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-----The 'Civil Flag' -- Forgotten Flag, or Flag of Fraud and Fiction?
-----Status of the 'Fair Tax Act of 2005' (H.R. 25; S 25)
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005
China bears watching -- the dragon awakens Sorry this isn't more detailed. I'm really busy of late and I've been concentrating my efforts on contributing to the public outcry over Kelo v. New London. We need to be aware of China. See this Bill Gertz article: Beijing devoted to weakening 'enemy' U.S., defector says
This is why I'm against China's bid to buy Unocal Corp.; and why you should be too (and why Congress should be). _____________________________________________
My take on the Flag-burning amendment I've been so concerned about Kelo, that I haven't had a chance to weigh in on this one. I personally think that Congress should be worrying about more important things (like private property rights and 10th amendment violations).
However, I have an interesting point. The flag is the symbol of our nation. A lot of people hold it as their most precious symbol -- it represents their country, their Constitution, their way of life. Imagine how those people would feel to see it burned.
Ok, I still don't think that the amendment belongs in the Constitution.
But consider this: What would happen if a group staged a counter protest against flag burning protesters and burned the Koran?
Would those people be arrested? Sued? Be vilified in the media? If so, maybe a 'no flag-burning' amendment is the most pragmatic way to give our country back to We the People right now. Just a thought. _____________________________________________
Monday, June 27, 2005
Further Responses to Kelo v. New London I forgot another idea that I had. We should seriously consider boycotting all businesses that abuse eminent domain. It's the only way that they'll know we're serious. For example, if a famous developer (whose name may or may not be 'Donald Trump') wanted to, say, use eminent domain law to tear down an old widow's house to make way for a limousine staging area for his new hotel/casino, that business should be automatically be boycotted. Something I like to do when I think about it, too, is to post as much contact information about the perps that I can -- so not only do you know what business it is, but also how to contact them. I think that we bloggers should make such public shaming of tyrants standard operating procedure.
Remember a few days ago, I said that someone should knock down these Law Lords' houses and put up Wal Marts? Well, it's happening. This is perhaps the coolest thing I've seen this year: Proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel", to be built where Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter's house currently stands. I love it, and I hope it happens. I just love seeing bad things happen to bad people -- especially when it's the same bad thing they do to other people.
Another solution: Demand an amendment to the Constitution limiting the term of Supreme Court Justices to 12 years. Maybe even have a referendum vote for the Justices each election like they do in Florida. My thing is that I still think it's a good idea to have the court insulated from the popular whim, so maybe a referendum wouldn't be the best thing. Shortening the term would do wonders, though.
---------Cornyn vs. Kelo Decision
---------Eminent Domain Ruling Fall Out
---------This land is my land...
---------We have officially reached the era of the post-Constitutional government
---------SCOTUS to Kelo: Drop Dead _____________________________________________
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Doublethink and Oldthink, Kelo v. New London a symptom of what is wrong with the Supreme Court and the Federal government I was thinking about the Kelo ruling again. I'd really better stop or I'll give myself a stroke. But this ruling is just another example of a Doublethink slogan that is the mantra of the court. Clear is unclear, and unclear is clear. Confused? Let me explain. Based on recent court rulings, the Supreme Court is absolutely sure that the Constitution allows the Federal government to keep you from growing marijuana in your back yard for any purpose -- somehow they think it falls under interstate commerce whether or not it enters into commerce. They are also positive that there is a right to a abortion in the Constitution. They also have no problem ruling on how individual states execute murderers even though there is no specific language in the Constitution empowering them to do so. The Constitution, however clearly states that government shall not interfere with the People's freedom of speech. It also clearly and distinctly says that the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It also says that private property may be taken for a public use. However, the Supreme Court is not sure that the Constitution says these things at all. Not long after the foundation of this country, Alexander Hamilton started suggesting that there were all sorts of implied powers in the Constitution. The Federal government has been expanding these 'implied powers' ever since. The Supreme Court has refused to declare any of these assumed powers unconstitutional, even though the Tenth Amendment clearly states that "[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." Here's a hint: the Social Security program is unconstitutional. Anyhow, this is doublethink. Clear is unclear and unclear is clear. This sort of thinking is killing the Constitution. Now the 5th Amendment is gone. Fortunately, our States can still protect us, if we make enough noise.
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Now, I feel I must address something important. Some of the blogs that I link to actually endorse violence against government officials who come to take your property. I believe that it would be morally correct for you to do so. However, it will not accomplish anything. These are just people doing their jobs. They don't give the orders, and they have no idea that what they are doing counts as theft. Also, I don't believe we are past the point of no return yet. If you are mad enough to use force against lowly bureaucrats, put that energy into starting a grassroots campaign to restore our Republic. Run for office yourself, if you are that angry. Just don't forget about this outrage. Keep it fresh in yours and as many people's minds as possible. These tyrants are only kept in power by the short memories of the American voters. We can take back our liberties and we can do it peacefully, we all need to act though. Start demanding that governments stick to the Constitution and protect our liberties.
That being said, those of you advocating force are in good company. My favorite dead American, Thomas Jefferson, said: "What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let [the People] take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it's natural manure" (Letter From Thomas Jefferson to William Smith Paris, November 13, 1787).
Those of you who think that the people who are making revolutionary grumblings are crazy extremists, I want you to imagine how you would feel if someone took your house without asking you. Imagine you lived in the perfect house and you wanted to live there for the rest of your life. How would you feel if the local City Managers decided that it would be better to have a limousine staging area for one of Trump's hotels there? You would feel wronged -- like someone was stealing from you. The natural response to this is the intense desire to fight back. That's why we know it's wrong to take things from people.
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Elsewhere on the Blogosphere and the Internet:
---------"For this I Froze at Valley Forge?"
---------Supreme Court Fascism
---------Supreme Court Upholds Theft
---------Opinion/Commentary on Kelo vs. New London
---------My country, my country...
---------Kelo v. New London and the Living Constitution
---------Millions Of "Jurists" Cannot Be Wrong _____________________________________________
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Kelo v. New London, Eminent Domain: Supreme Court Rules Government May Steal Your Property at Will -- Overrules 5th Amendment I have just heard that the Supreme Court has ruled in the case Kelo v. New London. They ruled that the government may take your property and give it to someone else with more money to develop it than you have.
We no longer have property rights. We are now a Communist Plutocracy. Government will now rule based solely on the public good (not what the Constitution allows) -- only the very rich and connected will be allowed to decide what the public good is. We defeated the Soviet Union only to have it resurrected today by the United States Supreme Court -- welcome to the USSA. Official name change will come at a later date.
Just for reference, the 5th Amendment States: "No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." [emphasis added]
This ruling allows private land to be taken by the government for private use -- so long as the new private use will generate more tax revenue.
I say we seize these Justices' private homes and put up shiny new Wal Marts; see how they like it.
These Justices should be impeached for blatantly violating the Constitution of these United States.
Impeach the Five Justices?
Yes, impeach them. Justices can be impeached:
Constitution of the United States, Article II Section 4: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. [emphasis added]
Come on . . . You're not Suggesting that these Five Justices Committed a High Crime or Misdemeanor by their ruling?
Well, I don't know. You tell me:
Constitution of the United States, Article VI Clause 3: [A]ll executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution. [emphasis added]
What do you think? All Justices take an oath to support the Constitution of these United States. This ruling effectively nullifies the Fifth Amendment -- it is, then, a clear violation of the Justices' oath of office. And that is perjury under the laws of these United States.
18 USC 1621
(1) having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true; or
(2) in any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code, willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true;
is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. This section is applicable whether the statement or subscription is made within or without the United States.
If a crime in punishable by 5 years in prison, it is definitely a felony under the laws of these United States.
Since these five Justices have violated their oath of office -- their Constitutionally required oath to uphold the Constitution (which is, by the way, the only basis for the Supreme Court's authority) -- they can and should be put on trial for perjury. If convicted, they would be felons. They would no longer have the right to keep and bear arms, or any of the other rights that the Supreme Court has seen fit to deny to convicted felons. The fact is, they are eligible for Impeachment by Congress.
I urge you, then, to write your Representatives (Article I, Clause 5: The House of Representatives . . . shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.) and request that they do their Constitutional duty and vote to Impeach these perjurous Supreme Court Justices. In case you want to know more about the accused Justices, they are Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David H. Souter, Anthony Kennedy, and John Paul Stevens.
Here is a petition demanding the impeachment of the 5 perjurous Justices. (Or should we just call them 'Law Lords' now -- what they do clearly has nothing to do with justice).
Here, also, is another petition calling for "a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn the decision of the Supreme Court in the matter of Kelo vs. New London on June .23, 2005 and to protect American Citizens from future eminent domain violations."
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All is not lost, there is still the Federalist option
There is some good news in all of this, though. Despite the fact the Supreme Court has ceased to uphold the Constitution, we can still put pressure on our state and local governments to institute strict eminent domain guidelines. That is the beauty of federalism -- at least, when federalism is working the way it's supposed to. This ruling does not affect how strict a state law may be; what it does is to allow the state governments very broad latitude in deciding what a public purpose is. We need to be very clear with our governments and insist that they use a very narrow definition of 'public use'. A few months ago, I proposed these guidelines:
1.) 'Private ownership' and 'public use' shall be mutually exclusive terms in all eminent domain matters. 2.) Eminent domain powers shall not be exercised except for a public use. 3.) If the government can accomplish its stated purpose without using eminent domain, that government shall not use eminent domain.
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I have spoken at length on this topic already:
---------Kelo v. New London: Eminent domain before high court, Transferring private land to other private hands at issue
---------Kelo v. New London: Eminent domain abuses before Supreme Court; New guidelines suggested
---------Kelo v. New London, Eminent Domain: Do You Think It's Okay for the City To Give Your Land to a Developer for 'Increased Tax Revenue'?
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"It is sufficiently obvious, that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. These rights cannot be separated."
--James Madison, Speech at the Virginia Convention, December 2, 1829
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Elsewhere on the Blogosphere and the Internet:
---------AP: Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes
---------Institute of Justice: Homeowners Lose Eminent Domain Case
---------BREAKING: MAJOR LOSS TO PROPERTY OWNERS
---------Court upholds property seizure in New London
---------What's Yours is Mine
---------Dollar is King
---------A Quote for Today -- Explotation
---------High Court OKs Personal Property Seizures
---------Kelo et al. v. City of New London et al.
---------Kiss your property rights goodbye
---------Hypoxic Mutterings: Kelo v. City of New London
---------SCOTUSblog: Takings and privatization
---------United States Constitution, 1788 - 2005: Promise Unkept
---------Protect Homes, Not Flags
---------Blackshirts in Black Robes:Neoliberal Fascism on Maryland Ave
---------This is Bad, Very Bad
---------a blog for all: Imminent Domain
---------Fascism on the Potomac
---------Supreme Court upholds property seizure in New London
---------Supreme Court upholds city's abuse of eminent domain
---------Refusing to Stand up for Average Americans
---------THE KELO EFFECT: Supreme Court Defeats Property Owners in Eminent Domain Decision
---------For What It's Worth
---------Stunned by Kelo v. New London
---------Amendment? I'll give ya an Amendment...Right HERE
---------Elfin Ethicist: Kelo v. New London
---------Today's Interesting Kelo v. New London Links
---------The Kelo Decision
--------- Petition for Redress of Grievances
---------Why Bother Celebrating the Fourth?
---------Betrayal at the Supreme Court
---------Fighting Kelo v. New London
---------Another Terrible Decision By 5 Robed Legislators
---------Outrage over eminent domain ruling
---------post-Kelo, the knives are out in Texas
---------Now That the Other Shoe's Dropped . . .
---------The End of Private Property - What Now?
---------This land was your land
"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."
--James Madison _____________________________________________
Tyrannical TSA Ignores Federal Law, the Constitution, and Direct Instructions from Congress; Creates Secret, Illegal Database on Travelers Story dated 21 June 2005
The TSA "collected extensive personal information about airline passengers although Congress told it not to and it said it wouldn't . . . A Transportation Security Administration contractor used three data brokers to collect detailed information about U.S. citizens who flew on airlines in June 2004 in order to test a terrorist screening program called Secure Flight, according to documents that will be published in the Federal Register this week. The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits the government from keeping a secret database."
Okay, why haven't arrests been made? Don't we live in a nation of law? If you or I had violated federal law by accident we would be arrested. If you love you freedom, you need to see to it that the government cannot get away with this sort of thing. Write your Representative, your Senators, the Department of Justice. Demand that the people within the TSA responsible for this decision are arrested and tried. This is ridiculous. Where is my Republic? Do we even have a Constitution anymore? _____________________________________________
CNN/USA Today/Gallup: Nearly 6 in 10 Americans oppose war in Iraq; growing number dissatisfied with war on terrorism Story dated 21 June 2005
So the pollsters have discovered that we are not satisfied with the war in Iraq and the war on terror. I used to be in favor of the war in Iraq, but now I am opposed. It has become clear to me that this government does not have the stomach to give the orders necessary to achieve decisive victory (read carpet-bombing the Sunni Triangle). They are more interested in tying up our soldiers in so much red tape that they cannot even do their job properly without having to worry about being brought up on charges and sent to prison. So no, I no longer wish to have my money spent on an endeavor that our government has no desire to win. The velvet glove approach will do noting but get our soldiers killed. Look people, we have an air force. Use it. Firebomb the trouble spots. That is what you need to do to win. If you can't give the order to do that, then you shouldn't have gone to 'war' to begin with.
As for the war on terror, how about you start fighting terrorists instead of annoying the American People to death with your inane laws that infringe upon our Constitutional rights? That's why we are dissatisfied with the war on terror -- because, instead of going after likely terrorists, you have decided to view the average American as a potential threat so you don't seem discriminatory (for example, putting grandmothers on terrorist watch lists for attempting to board a plane with a dull butter knife).
In my opinion, it's time to vote them all out of office. Next election, vote not Republican, nor Democrat. Vote for Libertarians, for Independents, for Southern Party members. Do not continue to reward Republicans for their failure to keep government from harassing us. Do not reward the Democrats for not being Republicans -- because the Democrats want even more government intrusion in your life. Everyone write in Ron Paul of Texas for president. _____________________________________________
Chinese Communist Party is "more evil" than the Nazi Party -- And They Maintain a Large Spy Network in the West Story dated 18 June 2005
"[T]hree Chinese officials in Australia have publicly defected and sought asylum. The defectors have talked about a network of thousands of Chinese spies across Australia, the United States, Canada and New Zealand that has infiltrated overseas groups of Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and advocates seeking democracy in China. The network is made up not only of workers in Chinese consulates and embassies, but also Chinese academics and business people."
One of the defectors "worked for the "6-10 Office" office in China, which is primarily dedicated to wiping out the peaceful spiritual practice Falun Gong. Falun Gong became popular in China in the 1990s. In October, 2000, he witnessed a colleague in the 6-10 Office violently beat a female Falun Gong practitioner with an iron bar. . . after that, he was waiting for his first chance to get out of China."
I really don't understand why the government in Washington DC continues to recognize the tyrants of Beijing as a legitimate government. And I don't know why more of you don't care that they do. These people speak for you. Are you comfortable with the people speaking for you saying that a Communist regime that is more evil than the Nazis is okay? I'm not. _____________________________________________
Not Even Orphanages Safe from the Brutal Tyranny of Robert "the Terrible" Mugabe Story dated 19 June 2005
"At Hatcliffe orphanage, run by Dominican sisters, the nuns, workers and 180 orphans were given a day to get out before the bulldozers arrived. Many of the children had lost their parents to Aids. Now, thanks to what the regime justifies as a crackdown on illegal settlements and traders, they have lost the roof over their heads and have nowhere to go."
Just when you think this racist tyrant has done the worst he can do, he surprises you yet again. Adult humans are supposed to protect children. That's our job. Robert Mugabe is not a man . . . he is a beast. He needs to be dealt with as such. Just pray that he regains his humanity before he is put down. We all have the capacity to act as humans, rather than beasts, and it is always sad when people die as beasts rather than as humans.
By the way, we need to start writing Congress and instruct them that no more aid is to go to Africa. Anything we send is stolen by such beasts as Mugabe, anyway. _____________________________________________
Friday, June 17, 2005
Your ISP May Become Government Internet Spy -- Spying on You Story dated 17 June 2005
"The U.S. Department of Justice is quietly shopping around the explosive idea of requiring Internet service providers to retain records of their customers' online activities. Data retention rules could permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity months after Internet providers ordinarily would have deleted the logs--that is, if logs were ever kept in the first place. No U.S. law currently mandates that such logs be kept."
If such a law were passed, it would violate the Fourth Article of Amendment to the Constitution of these United States. Not that that has ever stopped the Congress from passing similar laws in the past. We need to let the Congress know that this sort of thing will not be tolerated. When Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court all ignore the Constitution, it is up to We the People to enforce it against the miscreants in government.
I don't think the government is allowed to open my mail without a warrant. Why should my electronic mail, and other Internet activities be available to them without a warrant? I will be writing the Congress and telling them no. _____________________________________________
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Totalitarian TSA Says You Don't Have Constitutional Rights Where They Are Concerned Story dated 01 June 2005
A 57-year-old grandmother, and a middle school principal accidentally left a butter knife in her luggage. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, a butter knife. So what? Well, this is how a thinking person might react. Not so the non-thinking myrmidons that populate the TSA.
"Screeners with the Transportation Security Administration at Los Angeles International Airport found [the butter knife] deep in the outside pocket of a carry-on cooler. The grandmother apologized and told them it was a mistake.
'You've committed a felony,' . . . [an unnamed] security screener announced. 'And you're considered a terrorist.' . . .
She says screeners refused to give her paperwork or documentation of her violation, documentation of the pending fine, or a copy of the photograph of the knife.
'They said 'no' and they said it's a national security issue. And I said what about my constitutional rights? And they said 'not at this point ... you don't have any'.
KOMO News did reach a spokesperson with the Transportation Security Administration for comment. They said they did not have record of [the grandmother's] confrontation but did admit that TSA screeners are, by design, becoming more strict."
There you have it, the TSA thugs are becoming more strict. Let me tell you that this agency is, as of now, engaged in criminal actions. The people responsible for this action need to be arrested and tried for treason against the Constitution of these United States. No organ of the federal government has the lawful power to deny someone their Constitutional rights. This statement by the TSA goons is unconscionable.
This needs to be stopped. I, for one, am not willing to submit myself to one group of thugs simply because they claim to want to protect me from another group of thugs.
This is not right, and we need to start writing Congress and let our displeasure be known.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
--The Free People of the United States of America, 1776 _____________________________________________
My Stance on Immigration: The House Doctrine Or maybe "the property doctrine" would be a better description of my stance on immigration. Those of you who read my web site have probably noticed that I do not share the self-destructive 'mainstream' Libertarian stance on immigration. However, my stance is compatible with the Libertarian philosophy. In fact, I believe it is more compatible with the Libertarian philosophy than the mainstream 'open border' policy of the Libertarians. That is why I describe myself as a Libertarian Nationalist. You see, I think the Libertarian idea that property rights are sacred ought to extend to public property . . . you know, the land that belongs to we, the People. It's like our house. The United States is our house; we get to make the rules under which people may enter. Many people who call themselves Libertarians claim that this is unfair to people who just want to come here to work. But what about us? Why should what we want matter less than what foreigners want? No, I don't think foreigners are bad by definition. I'm just saying that, we should have some say as to who comes into our country. What if the government told you that you had to let anyone into your house who wanted to enter? You would probably thing that that was an unreasonable encroachment on your property rights. Why is it different when your government refuses to enforce the borders? Libertarians believe that government should not be allowed to do anything that and individual could not do. For example, I could not take your money at gunpoint and give it to your neighbor -- for this reason, Libertarians believe that the government should not have this power, either. However, you can use force to keep people off your property. Therefore, this is a power that government should have. Illegal immigrants are trespassing. We, the People are sick and tired of people trespassing in our house. If the Libertarian party adopted the House Doctrine, they would do very well in the next election. I don't think they will, though.
The good news, though, is that the House Doctrine is starting to be seen in policy decisions at the local level in these United States.
For example, the police in Hudson, New Hampshire, fed up with the Federal Government's complete lack of desire to enforce the immigration laws of these United States, have simply started arresting illegal aliens for criminal trespass on public property. The theory is that since they are here in violation of our immigration laws, they are trespassing when they are on public property. In my opinion, this is a valid interpretation of the law, and it is definitely compatible with the House Doctrine. Way to go, Hudson PD! Keep up the good work!
"Since May, Hudson police have cited nine people determined to be illegal aliens with criminal trespass -- following the lead of New Ipswich Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain, who gained national attention when he charged Jorge Mora Ramirez, 21, with criminal trespassing in mid-April."
Predictably, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is opposed to the idea of enforcing American law.
---------Hudson arrests mount as police charge illegals _____________________________________________
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
People's Republic of China Uses Hired Thugs to Kill Protestors Story dated 16 June 2005
"Shocking footage of crowd control 'Chinese-style' has been obtained by Sky News. The film shows dozens of hired thugs running amok in a village just 60 miles from the capital Beijing . . . It is the worst footage of violence to emerge from the secretive country since the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 . . . The blurred footage shows hand-to-hand fighting between the assailants and the villagers. At least one person is seen being shot dead. The three-minute footage ends when the state's enforcers realise they are being filmed and chase the cameraman . . . Dominic Waghorn, Sky's Asia correspondent, said: 'It looks like a medieval battle but this is Chinese protest control in the 21st century.'"
So, Mr. Kissinger, you still think China is someone we need to treat as a legitimate regime?
What is going on here is an eminent domain action. The government wants to take the villager's land for a power plant. The villagers don't want to give up their land, so the government kills them. Doesn't arrest them, just kills them. The tyrants of Beijing are not the sort of people we should consort with.
The PRC tried to keep this footage from getting out. It has to make you wonder how often this sort of thing happens, and how often they succeed in keeping the footage from getting out.
Well, thanks to the internet, now the entire world knows about this . . . except for the Chinese who aren't allowed to hear about anything bad that the tyrants of Beijing do. _____________________________________________
Of Bush, African Debt/Foreign Aid, Media Bias, and the Slow Death of the Constitution of these United States Let's see, a few things are going on:
1.) Bush has decided to forgive African debt.
2.) Additionally, Bush has decided to give even more money from the our Treasury to Africa -- he has tripled foreign aid going to Africa since he took office.
3.) The G8 is proposing a tax on airlines to give more money to poor African countries -- I have not heard whether or not Bush supports this, but the idea to forgive all of the African debt came out of the G8 . . .
Here's what I have to say about this:
The media is out to lunch. No one is bothering to ask Bush where the Constitution gives him the authority to give or tax money away to foreign nations. If Fox News really were Conservative, they would be asking this question. They aren't. Under the Constitution, only Congress can raise money. Only the Congress can allow money to be drawn from the treasury. Presumably, if there is aid money being loaned to African nations, there must be a law allowing it. Does this law also allow the President to give them permission to just keep our money -- the money from the Treasury of these United States? The President is required by the Constitution and by his oath of office to faithfully execute the laws of these United States. If the media really were looking out for us, this is the sort of question we would hear. I don't hear this, though, except from Conservative and Libertarian commentators on the radio -- people who are not asking direct questions of our politicians, asking them to explain themselves.
Why aren't you, the People, more outraged at this? It's your money. It's your Constitution that may have been violated. Maybe you don't know to think about it like this because the mainstream media (MSM) doesn't couch it in those terms. Is Fox News biased? Is CNN/ABC/CBS/NBC/NPR biased? Yes. They all seem to have the same bias -- pro-tyranny. They allow the people in government to do whatever they like without questioning whether or not they are Constitutionally allowed to. We are at a dangerous point in the history of our nation. Those who would enslave us have won a major victory. The idea that the government should stick to the Constitution has been reduced to a point of view. A point of view that, if you pay attention to the MSM, apparently has no greater or lesser weight than other points of view. Think about that for a moment.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Oh, really. To states like New York, this is just a point of view, and a loosing one at that. The Supreme Court cites international law to avoid the tenth amendment (allowing states to legislate where the Constitution is silent). Remember the First Amendment? Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech. That's out the window . . . Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court completely ignored this one when they passed, signed, and upheld the McCain-Feingold law, which can prohibit people like you and me from running issue ads within 2 months of an election.
Those are some pretty important Amendments, and no one in the MSM cares enough to point out when they are being eroded. Likewise, they never question politicians as to whether what they are doing is Constitutional. If we put our politicians on the spot more, they might be better behaved.
In this case, I don't think the President has the authority to unilaterally give away money from our treasury. Yet no one questions him about it. No one bothers to question the Senate as to why they are not challenging Bush on it.
No, boys and girls, we have one media, and it has one bias. It only looks different on matters not having to do with the Constitution.
Likewise, if the MSM really cared about we, the People, they would be asking questions about whether the Constitution permits Congress to tax the People solely for the benefit of foreign nations. In my thinking, this goes directly against what the Constitution was designed to do.
Here are some relevant clauses in our Constitution:
Article II Section 2 Clause 2: [The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur [emphasis added]
Article I Section 8 Clause 1: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
Article I Section 9 Clause 7: No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.
It seems clear that Bush cannot act unilaterally with the public's money. And even if he isn't acting unilaterally, being given authority by a law, that law is unconstitutional, because it is overbroad and constitutes an improper delegation of Congressional authority.
Where is my Republic? I don't see it here. It's hard to misplace something that big. Perhaps someone stole it.
---------Bush pledges $674 million for African causes
---------Bush Meets With 5 African Leaders On Debt Relief
---------G-8 countries to cancel $15-B of Africa's debt
---------G8 wants tax on airline tickets to help world poor _____________________________________________
Microsoft helps People's Republic of China to censor bloggers Story dated 15 June 2005
"Civil liberties groups have condemned an arrangement between Microsoft and Chinese authorities to censor the internet. The American company is helping censors remove "freedom" and "democracy" from the net in China with a software package that prevents bloggers from using these and other politically sensitive words on their websites. The restrictions, which also include an automated denial of "human rights", are built into MSN Spaces, a blog service launched in China last month by Shanghai MSN Network Communications Technology, a venture in which Microsoft holds a 50% stake."
So Microsoft not only has no problem with tyrants, they are eager to help them out in their oppression of the People? That's nice; oh well, they are in the business of making money, right? Yeah, I don't think so. The practices of the Chinese government are just plain wrong. There is no moral equivalency, here. We should not be assisting them. I think it's time to switch over to LINUX. Microsoft's practices are incompatible with my values.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
--John Fitzgerald Kennedy _____________________________________________
Israel Planned to Sell UAVs to China Story dated 14 June 2005
Israel thinks it's okay to sell weapons to China because the US sells weapons to Egypt. Guess what, folks? Two wrongs don't make a right. Yes it's wrong for us to sell weapons to Egypt. In fact, we should cut off all aid to Egypt -- and to Israel for that matter. Israel has no business selling weapons to China when they are taking money from the Treasury of these United States.
Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
--Isaiah 30:1-3 _____________________________________________
Monday, June 13, 2005
Kissinger Says China is Not a Threat Story dated 13 June 2005
"Military imperialism is not the Chinese style. Carl von Clausewitz, the leading Western strategic theoretician, addresses the preparation and conduct of a central battle. Sun Tzu, his Chinese counterpart, focuses on the psychological weakening of the adversary. China seeks its objectives by careful study, patience and the accumulation of nuances -- only rarely does China risk a winner-take-all showdown . . . The Chinese state in its present dimensions has existed substantially for 2000 years. The Russian empire was governed by force; the Chinese empire by cultural conformity with substantial force in the background."
Really? Apparently, the PRC's brutal oppression of its own citizens doesn't figure into Kissinger's assessment.
"Attitudes are psychologically important. China needs to be careful about policies seeming to exclude the US from Asia and our sensitivities regarding human rights, which will influence the flexibility and scope of the US stance toward China. The US needs to understand that a hectoring tone evokes in China memories of imperialist condescension and is not appropriate in dealing with a country that has managed 4000 years of uninterrupted self-government."
My respect for Kissinger aside, he's cracked. 4000 years of uninterrupted self-government? Excuse me? I wouldn't call the current totalitarian regime 'self-government'. Nor would I call the Imperial government prior to the 20th century to be 'self-government'.
Kissinger thinks we should work with the tyrants. I say we work with the people of China -- this means not siding with their oppressors. He may be right and China may not have plans to conquer us. However, that does not make our support of their regime right. _____________________________________________
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Smallest extrasolar planet yet detected and the first of a new class of rocky terrestrial planets Story dated 13 June 2005
"Astronomers announced today the discovery of the smallest planet so far found outside of our solar system. About seven-and-a-half times as massive as Earth, and about twice as wide, this new extrasolar planet may be the first rocky world ever found orbiting a star similar to our own."
This is very cool. Maybe we day we will find a world that is suitable for us to live on as-is. And hopefully that day will be soon, because I have a feeling that those of us who love freedom will soon need a place to go to escape tyranny. Now all we need is convenient interstellar travel technology. Bottom line, the movement on this world seems to be toward tyranny -- government wants to insert itself more and more into our lives. We need a new world to escape to, as our ancestors escaped to America. The trouble we are currently experiencing is because the tyranny of the Old World finally caught up with us.
Subject Matter: Astronomy Liberty Science Space Exploration Tyranny _____________________________________________
Friday, June 10, 2005
Scientist specializing in creating microbes resistant to biological weapons murdered World Health Organization expert and head of the anti-microbe Therapy Research Institute Professor Leonid Strachunsky has been murdered. "Strachunsky's body was found in the Slavyanka hotel on Suvorovskaya Square on Tuesday morning. According to the results of an experts' investigation, Strachunsky died after being struck in the head with a heavy item. His laptop and mobile telephone were also missing from his hotel room."
"An investigation is checking whether the mass outbreak of hepatitis A in the Tver region near Moscow could be linked to the biological weapons sector. At the moment 363 people are in hospital, NewsRu.Com reported Thursday. Some newspapers have linked the outbreak to the recent murder of Russia's leading specialist in bio weapons. . . Some sources link Wednesday's murder of Anti-Microbe Therapy Institute director Leonid Strachunsky, who specialized in creating microbes resistant to biological weapons, to the hepatitis outbreak, NewsRu.Com added."
This man is the latest in a list of dozens of prominent scientists who hever either been murdered or otherwise mysteriously died over the past several years. The fact that a good number of these people have been microbiologists (people qualified to work do reasearch in the biological weapons field) should worry us.
---------Russian scientist's murder probably domestic violence - police
---------Russian Investigators Probe Biological Weapons Link to Hepatitis Outbreak _____________________________________________
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Aging Eagle's Eyes Fail to Spot Waking Dragon Story dated 09 June 2005
"A highly classified intelligence report produced for the new director of national intelligence concludes that U.S. spy agencies failed to recognize several key military developments in China in the past decade . . . Among the failures highlighted in the study are:
·China's development of a new long-range cruise missile.
·The deployment of a new warship equipped with a stolen Chinese version of the U.S. Aegis battle management technology.
·Deployment of a new attack submarine known as the Yuan class that was missed by U.S. intelligence until photos of the submarine appeared on the Internet.
·Development of precision-guided munitions, including new air-to-ground missiles and new, more accurate warheads.
·China's development of surface-to-surface missiles for targeting U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups.
·The importation of advanced weaponry, including Russian submarines, warships and fighter-bombers."
So, just what, exactly is my tax money going for, hmmm? Donuts to feed incompetent CIA bureaucrats? Get it together, people. This is unacceptable. Anyone with a brain knows that China is a clear and present military danger to it's own people, it's immediate neighbors, and to the United States. One has only to pay attention to news stories that regularly chronicle China's actions. Listen to me: the People's Republic of China will lock up citizens caught disagreeing with a government policy!! That's a clue, folks! Shape up, or get out of the way and let more competent people handle it. _____________________________________________
Another Chinese Defector Backs Chen's Spy Claim Story dated 08 June 2005
"The diplomat, Chen Yonglin, the first secretary at the Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney, left his post last month. Chen claimed China had 1,000 spies in Australia involved in illegal activities, including abducting Chinese nationals and smuggling them back to China." China, of course, says that he's crazy. Australia, of course, believes China because they are negotiating a lucrative free trade deal with the tyrants of Beijing. Now, "[a] second Chinese defector has claimed Beijing is running a large spy network in Australia and other Western countries, including the United States." Are we a little more convinced now?
"Hao Fengjun, 32, backed Chen's claim of a Chinese spy network in Australia . . . Hao, who traveled to Australia as a tourist in February and sought asylum, told reporters Wednesday in the southern city of Melbourne that he was responsible for analyzing information gathered by Chinese spies in Australia and other countries including the United States and Canada . . . His translator and friend Serene Luo said Hao copied 200 documents from his computer and smuggled them into Australia, giving them to immigration officials." These documents included information on how "how the public security department in China ... persecute Falun Gong and other religious groups."
Go ahead, keep treating the tyrants of Beijing as a legitimate regime. By doing so, you are complicit in the repression of their citizens. I really hope the U.S. grants this man asylum. _____________________________________________
Why do we even have a border patrol? Story dated 08 June 2005
Man With a Chain Saw That Was Apparently Covered With Blood Was Let Into the U.S.
"On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres.
Then they let him into the United States.
The following day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Despres' hometown of Minto, New Brunswick: The decapitated body of a 74-year-old country musician named Frederick Fulton was found on Fulton's kitchen floor. His head was in a pillowcase under a kitchen table. His common-law wife was discovered stabbed to death in a bedroom."
Great. That's just great. _____________________________________________
Tyrants of Beijing Grasp at Internet with their Iron Fist Story dated 07 June 2005
"The Chinese authorities have ordered all weblogs and websites in the country to register with the government or face closure in Beijing's latest attempt to control online dissent . . . The government has long required all major commercial websites to register and take responsibility for internet content. At least 54 people have been jailed for posting essays or other content deemed to be subversive online." That's nice. If I lived in China, I would have probably been arrested long ago. I'm sure there are many politicians who would love to do this in our country. Watch them. They're more dangerous to you than the Chinese tyrants at this juncture. In fact, I urge you all to take preemptive acting and write your Congress-people and tell them that this sort of thing will not be tolerated here. Don't believe it could happen here? Think the First Amendment will protect your right to speak anonymously? You're wrong. Remember the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act? It's unconstitutional on its face. The Supreme Court did nothing. We need to chaperone our government if we wish to remain free.
"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."
--Benjamin Franklin _____________________________________________
China defector in Australia contacts U.S. embassy Story dated 07 June 2005
"A spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy told Reuters that Chen Yonglin, a 37-year-old political affairs consul at China's consulate in Sydney, had contacted a U.S. consulate in Australia about his situation, but was unable to comment further . . . Chen told a rally in Sydney to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests on Saturday that Beijing saw him as a threat because he offered help to democracy groups and Falun Gong practitioners."
Australia denied his asylum request because the Chinese ambassador said that she was unaware of any legal action the Chinese government would take against Chen. Well, that's great. The citizens of the USSR had the right to freedom of speech, and we all know how well that worked out. Hopefully the United States will not be so ready to take China's semantics at face value. "[W]hen asked if she could guarantee he would not suffer any repercussions for his attempt to defect, Ambassador Fu said: 'Guarantee is not the word I would use because I will not be the person who will judge him.'" So he will be judged. That's interesting. _____________________________________________
Europe, Japan back China on yuan Story dated 07 June 2005
China claims that keeping its currency's (the yuan's) value pegged to that of the dollar (which hurts the American economy) will aid it's reform efforts. Excuse me? What reforms? I keep hearing that China is much more capitalistic now. Well, what good is this when the tyrants of Beijing lock up anyone who says anything contrary to the government line? This is not reform, people. In any case, it seems that Europe and Japan believe that China is undergoing true reforms. Or maybe it's just that they want preferred access to China's growing market. Note to Congress: pass the Fair Tax and this will not be a problem at all for our economy. _____________________________________________
Strange but True: Chinese Willingly Torture Themselves to Grow Taller Story dated 06 June 2005
"In recent months, advertisements on Chinese television are regularly promoting "stretching machines," which look like benches reminiscent of the medieval torture rack. Users are supposed to strap themselves in by head and foot and turn a crank to extend the bench beneath them . . . [other methods of growing taller include] an adaptation of a method originally developed in Russia more than a century ago. Xia breaks his patient's legs, then attaches metal pins to the separated bones, which are held in place by metal frames around the patient's legs. The patient then has to twist a knob daily to drag the ends of broken bone apart gradually, encouraging new bone to grow to bridge the gap as the fracture heals, resulting in longer bones, and a taller person, according to the report."
Apparently, taller people have a better chance of job promotion and marriage. Somehow, the practices of the citizens of California seem less extreme, now. "The average Chinese woman is about 5 feet 2 inches tall and the average man about 5 feet 6 inches." _____________________________________________
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
China Begins Work on World's Largest Shipyard Story dated 06 June 2005
"Construction has begun on what China says will eventually be the world's biggest shipyard, part of the country's plan for taking a dominant role in the industry."
I would be unconcerned . . . if the People's Republic of China wasn't a tyrannical regime. _____________________________________________
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Australia rejects Chinese defector Story dated 06 June 2005
"Australia is a democratic country. I thought they would help me. My family is desperate. We are helpless. We need to be in a safe place." These were the words uttered by Chen Yonglin as Australia turned down his request for asylum. He has expressed disagreement with China's official policy of arresting dissenting political voices. He fears that he, himself (and his family) will be punished for his views. Fu Ying, China's ambassador, disagreed: "I don't think there is any reason China would punish him," she said. "There are laws which would guarantee his freedom." Oh really? That's interesting, considering that President Hu fully supports China's policy of arresting dissidents, and thinks that it was a good idea to crush students with tanks (remember this story?). What is Australia thinking? Oh, yeah, I forgot, they were trying to negotiate a free trade deal with China at the time. Enjoy your free trade, bought with this man's blood . . . or at the very least, his liberty. This makes me sick. _____________________________________________
Britain's 24 million vehicles would be tracked by satellite if proposed change to road tax accepted Story dated 05 June 2005
That's right, the U.K. wants to track all cars by satellite and charge each individual motorist for their amount of road usage. The story does not point out concerns about the invasion of privacy that this scheme would allow. Should the government be permitted to know where you are at all times? Why do they need to know? This is a bad, bad idea and should be stopped in its infancy before it progresses any further.
Subject Matter: Police State Privacy Surveillance Society United Kingdom _____________________________________________
Some Uplifting Science News: Mars rover Opportunity is on the move again Story dated 05 June 2005
"NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is making tracks across the Martian landscape again, after nearly five weeks stuck in a sand dune, engineers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said on Sunday. NASA engineers cheered this weekend when images returned from Mars showed the six-wheeled geological research vehicle was finally freed from the dune and making tracks, according to a posting on the JPL Web site (www.jpl.nasa.gov)."
It's nice to see what we can do when we aren't trying to kill one another.
Subject Matter: Science Space Exploration _____________________________________________
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Taiwan successfully tests new defensive missile Story dated 05 June 2005
"Taiwan has successfully tested its domestically developed Hsiung Feng anti-ship missile, the China Times newspaper said on Sunday, as the island attempts to beef up its defence capability against China's growing military threat."
China, will, of course, claim that Taiwan's actions are causing tension -- ignoring the fact that they have "an estimated 725 missiles aimed at Taiwan." _____________________________________________
16 Years Later, China Still Repressing People -- Yet Somehow Has Regained Prestige Story dated 04 June 2005
Regarding the brutal actions of the PRC at Tiananmen Square: "China's Foreign Ministry spokesman indicated this week that the government would not consider changing its verdict on the wave of activism that marked the spring of 1989, and which it has dubbed a counter-revolutionary rebellion . . . In the past year China has also closed journals, stifled academic debate and detained journalists, most recently a Hong Kong-based reporter for Singapore's Straits Times, in signals that President Hu Jintao's government is unlikely to embrace reform . . . A senior Chinese diplomat has also sought political asylum in Australia with his family, the Weekend Australian reported on Saturday. It quoted him as saying he wanted to defect because he could no longer support China's persecution of dissidents."
So the MSM (mainstream media) does give us the information regarding China's evil actions. Yet, somehow, they can still say with a straight face that "China has recovered the international prestige it lost in the violent suppression of the movement."
So, The PRC rolls over peaceful protesters with tanks. The PRC then continues to support that action and continues to enforce the same policies to this day. They offer no apology for their act, and are unlikely to embrace reform. So, naturally, they recover the prestige lost due to that action. Makes perfect sense.
Something stinks here.
Subject Matter: China Media Bias Tyranny _____________________________________________
Friday, June 03, 2005
China Continuing to Adopt a Belligerent Stance in Region Story dated 04 June 2005
"China's military buildup, particularly its positioning of hundreds of missiles facing Taiwan, is a threat to Asian security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Saturday . . . China has said it will attack Taiwan if the island tries to declare independence, and it repeatedly calls on the United States to stop selling weapons to Taiwan. Beijing denounced a joint U.S.-Japan statement earlier this year saying the two allies shared the objective of a peaceful resolution of the Taiwan issue."
I ask, again, why does the People's Republic of China have any international prestige? _____________________________________________
Majority of states pressing for taxing all Internet sales Story dated 03 June 2005
While I don't like the idea of taxing sales on the internet, I like the idea of state income taxes even less. States need to get their tax revenue from somewhere. _____________________________________________
Thursday, June 02, 2005
China might condescend to allow the yuan to fluctuate naturally against the dollar Story dated 03 June 2005
"China is under intense U.S. pressure to ease its strict yuan peg. But Snow was careful to note that this would be a "sovereign decision" that belonged to Beijing alone . . . The yuan is currently pegged between 8.2760 and 8.2800 per dollar."
I have a question: why is the China's strict control over its currency's value never criticized? Or even talked about seriously? This practice hurts the United States, because no matter how far the dollar falls (See Bush's abandonment of the strong dollar policy), the yuan is still lower so Chinese goods are always cheaper. And the fact is, if the U.S. were doing this to say, the Euro, in order to make sure that American goods were always cheaper for Europeans than European goods, we would be shunned by the international community and maligned mercilessly in the international press. All I ask is that China receive the same treatment. _____________________________________________
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Authorities Claim to have Found the Murderer of Dr. Eugene Mallove Story dated 02 June 2005
"A man serving a five-year prison sentence for larceny has been charged with felony murder in connection with the year-old killing of a science writer from New Hampshire, police said . . . Gary McAvoy, 43, was arrested Wednesday morning . . . He is accused of killing Eugene Mallove, 56, of Pembroke, N.H., during an apparent robbery at a Norwich home rented by Mallove's family. . . Married with two children, he [Mallove] was well-known in the science community as a pioneer and passionate advocate of an alternative energy source known as cold fusion."
Mallove is just one of a long list of prominent scientists who have been murdered, or otherwise mysteriously died over the past couple of years. _____________________________________________
Strange But True: Senate Democrat Wants to Put a Stop to Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants Story dated 01 June 2005
"U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson announced legislation Wednesday intended to curb the growth of violent street gangs such as MS-13, a gang with Central American origins that police said could be prevented from taking root in South Florida with focused action . . . The legislation outlined by Nelson would raise the maximum prison sentence from one year to 10 years for people who smuggle gang members across U.S. borders. It would also permit U.S. consular officials to deny entry visas for anyone suspected of gang ties"
It's not my idea of an effective, comprehensive border policy, but it's a start. Maybe Democrats will become the anti-immigration party in order to stop their rapid spiral down from the heights of power. _____________________________________________
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."