POLITICAL: WW1 citizen surveillance

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-liberty-in-america-during-the-great-war/

TGIF: LIBERTY IN AMERICA DURING THE GREAT WAR
by Sheldon Richman
August 15, 2014

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The Justice Department under Attorney General Thomas Gregory encouraged citizen surveillance through its link to the American Protective League, “a group of amateur sleuths and loyalty enforcers,” in Kennedy’s description. Said Gregory, “I have today several hundred thousand private citizens — some individuals, most of them as members of patriotic bodies, engaged in … assisting the heavily overworked Federal authorities in keeping an eye on disloyal individuals and making reports on disloyal utterances.” Kennedy says that by the end of the war, the APL had 250,000 members.

This was also the period in which the United States got the Espionage Act and amendments known as the Sedition Act. Under the authority of the Espionage Act, Postmaster General Albert Sidney Burleson banned publications from the mail or stripped them of their second-class mailing permits for even suggesting that Wall Street or the arms industry controlled the government. Criticizing the government was regarded as aiding the enemy.

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Ahh, yes, Wilson, the “Peace President”.

And, American Liberty has never recovered.

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POLITICAL: Too much of a pistol

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[Those of us who served in the “old Army” (pre-1985) would insist that the M1911A1 firing the .45 ACP meets all the requirements. The Thompson-LaGarde Tests of 1904 led the Army and the Cavalry to decide a minimum of .45 caliber was the most effective pistol cartridge. They noted, however, that training was critical to make sure a soldier could score a hit in a vulnerable part of the body. But it seems clear that the 1911 with the .45 round has one major drawback – it is too much of a pistol for female personnel to handle.]

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Interesting if this is true.

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POLITICAL: Defund The Export-Import Bank

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2014/08/break-the-first-bank-of-cronyism-the-export-import-bank-of-the-united-states-video/

Break the First Bank of Cronyism, The Export-Import Bank of the United States
(Video)
By Editor on August 16, 2014

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Ex-Im is set to run out of funds at the end of September. Let’s make sure that this vehicle for crony capitalism doesn’t get a new lease on life.

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I’m writing my congress critters.

It’s a boondoggle that operates against the Taxpayer’s interests.

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POLITICAL: “Nothing could be worse than Saddam Hussein”

Friday, August 15, 2014

https://www.facebook.com/ThomasEWoods?fref=nf

Thomas E. Woods Jr.
August 8 at 10:47am ·

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Every so-called conservative who was tricked by government propaganda in 2003, repeat after me: “I was grotesquely wrong to have thought nothing could be worse than Saddam Hussein. I admit that Ron Paul predicted what we are seeing now, while I was standing with Hillary Clinton in support of the stupidest war in U.S. history.

“Next time I will be more skeptical of government propaganda, which as a conservative I am supposed to be in the first place.”

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Agreed!

Everything coming from politicians and bureaucrats is at best “propaganda” and at worst an absolute lie.

Argh!

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Thomas E. Woods Jr.August 8 at 10:47am ·
Every so-called conservative who was tricked by government propaganda in 2003, repeat after me: “I was grotesquely wrong to have thought nothing could be worse than Saddam Hussein. I admit that Ron Paul predicted what we are seeing now, while I was standing with Hillary Clinton in support of the stupidest war in U.S. history.
“Next time I will be more skeptical of government propaganda, which as a conservative I am supposed to be in the first place.”


POLITICAL: Nagasaki — an anti-Catholic national disgrace

Saturday, August 9, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/08/gary-g-kohls/unwelcome-truths/

Unwelcome Truths for Church and State Concerning the Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945
By Gary G. Kohls
August 6, 2014

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69 years ago an all-Christian bomber crew dropped “Fat Man”, a plutonium bomb, on Nagasaki, Japan, instantly annihilating tens of thousands of innocent civilians, a disproportionate number of them Japanese Christians, and permanently or mortally wounding uncountable numbers of others.

In 1945, the US was the most Christian nation in the world (that is, if you can label as Christian a nation whose churches overwhelmingly fail to sincerely teach or adhere to the ethics of Jesus as taught in the Sermon on the Mount).

Prior to the bomb exploding over St. Mary’s Urakami Cathedral on 11:02 AM, Nagasaki was the most Christian city in Japan. The Nagasaki cathedral was the largest Christian cathedral in the Orient.

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Never mind “just war”.

How about Christian charity?

In Little League, there’s the mercy rule.

In life, the golden rule.

This makes me sad.

Now that I am old, I can see sadly the result.

The Swiss have the right idea.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Records retention policies compromised

Friday, August 1, 2014

http://www.therightcurmudgeon.com/2014/07/benghazi-talking-points-developed-govt-watchdogs-blast-kerry-aides-use-gmail-account

Home  Breaking News Feed  Breaking News – Daily Caller  
‘Is This How The Benghazi Talking Points Were Developed?’
Govt Watchdogs Blast Kerry Aide’s Use Of Gmail Account
Jul 25, 20140 39
By Brendan Bordelon

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Two top government watchdogs in Washington D.C. slammed a key aide to Secretary of State John Kerry for using a private Gmail account to conduct official government business, calling it “the worst possible practice in trying to maintain transparency” and speculating whether this was “how the Benghazi talking points were developed.”

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“Records retention policies could be compromised by the use of private email,” he said, referencing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rules giving citizens the right to check up on their government by requesting official documents. “There are a variety of ways that federal records laws could be compromised through the use of private emails to conduct public business.”

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Just another way the current administration breaks the law.

Ho hum, what’s new about that?

“Move along, people. Nothing to see here. Go home, you looky-loos.” Officer Barbrady’s Catch Phrase South Park

Argh!


POLITICAL: “Roof Knocking” Technique

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

http://prepperchimp.com/2014/07/14/video-incredible-up-close-footage-of-israeli-roof-knocking-bombing-technique/

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The “Roof Knocking” Technique used by Israelis in their latest attacks on Hamas have been labeled “controversial” and even “inhumane”. What is “Roof Knocking”? It is when an inert bomb or shell casing with no explosive warhead is dropped on a rooftop to create a loud and thunderous impact with the building letting those inside know that in a few minutes a missile or bomb with a live warhead will destroy the building. The “knock” is to allow people to exit the building rapidly with the intent on saving lives when the warhead strikes to destroy enemy missiles, weapons and equipment. What other military provides this great “service” to an enemy? What do you think of this technique?

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Wow!

Stunning at the damage.

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