United States Tiptoeing Toward Iranian Conflict

Western pressure on Iran is mounting as mainstream media continue to ready Americans for a likely armed conflict with the Islamic Republic, following a failed two-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visit to the country during which the agency requested access to a military site at Parchin — a request that was denied.

The IAEA said that intensive efforts were made to reach agreement facilitating the clarification of unresolved issues in connection with any military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. No agreement was reached.

“It is disappointing that Iran did not accept our request to visit Parchin during the first or second meetings,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said. “We engaged in a constructive spirit, but no agreement was reached.”

Top Iranian officials cast the visit in a positive light, saying that the country’s cooperation with the IAEA remains at its highest levels. But foreign policy experts cite the failed trip as further proof of Iran’s unwillingness to back off of nuclear ambitions, despite international pressure.

According to Reuters, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov warned U.S. ally Israel on Wednesday that despite Iranian unwillingness to cooperate with international demands, any military offensive on the country would be “catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international relations.” The Russians contend that while Iran must be more open to dialogue regarding its nuclear ambitions, there is still much room for diplomacy from Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France and Germany.

Amid mounting tensions, the Israeli Jerusalem Post has given hawks fodder for their war cannons with a report that the Iranians not only wish to pose a threat to Israel, but are currently in the process of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the United States and Europe.

Since 2009, the Administration of Barack Obama has imposed numerous sanctions on Iran, but the President has most recently taken a backseat approach regarding relations with the Islamic Republic, instead leaving the toughest measures to be levied by members of Congress and European allies, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The Administration likely fears that leading into an election season, any actions against Iran will result in soaring fuel prices that will be blamed on the President by detractors in the Republican Party. The price of oil is already on the rise as a result of the conflict, hovering around $106 a barrel in Asian markets on Wednesday.

Public Enemy No. 1

What country do you consider to be the United States’ greatest enemy? If you think like a majority of Americans, you likely picked Iran.

In a recent Gallup poll a random sample of 1,029 adults in the United States were asked the open-ended question: What one country anywhere in the world do you consider to be the United States’ greatest enemy today?

The majority of respondents, 32 percent, picked Iran — followed by China at 23 percent, North Korea at 10 percent, Afghanistan at 7 percent, Iraq at 5 percent, and Russia and Pakistan both at 2 percent. One percent of respondents said the United States was its own worst enemy.

Americans most frequently mentioned Iraq as the United States’ greatest enemy in 2001 and in 2005, when it tied North Korea. Iran has topped the list in each of the five surveys since. In the most recent survey, China was mentioned as an enemy more often than any other time, likely because of its growing global economic influence.

Gallup attributes Americans’ growing distaste for Iran to its public announcements of its nuclear capabilities, belligerence against the United States and Israel, and threats to disrupt the flow of oil in the Mideast.

Supreme Court To Hear Affirmative Action Case This Year

A 2003 Supreme Court decision, Grutter v. Bollinger, allows for affirmative action to be considered when public universities choose which students to admit. But in the term that begins in October, the Court will hear the case of one white student’s claim that the racial policy kept her from getting a spot in the freshman class at the University of Texas.

The Administration of Barack Obama has previously supported the 2003 Court decision that allows race to be used as a determining factor of university acceptance. In Texas, the policy calls for universities to first accept students in the top 10 academic percentile regardless of race. The institutions then accept all other students from a pool of applicants in which race is considered along with other factors, including community service, leadership qualities, test scores and work experience.

In Fisher v. University of Texas, student Abigail Noel Fisher says that she, being part of the second-round pool of applicants, was unfairly discriminated against by the State’s policy. Her lawyer, Bert Rein, contends that the State’s race-neutral policy for the top 10 already fulfills minority student requirements since 30 percent of enrolling students are from minority groups.

Affirmative action opponents hope the Supreme Court will do away with the race policy, and the issue is expected by some experts to come up during the Presidential election. Republican candidate Ron Paul likely represents the strongest opposition to the affirmative action-friendly Obama Administration.

Number Of Child Transsexuals Growing

Both The Associated Press and the British newspaper The Telegraph recently published stories about an alarming societal trend: Children as young as 4 are being subject to gender reassignment procedures and therapies.

Though research data in recent years show that the human brain likely does not fully mature until sometime in the mid-20s, some doctors say that very young children are able to determine that they were born in the body of the wrong sex. Critics say that parents are behind the children’s beliefs.

Dr. Norman Spack, director of a U.S. gender identity medical clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston, told the AP that one in 10,000 children likely have a gender-identity problem. He says that the condition exists because of differences in the way the children’s brains operate and should be addressed with treatments and therapies.

Spack authored a report that details a fourfold increase in young patients seen for gender reassignment at the Boston hospital. His gender clinic, which opened at the hospital in 2007, averages about 19 patients each year, compared with about four per year treated for gender issues at the hospital in the late 1990s. The report says 97 girls and boys were treated between 1998 and 2010. The youngest was 4 years old.

The children and their parents are psychologically evaluated and the children given hormone blocking drugs that prevent them from entering puberty, according to the report. Spack said boys switching to girls will develop breasts and girls transitioning to boys will be flat-chested if puberty is blocked and sex hormones are started soon enough.

The Telegraph reports that one 5-year-old, thought to be the youngest person in Britain with a gender identity disorder, decided he wanted to become a girl at age 3 after becoming obsessed with the female character in the children’s show “Dora the Explorer.”

The child’s mother, Theresa Avery, said that she allows her son to live as a girl because, “He just turned round to me one day when he was three and said: ‘Mummy, I’m a girl’. I assumed he was just going through a phase and just left it at that. But then it got serious and he would become upset if anyone referred to him as a boy. He used to cry and try to cut off his willy out of frustration.”

Scientist Wants To Produce Meat In A Lab

Science has taken nature out of healing, growing crops and nearly every other aspect of modern life, often to the detriment of health and prosperity; now, scientists want to grow your meat in a lab.

Mark Post, a Dutch scientist, says that by fall he will have perfected a method of making beef from the stem cells of cows, and his goal is to replace the entire animal meat industry.

According to Discovery News, Post is working to invent an efficient way to produce skeletal muscle tissue in a laboratory that exactly mimics meat. He says that he is still in the laboratory phase, but should be able to make a stem-cell hamburger by fall.

Post is the chair of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He said his project is funded with 250,000 euros from an anonymous private investor who claims their motivation is “care for the environment, food for the world and interest in life-transforming technologies.”

Scientists like Post hope to perfect their “meat” products for mass consumption, claiming they will reduce the environmental and health costs of conventional food production.

Military Members Subject To Government Job Discrimination

According to a new report by The Washington Post, the Federal government is the biggest offender when it comes to penalizing members of the armed forces who have to miss work because of military obligations.

Though it is against Federal law for employers to penalize service members because of their military service, government agencies have withdrawn job offers from service members who could not finish their military commitments quickly enough and has fired some for absences.

According to the article, in fiscal 2011 more than 18 percent of complaints about employer discrimination against service members involved the Federal government. About 14 percent of Guard members are also employed by Federal agencies, and a quarter of all Federal employees are veterans.

Climate Change And Vikings

Looking for a historical people to study that may help you survive in a changing and increasingly tumultuous world? Scientists studying the histories of Greenland and Iceland say you should check out the Vikings.

The researchers have been able to analyze how well the Norse responded to changes in the economy, trade, politics and technology, against a backdrop of changing climate. They found that some Viking societies were very good at keeping their options open in a changing world. They focused on long-term sustainability by adapting their trade links, turning their backs on some economic options and acquiring food from a variety of wild and farmed sources.

Throughout the middle ages as the global climate changed, the researchers say the Norse in Iceland embraced new economic policies and changed their way of life to benefit from new environmental factors.

The Norse in Greenland, however, failed to adapt to changing weather patterns and continued to operate in the same ways they always had. Eventually, with changes in trade, climate and cultural contact with the Inuit, the Greenland Norse society fell.

The researchers say that modern societies would do well to examine the two Norse societies, as humans having to find ways to adapt to changing environmental factors is nothing new.

Professor Andrew Dugmore of the University of Edinburgh who presented the findings said, “Our future will in part be shaped by climate change, and to prepare for it we can learn valuable lessons from how societies of the past have adapted and even flourished amid a backdrop of difficult conditions. Most importantly we can understand how a combination of climate and non-climate events can lead to a ‘perfect storm’ and trigger unexpected and dramatic social change.”

FCC Issues New Rules For Robocalls

New rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission put limits on telemarketing companies that call or text message you.

According to CNN, the rules will expand upon limits put in place in 2008 by the FCC regarding automatically dialed or pre-recorded calls known as “robocalls” and automated text messages.

The new rules stipulate that telemarketers would have to get permission in writing before placing an automated call to a consumer. Before the change, companies with an established business relationship with a particular consumer can call them without permission.

Information calls, regarding things like school closing information and flight cancellations, are an exception. They can be made to land-line phones without written permission, but cellphones and text messages have stricter rules.

The companies will also be required to let you opt out of any future calls during their robocall.

Film Documents A Year Of Eating Local Food

A film premiering next month at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, chronicles an Alabama couple’s attempt to live for a year on food grown only in their home State.

The documentary, “Eating Alabama,” could serve as a valuable crash course for Americans who are concerned about the increasingly nutrient lacking and unnatural nature of mass-produced foodstuffs.

Andrew Grace, the filmmaker, and his wife, Rashmi, declined to buy foods that had been sold into the mainstream food processing and manufacturing system. According to The Birmingham News, the couple crisscrossed the State meeting with farmers and trying to understand where their food came from.

The couple’s focus throughout the filming of the documentary was to eat local and seasonal foods, and to put away what they would need during the winter months. Grace and his wife grew their own garden and tried different things like raising chickens and hunting for meat in addition to buying local farm goods.

On the film’s website you can learn more about the project and find a blog chronicling the filmmaker’s experiences. Also included are recipes, gardening ideas and more.

See the trailer for the film below.

New York Police Stop And Frisk Record Numbers

New York City is at the center of the police state.

New York City Police Department officials say that last year, police officers officially recorded more than 684,000 stop-and-frisks — a 14 percent increase from the year before, according to NY 1.

“Innocent New Yorkers who on 600,000 separate occasions this past year were stopped, frisked and maybe thrown up against the wall. Barely six percent of these terrorizing encounters resulted in arrest,” said Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

According to the NYPD, blacks were 53 percent of the stop subjects, Hispanics were 34 percent, and whites made up 9 percent of those stopped.

In a statement, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said: “Stops save lives. Over the past 10 years, there were 5,430 murders in New York City, compared to 11,058 in the decade before Mayor Bloomberg took office. That’s a remarkable achievement—5,628 lives saved—attributable to proactive policing strategies that included stops.”

According to the statement, the NYPD confiscated 819 guns as a result of their liberal frisking policies.

Be Careful If Big Brother Doesn’t ‘Like’ Your Post

It is becoming increasingly likely that posting comments critical of the Federal government on your social networking site or blog will give law enforcement officials reason to believe that you are a terrorist.

A document released online by the FBI details a new plan to develop an app that will “rapidly assemble critical open source information and intelligence … to quickly vet, identify, and geo-locate breaking events, incidents and emerging threats.” In other words, the FBI wants to know where you are, who you are and how many of you there are if the agency determines that you may be a threat to Federal tyranny. The FBI’s new app will be similar to a recent Department of Homeland Security initiative of mining social networking sites for potential thoughtcriminals.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has been critical of the DHS social networking spy policy and launched a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Agency in late December. Among the documents obtained by the suit were guidelines from DHS instructing outside contractors to monitor the Web for media reports and comments that “reflect adversely” on the agency or the Federal government.

Willie Nelson: Occupy The Food System

Country star Willie Nelson is joining the fight against corporatism in America, though his focus is not on the banksters on Wall Street.

Nelson is calling on Americans to occupy the food system, saying that corporate control of food production is destroying soil and putting millions of family farmers out of business.

Nelson writes in a recent statement:

From seed to plate, our food system is now even more concentrated than our banking system. Most economic sectors have concentration ratios hovering around 40 percent, meaning that the top four firms in the industry control 40 percent of the market. Anything beyond this level is considered “highly concentrated,” where experts believe competition is severely threatened and market abuses are likely to occur.

Hundreds of citizens joined Occupy the Food System groups outside the Federal Courts in Manhattan on Jan. 31 to support organic family farmers in their landmark lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto. Arguments were heard that day concerning the lawsuit by 83 plaintiffs representing more than 300,000 organic farmers, organic seed growers and organic seed businesses.

The suit alleges that Monsanto has attacked organic farmers, threatening patent infringement lawsuits if the farmers have any genetically modified seeds on their land. But the organic farmers really want nothing to do with the genetically modified seeds in the first place. The organic farm community contends that Monsanto’s lawsuit threats are simply a ploy to put small, family-owned farms out of business, thus further monopolizing agribusiness. A judge will decide whether the farmers’ suit will go to trial on March 31.

TSA Voyeurs Sexually Harass Female Passengers

A recent report by CBS News in Dallas exposed yet another perverse abuse carried out by airport security agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The TSA randomly selects people for extra screening, but some female passengers are complaining, saying that there is nothing random about how they were picked. One Dallas woman says agents repeatedly asked her to step back into a body scanning machine at DFW International Airport. The traveler said that a female screener commented on her figure as male screeners in another room watched her repeatedly enter and re-enter the naked body scanner.

“I feel like I was totally exposed,” said Ellen Terrell, who is a wife and mother. “They wanted a nice good look.”

 

The news outlet reports that after digging through more than 500 records of TSA complaints it found a pattern of women who said that there was nothing random about the way they were selected for extra screening.

Following is a list of some of the complaints:

  • I feel I was targeted by the TSA employee to go through the see-you-naked machine because I am a semi-attractive female.
  • The screener appeared to enjoy the process of picking someone rather than doing true random screening. I felt this was inappropriate. A woman behind me was also “randomly selected.”
  • TSA staff “trolling” the lines looking for people to pull out was unprofessional.
  • After that, I saw him going to the private room where x-rays are, to speak to the guy on [sic] that room.
  • I know he went to that room to see my naked body through the machine with the other guy.
  • When I looked around, I saw that there were only women that were “told” to go through this machine. There were no men.
  • Maklng [sic] American citizens unwilling victims of a peep show by TSA employees using full body imaging devices is an over-the-top invasion of privacy to which I strenuously object.

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Republican Leadership Reluctantly Accepting Paul

After a Conservative Political Action Conference lacking Presidential candidate Ron Paul and his zealous supporters, some Republican leaders are seeing the need to give the candidate a chance, according to The Washington Times.

The leadership points to Paul’s ability to energize the most passionate supporters and heavy support from young and first-time voters, a segment that the Republican party must attract if they are to beat President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union said that Paul’s supporters are undoubtedly growing in numbers.

“It would be a dramatic error for the winning campaign to disavow Ron Paul’s contributions to the process,” he said. “I am a firm believer that Ron Paul has found a niche and found a movement that he wants to have a voice. It may not be a majority movement, but it’s a growing movement. So, if we are smart, he’s going to have his fair opportunity at convention, and a platform committee to have his points of views discussed and expressed.”

As Mitt Romney continues to struggle to energize his base and is met with lukewarm acceptance from most true conservatives, many people think that Paul’s energetic base of support is the only chance the GOP has for a victory in November.

1.8 Million Dead Voters, 24 million Inaccurate Registrations

It is no surprise that anytime a major election rolls around many Americans begin to cry foul over voter fraud. A new report by the Pew Center on the States finds that about 24 million active voter registrations throughout the Nation are no longer valid or are wrought with inaccuracies.

Of the 24 million people who are inaccurately registered to vote, about 1.8 million are dead, according to the report. Another problem reported is that nearly 3 million people are registered in more than one State. Election officials blame the inaccuracies on how often Americans move around and lack of communication between the States.

“If a John Smith lives in Maryland and goes to another state, say on vacation, and dies,” Linda Lamone, who runs Maryland’s elections told NPR. “The law of the state where John Smith dies dictates whether or not the Maryland vital statistics people can share that information with me.”

Pew is working with election officials, academics and technology specialists to help States improve their registration systems which the research center calls inaccurate, costly and inefficient.

The report says:

Voter registration in the United States largely reflects its 19th-century origins and has not kept pace with advancing technology and a mobile society. States’ systems must be brought into the 21st century to be more accurate, cost-effective and efficient.

The report calls for States to move away from traditional paper ballot voting systems in favor of electronic voting.

The research also calls for the United States to adopt cost-saving measures saying, “The costs of maintaining a voter list in the United States are high when compared with our neighboring democracy, Canada, which spends only 35 cents per active voter to create and maintain its lists in a federal election year—one-twelfth the cost in the U.S.”

Despite the high number of flawed voter registrations documented in the report there is an even higher number of Americans who are eligible, yet unregistered, to vote. About 51 million American citizens — that’s one out of every four Americans, or 24 percent of the population of the United States — are eligible to vote but are not registered.

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Like Sands Through The Hourglass, So Are The Taxpayer Dollars

The nanny state’s latest endeavor to save the American people from terrible blight: helping you to keep sand out of your shorts at the beach.

A new study produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that playing in the sand during a beach outing can make you sick. A report entitled Digging in Beach Sand Linked to Increased Risk of Gastrointestinal Illness — which outlines just what the EPA does with the massive amounts of taxpayer dollars allocated for its research — determines that the risk of falling ill could increase after playing in beach sand.

The report’s methodology is as follows:

In one of the first studies to show this association, the researchers analyzed 144 wet sand samples collected from Fairhope Municipal Park Beach in Fairhope, AL, and Goddard Memorial State Park Beach in Warwick, RI. Both beaches are located less than 2 miles from a publicly owned waste treatment-works outfall. The researchers then tested the samples for bacterial indicators of fecal contamination, namely, Enterococcus, Bacteroidales, fecal Bacteroides, and Clostridium, as well as a viral indicator called F+ coliphage.

The researchers also asked 4,999 people who visited these beaches about their contact with beach sand and their swimming behaviors and other beach activities. Approximately 2 weeks later, they called the participants and asked them about any diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and/or stomach ache that they and other members of their household may have experienced. Too, they asked about activities that might have taken place since the initial interview, such as going back to same beach, swimming in a pool, or eating raw or undercooked foods.

The result of the extensive research from the government agency noted a positive association between Bacteroidales and diarrhea among those who reported digging in the sand and being buried in the sand. Many of those who reported playing in the sand also swam in the water.

Not heavily noted in the EPA research is the fact that the risk of gastrointestinal illness from swimming in waters contaminated with fecal matter was known long before the 12 EPA researchers spent hours and monetary resources collecting 144 wet sand samples and conducting 5,000 interviews to reach their conclusion.

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Feds Shut Down Amish Milk Farm

The Food and Drug Administration has won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh raw milk from his Pennsylvania farm to customers in the Washington, D.C., area.

According to The Washington Times, the FDA began investigating Rainbow Acres Farm, owned by Daniel Allgyer, in 2009. The Federal agency conducted a full investigation complete with a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and a straw-purchase sting operation to bust the farmer for selling natural milk across State lines.

Allgyer’s customers are furious about a recent decision by Judge Lawrence F. Stengel that said he could no longer sell his milk outside of Pennsylvania; doing so would subject him to hefty FDA fines. Allgyer has decided to shut down his farm altogether.

“I can’t believe in 2012 the federal government is raiding Amish farmers at gunpoint all over a basic human right to eat natural food,” said one of the farmer’s customers, who asked not to be named but received weekly shipments of eggs, milk, honey and butter from Rainbow Acres and feared FDA retaliation. “In Maryland, they force taxpayers to pay for abortions, but God forbid we want the same milk our grandparents drank.”

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Obama Assembles 2 Million For 2012 Propaganda Machine

President Barack Obama is mounting an effort to assemble a 2 million member-strong “grassroots communications team,” dubbed the Truth Team, to carry the propaganda wing of his 2012 re-election campaign.

According to ABC News, the teams will be initially launched in 13 States considered election-season “swing States,” including Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

“If the other guys are going to run a campaign based on misrepresenting the president’s record — and their own — we have two options: sit back and let these lies go unchallenged, or fight back with the truth,” deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said in an email. ”We’re fighting back.”

The effort also includes a social media focus, directing supporters to three new websites: KeepingHisWord.com, KeepingGOPHonest.com  and AttackWatch.com. Most of the attacks on the site focus on Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said the project is a desperate attempt to mask the President’s failed track record.

“The Obama campaign is organizing propaganda teams to deceive voters because Americans are catching onto the reality that Obama’s record doesn’t match his rhetoric,” she said in an email. “How else will they mask the broken promises like introducing another trillion dollar deficit or the fact that the president continues to recycle the same proposals without ever seeing results?”

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Sheriffs For The Constitution

Though there are increasing reports of law enforcement agencies acting in increasingly violent, militarized and evermore unConstitutional ways, many Americans hope that another trend is also emerging among some of the Nation’s law enforcement officers.

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association — sponsored by the John Birch Society, the Gun Owners of America and the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, among others — aims to train sheriffs throughout the Nation to be protectors of the Constitution and their locales’ last hope against Federal tyranny.

Late last month, the organization hosted its inaugural convention in Las Vegas, with about 120 sheriffs in attendance. The conference was organized by former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack, a Tea Party advocate who, along with six other sheriffs, challenged the Constitutionality of the gun-control measure commonly known as the Brady Bill that was introduced by the Clinton Administration in the 1990s. Mack’s challenge went all the way to the Supreme Court where it was deemed that local law enforcement could not be compelled to carry out Federally mandated background checks.

Materials on the Constitutional Sheriffs’ website states: “The sheriff’s position overrides any federal agents or even the arrogant FBI agents who attempt to assume jurisdiction in our cases.”

And some sheriffs throughout the Nation have spent their time standing up to Federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service; the Bureau of Land Management; the Internal Revenue Service; the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Food and Drug Administration.

The Constitutional Sheriffs plan to meet again this summer.

‘Doomsday Prepper’ Star Determined Mentally Defective, Stripped Of Firearms

Did you watch “Doomsday Preppers,” which aired on National Geographic Channel on Feb. 7? Officials have declared David Sarti, one of the preppers from the show last Tuesday, mentally defective and his guns were confiscated by the government.

After seeing a doctor for a medical condition during which the man felt as if he would suffocate, Sarti was told that he would have to spend some time in the hospital. The man refused treatment because of a busy schedule. Sarti’s doctor then deemed him suicidal, and the State subsequently confiscated his firearms.

Sarti wrote along with a YouTube post explain the situation:

To a person of my political beliefs this might as well be a life in prison sentence. I can now no longer work with the schools or target practice with my guns (one of the few sports I could still do) Therefore

Prepping for me has come to a end, as everyone knows there is no since putting up food and other things without a means to defend them. I CAN NOT AFFORD an attorney and the only person who can expunge the record wont (the Governor of Tennessee) I do not know when or if I will be able to return at this time. For the record the doctor/ prick who raped me is Andre C. Olivier, M.D.

For some reason the NRA attorny has refused my case I am looking for another.

David Sarti

Lebanon TN

 

 

 

 

 

O Captain! My Tyrant!

Sunday marked the 203rd birthday of the 16th President of the United States, The Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Liked Racial Inequality

Lincoln is a President who many Americans hold in great esteem, and many take a peculiar notion from their earliest school lectures: Lincoln ended slavery and preserved the Union in doing so. This is false. Perhaps the end of slavery was a byproduct of the Civil War, but it is often duly noted that every other country that abolished slavery during the 19th century did so peacefully by means of emancipation compensation or waiting until industrialization effectively eliminated the need for slave labor. Historians have never ceased to argue whether this would have happened in the United States had the Civil War not occurred because Southern States rejected the idea of compensated emancipation each time it was proposed.

But Lincoln did not free the slaves. In fact, it could be said that the President effectively enslaved the 11 States that seceded from the Union to the will of a Federal government that today has grown into a mammoth of stifling bureaucracy.

The idea that Lincoln had any interest in freeing slaves was heavily based in rumors spurred by his Democratic challenger, Stephen Douglas, during the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates during a Senate race in 1858. Douglas focused much of his campaign on issues of race relations and accused Lincoln, and Republicans in general, of advocating the political and social equality of the white and black races, and of thereby promoting racial amalgamation. Lincoln flatly denied the charge, saying that he simply wanted to stop the spread of slavery to the Western territories and new States to reduce the proximity between whites and blacks, thereby reducing chances of race mixing. Douglas won the election, but the Lincoln-Douglas debates had raised Lincoln’s political profile.

On Aug. 21, 1858, before a crowd of 10,000 in Ottawa, Ill., Lincoln declared:

I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.

I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position.

When Lincoln became the Republican nominee for President in 1860, Southerners became very nervous. Though he and most Republicans contended that abolishing slavery was not an issue of central importance, Douglas’ accusations from 1858 stuck in the minds of many in the South. After the results of the election were known, South Carolina called for a State convention to vote on secession. Within 40 days of South Carolina’s secession, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas followed suit. The Confederate States of America was formed, and Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was inaugurated as its President — all before Lincoln took office.

Lincoln Opposed ‘The Consent Of The Governed’

In his inauguration speech on March 4, 1861, Lincoln again said that he had no ambition of freeing slaves, and he told his audience that no State had the right to withdraw itself from the Union:

I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in all the states. Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, so far as practicable, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means, or, in some authoritative manner, direct the contrary.

Lincoln held no regard for the Jeffersonian principle of “consent of the governed.”

The war to preserve the Union and forever make each State in it subservient to the edict of the ruling class began on April 12, 1861, when Southern secessionists sought control of the U.S. military installation at Fort Sumter, S.C., and so began Lincoln’s tyranny.

Violence in the United States gave Lincoln the opportunity to exercise practices expressly forbidden in the Constitution.

In 1861, in order to finance the Civil War, Lincoln signed the Revenue Act, imposing the first Federal income tax in U.S. history. The Revenue Act defined income as gain “derived from any kind of property, or from any professional trade, employment, or vocation carried on in the United States or elsewhere or from any source whatever.”

The President suspended Habeas Corpus in 1862 and, like a true despot, began to order the military arrest of thousands of critics in order to ensure that supreme power in the United States would forever be wielded from Washington, D.C., where the Federal income tax money was being sent. Federal bureaucrats have long thanked Lincoln for testing the waters of how far tyranny would be allowed to go in the United States, most recently paying tribute with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, the bill that allows for indefinite detention of U.S. citizens.

When Chief Justice of the United States, Roger B. Taney, issued an opinion in the case of Ex parte Merryman (May, 1861) that declared Lincoln’s actions unConstitutional, the embarrassed tyrant did what any other would do: He ordered Taney’s arrest.

Professor Thomas DiLorenzo in his book The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War probably best summarizes Lincoln’s assaults on the Constitution:

Lincoln implemented a series of unconstitutional acts, including launching an invasion of the South without consulting Congress, as required by the Constitution; declaring martial law; blockading the Southern ports; suspending the writ of habeas corpus for the duration of his administration; imprisoning without trial thousands of Northern citizens; arresting and imprisoning newspaper publishers who were critical of him; censoring all telegraph communication; nationalizing the railroads; creating several new states without the consent of the citizens of those states; ordering Federal troops to interfere with elections in the North by intimidating Democratic voters; deporting a member of Congress, Clement L. Vallandigham of Ohio, for criticizing the administration’s income tax proposal at a Democratic Party rally; confiscating private property; confiscating firearms in violation of the Second Amendment; and effectively gutting the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution, among other things.

In observing today’s American political landscape, as lawmakers continue to do everything in their power to take away citizens’ rights, it is no surprise that people are still taught and still believe that Lincoln freed the slaves because he cared, saved the Union because the Constitution gave him the right and that the United State could not have survived — or would have been worse off in the long term –without him. He remains the most powerful propaganda tool the United States has ever seen for the advancement of Federal tyranny.

Fox Cancels Freedom Watch

Fox Business Channel has axed Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, a favorite among American television viewers worried about the constant government disregard for the Constitution and the direction in which establishment politics are taking the United States.

According to AntiWar, ratings were not an issue because the show was one of the top-rated shows on the channel. The article’s author writes: “One can only assume it was the consistent antiwar, pro-freedom, and anti-establishment views.”

The Freedom Watch slot will be replaced with re-runs of shows that run earlier in the day.

In a press release, Fox stated: “Currently one of the leading judicial analysts on television, Judge Napolitano will continue his role on both FOX Business and FOX News, providing key legal insights surrounding the growing intersection between Washington and Wall Street. In addition to co-hosting The Five on FNC, Eric Bolling will also lend his unparalleled expertise on oil and energy stemming from more than 20 years on the trading floor to both networks as a commodities contributor.”

Presidential candidate Ron Paul was a frequent guest on Napolitano’s show.

If you would like to contact Fox to express your displeasure with the decision, you can do so at the address below.

Irena Briganti, Senior Vice President
Media Relations
Phone: 212-301-3608
Fax: 212-819-0816
E-Mail: irena.briganti@foxnews.com

Forbes: Gold Standard Inevitable If Economy Is To Be Fixed

Steve Forbes — renowned businessman, editor, publisher and head of wealth magazine Forbes – knows a thing or two about money, and he said at a recent speaking event that he has a cure for the economy: a gold standard.

According to Times Record, Forbes, speaking at a noon luncheon for the 124th annual meeting of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas on Wednesday, said that the Federal Reserve’s stranglehold on the Nation’s economic policy is impeding growth. The Forbes Media chairman said the Fed maintains its power only because lawmakers in Washington do not comprehend how it works and are intimidated by the central bank.

Forbes told the group that the Nation must come to the realization that money is produced by the people, not allotted by the government, and that government spending essentially takes money away from a nation’s people. He told the Record reporter that the Wall Street bailout in 2008 was necessary because the economy was by then in a state “equivalent to cardiac arrest.”

In such a situation, he said, “the first thing to do is keep the patient going,” focusing on lifestyle changes after the crisis is passed. “So far we’ve not made those changes.”

If policymakers had revised economic thinking, the money guru said that the economic crises could have resolved itself in six weeks. Instead, he said, policy makers used the opportunity to launch a “power play” in the form of stimulus that ultimately vastly extended the power of the Federal government.

Forbes had some good news for gold advocates. He said that economic policy makers will inevitably come to the realization that money must have a “steady value” or it will collapse. According to the article, his assertion leads him to believe that the Nation will be forced to “re-link” the dollar to gold within the next five years if the economy is to survive.