Presidents, generals and a dearth of good leaders

The American culture and many of the nation’s most important institutions changed drastically in the 1960s. The Me Generation — the young men and women of that decade — were more inclined to be arrogant, self-centered and driven by wealth and individual accolades. That generation was largely given the responsibility to make America greater. And no two institutions failed more miserably at this than the U.S. Army and our elected leaders.

The origins for the decline of the military and government came about in the 1960s with the tidal wave of social change and the lost war in Vietnam. It started a period of being nonjudgmental regardless of the costs, both with high-ranking military officers conducting wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan or political leaders whose constant focus is on their re-election or building their legacy.

Woman sues Carlsbad, California, police for abuse

Questioning the actions of the badge-wearing lords in blue can be hazardous to your health, as a Valencia, California, woman learned.

Cindy Hahn claims that in July 2013 when she walked up on a Carlsbad police officer standing next to vehicle with its doors open and an alarm blaring and asked him what was going on, he cursed her and told her to mind her own business. Stunned by the impertinent response, she began recording the officer, who continued to curse her.

After a listening to the verbal abuse for some time, she decided to call the thug’s boss and report him. After making the phone call, she left the scene.

Moments later, the abusive thug in blue pulled her over, citing a seat belt violation.

Hahn says the officer dragged her from the car and pinned her to the ground. Additional officers arrived quickly and jumped into the fray, with one punching her in the head and face repeatedly while she was pinned to the ground.

America Is Done: Only 29 Percent Of Americans Want To Cut Off Funding For Planned Parenthood

Tattered American Flag - Public DomainI recently came across one of the saddest statistics that I have ever seen in my entire life.  Less than a week ago, I was roaming around Denver International Airport and I decided to pick up a copy of USA Today and catch up with what was going on in the world.  As I read the paper, one particular story really grabbed my attention.  A poll had been taken to find out how Americans felt about potentially cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  I figured that it would be pretty close to 50/50, and considering all of the revelations that have come out in recent months I wouldn’t have even been surprised if a majority of Americans wanted to defund the organization.  Well, it turns out that the survey discovered that Americans are against cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood by a more than two to one margin.  Here is an excerpt from that USA Today article

Electromagnetic Pulse: One Day We Will Wake Up In An America Without Electricity And Society Will Totally Break Down

Electromagnetic Pulse - Public DomainWhat would you do if the power grid went down and never came back up?  One of these days, and it could be a lot sooner than most people think, we will all wake up in a country without electricity.  And considering how utterly dependent we have become on technology, that is a very frightening scenario to consider.  How would Americans react if nothing worked?  Just imagine a world where everything electronic is dead.  I am talking about lights, cell phones, computers, televisions, ATMs, heating and cooling systems, credit card readers, gas pumps, cash registers, refrigerators, hospital equipment etc.  When the power goes out for a few hours, that can be a major inconvenience, but what if it went out all over the nation and it didn’t come back on for months or even years?  This is one of the greatest potential threats that the United States is facing, and yet very few people are even talking about it.

This government privacy grab doesn’t require a warrant

The recent exposure of a Secret Service plot to undermine the reputation of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has brought the use of administrative subpoenas back into the spotlight. It’s a shame that light will soon dissipate.

What are administrative subpoenas? They’re easy-to-obtain government authorizations to snoop into your records: phone, Internet, financial history and more. They empower law enforcement to gather information about you — without your ever knowing — from “just about any entity that you choose to conduct business with,” as Sam Rolley wrote in 2012.

The Washington Post picked up on the use of an administrative subpoena to expose those who were gunning for Chaffetz. And, while the outcome in Chaffetz’s case was good for him, the means used to achieve that outcome are anything but.

From The Post:

The fall of Monsanto? Lawyers say agribusiness giant hid research on carcinogens in Roundup

Lawsuits filed by a U.S. farmworker and a horticultural assistant charge that agribusiness giant Monsanto misled the public and regulators about cancer-causing compounds in its flagship Roundup herbicide.

In March, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported that a scientific investigation into glyphosate, Roundups primary ingredient, revealed the chemical to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Enrique Rubio, a 58-year-old former farmworker whose duties included spraying fields with Roundup, has since filed suit against Monsanto, claiming that the bone cancer he was diagnosed with in 1995 resulted from working with the product.

Attorney Robin Greenwald, who filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Sept. 22, said she expects a barrage of similar complaints to follow.

“I believe there will be hundreds of lawsuits brought over time,” said Greenwald.

U.S. government will have no money to spend on military, infrastructure by 2027

If the government continues spending taxpayer money on entitlements and running up debts with reckless abandon, there will be no revenue to fund infrastructure, education, the military or any other government operations as soon as 2027.

That’s according to a recent Congressional Budget Office report cited by Rep. David Brat (R-Va.) during a recent appearance on C-SPAN.

“There won’t be a dollar left to run government, military, roads, education, all the things folks want,” Brat told viewers.

“In the short run you just can’t spend more than you have and every family knows that, every firm knows that,” he continued. “Firms are firing people right now instead of hiring because they can’t meet payroll. So that’s how the real world works and the only place it doesn’t work like that is up here.”

According to the CBO’s findings, Washington has only increased the nation’s dangerous levels of government spending in the years since the recession ended.

Minnesota schools hire ‘recess consultant’ to make sure no one loses

Maybe we’re in the wrong profession. Maybe today’s sad culture of helicopter parenting, think-of-the-children nanny statism and no-losers inclusiveness is actually a rich breeding ground for capitalist opportunism.

Take the public school district in Edina, Minnesota.

Worried that recess time was leaving kids open to explore the natural laws that govern human behavior with minimal regard for winners, losers and hurt feelings, administrators at a pair of Edina elementary schools came up with a solution: pay somebody to tell them how to structure the kids’ interactions during recess.

Sounds like a nice gig … if you don’t mind having a hand in shaping resilient young children into entitled, clueless grown-ups.

Concord and Normandale Elementary schools, both part of the Edina Public School system, have retained the services of a company called Playworks — and ensured, in the process, that there will be no hard-knocks lessons learned during the kids’ few cherished moments of unfettered freedom.

Snowden outlines government cellphone hacking tools, says he’s willing to do time in U.S.

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said Monday that he’s willing to return to the U.S. and serve time in prison but won’t allow the government to use him to punish other whistleblowers.

“I’ve volunteered to go to prison with the government many times,” Snowden told the BBC’s Panorama.

Snowden fled the U.S. after leaking sensitive information about the NSA that outraged the public. He’s currently in Russia.

“What I won’t do is I won’t serve as a deterrent to people trying to do the right thing in difficult situations,” Snowden said.

The NSA leaker told the BBC that the U.S. Department of Justice has yet to respond to his offer.

Despite his willingness to pay the price for leaking U.S. secrets, Snowden hasn’t softened his criticism of government surveillance efforts.

The whistleblower outlined a number of spy tools used by the British GCHQ intelligence agency, which shares assets with the United States’ NSA.

Why don’t we accept more Christian refugees?

The Obama administration says it wants to begin accepting another 100,000 refugees from the Middle East. The stories of bloodshed, beheadings and other acts of barbarism by the Islamic State and other Muslim terrorists are absolutely horrifying. So, of course, most Americans want to be as generous and helpful as possible.

Why then would the United States want to deport refugees from the Middle East who managed to make it to this country?

That is what is happening to a group of 20 people who fled the Islamic State in Iraq and made it to the United States. But these people weren’t Muslims; they are Christians. And even though they have family members and church leaders in the San Diego area who will vouch for them, customs officials want to deport them.

What will happen next in the Syrian crisis?

The Syrian crisis and the confluence of clashing interests there was entirely predictable. I wrote an article in 2010 outlining the potential for Syria as a high value catalyst for global conflict in an article titled “Will globalists trigger yet another world war?”

In it, I summarized the dubious history of wars initiated over the past century, including the nature of false flags and false paradigms created by globalists designed to divide nations and peoples and turn them against each other. This strategy of engineered war (along with engineered economic collapse) has been used time and time again by the elites to artificially generate chaos and then consolidate and centralize power while the masses are blinded by confusion.

Even back then, the problem with Syria seemed obvious:

Chemicals are behind the growing obesity and diabetes epidemic

There is a growing body of evidence that two of the main health threats people are facing today — obesity and diabetes — are linked to exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

Known EDCs include bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in the linings of food cans and on cash register receipts, and phthalates, which are found in plastics, cosmetics flame retardants (as used on clothing and bedding) and in pesticides. These EDCs have been connect4ed to infertility, hormone-related cancers, neurological issues and other health problems.

But their link to obesity and diabetes is the focus of a scientific statement issued by the Endocrine Society last month. According to the statement, which is based on years of research into EDCs, these chemicals are so common that every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more of them. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology states that EDC exposure is costing the EU $209 billion a year in healthcare expenses and lost productivity.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Permanently Locking In The Obama Agenda For 40 Percent Of The Global Economy

Obama LaughingWe have just witnessed one of the most significant steps toward a one world economic system that we have ever seen.  Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been completed, and if approved it will create the largest trading bloc on the planet.  But this is not just a trade agreement.  In this treaty, Barack Obama has thrown in all sorts of things that he never would have been able to get through Congress otherwise.  And once this treaty is approved, it will be exceedingly difficult to ever make changes to it.  So essentially what is happening is that the Obama agenda is being permanently locked in for 40 percent of the global economy.

The United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam all intend to sign on to this insidious plan.  Collectively, these nations have a total population of about 800 million people and a combined GDP of approximately 28 trillion dollars.

Stock Market Crash October 2015? 9 Of The 16 Largest Crashes In History Have Come This Month

Crash Warning Danger SignThe worst stock market crashes in U.S. history have come during the month of October.  There is just something about this time of the year that seems to be conducive to financial panic.  For example, on October 28th, 1929 the biggest stock market crash in U.S. history up until that time helped usher in the Great Depression of the 1930s.  And the largest percentage crash in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average by a very wide margin happened on October 19th, 1987.  Overall, 9 of the 16 largest single day percentage crashes that we have ever seen happened during the month of October.  Of course that does not mean that something will happen this October, but after what we just witnessed in September we should all be on alert.

First Carson, now Carly: Megadonors get ‘serious’ about surging Fiorina

As the Republican Party’s power structure wraps its head around the fact its favored candidates are lagging far behind the political outsiders in nearly every presidential primary poll, megadonors are waking to the same reality. And that’s adding both legitimacy, and the threat of going full establishment, to the newcomers’ burgeoning campaigns.

Last week it was Ben Carson’s turn to entertain overtures from the big money. Now, it’s Carly Fiorina’s turn.

“Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign,” Reuters reported Sunday.

“Fiorina’s show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a ‘serious look’ at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers.”

Residents of Roseburg, Oregon, defend 2nd Amendment, blast Obama in wake of shooting

A lot of people in Roseburg, Oregon, see a solution to violence in gun-free zones — one that’s very different from the one pushed by progressives who’ve swept in to make political hay of the latest tragedy.

In Roseburg, the small, politically conservative city where a man killed nine people — apparently in a rampage that targeted Christians — at Umpqua Community College, firearm ownership is a way of life.

Following last week’s murders, few people there have expressed any desire for that to change. In fact, those who’ve spoken out about the killings say the answer lies in greater 2nd Amendment freedom — not gun control.

“Interviews with almost a dozen [Roseburg] residents on Friday yielded unanimity — even in the queue of people lining up to donate blood at a tent set up downtown,” Britain’s The Guardian reported.

What Obama didn’t say in his gun-grabbing rant

For the elected and bureaucrat class, there is no problem that cannot be fixed by yet another law. If one law is in place to prevent a thing and the thing occurs anyway, two more will certainly do the trick.

If three laws don’t stop it, three more surely will. If six laws aren’t enough, surely one — or six — more is enough.

This is the way liberty is lost, one law at a time. One law leads to another and another and another. And then, one day, a once-free nation finds itself in bondage.

It’s called gradualism. It’s a time-honored practice of the ruling class. They are content to set events in motion knowing they will not come to fruition in their lifetime, but will mature 50 years or 100 years down the road.

Preview Of World War III? Russia Is Putting On A Display Of Firepower That Is Shocking The World

Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-34 - Photo from Mil.ruThe Russians have unleashed their own version of “shock and awe” in Syria, and the brutal efficiency of their airstrikes against ISIS targets has stunned many observers around the globe.  For more than a year, the Obama administration has claimed that its bombing campaign in Syria has been a “success”, and yet ISIS has continued to grow stronger and gain more territory.  But now just over a few days the tide of the conflict appears to have turned.  The whole world has gotten a chance to see what a global superpower can truly do to a bunch of radical Islamic terrorists when it is focused and determined.  The images that we have seen of hardened ISIS command centers being wiped off the face of the map by Russian bombs are truly impressive.  But why did those targets still exist in the first place?  Was the U.S. military unable to identify them previously?  Or could it be possible that the Obama administration did not want to hit them?

Right Now There Are 102.6 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have A Job

Unemployed Man - Public DomainThe federal government uses very carefully manipulated numbers to cover up the crushing economic depression that is going on in this nation.  For the month of September, the federal government told us that 142,000 jobs were added to the economy.  If that was actually true, that would barely be enough to keep up with population growth.  Sadly, the truth is that the real numbers were actually far worse than that.  The unadjusted numbers show that the U.S. economy actually lost 248,000 jobs in September and the government added more than a million Americans to the “not in the labor force” category.  When I first saw that number I truly believed that it was inaccurate.  But you can find the raw figures right here.  According to the Obama administration, there are currently 7.9 million Americans that are “officially unemployed” and another 94.7 million working age Americans that are “not in the labor force”.  That gives us a grand total of 102.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.

Yes, This Is A Financial Crisis – 11 TRILLION Dollars In Stock Market Wealth Was Wiped Out In The 3rd Quarter

Dollars - Public DomainDid you know that 11 trillion dollars in global stock market wealth was wiped out during the third quarter of 2015?  When I was emailed this figure by a friend, I was stunned for a moment.  I knew that things were bad, but were they really this bad? When I first received this information, I had just finished a taping for a television show in which I had boldly declared that 5 trillion dollars of stock market wealth had been wiped out around the world.  Unfortunately, the final number has turned out to be much larger than that.  Over the past three months, the stock markets of all major global economies have been crashing simultaneously, and 11 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has now completely vanished.  The following comes from Fortune

Global equity markets suffered a bruising third quarter, shedding $11 trillion worth of global shares over three months, according to Bloomberg.