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      by Published on 04-14-2014 05:19 PM

      Bunkerville, NEVADA, April 14, 2014– As reported yesterday, hundreds of federal agents are still at the Bundy Ranch and the area continues its status as a no-fly zone. Despite major media reports that the Nevada Bureau of Land Management is retreating, the remaining activity that still surrounds the ranch illustrates a different scenario.

      Not only is the BLM not actually backing off of Cliven Bundy, Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association has revealed stunning information: on Ben Swann’s radio program, Mack said that he has received intelligence from multiple, credible sources inside the BLM and the Las Vegas Metro that there is “no question” that the federal government is planning a raid on the Bundy home and the homes of their children who live on the property.

      Full story: http://benswann.com/exclusive-source...tm_campaign=nl
      by Published on 04-05-2014 11:34 AM

      There is a sort of "poll" in the article that is currently leaning "No", don't raise the minimum wage. Quite a number of the comments make good sense, which is encouraging!
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      Amy Zickefoose’s husband works long, difficult hours with machines in Tennessee, hundreds of miles from their Mansfield home. For this dangerous work, he receives $11 an hour.

      State and federal politicians have proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, but Zickefoose said fast-food employees shouldn’t be paid that much.
      “I definitely don’t feel (they) should make almost as much as my husband,” said, Zickefoose, adding that she doesn’t believe an increase would help her family. “I know his boss wouldn’t give him another dollar.”

      An increase in the minimum wage, which is $7.95 an hour in Ohio, would mean layoffs and potentially higher food prices, but also better-paid workers and potentially lower costs for social services. Whether that sounds like a great or horrible idea depends largely on where you fit into the workforce.
      “From the employees’ perspective, a wage increase is always appreciated,” said Randy Davies, president and CEO of the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce. “There are many aspects a small business owner would have to adjust.”
      The Congressional Budget Office estimated 500,000 workers, or 0.3 percent of the American workforce, would lose their jobs by 2016 if Congress raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. However, another 16.5 million would see their wage increase, the report stated.[/QUOTE]

      much more at....http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/...rs-losers-Ohio
      by Published on 04-04-2014 08:27 AM

      No surprise with this article....
      A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity.

      Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the painful realization that they're no longer part of it.
      They are former professionals now stocking shelves at grocery stores, retirees struggling with rising costs and people working part-time jobs but desperate for full-time pay. Such setbacks have emerged in economic statistics for several years. Now they're affecting how Americans think of themselves.
      Since 2008, the number of Americans who call themselves middle class has fallen by nearly a fifth, according to a survey in January by the Pew Research Center, from 53 percent to 44 percent. Forty percent now identify as either lower-middle or lower class compared with just 25 percent in February 2008.
      According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans who say they're middle or upper-middle class fell 8 points between 2008 and 2012, to 55 percent.
      WEALTH GAP: A guide to what it is, why it counts
      And the most recent General Social Survey, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, found that the vast proportion of Americans who call themselves middle or working class, though still high at 88 percent (a lot of people are clearly in denial), is the lowest in the survey's 40-year history. It's fallen 4 percentage points since the recession began in 2007.
      The trend reflects a widening gap between the richest Americans and everyone else, one that's emerged gradually over decades and accelerated with the Great Recession. The difference between the income earned by the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans and by a median-income household has risen 24 percent in 30 years, according to the Census Bureau.
      Whether or not people see themselves as middle class, there's no agreed-upon definition of the term. In part, it's a state of mind. Incomes or lifestyles that feel middle class in Kansas can feel far different in Connecticut. People with substantial incomes often identify as middle class if they live in urban centers with costly food, housing and transportation.
      Continued: http://news.yahoo.com/more-americans...--finance.html
      by Published on 04-04-2014 08:20 AM

      Tipping point? Is it just about critical mass, or do events with the dollar create the real impetus? Will business adoption in an attempt to avoid the fees associated with dollar banking be the leading edge?

      Remember that old stock market maxim, "don't fight the tape"? Well, don't fight the Bitcoin tape. Bitcoin started at close to $0 and is now valued around $400+ currently (For the latest pricing see Coin Market Cap). Money has flown into Bitcoin and money will begin to flow into public companies that avail themselves of the Bitcoin protocol and bitcoin as a transaction option for their customers. Think Overstock. We may be looking at one of the greatest arbitrage opportunities in the stock markets history. And this is largely due to the lack of understanding surrounding the opportunity connected to Bitcoin....

      If one keeps a close eye on the latest adoption metrics related to Bitcoin, they will begin to see something extremely transformative taking place, this is the basis for the opportunity that has arisen for sharp and prescient investors. Lets consider the underlying trend manifesting itself around the world related to Bitcoin
      Continued: http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/24...-mass-adoption
      by Published on 03-03-2014 04:49 PM

      Connecticut Navy Veteran/Firefighter John S. Cinque Says "I Will Not Comply" to Unconstitutional Gun Laws

      by Published on 01-15-2014 06:22 AM

      Any arrest in New York City can trigger a civil forfeiture case if money or property is found on or near a defendant, regardless of the reasons surrounding the arrest or its final disposition. In the past ten years, the NYPD has escalated the amount of civil forfeiture actions it pursues as public defense offices have been stretched thin by the huge amount of criminal cases across the city.

      “One of the main problems with civil forfeiture is that you’re not assigned a lawyer, it being a civil and not a criminal case,” Smith explains. “Most people can’t afford lawyers, and that gives the government a tremendous advantage.”

      So, while in a criminal case, the citizen is guaranteed representation; the civil charges mean it’s up to you to find a lawyer willing to take your case against the NYPD and who it won’t cost more than the amount of money stolen from you.

      Seizing money obtained illicitly is a significant crime-fighting (and funding) mechanism for the NYPD. But according to Kessler’s research, in 85% of forfeiture cases pursued by the NYPD, the property owner is never charged with a crime. Despite their innocence, many of these people face an uphill battle against the NYPD to get their money back........more at link
      http://www.maxkeiser.com/2014/01/how...t-new-yorkers/
      by Published on 12-13-2013 12:09 PM

      Bill would eliminate required license for carrying a concealed handgun in Ohio
      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two Republican legislators propose eliminating the license required to carry a concealed handgun in Ohio, a change one describes as an effort to put Second Amendment rights on the same footing as others in the Bill of Rights.
      The bill, introduced Wednesday by Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Matt Lynch of Bainbridge Township in Geauga County, would allow any person who is at least 21 years old to carry a concealed firearm, so long as they are not legally prohibited for some reason from having guns.
      “The person’s right to carry a concealed firearm ... that is granted under this division is the same right as is granted to a person who was issued a concealed handgun license,” the bill says.
      Lynch described it as the “constitutional carry bill.”
      The change would leave in place other restrictions, Lynch said. Bans on carrying firearms in some buildings, for example, would still be allowed. But it would eliminate several steps people who wish to carry a concealed weapon now must take before they can legally do so.
      http://www.cleveland.com/open/index...._required.html
      by Published on 10-09-2013 07:22 PM

      Stewart Rhodes Oct. 9, 2013 -- Calling all Oath Keepers (and any other veterans) to back up our World War II veterans at the Washington DC area memorials, such as the World War II memorial, the Iwo Jima memorial, Arlington Cemetary, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and anywhere else that that the Honor Flights go. Go there and put yourselves under the command of the WWII vets. If they want the barricades down, they should come down, come hell or high water. No WWII vet should be denied access the the Iwo Jima memorial, the WWII memorial, or to any other memorial they want to visit. For many of them, on those Honor Flights, this will be THEIR LAST TRIP to go and pay their respects to their brothers who did not make it back. It is intolerable to let Obama block their access for his petty partisan manipulations over the govt “shutdown.”

      The WWII veterans who have taken down the barricades at the Iwo Jima memorial, and have ignored them at the World War II memorial, did exactly what needs to be done. We need to help them, and protect them. Go there and be their “arms and legs” to get done WHATEVER they want done. And go there with the conviction that you are not under the command of the police, not under the command of the Park Service, and not under the command of Obama. You are under the command of the World War II veterans, and only the World War II veterans. Your mission is to assist the WWII vets in doing WHATEVER they want to do.

      Full piece: OathKeepers.org
      by Published on 09-12-2013 11:17 AM

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/op...anted=all&_r=0

      A Plea for Caution From Russia

      What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

      MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.

      Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.
      The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.
      No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.
      The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.
      Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world.

      Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.
      From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.

      No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored........

      more at link above....

      He speaks a lot of truth, but his notion of the UN is hogwash. Dang globalist perspective.
      by Published on 01-08-2012 10:11 AM
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      I had attempted to tell the other side of the story regarding Dr. Paul's commitment throughout his medical career of not accepting a penny from government-funded healthcare programs. The other side of that story was that he did not turn these patients away, instead he showed honorable charity and accepted them as patients by providing his services free of charge.

      It was 1984 in Austin, TX and a young couple were awaiting the arrival of their baby girl. Robert and his wife were still attending High School at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. They had tried to get help through the hospital there but he states that back then the hospital did not accept programs like Medicaid. Shortly after their visit, they received a call from Dr. Ron Paul. Even though he was still ...
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