Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Forgotten Man in the War on Terror

The light and joy of the Christmas season has been darkened by the sad fact that we are in a forgotten war. War is peace for how long America?
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When the president has the power to label anyone an enemy combatant and detain that person indefinitely without trial, no liberty exists. In this week's vodcast, John Whitehead argues that freedom and democracy are mere platitudes unless the ideals and values they represent are put into practice.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

More UPDATE on Co-Op Raided in Rural Ohio

It is too bad they didn't have video cameras rolling to capture the raid.

Here is some video of a raid and probably more in line with what happened.

In this video the IRS forgot the PC with all the video images of their raid.

The raid entailed keeping more than 20 workers handcuffed, in 106-degree heat without shade or water while agents collected records and equipment, which is described in this interview with great detail. The trial resulted in zero convictions on 161 charges faced by nine defendants, a major win for William Cohan and Robert Kahre.
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Manna Storehouse wants county to return $10,000 in seized food

They also asked the court to rule that the law the county cited for the search — one requiring retail food businesses to be licensed and inspected — does not apply to Manna.

In a court filing cast in terms of government exceeding its authority (pdf), the couple argue that Manna is not a retail establishment because its customers are all members, "not arms-length purchasers."

The family also argues that it is exempt from that law because Manna buys from local farmers and sells to neighbors, it sells extra food that the Stowerses have grown themselves and the co-op is mainly an attempt to "pool resources to purchase food in bulk."

The Stowers family has made no public statements on the search and Lorain County Sheriff's officials, who conducted the search have said those accusations are overblown. Capt. Richard Resendez called the search uneventful.

The court filing claims officers entered the home and co-op with guns drawn
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The Stowers Tell Their Story

"...we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." ~ Patrick Henry
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Jacqueline and John Stowers talk about their lives before and after a police raid of their home in LaGrange, Ohio on December 1st in an interview with the Buckeye Institute.

The Buckeye Institute is filing a law suit against the Ohio Department of Agriculture and other government agencies on behalf of the freedoms guaranteed the Stowers and all Ohioans by the state Constitution.

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It's 1930's Germany all over again. This is how it starts. We have U.S. Marines assisting CA Highway Patrol roadblocks. A usurper about to take the White House, and him not even qualified under the Constitution. Watch out, here comes the "fairness" doctrine. It goes on...

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UPDATE on Co-Op Raided in Rural Ohio

There is an excellent comment posted by Marsaili on 12/10/08 at 12:13AM

So, Mr. Assistant County Prosecutor,

You are looking to protect our health, are you? Did you ever consider that the people like me who actually belong to the co-op are actually healthier since using the co-op because they provide us with natural, organic, untainted foods? Why aren't you protecting us from big agribusiness? Why is Monsanto allowed to get away with poisoning the world with their hormones that make cows produce more milk...

I think if the Government went back to protecting rights then people would only by food from people they trusted. They would take more responsibility for what they put in their mouth. As it is, the government gets involved and we trust them when they say it is ok, but it is not.
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Lorain County Sheriff's Office disputes 'raid' at Manna Storehouse

The family is not talking, but the Lorain County Sheriff's Office, which conducted the "raid" along with the county Health Department and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is puzzled by the outcry over what it calls the "very uneventful" execution of a simple search warrant.

Resendez said four deputies conducted the search over three or four hours -- not the nine
claimed on some sites. There was no SWAT team and no semiautomatic weapons.

Manna has members affirm that they "take full responsibility for their own health, health choices, food choices and food quality."

County officials say the business cannot operate that way

Manna cannot ask customers to waive safety regulations

"You just can't have that," he said. "There has to be some kind of regulation and inspection of food."

"Protection of health is one of the important roles of government," Serazin said. "That's what this is all about."

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Guess What the Average Home Price is in Detroit?

Detroit is facing a crisis of epic proportions that officially puts Detroit statistically (and real term) on par with the great depression.
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For Republicans Only; Everyone Else Keep Pressing On

Here is an example to follow.

Republicans say what many Christians want to hear. In addition, because they say they are Christians many believe them and faithfully but blindly support them. Eventually, they find out how immoral they are.

At this point their moral principles are tested. They either suppress their conscience (very easy to do) or they speak out (very hard to do). When they speak out, they lose their friends, but that is only the beginning. If they continue to speak out they put their life in danger.

Nonetheless, this is the path Connell chose to take. It is the very path Christ took.

Christians either need to deny Christ or take on the challenge presented by Him.

John 18:37 ...“For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

If they would do what Connell did, the Republican Party would reform.
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Mike Connell, the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove, reportedly
asked for protective custody from the government before he died.
Mike Connell was, in fact - many said that's
what motivated him through all of this, his fierce anti-abortion stance.
He told - Connell told Spoonamore that one of the
primary reasons why he helped Bush-Cheney steal elections was to save the babies.
was far less ferocious
he wasn't quite as hardcore as the others.
he was a little bit alienated from the others, and that's one of the reasons
why he was inclined to talk

    AG: Wasn't Karl Rove's email also there in Chattanooga on
some of these servers?

 MCM: Yes, yes

    AG: That have gone missing.

MCM: That have gone missing.
Despite his conservatism
a man of principle - I mean, believes in the Constitution. He believes elections
should be honest. He's the one who came forward and named Connell.
Mike Connell was up past
his eyeballs in the most sensitive and explosive aspects of this crime family
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Rove's IT Guru Warned of Sabotage Before Fatal Plane Crash; Was Set to Testify

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Mike Connell, the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove, reportedly
asked for protective custody from the government before he died.

    Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys
Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count
and his access to Karl Rove's e-mail files and how they went missing.

    Velvet Revolution, a non-profit investigating Connell's activities, revealed
this weekend that Connell had recently said he was afraid George Bush and Dick
Cheney would "throw [him] under the bus." Cliff Arnebeck had also
previously alerted Attorney General Michael Mukasey to alleged threats from
Karl Rove to Connell if he refused to "take the fall."

He reported threats to his lawyer, Cliff Arnebeck,
and Arnebeck
all these people were
saying Rove is making threats, the White House is very worried about this case.
"This man should be in protective custody. He is an important
witness in a RICO case. Please do something
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Nancy Hart

Single handedly she did!
I bet the strength and courage came from understanding the threat.
Read more at wikipedia
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Our country is to be ruled by law. Our government is not content with that rule. So I ask, is rebellion against rebellion rebellion?

"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." ~ Jesus
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As many of us prepare to spend this holiday season with our family and loved ones, I ask that you keep in your thoughts the men and women in the military who are risking everything to take a stand against the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the military’s mistreatment of service members.

PFC Tony Anderson, PFC Robin Long, and Pvt. Daniel Sandate will be spending the New Year in military prison. PFC Anderson and PFC Long were jailed for 14 and 15 months respectively for their refusal to deploy to Iraq. Pvt. Sandate was sentenced to 8 months in military prison after going AWOL when his repeated attempts to receive mental health care for his PTSD were denied by the Army.

Benji Lewis and SPC Blake Ivey are publicly taking bold stands against the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan and could face eventual court martial. SPC Andre Shepherd is the first U.S. soldier to seek asylum in Germany after refusing to deploy to Iraq.

Please take a moment to send a note of support
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Thomas Jefferson on Truth, Honesty and Morality

Self-evident truth that carries with it the force to change our way of thinking and in turn change the way we govern.
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"Truth is certainly a branch of morality, and a very important one to society." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Law, 1814. ME 14:139

"Truth is the first object."

"Follow truth as the only safe guide, and... eschew error, which bewilders us in one false consequence after another." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1819. ME 15:234

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." --Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Macon, 1819. ME 15:180

"Honesty, disinterestedness and good nature are indispensable to procure the esteem and confidence of those with whom we live, and on whose esteem our happiness depends." --Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 1816. ME 19:241

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thomas Jefferson on Moral Principles

Self-evident truth that carries with it the force to change our way of thinking and in turn change the way we govern.<
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"God... has formed us moral agents... that we may promote the happiness of those with whom He has placed us in society, by acting honestly towards all, benevolently to those who fall within our way, respecting sacredly their rights, bodily and mental, and cherishing especially their freedom of conscience, as we value our own." --Thomas Jefferson to Miles King, 1814. ME 14:197

"Peace, prosperity, liberty and morals have an intimate connection." --Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, 1813. ME 13:384

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Fed To Rule Soon On Sweeping Credit Card Changes

Who is the Fed?
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Sunday December 14, 3:11 am ET
Fed might end surprise credit card rate hikes but restrict credit to high risk borrowers
Credit card companies could no longer boost interest rates on existing account balances if the Federal Reserve adopts new rules as written at a meeting set for Thursday.

But as proposed, the changes also could make it more difficult for millions of people with bad credit to get what's referred to as a subprime card.

The proposed changes would let credit card companies increase the interest rate only on new cards and future purchases or advances, not any current balance.

Another new Fed rule would require firms to apply any payment above the minimum to the part of the balance with the highest interest rate.

his office typically gets 15 to 25 complaints a month about the state bank
refund $4.5 million last year to New York customers as part of a settlement reached by the state attorney general claiming Premier Bankcard used deceptive and illegal tactics to market its cards
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Friday, December 12, 2008

Philosophy on Liberty or Liberty for Dummies

Great video (8 min) reminding us of crucial principles necessary for a free society.
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FORTUNE MAG: 8 Really, Really Scary Predictions

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Nouriel Roubini

Dow 4,000. Food shortages. A bubble in Treasury notes. Fortune spoke to eight of the market's sharpest thinkers and what they had to say about the future is frightening.

8 really, really scary predictions

Things are going to be awful for everyday people. U.S. GDP growth is going to be negative through the end of 2009. And the recovery in 2010 and 2011, if there is one, is going to be so weak - with a growth rate of 1% to 1.5% - that it's going to feel like a recession. I see the unemployment rate peaking at around 9% by 2010. The value of homes has already fallen 25%. In my view, home prices are going to fall by another 15% before bottoming out in 2010.
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The Famine Of 2009

Like he says, "It's a complex, interlocking issue, and I hope I've done a good job explaining it below." He did.
Last week I received a very concerned call from South Dakota farmer and agronomist Bryan Lutter.  "Neal, we're out of propane!"  I figured this was personal distress – he and his family farm over three square miles of land and I know this has been a tough year for many people. He promptly corrected my misconception when I tried to console him. "No, everybody is out, all three grain elevators, we can't get fuel for the bins, and we're coming in real wet this year."
There are equally dramatic issues due to the bankruptcy of Verasun and the apparent insolvency of the nation's largest private crop insurance program. Payments that would have come in June or July of a normal year are still not dispersed at the end of November and this has grim implications for next year's crop.
I started digging into the details and unless I'm badly mistaken people are going to be starving in 2009 over causes and conditions being set down right now.
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Thomas Jefferson on Moral Principles

I like this summary given by the author of this site for a very important reason. He defines what “morality” Jefferson will be speaking of here. He will not be speaking of morality in general terms (like the Bible speaks of morality) but in specific terms as it relates to government. Understanding this is important and often overlooked by my Christian brethren. Like Pharisees they would have God’s law in government to establish righteousness, which contradicts the teaching of the New Testament. What they would like to promote they prohibit by this dangerous misunderstanding. They corrupt both church and state with their good intentions. Consequently, like Pharisees, they are a very hard group to reach with the truth.
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3. Moral Principles

Morality is intimately related to a nation's government, for as James Madison wrote, "To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical idea." Morality refers to conduct that is proper between members of society. Respect for the equal rights of every citizen becomes the foundation of morality and justice in a free society. Rightful government necessarily reflects this proper relationship in its policies and in its dealings with its own citizens and with other nations.
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The World is Filled with Silver Fraud

Many links to source articles. Brief, understandable explanations for each fraud listed. Some interesting facts about silver. He also links to a past article listing 13 major forms of fraud in the U.S. banking system which is informative also.

Real Silver Protects from Fraud

See the
13 major forms of fraud in the U.S. banking system, in my 2004 essay

Major Frauds of the U.S. Monetary
Feb 26, 2004
How to Buy Silver & Avoid Getting
April 20, 2007

That's a good article, but it's a bit outdated now, so here's an
update on the many scams in the silver market, starting with the

First, the biggest fraud is the COMEX.  90% to
99% of contracts don't result in delivery, but this market dominates the

The second biggest fraud in the silver market is the
LBMA London Bullion Market Association.  These are a collective of
banks who have 75 million ounces of silver, but trade 30 billion ounces of
silver per year
The third biggest silver fraud is probably the SLV
ishares silver trust.
The fourth biggest fraud in the silver market is
probably the Perth Mint Certificate program.
The fifth biggest silver market fraud is probably 
The sixth
The seventh
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Some Sources for Investing in Silver

I myself help people earn silver. I have one fellow who buys one American Eagle 1 oz and earns 4 each month through his free web site. It is simple to do, it is just that people do not know about it. For more information see my talking web page at
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
Proverbs 3:13-14
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tell him about good sources, such as, ($50,000 minimum), ($10,000
minimum),,, and others where he can buy in
bulk, cheaply, if he needs to.
5.  Be prepared to network with
other buyers.  Other buyers may have bars to sell if they are
retired, and "all in"; they may have to sell bars for normal life


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    Tuesday, December 9, 2008

    Thomas Jefferson on Protecting the Rights of the People (3 of 3)

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    "We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country." --Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813. ME 13:270

    "[As to] the question whether, by the laws of nature, one generation of men can, by any act of theirs, bind those which are to follow them? I say, by the laws of nature, there being between generation and generation, as between nation and nation, no other obligatory law." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1814. ME 14:67

    "I may err in my measures, but never shall deflect from the intention to fortify the public liberty by every possible means, and to put it out of the power of the few to riot on the labors of the many." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804. ME 11:33

    "[Oppose] with manly firmness [any] invasions on the rights of the people." --Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776. (*) Papers 1:338

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