Sep 172014
 

William Grigg says to call the anti-police and end the State’s “security” monopoly.

Nick Giambruno writes about property taxes vs. property rights.

David D’Amato writes about the vampire of practical politics.

Flex Your Rights discusses search and seizure in government schools.

Laurence Vance says, legalize heroin.

James Bovard says that AmeriCorps is a wasteful flop.

Sheldon Richman on ownership and ideas.

Robert Wenzel writes about governments and killing.

Jacob Hornberger discusses perpetual fear under empire.

Donald Miller, MD on World War Redux and the Fourth Turning.

Gary North says that American conservatism is Keynesian to the core.

George Leef says it’s time for civil asset forfeiture laws to meet the same fate as Jim Crow.

And Bryan Caplan is interviewed on open borders.

Some More Recent Items

 Posted by at 12:07 pm
Sep 142014
 

As I have noted here recently, I have been very busy trying to deal with personal matters. I hope to return to regular blog writing soon. I hope. But in the meantime, there are other good articles and posts I have seen that I can link to, for those who are interested.

John Whitehead discusses life in the Amerikan prison state.

Lew Rockwell interviews Sibel Edmonds on the secret crimes of the U.S. empire.

Mikael Thalen discusses 3 high-level intelligence operatives who exposed 9/11 foreknowledge.

Washington’s Blog describes the real masterminds behind 9/11.

WND with an article on what’s behind naming “ISIS” and/or “ISIL”.

Tony Cartalucci describes the Washington-created ISIS menace.

James Bovard discusses the “food insecurity” hoax.

Jon Rappoport writes about Ebola propaganda and questions the official Ebola narrative.

And Adan Salazar writes about the goofy Today Show‘s recommendation of using car keys and wasp spray to ward off a home invader, and treat him “like royalty.”

Sep 122014
 

This appeared on LewRockwell.com on March 23 of 2013, and I believe it is relevant now:

The 22-Year Bush War of Aggression on Iraq

Several commentators have been observing the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, but really the U.S. government’s war on Iraq began over 22 years ago.

In January 1991, then-President George H.W. Bush started the war on Iraq, and imposed sanctions and no-fly zones, which were continued by President Bill Clinton throughout the 1990s. By 2001, hundreds of thousands of civilian Iraqi deaths were wrought by the U.S. government and the UN, and there was widespread anti-American anger felt by many in the Middle East.

Here is a brief review of what led up to the elder President Bush’s 1991 war on Iraq:

In 1990, Iraq and its leader, Saddam Hussein, were engaged in disputes with Kuwait. Iraq believed that Kuwait was siphoning Iraq’s oil via horizontal drilling, and Iraq also believed that Kuwait’s own oil production was above OPEC quotas which allegedly effected in lower oil profits for Iraq.

Saddam Hussein had been the U.S. government’s favorite during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, which Saddam had started with his invasion of Iran. The U.S. government’s arming and providing tactical battle planning to Iraq, despite U.S. officials knowing that Iraq was using chemical weapons during that conflict, were well documented.

When Saddam considered invading Kuwait, he met with then-U.S. ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, and asked her what kind of response the U.S. would have to such an invasion.

In their discussion, according to the New York Times, Glaspie stated, “…we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait. I was in the American Embassy in Kuwait during the late 60′s. The instruction we had during this period was that we should express no opinion on this issue and that the issue is not associated with America. (Sec. of State) James Baker has directed our official spokesmen to emphasize this instruction.” (More here.)

Apparently, Saddam Hussein took those words as a green light to invade Kuwait.

However, George Bush the elder then did a bait-and-switch, and began preparing for his war on Iraq. But the biggest task for Bush was to convince the American people that the war on behalf of Kuwait, an extremely anti-democratic, authoritarian monarchy, was not for oil but for “liberating” Kuwait from Saddam.

To sell this war to the American people, the government of Kuwait hired as many as 20 PR and lobbying firms. One PR firm in particular, Hill and Knowlton, was apparently the “mastermind” of the PR campaign, according to PR industry experts John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, whose book Toxic Sludge Is Good for You provides the details of the Bush-Kuwait PR campaign, as excerpted by PR Watch.

Both Bush presidents were skilled salesmen in their demonizing those who would be on the receiving end of their own wars of aggression. Philip Knightley, author of the book, The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Iraq, in an October 2001 article described the repeated stratagem of warmongers’ use of propaganda to demonize the enemy to rationalize a new war for the warmongers’ own people to support it.

The most effective PR ploy was the congressional testimony of a teenage Kuwaiti girl who stated, emotionally, that she witnessed Iraqi soldiers taking babies out of hospital incubators and leaving them “on the cold floor to die.” The girl later turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S. And not only was that fact suppressed until after Bush’s war began, but the information she gave was false, and the girl had been coached by an executive of Hill and Knowlton. (Video)

Murray Rothbard gives quite a few further details regarding the whole 1990-91 Bush-Iraq-Kuwait wheeling-and-dealing here and here.

During the elder President Bush’s 1991 Gulf War, one of the most egregious acts that the U.S. military committed against the Iraqis was to intentionally destroy civilian water and sewage treatment centers and electrical facilities.

According to researcher James Bovard, U.S. Air Force Col. John Warden published an article in Airpower Journal, titled, “The Enemy as a System,” in which Warden told of the U.S. military’s intentional targeting of the civilian infrastructure as a means to undermine Iraqi “civilian morale.” Bovard also cites a June 23, 1991 Washington Post analysis, which quoted a Pentagon official as stating, “People say, ‘You didn’t recognize that it was going to have an effect on water or sewage.’ Well, what were we trying to do with sanctions — help out the Iraqi people? No. What we were doing with the attacks on infrastructure was to accelerate the effect of the sanctions.”

By the mid-1990s, diseases such as cholera, measles, and typhoid had led to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, and a skyrocketing infant mortality rate, with many more deaths by the year 2000. This campaign of cruelty was advanced further by the U.S. government and the UN through sanctions and no-fly zones, which prevented medical treatments and the means of repairing damaged infrastructure from being imported into Iraq. Clearly, such a controversial campaign of bombing civilian water and sewage treatment centers must have been approved beforehand by then-President George H.W. Bush and his Sec. of Defense Dick Cheney.

Justifiably, there was widespread anger amongst the inhabitants of the Middle East by 2001. In fact, one of the main motivations of the 9/11 terrorists was the Gulf War’s subsequent sanctions against the Iraqi civilian population.

Besides the sanctions throughout the 1990s as continued by President Bill Clinton, Clinton himself inflicted more bombing of Iraq.

Some people have now been comparing George Bush Jr.’s 2003 revival of the long war on Iraq with the extended war in Vietnam of the 1960s and 1970s, especially combined with the younger Bush’s war of aggression in Afghanistan and Obama’s continuation of those wars and starting new ones.

The younger George Bush’s 2003 war on Iraq was really a continuation of what his father had started in 1991. Investigative journalist Russ Baker, author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, asserts that Bush Jr. was planning to invade Iraq as early as 1999 to take advantage of the “political capital” his father had built up earlier in Iraq.

(Can you imagine a President Jeb Bush in 2016? But I digress.)

In the elder President George Bush’s January 16, 1991 speech from the Oval Office, when he claimed that his 1991 war “will not be another Vietnam” (approx. 6:45), he also spoke of the “New World Order” (7:30).

The neoconservatives and progressive interventionists have been implementing their plans for global hegemony for decades, and using the force of the U.S. government to do it. But there is a frightening love of government that connects these interventionists, far outweighing any actual love for freedom and peace they could possibly have.

And now, after all these 22 years of Bush war quagmires and trillions of dollars in debt, and with warnings regarding the warmongers’ plans for Iran (which was part of the neocons’ plans all along), can the American people ever wake up to the truth about all this?

Now, the elder George Bush was elected President in 1988. But given how entrenched the Establishment’s interventionist policies were by that time, when the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s it wouldn’t have mattered whether Bush or Democrat Michael Dukakis was elected in 1988. Given the myth of the “progressive peacenik,” a hypothetical Dukakis administration of 1989-1993 would most probably have been similar to the current one of Barack Obama. And with similar militarist reactions to Iraq as Bush in the name of furthering the obsession for hegemony that statists of both left and right have (and to keep the military-industrial-complex happy, too).

However, during the 1988 presidential campaign, had the media given Libertarian Party nominee Ron Paul the same free advertising they gave both Bush and Dukakis, the American people would have seen the clear alternative from the Bush-Dukakis statist quo.

And how would a President Ron Paul have handled the collapse of the Soviet Union? Given that any threats or perceived threats from overseas had vanished overnight, Ron Paul would have closed all the overseas U.S. military bases that existed then, including all the European and Asian bases and other foreign U.S. governmental apparatus. He would have brought all U.S. troops home, and many of them would have gone into the private sector to become productive workers, business owners and employers.

A President Paul would have shrunk the federal government by eliminating many useless departments, bureaus and programs, which Ronald Reagan promised to do but didn’t. And Paul would have abolished the fascist income tax. The economic boom of the 1990s would have been magnified by many times, for sure.

And a President Ron Paul would have educated the American people on the actual ideas of liberty. He would have informed the people of what a real free market is – something that the Heritage Foundation, Glenn Beck, and, ugh, Willard Romney wouldn’t know if they fell over it.

There also wouldn’t have been a U.S. government invasion of Iraq in 1991, bombing of civilian infrastructure, sanctions and no-fly zones, and provocations of foreigners becoming determined to retaliate. There may not (or probably not) have been a 9/11, and the police state in America that was already growing by the early 1990s would have been put to a stop. (And the younger George W. Bush probably wouldn’t have even been elected governor of Texas, let alone President of the U.S.) And there wouldn’t have been any U.S.-initiated wars in Afghanistan and other countries as well.

But, “woulda, coulda, shoulda” is just not realistic, and what happened, happened. The misery, destruction, collapse of the American economy in addition to all these wars – it happened, thanks to neocons and progressive interventionists.

The central planners in charge must have very serious clinically pathological delusions of grandeur and a hunger for power and control in their attempts to “remake the Middle East in America’s image” or “make the world safe for democracy” (but not freedom and peace), while coveting those foreign territories’ natural resources and slaughtering innocents.

So, call me old-fashioned, but it takes a really sick, criminal mind to intentionally destroy the water and sewage treatments of an entire civilian population, and forcibly withhold their medical treatments and repairs. And it takes a very demented person to view entire populations and cultures in other parts of the world as sub-human and whose lives are not worthy of any “inalienable rights” to life, liberty, and peace.

As I have stated in the past, America’s culture has declined over the past century. The greater power we have allowed governments to usurp, the further “third world” America has become.

The Bush wars of the past 22 years have not been helpful to human progress, that’s for sure.

Copyright © 2013 by LewRockwell.com.

Sep 112014
 

Daniel McAdams on Obama’s ISIS speech.

Trevor Timm says that Americans are about to be fear-mongered back to more war.

Reichard White on the government and media’s ISIS script.

Jacob Hornberger on Madison and Goering on ISIS.

Andrew Napolitano on war and Congress.

Laurence Vance asks, Is Notre Dame still Catholic?

Wendy McElroy has some reflections of a whistleblower.

Steve Watson with an article on public schools police being given mine-resistant military vehicles by Pentagon. (These kids, with their mines these days! as Paul Lynde might say.)

Sep 102014
 

Law professor Jonathan Turley has this post on a U.S. Air Force airman who is being denied reenlistment unless he includes in his sworn oath, “so help me God.” The unnamed airman is an atheist and doesn’t want to do that. Of course, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects his right to practice any religion he wants, as well as not practice any religion at all. And that includes the right to not be compelled by the government to proclaim any belief in God, which obviously is a religious belief.

Now, if he were applying for a job at a privately owned business, then the business owner has a right to require the applicant or new employee to recite whatever words the employer requires. If the applicant or employee doesn’t like it, then he can go work somewhere else. That is a matter of private property rights, the right of the business owner to establish one’s own rules for one’s own business. But this is government employment we are talking about. Since the government is publicly owned, owned by everyone, then this government employer does not have the constitutional right to require a serviceman to proclaim any kind of religious loyalty. Such a requirement should also be considered as establishing religion, which is forbidden by the Constitution. A belief in God is a religious belief.

Bottom line: because the U.S. military is a death machine against innocent foreigners, an apparatus of provocations of foreigners which do nothing but make the American people more vulnerable, unsafe, and less secure, then no one should be joining this criminal organization, period.

Sep 092014
 

Jacob Hornberger and Sheldon Richman of the Future of Freedom Foundation discuss the highway robbery of “asset forfeiture,” in which government police and prosecutors steal people’s money with impunity. Hornberger and Richman also get into the ISIS “threat” a little bit, the drug war and the war on terrorism, both of which are really a war on freedom and a war on the American people by the U.S. government and local police departments. Also, they mention a Washington Post 3-part series on the subject: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Sep 092014
 

Laurence Vance makes the libertarian case against public schools.

James Corbett has this open source investigation of ISIS (But what about Wonder Woman?)

Mark Thornton says that drug warriors claim that Colorado is going to pot.

Glenn Greenwald tries to make sense of the hysterical chickenhawks flapping their wings over the ISIS “threat.”

Ron Paul discusses Nixon’s vindication.

Philip Giraldi details how Washington helped create Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal.

Walter Williams talks about money in politics. Why do people waste their hard-earned money on corrupt sleazebag pols?

And Marcy Wheeler says that Peter King demanded an investigation to find journalists’ sources like Peter King.

JFK Speech, June 1963

 Posted by at 1:05 pm
Sep 072014
 

President John F. Kennedy gave this speech at a graduation ceremony just 5 months before he was assassinated. (Hmmm. I wonder if something he might have said in this speech may have annoyed the bureaucrats of the national security state.)

Sep 062014
 

Jacob Hornberger writes about perpetual anxiety under empire. Afraid of ISIS? Get over it.

Gary North has an article on Faith-Based Fascism: Turning Churches into the State’s Bagmen.

Owen Jones says, to really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia. (And every other foreign regime, including the U.K.!)

Laurence Vance gives advice for sound tax policy. (I’m verklempt.)

Trevor Timm asks, Why is DHS arming cops to fight average Americans?

Jim Davies says, time to repeal Amendment two.

Aaron Dykes writes about little kids with cell phones despite the health risks.

Eric Margolis says, Mr. President, the less you do the better.

Wendy McElroy writes about her learning from Ayn Rand’s mistakes.

Michael Snyder says that 30 million Americans are drugged up on Big Pharma poison. I’m glad I am not one of them.