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The Ghost of General Smedley Butler

May 30, 2015

General Butler, the most decorated American military figure of the first half of the 20th Century, wrote a book about his military service titled, “War is a Racket.” The corporate cabal, which reportedly included a du Pont and Prescott Bush, asked him to assist in removing FDR from office in 1934, were deceived by Butler’s vocal criticisms of FDR, and unfamiliar with his belief his service to his country had actually made him an enforcer for the corporations. Smedley was alive to the impropriety of using America’s... Read article

Snow Flakes, Heart Aches And Prayer

April 26, 2015

It’s not that there were a lot of snow flakes today – it was having any of them still with us when Mother’s Day is right around the corner and stories are starting to receive 4th of July merchandise. Of course, I’m from California and there we expect winter to last maybe a weekend. So I watched the snow flakes drift down for a while trying to make it to the ground. Our lives are like snow flakes, you know. Living can be tough, even when gravity is working with you instead of against you. For all of... Read article

Bushnell, Zenger, And The Shot Heard ‘Round The World

April 18, 2015

His last name was Bushnell, and if his voice had not been raised during jury deliberations in 1670 William Penn, who had defied the Crown and preached his Quaker faith, would not have lived to found Pennsylvania. Many in Ashtabula have roots in the former colony east of here, which he named. Bushnell and his fellow jurors were confined and fined for their temerity when they defied the royal mandate to find Penn guilty. The lives of Penn and his friend, Mead, hung by two dissenting votes. The judge sent the jury back three... Read article

Blow Back From The JFK Assassination

March 28, 2015

Andrew Kreig, founder of the Justice Integrity Project, is not the first to point out the inconvenient truths surrounding the 1964 report of the Warren Commission. His continuing series of articles on the details contain a series of shocks which bring into high relief the falsehoods sold to the public by the major media. His book, Presidential Puppetry, has built out a picture of events both compelling and frightening. Kreig has been thorough, building a monumental data base which, along with following the action, examines... Read article

Visas, Terrorists, And A New Book

March 8, 2015

Andrew Kreig’s book reviews are always to the point and chock full of carefully honed points bolstered with facts. You can count of this when reading his work because his training is both in law, he is a licensed attorney in Washington D.C., and journalism. Andrew takes up subjects many won’t touch. This being the case I ordered my copy of, “Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World — An Insider’s View,” by J. Michael Springmann, former State Department foreign service officer immediately. If... Read article

A Lenten Visit To The Ninth Commandment

March 1, 2015

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” Lent is a time to examine our values and how we express these with action. The Ten Commandments have been a tool for examining values for thousands of years. They make a great tool for seeing our own values in new ways. In this first week of Lent I was drawn to consider the Ninth Commandment and what light it can shed on human behavior today. Bearing false witness means lying about someone. Usually, the lie defames and misrepresents the target, making them... Read article

Yellowstone – Benzene, Cancer, and Accountability

February 14, 2015

Another toxic spill took place into the Yellowstone River on January 17 of this year. It was not the first. An earlier break took place several years ago. The break occurred, according to Bridger Pipeline, LLC, at 10a.m. The company shut down the pipeline at 11am. It is in the first hour after a break the most toxic materials escape. This includes Benzene, a carcinogen which may cause cancer. Bridger announced only 300 – 1,200 oil barrels had been spilled into the riber. State estimates the spill as 50,000 US gallons... Read article

Wyoming Passes Regulation Freedom Amendment

January 31, 2015

“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution….. taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.” – Thomas Jefferson Many are unaware that it was action by 2/3 of the states which helped force Congress to propose, and pass, the Bill of Rights. This exercise of power by the states fell into disuse and America moved toward a Federal government which exercised far more power than originally envisioned by our Founders. Today, when many are looking for ways to curb... Read article

Corporations Make Out Like Bandits

January 31, 2015

What if Koch Industries offered burial insurance as a benefit for temporary employees doing clean up on toxic spills, a common need in the petroleum industry? You might think, well at least they are being given something! Wait. Let’s consider for a moment what happened to the low level employees who cleaned up the Valdez Spill which took place on Prince William Sound, Alaska, March 24, 1989. According to Susan Shaw, a toxicologist, these cleanup workers have all died. This gave them a life span of 52 years when the... Read article

Bowling, Bread and Economics

January 18, 2015

Sir Flinders Petrie discovered bowling artifacts in an Egyptian tome dating the game to 3200 B. C. in the 1930s. The game was being played in Germany in 300 A. D. and popular in England in 1366 A. D. English, Dutch and German settlers brought their own variations of the game to America. Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle awakens to the sound of “crashing ninepins.” in 1819. Arguably, the first permanent American bowling place, for lawn bowling, was in New York’s Battery area, now in the heart of... Read article

When ‘Change’ Delivers More of The Same

November 8, 2014

‘Wag the Dog’ is an expression which denotes, “to purposely divert attention from what would otherwise be of greater importance, to something else of lesser significance. By doing so, the lesser-significant event is catapulted into the limelight, drowning proper attention to what was originally the more important issue.” Now, the Dog has been Wagged. Feel better? If you were voting for someone with an R beside their name you probably feel good. If you went for the big D, you are sad. No matter. The present... Read article

Do You Want The Facts? You Are Probably A Conspiracy Theorist

October 26, 2014

Conspiracy theorists, those who look for the facts, ignoring the pressure of jeers, flawed appeals to authority, and intimidation, are the sanest among us. The steady migration of investigative journalists, who turn their backs on more lucrative employment, is only one indication of this. In a recent article, Scientific Study Reveals Conspiracy Theorists The Most Sane Of All, the author, J. D. Hayes, cites a recent study, published July 2013, by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent... Read article

John Fund – Pimping The Vote

October 26, 2014

It is ironic that John Fund claims some kind of victory by pointing out a highly marginal way of stealing a few votes via the unusual opportunity of finding unused ballots. In his recent article, James O’Keefe Strikes Again, the back slapping was thick and gleeful. James O’Keefe, again, scored a media event in these last days before the coming election. This time he was not dressed up in his pimp dudes, but he should have been. The election would have to extraordinarily close for this kind of voter fraud to matter.... Read article

September 11, 2014 – What Happened To World Peace?

September 12, 2014

As the memorials for September 11, 2001 end it is time to remember the potential for peace which existed in the days following. The world grieved with us. Ordinary people around the globe reacted with outpourings of sympathy, protesting these acts of terrorism. World leaders immediately responded, condemning the murders and offering support. Among these leaders was Vladimir Putin. Russia’s president urged “the entire international community should unite in the struggle against terrorism,” also saying... Read article

How The NeoCons ‘Managed’ Saddam Hussein

July 26, 2014

And Why the Facts Matter Now… Part One of Four… “I’m not a journalist and the facts don’t matter.” – Rayelan Allen, RMN owner and editor “All politics is personal,” or “the personal is political.” Early feminist sayings In November of 2002 we had been lied to about Weapons of Mass Destruction, the reason given for invading Iraq, resistance to the war was waning. Standing in the way, though this was not publicly known at the time, was Saddam Hussein, who was very willing to leave... Read article

Declaring Revolution July 2, 1776

July 5, 2014

As the memory of fireworks fade the day after the 4th of July, remember the date for declaring Independence from England was actually July 2nd.. A final version of the Declaration took two more days. It was the 2nd which John Adams believed would become, “the most memorable epocha in the history of America.” He was wrong. July 4th was the date Congress approved the finalized text of the Declaration produced by the five man committee assigned to give final form and substance to the ideas and causes which had compelled... Read article

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