Friday, August 30, 2013

Killing the Golden Goose - Jobs Won’t Keep Pace

People Not In Labor Force Soar By 663,000 To 90 Million, Labor Force Participation Rate At 1979 Levels byTyler Durden

Things just keep getting worse for the American worker, and by implication US economy, where as we have shown many times before, it pays just as well to sit back and collect disability and various welfare and entitlement checks, than to work .The best manifestation of this: the number of people not in the labor force which in March soared by a massive 663,000 to a record 90 million Americans who are no longer even looking for work. This was the biggest monthly increase in people dropping out of the labor force since January 2012, when the BLS did its census recast of the labor numbers. And even worse, the labor force participation rate plunged from an already abysmal 63.5% to 63.3% - the lowest since 1979!  But at least it helped with the now painfully grotesque propaganda that the US unemployment rate is "improving."


US population has increased 40% from July 1, 1979 pop.      225,055,487  to   July 1, 2013  pop. 316,530,000. The US    added about 91 million

Total immigrants in the US in 1970 was 10 million or 4%  In 2013 it’s 40 million or 13%. Since 1990, we have added 130 million immigrants to the US population.  Increasing immigration to almost 1.9 million a year does not grow the economy, it eats up most of the jobs that would have gone to US citizens.

In 1970, most households were single earner with stay-at-home moms.  After 1980 most moms went to work.

Job growth continued from 1978 from 63%, peaked in 1990 at 66.8% and peaked again at 67.5% in 2000.  It has declined since 2000 and is now at 58%.  The difference is that we now have 91 million more people.

Currently the US has 144 million employed and 90 million unemployed. Our total potential workforce is 234 million. Using our total potential workforce, we currently have 39% unemployed and 61% employed.

Data Sources: BLS &  Migration Policy Institute

Our economy and the stock market have been artificially propped up by 30% thanks to Federal Reserve money printing.  This is having no effect on lowering our high unemployment.  We just have too many people and not enough jobs.

Job creation at its best requires increases in productivity. In the 1980s, the invention of the PC provided the electronics manufacturing jobs to grow the economy.  In the 1990s our economy took a hit with the passage of NAFTA and many auto and other durable goods manufacturing jobs were off-shored.  By 2000, the electronics manufacturing jobs were heading overseas and we were buying everything from China and other countries.  We failed to close our borders or curtail immigration, so our unemployment started to climb.

The 2008 meltdown accelerated our decline and our economy tanked.  Our GDP peaked at $16 trillion, but the floor of our real economy is about $12 trillion.  We do have an economy and it could be improved by increasing our production of what we have left to offer. 

We could be energy independent.  We could be exporting coal, natural gas, food, minerals and lumber.  We could repeal regulations based on junk science and lower taxes on manufacturing.  We could shut down immigration and close our border.   We could repair our ageing water pipes and build more reservoirs. We should close unconstitutional federal departments and agencies and reduce the federal footprint. Our federal government is killing the US economy.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Agenda 21 Local Implementation

All of the plans adopted by our cities and counties over the past few years were taken from UN Agenda 21 adopted and customized by the American Planning Association and distributed by the UN sponsored International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).  These plans are identical from city to city throughout the U.S.  These are not bottom-up plans.  They are top-down, imposed cookie-cutter plans aimed at implementing UN Agenda 21.

They all include a push for public transit, bike lanes, multi-purpose trails, parks, green space, etc.  Cities and counties are eligible for federal grants if they include these elements in their infrastructure projects. Voters are objecting to these additions where they are considered by voters to be low priority, low utilization mal-investments.
States are required to create Regional Commissions to usurp county and city “home rule” to remove the voter from the decision making process, introduce cross-county tax revenue sharing and push the planning agenda. States comply to be eligible for federal grants.

In addition, cities and counties are required to create Zoning, Land Use Comprehensive Plans that include intrusive requirements that are riddled with property taking schemes using easements, rights-of-way, eminent domain, stream buffers, corridors, boundaries and conservation easements. 

Federal agencies have been dispatched to implement Agenda 21 with regulatory overreach using junk science and unconstitutional usurpation of local authority.  The DOT and HUD write regulations and give federal grants.  The EPA writes regulations based on the global warming hoax and supports the UN takeover of our food and water supplies.  The Interior Department seizes land and shuts down needed private enterprise. The FDA closes down farms based on a whim.
The only thing voters can do is to push for the repeal of the laws that set these unconstitutional actions into motion. As elected officials are only receptive to voter wishes right before elections, voter demands are required now.  The election results in 2013 and 2014 and state and local legislative initiatives to repeal all Agenda 21 enabling laws in are critical.

Alabama banned Agenda 21 in 2012.  Every state should do the same.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Missouri Protects Gun Rights

Missouri Aims to Override Governor's Veto & Nullify Federal Gun Laws

It appears the Missouri Legislature, which is led by Republicans, will look to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a gun bill that would expand gun owner rights and nullify federal gun laws. The vetoed gun bill is entitled the "Second Amendment Preservation Act."
The Associated Press reports:
Several of Nixon's fellow Democrats told The Associated Press that they would vote to override his veto when lawmakers convene in September, even while agreeing with the governor that the bill couldn't survive a court challenge. Many of them noted that in some parts of Missouri, a "no" vote on gun legislation could be career ending.

The legislation would make it a misdemeanor for federal agents to attempt to enforce any federal gun regulations that "infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms." The same criminal charges would apply to journalists who publish any identifying information about gun owners. The charge would be punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Nixon said the bill infringes on the U.S. Constitution by giving precedence to state law over federal laws and by limiting the First Amendment rights of media.

The legislation is one of the boldest measures yet in a recent national trend in which states are attempting to nullify federal laws. A recent Associated Press analysis found that about four-fifths of the states have enacted local laws that directly reject or ignore federal laws on gun control, marijuana use, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver's licenses. Relatively few of those go so far as to threaten criminal charges against federal authorities.
Nixon claims that the bill infringes on the U.S. Constitution by giving precedence to state law over federal laws.

Obviously the problem Mr. Nixon fails to understand is that the federal government has no authority when it comes to arms. That is why it is the institution that is bound by the phrase "shall not be infringed." Publius Huldah lays this out quite simply in her talk on the fact that all federal gun laws are unconstitutional.
Additionally, Nixon fails to understand nullification. James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," would rightly rebuke the Missouri governor for his ignorance. He wrote in Federalist No. 45 (9th para):

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which … concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."
Furthermore, when the government oversteps its bounds, the Declaration of Independence says that it is the people's right and duty "to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

In this instance nullification is actually a method of the state's self-defense against a tyrannical federal government.
Thomas Jefferson said,

"… but where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non foederis,) to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them…"

Madison then commented on Jefferson's remarks saying, "… the right of nullification meant by Mr. Jefferson is the natural right, which all admit to be a remedy against insupportable oppression…"
The legislature in Missouri is merely following in the footsteps of the founders in both passing the nullification legislation and in overriding the governor's veto. It will essentially declare federal enforcement of such laws as unconstitutional.

A friend of mine asked, "If Federal Agents attempt to enforce restrictions on guns in violation of the 2nd Amendment, would not those agents be guilty of 'treason against the state'? Why does article IV section 2 of the U.S. Constitution (a document written by the States and ratified by the same) mention Treason against a state? When is the last time you've heard of someone tried and/or convicted of treason against any state?"
I think that is something the state legislature along with the various other states, such as Montana, Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming should seriously consider.

Many of the comments by Democrats, in the AP article, merely pointed out that they voted for the legislation for political aspirations and knew if they didn't they "would lose" re-election.
This statement by Democrat Rep. Ed Schieffer is quite telling. "I personally believe that any higher court will probably rule this particular gun law unconstitutional on that, I probably agree that the governor's right, but I may end up still voting for the gun bill because I don't want to be on record for not supporting guns."

So you believe something to be unconstitutional, which isn't, but you'll vote for it anyway to save face and keep up a pretense. That, my friends in the definition of a politician. This is a man that doesn't care about the law or his constituents. He only cares about himself. There are many more like Rep. Schieffer around the country that need to be shown the door out of public service.
As for the Missouri legislature on this issue, well done!

Source: Freedom Outpost, 8/29/13 by Tim Brown

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Property Taking in Ohio

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This is a story of raw power, collusion and government corruption. A story that is taking place in countless towns all over America. A story of “reinvented” government, where self-proclaimed private “stakeholders” and pressure groups set the rules, local elected officials rubber stamp them, and non-elected regional governments enforce them, sometimes with an iron fist – all with no input from citizens, and apparently no rights for private citizens and property owners to stop them or even have a say.

It’s the story of the destruction of private property rights in America. Of injustice and tyranny. Of unaccountable government run amok. We need to take action! (See below for what you can do.)

Jennie Granato is a tax-paying citizen of Montgomery County, Ohio. She and her family own a 165-year-old historic house and farm just outside of Dayton. They’ve lived there forty years. On July 31, Jennie’s front yard was demolished – thanks to local, county and planning commission bureaucrats!

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) has begun seizing people’s private property for its latest “essential” project – a $5-million bike path extension! It has seized almost all of

Jennie’s front lawn. The bike path will come within just a few feet of her front door!

Jennie and her family tried for over a year to negotiate and reason with this unelected planning commission. Unfortunately, their neighbors were advised by lawyers not to say anything publicly about the pending land grab, so the media viewed it as a non-story. The county and its appraisers kept stalling, saying they wanted a meeting with Jennie, even as they ignored her pleas and offered a pittance for taking her front yard, and likely driving the value of her home down by tens of thousands of dollars.

The meeting never came – and officials didn’t even allow Jennie’s uncle to speak at a hearing. But the bulldozers certainly came! Last week, with no warning, they just started demolishing trees. Jennie and her family still own the property – BUT the county has barged in, torn out their trees and destroyed their front yard! They will never be able to walk out their front door again, without worrying that they will be run over by bicyclists roaring by at 10 or 20 miles per hour, just inches from their bottom step.

The government trucks and bulldozers also precipitated an even worse tragedy. Jennie’s 85 year old mother became so upset over seeing the government’s heavy machinery destroying her yard and favorite trees that she suffered a heart attack and died.

Of course the government refuses to accept any responsibility for this tragedy. It was just promoting the “public welfare” of the private “stakeholders” and pressure groups it works with.

That too has become far too common. The government and these groups want more and more control over our lives, more power to tell us what we can and cannot do with our property and lives. But they accept no transparency and no accountability, responsibility or liability when their actions hurt … or even kill … someone – or when they destroy the property values, peace and integrity of a home.

The MVRPC is an unelected regional government force driven by federal Sustainable Development grant money. It never faces voters over its actions or positions of seemingly unbridled power. It simply deals with other government agencies – local, state and federal – and with private groups like the American Planning Association, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, and a hoard of other organizations that represent faux “conservation and environmental” interests whose real motivation is money, and the power to control our lives.

They are “stakeholders” only in the sense that they want something – and are holding the stakes that their government friends are driving through the heart of our constitutional rights.

With the assistance of Federal and State grant programs and willing politicians, who see another way to build their own power and get elected over and over, they rule over us like unaccountable dictators. It’s the same story in nearly every community in our nation.

Neither Jennie nor any of her neighbors voted to institute the agency or its policies.
* There was no vote for this bike path.
* There was no referendum on the ballot to approve this project or the spending of their tax dollars.

Yet the MVRPC imposed itself on privately owned property, giving the owner no say in the matter and giving her a pittance in exchange for the land it is taking away. Soon, strangers on bikes will be crossing her land, passing within seven feet of her front door. And she fears there is nothing she can do about it.

How does she secure her home? How can she ever hope to sell it? Who will compensate her for the loss of value, now that her once lovely and private front lawn is gone? Certainly not the MVRPC.

My American Policy Center has warned Americans over and over about the dangers of this fraud called “Sustainable Development” – and the enforcement of top-down control through non-elected boards and regional governments. Here is that reality, in all of its outrageous raw power.

Jennie’s neighbors, property rights activists and Tea Party leaders are joining forces to support her fight to stop this outrage. They have gathered at the property, to protest and take the issue to the news media – and will do so again. To its credit, the media are finally starting to notice what is happening. But if that is the extent of it, you know full well that these government officials will simply laugh, ignore the protests and news stories, wait for the attention to go away, and then grab someone else’s property.

That’s why concerned citizens across the nation need to join this fight and put power behind this effort to stop these bureaucrats from taking Jennie’s property. Freedom fighters need to build a huge protest fire and turn this into a national property rights issue.

Corrupt government officials use taxpayers as doormats, pawns, bank accounts and land holders for their agendas and power plays. If we continue doing nothing to stem the rising tide of government tyranny and corruption, we will watch our rights and property disappear, one by one.

Here’s what you can do to help

1. As the local Dayton area residents do all they can with sign waving, demonstrations and protests to call attention to this blatant property theft, outraged Americans from across the country must bring an avalanche of signed petitions to the perpetrators – the scoundrels who think they can prey on any citizen without consequences. Make them feel heat for their actions!!

Click here to sign APC’s petition to the MVRPC ( to demand that these unelected officials stop the bulldozers on Jennie’s property, honor her private property rights and serve the people, not the power-hungry special interests who are enforcing Sustainable Development as a means to reinvent and destroy America’s system of representative government.

2. Please help the American Policy Center lead this fight to stop Agenda 21 across the nation. I urgently need your financial support. Your donation now of $100, $50 or $25 will help me continue to travel across the nation spreading the word Against Agenda 21. It was my recent trip to Dayton, Ohio that exposed Jennie’s plight and rallied local activists to her cause. I need to continue lighting those fires across the country.

Please sign your petition and donate whatever you can today. ( APC is making a major difference, lighting fires, and winning battles across the nation. I can only do that with your help.

Americans concerned for their own liberties need to bury these officials in calls and emails of protest. We need to make these dictators and thieves aware that what they are doing is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We need to inform them that We the People have rights, and will fight for them.

Let them know they have overstepped their bounds. Destroying a family’s home, property, civil rights, peace of mind, and a woman’s life – for something as unnecessary as a bike path – is an outrage.

There is still a hope that some official or judge will listen and take the proper action to stop this theft and destruction of Jennie’s land.

If we can win this fight for Jennie in Ohio, we will have the strength and momentum to help the next victims of government overreach. And make no mistake, there will be one. So don’t wait. Sign the petition now (

Source: American Policy Center, Tom Deweese,
( =PUTTING BICYCLES AHEAD OF PEOPLE = Pressure groups and government officials are seizing property - with no accountability

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See original article and pictures on the website.

The “construction limits” stake in this photo is less than 5 ft from the front wall of the Granato home. The “essential” bike path is just a foot from the sign, where the front yard used to be.  The plastic shows where the bike path will go – right up to the bottom step of the Granato home.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Dunwoody vs. Sandy Springs Incentives

Incentives are the new normal for cities

Employees of GT Software, a global information technology company with its headquarters in Sandy Springs, meet in the conference room. Left to right, Heather Frogge, director of accounting, Tim Sacklyn, financial analyst, Deborah Reed, accounting clerk, and Ellie Soleymani, marketing manager. GT Software received $6,284 in economic incentives to locate in the city of Sandy Springs.
GT Software in Sandy Springs buzzes with the chatter of people the city wants to attract.
The employees are young, well-paid professionals working at high-tech jobs in an office with rows of cubicles. The office building is close to a MARTA station.
Getting the company to locate in Sandy Springs required more than a nice lunch and a memorable elevator speech. The city gave the company a tax break, called “economic incentives.” GT Software received $6,284 in incentives, a minor amount compared with the hundreds of thousands other companies received from Sandy Springs.
A company official with GT Software said Sandy Springs was the right fit overall.

“Our Sandy Springs headquarters allows us to take advantage of the best IT talent found in the Atlanta area,” GT Software President Eric Nelson said in a statement emailed to Reporter Newspapers. “We offer innovative solutions for complex IT challenges to businesses all over the world, and our Sandy Springs headquarters provides the perfect environment for our employees.”

Incentives are becoming a permanent reality for cities looking to land jobs to boost their local economies. The New York Times in December 2012 investigated incentives programs nationwide, and found that governments in the U.S. give $80 billion annually to private companies.
According to records provided by the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, Dunwoody has awarded $8.4 million in incentives and Sandy Springs has awarded $1.8 million.

The city of Brookhaven, which incorporated last year, is still in the process of determining how or if it would grant incentives, spokeswoman Dana Johnson said.

At its Aug. 6 meeting, Sandy Springs City Council members revived the debate over the city’s incentives program. Mayor Eva Galambos has been an outspoken critic.

Sandy Springs City Council imposed a 30-day moratorium on new incentives while the city reworks its current policies. The moratorium came shortly after City Council awarded $120,000 in incentives to CH2M Hill. CH2M Hill is a contractor that used to handle most of the city’s basic services. In 2011, the city split that contract apart in order to save money.
Incentives programs are typically justified by the amount of jobs created, the wages companies pay, and the money owners invest in capital improvements.
Incentives to invest
City governments often try to convince companies to invest in their cities by offering tax breaks.
Incentives approved by Sandy Springs:
·        Cox Enterprises – $1.4 million
·        Graphic Packaging – $187,000
·        Matrix Resources – $151,201
·        Americold – $8,000
·        GT Software – $6,284

Incentives approved by Dunwoody:
·        RBC 64 and 66 Perimeter Center East – $8.2 million
·        CHEP – $130,000
·        AFC Enterprises – $77,000
Sources: cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs

Though the City Council approved the CH2M Hill incentives, it prompted the council to rethink its practices. Before the moratorium was in effect, companies used the amounts invested in rented space when providing city officials with estimates of capital expenses.
Galambos said that was a mistake.

“I made a big point of saying I don’t want this to become some kind of contest between brokers in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs over who can get the best terms in filling out a building,” Galambos said.
According to recommendations provided to City Council during its Aug. 6 work session, the city’s Economic Development Advisory Committee will “work with the City Attorney to clarify its policy to define capital investments as permanent, lien-free investments built into tenant’s premises, which cannot be removed from the space to remain after tenant’s expiration.”

Sandy Springs Director of Economic Development Andrea Hall declined comment, saying it would be premature to discuss policy changes before the council has an opportunity to review them.

Sandy Springs’ policy already imposes a certain threshold companies have to meet before becoming eligible for these tax breaks. The city requires companies to create a minimum of 15 jobs.

The economic incentives policy of Sandy Springs differs greatly from Dunwoody’s. Sandy Springs has a policy. Dunwoody doesn’t.

Dunwoody Economic Development Director Michael Starling said he likes it that way.
“We decided early on after I was hired that we would prefer not to have an ordinance, that we would look at each project, each company, on a case-by-case basis,” Starling said. “We felt like that gave us more flexibility and opportunity really to look at a bunch of different issues when a company came to us.”

Dunwoody’s largest incentives award went to the developers of Perimeter Center East, a tax break valued at $8.2 million over 10 years. In exchange, the development provided $60 million in new capital investment and 580,000 square feet of office space.

Sandy Springs largest incentive award was $1.4 million in tax breaks for Cox Enterprises. In exchange, Cox promised to create 1,500 jobs and make a $100 million capital investment.
Starling said the tax breaks are an essential part of landing the next big company.
“We are probably less aggressive than other communities, but at the same time we need to understand we’re all competing over the same types of companies,” Starling said.

He said he disagreed with Galambos’ view that physical improvements, as opposed to improving rental space, should be given more weight when deciding whether a company should receive incentives.

“Obviously, Eva is an economist. She’s got a deep understanding of this,” Starling said.
“I think the impact to Dunwoody whether a company is leasing or buying would probably be the same.”

Starling said the city has benefited from the tax breaks city leaders offered companies.

“Oh, absolutely,” he said. “I don’t doubt that one bit.”
Source: The Bremen, Posted by Dan Whisenhunt on August 23, 2013.

Dunwoody’s total for incentives is $8,407,000, $8.2 million of which is a 10 year tax holiday for Rubinstein Properties in exchange for a promised $60 million in new investment. Sandy Springs total for incentives is $1,752,485.

Cities do have a vested interest in private property maintenance and value, but there is a limit to how much rush-hour traffic activity PCID and handle. Local residents would claim we’ve reached that limit. Those who are pushing more economic development would disagree. 

We need to have a sober debate about the dollars involved to see if and where pushing for more investment is warranted. Just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean all businesses can afford to rent these spaces.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Germany’s Windows 8 Warning

Germany Govt WARNS: Windows 8 NEVER USE! Microsoft can control computer - gather ALL Data and a Never Get Rid of Backdoor for NSA

How I can continually being shocked over revelations and Truth of the amount of spying the U.S. government does on it's citizens and other countries?

German government released a WARNING yesterday about Microsoft's Windows 8.

They are Warning all people and companies NOT to use it.  They have revealed that Microsoft can completely control and take over a computer with Windows 8 and it has a backdoor for the NSA that can never be gotten rid of!

They have also made it possible to delete or not accept software on that is not controlled by them on the computer.  This is so Outrageous!

Portions From translated article: 
Government warns of Windows 8

Windows 8 is an unacceptable security risk for companies and authorities, experts warn the government. The so-called Trusted Computing is a back door for the NSA.

How trustworthy is Microsoft? For the federal and all of the German authorities, businesses and private users who want to continue to work with the Windows operating system, this question is now more than ever. Because sooner or later they would have to use Windows 8 or its successor. 
From internal documents TIME ONLINE exist, but it is clear that the IT professionals of the federal Windows 8 deem downright dangerous. The operating system contains a back door in their view, can not be closed. This backdoor is called Trusted Computingand could have the effect that Microsoft can control any computer remotely and control. And thus the NSA

The current TPM specification is soon replaced by a new one, it is just 2.0 TPM.What is common already in smartphones, tablets, and game consoles, is the combination of TPM 2.0 and Windows 8 on PCs and laptops becoming the norm: hardware and operating system are matched, and the manufacturer of the operating system determines installed the applications on a device may be and which are not. In other words, trusted computing is a way, a digital rights management (DRM) to enforce.
Microsoft could thus theoretically determine that no word processing program other than Microsoft Word works on Windows 8th The competition may be legally problematic. But it also has security implications, precisely because the user has no influence on what Microsoft is allowed and what is not. 

Three points are decisive: First, the TPM in contrast to the current standard in the future is already activated when you first turn on the computer. Who takes care of the computer is in use, so can not decide whether he wants to use the trusted computing functions (opt-in).Second, no subsequent future, complete disabling the TPM longer possible (opt-out). Third, the operating system takes over sovereignty over the TPM, in the case of a Windows computer that is ultimately Microsoft.
In summary, the user of a trusted computing system lose control of their computer. While this is to some extent the basic idea of trusted computing,explains how the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) here in great detailThe BIS recommends that governments, businesses and private users even if they use this technique to certain conditions met. These conditions include the options but the opt-in and opt-out - and the drop off in the future. 

Instead, Microsoft could decide which programs can be installed on the computer, make already established programs unusable and subsequently help intelligence to control other computers. The competent professionals in the Federal Ministry of Economics, in the federal and the BSI as well as unequivocally warn against the use of trusted computing the new generation of German authorities.
Thus, according to an internal document from the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the beginning of 2012: "The loss of full sovereignty over information technology" are "the security objectives 'confidentiality' and 'integrity' is no longer guaranteed." Elsewhere are phrases like: "Significant impact on the federal IT security can go with it." The conclusion is therefore: "The use of 'trusted Computing' technique in this form ... is unacceptable for the federal administration and the operators of critical infrastructure."


Source:, 8/22/13 via Email from Victoria Baer who added:  “This needs to be verified”.

Catholic Church Plans Massive Push for Amnesty

If you attend Mass on September 8th, it is likely the priest's homily will be less about spiritual matters and more about the political imperative of passing an amnesty law for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. Last week, the Catholic Church announced a massive, coordinated effort to press Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship. Catholics make up the largest single religious group in Congress. 

“We want to try to pull out all the stops,” Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told the New York Times. Appleby said the immigration issue was at a now-or-never moment. “They have to hear the message that we want this done, and if you’re not successful during the summer, you’re not going to win by the end of the year.”

The Church is planning advertising, phone calls and marches targeting 60 Catholic House Republicans. Over 130 members of the House are Catholic, including Speaker John Boehner. 

The Church's effort in support of amnesty seems broader and more coordinated than its actions against an ObamaCare mandate requiring coverage of contraception. In recent years, the Church has been more vocal in its criticism of abortion, but even that seems muted in comparison with current plans on immigration reform. 

Bishops and priests in the major dioceses in the country will coordinate their messages and homilies throughout September. More than a dozen have committed to holding special Masses or other events on September 8th, the day before Congress returns from recess. 

Hispanics now make up the the largest single demographic group in the Catholic Church. This was a contributing factor in the election of Pope Francis, the first Pontiff from the Americas. In a way, the Church's efforts to pass amnesty legislation is tending to its base congregation. 

Catholic Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski expressed skepticism about the Church's efforts. “There are some issues that the church speaks authoritatively on, such as abortion, in protecting life,” Lipinski told the Times. “And then there are prudential judgments that are made, informed by Catholic theology, but it’s not something that Catholics are required to follow.”

Source:, 8/22/13


Once we’ve gone over the fiscal edge and Socialism is fully established, the churches will be the first to go. Defending a bill that will help break the bank doesn’t sound like the wisest strategy. The best thing the churches could do is to demand that the federal government follow the Constitution.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader


Gun Confiscation Begins in California

(Info Wars) – As reported by David Knight, California law enforcement is now confiscating legally purchased guns from registered gun owners who have been labeled “Armed Prohibited Persons” (APPs.)

Police shoved two M16s within inches of gun owner Joe Mendez’s face during a raid on his house to seize his legally-purchased firearms.
Fourteen officers total were involved.

Police even showed up later to lie to Mendez’s wife about the raid, saying that they were only taking a report after her car was involved in a “hit and run.”

All of the targeted APPs had purchased their firearms legally but the State of California declared afterwards that they were prohibited from gun ownership due to minor misdemeanor convictions or mental health concerns.

Gov. Jerry Brown even signed a bill this past spring to expand the program by spending $24 million to hire an additional 36 officers for a total of 69 agents to track down nearly 20,000 people on the APP list.
Before they can embark on gun confiscations, officers perform “tedious, expensive and time-consuming work, requiring hours of background checks and cross-referencing,” as reported by NPR.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into these,” said California Dept. of Justice spokesperson Michelle Gregory to NPR. “People aren’t always home, there’s different stories as to where the firearms may be and there’s a lot of follow-up [that] needs to happen after.”
“So there’s still going to be a lot of work even after they come out to these homes trying to confiscate these weapons.”

In 2011, a gun confiscation sweep across 43 counties over a six week period resulted in over 1,200 firearms seized from 723 people.
Later on, the state can easily expand the list of “prohibited persons” to include even people who are behind on their state taxes or did not pay their toll fees on time.

This is clear evidence that gun registration ultimately leads to confiscation.