With his guitar Lucille, B.B. King sang and played his way out of the Mississippi cotton fields and onto international concert stages. Squeezing and trilling the strings way up the neck with his amp cranked, Mr. King, who died Thursday at age 89, left an indelible mark on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green……….
“One of the things that enabled B.B. to have such a profound effect on generations of rock-blues guitarists, from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to the present day, was [his music’s] very accessibility — its emotional accessibility in the high-flying, single-string focus of his soloing, and its musical accessibility in the broad range of sources from which he drew,” blues historian Peter Guralnick said in an interview. Continue reading
It seems that two gunmen were killed this past Sunday outside a Draw Muhammad event in Garland Texas. Apparently they pulled up and opened fire, wounding one security guard, before being killed by other security guards. Already I’ve heard comments ranging from those criticizing Islam in general to those saying that the people holding the event were damned fools and deserved to get shot at.
I don’t know specifically where in their scriptures it says that it is a sin punishable by death to draw images of Muhammad, but I do know that they have gone after individuals for doing so. Therefore the people who held this event had to be aware that it would offend someone. I suppose that is why the event was so heavily guarded.
I also can’t know the reason they held this event; whether it was to thumb their noses at Muslims living in America or if it was some other reason. But again, they had to at least be faintly aware that they were going to piss a few people off by holding this event. Continue reading
An ashen Baltimore awoke on Tuesday morning to reveal a city charred by fire and battled scarred following a night of violent rioting and looting after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Acrid smoke hung in the air over streets where fire crews raced to contain the damage and carnage that broke out just blocks from Gray’s emotive funeral. The unrest – which saw looters ransack stores, pharmacies and a shopping mall and clash with police in riot gear – was the most violent in the United States since Ferguson, Missouri, was torn by gunshots and arson late last year. Police said 15 officers were injured, six seriously, on Monday and 27 arrests were made as local gangs and high school students used social media to launch a coordinated ‘Purge’ – a slang term which comes from a film about rampaging lawlessness.Gray’s death gave new energy to the public outcry over police treatment of African Americans that flared last year after police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere. The violence appeared to catch city officials and community leaders somewhat off-guard after a week of mostly peaceful protests following Gray’s death on April 19. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, declared a state of emergency on Monday and the National Guard was arriving in the city. A one-week curfew was also imposed in the largely black city starting Tuesday night, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies. Answering criticism of not responding quickly enough to Monday’s events, Mayor Rawlings-Blake told CNN: “This was an incident that sparked this afternoon … I think it would have been inappropriate to bring in the National Guard when we had it under control.” Read FULL STORY
Holder leaves – now the country will get Lynched. FULL STORY
The owners of an Oregon goldmine have called in gun-toting right-wing militiamen amid a bitter land use dispute with the U.S. government.
Tensions have remained high at the Sugar Pine Mine near Medford after the facility was served with a federal stop-work order.
The owners summoned armed guards from the conservative Oath Keepers activist network ahead of a major protest outside local offices of the Bureau of Land Management yesterday.
Co-owner Rick Barclay acted after receiving a stop-work order last month when officials said they found equipment on site indicating operations inconsistent with standard mine development requirements. Continue reading
On Wednesday, activists across the state took to the streets to demand a $15 minimum wage. The “Fight for $15” rallies were organized by Working Washington, which is funded by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) and relies on paid protesters for its demonstrations. Continue reading
For two months this summer, the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will conduct Realistic Military Training (RMT) Operation Jade Helm 15 (JH 15) in seven Southwestern U.S. states: California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Military spokesmen say the operation is merely a standard training exercise designed to prepare Special Forces troops for warfare overseas.
According to the London Daily Mail, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria said,
“‘This exercise is routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for Army Special Operations Forces because they must be ready to support potential missions anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.’”
*Author’s NOTE: Quite possibly the least covered aspect of the founding era of America is the role played by those who became known as the Anti-federalists. In a deceptive move, those among our founders who wanted a Monarchist, or at the very least a Nationalist form of government, referred to themselves as “Federalists,” thus establishing a political paradigm that is much on display in our country even today. The Federalists misrepresented what they stood for politically in order to gain the political power and authority to do what they wanted, knowing full well they could not gain such power by telling the truth. Using that as a benchmark, we could refer to almost every politician who runs for office today, especially in both major political parties, as a “Federalist.” The Anti-federalists discerned the motives of the Federalists from the very beginning as we shall see below. They used their vast knowledge of the past to predict what would become of the proposed form of government in what you will see as a hauntingly accurate prediction. Without the Anti-federalists there would have been no Bill of Rights added to the Constitution in 1789. Suffice it to say the Liberty and Freedom we claim we want returned to us from our tyrannical government is the very form of government cherished by the Anti-federalists of the founding era of America. (M.G.) Continue reading
Kodak employed 140,000 people. Instagram, 13. A digital visionary says the Web kills jobs, wealth — even democracy
Editor’s NOTE: Although this piece was originally published about two years ago – as a statement of our demise as a nation and a people – we felt the need to let someone else do the talking for a change. Read it and weep! (J.B.)
It is an emperor has no clothes moment. The partisan mainstream media has failed to show the slightest curiosity about an improbably story peddled by one of the central figures of the last six years of politics. John Hinderaker of Powerline has been asking the questions about Harry Reid’s injuries and retirement from the Senate that a reasonably curious media should have been asking, but hasn’t because Reid is a Democrat.
I noted the injuries that Reid suffered on New Year’s Day, in Las Vegas: multiple broken bones around his right eye, damage to the right eye, severe facial bruising, broken ribs, and a concussion. Was all of this really the result of losing his balance because an elastic exercise band broke? That seems unlikely, to say the least. Continue reading
On Wednesday, February 26, 2015, Mr Anthony Bosworth of Yakima, Washington was detained by the U.S. Marshall service in Spokane, Washington.
What was his crime? He committed no crime. Mr Bosworth was openly carrying a rifle on federal property. It is not a crime to open carry on federal property; it is a crime to enter a federal building with a gun. Continue reading
Free ObamaBucks for Everyone!
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” – Article II, Section 1, Constitution of the United States (1787)
For the last two weeks, my inbox has been inundated with emails priming the pump for Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union — a desperate attempt to avoid a repeat of the 2014 SOTU ratings bust with the lowest viewership since the Clinton years. As my colleague Peggy Noonan put it then, “No one’s really listening to [Obama] … a nonstop windup talk machine.”
The White House deluge started with this message from Joe Biden: “Most years, we keep what’s going to be in the President’s State of the Union address a secret until the night of the speech. That’s changing this year. Because the fact is that this Administration isn’t going to wait for anybody when it comes to taking whatever steps we can to help the middle class and keep strengthening our economy. [Blah, Blah, Blah, ad nauseum…]” Continue reading
The threat of terrorism and the theatrics of bloodshed are powerful tools in the psychological warfare that is leading up to a final conflagration. Watching Paris is Burning is a sober spectacular for the mass media brainwashed, but for geopolitical observers in the know, the time proven and trusted strategy of using fear over security breaches works every time. Missing in the scores of all the manipulated “situations” is a full appreciation of the grand view of who really benefits from a high anxiety society that always succumbs into a greater level of a police state.
Framing the latest episode, the Charlie Hebdo assassinations, into a clash of civilizations is a tempting vindication to strike back at a villain that is easy to despise. However, such a simplistic response fails to understand what is really going on. Continue reading
What should be done to parents that stuffed themselves full of food at a Golden Corral while their starving four pound baby girl died in their car outside? This actually just happened down in Florida, and it is a crime that is shocking the entire nation. Sadly, it is also a perfect metaphor for what is happening to the country as a whole. We have become an exceedingly selfish and self-centered society that seems to care very little that we are literally destroying the future of America. We are stealing trillions of dollars from future generations and destroying what was once the greatest economy in the history of the world just to make ourselves a little bit more comfortable in the present. Continue reading
Editor’s NOTE: There is not much here that has not been discussed by myself and Bill O’Brian on our on-air segments, “Behind Prison Walls” began coverage in 2004. (J.B.)
Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful wages, they lose their jobs and can be sent to isolation cells. The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society. Continue reading
Come on….how long do WE keep quiet? This is not acceptable. This requires some action.
And sey – lokkah heah mutha fuggahs – whem amz de protestors obah dis?
With the President’s executive order to “temporarily” legalize five million illegal immigrants in this country, national security experts say it’s time to implement real biometric passports as well as strict entry and exit programs at all U.S. ports of entry.
What exactly is biometrics?
The biometric system uses a fingerprint to identify a foreigner entering and leaving the country. Currently, customs officers only use biographic means to match an identification card to an airline manifest at the time of entry into the United States. The benefits of a biometric system would provide immigration officers with valuable information regarding those who overstay their visas. (This group roughly makes up 40 percent of illegal population).
An effective biometric exit system would flag individuals and make the search for terrorists a bit easier. U.S Customs currently uses the Trusted Traveller program to provide swift reentry through Customs for pre-screened travelers. For Americans re-entering the U.S. is simple by utilizing a fingerprint the Global Entry System expedite the customs process, providing Customs agents with up to the minute status on travelers. Continue reading
… gives employers a $3,000 incentive to hire illegal immigrants after Obama ‘amnesty’ gives them green cards and work permits
A perverse loophole in the Affordable Care Act will soon make illegal immigrants more affordable to hire than native-born Americans.
Once millions of people living in the U.S. illegally receive resident cards and work permits, they will be eligible to hold jobs and earn wages. But they won’t qualify for Obamacare benefits or subsidies.
That means employers with 50 or more full-time workers can’t be penalized for failing to provide them with company-based medical insurance. Ordinarily that fine amounts to $3,000 per worker, per year. Continue reading
Let it all BURN! This is your doing Obama – you and all of your racist cohorts.
We were aghast, nay furious, when we saw the picture of an American President wearing the tunic of a Chinese Communist Dictator. The words “unprecedented”, “disgusting” and “traitorous” came immediately to mind. If there was any doubt that we had about Obama being a communist sympathizer, they vanished upon seeing that image.
Obama is a corrupt, radical ideologue and an arrogant, narcissistic chameleon. He bows to the King of Saudi Arabia an Islamic Dictator, appeasing to Muslims; he apologizes all over the world for the country that was stupid and ignorant enough to give him the presidency; and then he has the gall to put on the tunic of a Chinese communist dictator in a country that knows all too well the vicious and brutal sting of a government that subjugates, regulates, denigrates, intimidates and has killed its own people by the tens of millions.
How dare Obama represent the United States of America in Chinese garb! Continue reading
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily reinstated Texas’ tough voter ID law, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.
The ruling by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the November election, despite a lower judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The 5th Circuit did not rule on the law’s merits; instead, it determined it’s too late to change the rules for the election. Continue reading
“Waffle House isn’t safe fo’ no white people after Ferguson'”
West Point man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after he and a friend were attacked by a group of around 20 people in a Huddle House parking lot, police said, potentially as retaliation for Michael Brown’s killing.
Ralph Weems IV, who is white, was injured early Saturday but is now in fair condition at North Mississippi Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Genie Causey said.
A relative, Bradley Barnes of Madison, told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that his brother-in-law was in a medically induced coma following brain surgery.
Where the hell is the outrage now, Mr. Holder???
People are dumb because they do not know and refuse to learn the real history behind world events. Educational institutions do not function as seekers of truth, but as gatekeepers for narratives that defy common sense and defame historical facts. Society fosters the ultimate taboo against chronicles that differ with the established story of distortions and misdirection. Anyone who dares waver from accepted limits and suppositions immediately is a quack or an extremist. The dreaded label of being a conspiracy theorist, used to smear and marginalize researchers and pundits, is the height of anti-intellectualism and character assassination.
The dim-witted public, told to shun contradictory accounts, interpretations and disturbing explanations accepts sham history. The accurate course of events must remain hidden from the masses. The subject of a New World Order is not newfound. The process of world domination is as old as the formation of the first empire. Despite the annals of war and governments, the actual power that enslaves civilizations and humanity, is evil itself, in its purist form and manifestation. Continue reading
My Thoughts on this ISIS Mess
There has been a lot of talk lately about this problem in Iraq with the militant group ISIS and what to do about it. Sure what is happening over there is horrific and disgusting, but is it the responsibility of the United States to do something about it? Far too many Americans simply watch a four or five minute news story about what is happening over there and have no real understanding of who Isis is and what they are doing. Yet these people either support or oppose our government getting involved based upon the barest amount of information.
ISIS, otherwise known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is a self proclaimed caliphate which claims religious authority over all Muslims in the region. Some of you do not understand what a caliphate is, and therefore don’t understand what Isis is trying to accomplish. A caliphate is, according to their belief, is similar to the pope, a direct successor to Muhammad. Therefore they claim the authority to direct all religious activity in the region. This includes their requiring that all sects adhere to the dictates they impose. If anyone opposes them, or differs in their beliefs, they can, and routinely are, executed. Continue reading
The situation at America’s southern border is a “manufactured crisis,“one perpetuated—if not started—by the Obama administration. After all, the administration put out an ad in January 2014 asking for contractors to handle an influx of 65,000 children.
“The surge to 60,000 or so children seen this year was said to catch many off guard, especially since just 6,500 children entered the U.S. as early as 2011,” reported Pete Kasperowicz for The Blaze. “But [Republican Senator Jeff] Sessions [R-AL] said the advertisement showed that the administration knew the surge would happen.” And in reality, the 60,000 children represent only about 20 percent of the total illegal immigrants who have come into this country since April. Continue reading
The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive. On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent. That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate. But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay. Last month, it was coffee.
J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent. And Starbucks has announced a bunch of price increases across the board on their coffee products. Of course we could all survive without chocolate and coffee, but as you will see below just about every food category is becoming more expensive. If this keeps up, could we eventually see armed guards in grocery stores and on food trucks? Continue reading
The epidemic of stupidity in the USA has risen to new heights with the widespread public, political and media support for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America invading the country from Mexico. Those protesting the way the government is behaving are being attacked.
The narrative goes like this: Oh those poor children and mothers escaping incredibly awful conditions want nothing more than a decent life in the USA, and why not? After all we are a nation of immigrants. How could we deny giving these suffering kids and mothers a place in our nation? Never mind the legitimate sanctity of our borders. Continue reading
One of the major complaints leveled at Veterans Administration (VA) officials has been their retaliation against military hospital staff who identify problems within their facilities. But according to the VA’s acting chief on Friday, those involved in intimidation or retaliation against whistleblowers will face serious disciplinary action.
Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said in a press statement that federal investigators are probing complaints by at least 35 employees who formally alleged they were victims of workplace retaliation by VA supervisory personnel. Continue reading
Four-fifths of U.S. states are expecting to have water shortages in the near future, according to a new government watchdog report.
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) review state water regulators and experts and review of water supply literature found that officials in 40 out of 50 states expect water shortages to occur in some parts of their states in the next decade. Many officials are concerned about water shortages in the future, especially in the wake of a severe drought that has hit the west coast. Continue reading
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday gave a measured defense of the Obama administration’s controversial decision to swap five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a U.S. soldier held hostage in Afghanistan, noting that many of America’s allies make similar deals.
The former secretary of state was asked about the exchange by the moderator at an event in a Denver suburb. Clinton said she did not second-guess people who make such tough decisions, but said the American tradition of caring for its citizens and soldiers was a “noble” one.
She also noted that countries like Israel have made similar swaps, citing that country’s decision to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one of its soldiers in 2011. Continue reading
Freed POW’s former platoon-mates call for him to face COURT-MARTIAL as they reveal how he left post. Army made comrades sign gagging orders (Read Full Story)
The transformation of Bowe Bergdahl’s father before his son’s release. Bob Bergdahl has drawn scrutiny after speaking Pashto, an Afghan language, and Arabic at a Rose Garden press conference (Read Full Story)
Palin rebukes Obama for surrendering to ‘Osama Bin Laden’s partners’ in order to get Bergdahl back (Read Full Story)
The president ignored a law – which he signed last year – requiring him to notify Congress 30 days before releasing anyone from Guantanamo Bay (Read Full Story)
Josh Korder: I could not go on if Bergdahl were hailed as a hero.
Former Army soldier Josh Korder who served with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl shed light on the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s capture Monday on CNN.
Korder confirmed to host Jake Tapper Bergdahl began to express anti-American sentiments while in Afghanistan. The late Michael Hastings reported Bergdahl emailed his parents prior to his capture conveying disgust for the U.S. military and their mission in the country.
Tapper asked Korder about the soldiers who died in search of Bergdahl and if it “made him angry” Bergdahl is now free. Continue reading
Excellent piece in Reason’s Hit and Run blog by J.D. Tuccille that makes the case it’s not just the Veterans Administration that is at fault for the scandal. The problem is government-run health care systems in general, as the UK, Canada, and other places have already discovered.
Such delays are typical of government-controlled, single-payer systems, I wrote yesterday. They’re such a regular feature that the U.K. National Health Service boasts “you have the legal right to start your NHS consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral.”
And the deaths that go with such delays may also be a regular feature of single-payer systems. Continue reading
Only about half of young immigrants who grew up in the United States without legal status identify with the Democratic Party, while nearly half say they are independents or have some other non-party affiliation, according to a study published Tuesday. The findings run counter to perceptions that the young immigrants, who are known as “Dreamers,” overwhelmingly favor Democrats, and suggest that their political views will be shaped by what progress is made in Washington on an immigration overhaul that would provide a path to citizenship.
The study also reveals skepticism among the youths about both political parties, although more so about Republicans. According to the study, about four in 10 felt closer to the Democratic Party based on its positions on immigration, while 5 percent said they felt closer to the Republicans because of their views. Four in 10 young immigrants said they could not support Democrats “as long as immigration reform is not passed.” Continue reading
Virtually everything that you do is being watched. Do you drive a car? Do you watch television? Do you use a cell phone? As you do any of those things, information about you is being recorded and tracked. We live at a time when personal privacy is dying. And it is not just governments that are doing this. In fact, sometimes private companies are the biggest offenders. It turns out that gathering information about all of us is very, very profitable. And both government entities and private companies are going to continue to push the envelope when it comes to high tech surveillance until people start objecting to what they are trying to do.
If we continue down the path that we are currently on, it is inevitable that we will end up living in an extremely restrictive “Big Brother” police state where basically everything that we do is very closely watched, monitored, tracked and controlled. And such a day may be much closer than you think. The following are 10 examples of how “Big Brother” is steadily creeping into our daily lives… Continue reading
Is Detroit destined to become a Chinese city? Chinese homebuyers and Chinese businesses are starting to flood into the Motor City, and the governor of Michigan is greatly encouraging this. In fact, he has formally asked the Obama administration for 50,000 special federal immigration visas to encourage even more immigration from China and elsewhere. So will Detroit be the first major city in the United States to be dominated by China? It could happen.
Once upon a time, Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city in the history of the world and it had the highest per capita income in the entire country. But now it is a rotting, decaying, bankrupt hellhole that is in desperate need of a savior, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appears to be fully convinced that China can be that savior. Continue reading
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” – Mohandas Gandhi.
I don’t know how accurate Gandhi was with that statement but if it is true, then the forces of freedom may be on the verge of one of biggest victories in history.
First, the forces of collectivism ignored us. Throughout The New Deal, serious intellectual opposition was completely ignored. William F. Buckley once observed that liberal intolerance was evident not so much in hostility to other opinions so much as the astonishment that there even was another opinion.
In my high school and college years, I certainly saw the latter but I also saw the former, actual hostility and assaultive behavior characterized many of the liberals I knew, and very interestingly, it was especially prominent from the peace crowd during the Viet-Nam War. “Kill for peace” seemed to be their motto. Continue reading
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