Posted by revkharma on September 10, 2015
For the record, I am not a follower of ‘numerology’. I don’t believe in horoscopes or most of the end times prophesies that pop up every year or so like so many whack a moles. But there is one number that has caught my attention. It’s an important number, and a far smaller than I would have imagined. I’ll tell you about it quickly, then tell me what you think.
Forty Seven is a magical number. It is a DANGEROUS number.
That is the total number of people who are needed to destroy our republic. 1 president who is willing to act via executive decree. 5 supreme court justices willing to vote against clear language in Constitution to enable that executive to continue. 41 senators willing to vote to “filibuster ” to block any legislation which might rein in the lawlessness.
Of course there is a pair of spineless congressional leaders, one in the house and one in the Senate who will lay down and not fight to defend what they pretend their party stands for.
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Posted by revkharma on December 4, 2014
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that he plans to request federal funding for body cameras. It’s unclear whether Obama, who has made the most high-profile push for body cameras, will get congressional support for his proposal.
If the Mayor of NYC feels that his police department needs to have their every move and interaction with the citizens of NYC recorded to prevent allegations of misbehavior he and the taxpaying residents of NYC are welcome to pony up their own cash to pay for it. The use of ‘federal funds’ in reality money confiscated from American Taxpayers around the nation, including from here in South Carolina, should be barred. There is no compelling overriding national interest. The police department of the City of New York may very well be one of the best in the world, But they are NOT the responsibility of the citizens of any other city in the nation.
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Posted by revkharma on June 20, 2014
It was all a political ploy!’
According to Jay Starkman, writing in the Wall Street Journal, the Sixteenth amendment was merely a trick, employed to allow the Congress to pass an excise tax on business.
The Senate boss, Finance Committee Chairman Nelson Aldrich, together with President William Howard Taft concocted a compromise to stop the income tax bill that the House had passed. Congress would immediately pass a 1% “excise” tax on corporate income over $5,000—in effect the rich were being taxed. As a further sop to income-tax advocates, Aldrich would sponsor an income-tax constitutional amendment.
Aldrich was quite candid about his scheme to block the House bill that had been passed, declaring to the Senate: “I shall vote for the corporation tax as a means to defeat the income tax.”
But of course it was not something which those who imposed it had any desire subject themselves to :
After the tax law was passed, judges embraced it—for everyone else, just not themselves. Judges across the land proclaimed that the Constitution prohibited diminishing their salaries (and those of the president and state employees) through taxation. They emphasized the point by issuing court rulings in their own favor, excusing themselves from the tax. This lasted until the Depression, when the force of public opinion essentially shamed them into relenting. Under a law passed in 1932, Franklin Roosevelt became the first president subject to the income tax, but he refused to pay an increased rate that he helped enact in 1934. FDR insisted on paying the lower 1932 rates.
Now they just use the IRS to attack enemies and destroy those who oppose them.
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Posted by revkharma on December 28, 2012
We all hear over and over about the famous “Checks and Balances” built into the government by the Constitution. Supposedly each of the three branches are separate and equal, in order to prevent any one branch from gaining too much centralized power and moving the nation back toward tyranny. In recent times we have seen over and over that the balance is portrayed as a balance between the “Two Parties” so one political party does not gain overwhelming power over the levers of government. The last is the most risible of all, as there were no real political parties when the Constitution was written, and as most have heard, outgoing President Washington warned about the danger of parties as he left office.
All of this addresses the balance of power within the Federal Government. All of this also fails to address one area of balance which was intentionally removed, and all but forgotten. This loss, and loss of memory is perhaps the most destructive to our republic.
The loss I speak of is the loss of any check or balance of the power of the Federal government against the states, which was erased by the 17th amendment.
Read the entire thing here:
Patriots Do Not Comply
Keep The Faith
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Posted by brotherkharma on January 6, 2010
Warning – This is long (for me), meandering, and quite possibly incoherent. Please do not mistake this for an official White House briefing or proposed legislation.
It is amazing to me, although I thought I was finished being shocked by the left. I Googled the phrase “Obama’s Guantanamo/al-Qaeda remarks” and it took me 10 minutes to find the actual remarks. I had to search Whitehouse.gov to find the text of the speech. All that came up on Google (at least the first 2 pages – which is all my attention span will allow me to look through) was the same silly blog being reposted all over the place. The blog was “Just Watch the Right Distort Obama’s Guantanamo/al-Qaeda Remarks”. They claim the President was saying Guantanamo was a propaganda and recruiting tool, and that the right has begun to twist his words. The same way the head of Homeland Security had her words twisted by being quoted? Maybe the same way Supreme Court nominees have their words twisted, by repeating them in their entirety with contextual explanation? Now I’ll grant them that President Obama said:
“For over seven years, we have detained hundreds of people at Guantanamo…. There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world. Instead of building a durable framework for the struggle against al Qaeda that drew upon our deeply held values and traditions, our government was defending positions that undermined the rule of law. …. Meanwhile, instead of serving as a tool to counter terrorism, Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause. Indeed, the existence of Guantanamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained.”
The problem is he said that in May, 2009. What he said in January of 2010 was:
“But make no mistake: We will close Guantanamo prison, which has damaged our national security interests and become a tremendous recruiting tool for al Qaeda. In fact, that was an explicit rationale for the formation of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. And, as I’ve always said, we will do so — we will close the prison in a manner that keeps the American people safe and secure.”
Now the phrase “explicit rationale for the formation of al Qaeda” seems to my untrained ears to mean the reason they are there. If he wanted to say Guantanamo helped them recruit or helped raise sympathy in the Islamic world, I think he would have said it like that. You know, the way he did in May. Both speeches do a lot to tell you his mind set in dealing with this threat. Following the “explicit rationale” comments, he went into detail on how he will address security. The President warns us that al Qaeda is “constantly evolving and adapting their efforts to strike us”. The White House site also says what I hope is a typo: “As they refine our tactics, we’ll enhance our defenses”. People tell me I am overly critical of the President on this issue, so here I am going to rush to his side. He did not mean that al Qaeda is refining our tactics! They are not wondering into the White House, uninvited, and offering their opinions. I mean, no one gets in there like that! The President promises us “smarter screening and security at airports, and investing in the technologies that might have detected the kind of explosives used on Christmas”. Well, I am willing to help my country. I have an old laptop that is kind of slow, a little buggy, and needs an external keyboard attached to it, but it can run e-mail, a web browser, and word. I will happily provide this 21st Century anti-terror technology to the TSA so they can see if someone on multiple watch lists, buying a one way ticket in cash the day of the flight without a valid passport should be searched as thoroughly as I was the 3rd time I flew round trip from Philly to Colorado Springs in the same month.
In May, he really laid down the gauntlet. In that speech he stated “We are indeed at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates”. Hoo-rah! (Can’t you just hear R. Lee screaming that out maggot?) He followed it up with the caution on how to prosecute this war. “But we must do so with an abiding confidence in the rule of law and due process; in checks and balances and accountability.” Hoo-hah!
I don’t recall FDR demanding lawyers and checks and balances to combat the Nazi threat. I do not recall a stirring speech to Congress promising to bring Admiral Yamamoto to justice. I have spoken to many WWII vets, none of whom have ever issued a Miranda warning on the battlefield. But wait, he leans on some quasi historical precedent. “…the decisions that were made over the last eight years established an ad hoc legal approach for fighting terrorism that was neither effective nor sustainable — a framework that failed to rely on our legal traditions and time-tested institutions…” . Can anyone tell me what war the US waged with a reliance on “our legal traditions and time-tested institutions”? The American Revoloution? No. Civil War? Hmmmm, nope. Either World War? Don’t think so. Wait! I have it. The closest we came was in Vietnam. That’s the model we want to follow, right?
Well, if that didn’t strike fear in the hearts of our enemies, they did it today. They revoked the Visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man who tried to blow up 300 people on Christmas day. 12 days later, they revoked his visa. The Administration is sending a STRONG Clear statement! If you are a failed terrorist, we don’t want you here! And Gitmo, which of course is the main reason that al-Qaeda flourishes on the Arabian Peninsula, will ABSOLUTELY be closed! Sometime. Soon. Probably. We think, just don’t send them to Yemen. Or to Illinois because we can’t afford to buy lights and a new fence at the vacant state prison – fiscal responsibility is part of the new change in Washington remember!
Now there are some who will point to the cooperation of the Yemen government as evidence that Obama is gaining support around the world. It might seem like the approach to this as a legal issue and closure of Gitmo has garnered support in the Middle East. However, let’s take a deeper look. Since 2001, US military, not prosecutors, have driven the Taliban into the mountains. They have ripped Saddam from power and wrought havoc on the terror organizations that attempted to move into Iraq. The war was pushed away from our shores and towards the heart of Islamofascism. But why the sudden support of Yemen? There has also been support of the Saudis, who have launched air strikes against al-Qaeda on the Saudi/Yemeni border. In August of 2009, for the first time in decades, there was an attempted assassination of a member of the Saudi Royal Family. Al-Qaeda sent a suicide bomber tried to kill Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, assistant interior minister for security affairs, in his palace in Jeddah. Somehow I think this is far more likely to cause Saudi and Yemeni cooperation than a guarantee that someday Gitmo will close and the threat to deport every failed terrorist.
BTW – if anyone is still reading this, I feel sorry for you but wanted you to know one more thing. The reason I gave it the title I did was to hopefully get it in the mix of those other brain dead blogs that made me go on this rant. Have a nice day and go J-E-T-S-Jets Jets JETS!!!!
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Posted by revkharma on July 24, 2009
So, the last question of Obama’s ‘Health care ‘ press conference changed everything. In what almost seems to be a planted question the president was asked to address the recent arrest of Harvard Professor Gates. The Great and Powerful Obama began by admitting his own bias, then waded in and called the actions of the police ‘stupid’. Predictably, this has once more put the debate on racial division on the front page of newspapers and top discussion topic of many news programs. See, it’s all about race, and if we believe the template the only reason this happened is because the cop in question was white and the professor black.
Let’s dig a little and see if this holds water.
First, any time Obama takes a question there has got to be a political calculus involved. By taking that one, and responding the way he has, Obama has been able to shift discussion away from his losing performance on nationalizing health care, andshift it to another topic. Reviewing his answers that night one can see he simply has no answers to any questions. His health care plan is a mess, and it is likely to fail if it is examined in any detail. He stumbled and mumbled, with as many ” umms’ and ahhs’ as real replies to questions. He indicted doctors, claiming they are ‘removing tonsils for higher profit’ rather than treating allergies and sore throats. He alluded to heart rending letters he reads every day, while saying the discussion should not be about him. The senate has now decided not to vote before Obama’s clear August deadline.
So, what to do? Distract and shift attention. Make it all about race instead of his slipping plan.
The problem here is if you look at what actually happened, this is NOT about race, but about power, wealth and personal privilege. Gates, while dealing with police officers on the scene, was calling headquarters, apparently gaining access to ‘the chief’. Once he was arrested, he was able to throw his connections around and have charges dismissed. If this had been any average American, who would doubt that they would have been processed and charged. The cops on the scene responded to a call of a possible break in. Accounts and photos of the scene show that the officers on scene were actually a multi racial group. They faced an arrogant and belligerent loudmouth who simply would NOT accept anything other than confrontation. Witnesses say he continued to berate the officer long after the officer tried to disengage. Gates was then handcuffed and arrested. Afterward he was released, and no charges were lodged against him. Had that been an ordinary, middle class American, white or black, who had continued to shout and abuse a cop, there surely would have been charges.
Now all the media are discussing the case, the circus, and the statement which President Obama has injected, clearly and intentionally into the whole morass.
I began this essay early Friday morning, and later in the day two events took place. First, the police union in Cambridge staged a press conference to support Sgt Crowley. White House press secretary and Chief Jester Robert Gibbs at first attempted to portray it as a political battle, stating that ” the FOP endorsed Mccain”.
Shortly after that, Obama descended to the press room and offered one of his now familiar pseudo apologies. He professed to be stunned that his remarks generated such interest. After allowing that he had ‘failed to properly calibrate his words’ he attempted to make some humorous statements. The fawning press guffawed louder than Ed McMahon listening to a Carson joke fall flat.
Yet listen carefully to his words, and you will see that President Obama has absolutely NOT apologized for his offensive characterization.
In my choice of words, I unfortunately gave the impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sergeant Crowley specifically, I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Prof. Gates out of his home and to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Prof. Gates probably overreacted as well
This will insure a continued discussion of race, police and most importantly of all, The Great and Powerful Obama. He has made the remarks, and just by stating them has played the race card. He has also refused to actually recant. He will, through back channels and sotto voce maintain that his credibility with the Community Organizers from which he draws his power. His allies at ACORN will stand by him. And he will avoid the discussion of his major failure to ram the takeover of the US Health care system as quickly as he wanted.
And THAT, I maintain, is the whole and sole purpose of this. If Obama had the votes lined up to pass the plan no comments would ever have been made about Gates and the Cambridge PD. This way, he deflects attention until either he finds a back door way to cheat his plan through the system or manages to coerce or buy enough votes to get the disastrous plan through the house.
It is, this time and every time, all about him. Don’t be fooled, this was not a mistake, or a misspeak, or a poor choice of words. He accomplished what he wanted. Now we have to watch carefully. He’s sent the distraction, we have to wait to see the hidden secret he wants to keep us from seeing.
Keep the Faith
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Posted by revkharma on January 23, 2009
Fire boiled upward, and smoke belched amidst the flames as his voice boomed ” I am the Great and Powerful Oz! You will do as I command, and I will reward you!” Unfortunately as we all remember from the classic film, little Toto scampered forward, and pulled back the curtain, revealing the lost, and quite ordinary travelling medicine show doctor operating the levers. Despite “Oz'” telling them otherwise, the adventurers in the story looked, and finally exposed the secret of the Wizard. No matter how much smoke, flame and deception he used, he was not a spectacular wizard, merely a side show huckster with a knack for deception.
“If you are a Washington lobbyist, you will find no home in the Obama Administration! We are all about Hope and CHANGE, and we will not work with the usual crew of lobbyists and insiders!” Or, so we were told by the Great and Powerful Obama. A quick look at two of his recent high level appointments points more toward the carnival than the wizard. William Lynn III, tapped to take the second highest spot in the defense department was a paid rep for Raytheon until this past July. William Corr is now put forward as the deputy secretary at the dept of HHS. He has worked until the end of last year as a paid consultant for anti tobacco groups. Both have pledged to ” not work in areas in which they previously lobbied”. In the senior positions they will take, there is little chance of that actually being true.
Note also, the flurry of Executive Orders, including the Big News that he will honor his campaign promise and close Guantanamo Bay Prison within a year. Look closely at the details. IN order to close the facility and relocate all those held, he must first find out where to send them and how they will be dealt with. Another executive order directs a commission be formed to determine exactly how this will be accomplished. So, in fact, his executive order merely restates his campaign promise, with no concrete plan of action to achieve it. “Don’t look at the man behind the curtain…I am the Great and Powerful Obama!” The media watch needs some attack dogs, to pull aside the curtain, and expose the side show barker. Unfortunately most of the media are lap dogs, not even up to the daring of Dorothy’s little dog Toto. We have to continue to work to expose this fraud, and perhaps hold their feet to the fire. Mr. Obama will be our President, at least four years. He should be held to account, and perhaps then can actually achieve some of the Hope and Change his believers are so certain he can bring us.
Keep The Faith!
Ted, I thank you for your comments below. Let’s address them a bit here. The whole issue of Barack Obama’s citizenship has been put to rest. Here is a pretty good analysis of the entire issue.
If we allow ourselves to become distracted by side issues we will never be able to focus on those things of real importance. Obama won because the alternative party simply offered nothing of any value to the American people. Mccain offered much of the same socialism, but with less charisma and at a slower pace. This, unfortunately, has been the hallmark of the republicans for many years. They offer the same interventionist policies, only just a bit smaller. The Republicans lost. They will continue to do so until one of two things happen:
First, they wake up grow a spine and some courage and retake their legacy of leadership and small government. OR
Secong, they fade out as the Whigs and the Democratic Republicans before them did, and they are replaced by a new party.
As to the issue of the oath of office, many people much smarter than I have put that to rest. The oath itself is a formality, the power changes from one president to the other at noon on the 20th by constitutional provision. If we want to return to basic constitutional principles, we must not get bogged down in minutia. We must hold LOCAL elected officials to account, and begin working from the ground up. I appreciate your passion, and hope you will continue to work to right the country.
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