The power of III

Summum ius summa iniuria--More law, less justice

27 December 2011

Quote of the Day, 12/27

We must, and we will, exhaust all peaceful means we have left of defending our Bill of Rights.   But make no mistake, we, the American people, and especially we, the American veterans, will defend our Bill of Rights at all hazards, up to and including by giving our lives in its defense.   We are duty bound to do no less.  We will not leave our children to a world without the Bill of Rights.   Our fathers and grandfathers fought, bled, and died to defeat fascism over there. We will not abide it here at home.   They honored their oaths, and we shall do the same.  And we will set aside all other differences to take this stand.  For without the Bill of Rights, America ceases to exist.

Oathkeepers, calling for recall and removal of members of Congress who voted for NDAA

“There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.”- Marine General Smedley Butler.

25 December 2011

Free Enterprise in the Christmas story

By Llewelyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

At the heart of the Christmas story rests some important lessons concerning free enterprise, government, and the role of wealth in society.

Let's begin with one of the most famous phrases: "There's no room at the inn." This phrase is often invoked as if it were a cruel and heartless dismissal of the tired travelers Joseph and Mary. Many renditions of the story conjure up images of the couple going from inn to inn only to have the owner barking at them to go away and slamming the door.

In fact, the inns were full to overflowing in the entire Holy Land because of the Roman emperor's decree that everyone be counted and taxed. Inns are private businesses, and customers are their lifeblood. There would have been no reason to turn away this man of royal lineage and his beautiful, expecting bride.

In any case, the second chapter of St. Luke doesn't say that they were continually rejected at place after place. It tells of the charity of a single inn owner, perhaps the first person they encountered, who, after all, was a businessman. His inn was full, but he offered them what he had: the stable. There is no mention that the innkeeper charged the couple even one copper coin, though given his rights as a property owner, he certainly could have.

It's remarkable, then, to think that when the Word was made flesh with the birth of Jesus, it was through the intercessory work of a private businessman. Without his assistance, the story would have been very different indeed. People complain about the "commercialization" of Christmas, but clearly commerce was there from the beginning, playing an essential and laudable role.

Read the rest here.

Merry Christmas to you and your families. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

21 December 2011

Arabs in Samaria stone defensless Jew


How often do you think a gang of Jews surround an Arab to stone him?

How often do you hear about Jews lynching Arabs, and dancing around with the murdered person's entrails in their bloody hands? Image below from lynching of two Israeli reservists who took a wrong turn at the beginning of the 2nd intifada in 2000.

That's correct: NEVER

20 December 2011

Quote of the Day 12/20/2011 from Denninger

...People are tired of being abused by both airlines and the TSA.

You want to grope me (virtually or in real life) to get on board? Go to hell -- I'll drive.

You want me to risk having to play "strip search" (virtual or actual) with TSA employees, and if I've got some sort of medical issue like a colostomy bag or similar have your people treat me like my medical condition is a terrorist threat? Go to hell -- I'll drive.

$50 extra to check a bag (and I can't carry anything on any more, including my damned toothpaste)? It costs me zero extra for as many bags as will fit in the car and I don't have to put up with that crap when it comes to my personal effects either -- I'll drive.

Surly airline personnel, unreasonable change/break fees and similar, never mind charging me $5 for a freaking soda in the airport when, not if, my flight is delayed -- after you refused to let me bring a sealed can of soda through the checkpoint? Go to hell -- I'll drive.

A "person of size" can take half my seat and I have no recourse? Oh, and after the airline does that to me (and they know, obviously, when the large passenger checks in that I'm going to get screwed) and leaves me with no recourse the airlines and airports then strand the plane on the tarmac and treat me like cattle about to be bang-sticked, flensed, grilled and served as Christmas dinner? Go to hell -- I'll drive!

Karl Denninger,, 12/20/2011

19 December 2011

Sick: 17 Day Hawaiian vacation for the Obamas and entourage cost $4 million taxpayer dollars.

We have a monarchical equivalent occupying the White House.  No one is in a position to question his vacation expenditures.  The President is supposed to be a public servant, and yet the Public serves him.

Is this his idea of leadership by personal example? 

Around $4 million (£2.6 million) – the expected total cost to the US taxpayer of the Obama Christmas family vacation to Hawaii according to the Hawaii Reporter (hat tip: Rob Bluey at The Foundry). This is an astonishing amount of public money to be spending in an age of austerity – when the president is supposed to be leading efforts to cut the US budget deficit, the largest since World War Two, and a towering $15 trillion national debt:

Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the President’s visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 – but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000. In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures.

The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million.

This $4 million figure is nearly 100 times the average annual salary of an American worker, which currently stands at $41,673.

Gorging at the public trough much?

By all means, be our guest, help yourself!! Not an imposition at all...

LINK  to 

 Gee, I wonder why this isn't getting more airplay in the MSM here in the States...

California law allows 12 year olds to consent to vaccines and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases without parental knowledge

AB499, approved by Governor Brown in October 9, 2011:

The state of California has just passed bill AB499, which will permit minor children as young as 12 years old to be vaccinated with sexually transmitted disease vaccines like Gardasil without parental knowledge or parental consent. This means that if you live in California, school or medical personnel would be allowed to vaccinate your child against an STD without your ever knowing it.
At issue, of course, is whether 12-year-olds are mature enough to fully analyze the benefits versus risks of vaccination (or any medical treatment for that matter), or recognize the alternatives to STD prevention, such as abstinence. Meanwhile, a child could suffer a vaccine reaction and the parent, not knowing the child had been vaccinated, could mistake it for the flu or another condition, delaying getting help until it is too late. LINK.

Another perfect argument for States' Rights, minarchism, republicanism (as opposed to pure democracy), and libertarianism:

1. Smaller government = less incentive for lobbying organizations to exist.  Big Pharma wouldn't have this reach.

2. Smaller government = more of a chance for the sovereign people to control their republic and hold their elected representatives to their mandate.  The people should know where their representative lives, so that they can express their pleasure or displeasure with the job performance of the representative.

3. We have a Natural Right to private property, including what we put in our bodies

4. A twelve year old is unable to understand risks, benefits and alternatives: They will do what the person in the uniform tells them to do, unless they have been specifically taught otherwise.

5. States' Rights: If a State is too Progressive or Conservative for the individual, there are 49 other experiments in democracy happening that could be considered as optional places to live: this applies to California here, since this law is state-specific.  Unfortunately, there are very conservative areas of Northern Cali that probably don't cotton to this idea.
Only options: Move to another state, secede, openly defy the law and become a criminal, or submit to the will of the majority.

6. In a republic, despite the will of the majority, certain rights are not to be infringed upon. In a democracy, the will of the 50.1 percent is imposed on the 49.9%.

Light, incredibly accurate bullpup sniper rifle: Desert Tactical Arms SRS

This rifle is amazing, and the shooter in the video below is amazing, IMHO.

A bullpup bolt action rig that you can change out the barrel and action in one minute, with a perfect return to zero. Most snipers and long range shooters out there may be familiar with the Desert Tactical Recon SRS, but in case you've never seen one before, start drooling.

These are 1/2 inch dots, at 100 yards, with the barrel changed in between each shot, in an extreme "return to zero" test. Great shooter using an amazingly engineered rifle.

The bolt cycling looks like it can be awkward, but other than that, this rifle is really cool...

I comes in .308, .338 Lapua, .300 Win Mag, and .243 for the main chassis, and also comes in a "hard target interdiction" chassis chambered in .50 BMG, .416 Barett, .408 and .375 Cheytac.

.308 rig is 11.5 lbs, 33 inches long, and has an effective range of 800 yards. Company website.

Sweet Georgia brown! I gotta get me one of these!  

Actually, I have been lusting after this for about a year and a half, and am saving up...:-)

Reviewer's website is recommended:

17 December 2011

The oligarchy and its institutions vs. the people, summed up: Gee, Officer Krupke


Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke,
You gotta understand,
It's just our bringin' up-ke
That gets us out of hand.
Our mothers all are junkies,
Our fathers all are drunks.
Golly Moses, natcherly we're punks!

Gee, Officer Krupke, we're very upset;
We never had the love that ev'ry child oughta get.
We ain't no delinquents,
We're misunderstood.
Deep down inside us there is good!

There is good!

There is good, there is good,
There is untapped good!
Like inside, the worst of us is good!

SNOWBOY: (Spoken) That's a touchin' good story.

ACTION: (Spoken) Lemme tell it to the world!

SNOWBOY: Just tell it to the judge.

Dear kindly Judge, your Honor,
My parents treat me rough.
With all their marijuana,
They won't give me a puff.
They didn't wanna have me,
But somehow I was had.
Leapin' lizards! That's why I'm so bad!

DIESEL: (As Judge) Right!

Officer Krupke, you're really a square;
This boy don't need a judge, he needs an analyst's care!
It's just his neurosis that oughta be curbed.
He's psychologic'ly disturbed!

I'm disturbed!

We're disturbed, we're disturbed,
We're the most disturbed,
Like we're psychologic'ly disturbed.

DIESEL: (Spoken, as Judge) In the opinion on this court, this child is depraved on account he ain't had a normal home.

ACTION: (Spoken) Hey, I'm depraved on account I'm deprived.

DIESEL: So take him to a headshrinker.

ACTION (Sings)
My father is a bastard,
My ma's an S.O.B.
My grandpa's always plastered,
My grandma pushes tea.
My sister wears a mustache,
My brother wears a dress.
Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess!

A-RAB: (As Psychiatrist) Yes!
Officer Krupke, you're really a slob.
This boy don't need a doctor, just a good honest job.
Society's played him a terrible trick,
And sociologic'ly he's sick!

I am sick!

We are sick, we are sick,
We are sick, sick, sick,
Like we're sociologically sick!

A-RAB: In my opinion, this child don't need to have his head shrunk at all. Juvenile delinquency is purely a social disease!

ACTION: Hey, I got a social disease!

A-RAB: So take him to a social worker!

Dear kindly social worker,
They say go earn a buck.
Like be a soda jerker,
Which means like be a schumck.
It's not I'm anti-social,
I'm only anti-work.
Gloryosky! That's why I'm a jerk!

BABY JOHN: (As Female Social Worker)
Officer Krupke, you've done it again.
This boy don't need a job, he needs a year in the pen.
It ain't just a question of misunderstood;
Deep down inside him, he's no good!

I'm no good!

We're no good, we're no good!
We're no earthly good,
Like the best of us is no damn good!

DIESEL (As Judge)
The trouble is he's crazy.

A-RAB (As Psychiatrist)
The trouble is he drinks.

BABY JOHN (As Female Social Worker)
The trouble is he's lazy.

The trouble is he stinks.

The trouble is he's growing.

The trouble is he's grown.

Krupke, we got troubles of our own!

Gee, Officer Krupke,
We're down on our knees,
'Cause no one wants a fellow with a social disease.
Gee, Officer Krupke,
What are we to do?
Gee, Officer Krupke,
Krup you!

16 December 2011

The real death of Liberty in America

"The National Defense Authorization Act"

--As usual with Congress, the name of a bill is either innocuous, confusing, or completely obfuscating what it actually is going to do once signed by the Executive.  

In this case, American citizens, we are to assume at this point only Muslim extremists, can be arrested and held indefinitely without charge or trial.  This is suspension of Habeas Corpus.  It is the abrogation of the Bill of Rights.   This bill is the sine qua non of a Police State.

Liberty dies with the passage of this bill.

At the time of this writing, Liberty is still warm, rigor mortis hasn't set yet, so most people don't notice.

The individuals that take note of the death of Liberty have had their hands on the pulse of Liberty for some time, and watching the (legislative) heart monitor, knew that it's demise was close, and inevitable. The monitor flatlined on the 220th anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights.

Most Americans won't notice until Liberty is so long dead that it has begun to rot, and the smell hits them.

Why is liberty dead?

I think it was put down (i.e. quietly euthanized/executed) in the legislature because the oligarchical powers that be know their economic endgame is afoot.  With the loss of economic sustainability of the Corporatist state, the oligarchy (insert the oligarchy of your choice here, whether it be the two party system that does all it can to stifle alternate political parties, or the Banking/Corporate powers behind the mainstream two political parties, it doesn't matter.  The oligarchy is there, it controls, and We the People are irrelevant other than as a source of productive wealth to confiscate.  Some of the wealth is kept by the oligarchy, some is redistributed.  The redistributed portion of the confiscated wealth of the People serves the two parties and their natural constituents. The purpose of the Neoconservative right is served by using taxes or borrowed money to assuage the aggressive nationalist portion of the People, while the Progressive wing is served by distributing their share of loot to Unions, those sympathetic to Marxist philosophy, and the impoverished and/or nonproductive portion of the People.)

If the people become restless, as they must when they cannot support themselves or their families, they threaten the status quo for the oligarchy.  

The People must be made to come to heel, and the portions of the NDAA that concern Constitutional conservatives are designed to do that. If not now, then when it may be needed. 

If the People cannot be distracted with bread, circuses, or shovel-ready jobs paid for by someone else's confiscated wealth, they must be kept docile by fear. Fear of foreign menace, fear of planetary disaster, or fear of the SWAT team breaking down their door at 4 am all serve the purpose.  We have arrived at the Fear stage.

What happened to the greatest and freest country in world history?  We fell into the trap that destroyed other Nation-States.

Self determination leads to nationalism.  (Those of us who believe in Southern nationalism think of this as a good thing, and one of the reasons that I support the League of the South is that their economic vision is the classical liberal vision [i.e. true free market laissez faire capitalism]).  Any people bent on self determination must be wary and cautious of the economics and worldview of their nationalism.

Sometimes, the size and power of the Nation state reaches a tipping point that triggers an agressive form of nationalism. This typically has lead to imperialism. Imperialism leads to economic overreach by war, which leads to the death of the nation state. Certainly liberty dies along the way, because such an evolution is necessarily coercive to the population, and the coercion logically must increase as the economic situation deteriorates. This has been true in many other countries, and other empires. It is not a historical inevitability, but follows logically when certain conditions are met.  It happened to Rome, Persia, Alexander, Great Britain, and the AustroGerman peoples, to name a few examples.

It has happened to the United States of America. I do not mean the 18th and early 19th Century "these United States of America" of the republic. I mean the involuntary Nation of the United States of America born in 1865. That Nation turned more and more to the aggressive form Nationalism, leading to Empire, overreach, and soon, collapse.

Here are some relevant quotes from Ludwig von Mises:

Modern imperialism is distinguished from the expansionist tendencies of the absolute principalities by the fact that its moving spirits are not the members of the ruling dynasty, nor even of the nobility... but the mass of the people, who look upon it as the most appropriate means for the preservation of national independence.

-- Man, Economy, and the State (Nation, Staat und Wirtschaft), 1919.

It would be a mistake to ascribe the ascendancy of modern nationalism to human wickedness. The nationalists are not innately aggressive men; they become aggressive through their conception of nationalism. They are confronted with conditions which were unknown to the champions of the old principle of self-determination. And their etatist prejudices prevent them from finding a solution for the problems they have to face other than that provided by aggressive nationalism.

-- Omnipotent government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War, 1944

Interventionism generates economic nationalism, and economic nationalism generates bellicosity. If men and commodities are prevented from crossing the borderlines, why should not the armies try to pave the way for them?
--Human Action: A Treatise on Economics, 1949.

Our choices at this point:
1. I believe in the system and will vote.
2. I will be completely passive (i.e. "There's nothing I can do about it")
3. I don't believe in the system and will go to ground, maybe even go Galt.
4. I can be proactive to resist by signs and placards.
5. I can be proactive by joining an organization I think might make a difference.
6. I can be proactive by actively resisting the State.  Cyberattacks, passive resistance, active physical resistance, whether it is a brick through a window when you know no one is around, or planning for guerilla warfare.

There may be other choices that you can think of that don't quite fit this list.

What will you choose?

Comments please.

14 December 2011

220th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights: December 15, 1791

Verbatim post, via Tenth Amendment Center Blog

It's a bit faded and moldy.  So faded, in fact, that no one in DC can read it anymore.
Perhaps it's time to re-write it with new no-fading ink, and a firmer hand than the original.

With the 220th anniversary of the adoption of the Amendments commonly known as the Bill of Rights only hours away (December 15th), a majority of the American people still do not understand the true intent of the Amendments. They believe the Amendments are the source of their individual rights and the federal government was granted the general power to secure those rights. In reality, the Amendments did not create any individual rights or grant the federal government any general power.

When the “Bill of Rights” was submitted to the individual States for ratification, it contained 12 proposed amendments and was prefaced with a preamble that spelled out the intent of the Amendments. As stated in the preamble, the purpose of the Amendments was to prevent the federal government from “misconstruing or abusing its powers.” To accomplish this, “further declaratory and restrictive clauses” were being recommended. The Amendments, if adopted (2 were rejected 10 were agreed to), would not create any so-called constitutional rights or grant the federal government any general power; they would place additional restraints and/or qualifications on federal power concerning the rights enumerated therein.

The best way to explain the intent of the Amendments was to re-write them through the preamble. This re-write helps explain the original intent of the Amendments, without resorting to the preamble, and makes them easier to understand. Some words have been changed to reflect modern usage and the sentence structure has been slightly altered in a few of the Amendments. The author suggests the reader, after reviewing the preamble [], compare the wording of each Amendment to the original.

Article I……… Congress is expressly denied the power to enact any law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Article II……… Because a well-regulated Militia is necessary to the security of a free State, the federal government is expressly denied the power to infringe the people’s right to keep and bear Arms. (EN 1)

Article III……… The federal government is expressly denied the power to quarter any Soldier in any house, in time of peace, without the consent of the Owner, or in time of war, except in a manner to be prescribed by law. (This Amendment grants the federal government a very narrow lawmaking power to qualify the restraint.)

Article IV……… The federal government is expressly denied the power to infringe the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the federal government is expressly denied the power to issue Warrants, 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.

Article V……… The federal government is expressly denied the power to hold any person to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall the federal government subject any person to a prosecution for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall the federal government compel any person in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor shall the federal government deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall the federal government take private property for public use, without just compensation.

Article VI……… In all criminal prosecutions, the federal government is expressly denied the power to negate the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law; nor shall the federal government deny the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; or the right to be confronted with the witnesses against him; or the right to have compulsory process for obtaining Witnesses in his favor, or the right to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Article VII……… In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the federal government is expressly denied the power to negate the people’s right to a trial by jury, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any federal Court, than according to the rules of the common law.

Article VIII……… The federal government is expressly denied the power to impose excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishments.

Article IX……… The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to grant the federal government the power to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Article X……… The powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. (No change on this Amendment is needed)

Even through the Constitution established a government of limited enumerated powers and under this system of government every power not granted was denied, the States decided that “further declaratory and restrictive clauses” were needed to prevent the federal government from “misconstruing or abusing its powers.” Thus, the insertion of phrases like “the federal government is expressly denied the power” is consistent with the intent of the Amendments.

After establishing the original intent of the Amendments, three things are certain. First, the purpose of the Amendments was to place additional restraints and/or qualifications on the powers of the federal government. Second, the Amendments did not grant the people of the individual States any so-called constitutional rights. Third, the Amendments did not grant the federal government the general power to secure the rights enumerated in the “Bill of Rights.”

In the author’s opinion, government and the American public school system are intentionally suppressing the preamble and the original intent of the Amendments because government wants it that way. If government wanted students properly educated on the “Bill of Rights,” it would insist that the civics curriculum incorporate this information into classes and textbooks.

By advancing the myth that the “Bill of Rights” grants the American people individual rights, the federal government has been able to assume the role of “protector” of those rights. This has allowed it to transform restraints on power into grants of power. The federal government now claims it has the power to impose “reasonable restraints” on any right enumerated in the “Bill of Rights.” This is an absurdity because the Amendments were specifically written and adopted to restrain the powers of the federal government. If the federal government is allowed to assume this power, then the Constitution is meaningless as a written document because government can simply modify or remove every restraint on its power.

Now that you know how to properly read the Amendments in a manner that is consistent with original intent, as expressed in the preamble, don’t be a victim of the government’s public school system on December 15th when we celebrate the 220th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights Restraints.

Endnote 1-The word “because” can used at the beginning of a sentence to introduce a dependent clause. The first part of the Second Amendment is a dependent clause because a well-regulated militia is dependent upon the people’s right to keep and bear arms not visa versa. Therefore, it is, and would have been acceptable to use the word “because” at the beginning of the Amendment This change maintains the intent and sentence structure of the Amendment but makes it read in a manner that is more in tune with modern sentence structure.

Bob Greenslade  has been writing for since 2003.

13 December 2011

The funnier side of supply and demand: Norway, Butter, and Stephen Colbert

An acute butter shortage in Norway, one of the world's richest countries, has left people worrying how to bake their Christmas goodies with store shelves emptied and prices through the roof.

The shortfall, expected to last into January, amounts to between 500 and 1,000 tonnes, said Tine, Norway's main dairy company, while online sellers have offered 500-gramme packs for up to 350 euros ($465).

The shortfall has been blamed on a rainy summer that cut into feed production and therefore dairy output, but also the ballooning popularity of a low-carbohydrate, fat-rich diet that has sent demand for butter soaring.

"Compared to 2010, demand has grown by as much as 30 percent," Tine spokesman Lars Galtung told AFP.

Last Friday, customs officers stopped a Russian at the Norwegian-Swedish border and seized 90 kilos of butter stashed in his car.


This was hysterical:

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12 December 2011

Non-Arabic speaking troops massing on Jordanian-Syrian border, foreign invasion of Syria afoot?

I smell plotting of the Western powers against the Iranian/Syrian axis. The latest "humanitarian" mission to save the people through regime change may be about to begin.

The USS George W Bush carrier group has been off the coast of Syria since middle to end of November. At least two major explosions at the Iranian nuclear site at Isfahan, of unknown origin. The British embassy attacked in Tehran, and the ambassadors are withdrawn. The Iranian Navy practicing today to close the Straits of Hormuz.  

It's August 1914 again, folks.

It's 2 minutes to economic midnight in America and Europe. 

 War, anyone?  Time to use up ordinance so that someone can be employed to make more, and clean up the rubble...

Sheeple, tonight War will be on TV right after Dancing with the Stars!  Tell your unemployed 20 year old to pack up his troubles in the old kit-bag, smile, and head off to the induction center.  He's employed now!

Here is video via, from

11 December 2011

Be warned: Imperium praeparet bellum

Imperium praeparet bellum via google translate: 

The government is preparing for war.  Against the people of the United States.  I hope I am wrong, but the evidence continues to accumulate.

"We will use food as a weapon"

Summary of information points made in these two videos:

-Federal agents demand customer list from Mormon Food Storage facility in Tennessee, and were upset to find out the place was "cash and carry"

-Local TN officials going door to door asking residents about their preparations for disasters, including food stores.

-Military getting units to fill our questionnaires about use of lethal force against American citizens (as yet unconfirmed)

-Gun confiscation drills by military units in Iowa 2 years ago

-FEMA camps have been activated, and contracts to outfit the camps by Halliburton and KBR have started

-GPS coordinates of people's homes and who lives there provided to law enforcement from the Census bureau

-Operation Fast and Furious/Gunrunner/Gunwalker is a "false flag" money laundering operation where guns are sold to Mexican drug gangs, and drugs are imported to the US, with a goal of undermining the 2nd Amendment

-We face a situation faced by the Revolutionary Generation:
     -denial of trial by Jury
     -Americans spirited away from jurisdiction to places like Gitmo, Bright Light, or other black sites

(As per the recent 93-7 vote for the NDAA, including the provisions of the indefinite detention of American citizens declared enemy combatants by the government, and the ability of that government to remove its accused citizen to a place away from the country.)

This bring us to the concept of true treason:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
--Article 3, Section 3, US Constitution

“United States” means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.

Preamble to the US Constitution: 

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

It follows logically, that if a body of men, even those that constitute the Federal government of the United States, levys war against the People of the United States, while at the same time giving aid and comfort to the Enemies of the United States (at the expense of the taxpayer and purchasing power of the currency of the United States), that that body of men is a Treasonous body of men, and should be dealt with accordingly.


Oathkeepers has pulled the story of the federal agents visiting a Mormon cannery in TN.  Apologies to anyone alarmed by unverified information/rumor. I will endeavor not to pass on such information in the future.

Quote of the Day 12/11/2011

I am not a trained economist, but it is not obvious to me that the United States of America is crying out for more wind turbines, and, if it is, I’m sure many of those colleges’ tenured Race and Social Justice Studies professors could be redeployed to serve as such.

--Mark Steyn

Good article of Steyn bashing statism; follow the link.

09 December 2011

Bob Fanning and Chuck Baldwin for Montana Gubernatorial race--Free market, 10th Amendment + Nullification, 2nd Amendment

America became the strongest nation in the world in short order because of its economic model of Capitalism. Allow people to use their ingenuity, skills, knowledge, and creativity to produce products, services, and wealth. When we get back to this formula, Montana will acquire more money than we have ever seen.

2nd Amendment
The individual’s and the State’s right to defend life and property is one of the most fundamental rights of mankind. This will be held as inviolable by Fanning-Baldwin.

US Constitution
Our union is governed by the U.S. Constitution. It is the Supreme Law of the Land. It must be faithfully protected and supported by every officer–especially governors.

The Economy Problem
How did we get into the real estate meltdown? How did we get into the financial and economic recession–and some say, depression?

The Economy Answer
So, what is the answer to our economic and financial catastrophe? How is Bob going to lead Montana to it?

The Economy Solution: Bob Fanning
Bob Fanning is the only candidate with the knowledge, experience, and ability to put Montana on a path of economic and financial success. There is NO competition and only one choice – Bob Fanning for Governor.

Medical Marijuana
Montana has the right to govern itself involving the use of medical marijuana. The people have spoken more than once about this and have provided for its medical use. I will faithfully execute and defend all State laws, including the medical marijuana laws.

Individuals and families should be left with, as much as possible, the sovereignty they inherently possess for the general welfare of Montana. To protect life, liberty, and property is the purpose of government and Montana’s constitution.

Tenth Amendment Plan
Montana has the natural and constitutional right to govern itself. I will do more than say I believe in Montana’s right to govern itself. I will stand for Montana’s rights. Our future requires this kind of governor with the economic and political turmoil pervasive amongst us.

08 December 2011

Constitutional Sheriff in Indiana stares down the feds; the feds blink

Heroic interposition of County Sheriff in Elkhart IN between upstanding citizen running a dairy farm and the FDA officials who are intent to stop him from selling his milk, claiming illnesses were traced back to his dairy. There is no objective evidence to support the FDA claim, according to the source of this story. The feds just pulled their subpoena on the farm owner, Mr. Hochstetler:

"...While it's not clear exactly what kind of maneuvering led to the federal pullback, one factor working for Hochstetler may have been the efforts of his county sheriff, Brad Rogers of Elkhart County. He wrote two letters to the Justice Department warning it not to conduct inspections of Hochstetler's farm without a warrant from a local judge. In the process, he got into a debate over the limits of federal power and the U.S. Constitution with the Justice Department's Goldstein.

Earlier this month, Rogers emailed Goldstein that there had been "a number of inspections and attempted inspections on (Hochstetler's) farm..." He warned that "any further attempts to inspect this farm without a warrant signed by a local judge, based on probable cause, will result in Federal inspectors' removal or arrest for trespassing by my officers or I."

That prompted Goldstein to cite the U.S. Constitution's "Supremacy Clause," which he said "has been interpreted since the earliest days of this nation to mean that federal law trumps state law whenever the two conflict."

Goldstein argued further that the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act allowed federal agents "to enter Mr. Hochstetler's property...without a warrant at all--pursuant to a long line of federal cases..." Moreover, he warned the sheriff that federal agents could arrest him-- "that the 'refusal to permit entry or inspection as authorized by section 374' is in itself a federal criminal offense, which under certain circumstances is a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to three years..."

The Goldstein letter prompted Rogers to reply, in a letter just being sent today, "When you assert that federal law trumps state law, it is a distortion of the intent, content and extent of the supreme law of the land--the U.S. Constitution-seen through a myopic and misunderstood view of Article VI, section 2 (The Supremacy Clause)."

He also asserted that "the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act could be deemed unconstitutional if and when challenged vis-a-vis the Tenth Amendment juxtaposed with The Commerce Clause."

He added that "our form of government was based on the principle that all officials exist to secure 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.'...Your 'cosmetic' regulations will never 'trump' those principles. The citizen in question is a good man and has committed no crime. He is an upstanding member of this community. He does not have to allow you access to his property for the FDA to conduct random inspections."

Sheriff Brad Rogers, Elkhart IN

Heroic stand.  Sheriff Rogers deserves our praise and support. 

Sheriff Mack is right, Constitutional Sheriffs and the Tenth Amendment are the path back to the republic.

Original article here

via Oathkeepers facebook page

07 December 2011

Why Constitutional conservatives, Jews and Christians, should support Ron Paul

In Ron Paul's own words.

Zionists, Evangelicals, Jews and Christians alike, anyone who believes in limited Federal government and original intent of the US Constitution, this is for you:

In an exclusive Newsmax interview, Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul confirmed his support for Israel, but cautioned that while the United States should be a “friend” of the Jewish state, America should not be the “master” of Israel.

Paul also says the United States should not dictate Israel’s borders or try to “buy her allegiance” with massive amounts of foreign aid. He argued that foreign aid has actually hurt – not helped – the Jewish state.

The interview was conducted by Newsmax contributor Doug Wead, a presidential historian and New York Times best-selling author.

Paul has recently come under fire from some Jewish groups in America. The Republican Jewish Coalition banned Paul from a debate on Jewish issues in Washington this week because of his “misguided and extreme views,” according to the group’s executive director, Matt Brooks.

Newsmax chatted with Paul to get his side of the issue as the Texas Republican is surging in some presidential polls.

A new Washington Post-ABC News survey in Iowa shows him threatening Mitt Romney as the second-leading candidate behind Newt Gingrich. Paul is now tied with Romney in the early caucus state with 18 percent of the vote, behind Gingrich’s 33 percent.

Rep. Paul’s interview with Newsmax follows:

Newsmax: What should our relationship be with Israel?

Ron Paul: We should be their friend and their trading partner. They are a democracy and we share many values with them. But we should not be their master. We should not dictate where their borders will be nor should we have veto power over their foreign policy.

This is not just about Israel, by the way, this is about how we should conduct ourselves with other countries around the world.

Newsmax: But Israel is not like other countries. We have a large Jewish population in America. What do you say to those who criticize your policy toward Israel?

Ron Paul: I think that some not only misunderstand the American Constitution and the role we should have in the world, they also misunderstand Zionism. Part of the original idea of Zionism, as I understand it, was that there should be Jewish independence and Jewish self-reliance. Today, America doesn’t want anyone to be self-reliant. We want to rule the world and be the saviors of the world and we are going broke in the process.

Newsmax: Some object to your policy of cutting foreign aid to Israel.

Ron Paul: I have objected to all foreign aid. I define foreign aid as taking money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries. We just can’t keep doing this. We don’t have the money anymore.

Stop and consider America’s policy: We give $3 billion a year to Israel in loans; and we give $12 billion or more in assistance to Israel’s self-declared enemies. Some of these are countries that say they will drive Israel into the sea.

Newsmax: What do you say to evangelical Christians who want that aid to continue?

Ron Paul: I say to them that our aid in the region is out of balance and it is wrong. Foreign aid does not help Israel. It is a net disadvantage. I say to them that “the borrower is servant to the lender” and America should never be the master of Israel and its fate. We should be her friend.

In October, 1981, most of the world and most of the Congress voiced outrage over Israel’s attack on Iraq and their nuclear development. I was one of the few who defended her right to make her own decisions on foreign policy and to act in her own self-interest.

Newsmax: What then, if anything, should we do for Israel?

Ron Paul: We should share intelligence for mutually agreed-upon goals. We should honor our pledge to refuse any arms sales that would undermine Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.

But we should stop interfering with them. We should not announce bargaining positions even before she begins her negotiations. We should not dictate what she can and cannot do. We should stop trying to buy her allegiance. And Israel should stop sacrificing their sovereignty as an independent state to us or anybody else, no matter how well-intentioned.

via Lew Rockwell's Political Theatre