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Freedom In America Is Now Illegal! … J. D. Longstreet

Freedom In America Is Now Illegal!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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Before you sigh and mutter to yourself: “Oh, no! Another tome by Longstreet opining how we Americans have lost our freedom,” consider the words of Eric Peters at http://www.ericpetersautos.com/

Mr. Peters says: “Our slavery is ingenious because it’s so very subtle. Most people not only don’t see (much less feel) their shackles – they get angry when someone calls attention to them. Most people, in other words, still imagine themselves to be free. This despite the obvious fact that they must first beg – and obtain – permission before they may exercise any of their former natural rights.”

Struck a nerve, did it? If you love freedom, as I do, I am SURE it got your attention.

Mr. Peters goes on to say: “Even the elemental right to choose your spouse, for instance, is no longer a natural right; the state demands the couple seek its permission to marry. Exactly as feudal lords once demanded of their serfs. And serfs we have become.”

Mr. Peters continues: “Thus, people beg the state’s permission. Much worse, they have accepted this as normal and reasonable. They do not take umbrage – or even become mildly annoyed. Many – all too many – take pride in having begged for (and received) their permission slips. In having acquired a birth certificate (of ownership) for their children. A driver’s license, a Social Security number…. and so on.”

Mr. Peters commentary continues to cut to the nub of the American experience today.

We Americans are NO LONGER FREE! We haven’t been for a very long time. “Land of the free” ought to be scrubbed from our National Anthem because it is NOT TRUE!

In a recent commentary, I endeavored to point out a few of the freedoms lost to Americans. You may find it interesting. Read it here: https://flashpoint2016.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-shining-city-goes-dark-forever-j-d-longstreet/

America is now an oligarchy. Our government is run by a small group of very powerful people. Where did they get that power? We, you and I, gave it to them.

America’;s Founding Fathers were fearful that this day would eventually come. Ben Franklin, upon being asked by a female by-stander what kind of government they had given us, is said to have replied: “A republic, Madam — if you can keep it!”

Well, the plain truth is — we DIDN’T keep it!

Freedom requires eternal vigilance. You have heard that phrase time and time again — and it is very true. Once freedom is gained it is hard work to maintain it. Apparently, it is work only a few citizens are willing to undertake.

To remain free, free people must constantly wage war against the passion of the few to rule the many. Those who seek power, who thrive on power over their fellowman, are working unceasingly to grasp that power in manners too numerous to measure. They are a constant and growing threat.

And they LIE! How they lie! They will look America directly in the eye and — with all the sincerity they can muster — tell you a bald-faced lie. We Americans have just undergone months of disingenuousness in the most recent presidential campaign. And he won!

America spurned its last hope of recovering its freedom and its self respect. That is why hundreds of thousands of Americans are petitioning the White House to allow their states to leave the so-called United States of America and create their own country ruled by the old, the original, Constitution. (For those of you educated in America’s public schools you may have to Google “constitution.”)

Those rights granted by God, and God alone, are now restricted, or forbidden, by the centralized authority of the US government.

Americans must now live in fear and dread, very much as the citizens of the old Soviet Union did, of the bureaucratic despotism of Obama’s nameless, faceless, Czars, and despotic agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (a domestic version of KGB), the Environmental Protection Agency, and a myriad of alphabet soup agencies that have locked our freedom away — and — from whom we must beg permission to exercise rights that Providence granted us at birth.

As Mr. Peters says: “Free men do not beg permission. They insist that their rights be respected. Come what may.

But before anyone can insist that his rights be respected, he must understand that his rights exist because he exists. Not because his rights were written on a document. Not because the state acknowledges them formally. Rights just are. And once he has such understanding, he will resent like hell ever having to ask permission to exercise them.”

There is a plethora of wisdom in Mr. Peter’s article entitled: “Permission Slips Instead of Rights.” We recommend you read it in its entirety. You will find it at: http://ericpetersautos.com/2012/11/27/permission-slips-instead-of-rights/

Someone once said: “Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn’t stand on the doorstep with toothbrush, mustache, and swastika armband — it creeps up insidiously… step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone.”

Certainly there was SOME of that in old America. (There is ALWAYS that ten percent who do not get the word.) But that excuse REALLY doesn’t fly when applied to modern America. Americans were warned — loud and long — that they were giving their freedom away for ONLY the promise of security.

Americans today are jobless, homeless and broke — ripe for the picking. President Franklin Roosevelt once said: “People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”

To see the wisdom of Roosevelt’s words we have only to look to the Oval Office in the White House today.

There will remain a few who refuse to be silenced. A few who will continue to point to the obvious, that America is now a Marxist state. They are few now. They will be fewer later as the fist of the dictator begins to crush them into eternal silence.

Some will endeavor to keep the fires of freedom kindled and the spark alive. As one of our Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams (a veritable thorn-in-the-flesh to King George) once said: “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Pass the matches, please.

© J. D. Longstreet

Alice In Wonderland Science … Dr. Kelvin Kemm

Alice In Wonderland Science

Our energy and environment deserve better – in South Africa and Qatar

Kelvin Kemm

A few weeks ago, perhaps as a prologue to the “global warming disaster” convention in Doha, Qatar, South Africa’s Department of Environment Affairs took out a full-page advertisement in our country’s newspapers, promoting National Marine Week.

The ad showed a map of the Antarctic continent, from above the pole, surrounded by the vast blue Southern Ocean. It also promoted South Africa’s new Antarctic research vessel, SA Agulhas II.

The advertisement’s text mentioned the massive Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which is responsible for distributing vital nutrients to the world’s oceans. It noted that the truly massive quantities of phytoplankton found in the ocean are vital marine building blocks in ocean processes. All that is true, and I certainly applaud efforts to protect the environment and promote National Marine Week and our country’s research efforts.

But then, sadly, the ad’s discussion of physics content went off the rails. Referring to phytoplankton, it said “these microscopic creatures also use carbon to create energy.” Wrong!

The most basic law of thermodynamics says energy is neither created nor destroyed, but merely converted from one form to another. The only way to “create” energy is via a nuclear process, whereby matter is converted to energy in a nuclear reaction, as Einstein famously postulated over a century ago. Nuclear processes operate outside the laws of thermodynamics, but there is certainly no nuclear process going on in phytoplankton.

I could have lived with that slip up in the physics. But it got worse – much worse. The ad went on to blame global warming for upsetting the phytoplankton. In a declaration straight out of Alice in Wonderland, it asserted: “The increase in surface temperature over Antarctica from climate change is having a catastrophic knock-on effect, depleting phytoplankton stocks, melting the Antarctic ice sheet and causing an alarming reduction in all marine life.”

First, to the best of my knowledge, there has been no “alarming reduction in all marine life.” None of my colleagues are aware of it. Second, the surface temperature over Antarctica is not increasing.

In fact, a new record has just been attained. Antarctic sea ice has just reached an all-time record for total acreage. Day 265 of the year 2012 set an all time record, and then on day 266 that record was broken. The days 265 to 270 were the six highest Antarctic sea ice extent days of all time.

The environment department then compounded these errors by committing the unforgivable scientific sin of claiming a supposed increase in surface air temperature over Antarctica “is having a catastrophic knock-on effect” – then providing no evidence to back up its assertion and not telling readers what the alleged knock-on effect is.

I cannot even begin to imagine how this knock-on is supposed to alter the Circumpolar Current, which in turn is somehow supposed to affect the “energy creation” capabilities of phytoplankton. Come off it, folks.

There is so much good Antarctic science to be proud of – and, for that matter, really fine South African scientific achievements in the Antarctic to brag about. That the DEA would feel compelled to celebrate National Maritime Week by resorting to phytoplankton scares supposedly related to nonexistent Antarctic heating is beyond mystifying.

Meanwhile, over the last few months, newspaper stories have told of reduced sea ice extent at our planet’s other pole, the Arctic. Terms like “alarming rate” of ice depletion were bandied about casually. Yes, there were reductions in Arctic sea ice cover.

However, on September 18, a video posted by NASA on its website showed that a large and long lasting Arctic cyclone “wreaked havoc on the Arctic sea ice cover,” by “breaking up sea ice.” The unusual reduction in Arctic sea ice cover was due to high winds – not to any warming of the Arctic or global warming in general. NASA’s belated analysis demonstrated that a large section of ice north of the Chukchi Sea was cut off by the churning storm, broken up and pushed south into warmer waters, where it melted.

The storm also broke up other ice, accelerating drifting and melting elsewhere. Reuters finally reported that “NASA says a powerful cyclone formed off the coast of Alaska in early August and moved toward the centre of the Arctic Ocean, weakening the already thin sea ice as it went.”

NASA noted that this was an “uncommon event” and that there have been only about eight storms of similar strength during August in 34 years of satellite records. However, a major storm every four years is not all that “uncommon.” Paul A. Newman, Chief Scientist for Atmospheric Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, added that such wind disturbances produce many effects and can also lift warmer water from the depths of the Arctic Ocean up to the surface to accelerate melting.

For some reason – probably having to do with its regular promotion of “dangerous manmade global warming” claims – the storm story was barely mentioned in the mainstream popular media. By contrast, the “alarming ice cover reduction” narrative was covered extensively.

Now jump back in time five years, to December 12, 2007. On that date Associated Press writer Seth Borenstein distributed an article that stated: “An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer – a sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One scientist even speculated that summer sea ice could be gone in five years.”

Well, five years have come and gone. Borenstein was dead wrong. Does anyone suppose the AP will now publish an apology, admitting that its “science writer” was on thin ice when he made this outlandish statement, and saying he should not have tried to scare the public like that?

Perhaps the answer can be found in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

“There’s no use trying,” Alice said. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Especially with the Doha climate change confab in full swing, taxpayers, newspaper readers – and anyone dreaming of a better life through reliable, affordable energy – deserves more honest reporting and more science-based energy and environmental policies than they have been getting.

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Dr Kelvin Kemm is a nuclear physicist and business strategy consultant in Pretoria, South Africa. He is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), based in Washington, DC (www.CFACT.org). Dr. Kemm received the prestigious Lifetime Achievers Award of the National Science and Technology Forum of South Africa.

The Shining City Goes Dark — Forever … J. D. Longstreet

The Shining City Goes Dark — Forever

America Can Never Be Rebuilt
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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Move over North Korea. Move over China. Move over Soviet Socialist Russia. Move over Cuba. Move over Nazi Germany. Room must be made for a new entry on the list of police states on earth. Now we must add the name of — the United States of America.

Shocking? No. It has been in the works for a very long time and the terrorist attack that took out the World Trade Center on 9/11 simply created the right condition for the powerful to extend their powers over a scared, frightened, people who, like all humans since the beginning of time (except for a few strong individualists), traded their freedom for security.

Welcome to “post constitution America.”   The Bill of Rights is DEAD. Freedom for US citizens is a mirage. It no longer exists.

America is no longer a part of the so-called “free world.” Come to think of it — I’m not sure if there is, indeed, a free world any longer!

George Washington University law professor, Jonathan Turley, wrote a piece a while back that spelled it out for anyone not yet convinced that America has moved onto the police state list. You will find his article here: http://jonathanturley.org/2012/01/15/10-reasons-the-u-s-is-no-longer-the-land-of-the-free/

I’m going to highlight it a bit here.

Professor Turley says the list of powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11 puts us in rather troubling company. (See the incomplete list of authoritarian states I mentioned above)

Professor Turley enumerates the “new” powers our government now holds over its citizens:

Assassination of U.S. citizens

President Obama has claimed, as President George W. Bush did before him, the right to order the killing of any citizen considered a terrorist or an abettor of terrorism. Last month, administration officials affirmed that power, stating that the president can order the assassination of any citizen whom he considers allied with terrorists.

Indefinite detention

Under the law signed last month, terrorism suspects are to be held by the military; the president also has the authority to indefinitely detain citizens accused of terrorism. The Administration continues to claim the right to strip citizens of legal protections based on its sole discretion.

Arbitrary justice

The president now decides whether a person will receive a trial in the federal courts or in a military tribunal, a system that has been ridiculed around the world for lacking basic due process protections. Bush claimed this authority in 2001, and Obama has continued the practice.

Warrantless searches

The president may now order warrantless surveillance, including a new capability to force companies and organizations to turn over information on citizens’ finances, communications and associations. Bush acquired this sweeping power under the Patriot Act in 2001, and in 2011, Obama extended the power, including searches of everything from business documents to library records. The government can use “national security letters” to demand, without probable cause, that organizations turn over information on citizens — and order them not to reveal the disclosure to the affected party.

Secret evidence

The government now routinely uses secret evidence to detain individuals and employs secret evidence in federal and military courts. It also forces the dismissal of cases against the United States by simply filing declarations that the cases would make the government reveal classified information that would harm national security — a claim made in a variety of privacy lawsuits and largely accepted by federal judges without question. Even legal opinions, cited as the basis for the government’s actions under the Bush and Obama administrations, have been classified. This allows the government to claim secret legal arguments to support secret proceedings using secret evidence. In addition, some cases never make it to court at all. The federal courts routinely deny constitutional challenges to policies and programs under a narrow definition of standing to bring a case.

War crimes

The world clamored for prosecutions of those responsible for waterboarding terrorism suspects during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration said in 2009 that it would not allow CIA employees to be investigated or prosecuted for such actions. This gutted not just treaty obligations but the Nuremberg principles of international law. When courts in countries such as Spain moved to investigate Bush officials for war crimes, the Obama administration reportedly urged foreign officials not to allow such cases to proceed, despite the fact that the United States has long claimed the same authority with regard to alleged war criminals in other countries.

Secret court

The government has increased its use of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has expanded its secret warrants to include individuals deemed to be aiding or abetting hostile foreign governments or organizations. In 2011, Obama renewed these powers, including allowing secret searches of individuals who are not part of an identifiable terrorist group. The administration has asserted the right to ignore congressional limits on such surveillance.

Immunity from judicial review

Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration has successfully pushed for immunity for companies that assist in warrantless surveillance of citizens, blocking the ability of citizens to challenge the violation of privacy.

Continual monitoring of citizens

The Obama administration has successfully defended its claim that it can use GPS devices to monitor every move of targeted citizens without securing any court order or review. It is not defending the power before the Supreme Court — a power described by Justice Anthony Kennedy as “Orwellian.”

Extraordinary renditions

The government now has the ability to transfer both citizens and noncitizens to another country under a system known as extraordinary rendition, which has been denounced as using other countries, such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, to torture suspects. The Obama administration says it is not continuing the abuses of this practice under Bush, but it insists on the unfettered right to order such transfers — including the possible transfer of U.S. citizens.

THIS, dear reader, is the description of an authoritarian government, a police state — and THIS is America today.

America lurches along today, struggling with every breath. Much like a wounded animal instinctively knows something is wrong yet hasn’t the reasoning ability to understand that it is fatally wounded and will soon succumb to its wounds, collapse, and die.

America, the wounded giant, struggles against the infinity of self-inflicted wounds draining the life from its once vibrant body.

The lifeblood of the great constitutional republic, liberty and freedom, long since sacrificed on the alter of security, are no longer the life force of the once great titan that bestrode the earth. The lights are out in the once shining city on a hill and darkness shrouds the land.

The weight of the heavy hand of an authoritarian government smothers the citizenry and emasculates thoughts of revival.

Too late Americans remember the warning of one of America’s original Founding Fathers and our second President, John Adams. Freedom, once lost, can never be regained. Adams said: “A constitution of government, once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

America is done for. She cannot be rebuilt. redemption is impossible. The hollowed-out husk that remains has joined the league of mediocre nations destined to become the foundation of a global government on the planet.

At remarkable speed America “fundamentally transformed” itself from a constitutional representative republic to a socialist authoritarian (police) state to a “has been” nation. As John Adams warned — there is no going back.

© J. D. Longstreet

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The Middle East Minefield … Alan Caruba

The Middle East Minefield
By Alan Caruba

I often wonder whether Americans really care about the outcome of events as regards Israel. I know that a segment of American Jews are concerned and that evangelical Christians may care even more.

I can’t escape the feeling, though, that other than the horror of an Iranian nuclear missile blowing up Israel and killing its citizens (both Jewish and Muslim), that most Americans are not that committed to its survival. I suspect that most Europeans are even less committed.

I cite Israel because of the hostility of all others in the Middle East, but they may not be as hostile as things appear. Israel is a major deterrent to Iran’s ambitions.
Things are never what they seem in the Middle East.

A recent article in CanadaFreePress.com by Doug Hagmann suggests that the Benghazi affair that the Obama administration is trying to get passed actually masks a major arms movement from Libya to the Syrian rebels in order to overthrow its dictator, Bashar Assad. Hagmann asserts that it was a CIA operation, not a diplomatic one, and what was attacked was not a consulate, but rather a site for the storage and transmittal of weapons. The attack was an effort to disrupt it by those seeking to keep Assad in power, both Russia and Iran.

The major actors in this are the U.S., Turkey, and Egypt. The main benefactor would be Saudi Arabia whose oil fields are within the range of Iranian missiles. The Russians are part of the picture because they do not want to lose a key Syrian port for its naval ships, but Russia, too, is a major oil producer and anything that might harm its interests is seen as a bonus.

After 9/11 when the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked Americans supported an energetic response, but after George W. Bush committed troops to Afghanistan and Iraq it wasn’t long before Americans decided it was a bad idea. Too many memories of Vietnam along with too much cost in blood and treasure took the edge off of the reprisal in Afghanistan or the deposing of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. Iraq is an oil producer as well, but is now allied with the Iranians where its president found sanctuary during Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror.

Leon Trotsky, an associate of Stalin, once said, “You might not be interested in war, but war may be interested in you.” Wars occur in various ways, deliberate and accidental, but it is the latter that would seem the case these days in a Middle East where Hamas engaged in a lengthy barrage of rockets and then acted surprised that Israel responded, killing a number of their top people and inflicting a lot of damage in Gaza.

Hamas was acting under the orders from Iran. The president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, brokered a cease fire deal, but also decided he wants to be the next dictator of Egypt. Who saw that coming? The Egyptians had risked life and limb in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to depose Hosni Mubarack and then turned around and voted Morsi into office.

What were they thinking? Why didn’t they embrace a more secular leader? The answer is that Islam is everything in the Middle East. Muslims cannot change and it is foolish to think they will. If you loved the seventh century, you will love the Middle East.

Egypt is important to the U.S. What happens there determines much of the direction the Middle East takes. That explains why the Obama administration wants to forgive a billion in debt and to throw another billion or more at Morsi by way of enlisting him to act as a counter weight to Hamas. On Nov 24 Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad was on the phone to Hamas’s Ismail Haniya and with Jihad Islami leaders to assure them they would be receiving munitions to refill their arsenals.

Reportedly, Obama has agreed to send U.S. troops to Egypt’s Sinai to interdict the arms smuggling routes through the desert to Gaza. Indeed, it was this offer that is said to have gotten Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to back off a ground invasion, but in this three dimensional game of chess, Israel, Egypt, and Turkey are all working with the U.S.

The U.S. Navy has been busy throughout the brief conflict and earlier. For years it has taken up permanent residency off the coast of Iran and in the Persian Gulf. Other elements are presently positioned off the coast of Syria where their Russian counterparts can also be found.
Bashar Assad has made Turkey very nervous. Moscow, Tehran, and Damascus want to keep him alive. Turkey borders Syria, Iraq, and Iran, and is in proximity of Russia, bordering Georgia. It has its hands full just tending to the thousands of Syrians that have fled there. The U.S. is providing Turkey with Patriot missiles and AWACs, manned by U.S. military, and that could become yet another flashpoint.

None of the nations involved want a really big war to break out.

The wild card is Israel whose very existence is threatened by Iran. The U.S. is doing what it can to avoid that. So far the cooperation is working. If Iran announces it has nuclear weapons or Israeli intelligence determines that’s the case, all bets are off.

The major beneficiary of all of this is Saudi Arabia and, as the leader of the majority Sunni Muslims worldwide, it has no love for Shiite Iran. In effect the U.S. intelligence capabilities and its military have become its mercenary army, eliminating Saddam Hussein, standing aside when Mubarak and Gaddafi fell and now working to eliminate Bashar Assad.

The U.S. doesn’t mind working with dictators, so long as they are “our” dictators, friendly to our interests.

© Alan Caruba, 2012
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The Manchurian Electorate … J. D. Longstreet

The Manchurian Electorate

America’s Brain Washed Voters

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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“So Europe got the American president it wanted – the one who would present no threat to its own delusions. The United States is now officially one of us: an Old World country complete with class hatred, ethnic Balkanisation, bourgeois guilt and a paternalist ruling elite. And it is locked into the same death spiral of high public spending and self-defeating wealth redistribution as we are. Welcome to the future, and the beginning of what may turn out to be the terminal decline of the West.” … Janet Daley, The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9668774/America-has-become-an-Old-World-country.html

We hardily recommend that you click on the link provided and read the entire article by Ms. Daley.

Just as the Europeans have, for the most part anyway, seen the error of their ways and are attempting to dig themselves out, America decides Europe was right all along — and we rushed to join them in their mass grave.

Government as omnipotent benefactor is now the model in the US. Never mind that the very idea is totally un-American, Americans have embraced it whole-heartedly — and the soul-rot that accompanies it.

I find it ironic that a news organization, Pravda, which was formally the mouthpiece for the Soviet Union’s Communist Party government is able to see Obama for what he is when Americans were — and are — too dumb and/or too dense to see the Marxist agenda of Mr. Obama. (Frankly, I don’t think Americans even understand, anymore, what Communism, Socialism, and Marxism really is/are. I mean, think about it. Americans don’t even know we used to have a constitutional representative republic. Most think we had a democracy. Now that we are a socialist state — they don’t know — and can’t tell (can’t discern) — the difference. Such is the ignorance of the average American about his government today.)

In an article by Xavier Lerma entitled “Obama’s Soviet Mistake” at Pravda.RU, the following is stated: “Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake.” (Emphasis mine) SOURCE: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/19-11-2012/122849-obama_soviet_mistake-0/

The article in Pravda goes on to really rub it in by saying: “Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them.”

OK, so now Lerma’s Pravda article really pulls the covers back on Obama: “O’bomber (Obama) even keeps the war going along the Mexican border with projects like “fast and furious” and there is still no sign of ending it. He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. (Emphasis added by me) How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.” SOURCE: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/19-11-2012/122849-obama_soviet_mistake-0/

Comparing Putin and Obama, the article continues: “President Vladimir Putin could never have imagined anyone so ignorant or so willing to destroy their people like Obama much less seeing millions vote for someone like Obama. They read history in America don’t they? Alas, the schools in the U.S. were conquered by the Communists long ago and history was revised thus paving the way for their Communist presidents. (Emphasis added by me) Obama has bailed out those businesses that voted for him and increased the debt to over 16 trillion with an ever increasing unemployment rate especially among blacks and other minorities. All the while promoting his agenda.”SOURCE: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/19-11-2012/122849-obama_soviet_mistake-0/

Then, there is this line that made the small hairs on the back of this ole southern boy’s neck stand straight up: ” … residents in all 50 states have filed petitions to secede from the Unites States. We’ll say that these Americans are hostages to the Communists in power. How long will their government reign tyranny upon them?” SOURCE: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/19-11-2012/122849-obama_soviet_mistake-0/

And finally, the line that put the stopper in the bottle for me: “The question is how long will the once “Land of the Free” remain the United Socialist States of America? Their suffering has only begun. (Emphasis added by me!) Bye bye Miss American Pie!” SOURCE: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/19-11-2012/122849-obama_soviet_mistake-0/

(We highly recommend that you “click” over to Pravda.RU and read the entire article.)

I must tell you, it is one thing for me, as an American writer and commentator, to poke fun at American political ignorance, and even the ignorance of Americans in general, but it is quite sobering (to say the least) to read in the foreign press, especially a news organization in a formerly communist country — the hub of Ronald Reagan’s “Evil Empire,” Russia — an article that makes fun of the “ignorant Americans” who elected a communist President for the second time because the American public education system was taken over decades ago by communists who indoctrinated our young scholars in Marxism. The implication is that — like Pavlov’s dog responding to Pavlov’s bell, Americans responded, as they were taught, and voted for the communist candidate, Obama, when told to do so.

I couldn’t help but think that someone ought to write a book (if they haven’t already) entitled: “The Manchurian Electorate!”

It is more than a little worrisome that America’s enemies and former enemies understand what Americans have done to themselves and to their fellow countrymen. It is clear to anyone willing to see that America is irreversibly divided and can no longer be considered a leader on the world stage.

America is now a global joke! Our President is considered a communist clown with the autonomy of a hand puppet.

There is no easy fix. We first must decide whether we are to all be slaves, or if we are all to be free men once again. Or — will we separate ourselves, one from the other?

America is now infected with communism and will surely die a slow agonizing death. That cannot be reversed. America IS terminal.

The only question remaining, then, is how will those of us who desire freedom extract ourselves from the corpse that America is quickly becoming?

© J. D. Longstreet

AMERIKA: The Police State … J. D. Longstreet

AMERIKA:  The Police State
You Asked For This!  No. You Demanded it!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstree
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The old adage: “be careful what you ask for —  because YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT” is absolutely true when applied to America today.

More evidence that America is not just “becoming” a police state but is already deep into that brutal condition slapped me right in the face at the top of the Drudge report on the morning of November 20th, 2012.  The screaming headlines read:  “SENATE BILL LETS FEDS READ YOUR EMAIL.”

Reading a bit farther and I learned the bill is even worse and more dangerous than the headlines would lead one to believe.   It actually allows allows the feds to read your e-mail WITHOUT FIRST OBTAINING A WARRANT!   And it gets worse.  It’s not JUST your e-mail, either.

The “teaser” line to the article says: “Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans’ e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.”  (emphasis mine!)

We recommend you read the entire article which you will find here:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

Welcome, Comrades, to the bold new “Obama World!”

This is a “told you so” moment,  if there has ever been one.   And it is only going to get worse. But, hey.  This is what America said she wanted — cradle to grave monitoring by the federal government.

The article goes on to say the following:  “A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans’ e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, (emphasis added) giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.”

The ” … rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.”  (Again — Emphasis added)

The article by Declan McCullagh at CNET NEWS goes on to say:  “The list of agencies that would receive civil subpoena authority for the contents of electronic communications also includes the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Mine Enforcement Safety and Health Review Commission.”

More freedom and liberty — gone!  Of course, there is a chance this bill will not clear the full Congress.  (It is due to come up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday, November 29th.)  But don’t count on it.

Many Americans now believe we have a government out of control, a rogue government bent on sealing America off into a new form of police state, a leftist dictatorship with Obama at it’s head as President for Life, or some such grandiose title.  For those who still do not grasp what is happening, maybe the veritable blizzard of Presidential Executive Orders about to bury America after January 20th, 2013, will convince them.  But I doubt it.

Whatever happened to the Constitution?  If you are not familiar with the US Constitution you are most likely in the majority of Americans today.  Those of us who DO remember when the US was a constitutional republic understand that this is more evidence that the US Government has abandoned the constitution in favor of a socialist dictatorship.

I know. I know.  It’s not a police state — until the police come for YOU!  Believe me — they are coming.

A commenter on a blog asked recently:  “What on earth would give the people we elect to represent us the idea that we want to live in a society which is monitored and controlled to this extent?”   To this scribe the answer is clear: The people we elect.

The police state is not coming to America — it’s here.  It may be a form of a “soft” police state, but that won’t last.  A nation cannot flirt with despotism.  America did in 2008 and it gave us the election of 2012 and unless the people of the nation rise up and state “ENOUGH” it will lead us to another even more powerful dictator — if there is a change, at all, in the occupant of the Oval Office.  After all, when the government no longer feels constrained by the constitution — anything is possible.

So, this is the way American freedom and liberty dies, huh?   We’re going out with a whimper, not a war cry, on our knees rather than on our feet fighting like hell to protect our birthright.

In my naïveté, up ’til the election on Tuesday November 6th, I had thought my fellow Americans would make a fight of it.  On the following morning I was disabused of that deeply mistaken belief. It was as if the revolution had been called — and nobody showed up!

I think Americans will be surprised at the rapidity with which the change-over from constitutional republic to socialist dictatorship will proceed.  The lightening speed of the transition is due to many decades of advance planning. 

Like the many executive orders now resting in a secure vault somewhere have been written, rewritten, and finessed, (even before the election) to expedite their issuance and enforcement early next year, the installation of America’s socialist dictatorship was planned long ago. The foundation has long been laid.  Like a prefab building, all that remains is for the pieces to be set atop the foundation and bolted in place.

Now we are ALL just gawkers watching our prison being constructed right before our eyes.

© J. D. Longstreet

Satellites Catch Iran Rushing to Re-Arm Hamas … Jeff Dunetz

Satellites Catch Iran Rushing to Re-Arm Hamas

Jeff Dunetz

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LINK: http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2012/11/satellites-catch-iran-rushing-to-re-arm.html?utm_source=The+Lid+List&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bc61a709ff-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN

Well that didn’t take long. Less than a week after the conclusion of Operation Pillar of Defense, and with Hamas boasting of an imminent increase in military aid from Iran, Israeli satellites have spotted a ship at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas being loaded with rockets and other military supplies ostensibly bound for Gaza, according to the Sunday Times.

According to the report, the cargo may include Fajr-5 rockets, like those that were fired by Hamas toward Israel and the stockpiles of which the Israel Defense Forces depleted during the recent round of fighting across the Gaza border, in addition to Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, which could be stationed in Sudan to pose a direct threat to Israel.

“With a lot of effort, Iran has skillfully built a strategic arm pointing at Israel from the south,” an Israeli source was quoted as saying.

The cargo would travel via the Red Sea, Sudan and Egypt, following a well-established route used by Iran to smuggle arms into Gaza, the Times reported.

“We believe that Iranian warships anchored in Eritrea will accompany the weapons ship as soon as it enters the Red Sea,” an Israeli source told the Times.

The shipment was reportedly prepared last week, at the same time as Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire that would end the eight-day long Operation Pillar of Defense.

“Regardless of the cease-fire agreement, we will attack and destroy any shipment of arms to Gaza once we have spotted it,” an Israeli defense source told the Times.

But the rocket threats are not only coming from the south. Speaking four days after the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Hezbollah’s response to any attack would dwarf the rocket fire launched from Palestinian territories.

“Israel, which was shaken by a handful of Fajr-5 rockets during eight days — how would it cope with thousands of rockets which would fall on Tel Aviv and other (cities) … if it attacked Lebanon?” Nasrallah said.

The Fajr-5s, with a range of 75km (45 miles) — able to strike Tel Aviv or Jerusalem — and 175kg (386 lb) warheads, are the most powerful and long-range rockets to have been fired from Gaza.

But Hezbollah, which fought Israel to a standstill in a 34-day war six years ago, says it has been re-arming since then and has a far deadlier arsenal than Hamas. Nasrallah has said Hezbollah could kill tens of thousands of people and strike anywhere inside Israel if hostilities break out again.

“If the confrontation with the Gaza Strip … had a range of 40 to 70 km, the battle with us will range over the whole of occupied Palestine — from the Lebanese border to the Jordanian border, to the Red Sea,” Nasrallah said.

These both Hamas and Hezbollah are satellites of the Iranian regime trying to destroy the Jewish state. The mainstream media questions the reasons behind the Israeli action against Gaza, and today’s news gives the answer, rockets to the north, rockets to the south and no one besides Israel actually giving a damn!

Jeff Dunetz

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