By: Randall Hill
By now, everyone has heard the news about how the Internal Revenue Service has targeted conservative TEA Party groups and similar organizations during the Obama Administration.
How can this possibly be a surprise to anyone?
Michigan Republican Congressman Mike Rogers had this to say about the despicable actions:
“I don’t care if you’re a conservative, a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, this should send a chill up your spine. This is something that we cannot let stand”.
The Obama Administration is the most corrupt in American history. Richard Nixon was a choirboy compared to Dictator-in-Chief Obama.
After Fast and Furious and the Benghazi cover-up, could there be any doubt left that Obama and his cronies are totally lawless?
Wait, there’s a breaking story just in- The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors of The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather news.
When will enough be enough? Not even Obama’s cheerleaders at the AP are exempt from Big Brother’s watchful eyes.
What will come of all this blatant corruption? Nothing. Congress has been reduced to a ceremonial body eerily similar to the Roman Senate in its final days. Obama will continue to lie to the sheeple, fly around the country campaigning, and continue to use the full force of the federal government against anyone who opposes his agenda.
That’s a sure bet.
Dad who died during arrest ‘begged for his life’
Police seize cell phones of witnesses who took video of incident
Fed Policy Raising – Rather than Reducing – Unemployment
The Federal Reserve announced today that it will keep on buying $85 billion dollars worth of assets until unemployment improves.
That is like a medieval doctor bleeding a patient with leeches until his iron deficiency goes away.
Click here to finish reading at washingtonsblog.com
By now the images of police wearing tactical gear and pointing rifles at law-abiding citizens in Boston have been seen by everybody who owns a television or a computer. The bombing at the Boston Marathon was a dream come true for government agencies that have been itching to flex their muscles after years of building up a stockpile of military gear and weaponry.
The entire City of Boston had to be shut down and door-to-door searches executed for 2 suspects. The federal government has known how dangerous the Boston bombers were for some time now, and knew of others who helped them carry out their evil deeds.
There can be no doubt that government intelligence agencies kept track of (at the very least) the Chechen brothers as they went about their daily routine of preaching jihad and preparing for a strike. When the day finally arrived for the brothers to act, Homeland Security was ready to roll out the tanks and go house-to-house executing warrantless searches.
Most of the sheeple didn’t seem to mind the lockdown or suspension of posse comitatus, especially since the eldest brother was filled full of lead while his younger brother was captured, but with a mysterious throat injury leaving him unable to speak.
The scariest part is that the lockdown will be considered a success, further acclimating the sheeple to a future where martial law will become the norm on mainstreet America. What will it take next time to bring a city to a standstill?
Below are images of what martial law in America looks like:
By: Randall Hill
The Boston Marathon bombers were unfortunately very successful. At press time a pair of immigrant brothers from Chechnya have been fingered as the culprits. The older brother is now dead following a shootout with police and little brother will most certainly be located soon.
Regardless of whether the remaining suspect is caught, captured, or killed, the bombing will take a heavy toll on the freedom Americans enjoy.
The Obama Administration and other politicians will take full advantage of the situation by passing new laws, putting up more surveillance cameras, wiretapping more Americans, and growing the police state in general. Potential terrorists know in advance this will be the result of their evil deeds. That is the outcome they desire. They know that the more lives they take, the more freedom Americans will lose.
How much freedom have we lost since 9/11? Ever heard of the Patriot Act? What about the NDAA? Had an “enhanced pat-down” lately by the TSA?
This latest round of terror could be an indicator of what the future holds for America. The goons over at the TSA are already setting up checkpoints on highways and the National Guard frequently helps with security at major sporting events in an attempt to acclimate the public to martial law.
The sheeple will surely cry out for more security after the latest bombing. How much security is enough? Can the TSA, the police and the National Guard really stop every deranged lunatic hell-bent on killing? The answer is no. There are bad people out there and there always will be. The best we can do is live life to the fullest and keep our eyes open for signs of danger.
The mainstream media hasn’t found a way to spin this latest tragedy against conservative god-fearing gun owners, but surely they will try. Obama and the mainstream media will plea to the public to not blame the ”peaceful and misunderstood” religion of Islam. What if the bombers had been conservative Tea Party members? The whole Tea Party movement and everyone in it would be blamed.
The entire city of Boston was put on lockdown today, causing millions in lost economic activity and spreading fear and panic among its citizens. That’s the scariest part of this tragedy. The terrorist community worldwide is watching how we handle this, and they now see how much economic and emotional damage they can inflict with a few crock pots and some materials that can be picked up at any hardware store.
We can only hope that ALL of the perpetrators of this horrible crime will be brought to justice soon, bringing closure for the families affected by their evil actions. Until then, watch as your freedom is eroded, one crock pot bomb at a time.
By: Randall Hill
Thanks to the internet and alternative media, people all over America are waking up and facing the harsh reality that the American Dream is becoming just that; a dream. Whether the U.S. will suffer a sudden economic collapse or instead slowly decline into third-world status is anybody’s guess.
With mountains of debt, anti-business policies, excessive taxation, crippling regulations, runaway entitlement spending, never-ending wars and a non-existent immigration policy, it’s plain for anyone with average intelligence to see that we are headed over a cliff. Continue reading Most Christians Unprepared For an Economic Collapse
By: Randall Hill
Remember the good ol’ days when you had to do a report for school and you had to go to a library or find a set of encyclopedias? How about all those phone numbers you had to memorize? With today’s technology there is little need for memorization and less need for encyclopedias.
But there is a cost for all this fantastic technology. A whole generation is lacking in basic skills that the youth of the past mastered at an early age. Ask a teen to research something without the use of a computer and they would be lost. Heck, most can’t even use a phone book.
Gone are the days when you could drive through any neighborhood and see kids playing ball in the road or in someone’s front yard. They’re all inside on a computer or playing video games. In fact, the only experience many kids have with sports is through video games. They may not know which hand to put a real baseball glove on, but they’re the best pitcher in the league in their video game world.
Most of the lost generation have little or no social skills. They have hundreds of friends on facebook, but are increasingly becoming loners with no real social life. Many have major issues when it comes to forming personal relationships. Therapist Tyger Latham had this to say in a recent article on social networking:
For some time now, I’ve been convinced that all of this “social networking” is paradoxically impeding our ability to form relationships with one another. According to one report commissioned by the Jed Foundation, the effects of being constantly online is negatively impacting some colleges students. Of the 2,000 undergraduates surveyed by the Jed Foundation, one-third reported spending more than 6 hours a day online. One in seven of these students also said that social networking sites served
It’s ironic that technologies designed to connect people are actually serving to alienate us from one another. One of my colleagues, Dr. Amir Afkhami, a psychiatrist at George Washington University, frequently works with college students. He reports that he is starting to see college students “recede to this virtual world,” while at the same time lacking “a real connection to a real living, breathing individual.”
Texting is also becoming a problem, and not only because people are texting and driving. The lost generation is obsessed with texting. Heck, a deputy sheriff almost hit me head on today because he was texting and driving. Who do you think would have been blamed had I not avoided him? In a recent article in examiner.com, Barbara Jolie summed it up:
Not that language use among average American teens has ever been at proficient levels, but the current use of texting certainly can’t be helping the situation. Most teenagers have always been a little shaky when it comes to proper salutations and professional face-to-face dialogue, but texting is the metaphorical end of the rope when it comes to spelling and choice of words.
In fact, if we could get a manuscript of an average teen’s text conversation, it would more than likely mostly contain the abbreviation LOL and the words OK, cool and like…and not much else. In addition to spelling and grammar issues, texting could also be weakening the average person’s ability to “think fast,” because it allows you to respond slowly.
It’s not that today’s teens are less intelligent than those who came before them, but they certainly aren’t practicing their language skills on a regular basis. If America is to become a more adept society, parents must start teaching the importance of proper verbal and written communication. After all, you can’t conduct a job interview or present a business proposal via text. We owe it to our children to demand a little less texting and a lot more talking.
The lack of social skills, the inability to solve problems without a computer and general unwillingness to venture into the world by America’s “lost generation” will only hasten our decline on the world stage.
With the proliferation of cheap high-tech gadgets in American homes, it’s too late to fix the problems that have sprung up. We can only hope that everyone on earth gets access to the same technology, eventually leveling the playing field.
By: Randall Hill
The dreaded sequester is beginning to wreak havoc across the fruited plain… Just kidding!
The Obama administration has done everything it can to make the pain of the so-called “sequester” felt far and wide.
The White House is closed for tours, but can afford a celebrity concert.
Obama cronies force rangers at national parks to cut services that are most visible to the public in hopes of public outcry for more spending.
This internal government e-mail instructed a USDA employee to make sequester-related cuts as painful as possible.
Many underprivileged children could miss out on early childhood brainwashing as cuts to the Headstart Program loom.
The sequester didn’t faze America’s top groping agency, the TSA. They signed a $50 million deal for uniforms on the eve of the sequester.
The funny part about the whole sequester farce is the fact that the dumbed-down public doesn’t realize that there are no real cuts to federal spending. The government’s baseline budgeting is set up so that increases in the budget are automatic. This is done so that the government can continue to grow without the need for political debate.
The most important goal of government isn’t defense, it isn’t education, it isn’t feeding the poor, it isn’t providing healthcare, and it isn’t job creation. The goal of government is to grow.
The sequester cuts have Big Brother and mainstream media howling like they just had a toe chopped off. For decades, the Federal government has done nothing but grow, whether under Republican or Democrat leadership. Politicians fear the contraction of government because as government gets smaller, contributions, bribes, and sweetheart deals are harder to come by.
We can only hope for more sequester.
By: Randall Hill
In an effort to further its socialist agenda, the Associated Press continues its war on free speech by eliminating terms it deems offensive from its “stylebook”.
George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 was written as a warning to Western nations of what would happen if governments were allowed to grow unchecked. He had personally witnessed the cruelty and poverty that were prevalent in totalitarian regimes in Russia and Spain, and was worried that Western nations would also experiment with socialism, leading to a nightmarish future in which the state is God.
Lately it seems as if the mainstream media and government are using 1984 as a blueprint to gain control over the masses. In an April 2nd blog entry, Kathleen Carroll, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor at the Associated Press had this to say:
“The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,”
“And that discussion about labeling people, instead of behavior, led us back to ‘illegal immigrant’ again. We concluded that to be consistent, we needed to change our guidance,” Carroll wrote. “So we have.”
The top brass at the AP are attempting to limit the language that writers may use, just as the “Ministry of Truth” in Orwell’s 1984 worked feverishly to eliminate words or change their meanings to advance the state’s mind-control agenda over the people.
The Associated Press is the largest news gathering agency in the world. If a writer wants an article put out in mainstream media, they must adhere to the AP’s guidelines. If not for the internet and alternative media, true journalistic freedom would not exist in the world today, and that infuriates those who seek total control over the mind of man.
Other terms recently nixed by the AP are “homophobia,” Islamaphobia,” and “ethnic cleansing.”
But the AP isn’t the only group bent on mind control through language. The Obama Administration refuses to use such terms as ”Islamic terrorism” or “jihad” when discussing America’s never-ending “war on terror”. The Administration feels it would be culturally insensitive to put such labels on its enemies.
There seems to be nothing wrong with using terms such as “right-wing extremists” (patriots who believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights) or “anti-government activists” (people who oppose crony capitalism and bloated government).
Big government and mainstream media are united in the battle against those who would shrink government, lower taxes, teach self-reliance, and uphold the Constitution.
The political takeover of the language is just one more weapon in the arsenal of the socialist/progressives who are hell-bent on collapsing America from within.
By: Randall Hill
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, talk of stricter gun laws has dominated the local and national news. The usual gun-ban crowd is out in force, which is nothing new. What’s disturbing is the number of Christian church leaders coming out in support of stricter gun control laws. Don’t they realize that without the Second Amendment there is no freedom of religion?
The christianpost.com reported on a letter recently signed by thousands of clergy members in an attempt to convince the Senate Judiciary Committee to enact more gun control measures:
More than 4,000 clergy members across the U.S. have joined clergy in Newtown, Conn., in signing a letter urging the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to enact greater gun control measures, primarily an assault weapons ban.
“The moral mandate to protect the weak in our care is clear and present in all of our faith traditions. Our varied faith traditions teach us to seek the peace of the city, to love our neighbor, and to cherish human dignity,” the letter reads.
The clergy go on to add that they believe the issue of gun violence in the U.S. is a spiritual one, and that a change in gun legislation will hopefully “spark off a spiritual awakening in America that will transform us into a culture of compassion, reconciliation and civility.
Do they really think that taking guns from law-abiding citizens will “transform us into a culture of compassion, reconciliation and civility”? Quite the opposite.
Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall recently had this to say in a sermon:
Our political leaders need to know that there is a group of people in America who will serve as a counterweight to the gun lobby, who will stand together with our leaders and support them as they act to take assault weapons off the streets.
“Washington National Cathedral pledges to pray for the victims, their families, the assailant, and the survivors. And we pledge to work with our national leaders to enact more effective gun control measures. To my way of thinking, the best way for us to mourn the Sandy Hook shooting is to mobilize the faith community for gun control. Today we grieve, but soon we act.
The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of the Christian charity organization Samaritan’s Purse had this to say in a recent interview with Time Magazine:
“As ministers, we agreed together that we could stand on a united front for universal background checks … We think that’s reasonable and responsible,” said Graham.
“There are millions of people that we can mobilize behind something like this, but it takes leadership from the White House”.
Apparently Reverend Graham doesn’t think a father should be able to pass down a shotgun to his son without a background check being run.
Rev. Graham and other clergy who are beholden to the government are certainly doing their part to further a leftist agenda to disarm the American people. Some of the clergy are misguided, but many simply want to “go-along to get-along” with the powers that be so they can have a seat at the table.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi had this to say in January 2013 about the gun control efforts of the Obama Administration:
“The initiatives announced by the American administration for limiting and controlling the spread and use of weapons are certainly a step in the right direction.”
Regardless of whether their intentions are pure, they are leading their flocks into dangerous territory. Perhaps they are following the advice of Attorney General Eric Holder:
“We just have to be repetitive about this. It’s not enough to have a catchy ad on a Monday and then only do it every Monday. We have to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”
By: Randall Hill
It’s time to pay the piper in California.
For decades, Californians have tried to build a utopian state, complete with zero emissions, non-enforcement of immigration laws and annual gay-pride parades, paid for of course with punitive taxes on business. The fun will soon come to an end for many big-spending cities in California.
This excerpt is from and LAtimes.com article:
A federal judge ruled Monday that Stockton is eligible for bankruptcy protection, over the objection of creditors who argued the city could come up with more money.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said Stockton can move forward with a plan to reorganize debt. He twice stated that the creditors had acted in bad faith and had refused to pay their share of the costs for negotiations.
“The creditors got a big black eye today,” said Karol Denniston, an attorney who helped draft the legislation that guided Stockton’s mandated mediation before filing for bankruptcy protection. “Now the stage is set for the real dogfight.”
Stockton’s creditors are furious over the bloated union pensions that will be ahead of them in line for settlement. They know the money they loaned Stockton was squandered by wasteful politicians who can now just walk away.
The City of San Bernardino is also mired in a financial disaster caused by useless politicians that went on a spending spree. This excerpt from an article on pe.com details a few of their problems:
As if San Bernardino didn’t have enough problems with its bankruptcy. Since last year, it also has battled the controller over whether it properly handled the redevelopment asset transfers.
Chiang said his review found $108.4 million of San Bernardino’s redevelopment properties, cash and investments were inappropriately transferred to the nonprofit San Bernardino Economic Development Corp.
He also said $420.5 million in assets are still being held by the city when they should have been transferred.
The City of Atwood had to slash spending to the bone with deep cuts late last year to stave off bankruptcy. According to a Reuters report, Atwood’s employees had to bear the brunt of the pain:
Vinson said the city will cut 8 positions from its 35-employee non-safety payroll and that its remaining members will accept a 5 percent wage cut and pay more toward their pension accounts and health care.
Also, furloughs imposed last year will remain in effect so that Atwater’s AFSCME members will see their overall compensation cut by between $500 and $650 a month, which will cut their combined payroll expense by 24 percent from last year Vinson said.
The concessions should cut Atwater’s non-safety payroll expenses by $610,000 this fiscal year, Vinson said, adding that the city’s police officers, which she does not represent, have agreed to steep compensation cuts in line with those affecting her union’s members.
Faul said police officers will see a 22 percent cut in overall compensation, adding that details on Atwater’s labor agreements would be unveiled on Monday.
David Kotok, Chief Investment Officer at Cumberland Advisors had this to say:
“In California, we have a disease, and the disease is spreading,”. ”I suspect we’re going to see wholesale warnings and downgrades” among bond rating issuers in the state, he said.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s answer to runaway debt has been to raise taxes on the rich (business owners). This will ultimately lead to California’s doom as businesses will pull out and move to states with less taxation.
The Golden State will soon be a tarnished example of what runaway spending, over-regulation, unfunded pension liabilities and over-taxation of business leads to.
The worst part is that Texas and other low-tax states will soon be overrun by the California trendies as they flee higher taxes. And forget about them assimilating. Just ask liberty-minded folks in Colorado what the trendies will do when they get to town.
… And Stripping Courts of Power
We warned a little more than a week ago that Congress was poised to pass a bill that would make it more likely that genetically modified food ends up on your plate … and destroys the separation of powers.
Congress has – in fact – passed the bill … and Obama has signed it into law.
People are understandably furious that Congress and Obama have sold us out … and the congress critters responsible for passing the bill are scrambling to make excuses.
The International Business Times notes:
1.) The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.
[GMO food has never been subjected to any real government or private safety studies.] Now it appears that even if those studies are completed and they end up revealing severe adverse health effects related to the consumption of genetically modified foods, the courts will have no ability to stop the spread of the seeds and the crops they bear. [Genetically engineered foods have, in fact, already been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).]
2.) The provision’s language was apparently written in collusion with Monsanto. Lawmakers and companies working together to craft legislation is by no means a rare occurrence in this day and age. But the fact that Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, actually worked with Monsanto on a provision that in effect allows them to keep selling seeds, which can then go on to be planted, even if it is found to be harmful to consumers, is stunning. It’s just another example of corporations bending Congress to their will, and it’s one that could have dire risks for public health in America.
3.) Many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” even existed within the bill they were voting on. HR 933 was a spending bill aimed at averting a government shutdown and ensuring that the federal government would continue to be able to pay its bills. But the Center for Food Safety maintains that many Democrats in Congress were not even aware that the provision was in the legislation:
“In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. [Barbara] Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. “This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”
4.) The President did nothing to stop it, either. On Tuesday, Obama signed HR 933 while the rest of the nation was fixated on gay marriage, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument concerning California’s Proposition 8. But just because most of the nation and the media were paying attention to gay marriage doesn’t mean that others were not doing their best to express their opposition to the “Monsanto Protection Act.” In fact, more than 250,000 voters signed a petition opposing the provision. And Food Democracy Now protesters even took their fight straight to Obama, protesting in front of the White House against Section 735 of the bill. He signed it anyway.
5.) It sets a terrible precedent. Though it will only remain in effect for six months until the government finds another way to fund its operations, the message it sends is that corporations can get around consumer safety protections if they get Congress on their side. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that suggests that court challenges are a privilege, not a right.
“I think any time you tweak with the ability of the public to seek redress from the courts, you create a huge risk,” Seattle attorney Bill Marler — who has represented victims of foodborne illness in successful lawsuits against corporations [said.]
New York Daily News asks:
Who’s more powerful, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified crops or the U.S. government?
But that’s not the right question.
The right question is how destructive will the malignant, symbiotic relationship between big government and big corporations be to we the people?
Given the way that things are playing out with regard to the the Cyprus grab of bank deposits, the horse meat (and now dog meat) scandals, Fukushima and the BP oil spill, and various other scandals, the answer is very far indeed.
By: Ellen Brown at Globalresearch.ca
Can They Do That?
Although few depositors realize it, legally the bank owns the depositor’s funds as soon as they are put in the bank. Our money becomes the bank’s, and we become unsecured creditors holding IOUs or promises to pay. (See here and here.) But until now the bank has been obligated to pay the money back on demand in the form of cash. Under the FDIC-BOE plan, our IOUs will be converted into “bank equity.” The bank will get the money and we will get stock in the bank. With any luck we may be able to sell the stock to someone else, but when and at what price? Most people keep a deposit account so they can have ready cash to pay the bills. Click here to finish reading at GlobalResearch.ca
By: Randall Hill
At a meeting Friday with diplomats to the Vatican, Pope Francis talked of the need to “build bridges” between other people and remarked that the word “Pontiff” actually means “a builder of bridges.” The pope also spoke of the “protection of our environment.”
When the Pope speaks, people listen. What some people heard in this latest speech is a move toward more tolerance and acceptance of opposing religions. Could the Pope also have an environmental agenda?
With the world on the cusp of an economic collapse and warmongering rampant, could a one-world religion be next on the horizon? If so, you can be certain that honoring “Mother Earth” will be the cornerstone of the faith when it arrives on the world stage.
An excerpt of Pope Francis’ speech is below.
“In this work, the role of religion is fundamental. It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God. But the converse is also true: it is not possible to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam. At the Mass marking the beginning of my ministry, I greatly appreciated the presence of so many civil and religious leaders from the Islamic world. And it is also important to intensify outreach to non-believers, so that the differences which divide and hurt us may never prevail, but rather the desire to build true links of friendship between all peoples, despite their diversity.
Fighting poverty, both material and spiritual, building peace and constructing bridges: these, as it were, are the reference points for a journey that I want to invite each of the countries here represented to take up. But it is a difficult journey, if we do not learn to grow in love for this world of ours. Here too, it helps me to think of the name of Francis, who teaches us profound respect for the whole of creation and the protection of our environment, which all too often, instead of using for the good, we exploit greedily, to one another’s detriment.”
Regardless of what you believe, we are certainly living in a time of “tolerance” of everything, except Christianity. Christians living under Sharia Law in Muslim nations are treated like common criminals, with many paying the ultimate price for their beliefs.
Tolerance only exists in Western nations with Christian roots.
When you begin to hear Islamic clerics call for an end to the persecution of Christians in nations such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, that’s when you know the end is nigh.