Mayor Puts City On Lockdown

Due to an uptick in violent crime in East St. Louis, Ill., Mayor Alvin Parks has decided that Constitutionality be damned, it is time to put the city on lockdown.

“There is something going on in the community at this point that we’ve got to safeguard them and keep them off the streets,” Parks said. “There are people shooting at each other for no reason whatsoever.”

According to KMOX, a number of new rules will be implemented in the metropolis in order to keep people — mainly teenagers — from engaging in violent acts.

Here are some of the new rules cited by the news station:

  • Minors are to be off the streets at 10 p.m. on both weeknights and weekend nights.
  • Minors on the street during school hours will be arrested on sight.
  • Police will also perform ID checks on street corners and conduct gun searches, and Parks says he won’t hesitate to call in the National Guard if the spike in violence continues.

Also, simply standing around in certain areas of the city will warrant an immediate arrest without question, according to the report.

There is also a new dress code in the city.

“No royal blue, no bright red to be worn by our men or our boys in this community,” Parks said. “Why is that? Those colors have long been affiliated with gang kinds of affiliations”

And vehicles can be pulled over at random for… moving.

“Vehicles that are moving will be stopped and searched for guns, weapons, drugs, and open alcohol and any other violations that are taking place,” Parks told KMOX. “People who are walking, people who are bicycling, can be stopped and searched for the same and, when it comes to state IDs, we’re going to be confirming that state IDs are in place for everyone involved.”

Parks justified police state measures in his city saying: “We have desperate times, they call for desperate measures and they call for extreme measures, things that we may not have done before, to get the desired results. You cannot grow as a city if your children are being wiped out and never given an opportunity to live.”

Alarmingly, situations like that under way in East St. Louis are not at all uncommon throughout the United States as local officials increasingly intoxicated by bureaucratic power take it upon themselves to rob liberty for perceived safety.

Iran Vows To Destroy Aggressors

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bombastic remarks to the United Nations urging the world to take a hard-line stance against Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions, Iranian officials issued statements of defiance.

On Friday, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Gen. Farzad Esmaili, chief of the nation’s air defense, saying: “We vow our enemies will not survive,” if they attack Iran’s nuclear sites. He also said that the nuclear research sites were a source of Iranian pride, adding “we will defend our dignity with our lives and blood.”

Netanyahu’s much anticipated U.N. address on Thursday featured the Prime Minister’s familiar refrain that the world must put a red line before the Iranians to show how close to uranium enrichment they will be allowed to come before they are attacked.

Some defense analysts predict that Israel will not take any aggressive steps against the Iranians before mid-2013. Others contend that Netanyahu’s tough talk against the country is not backed up by the capability to defeat Iran in military conflict without massive military intervention from the United States.

Afghan Troop Surge A Deadly Failure

It’s no secret that the United States has failed miserably in its efforts to enact positive change in the Mideast, specifically in Afghanistan; but a new military report details just how terribly flawed policies in the region have been.

Last week, the Afghanistan troop surge ordered by the Administration of Barack Obama came to an end, and the new report acquired by Wired’s “Danger Room” blog shows that the country is in worse shape than it was before the surge began.

The stated purpose of the surge was to stop the Taliban from gaining power and influence in the region, but the number of insurgent attacks has been higher every month in 2012 than in 2009 when the country was in so much turmoil that the President thought the surge necessary.

According to Wired, there were about 2,000 insurgent attacks in Afghanistan in July 2009. More than 3,000 insurgent attacks were recorded in July of this year. Furthermore, 475 attacks from homemade bombs were recorded in July 2009 compared to 625 in July 2012.

About 1,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed in action in Afghanistan since the President announced the troop surge.

With the surge coming to an end, the future of the U.S. in Afghanistan looks to be uncertain but the likelihood of the Nation ever becoming disengaged in the Mideast country is nil. This is due in part to the fact that the U.S. plan to cede control of Afghan security to U.S.-trained Afghan forces is proving a damning one, as the trainees continue to attack American soldiers.

Gut Bacteria Linked To Diabetes Epidemic

Healthy gut bacteria have been directly linked to good overall health in numerous studies. New research amplifies the importance of ensuring the friendly bacteria in your gut are plentiful.

A new study published in the medical journal Nature indicates that the epidemic of type 2 diabetes often discussed by health professionals is directly related to the lack of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.

“We have demonstrated that people with type 2 diabetes have a high level of pathogens in their intestines,” said the lead researcher for the Nature study, Jun Wang from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biology and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, in a media statement.

Researchers found that study subjects with type 2 diabetes often had accompanying high levels of toxic gut bacteria. They plan to do further research to learn whether the unhealthy bacteria are the root cause of diabetes.

“We are going to transplant gut bacteria from people that suffer from type 2 diabetes into mice and examine whether the mice then develop diabetes,” said another of the lead scientists behind the project, professor Oluf Borbye Pedersen from the University of Copenhagen.

The number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has snowballed in recent years. Scientists believe there are just as many undiagnosed people with the illness. With the possibility of a direct link between the disease and gut bacteria, there are a few easy dietary measures you can take to ensure gut bacteria health.

  • Avoid antibiotics, which kill healthy bacteria.
  • Eat a diet filled with raw foods and prebiotics, such as: fruits, legumes and whole grains.
  • Eat probiotic foods such as yogurt and naturally fermented sauerkraut to replenish healthy gut bacteria.

Israel Lobbyist: False Flag Needed To Attack Iran

A false flag may be on the horizon, one that will be used to throw the United States into full-on military conflict with Iran.

Consider these remarks from Patrick Clawson, director of the pro-Israeli lobby Washington Institute for Near East Policy:

I frankly think that crises initiation is really tough. And it’s very hard for me to see how the United States President can get us to war with Iran. Which leads me to conclude that if, in fact, compromise is not company that the traditional way America gets to war is what would be best for U.S. interests.

Some people might think that Mr. Roosevelt wanted to get us into WWII; you may recall we had to wait for Pearl Harbor. Some people might think that Mr. Wilson wanted to get us into WWI; you may recall he had to wait for the Lusitania episode. Some people might think that Mr. Johnson wanted to send troops to Vietnam; you may recall we had to wait for the Gulf of Tonkin episode. We didn’t go to war with Spain until the [U.S.S.] Maine exploded. And, may I point out, that Mr. Lincoln did not feel he could call out the Federal army until Fort Sumter was attacked — which is why he order the commander at Fort Sumter to do exactly that thing which the South Carolinians said would cause an attack.

So, if, in fact, the Iranians aren’t going to compromise, it would be best if somebody else started the war.

Clawson went on to suggest that the United States could move on to blatantly launching military assaults against the Iranian armed forces in undeclared war saying, “Iranian submarines periodically go down, someday one of them might not come up — who would know why?”

Clawson’s closing remark suggested that the United States should “get nastier” in its use of covert and unConstitutional military attacks against Iran in order to provoke a violent response aimed at the United States from the uncooperative nation. Doing so would serve to drum up patriotic American public support for yet another long, costly and unwinnable Mideast war at behest of Israeli special interests.

The above-mentioned catalysts for war offer a frightening outline of the campaign of subversion that anti-Iranian zealots like Clawson wish to employ in order to make Americans support another conflict in the Mideast. Any aggression, such as acts of terror, toward the United States in coming months will likely be blamed on the Iranian government. But people like Clawson make it perfectly clear, things are not always what they seem.

GOP Lawmakers Want More Answers On Libya Attack

On Wednesday, a group of eight House GOP committee chairmen demanded that the Administration of Barack Obama issue a new briefing about the events that unfolded in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens dead.

According to The Hill, the lawmakers scolded the Administration for its inconsistent account of the events leading up to and during the attack. In a letter to Obama, the lawmakers said that they were “disturbed” by statements indicating the attack stemmed from an anti-Islamic video.  

“Decades after al Qaeda attacked our embassies in East Africa, which catalyzed a series of events that led to the attacks on 9/11, it appears they executed a highly coordinated and well-planned attack against us again,” the letter said. “Clearly, the threat from al Qaeda and affiliated groups has metastasized; yet we do not appear to be learning from the past.”

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) sent a separate letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on Wednesday asking “how the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations could characterize an attack on a U.S. consulate so inaccurately five days after a terrorist attack that killed four Americans.”

This was in response to Rice’s assertion that the attacks were “spontaneous.”

Johnson Files Suit Against Democrat, GOP Monopoly

Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, determined to get a place on the stage during the upcoming Presidential debates, has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the Democratic and Republican parties.

Johnson’s campaign contends that the parties are working in collusion, despite his having satisfied the requirements to be included in debates, to block third-party presence at the events. The Commission on Presidential Debates and the Johnson campaign disagree on polling results.

The Libertarian candidate’s campaign alleges that the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee have conspired in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to limit competition, thereby causing material injury to the American electorate and the Johnson campaign.

“Someone has to stand up and call this what it is—a rigged system designed entirely to protect and perpetuate the two-party duopoly,” said Johnson spokesman Ron Nielson in a press release. “That someone will be the Johnson campaign.”

In the suit, the plaintiffs argue that because the Presidency is a salaried position, pursuit of the position can be treated as commerce. The pertinent portion of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act is stated in the suit as follows:

Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

In agreeing to these rules to exclude the plaintiff from participating in the debates, the defendants are conspiring and contracting to restrain the plaintiffs from participating in the electoral process.

The suit is unlikely to gain much traction. Some pundits have described it as an unprecedented move for a third-party candidate, but it could increase Johnson’s visibility to voters who are still disenchanted with the Mitt Romney/Barack Obama choice they face in November.

Johnson, in a recent interview, described his appeal to those voters: “The majority of Americans are fiscally responsible and socially accepting. I’m in that category of people – I think I’m representative of the majority of people in this country.

“Yet these people are let down by the two-party system. You’ve got Democrats that are supposed to be good on civil liberties but haven’t been so good of late, and Republicans who are supposed to be good on dollars and cents but I’m not sure they have ever really been good at that. Combine them both, and arguably that’s me.”

In 2000, third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan both sued in an attempt to be included in the debates; both were unsuccessful. The last third-party candidate to share the stage with the Republican and Democratic candidates during a Presidential debate was Ross Perot in 1992. Perot went on to win 18.9 percent of the popular vote on Election Day.

Blaming Soldiers For Bad Policy From Elites

The government elites in the United States have perpetuated failed foreign policy initiatives in the Mideast at behest of the military-industrial complex while simultaneously attempting to make the U.S. occupation of certain countries in the region appear to be purposed for training the citizenry to provide safety for themselves. For American soldiers, the sham has had fatal consequences.

In Afghanistan, the number of “green on blue” attacks — strikes by Afghan soldiers being trained by Americans (whom they often shoot in the back) — has been increasing over the past year. But rather than admit that the war in Afghanistan (Iraq, Libya, technically Syria and soon Iran) is a failed undertaking perpetuated only to continue the flow of profits to monied elites connected to the military industrial complex, the Pentagon has taken to faulting the American troops.

Over the past three years, 97 U.S. and NATO troops have been murdered by uniformed Afghan “allies.” And currently, the entire Arab world is rife with hatred for America and her foreign policy — though, for political reasons, the anger has been blamed on a ridiculous and terrible YouTube video.

Unwilling to admit the folly that is American foreign policy in the Mideast, the Pentagon has decided that American soldiers in the region need to undergo more rigorous “Islamic sensitivity training.”

“There’s a percentage [of attacks] which are cultural affronts,” Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey explained in a recent interview.

According to the New York Post, American soldiers in the Mideast should observe the following rules in order to avoid becoming the victims of fratricide:

* Wear surgical gloves whenever handling a copy of the Koran.
* Never walk in front of a praying Muslim.
* Never show the bottom of boots while sitting or lying across from a Muslim, which in Islam is  considered an insult.
* Never share photos of wives or daughters.
* Never smoke or eat in front of Muslims during the monthlong Ramadan fasting.
* Avoid winking, cursing or nose-blowing in the presence of Muslims — all viewed as insults in Islam.
* Avoid exiting the shower without a towel.
* Avoid offering and accepting things with the left hand, which in Islam is reserved for bodily hygiene and considered unclean.

For more than a decade, the United States has fought wars of futility in the Mideast. And support for American policy in the region is no greater than before. Despite the efforts to blame all of the unrest on Islamic hatred for Americans’ way of life, one would be ignorant to believe that drone strikes in Pakistan that routinely kill civilians, support for the Muslim Brotherhood that angered many in Egyptians and America’s myriad other past transgressions in the Mideast have nothing to do with what is happening to American troops in Afghanistan at present.

The Nation’s ruling elite will never admit that Mideast peace and democracy is an unattainable option as long as the United States is involved. U.S. soldiers are agents of an occupying foreign military in the eyes of people of Mideast nations. And if their behavior is any indication, they don’t like it.

Instead of blaming Islam (or, worse, the behavior of American heroes overseas), perhaps it is time for America’s military-industrial complex to admit to the public that there is little left that can be done in the Arab world, withdraw from the region and stop allowing American soldiers to be sitting ducks for profit.

Mideast: A New America

In an illustration of American foreign policy so elegantly simplified that even the most un-informed among American citizens can see that it is flawed, former President Bill Clinton explained on Sunday what destabilized Mideast countries like Libya need the most: Wal-Mart.

Amid the upheaval throughout the Arab world that has been — questionably — attributed to the discovery of an offensive anti-Muslim film produced by an American smut peddler, Muslim protesters have spoken out against the influence of Western culture. Anti-Western protests are phenomenon not uncommon throughout Arab nation-states for more than half a century.

Clinton, speaking to a gathering at the annual Clinton Global Initiative Summit, challenged Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke, who was a panelist at the event. “If the new president of Libya asked you to open a store in Tripoli, would you consider it?”

Clinton’s reasoning is that people simply want jobs, and giving those jobs would stabilize radicalism.

At the same conference, the former President’s wife and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also had a message for countries in the process of restructuring.

“One of the issues I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner, especially from the elites in every country,” Clinton said. “It is a fact that around the world the elites of every country are making money. There are rich people everywhere, and yet they do not contribute to their growth of their own countries.”

In essence, despite the idealistic lie that Americans are simply in the business of disseminating democracy throughout the world, it is not the sort of people-first democracy that is romanticized in American high-school textbooks. It is the “democracy” currently enjoyed by citizens of the United States, wherein government is run by elite banksters and corporate money movers via political affiliations. Those who do not have the connections to benefit from government manipulation are then taxed into oblivion, creating a corporate-political feudal system whereby all the players are on the same team.

This will be nothing new to Arab nation states, only the dictators will have a different, less blatant appearance. But, don’t expect to see the Mideast States of America become a fluid reality any time before the war that will eliminate any dissent in the region.

Ventura: Obama, Romney Putting On A Show

In an interview with RT last week, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura summed up the upcoming Presidential election in his own words as one that leaves voters without a choice.

Ventura, who recently suggested that he may begin preparing for a 2016 Presidential bid, says that he doesn’t feel there is much difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney because the two are simply putting on a show for voters. Behind the scenes, Ventura suggested, it’s simply all business between the two.

Ventura, a former professional wrestler, had this to say about the election campaign:

I think what you are seeing is them finally rising up to the level of professional wrestling. In Pro Wrestling, in front of the cameras, we all hate each other. Behind the scenes, it is a business.

And it is the same way it is for them. It is a sham.

In front of the cameras and the public, they hate each other and they are on different sides of the fences. Behind the scenes, they are going out to dinner together. They are ensuring their two-party dictatorship maintains its power.

There is no difference between these two. Don’t kid yourselves.

Ventura, a Navy veteran and former SEAL reservist, also decried the Federal government’s penchant for claiming to peddle democracy in the Mideast while quashing various forms of democratic protest at home.