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The Spy Factory

Posted by Jesse on February 5, 2009

PBS Link to the NOVA program “The Spy Factory” aired on Feb 3, 2009

Liten to James Bamford interviewed by Scott Horton:

[from antiwar.com] James Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, A Pretext for War and now, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses what the NSA knew about the 9/11 hijackers before the attack, the infighting between the CIA, NSA and FBI, the 9/11 hijackers proximity to NSA headquarters in Maryland prior to the attacks, the abandonment of law and limits on their domestic spying after 9/11, the complicity of major telecoms in helping the state tap the entire internet, the enormous new date storage and mining facility in San Antonio, Texas and the Israeli companies who make the software that runs the Big Brother database.

——————-Quote of the Day:

Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man has a right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has quarrel with mine, although I have none with him? – Blaise Pascal

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Ideology – Washington scared, radicals prohibited.

Posted by Jesse on February 1, 2009

*Mainstream politics is empowered and promotes its own stimulus while the radicals remain on the fringe and marginalized more than ever. (Mainstream is not sustainable, by definition it is a trend. Radicals are principled.)

Here is a partial list of the definition of ideology:

  • political orientation: an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
  • An ideology is an organized collection of ideas. An ideology can be thought of as a comprehensive vision, as a way of looking at things (compare Weltanschauung), as in common sense (see Ideology in everyday society below) and several philosophical tendencies (see Political ideologies), or a set …
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideology
  • Doctrine, philosophy, body of beliefs or principles belonging to an individual or group; The study of the origin and nature of ideas
    en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ideology
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Propaganda from the Middle of the Road [Fair.org]

When mainstream journalists tell me during debates that “our news doesn’t reflect bias of the left or the right,” I ask them if they therefore admit to reflecting bias of the center. Journalists react as if I’ve uttered an absurdity: “Bias of the center! What’s that?”

Washington is afraid of being framed.

In order to gain the publics favor, a populist message has to be presented, and with it, an image. That image, Obama tells the people, is “us”. “We” are the ones we have been waiting for. He is framing the issue, and that frame contains a mirror.

“We” know that the government is not representing “we” the people. The public wants change. Why else did Obama win?

While people ma interpret Obama’s message as empowering it is crucial to note the fallacy.

Audacity of Ideology (found at OpenLeft.com)

For the past two years, Barack Obama has made it hard for anyone to pin him down philosophically.

most of his references to ideology are disdainful and dismissive.

This idea of fostering a political agenda without ideology is confusing and dangerous. The impression becomes that law has the potential to change at will.  A law that can change in such ways is not law, but folly. Given that government has a monopoly on enforcement, it is imperative that ideology be known.

[Audacity of Ideology]:

Obama regularly offers three telltale notions that will define his presidency — if events allow him to define it himself: “sacrifice,” “grand bargain” and “sustainability.”


And there you have it. The selling points. These are Obama’s investments, banking on the intellect of the American people. Sacrifice is inevitable, so give it up. The grand bargain is what he is selling, and you have no choice but to buy it (sacrifice). And sustainability is the alleged final outcome. Of course, there is no contract and hence no guarantee. The only guarantee is that the people will pay.

When I turn on the news, or read articles, it seems obvious that people don’t even know what to expect from this administration or congress. They don’t even know what they are paying for!

No wonder so much time and money is being spent in the alleged attempt to induce confidence!

Washington is bankrupt financially and intellectually. So they throw around fake money to buy time to come up with an idea.

Meanwhile ….the people fight, and government gets fat n happy.



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35,000 Registered Lobbyists in Washington

Posted by Jesse on February 1, 2009

Why Lobbyists Hate Ron Paul

With him, I could send millions to his pocket, and if he intended to vote against my wishes, that money wouldn’t matter… he would still vote against my wishes. He’s a big problem if he ever made it into office.. thank God it looks like he won’t… not because I don’t like the man as an American.. it’s just that he would make my job hard.

[See: OpenSecrets.org  Presidential Candidates  Selected Industry Totals 2008 ]

Good and Bad Lobby Groups [Rozeff -Prof. of Finance]

Lobbyists, according to various definitions, contact, inform, communicate, try to influence, persuade, and influence government officials to pass legislation that favors them or their backers. They also mobilize voters to use petitions to exert public pressure for political actions.

Law is for sale. It is not law on the market because Congress has the legal power to make law and no competition. Ameliorating factors are that the lobbies compete and the individual members of Congress compete. The conscience of the voter and the jealousies of members of Congress also place limits on the corruption.

New Rules Same Game – Paul

The dependency on government generated by welfarism and warfarism, made possible by our shift from a republican to a democratic system of government, is the real scandal of the ages. If we merely tinker with current attitudes about the role of the federal government in our lives, it won’t do much to solve the ethics crisis. True reform is impossible without addressing the immorality of wealth redistribution.

After all, criminals by definition ignore laws; unethical people ignore the rules of ethics. Changing the rules or the players is merely a band-aid if we don’t change the nature of the game itself.

Searching for a New Direction – Paul

If we’re inclined to improve conditions, we should give serious consideration to the following policy reforms, reforms the American people who cherish liberty would enthusiastically support:

  1. No more “No Child Left Behind” legislation;
  2. No more prescription drug programs;
  3. No more undeclared wars;
  4. No more nation building;
  5. No more acting as the world policemen;
  6. No more deficits;
  7. Cut spending – everywhere;
  8. No more political and partisan resolutions designed to embarrass those who may well have legitimate and honest disagreements with current policy;
  9. No inferences that disagreeing with policy is unpatriotic or disloyal to the country;
  10. No more pretense of budget reform while ignoring off-budget spending and the ever-growing fourteen appropriations bills;
  11. Cut funding for corporate welfare, foreign aid, international NGOs, defense contractors, the military industrial complex, and rich corporate farmers before cutting welfare for the poor at home;
  12. No more unconstitutional intrusions into the privacy of law-abiding American citizens;
  13. Reconsider the hysterical demands for security over liberty by curtailing the ever-expanding and oppressive wars on drugs, tax violators, and gun ownership.

Finally, why not try something novel, like having Congress act as an independent and equal branch of government? Restore the principle of the separation of powers, so that we can perform our duty to provide checks and balances on an executive branch (and an accommodating judiciary) that spies on Americans, glorifies the welfare state, fights undeclared wars, and enormously increases the national debt. Congress was not meant to be a rubber stamp. It’s time for a new direction.






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Political Alchemy: Putting Americans to Sleep and then Scaring the Hell out of them.

Posted by Jesse on January 24, 2009

My prediction is that these videos can only get better. There is too much information out there that tells the truth of the matter. My family wasn’t political during my formative years, but my dad always said “the truth will come out”. Unfortunately the powers that be are still ahead of the people. The people will take control back at some point.

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Jan 19 News- Obama, Left/Right, Int’l Peace/War, Ahmadinejad on Honest Money

Posted by Jesse on January 19, 2009

Feature Article of the Day: Why Be Libertarian?

It is our view that a flourishing libertarian movement, a lifelong dedication to liberty can only be grounded on a passion for justice. Here must be the mainspring of our drive, the armor that will sustain us in all the storms ahead, not the search for a quick buck, the playing of intellectual games or the cool calculation of general economic gains. And, to have a passion for justice, one must have a theory of what justice and injustice are – in short, a set of ethical principles of justice and injustice, which cannot be provided by utilitarian economics.

Quotes of the Day:

Imperialism is an institution under which one nation asserts the right to seize the land or at least to control the government or resources of another people. – John T Flynn

The followers are cajoled into devotion by the leader’s pretended concern or admiration for them or for some cause in which they believe, by a pretense of virtue; it is mostly humbuggery…. [T]he role of leader requires performances in defiance of truth, ranging from the mild and on the whole inoffensive metaphorical exaggerations…to actions that are carefully written out of autobiographies because they are shamefully dishonest or even criminal.Humbuggery and Manipulation: The Art of Leadership (1988)

  • Joshua Frank talks with Scott Horton about ‘shedding the labels’ of left and right and finding the priorities that will enable new alliances to forge ahead and hold the lines against the inevitable encroachments of life and liberty, past present and future. And more specifically the role of America and the Obama administration in world affairs, how they may play out, and how events are reported on and perceived.

Antiwar News reports:

  1. Hamas Leader Declares Victory
  2. NATO’s SecGen says Karzai is a problem.

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Ahmadinejad Speaks to ‘Students for Honest Money’

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Some recent blog posts and articles of note:

Mike Rozeff breaks down the various forms of looting, how and why it occurs, the problems of the commons, and why centralized power is dangerous to liberty whereas the free market provides a better foundation with which to promote it.

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