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BLM omits facts and uses fuzzy math to roundup wild horses in Pine Nut Herd Management Area in Nevada

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Some interesting background before you read the news article below:  It seems that if we even just look at one grazing allotment on the Pine Nut HMA, the Buckeye Allotment, BLM allows about 375 cattle (and don’t forget that cow-calf pairs only count as one in BLM fuzzy math, so this number could be doubled) to dine on public lands for about 5 1/2 months out of the year.

The Buckeye Grazing Allotment permittee is Bently Family Ltd. Partnership (with the 7th highest taxpayer assessment in Douglas County in 2013-2014, at $12,385,310).  The President & Director of Bently Ranch is businessman Christopher Bently, who’s also the CEO of Bently Holdings, and is on the Board of Directors of The Burning Man Project.  He was CEO of Bently Biofuels, but just sold it.  He’s also CEO of Bently Enterprises.  His father was billionaire Don Bently.

Also, in BLM’s Oct. 2010 Environmental Assessment to roundup wild horses in the Pine Nut HMA in Nevada, the BLM claimed there were 148 horses within the Pine Nut HMA and they were going to treat 45 mares with PZP.  So, that would leave about 103 wild horses without fertility control in Oct. 2010.  So even if ALL STALLIONS GAVE BIRTH, and using BLM’s questionable estimate of a 25% increase per year for wild horse herds, that would mean in 2011 there could’ve been 129 horses, in 2012 there could’ve been 162 horses, in 2013 there could’ve been 203 horses and in 2014 there could’ve been 254 horses.  (But only IF ALL of the stallions also gave birth.  And only IF no horses died.) More

Christmas 2014: The Chickenhawks are Circling the Tree

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5aafc0a0-aeb0-11e3-93d2-12313b024af0-mediumIn what looks to be a repeat of the 2000-2004 elections, the chicken-hawks are circling like rapacious predators looking for the way in. Lining up on the Rino right is another long line of buffoons, clowns, pretenders, globalists, corporatist’s and other parasites, scrambling to be the Chicken-hawk candidate of choice for the 2016 election. And just whom is the Rino favorite? Why! That would be another of the Bush clan; good ol’ boy, Jeb Bush. Really? That’s the best we can expect from you? More

This Attorney General wants to revive SOPA and censor the Internet.

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What is Jim Hood’s plan for the Internet?

Mississippi AG Jim Hood says he wants a list of sites that search engines and ISPs would be legally required to block. Who makes the list? Well, leaked emails show Hood is working for the MPAA, the lobby that brought us the Internet censorship bill SOPA. His own legal filings were written by MPAA lawyers!

Hood’s office number is: 1-601-359-3680. Call him now, or sign the petition below. When you call, say: “I have a message for Jim Hood. Stop working with movie executives to censor America’s Internet”.

Go here to sign this letter to Jim Hood!

THE KINGDOM

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“Americans have reestablished the very sort of power that the Constitution most centrally forbade. Administrative law is extra-legal in that it binds Americans not through law but through other mechanisms—not through statutes but through regulations—and not through the decisions of courts but through other adjudications.” __________________________________________

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The Forgotten Christmas Truce of 1914 and the Unlearned Lessons That Could Have Prevented the Century of War 1914 – 2014

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“Most of those that survived bodily were rendered insane, criminally psychopathic or otherwise psychologically and/or spiritually disabled for the rest of their lives. No one, especially the glory- and power-seeking militarists at the top, had foreseen the coming holocaust or the intolerable stalemates in a new kind of warfare that relied on shovels, machine guns, artillery and poison gas.”

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It was exactly 100 years ago this month when the Christmas Truce of 1914 occurred, when Christian soldiers on both sides of the infamous No Man’s Land of the Western Front, recognized their common humanity, dropped 1237971_10151696892798163_43495779_ntheir guns and fraternized with the so-called enemies that they had been ordered to kill without mercy the day before. As mentioned in last week’s column, the truth of that remarkable event has since been effectively covered up by state and military authorities (and the embedded journalists at the time) because they were angered (and embarrassed) by the breakdown of military discipline.

In the annals of war, such “mutinies” are now unheard of. The generals and (as well as the saber-rattling, chest-thumping politicians and war profiteers back home) rapidly developed strategies to prevent such behavior from happening again.

Christmas Eve of 1914 was only 5 months into World War I, and the cold, weary, homesick soldiers found themselves not heroes, as expected, but rather miserable, frightened and disillusioned wretches living in rat- and louse-infested trenches. Most of them had dreamed heroic dreams when they had signed up to kill and die for King and Country a few months earlier, and they had been fully expecting to be home for the holidays. More

Torture is Not the Will of the People

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Mr. Hayden: Torture was NOT the will of the people. You didn’t do this for us. You did this because absolute power corrupts, absolutely. And you did think you were all-powerful didn’t you?  You do have the advantage here……we all know there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell you will ever be prosecuted, nor will you ever be institutionalized for what is apparently a deep-seated mental deficiency. Like all sociopaths and psychopaths, you have no regrets or remorse for your crimes against humanity….you just lament the idea that you have been caught, exposed, and now everyone knows just how sick you truly are. And lacking any real reason for why you encouraged the torture, you try to blame the American public. We did not make you do this.

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46365_469061176467134_1418529321_nI can not help but notice that as the exposure of the sordid details of the CIA’s inhumane activities becomes known, the more hysterical and petulant Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA, becomes. Last evening, I saw a film clip repeatedly shown with him red-faced, looking like a spoiled child used to always getting his way and never being disciplined, raging that he “thought we were doing the will of the people”. He just didn’t mention which people those might have been. More

Duty to Warn: Rest in Peace Tomas Young

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“I have, like many other [wounded and many other] disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical [disabilities and] wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used.”

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“The Iraq War was the biggest strategic blunder in U.S. history…It installed a corrupt and brutal government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror…On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.” – Tomas Young

Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (www.ivaw.org) died last week, on November 10, 2014, the day before Veterans Day. He was 34 years old. He died of complications of his incurable war wounds (and of complications related to his complex medical care including the cocktail of toxic and addicting drugs that had been prescribed for him for the last ten years of his tormented life) that he had incurred in Iraq. The initiating physical wound came from a sniper’s bullet that severed his upper spinal column in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004. Young had been in Iraq for only four days. More

Post-Midterm Obamacare Prognosis: Hold the Champagne

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“What’s left in their arsenal to stop Obamacare, and to reign in a dictatorial chief executive? Impeachment? Boehner and McConnell? Don’t make me laugh!”

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Gigantic_FraudConservatives and citizens concerned with the direction of the country under Democrat rule turned out in sufficiently large numbers on Election Day to return the Senate to Republican control. Surfing the wave, Republicans increased their majority in the House, and dominated in State elections across the country. But if you think this marks the beginning of the end of Obamacare, think again. More

THE MESSAGE OF THE VOTERS

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“My Grandchildren’s America”

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“These concepts and ideas are fundamental to the essence of the United States of America. The voters said we want these fundamentals restored; we do not wish to be fundamentally transformed to a totalitarian Marxist state as Obama and the Marxist/Progressives promised and are doing. Did the Republican Party hear?

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We were told by Obama that even though he was not on the ballot, his policies were. Yes, they were and the message of the election was loud and clear; America does not like the Marxist policies of the Obama regime. Even though the message was clear, the question is did the leaders of the Republican Party hear and understand the message. We already know Obama did not hear, did not understand, or chose to ignore the message.

What really was the message? It was very simple. The American voter said now that we see how this fundamental transformation that was promised looks, we do not like it. The American voter said we prefer the type of government and society our founders established. They established three basic principles that are excellent for a prosperous, free, and great country and we want these reestablished.

The three basic concepts the founders instituted had never been tried before the founders said we think this type of government and country will allow individual citizens to flourish and prosper and by being individuals they will establish a great and powerful nation. How correct the founders were. Unfortunately, others came along and said what the founders had established needed to be fundamentally transformed. They said what the founders did created a selfish and greedy people who refused to conform to the concept of subjugation to a government and community, as opposed to being a unique and non-conforming individual; the very essence of American greatness. More

I’M TERRIFIED OF MY NEW TV: WHY I’M SCARED TO TURN THIS THING ON — AND YOU’D BE, TOO

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By Michael Price –
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“Don’t say personal or do sensitive stuff in front of the TV.

You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening.”

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November 8, 2014

I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media, and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too.

The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.

The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.”

It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.

It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.

More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning:

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that?

Don’t say personal or do sensitive stuff in front of the TV.

You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening. More

The BLM’s Whitewash of the Reveille Wild Horse Roundup

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strip bannernew-logo25Debbie Coffey    Copyright 2014      All Rights Reserved.

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Don’t forget that the BLM is managing the wild horses and burros to extinction.

Don’t forget the BLM is doing little to reduce or suspend livestock grazing on public lands.

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The BLM’s Tonopah Field Office in Nevada claimed there were 168 wild horses in the Reveille Herd Management Area, and there was a “need” to do a roundup (and waste taxpayer dollars) since there were 30 wild horses over the Appropriate Management Level (AML).

But lets look closely at this slight of hand.

The BLM rounded up 120 wild horses, gave PZP fertility control to 50, which they were to return, but by removing 70, left only 98 wild horses on the Reveille HMA, making it a non viable herd.  (And, they gave PZP to 50 out of that 98!)

Now, lets look at the numbers of LIVESTOCK on the Reveille HMA: More

The morning after election: Is there a pill for this?

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Mid-term elections: America loses again

We just swapped one bunch of crooks, liars and thieves for the other bunch of crooks, liars and thieves. The country just went “red” more from embarrassment than anything else. You should be embarrassed and turning beet red from being duped yet again. 2/3 of us didn’t even bother to show up to vote. What’s the point?

fascismamerica01About last night…..

I scoured the usual lineup of cable news shows to see what the response was there to the mid-terms. At one point on MSNBC where Rachael Maddow was predictably finding humor in the elections, I wondered out loud what was wrong with this woman? According to Maddow, the elections weren’t really as bad as they seemed on the surface and we should just laugh them off. They really didn’t mean anything or at least not what we thought they did. This wasn’t really a political shellacking, it was just a rub & buff…nothing more. HaHaHa….Isn’t this funny? No, it isn’t.

The remainder of the scripted reality shows we call news on MSNBC also pandered to the “its not what you think” line. Yes it was what we think. More than that, its what we know. We just traded one old man for another old man; both of them nested up for years inside the beltway and so detached from the public that neither of them try to hide their disgust for “We the People”. We just opened the door to another neo-con assault on the nation. Pardon me for not laughing.

Faux news was ready to implode as one hack after another jubilantly reported the shellacking of America via the elections and what is nothing less than the return of the neo-cons. Already they are talking about “deregulation”.

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Mid-term elections: Pardon me while I yawn

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Remember when the country first elected Obama? Remember the collective sigh of relief as he spoke of returning the country to its former glory? Remember when we all thought he was going to end the neo-con overthrow of our government and country?

And remember when we all realized he had simply picked up where the Bush/Cheney Crime Syndicate left off and added some new twists of his own?

Remember how sick at your stomach you felt when you realized that Obama was Bush on steroids?

That’s kind of the same feeling too many of us out here have today. This wasn’t a mandate for Republicans although they are trying to sell it as if it was. It was a rejection of the corruption, the anti-American mind-set in the District of Criminals. And we had only two choices.

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34192_1thThere are few out here in the general public, regardless of supposed party affiliation, expressing any sense of celebration or excitement over last night’s election returns. We simply swapped one faction of the one-party system for the other. Most agree that nothing is going change other than the way the pre-planned agenda will be implemented.

Absent from any debates, if you could call the public displays put on by candidates on both sides a debate of any kind, was any discussion of the illegal and unwarranted spying by NSA and multiple other spy agencies operating without oversight.

No one mentioned or even discussed casually, the militarization of law enforcement against the public at large. Not one candidate mentioned the military tanks, the grenade launchers, assault rifles, SWAT gear, and other military weapons that local law enforcement is now arming themselves with for use on the very communities that employ them. Equipment that was paid for with taxpayer money or borrowed in the name of the People and produced so excessively that there was enough equipment to sell to other countries, to arm our own military and to arm local law enforcement against us. More

Ginger Kathrens on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., Nov. 5th)

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Landgrab: Idaho couple fights long land battle with BLM

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SOURCE:  Idaho Press-Tribune

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“When you look at it in black and white, these BLM people are either very incompetent or they’re harassing us, or both,” Mike said.

Mike says his charge of harassment stems from BLM closing off parcels of public land around Challis a few years earlier.  The McGowans disputed the closures, claiming that BLM broke the law because they did not follow the NEPA process regarding public lands or hold public meetings before the closures went into effect.”

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CHALLIS — When Mike and Connie McGowan bought their Challis property in north-central Idaho in 2005, they never expected that their new dream home would turn into such a nightmare.

About four years ago, the McGowans were notified by the Bureau of Land Management that due to newly-conducted land surveys, 2 of their 8.9 acres of property had actually belonged to the BLM.  This resulted in an unintentional trespass violation issuance.

For the past four years, the couple has reached out to multiple local and federal government agencies to try to get their acreage dispute solved.  But they have encountered nothing but red tape and frustration every step of the way.

“When I found out, I went to the BLM immediately and asked questions,” Mike said. “They told me that I did have a problem but they didn’t think I’d live long enough to get it resolved.” More

Carol Walker on Wyoming wild horse roundups on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., Oct. 29th)

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BLM & some “nuisance” ranchers deceive American Taxpayers

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strip bannernew-logo25Debbie Coffey V.P. and Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation                                                         

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On October, 16, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management Ely District in Nevada issued a news release announcing that in early November, it would begin a roundup to remove “approximately 120 excess wild horses from in and around the Triple B and Silver King Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada.” And “The helicopter gathers are necessary to prevent further damage to private property and provide for public and animal safety.” 

For one thing, per BLM’s website, “Nevada is an open range state.  It is the responsibility of the private land owner to build a legal fence to keep livestock off private land.” 

Let’s take a closer look at what this news release did and didn’t say.

Silver King HMA

The BLM stated this:  “The District will remove up to 50 excess wild horses from in and around the Silver King HMA.  The horses to be gathered are located about 120 miles south of Ely.  They are a safety concern on U.S. Highway 93 and are damaging private property, resulting in property owner complaints.  AML for the Silver King HMA is 60-128 wild horses.  The current population is 452 wild horses.”

The BLM omitted informing the public of the excessive numbers of livestock in the Silver King HMA, which is shown in the chart below.

The information on the 2 graphs below was taken directly from information on BLM’s Rangeland Administration System database.

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The BLM stated this: “The District will remove about 70 excess wild horses from the Triple B HMA, located about 30 miles northwest of Ely, that are damaging private property, and harassing and breeding domestic stock resulting in landowner complaints.  Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Triple B HMA is 215-250 wild horses.  The current population is 1,311 wild horses.”

Again, the BLM omitted informing the public of the number of livestock on this federally protected HMA for wild horses. More

Ebo-Lie…from the Bolen Report

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Here’s What I Think…

by: Kenneth P Stoller, MD, FACHM

Thursday October 16th, 2014

With so much misinformation floating around about the latest viral scare, it is hard to know what is real and what isn’t.

Tim Bolen asked me to write this post after I posed a question to him… “When is a Federal agency, such as the CDC, no longer protected by the immunities a Federal agency normally has because they are engaged in activities that are not consistent with their own regulations and procedures?”

The CDC is responsible for vaccine safety and yet they own patents on, for example, the Ebola virus and could potentially profit from an Ebola vaccine – a vaccine that would not be needed if the virus doesn’t spread far and wide. Yet if the CDC helps control the spread of the virus they would be working against their own financial interest.

Not only that, they have potential martial law like authority to order citizens take interventions that they financially profit from. That sounds just like any other corporation. In fact, it sounds like regular, everyday corporations would drool to have the ability to create a problem, be positioned to profit from it, and be able to order people, or scare people enough to take what you have to sell. More

Duty to Warn: Don’t Vote for Your Future Oppressors

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Don’t Vote for Your Future Oppressors
(Especially the Ones That have Been Bought or Bribed by Billionaires and Multinational Corporations)

“What Christians have got to do is take back this country, one precinct at a time, one neighborhood at a time and one state at a time. I honestly believe that in my lifetime, we will see a country once again governed by Christians…and Christian values.” “I want to be invisible. I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don’t know it’s over until you’re in a body bag. You don’t know until election night.” Ralph Reed (R- Christian Coalition executive director 1987-1989)

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There are two important national elections coming up in the next two years and the corporate-owned and controlled mainstream media (MSM) is again orchestrating another series of lucrative “too-close-to-call”, “cliff-hanger” elections designed to sell the maximum number of political commercials (“projected non-competitive” landslide elections don’t make as much money for the press).

In the heat of the campaigns, we mis-informed and oft-deceived voters must be careful lest we blindly allow our future oppressors – or their paymasters – to win at the polls. Unfortunately, history tells us that it happens all the time. But this year an informed electorate (that makes possible a true democracy) is more important than it has been in many past elections. More

The fact of Ebola now uncontained internationally requires action. What action?

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Action for what purpose? A debate.

Does Ebola deserve the attention it’s been getting lately? Is it as dangerous as some so-called “alarmists” (e.g., Mike Adams, Donald Trump, etc.) are suggesting? Or is it the easily manageable threat others (like the CDC) are proclaiming? Actually, the truth may lie somewhere in the middle.

Ebola as a contagious disease deserves appropriate action. The disease exists and it is on the loose. But there something else in play here. The disease is obviously not being handled intelligently and those whom are generally thought to be the responsible authorities, government, American medicine and the Center for Disease Control are clearly not taking measures to address this un-contained fatal virus.

This president who signed in a medical reform bill that seems to have been written for the profit of the financial sector and the big pharmaceutical companies has not taken the steps that must be taken now. A national quarantine of everyone — with absolute minimization of contact, including schools and, simultaneously, the closing airports and border crossings — except for minimum personal contact imports, say from container ships or trucks carrying products in which the truck drivers are limited in whom they may contact. The system will not be perfect and there is no time to perfect it – it simply must be done now — while containment is still possible. With an incubation period of 20 days and people exposed wandering freely about right now, the option of containment as I have described will not be open for long.

Yes, infectious disease experts may know the most about the viruses that cause Ebola virus disease (EVD) and the other hemorrhagic fever diseases; scientific facts are always preferable to unfounded theories and worst-case prognostication; and some people do attempt to profit/benefit from the hysteria that comes from potential threats. More

What I Believe and Why: 9/11

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I urge you to go to the www.911grassroots.org web site and read the last few articles I’ve posted, mostly from other sources which document what I was thinking far better than I could. Those postings will provide needed context for this article.

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A number of intriguing (and horrific) questions and theorized or partial answers have occurred to me over the past several weeks, which I will try to explore here.

For starters, what really provokes (or possesses) human beings to commit or endorse heinous acts of revolting violence and cruelty in the course of their purposeful lives?

What. For instance, would motivate the drivers of modern Zionism to endorse or commit genocide by strong military force endlessly for months against an already psychologically and physically abused, essentially unarmed population in Gaza over a desperately deployed arsenal of rockets akin to fireworks rockets?

What provokes a small percentage of extremist Islamic radicals to flaunt to the world and exult in apparent beheadings and mass-murders perpetrated hourly against any who dare to think differently?

And what provokes members of the world’s unified power-cult psychopathic cabal to blow to dust thousands of people, on 9/11/01, impossibly blaming fanciful foreign boogeymen, and then obliterate hundreds of thousands senselessly together with their targeted countries? More

Good Wolves and Other Fables: Part 2

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The Southwest is the area where Canadian and Mexican wolves mostly likely will meet and crossbreed. According to USFWS documents, the Mexican wolf’s inbreeding contributes to small litter sizes and low pup-survival rates. Cross-breeding with the non-native Canadian wolves would “solve” the Mexican wolf’s gene pool problem. Call it a “nonessential experimental Mexican wolf subspecies.” Or call it what it is—a bigger crossbred “Mexican” gray wolf.

Matt Cronin, a University of Alaska, Fairbanks and research professor of animal genetics, addressed USFWS officials at their Public Hearing Concerning Mexican Wolves in Arizona on December 3, 2013. He told the panel:

“. . . Mexican wolves went through a very large bottleneck. They don’t represent the original population. They came from a small Canis population. Assessing the subspecies is somewhat futile in that respect.

“. . . subspecies, in general, are basically a subjective category. They are not a hard scientifically blank category.

“. . . this phenomenon of naming species and subspecies has been termed by the broad scientific community as inflation, splitting things into groups with the intent of granting conservation, again. The entire scientific community outside of the wildlife is recognizing this. And it’s very important that we realize that subspecies as a scientific category is subjective. It’s not definitive. The scientific community agrees on it.

“ . . . I suggest you use the entire body of science and the recent discrediting of subspecies that have been listed and reconsider the science. . .”
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Good Wolves and Other Fables: Part 1

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is delisting and relinquishing management of gray wolves back to state wildlife officials while simultaneously proposing “new rules”1 to “save” the Mexican gray wolf. The proposals include:

► Keeping the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) on the endangered list as a subspecies. A conundrum. The Mexican wolf is a gray wolf that breeds with other gray wolves and is not a subspecies. A grizzly and a black bear are subspecies. A horse and donkey are subspecies that produce sterile offspring.

►Issuing permits to private landowners to kill wolves killing livestock on their property based on the number of Mexican gray wolves that exist in the wild, not immediate or continuing wolf depredations.

►Handling Mexican wolves killing livestock on private lands are not included in the USFWS’s new ‘problem’ wolf proposals. Mexican wolves killing livestock on private land are problem wolves. More

The History and Danger of Administrative Law

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“But there are problems with this conventional history of administrative law. Rather than being a modern, post-constitutional American development, I argue that the rise of administrative law is essentially a re-emergence of the absolute power practiced by pre-modern kings. Rather than a modern necessity, it is a latter-day version of a recurring threat—a threat inherent in human nature and in the temptations of power.”

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Philip Hamburger

Columbia Law School

“Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.”

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PHILIP HAMBURGER is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He has also taught at the University of Chicago Law School, the George Washington University Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, and Northwestern Law School. A contributor to National Review Online, he has written for several law reviews and journals, including the American Journal of Legal History, the Supreme Court Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, and the Journal of Law and Politics. He is the author of Separation of Church and State, Law and Judicial Duty, and, most recently, Is Administrative Law Unlawful?

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on May 6, 2014, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series.

There are many complaints about administrative law—including that it is arbitrary, that it is a burden on the economy, and that it is an intrusion on freedom. The question I will address here is whether administrative law is unlawful, and I will focus on constitutional history. Those who forget history, it is often said, are doomed to repeat it. And this is what has happened in the United States with the rise of administrative law—or, more accurately, administrative power. More

Northshore “Live” – Cooper’s Corner: Investigative Journalist Michael Volpe

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Investigative journalist joins Bev Cooper to detail his recent investigations into guardian abuse both in Chicago and in Memphis, Tennessee.Volpe is the author of two books, “Prosecutors Gone Wild” and “The Definitive Dossier of PTSD in Whistleblowers”, and Volpe will talk about Norman Hughes, a Korean and Vietnam War veteran who is being held against his will in a nursing home in Memphis, and Mildred Willis, whose family recently lost their home on the order of the Cook County Public Guardian.

See Also:
T.S. Radio:  Tonight A Special Show With Reporter Michael Volpe:  Systemic Corruption in Family and Probate Courts

Korean Vietnam War Vet Inside VA System Held Against His Will

Korean War Veteran Norman Hughes Makes Passionate Plea to Go Home. He is Being Held Against His Will in Assisted Living

How the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office Can Take Your Home

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THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER is OUT of CONTROL

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But something went wrong. Today the SPLC is no longer a poverty law center. They are trying to smear and silence dissidents who dare to stand for the Constitution, question the hero worship of Lincoln, and who support national sovereignty against the UN. They have turned into something not unlike the Klan they sought so brilliantly to stop except without overt violence. Tom DeWeese is doing a great job fighitng Agenda 21 and ICLEI. He does not deserve this kind of treatment:

Click here to demand a congressional investigation of the SPLC

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I need your help by signing the “Citizen’s Demand for Congressional Investigation of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).”

Let me explain.

The American Policy Center (APC) and I have been openly attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

To date, there have been FOUR separate “special reports” released by SPLC against me personally – painting me as a hate-driven domestic terrorist!

Of course, SPLC has a long history of attacking organizations and individuals who defend the Constitution and oppose big government programs.

They regularly accuse us of racism and hate because we want to stop the massive growth of government and the wasteful spending programs that are bankrupting our country.

I get used to such attacks. It’s what they do to try to discredit us.

But this time the attack is different. It truly frightens me because the outcome of this new SPLC attack against APC and me could result in government investigations, the banning of my ability to travel, or even the destruction of APC.

Here’s why I’m concerned.

The Southern Poverty Law Center issued a new report titled “Agenda 21, The UN, Sustainability and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory.” That report targeted me personally as a leader in the “anti-government Patriot movement.” And the SPLC report said I am part of a network of radicals peddling hysterical conspiracy theories against our Government.

Worse than just the SPLC report – is the fact that it was used as the bases of even more attacks from two national magazines – Fortune Magazine and Newsweek Magazine.

Newsweek’s attack was a cover story called “The Plots To Destroy America.” The article quoted SPLC’s Mark Potok, saying, “These kinds of theories…(are) completely distorting any rational discussion we can have in this country.” More

George W. Bush comments on 9/11

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Concerning the coming Election of Nov 4, 2014 do you think the response to this should be to re-elect the Party in power when this happened? Would Germany do that? Should we in the responsible electorate do it ONE MORE TIME?

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[Ed Note: There were no television views of the first plane hitting the WTC tower . Yet George W. Bush said that he was able to see television of the first plane hitting the tower.

He stated the terrorists were “shifting the blame of 911 FROM THE GUILTY”

Many wars have been started by false flag attacks, RVN, Korea , WWI, Spanish American War, however, the single most recorded event in human history of the Regime bombing and setting on fire one of their own buildings is absent,  except for the Reichstag burned by Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering, which was blamed on Communists.

THE BUILDING WAS EMPTY AND NO PEOPLE OF THE GERMAN PUBLIC WERE DELIBERATELY MURDERED, ONLY THE DEMOLITION OF THE BUILDING.

The planning was done within weeks to days of the actual event of Goering traveling through underground tunnel and setting the fire.

ONLY on 911 was the planning for the nuclear destruction of WTC  done years in advance, with 3,000 dead murdered US Citizens and blamed on 19 hijackers on the same day with no records of their being on the passenger lists.

TS RADIO: Collateral Victims of Abusive Guardianships

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Pre-Funding Continues to Burden Postal Service Finances

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The Postal Service recently reported their 2nd Quarter earnings for Fiscal Year 2014, and it shows that they once again would have made a profit if not for the pre-funding of future retiree health benefits.  The Postal Services accounting books show a loss of 1.9 billion for the 2nd quarter.  However, if you exclude the mandated pre-funding payment, the USPS actually would be showing a year-to-date profit of more than one billion dollars.

The pre-funding payment, a payment required by the 2006 Postal Accountability Act (Public law 109-435), requires the Postal Service to pre-fund its future retiree health benefits, a 75 year obligation, in only ten years.  The Postal Service is the only government agency or corporation that is required by law to pre-fund.  While it is true the Department of Defense (DOD) also pre-funds future retiree health benefits, the DOD recieves Congressional-appropriated monies to pre-fund.  The Postal Service does not receive a single dollar to pre-fund.  The Postal Service operates on rate payer money, money it receives from selling of stamps and services, not taxpayer money.

The Pre-funding payments, which range from $5.5 to $5.8 billion a year through 2016, represent over 80% of the Postal Services losses since 2007.  In fact, the pre-funding requirements  represented 100% of the losses incurred by the Postal Service in the last fiscal year.  If  not for the pre-funding payment, the Postal Service would have posted a $623 million profit delivering the mail.

The House and the Senate bills currently in Congress continue to require the Postal Service to pre-fund.  Chairman Darrel Issa (R CA) has released a new postal discussion draft  (as of press time the bill has not been officially introduced) that would require the Postal Service pay half of the required payments in 2015 and 2016.  This would reduce the payments to approximately 2.8 billion and 2.9 billion, respectively.  The remaining obligation would be paid under an amortized schedule. More

Oldies But Goodies on Wild Horse & Burro Radio

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UNTIL THEN, PLEASE ENJOY ONE OF OUR ARCHIVED SHOWS LISTED BELOW.

This radio show is co-hosted by Debbie Coffey, Vice-President & Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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THE VIEW FROM UNDER THE BUS: OUR ONCE PROUD MILITARY IS BRACING TO GET KICKED TO THE CURB AGAIN!

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“As for the men and women on that 4.5 BILLION DOLLAR ship? “Naaa, you’re fine folks, it’s all in your head, you don’t really need that wheelchair do you? Besides, we need to hold onto that money to buy a replacement ship! Tell ya what, we’ll name the new one in honor of your sacrifice. How does The USS F.U.KuShima sound”??

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21150explosionIn March of 2011 the sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan spent 3 weeks giving humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. After the tsunami, the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the Fukushima prefecture on the east coast of Japan suffered grave damage. The emergency back-up systems were destroyed and up to three nuclear explosions followed. The Navy personnal were sent in to assist with rescue logistics, but unbeknownst to them, they had already passed through lethal level radiation plumes three different times, one of them for five hours!! The owner of the nuclear plant, TEPCO, told them the area around the plant was safe. What I wonder is, if the ship was nuclear powered, wasn’t there radiation alarms going off like crazy?? It was reported that the potable water on the ship was also full of radio nuclides which they consumed and bathed in. I saw a video of them scrubbing down a room in the ship and clowning around, without wearing a stitch of protective gear. I was shocked! Some of the men and women suffered the typical immediate symptoms of radiation poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhea, and hair loss.

Now, three and a half years later, many of the USS Reagan’s men and women are suffering the longer term consequences including one death, rare cancers, leukemia, blindness, muscle wasting, birth defects in their children, and a long list of many others. Per usual, our government has denied that the symptoms are related to radiation or to the exposure they had in Japan while giving emergency relief. This is so predictive of them, that it induces yawns. They have even come out with their so-called studies (who did those?) saying the radiation readings on the ship were barely perceptible and the potable water was at low risk level. Someone who mans the gauges on the ship did reveal that they were getting a spike in the levels early on, soon after the tsunami. (I’m sure that fellow has been moved to another post by now) How sickening and disgusting can they be? More

BLM to send wild burros to Guatemala to become beasts of burden?

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new-logo25 Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to send America’s supposedly “protected” wild burros to Guatemala, where the once free-roaming wild burros may well become beasts of burden for poor rural Guatemalans with, most likely, little spare income for farriers or veterinary care (if there were any even available). Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Latin America.

BLM plans to ship the burros about 2, 000 miles. The food for burros will certainly differ between the USA and Guatemala. The BLM recently had about 80 wild mare’s die, supposedly from stress, shipping the mares from one location to another WITHIN KANSAS.

Will the burros be shipped by ground, through regions with drug gangs? There are many human rights violations in Guatemala, so why would American burros be safe in this environment?

The BLM’s “From the Public” page, states this:

Question: Is the BLM looking into a wild burro-related partnership that would benefit small-scale farmers in Guatemala?

Answer: Yes, the BLM, which is dealing with limits on its off-range holding capacity for wild horses and burros, is exploring the feasibility of a wild burro-related partnership with the Defense Services Cooperation Agency and Heifer International (http://www.heifer.org).

To begin with, there isn’t a “Defense SERVICES Cooperation Agency” listed anywhere on the internet, but there IS a DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Anyhow, putting this (seemingly) error aside, the BLM goes on to state:

The prospective partnership would provide gentled, sale-eligible wild burros under BLM management to assist communities and farmers in Guatemala, where burros are prized working animals and expensive for families in poverty to buy. If the partnership were to move forward, the gentled burros would help carry water, crops, and other supplies.

I wonder if the BLM realizes that a terrible problem for equine already exists in Guatemala, and humane organizations are trying desperately to help?

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American Veterinary Medical Association volunteers in Guatemala have often encountered severe saddle sores in horses.

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World Horse Welfare observes “Working hard to transport crops through dense forests, these horses often have high physical demands placed upon them.” More

Obamacare Death Panels and Rationing: Obamacare, Goebbels and Ginsburg

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” Combining health care with government invariably results in the individual’s interests versus the state’s interests scenario playing out. Guess who has historically won this battle? Once the “state” is paying for healthcare, the “state” determines what health care will be paid for-even what qualifies as meeting the definition of health care. After all, “public” resources are distributed by popular vote and that’s not good news for the sick minority. That the federal government is mandating the collection of virtually everyone’s health information and data should be of great concern to anyone who has followed any history of what government’s typically do with information. They desire this information simply because they intend to use it. To ration.”
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A friend recently opined to me about his increasing frustration with those who are unable to distinguish between politics and religion, particularly those for whom politics is their religion. This describes statists of all stripes, I think. Folks either want to use the power of the state to abscond with the property of others in order to better complete “the Lord’s work,” or they justify the state’s trampling of individual rights in the name of “the greater good.” The fascist, Joseph Goebbels had the following to say:

“My party is my church and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel.” Or how about this one from Mr. Goebbels: “I am only the instrument that God uses to sing his song. I am only the vessel that nature smilingly fills with new wine.”

It is no mistake that Germany’s national anthem is entitled “Deutschland uber Alles.” The supremacy of the state and the individual’s role in feeding this parasitic institution are apologetically clear in the writings of men like Goebbels, while more subtle, but no less fascistic musings and thoughts surround us today.

Here is a quote from Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Actually, that isn’t very subtle at all, is it?

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BLM contractor Gunnison prison caught with “hands in the cookie jar.”

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While BLM spokesman Tom Gorey seemingly frets that it will “complicate national efforts to make sure there is enough off-range holding capacity for wild horses and burros that are removed off public ranges,” he failed to mention that the final report of the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit of Utah Correctional Industries (UCI), in which about $2 million dollars in costs submitted (and paid with taxpayer’s money) was questioned as being seemingly illegal, was issued Sept. 27, 2013.  That’s almost a year ago.

In this report, the OIG pointed out that “we found that UCI’s accounting systems do not fully comply with the standards set forth in 43 C.F.R. § 12.60 for financial reporting, budget control, and allowable costs.”

Why did it take the BLM about 6 years to figure out something was wrong with the accounting at Gunnison prison?  And why didn’t the BLM fire this contractor (rescind the contract) last year

Basically, it was uncovered that this BLM contractor overcharged the government by about $2 million dollars.  Why is the news twisted to make it seem like Utah Correctional Industries just decided not to renew their contract with the BLM because they weren’t making enough profit?

Has the BLM even bothered to review the facility reports and mortality reports from Gunnison?  Or was the BLM only focusing on the money?  More mismanagement by the Bureau of Land Management. More

Bankers, CDC Trying to Duck Financial and Vaccine Fallout

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“The first major setback for Oz was the ‘Net’s revelations that America’s service men and women were exposed to radiation from depleted uranium (DU) used in the munitions for the two-decades-old Middle East “wars”. Use of DU appears to have been two-fold: (1)to scramble Middle East genes and chromes (along with the soldiers’) when anyone entered irradiated areas where this ordinance had been used, or handled, and (2) to weaken America’s army.”

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10155281_461153860682070_1662322543_nThe Fed is now being touted by the London-headquartered international banking cabal as the savior of “domestic banking panics in the early 1900s.” They are also attempting to promote the Fed as the world’s “, , , financial steward in its current, privileged role at the center of the global monetary system. . .”
Say what?

Why would The City be attempting to shift the financial heat away from themselves and their Bank of England and the other 150 central banks they own and control (one of which is the Fed) along with the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the Vatican (and its bank), the10 (+) square miles that comprises Washington, D.C., the two world wars they started, Vietnam, and the two (+) decades-old Middle East “wars” to the Fed—one of their central banks?

They are the world’s so-called “financial stewards”—have been for centuries—and own and control the world’s money through their central banks in the nations where their central banks are located (that print and sell those nations their money with interest) and are responsible for what comes out of congress, the media, and Wall Street. What appears to be worrying these financial Wizards of Oz is the light the ‘Net is shining on them, and the unemployed pitchforkers and scythers beginning to fill streets seeking a “. . . come, let us reason together” moment. Oz’s public position is to “save the planet’s resources” [read: for themselves] and all it implies; which includes humans; even as populations decline in developed countries and are leveling in undeveloped countries.

The first major setback for Oz was the ‘Net’s revelations that America’s service men and women were exposed to radiation from depleted uranium (DU) used in the munitions for the two-decades-old Middle East “wars”. Use of DU appears to have been two-fold:

(1)to scramble Middle East genes and chromes (along with the soldiers’) when anyone entered irradiated areas where this ordinance had been used, or handled, and

(2) to weaken America’s army.
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THE NEED TO TAKE A STRONG STAND AGAINST H.R. 5058: Doom for America’s Wild horses

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THE NEED TO TAKE A STRONG STAND AGAINST H.R. 5058

On July 10th, 2014, Representative, Chris Stewart (UT-R), introduced a bill to the Committee on Natural Resources which could ultimately spell doom for America’s Wild Horses and Burros. The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Bob Bishop (UT-R) and Tom McClintock (CA-R).

On July 15th, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and is titled “Wild Horse Oversight Act.” There are 26 members on this committee of which 14 are Republicans and 12 are Democrats.

To find out if your Representative is on this committee please click here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/subcommittees/subcommittee/?SubcommitteeID=5064

Act now and write your Representative if they are on the Committee and state the following in your own words:

The Wild Horses and Burros Act (PL 92-195) became a federal law to protect America’s wild horses and burros for all Americans and future generations to enjoy. Left to the state’s control in 1971, we would have no wild horses or burros left in our country. The same holds true for today if states take control of management.

Please let us remind you that wild horses and burros can ONLY be removed if they are causing damage to their habitat and that can only be proven through monitoring of their habitat by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This means that setting a permanent AML (appropriate management level), as BLM currently does, is arbitrary and capricious. In other words, it is illegal. More

Arizona: Clear the Bench going after corruption in the legal system full blast

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Clear the Bench going after corruption in the legal system full blast

Names judges, crooked attorneys and provides laundry list of misdoings

 

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Clear the Bench Arizona, LLC
Phone: 602-374-3483602-374-3483
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Clear the Bench Arizona, announces its mission and call to action

Phoenix, August 25, 2014: Clear the Bench Arizona is seeking to make a difference and expose the issues and concerns involving the judicial and state bar systems. Its mission statement is:

“Toward the end that the Arizona judiciary remains impartial, apolitical, and able to dispense justice, we are organized to hold all judges, courts, commissioners, court officers and personnel accountable to the People and Constitutions of Arizona and the United States.”

On October 1, 2014, the organization will begin publishing information on judges that are up for retention and setting its first meeting of the Arizona Judicial Advisory Board, an independent group of people who will take in complaints from the public, investigate and make recommendations to the legislature for possible impeachment. Clear the Bench will also provide information regularly on its website so voters can have another source to determine the retention of judges until the election of judges can be reinstated in all counties in Arizona. The existing Commission has repeatedly ignored valid complaints on judges.In addition to addressing the current corruption in the system by a small but powerful group of individuals, Clear the Bench has two main goals it believes are necessary to achieve future justice in the system-

  • the election of judges in all jurisdictions and,
  • the abolishment of the “non-profit” State Bar of Arizona.

Clear the Bench Arizona is a growing organization that unites people from all over Arizona and from all walks of life, political positions and educational levels. Most of those involved have been victims of the system and want accountability. What members have found is that there is a small group of people controlling the legal system and profiting from their actions. The names of these people and the information are already in the hands of those at the state and national level and we are continuing to provide information as it comes in. Additional information about the statements below can be found on the website or obtained through documents we can provide. Attorneys in Arizona are afraid to represent victims due to the corruption in the Arizona State Bar and with select judges and they have gone so far to disbar attorneys who have tried to come to the clients’ aid after they were victimized.

The message has been clear— cross us and we will destroy you. Clear the Bench Arizona is fighting back!

The Arizona Supreme Court is attempting to deflect scrutiny by creating the ‘move along, nothing to see here’ commissions, offices or committees including the Independent Bar Counsel office. The “Independent Bar Counsel” has already been ignored in order to execute a politically motivated attack on an attorney that represented parties against former State Bar President Edward Novak, a person that appears regularly throughout state bar and court committees including the recent appointment as Chair of the committee that decides who gets admitted to practice law in Arizona. Ed Novak represented Arthur Anderson in the Baptist Foundation litigation.

After getting wind of numerous efforts in the works to disband the State Bar of Arizona, a Task Force was formed to “study” the structure but as usual, the same players are placed on the group, such as Novak, likely guaranteeing their interests will continue to be protected. Betsey Bayless, who led the “criminal defense fund” for Donald Stapley, Jr. while he was a sitting supervisor and she was being paid to head the Maricopa County Integrated Health System and Grant Woods, attorney for Conley Wolfswinkel, are also part of that Task Force as are John Phelps and Justice Rebecca Berch who brought in out-of-state “attorneys” to pursue the former Maricopa County Attorney.

The “Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee” has the very person who “decides” attorney discipline, Judge William O’Neil, as its Vice Chair. William O’Neil has been involved in numerous questionable dealings himself as detailed in the Arizona Republic and refused to remove himself from the disciplinary proceedings against the former Maricopa County Attorney and his assistants including filing false or misleading pleadings about his involvement in related investigations. He has disbarred or suspended numerous attorneys including targeting attorneys based on his religious beliefs except has spared a few represented by insiders including Novak, putting his friends on panels without disclosing their relationship.

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Mark Dankof: Why We’re Finished

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Mark Dankof’s America

“The Old American Republic is dead. The American Empire wants to destroy all of us who believe in Republic, not in Empire. I see no reason to believe the American public has the insight and the guts to stand up to this onslaught. We Are Truly Finished.”

I have been receiving a lot of mail from folks asking why I’ve taken a mild leave of absence from broadcasting and writing op-ed pieces for The Ugly Truth. I will appear from time to time, but on a more limited basis, both with The Ugly Truth and Press TV. I’ve been reassessing what good I’m actually doing, given the seemingly inexorable and disastrous direction the American Empire has embarked upon, and what seems like the absolute passivity and indifference of the American public to their own fate in all of this, not to mention the world. In more recent times, I’ve been working on theological articles while preparing to resume my thesis for my last degree along with some theological German study. I’m also job hunting to supplement my income as I assess the future. The bottom line is this: The title of this piece tells you what I’ve concluded about the country and the American people. It isn’t a happy endgame. What appears below are my latest thoughts at the present time.]

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dankofinwashingtondc2011As he was preparing to leave office in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned that “America must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence…by the military-industrial complex.” Borrowing the title from the Frank Capra Defense Department propaganda films of World War II, documentary film maker Eugene Jarecki chronicled the Eisenhower warning in Why We Fight, a production that would win the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

I vaguely remember Eisenhower. What I didn’t know as a little boy in the summer of 1960 when my family piled into my Dad’s new white Plymouth Station Wagon to depart Alexandria, Virginia for McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, was the fact that Dad was working for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), the intelligence organization created by Eisenhower to work with the CIA and the AEC in monitoring Soviet nuclear tests, explosions, and missile sites around the world. I did not know that my father was acquainted with Eisenhower, Curtis LeMay, Paul Tibbets of the Enola Gay, and many other storied names of the Second World War and the Cold War that followed. I would learn a number of things about Dad in the decades that followed. There are many other things I never learned, even as he was losing both coherence and consciousness in the final days of his life in San Antonio in May of 2009. Allen Dulles was correct. There are some things that remain secret “from inception to eternity.”

In 1961, as a denizen of kindergarten at the Arthur S. Dudley Elementary School on an American Air Force reservation in Sacramento, I also had no idea that my father would also become acquainted with President Kennedy. All I knew was that Kennedy was the most handsome and dynamic man I’d ever seen on TV, with the most beautiful wife to match. With Kennedy in office, watching Arnold Palmer on TV winning the British Open, making many trips to San Francisco’s Candlestick Park to see Willie Mays in his prime, and trekking to old Kezar Stadium to watch the football 49ers, my idyllic childhood on the West Coast was wedded to an America filled with hope, youth, and limitless future. Mythology and visual images seemed to correspond with reality. The realities of what Seymour Hersh would reveal in his 1996 chronicle of the Kennedy years entitled “The Dark Side of Camelot,” did not correspond to my universe as a kid in the America of the early 1960s. More

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