4 in 10 Americans on food stamps are obese

More than 46 million Americans are on food stamps — officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — and 4 in 10 of them are obese, according to a study just put out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The study analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from 2007-2010, looking at the eating habits of SNAP recipients and comparing them with those of people who qualified for the benefits but did not take them and those who did not qualify. It found that SNAP recipients were more likely to be overweight and obese than the other two groups. On average, households received $275 in SNAP benefits per month (or $133 per person).

According to the study, among all Americans, 29 percent are overweight and 31 percent are obese. But 40 percent of SNAP recipients were found to be obese. And adult SNAP recipients were less likely to have a healthy weight than non-recipients, and were more likely to be obese.

The USDA found that SNAP recipients were consuming more empty calories than non-recipients. Empty calories come from three main sources: solid fats, added sugars and alcohol. Overall, SNAP participants obtained a larger share of their total calorie intake from solid fats and added sugars than non-participants. In other words, SNAP recipients were far more likely to be consuming processed foods. They were much less likely to be consuming whole foods: raw fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts.

What they were consuming, in order from most to least, were:

  1. Beverages (excluding milk and juice).
  2. Mixed dishes (processed foods).
  3. Sweets and desserts.
  4. Grains.
  5. Milk and milk products.
  6. Meat and meat alternatives.
  7. Vegetables.
  8. Fruit and 100 percent juice.
  9. Added fats and oils.
  10. Salty snacks.

SNAP recipients were found to consume fewer dark green and orange vegetables and legumes, fewer whole grains and were far more likely to consume soda than non-recipients.

Conventional wisdom has for years held that obesity was related to a lack of exercise. That meme was promoted by Big Food, particularly the cola industry, which has spent billions of dollars to push sugary drinks on an unsuspecting public with its marketing campaigns centered on popular sports figures and teams.

As I have told my readers for years, obesity and weight problems are most often linked directly to diets high in sugars and carbohydrates (which convert to sugar during digestion). Sugar consumption causes excess insulin. Excess insulin builds up as fat. Some fat will be stored in the abdomen and liver, which throws the liver function off-kilter and starts a process of breakdown of muscle and bone — causing weakness and osteoporosis. Now we have a serious problem of insulin resistance and high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. When we see the big apple-shaped middle, we are looking at insulin resistance and disease.

Obesity can be combated by simply changing your diet to raw fruits and vegetables. Those are live foods that foster life and health by providing fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants and promoting an alkaline state in the body. They help the body fight disease, eliminate free radicals, reduce the chances of developing cancer and end digestive problems.

The experts say to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. I say five’s not nearly enough.

And stay away from the middle aisles of the grocery stores. That’s where the fat-making foods are found.

Privacy on the Internet

Dear Sirs,

The very name of your website “Personal Liberty” at first gave me a refreshing hope to talk about the things we have valued as a country with those that still value our heritage. My concern, now, is in order to make a commentary I have to put myself in the position of revealing personal information and personal information of friends and contacts in order to make a commentary. I feel I have contributions to make. However, is my contribution, at the expense of revealing personal information of myself and of friends and contacts? So, I ask is “Personal Liberty” at the expense of “Privacy”.

Please, tell me straight and honestly is “Personal Liberty” at the expense of “Privacy”?

No name given

Dear No name,

You can comment on Personal Liberty articles by creating a Disqus account that does not require you to reveal “personal information and personal information of friends and contacts in order to make a commentary.”

But I have to ask you, you have a Yahoo email account and you are concerned about “privacy?” You have a Facebook account and you are concerned about “privacy?” I suggest you read the “Privacy Policy” for both Yahoo and Facebook and see what information they have been collecting on you. I’m sorry to tell you that you long ago surrendered your privacy.

Best wishes,

Bob

America is a food stamp nation

The gospel according to Wall Street, the White House and propaganda media is that the U.S. economy is recovering just fine.

Last week, happy-faced talking heads told us that unemployment was down to 5.4 percent — the lowest rate since May 2008 — even while the number of Americans not in the labor force climbed to a record 93,194,000. The Labor Force Participation Rate (the percent of people 16 years old and older eligible to work) stands at 62.8 percent. Still, government men dutifully claim all is well, that the stock market is bullish. Now the Fed is talking about raising interest rates.

Yet as of January 2015, the number of Americans receiving food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, had topped 46 million for 41 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Every month now for more than three years, going back to September 2011, 14.5 percent of the American population received food stamps.

In the Great Depression, long bread lines of hungry people waiting hours to get a meager bite to eat were visible reminders to everyone of the country’s economic pain. This went on while, thanks to FDR’s Agriculture Adjustment Act; farmers were paid to slaughter livestock, burn crops and leave their land fallow in order to prop up farm prices.

Today’s digital bread lines are invisible and easy to ignore. Food stamps are today’s soup kitchens. Most Americans are totally unaware of their magnitude. But they are real.

So in an economy that is supposedly percolating along nicely, the government still spends $6 billion a month to keep U.S. citizens from starving? It doesn’t make sense that in a prosperous country, participation in the food stamp program has ballooned 1,517 percent since 1969. When something doesn’t make sense, usually government is involved.

Even though jobless claims and the unemployment rate reported by the government are down, the Labor Department’s figures are based only on people receiving unemployment benefits. When those benefits run out, a person is no longer counted as unemployed by Uncle Scam, even though he or she still doesn’t have a job. Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, has called the official unemployment reports “a Big Lie.”

A truer picture of actual unemployment counts not only the short-term unemployed, but also the short-term and long-term “discouraged” workers — those who have given up looking for work. That unemployment rate is 23 percent, according Shadowstats.com. That number rivals the heights of the Great Depression.

Children and the elderly once were the main beneficiaries of the food stamp program, but now working-age adults make up the majority. High school graduates are the largest group at 37 percent. But since 1980, workers with some college training have been the fastest-growing component of the recipient base, now with 28 percent of them having some college, compared to only 8 percent 35 years ago.

In fact, the majority of American families on public assistance — including food stamps, Medicaid, Temporary Aid to Needy Families and the earned income tax credit — have at least one full-time worker. More than half (56 percent) are working families. And 60 percent of food stamp recipients who are of working age and not disabled were employed while receiving the benefits, according to the Census Bureau.

A recent study by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education reports that persistent low wages costs the taxpayers $153 million in public assistance every year to make up the slack. Some think tankers blame it on robots and overseas sweatshops, as automation and outsourcing to other countries with cheaper labor removes available jobs for the people at home.

But the real culprit is government tax policy and faux “free trade” deals that give multinational corporations breaks and incentives to take their manufacturing jobs to other countries, while burdensome regulation, high taxes and Obamacare destroy jobs that would be created by U.S. small businesses.

There is collusion between the globalists in government and the large multinational corporations to destroy the middle class and turn America into a Third World backwater of government dependents. This policy is endorsed by the leaders of both political parties.

Everything done in the District of Criminals is to the benefit of the large corporations and to grow government. Just look at the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership deal — at least what you can see of it, as it’s shrouded in secrecy — which Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) claims would let foreign firms challenge U.S. laws, potentially overruling those laws and costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars in fines. And which Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) claims will undermine U.S. sovereignty. And which Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) claims contains a “living agreement,” which is language allowing the treaty to be changed by the president after Congress approves it.

When you have such diametrically opposed politicians agreeing that a treaty is bad because it gives such breaks to large corporations and benefits to government, the deal has to be suspect.

Washington prints large sums of money to hand to corporations in the form of corporate welfare. And it jiggers the tax code and passes so-called “free trade” laws to make it more profitable for them to outsource American manufacturing jobs. All the while, it imports millions of aliens — legally and illegally — to flood the market with workers content with slave wages. Obamacare is causing small businesses to close or to cut employees and hours in order to avoid complying with its mandates.

These policies drive up unemployment and drive down wages. Meanwhile, government food stamp recruiters have quotas of 150 signups per month. The program has an advertising budget of $41 million per year; and advertising extends across the border into Mexico, explaining how illegals can sign up for the system. And eligibility requirements are constantly being eased in order to grow the rolls of dependents.

And ever since the New Deal, the government has manipulated prices and production of farm products. This has created artificially inflated food prices and cost consumers trillions of dollars by forcing them to pay higher-than-market prices for food and surrender ever increasing sums of their wealth to taxes and inflation.

And then there is the rapid rise of acceptance by the American people of government dominance in our lives. The people no longer shrink from a handout from Uncle Scam, and the stigma once attached to doing so is fading. In fact, we have reached a time in America where most people consider handouts from government as something that they deserve as a right rather than a privilege because of their financial hardship or unemployment.

This attitude will be very bad when the food stamp system fails, as it surely will when the worthless paper money system collapses.

There are now several generations of people who have only known government handouts for their income. They depend upon government for their food, housing, transportation, entertainment and healthcare. This is part of the national collectivism designed and perpetrated by politicians on both sides of the aisle … the “creeping fascism” move from a benevolent to full totalitarianism. Only it’s not just creeping anymore, it’s up to at least a fast walk and getting quicker by the day.

The elected class and the bureaucratic enablers hold themselves up as paragons of virtue whose chief aim is to serve the public interest. History has shown that when governments act to “protect the people,” as often as not, death, destruction and dependency result.

[Editor’s note: I go much more in depth into this problem and tell you everything you need to know – and what you can do about it – in the upcoming month’s issue of The Bob Livingston Letter™. To subscribe and get immediate access, go here now.]

How the ‘law and order’ crowd surrenders its liberties

TNS/Six police officers are facing charges in relation to the death of Freddie Gray.

The “law and order” crowd has to engage in great contortions of logic to justify the surrendering of liberties, but it does so eagerly.

Members of the “law and order” crowd devalue life based on prejudices and propaganda. They complain and clamor for protection against government abuses against themselves but endorse (or at least abide) government abuses on people who are “different.”

This attitude stems from the faux “war on drugs” and class warfare propaganda. “Class warfare” is a code word for “race warfare,” and it promotes racism and bigotry. It’s a tool employed by the elites to create a chasm between the people, and it’s been very successful.

Freddie Gray had it coming. After all, he ran from the cops. He had a record. He was carrying a knife, so obviously he was up to no good. Who cares if the police violated policy and left him to bounce around inside a van for almost an hour? What’s the difference if they failed to render him aid when he complained of injuries. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

These are all reflective of comments from the “law and order” crowd posted on articles about Gray. They have the same theme. Submit. Submit to authority. Just give up your rights and submit. It’s all about submission. If you’re not up to something, you would just submit. Don’t submit, you’re up to no good. Up to no good and get abused by the cops, you deserved it. Die in the process? Well, that’s one less thug in the world. Forget about it. The police have a tough job, don’t you know?

All Freddie Gray did was run. Running is not a crime. He may have done it in a suspicious manner, but it’s still not a crime. He was carrying a knife that may or may not have been “legal” under state or municipal law. But he had committed no crime so the search that revealed the knife violated his 4th Amendment rights. And if the weapon he was carrying was “illegal,” then that is only because someone or someones conceived an arbitrary set of standards of legality in violation of the 2nd Amendment which says, “… shall not be infringed.”

To get to the heart of the matter, Gray’s rights were violated and then he died in state custody, either through abuse or neglect. But the “law and order” crowd don’t seem to care.

Baltimore police has a history of violating people’s rights. Gray had a history with police. Perhaps there is a connection.

An investigation by the Baltimore Sun last fall found the city has paid $5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits filed by people beaten and abused by the city’s LEOs (legally entitled to oppress). In that time, there were 102 court judgments and settlements related to allegations of civil rights violations and constitutional violations such as assault, false arrest and false imprisonment.

Some of the abused would fall in the “law and order” crowd’s definition of “thugs” who “had it coming.” Some, but not all.

In endorsing or even abiding abusive police behavior and rights violations against those the “law and order” crowd deem undesirable, the “law and order” crowd is endorsing the surrender of its own rights. For if the state, its enforcers or the crowd can determine that one man has no rights, then no one has them.

And remember who is considered undesirable by the current regime: the liberty crowd, the Christian and the individualist.

Hello. We’re from the government, and we’re here to …

(I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ in 1969. The following is an article I wrote for the May 1999 issue. With Hillary Clinton having kicked off her latest bid to raise cash hand over fist in an effort to convince the American sheeple that she’s not the corrupt and criminal opportunist that evidence shows her to be but instead is presidential material, I thought it time to dip into the way-back machine and remind readers of what the Clinton presidency was like and what another one would be like. Note the Clinton connection — and GOP compliance — to the assaults on liberty and free communication that were going on 16 years ago.)

One of my hot buttons is government control over responsible individuals, which means the destruction of freedom. Several months ago I reported to you how the U.S. Government is seeking to install a “clipper chip” on all high-tech communications equipment, from computers to phones, to enable it to eavesdrop on you anytime it chooses. This development was so shocking that many people simply didn’t believe me, until FBI director and Bill Clinton lackey Louis Freeh testified before Congress that this Big Brother technique is exactly what the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking.

Further, Freeh asked Congress to “require everyone who encrypts data to use technology that permits law enforcers to break the code.” Encryption is a standard high-tech communications procedure for protecting personal and business secrets. Freeh also asked for increased wiretapping authority without first having to get a warrant in court. The Washington Times summarized these developments:

“Mr. Freeh’s plan would expand the FBI’s eavesdropping ability by building a component into every word-processing program, every e-mail program, and all web browsers that would enable law enforcement to access our information without a warrant and without our knowledge. In addition, he is asking that all computer software have a secret back door for government access to your most private computer files and e-mails. Even your Internet provider would be required to notify law enforcement of any behavior that might be considered criminal. That would, of course, require them to snoop into your files. Of course, both cases, wiretapping and computer snooping, require encryption to carry out.”

The Republican House committee then voted 45-1 in favor of Clinton’s and Freeh’s proposal to become federal law.

The justification for such government intrusion was the usual mantra of “national security” — the same “national security,” mind you, behind those perpetual invasions of godforsaken perpetual war zones and sovereign nations on the other side of the world (Iraq, Somalia, Yugoslavia, etc.). The government’s domestic war on the Fourth Amendment is the ultimate hypocrisy, coming at a time when it was/is selling and giving away the nation’s most precious national security secrets to communist Red China and Israel (which has cooperated with the Red Chinese in acquiring U.S. secrets).

Now comes word that these efforts were part of a U.S. Government and Clinton Administration conspiracy to strip Americans of their rights and liberties. According to a newly declassified FBI report, Attorney General Janet “Waco” Reno and convicted Whitewater felon and Clinton buddy Webster Hubbell were put in charge of the encryption breaking and wiretapping “clipper chip” project. The FBI began planning the venture in 1992, based on what they described as the “exploitable feature” of the chip, which would permit the government to intercept and decode communications. On June 30, 1993, the FBI, DOJ Associate Attorney General Hubbell, and the National Security Council met to plan their strategy for legislation.

Reno ordered Hubbell to oversee the National Security Agency (NSA) for clipper chip project development. DOJ joined with then National Security Council (NSC) advisor George Tenet and then CIA Director John Deutch in the project. Current NSC advisor, Samuel Berger, once a registered foreign agent for communist Red China, has been implicated in permitting the Red Chinese to steal U.S. nuclear secrets. Tenet has since become CIA director. Here we have proof that the Department of Justice has been nothing more than a front group for the Clinton criminal syndicate. Hubbell attended NSA clipper chip project meetings with White House lawyers Vince Foster and Bernie Nussbaum. Nussbaum was eventually forced out of his position after lying to a congressional investigative committee looking into the numerous Clinton scandals. You know what happened to Foster.

According to WorldNetDaily.com, the FBI document proposed that “prime targets for monitoring would be foreign governments, banks, corporations, and individuals opposing the Clinton administration.” The government would use “key recovery” to secretly enter into computers, files, phone conversations, etc. Agents assigned to this duty would be licensed by the Commerce Department, at former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown’s insistence. Commerce was headquarters for John Huang and communist Red China’s U.S. spy operations and was also used by Brown for selling foreign trade mission positions to corporate big-wigs, among other activities under investigation at the time of his death in a Commerce plane crash. Also killed was undersecretary Charles Meissner and a handful of international bankers. Pittsburgh newspaperman Christopher Ruddy claimed that Brown and others were still alive after the crash and were executed, mafia style. Brown had, after all, threatened to “take everyone with me” if he were indicted.

Huang was a chief fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, responsible for obtaining White House meetings for Clinton with Red Chinese military officials and gun runners. He was briefed 37 times by the CIA on encryption communications.

WorldNetDaily.com reports, “Immediately after each briefing, Huang would walk across the street to the Lippo/Stephens Group and make long distance calls and send faxes to points unknown.” Lippo boss James Riady, of Chinese descent, is a Clinton backer and a former intern with the Arkansas-based Stephens Group, also responsible for paying Hubbell $100,000 shortly after Hubbell’s resignation from DOJ. Hubbell has taken the Fifth Amendment in refusing to testify about this suspected hush money payoff.

The Clinton-Hubbell-National Security Agency-Red Chinese connection goes back at least to the 1980s, when Hillary Clinton and Hubbell worked on a NSA project for a Rose law firm client. That client was Systematics of Arkansas, a company that was owned by Riady partner Jackson Stephens. Later, in the White House, Mrs. Clinton fired the Presidential Travel Office staff and contracted all travel with Wide World Travel of Arkansas, which was owned by the Lippo group. As a student and young attorney, Hillary Clinton had always been active in communist front groups such as the National Lawyers Guild and the Institute for Policy Studies. We now know that it is quite appropriate that when the Clintons took their famous trip to Red China, Mrs. Clinton was photographed disembarking from Air Force One in Beijing in dramatic fashion, dressed head to foot in a bright, flowing solid red dress. The Clintons were home.

High-tech communications has been touted as a revolution in freedom. Not if the U.S. Government has anything to do with it. The Clinton syndicate has demonstrated time and again how easy it is to manipulate the government in ways that destroy your freedoms. Imagine how many other tyrants are lurking there, in their little socialist kingdoms, waiting to take advantage of you. Remember, they’re from the government, and they think that’s what they’re there for, to “help you.”

Whither Miriam Carey?

Likely when you hear the names of Eric Garner, Walter Scott and Freddie Gray, you recognize they are victims who died at the hands of overzealous or negligent police officers. But do you remember Miriam Carey?

Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist, unarmed and driving away from police with her 13-month-old daughter in the car, was shot in the back and head by Capitol Police and Secret Service officers on Oct. 3, 2013. Congressweasels took to the floor of the House and Senate later that day to praise the “bold” actions of police officers who essentially murdered an unarmed woman as she drove away from them.

The official story is that Carey, for some reason as yet unfathomed, attempted to ram through a barrier at a White House guard post. LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) fearing for their lives and the lives of the White House’s occupants, opened a barrage of gunfire into her car after she tried to crash a barrier, run over a Secret Service agent and gain access to the White House. They tried to paint her as suicidal and hinted she had links to terrorism. This is how the mainstream media reported it the next day.

But the facts, according to documents obtained by WND.com through a Freedom of Information Act request, seem to paint a much different story.

Those documents — and some photographic evidence — seem to indicate that not only did Carey not attempt to crash onto White House grounds, she was doing her dead level best to get away from the mistake she made when she took a wrong turn.

But it’s apparent Capitol Hill police have no intention of getting to the bottom of the incident. Worse, there appears to be a cover-up underway.

WND reported, “[I]n the police report obtained by WND, there was no analysis of what happened to Carey or why she was shot.

“There also was no analysis, or even discussion, of why criminal charges (against officers involved in the shooting) were not warranted.”

That’s likely because Capitol Police at least violated department protocol — and rulings by the Supreme Court on the use of deadly force — barring them from shooting into fleeing vehicles.

According to witness statements and a photograph provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office, after making a wrong turn into a driveway at the White House, Carey immediately tried to turn around and drive away. An off-duty Secret Service agent tried to block her exit with a moveable barrier called a bicycle rack. When she tried to drive around it, he moved it again in front of her, causing her to strike the gate and knock the man to the ground. It was on this basis, apparently, that the call went out “for a black Infinity (sic) with Connecticut (plates) that had just rammed barriers that protected the White House.”

The four officers who shot her were not named in the documents WND received, nor were there statements included from them. But the documents indicate statements were taken from the three LEOs involved but not the Secret Service agent.

The documents WND received were heavily redacted. There were no photos included, nor was there video from the 90 or so cameras positioned to see portions of the incident, nor were there transcripts from radio transmissions during the incident. Of 74 witness statements taken, only 34 were provided to WND, and some of those were blank.

It’s apparent that exactly what happened that day will never be known if the LEOs have their way. And that is the plan. The Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police, Secret Service and Department of Justice have conspired to cover it up, and the MSM have provided an assist by reporting the obligatory initial day’s trope and bromides from the “officials” and then letting Carey fade from memory.

This is standard protocol, as I told you in “There is a real war on Americans.” Police kill and maim almost without consequence. The simple act of obtaining state sanction and donning a badge and uniform grants LEOs the power over life and death, almost without limits.

Yes, in Baltimore, six officers have been charged in Gray’s death. Most of the “law and order” conservative crowd are claiming the officers are being railroaded. Perhaps, given the haste at which the “investigation” was conducted.

But consider this: Had six members of street gang corralled an innocent man for no apparent reason, trussed him and thrown him into the back of a van where he received a partially severed spinal column and died from the injuries without anyone in the gang attempting to render him aid, the “law and order” crowd would have endorsed murder charges against the gang.

What about the badge and uniform grants LEOs immunity from murder in the eyes of the majority of people? They’ve been fed years of propaganda.

For police, the motto “To protect and serve,” is really all about protecting government and their own gang and serving the state as revenue collectors and enforcers. Americans are increasingly coming to realize this.

Government admits it has overdosed children on fluoride

Last week, the government admitted it overdosed American children on fluoride.

Citing studies showing that 2 out of 5 adolescents had tooth streaking, spottiness or pitting (i.e., fluoride poisoning), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reduced its guidelines for municipal water supplies to 0.7 milligrams per liter from 1.2 mg per liter.

For many years, I have been warning readers that the government was waging war on American people through fluoride poisoning. Sodium fluoride is added to most American drinking water under government fiat. American dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste, though they recommend infant formula be made from fluoride-free water. The CDC calls fluoride one of the “ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.”

They don’t tell you it’s a poisonous pesticide. This is what dental fluorosis — fluoride poisoning — looks like.

Fluoride is a developmental neurotoxin that causes brain defects. It’s also an industrial waste so toxic that were you or I dumping it into lakes and streams we would be arrested for dumping hazardous toxic waste. But municipal water suppliers are recommended to dump it into the water supply.

Studies have shown fluoride increases cancer risk, reduces IQs in children, causes arthritis symptoms and is an endocrine disrupter. A World Health Organization study conducted from 1978 to 1992 showed that Americans living in areas where drinking water was treated with what the Environmental Protection Agency deemed was “optimal” levels had increased risk of cancer in 23 different areas of the body. Male children exposed to high levels of fluoride may have a 546 percent increased risk of developing osteosarcoma later in life, according research conducted at Harvard.

Now that the government has admitted that for years it has poisoned American children and ruined their teeth, will it hold itself responsible? When pigs fly!

Chinese researchers have determined that selenium supplementation is a valuable tool against fluoride toxicity. Other research has shown that selenium has halted damage to the liver, kidneys, hearts and brains of lab animals. One study showed that selenium also increased the rate at which fluoride was eliminated from the body.

Supplementation of up to 100 to 200 micrograms is recommended by many natural health professionals. The National Institute of Health’s upper tolerance limit is 400 micrograms.

You should take a selenium supplement, use only non-fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes, and use filters to remove fluoride from drinking and cooking water to greatly decrease your chances for developing cancer and myriad other diseases.

The government’s war on Christianity

The number one goal of all governments is to control and dominate their own citizens. The more deceptively it can be done, the more complete and long-lasting the tyranny.

I have been telling you for many years that the face of modern tyranny is benevolent totalitarianism. Police state totalitarianism went out with World War II. The “Gestapo” knock at the door in the middle of the night and barbed-wire detainment camps are history, though there are steps in place to recreate them here via FEMA resettlement camps. Benevolent totalitarianism is an advanced stage of people control through mind control and mass psycho-political manipulation.

The individual (individualist) is an enemy of the state. Therefore individuality must be removed. So the individual and the nuclear family, which is an individual and sovereign unit, are under attack.

Stop here, dear reader, if you are offended by the politically incorrect. This column will surely distress your sensibilities. If you read on you are in for some uncomfortable but Godly truths.

Government is attacking the individual and family unit in a myriad of ways: through social programs, class warfare and altruism, which is selfless self-denial to the point of literal self-sacrifice for a myth called society, and propaganda.

Social welfare programs are destructive to the individual and the family unit because they absolve the parents of their parental responsibilities and promote dependency on government. There are now “families” that for two or three generations have been wards of the state. Many if not most of them are without a male head of household. They depend upon the state to provide their sustenance, their housing, their transportation, their healthcare and their entertainment. They know nothing of individuality or personal responsibility. Their provider is the state, and the state is their god. It is 21st Century Baal worship.

Class warfare is a code word for race warfare and it promotes racism and bigotry. Government panders to minorities with extravagant subsidies and racism. Minorities respond because they are conditioned to do so. Subsidies and racism are subtle forms of economic warfare between the middle class and minorities. All is a masquerade for the benefit of a wicked political system.

Who are minorities? They are, of course, racial minorities, but there are a whole lot more. There are homosexual minorities, feminist minorities, political minorities, religious minorities, low wage minorities and all the minorities whose issues dominate the news cycles. For more on this read, “Lawyers and minorities love socialism.”

Public policy is molded on these manipulated minority influences, all contributing to the power and collectivism of government. This is all an invisible charade, an organism, with a totally different and opposite orientation to individual liberty and Christianity. It is in reality New Age slavery, a benevolent totalitarianism, an illusion of freedom.

One can always identify minority special interests simply because they welcome government intervention and intrusion (socialism) as a net for perceived social inequality, poverty and underachievement. Guilt manipulation and all manner of charades are used to force social and economic equality where none is earned.

Because of perceived social, cultural, racial and psychic inferiority, minorities desire to parasite on government force and socialism to subvert those they envy and wish to imitate.

They could never succeed except for the very sophisticated propaganda of altruism.

Altruism is the very foundation of statist propaganda that the individual must place his interests, including his property, beneath the “need” of the collective (state). It is a deceptive ploy by government to play upon Christian values of service and servitude as taught by Jesus Christ. But it is not service to benefit others — as Christ taught — that the state seeks, but service and sacrifice to the state. In our time this is called “in the public interest” or “common good.” The terms “public interest” and “common good” always translate to “in the government interest.”

Therefore, the army of federal judges and politicians act in the “public interest.” And they would tell you in a minute that they do everything in the “public interest.” This is a deception that few unravel mainly because of the self-deception of altruism. As long as an individual believes that he should share his property and produce for the “common good,” he is in reality no longer an individual but a part of the collective servants of the state. Altruism motivates people to self-sacrifice for the state. This is why altruism is at the root of all governments. Governments must instill self-sacrifice to solidify political power.

The goal of government is to coerce the people into a regimented, docile and obedient mass under a propaganda system based on altruism and self sacrifice. That is why the individual and the family unit must be undermined.

The individual will act in his own interest and is therefore a danger to the state. In a traditional family unit headed by a man – as established by God in Genesis 1 and reaffirmed by Christ in Matthew 19 and the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 7 and Colossians 3 — the individualist man will always act in the best interest of self and family.

The crowd, on the other hand, is easy to persuade and manipulate through the mass media. Note that few if any television families today or in the last 40 years are traditional families. This is by design. In fact, traditional families are anathema to Hollywood and the male head of household, if there is one, is almost always portrayed as drunk, a louse, an adulterer, an abuser or a buffoon — or some combination of those traits — who is disrespected by his wife and children. This serves to diminish the role and necessity of the father and the traditional family unit. (This is not to vilipend the importance of the work by single parents in families torn apart by death or divorce, but to point out that the ideal family in God’s plan is for there to be a husband, wife and children.)

All public schools are government training grounds for group dynamics. Everything is taught in terms of groups over individualism and even family. Children are force-fed altruism, feelings-based character traits (where self-esteem is elevated over achievement), alternative lifestyles and even non-Christian religious or pagan dogma. But Christian-based values are banned from the classroom and the discussion.

So how is all this an attack on Christianity? The way to destroy a religion is to dilute it. Enough water in the milk and the milk becomes water. The way to conquer a religion is to absorb it. The way to one-world religion is to unite all religions. This is what secret cults do rather than open confrontation.

Christianity still has its name, its churches and its forum but not its spirit. Hillary Clinton recently said “deep-seated … religious beliefs” have to be changed before the world’s women will get full access to abortion. Fifty-three million souls lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade are not enough for her or the arbotionistas.

But Christians cannot change these “deep-seated … religious beliefs” because if they do so they are no longer Christian. (1 John 2)

The homosexual lobby tells Christians they must violate their beliefs and God’s commands and participate in their immorality. The homosexual lobby preaches tolerance but will not tolerate other beliefs. They are homo-intolerant.

The regime’s Solicitor General conceded to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that if homosexual marriage is legalized by the Supreme Court that churches that do not accept homosexual marriage in their doctrines would lose their tax-exempt status. This would be an all-out, full frontal assault on the Christian faith. And it would get ugly quickly, because Christians cannot accept homosexual marriage in their midst because to do so is to violate God’s command in Ephesians 5:3, and engage in works of the flesh. In fact, some avowed Christians are now promising resistance to this heresy.

Some “Christians,” I call them nominal Christians, have come to accept anything that doesn’t interfere with their six pack and wide-screen TV. So they sit back as the messianic state, also known as the nanny state, legislates away our freedoms one by one, promising security in return and even deliverance from every modern problem. Herein the religious basis of the modern religio-political system is revealed. One cannot understand politics today (which is to say, the system) until one understands the history and manifestation of false religion among sinful men.

All sin is established and brought forth from a seemingly tiny kernel of false belief about the nature and purpose of man. This humanistic kernel is planted in the vacuum of men’s hearts and spirits when they kick God out of their lives. As the Bible tells us, true belief is shown in the doing (James 2:14-26). Faith without works is dead. Many men speak of freedom but their actions do not accord with what they say.

Christians, in your smugness, arrogance, conceit and materialism, the time is at hand when you will be considered “a terrorist” if you claim your faith, proclaim Biblical teaching, belong to a patriotic group or even a pro-life organization.

Operation Jade Helm 15 is what ‘the bane of liberty’ looks like

Photo: A U.S. Army Special Operations Command map for the Jade Helm exercise.

Operation Jade Helm 15, a covert multi-agency, seven-state, eight week training exercise coming to the Southwestern U.S. later this summer, is causing anxiety in the liberty community generally and in the center of the operation, Texas, specifically.

An Army spokesman sent to Bastrop County, Texas earlier this week did little to allay the fears of county residents and expressed surprise that Texans would be hesitant to allow thousands of soldiers and tons of military equipment to swarm across their region for two months.

Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria told Bastrop residents that the operation was a training exercise, not a military operation to take over Texas and much of the Southwest, that no foreign fighters would be involved, that U.S. troops would not confiscate Texans’ firearms and the Army did not intend to implement martial law.

That prompted one attendee to ask, “When we have a federal government that cannot tell the truth, how do we know that what you’re saying is true?”

Or, as John W. Whitehead wrote for The Rutherford Institute:

Let’s assume, for the moment, that Jade Helm 15 is not a thinly veiled military plot to take over the country lifted straight out of director John Frankenheimer’s 1964 political thriller Seven Days in May, as some fear, but is merely a “routine” exercise for troops, albeit a blatantly intimidating flexing of the military’s muscles.

The problem arises when you start to add Jade Helm onto the list of other troubling developments that have taken place over the past 30 years or more: the expansion of the military industrial complex and its influence in Washington DC, the rampant surveillance, the corporate-funded elections and revolving door between lobbyists and elected officials, the militarized police, the loss of our freedoms, the injustice of the courts, the privatized prisons, the school lockdowns, the roadside strip searches, the military drills on domestic soil, the fusion centers and the simultaneous fusing of every branch of law enforcement (federal, state and local), the stockpiling of ammunition by various government agencies, the active shooter drills that are indistinguishable from actual crises, the economy flirting with near collapse, etc.

Suddenly, the overall picture seems that much more sinister.

Americans, Texans especially, have a load of reasons to question the motives behind military operations on American soil. It was only four years ago that Attorney Criminal Eric Holder threatened to make Texas a no-fly zone if the state legislature passed a bill it was considering that would have booted the Transportation Security Administration out of Texas airports. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, troops barged into homes and confiscated weapons in the interest of “safety.”

Following the bombing at the Boston Marathon, troops locked down the city, ordered people from their homes at gunpoint and set up outposts in people’s homes, all during a search for one man.

During the Bundy Ranch standoff last year, President Barack Obama considered deploying the U.S. military under the approbation of a Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities signed in 2010. The Department of Defense directive provides U.S. commanders with the emergency authority to use military support to quell domestic disturbances where needed to “prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property” and when “necessary to restore government function and public order.” A second condition is when Federal, State or local authorities “are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.”

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security have each put out several reports calling conservatives, Ron Paul supporters and Tea party members terrorists. Members of the U.S. military are increasingly being conditioned (i.e., brainwashed) into perceiving Constitutionalists, Tea Party members, 2nd Amendment advocates and members of the liberty movement as terrorists. And the list of groups that are “right-wing” terrorists continues to grow.

The American people fought a revolution over a standing army.

During the Virginia Ratifying Convention, George Mason warned that, “once a standing army is established, in any country, the people lose their liberty.”

And Elbridge Gerry, in a debate in the House of Representatives, said, “What, sir, is the use of militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty…”

Regarding Jade Helm, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is rightly concerned over what the military is up to. He’s ordered Major General Gerald “Jake” Betty, commander of the Texas State Guard, to monitor the exercise and provide him with regular updates.

But that won’t completely alleviate fears that military is practicing for a day soon when they will take over all or significant portions of the country.

And you still think your vote matters?

The Republican rank and file love to pounce on conservatives who vote for principle over party by voting for a third party candidate, or those who don’t vote at all. “Don’t vote for the Republican, you might as well vote for the Democrat,” they’ll tell you. Just “elect a Republican—any Republican—and things will get better,” they say.

Like a battered spouse who continues to return home, Republican voters believe tomorrow will be different. “He loves me, after all,” they tell themselves.

Last week the Republican establishment battered their voters again, this time in confirming a virulent racist – Eric Holder in a skirt – as attorney general.

Loretta Lynch supports a ban on semi-automatic weapons. She supports universal background checks. And under oath, she claimed not to know anything about Operation Chokepoint, a Justice Department backdoor gun control initiative that puts the squeeze on banks to force them into refusing to do business with gun and ammunition manufacturers and sellers, particularly online vendors. She also said she would continue to support President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

It’s obvious the Constitution means nothing to her, and in claiming she doesn’t know what Operation Chokepoint is she’s either lying or too ignorant to be the nation’s top “law enforcer.”

Yet when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican-led Senate had an opportunity to kill her nomination, they wilted like a picked flower in the Texas summer sun.

As Gun Owners of America points out:

First, McConnell brought up her nomination — even though he, alone, could have stopped Lynch’s confirmation by refusing to move to proceed to her.  Then, McConnell filed what’s known as a “cloture petition” to shut down the pro-gun filibuster.  Finally, the effects of leadership strong-arming were evidenced by the fact that several Republicans flipped their votes (a.k.a., lied) and voted to shut down the pro-gun filibuster — in a move called “cloture.”

Many of the fifteen senators on this Liars’ List had openly committed to gun owners that they would oppose Lynch.  And they did oppose her on the 56-43 final passage vote — when their votes didn’t matter.

But, on the vote where we could have won with only 41 votes, many on this Liars’ List flipped their votes and voted for Lynch.

Consider, there were 43 Senators who voted against Lynch on the final nomination vote.  If they had ALSO VOTED against Lynch on the “cloture” vote — where only 41 opposition votes were needed — the Lynch nomination would have easily failed.

Lynch is said to be being groomed for nomination to the Supreme Court. Doubtless she would rule against any pro-gun cases that came to the court.

Yet this was an acceptable nominee to McConnell and eight other Republicans. Of course, those Republicans along with McConnell who supported her nomination are the usual suspects: Ayotte, Cochran, Collins, Flake, Graham, Hatch, Johnson and Portman.

Do you really think our money troubles are getting better?

It’s true, isn’t it? Your money’s just not worth much anymore.

And if you believe the Fed will never stop devaluing our savings and investments by dumping new money on us, you’re not alone.

The Fed’s own officials stress in speeches that they’ll keep the spigot open even though they might raise interest rates later this year.

Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said in a recent speech in Sarasota, Florida, that even if the Fed does raise rates slightly, it will be “less like taking away the punch bowl and more like just slowing down the refills.”

Maybe that’s why billionaires are getting out of the dollar.

Bill Gates owns more than 10 percent of the Pan American Silver mine, and billionaire George Soros is heavily invested in gold and silver mines.

Warren Buffett, the richest American, according to Forbes magazine, owns 20 percent of the world silver supply.

Buffett has said publicly that he lost faith in American dollars and feels sorry for the “victims” who hold cash. “I don’t know what I would do if I were in that position.”

They’re even dumping bank stocks. Billionaire John Paulson’s hedge fund, Paulson & Co., has dumped 14 million shares of banking giant JPMorgan Chase.

It’s a race to the bottom for the dollar, which means only one thing… hyper-inflation.

Do you believe the recent small rise in the dollar’s value is going to stop the huge tidal wave of dollar devaluation by the Fed as it fills the banks with money?

It can’t happen.

The very existence of the Fed ensures our dollar will be devalued.

That’s how it works. As the Fed lends money to other banks, they can lend out many times more dollars because all they need is a fraction of what they lend in reserve. Banks simply create an “account” out of thin air. It just a mark made on a ledger sheet or by computer transfer.

Rather than create actual wealth (except for themselves), bankers, as money creators, always destroy the currency.

This is inflation.

Inflation is not rising prices, which most people are led to believe. Rising prices are a symptom of inflation, not the cause.

Inflation is an expansion of the money supply, i.e., the creation of money out of thin air.

In the past few years, the Fed has increased the money supply by untold billions of dollars.

And there’s a man who warned long ago that not only does this mean inflation, but hyperinflation. He correctly predicted that not only wouldn’t the dollar devaluation stop, it would get worse. And he was right.

But he also knew that if nothing was done, millions of Americans would not only have their wealth stolen by their own government, they would also be devastated by the U.S. dollar’s eventual collapse.

That’s why he wrote four books on the subject, gave interviews on television and took his research directly to the people by regularly giving speeches, workshops and seminars.

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Cardiologists finally agree with Bob: Sugar and carbohydrates cause obesity, not lack of exercise

I have been telling my readers for years about the dangers of consuming sugar and carbohydrates and their direct correlation to obesity, pushing against the propaganda that obesity was a result of a sedentary lifestyle. Last week the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) published an editorial by three cardiologists finally agreeing with my reporting on this issue.

The editorial, “It’s time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you (sic) cannot outrun a bad diet,” puts the blame for the obesity epidemic right where it belongs—poor diet. Specifically, sugar and carbohydrate consumption.

Conventional wisdom has for years held that obesity was related to a lack of exercise. That meme was promoted by Big Food, particularly the cola industry. It has spent billions of dollars to push sugary drinks on an unsuspecting public with its marketing campaigns centered on popular sports figures and teams.

From the BJSM:

[M]embers of the public are drowned by an unhelpful message about maintaining a ‘healthy weight’ through calorie counting, and many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. This false perception is rooted in the Food Industry’s Public Relations machinery, which uses tactics chillingly similar to those of big tobacco. The tobacco industry successfully stalled government intervention for 50 years starting from when the first links between smoking and lung cancer were published. This sabotage was achieved using a ‘corporate playbook’ of denial, doubt, confusing the public and even buying the loyalty of bent scientists, at the cost of millions of lives.

The cardiologists cite several studies, including those showing there has been little change in the physical activities of Western societies in the past 30 years, and what change there has been was toward increased activity levels.

Therefore, they deduce:

[T]his places the blame for our expanding waist lines directly on the type and amount of calories consumed. However, the obesity epidemic represents only the tip of a much larger iceberg of the adverse health consequences of poor diet. According to the Lancet global burden of disease reports, poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined. Up to 40% of those with a normal body mass index will harbor metabolic abnormalities typically associated with obesity, which include hypertension, dyslipidaemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease. However, this is little appreciated by scientists, doctors, media writers and policymakers, despite the extensive scientific literature on the vulnerability of all ages and all sizes to lifestyle-related diseases.

Here’s the gist of what I told readers of The Bob Livingston Letter (www.boblivingstonletter.com, subscription required) back in January 2007, and Personal Liberty readers in May 2009. Sugar consumption causes excess insulin. Excess insulin builds up as fat. When insulin is disrupted with a diet of sugar and carbohydrates (which convert to sugar during digestion) there is a miscommunication in the body about where to store excess fat.

Some fat will be stored in the abdomen and liver, which throws the liver function off-kilter and starts a process of breakdown of muscle and bone—causing weakness and osteoporosis. Now we have a serious problem of insulin resistance and high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.

When we see the big apple-shaped middle we are looking at insulin resistance and disease.

When insulin levels become high our bodies become sugar burners, not fat burners. No amount of exercise will take off fat while we are consuming excess sugar. Low insulin stops our bodies from burning sugar and switches us to burning fat. We can forget weight loss as long as we are burning sugar and not fat, no matter which plan we are on.

Bottom line is, don’t eat sugar and refined carbohydrates. This is difficult because the food processors have us all addicted. There just isn’t much left that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it. We have to read every label.

Now every time we see an overweight person, we know that there goes a sugar burner for fuel.

High blood sugar levels are a hallmark of aging and disease. The reverse of this is to say that low blood sugar and low insulin is a hallmark of health and longevity.

This is not to discount the benefits of exercise. Regular exercise is vitally important, especially for seniors. But exercise will not lead to weight loss until you cut way back on sugars and carbohydrates.

The elected class had better take note

Tribune News Service

Protests in Baltimore over the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, whose spinal column was mostly severed  while he was in police custody, have turned violent and ugly.

Police stood back while protesters-turned-looters destroyed property. They acted this way under orders from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who instructed LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) to “give those who wished to destroy space to do that.”

Police in Ferguson, Missouri did much the same thing, though whether under orders from “higher ups” or not is unclear. What is clear is that in Ferguson, police used militaristic tactics and equipment – along with tear gas — on peaceful protesters while they allowed the criminal element to ravage businesses and property. They left the store owners out to dry.

What the political class fails to understand is that the protests and violence over the deaths of Eric Garner in New York, Michael Brown in Ferguson and Gray in Baltimore are the simmering effects of their policies.

An increasingly militarized and militant police enforcing victimless crimes with brutal tactics and the LEOs’ conduct in the war on drugs and the passage of a host of laws that have made criminals out of most everyone has turned the U.S. into a police-state prison nation.

The elected class has used division and class warfare as weapons for decades. In a direct attack on the people they have debauched the currency, given unfair advantage to large corporations, suppressed wages through burdensome regulation and promotion of immigration (both legal and illegal) and passed onerous laws. Politicians and bureaucrats are not responsive to the people, but cater to big corporations and other special interests to the detriment of the people.

The protests in Baltimore, Ferguson, New York and across the country are merely the first bubbles of what is set to become a boiling cauldron of unrest and violence across the nation if police continue to abuse the people and the elected class continues to act lawlessly and ignore the will of the people.

You cannot contain a boiling pot by putting a lid on it. The heat must be turned down. The political class seems to have no interest in doing that because it believes division and class warfare serve their best interests.

But the political class had better take note. There will come a time when the people will realize they have a common enemy. It will not be pretty.

 

Story updated at 7:40 a.m.

There is a real war on Americans

When Americans think of war, they think either of a conflict between two or more nation states that are shooting and bombing each other or, as in the so-called war on terror, of U.S. troops, planes and drones shooting and bombing Islamists in the Arab, Persian and African nations.

Of course, most Americans approve of the ongoing terror war — even those, like President Barack Obama, who will not call it such. Or they at least don’t disapprove of it because there are no clarion calls to end it, but there are calls to expand it to include ISIS. After all, America must right all wrongs across the globe, even if it means killing innocent women and children in the process.

And America must “spread democracy,” even if that means imposing it by force on places that do not want it. And we are ensured the fight is to keep America safe from terror attacks. Or, as in the parlance of Bush the lesser and the neocon cabal, “We’ve got to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here.”

The U.S. government has spent trillions of dollars and, worse, has expended thousands of American lives to make sure “we don’t have to fight them over here.” Yet Americans are as worried as ever about the possibility of a terror attack in the United States and we are constantly told the threat is greater than ever. Americans are so worried that 63 percent of them welcome the government’s snooping into their communications and banking records if it’s investigating “possible terrorist threats.”

Given the money, attention and fear invested in the war on Islamic terror, one would think U.S. streets are awash in the blood of Americans slaughtered by Islamists. But using the most expansive definition of terrorist attack possible, fewer than 30 Americans in the U.S. have been killed by Muslims since 9/11, and 13 of those occurred in one incident of “workplace violence.” If one includes both domestic and overseas attacks, the odds of an American being killed by a terrorist are about 1 in 20 million. And history has shown that most terror attacks and attempted terrorist attacks in the U.S. involved FBI-prompted patsies.

The FBI makes it a habit to seek out  individuals, encourage or coerce them to break the law and provide them the plans and materials needed to carry out “terrorist” attacks — or, in some cases, let plots they know about proceed, including the first World Trade Center bombing. But another thing history has shown is that the FBI is not reliable when it comes to telling the truth. Not only does the FBI manufacture terrorists, it has a long habit of lying about and even covering up evidence in all manner of criminal cases.

So terrorism in the U.S. is an overhyped, if not manufactured, threat. Meanwhile, the very real threat to Americans posed by U.S. law enforcement is mostly ignored. And protesters calling attention to police violence are dismissed, if not denigrated, as looters and thugs, particularly by the “law and order” right.

There is no accurate count of the number of people killed by American LEOs (legally entitled to oppress). There is no national database and the FBI’s statistics are incomplete. But the website killedbypolice.net has been compiling information on shootings since 2013, and it has links to 2,235 instances of people dying at the hands of police since January of that year. Most of them were unarmed.

And police kill and maim almost without consequence. A recent Washington Post report claims that although there have been thousands of police-involved shootings since 2005, only 54 LEOs have been charged. And most of them were cleared or acquitted in the cases that have been resolved.

In other words, the simple act of obtaining state sanction and donning a badge and uniform grants LEOs the power over life and death, almost without limits. Even if the officer shoots unarmed victims in the back — which The Post found occurred in half the cases it investigated — or the police officers were found to have planted or covered-up evidence — which occurred in 10 of the 54 instances in which officers were charged — the police officer was usually cleared or given a disproportionally light punishment.

This occurred despite laws and Supreme Court rulings that an LEO could use deadly force only if he “has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.” There are apparently a lot of timid and milquetoast people posing as LEOs for them to fear “significant threat of death or serious injury” from unarmed people fleeing them or arguing over whether they deserve arrest or lying prone and handcuffed.

LEOs aren’t held accountable because they enjoy qualified immunity; because the police, district attorneys and judges enjoy a special relationship in that they are on the same “side” in most cases; and because the American public sitting on juries has been propagandized into believing that cops are paragons of virtue who put their lives on the line in deadly situations daily to stand between the vast marauding criminal element (and Muslim terrorists) and the people.

But police have been abusing their power — and, therefore, the people they allegedly serve — for decades. The problem is that when people in the past complained of police abuse, it was rarely taken seriously — particularly when it was minorities complaining.

The “law and order” crowd usually just dismissed the complaints out of hand and took the word of the police, chalking the complaints up to the ravings of druggie, a lying thief or something worse. It took the proliferation of cellphones with video capabilities to bring their abuses to light. Hence, the efforts by police and legislators to make videography of police a crime.

Following a spate of police abuse cases reported in the mainstream media, we began highlighting them in November 2012 in a special category we called “Power of the State.” Since then, we have published dozens of accounts of innocents — often women, children, the elderly and the disabled — suffering abuse at the hands of LEOs.

Despite a drastic reduction in crime in America, particularly violent crime, LEOs are becoming increasingly militant and increasingly militarized.

They make up laws out of thin air, claiming that innocuous activities like watching or videotaping police activities — including arrests on public streets, walking in certain neighborhoods, parking on certain streets and putting trash in trash cans — are crimes. Cops have come to think of themselves as gods above the law, whose commands are to be obeyed immediately and without question. Any hesitation often leads to the “suspect” being left bleeding and broken or quivering from electricity introduced by a stun gun, or even dead from a gunshot, choking or severed spinal cord.

It doesn’t matter if the person was unable to understand the command because of a language barrier or if the person was unable to comply due to disability or defect. Officers expect immediate and complete compliance with no questions asked.

But LEOs themselves seem to have a greater problem obeying laws than most citizens, and it’s not just the public they abuse. The rate of domestic violence among LEOs is nearly twice that of average Americans. That’s because, counselors say, “One of the hallmarks of a good cop is to radiate authority and control, and in the wrong hands, those characteristics can be misused.”

In other words, conventional wisdom is that a “good cop” is one who can best intimidate the public with his “authority and control,” which sounds like express aggressive behavior.

Additionally, they have a tendency to run guns, traffic drugs, plant malware on computer evidence, sexually abuse women in their custody and drive drunk.

And being a cop is not a particularly dangerous activity, as conventional wisdom would have you believe. In fact, it’s not even in the top 10 most dangerous occupations in America. It lags behind logging, fishing, piloting, driving a truck, roofing, steel working, picking up garbage, farming, being a construction laborer and installing power lines, among others.

For police, the motto “To protect and serve,” is really all about protecting government and their own gang and serving the state as revenue collectors and enforcers. As Becky Akers told you Friday, the police is a standing army under another name, which makes it the bane of liberty.

Police power props up the state and provides cover for all its nefarious activities. That’s why government spending on police and LEO agencies continues to grow.

Police power is physical force. If you fail to file and pay your income tax, you will be introduced to the police power of the government. But it’s no longer even necessary to “break the law” to see the police power of government.

That’s the real war Americans need to be concerned about.

Heirs to the promise

Dear Bob,

What is your take on Genesis 12:3?  How do you think it should affect US policy toward Israel?

Marty O.

Dear Marty,

“I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (ESV)

Short answer: This verse should have no bearing on U.S. policy toward Israel. That was a promise made to Abraham. It does not apply to the nation of Israel, which rejected God, broke the covenant and killed his Son. The destruction of the Temple in AD 70 symbolized the destruction of Israel as God’s people because of their apostasy. The current nation-state of Israel, created by the United Nations in 1948 out of land stolen from its inhabitants, deserves no special dispensation from America because of some perceived special status with God.

Galatians 3 tells us that Christians are now the inheritors of the blessing of Abraham through Christ.

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith… 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

For further study read Nehemiah 1:7-8, Hosea 8; Colossians 2, Romans 4, Romans 10 and Matthew 23.

It is Christians who are heirs to the promise.

Best wishes,
Bob

A lesson from Wisconsin in progressive politics

In 2011, Wisconsin Act 10 opponents protested the bill outside the Capitol building.

Early morning hours. A no-knock raid. A battering ram breaking open the front door. Dozens of armed and armored agents pointing guns, making threats, barking orders, demanding silence, ransacking homes, rifling belongings, destroying property, stealing documents. Innocent citizens — men, women and children groggy from being awakened from a sound sleep, confused by the sudden intrusion and who’d never been involved in criminal behavior — left quaking in fear.

A scene from the Soviet Union in the 1930s? No, it’s Wisconsin circa 2013.

It was October of that year when local law enforcement (also known as LEOs, legally entitled to oppress) — acting on orders from Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisolm, who had instigated a political witch hunt on behalf of his union thug wife — began kicking in doors of local residents who had supported Wisconsin’s Act 10. Act 10, also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions. The unions and the progressive politicians they bankrolled couldn’t have that.

Act 10 is the bill that led to near riots at the state capitol, sit-ins by teachers, Democrat legislators hiding out in hotels across state lines in an effort to prevent legislative votes, and the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker and a number of state legislators.

Chisolm’s wife, it’s been reported, was a teachers’-union shop steward — also known as a union thug leader. Chisolm’s office was said to be “festooned with the ‘blue fist’ poster of the labor-union movement.” Chisolm claimed he “felt it was his personal duty” to stop Act 10’s reforms from becoming law.

Fearing that traditional progressive techniques of judicial activism, union bullying and rigged elections wouldn’t win the day, Chisolm got with his old pal, Judge Barbara Kluka — with whom he had collaborated on another political witch hunt a year before — and targeted conservative activists who supported the law and government reform. He and Kluka employed “new” progressive techniques straight out of communist playbooks of turning laws to nefarious purposes and wielding law enforcement as a political weapon.

The experiences related by the victims of this attack on free speech are chilling and demonstrative of life in a police state:

  • “‘I was so afraid,’ [Cindy Archer] says. ‘I did not know what to do… I begged and begged, “Please don’t shoot my dogs, please don’t shoot my dogs, just don’t shoot my dogs.” I couldn’t get them to stop barking, and I couldn’t get them outside quick enough. I saw a gun and barking dogs. I was scared and knew this was a bad mix. The officer or agent in charge demanded that Cindy sit on the couch, but she wanted to get up and get a cup of coffee. ‘I told him this was my house and I could do what I wanted.’ Wrong thing to say. ‘This made the agent in charge furious. He towered over me with his finger in my face and yelled like a drill sergeant that I either do it his way or he would handcuff me.’”
  • “It was early in the morning — very early — and it was the kind of heavy pounding that meant someone was either fleeing from — or bringing — trouble. ‘It was so hard. I’d never heard anything like it. I thought someone was dying outside.’ [Anne (not her real name)] ran to the door, opened it, and then chaos. ‘People came pouring in. For a second I thought it was a home invasion. It was terrifying. They were yelling and running, into every room in the house. One of the men was in my face, yelling at me over and over and over.’ It was indeed a home invasion, but the people who were pouring in were Wisconsin law-enforcement officers. Armed, uniformed police swarmed into the house. Plainclothes investigators cornered her and her newly awakened family. Soon, state officials were seizing the family’s personal property, including each person’s computer and smartphone, filled with the most intimate family information.”
  • “For the family of ‘Rachel’ (not her real name), the ordeal began before dawn — with the same loud, insistent knocking. Still in her pajamas, Rachel answered the door and saw uniformed police, poised to enter her home. When Rachel asked to wake her children herself, the officer insisted on walking into their rooms. The kids woke to an armed officer, standing near their beds. The entire family was herded into one room, and there they watched as the police carried off their personal possessions, including items that had nothing to do with the subject of the search warrant — even her daughter’s computer. And, yes, there were the warnings. Don’t call your lawyer. Don’t talk to anyone about this. Don’t tell your friends.”

Chisolm and Kluka, who approved the petitions, subpoenas and search warrants, abused a provision in Wisconsin law designed to shield the targets of prosecution by keeping their identities and the nature of the proceedings secret. But rather than protect their identities, police used very public displays of massive police presence to intimidate their targets who were then bound the law’s provisions to remain silent about the nature of the raids and the investigation — even to family, friends and neighbors.

Wisconsin is a lesson in progressive politics and union thug tactics. Chisolm, in a blatant abuse of power on behalf of unionists, attacked people involved in legitimate and lawful behavior, wiretapping them and raiding their homes over a political issue. Progressives love free speech and political activism as long as it is their free speech and political activism.

There is no rule of law in America because the judges, prosecutors, lawyers and police are on the same side. That is the side of their employer and their god, the state. By the way, the police were also union and also opposed the provisions of Act 10.

It’s one thing for the parasite politicians, bureaucrats, judges and prosecutors to sit in their ivory towers and conceive of ways to abuse the people as they attempt at all costs to hang on to and grow their power. And they do so with complete immunity because they have created laws to protect themselves and their enforcers. But without enforcers they are powerless and their unlawful “laws” are nothing more than hollow pronouncements.

Their enforcers, the police who carry out their unlawful whims, possess a unique inner evil. It takes a complete lack of conscience to look your victim in the eye while you violate him and every provision of morality and lawful conduct in your being. They are a lower life form than even the parasite crowd.

“Rachel,” in detailing the abuse her family endured, said some of the police seemed embarrassed by what they were doing. One officer even told her family, “Some days, I hate my job.”

But he didn’t hate it enough to stop the abuse, or at least refuse to participate in it by resigning or risk being sanctioned or fired.

More on the cancer in your water

If you use chlorine to keep your swimming pool clean, you are exposing yourself to massive amounts of government-approved cancer-causing agents.

I told you last week that the government is mandating your drinking/bathing water be contaminated with fluoride and chlorine, and that one shower exposes you to the same amount of carcinogens as drinking a week’s worth of tap water. Just think what a long dip in your pool will do.

Actually, it’s not the chlorine itself that’s harmful, but the reaction from chlorine’s exposure to natural organic matter like decaying vegetation in the source water. Scientists have determined that disinfection byproducts (DBPs) created by this reaction are the carcinogens trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs).

These DBPs have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Studies have shown exposure to DBPs increase the risk of bladder and rectal cancers, particularly in smokers. Studies have also shown that DBPs have been linked to asthma. Another study found that after 40 minutes of swimming, people showed a large rise in markers of DNA damage that can lead to cancer. Concentrations of four of the most common byproducts were seven times higher after people swam.

Author and researcher Hulda Regehr Clark, Ph.D., found in her studies that all cancer patients studied over a five-year period had traces of common household bleach (chlorine) in their tumors and in their drinking water.

Researchers have also determined that drinking five glasses of cold chlorinated water a day increases the risk of spontaneous abortions. Chlorine is a definite causative factor in atherosclerosis.

So what to do? There are alternatives to using chlorine in pools. One is hydrogen peroxide 35 percent (food grade) from chemical distributors. In the heat of the summer you can use 3 to 4 gallons per 20,000 gallons of pool water, every few days as needed.

You can get the 35 percent hydrogen peroxide in drums that you can pump out into a bucket. Mix about a quart of hydrogen peroxide with a gallon of pool water and disperse into the pool. Repeat until all of the hydrogen peroxide is in the pool. Use peroxide testing strips regularly to check the levels.

If you pour the concentrated hydrogen peroxide in without diluting, you will bleach the pool liner. It will also bleach your clothes if you get it on you.

Hydrogen peroxide 35 percent food grade costs approximately $450 per 55-gallon drum. You may have to order through a business or a farm, as they probably won’t sell to an individual homeowner. It’s more expensive to purchase in smaller quantities (about $45 per gallon) available through natural health product distributors.

Hydrogen peroxide is toxic in concentrate but very healthful in weak dilution. It’s very healthy to swim in as opposed to chlorine. Be careful with it and lock away from children. Hydrogen peroxide may damage natural rubber or silver components in the pool’s filtration system.

Another alternative is an ionizer system that uses copper and silver ionization, a UV system or a saltwater system, but these still require the use of some chlorine.

If you feel you must use chlorine, shower — and have everyone who plans to swim do so — before entering the pool in order to remove bacteria and chemicals from you skin. This will cut down on DBPs.

Government is theft

Government creates nothing and government has nothing except that which it has stolen from the people. And it steals it in myriad ways.

But government and politicians have invented just as many ways to convince the people that it is not theft when it compels people to surrender half or more of their earnings under penalty of fines and imprisonment. In fact, government and politicians are so adept at theft and deception that most people have no idea of the expanse of the government theft system and the criminal Mafioso gang that runs it.

For 100 years or more, Americans have been victimized by a state-sponsored socialist, altruistic, collectivist social and educational system that has produced a popular mentality of diminishing the individual and independent thinker to a collectivist mind (mentality), which can be esoterically swayed, directed and channeled against his own best interest. The virtue and sanctity of the individual person and ego are no more, and anathema to the state.

What does it all mean? It means government has created a state of mind that makes it honorable and necessary to give oneself and one’s production over to the state. Each individual, in order to be a good citizen of the state, must contribute most of his means and be grateful for the services the state returns — whether they are necessary or useful or not. There is never any consideration that perhaps some of the services or programs are neither desirable nor desired, or that someone or something other than the state can provide some or all necessary services more efficiently than can government.

The first and most obvious means of government theft is the income tax system. It is a known fact that at this time in the U.S., 50 percent of the population supports the other 50 percent with their income taxes. The producers support the nonproducers, including the ultimate in nonproducers, the elected and government bureaucrat class. The political class and their propaganda machine push the notions that the producers must “pay their fair share” and “give back” to the community. And then there is that subtle economic class war syndrome that implies that the accumulation of wealth makes one dirty.

“Pay your fair share” is a control phrase created to condition the public mind to a perverted “fairness” that uses an altruistic public to feel obligated morally to pay taxes. It tells the conscious mind to “do the right thing.” This phrase helps extract tax money without allowance for logic or legality.

But the income tax does not fund government — at least not the federal government. Taxes are necessary to fund state and local governments; but with a central bank and the ability to create money at will, they are not necessary to fund federal government. Remember that the U.S. government functioned and was fully funded for more than 100 years without an income tax — except for the period 1861-1872, when Lincoln instituted one to pay for the War Against Separation.

But what about the national debt, you ask? The crowd believes that there is a “national debt.” They believe this for good reason. There is a whole industry of deception in America that is promoting the national debt myth.

What does the national debt really mean? Since U.S. “money” (and the whole world’s money) is bank credit and since bank credit is created by government and commercial banks, then the “national debt” represents bank credit passed or “lent” upon an unsuspecting public for their real assets and labor. Translated, modern money (bank credit) expropriates wealth. In truth, then, the huge reported “national debt” is how much wealth the government has stolen from the American people — not how much the government owes.

The “national debt” propaganda covers the fraud that our real assets and real wealth are flowing to the government in exchange for government created credit.

Yes, indeed, this is witchcraft that reverses our thought processes. And, yes, the national debt is an asset to the government, not a liability. Real assets stolen with bank credit are assets to the government, not debt. Proof: When the local commercial bank “lends” you money (credit) that it creates with a bookkeeping entry, this transaction appears on the bank’s books as an asset (a deposit) to the bank and a liability (debt) to the borrower, who pledged real assets as collateral.

Yes, your debt is the bank’s asset. This same system works with the U.S. monetary system. Do you think that the government and the politicians want to keep this a secret? For some reason, the Federal Reserve spilled the beans in its publication “Keeping Our Money Healthy,” published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in which it said: “(O)ur system works only with credit.” All we have to know then is who creates credit and how is it used?

Wealth always flows to the creators of credit. Government and banks create money (credit) for one purpose, and that is to expropriate wealth. The expropriation of wealth is stealing with no payment intended.

Not only has the government stolen the national wealth and called it the national debt, but it has the people believing that it still owes a national debt. In other words, after being robbed with credit, the “national debt” implies that we owe the amount stolen from us. An entity that creates credit out of nothing and “pays” it for real assets and production is not assuming a debt by any definition. It is stealing and calling the theft debt. The creation and control of all credit in the hands of a central bank (government) is the fifth plank of the Communist Manifesto. Look honestly at the American monetary system, and you are looking tyranny and slavery in the face.

So what is the purpose of the income tax? The federal government uses the income tax to control consumption, redistribute wealth, hand out special favors to certain classes and corporations to buy votes and campaign cash, and to compile a dossier on all Americans.

Finally, let’s consider Social Security. Social Security was ostensibly created to fund the retirement of America’s workers. But the Social Security system is the same system as the income tax. Social Security is paid out of created credit money. It is not in any sort of “trust,” and it is not “funded.”

Although your money is taken from you without your consent and promised to you when you retire, government agents do all they can to make sure you get as little back as possible. This has been so since the beginning. Why do you think they keep raising the age at which full benefits begin and jiggling the numbers to decide that some are too “rich” to deserve to get their money back?

In 1935, when Social Security was first instituted, the full benefit age was 65, and the benefits went only to the primary worker. It was four years later that the law was changed to include survivor benefits for the retiree’s spouse and children. Those who did receive benefits in the early years sometimes got back far more than they paid in.

But most people never received benefits or did so only a few years because the average U.S. life expectancy in 1935 was 59.9 for men. By the time spouses began receiving benefits, their life expectancy was only 65, and for men it was still just 60.

New American workers paying into the system today will get far less in payments than they pay in, even if they reach the average life expectancy of upper 70s for men and low 80s for women. The increased life expectancy of Americans is behind the constant move to raise the age for full benefits. The idea for raising the minimum age is not about “saving the system” as you are told. It’s about getting it to an age where as few people as possible will receive a payout.

For those actually receiving some of their money back that was stolen from them during the course of their working life, government has found another way to make sure you get as little as possible. Government creates inflation (which dilutes the value of your dollars) and hides the inflation with phony measurements. Social Security is indexed to inflation. By keeping the official inflation numbers artificially low, the government gives back as little as possible to Social Security recipients. And the money they receive is worth far less than it was when it was stolen from them.

Social Security benefits were once 50 percent taxable. In other words, the government stole your money through a tax with a promise to give it back, but half of what it gave back was taxed (a portion stolen back) again. Under the current formula, as much as 85 percent is taxable. So government steals your money and calls it a tax, uses your money for its own purposes rather than letting you invest it as you see fit, then gives some of it back but steals some more of what it gives back, calling it another tax — in other words, a tax on taxed money. This makes sense only in the land of government.

The Social Security system is nothing more than biggest Ponzi scheme in history — that and a bait-and-switch scam. The bait is that you’ll have something for your retirement. The switch is that you’ll likely be dead before you’re eligible to get your own money back.

And getting more people paying into the scam is one reason for the big push for amnesty. It’s a plan to get more workers paying into the system in order to offset the falling birth rate of Americans.

Politicians tell us that if we don’t “fix” Social Security, it will go broke. Technically speaking, it is “broke” already, since the funds are used as soon as they are collected, as in a Ponzi scheme. The so-called Social Security Trust Fund exists only in theory. But Social Security will not go broke. “They” can print the money so Social Security will not go broke, but the “money” paid out will go broke in purchasing power.

Yes, government can fund all its activities and programs with money printing, but there is an inherit danger in this. That is why there is a need to steal your money under so many guises.

Production has to be balanced with consumption or the system collapses. Of course, as sick people and old people die, in the last months they produce huge income to the medical establishment. Then when they expire, they come off of Social Security, Medicare and all other government “benefits.”

This represents a big reduction in consumption. Therefore, as the population gets top heavy with the sick and the seniors, more “benevolent” ways must be found to get them off the nonproducing consumption side of the population numbers.

So if you want to do what the government wants you to do, you must expire when you retire. Too many nonproducing consumers will not be allowed. Sorry!

Rubio’s snake oil

Only a lifelong member of the political class or a snake oil salesman can so comfortably look you in the face and try to convince you that he is giving you something while he’s stealing from you. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) does it so well he must be both.

The bit of sleight of hand he’s peddling as a tax cut is astonishing in its hubris. That Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) would latch onto to the plan would be disappointing were it not so predictable. After all, Lee has now inhabited the District of Corruption for four years, as has Rubio. That’s well past the expiration date for souls in DC.

While Rubio never showed evidence of having a soul, Lee’s has been shown to be disappearing for at least two years.

There is much phony talk about the plan that is irrelevant. For instance, there are charges that it raises the deficit. The idea of a deficit is specious double-think because the notion that the U.S. government has “debt” is a farcical one. There is no government debt when the government can simply print money to infinity.

But here’s the crux of the matter. It gives legitimacy to the idea that the government is entitled to your earnings and that it needs taxes to operate. It does nothing to kill the beast that is the IRS. It does nothing to shrink the leviathan government. Instead, the main concern from the talking heads (and Rubio and Lee, apparently) is that government continues to be funded at current levels.

Under the plan, the marginal rate for individuals earning $75,000 or couples filing jointly earning $150,000 jumps from 25 percent to 35 percent. Only those earning more than $400,000 see a rate cut: from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. It provides incentives to make babies by raising the per child tax credit by $2,500.

There’s a reason behind incentivizing children, and it’s not helping families. If the Rubio and Lee plan were about helping families, they would incentivize achievement, not punish it. More children mean more contributors to Social Security. Politicians use the Social Security money as a slush fund and to control consumption (more on this Monday).

Corporations get a tax cut on their income: from 35 percent to 25 percent. But the corporate tax rate should be zero. Corporations don’t pay taxes, and the idea that they do is more double-speak. They pass all taxes to consumers.

But in a sop to the corporatists the tax plan gives a 100 percent deduction on capital equipment. That simply creates malinvestment by encouraging the businesses to purchase equipment they do not need while penalizing small businesses trying to obtain financing from banks to purchase equipment they do need.

The plan is a dream deal for the corporatists, the redistributionists and the social engineers. It punishes achievement, rewards corporations, plays favorites and expands bureaucracy.

And despite Rubio’s and Lee’s claims, there is nothing “conservative” about it.

Mr. President — not His Highness

On April 16, 1789, newly elected President George Washington reluctantly left his home in Mt. Vernon, Virginia, for New York and the fledgling nation’s capital for his inauguration.

Washington didn’t seek the presidency. It sought him, and he had to be convinced with the encouragement from many of his fellow Founding Fathers, his former troops and letters from Americans across the new states. He later wrote in his memoirs that on the eve of his departure to New York, he felt “very much like a man who is condemned to death does when the time of his execution draws nigh.”

No popular election was held that year. But, as constitutionally stipulated, the electors from 10 of the 13 states (Rhode Island and North Carolina had not ratified the Constitution, and New York failed to choose electors in time) voted overwhelmingly to select Washington over John Adams.

When the Senate proposed that he be called by the official title “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of Their Liberties,” Washington chose to instead be addressed simply as Mr. President.

Fearing any resemblance to European monarchy, Washington instructed his tailor to make his inauguration suit from simple broadcloth. He established many of the traditions of office we see today, including the precedent that later became a constitutional amendment of serving only two terms.

Over the years, particularly since the middle of the last century, politicians have sought to turn the presidency into a pseudo-monarchy. They adore and expand upon the trappings of office rather than eschew them. They grovel for great sums of money, sell their souls to the banksters and corporatists, and lie to the people in order to obtain the office.

Washington was far from perfect. His most egregious sin was relying too heavily on his friend Alexander Hamilton, who was a British mercantilist and advocate of high taxes and a central bank, and allowing Hamilton to convince him it was a good idea to make war on Pennsylvanians resisting the insidious “whiskey tax.”

But he would certainly make a better role model for our next president to follow than the past several presidents have been.

The police and culture problem

There has been much attention placed of late on police abuses in America, and it’s being treated as if it’s a new phenomenon. It is not. Technology has just provided new unassailable witnesses.

For many years, people have complained of abuses similar to those that today are making headlines. But those who complained were usually dismissed by the masses because conventional wisdom, as propagandized in the media, was that the police were always honorable and interested only in “protecting” and “serving” the greater good of the community. Add to that the fact that those who complained were usually minorities or “criminals,” and you had a perfect storm for a coverup.

The veneer that all police were honorable began to be peeled back a bit in the early 1970s when New York police officer Frank Serpico and detective David Durk exposed widespread corruption in the New York Police Department. Similar corruption existed/exists in many departments today. But the blue wall of silence still managed to keep most of the complaints against police abuses contained.

Few abuse complaints actually made it to court as cases against police, and fewer still resulted in a positive outcome for the victims of actual police abuse. Those that did make it to trial generally hinged on the perceived character of the police officers involved versus the character of the witness. Typically, lawyers were able to convince juries that police interacted only with “bad people,” so the people accusing police of misconduct were obviously of questionable character. Once that seed was planted in the heads of jurors, it grew so that the victims of real abuse were denied justice.

The system itself, which places police, prosecutors and judges on the same side, also stacked the deck against real victims.

Thanks to the advent of cellphone camera technology, abuse cases no longer hinge solely on whether attorneys can destroy the character of the abuse victims. Some police are being filmed being what some police have always been: abusive and egotistical thugs who cover their misdeeds with dropped weapons, trumped up charges, phony reports and the silence of their comrades.

Not all police are abusive and dishonest. Whether it is a majority who are is impossible to say. But any who cover up the misdeeds of their comrades out of fear of persecution from other members of the force or loss of employment are just as guilty as those who did the deed in the first place.

Police departments across the country have a serious problem. They have come to believe they are the law or they are bigger than the law. But rather than acknowledging and tackling it, they instead try and get new laws passed against filming them in the course of their work.

But there is a societal problem at work as well. I want to relate an anecdote I heard that shows it.

A man who runs a home for underprivileged and abused youths was recently working in his office when a police car pulled into the driveway. Several of the children ran to his office and told him the police were there and he should escape out the back door.

He told them he had nothing to fear from the police and went out and spoke to the officer who was there on a routine matter.

Later, he inquired of the children why they had urged him to attempt to flee the police. He learned that the only encounter those children had ever had with police were when officers barged into their homes to take away their parents. They viewed the police as a sect who could drag away their parents with impunity.

All of this is symptom and a sign of the breakdown of morality in our culture, a breakdown that has been ongoing for decades. If God’s laws can be dismissed out of hand, man’s laws become irrelevant.

Police have turned Christ’s notion of what it is to be a servant on its ear. Families are broken because the parents have rejected God’s teaching on what family is supposed to be and have turned instead to earthly pleasures and earthly wisdom.

Woe unto all of us. We are all reaping the consequences.

There’s cancer in your water

There’s cancer in your water, and the government mandates it be put there. So much for the idea government bureaucrats are concerned about your health.

The additives sodium fluoride and chlorine are both cancer-causing agents, as numerous studies have shown.

Sodium fluoride is added to most American drinking water under government fiat. American dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls fluoride one of the “ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th Century.”

They don’t tell you it is a poisonous pesticide and industrial waste product. Just a half tube of the flavored toothpastes marketed to children contains enough fluoride to kill them. It also causes brain damage.

But today we focus on chlorine. It’s actually not the chlorine itself that’s harmful, but the reaction from chlorine’s exposure to natural organic matter like decaying vegetation in the source water.

Scientists have determined that disinfection byproducts (DBPs) created by this reaction are carcinogens. They are trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs).

They have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Studies have shown exposure to DBPs increase the risk of bladder and rectal cancers, particularly in smokers.

Author and researcher Hulda Regehr Clark, Ph.D., found in her studies that all cancer patients studied over a five-year period had traces of common household bleach (chlorine) in their tumors and in their drinking water.

But it’s not just through drinking chlorinated water that THM exposure comes. In fact, the greatest exposure comes through skin exposure by bathing in chlorinated water. One shower exposes you to THMs in the equivalent of a week’s worth of drinking tap water.

To prevent exposure to THMs, fluoride and a host of other heavy metals, toxins and contaminates, use a reverse osmosis filtration system. But don’t just filter your drinking water. You need a whole home system.

Nonsensical wordplay

Mr. Bob Livingston,

In trying to take your survey, you keep referring to “Open Carry”. By that do you mean Open Display, or “Concealed Carry”. It makes a big difference. I do not like “Open Carry”, but approve of “Concealed Carry”.

Would you please reply, Thank you,

W.p. Thiel

Dear W.p.,

Your question is nonsensical wordplay. Open carry is what it sounds like. Concealed carry is what it sounds like.

Best wishes,
Bob