Sunday, February 26, 2012

Telling the truth on Main Stream Media will get you fired!

Judge Napolitano is a brave, principled man who is not afraid to speak his mind. However that kind of courage will get you fired from Fox Business (the network is retaining him as a commentator, but probably only because of contract obligations no doubt.) Remember... the truth shall set you free, but it could also get you fired!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Last Chance...

I fear that this is it. With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which allows the President or his designees to indefinitely detain persons whom are considered to be terrorists or subversive (without due process or access to a lawyer - FEMA camps, anyone?) and the Stop Online Piracy Act bill (SOPA) which will impose draconian penalties on accidental or fair use that is deemed (by who?) to violate copyright laws, I think this country is circling the drain when it comes to freedom. The NDAA attacks the fourth amendment & potentially the first if speech itself is seen as an act of terrorism. SOPA is an attack on first amendment rights in the guise of "protecting" corporate interests and well-meaning artists that are overprotective of their intellectual material. The internet could be heavily censored even by "free" countries like the United States & the act will definitely affect countries that are already battling censorship.

What's wrong with current copyright laws? It's like the anti-2nd amendment lobby asking for more gun laws instead of focusing on enforcing the ones on the books. This is the same only worse because it attacks the ability to speak against what could be construed as an attack on use of information.

Anonymous is definitely against the SOPA nonsense and I would wager is against the NDAA for the only reason that it could potentially be used against them.

Anyway, here is a video about Ron Paul & how he predicted much of the shadow that our country has fallen under.

Here is more information about SOPA that explains exactly what it will mean & the potential ramifications of it.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

And finally, here is one of my favorite Ron Paul videos - The "What if" speech which outlines the dangers of interventionism. I truly believe this man would be a great president. We do NOT need to be barbarians to maintain our freedoms. And if too many in the country DO believe that, then perhaps we have gone the way of the Roman Empire.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

We Avoided Default... yay ...

What price is victory? Our country perhaps? Well that's how it finally played out when all was said & done. We are about to get a "Super Congress" committee of 12 people (six from each house of Congress, 3 democrats & 3 republicans ... notice that independents are shut-out) that have A LOT of power to railroad legislation through without the required floor debates and roll-call votes. It may seem to be "streamlining" the process, but rather it is borderline unconstitutional because is gives making law to a body that supersedes the constitutional process. The right to make laws cannot be given from Congress to others.

Anyway, that's only a footnote to the bigger financial problem that we face. The craptacular debt bill that has finally been ratified and signed into law basically kicks the can down the road without any significant spending cuts or means of revenue. Watch below as one former policy maker discusses how our distaste for considering our sacred cows will lead us into Greece within three years unless we reverse course.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where did our money go????

This movie was posted on the Federal Jack website & I think it does a great job of explaining the Federal Reserve Bank, the Internal Revenue System, and other impositions of the government that have caused economic chaos and hardship over the course of our country's history.

It's interesting, humorous, and explains the forces behind the economic crisis in our country in a way that everyone can understand.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Banned from TruTV - Police State: FEMA Camp episode of "Conspiracy Theory"

Although I'm not totally convinced that these so-called "FEMA Camps" are nefarious (see one of my earlier blogs where I chastise Glenn Beck for completely blowing them off as unsubstantiated conspiracy theory), there is no doubt that they exist, that they are currently being used, and there is always the unfortunate possibility for them to be misused. This is the full-version of the TruTV show "Conspiracy Theory" with Jesse Ventura. This episode was BANNED by TruTV after pressure from some entities in the government. Obviously, former-Governor Ventura got a little too close for somebody's comfort.

Anyway, here is the episode that someone posted on You Tube. You can also find the episode broken up into parts all over the web.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Beginning of the End of the Free Internet . . . Unless . . .

As if considering ending "net neutrality" and proposing licensing people before they can have an website/blog/account where they can express their first amendment rights wasn't enough, the internet is now embroiled in a global "cyberwar" over the pressure being put on the organization "Wikileaks." Are they heroes or villains? Traitors or patriots of humanity? Terrorists or freedom fighters? Although only time will fully answer these questions, my concern is how the U.S. government (as well as others) and financial institutions are using this crisis to 1) consider and/or propose legislation to bring the internet under government control AND 2) punish an institution for what constitutes whistleblowing.

Yes, they may not be angels (although whether release of the information will compromise the United States or its allies remains to be seen) they are still the primary vehicle for people to anonymously pass on information that may prove governments complacent in murder, gratuitous espionage (on allies!), manipulation of facts, terrorism, and human rights abuses.

Jesse Ventura said (paraphrased) - I love my country, but I don't always love my government. I echo that sentiment.

If laws were broken, then go after the the lawbreakers. But once information is in the public domain, any attack on the "messenger" (e.g. Wikileaks in this case) will be seen as an attack on freedom of speech and the free internet.

As a result, the group "Anonymous" is now formulating Operation Avenge Assange under the broader Operation Payback that is an attack on financial institutions and other entities that are interfering with Wikileaks either by denying them services or dropping their financial relationship with them. That these same entities are also potential responsible for the horrible economic downturn that is shattering so many families and businesses may or may not be a coincidence.

If you remember from January 2008 , Anonymous is the collective organization of activists, hackers, and p.o.'d average citizens that attacked the Church of Scientology because they tried to claim a copyright infringement on the dissemination of a video showing Tom Cruise saying some pretty fanatical views about Scientology's worth in society. The result was numerous online exposes and protests at Church of Scientology locations that brought much unwanted attention to some of their questionable practices.

Since Anonymous is a collective of individuals with varying motives, scruples, and capabilities, their tactics have varied from the questionable to the noble to the just plain childish. However, they are overall simply an organization devoted to the protection of freedom of information especially having to do with internet access. Whether you agree with their tactics, you must agree that they are fighting for what all true patriots believe in . . . freedom of speech.

Documentary on Wikileaks -

Next a video from Anonymous explaining why they are supporting Wikileaks -

Finally, a video of Ron Paul defending Wikileaks on the Senate floor.

Whether you praise or criticize Wikileaks, please DON'T let anyone use this as an excuse to bring a free internet under government control.

The Meaning of WikiLeaks

Sunday, November 28, 2010

If We Allow Our Freedoms to be Rescinded, then the Terrorists Have Won . . .

Benjamin Franklin once said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Yet, that is what we are doing on a daily basis. Cameras at many intersections . . . legislation threatening to curb fourth amendment liberties regarding required court orders before police search & seizures . . . virtual strip searches and physical pat-downs by under-trained Transportation Security Agency goons (which is government policing private transportation venues) . . . police brutality during arrests.

When 9/11 happened, I was shocked & dismayed like so many others. I even bought the fear-mongering that led to one semi-justified war (Afghanistan) and one unjustified one (Iraq). And although I am not officially a 9/11 Truther since I don't subscribe to the "inside job" conspiracy theories, I do believe that the U.S. government is lying about what really led up to that day & even to some degree what exactly happened on that day. And there is now no doubt in my mind that the anti-freedom minded factions of the government used that horrible tragedy to perpetuate what is now becoming the instrument to control the American people.

And THEY said . . . Continue as if everything is normal . . . if we do not change our behavior to submit to fear, then we will defeat the terrorists.But our government did not do as they told us to, and as a result, we HAVE lost precious freedoms thanks to our response to the 9/11 attacks among others.

Here are some videos discussing or showing about just how bad things are getting . . .

Here is a recent incident in Miami. I understand if police deem someone breaking the law and arrest them, but punching a suspect then threatening bystanders is unacceptable (even if some bystanders are being belligerent due to their observation of the police atrocities). >>>Warning: Explicit/offensive language<<<

Click here for video - unable to embed by request

Anyway, hope you and yours had a safe and joyful Thanksgiving holiday!