As it turns out most Americans think our founding fathers would be very confused about our weekend celebrations as they would likely not be very impressed with the modern day citizen.
According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, 69 percent of adult Americans who responded to a poll June 26 – 29 said the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed by the way the nation has turned out overall.
There has been a sharp increase of those who believe America is going in the wrong direction since 2001.
We are still proud to hail from The United States with 89 percent saying, they are extremely to very proud to be Americans. Rightfully so as the engaged citizen in the U. S. still has an opportunity to shape the future through political discourse.
Lets make the founders proud and get involved in you local school board, water board, city council – donate to candidate(s) who truly reflect you values and as always call and write your representatives. You can use the widget to the top left – enter your zip and get the names, phone and address of your state and federal representatives.
Neocon aggression against Iran could ignite World War III
July 6th, 2008 — Constitutional Crisis, Economy, Global Warming, Iran, war
By: D. H. Williams @ 11:29 AM – EST
Lyndon LaRouche address in Washington, D.C., on May 7th. These are just clips from the Tragedy & Hope address where LaRouche talked about Obama getting the nomination. The Lisbon Treaty before Ireland voted No, but now Ireland is being ignored and the Treaty is being forced throw. The Biofuel scam of Prince Philip. that is reducing the worlds population. Its now been exposed biofuel has caused food crisis.
Biofuels the source of world food crisis: leaked report
LaRouche also talked about world war 3 and the British Empires past and present successful plans to take control of the whole planet.
Download or watch all of the “Tragedy & Hope” – May 7th LaRouche Webcast
LaRouche has a brilliant website and lots of informative videos to watch/download for free.
TRUTH RISING: The 911 CHRONICLES (Full Version)
July 5th, 2008 — 911, Breaking News
By: George @ 11:09 PM – EST
Full length version of Truth Rising: The 911 Chronicles – investigates the events of September 11, 2001, the aftermath and our governments responses to the events of that day and how they have treated the first responders who have suffered severe health problems as a result of that day.
Man rips Hitler’s head from Maddam Tussauds wax museum
July 5th, 2008 — Breaking News, Strange But True
By: D. H. Williams @ 6:08 PM – EST
Commentary: I think this guy should get an all expense paid trip to Hawaii for ripping the head of Hitler’s wax figure; whats wrong with protesting that morally bankrupt dictator aka “unitary president” and the government he lead.
BERLIN (Reuters) -A man tore the head from a controversial waxwork figure of Adolf Hitler on the opening day of Berlin’s Madame Tussauds museum on Saturday, police said.
Just minutes after the museum opened, the 41-year-old German man pushed aside two security men guarding the exhibit.
“Then he went over to the figure and ripped off the head,” a police spokesman said.
The man tore off the head in protest at the exhibit, the spokesman added. The police were alerted and arrested the man, who did not resist. He was later released though he remained under investigation for assault and damaging property.
The waxwork figure of a glum-looking Adolf Hitler in a mock bunker during the last days of his life was criticized as being in bad taste. A media preview of the new branch of Madame Tussauds on Thursday was overshadowed by a row over the exhibit.
Critics said it was inappropriate to display the Nazi dictator, who started World War Two and ordered the extermination of Europe’s Jews, in a museum alongside celebrities, pop stars, world statesmen and sporting heroes.
Dressed in a grey suit, the figure of Hitler gazed downwards with a despondent stare, his arm outstretched on a large wooden table with a map of Europe on the wall of his gloomy bunker.
About 25 workers spent about four months on the waxwork, using more than 2,000 pictures and pieces of archive material and also guided by a model of the “Fuehrer” in the London branch of Madame Tussauds where it is standing upright.
It is illegal in Germany to show Nazi symbols and art glorifying Hitler and the exhibit was cordoned off to stop visitors posing with him.
Unobtrusive signs asked visitors to refrain from taking photos or posing with Hitler “out of respect for the millions of people who died during World War Two.” Camera surveillance and museum officials were meant to stop inappropriate behavior.
Institutions such as the foundation for Germany’s central Holocaust memorial site condemned the idea of the exhibit as tasteless, saying it had been included to generate business.
The wax figure is the latest in a gradual breaking down of taboos about Hitler in Germany more than 60 years after the end of the war and the Holocaust in which some six million Jews were killed.
The 2004 film “Downfall” provoked controversy as it portrayed the leader in a human light during the last days of his life and last year a satire about Hitler by Swiss-born Jewish director Dani Levy was released in Germany.
(Reporting by Paul Carrel and Sabine Ehrhardt; editing by Ibon Villelabeitia)
“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.” – Adolf Hitler
What ever happened to the brave men who signed The Declaration of Independence???
July 4th, 2008 — Independance Day
By: D. H. Williams @ 2:48 PM – EST
posted by jdayh on DailyPaul:
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom; go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
– Samuel Adams
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated.
But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. Heserved in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.
These were not wild-eyed, rabble- rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t fight just the British.
We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t. So,take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: Freedom is never free! It’s time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
Random late night video – open thread
July 4th, 2008 — Drug War, Music, Strange But True
By: George @ 2:37 AM – EST
BC – British Columbia, Vancouver on Cannibas day – whatever day that is.
Liberty is not government ….
July 3rd, 2008 — Music
By: George @ 7:19 PM – EST
Lets get down with some 4th of July music from former paratrooper and staunch anti – Communist Jimi Hendrix.
Star Spangled Banner – Woodstock 1969
After returning from service in WWII James Allen “Al” Hendrix, retrieved his son from his mother Lucile Hendrix.
When Jimi was 15 he acquired his first guitar for $5 from an friend of his fathers.
Hendrix was particularly fond of Elvis Presley.
Hendrix played left handed with a right handed guitar. Perhaps this why no one can truly imitate his unique sound.
Hint: add this behind any Youtube video URL: &fmt=18 and get superior sound – try it.
Bush’s torture laywer John Yoo squirms before congress
July 3rd, 2008 — Constitutional Crisis, Neocons, Strange But True
By: D. H. Williams @ 10:58 AM – EST
John Yoo’s torture comment:
What does torture have in common with genocide, slavery, and wars of aggression? They are all jus cogens. That’s Latin for “higher law” or “compelling law.” This means that no country can ever pass a law that allows torture. There can be no immunity from criminal liability for violation of a jus cogens prohibition.
The United States has always prohibited torture in our Constitution, laws, executive statements, judicial decisions, and treaties. When the U.S. ratifies a treaty, it becomes part of American law under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.
Whether someone is a POW or not, he must always be treated humanely; there are no gaps in the Geneva Conventions.
The US War Crimes Act, and 18 USC sections 818 and 3231, punish torture, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, and inhuman, humiliating or degrading treatment.
The Torture Statute criminalizes the commission, attempt, or conspiracy to commit torture outside the United States.
The Constitution gives Congress the power to make laws and the President the duty to enforce them. Yet Bush, relying on memos by lawyers including John Yoo, announced the Geneva Conventions did not apply to alleged Taliban and Al Qaeda members. But torture and inhumane treatment are never allowed under our laws.
Justice Department lawyers wrote memos at the request of Bush officials to insulate them from prosecution for torture. In memos dated August 1, 2002 and March 18, 2003, John Yoo wrote the DOJ would not enforce U.S. laws against torture, assault, maiming and stalking, in the detention and interrogation of enemy combatants.
The maiming statute makes it a crime for someone “with the intent to torture, maim, or disfigure” to “cut, bite, or slit the nose, ear or lip, or cut out or disable the tongue, or put out or destroy an eye, or cut off or disable a limb, or any member of another person” or throw or pour upon another person any scalding water, corrosive acid, or caustic substance.
Yoo said, “just because the statute says — that doesn’t mean you have to do it.” In a debate with Notre Dame Professor Doug Cassell, Yoo said there is no treaty that prohibits the President from torturing someone by crushing the testicles of the person’s child. It depends on the President’s motive, Yoo said, notwithstanding the absolute prohibition on torture.
Yoo twisted the law and redefined torture much more narrowly than the Torture Convention and the Torture Statute. Under Yoo’s definition, you have to nearly kill the person to constitute torture.
Yoo wrote that self-defense or necessity could be defenses to war crimes prosecutions, notwithstanding the Torture Convention’s absolute prohibition against torture in all circumstances.
After the August 1, 2002 memo was made public, the DOJ knew it was indefensible. It was withdrawn as of June 1, 2004, and a new opinion, dated December 30, 2004, specifically rejected Yoo’s definition of torture, and admitted that a defendant’s motives to protect national security won’t shield him from prosecution. The rescission of the prior memo is an admission by the DOJ that the legal reasoning was wrong. But for the 22 months it was in effect, it sanctioned and caused the torture of myriad prisoners.
Yoo and other DOJ lawyers were part of a common plan to violate U.S. and international laws outlawing torture. It was reasonably foreseeable their advice would result in great physical or mental harm or death to many detainees. Indeed, more than 100 have died, many from torture. Yoo admitted recently he knew interrogators would take action based on what he advised.
Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, George Tenet, and John Ashcroft met in the White House and micromanaged the torture by approving specific torture techniques such as waterboarding. Bush admitted he knew and approved of their actions.
They are all liable under the War Crimes Act and the Torture Statute. Under the doctrine of command responsibility, commanders, all the way up the chain of command to the commander in chief, are liable for war crimes if they knew or should have known their subordinates would commit them, and they did nothing to stop or prevent it. The Bush officials ordered the torture after seeking legal cover from their lawyers.
The President can no more order the commission of torture than he can order the commission of genocide, or establish a system of slavery, or wage a war of aggression.
Value of the dollar collapsing quickly – only Ron Paul warned you
July 3rd, 2008 — Economy, Ron Paul
By: D. H. Williams @ 10:18 AM – EST
Socialist Democrats and liberal war mongering Neocons have teamed up to debase the value of your currency leading to the eminent collapse of the U. S. economy.
During the Republican Presidential Primaries only Rep. Ron Paul warned Americans of the coming depression. While the Neocons promised more needles wars Ron Paul talked about sound money and saving the U. S. economy.
As the dollar continues falling in value food prices and unemployment will skyrocket. So the next time you fill up your car hit yourself on the forehead and say, “I could of had Ron Paul.”
Christopher Hitchens gets water boarded – “Its torture”
July 2nd, 2008 — Constitutional Crisis, Neocons, Strange But True
By: D. H. Williams @ 11:07 PM – EST
Vanity Fair made an offer that most reasonable people would likely refuse; experience water boarding first hand. Author and columnist Christopher Hitchens took them up on their offer.
“Until recently, “waterboarding” was something that Americans did to other Americans. It was inflicted, and endured, by those members of the Special Forces who underwent the advanced form of training known as sere (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape). In these harsh exercises, brave men and women were introduced to the sorts of barbarism that they might expect to meet at the hands of a lawless foe who disregarded the Geneva Conventions. But it was something that Americans were being trained to resist, not to inflict.”
Read the entire article here:
Orbiting the blogospere
July 2nd, 2008 — Orbiting the blogosphere
BY: D. H. Williams @ 8:54 PM – EST
Californians are working on an initiative for this November that would legalize weed for EVERYONE! What will the drug warriors do when 60% of those in the system are no longer considered criminals?
Your local Firefighter, paramedic and utility worker are being trained as “Terrorism Liaison Officers” their job – to spy on you and report “suspicious activity.” No worries perhaps you can bribe them with cash or offer up your daughter to stay out of jail – hey it worked for the East Germans.
Americans buying porn with Bush’s economic stimulus package. Since the checks have been coming out porn sites are reporting a 20% to 30% upswing in sales.
A new law in Texas Your PC repair man must now obtain a private investigators license so they can gather evidence on your computer – you know your a criminal – might as well just confess.
$3 Trillion in global stock market losses in June. But don’t you believe it because John McCain says our economic problems are “psychological.”
White House goes after another CIA agent
July 1st, 2008 — Iran, Neocons
By: D. H. Williams @ 10:38 PM – EST
A 22-year covert agent with the CIA is suing saying his managers asked him to falsify intelligence reports about Iran’s nuclear weapons programs. As a native of the Middle East and a fluent speaker of both Farsi and Arabic he had been performing black ops in the Pesian Gulf region, where he successfully built an intelligence gathering network.
Co – workers warned him three years ago that “CIA management planned to ‘get him’ for his role in reporting intelligence contrary to official CIA dogma.” The agent who cannot reveal his true identity was fired from the CIA in 2004.
One of the agent’s informants provided secret evidence that Tehran had halted its research into designing and building a nuclear weapon. Information later confirmed by other U. S. intelligence networks. Yet, when the operative sought to file reports on the findings, his attempts were “thwarted by CIA employees,” according to court papers. Leading to the agents removel from “any further handling” of the informant.
A motion has been filed in court to declassify documents describing what he says was a deliberate suppression of findings on Iran that were contrary to the CIA preferred views.
It has long been suspected that the managers within the CIA loyal to the Neocon agenda have been manipulating and outright misreporting intelligence to fit The White House’s desire for preemptive warfare throughout the Middle East.
CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano declined to comment of the specifics on the case but rejected the allegation that the agency had suppressed reports.