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report by the Pew Center on the States finds that about 24 million active voter registrations throughout the Nation are no longer valid or are wrought with inaccuracies.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.

Research May Prove It Possible To Starve Cancer Cells To Death

A “normal” diet no longer consists of whole, natural foods that were intended for everyday human consumption, but has come to mean the intake of any number of processed, genetically modified, steroid- and hormone-enhanced foods. The massive health deficit caused by poor diet is evident, so would it be surprising to find that fasting may be a highly effective way to combat cancer?

A study published in Science Translational Medicine found that five out of eight cancer types in mice responded to fasting alone: Just as with chemotherapy, fasting slowed the growth and spread of tumors. Cycles of fasting combined with chemotherapy cured 20 percent of mice with a highly aggressive type of children’s cancer that had spread and 40 percent of mice with a more limited spread of the same cancer. No mice survived in either case if treated only with chemotherapy.

While the researchers do not know for sure if the results can be replicated in humans, they are optimistic.

The research indicates that fasting killed the cancer cells because in the absence of certain nutrients they don’t behave like normal healthy cells, which essentially hibernate until the nutrients return. The cancer cells attempt to make proteins by growing and dividing and, in doing so, create damaging free radical molecules that break down the cancer cells’ own DNA and cause their destruction.

“The cell is, in fact, committing cellular suicide. What we’re seeing is that the cancer cell tries to compensate for the lack of all these things missing in the blood after fasting. It may be trying to replace them, but it can’t,” said researcher Valter Longo, professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the University of Southern California.

College Course Free To Constitution Knowledge Seekers

Knowledge is power and, as the Federal government continues in its best efforts to strip any power or personal liberties enjoyed by individual citizens, it is more important than ever to know your rights as an American, why you have them and what they mean.

Hillsdale College, the institution of higher education located in Michigan that has been a historic champion of liberty, is offering a public online class to teach interested Americans about the basics of the U.S. Constitution. Whether you’re a Constitution expert or just familiar enough with the basic principles of the document to know you have rights, this 10-week course will be a learning experience. And the best part, it is free; the college does, however, ask that you provide a small optional donation.

Signing up for the course will give you access to 10 pre-recorded lectures that last about 40 minutes. Lectures and other study materials will be released by noon each Monday, beginning Feb. 20. Along with the lectures, students will have access to the same readings, study guides and quizzes that are used to teach the Constitution class on the college’s campus. Once released, the materials are available to view at your convenience.

Hillsdale has offered similar Constitution-related courses to the public before. The college doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to liberty; it walks the walk. After being told by the Federal government in 1975 that it must document that it would comply with certain admissions mandates to inhibit discrimination, the college protested that it had never discriminated against anyone and had never accepted Federal taxpayer subsidies of any sort. For those reasons the college did not comply. In 1984, the Supreme Court ruled that colleges accepting student Federal aid or loans were indeed direct recipients of Federal funding. The school, fearing more Federal meddling, stopped accepting those forms of tuition assistance. In 2007, Hillsdale decided to no longer accept State of Michigan taxpayer subsidies earmarked for student financial aid, thereby making the college completely independent of taxpayer support.

If you are interested in taking Constitution 101 at Hillsdale, sign up here.

Poll: 20 Percent Of Republicans Would Vote Obama Given GOP Field

A recent poll conducted by WND and Wenzel Strategies finds that in match ups against Republican Presidential candidates, about 20 percent of Republicans said they would vote for Barack Obama for President.

The poll was conducted by telephone Feb. 1-3, 2012, and has a margin of error of 3.44 percentage points.

“The improvement in Obama’s prospects compared to the four remaining Republican challengers stems largely from two factors,” said pollster Fritz Wenzel. “First, Obama has largely avoided the political limelight while the GOP candidates savage each other with increasing intensity. Second, a smattering of evidence indicates that the economy is getting a little better, which helps the White House in the eyes of the voters. Secondly, the bloody fight for the Republican presidential nomination — by most estimations the nastiest GOP fight in memory — has really hurt the images of the challengers in the eyes of both Republicans and, especially, independent voters. For Republicans, each candidate carries with them now some taint that cannot be ignored.”

According to the poll results, Obama would likely beat any Republican if the election were held today, though Ron Paul has the best chance of beating him. Obama leads Paul in the poll 44 percent to 40 percent, with 16 percent undecided. Also from the poll, Mitt Romney is within single digits of Obama, 48 percent to 41 percent, and has a commanding lead over Newt Gingrich, 50 percent to 36 percent, and Rick Santorum, 49 percent to 34 percent.

Australian Doctors, Scientists Fear Alternative Medicine

The traditional medical establishment fears the mainstreaming of alternative medical practices so much that a group of doctors and scientists in Australia are asking the country’s university policy makers not to allow courses in alternative medicine to be offered.

The Friends of Science in Medicine, as they call themselves, say they are worried about the increasing number of “pseudo-science” courses they say are not based on scientific principles and experimental evidence. They believe that universities would lend undeserved credibility to what they describe as “quackery.”

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, about one in three Australian universities now offers courses in some form of alternative therapy or complementary medicine, including traditional Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy.

Friends of Science in Medicine co-founder John Dwyer, a government adviser on “consumer health fraud,” says government funding for alternative medicine courses in subjects like Chinese herbal medicine and chiropractic should cease. He also believes that Australia’s government health insurance should stop reimbursing for alternative treatments altogether.

German and British medical insurance providers are also in the process of removing alternative therapies from the list of treatments they will cover.

Iran: American Aggression Is Suicide

Iran’s ambassador to Moscow, Reza Sajjadi, promises swift and hefty military retaliation to any U.S. military adventurism against his country.

The ambassador said on Wednesday that any U.S. aggression will be met with Iranian military strikes on U.S. targets throughout the world, to which Sajjadi claims the Iranians have “full access,” according to IRNA the country’s state-run media. Sajjadi said that Iran is capable enough to “teach the U.S. an unforgettable lesson,” but that Iran has no plan for pre-emptive strikes on U.S. targets.

As Israel continues to allude to the possibility of a strike against the Islamic Republic and the effect of tougher sanctions put on Iran by the United States and Europe begin to affect the Iranian people, tensions in the region are heightened.

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged his officials to stop “blabbing” about the possibility of an attack targeting Iran’s nuclear program. And over the past several days, President Barack Obama has attempted to brush off any questions about the possibility of a U.S. strike against the country.

“I’ve been very clear — we’re going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and creating a nuclear arms race in a volatile region,” Obama said.

As anti-government activists continue to be brutalized by Syrian President Bashar Assad to the dismay of American officials, Iran and Russia continue to offer support to the Syrian regime. According to Al Arabiya news channel, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard recently deployed 15,000 armed troops to Syria in order to help Assad in his fight against opposition forces.

Some foreign policy experts believe that the conflict in Syria is an opportune moment for the Israelis to launch attacks against Iran. If the United States becomes involved in Syria, where Iranian influence is heavy, many foreign policy watchers say that the Islamic Republic will be greatly weakened because Assad is controlled heavily by Iranian influence.

Russia’s willingness to back the governments in Iran and Syria has posed a major stumbling block for U.S. efforts to push its agenda in the region. The current state of affairs could raise a Cold War-style proxy conflict between the United States and Russia.

Leonid Ivashov, former member of the Russian Joint Chiefs of Staff, likened Western policy in the Mideast to Adolf Hitler’s European strategy in World War II during a recent interview that aired on Russia Today.

“Everybody should acknowledge that Fascism is making strides on our planet. What they did in Libya is nearly identical to what Hitler and his armies did against Poland and then Russia,” he said. “Today, therefore, Russia is defending the entire world from Fascism.”

Heritage: 67 Million Americans Dependent On Federal Government

According to conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, Federal spending on Americans who are dependent on the government accounts for more than 70 percent of the Federal budget.

The report says that 67.3 million Americans, from college students to retirees to welfare beneficiaries, depend on the Federal government for housing, food, income, student aid or other assistance needs that were once met by individuals, families, neighborhoods, churches and civil society institutions.

Government dependence numbers have been climbing steadily since 1962 when the annual Index of Dependence was at 19. In 1980, the Index climbed to 100, and for 2010 — the last year for which the data are available — the Index stood at 294. Under the Administration of Barack Obama, the report says that American dependence on the Federal government has jumped by 23 percent, the biggest jump since Jimmy Carter was President.

Dependency on Federal housing, healthcare, welfare and retirement programs accounts for the largest portion of the jump in dependence since 2001 — about a 60.7 percent increase in dependence on the Federal government.

The percentage of people who do not pay Federal income taxes and who are not claimed as dependents by someone who does pay them, jumped from 14.8 percent in 1984 to 49.5 percent in 2009. In 1984, 34.8 million tax filers paid no taxes; in 2009, 151.7 million — nearly half of all Americans — paid nothing.

The report concludes that the American republic has reached a point at which most voters go to the polls to protect their government benefits (dependence), corrupting both government and society’s whole.

Read the full report here.

Government Makes It Easier To Deem Critics, Tax Evaders, Hobbyists, Hotel Guests Terrorists

When you use your computer in a crowded café do you tend to shield the screen from the view of other patrons? Do you sometimes use programs that protect your machine from being hacked in public places? Have you ever traveled to a coffeehouse or café that wasn’t the closest to your area of residence to avoid being distracted by people you know as you work? When you purchase your $2 to $5 dollar coffee or specialty beverage do you opt for cash instead of credit or debit?

Well, you’re probably a terrorist.

According to a series of flyers that are distributed to local government agencies, news organizations and businesses throughout the Nation by the FBI and the Department of Justice, any number of innocuous activities can be reasonably interpreted as possible terror plotting. The flyers, emblazoned at the top with the words “Communities Against Terrorism” in bright red lettering, each have two prompts for private citizens — “What should I consider suspicious?” and “What should I do?” — followed by a series of bulleted suggestions.

Following are some of the locations and establishments targeted by the posters and the suggested “terrorists’ activities” for the venue:

Tattoo Shops

Possible terrorists might demand identity privacy, insist on paying in cash, make racist or religious comments, make anti-U.S. comments and include a group who request identical tattoos or people who inquire about the best places to conceal tattoos.

Hobby Shops

Possible terrorists may be people who demonstrate “unusual” interest in remote-controlled aircraft, want to learn how to fly large-scale remote control aircraft and purchase large quantities of paintball equipment among other things.

Hotels And Motels

A terrorist could be anyone who requests a specific room location, arrives with too much or too little luggage, refuses cleaning services, avoids the lobby when entering and leaving, parks vehicles in isolated areas and makes “unusual” inquiries about local landmarks, government or public facilities, among other things.

General Public

Many activities that journalists, citizen journalists and everyday citizens do in public places are considered red flags for terrorism in public spaces. Among them are taking notes, shooting “inappropriate” photographs or videos, drawing, using maps or avoiding social situations.

This is just a sampling of some of the information included on a few of the flyers. There are other flyers that are specialized for airports, fuel suppliers, construction sites, financial institutions, military surplus stores, etc. that can be viewed at publicintelligence.net. While the posters do include some activities that likely would be red flags such as leaving personal belongings in public squares, many people have decried the agencies’ inclusion of normal activities.

Last summer, Prison Planet began reporting on a new Department of Homeland Security “If you See Something, Say Something” campaign that involved releasing a series of videos that portray white, middle-class Americans as the most likely terrorists.

The recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act with its provisions designating the country a battlefield and all citizens potential terrorists combined with the recent push to encourage citizens to spy on one another represent a new trend that will likely affect all Americans. A report by The Associated Press names a new white collar form of extremism, “sovereign citizenry,” or more simply, people who evade Federal taxes and denounce Federal authority by renouncing citizenship.

Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, said in a press conference Monday that “sovereign citizens” are becoming an increasingly important focus for the agency.

“The thing about generally sovereign citizen extremists is that because their ideology just intrinsically deals with the rejection, complete rejection, of the constitutional authority of the United States or any other government for that matter … that when you have an encounter with law enforcement, we have seen that has a potential to go high and right very fast,” he told reporters.

The agency says that people in the sovereign citizen movement do not tend to gravitate to one specific part of the Nation and reside in nearly every State; there are also no age, gender and race indicators of typical followers of the movement.

College Students Want Nothing To Do With Government Jobs

A new poll finds that just 6 percent of college students would be happy working for a government agency after graduating.

The Partnership for Public Service, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, polled more than 35,000 students about their career aspirations. Most students said they were more interested in graduate school, non-profit work and employment in the private sector than government work.

This is the second year in a row that student interest in government work at the Federal, State or local level has dropped. Similar PPS polls in 2009 found that 10.2 percent and 2010 that 7.4 percent of college students were interested in government work.

The survey also asked students what was most important for their first job; job security came in second place, just behind “opportunities for personal growth.”

According to MSNBC, since April 2009, about 700,000 jobs have been cut from all levels of government as a result of massive deficits. The trend was only interrupted by a spike in Federal hiring for the 2010 Census. State and local governments saw the biggest numbers of layoffs.

Federal Appeals Panel Rules California Gay Marriage Ban Un-Constitutional

A Federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, violates the Constitutional right to equal protection.

The law was approved by 52 percent of the State’s voters in 2008 and amended the State’s Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman. The new ruling upholds a 2010 decision by former Judge R. Vaughn Walker who found marriage to be a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. That ruling also said the proposition “fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.”

People in opposition of same sex marriage can appeal the decision made Tuesday to the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit or take it directly to the Supreme Court, which has never ruled on the matter.

American Embassy Closed In Syria

Due to a recent surge in violence in Syria, the Administration of Barack Obama decided on Monday to remove U.S. diplomats from the country.

The State Department had requested that Syrian President Bashar Assad provide additional security at the American embassy, but the requests were not granted. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, will continue to work with the troubled country from an office in Washington, D.C., though the focus will be on working with opposition in the country to ensure a political transition.

A White House press release on Saturday denounced Assad’s recent surge of violence against Syrian dissidents:

We must work with the Syrian people toward building a brighter future for Syria. A Syria without Assad could be a Syria in which all Syrians are subject to the rule of law and where minorities are able to exercise their legitimate rights and uphold their identities and traditions while acting as fully enfranchised citizens in a unified republic. The United States and our international partners support the Syrian people in achieving their aspirations and will continue to assist the Syrian people toward that goal. We will help because we stand for principles that include universal rights for all people and just political and economic reform. The suffering citizens of Syria must know: we are with you, and the Assad regime must come to an end.

The decision to close the Syrian embassy comes two days after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown on protesters. Many people say the country is on the verge of a violent civil war.

Canadian Man Arrested After Texting Staff ‘Blow Away’ Competition

A  Moroccan-born Canadian businessman is suing the Quebec provincial police force for $100,000 after being deemed a terror suspect for texting his sales staff.

Last month, in preparation for a trade show in New York City, Saad Allami, sales manager at a Canadian telecommunications firm, sent a text to his sales staff saying that he intended to “blow away” the competition, according to The Daily Mail.

Allami alleges that he was arrested with no prior warning and detained for more than a day while Quebec authorities searched his house. Some of Allami’s coworkers were also reportedly detained at the Canada-U.S. border and were questioned because of their ties to the suspected terrorist.  Following the man’s arrest, police officers stormed his home and informed his wife that they believed he was a terrorist.  A search of Quebec’s courthouse database found no references to him and Allami was released with no charges.

According to Onislam.com, Allami says he has no links to terrorist organizations or the Islamic movement and that police acted without any evidence or research. He is seeking $100,000 in damages from the Quebec provincial police force, one of its sergeants and the provincial government.

New Prepper Show To Air Tonight On National Geographic

A new television show that airs tonight on the National Geographic Channel will examine the lifestyles of American preppers who are getting ready for a number of catastrophic disasters.

“Doomsday Preppers,” which will premier tonight at 9 p.m. EST, follows the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who have made a conscious decision to prepare for the collapse of civilization and other disaster scenarios.

The show will allow viewers to glimpse into the life of one of eight preppers in each episode:

Megan Hurwitt, The Young Urban Prepper: Prepping to survive a catastrophic oil crisis.

The show describes Hurwitt as a metropolitan party girl living in Houston, Texas. She carries a compact “go bag” with her at all times that includes a compact mess kit, survival knife, compass, flint, pepper spray, family photos, as well as a few other hygienic essentials. In the first episode of the series, viewers will follow Hurwitt as she details her plan for evacuating Houston in the event of a doomsday scenario.

Dennis Evers, The “Godfather” Prepper: Prepping to hedge against hyperinflation.

With 11 children and a growing number of grandchildren, Evers is worried about the global chaos that would accompany hyperinflation. Evers and his family have turned their Colorado farm into a portrait of self-sufficiency and have trained themselves to work as a self-sufficient unit in the event of economic collapse.

David Sarti, The Hillbilly Prepper: Prepping for an EMP attack.

A HAM radio and communications expert, Sarti is described by the show’s producers as smart, knowledgeable, quick-witted and just straight-up funny. The emphasis of Sarti’s prepper philosophy, the show’s producers say, is what you can’t buy, you make.

Learn about other preppers on the show here.

The show is part of a growing number of prepper-related cable and alternative media programs. Similar shows include “Livin’ for the Apocalypse,” which featured Personal Liberty preparedness expert Peggy Layton in a TLC special last summer, and Glenn Beck’s “Independence USA,” which aired on GBTV last month and follows one family’s attempt to become prepared for anything.

 

Georgia Overturns Assisted Suicide Restrictions

On Monday, the highest court in the State of Georgia struck down a law that restricted assisted suicides, siding with a suicide group that said the law was a violation of free speech rights.

The Georgia Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling said the law violates the free speech clauses of the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions. The court’s decision means that four members of the Final Exit Network who were charged in February 2009 of helping a 58-year-old man with cancer die will not have to stand trial, according to The Associated Press.

Georgia lawmakers adopted a law that bans people from publicly advertising suicide, in hopes of preventing assisted suicide in 1994. The law made a felon anyone who “publicly advertises offers or holds himself out as offering that he or she will intentionally and actively assist another person in the commission of suicide and commits any overt act to further that purpose.” Because Georgia State law does not expressly forbid assisted suicide, the court found that preventing advertisement for something not deemed illegal is a violation of free speech.

Voters in Oregon and Washington have legalized doctor-assisted suicide and Montana’s Supreme Court determined that assisted suicide is a medical treatment, but other States imprison people involved in assisted suicide.

 

In The Absence Of Left-Right Paradigm Is Ron Paul Mainstream?

By now, if Americans hear someone talking about that “kooky old guy with the bad foreign policy ideas” who is running for President, they immediately know that Republican candidate Ron Paul is the topic of discussion.

Though it is easy to write Paul off as a fringe candidate, given the establishment’s disdain for him and his zealous base of support, the philosophies he has abided by and encouraged for three decades are quickly and quietly becoming mainstream.

Fiat Money And The Federal Reserve

In 2009, End The Fed made its debut at No. 6 on The New York Times Bestseller List. Though Paul had been discussing the problems of fiat money and the Federal Reserve’s reckless economic policies for decades, his book brought the average American to the roundtable. In simple terms, Paul had broken down what the Fed does and why it is wrong. After the book was published, many people began to ask questions about the Federal Reserve; the political pressure has led to much progress in the way of increasing Fed transparency.

Last year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was able to carry out the first-ever audit of the Federal Reserve due to an amendment added to the Dodd-Frank bill by Paul and Representative Alan Grayson (R-Fla.).

The audit was vehemently opposed by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and the other banksters at the central bank. They lied and said that Fed transparency would devastate financial markets. Americans soon found out why Bernanke and his Fed counterparts so opposed the transparency: They had issued $16 trillion in secret bailouts since 2008 as the dollar continued to lose buying power.

Those who have followed Paul in recent years have undoubtedly seen videos of his harsh exchanges with Bernanke during House Financial Services Committee meetings. Paul was, it seems, the only Fed critic in the room back then. Bernanke, often schooled by Paul, usually sat, nodded, sometimes agreed and never seemed very worried.

But now, Paul is no longer the sole critic. Many other lawmakers are asking questions. Last week, Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, took Bernanke to task over the central bank’s failure to do anything but hurt the American people.

Support for a House bill calling for a more comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve (HR 459) has drummed up 199 co-sponsors, according to Campaign For Liberty.

Foreign Paul-icy

In a Nation of people desensitized by the fact that their Nobel Peace Prize-winning President repeatedly used drones to kill targets (sometimes American citizens) in foreign lands where the country is not at war, converted the once-covert SEAL Team Six into his own lethal public relations firm and declared his homeland a warzone by authorizing the detention of American citizens, it is no surprise that Paul’s foreign policy seems unorthodox. At some point, the idea that the President’s first and foremost foreign policy duty was diplomacy was lost (i.e., “Speak softly and carry a big stick”). It seems that for the past several decades the United States has taken to shouting while hurling twigs and stones at enemies abroad.

Paul’s foreign policy plan embodies a new (old) way of thinking: Work with countries until it becomes evident beyond the shadow of a doubt that they pose a real military threat to the United States, and then work with Congress and military officials to create the most effective plan of action.

An article by Pat Buchannan in The American Conservative sums up why any foreign policy plan but Paul’s may lead to the undoing of the United States:

Begin with South Korea. At last report, the United States had 28,000 troops on the peninsula. But why, when South Korea has twice the population of the North, an economy 40 times as large, and access to U.S. weapons, the most effective in the world, should any U.S. troops be on the DMZ? Or in South Korea?

… U.S. forces there are too few to mount an invasion of the North, as Gen. MacArthur did in the 1950s. And any such invasion might be the one thing to convince Pyongyang to fire its nuclear weapons to save the hermit kingdom.

But if not needed to defend the South, and a U.S. invasion could risk nuclear reprisal, what are U.S. troops still doing there?

When top brass military officials announced the new “military model” for the United States last month, they emphasized the need to ensure that the country is capable of fighting two wars at once. Recent developments, as Iran continues to kick sand and North Korea adjusts to its new leadership, do not look good for a nuclear superpower like the United States intent on hurling twigs and stones while shouting, even as other nuclear superpowers like China and Russia warn of implications.

The Supporters

Paul’s supporters are generally Americans worried about the future of their country. The candidate’s supporters are young, old, wealthy, poor, left, right or sideways.

The “Paulbots” who scan the Internet for stories about the candidate and liberty-threatening issues, commenting on forums and leading discussions about the dire state of the Nation are one type, probably those most responsible for the 76-year-old’s massive Internet presence.

Another group of supporters are the Constitutionalists, the group that can be taken as a whole or broken into subsets. Some of these people are vehement defenders of the 2nd Amendment, some are States’ rights activists and some just want to live in peace, knowing that the Federal government does not have the authority to tell them how to behave or how to care for themselves.

And still, there are some Paul supporters who are just coming around, possibly out of self-preservation. Speaking on CNBC, Pacific Investment Management (PIMCO) co-founder Bill Gross said that Federal Reserve policy has affected his thinking in a peculiar way: He has become “a little Ron Paulish.”

“Both parties basically have followed a policy that hasn’t promoted long-term investment in the United States and I think ultimately we need to produce things as opposed to paper,” he said, before continuing that policy change is very important no matter who is elected.

Paul may have no chance of winning the nomination, but for his supporters it may be enough to know that the debate has changed around his ideas. And it’s possible Paul will find himself in or near the White House even if he does not secure the nomination. A recent report by The Washington Post indicates that he and favored-candidate Mitt Romney may be willing to work together if either of them secures the Nation’s highest office. Only time will tell what long-term impact Paul’s ideas, or the absence of his ideas, in American politics will mean for the Nation.