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The fix for the country that no one is talking about

By Mencken’s Ghost


The USA isn’t bereft of ideas to supposedly fix what ails it:  raise taxes or cut spending, raise the debt limit or live within its means, reform Medicare or expand free medical care, invest in public education or offer choice in education, invest in green energy or drill for oil, invade other countries or defend the nation’s shores, pray to God in school or pray to the state in school, salute the flag or burn the flag, vote Democrat or vote Republican, watch CNBC or watch Fox News, and be fixated on Lady Gaga or on Weiner’s weenie.

 
None of these distractions will fix the country. They won’t fix it because they don’t address the root problem.
 

The root problem is theft.  Theft has become the main activity of the U.S. government (and state governments).  Instead of taking some money from all people to pay for the few public goods and services that cannot be provided by free markets and charities, the government now takes a lot of money from a minority of people for the unlimited benefit of a majority of people.  
 

This can’t end in anything but bankruptcy.
 

The list of larcenies would run for more than 50 pages.  Examples include crop subsidies given to farmers, subsidies of every description given to rent-seeking corporations (hello, General Electric), school lunches given to obese kids, handouts beyond imagination given to able-bodied and able-minded slackers, rich pensions given to avaricious public employees, and free medical care given to liars who say they can’t afford medical care as they drive expensive cars, gorge on unhealthy food, and mortgage their futures to buy every new gizmo and gadget.
 

Then there is the double-theft of Social Security and Medicare.  After making phony actuarial assumptions about the programs, the government committed the first theft by confiscating people’s lifetime FICA payments--which were inadequate to pay the promised benefits in retirement--and spending the payments on other things.  It is now committing the second theft by sending the bills for its lies and larceny to future generations.

 
All of this theft has created a feeding frenzy, where the objective is to steal from your neighbor before he steals from you.  It’s as if we’re all swimming in shark-infested waters with bloody hams tied to our backs.
 

The absurd justifications and rationalizations for eating our neighbors are an insult to whatever intelligence and morals are left in the nation.  The feeders speak of social justice, fairness, compassion, and, especially, the children, while they devour their neighbors’ hams.  And then the media, which never had much intelligence or morals, runs story after story sympathetic to the feeders instead of their victims.
 

Eggheads in academia teach a similar slant to college kids with yolks for brains, as they enjoy their tenured positions that depend on government grants, student indebtedness, and serf-like graduate assistants who do the work of the pampered professoriate for little pay.  Like their fellow egghead in the White House, these feeders despise the bourgeoisie, are steeped in leftist cant, and want to destroy what is left of the market economy that funds their privileged positions.

 
It’s no surprise, then, to hear students sniveling and demonstrating about the unfairness of tuition increases at state colleges.  Because no one has told them where money comes from, and because they have grown up in a kleptomaniac nation, it doesn’t dawn on them that much of their education is paid in taxes by working stiffs who don’t attend college and who earn less then what they will earn after graduation.  Nor does it dawn on reporters, who also didn’t learn much in college, to ask the whining students about the fairness of this. 
 

One has to watch voyeuristic shows like “Judge Judy” or “Judge Joe Brown” instead of the mainstream news to know what many of the feeders are like.  Ironically, such shows are a big hit with the feeders themselves, probably because they know the truth.    
 

The nation was doomed to bankruptcy the first time that Americans--and thus government--justified the taking of money from some people for the benefit of other people, instead of for the true general welfare.  Such original sin, which took place before the Founders had died, set a precedent and led to convoluted court decisions and purposeful misreading of the Constitution to justify an endless succession of theft.   
 

Unless Americans stop all theft, the government will have no choice but to resort to the biggest theft of all times.  Unable to cut the federal debt by honest means, politicians will cut it dishonestly.  They will debase the dollar even more than they have already, relying on the burglary rings of the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, and the rest of the banking cartel to do the stealing in the middle of the night, unseen by citizens and the media, who will be too distracted by gagas and wieners to notice.
 

In the meantime, stay out of the water and try to hide your ham and wiener.

“Mencken’s Ghost” is the nom de plume of an Arizona writer who can be reached at ghost@menckensghost.com.

Illegal Immigration Succeeds

The lamestream media told you:

Both parties want a solution to illegal immigration, but they have very different approaches.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The "news" conjecture that the parties want to end illegal immigration is patently false, since many on the political right, including many businesses, love illegal immigration because it supplies a wonderfully large pool of low-priced labor.

The left is more overt in their support of illegal immigration.

Illegal immigration:

-- Helps fundamentally transform America

-- Serves social justice goals

-- Is fair, because we stole the land, now must give it back, to be fair

-- These people struggled to get here, they ought to have a right to stay

-- How can you be heartless and deny them medical care

-- What about the innocent children who are victims of their parents' abuse

-- Some have served in the military and deserve rewards

-- Some have gone to college, at in-state rates, which helps the colleges

-- Oppressors have to face the music and this is it

-- Americans want non-government drugs, the migrants just supply demand

-- The drug and illigration wars provide job support for thousands of federal workers

-- Those workers support grocers, dry cleaners, car dealers, the entire economy

-- If illegals stop sending cash back to Mexico, it would collapse, and that would be a bad thing

-- Their brethren here support the migration, and they vote

-- The illegal immigrants also vote

-- Legals simply won't pick lettuce

-- Checkpoints help get the public used to unconstitutional police-state tactics for future programs

-- Militarization of the police advances all sorts of federal policies

-- Buckets of money flow into states from the feds for immigration programs, whether it works or not

-- Without constant fear your need for government decreases

-- All the immigration crises are good for advancing multiple agendas

-- If you can keep the Reps and Dems at each others' throats over this, the Bilberbergs and company benefit

-- Controversy helps sell newspapers, though that isn't working very well, is it.

Posse Comitatus Elimination

The lamestream media told you:

 “New Post To Help Military Respond To U.S. Disasters” according to Dan Elliott writing for the Associated Press. http://tinyurl.com/3d8xbxe

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

“Effort to Eliminate Posse Comitatus Protection Underway”

This story is so bad I have to pull it apart piece by piece.

Lamestream: “The Defense Dept. is grooming a new type of commander to coordinate the military response to domestic disasters, hoping to save lives by avoiding some of the chaos that plagued the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort.”

Ombudsman: Using FEMA and federal incompetence during the Katrina disaster as an excuse, someone in the chain of military command, probably right at the top, is planning to actually name officers in charge of using military force against the public.

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Hemenway Suffers SugarShock

The lamestream media told you:

Soda Causes Gun Carry

Researchers said on Tuesday they had found a "shocking" association -- if only a statistical one -- between violence by teenagers and the amount of soda they drank. High-school students in inner-city Boston who consumed more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks every week were between nine- and 15-percent likelier to engage in an aggressive act compared with counterparts who drank less...

"What we found was that there was a strong relationship between how many soft drinks that these inner-city kids consumed and how violent they were," said David Hemenway, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. The new study was based in the inner Boston area, where Hemenway said crime rates were much higher than in the wealthier suburbs. [See Uninvited Ombudsman report and maps on the geographic, demographic and economic realities of violent crime, http://www.gunlaws.com/GunshotDemographics.htm]. The overwhelming majority of respondents were Hispanic, African-American or mixed; few were Asian or white.

They were also asked whether they drank alcohol or smoked, carried a weapon or showed violence towards peers, family members and partner. What emerged, said Hemenway, was evidence of "dose response," in other words, the more soda was consumed, the likelier the tendency towards violence. Among those who drank one or no cans of soft drink a week, 23 percent carried a gun or a knife; 15 percent perpetrated violence towards a partner; and 35 percent had been violent towards peers. At the other end of the scale, among those who drank 14 cans a week, 43 percent carried a gun or a knife; 27 percent had been violent towards a partner; and more than 58 percent had been violent towards peers.

"This is one of the very first studies to examine" the question, said Hemenway. The study, published in a British journal, Injury Prevention, will revive memories of the "Twinkie Defence," a US legal landmark in which a killer successfully argued that his behaviour had been swayed by eating junk food.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Gun Carry Causes Soda

In a laughable affront to good science, Harvard's David Hemenway, a widely reviled anti-civil-rights activist, has gathered data and drawn a conclusion that just happens to support his long-time anti-gun-rights political agenda, at the expense of turning research on its head.

Hemenway implies that drinking soda is connected to illegal gun possession by youth. Unfortunately for the man, he has found that young people likely to illegally carry weapons are prone to drinking soda. Drawing a conclusion the other way around, that soda turns kids bad, is unsupportable, but does advance his anti-rights agenda.

"'Coincidence is not causation,' is a bedrock of scientific inquiry," said one commentator familiar with Harvard. "To ignore this and conclude that soda causes bad behavior, instead of recognizing that kids with bad behavior drink soda, is preposterous." It is unknown whether the test group also drank milk as children, which Hemenway could use to draw other flawed conclusions. It is well known that virtually all U.S. felony prisoners drank milk (and ate bread!) when they were young, pointing out the absurdity of such conclusions.

So-called "science" on the subject of firearms is frequently distorted by "researchers" whose main goal is to "prove" guns are somehow bad. They have completely blocked out any realization that guns save lives, guns protect you, guns stop crime, guns are why America is still free, or that we as a society give guns to police and the military because guns have indispensable social utility.

Blind seething hatred, or mere untreated hoplophobia, is often the driver on such junk-science "studies." A case in point is ASU professor Fabricious (his real name), who, with his 12-year old son, concluded guns are used more often in crime than in self-defense, by counting newspaper stories in a now defunct tabloid called the Mesa Tribune. Though even a cursory check of morgue records showed that far more deaths occurred than any newspaper ever reports, their study, for a high school assignment, was published by a marginal "science" journal, which refused to reject the silly study when confronted with the facts. http://gunlaws.com/FabriciusCase.html

"If gun use was accurately reported, and these agenda-driven so-called studies were scientifically valid, America's perspective on the subject would be totally pro rights," The Uninvited Ombudsman notes. "It shows how damaging the 'news' media is to righteous debate and our rights at this point," he said.

The best studies show that guns are used in legitimate self defense 2.5 million times per year (the 13 best studies are contained in this book, Armed, by Kleck and Kates). The total number of annual "gun" deaths is only in the thousands, with about half of those suicides related to lack of medical care for the impoverished elderly, and most of the rest actually war deaths in the war on some drugs.

"Birthers" vs. Media

The lamestream media told you:

Right-wing radicals will attack our beloved president in any way they can, and that alone makes their charges ridiculous and not worthy of discussion. Birthers are lunatics. Obama released his birth certificate. Any presidential candidate who questions Mr. Obama's legitimacy deserves derision.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

When presidential contender Rick Perry was asked during a "news" interview if he sides with The Birthers (people who don't believe BHO is a natural born citizen since he failed to prove it), or who question  Obama's citizenship, instead of evading the question, the proper response would have been to ask back: All I'm wondering is why the White House would release that birth certificate that every expert who examined it declared was doctored. Why would the White House do that? You news people must have investigated that, right? What did you find, what was your conclusion?

Why did they do it, and where is the real McCoy? Isn't presenting a falsified birth document an offense? Who would be guilty of what in this case? What do you mean you don't know? Can you articulate a reason why the entire national media would fail to investigate a clearly falsified document released by the White House?

Gun-Free Presidential Debates

The lamestream media told you:

Look -- over here -- look, it's economic policy, and jobs, and not enough jobs, and economic policy, and the debt, and the deficit, and government waste, and jobs and economics, and, and, and...

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Not a single presidential candidate in any debate so far has mentioned guns. The Second Amendment -- the number one issue for huge numbers of Americans, has been hidden from view, avoided, virtually censored, never raised. Have you noticed, or has the clamor about economy blinded you so effectively?

None of the reporters ask where the candidates stand on gun rights. No one asks about Fast and Furious, or brings it up. What a great forum for confronting the Obama Administration on flat out malfeasance, and stonewalling, and felony gun smuggling for political ends. Won't somebody raise the issue, just once, and get the nation talking.

By narrowing down the examination of the presidential contenders to a small handful of related issues, the public is being shortchanged, transparency is absent, and, and, and, we haven't gotten a frickin clue where these people stand on the right to keep and bear arms.

Here's betting that if and when the subject finally comes up, the wannabees mouth pablum, and the interviewers let them all slide without cutting deep. That's an easy prediction -- the lamestream perpetrators (accent on the last two syllables) don't know enough about guns or gun policy to ask incisive questions. OK, I'll suggest one, "So, if you stand in such vigorous support of the Second Amendment, do you support marksmanship training in schools?"

BATFE Gun-Smuggling Promo Resurfaces

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing (NBC). Very little (ABC). Nothing lately (CBS).

FOX News presented a one-hour special that all but called the BATFE Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scheme the Watergate for Mr. Obama. Special segment host Sean Hannity directly associated Nixon's illegal activities with this drug-cartel gun-smuggling operation. Comments that, "We will never run any stories like that because it could hurt our beloved president," from the three networks, could not be confirmed.




The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

A full-color brochure produced by BATFE in March of 2009 at the start of the federal gun-smuggling operation has resurfaced, and seems to implicate BATFE in illegal operations. The brochure clearly outlines known criminal activity, which congressional testimony and other evidence has confirmed BATFE knew about and in fact ran for an extended period of time.

According to the information published by BATFE itself: "Firearm trafficking is the movement of firearms from the legal to the illegal marketplace. It is one of the most pressing problems in the firearms industry today... Firearms originating in the United states have been used to murder U.S. citizens and foreign officials... In response to the violence on the U.S.-Mexican border, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (BATFE) is committed to denying the tools of the trade to drug trafficking organizations..."

The brochure explicitly acknowledges that what BATFE was doing was strictly illegal, against established policy, and that BATFE was engaging in these specifically known and outlawed acts. BATFE facilitated "the movement of firearms from the legal to the illegal marketplace." BATFE knowingly did this, aware that, "Firearms originating in the United states have been used to murder U.S. citizens and foreign officials." BATFE countermanded their stated policy by supplying, instead of denying, "the tools of the trade to drug trafficking organizations."

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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