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351  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Fed, Banking, Monetary Policy, Dollar & other currencies, Gold/Silver on: April 11, 2013, 02:43:19 PM
For the members' consideration regarding gold:

I own gold not as an investment vehicle, but as an insurance policy against what I believe is an inevitable hyper-inflationary scenario/financial collapse.  Gold stocks or ETFs are NOT alternatives to owning physical gold and silver under this scenario.  As I'm sure everyone here will agree, it's better to be prepared in case this happens, rather than find yourself with worthless paper money and stocks.  Just a suggestion.  Think Weimar Germany in the 1930's.  And YES, I think it could happen here - even globally.
352  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Republicans in Senate caving on gun control - refusing to support filibuster... on: April 10, 2013, 03:27:21 PM
353  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Economics, the stock market , and other investment/savings strategies on: April 10, 2013, 03:23:35 PM

With all due respect, most of us here are not concerned with the short-term direction of the stock market, but with the overall condition of the economy, which Wesbury, as demonstrated in my earlier post, has failed miserably to predict.  The stock market is being helped tremendously IN THE SHORT TERM, by the Fed's monetary and interest-rate policy.  Wesbury has a clear incentive to promote a rosy view, as he advises the Fed.  As I told you in a previous conversation, this stock market defies all rationality.  It is NOT supported by fundamentals.  It is being pushed up by Fed policies and by the fact that other investment vehicles, due to extremely low interest rates, are poor alternatives to this irrational market at the moment.  This cannot last, and will eventually come crashing down.  Frankly, I have zero confidence in "Mr. Sunshine's" prognostications at this point.
354  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Brian Wesbury... on: April 09, 2013, 07:42:40 PM
It didn't take much effort today to discover that Wesbury is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  So - he certainly has an incentive to make the Fed look good.  That in itself makes his pronouncements suspect in my opinion. 

Further - He appears to have been wrong on almost every one of his predictions over the last 3 years. Want proof?  Take a look at this CNN interview with him from December of 2009:
355  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Non-tracking web search engine... on: April 09, 2013, 03:31:01 PM
I found out about this by listening to the Kim Kommando radio show Sunday night.  It's far superior to Google or Bing or Yahoo, since it does not record your searches or track you in any way so marketers can contact you:
356  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Abysmal economic stats out today... on: April 05, 2013, 03:26:54 PM
As Rush Limbaugh succinctly put it on his radio show this afternoon: "Folks, we are living in a dying country.  There is just no other way to interpret this data.  At least in 1979, which was the last time the labor participation rate was this low, we had an election in 1980 that turned things around.  That didn't happen this time.  We had a chance back in November to stop this and reverse course, and the American voters blew it."

Any economist who looks at this data and says that the economy is improving is either in complete denial or is lying:
357  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Gay & Straight on: March 28, 2013, 12:48:29 PM
Crafty - I don't know the civil law code by heart, but a good friend who is an Atlanta cop (and a libertarian) told me that the law is enforced against men who won't pay child support in the 'hood here all the time - they go to jail.  And the overwhelming majority of these people are not married.  The same principle would apply. 

Same-sex civil unions could be formed with a contract.  As for polygamy - not sure what the issue is here.  The state could outlaw it - which I think is bad policy - but if it were legal - the same principle would apply.  The state should not be granting "permission" for people to form sexual/romantic relationships with one another.  It's contrary to the concept of liberty as our Founders understood it.  I might also point out that there are multiple references to polygamous marriages in the Torah - evidently at that time it was  sanctioned by God, as the Israelites understood Him. 

I am often vexed by the church/synagogue authorities decreeing that this, that or the other is "sinful" according to their arbitrary judgement, and then decreeing to their flocks that their pronouncement be taken as "gospel."  Evidently only THEY have the ability to discern "what God really meant" in Scripture.  Jesus was extremely critical of this very behavior, and often spoke out against it.
358  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Gay & Straight on: March 28, 2013, 10:51:09 AM

In answer to your question - action could easily be brought in civil court, and in fact was before marriage licenses were invented.  The family Bible, with the signatures of the married persons and two witnesses (or separate contract that was generally kept in the Bible or in the case of Jews - Torah) was recognized as legally binding by every state in the Union.
359  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / And then there is this... on: March 27, 2013, 08:00:29 PM
From a straight, quite conservative Christian pastor in Wisconsin who has been arguing against getting a state marriage license for over 13 years now:

You should not have to obtain a license from the State to marry someone anymore than you should have to obtain a license from the State to be a parent, which some in academic and legislative circles are currently pushing to be made law.

When I marry a couple, I always buy them a Family Bible which contains birth and death records, and a marriage certificate. We record the marriage in the Family Bible. What’s recorded in a Family Bible will stand up as legal evidence in any court of law in America. Early Americans were married without a marriage license. They simply recorded their marriages in their Family Bibles. So should we.

(Pastor Trewhella has been marrying couples without marriage licenses for ten years. Many other pastors also refuse to marry couples with State marriage licenses.)

This pamphlet is not comprehensive in scope. Rather, the purpose of this pamphlet is to make you think and give you a starting point to do further study of your own. If you would like an audio sermon regarding this matter, just send a gift of at least five dollars in cash to: Mercy Seat Christian Church 10240 W. National Ave. PMB #129 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227.
360  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Privatize marriage - part 2... on: March 27, 2013, 07:52:57 PM
Here is another good blog post, and hilarious but very valid comedy routine on this very topic (video not safe for kids):
361  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Privatize marriage - It was so until the mid-1800s... on: March 27, 2013, 07:50:32 PM

I think this will go a long way toward addressing your questions:
362  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: March 26, 2013, 07:33:23 PM
GM - I think I've made my points quite clearly in my previous posts, several of which you continue to refuse to address.  Like I said - if you want to believe this is all 'hype,' that is your prerogative.  I'll let readers of the forum decide for themselves after reviewing the numerous posts here, along with the links I've included.  I am through arguing with you about this.
363  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Retired Army Officer's Letter to John Cornyn... on: March 26, 2013, 05:15:27 PM
If GM wants to keep his head in the sand regarding this situation, which as I mentioned before CANNOT BE VIEWED IN A VACUUM, that is his prerogative.  Evidently I  and several members of Congress are not the only ones concerned about what is going on with DHS.  To view this as simply "hype" defies logic:
364  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / DHS ammo purchases (continued)... on: March 25, 2013, 09:57:06 PM
GM - the numbers they are supplying to Coburn do not match their order numbers.  So, either they are lying, or doing some very creative accounting.  I'm not seeing the order for 450 million rounds, or the order for 750 million rounds, which the DHS openly admits to.  These tables are also useless because they do not specify what KIND of ammo they are purchasing.  I see no orders here for the hollow point sniper rounds that they openly admit they purchased!

Also, even if the DHS used twice the amount of ammo for training that they claimed to use in the past (15-20 million rounds), they still have ordered enough ammo to last them 35-50 years.  I'm sorry, but I don't see how you can overlook this.

Also, if the DHS has nothing to hide, why are they refusing to answer questions from Congress?

And why are they trying to redact and hide ammo types and amounts on order forms:

Also, the ammo issue cannot be debated in a vacuum.  What about the NDAA allowing the labeling of American citizens as enemy combatants?  What about Obama's secret and unconstitutional assassination list?  What about the militarization of law enforcement in general, including the issuance of APC's to local police?  What about the legislation allowing 30,000 drones into U.S. skies?  What do you have to say about all that in conjunction with the heavy arming of DHS?
365  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / DHS ammo purchases... on: March 25, 2013, 07:52:06 PM
GM - I am well aware of what is required of snipers and am not disputing this.  I have participated in classes such as the one for which you provide an outline.
You continue however, to evade the question of why the government is buying such HUGE QUANTITIES of this ammo.  I can absolutely tell you that there are only a very small percentage of "sniper-trained" military and law enforcement.  The average enlisted person or cop DOES NOT get this sort of training, and does NOT require or use this expensive ammo for this purpose.

You seem hell-bent on "debunking" the concerns being raised, and/or implying that there is nothing nefarious going on here.  I have no idea why that is.

The facts remain as they are, and DHS has studiously avoided answering the very pertinent questions asked by several members of Congress.  I don't believe this is "business as usual" for the government.  Never in my life (and I am 50 years old) have I EVER seen ammunition shortages even close to what we have now.  Walk into a Cabela's or a Bass Pro Shops (major retailers who are not going to artificially limit supplies if they can sell it at pretty much whatever they want to,) and you will see AISLES of bare shelves.  I understand that many civilians are buying ammunition now, but government purchases take precedence by law.  At the very least, the government is trying to minimize the supply available to the public.  I suspect it's actually much worse than that.

366  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Another story on DHS ammo purchases... on: March 25, 2013, 11:19:52 AM
367  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ammo purchases - other links at the end of this article: on: March 25, 2013, 11:16:01 AM
368  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / More Unexplained DHS Ammo Purchases... on: March 25, 2013, 10:41:42 AM
This just out today.  I know of Crafty's disdain for - but this is being reported from numerous reliable sources.  To me, this is extremely concerning:

369  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ammunition... on: March 21, 2013, 02:19:49 PM
G M - I don't want to get into a pissing match here, but you're avoiding the second part of my question below, as to the amount of the ammunition purchases,  AND I know from a personal friend who works for DHS that they do NOT use anywhere near this amount of hollow-point ammunition.  Most of what they use in training is conventional, or even "environmentally-safe" ammo, as you point out in your earlier post from DHS.

Until you can come up with acceptable evidence for refutation of the facts reported in Smith's article (not official DHS documents) I am not persuaded that these charges should be dismissed.  Further - you have failed to address the issue with Congressional members asking for information about these purchases and receiving nothing.  Something is not right here - and I don't think what you have posted effectively refutes anything argued in the original article.
370  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Brandon Smith's article... on: March 21, 2013, 09:44:26 AM
G.M. - Did you actually read Smith's article?  What you are posting does not in any way refute what he's saying.  

He never said they don't use .40 cal weapons.  He said most federal agencies do NOT use expensive .40 cal HOLLOW POINT rounds for training and qualifications. The DHS purchased hundreds of millions of rounds of COMBAT AMMO, not training ammo.

He also states quite clearly that DHS uses 15 million to 20 million rounds for training and qualifications per year (annually). So, again, why does DHS need 1.6 billion to 2 billion rounds of ammo for "training" when this would last them at minimum 75 years?
371  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: March 20, 2013, 01:59:42 PM
Crafty - you need to check out these specific stories.  They are sourced from DHS and Congress people, and even have a video of one Congressman discussing this issue, and how he cannot get any answers.  I agree with you in general about the overall sites, but these stories are worthy of your time.
372  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Government ammo, armored vehicle purchases... on: March 20, 2013, 11:24:03 AM
I urge both G.M. and Crafty to consider the following with regard to Brandon Smith's article, and notice each of his arguments. Don't simply take one statement and ignore those related to or supporting it:

This article clearly ignores the fact that the DHS alone
has ordered 1.6 billion to 2 billion rounds, and plays primarily on the
orders of agencies like social security. This is typical of so called
"debunkers". They like to twist the facts or shift numbers to fit their
argument. The bottom line is, the DHS does NOT use hollow point 40. cal
or .308 sniper rounds for training or qualifications. These are combat
rounds only. Also, the DHS has ordered at minimum 75 years worth of
ammunition if they only planned to use it for training, which is absurd.
No government agency plans that far ahead. Also, if they have no
nefarious designs for this massive stockpile, then why are they refusing
to answer the questions of various Congressmen on the issue?

I would also point out to your friends that there are plenty of
Republicans that have supported Obama in his power grabbing, including
using drones against American citizens. Just because a website (NRO) claims
to be Republican, doesn't mean they are anti-state power, or anti-Obama.
373  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Coming conflict... on: March 19, 2013, 07:11:41 PM
G.M. - I only know I've heard some news outlets attempt to soft-pedal the large ammunition purchases.  Specifically, what do you think is inaccurate in Smith's article and why?  I don't trust 95% of the media - who are in Obama's back pocket.
374  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Coming government military assault on our liberties... on: March 19, 2013, 04:59:24 PM
No - I am not being paranoid.  Read the following article by the excellent Brandon Smith, and judge for yourself if there is reason to be concerned:

The Real Reasons Why The Liberty Movement Is Preparing To Fight

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 04:19    Brandon Smith

Years ago while writing for Neithercorp Press I penned an article entitled “One Day Soon, We’ll All Be Homegrown Terrorists”.  In that piece I described a not so far off future in which martial law, economic collapse, and the destruction of civil liberties stood imminent.  I related my views on the propaganda rhetoric of the SPLC, and how they were using false association to tie liberty groups to any deviant organization they could think of, including racists and domestic terrorists, in order to condition the American public to react to our message with immediate contempt. 

It became clear to me then that the SPLC, which had become the propaganda wing of the widely reviled Department Of Homeland Security, was helping set the stage for a paradigm shift in the U.S.  This shift would obviously include economic and social disruption, as well as political turmoil beyond anything our nation has seen for over 150 years.  But most importantly, it would pave the way for certain elements of the American populace, namely those who are awake, aware, and outspoken, to be labeled “enemy combatants” dangerous to the state.

Though posing as an anti-racist monitoring institution, the SPLC’s primary concern has never been the KKK or “White Identity”.  Rather, the SPLC’s job has been and always will be to marginalize and defame those who stand against centralized federal power, regardless of how corrupt that power has become.  They are not anti-racists, or liberals, or concerned citizens; they are STATISTS, who only care about maintaining the superiority of a government that has been bought and paid for many times over by a gaggle of international financiers with delusions of godhood.     

The SPLC, of course, has so far utterly failed in their efforts to stop the rise of Constitutional activists.  By their own admission, “patriot groups” have expanded exponentially since 2008, and continue to develop freely even in the face of wildly absurd character attacks taken from the amoral (immoral) guidebook of Saul Alinsky himself.  The truth, once realized, is difficult if not impossible to stop.

Unfortunately, the establishment understands this as well…

Given a few more years, the Liberty Movement will indeed prevail in the struggle for the “infowar”.  Naysayers who claimed we were merely an ineffective and irrelevant peripheral of society are now faced with a strong and growing minority which has the power to swing state and local elections, as we did in 2012, simply by refusing to vote for oath breaking Republicans, sending the message that if the Republican party ever wants to win again, they had better run honest Constitutionalists.  Those who claimed our message was “insane conspiracy theory” must now explain the indefinite detention and rendition provisions of the NDAA, the government approved unleashing of 30,000 surveillance drones in American skies, the Obama Administration's assassination list which includes U.S. citizens, and the push for gun registration and confiscation which is already beginning to take place in some states.

How did we know what was coming?  Was it intuition or lucky conjecture?  Neither.  All we had to do was look at the trends of the day and use logic to discern the most likely outcome.

Our concerns, which were once called “fringe”, are now going mainstream.  We were right, they were wrong.  Though, I wish we had been wrong…

Just as the public is on a shrinking timeline, so are the elites.  For every burst forward in our efforts to wake up the population to the loss of their freedoms and heritage, they must speed up their plans to gain economic and political supremacy.  The harder you pull on the ends of a frayed rope in opposite directions, the sooner it is going to snap.

Today, as never before, I believe our culture has reached the breaking point, which is why the SPLC has pushed their attacks on the Liberty Movement into overdrive with manipulative media hit pieces like this:

As well as their latest propaganda piece “The Year In Hate And Extremism”:

The SPLC plays the role of the frantic watchman, crying out at the approach of the Mongol hordes, but their childish and ill conceived methods continue to expose their true intentions.  Is the Liberty Movement preparing for war?  No, but we are preparing to defend ourselves.  Here are the SPLC assertions of why we are ready to fight, followed by the real reasons behind our preparations…

1)  Because Obama Is Half Black?

No.  Obama could be neon green and we couldn’t care less.  The SPLC attempts to equate the growth of “patriot groups” with the election of the first black president, while leaving out much more likely catalysts including our current economic spiral (which they often refer to as “conspiracy theory”), or the Obama Administration’s expansion and even application of numerous unconstitutional provisions, some of which were launched by the Bush Administration.

How does the SPLC explain the majority of the Liberty Movement’s staunch opposition to the Romney Campaign if all we cared about was race?  How do they reconcile the fact that we are just as critical of the Republican elite as we are of the Democrats?  What about the reality that many of our organizations (like Oath Keepers) are made up of numerous races and nationalities?

They never do.  They simply ignore this information as if it is not pertinent to the issue.  The truth is, Obama is a middle man, a mascot, an easily replaced muppet.  He is not our primary interest, and his color is meaningless.  The international banks that funded his campaign and whose members occupy numerous positions within the White House, though, ARE our primary concern.

2)  Because We Are Afraid Of An Economic Collapse That Will Never Come?

The SPLC refers to almost everything as “conspiracy theory” because they hope that the average American is too stupid to question their rhetoric.  Calling someone a “conspiracy theorist” is the modern equivalent of accusing a person of being mentally ill; the goal is to inoculate the public against anything they have to say before they say it, even if it is the unbridled truth. 

The SPLC has consistently shrugged off economic concerns as “paranoia”, but they never qualify their statements.  Years ago I openly challenged Mark Potok and the whole of the SPLC to a debate on the health of the U.S. economy, and I reassert that challenge today.  If they think our concerns are unfounded and a source of paranoia, then they should be willing to defend their position.  I believe our financial system is on the fast track to collapse for quite a few reasons, including the fact that:

Our official national debt stands at $16.6 trillion.  In 2008, the national debt was around $10 Trillion, meaning, we’ve added over $6 trillion in only 5 years.  (Gee, is it possible that this has pissed Americans off more than Obama’s ethnicity?) 

Real national debt including entitlement programs and future obligations is estimated between $60 Trillion and $120 Trillion. 

Our official debt to GDP ratio (the amount of capital our country generates versus what it owes) stands at 102%.  Historically, when a country crosses the 100% mark in its debt to GDP, there is a marked chance of economic crisis.  If you count all of the programs and entitlements that the Federal Government doesn’t include in its “official” arithmetic, our debt to GDP ratio is actually closer to 400%.  This means an economic crisis is ASSURED.

The Labor Department, using what they call “adjusted numbers” places unemployment at 7.9%.  Real unemployment including U6 measurements (those people who are underemployed, and those people who have been unemployed for so long they no longer receive benefits and are no longer counted by the government) stands at over 20%.

In 2009, 32 million Americans were enrolled in food stamps.  Today, that number has grown to 48 million.  That’s a 50% increase in only 4 years.

The number of people on standard disability has hit a record of 9 million, and has grown every month for the past 192 months.

For the past four years I have pointed out that China, our largest foreign creditor, only needs to do two things before dumping the dollar as the world reserve currency – find a consumer market source to replace the U.S., and, spread it’s own currency around the globe to create a viable alternative to the greenback. 

Today, China has announced a full blown transition into a consumer based economy and has established bilateral trade agreements with enough developing nations to easily replace the U.S. as an export market. 

This past month, China announced a massive “urbanization project” in which they will sell over $6 trillion in Yuan denominated bonds worldwide.  China has also surpassed the U.S. for the first time ever as the world’s largest trade market, meaning, the Yuan will now be more sought after than the Dollar as a global trade mechanism.  The Chinese are nearly ready to dump the dollar, causing an international chain reaction that will brutally devalue our currency. 

I think our economic worries are clearly reasonable…

3)  Because We Are Paranoid Over Unfounded Threats Of Martial Law?

In the calm before any great war, there is always an escalation of arms on both sides of the conflict.  Anyone who has carefully studied the history of modern warfare KNOWS an escalation when they see one.  At the same time, anyone who has studied the history of citizen disarmament knows that government restriction and confiscation of personal firearms almost always leads to genocide.  Over the past decade, we have seen blatant indications that domestic agencies of the Federal Government are in the midst of arms stockpiling, and, in the past two months, they are pushing harder than ever before to reduce the defensive capabilities of the American public.

The Department Of Homeland Security has in only a few years placed orders for ammunition totaling at least 1.6 billion rounds, and new orders indicate they may be accumulating over 2 billion rounds.  The DHS has initiated a disinformation campaign through the mainstream media claiming that this ammunition stockpile, which is to be delivered over the course of five years, is for “training purposes only”.  Here is the reality…

First, by the department’s own numbers, training and qualification exercises taking place in three facilities nationwide use a total of 15 – 20 million rounds of ammo yearly.  This means that if the DHS claims are true, they have ordered enough ammo to last a minimum of 75 years!  No government agency plans this far ahead.

Second, the DHS and most federal and state law enforcement agencies DO NOT use hollow point pistol ammo and expensive Sierra Match King hollow point sniper rounds for “training”.  Anyone who knows anything about combat simulation training knows that you use the cheapest plinking ammo you can find, and this includes the government.  The ammo purchased by the DHS is used for one thing only; killing people. 

Third, if this ammo is being used only for non-threatening purposes, then why is the DHS now redacting order requests in a ploy to hide what they are purchasing?

On top of this, why does the DHS need mine resistant armored vehicles? 

Or bullet resistant road booths?

Why is the DHS using training targets featuring children and pregnant women?  Why has the Federal Government put plans into motion to release 30,000 drones above our heads?  Why have they instituted the passage of the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA which can be used to revoke the civil rights of anyone deemed an “enemy combatant” by the executive branch, including American citizens?  Why has Obama bypassed the Treason Clause of the U.S. Constitution in order to greenlight assassinations of American citizens?  Why has Attorney General Eric Holder stated that predator drones have not been ruled out as a weapon against American citizens on American soil?  Why has a branch of the military, Northcom, been deployed domestically in the U.S.?  Who are they here to fight?

The government is telling us, right to our faces, that they plan to use extraneous force against us, and where else would this force be initiated on such a scale except during martial law?  The extensive militarization of any domestic government agency requires as a response the extensive armament of the citizenry, otherwise, there is no deterrent to tyranny.

4) Because We Refuse To Accept That The World Is Changing Without Us?

This argument is based on a series of lies, the first one being that American culture needs to “progress with the times” and shake off the dead skin of old and “unpopular” principles.  Let’s set the record straight…

Some principles, like the liberties embodied in natural law and outlined in the U.S. Constitution, NEVER become outdated.  They exist in the heart of mankind, and will remain as long as humanity remains.  They cannot be erased, and they cannot be undone.  They are inherent and eternal. 

They can, however, be oppressed by those who seek to dominate the lives of others.  This is what the establishment today calls “progress”.  Their version of social order is not new, nor is it even clever.  It is archaic, and has taken many forms, including oligarchy, aristocracy, mercantilism, monarchy, totalitarianism, despotism, fascism, socialism, communism, globalism, etc., etc.  The goal is always the same; centralize as much power as possible into as few hands as possible while making the enslaved population as collectivized and dependent as possible. 

The Liberty Movement is not some dying vestige of America’s past clinging to an antiquated philosophy.  We are the new wave; the messengers of an ideal of freedom that in the grand scheme of history has been around for only a blink of an eye.  Constitutional liberty IS the progress that humanity has been waiting for.  We have only been led astray by those who would sell us on our own bondage. 

The SPLC and others within the establishment accuse the Liberty Movement of arming for conflict against the government.  I am here to tell them that is EXACTLY what we are doing.  We are arming because the establishment is arming against us.  Yes, we are a threat, but only to political and corporate criminals who use subversion and violence to wrest freedom from the hands of good people.  I am not afraid to openly admit it.  I and many others will fight against any measure or man that seeks to undermine the rights of the people or destroy the founding principles of this nation. 

We will not allow engineered economic collapse to go unpunished.  We will not allow internationalists to subdue American sovereignty.  We will not allow national gun registration or confiscation.  We will not allow martial law to be instituted.  We will not allow American citizens to be imprisoned or assassinated without trial.  We will not allow any presidential administration, black or white, Republican or Democrat, to become a De facto dictatorship with no accountability to the public.   

Regardless of what they might say about us in the future, these are the reasons why we will fight, and our pledges to resist are not empty assertions.  We will stop the course of tyranny from completing in this country and in this era, one way or another.  If this makes us “extremists”, or “terrorists”, then so be it.  I, for one, am tired of the long running game of lies and reserved rhetoric.  They know a fight is coming, and we know a fight is coming.  Let’s just admit it and be done with it.  Their greatest weakness is that they have to use deceit, propaganda, media monopoly, and false flag violence in order to convince the public that they are the “right side”.  All we have to do is continue telling the truth, and stand fast…
375  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / NYT article... on: March 14, 2013, 12:19:44 PM
I actually did post this earlier - not sure if it was in this thread or not.  Regardless - very interesting that the NYT will even publish this story, considering the fact that they tried to whitewash the Holocaust during WWII until the very end, when it could not be denied any longer.
376  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The ancient Greeks and homosexuality... on: March 12, 2013, 12:39:26 PM
The author of this article is both cherry-picking quotations from the ancient Greeks, ignoring the large body of artwork by them which often depicts sexual intercourse between males, and is essentially contorting himself to make his argument.  It is true that the concept of a homosexual life-long union recognized by the state did not exist until very recently.  That certainly does NOT make it "unnatural."  While I have my reservations about gay "marriage" as opposed to civil unions, ultimately the state should not be involved in granting licenses for marriage at all, nor was it until very recently.  Nor was there the issue of treatment for tax purposes. 

Homosexual behavior has now been observed and verified in 100s of animal species, and in many cases these male-male pairings last for life.  Ask any farmer, and he will tell you that there are 'homosexual" bulls, goats and sheep, who prefer to have intercourse with the same sex, and show very little if any interest in the opposite sex.  This notion of the behavior being "unnatural" is simply false - and it is used in a tortuous manner to justify prohibiting such relationships by those who want to do so for whatever reasons, just as there were plenty of Biblical justifications offered to justify slavery, up until quite recently.

I take my own life experience as a great teacher, and include in this what I have observed over my 50+ years on this earth.  Anthropologists will tell you that the percentage of homosexual individuals in human society has remained constant for as long as history has been recorded on such things.  Animal data appear to show that this is also true in other species.  If this were a genetic defect or aberration, by the way, one would expect that it would be bred out of the population over time.  It clearly has not been.  These tortuous justifications for condemning homosexuality are tiresome.
377  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Why We MUST GET ANSWERS on Benghazigate from this administration... on: March 11, 2013, 03:21:28 PM
Excellent article from the always-superb Frank Gaffney:
378  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Economics, the stock market , and other investment/savings strategies on: March 08, 2013, 10:46:24 AM
EXACTLY, GM.  Obviously these people trying to put a smiley face on this economy HAVE a job, and are either completely out-of-touch with what is going on around them, completely ignorant with regard to Obama's intentions, or have some incentive to try to "talk up" the economy.  I've said it before - but it is blindingly obvious to me - in my conversations with small business owners across this country every day as part of my job - that things are NOT getting better, and they are NOT GOING to get better until this administration is gone.
379  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wesbury... on: March 06, 2013, 01:40:55 PM
Crafty -

I don't disagree with your essential point about seeking Truth.  However, having a track record and being honest doesn't change the fact that, as Aristotle so aptly put it: "A is A."  Wesbury's analysis of this economy flies in the face of reason.  He may be honest, but if so, he is deluding himself.
380  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / More common sense from Walter Williams - as usual... on: March 06, 2013, 11:09:36 AM
Minimum Wage Mandates: The Tools of Racists Everywhere

Posted By Walter Williams On March 6, 2013 -

Let’s work through an example. Suppose 100 yards of fence could be built using one of two techniques. You could hire three low-skilled workers for $15 each, or you could hire one high-skilled worker for $40. Either way, you get the same 100 yards of fence built. If you sought maximum profits, which production technique would you employ? I’m guessing that you’d hire one high-skilled worker and pay him $40 rather than hire three low-skilled workers for $15 each. Your labor costs would be $40 rather than $45.

Suppose the high-skilled worker came into your office and demanded $55 a day. What would be your response? You’d probably tell him to go play in the traffic and hire the three low-skilled workers. After all, hiring the three low-skilled workers for $45, to get the same 100 yards of fence, would be cheaper than the $55 a day now demanded by the high-skilled worker.

The high-skilled worker is not stupid and knows that’s exactly what you’d do. He will do a bit of organizing first, convincing decent, caring people that low-skilled workers are being exploited and not earning a living wage and that Congress should enact a minimum wage in the fencing industry of at least $20. After Congress enacts a minimum wage of $20, what then happens to the chances of a high-skilled worker’s successfully demanding $55 a day? They go up because he’s used the coercive powers of Congress to price his competition out of the market. Because of the minimum wage, it would cost you $60 to use the three low-skilled workers.

The minimum wage not only discriminates against low-skilled workers but also is one of the most effective tools of racists everywhere. Our nation’s first minimum wage came in the form of the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931. During the legislative debate over the Davis-Bacon Act, which sets minimum wages on federally financed or assisted construction projects, racist intents were obvious.

Rep. John Cochran, D-Mo., supported the bill, saying he had “received numerous complaints in recent months about Southern contractors employing low-paid colored mechanics getting work and bringing the employees from the South.” Rep. Miles Allgood, D-Ala., complained: “That contractor has cheap colored labor that he transports, and he puts them in cabins, and it is labor of that sort that is in competition with white labor throughout the country.” Rep. William Upshaw, D-Ga., spoke of the “superabundance or large aggregation of Negro labor.” American Federation of Labor President William Green said, “Colored labor is being sought to demoralize wage rates.” The Davis-Bacon Act, still on the books today, virtually eliminated blacks from federally financed construction projects when it was passed.

During South Africa’s apartheid era, the secretary of its avowedly racist Building Workers’ Union, Gert Beetge, said, “There is no job reservation left in the building industry, and in the circumstances, I support the rate for the job (minimum wage) as the second-best way of protecting our white artisans.” The South African Nursing Council condemned low wages received by black nurses as unfair. Some nurses said they wouldn’t accept wage increases until the wages of black nurses were raised. The South African Economic and Wage Commission of 1925 reported that “while definite exclusion of the Natives from the more remunerative fields of employment by law has not been urged upon us, the same result would follow a certain use of the powers of the Wage Board under the Wage Act of 1925, or of other wage-fixing legislation. The method would be to fix a minimum rate for an occupation or craft so high that no Native would be likely to be employed.”

Whether support for minimum wages is motivated by good or by evil, its effect is to cut off the bottom rungs of the economic ladder for the most disadvantaged worker and lower the cost of discrimination.
381  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan Ban Robert Spencer From Receiving CPAC Award... on: March 06, 2013, 07:26:31 AM
This just in - Spencer will in fact NOT be allowed to receive the award for favorite blog site. Contains very salient details about Norquist and Khan which many here may not be aware of:
382  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Economics, the stock market , and other investment/savings strategies on: March 05, 2013, 08:54:12 PM
This guy Wesbury can throw out all the statistics he wants.  He is straining very hard to find a silver lining in my opinion.  Plenty of other economic indicators are extremely poor - for instance - the number of working-age males actually in the work force.  He also fails to address the staggering debt we continue to pile up, which in my opinion makes an economic collapse inevitable.  Wesbury's analysis defies gravity.  It is contrary to everything I see in my daily work with 100s of small businesses who buy accounting software.  The overwhelming majority of businesses with fewer than 100 employees are struggling to stay in business and cutting costs to the bone.  Obamacare will force them to lay off workers.  Not to mention what happens if the minimum wage in fact gets raised to $9.00/hour.  This economy is on the proverbial water slide to hell, and no amount of strained sugar-coating will convince me otherwise.
383  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Jihad? What Jihad? - American media ignore incidents, threat... on: March 05, 2013, 03:20:41 PM
Jihad? What Jihad? Media Shrug At Islamic Threat

Posted 03/01/2013 06:44 PM ET - Investor's Business Daily

Homeland Insecurity: The attorney general says the threat from local jihadists is now worse than terrorist plots hatched overseas. He warned Americans not to grow "complacent." Tell it to the media.

The major news gatekeepers have ignored the jihadist element in no fewer than four recent cases of sensational killings of non-Muslims by mostly young Muslim men inside the U.S., including:

• Yusuf Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Egyptian immigrant who on Feb. 5 allegedly beheaded two Coptic Christians living in New Jersey.
• Ali Syed, a 20-year-old Muslim who allegedly randomly killed three people in Southern California on Feb. 18 before killing himself.
• Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, a 26-year-old reported black Muslim convert who on Feb. 21 is said to have killed three people in Las Vegas.
• Ali Salim, a 44-year-old Pakistan-born doctor who is accused of raping and killing a pregnant woman and her 9-month-old fetus last year in his Ohio office.

This rash of homicides by Muslims has triggered a giant media yawn, despite telltale signs of jihadist motive. Jihad? What jihad? Reporters seemed to be collectively shrugging in another fit of extreme PC.

Here's another key piece of information denied the average American watching the evening news: the majority of convicted terrorists in the U.S. are American citizens. A study found the terrorist threat is increasingly in our backyard.

Equally stunning, more than half of the 171 terror convicts analyzed by the London-based Henry Jackson Society are college-educated. Many are black converts. Nearly half were born and raised here, according to the report prefaced by former CIA director Mike Hayden.

Yet they want to kill fellow Americans simply because they believe that's what their creed tells them to do. But instead of confronting this homegrown threat, our society is fig-leafing it, even glorifying it.

Even in red-state Texas, educators are indoctrinating kids into the Islamic faith. At Lumberton High School, a geography class was recently told to dress up in Islamic garb — including burqas — and refer to the 9/11 hijackers not as terrorists but as "freedom fighters."

This isn't an isolated event. There's a coordinated effort by leftist do-gooders and multiculturalists to de-link Islam from violence and terror and rewrite history.
When educators, journalists and politicians hear no Islamic violence, see no Islamic violence and report no Islamic violence, beware, it's Sept. 10, 2001, again.
384  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: March 04, 2013, 11:26:15 PM
For your consideration.  I believe that this man's essential thesis is correct.  Obama is a Marxist.  This can be demonstrated easily and has been documented quite well by Stanley Kurtz in his book "Radical-in-Chief."  If you watch Obama's actions instead of listening to his rhetoric (which at least half of Americans fail to do, unfortunately) his ideology is crystal-clear.  See the link below.  I no longer think this is far-fetched:

385  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: March 04, 2013, 07:55:27 PM
Crafty - I was referring to confiscation.  I think you underestimate Obama and his administration - filled with Marxists, anti-Semites and socialist utopians.  He will over-reach and face armed resistance if it is tried.  I was not suggesting that it would be wise to use this tactic for gun registration or magazine/weapons bans.
386  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama wants to disarm Americans? on: March 04, 2013, 07:43:30 PM
Oh, puhleeese.  That could NEVER happen here in America.  No politician would be dumb enough to try that.  Then again...
This administration is in for a VERY RUDE awakening if they try this - and I am not convinced they won't.
387  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Frank Gaffney on Obama's National Security Carelessness... on: March 04, 2013, 04:10:54 PM
Putting Politics Over Public Safety

Posted by Frank Gaffney - Center for Security Policy - March 4, 2013

An ominous pattern has been developing, particularly of late:  The Obama administration seems determined to subordinate public safety to political expediency.  If a course-correction is not effected promptly, the result is predictable.  Americans will be needlessly harmed, and perhaps killed.

The most recent and obvious example was the release last week of hundreds of reportedly dangerous illegal aliens from federal detention.  The rationale given was that the sequestration-dictated budget cuts made their incarceration unaffordable.  The White House has disavowed any involvement in this reckless decision.  But it was certainly in keeping with the President’s erstwhile mantra that extremely dire repercussions – including the disruption of critical public services – would flow from a fiscal train-wreck that he has refused either to acknowledge devising or to stave off.

Even more worrying is the erosion of public safety inherent in the administration’s “fundamental transformation” of our national security.  Mr. Obama’s own civilian and military leaders have warned that the effect of the $500 billion cut over ten years impelled by sequestration, coming on top of the nearly $800 billion in reductions in Pentagon spending that have been previously ordered, will be to “hollow out” the military.  History teaches that when we disarm in this fashion, others respond aggressively – at the expense of our vital interests and at huge costs, both in fiscal terms and in a much more precious currency: lives.

Then, there are the reductions Mr. Obama seems determined to make, unilaterally if necessary, in our nuclear deterrent forces.  The President fancies that he is “leading from in front” in this instance, but not one other nuclear power is following him towards a “world without nuclear weapons.”  In fact, in the absence of a safe, reliable and credible American “nuclear umbrella,” it is inevitable that global proliferation and instability will increase.  That will scarcely enhance our public safety.

The poster child for putting political considerations ahead of prudent security practice is John Brennan, the President’s homeland security and counter-terrorism advisor whom he hopes the Senate will shortly approve as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  Nothing could be more ill-advised.

The case against Brennan’s nomination has numerous elements.  Members of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee have been rightly concerned about his apparent involvement in myriad leaks of highly classified information.  These include the compromise of a most sensitive joint UK-Saudi intelligence operation that prevented a sophisticated terrorist attack and the sharing with Hollywood filmmakers of sensitive details concerning the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Brennan also seems to have been party to lying to legislators, for whom he has ill-concealed contempt.  Notably, it seems he was involved with an interagency “Deputies Committee” that, in the immediate aftermath of the murderous September 11th terrorist attack in Benghazi, reworked after-action briefers’ “talking points” – resulting in the unfounded claim that it was precipitated by an offensive video, not the attackers’ lust for jihad.

Speaking of jihad, John Brennan’s failure to comprehend this term is emblematic of the most important reason for the Senate to regard the prospect of him leading the CIA as a prescription for still further endangering of public safety.  In a May 2010 address, Brennan declared that: “Jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community.”

In fact, Muslims who adhere to the orthodox and totalitarian Islamic doctrine they call shariah know jihad to be a legitimate tenet of their belief system, alright, but that it means holy war against the unbelievers.  They understand “purification” to be about ensuring the triumph of shariah, both locally and globally.

Further egregious strategic errors flow from this fundamental, and potentially fatal, misjudgment by John Brennan and the administration he serves:  The avowedly jihadist and shariah-imposing Muslim Brotherhood has been legitimated, empowered, funded, armed and emboldened.  On Brennan’s watch, training materials and trainers that make clear such Islamists are unalterably our enemies have been purged government-wide.  And Muslim Brothers have effectively been made the arbiters of who and what shall be used in future training to “counter violent extremism” underwritten by federal funds.  The peril to public safety posed by such decisions is obvious.

John Brennan is, at best, willfully blind about the most immediate national security threat of our time.  At worst, he has spent the past four years enabling its ascendancy abroad and its growth andinfluence operations here at home.

The Brennan nomination has engendered bipartisan opposition on other counts.  The Left opposes his past involvement in so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” and his current role in the lethal use of drones.  With respect to the former, the Intelligence Committee should carefully consider the CIA’s impending response to a controversial $40 million study commissioned by that panel’s majority before bringing Brennan’s confirmation to a vote.  And with respect to the latter, Republicansupport for such drone strikes should not obscure – or be allowed to minimize – the unacceptability of the nominee’s myriad other defects.

President Obama’s record of putting his partisan political interests ahead of the best interests and even the safety of the American people is unconscionable.  The Senate must not condone this practice, let alone contribute to it, by confirming one of its prime-movers, John Brennan, as the next CIA Director.

TAGGED WITH → John Brennan • Muslim Brotherhood • nuclear weapons • Sequestration
Frank Gaffney, Jr.
Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.
388  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer at CPAC... on: March 04, 2013, 03:46:34 PM
The absurdity of this decision is explained by the fact that both Geller and Spencer have been highly critical of Grover Norquist, who sits on the board of the organization that puts on this conference.  Despite the fact that for the last 3 years these two have had a standing-room-only audience, Grover Norquist and his lackey Suhail Khan (a Muslim Brotherhood operative) want to silence both Geller and Spencer.  Norquist has been responsible for multiple Muslim Brotherhood-connected individuals infiltrating the highest levels of our government, and very few Republicans - such as Michele Bachmann and her co-signers - have raised any questions about this.  Norquist is untouchable in their minds.  Frank Gaffney has also exposed Norquists nefarious activities along these lines at his site - Center for Security Policy.  He has a whole video series detailing the infiltration.

The irony of all this is that a poll sent out to CPAC attendees this year which asked which of 20 conservative web sites was their favorite, resulted in a huge margin of victory for Robert Spencer's  Spencer intends to attend to receive his award, and hopes to have the opportunity to greet both Norquist and Khan, who evidently despise him and Geller - for obvious reasons.
389  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: March 04, 2013, 09:32:08 AM

I know that this does not need repeating, but if this were a Republican administration, the media would be burning the Commander-in-Chief at the stake. Instead, these tools continue to polish his knob in an advanced case of Stockholm Syndrome. They sacrifice their integrity, their objectivity, and their principles for an enemy administration whose collectivist goals they share.

Any decent American journalist would have run the emails referred to in this article on the front page. But instead, they cover for the Stalinist tactics of the thug in the White House.

Where are those goosestepping feminazis?

Beat The Press NY Post, March 3, 212
As coverage of last week’s flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent, the larger point was roundly missed: the increasing pressure that White House correspondents feel when dealing with the Obama administration — to follow their narrative, to be properly deferential (!), to react to push-back by politely sitting down and shutting up.

“The whole Woodward thing doesn’t surprise me at all,” says David Brody, chief political correspondent for CBN News. “I can tell you categorically that there’s always been, right from the get-go of this administration, an overzealous sensitivity to any push-back from any media outlet.”

A brief recap: After the Washington Post ran a Woodward op-ed in which he claimed that the administration was “moving the goalposts” on the eve of the potential sequester, the veteran journalist went on to assert that economic adviser Gene Sperling said, in an e-mail, “I think you will regret staking out this claim.”

While Woodward spent a lot of the week on cable news going back and forth on whether that was a threat, few reporters, if any, asked why a high-level administration official spent so much time — Sperling admittedly shouted at Woodward during a 30-minute phone call, followed by that e-mail — attempting to control an opinion expressed in a newspaper.

The answer, say former and current White House correspondents, is simple: This administration is more skilled and disciplined than any other in controlling the narrative, using social media to circumnavigate the press. On the flip side, our YouTube culture means even the slightest gaffe can be devastating, and so you have an army of aides and staffers helicoptering over reporters.

Finally, this week, reporters are pushing back. Even Jonathan Alter — who frequently appears on the Obama-friendly MSNBC — came forward to say he, too, had been treated horribly by the administration for writing something they didn’t like.

“There is a kind of threatening tone that, from time to time — not all the time — comes out of these guys,” Alter said this week. During the 2008 campaign swing through Berlin, Alter said that future White House press secretary Robert Gibbs disinvited him from a dinner between Obama and the press corps over it.

“I was told ‘Don’t come,’ in a fairly abusive e-mail,” he said. “[It] made what Gene Sperling wrote [to Woodward] look like patty-cake.”

“I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary,” says one DC veteran. “She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bitch, c--t, a--hole.” He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: “They were hemming and hawing, saying, ‘We’ll look into it.’ Nothing happened.”

Posted by Pamela Geller on Sunday, March 03, 2013 at 10:23 PM in Obama's 2nd Term
390  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / DOJ memo... on: February 26, 2013, 09:28:44 PM
Anyone who fails to understand that we are dealing with a tyrannical government with Obama and his administration is either ignorant or a fool or both.  Unfortunately, the Republican leadership appears to feel that there is no political upside to opposing this president.  We are living in ominous times.
391  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: February 19, 2013, 11:16:02 AM

I think the General's hope is nothing but a pipe dream.  Obama has many Muslim Brotherhood operatives in his administration, he is sympathetic to Islam, and his actions to date have proven that he is not simply naive or misinformed, but pursuing a deliberate strategy of putting distance between Israel and his administration.  Franky, I think Obama would be just fine with the idea of Israel being wiped off the map by Iran with nuclear weapons, though he will never publicly say so.
392  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Rep. Keith Ellison and his Muslim Brotherhood Ties... on: February 19, 2013, 11:05:50 AM
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Muslim Brotherhood) visits Somalia

Posted on Feb. 19, 2013 by Robert Spencer at

In 2008 Ellison accepted $13,350 from the Muslim American Society (MAS) to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Muslim American Society is a Muslim Brotherhood organization: “In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation’s major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members.” That's from the Chicago Tribune in 2004, in an article that is now carried on the Muslim Brotherhood’s English-language website, Ikhwanweb. The Muslim American Society, according to Steven Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, “is the de facto arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. The agenda of the MAS is to … impose Islamic law in the U.S., to undermine U.S. counterterrorism policy.”

And now he is in Somalia, apparently to help facilitate transfers of money from Somali Muslims in Minnesota to their friends and relatives back in Somalia -- transfers that have often been used to finance jihad.

"Minnesota congressman arrives in Mogadishu," by Abdi Guled for the Associated Press, February 19 (thanks to Maxwell):

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. congressman visited Somalia's capital on Tuesday, the first visit in years by a member of Congress to what until recently was considered one of the world's most dangerous cities.
Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, said his visit to Mogadishu fulfills a request from his constituents with ties to Somalia. Minnesota has one of the largest populations of Somali-Americans in the U.S.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, noted that the U.S. government recently recognized the Somali government for the first time since the country fell into anarchy in 1991. President Barack Obama's administration formally recognized the Somali government on Jan. 17.

"I told my constituency I would come here and work for the United States and Somalia relationship, and I am doing that in today's visit," Ellison told a news conference in Mogadishu.

Ellison was greeted by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The president said that Ellison's visit was a big day for Somalia.

Mogadishu has experienced about 18 months of relative peace, after the August 2011 ouster of the Islamic extremists of al-Shabab from the capital by African Union forces.

Ellison said his meetings with Somali officials would focus on financial remittances most often sent by Somalis in the U.S. back to family members in Somalia. Such remittances have become harder to make over fears that people sending money could be accused of aiding a terrorist organization such as al-Shabab.

So will Ellison be trying to make them easier? Will he do so with any regard for the financing of jihad terror?
393  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama to receive award from Israel... on: February 19, 2013, 11:01:32 AM
Israel to award Obama prestigious Presidential Medal of Distinction

Posted by Robert Spencer - 2-19-2013 at

This is about as meaningful as his Nobel Prize. Pamela Geller nails it, calling it the "Please-Don't-Hurt-Us Award" and noting: "It's an interesting strategy. I am sure Israel's top psychiatrists thought this one up. Feed the narcissist. Perhaps he'll do less harm. What are they calling it? The Hagel? The Brennan? Or the Mursi? Or the Romney Walk-back?"

"Israel to award Obama prestigious medal in visit," from the Associated Press, February 18 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

JERUSALEM – Israel will award President Barack Obama the country's Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit.
Israeli President Shimon Peres' office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his "unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens."


Obama is scheduled to visit Israel in March -- his first as president.
Obama has often had a tense relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Jewish state's West Bank settlement policies and the lack of peace process with the Palestinians.

But Peres and the committee behind the award noted Obama's overall friendship and backing of the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Israel's Presidential Medal of Distinction is comparable to the France's "Legion of Honor" or the "Order of Canada."
394  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Chuck Hagel's "Amnesia"... on: February 19, 2013, 10:58:51 AM
Hagel says he "doesn't recall" his remark about Israel controlling the State Department

Posted by Robert Spencer at on Feb. 19, 2013

Maybe his Muslim Brotherhood handlers have taught him about that "war is deceit" thing.

"Hagel 'Doesn't Recall' Remark on Israel Controlling State Dept.," by Rachel Hirshfeld for Israel National News, February 18 (thanks to Voice of the Copts):

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he has accepted a new disclaimer from President Obama’s defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) disavowing one of his many offensive statements about the state of Israel.
Graham told “Fox News Sunday” that he received a new letter from the beleaguered nominee in which Hagel claimed he “did not recall” the odious statement-- allegedly made during a speech at Rutgers University in 2007-- in which he argued that the State Department is controlled by the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office.

“Well, if in fact that’s true, that would end the matter,” Graham said, adding, “I just take him at his word unless something new comes along.”

“I'm glad he answered my question about a very disturbing comment he allegedly made,” he told Fox News.

Graham joined fellow Republicans in filibustering Hagel's nomination on Thursday, marking the first time a defense secretary has been filibustered in the Senate.

Graham is continuing to seek more information from the Obama administration this week on the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. embassy in Bengazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The senator warned last week that he would hold off approval of both Hagel and John Brennan, Obama's nominee for CIA director, until he receives more answers.

During the interview, however, Graham indicated that he would support ending debate on Hagel when the Senate returns from recess next week, despite considering him “one of the most radical and unqualified choices” to be defense secretary.

Hagel’s numerous other anti-Jewish and anti-Israel comments include the former senator claiming that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people" in Congress into “doing dumb things”; that the Jewish state is keeping the “Palestinians caged up like animals” and that Israel has kept the Palestinian people “chained down for many, many years.”

He has further come under fire for his feeble position on military action against Iran, his willingness to open direct talks with Hamas, his opposition to declaring Hizbullah a terrorist organization, as well as a long list of other highly provocative issues and associations.
395  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The real state of the Union... on: February 19, 2013, 10:48:29 AM
The Real State of the Union

Posted By Tom Blumer On February 19, 2013 -

In his State of the Union speech on February 12, President Barack Obama failed to note that this nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was born on the same date 204 years earlier. Perhaps that’s because it was Lincoln who said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Obama removed all doubt about his foolishness — at least in his public statements, though possibly not in regards to his and fellow progressives’ larger agenda — when he told the assembled senators and congressmen that, concerning the state of the economy, “[W]e have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.”

No it’s not, and all of the insufferable media cheerleading describing jobs reports as “mostly encouraging” even when the official unemployment rate goes up, and about “A U.S. Economy That’s Strengthened Over [the] Past 4 Years,” won’t change that.

The evidence could take up a book. I’ll limit mine to three areas: employment, student loans, and housing.

A February 1 Investor’s Business Daily editorial, which appeared shortly after the government released its January jobs report, laid out the primary truth about the current job market:

It took an average of just 24 months to regain all the jobs lost in the previous nine recessions. But at the current Obama job-creation pace, it will take about 80 months to regain those lost jobs.

Mort Zuckerman, the liberal editor-in-chief at U.S. News who voted for Obama in 2008, recently wrote the following in a Wall Street Journal column:

After four years America remains in a jobs depression as great as the Great Depression. But the crisis isn’t seen in that light because the country isn’t confronted daily by scenes of despair like the 1930s photographs of bread lines and soup kitchens …

… The jobless today are much less visible than they were in the 1930s because relief is organized differently.

Zuckerman’s subheadline succinctly detailed the point just made: “Twelve million out of work, 48 million on food stamps, 11 million on disability.”

Even those glum statistics don’t adequately capture the entire problem. Per Zuckerman, “The only work that has increased (since the November 2007 peak in nationwide employment) is part-time, and that is because it allows employers to reduce costs through a diminished benefit package or none at all.” Many employers are also clearly doing all they can to keep all but a few key employees from toiling more than 30 hours per week, because ObamaCare will compel them to treat employees who work 30 or more hours as “full-time,” forcing them to either provide mandatory health insurance coverage or pay a fine if they don’t.

Additionally, the jobs that are being obtained are going overwhelmingly to workers who are 55 and older, where employment (again, largely part-time) has grown by 4 million during the past four years. Employment for everyone else during that same period has decreased by almost 3 million. The overall labor force participation rate is back to where it was during the early 1980s, an era when a much higher percentage of spouses voluntarily stayed home to raise their children.

The growing crisis in the government’s student loan programs may be the least publicized trillion-dollar mess in world history. Outstanding balances have grown by $400 billion during just the past four years. During that time, the percentage of loans which is 90 or more days delinquent has skyrocketed from an already awful 8 percent to 11 percent, with most of that increase occurring during just the past few reported quarters.

Why is this happening — and why will the situation probably get much worse? High school grads are going on to college at a record high percentage, but an unprecedented percentage of those who do are ill equipped to succeed in their studies. When they fail, their student loans don’t go away, not even in bankruptcy. If they can get jobs, they probably won’t pay very well. Their student loan payments act as an effective millstone hindering their ability to otherwise advance in life.

The alleged recovery in the housing industry is one of the most heavily publicized economic myths going. We’re supposed to be excited that new home sales are achieving three-years highs, even though today’s level is barely back to where it was during the early-1980s recession, when the U.S. population was 25 percent lower. Today’s level of homebuilding activity is about half of what it should be in a truly healthy economy. Though it’s clear that the housing bubble engineered by government frauds by design Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and assisted by previous Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan caused home prices to increase beyond reason during the previous decade, the fact remains that inflation-adjusted home prices are right back where they were in 1990. So much for a home being a great long-term investment.

Uncanny in its inability to learn from past mistakes, risky lending policies and decisions have taken yet another government housing entity, this time the Federal Housing Authority, to the brink of insolvency. Last week, the Government Accountability Office “released a report stating … (that it) is a ‘high risk’ entity.”

Lincoln said something else about foolishness which ties directly into Obama’s State of the Union address: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” As the nation’s Obama-induced economic malaise continues, the roster of those who are being fooled will continue to shrink.
396  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Porting of gun barrels... on: February 18, 2013, 04:51:34 PM
Crafty - here is some additional info, just FYI, I don't like porting because of the increased muzzle flash, and hot gasses that may escape and burn you depending on where you fire the gun (an issue only with handguns)  for rifles and shotguns, the gasses usually aren't an issue, but I still dislike the increased noise and muzzle flash.  I haven't found it to be particularly noticeable in decreasing muzzle rise, either.  Just my opinion:

How Porting Works
Porting consists of adding holes through the shotgun’s barrel, near the end.  These holes are placed along the upper sides of the barrel by a gunsmith (don’t try to drill them yourself!).  When the shotgun is fired, some of the hot gases will escape through the port holes, rather than through the muzzle.  Since the port holes are near the end of the barrel, there is virtually no effect upon the speed at which the shot or slugs exit the shotgun.

Pros of Porting
Porting results in a reduction of recoil and a reduction in muzzle climb.  The recoil reduction comes from the fact that some of the hot gases that would normally help propel the shotgun backward against the shooter’s shoulder (recoil) are instead directed out of the port holes.  Similarly, the reduction in the tenancy of the muzzle to rise when the shotgun is fired (also referred to as muzzle climb, muzzle flip, muzzle lift, etc.) is reduced.  This is because the hot gases exiting the port holes will help push the barrel back down.  The net result is that porting results in a gun that recoils more softly, and stays on target better.  This can be especially beneficial for recoil sensitive individuals.

Cons of Porting
Porting is not appropriate for every shotgun, however.  Porting increases the amount of noise heard by the shooter and those standing next to the shooter.  Porting also results in a more visible flash when the shotgun is fired.  Both are the result of having the hot gases from the combustion of gun power exit the barrel through the port holes, rather than through the muzzle.  The extra noise is primarily a concern when the shotgun is fired for sporting, rather than self defense purpose.  The extra flash, however, could be an issue for self defense at night, since it may worsen the effect upon the shooter’s night vision.  The hot gases which exit through the port holes can also cause burns, which may be either a benefit or liability if firing the shotgun in self defense at close range.

I whole heartedly endorse the porting of shotgun barrels, and have multiple shotguns with ported barrels.  My home defense guns, which I fire regularly at the range have ported barrels.  I don’t mind the slight increase in noise that I’ve noticed, nor the flash.  I also know other gun owners who feel differently, so barrel porting is a decision for each person to make.
397  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Are there any Peaceful Solutions Left? on: February 17, 2013, 04:59:09 PM
398  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fed propaganda... on: February 17, 2013, 08:59:04 AM
G M - that is because this money is being held by banks.  When it enters circulation and the Fed stops keeping interest rates close to zero, watch out.
I think the smartest strategy right now is to stock up on essentials, and put most of your liquid assets into gold and silver bullion.  Call me crazy - but this insanity cannot continue indefinitely without causing a financial collapse.
399  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / What fool believes this propaganda put out by the Federal Reserve? on: February 17, 2013, 07:35:59 AM
The Fed has been "monetizing" the debt at a rapid pace.  While this graph shows the Federal Reserve's definition of money supply, it does not take this into account.  Which is like trying to calculate the trajectory of a rocket to the moon without taking into account the forces of gravity.  It's a joke.
400  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Economic Indicators, Stock Market Now Dangerously Detached from Reality... on: February 14, 2013, 08:44:05 PM
The U.S. Economy is now Dangerously Detached from Reality

Brandon Smith - - February 8, 2013

Recently I was asked to give a presentation on the current state of the global economy to a local group of concerned citizens here in Northwest Montana.  I was happy to oblige but when composing my bullet points I realized that, in truth, there were no legitimate economic numbers to examine anymore.  You see, financial analysts have traditionally used multiple indicators of employment, profit, savings, credit, supply, and demand in their efforts to divine the often obscured facts of our financial system.  The problem is, nearly every index we used in the past, every measure of capital flow and industry, is absolutely useless today.  

We now live in an entirely fabricated fiscal environment.  Every aspect of it is filtered, muddled, molded, and manipulated before our eyes ever get to study the stats.  The metaphor may be overused, but our economic system has become an absolute “matrix”.  All that we see and hear has been homogenized and all truth has been sterilized away.  There is nothing to investigate anymore.  It is like awaking in the middle of a vast and hallucinatory live action theater production, complete with performers, props, and sound effects, all designed to confuse us and do us harm.  In the end, trying to make sense of the illusion is a waste of time.  All we can do is look for the exits…

There is some tangible reality out there, but it is difficult to find, and there are few if any mainstream numbers to verify.  One has to remember always that the fundamental world of money and trade revolves around real people and real circumstances.  No matter how corrupt our economic system is, as long as there are human beings, there will always be supply and demand that cannot be hidden.  We have to look past the “official numbers” and look at the roots of trade.  Where has demand fallen?  Where has supply diminished?  Where are the tangible goods and needs and how have they changed?

Let’s first start with the mainstream version of our system, looking at each aspect of the economy that no longer represents the truth of our situation…

Employment, Savings, And Debt

Much of this information is old news to those of us in the Liberty Movement, who tracked the progress of the global collapse long before the general public even knew of its existence.  However, it is useful to take a step back and look at the basic picture every once in a while.  

According to numbers issued by the Department of Labor, weekly unemployment reports have dropped to a five year low, and the overall unemployment rate is holding at 7.9%.  This would seem to be a vast improvement over the dreadful bloodletting in the system only a few years ago.  Has the private Federal Reserve and the Obama Administration really done it?  Have they turned back the tide on the greatest fiscal crisis the U.S. has seen since the Depression?

No.  They haven’t.  

They have only changed how the data is disseminated to the public. In order to understand how the employment statistics con is being engineered, it is important to understand the difference between “Adjusted” and “Unadjusted” numbers.

Labor Department data is “seasonally adjusted”, using a series of statistical assumptions including something called “Trend Cycle Analysis”.  Trend Cycle Analysis is, basically, a sham, but a sham put together in a very complex and confusing manner.  If you ask a mainstream economist what it is, you’ll likely get a three hour long dissertation filled with financial babble and very little concrete explanation.  So let me break it down as simply as I can…

Imagine that you are going to estimate how much profit you plan to make in a particular month, but you don’t just consider your current pay rate and pop it into a calculator; you also throw in the possibility of a few pay raises, an inheritance from a grandma who might kick the bucket, and, your exaggerated expectations of the entire year’s profit on top of that.  You may also take into account future bad weather, a mugging, a nuclear war….whatever.  All hypothetical situations not based in reality.  Basically, you decide that a particular trend in your income is inevitable, then, mold your statistical analysis around that assumption.      

When your real profit numbers come in (the unadjusted numbers) and they do not meet your expectations, you simply change them according to what you believe SHOULD have happened.  If you insist that your profits are going to go up for the year, and they go down for a couple months instead, you change the variables you use to calculate the statistical average so that the results match your expectations, assuming that it will all balance out in the end.

Now, this sounds utterly insane for the common person out there trying to make a living.  If you ran your household this way, without accepting the cold hard unadjusted numbers in front of you, you’d find yourself broke and on the street in no time.  Unfortunately this is EXACTLY how our government handles most financial data; by coming to a final conclusion before hand, and then forcing the numbers to fit that conclusion.

This is why in February of 2013, “adjusted” first week unemployment rate was reported at 366,000 – a 5000 person drop from the week before.  A seeming improvement in the trend.  But, unadjusted numbers came in at 386,176 – a 16,000 person spike from the week before.  When one examines real unemployment numbers, he finds that the divergence between the adjusted and unadjusted statistics is growing larger with each passing quarter.  That is to say, the contradiction is becoming so blatant between the hard numbers and the Labor Department’s fantasy numbers that one must question whether or not the government is lying to us outright about the state of the economy (hint – they are lying).  

These same methods are used by the government to calculate progress in the housing market, disposable income, etc.  

The claim of “recovery” in the jobs market simply doesn’t jive with other indicators, like 2012 Christmas retail, which had the worst showing since the crash in 2008 (and these are still mainstream numbers!):

Average household savings continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel, indicating that the public is not spending or withholding cash.  They are simply broke:

And the overall GDP of the U.S. contracted in the fourth quarter of 2012 for the first time in three years (again, according to official numbers, meaning the reality is much worse):

The downturn in consumption and industry also seems to be supported by the Baltic Dry Index, a measure of global shipping and rates.  The BDI has fallen to near historic lows THREE TIMES in the past year, which to my knowledge, has never happened before.  In the past, the BDI has been a strong prophetic indicator of future market volatility.  Usually, around a year after a severe decline in the index, a dangerous economic event takes place.  The BDI made its first sharp drop to all time lows at the end of January 2012, exactly a year ago.  

U.S. household debt was recently reported to have fallen to a 29 year low, but the ratio used by the Federal Reserve applies a statistic for disposable income that is derived from the Trend Cycle boondoggle method.  While markets cheer, the truth is, the only reason household debt obligations have fallen at all is because bank lending and credit issuance remains frozen.  Consumer debt falls when there is no money to borrow.  In fact, the Federal Reserve actually pays large banks NOT to lend to the public; an activity which was exposed by Dennis Kucinich in 2009 on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  An activity that continued through 2012:

Keep in mind, one of the primary arguments the Federal Reserve used when promoting the bailout concept was that it would “free up credit markets” so that lending could pick up again and fuel a recovery, and yet, at the same time, they were paying banks to NOT lend.

Meanwhile, the supposed job recovery has produced an astonishing increase in welfare recipients in the U.S., including a record 46 million Americans on foodstamps (approximately 15% of our population):

If we are to apply any “trend” to our calculations on overall economic health, then we should include the extreme level of government handouts, and poverty levels which are now at all time highs.  The facts are undeniable; the number of people who have much less than they did in 2008 has grown.  How then could the U.S. be considered “in recovery”?

National Debt And The Fiat Lie

With the Dow Index hovering near highs of 14,000 our system truly looks to be on a rocket ship to pre-2008 money market bliss.  In a mere five years we have returned to equity spikes that stagger the mind and the wallet.  At least, that’s how it all appears…

What needs to be taken into account, though, is the amount of fiat money being created by the Federal Reserve, and how much of that printed pixie dust currency is fueling our magical flight to Neverland.  Since 2008, our official national debt has increased from $10 trillion to $16.4 trillion, and some estimate $17 trillion to $18 trillion by the end of 2013 (unless, of course, a collapse occurs).  Which means our national debt, which took decades to reach the $10 trillion mark, will have nearly doubled in only six years!  

So, what has a doubling of our national debt in such a short span of time bought us?  Well, credit markets remain frozen, property markets remain stagnant, poverty is at historic levels, welfare recipients are at epic highs, and consumer activity and GDP is back at 2008 lows.  Where did all that printed money go?  Where was it spent?  To answer that question, we only need to find what area of the economy has seen the most positive (or fantastical) activity.  What sector is seeing a massive boost while the rest tumbles?

I suggest that a large portion of QE1 through QE3 has gone to prop up the stock market, and nothing else.  I suggest that American taxpayers are fronting the bill for the equities bonanza we see today.  I suggest that the Dow is being used as a Red Herring to distract the populous for as long as possible while real assets are being snapped up and hoarded by international banks and foreign entities.  I suggest that we are being leached dry and that the parasites are almost ready to move on…

When will it all end?  Perhaps sooner than many people think.  The decision by D.C. to delay talks on the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” until March may not be coincidence.  Extensive cuts in federal spending are absolutely necessary and cannot be dismissed forever, but, because the last vestiges of our system that still operate do so through government money, such cuts will cause immediate damage to the economy, including possible default and dollar devaluation.  Refusal to make cuts will result in credit downgrades, currency inflation, and a loss of the greenback’s world reserve status.  There is no “right” way out of this quandary.  

When this collapse is initiated, it would certainly behoove all parties involved, including central banks, international banks, and criminal politicians, to have a scapegoat handy for the citizenry to direct their rage at.

Event Horizon Economics

An “Event Horizon” in physics is a moment or singularity in spacetime at which a gravitational pull becomes so great that there is no way to escape it.  It is a point of no return.  I believe America’s economy has reached its own Event Horizon.  Our system is now entirely fiat driven, with very little or no true economy left.  Without constant injections from the Fed, and perpetually low interest rates, the country would implode tomorrow.  This is not recovery.  Actually, I’m not sure what to call it.  

Today, independent economic analysts cannot look to the numbers to determine future trends.  Most are fake, and the rest are ugly, and I’m not sure much else can be said in their regard.  Instead, we must now look to events, rather than statistics, because our country has been maneuvered into a position of utmost frailty.  Like an avalanche shelf waiting for that perfectly timed disturbance to trigger its roaring collapse.  All that is needed is a macro-crisis, and it is no great feat for such a thing to be created in our tension filled global environment.

War in Syria and Iran leading to a tripling of energy prices.  Sanctions and strife with North Korea leading to Chinese economic retribution.  Conflict between China and Japan, again leading to Chinese economic warfare and perhaps real warfare.  An opportune “cyber attack” which could be used as an excuse for a market crash and even an internet shutdown.  A “political impasse” between Reps and Dems which leads to a default of U.S. credit.  Any one of these catastrophes could easily occur (with a little nudge from some well placed people) and feed a wider global tragedy.  The important thing to remember is that while this event will be blamed for the breakdown, it was international banks, the Federal Reserve, and elements of our own government that made the domino effect possible.  They put the pieces in place.  The act that knocks them over is secondary.

I have spent the past seven years writing about “potential” threats to our overall system, but these dangers were always just beyond our sight.  Just around the corner.  Today, it is as if the journey is over, and all those threats have materialized right before my eyes as real, and imminent.  I am watching that which I warned of come to fruition, and this is certainly not a pleasant thing.  What is valuable, though, is what we have all done in the Liberty Movement with the time that we had.  From when I began writing for the movement until now, I have seen an overwhelming increase in public awareness.  It may not be obvious to newer activists, but it is there all the same.  While we still face disparaging odds, and millions upon millions of oblivious bystanders, there is, amidst these darker moments, a steadfast community of free men and women forming.  I have full faith in the future.  Much more so than I ever did before.  Our economy may be detached from reality, but our endeavors as individuals will not be.  Our resolve will be the great game changer.  Not fiscal calamity.



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