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The Cold Case file is an anti-blog, in that the newest entries are at the bottom. Yeah, I know - so last century. I’ll get it updated some day.
Chemists discover new element
This hurricane mess and gasoline issues are proof that it exists. A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element has been named "Governmentium". Governmentium (Gv) has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton like particles called peons.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete, when it would normally take less than a second. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 4 years; however, it does not if the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as Critical Morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium - an element which radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
We usually are uncharacteristically weighty in this section. This week, however, something frivolous! For all you who with they could play guitar as well as our own Joe Bear - a site with well crafted lessons hiding behind a veil of hilarity:
Learn dramatic wang bar swoops!
Furious sweep picking!
Watch Mr Fastfinger demolish the Demon Accordion in a head-cutting contest!
(BTW, Joe is trying to locate the current whereabouts of Mr Fastfinger, such that he may gain personal instruction in even a quarter of Mr Fastfinger’s skills.)
Federal Judge admits Constitution is toilet paper to those in charge:
“I think if you were to go back and try to find and review the ratification of the 16th amendment, which was the Internal Revenue, income tax, I think if you went back and examined that carefully, you would find that a sufficient number of states never ratified that amendment. ... Yet nonetheless, I'm sure no court's going to say that the 16th Amendment permitting income tax is void for any reason”.
US District Court, Judge James C Fox, Sullivan vs. USA, at al, March 21, 2003
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the recent catastrophe in the southern states due to hurricane Katrina, Let’s hope de federal gubmint doesn’t find some way to turn this unfortunate situation into an opportunity to tighten the noose of tyranny just a bit more.
Forced evictions without due process, confiscation of constitutionally protected firearms - par for the course. Coming soon: new rules, regulations, and laws to tighten the noose a bit further - all in the name of ‘protection’.
“Those that would give up liberty for a little added security will have neither” - Benjamin Franklin
If you’re on a slow connection, ask us for a free CD presentation of the above at the next gig
"Mr. Montag, you are looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going, a long time back. I said nothing. I'm one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the 'guilty,' but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself. And when finally they set the structure to burn the books, using the firemen, I grunted a few times and subsided, for there were no others grunting or yelling with me, by then. Now it's too late."
- Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451"
Sometimes you find wisdom in the strangest places:
A person free to act as he wishes is free. Liberty is the innate ability to act in any manner desired, as long as those actions do not infringe upon the rights of others. Such a person has complete control over his corporeal being and economic output.
One whose body and/or productive capacity is dictated by others is termed a slave.
Our governments tell us that we cannot use Laetrile to cure our cancer. They take 47% of the fruits of our labor from us.
Is slavery an absolute, or is there a spectrum of ‘mostly free’ to ‘mostly slave’? If it is an absolute, at what point do you switch from being a freeman to being a slave?
Land of the Free, indeed..... *harrumph!*
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. -- ~ Thomas Jefferson
Think you know what money is? Where it comes from? The Federal Reserve is actually a cabal of private banks. Inform yourself here
To any concerned American,
If you read a newspaper headline that said "Man Charged With Bank Robbery," you would probably assume that there's a pretty good chance the guy committed the crime. But what if instead the headline said "Man Asks to Be Charged With Bank Robbery"? I bet that would make you a bit curious. Why on earth would someone ask to be prosecuted? And does that imply that he's guilty, or that he's not guilty?
A very unusual trial is scheduled to begin on August 9th, in federal court in downtown Philadelphia (601 Market Street). I know, because I'm the defendant, and for the last five years I have been asking the government to prosecute me. No, not for bank robbery; for not filing tax returns.
The government likes to prosecute people who they catch lying about their income, or cheating on their taxes, and then the government publicizes the case. In this case, I wasn't "caught" doing anything, and I have been publicizing the case, but the government has not.
Does what I've described so far seem bizarre to you? It should. People like to quickly get to the punchline, and make up their minds about something. But so far (just based on what I described above), this story doesn't add up, does it? Well, if you want to see the missing pieces, and to understand the rest of the story, all you need to do is send an e-mail to the following address:
You'll be subscribed to my free e-mail update list (where there are 6,000 people who already know the whole story), and you'll get a series of a few messages telling the rest of the story. (We don't give out anyone's e-mail address, and unsubscribing is really easy, so there's nothing to lose.)
How many people do you know who have asked to be prosecuted? Well I did, for reasons that have a direct, major impact on YOUR life. If you want to know more, just send an e-mail to the address shown above.
Amongst the other Rights guaranteed by the Bill of Right’s First Amendment is the “...right to petition the government for a redress of greivances.” This ancient right is so fundamental that is was first formally recognized as a right of the people in the Magna Carta, way back in the year 1215.
It should be of interest to all Americans that the Supreme Court has NEVER ruled upon the meaning of this Right.
Further, the Supreme Court recently refused to hear a case which would give them their first opportunity to acknowledge the meaning of this right. This should be a matter of extreme concern to all Americans.
We’ll bring you more on this as time permits. In the meantime, you can get up to speed on this grave issue using materials from the We The People Foundation.
"In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves. Stripped of its academic jargon, the welfare state is nothing more than a mechanism by which governments confiscate the wealth of the productive members of a society to support a wide variety of welfare schemes. The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit (debt creation)."
- by Allan Greenspan (#8) in The Objectivist newsletter published in 1966, reprinted in Ayn Rand's Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. (See Inflation Report)[HEY! who remembers who Alan Greenspan is? -ed.]
"Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.”
- ANDREW JACKSON, SPEAKING TO INTERNATIONAL BANKERS IN 1832.
With real economic crises come shortages. Got toilet paper?
Naomi Wolf has performed some startling investigation into the way that free societies morph into closed tyrannical regimes. She has uncovered a series of 10 steps despots in Germany, Chile, Russia, and other governments went through on their path to becoming iron-fisted murderous regimes. By examining our society against this program employed by tyrants, she shows that America is perilously close to becoming the most murderous society of all time. Some of you have undoubtedly watched her earlier lecture on this topic, as we alerted you to some 15 months ago. While largely the same material, this film brings highly engaging and viewable production values to this crucial topic. Highly recommended. Can you spare 75 minutes to ensure we don’t end up going the way of Nazi Germany?
There is compelling evidence that we may be about to install a usurper as (fake)President of the United States. The Constitution sets forth three criteria for any person to be eligible to this high office:
...Age of thirty five Years...
...been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States...
It seems clear that Obama meets the first criterion. At least, we no of no serious challenge to refute this. The second criteria may or may not be met. There is some indication that he may have been legally a resident elsewhere within the last fourteen years, but we may set this aside for the moment.
However, there is no compelling evidence to indicate that Barack Obama is a “natural born Citizen”.
There are currently two serious areas of inquiry regarding whether Mr. Obama is indeed a natural born Citizen, and thus eligible for the office of the Presidency.
Was he indeed born in a hospital in Hawaii, as his candidacy currently claims?
Was he ever a foreign citizen (e.g. Indonesian), and by corollary, if so was he ever legally immigrated through US law as a citizen of the US?
Could it be that Obama is truly not a natural born Citizen? While there is only circumstantial evidence to make this assertion, there is no evidence to suggest that he is indeed qualified. When this issue first came to light, the Obama campaign posted a “Certificate of Live Birth”. What it fails to state however, is that this “Certificate of Live Birth” does not even rise to requirements for you or I to receive a US Passport - let alone serve as certification as a natural born Citizen.
Obama could simply brush these concerns aside by directing the relevant Hawaiian officials to grant the media access to his original vault copy of his birth certificate, as signed by the attending physician and other officials, stating the hospital in which he was born. Instead of taking this simple step, he has instead chosen to keep this document concealed through legal chicanery.
What possible reason could he have for refusing to release this information? What reason could possibly rise to the level of importance in proving that he is qualified to be President of the US? He will not even state a reason.
Make no mistake. This is a matter of grave import. If we install a usurper as President, then all legislation signed into law by such a usurper will be null and void. All appointments made by such a usurper will be null and void.
Where has the media been on this issue? Silent. Sure there are some fluff pieces that have been published, but where is the investigative journalism? Nowhere to be found.
Where have the courts been on this issue? While several cases challenging Obama’s legitimacy are wending their way through the system, they have been largely silent.
The Supreme Court has recently refused to hear a case that would bring the facts to light. Their reasoning? None - they just refused to hear it period. Without comment. (Donofrio case)
A lower court has dismissed the Berg case (though appeal is pending), essentially ruling that, should the facts prove Obama as ineligible, Berg would not be harmed any more than any of the rest of us, thereby Berg has no leagal standing to bring the case!
The more you dig into this mess, the more it stinks!
Watch a recent press conference here and prepare to be amazed:
“You never want to let a crisis go to waste” -- Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff
“Wee have also Sound-Houses, wher wee practise and demonstrate all Sounds, and their Generation. Wee have Harmonies which you have not, of Quarter-Sounds and lesser Slides of Sounds. Diverse Instruments of Musick likewise to you unknowne, some sweeter than any you have; Together with Bells and Rings that are dainty and sweet. Wee represent Small Sounds as Great and Deepe; Likewise Great Sounds, Extenuate and Sharpe; Wee make diverse Tremblings and Warblings of Sounds, which in their Originall are Entire. Wee represent and imitate all Articulate Sounds and Letters, and the Voices and Notes of Beasts and Birds. Wee have certaine Helps, which sett to the Eare doe further the Hearing greatly. Wee have also diverse Strange and Artificiall Eccho's, Reflecting the Voice many times, and as it were Tossing it; And some that give back the Voice Lowder then it came, some Shriller, and some Deeper; Yea, some rendring the Voice, Differing in the Letters or Articulate Sound, from that they receyve. Wee have also meanes to convey Sounds in Trunks and Pipes, in strange Lines, and Distances.” -- Sir Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis - written in 1624
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. -- Sir Winston Churchill
Like most of you, I must confess I never thought that what is happening today, in our nation at this very moment, would occur in my lifetime.
Many of us have nursed a foreboding that it would be the task of the next generation to deal with what we face now. We feared that a love of freedom and independence was being bred out of the minds of our youth. Therefore, because they would be so woefully unprepared (and, very likely, disarmed), they would meekly slip on their shackles.
And the great American experiment would be over.
In our minds, we simply did not believe that all the things that were necessary to wake up the “Sleeping America” would arrive in our laps within these last few tumultuous months.
But they have.
Not a single one of us, can deny the raw villainy and theft that has beset us like a Biblical hoard of locusts. We have been duped beyond our wildest imaginings. Our elected officials (with only a smattering of truly noble exceptions, like a certain Congressman from Texas) have betrayed our trust like never before in the history of our country.
These duplicitous men and women, acting in our names, have built a poisonous house of cards, an invitation to turmoil and chaos. And with this comes an invitation to authoritarian evil which is no longer disguisable.
No one with an ounce of common sense can deny that, at the very least, these whores and pimps must now be handed their pink slips, and shown the door.
The time for “reasoning”, the time for “conflict resolution”, the time for “compromise” and “tolerance” has now passed. Their Marxist Dialectic buzzwords have been unmasked.
It is time for each of us to look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we are going to finally do something about these crimes and these plundering criminals. Are you ready to end this insanity? Are you ready to bring back a true Bill of Rights culture to our nation?
We’ve complained enough. Now what do we DO?
There are two basic things that WILL happen in America. The only question is when, and if they will occur soon enough to bring change for the better. I don’t have to advocate anything. I GUARANTEE you they will happen. It’s just a matter of when.
These coming events only mirror and echo the irrefutable causes and effects of recent and ancient pasts.
BASIC EVENT #1:
Americans, en masse, will refuse to give these thieving vermin any more of their hard earned money. Look what they do with it! You vote for the Republican thief - or you vote for the Democrat thief - and the result is always, ALWAYS the same!
Might the populace somehow soon realize that it is a rigged game?
Well, here’s what you can do right now:
There is a film that is feared by the government, because it unveils what has been kept hidden from the American people. Do you really understand what has happened to you, to your life’s sweat? To your life savings and the inheritance you hoped for your children? Watch - "Take Your Money Back" This download is free.
You can educate yourself, and then educate others. Again, it is free. You can pass it along to friends and family with the click of your computer mouse.
This film shows how Americans have been cheated by having their money confiscated out of every pay check, and then, on top of that, double dipped by immense layers of hidden taxation.
It is an eye opener. We must begin a seed planting process. Knowledge is power. Absorb this clear and understandable presentation and then immediately email it to five or more friends. This expose’ can become a crucial geometric progression in the days ahead.
After viewing this film, you will ask yourself: Do those thieves in D.C. and in our State Capitols, those liars, those duplicitous and vile traitors to our Constitution, deserve one more dime of my money?
If you say yes, you’d better watch the movie again.
BASIC EVENT #2:
The American citizenry, having been prodded to desperation, will soon, and en masse, physically threaten these political charlatans and their corporate puppet masters. There’s muttering on the street. And it’s getting meaner by the hour. Mainstream media commentators are talking about a coming civil war and violent social upheaval. Such speculation, in the mainstream media, would have been absolutely unthinkable a year ago.
Please understand this pragmatic fact of life: Power only understands power.
Americans can still brandish their power, thanks to the Second Amendment - see "2A Today for The USA".
As tyranny and authoritarian dictatorship falls across the rest of the world, only we Americans have the personal power (more than SIXTY FIVE MILLION of us own firearms) to resist and prevail. This is amazing. It is almost miraculous. This blessing is only because of the Second Amendment, and the foresight of those who more than two hundred years ago installed it in our way of life.
Tens of millions of Americans will, at some point, finally say to the political vermin who beset us: This far, and no farther. And when you’ve stopped here, you may begin a massive retreat. And that, Sirs and Madams, is not a request. It is a command.
Yes, friend, take a look in the mirror. The time has come to fish or cut bait. I wonder how many of us will go fishing.
It's good to see how many different people these days are becoming vocal advocates for freedom: freedom from constant government surveillance, freedom from arbitrary and oppressive regulation of behavior, freedom from government bullying and intimidation, freedom from excessive taxation, and so on.
However, as important as it is for people to be advocating physical freedom, there is something else that is more important: mental freedom. Consider the example of a plantation slave. As long as he views himself as the rightful property of someone else--as long as he views slavery as legitimate--what are his chances of ever obtaining freedom? Almost none. He may wish he had a nicer master, but that is not at all the same thing as being free.
Unfortunately, most Americans, including most Americans who consider themselves to be advocates of individual freedom, have yet to achieve real mental freedom. They remain prisoners inside their own heads, oppressed as much by their own assumptions and superstitions as they are by outside forces. In short, their minds still contain the residue of "slave-think," which not only gets in the way of them achieving freedom, but gets in the way of them even WANTING freedom.
- Larken Rose
Subject: Oops! The real number may be $101 trillion, plus a bunch of other stuff
Somewhere in the blizzard of budget numbers and grand spending plans flooding out of Washington, we missed last spring's report from the Social Security Trustees. Their latest estimate of the unfunded liabilities for Social Security and Medicare is (hold onto your chair) . . .
But that may not be the end of it. It's unclear to us how much the various bailout programs will ultimately cost, and how many of these costs are included in the formal budget proposal. At least three issues complicate the calculation . . .
* Some of the bailout programs carry contingent liabilities that could cause their cost to explode if things go wrong * New bailouts may be enacted (look for commercial real estate and state/local government pension bailouts) * The Federal Reserve is also spending/creating lots of bailout money that isn't reflected in the formal budget
A Reuters story from December 11 calculated the total exposure for the various bailouts at $8 trillion.
But that number has swollen since then. A scholar at OMB Watch told me some things that needed to be added, and after looking up those programs, including the scam-stimulus bill, we believe that number is now over $10 trillion as a CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE.
But this number is also likely to grow. As will the true costs for the Democrats' health care, cap and trade, "public service," and various other social engineering schemes. So here's the $101-trillion-plus question . . .
How long will the federal government be able to borrow money to pay its multi-trillion dollar bills? Would you want to continue buying Treasury bonds given that . . .
* U.S. debt obligations are exploding, with no end in sight, and . . . * The Fed is creating massive amounts of new money that could devalue the Treasury bonds people already hold
At what point does government default become inevitable? Do you want the politicians to keep spending until we find out, or do you want them to step back from the precipice?
Use your personal comments to mention last spring's report of the Social Security Trustees, and its estimate of $101 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Tell them to enact NO NEW SPENDING PROGRAMS, and FREEZE OLD PROGRAMS AT PREVIOUS LEVELS.
Broken promises? I am SO shocked! Check this out:
Why is it called a ‘conspiracy theory’, when it’s right out in the open?
The things that make you go hmmmm department rings in with this:
If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon.
- 1935 - Robert Hemphill, Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Message unlikely to sit well with Democrats, administration
Snickers: A Basic Human Right
-- Larken Rose
Most people don't think in distinct, specific concepts. They "think" (if it can be called that) in vague blobs of mush. They can't follow simple trains of logic, and have a complete lack of what I call "clarity of thought." For example, my wife just showed me an online poll, asking people whether they thought "healthcare" should be considered a "basic human right." What a fine example of meaningless mush.
Most people answered "yes," no doubt feeling very compassionate for having done so. Trouble is, none of those "compassionate" people have any idea what a "human right" is. They haven't bothered to THINK about it, because merely FEELING good is enough for them. Had they THOUGHT about it, they might have realized how stupid the question is.
What most people probably interpreted the question to mean is something like this: "Wouldn't it be nice if everyone got the healthcare they needed?" Well, duh, of course it would. But that wasn't the question. The question is whether the thing called "healthcare" is a basic "human right"--whatever that is. The implication is that if someone doesn't get the healthcare they need, someone's "rights" are being violated.
Let's consider the following question: Are Snickers (the candy bar) a basic human right? If so, everyone who lived prior to 1930 (when Snickers came into being) must have had their human rights violated. Poor them. Furthermore, it would also mean that every time someone craves a Snickers, but doesn't get one, his "human rights" are also apparently being violated. (By whom, I'm not really sure; the Snickers-makers, I guess.)
Think that example is silly? Yes, it is, but no more silly than asking if healthcare is a "basic human right." If you hit a deer with your car, out on a country road at night, and careen into a ditch, there's a good chance that you'll be wanting some healthcare. So WHO, exactly, would be violating your "basic human right" to such healthcare when you don't get any? (Try suing the deer.) And who has an obligation to supply you with the alleged "basic human right" of healthcare, when no one even knows you're in need of any?
Sorry for stating the bleeding obvious, but you can't violate someone's "rights" unless you DO something to them. If you torture them, rob them, assault them, or murder them, you may very well be violating their "rights." In other words, a "right" is a purely NEGATIVE concept: something that should NOT be forcibly interfered with by anyone else. "Rights" aren't a bunch of goodies that someone has to provide for you; they're the things that no one should STOP you from doing yourself. For example:
1) If you have a right to "freedom of religion," it means only that no one should forcibly prevent you from practicing the religion of your choice, or force you to practice a religion you don't want to. It does NOT mean that anyone has to make you a church, or listen to you pray, or pray with you.
2) If you have a right to "freedom of speech," it means only that no one should forcibly stop you from speaking your mind. It doesn't mean anyone has to give you a stage, a microphone, or an audience.
3) If you have a right to be free from unreasonable searches, or from being forced to testify against yourself, or from being imprisoned without a trial, or from being tortured--and the list could go on for ages--all it means is that no one should use force to STOP you from exercising your individual liberty.
So what would it even MEAN to say that "healthcare" is a "basic human right"? It means nothing, and makes no sense. A "right" cannot be something positive; it cannot be some THING that someone else should be FORCED to give you, like a house, or a job, or healthcare. To have such a "right" would require that someone else be FORCED to serve you. Unless you think you have the right to enslave others, you can't possibly have the "right" to any service or any product. You have the right to be left alone, and that's all. ALL true rights boil down to that.
The trouble is, collectivists like to hijack and mangle the concept of "rights," in order to justify the INITIATION OF VIOLENCE--the exact opposite of what a "right" really is. For example, when people try to pass off "healthcare" as a "human right," they are advocating the use of state VIOLENCE (via "taxes") to FORCE some people to serve other people. For example, socialists like Obama are pushing a system in which the government can forcibly rob some people, and/or forcibly conscript doctors and nurses, to give out healthcare to other people. They are advocating nothing less than widespread government violence, under the euphemism of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need." (Sound familiar?) And they have the audacity to talk about it in terms of "rights." And the American people are so clueless they actually buy it.
(Apparently the old world slave-masters just needed better PR guys. Had they managed to pass off "affordable cotton clothing" as a "basic human right," they might still have those slave plantations.)
Unfortunately, having been thoroughly indoctrinated for years, most Americans not only believe, but PROUDLY believe, that no one has a right to keep what he himself produces, but that everyone has a "right" to what his NEIGHBOR produces. And it's hard to get any more economically idiotic, morally schizophrenic, and logically insane than that.