Category Archives: Out of the Past…

Important Opinion, Editorial Commentary and historical features from the archives of the Federal Observer; circa 2001-2008.

The Merry Old Land of Oz

Over these past nineteen years as an on-air commentator, I have revisited variations of this theme on numerous occasions. That, which you are about to read, is amongst the most detailed of those shared. As for , “There’s no-place like home.“, soon, you may not have one. ~ Jeffrey Bennett, Editor.

“The great Oz has spoken! Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! I am the great and powerful Wizard of Oz!”

yellow_brick_roadIn refreshing contrast to the impenetrable writings of economists, the classic fairytale, The Wizard of Oz has delighted young and old for over a century. It was first published by L. Frank Baum as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. In 1939, it was made into a hit Hollywood movie starring Judy Garland, and later it was made into the popular stage play The Wiz. Few of the millions who have enjoyed this charming tale have suspected that its imagery was drawn from that most obscure and tedious of subjects, banking and finance. Fewer still have suspected that the real-life folk heroes who inspired its plot may have had the answer to the financial crisis facing the country today! Continue reading

Stokely: A Life

Stokely: A Life
A book by Peniel E. Joseph

stokely_carmichaelThroughout the history of the United States, strong African-American men have played dramatic roles in pursuing freedom, dignity, justice and full equality for their people. Many have paid horrific prices, including social ostracism, governmental persecution, media vilification, imprisonment, and the loss of their reputations and even their lives for their relentless and militant commitment to political and moral integrity. Some have become honorable historical icons, serving as authentic role models for all oppressed peoples. Among many others, this select category includes Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, W.E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Often—and disconcertingly—missing from this list is Stokely Carmichael, one of the premier civil rights/black power figures of the mid to late 20th century. Peniel Joseph, one of the leading historians of the civil rights and black power movements, puts it bluntly in his new biography, “Stokely: A Life”: “Although today largely forgotten, Stokely Carmichael remains one of the protean figures of the twentieth century: a revolutionary who passionately believed in self defense and armed rebellion even as he revered the nation’s greatest practitioner of nonviolence; a gifted intellectual who dealt in emotions as well as words and ideas; and an activist whose radical political vision remained anchored by a deep sense of history.” Continue reading

Dooley: Keeping a Promise to Honor a Hero

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Bernardo de Galvez

In 1783, the United States government passed a resolution accepting a portrait of Bernardo de Galvez as a gift from Oliver Pollock to the American people. As commanded by Carlos III, King of Spain, General Galvez had harassed the British in the Gulf of Mexico in support of the American Revolution. The same resolution that accepted the portrait of Galvez asserted that it should “be placed in the room in which Congress meets.”

The government of the United States at the time was under the Articles of Confederation, and the current U.S. Capitol Building was years away from being built. Still, Congress had resolved to hang a portrait of Galvez in “the room in which Congress meets.” If Congress is to honor this resolution, Galvez’s portrait should be hanging somewhere in the U.S. Capitol Building. But even though the government made this promise, to date, it has not kept its word. Continue reading

Daniels: Memorial Day 2014

memorialMy first memories of war were on a cold gray Sunday afternoon in December in 1941. Our family was gathered at my Grandfather’s house on the Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington, North Carolina enjoying the closeness of our family ties.

I was barely five years old, the only grandchild at the time and with my mother’s three siblings unmarried and living at home, I was pretty much the center of attention. So a trip to my grandparent’s house was fun and games for me.

But suddenly that Sunday afternoon the atmosphere became quiet and pensive as the family gathered around my grandmother’s big floor model radio giving their undivided attention to the news flash that had interrupted the regular Sunday programming. Continue reading

Jarvis: 60th Anniversary of Brown Vs. Board of Education

image002We can expect the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the May 17, 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, to be conducted in the usual reverential manner.

The Brown decision was indeed a turning point in American history, but whether it was beneficial or detrimental is still being debated. Of course, many feel that any time the rights of states are usurped by the Federal government, it represents progress. Consequently, this decision is always portrayed as a momentous societal improvement that all Americans should celebrate. But some of us will be unable to celebrate, not because we believe in “separate but equal” schools, but because of how the case was conducted, and the long-range consequences that it has wrought upon our society. Continue reading

Orwell: How the Poor Die

orwell_essaysI ran across this short essay written by George Orwell in the 1940’s. Many people know of and are amazed at how prophetic George Orwell’s books 1984 and the Animal Farm have been. I ran across a short 14 page essay written by Orwell titled How the Poor Die. As I began reading it I could not help but see another prophetic writing by this author relative to where the medical industry is headed toward in this new age of socialized Obamacare. I urge you to take a few minutes and read it in the light of what is going on in the western world today. Economies crashing resulting in more and more people becoming poor and as a result can not afford health insurance so they are forced into Obamacare the medical system for the poor. I could not help but think that as Orwell describes the medical treatment the poor received in his day that this is exactly where we are headed again in these times.

Regards,
Larry Miller Continue reading

Coretta Scott King In 1991: Hold Employers Accountable For Hiring Illegal Aliens

martin_coretta_king_library_of_congressPro-amnesty activists trying to co-opt the civil rights messages of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to push immigration reform through Congress seem to be directly contradicting the wishes of the late Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. Mrs. King carried on her husband’s civil rights activism after he was assassinated.

In a 1991 letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Coretta Scott King and other black community leaders argued that illegal immigration would have a devastating impact on the black community. At the time, Hatch was working his U.S. Senate position to undo some enforcement measures laid out in Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnesty agreement, attempting to weaken interior enforcement and sanctions against employers who hired illegal aliens. Continue reading

Trayvon Martin Was Not Shot Because He Was Black

READER ADVISORY: The following editorial contains assertions that may seem contradictory to things you’ve seen in media coverage of this subject. For some, such assertions will be simple common sense. It is not the intention of the author to insult the readers; thus, these statements will be identified numerically in parentheses. (2)

trayvon_deadThe investigative process is still underway in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (3) Sanford police, county sheriffs, state and federal law enforcement are all compiling evidence of what happened the night that Trayvon Martin was shot to death. (4) Continue reading

The Bankrupt Race Card: Trayvon Martin case, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton

Publisher’s NOTE: The following column was posted a mere 5 weeks after the death of po’ li’l Trayvon. Visitation to column alone on July 15, 2013 exceeded the normal daily readership of this publication. We have chosen to bring it back to the top of the board. (J.B.)

The Trayvon Martin case is a wholly familiar one to residents of any major urban city. If you live in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles, then it’s only a matter of time until an incident between a law enforcement officer, or more rarely a civilian defending himself, and a member of a minority group flares up into a citywide grievance theater complete with angry reverends on the steps of City Hall, women with stony faces holding up banners calling for justice and a media-driven debate about police tactics and racism. Continue reading

Your Freedom at stake: Our Enemy, The State

Albert Jay Nock, 1935

Nock300If we look beneath the surface of our public affairs, we can discern one fundamental fact, namely: a great redistribution of power between society and the State. This is the fact that interests the student of civilization. He has only a secondary or derived interest in matters like price-fixing, wage-fixing, inflation, political banking, “agricultural adjustment,” and similar items of State policy that fill the pages of newspapers and the mouths of publicists and politicians. All these can be run up under one head. They have an immediate and temporary importance, and for this reason they monopolize public attention, but they all come to the same thing; which is, an increase of State power and a corresponding decrease of social power.

It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. All the power it has is what society gives it, plus what it confiscates from time to time on one pretext or another; there is no other source from which State power can be drawn. Therefore every assumption of State power, whether by gift or seizure, leaves society with so much less power; there is never, nor can there be, any strengthening of State power without a corresponding and roughly equivalent depletion of social power.

Moreover, it follows that with any exercise of State power, not only the exercise of social power in the same direction, but the disposition to exercise it in that direction, tends to dwindle. Mayor Gaynor astonished the whole of New York when he pointed out to a correspondent who had been complaining about the inefficiency of the police, that any citizen has the right to arrest a malefactor and bring him before a magistrate. “The law of England and of this country,” he wrote, “has been very careful to confer no more right in that respect upon policemen and constables than it confers on every citizen.” State exercise of that right through a police force had gone on so steadily that not only were citizens indisposed to exercise it, but probably not one in ten thousand knew he had it. Continue reading

Did Bobby Kennedy Kill Marilyn Monroe?

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe died in 1962, but she still excites the public so much that her chest X-ray sold for $45,000. She’s the subject of 1,000 books, the inspiration for Macy’s new fashion collection, and an omnipresent icon who outstrips any living star. So why did the media ignore the stunning new evidence tying Bobby Kennedy to her death?

In recently discovered journals of Hollywood private eye Fred Otash, he wrote: “I listened to Marilyn Monroe die.” According to Otash, he had bugged Marilyn’s home and previously recorded Marilyn’s sex sessions with President John Kennedy. On the night of August 5, 1962, he listened as Marilyn had an hysterical argument with the Kennedys in which she accused them of passing her around “like a piece of meat.” Continue reading

Truth IS Stranger Than Fiction

The Racist Roots of Gun Control

~ Foreword ~
Every so often, we are inclined to go back to the ‘roots’ of the Federal Observer, and with today’s posting, and due to the overwhelming controversy over the next generation of gun-grab attempts, the time has come to repost this lengthy column once again. Once again, due to the age of this column (November 2002) some or all of the embedded links may no longer be active. Due your own due-diligence.

But what gave us the idea? Frankly, it was a phone call from a conservative talk show host out of Washington, DC, who came across this posting in its old archive location – and became interested enough to contact me. His name is Ken McClenton, and I will be a guest on his Blogtalk radio program, Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). You will be able to tune in “live” HERE OR HERE. The topic? Well – you are about to read it. Did I mention that my host happens to be a man of color?

To straighten out the un-enlighted reader – Mr. Whitley is not the author of “The Racist Roots of Gun Control”. He is however the author of the introduction and the closing comments. Our thanks to Mr. Clayton E. Cramer – the author of the main body of this text. We suggest that the NAACP (an organization who seems to have no intention of allowing their ‘people’ to be advanced for anything) – read and study – and then know their own history.

It would seem, the NAACP is willing to sellout the black race by withholding the truth in exchange for a few bucks in a civil case – and may even be willing to go so far as to threaten others of their own race if they try to reveal historical facts dealing with racism if it interferes with their cash-flow. The path the NAACP has taken is…well, as they say, “follow the money” (and the truth be damned).

Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher

He’s been with us from the beginning!

The Federal Observer is proud to carry this column – as it seems to have lit the long-dormant fires of activism in many, who have read this lengthy posting. To the authors of hundreds of letters and emails, which we have received since June of 2002 and to those of you who have chosen to post your comments on the pages of this publication – we thank each and every one of you. We would also like to invite our readers and listeners to email the NAACP directly with the same type of comments, which you have been forwarding to us. Keep it clean and keep it simple – and keep it straight to the point.

For those of you who question the motives of The Federal Observer – they are motives of truth and unity – for people of all colors and creeds. The time has come for the truth to be set free – so that all of us may once again experience the freedom once granted to us by the Almighty Creator.

We invite the NAACP to join us in this last fight for freedom – freedom for all! We need each other now more than ever before.

Editor’s Update: November 25, 2002
What The Federal Observer would like to know – in these “politically correct” times – Does the NAACP wish to be known as Negro, Colored, Black, Afro-American or African American? What is their REAL agenda? After all – this is the 21st Century and these people are a long way behind the times!

The Federal Observer will continue to recycle this article over and over until a positive change is brought about. (Ed.) Continue reading

McGovern: What I Know Now – Nibbled to Death

Former Senator George McGovern from North Dakota and 1972 Democratic candidate for the U.S. Presidency, passed away this morning, October 22, 2012. His kind of statesmanship is missed in this nation today. (Ed.)

My question is WHY didn’t McGovern come out BIG TIME and educate those other Liberals of his about these facts. Why wasn’t he in the lobbying halls making sure the DNC preached this message? (JJ)

Former U.S. Senator George McGovern discusses what being a small business owner has taught him.

After a run for the presidency and a quarter century on Capitol Hill, George McGovern left public service and became the owner of a business — a punishingly revelatory experience. If only, he says now, his career sequence had been the other way around

Calvin Coolidge was too simplistic when he observed that “the business of America is business.” But like most sweeping political statements, even Coolidge’s contains some truth — enough, as I’ve learned, to make me wish I had known more firsthand about the concerns and problems of American businesspeople while I was a U.S. senator and later a presidential nominee. That knowledge would have made me a better legislator and a more worthy aspirant to the White House. Continue reading

WEIMAR: Here’s The Real Story Of The Devastating Currency Collapse That Still Haunts Europe Today

Weimar Germany after World War One went through one of the worst hyperinflations in history, unleashing untold horrors on the German people and their economy.

Memories of Weimar still haunt the eurozone today. The European Central Bank, widely considered to be the only institution with the firepower to stem the euro crisis, is somewhat restrained by the legacy of the German Bundesbank.

The Bundesbank – established in 1957 (well after Weimar) – for years before joining the euro was extremely conservative in expanding the money supply because of what happened during the Weimar years. And 90 years later, Germans are reminded of the perils of the printing press, whether or not the comparison is truly apt.

Adam Fergusson authored a book on the subject, entitled When Money Dies – and many consider it to be the definitive work on the Weimar hyperinflation.

We summarized the key elements of Fergusson’s book…

The inflation’s roots were in World War One, which Germany financed with outsized budget deficits

Germany hoped that it would quickly win the war and reap bounty from the nations it conquered, which – to the government – justified the use of the printing press to fund it:

It may have been true — there is no reason to doubt it — that a short, sharp war and a speedy victory in 1914 had been both hoped for and expected. Together with the prospect of eventual war indemnities extorted from the Entente, this would possibly have justified taking temporary liberties, even outrageous ones, with the known laws of finance.. .that was indeed how it did begin: in part the natural result of having a self- willed Army itching for war and a Federal Parliament which, though with limited power over the country’s constituent states, still had to find the money to pay for it. [Read More…]

American Capitalism Gone With A Whimper

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years.

The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was.

But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists. Continue reading

The First Lady’s Curious Theology

In America we elect presidents, we don’t worship them. But the Weekly Standard blog offered a headline on April 17, 2012 that seemed to contradict this traditional practice.

In a short piece by Daniel Halper the headline was “Michelle Obama: ‘This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light’ If it were not a direct quote taken from Michelle Obama’s rally speech at a campaign event in Nashville, Tennessee earlier the same day, we could only imagine that some virulent anti-Obama politico went too far and just made up a false and despiteful headline to hurt the Obama campaign. But the headline is quite true.

Here is what is apparent. The Weekly Standard is no religious website and Daniel Halper is no dialectical theological giant like Karl Barth or a great expositor of the scriptures like Charles Haddon Spurgeon, but it is also apparent that he wasn’t trying to be. Continue reading

Bixman: The Institute of Homeland Security

~ Foreword ~ Earlier this week (of May 14, 2012) on ‘Life, Liberty & All That Jazz‘, I referenced the oft forgotten fact, that President George W. Bush signed into law, the U.S. Homeland Security Act during February 2001 – a full seven months before the fateful day now known as 9/11. What did he know, and when did he know it?

In the words of F.D.R. – “In politics, nothing happens by accident.” – or something to that effect. In November of 2001, the following was offered by a dear friend and contributing writer – Karen Lee Bixman – now retired – but the power of her investigative reports is always worth of a revisit. (Ed.)

Dark Winter Approaches Continue reading

In Hearings, Titanic’s Story Took Shape

On an April night 100 years ago, a ship of the Cunard lines called the R.M.S. Carpathia moved up the Hudson River in a ferocious rain, sailing past the line’s home berth at Pier 54, instead going north to Pier 59, near 18th Street.

Today, the pier is home to a golf driving range, a digital studio and a microbrewery. In 1912, it was the pier for ships of the White Star line.

The Carpathia stopped at Pier 59 to drop off White Star property: lifeboats from the R.M.S. Titanic, which it had collected from the North Atlantic three days earlier, when the Carpathia rescued 705 passengers and crew members. The lifeboats were all that was left of the unsinkable Titanic. Continue reading

We’re Still Sinking With The Titanic

The real story of the RMS Titanic that goes unmentioned in Western public schools is, of course, one of extreme wealth inequality, class warfare and, ultimately, the complete and utter disdain that the richest people had for the lives of the poorest people in a time of crisis. Just shy of one hundred years from the day the Titanic sunk (April 15, 1912), and we are all still stuck on that same dreadful voyage. The global economy has side-swiped an iceberg at full speed and is mathematically destined to go under, no matter what the Captain and crew decide to do.

Except, now, it’s not only the poorest two-thirds of the ship’s passengers that are being left to die, and there is no priority for “women and children”. It is true that the entire corporate establishment has benefited from systemic fraud, propaganda/manipulation and taxpayer-funded bailouts, but it is a very small percentage of people who are truly being guaranteed a lifeboat. These institutions and the people who run them are gifted vast sums of money over and over again, while the rest of us patiently, helplessly and hopelessly wait to be “rescued”. Continue reading

Obama Protesting at Harvard in 1991

Just what I wanted to ruin my day – to watch a video of a 1991 Radical Commie at Havahd!

Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed discovered this little gem of a video, in which then-law student Barack Obama spoke at a protest in favor of Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell.

Kaczynski explains what the protest was all about.

Bell was the first black tenured professor at the school, and a pioneer of “critical race theory,” which insisted, controversially, on reading issues of race and power into legal scholarship. His protest that spring was occasioned by Harvard’s denial of tenure to a black woman professor, Regina Austin, at a time when only three of the law school’s professors were black and only five women. He told Harvard he would take a leave of absence — a kind of academic strike — “until a woman of color is offered and accepted a tenured position on this faculty,” and he launched a hunger strike to dramatize his point.

Obama was a major figure on campus, the first black president of the Law Review. Some friends, in a prescient joke, just referred to him as “the first black president.” He had a reputation as a conciliatory figure, not a confrontational one like Bell.

Probably the most amazing thing about it is the fact that Obama’s speech-giving style is so little changed since his days at Harvard. Obama has the same soaring cadence, dramatic pauses, and light-hearted jokes that you find in almost every one of his speeches. Continue reading

The Man

In 1972, Paramount Pictures put out a fine film starring the great James Earl Jones, portraying the first Black President of the United States. In light of recent events, we located an image of the original poster and performed some “minor” surgery on its design – still maintaining the integrity of its original format. With the exception of the quote by “THE WIFE” in the right-hand column of the poster, all quotes are part of the original poster (as seen below). Published on the Original Federal Observer, November 18, 2008.

It’s called S-A-T-I-R-E folks Continue reading

Cost of Living in George Washington’s Time

~ The Forefathers’ Finances ~
Many of us might be understandably guilty of viewing life in 18th-century America through a lens that only consists of tricornered hats, lots of tea and Mel Gibson single-handedly altering the course of the American Revolution with his marksmanship. Lest we all entirely forget our high school U.S. history class, life today is essentially unrecognizable from life in the colonies, as tends to happen to societies over a quarter of a millennium.

Viewed from the 21st century, life in colonial America was like living on a different planet,” said University of Virginia professor Ronald Michener in a piece on economics of the time in The Colonial Williamsburg Journal. Continue reading


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