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As much as we liberty-loving, Constitution-loving, America-loving patriots hate to admit it, the government in Washington, D.C., is NOT fixable. The elitist power structure in D.C. is too ensconced and too powerful. They will never cede power to folks, such as Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, etc., who truly believe in limited government. Nor will they permit the states to reclaim ANY of their constitutionally recognized powers. And neither party in D.C. has enough Ron Paul-types to thwart the evil machinations of the power-drunk leviathan that is Washington, D.C.
Furthermore, the same forces of darkness that control the political establishment in Washington, D.C., also control the media and financial establishments in New York City. The voters of America have too often rejected the presidential and congressional candidates who had the potential to help lead our ship of state to safer waters (if we even have untainted elections). The warnings of the prophets and porters have fallen on deaf ears. For the most part, Americans refuse to dislodge themselves from their addiction to government handouts. In addition, America’s pastors have largely abandoned their calling to be watchmen on the wall, which has left our ship of state without a moral compass or a spiritual rudder.
It is only a matter of time before freedomists will be forced to do what freedomists have always been forced to do when facing a tyrannical juggernaut: declare independence.
Therefore, I propose that the People of the several states begin calling for The Third Continental Congress to the intent that this Congress proposes, debates, and eventually votes on the decision to declare independence from the government in Washington, D.C.
The closest thing America has had in modern times to Patrick Henry or Thomas Jefferson is former Congressman Ron Paul. In late January, Dr. Paul brought a speech before the Mises Institute. The theme of the event was “Breaking Away: The Case For Secession.”
In his address, Ron said, “There is going to be a de facto secession movement.” I believe Dr. Paul is right. Secession (“de facto” or otherwise) is inevitable. How it will come and when it will come is debatable. That it will come is not. The only question is do we wait for a national or international crisis of apocalyptical proportions or do we begin the debate now in the relative tranquility of peace and order? I say we should begin the debate NOW.
I am fully aware that this is a bitter thought to contemplate. It is for me, too. But, ladies and gentlemen, there is NO OTHER WAY TO PRESERVE LIBERTY. Again, the government in Washington, D.C., is not fixable. And any and all proposals short of a declaration of independence are merely unrealistic attempts to try and avoid the inevitable.
I believe if such a Congress were convened, several of our sovereign states would vote in the affirmative. I think states such as Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Virginia, Alaska, and even Hawaii, would seriously entertain such a resolution. The actual number of states who might be inclined to vote in the affirmative could potentially number at least half (or more) of the total states in the Union.
The idea that we will be able to maintain the Union under the growing tentacles of Washington, D.C., while maintaining liberty at the same time is now an utterly irreconcilable notion. The People of the United States either continue to be increasingly subjugated to the tyrannical demands of the beastly system in Washington, D.C., (no matter whom they elect to public office, no matter how many petitions they make, and no matter how many conferences they convene) or they take their principles of liberty to The Third Continental Congress and vote on a Twenty-First Century declaration of independence. THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION.
And, no, a modern declaration of independence does not have to be bloody. Had Scotland voted for independence a few months ago, would London have sent troops to stop them? Absolutely not. World opinion would not tolerate it. Plus, the need for peaceful trade, commerce, and mutual self-defense would demand cooperation between neighboring governments. This would equally apply in North America.
What separation would likely accomplish is to take the teeth out of a ravenous beast. It would accomplish what our separation from Great Britain accomplished two hundred years ago. The beast would not be able to subjugate the free people of a newly-formed republic. No longer would it be able to play the world’s policeman. No longer would it be able to freely foment hatred and war between nations. Plus, it would give this new republic the opportunity to export the ideas of liberty, free enterprise, peaceful trade and diplomacy, etc., around the world. You know, the ideas and principles that the United States USED to export. Separation might actually save, not just the liberties of the American people, but the lives of people around the world from a global catastrophe.
Regardless, separation is inevitable. I repeat: separation is inevitable.
The worst scenario is that the American people wait until the powers of darkness controlling Washington, D.C., bring about a global apocalypse before they realize what they must inevitably do. That is the scenario that Dr. Paul alluded to in his remarks referenced above. The better scenario is that the American people have the sagacity and foresight to see the storm clouds on the horizon and put in motion NOW the remedy for their–and their children’s–survival.
More coming in my column this week. Let the debate begin.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sent a letter to leaders of Congress last week informing them that 170,000 of 200,000 of his department’s employees would continue working even if Congress refuses to allow the department to use money from the U.S. Treasury to implement President Obama’s plan to allow illegal aliens to stay in the United States and get work permits and Social Security Numbers.
Johnson told the congressional leaders that 170,000 of the department’s 200,000 employees—or 85 percent—would continue working.
Johnson letter to Congress spelling this out was inserted into the Congressional Record on Friday by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D.-N.Y.), the ranking member of the Rules Committee. Johnson’s letter was addressed to House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
Understand this: Obama is above the law. Isn’t that called tyranny?
h/t John P
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty.
The revelation — which contradicts what he told Congress last week — comes as lawmakers also raised concerns Mr. Obama’s amnesty could open a window to illegal immigrants finding ways to vote, despite it being against the law.
“While we may disagree about whether your deferred action programs were lawfully created and implemented, we are confident that we can all agree that these programs cannot be permitted to impair the integrity of our elections,” Republican members of Congress from Ohio wrote in a letter to Mr. Obama Wednesday, ahead of a hearing on the issue in the House on Thursday.
Mr. Obama’s new deportation policies, which carve most illegal immigrants out of danger of being removed, and could proactively grant as many as 4 million illegal immigrants work permits and Social Security numbers, are increasingly under fire for ancillary consequences such as tax credits and competition for jobs.
The goal is to steal the fruits of your labor through taxes and regulations. Whether you are in debt personally or personally responsible for the US debt ($809,000 per taxpayer), you are enslaved. Once the voting process was subverted through entitlements, government jobs and fraud, the course was set.
This is just another means to get to the end game faster. Got Faith?
h/t John P
Efforts to beat Ebola in Sierra Leone have been dealt a setback after 31 new cases were recorded in one village.
The community of 500 just outside the town of Makeni has now been put in lockdown by the army amid fears that more could be infected.
The World Health Organisation said cases had been linked to one man who escaped quarantine in Freetown to go to his village for treatment from a traditional faith healer.
The quarantine area is a fishing community, yards from the hotel where many workers from humanitarian agencies have stayed.
“On Sunday we had just five patients, it was really quiet,” said Bill Boyes, spokesman for the International Medical Corps (IMC) in Makeni.
Strange. According to the CDC, it does not appear that the exponential growth of Ebola in Africa is abating.
by Michael Snyder
Because he can’t get Congress to approve the things that he wants to do, Barack Obama has apparently decided to rule by decree for the rest of his time in the White House. One of Obama’s latest moves is to try to ban some of the most popular ammunition for the most popular rifle in America. Previously, the Obama administration attempted unsuccessfully to ban the AR-15. That didn’t work, so now Obama is going after the ammunition. This is yet another example of the war on preppers that is going on all over the nation. Whether you are a gun owner or not, this assault on our constitutional rights should disturb you greatly. Barack Obama has promised to try to squeeze as much “change” as possible out of his last two years, and in the process he is “fundamentally transforming” America. But what will our country look like when he is done?
And at this point Obama has become so arrogant that he doesn’t even care if Congress believes that what he is doing is legal. Just consider what he said during one recent speech…
Pres. Obama is daring Republicans to vote on whether or not his executive actions are legal.
Discussing opposition to his executive amnesty orders at an immigration town hall Wednesday, Obama said he would veto the vote because his actions are “the right thing to do”:
“So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.”
This is how republics die. When one man starts grabbing more and more power and nobody stops him, eventually a dictatorship is born.
This is not what our founding fathers intended. If they could see us today, they would be rolling over in their graves.
Congress passed a one week extension for funding the DHS: a government entity that should never have been approved. This is another example where the government will NEVER stop spending your money and will NEVER give up control of the people.
I must admit that I naively thought that the DHS might be shutdown as midnight approached. But with two hours to spare, the brinkmanship gave way to their never ending lust for power.
Will you sleep more soundly tonight knowing that the DHS will provide you security from Domestic Terrorists?
A partial government shutdown was narrowly avoided late Friday evening as Congress approved one week of funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Lawmakers came perilously close to missing the midnight deadline for funding DHS, with the House voting after 10 p.m. to approve a one-week continuing resolution to keep the department open.
The House passed the one-week bill in a 357-60 vote, with 55 Republicans and 5 Democrats voting against it. Earlier in the night, the Senate passed the one-week funding bill in a voice vote, handing House GOP leaders a lifeline.
President Obama is expected to sign the bill late Friday evening.
Leaders in the House and Senate are racing to prevent a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will begin at midnight unless Congress approves a funding bill.
The Senate late Friday approved by unanimous consent a continuing resolution [CR] that would fund DHS for one week, and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he is “confident” the House would pass the bill before a partial government shutdown begins.
“Progress has been made all during the day. I appreciate… the cooperation of everyone involved. I’m confident the House will pass a seven-day CR tonight and there will be full funding for the Department of Homeland Security,” Reid said.
Leaders were forced to move to the one-week bill after a three-week version was defeated in the House earlier Friday in a stunning vote.
The bill failed 203-224, with 52 Republicans voting against legislation that was set to fund the DHS and its associated agencies through March 19. Twelve Democrats voted for it.
Someone asked me tonight for the link to the “How Do I Get Married Without A License?” article written by Cliff Muncy. Since this article is frequency one of the top articles here, I decided to see its statistics: 46,094 views since it was written in late 2011.
It does my heart good to see people understanding that marriage is a covenant between one man, one woman and God. The state has no business in this sacred union.
When it comes to the Ukraine proxy war, which started in earnest just about one year ago with the violent coup that overthrew then president Yanukovich and replaced him with a local pro-US oligarch, there has been no ambiguity who the key actors were: on the left, we had the west, personified by the US, the European Union, and NATO in general; while on the right we had Russia. In fact, if there was any confusion, it was about the role of that other “elephant in the room” – China.
To be sure, a question few asked throughout the Ukraine civil war is just whose side is China leaning toward. After all the precarious balance of power between NATO and Russia had resulted in a stalemate in which neither side has an obvious advantage (even as the Ukraine economy died, and its currency hyperinflated, waiting for a clear winner), and the explicit or implicit support of China to either camp would make all the difference in the world, not to mention the world’s most formidable axis.
Putin is smiling because he knows that you cannot lose a battle of wits with an unarmed pResident.
Cyprus’ permission for Russian warships to call at the ports of the Mediterranean country was issued as an extension to a previously concluded agreement and not the new one, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday.
The addition to the previous agreement stipulates a legal right for the Russian warships to call at the ports of Cyprus with humanitarian aims.
‘The renewed agreement stipulates the right for the Russian warships to call at the Cypriot ports,’ Anastasiades said addressing news conference at TASS. ‘This right stipulates their calls with humanitarian aims, which are supplies of provision and refueling of vessels, as well as for rescue of lives of Russian nationals and their evacuation from neighboring countries.’
Anastasiades said that during negotiations on this ‘sensitive issue’ Russian President Vladimir Putin was ‘very delicate.’
‘I deeply respect Mister Putin, who knowing sensitive approaches to such issues in regard to Cyprus, was not laying any conditions or making demands and spoke very delicately with us,’ the Cypriot president said. ‘He [Putin] never put us in a complicated position in regard to our partners.’
The battle lines are shifting quickly. The only line in the sand your pResident understands is one made in a sand trap on the golf course.
Cyprus first, Greece second and then the decisions are: Portugal, Spain or Italy. Unless ISIS attacks from Tripoli first.
Good news! Our optimistic host, Andrew Klavan, takes a look at President Obama’s belief that no religion is responsible for terrorism. Sure, everywhere you look now days savages screaming Allahu Akbar are raping, murdering, decapitating and burning innocents, but hey, Christians did something bad way back a long time ago too!
PMC X-TAC ammunition comes from South Korea, where it is manufactured to military specifications by one of South Korea’s top defense contractors. This case of 1,000 rounds in 5.56 NATO uses 62-grain “green tipped” SS109 full metal jacket bullets for extra penetration at only a slight cost in velocity. Each case holds 50 boxes with 20 rounds in each box. All of the cartridges use non-corrosive Boxer primers and reloadable brass casings. Great for range use with an AR-15; check with the manufacturer before using this 5.56 NATO ammo in a .223 Remington firearm, just in case.
I would have posted pricing on 1000 rounds of 223 or 556 but this site was sold out of anything that I would shoot.
Facebook has given another thumbs up to social progression with the introduction of a custom gender option for all Facebook US English users worldwide.
Now, rather than being restricted to female or male, users can enter just about whatever they like into a custom field – whether it’s transgender, transexual or lumbersexual – and customise who gets to see that information.
The change expands upon the social network’s introduction last year of more than 50 gender options for its US users to choose from in a drop-down list.
Do you think that Facebook will block my account since I disagree with their support of immorality?
Overwork and fatigue of refinery workers and the health and safety of both workers and the surrounding community are the main issues, as they have been for many years (although this is the first national refinery strike in roughly 40 years, according to USW president Leo Gerard). In some cases, the union says, workers have put in more than 12 hours a day for a month or more, despite previous agreements on reducing fatigue and limiting hours. Paying overtime is cheaper.
Likewise, hiring outside maintenance crews for periodic repairs or even massive overhauls is cheaper than keeping an adequate, full-time maintenance staff, even though the union says such a maintenance crew would know the plant better and be more likely to maintain it safely.
Despite the small numbers of workers in many refineries, accidents can kill up to a couple dozen workers and spread toxic chemicals over wide swaths of nearby communities, endangering up to tens of thousands of neighbors.
Consequently, Gerard says, “Our fight is not just a fight for our members but a fight for the communities.”
But the lead negotiator for the industry, Shell, is “one of the worst offenders,” according to Gerard. If workers had more control over the running of the plants, “we’ll keep them as safe as possible,” he says.
Even though safety and fatigue are the paramount issues, “the economics are still an issue.” With crude oil prices low, refineries are even more profitable. But the companies reject union proposals across the board with “a breathtaking level of arrogance,” Gerard says.
Someone should tell Mr. Gerald that communities have nothing to do with Communism.
The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared Loretta Lynch on Thursday to be the next attorney general, virtually guaranteeing she will be confirmed in the full Senate next month, even as Democrats intimated that Republicans who opposed her were guilty of racism.
Ms. Lynch, an African-American and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has won widespread praise for her work as a prosecutor — but has suffered by comparisons to current Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and because she declined to distance herself from President Obama’s claims of unilateral executive powers, which have angered Republican lawmakers.
“The senate cannot confirm someone to this post who’s going to support and advance a scheme that violates our Constitution,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, who said the vote was part of “a constitutional tipping point.”
Democrats also saw the vote as just, though said it was a major test of how far the country had come on the issue of race since its founding.
A divided Federal Communications Commission Thursday approved the so-called “net neutrality” plan that critics warn will impose broad new regulations on Americans’ activities on the Internet.
The commissioners approved the plan by a party-line vote of 3-2, with majority Democrats moving ahead with the historic proposal to reclassify broadband as a utility, giving the commission more regulatory power over Internet providers.
“The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “The action we take today is about the protection of Internet openness. Today is a red-letter day for Internet freedom.”
It appears that your pResident has pulled a hat trick today with executive orders and regulatory tyranny: 2nd amendment, immigration and now the Internet.
If you are not up in arms, you are not sentient.
So much for the rule of law. Executive orders have trumped what little was left of the Constitution. How’s that Republican controlled Congress working out?
As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.
Is it starting as this article implies? No, it started a long time ago. What else do you need to see happen before you realize our government of We The People has been replaced by police state tyranny.
Today we filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of University of Massachusetts-Amherst student Thomas Donovan. The case is against Town of Amherst police officers, who Mr. Donovan alleges assaulted and falsely arrested him for videotaping police activity at the 2014 “Blarney Blowout,” an annual informal student celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the arrival of spring.
At the event, which took place March 8, 2014, Mr. Donovan saw multiple police officers using what appeared to excessive force making an arrest. Mr. Donovan used his smartphone to record the arrest. Although Mr. Donovan was standing 20-30 feet from this scene, behind a chain link fence, an Amherst police officer in full riot gear approached him and demanded that he stop recording. When Mr. Donovan refused, another officer pepper sprayed him in the face.
A few seconds later, Amherst police sergeant Jesus Arocho tackled Mr. Donovan, knocking the phone out of his hand. The phone continued to record from the ground and captured another Amherst police officer repeatedly stomping on the phone in a failed attempt to destroy it. Video of the incident is available here:
h/t Kathie P
“Pathfinder” is a retired Army flag-officer who attended the Intelligence Collection & Analysis Course (ICAC).
I was first introduced to the [Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB)] process in 1989 at the Army Command & General Staff College. Applied it as a battalion, brigade, and division assistant operations officer. The threat at the time was conventional.
Jamiel Shaw, whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant in 2008, blasted the Obama administration’s immigration policies during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.
“My son, Jamiel Andre Shaw II, was murdered by a DREAMer, a DACA recipient, a child brought to this country by no fault of his own,” Shaw began. “My family’s peace and freedom was stolen by an illegal alien from Mexico. He was brought here by his illegal alien parents and allowed to grow up as a wild animal.”
He continued: “Some people believe that if you are brought over by no fault of your own that it makes you a good person. They want you to believe that DREAM Act kids don’t murder. I am here to debunk that myth.”
More than two dozen Democrats in the House and Senate — and one Republican — want to give the U.S. attorney general the power to block the sale of guns and explosives to known terrorists, and also to anyone who is “appropriately suspected” of being a terrorist.
The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act was introduced this week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). They say it makes no sense that people on the terrorist watch list are prohibited from boarding airplanes in the United States, but are still free to buy guns and explosives.
One man’s (or government’s) terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Is it tyranny when the ruling class is able to label an individual based on their own suspicions and then enact restrictions upon that individual? Or worse. We know from history when this is going and how it will end.
The only question is how you will act.
We are issuing this statement to make clear that the scope of work USW is seeking in negotiations with the refinery owners does not and will not include the following: new construction; turnaround or shut down work (not currently performed by in-house USW members); and specialty work that requires specialty equipment.
In addition, the USW does not and will not seek to bar the subcontracting of such work to contractors whose employees are represented by North America’s Building Trades Unions. The daily maintenance and repair work covered by the existing scope or recognition clauses contained in USW agreements with refinery owners and performed by the refinery owners’ workforce is the work of the USW. This is the only work the USW is trying to defend in the current negotiations with the refinery owners.
Furthermore, USW officials acknowledge the safety qualifications of NABTU contractors and acknowledge that those contractors that employ and are signatory with North America’s Building Trades Unions, utilize the best trained, most skilled and safest craft workers in the world.
The USW recognizes that the five contractors represented by the California Refinery Contractors Association undermine the standards of the USW and the Building Trades in the industry. The USW is committed to resolving this issue once and for all including, if necessary, the expulsion of the USW Local Unions that represent the workers of such contractors.
Meanwhile, for the duration of the USW strike, NABTU unions and their members shall respect the USW picket lines and refrain from performing struck work, with the understanding that rebuilding and/or new construction by NABTU union members shall be permitted and USW will assist the NABTU in facilitating such work.
As Ukraine’s socio-economic situation goes from worst to worst-er, today’s announcement by President Poroshenko that the government will take actions to stabilize the currency (which as we previously noted, appears to be heading for hyperinflation) has Ukrainians rushing for the exits into precious metals… with only one goal in mind – wealth preservation.
What a horrible time in America —an inept leader in the White House and knot- headed Republicans nipping at his heels like a pack of annoying Chihuahuas. And like those pesky little dogs, they seemingly have no apparent talent other than barking.
Some thought that the pre-2015 Republicans had no plan —sadly they did. Their grand scheme was quite simple, they were content to merely sit on their thumbs and allow President Obama to flounder, and hoped to win enough seats in the legislature in November 2014 to control both houses of congress. He did and they did! The problem with this plan was that it had absolutely nothing to do with governing or dealing with the mammoth problems facing America, or curbing the president’s high-handed unconstitutional acts.
Once the new congress was seated their first order of business was to reelect one of Obama’s few friends as Speaker of the House. I suppose that there is something poetic about having the man who thinks he is king and the king of the cocktail hour running the Executive and the lower chamber of the bicameral congress respectively. The Republican House did not have the stomach to remove Boehner nor will they challenge Obama’s imperial orders in any meaningful way because they simply lack the ethical courage to do their job!
This Thursday, Feb. 26, will be a fateful day for the future of the Internet. In the nearly 40 years that I have been involved in communications law and policy, including serving as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) associate general counsel, this action, without a doubt, is one of the agency’s most misguided.
The sad reality is that, without any convincing evidence of market failure and consumer harm, the FCC is poised, on a 3-2 party-line vote, to expand its control over Internet providers in ways that threaten the Internet’s future growth and vibrancy.
Here is the nub of the matter: By choosing to regulate Internet providers as old-fashioned public utilities in order to enforce “neutrality” mandates, the commission will discourage private-sector investment and innovation for many years to come, if only as a result of the litigation that will be spawned and the uncertainty that will be created. And the new government mandates inevitably will lead to even more than the usual special interest pleading at the FCC, as Internet companies try to advantage themselves and disadvantage their competitors by seeking favored regulatory treatment.
The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years could spread if talks over improved safety conditions do not resume soon, United Steelworkers union (USW) International President Leo Gerard said on Tuesday.
A total of 6,550 USW members are on strike at 15 plants, including 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of U.S. capacity. Union members work at more than 200 oil terminals, pipelines, refineries and chemical plants in the U.S.
The USW has said it is seeking to retain safety provisions from previous contracts and tighten fatigue standards for workers, as well as win back daily maintenance jobs now done by non-union contractors.
“(The strike spreading) depends on what happens in the next round of negotiations and that those negotiations resume fairly quickly,” Gerard in a telephone news conference from Atlanta.
Gerard, who is attending the AFL-CIO winter conference in Atlanta, said no date has been set for resuming negotiations.
I keep warning people about Leo Gerald.