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Marxist Revolution of the West

June 30, 2007 4 comments

Marxist Revolution of the West

by Reginald Firehammer

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A little more than 230 years ago, the most important, significant, and profound revolution in the history of the world occurred, a revolution based on a single concept, individual liberty. The result of that revolution was the creation of the most prosperous, free, and cultured country the world has ever known. That revolution was the American revolution.

About 70 years ago, seven men planned another revolution, completely unlike the American revolution. It would not be “political” and would not be carried out by means of violence or war as the American and all other political revolutions have been, because the ambitions of those men were much higher than the mere replacing of one political system with another. They were aiming at nothing short of a world-wide revolution that would entirely change the minds of men, replacing all of Western Civilization with a new “cultural paradigm” that would usher in a word-wide totalitarian utopian state.

Most of the world has never heard of this revolution, and more significantly, most people are unaware that it has thus far been completely successful. The world-wide totalitarian state is already in the wings and about to makes its entrance, and when it does, it will be enthusiastically embraced, because the concepts that made Western civilization possible have been completely replaced in the minds of men, even in America, and no one notices or even understands what it is that has been lost.

The Second American Revolution

Unless you have lived in the United States over sixty years, it will be almost impossible for you to see or believe the extent of the changes in American society and culture since the end of the 50s, changes so profound they constitute a second American Revolution. The first revolution brought the highest levels of individual integrity, freedom, prosperity, cultural achievement, and happiness ever seen in this world, the second revolution has produced a culture dominated by vice, crime, squalor, misery, an accelerating deterioration of every value and principle the first American Revolution was about, and most importantly, the almost total loss of individual freedom. The fact that most people believe they are “free” and love the culture and society that now dominates America is evidence of the success of that second revolution. One of the seven men that spawned that revolution, Antonio Gramsci, predicted that using the media, education, and, “mass psychology,” men would learn to “love their servitude,” indeed, would not even recognize that it is servitude.

Marxism is Very Much Alive and Well

There is a common mistaken view held by a great many in the West, that since the collapse of the USSR and the end of the “cold war” socialism, particularly Marxist socialism, is no longer a viable threat. This is an enormous mistake that could only be made by academics, and other assorted pseudo-intellectuals, totally isolated from the actual history of the last 70 years or of current events. Consider these recent news items:

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A Failure In Generalship

June 29, 2007 3 comments

A failure in generalship
By Lt. Col. Paul Yingling
for the Armed Forces Journal

“You officers amuse yourselves with God knows what buffooneries and never dream in the least of serious service. This is a source of stupidity which would become most dangerous in case of a serious conflict.” — Frederick the Great

For the second time in a generation, the United States faces the prospect of defeat at the hands of an insurgency. In April 1975, the U.S. fled the Republic of Vietnam, abandoning our allies to their fate at the hands of North Vietnamese communists. In 2007, Iraq’s grave and deteriorating condition offers diminishing hope for an American victory and portends risk of an even wider and more destructive regional war.

These debacles are not attributable to individual failures, but rather to a crisis in an entire institution: America’s general officer corps. America’s generals have failed to prepare our armed forces for war and advise civilian authorities on the application of force to achieve the aims of policy. The argument that follows consists of three elements. First, generals have a responsibility to society to provide policymakers with a correct estimate of strategic probabilities. Second, America’s generals in Vietnam and Iraq failed to perform this responsibility. Third, remedying the crisis in American generalship requires the intervention of Congress.

The Responsibilities of Generalship

Armies do not fight wars; nations fight wars. War is not a military activity conducted by soldiers, but rather a social activity that involves entire nations. Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz noted that passion, probability and policy each play their role in war. Any understanding of war that ignores one of these elements is fundamentally flawed.

The passion of the people is necessary to endure the sacrifices inherent in war. Regardless of the system of government, the people supply the blood and treasure required to prosecute war. The statesman must stir these passions to a level commensurate with the popular sacrifices required. When the ends of policy are small, the statesman can prosecute a conflict without asking the public for great sacrifice. Global conflicts such as World War II require the full mobilization of entire societies to provide the men and materiel necessary for the successful prosecution of war. The greatest error the statesman can make is to commit his nation to a great conflict without mobilizing popular passions to a level commensurate with the stakes of the conflict.

Popular passions are necessary for the successful prosecution of war, but cannot be sufficient. To prevail, generals must provide policymakers and the public with a correct estimation of strategic probabilities. The general is responsible for estimating the likelihood of success in applying force to achieve the aims of policy. The general describes both the means necessary for the successful prosecution of war and the ways in which the nation will employ those means. If the policymaker desires ends for which the means he provides are insufficient, the general is responsible for advising the statesman of this incongruence. The statesman must then scale back the ends of policy or mobilize popular passions to provide greater means. If the general remains silent while the statesman commits a nation to war with insufficient means, he shares culpability for the results.

However much it is influenced by passion and probability, war is ultimately an instrument of policy and its conduct is the responsibility of policymakers. War is a social activity undertaken on behalf of the nation; Augustine counsels us that the only purpose of war is to achieve a better peace. The choice of making war to achieve a better peace is inherently a value judgment in which the statesman must decide those interests and beliefs worth killing and dying for. The military man is no better qualified than the common citizen to make such judgments. He must therefore confine his input to his area of expertise — the estimation of strategic probabilities.

The correct estimation of strategic possibilities can be further subdivided into the preparation for war and the conduct of war. Preparation for war consists in the raising, arming, equipping and training of forces. The conduct of war consists of both planning for the use of those forces and directing those forces in operations.

To prepare forces for war, the general must visualize the conditions of future combat. To raise military forces properly, the general must visualize the quality and quantity of forces needed in the next war. To arm and equip military forces properly, the general must visualize the materiel requirements of future engagements. To train military forces properly, the general must visualize the human demands on future battlefields, and replicate those conditions in peacetime exercises. Of course, not even the most skilled general can visualize precisely how future wars will be fought. According to British military historian and soldier Sir Michael Howard, “In structuring and preparing an army for war, you can be clear that you will not get it precisely right, but the important thing is not to be too far wrong, so that you can put it right quickly.”

The most tragic error a general can make is to assume without much reflection that wars of the future will look much like wars of the past. Following World War I, French generals committed this error, assuming that the next war would involve static battles dominated by firepower and fixed fortifications. Throughout the interwar years, French generals raised, equipped, armed and trained the French military to fight the last war. In stark contrast, German generals spent the interwar years attempting to break the stalemate created by firepower and fortifications. They developed a new form of war — the blitzkrieg — that integrated mobility, firepower and decentralized tactics. The German Army did not get this new form of warfare precisely right. After the 1939 conquest of Poland, the German Army undertook a critical self-examination of its operations. However, German generals did not get it too far wrong either, and in less than a year had adapted their tactics for the invasion of France.

After visualizing the conditions of future combat, the general is responsible for explaining to civilian policymakers the demands of future combat and the risks entailed in failing to meet those demands. Civilian policymakers have neither the expertise nor the inclination to think deeply about strategic probabilities in the distant future. Policymakers, especially elected representatives, face powerful incentives to focus on near-term challenges that are of immediate concern to the public. Generating military capability is the labor of decades. If the general waits until the public and its elected representatives are immediately concerned with national security threats before finding his voice, he has waited too long. The general who speaks too loudly of preparing for war while the nation is at peace places at risk his position and status. However, the general who speaks too softly places at risk the security of his country.

Failing to visualize future battlefields represents a lapse in professional competence, but seeing those fields clearly and saying nothing is an even more serious lapse in professional character. Moral courage is often inversely proportional to popularity and this observation in nowhere more true than in the profession of arms. The history of military innovation is littered with the truncated careers of reformers who saw gathering threats clearly and advocated change boldly. A military professional must possess both the physical courage to face the hazards of battle and the moral courage to withstand the barbs of public scorn. On and off the battlefield, courage is the first characteristic of generalship.

Failures of Generalship in Vietnam

America’s defeat in Vietnam is the most egregious failure in the history of American arms. America’s general officer corps refused to prepare the Army to fight unconventional wars, despite ample indications that such preparations were in order. Having failed to prepare for such wars, America’s generals sent our forces into battle without a coherent plan for victory. Unprepared for war and lacking a coherent strategy, America lost the war and the lives of more than 58,000 service members.

Following World War II, there were ample indicators that America’s enemies would turn to insurgency to negate our advantages in firepower and mobility. The French experiences in Indochina and Algeria offered object lessons to Western armies facing unconventional foes. These lessons were not lost on the more astute members of America’s political class. In 1961, President Kennedy warned of “another type of war, new in its intensity, ancient in its origin — war by guerrillas, subversives, insurgents, assassins, war by ambush instead of by combat, by infiltration instead of aggression, seeking victory by evading and exhausting the enemy instead of engaging him.” In response to these threats, Kennedy undertook a comprehensive program to prepare America’s armed forces for counterinsurgency.

Despite the experience of their allies and the urging of their president, America’s generals failed to prepare their forces for counterinsurgency. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Decker assured his young president, “Any good soldier can handle guerrillas.” Despite Kennedy’s guidance to the contrary, the Army viewed the conflict in Vietnam in conventional terms. As late as 1964, Gen. Earle Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated flatly that “the essence of the problem in Vietnam is military.” While the Army made minor organizational adjustments at the urging of the president, the generals clung to what Andrew Krepinevich has called “the Army concept,” a vision of warfare focused on the destruction of the enemy’s forces.

Having failed to visualize accurately the conditions of combat in Vietnam, America’s generals prosecuted the war in conventional terms. The U.S. military embarked on a graduated attrition strategy intended to compel North Vietnam to accept a negotiated peace. The U.S. undertook modest efforts at innovation in Vietnam. Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS), spearheaded by the State Department’s “Blowtorch” Bob Kromer, was a serious effort to address the political and economic causes of the insurgency. The Marine Corps’ Combined Action Program (CAP) was an innovative approach to population security. However, these efforts are best described as too little, too late. Innovations such as CORDS and CAP never received the resources necessary to make a large-scale difference. The U.S. military grudgingly accepted these innovations late in the war, after the American public’s commitment to the conflict began to wane.

America’s generals not only failed to develop a strategy for victory in Vietnam, but also remained largely silent while the strategy developed by civilian politicians led to defeat. As H.R. McMaster noted in “Dereliction of Duty,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff were divided by service parochialism and failed to develop a unified and coherent recommendation to the president for prosecuting the war to a successful conclusion. Army Chief of Staff Harold K. Johnson estimated in 1965 that victory would require as many as 700,000 troops for up to five years. Commandant of the Marine Corps Wallace Greene made a similar estimate on troop levels. As President Johnson incrementally escalated the war, neither man made his views known to the president or Congress. President Johnson made a concerted effort to conceal the costs and consequences of Vietnam from the public, but such duplicity required the passive consent of America’s generals.

Having participated in the deception of the American people during the war, the Army chose after the war to deceive itself. In “Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife,” John Nagl argued that instead of learning from defeat, the Army after Vietnam focused its energies on the kind of wars it knew how to win — high-technology conventional wars. An essential contribution to this strategy of denial was the publication of “On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War,” by Col. Harry Summers. Summers, a faculty member of the U.S. Army War College, argued that the Army had erred by not focusing enough on conventional warfare in Vietnam, a lesson the Army was happy to hear. Despite having been recently defeated by an insurgency, the Army slashed training and resources devoted to counterinsurgency.

By the early 1990s, the Army’s focus on conventional war-fighting appeared to have been vindicated. During the 1980s, the U.S. military benefited from the largest peacetime military buildup in the nation’s history. High-technology equipment dramatically increased the mobility and lethality of our ground forces. The Army’s National Training Center honed the Army’s conventional war-fighting skills to a razor’s edge. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 signaled the demise of the Soviet Union and the futility of direct confrontation with the U.S. Despite the fact the U.S. supported insurgencies in Afghanistan, Nicaragua and Angola to hasten the Soviet Union’s demise, the U.S. military gave little thought to counterinsurgency throughout the 1990s. America’s generals assumed without much reflection that the wars of the future would look much like the wars of the past — state-on-state conflicts against conventional forces. America’s swift defeat of the Iraqi Army, the world’s fourth-largest, in 1991 seemed to confirm the wisdom of the U.S. military’s post-Vietnam reforms. But the military learned the wrong lessons from Operation Desert Storm. It continued to prepare for the last war, while its future enemies prepared for a new kind of war.

Failures of Generalship in Iraq

America’s generals have repeated the mistakes of Vietnam in Iraq. First, throughout the 1990s our generals failed to envision the conditions of future combat and prepare their forces accordingly. Second, America’s generals failed to estimate correctly both the means and the ways necessary to achieve the aims of policy prior to beginning the war in Iraq. Finally, America’s generals did not provide Congress and the public with an accurate assessment of the conflict in Iraq.

Despite paying lip service to “transformation” throughout the 1990s, America’s armed forces failed to change in significant ways after the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. In “The Sling and the Stone,” T.X. Hammes argues that the Defense Department’s transformation strategy focuses almost exclusively on high-technology conventional wars. The doctrine, organizations, equipment and training of the U.S. military confirm this observation. The armed forces fought the global war on terrorism for the first five years with a counterinsurgency doctrine last revised in the Reagan administration. Despite engaging in numerous stability operations throughout the 1990s, the armed forces did little to bolster their capabilities for civic reconstruction and security force development. Procurement priorities during the 1990s followed the Cold War model, with significant funding devoted to new fighter aircraft and artillery systems. The most commonly used tactical scenarios in both schools and training centers replicated high-intensity interstate conflict. At the dawn of the 21st century, the U.S. is fighting brutal, adaptive insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq, while our armed forces have spent the preceding decade having done little to prepare for such conflicts.

Having spent a decade preparing to fight the wrong war, America’s generals then miscalculated both the means and ways necessary to succeed in Iraq. The most fundamental military miscalculation in Iraq has been the failure to commit sufficient forces to provide security to Iraq’s population. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) estimated in its 1998 war plan that 380,000 troops would be necessary for an invasion of Iraq. Using operations in Bosnia and Kosovo as a model for predicting troop requirements, one Army study estimated a need for 470,000 troops. Alone among America’s generals, Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki publicly stated that “several hundred thousand soldiers” would be necessary to stabilize post-Saddam Iraq. Prior to the war, President Bush promised to give field commanders everything necessary for victory. Privately, many senior general officers both active and retired expressed serious misgivings about the insufficiency of forces for Iraq. These leaders would later express their concerns in tell-all books such as “Fiasco” and “Cobra II.” However, when the U.S. went to war in Iraq with less than half the strength required to win, these leaders did not make their objections public.

Given the lack of troop strength, not even the most brilliant general could have devised the ways necessary to stabilize post-Saddam Iraq. However, inept planning for postwar Iraq took the crisis caused by a lack of troops and quickly transformed it into a debacle. In 1997, the U.S. Central Command exercise “Desert Crossing” demonstrated that many postwar stabilization tasks would fall to the military. The other branches of the U.S. government lacked sufficient capability to do such work on the scale required in Iraq. Despite these results, CENTCOM accepted the assumption that the State Department would administer postwar Iraq. The military never explained to the president the magnitude of the challenges inherent in stabilizing postwar Iraq.

After failing to visualize the conditions of combat in Iraq, America’s generals failed to adapt to the demands of counterinsurgency. Counterinsurgency theory prescribes providing continuous security to the population. However, for most of the war American forces in Iraq have been concentrated on large forward-operating bases, isolated from the Iraqi people and focused on capturing or killing insurgents. Counterinsurgency theory requires strengthening the capability of host-nation institutions to provide security and other essential services to the population. America’s generals treated efforts to create transition teams to develop local security forces and provincial reconstruction teams to improve essential services as afterthoughts, never providing the quantity or quality of personnel necessary for success.

After going into Iraq with too few troops and no coherent plan for postwar stabilization, America’s general officer corps did not accurately portray the intensity of the insurgency to the American public. The Iraq Study Group concluded that “there is significant underreporting of the violence in Iraq.” The ISG noted that “on one day in July 2006 there were 93 attacks or significant acts of violence reported. Yet a careful review of the reports for that single day brought to light 1,100 acts of violence. Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimizes its discrepancy with policy goals.” Population security is the most important measure of effectiveness in counterinsurgency. For more than three years, America’s generals continued to insist that the U.S. was making progress in Iraq. However, for Iraqi civilians, each year from 2003 onward was more deadly than the one preceding it. For reasons that are not yet clear, America’s general officer corps underestimated the strength of the enemy, overestimated the capabilities of Iraq’s government and security forces and failed to provide Congress with an accurate assessment of security conditions in Iraq. Moreover, America’s generals have not explained clearly the larger strategic risks of committing so large a portion of the nation’s deployable land power to a single theater of operations.

The intellectual and moral failures common to America’s general officer corps in Vietnam and Iraq constitute a crisis in American generalship. Any explanation that fixes culpability on individuals is insufficient. No one leader, civilian or military, caused failure in Vietnam or Iraq. Different military and civilian leaders in the two conflicts produced similar results. In both conflicts, the general officer corps designed to advise policymakers, prepare forces and conduct operations failed to perform its intended functions. To understand how the U.S. could face defeat at the hands of a weaker insurgent enemy for the second time in a generation, we must look at the structural influences that produce our general officer corps.

The Generals We Need

The most insightful examination of failed generalship comes from J.F.C. Fuller’s “Generalship: Its Diseases and Their Cure.” Fuller was a British major general who saw action in the first attempts at armored warfare in World War I. He found three common characteristics in great generals — courage, creative intelligence and physical fitness.

The need for intelligent, creative and courageous general officers is self-evident. An understanding of the larger aspects of war is essential to great generalship. However, a survey of Army three- and four-star generals shows that only 25% hold advanced degrees from civilian institutions in the social sciences or humanities. Counterinsurgency theory holds that proficiency in foreign languages is essential to success, yet only one in four of the Army’s senior generals speaks another language. While the physical courage of America’s generals is not in doubt, there is less certainty regarding their moral courage. In almost surreal language, professional military men blame their recent lack of candor on the intimidating management style of their civilian masters. Now that the public is immediately concerned with the crisis in Iraq, some of our generals are finding their voices. They may have waited too long.

Neither the executive branch nor the services themselves are likely to remedy the shortcomings in America’s general officer corps. Indeed, the tendency of the executive branch to seek out mild-mannered team players to serve as senior generals is part of the problem. The services themselves are equally to blame. The system that produces our generals does little to reward creativity and moral courage. Officers rise to flag rank by following remarkably similar career patterns. Senior generals, both active and retired, are the most important figures in determining an officer’s potential for flag rank. The views of subordinates and peers play no role in an officer’s advancement; to move up he must only please his superiors. In a system in which senior officers select for promotion those like themselves, there are powerful incentives for conformity. It is unreasonable to expect that an officer who spends 25 years conforming to institutional expectations will emerge as an innovator in his late forties.

If America desires creative intelligence and moral courage in its general officer corps, it must create a system that rewards these qualities. Congress can create such incentives by exercising its proper oversight function in three areas. First, Congress must change the system for selecting general officers. Second, oversight committees must apply increased scrutiny over generating the necessary means and pursuing appropriate ways for applying America’s military power. Third, the Senate must hold accountable through its confirmation powers those officers who fail to achieve the aims of policy at an acceptable cost in blood and treasure.

To improve the creative intelligence of our generals, Congress must change the officer promotion system in ways that reward adaptation and intellectual achievement. Congress should require the armed services to implement 360-degree evaluations for field-grade and flag officers. Junior officers and non-commissioned officers are often the first to adapt because they bear the brunt of failed tactics most directly. They are also less wed to organizational norms and less influenced by organizational taboos. Junior leaders have valuable insights regarding the effectiveness of their leaders, but the current promotion system excludes these judgments. Incorporating subordinate and peer reviews into promotion decisions for senior leaders would produce officers more willing to adapt to changing circumstances, and less likely to conform to outmoded practices.

Congress should also modify the officer promotion system in ways that reward intellectual achievement. The Senate should examine the education and professional writing of nominees for three- and four-star billets as part of the confirmation process. The Senate would never confirm to the Supreme Court a nominee who had neither been to law school nor written legal opinions. However, it routinely confirms four-star generals who possess neither graduate education in the social sciences or humanities nor the capability to speak a foreign language. Senior general officers must have a vision of what future conflicts will look like and what capabilities the U.S. requires to prevail in those conflicts. They must possess the capability to understand and interact with foreign cultures. A solid record of intellectual achievement and fluency in foreign languages are effective indicators of an officer’s potential for senior leadership.

To reward moral courage in our general officers, Congress must ask hard questions about the means and ways for war as part of its oversight responsibility. Some of the answers will be shocking, which is perhaps why Congress has not asked and the generals have not told. Congress must ask for a candid assessment of the money and manpower required over the next generation to prevail in the Long War. The money required to prevail may place fiscal constraints on popular domestic priorities. The quantity and quality of manpower required may call into question the viability of the all-volunteer military. Congress must re-examine the allocation of existing resources, and demand that procurement priorities reflect the most likely threats we will face. Congress must be equally rigorous in ensuring that the ways of war contribute to conflict termination consistent with the aims of national policy. If our operations produce more enemies than they defeat, no amount of force is sufficient to prevail. Current oversight efforts have proved inadequate, allowing the executive branch, the services and lobbyists to present information that is sometimes incomplete, inaccurate or self-serving. Exercising adequate oversight will require members of Congress to develop the expertise necessary to ask the right questions and display the courage to follow the truth wherever it leads them.

Finally, Congress must enhance accountability by exercising its little-used authority to confirm the retired rank of general officers. By law, Congress must confirm an officer who retires at three- or four-star rank. In the past this requirement has been pro forma in all but a few cases. A general who presides over a massive human rights scandal or a substantial deterioration in security ought to be retired at a lower rank than one who serves with distinction. A general who fails to provide Congress with an accurate and candid assessment of strategic probabilities ought to suffer the same penalty. As matters stand now, a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war. By exercising its powers to confirm the retired ranks of general officers, Congress can restore accountability among senior military leaders.

Mortal Danger

This article began with Frederick the Great’s admonition to his officers to focus their energies on the larger aspects of war. The Prussian monarch’s innovations had made his army the terror of Europe, but he knew that his adversaries were learning and adapting. Frederick feared that his generals would master his system of war without thinking deeply about the ever-changing nature of war, and in doing so would place Prussia’s security at risk. These fears would prove prophetic. At the Battle of Valmy in 1792, Frederick’s successors were checked by France’s ragtag citizen army. In the fourteen years that followed, Prussia’s generals assumed without much reflection that the wars of the future would look much like those of the past. In 1806, the Prussian Army marched lockstep into defeat and disaster at the hands of Napoleon at Jena. Frederick’s prophecy had come to pass; Prussia became a French vassal.

Iraq is America’s Valmy. America’s generals have been checked by a form of war that they did not prepare for and do not understand. They spent the years following the 1991 Gulf War mastering a system of war without thinking deeply about the ever changing nature of war. They marched into Iraq having assumed without much reflection that the wars of the future would look much like the wars of the past. Those few who saw clearly our vulnerability to insurgent tactics said and did little to prepare for these dangers. As at Valmy, this one debacle, however humiliating, will not in itself signal national disaster. The hour is late, but not too late to prepare for the challenges of the Long War. We still have time to select as our generals those who possess the intelligence to visualize future conflicts and the moral courage to advise civilian policymakers on the preparations needed for our security. The power and the responsibility to identify such generals lie with the U.S. Congress. If Congress does not act, our Jena awaits us.

Army Lt. Col. Paul Yingling is deputy commander, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment. He has served two tours in Iraq, another in Bosnia and a fourth in Operation Desert Storm. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago. The views expressed here are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of the Army or the Defense Department.
© Copyright 2007 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.

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Ex-Marine Update: Interview Of Greg Floyd Sr. Details Franconia Shootings

June 29, 2007 2 comments

Interview Of Greg Floyd Sr. Details Franconia Shootings

BY AMY ASH NIXON Staff Writer

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- EDITOR’S NOTE: The following details the police interview of Gregory Floyd Sr., the man who shot Liko Kenney, Cpl. Bruce McKay’s killer. Yesterday’s paper featured police interviews with the two witnesses to the shootings, Gregory Floyd Jr. and Caleb Macaulay.

In an interview with Sgt. Charles West of the New Hampshire State Police on the night of the shootings, Gregory Floyd Sr., 49, who was the passer-by who came upon the scene, took Cpl. Bruce McKay’s gun and shot and killed Liko Kenney, Floyd shares his version of the accounts of that night.

The interview begins with the trooper informing Floyd, who is an ex-Marine and a convicted felon, that he is not under arrest and that he is free to leave at any point he chooses. He signs a Miranda form and is told that his son, who witnessed the shooting of Kenney by his father, is also at the state police barracks.

“I just don’t want him to get too upset,” Floyd said of his son, “because you know, he’s never saw no violence or nothing.”

Floyd is advised of his rights and as West reads him his rights, he says, “Yah, can we just cut, cut to the chase, and I’ll just initial em all because I know what they all mean.”

He says he does not want a lawyer. “I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong.”

West says, “I don’t want to rush through this, you understand what’s going on here?”

“Yah, yah, I understand,” Floyd says.

A few minutes into the interview – which is 80 pages in length – Floyd says to West, “I don’t think you guys are gonna charge me with, with murder or, or anything like that, because bas-, basically, uh, I was defending someone that was helpless.”

“OK, well let me start from this point here,” West says to him. “I, I have a general idea of what happened. Why don’t you in your own words um start, tell me the story what, what had happened?”

Floyd says he and his son, who is 18, had headed from their home on Hummingbird Lane in Easton to Mac’s that Friday evening to buy some groceries.

West asks Floyd if it was still light out, and he responds, “It was pretty light until there was 150 troopers there.”

Floyd says his son and he bought their groceries at Macs and were headed home, with his son driving, when they saw a police car and another vehicle, “bumper to ass, guess would be the best way to put it.”

The pair spotted the two cars on Route 116. “It’s not like a normal stop, where you see a car pulled over and a cruiser behind it kicked off a little,” Floyd says. He says McKay’s police SUV was “pushing the guy up against the bulldozer, uh you know, with his car.”

Floyd is asked to draw a map of what he saw. He said he was curious about the position of the cars, and how the police cruiser had Kenney’s car pushed up against a bulldozer so it couldn’t move. He said he was looking at the scene when he heard a gunshot.

“I knew that it had come from over, you know by the police and all because he came running by, holding his side like this and blood was uh, you know, coming out in spasms.

“There were two guys talking there and they said he’s a local policeman and him and this guy have some kind of grievance or …” Floyd says. “Something’s going on.”

Floyd continues, “I was sitting right, right there the whole time because they were in the middle of the road, not on either side like I told you, they were in the middle …”

“So (McKay) runs across the road, the oh, the policeman does,” Floyd says. “And they come behind him in a car and run him over, OK, and they back up and you know hit him again and the gun comes flying out the window, now I believe that that gun was still the perpetrator’s, I’m not positive.”

Floyd goes on, “I picked it up and I leaned, leaned in to see what this guy was doing and you know, pressed my elbow into the passenger’s throat to hold him in place and the other guy was trying to jack around then you know into the tenth millimeter …”

He said he had seen the gun he picked up in Kenney’s hand. Floyd said before he approached the car, the Kenney car had run McKay over a second time. “I said uh-huh, there’s a chance to, to save somebody.”

Floyd said he got out of his car and told his son to run to McKay’s cruiser and say “dispatch” and tell them that the officer needed help, and the location.

Floyd said he checked to make sure the gun he found was loaded and ready to shoot and said he saw Kenney “trying with both hands to unjam his gun, uh, be- because, um, for some reason, uh, he’d get one bullet in the chamber but the second bullet behind it wouldn’t let the slide shut but anyway while he was doing that, I just, I just shot him because ….”

Trooper West presses Floyd to determine if Floyd believed Kenney was attempting to reload to shoot him, and he said he did. “I wasn’t gonna let him get, get that gun loaded, either,” he says. He said he had pointed the gun at Caleb Macaulay’s face to warn him not to mess with him during the scuffle. “I point the gun at his face and tell him to get out of the car and get on his knees and if he moves I’m gonna blow his, blow his face off.”

Floyd said he then made sure he was in possession of both guns. He said he wasn’t sure if he had shot Kenney once or twice, but said he could have put two bullets in Kenney’s heart. “But I mean I, I wasn’t thinking of killing nobody but, uh, I’m not going to sit there and watch an innocent man being run over time and again, time and again …. In my mind (Kenney) was trying to kill him,” he said of what he witnessed happening to McKay.

As West continues to obtain information about Floyd’s eyewitness account, he asks him if he heard either Kenney or Macaulay say anything. “I heard the passenger say, ÔI can’t believe this, I can’t believe this,’ and you know, at at that point, you know, I’m ordering him out, it’s just too many damned guns around.”

The officer asks Floyd if he knew either the police officer or the two young men in the car, and he says he did not know any of them. Floyd is asked about a comment he had made earlier about having witnessed shootings before. He said he was in the Marine Corps during Vietnam.

“I worked for the government in places and things you can’t talk about,” he says.

He is asked if he has a criminal record and says he does – for marijuana charges in Georgia that led to a felony conviction. “I made a mistake, plain and simple,” he tells the officer.

At this point, West points out to Floyd that he has blood on his arm and asks him how it got there. “I took my shirt off and tried to uh make a tourniquet for the officer when he was trapped under the vehicle,” he says. The interview was being taped the same night as the shootings, May 11.

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There was one discrepancy in the way Floyd described one of the vehicles, and he points out that that could have occurred when about a half-dozen men moved the car “off the policeman” to try and save him.

Floyd expresses some concern about having shared his story at this point. “I’m worried because you know I know I’m a felon and I’ve taken a risk but I’m not gonna allow a man to be killed by being you know run over four or five times, I just, I’m just not made that way.”

He is asked about the medications he takes and if he consumed any alcohol that day, to which he responds, “No, I don’t drink.”

As trooper West continues to question Floyd, he asks him how Kenney knew he was there. Floyd responds, “I was telling the driver to stop and he looked up once …. You know and I’m screaming either put it down or, or you’re gonna die … I’m saying put it down, leave it alone, you know you want to live, whatever, whatever come into my mind that I thought he might let it go … and I wouldn’t have to shoot him but ….”

“Now did he respond at all?” West asks.

“No he looked up at me one time but he kept jacking you know and … as far as I, I’m concerned he was clearly a threat and had no remorse about running that police officer over with his car and you know trying to do it again, you know so why should I give him a chance, if he might shoot me, you know and I …”

“Did you, did you feel threatened by him?” West asks Floyd.

“Oh yah, till I got that gun away,” Floyd responds.

West then references an incident at Floyd’s home in 1997, when a scuffle with a meter reader led to state police coming to Floyd’s home, where he threatened three state police and was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms. The case ended up being dismissed in court later, court records show.

West was one of the three state troopers who Floyd had threatened to give a third eye. West asks Floyd in the interview the night of the Kenney and McKay shootings about his use of firearms since that arrest, and he said he did some shooting on Prince Edward Island within the past year, and his wife owns a gun, but he does not.

Floyd, in the interview, refers to Macaulay and Kenney as “the bad guys,” and “the bandits,” several times.

A number of other witnesses’ testimony and officer testimony also is part of the reports released this week.

According to the state Chief’s Medical Examiner’s Office, McKay died from five gunshot wounds. He also had numerous other injuries from being run over, including lacerations, broken bones, a fractured skull and more. His cause of death was ruled a homicide.

Kenney, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office ruled, died of two gunshot wounds, the manner of his death was also homicide. Toxicology results for Kenney revealed marijuana consumption, the autopsy showed.

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Gunny G: The Wall…

June 29, 2007 Leave a comment


MENDING WALL

Robert Frost


Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says,
‘Good fences make good neighbors’.

Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, “
Good fences make good neighbors.”

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Yet Another “Ex-Marine” Pops Punks

June 28, 2007 Leave a comment

Yet another “Ex-Marine” Pops Punks….

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The following is my own response to this article and the usual uproar by boot Marines over the use of the term “Ex-Marine”…

Who sez there are NO EX-MARINES!
THE HELL THERE AIN’T NO EX-MARINES! I SERVED W/MANY PRE-WWII, WWII, KOREAN WAR, ETC. MARINES WHO PROUDLY REFER TO THEMSELVES AND OTHERS AS “EX-MARINES”!!!!!

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Challenging The Gatekeepers

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The Tao of Ron Paul

June 27, 2007 Leave a comment

The Tao of Ron Paul
by Jeffrey L. Bryan

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Long before Mises and Rothbard, Lao-Tzu introduced libertarian ideas to China with the Tao Te Ching. Selections from that ancient book of philosophy illustrate the wisdom that would shape American policy under the administration of President Ron Paul.

From Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching: “In the highest antiquity, the people did not know that there were rulers. In the next age they loved them and praised them. In the next they feared them; in the next they despised them.”

Since 9/11, George W. Bush has run the gamut. Just after 9/11, he was loved and praised (by a country desperate for leadership); later he was feared (by Americans concerned about tyranny, not to mention the people of Iraq); and today he is despised by most of the world and the majority of his country. Lao-Tzu describes this process of degeneration over vast ages of history – for Dubya, it took about three or four years.

Chapter 17 continues: “How irresolute did those (earliest rulers) appear, showing (by their reticence) the importance which they set upon their words! Their work was done and their undertakings were successful, while the people all said, ‘We are as we are, of ourselves!’”

Ron Paul believes in liberty, letting people be as they are. One consequence of liberty is the free market, in which every individual is permitted to make his or her own choices. Free people will find better solutions than even a “beloved” ruler can impose, and Congressman Paul knows it. Every vote he casts in Congress proves the depth of his belief in this principle.

Chapter 30: “He who would assist a lord of men in harmony with the Tao will not assert his mastery in the kingdom by force of arms. Such a course is sure to meet with its proper return.”

This immediately evokes the famous Ron Paul–Rudy Giuliani confrontation over the motives for the 9/11 attack. If Giuliani has no time (or stomach) to read Blowback, or the 9/11 Commission Report, perhaps he could at least be persuaded to look over these short verses. America’s decades of attempting to “assert its mastery” over the Middle East “by force of arms,” at least as far back as 1953, brought the inevitable “return” on 9/11.

Or, to put it in Sir Isaac Newton’s terms, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is as true in politics as in physics.

Chapter 30 continues: “Wherever a host is stationed, briars and thorns spring up. In the sequence of great armies there are sure to be bad years.” Congressman Paul wants to see an end to the policy of maintaining bases in more than a hundred countries around the world, which has yielded “briars and thorns” in the form of resentment and hostility against America. Ironically, a remarkable number of American citizens seem unaware that their own country possesses this empire of foreign bases, which sometimes prop up oppressive local regimes.

However, if we were attacked by a foreign nation or entity during a President Paul administration, what might the consequences be? Verse 30 continues: “A skilful commander strikes a decisive blow, and stops. He does not dare (by continuing his operations) to assert and complete his mastery. He will strike the blow, but will be on his guard against being vain or boastful or arrogant in consequence of it. He strikes it as a matter of necessity; he strikes it, but not from a wish for mastery.”

This reflects the military policy of a Paul administration: Use all force necessary to protect the country, but not more. Do not attempt to intimidate or dominate the world. Congressman Paul takes the value of human life, and therefore the wastefulness of war, very seriously. Besides, haven’t we suffered enough vanity, boastfulness and arrogance from the White House in recent years?

Chapter 57: “A state may be ruled by (measures of) correction; weapons of war may be used with crafty dexterity; (but) the kingdom is made one’s own (only) by freedom from action and purpose.

How do I know that it is so? By these facts: In the kingdom the multiplication of prohibitive enactments increases the poverty of the people; the more implements to add to their profit that the people have, the greater disorder is there in the state and clan; the more acts of crafty dexterity that men possess, the more do strange contrivances appear; the more display there is of legislation, the more thieves and robbers there are.”

Probably unique among American politicians, “Dr. No” has a long history of resisting the temptation to intervene and regulate. Students of Austrian economics already well understand that government intervention rarely achieves its ostensible ends, while inflicting a host of damaging side effects and unintended consequences. Government schools are consciously designed to suppress learning and thinking ability. FEMA not only didn’t help Katrina survivors, it worked hard to prohibit local workers and private charity from mounting an effective relief effort. Drug prohibition increases violent crime (without reducing drug use) and enriches criminals. And so on, and on, and on.

This is further addressed in Chapter 58: “The government that seems the most unwise, Oft goodness to the people best supplies; That which is meddling, touching everything, Will work but ill, and disappointment bring.” (I am personally annoyed at this translator’s occasional attempts at rhyme). It continues: “The (method of) correction shall by a turn become distortion, and the good in it shall by a turn become evil. The delusion of the people (on this point) has indeed subsisted for a long time.”

Congressman Paul, a scholar in the area of economics, understands that attempts at public good rapidly become public evil. It is simply impossible for a president or a legislature to decide what is best for every single member of the population – far better to let individuals decide for themselves. Even if successful centralized decisions were possible, how many politicians would actually choose public interest over lobbyist money? I can name one.

However, many people continue to call for state regulation as the first and only method to address any problem that arises. The “delusion” that the government is here to help “has indeed subsisted for a long time” – and continues to subsist millennia after those words were written.

Then there is the famous Chapter 60: “Governing a great state is like cooking a small fish.” One must take care with a small fish; a little too much heat will burn it, a little too much poking will destroy it. Again, Lao-Tzu and Congressman Paul agree on matters of government policy (although I’m not sure how Dr. Paul cooks his fish).

Chapter 61: “What makes a great state is its being (like) a low-lying, down-flowing (stream); it becomes the centre to which tend (all the small states) under heaven.”

(Apparently I’m using a British translation.)

Dr. Paul prescribes a humble foreign policy, in which we do not attempt to coerce other nations to obey our will. He endorses the approach of Thomas Jefferson: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” This policy would both increase America’s number of friends and enhance its standing in the world, while removing the motives for anti-American hostility. Furthermore, a noninterventionist foreign policy would save taxpayers many trillions of dollars, money that is sorely needed here at home.

Finally, Chapter 75: “The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors. It is through this that they suffer famine.”

Ron Paul is the only candidate who consistently points out that Americans suffer not only direct taxation, but indirect taxation through debt and inflation. As a longtime public opponent of the Federal Reserve, he stands for sound monetary and fiscal policy.

And that’s the Tao of Ron Paul. For those who doubt a principled man who tells the truth can reach the White House, just remember Chapter 78: “There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water, and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong, there is nothing that can take precedence of it.”

June 27, 2007

Jeffrey L. Bryan [send him mail] is a free-lance writer.

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Documentary Film On Pendleton 8 Marines Soon To Be Released.

June 24, 2007 Leave a comment

Documentary Film On Pendleton 8 Marines Soon To Be Released.

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Of Gringos and Old Grudges: This Land Is Their Land

June 24, 2007 Leave a comment

Of Gringos and Old Grudges: This Land Is Their Land

The New York Times ^ | January 9, 2004 | TIM WEINER

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Posted on 01/09/2004 1:15:57 PM EST by sarcasm

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 8 — In the American South, William Faulkner once wrote, the past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.

This may become truer the farther south one goes.

In the United States, almost no one remembers the war that Americans fought against Mexico more than 150 years ago. In Mexico, almost no one has forgotten.

The war cut this country in two, and “the wound never really healed,” said Miguel Soto, a Mexico City historian. It took less than two years, and ended with the gringos seizing half of Mexico, taking the land that became America’s Wild West: California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and beyond.

In Mexico, they call this “the Mutilation.” That may help explain why relations between the nations are sometimes so tense.

As President Bush prepares to fly down to Mexico from Texas, where the war began back in 1846, the debate here over how to relate to the United States is heating up once again.

The question of the day is the more than 20 million Mexicans who now live in the United States.

But sensitivities about sovereignty surround every thorny issue involving Americans in Mexico. Can Americans buy land? Sometimes. Drill for oil? Never. Can American officers comb airports in Mexico? Yes. Carry guns as lawmen? No. Open and close the border at will? Well, they try.

To realize that the border was fixed by war and controlled by the victors is to understand why some Mexicans may not love the 21st-century American colossus. Yet they adore the old American ideals of freedom, equality and boundless opportunity, and they keep voting, by the millions, with their feet.

In “a relationship of love and of hatred,” as Mr. Soto says, bitter memories sometimes surface like old shrapnel under the skin.

Fragments of the old war stand in the slanting morning sunlight at an old convent here in Mexico City, a sanctuary seized by invading American troops in 1847, now the National Museum of Interventions, which chronicles the struggle.

“The war between Mexico and the United States has a different meaning for Mexicans and Americans,” said the museum’s director, Alfredo Hernández Murillo. “For Americans, it’s one more step in the expansion that began when the United States was created. For Mexicans, the war meant we lost half the nation. It was very damaging, and not just because the land was lost.

“It’s a symbol of Mexico’s weakness throughout history in confronting the United States. For Mexicans, it’s still a shock sometimes to cross the border and see the Spanish names of the places we lost.”

Those places have names like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Fe, El Paso, San Antonio; the list is long.

The war killed 13,780 Americans, and perhaps 50,000 or more Mexicans — no one knows the true number. It was the first American war led by commanders from West Point. These were men like Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. A little more than a decade later, Grant and Sherman battled Lee and Davis in the Civil War.

Historians are still fighting over how and why the battles of the Mexican War began. Some say it was Mexico’s fault for trying to stop the secession of what was then (and to some, still is) the Republic of Texas. Some say it was an imperial land grab by the president of the United States.

President James K. Polk did confide to his diary that the aim of the war was “to acquire for the United States — California, New Mexico and perhaps some other of the northern provinces of Mexico.” When it was won, in February 1848, he wrote, “There will be added to the United States an immense empire, the value of which 20 years hence it would be difficult to calculate.” Nine days later, prospectors struck gold in California.

Aftershocks still resonate from the Mexican War — or, as the Mexicans have it, “the American invasion.” The students who walk through the National Museum of Interventions still gasp at a lithograph standing next to an American flag.

It shows Gen. Winfield Scott riding into Mexico City’s national square — “the halls of Montezuma,” in the words of the Marine Corps Hymn — to seize power and raise the flag. He had followed the same invasion route as the 16th-century Spanish conquerors of Mexico. The American occupation lasted 11 months.

Many of the 75,000 Mexicans living in the newly conquered American West lost their rights to own land and live as they pleased. It was well into the 20th century before much of the land was settled and civilized.

Now, that civilization is taking another turn. More than half of the 20 million Mexicans north of the border live on the land that once was theirs. Some 8.5 million live in California — a quarter of the population. Nearly half the people of New Mexico have roots in old Mexico. Mexico is, in a sense, slowly reoccupying its former property.
“History extracts its costs with the passage of time,” said Jesús Velasco Márquez, a professor who has long studied the war. “We are the biggest minority in the United States, and particularly in the territory that once was ours.”


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IS THERE ONE PERSON WHO CAN ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?

June 24, 2007 Leave a comment

IS THERE ONE PERSON WHO CAN ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?

By Andrew C. Wallace
June 24, 2007
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Workable Answer to one Question could Save America

1. Is there anyway to force government to protect us from invaders and Anarchy as guaranteed in the United States Constitution?

2. Is there any way to charge government officials with Treason without going through the U.S. Attorney?

3. Anarchy by public officials exists at all levels of government leaving citizens with no recourse to government, can citizens appeal directly to U.S. Supreme court for redress?

4. Can we bring civil actions under RICO against local, state and federal officials and those in business with whom they are colluding to deny us our rights under the Constitution and Laws of the United States?

5. Can we bring civil actions against sanctuary city officials for refusing to obey and enforce federal laws using U.S. Code-Title 42, Sec. 1983. “Civil Action For Deprivation of any Rights, Privileges, or Immunities secured by the Constitution and Laws”, but denied by state and local officials such as in sanctuary cities?

6. Can we charge any legislator with corruption who votes to support illegals and we can prove they received money from employers of illegals?

7. The so called amnesty bill seeks to legalize unconstitutional actions and non actions, is the law then unconstitutional?

8. Is there any way to force government officials to obey the constitution and laws of the United States?

9. Our Constitution is the basis for all government power, so do government officials who refuse to follow the constitution have any legitimate power?

10. Can we challenge in court, the vote of officials in congress if we can prove they were on the take?

11. Do American citizens have any way to be compensated for the thousands who were murdered, raped, robbed and molested by illegal invaders supported and protected by business and government contrary to our constitution and laws?

12. Can we force Federal Government to withhold all federal funds in accordance with the law from sanctuary cities that refuse to obey and enforce federal laws for the benefit of local officials and criminal employers?

13. Sanctuary City Officials are nullifying federal laws and the Constitution of the United States. Nullification by state and local officials was a primary cause of our bloody Civil War. Can we assume that these greedy officials are trying to incite a Civil War?

14. Is there no legal recourse for the millions of Americans who will lose their Social Security, Medicare, Veterans and all other benefits because officials gave their benefits to illegal invaders to increase profits of criminal employers?

15. Is there no legal recourse for the millions of poor Americans who have lost their jobs to illegals who are encouraged to invade our country by criminal employers and protected by government officials?

16. Can Government Officials at all levels do whatever they please by ignoring the Constitution and Laws of The United States ?

17. Do we have any legal options against an agenda driven media that reports propaganda and refuses to report the truth?

18. Does the constitution of The United States make any provision for the lawful removal of government officials for failure to obey The Constitution and Laws of The United States other than appeal to these same traitors, or waiting till the next election?

It is my sincere prayer that someone out there can answer one or more of these questions quickly in a way that will save this country. Just a very few of the facts that support my need for prayer are as follows:

1. There is no such thing as any economic benefit from illegal invaders they will cause abject poverty for Americans.
2. Every illegal head of household costs taxpayers $19,588 a year, over and above any taxes paid.
3. Taxpayer support of illegals is money that ends up in the pockets of criminal employers and government officials.
4. Business and government officials want cheap labor and abject poverty for Americans.
5. Using the Security and Prosperity Partnership for North Americ a, SPP, Criminal elites in business and Government are stealing our sovereignty so we can be slaves of Business.
6. Business must have open borders for cheap labor and control, that is why government has refused to obey our constitution and laws, even framing Border Patrol Agents for doing their jobs.
7. It is obvious from their actions that elites, born into wealth, hate America, and the corporations they control do not give a damn about this country.
8. Corporations and government officials are sharing the blood money they get from hiring and protecting illegal invaders which is looting the resources of our country. It is blood money because 25 Americans die every day, on average, at the hands of illegals.
9. Twenty nine percent of convicts in state and federal prisons are illegal invaders at a cost to us of $1.6 billion a year. They are only 4% of our population.
10. Forty seven per cent of cited/stopped divers in California have no license, no insurance, and no registration. 92% of these people are illegals.
11. Seventy one percent of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by illegals.
12. Ninety five percent of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegals.
13. Without question, there is anarchy in California, Americans are leaving California in droves. Only a complete idiot would even visit such a lawless and dangerous place.
14. California is the most glaring example of the total, and deliberate failure of all levels of Government to obey the Constitution and Laws of the United States.

We must defeat this Amnesty bill and every politician who supported it. They are guilty of Treason. We must demand that government deport every last illegal on sight and return this country from Anar chy to Constitutional Government and the Rule of Law. Our Constitution guarantees us a hell of a lot more than we are getting.

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Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer Dispute Conversation About Reining in Conservative Talk Radio

June 22, 2007 1 comment

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Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer say Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe “needs to have his hearing checked” if he thinks he heard them talking about a “legislative fix” to curb conservative talk radio.

Inhofe, a Republican, said Thursday on John Ziegler’s evening radio show on KFI in L.A. that he overheard Clinton, D-N.Y., and Boxer, D-Calif., saying they want legislation to control conservative radio talk shows.

“I was going over to vote the other day and I was walking with two very liberal gals that didn’t pay any attention to me being with them. They were outraged by something you said or Rush Limbaugh or somebody said that upset them,” Inhofe told Ziegler. “They said, ‘we have got to do something about this, these are nothing but far-right wing extremists. We’ve got to have a balance, there’s got to be a legislative fix to this.’”

He added: “As we got off the elevator, I said, ‘you gals don’t understand. This is market-driven and there’s no market for your liberal trite.’”

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Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer Dispute Conversation About Reining in Conservative Talk Radio

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Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer say Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe “needs to have his hearing checked” if he thinks he heard them talking about a “legislative fix” to curb conservative talk radio.

Inhofe, a Republican, said Thursday on John Ziegler’s evening radio show on KFI in L.A. that he overheard Clinton, D-N.Y., and Boxer, D-Calif., saying they want legislation to control conservative radio talk shows.

Click here to listen to Inhofe’s claim on the Breitbart.tv Web site.

“I was going over to vote the other day and I was walking with two very liberal gals that didn’t pay any attention to me being with them. They were outraged by something you said or Rush Limbaugh or somebody said that upset them,” Inhofe told Ziegler. “They said, ‘we have got to do something about this, these are nothing but far-right wing extremists. We’ve got to have a balance, there’s got to be a legislative fix to this.’”

He added: “As we got off the elevator, I said, ‘you gals don’t understand. This is market-driven and there’s no market for your liberal trite.’”

When asked what female senators Inhofe was referencing, the Oklahoma lawmaker said one was running for president, and the talk-shot host guessed Boxer’s name.

But Boxer spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz told FOXNews.com that conversation “never happened.”

“Senator Boxer told me that either her friend Senator Inhofe needs new glasses or he needs to have his hearing checked, because that conversation never happened,” Ravitz said in an e-mail.

“Jim Inhofe is wrong,” added Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. “This supposed conversation never happened, not in his presence or anywhere else.”

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Jane Fonda Wants Bush, Cheney Impeached

June 22, 2007 Leave a comment

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Jane Fonda and a number of other prominent liberal figures have joined a campaign to impeach President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for “war crimes.”

An organization calling itself The World Can’t Wait has taken out a full-page ad in Friday’s New York Times seeking donations and announcing upcoming town meetings in several cities.

The ad states that the U.S. government under the Bush administration “is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq.”

But the campaign is about more than just the Iraq war. Under the headline “2008 Is Too Late, the ad reads: “What harm can Bush do before his term is up? He can bomb Iran. He can appoint another Supreme Court Justice. He can continue with impunity the crime of torture.”

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Bush’s secret war on America

June 22, 2007 2 comments

Bush’s secret war on America

Evan Whitton
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Florian von Donnersmarck’s haunting film The Lives of Others is a warning to us all. It shows how the East German secret police, the Stasi, went about their deadly work of spying on 17 million citizens.

It is a stretch, but not impossible, to see the US President, George Bush, as the new Erich Honecker, the dictator of East Germany from 1971 until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.

Apart from lying, politicians tend to be overly fond of running other people’s lives. There is a wickedly hilarious scene in Keating: The Musical in which the opposition leader, John Howard, clumps up and down the catwalk rasping: “I want powerrr!”

The events of September 11, 2001, gave Bush the excuse to procure absurd legal advice that, as commander-in-chief in a war on a high-order abstraction, terrorism, he has the power to do what he liked with the lives of millions at home and abroad.

He soon signed a secret executive order instructing the National Security Agency’s 30,000 operatives to spy without a warrant on US citizens. Whatever certain lawyers or judges might say, this was plainly unlawful under the Fourth Amendment (1791) to the US constitution. It states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause supported by oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The unlawful violations of people’s security remained hidden for more than four years until The New York Times revealed them in December 2005.

Bush periodically renewed the order and the former attorney-general John Ashcroft had to certify it was legal, but James Comey supervised a re-evaluation soon after he became deputy attorney-general in December 2003.

A week before the next renewal, due on March 11, 2004, Comey, Ashcroft and the FBI director, Robert Mueller, agreed that the spying was illegal, but Ashcroft was shortly in intensive care with gall-bladder pancreatitis. His wife, Janet, banned all visitors and telephone calls.

Comey, now the acting attorney-general, told the White House on March 9 that he would not certify that the spying was legal.

The reaction of Bush and his people, as revealed by Comey’s jaw-dropping evidence to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 15 this year, put commentators in mind of the scene in The Godfather in which Al Pacino saves the hospitalised Marlon Brando from being whacked by his enemies.

Not long before 8pm on March 10, 2004, Bush telephoned Janet Ashcroft at the hospital to say his legal adviser, Alberto (“Seedy”) Gonzales, and Bush’s chief-of-staff, Andrew Card, were on their way to see Ashcroft.

Janet Ashcroft got a warning to Comey, who was being driven home by his FBI security detail. He understood that Bush was making “an end run” round him to get Ashcroft to sign. Speeding to the hospital with the siren on and the lights flashing, Comey told two of his lawyers to go there. Mueller said he would join the resistance.

At the hospital, the towering two-metre tall Comey “literally ran up the stairs”. Ashcroft’s room was dark; Comey tried to see if he “could focus on what was happening and it wasn’t clear to me that he could. He seemed pretty bad off.”

Contacted by Comey, Mueller “instructed the FBI agents present not to allow me to be removed from the room under any circumstances”.

Comey sat in an armchair to the left of Ashcroft’s bed. His officers, Jack Goldsmith and Patrick Philbin, stood behind him. Janet Ashcroft held her husband’s arm. “And,” Comey said, “we waited.”

Minutes later, Gonzales, carrying an envelope, and Card arrived. Ignoring the phalanx, Seedy told Ashcroft he was there “to seek his approval” for the renewal.

Comey said: “Attorney-General Ashcroft then stunned me. He lifted his head off the pillow and in very strong terms expressed his view of the matter, rich in both substance and fact … and then laid his head back down on the pillow, seemed spent, and said to them, ‘But that doesn’t matter, because I’m not the attorney-general … There is the attorney-general’, and he pointed to me.”

Gonzales and Card turned and left, but Card soon after called Comey and “demanded that I come to the White House immediately”. Comey said he “would not meet with him without a witness present”.

Bush alone renewed the order on March 11, but the following day Comey and then Mueller told him that they and other Justice Department officers, probably including Ashcroft, were ready to resign on the issue.

Bush understood what that portended. In October 1973, he was 27 and a drunk but he was involved in Republican politics and he knew that impeachment bills followed president Richard Nixon’s Saturday night massacre of Justice Department lawyers. Bush told Mueller to tell Comey to put the spying on a proper legal footing.

It is a pity that Bush did not mulishly persist. The resignations would have revealed the illegal surveillance and it is probable that even John Kerry would have become president eight months later and that the war in Iraq would be over.

Evan Whitton is a columnist for the legal journal, Justinian, in which a version of this article first appeared. He is the author of Serial Liars: How Lawyers Get the Money.

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The Iowa Crime of ’07

June 22, 2007 Leave a comment

The Iowa Crime of ’07

by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

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As I wrote on Wednesday, the misnamed Iowans for Tax Relief and the Iowa Christian Alliance (ICA) have chosen to exclude Ron Paul from their candidates’ forum on June 30.

There is more to report.

I’ve received emails from people telling me that the folks at the ICA insist that they had nothing to do with excluding Dr. Paul, and that the blame rests with Ed Failor of Iowans for Tax Relief. (Ed’s not too popular with a lot of people these days, apparently.)

Now I have no doubt that there may be some decent people at the ICA, and that they may really believe what they are saying. But that organization cannot possibly be believed when it innocently claims it has nothing against Ron Paul.

The ICA has a page on its site that lists all the announced candidates for president. Here is the link.

Until yesterday, when I pointed it out on the LRC blog and embarrassed them a bit, there was no Ron Paul.

Now look at the list again. Ever heard of Hugh Cort? John Cox? Mark Klein? The people at the ICA evidently have, since there they are on the list. But they apparently hadn’t heard of Ron Paul until just yesterday.

Actually, though, they did know who Ron Paul was. They even used to have him on their list, as this Google cache shows. But then he disappeared.

They also used to have a link to Paul’s YouTube site, along with those of the other candidates, at the bottom of the page, but that’s also been suppressed. So if they thought they could claim that deleting the link to Ron Paul’s campaign site was some kind of innocent mistake, that isn’t going to work.

Heck, they even include a list of “potential” candidates. That list includes Al Sharpton.

So Al Sharpton merits inclusion, but Ron Paul does not. There is the faith of the apostles, according to the Iowa Christian Alliance.

Now let’s return to my other favorite Iowa organization, the Iowans (Allegedly) for Tax Relief. Its executive vice president, Ed Failor, wasn’t happy about my LRC article on Wednesday. Not happy at all.

In fact, he called me on Wednesday and insisted that I correct something I’d said – that by replacing Jim Gilmore with Duncan Hunter at the last minute (a fact I discovered by comparing press releases from earlier this month), Iowans for Tax Relief implicitly revealed that the reason they were excluding Ron Paul – that the event had supposedly been organized months ago and was now cast in stone – was bogus, and a lie.

Here is the earth-shattering change Failor wanted me to make. Hunter, he said, had been one of the original invitees – man, these guys are just great at picking out the credible candidates, aren’t they? – but failed to respond by the deadline. So when Gilmore dropped out, they went back to Hunter, who accepted.

But if they really wanted “credible” candidates, why would they do such a thing? By now even the zombie population can see that Ron Paul is far more credible than Hunter by any measure. The comparison is almost laughable. And since Hunter had his chance to participate but elected not to respond, why not give Paul a chance, since his initial exclusion – on the ludicrous grounds that he was not a “credible” candidate – has subsequently been shown to be a gross misjudgment? Paul seems particularly “credible” given that he came in second behind Fred Thompson in a straw poll that Iowans for Tax Relief itself co-sponsored!

Meanwhile, with Failor’s technicality off his chest, he had absolutely nothing to say about 99 percent of what I wrote: he never denied his support for the execrable George Pataki (what non-hack ever supported Pataki for anything, much less for president?), his support for Pataki’s spending increases, or his donations to the McCain campaign, for which Failor is a senior advisor.

The humorless Failor appeared on Jan Mickelson’s radio program later that day in order to justify his organization’s exclusion of Dr. Paul; Ron Paul campaign manager Kent Snyder also appeared. You can listen to it here.

My favorite part is Failor’s claim that other non-credible candidates weren’t invited, either, so Ron Paul hasn’t been treated unfairly. And which candidates would those be? Why, Hugh Cort, John Cox, and Mark Klein, of course!

You cannot make this stuff up.

The “Rudy McRomney” moniker is meant to suggest that the establishment’s favorite Republican candidates are indistinguishable from each other, and that they collectively represent the same inoffensive commitment to nothing that characterizes the entire political mainstream. As surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, electing one of these men means absolutely nothing will change. Of that you can be certain.

And that’s just the way Ed Failor, Rudy McRomney supporter, evidently likes it. No Ron Paul revolution for him. Who needs a revolution when you can vote for John McCain and get a slightly more maniacal status quo?

This is the man who sits in judgment of Ron Paul?

And no, Ed, I don’t buy your phony explanation. Neither does anyone with an IQ over 75.

To conclude, here is some information readers may find useful:

Iowa Christian Alliance
515-225-1515 (hasn’t been answering)
515-225-1826 (fax)
Steve Scheffler, President, slscheffler@iowachristian.com, 515-971-7363
Morris Hurd, Treasurer, mhurd@iowatelecom.net
Gopal Krishna, Finance Chairman, gopkrishna@yahoo.com, 515-975-8771
Jessica Anderson, Director of Church/Community Development, jessica@iowachristian.com

Edward Failor
Executive Vice President
Iowans for Tax Relief
563-288-3600 or 877-913-3600
Fax: 563-264-2413
efailorjr@taxrelief.org

Katie Koberg
Public Relations Director
Iowans for Tax Relief
515-875-4936
kkoberg@taxrelief.org

June 22, 2007

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. [view his website; send him mail] is senior fellow in American history at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. His books include How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (get a free chapter here), The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (first-place winner in the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards), and the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

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US Search Team On Iwo Jima For Sgt Bill Genaust of Flag Raising Fame…

June 22, 2007 1 comment

US search team on Iwo Jima looking for Marine who filmed iconic flag-raising
Associated Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-06-22 | Eric Talmadge

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TOKYO (AP) – A U.S. search team on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima is zeroing in on a cave where a Marine combat photographer who filmed the iconic flag-raising 62 years ago is believed to have been killed in battle nine days later, officials told The Associated Press Friday.

The seven-member search team is looking for the remains of Sgt. William H. Genaust, who was killed in action after filming the flag-raising atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. The team is also searching for other U.S. troops killed in the battle – one of the fiercest and most symbolic of Second World War .

The team is the first from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting office, which is headquartered on Hickam Air Force Base on Hawaii, to conduct a search on Iwo Jima since 1948, when most of the American remains were recovered. The island was occupied by the United States after Japan’s 1945 surrender, and returned to Japanese jurisdiction in 1968.

“The team is finding caves that have been cleaned out, and some that have collapsed,” JPAC spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Brown told the AP.

Brown said the team is looking for as many American remains as it can find, including those of Genaust.

He said 88,000 U.S. service members are missing from Second World War , including about 250 from the Iwo Jima campaign.

Brown said the search is a preliminary one, and that if a high probability of recovering remains is determined, a full recovery team will be sent in.

“Our motto is ‘until they are home,”‘ Brown said. “‘No man left behind’ is a promise made to every individual who raises his hand.”

Genaust, a combat photographer with the 28th Marines, used a movie camera to film the raising of the flag atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945. He stood just feet away from AP photographer Joe Rosenthal, whose photograph of the moment won a Pulitzer Prize and came to symbolize the Pacific War and the struggle of the U.S. forces to capture the tiny island, a turning point in the war with Japan.

Genaust didn’t live to see the end of the battle.

Johnnie Webb, a civilian official with JPAC, said Genaust died nine days later when he was hit by machine-gun fire as he was assisting fellow Marines secure a cave.

Iwo Jima was officially taken on March 26, 1945, after 31-day battle that pitted some 100,000 U.S. troops against 21,200 Japanese. All told, 6,821 Americans were killed and nearly 22,000 injured – the highest percentage of casualties in any Pacific battle.

Only 1,033 Japanese survived.

Many of the missing Marines were lost at sea, meaning the chances of recovering their remains are slim. But many also were killed in caves or buried by explosions, and Brown said they are optimistic that the current search for Genaust and other servicemen will prove useful.

“We are looking at several caves,” he said. “‘We are looking for a number of service members, including Genaust. We have maps dating back to Second World War and even GPS locations. So far, everything seems to be where it should be.”

Accounts of Genaust’s death vary, but he was believed to have been killed in or near a cave on “Hill 362A.”

On March 4, 1945, Marines were securing the cave, and are believed to have asked Genaust to use his movie camera light to illuminate their way. He volunteered to shine the light in the cave himself, and when he did he was killed by enemy fire. The cave was secured after a gunfight, and its entrance sealed.

Genaust was 38 when he died.

“We decided that the only way to determine if his remains were there was to work on the ground,” Webb said. “We believe his remains may be in there, along with the remains of the Japanese.”

Separately, Japan on Monday returned to using the prewar name for Iwo Jima at the urging of its original inhabitants, who want to reclaim an identity they say has been hijacked by high-profile movies like Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima.”
The new name, Iwo To, was adopted by the Japanese Geographical Survey Institute in consultation with Japan’s coast guard.


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INTERNET AND TALK RADIO SAVING AMERICA

June 21, 2007 2 comments

INTERNET AND TALK RADIO SAVING AMERICA

By Frosty Wooldridge
June 21, 2007
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Senator Trent Lott this week erupted in front of the cameras, “Talk radio is running America,” he said. “We have to deal with that problem.”

If you’re a burglar and someone shines a light on your activities, sure enough, you must deal with the ‘problem’ of being caught. Lott suffers distress from being exposed by talk radio. That illuminates his problems: lack of integrity and violation of his oath of office.

Lott knows no one shined a light on the 1986 amnesty. No one questioned the seven subsequent amnesties by Trent Lott, Teddy Kennedy, John McCain and the rest of those cockroaches running around the halls of Congress. No one questioned these ‘noble’ men’s disregard for enforcing those laws they created to serve a greater master—U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporations. Today, we know Lott lies, McCain hides, Kennedy gorges and the rest of the Senate of the United States serves illegality over and above the U.S. Constitution.

“Well Aunt Bee, if you’re being lied to and cheated by politicians, what would you do?” asked Opie while rocking in the big rocking chair on the front porch in Mayberry.

“I’d call Andy Taylor to expose them for what they are doing to us common folks,” said Aunt Bee. “Or, maybe we should call the radio station…”

If not for talk radio hosts like Denver’s Peter Boyles and Gunny Bob Newman, George Putnam in Los Angeles, the John and Ken Show, Roger Hedgecock and dozens of others—Trent Lott and company would have shoved S. 1348 down America’s throat like a bar lizard drugging his victim for a date rape.

Talk radio gives voice to the voiceless! The Internet exposes gut level truths.

In a brilliant piece in the Magic City Morning Star, June 16, 2007, gutsy journalist Jan Herron wrote a column, “THE BAGMAN COMETH.”

“How brazen of “We, The People,” to inject our opinions into the debate!” she said. “English speaking talk radio listeners are the voices of intelligent and informed American citizens who are not buying snake oil from sell-out senators such as Trent Lott.”

Herron referred to the fact that the U.S. Senate’s amnesty bill offers American citizens a ‘bag of date-rape’ poison. She said, “Trent Bagman Lott must be referring to Spanish talk radio as to who is trying to “run” and “ruin” America. Perhaps Lott needs to tune into Spanish talk radio, I’m sure he’d feel right at home with his “pro-amnesty” compadres.”

Peter Boyles, on KHOW 630 AM exposes Bush’s support of the amnesty with a reasoned approach with expert witnesses. One of his guests, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, told the audience that 103 million people would be added to America in 20 years if the bill passed. Costs exceed $2.3 trillion for American taxpayers. You could ‘feel’ a collective gasp from hundreds of thousands across the airwaves. Rector mesmerized the audience. Boyles goes eyeball to eyeball with John Temple, publisher of the Rocky Mountain News in exposing biased reporting. Roger Hedgecock’s “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” in Washington, DC in March illuminated millions of listeners across the nation of the real aspects of S. 1348. George Putnam pounds away like a U.S. Marine who never stops defending his country. Jan Herron hits the keyboard while the radio hosts speak into the microphone.

“Devious and vigorous forces want to continue the flow of illegal aliens into America,” Herron said. “Trent Lott has joined the other bagmen in trying to push through yet another amnesty against the will of the people. The scheme seems staged, the fix is in, and our comments have no place in this scheme. “We, The People” are a real threat to Lott, Graham, Salazar, Kyl, and other bagmen. They want for us to become “Unplugged.”

Herron continued, “Congress fails to represent American citizens. Are we to conclude that those who have not spoken up approve of our country being invaded with illegal aliens, or are they just “chicken little cowards” as Trent Lott? Either way, Lott or these cowards shouldn’t be in office pretending to represent us, because they do not. And these same cowards shouldn’t take for granted the tenacity of “We the People” or underestimate our willingness to do what needs to be accomplished to preserve the sovereignty of this country. We will tune into TALK RADIO as we darn well please, Mr. Lott!”

“We the People” voiced our opinions in sending the “NO AMNESTY” message to Congress last week,” Herron said. “It’s obvious Senator Trent Lott takes, “We, The People” for granted as he now has added his name to the list of bagmen singing the President’s praises.

Herron exposed little known facts: “California is a prime example of the “open borders catastrophe.” California’s 1965 population of 18 million has now doubled to over 36 million, largely from immigration. It’s projected to 56 million in 30 years, again from immigration.

“A full 96 percent of California’s 1990s-era population explosion came from immigration.

“California’s Central Valley is heavily agricultural and a breadbasket for much of the nation. Within 25 years, 50 percent of that agricultural area is slated for bulldozing to accommodate housing and services demanded by increased immigration.

“California must now build one new elementary school every day, 365 days a year to accommodate that explosion, much of it illegal aliens.

“California’s multi-year drought of the late 1970s has now spread to other Western states. Imagine the disaster when future California droughts affect 56+ million thirsty Californians!

“Today’s California is tomorrow’s America, a future of wall-to-wall bodies, social unraveling, destroyed resources and an exhausted environment created exclusively by mass immigration. It’s coming to your state soon!

“The illegal alien invasion must be publicly and factually disclosed to every American. That disclosure must be based on facts, not the emotional rhetoric and deception of politicians and biased “politically correct” news media. Policy decisions must be made openly and recognizing the opinions and needs of Americans, not pro-illegal immigration vested interests who buy and pay for elected officials.

“Radio talk show hosts are now doing the job Congress refuses to do!”

With Jan Herron exposing them across the Internet and Peter Boyles shinning a light on Trent Lott, Americans stand a chance of preventing this country from falling into the same chaos now affecting Britain, France, Holland and other countries overrun by immigration.

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One Day In History: US Attacked By Mexican Troops…

June 21, 2007 1 comment

(On This Day in History) June 21, 1916: Pershing attacked by Mexican troops

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(On This Day in History) June 21, 1916: (General John J.) Pershing attacked by Mexican troops

The controversial U.S. military expedition against Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa brings the United States and Mexico closer to war when Mexican government troops attack U.S. Brigadier General John J. Pershing’s force at Carrizal, Mexico. The Americans suffered 22 casualties, and more than 30 Mexicans were killed. Against the protests of Venustiano Carranza’s government, Pershing had been penetrating deep into Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. After routing the small Mexican force at Carrizal, the U.S. expedition continued on its southern course.

In 1914, following the resignation of Mexican leader Victoriano Huerta, Pancho Villa and his former revolutionary ally Venustiano Carranza battled each other in a struggle for succession. By the end of 1915, Villa had been driven north into the mountains, and the U.S. government recognized General Carranza as the president of Mexico.

In January 1916, to protest President Woodrow Wilson’s support for Carranza, Villa executed 16 U.S. citizens at Santa Isabel in northern Mexico. Then, on March 9, he ordered a raid on the border town of Columbus, New Mexico, in which 17 Americans were killed and the center of town was burned. Cavalry from the nearby Camp Furlong U.S. Army outpost pursued the Mexicans, killing several dozen rebels on U.S. soil and in Mexico before turning back. On March 15, under orders from President Wilson, U.S. Brigadier General John J. Pershing launched a punitive expedition into Mexico to capture or kill Villa and disperse his rebels. The expedition eventually involved some 10,000 U.S. troops and personnel. It was the first U.S. military operation to employ mechanized vehicles, including automobiles and airplanes.

For 11 months, Pershing failed to capture the elusive revolutionary, who was aided by his intimate knowledge of the terrain of northern Mexico and his popular support from the people there. Meanwhile, resentment over the U.S. intrusion into Mexican territory led to a diplomatic crisis with the government in Mexico City. On June 21, the crisis escalated into violence when Mexican government troops attacked a detachment of the 10th Cavalry at Carrizal. If not for the critical situation in Europe, war might have been declared. In January 1917, having failed in their mission to capture Villa, and under continued pressure from the Mexican government, the Americans were ordered home.
Pancho Villa continued his guerrilla activities in northern Mexico until Adolfo de la Huerta took over the government and drafted a reformist constitution. Villa entered into an amicable agreement with Huerta and agreed to retire from politics. In 1920, the government pardoned Villa, but three years later he was assassinated at his ranch in Parral.

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TREASON IN THE CONGRESS

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TREASON IN THE CONGRESS

By Joan Veon
June 20, 2007
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Recently The Washington Post ran an article entitled, “A Senate Debate with a British Accent.” In it they explained that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who appeared to be “playing a British parliamentarian [Oliver Cromwell], had come to seek a ‘vote of no confidence’ in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales—and thereby deal a blow to the imperial reign of President Bush the Second.” When it was told to President Bush who was traveling in Bulgaria, he said, “They can try to have their votes of no confidence, but it’s not going to determine—who serves in my government.” The article mused, “Only in America would the president turn himself into a king on the very same day that the Senate decides to become a parliament.” Let’s talk about this for a moment. Although Senator Orrin Hatch explained “This is not a parliament” and went on to explain our system of government, Schumer defended his proposal by saying, “It is a rare measure, I know.” Schumer had 52 senators join him in his no confidence vote, leaving it seven of the 60 votes needed. For now, a rather thin margin of 11.5% kept our government from moving towards a parliamentary form of government. In order to consider what is in the making, we need to look at external and internal forces.

The external forces are those who want to merge the U.S. with England. Would it be unreasonable to consider the idea that Britain would do anything to get America back? Would Schumer be knighted by the Queen for his service to Britain should a no confidence vote set precedence in our Congress? Furthermore, we should consider that one of our presidential hopefuls, Rudy Giuliani, has accepted a knighthood from the Queen. Let us also mention the knighthoods bestowed upon Presidents Reagan and Bush I who were knighted after leaving office. While we are at it, we should also mention the fact that many of our presidents have direct ties to British aristocracy and royalty.

Presidents that are descended from Willem III the Good, Count of Holland and Hainault (1286-1337) and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller. Presidents descended from Hendrik, Duke of Brabant (1207-1248) to Henry the III, earl of Lancaster are William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison along with both Bush presidents. It should be noted that the Bush presidents are also related to Queen Elizabeth II. Those related to Henry II of England (133-1189) are Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland and Gerald Ford. President Ford had the most royal blood as his descendants also included Kings John and Henry III of England, Henry of Lancaster and Mary Beaumont. Other presidents related to minor royalty included: James Madison, James Monroe, Rutherford B. Hayes, and John Calvin Coolidge.

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The goal to move America into global government is not new. It was the goal of many British aristocrats, specifically Cecil Rhodes and industrialist Andrew Carnegie, along with the Pilgrim Society.

Cecil Rhodes had a dream of making the world British because in his opinion, “they are the finest race in the world.” According to Georgetown professor, Dr. Carroll Quigley who wrote The Anglo-American Establishment, “Rhodes in five previous wills, left his fortune to form a secret society which was to devote itself to the preservation and expansion of the British Empire. This society [now known as the Royal Institute for International Affairs-RIIA] has been known at various times as Milner’s Kindergarten, as the Round Table Group, as the Rhodes crowd, as The Times Crowd, as the All Souls Group, and as the Cliveden set.” The American branch of the RIIA is the Council on Foreign Relations, of which many in our government are members. Quigley explained that Rhodes was the leader during his lifetime along with William T. Stead, Lord Esher known as Reginald Balliol Brett (friend and confident of Queen Victoria and the most influential adviser of King Edward VII and King George V), and Alfred Milner. Quigley describes some of their achievements,

It plotted the Jameson Raid of 1895; it caused the Boer War of 1899-1902; it set up and controls the Rhodes Trust; it created the Union of South Africa in 1906-1910; it has been the most powerful single influence in All Souls, Balliol, and New Colleges at Oxford for more than a generation; it has controlled The Times for more than 50 years, with the exception of 1919-1922; it publicized the idea of and the name ‘British Commonwealth of Nations’; it was the chief influence in Lloyd George’s war administration in 1917-1919; it had a great deal to do with the formation and management of the League of Nations [now United Nations] and of the system of mandates; it founded the Royal Institute of International Affairs in 1919 and still controls it; it controlled and still controls, to a very considerable extent, the sources and the writing of the history of British Imperial and foreign policy since the Boer War (page 5).

Those who were key insiders with Rhodes included Lord Robert Cecil, Lionel Curtis, Lord Rothschild, and others. It was they who determined that an organization like the League of Nations—now the United Nations was a way of bringing the world back under British rule.

The dream of Rhodes was also shared by Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish immigrant who made good in America when he invested in railroads where he made his first fortune with the rest in steel. Carnegie Steel went on to become U.S. Steel and was purchased by J.P. Morgan. Carnegie used much of his wealth philanthropically as he endowed the Carnegie Library system throughout the U.S., and a number of foundations whose goal it was to merge the U.S. with Britain. He became an internationalist after the Edward VII spent a weekend at his castle in Scotland. In his book, Triumphant Democracy, Carnegie wrote,

Let men say what they will, I say that as surely as the sun in the heavens once shone upon Britain and America united, so surely is it one morning to rise, to shine upon, to greet again the reunited states—the British-American Union.

In an article written by him that appeared in the London Express on October 14, 1094, he again heralded the union of Britain and America,

It need not be feared that force will ever be used or required to accomplish this union. It will come—must come—in the natural order of things. Political as well as material bodies obey the law of gravitation.

Carnegie endowed the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace-CEIP in 1910 with $10M. While its mandate says it is dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States, it has been a major player creating global sea-changes to help set in place a world governmental structure. CEIP has published, convened and created new institutions and international networks globally. In short, they are a major change-agent and are doing everything they can to destroy national sovereignty to facilitate world government to match the benefactors beliefs, just like the RIIA.

Past presidents include Elihu Root, Nicholas Murray Butler, Alger Hiss, and currently Jessica T. Mathews. In 1914, the Endowment helped create The Hague Academy of International Law which is located in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. If you are going to destroy national sovereignty and national law, you then need to increase the power and position of international law.

In 1902, shortly after the death of Cecil Rhodes, the Pilgrim Society was organized in London as an Anglo-American club of English and Americans. A year later, an American branch was founded at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Its constitution states in part,

The object of the society shall be the promotion of the sentiment of brotherhood among the nations, especially the cultivation of good fellowship between citizens of the United States and its dependencies and subject of the British Empire. The membership shall be limited to 900.

The goal is the reunion of America with Britain to find those who were more loyal to England than America and who would work towards that end. At their highly secret meetings—far more secret than the Bildebergers—they toast the reigning British monarch. Their members are found in the highest levels of our government, military, judicial, scientific, and educational organizations as well as religious bodies. Past members included J. P. Morgan, Elihu Root, Thomas W. Lamont, John D. Rockefeller, Percy Rockefeller, Ogden Mills Reid, Otto Kahn, Andrew Mellon, W.B. Whitney, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Vincent Astor, Paul M. Warburg and Mortimer I. Schiff. A number of these same members were responsible for the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, America’s central bank. Not much is known about current members since it is a very secret society. Disraeli once said, “Read no history, only biography, for that is life without theory.” The only way to know who is a member and believer in British rule is by studying the biographies of its members.

According to documents and statements entered into the 1940 Congressional Record by Congressman J. Thorkelson of Montana, he provides a transcript of the remarks of British Pilgrim member Lord Charles Beresford to the American Pilgrim branch,

Congratulations on brilliant success of efforts to bring together two great English-speaking nations. Now gentlemen, that is the object, and the sole object that I know of, that this flourishing society has, the sole reason for its existence: to promote good will, good fellowship, abiding friendship and everlasting peace between the United States and Great Britain. And, for one, I have no fear of failure.

Beresford went on to write of the goal to united the US and Britain that “our great-grandchildren celebrating in 2013 the second centenary of the Pilgrims, will have cause to bless their fathers that they founded this society and kept the world on the right track.”

So how were these Pilgrims going to get the U.S. and U.K. to hook up? It was Columbian University president Nicholas Murray Butler, who later became president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, that supported the idea that international peace could be established if the U.S. entered WWI on the side of Britain. Sir Uncle Sam, Knight of the British Empire, said in a 1917 speech,

In these days of national and international confusion and conflict there is one issue on which the American people are substantially in agreement—We do not war. Today, denuded of all propaganda, there is only one fundamental issue behind all the conflict in Europe and Asia—the survival of the British Empire. It seems to me that the answer to the above question is definite and indisputable—Britain cannot win a major war in Europe and Asia without the active assistance of the most powerful of all nations, the United States. In the present crisis the only active allies of Britain are, so far, the British Empire units and France. If the conflict should spread into another world war, Britain cannot again count on her former combination of allies. Therefore, the most powerful ally of all, the United States must be kept in line by Britain against eventualities.

The U.S. did come in on the side of Britain not only for World War I but for World War II and the Falklands. Now Britain has joined the U.S. in the “war against terrorism.”

Our union is taking on many interesting related dimensions. In the June 15, 2007 Financial Times, they reported Bush is going to back a treaty to “tackle one of the most contentious issues in relations between the two countries by allowing Britain to buy defense products from American companies without having to obtain export licenses. [T]he treaty would represent a victory for UK prime minister who has lobbied George W. Bush over this long-standing disagreement between the two.” Currently only Canada has a waiver.

Lastly in taking a look at the relationship between the US and UK, we need to consider the Commonwealth. It was the Rhodes funded Royal Institute for International Affairs that started to propagate the idea of a British Commonwealth of Nations. According to Nicholas Murray Butler, there was a movement going on to bring into existence a British Commonwealth of Nations which was, at the time of its inception, a new form of political organization to take the place of the old British Empire. According to Wikipedia.org, the definition of Commonwealth is “The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states, mostly formed by the United Kingdom and its former colonies” and are countries that “acknowledge the British monarch as head of state are known as Commonwealth Realms” while all members recognize Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth.”

The Statute of Westminster 1931 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which established legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the British Empire and the UK. It became domestic law within each of the other commonwealth countries as it was adopted by their parliament.

According to Butler, the Statute of Westminster provides “a new form of federal relationship, not a federal relationship such as exists between our own States and the Federal Government, but a federal relationship which consists in loyalty and devotion to a person who is the symbol of unity; but the legislation power is as multiform as the Dominions. Butler was in on the original discussions in the early 1920s to bring the idea of a Commonwealth of Nations into being.

Britain started to form the Commonwealth between 1946 and 1989. During those years, Britain gave “independence” to 41 of its colonies. Interestingly enough, every time one of their former colonies was given independence, they also gained a vote at the United Nations and at all of the other international bodies they are members of.

Internally there is much to discuss as well. First, there is no real philosophic difference between the republicans and democrats, both are working for “interdependence,” globalization or world government. Therefore, they are in effect the same party. There is no real opposing party.

Secondly, the presidents have been busy by-passing Congress by using Executive Orders. Much could be said on this. On May 10 it was reported by The Washington Post that Bush has “issued a formal national security directive (known as National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20) ordering agencies to prepare contingency plans for a surprise, ‘decapitating’ attack on the federal government and assigned responsibility for coordinating such plans to the White House. The Post goes on to say, “Other former Bush administration officials said the directive formalizes a shift of authority away from the Department of Homeland Security to the White House.” It was President Reagan who gave responsibility for coordinating, implementing and exercises emergency plans to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If we are going to be changed to a parliamentarian form of government, then the power and position of the president must change and it appears Bush is ready, willing and able to make it happen!

In light of the above, let us now address the Free Trade Areas of the Americas which will include the North American Free Trade Agreement also known as the North American Union.

Canada is a member of the Commonwealth which recognizes the queen as head. How do you move the U.S. with our Constitutional form of government in to a free trade zone with 13 other Commonwealth members? Let me restate that. When the U.S. is moved into the Free Trade Areas of the Americas which is the EU equivalent for our hemisphere, how does America keep its sovereignty when we will be OUTVOTED by 13 Commonwealth members?

In summary, why would Senator Schumer want a no confidence vote in light of America’s governmental structure that does not need it? Is Schumer a Pilgrim or a Boy Scout? There is big power and big money behind the goal to unite America with Britain. Freedom, when it is gone, is gone. At every turn, it appears Americans are nothing but serfs! In light of the above, Schumer and the other 52 should be hanged for treason, Rudy Giuliani should renounce his knighthood, Bush I should renounce his knighthood, and Bush II should be brought into alignment with the Constitution.

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Judicial Watch Releases New FBI Documents: Osama bin Laden May Have Chartered Saudi Flight Out of U.S. after 9/11

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Judicial Watch Releases New FBI Documents: Osama bin Laden May Have Chartered Saudi Flight Out of U.S. after 9/11

(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released new documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) related to the “expeditious departure” of Saudi nationals, including members of the bin Laden family, from the United States following the 9/11 attacks. According to one of the formerly confidential documents, dated 9/21/2001, terrorist Osama bin Laden may have chartered one of the Saudi flights.

The document states: “ON 9/19/01, A 727 PLANE LEFT LAX, RYAN FLT #441 TO ORLANDO, FL W/ETA (estimated time of arrival) OF 4-5PM. THE PLANE WAS CHARTERED EITHER BY THE SAUDI ARABIAN ROYAL FAMILY OR OSAMA BIN LADEN…THE LA FBI SEARCHED THE PLANE [REDACTED] LUGGAGE, OF WHICH NOTHING UNUSUAL WAS FOUND.” The plane was allowed to depart the United States after making four stops to pick up passengers, ultimately landing in Paris where all passengers disembarked on 9/20/01, according to the document.

Overall, the FBI’s most recent document production includes details of the six flights between 9/14 and 9/24 that evacuated Saudi royals and bin Laden family members. The documents also contain brief interview summaries and occasional notes from intelligence analysts concerning the cursory screening performed prior to the departures. According to the FBI documents, incredibly not a single Saudi national nor any of the bin Laden family members possessed any information of investigative value.

Moreover, the documents contain numerous errors and inconsistencies which call to question the thoroughness of the FBI’s investigation of the Saudi flights. For example, on one document, the FBI claims to have interviewed 20 of 23 passengers on the Ryan International Airlines flight (commonly referred to as the “Bin Laden Family Flight”). On another document, the FBI claims to have interviewed 15 of 22 passengers on the same flight.

“Eight days after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Osama bin Laden possibly charters a flight to whisk his family out of the country, and it’s not worth more than a luggage search and a few brief interviews?” asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Clearly these documents prove the FBI conducted a slapdash investigation of these Saudi flights. We’ll never know how many investigative leads were lost due to the FBI’s lack of diligence.”

U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts ordered the FBI to resubmit “proper disclosures” to the Court and Judicial Watch, having previously criticized the adequacy of redaction descriptions, the validity of exemption claims, and other errors in the FBI’s disclosures. Incredibly, the FBI had previously redacted Osama bin Laden’s name from the records in order “to protect privacy interests.”

The latest version of the FBI documents, obtained under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and through ongoing litigation (Judicial Watch v. Department of Homeland Security & Federal Bureau of Investigation, No. 04-1643 (RWR)) is available below.

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THEY SELL THEIR COUNTRY FOR SILVER! TANCREDO OUTRAGED AS AMNESTY POLITICIANS REVIVE AMNESTY BILL

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THEY SELL THEIR COUNTRY FOR SILVER! TANCREDO OUTRAGED AS AMNESTY POLITICIANS REVIVE AMNESTY BILL

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Security First, An alternative to amnesty (Rep. Peter T. King)

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Security First, An alternative to amnesty (Rep. Peter T. King)

NRO ^ | June 20, 2007 | Peter T. King

Posted on 06/20/2007 6:52:28 AM EDT by IrishMike

The Senate immigration bill now being resurrected is long on promises and short on actual reforms. Outside of providing amnesty to an estimated 12 million aliens living in the United States illegally, the bill contains little substance. No guarantee for control of our borders. Insufficient fraudulent document protections. No real protections against alien gangs and criminals. And no fixes for our broken visa system. In other words, it is a huge step in the wrong direction, a bill that would reward 12 million lawbreakers and only serve to weaken the security of our nation. To counter this misguided bill, Representative Lamar Smith and I have introduced a workable alternative: the Secure Borders FIRST Act of 2007. Our approach, “Security First,” is based on common-sense principles: no amnesty; mandating operational control of all our borders; actually enforcing our current immigration and worksite laws; mandatory detention of illegal immigrations apprehended along the border; reforming our broken visa system to better enforce our immigration laws and ensure our farmers have the workforce they need; and establishing English as our national language. …………………………………………….

Our bill, on the other hand, takes concrete steps to secure our borders and put an end to illegal immigration. Our approach mandates that DHS gain operational control of all our borders within the next six years, authorizes additional border-security personnel, requires expedited removal for any illegal aliens apprehended within 100 miles of the border and two weeks of entry, and makes alien street gang members deportable and inadmissible. The bill also includes strong worksite-enforcement provisions and improves security for birth certificates to minimize fraud.

Another key aspect of our bill is reforming the current H-2A visa program regarding temporary agricultural workers. Unlike the Senate approach, applicants to this program would have to be properly documented residents of a foreign country. In order to ensure they do not overstay, the workers would not be allowed to bring family members with them, and a portion of their wages would be held in escrow until they return to their home country. This is in stark contrast to a Senate bill that creates a massive new temporary-worker bureaucracy without taking any steps to reform our current visa system.
The American people understand that, first and foremost, we have to put an end to illegal immigration and gain control of our borders. That is exactly what the King-Smith bill will do. And if Congress is serious about border security, it is time to stop the Senate amnesty bill and take action on the King-Smith legislation.
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Excluding Ron Paul

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Excluding Ron Paul

by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

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The Iowa Christian Alliance and Iowans for Tax Relief are co-sponsoring a Republican candidates’ forum for June 30. The event will feature Mitt Romney, Tommy Thompson, Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, and Tom Tancredo.

Ron Paul, however, is to be excluded.

In fact, that’s what Paul’s campaign was expressly told when they inquired. Campaign manager Kent Snyder tells the story:

We heard about this forum from numerous supporters in Iowa who asked why Dr. Paul was not going to participate. Those supporters assumed that Dr. Paul was invited.

The campaign office had not received an invitation so we called this morning; thinking we might have misplaced the invitation or simply overlooked it. Lew Moore, our campaign manager, called Mr. Edward Failor, an officer of Iowans for Tax Relief, to ask about it. To our shock, Mr. Failor told us Dr. Paul was not invited; he was not going to be invited; and he would not be allowed to participate. And when asked why, Mr. Failor refused to explain. The call ended.

Lew then called Mr. Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Christian Alliance, to talk with him. Mr. Scheffler did not answer so Lew left a message. He has yet to respond.

After reading this, I called Edward Failor myself. I said I was calling about the exclusion of Ron Paul from his candidates’ forum, particularly in light of Paul’s extraordinary record on taxes.

“Is there a question in there you want me to answer?” came the annoyed reply.

“Well, yes. Are you excluding Ron Paul, and if so, why?”

Failor explained that the event had been scheduled months ago, and that at that time they had made a decision about who the most “credible” candidates would be.

I didn’t quite understand his answer, though it was apparently more than he’d bothered to provide the Paul campaign. “You thought Tommy Thompson was a more credible candidate than Ron Paul?” I asked. (Can you imagine people gleefully sharing YouTube clips of Thompson with their friends, or holding up “Tommy Thompson Revolution” signs?)

Failor refused to answer that or any other question I posed to him, and closed with, “That is the only statement I am willing to make.”

I assume I don’t need to point out that this explanation is not believable at all. We’ll leave aside his organization’s, um, mixed record when it comes to picking out the “credible” candidates. Had this really been a mere logistical question, why would Failor not simply have said so to the Paul campaign when they initially inquired? (Not that that would have been a good explanation, but it would have been something.) A non-hostile person with good manners might have said something like, “We’re very sorry about the way things turned out; we arranged this event a long time ago, and of course we’d have been delighted to have your campaign participate if we’d been able to feature more people on the stage.”

The answer I got was pretty obviously one Failor had devised on the fly, not having expected anyone to call him on his decision to exclude Paul.

But the answer I got is also an obvious lie. Here is the schedule of the event as of a June 8 press release. Here, on the other hand, is the schedule just the other day. The second one replaces Jim Gilmore with Duncan Hunter.

I wonder why Hunter hadn’t been told that the arrangements had been made months in advance, that he’d been determined not to be credible – the whole story.

Failor, you’re busted.

After our call, I got to thinking about this Failor character: what kind of person running a “tax relief” organization would exclude the presidential candidate with – and this is no exaggeration – possibly the best record on taxation in all of American history, someone who favors the abolition of the income tax and the drastic reduction or elimination of nearly all other federal taxes? Should this be the Iowans For a Little Tax Relief, But Not Too Much?

I did a little poking around, and it turns out that our Edward Failor was initially a supporter of…George Pataki! George Pataki. And here I was thinking Failor had a hard time pinpointing credible candidates.

I remember seeing Pataki and Rudy Giuliani opening a Saturday Night Live episode years ago in which they both spoke about New York. Pataki was reading off his cue card so badly and awkwardly you just had to change the channel. Slightly less intelligent than George W. Bush: who will dispute this description of Mr. Failor’s credible candidate?

The New York Sun, writing about Pataki’s record, observed in 2006: “Mr. Pataki could be a hard sell to small-government conservatives, given that state spending in New York has grown to a projected $75 billion in the coming fiscal year from $43 billion in 1995.” No problem for Edward Failor. According to the Sun, “Mr. Failor said the increases were the necessary result of growth brought on by aggressive tax cuts.” Oh.

Maybe this is Iowans Who Are Only Marginally Unhappy With the Status Quo, or Iowans for Shell Games That Look Like Tax Cuts. Maybe it’s Iowans Who Want Guarantees that Absolutely Nothing Will Change.

Or perhaps it’s Iowans for McCain: check out Mr. Failor’s recent campaign donations.

The Iowa GOP at large, on the other hand, is not hostile to Ron Paul, and in fact made sure Paul would be included in the Iowa straw poll. Iowa Republican leaders want it known that they, at least, have no bias against Paul.

Excluding Ron Paul from a “tax relief” candidates’ forum is like excluding Batman from an Anti-Riddler Convention. Even funnier is that these two organizations, in blacklisting Paul, reveal themselves to be even worse than the mainstream media they always criticize: the very day the Paul campaign discovered it had been barred from this Iowa event, they got a call from ABC News confirming Ron Paul’s participation in the August 5 debate in Des Moines, Iowa.

Now I don’t mean to leave the Iowa Christian Alliance out of the spotlight, but attempts to reach them resulted in busy signals or endless rings. They probably figured it’d be one day of angry calls, and that would be it. So I found a second contact number for them, which I reproduce below.

We shouldn’t be surprised at all this; such treatment is exactly what a truly anti-establishment candidate can expect in a world of phonies and hacks. But Ron Paul’s supporters are legion, and growing all the time. I rather suspect they will have something to say about their candidate’s exclusion.

What can you do? Well, an online petition in support of Paul’s inclusion in this event needs some signatures. Also, you might be interested in this information:

Edward Failor
Executive Vice President
Iowans for Tax Relief
563-288-3600 or 877-913-3600
Fax: 563-264-2413
itr@taxrelief.org

Katie Koberg
Public Relations Director
Iowans for Tax Relief
515-875-4936
kkoberg@taxrelief.org

Steve Scheffler, President
Iowa Christian Alliance
515-225-1515
(If no luck, try 515-971-7363)
515-225-1826 (fax)
slscheffler@iowachristian.com

Thanks to Michael Kenny for his input on this piece.

June 20, 2007

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. [view his website; send him mail] is senior fellow in American history at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. His books include How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (get a free chapter here), The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (first-place winner in the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards), and the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

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WOMEN ABOVE THE LAW?

June 19, 2007 Leave a comment

WOMEN ABOVE THE LAW?

By Carey Roberts
June 15, 2007
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Rev. Al Sharpton and I seldom see eye-to-eye on the issues, but this time he was right on the money. Following heiress Paris Hilton’s release from jail, Sharpton denounced the action as having “all the appearances of economic and racial favoritism.”

For those too caught up in the NBA and NHL finals this past week to pay attention, here’s the skinny: heiress Paris Hilton repeatedly violated the terms of her probation, which earned her a 45-day all-expenses-paid visit to the pokey.

But the jail conditions didn’t meet Hilton’s high standards. “She wasn’t allowed to wax or use a moisturizer,” fumed one of her gal-pals. So Paris turned herself into a regular nuisance, lapsing into a tearful fit in her 12-by-8 cell and repeatedly pushing the medical alert button.

Soon sheriff Lee Baca began to worry Hilton might be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So Thursday he sent her home in the dead of night – that way she could be spared the embarrassment of having to pose for the paparazzi without lip gloss.

But Friday she was hauled back to the slammer, even as her lawyers argued she was suffering from a life-threatening condition that medical specialists call “having-a-bad-hair-day syndrome.”

That same day, 1,000 miles east of Los Angeles, another courtroom drama was about to unfold.

This one involved Carrie McCandless, a Denver-area social studies teacher and cheerleading coach. In October 2006 she engaged in simulated sex with a 17-year-old male student during a school-sponsored hiking trip. So on Friday, judge James Hiatt handed down her sentence: a 45-day slap-on-the-wrist.

As McCandless was led away to jail, she blew a playful kiss to her husband and friends, saying, “Goodbye, guys.”

Another 1,000 miles or so east of Denver, a third woman stood in the docket Friday. She had admitted to a far more serious crime: murder.

Mary Winkler of Selmer, Tennessee had gotten caught up in a check-kiting scheme. One day she and her preacher husband Matthew were arguing about the family finances, then suddenly she snapped. Pulling out a 12-gauge shotgun, she shot him in the back as he lay in bed. Winkler then fled to an Alabama beach resort with her three daughters.

Following her arrest, she made no accusations of abuse against her husband, nor was there any public record of domestic violence in the family.

But by the time the trial rolled around, she had a change of heart and claimed that he had mistreated her. As proof, she showed the jury a pair of platform shoes and black wig that Matthew had asked her to wear during sex. (Yes, a black wig – that’s what counts for domestic violence these days.)

Her long-dead husband was in no position to refute the claim. So her cold-blooded murder warranted only a seven-month sentence – two of them in a mental health facility that features campfire sing-alongs and foot massages.

Matthew Winkler’s family said that Mary’s abuse allegations amounted to a second attack on her husband. “The monster that you have painted for the world to see? I don’t think that monster existed,” charged Matthew’s mother, Diane.

One of the contradictions of the women’s movement is its failure to object when the criminal justice system condescendingly judges female wrongdoers by a lower standard than men.

When a female high school teacher deflowers a student, she gets a judicial wrist-slap. When a wife kills her husband, it’s the dependable Battered Woman Syndrome defense to the rescue. When a woman falsely accuses a man of abuse and destroys his reputation and career, the chivalrous prosecutor turns the other cheek. If a mother tries to alienate a child from his dad, that’s “protecting the child from a domineering father.” And when a woman kills her unborn child, she’s exercising her constitutional right to privacy.

You might say there’s a historical reason for members of the fairer sex getting a judicial free pass. In old England, women didn’t have the right to vote or own property. So if a woman sank the family into debt, it was her husband who was sent to debtor’s prison. Or if a woman committed a homicide, all she needed to do to get off the hook was to get pregnant.

But times have changed and ladies now have full rights. In a civilized society that prides itself on rule of law, rights go hand in hand with responsibilities. Does anyone believe that women should be exempt from that time-honored principle?

When Paris Hilton appeared before judge Michael Sauer this last Friday, assistant city attorney Dan Jeffries pointedly remarked that preferential treatment of miscreants “destroys any semblance of faith in our judicial system.”

Indeed it does.

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Previously, he served on active duty in the Army, was a professor of psychology, and was a citizen-lobbyist in the US Congress. In his spare time he admires Norman Rockwell paintings, collects antiques, and is an avid soccer fan.

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Interview with Ron Paul

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Monday, June 18, 2007
Interview with Ron Paul
Posted: June 18, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Vox Day
© 2007

What’s your response to those who say you’re not electable?

The idea of who is not electable is subjective. It’s early. No one knows, and only one candidate will win, so everyone else will turn out to be not electable.

The nomination is completely open now because the party is in disarray, the base is unhappy and I offer them an alternative and a return to their tradition of true conservativism. I think I’m quite electable. I’m not placing any bets, but to argue that I’m not electable is just trying to dismiss someone they don’t want to hear from. It’s more rhetoric than anything else.

Do you believe in open borders? That’s the libertarian position, after all.

Some libertarians believe in totally open borders. I don’t. Remember, I was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for president in 1988, and I ran as a right-to-life Libertarian. I don’t support totally open borders because, although I think the federal government should be small, protecting borders and providing for national defense – which excludes occupying other countries – are two of its legitimate functions. I would beef up the borders and not worry about the borders in Korea and Iraq. It’s ironic that we’re taking border guards off our borders and paying them to go and train border guards over there. I do understand the libertarian argument. The more we deal with our neighbors, the better off we are. I like the idea of trade. I like the idea of free travel and friendship. When that happens, you’re less likely to fight. But that doesn’t mean anyone can come in and get easy citizenship.

My biggest argument is different than those who want to shoot anyone crossing the border. When you subsizide things, you get more of it, and we subsidize immigration. We need to stop that. I want to deny the benefits that draw people here.

Do you find the dichotomy between the excitement about your campaign on the Internet and the silence about it in the mainstream media to be a little strange?

I don’t see it completely. I think that might be true of the three or four major networks, but on the national talk shows, the Bill Maher and John Stewart-type shows, we’re getting a lot of invitations. I don’t think we’d have that if we didn’t have the Internet excitement. If we continue to do well, they’ll be forced to follow and give us more attention. This is true of a lot of things; a lot of stories break on the Internet. The networks are usually pretty slow on picking up what’s happening.

Do you think the endorsement of Rush Limbaugh would win you the nomination?

Oh, I don’t think so.

(Column continues below)

Some Republicans criticize you for opposing the ongoing military occupations, since that’s supposed to be a Democratic position.

There are some Democrats who oppose the war, although I oppose it in a different manner. They argue about tactics. My objections are strategic, philosophical and constitutional. The big debate recently was about whether you have a surge or not. I want to change the whole debate and not get involved in these insane alliances in the first place. There are a lot of arguments that support my position on non-intervention.

As a member of Congress, have you seen any evidence of attempts to merge the USA with Mexico and Canada?

I think they’re working diligently for it, and that’s why this administration is weak. They don’t even believe in national sovereignty. It started with NAFTA, then SPP, and now they’re moving to take the next step with this immigration bill. They’re going to advance that effort to put the three countries together and have a single currency. Now that’s something a president could do, is to let people know what plans have been made and express objection to them. I would work strongly against the North American Union.

Do you think being the only non-interventionist Republican helps your campaign?

I would think so. Of course, I see the philosophy as being very popular and commonsensical, and people respond to it. People like the message of the free enterprise system and letting people run their own lives with privacy. They are responding very favorably to minding our own business, and besides, we can’t afford it.

For the complete text of Vox Day’s interview with Ron Paul, visit Vox Popoli.

Vox Day is a novelist and Christian libertarian. He is a member of the SFWA, Mensa and the Southern Baptist church, and has been down with Madden since 1992. Visit his Web log, Vox Popoli, for daily commentary and responses to reader e-mail.

What’s your response to those who say you’re not electable?

The idea of who is not electable is subjective. It’s early. No one knows, and only one candidate will win, so everyone else will turn out to be not electable.

The nomination is completely open now because the party is in disarray, the base is unhappy and I offer them an alternative and a return to their tradition of true conservativism. I think I’m quite electable. I’m not placing any bets, but to argue that I’m not electable is just trying to dismiss someone they don’t want to hear from. It’s more rhetoric than anything else.

Do you believe in open borders? That’s the libertarian position, after all.

Some libertarians believe in totally open borders. I don’t. Remember, I was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for president in 1988, and I ran as a right-to-life Libertarian. I don’t support totally open borders because, although I think the federal government should be small, protecting borders and providing for national defense – which excludes occupying other countries – are two of its legitimate functions. I would beef up the borders and not worry about the borders in Korea and Iraq. It’s ironic that we’re taking border guards off our borders and paying them to go and train border guards over there. I do understand the libertarian argument. The more we deal with our neighbors, the better off we are. I like the idea of trade. I like the idea of free travel and friendship. When that happens, you’re less likely to fight. But that doesn’t mean anyone can come in and get easy citizenship.

My biggest argument is different than those who want to shoot anyone crossing the border. When you subsizide things, you get more of it, and we subsidize immigration. We need to stop that. I want to deny the benefits that draw people here.

Do you find the dichotomy between the excitement about your campaign on the Internet and the silence about it in the mainstream media to be a little strange?

I don’t see it completely. I think that might be true of the three or four major networks, but on the national talk shows, the Bill Maher and John Stewart-type shows, we’re getting a lot of invitations. I don’t think we’d have that if we didn’t have the Internet excitement. If we continue to do well, they’ll be forced to follow and give us more attention. This is true of a lot of things; a lot of stories break on the Internet. The networks are usually pretty slow on picking up what’s happening.

Do you think the endorsement of Rush Limbaugh would win you the nomination?

Oh, I don’t think so.

(Column continues below)

Some Republicans criticize you for opposing the ongoing military occupations, since that’s supposed to be a Democratic position.

There are some Democrats who oppose the war, although I oppose it in a different manner. They argue about tactics. My objections are strategic, philosophical and constitutional. The big debate recently was about whether you have a surge or not. I want to change the whole debate and not get involved in these insane alliances in the first place. There are a lot of arguments that support my position on non-intervention.

As a member of Congress, have you seen any evidence of attempts to merge the USA with Mexico and Canada?

I think they’re working diligently for it, and that’s why this administration is weak. They don’t even believe in national sovereignty. It started with NAFTA, then SPP, and now they’re moving to take the next step with this immigration bill. They’re going to advance that effort to put the three countries together and have a single currency. Now that’s something a president could do, is to let people know what plans have been made and express objection to them. I would work strongly against the North American Union.

Do you think being the only non-interventionist Republican helps your campaign?

I would think so. Of course, I see the philosophy as being very popular and commonsensical, and people respond to it. People like the message of the free enterprise system and letting people run their own lives with privacy. They are responding very favorably to minding our own business, and besides, we can’t afford it.

For the complete text of Vox Day’s interview with Ron Paul, visit Vox Popoli.

Vox Day is a novelist and Christian libertarian. He is a member of the SFWA, Mensa and the Southern Baptist church, and has been down with Madden since 1992. Visit his Web log, Vox Popoli, for daily commentary and responses to reader e-mail.


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Webb Now Says Gun Was His…
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Ronald Reagan’s Wisdom On The Middle East: LEAVE!
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<p>”Ronald Reagan is America’s most beloved president of recent years.
We remember how he restored prosperity while ending the Cold War
without getting us all nuked….<p>

It’s worth looking back on Reagan’s policy on involving U.S. troops in
the quarrels and hatreds of the Middle East. In 1983, he committed
U.S. Marines to Lebanon. On Oct. 23, a terrorist truck bomb blew up
the troops’ barracks, killing 220 Marines and 21 other troops.<p>

At first, Reagan insisted that he wouldn’t cave in to the terrorist
threat. Then he realized the best policy was to pull out the troops.
Here’s how he explained it in his autobiography:<p>

Perhaps we didn’t appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and
the complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a
jungle. Perhaps the idea of a suicide car bomber committing mass
murder to gain instant entry to Paradise was so foreign to our own
values and consciousness that it did not create in us the concern for
the marines’ safety that it should have.<p>

In the weeks immediately after the bombing, I believed the last thing
that we should do was turn tail and leave. Yet the irrationality of
Middle Eastern politics forced us to rethink our policy there. If
there would be some rethinking of policy before our men die, we would
be a lot better off. If that policy had changed towards more of a
neutral position and neutrality, those 241 marines would be alive
today.<p>

Reagan’s sensible policy — “neutral position and neutrality” –
should be followed today…. And troops now in Iraq should be brought
home immediately. Almost 2,600 have been killed in Iraq, 10 times the
number killed in Lebanon when Reagan decided to leave.<p>

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Good start!<br>
Also, (build the fence) round ‘em up, head ‘em out to the border one
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BUSH’S TROJAN HORSE FOR AMERICA
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<p>”What Bush proposes stands as a Trojan horse. Except, in this case,
Bush drags the horse inside the walls of his own country. Just as he
lacked understanding of his invasion of Iraq, he’s about to unleash
this Trojan horse immigration scheme into the belly of America. It
will prove deadly beyond anyone’s understanding.

“The whole Senate bill is the horse,” said Dr. John Tanton, publisher
of thesocialcontract.com “The Trojan it contains is section 413, which
will be taken as authorizing the SPP (Security and Prosperity
Partnership), which is mentioned by name, and behind and above this
some form of an eventual North American Union.””<p>
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BUSH’S TROJAN HORSE FOR AMERICA

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BUSH’S TROJAN HORSE FOR AMERICA

By Frosty Wooldridge
June 18, 2007
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“Doing nothing is not a solution,” said President George W. Bush last Tuesday at his news conference. “We need to pass immigration reform now.”

Since he ‘did nothing’ before or after 9/11 to stop terrorists by leaving our borders open and he hasn’t done anything for the past six years to stop illegal aliens, now he offers to enforce our laws with $4.4 billion from money paid by illegal aliens as fines to gain citizenship.

That’s like saying police officers issuing speeding tickets will pay for the construction of the highway!

“Gosh Aunt Bee, that makes about as much sense as a hound dog chasing a porcupine to see how many quills he can bite!” said Gomer.

After ‘doing nothing’ for the past six years and clearly in violation of his oath of office, he arm twisted key senators to reintroduce his ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill’ that was defeated in the Senate on June 7, 2007 by a massive outpouring of Americans protests.

Is Bush completely out his mind or will he go down in history as a cunning Trojan horse president?

You can’t be sure. But, it’s a fact he’s playing citizens of this country as fools that will do nothing to stop his plans for dissolving the sovereignty of the United States. As shown for many years, Americans won’t react until it’s too late.

What Bush proposes stands as a Trojan horse. Except, in this case, Bush drags the horse inside the walls of his own country. Just as he lacked understanding of his invasion of Iraq, he’s about to unleash this Trojan horse immigration scheme into the belly of America. It will prove deadly beyond anyone’s understanding.

“The whole Senate bill is the horse,” said Dr. John Tanton, publisher of thesocialcontract.com “The Trojan it contains is section 413, which will be taken as authorizing the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership), which is mentioned by name, and behind and above this some form of an eventual North American Union.”

Tanton said, “Here is what Robert Pastor, American University professor and chief architect of the NAU concept, writes in his book “Toward a North American Community” (Institute for International Economics ) on page 9: “Second, NAFTA is just a free trade area, whereas the European Union passed that threshold decades ago, on its way to becoming a customs union (with a common external tariff), a common market (with free movement of labor and capital), and finally an economic and monetary Union.”

“I am theorizing that Bush sees full blown North American Union on a continental scale as his ultimate legacy,” Tanton said. “One that through its “free movement of labor” provisions that will vitiate most immigration control legislation as it applies to North America, including the present bill. In its grand scope, the NAU will overshadow in the long run Bush’s blunder of the Iraq war. The Senate immigration bill is just the “carrier,” the “stalking horse” for this larger concept.”

If you look at the media running stories sympathetic to massive illegal alien migration, it’s a prep job for ‘soothing’ and ‘dumbing down’ American citizens until they won’t know what hit them. America’s middle class degrades before your eyes in 2007. Once our borders vanish, if you think 20 million illegal aliens haven’t done enough damage, you ain’t seen nothing compared to what the next 20 million will bring.

As that Trojan horse with free movement of labor from south of the border ruptures our language, culture, economic and educational systems, social security, hospitals and prisons—we morph into another Mexico. In other words, the hound dog caught the porcupine’s full arsenal of quills. Once another 10 to 20 million of Mexico’s poor take America’s jobs, we create a whole new poor class. Who cheers this Trojan horse? Big business, Council on Foreign Relations, Tri-lateral Commission and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that’s who!

Inside that Trojan horse:

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Jump legal immigration from one to two million annually
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Legalize 20 million illegals on pathway to citizenship and voting
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Add 400,000 annual Z-visas with no time limit
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Can’t deport an illegal who becomes legal until his/her fourth DUI
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Legalizes 20,000 MS-13 drug gang members to continue their work
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Encourages more anchor babies now at 380,000 annually
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Endless chain migration of relatives from all over the world
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Ensures the USA will add 100 million people in 30 years
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Cost U.S. taxpayers a minimum of $2.3 trillion
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Endless growth, expansion, traffic, infrastructure
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Cause water crisis across America that will be irreversible and unsolvable
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Create energy crisis that will cause enormous costs to food, heating and transportation
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Fracture American society into bi-lingual confusion
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Create two cultures both antagonistic to one another
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Create new American poor class as immigrants degrade jobs and wages for all U.S. citizens.

If you knew George Bush would lie to invade Iraq, would you have voted for him? If your kid suffered death in that ‘war of attrition,’ would you have voted for Bush? If you knew his grand scheme included dissolving America’s borders via a shallow experiment of the North American Union, would you support Bush’s guest worker/amnesty bill? If you knew the ultimate consequences would be far greater than Iraq as to the destruction of America, would you sit by doing nothing?

If your answer is “NO!” I suggest you get your rear end in gear to stop Mr. Bush from implementing his Trojan horse before you can’t stop him. Start with:

http://www.numbersusa.com;
http://www.alipac.us;
http://www.patriotunion.org;
http://www.firecoalition.com;
http://www.carryingcapacity.org;
http://www.balance.org

© 2007 Frosty Wooldridge – All Rights Reserved

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His latest book. ‘IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION—DEADLY CONSEQUENCES.’

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Come On Now Folks, Can This Be Right? ….REALLY!!!

June 18, 2007 Leave a comment

I received the following from thegunny, 419
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No way this can be considered good gub-mint!
More like something that would have been written among the list of abuses in the Declaration of Independence, don’cha think?
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I’ve been following these Gestapo shenanigans for a long long time. However, it eventually just overwhelmed me because it seems to be a daily occurrence. Some years ago I got into a little public debate with the old newspaper editor here in Alpine which started over my objection to the uS Border Patrol’s very unconstitutional road block operations–a tactic used by invading-occupying armies to control the conquered population. The whole thing involved an exchange of letters to the editor which lasted several months. I eventually compiled it all and published it at http://www.flyoverpress.com/paranoia.htm if you are interested.

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Driver’s felony is D.A.R.E. program gain

A MAN CAUGHT DRIVING 127 MPH WANTED HIS CAR GARAGED. BUT PLAINFIELD POLICE HAD A PLAN FOR THE DODGEE VIPER.

June 18, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST Staff Writer

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PLAINFIELD — Patrol Officer Mario Marzetta was about finished running radar on Essington Road on a March afternoon when the catch of the day flew by.

He heard it before he saw it — the engine of a 2000 Dodge Viper revving high before the car blew by him at 127 mph in a 35 mph zone.
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Officer Mario Marzetta stands with the Plainfield Police Department’s new D.A.R.E. car. Marzetta was the arresting officer when the 2000 Dodge Viper was seized in March 2006 on numerous traffic offenses.
(Corey R. Minkanic/Staff Photographer)

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Turning heads, Officer Mario Marzetta takes his first test drive in Plainfield’s new D.A.R.E. car.

The driver was eventually charged with felony fleeing and eluding police, while his car became the property of the Plainfield Police Department.

Now the shiny black Viper with a cognac leather interior has a fresh-paint detail and is outfitted with lights, ready to serve as the department’s new D.A.R.E. car.

The car’s custom paint job was done by Jeff Brown of Todd’s Body Shop and features an airbrushed American flag design on the hood. Others who donated services to customize the vehicle include Chicago Communication, Ray O’Herron, Plainfield Signs and Code 3.

The D.A.R.E. car, which will be taken to community events, block parties, parades and schools, will make its public debut Tuesday at Cruise Night in downtown Plainfield. Cruise Night is held every Tuesday night on Lockport Street through Aug. 28.
Attempted getaway
The arrest was made on an afternoon in March 2006. Marzetta chased the joy rider north from 135th to 127th Street, where the Viper swerved left around two cars at the intersection and turned right.

The Viper weaved in and out of an industrial park before the driver hit Weber Road traffic and tried to hide in a nearby parking lot.

As the driver, a Naperville resident, was being fingerprinted — unaware he was losing his luxury ride — he asked Marzetta if the car could be stored indoors to shelter it from the elements. The vehicle has 17,000 miles on it and is in like-new condition.

When Marzetta dropped the man off at the county jail, he “thanked” him for the car.
Felony seizures
Vehicles involved in the commission of a felony can be seized, said Community Service Officer Mark Siegel. The department has a lot full of seized vehicles, most of which aren’t worth much and are sold at auction, he said.

“It’s very safe to say that this is the only seized Viper out there that’s a D.A.R.E. car,” Siegel said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime car.”

The department’s previous D.A.R.E. car was a 1986 Pontiac Firebird seized in 1989. About seven years ago, it was one of six in the nation chosen to be made into Matchbox cars, Siegel said.

“We held onto that one longer than we should have” because of the Matchbox toy, he said, adding that by the end of its run with the department the car was barely driveable.

“Nobody wanted to drive it,” he said. “Now I’ve got to beat them off with a stick.”

Marzetta drove the car — a sleek, 450-horsepower billboard for the police department — for the first time Thursday.

As he pulled out of the lot, he paused to rev the engine several times.

“No!” Siegel yelled after him. “Remember what you’re driving!”

Contact Janet Lundquist at (815) 729-6014 or jlundquist@scn1.com

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The Israel Resolution, by Ron Paul

June 17, 2007 Leave a comment

The Israel Resolution

by Ron Paul
by Ron Paul

Before the U.S. House of Representatives, July 20, 2006 <>I rise in opposition to this resolution, which I sincerely believe will do more harm than good.

I do agree with the resolution’s condemnation of violence. But I am convinced that when we get involved in foreign conflicts and send strong messages, such as this resolution will, it ends up expanding the war rather than diminishing the conflict, and that ultimately comes back to haunt us.

Mr. Speaker, I follow a policy in foreign affairs called non-interventionism. I do not believe we are making the United States more secure when we involve ourselves in conflicts overseas. The Constitution really doesn’t authorize us to be the policemen of the world, much less to favor one side over another in foreign conflicts. It is very clear, reading this resolution objectively, that all the terrorists are on one side and all the victims and the innocents are on the other side. I find this unfair, particularly considering the significantly higher number of civilian casualties among Lebanese civilians. I would rather advocate neutrality rather than picking sides, which is what this resolution does.

Some would say that there is no room to talk about neutrality, as if neutrality were a crime. I would suggest there should be room for an open mind to consider another type of policy that may save American lives.

I was in Congress in the early 1980s when the US Marines were sent in to Lebanon, and I came to the Floor before they went, when they went, and before they were killed, arguing my case against getting involved in that conflict.

Ronald Reagan, when he sent the troops in, said he would never turn tail and run. Then, after the Marines were killed, he had a reassessment of the policy. When he wrote his autobiography a few years later after leaving the Presidency, he wrote this.

Perhaps we didn’t appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and the complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle. Perhaps the idea of a suicide car bomber committing mass murder to gain instant entry to Paradise was so foreign to our own values and consciousness that it did not create in us the concern for the marines’ safety that it should have.

In the weeks immediately after the bombing, I believe the last thing that we should do was turn tail and leave. Yet the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics forced us to rethink our policy there. If there would be some rethinking of policy before our men die, we would be a lot better off. If that policy had changed towards more of a neutral position and neutrality, those 241 marines would be alive today.

It is very easy to criticize the Government of Lebanon for not doing more about Hezbollah. I object to terrorism committed by Hezbollah because I am a strong opponent to all violence on all sides. But I also object to the unreasonable accusations that the Government of Lebanon has not done enough, when we realize that Israel occupied southern Lebanon for 18 years and was not able to neutralize Hezbollah.

Mr. Speaker, There is nothing wrong with considering the fact that we don’t have to be involved in every single fight. That was the conclusion that Ronald Reagan came to, and he was not an enemy of Israel. He was a friend of Israel. But he concluded that that is a mess over there. Let me just repeat those words that he used. He said, he came to the conclusion, “The irrationality of Middle Eastern politics forced us to rethink our policy there.” I believe these words are probably more valid now even than when they were written.

July 21, 2006

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RONALD REAGAN’S WISDOM ON THE MIDDLE EAST: LEAVE!

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Ronald Reagan’s wisdom on the Middle East: LEAVE!
OC Register ^ | July 21, 2006 | John Seiler

Posted on 06/17/2007 1:22:37 PM EDT by OrthodoxPresbyterian

Ronald Reagan is America’s most beloved president of recent years. We remember how he restored prosperity while ending the Cold War without getting us all nuked….

It’s worth looking back on Reagan’s policy on involving U.S. troops in the quarrels and hatreds of the Middle East. In 1983, he committed U.S. Marines to Lebanon. On Oct. 23, a terrorist truck bomb blew up the troops’ barracks, killing 220 Marines and 21 other troops.

At first, Reagan insisted that he wouldn’t cave in to the terrorist threat. Then he realized the best policy was to pull out the troops. Here’s how he explained it in his autobiography:

Perhaps we didn’t appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and the complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle. Perhaps the idea of a suicide car bomber committing mass murder to gain instant entry to Paradise was so foreign to our own values and consciousness that it did not create in us the concern for the marines’ safety that it should have.

In the weeks immediately after the bombing, I believed the last thing that we should do was turn tail and leave. Yet the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics forced us to rethink our policy there. If there would be some rethinking of policy before our men die, we would be a lot better off. If that policy had changed towards more of a neutral position and neutrality, those 241 marines would be alive today.

Reagan’s sensible policy — “neutral position and neutrality” — should be followed today…. And troops now in Iraq should be brought home immediately. Almost 2,600 have been killed in Iraq, 10 times the number killed in Lebanon when Reagan decided to leave.

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Time To Go To The Source…

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Time to go to the source
By: JB Williams

Published on 06/16/07

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The American people are up in arms over the current push to legalize illegal migration from south of our border. But unless they are prepared to take up arms, they are likely to lose the battle over immigration reform.

Our government tells us that they have already allowed somewhere between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens to migrate to America in violation of existing immigration laws and that rather than enforcing those laws, we should simply look the other way while they make new laws that simply legalize the practice.

If we don’t like it, that’s tough!

Though Americans have been quite outspoken in their opposition to such an anti-American agenda, that opposition appears to be falling upon deaf ears in Washington DC and push is well on its way to shove on the matter.

Illegal invaders are marching in American streets carrying Mexican flags and demanding full unfettered American constitutional rights, including voting rights and many of our elected representatives in Washington has spoken at their illegal rallies promising to comply.

Washington is clearly listening to somebody, just not to the American people.

Americans are clear on the subject. We want enforcement of existing immigration laws, period. We want the people we elected to protect and preserve our sovereign nation to do just that. Until this happens, we have no interest in new immigration statutes of any kind.

But Washington is not listening – at least not to the American people. So who are they listening to?

Democrats are fully behind illegal immigration and they have been for many years. It is a vital ingredient in their effort to build an unbeatable proletariat voting majority that will insure Democrat victories at the ballot box for decades to come. These unskilled minimum wage workers are going to vote Democrat and nobody knows this better than Democrats eager to pass some form of amnesty, even allowing voting rights, in time for the ’08 election if possible.

But Bush and many Republicans are equally determined to help the Democrat Party pick up millions of new voters and unless you look closely at who is behind the Amnesty Agenda, you can not figure out why…

Key political lobby groups are pushing your representatives to pass Amnesty, legalizing illegal migration and they are pushing much harder than you are pushing back.

The formidable pro-Amnesty lobby includes the Roman Catholic Church, eager to fill their pews and collection plates with largely Catholic Mexican migrants. If you are a Catholic opposed to Amnesty, you need to take that up with your church leadership which is pushing Washington to legalize illegal immigration.

Software giants Oracle and Microsoft, both enormous supporters of both political parties, threaten to move more high tech jobs out of the country if electronics corporations don’t get more contract migrant labor. If you are an employee of these companies or many others like them and you oppose legalizing illegal immigration, you need to make your case to the boards of these corporations, not the senators they are threatening. If you are a consumer of computer goods and services who opposes illegal immigration, you had better stop buying products from these companies and let them know why.

Many other corporate spokespeople also announced they were looking for ways to revive the Senate bill in which they’d invested so much political capital. Are you working for or buying products from any of these companies? You had better start looking…

As reported by Political Affairs, “The National Immigration Forum and the DC umbrella group it initiated, the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, were key players in this strategy. Behind them was the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, which brought together over 40 of the largest corporate trade and manufacturing associations in the country, under the aegis of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. EWIC head John Gay, also head of the National Restaurant Association, chairs the NIF board.”

This is a very broad powerful lobby my fellow Americans and it is very well organized and very well funded.

Demands to pass Amnesty are coming from groups as diverse as the National Restaurant Association, the National Council of La Raza, the New England Apple Council, Unite Here, a union representing apparel, hotel and laundry workers, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business and the Business Roundtable. Farmers and ranchers from coast to coast told the Senate to get the job done!

The American people may be no match for such a powerful pro-Amnesty lobby.

Spokesman for Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid, James P. Manley, said the news media criticism had “zero effect” on the majority leader. Many have questioned the strength of his commitment, but Senator Reid insisted, “I have every desire to complete this legislation.”

Senator Reid promised Friday to “keep the Senate in session on weekends if necessary to complete work on the immigration bill this month.”

Internet giant Google and software stalwart Intel are also pushing for low-cost migrant labor and both are well known for their decidedly liberal (read Democrat) views and support of the global socialist movement.

So, for those of you, who think rich republican capitalists are front and center behind the Amnesty agenda, think again… Some are, but they are not the driving force behind the agenda, they are the foolish followers of the agenda.

The TOP 527 contributor in the 2006 mid-term election that shifted congressional power to Democrats was the Service Employees International Union, giving $33 million in 2006 alone, nearly all of it to Democrats.

“Voters in the 2006 mid-term elections sent a strong message to elected leaders that Americans want Congress to fix our failed immigration system,” wrote Andy Stern and Anna Burger, the International President and International Secretary-Treasurer, respectively, of SEIU. “We look forward to working with you in the 110th Congress to pass a workable, effective comprehensive immigration reform package the President can sign.”

The bottom line is this

The American people are going to have Amnesty stuffed down their throats one way or another, like it or not and here’s why.

Washington DC listens to the loudest voice and that voice is always whoever spends the most money to lobby for their agenda. The American people can scream all they want, but politicians on both sides of the political aisle are deafened by the millions being thrown at them from the pro-amnesty lobby.

So long as congress is allowed to pass unwanted legislation by piggybacking it on another piece of desirable legislation, or by bribing supportive votes with ear-marked pork for unrelated pet projects, they will find a way to pass whatever they want and right now, they want amnesty for millions of new Democrat voters more than they want anything else on earth.

The way to stop it

Since Bush and congressional Democrats now in control of congress are united on amnesty, and remain deaf to demands from the American people who insist that there be NO AMNESTY and FULL ENFORCEMENT of existing immigration laws, the American people will have to go directly to the source of the Amnesty Agenda.

Those companies and organizations currently engaged in bribing or threatening Washington into amnesty must begin to hear from the American people directly and immediately.

So long as they remain exempt from penalty for their efforts to push their anti-American agenda upon Washington, they will remain committed to and victorious in those efforts.

Washington is caught between these organizations and the American people. They are indeed largely to blame for their current situation. Had they enforced immigration laws in the past, they would not be trying to figure out what to do with 12 – 20 million already here illegally now.

Either those listed in this column and others like them are going to dictate Washington policy, or the American people will. Time is running out. You decide…

I’ll go after every member of congress that votes in support of Amnesty at the ballot box in 2008 and I bet a lot of other folks will too.

But until then, the way to stop this thing from passing is to stop or at least reduce the pressure on Washington to pass it, by going direct to the source of that pressure. Start with the organizations named in this column!

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ACTIVISM REPORT – first Central Oklahoma Ron Paul Meet-Up: Fire Mountain, June 16, 2007

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Tell It To The Marines

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Tell It to the Marines

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5 stills from Tell It to the Marines.

The greatest public improvement made to Kansas City
was when Skeet Burns left to join the Marines.
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Party boy Skeet Burns (played by William Haines ) travels to San Diego on the pretext of joining the Marines. Upon arriving at the Marine base, he makes a quick detour to Tijuana for some fun, although he is nearly collared by Sergeant O’Hara (played by Lon Chaney). O’Hara, a seasoned leatherneck, has seen this time and time again. Skeet may have slipped out of O’Hara’s clutches for the moment, but “he’ll be back – yeah he’ll be back.”

What is Sergeant O’Hara? Is he some kind of psychic? His prediction of Skeet’s return and his subsequent enlistment is right on the money. Not only that, lucky Skeet will become O’Hara’s personal responsibility. This new recruit is taken through all the rigors of boot camp, kicking and scheming all the way. O’Hara has a remedy for wiseacres like Skeet, called “driving the General’s car.” When he asks for a volunteer for this “cushy” task, Skeet naturally pushes his way to the head of the line. His enthusiasm turns to pure torture when he realizes that the General’s car is actually a wheelbarrow for hauling loads (and loads) of rocks! He is assigned a keeper, Corporal Madden (played by Eddie Gribbon). Some keeper – he can’t even keep the smitten Skeet from playfully “kidnapping” attractive nurse Norma Dale (played by Eleanor Boardman) or keep him out of the brig. To add to Skeet’s problems, it just so happens that Sergeant O’Hara has been sweet on this particular nurse for quite some time. Poor Skeet, before he can honestly call himself a Marine he has a long way to go…

Tell It to the Marines is considered to be the tough, yet funny and sentimental, prototype of a military service film. The themes that were calculatedly presented for audiences were patriotism, loyalty, fraternity and the assurance that the military was protecting American interests. Taking these elements and putting them in a script that gave a human face to these ideals went over in a big way with the general public and the military itself. To be sure, this wasn’t the only film of its kind released at this time. Other studios were producing their own buddy films with a military backdrop, such as Behind the Front (Famous Players-Lasky, 1926), starring Wallace Beery and Raymond Hatton and What Price Glory (Fox Film Corp, 1926), starring Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe. The stars of the two latter films teamed up again and made more of the same, due to popular response. Tell It to the Marines was not followed up by related films starring Chaney and Haines. It did, however, become the most memorable of all the films of this genre and was much beloved in an official capacity by the USMC.

Tell It to the Marines premiered at the Embassy Theater (New York) on December 23, 1926, where it had a successful run for 13 weeks and became M-G-M’s second-highest grossing film for that year. A private screening was held in Washington, D.C. and was attended by President Coolidge, Cabinet members and a score of senators. It deservedly received rave reviews:

Motion Picture Magazine, for March 1927, commented, “Lon Chaney’s first appearance ‘au naturel’ for many years and it makes one plead for more.”

The Variety review of December 29, 1926, crowed, “Tell It to the Marines is sure-fire box office if there ever was one…It’s a special and that goes 100 percent…This picture is full of action, laughs and holds a lot of love interest. In addition, the photography is great. Some shots worthy of an artist’s brush.”

Harrison’s Reports, on January 1, 1927, generously exclaimed, “Excellent. It is, in fact, a better picture than any Mr. Chaney has ever been in. There are laughs and thrills, and in many situations deep emotional appeal. The laughs are caused by the “fresh” conduct of the heroine’s young sweetheart and by the treatment he receives at the hands of the hard-boiled marines.”

Photoplay in March 1927, fell in the rank and file of positive acknowledgment by stating, “The adventures of the Devil Dogs in China. Grade A entertainment, with Lon Chaney and William Haines adding further glory to their reputations.”

The plot line of Tell It to the Marines admittedly spreads itself magnanimously across the globe. The structure reminds one of today’s military recruitment commercials, which tend to show a fabulous montage of adventures a recruit can look forward to. They start ordinarily enough with boot camp, and then on to the briny sea for battleship maneuvers. The next stop is a soggy island in the Philippines, complete with rebellious natives. Finally, it’s on to a glorious encounter for the Marines in remote Hangchow, China, against a local warlord. Also, the feminine touch is not absent from these remote places. Conveniently, the same nurses from boot camp are assigned to Hangchow. (Pass the ammunition and the nurses.) In considering a career choice with the military, this high-budget recruitment film could certainly put the idea over with a young, healthy American male – Now, are there any volunteers to drive the General’s car?
Behind the Scenes of Marines

The eight and a half week shooting schedule for Tell It to the Marines, under the direction of George Hill, was kicked off by an impressive ceremony. Almost the entire M-G-M studio personnel was at the base when the USMC band played as the Commandant of the Corp presented studio chief Louis B. Mayer an American flag to be flown at the studio. Lon Chaney was in attendance in his sergeant’s uniform with actual Marines and their mascot bulldog, Sgt. Jiggs, who made a cameo playing O’Hara’s pooch. In fact, Chaney was made an honorary Marine by the Corps – one of his proudest moments. The battleship USS California was used in the scenes that took place at sea. (Later, the famous ship would fall victim to the Japanese during their attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.)

Much of the film was shot at the Marine base in San Diego with technical assistance from the Marines and from Marine General Smedley Butler, who became a personal friend of Chaney’s. In return for their assistance, M-G-M lent a deluxe steam shovel to the Marines to help landscape the base. General Butler’s son recalled in 1991 what it was like at the Marine base during the filming, and he remembered Lon Chaney eating dinner at their home. The event was captured in home movies with the lucky boy on screen with the great star.

There is a lot to recommend about Tell It to the Marines. This well-produced film is considered by many to be one of Chaney’s finest works. It’s about time that it be restored and put on video for the patient fans who have believed in it all along. The best way to get our message across is to – tell it to Time Warner!

Tell It to the Marines (M-G-M, 1926). Cast: Lon Chaney, William Haines, Eleanor Boardman, Eddie Gribbon, Carmel Myers, Warner Oland, Mitchell Lewis, Frank Currier, Maurice E. Kains and Sgt. Jiggs (the USMC’s official mascot). Directed by George Hill. Photographed by Ira H. Morgan. B&W. The film runs approximately 94 minutes. Note: to our knowledge, Tell It to the Marines has never been aired on TCM. Be sure to request that this classic be shown! This is a film we would like to see released on video .

Sources: The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films, 1921-1930; Lon Chaney by Michael F. Blake; and The Film Encyclopedia by Ephraim Katz.

Note: Lon Chaney by Michael F. Blake (Vestal Press,1993) features many photographs taken at San Diego when the film was being shot.

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PENTAGON SPINS MEDIA IN MILITARY BRIDE CASE

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PENTAGON SPINS MEDIA IN MILITARY BRIDE CASE

By Cliff Kincaid & Andy Selepak

June 16, 2007
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The hard-hitting website Militarycorruption.com calls her the Paris Hilton of the Air Force. Some others call it the case of the “Runaway Military Bride.”

Air Force Major Jill Metzger is an attractive blonde, 34-year-old newlywed and two-time Air Force Marathon winner who was reportedly abducted by thugs in Kyrgyzstan last September. She surfaced three days later and returned home. She said she overpowered her abductors and escaped. But local media in Kyrgyzstan claimed that she had been procuring an abortion. Her case has been under seemingly endless investigation by the FBI and U.S. military authorities.

In a major development, Military-Corruption.com reported on Tuesday in a copyrighted, exclusive investigative report that Metzger was being quietly retired July 2 on a “disability” pension. Retired U.S. Army Major Glenn MacDonald, editor-in-chief of the website, said this favorable treatment is an outrage that reflects political correctness and fear of feminism in the highest reaches of the Pentagon.

Media Cover-Up

The major media ignored MacDonald’s charges. Then, suddenly, an Associated Press story appeared, saying that Metzger was going on a voluntary leave of absence from the military. The AP reported that “Maj. Jill Metzger’s 18-month leave will start next month, said her mother, Jeannette Metzger.” MacDonald calls it disinformation and a diversion from the truth about what happened in this highly sensational case.

MacDonald’s website reported that there is no such thing as an “18-month leave of absence” for an active duty member and there is no military regulation that will allow it. “We telephoned numerous Air Force personnel and administration people to get their opinion on this and were told there is no regulation that allows that,” MacDonald said.

He also told AIM, “I am personally incensed by Air Force Times, which had a copy of our investigative article on Metzger, yet ignored our copyrighted and exclusive story and published an Associated Press dispatch containing erroneous information on Metzger that they knew was wrong. They froze us out. If that isn’t censorship, what is?”

MacDonald said that he telephoned an editor Wednesday to alert him that the content of the AP report was wrong and misleading, but that as of Thursday afternoon, Air Force Times was still featuring that misinformation as the lead story on its online edition.

Pleasing the Powers That Be

“I guess that will earn them more brownie points as they genuflect before their pals in the Pentagon public affairs office,” MacDonald said, “but it is a disservice and insult to their readers to try and conceal all the facts about the Metzger case. Thousands of their readers also see MilitaryCorruption.com each day.”

MacDonald told AIM, “I spoke with Air Force Times editor Kent Miller before this story went up and he had lamely told me his reporters at Air Force Times called the Pentagon each week to see if there was anything ‘new’ in the Metzger case. He even admitted—his word—that he knew they were ‘stonewalling’ the paper. I asked the obvious question: then why didn’t you have the balls to write an editorial or article saying you were being ‘stonewalled’ and asking ‘What has the Air Force got to hide?’”

Even before MacDonald’s story appeared, reporting that Metzger was being retired with a pension, various blogs were following the case, with one commenting, “We think the brass is waiting for the furor to blow over so they can then sneak ‘silly jilly willy’ out the back door with a big fat taxpayer-paid 100% medical pension (this while honorable women injured in Iraq receive far less).”

The Heroine

The story of Metzger’s disappearance was widely covered in the media, with CBS News reporting that the Kyrgyzstan Interior Ministry said Metzger and another U.S. servicewoman were recorded on a security camera entering the TsUM department store in central Bishkek. The cameras, however, showed Metzger leaving her companion just three minutes later.

Three days later, the AP and CBS News reported a remarkable tale of a heroic escape by Metzger from her captors. Metzger told the Kyrgyz police she had been abducted by three young men and a woman in a minibus and held in a rural area 30 miles from Bishkek. Metzger told Kyrgyz police chief Kemilbek Kiyazov that someone put a hard object and a note in her back pocket, saying it was an explosive. The note also included detailed instructions about where to go and what to do.

Kiyazov said the major reported that she was met by three men and a woman who put her into a vehicle, took her to a house and placed her in a dark room. Metzger reportedly said that she managed to escape after an abductor brought her food and she struck him.

Militarycorruption.com, which was suspicious of her story, noted that local media reported that Metzger was actually seeking an abortion. A television station provided details, even naming the medical facility that performs the procedure. According to this version of the story, Metzger had an extramarital affair and planned to have the abortion and return to the base the same day. But the abortion went badly and she had to stay at the medical facility for an extended length of time. That’s when she realized that she had to come up with a cover story explaining where she was.

Metzger and her family have refused to comment, except to say that they back up her story of being abducted and then freeing herself.

But if she was indeed abducted, why hasn’t there been a full-court press by U.S. authorities to find her kidnappers and punish them?

Is there a reason why the Air Force would want the truth covered up?

Metzger was a poster child for the Air Force. What’s more, her husband is an Air Force officer, her father-in-law is an Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) agent, and her own father is a retired Air Force colonel.

Very Important Persons

So she has some very high-level connections.

If it is true that Metzger made up the abduction story and in fact had an abortion, militarycorruption.com reports that she could have violated the following regulations: disobeying an order because she didn’t stay with her group in the store, knowing it was forbidden to wander off; making a false official statement; conduct unbecoming an officer; adultery; and fraternization.

On June 12, 2007, Lt. Col. Kathy Reardon, the Chief of the Air Force Press Desk, told AIM that Metzger did disappear for three days and did turn up at a house in Kant, Kyrgyzstan. She said that Metzger did ask the occupants of the house to call the Kyrgyz police, who called the U.S. Embassy. Metzger was then sent to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan for a medical evaluation, then off to the Ramstein AFB in Germany, and finally to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. She said that she was unable to divulge what, if anything, Metzger was treated for because of privacy laws. She also said privacy laws prevented her from discussing if Metzger has or had any medical issues that might necessitate a disability retirement pension.

Reardon said that the case was not closed and was being investigated by the OSI and the Department of Justice. She said the Department of Justice was investigating the incident because it involved the reported abduction of a U.S. citizen on foreign soil.

OSI Public Affairs Office spokesperson Capt. Christine Millette had no additional information, saying that while Metzger claimed to be abducted while serving overseas, she was not abducted on a U.S. Military base. Therefore, the Department of Justice had “the lead” on the case and OSI was playing a supporting role.

The Department of Justice would not comment.

Rank-and-File Outrage

MacDonald added: “Why should Metzger, if she engaged in misconduct while in uniform, be rewarded with a disability pension when genuine combat veterans, especially our Marines in Iraq, are coming home with an arm or leg shot off and they have to fight for every cent in compensation they receive from the government?”

The retired field-grade officer and three-year Vietnam vet believes that if Metzger were to receive a disability pension it might be for PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, because you can’t test for it. Major MacDonald added that if Metzger is given a disability pension for PTSD it would be an insult to all combat veterans who actually do suffer from PTSD.

MacDonald believes that this story is important because “the morale in the Air Force, if she gets away with this, will be devastated.” He adds, “we were practically alone among the media investigating this story beyond the Pentagon press releases,” adding that “the mainstream media is reluctant to cover a story where a feminist ‘celebrity officer’ gets in trouble.”

Militarycorruption.com is an Arizona-based website founded by MacDonald and the late General Peter E. Genovese Jr. Online for seven years, it gets up to 250,000 hits a day and is read on every military base in the continental U.S. and overseas. “We are clicked on by readers in over 120 countries of the world,” MacDonald said.

“I don’t draw a dime for what I do as editor, by my own choice,” MacDonald said. “As a former enlisted man and NCO, I’ve never forgotten where I came from and will continue to fight to my dying day [MacDonald is rated 100% disabled, combat-related, by the VA] to get justice for the troops. We take very seriously our motto here at MilitaryCorruption.com: ‘Fighting for the truth…Exposing the corrupt.’”

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Iwakuni SgtMaj – Affair w/Officer’s Wife – CM, Brig, etc.

June 16, 2007 Leave a comment

SERGEANT MAJOR AT IWAKUNI MCAS GETS
OFF EASY AFTER SEVEN-MONTH AFFAIR WITH
FIELD-GRADE OFFICER’S WIFE – COURT-MARTIAL
GIVES E-9 THIRTY DAYS IN THE BRIG, LOSS OF
ONE STRIPE IF FADRIQUE TARAZON ACCEPTS
RETIREMENT AFTER 27 YEARS SERVICE
WOULD A LANCE CORPORAL OR EVEN A
GUNNY HAVE GOTTEN SUCH A SWEET DEAL?

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Inhofe Response To Reemergence of Immigration Reform Bill

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Imhofe Response To Reemergence of Immigration Reform Bill

June 15, 2007

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) issued the following statement in response to the agreement reached last night to bring the 2007 Immigration Reform bill (S.1348) back to the Senate floor for consideration.

“Unfortunately it appears many in the Senate remain deaf to the voices of the American people, as yet another backroom deal has emerged designed to revive the fatally flawed immigration bill and its immediate path to amnesty.

“Despite the promise of increased funding for border security and additional votes on a handful of amendments, the proposed legislation will continue to shortcut the current naturalization process and grant amnesty to 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants currently in our country. That is a trade off that I simply cannot support.

“I have stated from the outset of this immigration debate that I will vehemently oppose any legislation that guarantees amnesty for illegal immigrants, unfairly burdens taxpayers or fails to secure our borders.”

On Tuesday, Senator Inhofe joined eight Senators in writing a letter to President Bush urging him to fulfill the border security provisions listed in the Senate immigration bill whether the legislation passes or not. Each border security trigger in the bill can be implemented under current law without any need for new legislation from Congress.

A Rasmussen Reports national phone survey conducted June 11 and 12, found that only 20 percent of voters wanted Congress to try and pass the Senate bill that failed last week. Sixty-nine percent favored an approach that focused “exclusively on securing the border and reducing illegal immigration.”

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George C. “Patton” Scott, Sgt USMC

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Honor Among Thieves?

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THE PARIS HELL-TON HOTEL

June 15, 2007 Leave a comment

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THE PARIS HELL-TON HOTEL

Coach Dave Daubenmire
June 14, 2007
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“Last thing I remember, I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
‘Relax,’ said the night man, we are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave!” Hotel California, The Eagles

Hell is a real place. I know most churches and church leaders don’t like to talk about it, but the truth is, hell is real.

You know something else that is real? Paris Hell-ton is on her way there, and she is taking a lot of folks with her.

Perhaps I am wrong there….I guess no one actually takes someone to hell. That is an individual choice that we all make. But suffice it to say that she is greasing the skids for a lot of young kids who admire her. As I wrote a few months ago after the death of Anna Nicole Smith, the American media is glorifying slutiness, thereby lifting up a promiscuous lifestyle as an example for our daughters to follow. Is it any wonder young girls are so confused? To paraphrase Jesus, the blind are leading the blind and many are heading for the Paris Hell-ton Hotel.

“You can checkout anytime you like, but you can never leave…..”

I was reminded of that this week as I listened to reports of Miss Hell-ton’s journey to the courthouse and subsequent re-incarceration in the L. A. County jail. Although the voyeuristic media cameras that had made her such an icon were not permitted inside the courtroom, voyeuristic play-by-play announcers such as Greta Van Susteren clamored to give us the up-to-date details of the Judge’s rendering. As Greta and her fellow window-peepers ran for the phone, the words of Paris Hell-ton scrolled along the bottom of the screen.

“That’s not right. MOM!!!!!” she reportedly shrieked as they drug her off in handcuffs to serve the remainder of her sentence. When the reporters finally made contact with the studios they replayed for us the horror and fear that Miss Hell-ton was enduring as the deputies drug her away from the safety and security of her insulated, narcissistic, cocoon-of-a-life. Up until then she had lived a life where someone had always been there to protect her, to pay a buck to save her butt, a photographer was there to glorify her sin, a lawyer available to dance with the judge and pay the devil. Well not this time. Miss Hell-ton couldn’t shimmy her rear-end out of this one! The futile cry to her Mommy was all she could muster.

“MOOOOOOOOMMMM!”

“Wow,” I thought to myself. “That is the way death is going to be for most people. Their whole life they have been plugging away, living life to the fullest, going for all of the gusto, always staying one-step ahead of the posse and trusting that their own goodness would qualify them for heaven.” But judgment day is coming for everyone of us.

Revelation 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Is anyone warning of this? When was the last time you heard a sermon on hell? Most Churches won’t bring up the subject anymore. It seems as if that is not a very seeker-friendly topic. Instead, like the bubble of protection surrounding Miss Hell-ton the modern church has assured us that Jesus will always be there to bail us out. If the thought of jail sends shivers down one’s spine, think what a glimpse of hell will bring.

Like Miss Hell-ton in an L.A. jail when death comes many are going to cry out in horror at the realization that the jaws of hell are opening wide to welcome them in. Hell is real, and sadly for millions, hell will be home. Good thing they lived their best life now.

Did you know that:

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The Bible continually warns of a place called hell. There are over 162 references in the New Testament alone which warns of hell. And over 70 of these references were uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!
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It is a place of torment. Luke 16:22-28.
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It is a place of fire. Luke 16:24, Matthew 13:42, Matthew 25:41, Rev 20:15.
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The torment is eternal. Mark 9:46, Isaiah 66:24.
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It has the smell of sulfur. Revelation 14:10 (Brimstone is sulfur).
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The Bible describes hell as weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth, darkness, flames, burning, torments, everlasting punishment.
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Hell is Forever. Matthew 25:41, Rev. 14:11.
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The flames are unquenchable.

Too bad they didn’t allow cameras into the courtroom. The picture of spiritually depraved Paris Hell-ton begging for her mom to do something would have been a powerful message. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? I guess money can’t by everything. Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Anna Nicole Smith, and now Paris Hell-ton are the fruit of “girls gone wild”….cascading towards hell as the paparazzi scramble to record the plunge.

But the ignorance doesn’t stop there. Just walk around your neighborhood and begin to ask people if they are going to heaven. I think that you will be shocked to find that most of them are counting on the fact that they are “a good person” and that because they have tried to live “a good life” God will be gracious.

In fact, I heard that from Paris’ friends on the tube the other night. “She is such a sweet person and she doesn’t deserve this treatment. The judge was so unjust.”

Wait until she stands before the righteous judge!

Sorry to pick on Miss Hell-ton, but the media has made her the focus and millions of parents are watching the escapades of the Hell-bound gang and giving thanks that their daughters are “not as bad” as Paris.

But they are deceived. They too have reservations at the Paris Hell-ton Hotel. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27.

Miss Hell-ton’s sins are so public. “She is getting what she deserves,” I heard one talk-show pundit gloat, as if his private sins would not one day be exposed. “She deserves to do some time.”

We should all thank God that we don’t get what we deserve.

So, in a week or two Miss Hell-ton will be out. Having done the crime, she will have done the time. She got what she deserved.

What about you? You too will stand before a Judge. When the charges are read what will be your defense? Too whom will you cry?

Luke 13:1-5 “There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

On that day as the gatekeepers of hell latch their chains around your neck and drag you away into eternal torment, to whom will you call?

Romans 10: 13-14 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?”

Hell is real, and hell is waiting!

“You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave!”

“Moooommm! That’s not right!”

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HOW THE FDA IS BECOMING A DRUG COMPANY

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HOW THE FDA IS BECOMING A DRUG COMPANY
PART 1 of 2

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By Byron J. Richards, CCN

June 14, 2007

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Under the false pretense of improved food and drug safety the FDA is re-inventing itself as a kingpin drug company. This charade has so far hoodwinked virtually all members of Congress. The Senate has already approved this FDA transformation. The House will bring similar legislation out of committee next week, with a vote in the full House likely in July. The measure will then go to a conference committee to work out the differences. The final chapter in this transformation occurs when the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA becomes law, which is scheduled to happen some time before September 30, 2007.

Even well-intended FDA employees are actively seeking new employment in more meaningful work. Such is the case with Rosemary Johann-Liang, former FDA deputy director of the Division of Drug Risk Evaluation. Last year she was reprimanded for trying to put a black box warning on Avandia, a move the FDA itself made last week in a damage-control effort to cover its complicity with GlaxoSmithKline. After 6 ½ years Johann-Liang is leaving the FDA. As the USA Today reports:

She begins working Monday as chief medical officer in the vaccine injury compensation program at the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. Still, she says, she might have tried to figure out how to stay at the FDA “if the agency had a vision of promoting and protecting public health.”

The 10,000 or so laid off Pfizer employees should cheer up, gainful employment for a legion of drug reps will soon be available through spin-off companies of the FDA’s Regan-Udall Foundation. Yes indeed, times are a changing.

How Did this Happen?

The Bush administration figured out that the fastest way to get the FDA out of the way of Big Pharma’s profits was to appoint FDA critics to key positions, thereby changing the FDA from within. This began in August of 2001 when Bush appointed Daniel Troy as chief counsel of the FDA, a man best known for defending tobacco companies. Mr. Troy invited Big Pharma to submit cases to him so that the FDA could help Big Pharma defeat citizens who were complaining that drugs and medical devices injured them. This has resulted in legal case precedent that ties up damage claim cases indefinitely and creates “trade secret laws” wherein the FDA claims it is legally obligated to withhold drug risks from the public to protect Big Pharma’s proprietary knowledge.

Another active critic of the FDA, Scott Gottlieb, M.D., a Wall Street biotech sales rep and member of the American Enterprise Institute was invited into the FDA to rewrite its medical policy. Shortly after that Bush appointed him to the number two position at the FDA, even though he was a young and inexperienced physician with no expertise in drug safety – just a major agenda to bring unproven drugs to the market with far less safety or effectiveness testing for the benefits of Wall Street.

These appointments were just warm-ups for Bush. His appointment that floored the drug-safety world and sent well-intentioned FDA employees running for cover was the appointment of Andrew von Eschenbach to head the FDA, an appointment that the Senate made permanent in last year’s Lame Duck session. The FDA is now headed by a representative of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. It is informative to understand the chain of events enabling von Eschenbach to attempt his transformation of the FDA into a drug company.

C-Change

Andrew von Eschenbach is a founding member of C-Change, short for Cancer Change (originally called The National Dialogue on Cancer) – a group that was created and funded in 1998 by the American Cancer Society. This group has become a conglomeration of the most powerful players in the cancer treatment industry, as can readily be judged by looking at their member list. Their unstated goal is taking the national cancer agenda away from the public sector and placing it into private for-profit hands. The group is headed by former President Bush and his wife, Barbara. Until recently von Eschenbach was the vice chairman of the board. Since becoming permanent head of the FDA he relinquished his board position and is now only a member.

Von Eschenbach is an oncologist by trade, a cancer survivor himself, and had a long career running the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. He parlayed his close relationship with the Bushes and cancer-industry players into an appointment to head the National Cancer Institute (January 2002). And thus began the final stages in the transfer of power from public health interests to Big Pharma and Big Biotech. The initial and extensive C-Change conflicts of interest are fully explained in a revealing article on the Cancer Prevention Coalition website, including the assistance of tobacco companies and their PR firms in setting up this arrangement.

On February 22, 2002, Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the only Senator that is a member of C-Change, introduced The National Cancer Act of 2002 (S.1976). While this legislation never became law, it was quite telling as regards the C-Change plan – to shift the national cancer agenda and funding away from the public interest and into the hands of the American Cancer Society, C-Change, and related pharmaceutical companies.

Astonishingly, then director of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson approved a waiver allowing von Eschenbach to remain vice chairman of C-Change while heading NCI, a dramatic conflict of interest. Tommy Thompson, like von Eschenbach, is a founding member of C-Change. During the von Eschenbach rein at NCI hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants were channeled to his C-Change friends and away from basic cancer research and public health measures relating to easily preventable cancers.

As head of NCI, von Eschenbach reorganized its administration bringing in a new layer of management spearheaded by the chairperson of the C-Change cancer research team and former biotech CEO, Anna Barker, Ph.D. Part of this new team included C-Change member Mark Clanton, M.D., as deputy director for cancer care and delivery. This C-Change management team met behind closed doors, setting NCI priorities independent of NCI’s traditional scientific advisors.

Von Eschenbach then funneled NCI money into Big Biotech projects relating to genomic-based cancer research, nanotechnology, proteomics, and the establishment of biomarkers relating to disease and cancer identification. While such innovative projects are on the one hand admirable, they are quite detached from the real-world issues that cause cancer in many Americans and are in many ways a diversion from what should be done now to realistically help many people not get cancer. Furthermore, there is no near-term tangible result. The problem for all of this type of research is how to get potential products to the market when the cost for drug development is so high and the FDA has no guidelines as to how these drugs even work or can be monitored for safety.

The Critical Path Initiative

The FDA “solution” to this problem, announced in March of 2004, was to set up a collaboration with industry to design the next generation of drugs. This plan is called the Critical Path Initiative and it refers to streamlining the path for approval to get new drugs on the market faster with less expense and less testing for safety or effectiveness. I would like to point out that the entire Critical Path Initiative, admirable as it may seem to some, is going to produce an increase in public health disasters like Vioxx. This is because the FDA (or more specifically von Eschenbach and friends) think the pharmaceutical industry’s problems are all based on a failure to get approval of new drugs fast enough.

In reality, the pharmaceutical industry’s real problem is a failure to get results in the marketplace. When a new drug is approved very little is actually known about how it will perform in the real world. This problem is complicated by direct to consumer promotion that typically misrepresents the drug, massive off label promotion and use of the drug, and no system that monitors what is really happening with the drug as it is used. By rushing more drugs onto the market faster, the failure to get results issue will be magnified – and the safeguards proposed in S.1082 are inadequate. Any savings in the cost of bringing a drug to market will be offset by the costs of lawsuits related to damages. The FDA is trying to “solve” that problem by preventing citizens from suing drug companies when an FDA-approved drug injures or kills. Von Eschenbach and the FDA have pushed forward with this very misguided marketing strategy.

In June of 2004 von Eschenbach’s NCI awarded SRI International a long term grant to evaluate the safety and pharmacology of these new biological drug cancer treatments. More related grants have followed. SRI specializes in cancer biology and toxicology research, as well as helping to patent, license, and spin off inventions into commercial applications. SRI also does extensive work for the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. Some of SRI’s largest clients besides government are the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In March of 2005 the FDA announced its first Critical Path collaboration known as the C-Path Institute in Tucson, Arizona. This is a collaboration between the University of Arizona, the FDA, and SRI International. One of its first projects is the establishment of cardiovascular biomarkers, working in conjunction with the University of Utah. Following this announcement the governors of the States of Arizona and Utah joined C-Change.

Conflict of interest reached a new level in October of 2005 when President Bush appointed von Eschenbach as temporary head of the FDA, a position he took while maintaining his roles as head of NCI and as vice chairman of the board of C-Change.

The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA

Once von Eschenbach took over at the FDA, and eventually gave up his role at NCI, his main priority became promoting the Critical Path Initiative (not food or drug safety). He worked diligently with Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) to create a vehicle within the FDA to develop the next generation of biotech drugs. In last year’s version of this legislation (which never came out of committee), this project was called The Reagan-Udall Institute for Applied Biomedical Research.

This legislation would have set up the Institute within the FDA.

This year, Kennedy and Enzi tacked this piece of legislation onto required FDA funding, lumping numerous FDA issues into one huge bill (S.1082) and telling everyone it is a safety bill. Within this new legislation is the creation of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, set up as an independent non-profit Foundation that will be under the control of the FDA. The Senate fought bitterly over various drug-safety issues unrelated to the Reagan-Udall Foundation, as if these issues acted as a smoke screen to slip past members of the Senate the creation of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, the von Eschenbach dream come true.

Not a single Senator raised one concern about the significant safety issues inherent in the Critical Path Initiative/Reagan-Udall Foundation or conflicts of interest when Big Pharma and the FDA work side by side to develop, patent, and license drugs. The entire history of von Eschenbach’s relationship with Big Pharma, Big Biotech, and C-Change has been conveniently ignored. This issue now moves to the House, where it will be interesting to see if Representatives are as poorly informed as Senators as to what is actually going on. For part 2 click below.

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THE BABE IN THE BUNKER Barbara Simpson DRIP on ‘em all

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THE BABE IN THE BUNKER Barbara Simpson DRIP on ‘em all
Posted: June 11, 2007
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By Barbara Simpson
� 2007

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“DRIP on all politicians.”

That’s the advice of my buddy and top, long-time, now retired, San Francisco talk host, Jim Eason. He said it for years, never changing his opinion.

DRIP = “Don’t Return Incumbent Politicians,” � one term, and they’re out.

I’m there.

In fact, I’m hard pressed to keep my language decent after watching people elected to protect this country work so hard to sell us out by trying to push through the deceptively named Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.

No matter how it’s painted, the proposed law is amnesty for people who came here illegally and who would, with the stroke of the president’s pen, be declared legal with all the benefits.

If that weren’t bad enough, American citizens who disagreed � REAL citizens who elected those individuals in Congress � were on the receiving end of insults from those same politicians, on both sides of the aisle, including � astonishingly � the president himself.

George Bush is the luckiest guy in Washington. As a lame duck, he’s got nothing to lose by pushing the immigration bill, so he thinks he can get away with saying people who oppose it “don’t want to do what’s right for America” � essentially calling them unpatriotic, xenophobic racists!

Considering most of the opposition is from his own party, such statements are na�ve, stubborn or incredibly stupid.

(Column continues below)

To have my president say that because I disagree with him I’m unpatriotic is insulting and unacceptable.

Other Republicans jumped on the insult bandwagon, not the least of which was South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said the elected elite will tell the “bigots to shut up.”

Those “bigots” are American citizens who happen to disagree with the proposed immigration law because they don’t believe it is what this country needs.

Maybe it’s something in the Washington water or swamp gas in the air, but it’s clear the elected elite are on a different trajectory than the average American.

So, despite Mr. Bush’s stubbornness in the face of mounting, national opposition and despite the attitude of Sen. Ted Kennedy (main sponsor of the bill) and his ilk that the bill must be passed, the people made themselves heard and then some!

They didn’t have to depend on snail mail and biased newspapers and television. People have faxes, e-mail, talk radio, the Internet, cable television and more!

Politicians were stunned that the details of the law, which most of them never even read, were available to people who didn’t like it and made their opinions heard. Phones and faxes and e-mails were inundated.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) complained that people were using the word “amnesty” for the bill; she insists it isn’t. She told Associated Press, “I’ve listened to talk show hosts drumming up the opposition by using this word ‘amnesty’ over and over and over again.”

She said in her 15 years in the Senate, “I’ve never received more hate, or more racist, phone calls and threats.”

See, those talk radio listeners are hateful, threatening racists.

By the way Dianne, DRIP on you � your 15 years are nine years too many.

On the GOP side, Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott said he supported the bill even though he disliked many aspects of it. “I am getting calls, but I would say to my constituents: Do you have no faith in me after 35 years that I am just going to buy a pig in a poke here or be for something that is bad?”

Actually, Trent, yes, we do think that � and DRIP on you too; 35 years are 29 too many.

People made themselves heard and also put their money where their mouths were � or rather, didn’t put their money! Contributions to the Republican National Committee dropped so precipitously that all telephone solicitors were fired.

Voters in every state were/are furious at what they consider a sellout of the country, the party and conservative principles.

In the days of the Old Media, politicians could have pushed this through before anyone knew about it. By the time it was figured out, it was too late. The Kennedy-sponsored 1965 Immigration Reform Act was sold as benign, but it destroyed our immigration system and continues to destroy this country.

The current proposal is worse and would change this country forever. But times are different, and while the D.C. old timers live in their bubble, real life broke through. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pushed a vote last Thursday to end debate and get the bill passed. He lost, stunningly.

Sen. Ted Kennedy declared, “We’re not giving up the game.” Republican John McCain, who supported the bill, was so upset, he wouldn’t even talk to reporters.

Reid blamed the president for not getting the GOP together to support what has been Bush’s primary, domestic policy since his first election.

Reid doesn’t understand that Republicans don’t march in lock step, follow the leader, as do Democrats. Republicans have the fatal flaw of “thinking for themselves,” not following talking points or buying the party-line, simply “because”.

Thursday’s vote killed the bill, but the president wants Reid to try again. Bush meets with GOP senators tomorrow to try to change minds.

What was it I said � na�ve, stubborn or incredibly stupid? Yes, all of that.

DRIP on all of them! Immigration changes the face of the ’08 elections and all incumbents should find themselves fighting for their political lives.

DRIP on ‘em all.

Barbara Simpson, “The Babe in the Bunker,” as she’s known to her KSFO 560 radio talk-show audience in San Francisco, has a 20-year radio, TV and newspaper career in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
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McCain: Enemy of the POWs

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McCain: Enemy of the POWs

John LeBoutillier
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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With the publication just two weeks ago of The New York Times best seller “An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia,” it is inevitable that the role in the POW issue of Sen. — and former POW — John McCain now be examined.

Having known McCain since June 7, 1974, I have often written of his sarcastic, arrogant and condescending attitude toward those who disagree with him — on any issue.

His temper is legendary; his latest outburst was directed at fellow GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas over McCain’s immigration bill.

Everyone in D.C. and Arizona knows of the mean-spirited side of John McCain. But on no issue has John McCain been meaner than the question of the hundreds of U.S. POWs who did not come home in 1973 when McCain came home.

He has used his unique and hard-earned status as a former POW not to help the cause of the un-returned POWs, but rather to attack POW activists, demean POW family members, and to bolster the Pentagon’s long-term strategy of debunking credible sightings of POWs.

For example, the soon-to-be-famous satellite photograph on the cover of “An Enormous Crime” is a 1988 image of a USA K — known as a “walking K” because it has “feet” on the bottom of the letters. This is an escape and evade (E&E) code given to U.S. airmen before their missions.

The one on the cover of the book was placed by a U.S. airmen still held against his will 15 years after the end of the Vietnam War and the return of McCain and the other now-famous U.S. POWs.

The symbol measures 37 feet across and each of the letters is 12 feet high.

The Walking K part is a secret; no one could or would know its significance other than the U.S. airman who was given this unique code before his mission.

This code translates to: “I am alive! Come and get me out of here!”

When this evidence was made public John McCain did not ride to his former comrade’s rescue.

Instead, he sided with the Defense Intelligence Agency’s debunking team, whose role is to discredit every report, sighting, satellite image and radio intercept. Clearly they have an agenda: prove that no POWs are still held alive over there. (To admit otherwise places the U.S. government in a massive hostage crisis — and exposes countless now-famous officials as having knowingly abandoned these POWs.)

And do you know how McCain explained this rescue symbol visible from space in a rice paddy in Laos?

He claimed it was created by a 6-year old Laotian boy who was copying an American postage stamp!

It is in his memoir, “Worth The Fighting For.”

These questions remian unanswered by McCain:

# How did a 6-year old Lao boy know of the secret walking K code?

# How could a 6-year old boy possibly write a well-written — in English — “USA” 37 feet wide and 12 feet high?

# Why would he do it?

# How could he possibly know that an American satellite would fly overhead and photograph it?

All of these questions point to the most sinister part of the POW issue: the U.S. government has known all along that our POWs are still there — and still sending E&E signals. (There are sightings of other E&E codes through the years, all the way up to 1992. You can see some of them on http://www.enormouscrime.com.) And the Pentagon is still receiving, and hiding from the public, credible live-sighting reports of our POWs still held against their will in both Vietnam and Laos.

John McCain — the most famous former POW — has provided cover for this nefarious behavior by the Pentagon and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

He has used his former POW status to defend the Pentagon and to attack those of us who claim something rotten is going on inside D.C. And he fits this role to a T: his attack-dog style mows down anyone in his path including mothers, wives, and the children of our still-missing, POWs.

Plus, the so-called mainstream media, which has always loathed the POW issue and seen it as a right-wing nut story (they have never explained why right wingers would want to trash the Republican presidential administration), adores McCain.

So when he attacks the POW activists, the media applauds him for it. Thus, they have never given a fair examination of the massive evidence — the U.S. government’s own evidence — that indeed hundreds of U.S. POWs are still alive in Southeast Asia. Remember: “An Enormous Crime” is based on 66,000 pages of never-before-published U.S. government intelligence reports, memoranda, aerial photographs, and radio intercepts.

Thus the already-startling rise of “An Enormous Crime” — up the Amazon and New York Times best-seller lists, without one cent spent by the publisher on advertising or promotion — proves that the American people know they have been lied to by successive administrations about this issue. There is a thirst for the truth about our men.

All you have to do is either read the book or read the 1983-1984 cover-up chapter on the unique — and free — Web site: http://www.enormouscrime.com.

John McCain, who owed his political career to being a former POW, has abused his status and betrayed his fellow POWs.

In countless other issues, especially fighting illegal immigration, we have seen the real John McCain: a duplicitous and untrustworthy man who is happy to crush anyone who gets in his way. But in no other issue have the consequences been bigger: by helping to give “cover” to the abandonment of the U.S. POWs in Southeast Asia, John McCain has proven himself unworthy to be their commander in chief.

Editor’s Note: “An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia” – Get Your Copy Today!

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GLOBAL WARMING AND ITS EVIL TWIN ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’

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GLOBAL WARMING AND ITS EVIL TWIN ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’
By Tom DeWeese

June 13, 2007
NewsWithViews.com

http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom86.htm

Global warming alarmists are a clever bunch. They have very carefully changed the issue from “global warming” to “climate change.” Now any change in weather, be it mild winters or cool summers can be attributed to “climate change.” Whatever the weather, the news is very bad.

One claim threatens massive storms thrashing our communities. Such a threat was an easy sell in 2005 as Katrina was blamed for nearly destroying New Orleans in a hurricane season that seemed without end. Surely it could not be denied that climate change Armageddon was upon us.

To make the point, in September, 2005, Bjorn Carey, Staff Writer for the website, LiveScience.com reported that the “Increase in major hurricanes (was) linked to warmer seas.” Said Carey, “the number of severe hurricanes has doubled worldwide even though the total number of hurricanes has dropped over the last 35 years.” Carey continued, “The increase in major storms like Katrina coincides with a global increase of sea surface temperatures, which scientists say is an effect of global warming.”

Based on such “scientific” studies and having just experienced such a horrific hurricane season, the world braced for the 2006 season. Nothing happened. No severe storms. All was quiet on the oceanfront.

Were the alarmists wrong? Could the predictions be mistaken? Was this the end of the hysteria? Of course not. With huge monetary rewards and government grants at stake, the climate change artists knew just what to do – switch gears. No muss. No fuss.

In April, 2007, Andrea Thompson, another staff writer for the same website, LiveScience.com wrote, “Global Warming could hinder hurricanes.” Said Thompson, “Global Warming might not fuel more intense hurricanes in the Atlantic after all. Despite increasing ocean temperatures that feed monster storms, climate change may also be ramping up the winds that choke off a hurricane’s development…” Nothing, not even facts stop the dedicated climate change alarmist.

The truth is, global warming and climate change have nothing to do with how severe the hurricane season is. Those who have documented hurricanes since we had the tools to study them report that how severe the season is depends on a well-known natural phenomenon which comes in two parts – El Nino and its evil sister La Nina.

Every few years certain elements in the weather cause the oceans to either warm or cool. An El Nino is a warming of the water temperature and actually tends to produce a milder storm season. An El Nino is the reason for last year’s mild hurricane season. A La Nina, on the other hand, is a cooling of the mid-Pacific equatorial region causing ocean temperatures to cool resulting in greater storm activity and velocity.

Storm watchers issued a prediction that the 2007 hurricane season will possibly be a severe one because indications are a La Nina is forming. Forecasters admit they don’t know how severe the weather will be because they don’t know how strong the La Nina is. However, it typically means more hurricanes in the Atlantic, fewer in the Pacific, less rain and more heat for the southern U.S. and a milder spring and summer in the north. Conrad Lautenbacher, NOAA Administrator, the federal agency responsible for hurricane watching further explained, “The central plains of the United States tend to be drier in the fall during La Nina, while the Pacific Northwest tends to be wetter in the late fall and early winter.”

So this year, if your region is experiencing unusually dry weather, perhaps a drought, or a cool spring, or a mild summer, rest assured it’s completely natural and has nothing to do with the wit or wisdom of Al Gore. He’s just trying to scare you into giving him another Oscar. Don’t be fooled. It’s not “climate change,” it’s just weather.

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“Take America Back From The Politicians, Vote For Ron Paul 2008″

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Ever Wonder About Your Google “Web History”???

June 14, 2007 1 comment

Ever Wonder About Your Google “Web History”???

CIA Seed Money Helped Launch Google…?

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Yesterday, after I posted the above, I decided to delete, if I could, my “Web History” from my Google page. After much ado, I found the prescribed way of doing so. I had no idea just how much precise tracking of me they had done.

The below email from google/gmail advising of my
“gmail lockdown” is just a coincidence I am sure,
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Bush Sides With Mexican Killers Against U.S.
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NewsMax: McCain: Enemy of the POWs
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McCain: Enemy of the POWs
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IS MANDATORY VOLUNTEERISM, UNCOMPENSATED LABOR?
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Ever Wonder About Your Google Web History???
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The Real Reason for Bush’s Invasion of Iraq is a National Security
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DRIP on ‘em all
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The Last Days of Europe show how immigration is at the root of
Europe’s current problems.
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Big Brother targets smokers after smoking ban
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Man Faces 7 Year Sentence Under “Wiretapping Law” For Filming
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NOW! WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH IMMIGRATION
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The Essence of Liberty, Part 85
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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution
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Lieutenant Colonel Mark Smith, United States Marine Corps
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Marine blames seniors in Haditha probe
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Exclusive: Amnesty Anathema
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Exclusive: Time to Annex Mexico!
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OUTFLANKING THE KAKISTOCRACY PART 1 of 3
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GOVERNMENT’S ILLUSIONAL BORDER SECURITY
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ILLEGALS/NAU: A HOT SUMMER COMING
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Today’s Toons…
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The Amazing Spider-Man….

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The Amazing Spider-Man Battles the Inflation Monster

By John Paul Koning

Posted on 6/11/2007
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In March 1963, comic book fans fell in love with the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man, an account of Spidey battling the Fantastic Four. The price at the newsstand? Twelve cents. In March 2007, more than fifty years later, issue #540 of Amazing Spider-Man hit comic book stores. This time around fans had to shell out $2.99, a whopping 2,400% jump in price.

Remembering the past price of things is important because we base many of our purchases on our knowledge of what a “good” or “normal price” is. Take buying milk at the local grocery store, or the cost of taxi fare to the airport, or monthly purchases of Amazing Spider-Man. We can remember the recent price for these things quite well, and these memories protect us from paying too much for something. But as time passes we lose touch with the old prices, most of which have been rising for so long now that any memory of what they once were is hazy, non-existent, if not irrelevant.

Which is why I was quite excited to stumble upon the historical retail price for Amazing Spider-Man from the title’s debut in 1963 all the way to the present. Here is a fixed-in-time record of one consumer good which has stayed relatively constant in quality and nature over a long period of time. We may have forgotten what happened to the price of milk, but here at least, is the exact price of our Spider-Man fix.

Cover prices of Amazing Spider-Man remained fairly constant in its first five years of existence. But in 1969 prices began a slow and steady upwards move that continues to this day. The temporary large spikes that show up in the chart in the early 1990s marked a boom period in the comic industry, not unlike the Internet stock mania of the late 1990s or today’s housing boom. Collectors and speculators had begun to flood the market, and to meet their demand for unique investments with appreciation potential, comic book publishers started printing expensive special-edition comics with holographic covers, chromium covers, collector cards, etc. Print runs increased dramatically, overall supply expanded. This boom had effectively ended by the late ’90s and Spider-Man has since gone back to standard pricing and sizes.

Also important to understanding the rise in Spider-Man’s price is the number of pages per issue.

One way publishers can increase prices is to keep the retail price of their product constant while reducing the number of pages. Note how in the early 1970s, pages per comic stealthily dropped from 23 to 17, and stayed there for the next ten years. These gradual page reductions were probably less apparent to readers than more overt increases in the sticker price. The same thing happens when potato chip manufacturers decrease the number of chips in their bags while keeping the price the same.

We can create a simple quality-adjusted price for Amazing Spider-Man by calculating its price per page. Note that comparing the past price of a good to its present price is terribly difficult, if not impossible. A multitude of changes in technology and quality have occurred between the Spider-Man of 1963 and 2007, many of these changes (especially artistic innovations) unquantifiable. Our measure, for instance, doesn’t take into account changes in paper quality, thickness, and brightness, nor improvements in the techniques for drawing Spider-Man, nor technological advances in color printing.

Nevertheless, the general shape of the graph — a rising per-page price over time — is a valid one.

Whose Fault Is It?

Basic economics tells us that if the demand for Amazing Spider-Man increases at an existing supply, more will be offered for it and the price will rise. Profits at Marvel, Spider-Man’s publisher, would grow, and managers at Marvel would therefore increase the supply of comics, or competitors would enter the market with similar products. This increase in supply would reduce prices and profits. Conversely, a drop in demand should result in a decline in price, profits, and supply.

Below is a chart showing circulation statistics for Amazing Spider-Man over the years.

Not exactly stellar. Except for the boom years in the early 1990s, the title’s popularity has actually waned. That this hasn’t caused a drop in prices seems to defy economic logic. Even the dramatic plummet in demand for Spider-Man from 1994 to present day has been accompanied by more than a doubling in monthly prices from $1.25 to $2.99. What gives?

To answer this conundrum, let’s look beyond the price of Spider-Man to the price of all goods. The chart below compares the price of Spider-Man to that of Time magazine, another paper product, as well as the Consumer Price Index.

Not only the price of Spider-Man, but also Time, and indeed all consumer goods have been consistently increasing since 1963. (Note that the measurement of CPI should be viewed with a critical eye. Here and here are several articles on Mises.org that deal with the problem of measuring broad consumer prices). Problematic though the CPI may be, the general conclusion that prices have been rising is inescapable, one that most people’s personal experience confirms.

This general rise would seem to imply that over time, demand for goods has been running ahead of supply, pushing prices up. This too goes against economic logic. If prices rise, entrepreneurs react to this signal by increasing their firms’ capacity to produce. Supply will naturally increase in a compensating manner thereby exerting downward pressure on prices. Another way to look at it is this: with a growing demand for all goods and the corresponding increase in their prices, consumers would now have to spend more of their money on Amazing Spider-Man, leaving less for, say, Time magazine. Demand for Time would fall, leading to a decline in prices. Yet all prices have been rising.

In order to understand why the price of Spider-Man, Time, and all other goods have been rising, we must consider the opposite side of the equation, the supply and demand for money. When a comic book fan buys an issue of Amazing Spider-Man, they are exchanging the paper on which Spider-Man is printed for paper on which money is printed. Though we often assume that money is simply an invariable unit of measure, it too is subject to the same forces that a comic is.

If the demand for dollars rises — say people want to hold more money in their wallets — the value of a dollar will rise as well. This rise means that a dollar will be able to acquire more goods than before, and that all things staying the same the prices for goods will fall. Conversely, if the supply of dollars increases — say the government has issued new currency — the value of the dollar will decline. More dollars will be spent, pushing goods prices up so that a dollar will be able to buy fewer goods than before.

The chart below shows the yearly printing of new issues of Spider-Man versus that of dollar bills.

This shows that the rate at which new dollars are being printed each year has been increasing far faster than the rate at which Amazing Spider-Man issues are being printed. More new money is chasing fewer comic books, so the price of comics has been increasing. Indeed, we see the same effect for Time magazine and almost every consumer good out there. More money is chasing goods, leading to a decline in the value of dollars, or, alternatively, a rise in all prices.

Though some comic fans will be quick to put the blame at the foot of Marvel for price increases, they would be more correct to blame the Federal Reserve, the “publisher” responsible for the creation of our supply of dollars. Though society has come to accept the general rise in prices as a normal part of our lives, before the founding of the Federal Reserve and the removal of the US dollar from the gold standard, prices held relatively steady.

Why have comic book prices been increasing faster than both Time magazine prices and the CPI? According to the Austrian theory of the business cycle, expansion of the money supply does not affect all prices equally. The process starts with central banks like the Federal Reserve creating new money and lending it to commercial banks at rates below what bankers would otherwise lend to each other. These banks then loan this newly created money to their clients. There are many things clients can do with credit. If they all choose to buy real estate, then housing prices will rise.
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“The Federal Reserve …the ‘publisher’ responsible for the creation of our supply of dollars.”

The former real estate owners, now flush with cash, may all choose to spend it on Amazing Spider-Man comics. Spider-Man prices rise. Profits accrue to Marvel managers and shareholders who use their new stores of cash to buy issues of Time magazine. Only now does the price of Time rise. It is in this wavelike manner that newly created credit influences the general price level. Prices rise at different times and rates, and only after some time will the full force of an increase in the money supply be realized.

Spider-Man comics may be rising faster than other goods because they have been nearer to the source of this new credit. One reason for this may be the collectible nature of comics. In the 1980s, the idea of buying comics for price appreciation and investment rather than enjoyment began to take hold. This led to the great speculative mania of the early ’90s, followed by the inevitable bust. Even Marvel couldn’t survive — it went bankrupt in 1997. But the idea that comics can be bought both for enjoyment and investment means they attract more speculative capital than Time and other simple consumer goods.

For all those disgruntled comic buyers: Keep buying comics. As long as the supply of dollars is controlled by governments, the amount of money in the economy will continue to explode and the value of a dollar in your bank account will erode. Comic books, on the other hand, will keep their value, and may even provide some reading enjoyment.

John Paul Koning writes for Pollitt & Co, a brokerage based in Toronto, Canada. Send him mail. Comment on the blog.

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Two Good Men

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June 11, 2007, 6:30 a.m.

Two Good Men

Adm. Mullen is tapped to relieve Gen. Pace.

By W. Thomas Smith Jr.

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The announcement Friday that Gen. Peter Pace would not be returned to the post of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, initially made my heart sink. Other Marines felt — and feel — the same. I know, because I’ve received their e-mail messages.

To us it’s not so much because of who Pace is as a man and a four-star Marine general, though that certainly has something to do with it. But it’s what he represents to the history of our Corps as the first-ever Marine to lead the JCS.

We Marines are fiercely proud of that history, and for good reason.

Every single one of us who has ever worn the eagle, globe, and anchor is a part of that history. We’re taught that from day-one at boot camp or officer candidate school, and it’s something that creates a lifelong bond between Marines as well as a special appreciation for the accomplishments of our fellow Marines.

For instance, all Marines know that the first American to orbit the earth was Marine Col. John Glenn. The current director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, is a former Marine; as is New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. When Hollywood needed an actor who could play one of the Army’s toughest, most celebrated battlefield commanders, Gen. George S. Patton Jr.; they picked former Marine George C. Scott for the title role. And if I were to continue, this would not even be a warm up.

So when Pace became chief of the chiefs (In fact, he was the first Marine to become vice chairman.), we Marines were all thinking, “It’s about time†and “What finer man could there be to represent us?â€

“PERFECT PETEâ€
Dubbed “Perfect Pete†by fellow officers, Pace graduated from the Naval Academy in 1967, rising through the ranks from a Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam to the highest-ranking American military officer in the world in 2005.

Pace’s not being renominated has nothing to do with his performance as chairman of the JCS. It has everything to do with what he symbolizes (American leadership while fighting a difficult war in Iraq) to the usual salivating suspects on Capitol Hill. And it was clear to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and surely to President Bush, that Pace’s reconfirmation hearings would have been turned into a congressional circus: With poll-driven politicians focusing less on Pace’s performance and plans for the present and future prosecution of the war, and more on what has gone wrong in Iraq for the purposes of “show†and heaping blame, regardless of whether or not it is deserved, on any symbol of the Bush White House.

Pace is such a symbol. So he’s out. In his place, Gates has tapped Admiral Mike Mullen, also a Naval Academy grad (Class of ’68) and a Navy surface-warfare commander currently serving as Chief of Naval Operations.

Mullen too is a good man, and brave indeed to accept the nomination knowing the scrutiny he’ll have to undergo.

THE INQUISITORS
But for men like Pace and Mullen, it’s not really about courage or self. It’s about service to country, and winning this country’s fights no matter where, when, against whom, and how long it might take. They’re cut from completely different cloth than their inquisitors who hope to trip them up and find reasons not to let them do what they best know how to do.

You can be sure, those who question Mullen during his forthcoming confirmation hearings — though most of them know little about the Navy, the Marine Corps, any other branch of service, or what is actually taking place in the backstreets of Iraq or the backcountry of Afghanistan — will look hard for chinks in the armor. They’ll use loaded inaccuracies to describe what is happening in Iraq: Words like “escalation,†“occupation,†“tragedy,†and “failure.â€

Beyond Capitol Hill, some on the Left fear Mullen, suggesting that he would eagerly expand the Iraq war into a much broader Persian Gulf war. Not sure I buy that. Then there are those on the Right like Elaine Donnelly — who I almost always agree with — who would argue that Mullen is “an ardent advocate of ‘diversity’ quotas and other controversial goals for the military.†She makes her case here.

“MARINES DON’T TALK ABOUT FAILUREâ€
My take is that Mullen will almost assuredly be confirmed because he’s well-suited for the job, as Pace has been, as U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus is for his job as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. You’ll remember, Petraeus was unanimously confirmed by Congress earlier this year, and is currently accomplishing everything his responsibilities demand, and then some: Despite the fact that those accomplishments are publicly distorted by the very men and women who confirmed him.

But that’s okay, because America continues to produce military leaders like Pace, Mullen, and, yes, Petraeus, who will continue to do what they’ve always done.

Earlier this year, Pace told a group of governors at a White House meeting, “I’m a Marine, and Marines don’t talk about failure. They talk about victory.â€

Last month, Mullen told a group of sailors at Pearl Harbor: “I honestly believe this is the most dangerous time in my life. The enemy now is basically evil and fundamentally hates everything we are — the democratic principles for which we stand. … This war is going to go on for a long time. It’s a generational war.â€

So it’s not really that Pace is out, and Mullen is in. It’s more like one good Annapolis man will be relieving the watch of another in order to thwart the non-constructive criticism from those who would have us raise the white flag even as Petraeus is on the threshold of taking the high ground in Iraq.

— A former U.S. Marine infantry leader, W. Thomas Smith Jr. writes about military issues and has covered war in the Balkans, on the West Bank, and in Iraq. He is the author of six books, and his articles appear in a variety of publications.
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BACKROOM ATTACK SINKS GEN PACE

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BACKROOM ATTACK SINKS GEN PACE

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