Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ATF Chief Resigns Amid "Fast and Furious" Investigations

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Kenneth Melson, interim head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is resigning. No worries though - he is just being put into another agency and will surely not lose anything over this big scandal. Todd Jones, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, will take over as acting ATF director, according to the Department of Justice.
Kenneth Melson, the bureau’s acting director, on Wednesday will move to the Office of Legal Policy, where he will be a senior adviser on forensic science, the department said without making reference to the failed gun-tracking operation that is alleged to have ultimately put guns into the hands of criminals. Dennis Burke, the U.S. Attorney in Arizona who oversaw prosecutions in that state related to the Fast and Furious operation, is also stepping down, the department said.
Attorney Burke allegedly oversaw the legal aspects of the dreadful and scandalous "Fast and Furious" operation and provided advice to the agents involved.

Kenneth Melson is purportedly the first"sacrificial lamb" in this scandalous "Fast and Furious" Operation, which allowed weapons to knowingly be sold across the Mexican border to known criminals only to later be used in violent crime here in the US. One US border patrol agent is dead because of it. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down in December 2010 and at the crime scene were two guns that were linked to the Fast and Furious operation.

Project Gun Runner (AKA Fast and Furious) was launched under the orders of President Barack Obama with the knowledge of Attorney General Eric Holder. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the Obama Administration's new and aggressive 'comprehensive plan' on March, 24, 2009. The plan was sold as a plan to "disrupt gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico".

It is speculated by some that the Obama administration purposely put the guns into the hands of violent criminals to attempt to foster sentiment for support for anti-gun legislation in the USA. Some say that this entire operation was concocted to give credence to the false claim made by the Obama Administration that "90% of the guns used by the Mexican cartels come from the US." It is claimed that the weapons were knowingly and illegally sold to criminals in order to prove that claim and thereby would be used to enact more gun control legislation in the US.

They didn't count on whistle-blowers (who by the way - have since been fired).

People are demanding that the Attorney General, Eric Holder, be held fully accountable as this has happened under his purview. Some are saying that if Eric Holder had knowledge of this operation that he should be prosecuted for complicity and if he did not have knowledge of it that he should be fired for incompetence. Either way, there is much more about this whole story that the public is not being told.

One commenter on the article in Politico had this to say:
They haven't even touched the TIP of this iceberg. BATFE, FBI, ICE, DEA, and State were ALL involved. FBI Director Mueller participated in a meeting in 2009 where this was discussed. Stimulus funds were provided by the FBI to buy these guns. At very least, Holder, Napolitano, Mueller, and Clinton are complicit in this treason. The One? Well, maybe he was out playing golf. And maybe his comments to the gun control freaks about "we're working this under the radar" were innocent. Or maybe not.

There are at least TWO "Law Enforcement" agents who have been murdered as a direct result of this operation. Just exactly what do YOU think would have happened if that was caused by actions of Mere Citizens, instead of by "Law Enforcement"'s Masters? The stench is overwhelming.
There is a current investigation going on over this "Fast and Furious" operation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) are leading an investigation of this so-called "gun-tracking operation". There were thousands of firearms sold to known and suspected straw purchasers for Mexican drug cartels. Apparently they found emails showing that Melson was regularly informed of the operations with "Fast and Furious".

Not much about "Fast and Furious"/"Project Gun-Runner" has been reported through the media. There are claims that this is being hushed up on purpose, especially with 2012 elections looming. This is a horrendous scandal for the Obama White House, and people want to know what people knew and when they knew it.

The Hill reported;
Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he was concerned that Melson could be taking the fall for the incompetent decisions of others, and that Congress needs to probe further into the matter to identify and hold responsible any remaining key players.

“This move by the administration indicates that Director Melson may be being used as a scapegoat for a much larger problem within ATF and DOJ,” said Smith in a statement.

“It appears that other senior officials at DOJ may have been involved in this deadly operation. The American people and Congress will not be appeased until we have the whole truth about how and why Operation Fast and Furious was authorized. Congress will not ignore an agency so out of control that its decisions and operations cost American lives.”

The Fast and Furious operation came under congressional scrutiny after whistleblowers within the ATF brought it to Grassley’s attention. ATF agents said they were told to monitor the sale of thousands of guns in the Southwest with the hope of tracking them back to Mexican drug cartels and dismantling their trafficking networks.

But agents were often told to abandon surveillance of the weapons, allowing them — and the straw buyers — to disappear, according to testimony from numerous agents before the House. The only remaining hope for agents to track the guns was if other agencies found them at a murder scene or during a drug raid and identified them by the serial numbers on the guns.

Officials linked two weapons found at the Arizona murder scene last December of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — according to testimony, they are terrified that some of the thousands of guns still at large will be used to kill more innocent people.

Melson has never been implicitly indicated as approving the tactic of letting the guns “walk,” but Issa has argued that as the head of the agency, he should have been aware of the operation.
Guns walked... now Melson walks.
... and it is completely ironic that it is called "The Department of Justice".

I fervently pray that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) get to the bottom of this and that the entire sordid truth is given to the American people.

We deserve no less.
Border Patrolman Terry deserves no less... and then may he rest in peace.

In a related story: Democrat Mayor and Friend of Obama in New Mexico Arrested Smuggling Guns to Mexican Drug Cartels.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Court Rules: Confiscating Cameras At Town Halls Violates 1st Amendment

Last week, Rep. Steve Chabot (R - Ohio) held a Town Hall meeting in a public school. Chabot directed the on duty police officers to confiscate the cameras of citizens who tried to film his responses during the Town Hall - probably because he didn't want his responses posted on the Internet. It was all caught on camera, which of course ended up on the Internet. (smile)

Here is some video of what happened:

Rep. Chabot's tortured justification for confiscation of personal property in a public venue was that it was "necessary for the protection of his constituents". It should be noted too that other "official" (ie. local TV) cameras were rolling and those were not considered to be a threat to the "protection of his constituents". Basically Chabot was trying to squelch his responses from being posted on the Internet by ordinary citizens who attended this Town Hall. Ironically, this made things even worse for him. He should note that a Federal Court ruling on Friday made it clear that his request to bar videotaping and confiscating cameras was a clear violation of the First Amendment rights of those who were filming/taping the event.

So - Let's be clear - According to this recent Federal Appeals court ruling, members of Congress (and any other elected official) cannot legally confiscate citizens’ cell phones or cameras or deny filming at town halls (public venues) - to do so is a violation of their First Amendment rights. One might want to print out a copy of the ruling and carry it with them.

Here is what the judge had to sayin a similar case:
It is firmly established that the First Amendment’s aegis extends further than the text’s proscription on laws “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” and encompasses a range of conduct related to the gathering and dissemination of information.

As the Supreme Court has observed, “the First Amendment goes beyond protection of the press and the self-expression of individuals to prohibit government from limiting the stock of information from which members of the public may draw.” First Nat’l Bank v. Bellotti, 435 U.S. 765, 783 (1978); see also Stanley v. Georgia, 394 U.S. 557, 564 (1969) (“It is . . .well established that the Constitution protects the right to receive information and ideas.”). An important corollary to this interest in protecting the stock of public information is that “[t]here is an undoubted right to gather news ‘from any source by means within the law.’” Houchins v. KQED, Inc., 438 U.S. 1, 11 (1978) (quoting Branzburg v. Hayes, 408 U.S. 665, 681-82 (1972)).

The filming of government officials engaged in their duties in a public place, including police officers performing their responsibilities, fits comfortably within these principles. Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting “the free discussion of governmental affairs.” Mills v. Alabama, 384 U.S. 214, 218 (1966).

Moreover, as the Court has noted, “[f]reedom of expression has particular significance with respect to government because ‘[i]t is here that the state has a special incentive to repress opposition and often wields a more effective power of suppression.’” First Nat’l Bank, 435 U.S. at 777 n.11 (alteration in original) (quoting Thomas Emerson, Toward a General Theory of the First Amendment 9 (1966)).

The court found that people have the First Amendment right to film government officials (elected or otherwise) in public while they are doing their job administering their duties. This is a fundamental right to protect us from tyranny as it is a means of gathering information that can and should be disseminated to the public at large.

This also means that one can videotape police officers - SWAT teams - and Municipal Town Hall officials as they conduct their business. It's a good way to document constitutional rights abuses.

Clearly a win for "The People".
Unfortunately what this means is that members of Congress will simply dispense with holding Town Halls with their constituents... or they will pack the room with only pre-screened supporters. This practice has already taken hold in CT.

So just remember, dear public servants - we'll be watching you!:

On another note: Chabot voted to raise the debt ceiling too... Ohio needs to seriously dump this guy.

Monday, August 29, 2011

MMR Vaccine - Follow The Money

The NYT reports that the Institute of Medicine claims MMR vaccine has no link to autism...
“The M.M.R. vaccine doesn’t cause autism, and the evidence is overwhelming that it doesn’t,” Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, the chairwoman of the panel, assembled by the Institute of Medicine, said in an interview. She was referring to a combination against measles, mumps and rubella that has long been a focus of concern from some parents’ groups.
However....Other sources say otherwise -
The Institute of Medicine, which has long functioned as a front group for the pharmaceutical industry and receives tens of millions of dollars in annual funding from drug companies and global elitists (like Bill Gates, Ted Turner, etc.), has issued a report that declares the MMR vaccine is not linked to autism. This is now being widely reported in the conventional (controlled) media, which isn't telling you the real story behind this report.

What's the real story? That this IOM report, even though it goes out of its way to excuse vaccines and dismiss safety concerns, still openly admits that vaccines cause measles, febrile seizures, anaphylactic shock and other potentially fatal side effects. It also admits that other vaccines are linked to a whole host of bizarre side effects, including skin lesions, difficulty breathing and live virus infections

Furthermore, the conclusion that "vaccines do not cause autism" is erroneous, as the IOM did not interview even a single parent of an autistic child and did not conduct a medical review of any autistic children whatsoever. Instead, the IOM claims to have reviewed thousands of vaccine papers published in conventional medical journals -- yes, the very same medical journals that are practically run by pharmaceutical interests and have been caught publishing "scientific" articles that were really fraudulently ghostwritten by drug company hacks.

The controversy rages on because there's big money involved. The government had asked the the Institute of Medicine (an organization that gets government funding) to review the known risks of vaccines to help guide decisions about compensation for those who claim to have been injured by vaccines. Back in 1986 there was legislation passed by Congress which pretty much absolved vaccine makers of the risks of being sued for vaccine injuries and forced those who suffer injury to petition the government for compensation.

With all the legislators who receive money from Big Pharma and Washington being inundated with the best lobbyists Big Pharma can buy - it is pretty clear that these companies are being protected while children are being damaged.

What's really unfortunate is the media's involvement in pushing these vaccine favorable reports... then again follow the money - who buys gobs of their advertising?
Big Pharma.

In any case - parents should do their own research regarding MMR, as well as other vaccinations, and be wary. They should check these "peer reviewed" studies and look to see who funded them.

The fact is that children have gotten sick from MMR vaccines (as well as other vaccines), and there are parents out there who can attest to that. That's information parents need to know., and it is all part of informed consent.

Please read the whole article

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Preparedness

Hartford, Conn. - The eyewall of Irene will pass nearby Sunday evening. There is an elevated risk of flooding rain (5 to 10 inches) and damaging winds. Hurricane-force (90 mph) wind gusts are in store that can lead to widespread downed trees and power outages. Sustained hurricane-force winds and serious storm surge flooding averaging 2 to 4 feet, and locally higher, are expected along the Connecticut coast.

Here is some hurricane preparedness ideas from Survival Blog:
4-to-5-Days Out
1) Grocery store – last minute items and surprisingly perishable items such as fruits and vegetables that do not need refrigeration are purchased. The event may be short term and this will allow for one to two weeks of fresh fruits and vegetables before the need to move to dry and canned food.
2) Mail all bills due in the next 30 days if possible.
3) Start freezing water in 2 liter soda bottles. This will help freezers and refrigerators stay cool longer when the power goes out.
4) Have family or group meeting and discuss preparedness plans to include responsibilities for final preparations and survival responsibilities immediately after the event and contingency plans for when things go wrong.
5) Start consuming primarily refrigerated perishable food.
6) Assuming the garbage trucks are still running; make sure all trash is removed.
7) Any member of your family or group who has to work will need to place a survival pack in their vehicle, that should include 3 to 7 days of food and water and one or two Jerry can(s) of fuel if possible. If possible, preposition short term emergency supplies at the place of employment.

48 Hours Out
1) Impact shutters are installed, leaving one or two off on the back side of the house to allow natural light in. When shutters go up it gets dark and gloomy fast. The last few shutters can be installed right before the storm hits.
2) Loose objects outside of the home are secured or moved inside.
3) Rain gutters and downspouts are cleaned out.
4) Charge any remaining batteries and radios.
5) Data from computers is backed up and securely stored.
6) Paper records are secured.
7) Important personal items, such as family photos are secured.
8) Persons doing prep work in the immediate vicinity of the home should have a two way radio with them at all times, with someone in the home monitoring the radio. This is especially important for those living in rural areas with large amounts of property and when working a fair distance from the home.
9) One person at all times should be monitoring Radio, Internet and television news. Continue to monitoring these sources while available.

10 to 24 Hours Out
1) Any items still outside the home are secured.
2) Remaining storm shutters are installed.
3) Vehicles are moved to the garage or a secure location. Depending on the situation and location this step may be done sooner in the process.
4) Internal alternative light sources are made ready and strategically placed.
5) Food stores and water for the next 24-72 hours are made ready. Some perishable food for immediate use can be moved to coolers, which if properly packed and insulated will stay cool for two days. A layer of dry ice on the bottom of a cooler separated by a dish towel can keep items frozen for up to 4 days in the proper cooler)
6) Turn freezer refrigerator temps down). Get them as cold as possible without freezing the coils.
7) Turn air-conditioning down and get the house cool before the power goes out.
8) Entertainment such as games, books are located and made ready.
9) Charge laptops and cell phones.
10) Wash all dishes by hand.
11) Any remaining laundry is done (earlier in the 24-hours before landfall and well before the likelihood of power failures).
12) Depending on the water situation, sinks, bath tubs and containers should be filled with water and treated appropriately.
13) Move some frozen bottles to the refrigerator.
14) Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed (once the power goes out, It may be 12 hours or more before the generator can fired up).

Stay Safe Everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Agenda 21 For Dummies

Smart Growth?
Green Management?
You've heard the buzz words.
Sound good?
It's not.
It's evil.
Very evil.

Agenda 21 is an action plan of the United Nations (UN) related to sustainable development and was an outcome of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)

Sustainable development is the United Nations’ Agenda 21 program, which calls for the government to curtail your freedom to travel as you please, own a gas-powered car, live in suburban or rural areas, determine the number of children you may have, determine the “rates of harvest” of farms and fisheries, eliminate your private property rights through eminent domain, and increase the price on goods and services through artificial shortages and new consumer taxes.

Agenda 21 is really not an "environmental management policy" which is local in nature, but rather it is a plan to impose a centrally planned global government - one which will be overseen by the United Nations. Under Agenda 21 all of the central government and local authority signatories will be mandated to strictly adhere to and conform to a common prescribed standard for living. They will decide what resources you can and cannot use. It is Socialist and Tyrannical global rule.

Your enslavement is being engineered by globalists in the name of "The Environment", and they are currently brainwashing your kids in government schools with this "global citizen" BS thanks to the UNESCO initiatives.

The only "Green" these globalists care about is the money and power that they will derive from this plan. You and I will be the serfs on their plantation. In many ways - we already are.

Agenda 21 threatens property rights and individual freedom in the name of "sustainability".
Farms and rural areas are targets.
It seeks legislation through regulation.

President Obama signed his 86th executive order (13575) on June 9,2011, which established the White House Rural Council (WHRC). According to The Blaze, the Executive Order seems to be in line with the United Nations radical Agenda 21, as it is designed “to begin taking control over almost all aspects of the lives of 16 percent of the American people.” (read more here)

Since Agenda 21 was not an official treaty it did not require ratification by the U.S. Senate and has instead penetrated the American heartland and coastal regions through the International Council for Local Environment Initiative or ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

ICLEI was founded in 1990, as the ‘International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives,’ at the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, held at the United Nations in New York City. According to its website, ICLEI describes itself as “an association of over 1220 local government Members who are committed to sustainable development.” Spanning over “70 different countries and represent more than 569,885,000 people,” ICLEI facilitates local governments in the implementation of the UN's "Local Agenda 21."

Is YOUR city/town on the ICLEI member list?

Read up on this, if you haven't.

You can put a halt to this United Nations’ environmental juggernaut by contacting your local state government officials and encouraging them to cease funding and to oppose all measures for sustainable development and by contacting your local officials to withdraw from ICLEI if your local government is already a member.

This is dangerous and really important stuff, and it ain't just about recycling or taking your own bags to the grocery store!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MLK Gets A DC Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial - The 30 foot tall "Stone of Hope" - was unveiled this week.

It is scheduled to be officially dedicated on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall on August 28, 2011 which is the 48th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The memorial is located adjacent to the FDR Memorial, between the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial.

A few things:

- First off, this monument was made and designed by a Chinese Communist (Lei Yixin, a 57-year-old master sculptor from Changsha in Hunan province) - made with Chinese labor and Chinese granite. This artist has already carved two statues of the Communist murderer Mao Tse-tung, one of which stands in the former garden of Mao Anqing. It is absolutely incredible that this project was not awarded to a Black American sculptor! ... Someone who could truly appreciate the Civil Rights work of Dr. King. It is just amazing that we now have a national monument that has been outsourced to China! It is truly a sign of the times... and a very sad one at that.

- Second: Did you know? The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family has charged the foundation building a monument (Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation) to the civil-rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 to use his words and image. Do you think the Jefferson or Lincoln family was ever reimbursed for intellectual property used for their memorials?

- Third: This design of King with his arms folded and stuck in stone is just stupid looking. Dr. King looks like Hans Solo stuck in carbonite. In fact, I think the producers of Star Wars should sue this Chinese sculptor for stealing their design.

It's a terrible memorial to Dr. King.
What were these people thinking?

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day." - Martin Luther King Jr - on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

UPDATE: Maya Angelou thinks this memorial makes Dr. King look arrogant.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Peter Schiff On Record Gold Prices

Gold prices going higher - especially if "Zimbabwe Ben" Bernanke keeps printing.

"The government is lying about inflation" - Peter Schiff

"Gold is reflecting the loss of purchasing power of fiat currencies - gold is simply telling you haw much value ... the dollar is losing" - Peter Schiff

Monday, August 22, 2011

Military Raids Nevada Gun Store

Posse Comitatus?
Clearly that is dead in America.
The military is NOT supposed to be used as law enforcement even if it claims to be retrieving its own stolen items.
It was reported that the U.S. Air Force raided a local gun store in Las Vegas on Friday.
the Air Force Office of Special Investigations that led the raid.... "They went in there and did in fact find stolen air force military property that was stolen from Nellis Air Force Base," says Linda Card with the Air Force OSI.
It's unclear what "basic military property" really is. We went to the Citadel Gun and Safe store Saturday it was open for business, but they promptly told us, not open for comment. After questioning the store owner and raiding his home, authorities have turned their investigation to Nellis Air Force Base.
It has always been the case that if a crime is committed on US soil that there are many law enforcement agencies which do the job of investigating and apprehending the perpetrators. Having the military go in and raid a store like this pushes the envelope just a little more in totally obliterating the notion of Posse Comitatus. This is just the beginning of something that is not very good: Police States are not good at all... and it looks as if they are pushing the boundaries until the military is fully engaged in policing the population.

We should not, as a population, allow ourselves to accept this - or be de-sensitized to this.

Posse Comitatus is a very important law. Posse Comitatus is a U.S. law that prohibits the use of federal troops from conducting law enforcement duties on domestic soil unless approved by Congress. There was a specific and thoughtful reason as to why it was established.

As long as the military is allowed to conduct raids like this - we should be concerned.. because their involvement in other law enforcement areas will no doubt be expanded.

I don't think the U.S. Military should be used to "keep the peace" or diffuse protests or direct their efforts against U.S. dissident groups. I don't believe the U.S. Military should be involved in control of civil unrest. The U.S. Military is meant to protect us, not silence us.

Americans need to keep their eye on this one.

Friday, August 19, 2011

King Obama - Violating The Rule Of Law

From the Judge:

The latest: Obama cancels deportation of illegal aliens.
Administration officials made the announcement just before Mr. Obama left for a long vacation out of Washington, and as members of Congress are back in their home districts.

The top House Republican on the Judiciary Committee said the move is part of a White House plan “to grant backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrants.”

“The Obama administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. “The Obama administration should not pick and choose which laws to enforce. Administration officials should remember the oath of office they took to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land.”

King Obama has spoken.

Now... what laws should us plebeians begin to ignore?

(How about we stop paying our taxes?)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Honey Laundering - Beware the Honey You Are Buying

I just came across a very disturbing report about honey being imported from Asia.

The article in Food Safety News which is about how Chinese honey, that is being rejected by other countries, is ending up on American grocery shelves. The report from Food Safety News documented this:
A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities.

And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe following the widespread arrests and convictions of major smugglers over the last two years....

Food safety investigators from the European Union barred all shipments of honey from India because of the presence of lead and illegal animal antibiotics. Further, they found an even larger amount of honey apparently had been concocted without the help of bees, made from artificial sweeteners and then extensively filtered to remove any proof of contaminants or adulteration or indications of precisely where the honey actually originated.

It's just unconscionable - and the FDA is doing nothing to protect us. (For all of you FDA fans out there, here is yet another example of how this agency is useless).
Much of this questionable honey was officially banned beginning June 2010 by the 27 countries of the European Union and others. But on this side of the ocean, the FDA checks few of the thousands of honey shipments arriving through 22 American ports each year.

According to FDA data, between January and June, just 24 honey shipments were stopped from entering the country. The agency declined to say how many loads are inspected and by whom.

However, during that same period, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that almost 43 million pounds of honey entered the U.S. Of that, the Department of Commerce said 37.7 million pounds came from India, the same honey that is banned in the EU because it contained animal medicine and lead and lacked the proper paperwork to prove it didn’t come from China.

“There are still millions of pounds of transshipped Chinese honey coming in the U.S. and it’s all coming now from India and Vietnam and everybody in the industry knows that,” said Elise Gagnon, president of Odem International, a worldwide trading house that specializes in bulk raw honey.

The FDA says it has regulations prohibiting foods banned in other countries from entering the U.S. However, the agency told FSN this month that it “would not know about honey that has been banned from other countries …”

Adee called the FDA’s response “absurd.” He said the European ban against Indian honey is far from a secret.

“Why are we the dumping ground of the world for something that’s banned in all these other countries?” asked Adee, who, with 80,000 bee colonies in five states, is the country’s largest honey producer.

We’re supposed to have the world’s safest food supply but we’re letting in boatloads of this adulterated honey that all these other countries know is contaminated and FDA does nothing.”...

Chinese honeymakers began using various illegal methods to conceal the origin of their honey beginning in about 2001. That’s when the U.S. Commerce Department imposed a stiff tariff – as much as $1.20 a pound — on Chinese honey to dissuade that country from dumping its dirt-cheap product on the American market and forcing hundreds of U.S. beekeepers out of the business.

About the same time, Chinese beekeepers saw a bacterial epidemic of foulbrood disease race through their hives at wildfire speed, killing tens of millions of bees. They fought the disease with several Indian-made animal antibiotics, including chloramphenicol. Medical researchers found that children given chloramphenicol as an antibiotic are susceptible to DNA damage and carcinogenicity. Soon after, the FDA banned its presence in food.
Please read the full report. It's an eye opener.

All the more reason to BUY LOCAL HONEY!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Obama-Vader Bus

Also dubbed "The Magical Misery Tour", the black behemoth is scheduled for a 3-day tour of three midwestern states taking Obama to Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

The White House statement was that Obama's tour is a chance to let the president hear stories from real Americans across the country who are suffering from the effects of a slumping economy. (Which he helped slump)

Oh, I bet he'll hear an earful if the handlers and pre-screeners allow it.

And of course, when Obama is finished with his little tour to "hear the woes and stories from Real Americans (i.e. the serfdom)" and do his campaigning - he'll be off to Martha's Vineyard.

But honestly - an all black bus?
Like the color of a hearse - or Darth Vader's helmet.

Even the Brits are calling it a "Police Mortuary Van".
It looks evil.

And with the massive cost of this armored bus - comes the cost of The White House additionally reserving the entire historic Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, Iowa, and 60 rooms at nearby Luther College, for just one stop on the tour. (Washington Times)

Keith Koffler writes:
"This is some great video of the Obama Spookymobile cruising through some town in Minnesota. As a reporter I’ve seen and been in a lot of presidential motorcades, and I’ve never seen anything this long. There must be an army a secret service along for the ride – undoubtedly a good idea – as well as a slew of White House staff.

Looks expensive."

In any case... this presidential bus cost the taxpayer's plenty!
$1.1 million in fact... and they bought 2 of them!
and it wasn't even made in America! (How's THAT for sending jobs across the border?)
...purchased by the Secret Service, an impenetrable-looking conveyance the size of a cross-country Greyhound, painted all in black, with dark tinted windows and flashing red and blue lights.
But - they don't call him the "Green President" for nothing.
Seems like he should be called the "hypocrite in chief".
They probably used enough fuel in that motorcade to power a small city for a week.
No fuel efficient vehicles in that parade!

and it is interesting to compare the Obama "Misery Tour" bus with Palin's One Nation Tour...

Stark difference for sure (and I am no Palin fan).

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Holy Bat Ban!

It's human nature to want to defend yourself against bodily injury.
This past week Britain has seen riots and looting and criminal activity (and in some US cities so have we!).
The police cannot be everywhere, and the Brits - who have been summarily disarmed as a result of gun bans, are now opting to protect themselves with metal versions of Louisville Sluggers. Sales on Ebay rose 6000% in a 24 hour period!

However, the government will not tolerate people defending themselves from criminals... now they have not only gun control - but baseball bat control!
The Guardian reported the following: “Amazon has removed several police-style telescopic truncheons from sale on its site as soaring sales of truncheons, baseball bats and other items that could be used as weapons sparked fears of vigilantism in the wake of widespread rioting.”

So now, law-abiding citizens are even more defenseless. They can’t even order a baseball bat on line to protect themselves from roaming thugs. Maybe it’s time they whittle down their cricket bats. Paul Joseph Watson writes: “Just like gun control, banning baseball bats only disarms the public and creates victims. Criminals will always be able to acquire weapons of any description because they do not obey laws. Leaving Brits defenseless will only embolden the rioting hordes.”

Apparently - The British state wishes to have a complete monopoly of force... however there is one thing they don't seem to completely understand - and that is that gun-toting, knife-wielding looters and criminals don’t give a whit about the laws or about the people they are robbing and attacking. What is left are innocent victims who have no way to protect themselves except by calling the police - who obviously cannot be in all places at once.
“In reality, the English approach has not reduced violent crime. Instead it has left law-abiding citizens at the mercy of criminals who are confident that their victims have neither the means nor the legal right to resist them.
The RIGHT to defend oneself and one's family is fundamental.
It is immoral for the State to take that right away.
It does nothing to deter crime and empowers criminals.
My guess is that people will do whatever it takes to protect themselves - and if they can't get a bat they will surely find something else... and the reality is that the State cannot ban everything that can be used as a weapon for self defense.

NECRA is the last hope for humanity in the online game World of the Living Dead.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Going Postal

Zerohedge has a good post about the USPS and it's dire circumstances.

The US postal service is on the verge of bankruptcy - That's what happens when you have labor force compensation (80% of all USPS costs), which is paid an average of $41.15 an hour, and which is over 60% unionized - with the union looking for more in the way of compensation while blocking any means to reduce significant costs.

So in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy, the USPS is now looking to pare down its total overhead by 20%, which translates into 120,000 workers - however this kind of cost reduction is apparently prohibited by existing union contracts! Additionally the USPS also wants to "withdraw its employees from the health and retirement plans that cover federal staffers and create its own benefit programs for postal employees."

Do you think the union will go for that?
Seems they don't understand the reality of their situation.
Their employer is BROKE!

The Washington Posts writes:
The layoffs would be achieved in part by breaking labor agreements, a proposal that drew swift fire from postal unions. The plan would require congressional approval but, if successful, could be precedent-setting, with possible ripple effects throughout government. It would also deliver a major blow to the nation’s labor movement...

The Postal Service said, “We will be insolvent next month due to significant declines in mail volume and retiree health benefit pre-funding costs imposed by Congress.”...

“The Postal Service is facing dire economic challenges that threaten its very existence. . . . If the Postal Service was a private sector business, it would have filed for bankruptcy and utilized the reorganization process to restructure its labor agreements to reflect the new financial reality”
Looks like the unions will be killing yet another goose that laid the golden egg...

They have already laid to rest the motto:
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"

Which by the way was a quote from Herodotus' Histories (8.98), referring to the courier service of the ancient Persian Empire:

It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed. (trans. A.D. Godley 1924)

A portion of this variation also appeared without citation in the USPS 2001 Comprehensive Statement on Postal Operations (1.A-1):[4]

We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever.

...Except if the unions decide otherwise.

Perhaps we'll have to resurrect the Pony Express.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

While Rome Burns The Obamas Vacation

It is just incredible.
This "President" and his family will be yet again on a vacay - this time to Martha's Vineyard. (The FLOTUS just came back from a trip to Spain)

Then again, Barack needs the time off from all the golf he's been playing and his big birthday bash/fundraiser at the White House right after the hideous debt deal was consummated. (Birthday bash details here and here)

While the markets tank, and millions are out of work, and millions more are on food stamps - the only thing this President seems to be concerned about is getting rested up for his campaign for re-election. (Heaven help us)

Doesn't it seem like this guy is just along for the ride and any cool SWAG he gets for being POTUS - including flight jackets with his name on them.

On the other hand - maybe more vacations are needed to keep this fraud out of Washington.

The end of his term just can't come fast enough.
I only pray the opposition puts up a candidate that is worthy of the office and who will Restore the Republic.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

California Gun Rights Assault

Yet another anti-gun legislator who is more than happy to remove/infringe upon your Constitutional rights and further empower a police state where people in power have weapons and you have none. I am especially disgusted with the people in power who say things like, "WE DON"T CARE what the law is, YOU CAN"T DO THAT" - the arrogance is overwhelming.

That is the first thing tyrants do to subdue a population: take away their means to protect themselves. Our Founders knew this full well - which is one reason why they put the 2nd amendment in place.

If Portantino is uncomfortable with people carrying guns then he should talk that over with his therapist. By making more strict gun laws he is just enabling criminals, who by definition do not follow the laws. Statists like Portantino want a helpless and defenseless population - that's what makes him "comfortable".

Someone needs to tell this Barney Frank look-alike that The Supreme Court has ruled that the police are under NO obligation to protect anyone.

One commenter on this video stated something pretty interesting: Clearly Portantino doesn't know his own state's laws.
California Government Code, § 845: “neither a public entity nor a public employee is liable for failure to establish a police department or otherwise provide police protection service.”

Neither police nor their employers are legally obligated to protect. But if that wasn't clear enough...

Souza v. City of Antioch, 62 California Reporter, 2d 909, 916 (Cal. App. 1997): “police officers have no affirmative statutory duty to do anything.”

That being said - people should have every right to open carry - or conceal carry - for their own protection. But more than that - the Constitution protects that right.

The Constitution IS your gun permit!

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Cost Of Credit Rating Downgrade

Looks like our Congressional leaders and our President screwed us over very well.

Did they really think we would keep an AAA credit rating by raising our debt limit and spending more?

But it was never really about the debt ceiling or our credit rating ... it was most likely about getting a "Super Congress" in place and advancing our nation towards a global currency and global governance.

... rest assured this will not help our "recovery" in the least - in fact we are now going to be much worse off.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Economic Euronews And More

and while you slept - Asian markets tanked too.

Yeah, and happy birthday Mr. President...

Looks like a job for the Plunge Protection Team.

That's most likely now in the play book - surely you recall the PPT:
Plunge Protection Team also known as the President's Working Group on financial markets which operates via Executive Order 12631 (signed by Reagan on March 18, 1988). The PPT name came from an article in the Washington Post in 1997.

For further edification on the issue please read these two pieces:

"Goldman Sachs and the Code of Gold"

"Effecting Success: Coordination On Cross-Cutting Issues" which says: The PWG is a forum for the coordination of Federal financial regulation across markets. It brings together the leaders of the Federal financial regulatory agencies, including the Secretary of the Treasury, who chairs the group, and the chairs of the Federal Reserve Board, the CFTC, and the SEC. In addition to the four primary financial regulators, regular staff meetings of the PWG also include staff members from the National Economic Council (NEC), the Council of Economic Advisors, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS).
They basically manipulate the market during a "crisis".

And do you remember Ron Paul and his question about PPT during the presidential debates? (Clearly McCain was clueless)

Well, all I can say is today and next week should be very interesting in the world of finance and the economy.

You might want to check this out too - 1929 and today - sobering parallels - because the parallels are truly sobering.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

More On The Super Congress

Super Congress = Council of 12 = TREASON.

We also can see another reason as to why this committee was formed and why certain members of Congress voted for it. It is the overall abdication of responsibility! It will be used so that these members of Congress will not be held to account for their votes when they later face their constituents. They can claim that they were "forced" to vote up or down and they will be able to say, "I didn't like it, but I had to vote for the overall package of legislation... I had no choice... I couldn't amend it and it was better than allowing certain triggers to take effect". It is complete abdication of the responsibility of representing us in Washington... and we truly now have taxation without representation.

"If Congressmen Paul were to file a complaint with a federal judge saying this legislation has demoted me. It has created more power in the hands of some members of Congress and less in others, and I am in that other group. That is an argument worth making. Will the courts accept that argument? You know the courts don't like to get involved in the inner workings of Congress but this is clearly
not consistent with the plain language of the Constitution or with Congress's history of the exercise of its spending powers under the Constitution." - Judge Andrew Napolitano
From Grassroots in Nebraska regarding the Super Congress:
Summary of unconstitutional provisions:
  • Takes fundamental powers away from sitting members of Congress to appropriate funds and set taxation levels
  • Disenfranchises members of Congress and therefore, the constituents who elected them as their representatives in federal government
  • Conglomerates legislative power into hands of just 12 members
  • Binds their own hands and the hands of future members
  • Upsets the necessary balance and separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches – look for a separate article tomorrow on this subject which was actually written weeks ago

Further potential unconstitutional provisions not mentioned by the Judge:

  • Upsets Constitutional provision for the House of Representatives to originate all revenue (tax) bills and attendant historical practice regarding spending bills
  • Disenfranchises voters in the 2010 election, which elected a majority of Republicans by setting membership on the select committee at equal levels for both parties

This should be challenged.
I truly hope someone in Congress challenges this unconstitutional Committee and its creation.
I truly hope that Americans will see that this goes against all of how the legislative branch is supposed to work.

If your Congressional representative is not on this Super Congress Committee then you ought to be screaming bloody hell to your Congressman that s/he has lost the power to fully represent you by not being allowed to debate or amend anything coming out of this Super Congress Committee. Just being able to vote "Yay or Nay" on whatever the Super Congress spews out is NOT ENOUGH!

And if your Congressional representative voted for this bill - ask them why they abdicated their responsibility and put such an unconstitutional body in charge... then vote them out of office.

How did YOUR Congress critters vote on this piece of legislation?

Larson - NO
DeLauro - NO
Murphy - NO
Himes - YES
Courtney - YES

Lieberman - YES
Blumenthal - YES

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

US Politburo Plans To Bar Fiscal Conservatives

And so it begins...."Dictatorship Light" - the Unconstitutional "Super Congress" has "reserved membership" and will not include any of the Senators or Representatives who voted against the debt deal.

According to the Weekly Standard, you can certainly bet that people like Mike Lee and Rand Paul; Jim DeMint, the aggressive fiscal hawk from South Carolina; conservative reformers Ron Johnson from Wisconsin and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania; the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions; and Florida’s Marco Rubio, will not be asked to serve on this "Committee".

Sen. Mitch McConnell will be making the selections of who will and will not be on this "Committee".

Of course you can bet that this small group of 12 will probably decide many of the details of federal government's budget for the next ten years, and a place on this "Committee" will become a coveted post, and a weapon to use by Congressional leadership to persuade key legislators to vote they way leadership wants them to vote. (Contest opportunity! - Let's see who will kiss McConnell's posterior the most!)

This "Committee" will meet behind closed doors (part of the Obama transparency policy) and once they come up with a debt reduction plan (supposedly before Nov 23rd) that seven members agree to, it will go to both chambers and can pass with just a simple majority. No filibustering, and no amending allowed... so the rest of the Congressional body must take it as delivered. They have changed the rules. You can bet their plan will include tax increases (despite Boehner and McConnell both saying it won't... but hey, they have lied before).
Excluding those who vote against the debt deal will ensure that some of the most fiscally conservative members of the Senate Republican caucus, including most of its freshmen, will be reading about the committee’s activities in the newspaper rather than guiding its decisions....
Of course a spokesman for Sen. McConnell (Don Stewart) says all senators will be considered. "No one is stronger in his opposition to tax hikes than Sen. McConnell. He will have serious discussions with all those who are interested in serving prior to making any appointments."

Believe that and I have a bridge to sell you in New York.

I have pretty much decided that this whole debt ceiling debacle/circus was not about our credit limit or our fiscal health - but instead to put a Super Congress in place... because just think of this
1) Our debt limit has increased considerably with this bill
2) No meaningful cuts have been made, and any promised ones are just fiction.
3) The dollar will continue to weaken as we print more money
4) Congressional leaders have grabbed for themselves more power - especially coercion power.

12 people and the president now control Congress and our government - and of course no Tea Party representation will be included. No doubt Rep. Boehner probably hatched this plan with Barry Soetero on the 13th hole.

Republicrats at play

Really - this is not good.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Economic Collapse By Design

Pretty sobering how we are traveling the same path as Rome.

Now - with the advent of a "Super Congress" (AKA Russian style Poliburo) we will even have the trappings of "dictatorship light".

One world government will only happen with the destruction of the US economy - and sadly our representatives in DC are helping this come about.

How else can you explain the purposeful mounting of debt that we cannot possibly repay? and the purposeful destruction of our currency. Geithner, Bernanke, Obama and all the rest know full well what they are doing.

The debt bill they have just passed has hastened our economic demise.

(H/T Diane C.)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Call Congress Now - This Debt Deal Is Crap!

This debt ceiling deal in DC is a sham - we must call Congress NOW to kill it.

Here is what this morning's Debt Deal comes down to:
$2.4 Trillion increase to the debt limit which will put it at $16.7 Trillion immediately.
A little less than $1 Trillion in "cuts" (step one) over 10 years.
An additional $1.2 Trillion later if voted on, and if not cuts will be made to Defense $600 billion and Medicare $600 billion.

The first year will only be $5 to $20 Billion if that.
After this Congress can put a stop to the cuts.
They are saying NO tax increases, but Obama will let the Bush tax cuts expire, which is a tax increase for everyone.
NO Balanced Budget Amendment included in this vote.

Here's our future:

$2,400,000,000,000 ($2.4 trillion) in debt increase
$5-$20 billion in spending cuts
$892 billion in spending cuts over the following 9 years (maybe)
$1.2 trillion in spending cuts (maybe)
Tax increase in January 2012
No balanced budget amendment
AAA rating drops

Interest rates go up, taxes go up, the cost of living goes up, unemployment goes up, Defense gets cuts, Medicare to providers gets cuts.

We lose all the way around - we've just been cooked.

There's no chance of government default on U.S. debt obligations - tomorrow's deadline is a fabrication. If we're downgraded it will be because we didn't cut enough. Please immediately call our own Representatives and the below Representatives and tell them to vote against the Debt Deal:

Joe Barton (Texas) (202) 225-2002
Dan Benishek (Mich) (202) 225-4735
Dan Burton (Ind) (202) 225-2276
Michael Burgess (Texas) (202) 225-7772
Kevin Brady (Texas) (202) 225-4901
Quico Canseco (Texas) (202) 225-4511
Scott Des Jarlais (Tenn) (202) 225-6831
Stephen Fincher (Tenn) (202) 225-4714
Chuck Fleischmann (Tenn) (202) 225-3271
Trent Franks (Ariz) (202) 225-4576
Scott Garrett (N.J.) (202) 225-4465
Morgan Griffith (Va.) (202) 225-3861
Randy Hultgren (Ill) (202) 225-2976
Bill Huizenga (Mich) (202) 225-4401
Walter Jones (N.C.) (202) 225-3415
Jack Kingston (Ga) (202) 225-5831
Raul Labrador (Idaho) (202) 225-6611
Tom Latham (Iowa) (202) 225-5476
J eff Landry (La.) (202) 225-4031
Tom McClintock (Calif.) (202) 225-2511
Tom Marino (Pa.) (202) 225-3731
J eff Miller (Fla.) (202) 225-4136
Devin Nunes (Calif.) (202) 225-2523
Ben Quayle (Ariz) (202) 225-3361
Denny Rehberg (Mont) (202) 225-3211
Tom Rooney (Fla) (202) 225-5792
Jean Schmidt (Ohio) (202) 225-3164
David Schweikert (Ariz.) (202) 225-2190
Tim Scott (S.C.) (202) 225-3176
Marlin Stutzman (Ind) (202) 225-4436
Michael Turner (Ohio) (202) 225-6465
Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.) (202) 225-5901
Joe Wilson (S.C.) (202) 225-2452
Kevin Yoder (Kan.) (202) 225-2865

(H/T Bob MacGuffie, Right Principles,

Budget Deal Reached - Spend More And Borrow Even More

Oh please - Boehner, and company in DC, just screwed America over again.
What is it about No more spending that they do not get?

With this so-called "deal" there will be a $2.4 trillion debt ceiling raise!

With this so-called "deal" there will only be meager spending cuts over a period of TEN YEARS! (You can be assured those cuts will never materialize).... and they call these "immediate cuts".

From Zerohedge:
Bottom line: there will be about $40 billion in actual, real spending cuts until the next, $16.7 trillion debt ceiling limit is hit some time in Q1 2013, at which point it will have to be raised to $20+ trillion.
And the comments:
So we go from $10T to $15T in 5 years, and we are supposed to be giddy about a $1T reduction over 10 years. What kinda moron buys into this (literally)?

Sigh -
We have kicked the can down the road some more - and we will soon seen more "Benny Bucks" via QE3... Now the Administration can continue to print more money out of thin air/pixie dust and try to inflate our way back to more fraudulent prosperity.

Congressman Boehner - You are officially the Tea Party's number 1 enemy!
McConnell too.
You are both toast if this passes.... as is our economic future.
I hope this stupid "deal" which raises our debt limit is rejected by both chambers' caucuses.

Not to be taken as any kind of official investment advice - but for what it's worth folks are still saying to buy gold and silver with this upcoming dip in prices... just sayin'.

For my readers' amusement: