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They think reading the bills is a joke
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 06/09/2009
--Not only are bills never read before a quorum in Congress, they aren't read in committee either. Our supposed representatives think it's a joke to believe they should know what they're inflicting on us. But we don't think it's funny...

* The cap & trade bill, H.R. 2454, will remake the entire U.S. economy
* The bill is an astounding 932 pages long

But the politicians don't think it's worth reading. In fact, Chairman Waxman introduced the bill on May 15th with the intention moving it out of committee in just one week! It took longer than that, but most of the committee's time was spent defeating Republican amendments - which were also unread.

--Without DownsizeDC.org's Read the Bills Act (RTBA), Congress has every incentive to make bills as long and convoluted as possible. This allows them to combine reasonable-sounding proposals with special-interest favors. And then, when the bill doesn't work as intended, their solution is always to pass yet another long, convoluted bill.
 Read full article »
Please join and support Downsize DC. They've created an excellent system for sending your so-called "representatives" in Washington your thoughts on important topics. It's free and it's effective.
5 Monkeys (short Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 06/08/2009
.  Watch here »
I'm not anti government. I'm anti crime.
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 06/07/2009
--The main difference between you and I is you WANT others to tell you what you can and cannot do. You believe others are qualified to do this and that they only seek this power with “your best interests in mind.” I know that is absolute bullshit because I’ve studied history (recent and past.)

I refuse to sit back and be ruled by people who are morally inferior to me. (Those who lie, cheat, steal, murder, maim, enslave, threaten, etc., while CLAIMING that they are “the good guys.”)
 Read full article »
Why I do NOT want to "Audit the Fed"
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 06/06/2009
I know many people are very excited about Ron Paul's bill (HR 1207) to audit the Federal Reserve. I am NOT excited about it and here is why:  Read full article »
Obama admits US involvement in Iran coup in 1953
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 06/05/2009
US President Barack Obama made a major gesture of conciliation to Iran on Thursday when he admitted US involvement in the 1953 coup which overthrew the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.

"In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government," Obama said during his keynote speech to the Muslim world in Cairo.
 Read full article »
...and installed / propped up the ruthless "Shah" as he brutalized the Iranians for 25 years (leading to the 1979 revolution / hostage crisis.)

Here are some other "less than democratic" actions Obama might want to mention if he's really looking to clean the slate:

http://www.krysstal.com/democracy_whyusa01.html
Sarkozy’s Secret Plan for Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination
Source: GlobalResearch.ca Submitted: 06/04/2009
--The report of a secret French government plan to vaccinate every French citizen over three months of age, over 100 million doses, is more than alarming. According to the French Le Journal du Dimanche, anticipating a probable return of the virus in the fall, the government will spend nearly a billion euros to buy vaccines. Authorities will announce in the fall if they decide to make the vaccine mandatory. "We will be ready to go in a very short time", explains the Minister of Health. According to sources, the state wants to order 100 million doses of flu vaccine from three laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Novartis. The latter two are French companies.

The French report comes just after the State of Massachusetts State Senate passed a mandatory vaccination bill that authorizes mandatory vaccination against purported H1N1 Swine Flu. In New York State the state hospital planning authority is debating making mandatory annual vaccination against flu of all public health employees, despite the fact that no approved vaccine for H1N1 exists. More and more it is beginning to appear that the scare about pandemic from flying birds or flying pigs is an excuse to justify mandatory vaccination with substances whose harmful side effects are demonstrably worse than any flu they should guard us against.
 Read full article »
Judge dismisses telecom wiretap suits
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 06/03/2009
A federal district court judge in San Francisco has dismissed more than three dozen lawsuits filed against the nation’s telecommunications companies for their role in the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Judge Vaughn Walker ruled on Wednesday to uphold legislation passed by Congress last summer that retroactively protected the companies against liability for their participation in what was then an illegal activity.
 Read full article »
War is Sin
Source: CommonDreams.org Submitted: 06/02/2009
--War comes wrapped in patriotic slogans, calls for sacrifice, honor and heroism and promises of glory. It comes wrapped in the claims of divine providence. It is what a grateful nation asks of its children. It is what is right and just. It is waged to make the nation and the world a better place, to cleanse evil. War is touted as the ultimate test of manhood, where the young can find out what they are made of. War, from a distance, seems noble. It gives us comrades and power and a chance to play a small bit in the great drama of history. It promises to give us an identity as a warrior, a patriot, as long as we go along with the myth, the one the war-makers need to wage wars and the defense contractors need to increase their profits.

But up close war is a soulless void. War is about barbarity, perversion and pain, an unchecked orgy of death. Human decency and tenderness are crushed. Those who make war work overtime to reduce love to smut, and all human beings become objects, pawns to use or kill. The noise, the stench, the fear, the scenes of eviscerated bodies and bloated corpses, the cries of the wounded, all combine to spin those in combat into another universe. In this moral void, naively blessed by secular and religious institutions at home, the hypocrisy of our social conventions, our strict adherence to moral precepts, come unglued...

--There is a difference between killing someone who is trying to kill you and taking the life of someone who does not have the power to harm you. The first is killing. The second is murder.
 Read full article »
Gerald Celente: The Greatest Financial Depression (Video)
Source: Revolutionary Politics Submitted: 06/01/2009
.  Watch here »
Growing your own food is for everyone
Source: Lew Rockwell Submitted: 05/31/2009
--Hence even some of those (on) the edges of both movements are finding a common bridge in understanding the need to create individually managed sustainable agriculture. In other words it doesn’t mater if it is “global warming” or “incompetent politicians” that will be the cause of a coming food shortage; either way the solution is individual action. That action is as simple as beginning to produce just a portion of your own food. The potential production on even small suburban lots is shocking. One family led by a self-proclaimed “agrarian revolutionary” named Jules Dervaes is currently producing about 6,000 lbs of food per year on 1/10th of an acre! While that is the extreme, if perhaps 30% of suburban homes would produce even 10% of what Mr. Dervaes is producing, can you see how large the impact would be?  Read full article »
The Big Collapse Could Be Very Near
Source: EconomicPolicyJournal.com Submitted: 05/31/2009
--The end of the current financial system, as we know it, may be eminent. If you would have asked me even two weeks ago if collapse was imminent, I would have said it was highly unlikely, now I am saying it is possible. Bernanke may be able to patch things up short-term, if he is lucky, but long term the U.S. financial structure is in serious trouble. There is just too much Treasury debt that needs to be raised. An international panic out of Treasury securities, even a slow controlled panic, means the Fed will be the major buyer. This will ultimately mean record inflation.

And keep this in mind, we have never seen a collapse of a currency like the dollar. Even the Wiemar inflation can not serve as an example. Since the dollar is the reserve currency of most of the world, a panic out of the dollar means more dollars will return to the U.S, shores than any country has ever experienced.
 Read full article »
Reflections And Warnings - An Interview With Aaron Russo
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/29/2009
Alex Jones’ latest DVD documentary release, Reflections And Warnings - An Interview With Aaron Russo, pays homage to maverick patriot Aaron Russo, who left this mortal coil in August 2007 after a long battle with cancer. The film is a 90 minute full version of Jones’ seminal interview with Russo, which took place months before his death.

This was Russo’s final videotaped interview before he passed away, but his legacy as the founder of the movement to end the power monopoly of the Federal Reserve makes the documentary more contemporary than ever before in light of how the Federal Reserve has increased its stranglehold over the American economy since the beginning of the financial crisis last year.

--Russo was perhaps best known for managing star of stage and screen Bette Midler, as well as producing Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy, but his last great work was undoubtedly the most important of his life - Russo’s groundbreaking exposé of the criminal run-for-profit Federal Reserve system, the documentary America: From Freedom to Fascism.
 Read full article »
This really is an EXCELLENT interview.

I've posted a short video clip from the interview (17 minutes) here:
http://tree3.com/Video/aj/russo.wmv

Here is the full interview (Audio Only)
http://tree3.com/sound/aj/russo.mp3

To watch the entire interview, please subscribe to http://PrisonPlanet.TV ...They'll put your support to good use.
Tricking Americans Into Real ID
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 05/29/2009
--One under-handed scheme started with the passage of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which requires law abiding U.S. citizens to have either a passport or an enhanced drivers license to cross the Mexican or Canadian borders. An "enhanced drivers license"...

* Is an initiative of the DHS that has NO Congressional mandate
* Will require you to undergo a security interview, pay a fee, and get a new federal ID number (in addition to your Social Security number)
* Has an RFID chip that can be read at a distance, up to 30 feet away, even while it's in your wallet!

Now things are being rigged to move citizens in the direction of the enhanced drivers license.
 Read full article »
Psychologists Weigh In On 9/11
Source: WashingtonsBlog.com Submitted: 05/27/2009
A new article in U.S. News & World Report quotes a couple of psychologists, one sociologist and one historian to argue that people who question the government's version of 9/11 are prone to false thinking.

(However)--many mental health professionals have concluded that the official version of 9/11 is false, and that those who believe the official version suffer from emotional problems or defense mechanisms. For example:
 Read full article »
Here is a great list of scientists, architects, engineers, professors, senior military, intelligence service, law enforcement and government officials who have ignored the name calling and innuendo, looked at the EVIDENCE for themselves, and concluded the "official account" of what happened on 9/11 is a bold-faced LIE.

http://patriotsquestion911.com
Control the food - control the people (Audio - Highly Recommended)
Source: Farm And Ranch Freedom Submitted: 05/27/2009
Alex interviews Judith McGeary of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.  Listen here »
Here is the bottom line on what is happening folks:

Huge industrial-agriculture companies (with the help of the government) are working to eliminate their competition. This RFID scam will cost the “big guys” next to nothing, but it will put the little guys out of business.

If Big-Agri has its way, you will have NO CHOICE but eat what it chooses to feed you. Even your right to raise your own food on your own property (to feed yourself and your family) is being threatened. If there is anything that MUST be stopped, this is it.

The government is interfering with our right to FEED OURSELVES. It is effectively eliminating our ability to avoid chemicals, pesticides, GMO and who knows what other poison that will come down the pike once the “competition” is gone. This will NOT “keep you safe.”

After you listen to the audio clip above, you can visit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance website here:
http://farmandranchfreedom.org/content/
Doctor and invention outlast jeers and threats (Recommended)
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 05/26/2009
John Epley is a doctor and innovator. Years ago, he took aim at a medical curse that has disabled millions of people and defied treatment. He came up with a cure that was astonishingly simple. No surgery. No pills.

Now, think: Would his colleagues cheer his stroke of ingenuity by spreading the news -- and practice -- of the treatment to relieve suffering?

No. Inexplicably, they rejected him, ridiculed him, heaved accusations that threatened his license to practice medicine.
 Read full article »
The people hit back...literally (Video)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 05/25/2009
Security "roughs up" a soccer fan...soccer fans "rough up" security.  Watch here »
Maddow hits Obama hard on his "detention" plan (Video)
Source: MSNBC Submitted: 05/24/2009
--This was a beautiful speech from President Obama today with patriotic, moving, even poetic language about the “rule of law” and the Constitution…AND one of the most radical proposals for defying the Constitution that we have ever heard made to the American people.  Watch here »
This is unbelievable. I mean seriously, is this accurate?

Is the Federal Government REALLY claiming that it has the right to detain and hold you indefinitely based on ZERO evidence of ANY crime whatsoever?

...Not based on a crime that you have committed, not based on evidence that you "conspired" or attempted to commit a crime, but based only on the "charge" that it THINKS you will do so in the future!??
US Association of Physicians calls for Moratorium on GMO Foods
Source: GlobalResearch.ca Submitted: 05/23/2009
In a just-released position paper on GMO foods, the AAEM states that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk’ and calls for a moratorium on GMO foods. Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes ‘there is more than a casual association between GMO foods and adverse health effects’ and that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.’ The report is a devastating blow to the multibillion dollar international agribusiness industry, most especially to Monsanto Corporation, the world’s leading purveyor of GMO seeds and related herbicides.  Read full article »
Skeptical Conservative radio host gets waterboarded - in 7 seconds admits "it's torture"
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 05/22/2009
--"I wanted to prove it wasn't torture," Mancow said. "They cut off our heads, we put water on their face...I got voted to do this but I really thought 'I'm going to laugh this off.' "

The upshot? "It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that's no joke," Mancow told listeners. "It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back...It was instantaneous...and I don't want to say this: absolutely torture."
 Read full article »
On the "they cut off our heads" statement, I'd just like to point out (for the hundredth time) that the US government paid Afghan warlords thousands of dollars for each “suspect” the warlords produced.

In other words, don’t confuse those who ARE guilty of committing heinous crimes with the goat herders and other innocent “suspects” who were / are guilty of absolutely nothing.

If you haven’t seen “Torturing Democracy” (Brought to you by George Washington University) it’s well worth your time.
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/torturingdemocracy/program/
How many does it take to control the "News?" (Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 05/22/2009
Fox News whistleblowers lose their job for refusing to kill story about Monsanto's "Bovine Growth Hormone."  Watch here »
After you've watched the link above, you might want to check out this one too. (Dan Rather speaks about the corrupt "mainstream media.")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ckeqIoZz9c
Obama's Trail of Broken Promises
Source: Counterpunch Submitted: 05/21/2009
--The change that we are witnessing is in Obama, not in policies.

--Obama said he would close the torture prison, Guantanamo, and abolish the kangaroo courts known as military tribunals. But now he says he is going to reform the tribunals and continue the process...

--The policy of kidnapping people (usually on the basis of disinformation supplied by their enemies) and whisking them off to third world prisons to be interrogated is to be continued.

--Obama has defended the Bush/Cheney warrantless wiretapping program run by the National Security Agency and broadened the government’s legal argument that “sovereign immunity” protects government officials from prosecution...

--In a signing statement this month, Obama abandoned his promise to protect whislte-blowers who give information of executive branch illegality to Congress.
 Read full article »
The Great Water Heist (Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 05/21/2009
The sponsors call it the "Clean Water Restoration Act."

It's kind of like calling the shredding of the Bill of Rights under Bush II, the PATRIOT Act.

If the federal government takes control over all the non-navigable water in the US and the land adjoining it, then it will have the right to seize it and give it away.

Give it away to who?

Well, that multi-trillion dollar deficit has to be paid off somehow.

Look to the Feds to to try to take control of more and more private property in the months and years to come.

Just say no.
 Watch here »
I linked to YouTube so people could comment, but the text above was taken from this page:
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/625.html
Arbitrary 'no-fly' list may soon become a 'no-guns' list
Source: Examiner Submitted: 05/20/2009
--The poor quality of the no-fly list, the arbitrary nature of the inclusion of names on the list and its impact on innocent people is no secret, having been covered by mainstream media and litigated in the courts for the past half decade plus. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and co-sponsor Rep. Steve Israel, both of New York, can't claim that they don't know that the no-fly list is a civil liberties nightmare that serves only to seriously inconvenience people, violate rights and generate headline-grabbing news stories.

So it's fair to conclude that Rep. McCarthy has no problem with the arbitrary denial of individual rights, so long as such denial furthers her crusade against gun ownership.
 Read full article »
Confessions of an Economic Hitman (Audio)
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/19/2009
Alex talks with economist and author John Perkins. Perkins says that he “was an ‘economic hit man’ for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinational corporations cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. Perkins writes about his experiences in his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.  Listen here »
Ventura: If waterboarding is fine, why don’t cops do it? (Video - Highly Recommended)
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 05/18/2009
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, making a guest appearance on ABC’s The View, gave co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck a lesson or two about the torture technique known as waterboarding.

Ventura, who underwent a barrage of torture techniques at the military Survival, Evade, Resist and Escape (SERE) school, confirmed for Hasselbeck that waterboarding is torture and not just an “enhanced interrogation technique.”
 Watch here »
Here is another story that ties in well:

"DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners"
http://www.truthout.org/042709J
UPDATE: So-called "Patriot Act" in action
Source: Wired.com Submitted: 05/17/2009
--The arrest of Lundeby’s son stoked widespread outrage on the internet after Raleigh, North Carolina’s WRAL-5 reported on the case...

Much of the online fury was triggered by Lundeby’s incorrect claim — uncritically reported by the station — that the boy was being held without any legal rights on the authority of the 2001 USA Patriot Act. In truth, making telephone bomb threats has been a federal crime since 1939. The teenager is being held without bail in Indiana, but he’s been formally charged, has a court-appointed attorney, and has already made three appearances in front of a judge. The case is sealed because the suspect is a minor.

Responding to the internet outrage on Thursday, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Indiana issued a press release (.pdf) emphasizing the the teenager is not being held on terrorism charges. The case “alleges a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e), which prohibits sending false information about an attempt to kill, injure or intimidate any individual or to unlawfully to damage any building through an instrument of interstate commerce,” the prosecutors wrote.
 Read full article »
I'm guessing the kid's mom will say that she was originally told her child was being held under the Patriot Act and the government changed its tune due to all the pressure. How we'll ever know for sure, that's tough to say. (Regardless, the kid has a right to be charged, tried, and convicted or acquitted in court.)

The original story (as we posted on May 5th) can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9zGhYSIAP8
Protecting The Children (CPS & "Cash for Kids")
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/17/2009
This is a short segment from a recent interview with Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer about the “Child Protective Services” industry.

In this 14-minute clip, you’ll hear about foster families that just warehouse kids for the checks they receive, how easily kids can be taken from their parents (without any due process) and the increased likelihood of abuse (often sexual) that these “legally kidnapped” kids face.
 Listen here »
If you decide you want to listen to the entire interview, it is available here:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/georgia-senator-nancy-schaefer-talks-about-cps-alex-jones-show.html

Side note: Somebody wrote me today and asked if I ever "get depressed" about all this stuff. I figured it was worth sharing some of my reply here:

"I don't get depressed about the things I can't do anything about (there will always be thieves, rapists, murderers, war profiteers, pedophiles, etc.) What does sometimes bring me down is how little others are willing to do in order to defend themselves (and ultimately their kids) against these criminals...

The masses are willing to accept that PEOPLE can be ignorant, dangerous, dishonest, selfish and irresponsible...so they assemble a group of PEOPLE, call it "government," and act as if they've solved their problem."

"Suspect" Tortured Until He Signed a "Confession" He Never Read
Source: WashingtonsBlog.com Submitted: 05/15/2009
The NBC News analysis shows that more than one quarter of all footnotes in the 9/11 Report refer to CIA interrogations of al-Qaida operatives who were subjected to the now-controversial interrogation techniques. In fact, information derived from the interrogations is central to the Report’s most critical chapters, those on the planning and execution of the attacks. The analysis also shows - and agency and commission staffers concur - there was a separate, second round of interrogations in early 2004, done specifically to answer new questions from the Commission.

9/11 Commission staffers say they "guessed" but did not know for certain that harsh techniques had been used, and they were concerned that the techniques had affected the operatives’ credibility. At least four of the operatives whose interrogation figured in the 9/11 Commission Report have claimed that they told interrogators critical information as a way to stop being "tortured." The claims came during their hearings last spring at the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba...
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If you can torture, you can force confessions.

If you can force confessions, you don't need that pesky little thing called "EVIDENCE."
Disinfo in the media (Video - Recommended)
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 05/15/2009
William Schaap gives expert, informed testimony on the US Government's use of the media to disseminate disinformation. (Lies cooked up by the CIA and FBI to manipulate the American people.)  Watch here »
Patent for killer chip denied in Germany
Source: PressTV Submitted: 05/14/2009
On Wednesday, a German Patent Office spokeswoman said the application was received on October 30, 2007 and published 18 months later, as required by law, in a patents database. But inventions that are unethical or a danger to the public are not recognized.

Reporters said the document proposed that tiny semiconductors be implanted or placed by injection under the skin of people so their whereabouts could be tracked by global-positioning satellites. This could be used to prevent immigrants overstaying.

A model B of the system would contain a poison such as cyanide, which could be released by remote control to "eliminate" people if they became a security risk. The document said this could be used against terrorists or criminals.
 Read full article »
"Omerta" on steroids? Maybe this is how the corrupt elite control their underlings...
Legality of "Machine-Based" Vote Counting Will Go to Trial
Source: We The People Foundation Submitted: 05/12/2009
--It must be noted that this is the first federal lawsuit ever to be approved for trial directly challenging the constitutional integrity of a state’s official election procedures which are totally dependent, almost without exception, upon machine-based vote counting.

In the complaint, WTP supporters from all fifty states participated as plaintiffs arguing that the People have a fundamental, natural Right to know their votes are being accurately counted, and that it is unconstitutional for the Government to count our votes in secret -- which is precisely what happens when the “hidden” mechanisms of a machine (whether electronic or mechanical) counts the votes and produces a total.
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The Federal Government Owns Your State
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 05/11/2009
For the first time ever federal aid now funds the majority of state government spending. ...It wasn't supposed to be this way.

* Government was supposed to be local, close to the people

* Federal government was supposed to be small compared to the combined states

* The 10th Amendment limits the federal government to 20 functions, leaving all other matters to the states and the people. To see the list of these functions, go to DownsizeDC.org's Enumerated Powers Act campaign (and) click on the "Talking Points" tab.

It's bad enough that Congress has exceeded its constitutional limits. It's potentially worse that they now fund the majority of state spending too. Funding usually means control, so the consequences are huge . . .
 Read full article »
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Media Censoring Lethal Side Effects Of Flu Remedies
Source: AmericanFreePress.net Submitted: 05/10/2009
Donald Rumsfeld’s Tamiflu pushers (just as they were in 2006) are set to be the big winners in the GSFS (great swine flu scare of 2009) lottery. Shares of Swiss drug-maker Roche Holding had fallen sharply after their latest cancer drug failure—but the GSFS came just in time to give their falling stocks a boost—just as the great bird flu scare of 2006 did.

--Now the World Health Organization (WHO)—courtesy of ever-suffering U.S. taxpayers—wants to “save” billions of people by spending billions of dollars for: 1.) Roche’s flu drug Tamiflu; and 2.) a rush to concoct a vaccine for a virus they claim is a mystery to science. The leading contender to get that juicy vaccine contract is Baxter—the same company that almost unleashed a deadly pandemic on the world less than six months before the GSFS.
 Read full article »
If you missed the story about the "accidental contamination" of flu vaccines by Baxter, you can read about it here:
http://joeplummer.com/vaccine_contamination.html
On "Regaining Control"
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 05/09/2009
-- It has been argued that the Founders' intent was to make it the right and DUTY of a jury to "judge of the justice of the law and to hold all laws invalid that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive, and all persons guiltless in violating or resisting the execution of such laws." -Lysander Spooner, Trial by Jury

To better guarantee this "right and duty," a jury ought to be given a choice of THREE verdicts that it can return in court: Guilty, not guilty, or NOT PUNISHABLE. This third verdict would render useless the government's practice of passing laws that nobody asked for and few support. It would also provide citizens the ability to stop punishing "crimes" that are no longer considered criminal. (Like refusing to fund or obey an openly criminal and unaccountable government.)
 Read full article »
Would you believe it's this person's JOB to "watch after" the Fed? (Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 05/09/2009
Rep. Alan Grayson asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that the IG does not know and is not tracking where this money is.  Read full article »
The so-called "Federal Reserve System" is nothing more than a "system" of financial control put in place BY bankers FOR bankers.

If you have enough insight to understand why defense contractors should NOT be in charge of our nation's foreign policy, you have enough insight to understand why bankers controlling our nation's monetary policy isn't such a "great idea" either.

There is a short / free book on the FED (available in HTML and PDF format) here:
http://joeplummer.com/meet_the_system.html
Fraud in Academia
Source: GMU.edu Submitted: 05/08/2009
Soon college students will come home and present parents with their grades. To avoid delusion, parents should do some serious discounting because of rampant grade inflation. If grade inflation continues, a college bachelor's degree will have just as much credibility as a high school diploma.

-- Some college administrators will tell us that the higher grades merely reflect higher-quality students. Balderdash! SAT scores have been in decline for four decades and at least a third of entering freshmen must enroll in a remedial course either in math, writing or reading, which indicates academic fraud at the high school level. A recent survey of more than 30,000 first-year students revealed that nearly half spent more hours drinking than study. Another survey found that a third of students expected B's just for attending class, and 40 percent said they deserved a B for completing the assigned reading.
 Read full article »
Here is a test for ya...

Which is easier:

1. Increase the quality of the education system, OR

2. Decrease the difficulty of the tests?
Rockefeller: Internet dangerous, shouldn't have been invented (Video)
Source: Cspan Submitted: 05/07/2009
.  Watch here »
I saw a great comment regarding this video:

"Well, The Government needs to move on to their OWN internet and leave the rest of us alone."

Great point. It should be much easier for them to create something that only THEY have access to. ....much smaller, much easier to control / regulate.

But of course, that assumes they're not after something else. ...claiming they need to heavily regulate OUR web to "keep us safe," when in fact it's the Alternative Media (constantly exposing their lies) that is the real target.
Did Chrysler's Creditors WANT Chrysler to go Bankrupt?
Source: Huffington Post Submitted: 05/06/2009
The White House, auto executives and union representatives were all able to come to an agreement last week to keep Chrysler out of bankruptcy. But the car company's creditors -- Wall Street banks and hedge funds -- refused repeated compromises and drove the company under.

The refusal doomed a major American auto company to bankruptcy, but it may have been a smart business move for the lenders.

Many of the Wall Street firms holding Chrysler bonds may also own credit default swaps that they bought to hedge their bets. These swaps, which are essentially like an insurance policy on the bonds should Chrysler default, were likely mostly issued by AIG.

AIG, thanks to the government bailout, has paid off swaps in the past at 100 cents on the dollar. Under the deal they would have had to accept with Chrysler, the bondholders would have received as little as 30 cents on the dollar, for example. ...Why take 30 or 35 cents on the dollar from Chrysler when you can get the whole buck from the American taxpayer?
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So in the simplest terms:

I loan a company $1 million but I'm not totally sure the company will be able to pay me back. So, just in case, I take out some "insurance" on the loan. If the company I loaned the money to burns to the ground (goes bankrupt) then the insurance company (say AIG) will owe me a million dollars.

As I feared, the company starts to get shaky and wants to renegotiate what it owes me...WHY would I do that if, when the company goes broke, I will get 100% of what it owes from the insurance policy? (Never mind that I'll be paid with money stolen from the taxpayers...that's not my problem.)
The so-called "Patriot Act" in action (Video)
Source: WRAL News 5 Submitted: 05/05/2009
--The family has been told they have no rights to see their child and, under the USA PATRIOT ACT, the child has no rights to even defend himself. They claim the Constitution does not apply to this 16 year old, natural born, American citizen.  Watch here »
UPDATE: According to this article at Wired.com, the news story (above) contained inaccuracies.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/05/teenage-bomb-threat-suspect-was-an-internet-prank-phone-call-star
"Homeland Security" Document Lists "Alternative Media" as Potential Terrorists
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/04/2009
--In the same breath as radical Cuban Communists, the “decentralized terrorist movement,” “lone terrorists,” “racist skinheads” and the Mexican separatist movement, we find an entry for “alternative media,” alongside the blurb, “a term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets.”

That’s right folks - the federal government is training its enforcers that people who don’t believe everything they see on Fox News, CNN or read in the New York Times are to be treated as a “threat” and a potential violent domestic terrorist.
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The ( ? ) to keep and bear arms (Video)
Source: Infowars Submitted: 05/03/2009
As Lou Dobbs notes here, Obama is in favor of the ratifying CIFTA, the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms. On its face, the treaty sounds reasonable because it would “prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials” (emphasis added). However, upon reading the bill we discover the following:  Watch here »
Another Scientist Debunks the “Official Government Version” of 9/11 (Audio)
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/02/2009
Alex talks with Associate Professor Niels Harrit (Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen.)  Listen here »
Downsize DC Progress Report
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 05/01/2009
* The Downsize DC Army now stands at 25,004 -- that's a new increment of 1,000

* We grew by a net of 302 new members during April

* 710 people registered to use the Educate the Powerful System, which beat April of 2008 by 233

* We pounded Congress with 31,730 messages (in April)

We're constantly growing, despite our recent technical difficulties. But is it fast enough? Not yet. The feedback we got about growth goals seems to average out as follows . . .

* 100,000 members would probably give us a "critical mass" that would allow us to grow very rapidly

* And 1 million would probably give us sufficient strength to win major victories and start making our message heard by everyone, everywhere, every day
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Please consider joining and supporting Downsize DC. It's a free and effective way to amplify your voice.
FLASHBACK - Bayer Knowingly Distributes AIDS (Video - Recommended)
Source: MSNBC Submitted: 04/29/2009
.  Watch here »
Olbermann pressing on Hannity's waterboard offer
Source: AP Submitted: 04/29/2009
After Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity made a seemingly impromptu offer last week to undergo waterboarding as a benefit for charity, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann leapt at it. He offered $1,000 to the families of U.S. troops for every second Hannity withstood the technique.

Olbermann repeated the offer on Monday's show and said in an interview Tuesday that he's heard no response. He said he'll continue to pursue it.

"I don't think he has the courage to even respond to this — let alone do it," Olbermann said.
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NBC Affiliate Meteorologist Rips MSNBC for Apocalyptic Global Warming Special
Source: BusinessandMedia.com Submitted: 04/28/2009
--Steffen rebutted claims of the MSNBC special saying that ice in the Antarctic has actually been expanding and that polar ice melting alone would not cause sea level to rise as depicted in the “Future Earth.”

“Keep in mind that if the Polar icecap (without Greenland) melted…it would hardly cause sea level to rise, because the icecap is currently displacing water in the Arctic Ocean,” Steffen wrote.

Steffen also pointed out, as many others have, the financial stake NBC Universal’s parent company General Electric (NYSE:GE) has invested in cap-and-trade becoming law.

--“Interesting note: In the fourth quarter of 2008 as GE/NBC stock fell 30 percent, GE spent $4.26 million on lobbying — that’s $46,304 each day, including weekends, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Steffen wrote. “In 2008, the company spent a grand total of $18.66 million on lobbying. Reviewing their lobbying filings, GE’s specific lobbying issues included the ‘Climate Stewardship Act,’ ‘Electric Utility Cap and Trade Act,’ ‘Global Warming Reduction Act,’ ‘Federal Government Greenhouse Gas Registry Act,’ ‘Low Carbon Economy Act,’ and ‘Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.’ Do you think this ‘big business’ is just concerned about the environment?”
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Why You’ve Never Heard of the Great Depression of 1920 (Video)
Source: Thomas E. Woods (Author of "Meltdown") Submitted: 04/27/2009
.  Watch here »
This is very important, especially considering our current "economic crisis."

It is not a perfect comparison to our current situation because we still had REAL money at the time (instead of a money supply based entirely on debt) but that in itself is just another indictment against our current monetary system.
Flu Kills The Torture Memos
Source: LegitGov.org Submitted: 04/26/2009
-- Scientists said the virus combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before. “We are very, very concerned,” World Health Organization spokesman Thomas Abraham said. “We have what appears to be a novel virus and it has spread from human to human,” he said. “It’s all hands on deck at the moment.”

Guess where the first swine flu outbreak occurred? That's right, Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 1976. Also likely created in a US Army lab. Thirteen soldiers died, leading the US government to force a questionable vaccine on the population -- backed by a legal liability escape clause mandated by and for the pharma-terrorists. Next, people started dying not from the flu -- but from the *vaccine.*
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UPDATE: Special thanks to a visitor who notified us the death toll from the 1976 swine flu at Fort Dix was only 1...not 13 as reported in the story at "legitgov.org."

...That it was only ONE soldier makes it that much MORE unacceptable that the government tried to roll out a mandatory nationwide inoculation program.

My original comment that appeared with the story appears in quotes below, followed by another update:

"...just something to distract the public from the torture story? ...not sure I'd buy that.

Something that our military created? Now THAT wouldn't surprise me a bit.

Something that was released for some other sinister purpose?...sadly, that wouldn't surprise me either.

Guess we'll have to wait and see how bad it gets and what kind of new "emergency powers" the government seizes (using this as a justification.)"

This brings up another angle to consider: The effect this crisis will have on government vaccine purchases.

The "normal flu" has killed nearly 14,000 people so far this year...but no panic. How many have died due to this new "outbreak?" Less than two hundred? Does the situation really warrant this level of hysteria or is it just another case of "hype for gain."
Harvard Conference: "Supporters of Capitalism Are Crazy"
Source: Mises.org Submitted: 04/25/2009
--In short, the conference was about this: “Why do people still think the interaction of free individuals is a superior economic system to one directed by Harvard Ph.D.s like us? I mean, apart from the failure of central planning in every case in which it's been tried, a failure so staggering that only a blockhead could miss it, why would people cling to the idea that being herded into a collective run by the experts isn't the best way to live?"

So by assuming from the outset the very thing that needs to be proven — namely, that the current state of the economy just occurred spontaneously, as the result of wicked market forces — our betters relieve themselves of the need to consider that central banking, a government-established institution, just might have had, you know, a little something to do with what happened.
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Still not sure how our "fractional reserve" central banking system causes chaos in the economy? Want an EASY / short introduction to the topic?

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