"hasn't survived Obama" category (not copper church gutters or an Everett children's hospital)
+ video analogy..obama's 2nd "gangsta" term vs Freedom
Monroe church’s historic brass bell stolen
Cathedral bell weighing more than two tons stolen by metal thieves
used grease, er, I mean "liquid gold" thieves
AZ swat team responds to Mexican military and cartels shootout on US soil
obama taxes artificial limbs: so the industry cuts 5% of it's global workforce. (example, just one company, now multiply them up)
DOJ wanted to be legally able to lie about presence of documents on any FOIA request, destroying original intent of FOIA....(think fast and furious)
Justice Department pulls controversial FOIA regs
What A Little-Known Colonial Pamphlet Tells Us About the Constitution
by Rob Natelson
Between 1764 and the Declaration of Independence in 1776 Americans produced a rich series of pamphlets and resolutions listing their grievances against the central government of the British Empire. As I have pointed out before, reading those
pamphlets is very helpful in understanding what the Constitution really means. And ignorance of them contributes to common constitutional mistakes.
These pamphlets are particularly useful in comprehending the Founders’ version of federalism. This is because the constitutional balance between states and federal government partly reflected what the Founders had wanted the balance to be
between colonies and imperial government.
One of the most extraordinary of these pamphlets is little-known today, but it deserves much more attention. It is “The Votes and Proceedings of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston in Town Meeting assembled According to
Law.” Historians refer to it as “The Boston Pamphlet.”
The Boston Pamphlet was the product of the Boston “committee of correspondence,” a group consisting of patriots such as James Otis and Sam Adams. The people of the Town of Boston formally approved the Pamphlet on November 20, 1772,
whereupon they sent it to other Massachusetts towns for their consideration and response.
The Boston Pamphlet’s statement of natural rights anticipates the statement of natural rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence. The Pamphlet’s view of the limits on British power anticipates the balance the Framers struck in the
Among the Boston Pamphlet’s statements of natural law are —
* All men have a “right to life, liberty, property.”
* In “Case of intollerable [sic] Oppression” people have the right to “leave the Society they belong to, and enter into another.”
* “Every natural Right, not expressly given up, or from the Nature of the social Compact necessarily ceded, remains.”
* It is absurd to argue that men “renounce their essential natural Rights, or the Means of preserving those Rights; when the grand End of civil Government from the very Nature of its Institution, is for the Support, Protection and Defence of those
Other portions of the document shed light on provisions in the Constitution. For example, the statement that the people have “the Right to support and defend [their natural rights] in the best Manner they can” is an important indication that the
Second Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms” includes a personal right of self-defense. Similarly, the statement that “every Man . . . has a Right peaceably and quietly to worship God, according to the Dictates of his Conscience,” supports the
well-documented conclusion that the First Amendment requires the federal government to treat all religions equally, but does not protect irreligion. (Regretfully, for reasons too complicated to discuss here, the Boston Pamphlet excluded Catholics
from protection; however, the First Amendment did not.)
In addition, the Pamphlet tells us that:
* Public officials are mere servants of those they serve—a primary tenet of Founding-Era political theory that underlies several constitutional provisions.
* “The Legislative has no Right to absolute arbitrary Power over the Lives and Fortunes of the People”—foreshadowing the limited nature of congressional authority.
* “There should be one Rule of Justice for Rich and Poor; for the Favourite at Court, and the Countryman at the Plough”—embodying the “equal protection” principle appearing in several parts of the original Constitution and strengthened by the
* “The Supreme Power cannot justly take from any Man, any Part of his Property without his Consent, in Person or by his Representative”—foreshadowing legislative control over finance.
* The colonists “have and enjoy, all Liberties and Immunities of free and natural Subjects. . . as if they . . . were born within . . . [the] Realm of England”—foreshadowing the Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV.
* Complaining of how royal officials would “enter and go board any Ship, Boat, or other Vessel. . . and also in the day-time to go into any House, Shop, Cellar, or any other Place, where any Goods, Wares or Merchandizes lie concealed, or are
suspected to lie concealed….” and “our Boxes, Trunks and Chests broke open, ravaged and plundered . . . ”—all giving meaning to the Fourth Amendment.
* Complaining of extending central control of the judicial system (and violating trial by jury) at the expense of local courts—thereby foreshadowing the limits on federal courts set forth in Article III and in the Bill of Rights.
* While implicitly conceding London’s control over commerce among units of the British Empire (as virtually all Americans did), still bitterly complaining of London’s efforts to restrict colonial manufacturing and local commerce—thus anticipating
the limits on Congress’s Commerce Power.
Several of the governmental abuses recited in the Boston Pamphlet have returned. As the imperial government did then, the federal government now meddles in local judicial matters, restricts manufacture and intra-state transport, and engages in
random searches and seizures.
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There were at least two other ways the Boston Pamphlet foreshadowed the future. First, it accurately predicted that, “The Inhabitants of this Country, in all Probability, in a few Years, will be more numerous, than those of Great Britain and Ireland
together. . . .”
And by noting that “The Colonists have been branded with the odious Names of Traitors and Rebels only for complaining of their Grievances,” the Boston Pamphlet anticipated the venom slung at the Tea Party patriots of our own time.
In private life, Rob Natelson is a long-time conservative/free market activist, but professionally he is a constitutional scholar whose meticulous studies of the Constitution’s original meaning have been published or cited by many top law journals. (See
http://www.umt.edu/law/faculty/natelson.htm.) Most recently, he co-authored The Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause (Cambridge University Press) and The Original Constitution(Tenth Amendment Center). After a quarter of a century as
Professor of Law at the University of Montana, he recently retired to work full time at Colorado’s Independence Institute.
Black Helicopters -n- white tinted window SUV's:
where's PETA or a leftist when you need them? given there's no immigrant voting block in play, one can vaguely imagine this being corrected.
Tension between Whatcom farmers, Border Patrol
By RON JUDD
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. —
Larry DeHaan loves his country, loves his family, loves his land. But he probably never would have started raising middle-finger salutes to those government helicopters if not for a different lifelong passion.
"I love my cows," he says, without a hint of sarcasm, explaining how he's become the unofficial spokesman for the local Please-Call-Off-The-Border-Patrol movement.
"I guess it's because I spend so much time with them."
It's a serious relationship.
"I make my entire living off what my cows produce," DeHaan says. "When my cows are upset, I'm upset."
And when he is upset, it just might become an international incident.
DeHaan and the 500 easily excitable Holsteins of Storm Haven Farm don't just live near the U.S. border. They live on it. Given the prevailing southerly winds, every time a DeHaan cow passes gas, a British Columbian ends up holding his nose.
But a stink of another kind has been simmering here for months — what DeHaan and others call "harassment" by a swelling force of U.S. Border Patrol agents.
"Harassed" is in the eye of the harassed, of course.
But before judging, consider the setting: Rural Whatcom County is almost all farmland, with raspberry vines outnumbering people about a half-million to one. Moonless nights are still ink-black out here. It's often so quiet that the symphony of a flock
of trumpeter swans taking flight can be heard a mile away.
That calm has been jarred by a bursting paramilitary force. The Border Patrol's Blaine sector, which stretches from the North Cascades to the Olympic Peninsula and south into Oregon, has swelled to 327 agents today from 45 agents in 2000.
Border Patrol officials say they're seeking ways to make their workforce blend in better with the community. But that's a big task. These agents are hard to miss — and even harder to ignore.
A fleet of white SUVs rolls down local dirt roads daily, often parked for hours, engines running, the agents shielded by dark, tinted windows.
The government is constantly watching — through video feeds from 32 remote-control cameras atop a string of 50-foot posts. Ground sensors monitor comings and goings near the border, which, except for some recently installed metal obelisks, is
marked in most places here only by a lightweight farm fence or a simple ditch.
Farmers — most of whom don't want to be quoted publicly — complain about white-SUV traffic becoming so heavy that their farm roads need repair. Others say they've been left shaken and confused when agents swarmed onto their property in
some mystery operation, only to withdraw without telling residents why they were there.
Most conspicuous of all is a military Blackhawk helicopter that patrols the border and, until recent months, routinely flew late-night, low-elevation sorties that not only rattled windows, but scared the bejeebers out of farm animals and farmers alike.
"We were strafed repeatedly until last summer," DeHaan says. When the Blackhawk swooped in over his property, his entire farmhouse rattled.
So, in a sense, was his sense of security on his own property.
"Our homes are private," DeHaan says. "The government does not have the right to intrude without a warrant."
Federal law gives agents authority to cross private property in pursuit of official business in a 25-mile band adjacent to the border. Residents say they don't mind that — as long as they know it's necessary, not just some sort of make-work exercise.
On the plus side, the aerial "strafings" have mostly stopped, DeHaan says — a likely outcome of a dust-up last year involving his next-door neighbor. Wayne Groen was charged by federal authorities after he was arrested for shining a spotlight at the
Blackhawk as it hovered low over his property one night in September 2010.
Prosecutors said the light temporarily blinded the pilot, who the government maintains nearly lost control of the craft because — apparently unbeknown to Groen — he was wearing night-vision goggles.
Groen, arrested in his pickup, in his underwear, was acquitted of the more serious of two charges brought by U.S. attorneys in Seattle, but convicted of interfering with the operation of an aircraft. He was sentenced to two months, which he currently
is serving at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.
Groen declined to comment. He still fears reprisals by agents, says his attorney, Jeffrey Lustick.
Neighbors of Groen, 42, who runs a manure-hauling business, have rallied around him, calling the federal prosecution an overreaction — or, worse, a chilling warning to others tempted to make trouble.
Lustick says he was shocked when prosecutors insisted on a trial, rather than a plea arrangement that might have helped soothe tensions in the community.
"The government told me they wanted to make an example of Mr. Groen," Lustick says.
A hint of that is found in government sentencing papers, where prosecutors cited "a genuine and pressing need for deterrence in this case" because Groen seemed "emboldened" by community support. Arguing for a 10-month sentence, they
portrayed Groen as a man with "anger-management" problems who never showed remorse. They also cited what they called a disturbing pattern of verbal "harassment" of agents, much of which Groen disputes.
A pair of community meetings in the wake of Groen's arrest drew hundreds of residents, many of whom said they now are fearful of a law-enforcement presence that seems to treat everyone as suspicious.
Border Patrol officials insisted they got the message, and reached out to the community in small ways, such as establishing a 24-hour telephone hotline for residents. Since then, a sort of uneasy truce has settled across the Nooksack Valley — aided,
in some cases, by residents drawing their own figurative lines in the sand.
DeHaan installed a twine "gate" across the main gravel road through his back pasture. The gate post holds a sign bearing what he considers something between a warning and a plea:
"NO GOVERNMENT VEHICLES BEYOND THIS POINT."
"So far, they're honoring it," he says.
DeHaan confesses he may have accidentally mowed off a government ground-sensor antenna or two out here while clearing brush. But he insists he would never dream of interfering with legitimate Border Patrol work.
"I always felt that it was a privilege to live near the border and be the first line of defense," he says. His father often told stories about bootleggers skulking along dirt roads in the area. And he's seen plenty of foot traffic on or near his property for
"If we saw anything out of the ordinary, we would call," he recalls. "I knew the Border Patrol because there were only five or six of them. Now, there are so many new ones, they treat me as some common criminal."
Beyond that, he and others question the steady surge in agent numbers in a sector where actual Border Patrol interceptions have noticeably decreased in recent years. He's still willing to be charitable to the green-shirted agents, he says, "but it has to
go both ways. They could at least wave."
Unfortunately, the new world order dictates a different approach, suggests Richard Sinks, the Border Patrol's local community liaison.
"Our agents are aware that the community would like a little more friendliness shown by agents," he says. "Hopefully agents are smiling and waving more frequently." But, he adds, waving is usually the last thing on your mind when you're dealing with
drug-runners or illegal border crossers.
Still, Sinks says the agency is aware of its image problem, and Homeland Security is responding by beefing up public-relations budgets. That might enable agents to spend more time meeting with community groups. The service understands it needs
locals on its side, Sinks says.
One stereotype about the flood of new recruits — that most are military veterans who arrive with a gung-ho attitude after serving on the more-frenetic southern border with Mexico — is based at least in part in fact, Sinks says: All new agents spend
at least a year down south before they can move to other posts.
When they arrive up north, they get a little indoctrination about the need to apply the brakes. "A lot of the same tactics are used," Sinks says. "It's just a lot slower pace" in the north.
Agents, DeHaan says, "need to realize, OK, these are normal people. Let's not keep aggravating them. I do believe they are coming to that conclusion. It just takes a while." He tries to stay in good humor about it all.
Sometimes, if he sees the nearby remote camera aimed for long stretches straight at his home, DeHaan will call the hotline and give them some business: "Would you please get that damn camera off our house?"
Then, watching out the window, he and wife Cheryl will see it sheepishly sweep away in another direction.
DeHaan likes to think that eventually, America will grasp its own overreaction, and things will ebb back the other way.
He plans to be here to see that. If he can't beat the big new Border Patrol, he may well outlast it. It's not like he has much choice.
"You don't just pick up a 500-cow dairy farm and move it away."
Is Chris Rock channeling NRA's Wayne LaPierre?
What will be interesting to see, though, will be these "progressives'" reaction (if any) to Obama supporter Chris Rock making a substantially similar point, if rather more profanely. From Politico:
There’s a f——— art to the first term because you’re always running for a second term the whole time. It’s like Clinton’s first term. You can’t really do your gangsta sh— until your second term.
I’m like everybody, I want more action. But I understand that he’s trying not to piss off a lot of people. But I believe wholeheartedly if he’s back in, he’s going to do some gangsta sh—.
(Terry) Family of Murdered Border Agent Breaks Silence, Lashes Out at Holder
Holder releases apology to press before Terry family recieves it.
Obama: 'Impossible' to Stop Gun Trafficking South
Written by Ronan Graham
U.S. President Barack Obama said his administration has no plans to implement new controls on arms sales, despite acknowledging the severity of the problem of illegal arms trafficking and the difficulty in slowing that traffic south, a Mexican news
Russia: Air Gun Ammo Disappears From City Stores
Stupid US Attorney Trick #43: Slipping viruses into discovery material. A public service announcement of SSI and the R. A. Bear Detective Agency.
Boeing Controversy Documents Show NLRB Staff Joking, Attacking US and Congress
by Tom Fitto
On April 22, 2011, Acting NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon sent an email to Wilma Liebman, outgoing Chairwoman of the NLRB, “The article gave me a new idea. You go to geneva [Switzerland] and I get a job with airbus [French
company]. We screwed up the us economy and now we can tackle europe.” Solomon’s comment was in response to an article published in French on the European Planet Labor website noting the devastating potential economic impact on South
Carolina if the plant were to be scuttled: “Two billion dollars were invested in Charleston, 1,000 employees were recruited, and the site was supposed to open in July… until the NLRB meddled in.”
On April 22, 2011, NLRB attorney Debra Willen received an email, in which Republican Sen. James DeMint of South Carolina is ridiculed as “Sen. Dement.”
On May 12, 2011, NLRB Deputy Assistant General Counsel Joseph Baniszewski emailed a political cartoon to Deputy Assistant General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo mocking the state of South Carolina with regard to Boeing Corporation’s
decision to locate its manufacturing facility in that state.
On April 28, 2011, Miriam Szapiro sent an email to NLRB attorney Debra Willen commenting on an article in The Economist expressing some support for the Boeing lawsuit: “Exactly; it just shows you how incredibly reactionary the US is, that
the conservative Economist thinks we’re Neanderthal.”
On April 20, 2011, Mara-Louise Anzalone, counsel for Acting NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon, took exception to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) statement, “As Senator, I will do everything in my power, including introducing
legislation cutting off funding for this wide goose chase, to stop the NLRB’s frivolous complaint [against Boeing].” In an email to NLRB regional attorney Anne Pomerantz, Anzalone writes, “Awesome. Sounds like they’re just going to furlough you
obama's CURRENT science advisor...not science fiction !!!! ehrlich had a bunch of armageddon books that all proved to be bull..
Halloween Crazy: Thoughts from Obama’s Science Advisor
Posted October 31, 2011
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“Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the [twentieth] century.”
- John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich
Doom and gloom—and falsification of the same—hallmarks the long career of John P. Holdren, neo-Malthusian and now President Obama’s top science advisor.
It’s Halloween, a good time to refresh memories of the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy who just might be the scariest presidential advisor in U.S. history!
Read—but don’t be too frightened. The sky-is-falling gloom of Holdren, his mentor Paul Ehrlich, and others is in empirical and intellectual trouble. More on that from your friends at IER after today.
Billion Deaths Possible!
“As University of California physicist John Holdren has said, it is possible that carbon-dioxide climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020.”
Economic Decline Coming!
“Today the frontiers are gone, and the evidence is mounting that technology cannot hold the law of diminishing returns at bay much longer. Resources being stressed today are often being stressed globally; they will not be replenished from outside
Economic Decline Required!
“Only one rational path is open to us—simultaneous de-development of the [overdeveloped countries] and semi-development of the underdeveloped countries (UDC’s), in order to approach a decent and ecologically sustainable standard of living
for all in between. By de-development we mean lower per-capita energy consumption, fewer gadgets, and the abolition of planned obsolescence.”
“We are not, of course, optimistic about our chances of success. Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century. (The inability to forecast exactly which one – whether
plague, famine, the poisoning of the oceans, drastic climatic change, or some disaster entirely unforeseen – is hardly grounds for complacency.)”
We find ourselves firmly in the neo-Malthusian camp. We hold this view not because we believe the world to be running out of materials in an absolute sense, but rather because the barriers to continued material growth, in the form of problems of
economics, logistics, management, and environmental impact, are so formidable.”
Occupy Wall Street!
“[Our] “gloomy prognosis” [requires] organized evasive action: population control, limitation of material consumption, redistribution of wealth, transitions to technologies that are environmentally and socially less disruptive than today’s, and
movement toward some kind of world government”
“We have been warned by our more cautious colleagues that those who discuss threats of sociological and ecological disaster run the risk of being ‘discredited’ if those threats fail to materialize on schedule.”
you cannot own a gun if you vote DNC, or you're a goat raping hypocrite.
Democratic Lawmakers Urge Obama to Veto Gun Measure
By ASHLEY SOUTHALL
Two lawmakers are calling on President Obama to issue a veto threat against gun legislation working its way through Congress that would make it easier for people to carry concealed handguns across state lines, signifying growing concern among
Democrats that the measure may reach the president’s desk.
EDITORIAL: Democrats cling to their guns
Headline: "Holder Refuses To Apologize For Murder Of Border Agent; Says Fast & Furious Didn't Lead To Death"
Holder Thumbs His Nose at Brian Terry’s Family, Says We Need More Gun Control
by AWR Hawki
Eric Holder Says A Federal Gun Registry Would Have Prevented Fast & Furious
Issa wants answers from DoJ official; Terry family statement
double standards don't work
CA cop weapons exemptions in the spotlight
Under oath, Holder discredits 'Bush did it too' excuse for 'Gunwalker'
Eric Holder: Everyone to Blame for Fast & Furious, Except Me
Fast and Furious was Never a "Botched" Operation
Fast and Furious did exactly what it was designed to do, set up the Second Amendment as the fall guy.
Holder Cites Lack of (canadian style gun registry) on Mexican Drug Cartel Problem, while his sub basement dept. traffics 2000 to mexico...
Hillary's "media matters" and paid commenter blogger cadre run interference for obama's holder problem. (Townhall's Kate Pavlich: To Stop Gun Trafficking, "Get Rid Of The ATF")
MSNBC Analyst and Hard News Anchors Attack Second Amendment
Report: Egypt spending more on arms with China, Russia
Calif. Mayor Chooses Occupy Rally Over Veterans Day Memorial
‘Your Blood Is Our Paint’: Grammy-Nominated Singer’s New Violent Occupy Anthem
The Four Steps Towards England
As governor, Romney worked to reassure liberals
CHINA-IRAN MISSILE SALES
Grassley On Breuer's Testimony
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