Posts Tagged ‘America’

Harry Fear and a Palestinian (so-called) “terrorist”, discussing armed resistance, in Gaza. She’d been jailed after hijacking a plane, back in the sixties. in regard to the plight of the Palestinian people/ And, guess what? NOTHING has changed, what with Cast-Lead Ops (back in 2008 til 2009) and Operation Pillar of CLOUD (changed by Bibi to, “operation pillar of DEFENSE”, which is a total load of tripe, in order to make it more palatable to the rest of the world.
The November, 2012, horror or massacre of Palestinian, starting with the MURDER of a young Palestinian football-player, Hamid, being shot in the HEART – via some very strange munitions that left two very small injuries to the boy’s chest and heart, while no bullet and nothing to show what had entered his small body…
The young boy, Hamid, LIVED tor futboll – soccer and was a fan of Brazil’s soccer team. He was not shooting, “rockets”, into Israel. He was living the life of a young boy and doing the best of it as one can manage while under OCCUPATION and MILITARY MIGHT.

Rest in peace, Hamid.
Thank you, Harry Fear, for ALL you have done and continue to do for HUMANITY, particularly in GAZA!
As long as Israel continue to MURDER the children of Gaza and all of Palestine, the RESISTANCE will continue to grow. Regardless of the West’s changing the narrative and calls these children and their families, “terrorists”, the resistance MUST continue.

And the people of America, who’re now experiencing a wee small taste of what Zionism IS, had better figure this out. I’d say we must get it and work it through, before it is too late, but we’ve reached that time. “Our government” has been taken over by all of these pro-Israel lobbyists (AIPAC, anyone? LOOK IT UP!!) and there is not much left we can do..
..but, REVOLT!

As they said back in my day; It is time we *Stand-UP for right. *Sit-In for PEACE.. *Occupy our government’s buildings. and maybe just completely FREAK OUT! They’ve brainwashed us for about six and one-half DECADES. We’ve been lulled a’sleep by those whose sole purpose is to do US harm! GET UP- Figure it out, NOW!

“Pull back the curtains, throw up the sash, stick your head out the window, and yell: I AM MAD AS HELL AND I AM NOT GONNA TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!”
Only WE have the power to fix this.

Today, I received an email from the Rutherford Institute, specifically John Whitehead.  In it was a great, yet scary, post about what OUR police officers are up to as they protect and serve.  It contains graphic descriptions of what is done to American citizens, and in absolute violation of our Fourth Ammendment rights against unlawful search and seizure.  If you’ve got the stomach for it, please read.  If not, buck up and read, as this stuff IS important!

Special thanks to John Whitehead for granting his permission for me to repost:

 

Invasion of the Body Searchers: The Loss of Bodily Integrity in an Emerging Police State

January 14, 2013 By John W. Whitehead

“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

If you want a recipe for disaster, take police officers hyped up on their own authority and the power of the badge, throw in a few court rulings suggesting that security takes precedence over individual rights, set it against a backdrop of endless wars and militarized law enforcement, and then add to the mix a populace distracted by entertainment, out of touch with the workings of their government, and more inclined to let a few sorry souls suffer injustice than to challenge the status quo.

The resulting concoction, I can promise you, will be a messy, noxious stew unfit for consumption, miserable to digest and with after-effects that will leave you reeling and clutching your stomach in dismay. Such is the nature of life in the emerging police state that is America today, where roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.

Consider, for example, what happened to 38-year-old Angel Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley, who were pulled over by a Texas state trooper on July 13, 2012, allegedly for flicking cigarette butts out of the car window. First, the trooper berated the women for littering on the highway. Then, insisting that he smelled marijuana, he proceeded to interrogate them and search the car. Despite the fact that both women denied smoking or possessing any marijuana, the police officer then called in a female trooper, who carried out a roadside cavity search, sticking her fingers into the older woman’s anus and vagina, then performing the same procedure on the younger woman, wearing the same pair of gloves. No marijuana was found.

Leila Tarantino was allegedly subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic during a routine traffic stop, while her two children—ages 1 and 4—waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs, a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino’s body. No contraband or anything illegal was found.

Meanwhile, four Milwaukee police officers have been charged with carrying out rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the course of several years. One of the officers is accused of conducting searches of men’s anal and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums and leaving some of his victims with bleeding rectums. Half-way across the country, the city of Oakland, California, has agreed to pay $4.6 million to 39 men who had their pants pulled down by police on city streets between 2002 and 2009.

And then there’s the increasingly popular practice of doing blood draws at DUI checkpoints, where drivers who refuse a breathalyzer test find themselves subjected to forcible blood extractions to test for alcohol levels. Police in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, actually had a registered nurse and an assistant district attorney on hand “to help streamline the ‘blood draw’ warrants and collect blood samples from suspected impaired drivers” at one exercise in holiday drunk driving enforcement. A similar case, Missouri v. McNeely, which deals with a driver who failed a sobriety test, then refused a breathalyzer test and was subjected to a warrantless blood draw, is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Of course, the issue being debated in McNeely is not so much whether the government can forcibly take your blood but whether it can do so without a warrant. As important as the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement may be, it’s scant comfort in the face of a societal acceptance of roadside stops where blood is being drawn and cavity searches are being carried out.

No matter which way the Supreme Court rules in Missouri v. McNeely, it will do little to rein in this runaway police state of ours. Indeed, as we have seen repeatedly, by the time a case arrives before the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s almost too late for any real change to take place, especially when it’s a matter of government abuse. More often than not, during the course of however many years it takes for a case to make its way through the courts, the particular violations being challenged have already been accepted by the citizenry as part of the government’s modus operandi.

Such was the case with Florence v. Bd. of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington, which attempted to challenge the practice of forcible strip searches by government officials, namely jail wardens. Albert Florence, an African-American man in his mid-thirties, was on his way to Sunday dinner in 2005 when his then-pregnant wife, who was driving, was pulled over by a New Jersey State Police trooper. Asked to show his ID, Florence soon found himself handcuffed, erroneously arrested for failing to pay a traffic fine, and forced to submit to two egregious strip and visual body-cavity searches at two different county jails. After spending six days in jail, Florence was finally able to prove his innocence. Outraged, Florence sued the jail officials who had needlessly degraded his bodily integrity.

It took seven years for Florence’s case to make it to the Supreme Court, and a year later, in April 2012, the Court handed down a 5-4 ruling which struck a blow to any long-standing protections against blanket strip searches, declaring that any person who is arrested and processed at a jail house, regardless of the severity of his or her offense (i.e., they can be guilty of nothing more than a minor traffic offense), can be subjected to a strip search by police or jail officials without reasonable suspicion that the arrestee is carrying a weapon or contraband.

However, all the while Florence was making its way through the courts, law enforcement officials were playing fast and loose with the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on searches and seizures, especially as it relates to violations of bodily integrity and roadside strip searches. Examples of minor infractions which have resulted in strip searches include: individuals arrested for driving with a noisy muffler, driving with an inoperable headlight, failing to use a turn signal, riding a bicycle without an audible bell, making an improper left turn, engaging in an antiwar demonstration (the individual searched was a nun, a Sister of Divine Providence for 50 years). Police have also carried out strip searches for passing a bad check, dog leash violations, filing a false police report, failing to produce a driver’s license after making an illegal left turn, having outstanding parking tickets, and public intoxication. A failure to pay child support could also result in a strip search.

This brings us to the present moment where we find ourselves hapless, helpless passengers in a runaway car hurtling down the road toward a police state, and the only hope of salvation rests with the Supreme Court, which is little hope at all when you consider that the Court has, in recent years alone, given a green light to all manner of police abuses, including the tasering of a pregnant woman for failing to sign a speeding ticket.

It must be remembered that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intended to protect the citizenry from being subjected to “unreasonable searches and seizures” by government agents. While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity. Unfortunately, the rights supposedly guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment have been steadily eroded over the past few decades. Court rulings justifying invasive strip searches as well as Americans’ continued deference to the dictates of achieving total security have left us literally stranded on the side of the road, grasping for dignity.

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This commentary is also available at www.rutherford.org.

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And, if all of that doesn’t make you sick, I really don’t know what would.

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Will 2013 be the Year American Jews Secede from Israel?.

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Will 2013 be the Year American Jews Secede from Israel?

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If American Jews think that what is being done in their name is self-destructive, oppressive, blockheaded and wrong, it stands to reason they would want it to stop.

ed note–generally I find Burston’s ideas tolerable, as he does not have that mad dog disposition that seems to go hand in hand with organized Jewish interests.

HOWEVER, the real question that Burston & co need to be asking here is not whether there is going to be a mass secession from Israel on the part of American (and worldwide, for that matter) Jews, but rather there is going to be a secession from JUDAISM.

Israel, Zionism and all their siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc, all spring forth from one common well, and it is JUDAISM. It has been the source of conflict the VERY MOMENT it was put into practice thousands of years ago and remains so today.

Until there are more Gilad Atzmons out there willing to have this discussion, the Jewish problem–affecting both Jew and Gentile alike–will continue on until the consummation of the world takes place.

Haaretz

By Bradley Burston

One day in the future, when it all comes horribly down, will Israelis finally realize that there were warning signs all along?

More to the point of the ultimate survival of Israel, could it be that when the real alarm sounds, when the genuine danger impends, Israelis won’t hear a thing?

The answers may lie in how Israelis react to the canary in the coal mine, their forward recon unit in the world, the American Jewish community.

In fact, as the new year dawns, there are mounting signs that 2013 may be the year in which U.S. Jews – in the main, liberal in outlook, committed to tolerance, pluralism, and a vigorous, sincere pursuit of peace – effectively secede from this state of Israel.

They remain committed to supporting the existence of an Israel which balances Israeli and Jewish culture with respect for minority rights, democratic values. They will stay active in promoting the welfare of Israel’s disadvantaged.

But many American Jews are already distancing themselves in word and deed from a government it sees as arrogant and short-sighted, enslaved to a runaway train of settlement, dismissive of the rights of Palestinians and other non-Jews, cold to the concerns of a sinking middle class and the drowning disadvantaged, contemptuous of the concerns of the larger Jewish world.

The catalysts: settlement expansion – especially as it strikes at Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects and mocks Washington – and backhanded insensitivity to the rights and ritual of non-Orthodox Jews.

In recent weeks, some of Israel’s most influential defenders in the States have warned of hardline Israeli policies and parties which could lead “to the destruction (the self-destruction) of Israel” (Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic), and “national suicide” (Thomas Friedman).

Israeli leaders lent them not so much as a deaf ear. Nothing.

Even when the issue touches directly on the religious concerns of American Jewry, the government’s response is as dismissive and condescending as it is dishonest.

Last week, waking, years in arrears, to discover that U.S. Jews are appalled by continuing arrests for violating Orthodox-ordered prohibitions on women praying aloud and wearing prayer shawls by the Western Wall, the prime minister appointed Natan Sharansky to look into the matter.

Within hours, however, the Prime Minister’s Office rushed out a message aimed at Israelis, indicating that the appointment was largely a charade.

“There are no changes in prayer arrangements at the Western Wall and no committee has been established,” Netanyahu’s office was quoted as saying.

There are Israelis who will do anything not to be reminded that American support, anchored by U.S. Jewry, is the strategic asset which makes all other strategic assets possible. The 2012 election, after all, saw prominent members of the ruling Likud-Beiteinu, notably Knesset Deputy Speaker Danny Danon, actively campaigning for the defeat of President Obama.

But that was then.

Now, as Israel’s election campaign nears its home stretch, the heavily favored Likud-Beiteinu party, which encompasses the principal authors of nearly all of the anti-democratic legislation of the last four years, offers fresh voices and perilous new avenues for alienating American Jews from Israel.

There is, for example, Moshe Feiglin, who will enter the Knesset following the January 22 election. Something of his political philosophy can be gleaned from a 2004 article on radical settlers, in which Feiglin spoke to Goldberg, then writing in the New Yorker:

“Why should non-Jews have a say in the policy of a Jewish state?” Feiglin said to me. “For two thousand years, Jews dreamed of a Jewish state, not a democratic state. Democracy should serve the values of the state, not destroy them.” In any case, Feiglin said, “You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic. You’re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar. The Arab destroys everything he touches.”

Then there is political novice Yair Shamir, catapulted from nowhere to the very upper level of Likud-Beiteinu, thanks in part to his late father’s prime ministerial heritage of having warred with then-president George H.W. Bush over the issue of settlement construction.

Last week, an opinion piece by Yair Shamir was headlined, “In Israel-US relations, settlements are entirely beside the point.”

Wrong. As his father once inadvertently proved.

But candidate Shamir went further. Taking up where Danon left off, Shamir attacked Obama’s nomination of John Kerry as secretary of state – over settlements. In essence, Shamir made acquiescence to settlement construction a condition of Israel-U.S. ties: “Many are liable to feel that his nomination will deter Israel from implementing its decision to build thousands of apartments in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and will be viewed as an obstacle to Israel-U.S. relations.”

American Jews want to know what is being done in their name. In the name of Judaism. And if they think that it is self-destructive, oppressive, blockheaded and wrong, it stands to reason they would want it to stop.

American Jews are tiring of being told that opposing Israel’s policies puts Israelis in danger. Blackmail is not persuasion. If the hard right is so certain that it can get along without American Jewish support, it may all too soon get the chance to find out.

And somehow, we are supposed to accept this? Those who would vote for Ron Paul cannot turn around and vote Romney.. Mitt IS the anthesis of Paul. Mitt is NOT for LIBERTY. Mitt is closer to evil than Paul could ever be, and for this, WE cannot GO MITT.
Thanks to Ben Swann for another GREAT post.
People, get ready; wake up and BE the change you want to see. This means you, GOP; and I mean ALL of the GOP. Figure this out and SEAT your ELECTED DELEGATES. Or, lose what you think is YOUR Party.

Here is the letter I sent to the Texas GOP and the Travis County GOP (TRP and TCRP), back in April.  I told these people who I was and what my concerns were, and they were SO HAPPY to have me…

They were happy to have me until I told the truth following my work as election judge in one of their precincts.  Now, they not only seem to be regretting the decision to have an HONEST Election Judge who wasn’t going sit idly by and allow vote-fraud to occur, I was going to OPEN MY MOUTH and talk about it.

Since the post of mine regarding what I experienced in Austin, as judge, I have been placed, “Under Criminal investigation”, according to Travis County Clerk (and Elections head), Dana DeBeauvois.  I have been warned, by Ms DeBeauvois, (her words) and was told I am “Not wanted by either the Democrats or the Republicans to serve as Judge” in the upcoming run-off (s)election.  Nice, eh?

I did not portray myself as one person and then turn around to be someone different.  I told the TCRP and the TRP who I was and what I wanted to take part in:  an OPEN AND FAIR ELECTION, yet this is not what I found, at least not in precinct 247, Austin, Travis County, Texas.  Considering what I was told, last week, I am pretty incredulous that they would behave in this manner.  And, I am disgusted.

It is no wonder the Travis County Elections Board are referred to as, “The Bipartisan Mafia”.    Disgusting, in my opinion, the lengths these people will go to in order to silence me (and others, to be sure.)

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I decided it’s very important to me, considering what we’ve seen in the (entire) country re:  Voter suppression, Vote-Fraud, and certain coercion from the old-party mainstays, it was well past time I volunteered within the Republican party, in order that I might help to ensure such things will not happen in my neck of the woods.  What follows is what I wrote to the GOP in Texas, recently:

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I have affiliated myself with the Travis County GOP, this year, because this race is very contentious and I do want to help that everyone’s votes are counted and counted accurately.  I also hope to be a part of the process in order to ensure that caucus/conventions run in accordance to GOP rules, which I have pored over, while awaiting our time to finally VOTE in May.  I find this a very exciting time in our history and am thrilled to be a part of it.
 
Now, since the re-districting, I am not sure if my pct# has changed (I do not yet have a new voting-card, but I do know I am still registered to vote!).  If it has not changed, it seems that out chair position is vacant.  I am not sure if I would have the time required to run for or assume this chair, but know i can make the time to be a delegate.  I’d also be happy to work as volunteer poll-watcher and.or vote-counter, for the GOP.  If you can give me some info on the time-requirement I’d need to commit to, as a chair, I may consider doing this, too.
 
I have a home-based business, and I do work every day, but I can take off the 29th of May, in order to do my part.
I’ve been registered to vote in Austin since 1984, and prior to this, was a registered Texas voter, in Lubbock and in Abilene, since 1976.  I grew up in a very political family;  my dad filled many different seats, on local and state level in Connecticut, and my eldest sister was State Rep from New Haven, CT, on the Republican side.  I’d love to see true conservatism win over Obama’s brand of “hope and change” and really do want to do my part.
 
Please advise as to what I can do in order to work, in either or all positions, for the GOP.
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I was a bit worried that I would not be welcomed, but was quite pleased to see that, not only did the Texas Republican Party accept me, they sent me very nice comments, in return.  Here are some of what I received back:
Thank you for your very thoughtful and well-crafted e-mail!  I’m sure we can get you the answers you’re looking for so you can make an informed decision on how to best use your time to help defeat Obama and company.  I’m forwarding this to our headquarters office staff who may be able to tell you more about what goes into being a Precinct Chair, an Election Judge, Poll Watcher, etc. 

From my experience, it doesn’t take more than a few hours per month to be chair of your precinct — though around convention time it may take more than that and up to a whole day on the day of the convention itself. But it has been well worth my effort…

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You can definitely attend the county convention on April 21 and get involved in this every exciting election.  Thanks so much for your interest.
Now, given what has been noted in many different areas;  Washington State, Missouri, Georgia, Alaska, for example, I was a bit worried I’d not be “wanted” by the GOP.  It’s kind of funny, as I grew up in a very political, Republican home. Yet, after Reagan’s tenure in the White-house, and given what has happened hence, I actually thought my (honest) intentions would be blocked.  Perhaps it’s my age (Yes, kids; I am 53yrs-old) and/or my length of time as a voter, in Texas, that this was more easy for me?  OR, perhaps not all of the GOP is as terrible as has been suggested.
Either way, I am happy to say, I will be working the polls, and I will be at the convention, as a delegate.
I received a phone call, yesterday, and was offered a specific position that will suit me and my needs, in which I feel I can do the most good, too.  I am thrilled to be back into politics, and just as happy to say I feel those of us with genuine interest in decency and openness within the GOP should  not be timid to sign on and show up!
If we or you don’t do this, WHO will?
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This man is simply my favorite Ron Paul supporter–and delegate– Derrick Grayson. I hope you will take time to hear him, heed his message, and vote correctly- for US, for America, for Liberty!
Check out TmotofGA on youtube and twitter. If his words don’t get you moving in the right direction, I don’t know what would!
As Tmot would say; “Boots On The Ground!”, for Ron Paul!

This is a wonderfully heart-touching video, from ALJezeeraEnglish; I find it somewhat deplorable that the US Media wants nothing to do with presenting stories such as this, while at the same time, I appreciate the American news and information that comes from the other side of the world.
This is a ~25 minute video. It’s worth the time spent to watch and see what our OWN Native people go through. Please consider the content and, if you have it in you, try to do something positive for our Pnaci people.
In my opinion, we have done too many awful things, broken agreements, stolen land, murdered the elders, and it truly is well past time that we help those left.
I have another blog, on http://www.MerchantCircle.com/annesembroiderytx, talking about plans to go up to Pine Ridge, Oglala/Sioux Nation, to help with building and re-habbing homes. This effort is still in the very early planning stages; i had hoped to have found many more volunteers for this program, but it’s not happened as of yet.
IF you can (and most of you can) give to these people, please do. If you feel you can be of assistance in any sort of fixing. handy-man’ning, etc.., please send me a note or post it in a comment.
Thanks for your giving spirit!