Saturday, December 30, 2006

Is it time to dress like Indians again?


Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, then
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.

Put these words
upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me
to my doom..."

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

  • Accounts Receivable Tax
  • Building Permit Tax
  • CDL license Tax
  • Cigarette Tax
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Dog License Tax
  • Estate Tax (don't believe for a minute that double taxation doesn't exist!)
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
  • Fishing License Tax
  • Food License Tax,
  • Fuel permit tax
  • Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
  • Hunting License Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Inventory tax
  • IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
  • Liquor Tax
  • Luxury Taxes
  • Marriage License Tax
  • Medicare Tax
  • Personal Property Tax
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Service charge taxes
  • Social Security Tax
  • Road usage taxes
  • Sales Tax
  • Recreational Vehicle Tax
  • School Tax
  • State Income Tax
  • State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
  • Telephone federal excise tax
  • Telephone federal universal service fee tax
  • Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
  • Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
  • Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
  • Telephone state and local tax
  • Telephone usage charge tax
  • Utility Taxes
  • Vehicle License Registration Tax
  • Vehicle Sales Tax
  • Watercraft registration Tax
  • Well Permit Tax
  • Workers Compensation Tax
And on and on....

COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years
ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle
class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What happened?

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Arming Iraq: A Chronology of U.S. Involvement

Arming Iraq: A Chronology of U.S. Involvement

By: John King, March 2003

What follows is an accurate chronology of United States involvement in the arming of Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war 1980-88. It is a powerful indictment of the president Bush administration attempt to sell war as a component of his war on terrorism. It reveals US ambitions in Iraq to be just another chapter in the attempt to regain a foothold in the Mideast following the fall of the Shah of Iran.

Arming Iraq and the Path to War
A crisis always has a history, and the current crisis with Iraq is no exception. Below are some relevant dates.

September, 1980. Iraq invades Iran. The beginning of the Iraq-Iran war. [8]

February, 1982. Despite objections from congress, President Reagan removes Iraq from its list of known terrorist countries. [1]

December, 1982. Hughes Aircraft ships 60 Defender helicopters to Iraq. [9]

1982-1988. Defense Intelligence Agency provides detailed information for Iraq on Iranian deployments, tactical planning for battles, plans for air strikes and bomb damage assessments. [4]

November, 1983. A National Security Directive states that the U.S would do "whatever was necessary and legal" to prevent Iraq from losing its war with Iran. [1] & [15]

November, 1983. Banca Nazionale del Lavoro of Italy and its Branch in Atlanta begin to funnel $5 billion in unreported loans to Iraq. Iraq, with the blessing and official approval of the US government, purchased computer controlled machine tools, computers, scientific instruments, special alloy steel and aluminum, chemicals, and other industrial goods for Iraq's missile, chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs. [14]

October, 1983. The Reagan Administration begins secretly allowing Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Egypt to transfer United States weapons, including Howitzers, Huey helicopters, and bombs to Iraq. These shipments violated the Arms Export Control Act. [16]

November 1983. George Schultz, the Secretary of State, is given intelligence reports showing that Iraqi troops are daily using chemical weapons against the Iranians. [1]

Donald Rumsfeld -Reagan's Envoy- provided Iraq with
chemical & biological weapons

December 20, 1983. Donald Rumsfeld , then a civilian and now Defense Secretary, meets with Saddam Hussein to assure him of US friendship and materials support. [1] & [15]

July, 1984. CIA begins giving Iraq intelligence necessary to calibrate its mustard gas attacks on Iranian troops. [19]

January 14, 1984. State Department memo acknowledges United States shipment of "dual-use" export hardware and technology. Dual use items are civilian items such as heavy trucks, armored ambulances and communications gear as well as industrial technology that can have a military application. [2]

March, 1986. The United States with Great Britain block all Security Council resolutions condemning Iraq's use of chemical weapons, and on March 21 the US becomes the only country refusing to sign a Security Council statement condemning Iraq's use of these weapons. [10]

May, 1986. The US Department of Commerce licenses 70 biological exports to Iraq between May of 1985 and 1989, including at least 21 batches of lethal strains of anthrax. [3]

May, 1986. US Department of Commerce approves shipment of weapons grade botulin poison to Iraq. [7]

March, 1987. President Reagan bows to the findings of the Tower Commission admitting the sale of arms to Iran in exchange for hostages. Oliver North uses the profits from the sale to fund an illegal war in Nicaragua. [17]

Late 1987. The Iraqi Air Force begins using chemical agents against Kurdish resistance forces in northern Iraq. [1]

February, 1988. Saddam Hussein begins the "Anfal" campaign against the Kurds of northern Iraq. The Iraq regime used chemical weapons against the Kurds killing over 100,000 civilians and destroying over 1,200 Kurdish villages. [8]

April, 1988. US Department of Commerce approves shipment of chemicals used in manufacture of mustard gas. [7]

August, 1988. Four major battles were fought from April to August 1988, in which the Iraqis massively and effectively used chemical weapons to defeat the Iranians. Nerve gas and blister agents such as mustard gas are used. By this time the US Defense Intelligence Agency is heavily involved with Saddam Hussein in battle plan assistance, intelligence gathering and post battle debriefing. In the last major battle with of the war, 65,000 Iranians are killed, many with poison gas. Use of chemical weapons in war is in violation of the Geneva accords of 1925. [6] & [13]

August, 1988. Iraq and Iran declare a cease fire. [8]

August, 1988. Five days after the cease fire Saddam Hussein sends his planes and helicopters to northern Iraq to begin massive chemical attacks against the Kurds. [8]

September, 1988. US Department of Commerce approves shipment of weapons grade anthrax and botulinum to Iraq. [7]

September, 1988. Richard Murphy, Assistant Secretary of State: "The US-Iraqi relationship is... important to our long-term political and economic objectives." [15]

December, 1988. Dow chemical sells $1.5 million in pesticides to Iraq despite knowledge that these would be used in chemical weapons. [1]

July 25, 1990. US Ambassador to Baghdad meets with Hussein to assure him that President Bush "wanted better and deeper relations". Many believe this visit was a trap set for Hussein. A month later Hussein invaded Kuwait thinking the US would not respond. [12]

August, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. The precursor to the Gulf War. [8]

July, 1991 The Financial Times of London reveals that a Florida chemical company had produced and shipped cyanide to Iraq during the 80's using a special CIA courier. Cyanide was used extensively against the Iranians. [11]

August, 1991. Christopher Droguol of Atlanta's branch of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro is arrested for his role in supplying loans to Iraq for the purchase of military supplies. He is charged with 347 counts of felony. Droguol is found guilty, but US officials plead innocent of any knowledge of his crime. [14]

June, 1992. Ted Kopple of ABC Nightline reports: "It is becoming increasingly clear that George Bush Sr., operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980's, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam's Iraq into [an aggressive power]." [5]

July, 1992. "The Bush administration deliberately, not inadvertently, helped to arm Iraq by allowing U.S. technology to be shipped to Iraqi military and to Iraqi defense factories... Throughout the course of the Bush administration, U.S. and foreign firms were granted export licenses to ship U.S. technology directly to Iraqi weapons facilities despite ample evidence showing that these factories were producing weapons." Representative Henry Gonzalez, Texas, testimony before the House. [18]

February, 1994. Senator Riegle from Michigan, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, testifies before the senate revealing large US shipments of dual-use biological and chemical agents to Iraq that may have been used against US troops in the Gulf War and probably was the cause of the illness known as Gulf War Syndrome. [7]

August, 2002. "The use of gas [during the Iran-Iraq war] on the battle field by the Iraqis was not a matter of deep strategic concern... We were desperate to make sure that Iraq did not lose". Colonel Walter Lang, former senior US Defense Intelligence officer tells the New York Times. [4]

This chronology of the United States' sordid involvement in the arming of Iraq can be summarized in this way: The United States used methods both legal and illegal to help build Saddam's army into the most powerful army in the Mideast outside of Israel. The US supplied chemical and biological agents and technology to Iraq when it knew Iraq was using chemical weapons against the Iranians. The US supplied the materials and technology for these weapons of mass destruction to Iraq at a time when it was know that Saddam was using this technology to kill his Kurdish citizens. The United States supplied intelligence and battle planning information to Iraq when those battle plans included the use of cyanide, mustard gas and nerve agents. The United States blocked UN censure of Iraq's use of chemical weapons. The United States did not act alone in this effort. The Soviet Union was the largest weapons supplier, but England, France and Germany were also involved in the shipment of arms and technology.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Child Sex in the Holy City

National Prayer Network


By Harmony Grant
12 Dec 06

You may have been shocked by Ted Pike’s recent expose of permission-for-pedophilia in the Babylonian Talmud. He quotes passages directly from the Talmud that sanction sex with boys under the age of 9 or girls under the age of 3-1/2 (See, Pedophilia: The Talmud's Dirty Secret). Apparently, rabbis liked to molest small children a few thousand years ago.

Worse, they still like and excuse it today.

The leftist Jewish blogosphere buzzed recently with an eyewitness account from Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg of child molestation in gay bathhouses in Jerusalem. This report has been circulated on popular Jewish blogs, including jewschool (“Mishegaas,” Nov. 12) and failedmessiah (“For Marvin Schick: Mikva Man-on-Boy Abuse,” Nov. 10).

Jewish blog Chaptzem was first to post scans of Rosenberg’s eyewitness reports (in Yiddish and Hebrew). He tells of seeing 7- and 8-year-old boys sexually abused in the sauna of a mikvah, a bathhouse where Orthodox Jews undergo ritual purification (

Rabbi Rosenberg, who is a world-traveling mikvah expert, expressed horror and grief at the sight. He said when he went to the religious authorities in Jerusalem they refused to act, saying the bathhouse pedophiles give them money to subsidize mikvahs.

“If this place would be in America,” wrote Rosenberg, “all the participants would be in jail, and even according to the laws of the Zionist government, such a place would be closed down. But here, in the holy city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), in beis zupnik, the mikvah remains open and everything is permissible.”

Most Jewish readers who commented on the failedmessiah post accept the authority of Rosenberg’s account. One wrote, “While what he writes seems extreme, it matches what many abuse victims claim.”

While dredging the web to research this topic, I stumbled on dozens of comments and even entire blogs written by Orthodox Jews about childhood sexual abuse.

In the eighties, Orthodox Rabbi Ephraim Byrks was accused of sexually molesting women, boys, and girls in Canada. He was sheltered and defended by his Orthodox community in Winnipeg, and in 1990 he accepted a position as principal of a Jewish day school in Montreal and from there went to New York and started another Torah school.

In 1993, one of Byrks’ victims, 17-year-old Daniel Levin, killed himself. After a documentary (Unorthodox Conduct, 2004, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) was produced about the suicide, the child-molesting rabbi was forced out of work in the education field.

But within two years, Byrks was back as principal of a Russian elementary boys’ yeshiva in Brooklyn, and later started another Talmud boys’ school in Queens. In 2001, the New York Post published an article by Douglas Montero exposing Byrks as a child molester (“Queens Yeshiva Boss is a Molester: Boy’s Mom,” March 31, 2001). Yet “Once again,” says the Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault (JCASA), “there wasn’t a tremendous reaction within the Rabbinical or Jewish community.”

Today, Byrks lives as a private citizen and the cases against him remain open, according to JCASA. For a quarter of a century, he was involved in the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and he currently serves on the Vaad Harabonim of Queens, a committee responsible for important decisions for the Jewish community.

Is it possible that Orthodox rabbis like Byrks excuse their abuse of children with verses from the Talmud? It’s more than possible; it’s almost a certainty.

One Jewish blogger ( posted an email that attests, “I personally know of many many boys who were molested in mikva'os.

I am in close contact with an ex-chassidishe young adult who, over time, was raped by at least 10 men; among them, rebbeim, often in mikvaos.”

JCASA also reports on another rabbi, Moshe Eiseman, who was first credibly accused of child molestation 15 years ago yet remains an authority in the Orthodox community in Philadelphia (“Call to Action,” Sept. 3, 2006).

The allegations have been confirmed with numerous victims, reports the Awareness Center. Yet Eiseman remains employed by Ner Israel (a prominent Talmud school in Baltimore) and lives on their campus with access to children.

None of the Jewish bloggers express approval or acceptance for rabbis who rape kids. Most express horror and call for these men to be reported to the authorities. These writers represent the larger Jewish community which is led like sheep by evil leaders. Most Jews don’t even know that their own sacred Talmud sanctions child abuse.

But it does. Rabbinic Judaism is an evil vine dripping with poisonous fruit, “full of all uncleanness,” as Jesus said. And today—in the forms of Zionism, leftist Jewish activism, and Talmudic Judaism—it entangles the lives of 14 million Jews, 1.3 billion Muslims and 2 billion Christians.

Today, evangelical Christians donate millions per year to the state of Israel—most of which is entrusted to the care of rabbinic authorities. Would Christians give so generously if they knew how untrustworthy are the recipients of their gifts? Of course not.

But their ignorance is not easily excused. Both evangelicals and Jews are notorious for closing their minds to the slightest criticism of Jewish leadership—a willful blindness that has enabled Jewish leaders to attain tremendous power. For such partiality, the church will be held accountable, both here and in the hereafter. We will have to answer to God if we subsidize Jerusalem mikvahs where small boys are raped, instead of preaching the sin-reproving gospel that could save Jewish souls.

Harmony Grant is a staff writer for the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog group.


Sunday, December 24, 2006

Surviving the New World Order

Surviving the New World Order (Encore)

December 22, 2006

By Henry Makow, Ph.D.

(Originally posted Jan 7, 2006 this is appropriate for the season.)

[Memo to Myself]

This isn't about storing silver coins or canned food or getting an AK-47.

It's about saving your soul not your skin. It's about the tendency to obsess on the New World Order, get depressed and become unbearable.

The situation is depressing. A satanic cult controls the credit of the world and rules through myriad proxies. It is determined to destroy civilization and institute an Orwellian police state.

You spend hours every day addictively watching for new developments. Your face is pressed up against the store window of the world.

You are "externalized." You can't go into the kitchen without switching on the radio.

You try to squeeze your sustenance from the world. But much of what you imbibe is poisonous: depravity, corruption, duplicity and tragedy. (Is that the point of the mass media? To demoralize and brutalize?)

Mankind is in the grip of a diabolical force that constantly strives to legitimize itself through deception. You can't overcome this demon. But you still control your personal life. Ultimately, the battle is for the soul of humanity. Why not begin by defending your soul?

This means erecting a wall between the soul, and the world, and establishing a balance between the sacred and the profane. You need to shut out the world (the profane) for set periods of time and focus on what inspires you. That means turning off the TV, Internet and media in general.

Just as you nourish your body with food, you feed your soul with wholesome thoughts, sights and sounds. Your soul reaches out for beauty, grace, harmony, truth and righteousness. You become what you think about.

What lifts your spirit? It might be a long walk, nature, music, book, hobby, sport, or music. It might be time with your family or friends. It might be the Bible, religious writing or meditation.

"Do what you love," Henry David Thoreau said. "Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw at it still."

You agree with the mystics who say happiness is within. It involves the possession of your self ( i.e. your soul,) and not wanting anything else. By looking outside your self, you displace your soul and become the thing you seek. This is the source of addictive behavior and unhappiness.

The occult elite controls us with sex and money- the North-South of the mind. The courtship stage is a period when sexual feelings are strong so two people will bond and start a family. Sex/romance was not meant to become a permanent preoccupation and panacea. The cult uses it to distract and degrade us while it creates a police state (using the "War on Terror" as a ruse.)

The same is true of money. The stock market is a giant casino addicting millions. The central banking cult has unlimited funds. To make us feel good, (while it trashes civil rights and wages senseless war) it makes the market go up. To fleece us, it crashes the market. Gold is just a shiny stone. Don't be a dupe.

The diabolical powers have been here for a long time. You have discovered their existence only because they signaled the beginning of their endgame on Sept. 11.

Don't let them stunt or degrade you by obsessing on their iniquity. Restore balance by attuning yourself to higher things. Be an outpost of happiness.


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christian Idolatry: Zionism

'Christians' Plan 'Night to Honor Israel'
Report; Posted on: 2006-12-20 16:55:22

Evangelicals in US and other nations will hold mass events to 'thank the Jewish people,' Jerusalem Knesset Caucus told

Yaakov Lappin

A leading Evangelical US pastor has announced plans to hold a "night to honor Israel" in every major American city as part of an Evangelical political campaign.

Pastor John Hagee, a Christian leader from Texas, was given an award by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus during a ceremony jointly held with the World Jewish Congress Monday night, to "honor our Christian allies."

Addressing the conference by a satellite-linked screen, Hagee delivered an emphatic speech, declaring: "It's time for us Christians in America, from coast to coast, to speak up for Israel."

He added that his organization aimed to hold "every congressman and senator accountable for their position on Israel."

"It's important for Christians to reach out to the Jewish people. For the first time in the history of America, the spiritual leaders of America are looking up rabbis and saying: 'We want to thank you,'" Hagee declared.

The pastor announced his plans for "a night to honor Israel in every major American city," adding: "Why is this happening?"

Full article

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


National Prayer Network


By Rev. Ted Pike

Several weeks ago, an ultraorthodox rabbi issued an ugly threat to Washington state’s Sea-Tac Airport: either display an 8-foot, electrically lit menorah alongside Christmas trees or face a federal lawsuit.

In a recent press release, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith whitewashes such coercion. Ignoring the rabbi's threat to sue, it claims his motives were innocent and high-minded. The resulting "surge of anti-Semitism," ADL says, was the fault of inaccurate information. ADL says the rabbi’s organization, Chabad Lubavitch, only wants the menorah displayed equally with the trees. What's wrong with equal opportunity on religious holidays? 1

This raises a timely and important question. Religious Jews constitute less than one percent of the American population. What legal rights do they, and other religious minorities, have to demand that their symbols be given equal public exposure with those of Christianity?

Research has clearly proven that America was founded as a Christian nation and largely remains so today. 2 Approximately 77 percent of Americans consider themselves Christian. Yet ADL denies that America was founded on Christian principles; they have worked aggressively to redefine America as a pluralist society whose separation of church and state forbids public preference of one religion's symbols or observances.

Hypocritically, ADL doesn’t insist that Israel (the only nation to whom it is loyal) also be so multi-cultural and enlightened. ADL would be appalled if Christian (Messianic) Jews in Israel were granted the right to display crosses alongside menorahs at Tel-Aviv Airport. Sixty years ago, Arab Christians constituted 20 percent of Israel’s population. As a result of massive expulsion in 1948, followed by policies of discrimination and outright persecution, the Christian community withered to about 2 percent. (See, "Christians in Israel: An Endangered Species" and "The Simple Explanation for Mid-East Strife") That is roughly equivalent to the Jewish population in America.

It would be unthinkable for such a tiny minority in Israel to demand equal representation in public display of crosses or nativity scenes. Zionism unashamedly considers Israel’s national identity to be Jewish. Israel is like Spain, Kuwait, or India, dominated by Catholic, Moslem, or Hindu culture respectively. In all religiously oriented nations, the symbols of the dominant ancestral religion are given public and even political preference—except in America. ADL and Jewish media insist that America not exalt its Christian heritage. (See, "Is Dr. Kennedy a 'Christian Supremacist?'")

Why is America so different from Israel? How has a tiny two percent of the American population attained such power that they can demand equal display of their symbols? There’s an easy answer. Even Christians have been trained by Jewish media to believe: "Jews have suffered so bitterly at the hands of Christians for nearly 2000 years, that it’s our Biblical duty to grant them disproportionate privilege in our society." This privilege includes protection from all criticism. Because of evangelicals’ apologetic indulgence, Jews have soared to dominate media, business, international banking, and even the agendas of the American administration, House, and Senate. In fact, it is undeniable that high-ranking "neo-con" Jews are primarily responsible for goading America into war in the Mid-East to make the region safe for Israel's further expansion. 3

As a result of such power, Jewish symbols sometimes don’t just enjoy equality with Christian symbols in public, but actual preference. In 1989, a majority of the Supreme Court ruled that an 18-foot Lubavitcher menorah displayed at a downtown Pittsburgh county courthouse did not violate church-state separation, while a nativity scene did. 4 The menorah was permitted, while the Christian symbol was removed.

Blind indulgence of Jews has never been Biblical or logical; today, it increasingly threatens both Christianity and our republic. While none can claim Christians now persecute Jews in America, there is a worldwide trend, especially through Jewish "anti-hate" laws, to persecute Christians. In more than 55 nations, ADL/B’nai B’rith hate laws militate against Christian values and silence their free expression. Ensconced in positions of impregnable power, evil Jewish “thought police” possess ominous potential for even greater persecution in the years ahead. (See, "Global Hate Crimes Gestapo Being Created" and "The Real Motive Behind the 'Department of Global Anti-Semitism'")

Judaism: One of Many Minority Religions

Should the Seattle airport abandon America's Christian identity in favor of ADL's "multiculturalism?" Religious Jews are just one of many minority religious sects in America, including Buddhists, Taoists, Scientologists, Native American spiritualists, and Satanists. Members of some of these groups, such as New-Age and Islam, greatly outnumber religious Jews. If Judaism can demand equal visibility with Christianity at Christmas, what keeps these other groups from also claiming "discrimination" if they are excluded? What keeps them from threatening to sue the Port of Seattle next year?

America must stand on a proven fact: despite the ravages of secularism, America still possesses a religious identity. It is Christian. And it is only because of our Christian heritage that Jews and other minorities enjoy the right to freely practice their own religion. Such minorities should be grateful for the Christian heritage to which they owe their freedom, rather than wishing to minimize that legacy.

If public institutions and businesses don’t insist on their right to display Christian symbols, they will actually open the floodgates to discrimination lawsuits. 5 In the end, such organizations, out of self-protection, will remove such symbols altogether—declaring all public places to be religion-free, secular zones. This is what initially happened at Sea-Tac last week. This is ADL’s ultimate objective—a society where the uniting force of a Christian national identity has been eroded and secularism alone is allowed.

In Canada, even Christmas trees are being removed from public places! This week, Judge Marion Cohen (Jewish) ordered the removal of a small artificial tree from a provincial courthouse, saying it might alienate non-Christians; as in America, Christians comprise more than 70 percent of the Canadian population, yet activist Jews are stripping even their most innocuous symbols from public life.

Back in Washington state, the Sea-Tac authorities say they’ll consult with the ultraorthodox rabbi and other religious groups about a broader presentation of diverse religious symbols next Christmas. Such tedious and expensive experiments, undertaken to please activist Jews, will inevitably be abandoned in favor of secularism.

How should Sea-Tac authorities and others respond when “God’s chosen people” again demand that America’s Christian identity be denied to please them—on penalty of federal court? Answer: they should respect the overwhelming majority of Americans, who insist that Christmas remain unashamedly Christian.

They should stand and fight.


1 ADL Response to the Port of Seattle Decision to Remove Christmas Trees, press release, Anti-Defamation League, Dec. 2006.
2 Many Christian/conservative organizations, and especially Dr. D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries, have produced scores of books documenting statements by America’s founding fathers and Supreme Court justices affirming the fact that America is a Christian nation. See also
3 See Michael Collins’ Piper, The High Priests of War, 2004, Walt and Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby, 2006.
4 County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1989).
5 No public institution or business should be forced by law to provide display of religious symbols. However, as a goodwill gesture, areas adjacent to major Christmas displays might be allocated for such religious expression. An equitable rule would be that a particular religion should be allowed display in proportion to their numbers in the American population. Thus, religious Jews along with Buddhists or Hindus would be granted about 2 percent of display space each, with Christians allowed 77 percent. On the other hand, such a project opens up the real possibility that homosexual religious groups, Satanists and witches, etc. would also demand space for their symbols, threatening discrimination lawsuits if they were not included. The above proposal, though high-minded, reminds us of the wisdom and relative legal safety of standing by the time-proven standard that Christmas is properly a time to emphasize Christian symbols and values, not every other kind.

Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog group.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

American Schools - Then and Now

Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.
1973 - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.

2006 - School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1973 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2006 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1973 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class.

2006 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a whipping.
1973 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2006 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to school.
1973 - Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2006 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.

1973 - 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers.

2006 - Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her parent's consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1973: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2006: Pedro's cause is taken up by state democratic party. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can't speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1973 - Ants die.

2006 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to comfort him.
1973 - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2006 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

VIDEO: Foamy's Christmas Rant

11 Rules You Did Not Learn In School (share this with a youngster)

Rule 1: Life is not fair.

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone, until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers are not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it "Opportunity."
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool your are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many chances as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you can read this - Thank a teacher!

If you are reading it in English - Thank a Veteran!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Seattle Jews Grinch the Christmas Season

'Tis Not the Season at Sea-Tac Airport
Report; Posted on: 2006-12-10 02:11:11

The Port of Seattle says it had little choice

There will be no more Christmas trees at Sea-Tac Airport this season after the Port of Seattle received at least one complaint about them.

For more than 25 years, the airport has celebrated the holidays with Christmas trees over its entrances. But overnight, the Port of Seattle ordered all 15 trees removed.

"I think it's very unfortunate. Why lose the Christmas spirit? Christmas is for kids," said passenger Lisa Jones.

The Port allowed "holiday" decorations to remain but decided to take down all the Christmas trees after a Jewish religious leader complained they were offensive.

"It's a Christmas tree! It's not like they were displaying crucifixes or menorahs or anything religious, but Christmas trees that have been around here for years," said an employee who asked not to be identified.

The Port of Seattle says it had little choice. It says a Seattle rabbi with the Central Organization for Jewish Learning hired an attorney and threatened to sue if the airport did not erect an eight-foot menorah to balance the message of the Christmas trees.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Mom Kills Armed Rapist Threatening Child... State Steals Child, Says Mom is Insane

Just when you thought things couldn't get anymore insane....

Man breaks into home armed with a shotgun....

Rapes mom....

Threatens to rape 7 year old daughter...

Mom kills armed rapist...


Rape victim to get daughter back soon

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 12/09/06

Her little girl is coming home.

The Cherokee County woman who killed the man who raped her most likely will be able to take her daughter home with her, probably by next week.

First the mother has to complete a psychological evaluation.

"They want to make sure I am of no harm to myself or anyone else," the woman said Friday after a hearing in Juvenile Court in Cherokee County. She hopes to celebrate Christmas with family in Ohio.

"I'm happy I'm getting my daughter back," she said.

The 7-year-old girl was placed in foster care after the Nov. 5 attack.

The youngster was in their rural Cherokee County home when her mother was raped. Authorities have said Gerald A. Lee, who was armed with a shotgun, broke into the house and raped the 38-year-old mother. A fierce battle between Lee and the woman began when he threatened to also rape her daughter. She stabbed Lee several times and was severely injured during the struggle.

Because the woman is a victim of sexual assault, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is not identifying her.

The woman is recovering in an aunt's home.

She said Judge Ellen McElyea presided over her hearing Friday in Juvenile Court to determine if her daughter could go back to live with her.

McElyea did not return a telephone call. Dena Smith, spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Resources, said she could not comment on the DFCS case.

But her friends said they are thrilled.

"We're ecstatic," said Kim Chester, a long-time friend of the woman who is raising money to help the woman get back on her feet. "I feel like justice won. Like prayer won."

The woman echoed that thought: "Thank you for your continued prayers. And the prayers were definitely answered today. My prayers go back to each and every one of you today. Have a Merry Christmas."

Nuclear Fudge for the Holidays

My Wife suggested I share this recipe with Y'all.

We just finished a batch. (licking the pyrex now )

Very Easy Microwave Chocolate Fudge

1 (12 oz) package Nestles semi-sweet chocolate morsels (chips)
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cup Walnuts (chopped)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large glass measuring cup, combine chocolate and milk,
microwave high for 3 minutes. Stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.
Stir in walnuts and vanilla.

Spread evenly into foil-lined 8 inch pan. Chill until firm (about 2 hrs)

Makes 1 1/4 pound fudge.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

New link added "Ladies Against Feminism"

Here is a great site devoted to curing the putrid disease of feminism.

Ladies Against Feminism

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Which is more dangerous... Guns or Doctors?

(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.

(Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health Human Services)

(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.
Yes, that is 80 million.

(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.000188.

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, "Guns don't kill people, doctors do."


Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!

Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.

The Final Nail in America's Coffin

The Plan to Replace the Dollar With the 'Amero'

by Jerome R. Corsi
Posted May 22, 2006

The idea to form the North American Union as a super-NAFTA knitting together Canada, the United States and Mexico into a super-regional political and economic entity was a key agreement resulting from the March 2005 meeting held at Baylor University in Waco, Tex., between President Bush, President Fox and Prime Minister Martin.

A joint statement published by the three presidents following their Baylor University summit announced the formation of an initial entity called, “The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” (SPP). The joint statement termed the SPP a “trilateral partnership” that was aimed at producing a North American security plan as well as providing free market movement of people, capital, and trade across the borders between the three NAFTA partners:

We will establish a common approach to security to protect North America from external threats, prevent and respond to threats within North America, and further streamline the secure and efficient movement of legitimate, low-risk traffic across our borders.

A working agenda was established:

We will establish working parties led by our ministers and secretaries that will consult with stakeholders in our respective countries. These working parties will respond to the priorities of our people and our businesses, and will set specific, measurable, and achievable goals.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has produced a SPP website, which documents how the U.S. has implemented the SPP directive into an extensive working agenda.

Following the March 2005 meeting in Waco, Tex., the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) published in May 2005 a task force report titled “Building a North American Community.” We have already documented that this CFR task force report calls for a plan to create by 2010 a redefinition of boundaries such that the primary immigration control will be around the three countries of the North American Union, not between the three countries. We have argued that a likely reason President Bush has not secured our border with Mexico is that the administration is pushing for the establishment of the North American Union.

The North American Union is envisioned to create a super-regional political authority that could override the sovereignty of the United States on immigration policy and trade issues. In his June 2005 testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Pastor, the Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University, stated clearly the view that the North American Union would need a super-regional governance board to make sure the United States does not dominate the proposed North American Union once it is formed:

NAFTA has failed to create a partnership because North American governments have not changed the way they deal with one another. Dual bilateralism, driven by U.S. power, continue to govern and irritate. Adding a third party to bilateral disputes vastly increases the chance that rules, not power, will resolve problems.

This trilateral approach should be institutionalized in a new North American Advisory Council. Unlike the sprawling and intrusive European Commission, the Commission or Council should be lean, independent, and advisory, composed of 15 distinguished individuals, 5 from each nation. Its principal purpose should be to prepare a North American agenda for leaders to consider at biannual summits and to monitor the implementation of the resulting agreements.

Pastor was a vice chairman of the CFR task force that produced the report “Building a North American Union.”

Pastor also proposed the creation of a Permanent Tribunal on Trade and Investment with the view that “a permanent court would permit the accumulation of precedent and lay the groundwork for North American business law.” The intent is for this North American Union Tribunal would have supremacy over the U.S. Supreme Court on issues affecting the North American Union, to prevent U.S. power from “irritating” and retarding the progress of uniting Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. into a new 21st century super-regional governing body.

Robert Pastor also advises the creation of a North American Parliamentary Group to make sure the U.S. Congress does not impede progress in the envisioned North American Union. He has also called for the creation of a North American Customs and Immigration Service which would have authority over U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security.

Pastor’s 2001 book “Toward a North American Community” called for the creation of a North American Union that would perfect the defects Pastor believes limit the progress of the European Union. Much of Pastor’s thinking appears aimed at limiting the power and sovereignty of the United States as we enter this new super-regional entity. Pastor has also called for the creation of a new currency which he has coined the “Amero,” a currency that is proposed to replace the U.S. dollar, the Canadian dollar, and the Mexican peso.

If President Bush had run openly in 2004 on the proposition that a prime objective of his second term was to form the North American Union and to supplant the dollar with the “Amero,” we doubt very much that President Bush would have carried Ohio, let alone half of the Red State majority he needed to win re-election. Pursuing any plan that would legalize the conservatively estimated 12 million illegal aliens now in the United States could well spell election disaster for the Republican Party in 2006, especially for the House of Representative where every seat is up for grabs.


Monday, December 04, 2006

Just say 'Merry Christmas!'

Monday, November 27, 2006

Just say 'Merry Christmas!'

Posted: November 27, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Chuck Norris

© 2006

With one of the largest retail weekends immediately behind us, and a huge season of shopping upon us, I have a bone to pick with some Christmas retailers and reductionists.

Shop until 'Christmas' drops

The National Retail Federation, the largest retail trade association, is projecting only a 5 percent increase in Christmas season sales over last year, to the tune of $457.4 billion. That compares with last year's 6.1 percent increase.

It appears as well that the majority of that increase (61 million people) will do their shopping on the Internet (up from 51.7 million last year).

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What alarms me most, however, are not any economic forecasts, but the progressive disappearance of retail Christmas terminology.

What ever happened to ''Christmas?''

In the pursuit of being politically correct, I believe we have sold out to a neutered nativity — taking no sides to the slow elimination of ''Christmas'' in retail and culture.

Just say 'Merry Christmas!'

Of course I'm not against December commerce, just the overcompensation of sensitivity that leads to Christmas compromise.

I enjoy giving and receiving Christmas gifts as much as anyone else, though I prefer those presents that build up mind, body and spirit, like the educational gifts found at or the fitness and other items found at our online store (the proceeds of which go to benefit our Kick Start program).

I want to challenge corporate management, private businesses, and the American public to keep the word ''Christmas'' in their displays and advertisements, rather than replacing it with any generic ''holiday'' language.

Don't be afraid to inform businesses who keep ''Christmas'' alive that you are appreciative and will encourage others to patronize their businesses. Notify those who do not that you will not. (That includes Internet companies — the fastest growing shopping mall.)

If we don't stop the decline of Christmas language now, imagine what the yuletide will be like in a few years: full of ''holiday'' trees, ''holiday'' gifts, ''holiday'' wreaths, ''holiday'' dinners, ''holiday'' music, and ''holiday'' church services. Come to think of it: we're almost there!

It's time to just say ''Merry Christmas!'' Or there will be nothing merry about it for our children and grandchildren.

What mom modeled and so should we

Growing up in Oklahoma, Kansas and then California, our family was pretty poor by American standards.

We had so little money that I didn't have real toys to play with, so I used clothespins and an active imagination.

The clothespins served as toy soldiers or cowboys. I made the big clothespins the bad guys and the little ones the good guys. Of course the larger they were, the harder they fell! (Imagery that would later serve my Martial Arts career.)

Despite our economic and domestic adversities, mom did the best she could with us three boys.

I can still remember her coming home exhausted from her job at the laundry and saying that we were blessed. We didn't have much, but what we did have, we sure appreciated. And what we had most was each other, and the Lord.

Even though we had a hard life, mom maintained a strong faith in God. She instilled that faith in her sons and kept us in church.

Christmas in our hearts, not under the tree

Friends, we all must model and teach children that the heart of Christmas isn't found under a tree. It's discovered in our hearts.

We must also teach them that they were called to do more than consume resources; they were gifted to be a blessing and resource to others.

No wonder the Bible says it is better to give than to receive.

So call me old-fashioned

Some might call me old-fashioned, but I still believe in a white Christmas, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and family and friends giving thanks to God.

Most of all, I still believe what mom taught me: the heart of Christmas is found in a stable not in a store.

No business can take away that fact from any of us.

(One of the best ways you and your family can be refreshed about the true meaning of Christmas this season is by seeing the new family-friendly movie, ''The Nativity Story,'' opening in 3,000 theaters nationwide this Friday, Dec. 1. I recommend it highly!)


The N.W.O. Consumer Slave

by Nancy Levant

It’s a funny thing how you can’t work without a license, a state-sponsored credential, or degree paid to your state university. In fact, in some states you can’t even baby sit in your homes without “a license.”

On that note, our mandatory licenses, trainings for licenses, credentials, and degrees cost big money much like cars, houses, utility bills, shoes and coats, computers, all other Eastern products. So, in essence, we have to pay to get jobs, and then we have to pay again and again and again to maintain our licensing credentials with continuing education requirements and fees.

Then we have to drive to work in our licensed vehicles, which are also required to have insurance policies, gasoline, tires, maintenance, plates, and global positioning systems. We have to pay for all of these with no choice in the matter - whatsoever.

We have to pay licensed centers and schools to destroy the minds and nationality of our children. All teachers (and I use that term contemptuously) have to pay dues and continuing education dollars to their states and Socialist labor unions – all big bucks.

Then there are our taxes, which pay for our Socialist teachers, which pay for the destruction of the public schools and our American children, our primary religion, and our understanding of Constitutional governance, sovereignty, and freedom. See how nicely that works?

Then we need food – genetically modified, hormone’d, Petrie dish food whose patents are now owned by transnational conglomerates. Seeds are now owned. Entire species of animals are now owned by individual corporations like Monsanto. How positively strange that media never says a word about food seeds and species being owned by corporations. Now the NAIS makes more sense – no? The corporations want to know who owns their property. Not OUR property, mind you, but THEIR property. If they’ve got patents on seeds and animals, what right do you have to own seeds and animals or to buy seeds and animals without permission, licenses, and/or to pay royalties on those animals and seeds? Wow. The fog clears.

We all know we can’t watch tell-their-visions without paying huge monthly subscription/prescription dues to media monstrosities. Tell-their-vision sets don’t work anymore without paying “dues.” And then there is the heat bill. Would you say that most American people are paying $200.00 to $500.00 a month for heat during the cold months? And talking on phones – cell and land lines? Again, hundreds of dollars a month to call on lines that 1) track our locations, 2) automatically connect us to creditors, and 3) provide for special ears to listen in on or record our conversations – and again, paying hundreds of dollars to enable the spies amongst us.

And all the while, more and more American people on the “government” payrolls, where jobs are plentiful as we the people pay for more and more and more spies, jailors, and traitors to our freedom. We fund the corporate wars, the illegal aliens, the think tankers who write the legislation to destroy our rights, and the non-profit partners of America’s destroyers. We, the people, pay for America’s demise – and all the while allowing ourselves to be paid with Federal Reserve Notes that are pretend money. Hence, we pay for nothing while accumulating enslaving debt.

We live in the land of the economic dialectic. It is all a lie – a temporary lie – and when the pretend plug is pulled, we will all spiral down freedom’s toilet with all destroyers having absconded with what was once our wealth, jobs, security, potential, dreams, and happiness. How close we stand to our total destruction. How prepared martial law awaits the full national knowledge of our deception.

I think of American families. The middle classes who created the greatness of this nation with sweat, national loyalty, and blood spilled on battlefields that were supposed to guarantee our survival and our freedom. I think of the young men and women who suffer in the Mid-East, and for what? Democracy? No, people, not for democracy. We are fighting for global Communism. We are losing our freedom with every Act, every pending bill in Congress, and with every reshuffling of the Council on Foreign Relations members into our highest positions of power. Communism is our destiny, and it has arrived. In the U.S., Communism is called “Communitarianism.”

See, we’re the bad guys - not the United Nations, not the Council on Foreign Relations and their traitorous and pathologically lying and hand-picked politicians – no, we’re the bad guys. We, the people of the United States, are the enemy of the sustainable futures of the world’s wealthiest people. Therefore, we are to be drugged, taxed, licensed, and technologically ID’d into submission.

On April 29, 2003, G.W. signed an Executive Order which established the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The resulting conclusions of this commission determined that EVERY American citizen, including children, is to be screened for mental health problems, that mental health treatment is not an option, AND that specific drugs are to be forcibly administered to those found to have some form of diagnosable mental impairment. How incredibly fortunate for the pharmaceutical industries and partnerships!!! 300 million potential customers who will have nothing whatsoever to say about being forced to purchase drugs that will keep them sick and dim witted! One can surely assume that we, the mentally ill, will have our genes tested and data based during these screenings, and that the diagnosed will be disallowed reproductive rights. Sorry folks, but this is an old, old story and a repeated historical pattern. American “government” has ALWAYS used drugs and substances against “the enemy.”

Now, quickly, and on that note, let’s get ourselves up to date on the recent shuffling at the CFR. Let us not forget our string pullers. Chuck Augustin recently stated in Robert Chapman’s International Forecaster,

“The hidden government that is in control of the United States and most western governments made some adjustments today. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which is assigned by the Illuminati to implement the New World Order), replaced CFR member Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense with CFR member Robert Gates. CFR member George Bush made the announcement, however he did state that CFR member Dick Cheney would remain in office. Changes to our Iraq policy may change after the report from the Iraq Study Group headed by CFR members James Baker and Lee Hamilton. CFR member Henry Paulson remains the Secretary of the Treasury. “Following the elections, CFR member Joe Lieberman was elevated to "most influential member" of the Senate and is now "independent" of restrictions of either party. Hilary Clinton, wife of CFR member Bill Clinton. is expected to run for president in 2008 with CFR member John McCain likely to be the Republican candidate. In the last election CFR member John Kerry was defeated by CFR member George W. Bush, son of CFR member George H. Bush.

“The political news and its impact was reported by CFR members Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and a host of others who control American's news and minds.”

So, there we have it - the news from the top. As we continue to pay for America’s demise while we struggle to put food on our tables and gasoline in our tanks, let us try to understand what has been before our faces for decades. America is falling to a new form of government – one in which other than American elites have mandated the taking of our rights and our nation. Communism has arrived on American soil – not “democracy.” Look to the Mid-East for America’s future, and note – you find no “democracy” in the Mid-East.

Try the book The Cultural Devastation of American Women for your Christmas gifts. Try the documentary America: From Freedom to Fascism by Aaron Russo. Try the book The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin. Give gifts of truth rather than electronic tracking devices this holiday season. For once in your lives, buy wisely while you still can. Spread truth for Christmas rather than crap made in Communist China. Please, Americans – get with the program. Your freedom is on the line.


Brokeback Healthcare

Offshoring U.S. Patients No Cure for Ailing Healthcare System
Diane M. Grassi

For several years now, American healthcare consumers, including many from other western industrialized nations, have heard about elective surgeries being performed in lesser-developed nations and due to cost and denial of coverage by health insurance providers have opted to go there. However, surgeries in the past were truly elective and not medically necessary procedures that largely consisted of face-lifts, tummy tucks and gastric bypasses for cosmetic purposes.

But just in the past two years, American patients are being wooed to make decisions on serious medically necessary surgeries due to their fears of excessive healthcare costs. And the decision involves traveling abroad primarily to India and Thailand in order to receive such hospital care which they require.

For those self-insured, underinsured, or not insured at all, the desperation of receiving medical care without sacrificing homes or assets in the process is plausible, since costs of similar procedures in South Asia range from 75% - 80% less than in the United States. But now U.S. based corporations have entered the arena as well by encouraging employees to go to India and Thailand via cash incentives, free airfare and hotel stays with no co-pays due on the final bill.

Yet, just as with any large purchase consumers must look beyond the fancy advertisements and read the fine print with a Buyer Beware mentality. Americans have become quite adept at learning what to look for when dealing with car dealerships when purchasing an automobile and with computer retailers when purchasing a new computer. But it has taken many years to educate consumers as to their rights and protections under the law and what to do when something does go wrong.

The term “medical tourism” has been inaccurately applied to what is essentially the offshoring of patients of the U.S. healthcare system to foreign countries, in order to appeal to potential customers who are really medical patients. The term was invented by the media and it stuck and is now being used as a marketing tool. Deceptive in its concept, it is an implication that a patient can go sightseeing before or after a serious hospital procedure in that foreign country. But for those who are more scrupulous it remains difficult to get the necessary information needed to make a reasoned decision on whether to have surgery performed, let alone halfway around the world.

There are now organizations being touted as medical tourism agencies that have cropped up throughout the U.S. in order to facilitate such care overseas for individual patients as well as to serve as a clearinghouse for corporations wishing to outsource their employees’ healthcare with them in tow. These groups include MedSolution, GlobalChoice Healthcare, IndUShealth, Planet Healthcare and Med Retreat, to name just a few.

And with more and more corporations adding select foreign hospitals as Preferred Providers to their employees’ health insurance plans, medical tourism companies handle the paperwork and travel arrangements for their employees. Other countries of destination include Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Panama, Mexico, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and South Africa.

However, it is at this point that the patient needs to start their own due diligence. There is usually a requirement by most U.S. healthcare insurance providers for patients to get second opinions for most complicated surgeries in the U.S., but not so for offshore surgeries. And the list of surgeries which are being sent offshore are indeed medically necessary but confusingly being reported to the media as elective. But you can determine for yourself whether or not the following are elective procedures: cardiac bypass, cardiac stent implantation, cardiac angioplasty, knee replacement, hip replacement, mastectomy, hysterectomy, chemotherapy, eye surgery, vascular surgery, among others.

And as the medical tourism agency is only an intermediary between the client and the hospital as well as between hotels and airlines they do not provide any liability in the event that there is a medical complication or there is a mishap at the destination hospital. Furthermore, there are fees which could arise not documented by an employer nor agency which could require additional expenses upon the patient’s arrival. And as a conduit between patient and hospital, the medical tourism business remains an unregulated industry in the U.S., without licensing requirements and with most managed by non-medical personnel.

Similarly, and unbeknownst to most U.S. patients is that the healthcare industry in India is highly unregulated. It was only in 2006 that regulations regarding the medical device industry, which includes surgical devices such as cardiac stents and orthopedic implants for use in hip and knee replacements, was mandated. Such call for regulation from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) only came about as the result of discovered defective drug eluting cardiac stents in 2004. And although hospitals have the option of applying for accreditation through the Joint International Commission established in 1999, a subsidiary of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, used for hospitals in the U.S., there is no such requirement to do so.

As of 2006 there are five hospitals in India which have JCI accreditation, renewable every three years. They include the three facilities of the Apollo Hospital group, the Shruff Eye Hospital and the Wockhardt Hospital. The Bumrungrad International in Bangkok is Thailand’s sole JCI hospital. Singapore has over a dozen JCI hospitals however, and the Philippines has one. But the JCI accreditation only applies primarily to hospital management which although includes procedures to reduce risk of infection and disease and to ensure patient safety, it has no jurisdiction over the actual physicians performing surgical procedures.

The patient is provided limited information other than an introductory phone call to the intended physician and having medical records electronically sent to the doctor or hospital via the internet by the medical tourism agency. The patient has a choice of physicians, but unlike in the U.S. where there is easy access to a doctor’s medical status by medical boards and organizations, other than knowing whether the doctor may have practiced medicine in the U.S., there is little information to come by. Without standardized protocols it is difficult for the patient to make a correct assessment.

When decisions on a patient’s health is driven primarily by cost it can impair the decision making process. There is little argument that healthcare costs in the U.S. are bankrupting corporations and labor unions and deceleration of escalation is nary in sight. With the healthcare industry being 15% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and having risen in cost 75% for employers and 143% for employees since the year 2000, the system is broken. High malpractice insurance fees required by both employers and physicians, hospital deregulation and class action medical litigations have only exacerbated the problem.

Such high medical costs will only encourage limited access to healthcare for the middle class and ultimately result in less preventative care costing taxpayers more in the long run. The problem is not the medical care in the U.S., still considered the best in the world, but its delivery system. It is when Medicare and the health insurance providers became the decision makers and took that power away from the physicians that the system began to unravel. Added to that is the lack of restraint of costs by the pharmaceutical industry which charges U.S. patients more for its own medications than any other country in the world.

But as expensive as healthcare is in the U.S., there are legal and safety issues which are part of the American fabric which Americans very much take for granted yet expect but are not present in the undeveloped world. For example, there are few regulatory bodies such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, various medical boards, consumer protection laws, available legal experts and the court system. All serve as a net of safeguards offering remedies. But unlike a car purchase, medical care is a complicated undertaking in which there are no guarantees, yet there are areas of compliance which must be maintained.

Once the patient is in a foreign country there is little protection for redress and once that patient leaves the country should they need follow-up care such as therapy or if complications arise even during travel, they must seek medical care in the U.S. Secondarily, if the procedure is performed overseas, insurance providers or Medicare may not honor the additional required care in the U.S. Still, patients may decide to take the risks in addition to the inherent risks of any surgery, but should not be coerced into uninformed choices in order for their employer to save costs under the guise that they are helping to reduce the costs of U.S. healthcare in the long run.

In July 2006 the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging held a hearing called “The Globalization of Healthcare: Can Medical Tourism Reduce Healthcare Costs?” Its goal was to address the subject of medical tourism, its growth, safety of patients and possible regulation of the industry itself. Its Committee Chairman, Senator Gordon H. Smith, has asked that several federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Commerce and the Department of State create an interagency task force necessary for lawmakers to reach informed decisions that healthcare consumers themselves cannot accurately make at this juncture regarding offshoring their medical care.

And among the labor unions, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) has publicly weighed in on this issue when it learned one of its union members, employed by Blue Ridge Paper Products, was going to be sent to India for gall bladder surgery simultaneously with shoulder surgery. Leo W. Gerard, USW International President, fired off a complaint dated September 11, 2006 to Congress by contacting the following committees: the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

The goal is not necessarily to create more legislation but to establish guidelines. Perhaps Mr. Gerard puts it best when he states, “The right to safe, secure and dependable health care in one’s own country should not be surrendered for any reason-certainly not to fatten the profit margins of corporate investors.” He also contends to the Congress that “We remain steadfast in our commitment to rebuild a domestic healthcare system.” Let us hope that our government and healthcare providers can likewise make such a commitment by investing in the health and welfare of the American people.

Copyright ©2006 Diane M. Grassi