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Memorial Day – A Day to Acknowledge Heroes!

For many, the significance of Memorial Day seems to be lost in the temporal anticipation of the first holiday of summer. The day’s true significance is found in acknowledgment of the ultimate sacrifices made for our freedom, by our men and women in uniform. As such, it is much more than simply a day for a picnic, or a weekend getaway. It is a day of reflection, acknowledgment, and gratitude, for the sacrifices made by relatively few, so the many may enjoy freedom and liberty today.

memorial-day-rememberIt is a day to pause from the daily grind and celebrate the lives and sacrifices of those who have perpetuated this Republic, this One Nation Under God. It is a day to reassess our own convictions to the principles that those who have worn the uniform of our young nation have been willing to sacrifice their own lives for, in order to preserve the legacy of liberty, from one generation to the next. The torch of Madam Liberty has been perpetually and successively passed from the earliest generations of Americans to those who yet wear the uniform. And to them we owe our all.

There is nothing we can do which can repay those who have so sacrificed that we might be free, but everything we do does count in some small way. Abraham Lincoln put into proper perspective what we do to celebrate the lives of those who have been willing to pay the uttermost farthing for our freedom. “We cannot dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Civil War has long since ended, yet the veracity of Lincoln’s statement rings equally true today as it did 150 years ago. We cannot hallow the ground where our brave have fallen. They consecrated it with their blood and their lives. And not only the ground fought over during our Civil War, but around the globe where we have fought to prevent expansion of liberty-destroying socialism, the fiendish tyranny of dictators and freedom-trampling totalitarians and terrorists around the world.

IMG_1807The necessity of these men and women willing to serve and fight in inconceivably horrendous conditions in our behalf should be self-evident. Contrary to the platitudes of a popular bumper sticker, sometimes war is the answer. And as appalling as war is, there are worse things, like the expunging of personal liberty by communism, socialism, and totalitarian regimes, and the heinous cruelty and tactics of terror or radical extremist groups.

The English philosopher John Stuart Mill put this dichotomy into even more stark personal terms. He reasoned, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

Since the earliest days of our republic, tens of millions of Americans have served honorably, wearing our nation’s military uniforms. Of those, 1.2 million have made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives, and more than 1.4 million have been wounded in combat, in defense of liberty. Yet the value of their sacrifices, and those made by their families, is truly inestimable and incalculable.

General Douglas MacArthur delivered his farewell speech to the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in May, 1962. He used the occasion to eloquently reference the nature and character of those who so choose to serve us. “When I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements. In twenty campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people.”

IMG_8166President Ronald Reagan, at Arlington National Cemetery, on Memorial Day, 1982, expressed the profound gratitude of a thankful nation. “I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them. Yet, we must try to honor them not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.”

His ensuing counsel for the citizens of America is as appropriate and proper now, as it was then. “Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we – in a less final, less heroic way – be willing to give of ourselves.”

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

How to Critically Think About Jade Helm 2015

Jade Helm is a military exercise intended to give America’s special forces some training in realistic, non-military environments. The “laser-like” focus on these exercises is likely keeping Americans from paying attention to more important events.

amercian-soldiers-e1268329274372What is easy to understand is that our troops would NEVER turn on Americans – because they ARE Americans. They would suffer many things rather than intern, capture or detain fellow Americans. If whomever were to attempt a coup, it would be stopped by the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines of the United States military. *Salute*

The real threat comes from a national, heavily-militarized police force. Our boys in camo are the only realistic defense against heavy-handed national police actions. Perhaps that’s why everyone is seeking to put our military under suspicion – to make sure Americans are suspicious of our armed forces which would leave them with no effective manner in which to deal with national police helicopter gunships and armored vehicles.

The national police are not your local men and women in blue – the nationals are better funded, better armed and more loyal to the bureaucracies that pay them – the ATF, FBI, IRS, BLM, etc…

The angst against our military is unwarranted, sad and wrong. Whether you are worried about the training exercise or not, our military members would desert/mutiny rather than follow an order from Obama to attack the citizenry – have more pride in our service members than the liberals who spit on them.

Texas is the state the Jade Helm planners chose as a major action point. Not only that, but they even focused on the home of the Texas A&M Aggies. Texas A&M is just a hair under Annapolis or West Point if you’re looking to go career military.

Jade Helm is not the issue, but it might be the diversion.

Consider the rise in civil disturbances, union riots and worker walk-outs. Question the economic news being revised constantly by the powers-that-be.

Question the speed at which Al Sharpton showed up to quiet and handle the troubled Baltimore mayor.

Ask yourself why people who were protesting in Baltimore needed to be paid, who they were paid by and even worse, why they argued over how much they should get (see: #cutthecheck)

Apply critical thinking to the FIVE wal-marts that closed down on the same day for “plumbing issues.” None of them seem to be being repaired and wal-mart has been  elusive when questioned.

Americans should question Obama’s executive order to DE-militarize the police. The action isn’t wrong, but the motive is odd and/or condusing.

Critical thinking is important.

Critical thinking keys – no answers, but readers should consider these questions to discern truth:

  1. Who has something to gain by Americans questioning their military members?
  2. Why would Wal-mart suddenly, without notice, close 5 stores in 4 states and blame them all on something easy to fix like “plumbing” – again, who has something to gain?
  3. Why are Wal-mart stores being fortified with CONEX (shipping container) boxes?
  4. Why is the government shoving Jade Helm in your face?

And a final thought: When the government makes a thing obvious, look elsewhere “All warfare is based on deception.” – Sun Tzu

WTO Proves Fears on Trade Deals

It has been reported that trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would undermine U.S. health and safety regulation. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has just proven them right.

SelectionOfPackageMeatsThe WTO just ruled that America’s Country Of Origin Labeling regulation, which requires meat producers to indicate what nation packaged meat comes from, violates global trade standards. The ruling cannot be appealed.

Having a body of non-elected bureaucrats override U.S. regulations has been a major concern of many opposing the TPP. Obama tried to allay those concerns in a recent speech about global trade deals with Pacific Rim and European countries:

“Critics warn that parts of this deal would undermine American regulation – food safety, worker safety, even financial regulations. They’re making this stuff up. This is just not true. No trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws.”

So much for that…

Now, the U.S. will have to stop enforcing the labeling rules or face tariffs or other trade sanctions.

While this regulation’s demise may not be a threat to food safety, it illustrates how easily a poorly-negotiated trade agreement can lead to the undermining of U.S. regulations. The next overridden rule may not be as superficial.

What is Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

Trade Promotion Authority, otherwise known as TPA allows the executive branch of the United States to negotiate trade agreements without congressional interference.

TPA is also known as “fast track” authority. The more friendly moniker truthfully labels this power as a way to make trade deals quicker. Unfortunately, they may also be made without due consideration of the consequences to American workers.

In truth, TPA allows the President to negotiate trade deals which Congress can then only vote up or down – no amendments. Without debate, the President can rush through whatever he thinks is prudent and Congress – and Americans – have to swallow the thing whole or abandon the agreement all together. Prior to the agreement being finalized, no one knows what’s in it. Should Congress have to pass legislation just to learn what’s in it?

A more deliberative approach would be to allow Congress to be party to the details of the negotiations, debate the bullet points and offer suggestions to improve the trade deal in America’s interest.

Internet Name Governance is Going Global – What could go wrong?

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is just about ready to go global – thanks to the Obama administration. But, what benefit is that to Americans?

What is ICANN?

ICANN is responsible for registering the recognizable website names everyone knows so that domain name servers can translate those names into the confusing mix of numbers that actually help browsers and computers find where they are going (ie. currently resides at

The arguments for the globalization and against it are numerous. Some argue that, today, ICANN revokes names quickly when copyright infringement is claimed. Others simply claim that no government should have single hold over the naming system. More complain that ICANN should not be an unregulated private entity.

The truth is that ICANN is semi-private today. It operates under a contract from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The contract allows for at least some level of oversight from a free and courteous government – once ICANN is released from that contract on September 30th, that oversight is gone.

The bigger question Americans should ask is if ICANN is released to be (maybe)  overseen by some conglomeration of world governments… what good is that to us? America funded the development of the internet (see ARPANET.) America fostered the good governance that allowed the freedom and explosive growth of the internet. Now, the very fundamental process for getting and maintaining an internet name is being given away to … who knows?

If the concern was the bureaucracy that congressional oversight brought to ICANN, well, having 150 nations oversee those same functions won’t be better. The cure for bureaucracy is not more of it…

Why do Americans Care About ICANN?

The average American may never interact directly or indirectly with ICANN. If you never want to have your own website with a domain name, you will not need ICANN services.

The concern is over cost, regulatory authority, foreign intervention and theft (or at least graft.)

If China is complaining about how quickly domain names are taken away due to copyright today, imagine how hard it will be to protect intellectual property once they have their hands in the naming pie?

What if ICANN decided to tax .com addresses an additional $1 tax vs. the .uk, .ca, .au… and so on? The .com address is used largely by U.S. addresses. That would mean that American companies and individuals would pay more for their web names than any other country – and be paying a tax levied by a non-U.S. entity. Then again.. ICANN already considered this very thing some time ago, but found it unworkable within the United States.

As the naming governance goes global, censorship becomes a concern:

“If you hand over domain-name registration to someone who doesn’t want certain classes of domains registered, then you’re setting up a censorship structure,” said Bill Reinsch,president of the National Foreign Trade Council, which represents businesses.

A Little History

In 1997, the Clinton administration published a paper proposing the privatization of all aspects of internet management. The fundamental reason for the suggestion was that non-governmental self-regulation was important.

That reasoning was sufficient to spur the Department of Commerce into action and was so freedom-from-government sounding as to keep public alarm to a whisper.

In January of 1998, the Department of Commerce published it’s initial rule for public comment. This framework was based on the idea of one or more private entities taking over the basic functions of the internet and the DOC having regulatory authority over them all.

In June of 1998, the DOC pulled back it’s first rule and issued the one responsible for creating today’s ICANN that would:

1) preserve the stability with the Internet; 2) provide for competition in the registration of names; 3) provide for private sector bottom-up coordination; and 4) election and representation of the various constituencies.

Autumn of 1998 saw the birth of a 510(c)(3) non-profit named ICANN.

Recent Events

In October of 2013, the leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure globally met in Montevideo, Uruguay. They created the Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation:

  • They reinforced the importance of globally coherent Internet operations, and warned against Internet fragmentation at a national level. They expressed strong concern over the undermining of the trust and confidence of Internet users globally due to recent revelations of pervasive monitoring and surveillance.
  • They identified the need for ongoing effort to address Internet Governance challenges, and agreed to catalyze community-wide efforts towards the evolution of global multistakeholder Internet cooperation.
  • They called for accelerating the globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, towards an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate on an equal footing.
  • They also called for the transition to IPv6 to remain a top priority globally. In particular Internet content providers must serve content with both IPv4 and IPv6 services, in order to be fully reachable on the global Internet.

President and CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé, praised the statement and piled on praise for the globalization of internet naming:

The global community was definitely energized by that statement to start the march toward what I would call a working ecosystem of Internet governance that is rooted in two principles: first, that we want Internet governance in a distribute, polycentric way, as opposed to a centralized, top-down way; and, secondly, we’re moving Internet governance decidedly into a moment where all stakeholders are engaged.

Chehade’s remarks are positive and hard to rebuke, but … they are oddly similar to the ignored directives from 1998. Remember these from the top section:

1) preserve the stability with the Internet; 2) provide for competition in the registration of names; 3) provide for private sector bottom-up coordination; and 4) election and representation of the various constituencies.

First, competition in the registration of names has long been forgotten by ICANN. They strong-armed organizations like the NSI (an early naming provider) into oppressive contracts that would allow ICANN to destroy NSI on a whim.

Secondly, ICANN’s record on “private, bottom-up coordination looks more oppressive than cooperative:

What did ICANN do in response to the public comment it received and the global consensus against the stranglehold charter model proposed by CP80?  ICANN adopted the stranglehold charter model for noncommercial users, defying the unanimous public support expressed for the charter drafted by noncommercial users that was created through a consensus process.  The ICANN drafted charter forces noncommercial users into arbitrary and competing constituencies — and it does not permit them to vote as an entire stakeholder group, the one thing noncommercial users were clear in the comment period about needing for noncommercial users to have any chance of influencing policy at ICANN.

Lastly, fair election and represenatation has been questionable at best:

Specifically, beginning with the Seoul ICANN Meeting in October 2009, noncommercial users and commercial users are each supposed to have elected 6 representatives to the GNSO Council.  However, as a result of back channel lobbying by the commercial constituencies who lost the advantage in numbers of councilors, the 3 new GNSO Council seats that should have gone up for election to noncommercial users, will instead become board appointments in the initial term.  This shift raises concerns that the noncommercial GNSO Council appointments will neither be representative of nor accountable to noncommercial users (the purpose of an election).  Instead, the noncommercial council appointments become the subject of intense lobbying by commercial actors clawing to get those council seats back.

These last arguments might point out why ICANN should be globalized, but hearing that the new directives are just like the last… why does this move make that better?

What’s Next for Internet Names?

It’s hard to predict where internet governance will end up. In the hands of some non-UN, chimera of selfish nations, the internet could just get tied up while they argue over the scraps from America’s table.

Justifiable concerns exist over who decides when a domain is harmful and should be taken away from the current owner. If China doesn’t like a U.K. based “China-truth” blog, can it lobby to have their domain name stripped?

If ICANN get’s subsumed, taken over or otherwise nefariously-steered, Americans will likely create a new, U.S. owned naming organization and let the rest of the world turn ICANN into a schizophrenic mess.

Simply creating a new naming organization comes with its own issues. What if the internationally-controlled ICANN won’t recognize the new American naming group? Will non-American domain name servers recognize U.S. domain names? That could cut America off from the world – or more correctly, cut the world off from America.

Without the shining light on the hill visible to the internet’s billions – freedom may be the cost. Than again, maybe that’s the intent of this whole three-decade maneuver – all started with President Bill Clinton in 1997.

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Secretary_Kerry_Participates_in_the_TPP_Meeting_with_Nations'_Leaders_(10152830624)While the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been in the works for a decade, only recently has it become front-page news. What is it about the TPP that so many find objectionable?

What is the TPP trying to accomplish?

The TPP has been negotiated in near-secrecy for a decade so its exact aims are difficult to discern. Some key objectives have become public after materials were made public by infamous hacker organization WikiLeaks.

The agreement, in its current form, seems to protect the patents of large multi-nationals, creates an international tribunal that can order reparations on behalf of corporations and more.

Even better for global companies, the tribunal can order compensation for any lost profits found to result from a nation’s regulations. Philip Morris is using a similar provision against Uruguay (the provision appears in a bilateral trade treaty between Uruguay and Switzerland), claiming that Uruguay’s strong anti-smoking regulations unfairly diminish the company’s profits.

That tribunal we spoke of earlier can rule on corporation’s claims to be losing profits due to undue regulation. The nation’s may have little-to-no recourse. International law will over-rule.

Some oppose the international tribunal mentioned earlier because it be used by any participating nation’s companies to subvert regulations that Americans support. We don’t like horsemeat in our bologna or fox meat in our donkey meat (ok, that’s more a China thing, but you get the drift – and it could be our problem soon…) This pact could allow foreign companies to import unsafe or unsavory items into America – and U.S. consumers would never be the wiser. Heck, the foreign nations could petition the tribunal that U.S. regulations against fox, donkey, horse or … whatever meat are hurting their profits. raccoonAwesome! Who wouldn’t want some creamed raccoon in a jar for their babies?

It could also allow U.S.-based multi-nationals to get around regulations by claiming harm in the international tribunal – thereby over-stepping regulations on just about everything.

Who is involved in the TPP?

As of today, the agreement is being formed by twelve nations: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.

What is the History of the TPP?

In 2002, New Zealand, Chili and Singapore began trade talks as the P3 (Pacific 3) at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico. Brunei joined the negotiations in 2005 making it the P4.

Not until 2008 did the United States join discussions. President George W. Bush engaged the partnership to negotiate trade liberalisation on financial services. The first U.S. involvement in the negotiations was set to be at meetings in 2009.

Obama entered office in 2009 and announced that he was seeking a broader agreement. The 2009 conference was delayed until 2010.

At the 2010 conference, President Obama advanced a proposal to limit negotiations to completing by November 2011 – negotiations are still ongoing in 2015.

Why are the contents of the TPP so secret?

The question to worry all Americans – why are the specifics of the trade agreement being kept secret and why is Congress about to allow the President to negotiate a treaty without them?

There isn’t a benevolent reason anyone has come up with.

Sure, some defend the trade pact as a winner for unions, jobs, American exports, and making sure starving albino monkeys get their porridge.. or something. But that is the justification for pushing the agreement, not why it should be done in secret.

When governments do things in secret, it is either to conceal their intent from their enemies or to conceal the same thing from their own people. This isn’t about hiding anything from ISIS, Russia, North Korea or Iran – that leaves a taste in the mouth.. doesn’t it?

The administration, other nations and even analysts have offered no valid reason to keep the TPP secret, yet Congress (Democrat and Republican alike) are working to give the President fast track authority to approve the treaty – what could go wrong?

What is the Fast Track Authority Congress Wants to Give the President?

Fast track authority (aka Trade Promotion Authority) gives the President of the United States unilateral authority in negotiating a trade agreement.

Normally, Congress has amendment and filibuster capability that can be used to shape a trade agreement. With fast-track, they get only a “yes” or “no” vote – no adding or blocking amendments.. just vote one way or the other on the deal the President negotiates.

Born in 1974 in the Trade Act of 1974, it was advanced by a President consumed with power.  In the end, the provisions it enacted did little to protect Americans, their jobs or their health.

Report: ISIS to Attack USA Today 2pm

Vocativ, a media company that uses data-mining to dig up content from the deep-web, posted that it discovered a threat against the United States.

A group of hackers affiliated with ISIS are threatening to carry out a cyber attack—dubbed “Message to America”—against a number of targets 2 p.m. EST today. The targets were not identified on ISIS forums and social channels but the hackers are promising something “surprising” that “will frighten America”.

In an early morning tweet on Monday, ISIS-sympathizers promised an attack that will frighten America.

It is unclear whether this group is the same one that hacked into the United States Central Command in January.

The best translation of the tweet CDN has been able to procure:

Obar_klavh # # # Rabotth_alonsar soon Hecr_rabotth_alonsar offers you : Letter to America from the ground to the digital world

The Vocativ post does not offer direct proof of the threatened attack, just the tweet shown above.

April Employment Report: Jobs Situation Still Sucks

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their Employment Situation Report for April and there was no good news in it – at all.

The report pushed to the headline the usual artfully constructed numbers – last months job creation and the unemployment rate.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in April, and the 
unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today.

That’s great news right? I mean, in March we only created 126,000 jobs and 223 is bigger than 126! Not so fast.

Digging deeper, it’s clear that Americans are not finding jobs and that we’re getting smoke blown up our butts.

The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks increased by 241,000 
to 2.7 million in April. The number of long-term unemployed (those 
jobless for 27 weeks or more) changed little at 2.5 million, accounting 
for 29.0 percent of the unemployed.

The number of people unable to find a job in the short term increased by a quarter-of-a-million and the number of longer-term jobless stayed the same. Not sure where the good news is in those two numbers.

Some other quotes from the report indicate that things really aren’t getting better, which means they are still awful unless you’re a politician or already wealthy (isn’t that the same thing?) Ok, I digress here are the low points:

  • In April, the civilian labor force participation rate (62.8 percent) 
    changed little. Since April 2014, the participation rate has remained 
    within a narrow range of 62.7 percent to 62.9 percent.
  • The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes 
    referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed at 6.6 
    million in April
  • In April, 2.1 million persons were marginally attached to the labor 
    force, little changed over the year
  • Among the marginally attached, there were 756,000 discouraged workers 
    in April, little different from a year earlier.

How does an employment situation – that has changed little in the last year – get reported as good? The job market sucked a year ago. Now the report says it hasn’t changed – ergo – the job market still sucks!

The downward revisions of the previous month’s report is where the real bad news shows up.

the change for March was revised from +126,000 to +85,000 ... Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 191,000 per month.

March had already come in with some of the weakest numbers in awhile, now they’ve been revised down heavily. A 32% downward revision is nothing to sneeze at and may indicate that we are in for an equally-terrible adjustment for the numbers we got today.

If the same revision is applied to April’s figures, the new job creation number for last month would be 151,000 jobs created – and that would be waaayy under the 191,000 the BLS portrays as the average from the preceding 3 month period. Then again, they could always just seasonally adjust in some magical, otherwise non-existent, new jobs in the next report – because they’re from the government and they’re here to help.

Food Stamps Make People Fat

food_stamps-600x395A recent government study found that those on food stamps are more likely to be obese than those not taking the government assistance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture looked at data from 2007 through 2010, then compared average weights of those on food stamps — officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — to those who weren’t.

The findings, released on Tuesday, are striking. Food stamp recipients are far more likely to be obese than poor people who are eligible but don’t take the help. And they’re even more likely to be obese than those with higher incomes.

Fully 40% of food stamp recipients are obese, the study found, compared with just over 30% of those who don’t participate in the program.

The report also found that children of families on food stamps (SNAP) are also more likely to be obese.

What the report tells us is that the foods government-assistance recipients choose to buy with their benefits are not healthy or are in too great of a quantity. Clearly, no one on food stamps is starving.

What the report also indicates is that Michelle Obama may be targeting the wrong crowd with her school lunch program. The kids hate the food and are throwing it away by the ton, school lunch providers are skirting the rules just to keep kids fed and administrators are struggling under the increased cost of the undesirable foods.

Perhaps the first lady should turn her attention to the diets of food stamp recipients. Maybe they should only be able to buy the foods that her school lunch program allows.

No more french fries, sodas, burgers or pizza – just baked fish and veggies. If the first lady is serious about stopping obesity in America, and especially childhood obesity, this government report shows her exactly where to target.

Court to NSA: Phone Spying Illegal, but Keep Doing It

The NSA’s telephone data collection program is illegal according to a Federal Appeals Court, but the ruling does not require the government to shut it down.

a federal appeals court said the controversial program exceeds what Congress has allowed and urged lawmakers to step in.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan permitted the National Security Agency program to continue temporarily as it exists, and all but pleaded for Congress to better define where the boundaries exist.

The program in question collects “meta-data” from American’s private phone conversations. The program will sunset on June 1st, but many in Congress are pushing for a straight-up renewal of the Patriot Act that would include this data collection program.

While many privacy activists hail the court decision, ultimately, nothing happened. The case will likely have to proceed to the Supreme Court before the program is stopped.

Until then – the NSA is listening.

National Labor Relations Board Ambushing the Workplace [Video]

A new set of regulations allows for some pretty scary tactics by unions.

The new regulations allow “snap” elections, prohibit employers from presenting a competing case to unionization, forbids businesses from involving legal counsel and forces employers to turn over private information on workers.

While recent rulings prevent the NLRB from providing worker’s information to political groups or telemarketers, it doesn’t prevent the “in-bed-with-Democrats” unions from doing the same.

ISIS Threatens Pamela Geller, Her Security and Many Other American Targets

Two men attempted to interrupt a free speech event in Garland, Texas on Monday. The men were ISIS sympathizers, dressed in body armor and ready to die as martars. Instead, they just died.

Since then, a self-titled ISIS representative left a somewhat threatening letter on social media under the title “The New Era”:

To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is the Golden Era, everyone who believes… is running for Shaheed”.

The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.

We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.

The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu’mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face.

May Allah send His peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhummad and all those who follow until the last Day.

Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki

Maryland seems oddly familiar… oh yeah.. that’s where Baltimore is. Is this some tangential claim to having been responsible for burning down a CVS? Wow.. melting boxes of chocolates in the name of Allah – I’m sure he’s proud.

Then there’s the Clinton-like spinning of the Garland failure into a success when Al Ameriki says, “The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.” Um, ok,  the cop doesn’t think he shot them dead, he knows he shot them dead. Just because you were watching doesn’t make their evil mission to kill innocent people any more godly. It just means they’re dead and they got left in the middle of the road like dead animals for quite some time according to news reports.

Police in the U.S. carry guns and they are trained to use them. Heck a huge portion of Americans carry guns and are very adept at using them. Check your history on the revolutionary war Mr. Ameriki – we adapt to aggressor tactics better than any nation in history.

This is not Europe, where the average citizen has no way to protect themselves and, after decades of anti-gun laws, likely do not have the skills to manage it.

What’s even more ridiculous is that this “leader of men” is angry about … a cartoon. Then again, they stone women that don’t do what they want.

America is a different nation – a country others look up to for its freedoms, opportunities and understanding. As long as progressives are unable to limit the freedoms the bill of rights affords Americans, U.S. Citizens will continue to thwart simple men like Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki.

Besides, this is America, and we have Chuck Norris.. so there!

Greece Considers Cash Withdrawal Tax – Could it Happen Here?

Greece has revealed it is to introduce a surcharge for all cashpoint withdrawals and financial transactions in a desperate attempt to prevent citizens withdrawing their money from the country’s beleaguered banks.

Let that sink-in. The government is taxing people if they choose to withdraw their own money!

Greek citizens were taxed when they made the money. They got taxed on any money their money made (interest.) Now the government is making a last ditch effort to slow the run on the banks by taxing the people’s money if the people decide they’d like to keep it.

Greece would not need this new tax if they had not just elected an anti-austerity government that has spent months thumbing its nose at the EU nations that had lent is so much money.

As the Greek economy teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, millions of panicking citizens have completely cleared their accounts – pulling more than €28 billion out of banks and pushing the total cash revenue held in the country’s financial institutions to a 10-year low.

The question is, could it happen in America? And the answer is YES – easily.

Many Americans keep precious little cash on them and even less in personal stores (outside banks.)

Recently the largest American banks are telling customers that they can neither store cash in safe deposit boxes or use cash to pay bills owed to the bank.

Deflation is the most-urgent concern of the Fed, which is why several re-wordings, interest rates have stayed scarily near zero.

It won’t take much of an alarm to scare U.S. account holders into pulling their cash from the bank. In a fractional reserve system – that spells trouble.

To avoid a bank run, the Fed could push for regulations making it too expensive to withdraw cash – the Greek withdrawal tax being an excellent example. More than likely, this would start a panic and a 1930’s -style bank run.

Shooting at Muhammad Cartoon Drawing Event in Texas

Eerily reminiscent of the Muhamad revenge attack in Paris, two gunmen in a vehicle fired several shots at security at a Muhamad art contest near Dallas, TX.

The City of Garland said that the men drove up in a vehicle and began shooting at a security guard in front of the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, TX.

Both gunmen were killed when local police returned fire and one security card was treated for a gunshot to the ankle. The security guard has since been released and is expected to recover fully.

The gun men used twitter to announce their attack shortly before it began and an suspected ISIS-related account praised it just after it occurred.

The center was hosting an event sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative that was giving $10,000 for the best cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.

The gunmen were left in the street for sometime after the failed attack as local officials were concerned about possible explosives on or around the bodies.

Liberal Tool Responds to NYPD Officer Getting Shot

NYPD Sargent Brian Moore was put into a medically-induced coma on Saturday after suffering gunshots to the head and chest.

Reaction from the local community was largely an outpouring of support, but one twitter user just couldn’t resist the urge to tie these events to the ongoing protests.

The suspect is in custody due to be arraigned on attempted murder charges. There is currently no official word that the shooting is tied to the Freddie Gray protests.

Sgt. Moore is in stable condition this morning. Sgt. Moore passed away Monday, May 4th, 2015.

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