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August 3, 2011
3rd of Av, 5771
2nd day, 5th month, 6011
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Greetings to the Hebrew Nation community! This is a BREAKING story that could not wait until the weekend. As many of you have heard from the mainstream media sources, a compromise was reached and debt package has passed the House, the Senate, and has been signed by Obama. However, that is not the real story. The debate and debacle over our nation’s debt woes was a “smoke and mirrors” distraction and diversion from what the REAL story is in all of this. The debt problem did not really get solved; it just got pushed off to a future day; there WILL be a future day of reckoning.

 

I am reminded of the scene from “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy and her comrades are quaking in fear from the “Great and Terrible” Oz projected on the big screen.  Our Oz today is the “drama” screencasted by media of the great debt debate that accomplished nothing at all.
Later, when Toto goes behind the curtain, we see the real wizard at work; he says “Don’t pay any attention to that man behind the curtain.”
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There are those in high places of power, who are in the process of DISMANTLING and DESTROYING the Republic, who do not want us to “look at that man behind the curtain”. This is why they gave us the debt debate as a “show” to watch to distract us from the REAL STORY.
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The REAL story is the establishment of the “Council of 13” (or Super Congress) as a part of the debt package. The Council of 13, composed of 6 Democrats, 6 Republicans, and Obama, is HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT. Any vestige of a representative government is now gone, supplanted by this panel of 13.
This provision cedes power to the “Council of 13”: only THEY will be allowed to draft new legislation. This legislation will be fast tracked and will only require a simple majority “rubber stamp” vote from Congress. Congress will not be allowed to amend, revise or filibuster to block a bad bill.
This is, in essence, the TRANSFER OF POWER from our legislative branch of government to an ELITE COUNCIL.  Please take time to become informed on what has just transpired in Washington DC.

 

Then, please take time to pray for our elected officials and government. Truly we are seeing the light of liberty growing very dim in these times. May our prayers touch the heart of Yahweh as we lift up our nation. May He show us what we might do in light of what has happened.
 
 

Blessings and shalom,

 

Laura Densmore

 

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“Super Congress” Has Been Handed Over Sweeping Legislative Powers
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WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders and President Obama on Sunday night announced they’ve cut a deal to avert a historic U.S. default, saying they have assembled a framework that cuts some spending immediately and uses a “super Congress” to slash more in the future.

The deal calls for a first round of cuts that would total $917 billion over 10 years and allows the president to hike the debt cap — now at $14.3 trillion — by $900 billion,  that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made to his members. Democrats reported those first cuts at a figure closer to $1 trillion. It was unclear Sunday night why those two estimates varied.

The federal government could begin to default on its obligations on Aug. 2 if the measure is not passed.

The next round of $1.5 trillion in cuts would be decided by a committee of 12 lawmakers evenly divided between the two parties and two chambers. This so-called super Congress would have to present its cuts by Thanksgiving, and the rest of Congress could not amend or filibuster the recommendations.

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Super Congress Dictatorship Established: Red Alert!
Alex Jones Brings One of the Most Important Special Reports He Has Ever Done

 

Super Congress Dictatorship, Red Alert!
Super Congress Dictatorship, Red Alert!

 

Super Congress to Target Second Amendment
Unconstitutional Body, Super Congress, Paves Super Highway to Gun Control 
 

The so-called “Super Congress” (or Council of 13) that is about to be created with the debt ceiling vote will have powers far beyond just controlling the nation’s purse strings – its authority will extend to target the second amendment – eviscerating normal protections that prevent unconstitutional legislation from being fast-tracked into law.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled no punches in making it plain that the Super Congress would have supreme authority. “The joint committee – there are no constraints,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They can look at any program we have in government, any program. … It has the ability to look at everything.”

 

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Infowars Special Report: Super-Congress Paves 'Super Highway' to Gun Control
Infowars Special Report: Super-Congress Paves ‘Super Highway’ to Gun Control


 

Ron Paul Weighs in on “Super Congress”
 Congress Will Likely Become “Rubber Stamping Body” to the Council of 13

 

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The comments below are taken directly from Ron Paul’s legislative web site:

 

Ron Paul: “Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this deal is the “Super Congress” provision.  This is nothing more than a way to disenfranchise the majority of Congress by denying them the chance for meaningful participation in the crucial areas of entitlement and tax reform.  It cedes power to draft legislation to a special commission, hand-picked by the House and Senate leadership.  The legislation produced by this commission will be fast-tracked, and Members will not have the opportunity to offer amendments. Approval of the recommendations of the “Super Congress” is tied to yet another debt ceiling increase. This guarantees that Members will face tremendous pressure to vote for whatever comes out of this commission– even if it includes tax increases.  This provision is an excellent way to keep spending decisions out of the reach of members who are not on board with the leadership’s agenda.”

 

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Council of 13 to Rule America
 This is How Freedom Dies, Not With a Bang But With a Bureaucratic Whimper…
Council Of 13 To Rule America!
Council Of 13 To Rule America!

 

 

 

 Lady Liberty is on Life Support
 What Does it Mean? Commentary by Special Guest, Bonnie Harvey

Liberty on Life Support
 

Even as the smokescreen of the “impending default debacle” continues under such headings as the “Tea Party won the debt battle” and “Boehner to the rescue,” the globalists who hate this country must be celebrating.

 

Hate this country? Well, consider a couple of quotes from David Rockefeller, unashamed globalist, host to dozens of heads of state, controller of a myriad of international company boards, a member of a family of politicians, and head of one of the wealthiest families on the globe, CFR and Trilateral member (to name just a couple):

 

We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”

 

It appears that what the globalists really want is POWER over this country. Once they steal our republic, the rest would be child’s play. BUT, they had to hide behind a façade of great drama, filling the airwaves with impending doom. Instead of promoting the solution of a balanced budget, the media footstools concentrated attention on the debt ceiling and the play went on from there. Now, the screaming is gone and congratulatory graffiti adorns media headlines, but, wait, are we missing something? Hey, where’d our republic go? It’s as though we sat down to a game of follow the nut under the three jars in a carnival setting and got up to realize that our children had been kidnapped.

 

What the media is predictably failing to communicate is that the debt ceiling compromise establishes a 12-member committee, 6 each of Democrats and Republican, ostensibly empowered to “determine spending cuts.” A 13th member will be Obama himself. (Does the number 13 bring any associations with “the number of depravity and rebellion”? Does anyone see a Constitutional problem with the Prez also wearing the hat of a congressman?) This 13 member “Super Congress” would make recommendations to the existing Congress, whose “input” would be limited to “yes” or “no”- no filibustering, no debate, no amendments, no compromise, no alterations.

 

This would FUNDAMENTALLY alter our present system. Voters would be effectively disenfranchised because, of the 535 elected members of Congress, only 12 would rule!

 

Finish the article (OUTSTANDING-MUST READ!)

 

 

Super Congress Will Have Little Transparency
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WASHINGTON — The proposed so-called “super Congress” created by congressional leaders in the debt deal and required to find $1.5 trillion in debt reduction over the next ten years, could wind up making those decisions behind closed doors, away from the public eye.

The text of the budget deal reached by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders contains few specific public disclosure provisions for the committee. The standing committees of Congress are allowed to send suggestions for ways to reduce the debt to the super committee members, but there is, as yet, no provision for the disclosure of those reports

Transparency advocates want to make sure the super committee operates in the open and in a manner that is responsive to the public, especially as it is tasked with crafting such an important policy.

Since they have a direct route to the floor and the bill can’t be amended, this committee should be accountable to the public,” John Wonderlich, policy director of the Sunlight Foundation told HuffPost. “It’s not just that we see the bill when it’s finished, but we see what was proposed beforehand.”       Read more

 

 

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The 7 Yr Tribulation: What Time is it on Yahweh’s Calendar?
Understanding the Feast Days is VITAL to understanding End of Days
by Walking in Torah Ministries
Fall feastsIt is important to understand the days that we are living in and see where we are on Yahweh’s calendar. It is for this reason, and with a sense of URGENCY, that we have just published and released a new teaching series,”The 7 yr Tribulation: What Time is it on Yahweh’s Calendar?” 

 

To understand Yahweh’s unfolding prophetic events it is VITAL to be on HIS calendar. That is why we begin the teaching series with: Foundations: Keeping the Biblical Feasts. 

 

This is a CRUCIAL foundation to lay down in your mind and heart.

 

Yeshua FULFILLED the spring feasts in EVERY LAST DETAIL in His first coming. He will fulfill the FALL feasts upon His SECOND coming. If we are to understand the end of days prophesies, the judgments of Revelation, and the final 7 year countdown to His return, we must BEGIN with “Foundations: Keeping the Biblical Feasts.

 

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Letter From Amnesty International To Robert Gates SecDef

 

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT

Peter Benenson House, 1 Easton Street

London WC1X 0DW, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)20 7413 5500 F: +44 (0)20 7956 1157

E: amnestyis@amnesty.org W: www.amnesty.org

 

BY FAX AND MAIL

Ref: AMR 51/2011/004

AI index: AMR 51/006/2011

The Honorable Robert M. Gates

Secretary of Defense

1400 Defense Pentagon

Washington DC 20301

USA

19 January 2011

Dear Secretary of Defense

I am writing to express concern about the conditions under which Private First Class (PFC) Bradley

Manning is detained at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia.

We are informed that, since July 2010, PFC Manning has been confined for 23 hours a day to a single

cell, measuring around 72 square feet (6.7 square metres) and equipped only with a bed, toilet and

sink. There is no window to the outside, the only view being on to a corridor through the barred doors

of his cell. All meals are taken in his cell, which we are told has no chair or table. He has no

association or contact with other pre-trial detainees and he is allowed to exercise, alone, for just one

hour a day, in a day-room or outside. He has access to a television which is placed in the corridor for

limited periods of the day. However, he is reportedly not permitted to keep personal possessions in his

cell, apart from one book and magazine at a time. Although he may write and receive correspondence,

writing is allowed only at an allotted time during the day and he is not allowed to keep such materials

in his cell.

We understand that PFC Manning’s restrictive conditions of confinement are due to his classification as

a maximum custody detainee. This classification also means that – unlike medium security detainees

– he is shackled at the hands and legs during approved social and family visits, despite all such visits

at the facility being non-contact. He is also shackled during attorney visits at the facility. We further

understand that PFC Manning, as a maximum custody detainee, is denied the opportunity for a work

assignment which would allow him to be out of his cell for most of the day. The United Nations (UN)

Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMR), which are internationally recognized

guiding principles, provide inter alia that “Untried prisoners shall always be offered opportunity to

work” should they wish to undertake such activity (SMR Section C, rule 89).

PFC Manning is also being held under a Prevention of Injury (POI) assignment, which means that he is

subjected to further restrictions. These include checks by guards every five minutes and a bar on his

sleeping during the day. He is required to remain visible at all times, including during night checks.

His POI status has resulted in his being deprived of sheets and a separate pillow, causing

uncomfortable sleeping conditions; his discomfort is reportedly exacerbated by the fact that he is

required to sleep only in boxer shorts and has suffered chafing of his bare skin from the blankets.

We are concerned that no formal reasons have been provided to PFC Manning for either his maximum

security classification or the POI assignment and that efforts by his counsel to challenge these

assignments through administrative procedures have thus far failed to elicit a response. We are further

concerned that he reportedly remains under POI despite a recommendation by the military psychiatrist

overseeing his treatment that such an assignment is no longer necessary.

Amnesty International recognizes that it may sometimes be necessary to segregate prisoners for

disciplinary or security purposes. However, the restrictions imposed in PFC Manning’s case appear to

be unnecessarily harsh and punitive, in view of the fact that he has no history of violence or disciplinary

infractions and that he is a pre-trial detainee not yet convicted of any offence.

The conditions under which PFC Manning is held appear to breach the USA’s obligations under

international standards and treaties, including Article 10 of the International Covenant on Civil and

Political Rights (ICCPR) which the USA ratified in 1992 and which states that “all persons deprived of

their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human

person”. The UN Human Rights Committee, the ICCPR monitoring body, has noted in its General

Comment on Article 10 that persons deprived of their liberty may not be “subjected to any hardship or

constraint other than that resulting from the deprivation of liberty; respect for the dignity of such

persons must be guaranteed under the same conditions as for that of free persons …”.

The harsh conditions imposed on PFC Manning also undermine the principle of the presumption of

innocence, which should be taken into account in the treatment of any person under arrest or awaiting

trial. We are concerned that the effects of isolation and prolonged cellular confinement – which

evidence suggests can cause psychological impairment, including depression, anxiety and loss of

concentration – may, further, undermine his ability to assist in his defence and thus his right to a fair

trial.

In view of the concerns raised, we urge you to review the conditions under which PFC Manning is

confined at the Quantico naval brig and take effective measures to ensure that he is no longer held in

23 hour cellular confinement or subjected to other undue restrictions.

Yours sincerely,

Susan Lee

Program Director

Americas Regional Program

Cc COL Carl R. Coffman Jr., Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Myer, VA

COL Daniel J. Choike, Base Commander, MCB, Quantico


ARIZONA BECOMES 15TH STATE TO APPROVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA

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PHOENIX (AP) — By a narrow margin, Arizona voters have approved medical marijuana for people with chronic or debilitating diseases.

The decision makes Arizona the 15th state to have approved a medical marijuana law. California was the first in 1996, and 13 other states and the District of Columbia followed.

The ballot measure on the issue, Proposition 203, won by just 4,341 votes out of more than 1.67 million ballots counted, according to final tallies announced on Saturday.

The approval came as something of a surprise. At one point on Election Day, the measure trailed by about 7,200 votes. The gap gradually narrowed until it edged ahead during counting on Friday. The final tally was 841,346 in favor and 837,005 opposed.

“We really believe that we have an opportunity to set an example to the rest of the country on what a good medical marijuana program looks like,” said Andrew Myers, campaign manager for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project.

The Arizona measure will allow patients with diseases including cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C and any other “chronic or debilitating” disease that meets guidelines to grow plants or to buy two and a half ounces of marijuana every two weeks.

The patients must obtain a recommendation from their doctor and register with the Arizona Department of Health Services. The law allows for no more than 124 marijuana dispensaries in the state.

Backers of Proposition 203 argued that thousands of patients faced “a terrible choice” of suffering with a serious or even terminal illness or going to the criminal market for marijuana. They collected more than 252,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot, nearly 100,000 more than required.

The measure was opposed by all of Arizona’s sheriffs and county prosecutors, the governor, the state attorney general and many other politicians.

Carolyn Short, chairwoman of Keep AZ Drug Free, the group that organized opposition to the initiative, said her group believed that the law would increase crime around dispensary locations, lead to more people driving while impaired and eventually lead to legalized marijuana for everyone.

She said that the major financial backer of the new measure, the Marijuana Policy Project, based in Washington, makes its ultimate goal clear: national legalization.

“All of the political leaders came out and warned Arizonans that this was going to have very dire effects on a number of levels,” Ms. Short said after votes for the measure pulled into the lead late Friday. “I don’t think that all Arizonans have heard those dire predictions.”

— MAP Posted-by: Richard Lake
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10.n935.a04.html


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ICE Won’t Let Local Police Opt Out of Assisting Federal Enforcement

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Look, whatever you may think about immigration this is not about that. This is about the RIGHT of local government to say to the feds “thanks but we would just prefer not to.” In other words it is about your police chief or your county sheriff deciding that the resources, eg. officers, are not available because they actually want to use them for dealing with crime in your community. If local officers are used by ICE that means less of them on the street for local protection. Besides that, who the h**l do the feds think they are telling us what our law enforcement can or cannot do! (E)

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Data provided by ICE shows that contrary to their goals, people targeted by the Secure Communities program have minor criminal convictions or have no criminal convictions.

TruthOut.org / By Willam Fisher

November 4, 2010 |

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Photo Credit: Public Domain
Will U.S. local law enforcement be forced to participate in a program that critics say will put city police in the position of enforcing federal immigration law and, in the process, divert scarce resources from essential community policing, discourage immigrants from working with police to solve crimes and increase racial profiling?

Or is it a voluntary program?

Those are the questions being raised by civil rights advocacy groups in a federal court filing seeking an injunction requiring the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to turn over critical documents concerning the ability of communities to opt out of what they label “the massive deportation dragnet”, the Secure Communities — S-Comm — program.

The groups seek to clarify ICE’s statements, which they say have been “inconsistent and confusing”. In August, ICE released a memo entitled “Setting the Record Straight” setting forth an opt-out policy, which involves submitting a request in writing and meeting with ICE officials.

Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, later confirmed that process to be accurate.

But subsequent communications to and from ICE have muddied the waters, making it less clear that there is any opt-out policy at all.

The Washington Post claims that opting out of Secure Communities “is not a realistic possibility, and never was”. This question takes on significance because a number of municipal and country law enforcement agencies have made it clear that they do not wish to participate in S-Comm.

Sunita Patel, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), told IPS, “The misnamed Secure Communities program is the Department of Homeland Security’s current scheme to rope local cops into immigration enforcement. Though branded as a race-blind way to arrest certain people, the numbers show it’s actually a trap.”

And Francis Boyle, a law professor at the University of Illinois, told IPS, “This is simply an exercise in racial profiling against Latinos.”

On Aug. 10, the groups filing the new freedom of information suit — CCR, the National Day Laborer Organising Network and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law — released internal government documents newly obtained through a lawsuit filed in a New York federal court in April.

According to advocates who have reviewed the documents, they reveal a pattern of dishonesty regarding the S-Comm program.

S-Comm, which currently operates in approximately 600 jurisdictions across the country, functions like the controversial 287(g) program and Arizona’s SB1070, making state and local police central to the enforcement of federal immigration law.

The program automatically runs fingerprints through immigration databases for all people arrested and targets them for detention and deportation even if their criminal charges are minor, eventually dismissed, or the result of an unlawful arrest. The program links FBI criminal databases with civil immigration databases.

Several local jurisdictions have already asked to opt out, and were given a variety of responses. In May 2010, Sheriff Michael Hennessey of San Francisco requested an opt-out from ICE, but ICE directed him to California state officials. The California attorney general denied the sheriff’s request and claimed that there was no opt-out option.

Arlington County, Virginia held a community forum in July to discuss opting out of the program, at which the chief of police stated that ICE had told him that there was no opt-out — Secure Communities was federally mandated.

Others, including Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, the Santa Clara Board, and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, all contacted ICE asking for information about the opt-out policies. None received an immediate response.

In the meantime, in response to legislation before the Council of the District of Columbia to terminate Secure Communities, the Washington DC chief of police terminated the city’s Secure Communities program with ICE.

So now at least two counties, plus Washington, DC have decided not to participate in the program. Why?

The groups bringing the lawsuit claim that “People are concerned that, similar to the 287(g) program, there is no oversight of Secure Communities. The data provided by ICE thus far has shown that contrary to ICE’s intention to focus on immigrants with serious criminal convictions, the majority of people identified by Secure Communities have minor criminal convictions or have no criminal convictions.”

They add that, in some cases, “U.S. citizens have been wrongly identified by the program. There are also concerns that the program leads to racial profiling and pretextual arrests. Furthermore, local law enforcement agencies that suspect that persons in their jails may be deportable immigrants already have the ability to contact ICE directly.”

The Secure Communities program, launched in 2008, is currently active in 658 jurisdictions in 32 states, according to ICE, which plans to activate the program in every jurisdiction in every state by 2013.

Secure Communities, 287(g), and the Criminal Alien program — the Barack Obama administration‘s signature immigration enforcement programs — all rely on heavy involvement from and cooperation with local law enforcement to siphon immigrants into the immigration enforcement and detention system and, ultimately, through deportation proceedings.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the Department of Justice will be in federal appellate court in San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 1, urging the court to keep in place an injunction blocking the core provisions of SB 1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights groups will also be present. They filed a friend-of- the-court brief in the case in September, supporting the injunction and illustrating the serious harm that SB 1070 would cause.

William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia for the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Courage, Liberty, Guns and Weed

by Michael Boldin
Tenth Amendment Center

Recently by Michael Boldin: With or Without Federal ‘Permission’

The following article is based off a speech given on 09-25-10 at the 25th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in San Francisco, CA. Michael will be a featured speaker at Nullify Now! in Orlando on 10-10-10 and Chattanooga on 10-23-10. Get tickets here – or by calling 888-71-TICKETS.

I’ve often been told that when you’re giving a speech – if all you get is applause and cheers – and you never piss anyone off – you’re no better than a low-life politician, because you’re not challenging anyone’s conventional mode of thought. Hopefully, I get at least a few eyebrows raised here in my 8–9 short minutes….

So let’s start out with the easy stuff, ok? I’m a tenther. That means I believe that the federal government should exercise only those powers that we the people delegated to it in the constitution – and nothing more. For example, no Obamacare mandates, no bank bailouts, and definitely no federal gun laws – period.

Question. How many people here own a gun, or manufacture or sell guns?

And how many of you are proud felons – meaning, when the government makes rules to restrict your right to keep and bear arms, you simply ignore them because they don’t have the authority to do so?

HEMPCON

I recently went to an event called Hemp Con down in my part of the state – Los Angeles. This is a big event at the LA convention center – with loads of vendors and businesses from every angle you can think of in support of the marijuana industry. There were home security companies to help protect your weed, solar power companies to help you grow your weed, doctors giving out medical marijuana cards to virtually anyone with $80 and an hour of time. There were even delivery services – you can get your marijuana delivered to you 24 hours a day…in 30 minutes or less. The pizza companies have nothing on these guys! It was amazing if you think about it from an economic standpoint – this was capitalism, the free market – working its wonders around an industry.

What’s the point?

Virtually EVERY single one of those businesses was either directly violating federal law, or aiding someone else in doing so because marijuana is illegal, according to the feds – but not the constitution – in all situations. In 2003, Tommy Chong was arrested for merely selling pieces of glass – pipes that could be used to smoke marijuana. And today, 7 years later, we’ve got what seemed to be the WalMart of weed in Downtown Los Angeles. And guess what – no ATF or DEA thugs shut the place down. Business functioned, people did what they wanted to in freedom, and that was that.

FREEDOM TO TRAVEL

Another quick story.

In 2005, the Bush administration got the REAL ID act passed, which was – in the eyes of many – a new form of a national ID card. We were warned that if this act wasn’t followed, people wouldn’t be able to travel, enter federal buildings, get on planes, and the like.

Much of my girlfriend’s family lives in Missouri, a state that’s not in compliance with the Real ID act. Her relatives do a little traveling from time to time. They get on airplanes and show their non-compliant Missouri driver’s license. No federal agents stop them and prevent them from boarding a plane.

Well, most state DL’s – including those in Missouri – don’t comply with the Real ID Act. That law is still on the books in DC – it’s never been repealed. It’s never been challenged in court either. But – due to 25 states refusing to comply with the “law” – in much of the country that Real ID act is virtually null and void.

Here in California, the state always seems to be on its knees, begging the feds for something. Well, except on marijuana. In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that state medical marijuana laws were illegal. At that time there were 10 states that had such laws. Do you know how many were repealed? Zero. And today, there’s 14 states defying Washington DC, and getting away with it.

Today, we see the Firearms Freedom Act movement growing along these lines – it’s already passed in 8 states. Following that lead, 5 states have passed laws saying no to Obamacare mandates too.

THE LESSON

What’s the lesson? This is the blueprint – when enough people say no to unconstitutional laws, regulations….and mandates….and enough states pass laws to back those people up – there’s not much the federal government can do, but slowly and consistently back off. There’s no tanks rolling into Los Angeles to shut down the dispensaries, and there’s no jack-booted thugs forcing people to get new driver’s licenses in Missouri. This is far from perfect, but it can work, and it is working right now.

So here’s the final question – and the big challenge to you today.

The next time you begrudgingly follow some federal “law” that restricts your right to keep and bear arms – or the next time you hear about a gun rights case that will be decided in 2, or 4, or 6 years – with the hope that some judge will give you permission to exercise your rights, ask yourself this question:

Do you….gun rights activists….have as much courage as the pot smokers?

For the sake of liberty – I hope you do – because I believe that we the people need to exercise our rights whether they the government wants to give us “permission” to or not!

This is reprinted from the Tenth Amendment Center.

September 30, 2010

Michael Boldin [send him mail] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center.

Copyright © 2010 Tenth Amendment Center. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

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Massive Solar Flare ‘Could Paralyze Earth in 2013’

From: Daily Mail

A massive solar flare could cause global chaos in 2013, causing blackouts and wrecking satellite communications, a conference heard yesterday.

Nasa has warned that a peak in the sun’s magnetic energy cycle and the number of sun spots or flares around 2013 could generate huge radiation levels.

The resulting solar storm could cause a geomagnetic storm on Earth, knocking out electricity grids around the world for hours, days, or even months, bringing much of normal life grinding to a halt.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who delivered the keynote address at an international conference on the vulnerability of electricity grids around the world, warned that modern societies’ dependence on technology leaves them vulnerable to such events.

A massive solar flare is caught on camera on September 8th.A massive solar flare is caught on camera on September 8th. Scientists fear that the Sun’s activity could cause havoc on Earth in 2013

The Sun follows an 11-year cycle of high and low periods of solar activity. It is now leaving a notably quiet phase and scientists expect to see a sharp increase in the number of solar flares as well as unprecedented levels of magnetic energy.

The rings of fire, which have the power of 100 hydrogen bombs, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.

Experts met in Washington DC in June to discuss how to protect Earth from the ferocious flares, which are expected sometime around 2013.

Nasa is using dozens of satellites – including the Solar Dynamics Observatory – to study the threat.

The problem was investigated in depth two years ago by the National Academy of Sciences, in a report which outlined the social and economic impacts of severe space weather events.

It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life.

Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity.

But much of the damage could  be minimised if it was known in advance that the storm was approaching.

Putting satellites in ‘safe mode’ and disconnecting transformers could  protect them from damaging electrical surges.

This graphic shows how the sun's solar flares could endanger human life by interfering with high-tech systems such as satellites and power grids This graphic shows how the sun’s solar flares could endanger human life by interfering with high-tech systems such as satellites and power grids

Scientists are said to fear that a similar effect could be achieved by a hostile power exploding a nuclear weapon in space, producing a massive burst of electromagnetic energy known as a high altitude electromagnetic pulse.

Mr Fox also  warned that countries seeking nuclear capabilities could use them in a different way to the traditional ‘nuclear strike” method used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War.

Citing North Korea and Iran, Dr Fox said countries seeking nuclear capabilities could use them in a different way to the traditional ‘nuclear strike’ method used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War.

This could involve a nuclear detonation in the upper atmosphere that would knock out vital electronic systems by producing an electro-magnetic pulse, he said.

He warned that terrorists might also seek to employ similar methods as he urged the public to take greater heed of the threat.

‘I think it’s a subject that we need to give a good deal more attention to, not least because we are in an era where there are those who seem to believe that we can choose to enter or not enter certain conflicts, and also because we live in a war where proliferation is becoming more not less the case,’ the Defence Secretary said.

‘And when we are discussing North Korea or Iran, for example, people need to understand there are other risks than just what we would consider the sort of nuclear strike we saw in Nagasaki or Hiroshima.

‘The range of risks out there are many-fold and I think we need to make that extremely apparent to the public.’

Dr Fox insisted that the threat of such an attack was ‘low’, but that the Government was working internationally with telecoms, energy and transport companies to increase resilience.

‘With reliance, for instance on technology, comes vulnerability, and vulnerability can invite attack,’ he went on.

‘Our wider reliance on digital technologies will not have gone unnoticed among those who would mean us harm.

‘We will need to ensure that those same technological innovations that provide advantage do not become our Achilles heel.’

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