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Polygamy II: The Good, the Bad, and the Dilemma by Chrles Adams

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by Charles Adams
by Charles Adams


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With so many emails on my article on Polygamy, I thought it would be worthwhile to tell more of the story of polygamy. Polygamy seems to have been involved in almost all societies and cultures: Africa, Asia, China, the American Indians, the Middle East, the Hebrews, and even Europe in its early days before monogamy took over from the Romans. Go back a few thousand years and we learn polygamy was universal. Usually only a wealthy man could have more than one wife as he had to provide her with her own home and wealth. Today a study of 565 of the world’s societies found that over 75% favored polygamy. With the American Indians in warfare the victors would kill all the men and carry off the women as secondary wives, the prize of war was females as polygamist wives.

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, was concerned about all the polygamy in the Bible and he said he received a revelation explaining the ways of polygamy in Old Testament times, including a commandment to the people today, saying that if a man “espouses a virgin” and his wife consents he may marry her and there is no adultery, D&C 132:61. It says a man can have 10 virgins and it is not adultery, but she cannot have another man that is adultery on her part. It is obvious with the revelation directed in part to Emma, Joseph Smith’s wife, she was not in favor of it, claiming he never had any other wives but her, and started the Reorganized LDS Church with her son as the head, repudiating polygamy. It is today a good size church still maintaining that polygamy was Brigham Young’s idea.

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Rant About Permits and Licenses

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Rant About Permits and Licenses

by Manuel Lora
by Manuel Lora


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A license is a grant of permission. The licensor grants permission to the licensee to do something that the licensee does not have a right to do. A rental contract, though usually called a lease, is a form of license. In exchange for money, the licensee (in this case the lessee/tenant) is allowed to occupy and live in the premises owned by the lessor (in this case the licensor/landlord). Notice that the owner of the property does not have a right to the (potential) tenant’s money until after the contract is signed. Similarly, the (potential) tenant does not have a right to enter the property. If the landlord takes the money without consent or agreement it is theft; if the tenant moves into the property without consent or agreement it is trespass.

Only those who have rights in property can grant licenses over that particular property. The difference between borrowing a car and stealing it is the license, or permission. Thus, it is clear that whenever a person owns a particular resource, only he or she can legitimately decide how to use or not use it. Yet this is not what we see in everyday reality. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Upon entering most establishments you are greeted not just by an employee or manager, but also by a barrage of government papers that are usually framed and hanging on the walls. Why, one asks, can this be? As we mentioned before, only the owner of a resource can decide how it should be used. How, then, can state governments demand permission from owners before they can engage in certain activities?

There are two solutions to this question:

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The Crucifixion of Jeremiah Wright by A.D Lelong

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The Crucifixion of Jeremiah Wright

by A.D Lelong
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I have spent my entire life cringing at the stupidity, cowardice, and self serving fraud of the intellectual establishment in this country. And now that we have 24 hour cable news, and now that talk radio has become BIG MEDIA (it used to be honest when there was no money in it) the intellectual level of political and social criticism in this republic aspires to Olympian heights of fatuity. Nothing is allowed in political discourse except the bromidic, the stupid, the superficial. Any attempt at truth or honesty is attacked as extreme, even insane, by a cowardly bunch of media pundits trying to score points with each other by ganging up on the victim like schoolyard bullies ganging up on the new kid. Just look at the way they turned Dr. Ron Paul into a doubleplus unperson.

Consider the difference in other countries. Consider that in Italy the newly elected right wing openly compares itself to General Franco and the crowd cheers ”Il Duce” at the new Roman mayor. This is the very same country that boasted the largest communist party in Europe in the 1970’s.This is also a country with a dozen viable political parties, a country that discusses the idea of regional secession as a serious consideration. How ironic it is that a country such as Italy with broad based support of Fascism and Communism is freer intellectually than the US, a supposed free country with a bill of rights guaranteeing free speech!

In this country, the chattering classes all compete to see who can repeat the same hackneyed phrases more loudly. Any dissent is seen as a reproach on the monolithic poltroonishness of the conformist establishment and its apostles. With the new 24 hour electronic yellow journalism and its vaudeville showmen posing as thinking pundits, the superficiality takes on hyper levels. Complex issues concerning peace and war, foreign policy, terrorism (and its causes), morality, political philosophy become mere talking subjects, theatrical props, for media sideshow barkers pimping for ratings glory. The tendency is to use out-of-context sound bites to invent huge media controversies, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.

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The Long Night by Charley Reese

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The Long Night

by Charley Reese
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Have you ever wondered how human beings can be so cruel? And how cruelty crosses all the boundaries – national, racial and ethnic? I have. Rereading an autobiography published in 1941 by a communist agent reminded me of the dark side of human nature.

The book, Out of the Night, was written – under the pseudonym “Jan Valtin” – by a German who lived through the chaos of the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism. Broken by Gestapo torture, he ended up being pursued by both the Nazi and the communist manhunters and killers.

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Take the Red Pill by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

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Take the Red Pill

by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.


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In The Revolution: A Manifesto, Ron Paul says he doesn’t believe the claim that most people are indifferent about freedom as long as they’re kept entertained and well fed. It’s more a lack of knowledge, he says, that keeps people from embracing the free society.

I’ve gone back and forth on this, and I’m inclined to think the truth is somewhere in between. But I think the cynics, who hold out no hope for the American people at all, are surely wrong.

Case in point: this thread.

This nurse had accidentally left her copy of The Revolution: A Manifesto at her nurses’ station overnight. When she arrived the next morning, fearing the book might be lost, she found to her amazement that the overnight nurse had actually read the entire thing. Not only that, but she had become an instant convert, wanting to spread Ron Paul’s message to her friends and family, and get extra copies of his book.

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Ron Paul’s Manifesto Against ‘False Choice’

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Ron Paul’s Manifesto Against ‘False Choice’

by J. H. Huebert
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How frustrating it must be to be Ron Paul.

The Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate always said there was no justification for war with Iraq – no weapons of mass destruction, no threat to the United States – and his colleagues in Congress and most of the American people ignored him.

Ron Paul also saw that we were headed for a financial collapse and runaway inflation because of the Federal Reserve Bank – and his colleagues in Congress and almost all of the American people ignored him.

Now, Americans realize the war was wrong, and they want the troops to come home – but they still vote for candidates who won’t promise to bring the troops home and who are ready or even eager to commit troops elsewhere.

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Drill for Offshore Oil

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Drill for Offshore Oil

by Humberto Fontova
by Humberto Fontova


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In the early 1960′s the law of supply and demand greatly irked Cuba’s “Minister of the Economy” Ernesto “Che” Guevara. “No problemo!” he decided. I’ll simply abolish it by creating a “New Man,” with these insufferable Cubans as my Guinea Pigs. The world’s intelligentsia applauded deliriously as 14,000 Cubans were murdered by firing squad, 77,000 drowned or were ripped apart by sharks attempting to flee Guevara’s whim, and half a million were herded into political prisons and forced labor camps at bayonet point. (All of this out of a Cuban population of 6.5 million meaning that Castro and Che’s political incarceration rate topped Stalin’s.)

And wouldn’t you know it? After years of this glorious effort, cheered by everyone from Jean Paul Sartre to George Mc Govern, that doggone law of supply and demand held firm, while Cuba’s per capita income (surpassing half of Europe’s in the 1950′s) plummeted to nudge Haiti’s.

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We Live in Our Heads by Charley Reese

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We Live in Our Heads

by Charley Reese
by Charley Reese


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There is only one physical world, but unfortunately, we all live in different worlds created by our minds.

The physical world, which is separate from us, can be contacted only through our senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste – but all of these are limited. There are parts of the spectrum we can’t see, sounds we can’t hear. We are lucky that our olfactory nerves are limited, because I suspect that the world our dogs smell is a pretty stinky place.

Furthermore, the part of the Earth we actually occupy is for most of us quite limited. We fill in the blanks with ideas and concepts and images that may or may not conform to reality. Even though we can learn from reading and hearing, the most vivid learning always comes from experience. People who have had direct contact with racism or anti-Semitism are not likely to be convinced by arguments. Reading about, say, China is no substitute for actually being there.

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The Corporation

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NEWS YOU WON’T FIND ON CNN

The Corporation

I believe this is one of the best and most important documentary films to be made in many years.
This is an extraordinary film about the creation of the American corporation, its legal organizational model, its global economic dominance and its psychopathic tendencies, and its incredible ambition to influence every aspect of culture in its unrelenting pursuit of profit.
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Will King George NUKE Ron Paul’s Revolution? by Captain Eric H. May

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by Captain Eric H. May
Military Correspondent
The Lone Star Iconoclast
May 10, 2008

 

Capt. Eric H. May
Military Analysis

Monarchy and Mayhem

Houston, May 10 —In Dr. Ron Paul’s 14th Congressional District, just south of Houston, Texas City residents are living in fear. It’s not because their BP refinery, the nation’s most polluted plant, is earning them the unenviable nickname of “Toxic City.” It’s not because BP is far and away the most deadly industrial site in the nation. It’s because they are afraid that BP is the target for a king-sized plan to explode a nuke on US soil.
Federal authorities and national media have been hinting for years that “terrorists” want to nuke Texas City, and they regularly insinuate it on the nightly news. The programming has been effective, and each time the BP refinery has exploded in recent years locals have instantly thought of Al Qaeda. They are already halfway convinced that it’s only a matter of time before Texas City, Texas joins Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and New York City, New York on the US “greatest hits list.”

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The Ordinary Face of Everyday Evil

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The Ordinary Face of Everyday Evil

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Is Barr the New Hope for America?

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Is Barr the New Hope for America?

by Joshua Katz
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There is much excitement in some libertarian circles over the entrance of Bob Barr into the race for the Libertarian Party’s nomination. Even the mainstream media has been reporting his candidacy, as well as that of Mike Gravel. Based on the way these men are covered, you would have thought that the party had previously planned not to run a Presidential candidate, or that it hasn’t run a candidate in every Presidential race since it’s founding. Nonetheless, many are thrilled with the idea that, if we nominate Bob Barr, this press coverage could continue. Others see the Barr candidacy as an opportunity to continue the energy of the Ron Paul campaign. I believe the excitement over the Barr candidacy is misplaced, will lead to disappointment, and that Barr should not receive the LP’s Presidential nomination.

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FRED Columns Returning to the scene of the crimes

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Bangkok
Returning to the scene of the crimes
 

May 10, 2008

Bangkok—I got here two nights ago, out of Taipei into Bangkok’s new airport, Savannapun. It’s huge, well-designed, classy. As always when I come to these parts I think, “Holy rikshas, Batman, this place is on a roll.” Just so. There is a dynamism in much of Asia that you don’t see in Latin America. Below the Rio Grande you find a couple of modern countries, Argentina and Chile for example—almost the only examples. Yet the whole region seems stagnant, as if it already is what it is going to be. Not here. Asia rocks. Peoria hasn’t noticed but, I promise, it will, and that before long.

We hear that China is booming. It is. But so are other places. Thailand can no longer be called a third-world country. The Sky Train, the elevated rail system, swooshes above the city in air-conditioned comfort, efficient and built by Thais, not some international contractor. The new subway works. The normal Third-World attitudes have left for other climes. Call this place Second World and climbing.

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New WW I Book

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Friends
 
A friend, Dr. Wayne Pettyjohn, sent me a copy of a novel he has worked on for several years. The title is Buck’s Story, a Marine in the Great War. Illustrated, maps, 241 pages, soft covers.
 
I have previously read it in manuscript and I can tell you if you read novels you will like this one. It is the story, told in a serious mode, about a young farm lad that follow’s his desire to make something of himself. There are numerous other invidivuals, all of whom are well described, that come into the story, making it more than just one man’s experiences.

The Essence of Liberty Reconstructing America: Lincoln’s Political Legacy

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A Condensed Version of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. Prima. 352 pp. $24.95 

Condensed by 

Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume  

Chapter 8: Reconstructing America: Lincoln’s Political Legacy

One of the greatest myths of American history is that federal policy in the South after the war “bound the nation’s wounds” and made for a ”just and lasting peace.” To the contrary, the Republican Party, emboldened by Lincoln ‘s disregard for constitution, invoked his name to engage in more of the same after the war.

In fact, General Lee told former Texas Governor Fletcher Stockdale, ”…if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse…Had I foreseen these results…I would have preferred to die…with my brave men, my sword in my…hand.”

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Big Government Responsible for Housing Bubble by Ron Paul

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Big Government Responsible for Housing Bubble

by Ron Paul
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The House passed two bills attempting to rehabilitate the housing and mortgage market this week. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of criticism and blame for the bad decisions, and rightly so. Lenders and banks do share much of the blame for the overheated market. Lending standards were relaxed, or even abandoned altogether, creating an exaggerated pool of homebuyers that led to ballooning home prices that many, especially real estate investors, expected to continue forever. Now that the bubble has burst, the losses are staggering.

However, many in Washington fail to realize it was government intervention that brought on the current economic malaise in the first place. The Federal Reserve’s artificially low interest rates created the loose, easy credit that ignited a voracious appetite in the banks for borrowers. People made these lending and buying decisions based on market conditions that were wildly manipulated by government. But part of sound financial management should be recognizing untenable or falsified economic conditions and adjusting risk accordingly. Many banks failed to do that and are now looking to taxpayers to pick up the pieces. This is wrong-headed and unfair, but Congress is attempting to do it anyway.

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An ‘Interview’ With Smedley Butler

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An ‘Interview’ With Smedley Butler

by Don Bacon
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Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, one of the most colorful officers in the Marine Corps, was one of two Marines to receive two Congressional Medals of Honor for separate acts of outstanding heroism. General Butler was born in 1881 and raised as a Quaker. He was still in his teens when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant for the war with Spain and served in the Philippines, China, Puerto Rico, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, France, and, after a stint as Director of Public Safety in Philadelphia, in China again. General Butler died at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia on 21 June 1940. At the time of his death he was the most decorated marine in U.S. history. General Butler has had a naval destroyer, a military base and a chapter of Veterans for Peace (the ‘Smed Butts’) named for him. He is loved and quoted not only in the United States but around the world. We are fortunate to have General Butler with us for this “interview” conducted by Don Bacon, who founded the Smedley Butler Society several years ago to perpetuate the memory of this masterful maverick Marine.

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Nickel Rant: Hillary Plays The Race Card -by Edgar J. Steele

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Now that it is all but arithmetically impossible for Hillary Clinton to secure the Democratic nomination for President, she has thrown caution to the wind and openly turned to White voters.  After all, what does she have to lose in appealing to us? 

Speaking to USA Today a few days ago, she observed how “Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states (North Carolina and Indiana) who had not completed college were supporting me.”

Gee, I dunno.  I suppose we could organize a Klan rally and burn a cross or two for her.  I could make some calls.

“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she went on to tell that USA Today reporter.  I’ll say.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

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By Chuck Baldwin

May 13, 2008

NewsWithViews.com

There is an old adage that, for the most part, has proven itself to be true: “Birds of a feather flock together.” In other words, one can discern much about a person by the company he or she keeps. Accordingly, here is a sample of the quirky company of Senator John McCain.

As Jerome Corsi recently reported, John McCain has long enjoyed sizeable funding from the ultraliberal gazillionaire George Soros, and from liberal Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. (See the report here)

Question: Why would ultraliberals such as Soros and Kerry give so much money to a “conservative” Republican? Answer: They know that McCain is anything but a conservative. In fact, McCain is so liberal, he actually discussed becoming John Kerry’s Vice Presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket in 2004.

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SCARLET IS OUR COLOR

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 By Jim R. Schwiesow

May 12, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

Time is fleeting and every second, minute, hour and day hurtles this nation closer to a time of retribution, a time so horrific that the mind cannot comprehend the magnitude of the fiery fury that will descend upon this nation and the people in it. The Eternal is moving against this country with purpose and terrible resolve, like small fingers of flame the preliminary pestilences signal a rapidly advancing holocaust.

The worst of heathen have come to possess the offices of our government, the halls of our institutions and the minds of our people. The land is in the terminal stages of a great spiritual disease. We are an adulterous people and a scarlet A has been emblazoned upon our land.

With regularity one hears it parroted that God’s blessings are upon this nation, those who give lip service only to the God of all creation continually wring their hands in despair over the removal of God from our coins, prayer from our schools and the Ten Commandments from our public institutions. One can only wonder where these same people were when sexual perversity and the teaching of social filthiness invaded our schools. Where were they when derelict and avaricious politicians and government agents incrementally and systematically dismantled the Constitution and destroyed the individual liberties of the people? Under what rock were they hiding when the killing of live babies was sanctioned and a host of soul killing perversions were institutionalized?

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STATES TO HOMELAND SECURITY ON REAL ID: NO THANKS

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PART 1 of 2
 

By Steven Yates
May 11, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

Today—May 11, 2008—is not just Mother’s Day but REAL ID D-Day, so to speak: the day citizens of states not granted extensions to comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005 would find themselves unable to board planes, enter federal buildings, etc.

By the end of last year, seven states had passed laws prohibiting implementation of REAL ID in their state: Maine, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington, New Hampshire, and Georgia. That number became eight on April 9 of this year when Idaho joined up. Ten states had laws that were passed in one house but not the other. Eight more states had introduced such laws. Twelve had passed nonbinding resolutions denouncing REAL ID. That’s a 38-state rebellion!

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US MILITARY TARGETS SOUTHEAST COLORADO

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 PART 1 of 3

Deanna Spingola
May 11, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

Property seizures in other countries are considered totalitarian. When they occur at the hands of the corporate-controlled U.S. government they are apparently condoned and even facilitated by the courts whose job it is to reign in this kind of abuse. The monopoly media, including “conservative” talk radio, is an information filtering system masquerading as “news.” They habitually conceal government land grabs and other privatization schemes like the current controversy in southeastern Colorado. The army is attempting to seize property, claiming they need extra land to better prepare the troops. What’s really behind this patriotic-let’s-help-the-troops endeavor? Call it what they will, land seizure is land seizure and violates the public trust.

What is it about Colorado and the military? In 1989, George H. W. Bush’s administration wanted to store dangerous radioactive waste at the Pueblo Army Depot but the state wisely objected.[1] Toxic waste disposal is no longer an unmanageable issue – well-connected arms manufacturers use it for bombs and bullets – kind of a double whammy – if the bullets and bombs don’t kill them, the lethal residue causes widespread cancer and horrific birth defects for future offspring of those who absorb, inhale or swallow the deadly dust. The Pentagon and their private contractors suppress the noxious nature of depleted uranium. Earlier, they didn’t tell troops about Agent Orange. And the citizens of Anniston, Alabama weren’t told about PCBs.[2] There are thousands of such examples. The government consistently protects corporate profits rather than citizens.

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BIG PHARMA, BIG FOOD, BIG FUEL, AND BIG FASCISM

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by Alan Stang
May 9, 2008
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What form of government are we supposed to have? The Founders of this country bequeathed us a system we used to call Free Enterprise, in which the government was supposed to leave business alone. Because of that system, endorsed by scripture, we became the greatest nation known to history.

Now, what kind of system do we actually have today? Because the original system has been perverted – first by ordinary criminals, then by the conspiracy for world government – the system we have now, the perversion, began as “mercantilism” and today is best described as Fascism.

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The Truth about Oil

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The Truth about Oil

By Vasko Kohlmayer
FrontPageMagazine.com | 5/8/2008

A recent survey on the environment found that seventy percent of people worldwide think that the planet is running out oil. Only less than one quarter believe that there is enough of it to keep it as a primary source of energy. Petro pessimism runs especially high in the United States where a full two thirds think that the point of depletion is within sight.

Here are some hard facts.

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Why the Candidates Dodge Offshore Drilling

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Barron's Online  
Monday, May 12, 2008
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D.C. CURRENT  

Why the Candidates Dodge Offshore Drilling

By JIM MCTAGUE

OUR THREE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SHARE THIS PECULIAR infirmity: None of them has any backbone. If they did, then instead of blaming Big Oil for soaring energy prices, they would stand up to some real culprits responsible for the run-up. These are politically powerful coastal states like Florida, New Jersey and California, which time after time have placed their parochial interests ahead of the nation’s critical need for energy independence by prohibiting the offshore production of natural gas and oil.

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THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN !!!

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN !!!

by Al Benson Jr.

Folks, the system is broken! It doesn’t work for ordinary folks (and hasn’t since 1861).

A few years back I read an article about a Harvard University political scientist who was mourning the fact that more Americans don’t take part in the political process nowadays. He noted polls indicating that the number of Americans who worked for political parties fell 42% between 1973 and 1994. He also observed that the number who attended political meetings fell 35% and the number who bothered to write a letter to their congress critters fell by 23%. He mourned that we have become “a nation of bystanders” and he felt that when ordinary folks quit taking part in the civil life of a “democratic” society then that society tends to become unbalanced. I might enquire, in my cynicism what “democratic” society is is talking about. One can hardly label the corporate fascist society we exist under todaly as “democratic” unless he uses that term in the classic Marxist sense.

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Noam Chomsky on 1968

Noam Chomsky

Published 08 May 2008

 

Nineteen sixty-eight was one exciting moment in a much larger movement. It spawned a whole range of movements. There wouldn’t have been an international global solidarity movement, for instance, without the events of 1968. It was enormous, in terms of human rights, ethnic rights, a concern for the environment, too.

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“Continuity of Government Planning has … Already Superseded the Constitution as a Higher Authority”

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 “Continuity of Government Planning has … Already Superseded the Constitution as a Higher Authority”

George Washington’s Blog
Saturday, May 10, 2008

UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Peter Dale Scott has warned:

“If members of the Homeland Security Committee cannot enforce their right to read secret plans of the Executive Branch, then the systems of checks and balances established by the U.S. Constitution would seem to be failing.

To put it another way, if the White House is successful in frustrating DeFazio, then Continuity of Government planning has arguably already superseded the Constitution as a higher authority.”

What’s he talking about?

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Barr launches Libertarian White House bid

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Barr launches Libertarian White House bid

Monday, May 12, 2008

(05-12) 22:34 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) –

Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr launched a Libertarian Party presidential bid Monday, saying voters are hungry for an alternative to the status quo who would dramatically cut the federal government.

His candidacy throws a wild card into the White House race that many believe could peel away votes from Republican Sen. John McCain given the candidates’ similar positions on fiscal policy.

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The Cult of the Presidency

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http://www.reason.com/news/show/126020.html

Reason Magazine

The Cult of the Presidency

Who can we blame for the radical expansion of executive power? Look no further than you and me.

“I ain’t running for preacher,” Republican presidential candidate Phil Gramm snarled to religious right activists in 1995 when they urged him to run a campaign stressing moral themes. Several months later, despite Gramm’s fund raising prowess, the Texas conservative finished a desultory fifth place in the Iowa caucuses and quickly dropped out of the race. Since then, few candidates have made Gramm’s mistake. Serious contenders for the office recognize that the role and scope of the modern presidency cannot be so narrowly confined. Today’s candidates are running enthusiastically for national preacher—and much else besides.

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The End of the Ethanol Hoax?

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Straight Talk

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May 13, 2008

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The End of the Ethanol Hoax

Well, I’ll be doggoned.  I never thought I’d see such outspoken opposition to ethanol from such unlikely sources – such as many of the politicians who helped create this monstrous and expensive fraud in the first place.

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Bill O’Reilly Flips Out (vintage video: Caution swear words)

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Bill O’Reilly Flips Out (vintage video: Caution swear words)
Todays Big Thing ^ | 5/13/08 | staff

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 14:18:53 by pissant

To anyone who thought that Bill O’Reilly was just playing a character on his show, that no one in real life could really be that angry, this video is for you.

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Stuperdelegate Nagin endorses Obama for president

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Stuperdelegate Nagin endorses Obama for president
NOLA.com ^ | Tuesday May 13, 2008 | Bruce Alpert

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 15:12:31 by chemicalman

WASHINGTON – New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin endorsed Barack Obama for president today, giving the Illinois Democrat another superdelegate in his battle for the Democratic nomination.

Stuperdelegate Nagin endorses Obama for president
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The Marines As Devil Dogs, etc.

May 13, 2008 4 comments

GyG: The Marines As Devil Dogs, etc.

Devil Dog‘ term taking a beating

By Andrew Tilghman
- Staff writerListen up, Devil Dogs. Oh yeah, that got your attention. Perhaps it even got your blood boiling? Or maybe you didn’t notice the big double-D.

Lately, reactions to the Corps’ longtime nickname generally depend on the age of the Marine listening.

A generational divide is opening around the term “Devil Dog,” which came into use 90 years ago on the battlefields of France. While it’s been a term of colloquial endearment for generations of leathernecks, some of the newest and youngest Marines say they’re tired of being called Devil Dogs. They even take offense at the term.

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