Probing Web privacy risk

I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the January 2000 issue in which I warned readers about the growing surveillance state and of a time to come (which is now here) when all of your data is compiled and held in one place.

With a telephone and access to the Internet, anyone can profile the details of your life. Anyone can dig up bank account data, unlisted and cellular telephone numbers, salaries, rent, telephone numbers which you frequently call, driving records, stocks and bonds owned and most sensitive of all, Social Security numbers which allow access to people’s most private data. Simple internet correspondence can be tracked. Microsoft Office 97 software, with 100 million users worldwide, has a unique numeric code embedded in every copy, which leaves a digital watermark on all documents you print. The geek D.L. Smith who created the Melissa virus was caught because the virus itself retained the embedded Microsoft code, leaving a digital trail for detectives to follow.

A stalker used the worldwide web to find and kill his victim. He used online research services to track her. One research agency said that the information that it sells is gathered from public sources such as court or motor vehicle records.

The stalker used online research services to get his girlfriend’s birthdate, Social Security number, address and the location of the dentist office where she worked and where he killed her. Federal law protects internet service providers from liability for material posted on websites.

Our fear is government snoops. It seems like your Social Security number makes you the most vulnerable.

The proposed merger or affiliation of insurance companies, banks and stockbrokers through legislation would allow these companies to merge their massive computerized databases. This will permit detailed surveillance of your personal habits on a scale unimaginable even by any secret police agency in human history.

If this financial industry deregulation, which is about to be passed with massive congressional support and President Clinton, becomes law, forget about any personal privacy in America. The American Congress is a rubber stamp for big government and big business. I think I will throw up the next time someone tells me to “go vote” or to “write my congressman.”

Now personal profiles will be exchanged at will without your knowledge. According to the Los Angeles Times of October 26, 1999, Ed Yingling, the chief lobbyist for the American Bankers Association, told The New York Times, “I would say this is probably the most heavily lobbied, most expensive issue that Congress ever has dealt with. This was our top issue for a long time. The resources devoted to it were huge, and we fought for it tooth and nail.” Yes, $163 million was spent by the financial industry lobbying in the past two years, much of it to the major congressional players.

Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, the top democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, received $325,124 between 1993 and 1998 from the insurance industry. The insurance industry gave the committee chairman Phil Gramm of Texas $496,610. Gramm also got $760,000 from the securities industry and $407,956 from the bankers.

The leading presidential candidates of both parties have all received massive contributions from the financial industry. It’s the government, the politicians and big business against the American people. It is gang rape! Americans are only units of commerce.

Hiding high fructose corn syrup in plain sight

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a cheap, non-food filler. It contains no nutrition — only calories.

Americans are becoming increasingly health conscience and increasingly wise to scams perpetrated by Big Food. As such, they are consciously consuming less HFCS. So food manufacturers have been forced to change their methods.

Some have eliminated HFCS in some products and labeled them as such. Others are attempting to hide it in plain sight. General Mills falls in the latter category.

General Mills has updated its popular Chex cereal with vanilla flavoring and claims on the box that the cereal contains no HFCS. But the ingredient list tells a different story. One ingredient is listed is “isolated fructose.” What is that?

It is simply a name change for a product previously named HFCS-90, which means 90 percent pure fructose. As the Corn Refiners Association states: “A third product, HFCS-90, is sometimes used in natural and ‘light’ foods, where very little is needed to provide sweetness. Syrups with 90% fructose will not state high fructose corn syrup on the label [anymore], they will state ‘fructose’ or ‘fructose syrup.’”

HFCS is nothing more than a highly sweet, gloppy syrup produced from surplus corn discovered in the 1950s. By the 1970s, a means had been devised to mass produce it.

Because it was a cheap filler, it quickly began to be included in every processed food made: pizza, coleslaw, meat, bread, cakes, candies, soft drinks, etc. It was cheap to make and could be included in everything, making the production of all food cheaper.

HFCS does four things:

  • It blocks the assimilation of calcium. Have you ever heard of the osteoporosis epidemic in America? Most Americans chase their calcium supplement with a drink containing HFCS. Almost everyone over age 50 suffers from a dangerous loss of calcium.
  • HFCS causes cancer in test animals. It predisposes humans to cancer.
  • As a synthetic sugar, it bypasses the pancreas. This eventually causes the pancreas to shut down, leading to diabetes. Harvey Wiley, the first head of the Bureau of Chemistry (the forerunner of the Food and Drug Administration), warned of the deceptive marketing of glucose (which preceded HFCS) and other adulterated corn products and their introduction into food. He predicted a diabetes epidemic.
  • It causes obesity and is highly addictive.

The FDA approves its use, yet claims to look out for our health. It is a world-class scam and an attack on people’s health.

H/T: Natural Society

Personal Liberty’s 2015 agenda revealed

Greetings, friends and readers, to you and to this new year of 2015.

There will be many subjects to discuss this year, but all will have the theme of Personal Liberty: that is to help you improve your health, help you increase your wealth and help you to regain and retain your freedoms as granted by God and guaranteed under the Constitution.

I believe that health is attainable if one works at it. I also believe that a higher level of wealth is available to one if he works at it. And I believe personal liberty and Constitutional governance are available to us if we stick together and work at it… though we may to have go through the fire first to get there.

Let me explain: Health in America does not come easy. In fact, unless you are zealous and read constantly, you can expect no more than to become a drug junkie at the mercy of the medical establishment. The medical establishment includes the pharmaceuticals, the government (FDA, HHS, CDC, USDA), the insurance companies/Obamacare/Medicare and the controlled medical system.

The average person just doesn’t have a chance against this quartet of power and money. This medical cartel has to have your body as an economic unit in the medical chess game. The dollars flow according to how much “medical” persuasion it takes to manipulate you into a medical income. Health and “cures” do not relate to the cash flow of the medical establishment.

However, there is some excellence in the American medical system that has to do with trauma emergency care. Also, I think American bone and thoracic surgeons are superior. But we have to know what we can use to our benefit. We need to be aware that most American medical care is a drug culture used as a system of symptomology. They treat symptoms only.

Your personal goal should be to reverse sickness to wellness. No drug will do this, but millions are doing it through knowledge empowerment.

And money? Well, some people attract money and some people repel money. Yes, some people actually repel money. I have seen many people who repel money and you have, too. They could win the lottery and be broke again in days. But if you have a proclivity for knowledge and an inquiring mind, you can learn to attract rather than repel money. Fewer people than you can imagine have this quest.

There is plenty of money and wealth for everybody, but only a few people tune in to money and wealth. The rest follow the crowd; and because they are followers, they get only the detritus.

I get great entertainment from observing people and their understanding of subjects like religion, politics and money. In short, most people don’t have a clue and how they make it day to day is a mystery to me.

My mother used to say that the Lord takes care of drunks and fools. Well, that worked in her day; but I believe it’s more complicated now. We have the unprecedented problem of ignorance coupled with poverty and mass malnutrition, and they are getting worse. People are operating under a mass deception.

Speaking of deception, that’s how we are ruled. People have to be deceived to be the walking zombies that they are. Really, most people just move through space and time. What monotony when there is so much to learn and get excited about!

I surely hope that your resolution for the new year will be to read more. If you are too busy to read, you are just too busy and foolishly so. Reading has everything to do with your health, your wealth and your happiness on this Earth, which equate with your personal liberty.

I find that serious readers are scarce… very scarce. Let’s do away with the frivolity and nonsense and get into real living and the real world.

Simple people think frivolity is living. What a deception and what a waste. Read, read, read and insist that your children read. If your children are small, you read to them yourself. You will be surprised at how they will blossom and you will give them a passion for knowledge that will last the rest of their lives.

Our mind can make us healthy and wealthy as God intended if we don’t waste it. Your mind will create anything. But like a computer, it has to be programmed. Nothing in means nothing out!

So I have arrived at what I believe to be an absolute truth. It is that the difference in people is what they read and how much they read.

I have seen that many people avoid reading as if it were poison. They run from the very thing that could enhance their lives in every way.

I can talk to a person two minutes and tell his or her level of reading. I am astounded at what comes out of the mouths of some of my “highly educated” friends. No wonder that deception rules the world.

So my prayer for you in the new year is to read, read, read some more.

Knowledge is power. Lack of knowledge cedes power to the government. Bad governments stay in power through deception. Deception allows bad governments to gradually reduce human liberty.

They have a method to steal the people’s assets without hostile awareness over a long period of time with inflation and income tax. Understanding this is the first key to gaining and maintaining wealth.

The key to government power is gradualism. Anything can be accomplished over a long period of time. People accept their conditioning no matter what it is.

After reading and gaining knowledge, I have found that the very first step toward awareness is to become suspicious of all politicians. They do not have your best interests — or you liberty — at heart.

Happy New Year, dear readers.

Beware this scam

Dear Bob,

I have a question.  Do you know of something called a 770 account which keeps your funds safe from the government?

Frank and Jan

Dear Frank and Jan,

I have been asked this question a number of times lately, so I decided to explore it. It turns out the 770 account is simply an attempt by nefarious salespeople seeking to defraud you of your money or sell you a whole life insurance policy under another name. The 770 comes from IRS code 7702 which governs life insurance contracts. It is not new that money can be borrowed tax-free from whole life insurance policies and that the interest paid on the loan goes into the policy rather to a lending institution. However, unlike a bank, you cannot simply withdraw your money from a whole life policy without incurring a heavy fee. And if you miss your payment, the policy can be canceled and you lose what you have paid in. Don’t fall for this scam. In fact, you should avoid whole life policies altogether. Even Dave Ramsey says so.

Best wishes,

Alabama town exercises its freedom

A Wisconsin-based atheist group failed in its attempt to intimidate an Alabama community into taking down a Nativity scene that is erected each year near City Hall.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has, in fact, had little luck intimidating Alabamians despite repeated attempts to stop Christmas parades and pre-football game prayers. The attempt to get the town of Rainbow City, Alabama, to remove its Nativity scene backfired, as have FFRF’s previous attempts in Alabama.

The town initially removed the Nativity after receiving the group’s letter. But it was quickly returned to the spot it had occupied for years. In response to the group’s attempt, hundreds of town residents rallied despite frigid weather. Other attempts by FFRF to get Alabama communities to change their practices have also resulted in large groups rallying on behalf of their communities or schools.

“This is ‘Rainbow City,’ a city with a name that indicates (the) promise (from) Genesis 9:13, ‘I will set my bow in the clouds as a covenant between me and the earth,’” said State Sen. Phil Williams, who represents the town in the Alabama Senate, on his Facebook page. “The so-called ‘Freedom From Religion’ foundation is welcome to stay in Wisconsin and avoid being offended.”

The Nativity scene is not a violation of Alabama’s religious freedom law. It is also not a violation of the 1st Amendment to erect a Nativity scene (nor any other religious display), as Rainbow City is not Congress. Nor is it a violation under the activist judiciary-created “incorporation doctrine” as setting up a display does not “establish” a religion.

If every municipality or organization receiving a missive from the FFRF responded like Alabama communities have, the group would soon go away.

A Christmas sermon

Aaron Bancroft, a Revolutionary War veteran of the battles at both Lexington and Bunker Hill, an American clergyman and George Washington biographer, delivered the following Christmas sermon in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1818:

The human mind is prone to pass from one extreme to its opposite. This observation may be illustrated from the history of the Christian community. The Roman Catholic Church carried ceremonial observances in religious worship to extreme abuse. They canonized numerous saints, and appointed so many days to be religiously observed in honor of their memory, as greatly to interfere with the important business of society. Like the Pharisees of old, the rulers of this church, in its corrupt age, made religion essentially to consist in the superstitious observance of external forms; and public worship with them degenerated into a splendid but lifeless ceremonial service.

But when the English Church threw off the yoke of Popery, their rulers, in the opinion of many discerning and pious men, retained too many of the forms of the ecclesiastical establishment from which they separated. The ceremonies which they did preserve, were certainly enforced by measures which in their operation infringed the rights of private judgment, and violated the humane spirit of their religion.

Our ancestors, who fled from this imposition on conscience, associated with their disaffection to the dominating temper and the abusive practices of that hierarchy, a dislike to nearly all the circumstances common to its public services. Every instrument of music was excluded from houses of religious worship; and a form of ecclesiastical government and religious service was excluded from houses of religious worship; and a form of ecclesiastical government and religious service was adopted, the best suited, perhaps, to the infant state of the colony, but not fitted for a great and independent nation in the state of improved society.

Christmas was pre-eminently distinguished among the holy days of the Romish and the English church; and the general opposition of our forefathers to their superstitions and abuses was extended to this festival. They through several succeeding generations not only refused to join in the religious offices of the season, but they also scrupulously abstained on this anniversary from those articles of the table, which usually composed a part of a Christmas dinner.

We, their favored descendants, fondly cherish the highest veneration for their memories; we dwell with delight on their live of civil and religious liberty, on their piety and patriotism; our hearts are warmed by grateful recollections as often as we review the invaluable institutions which they have transmitted to us; and at the same time we rejoice that we are liberated from the prejudices which their situation rendered unavoidable Not feeling the pressure of that iron hand which bore heavily on them, we can calmly separate accidental circumstances from essential principles. With higher means of instruction, we can consistently drop the weak and indifferent appendages of their system, while we sacredly adhere to its sound and vital parts.

In respect to ceremonial observances, a more liberal spirit now prevails through our country. In many of our religious societies organs have been in introduced in church music; and in most of them other instruments are now used without giving offence. While, in the progress of society, all other institutions have their appropriate ornaments, many think, that if social worship be left without decoration, it will be destitute of those external attraction, which to a large portion of mankind are beneficial, if not necessary. And they imagine that embellishment may be introduced without corrupting the spirituality, or lessening the moral influence of public worship.

Situated as we are, may we not, without unreasonable bias, determine the degree of estimation in which Christmas services ought to be holden by a Christian community? The New Testament has not appointed anniversary services in commemoration of the birth of our Savior. If we celebrate this event, we should consider it as a privilege with which we are indulged, not as a duty divinely enjoined. This celebration is not by divine authority appointed; it is not by divine authority forbidden. Its expediency should be determined by its probable effects. We publicly commemorate the anniversary of our national independence; we publicly honor the memories of the benefactors of our country. Is it not then proper, that we should celebrate the advent of Emanuel into our world? Is any other event great in comparison with this? Has any other being appeared among men to whom we are under obligations of gratitude, when compared with him?

Should any object to the time of this celebration, on the plea, that we have not conclusive proof respecting the particular day on which our Savior was born, our answer is, the objection on the point before us has no force. Christ the Savior was born into our world; whether we celebrate his appearance on the precise day of his birth, or on some other, to a religious purpose is a circumstance of no importance. The Christian community in general entertain the same opinion respecting the time; if the event be publicly noticed, it is convenient, and therefore desirable, that there should be uniformity in the day of celebration.

The useful purposes contemplated by the religious observances of the season are these: to direct our serious attention to the great salvation, which Jesus Christ descended from heaven to publish to a sinful world; to excite in us suitable returns of gratitude for the inestimable privileges we possess as his disciples; to animate us to sustain with firmness and consistency the Christian profession; to inspire us with diligence in the cultivation of the Christian graces and virtues; and to insure our perseverance in the path towards Christian perfection.

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If war is on, who started it?

The NYPD union issued a statement in the wake of the assassination of two its officers in which it declared the department is at war. So if a war is on, who started it?

Police departments across the country have been arming themselves for war for years using the Department of Defense 1033 program, which transfers military weaponry to state and local police departments for free. We have been documenting this and other police abuses for months here on Personal Liberty Digest™ in our “Power of the State” section.

According to a recent report compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union that we told you about in June, local law enforcement has become more dangerous, more abusive and more militarized than ever. Under the DoD program, at least 500 American law enforcement agencies have received mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles built to withstand roadside bombs. Through the program, more than 17,000 police and sheriff’s departments have outfitted their SWAT units with military weaponry like rocket launchers, high-powered rifles, night-vision goggles, battle uniforms, bomb suits, tools for forced entry, armored vehicles, utility trucks and helicopters. More than $4.3 billion in military-grade equipment has been transferred from the DoD to local cops.

In Maricopa County, Arizona, hero-to-conservatives Sheriff Joe Arpaio has accumulated through the 1033 program 33 bomb suits, 704 units of night-vision equipment, 1,034 guns (712 of which are rifles), 42 forced-entry tools such as battering rams, 830 units of surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, 13,409 personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or uniforms, 120 utility trucks, 64 armored vehicles, four GPS devices, 17 helicopters and 21,211 other types of military equipment.

One of the requirements for law enforcement agencies to keep the military equipment is that it must be deployed. And SWAT units often deploy the MRAPs, night-vision equipment, high-powered rifles and forced-entry tools on simple drug raids in peaceful neighborhoods. In these raids, innocent people have been beaten and shot, and babies have had their faces blown off with flash bang grenades. Officers have even been known to shoot or stomp to death people’s dogs and parakeets. And often, no drugs are found in the house assaulted.

According to the ACLU’s report, the majority (62 percent) of SWAT deployments were drug searches. But SWAT deployments with military gear were also used to execute search warrants of suspects’ homes. In instances in which SWAT units were deployed, 54 percent of the time they were deployed on minorities.

There are many justifications employed by law enforcement to accrue this weaponry. But key among them is a fear of the people who support the Constitution and are unhappy with the direction of government. This fear, promoted by the Department of Homeland Security in bulletins sent to police agencies, was expressed by a deputy in Spokane, Washington, recently.

In Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting, MRAPs, tear gas and other military gear were deployed on peaceful protesters. And while cops were assaulting protesters, they were letting looters have free reign to torch and vandalize businesses.

Cops across the country have developed an us-versus-them mentality. A lot of this mindset goes directly to the military training officers receive, whether through their previous military careers or from the DoD through the 1033 program or from DHS. Rather than treat people with respect during interactions, they often bark orders at them, lie to them, handcuff them without cause (allegedly for safety) and sometimes beat them or shoot them indiscriminately. Cops, prosecutors and judges are part of the system and protect each other at all costs.

Additionally, government at all levels is failing the people. The elected class serves the banksters, corporations and lobbyists rather than the interests of the voters. Their policies have increased unemployment, created massive debt and devalued the people’s savings. Under forfeiture laws, police are given free rein — encouraged, actually — to confiscate cash and property from people without proof of wrongdoing.

The police serve the elected class and are seen by the people who are suffering under the failed system as the enforcers of the failed system.

Robert Wenzel of the Economic Policy Journal calls the shooting of the two officers “Domestic Blowback.” He writes:

The anger is real, though generally misdirected. The problem is not racial but government oppression. Curiously, this anger is now being directed, though a bit in a confused manner, at the first line enforcers of government regulations, the police. It is, for all practical purposes, blowback against the government rules and regulations that have created a toxic brew of failure and anger among many black youth.

They experience the first line enforcers on a regular basis. They don’t understand the deep nature of the rules and regulations that are causing their plight, but they do know the police are on the opposite side of the plight, pushing them, stopping them, frisking them and arresting them. And thus the anger at the police…

It’s not an attack on an “entire city.” It is an attack by one black man against the first line of government enforcement, the police. There will be all kinds of talk about the community coming together and how race relations need to be improved, But this is all touchy feely nonsense.

What needs to be done is that black men, and others in the same predicament, must be freed from the shackles of minimum wage laws, drug laws etc. Compulsory useless government public school “education” must be stopped. And the government needs to stop shoveling support to women who have children without fathers in the home. Until such measures are taken to diffuse the situation and provide new avenues and direction, especially for angry young black men, the anger will continue and others…are likely to take up the cry of  Ismaaiyl Brinsley, “They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”

Let’s hope the rest of us don’t get caught up as collateral damage in the crossfire in this new domestic blowback.

So if there is a war on clearly it was not started by the people. Nor is there any evidence there is suddenly a rash of shootings of police by the people. If there is a war, it is currently being waged by most law enforcement and a few radicals like Brinsley, who was a serial criminal, an Islamist and member of a Marxist-leaning revolutionary gang.

But that’s not to say that if the police act in the manner advocated by the NYPD union to “… become a ‘wartime’ police department” and “act accordingly,” that the people will not soon oblige them.

Are you an alpha male?

One sign you may be an alpha male is your taste for spicy foods.

Alpha males — those who take leadership roles and those who take the most risks — have the most testosterone, generally speaking. A study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior seems to indicate that men with the most testosterone prefer spicy foods. And previous research on rats has shown that eating chili peppers increases testosterone levels.

Professor Laurent Begue, who led the study on men, said the research, “[D]emonstrated a positive correlation between salivary testosterone and the quantity of hot sauce male participants voluntarily and spontaneously consumed with a male. Additional, testosterone levels correlated with participants’ perceptions of the spiciness of their meal after a tasting task.”

Researchers found that men with higher testosterone levels tended to add more spices to their meals. Begue posited that higher levels of testosterone lead men to seek thrills and take risks by eating spicier foods.

The spicy chemical in chili peppers that creates heat is capsaicin. It binds with the pain receptor to create the burning sensation one gets when eating spicy foods. Capsaicin is often used in topical creams to treat minor aches and pains of the muscles and joints like arthritis, back pain and minor sprains.

Previous studies have shown that people who eat a lot of chili peppers have a lower incidence of prostate cancer. Seeing these studies together made a light go off for me. Hopefully, it will for researchers as well.

Testosterone is a hormone. It is found in quantities in men and in women to a lesser extent.

Hormones go down with aging. As men age after 40, prostate levels of estradial (estrogen) gradually rise. And levels of progesterone and testosterone decline to dramatically lower levels by age 60. It’s not incidental that as hormones decrease, we have degenerative disease, including impotency. Cardiovascular disease is another byproduct of low testosterone.

Restoring hormone balance is far more important as we become seniors, since both men and women become estrogen-dominant as we age, especially if we are overweight.

The big risk is estrogen dominance without even taking estrogen. There are so many Xenoestrogens in everything around us from prepared foods to the cans and bottles our foods and drinks are packaged in to bug sprays and other household chemicals. Since most people are overweight, our bodies even manufacture more excess estrogen, which makes us still more overweight. We have to balance those hormones.

Even conventional medicine is beginning to recognize the true role of testosterone in prostate disease. Prostate enlargement is caused by estrogen, a growth-stimulating hormone in prostate tissue. Testosterone offsets this by reducing the ratio of estrogen to testosterone.

Yet the standard treatment for prostate cancer is suppression of testosterone production — either through surgery (castration) or with drugs. What gives? That flies in the face of reason until you realize that conventional medicine is a racket.

Testosterone is an unqualified treatment for arterial and cardiovascular disease. It reduces the chance of the prostate diseases, including cancer. Boosting testosterone levels can restore libido in men whose testosterone output is deficient. Testosterone replacement is quite effective in restoring erections in men and libido in women, though women don’t need nearly as much.

If you want to continue to be an alpha male into your senior years, consume more spicy foods. Eat healthy foods. Exercise. Limit or eliminate sugar from your diet. Take supplements for vitamin D3, zinc, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and DIM (diindolylmethane), and use a topical testosterone cream if your levels remain low. You should have your testosterone level tested if you are over 60.

This type of health is a cycle. Spicy foods increase testosterone. Increased testosterone promotes the consumption of more spicy foods. Exercise increases testosterone. Weight loss increases testosterone. Increased testosterone makes exercise more productive and increases weight loss. Capsaicin production helps with pain management, particularly in the joints and muscles from arthritis or overwork. Spicy foods increase capsaicin production, which makes it easier to exercise.

Start the cycle. Be an alpha male.

Crises, wars, lies, money printing and more lies — or business as usual in 2014

The year 2014 is fading to black. It was a good year if you’re a bankster, a big corporation or part of Big Pharma or the military-industrial complex. For the rest of us, not so much.

Banksters got a debt-free gambling card in the “cromnibus” bill passed by Congress a few days ago. It’s a great Christmas present for them. They can once again put depositor’s money at risk with a guaranteed government bailout in their pockets should things turn bad again. And they will.

Congress gave itself a Christmas present. Each member now gets a $1,000-per-month luxury-car allowance, thanks a provision hidden in the 1,603-page boondoggle. The Founding Fathers did not expect special perks for holding office. The current crop of the political class believes it’s entitled to be treated as royalty.

Ebola came and went as a crisis. Big Pharma got a cash infusion to speed up creation of a vaccine for it, and hazmat suit and protective gear makers cashed in big. We got an Ebola czar out of it (though no one has seen him since he was named to the post), and a gun-grabbing surgeon general for icing on the proverbial cake. It provided a nice distraction for the regime under fire over its numerous scandals as the midterm election neared.

Speaking of the midterm, the electorate swept a bunch of Democrats out of the capitol building and into lucrative lobbying careers. Some Americans actually thought the Republican “landslide” election might stifle President Barack Obama’s treasonous, impeachable and unconstitutional activities. They also thought the Republicans they empowered would begin to act like conservatives. That delusion ended quickly. Weeper of the House John Boehner showed once again that he just another progressive, big government fascist. Conservative voters are like battered women who keep going back to their man, thinking things will get better.

We got more war and rumors of even more wars. The Obama regime is both funding and arming ISIS while it fights ISIS. That makes sense only if you understand that all wars are bankster wars and they benefit the global elites to the detriment of the people.

Congress also essentially declared war on Russia. It seems there are more enemies than we have sticks at which to shake.

We got more money printing and more false stories of a “recovery.” We got more people on the welfare rolls and more people not working. And those more people not working got uncounted from the unemployment rolls so that we could get a false unemployment number for the administration to tout as further sign of a recovery. But just like the false stock numbers propped up by phony money, the official unemployment number is a scam and a sham.

There was a shooting in a little place few had heard of that turned into a big deal. It’s served to shine the light on something we have been talking about for years here at Personal Liberty Digest™: Police are becoming more militant and more militarized and no longer “protect and serve” their communities.

We got more lies from Eric Holder. We got more lies from Obama. We got more lies from Congress. In other words, it was business as usual for the psychopaths in the Washington, D.C., cesspool. And that business is bad; it has been for decades with little hope for a change. (See what I did there?)

So let’s put a cap on 2014 with a look back at the articles I wrote that most caught your attention. These were the year’s most read articles. In addition to providing a refresher on some of the year’s biggest stories, this exercise may also serve to help educate some of our new readers who may have missed some of these discussions and to rebut some preconceived biases some have — as evidenced by their comments — when they first arrive at Personal Liberty Digest.

So here they are, counting backward beginning with No. 10. I hope you enjoy the year in review.

America is under military occupation, but Americans are pushing back

Heavily armed and armored, camouflage-clad storm troopers swarmed across the city, pointing rifles at citizens and journalists, firing tear gas and blasting with sound cannons the crowds that were standing in their own yards and business parking lots, or walking down the streets. An armored vehicle with a machine gun mounted on top rolled past in a show of force.

A scene from some Third World dictatorship or from Communist China? No. It’s right out of middle America.

The response by the St. Louis County Police Department to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was to demonstrate the overwhelming force of a military occupation in an effort to intimidate the populace into submission. It served to do the opposite.

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Another day, another mass shooting

There was another mass shooting last week. I’m sure you heard about, given that it was all over the news.

A gunman entered a laundromat and opened fire, injuring at least six people. Most of the victims were young adults, but two were teenagers aged 14 and 16. The gunman was still at large. There was no word on whether he was responsible for the 30 other shootings that occurred in the same area over a three-day span that included the laundromat attack.

What? You didn’t hear about it?

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Are they going after your ‘safety’ deposit box?

Cash money now in a “safety” deposit box or anywhere is presumed to be illegal. This is the excuse to seize it, saying it is your burden to prove that you paid taxes on it, that it is not illegal proceeds from drugs or that it is not laundered money.

One bank writes to a customer, “Lessee acknowledges that the safe deposit box is not intended to store without limitations, such things as domestic or foreign currency whether in paper, coin, or other form.”

Why, in the last days of a regime, do governments come so hard after your cash or other assets? Why don’t they just print the paper money?

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Why Houston mayor’s attack on preachers was not a 1st Amendment issue

Last week, the Houston mayor and city council attempted a direct assault on religious liberty and speech after they got into a snit when voters revolted against an Orwellian nondiscrimination ordinance that, among other things, would allow men to use women’s public restrooms and women to use men’s.

The voter revolt took the form of a petition drive that generated some 50,000 signatures — almost three times as many as required to put a referendum on the issue on the ballot. Demonstrating that the rule of law in Houston city government has disappeared into the memory hole, the psychopaths ruling the place threw the petition out. This prompted a lawsuit against the city by opponents of the ordinance.

The city responded by attacking preachers, issuing subpoenas that ordered them to submit any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, or else face charges of contempt of court.

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Nashville cops defy the Secret Service, refuse to violate the 4th Amendment

A couple of Secret Service agents took time out last year from soliciting prostitutes and ignoring White House trespassers, deciding instead to spend some their time dismissing the 4th Amendment’s protection against unlawful search and seizure and attempting to lie their way into a man’s home.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson recently wrote a letter to members of the U.S. House Oversight Committee describing an incident in which Secret Service agents attempted to convince two Nashville police officers to help them gain entrance to a man’s home even though they didn’t have a warrant. He told the committee he had complained to top Secret Service officials in Washington following the incident, and they did not seem to care.

The incident occurred in January 2013 when the Secret Service went to a Nashville man’s home to investigate comments the man allegedly made on a Facebook post threatening the president.

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The case for Obama’s impeachment

There is clear and convincing evidence that President Barack Obama has on numerous occasions willfully committed treason and high crimes and misdemeanors and should be removed from office.

The “crimes” that led to the impeachment of both Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton and the resignation of Richard Nixon pale in comparison to Obama’s. Johnson’s “crimes” were purely political. He favored a policy of benevolent reconciliation with the Southern states following the Civil War. He issued a series of proclamations that directed the Southern states to hold conventions and elections to reform their governments; he attempted to veto a number of bills establishing military districts to oversee the new state governments; he vetoed an incumbent protection act called the Tenure of Office Act; and he fired Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who was working against him at every turn. Those moves were all contrary to the wishes of the Republicans who controlled both houses of Congress in the aftermath of the war. The impeachment vote in the Senate failed by one vote on all three counts to receive the two-thirds majority necessary to remove Johnson from office.

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In Texas, another ‘why-you-should-never-call-police’ moment

More and more, police have ruled themselves judge, jury and executioner. Unfortunately, another family has learned too late that you should never call police.

On Nov. 4, 2013, Michael Blair, a paranoid schizophrenic, suffered a delusional episode, grabbed a knife and claimed he wanted to kill himself. He locked himself in a bathroom. His family called 911.

While police were en route, a family member placed a cellphone in the hallway to monitor the police response. This video is the result.

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It’s 14 months of torture for Justina Pelletier

In the 14 months since the state of Massachusetts and Boston Children’s Hospital kidnapped Justina Pelletier “for her own good,” her health has deteriorated to where she is now confined to a wheelchair. Justina has been subjected to psychiatric torture, imprisoned in a psychiatric ward, denied medications prescribed by her longtime physician, force-medicated by strange doctors and prevented from contact with her parents for more than one hour per week. Her parents have been charged with child abuse, gagged by the courts, financially drained and emotionally destroyed.

Isn’t life grand in “free” USA for those who run afoul of the medical-industrial complex?

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What’s behind the growing pile of dead banker bodies?

It’s become a health hazard to be a banker. What evil lurks beneath the pile of dead bodies?

In growing numbers, the bodies of dead bankers are piling up in the streets — at least eight global financial types in recent weeks (and five others in the past year). And a financial reporter for The Wall Street Journal walked out of his house and mysteriously hasn’t been seen or heard from in weeks.

So what gives?

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Flu folly

On the local news the other day the talking head was lamenting the growing number of flu cases in Alabama. Alabama, along with 39 other states, is currently experiencing a widespread flu outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“But what about the flu vaccine?” she breathlessly asked the physician she was interviewing.

“We are treating a number of the people who had the flu vaccine but they still got the flu,” the doctor said. “In fact, most of the patients we’re seeing were vaccinated.”

What? How can that be? I thought the purpose of the vaccine was to prevent the flu.

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Here’s what the 2nd Amendment means

Bob Livingston,

You are guilty, as are the NRA, the NAGR, all pro-gun organizations, and all American gun lovers, of interpreting the 2nd Amendment to fit your agenda.  All of you forget that it was written over 200 years ago FOR MEMBERS OF MILITIAS AS THEY EXISTED BACK THEN.  THE 2ND AMENDMENT DOES NOT GIVE YOU AND OTHERS LIKE YOU THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.  All of you are making believe that the first few words of the 2nd Amendment do not exist.  BUT, THEY DO -“A WELL REGULATED MILITIA…”.  Actually, you all should read the 2nd Amendment again.  And, don’t give me that crap about the Supreme Court interpreting the 2nd Amendment your way.  They have been wrong a few times in the last few years (ever since they became an arm of the Republican and tea parties).

If you would, please reply to this.  Yet, like the rest of the pro-gun  backers, you are probably afraid to reply because you know I’m right.

Frank L Duley

Dear Frank L Duley,

You write: “You are guilty … and all American gun lovers, of interpreting the 2nd Amendment to fit your agenda.” It needs no interpretation. Like all of the Constitution, it is quite clear and easy to understand. And given that my “agenda” is liberty and Constitutional governance, there is no confusion about supporting it or abiding by it.

You write: “All of you forget that it was written over 200 years ago FOR MEMBERS OF MILITIAS AS THEY EXISTED BACK THEN.” I have not forgotten when the Constitution was written, but you are partially correct. Tench Coxe described the militia this way: “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People.” In a speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, George Mason said: “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” “A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves … and include… all men capable of bearing arms. … The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle,” wrote Richard Lee as the Federal Farmer. The Militia Act of 1792 defines the militia as all able bodied men ages 18 to 45. Further, it requires all of them to provide their own arms and ammunition, which were the military weapons of the day. The fact that the U.S. government, against the advice of the Founders, has created a standing army does not negate the fact that militias can and do still exist and that every American still has the right to “keep and bear arms.”

You write: “THE 2ND AMENDMENT DOES NOT GIVE YOU AND OTHERS LIKE YOU THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.” You are correct. Government does not give me any rights. My rights — and yours — come from God. God gives me and others like me the right to keep and bear arms. The 2nd Amendment was established to restrict government from infringing on that right.

You write: “All of you are making believe that the first few words of the 2nd Amendment do not exist.  BUT, THEY DO -“A WELL REGULATED MILITIA…” I cannot speak for others that make up your “all of you,” but as for myself, I have never believed or stated that the first few words of the 2nd Amendment do not exist. The difference between you and me is that I understand what the Founders meant by “well regulated Militia.” According to “An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. II” by Noah Webster, published in 1828, the definition of “regulated” is this: “adjusted by rule, method or forms, put in good order, subjected to rules or restrictions.” The “Random House College Dictionary” (1980) gives one more definition dating from 1690 and relating to troops: “properly disciplined.” So well regulated, to the Founders, meant a group of troops put in good order and properly disciplined. It is curious, however, that while you accuse me of ignoring the opening clause of the Amendment, you willfully ignore the closing one: “…shall not be infringed.”

You write: “Actually, you all should read the 2nd Amendment again.” Done. It says the same thing it said the last time I read it, and every other time before that. It is quite clear.

You write: “And, don’t give me that crap about the Supreme Court interpreting the 2nd Amendment your way.  They have been wrong a few times in the last few years (ever since they became an arm of the Republican and tea parties).” The Supreme Court is an arm of government and corporations and, as such, rules on behalf of government and corporations. If you believe otherwise, you are delusional.

You write: “If you would, please reply to this.  Yet, like the rest of the pro-gun  backers, you are probably afraid to reply because you know I’m right.” You are wrong on both counts: I am not “afraid to reply,” nor are you “right.” These two links (here and here) should set you aright, if you are willing to be honest.

Best wishes,


Normalizing Cuba

After 56 years, America has moved to remove the economic embargo on Cuba. It’s a move steeped in American foreign policy hypocrisy.

In making the announcement about normalizing relations, President Barack Obama said: “It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous and stable Cuba.” The announcement came less than week after Obama announced plans to sign into law a bill that would impose sanctions on Venezuela and said that he supported even more sanctions on already-sanctioned Russia.

If it’s clear that isolation didn’t work, why is America moving to implement a clearly failed policy on Venezuela and Russia — a policy that is an act of war? And if it failed in Cuba, why continue it in regard to Iran and North Korea? And finally, why did the American embargo on Cuba last so long?

Was it because Cuba was run by a Communist regime? No. The U.S. has traded and had diplomatic relations with Communist China for years. Normal diplomatic and economic relations with Communist Vietnam were established in 1995.

Was it because Cuba was considered an enemy since the Cuban Missile Crisis? No. Russia was the driver in that incident, and the U.S. and Russia normalized relations after the Soviet Union fell apart. And see Vietnam above.

Was it because Cuba is a human rights violator? Clearly, Cuba is. But so is U.S. “ally” Saudi Arabia, as are China, Vietnam, Egypt and others with which the U.S. trades and interacts.

It looks like the Obama regime has two purposes for opening relations with Cuba: to check Russia’s move to use the island as a base of operations on America’s doorstep (a move Vladimir Putin made in response to America’s base of operations on his doorstep in the Ukraine) and to benefit the banksters and big business.

According to The Washington Post, the banksters, corporations, Major League Baseball and government-sponsored “humanitarian” organizations will get access to the island, as will families with Cuban relatives. But tourists won’t be able to go there. And those who do go to Cuba can bring back only $100 worth of Cuban cigars and rum.

Removing the embargo and normalizing relations is step in the right direction. Unfortunately, it’s just a baby step, and it doesn’t go far enough.

Both the American and Cuban people would benefit from open and free trade between the two countries.

The harsh winter at Valley Forge

In December 1777, Gen. George Washington and his Patriot forces were smarting from recent defeats at Germantown and Brandywine, and lamenting the fact that Philadelphia — the new nation’s capital — had subsequently fallen into British hands. While British Gen. William Howe and his troops were preparing for the winter in relative comfort in and around Philadelphia, 20 to 30 miles away the Patriot forces were stamping about in the wilderness, shifting positions in the area around the city.

The week before Christmas, Washington informed his troops that they would be building their camp in the wilderness and would not be going home for the winter. The commander of the Pennsylvania militia, John Cadwalader, had recommended the troops not be allowed furlough because they — and the people of Pennsylvania — “were disappointed” that Washington had not been able to keep Howe out of Philadelphia. Removing the American army from Pennsylvania would be seen as a sign of fatal weakness, Cadwalader told Washington. Plus there was a danger that if the troops left they would not return in the spring.

One of Washington’s top aides, Maj. Gen. William Alexander (aka Lord Stirling) recommended the base be set up at the junction of the Schuylkill River and Valley Creek near a forge the British had destroyed about two months earlier near a village called Valley Forge. On Dec. 19, Washington told his troops where they would spend the winter and that he would “share in the hardship and partake of every inconvenience” they would endure. And it turned out there was hardship and inconvenience aplenty.

The winter of 1777 was brutal and the troops endured it living in drafty tents, poorly clothed and often without shoes. The men chopped and sawed wood almost constantly and endured smoke from the many acrid fires set to try to keep the men warm. At suppertime, there arose shouts from hundreds of voices of: “No meat! No meat!”

Some of the men didn’t have a single shirt or pair of breeches and they went through camp wrapped in blankets, walking barefoot in the snow to haul water from the river to camp. While on sentry duty, many stood with their bare feet inside their hats. Feet and legs froze, turned black and were amputated.

In his book, “Patriots,” A.J. Langguth writes that the men survived on damp masses of flour called “fire cakes” that were baked on stones. A young surgeon name Albigence Waldo got the same answer whenever he toured the camp and asked what was for dinner: “Fire cake and water sir.”

The men were slowly starving, and Washington pleaded with Congress for food and clothing for his men. Meanwhile, local farmers were selling their cattle and their stored grain to the British in Philadelphia because the Brits paid in English pounds while all Washington had to offer was worthless paper scrip issued by Congress. If Washington caught farmers herding cattle toward Philadelphia, he would seize the herd and jail the farmer.

Despite their privation, the mood of the soldiers remained surprisingly upbeat. When Congress declared a day of Thanksgiving, troops were provided a “treat” of 4 ounces of rice and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. To pass the time, they held dinner parties, limiting the attendance to men under certain conditions: like men without a whole pair of trousers.

A lieutenant general from Prussia, Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, joined the American cause and befriended Washington at Valley Forge. Washington took an immediate liking to him because von Steuben didn’t seek the trappings of an officer but wanted only to volunteer and help train the men.

With Washington’s blessing, von Steuben began drilling the troops. He established rules for hygiene, reconfigured companies to cover for losses to illness and frostbite, and turned them from a group of irregulars into a fighting force capable of using military tactics. By the time Washington discovered von Steuben was a fraud (a parson’s son who had been a major in the Prussian military rather than a person of royalty and station), he had proven himself invaluable.

When spring arrived, troop morale was good, despite the hardships brought on the by the harsh winter — mainly because Washington had stayed with the men and because von Steuben had given them a sense of purpose.

A raid on two British supply ships had provided the American soldiers with new wool uniforms. They were also now sufficiently trained and ready to engage the British, and they were itching to do so.

Fire up your body’s own ‘fountain of youth’

Cells age as we age. This is fact of life. All living things eventually face cell deterioration, and that includes the cells in your body. It’s the chemical process called oxidation, which occurs when cells interact with oxygen molecules.

When this happens to fruit, it rots and becomes rancid. Cell oxidation is a normal body function, and dead cells are typically replaced by new healthy cells. However, in the human body some of the cells don’t die. Instead, they transform into free radicals.

Free radicals roam the body and injure healthy cells, damaging the DNA. This is how sickness and disease start.

In a healthy body, free radicals are eliminated before they can cause major damage. However, advancing age and exposure to environmental toxins plus unhealthy habits such as drinking, smoking and a poor diet can cause the body to lack the energy to destroy free radicals.

Free radicals can be found at the root of all the big, life-robbing diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants work to prevent and reduce the oxidation process as well as help prevent free radical damage.

Resveratrol is perhaps one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet and is found in the skin of red grapes. It has the unique ability to protect the life of your cells by targeting the “survival gene” in each cell.

Without cell death or free radical damage, your cells live longer, therefore helping to extend your life and protect you from illness and disease.

Here is a list of superfoods that provide the best antioxidant and other benefits and should be consumed daily:

  • Grapes: Purple, red and blue grapes are the best. They are loaded with phytochemicals and contain vitamin C and selenium. Dark-colored grapes contain more of these elements than green.
  • Blueberries: Contain the vitamins and minerals that strengthen the immune system and provide the phytochemicals that help protect from cancer and heart disease.
  • Red berries: Raspberries and strawberries contain ellagic acid, a phytochemical that helps protect against cancer-causing agents in the environment and in the standard American diet.
  • Nuts: Walnuts provide high doses of vitamin C. Brazil nuts provide selenium. These and other nuts provide phytochemicals, healthy fats and plant sterols, which help lower cholesterol.
  • Dark green vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, kale and collard greens provide vitamins C, E and A; calcium; magnesium; and potassium. They also provide antioxidants. Kale, leeks and lettuce provide the antioxidants lutein and quercetin.
  • Sweet potatoes and orange vegetables: Sweet potatoes provide vitamins A, C and B6; calcium; potassium; and fiber. Carrots and other orange vegetables like butternut and acorn squash provide vitamins A and C in addition to phytochemicals.
  • Tea: Green tea, especially, contains two potent phytochemicals: anthocyanin and pro anthocyanin. These antioxidants fight inflammation. Other beneficial phytochemicals in green tea include catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EFCG).
  • Whole grains: Whole grains provide zinc and selenium, which help to protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Beans: Black beans and kidney beans provide folate. Lentils and black-eyed peas are rich in folate and zinc. Green soybeans provide vitamin C, calcium, zinc and selenium.
  • Fish: Sardines, salmon, oysters, mackerel, tuna, rainbow trout, shark and herring provide omega-3s.
  • Nature’s red meat: Nature’s red meat is free-range grass-fed beef, high in omega-3 and without cardiovascular risk. The 2-to-1 ratio of omega-3 over omega-6 fatty acid favors reduced inflammation. We are always safe with bison, venison, elk, wild turkey and other wild game.

Judicial ‘sappers and miners’ undermined the constitutional fabric of the nation

This is the second of two parts. If you have not already done so, I recommend you read “From republicanism to tyranny: How did we lose our rights?” before reading this second part.

The ink was barely dry on the final draft of the Constitution before the judicial “sappers and miners” had begun undermining the constitutional fabric of the nation. That partial quote, pulled from Thomas Jefferson’s letter to Thomas Ritchie in 1820, described what Jefferson saw the federal judiciary was already becoming just 30 years after the Constitution was ratified. In the letter, Jefferson was thanking Ritchie for giving him a copy of “Construction Construed, and Constitutions Vindicated” by John Taylor of Caroline, a work on the role of general government under the Constitution (and a book every liberty and history lover should read).

According to Jefferson, it was not an overreaching Congress that should be most feared, for taxes and elections would keep them under control. In fact, he wrote: “The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone. This will lay all things at their feet, and they are too well versed in English law to forget the maxim, ‘boni judicis est ampliare juris-dictionem.'”

The sapping and mining began in earnest 1803 when the U.S. Supreme Court established in its Marbury v. Madison decision the concept of “judicial review,” determining that it was the purview of the courts to decide on the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress or actions taken by the President. It is a concept discussed at length in the Philadelphia Convention and the ratifying conventions of the several states, but found nowhere in the Constitution in Article III.

Most of the Founders — noted exceptions being John Marshall (the Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in Marbury v. Madison), Rufus King, Oliver Ellsworth and William Richardson Davie — argued against the concept. John Mercer of Virginia said that he “disapproved the doctrine, that the judges, as expositors of the Constitution, should have the authority to declare the law void.” He thought “laws ought to be well and cautiously made, and then be uncontrollable.” James Madison said, “The meaning of the Constitution may as well be ascertained by the legislature as by the judicial authority.”

But none of them thought the federal judiciary should have authority to overturn state laws.

Jefferson would later write of judicial review, “The question whether the judges are invested with exclusive authority to decide on the constitutionality of a law has been heretofore a subject of consideration with me in the exercise of official duties. Certainly there is not a word in the Constitution which has given that power to them more than to the Executive or Legislative branches.”

In fact, Marshall himself argued both for and against judicial review in the 1788 Virginia Ratifying Convention when he claimed the Supreme Court could only rule on federal law, not state statutes. But in 1810, Marshall wrote the majority opinion in Fletcher v. Peck, a ruling in which a Georgia law was ruled unconstitutional. [i]

The Civil War’s aftermath

Following the Civil War, the Union occupying army began enforcing laws called “Black Codes” to regulate the behavior of newly free blacks. Even the Freedmen’s Bureau, a government agency under the Department of War tasked with defending the rights of blacks, worked to force blacks to continue laboring for paltry wages under Southern planters enduring a labor shortage in order to ensure continued cotton production. The Freedman’s Bureau also helped both the military and the local governments enforce vagrancy laws that required blacks hold jobs.

Southern states took up Black Codes of their own and began passing laws restricting the ability of blacks to own property, conduct business, buy and lease land, and move about freely in public places. Key provisions of these Black Codes were the vagrancy laws that labeled those blacks not working, those unable to pay certain taxes or those who violated certain other laws as vagrants.

Northern states also had Black Code laws both before and after the war. Theirs were mostly designed to keep blacks out of the states altogether.

To combat this and to establish that newly freed blacks had all the “privileges and immunities” of white citizens (i.e., that they could own property, conduct business, buy and lease land and move about freely in public places), Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. When he introduced the bill, Congressman James F. Wilson said the bill:

[P]rovides for the equality of citizens of the United States in the enjoyment of “civil rights and immunities.” What do these terms mean? Do they mean that in all things civil, social, political, all citizens, without distinction of race or color, shall be equal? By no means can they be so construed. Do they mean that all citizens shall vote in the several States? No; for suffrage is a political right which has been left under the control of the several States, subject to the action of Congress only when it becomes necessary to enforce the guarantee of a republican form of government (protection against a monarchy). Nor do they mean that all citizens shall sit on the juries, or that their children shall attend the same schools. The definition given to the term “civil rights” in Bouvier’s Law Dictionary is very concise, and is supported by the best authority. It is this: “Civil rights are those which have no relation to the establishment, support, or management of government.”

According to Raoul Berger in “Government by Judiciary: Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment,” there were very specific “rights” guaranteed under the Civil Rights Act of 1866. As evidence, he quotes its framers. Berger writes:

Radical Senator Henry Wilson of Massachusetts urged the framers to ensure that the freeman “can go where he pleases, work when and for whom he pleases, that he can sue and be sued, that he can lease and buy and sell and own property, real and personal” — measures to strike the shackles of the Black Codes. Senator William Windom of Minnesota said that the Civil Rights Bill afforded the blacks “an equal right, nothing more . . . to make and enforce contracts [etc.] . . . It merely provides safeguards to shield them from wrong and outrage and to protect them in the enjoyment of the right to exist.” The framers responded to what Senator Timothy Howe of Wisconsin termed the South’s denial to blacks of “the plainest and most necessary rights of citizenship. The right to hold land . . . the right to collect wages by processes of law . . . the right to appear in the courts for any wrong done them.” In 1871, Senator Lyman Trumbull reminded the Senate that the Act declared that the rights of blacks “should be the same as those conceded to whites in certain respects, which were named in the Act.” And in 1874, the Supreme Court stated that “the Amendment did not add to the privileges and immunities of a citizen,” which had been construed in terms of trade and commerce.

Congress suspected the Civil Rights Act could be overturned or rendered unconstitutional, so lawmakers drafted the 14th Amendment in order to prevent its repeal and to give it the support of constitutional footing. But what it did was further trample the Constitution in order to codify the act into constitutional law.

The former Confederate states were to be allowed back into the Union upon their passage of the 13th Amendment. But when the 14th Amendment came along, Congress, knowing the Southern states would not likely ratify the amendment, wanted to count votes without Southern congressmen taking their seats and voting. In other words, the Congress had recognized the legitimacy of the Southern states in order to pass the 13th Amendment, but then delegitimized them again, requiring them to ratify the 14th Amendment as a prelude to removing martial law.

When the 10 former Confederate states — joined by Kentucky, California, Delaware and Maryland — rejected the amendment, Congress sought to coerce them into ratifying it. Sen. James Dolittle of Wisconsin said, “The people of the South have rejected the constitutional amendment, and we will therefore march upon them and force them to adopt it at the point of the bayonet.” Instead, Congress installed puppet legislatures made up of “Negroes, carpetbaggers and scalawags who obeyed the orders of the generals and ratified the amendment.” [Encyclopedia Americana]

When moderate Republicans saw Dolittle and other Radical Republicans in action, some had second thoughts on the amendment. The legislatures of two states, Ohio and New Jersey, declared they were rescinding their ratification. Oregon’s legislature passed a rescinding resolution three months after Secretary of State William Seward proclaimed the amendment ratified. In truth, only 21 of the 37 states ratified the amendment — short of the 28 required under the Constitution.

So what has the 14th Amendment wrought? It provided an opening through which federal courts have entered to create a host of new “rights” that never existed and trample on the rights of self-determination and states’ rights the Founders created. It’s into the 14th Amendment’s due process clause that activist judges have reached in order to strip the states and people of their liberty and give almost unlimited power to the general government.

Recall that the Bill of Rights was written to establish a set of restrictions on federal government. The Preamble to the Bill of Rights says so, as did the Founders. The courts agreed. Even Marshall said so in his opinion in Barron v. Baltimore. In that unanimous ruling, the court determined the Bill of Rights “contain no expression indicating an intention to apply them to State governments. This court cannot so apply them.”

Supreme Court decisions over the next several decades held that view even after the 14th Amendment became established law. In the first case, the court ruled in the Slaughterhouse cases that the amendment’s “Privileges and Immunities” clause affected only rights of United States citizenship, not state citizenship, and it did not restrict a state’s police powers. All that was turned on its head beginning in 1925 when an activist court cited the due process clause in Gitlow v. New York. In that case, the court applied the 1st Amendment to the states when it overturned the criminal conviction of Benjamin Gitlow.

Gitlow was a communist who was convicted of criminal anarchy for violating New York’s Criminal Anarchy Law of 1902 after writing a document called “Left Wing Manifesto” and publishing it in his newspaper, The Revolutionary Age.

Over the next several decades, the Supreme Court ruled in several cases based on this precedent. The “incorporation doctrine” spread until it eventually applied all the first eight amendments to the states.

But using the 14th Amendment, corporations have been granted by federal courts the same “rights” as citizens. Some believe that one of the purposes of the first section of the amendment was to grant rights to corporations on behalf of the railroads. (Do a Google search for railroads and the 14th Amendment conspiracy theory.)

The result of this is the Citizen’s United case, which granted freedom of speech to corporations and removed the previous ban on corporations and organizations using their treasury funds for direct advocacy. These groups were freed to expressly endorse or call to vote for or against specific candidates, actions that were previously prohibited. This ruling was based on the court’s ruling in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railway, which granted the same constitutional protections to corporations as individuals under the 14th Amendment’s “Equal Protection Clause.”

Corporations now control the political process. Corporations even control the Supreme Court.

Using the 14th Amendment, federal courts created a “right” to murder babies and have thrown out state-passed referenda on issues like traditional marriage and immigration. It was used to overturn a host of state-passed referenda in the 1990s. It’s the incorporation doctrine — in which the first eight Amendments in the Bill of Rights are “incorporated” to apply to the states — that courts use to restrict religious displays at municipal and state buildings and prayer at public schools. It’s the incorporation doctrine that federal government is using to strip your state of its sovereignty and you of your liberty.

Now you may be asking what can be done to correct this and return to constitutional governance. I’m not certain it’s possible save in the aftermath of economic and societal collapse or through secession.

Thankfully, some progressive pointy-heads are starting to posit the notion that the United States would be better off without the conservative Southern states. Of course, many Southern conservatives feel they’d be better off without Washington, D.C.; parts of Washington state; New York City; Chicago; Detroit; and most of California. So secession might be a peaceful process should it be undertaken. And it is clear that an economic collapse is underway and is being papered over by the banksters.

But one route for remedy is nullification. It’s a process already taking root in Colorado; Washington; Oregon; Alaska; and Washington, D.C. — all of which have nullified federal laws on marijuana. Nullification is a legitimate process and was first used by Jefferson and Madison in 1798.

Electing a Congress that is dedicated to the Constitution could work if there was a way to elect a host of constitutionally minded lawmakers who could remain uncorrupted until they became a majority. This would involve a local grass-roots effort of great magnitude. Such an outcome is unlikely, at best. But a constitutionally minded Congress could encourage states to further nullify unconstitutional laws and pass laws restricting the courts from ruling on them.

The 14th and 17th Amendments need to be repealed — the 14th for reasons already explained; the 17th because it took away the last bit of power states had to check federal legislation. Senators are now owned lock, stock and barrel by crony corporations and their lobbyists, which has created a fascist system. They are no longer beholden to their states and subject to recall should they vote against state interests.

Some have posited the notion that an Article V Convention would be a remedy. I have serious doubts that the outcome of such an undertaking would leave us less under tyranny than more. The same fascist corporations that control Congress and the president would likely take control any such convention.

The elites have used gradualism to slowly deprive Americans of their rights one by one and bit by bit. It will take 238 years or more to return the same freedom to Americans they had at the founding of the nation. And it can never be done through the election process if politicians continue to employ the so-called “art of compromise.” Because when liberty and tyranny compromise, liberty is lost.

[i] The Founding Fathers Guide To The Constitution, by Brion McClanahan, pp. 136-141.

CDC flu vaccination numbers games

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Dec. 3 that this year’s flu vaccine will not be effective for most common strain of influenza (H3N2) currently circulating in the U.S. In fact, more than half of all virus cases so far identified were H3N2.

By the CDC’s own admission, in a good year the flu vaccine prevents flu about 70 percent of the time. So this year, the flu vaccine will be effective in only about 1 in 3 cases in a best-case scenario.

But guess what? The CDC said much the same thing in 2013. In its Feb. 22, 2013 report, the CDC claimed that vaccine effectiveness (VE) “was estimated as 47% against influenza A (H3N2) virus infections.” But then there’s this: The VE in people aged 65 and above was only 9 percent. Against all strains, the CDC claimed in the same report that the vaccine was only 56 percent effective.

Seniors are among the CDC’s main targets for flu vaccines. Yet the vaccine is effective in less than 1 in 10 cases.

The truth is flu vaccines are essentially worthless at preventing the flu and are shown to have harmful side effects. According a report by The Cochrane Library, 10 people have to be vaccinated to prevent one case of the flu. According to a report published in The Lancet, flu vaccines prevent the flu in only 1.5 percent of cases.

And then there’s this: According to a report published in the British Medical Journal in 2005, actual annual flu deaths are measured in the dozens, not the tens of thousands as reported by the CDC. When researcher Peter Doshi, Ph.D., studied actual flu deaths, he learned, “’[I]nfluenza and pneumonia’ took 62,034 lives in 2001 — 61,777 of which were attributable to pneumonia and 257 to flu, and in only 18 cases was the flu virus positively identified.” In other words, the influenza virus was actually present in only 18 of 62,034 deaths attributed to both influenza and pneumonia.

And as I reported last year, Doshi has new published research in the BMJ in which he found that in the hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples taken each year from flu patients in the United States and tested in labs, only 16 percent test positive for the influenza virus. It turns out that most flu cases are actually caused by bacteria or fungus or any of a number of other things except the influenza virus being blamed.

Flu vaccines contain aluminum and mercury, both toxins, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The amount of mercury found in the GlaxoSmithKline Flulaval vaccine was 51 parts per million, more than 25,000 times the contaminant level established by the EPA.

Bottom line: Avoid the flu vaccine like the plague. Vitamin D3 and other natural supplements to help you reach peak immunity are much more effective and don’t cause toxic poisoning, Guillain Barre syndrome and other afflictions.

Stock up on supplements, herbs and natural medicines

Vitamin supplements for all members of the family will be very beneficial if you find yourself in a crisis situation and eating a limited diet. And supplements will help with dealing with the stress such a crisis creates.

One stress reducer is valerian, a natural relaxer that helps both physically and mentally. It is an herb that is promoted as a mild sedative and sleep aid.

Chromium picolinate is a naturally occurring mineral found in trace amounts in everyday foods like red meat, fish, poultry and whole grains. It will keep your blood sugar level — if affected by stress, overexertion and poor nutrition — on an even keel.

Some other natural remedies are:

  • Tea tree essential oil: An antifungal and antibacterial agent that will treat athlete’s foot, lice, and infections of the skin, nails and scalp.
  • Natural apple cider vinegar: For abdominal problems.
  • Honey: For abdominal problems.
  • Cranberry juice: For the cure and prevention of bladder infections.

There are a number of medicinal herbs and plants available that treat a whole host of problems. Some of these grow wild in many parts of North America. But it would be easier to add them to your vegetable garden to have on hand when needed rather than having to forage for them in an emergency. Recommended medicinal herbs and plants are:

  • Bee balm: Used by Native Americans. It can be an antiseptic, a carminative, a diaphoretic, a diuretic and a stimulant. It was used to treat colds, headaches and gastric disorders. It grows wild in eastern North America from British Columbia to Georgia. It also grows wild in Mexico.
  • Boneset: Used by Native Americans as a stimulant, fever reducer and laxative. It is found throughout North America.
  • Echinacea: Also called goldenseal. It was used by Native Americans to cure many ailments, including snake bites, rabies, toothaches, sore throats, colds, venereal diseases, smallpox, chickenpox and eye infections. It grows wild throughout North America.
  • Jewelweed: Used by Native Americans to treat skin rashes, including those caused by poison ivy and poison oak. Jewelweed grows in eastern North America from Canada to Florida.
  • Peppermint: Useful in relieving indigestion, nausea and internal gas. Peppermint tea is recommended for headaches and can be used as a mild sedative.
  • Rosemary: Can be used as a tonic and as a stimulant and to treat digestive disorders and headaches.
  • Sage: At one time or another, has been offered as a cure for just about anything. It is especially useful in treating cold symptoms, easing sore throat pain and relieving canker sores.
  • St. Johns wort: Imported to North America by Europeans, it is used for its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. It now grows wild in much of North America.
  • Stinging nettle: When properly prepared, can be used as a tea, is edible, and can treat bronchial conditions and infections. It should be picked wearing gloves to avoid the sting. Stings can be treated with jewelweed.
  • Thyme: Considered one of nature’s most powerful antiseptics. It is used in toothpastes and mouthwashes and as an expectorant and a cough suppressant. Thyme can be brewed in tea and is a gargle for sore throats.

Other remedies that can be found in nature include:

  • Acorns: Cracked and boiled in water, acorns can be used to treat rashes caused by poison ivy and poison oak.
  • Dandelion: Grows wild in many a lawn. Dandelion can be used in a salad or to make wine. It is also a mild laxative, an appetite stimulant and a diuretic.
  • Honey: Can be used as an antibacterial agent.

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From republicanism to tyranny: How did we lose our rights?

This is the first of a two-part series.

If an effort is to be undertaken by Americans in which they are to reclaim their rights under natural law (rights that are being stolen from them every day by the tyrannical fascist American regime), then an understanding of what has transpired to take away those rights must first be achieved. For if one does not know how his rights were taken from him, there is no way he can adequately labor for their return.

The Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, ostensibly, to create a vehicle to keep a check on government. It was a compact of states, and the document was ratified by the states (see Article VII). It was not ratified by the people in a mass election, but by the states one by one.

The Constitution drafted by the Founders was not intended to form a strong “national” government with heavily centralized power, but as a means to represent a group of states only on matters that concerned them all. The government was given a list of enumerated powers in Article I, Section 8. As James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 14:

In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.

In Federalist No. 45 Madison wrote:

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.

The Constitution was not a document designed to restrain the people or the states, but to place restraints on the federal government the Founders were creating. This is an important distinction. It would not have been ratified if not for the promise of a bill of rights to further check the federal government. That’s because most of the Founders — particularly the Anti-Federalists — feared the Constitution wasn’t strong enough to prevent the Federal government from stealing power from the states.

To that end, the Bill of Rights established a set of restrictions on federal government. The preamble to the Bill of Rights expresses this quite plainly:

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

The first eight amendments were checks on federal power. The 9th and 10th Amendments state the Founders’ intent that all power not granted the general (Federal) government in the Constitution was reserved to the states and to the people.

The Constitution was based on Federalism, or the concept that authority for governing local matters should be left to the purview of local and state governments, and authority for big items affecting the whole (trade, war, disputes between the states, etc.) was held by the federal government and determined through representatives of the people (House of Representatives) and the states (Senate).

The Founding Fathers understood that states joining the compact voluntarily were free to leave. In fact, it was New England states, or at least Federalists from those states, who first broached the idea of leaving the United States. They called it disunion.

Timothy Pickering of Massachusetts (who was George Washington’s adjutant general during the Revolution and served as Washington’s secretary of state and secretary of war), along with his Federalist cohorts, sought to separate after Thomas Jefferson was elected president.

Pickering called separation the remedy pointed to by “the principles of our Revolution.”

“I will rather anticipate a new confederacy, exempt from the corrupt and corrupting influence of the aristocratic Democrats of the South,” wrote Pickering. “There will be a separation… [and] the black and white populations will mark the boundary.”

Senator James Hillhouse, a Revolutionary War captain who went on to serve in the second, third and fourth Congresses, said, “The Eastern States must and will dissolve the union and form a separate government.”

New England Federalists believed that Virginia was gaining too much power and would act against the interests of New England states and in the interests of Southern ones. After Jefferson’s election, Federalist Stephen Higgenson claimed the federal government “had fallen into the hands of infidel, anti-commercial, anti-New England Southerners” who would “govern and depress New England.”

Federalist John Lowell Jr. expressed state’s rights sentiments of the New England secessionists when he stated, “[I]t is our duty, our most solemn duty, to vindicate the rights, and support the interests of the states we represent.”

Their complaints mirrored those made by Southerners advocating for secession in the 1860s, including Robert E. Lee, who told General Winfield Scott, “If the union is disrupted I shall return to my native state and share the miseries of my people and save in defence will draw my sword on none.”

In 1804, Federalists began plotting their strategy to begin “disunion.” Massachusetts was to take the lead by seceding first, Pickering wrote in a letter to Theodore Lyman, followed by Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Their cause disintegrated when Aaron Burr failed to win the governorship of New York and Burr was then tarnished after he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. [i]

In the 1830s and 1840s, abolitionists, chief among them William Lloyd Garrison, called for “disunion.” The New England Anti-Slavery Convention voted in favor of secession by a margin of 250-24.

The Civil War — aka the War to Prevent Southern Secession or the war of Northern Aggression — essentially neutered the 9th and 10th Amendments. The war was not started by President Abraham Lincoln to end slavery. It was fought to reign in a “rebellion” of states who were exercising their rights as outlined in the Declaration of Independence.

Abraham Lincoln, the war’s chief prosecutor, himself said, “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy Slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.” In fact, the official government name for the war is the “War of the Rebellion.”

To “save the Union,” Lincoln trampled on the rule of law. He suspended habeas corpus, ignored Supreme Court rulings, sent federal troops into state legislatures to prevent them from voting, arrested politicians, shut down opposition newspapers and held their editors without trial and signed illegal executive orders and congress-passed laws.

General William T. Sherman, the Union war criminal whose army left a vast swath of rape and pillage destruction from Tennessee, through Georgia and South Carolina — and who later engaged in genocide on the Plains Indians — wrote to Major R.M. Sawyer in a January 1864 letter that the war “Was the result of a false political doctrine that any and every people have a right to self government.” He went on to write that state’s rights, freedom of conscience and freedom of the press were “trash” that had “deluded the Southern people into the war.” Sherman was acting with the approval of his commander, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and therefore with the approval of the president.

The natural result of Lincoln’s actions is the empirical presidency we have today. President Barack Obama once claimed he fancied himself a modern-day Lincoln. It’s probably the only truth he’s uttered since he took office. OK: Queue the inevitable zombie commenters that will label me a racist for expressing a truth.

Following the war, New York Rev. Henry Ward Beecher went to Charleston, S.C., and gave a speech beneath a large U.S. flag. In his speech he said, “Let no man misread the meaning of this unfolding flag! It says, ‘GOVERNMENT hath returned hither.’ It proclaims in the name of vindicated government, peace and protection to loyalty; humiliations and pains to traitors. This is the flag of sovereignty. The nation, not the States, is sovereign. Restored to authority, this flag commands, not supplicates… There may be pardon [for former Confederates], but no concession… The only condition of submission is to submit!”

This was the attitude toward the South held by most of most of the Radical Republicans.

With the South vanquished and the threat of secession out of the way, Radical Republicans in Congress set out to bury self-determination under a mountain of centralizing legislation and judicial tyranny.

That led to the ratification 14th Amendment — if it was actually legally ratified — and spawned a growing tyranny of the judiciary that followed some 60 years later: what Jefferson would term “the despotism of an oligarchy” and the idea that, for the president, the ends justifies the means.

Since its passage, the 14th Amendment’s due process clause has been used by activist judges to strip the states and people of their liberty and give almost unlimited power to the general government.

Next Monday: Judicial ‘sappers and miners’ undermined the Constitutional fabric of the nation.

[i] The Real Lincoln, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo, pp. 94-97.

Murder by revenue enhancement

Eric Garner was black, but that’s not why he was targeted for abuse by New York LEOs (legally entitled to oppress). No, Garner became a target because he was allegedly selling a perfectly legal product in a way that deprived the state and city of New York of taxes, and the state and city of New York couldn’t abide that.

In their never-ending quest for more “revenue” and to keep the people “safe” from the “evils” of tobacco, New York City and New York state politicians levied a tax of $5.85 per pack on cigarettes. So rather than pay that exorbitant price, New Yorkers turned to the black market. Black market cigarettes now make up almost 61 percent of the cigarette sales in the area. That’s a lot of money the city and state believe they are missing out on.

Garner was standing on a sidewalk hurting no one when he was accosted by badge-wearing thugs operating on behalf of the city’s division of theft, i.e., revenue department. He declined their offer to accompany them to headquarters, so Officer Daniel Pantaleo grabbed Garner from behind in a chokehold, and three fellow officers wrestled him the ground and suffocated him, ignoring his complaints that he couldn’t breathe. The officers then stood by and did nothing while Garner died, never once attempting to resuscitate him even when they realized he was in trouble.

Of course Pantaleo was not indicted by the grand jury. The grand jury is run by the prosecutor. The prosecutor is part of the system, as Pantaleo is part of the system. The system protects its own — just as it did in the Michael Brown case, and just as it has done countless time in countless cases.

Pantaleo and the other LEOs who stood by while Garner suffocated murdered him. But also complicit are the bureaucrats and politicians that Pantaleo and his gang work for. Because politicians and bureaucrats never have enough “revenue” to spend on their pet projects or to keep the people “safe,” they raise taxes and create new “laws” — thereby creating new criminals who weren’t criminals before — and send out swarms of enforcers to enforce new laws and arrest newly created criminals.

And if you’ve encouraged politicians to raise taxes and raise taxes and raise taxes again so that some pet project or social program can be funded at higher and higher levels, or if you’ve ever supported “sin” taxes in order to curtail behavior you don’t approve of, you’re complicit in Garner’s death, too.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Communist, vowed in press conference this week to have his thugs continue to “strictly enforce” the anti-cigarette laws. After all, “The law is the law,” said the mayor, one of the creators of said laws.

This is what big government looks like.

After all, it’s all about keeping everybody “safe,” right? And we end up with murder by revenue enhancement, all in the name of keeping the people “safe.”

Charges for videographer

While the grand jury gave a pass to the thugs caught on video murdering Garner, the man who made the video was not so lucky. Ramsey Orta, Garner’s friend who videoed the takedown and gave the video to CBSNew York, was indicted on Aug. 15 on a weapons charge after police claim they saw him hand a .25 caliber pistol to a friend.

Orta’s wife, Chrissie, claims Orta called her the day after Garner’s death was declared a homicide and told her New York police were “trying to pin something” on him. Orta’s mother told CBSNew York that police had been following him since Orta made the video.

Orta, who has prior convictions on drug and weapons-related charges, claims he’s not guilty.

The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association issued a statement on Orta’s arrest with harsh words for “criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers.”

A telling statement, that. It’s also a cleverly veiled threat to anyone who dares expose police misconduct.

Saddam Hussein

I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the December 1997 issue in which I pointed out the connections between the religion of Islam and Western leaders — particularly George H.W. Bush — and what those connections mean relating to the New World Order and geopolitical events that are even now playing out in the Middle East.

Saddam Hussein is a king maker in geopolitics, not because he has independent military power, but because he is perfect as controlled opposition. If Saddam were a serious enemy of the U.S. government, he would have died long ago. My research concludes that Saddam Hussein is an operative for the CIA.

When George Bush was asked why he didn’t go after Saddam in the Gulf war, he mumbled “we are not in the business of going after Saddam Hussein.” A nonsense answer —

The anglo-Saxon mind has trouble with the political strategy of controlled opposition. We instinctively take things at face value. Admittedly, one has to know something about esoteric religion to understand the spiritual/political bond of Saddam Hussein and George Bush. Believe me, it is not intended that it shall ever be known by any other than the adept power brokers who are not visible to the people of the U.S. and Iraq.

Those who have been reading these letters for a few years have recognized long ago that Saddam is a CIA agent. The CIA can trust Saddam completely. George Bush is a CIA agent and he has the same religion as Saddam. This puts them on the same side.

It is my opinion that most of our readers are advanced in their understanding of the geopolitical/religious undercurrent of the international elite. It takes a lot of background information and research to put the puzzle together. There is really a serious scarcity of source material. Your credulity is tested over and over as you go through layer after layer of intrigue. The system has brainwashed us so completely that few ever escape. The masses follow authority to their eternal deception and enslavement.

Back to Saddam and this revealing quote: “The religions of the East are deeply rooted and have many precious values… That creates a common bond between us.” From War & Peace, 1950, by John Foster Dulles, U.S. Secretary of State.

Many questions are answered when we see the connection of the religion of Islam and that of western leaders. When George Bush was hailing the beginning of the New World Order, was he talking in veiled language about the final victory of Islam over Christianity? I can assure you that he was not referring to a New World Christian Order.

Essential oils shown to kill breast cancer cells

Chinese researchers have shown that several essential oils will kill 90 percent or more of breast cancer cells.

The American brand of breast cancer treatment typically involves the cut and burn method: surgery (often complete removal of one or both breasts) followed by one or more rounds of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. These treatments are often worse than the disease. In fact, researchers have determined that chemotherapy is actually a catalyst for cancer-cell growth.

But essential oils are natural substances that provide an assortment of health benefits beyond their ability to fight cancer cells.

The researchers found that chamomile essential oil killed up to 93 percent of the MCF-7 breast cancer cells in vitro (Latin for “in glass”). Thyme oil was even more deadly on MCF-7 cells, killing them at a rate of 97 percent.

Other essential oils that killed the breast cancer cells were cinnamon and jasmine.

Chamomile can be taken orally (two drops in a capsule, three times daily as need), used topically (two to four drops, undiluted except for those with sensitive skin, applied to the affected area), or as an aromatic several times a day.

The benefits of chamomile can also be obtained from drinking chamomile tea.

Thyme oil should not be used directly on the skin without being diluted with a carrier oil like olive, sesame or almond. It should be tested on a small area of skin to check for an allergic reaction. It should not be taken internally as it can cause nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea and muscle problems. It should be avoided by people with high blood pressure and pregnant women.

To apply it topically, first mix three drops thyme oil with two teaspoons of sesame oil. Massage it into the affected area.

It can also be used as an aromatic, or the scent can be inhaled from the bottle.

Stabbed in the back

Commenting on What’s Spanish for ‘dumb?’,
jimbo124816 says:
November 21, 2014

Are you in as much pain as I am, after being poked in the eye by Obama’s thumb, and being kicked in the groin, then being stabbed in the back with a dull knife?

That Obama sure knows how to treat an employer.

All Together Now.


Commenting on Mayor for Life’,
Stuart Shepherd says:
November 26, 2014

All true, but I personally met him and talked to him a number of times and he was actually very personable and he really did try to do things he thought was helping people- just he wanted to do it with YOUR money and be paid YOUR MONEY as a “public servant.” I’m convinced he was not so much a racist himself as just pro-black and that even the “Asian” comments were just poor self-control, perhaps his most outstanding character trait.


Gift ideas for the liberty lover

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” — James Madison in a letter to W.T. Barry on Aug. 4, 1822

If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. — Thomas Jefferson

What is the best way to acquire knowledge? I believe the best and only way is to read, read and read some more.

I read voraciously, but I’m selective in my reading. While I follow current events through some daily mainstream publications, I don’t depend upon them for knowledge because all they feed you is the propaganda their masters want you to know.

Follow them too closely, and you remain stuck in a vortex of conventional wisdom. Follow them too closely, and you will forever be bound by normalcy bias — that state of mind that prevents one from considering the possibility of a crisis that is outside his or her normal experience.

Liberty lovers now find themselves engaged in a war with political and financial elites over the soul of our nation. There are some of us who have been in the trenches fighting this fight for a long time. But many, many people are newly awakened; and more people are awakening daily.

They thirst for the kind of power that knowledge gives, as Madison mentioned in the quote above. And they are looking for sources of that knowledge. So if you have a liberty-lover in your circle of relatives or friends and you’re looking for a gift idea, I have a few for you. These are some of my favorites.

You won’t find most of them on any best-seller list. Some of them will be difficult to find at all. Few of them will grab you like a page-turner suspense novel. Frankly, reading some of them will be a slog. But you will be the better for reading any or all of them. Here they are, in no particular order.

Money books

“A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II” by Murray N. Rothbard: No liberty-lover’s library is complete without something from Rothbard. He has delved deep with this economic history to detail the effects of currency manipulation and make the case for hard money. No one alive or dead has ever done as good a job of explaining economic theory or Austrian economics or making the case for sound money.

“The Creature From Jekyll Island” by G. Edward Griffin: The Federal Reserve was hatched from a conspiracy by elitist bankers and government stooges on an island for the privileged located off the coast of Georgia. Griffin goes far beyond Sutton’s work on this subject. In fact, this is the most detailed book on the subject I’ve seen.

End The Fed” by Ron Paul This is the perfect companion book to “The Creature from Jekyll Island.” It will help you understand Ron Paul’s philosophy and why he believes the Federal Reserve is the source of our economic woes.

The Federal Reserve Conspiracy” by Antony C. Sutton: Beginning with Alexander Hamilton’s efforts to establish a privately owned national bank in the European model, Sutton brings the reader through the history of the national bank movement in the United States. He covers who was behind it and who opposed it, and why. Using their own words and writings, Sutton documents their motives and untangles the connections.

It is essential that we understand our history if we are to understand what is wrong with our government. Of course, the first place to begin is owning a copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. While there are books that can be purchased that contain these works, they are also available online for free.

History books

It is essential that we understand our history if we are to understand what is wrong with our government. Of course, the first place to begin is by owning a copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. While there are books that can be purchased that contain these works, they are also available online for free.

Here are some other books that are essential to understanding our history.

“Patriots: Men Who Started the American Revolution” by A.J. Langguth: If you truly want to learn about the men behind the American Revolution, this is the book for you. It gives you details about the lives and times of America’s patriots: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and others. It describes how the movement toward American independence and war with Great Britain grew from discussions at a back table at a pub to direct confrontation to victory. This is the history you were not taught in school, but that you need to know if you truly want to understand what motivated the Founding Fathers.

“The Frontiersman” by Allan W. Eckert: Using historical documents, Eckert chronicles the lives of men who tamed the American frontier and provides insight into the relationships between the white settlers who struggled to expand the borders of the new world and Indians who sought to preserve their way of life and their lands. The book focuses primarily on two men, frontiersman Simon Kenton and the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, but their lives cross paths with many of the important figures in early American history. I will go even further and recommend all of Eckert’s books — his histories like “The Conquerors,” “Wilderness Empire,” “The Wilderness War” and “A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh” or his wildlife books like “Wild Season,” “The Silent Sky: The Incredible Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon” or “The Great Auk.” Eckert is one of my all-time favorite authors.

“The Civil War” by Bruce Catton: First published in 1960, Catton provides an unbiased look at the Civil War and the events that led to it. It deals not only with the battles fought on the battlefield, but also those that took place in the political arenas for the armies and governments on both sides and their interactions with foreign governments overseas. For a more in-depth look, read “Bruce Catton’s Civil War: Boxed 3 Volume Set.”

“The Real Lincoln” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo: Although he is called the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln embarked on a war that led to 620,000 deaths and the destruction of 40 percent of the American economy — not to free those held in slavery, but to centralize power in Washington, create “the American System” of Henry Clay and build an empire. Lincoln was a proponent of Clay’s American System (taxpayer subsidies for railroads and corporations and infrastructure improvements) for 28 years prior to becoming President. DiLorenzo unmasks Lincoln and turns the myth surrounding the Father of the Republican Party on its head, using his own words and actions.

“Hamilton’s Curse” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.

“James Madison and the Making of America” by Kevin R.C. Gutzman: This is the closest one can come to being on the floor during the Philadelphia Convention. Gutzman has taken Madison’s accounts of the proceedings and his other writings on the Constitution, as well as those of other participants, to unravel the thoughts of the Founders during the creation of the U.S. republic. This is the story of a man who often performed his duties in spite of himself. In it we see that Madison felt the Bill of Rights unnecessary while acknowledging that the Constitution was an inadequate document destined to fail.

“The Founding Father’s Guide To The Constitution” by Brion McClanahan: For those without the time or inclination to read the thoughts of those who participated in the process of debating, drafting and ratifying the Constitution — the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers and the text of the ratification debates — this book is an excellent place to begin obtaining a greater understanding of the nation’s founding document.

Political books

Regarding politics and more recent events, here are a few books to start with.

“Deep Politics and the Death of JFK” by Peter Dale Scott: Scott delves into the underworld and reveals the behind-the-scenes players whose actions actually drive the decisions of the surface politics we see. While he doesn’t unravel the conspiracy, he provides ample evidence that one was in play.

“The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World” by John Perkins: American democracy paints a pretty portrait of the United States as a peace-loving, democracy-spreading, benevolent benefactor to freedom-loving nations and people around the globe. But what goes on in the shadows is quite different. It’s actually an ever-growing leviathan that employs bribery, coercion, extortion and even, at times, assassination as billion-dollar corporations and people acting under authority of the U.S. government — the corporatocracy — work to spread U.S. empire. Perkins, once an economic hit man himself, reveals what’s really going on behind the scenes and shows why America is rightly reviled around the globe.

“Three Felonies A Day: How The Feds Target The Innocent” by Harvey A. Silverglate: This book is about the breakdown of the rule of law in the United States. Individual freedom and the rule of law are gone in America. They haven’t come for you yet, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t broken the law. The Feds (U.S. prosecuting attorneys) now target the innocent and create laws out of thin air to use against anyone they choose to target. Silverglate says the “federal prosecutors are abusing their power by using the criminal law to prosecute law abiding citizens…” They are seizing illegal power by twisting marginal and highly questionable interpretations of criminal law.

“Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal” by Joel Salatin: Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms, began farming as a teenager with the goal of milking 10 cows by hand. That would earn him $1,000 per cow per year, not a bad living for teenager in the late 70s. But there was one problem. It was illegal. Virginia, like many States, had banned the sale of raw milk. In the book Salatin laments the demise of the local farmer’s market due to government health regulations and the bureaucratic minefield that is designed to stifle innovation and benefit the large agricultural-industrial complex at the expense of the small farmer.

“Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century” by Thomas E. Woods: Mention nullification as a way to resist Federal tyranny and prepare to be branded a racist who wants to bring back slavery. But nullification — the idea that if Congress passes an unconstitutional law the states don’t have to acknowledge or obey it — enjoys a rich history in the United States. It began long before slavery was a major political issue and is being used even today. A commonly used argument against nullification is the idea that the Civil War “settled” the issue. Woods argues that the Civil War had nothing to do with nullification, even though the Southern states seceded based on the (correct) compact theory of the union. That theory maintains that each individual state — not a single group of united people — joined together to form the Union. Each individual state, acting in its sovereign capacity, ratified the Constitution in the months and years following its drafting in 1787. This is not the American history that most schoolchildren learn — nor the one that most law students study. What they are taught can be called the nationalist theory, which conceives of the United States as deriving from a single sovereign people rather than from an agreement among states and the residents of each state. Woods covers the discussions that took place and essays that were written during the states’ ratifying conventions — particularly those in Virginia — that prove they understood the states maintained the right to shield their people from encroachments by the federal government.

Finally, here are a few more for your consideration. They may be difficult to find, but they are crucial reading for anyone interested in learning what’s going on behind the scenes in the world.

“Occult Theocrasy,” Vol I & II by Edith Starr Miller: Written in French and translated to English.

“Freemasonry, an Interpretation” by Martin L. Wagner: Reveals esoteric freemasonry.

“The Pincers, Freemasonry and Catholicism” (author anonymous).

“Tragedy and Hope” by Carroll Quigley: Reveals the new world order. It’s the blueprint of the British aristocracy.

“Spiritual Communism” (author anonymous): Tells how the American churches have been deceived into believing and teaching political messianicism or Judaism.

“Defenders of the USA Republic” (author anonymous): A compilation of letters written in the 1960s revealing methods of the takeover of the United States.

“The Union Jack” (author anonymous): Exposes the theology of British Israelism as a Christian front.

“And Men Wept” by Catherine Palfrey Baldwin: Reveals the secret British Earl of Dysart movement to conquer the United States.

“The Empire of the City” by E.C. Knuth: Tells how the world is ruled from the city of London.

“Mystery Babylon,” collection of newsletters by Don Bell: Very valuable.

Health books

“The Vitamin D Cure” by James E. Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford: The average American is vitamin D-deficient, and that deficiency is behind many of the diseases and ailments suffered by people of all ages. If a person is suffering from the symptoms of fatigue, joint pain and/or swelling, muscle pain, cramping and/or weakness, uncontrolled weight gain, high blood pressure, restless sleep, poor concentration and memory, headaches, bowel problems (constipation, diarrhea or both) or bladder problems (urgency, frequency or both), a lack of vitamin D may be the culprit. If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these conditions or maladies, you must read this book and learn whether a simple solution — vitamin D — can provide the needed relief. And vitamin D is a much better cold and flu preventative than a combination of all the vaccines Big Pharma has concocted over the years.

“The UV Advantage” by Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D.: Reveals the explosive power and health benefits of ultraviolet light, sunshine and vitamin D. This has been hidden for 100 years. Points the way to revived health and healing.

“The Arginine Solution” by Robert Fried, Ph.D., and Woodson C. Merrell, M.D.: Provides information on the high value of nitric oxide in health and male potency.

“The Dr. Royal Lee Lectures” in the 1940s, 50s and 60s: Extremely valuable.

“Going Back to the Basics of Human Health” by Mary Frost.

“The Real Truth about Vitamins and Antioxidants” by Judith A. DeCava.

“The Royal Road to Health” by Charles A. Tyrrell, M.D.

“Bacteria, Inc.” by Cash Asher.

“Pasteur Exposed, The False Foundation of Modern Medicine, Germs, Genes, Vaccines” by Ethel Douglas Hume.

“The Cholesterol Hoax 101+ Lies” by Sheldon Zerden.

“The Medical Mafia: How to Get Out of It Alive and Take Back Our Health & Wealth” by Guylaine Lanctot.

“A Cancer Answer” by Catherine J. Frompovich.

Preparedness books

“When All Hell Breaks Loose (Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes)” by Cody Lundin.

“SAS Urban Survival Handbook” by John “Lofty” Wiseman.

“Crisis Preparedness Handbook” by Jack A Spigarelli.

“Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook” by Peggy Layton.

Many Americans are deluded into thinking the economic, political and social mess in which we find ourselves is the result of mistakes made by the leaders or some confluence of accidental events. But in reality, it’s all a grand design to steal your liberty and your wealth and transfer it into the pockets of a select group of elite power brokers. To truly understand what’s going on, one must divest himself of conventional wisdom and see the world in a new light.

Happy learning.

There’s a bigger problem that Ferguson protesters aren’t addressing

A common refrain heard from the Ferguson, Missouri, protesters and those calling for the head of Michael Brown’s shooter, Officer Darren Wilson, is that police shootings disproportionally result in black victims.

That seems to be true. But statistics on police-involved shootings are inadequate. The FBI relies on the nation’s 17,000 or so police departments to self-report. Only about 750 comply on an annual basis.

So the FBI reports that slightly more than 400 people are killed by police each year. The Department of Justice reports a much higher rate of about 700 per year. Of those, about 42 percent are white and 32 percent are black. With blacks comprising about 17 percent of the population, protesters seem to have a legitimate point.

However, another telling statistic gets overlooked — or squelched — and neither Al Sharpton nor Jesse Jackson nor Barack Obama nor Eric Holder nor any of the other “black leaders” seem to care about it. Blacks are killing each other at a disproportionate pace. Most murder offenders are black. They mostly murder other blacks.

Blacks also commit more violent crimes by far. According to the Department of Justice, in 2010 (the last year data is available) 62,593 blacks were victims of white-on-black crime. But 320,082 whites were victims of black-on-white crime.

There’s clearly something wrong in the black community that so-called black leaders don’t seem to want to talk about. Perhaps that’s because they don’t want members of the black community to realize they’ve traded one plantation for another.