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How the FED created the housing bubble (10-minute Audio clip)
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 04/19/2009
.  Listen here »
I know it's not technically a "podcast" yet (still working on doing the "feed" thing) but hopefully you'll find the info useful just the same.
"Suspect" waterboarded 183 Times in One Month
Source: Emptywheel.firedoglake.com Submitted: 04/19/2009
--The CIA wants you to believe waterboarding is effective. Yet somehow, it took them 183 applications of the waterboard in a one month period to get what they claimed was cooperation out of KSM. That doesn't sound very effective to me.  Read full article »
Taken from:
http://joeplummer.com/on_torture.html

--"Torture is really good at producing ONE thing: confessions. Confessions eliminate the need for evidence. (Most human beings will confess to anything if tortured long enough - It makes no difference whether they’re a suspected heretic, witch, or enemy combatant.) Once a nation accepts this type of “justice system,” full-blown despotism is only a stone’s throw away.

Speak out against the torture regime? –Dare to challenge its policies? You might as well declare yourself a person who cares nothing for the safety of the nation. You might as well declare yourself a “terrorist sympathizer.” (Now, it is YOU who is the suspect.) Off to the gulag with you and your kind; where “evidence” of your evil plots (confessions) will be gathered via the enhanced interrogation techniques described in the article above."
Man refuses illegal orders at "checkpoint" (Video)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 04/18/2009
.  Watch here »
Fast forward to about 25 minutes in and you’ll see he is finally let go without a search.

I understand that these videos make people squirm because it seems like the person who is “refusing to cooperate” is just being a jackass…that is not the case.

It is against the law for the government (without a warrant and/or without probable cause) to stop you and search you or your vehicle. If you cooperate, you are encouraging the government to break the law and you’re making it harder on those who expect the government to obey the law.

Nobody should be put in a position where they have to make the difficult decision to resist in this way…but they should be commended for doing so. The bottom line is, if everyone simply goes along with these illegal East German tactics, soon everyone will be EXPECTED to do so and the violations of our rights (in frequency and severity) will quickly escalate.

Assuming this account is legitimate, things didn't work out so well for this other guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUzd7G875Hc&feature=channel
Is Secession 'Anti-American'?
Source: Lew Rockwell Submitted: 04/17/2009
In response to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's defense of states’ rights, State Rep. Jim Dunnam (D-Waco) says secession is anti-American. He even threw in a gratuitous race card to try to vilify the governor.

It should go without saying that the United States of America began with a series of thirteen secessions. The founding document of the American union is itself a collective "declaration of independence" that affirms unilateral secession to be part of our inalienable right of liberty. The U.S. Constitution (to which Rep. Dunnam has pledged an oath) affirms that the federal government's authority is both "enumerated" and "delegated," while the powers of the states are "reserved."

In other words, according to the Constitution, the states are the boss of the union, not the other way around. This is why leaders of the Texas state legislature, backed eloquently by Gov. Rick Perry, are reminding the bloated federal apparatus of its proper place as servant of the states. And Texas is not alone.
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Kettling: Arrest everyone, ask questions later
Source: OpenDemocracy.com Submitted: 04/16/2009
--"kettling"- the practice by police of cordoning off city blocks at both ends and containing protestors for hours before arresting them for all intents and purposes, had its US debut five years ago during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

--The policy of mass arresting and detaining protestors was deliberate and premeditated, as revealed in NYPD documents released in 2007 under court order. The intention was to disrupt, discourage, and ultimately, disperse the protest presence from the streets by creating a climate of fear.

-- Independent filmmaker Mike Hall caught the whole experience on film and turned it into a short documentary, 16th Street Tactical. The imagery will be familiar to anyone who witnessed the G-20 protests. It shows the police cordoning off the block, refusing to let anyone leave, and then steadily mass-arresting everyone.

--In the end, the actions in New York amounted to little more than the criminalization of dissent. Everyone was a target, everyone was guilty before proven innocent, and everyone - even the innocent and the neutral - lost their rights and freedoms in one way or another.
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Freedom Watch Tax Day w/ Napolitano, R. Paul, P. Schiff, Lew Rockwell, more (Video)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 04/15/2009
.  Watch here »
Here are the other segments:

part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVboJmwzYx0&feature=channel_page

part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ4NbiFs3lw&feature=channel_page

part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga8eZhZMtw0&feature=channel_page

part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_O6rsq0_lM&feature=channel_page

part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEfw7CGOEXs&feature=channel_page
9/11 Commission Counsel: Government agreed "not to tell the truth about what happened."
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 04/14/2009
--Make no mistake, Farmer is not saying that 9/11 was an inside job, however, Farmer’s testimony, along with that of his fellow 9/11 Commission members, conclusively demonstrates that, whatever really happened on 9/11, the official story as told to the public on the day and that which remains the authorities’ version of events today, is a lie - according to the very people who were tasked by the government to investigate it. This is a fact that no debunker or government apologist can ever legitimately deny.  Read full article »
...We'll have to wait and see how far he goes with the book. (Somehow, I don't expect "full disclosure.") At the very least, it will hopefully get people who've yet to even consider that they were lied to about the attacks to start looking deeper.

Who knows, maybe some will even stumble across the ever-growing community of senior military, law enforcement, and government officials; engineers, architects, scientists, pilots and professors, 911 survivors, family members and ordinary citizens, all calling for a new investigation based on the irrefutable evidence of a cover up.

More on that here: http://PatriotsQuestion911.com
April 15, 2009 Tea Party Directory
Source: TaxdayTeaParty.com Submitted: 04/12/2009
There are many reasons why millions of Americans will take to the streets on April 15th. Some people think it is about party politics and displeasure with the current administration. While a great many are fearful where our country is headed, it is not party politics. It is a fundamental disagreement over government’s role.

In particular, we believe the government is far too big already. Yes, this includes the previous administrations excess spending and the idea of bailouts to banks. The plans of the current administration are to make it even bigger. We resent the intrusion and control of government into our lives and liberties. This is a key factor prompting protests.
 Read full article »
If you'd like to join in a local protest, visit the link above and choose your state from the right side of the page.

Digg.com recently had a story demonizing the tea party movement. Beneath the story a lot of "diggers" posted comments attacking the "selfish people" who plan to participate in the protests. (Typical stuff like "look at Somalia if you want to know what our country would be like without taxes" and "you ungrateful traitors who don't want to pay your fair share should just leave" and "taxes are the price you pay to live in a civilized society" etc.)

The Digg article was written to elicit these types of responses...so, I posted the following to (hopefully) turn some attention back toward the real heart of the issue.

"How many of you here were FOR the first trillion dollar banker bailout? ...or the now 10 TRILLION more that you're on the hook for? Is that "the price you pay to live in society?" ...to be raped by well-connected criminals?

Did you know there was ZERO income tax in these United States prior to 1913. ...was America "uncivilized" then? Were we like Somalia?

And were the Colonists just a bunch of ungrateful traitors who didn't want to pay their "fair share" to the King of England? I suppose they should have just kept funding his abuses...he would have eventually seen things their way I'm sure.

And you too. Just keep telling yourself that your money is being used to benefit our country (instead of the criminals who OWN it) and everything will be just fine. They'll eventually stop abusing their power and breaking the law. (Just ask them...one more election cycle and they'll bring us the "change" we've begged for.)"
Obama and habeas corpus -- then and now
Source: Salon Submitted: 04/12/2009
--So that Barack Obama -- the one trying to convince Democrats to make him their nominee and then their President -- said that abducting people and imprisoning them without charges was (a) un-American; (b) tyrannical; (c) unnecessary to fight Terrorism; (d) a potent means for stoking anti-Americanism and fueling Terrorism; (e) a means of endangering captured American troops, Americans traveling abroad and Americans generally; and (f) a violent betrayal of core, centuries-old Western principles of justice. But today's Barack Obama, safely ensconced in the White House, fights tooth and nail to preserve his power to do exactly that.

I'm not searching for ways to criticize Obama. I wish I could be writing paeans celebrating the restoration of the Constitution and the rule of law. But these actions -- these contradictions between what he said and what he is doing, the embrace of the very powers that caused so much anger towards Bush/Cheney -- are so blatant, so transparent, so extreme, that the only way to avoid noticing them is to purposely shut your eyes as tightly as possible and resolve that you don't want to see it, or that you're so convinced of his intrinsic Goodness that you'll just believe that even when it seems like he's doing bad things, he must really be doing them for the Good.
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20/20's anti-gun special "If I only had a gun"
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 04/11/2009
The ABC piece opens with a simulated school shooting.

Armed students are "tested" against a "shooter" in the classroom to see how they'd do, but the scenario shown is totally unrealistic. (The "shooter" used for this demonstration is obviously a highly-trained marksman with tactical experience. He bursts into a room full of 20 people, seems to know exactly which student is armed, and "takes him out" with beautifully placed head and chest shots within seconds…)

After a few of these exercises (different students, same basic result) the show implies that unless you can perform at the same level as the shooter they have shown, having a gun will do you absolutely no good.

Even if their demonstration wasn't a farce, their claim would still be laughable.

Have all the murderers who’ve attacked schools, malls and churches possessed the skills of ABC's shooter? If not, then the show's assertion is demonstrably false. (That is, the untrained murderers have had no problem “shooting people" despite their "ordinary skills" with a gun.) If these criminals can hit their targets, it is dishonest to suggest their victims can't do the same.
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Orders that "Oath Keepers" will NOT obey (Video)
Source: Oath Keepers Submitted: 04/09/2009
Oath Keepers is an association of active duty military, veterans and peace officers who will honor the oath we swore...to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Watch here »
You think "your federal government" wouldn't disarm you, deny you supplies, herd you into squalor and prevent you from leaving? (Those kinds of things only happen in "other countries," right?) The Katrina footage (about halfway in) provides a nice rebuttal to that argument.

When you're done with the video above, here is another video you might find interesting...Have a listen to some of the "Executive orders" that are in place (starts going over them about 3 minutes in.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI8N9-UwiqM
"Change" you can believe in! (Video)
Source: MSNBC Submitted: 04/09/2009
“During his run for the presidency Barack Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, argued strongly against the Bush Administration’s use of “executive authority” including its self-justification, its rationalization, of the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.

–That was then, this is now. President Obama’s justice department (is) not just defending Bush officials from lawsuits surrounding National Security Agency domestic spying, but seeking to expand the government’s authority by making it immune (to) any legal challenge regarding wiretapping…ever. Welcome to “change” you cannot believe in.”
 Watch here »
See also this interview with Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7uomucNU8E
How banking insiders can "Game" the Government's banking plan
Source: Huffington Post Submitted: 04/08/2009
Consider a toxic asset held by Citibank with a face value of $1 million, but with zero probability of any payout and therefore with a zero market value. An outside bidder would not pay anything for such an asset.

Suppose, however, that Citibank itself sets up a Citibank Public-Private Investment Fund (CPPIF) under the Geithner-Summers plan. The CPPIF will bid the full face value of $1 million for the worthless asset, because it can borrow $850K from the FDIC, and get $75K from the Treasury, to make the purchase! Citibank will only have to put in $75K of the total.

Citibank thereby receives $1 million for the worthless asset, while the CPPIF (created by Citibank) ends up with an utterly worthless asset against $850K in debt to the FDIC. The CPPIF therefore quietly declares bankruptcy, while Citibank walks away with a cool $1 million.
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Gee whiz, you'd think a banking pro like Geithner wouldn't make such a "foolish mistake" when crafting his "rescue plan."

If we didn't know better, we'd think he was setting up a "naked grab of taxpayer money for Wall Street interests."

--And at the heart of it all, the ONE THING that never gets addressed: The very monetary system that creates all this chaos in the first place.

If you haven't heard my recent interview on FreeTalkLive, you can listen here: http://libertyradio.com/sound/freetalk4.1.09.mp3
Carrying "too much" cash? Explain yourself or be detained (Video)
Source: Freedom Watch Submitted: 04/07/2009
The local and Federal agents harassed Steve. They were belligerent, cursing and using insulting language. They threatened to turn Steve over to the DEA and the FBI, all the while refusing to inform him of his legal rights or explain how cash and checks threatened airplane or airport security.

Throughout the interrogation, Steve remained polite but resolute and declined to answer the invasive questions without an adequate explanation from these federal and local agents as to why they needed to be answered. Without telling Steve what law he was accused of breaking, they continued their harassment.
 Watch here »
...don't be surprised if this kid is brought up on charges for recording the incident.
Obama administration says government abuses are 'state secrets' beyond judicial scrutiny
Source: Examiner Submitted: 04/06/2009
--The government is effectively arguing that it can act with impunity because the evidence that the government has misbehaved is a secret that can't be used to seek to demonstrate violations of the law or the Constitution and to seek redress.

Did the feds abuse your rights? Too bad, they say, because you won't be allowed to prove it in court.

That's a remarkably pernicious argument, since it effectively puts government action beyond scrutiny. Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at the University of California-Irvine, describes “state secrets” as a sort of "talismanic phrase" used to muzzle challenges to government authority without going through the bother of actually debating the merits or legality of particular actions and policies.
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The way I see it, there were 3 ways the Obama administration could have handled the Bush era abuses of power:

1. Repeal the ILLEGAL / unconstitutional legislation and signing statements enacted under Bush and hold those who violated the law accountable for their crimes.

2. Repeal the Illegal / unconstitutional legislation and signing statements, but PROTECT Bush and company by refusing to prosecute those who abused their power / broke the law.

3. Neither repeal the illegal / unconstitutional legislation and signing statements NOR hold those who violated the law accountable.

This isn't "our government." It hasn't been for some time. Instead, it is a government by, for, and of the elite interests that control it. It is a lawless sham.

...For, by and of the elite. Watch just 10 minutes of the video below for some more insight into the "change" Obama brought to power.

http://tree3.com/obamashort.wmv
Kill The FED? (Recommended)
Source: Patrick J. Buchanan Submitted: 04/05/2009
“(T)he very people who devised the policies that produced the mess are now posing as the wise public servants who will show us the way out,” writes Thomas Woods in Meltdown.

Already in its sixth week on the New York Times best-seller list, this eminently readable book traces the Fed’s role in every financial crisis since this creature was spawned on Jekyl Island in 1913.
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Scientists find active ’super-thermite’ in WTC dust
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 04/05/2009
A team of scientists claim to have unearthed startling data from dust and debris gathered in the days and weeks after the World Trade Center towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.

In a study published by the Open Chemical Physics Journal -- a peer-reviewed, scientific publication -- Steven E. Jones and Niels Harrit level a stark allegation: that within the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center towers lays evidence of "a highly engineered explosive," contrary to all federal studies of the collapses.

--"This finding really goes beyond anything that has previously been shown," said Jones in a media advisory. "We had to use sophisticated tools to analyze the dust because this isn't just a typical explosive, RDX or CD4 or something -- this is a highly engineered material not readily available to just anyone."
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Help Protect Them - Criminals for Gun Control (Video)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 04/04/2009
Armed citizens create a hostile work environment for professional criminals.

Please support disarming all law abiding citizens - if you save just one criminal's life, it's worth it!!
 Watch here »
New World Order: Still A Conspiracy Theory? (Recommended)
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 04/03/2009
--Wikipedia attempts to make the differentiation by claiming that the new world order in the context of a sinister, undemocratic, and ultimately totalitarian political agenda, is a characterization embraced only by paranoid conspiracy theorists.

--The new world order is totalitarian by its very nature - shifting power away from sovereign countries to global institutions which have no accountability to the general public whatsoever, and through which the public has no voice or influence. That cannot be defined as anything else but undemocratic. There is no such thing as a “benign” new world order.
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G-20 Shapes New World Order With Lesser Role for U.S., Markets
Source: Bloomberg Submitted: 04/02/2009
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- Global leaders took their biggest steps yet toward a new world order that’s less U.S.-centric with a more heavily regulated financial industry and a greater role for international institutions and emerging markets.

At the end of a summit in London, policy makers from the Group of 20 yesterday delivered a regulatory blueprint that French President Nicholas Sarkozy said turned the page on the Anglo-Saxon model of free markets by placing stricter limits on hedge funds and other financiers. The leaders also pledged to triple the resources of the International Monetary Fund and to hand China and other developing economies a greater say in the management of the world economy.
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Celente: Commercial Real Estate Crisis will Dwarf Subprime (Video)
Source: Fox Submitted: 04/02/2009
.  Watch here »
Budget vote due within 48 hours -- TAKE ACTION!
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 04/02/2009
The new budget contains trillions in new spending programs, trillions in debt, and a trillion dollars in tax increases. Speak now against this massive outrage or hold your peace.

It will do no good to complain to your friends, or the local radio talk show host, or shout at your TV. Tell it to your elected representatives! That can do a little good. Nothing else can.
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Joe Plummer - WHY we must "control the money" (Audio)
Source: FreeTalkLive.com Submitted: 04/01/2009
Ian and Mark from "Free Talk Live" interview me...I do my best to explain the dangers of our current financial system in simple terms.  Listen here »
Bob Shultz - We the People Foundation (Audio)
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/31/2009
Alex talks with Bob Schulz of We The People Foundation.  Listen here »
This is a short clip from a recent interview.

Whenever I start feeling like I've "put a lot of time / effort" into this stuff, I think of guys like Bob Shultz who has been at it for 20+ years. I think of Ed Griffin, Bob Chapman & Ron Paul who have been at it longer than I've been alive....it puts everything in perspective real fast.
The success of drug decriminalization in Portugal
Source: Salon Submitted: 03/29/2009
--There is clearly a growing recognition around the world and even in the U.S. that, strictly on empirical grounds, criminalization approaches to drug usage and, especially, the "War on Drugs," are abject failures, because they worsen the exact problems they are ostensibly intended to address. "Strictly on empirical grounds" means excluding from the assessment: (a) ideological questions regarding the legitimacy of imprisoning adults for consuming drugs they choose to consume; (b) the evisceration of Constitutional and civil liberties wrought by drug criminalization; and (c) the extraordinary sums of money devoted to the War on Drugs both domestically and internationally.  Read full article »
Russia backs return to Gold Standard to solve financial crisis
Source: Telegraph Submitted: 03/29/2009
Arkady Dvorkevich, the Kremlin's chief economic adviser, said Russia would favour the inclusion of gold bullion in the basket-weighting of a new world currency based on Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund.

--The Gold Standard was the anchor of world finance in the 19th Century but began breaking down during the First World War as governments engaged in unprecedented spending. It collapsed in the 1930s when the British Empire, the US, and France all abandoned their parities.

It was revived as part of fixed dollar system until US inflation caused by the Vietnam War and "Great Society" social spending forced President Richard Nixon to close the gold window in 1971.
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Ok, like we couldn't see this coming from a mile away.

If you didn't hear my radio interview from last month, here are a couple short clips that cover this global monetary unit "gold backing" scenario:

http://tree3.com/sound/bwoods.mp3

Still don't understand how the "money game" works? Check out: http://DishonestMoney.com
China executing prisoners in "death vans" and selling organs on black market
Source: UK Daily Mail Submitted: 03/28/2009
--The number of executions is expected to rise to a staggering 10,000 people this year (not an impossible figure given that at least 68 crimes - including tax evasion and fraud - are punishable by death in China).

--According to undercover investigations by human rights' groups, the police, judiciary and doctors are all involved in making millions from China's huge trade in human body parts.

Inside each 'death van' there is a dedicated team of doctors to 'harvest' the organs of the deceased. The injections leave the body intact and in pristine condition for such lucrative work.
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Communist China - our "most valued trading partner." How does it make you feel America? "Warm and fuzzy" all over? (Warning, this article is very graphic and is likely to upset anyone who functions above a "reptilian" level of thought.)
On "Sobriety"
Source: HowToStopDrinking.org Submitted: 03/28/2009
On March 25th 1991 I was charged with “driving under the influence.” It wasn’t my first, second, or third DUI…it was my fourth. As a result, I was looking at up to 2 years in jail.

Three nights later, drunk out of my mind, I decided I didn’t like “No Parking” signs. So, I spent a good amount of time driving up on people’s tree lawns to knock them over with my car. If I would have been caught, I would have surely been charged with my fifth DUI (not to mention reckless operation, destruction of state property, etc.) That final night of drunken stupidity took place 18 years ago today. I haven’t had a drink since.

For those interested in the full story, I’ve decided to go ahead and post this “non-political” article. In it, I explain how I eliminated both drugs and alcohol from my life. Just so you know: I have never accepted the “disease theory” of substance abuse. Nor have I used the “AA / 12-step approach” to enjoy all these years of sobriety. In fact, I developed StopDrinking.com (over 10 years ago) for those looking for something else. (I changed the site to "HowToStopDrinking.org" in 2010)
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Side note: Some might wonder why I regularly post stories that are critical of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Here is the simple answer: Just because I didn’t like the way drugs and alcohol affected ME and MY life doesn’t give me the right (or desire) to tell other people how to live.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s none of the government’s business what an adult does so long as that adult is not violating the rights of others. The “War on Drugs” is a terrible waste of resources, it does more harm than good, and it is an unacceptable violation of the individual’s right to live their OWN life and make their own choices. –Hope that clears things up.
WILL CONGRESS WIPE OUT HOME GARDENS, GROWERS MARKETS?
Source: News with Views Submitted: 03/26/2009
--“This bill will not just sweep up commercial food operations,” warns Tom DeWeese, who heads the American Policy Center in Virginia, in a Sledgehammer Alert, “[It] will subject hobby gardeners, home canners, anyone with a few chickens, or anyone who ‘holds, stores, or transports food’ … to registration, extensive management, and inspection by a huge new bureaucracy, the Food Safety Administration, even if the food items will only be consumed personally.”

“The truly chilling language lays out civil and criminal penalties of up to $1 million per day, per infraction, and imprisonment of five or 10 years, or both, depending how serious the violation(s),” De Weese adds, characterizing the bill as “over-the-top in its overreach.”
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Dissecting yet another scam
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 03/25/2009
President Obama unveiled the latest government plan for buying up "toxic" assets on Monday, and the stock market soared by nearly 500 points. It's not hard to see why. Investors get the reward, while taxpayers get the risk.

Here's what you can say in your personal comments. This latest "toxic" asset bailout is yet another scam, because:

For every $100 used to buy "toxic" assets, private investors will put up only $7, while taxpayers will put in a matching $7 plus $86 in loans. These are no recourse loans. In other words, if a "toxic" asset doesn't pay off, taxpayers will eat the loss -- potentially $93 out of every $100 invested.

Investors get a chance to profit, while most of the potential losses will be socialized -- paid by you.

Withdraw your consent! And ask your friends to do the same.
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Tell them about it. It only takes a minute of your time.
Senate Rubber Stamps National Enslavement Bill
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/24/2009
--In an interview with Ben Smith of the New York Daily News, Emanuel outlined the agenda for military-style training, essentially a domestic draft, aimed at preparing Americans for a chemical or biological terrorist attack.

Asked by Smith about the universal service plan and whether people would have to live in military barracks, Emanuel laughed before responding, “We’re going to have universal civil defense training, somewhere between the ages of 18 to 25 you will do three months of training….but there can be nothing wrong with all Americans having a joint similar experience of what we call civil defense training or civil service in service of the country, in preparation, which will give people a sense of what it means to be an American.”

“It will be a common experience and we will be prepared, God forbid, God forbid that there is a chemical hit, another terrorist act or natural disaster becoming more frequent - there’ll be a body of citizens who are ready and capable and trained - that’s all you have to think about,” said Emanuel before smugly declaring, “We’re all here for you OK? It’s a circle of love.”
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...so, in the "unfortunate event" that there is an attack, Emanuel will have his army of brainwashed enforcers standing by to make sure YOU DO whatever the Anti-American traitors in Washington decide. But just remember...They're "all here for you OK? It’s a circle of love.”
Paul, Baldwin, Barr Send Letter Demanding Withdrawal of MIAC Report
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/24/2009
Last week on the Alex Jones Show, former presidential candidate and Baptist minister Chuck Baldwin said he would co-author with former presidential candidate and House member Ron Paul and former federal prosecutor, former member of the United States House of Representatives and presidential candidate Bob Barr a letter (see PDF) to the Governor of Missouri, Jeremiah Nixon, protesting the Missouri Information Analysis Center’s document designating Baldwin and his co-authors as terrorists.

Baldwin, Paul, and Barr “respectfully demand” the document in question “be immediately removed from any and all websites associated with or maintained by the state of Missouri or any agency thereof, including the MIAC.” In addition, they demand “said document no longer be circulated by the state of Missouri” and the state repudiate its references to Baldwin, Paul, and Barr.
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The Raid on Mayor Cheye Calvo's Home
Source: MakeMarylandGreat.com Submitted: 03/22/2009
Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s mother-in-law, Georgia Porter, was stirring her spaghetti sauce when suddenly she saw armed, masked men in black swarming across their backyard. One of the men saw her and pointed his high-powered assault weapon directly at her through the window. She screamed. Suddenly the front door shattered, and men in black burst into the house.

Payton, one of the family’s two black Labrador Retrievers, was lying stretched out on the living room floor. As he turned his head towards the door, the terrified Georgia watched as the men shot him in the face multiple times. The other family dog, Chase, ran into the dining room in an attempt to escape from the screaming men, but they rushed the dining room from all directions and shot him also.

--The Prince George’s County Police Department had intercepted a package addressed to Trinity containing 32 pounds of marijuana and delivered it to the house earlier that evening. But despite it being common knowledge among narcotics officers that criminals were sending drugs to innocent people in the hopes of grabbing the packages before they got home, nobody bothered to do even the most basic background research into the Calvo’s before invading their house.
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Seriously...can you even begin to imagine this?

How can anyone get their mind around how OUT OF CONTROL things have gotten in this country when a SWAT team can kick in your door, murder your pets (or worse - your family) NOT because they believe you have killed somebody, not because they believe you "have a bomb" or "hostages" or are "torturing children in the basement" but because they believe you could be dealing POT!
First Black President to Reinstate Slavery? (Recommended)
Source: Larken Rose Submitted: 03/21/2009
When tyrants want to take the next big step towards totalitarianism, they usually toss out some "trial balloons," both to see how people react and to begin desensitizing people to the new fascist agenda. If they're smart, they first propose a big leap toward totalitarianism, and then cut it back to a small step. By contrast, the peasants will not only be pleased with the smaller step, but will be trained to think that the larger step is at least debatably a good idea.

The American tyrants, and those in other countries, have done this over and over again with "gun control" (peasant disarmament), taxation, regulation, and so on. They suggest something startlingly bad, then scale it back to only mildly obnoxious, and pass it. And they keep doing it over and over again, until they've imposed all sorts of things that in the past seemed outrageous. And since hardly anyone thinks from PRINCIPLE, it works.
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This is how they managed the Iraq War billions (Video)
Source: Brasscheck Submitted: 03/20/2009
Can you imagine the scope and scale of the theft that will take place with the bank bailouts?  Watch here »
Please watch this - it focuses mainly on just one "small" ($300 million) example.

Should you be FORCED to fund corruption and fraud? Do the people have a RIGHT (if not a duty) to stop funding an openly criminal and unaccountable government?

Think about that this April 15th.
House Passes Mandatory National Service Bill
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/19/2009
--Fears about Obama’s plans to create involuntary servitude were first stoked in July 2008, when Obama told a rally in Colorado Springs, “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

Despite denials that Obama plans to institute a mandatory program of national service, his original change.gov website stated that Americans would be “required” to complete “50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year”. The text was only later changed to state that Americans would be “encouraged” to undertake such programs.

In addition, Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, publicly stated his intention to help create “universal civil defense training” in 2006.
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Alex Jones on Fox "Freedom Watch" (Video)
Source: Fox Submitted: 03/18/2009
.  Watch here »
Grow your own
Source: AP Submitted: 03/18/2009
LONG BEACH, Calif. – With the recession in full swing, many Americans are returning to their roots — literally — cultivating vegetables in their backyards to squeeze every penny out of their food budget.

Industry surveys show double-digit growth in the number of home gardeners this year ...
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YEP, and you better believe that the “Big Agriculture” boys aren't happy with this trend. When it comes to where you get your food, they’re using their friends in Washington to "keep you safe" from having any choice.

...see the story below for more.
HR 875 The food police, criminalizing organic farming and the backyard gardener
Source: Campaign for Liberty Submitted: 03/17/2009
This bill is sitting in committee and I am not sure when it is going to hit the floor. One thing I do know is that very few of the Representatives have read it. As usual they will vote on this based on what someone else is saying. Urge your members to read the legislation and ask for opposition to this devastating legislation. Devastating for everyday folks but great for factory farming ops like Monsanto, ADM, Sodexo and Tyson to name a few.

--This legislation is so broad based that technically someone with a little backyard garden could get fined and have their property siezed. It will effect anyone who produces food even if they do not sell but only consume it. It will literally put all independent farmers and food producers out of business due to the huge amounts of money it will take to conform to factory farming methods. If people choose to farm without industry standards such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers they will be subject to a vareity of harassment from this completely new agency that has never before existed. That's right, a whole new government agency is being created just to police food, for our own protection of course.
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If you're a member of Downsize DC, you can send "your representative" a message here:
http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/our-prediction-comes-true
The Obama Deception (Video)
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/15/2009
Obama supporters: Scrutinize Obama the same as you scrutinized Bush. Look for inconsistencies between "deeds" and "words." Be intellectually consistent and you will see once and for all that our elected officials are little more than salesmen. They are there to sell an agenda that moves forward REGARDLESS of who is in office.  Watch here »
If you're short on time, here is a 45-minute version of the two-hour film. This will give you plenty to think about:
http://tree3.com/obamashort.wmv
Gregg: Budget forecast a lie
Source: MSNBC Submitted: 03/14/2009
--Today, the president's compliment of Gregg turned into an attack on Geithner. Gregg said the budget is essentially "putting on our children's backs a debt they can never get out from underneath."  Read full article »
PLEASE, somebody explain to these "experts" that "our children can never get out from underneath the debt" because OUR ENTIRE MONEY SUPPLY IS BASED ON DEBT!

Our money is "loaned into existence" via our monetary system. When the "loan" is repaid, the "money" returns to its original state. (That is, the money CEASES TO EXIST! It will remain "nonexistent" until is is re-loaned back into existence. Every single dollar our economy depends on is irrevocably tied to debt.)

Under this system (created in secret BY BANKERS) we as a nation can NEVER be debt free. It is a predatory system used around the world to trap countries in ever-deepening servitude. It is a SCAM, a con game, a hustle, a scheme, a rip off - it is blatantly criminal.

If you still don't understand how the system works, please LEARN and tell others. For beginners, here is a short and easy book on the topic.

http://www.amazon.com/Dishonest-Money-Joseph-Plummer/dp/1439214115


Our Recruitment Letter
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 03/13/2009
* You must bear the burden of every word of every law Congress passes

* This burden can include increased taxation, increased debt, the need to consult lawyers and to spend money on compliance

* Failure to comply could force you to pay fines or go to jail

* Ignorance of the law is no excuse for YOU -- you MUST understand and obey every word of any relevant law Congress passes

* But members of Congress don't have the same obligation

* Congressional leaders rush many laws to a vote with little or no time for debate or deliberation

* Almost no members of Congress read the laws they impose upon you

* To make matters worse, stealth provisions are often inserted into legislation at the last minute

* As a routine result, citizens and the media are NOT able to give their representatives feedback

It's a simple fact. Your elected representatives are fundamentally ignorant of the laws and burdens they inflict on you. Even their ignorance is no excuse for you! You STILL must submit.

We believe members of Congress have a sacred duty to faithfully represent those whom they seek to tax and regulate. We?re not asking much: Failure to read every word of every law they impose upon you violates this duty.

YOU are not being represented. YOU are being misrepresented.

But it gets worse . . .

Congressional leaders routinely bundle unpopular legislation into popular bills -- even if they're completely unrelated. They do this so that unpopular proposals can pass on the strength of the popular bills with which they're combined.
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The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach
Source: WordPress Submitted: 03/12/2009
People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds.

Not so simple. Where are farmers supposed to get normal seed these days? How are they supposed to avoid contamination of their fields from GM-crops? How are they supposed to stop Monsanto detectives from trespassing or Monsanto from using helicopters to fly over spying on them?

Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples and if they find any GMO plants growing there (or say they have), they then sue, saying they own the crop. It’s a way to make money since farmers can’t fight back and court and they settle because they have no choice.

And they have done and are doing a bucket load of things to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of NORMAL seeds.

1. They’ve bought up the seed companies across the Midwest.

2. They’ve written Monsanto seed laws and gotten legislators to put them through, that make cleaning, collecting and storing of seeds so onerous in terms of fees and paperwork and testing and tracking every variety and being subject to fines, that having normal seed becomes almost impossible (an NAIS approach to wiping out normal seeds).
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Ron Paul: Imagine
Source: Ron Paul Submitted: 03/10/2009
Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.”

Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up check points on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.

Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers’ attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.

Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.
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Reminds me of a recent exchange with a regular visitor to the site.

I wrote:

"Think of the most pathetic / horrible type of human being you can imagine. (We'll say a child rapist who enjoys torturing his victims to death.) The problem isn't in going after or even killing dangerous / horrible people. The problem is the double standard regarding "acceptable means." ..That is, if such a child rapist happened to be on an American bus filled with children, nobody would support our military firing a missile into the bus to kill him....and we can only assume if they wouldn't accept our military doing it, they would be a thousand times more outraged if the "order to fire" came from China or Russia.

In short, we would never accept our military or law enforcement employing these means in America, we sure as Hell wouldn't accept another country employing them either. (Regardless of how despicable the "main target" was.) But that's where the common sense standard splits off into a double standard.

Full post available here:
http://joeplummer.com/double_standard.html
Controlling the food
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 03/10/2009
The Congressional war against small business continues. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (H.R. 875) will create a new food safety bureaucracy, and require a "traceability" program for "food production facilities and food establishments."

These new regulations will drive many small farms and restaurants out of business. Big Business can afford the compliance costs and will benefit from the reduced competition as smaller firms go bankrupt. Consumers will face fewer choices and higher prices, but will we really get safer food in return, and will it really be worth the cost?
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How long before they start raiding ordinary folks? You know, people who want to feed themselves instead of relying on "the system" (big government / big business) to feed them...oh wait. Nevermind. That's already happening too.

"Remember people, eat your Aspartame, drink your fluoridated water, inject your kids with mercury, and love your genetically modified foods. -We're the government, and we won't let you "risk your health" by allowing you to choose any alternatives."
More Jetsons, Less Flintstones: Free State Project’s NH Liberty Forum
Source: BureauCrash.com Submitted: 03/09/2009
--Gary Franchi, National Director of Restore the Republic, the folks distributing Aaron Russo’s “America: Freedom to Fascism,” cracked us up with: “Technology is your friend, until it is embedded in your hand or forehead.”

--Iraq Veterans Against War’s Adam Kokesh, who I’m pretty sure every chick at the Forum has a crush on (sorry, gals, he’s taken), blew my mind months ago when I heard him speak at the Rally for the Republic in Minnesota during the GOP convention (think: I took an oath to defend against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC), and he continues to impress. A man of honor and principle (and a killer poker player–I want my money back!), he manages to convey truly rEVOLutionary ideas in a forthright and admirable manner. He believes, and I agree, that we are moving from an intellectual movement into a political one. A force to be reckoned with. If we continue to openly advocate our beliefs in peace, prosperity, and freedom, they “don’t have enough people to come after us all.”
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Looking for Liberty?

I left Ohio for New Hampshire in 2005. My wife and I have never been happier.

If you're not ready to "make the move," then at least consider attending a "Free State Project" event. You'll be glad you did.
Four Integrity Tests for President Obama
Source: Nolanchart Submitted: 03/09/2009
--I always had my doubts that he was a true agent of change and reformer when it came to the structure of the political and government system. He took an awful lot of money from the very rich and powerful in his campaign. Sure, with his superb speaking skills he has the capacity to win public approval, but most Americans are not deep, critical thinkers, nor do most have the best detailed information. What if he is just another untrustworthy politician? What if he does not keep his promises? With these questions in mind, I have examined four areas where I find President Obama's behavior disappointing.

--For someone who made a big campaign deal of being against politics as usual, Obama has shown precious little evidence that he wants true outsiders to steer his administration. His chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is the epitome of a protector of the status quo political system. Rather than selecting many big name Democrats and a few Republicans, why not seek out independents, whistle blowers and reformers to fix the economic meltdown?
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"BIG Media" (Video - Recommended)
Source: Your Networ.TV Submitted: 03/09/2009
What is the role of the media? How does the media affect us as consumers and as citizens? Is corporate media censoring us from stories that greatly affect our lives? Did you know that only six corporations own every major media outlet? Or that the government and corporations pay media outlets to insert fake news? The N3TWORK researches the history of the media in this country, and how that role has evolved since it's takeover by corporate America. During the investigation, the N3TWORK sits down with director of Project Censored, Peter Phillips, to get the scoop and to discuss how we can take back the media by starting our bottom up truth telling network for the people, by the people.  Watch here »
Tobacco users will see big tax hit soon
Source: Delaware Online Submitted: 03/08/2009
--Federal cigarette taxes will increase from 39 cents per pack to $1.01. And the tax on roll-your-own tobacco will jump from $1.10 per pound to $24.78.  Read full article »
Guess they don't want you "rolling your own" anymore, huh?
More US farmers planting non-GMO soybeans this year
Source: Non-GMO Report Submitted: 03/07/2009
--Genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans have taken an increasingly larger percentage of US soybean acreage each year since their introduction in 1996, reaching 92% in 2008.

But this could be the first year that the trend reverses. Grover Shannon, a soybean breeder with the University of Missouri, Delta Research Center, thinks non-GMO acreage could account for 10% of total soybean acreage this year.
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