Friday, February 16, 2007

Dear Officer...

Originally written by William Cooper, however I could kick myself for not writing it first, and would have been proud and unapologetic to have.... God rest his soul in peace.

Dear Officer:

I don't want to kill you. I don't even want to wound you. I admire your courage and the commitment you've made to help others, often at risk of own your life. I hope you won't come for me, because if you do, one of us will die. It may be you.

I've done nothing wrong. I don't intend to. But the government which you serve has passed too many laws, and I am sure to accidentally break one, some day. And that same government is systematically destroying the unalienable rights which our Constitution says may not be infringed — very specifically, my right to keep and bear arms.

I am not some wacko lunatic, but I can no longer stand idly by, while decent people are systematically enslaved by an out-of-control government. I cannot allow a corrupt judiciary to use its power to destroy my rights and my country. That government and that judiciary has begun to use you to arrest and kill people just like me — people who believe that the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights mean what they say.

You don't know me, but you see me every day. I may be a businessman, a truck driver, an executive. I could be a housewife or a salesman. But I am armed, as Americans have been for over 250 years, and I am determined to keep the freedoms which only an armed people may retain. With a rifle, I can hit a man-sized target at 800 yards. At shorter distances, in the blink of an eye, I can hit a head-size target with a rifle or a handgun. I don't wear a uniform. I don't drive a marked car. I don't wear camouflage. I could be your own secretary, or your barber. I might be the guy who delivers your bottled water, or the parcel delivery lady. You don't know who I am, or what arms I have, and you never will. I am tens of millions. I am America.

But I know you. I know your uniform, your car, and your work schedule. I know where you work, and where you live. And that is good for you, because not only am I no threat to you, so long as you do the job for which you are hired, I am also prepared to assist you when you are threatened by real criminals. There aren't many of me left, you may think, but believe me, there are many, many more than you can imagine. When the chips are down, we are the ones who are truly on your side.

On your side, that is, so long as you honor your Oath. We are on your side if you are one of the majority of peace officers who are not corrupt and who have not sold out to the socialists and communists — freedom betrayers who will do anything, say anything to destroy the America our fathers and grandfathers bequeathed us.

No, I am no threat to you, but your bosses in government don't see it that way. They think that I, and my arms, are a threat to them, and they are planning to send you for me, just as they've sent armed, dangerous officers on select little missions for years,
taking out targeted individuals. On their orders, you may succeed in murdering me for my beliefs. Or you may not.

Whether or not you succeed in murdering me, as federal agents murdered Vicki Weaver and her young son in Idaho; or as those same federal agents murdered 81 men, women and children at Waco, Texas; there will be others who will rise up in my memory, as I now rise up in honor of the innocent lives taken by the jack-booted thugs and black-clad imitation ninjas who think it is fun to murder Americans — who have somehow become convinced that it is their job to murder Americans!

I am prepared to die, honoring my sacred Oath as an American, to defend and protect the Constitution of the united States of America. Are you prepared to die to violate the Oath you took?

You see, our government is out of control. It has rotted, from the top down. You know it. You've seen it. But you, like many others, have been too concerned with your job, your family, and your pension, to say or do anything about it. Deep down, you know I am
right. But you think you must follow orders. Or must you? Are you going to murder me for having the courage to stand up for the country and the principles in which you believe?

Are you going to go along with unconscionably illegal, unconstitutional orders, just as "good" German soldiers followed their orders? Are you going to be a peace officer or a jack-booted thug? There is little difference between a street outlaw who murders and robs; and a uniformed thug who murders and robs under color of law. The result is the same. Property confiscated, lives ruined, families ripped apart, murder committed, and a free nation destroyed. Look at history. Look around the world. As we move toward a lawless society, our country moves closer and closer to anarchy and then some form of fascism. Are you going to enforce unconstitutional laws? Are you going to be the private army of socio/fascist dictators who masquerade as democratic representatives?

Or are you going to do your part to recapture America? Are you going to keep your eyes and ears open? Will you quietly let me know when the jack-booted thugs in the SWAT teams have targeted me? Will you let your fellow officers know that they are being sold down the river by their corrupt masters?

Don't come to kill me. Because I don't want to kill you. If you do come, you may succeed — if you get lucky. But don't count on luck, because it will probably be hard — damned hard. Like millions of other Americans, I am the son or daughter of a nation of riflemen — citizen-soldiers who have a rich heritage of beating the best the enemy can send against us. We are resourceful. We cherish our homes and freedom. We understand weapons and tactics. You are foolish if you intend to be our enemy.

If you don't succeed, and in the long run, you won't, here's what you can expect: ambushes of SWAT teams, and the wholesale slaughter of all the jack-booted thugs who have murdered innocent Americans on the orders of their socialist masters; targeted assassinations and kidnappings of anti-Constitution judges, and assassinations of anti-American, anti-gun politicians.

By your willingness to be a good little Nazi, you will have unleashed a civil war — just what America's enemies want. It doesn't have to be that way. You can do something about it. It's easy. Read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Although you took an Oath to defend them, you don't learn much about them in your training, do you?

Today, these documents are considered dangerous by the government, just as King George found them dangerous over 200 years ago. Why do you suppose your leaders lead you to oppose the very rights you swore to protect? Why do they want a disarmed public? You know the reason. It has nothing to do with controlling crime. It has everything to do with using you to disarm, fine, control, and ultimately murder your American fellows — just like the brownshirts and the SS did to German citizens.

Don't fall for it. Don't force me to kill you.

(signed) 100 Million American Patriots

Monday, February 12, 2007

Mexico Donates SPANISH Textbooks for U.S. Public Schools

“The books, written in Spanish and including all academic subjects, teach that America ‘stole’ the southwest from Mexico and that Mexico is entitled to take it back.”
U.S. Schools Benefit from Mexican Largesse
New America Media, News Analysis, Louis E. V. Nevaer, Posted: Feb 07, 2007

Editor’s Note: The United States has the fastest-growing Spanish-speaking population in the world and Mexico is helping by donating Spanish textbooks. While Americans may fret that Johnny can’t read, Mexico wants to make sure that Juanito pueda leer.

NEW YORK – At a time when Americans throughout the country are frustrated by the failure of public schools to teach their children, Mexico is increasing its efforts to help struggling school systems deal with immigrant children who speak Spanish.

"We are grateful that the Mexican Consul and the Mexican government have taken such an interest in helping Denver Public Schools and its students," Jerry Wartgow, Superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, said
when Mexico donated 30,000 Spanish-language textbooks for elementary students. "This donation is just one example of how we can work together to improve the lives of all children through education."

Jerry Wartgow, Superintendent
Denver Public Schools

From San Diego to Orlando, from Chicago to Las Vegas, the Mexican government, through its 42 consulates throughout the United States, is accelerating its ambitious “foreign aid” program designed to deliver millions of Spanish-language textbooks to American schools this decade.

“This is more than an ‘outreach’ program,” notes Raquel Romero, director of Mesoamerica Foundation, a Mexican nonprofit organization. “This is part of a concerted program to educate Hispanic children in the United States, and to help the United States make the transition into a bicultural society this century. It is a way of understanding that Mexican culture is expanding across the border, that it is in ascendance, and that Hispanic and Latino children in the United States will never be blond, blue-eyed Anglos.”

Mexico’s efforts are part of a subtle program, one that traces its origins to the presidency of Jose Lopez Portillo, who governed 1976-1982. A university professor before entering politics, Lopez Portillo feared that English would dominate Mexican business life. To defend the integrity of Spanish, he launched a program called “Palabra,” or “Word,” that sought to inculcate an appreciation for the Spanish language.

This campaign proved so successful that as Mexican television and radio programs began to be exported throughout the Spanish-speaking world, “Mexican” Spanish began to emerge as the “standard” spoken Spanish. This process was not unlike what occurred in the United States in the mid-twentieth century. As the CBS, NBC and ABC broadcast companies established national networks, regional accents – the Southern drawl, the New England clip – gave way to a “neutral” English, exemplified best by Walter Cronkite and Johnny Carson, both of Midwestern stock. It is this “Nebraska” accent that is the “standard” English for the national networks, and local reporters who want to make it in the big league have to drop their regional accents in favor of “Nebraska” English.

Similarly, in Latin America, it is “Mexican” Spanish that is the neutral accent, and reporters from Buenos Aires to Madrid, New York to Lima, have to speak in this manner if they want to make it in the big league.

Emboldened by this success, Mexico’s subtle, but ambitious, effort to emerge as the leading cultural force in the Hispanic world accelerated. In 1989, president Carlos Salinas launched the “Paisano Program,” designed to assist Mexicans, and their U.S.-born children, increase their cultural, social and political literacy about Mexico. This program not only reached out to Mexicans living in the United States, but it also helped them resist assimilation into the American mainstream, something seen as desirable,
since Hispanics find Anglo culture cold and distant, fraught with ruined families and strained social relations. The alienating nature of American society, first exposed by David Riesman in his groundbreaking book, The Lonely Crowd, was a fate Mexico wanted to spare her children living on the other side of the border.

Mexico is intent on fighting “Latino Cultural Illiteracy,” or what happens to good Hispanics who grow up ignorant of their culture. Vicente Fox called Mexicans who emigrated to the United States in search of work “heroes,” and launched the Program for Mexican Communities Abroad as a set of policies for empowering the Mexican Diaspora. What has alarmed Mexican officials is the loss of Spanish fluency among the children born to Mexicans in the United States.

“These ‘Latinos’ are incapable of reading Spanish more complicated than what one finds on a Taco Bell menu,” an official at the Mexican Consulate in New York said. “We want them to be fluent in Spanish, so they can be successful both in the United States and in Mexico.”

Mexicans blame this cultural alienation – not being fluent in Spanish, not being entirely accepted by their Anglo compatriots – as one reason why Hispanic youth drop out of school, resort to substance abuse, join gangs and end up in prison. An example of their cultural and linguistic illiteracy is seen among gang members. When two gangs in conflict reach an agreement to cease hostilities, there is a word for this. In English, it is “truce.” In Spanish, it is “truega.”

Latino illiterate gang members, who are fluent in neither English nor Spanish, use the word “trucha.” “Hey, bro’ there’s a trucha” makes as much sense to an English speaker as “Oye, ‘mano, hay trucha” does to a Spanish speaker.
This cultural and linguistic ignorance is what Mexico is striving to address.

“Reaching out to young Hispanics in their formative years, and while they’re in public school is the way to go,” Raquel Romero said. “Mexico has to be there for them, reminding them that they come from a great civilization, and can be proud of their who they are, and where their families come from.”

That Mexicans should be proud of Spanish offends some American conservatives, however. “In U.S. areas with large Hispanic (including illegal) populations, the Mexican consul donates to the local public schools the same textbooks that are used in every elementary school in Mexico, grades one through six,” Phyllis Schlafly wrote in her article “Is it Assimilation or Invasion?” which was widely circulated among nativist organizations. “The books, written in Spanish and including all academic subjects, teach that America ‘stole’ the southwest from Mexico and that Mexico is entitled to take it back.”

The books, correctly, point out that the United States reneged in its obligations under the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo which ended the Mexican-American War in 1848 when the U.S. Congress established a commission to review property titles in 1851, designed to expropriate the land of Mexican nationals who were now living in U.S. territory.

The cultural importance of Spanish was an idea that defined Vicente Fox’s term as president, from 2000 to 2006. Two months before taking office in 2000, speaking before the Congress of the Spanish Language in Madrid, Fox exhorted Mexicans in the United States to speak Spanish. Fox said, “To continue speaking Spanish in the United States is to ‘hacer patria’ (fulfill one’s patriotic duty).”

They have done just that: the United States has the fastest-growing Spanish-speaking population in the world. Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s new president, has moved forcefully, ordering that Mexican diplomatic missions throughout the United States reach out to America’s failing public schools and assess their educational needs.

Mexican American folklorist Américo Paredes has called what we are witnessing as “Greater Mexico” – achieved one textbook at a time. While Americans may fret that Johnny Can’t Read, Mexico wants to make sure that Juanito Pueda Leer.

New America Media contributor Louis E. V. Nevaer is author of the forthcoming book, "HR and the New Hispanic Workforce" (Davies-Black Publishing, March 2007). 163a2fc49b1

Sunday, February 04, 2007

A Look at the Numbers: How the Rich Get Richer

By Clara Jeffery
May/June 2006 Issue Mother Jones

IN 1985, THE FORBES 400 were worth $221 billion combined. Today, they’re worth $1.13 trillion—more than the GDP of Canada.

THERE’VE BEEN FEW new additions to the Forbes 400. The median household income has also stagnated—at around $44,000.

AMONG THE FORBES 400 who gave to a 2004 presidential campaign, 72% gave to Bush.

IN 2005, there were 9 million American millionaires, a 62% increase since 2002.

IN 2005, 25.7 million Americans received food stamps, a 49% increase since 2000.

ONLY ESTATES worth more than $1.5 million are taxed. That’s less than 1% of all estates. Still, repealing the estate tax will cost the government at least $55 billion a year.

ONLY 3% OF STUDENTS at the top 146 colleges come from families in the bottom income quartile; only 10% come from the bottom half.

BUSH’S TAX CUTS GIVE a 2-child family earning $1 million an extra $86,722—or Harvard tuition, room, board, and an iMac G5 for both kids.

A 2-CHILD family earning $50,000 gets $2,050—or 1/5 the cost of public college for one kid.

THIS YEAR, Donald Trump will earn $1.5 million an hour to speak at Learning Annex seminars.

ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION, the federal minimum wage has fallen 42% since its peak in 1968.

IF THE $5.15 HOURLY minimum wage had risen at the same rate as CEO compensation since 1990, it would now stand at $23.03.

A MINIMUM WAGE employee who works 40 hours a week for 51 weeks a year goes home with $10,506 before taxes.

SUCH A WORKER would take 7,000 years to earn Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s yearly compensation.

ELLISON RECENTLY posed in Vanity Fair with his $300 million, 454-foot yacht, which he noted is “really only the size of a very large house.”
A World of Difference

ONLY THE WEALTHIEST 20% of Americans spend more on entertainment than on health care.

THE $17,530 EARNED by the average Wal-Mart employee last year was $1,820 below the poverty line for a family of 4.

5 OF AMERICA’S 10 richest people are Wal-Mart heirs.

PUBLIC COMPANIES spend 10% of their earnings compensating their top 5 executives.

1,730 BOARD MEMBERS of the nation’s 1,000 leading companies sit on the boards of 4 or more other corporations—including half of Coca-Cola’s 14-person board.

THE BIDDER who won a round of golf with Tiger Woods for $30,100 at a 2004 Buick charity auction could deduct all but about $200.

TIGER MADE $87 million in 2005, all but $12 million from endorsements and appearance fees.

THE 5TH LEADING philanthropist last year was Boone Pickens, in part due to his $165 million gift to Oklahoma State University’s golf program.

WITHIN AN HOUR, OSU invested it in a hedge fund Pickens controls. Thanks to a Katrina relief provision, his “gift” was also 100% deductible.

LAST YEAR 250 COMPANIES gave top execs between $50,000 and $1 million worth of wholly personal flights on corporate jets.

THIS PERK is 66% more costly to companies whose CEO belongs to out-of-state golf clubs.
A New Gilded Age

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT spends $500,000 on 8 security screeners who speed execs from a Wall Street helipad to American’s JFK terminal.

UNITED HAS CUT the pensions and salaries of most employees but promised 400 top executives 8% of the shares it expects to issue upon emerging from bankruptcy.

UNITED’S TOP 8 execs will also get a bonus of between 55% and 100% of their salaries.

IN 2002, “turnaround artist” Robert Miller dumped Bethlehem Steel’s pension obligation, allowing “vulture investor” Wilbur L. Ross to buy steel stock and sell it at a 1,000% profit.

IN 2005, DELPHI HIRED Miller for $4.5 million. After Ross said he might buy Delphi if its labor costs fell, Miller demanded wage cuts of up to 63% and dumped the pension obligation.

10 FORMER ENRON directors agreed to pay shareholders a $13 million settlement—which is 10% of what they made by dumping stock while lying about the company’s health.

POOR AMERICANS spend 1/4 of their income on residential energy costs.

EXXON’S 2005 PROFIT of $36.13 billion is more than the GDP of 2/3 of the world’s nations.

CEO PAY AMONG military contractors has tripled since 2001. For David Brooks, the CEO of bulletproof vest maker DHB, it’s risen 13,233%.

AT THE $10 MILLION bat mitzvah party Brooks threw his daughter last year, guests got $1,000 gift bags and listened to Aerosmith, Kenny G., Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, and 50 Cent—who reportedly sang, “Go shorty, it’s your bat mitzvah, we gonna party like it’s your bat mitzvah.”

FOR PERFORMING IN the Live 8 concerts to “make poverty history,” musicians each got gift bags worth up to $12,000.

OSCAR PERFORMERS and presenters collectively owe the IRS $1,250,000 on the gift bags they got at the 2006 Academy Awards ceremony.

A DOG FOOD COMPANY provided “pawdicures” and other spa treatments to pets of celebrities attending the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

ONE OF MADONNA’S recent freebies: $10,000 mink and diamond-tipped false eyelashes.

PARIS HILTON, who charges clubs $200,000 to appear for 20 minutes, stiffed Elton John’s AIDS benefit the $2,500-per-plate fee she owed.

ACCORDING TO Radar magazine, Owen Wilson was paid $100,000 to attend a Mercedes-Benz-sponsored Hamptons polo match. When other guests tried to speak with him, he reportedly said, “That’s not my job.”

Pre World War Two Germany anyone???

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Ten Things You Must Understand About War

by Bill Losapio

Exclusive to STR

February 1, 2007

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”
~Robert E. Lee

War is a scourge against humankind. This article outlines ten major reasons why war should be opposed by all people of conscience. Please note that I passionately and unequivocally defend the principle behind the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution (indeed, all ten amendments of the Bill of Rights). I would defend my home and family from invader and harm should such a horrible thing ever happen and will teach my son to do likewise. I value human life and believe every person has worth. In ordinary circumstances, who would not feel similarly lest they were a control-freak or psychopath?

I must admit that I have no experience with war. I do not in any way wish to chastise or demean those who enlisted – most did out of true conviction. The article is an attempt to share what I understand about war economically, morally, and philosophically. I rely on the wisdom of those who have experienced the horrors of war and the warnings they have left us to heed (see here, as a stark example). We do these men a great disservice when we ignore what they told us about their experiences.

I ask that you get past the tough-guy machismo vomited by the corporate-promoted armchair chicken hawks. Understand that being an individual . . . a real man . . . a real woman . . . requires being able to think for yourself. A pawn eats the propaganda wholesale, goes out to the battlefield, and slaughters strangers. A true individual ignores insignias, ignores symbols, recognizes propaganda, sees reality for what it is, and faces it. If you are a critically thinking individual--a true INDIVIDUAL--not a pawn, then read and reflect on these ten reasons to oppose war. Whether you wear a uniform or a party dress, combat boots or flip flops, anyone who believes in the principle of human liberty, please take heed.

1) War brings out the worst in humanity. Not only must otherwise rational people make unfathomable decisions about loyalty, life, and death, but the bureaucracy that must be put in place to prepare one for this experience must be looked at with considerable jaundice.

2) War is the ultimate big government program. Bureaucratic decision making for every aspect of the endeavor with its full array of economic destruction – waste, misallocation, inefficiency, deteriorating quality . . . Spec requirements devoid of consideration for human needs driving the creation of every product, factory, building, and activity . . . . Masses of humans looked at as nothing more than resources to be exploited.

3) War sucks the wealth out of the economy. In ages past, kings, rulers, and emperors who went to war had a war chest (quite literally a chest containing real coin taken from the populace as taxes). If the war went on too long, the war chest became depleted and the noble king had no way to pay his forces - better find some local villages to plunder . . . . In modern times, many of us seem to harbor the belief that war "stimulates the economy." Ah, the magic of fiat money mixed with the fantasies of a Fabian Socialist . . . . I ask you, reader, how is it that war once depleted a King's war chest, yet in modern times allegedly creates prosperity? Dr. Ron Paul debunks the myth quite completely and eloquently, for those interested. No, WWII did NOT get us out of the Depression.

4) War foments hatred and creates the conditions for the next one - It makes us less safe. No better example exists in mainstream history than that of Germany in the 20th Century. Germany , subjected to great financial hardship by France and Britain after WWI, had little problem whipping their populace into anger at these nations in the years after the war. Wars ultimately solve nothing, except the "problem" of how to create the conditions for the next one. Now, in a 4GW world, traditional military tactics and occupation methods are doomed. War in this scenario creates the conditions that incubate atrocity--a hidden enemy stalking young soldiers--constant tension and frustration grow while morale wanes. Confusion, delusion, rage, and fear coalesce into a greatly increased probability of the shedding of innocent blood by once good people.

5) "Ninety-eight percent of the participants in war are casualties. The other two percent are psychopaths." Reflect on this statement. How can anyone witness the utter horror of war and not be affected? In what insanity do we as a people indulge when we send our children into this psychological hell called war?

6) With a few very notable exceptions, war never was nor is waged for the reasons disseminated to the public. You may dismiss such a statement as "conspiracy" (which is EXACTLY what it is describing), but the historical facts cannot be denied for those who simply do the research. Here are a few examples:

7) War is the tool that provides the world's psychopathic social engineers the quickest method of making changes in societies the people would otherwise never accept, including their agenda to destroy the family, control education for indoctrination purposes, all to herald in their utopia--a new world order. See Norman Dodd's jawdropping interview as but one example.

8) War robs humanity of human potential - future poets, artists, achievers, teachers snuffed out. Being a huge Tolkien fanatic, I often wonder how awful the world would be without Tolkien's magnificent stories. What if he, a veteran of the horrifying trench warfare of WWI, took a bullet, or had a visit from a mortar shell, or inhaled a little nerve gas. What a tragedy for the world, for the millions of people Tolkien has touched, had that happened. Is it such a stretch to wonder, what other Tolkiens, Bocelli's, Petrucci's, or Mises' has the world lost? A sobering, tragic thing to contemplate.

9) Massive brainwashing must take place in order to make people capable of killing. Alluded to earlier, war fosters and propels massive propaganda engines that never get dismantled (e.g., Tavistock Institute).

10) War diverts the expertise of millions of brilliant minds into the activities of destruction and killing, or at least into production activities that benefit no one but government bureaucracies. I see this firsthand being an engineer myself. So many of the great people I respect at my job I wish were doing things that added wealth, that added to humanity. It breaks my heart to think the product of so much creative genius benefits ultimately the destruction of life or wealth.

Spare me your misguided ideas about which tyranny I’d be living under if “we” didn’t send fighting men (and women) all over the world. Spare me your “love it or leave” nonsense about the “land of the free.” Spare me about how many jobs “we” would lose if “we” lost government contracts. And for the love of all that is humane, cast the phrase “war is good for business” out of your conscience.

I regret that this discussion delves into areas of history that many people will reject out of hand as conspiracy. It's an amazing study of psychology to consider why and how this rejection takes place. I would have myself not long ago. For those who still cling to some semblance of critical thinking, some flickering flame of individuality, I hope these ten reasons to oppose war gave you some insight into our human condition.