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Monday, June 30, 2008

Headlines for the week ending June 28, 2008

  1. Mandatory In-Car Breathalyzers Coming?

Preventing someone from driving drunk is a good thing. But could these breathalyzers become an eventual invasion of privacy? Technology is a good thing, but when people with evil motives are in charge, no wonder why some of think the worse in some situations.

We need more higher level people in Government speaking out against evil. General Taguba should be commending for his honesty and bravery.

  1. Evangelist accuses Obama of 'distorting' Bible

These politicians are comical. Most of them have no idea about religion and politics and should stay away from both subjects.

This the same court that says it's cool to torture people at Camp X-Ray who may have done nothing wrong whatsoever? We have very odd people ruling over us. What does that say about the people who choose these leaders?

  1. Man caught having sex with table gets 6 months

Do I have to comment on this article?

If you are asked to make the ultimate sacrifice for your country, can you actually put a price tag on your arms and legs?

  1. Leaked NIST Docs: "Unusual" Event Before Collapse Of WTC 7

Leaked confidential NIST documents concerning the investigation into the collapse of WTC 7, the 47-storey skyscraper that was not hit by a plane but imploded in under seven seconds on 9/11, reveal that an "unusual" event preceded the collapse of the building - a "jet of flames" that shot out of several windows after most of the fire had already died down.

  1. 'Agents Provocateurs' caught in the UK

Governments have been caught time and time again using agent provocateurs. This is nothing new, just another example of Governments getting caught and back peddling.

Maybe a graduation speech wasn’t the right place to complain, but you got to give the kid credit for not being a wimp and speaking up for what she thought was right.

  1. Mexican Army Members Busted for Home Invasion and Murder

Police reports show that three men arrested in a Phoenix home invasion and homicide Monday may have been active members of the Mexican Army.

  1. Government Permission Required For Parents To Kiss Children

A quarter of the entire adult population of the United Kingdom will be mandated to pass a state check operated by a newly formed government agency to have any physical contact with children under the age of 16 in public - including their own kids.

  1. Five Myths About the New Wiretapping Law

Perhaps most controversially, the bill effectively pardons the telecom giants that assisted the Bush administration in the warrantless wiretapping program. They will now be shielded from dozens of civil lawsuits brought against them after their involvement was exposed. House Democrats insist that the telecoms are not automatically getting off the hook. Instead, the companies must go before a federal judge. But here's the catch: For the suits against them to be "promptly dismissed," they must demonstrate to the judge not that what they did was legal but only that the White House told them to do it.


13. Oil's rise is mainly dollar's devaluation, OPEC chief says

And all the while I thought that it was the big bad commodity speculators. FYI folks, the commodities are denominated in DOLLARS, which have been devalued. Welcome to economics 101!!!!!

  1. Oceans clearing greenhouse gases faster than expected

Oceans clearing greenhouse gases faster than expected...someone needs to contact Al Gore and tell him that science still works. Can we get a return on that Nobel Peace Prize, if necessary, Al?

  1. San Francisco to vote on George W Bush sewage works

San Francisco is to hold a vote on whether to rename one of its largest sewage treatment facilities after George W. Bush, in what supporters describe as "a fitting monument to the President's work". Call me crazy, but I’m not sure that I would like a sewage system named after me.

  1. City Pension Funds Lose Billions

Taxpayers could be on the hook, AGAIN!!!! When will you learn?

  1. Gun Control for Dummies

The FACT of the matter is that the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution states quite clearly that "the Right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It's also a FACT that the Supreme Court has already stated in their decision Miranda v Arizona: "Where rights (liberty) secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no legislation which would abrogate (abolish) them."

In Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105: "No State shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and charge a fee therefore."

In Sherer v. Cullen, 481 F 946 "There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of this exercise of constitutional rights."

In Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham Alabama, 373 US 262: "If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity."

With the ruling that the Second Amendment does convey an INDIVIDUAL right to keep and bear arms, prior Supreme Court Rulings make it clear that gun registration and indeed even limits to the kinds of weapons the individual may choose to keep are unconstitutional.

  1. The meaning of the phrase "well-regulated" in the 2nd amendment

The phrase "well-regulated" was in common use long before 1789, and remained so for a century thereafter. It referred to the property of something being in proper working order. Something that was well-regulated was calibrated correctly, functioning as expected. Establishing government oversight of the people's arms was not only not the intent in using the phrase in the 2nd amendment, it was precisely to render the government powerless to do so that the founders wrote it.

  1. American 'Meltdown' is the Reason for the Money Injection by Fortis

Fortis expects a complete breakdown of the American financial markets within days or weeks. This explains, according to the bank insurer, the series of interventions on Thursday with the aim of strengthening themselves by € 8 billion. "We are ready at the last moment. The U.S. is doing much worse than we had thought," said Fortis chairman Maurice Lippens, who insists that CEO Votron shall not be replaced. Fortis expects bankruptcies of 6,000 U.S. banks that have low coverage. "But the same goes also for Citigroup and General Motors, and thereby starts a complete meltdown in the U.S."

  1. HUGE CREDIT CARD CRISIS NEXT FOR AMERICA

People are using their credit cards to pay for gas and even their mortgages, just trying to hang on until the HIGH-PAYING jobs come back. But the jobs are NEVER COMING BACK. Bush actually gave huge tax credits to corporations to make it easier for them to offshore manufacturing jobs.

  1. Department of Defensee Announces Force Adjustments

This doesn’t look like we’re going to be leaving Iraq anytime soon.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Headlines for the week ending June 21, 2008

"Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible
." - Francis of Assisi

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

"Public opinion is no phenomenon sui generic. It is in part the result of government policies and by definition politicians cannot hide behind their own creation. If some sectors of public opinion in the industrialized countries are immersed in the rhetoric and slogans associated with misunderstanding, then much of this may be inherited from their political leaders. And if these leaders are in part responsible for a situation which impedes acceptance of the need for change, then they themselves must be held responsible for changing this situation." - RIO: Reshaping the International Order: A Report to the Club of Rome, 1976

  1. UK "Health" Editor Promotes Vaccinations Using Fear & Misinformation


This article is loaded with classic propaganda ploys intended to stampede the ill-informed parent into running down to their local clinic and having their child vaccinated in order to "save" them from the potentially fatal disease of measles. What a crock! The "MMR" stands for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella and the vaccine is far more dangerous and threatening to the immune system of a young child than the diseases they purport to protect against.

There are many medical experts who support the view that these childhood vaccines can cause lifelong debilitations and immune system damage. You will notice throughout this article how words are carefully chosen to intimidate and create anxiety in the parent. They use the term "endemic" in the title to subliminally connote an idea of "epidemic" or "pandemic" while the word itself merely means something that is native or local to a given region or area. To illustrate, I've used bold letters and italics with some words and phrases which were designed to create anxiety and lead the reader to believe that vaccinations are just about the smartest thing a caring mom or dad could do to "protect" their child. The truth is quite the opposite. Seek out articles and books that are available on the internet that tell the REAL story of vaccine dangers.

  1. Oklahoma to feds: Don't tread on me
    State House defends its sovereignty from D.C. intrusion
This is good, in that it shows that some people in this country have the nerve to stand up to Big brother. But for how long? How long will it take to get the rest of America on board?

  1. Professionals Ask Governor Jindal to Veto Unfair Fluoridation Bill


The vast majority of citizens in Louisiana had no idea that this was happening. The way this bill was slipped through the legislature was simply not fair. Signing this bill (SB 312) into law would not be fair. The only person who can now do something about this is Governor Jindal.

State Sen. Francis Thompson said Senate Bill 312 would mean healthier teeth for children across the state and that's important because, according to Thompson, many children do not brush properly.

Dr. Paul Connett, of the Fluoride Action Network, said passing SB 312 would be a mistake for children and families, and that recent studies indicate fluoride in drinking water can have an adverse affect on the developing brains of young children.


"We are giving our babies 250 times more fluoride than nature intended at a time when the blood brain barrier is not fully formed," said Connett. "That simply is not a wise thing to do, especially now that we have over 40 animal studies which indicate that fluoride damages the brain and 18 studies -- three published last year alone -- which show that fluoride lowers the IQ in children at levels as low as 1.8 parts per million."

Connett's group has been working to raise awareness of the ill effects of fluoridation. He hopes Thursday's vote on SB 312 would draw attention to the issue of mandatory fluoridation.

  1. SWAT Run Amok
Although there are a lot of military and police officers who are doing a fine job of protecting and serving the community, there are still these brainwashed cadres of compartmentalized robots that need to be re-educated in Liberty 101.

  1. Morgan Stanley warns of 'catastrophic event' as ECB fights Federal Reserve

The clash between the European Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve over monetary strategy is causing serious strains in the global financial system and could lead to a replay of Europe's exchange rate crisis in the 1990s, a team of bankers has warned.

  1. Gold May Rise to $5,000 on Inflation, Schroder Says

Gold prices may rise to $5,000 an ounce as investors seek to protect themselves against accelerating inflation, said Schroder Investment Management Ltd., which oversees $277 billion of assets globally.

  1. US faces prison ship allegations

The United Nations says it has learned of serious allegations that the US is secretly detaining terrorism suspects, notably on American military ships. All of the torture propaganda that we see and hear from the governments of the world, I wouldn’t doubt it.

  1. Kristol: Bush Might Bomb Iran If He 'Thinks Senator Obama's Going To Win'

On Fox News Sunday this morning, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said that President Bush is more likely to attack Iran if he believes Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is going to be elected.

However, "if the president thought John McCain was going to be the next president, he would think it more appropriate to let the next president make that decision than do it on his way out," Kristol said, reinforcing the fact that McCain is offering a third Bush term on Iran.


  1. Constitutional expert: FISA bill 'is an evisceration of the Fourth Amendment'


Currently in the House, that would update the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to effectively grant immunity from civil lawsuits to telecommunications companies that agreed to spy on their customers as part of the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program, starting shortly before the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. If the White House asked a phone company to spy with its assurance that it was legal, the measure says, that's enough to dismiss a case.

Again, the people are letting this happen. This is not America anymore.

  1. Employers ponder tough tactics to halt smoking
This is becoming a society of control of epic proportions. What a person does on his/her private time that doesn’t harm, injure or disgrace his/her employer is not the employers concern. When did our employers become more powerful than God? What's next - alcohol? Random Breathalyzer checks or blood checks for alcohol? Maybe they'll start enforcing a no-red-meat ban to "protect" their employees from saturated fats. But of this stuff happens because people allow it to happen.

  1. Why Brain Surgeons Are Avoiding Cell Phones
Last week, three prominent neurosurgeons told CNN interviewer Larry King that they did not hold cell phones next to their ears. Dr. Keith Black, Dr. Vini Khurana, and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta all maintained that the practice could be unsafe.


  1. Two Billion may suffer from Mobile Cancer by 2020: Study
I don’t know if this is true or not, but I heard that the cancer that Ted Kennedy was admitted for some time ago was due to extended cell phone use. Regardless, my own personal experience tells me that these cell phones aren’t any good for our health. Many times, my eyes burn and get red if I am on my phone for too long. Don you homework on this issue, folks.

  1. Lakeville police surprise sleeping man with 3 a.m. reminder to lock his doors
No one has the right to enter your home without your permission or a warrant from a judge. But again, if our law enforcement personnel don’t understand the law and what it means to live in a free society, then we are continually sliding down a slippery slope.

  1. An Evangelical Manifesto for an Interfaith World
Watering down the Gospel of Jesus Christ with legalism, and tolerance? That’s strange, because Jesus wasn’t tolerant. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6). He also said “Except you repent you will perish.” (Luke 13: 3 & 5). He said a lot more, but he was very demonstrative in that He clearly and often stated that a positive relationship can only be achieved through Him. That doesn’t leave us much for alternatives, folks. Don’t fall for the wolves in sheep’s clothing and their false doctrines.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Headlines for the Week Ending June 14, 2008

  1. YouTube - Syndicated Radio host Michael Reagan, adopted son of former president Ronald Reagan, publicly calls for 9/11 Truth Activist Mark Dice to be murdered.

Michael Reagan: "We ought to find the people who are doing this, take them out and shoot them. Really. You take them out, they are traitors to this country, and shoot them. You have a problem with that? Deal with it. You shoot them. You call them traitors, that's what they are, and you shoot them dead. I'll pay for the bullets."

Folks, even if you don’t agree with someone’s view or resounding questioning of an event, this is still no excuse to publicly call for the murder of people. Michael Reagan is the son of a former US President so he may just get a slap on the wrist, if that. But if you or I were to say such incendiary remarks, we just might get a visit from a pack of stormtroopers with black ski masks.

  1. Nicolas Sarkozy plans to bypass Irish no vote

Diplomats and officials have no intention of letting the Irish no vote sink a blueprint to boost the EU's powers on the international stage and to create a President of Europe. Gordon Brown has already phoned Paris to promise Mr Sarkozy that Britain will ignore Ireland to continue parliamentary ratification of the EU Treaty.

This is just another example of the will of the people being thwarted. But if people continue to vote for the establishment’s racehorses, then you can expect to get the same pay off in the end. America, get a good look at how you are getting treated by this European example.


  1. The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery?

Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million - mostly Black and Hispanic - are working for various industries for peanuts.

This is a follow up to an article from a week ago. But the same system that many laud as a savior is showing signs of a tyrannical system of control and abuse. We, the people, are to blame; and until the people rise up, stop rationalizing everything and demand substantive change, the status quo will always prevail.

  1. A New Kind of Wage Slave

So when you call directory assistance using, say, Excel Telecommunications, chances are good your inquiry might be answered by a federal prisoner. At Carswell, a fifth of the prison workforce -- most from the camp but a few from the hospital as well -- get to sit in cubicles in an air-conditioned building, start at almost double the pay of the regular prison jobs, and, if they behave and don't make mistakes, get regular raises until they reach the maximum pay of -- hold onto your hat -- $1.45 an hour. Of course, they have to work seven and a half years to reach that maximum. And since this center hasn't been open long enough for anyone to make the maximum, the highest pay at Carswell is $1.15 an hour.

Could this be the reason for such a large prison population explosion?

  1. ISRAELI ARMY NOW DICTATES WHO ONE CAN MARRY

When I read the following I had flashbacks to a time in the USA when certain states had it written into law forbidding a white person from cohabiting with a black person.... the same was true under the apartheid regime in South Africa.

When will people stop being slaves? When will our law enforcement realize that they are being played like a marionette dancing on a string. Just doing your job, huh?

  1. German Papers Say 'Many Have Lost Faith in America' Because of Bush

With George W. Bush visiting Germany and other parts of Europe this week, German newspapers have been slamming the U.S. president in language stronger than most American dailies use.

If an American citizen with a lot of influence said this, he/she would have been considered a traitor by the bleeding heart establishment shills and the sheeple.

  1. Secretary General of Iraqi Scientists and Intellectuals Arrested

The officials said that one of the so-called Muthanna Brigade units in the Abu Ghraib arrested Sheikh Ahmad during his return from Baghdad to the city without reference to any reasons behind the arrest. The source said that a delegation of notables and the people of Fallujah will go to the brigade headquarters to know the reasons for arrest and mediating for his release. It is noteworthy that the arrest of Secretary General came one day after the Congress held by "the group of Iraqi scientists and intellectuals" against the American Treaty.

I’m wondering if this man was arrested because he was giving sensitive information to our enemies. If this is the case, then shouldn’t Bill Clinton and George Bush both be arrested for giving sensitive information to the North Koreans and to the Chinese. Never mind the man behind the curtain!


  1. Iraq war could cost taxpayers $2.7 trillion

In addition to the cost of war, taxpayers pay for rising veteran health care costs, and returning soldiers faced with foreclosure and unemployment.

Now, anyone want to explain why the American people should fork over that $2.7 trillion for a war started with lies? Well, they say it’s broken now, and we have to fix it. The American people didn’t break it; so let the bankers who funded this fiasco pay for it.

  1. U.S. Ranks Dead Last Among 19 Nations in Preventive Medicine

The United States ranks worst among developed nations in the number of preventable deaths, according to a study conducted by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and published in the journal Health Affairs.

Are we to think that the Pharmaceutical companies, their lobbyists and all of their “cure-alls” are partly to blame for all of this? What about changing our diet, exercise regimen, and unhealthy practices, etc? Responsibility and education are key, but so many people are lazy and spoon fed their “news” from unreliable sources, no wonder this nation is in this sad state of affairs.

  1. Security scans will show sex organs

Security scanners that can see through passenger’s clothing and reveal details such as their sex organs, colostomy bags and breast size, are being installed in 10 U.S. airports.

Security is fine, but the good people of this country are doing virtually nothing and letting our government use the threat of terrorism to take away personal liberties: a right to privacy.

  1. Teen Challenge: Your tax dollars, paying for institutionalised abuse

Abu Ghraib and Gitmo aren't the only abusive facilities getting tax dollars--both by direct funding and by welfare fraud, Teen Challenge gets quite a bit of your tax money for institutionalized abuse...and Bush is still bailing them out when they're caught doing something wrong.

Like I have always said, when anyone is outside of their authoritative job description, a mess or chaos always results.

  1. Bush warns of pay cuts for troops

President Bush on Saturday pressed Congress to approve billions of dollars more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, warning that failure to quickly act could lead to mass layoffs at the Pentagon and an inability to pay the salaries of troops in combat.

How can this President even have those words come out of his mouth after the lie he and his administration told is what got the troops over there in the first place? If I was him, I wouldn't threaten to cut the troops salaries, I'd threaten to cut my own, my entire cabinet's salaries and perks, the judicial branch of Government and all of the pork barrel bills that our Government funds. How's that for leadership?

  1. Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles

Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles.

Too little too late, Dennis. Pelosi is compromised and like I told many democrats before the republicans lost control of the House, Pelosi and the gang can accurately be depicted as the “new boss, same as the old boss.” Nothing will change, and it hasn’t. Feel better now?

  1. Central bank body warns of Great Depression

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the organization that fosters cooperation between central banks, has warned that the credit crisis could lead world economies into a crash on a scale not seen since the 1930s.

What we have to remember about economics is that these types of things are cyclical and planned. It isn’t necessarily about poor people and a tanking economy; it’s about a transfer of wealth from those who don’t know the rules, to those who make the rules. Remember that! Those people who are losing their homes and their jobs don’t know the rules. The banks are being bailed, bought out, and the “higher ups” are still getting their lucrative financial payoffs. The average Joe is paying $4.00 per gallon at the pumps, inflation is going higher, and American jobs are continually being outsourced. Think about it, folks.

  1. Vegan girl, 12, 'has spine of 80-year-old'

A girl brought up by her parents on a strict vegan diet has been admitted to hospital with a degenerative bone condition said to have left her with the spine of an 80-year-old.

Jesus wasn’t a vegan, the Children of Israel under the Law of God weren’t vegans, science doesn’t support a vegan lifestyle, and there is no New Testament mandate to support a vegan lifestyle. Bring on the meat!

  1. Man Who Fell Off Couch Laughing at TV Show Ends Up Pepper Sprayed, Arrested

Here we go again. Cops are just doing their jobs, as usual.

  1. FEMA gives away $85 million of supplies for Katrina victims

FEMA gave away about $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, a CNN investigation has found. The material, from basic kitchen goods to sleeping necessities, sat in warehouses for two years before the Federal Emergency Management Agency's giveaway to federal and state agencies this year.

YOU voted for this administration America, and YOU got ‘em.


  1. Was polygamy the only issue with the FDLS?

  1. EMINENT DOMAIN: GOVERNMENT STEALING FAMILY FARM

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Headlines for the week ending June 7, 2008

  1. US is 'the world's leading jailer:' Human Rights Watch

The United States has 2.3 million people behind bars, more than any other country in the world and more than ever before in its history, Human Rights Watch said Friday. "The new incarceration figures confirm the United States as the world's leading jailer," said David Fahti, Human Rights Watch's US program director. "Americans should ask why the US locks up so many more people than do Canada, Britain, and other democracies," he added. Folks, you better wake up-like yesterday. There is an agenda at work that the media is purposefully not reporting to you. But if your focus and attention is on the NBA Playoffs and whether of not Big Brown won the Triple Crown, then you’re already behind the 8-ball.

  1. Sun, Not Man, Is Causing Climate Change

If this is true then Al Gore has a lot of explaining to do. Can Nobel Prize winners be stripped of their award?

  1. 22,000 Jobs Cut on Wall Street, With More to Come

Does this look like the Bush stimulus plan is working?

  1. Obama-Hillary Ticket? Ain't Gonna Happen

If Obama even begins to consider whether a Vice President Clinton would loyally help him better govern the country, she's toast in the veepstakes. This better not happen. After all of that mud slinging with Hillary and her bunch acted like she deserved the nomination. Honestly, there isn’t too much difference between these two candidates anyway, but Hillary has enough baggage to put Samsonite out of business. Don’t do it, Barack.

  1. US elections: Jimmy Carter tells Barack Obama not to pick Hillary Clinton as running mate

"I think it would be the worst mistake that could be made," said Carter. "That would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates." Hillary Clinton? Negative?

  1. Artificial Sweeteners Confound the Brain; May Lead to Diet Disaster

If that theory plays out, there could be implications for those who use artificial sweeteners as a weight-control aid. Recent research indeed suggests a correlation between artificial sweetener intake and compromised health. In one large survey, diet soda consumption was found to be associated with elevated cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk. A different study reveals a possible mechanism behind this effect: rats that were fed artificially sweetened yogurt in addition to their regular feed ended up eating more and gaining more weight than rats that ate yogurt with real sugar. The study's authors suggest that exposure to an artificial sweetener may undermine the brain's ability to track calories and to determine when to stop eating. Folks, the word “artificial” is the kicker and makes this decision a no-brainer. Stop using the junk!!!! Use stevia instead.

  1. NJ superdelegate accuses Clinton camp of divisive tactics

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, who supported Hillary Clinton, tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he received a call from a top member of Clinton's organization shortly before the April 22 Pennsylvania primary. Andrews says the caller explicitly discussed a strategy of winning Jewish voters by exploiting tensions between Jews and blacks. The Clinton’s? Divisive tactics? How could he say such a horrible thing about them after all of these wonderful years?

  1. Pentagon said drawing up plans for strike on Iranian camp

The Pentagon is drawing up plans for a "surgical strike" against an alleged insurgent training camp in Iran, according to the UK Sunday Times' Michael Smith.

You know, back when Clinton was President, and coincidentally on the very same day Monica Lewinsky testified, Clinton attacked a target in Sudan he insisted was making weapons of mass destruction for Al Qaeda. As it turned out, Bill's media distraction blew up a medical supply company, pretty much the only one they had in Sudan. As it turned out, there was no trace of WMDs found in the rubble, the owners of the company sued the US and you wound up paying to rebuild the company (along with the bill for those million-a-pop cruise missiles Bill used to do the job). Our government at work!

  1. Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control

A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.

The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilize Iraq's position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.

This is what the current administration considers to be a viable plan for the future of Iraq???? A US presence in perpetuity? And just what, precisely, do the Iraqi people get out of this agreement? I think the words "absolutely nothing" come to mind here. Wait a minute, I thought that the Presidential candidates (in word only except for Ron Paul) were talking about bringing the troops home. It appears to be only rhetoric again. Am I surprised? Should you be surprised? (Shake your head)

  1. Australian Troops Pull Out of Iraq

About 500 Australian combat troops pulled out of their base in southern Iraq on Sunday, fulfilling an election promise by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to bring the soldiers home this year. The current Prime Minister knows that the former Aussie Prime Minister acted hastily in committing troops to this fiasco. He’s getting out while the getting is good. Can you blame him?

  1. Cheney calls Iraq withdrawal 'betrayal'

The US Vice President Dick Cheney has told Virginia Republicans that withdrawing US troops from Iraq would be 'an act of betrayal.' One has to wonder against whom Cheney would characterize a withdrawal from Iraq a "betrayal"; Haliburton? Kellogg, Brown & Root? Dyncorp? Blackwater?

All these companies have received no-bid contracts, and have been raking in money hand over fist from the privatization of our military infrastructure. In terms of betraying the Iraqi people, we have already done that by going to war in Iraq on a pack of lies, destroying their infrastructure, and poisoning many of them with exposure to depleted uranium, which causes all kinds of cancers and terrible malformations of their kids. We have also exposed our troops to this same kind of deadly poison, causing the same damages to our troops and their children. I wonder why our vets can’t get the same standard of care that Cheney gets. That sounds like betrayal to me.

  1. America's house prices are falling even faster than during the Great Depression

As housing prices in America continue their rapid descent, market-watchers are having to cast back ever further for gloomy comparisons. The latest S&P/Case-Shiller national house-price index, published this week, showed a slump of 14.1% in the year to the first quarter, the worst since the index began 20 years ago. Now Robert Shiller, an economist at Yale University and co-inventor of the index, has compiled a version that stretches back over a century. This shows that the latest fall in nominal prices is already much bigger than the 10.5% drop in 1932, the worst point of the Depression. I wonder why we aren’t hearing about this on the news, while Bush and his administration act as if everything is just fine.

  1. Man banned from jet for Transformers T-shirt

Airport guards stopped a man boarding a plane -- for wearing a Transformers T-shirt showing a cartoon gun. Some of these airport workers need to get a job.

  1. Latest Airline Fee: Pay Toilets?

I’m starting to think that USA stands for Unsurpassed Stupidity of Americans.

  1. Bush has plans to turn Iraq over to the corporations and their mercenary armies

Could the U.S. ultimately end up privatizing its entire mission in Iraq? That's what the latest round of contracts the U.S. government plans to let out in the coming months might suggest. And to think, many of them have no competition and get no-bid contracts with minimal oversight and/or accountability.

  1. 400,000 Troops needed in Afghanistan

ISAF Commander McNeill has said himself that according to the current counterterrorism doctrine, it would take 400,000 troops to pacify Afghanistan in the long term. But the reality is that he has only 47,000 soldiers under his command, together with another 18,000 troops fighting at their sides as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and possibly another 75,000 reasonably well-trained soldiers in the Afghan army by the end of the year. All told, there is still a shortfall of 260,000 men. One has to wonder; just precisely how this shortfall going to be made up. I hope that they don’t start implementing conscription (a draft) of Americans or illegal aliens.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

An Open Letter to Our Police and Military

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.—US Constitution Preamble


Let me preface this by saying that I am NOT anti-military or anti-police. I am pro-liberty and an advocate for justice and fairness for all people.

Dear Military and law enforcement personnel:

I would first like to thank you for your dedication and service to our communities and to our country. For those of you whose heart-felt desire is to “protect and serve” you are the ones to whom the Apostle Paul is referring in Romans 13:4 as a minister of God. Again, I applaud you and I also would like to thank your family for supporting you and the sacrifice that you are making.

However, we live in a society and amongst a culture of passivity rather than proactive behavior. Many of us watch things happen, while very few make things happen. This leads me to my thoughts about how laws and what kind of laws are enforced. Like all Americans, police officers and military personnel have families for which to care and bills to pay. But our public servants responsibility to the community and the nation is different from everyone else’s. As the Apostle Paul stated in the above verse, you are ministers of God, and that title brings with it a lot more accountability. When that uniform and/or badge is put on, you are acting as the God of Heaven's authorized representative to promote justice and equity, and to punish the lawbreakers. You are no longer just working for a paycheck. You have more than just a job to do; you now have a specific duty to fulfill with all of Heaven backing you. Protect and serve isn't just a motto, it is a committment.


IF POLICE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS WILL NOT ENFORCE TYRANNY, IT WILL NEVER BE ENFORCED!— Officer Jack McLamb, Ret.


“I am just doing my job” is an all-purpose excuse by those who don't want to take responsibility for their own actions or even consider that what they're doing might be wrong. Would you purposefully perform a duty that you knew to be morally wrong? People who use this phrase diminish their humanity by surrendering their ability to make reasonable choices and moral decisions. Using this phrase makes you a cog in the corporate machine with no more choice or responsibility than a phone or a tea bag. Whenever I hear police and military personnel say “I’m just doing my job,” it makes me want to cringe. I don’t want you to just do your jobs, and you shouldn’t just want to do a job. Doing a job is the reason we have automated technology, like computers, robots and electronic checkout counters at the grocery store. It just does what it is told to do. It doesn’t think, use reasoning, and it doesn’t have feelings or common sense. This type of sentiment is counterproductive as far as humanity is concerned. Unfortunately, “to just do a job” is a very common thing in our society by cops who harass drivers, soldiers who burn down villages and napalm children, utility workers who cut off power to elderly widows, telephone solicitors who call you during dinner, network administrators who work at spammer ISPs, and many others. Sometimes, just doing your job isn’t sinister, but sometimes "just doing your job" isn’t the right thing to do deep down in your heart. Remember, we are humans.

I was in the Philadelphia International Airport a few months ago and I politely confronted several military travelers who were sitting next to me. They were all very friendly men, but when I asked them to give me their opinions about the 2008 US Presidential election, the state of the war, and the lies that we were told about the war; and they suddenly gave me a “deer-stunned-in-the-headlights” look. One guy tried to challenge me and said that he was doing what the Commander-in-Chief ordered the military to do. Then I asked him if the President or the Congress has the Constitutional authority to declare war. He didn’t know. Then I asked him if the President wanted to go to war to enforce UN resolutions or was it a Congressional declaration of war? At this point, he was really confused. Then I wondered to myself, “How can this guy challenge me and claim to be fighting to protect and to defend the Constitution if he doesn’t know what the Constitution says?” Then the presumptive leader of the group jumped in and said that he has his own opinion of things and that he discusses them with his wife only. I asked him if he agreed with Congressman Ron Paul’s stance to bring the troops home immediately. The soldier refused to answer the question. Then I asked him if he knew that Ron Paul has received more military donations than any other candidate. Again, he gave me no comment; but he and other military personnel have told me that they can’t have a public opinion on these types of matters. Then I told him that he willingly gave up his 1st Amendment right to free speech. By this point, I was very polite on the outside, but I began to get subtly disgusted with these guys on the inside. So I wished them well, and they caught their flight.

I started to wonder what kind of nation we really have if these are the types of people who are supposedly defending and upholding the US Constitution. These troops were very nice and respectful, but you can tell that they were struggling on the inside. They weren't free. They surrendered a portion of their freedom to serve in the military. I am not mad at them, per se. I am glad that they willingly want to serve our country, but I am just concerned about how some of us deal with and perceive truth. I have been told many times (by military personnel) that I would have never made it in the military because I question things too much. Well, that’s just me. I’m not going to do something that my superiors tell me if they can’t justify why I should do it, legally. The only being who gets my blind and unquestioned obedience is Jesus Christ. I respect my parents as well, but I won’t even obey them unless I’m clear about the specific situation.

As I thought about the encounter with the military men, I got a little more upset, and started thinking about various examples that I have seen and heard about US troops (not the guys from the airport) and other military personnel committing atrocious acts around the world, such as: UN peacekeepers raping women and children; our troops torturing people in Iraq and Camp X-Ray; soldiers smuggling drugs; Nazi soldiers murdering millions of people; troops being a catalyst for illegal drug production; and US soldiers raping and murdering in Iraq. What happened to some of our servicemen and women? How did some of these people become so mind-warped? A few bad apples doesn’t spoil the whole bunch; but Galatians 5:9 states that “a little leaven leavens the whole lump.” This mindset to be tyrannical and commandeering is truly an unhealthy state of mind for our public servants. The ones who did these horrible things may have started out doing subtle wrongs, little white lies, or mistreating people, etc. Who knows? The Bible calls them the little foxes (Song of Solomon 2:15). My hope is that these same servicemen that I met in the airport wouldn’t become the victims of their own ignorance.


"Our peers in uniform cannot defend our nation and people from enemies who they do not know and recognize. Our work at our two police and military organizations is to help our peers know the enemy."--Officer Jack McLamb, Ret.

The military oath taken at the time of induction reads:


"I,____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God"

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) 809.ART.90 (20), makes it clear that military personnel need to obey the "lawful command of his superior officer," 891.ART.91 (2), the "lawful order of a warrant officer", 892.ART.92 (1) the "lawful general order", 892.ART.92 (2) "lawful order". In each case, military personnel have an obligation and a duty to only obey Lawful orders and indeed have an obligation to disobey Unlawful orders, including orders by the president that do not comply with the UCMJ. The moral and legal obligation is to the U.S. Constitution and not to those who would issue unlawful orders, especially if those orders are in direct violation of the Constitution and the UCMJ.Members of the armed forces are sworn to protect the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. They are also sworn to obey all LAWFUL orders and have an affirmative duty to DISOBEY all UNLAWFUL orders.





Even when the U.S. tried Nazi war criminals, the lame excuse that they used was that they were "following orders." This defense for their war crimes was not acceptable. Their “following orders” resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent men, women, and children. "In 1953, the Department of Defense adopted the principles of the Nuremberg Code as official policy" of the United States. (Hasting Center Report, March-April 1991)

Our society has been propagandized by popular TV shows like 24, and Law and Order. These shows and others continually rehearse how law enforcement bends the rules, and that the “end justifies the means.” We also see establishment people in America like John Yoo, Alan Dershowitz, Pat Buchanan and others advocating torture and many barbaric practices that the founders of this nation considered abhorrent.


"Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause... for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country."-- George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775


The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the United States Bill of Rights, prohibits excessive bail or fines, as well as cruel and unusual punishment.

Domestically, many of our police officers are lining our streets and highways with radar guns and road checkpoints. Sometimes, their goal is not to stop drug trafficking, rape, theft, murder or violent acts; they are looking to cite people for frivolous infractions, like not wearing a seatbelt, or speeding; and use that to violate our 4th Amendment right to illegal search and seizure (a right to privacy). However, there are times when these stops do expose people who are or are about to do wrong. So I thank God for that. But we need to make sure that our public servants remember their role: they are OUR servants. They don’t own us; we pay their salaries and they work for THE PEOPLE. As Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address: “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” We, the people, are the boss. I have even heard police officers calling the citizens “civilians,” in a condescending way. Why are police officers calling us civilians? They are as much civilians as we are. The only people who aren’t civilians are active military. So again, from where does this mind warp come?


And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”—Mark 10:44

I was in Dallas a few years ago and I was given a $200.00+ ticket because I missed my turn on Interstate 20 and I barely crossed a double line on the ramp. The cop was right there salivating as he ordered me to pull over. When I went to go and pay the ticket sometime later, I was amazed at how many other people were there with cash-in-hand to pay their fines, tickets and fees. The City of Dallas was exposed in setting goals in parking ticket collections. What if the City of Dallas and other cities across the country were spending this same effort on ridding our cities of drugs and corruption rather than getting money from us? The City of Atlanta has used its resources to keep kids from wearing their pants too low. The people who walk around in this manner are clearly irresponsible, but if our public servants continue to cut off branches, while the root of the tree is dead, then we are wasting valuable time and money. Let’s focus more attention on ridding our communities of drug dealers, thieves, rapists, murderers, and other hardcore criminals first. Then, we can focus on those evil seatbelt offenders, those criminal parking meter violators, and those heinous speedsters who have no regard for speed limit signs. I am employing some sarcasm, but we need for our public servants to stand up and show some humanity, while they are “doing their job.” Now please don’t misunderstand, I have encountered some very nice military personnel and cops that are very much aware of what is going on. They are not in 100% agreement with everything their superiors say, but they are doing there part, as best as they can to change things from the inside. This is great! But there are those compartmentalized ones who “can’t see the forest for the trees.” Those are the people that need to be reached. Those who maybe psychotic and love being jackbooted stormtroopers who harrass people and call us "civilians" when we don't submit to their every whim.




When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.-- Proverbs 29:2

Public servants, please get another view of yourselves and the society in which we live. You aren’t just doing a job; you aren’t just earning a paycheck. Whether you are a Christian or not, you are working for God as one of his ministers. We need your honorable commitment to do the right thing, at all times. Please don’t be blindly obedient; please report the criminal elements within your ranks to their superiors. We don’t want you to confiscate law-abiding citizens guns; we don’t want you to taser people unnecessarily; we don’t want you to act like criminals; and don’t deal with drugs.

"The television program '60 Minutes' aired a chilling account of several police operations in which masked commando-style officers killed, wounded, and terrorized citizens in raids which turned out to be cases of mistaken addresses or other bogus information. Repeated incidents such as these have caused a real deterioration in the relationship between police and the general public. Something needs to be done to change the perception that police are punishers and enforcers, rather than protectors of the people."--Officer Jack McLamb, Ret.

Remember Hosea 8:7, if you sow the wind, you will reap a whirlwind. You may feel like you are powerless to make a difference, or you may actually feel empowered by this authority. Your family and/or your friends may inadvertently get caught up in this system that you and your contemporaries should proactively resist. Don’t let the leaven in the military and the police departments tarnish your good name, your good intentions, and your good works. Be a light in a dark place; be the hope in the midst of despair; be a breath of fresh air in a filthy society. Thank you for your time in this matter.


Sincerely,

BG

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