GOP Banishes Paul Supporters at Convention

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on 8/28/2012 @ 2:28 pm

The Republican Party ignores Ron Paul supporters at its own peril. The GOP consistently talks about how the DNC is a bunch of elitists and now the GOP has proven itself to be no different.

The Individual and Freedom

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on 1/8/2012 @ 11:12 pm

“Freedom is a tenable objective only for responsible individuals.”
-Milton Freidman

According to US Justice Department logic: Bernanke is a domestic terrorist

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/27/2011 @ 11:59 pm

by Simon Black

“The United States Department of Justice delivered a very clear and unfortunate message on Friday:

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism. While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.”

These remarks were released by the US Attorney’s office in the western district of North Carolina following the conviction of one Bernard von NotHaus, the creator of the ill-fated Liberty Dollar.

As you likely recall from a few years ago, Liberty Dollars were privately minted gold and silver rounds. Paper certificates, akin to warehouse receipts were also issued, effectively giving the bearer a right to claim a certain amount of gold or silver at the group’s warehouse in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

This is traditionally how the system of money used to function – precious metals would be stored in private, secure storage facilities, and paper certificates were issued as a medium of exchange that entitled the bearer to redeem metal from the vault. Liberty Dollars represented a return to that system.

Clearly, the Justice Department feels otherwise… instead viewing these silver rounds as an attempt by terrorists to undermine the US dollar.

Interesting choice of words. Undermine? “verb [transitive]. to erode the base or foundation of something. to damage or weaken, especially gradually. ”

Funny, this sounds a lot more like quantitative easing than anything else. Ben Bernanke, in creating trillions of new dollars and debasing the value thereof, is guilty of the same insidious acts, and similarly, he represents a clear and present danger to the economic stability of the United States.

Somehow, though, I doubt that Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano or Attorney General Eric Holder will end up labeling Mr. Bernanke as a domestic terrorist.

Von NotHaus faces up to 15 years in prison on one count and 5 years on two others. Punitively, this is more serious than engaging in female genital mutilation (5-years, section 116 of Title 18, US Code), certain types of assault (as little as six months, section 113), or, ironically, bank robbery (10-years, section 2113b).

The US government obviously has its priorities straight.

As for the total amount of Von NotHaus’ gold and silver booty? A whopping $7 million, roughly .000083% of Bernanke’s $8.4 trillion money supply. Von NotHaus was so insignificant he wasn’t even in the ballpark of a rounding error. By definition, this couldn’t possibly constitute a danger to the economy.”

http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/us-justice-department-logic-bernanke-is-a-domestic-terrorist/

MTV advert: welcome to the Police State

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/18/2011 @ 8:17 pm

Originally released in 2008 and yet, in light of the NDAA, completely applicable today.

List of who voted for and against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/17/2011 @ 12:29 pm

“This year’s National Defense Authorization Act has just passed through the Senate. The only obstacle is President Obama and historically he caves into vocal opposition, and looking at the lengthy list of Senators voting Yea, this abomination this could very well pass.
The restructured version of the bill kept the provisions but exempted U.S. citizens to be held in military custody and included language stating that the bill did not extend new authority to detain U.S. citizens. If we need to dissect this swiftly passed Act to this degree, warning signs should be blaring in your head and the fact that, that particular provision was even contained in the bill should alarm you. Why was that provision contained in the bill to begin with?

The NDAA will stifle our Constitutional Rights and most probably will pass, and most definitely without the approval of Americans. This is reminiscent of the Patriot Act. Our government is now allowed to spy on their citizens. We are not supposed to fear our government, and now, regardless of any restructuring done in this Act, it’s a step in a very wrong direction.

Regardless of how politicos spin the passage of NDAA, it opens the door to invasive tactics which infringe upon our freedom. It’s one step in a direction America should never venture into.

…keep your eye on this list of Yeas, and vote them out. Sure, some of the 13 Senators possibly came to the realization that Americans will retaliate at the voting booth if they allow the passage of NDAA, but whether it’s out of conscience or political posturing, those opposing the Act should be held up, while those passing it, should pay a stiff price by occupying an unemployment line.”

http://freakoutnation.com/2011/12/16/the-86-senators-who-voted-to-pass-ndaa-need-to-occupy-the-unemployment-line/

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Government claims ownership over our water

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/11/2011 @ 6:15 am

“Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.

As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from “diverting” water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.

http://www.naturalnews.com/029286_rainwater_collection_water.html#ixzz1gDvdV3jP

Federal agents raid Mormon food storage facility, demand list of customers storing emergency food

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 6:12 am

NOTE: the story, below appears to have been incorrect.

“As of late Monday, Oath Keepers had pulled the food storage raid story from their website, and gave an explanation that stated:

“We have pulled this story about the Mormon cannery being visited by federal agents because the source of the information at the cannery is now denying that he ever told us that event occurred.””

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/did-federal-agents-really-raid-a-mormon-food-storage-facility/

(See the note after the story for one important caveat)

 

“As was the plan all along, the so-called “War on Terror” has officially devolved into a war on the American people

This was clearly illustrated by the recent traitorous passage of the egregious National Defense Authorization Act by the US Congress (http://www.naturalnews.com/034302_i…). But in order to fully implement the ultimate goal of total control and tyranny, the federal government is now actively collecting the names of individuals that are preparing for the future by buying and storing emergency food supplies.

Oath Keepers, an association of active servicemen devoted to upholding their oath of guarding the republic and protecting individual liberty, has reported that federal agents recently paid a visit to a Latter Day Saints food storage cannery in Tennessee. Though they had no reason to be there, these agents allegedly interrogated the facility’s manager and demanded to see a list of customers that had purchased, and were storing, food there.

Oath Keepers Tennessee Chapter President Rand Cardwell confirmed the incident, according to reports, as he is in close contact with a fellow veteran who happens to store his own food at the facility in question. According to the man’s account, agents entered the facility and began demanding payment records and personal information for everyone connected with the operation.

This unprovoked act of intimidation is highly concerning, but it is also somewhat contradictory. On the one hand, the federal government has been instilling fear into the American public for years, and has even made announcements urging the public to be prepared. But on the other hand, this same government is now pursuing those who are heeding these precautions as if they are terrorists.

Oath Keepers suggests the government might be trying to gather intelligence on food-storing Americans in order to later come and confiscate that food, or worse — after all, freedom-loving patriots who are preparing for social upheaval are a threat to the power structure that seeks to tighten the noose of tyranny around the neck of society.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/034371_food_storage_federal_agents_customer_list.html#ixzz1gDu3xrPn

NOTE: even though the raid may not have ocurred, there are still alarming reports associated with this story:

“But the full context to the story does not seem to end there. It turns out authorities have been poking around and asking Tennesseans about their emergency preparations, even going door-to-door with questionnaires.

Local Nashville news broadcasters at WTVF-TV reported on house-by-house Metro Public Health department efforts to check on citizens’ emergency preparedness, including the off-putting line that ”The county still wants to know exactly what you are doing to start thinking ahead:”

In addition, a terrorism watch precursor pamphlet from the “Bureau of Justice Assistance” has been circulating the internet that targets completely legal, commonplace behaviors for many conservatives who want to be ready for an emergency. The bulletin lists sweeping generalizations about who might be a terrorist, and many of the indicators revolve around food storage and emergency preparedness.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/did-federal-agents-really-raid-a-mormon-food-storage-facility/

Replacing A Smart Meter With A Safe Analog Meter

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/4/2011 @ 1:50 pm

This video demonstrates a way to protect your home from EMF pollution and unlawful surveillance.

“Smart Meters” have been misrepresented as safe and lawful. They have not been shown to be either, and they are known to be otherwise.

Smart Meters emit dangerous pulsed EMF radiation (a class 2b carcinogen) into private property, and they are instruments of surveillance as defined by Federal Wiretapping Law because Smart Meters monitor personal activities by electronic means inside private homes and businesses.

Power companies, local governments and regulators have badly failed to investigate and confirm the legality and safety of Smart Meters, preferring instead to take the advice and directions of “experts” and “stakeholders” who stand to make billions on this destructive and invasive technology.

Never before has such a poorly conceived and dubious program been undertaken against, ultimately, every person on the planet who receives distributed electrical service.

The dangers to the public are so obvious that to be a proponent of Smart Meters is to be suspect of intentional wrongdoing or severe ignorance.

There will soon be massive backlash against not just Smart Meters but the wider attitude by wealthy elites that they may invade, control and exploit people’s private lives as they wish.

People are awakening to these frauds at an accelerating pace. This video is just one tiny part of that general public awakening.

Today, it may seem radical to refuse or reject a Smart Meter on your home. Soon, most of us will have difficulty understanding how a program as unwise and offensive the Smart Meter program could have been contemplated in the first place.

Swiss Government study: downloading leads to sales, so we’re keeping it legal

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 1:48 pm

“The Swiss government commissioned a study on the impact of copyright-infringing downloading. The independent study concluded that downloaders use the money they spend to buy more legitimate entertainment products.

So they’ve concluded to maintain Switzerland’s extant copyright law, which makes downloading for personal use legal.

It’s a rare victory for evidence-based policy in a world dominated by shrill assertions of lost jobs and revenue, backed by funny-number “statistics” from industry-commissioned researchers.

http://boingboing.net/2011/12/03/swiss-govt-study-downloadin.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29

‘Indefinite Detention’ Bill Passes Senate 93-7

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/3/2011 @ 7:47 pm

The Senate last night codified into law the power of the U.S. military to indefinitely detain an American citizen with no charge, no trial and no oversight whatsoever with the passage of S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act.

Americans completely stripped of all rights under Section 1031?

One amendment that would have specifically blocked the measures from being used against U.S. citizens was voted down and the final bill was passed 93-7.

Another amendment introduced by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein that attempted to bar the provision from being used on American soil, an effort to ensure “the military won’t be roaming our streets looking for suspected terrorists,” also failed, although Feinstein voted in favor of the bill anyway.

http://www.infowars.com/indefinite-detention-bill-passes-senate-93-7/

Senator Al Franken asks Carrier IQ exactly what it’s doing

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 12:29 am

“Almost inevitably, the government is waking up to the Carrier IQ smartphone tracking story: Senator Al Franken, Chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and Law, has asked Carrier IQ to clarify exactly what its software can do. Franken specifically wants to know what data is recorded on devices with Carrier IQ, what data is sent, if it’s sent to Carrier IQ or carriers themselves, how long it’s stored once received, and how it’s protected once stored. In other words, all the same questions we’ve been asking since this story first broke. Franken’s asked Carrier IQ to respond by December 14, so hopefully we’ll have some real answers soon — the company hasn’t responded to repeated requests for comment from us or any other press outlet that we’ve seen.

Senator Franken led a rather pointed hearing of the privacy subcommittee over the summer after the iPhone’s location tracking system led to some controversy — he asked Apple and Google exactly what information Android and iOS devices were recording, and closed the session by saying that he had “serious doubts” about how well consumer privacy was protected on mobile devices. We’ll see if Carrier IQ can put those doubts to rest.”

http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/1/2603142/senator-al-franken-asks-carrier-iq-exactly-what-its-doing

Chase exec: we tricked naive borrowers into taking out subprime loans

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 12:26 am

“An award-winning Chase vice-president has gone public with accusations that his bank deliberately tricked naive borrowers into taking out high-commission loans they could never pay back (his team wrote $2B in loans during the subprime bubble), putting the lie to the narrative that subprime was about greedy borrowers taking money they knew they shouldn’t:

One memory particularly troubles Theckston. He says that some account executives earned a commission seven times higher from subprime loans, rather than prime mortgages. So they looked for less savvy borrowers — those with less education, without previous mortgage experience, or without fluent English — and nudged them toward subprime loans.

These less savvy borrowers were disproportionately blacks and Latinos, he said, and they ended up paying a higher rate so that they were more likely to lose their homes. Senior executives seemed aware of this racial mismatch, he recalled, and frantically tried to cover it up.

http://boingboing.net/2011/12/01/chase-exec-we-tricked-naive-b.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29

The Gathering Storm – Pat Condell

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 11/29/2011 @ 8:58 pm

Wake up, Europe, and smell the treachery.

Government Invasion of your Parental Rights

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 8:29 pm

Parents all over America are losing their rights and don’t even know it. Featuring 3 reenactments based on real cases, “Overruled” is a shocking 35-minute docudrama that exposes how the rights of parents in America are being eroded and what you can do to turn the tide.

DEA Cracks Down on 88-Year-Old Man’s Business

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 11/28/2011 @ 4:27 am

Short commentary on subsidized “education”, robbery thwarted by concealed carry holder in Texas, and the DEA shuts down business for selling iodine for purifying water.

Illinois Man Faces 75 Years In Prison For Recording Cops – CHARGES DISMISSED

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 11/26/2011 @ 10:20 pm

So, while the government intrudes more and more into the lives of citizens, with stop light and CCTV cameras, citizens risk massive jail sentences if they dare record police officers in an effort to document the actions of police.

“A statute intended to prevent unwarranted intrusions into a citizen’s privacy cannot be used as a shield for public officials who cannot assert a comparable right of privacy in their public duties,” the judge wrote in his decision dismissing the five counts of eavesdropping charges against defendant Michael Allison.

“Such action impedes the free flow of information concerning public officials and violates the First Amendment right to gather such information,” he wrote….

In Thursday’s ruling, Circuit Court Judge David Frankland said that Allison had a First Amendment right to record the police officers and court employees.

The judge also ruled that while it was reasonable to prohibit the defendant from recording in the courtroom, making what Allison did a felony offense was overreaching and irrational.”

http://www.theagitator.com/2011/09/17/illinois-judge-dismisses-charges-against-michael-allison/

Union Violence Exposed

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 11/3/2011 @ 5:08 pm

A Citizen’s Petition to: U.S. Senators and Representative

Whereas: Every year militant union bosses deploy their thugs to target innocent men and women with threats, brass knuckles, knives and beatings in an attempt to send a simple message — do what we want, or pay the price; and

Whereas: Because of the 1973 Enmons decision, union officials are exempt from federal prosecution — as long as the campaign of violence they incite is in the name of “legitimate union objectives”; and

Whereas: Union violence is a crippling blow not only for innocent American workers targeted by union militants — but for every American citizen; and

Whereas: Passage of the Freedom from Union Violence Act would close the loophole in federal law and finally allow authorities to prosecute union officials for inciting violence;

Therefore: I urge you to help hold union officials accountable for union violence by cosponsoring and seeking roll-call votes on the Freedom from Union Violence Act.

http://www.righttoworkcommittee.org/fuva_video.aspx?pid=sb11

The Future of Nano-Electric Power Generation

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 10/29/2011 @ 11:58 pm

Man Fined $5K for Home Garden

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 10/25/2011 @ 5:53 pm

His neighbors call it “Cabbagegate.” And it cost Steve Miller a lot of green. The Clarkston, Ga., man was fined $5,200 for growing too many vegetables in his backyard.

Miller had been growing legumes for 15 years, selling them at local farmers markets and giving them away to friends, before he was cited by the Dekalb County Code Enforcement office for the first time last September. It’s illegal to garden at such a level in the zone where he lives. Miller tried to challenge the penalty, but a reprieve was slow in coming, and the fight’s not over.

“Time went on, but no answers, then I get a letter in the mail with more fines,” he told AOL News. “Didn’t get an answer back from the county until I started getting notices from code enforcement in October, and before I knew it I got a subpoena to go to court.”

After a long legal battle, Miller successfully rezoned his land. But despite that victory, the county is still fining him for all of his illicit vegetables, and even for hiring workers to weed the fallow land after he stopped working it.

Miller runs a relatively large operation for a backyard gardener — about one and a quarter acres in production with crops like celery, tomatoes, lettuce, Swiss chard, beets, cilantro, carrots and, of course, cabbage. He peddles his harvests at farmers markets, but doesn’t always turn a profit. And it’s far from his main occupation. Miller is a landscaper by trade.

“It’s not my source of income, it’s my passion,” he said. “If it were my main source of income, I’d have to sell my house.”

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/09/15/cabbagegate-ga-man-fined-5k-for-home-garden/

Educators: Teach them how to think, not what to think

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 10/18/2011 @ 12:01 pm

by Eric J. Andringa

“What is this country coming to? My 13-year-old son told me today that the Cross he wears on a chain around his neck is not allowed to be visible while he is at school.

Needless to say I became completely unglued. I ordered, yes ordered, him to wear that chain around his neck in plain sight.

I instructed him that if any member of the faculty says anything, that he is to give them my cell phone number. Now I wait with baited breath.

When I get that call I will burn rubber to get there and in their faces. They are going to get a rant about how two of my son’s Great Grandfathers fought and were wounded in WW I, how his grandfathers served in WW II and Korea, his Uncle was killed in a firefight in Vietnam, and his cousin was severely wounded in Iraq.

His ancestors made these sacrifices to grant my son, and theirs, freedom of religion. I’ll be damned if some politically-correct bleeding heart liberal commie pinko will take that right away from my son.

Here is the bottom line: what educators do is extremely important. Perhaps one of the MOST important jobs out there. They are training the future doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, etc. etc. and Leaders.

Therefore we have the right, no make that the responsibility, to expect excellence from our educators. Part of that excellence is fair, balanced, objective instruction.

Teach them how to think, not what to think.”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46623

Note: this is not about promoting or protecting Christianity, or any particular religion, it is about protecting freedom of religion – or the freedom to have NO religion. Educators should not suppress crosses, nor should they suppress Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish or atheistic symbols.


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