Thursday, February 24, 2011

When the Absurd Becomes Reality (Part 3)

Uncle Sam “shows” Missouri farmer, issues $90,000 fine for selling rabbits
Why is the federal government policing Missouri’s rabbits? Federal license is required
Greg Halvorson
Thursday, June 2, 2011
You can’t make this up. A Missouri man, presumably trying to make a living in the era of Hope and Change, has been fined more than twice the cost of a Chevy Volt for illegally selling rabbits. John Dollarhite says he didn’t know a federal license was required and, even if he had known, probably wouldn’t have foreseen the blindsiding of the 8th amendment by the Department of Agriculture. To wit:
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.
Ninety grand? For those without a calculator, that’s the reported profit in question ($200) x 450. Which begs another question: Why is the federal government policing Missouri’s rabbits? The 10th amendment reads:
The 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.
Is “rabbit licensing” delineated in Article. 1. Section. 8.? It is not. What’s delineated is “commerce among the several States,” a concept so over-blown and absurdly extrapolated that America has become a soft tyranny. *******
Government Steals Little Girl’s $2,000 of Lost-And-Found Money
Our police, our governments, they are fast becoming an intractable problem
Warner Todd Huston
Thursday, May 12, 2011
There is an ages old American tradition where it concerns found money. We are all familiar with the concept that if one finds a pile of money lying on the ground and it is taken it to the authorities, if the actual owners cannot be found, then that money becomes the property of the person that found the money and dutifully turned it it. If the owner does turn up, of course, a reward is usually the result. This practice is meant to encourage honesty among the populace. But the city of Dallas, Texas is destroying that honesty-is-the-best-policy ideal with its greed.
As the story goes, in February teenager Ashley Donaldson found an envelope stuffed with $2,000 in the parking lot of shopping center in North Dallas. Like a good citizen she took the envelope to the local police and they began the process of trying to find the owner. Now, in May, the police have given up the search and have decided that the owner of the money cannot be found.
At this point, the American tradition holds that good citizen Ashley Donaldson would be awarded the found money as a reward for her honesty. But the city of Dallas is turning this American tradition on its head and has decided that the government will keep the cash leaving Ashley out in the cold.
Not only is this an abrogation of American tradition, but it will add one more stroke to coarsen, and impersonalize our society and make it more selfish.
You see, one of the things that will happen if this sort of un-American practice becomes more wide spread is that people will no longer turn in found money. This means that people who lost a substantial amount of money will be assured they’ll never find it because the finders will reason that they may as well keep it since government will just steal it anyway.
Rapacious government stealing everything that isn’t nailed down. Government, police, politicians, they are long past the time when they were on our side. Government is now in it for itself. Not we the people.
After a day of being berated, the city police announced that maybe they would give the cash to miss Ashley after all.
This is all well and good and a good decision of face saving. But that they had to make this about face at all is still a major problem.
Our police, our governments, they are fast becoming an intractable problem. This is just one more, small example of that.
Damning New Study: Eco Bulbs Cause Cancer
Americans will be forced to use CFLs that contain poisonous carcinogens after government ban on traditional light bulb begins to take effect in January
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A damning new study conducted by German scientists has found that so-called energy saving light bulbs contain poisonous carcinogens that could cause cancer and should be “kept as far away as possible from the human environment,” but Americans will be forced to replace their traditional light bulbs with toxic CFLs ahead of a government ban set to take effect at the start of next year.
“German scientists claimed that several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins were released when the environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene,” reports the London Telegraph.
The study, conducted by Peter Braun at the Berlin’s Alab Laboratory, led the scientists involved to warn that the bulbs should only be used sparingly, in areas with good ventilation, and “definitely not in the proximity of the head,” due to the danger of the electrical smog the bulbs generate impacting human health.
That’s going to cause difficulties for Americans who will be forced to buy the bulbs following a government ban on traditional incandescent lighting that comes into effect on January 1, 2012.
A 2007 bill signed in to law by President George W. Bush mandates that, “Manufacturers will no longer be able to make the 100-watt Thomas Edison bulb after Jan. 1, 2012, followed by the 75-watt version in Jan. 2013, and the the 60- and 40-watt bulbs in Jan. 2014.”
The legislation mirrors similar laws in Europe, where incandescent bulbs began to be phased out in 2009. The EU also plans to ban halogen bulbs by 2016, forcing people to use compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, which produce a poor quality of light with an attendant flicker affect that causes many people to become dizzy and ill.
Ron Paul is amongst those leading a charge in Congress to repeal the draconian state phase out of Thomas Edison’s iconic invention. The Freedom Action group has also launched a national campaign to repeal the ban. Last week, the South Carolina House passed a bill overturning the ban and similar legislation is in the works in Texas, Georgia and Minnesota.
“It is my strong belief that the feds have overstepped the 10th Amendment and now are venturing into telling us what kind of lighting we can have in our homes and businesses,” Republican Rep. Bill Sandifer said in a statement after the House passed his legislation. “This bill is about taking a stand against government intrusion in our everyday lives. I am championing this bill because I believe that we must fight for limited government, personal freedoms, and the free market.”
Forcing Americans to buy CFL bulbs that are harmful to their health and the environment is completely unconstitutional. Indeed, in a similar vein to forcing Americans to buy mandatory health insurance under Obamacare, it’s a clear violation of the Commerce Clause.
The so-called “dirty energy” emitted by CFLs produces radiation that has been linked with migraine headaches, sleep abnormalities, fatigue, and other health defects.
The new German study adds to concerns raised by separate research conducted by Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at Haifa University in Israel, who found that the light emitted by CFL’s increased the chance of women getting breast cancer by disrupting the body’s production of the hormone melatonin.
CFLs are also more harmful to the environment because they are filled with toxic mercury that contaminates the environment when the bulbs reach the landfill.
“A report released in 2008 from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection revealed that when a CFL bulb is broken, it can release dangerously high levels of mercury into the air,” writes Ethan Huff.
“In Toronto, city officials require people to dispose of CFL bulbs at special hazardous waste facilities because they don’t want the city’s landfills to become contaminated with mercury. While used CFL bulbs are not legally recognized as hazardous waste, they are treated as such because they pose serious environmental threats when broken and released into the environment.”
Americans have begun stockpiling dwindling supplies of incandescent light bulbs as the 2012 ban nears.
The light bulb ban is a foretaste of what’s to come as the enforcement arm of the eco-fascist agenda unfolds.
As we have documented, enviro-Nazis envisage a future world in which car use will be heavily restricted, CO2 emissions will be rationed, meat will be considered a rare delicacy, the state will decide your career, and only the mega-rich elitists enforcing all these new rules and regulations will be exempt from them.
Indeed, as Rand Paul recently highlighted, the light bulb ban mirrors the collectivist dictatorship fictionalized in Ayn Rand’s dystopic novel Anthem, where the elite decides to replace light bulbs with candles as part of its purge of individual choice.
“There’s a young man and his name is Equality,” explained U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican and tea party favorite, at a recent energy hearing in Washington where he talked about the book. “[The character] is an intelligent young man but he is banned from achieving or reaching any sort of occupation that would challenge him. He is a street sweeper.”
“Over time, he discovers an abandoned subway and rediscovers the incandescent light bulb,” Paul continued. “And he thinks, naively, that electricity and the brilliance of light would be an advantage for society and that it would bring great new things as far as being able to see at night, being able to read and the advancement of civilization.”
“He takes it before the collective of elders, and they take the light bulb, and basically it’s crushed beneath the boot heel of the collective,” Paul went on. “The collective has no place basically for individual choice.”
Eco-friendly bulbs loaded with lead, arsenic
posted by Pat Brennan, science, environment editor
February 10th, 2011
The LED bulbs sold as safe and eco-friendly can contain high levels of lead, arsenic and other hazardous substances, a new UC Irvine study shows — the same bulbs widely used in headlights, traffic lights, even holiday lights.
The toxic material could increase the risk of cancer, kidney disease and other illnesses, although the risks are more long-term than immediate; a single exposure to a broken bulb is unlikely to cause illness.
“I wouldn’t worry about an immediate release of vapor,” said UC Irvine public health and social ecology professor Oladele Ogunseitan, principal investigator and an author of the study. “But still, when these residues hang around the house, if not cleaned up properly they could constitute an eventual danger.”
The lights should be treated as hazardous materials, and should not be disposed of in regular landfill trash, he said, because of the risk of leaching into soil and groundwater.
High intensity, red bulbs contained the most arsenic, while low-intensity red lights harbored as much as eight times the amount of lead permitted by state law, the study showed.
White bulbs had low amounts of lead but higher amounts of nickel, also a potentially hazardous substance.
Ogunseitan and a team of scientists from UCI and UC Davis crushed bulbs of different colors and intensity, simulating acid rain in landfill conditions to produce a “worst case scenario.” Then they made precision
measurements of toxic material in the resulting liquid.
Although immediate risk from a broken bulb is low, Ogunseitan still advises consumers to wear a mask and gloves and use a special broom when sweeping up the pieces. Emergency crews also should use protective equipment when dealing with car crashes and broken traffic lights, and should consider the material hazardous waste, Ogunseitan said.
And while LED or light-emitting diode bulbs are marketed as a safer replacement for compact fluorescent bulbs, which contain mercury, Ogunseitan, also a member of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control’s “green ribbon” science panel, said consumers should be careful that they’re not “exchanging one risk for another.”
“We want to make sure we don’t get carried away with the no-mercury thing,” Ogunseitan said. “That is why finding these other potentially toxic chemicals is important.”
A state law that would have required advanced testing of such products was weakened, he said. Then it was place on hold by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger shortly before he left office.
He said the law is under review, and that he hopes it will be revived within a year.
Ogunseitan and his team recently published their findings in the science journal, Environmental Science and Technology, and plan to publish further findings on larger LED bulbs such as those used in street lights.
Pot But not the Debt Clock
Debt Clock has been banned from Parliament Hill
Kevin Gaudet
Friday, March 11, 2011
Which of these things is NOT allowed on Parliament Hill – smoking drugs, or the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s (CTF) National Debt Clock?
You guessed it: the Debt Clock has been banned from Parliament Hill. The bureaucrats in the Department of Canadian Heritage have given the thumbs down to the CTF Debt Clock, calling it a ‘prop’ and citing fears of leaks from the generator.
The government should let the clock on the Hill. Better still, in the upcoming federal budget Finance Minister Flaherty should make the Debt Clock unnecessary and undertake real plans to reduce spending, balancing the budget over two years instead of waiting until 2016.
It is not clear whether the Minister of Canadian Heritage had anything to do with the original decision banning the clock. However, when asked to reverse the ban, he has done nothing. The Prime Minister’s Office also has refused to help get permission for the clock to get on the Hill.
The clock itself isn’t all that scary. It’s only 300 pounds, twelve feet long, five feet high and 8 inches wide. It sits in a modified horse trailer pulled behind a SUV. All the CTF wants is to drive the clock onto the Hill, just like the buses and limos that drive there every day.
But what is scary is the message that it displays. It shows the federal debt at over $560 billion and climbing by $1,429 per second or $124.4 million a day.
The point of the clock is clear and simple: to send a message to Ottawa ahead of the federal budget on March 22nd that the targets of the Harper government to balance the budget in 2016 are too timid. Even if they meet their targets, according to last Fall’s economic update, there will have been seven years of deficits, adding $171 billion back to the federal debt. Experts expect them even to miss these timid targets.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer has issued reports indicating the government’s plans are based on overly-
rosy revenue projections and too few spending reductions. He projects that deficits will continue longer than planned, with a deficit of $10 billion in 2016.
Not all politicians are afraid of the Debt Clock. Christy Clark, incoming Premier of B.C. recently had her picture taken with the clock. Paul Martin did too when he was federal Finance Minister, ahead of balancing the budget in 1997.
The Debt Clock visually reminds the public of the impacts of prolonged deficit spending. If it is not curtailed sooner, Canada may see a return to the problems of the 1990s when 38 cents of every federal tax dollar went to service interest on the debt. Today that number stands at 14 cents – a far cry from the 1990s, but still the single largest expenditure of the federal government each year. Moreover, interest
rates will likely rise, having a substantial negative impact. As well an aging population will mean more expenses and fewer taxpayers to deal with this problem going forward.
What also stings about banning the Debt Clock from the Hill are the examples of things that are allowed. Flags, megaphones, banners, signs and drums are all allowed. Thousands of people illegally smoke drugs on the Hill every April 20th. In 2006, a Christian youth group held a rally with a giant video screen suspended by a giant crane. Even coffins were once paraded around the Hill.
But not the Debt Clock.
What makes it easier for the Harper government to ban the Debt Clock from the Hill is that the opposition parties don’t oppose these deficits. Liberal leader, Michael Ignatieff, hasn’t asked a single question about why the Debt Clock has been banned on the Hill. Nor has he asked the government to balance the budget sooner.
In fact, part of Canada’s financial mess is due to the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Québécois joining together in 2008 threatening to topple the government if Mr. Harper did not undertake giant deficits. Unfortunately, the Harper government knuckled under to these demands, choosing to keeping power over financial restraint.
What is needed now is more financial restraint. Having the Debt Clock on the Hill could only serve to help that.
Scientists deliberately create 127 hybrid viruses from H1N1, then warn they are dangerous
Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
(NaturalNews) Chinese researchers recently warned the world in a study that the H1N1 virus is capable of combining with various other viruses to create "novel pandemic strains." Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the paper states that with the proper mixing host in place, viruses can swap genes and mutate into new strains -- and researchers discovered this by deliberately creating 127 of them in a laboratory.
After concocting these 127 hybrid viruses, researchers found that eight of them were more harmful than their parent viruses when tested in mice, according to a Reuters report. And researchers warn that these deadly mutant strains may one day be a serious threat to public health because they cause pneumonia, edema, and hemorrhaging.
"The main message is that the H1N1 can combine in certain ways with the H9N2 to create reassortants and some of the viruses had an increased pathogenicity comparing with the parent viruses in mice," wrote Jinhua Liu, lead author of the study from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, in an email to Reuters.
It is unclear why the researchers felt compelled to conduct such a study in the first place, considering that
real-life reports from back in 2009 verified that H1N1 is capable of mutating with other virus strains ( And why the researchers deliberately created a whopping 127 mutant strains leaves more questions than actual answers about the real agenda behind the study.
Some readers may remember the case of Baxter International, the multinational drug giant that shipped avian flu-tainted vaccines to 18 different countries in 2009. The company somehow mixed multiple live strains of avian flu virus into vaccines and mailed them off, despite the fact that its laboratories supposedly adhere to Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) standards that prevent such a scenario from ever occurring ( The case was never properly resolved, and based on the evidence available it appeared as though Baxter tried to commit a deliberate act of bio-terrorism.
How does this relate to the Chinese scientists who created 127 hybrid H1N1 viruses? It may not relate at all, having just been a simple experiment that for whatever reason needed to be replicated more than 100 times with various viral strains. Or perhaps the research was really part of a much more sinister agenda to create these deadly mutant viruses in the name of research, and later release them into the population. Either way, the dubious nature of the study and its subsequent warnings are highly suspect, especially in light of the great swine flu hoax that spawned it in the first place.
Murdered border agent brought beanbag to a gunfight
Operation Fast and Furious, murdered agent, Brian Terry
Jim Kouri
Monday, March 7, 2011
In a story that is creating a firestorm in the United States, a policy requiring U.S. Border Patrol agents to use non-lethal bean bags as an initial weapon may have led to the murder of a decorated federal agent who was viciously gunned down by a heavily armed group of illegal immigrants in Arizona.
The deadly gun battle took place on December 14, but the Department of Homeland Security has kept details from the public under the often-invoked premise that it’s an “ongoing investigation,” according to officials at Judicial Watch, a Washington-based public interest group.
This week the newspaper, the Arizona Star, obtained FBI files relating to the case and the details are sure to ignite rage among those who favor securing the increasingly violent southern border.
The murdered agent, Brian Terry, and his colleague encountered five illegal border crossers at around 11:15 p.m. in an area known as Peck Canyon, northwest of Nogales, Arizona. The illegal aliens refused commands to drop their weapons and the two federal agents proceeded to fire beanbags, as per Border Patrol policy to use non-lethal force against illegal aliens entering the U.S.
The illegal immigrants, who were heavily armed with sophisticated assault weapons such as AK-47s,
responded to the beanbags with gunfire and agent Terry was mortally wounded—shot in the back. The agents eventually returned fire but it was too late for Agent Terry.
Terry was a member of a highly trained tactical unit (Bortac) that was targeting a violent gang that robbed and assaulted other criminals such as drug runners, human traffickers and illegal aliens.
“This is indicative of the current administration: they are more concerned with the safety and well-being of lawbreakers than they are about protecting American law enforcement officers,” claims former police detective Peter Perotta.
“This is what happens when you have a community organizer in the White House, instead of a Commander in Chief, who surrounds himself with like-minded department heads to lead law enforcement agencies,” said the decorated cop.
Judicial Watch also noted that a separate news report—this time in the L.A. Times—indicates that the gun used to murder Terry was actually part of a federal experiment that allowed firearms from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers have lost track of hundreds of guns which have been used in numerous crimes.
Among them were at least three guns found at the Peck Canyon scene of Terry’s murder. The weapons were traced through their serial numbers to a gun shop in Glendale, Arizona, which led to a Phoenix man (Jaime Avila) that the feds repeatedly allowed to smuggle firearms into Mexico.
Known as Operation Fast and Furious, the disastrous project was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), according to Judicial Watch officials.
Special thanks to Jill Farrell, Director of Public Affairs for Judicial Watch, for her assistance with this article.
Federal probe identifies “cracks” in ICE
Passport fraud, money laundering and potential terrorist findings from the inside of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
By Doug Hagmann
Monday, March 7, 2011
There is a major national scandal involving multiple breaches of national security by Muslims working in federal law enforcement positions that you are not hearing about. Through a combination of blatant stupidity and calculated design, we’ve let our enemies inside our “house” and access to our security, which is a situation that is purposely being downplayed by this administration and the complicit corporate media.
The very people who embrace the ideology that caused the mass slaughter of 3,000 people nearly ten years ago has infiltrated nearly all agencies of our government, from the White House to various law enforcement agencies. A glimpse into the realm of corruption and the “impossible allegiance” by practicing Muslims to their job and country is illustrated by a recent case involving an intelligence analyst working for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It should provide an indication of just how bad things really are.
Last week, testimony in a Texas courtroom disclosed that an investigation of “alleged misconduct” by a “small number of employees” of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is in progress. By all accounts, that is an understatement that is being reported by the corporate media. According to sources close to this author, the number of government employees under suspicion is growing, and most involve Muslims working in positions of law enforcement authority and oversight.
The corporate media is reporting this story as a case of passport fraud or misuse by an official within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but it’s a much larger story that involves high-ranking officials, alleged monetary kickbacks, blackmail and potential money laundering for Middle Eastern terrorists.
Washington, DC ICE Deputy Director placed on administrative leave
On 4 February 2011, the deputy director of intelligence at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Washington, DC, James M. WOOSLEY, was escorted from his desk and the building by internal security officials. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of allegations that he helped an employee submit fake travel expense reports and received financial kickbacks from the employee for his efforts. As of this date, he has yet to be charge with any crime.
As WOOSLEY was being escorted from ICE headquarters, FBI
agents were raiding the El Paso, Texas home of WOOSLEY subordinate ICE Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Ahmed Adil ABDALLAT, 63, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan and a devout Muslim. The FBI seized nearly 30 boxes of evidence from ABDALLAT’s residence.
A federal detention hearing for ABDALLAT was held last week, who is also accused of using a diplomatic passport to make eight-(8) unauthorized personal trips to Jordan since 2007. The trips are at the center of the allegedly fictitious travel reimbursements.
In March 2007, ABDALLAT was issued a diplomatic passport to perform various temporary duties in U.S. Embassy’s in several foreign countries. The indictment alleges that on eight different occasions since October 2007, ABDALLAT used his official diplomatic passport for the personal purposes to travel to and from Amman, Jordan. Half of those trips occurred after ABDALLAT was permanently assigned to duty in El Paso and no longer had any official embassy, mission or related activities which required overseas travel on a diplomatic passport.
During last week’s detention hearing, FBI Special Agent Shannon N. Enochs testified that WOOSLEY,
ABDALLAT ‘s supervisor for over ten years, approved ABDALLAT's bogus travel expenses that totaled about $123,000. WOOSLEY and another official reporting to him were reportedly paid about $58,000 as part of the plan. According to the FBI agent’s testimony, ABDALLAT would compensate WOOSLEY by personal checks, wire transfers to his bank account, and left him cash at his DC headquarters. ABDALLAT also allegedly paid some of WOOSLEY’s mortgage and utility bills.
ABDALLAT, meanwhile, reportedly made three wire transfers to Jordan totaling over a half-million dollars during a six-month period. An investigation being headed by the FBI has also linked ABDALLAT to Jordanian bank accounts containing an additional $1.2 million.
According to sources close to this author, the investigation involves additional officials within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and financial transactions that exceed the total amounts identified to date.
Agent Orange used on Ont. highways: NDP
Transportation minister says she was briefed Thursday morning
CBC News
Posted: Feb 24, 2011
A provincial New Democrat says former officials with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation have told him that Agent Orange was sprayed near highways across the province until the 1980s.
Gilles Bisson, the member for Timmins-James Bay, said during question period at Queen's Park in Toronto that an email sent to him by the officials indicates the substance was sprayed along the side of the highways to curb the growth of grass and shrubs.
"It would appear that there was a good chance that if you were an employee, you were exposed," said Bisson. "And if you were the travelling public walking along the roads — blueberry picking, doing whatever — you might have been exposed to these chemicals."
Ken Graham was a highways supervisor in Cochrane, north of Timmins, Ont., in the late 1970s.
"We would drive along the shoulders of the highway, and spray out there," he told the CBC.
Graham said he and his co-workers wore no protective respirators.
Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne acknowledged in the legislature that "questions are being asked" about the role of her ministry regarding the use of Agent Orange. Wynne said she had only been briefed about the matter Thursday morning, and that she doesn't have the details yet.
The governing Liberals launched a probe last week into the province's use of Agent Orange after former workers came forward saying they'd been exposed to it.
Archive documents also confirmed that forestry workers were exposed to toxic herbicides while helping to clear massive plots of Crown land in northern Ontario in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Wynne said after question period that she was "concerned" when she first heard about the news.
"I did not have any information about how the herbicide had been used in the [Ministry of Transportation].
We're just asking those questions now. And we're going to work closely with [the Ministry of Transportation] to make sure we get A, the right questions asked and B, the answers," she said.
Agent Orange, a defoliant best known for its use during the war in Vietnam, has been linked to birth defects and deadly illnesses. Its use was banned by the federal government in 1985.
The only documented case of Agent Orange use in Canada occurred at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick during the 1960s.
The federal government compensated thousands of people who lived or worked near the base at the time. Those compensated were diagnosed with one of 12 medical conditions linked to Agent Orange exposure.
Graham said he plans to get tested by doctors to find out if there is any trace of the chemical in his body.
"If I've got that in my system, somebody is going to have to pay some compensation somewhere along the line," he told CBC News.
He is also talking to his former colleagues about the possibility of a class-action lawsuit.
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