Reserve reflects ‘19th century thinking’ is to propose that economic responsibility and transparency in government are ideas whose time has passed.”

Ahmadinejad Continues Latin America Tour

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Cuba Wednesday as tension between the United States and Iran continue to grow.

The killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran further strained relations between the two countries with Iranians blaming Israel, the CIA and Britain’s intelligence agency for the killing.

“Iran’s enemies should know they cannot prevent Iran’s progress by carrying out such terrorist acts,” IRNA quoted First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi saying.

Despite the controversy over the killing, Ahmadinejad is completing his five-day trip to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.

Some foreign policy experts believe the trip is part of an Iranian effort to build a network of operatives in Latin America to strike back at U.S. and Israeli targets in the region should there be a military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Ahmadinejad will visit Ecuador next.

 

Greece Classifies Pedophiles, Pyromaniacs ‘Disabled’

Most of the news coming from Greece over the past year has been related to economic collapse, but the bureaucrats running that country have found a way to enrage its citizens without relying on its failed economic policy.

According to International Business Times, many people in Greece are  furious about a plan by the government to categorize pedophiles, pyromaniacs, fetishists, exhibitionists, compulsive gamblers, kleptomaniacs, sadomasochists and others as “disabled.”  The move suggests that such groups may also be eligible to receive state benefits.

The country’s Labor Ministry reportedly said that the decision to reclassify the word “disabled” to include these groups came after consultation with a panel of medical professionals — and that people newly covered under the phrase would not necessarily be entitled to benefits.

“What’s happened is incomprehensible,” Yannis Vardakastanis, head of Greece’s National Confederation of Disabled People, told The Associated Press. “I think there is some big mistake. The [Labor] ministry should have a different policy on disability. The list contains major changes to disability quotients, which could effectively remove many people from access to benefits. It’s really not serious to grant Peeping Toms a 20-30 percent disability rate, and 10 percent to diabetics, who have insulin shots four or five times a day.”

Obama Compares Campaign To Revolution

This week, President Barack Obama said that donors to his Presidential campaign were like the modern-day equivalent of the colonists who fought the British for American independence during the Revolutionary War.

“It takes you, ordinary citizens committed to fighting and pushing, inching this country forward bit by bit so we get closer to our highest ideals,”  The Daily Caller reported Obama said in a campaign speech to 700 donors seated at white-linen tables in Washington’s Capital Hilton hotel. “That’s how this country was built. That’s how we freed ourselves from an empire.”

Obama reportedly did not stop with the Revolutionary comparison, but went on liken his aspirations to the accomplishments of those of the members of what is often referred to as the “greatest generation” and of the Civil Rights movement that followed.

 

Google Glitch Prematurely Showed Primary Results

Does Google know something that the American public does not? Or did the search engine simply botch an election results test-run?

According to National Journal, an apparent Google glitch displayed the “results” of the New Hampshire primary early this morning, hours before polls close.

Sourced to The Associated Press and displayed alongside searches for GOP hopefuls Mitt Romney and Buddy Roemer, the “results” showed front-runner Romney coming in sixth place behind Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman and Michele Bachmann, who ended her campaign.

The apparent error was reportedly fixed at about 7:05 a.m.