Root Cause of the “Income Equality” Crisis — The Federal Reserve’s Monetary Policy

The latest political slogan is “income equality.” Various news outlets report that the rich are getting richer and poor getting poorer. Various politicians cry out for more government intervention, more government programs and expanded government funding to address this national crisis. Cries are heard daily from politicians to raise the minimum wage.

But who is really behind this growing income inequality crisis? According to one monetary policy expert it is the U.S. Federal Reserve.

James Rickards in his book “The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System” explains how this has happened in America and will happen again. Rickards writes, “Critics from Richard Cantillon in the early eighteenth century to V.I. Lenin and John Maynard Keynes in the twentieth have been unanimous in their view that inflation is the stealth destroyer of savings, capital, and economic growth.”

Rickards warns, “Inflation often begins imperceptibly and gains a foothold before it is recognized. This lag in comprehension, important to central banks, is called money illusion, a phrase that refers to a perception that real wealth is being created, so that Keynesian ‘animal spirits’ are aroused. Only later is it discovered that bankers and astute investors captured the wealth, and everyday citizens are left with devalued savings, pensions and life insurance.” [Emphasis mine]

Rickards finds that the 1960s and 1970s are “a good case study in money illusion.” “Two lessons from the 1960s and 1970s are highly pertinent today. The first is that inflation can gain substantial momentum before the general public notices it… Second, once inflation perceptions shift, they are extremely difficult to reset,” states Rickards.

Is the Federal Reserve contributing to a money illusion?

According to Rickards, “[S]ince 2008 the Federal Reserve has printed over $3 trillion of new money, but without stoking much inflation in the United States. Still, the Fed has set an inflation target of at least 2.5 percent, possibly higher, and will not relent in printing money until that target is achieved. The Fed sees inflation as a way to dilute the real value of U.S. debt and avoid the specter of deflation. There in lies a major risk.” [Emphasis mine]

Rickards notes history tells is, “[A] feedback loop will emerge in which higher inflation leads to higher inflation expectations, to even higher inflation, and so on. The Fed will not be able to arrest this feedback loop because its dynamic is a function not of monetary policy but of human behavior.”

Rickards predicts:

  1. Skyrocketing gold prices and a crashing dollar;
  2. Russian, China and the International Monetary Fund will stand ready with gold and SDRs, not dollars, to provide a new reserve asset; and
  3. When the dollar next falls from the high wire, there will be no safety net.

Richards in his book notes, “The coming collapse of the dollar and the international monetary system is entirely foreseeable… The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past century – in 1914, 1939 and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a tumultuous period.”

Santelli-Rick-rant-chart-July-2014-300x157Rick Santelli explains what he believes is happening in the U.S. today. Brian Maloney from MediaEqualizer.com writes: “So what exactly are his [Santelli’s] points? It’s actually simple.” (see chart right):

  1. By keeping interest rates artificially low, the Janet Yellen led Federal Reserve has encouraged reckless government borrowing and spending while crushing savers, especially America’s retirees.
  2. The Fed has focused all its efforts on making the rich even richer through Quantitative Easing while working people suffer and are ignored by Washington’s elite.

Who wins and who loses when there is another financial crisis like the DOT.com bust in 2000 and the housing crisis of 2008? The winners are the bankers and savey investors (the 1%) and their political allies. The losers left holding the bag are citizens living on Main Street U.S.A.

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Florida is a Top Ten State for Central American Illegal Settlement (infographic)

Nicole Rusenko, a senior designer at The Heritage Foundation, and Kelsey Harris, the visual editor at The Daily Signal, created an infographic that tells the immigration story. Note on the infographic that Florida is one of the top states for Central American illegals to migrate. There has been a 234% increase in illegals from Guatemala, Salvador and Honduras.

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For a larger printable version click on the image.

The 2% Solution: How Homosexuals are Fundamentally Transforming America

Of the total U.S. population only 1.6% identify themselves as homosexual or lesbian according to the National Health Interview Survey, the U.S. government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors. The study found that 0.7 percent of Americans consider themselves bisexual.

So, how are homosexuals fundamentally transforming America? They are “sloseting” the 98.4% who are straight. They also have helpers in very high places.

The Urban Dictionary defines sloset as “an exceedingly lost and/or stupified person. Also; a person lost in a closet, a state of utter lostness.” It was not enough for homosexuals to come out of the closet, homosexuals had to put those who are straight into a closet of utter lostness. Homosexuals are creating an ever growing number of “slosets.” If you speak out against homosexuality you are labeled, denigrated and in some cases fired from your job.

I call this the 2% solution: Keep attacking those who are revolted by homosexual behavior, thereby creating more stupified straights.

AFP reports:

HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection.”

“We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO’s HIV department.

Infection rates are rising again among men who have sex with men — the group at the epicentre of AIDS pandemic when it first emerged 33 years ago, he told reporters in Geneva.

While images of skeletal men dying of AIDS in the 1980s pushed the world to act, a younger generation that has grown up among new treatments that make it possible to live with HIV are less focused on the disease, he suggested.

Today, this group is 19 times more likely than the general population to be infected by HIV, Hirnschall said.

This is not a prophylactic problem. This HIV pandemic is a sexual behavior problem. The WHO has the wrong focus. The issue is not to provide antiretroviral drugs so that homosexuals can continue their deadly sexual behaviors. It is critical to change their behavior, by doing so you reduce the health threat globally.

Every society has a responsibility to stop homosexuality, it will help those who exhibit this bad behavior and those who homosexuals may come in contact with, particularly young boys. Homosexuals are a danger to themselves and those they have sex with, male and female alike. In Florida 70% of know HIV/AIDS cases are due to males having sex with males (MSM). The question is how many women have been infected by bisexual men?

Homosexuals have friends in very high places. The top three are: President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Democrat candidate of president) and current Secretary of State John Kerry. Each is in his or her own way are promoting homosexual and lesbian friendly policies. Homosexuality has become not only a national domestic social policy, it is the major thrust of U.S. foreign policy.

According to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, “To date, the Obama-Biden Administration has appointed more than 250 openly LGBT professionals to full-time and advisory positions in the executive branch; more than all known LGBT appointments of other presidential administrations combined.”

President Obama in a speech at the June 17th, 2014 Democrat National Committee LGBT gala noted, “Maybe no single issue divided our country more than same-sex marriage.  In fact, the Republican Party built their entire strategy for 2004 around this issue.  You remember?  They calculated that if they put constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage on state ballots, they’d turn out more voters, they’d win.  And they, frankly, were right.  People flocked to the polls.  Those amendments were on the ballots in 11 states.  They passed in every single one.”

Now we have activist judges overturning the will of the people in those states, which via constitutional amendments, have defined marriage as between one man and one woman,  the most recent in Florida.

There is push back against the “slosetification” of America and the world. Take Singapore for example. The Associated Press reports, “A children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state’s information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles. The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled from the shelves and said it would “pulp” the copies of three titles, citing complaints their content goes against Singapore’s family values.”

The three books are “And Tango Makes Three,” about a male-male penguin couple in the Central Park Zoo; “The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption,” which involves a lesbian couple; and “Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families.” Parents are speaking out against these books being used in public schools across America.

It is important for homosexuals and lesbian to slosetfy our children. Homosexuals love little boys, it is called pederasty. All pederasts are homosexuals.

Have you been slosetfied? If so, then you need to come out of the closet and work against the less than 2% who are forcing their behavior upon you and your children.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of The Washington Post.

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Obamacare Must Be Repealed

While the issue of immigration is uppermost in people’s minds right now, it is likely at this point halfway through his second term that President Obama will be identified by historians most closely with his signature, namesake legislation, the Affordable Patient Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

They will do so for two reasons; that he lied to everyone about it and it has been a failure in countless ways from the moment its website was introduced.

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For a larger view click on the image. Graphic courtesy of The Peoples Cube.

In April PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times, announced the “most significant falsehood of the year” and it came as no surprise it was “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” An April Fox News poll revealed that 61% of respondents said the Obama lies at least some of the time on important issues. Only 15% thought he was completely truthful.

By July 2 a Quinnipiac University poll announced that its survey had determined that 33% of the respondents believed Obama was the “Worst President Since WWII.” The poll also revealed that between 54% and 44% believed the Obama administration was not competent to run the government.

If you want proof of that, you need only follow the horror story of Obamacare.

In September 2013, prior to Obamacare’s implementation the following month, Daniel Henninger, a Wall Street Journal columnist, wisely noted that “Obamacare is the biggest bet that American liberalism has made in 80 years on its fundamental beliefs. This thing called ‘Obamacare’ carries on its back all the justifications, hopes and dreams of the entitlement state.”

“If Obamacare fails, or seriously falters, the entitlement state will suffer a historic loss of credibility with the American people” adding that “only the American people can kill Obamacare.”

The great Prohibition experiment was killed by the American people and it took a Constitutional amendment to do it. It was a monumental failure.

I would be remiss if I did not point out that no Republican voted for Obamacare. It was entirely a Democratic Party creation, one it has wanted going back to the creation of Medicare and Medicaid.

What Americans have learned in the short time since Obamacare has been implemented is that virtually everything they were told about it was and is a lie.

People who were insured lost their health plan—six million had been cancelled by May, nor could they keep their doctor because many health care plans sold on federal and state exchanges have a limited number of in-network physicians from whom to choose. The costs of Obamacare plans costs are frequently in excess of those from the previous free market and include elements that do not fit the age or sex of those who sign up, such as maternity coverage for women beyond childbearing age.

Obamacare exists because the Supreme Court deemed it to be a “tax”, but it is demonstrably unconstitutional insofar as it represents the mandate of the federal government that everyone buy something that they may not want and, more importantly, cannot afford. When the government can tell you what you must buy, you are no longer living in a free society.

Sharyl Attkisson, writing in Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, reported one source as saying, “In general healthy people are paying more and unhealthy people are paying less.” There isn’t even a “smidgen” of fairness in this.

At no point before or since its inception has the Obama administration told the truth about any aspect of Obamacare, particularly how many legitimate enrollments there have been thus far. In April the number cited was eight million. Attkisson reported that observers immediately pointed out that “the figure is overstated because it counted people who weren’t actually covered because they hadn’t paid their premiums. That actual enrollment was likely closer to between 6.4 and 6.8 million, both below the eight million figure and the stated target of seven million.”

Arnold Ahlert, writing for CanadaFreePress.com, noted in early July that “A pair of reports released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General reveal ‘internal’ controls for evaluating healthcare applications are ineffective, and 85% of 2.9 million data ‘inconsistencies’ on Obamacare applications cannot be resolved, even after nine months of attempting to do so.” Not only did many of the 39 state exchanges fail to work, but the enrollments are plagued with evidence of both data errors and fraud.

Obamacare - Lipstick on a PigObamacare is so flawed that the President has had to unilaterally and unconstitutionally step in to alter the terms of the law thus far. That is an impeachable offense.

Obamacare is a massive travesty and, hidden below the headlines is the fact that the failures inherent in its implementation are causing some to die because of bureaucratic delays encountered while waiting to receive the care their plans are supposed to provide, if they were even able to secure a plan.

The election in November of enough Republicans to control the Senate and an increase in the House would permit them to act upon the numerous bills the House has passed to end Obamacare and which are blocked in the Senate by Harry Reid, its Majority Leader. Ending Obamacare would truly be a blessing for all Americans.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

America’s poly-drug drift to “The world’s only fully industrialized Third World Nation”

Assassin: Word History Date of Origin 17th century:

Etymologically, an assassin is an ‘eater or smoker of hashish’, the drug cannabis. Arabic for ‘hashish-eater’ .One who kills for political or religious rather than personal motives.

In 1989 Secretary of Education Lauro Cavazos said, “We are in danger of becoming the world’s only fully industrialized Third World nation.” What does the ancient “assassin” etymology mean for today’s “medical marijuana” experiment, legal in fifteen states, Washington DC., and counting. I will here, patient reader, briefly tease out marijuana, pornography and sex trafficking as the industrialization of Third World religiosity.

My pot interest began in 1978, reading “Qat’s Cradle,” in Human Behavior. The U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare paid two jolly UCLA researchers to live two years in the Yemen Arab Republic studying, “What would life be like in a total drug culture?” The two reported a lethargic nation that grew a single crop–marijuana/qat—and that experienced widespread malnourishment, impoverishment and infant mortality. Everyone used.

Students chew liberally …. Children chew qat starting at seven or eight years of age … women …. have their own qat parties …. taxi drivers chew ..Politicians chew with politicians; religious leaders and scholars chew with their groups. Qat chewing even plays a role in the highest government circles.

From their two year long sojourn, our happy grantees concluded Americans should emulate this drug culture for Yemenites, they said, remain part of the “world economy.” The authors note Yemenite qat chewing as 400 years old. In the 19th century a traveler tried it and wrote:

The Yamini [sic] can go or several days without food, but not a single day without qat. Men and women and children, they all use it.

So, as conservative lawyers and ministers currently argue for pot legality, kindly stay with me on this. Drug apostles, “philanthropic” millionaires like Hugh Hefner, and billionaires like Peter Lewis, George Soros and similar venture capitalists financed marijuana legalization. Remember, before victims legally exposed big tobacco’s death rates and alcohol’s drunk-driving record, both industries controlled all mainline media. These “harms” emerged only after juries awarded millions to industry/advertising victims. Anticipate similar media censorship of pot harms.

Instead of the tragic Third World history of pot, we get pricey advertorials like the feature film, “It’s Complicated” where one film critic gushed, “director Nancy Meyers, and actors Meryl Streep, Steve Martin” and Alec Baldwin deserve awards for making marijuana “acceptable” in pop culture.

Sorry. When a hot new product gets “used” in a film, that is called an “advertorial” and it used to be illegitimate. The “using” star, director, writer, etc, commonly receives mucho gold to hawk the item—especially when it is supported by billions. GQ says:

I guess it began the moment medical-marijuana advocates began equating pot with something healthful and people started actually believing them….to treat nausea and headaches….

The GQ author says making it “healthy” sold pot, since folks think it’s no “more dangerous, than a bottle of spirulina…” Huffington Press’s Jason Silva says the “It’s Complicated” showed “successful, cosmopolitan adults enjoying a marijuana joint with no consequences.”

Well, if Streep, Martin and Baldwin’s pot acting promo didn’t pay more than their film salary their agents should be replaced forth with. Writing as though he is stoned, Silva adds, “Our 10,000 year relationship with cannabis can now exist without shame or rebellion. There are now more marijuana dispensaries in L.A. than there are Starbucks.”

Our” 10,000 year relationship with hashish? Americans? Silva shouldn’t smoke.

Our” cannabis “relationship,” roughly 50 years, was largely among criminals and then young, “educated” spoiled sex and drug rebels (see Woodstock’s shagged out chaos).

With U.S. marijuana use declining consistently “since the mid-1990s,” pot investors needed to lunch a media weed blitzkrieg with pricey celebrities snorting, (oops toking) in feature films like, “It’s Complicated,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” “[C]inema’s stoned age. Films featuring characters using marijuana have mushroomed.” says The Christian Science Monitor.

Silva reports, moms are “lighting up joints in Bryn Mawr and Squirrel Hill….Just ask Lisa….who works for a financial institution.” (She handles my money?) Lisa relaxes “with a joint” at night while the kiddos sleep.

Isn’t that inspiring? However, the Judeo-Christian religious proscriptions against mind altering drugs would have allowed “Lisa” and the Bryn Mar moms those leisurely swims in their back yard pools while their Third World sisters must still haul water from the well.

Remember, generations of Third World cultures relaxed “with a joint.” Arguably these “joints,” supported by religious worldviews, have kept its people impoverished.

Until recently, alcohol, relatively costly, morally proscribed (remember prohibition?) and water-soluble was the only intoxicant readily available to the Western masses.

Odysseus reported in The Odyssey, that the land of the “Lotus Eaters” induced a timeless drugged stupor. In The War on Drugs, researcher James Inciardi writes:

[R]eferences to marijuana appear in early Persian, Hindu, Greek, Arab and Chinese writings [and] chewing of coca had already been in Inca mythology for centuries.5

Despite rich national resources, indigenous peoples; Central Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Jamaica, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Fiji, etc, generally live in dire poverty with cultural acceptance of drugs always filtering down to children.

Marijuana and betel nut are common in most of Egypt and Asia. The Cree Indians tolerate harsh labor by chewing and brewing calamus or “rat root, 6 while Central Mexico to Costa Rica, hashish and thle-pela-kano (“Leaf of God”) keep the natives in bondage. Opium, heroin, hash oil and hashish are indigenously Asian. 10 Hashish controls people in North Africa, Pakistan to Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Nepal.

Nepal’s life expectancy, like other Third World countries, teeters at about 50 years of age along with its annual per capita income in 2010 of $1,250.[11]

Indigenous drugs produce poverty, early mortality and illiteracy, and largely explain what the west calls amotivational syndrome. All adult use always leaves children vulnerable to vile abuse, from entrapment into prostitution to parental sale of their children.

Globally, men increasingly promote drug use by spouse and consort to get more dangerous sex acts and to recruit and control prostitutes and now, to create pornography. Drug use is directly associated with increased rates of myriad venereal diseases including AIDS (due to promiscuity, vaginal, oral and anal sex, rape, etc), unmarried births, infanticide and abortion.

Returning to the definition of “Assassin,” survivors speaking at the Liberty University Law School symposium on Genocide and the Holocaust (February 14, 2011) described the blood curdling public massacres in Rwanda. It turns out that marijuana played a role in that wholesale slaughter. Perhaps the effects of grass, or poly drug use, is not always as “laid back” as affluent Merel Streep’s acting demonstrated.

An official report on “Six rapid assessments of alcohol and other substance use in populations displaced by conflict” identifies “alcohol, khat, benzodiazepine, opiate, and other substance use” as part of heinous massacres and “gender-based violence” in Rwanda and other warring nations:

“People who take drugs get reckless…. Alcohol and cannabis were….widely consumed by men and women of all ages…Cannabis was typically smoked….Ex-combatants and their friends are typically perceived as the main sellers and users of cannabis….to be brave and strong to fight or just to meet their everyday difficulties…to stop the bad dreams.”

Substance use….[caused] violence, particularly gender-based violence….fear of substances and crime – associated with ex-combatants – pervaded Monrovia.

In addition, combat….may promote use “to dull their fears and anxieties and to commit heinous atrocities”….[They used] opiates (mainly opium), cannabis (hashish) and tranquilisers….[Men used] hashish….tranquilisers were used by women….. one third of the women interviewed said that they knew someone who had a serious problem with hashish and gave accounts of domestic violence associated with its use.…Women….[gave] opium to children to keep them quiet….traditional and widespread.

The “Assassin” definition indicts “medical” or recreational marijuana.  Whatever, impairs the brain’s frontal “braking thermostat,” (described by neurologist Don Hilton as common to pornography users) impairs conscience and escalates abuse and gender based violence.

Still working within the “medical marijuana” paradigm, do consider the role of pornography and impotence as an unending pot gold mine. Police commonly find drugs, prostitution, and pornography together in raids. Indeed, the industrialization of Third World drugs raises the real issue of criminality associated with pornography induced impotence, child pornography and sex trafficking.

Cavazos intuited we were becoming a poly-drug nation, mixing alcohol, marijuana (exogenous drugs) and pornography (an endogenous drug). Based on the porn-drug nexus, with roughly 5,200 apparently protected Pentagon child pornography users, legal marijuana will further weaken our economy, governance and security, as officials increasingly succumb to blackmail, bribery, or even assassins, high on the thrill of killing for “political or religious” reasons.

For the nasty subtext in roughly 2 million web hits for “porn addict recovery,” is pornography’s erototoxic castration fallout. Fox news peeps at the coming issues; “Italian scientists have identified [impotence] as a worrying side-effect of watching too much pornography.”Gosh, auto-eroticism to “pictures” can deflate the male — libido? Shock! Surprise! Stunner!

Indeed, the Italian researchers say porn “can lead to a loss of libido, impotence and a notion of sex that is totally divorced from real-life relations.” (Shock again.) Their study of 28,000 Italian hunks opined porn use led to “sexual anorexia,” even by the “mid-twenties.” This suggests whatever “aids” the estimated 40% to 70% of American male porn sufferers is into castration gold—this is a failure that keeps on paying.

The takeaway here is that as Viagra’s defects emerged (headaches, heart attacks, sexual failure without the drug, etc) legal pot is moving to center stage, teasing out the marijuana-porn mix as nirvana–a smoking eros! Sample Psychology Today readers celebrating marijuana’s libido lifts as erotic gold.

“[T]he most intense sexual experiences I’ve ever had was [sic] fueled by weed, tequila and cocaine.”

“I try and get high with every girl that I’m going to have sex with.”

Once the word gets out….the conservative right will jump on the weed bandwagon and forget about Viagra….the tables are turning to grow for a profit, instead of prohibit for a profit.”

Former drug advocate, Andrew Weil, M.D. observed that “18 million American men” suffer from impotence. Well, since pornography sets millions up only to let them down, “medical” marijuana seems like the smoke whose time has come.

All things being equal, pornography stimulated impotence is the siren call to marijuana as yet another prison for eroding conscience, thus the loss of masculine agency.

REFERENCES:

[2] January 4, 1989 The Washington Times

[13] http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=13802. Family North Carolina Magazine—January/February 2009 reported, “the greatest misconception from the drug legalization community is that marijuana can treat symptoms or illnesses which themselves can be the result of marijuana use….respiratory illnesses, immune system complications, and poor mental health….increased violence, traffic accidents, drug abuse, as well as poor grades and risky sexual behavior in youth….[impacting] pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory time and perception, and coordinated movement.”2

The drug lobby knows pot is used to hook girls into sex and prostitution; that clouded pot smokers are on record as sexually abusing their own and other children, that stoned lawyers and financers lost their clients’ life savings and that some users have totaled the car and in it an entire family driving home from church.

[19] http://digg.com/news/lifestyle/Porn_can_cause_impotence. ’

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of Modkraft.

“We Use Missiles To Defend Civilians, Hamas Uses Civilians To Defend Missiles”

By Alan Kornman and Wallace Bruschweiler:

Roi Kais of Ynetnews.com reports,  “Hamas Interior Ministry tells Gaza locals to stay in their homes despite Israeli phone calls, leaflets, and the ‘knock on the roof’ procedure urging them to evacuate.”

human shieldThe “knock on the roof procedure”, Israeli Air Force fires a small round at the roof of a targeted structure signaling residents to evacuate before the real strike.

Hamas Interior Ministry, on the other hand,  issues commands for the residents of Gaza to remain in their homes despite Israeli messages to evacuate.  Arutz Sheva reports, “The Hamas-run Palestinian Authority Interior Ministry told Gaza residents the Israeli messages “are designed to weaken our resolve and to sow panic and fear among us, in light of the failures of our enemies. We call on Gaza residents not to pay attention to these messages and not to leave their homes.”

In other words, those who decide to flee their homes when Israel gives them the chance to do so, could be labeled as traitors and therefore face a fate far worse than Israeli bombs.  Hamas terrorists have learned that sacrificing their own Palestinian people and marketing their corpses to the world media represents an effective public relations tool.

We have all seen the pictures of Palestinians parading the bloody corpses of women and children in front of the international press, who then predictably report the carnage as Israeli barbarism against civilians.  What’s rarely reported though are Israel’s repeated efforts warning civilians to leave the targeted area prior to an attack.

Jihad Made Simple To Understand

For those of us in the West, the calculated sacrifice of civilians is instinctively repulsive and morally reprehensible.

Comprehending the concept of Jihad is essential to understand why our ‘western values’ are not compatible with Islamic Law.

Islamic law as written in Reliance Of The Traveller, o9.3 p.601 states,

“Jihad is personally obligatory for everyone able to perform it, male or female, old or young, when the enemy has surrounded the Muslims.  For non-Muslim forces entering Muslim lands is a weighty matter that cannot be ignored, but must be with effort and struggle to repel them by every possible means.” 

Every possible means” validates the use of Palestinian human shields in Islamic doctrine and theology.

Palestinian Media Watch reports, “In a striking talk on Hamas TV, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri belittled the Palestinians who are counting the “number of Martyrs,” calling them “defeatists.” He argued that those “defeatists” should consider the current situation in light of the history of Algeria, which he said lost 45,000 people in one day in 1945. He then made a slip of the tongue in speaking about the population in Gaza: “We are leading them to death,” he said, then quickly corrected himself: “I mean, to confrontation.”

In this viral MEMRI TV video, Egyptian TV hosts slam Hamas:

Khaled Mash’al exercising at a gym: You can see how Khaled is waging Jihad in Qatar.

Mash’al eating a lavish meal: This is brother Khaled Mash’al’s version of Jihad. Khaled, the Jihad is in Gaza…

Mash’al watching TV: Or, of course, he is watching their TV channel. This is the Jihad of Khaled Mash’al and his comrades, the honorable and great    mujahideen. As they wage this sort of Jihad, they abandon the people to get killed. If you were a real man, you would be back in Gaza first thing tomorrow morning.

Haniya sitting next to a blond young woman: This is his Jihad, Allah be praised… This is the greatest Jihad performed by Isamil Haniya and his brothers    in Hamas.

Talk show host Mazher Shahin says of the Hamas leadership namely Khaled Mash’al and Ismail Haniya:

They goad people into fighting, terrorism, and violence, under the pretext of  “Jihad,” while they themselves sit at a hotel, a swimming pool, or a nudist beach,   eating a variety of dishes, marrying four wives, and driving the latest model luxury cars. What is this?! What kind of men are you?

You know where the border between Israel and Palestine is. If there is a real man among you, I am willing to drive him in my own car and at my own expense to the Gaza border. I will drop him there and say: “Go. May Allah be with you. Gaza is there. Jihad awaits you. Go in and show us you’re a real man.”

These Hamas leaders are quick to kill their own women and children in the name of Allah, but are cowards fighting their Jihad from luxury hotels outside of Gaza.  This is the nature of Hamas and they bring shame on their families, tribes, and Allah.

The Night The Lights Went Out In Gaza

In a strange case of irony a Hamas rocket landed in Kissufim and knocked out power to 70,000 Gazans in Khan Younis and Dir Elbalach.  How sad for the Palestinian’s in Gaza that Hamas can’t produce their own electricity and have to rely on Israel for one of their most basic needs.

Even a child knows that if Israel stopped providing the Gaza Strip with water and electricity it would be a non-lethal incentive prompting the people of Gaza to demand Hamas to stop firing rockets at Israel.  Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu killed the idea saying the lawyers won’t permit it.

Thanks to Hamas ineptness, they knocked out their only electricity source and did what Netanyahu refused to do for humanitarian reasons.  Meanwhile, Israel is still sending 10-15 trucks daily with food and medicine into Gaza despite rocket attacks.  A few days later Israel did the necessary repairs and turned the electricity back on in Gaza.

Former ‘Al-Quds Al-Arabi’ Editor Abd Al-Bari Atwan: The Arab Leaders Are Praying That Israel Will Get Rid Of The Palestinians Once And For All

Following are excerpts from an interview with Abd Al-Bari Atwan, former editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, which aired on Mayadeen TV on July 14, 2014:

Transcript:

Abd Al-Bari Atwan: “The vast majority of the countries participating in [the Arab League] summit consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization. These countries pray – all those foreign ministers are praying – that Israel will manage to get rid of Hamas once and for all. They support the Israeli planes bombing the Gaza Strip under the pretext of getting rid of Hamas and stopping the missiles.

[…]

“Is it conceivable that such an ‘urgent’ meeting is convened only 7-8 days after the Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip began?! Why did it take them so long? The reason was that they wanted to give the Israeli planes and tanks the opportunity to invade Gaza and destroy the resistance. There are 18 resistance movements in Gaza. It’s not only Hamas.

“They took their time to allow Israel to destroy the resistance once and for all. This meeting was summoned by Kuwait. Why didn’t Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas summon it, and from day one? The reason is that he does not want the Arabs to convene. He does not want them to decide that this aggression must be stopped.

[…]

“Yitzhak Rabin once said that he hoped to wake up one day and see Gaza had sunk into the sea. By God, the Arab regimes and leaders have outdone Rabin in this. They would like the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the entire Palestinian people to sink into the sea with no survivors.”

Conclusion:

Golda

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Atlanta HAMAS Leader: “FU-K You Israel”

Today’s special show on the war in Israel begins with an angry, out-of-control HAMAS supporter in downtown Atlanta, GA nearly attacking a pro-Israel supporter and ends with a Jordan Schachtel report about a group of highly talented Jewish college students operating an anti-propaganda media network in Herzliya, Israel.

In between we have counter-terrorism expert and war correspondent Barry Shaw explaining the reasons why the HAMAS rejected the Egyptian brokered cease-fire that Israel accepted.

Also Dr. Martin Sherman dissecting the foolish reasoning of Prime Minister Netanyahu to even consider any cease-fire agreement with the HAMAS as these arrangements always turn out badly for Israel.

The United West and Center for Security Policy present Operation Protective Edge An Inside Look: Destroy HAMAS. This will be a daily show providing analysis, commentary, opinion and activism designed to assist Israel in its’ effort to destroy HAMAS. We will feature leading subject-matter experts with live reporting from the war front in Israel.

Time to rethink the national school based bullying campaign: Can bullying be a good thing?

When I went to public school during the 1960s in St. Louis, Missouri I experienced what was then called “peer pressure.” Today peer pressure has a new name – “bullying.” It is my experience that there are two kinds of peer pressure (bullying), the good kind and the bad kind.

Examples of positive peer pressure (bullying) include: don’t drink or use drugs, don’t drink and drive, don’t smoke, don’t have pre-marital sex, don’t hit anyone (unless in self-defense), don’t rob or steal, don’t cheat on tests, don’t lie, don’t play hooky (be a truant) from school, brush your teeth once a day (who likes a kid with bad breath and cavities?), etc. Examples of bad peer pressure are to bully students into engaging in any or all of these bad behaviors and many more.

What is the background and history of the bullying program in all public and some private K-12 schools?

In early 1993, Kevin Jennings authored the Education Committee report for the revolutionary Massachusetts ―Governor‘s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth titled Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth: Breaking the Silence in Schools and in Families. This was the template for the “Safe Schools” (bullying) programs in the Massachusetts Department of Education. Kevin Jennings, while President Obama’s former Safe Schools Czar from 2009 to 2011, expanded his anti-bullying campaign nation wide.

A recent example of the expansion of the on campus bullying campaign to off campus activities is in the Sarasota County Florida School Board policy 106.147. The policy states in part:

(d) Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed at a non school-related location, activity, function, or program or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by a school district or school, if the bullying substantially interferes with or limits the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school or substantially disrupts the education process or orderly operation of a school. This paragraph does not require a school to staff or monitor any non school-related activity, function, or program. [Emphasis mine]

Dr. Beverly Newman, Ed.D. in an email to Darrell C. Reyka, Director, Safety and Security for Sarasota County Schools states:

“Perhaps I have misread or misinterpreted the language you are proposing relative to acts that are deemed to be ‘bullying,’ since I have the understanding that the school system is seeking legal authority for expansive surveillance of students on-site and off-site (through reporting mechanisms) to monitor and punish students. My concerns center around said expansive surveillance and its psychological and legal consequences to children, such that it can become a mass data collection system on students and easily revert to a system by which students are reported by other students, their parents, or someone else for acts that are unkind and/or unwise in a type of reverse bullying, if you will.

I know of no research that proves increased surveillance of children is psychologically sound for them or academically beneficial. It is my observation over decades of classroom and administrative experience that the opposite is true. Children do not benefit from perceiving themselves to be objects of scrutiny, rather than recipients of true concern for their total well-being. Technology can never convey this human quality to children.”

Is it time to rethink this policy being aggressively implemented in elementary, middle and high schools in Florida and across the United States? Many believe so.

Dr. Newman writes, “As a school administrator for dozens of years, I concluded that over-surveillance of students can be counterproductive to learning and good conduct, in that it is an ever-present challenge to those who relish their ability to be deceptive and sneaky. Starkly, the schools with the most sophisticated and extensive surveillance systems – even in affluent areas – did not receive the results they anticipated in improving either learning or student conduct.”

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Morality and obedience sign. For a larger view click on the photo.

“Morality is not a matter of electronic monitoring, but a matter of moral modeling and morale building. We do not build morale by keeping our children under the watchful ‘eyes’ of machines, instead of caring eyes of devoted parents and dedicated educators, who see a whole child in context rather than an isolated act out of context,” notes Dr. Newman.

A recent study found that ostracism is worse than bullying in adults. In the UK Mail Online Victoria Woollaston writes, “The famous quote claims the only thing in life worse than being talked about, is not being talked about – and a new study may have proved this to be the case. Being ignored at work has been found to be worse for a person’s health than people who are harassed or bullied. Researchers found that while most consider ostracism less harmful than bullying, feeling excluded is significantly more likely to lead job dissatisfaction, quitting and health problems.” Read more.

Is it time to rethink the issue of peer pressure in a good sense? It stopping bad behaviors early on in children a good thing? Should schools be encouraging, as many already are, avoiding bad behaviors that are unhealthy, harmful and wrong? Should only those who are encouraging bad behaviors be punished?

Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn. Perhaps it is time to re-educate the educators and just let kids be kids.

Thank you for your Service — You’re Fired

I often hear on my radio commercials featuring Michele Obama and Dr. Jill Biden asking those listening to hire a veteran. It is part of the Show Your Stripes series in partnership with iHeart Radio stations across the United States. The White House website has an entire section titled “Joining Forces“. In bold letters is this 2011 statement with accompanying graphic: “President Obama believes that no veteran should have to fight for a job at home after they fight for our nation overseas.”

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These programs are all needed because President Obama is firing our military by the tens of thousands. He has created this crisis that now threatens our very national security.

Richard Thompson, President of the Thomas More Law Center, in a column titled “Thank you for your Service — You’re Fired: Pink Slipping our Army Captains a Threat to National Security” writes:

While we watched the commander-in-chief drinking beer and playing pool last week, we learned that 1,100 Army captains — some in harm’s way on the front lines in Afghanistan—were receiving pink slips notifying them they were fired. How demoralizing, heartless, and stupid.

These captains now must lead and care for the Soldiers entrusted to them in combat, dodge the bullets and IEDs, and at the same time worry about finding a job when they get back home, that is, if they ever do. As one Army wife posted on MilitaryFamily.org, “On some level I knew the draw downs were inevitable, but I guess I never expected to be simultaneously worried about a deployment to Afghanistan and a pink slip because my husband’s service is no longer needed.”

This is another stark example of domestic politics trumping our national security interest.

The experience and knowledge about the enemy and counter insurgency these officers have gained is irreplaceable.

The very Army leadership we are eliminating are the leaders we most desperately need to retain. Why? Because they represent three critical talent streams that will be essential in our next war (and there WILL be a next war, and it will likely be sooner than anyone wants):

  • Courage – They are among the bravest volunteers. Any captain or major currently with 6 to 10 years in service would have had to have raised his/her hand around 2004-2008, when the current war was at its worst. Iraq was in sectarian flames, and a resurgent Taliban was attempting to retake Afghanistan. This was followed by the surge to fix Iraq and Operation Medusa in Afghanistan to save Kandahar from the Taliban. All of this and these young Soldiers still said, “I’ll go. Send me.”
  • Experience – This war has been largely a platoon leader and company commander’s fight. These Soldiers have been the point of the spear for years and are at the pinnacle of their professional relevance in our ongoing global war against Al-Qaeda. We are now going to dump a major chunk of irreplaceable talent out on the streets.
  • Talent – These are now some of our most agile and adaptive leaders. These young leaders have mastered the art of coordinating nearly all elements of national power to achieve our nation’s global aims – not just military force, but diplomacy, economic resources, education, and information in an effort to defeat an intractable enemy and provide space for innocent civilians to carve out a new country.

Given the recent events of China threatening its Pacific neighbors, an emboldened and bellicose Russia threatening Ukraine and inserting itself in Latin America, Iran ever closer to nuclear weaponry and a Middle East now descending into a virtual free-fall of Islamist inspired chaos why would anyone inside the White House be stupid enough to press ahead with these drastic levels of military cuts? It is tantamount to willful negligence on the part of our nation’s political leadership.

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The U.S. Army is currently at 510,000, well below the Clinton Era Army. The current cuts are aimed at reducing it to 490,000. And the most recent defense budget proposal from the Pentagon, now working its way through Congress, calls for an Army of 450,000 soldiers.

Yet at the same time the Department of Defense is seeking to recruit transsexuals. Note this poster in the Officer’s Club at Vandenberg AFB, California (right). Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:

United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told ABC News he believes the policy prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military should be reviewed.

“I do think it continually should be reviewed,” Hagel said in an interview with ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz that aired on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. “I’m open to that, by the way. I’m open to those assessments.” Hagel didn’t say, though, if he thinks the policy should be overturned, according to the ABC News report.

Additionally, Hagel said transgender people serving in the military is “an area that we’ve not defined enough.” The military’s policy banning out gay and lesbian service members, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” was repealed by Congress in 2010 and ended Sept. 20, 2011. As for transgender service members, the issue “is a bit more complicated,” Hagel said.

“Again, I go back to the bottom line — every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it,” he said. The defense secretary said he is most concerned about providing transgender service members with the proper medical care when they are sent to “austere locations.”

As the world becomes more and more dangerous, the United States is unilaterally disarms itself. Americans and U.S. facilities and companies, at home and abroad, become increasing more vulnerable to attack. A dangerous cock-tale for those who would do us harm.

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Florida Sheriff would refuse any request from Dept. of Homeland Security to house illegals in his jail

Sherry Smart, a resident of Sarasota County, FL, sent an email to all of her County Commissioners. Smart wrote, “As all of you are aware we have a crisis at our borders and now it is spreading it’s tentacles across the US. Murietta, California learned about their invasion at the last moment with the assistance of their Mayor who was outraged with this Federal overreach. Next came the people of Virginia who learned about the Fed’s plan for an abandoned building and those people prevailed.  Today I read an article where Pasco County is taking in illegals and requesting more beds. I’d like to know if there are any plans in place for North Port and Sarasota County.” See the map below on the three know relocation areas for illegals in Florida.

Christine Robinson, Sarasota County Commissioner responded stating, “Excuse me for the delay in my response, I was traveling this weekend.  Thank you for writing. I am copying our Sheriff who is a separately elected constitutional officer who is solely in charge of law enforcement responsibilities with your concern.” Robinson did not say if the County would agree to house illegals.

However, Sarasota County Sheriff Thomas M. Knight (pictured above) did respond to Smart stating, “My office has a working relationship with the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  I have not received any information from that group of intentions to request assistance from the Sheriff’s Office to house illegals in the Sarasota County Jail.  In fact, I would refuse the request if that should come.  I think it would be also important for you to know that since I took office in 2009, the Sheriff’s Office has recognized over 435 criminal illegal aliens who have been booked at the Sarasota County Jail – having them removed and sent to Miami – Dade County for deportation proceedings. Thank you for staying engaged.” [Emphasis mine]

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Map of relocation areas (in red) by state. Map courtesy of Numbers USA. For a larger view click on the map.

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Congressman Steve Southerland, II, FL District 2.

Voicing similar concerns, Neil Rice from Perry, Florida sent an email to Congressman Steve Southerland, II, FL District 2. Rice stated, “House republicans stand your ground or lose your seat. No money for illegal immigrants, with out money they can not stay. Close the borders first and completely. Send back All the illegals. DHS IS A UNCONSTITUTIONAL AGENCY AND NEEDS TO BE ABOLISHED. They are corrupt beyond words, doing what ever they wish. and committing EXTORTION against the American taxpayer.”

“This is an election year, and we are forming groups to campaign against any representative that does not abide by the U.S. Constitution, protects our country and it’s people, (no matter who gets it). We have nothing to lose anymore,” notes Rice.

Melissa Thompson, Deputy District Director for Rep. Steve Southerland, II replied, “Steve and the Republican Conference have no plans to give the President more money for the illegals.”

According to Numbers USA Florida has been targeted by the federal government to take illegals. George Fuller, from Sarasota notes, “Kansas Southern owns subsidiary FERROSUR which has two trains that leave southern Mexico every 8 to 10 days headed for the U.S. Border. This has been the most used form of transportation by illegal aliens to get through Mexico. The trains are known as La Beastia.”

There is a growing backlash across Florida and the United States against this illegal alien invasion. Many argue that America’s sovereignty is being violated as well as standing laws ignored. Is lawlessness coming to Florida?

RELATED VIDEO: Zack Interview-Security on the border between USA and Mexico. NAFBPO’s mission is “to contribute to the security and stability of the United States.”

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Border Fiasco: “Some in military want to take Obama out”

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Lt. Gen. William Boykin, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Obama’s boarder mess, using children to violate the laws of America and holding Obama accountable is a growing cry among Americans. Even black Americans.

According to Political Ears reports, “A retired three star General Officer recently stated he knows of certain unnamed individuals within the Armed Forces of having at least considered the possibility of an armed coup d’état aimed directly at of Barack Obama, as reported by the on-line news portal Government Executive on Nov. 4, 2013.”

“People I’ve spoken to would like to see the military ‘fulfill their constitutional duty and take out the president,’ ” retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin told World Net Daily, a website best known for pushing Obama “birther” conspiracy theories. “Our Constitution puts a civilian in charge of the military and as a result a coup would not be constitutional. You’re not going to see a coup in the military.”

“Countless people … will hate the new world order … and will die protesting against it.” — H.G. Wells, The New World Order (1940).

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The Immigration Crisis, National Socialism and Mark Zuckerberg’s Property Rights

The crisis on the Mexican border is worsening by the hour. In his latest FIREWALL titled “Where do you live, Mark Zuckerberg?”, Bill Whittle hammers home three devastating points regarding the dangerous legal precedents, the morally gray areas, and the hypocritical pose of unearned moral superiority on the part of those proposing amnesty and open borders.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is courtesy of The Guardian.

“Where Missiles Rain and the Divine Reigns”

“Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming civilians was their aim,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East Director at Human Rights Watch.

How do armed Muslim mobs harm civilians other than to kidnap, murder, and bury Jewish children, with their yarmulkahs atop their heads, in the desert under a pile of rocks like lower creatures? Missiles are their weapons of choice to inflict terror upon Israeli children and babies, donned in protective gear, crowded into bomb shelters at less than a moment’s notice by blaring air raid sirens.

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Who amongst America’s populace has survived missile attacks to their homes and at their businesses? Which Americans have grabbed multiple infants and children running from terror to harbor, to save little lives? We know not the heat of hate launched in warheads at our babies. We know not the excruciating decision to choose amongst our children whom to carry and whom to push forward on their own tiny legs.

The popular Qassam rockets, named for the armed branch of Hamas, can tower over 8 feet high and weigh 132 pounds with their payload of TNT and shrapnel, to maximize injury and death to Jewish “infidels” from 90 years to 9 months. Travelling at speeds of 450 miles per hour, the missiles explode upon impact and send their nails coated with rat poison, plus razor blades and screws, through bodies and property alike, slicing and searing them in flames simultaneously.

In 2014, Jewish children fear for their lives on their playgrounds each day. On July 4, while Americans celebrated with fireworks, Israeli children were bombed at summer camp.

After thousands of rockets have been fired into Israel’s civilian populace, piles of missile rubble remain on site as unsightly reminders of terrorism in waiting at all times, forcing the State of Israel to put protective shields over school buildings that cost two to three times as much as the schools themselves and causing Israeli citizens to install bullet-proof glass in their vehicles. While certain Israeli cities are attacked by three to dozens of missiles per day, evil shall not reign upon the Holy Land even as missiles rain down on her courageous People, the apple of the Divine Eye.

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Serious Food for Thought: Great Video on the Ever-Controversial Issue of IMMIGRATION

Hope all is well as we all thank GOD that the World Cup finally came to a close yesterday…LOL! And, like I said in Saturday’s e-mail, a professional soccer match can go for a full “90” minutes – go into 2 Extra Periods – without a single GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL being scored. And, I should have stayed with that exact scenario that I wrote about two days ago – as that is exactly what happened in yesterday’s Championship Match – with Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus” Germany squad outlasting Pope Francis’ Argentina team – 1- nil. It would have been great if both popes would have been in attendance as we would never, ever see that again in our life times – 2 “live” popes with their two respective country teams playing against each other on a world stage like the World Cup…Some Food for thought…what a “kick in the grass”…

And, speaking about “Food for Thought” and world stages – let’s take a good look at this 6 minute video that I bring you today by Mr. Roy Beck (no relation to Glenn). I don’t know much about him other than he is a former International Journalist of public policy books and he serves as the President of the non-partisan Numbers USA Education Research Foundation. He knows his numbers and he knows his facts. This particular presentation truly makes one think about what is going on in our world today – especially with the hottest topic in our beloved United States of America – the ever-controversial issue of Immigration as it relates to Poverty & Population…

Friends: This is one topic that is so sensitive, so delicate and so critical – and, one that needs to be taken care of in a most urgent manner. Not many like to comment about it because there are so many differing opinions. It does take boldness to write about it because everybody has a different experience and take on it. This is a topic that should have been taken care of by two-term President, Barack Obama, from the moment that he put his “left” hand on our Holy Bible and was sworn in as our 44th President of the United States. So, after almost 6 years into his ever-rocky presidency, he finally has come around to “taking a quick look” at this world-wide Immigration issue that, along with “12” other scandals and controversies that have mired his presidency – King Obama should once again be dethroned from his throne…

This is Obama’s “Katrina” and this is not a strong hurricane that blew in over night – but, rather, it is a Category 6 Storm that has been brewing at our borders for many years and one that Obama should have put emphasis and priority on over 5 years ago when he promised this non-sense about “Hope & Change”. Did the Almighty One mean “We hope that there is change”??? Obviously, he got a tremendous amount of the Hispanic votes in both elections (74% of Catholic Hispanics voted for him), because he promised these beloved migrants that he would take care of them once he took office. And, once again, Obama spoke a good game, but, like a pitcher with no arms – he has yet to deliver for them and now it is catching up on the Almighty One. It appears that the word “Impeachment” was dropped from Webster’s dictionary & the Constitution of the United States when King Obama took over our country in 2009, as if it were any other President who has faltered as much – he would have been impeached a dozen times already… a “faker’s dozen”.

So, without taking sides like many have with this issue, I urge that you take a good, hard look at this video presentation by Mr. Roy Beck as it truly makes a ton of sense the way that he breaks it all down for us. Yes, he illustrates this entire international scenario with hundreds of colorful gum balls. Chew on that for a second and see what each gum ball represents. Again, I bring it to you as some serious “Food for Thought” because this is a critical issue that can easily escalate into a worldly disaster, with our beloved United States of America taking the brunt of this Cat 6 storm, that even has winds of over 150 MPH gusting in the White House.

I personally feel that the most important comment that is made in this video presentation is what Mr. Beck says at the very end: “The only place that 99.9% of these people can be helped is where they live. Let’s help them there”.

And, that, my friends, is where the “root of all evil” lies and where I think we need to focus our attention on – where they live. That is where we must help them, if you will. We must go to the root of this problem and nip it in the bud right where this cancer begins…and all signs show that it all stems from these Central American countries who are wreaking havoc on their own kind. These corrupt and ruthless governments are the ones who are forcing these young, undocumented children to leave because of the hardship and violence that they are inflicting on them – and if you have any type of human compassion – it’s got to hurt you deep inside. It is beyond excruciating…

In my heart of hearts, I believe that if the United States would spend more time and resources on working with these countries (who are the ones who are doing everything “illegal” from the get-go by embracing and endorsing the intrinsic evils of drug trafficking, human trafficking and violence through gang warfare) – we would be able to eliminate these problems and not have to face the “consequences” of turning a blind eye and a deaf ear on these issues. We have to do a better job internationally in putting a stop to these illegal activities that are taking place right there in Central America. If we continue to ignore this problem and think it is going to go away like the “Curse of Common Core” – we are fooling ourselves and it will blow up in our faces. And, that is exactly what is about to happen today…This all falls under the President of the United States’ Foreign Policy…

If we treat this critical humanitarian issue with compassion, mercy and love as Jesus in Matthew: 25 teaches us – with a good sprinkle of discipline, “tough love” and a thorough approach of “common sense law and order” by securing our borders for the sake of safety for all parties involved – then, and only then, are we ever going to get somewhere. If we don’t secure our borders immediately and take this all to prayer in a most fervent manner – we will continue to see this problem escalate until something of inhumane atrocity takes place. A mini American version of the Holocaust…

I am all about compassion, ministering to the least of my brothers and sisters and being my “Brother’s Keeper” (the foundation for our Christian on a Mission ministry) – but, until we take care of our own country and our own people – I personally don’t think that the United States should have the responsibility of having to minister to people coming from other countries who are doing so by illegal means. Illegal can never be good. That is why we call it “illegal”. It means “breaking the law”. So, let’s abide by the law and let’s work “Two-gether” on making this complicated process all legal. Let’s work on making it all loving. Let’s work on making it all work so that everybody benefits and it is a win-win for the United States & Central America.

Also, since these laws are being broken in the United States of America – the U.S. should be the one who legally and professionally mandates what can and cannot occur at its borders. That only makes sense. This is our country. These are our borders. These are our laws. And, let’s not forget to make sure that we go to the “root” of this problem and take care of this issue at its foundation and stress to these countries that they are better off keeping these courageous people in their own countries who are willing to travel for 4 days in the desert while risking their lives in order to live in the “free” United States of America. One day, these passionate migrants can become assets in their respective countries and because of their courage, boldness and willingness to go to the extreme – may become heroes in their own countries and benefit them.

After all is said and done, we are all “Children of GOD” and nobody is better or more privileged than the other – regardless of race, religion, country of origin or economic background – but, this is our beloved country and we Americans have to take care of our home land – while, at the same time – being compassionate and loving towards those who are willing to put their lives on the line to try to be a part of this country that we are all so blessed to be living in. As a Cuban immigrant from 1961, myself, I am more than humbled and honored to live, work and serve in my beloved country. I am blessed. I bleed red, white and blue (Cuban & American colors), and love the United States with all my being. And, since my family and I had to flee the Communist rule of a dictator like Fidel Castro 53 years ago – I know first-hand what these migrants are going through today and what it is like having to leave their beloved country in order to seek freedom and a better life. Because of my own personal experience, I have that much more compassion for anybody in this world who faces those odds so my perspective may be a bit different than somebody who was born and raised right here in Palm Beach Gardens and may think that I am being a bit too lenient…Don’t judge anybody until you have to walk in his shoes – especially if it is 3 days and 3 nights in a dangerous desert…

In closing, if you don’t feel the same way I do about my commentaries on this topic – that’s fine. We are all entitled to our opinions and feelings. But, please at least take it to prayer. I may not feel the same way you do, so I take it to prayer. The more prayer our country can get, the better off we will all be. That is what I learned many years ago – when MAN cannot find a solution for HUMAN problems – simply take it to prayer and speak to the One who created us all in His image and likeness. He brought us all into this world and He created North & Central America and He is the only one who has the solution to this very delicate problem…After all, His only begotten son, Jesus, was an immigrant, Himself…and Christianity has no borders…Let us pray…

Walter Williams speaks at the Foundation for Economic Education

Prof. Williams delivered the following to an audience in Irvington, New York, on June 28, 2014. Williams’ lecture is one in a series designed to share ideas, honor FEE’s rich tradition, and say goodbye to the Irvington property.

Let us begin with a discussion of a working definition of markets. Markets are simply millions upon millions, and internationally billions upon billions, of individual decision-makers, engaged in the pursuit of what they determine to be their best interests. We say that the market is free if it is characterized by peaceable, voluntary exchange, private property rights, rule of law, and limited government intervention and control. While some people denounce free markets as immoral, the reality is exactly the opposite. Free markets are more moral than any other system of resource allocation. Let’s talk about the moral superiority of free markets.

Suppose you hire me to mow your lawn and afterwards you pay me $30. The money you pay me might be thought of as a certificate of performance—proof that I served you. With these certificates of performance (money) in hand, I go to my grocer and demand 3 pounds of steak and a six-pack of beer that my fellow man produced. In effect, the grocer says, “Williams, you’re asking that your fellow man, as ranchers and brewers, serve you. What did you do in turn to serve your fellow man?” I say, “I mowed my fellow man’s lawn.” The grocer says, “Prove it!” That’s when I hand over my certificates of performance—the $30.

A system that requires that I serve my fellow man in order to have a claim on what he produces is far more moral than government resource allocation. The government can, in effect say, justifying it with one reason or another, “Williams, you don’t have to serve your fellow man in order to have a claim on what he produces. Through the tax code, we’ll take what he produces and give it to you.” Of course, if I were to privately take what my fellow man produced, we’d call it theft. The only difference is when the government does it, that theft is legal but nonetheless theft—which is defined as taking of one person’s rightful property to give to another.

The essence of free markets is good-good exchanges, or what I like to think of as seduction. Exchanges of this sort are featured by the proposition: “I’ll do something good for you if you do something good for me.” Game theorists recognize this as a positive-sum game—a transaction where both parties, in their own estimation, are better off as a result. When I go to my grocer and offer him the following proposition: If you do something good for me—give me that gallon of milk—I’ll do something good for you—give you three dollars. As a result, I am better off because I valued the milk more than I valued the three dollars and he is better off because he valued the three dollars more than he valued the gallon of milk.

Of course there’s another type of exchange not typically, voluntarily entered into, namely good-bad exchanges, or what we might call rape. An example of that kind of exchange would be where I approached my grocer with a pistol, telling him that if he didn’t do something good for me (give me that gallon of milk) I’d do something bad to him: blow his brains out. Clearly, I would be better off, but he would be worse off. Game theorists call that a zero-sum game. That’s the case where in order for one person to be better off, of necessity the other must be worse off. Zero-sum games are transactions mostly initiated by thieves and governments, both are involved in what is euphemistically called income redistribution. The only difference is one does it under the color of the law and the other doesn’t.

The wonders of greed

What human motivation is responsible for getting the most wonderful things done? I would say greed. When I use the term greed, I do not mean cheating, stealing, fraud, and other acts of dishonesty, I mean people seeking to get the most for themselves. Unfortunately, many people are naive enough to believe that it compassion, concern, and “feeling another’s pain” are the superior human motivations. As such we fall easy prey to charlatans, quacks, and hustlers.

Since it’s not considered polite, and surely not politically correct to come out and actually say that greed gets wonderful things done, let me go through a few of the millions of examples of the wonders of greed. It’s a wonderful thing that most of us own cars. Is there anyone who believes that the reason we have cars is because Detroit assembly line workers care about us? It’s also wonderful that Texas cattle ranchers make the sacrifices of time and effort caring for steer so that New Yorkers can have beef on their supermarket shelves. It is also wonderful that Idaho potato growers arise early to do back-breaking work in the hot sun to ensure that New Yorkers also have potatoes on their supermarket shelves. Again, is there anyone who believes that ranchers and potato growers, who make these sacrifices, do so because they care about New Yorkers? They might hate New Yorkers. New Yorkers have beef and potatoes because Texas cattle ranchers and Idaho potato growers care about themselves and they want more for themselves. How much steak and potatoes would New Yorkers have if it all depended on human love and kindness? I would feel sorry for New Yorkers. Reasoning this way bothers some people because they are more concerned with the motives behind a set of actions rather than the results.

This is what Adam Smith, the father of economics, meant in The Wealth of Nations when he said, “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interests.” In other words, the public good is promoted best by people pursuing their own private interests.

Parity of the market

There is another feature of the free market that often goes unappreciated. That is a sort of parity of the marketplace. The market is an extreme form of democracy: one man, one vote. While the rich have many more dollars than I have, my one dollar is just as valuable as a rich man’s one dollar.  One might assert that common people do not have access to Rolls Royces and yachts. You would be wrong. Microsoft’s Bill Gates is super-rich and can afford to ride in a Rolls Royce and go yachting; but so can the common man—just not for as long. He can rent a Rolls or a yacht for a day, half-day or an hour. This is something often forgotten: People can bid on quantity as well as price.

The fruits of the free market are the best thing that ever happened to the common man. The rich have always had access to entertainment, often in the comfort of their palaces and mansions. The rich have never had to experience the drudgery of having to beat out carpets, iron their clothing or slave over a hot stove all day in order to have a decent dinner. They could afford to hire people. Mass production and marketing have made radios and televisions, vacuum cleaners, wash-and-wear clothing and microwave ovens available and well within the means of the common man; thus sparing him of the boredom and drudgery of the past. Today, the common man has the power to enjoy much (and more) of what only the rich could afford yesteryear.

What about those who became wealthy producing these comforts available to the common man? Henry Ford benefitted immensely from mass producing automobiles but the benefits received by the common man, from being able to buy a car, dwarfs anything Ford received. Individuals who founded companies that produced penicillin, polio, and typhoid vaccines may have become very wealthy—but again, it was the common man who was the major beneficiary. In more recent times, computers and software products have benefitted our health, safety, and quality of life in ways that dwarf whatever wealth received by their creators.

Capitalism is relatively new in human history. Prior to the rise of capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving one’s fellow man. Capitalists seek to discover what people want and then produce and market it as efficiently as possible. Here’s a question that we should ponder in light of anti-market demagoguery: Are people who by their actions created unprecedented convenience, longer life expectancy, and made more fun available for the ordinary person—and became wealthy in the process—deserving of all the scorn and ridicule heaped upon them by intellectuals and politicians? Are the wealthy really obliged to “give something back?” After all, for example, what more do the wealthy discoverers and producers of, say, life-saving antibiotics owe us? They’ve already saved lives and made us healthier.

Despite the miracles of capitalism, it doesn’t do well in popularity polls. One of the reasons is that capitalism is always evaluated against the nonexistent, unrealizable utopias of socialism or communism. Any earthly system, when compared to a Utopia, will pale in comparison. But for the ordinary person, capitalism, with all of its warts, is superior to any system yet devised to deal with our everyday needs and desires.

Rights versus wishes

Often people speak of rights to housing, medical care, food, and other goods and services deemed necessary for the sustenance of life. That vision leads to gross violations of most standards of morality. In standard usage of the term, a right, sometimes called negative rights, is something that exists simultaneously among people. A right confers no obligation on another. For example, the right to free speech is something we all possess simultaneously. My right to free speech imposes no obligation upon another except that of non-interference. Similarly, I have a right to travel freely. That right imposes no obligation upon another except that of non-interference.

Contrast those rights to the supposed right to medical care or decent housing whether one can afford them or not. Through government actions, those supposed rights do impose obligations upon others. Government has no resources of its very own. The money coming from federal, state and local governments to pay for those “rights” does not come from politicians reaching into their own pockets. Moreover, there is no Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy who provides the money. The recognition that government has no resources of it very own forces one to recognize that the only way government can give one person a dollar is to first take it from someone else. A government-granted right to medical care, housing or anything else imposes an obligation on another, namely one American have less of something else—diminished rights to his earnings. That is, if one person has a right to something he did not earn, it requires another to not have a right to something he did earn. Let’s apply this bogus concept of rights—some might call it positive rights—to free speech and the right to travel freely. In that case, my free speech rights would require others to supply me with an auditorium, microphone and audience. My right to travel would require that others provide me with airplane tickets and hotel accommodations. Most Americans, I would imagine, would tell me, “Williams, yes you have rights to free speech and travel rights, but I’m not obligated to pay for them!”

As human beings we all have certain unalienable rights, as so eloquently stated in our Declaration of Independence. Of the rights we possess, we have a right to delegate to government. For example, we all have a right to defend ourselves against predators. Since we possess that right, we can delegate it to government. In other words, we can say to government, “We have the right to defend ourselves but for a more orderly society, we delegate to you the authority to defend us.” By contrast, I do not possess the right to take the property of one person to give to another. Since I do not possess such a right, I cannot delegate it to government. If you’re a Christian or simply a moral human being, you should be against these so-called rights. After all, when God gave Moses the Eighth Commandment—”Thou shalt not steal”—I’m sure that he didn’t mean thou shalt not steal unless there was a majority vote in Congress. Moreover, I’m sure that if you were to have a heart-to-heart talk with God and ask him, “God, is it okay to be a recipient of stolen property?” I’m guessing He would say that being a recipient of stolen property is a sin as well. I strongly believe in helping our fellow man in need. Doing so by reaching into one’s own pockets to help him is praiseworthy and laudable. Reaching into someone else’s pockets to do so is despicable and worthy of condemnation.

The common good

If the common good or social justice has any operational meaning at all, it means that there is a system of governance where the purpose of laws is to prevent one person from violating another person’s right to acquire, keep and dispose of property in any manner so long as he does not violate another’s similarly held rights. In other words, laws should be written to prevent force and fraud. Laws that force one person to serve the purposes of another are immoral.

Today, our government has become increasingly destructive of the ends it was created to serve. Americans have become increasingly hostile and alien to the liberties envisioned by the Framers. We have disregarded the inscription that graces the wall at the U.S. Department of Justice warning, “Where the law ends tyranny begins.” Benjamin Franklin said, “A frequent reference to the fundamental principles is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty, and keep a free government.” That’s the job that the Foundation for Economic Education has done so well over the decades.