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Man attacks homeless, disabled bus passenger: ‘You owe me for making my grandmother a slave!’

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:15

A black man reportedly attacked his fellow Maryland Metrobus passenger — a 52-year-old homeless and disabled white man — in late September, spitting in the man’s face and blaming him for “making my grandmother a slave.”

What happened?

Marquis Evans-Royster, 27, allegedly attacked the man, telling him, “You owe me for making my grandmother a slave.”

According to WJLA-TV, the victim initially ignored Evans-Royster’s advances. Evans-Royster then began going through the man’s pockets, which encouraged bystanders to intervene in the situation.

When approached, Evans-Royster charged at those attempting to defend the man, and began spitting on the victim. Evans-Royster then threatened to throw a cup of urine on the man.

What stopped the attack?

Evans-Royster only stopped his attack when the bus driver warned that he was going to contact police. The suspect allegedly got off the bus without paying.

The driver reported that Evans-Royster referred to all white people as evil and said that two white passengers on the bus should die.

On his way off the bus, Evans-Royster reportedly ripped off one of the bus’s side-view mirrors before fleeing the scene.

Police caught him four days later at a local subway station.

Evans-Royster was charged with race/religious harassment, robbery, second-degree assault, destruction of property, possession of a false I.D, and theft.

According to records obtained by WJLA, Evans-Royster has an “extensive” criminal record. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 27  in Montgomery County District Court. If convicted, he could face 30 years imprisonment.

When interviewed by WJLA, Desi Cureton, another passenger on the bus, said that Evans-Royster should be subjected to a mental health screening.

“Who carries around a bottle a urine?” Cureton asked. “If I was the judge, I would send him for mental health evaluation.”

POTD: DPMS .22LR Mystery Magazine

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:00

My friend Keith has a dedicated DPMS AR15 in .22LR. The magazine is an AR15 magazine-shaped polymer housing that encompasses a small metal magazine. You can see the metal magazine below.   The magazine has a built in ejector and a small tab that sticks out of the back. The tab indexes into the polymer […]

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Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day – Opey

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:00

Open says of his customized G43, “My EDC starts with my modified Glock. The slide is milled with front serrations, full top serrations and refinished with Cerakote Cobalt. I have...

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Court sides with humanists, rules 92-year-old cross commemorating World War I violates Constitution

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:00

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a 92-year-old cross commemorating fallen World War I soldiers violates the U.S. Constitution,  The Associated Press reported.

The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the 40-foot tall Bladensburg cross — located on a Maryland state highway median just outside Washington — equates to government sponsorship of a particular religion, the AP added.

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The three-judge panel said the memorial “excessively entangles the government in religion” because the cross is the “core symbol of Christianity” and “breaches” the wall separating church and state, the outlet reported.

Who argued against the cross?

The American Humanist Association argued against the cross.

“The court correctly ruled that the cross unconstitutionally endorses Christianity and favors Christians to the exclusion of all other religious Americans,” Monica Miller, senior counsel with the AHA’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement.

Roy Speckhardt, AHA executive director, added that “government war memorials should respect all veterans, not just those from one religious group. Religious neutrality is important in a pluralistic society like ours.”

What did a previous court ruling say about the cross?

In November 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ruled that despite the monument’s cross shape, its purpose isn’t primarily religious and therefore is constitutional, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a government office that owns and controls the land where the monument sits, has been a co-defendant in the case with the American Legion, which erected the monument in 1925 and uses the site for Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations, the Sun added.

Olympic Athletes Could Soon Face Being Microchipped ‘Like Dogs’ To Compete

SHTFplan.com - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:00

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While some say microchipping humans is the wave of the future, others think it could be the Biblical “mark of the beast.” Regardless, the next group to face the potentiality of being microchipped like dogs are Olympic athletes.

According to WND, the head of an association of Olympic athletes wants to require anyone who participates in the Summer or Winter Games to be implanted with a tracking chip to prevent the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Mike Miller, the CEO of the World Olympians Association, remarked recently at an anti-doping forum in London that athletes should accept digital implants or be barred from Olympic-level competition, according to The Guardian.

Speaking to anti-doping leaders at a Westminster forum on integrity in sport, Miller said: “In order to stop doping we need to chip our athletes where the latest technology is there.” He continued, saying: “Microchips get over the issue of whether the technology can be manipulated because they [athletes] have no control over the device. The problem with the current anti-doping system is that all it says is that at a precise moment in time there are no banned substances but we need a system which says you are illegal substance-free at all times and if there are changes in markers they will be detected.”

Consumer privacy expert Liz McIntyre, the co-author of Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move,” called Miller’s proposal “outrageous,” insisting “no human being should ever be forced to accept a tracking implant to fully participate in society.” Miller reiterates that it isn’t about “privacy,” however, and Olympic athletes aren’t exactly regular members of society. “Some people say it’s an invasion of privacy,” Miller said. “Well, sport is a club and people don’t have to join the club if they don’t want to, if they can’t follow the rules.”

Although Miller didn’t specify what kind of microchip technology he was considering, McIntyre pointed out there are RFID chips with sensors that could detect the health status of a host or substances in the blood as would be the intention – to stop drug cheats.  “When someone in Miller’s position has the audacity to suggest that RFID dog tracking chips are an acceptable prerequisite for participation in any endeavor, it’s time for action,” McIntyre said.

“Some people say we shouldn’t do this to people,” Miller said. “Well, we’re a nation of dog lovers, we’re prepared to chip our dogs and it doesn’t seem to harm them, so why aren’t we prepared to chip ourselves?”

Perhaps we microchip dogs because we own them, and perhaps we don’t want a microchip because we don’t feel like being owned by whoever demands we have that chip implanted.  It’s a difficult concept for the more authoritarian minds in society to grasp, sadly.

Earlier this year, a company in Wisconsin became the first to microchip the employees.

The idea to microchip athletes will probably not sit well considering the existing Adams whereabouts system is already invasive when it comes to an athletes privacy. Whereabouts rules dictate that athletes must declare on an online database where they will be every day for a one-hour window between 5 am and 11 pm, so drug testers can turn up without warning. The athlete biological passport system has been the most crucial development in anti-doping in recent years, with blood test results analyzed over a period of time for the effects rather than just the mere presence of drugs.

Nicole Sapstead, the UK Anti-Doping chief executive, was wary a move to microchipping of athletes would represent an egregious invasion of their privacy. “We welcome verified developments in technology which could assist the fight against doping. However, can we ever be sure that this type of thing could never be tampered with or even accurately monitor all substances and methods on the prohibited list? There is a balance to be struck between a right to privacy versus demonstrating that you are clean. We would actively encourage more research in whether there are technologies in development that can assist anti-doping organizations in their endeavors.”

Miller claimed he was not speaking on behalf of the WOA when he suggested implanting Olympic athletes with microchips. “I’m just throwing the idea out there,” he said. “I’m gauging reaction from people but we do need to think of new ways to protect clean sport. I’m no Steve Jobs but we need to spend the money and use the latest technology.”

Nearly 3,000 of Govt Docs Found on Laptop of Sex Offender Married to Top Clinton Adviser

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:47

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The State Department admitted the FBI discovered nearly 3,000 government documents on a laptop belonging to the ex-husband of Hillary Clinton’s top adviser, Huma Abedin, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch said.

The revelation was in response to a May 2015 lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the State Department after it failed to respond to a Freedom of Information request (FOIA) seeking all emails of official State Department business received or sent by Abedin between January 2009 and February 2013 “using a non-state.gov email address.”

This is a disturbing development. Our experience with Abedin’s emails suggest these Weiner laptop documents will include classified and other sensitive materials,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement, naming Abedin’s ex-husband, Anthony Weiner.

“When will the Justice Department do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law?” the statement added.

The documents were discovered on Weiner’s laptop after devices were seized as part of an FBI investigation into an allegation that he had engaged in ‘sexting’ with a 15-year-old girl. The discovery of the State Department emails led then-FBI Director James Comey to reopen an investigation late in the 2016 US presidential election.

In July 2016, Comey, exonerated Clinton following the probe into whether the former secretary of state’s private servers had been used to transmit or store classified information. Comey said he referred the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision.

The investigation began as a referral from the Intelligence Community Inspector General in connection with Clinton’s use of a personal email service during her time as secretary of state.

Comey said from a group of 30,000 emails, 110 in 52 chains had been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was ‘top secret’ at the time they were sent, 36 contained ‘secret’ information, and eight contained ‘confidential’ information.

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” wrote Comey.

After finding more documents on Weiner’s laptop, Comey alerted Congress that the agency had reopened its investigation. However, three days before the presidential election the FBI announced that it had found no evidence of wrongdoing.

In August, Judicial Watch released 1,600-plus pages of emails the State Department had turned over under the group’s FOIA lawsuit. The documents included 91 email exchanges that were not previously handed over to the State Department, for a total of 530 emails that were not included in Clinton’s initial 55,000-page disclosure.

Judicial Watch said the State Department is processing 100,000 emails Clinton failed to disclose when she served as secretary of state, some of which were sent by Abedin and found on Weiner’s laptop. Clinton attempted to delete 33,000 emails from her non-government server. The State Department is currently checking about 500 pages per month, following a court order. Judicial Watch said at this rate the documents won’t be fully available until at least 2020.

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3 things you should know about Trump’s tax reform plan

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:25

President Donald Trump on Tuesday shared his plan for tax reform during a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

“Lower taxes on American business means higher wages for American workers, and it means more products made right here in the U.S.A.,” Trump said in a White House news release.

Simply put, Trump said his tax reform plan will cut taxes for working families, it will simplify the tax code and significantly reduce corporate taxes for small- to medium-sized businesses. It will put about $4,000 back in the average American’s paycheck and businesses will “stay, hire and grow in America,” he said.

No. 1: Cut taxes for working families

The administration’s plan:
● Reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to three, which means the first $12,000 for an individual and $24,000 for a married couple would be tax-free.
● Increase the Child Tax Credit and expand it to benefit more middle-income families and eliminate the marriage penalty.
● Create a $500 tax credit for those carrying for an adult dependent or elderly loved one.

How it will reportedly help: 
● Larger paychecks for Americans.
● More money to be put back into our local economies through consumer spending.

No. 2: Simplify the tax code

The administration’s plan:
● A single-page tax form.

How it will reportedly help:
● An estimated 90 percent of taxpayers would qualify to use the single-page form.
● It could save taxpayers millions of hours on tax preparation.
● Could possibly save billions in tax preparation costs.

No. 3: Reduce business tax rates

The administration’s plan:
● Cut corporate tax rate from 35 to not more than 20 percent.
● Small business tax rates would be capped at 25 percent.
● Businesses would be able to expense the cost of equipment the year it’s purchased.

How it will reportedly help:
● More than 30 million businesses top marginal rate would be cut by about 40 percent.
● Proposed tax rates would be the lowest for small- to medium-sized businesses in more than 80 years.
● Makes more cash available for hiring, purchasing, and spending.

Trump said his plan would create jobs, put Americans back to work and restore America’s competitive business edge.

“We will lift our people from welfare to work, from dependence to independence and from poverty to total beautiful prosperity,” Trump said.

Pro-life group at a Catholic university says someone stole crosses from their display

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:10

A pro-life student group at a Catholic university says someone stole wooden crosses from its display, according to KMOV-TV.

What happened to the display?

Members of a Students for Life chapter at St. Louis University told KMOV that they set up a pro-life display Saturday with 175 wooden crosses in remembrance of lives lost to abortion in the United States, as well as capital punishment and homicide in St Louis. But by Monday night, the crosses were gone.

Besty Daly, president of the St. Louis University chapter of Students for Life, told KMOV, “The fact that this was stolen from us seems to be a way of saying that people don’t like our voice on campus.”

Daly said an eyewitness reported that “a man and a woman collected the crosses in a cloth bag and had said some people had been annoyed by our display.”

The Rev. Chris Collins, assistant to the president for mission and identity at the Jesuit university, told KMOV that the school is investigating the incident and reviewing security footage.

“We want to [have] an open dialogue of ideas and exchange of ideas,” Collins said. “On the university side, it is a failure within our university mission where it is our mission to be a place where those ideas and arguments can be made.”

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, tweeted about the incident, asking, “What kind of person steals crosses from a pro-life display at a Catholic school?”

What did students say?

Students said that they forgive whoever took the crosses and want to have a dialogue with them about issues impacting human life.

Lucy Gonzales, a member of the student group, told KMOV, “We forgive the perpetrators of this act, whatever ill feeling they may have toward our group, we want to talk to you, we want to reach out to you.”

KMOV.com

Why Residents in Some American States May Soon Need a Passport for Domestic Air Travel

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:04

They were previously allowed to use mere driving licenses.

But residents of some US states will soon require additional ID, such as passports, if they wish to embark on air travel – even if just domestically.

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An Anti-Gunner’s “Modest Proposal on Guns”

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:00

Writing for CNN, Columbia University ProfessorJeffrey Sachs took time from his busy schedule to offer a “modest proposal on guns.” Professor Sachs is too modest. For anyone who cherishes their...

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The Newest Canik Pistol: the TP9SFL

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:00

Canik TP9SFLThere’s a new gun in town, and its name is the TP9SFL. Recently announced is the new long slide version of the Canik TP9SF. Called the TP9SFL, the new pistol has a 5.2″ match grade barrel and an overall length of 8.27″. Also setting it apart from the standard TP9SF model is that the new […]

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Armed car thieves try making getaway when victim pulls out her own gun. She doesn’t miss.

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:35

What happened?

  • Police said Jernalen Coleman, 17, and Lasupta Singletary, 18, arranged to meet Louise Ornduff and her 18-year-old son to buy a car from them, WTVT-TV reported.
  • The meeting happened Monday night at a bank parking lot in Clearwater, Florida, WTVT said.
  • Coleman and Singletary brought guns with them, police told WTVT.
  • The pair demanded the keys to the Hyundai Veloster that Ornduff’s son Kalaeb had been driving, WFTS-TV reported.
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  • As Coleman and Singletary were taking off in the Veloster, Louise Ornduff pulled out her own gun and fired a shot, hitting Singletary, WFTS said.
  • Coleman drove to a hospital where Singletary was pronounced dead, WFTS added.
  • Coleman was charged with armed robbery and second-degree murder because police said he was committing a felony when Singletary was killed, WTVT reported.

What are police saying about the woman who fired the shot?

  • “There’s no speculation that she fired a weapon in the course of an armed robbery,” Deputy Clearwater Police Chief Eric Gandy told WTVT. “The timeline is going to be critical in determining when that shot was fired and what the threat was at the point the shot was fired.”
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What does an attorney not connected to the case have to say?

  • “What they’ll be doing is looking at surveillance videos, talking to witnesses to see when that shot was fired, how far the vehicle was when the shot was fired to determine if self-defense is actually a valid defense here,” criminal defense attorney Anthony Rickman told WTVT.

What are police saying about the car thieves?

  • They said both have criminal histories, WFTS reported.
  • Authorities charged Singletary in a gun burglary caught on camera in Zephyrhills, WFTS said it learned six months ago.
  • “Based on their history, which you can see before you, and the fact they were engaged in an armed robbery, leads … to their character, I would say,” Gandy told WFTS.
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Is the woman who fired the shot talking?

  • WTVT said it went to Ornduff’s home but found a note on the door that read, “No comment, do not disturb.”
 WTVT-TV video screenshotImage source: WTVT-TV video screenshot

Here’s a video report from WTVT:

Delta passengers try to sing national anthem for fallen soldier. A flight attendant shuts them down.

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:20

Dr. Pamela Gaudry found out the hard way that singing the national anthem on a Delta Air lines aircraft might just ruffle some feathers.

In a weekend Facebook video, Gaudry described an idea she had while she was on a flight from Philadelphia to Atlanta after learning that a fallen U.S. soldier was on board.

What was in the video?

In her video, Gaudry — the wife of a deceased Navy captain — was tearful and relayed her story with a shaking voice.

“I just did the most uncourageous thing in my life today, and I’m sharing it,” Gaudry said. “I hope somehow it gets to people all around, even the President.”

Gaudry revealed that the flight crew announced Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright’s casket would be leaving the plane first.

She said that she went around the plane and asked all of the passengers if they would like to sing the national anthem as Wright’s casket was removed from the aircraft.

Gaudry said that most of the people she spoke to were quite receptive, and some even cried at the idea.

However, before Gaudry and the other passengers could begin, a flight attendant approached Gaudry and told her that they would not be able to sing the anthem, and said it was against Delta’s company policy to do so.

Gaudry, taken aback, told the flight attendant that she would not be the one to tell the passengers they couldn’t sing, so an announcement was made to the passengers over the plane’s intercom.

Gaudry reported that the flight attendant later told her that there were passengers from other countries who told the crew that they were not comfortable hearing America’s national anthem.

“I didn’t know what would happen to me if I started to sing,” Gaudry said. “I’m humiliated by my lack of courage to sing the national anthem on my own country on American soil, with a deceased soldier on the plane.”

She added, “I wish I could have been an example for my children. I’m glad my former husband is deceased. He would have been profoundly disappointed in me.”

Gaudry said that she hoped that the video would go viral, and that “people will know that it is a policy of Delta to not be able to sing the national anthem on one of their planes.”

Since sharing the video on Saturday, Gaudry’s video has received 2.7 million views.

What did Delta have to say?

In a statement obtained by The Hill, a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines revealed that the company does not actually have such a policy.

“The respectful ceremony of the Delta Honor Guard is one symbol of Delta’s pledge to the men and women of the armed forces, and it represents our broad commitment to our veterans and active-duty service members,” the spokesperson said.

“Delta does not have a policy regarding the national anthem. We have reached out to the customer and are looking into this situation,” the spokesperson added.

Did Gaudry respond to Delta’s statement?

Yes.

Gaudry shared an update on Sunday that revealed Delta had contacted her and had apologized for the miscommunication.

“Delta has apologized to me. Profusely. I accept,” Gaudry said.

How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 2: 99.9% Of The Global Population Lives In A Country With A Central Bank

SHTFplan.com - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:05

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse

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Even though the nations of the world are very deeply divided on almost everything else, somehow virtually all of them have been convinced that central banking is the way to go. Today, less than 0.1% of the population of the world lives in a country that does not have a central bank. Do you think that there is any possible way that this is a coincidence? And it is also not a coincidence that we are now facing the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world. In Part I of this series, I discussed the fact that total global debt has reached 217 trillion dollars. Once you understand that central banks are designed to create endless debt, and once you understand that 99.9% of the global population lives in a country that has a central bank, then it finally makes sense why we have accumulated so much debt. The elite of the world use debt as a tool of enslavement, and central banking has allowed them to literally enslave the entire planet.

Some of you may not be familiar with how a “central bank” differs from a normal bank. The following definition of a “central bank” comes from Wikipedia

central bankreserve bank, or monetary authority is an institution that manages a state’s currencymoney supply, and interest rates. Central banks also usually oversee the commercial banking system of their respective countries. In contrast to a commercial bank, a central bank possesses a monopoly on increasing the monetary base in the state, and usually also prints the national currency,[1] which usually serves as the state’s legal tender.

Over the past 100 years or so, we have seen central banks steadily be established all over the planet. At this point, there are just 8 very small nations that still do not have a central bank…

-Andorra
-Monaco
-Nauru
-Kiribati
-Tuvalu
-Palau
-Marshall Islands
-Federated States of Micronesia

When you add the populations of those 8 nations together, it comes to much less than 0.1% of the global population.

But even though central banking is nearly universal, only a very small fraction of the global population can tell you how money is created.

Do you know where money comes from?

Here in the United States, most people just assume that the federal government creates money. But that is not true at all.

Many are absolutely shocked when they discover that U.S. currency is actually borrowed into existence. The federal government gives U.S. Treasury bonds (debt) to the Federal Reserve in exchange for money that the Federal Reserve creates out of thin air. The Federal Reserve then auctions off those bonds to the highest bidder.

Since the federal government must pay interest on those bonds, the amount of debt that is created in these transactions is actually greater than the amount of money that is created. But we are told that if we can just circulate the money throughout our economy fast enough and tax it at a high enough rate, then we can eventually pay off the debt. Of course that never actually happens, and so the federal government always has to go back and borrow even more money. This is called a debt spiral, and at this point we will never be able to escape it until we do away with this horrible system.

But why does our government (or any government for that matter) have to borrow money that is created by a central bank in the first place?

Why can’t governments just create money themselves?

Oops. That is the big secret that nobody is supposed to talk about.

Theoretically, the U.S. government doesn’t actually have to borrow a single penny. Instead of borrowing money the Federal Reserve creates out of thin air, the federal government could just create money directly and spend it into circulation.

Yes, this could actually happen.  Back in 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 11110 which authorized the U.S. Treasury to issue debt-free “United States Notes” which were not created by the Federal Reserve. These debt-free notes began to be issued, and you can still find them for sale on eBay today. Unfortunately, President Kennedy was assassinated shortly after this executive order was issued, and the notes were not in production for long.

If we had ultimately fully adopted “United States Notes” and had phased out Federal Reserve notes, we would not be 20 trillion dollars in debt today.

The elite of the world love to get national governments deep into debt, because it enables them to enslave entire populations while making an obscene amount of money in the process.

Back in 1913, an insidious plan was rushed through Congress just before Christmas that was based on a blueprint that had been developed by very powerful Wall Street interests. Author G. Edward Griffin did an extraordinary job of documenting how all of this happened in his book entitled “The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve”. A central bank was established, and it was purposely designed to create a government debt spiral, and that is precisely what happened.

Since 1913, the size of the national debt has gotten more than 6,000 times larger, and the value of our dollar has declined by more than 98 percent. Many conservatives are still under the illusion that we could get out of debt someday if we just grow the economy fast enough, but I have shown in another article that we have gotten to the point where this is mathematically impossible.

And most people are also operating under the false assumption that the Federal Reserve is part of the federal government. But that is not accurate either. The following comes from one of my previous articles

There is often a lot of confusion about the Federal Reserve, because a lot of people think that it is simply an agency of the federal government. But of course that is not true at all. In fact, as Ron Paul likes to say, the Federal Reserve is about as “federal” as Federal Express is.

The Fed is an independent central bank that has even argued in court that it is not an agency of the federal government. Yes, the president appoints the leadership of the Fed, but the Fed and other central banks around the world have always fiercely guarded their “independence”. On the official Fed website, it is admitted that the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks are organized “much like private corporations”, and they very much operate like private entities. They even issue shares of stock to the private banks that own them.

In case you were wondering, the federal government has zero shares.

According to the U.S. Constitution, a private central banking cartel should not be issuing our currency. In Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution, Congress is solely given the authority to “coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”.

So why in the world has this authority been given to a central bank?

The truth is that we do not need a central bank.

From 1872 to 1913, there was no central bank and no income tax, and it turned out to be the greatest period of economic growth in all of U.S. history.

But since the Fed was established, there have been 18 different recessions or depressions: 1918, 1920, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1937, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1969, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1990, 2001, 2008.

Abolishing the Federal Reserve is one of the core issues of my platform, and I have been writing about these things for the last seven years.

As I discussed yesterday, the elite use debt to enslave all of the rest of us, and central banking allows them to literally dominate the entire planet.

Until we abolish this debt-based system and go to a currency that is debt-free, we are never going to permanently solve our very deep long-term economic and financial problems.

But because they are so immensely wealthy, the elite are able to wield extraordinary influence in our society. They control the mainstream media, our politicians and even global institutions such as the United Nations. Anyone that would dare to question the validity of the current system is marginalized, and for a long time very few politicians around the world were even willing to speak out against central banking.

However, that is starting to change. A new generation of leaders is rising up, and they are absolutely determined to break the stranglehold that the elite have on our society. It won’t be easy, but if we are able to wake enough people up, I believe that we will eventually be able to free ourselves from this insidious system.
 

GetPreparedNow-MichaelSnyderBarbaraFixMichael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

If you want to know what is coming and what you can do to prepare, read his latest book Get Prepared Now!: Why A Great Crisis Is Coming.

NEW: Christensen Arms Modern Precision Rifle

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:01

As a professional (fine, amateur) It is important to realize and understand your limitations. For example, as someone who is inexperienced in long range shooting, I can explain minute of angle (MOA) to the uninitiated using a ruler and a crayon, but that’s the extent of my abilities. As such, I will announce the newest […]

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Doctors in Puerto Rico Practice Medicine In ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ Conditions

SHTFplan.com - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
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Nearly four weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, doctors are experiencing “post-apocalyptic” conditions. The reality doctors in Puerto Rico are facing is similar to that from a dystopian novel.

Doctors are conducting surgical procedures in sweltering 95-degree heat, experience malfunctioning X-ray machines, and have seen medications literally melting. “We’re practicing disaster medicine in real life,” said Dr. William Kotler, a senior resident in emergency medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando, who spent two weeks volunteering on the island earlier this month. “We improvise if we have to, with very little resources.”

Arriving one week after Hurricane Maria made landfall, Dr. Kotler and four other emergency physicians from Florida Hospital in Orlando, finished up a volunteer mission on the devastated island. They were the first medical relief team the hospital sent to the island. “We went in blind,” said Dr. Julian Trivino, who was among the first team of volunteers.

A second team arrived on October 8th and will stay for two weeks to assist those who need medical attention. When the physicians arrived in the town of Aguadilla on the northwestern tip of the island, the local hospital was in bad shape. The hurricane had almost completely taken down the entire electrical grid and knocked out communications. “I got there and immediately had a patient with serious head injuries from a car accident,” said Trivino, who is the chief resident in emergency medicine.

Access to electricity was so poor that Trivino couldn’t conduct a CT scan, but he was able to do an X-ray. To review the films, he had to go outside and hold the films up to the sunlight to see anything. Afterward, he used one of the team’s two satellite phones to arrange for the patient to go to a trauma center.

Dr. Trivino must use sunlight to examine x-rays since electricity is sporadic in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Trivino must use sunlight to examine x-rays since electricity is sporadic in Puerto Rico.

 

The physicians are also becoming increasingly concerned that Puerto Rico could be headed toward a full-blown health crisis. “Trauma centers are overwhelmed. Basic surgeries are being postponed. I’ve seen people lose digits because they couldn’t be treated in time,” said Kotler.

And the heat is making conditions even more extreme. At a hospital in Carolina on the northeastern coast, Kotler and Trivino had to perform an emergency surgery; attaching a temporary pacemaker to a patient whose heart rate was abnormally slow. “It was 95 degrees in this ER room. She was sweating profusely and vomiting,” said Kotler. “I held her hand and stroked her head. It’s what I could do to comfort her.”

But there were also several patients who suffered the ultimate fate. In Aguadilla, it was a 42-year-old man in cardiac arrest. “He had a fever of 107 degrees. It was burning hot in the hospital. We scrambled to find ice packs to cool him down,” said Kotler. Nonetheless, he died the next day. “If you have a major heart attack in Puerto Rico, right now, the odds are stacked against you,” said Trivino.

It isn’t just the sweltering heat that’s causing a post-apocalyptic medical crisis either. A lack of clean drinking water is compounding the problems. In one town, the medical team encountered an orphanage where children were on the verge of dehydration. The physicians flew in pallets of fresh drinking water to save the kids’ lives. Because of the lack of water,  Dr. Raul Hernandez, an internist based in San Juan, is bracing for an outbreak and possibly several deaths from waterborne diseases. He said Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease spread through the urine of infected animals such as rodents, is becoming a growing concern. Due to a lack of safe drinking water, people are drinking from whatever water sources they can find just to survive, he said. If that water contains urine from an infected rat, the disease will spread, he said. So far, at least two deaths have been attributed to Leptospirosis in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Miguel Acevedo led the second team of emergency physicians from Florida Hospital. “They say it could take six to nine months for power to be restored fully in Puerto Rico. No hospital can plan to survive on generators for that long,” he said. What doctors are dealing with in Puerto Rico is a “Mad Max kind of situation,” said Acevedo. “The reality here is post-apocalyptic,” he said. “You can’t understand the seriousness of it unless you see it.”

Question of the Day: Guns On Planes?

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00

“[Indiana State Representative Jim] Lucas is sincere when he argues that federal restrictions on private ownership of machine guns should be abolished,” indystar.com reports, incredulously enough. “Or that laws banning citizens from carrying...

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HS chemistry teacher suspended after she kneels at school assembly with ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:55

A California high school made a statement last Friday after a chemistry teacher kneeled during the national anthem at a school assembly.

What happened?

During a school pep rally last Friday, Woodland High School chemistry teacher Wendy Pappas held two social justice signs and kneeled during the national anthem, according to the Sacramento Bee. Though she kneeled during the anthem, she placed her hand over her heart while it played.

One of her signs read, “Black Lives Matter,” while the other read, “It’s okay to disagree with any sign here!!!”

How did school officials react?

The assembly went on without incident, but school administrators later came to Pappas’ classroom and sent her home. The Bee reported she was placed on paid leave.

Woodland principal Karrie Sequeria emailed and left a recorded message to students’ families over the weekend addressing the incident, according to the Bee. She said:

While teachers do retain certain First Amendment rights in their capacity as an instructor, such rights are limited by Education Code and case law. Their personal, political or religious beliefs are not appropriately expressed at school or in the classroom. Instead, the appropriate and legal instructional role is one of neutral facilitator – one who facilitates student discussion and intelligent analysis of current events.

What does the law say?

Michael Risher, an attorney for the ACLU, told the Bee that the First Amendment protects a teacher’s right to free expression as long as that expression doesn’t come at a school-sponsored event or during daily school activities.

More from the Bee:

Past California cases have found teachers were within their rights to wear political buttons at back-to-school nights or circulate petitions in a teacher’s lounge, since they were not actively instructing students.

What did Pappas say?

The high school teacher told the Daily Democrat that she didn’t realize her protest would anger so many and said that she will apologize to those she offended.

“I felt like it was something respectful and supportive to our flag. I didn’t even think of it as a protest. I was taken off-guard by the reaction,” she said, adding that she understands she broke the California Education Code.

According to the Bee, Pappas returned to her classroom on Tuesday.

Jesus Campos emerges: Las Vegas security guard set to detail horrific shooting for first time

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:40

Jesus Campos, the security guard who was shot in the leg by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock and who has been hailed has a hero for helping to bring the attack to an end, emerged after news of his “disappearance” broke nearly a week ago.

Campos resurfaced for a taping of Wednesday’s program of the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where he discussed the deadly shooting for the first time. A clip was released Wednesday morning.

What happened?

  • Campos was set to give interviews to a variety of media outlets last week but disappeared just minutes before his scheduled speaking time.
  • Investigative reporter Laura Loomer visited the Campos residence, but was turned away by a woman who said she could not “talk about this.” Loomer later reported that Campos’ family has a gag order.
  • David Hickey, president of the Security Police and Fire Professionals Union who is representing Campos, revealed that Campos left the building and was taken to a walk-in health care clinic. It was reported on Monday that Campos was not seen at any of the walk-in clinics.
  • Hickey on Monday revealed, “We have had no contact with him. … Clearly, somebody knows where he is.”

What do we know so far about what he told Ellen DeGeneres?

  • Campos, who appeared on the show alongside Mandalay Bay hotel maintenance engineer Stephen Schuck, told the TV host that his comments on her show would be the only public comments about the shooting that he would make.
  • Campos noted that when he got to Paddock’s 32nd floor, the hallway door was jammed shut with “brackets,” and Schuck was summoned to assist.
  • “As I was walking down [the hallway], I heard rapid fire,” Campos told DeGeneres. “I took cover and I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and saw blood. That’s when I called in on my radio that shots were fired.”
  • “Once I got more than halfway [down the hallway] is when I saw Jesus and heard shooting,” Schuck said of the moment he arrived on the 32nd floor. “At first I thought it was a jackhammer. … Jesus leaned out and said, ‘Take cover, take cover,’ and yelled at me and within milliseconds, if he didn’t say that, I would’ve got hit.”
  • Schuck added that shots from Paddock “were passing by my head, and I could feel the pressure” from the rounds.
  • For their efforts, Schuck was provided with an all-expenses-paid trip to an Indianapolis Colts game, and Campos received season tickets for the Oakland Raiders.
  • $25,000 was also donated in Campos’s name to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, which, at the time of this writing, has received over $10 million in donations.

Gun statistics — should they be tortured or gently cross-examined?

NRA-ILA - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:38
Statistics are not like pictures that tell a thousand words. They must be analyzed. Unfortunately, they can also be tortured and made to confess to almost anything. Instead, they should be carefully cross-examined.

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