~ Forward ~
President Obama and his UN, Big Green and Climate Crisis Industry allies insist that we need to “fix our climate” – because carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions are overheating the planet and causing “unprecedented” weather, sea level and drought disasters. There isn’t an iota of truth to any of these assertions. From my perspective, what we DO need to fix is the climate of fraud and corruption in the global warming and renewable fuels bureaucracy and industry … and their destructive policies that kill jobs, dreams, birds, bats and people. ~ Paul
We need to fix the climate of fraud, corruption, and policies that kill jobs, hope and people.
© Steven Michael
The number of retired generals and admirals signing on to a letter to Congress rejecting the Iran nuclear deal continued to swell Thursday, with some 214 of the former high-level U.S. military officers putting their stamp on the document that asserts the “agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous” and “introduce new threats to American interests.” Continue reading
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a “Stand Down” event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. A week ahead of Veterans Day, more than 500 homeless veterans were expected to attend the event, where they received free medical care, winter clothing, employment assistance and were able to see a judge to resolve legal issues. Organizers say the homeless veterans population has surged in recent years with the high national unemployment rate. Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A report released by the Veteran Affairs Office of the Inspector General Wednesday showed that the Central Alabama VA Health Care System kept veterans waiting an average of 109 days for outside medical consultations, leaders were aware of this and the issues went unaddressed. Continue reading
12, 20, 30 million cheerfully served under McCaineddy’s Golden Arches!
April 2, 2013: Ted Kennedy is long gone, but his ghost remains with us. With today’s issue of The Federal Observer, we will return to the roots of contributor, S. J. Miller’s twelve part series dealing with the title subject. Her experience and involvement in the passage of “Proposition 200” in Arizona, made her uniquely qualified as no other, to present the facts on this timely issue. This republication of S. J. Miller’s lengthy series on the subject – is not the end of the story. It is being written as you read this lengthy treatise, and we are sorry to say that Ms. Miller is not around for a successful conclusion – one which excludes Amnesty in any form…
Once again, please keep in mind that this series was originally written and published in the early months of 2005, and therefore, some of the names of the players have changed, and some of the embedded hyperlinks may no longer be active, but as was stated in the 1932 MGM film, ‘Grand Hotel,’ “People come, people go. Nothing ever changes at the Grand Hotel!“ In other words – we’re still fighting the fight!
The complete series originally began publishing on January 24, 2005 and concluded, February 18th of that year. It’s time has come, once again. (Editor)
Publisher’s NOTE: In July of this year (2015) I had occasion to have an email conversation with contributing writer, Mike Gaddy. I open this column with this offering from Mike. (JB)
I was a section leader for the Minuteman Project in Arizona in 2005 and spent the entire month of April there. At the time I was writing for LRC. I wrote the article in this link and was mildly surprised when Lew refused to print it. This was the beginning of our split and it widened when he also refused to print a piece I did titled “We will Run the Little Bastards back home.” Of course it all went to hell when he refused to print the article I did which was critical of the Oathkeepers and three days later the FBI was sitting in my yard questioning my motives for writing the article.
Anyway, if you think it would be worth it considering the blow-up over Trump feel free to re-publish this one. ~ Mike
It’s Based On One Big Myth!
Lately the media has made a huge issue of immigration, especially illegal immigration and the whole Anchor Baby issue. This is only because Donald Trump has opened his big mouth numerous times on the subject and forced the other Republican Candidates for President to react and comment. Often with the same fiery, hard line positions as Trump has espoused. Continue reading
Hasta la Bye-Bye!
Advocates for mass-migration are using skewed financial claims to smear Donald Trump’s popular border proposals, which actually would help revive the near-bankrupt Social Security and Medicare programs.
For every illegal migrant household that leaves the United States under Trump’s plan, Americans would recoup nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($719,350), according to 2010 data collected by Heritage scholar Robert Rector. Continue reading
Recently, a number of conservative writers and commentators, including Charles Krauthammer, have condemned the “mass” deportation of illegal immigrants as immoral. Of course, the deportation of illegal immigrants also involves legal and economic issues, but the arguments regarding these issues have been ably made elsewhere by advocates on both sides. The issue here is morality. Continue reading
are about to take their toll!
“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy” ~ Carroll Quigley Tragedy and Hope
All of the ballyhoo, comments and news reports about the candidates for president in the 2016 campaign season would be humorous if the truth behind elections in this country was not so sad.
It matters not one iota who wins the next presidential election or the congressional elections for that matter—this country will continue to swirl down the drain of history because our president and the vast majority of members of congress owe their allegiance to the power cabal. The better description of this power cabal would be the National Security state. Continue reading
In a little over 230 years, Americans conquered half of the North American continent at great risk and began to spread out. The massive land areas they tamed were equated with freedom, freedom to move freely, freedom to raise your own food and be self-sufficient and independent and freedom to engage in farming, ranching, mining and building homes and raising families. Until the industrial revolution, America was an agricultural and a free nation.
All that changed when larger-than-life industrialists learned how to forge steel in vast quantities from coal and iron ore that built locomotives, railroads, bridges and buildings and drew people off the farms for factory jobs, giving rise to growing population centers. But large population centers began to eat away at the freedom Americans once equated with space. Continue reading
I can sense a wind of change in the air. It’s almost like if a revolution was coming. And it’s not the riots and the lootings, nor is it the media-orchestrated discontent of those on the receiving end, that feels like a percolating volcano long overdue for eruption. For the first time in decades, a serious presidential contender appears to be willing to give the majority of Americans what they want: their country back. And his simple plan to make America great again strikes a chord with a rapidly growing portion of the electorate.
The man I am talking about is Donald Trump. Continue reading
HP’s layoffs will exceed 55,000 people
HEY – let’s run Whitman for Prezzydent! (Read Full Story)
A&P notifies 3,781 N.J. workers of layoffs effective Thanksgiving Day
Chris Christy is a helluva a Governor – Heh? (Read Full Story)
Making Sense Of The Sudden Market Plunge
Are you prepared for further turmoil? (Read Full Story)
Bank of Italy: Gold As a Safe Haven Asset
This work verifies the safe haven property of gold during market turmoil. (Read Full Story)
The Federal Reserve is Not Your Friend
Imagine that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was a corporation, with its shares owned by the nation’s major pharmaceutical companies. How would you feel about the regulation of medications? Whose interests would this corporation be serving? (Read Full Story)
Banks Moved Billions In Derivatives Offshore
The story of how Wall Street’s giants got around derivatives rules imposed by the CFTC after the financial crisis. The fix: tweaking contracts and shifting deals offshore. (Read Full Story)
China On Track For a Record Year For Gold Bullion Withdrawals From the Shanghai Exchange
In the latest week 65.3 metric tonnes of gold bullion were withdrawn from the Shanghai Gold Exchange. So much for the ‘weak demand’ in China. (Read Full Story)
It’s Always Worse Than You Think
Global financial tumult has now attained sufficient momentum so that even U.S. markets can no longer remain comfortably oblivious. (Read Full Story)
This 2 Day Stock Market Crash Was Larger Than Any 1 Day Stock Market Crash In U.S. History
We witnessed something truly historic happen on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 530 points, and that followed a 358 point crash on Thursday. When you add those two days together, the total two day stock market crash that we just witnessed comes to a grand total of 888 points, which is larger than any one day stock market crash in U.S. history. (Read Full Story)
When a market tips into a crash on a Friday, what typically happens is that the thousands or even millions of investors who believed the mainstream media and didn’t see it coming spend the weekend “stewing” over their investments – and many of them decide to bail out come Monday. (Read Full Story)
The Next Silver Bull Market May Have Already Started
And yet evidence for why prices are the way they are – and why they will eventually return from whence they came is ignored almost as a matter of routine. (Read Full Story)
Chet Baker Sings! [for E.C.]
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“the greatest political document since the Magna Carta.”
Donald Trump Wins Praise From Experts With New Immigration Plan
While most of the permanent political class is still aghast that 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump put together one of most specific, pro-American worker immigration plans of anyone running for public office, he’s winning widespread praise from key experts on the issue.
Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) executive director Mark Krikorian told Breitbart News that he’s pleased Trump is drawing a focus to this issue and his plan is spot on. Continue reading
Some folks I’m sure turn to TV or some other form of the media for their dose of laughter, but for me I get all the mirth I need from some of the emails in my inbox. Yesterday was no exception. I received an email from a very well intentioned lady patriot in Florida. She was somewhat apoplectic that the American people were being stonewalled by the US government on an important issue. I do not find humor the system is criminal but in the fact she believes there is a form of recourse left to the people. Continue reading
“We cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it, everything from the crime and to the drugs and the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings and the fact that people can’t feel safe in their community. It’s wrong! It’s wrong!” ~ Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
~ Forewords ~
As many readers of the Federal Observer are aware – this past year plus has been an eventful period in my life, hence the slowness of posting of columns and editorials from many of our most loyal contributors – Ron Ewart being one of them. As I was preparing tonight’s edition of this publication, I came across the following column from Ron, which has been sitting on hold since May 17th of this year. With Mr. Trump’s approach on the issue at hand – I believe that there was a reason that this column was meant to be released to our readers at this time. Thanks for your patience Ron. ~ Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher
“The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage lawbreaking.” ~ Steve King
Immigration, legal or illegal, has been festering in America since the ink was dry on the Constitution. Racial bias and ethnic purity, along with financial, economic and security fears have driven immigration policy right, left, up, down and inside out for well over 150 years, every time a wave of immigration hits American shores. Continue reading
It has been my observation that a great many people have very short memories. How many of you can remember the campaign slogan used by Barack Obama while he was running for president? I can, it was Hope & Change. There is nothing wrong with having hope, but I have a problem with the use of the word change. There’s an old saying that goes like this, “Sometimes change is good.” If you’ll notice they said sometimes, not all the time. On the flip side sometimes change isn’t so good. Continue reading
On April 26, 2011, a meeting that can only be described as sinister took place between the then Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. The most pressing issue discussed at the meeting in Rome was how to deal with African immigrants.
Sarkozy, who was under pressure from his right-wing and far-right constituencies to halt immigration originating from North Africa (resulting from the Tunisian uprising), desired to strike a deal with the opportunistic Italian leader. In exchange for an Italian agreement to join a French initiative aimed at tightening border control (Italy being accused of allowing immigrants to cross through its borders to the rest of Europe), France, in turn, would resolve major disputes involving a series of takeovers, involving French and Italian companies. Moreover, Italy would then secure French support for a bid by Italian Economist and Banker, Mario Draghi, to become the Head of the European Central Bank. Continue reading
Art by Anthony Frieda. Anthonyfreda.com
Editor’s Comment: No matter what happens in the news, most Americans just can’t face it. At ballgames, schools, churches, meetings, jobs and stores, Americans tend to salute the flag, accept b.s. rationales for evil deeds and stupid policies, and shun inconvenient truths that would otherwise inform a thinking person that the game is rigged, that the Republic is dead, and that the country is gone.
Agree or not, the issues raised below are crucial to the arrangement of government, and the power of the people in that government. By all accounts, corruption has become legalized, government has assumed all meaningful power – except that which is reserved to the corporations and banks – and rule of law has been replaced by rule of an elite who make their own rules. Academic studies, Congressman and Federal Reserve chairs now acknowledge that the United States has become an oligarchy… and oligarchies consist mainly of a few noblemen, and a mass population of obedient and powerless serfs. Better face up, because nothing is going to change for the better by ignoring it. Continue reading
Just a few weeks ago, US talk show host Stephen Colbert was asked if he thought that Donald Trump had a chance of becoming President of the United States.
Colbert responded sincerely. “Honestly, he could. And that’s not an opinion of Trump. That’s my opinion of our nation.”
He’s right. The Land of the Free may very well be ready for something completely different. And Trump certainly seems able to deliver. Continue reading
I know, I know…. “but Bennett, this is just too incendiary. It’s politically incorrect.”
Well… let’s just say that I have never been too concerned about just who the hell I offended. My goal has always been to bring an alternative thought process to the table – and more importantly – a little something called TRUTH!
Thank you Donald Adair. You are still my inspiration over sixty years later.
What you are about to read (80 pages of book print) was written by Samuel Augustus Steel in 1914 – a mere half-century after the end of the War of Northern Aggression. The book was published by the The R. L. Bryan Company of South Carolina – yes THAT South Carolina – where the Confederate Battle Flag was just removed from the South Carolina State Capitol recently. Shame on them all!
“A nation that is ignorant of its past, is a nation that is ripe for deception and manipulation. Therefore, it is not what happened, but rather what people believe happened which determines the present actions of a nation.” ~ Warriors of Honor
At this very moment the Republican candidates seeking your vote for the 2016 presidential elections are debating on television. Well, at least the front runners are. The Republican Party is so disarrayed right now that they don’t know what they stand for. This is proven by the fact that there are what, 17 candidates now seeking the Republican nomination. In either case I have absolutely no desire to watch it as I think the whole thing is just a joke.
To switch tracks for a moment, have you ever heard the word metaphor? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t, but I’d be willing to bet that you probably have used one at some point in your conversations. Have you ever said something like, “It’s hotter than a tin shed in a forest fire“? If so, that is a simple metaphor, using words, and sometimes images, as symbols to express something else. Continue reading
~ Authors Note ~
I was about half an hour away from completing this when my friend Jeff at the Federal Observer posted a video with the caption “How Stupid Are Americans?” Due to that – I completely rewrote this. I believe this to be a better version, albeit somewhat more harsh in tone. I hope it meets with your approval.
“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and in practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” ~ Noah Webster; Known as The Father of American Scholarship and Education whose name is synonymous with Merriam Webster’s Dictionary
There are days I feel that I am wasting my time writing these little commentaries. It’s not that the cause is not worthy; the fight for liberty is never a waste of time. It’s just that sometimes I feel that there is absolutely no hope of stimulating serious thought on the part of some people. Don’t get me wrong, I have no intentions of throwing in the towel, but sometimes it just seems like I’m fighting a losing battle. Continue reading
More On The Confederate Flag & The Civil War
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Awhile back I submitted a letter to the editor containing my thoughts regarding all the recent fuss over the Confederate Battle Flag. I don’t subscribe to the paper but apparently some guy in town took offense to what I said and wrote a lengthy letter rebutting what I had said. I won’t copy his entire letter verbatim but I will quote one line from it to give you a general idea of what he said. In his letter he writes, “This fact, along with Lincoln’s subsequent actions to end both slavery and the Confederate cancer, should be taken into consideration before you assemble your Mount Rushmore demolition team.” His reference being my suggestion that the Lincoln Monument and his image on Mt. Rushmore be demolished.
Let me begin by saying I almost feel pity upon the position that Abraham Lincoln found himself in upon being sworn in as president. Here was a man who found himself at a critical time in our nation’s history, faced with the momentous decision of allowing a portion of the Union to separate and form its own country, or use force to comply it to remain a part of the Union.
The Civil War, or as I prefer to call it, The War of Northern Aggression, (or at least the War for Southern Independence), happened a century and a half ago, yet the wounds left by that bloody conflict have never entirely healed. The Confederate Battle Flag, whether you consider it right or wrong, is a symbol of those from the South, and people of like minds, who believe that the states had, and still retain, the right to secede from a voluntary pact between them and form their own system of government. This is the foundation upon which our Declaration of Independence rests. As the government itself is an entity created by that pact the States alone have to choice as to whether a State has the right to separate, the government itself has no say in the matter. Continue reading
When an American, more than one, can’t figure what nation begins with U when directly asked this question right on USA ground, the level of stupidity can be logically compared to mental retardation. Unfortunately, every single question asked and missed, might make you wonder what chance in the world does the nation have to recover from its various deep rooted problems and it certainly affirms to anyone with a clue how the nation has descended into a card carrying oligarchy, bent on rampant kleptocracy with total impunity, without serious protest or revolution. ~ AC
“None so deaf as those who will not hear. No so blind as those who will not see.” ~ Matthew Henry
It has been downright funny at times to sit and watch as the Republicans react to the political antics of Donald Trump. Here, I believe, is a classic example of the factualness of a theory that has been posited by many: there is really no philosophical difference between the two major political parties in this country. Would the verbal attacks on Trump by Graham and McCain have been different in substance had they been delivered by Hillary or Obama? Is there not the common denominators of perpetual war, unlimited borrowing and open borders shared by all four?
When one dons the mantle of Republican Party faithful, membership in the inner sanctum requires logic and true insight be sacrificed on the altar of party loyalty. There could never be a better example than when a hysterically ignorant member of the local Republican Party hierarchy informed me in a rather loud voice that George W. Bush was a “true hero” because “He kept this country safe.” Continue reading
Most of the responses we receive to our articles are from people over 70. The reason is obvious. They have seen much more than today’s clueless youth. They have seen more than young parents. They have seen more than business men and women in their 40’s and 50’s. The truth is, they have had a front-row seat to the destruction of American freedom and sovereignty. Continue reading
The new American morning shadowed with trepidation; what new crisis will emerge wholly created by this administration that pits one group of Americans against each other? New morals, values, laws and rights are established at the benefit of a few to the detriment of the majority. All the while this is happening we meaninglessly drift away from the norms established in the past as our own history fades away from popular discourse.
In the blink of an eye, or in a generation, society itself unravels as it seems today to have lost the ability to retain the qualities that once made America exceptional. Liberty, freedom, truth, and the Constitution have given way to ideology, entitlement, and moral relativism. What we are left with is a pervasive atmosphere of decadence and moral bankruptcy that stands no chance in fighting an ideology that is consuming us. Continue reading
One of the most hilarious things to me is Americans whacking other countries for being corrupt. Russia is a favorite target, but the US abuses virtually every non-Western country for “corruption.”
I’ve pointed out before that this is absurd. There is no more corrupt country in the world than the US. The bank bailouts were pure corruption, performed even though a supermajority of the population was against them, even though the banks had broken the law systematically, and even though the banks were bankrupt due to decisions they knew were corrupt, illegal, and (yes), stupid. Continue reading
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~ John F. Kennedy
Touch of Evil
“In the task of that redemption the most effective agents will be men who have substituted some new illusions for the abandoned ones. The most important of these illusions is that the collective life of mankind can achieve perfect justice. It is a very valuable illusion for the moment; for justice cannot be approximated if the hope of its perfect realization does not generate a sublime madness in the soul.
Nothing but such madness will do battle with malignant power and ‘spiritual wickedness in high places.’ The illusion is dangerous because it encourages terrible fanaticisms. It must therefor e be brought under the control of reason. One can only hope that reason will not destroy it before its work is done.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
Sowell: Immigration Irresponsibility Well Documented
People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues.
Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for years — porous not just for Mexicans but for anybody else, including terrorists from the Middle East.
Two very different issues have gotten jumbled together in the political stew called “comprehensive immigration reform.” Continue reading
Thomas Jefferson, one of my long-time heroes was convinced that he and his friends blew the chance they had to establish true freedom in America. I know that a hundred thousand self-praising textbooks, speeches, pundits and songs claim that Jefferson and the rest established freedom, but that’s NOT what Jefferson thought, and that is NOT what he said. (You can choose who to believe for yourself.)
Nearly fifty years after the Declaration of Independence, he was of the opinion that the founders did not fully live up to the moment presented to them. Continue reading
Ignorance alone is a sad thing, but ignorance being sanctimoniously glorified is disgusting and disturbing. ~ Barb McCutchen
H.L. Mencken, Will Rogers, Mark Twain – satirical humorous writers in the past would see the delicious irony in a school board & superintendent so ignorant and ill/mis-informed regarding history that they would equate a symbol of liberty/independence with one of slavery/bondage. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, that appears to be the case in the Fort Smith School Superintendent & School Board’s desire to remove/replace Southside High School’s 50+ year Rebel Mascot & all things Dixie. There’s never even been a protest of any size whatever of which I am aware. Continue reading
We’re all MAD now….
Reading and listening to all the absolutely INSANE activity and legislation going on in America for many decades now and seeing it get worse each year I am brought back to the act by Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s when he released all those inmates to the streets…. they began to breed and they now hold public office…. and some are still living on the streets in card board tents.
California is where the INSANITY began and has increased over time. If you do a little research on the release of those in the asylums to those home care facilities – it began in California – I guess they needed more *entertainers* and *personalities* with no talent so they tried to exploit the thoughts from The Snake Pit movie in real life. What normal people call mentally deficient actions those in the Hollywood crowd call creativity. Continue reading
Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.
Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.
Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?”
So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. Continue reading
“The consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.” ~ Robert Edward Lee
Of course it was about slavery. To state otherwise would be irresponsible and unconscionable. While any form of slavery or involuntary servitude is despicable and contrary to all paradigms involving freedom and liberty, perhaps the focus of this individual atrocity should rest as much on the slavery created by the war as well as the slavery that preceded it.
Chattel slavery certainly had its impacts, especially the threats to slave owners in the South from fire breathing insane abolitionists like John Brown, including of course the disproportionate number of free blacks who also owned slaves. Continue reading
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? ~ Mark 8:18
Were someone to ask you, “Are you blind” you most likely would say no, unless of course you are actually vision impaired to the point where you honestly could not see. Yet there is another kind of blindness in which people may see things, but then the things they see do not make it past their eyes and register with their brain. It is kind of like the saying that what someone says goes in one ear and out the other only that it refers to what people see not registering with their brain. Continue reading
The recent remarks of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have triggered a political media firestorm regarding the Vietnam War record of Sen. John McCain, resulting in a surge of renewed traffic to my “Tokyo Rose” piece, which I am now republishing below.
An even greater flood of attention has gone to Sydney Schanberg’s original 8,000 word article, which I had published as a cover story for The American Conservative several years ago. I urge people to read that remarkable expose.
As a Pulitzer Prize winning former top editor at The New York Times, there are few living Americans who can match Schanberg’s journalistic authority in this subject, and the fact that our entire American media has spent years entirely ignoring the explosive and massively-documented charges of one of its most distinguished members demonstrates to all of us that we are indeed living in the world of “American Pravda.” I also include a link to my own discussion of Schanberg’s remarkable findings ~ (R.U., July 2015)
Although the memory has faded in recent years, during much of the second half of the twentieth century the name “Tokyo Rose” ranked very high in our popular consciousness, probably second only to “Benedict Arnold” as a byword for American treachery during wartime. The story of Iva Ikuko Toguri, the young Japanese-American woman who spent her wartime years broadcasting popular music laced with enemy propaganda to our suffering troops in the Pacific Theater was well known to everyone, and her trial for treason after the war, which stripped her of her citizenship and sentenced her to a long prison term, made the national headlines. Continue reading
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
The concept in the above quote credited to Martin Niemoller is certainly relevant to current events in this country. On the 17th of May in Waco Texas, what could best be described as a mass assassination occurred in the parking lot of a restaurant known as Twin Peaks. Of course, if your mind and reasoning process has been invaded and is now a prisoner of the mass media culture operating under the aegis of Operation Mockingbird, you of course believe a group of dastardly criminals riding motorcycles took time off from selling illegal drugs, raping young girls and terrorizing neighborhoods to shoot each other at a community meeting. Of course, thanks to the alleged alert government authorities, some from the same alphabet agencies that killed 80 men, women and children in their church in the same town back in 1993, not quite as many folks met their death. Continue reading
In a grand display of institutionalized ignorance, a 2012 candidate for sheriff in our county, a veteran of many years in law enforcement, when asked if he would intervene should the federal government seek to impose unconstitutional measures in our county, responded with three words: “by what authority?” In an even more spectacular display of institutionalized ignorance, the people of this county elected this man.
Institutionalized ignorance aside, the question posed by the candidate, now sheriff, was a relevant question. The problem was it was directed toward the wrong entity. The question “by what authority,” instead of being leveled at citizens should instead be leveled at all levels of government, especially the federal government. Continue reading