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Destroy the economy to save it
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 02/24/2009
--Politicians hate personal responsibility. Everyone must be dependent on them, instead. No one should be able to benefit from being responsible and prudent. INSTEAD, SUCH PEOPLE MUST BE PUNISHED!

Failure and irresponsibility must be rewarded. Not only that, failure must actually be encouraged, because only then will people become more dependent on the politicians. That's why Congress and the President are now considering legislation that will...
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Monopoly Men (Video)
Source: Submitted: 02/23/2009
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Our entire money supply is based on debt.

That is, every single dollar on which our "economy" depends has to first be "borrowed into existence." When the politicians talk about paying off the debt, they lie. ...just as the money is "borrowed" into existence, when debt is repaid, the money is erased. (No money, no economy. Debt is the very foundation of the system.)

It's difficult for people to get their mind around such an inherently corrupt and fraudulent system, but there it is.

Our "money" is worse than good old fashioned "fiat money." It is DEBT money. The banking elites who created our current "monetary system" (The Federal Reserve) have enslaved this country.

If you're not sure how the scam works, follow the link above and check out some of the other information at the website. Also, There is a short / free book available here in PDF and HTML format:
Source: Salon Submitted: 02/22/2009
--What was most remarkable about this allegedly "anti-government" movement was that -- with some isolated and principled exceptions -- it completely vanished upon the election of Republican George Bush, and it stayed invisible even as Bush presided over the most extreme and invasive expansion of federal government power in memory. Even as Bush seized and used all of the powers which that movement claimed in the 1990s to find so tyrannical and unconstitutional -- limitless, unchecked surveillance activities, detention powers with no oversight, expanding federal police powers, secret prison camps, even massively exploding and debt-financed domestic spending -- they meekly submitted to all of it, even enthusiastically cheered it all on.

They're the same people who believed that Bill Clinton's use of the FISA court to obtain warrants to eavesdrop on Americans was a grave threat to liberty, but believed that George Bush's warrantless eavesdropping on Americans in violation of the law was a profound defense of freedom. In sum, they dressed up in warrior clothing to fight against Bill Clinton's supposed tyranny, and then underwent a major costume change on January 20, 2001, thereafter dressing up in cheerleader costumes to glorify George Bush's far more extreme acquisitions of federal power.

In doing so, they revealed themselves as motivated by no ideological principles or political values of any kind. It was a purely tribalistic movement motivated by fear of losing its cultural and demographic supremacy. In that sense -- the only sense that mattered -- George Bush was one of them, even though, with his actions, he did everything they long claimed to fear and despise. Nonetheless, his mere occupancy of the White House was sufficient to pacify them and convert them almost overnight from limited-government militants into foot soldiers supporting the endless expansion of federal government power.
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Amen. The level of intellectual inconsistency (on BOTH sides of the isle) is pathetic if not downright psychotic. (As in, it's almost like some kind of break with reality...where people are so brainwashed into "one side VS the other" they're literally incapable of seeing their own "doublethink.")

Isn't it amazing (disgusting) how broad-based "principles" have returned to the majority of "Republicans" in power now that "Democrats" are back in the driver's seat?

....I only hope the Democrats don't show the same level of hypocrisy by accepting things under the Obama administration that they screamed bloody murder over under Bush. (Uhhh, wait....nevermind. Looks like that ship has already sailed too.)

Geithner Gets the Keys to the Henhouse
Source: CounterPunch Submitted: 02/22/2009
--In truth, Geithner did us all a big favor on Tuesday by exposing himself as a stooge of the banking industry. Now everyone can see that the banks are working the deal from the inside. Geithner has assembled a phalanx of Wall Street flim-flam men to fill out the roster at Treasury. His chief-of-staff is lobbyist from Goldman Sachs. The new deputy secretary of state is a former CEO of Citigroup. Another CFO from Citigroup is now assistant to the president, and deputy national security adviser for International Economic Affairs. And one of his deputies also came from Citigroup. One new member of the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board comes from UBS, which is currently being investigated for helping rich clients evade taxes. The Obama White House is a beehive of big money guys and Wall Street speculators.

The banking lobby has already set the agenda. All the hooplah about "financial rescue" is just a smokescreen to hide the fact that the same scofflaws who ripped off investors for zillions of dollars are back for their next big sting; a quick vacuuming of the public till to save themselves from bankruptcy. It's a joke....

--As Bill Moyers points out on Friday's Bill Moyers Journal, "Last year, the securities and investment industry made $146 million in campaign contributions. Commercial banks, another $34 million." The banks own congress just like they own the White House and anything else of value in the USA.
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Dr. Hill Billy on the importance of maintaining GRATITUDE during tough times (Audio)
Source: HillBilly Submitted: 02/21/2009
.  Listen here »
A break from the daily carnage with a sprinkle of encouragement. :-)
Tooth Fairy Economics
Source: Campaign for Liberty Submitted: 02/20/2009
--Beyond that, pro-stimulus thinkers show remarkably little curiosity about why the so-called idle resources are idle in the first place. They are idle because of some previous entrepreneurial miscalculation. What might have caused systemic miscalculation of this kind? Could it be the Federal Reserve's manipulation of interest rates, which leads investors to make incorrect assessments of profitability and provokes false economic booms, as F.A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for showing in 1974?

--The artificial housing boom made Americans feel wealthier than they really were. As a result, they consumed more than they would have if the Fed-created housing bubble had not distorted their assessments of their net worth. What the economy needs now, therefore, is not "spending" per se. Too much spending and debt caused the initial problem. People bought more house than they could afford, and on the basis of its seemingly incessant appreciation they went out and purchased more consumer goods than they now realize they should have. Americans are in more debt than they can pay back -- credit-card defaults will provoke calls for the next round of bailouts. How can "spending" solve this problem?

Meanwhile, part of the reason the American savings rate has been so low is that for many Americans, saving seemed superfluous: after all, they possessed an asset that (they falsely believed) was guaranteed to appreciate over time. That, after all, is what the experts told them. The dramatic rise in housing prices isn't an unsustainable bubble that has to burst, Fed economists said. It is a sustainable increase based on real factors.


We should not want to "stimulate" an economy based on debt and overconsumption back into existence. We should want to restructure it along sustainable lines.
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Temporary President of EU compares EU to USSR
Source: AP Submitted: 02/19/2009
BRUSSELS – The European Union has turned into an undemocratic and elitist project comparable to the Communist dictatorships of eastern Europe that forbade alternative thinking, Czech President Vaclav Klaus told the European Parliament on Thursday.

Klaus, whose country now holds the rotating EU presidency, set out a scathing attack on the EU project and its institutions, provoking boos from many lawmakers, some of whom walked out, but applause from nationalists and other anti-EU legislators.
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Core of Corruption: In The Shadows - Official Trailer
Source: Submitted: 02/19/2009
Core of Corruption is a documentary film series which details a comprehensive investigation into clandestine intelligence operations and conspiracies.  Read full article »
I obviously can't comment on the whole film (haven't seen it) but the trailer looks good.
Guardsmen to conduct urban training in Iowa this April
Source: Submitted: 02/17/2009
--"One of the techniques we use in today's political environment is cordon and knock," Kots explained. "We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner's body language and position to protect him."

"This exercise will improve the real-life operational skills of the unit," said Kots. "And it will hopefully improve the public's understanding of military operations."

--"It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia," said Kots. "We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing."

"We really want to get as much information out there as possible, because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people..."
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A visitor (who lives in Iowa) sent me this story and asked what "my opinion of it" was. My reply:

What do you think my opinion of it is? ...I think they're conditioning people to accept troops in the streets, going door to door, blocking off roads, and conducting searches. The better question is: Why do they feel it's necessary to get people used to this?

They claim the "drill" will center around searching for some hypothetical "arms dealer." What kind of "arms" are we talking about here? Is the government expecting a sudden influx of rocket launchers into the country? So much so that they've got to prepare to do "door to door" searches? Or are they talking about a "dealer" of a different kind of "arms?" Maybe arms they expect to become illegal soon? You know, like YOUR guns.
Once a Facebook member, always a member.
Source: Submitted: 02/17/2009
The Consumerist blog noticed Sunday that the social-networking giant had quietly made a change to its user Terms of Service (TOS) on Feb. 4.

Facebook now declares that it has a perpetual license to use anything you post to your own Facebook page — even if you terminate your account.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the change as necessary in a blog posting Monday afternoon.
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Dollars and Sense (Video - Recommended)
Source: JBS Submitted: 02/16/2009
.  Watch here »
This is one of the best "speaker presentations" I've seen on the topic of money.
Does the U.S. Government Truly Represent the American People?
Source: Bill Moyers Submitted: 02/14/2009
This week on the JOURNAL, Bill Moyers spoke with former International Monetary Fund chief economist and MIT professor Simon Johnson about the Federal government’s response to the world’s economic maladies. Johnson suggested that the U.S. government's policies -- including recent efforts at economic stimulus -- are designed by and for a small class of wealthy elites:

“The situation we find ourselves in at this moment, this week, is very strongly reminiscent of the situations we've seen many times in other places. But they're places we don't like to think of ourselves as being similar to. They're emerging markets. It's Russia or Indonesia or a Thailand type situation, or Korea... I have this feeling in my stomach that I felt in much poorer countries, countries that were headed into a really difficult economic situation, when there’s a small group of people who got you into a disaster, who were still powerful, and disaster made them more powerful... Don’t get me wrong – these are fine upstanding citizens who have a certain perspective and a certain kind of interest, and they see the world a certain way... That web of interest is not my interest or your interest or the interest of the taxpayer. It’s the interest, first and foremost, of the financial industry in this country.”
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--Not a word about what REALLY caused all these problems (our fiat / debt-money system.)

Not a word about the unavoidable consequences of allowing it to survive.

No, instead it is just an issue of playing one side off the other. PRETENDING to “protect the people” by taking the power away from one group of “greedy banking elite” (blamed for causing the problem) and transferring that power to “another group” of banking elite.

Don’t be surprised to find there will be NO shift in power at all. (Only a further consolidation.) In the end, it’s about creating a GLOBAL system based on the current fraudulent and exploitative monetary model – it's what those who’ve been pulling the strings have wanted all along.

Sure, he says some "great stuff." It would just be nice if the comments weren't designed to mislead people into a false solution. Let's get to the "real story," can we?

And for those who still don’t know the "real story," set aside a few hours to learn it.

Videos, audio, activist websites and book recommendations available at:
What is FEMA preparing for? (Audio - Recommended)
Source: Submitted: 02/13/2009
An Indiana county municipal official in the vicinity of Chicago reveals the contents of his meetings with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The initial requests seem reasonable enough when FEMA asks the county officials to prepare a Hazard Mitigation Plan to deal with flooding, fires, high winds and tornadoes.

But as the required meetings and calls with FEMA and DHS continue over a two year period their request become more unusual, raising suspicions of county officials
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Listen to the audio...what does it sound like they're doing? -The Indiana official does a pretty good job of "guessing" near the end.
Sound Money at the State Level
Source: Submitted: 02/13/2009
Here is a list of 6 states (4 in the last month) and (2 states today) that have pending legislation to authorize the use of gold and silver to settle debts with its citizens and to provide them the legal means to avoid the devaluing of the dollar by having a parallel currency in light of massive bailouts and to protect them in the event of the dollars failure.  Read full article »
Milton Friedman on "greed" (Video)
Source: The Patriot Room Submitted: 02/12/2009
.  Watch here »
The "private prison" industry
Source: AP Submitted: 02/12/2009
In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

"I've never encountered, and I don't think that we will in our lifetimes, a case where literally thousands of kids' lives were just tossed aside in order for a couple of judges to make some money," said Marsha Levick, an attorney with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, which is representing hundreds of youths sentenced in Wilkes-Barre.

Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a sister company, Western PA Child Care LLC. The judges were charged on Jan. 26 and removed from the bench by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shortly afterward.
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This illustrates a point that I (and plenty of others) have been trying to make about the "marijuana laws" in this country. Pot users are a CASH COW for the private prison industry. Tough sentences for other non-violent crimes also guarantee plenty of profits flowing into the system. Those profits are then used to "lobby" for more of the same. By now, we should know how this works.

...from something I wrote a while back:

Pretend that I own private prisons. Without a doubt, the best "prisoners" are pot heads. (They're non-violent, will work for .10 cents per hour on products and services that I can sell at full price, and they're actually GOOD at the work they do.) Best of all, the State pays me the same amount to house pot heads as it does to house other (more violent and less productive) "felons."

Clearly, I'd be thrilled to have a "system" in place that funnels as many pot heads as possible into my private "for profit" prisons. So, I lobby the government for tougher laws on marijuana. (Better yet, I actually write the legislation myself and use the billions I've already earned to make sure it gets passed.)

My legislation creates "The Federal Marijuana Combat Agency." The "mission statement" of the FMCA is to "protect the citizens" from "criminals who use and deal a drug that threatens our national security." The FMCA "determines sentencing guidelines" and is in charge of "getting marijuana criminals off the streets and into prisons where they belong."

In the end, I don't need any "official" connection to this new government agency. As long as it exists, (and as long as I hold sway over the government that put it in place and KEEPS it in place) I benefit...
Gregg Withdraws Commerce Nomination
Source: AP Submitted: 02/12/2009
WASHINGTON (Feb. 12) — Saying, "I made a mistake," Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew as commerce secretary nominee on Thursday and drew a testy reaction from the White House, suddenly coping with the third Cabinet withdrawal of Barack Obama's young presidency.

Gregg cited "irresolvable conflicts" with Obama's handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census in a statement released without warning by his Senate office.
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How the world almost came to an end on September 18
Source: ZeroHedge.BlogSpot Submitted: 02/11/2009
--On Thursday (Sept 18), at 11am the Federal Reserve noticed a tremendous draw-down of money market accounts in the U.S., to the tune of $550 billion was being drawn out in the matter of an hour or two. The Treasury opened up its window to help and pumped a $105 billion in the system and quickly realized that they could not stem the tide. We were having an electronic run on the banks. They decided to close the operation, close down the money accounts and announce a guarantee of $250,000 per account so there wouldn't be further panic out there.

If they had not done that, their estimation is that by 2pm that afternoon, $5.5 trillion would have been drawn out of the money market system of the U.S., would have collapsed the entire economy of the U.S., and within 24 hours the world economy would have collapsed. It would have been the end of our economic system and our political system as we know it.
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I received an email from a regular visitor to the site regarding the story above. I figured I'd go ahead and post the questions and my replies.

--it would not surprise me a bit if there was some "economic warfare" going on behind the scenes. "You WILL pass this bill, or THIS will happen...don't believe us? Here is a taste." -Possible? I think so. (Just moving the "dollars" from US banks, hoarding them overseas, would squeeze banks already short on "reserves.")

--Consider it the "fork" tactic in chess. (Attacking two targets at one time.) Moving the money out puts even greater pressure on the US banks / economy AND sets up the next move (selling the dollars...which COULD start the ball rolling on a complete collapse.)

Assuming those who've maneuvered us into this position fully intend to replace the dollar with a global currency (I believe that is true) it isn't really a matter of "if" the dollar is phased out, it's a matter of "how" it's phased out.

Full post here:
More proof of WTC-7 implosion
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 02/10/2009
New videos of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel fire in Beijing highlight the vivid contrast between the damage it suffered as it was completely consumed by roaring flames, yet remained standing, and the comparative sporadic fires across just 8 floors that led to the complete free fall collapse of WTC 7.

9/11 truth debunkers are in a bind as to how to respond to the Beijing skyscraper fire because of the building’s similarity in size to Building 7 and the gargantuan fire damage it suffered in comparison with the limited “office fires” witnessed in WTC 7. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is over 500 feet tall, just 100 feet short of the height of WTC 7.
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Guess I'll have to add yet ANOTHER reference to "Fire Initiated Collapse - Primary Arguments Against."
NH Resolution Immediately Voids Several Federal Laws, Threatens Counterstrike Against Federal “Breach Of Peace”
Source: Submitted: 02/09/2009
The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step Monday by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks “nullifying the Constitution.”

--The remarkable document outlines with perfect clarity, some basics long forgotten. For instance, it reminds Congress “That the Constitution of the United States, having delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes whatsoever;. . . . . therefore all acts of Congress which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force;”

Federal gun crime laws? Void. Federal drug crime laws? Void. The gazzillion other federal criminal laws that deal with anything other than the specific enumerated crimes? ALL VOID.
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New World Order
Source: Time Magazine Submitted: 02/09/2009
--Politicians from Beijing to Berlin to Brasília see the current crisis as the product of a messed-up global financial infrastructure dominated by the U.S., and they will soon be pushing for big changes--whether Americans like them or not.

--In the view of many outside the U.S. (and some within), the only way to limit such excesses is through a bigger, more powerful IMF that can act as a central bank to the world--and knock heads when needed.
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From "Dishonest Money"

"--By weakening us financially, those who control our monetary system are incrementally increasing their leverage. A wealthy, proud, and independent nation would never willingly surrender its sovereignty and ability to choose its own destiny. An economically devastated nation, chaotic and struggling to maintain social order is another story all together. Such a nation would be far more willing to accept help from a global body like the United Nations or IMF/World Bank, regardless of the strings attached. And THAT is the ultimate “profit” being sought in this game. The real prize is control..."

I can just hear Obama now:

"We are in a global crisis and a global crisis requires a global solution. Together, we can reverse the chaos and suffering in America and around the world. Together, we can get people back to work, we can get families back into their own homes, we can get the elderly and sick the care they need...but if we refuse to cooperate, if we cling to dated fallacies of "lost sovereignty,” the consequences will be grave, and the damage irreparable. I, as your president, will not sit by as the world burns because a small minority wants America to “go it alone” in these dark times. United, our work will be long and difficult, but we can see this though. Divided, our work passes from difficult to impossible. Unity, not division, is our only option.”
Cop Guilty of Kidnapping and Robbing Dealers, Reselling Drugs
Source: Submitted: 02/09/2009
--The evidence at trial showed that from November 2003 through April 2006, Sease conspired with other Memphis police officers to use their authority as law enforcement officers, including their service weapons, to rob suspected drug dealers of cash, cocaine and marijuana. Sease and his co-conspirators would then resell the stolen drugs for their own profit. The government introduced proof of 16 separate robberies, as well as one attempted robbery. In each robbery, Sease or another uniformed Memphis police officer, would pull over a car containing suspected drug dealers and steal whatever drugs and cash that they found.
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Looks like somebody didn't take their "oath" to uphold the law, "serve and protect" too seriously.
Penetrate the Echo Chamber!
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 02/09/2009
"The natural proclivity of democratic governments is to pursue public policies which concentrate benefits on the well-organized and well-informed, and disperse the costs on the unorganized and ill-informed." -Peter Boettke

It's important to keep in mind the world in which the politicians live. Who do they hear, what do they know, and, as a result, how do they think? Politicians talk . . .

* To each other
* To lobbyists
* And to "court intellectuals"

The media is much the same. They talk . . .

* To each other
* To the politicians
* And to a standard set of establishment experts.

This leads them to cover the same stories, at the same time, in the same way, like a herd moving in unison.
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Join Downsize DC and tell your friends to do the same.

The Downsize DC army is fast approaching 25,000 members. With just a handful of messages sent by each member each year, that equals hundreds of thousands of messages sent to Congress.

Simply stated, it's having an effect. Please join and MULTIPLY that effect. It's free. (That said, if you can afford a monthly donation of $5.00 or more, PLEASE support them financially too. You'll be hard pressed to find a more productive use for those dollars.)
Learning for Liberty
Source: Lew Rockwell Submitted: 02/08/2009
So much to read and learn, and so little time. Thanks in no small measure to the energy that Ron Paul's candidacy unleashed, more people than ever are eager to cut through the propaganda and uncover the truth. But where to start? And how can you get the most out of the time you have to devote to reading and study?

I put together the resources that follow as my way of answering these questions. I've included books (many in free online versions) and articles, as well as audio and video files that are also free.
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House Bill 45, the anti-gun rights campaign begins in earnest
Source: Submitted: 02/08/2009
--One of the problems with registration is that it is often a precursor to confiscation. It has happened in Britain, Australia, New York, Louisiana, and California, to name a few places where the rich and powerful decided to disarm “The Great Unwashed.” As Dianne Feinstein wistfully remarked over her real desires regarding the Clinton “Assault Weapons” Ban, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it.”

--Probably the most ironic thing about registration schemes is that criminals can evidently not be forced to register or turn in their weapons under such a law. In Haynes, the courts established that convicted felons, or other “prohibited persons,” who may not own a gun, can not be forced to incriminate themselves through registration. These ploys only restrict the rights of, and provide inconvenience for, law-abiding citizens.
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Creature from Jekyll Island- Formation of the Federal Reserve (Video)
Source: G. Edward Griffin Submitted: 02/06/2009
What is the FED, who created it, and why?  Watch here »
G. Edward Griffin = Integrity in action. -There are very few people (alive or otherwise) that I can say I deeply admire. This man's name is at the top of the list. He has been "fighting this fight" for about 40 years now.

If you're ready to purchase a copy of "The Creature from Jekyll Island," you can buy direct here: (Paypal accepted - autographed copies available.)
TAKE ACTION to restore honest money
Source: Submitted: 02/06/2009
--"Congressman Paul has hit upon the easiest way to end inflation, and the booms and busts that follow in its wake. Simply repeal the legal tender monopoly enjoyed by (Federal Reserve Notes) and the coinage monopoly held by the United States government. Stop taxing exchanges in commodity metals. Allow monetary competition. This would help end inflation. But that's not all . . .

Forcing (Federal Reserve Notes) to compete with gold would also confer one other benefit. Over time the prices you pay will tend to fall as increases in economic efficiency (for example, technological improvements) lower the cost of production and increase the supply of goods and services. A stable money supply tends to become more valuable over time, unlike an inflationary currency that constantly loses value."
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New Hampshire Seeking to Reclaim State Supremacy
Source: Submitted: 02/03/2009
Leading by example the people of New Hampshire have boldly put the federal government on notice with HCR 6 - A Resolution affirming States' rights based on Jeffersonian principles. Currently in committee, introduced for all to hear.

Can you imagine any state in today's economic turmoil putting the federal government on notice? Well, that is exactly what New Hampshire has done and all other states should follow their example. With their House Concurrent Resolution they've spelled out exactly what violations will no longer be tolerated. More over the resolution doesn't stop at a mere legislative warning but carries it to the executive and judicial realms as well. Listen to the language from the resolution; hear it echo in your mind.

"That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America."
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It's beautiful up here in New Hampshire and it's REALLY NICE to be surrounded by people who still understand the concept of lawful "limited government."
Obama preserves renditions as "counter-terrorism" tool
Source: LA Times Submitted: 02/02/2009
--Under executive orders issued by Obama recently, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the United States.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said that the rendition program might be poised to play an expanded role going forward because it was the main remaining mechanism -- aside from Predator missile strikes -- for taking suspected terrorists off the street.

The rendition program became a source of embarrassment for the CIA, and a target of international scorn, as details emerged in recent years of botched captures, mistaken identities and allegations that prisoners were turned over to countries where they were tortured.

The European Parliament condemned renditions as "an illegal instrument used by the United States." Prisoners swept up in the program have sued the CIA as well as a Boeing Co. subsidiary accused of working with the agency on dozens of rendition flights.
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See also this article at Prison Planet:

"--Despite vehemently opposing Bush-era secret detentions facilities and torture tactics Human Rights Watch seemingly supports Obama’s decision to allow rendition to continue.

“Under limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place” for renditions, Tom Malinowski, the Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, told the Los Angeles Times.

--Illegal kidnapping and imprisonment is abhorrent when George W. Bush is the cowboy commander in chief but if the new messiah says it’s OK then that’s just dandy huh?
SWAT teams deployed in 911 fraud
Source: AP Submitted: 02/01/2009
Doug Bates and his wife, Stacey, were in bed around 10 p.m., their 2-year-old daughters asleep in a nearby room. Suddenly they were shaken awake by the wail of police sirens and the rumble of a helicopter above their suburban Southern California home. A criminal must be on the loose, they thought.

Doug Bates got up to lock the doors and grabbed a knife. A beam from a flashlight hit him. He peeked into the backyard. A swarm of police, assault rifles drawn, ordered him out of the house. Bates emerged, frightened and with the knife in his hand, as his wife frantically dialed 911. They were handcuffed and ordered to the ground while officers stormed the house.

The scene of mayhem and carnage the officers expected was nowhere to be found. Neither the Bateses nor the officers knew that they were pawns in a dangerous game being played 1,200 miles away by a teenager bent on terrifying a random family of strangers.
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Ron Paul VS "socialist" caller on CSPAN (Video)
Source: CSPAN Submitted: 01/31/2009
.  Watch here »
Write 60 Minutes' Bob Simon a letter of support (Video)
Source: J Street Submitted: 01/30/2009
Use the form below to tell Bob Simon you thought his 60 Minutes segment on Israeli settlements was an accurate and thoughtful portrayal of the threat Israeli settlements pose to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Simon's already getting an earful from CAMERA (the Orwellian-named Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) and others accusing him of anti-Israel bias. He needs to hear from us.
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There are two sides to every story. It is very RARE for Americans to see this side.

For more on the Palestinian perspective, see Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land:
Turley: Obama 'accessory' to war crimes if no prosecution (Video)
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 01/28/2009
Turley pointed out that the Obama administration response was written "in the future tense. You weren't asking whether he would do these things. Nobody thinks that Obama is George Bush. I think we believe that he's better than these past programs. But people are not asking about the future. We are asking about the past."

"It takes a lot to avoid a very simple truism," Turley argued. "That, if true, these would be crimes and we prosecute crimes. We call people criminals who commit them. It is very easy to say. All you need is the principals and the courage to say it."
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GOP Congressman Intros 'Rangel Rule,' Eliminating IRS Late Fees
Source: Submitted: 01/28/2009
Rep. Carter introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate all IRS penalties and interest for paying taxes past due.

The legislation calls for the creation of what he calls the, "Rangel Rule," -- drawing attention to the recent legal issues of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., enabling citizens who fail to pay taxes on time to do so later with no additional fees.
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Brown: Economic Crisis Represents Birth Pangs Of “New Global Order”
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 01/26/2009
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will today call for the economic crisis to be used to create a “new global order,” and a new form of internationalism, a mantra that is becoming all too familiar as globalists exploit the very problem they created to centralize power into fewer hands.

“In a speech, he will urge countries to avoid “muddling through as pessimists” and “make the necessary adjustment to a better future and setting the new rules for this new global order”, according to his office,” reports AFP.
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Taken from the book "Dishonest Money"

"By weakening us financially, those who control our monetary system are incrementally increasing their leverage. A wealthy, proud, and independent nation would never willingly surrender its sovereignty and ability to choose its own destiny. An economically devastated nation, chaotic and struggling to maintain social order is another story all together. Such a nation would be far more willing to accept help from a global body like the United Nations or IMF/World Bank, regardless of the strings attached. And THAT is the ultimate “profit” being sought in this game. The real prize is control."
Congrats, Obama! 1st murder order nets three children...
Source: Lew Rockwell Submitted: 01/24/2009
I just wanted to congratulate President Barack Obama in his performing that grand rite of passage for American Presidents. No, not any such silliness as his first bill or executive order. I meant something much more important. Today, President Obama ordered his first murder.

So, while you can look into the loving eyes of your own beautiful daughters, somewhere in Afghanistan, a grieving family will never look into the loving eyes of three children again.
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This is the article referenced in the blog entry:
NSA Whistleblower: We spied on everyone, targeted journalists
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 01/22/2009
Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who helped expose the NSA's warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists.

--Tice was frustrated in his attempts to testify before Congress, had his credibility attacked by Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, and was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in an apparent attempt at intimidation.
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-You have somebody like Bill Orielly attacking this guy. Everyone knows Bill Oreilly has some VERY embarrassing things in his past. Things he wouldn't want to "show up" on the internet (see for more info.) ...Limbaugh probably has his own fair share of things he'd rather keep under wraps.

Try to imagine the kind of dirt that could be gathered and then held over "journalists'" or politicians' heads to enforce "cooperation." ...anyone whose job depends on their image could be destroyed by almost anything. From sex or drug scandals, to "dirty deals" and kickbacks.

Unfortunately, it seems a good percentage of those who seek positions of power these days (in government and media) are only interested in padding their own egos and lining their own pockets.

Can you WE trust these people? Of course not. ...can those who grant them access to power "trust" them...absolutely. (Because if they don't do what they're told, they're done for.)
Rules for International Monetary Reform
Source: Submitted: 01/22/2009
In chapter 9 of my book, Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles (pp. 789–803), I design a process of transition toward the only world financial order that, being fully compatible with the free-enterprise system, can eliminate the financial crises and economic recessions that cyclically affect the world's economies. Such a proposal for international financial reform is, of course, extremely relevant at this time, since the disconcerted governments of Europe and America are planning a world conference to reform the international monetary system in order to avoid future financial and banking crises such as the one that currently grips the entire Western world. As I explain in detail over the nine chapters of my book, any future reform will fail as miserably as past reforms unless it strikes at the very root of the present problems and rests on the following principles:  Read full article »
Though de Soto's book (Money, Bank Credit and Economic Cycles) is not written for the beginner, it is far more "beginner friendly" than most of the other scholarly efforts I've read.

If you have a fairly decent grasp of economic terminology and concepts, you will definitely walk away with a deeper understanding of the fraud known as "fractional reserve banking." More importantly, the author lays out a bullet proof case for an "Honest Money" solution. --An extremely impressive collection of information and well-reasoned arguments.

I paid $50 for my copy, but as of this writing, it looks like there are some available for $40:

Ron Paul on Obama's agenda (Audio)
Source: Alex Jones Submitted: 01/21/2009
.  Listen here »
Discusses everything from foreign policy to so-called "gun control."
Taking Money Back
Source: Submitted: 01/20/2009
--Money and banking have been made to appear as mysterious and arcane processes that must be guided and operated by a technocratic elite. They are nothing of the sort. In money, even more than the rest of our affairs, we have been tricked by a malignant Wizard of Oz. In money, as in other areas of our lives, restoring common sense and the Old Republic go hand in hand.  Read full article »
This piece is about 15 pages long, but well worth the time.

If you're new to the Federal Reserve System, gold backing VS Fiat Money, Fractional reserve banking, VS 100% banking etc., there is a free book on these topics available here:

The Bailout Reader
Source: Submitted: 01/18/2009
The events taking place in the financial market offer an illustration of the soundness of the Austrian theory of money, banking, and credit cycles, and, which has long warned of precisely the scenario playing itself out today, is your source not only for analysis of these events but also the economic theory that helps explain what is happening and what to do about it. There are many thousands of articles available, and also the full text of thousands of books as well as journal articles.  Read full article »
Palestinian doctor's daughters killed during live Israeli TV report
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 01/17/2009
War is cruel. But sometimes, a story comes along that redefines what cruel really means.

Saturday morning, a Palestinian doctor who reports for Israel's channel 10 television witnessed three of his daughters killed by Israeli bombs, even as his first moments of insane panic and grief were broadcast live.
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Independent Groups Debunk Israeli War Propaganda
Source: AlterNet Submitted: 01/17/2009
--Did the Israelis misidentify a school run by the U.N. Relief Works Agency (UNWRA), where 43 Palestinians seeking shelter were killed in an early morning air strike? Or were there Hamas gunmen shooting from the school drawing Israeli fire?

Neither assertion is accurate, says John Ging, UNRWA's director of operations in Gaza.
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Simple question:

If a child murderer / rapist ran into an American school, would it be OK for the military to drop a 2,000 pound bomb on the school? -Would anyone accept the military's excuse that the innocent deaths (caused by the blast) were the MURDERER'S fault because he used the kids as "human shields..." Please, give me break!
Zimbabwe introduces $100 trillion banknote
Source: Telegraph Submitted: 01/16/2009
Zimbabwe's central bank will introduce a $100 trillion Zimbabwean banknote, worth about US $33 on the black market, to try to ease desperate cash shortages, state-run media said on Friday.  Read full article »
Gazans waving white flags shot dead as they flee their homes
Source: Submitted: 01/15/2009
At least three Palestinians in Gaza were shot dead yesterday after Israeli soldiers fired on a group of residents leaving their homes on orders from the military and waving white flags, according to testimony taken by the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.  Read full article »
Linked to "Digg" for comments.
'Qualifying fireams'
Source: Submitted: 01/15/2009
Despite assurances to the contrary, some democrats are champing at the bit to institute citizen disarmament, and like impulsive children, can't even wait for their guy to be inaugurated.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you H.R.45, Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, introduced in the House one week ago today by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL).

--As of now, it has no co-sponsors. Some will tell you that means there's no cause for alarm. Some may even tell us this has no chance of passing (now), and to expend effort opposing it will weaken future political efforts.

One mass shooting in a "no guns" zone from now, that could change, and this could come to the front burner. Along with the anticipated push to permanently ban (that means no "sunset clause" this time) all semiautomatics by both name and characteristic.
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The "Missing Dollar" riddle
Source: Submitted: 01/14/2009
There are variations of the "missing dollar" riddle. The one I heard about 15 years ago (from a Clevelander named Randy) went like this:

3 guys get a hotel room, pay $10 each, total cost = $30.

The manager decides to refund $5, gives the $5 to the bellboy to return to the guests.

The bellboy decides to keep $2 for each guest back $1.00


Each man paid $10, then was each refunded $1, meaning they paid $9 per person.
$9 times 3 guys = $27 + the $2 the bellboy kept equals $29. ...where did the missing dollar go???

It's a misdirection...the ONLY reason the guys paid $27 is because the bellboy kept $2 for himself. (You don't "add" $2 to the $27 to balance the equation.)

The real breakdown goes like this:
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--I guess this "riddle" is still going around. Figured I'd go ahead and post the "solution." (You never know...people searching for the answer to this might also be interested in other "deceptions" going on around them. One can only hope.)
Israeli PM: I Dictated Bush's Vote on UN Gaza Truce Vote
Source: Jerusalem Post Submitted: 01/13/2009
"I said, 'Get Bush on the phone.' They tried, and told me he was in the middle of a lecture in Philadelphia. I said, 'I need to speak to him now.' He got down from the podium, went out and took the phone call. I told him that the US cannot possibly vote in favor of this resolution. He immediately called [Rice] and told her not to vote for it."  Read full article »
-Linked to "Digg" for comments.
To avoid partisan misunderstandings
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 01/13/2009
--We want to be clear. is, by law, non-partisan. But the managers of go one step further. We are philosophically and tempermentally ANTI-partisan. We believe political parties are a problem, not a solution.

Likewise, we're skeptical of politicians. Any person who thinks he or she is qualified to make decisions for others, and to coerce others to abide by those decisions, is automatically suspect in our eyes. Politicians, almost by definition, are people who feel qualified to use government coercion to manage other people's lives.

We disagree with them. They aren't qualified. No one is.

--Where most people look to parties and politicians for solutions, we favor skeptical thinking, limited, decentralized power structures, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. We prefer to deal with issues, ideas, and principles.
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Are you an "intellectually consistent" person? Yes? Then you should join (and support) Downsize DC.
Operation Repeal the Fed!
Source: Submitted: 01/12/2009
In order to re-establish a sound, constitutional monetary system, return the power to issue money to the People and their Congress and create the conditions for a renewal of our economy, which has been devastated by the current, unsound monetary regime:

We the People of the United States of America undersigned demand that Congress pass the "Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act", a bill to abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Banks and to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, within the calendar year of 2009.
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Still not sure what "the FED" is or how it's destroying our country? There is a short / FREE book on the topic available here:
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