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Why Americans Believe that Bombing Hiroshima was Necessary

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new-logo25kohlsGary G. Kohls, MD

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An estimated 80,000 innocent civilians, plus 20,000 weaponless young Japanese conscripts died instantly in the Hiroshima bombing raid. Hundreds of thousands more suffered slow deaths and disabilities from agonizing burns, radiation sickness, leukemia, anemia, thrombocytopenia and untreatable infections. The Japanese survivors and their progeny suffered a fate similar to the survivors and progeny of America’s “Atomic Soldiers”. (Atomic Soldiers were those soldiers who were exposed, in the line of duty, to the hundreds of nuclear tests in the 50s and 60s or to the depleted uranium that the US military used in the two Gulf Wars.)

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August 6, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value, despite the claims of President Truman when he announced the event to the American people.

The whole truth of what the Nuremburg tribunal would later help define as an international censorwar crime and a crime against humanity has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since war-weary Americans in 1945 accepted the propaganda that the bombings were necessary to shorten the war and prevent the loss of a million US soldiers during the allegedly planned November 1945 invasion.

Of course, the reason that the United States wasn’t sanctioned like Germany was for the Jewish holocaust was that America was the victor and the occupier and thus it was in charge of making and enforcing the rules in the New World Order.

The United States military ambushed the equally defenseless Nagasaki City three days later with the second atomic bomb to ever be used against a civilian population (that no longer had any military value to Japan). “Fat Man”, the plutonium bomb named after Winston Churchill, was detonated before the Japanese leadership fully understood what had happened at Hiroshima.

Lies my History Teachers Told Me

My high school history teachers all seemed to be ex-jocks who weren’t athletically talented enough to make it to the majors. The main chance for them to continue playing games for pay was to join the teaching profession and coach high school athletics. American history was of secondary importance in many small town high schools but it hardly made the list of interests for coaches, who reluctantly accepted the job; and so my classmates and I “learned” our lessons from some very uninspired, very bored and/or very uninformed teachers who would rather have been on the playing field.

In my coach’s defense, the history books that they had to teach from had been highly censored in order to promote patriotism; and so we “learned” that most everything that the “noble” British colonizers and “honorable” US empire builders ever did in the history of warfare was self-sacrificing, democracy-promoting and Christianizing – and that everything their freedom-seeking, revolutionary colonial victims did was barbaric, atheistic and evil. Anybody who resisted colonial oppressors was treated as a terrorist.

It was from these history books that we learned about the “glorious” end of the war against Japan via nuclear incineration. Everybody in my high school, including myself, swallowed the post-war propaganda hook, line and sinker.

50,000 American soldiers deserted or went AWOL during WWII

Of course, I now realize that my classmates and I, just like most other Americans (including the volunteer or conscripted members of the military), have been naïve victims of “lies our history teachers taught us”. In their defense, those teachers had been misled in their own schooling by equally mis-informed teachers who got their information from a variety of dis-informers who wrote the books: and those authors were the war- and empire-justifying militarists and assorted uber-patriotic pseudo-historians who had been duped into believing the myth of American exceptionalism.

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A TALE OF A SMART CITY: RE-ENGINEERING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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new logoChuck Frank

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If last weeks Sanctuary Cities expose’ wasn’t enough to stir the senses, it’s time to take a look at the present administration’s latest diversification blueprint for affirmative and alternative
living. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is ready to re-engineer your neighborhood, but remember, it’s for the “good of the whole.” In other words, these communist feds are on a manifesto mission to micromanage public housing and zoning and change the socioeconomic, racial, religious and ethnic mixture of nearly every American neighborhood, regardless of sexual orientation or individual rights. And this is the wisdom offered for a smart city?

More than 1,250 municipalities across the land of the, not so free, will be asked to diversify their neighborhoods or risk losing HUD’s housing manna. Karl Marx would be thrilled beyond measure with this angle.

But, you say that you are opposed to mixing good ole suburbia with urban city dwellers and that you will now spearhead a movement to stop it? That may not be a bad idea, even though you might be put on Big Brother’s watch list.

“Putting decisions about how local communities are run in the hands
of federal bureaucrats is an assault on freedom. Local autonomy is
essential to liberty.” Marc A. Thiessen; Washington Post, 6/7/15

So, this calls for wisdom. Don’t wait for HUD and your elected county supervisors and community development planners to redesign a neighborhood that is already free from drugs and crime. Just make sure the idea never gets off the ground. Begin to educate administrators about the dangers of in-culturating unstable and rebellious people into an already stable and peaceful environment, because in the end, HUD will destroy that stable community to where
it will become infected with the same mega problems that already plague the unstable one.

If we recall, the same people who came to us with the “let it burn” forestry management polices and the thousands of factory closures are also the very same people who will bring us a re-engineered neighborhood that will destroy itself quite rapidly.

House of Lords: America in the Balance
Charles W. Frank
Available in bookstores, amazon.com & Tate Publishing

Why do homeschoolers oppose the Common Core?

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Dear Members and Friends,

Why do homeschoolers oppose the Common Core?

Because we’ve discovered that freedom is the key to educational success. Freedom gives us the flexibility to help our students find their own pace, discover their passions, develop their talents, and learn to excel.

In “What We Can Learn from Homeschooling,” Melanie Borrego, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at Bradman University, explains an educational truth—which often goes without saying for homeschoolers:

An education should not look exactly the same for every student. Some need more guidance, others less. Some want to build things, others like to read. Some want to play geography games with children from other countries . . . others would prefer to learn outside or by listening and observing. Some need more time to complete their studies, others will graduate early. . . . If we can gradually build both flexibility and autonomy into their education, particularly as they grow older and their interests and abilities begin to deepen, we will see more engagement in and understanding of the material.

Home education’s success is a compelling counterpoint to the Common Core. When educational elites in ivory towers dictate their untested, one-size-fits-all standards and skills for all students, kids find their individuality smothered, their learning stifled, and their success uncertain. The Common Core’s top-down paradigm restricts teachers’ choices and flexibility, and it leaves parents feeling angry, perplexed, and powerless to help their children.

But parents are fighting back. Last September, a group of concerned citizens in Missouri filed a lawsuit against Governor Jeremiah Nixon, challenging a Common Core–based test development group—Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)—as an unconstitutional state compact.

This past February, a state circuit court agreed that Missouri’s SBAC fees were unconstitutional, and permanently banned the state from paying taxpayer dollars to SBAC. The court held that “the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium . . . is an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented, whose existence and operation violate the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article I, § 10, cl. 3, as well as numerous federal statutes; and that Missouri’s participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium as a member is unlawful under state and federal law.”

The state appealed the decision in March.

Now, HSLDA is joining the legal battle by filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief urging the judges to confirm that SBAC is unconstitutional.

The Missouri ruling has tremendous potential to influence the battle over the Common Core. Prior to the ruling, the Missouri legislature had already begun to tap the brakes on the Common Core. When the court decision came down, lawmakers promptly shut down all future funding for SBAC. A similar lawsuit has already been filed in North Dakota.

HSLDA’s amicus brief urges the Court of Appeals to recognize SBAC for what it is: a key component in a larger strategy, enticing states to act as federal proxies in the development of top-down national standards and assessments. (The United States Department of Education is banned from directly developing national curriculum or tests.)

Our brief also points out that mandates tied to federal funding for Common Core–related initiatives essentially create an invasive nationwide tracking system. Such a model is capable of following every student from preschool through college and even into employment. As we said in our brief:

The most immediate threat to homeschool and private school students is the expansion of statewide longitudinal databases. Over the past decade, a slew of new federal incentives and funded data models have spurred states to monitor students’ early years, performance in college, and success in the workforce by following “individuals systematically and efficiently across state lines.” . . .

The designers of the new systems fully intend for homeschool and private school students to be part of the massive data collection. At the National Conference on Student Assessment in 2011, officials from Oklahoma discussed how the challenge of meeting the data requirements of federal and state education policies [is] motivating them to “include student groups not now included (e.g., home-schooled) in the data system.”1

The legal battle over the Common Core is just beginning. If other states follow the example of Missouri and North Dakota, we expect to see more suits challenging these top-down databases and testing regimes. At the same time, the Common Core’s proponents will fight back, refining their legal strategies and amassing resources to protect their projects.

If we want to dislodge encroaching centralized control from America’s education system, our lawmakers and judges need to know the truth: the Common Core represents the very antithesis of educational freedom and innovation. But we need your help to spread this vital message.

Would you consider donating to the Homeschool Freedom Fund? Your gift will empower us to continue our efforts to thwart the Common Core and preserve educational freedom.

The untested Common Core State Standards, along with myopic assessments and invasive data monitoring, strip states, teachers, and parents of innovation and flexibility. America needs educated, free-thinking citizens—not mindless drones trained to accept the dictates of an administrative collective.

Won’t you stand with us to get the truth out about the Common Core?

For freedom,
Jim Mason, Vice President for Litigation and Development

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1 From “Data, Data Everywhere: Progress, Challenges, and Recommendations for State Data Systems,” presented by Jennifer Stegman at the National Conference on Student Assessment on June 20, 2011.

SANCTUARY CITIES AND COUNTIES: A PANDORA’S BOX IN THE MAKING

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new-logo25Author, Chuck Frank

See his website: lightofthenation.us

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Sanctuary cities is a non legal term which is often used to refer to communities that provide a safe haven for undocumented or illegal immigrants of any nationality where police do not necessarily enforce federal immigration laws, whereby, these types of persons, are shielded, so to speak. The practice goes back to the 1980’s which in all probability was created mostly for Mexican nationals who traditionally worked the fields in California. Since then, much has changed dramatically.

Most recently, illegal immigrants are being offered the opportunity to go to college using government sponsored financial aid as part of California’s Dream Act signed by Jerry Brown. However, considering the massive unemployment numbers in California, how many of these college grads will eventually find work in their chosen fields? Besides the illegal drug trade which has plagued the state for years, medical marijuana, seems to be the grower’s choice that many illegals fall back on when there are scarce opportunities to be found, and especially so, when farmers are not hiring because Sancturary Cities map1their needed water allotments required for growing crops in the valley is not available.

Taking this a bit further, the connection between illegal drugs and illegal immigrants of any nationality has created a Pandora’s Box when considering that illegals, and even hardened violent criminals are shielded and catered to while being in the parameters of a Sanctuary City. Even when these persons are deported back to their own country, they often return. Thus, there is a massive circle of crime and corruption at the taxpayer’s expense which also includes an immense burden upon law enforcement. A report from the Center for Immigration Studies reveals more than 8,000 criminal illegal aliens have been released by hundreds of law-defying cities and counties over an eight-month period in 2014.

When considering the strict immigration policies of most of the other nations in the world, the implications of allowing massive numbers of
illegals to cross U.S. borders are very suspect. Besides giving them a social security number and a driver’s license, one must ask themselves, is there anything else that an illegal should be given?

The California Senate’s Appropriations Committee passed SB 4, giving health care to all illegal/undocumented aliens and costing an estimated $1 billion dollars. As yet, the bill has not been signed by the governor.

So, what’s behind all of the favoritism towards illegals while California’s working class and other taxpayers are paying billions to shore up a state and a national government that is laying a foundation for shielding corruption? Just follow the money.

Cities and counties are entitled to federal grants who choose to be a sanctuary haven. Also, the Democratic Party is very dependent upon using California’s 55 electoral votes (the most of any state) in every Presidential election.  The more illegals who receive free stuff from the party that is in office, the more they will vote for the same party at the voting booth. So open the gates to as many illegals as possible and win a Presidential election as well as the Gubernatorial election. Also, by connecting the dots it is only logical to assume that there is a purposeful policy of “shielding” hardened immigrant criminals in sanctuary cities that will most certainly not only breed unrest, it will also provide a climate that will eventually provoke riots that will spread from one burning city to another to where martial law will finally be implemented. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights will then be thrown out, guns will be collected, and the great American meltdown will begin.

This Pandora’s Box is now being fashioned from the top down and is on the order of a totalitarian regime coming from Washington D.C. Yet, will the
American people finally wake up and save the country? This is the realty and although we still have a country which has been crafted
as a government for and by the people, and one nation under God, we are now on the verge of losing it.

House of Lords: America in the Balance HouseOfLords
Charles W. Frank
Available at bookstores, amazon.com & Tate Publishing

Where was Homeland Security & FBI when this happened?

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new-logo25Doug Kinan
 

Opinion written prior to the fifth person (Navy Reservist) pronounced dead

Four brave Marines are no longer going to be with their families because this guy was not being tracked by Homeland Security, the NSA or the FBI?

Really?

There were enough red flags known before this tragedy to have alerted the FBI, the NSA and Homeland Security of relevant and “reasonable suspicion” that he should have been high on a watch list. Could these senseless murders have been prevented?

Let’s see if the “math” or two plus two equals four?

This guy’s father had been investigated, perhaps two times, and placed on a watch list for “giving money to a an organization that apparently had ties to Hamas, a “terrorist organization.”

This guy traveled overseas (Jordan and Kuwait) at least four times, some extended stays as long as seven months.

This guy’s sporadic work history, perhaps, did not produce the financial resources necessary to accommodate travel and lengthy time overseas.

This guy began a blog where he posted about Islam, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks international terrorist groups. He at one point compared life to a prison and at another point called life “short and bitter.”

There may be more, but the security file on this guy will not be made public.

Some fair questions:

We spend billions on intelligence. Where was the intelligence on this guy?

Who made the decision to remove this guy’s father from the watch list and why?

Did this guy receive weapons training (AK-47) in high school, college, or in his back yard, or is fair to conclude that he received weapons training in Jordan, Kuwait or Syria?

Seems a bit strange that someone travels to Jordan and stays there for 7 months, has their passport rubber stamped on his return and national security would have no information on such a trip. Should someone with his profile have their passport rubber-stamped when returning from a 7-month trip to Jordan?

Was this guy actually profiled and watched and is there an extensive FBI file on this guy to identify the extent of his communications and planning via email, cell phone and meetings?

Were the murders spontaneous?

Were senior FBI and Homeland Security officials behaving responsibly to do the job right?

There are many more questions to be asked and answered, but I suspect that politically correct reporting may prevent that.

Condolences to the families. Brave Marines: Rest In Peace.

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Was the Batman Shooter a Victim of Both Medical and Legal Malpractice?

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new-logo25kohlsBy Gary G. Kohls, MD

And How the Aurora Massacre Could Have Been Prevented

The mass murder trial of confessed “Batman Shooter” James Holmes is almost over. The grossly ill-informed jury was somehow convinced by the prosecution that Holmes’s increasingly psychiatric drug-intoxicated brain and the resultant drug-induced insanity had nothing to do with the irrational mass murders at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20, 2012.

And now this same ill-informed jury, who rejected the insanity plea a couple of days ago, will decide whether or not this victim of Big Pharma and Big Psychiatry (and the tragic “misdiagnosis and over-medication roller-coaster” that he and millions of others in America are on) will either be put to death or imprisoned for life in a non-psychiatric hospital – without possibility of parole. How the most pertinent facts of the case – and the cause of his obvious insanity have been over-looked or willfully ignored by the legal and psychiatric professionals would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. One doesn’t laugh at a comedy of errors.

It is highly possible that the most important details in the Batman Shooter trial have been willfully overlooked by the legal and psychiatric professionals involved in the case. Whether or not there is legal malpractice involved I will leave to ethical legal professionals, if any can be found; but a strong case can be made for psychiatric malpractice – or at least medical malfeasance – in the case of Holmes’s prescribing (University of Colorado health center) psychiatrist, Dr Lynne Felton. The possibility of either legal or medical malpractice by the involved professionals has not been raised by the journalists who have been breathlessly covering the emotionally-charged aspects of the case since the crime was committed exactly three years ago.

Tough on Crime Prosecution vs. Ill-informed Defense

The lead prosecuting attorney, District Attorney George Brauchler is, as is the norm for most politically motivated, tough-on-crime DA’s, going for the death penalty. The jury rejected the defense’s assertion that Holmes was insane at the time of the infamous shootings and should not be executed Anybody who saw the dazed and drugged look on Holmes’s face at his first hearing will know that he was intoxicated with some drug at the time. Brauchler was the individual who held back the identity of Holmes’s drugs for as long as he legally could. Apparently he even had possession of the pill bottles that had been taken from Holmes’s apartment, thus derailing the defense’s ability to plea insanity or to understand what had altered Holmes’s mind so drastically.

Holmes’s lead defense attorney was Dan King. As with all court appointed lawyers, King was a poorly-reimbursed court-appointed lawyer who never denied that Holmes was the shooter but he also never had the monetary resources to obtain a well-informed psychiatrist of the stature of Dr Peter Breggin, Dr David Healey or Dr Joseph Glenmullen to testify for the defense. He stated in his closing arguments that Holmes is/was schizophrenic, is therefore “not guilty by reason of insanity” (I prefer the phrase “guilty but insane”) and should not be executed. Holmes’s understandably distraught parents agreed.

King argued throughout the trial that Holmes was insane at the time of the shootings and should have been locked up in a long-term psychiatric facility rather than in a penitentiary, where, unfortunately, he would have been subject to the same “treatment” he received before his shooting rampage. He would have been under the care of prescribing psychiatrists with beliefs and prescribing habits similar to Dr Fenton.

It is common knowledge that virtually all American psychiatrists reflexively “treat” with psychotropic drugs over 95 – 98% of their out-patients (and 100% of their in-patients) in various combinations of neurotoxic and psychotoxic, brain-altering chemicals like Holmes’s sertraline (generic Zoloft {Pfizer}, which is known to cause homicidal impulses, suicidal impulses, agitation, mania, psychosis, etc) and the benzodiazepine clonazepam (generic Klonopin {Roche}, which acts on the same brain synapses that the violence-inducing drug alcohol does).

Either one of those two drugs could have easily caused Holmes’s intoxicated brain to become psychotic and homicidally insane. Fenton had prescribed them for Holmes for the past several months, resulting in a state of chronic inebriation which likely caused his decline from a brilliant neuroscience grad student (he graduated with a 3.94 GPA as an undergraduate) into a paranoid, zombified loner who failed an important oral final exam a few weeks before the killings. His failure caused him to drop out of school, a shameful failure in his eyes and the eyes of others. Intolerable shame induces acts of violence, particularly in the isolated, the drug-intoxicated and the hopeless.

In my research about this case (of court records, media reports or testimony from “expert witnesses”) I have found not the slightest hint of anybody’s awareness of what is commonly known about the cocktail of drugs that Dr Fenton had prescribed for Holmes. In addition to the sertraline and clonazepam, Fenton had also prescribed propranolol [generic Inderal, a “beta-blocker” drug which can cause depression and should be used with extreme caution with psychotropic drugs], drugs that Dr Fenton testified under oath that she had increased (to toxic levels, in the case of sertraline) at Holmes’s last clinic visit a few weeks before he did the deed.

Holmes’s Irrational “Under-the-Influence” Weapons Purchases – a Sure Sign of Insanity

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The Boston Courts: A study in judicial shell games

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new logoMarti Oakley

Commentary by Doug Kinan

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2courtA recent article in the Boston Globe regarding the case of author Patricia Cornwell, who won a jury verdict only to see it thrown out by Judge George O’toole, is a grand example of the rot at the core of our court system.

O’toole of course leaned on supposed “technical errors” to cast the jury’s vote aside. Technical errors, and other idiotic, mindless nonsensical crap is used in courts across the country to vacate verdicts, dismiss legitimate cases, limit key evidence and refuse to allow it to even be seen or heard: these are just a few tools of the judicial trade.

From the Boston Globe Article:

“The judge acknowledged that some of the claims in the case were not affected by his errors, but still ordered a new trial, saying, “There is no way to assess what the verdict on the remaining claims properly subject to jury evaluation would have been.”

Lukey said Thursday that the decision to limit some of the key evidence in the case effectively dilutes the overall claims that Anchin maliciously wronged Cornwell and her company.”

But then came this comment from Doug Kinan, which needs to be read carefully.

Based on my experience, it appears that legal jujitsu and legal manipulations designed to wear out Ms. Cornwell, change the subject or vacate the award may be alive and well in this case.

In my view, many high dollar cases can be legally rigged, depending on how much money is involved to afford the “legal insurance” necessary, which may reduce the fiduciary’s exposure along the many years it takes to litigate a given case. The possibility of behind the scene bribes, unsaid promises and/or fraternity connections can be very persuasive.

There are numerous cases in probate courts across America to demonstrate that the formula for using the court to steal from the weak, defenseless and/or elderly is standard operating procedure in many cases, and especially in large estates.

Here is how one method works:

1. A fiduciary and/or a predator attorney may have the intention to defraud their client(s)out of a huge sum of money, depending on the case, the amount of money involved and who and/or how weak or defenseless the plaintiff is. If the fiduciary and/or predator attorney believes the plaintiff will not fight or has limited resources to fight, the theft is on and the fiduciary and/or predator attorney has the authority to steal as much as possible, and in some cases the majority of the estate. NOTE: Most lawyers are honest and decent. However, predator attorneys have mastered “gaming of the system” and/or have the necessary connections to achieve their desired result in one form or another. There is almost no penalty or significant consequences involved – Board of Bar Overseer oversight is pitiful.

2. During what I call the “defraud period”, the fiduciary uses some of the “misappropriated” funds (“walking around money”) to “buy off” and/or prolong the administrative/legal manipulations that follow. It’s done in many ways, but usually the fiduciary changes the subject to obfuscate the matter by the pound. The legal manipulations are designed to cloud the primary issue, wear down the plaintiff and increase legal fees.

3. After a period of years, there is either a forced settlement, a “compromise” or the judge in the case can make up any rule to “deliver justice” the way he or she sees fit. You never know what happens behind the scenes.

So long as the “triumvirate” (lawyer, judge, Board of Bar Overseers) can make up and/or ignore any rules they want, essentially there is no oversight and the amount of money determines where and how the case proceeds and ends.

Another way to look at legalized theft is:

1. Fiduciary and/or attorney steals $50,000 in a probate matter.

2. Plaintiff files an objection with the court and files a complaint with the Board of Bar Overseers, not necessarily in that order.

3. Plaintiff learns that retaining an attorney would be cost prohibitive and the gamble to litigate is too risky. NOTE: Most honest lawyers will tell a prospective client that the law, the facts and the evidence mean almost nothing in comparison to the “connections” and/or oversight failure to follow and apply the plain language Rules of Professional Conduct.

4. After years of litigating the case, the fiduciary and/or predatory attorney may offer a “take it or leave it” settlement of less than the “misappropriated” amount of $50,000 (court euphemism for stealing). The plaintiff almost has no choice but to accept, accept a “bench” decision or go to trial. The judge closes the case and simultaneously the Board complaint is a closed matter.

The possibility also exists that a “settlement” can be imposed, even if there is no settlement agreement.

We are at a stage in America where two tiered justice operates in plain sight, the “rule of law” is not the rule of law, that “equal justice under the law” is just a slogan and the reasonable conclusion is that the law can be negotiated, not obeyed.

America talks the best justice in the world. The reality is much different.

dougkinan@yahoo.com
Community & Good Government Advocate
Sworn & Commissioned Officer – Massachusetts Trial Court (Retired)
Member – Board of Directors, Boston State Hospital Project

9/11: Why Chroniclers Demur

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new logoby James Hufferd, Ph.D.

911 Coordinator, Truth Grassroots Organization

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Let’s face it – America is fantasyland and always has been.

The ancestors of 98% of us, and in some cases we ourselves, came to this country (and those of you elsewhere, please understand) in the firm belief that they (we) would soon be well-to-do, respected, and trouble-free full citizens of this land of plenty, this virtual Heaven, where the good will always come out on top. The meaning of things here isn’t what it is, but what you would like it to be. “Liberty and justice for all? We already have that! Don’t tell me we don’t! Sure, there are problems!” 9/11? “I don’t need to look at the evidence! I know it had to be those foreigners, because no Americans would do or allow anything that evil, even if they were in the hapless joke of a government. It’s not conceivable, I don’t care what you say your evidence shows.”

On the other hand, my friend Dante Vignaroli wrote in Facebook: “Amazing that in the history of aviation airplanes crashing into things like buildings and the ground left no debris, like wings, tails, jet engines, seats, bodies, wheels on 9-11-2001. I remember another dark day in America, it was 11-22-1963. And there are many other similar days in the past and more will continue to happen until the people finally say enough is enough and refuse to be lied to by our government.”

If only far more Americans would summon the will to use and trust their own minds instead of internalizing the constant inane narration overriding their honest, unimpaired, amply demonstrated (in other venues) ability to think!

But the incredible response to 9/11 of A-list public intellectuals and informants down the line, from (yes, sadly) Oliver Stone to Charles Lewis, the well-reputed top-level “investigative” journalist who wrote the brand new book, 935 LIES, uniformly neither affirm nor deny the government’s and media’s 9/11 lies. They just leave either mention or anything more than passing reference to the whole, key stupendous and era-transforming episode out, as if it never really happened!

After I checked the content and carefully examined the table of contents and index of the distinguished Mr. Lewis’ heralded book, astonishingly finding nary the slightest mention of 9/11 nor of the JFK atrocity amid the hundreds of certified lies and deceptions he deigned to document, I shot the author an email inquiring how that could happen, what with more abundant evidence of more and far more-consequential lying in those two cases than for any of the instances actually cited to illustrate the argued depravity of decades of successive administrations? Maybe he planned a second volume, with 9/11 lies as its singular focus?

And he answered without hesitation: “9/11 is a massive subject, yes, which has been heavily covered and analyzed by the local, national and international news media, by academics and by government institutions and commissions. And despite that, it will still take decades for the full truth to emerge, as with all major historically significant and complex subjects.

“However, as especially in the case of presidential assassinations and UFOs, I generally avoid sensational but uncertain assumptions and curiosities which have not and cannot be proven authoritatively. Life’s too short. Some of us choose to walk on firm ground. That includes me. I generally try to avoid quicksand and quagmires [but am happy to point out and document nearly a thousand other blatant government lies to the American people by their sleazy controllers. I just can’t venture to look into anything that might rile anybody too much, especially my sponsors. You understand.”]

It’s like the Soviets’ scrubbing inconvenient non-persons out of official photos. Those – and I think all of those who are approved to depict our common histories and paint approved limited hangouts into all of our probing minds are doing just that with 9/11, permanently creating false consciousness instead of arguing niggling points of honest protest and answering arrays of impossible questions, by focusing the discussion precisely everywhere else. And the real sources, meanwhile, not being approved, exist only as scraps in our own cut-off non-minds, and being non-sources, don’t exist, are beneath the slightest notice. The world goes on without reality being noted.

Our pipeline to everyone everywhere needs to expand exponentially.

Monopoly Money Ship Runs Aground in Greece

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Opinion new-logo25By W. R. McAfee, Sr. ______________________________________________ Italy, Ireland, Spain, Portugal are marked —one at a time—for financial mop-ups like Greece ; the idea being they and the world could watch in ‘horror’ while The City siphons the remainder of their financial lives,

bank accounts, savings; this without smugness  from the U.S. whose taxes fall, oh, about a trillion short of interest payments annually on the $18 trillion these financial jackals have run up with America’s corrupt politicians and ‘officials’.

Only difference in U.S. and Greece is the scale.

Curiously, communist Russia (alleged fall was crafted) was not among the marked. Not so curious when a brief scan of history reveals The City’s bankers bankrolled communism through their Bolshevik takeover of the Russian revolution at a cost of some 60 million mostly white Russian Christian lives.

Hear about that in your history classes?

I didn’t either.

Then Gore invented the Internet.

The bankers slip front men into key financial positions in financially teetering countries.

Read somewhere Greece’s finance minister resigned. Didn’t Goldman Sachs work a profit deal with him to spiff up his books?

Wonder if Goldman has any advisors in the White House ?

Foreclosure processes on nations’ resources (collateral for the bankers) kick-in when countries can’t pay interest on tipping-point loans that banks steered them to by shoveling generous paper “loans” at corrupt government officials and politicians. When a nation tips, its resources are commandeered or sold off to front companies and corporations controlled by the same bankers that lent them the money. They’re already pick at Greece’s bones. It’s an age-old high stakes financial scam begun by a small handful of banking family patriarchs several centuries ago that’s updated each century as technologies enable new methods of theft.

The current crop of not-so-bright but enormously greedy and corrupt politicians and government officials around the globe who drank deeply from central bank troughs, and who counted on not being around (or alive) when it came time to pay their financial fiddlers, suddenly found themselves in the banker’s noose while they were still in office and around and there was nowhere for these bilge rats to run—unintended justice, perhaps, as the financial chaos begins to unfold. Investors and speculators (not connected to The City’s  cabal) holding financial instruments in marked countries have haircuts coming.

But, there’s this troubling aspect of Iceland who told these monopoly money masters—who’re use to running around the globe with handfuls of fiat cash after deliberately indebting nations through corrupt government officials and politicians; buying up gold, silver (real value, real money) and other hard assets (prime land)—what they could do with their debt; even threw a few in prison.

And now comes these pesky Greeks with their 2650 year old drachma who’ve said “no mas. . . we’ll try it without your foot on our necks.”.

Financial speak this all you want, but in the end it’s about control of ourselves, or the bankers controlling us. Which is why the founders drew the road map for America’s financial journey the way they did; that congress was the only body authorized by the Constitution to coin [print] the nation’s currency.

For a reason.

They’d observed these thieves at work in Europe and England and had them foremost in mind as they wrote the Constitution—still valid and the greatest governing document ever written regardless of pimp blather fed the public by the banker-owned media and sycophants in Washington. Obama—like B-II, Clinton, B-I, the peanut farmer, et al—are simply vetted front-man for these bankers’ who’ve kept their global financial agenda afloat in America for the last century; assassinating three presidents (Kennedy, Garfield, Lincoln) and a Congressman (McFadden) along the way who opposed a central bank by these bankers.

They also attempted to assassinate a sitting President (Andrew Jackson) who threw the central bank out of America during the early 1830’s, and an ex-president who was running for the office again (T. Roosevelt) on an in dependent ticket in the early 1900’s, and who was on record as saying “. . . America should handle its own money and financial affairs.”

Congressman Louis T. McFadden , the most knowledgeable congressman about the central bank in Washington last century, brought formal charges against the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank system, The Comptroller of the Currency, and the Secretary of United States Treasury on May 23, 1933, for criminal acts that included conspiracy, fraud, unlawful conversion, and treason.

The bankers began trying to assassinate McFadden. The first attempt came when two shots were fired at him from ambush when he stepped from a cab in front of a Capital hotel. Both missed. Then he was poisoned after eating food at a political banquet in Washington. A physician friend at the banquet saved his life. Finally, , on Oct. 3, 1936, he “. . .died suddenly of heart after a ‘dose’ of ‘intestinal flu.’”

It was Woodrow Wilson and a handful of corrupt congressmen, though, who doomed America financially when they sold their souls and country to these financial demons in 1913 and allowed them a 100-year charter to set up a central bank (The Fed) to print America’s money for the cost of paper, ink and press time; then sell it to the nation at face value and perpetual interest; this, in Wilson’s case, in exchange for the bankers financing his run for—and guaranteeing—him the presidency.

America’s government-controlled resources were put up as collateral for these loans. Ft. Knox is empty. Gold transfers to England for “debt” payments in the billions floated by the bankers’ European central banks back through America’s Fed for payment in gold, began the first part of last century once the Fed was established.

Variations of the central bank scam ‘model’ have been duplicated worldwide by the bankers in some 150 other nations; all “legitimized” by government officials and politicians and inside confederates; nations that now find themselves in similar financial boats hemorrhaging red ink.

You go, Iceland.

God speed, Greece

Buy your own printing presses, print your own money, put it in your independent treasuries, keep it under lock and key, turn away foreign bankers, and use the fruits of your own labors like God intended.

Greece Says “NO MORE” to Austerity and Their Global Loan Shark Predators are Pouting About it

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Predatory lenders “work to bankrupt the countries that received those loans so that they would be forever beholden to their creditors, and so they would be easy targets when we needed favors, including military bases, UN votes, or access to oil and other natural resources.” – John Perkins, author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”

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I’ve been on the side of underdogs ever since I heard the biblical story about little David and the giant Goliath. My support for underdogs was strengthened during my childhood when I found myself always cheering for whichever baseball team was playing against the powerful New York Yankees in the World Series (usually the Dodgers) during the era when thepredaaots Yankees dominated major league baseball. And when I first read Lord Acton’s famous aphorism, something resonated with me. Acton said: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” To me the saying wasn’t just about brutes, bullies, dictators, the “divine right of kings”, drill sergeants, tyrannical politicians or fascist military’s.

To me, Acton was talking about every kind of dominative power one could think of (as opposed to the non-dominative power of love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion), which would include economic, corporate, racial, religious, and sexual powers that are wielded by therapists, exploiters and assorted tyrants of this world, goliaths who invariably use their often illegitimately-acquired power to oppress those who are unable to defend themselves.

That is why I have opposed violent military power like the United States Pentagon and CIA wields. That is why I think that true patriots should be working hard to overturn Citizens United and why I am heartened by the courageous truth-telling of presidential candidate upstarts like the Green Party’s Dr Jill Stein and the Democratic Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, both of whom are willing to raise issues that threaten the powerful and the entrenched powers-that-be.

Why Real World Citizens Should be Rooting for Greece

So I suppose it was only natural for me to be cheering for Greece’s courageous little anti-fascist Syriza Party when it said no to more of the austerity that has been inflicted against little Greece by powerful Germany, the giant (Frankfurt-based) European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and various other predatory investors (including hedge funds) various investor class factions have been furiously and incestuously bailing each other out with nothing in the negotiations for the people in the streets.

Over the last 6 years the real issues that have created the Greek Debt Crisis have been intentionally mis-characterized by the super-wealthy oligarchy that owns and controls most of the Greek media outlets (both the issues and the media are very similar to what has been happening in Greece). But last weekend the crisis finally came to a head when a truly democratic referendum, called by the left-wing, mainly anti-fascist coalition parties, resulted in an landslide rejection (61%) against further austerity for the little people.

It is easy to understand why right-wingers, corporatists, militarists, fascists, monarchists and the greedy 1% try so hard to undermine democracy and discourage voting. When there are honest referendums, honest elections, honest voter registration, honest vote-counting and honest political campaigns, the wealthy few can’t out-vote their victims, especially when the 99% finally stop voting against their self-interest.

That is why militarists, colonialists, slave-holders, racists, segregationists and greedy capitalists prefer fascist governments (or a monarchy) over true democracy. Fascists are better at suppressing uncertainty and unrest, and investors abhor uncertainty and unrest.

The Tax-evading Greek Corporations are a Large Part of the Debt Crisis, as it is in America

Very little media attention in America has been given to the notoriously tax-evading giant corporations and the parasites among Greece’s 1% who prefer that the middle and lower classes pay more than their fair share of taxes. It should come as no surprise to understand that the filthy rich are the ones who own the media outlets in both countries. The ugly propaganda and lies from right-wing pro-corporate Greek media outlets this past week put even Fox News to shame.

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Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation

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By John W. Whitehead
July 6, 2015
“Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.” ― Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down the nation and opening the door to total government surveillance, the people believed it was done merely to keep them safe. The few who disagreed were labeled traitors.

When the government waged costly preemptive wars on foreign countries, insisting it was necessary to protect the nation, the citizens believed it. And when the government brought the weapons and tactics of war home to use against the populace, claiming it was just a way to recycle old equipment, the people believed that too. The few who disagreed were labeled unpatriotic.

When the government spied on its own citizens, claiming they were looking for terrorists hiding among them, the people believed it. And when the government began tracking the citizenry’s movements, monitoring their spending, snooping on their social media, and surveying their habits—supposedly in an effort to make their lives more efficient—the people believed that, too. The few who disagreed were labeled paranoid.

When the government let private companies take over the prison industry and agreed to keep the jails full, justifying it as a cost-saving measure, the people believed them. And when the government started arresting and jailing people for minor infractions, claiming the only way to keep communities safe was to be tough on crime, the people believed that too. The few who disagreed were labeled soft on crime.

When the government hired crisis actors to take part in disaster drills, never alerting the public to which “disasters” were staged, the people genuinely believed they were under attack. And when the government insisted it needed greater powers to prevent such attacks from happening again, the people believed that too. The few who disagreed were told to shut up or leave the country.

Finally, the government started carrying out covert military drills around the country, insisting they were necessary to train the troops for foreign combat, and most of the people believed them. The few who disagreed, warning that perhaps all was not what it seemed, were dismissed as conspiracy theorists and quacks.

By the time the government locked down the nation, using local police and the military to impose martial law, there was no one left in doubt of the government’s true motives—total control and domination—but there was also no one left to fight back.

Now every fable has a moral, and the moral of this story is to beware of anyone who urges you to ignore your better instincts and trust the government.

In other words, if it looks like trouble and it smells like trouble, you can bet there’s trouble afoot.

For instance, while there is certainly no shortage of foul-smelling government activities taking place right now, the one giving off the greatest stench is Jade Helm 15. This covert, multi-agency, multi-state, eight-week military training exercise is set to take place from July 15 through Sept. 15 in states across the American Southwest.

According to official government sources, “Jade Helm: Mastering the Human Domain” is a planned military exercise that will test and practice unconventional warfare including, but not limited to, guerrilla warfare, subversion, sabotage, intelligence activities, and unconventional assisted recovery. The training exercise will take place in seven different southwestern states: California, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Utah and Nevada.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command will primarily lead this interagency training program but the Navy Seals, Air Force Special Operations, Marine Special Operations Command, Marine Expeditionary Units, 82nd Airborne Division, and other interagency partners will also be involved. Approximately 1,200 troops are expected to participate in these exercises.

The training is known as Realistic Military Training because it will be conducted outside of federal property. The exercises are going to be carried out on both public and private land, with the military reportedly asking permission of local authorities and landowners prior to land usage. The military map listing the locations that will host the exercise shows Texas, Utah, and the southern part of California as “hostile territory.” According to U.S. officials, these three areas are marked as hostile to simulate environments where American troops are viewed as the enemy. The other areas on the map are marked as permissive, uncertain (leaning friendly), or uncertain (leaning hostile).

Military officials claim that the southwestern states were chosen because this exercise requires large areas of undeveloped land as well as access to towns and population hubs. These states purportedly also provide a climate and terrain that is similar to that of potential areas of combat for the United States, particularly Iraq, Iran and Syria.

Now the mainstream media has happily regurgitated the government’s official explanation about Jade Helm. However, there is a growing concern among those who are not overly worried about being labeled conspiratorialists or paranoid that the government is using Jade Helm as a cover to institute martial law, bring about total population control, or carry out greater surveillance on the citizenry.

In the first camp are those who fear that Jade Helm will usher in martial law.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Slavery, the AME Massacre and the Emancipation Proclamation:

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If the TPP had been the Law of the Land for the past 150 years, Slavery Would Still be Legal

 

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a global corporate noose around U.S. local, state, and national sovereignty – narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress by gaining “fast track” status. … “fast track” is a euphemism for your members of Congress … handcuffing themselves, so as to prevent any amendments or adequate debate before the final vote … TPP is another euphemism that is used to avoid the word “treaty”, which would require ratification by two-thirds of the Senate.”

“The corporate-indentured politicians keep calling this gigantic treaty with thirty chapters, of which only five relate to traditional trade issues…. The other twenty-five chapters, if passed as they are, will have serious impacts on your livelihoods as workers and consumers, as well as your air, water, food, and medicines.

“Only corporations … are entitled to sue the U.S. government for any alleged harm to their profits from health, safety or other regulations in secret tribunals that operate as offshore kangaroo courts, not in open courts.” Ralph Nader 

Last week was a landmark week for President Obama and his administration. It was so important that last Friday’s PBS Washington Week program couldn’t find room for the slightest mention of what is arguably the most disastrous and most secretive anti-democracy, pro-corporate legislation since the Patriot Act and Homeland Security Acts were passed at the beginning of the late, lamented Cheney/Bush administration. Similarly – and astonishingly – nobody in the 2001 Congress actually read either of those bills (except for Ohio Democratic House member Dennis Kucinich); and, soberingly, the same is true of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s fast-track legislation. So congressional members are relying on what the lobbyists are telling them about TPP and again, shamefully voting on something that they haven’t read!

Washington Week only had space for the Supreme Court’s legalizing same-gender marriage, Obamacare, the massacre in Charleston and Obama’s powerful eulogy there.

As important and newsworthy as those items were, not a word was mentioned about what might have been the most important and onerous development in DC, the progress of the secretive, anti-democratic, pro-corporate legislation, the TPP.

Fair-minded, critical thinking, wide-awake persons who are capable of changing their minds when new information is revealed to them (AKA, resistance to cognitive dissonance) have come to understand that anything that happens in the ‘hallowed halls” of the Global Corporate Congress in DC is bad news for democracy, the middle class, the working class and the poor and good news for democracy’s amoral enemies in the multinational corporations, the Pentagon, the war industries and the national security state apparatus..

Any time that the “dirty trick” gridlock masters in the GOP (exemplified so well by the evil visages of Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 1840s-era Senator John C. Calhoun) can get the equally co-opted, pro-corporate Democrats to agree to any major legislation (such as going to war), you will know that workers, consumers and democracy – are all going to get screwed.

The euphemistically-labeled TPP is a late Obama administration payback to investors (AKA “return on investment”). Obama’s campaigns were heavily funded by Wall Street, Big Banks, Big Pharma and multinational corporations, and it is now payback time.

The Cynics View of Corporate-controlled American Elections

Corporations fully expect that their campaign “contributions” (AKA “bribes”) will lead to some return on that investment. And, in order to hedge their bets, they willingly spend money on the campaigns of both NeoConservatives in the GOP and NeoLiberals in the Democratic Party that their lobbyists and shills (including the US Chamber of Commerce) have previously vetted/screened and then approved as fit candidates that will support the agendas of their paymasters. These anointed candidates – that only represent the far right wings or center-right wings of our One Party system – are the ones that we bamboozled voters will be fooled into voting for (usually against our best interests) when the next billion-dollar election cycle mercifully comes to an end.

The choices we voters are given when political campaigns come around have been getting more and more frustrating for thinking voters since the paranoid and hysterical pro-war, pseudo-patriotism emerged after 9/11/01.

That hysteria was orchestrated, in part, by the NeoConservative Bush administration insiders that were in the secretive Project for the New American Century (for more on the PNAC). It is obvious to many scholars and investigative journalists that the PNAC played a major role in orchestrating the catastrophic events of 9/11/01. The PNAC agenda was furthered – and actually cemented into place – by the anti-democratic Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act, not to mention the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision (see http://movetoamend.org/).

The TPP may be the End Game for the Global Corporate Elite

TPP, which has the bipartisan support of both the bribed pro-corporate Republicans and the bribed pro-corporate Democrats, probably represents the final solution to the global capitalist’s problem of providing stock market growth (and stability), the continuation of the privatization of public investments, the continued predatory lending system that destabilizes nation-states, the despoiling of the finite resources of our already corporate-poisoned planet, and the comforting march onward of the meaningless Dow-Jones Industrial Averages (only 30 companies involved).

The amoral and deceptive Wall Street and War Street hucksters will be laughing all the way to their off shore tax evading banks when TPP passes. Obama may not be fully aware of what he is a part of.

I can no longer trust anything that happens in the “hallowed halls” of the Global Corporate Congress which seems to have the blessings of both the “dirty trick” gridlock masters in the GOP and the often co-opted and the apparently well-meaning but sometimes naïve Democrats. The ruling elites, their amoral lobbyists, their non-human, sociopathic corporations and their bought-and-paid-for lapdog politicians operate as if they have no shame; they know who they are and it is our patriotic duty to identify them and put them out of office.

TPP Represents the Anti-democracy End-game of the Global Elite

It looks like the TPP is the economic end-game that the corporatists and corrupt capitalists have been played so cunningly, with behind the scenes support from their transnational corporate partners in the once-honorable 1) US Chamber of Commerce ,

2) the Koch brothers,

3) the American Legislative Exchange Council ,

4) large majorities in America’s Global Corporate Congress and

5) most every brain-washed (or brain-dead) greedy private “free market” investor with a 401K.

The desperate little guy investor with his mutual fund-loaded stock portfolios and 401Ks can be justifiably accused of being accomplices in the corporate exploitation – and the inevitable despoiling – of the air, water, soil and food (AKA “man-made” climate change) and the militarization of the upper atmosphere by the Pentagon and the lethal weapons industries.

Of course, these investors, suppressing the ethics they learned in Sunday School, know that their portfolios may temporarily increase in value after TPP gets passed, but they may not know that they and their children will likely be permanently disadvantaged when their loved ones lose their jobs or see wages and benefits disappear in the race-to-the-bottom competition from exploitive foreign competitors – all for the long-term benefit of the cunning multinational TPP manipulators at the top.

The TPP vs the Emancipation Proclamation? Democracy Loses

And here is where the “un-mentioned” juxtapositions of last week’s major events come in.

Obama scored a lot of points with his pro-democracy, anti-racist, anti-discrimination rhetoric last week, but he should have lost many of those points by simultaneously pushing the bi-partisan and radically anti-democracy TPP. Time will tell. One wonders if his speechwriters saw the irony.

Oboma’s speechwriters certainly haven’t pointed out the obviously evil Dick Cheney-style dark side of the TPP’s union-busting, anti-worker, anti-jobs, pro-corporate, pro-BigPharma, pro-Wall Street agenda. It is a virtual certainty that Obama has never read all of the secret 30 chapters in the treaty agreement. No one in Congress has been even allowed to adequately study all the secret provisions.

After considering all of the above, I realized that if the TPP had been the law of the land before Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the tyrannical, apartheid-style (AKA, fascist) plantation slavery system in the South could have successfully sued the Lincoln administration and then fined the government hefty amounts of money for harming its economic bottom line and its future profits if it ever tried to end the highly lucrative business.

It would have been a no-brainer for the shyster lawyers (“shyster” is the term my father always used when referred to corporate lawyers) employed by any corporate-funded New World Order courts like the TPP, NAFTA or World Trade Organization to prove that the bottom lines of any slave holding (or sweat shop, or unionized) company would have been negatively affected if their profit-based system was outlawed. This would have been especially true if the proclamation had been issued by a despised, intellectual, educated, “liberal”, “nigger-loving”, uppity president who was also an eloquent speaker.

If the slaves were set free, allowed to vote or allowed to have their own churches, what would happen to the profits of pro-slavery, racist tyrants like South Carolina’s US Senator John C. Calhoun (see below)?

Any corporate-controlled court of law that was approved by the anti-democratic TPP rules would easily see that future profits of the plantation system would be severely and negatively impacted by the Emancipation Proclamation, and thus the humanitarian aims of president Lincoln would have been declared illegal and contrary to the treaty. The US government would have lost the case or more likely, the case would have been thrown out of court before the Star Chamber tribunal even reached for its gavel.

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The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

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By John W. Whitehead
June 29, 2015

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“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it…. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

In totalitarian regimes—a.k.a. police states—where conformity and whitehad bokcompliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind.

Even when the motives behind this rigidly calibrated reorientation of societal language appear well-intentioned—discouraging racism, condemning violence, denouncing discrimination and hatred—inevitably, the end result is the same: intolerance, indoctrination and infantilism.

It’s political correctness disguised as tolerance, civility and love, but what it really amounts to is the chilling of free speech and the demonizing of viewpoints that run counter to the cultural elite.

As a society, we’ve become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and largely unwilling to be labeled intolerant, hateful, closed-minded or any of the other toxic labels that carry a badge of shame today. The result is a nation where no one says what they really think anymore, at least if it runs counter to the prevailing views. Intolerance is the new scarlet letter of our day, a badge to be worn in shame and humiliation, deserving of society’s fear, loathing and utter banishment from society.

For those “haters” who dare to voice a different opinion, retribution is swift: they will be shamed, shouted down, silenced, censored, fired, cast out and generally relegated to the dust heap of ignorant, mean-spirited bullies who are guilty of various “word crimes.”

We have entered a new age where, as commentator Mark Steyn notes, “we have to tiptoe around on ever thinner eggshells” and “the forces of ‘tolerance’ are intolerant of anything less than full-blown celebratory approval.”

In such a climate of intolerance, there can be no freedom speech, expression or thought.

Yet what the forces of political correctness fail to realize is that they owe a debt to the so-called “haters” who have kept the First Amendment robust. From swastika-wearing Neo-Nazis marching through Skokie, Illinois, and underaged cross burners to “God hates fags” protesters assembled near military funerals, those who have inadvertently done the most to preserve the right to freedom of speech for all have espoused views that were downright unpopular, if not hateful.

Until recently, the U.S. Supreme Court has reiterated that the First Amendment prevents the government from proscribing speech, or even expressive conduct, because it disapproves of the ideas expressed. However, that long-vaunted, Court-enforced tolerance for “intolerant” speech has now given way to a paradigm in which the government can discriminate freely against First Amendment activity that takes place within a government forum. Justifying such discrimination as “government speech,” the Court ruled that the Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles could refuse to issue specialty license plate designs featuring a Confederate battle flag. Why? Because it was deemed offensive.

The Court’s ruling came on the heels of a shooting in which a 21-year-old white gunman killed nine African-Americans during a Wednesday night Bible study at a church in Charleston, N.C. The two events, coupled with the fact that gunman Dylann Roof was reportedly pictured on several social media sites with a Confederate flag, have resulted in an emotionally charged stampede to sanitize the nation’s public places of anything that smacks of racism, starting with the Confederate flag and ballooning into a list that includes the removal of various Civil War monuments.

These tactics are nothing new. This nation, birthed from puritanical roots, has always struggled to balance its love of liberty with its moralistic need to censor books, music, art, language, symbols etc. As author Ray Bradbury notes, “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”

Indeed, thanks to the rise of political correctness, the population of book burners, censors, and judges has greatly expanded over the years so that they run the gamut from left-leaning to right-leaning and everything in between. By eliminating words, phrases and symbols from public discourse, the powers-that-be are sowing hate, distrust and paranoia. In this way, by bottling up dissent, they are creating a pressure cooker of stifled misery that will eventually blow.

For instance, the word “Christmas” is now taboo in the public schools, as is the word “gun.” Even childish drawings of soldiers result in detention or suspension under rigid zero tolerance policies. On college campuses, trigger warnings are being used to alert students to any material they might read, see or hear that might upset them, while free speech zones restrict anyone wishing to communicate a particular viewpoint to a specially designated area on campus. Things have gotten so bad that comedians such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld refuse to perform stand-up routines to college crowds anymore.

Clearly, the country is undergoing a nervous breakdown, and the news media is helping to push us to the brink of insanity by bombarding us with wall-to-wall news coverage and news cycles that change every few days.

In this way, it’s difficult to think or debate, let alone stay focused on one thing—namely, holding the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law—and the powers-that-be understand this.

As I document in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, regularly scheduled trivia and/or distractions keep the citizenry tuned into the various breaking news headlines and entertainment spectacles and tuned out to the government’s steady encroachments on our freedoms. These sleight-of-hand distractions and diversions are how you control a population, either inadvertently or intentionally, advancing a political agenda agenda without much opposition from the citizenry.

Professor Jacques Ellul studied this phenomenon of overwhelming news, short memories and the use of propaganda to advance hidden agendas. “One thought drives away another; old facts are chased by new ones,” wrote Ellul.

Under these conditions there can be no thought. And, in fact, modern man does not think about current problems; he feels them. He reacts, but he does not understand them any more than he takes responsibility for them. He is even less capable of spotting any inconsistency between successive facts; man’s capacity to forget is unlimited. This is one of the most important and useful points for the propagandists, who can always be sure that a particular propaganda theme, statement, or event will be forgotten within a few weeks.

Already, the outrage over the Charleston shooting and racism are fading from the news headlines, yet the determination to censor the Confederate symbol remains. Before long, we will censor it from our thoughts, sanitize it from our history books, and eradicate it from our monuments without even recalling why. The question, of course, is what’s next on the list to be banned?

It was for the sake of preserving individuality and independence that James Madison, the author of the Bill of Rights, fought for a First Amendment that protected the “minority” against the majority, ensuring that even in the face of overwhelming pressure, a minority of one—even one who espouses distasteful viewpoints—would still have the right to speak freely, pray freely, assemble freely, challenge the government freely, and broadcast his views in the press freely.

This freedom for those in the unpopular minority constitutes the ultimate tolerance in a free society. Conversely, when we fail to abide by Madison’s dictates about greater tolerance for all viewpoints, no matter how distasteful, the end result is always the same: an indoctrinated, infantilized citizenry that marches in lockstep with the governmental regime.

Some of this past century’s greatest dystopian literature shows what happens when the populace is transformed into mindless automatons. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, reading is banned and books are burned in order to suppress dissenting ideas, while televised entertainment is used to anesthetize the populace and render them easily pacified, distracted and controlled.

In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, serious literature, scientific thinking and experimentation are banned as subversive, while critical thinking is discouraged through the use of conditioning, social taboos and inferior education. Likewise, expressions of individuality, independence and morality are viewed as vulgar and abnormal.

And in George Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother does away with all undesirable and unnecessary words and meanings, even going so far as to routinely rewrite history and punish “thoughtcrimes.” In this dystopian vision of the future, the Thought Police serve as the eyes and ears of Big Brother, while the Ministry of Peace deals with war and defense, the Ministry of Plenty deals with economic affairs (rationing and starvation), the Ministry of Love deals with law and order (torture and brainwashing), and the Ministry of Truth deals with news, entertainment, education and art (propaganda). The mottos of Oceania: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

All three—Bradbury, Huxley and Orwell—had an uncanny knack for realizing the future, yet it is Orwell who best understood the power of language to manipulate the masses. Orwell’s Big Brother relied on Newspeak to eliminate undesirable words, strip such words as remained of unorthodox meanings and make independent, non-government-approved thought altogether unnecessary. To give a single example, as psychologist Erich Fromm illustrates in his afterword to 1984:

The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as “This dog is free from lice” or “This field is free from weeds.” It could not be used in its old sense of “politically free” or “intellectually free,” since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed as concepts….

Where we stand now is at the juncture of OldSpeak (where words have meanings, and ideas can be dangerous) and Newspeak (where only that which is “safe” and “accepted” by the majority is permitted). The power elite has made their intentions clear: they will pursue and prosecute any and all words, thoughts and expressions that challenge their authority.

This is the final link in the police state chain.

Having been reduced to a cowering citizenry—mute in the face of elected officials who refuse to represent us, helpless in the face of police brutality, powerless in the face of militarized tactics and technology that treat us like enemy combatants on a battlefield, and naked in the face of government surveillance that sees and hears all—we have nowhere left to go. Our backs are to the walls. From this point on, we have only two options: go down fighting, or capitulate and betray our loved ones, our friends and our selves by insisting that, as a brainwashed Winston Smith does at the end of Orwell’s 1984, yes, 2+2 does equal 5.

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Will Republicans Keep the Court from Blowing Obama’s Cover?

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by Jane M. Orient, M.D.

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The Big Lie of ObamaCare is in the title: the Affordable Care Act. Administration officials invoke “affordable” over and over again.

The U.S. Supreme Court could well blow the Democrats’ cover in King v. Burwell if it rules that people in the 37 states that did not establish an Exchange cannot legally get taxpayer subsidies for health insurance.

The subsidies hide the reality. People generally look only at what they themselves have to pay. They do not care what faceless taxpayers are paying to insurance companies for their policies.

Of the 11.7 million Americans who now have private health insurance through federal and state marketplaces, 86 percent of them are receiving financial assistance from federal taxpayers to help pay premiums—or, more accurately, their insurance company is.

“More than seven million people could lose subsidies, making insurance unaffordable,” said White House officials, according to the New York Times.

These subsidies (“tax credits”) averaged $263 a month and reduced the premium by 72 percent, on average. Taxpayers who manage to earn more than a certain threshold thus have to pay 100 percent of their own premiums plus their “fair share” of 72 percent of premiums for those who earn less.

Assuming that they will be blamed for the surge in the number of uninsured, although they did not write the law, congressional Republicans are scurrying for ways to “fix” the problem of a purported “mistake” in drafting the law.

The only problem they apparently see is that people would lose coverage—not that ObamaCare drove premiums to unaffordable levels. And the only remedy they can think of is to force others to pay the unaffordable cost, at least for a time. Not having learned from vast experience, they assume that an extension of subsidies will be temporary.

One would like to see Republicans explain to the people why the whole structure of ObamaCare is a mistake, which worsens and solidifies the problems that make American medical care so costly in the first place. These are the simple, incontrovertible facts:
• Guaranteed issue/community rating always drives up premiums and leads to a “death spiral.” Unless premiums are based on risk, people have no incentive to buy insurance when they are well.
• Mandates to pay for expensive services people do not need or want help purveyors of such services but drive up premiums.
• Third-party payment itself always and everywhere drives costs far higher than people would pay if spending their own money.
• Administrative micromanagement drives up costs and limits access.
• Insurance is not the only way to buy medical care—just the most expensive way.

ObamaCare needs to be repealed. Tweaking one of the interlocking parts just makes the interconnected rest even more unworkable. If the Supreme Court exposes the true cost by removing the veil of subsidies, Republicans should not try to cover it up.

If people lose coverage, another shocking truth might be revealed, to the horror of the insurance cartel: they might be better off. The unsubsidized share of premiums—instead of being sucked into the insurer’s bank account—would be available to buy actual care, which people might now avoid because of high ObamaCare deductibles. A market might develop for true catastrophic-only insurance, with appropriately low premiums. Note that if ObamaCare insurance becomes unaffordable because of lack of subsidies, the individual mandate penalty/tax does not apply.

Of the money paid to insurers, at least 15 percent goes to administration and much more to activities like “quality assurance” that provide nothing recognizable to patients as a medical service or product. And if the insurer does pay for something, it decides exactly what, when, and how much a beneficiary might receive.

There are many alternatives to dependence on the government/insurer monolith, which the cartel would love to crush, such as health sharing ministries, direct-pay practices, and indemnity insurance. More resources are becoming available to patients (for example, medicalselfsufficiency.com and selfpaypatient.com).

Republicans should not help to suppress alternatives by propping up the ObamaCare monster and leaving the façade of subsidies intact.

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Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

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By John W. Whitehead
June 22, 2015

This commentary is also available at www.rutherford.org.

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“No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’.”—Texas Rangers

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates. However, this push back against government abuse, government snooping and government theft only came about because some determined citizens stood up and took a stand against tyranny.

The three cases respectively deal with the government’s confiscation of whitehad bokagricultural crops without any guarantee or promise of payment (Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture); the practice of police gaining unfettered access to motel and hotel guest registries (City of Los Angeles v. Patel); and the use of tasers and excessive force by prison officials (Kingsley v. Hendrickson).

Whether these three rulings will amount to much in the long run remains to be seen. In the meantime, they sound a cautiously optimistic note at a time when police state forces continue to use advancing technologies, surveillance and militarization to weaken, sidestep and flout the Constitution at almost every turn.

In the first case, Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, a 5-4 Supreme Court declared that raisin farmer Marvin Horne deserves to be compensated for the official seizure of one-third of his personal property by the government.

The case arose after independent raisin farmers in California were fined almost $700,000 for refusing to surrender about 40% of the raisins they produced to the government as part of a program purportedly aimed at maintaining a stable market for commodities.

Marvin and Laura Horne are independent farmers in California and have been growing raisins for almost half a century. During that time, the Hornes were subject to a Depression-era law promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that aims to create “orderly” market conditions for raisins by regulating their supply. Supply is regulated by requiring that raisin producers surrender a certain percentage of their raisins (a so-called “reserve tonnage”) each year to an administrative committee. More

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